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Active desktop - how to make a web page transparent?

Q: Active desktop - how to make a web page transparent?

Hi, I'm running active desktop on windows XP pro, and I have a little question:

Is it possible to give a web page that I've assigned to be part of my desktop a transparent background, so that my default wallpaper will show through in any areas not filled by content from the web page?



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How can I use transparent icon-text on my desktop, while using Active Desktop?
This can usually be done by checking "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop" in System -> Advanced -> Performance-Settings, but this does not work while using Active Desktop.

This isn't a serious problem (don't even use AD), but I was just wondering if it was possible to do this, without downloading miscellaneous graphics-software or altering the registry etc.

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I've tried everything I can think of, but I've been unable to make the text on my desktop icons transparent. I know the usual method is to go through control panel>system>advanced>performance settings and then check the box next to 'use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop', however I've tried that and it isn't working. They were transparent up until a few hours ago and I can't recall doing anything that would have caused the text to have the colored box behind it again aside from applying an icon packager theme. I also tried uninstalling Icon Packager and rebooting, but that didn't make a difference either. The icons seem to have a bit of an outline around them also. Does anyone have any ideas as to what might be causing this? Thanks in advance.

A:Can't Make Desktop Icon Text Transparent

Use Windows System Restore to revert your system state to a date that existed before the problem began.

start/programs/accessories/system tools/system restore

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Hey, I'm just wondering if there is a way to make the desktop icons not show trough the transparent top border of an application? I like my wallpaper to show through it, but not my icons.

A:Make desktop icons invisible trough transparent border?

Move them down a bit on the desktop?

As long as the top border of an application is transparent, whatever is behind it will be slightly visible, be it your wallpaper or desktop icons.

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I have been searching for answers on this for a few weeks now.

I am able to display an image from HD on desktop but when web pages are set they do not appear. It shows up in the Active Desktop settings and even update but do not display.

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How does one drag-and-drop a web page to Windows XP Active Desktop?

I accidentally did it one day and was delighted with the results, but I can't repeat it and can't for the life of me find any mention online. The only way I can now accomplish the same result--displaying a web page in a window on my desktop, not just a link to a web page--is this sequence: Start | Control Panel | Display | Desktop | Customize Desktop... | Web | New.

When one adds an Active Channel via this "normal," Customize Desktop way, XP displays this box:


Add Item to Active Desktop(TM)
You have chosen to make this site available offline and add it to your Active Desktop interface. If this site needs a password, please choose Customize and enter it.
[ OK ]
[ Customize ]

I saw some sort of box when I drag-n-dropped the first time, and I'm pretty sure it was this same box.

I use Firefox almost all the time, so I believe I was using Firefox when the "happy accident" occurred, but I might have been using Internet Explorer. Also, I seem to recall dragging the body of the web page to the desktop but could be mistaken. For example, I might have drug a tab or the location bar. Dunno. When I attempt to drag-and-drop now, all I get is a shortcut to the page, not the actual page like I did the first time.

My system info:

Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Ve... Read more

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Hello all.

To whom it may concern!

But seriously; I'm attaching a zip below with 3 images that are used for adding watermarks to the tutorials here at Seven Forums, what I would like someone to do is to put them on a transparent background, keep everything else the same, size / font type; I just want the text to be visible not the opaque square; (see the snip below to see what I mean) I need just the text.

Thank you very much!

A:Make Transparent

How about these BFK ?


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I have a picture that I need to set transparent in Flash. Anyone know how to set it so I can see about half the background and half the picture?

A:How do you make a picture transparent?

you can give this program a try.

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How do I make the taskbar 100% transparent while keeping the icons untouched?

Also, is there a way to remove the white thingy that is behind the icons on the taskbar when they are open?

Screenshot of what I want (actually it's a picture of Chrome OS, but it explains what I want) is attached.


A:How do I make the taskbar 100% transparent while...

With Aero disabled you can't adjust the taskbar transparency manually like in the past. I'd rather turn it off but can't. I have some themes that make the taskbar transparent and I'd rather it was a solid color. To fix it I have to modify each theme , but can't be bothered. I switch to new theme every month or so. To do what you want you'll likely have to install a third party theming program.

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hello can someone provide me a transparent orb with blue colored removed????

A:make start orb transparent

You can scroll through this thread,
StartOrbz Genuine Creations
Browse Art - DeviantArt

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I'm talking about the start menu tiles... Is there a way to make them like half transparent like the tiles in the bottom of the action center?


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I have a Windows phone running WP 8.1 and one of the things it has is the ability to make some of the icons transparent so the background can be seen somewhat muted within the tile.

It looks very slick!

But I cannot figure a way to do it with Windows 8.1. Is there a way or an app that will allow that to be done?


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All I want is to make the taskbar transparent, that's it. It really shouldn't be that hard, yet I haven't found a single way to do it.
All I've found are registry edits that make it a tiny bit more translucent, or third-party programs like ClassicShell that force you to have terrible-looking XP/Vista/7-styled start menus or explorer windows and just offer a transparent taskbar as a side option.
I used to have a theme that made the taksbar transparent after using UxThemePatcher (I think that's what it was called?) but that ended up crashing my computer after a Windows update and forcing me to reinstall the OS. So I'm NOT looking for any kind of hack like that.
If a program like ClassicShell that doesn't heavily modify/replace any system files or even require a reboot can so simply change the transparency of the taskbar, why can't I find anything out there that does just that?

A:Is there any way to make the taskbar 100% transparent?

Hi Welcome to Windows Central! I think this is what you're asking! If you need more help, please join the forum!

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i tried to search in google. all i found is how to make task total transparent.

but i want to make it NOT transparent at all.

A:How to make taskbar NOT transparent?

Using the basic theme is the easiest way. You can also up the color intensity, which will make it less transparent. IMO its not hardly noticeable that the transparency is still effect at all when color intensity is at its max.

What method did you find for making it completely transparent? I might try it out sometime.

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Somebody know a way to do this ?

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hello everyone,, i'm a newbie in this forum,, this is my 2nd post,,
and i really need some help here,,

I tried to change the image in the start menu (in white background) using restorator to be transparent, but had no effect,,

when I tried to change to a transparent image, programs in start menu is not visible,,

here the screen shot,,

A:How to make start menu transparent

Hello Sakata and welcome to Seven Forums.

I think you're going to have to find a third party theme that provides a transparency effect. Start Menu 7 may do what you want. If it doesn't you might want to google transparent Windows 7 start menu and see what other people have developed.

Start Menu 7

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Hi all fellow forum-ers

First of all would love to say I love this site, Im constantly learning new things and tweaks to make my windows that much more shexier. Currently I'm using star dock on auto-hide and I have relocated my windows start menu bar to the left side of the screen and auto-hide also, and use fences to hide all of my desktop icons (treating my 37 lcd tv as a sort of art/photo frame). What I would like to know is if there is a way to totally make the start menu bar transparent. I know there is a feature within Star dock that lets me hide the menu bar and use star dock as my sole menu bar but I find that I still feel more comfy navigating thru stuff on the windows menu bar. Its not really noticeable when I have a lite background but when the background switches to a darker theme the outline of the menu bar even when its hidden is really noticeable. So to make a long question short, how would I go about eliminating this issue??


A:How to make start bar totally transparent?

Try these links:
Transparent taskbar for people without Aero.
taskbar start menu transparent glass
Transparency - Enable Full Clear Glass Transparency
AeroPlain for Windows 7 by ~garbanzox on deviantART

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I recently installed Windows 7 Enterprise x64 on my computer and it has a feature I would like to use on my other installs. I can't seem to find the setting for this and was hoping someone could assist.
When I select a window it becomes transparent so I can see everything behind it. I've attached 2 images showing when I select the window and the regular view.


A:Make windows transparent on selection

Try my program and see if it can work for you.

It has a feature in it to make a window transparent when it's active via a hotkey, if that would help you. I also believe, in time, that I could make a script that makes the active window transparent automatically, but I never saw a use for it, as it seems awkward to make every window transparent...

Oh yea, and welcome.

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I did a search on this on this board and didn't find much, but here goes. I have a black and white line drawing that I would like to make transparent. I can make part of it transparent using the "magic wand tool," then I "select inverse" on the layer panel. Then I click "add layer mask."

This works fine and dandy for that one area, but then it won't let me go through that process again on other parts of the line drawing. How do I get around this? Any help would be appreciated.

A:make line drawing transparent PS 4

You can use Select>Color Range and it will select all of the black when you click on one letter or line. You can also set the magic wand to do it by unchecking “Contiguous’ on the toolbar. You can then invert the selection or just click on the white background in the first place. Hit the “Delete” key and whatever is selected will be gone. Drag the drawing onto another image and it will go as a group and not take the background along.

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how to make it transparent or to just completely remove it?

A:How to make the login account pic transparent?

Originally Posted by Win10Newb

how to make it transparent or to just completely remove it?

In Settings/Personalization/Lock Screen you'll need to uncheck 'Show lock screen background picture on the sign in screen',
then create an account picture the exact same color as that solid color background, (usually your accent color), and apply it.
(You won't have an image for your sign-in screen)

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Like in an animated gif I want to put on a page, and the background color is wrong. I can either make it transparent or change it to the color on the page.

I've used GIF works to do this with one pictuer (not animated) but it usually leaves little bits of the background color in and doesn't look clean.

I'm thinking Animation Shop has a way to do this, but never can find where.
I coudln't find what to use to select the background to remove the color and make it transparent. Even thought this must be one of the more simple things one can do to an image.

Looking in their HELP didn't do any good.

I've never needed to use this enough to find out what works and works best.

I have PSP7, Animation Shop3 and PSP6.

of coruse, where the animation has 10 frames I'd rather do it all at once in Animation Shop.



A:What's the best/easier way to make a transparent background?

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other than Adobe Photoshop? I have black line drawings that I like to scan in and would like to make transparent. Is there a program other than Photoshop (something less expensive) that allows one to do this?

Also, I was just looking on ebay. There are several older editions, such as photoshop 5 Limited Edition which are inexpensive. Does anyone know the compatibility of these older versions with Windows XP?
Thanks in advance!

A:Program to make transparent gifs...

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When I have any programs open that have gone to the taskbar because another program opened... How do I get any of those programs to activate again from taskbar?
This has driven me nuts since I got Win 10.
I click on the program icon on taskbar, and nothing happens. Only way I can get program active again is to right click, and start another instance of it.
I hope I'm making this clear. Cuz I really want to know how to get around this.

A:active programs on taskbar - how do you make them 'active' again

See if this tutorial can hep...................
How to Clear and Reset the Thumbnail Cache in Windows 10
Thumbnail Cache - Clear and Reset in Windows 10

Please use Option Two.
It's easiest and fastest.

And, just in case................
How to Rebuild the Icon Cache in Windows 10
Icon Cache - Rebuild in Windows 10

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is there any registry tweak to make taskbar completely transparent and crystal clear


A:registry tweak to make taskbar transparent

There is an Enable Transparency option in the Personalization settings. Have you tried that first?

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I'm using windows 8.1 Pro x64 and I've installed custom theme, and I've made all the tweaks necessary for the theme to work (Uxtheme patcher, Black Glass Enhancer, etc).

But I have noticed that the Startisback+ start menu isn't fully transparent. I have seen many other custom themes out there with the startisback menu fully glass. I just don't know how to do it.

Check the attachments bellow, my screenshot is the one without the fully transparent start menu, the other is a screenshot from one of Mr GriM's custom themes.
Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

A:How do I make Startisback+ 1.6.2 fully glass transparent

Your start menu will only be transparent if the designer of the theme designed it that way.

Click your start button, in any empty space on the start menu right click > properties, StartIsBack will open, select appearance, choose the start menu that goes with your theme by clicking on it then click apply and close the app.

If the person that designed the theme also designed a glass start menu you should now have a glass start menu.

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Hi all,

I am new to this forum and this is my first post so bear with me. I think I am in the right thread, but if I'm not I hope the moderator will move this post to the correct one.

What I want to do is download an image from the internet and then make the background transparent so I can use it on a Tee Shirt Design website.

First off, I already have "Paint" and it has a 'Transparent Selection" feature, but I don't know how to use it the way I explained above. Can someone tell me how to do this, or if it is even possible?

Secondly, if 'Paint" won't do what I want, do I need to download "Windows Essentials" or some other free software? I don't know if Windows Essentials has this feature.

Thanks in advance for your replies and I will check back tomorrow to read them.

A:How to make internet image backgrounds transparent?

You can check out GIMP, it's free and has more features than paint. I am no good with image manipulation though, you will have to ask others about it.

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Hi there,
I am trying to make my 1st website, and im using frontpage 5.0.
the problem i am having is trying to make the background of a table semi transparent so you can see the background of the page through it.

Ive googled till my hearts content to try and find the answers I seek and have found a few bits of infomation but as a complete newbie to this all this talk about css and div have left me a bit perplexed.

This is my html code so far:-


<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage 5.0">
<meta name="ProgId" content="FrontPage.Editor.Document">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/css; charset=windows-1252">
<meta name="Microsoft Border" content="none">

<body bgcolor="#000080">
<div align="center">
<table border="1" cellspacing="1" width="93%" background="price.png" height="469">
<td width="100%">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
<font size="4"><u><b><i>Price list</i></b></u>&nbs... Read more

A:using frontpage 5.0 and make a background semi transparent

If I remember correctly (I may be wrong) HTML doesn't support "semi-transparent" background colours.

What I'd do is create a 1x1 semi-transparent white image, and set that as the table background. I can't promise that will work, but it's worth a try.

I have never had this problem in web development. If you know of a website that does what your wanting to do, do you have the URL? Perhaps we could see how they've gone about it.

Edit: Actually, if the background is just black then can't you set the table background as grey (which would be 50% transparent) ?

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07-02-2008, 12:03 PM #1 (permalink)
OS: XP Pro

problem with desktop display properties


Two nights ago I visited the web site Flash Fun Pages to find a joke to send to a friend who is sick with cancer. I did not end up sending anything and logged out. Yesterday, the background on my desktop was hijacked by this site. I ran Ad Aware SE and AVG both regularly and in safe mode, but did not find any viruses or malware. I also ran Trend Micro House Call but that did not find any problems either.

The problem was that the backgrounds were frozen at the end of the list, on "desktop", and could not be changed. I went on line to and looked under desktop display hijacked and found some freeware named Desktop Hijack Fix. This got rid of the Flash Fun Pages joke links and ads, but now my desktop display backgrounds are still frozen, although they are now frozen at the top of the list--'none'. I can choose a color, but I cannot access any of the background options, including the photo of my dog, which is my background of choice.

Interestingly, there are two users of my computer, and the other user does not have this problem. I can change the display properties backgr... Read more

A:[SOLVED] opaque titles for desktop icons can't be made transparent/desktop always act

I have gone through the 5 steps.

Attached please find the Hijack This log, and the 2 DSS logs.

I cannot post the Panda ActiveScan log from my first scan because I simply forgot to upload it and when I go back to the site all it says is that 11 tracking cookies were disinfected. But I am attaching the log from my second scan. Interestingly, there were 4 additional low level tracking cookies found and disinfected. The same 8 vulnerabilities--all from Microsoft updates--remain on my computer since the software does not disnfect these or offer the opportunity to disinfect them.

Spyware Blaster has been set up to protect everything on my computer.

But the problem is still that apparently my desktop is active and cannoot be turned off. I have run Iconoid and cannot make the titles for my desktop icons transparent because it states that the desktop is active. You can see in my previous posting the work that Cool Freak has done to try to figure this out before he kicked this over to "the experts".

Please help me. It's not only that my desktop is ugly with these opaque icon title boxes, there is something wrong with my computer that is causing this that we have not identified as yet, and who knows what havoc that might wreak in the future! Thank you very much for your attention and help.

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I had an external HDD put in as an external HDD, but for some reason it is marked as active (when connected with my normal HDDs windows will not boot), can I make it inactive WITHOUT loosing all the data (It has only my movie collection ripped from DVD on it) nothing else. I only found out the other day when I replaced my PSU with a new one, and windows would not boot until I disconnected it. (after having it connected without a problem for about 2 years).

A:Make an Active drive non-active

In a standard Windows PC, the active partition would be C, or System Reserved if you have that partition. Do you have both of those partitions and is either of them marked "active"?

The active flag has nothing to do with data.

A screen shot of Windows Disk Management would help.

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Running WXP SP2

On my desktop under each icon, how can I put the text in a transparent box?

A:Transparent desktop text box, how?

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Hi everyone. My first post and I'm a new member as well. I downloaded a program which made my computer crash. I won't go into that nighmare. Suffice it to say I had to reinstall everything and lost allot of stuff. Question: How do I get my icons to be transparent on the desktop instead of having the name in a colored outline. Thanks for your replies.


A:Transparent Icons on desktop


I don't know how to do what you are asking, but I do use another solution to your problem.

If you will right click your windows desktop you will see something that will come up and say NEW, click on that and another one will pop up and select FOLDER. Then you can name it what you want and place it on your desktop. Now, when that is finished, just drag anything in there that you don't want on the desktop as a separate item. I have about four of those on my desktop. I name them as an example "Video Vault" for my digital camera different programs. That way you determine what programs you have on the desktop.

Hope that helps.

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Hi everyone,

I run Win XP home version and I was recently fiddling about on my computer and suddenly my lovely tranparent desktop icons reverted back to my old Win98 type. I don't know what I did, but now I can't find anyway to turn them back.

Has anyone any ideas?

A:Desktop Icons un-transparent??

Try this (works in XP Pro...) go to the Control Panel. Double-click on the System icon. In the System Properties box, click on the Advanced tab. Then, in the Performance area of this tab, choose Settings. The very last setting option in the list, I believe, is "show drop shadows under icon text labels". If you choose this option, hopefully your transparent icon backgrounds will reappear.

Hope this helps!

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Hello All,

I was just wondering if anyone knew of a way to get semi-transparent desktop icons, like how the gadgets work. I dont want the shadow on the font, and whenever i google "transparent desktop icons" thats all that shows up. I cant find anything and i was wondering if anyone has had better luck and/or knows of a solution. Maybe im just one of a kind here.

Anyway, Thanks in advanced


A:Transparent Desktop Icons

The only thing that I could suggest is.
If your desktop icons are always the same, like recycle bin and three or four programs etc. I'd make some semi-transparent icons for each of them.
Go to and open your desktop folder, select all, r-click one of them to bring up the context menu, click properties, select hidden, apply, OK. In your Windows Explorer, click Tools on the menu bar, select folder options, then view tab, check show hidden files, folders and drives. That just leaves your recycle bin to deal with. For that you will have to change the icons.

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I have a little program called "Transparent Icons" that does just what the name implies, it makes the text background of my desktop icons transparent. The execute file for this program is desktop.exe, which is located at ath=C:\Program Files\Transparent Icons\DeskTop.exe

A search of desktop.exe indicates that this is a virus or worm executable file. Yet my anti-virus and malware software find no problem. is this program OK?

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I've been investigating a strange box that appears on the desktop on ageing relatives computer but have not been able to find any reports of, or explanation of it, on the internet. I'm just a little concerned that it might be evasive.
here's what it looks like
It doesn't move or do anything.
I'm also posting a hijack this log to see if this helps.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 11:13:19, on 30/07/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\SPAMfighter\SFAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\WMPNSCFG.exe
C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\SPAMfighter\sfus.exe
C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\SoftwareUpdate\YahooAUService.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\WINDOWS\... Read more

A:Unidentified transparent box on desktop

Delete any existing version of ComboFix you have sitting on your desktop
Please read and follow all these instructions very carefully​
Download ComboFix from Here or Hereto your Desktop.

**Note: It is important that it is saved directly to your desktop and run from the desktop and not any other folder on your computer**
1. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.
Very Important! Temporarily disable your anti-virus and anti-malware real-time protection and any script blocking components of them or your firewall before performing a scan. They can interfere with ComboFix or remove some of its embedded files which may cause "unpredictable results" or stop combofix running at all
Click on THIS LINK to see instructions on how to temporarily disable many security programs while running combofix. The list does not cover every program. If yours is not listed and you don't know how to disable it, please ask.
Remember to re enable the protection again after combofix has finished
2. Close any open browsers and any other programs you might have running
Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.​If you are using windows XP It might display a pop up saying that "Recovery console is not installed, do you want to install?"
Please select... Read more

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im trying to make the text of my desktop icons transparent. It has a colored background box around the text and i dont want it. I've tried checking use drop shadow and I've also tried unchecking the desktop lock but it still doesnt work. Please help

A:need help with transparent desktop icons

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Maybe this has something to do with the last round of updates. There are now transparent gray x's on the corners of the documents on my desktoop. They are on both .docx and Wordpad documents. I opened one of the documemts and it opened find but I cannot understand the purpose of these odd gray x's.

A:Transparent gray x's on documents on the desktop

Sounds like that's where the little arrow that indicates the icon is a link should be. Probably a corrupted icon cache.

Try this, see if it helps: Icon Cache - Rebuild

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i've got a problem regarding the transparency of the icon background (bg) on my desktop. as u know that a typical window xp icons in desktop have their bg transparent instead of the window 95 version where the colour of its bg is shown instead of the wallpaper.

before i have this problem, i was working on a document using WINWORD 2003 n wat i did was i copy a picture (or image) in winword program, and then i paste in straight away on my desktop. it popped out a message asking something regarding the settings. so i just clicked ok and it turned out that all the icons in my desktops are now non transparent.

i've tried changing the settings in performance settings under system properties. but it still wont work..

i hope u can help me out here.. thank you

A:Background Of Icons In Desktop Are Not Transparent

Hi Quetz.See this article for the explanation and fix.btw, no need to post the same issue twice.

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I have an odd thing happening. Most my icons themselves have all gone transparent. I have a screenshot at
Before it happen, I had a virus warning. I closed what I was working on and ran Malware and Vast which found a couple things. I ran Malware a second time which then came back clean.

I noticed that when I click on my computer that the list of shortcuts in the left column under favorites all my shortcuts under favorites are missing including Desktop, although it shows up on the field on the right side (transparent also). Most all my other icons are now completely transparent.

I do truly appreciate your help.

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A:Desktop Icons turned transparent

Right-click on one of your transparent icons.

Choose Properties.

Under the General tab, is Hidden selected?

If it is, uncheck it and the same for the rest of your icons and other items.

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My desktop Icon letters are in a highlighted colored box. I have tried to remove the colored box to make it transparent by going to start then control panel then system and click on the advanced tab , click settings under performance, under the visual effects tab I chose ( Checked) use drop shadows for icons labels. clicked apply and it does not work. Help Please:

A:Desktop Icon lable background transparent

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I was at a friends house who has a fairly new Dell with Win XP
Her desktop icon text boxes all have the background color, instead of being transparent. I checked on everything I could and couln't fix it. Tried the display properties - appearance - effects - shadows on or off, changed backgrounds, etc., and looked elsewhere but couldn't find any thing out of the ordinary.
Her dispaly is an Nvidea at 800x600 80cps default settings.
Anyone have any ideas?


A:Desktop Icon text boxes not transparent

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This question is about using "Page {PAGE} of {NUMPAGES}."

I've read many solutions for this online and in MS's help files. None of them are working, and it really has me perplexed because I consider myself an advanced user.

My document is a book:

The first page of my book is a cover page. It shouldn't be counted in page numbering.
Beginning on the second page, my book has a TOC and then 9 chapters.
The TOC and each chapter are set up in their own sections. (I do this because I include the chapter's name - which is the section name - in the footer along with page numbers. It also facilitates creating the TOC)
I want the TOC to be counted as Page 1
All of that works fine for the {PAGE} page number. To accomplish it, I told Word to start counting page numbers from 0, and I suppressed displaying the number on the Cover. Then for subsequent pages I selected "Continue from previous section."
My issue is that I really want to show both the current page and the total number of pages ("Page {PAGE} of {NUMPAGES}") in the footer.

When I try that, {PAGE} displays correctly, but {NUMPAGES} shows one too many. It is obviously counting the cover page.

Evidently what I did in #5 above only affects the count for {PAGE} and not for {NUMPAGES}.

All over the web I find the simple solution of using a formula field for {NUMPAGES} as follows:

Actually, I think that would do the opposite of what I want. I would probably have to... Read more

A:Solved: Word 2007 Page Numbering: Make {NUMPAGES} start counting from Page 2?

I was just messing with the same issue and found a solution:


This may look exactly like something you tried already but here is the difference:

Instead of typing in the curly braces ( { ) manually, you have to hit "Ctrl-F9" to insert a field, then do the same for the braces around "NUMPAGES". You wind up with a field inside a field. That way it interprets the "NUMPAGES" as your document property, returns a number like "42", then the next field takes the equation "= 42 - 1" and returns "41". If you don't use "CTRL-F9" to enter the "NUMPAGES" field, it sees the first curly brace and stops, seeing it as a syntax error.

Hope it works for you! It worked for me!

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Hello! I have my daughters laptop, Dell Inspiron 1520 with XP. It will boot, but there is a semi-transparent gray box in the lower right hand corner with some kind of strange foreign language dialog in it. The task manager has been disabled and it will not connect to the internet. I've run a scan with the Trend Micro Client Server AV and it found nothing. I ran a malwarebytes scan which also found nothing. I've tried safe mode, and that gray box covers the whole screen so I can't click on anything. I can't get on-line to download Spybot or do anything else... any help would be appreciated!!

A:Funky language in a semi-transparent gray box on my desktop


You'll need to get some tools and transfer them to the system with issues. If you're going to use flash memory then better make sure it doesn't get infected (in case the problematic system has a flash infection).

1. Download Flash_Disinfector and save it to your Desktop of your clean system.
2. After downloading, double-click on Flash_Disinfector to run it.
3. Just follow the prompts and continue until it begin scanning.
4. If asked to insert your flash drive or any removable device including USB Pen Drive and Memory Stick, please do so.
5. It will scan removable drives, wait for the scan to finish. Done.


Download DDS and save it to your desktop from here or here or here.
Disable any script blocker, and then double click dds.scr to run the tool.When done, DDS will open two (2) logs: DDS.txt

Save both reports to your desktop. Post them back to your topic.

Download GMER here by clicking download exe -button and then saving it your desktop:Double-click .exe that you downloaded
Click rootkit-tab and then scan.
Don't check
Show All
box while scanning in progress!
When scanning is ready, click Copy.
This copies log to clipboard
Post log in your reply.

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I having a problem where if i set any short-cut on my desktop to a transparent one (both made in Photoshop, and one downloaded from here [7forums]) it will work until I log off (or restart ofc).

I have tried rebuilding the icon cache - again it worked until I logged off - and also tried rebuilding the thumbnail cache - but with the same result. Does anyone have any ideas?

The Install of Windows is fairly new only about a month old and although I do have a mod that removes the short-cut arrow this was happening before that point. - Just say if you want any other information.

Thanks, Wez.

A:Transparent Desktop shortcuts, turn black after logging off.

Hello Wez, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if using the method in the tutorial below may work for you for this since it's uses a trasparent icon included in Windows.

Hide a Folder or Shortcut Icon - Vista Forums

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Just a moment ago, I read a thread about how to display transparent icon text with ActiveDesktop enabled ( But the thread is closed, so I start a new thread.
In my image, Windows XP can not make icon text become transparent when ActiveDesktop enabled.

But I found a new software named WinDeskAngel can do it. It is very simple to implement it -- only startup the software!

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i setup my office computer to be accessed remotely from home (both xp pro). i did this for the first time yesterday. this morning when i get to work i open outlook and it looks funny. when i hover over any menu item or toolbar the option is highlighted white (instead of its default blue), each toolbar is "outlined" looks like it has a perforation around it...i tried opening other office programs and they are all the other programs are experiencing looks like it is showing 16 Bit colors....

my desktop icons are no longer transparent...ugh! i ran into this before and never figured it just corrected itself...

note: i already have "use drop shadows for icon labels on desktop" activated...still no difference...

any suggestions as to why i lost transparency and why my office programs are displaying colors incorrectly?

A:desktop icons no longer transparent and other color issues

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I think the title should be pretty explanatory.

Essentially, I have made a background with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I have saved the file as PNG with Transparency. Windows Photoviewer shows the transparency but when I set it as my desktop wallpaper this transparency suddenly no longer exists and where is should be transparent it is a matt black.
Even when in a position mode where I can change the background, when I set it to white, it does change the background to white, but it doesn't effect the transparent area and it stays back.

Refer to image.
Is there any way to make the transparency work correctly.

Thanks in Advance.

A:Transparent Backgrounds not Transparent - Shows Matt Black

Welcome to the Forums.

This thread may have a useful technique:
Masked/Transparent .PNG as background/wallpaper...

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Excel 2003 SP3
Could anybody suggest a way, using whatever method you prefer to copy existing data to another tab, but have the data go transparent by 50%(or thereabouts, so you can just see it), but keep the headings normal font.

A:Solved: Excel 2003 help to copy data to new tab and make data transparent

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This one if giving me fits....I made a one-page web site, but for some reason I created it in a way that makes it impossible to make it the index.htm page. Therefore, the home page remains blank, and the page I want to be the home page (and ONLY page) is invisible, because on the net it automatically goes to the index.htm page, which is blank. I know that sounds complicated, but my issue is: how do I import the page I created into the new web and make it the index.htm, or home page (the ONLY page!) Or just start a new web and import the page I created....? all i want if for my one page web to be publishable, and right now what you see on the internet is nothing, because there's no home page....


A:(Solved) on front page, how to make a page the index.htm?

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Hi, I have a hidden area on my website only accessible if you click the right area of the menu bar. My website has 3 frames Top, Left and main. When you click on the part of the menu in the left frame the box for the password opens in the main frame, when you enter the correct password I want it to go to replace the 3 frames with different ones (using the parent method I would have thought). Does this make sense?? anyway I have tried using the target="_parent" tag all over this script and it keeps coming up error on page in the status bar

<!-- Begin
function Login(){
var done=0;
var username=document.login.username.value;
var password=document.login.password.value;
if (username=="name" && password=="password") { window.location="urlofpage.htm"; done=1; }
if (username=="-" && password=="-") { window.location="-"; done=1; }
if (username=="-" && password=="-") { window.location="-"; done=1; }
if (username=="-" && password=="-") { window.location="-"; done=1; }
if (username=="-" && password=="-") { window.location="-"; done=1; }
if (username=="-" && password=="-") { window.location="-"; done=1; }
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A:How do I make this javascript open a parent page not just a page...

I'm confused on what you're trying to do.

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Hey everyone! Just thought I would show you some screenshots of a transparency effect anyone can achieve using an application called Glass2k. This program allows any application including Universal Windows Apps, as well as the Action Center, Smart menu including tiles and file explorer.

Obviously some of you guys are not interested in any transparency effects but the possibilities to be creative are endless. In the screenshots some of the images use a blurred background, and the others aren't so your able to gauge different effects.

Glass2k also allows you to change how high the transparency it set too, with each app or menu set to different transparency level if be.


1. Download the application (GLASS2K) -

2. Run the application.

3. The icon should show in the taskbar icons. Open it. Click settings.

4. Enable Auto-Load Glass2k everytime windows starts.

5. Enable Auto-Remember every window Transparency settings.

6. Disable Transparency Popup: Right Click

7. For the keyboard shortcut I use +Alt + Clrl.

8. To change an applications transparency hold alt + ctrl and use the numpad to change the value of transparency.

9. You will have to run Glass2k every time windows starts unfortunately.

10. To add transparency to the Start menu tiles: Open the start menu and click the grouped tiles headerbox. Now click and hold ALT+CTRL and while holding use the numeral pad to change the transparency ... Read more

A:Transparent Tiles, Transparent File Explorer and more!!

It's a shame that the tool is no longer supported.

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Problem,I can,t boot from a floppy to fdisk the hard drive,somehow i messed up formatting. i just want to use the drive as a slave..Have bios set to boot from A have tried several boot disks none work,,Get message No Active Partition. thanks...

A:Make active partition

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I have one server. This is going to be a file server and want to have the rights and permissions with Active Directory.

Do I need to set up DNS?

A:Do I have to have DNS if I make an Active Directory?

What server are you talking about...2000 or 2003?

If it is a windows server the answer is yes...But there is a work around..

I have a Windows 2003 enterprise running as a file server..

Put your computers in the same workgroup...

put static IP's on your computers..

computers need to be on a router or same LAN

Have the same user name and password on the sever and desktop machine..

Put a file on the server and share the permissions of that file put your user name. Give yourself amin or poweruser rights...

Log onto you desktop machine and do a network search or go to our "run" and

type in \\"server computer name here"

you should have a folder pop up and it should be the shared folder on the sever or you might get a logon screen pop up..either way. I you get the log on screen just log on and then the folder will open...

Now after you see the shared folder on your desktop machine you can close it...

Now click on my computer and you should see your folder listed just under the drives should say network share..

right click on the netork share...send shortcut to the desktop...

Now even after you reboot ..once you log onto the desktop computer the shared server folder will be there....


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I cannot get my HP Compaq Presario CQ56 notebook to recover if I put it into sleep mode. I have tried a number of 'cures', non of which have worked. The latest 'solution' I have read is to go into Disk Management and make C: drive 'Active'. However, the process throws up dire warnings that, if I proceed it may make the notebook inoperable.
Apart from C: drive partition (297 GBs), which shows as "Healthy (Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)", I also have a System partition (199 MBs) which shows as "Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)" and an HP Tools partition which I guess has no bearing on this inquiry.
Am I correct in assuming that the System partition contains the Operating System and not C: drive and this being the case I should definitely NOT make C: drive active? Very sorry if this is pretty basic to most.

A:Should I make C drive Active?

Not likely you should make the C drive active.

Your system partition is active and that's fine.

Windows is on the C partition. The boot files for Windows are on the system partition.

Some machines do NOT have a system partition. In those cases, yes, the C drive should be marked active.

I know nothing about HP notebooks, but it appears the cause of your problem is not related to which partition is marked active. Look elsewhere.

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Good eveing gents ,i had a lap top " Star Wars Special Edition Notebook - 15-an001nx (ENERGY STAR)" while setup the direct X , get a problem with the windowes , and then the lap top restared to the maintance screen , and no way to reset the system or even recovery the windowes , i tried to revover the sysatem by another copy from diffrent lap "its also HP win 10 but diffrent spec " , no succese , i get a screen says the media recovery should be "0110-m9h15ea#abv-p5n39ea#a2n" . how ever the bad luck i get that lap top from 3 days , i didnt make the recovery USB / DVD from the revovery manger !!Any idiea if i want to get my computer back , how i can get the Image for the recovery online please ?Some thing else , when i tried to get access to hard drive , by booting by CD / DVD / USB , says there is no partition found ? where when i get the hard drive out , i can see the 2 partition , but it seems i have to active the main one "C Drive" , how i solve that issue too , Thanks , and waiting for the support ....

A:Recovery the Windowes , Make HD Active

Hi Ahmed_Dorry, Forst step test your HDD by using this video guide: In case the HDD test is OK then you can try to use instruction from this video to recover Windows or the case Windows is not loading: In case the HDD test is NOT OK then you have to go back to shop as it more likely a hardware issue.  Best Regards,Alexey.

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Hello all, I am new to these forums so please forgive me if I put this post in the wrong area or something of that nature.

I'm running a 2 month old Toshiba Satellite PC, when suddenly all of my Partitions, except for my C: drive disappeared. My computer also failed to recognize my CD/DVD Rom drive, however, after searching around I was able to find a lot of people with the same problem and recovered that Partition and the use of the drive by deleting the upperfilters in my registry. But the other Partitions are still gone and marked as inactive in my Disk Management. This is what I am looking at:

As you can see, it shows an additional two partitions, but they cannot be made active by right clicking them. When I right click them, all options are "greyed out" making it impossible to preform and actions.

I tried using a couple partition recovery softwares, but to no avail, because I am not trying to recover lost partitions, I am trying to activate partitions that are already existing. I have norton 360 installed and ran several anti-virus programs that came up cold. However, I did find one gentlemen on youtube, that had the same problem and fixed it by restoring the computers factory default settings. This is the video: That's almost identical to my problem, and like the gentlemen in the video states, there does not seem to be a lot of info available to this particular situation, unless I missed it.

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A:All of my Partitions disappeared and I cannot make them active.

As this may be caused by an infection, install, update and run a full scan with Malwarebytes, in Safe Mode if necessary.

Next run Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help to try to recover the missing partition.

The only partition which should be marked Active is the one intended to boot Win7, which for your model is likely the Recovery partition. However it is missing it's System flag which signifies where the System boot files reside, so I would boot the Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to correct any problems with the boot files and config.

If you decide to start over you can try running Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility or get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 without the corrupting preinstalled bloatware.

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Here is the stupid thing I did first. ( XP, sp3 ). I was using Partition Magic and made the hard drive "hidden" and also "not active ".

Now I want to get it back, but the P.M. boot disk does not recognize the drive, neither does the bios. I also tried the WinXP boot disk and that just says" no disk". I also tried Testdisk, that couldn't see it either.
Any ideas anyone ? Thanks Mike1232

A:[SOLVED] Make a drive active

you could try using a different hard drive to plug into the pc and try to use partition magic to recover the drive. otherwise you need to take it to a computer shop to recover data

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HI...I reciently installed XP...and when i changed my wallpaper, the Background of my icons was no longer transparent...How do i change them back to transparent?

A:XP Icon Problem...Cannot make icon BG transparent!

Just do the following:
Right click "My Computer" and select Properties
Click Advanced
Under Performance, click Settings
Check "Use drop shadows for icon labels on desktop"
Click Ok
Then Ok .......

That should do it...Good Luck !!!

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Hi there,

So a while back when i was running XP on this rig, i had a active desktop wallpaper setup that would display animated local radar images. Basically the same radar you would see if you put in your zipcode in the or radar section.

So now with Win 7, i cant get it to work for the life of me....and no, sorry, the wimpy sidebar gadgets just dont cut it.

Basically what it was, and am looking to accomplish, is have a live animated radar as my wallpaper / background.
Preferably not the whole screen, just alike a 12X8 square or something relative.

Picture attached of a mock setup of what im talking about.

Im pretty sure i originally was using this as my source for the animated wallpaper:
My favorite radar site

Any ideas all?

Thanks for reading

A:Animated Desktop Wallpaper? Active desktop radar images.

hmmm, bump

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Hello and Welcome to the forums! My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. Somethings to remember while we are working together.Do not run any other tool untill instructed to do so!Please Do not Attach logs or put in code boxes.Tell me about any problems that have occurred during the fix.Tell me of any other symptoms you may be having as these can help also.Do not run anything while running a fix.We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Click on the Watch Topic Button and select Immediate Notification and click on proceed, this will help you to get notified faster when I have replied and make the cleaning process faster.In order for me to see the status of the infection I will need a new set of logs to start with.Please print out or make a copy in notpad of any instructions given, as sometimes it is necessary to go offline and you will lose access to them.DeFogger: Please download DeFogger to your desktop.

Double click DeFogger to run the tool.
The application window will appear Click the Disable button to disable your CD Emulation drivers Click Yes to continue A 'Finished!' message will ap... Read more

A:Malware infection, google redirected searches, transparent icons on desktop, empty programs

Hello 48 Hour bumpIt has been more than 48 hours since my last you still need help with this?do you need more time?are you having problems following my instructions?
if after 48hrs you have not replied to this thread then it will have to be closed!Gringo

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first of all, let me start by saying that this forum has helped many times in the past with tutorials, usefull tips and tweaks and problem solving without the need of taking me out of lurker status, but now, after hitting google's 15th page several times already to find only loosely correlated solutions I've realized the urge for a more direct approach.

How can I set one partition as active?
(tried many methods and none worked so far)

the context:
I'm trying to recover data from a faulty HD using a linux live CD (ubuntu rescue remix) to image the data and try to retrieve it later on. Here's where the problem starts: apart from the usb from which I launched the live CD, no other devices were showing (lshw listed nothing, except the usb itself). After some research I remembered that my MBR always gets f***up after a re-install - not entirely sure if it's when amd chipset [sata] updates microsoft msahci or after I move the user folders from my ssd to my hd (symlinks), I also recall something about sata ports creating some problems - having to use port 3 for (re)install or something like that.

Anyway, I began to try fixes for this issue when the problems with the MBR started to show it's ugly teeth again. The thing is, I can't launch windows repair* (from the install CD) because it doesn't recognize the current OS. It simply doesn't list it. And I know I already had encountered this exact same issue and managed to repair it... once ... Read more

A:Can't make an ACTIVE part + bootmgnr issues

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

This tool couldn't find any drives in the same manner lshw for linux didn't.
I created an usb disk and booted from Partition Wizard to find out that the only devices it recognized/loaded were my dvd drive and the usb it was on.
this doesn't merit a new post, but I just found out that I've been using the pre-install win7 disk instead of the installation one (OEM win7 pro x64 Version). That explains why I've been going straight to the command prompt when booting from the dvd. Anyway, nothing new yet. OS isn't listed as usual, and list disk/vol/part returned no results (no disks found). And boot utils still fail because they can't find a path.


- problem:
-- MBR/bootmanager are definetely messed up (my best guess)

- symptoms:
-- can't list or find devices [hard disks] from linux live CD/similar
-- can't list or find devices [hard disks] nor the currently installed OS itself from Win7 repair disk

- thus:
- can't rebuild/repair the MBR

note worthy:
- within win7 the devices are shown and normal operations seem just fine but the tasks I need to perform are locked, not sure if by default or by fault.

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I had no problem to run 2 applications at the same time on games like Borderlands 2, using the SplitTool from Split Play.
I have no problem run 2 game windows in 1 screen of almost any game i have tried so far.
I will explain how for those who might need this.

1.Locate the game exe in your Program Files or where you have it installed.
2.Simply hold right click on the Game exe and move the mouse. A window will pop-up. Select ''Create Shortcuts Here'' .
3.Make 2 Shortcuts this way and Rename them (for example Player 1 and Player 2).
4.Right click the Player 1 Shortcut and go to Properties. On Target paste this command at the end of what is already there: '' -AlwaysFocus''
(With the Space at the beginning of command and Without the '' ).
5.Right click the Player 2 Shortcut and go to Properties. On Target paste this command at the end of what is already there: '' -AlwaysFocus -ControllerOffset=1 -SaveDataId=2''
(With the Space at the beginning of command and Without the '' ).
6.Open Player 1 and Player 2 as administrators and make sure they are not on full screen. You should be able to run both and make a Lan-game on 1 PC screen.
7.If you are going to use gamepads and game supports gamepads then make sure you only use player's 1 gamepad on Player 1 Screen without touching 2nd gamepad. Then click with mouse on 2nd Player Screen to make it active and use only the 2nd Player gamepad. That s... Read more

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I took out the SSD hard drive I had in my laptop
I had a backup on Acronis of the current SSD's state
I had a super clever genius idea: I decided to format the C drive of the old hard drive
Damn, damn and bl**dy damn!
Now the MBR is gone
I've spent many many hours on this damn problem

I have it hooked to my new laptop in an external enclosure
In disk management, it wont give me the option of making it be active
I can only make a simple volume

Why cant I see make active volume option??
Is there anyway of making active without getting a 3rd party tool (even if free)?
If I have no choice, I assume the best choice is the one from easeus? (That's the one that keeps popping up in search results)


A:How do I make an external hard disc active?

OK... I solved this one - after many painful hours!

I used Acronis to restore my backed up image
It set the default option to GPT for the hard drive
GPT is some other form for the hard drive other than MBR
A GPT hard drive cannot be made primary or active

I had to use EaseUs (while installing being careful to avoid installing spamware)
I wasn't 100% sure if MBR was actually erased - I did format the main C drive
Either way, I wiped everything and put my image back

Everything working fine now


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The signal bar for the two SIMS is always active on the screen, while in the settings it shows both SIMS but SIM two detail is not fully shown.

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Hi, I have a tablet with Windows 10x64. I use it with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard. Problem is that both are picked up only when the desktop shows up, but they are inactive during boot (only a wireless keyboard will work, I tested it). So my question is, how can I make Windows load the necessary bluetooth drivers during boot (before the desktop shows up)? I need this because at startup I'm prompted for a password (drive is encrypted) and the only way to type it is either with a wired or wireless keyboard, but not a bluetooth one. Thanks.

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Any chance that we could get a tutorial/registry patch
for making Windows Installer Logging active?


A:Make Windows Installer Logging active?

Hello Ardneh,

This may be able to help with this for now.

How to enable Windows Installer logging

Here's a REG file download below to enable Windows Installer Logging with the default letter values.

Hope this helps,

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I would like to say I inadvertently made by secondary hard drive active.. It was not. Is there a way to make it not active? As it is listed in the BIOS as the non-boot drive, there doesn't appear to be a conflict at this time. But I would like to correct it if possible. Thanks for all assistance.

A:How to make a secondary hard drive NOT Active?

Removing the Active Flag from a Partition
(on a drive that's not used as a boot drive)

Partition - Mark as Inactive

Make sure you choose the correct Disk / Partition !

Open an elevated command prompt in Windows:
1. Click Start Orb
2. In search box, type cmd
3. Right-click on cmd.exe and choose 'Run as Administrator'

In the elevated command prompt type in the following commands:

SELECT DISK n (where n is the number of the HDD in question)
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the active partition you wish to make inactive)

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A cpl weeks ago when we got our new Windows 7 computer, when the cursor bounced off the edge of the window, it would make that window smaller. For some reason it does not do that now. Imagine there is some setting, possibly in Control panel(tho I can't find it) that will reset that option..HELP!!& Thanx

A:Get Cursor bounce to make active window smaller

Hi there,

I looked around in Control Panel to no avail. I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'bouncing cursor' or 'making windows smaller'... are you talking about Aero Snap? Sorry if I'm misunderstanding.


Windows Outreach Team

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when i run:

"net user administrator /active:yes"

I get:

"System error 5 has occurred.

Access is denied"

What is going on?

A:cannot make administrator accound active (system error 5)

Go to Start type in CMD located CMD.exe right click on it then select "Run as Administrator" then type in the commands again.

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when i run:

"net user administrator /active:yes"

I get:

"System error 5 has occurred.

Access is denied"

What is going on?

A:cannot make administrator accound active (system error 5)

What version of Windows 7 are you using?

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win 7 home premium on hp laptop

how do i make the full file path appear in the active tile bar? spent ages trawling through 'help and support' but havnt found the answer yet.



A:how to make full file path appear in active tile bar?

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I use Win7 Home Premium x64 SP1.

I'd like to have a 100% transparent taskbar with 0% transparent icons (including pinned program icons and systray icons). Can that be accomplished?

I have tried Glass2k, TransBar, Transparent Taskbar and TClock 2010. None of them allows the taskbar icons to be kept intact when the transparency of the taskbar reaches 100%.

A:Transparent taskbar with non-transparent icons. Possible?

Just wondering if Windows Blinds is what you're after.

WindowBlinds - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Downloads

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So I can't access the boot menu to load windows installation disk from drive or usb, I've tried all the keys from the startup and I can't even go into windows installation disk to repair my MBR.

I also can't make my primary partition active through disk management or CMD, when I try, the option is grayed out for me.

In CMD, it simply says: "The selected disk is not a fixed MBR disk. The ACTIVE command can only be used on fixed MBR disks, so I'm assuming my MBR is corrupted. But I can't fix my MBR without going into the boot menu so I'm lost here.

Note: I can still reformat the computer by loading it from windows but not from the startup.

A:Can't access boot menu and can't make primary partition active

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Sometimes, for no apparent reason, it becomes impossible to click on a partially obscured window to make it the active window; it's as if the window in the foreground has "gone modal" on me.

Conversely, sometimes a partially obscured window will become the active window and come to the foreground even if I have not clicked on it.

Sometimes when I'm in a browser (ANY browser, not just a particular one), and click the back button, the browser goes back, as it should, but then after a couple of seconds will return to the page I had just been looking it, as if it had a mind of its own.

There is a long thread on Technet about this, with many people reporting the problem as early as 2009 in Vista. I'm running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. I hope there are some good ideas here on this forum, as these problems are making my system unusable, because they happen every few minutes! Arrrgh.

These problems happen in normal mode as well as Safe Mode.

To temporarily fix the problem, I must CTRL-ALT-DELETE and then click CANCEL to return to the desktop.

Here's what I have done to troubleshoot:
1. Bought a new wireless mouse and new wireless keyboard.
1a. Tried a new wired USB mouse.
2. Checked for new device drivers.
3. Run ASUS M/B diagnostics. All's well according to them.
4. Scanned for viruses (using two different A/V programs one after the other, not installed simultaneously)
5. Restored to a restore-point from a month ago, before the problem star... Read more

A:clicking on partially obscured window to make it active does not work

Do you have any programs running in the background?

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So, my brother is trading me his iTouch for my Zune, so I have to go install iTunes...which I hate...alot. It takes me a day to figure out how to get it installed (thanks to google, I managed to figure out I had to search and delete everything having to do with quicktime) But doing this would appear to have caused another problem...the Active Desktop Recovery and script error. I googled that again (Google is my life saver) and found the standard fix and did it. I unhid all folders and looked for desktop.htt in its supposed location and it wasn't there. I also use Google Chrome instead of IE8 if that means anything.

A:Active Desktop Recovery (desktop.htt not the problem)

Bump for help?

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I am sending a web page with sound and links to other web pages from the send page option in IE7 through Outlook 2010. The sound and web page links do not come across in Outlook. What do I need to change. This used to work in XP.

A:Help with active x send page IE7


Anyways, once you click "send page" in your browser, then your default mail application should pop up with the new message. The rest is up to your mail client. I've never used Outlook, so I can't help you there. With Thuderbird everything is automatic.

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you know how theres those minimized windows that start blinking yellow when there's something going on there.
is there an option that they would automatically become the current active window?

A:How do I make a yellow flashing minimzed item automatically become the active window?

Welcome to TSF!

Click Start | Run (or press WinKey+R), type regedit, press Enter
Navigate to here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
Find the ForegroundLockTimeout entry in the right pane
Double click it, select Decimal, then enter the time in milliseconds that you want the system to wait before making the window Active.
The default value is 200000, (200 seconds, or 3 minutes 20 seconds).

Reboot for the setting to take effect. This is a per user setting.

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Recently I tried to email a web page and after pasting into OE 7, a message came up
stating that security settings for this web pages' active X controls did not allow some things to be shown. How do you make a correction to allow here. Not that important, but
mostly curious ?? OS XP Home SP 3; OE 6; IE 7 ( Active-X Controls ).



A:IE 7 --- Email web page---Active X Controls

go to ur panel control/internet options/advanced
u will find it there u can modify whatever u want from there .

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This ones has me baffled. I keep getting an active X promt stating that the page wont display properly. This Only happens on the Yahoo News page and NO where else. been going on for about a week now.

My security settings are where they need to be. Any Ideas?


A:Active X Warning on one page site only--why?

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I've been trying to set the company I work for up with a standardized Outlook signature. I found a great Powershell script to take care of it. Here's a pastebin of the entire script. Well, I've set the script up and have it run by a logon batch file set to run in each user's Active Directory profile. I figured we were using one anyway, so might as well just add to it for this functionality. Well, the batch file loads the script every time without fail, and the script is capable of working, but doesn't always. While testing I restarted/logged in and out several times to make sure the script was doing it's job. I didn't change the logon batch file, and I didn't change the Powershell script. Well, sometimes the script works and Outlook applies an accurate new signature to my emails with information pulled from AD just like it should, and sometimes it doesn't. When it doesn't, the error I get is:
Exception calling "FindOne" with "0" arguement(s): "Logon Failure: unknown user name or bad password."
At C:\Users\myUserName\Documents\Signature Deployment\SetOutlookSignature.ps1:105 char:32
+ $ADUserPath = $Searcher.FindOne <<<< ()
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorID : DotNetMethodException
Because of this one error, all of the AD fields that are queried later in the script return null values, which messes the... Read more

A:Powershell Script to pull Active Directory fields and make an Outlook signature

Anyone out there have any ideas? I usually don't bump my own threads, but this really has me stumped. Waiting five days to bump should be more than acceptable. =D

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Hello, Im new at this and hope someone can help
I recently starting receiving msgs. that a "page cannot be displayed" when going into secure sites such as:
Employment applications online / Talk Show specific pages / etc.
I also cannot get into Hotmail in MSN.
I did the following so far :
- Deleted files under Temp. Int. Section
- Turned off Norton Firewall
- Medium Security
- In Security SSL2 SSL3 is checked and
TLS1.0 isnt. Should it be?
Ive tried calling my internet services but they cant seem to help so I hope someone out there can.
I was able to access what I wanted on the library computer.
Thank you

A:Page Cannot Be Displayed Message / Active X Messages

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I update files within an organization web page, which is maintained by another member.

I just installed Windows 7 with Explorer 8 and can no longer save the file with it original format that includes jpg pictures. When updates are saved to my Desktop (or anywhere), the jpg links to the web page are broken and I get an “x” box instead of the picture, accompanied by the following message:
Some pictures have been blocked to help prevent the sender from identifying your computer. Open this item to view the pictures.
However, the pictures do not show up when the file is opened.
I have also received a slightly different message:
The help protect your security, Internet Explorer has restricted this web page from running scripts or active X controls that could access your computer.

Previously, I was able to save the updated file from my Desktop back to the web side and maintain its original format.

How do I disable this protection/restriction? Can it be disable for only the organization’s web site?

Thanks for your guidance/assistance.

A:IE restricted web page from running scripts or Active X

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checked malware not it
]seems to be about dreamweaver and or schockwave player
the message comes up on most embedded web pages but not all ,so as to leave the page dead to animated gife etc then activated by hitting go on address bar
can this be a setting in tools under security?
dont think its a microsoft update or patch might be
lastly bulletin supposedly explaining the cure i think?? asked to drop multiple codes on pages using references not many could follow
thamks bewildered

A:click to activate active x controls on web page

It is due to a recent MS Update - KB912945 :-)

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I don't find the desktop to be of much use, too many icons take away from the image I choose to display, but I do use the desktop toolbar from the taskbar quite a bit.
There are icons that I cannot remove from the desktop toolbar such as the Network & Control Panel icons they won?t leave the toolbar, and I can?t seem to kill the IE icon off for good, either. Does anyone know how to kill them dead and send them to Vista Hell?

A:How do I make desktop icons go away from desktop toolbar in Vista?

Hi gtghip,
Here's a tutorial to show how to disable notification icons.
Notification Area - System Icons[11]=Taskbar Start Menu
And to get rid of the IE icon, right click on taskbar, Properties, Uncheck Show Quicklaunch, Apply.

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Hello, My mother in law gave my wife her Sony Vaio laptop which she hardly used. I installed a Netgear router and the laptop seemed to function fine. My wife wants to do banking so went to the wells fargo site and got the message"Your current security settings prohibit running Active X on this page. As a result the page may not display correctly. After 4 days of trying to correct per instructions off varied web pages, nothing works. I changed the levels of security on internet options for the internet and trusted zone. Even had both on low, custom level, etc. Changed settings in the Registry following very carefully instructions. Went to the MSN update and got the same error mentioned above. Could not find a firewall and did not have any anti virus loaded on the laptop. There was AVG however, it was not functioning. If there is anyone who can help and use four letter words please, am not a computer expert, it would be appreciated. Also, sites like ebay, pogo, etc are working fine, just appears to be secure type sites.

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I no longer have my system restore, I get a blank white page. I also can't do windows update, I can't load the active x control, nor do I get the option on top to do so. Could someone PLEASE help, I don't want to have to reformat?

A:blank page for system restore, and can't load active x option to

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I don't know how but I've disabled Active Desktop in Win2K and can't reactivate it. I can't select the option to "Enable Web Content on My Desktop" as it's greyed out within Folder Options.

Any ideas?!?

A:Active Desktop

Have you gone to settings/display/web and checked the box?

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Where are the settings for active desktop? I need to turn mine off.

A:active desktop

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Please help. I'm trying to set my Windows NT 4.0 to use the Active Desktop feature. But when I set my desktop properties to "View Active Desktop As Web Page" and hit "Apply" and then close the Display Properties box I do not see any changes. And when I re-open the Display Properties box I find that "View Active Desktop As Web Page" has been deselected. How can I make sure that the setting remains selected ?

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active desktop is like having a webpage for your desktop right? anyway. i just wanted to know if there was a way to turn off the warnings you would get from trying to open an exe from internet explorer.

the thing is, i thought it would be cool to have a webpage for my desktop and i wanted to make all my icons and shortcuts as text links instead right on my desktop.

i can do the html real easily and make it look cool. but if when i want to launch maybe microsoft word or photoshop from an html file (the active desktop) then i'd get the obvious security warning messages about "downloading exe's is dangerious, do you want to open or save?".

so i was wondering if there was a tag of sorts, i can use to disable that on a link by link basis, (or keep it only on that page) because i dont necessarily want to deactivate my default ie security settings or anythign like that which i think would be dumb.

so i was just wondering.

and in case your wondering "why". i once saw this cool desktop online with some neato text links for a menu instead of lame icons. and i thought it could be done in html and maybe using active desktop. however i wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be maybe like litestep or desktopx. but i woudl personally rather NOT use those programs just to get a kewl desktop. i wanted to keep it simple. so i was just wondering. let me know. thanks in advance.

A:active desktop

I've never tried it, but here is something that may help.,fid,8095,00.asp

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I have XP media edition and I was putting a jpg file on my desktop last week when it said something about active desktop. I was in a hurry so I clicked it and since then my desktop icons have dark blue labels, indicating that it is in active desktop mode, I guess.
I don't like it but I can't find any way to get out of it and get back to normal. There is nothing in the help files about it or online as far as I can see.
I even tried that program that reverts you to a previous day but that didn't work either.
Anybody know how to fix this. i'd really appreciate it.
Thanks Pam

A:Active Desktop

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