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Friend is concerned it is related to 'hacking' of his PC

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Hello. I am using SQL Server 2012 R2 on windows server. i am able to get connected to management studio but the status light with white circle.
No green arrow.  It brings up my databases but none of my queries will work because it isn't really connected and so it says invalid object about all my tables and column names.

I can't use right-click the instance icon to select "start", "stop", "pause", "resume" or "restart" because they are all grayed out. But all the rest operations are available.

I tried running Sql Server Management Studio as Administrator and I also tried logging in as the local machine administrator and as sa.  Nothing worked.
I have a question about VM time synch with ESXi host/ Domain controller. We have configured our ESXi and AD domain to sync with the same NTP server and did not have an issue. For curiosity, i checked our windows server for its time source and found it sync with Domain controller. I had an impression that VM sync the time with ESXi host using VMtools. Hope someone will answer my questions.
1 Does not VM sync the time with the ESXi host?
2. We have third party appliances and do not have VMtools, How does that server sync the time?
3 Does not VMtools maintain the time with ESXi host?
We just migrate our domain into a large domain of a service provider. Migrated users intermittently experience several issues (messages "Not connected - no connections are available" in Windows 7 system tray, explorer.exe crashing and so on).

Before we dig into it we would like to check the AD connection of our clients, as we have no access to the servers.

Is there a client based health check tool for active directory connections of Windows clients (resolving names of domain controllers, test DC availability, check trust relationship, check DNS, check all nessesary protocols for communicating with DCs)?

Best regards!
I have a windows 7 machine with a static IP but it's not be recognized on the domain? I'm stumped... I've tried taking it out of the domain and adding back in but no luck.  It's not even showing up in AD.  I have to add the machine manually on the domain.
I have VirtuaBox running on top of Win7 64bit.  I have a Red Hat 7.2 Linux version running.  I have another virtual machines (VM) running Win7 with WireShark.  I have been having using getting the ports open on Red Hat.

I have turned off firewalld, but iptables is running.  In iptables -L, unders FORWARD (Chain), it has a REJECT rules.  WireShark is reporting this when my Windows app tries to connect to Linux.  It is a port unreachable, I have opened all the ports I need in iptables.  When I delete that rule using iptables --delete FORWARD line_number, it deletes.  I save it, but on reboot it puts it back.  This is getting annoying.  

Can someone help me?  Why is Red Hat changing iptables upon reboot?  I have been stuck on this for 2 weeks messing with this and it is about to make me pull my hair out.

Hi experts,

Is there a tool or app that can analyse PC startup?   I'm looking at a friend's old PC that is running Windows 10. It runs OK, if slowly, but consistently takes 15-20 minutes to boot up.

I am wondering if there is a tool that I can use to identify the bottlenecks in the boot process.


Dear EE experts,

We would like to ask on How to resolve excel text format change when opening file in Windows 10.
Here's the case, we have several excel files that are done in Excel 2007, then if we're opening it in Excel 2013 / Windows 7 OS, everything's normal, everything looks the same, nothing change.
But when the same file opened in Excel 2013 / Windows 10 OS, the look of the text changed. It becomes bigger that makes it larger than the table. But opening the file with Excel 2013 & Windows 7 OS, no problem...

We found several problems that happens only with Windows 10 OS, but when it's Windows 7 OS, all files are normal...

Any incompatibility issues?

Kindly advise on how to resolve this case...

Thank you!
everytime i send an email a pop up dialog box appears asking me to enter user name and password which is already filled in and even I check the box to remember the info it keeps popping up.see capture. how can I stop this from keep happening?
Hello Powershell Experts,

I’m trying to query Active Directory to find all of the Windows 7 PCs in the domain.  I then want to take that list and use test-connection to find the ones that are actually online.  Here is my code and the results:

$PCs = (Get-ADComputer -Filter '(operatingsystem -like "Windows 7 *")' | select name)

foreach ($PC in $PCs)
       if (Test-Connection -ComputerName $ -Count 1 -Quiet -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue)
            Write-host "$($PC) is online"

@{name=PC1} is online
@{name=PC2} is online
@{name=PC3} is online
@{name=PC4} is online

I have 3 questions based on the code and the results:
1.       How do I eliminate the @{name=PC1}?  I would like the results to just be:  PC1 is online
2.      What is the best way to get the results into a text file as well as display it on the screen?
3.      Test-connection is a bit slow.  Is there a way to speed it up?

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A user with a Windows 10 laptop (a Lenovo Yoga 910-13IKB laptop) that has all of the latest Windows & Office 2016 updates installed is unable to restore Windows down (by clicking the double square button in the upper right hand corner of windows).

All of the latest hardware driver updates are also installed. This laptop has plenty of free hard drive space.

Malwarebytes scans have been run and no malware has been detected. We have also used CCleaner to clear temporary files.

This starting concurring today and continues to occur even after running the DISM & SFC commands and several reboots.

What can be done to fix this issue?
Hello fellas,

This is my first question and I really require assistance on this case I'm working on.

My friend's PC has an 1TB Samsung Hard Drive that was partitioned to three pieces, but last week suddenly it shows on Windows Explorer and Disk Management the System Reserved drive, with only 150GB. (please see attachment capture).

System Information:
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600
Processor: Intel(R) Core (TM) i7 CPU
Dell Inc. x64 based PC
BIOS version date: DELL INC., A15, 2/4/2010.

I checked on Event Viewer and it showed on August 13th, 2017 that the Volume D: has been repaired. This event showed up 13 times or more in a row between seconds. (warning event)

Then it brought up the error event on the same day, which said A corruption was discovered in the file system structure on volume D:

The Master File Table (MFT) contains a corrupted file record.  The file reference number is 0x1000000000018.  The name of the file is "<unable to determine file name>".

Now knowing these, I checked for viruses and unwanted programs, from the basics of course. Then I was checking the partitions but my main concern is the fact that the remaining space, the other hidden disk drive have no weight on it whatsoever, just an empty letter assigned to each one of them, which is why I can't make recovery.

I tried looking the data of these partitions (important) with DISKPART but no help, I installed the Mini Tool Partition Wizard to see if I could …
Hi Guys,
I have a client who is using Google Hangouts to message/stay in-touch with their employees.  The only problem is Chrome gets buried behind multiple windows for any one user and they don't see the notification when someone tries to chat.  Is there a setting for 'Always on Top' or similar so when someone gets notified the alert moves to the front of all open windows?  

If not, would another chat system do so like Yahoo Messenger?
I am looking for some software to use on general use PC's like those in an internet cafe.
I need the "session software" to show the user two options -
START  SESSION (or similar) - This should Windows and all the programs.
END SESSION (or similar) This MUST reboot the PC

The sessions should be have a countdown timer (Eg 30 minutes use) but I do not need any credit or payment options.
The PC's are going to be free to use.
I have a number of users who use office 365 emails only, but do not have a company assigned computer.  I have Okta Federation enabled, which prevents cloud only accounts in O365, so I have to create AD accounts for these users.  

Is there a licensing cost to adding users in AD if they don't necessarily have a windows license?  

They have no need for any sort of domain access.
Greetings wise wizards of EE:

I'm helping a friend who has an HP home desktop running Windows 10. Recently her machine has begun producing the dreaded Blue Screen of Death, but otherwise is running normally.

I've copied the latest three minidump files from the C:\Windows\Minidump folder, which I now attach to this inquiry.

I request an analysis of the attached minidump files, to reveal the nature of the BSOD problem. Though I am grateful for any input, I ask specifically for analysis of the minidump files, rather than just general maintenance or security advice, so that I may tackle the solution directly.

My thanks in advance,

Hi Team,
   I am not able to install SQL server 2008 R2 in windows 8 machines.If I install the setup file after few seconds automatically closed.Not running What should i do?I was tried 32 bit & 64 bit setup file for installation.Both are not able to install
This is driving me nuts and no amount of googling has helped me find out what the heck is causing it!  It just seemed to start happening for no reason.

Whenever I open Chrome, it opens up the page ( I have in chrome://settings like it always has, but for the last week or so, whenever I open Google Chrome, it also opens up a second Tab which is my YouTube page.  I did not set it to do that!  I may have pressed some type of hotkey I'm not aware of that caused this, but don't remember doing so.

Anyone experienced this behaviour and know how to fix it, save resetting Chrome back to defaults or uninstalling/reinstalling it?

  • Windows 7 Pro - Fully Patched
  • Google Chrome Version 60.0.3112.101 (Official Build) (64-bit) - Up to date at the time of writing this.

Got an windows Server 2012 R2 and backing up the whole server using windows server backup.
Getting error :  
"Windows Backup failed to get an exclusive lock on the EFI system partition (ESP). This may happen if another application is using files on the ESP. Please retry the operation."
Error code 0x8078011E

Went through few forums with same error, but could not find a proper solution. could anyone pls help me with this.

thank you
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Hi EE,

I am trying to open calculator program from my web application.

On Developing Server it is running as expected. But when after deploying it on server and doing the same from client end then nothing happen.

How to code so that I am able to run calculator from client machine?

I have used following code to achieve the same :

<td style="text-align:right">
	<asp:ImageButton ID="btnclick" runat="server" ImageUrl="~/images/calc.ico" Width="32px" Height="32px" ToolTip="Calculator" OnClick="btnclick_Click"/>

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Protected Sub btnclick_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) 'Handles btnclick.Click
        Dim p As New System.Diagnostics.Process
        p.StartInfo.FileName = "Calc.exe"
End Sub

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Also checked by calling javascript function but same thing happens :
<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
	function launchCalc() {
            var WshShell = new ActiveXObject("WScript.Shell");
            var commandtoRun = "~\calc.exe" //C:\\Windows\\System32\\calc.exe
            WshShell.Run('"' + commandtoRun + '"', 1);

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Please help...

D Patel
I have a volume which is Bitlocker  but during the course of OS reinstall I accidentally set to remove partition. The volume shows as Unallocated Space, but I believe all my data is still intact. I am trying to follow the steps in this process:

However, there is no drive letter, since the volume is unallocated space. Any suggestions on next steps?

I have both the recovery key and PIN at the ready

Thank you!
The mechanics. I have an older Lenovo G580 laptop that doesn't have BT. I put Windows 10 on it. No sign of BT. So I added a little StarTech USB BT adapter and finally... a BT icon down by the clock shows up and when I go in to Settings I have the option to turn BT on/off. So I thought I was good but....

   On that same screen that allows me to turn BT on/off I have the option to add a BT device. It does nothing. I click on the + sign and it does nothing. So.... if BT is now on the laptop why doesn't the "Add BT or other device" do anything?
Keep getting this message like:

"You need to fix your Microsoft Account for apps on your other devices to be able to launch apps and continue experiences on this device."

Why the continuous message?
Should we worry about this?
Is it necessary for Windows 10?
How  can we disable the message?
I did some research studies and have the  following questions.

My environment is  Windows  10, Visual Studio  2015....


The scenario of my laboratory research  work is this : My research laboratory has one hundred work stations, with users on each system. My research work is centered on  making  users  Web browsers (opera and Firefox and e.t.c)  queries i.e  web surfing ,  to be intercepted and redirected to a local hosted DNS SERVER which will communicate  with top level domain name servers around the world and return the request  back to the users. The solution  is to be design as  a WINDOWS SERVICE (not a GUI).  

From reading a "legacy driver" -  A legacy driver is used for driver project  whose main goal is Driver service which is a type of kernel-level filter driver implemented as a Windows service , or a non-PnP .

My question is this can i achieve  a DNS RESOLVER IMPLEMENTED AS A WINDOWS SERVICE (MAIN FEATURE INTERCEPTION AND REDIRECTION  TO ANOTHER HOSTED DNS SERVER) drive for DNS web browsers queries Interception and  Redirection.

Just wondering Looking at, "he sample driver consists of a
 kernel-mode Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) callout driver (Inspect.sys) that intercepts all transport layer traffic (for example,…
I'm looking for an internet messaging utility for use on a LAN in a clinic, for uses such as telling someone on the phone that an appointment has arrived without having to go to their desk.  I thought that the Windows msg command would work, but it seems to not, because  a msg can't be sent to a machine name and all the users user the same logon name (yeah, I know, I'd never seen that before either.)  Environment is Windows Server 2012 domain with 18 Win7 and Win10 PCs.

Does any one know of such?

Windows OS





This topic area includes legacy versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000: Windows 3/3.1, Windows 95 and Windows 98, plus any other Windows-related versions including Windows Mobile.