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0x80073701 When Adding Features

Q: 0x80073701 When Adding Features

I've been attempting to add features to my Windows 8 laptop for the past day and haven't found any useful results online. It's a <g class="gr_
gr_21 gr-alert gr_spell gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling multiReplace" data-gr-id="21" id="21">2 week</g> old laptop with Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (Dell Precision M4700), and I'm trying to add the Telnet Client and Hyper-V features
through the Control Panel to no avail. When I try to install them, Windows searches for the required files and comes back with:

"Windows couldn't complete the requested changes. The referenced assembly could not be found. Error code: 0x80073701."

I've tried modifying the Group Policy to make it go through Windows Update to download the necessary installation files, but that hasn't worked (even after some reboots and "<g class="gr_ gr_25 gr-alert gr_spell gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling
ins-del multiReplace" data-gr-id="25" id="25">gpupdate</g> /force"'s). Modifying the same Group Policy to point to an installation CD with the SXS files doesn't work either.

I've tried "<g class="gr_ gr_23 gr-alert gr_spell gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" data-gr-id="23" id="23">sfc</g> /<g class="gr_ gr_24 gr-alert gr_spell gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling
ins-del multiReplace" data-gr-id="24" id="24">scannow</g>" and it returns within seconds saying everything is fine.

I've downloaded a Windows 8 Pro image and attempted to install the OS files over what's already there and it errors out as soon as it starts.

Has anyone been able to fix this issue?

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I have office 2000. Everytime I want to use one of its neat features I have to pull out the disk and have it installed. Is there a way to install all the features?

A:adding all the office features

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Hello everyone, I'm a member on sevenforums and usually post a lot there but its my first time here. I do plan on possibly helping out here on issues in the future but I have a question today.

I got a copy of Windows 8.1 Industry Pro and it seems like a stripped down version of 8. My question is, what app do I need for the Search feature to look for/suggest Apps from the windows store and/or other results?

For example, on a normal 8 install if I search for Netflix and I don't have the App, I get suggestions on where to download it. For me, it will display no results if I don't have the program/app Im searching for locally.

Thanks in advance!

A:Adding Features to 8.1 Industry Pro

Where did you obtain this version of Windows 8.1? Google seems to think its Windows 8.1 Embedded ? If true what is it installed on?

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I cannot add remove features of windows vista as i want to install IIS on my computer but after 5 days struggle doing all possible solution on internet(Every body giving different flavours of solutions on net). I was unable to add features. I tried to add remove other features but same problem that progress windows appears but after some time there is message that not all program successfully installed. However an article come into my consideration written last year by Adding Windows Features Fails on Vista which told that its not IIS problem but add/remove features problem as microsft fails to solve this bug and he gave cause of multiple languages but I did not install/update any additional language except english but i am facing the problem.
I have tried to contact microsoft via email and chat but first of all they ask to submit bunch of dollars to get chat with their representative.
As I am not crazy to install IIS or of microsoft, just studying and want to complete assignment. Previously i worked with php, jsp thats work fine without wasting time.
Can anybody help me ?
I have running vista ultimate addition on dual core with 2 gb of ram. all updates are installed except languages.
or anybody can help as i succesfull to install IIS on xp but when I run http://localhost their is prompt for user name and password. I did not use any login or password during login windows.

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Courtesy of my company, I will soon be getting Windows Vista Enterprise to play around with. However, I notice there are things missing from Enterprise like WMP11, Xbox 360 Media Center Extender compatibility etc:

Can I download/add them afterwards?

A:Adding Ultimate features to Enterprise?

windows enterprise is similar to vista business wich it stripped of all media center features because it is intended for business users ( I have been able to ad the wmp 11 however the other features you want will not add in to get those you will need to buy home premium or ultimate)

Good luck

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I would like to be able to get windows media centre onto my PC, however I have searched for ways to add features to windows but none of the guides are working, as the Add features to 8.1 option does not show in the search results, or control panel, or windows well as pretty much any other way of running it that I have found so far. when go into System its says the windows edition is Windows 8.1 pro. I have also checked my installed programs and windows media centre is not already there either.

Any help on this?

A:Adding features and windows media center

Hello Lawliet, and welcome to Eight Forums.

For now, see if these may help.

Add Features to Windows 8

Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

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Windows' network activity continues to be scrutinized amid privacy concerns. Windows 10 was first put under the microscope with both new and old features causing concern. With its Cortana digital personal assistant, Windows 10 represents a new breed of operating system that incorporates extensive online services as an integral part of the platform. But its older predecessors haven't escaped attention, and questions are now being asked of Windows 7 and 8's online connectivity.
Windows 8 included many of the same online features as are now raising hackles around the Internet. While it had no Cortana, it nonetheless integrated Web and local search, supported logging in and syncing settings with Microsoft Account, included online storage of encryption keys, and so on and so forth. While a few privacy advocates expressed concern at these features when the operating system was first released, the response was far more muted than the one we see today about Windows 10. But a new addition has led to accusations that Windows 8 now mimics one of Windows 10's more problematic features: it reports information to Microsoft even when told not to.
Back in April, Microsoft released a non-security update for both Windows 7 and 8. This update, 3022345, created a new Windows service called the Diagnostics Tracking service. Microsoft describes this service as doing two things. First, it increase the amount of diagnostic data that the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) can colle... Read more

A:Microsoft accused of adding spy features to Windows 7, 8

Accused by who- Ars Technica, or someone else?

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I am getting this constantly every few hours:

Then after a few seconds I get this:

And if I click to investigate I get this:

After a few hours/minutes, I get the same loop again.

What the heck is it and how do I fix it? Can anyone help me out?

A:Endless Loop "Adding Some New Features/Something Happened"

Sorry, I haven't got much to offer you, but as a starting point, go into Settings>Update and Security>Windows Update>Advanced Options>View Your Update History, and see what is failing to install. Once you know that, you may be able to search Microsoft's Community for some information on how to stop it.

Let us know what's failing, and maybe someone here will have some suggestions.

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My 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 computer meets all the hardware and BIOS requirements for adding Hyper-V. Nevertheless, Hyper-V fails to install.

After attempting to add Hyper-V from Control Panel my computer restarts and gets to 93% completion of the work. Then a message appears: We couldn't complete the features. Undoing changes.

Event viewer shows no errors or warnings.

EDIT - Hyper-V consists of two components: Hyper-V Management Tools and Hyper-V Platform. I decided to install each component separately.

Hyper-V Management Tools installed successfully. Hyper-V Platform resulted in the behavior I describe above.
How can I successfully add Hyper-V?

A:"We couldn't complete the features" When Adding Hyper-V

I am indebted to the Kaspersky User Forum for this solution. I use Kaspersky Internet Security 2015.

The "Self Defense" feature of Kaspersky software interferes with adding Hyper-V. Disable "Self Defense" in your Kaspersky software and you will be able to install Hyper-V.
Once installed don't forget to re-enable Self Defense!
The Kaspersky team determined that this is a bug and it will be fixed.

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I have a Windows 7 Enterprise edition.
When upgrading to SP1 (online or standalone file) I receive error:


I ran the System Update Readiness Tool but it didn't find any problems.
Also sfc /scannow didn't report any errors.

In the CBS log I find these errors:

2011-05-12 13:23:26, Error CSI 0000000e (F) HRESULT_FROM_WIN32(ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING) #8045# from Windows::ServicingAPI::CCSITransaction::ICSITransaction_PinDeployment(Flags = 0, a = Microsoft-Windows-Help-Customization-OEM-Deployment-LanguagePack, Version = 6.1.7600.16385, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture = [l:10{5}]"it-IT", VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral, cb = (null), s = (null), rid = [109]"Microsoft-Windows-Help-Customization-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~it-IT~6.1.7600.16385.OEMHelpCustomization", rah = (null), manpath = (null), catpath = (null), ed = 0, disp = 0)[gle=0x80073701]
I don't know why, but for some reason it wants something from an italian language pack:

- lkpsetup only shows my default english language, no other languages.
- under \windows\system32\catroot\{F750E6C3-38EE-85E5-00C0F4C295EE}\
I have these files: Read more

A:Win7 SP1 upgrade: ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING (0x80073701)


Some more info:

Checking System Update Readiness.
Binary Version 6.1.7601.21645
Package Version 11.0
2011-05-17 15:10

Checking Windows Servicing Packages

Checking Package Manifests and Catalogs

Checking Package Watchlist

Checking Component Watchlist

Checking Packages

Checking Component Store

Seconds executed: 681
No errors detected
sfc /scannow

Beginning system scan. This process will take some time.

Beginning verification phase of system scan.
Verification 100% complete.

Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
dism /online /get-features | more

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 6.1.7600.16385

Image Version: 6.1.7600.16385

Features listing for package : Microsoft-Windows-Foundation-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~6.1.7600.16385

Feature Name : OEMHelpCustomization
State : Enabled

Feature Name : CorporationHelpCustomization
State : Disabled
When I try to disable the OEMHelpCustomization package it stops at 17,9%

dism /online /disable-feature /featureName:OEMHelpCustomization

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 6.1.7600.16385

Image Version: 6.1.7600.16385

Disabling feature(s)
[========== 17.9% ]

Error: 14081

The referenced assembly could not be found.

The DISM log file can be found at C:\windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log

There are alot of it... Read more

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Hello guys,
I hate posting new threads on forums without searching and trying which I have done but to no avail have I been able to fix this problem tried so many things fixed corrupt files after sfc scan and so much more but now it is still not fixed.
here are the main errors in getting in the cbs.log file (from the original scan uploaded not the new one)

2015-04-25 12:25:39, Error CSI [email protected]/4/25:16:25:39.874 (F) d:\win7sp1_gdr\base\wcp\componentstore\csd_locking.cpp(324): Error STATUS_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING originated in function CCSDirectTransaction::LockComponent expression: (null)
2015-04-25 12:25:39, Error CSI 0000001f (F) STATUS_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING #10738# from CCSDirectTransaction::OperateEnding at index 0 of 1 operations, disposition 2[gle=0xd015000c]
2015-04-25 12:25:39, Error CSI 00000020 (F) HRESULT_FROM_WIN32(ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING) #10623# from Windows::ServicingAPI::CCSITransaction::ICSITransaction_PinDeployment(Flags = 0, a = Microsoft-Windows-WindowsUpdateClient-Aux.Deployment-LanguagePack, Version = 7.6.7600.256, pA = PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE_AMD64 (9), Culture = [l:10{5}]"zh-TW", VersionScope = 1 nonSxS, PublicKeyToken = {l:8 b:31bf3856ad364e35}, Type neutral, TypeName neutral, PublicKey neutral, cb = (null), s = (null), rid = [77]"WUClient-SelfUpdate-Aux-AuxComp~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~zh-TW~7.6.7600.256.Aux", rah = [2]"32", manpath = ... Read more

A:Windows update error 0x80073701

If KB3004394 is installed, uninstall it, and reboot twice.
Do a Check for Updates, and install the new version of KB3004394, and any other updates.
reboot again,
Then run SFC /SCANNOW and CheckSUR again, and post the new logs.

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Hey guys 
I've been having a problem with my windows update for a while now. I have basically uninstalled all my updates and tried SFC /scannow multiple times(logs attached). There were some issues pertaining gpedit being activated on my windows 7 home premium which isnt normally active I probably used it for changing my login background a while ago which I have reverted and fixed thanks to another forum using sfc fix and their own files and those errors dont whow up on sfc /scannow, but they havent fixed my issue though, its been over a month since their last response which I have bumped twice patiently but want to fix this issue, I still have the same Windows update error 0x80073701. when I click update it goes for a little then goes to windows update needs an update then I click install now and it goes for a little and shows that error.  I've tried so many Fixit cabs and windows update standalone installer and other stuff to no avail. I have attached my cbs log and windows update log in code. I think I have put all the info available. if you need anything else let me know. 
Thank you guys 

2015-10-11 20:53:38:567 1240 be4 AU Getting featured update notifications. fIncludeDismissed = true
2015-10-11 20:53:38:567 1240 be4 AU No featured updates available.
2015-10-11 20:53:41:782 1240 142c AU Triggering AU detection through DetectNow API
2015-10-11 20:53:41:782 1240 142c AU Triggering Online detection (interactive)
2015-10-11 20:53:41:782 ... Read more

A:Windows update error 0x80073701

well after doing a search on the error versions of windwos update 7.6.7600.320 and 7.6.7600.256 someone recommend to download kb3050265 and i did and it installed fine and i restarted it showed typical windows update configuring xx% and once I restarted it and tried to update it stayed checking for a while then showed 164 updates lol funny how I find it once I posted here lol 

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first I have already followed this post:
Windows Update Posting Instructions

Checking System Update Readiness.
Binary Version 6.1.7601.21645
Package Version 18.0
2013-04-20 13:05

Checking Windows Servicing Packages

Checking Package Manifests and Catalogs

Checking Package Watchlist

Checking Component Watchlist

Checking Packages

Checking Component Store

Seconds executed: 30563
No errors detected
Enclosed the CBS.log.

I have tried nearly all I have found for these errors, but nothing solved it.
As far as I understand, the SP1 is installed, but the update tool cannot find it, or something like this.
Also it could be a problem with the installed language packs, but I could not uninstall or install it again.

You are my last chance, I really do not want to do an inplace upgrade on this productive machine.

Thanks a lot.


A:IE10 Update gets Error 9C95 and 0x80073701 - ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSIN

Here is the complete CBS folder attached.
The other file in the post before only contains the cbs.log file.

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I play a lot of PC games, and in one particular game, I have been having a graphical glitch. This is apparently related to the Windows KB2670838 update, and many people on various forums have solved the problem by removing this update.
I first tried removing the update from 'Programs and Features -> Installed updates', but get an error 0x80073701 'referenced assembly not found'.
Instead I tried to uninstall using the command prompt 'wusu', then tried again in safe mode, and even tried uninstalling IE10, the apparent cause for this update in the first place.
None of these attempts have succeeded for one reason or another, and I wondered if anyone has any help?

A:Unable to uninstall windows update KB2670838, error 0x80073701

Rsstn welcome to SevenForums

when you ran wusa /uninstall /kb:2670838 did you run it inside an Elevated Command Prompt ?

Open up an Elevated Command Prompt. Click on in type CMD . Right click on CMD under Programs (1) choose . On the User Access Control window click on the Yes button . Command Prompt opens up to C:\Windows\System32>_

then type

wusa /uninstall /kb:2670838 and press <ENTER>

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I am having an issue where the windows features under Internet Information Services/World Wide Web Services/Application Development Features will not install.  Specifically those which are clicked on when one clicks on ASP.NET.  All necessary versions
of ASP.NET are installed.  IIS 7 is installed.
In the Event Log there are two errors which are shown in conjunction with this problem.
1. Unable to install counter strings because the SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ASP.NET_64\Performance key could not be opened or accessed. The first DWORD in the Data section contains the Win32 error code.
The error code is: 020000000E0E0000
2. Installing the performance counter strings for service ASP.NET_64 (ASP.NET_64) failed. The first DWORD in the Data section contains the error code.
The error code is: 02000000C9120000
I am thinking that the performace key is somehow not accessable due to some security feature.

A:Turn Windows Features on or off Application Development Features

I appreciate the replies, but it has nothing to do with running as administrator.
I solved the problem by turning IIS off all together and reinstalling it with the features I needed.

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I see where one of the performance enhancements recommended is to disable unneeded "Features" in the Program & Features section of Control Panel. The impact of disabling some of the features is obvious, but in some cases it's not so obvious whether I need to leave a feature installed or not based on how I use my system and the applications that I have installed (for example, Microsoft.NET Framework, Remote Differential Compression, etc.). I have tried searching for a description of each "Feature" and how to determine whether it might be needed or not, but have been unable to locate a good discussion or description of each "Feature". Can anyone direct me to a source of this info. Thanks.

A:Features Question - Program & Features

Quote: Originally Posted by Tomel

I see where one of the performance enhancements recommended is to disable unneeded "Features" in the Program & Features section of Control Panel. The impact of disabling some of the features is obvious, but in some cases it's not so obvious whether I need to leave a feature installed or not based on how I use my system and the applications that I have installed (for example, Microsoft.NET Framework, Remote Differential Compression, etc.). I have tried searching for a description of each "Feature" and how to determine whether it might be needed or not, but have been unable to locate a good discussion or description of each "Feature". Can anyone direct me to a source of this info. Thanks.

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Tried to install SP1 on my wife's Asus laptop, SP1 download wouldn't install. Ordered a CD, wouldn't install either. Got the above shown message. Reviewed the CBS log and found the following error messages:

2012-09-04 20:50:43, Info CBS Failed to resolve item[0] in Package: Microsoft-Windows-Client-Drivers-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~fr-FR~6.1.7601.17514, Update: INF_netrndis [HRESULT = 0x80073701 - ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING]
2012-09-04 20:50:43, Info CBS Failed to resolve execution update. [HRESULT = 0x80073701 - ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING]
2012-09-04 20:50:43, Error CBS Failed to resolve execution package: Microsoft-Windows-Client-Drivers-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~fr-FR~6.1.7601.17514 [HRESULT = 0x80073701 - ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING]
2012-09-04 20:50:43, Info CSI [email protected]/9/5:00:50:43.592 CSI Transaction @0x2d3d20 destroyed
2012-09-04 20:50:43, Info CBS Perf: Resolve chain complete.
2012-09-04 20:50:43, Info CBS Failed to resolve execution chain. [HRESULT = 0x80073701 - ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING]
2012-09-04 20:50:43, Error CBS Failed to process Multi-phase execution. [HRESULT = 0x80073701 - ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING]
2012-09-04 20:50:47, Error CBS Failed to perform operation. [HRESULT = 0x80073701 - ERROR_SXS_ASSEMBLY_MISSING]
2012-09-04 20:50:47, Info CBS Sess... Read more

A:Dreaded "error_sxs_assembly_missing(0x80073701)". Next move?

First, please run a couple of system checks.

Please run a full CHKDSK and SFC scan....
Click on Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right-click on the Command Prompt entry
Select Run as Administrator and accept the UAC prompt - the Elevated Command Prompt window should pop up.

At the Command prompt, type
and hit the Enter key.

You will be told that the drive is locked,
and the CHKDSK will run at he next boot - hit the Y key, and then reboot.
The chkdsk will take a few hours depending on the size of the drive, so be patient!
After the CHKDSK has run, Windows should boot normally (possibly after a second auto-reboot) - then run the SFC.

SFC -System File Checker - Instructions
Click on Start > All Programs > Accessories
Right-click on the Command Prompt entry
Select Run as Administrator and accept the UAC prompt - the Elevated Command Prompt window should pop up.
At the Command prompt, type
and hit the Enter key

Wait for the scan to finish - make a note of any error messages - and then reboot.
Copy the CBS.log file created to your desktop (you can't manipulate it directly) and then compress the copy and upload it to your SkyDrive ( ) and post a link to it so that I can take a look.

Attach a zipped copy of your CBS.log to your reply.

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I will go straight to the point here guys,

I need WMP and I have installed Windows 10 Pro N recently (since my university gives free keys)
I went to the windows download section in the website and downloaded the Media features Pack!

The problem is, after I installed it I went to "turn windows features off and on" to check it and play music in my wmp
and it was not there! There is no "Media Features" option like it is supposed to have. I tryed:

Reinstalling, did not work because windows said it was there already
Rebooting, nothing changed,
Running wmp Fix,
Ran SFc /scannow, nothing was found

I would really appreciate if someone really good came and said that I missed something really simple.

Thank you.

A:Media Features in "Turn windows features on and off"

Originally Posted by Foli


I will go straight to the point here guys,

I need WMP and I have installed Windows 10 Pro N recently (since my university gives free keys)
I went to the windows download section in the website and downloaded the Media features Pack!

The problem is, after I installed it I went to "turn windows features off and on" to check it and play music in my wmp
and it was not there! There is no "Media Features" option like it is supposed to have. I tryed:

Reinstalling, did not work because windows said it was there already
Rebooting, nothing changed,
Running wmp Fix,
Ran SFc /scannow, nothing was found

I would really appreciate if someone really good came and said that I missed something really simple.

Thank you.

WMP (Windows Media Player) is available by default in Windows 10:
All apps/Windows Accessories
Are you, perhaps, referring to Windows Media Center?

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There are several issues that came up when I upgraded to Windows 10. While it is a celebrated and supposedly eye pleasing application, it seems that they have chosen to disregard users and deleted certain preferences from a user's browser.  This makes
it practically impossible for the user to log into several accounts, since every single site requires different types of passwords, and in order for a person to be able to log on to the several accounts, a person would have to carry around a folder with about
100 different account names, user names, passwords, answers to who, what, or where, phone #s & other pertinent information to be able to log onto or recover a lost or forgotten password.I really do not like what Microsoft has done with the new browser.
It looks chick, but to me it's unworkable and a nuisance to use.  If the Cadillac is not broken, why fix it?

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Hi i recently installed win xp pro. When installing i had lots of problems see thread. When i installed it i miss a win media file now windows media player will not load up i have tried install a new windows media player but the same maessage pops up "This version of Windows Media Technologies is incompatible with this version of Windows. For more information, view the information at the Microsoft web site."

Also i have noticed the burn disk feature dosnt work when i click a cdr in the browser view it says "E:/ was not accessible incorect function is this because of the files not installing when i first installed it and how can i get these files to work please help many thanks..

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I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 x64. Now I cant seem to add any features to it. I want to add Media Centre but the "Add features" utility tells me that I cannot add features to Windows 8.1. Please look at the screenshot-:

But my Windows 8.1 is a genuine copy and is activated. Have a look at the next screenshot please-:

Can someone tell me what to do ?? I really need Media Centre.

A:Win 8.1 - Cannot add features

You need to buy WMC key :Add features - Microsoft Windows

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What feature or features do you feel are missing in W7?

To start us off, I would like to see an E-Mail Client as part of the OS (Windows Live Mail).


Windows Mail is hidden but can be used with a lot of tweaking, provided you have access to a Vista rig.

Windows Live Mail can be downloaded. I think this was in answer to the EEC's case for Microsoft including too many exclusive features, or some such equally stupid reason.

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i just wanted to know when will there be any new features coming to Redstone 2. there are a few bugs have you seen them. thanks

A:when will there be new features in RS2

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question i just wanted to know when will there be any new features coming to Redstone 2. there are a few bugs have you seen them. thanks Read official news and follow Dona Sarkar and her team. RS2 will be more a Core rewriting than a new feature show

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In basic reliability (stability and [snort] simplicity) how much (if any) better is W7 than XP?
Years ago I concluded XP was the sweet spot between Linux complexity and Mac oversimplification [OS simpler yes, but only because many tasks banned]. I still think so, but XP is just too unstable [something is always! breaking] and is a sour joke of complexity ["contact your IT administrator" -yeah right!] and explained. XP features either don't work consistently, are a pain to use, and/or are really badly explained.
There's a joke: "A helicopter is a collection of parts flying in loose formation." XP too. It cost me $200? up front, but since then thousands of dollars of my time wasted on maintenance and fixing its numerous self-made disasters. I'm tired of eating my money. The only alternative to slashing my computer use [groan] seems to be W7.
But the previews i've seen obsess on features, are silent on the essentials of usability and reliability.
So i'm asking you to step back, consider if Windows 7 really better at all.
Please, if you don't mind: tell me in percentage terms [i.e. 60%].

Skeleton walks into a bar, orders a beer and a mop.
Why are computers like the old testament God? Lots of rules and very unforgiving.

A:But, aside from looks and new features, is it better?

If you've had such problems with XP, why haven't you used Vista?

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I have found in one day two very nice features. Please post stuff you have found different from Vista. I am running build 7048 ultimate. It's on an old machine I almost didn't install it. I didn't think it would run. It runs as good as XP did on the same system. Let us know about the new useful features.

1. The problem recorder.

This records problems you are having and saves the screen shots and details to a file. GREAT APP!!!!

2. The new resource monitor

This new resource monitor is WONDERFUL. It lets you really find out what's happening on your hard disk, memory, CPU, and network. BIG improvement over Vista.

Please post new stuff we might not know about. Thanks.

A:What new features do you like?

The biggest one I like, is the fact that Vista can finally sit alongside Windows ME on that big shelf of failure and discuss what could have been.

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12 Things You Can Now Do With Windows 10 After The Anniversary Update:

It?s Windows 10 update time! The so-called ?Anniversary Update? marks a year since the OS officially made it out of Redmond and it?s the biggest update yet. We?ve already posted our initial impressions of the update, but with the hefty patch now rolling out for everybody, here are 12 new tricks to try on your Windows 10 machine...

Switch to the dark theme
Paint Windows 10 black with a simple toggle switch change: the dark theme was previously available as a hidden feature in Microsoft?s OS but is now fully official. Go to Settings then pick Personalization and Colours to find the option. It turns dialogs and (some) universal apps dark, and if you?re on a laptop could even save you battery life.

Control music playback from the lock screen
The lock screen is where you sign into Windows, and the Anniversary Update is giving it some new features, including music playback controls. It only works if music is already playing in Microsoft?s own Groove app before you lock the screen, but the controls you need appear in the lower-left. Or, you can use Cortana to play music instead?

Run extensions in Microsoft Edge
Microsoft?s brand new browser hasn?t exactly set the world on fire yet, but it?s slowly looking more like a competent piece of software. The Anniversary Update brings with it extensions for Edge. There?s a new Extensions entry on the main app menu for man... Read more

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I have Windows Vista Ultimate which I recently installed. I want to enable features like video desktop and a skinnier start menu (where the user icon pops out of the menu) and the alt+tab tiled windows.

Vista seems a bit more complicated than Windows XP. Any advice is appreciated.


Hi Thundaar, the video desktop (Dreamscene) is limited to the type of graphics card you have. As for the skinnier Start Menu, have you tried right clicking the Start Button and then selecting 'Start Menu' instead of Classic Start Menu? I assume you mean the 3D Flip feature (Win Key+Tab)...again this feature depends on the specs of your graphics card.

Does your card support the transparent window effects (Aero glass)?

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Hello. I've been looking around for a long time for a way to play two games at once on my PC. I know that there are ways to do this, but for the life of me I cant find any software. I made a lenghty and detailed post here, in the forums. But had little luck with it, so I figured I would try here.

There is the link, any help would be wonderfully appreciated.

A:Getting two features...

hi the guys here may be more help
oops sorry i see you did ask

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hi i just upgraded to windows 7 (32 bit)
it came with directx 11
it got no use with out the directraw and direct3d and direct texture accelerations.
(if u want to see if u got this thing and u can help just go to start and write in run bar dxdiag then go to to display tab and look at the bottom
u well see directx 11 features.
if u got this avalibale please give me a link to download it.

A:directx 11 features

Your issue is not directX, it is your graphics card. To enable aero themes, your card must have a minimum of 256mb of ram. Yours is 128mb.

Welcome to the forums.

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What have you discovered so far besides what is written on release notes?

I did an in-place upgrade on one of my PCs to see how it goes and right after the installation, the new Compatibility Assistant popped up saying that it removed some of my incompatible apps. Or maybe it was there already before the big day today but I just noticed it today because I always do clean install... haha.

I also just noticed the new Safely Remove icon.

A:New Features of 10586

You can reinstall speccy and cpu-z and they work still.

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Installing optional features failed, why?

Optinal features for english language are installed.
Extra language package are downloaded and installed.

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Hi just wanted to check out whether i have everything correct in my bios

I got a C2D E6750 and i was looking at the bios and these are the configurations

CPU internal Thermal Control - disabled
limit cpu id maxval - disabled
enhanced c1(c1e) - disabled
Execute disable bit - enabled
Virtualization tech - enabled
enhanced intel side step tech - disabled

are these configurations ok or should any of them be enabled/disabled

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Dear Guys, Microsoft announced Windows 8.1 release date. so, from June 26th windows 8.1 update will be available.
*what kind of features are you expecting on windows 8.1?
Here I'm expecting some 8.1 features...
1.NFC Tap-To-Pair Printing
2.Native Miracast Wireless Display
3.Broadband Tethering (Hotspot)
4.Start Button
5.Metro App Resolution compatibility.

A:what are the features should be in windows 8.1?

Here's one. The ADVANCED SCREEN PROPERTIES window, as existed since Win95-B.

This screen allows all Screen Objects to be re-colored according to the User's Demands/Desires.  Historically, this screen has written to umpteen registry entries.
Those registry entries still exist in Win8, but this screen does not, so there's no easy access to someone changing the Color Bar or Scroll Bar's color.
Of course, the Start Menu folder structure still exists, too, but again, Ballmer's wisdom excludes User Customization from any of these individualized UI options.  "You must use a Theme!  We can sell you themes!  We can't let users decide for themselves without squeezing more money from them!!"  - Steve Ballmer.

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Been trying to get the game Spider Solitairy and not able to because when I go to 'Windows features' to click something 'on' there is nothing showing in that window to click. 

I got Windows 7 Pro refunished Elite Book which I was told was an ex-business person who would not permit games of any sort.  I'm about to give up folks!!!  Still wouldn't mind a bit of relaxation now & then

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My right click on my computer is not working, but everything seems to be working ok.Could someone please check this out and let me know what you think thanks.GCDDS (Ver_10-11-10.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Batman at 20:08:02.00 on Sat 11/20/2010Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_20Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.3574.2542 [GMT -6:00]AV: avast! Antivirus *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {7591DB91-41F0-48A3-B128-

1A293FD8233D}FW: ZoneAlarm Firewall *enabled* {829BDA32-94B3-44F4-8446-

F8FCFF809F8B}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroupsvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\ZoneLabs\vsmon.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast5\AvastSvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Update Service\IntuitUpdateService.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lxdmcoms.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\PSIService.exeC:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\sy... Read more

A:features not working

Hello and welcome to Bleeping Computer 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.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review your topic an do their best to resolve your issues.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Follow the instructions that pop up for post... Read more

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trying to add remove features the features window is empty and
You receive error code "0x80073712" or the "Windows Features" dialog box is empty when you try to install updates or components in Windows 7 or in Windows Vista
does not work!

A:features still empty

Hi welcome to the forum. Sorry that you are having problems.
It would help us if you could give the following info:-
  What is the Make & Model Number of Your Computer?
E.g. Dell 1545 Laptop,……… HP SR5019UK PC……………
What were you doing at the time?
What have you done to try and fix the problem?
sfc scan, system restore, clean boot ?
Please tell us more information so that we are able to assist you better in fixing the problem.
Thank you.

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When I click on "Turn Features On or Off" in the Programs and Features folder, the window opens up but no Features are displayed. Does anyone know of a solution for this problem?

A:No Features to turn On or Off

Hello Christo, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if this can help you.

The &#34;Windows Features&#34; dialog box is empty in Windows Vista, or you receive an error message that includes the following code when you try to use Windows Update&#58; &#34;0x80073712&#34;

Hope this helps,

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how do you get rid of something in the Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Programs and Features

When i try to uninstall give me an error with no option to remove

A:Programs and Features

Hello Superbee,

You could use the tutorial below to remove the program's uninstall entry from the "Programs and Features" page, but it will not uninstall the program though.

Programs and Features - Remove Uninstall Entry - Vista Forums

Hope this helps,

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I run a desktop with XP. I have selected the "high contrast 2" feature due to my vision problems.
My new laptop has windows 7 and I am unable to find anything that will give me the dark background that I enjoy on XP.
Is there such a feature on 7?
Bruce in the Peg

A:Where did the accessability features go?

Will this help at all?

Adjust your monitor's brightness and contrast

I know how annoying this must be, hope that we can resolve your problem.

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I just installed Win 10 on my Toshiba laptop, upgrading from 8.1. I tried to create a shortcut the way it's always been done - right click select "create shortcut" but not in Windows 10. Went online to find out how to do it but I guess 10 is too new and no good explanation out there. So how does one create a website shortcut for the desktop in Windows 10?. To clarify, I mean if one is on a web site and wishes to create an icon (shortcut) for placement on their desktop. Thanks in advance...

A:windows 10 features

Hi did you see this one Create Website Shortcuts on your Windows desktop

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Good day

Am having problemas with my DirectX Features on my Laptop Hewlett-Packard HP 630. I runed the DirectX Diagnostic Tool and it gave me the follow information:
DirectDraw Acceleration: Not Available
Direct3D Acceleration: Not Available
AGP Texture Acceleration: Not Availabe

Could someone help me to solve this please!
Thank you

The specification of my Hewlett-Packard HP 630 are:

Computer Type: ACPI x64-based PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional Media Center Edition
DirectX: DirectX 10.0
Date / Time: 2013-06-14 / 21:36

CPU Type: 2x , 1500 MHz
Motherboard Name: Hewlett-Packard HP 630
Motherboard Chipset: Unknown
System Memory: 3947 MB
BIOS Type: Insyde (12/13/11)

Video Adapter: Standard VGA Graphics Adapter (131008 KB)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB]
DMI BIOS Vendor: Hewlett-Packard
DMI BIOS Version: F.33
DMI System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
DMI System Product: HP 630
DMI System Version: 0586100000204C10006210100
DMI System Serial Number: 5CB1431LGB
DMI Motherboard Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
DMI Motherboard Product: 3672
DMI Motherboard Version: 23.48
DMI Motherboard Serial Number: PCANEB27V1M4RZ
DMI Chassis Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
DMI Chassis Version: Chassis Version
DMI Chassis Serial Number: Chassis Serial Number
DMI Chassis Asset Tag: Chassis Asset Tag
DMI Chassis Type: ... Read more

A:DirectX Features Not Available

Hi there .. I would try Updating your Graphics Driver from the manufactures website .. After checking this out i found there is an update from March this year .. The Link below contains your Driver
HP 630 Notebook PC*-* Download drivers and software - HP Business Support Center

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Installing optional features failed, why?

Optinal features for english language are installed.
Extra language package are downloaded and installed.

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Hi everybody,
I know Microsoft likes to move things around with a new OS release.
They did it in Vista with Add and Remove Programs, changing it to Programs and Features and carried it over
to Win. 7. I found a Registry hack that changed it in Vista. I tried it on WIN 7. and it gave me an error,

"Not all data written, some registry keys still open"
It's on this page under "Control Panel"
This is it when I used edit.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Add/Remove Programs"

Does anyone know if there is one for 7 or how to edit the registry it to change it to Add and Remove
Maybe one of you with Vista can use it. It worked fine when I had Vista.

Pavilion dv77-1450us
Windows 7 Home Prem.
This is just one of my pet peeves with Windows.

A:Programs and Features

I wouldn't mess with the registry for something as silly as this. Seriously. It's not worth it.Eventually we all have to adjust to change.Just think "P" for "Programs"...

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What features have you found in Excel that would be useful to the management team? how would you use them?

A:features in Excel

Could you please be more descriptive, as I am at a loss to understand what management team you are referring to & what help you are hoping for.

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I'd like to upgrade from Windows 98 to XP. I wonder what features come with XP. I believe that I have no program for creating a slide show of photos with sound bundled with 98. Is there such a program with XP? Also, is there a "down" side to going with XP, other than the memory use and the cost?

A:Solved: Features of XP

Microsoft has a page on their web site comparing 98 to XP.

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I went into the registry to remove a file that said I didn't have permission to edit (even though I was the admin) because the person whose help I asked for told me that was how to fix it. So I went into the registry and deleted the files in the registry (about 3 or 4 keys). But the files were still there. So I deleted the key that was show in the details section of the UAC. That didn't seem to do anything either. So I quit.

Now, once I restarted my computer, I can't use many of the basic functions of vista. I can't move, copy, cut, paste, or rename files. I also can't empty or restore the recycling bin. For example, I can't rename a txt from the folder, but if I open it in notepad I can save I as something different.

I remade the key from the UAC but going into the registry editor and making a new key and entering all of the information, but it didn't correct the problem. That key is {3AD05575-8857-4850-9277-11B85BDB8E09} by the way.

I know it was stupid to go into the registry editor and not make a backup, but could someone help me?

A:Can't use any of the basic OS features

Hello Kelicant,

Welcome to the Vista Forums.

Try a restore point to a time before you edited the registry. Info here if needed. System Restore - How to

For future reference, you can export a key or nest of keys by right clicking on the key and selecting export. If things go badly, you can right click that exported key and select merge to put it back. There may be instances where a reboot is necessary, I'm not sure.

Hope this helps. Please keep us posted.


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I mean, I love it.. IT's the fastest OS I have ever worked on with a Windows platform. But, I really don't see anything that I would use on an everyday basis.

All I see, is Homegroups, an improved taskbar and extreme increase in speed. What am I missing?

A:Is it me, or does Windows 7 not have many new features?

Wouldn't you use 'an improved taskbar and extreme increase in speed' everyday? Some/most of the improvements are 'under the hood' so to speak. That's why it's faster. How about Aero snap or Libraries? I love those features. I also find that hardware that I had to fiddle with to get working now self installs. Yipee.


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Hi i am running server 2003 and am sharing user accounts on a network and i was wondering what is the easist way to disable stuff for the users group?

A:Disabling Features

Ninechat said:

Hi i am running server 2003 and am sharing user accounts on a network and i was wondering what is the easist way to disable stuff for the users group?Click to expand...

Does that operating system have settings for "current user" or "anyone who uses this computer" or "set priveledges"?

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The official Microsoft XBOX web site has details on over 125 new features and enhancements that should please XBOX 360 owners. The "vigorous system-wide update creates a new pinnacle for next-generation gaming and entertainment." The XBOX 360's dashboard navigation has been slightly modified. A download manager for Marketplace items will allow users to have six different items queued up for download. Another noteworthy update includes DVD movie playback which will allow users to pause a movie, play a video game for a while and then later return to the movie in the spot previously left off.

A:XBOX gets 125 new features

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I'm looking for a browser that will (a) allow me to mail whole pages, not just URLs and (b) allow me to save pages in a single-file form such as MHT or MAFF.

Know of any that support both at once?

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Here is the link:

"about:crashes" sounds like an interesting one.


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In the "Windows Features" window where you can Turn Windows features on or off, is there a list or table describing what each feature is? I would like to get a detail description of what I get from turning them off and on. I know what some of them do but not all.

A:Windows Features

Originally Posted by Lastaut

In the "Windows Features" window where you can Turn Windows features on or off, is there a list or table describing what each feature is? I would like to get a detail description of what I get from turning them off and on. I know what some of them do but not all.

I dont know if there is a list but we would be happy to explain whatever items you dont understand.



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Interesting reading and I think some of these will be good for XP.

A:New Features for XP tied to SP3

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1 week after installing Win. 7 some effects missed:
1.that while vibrating window happens.(hide other windows)
2.which while window & screen border meet happens.(window resizing)
I think it caused after installing a program but i don't know which.
how could i enable these features?
+Thanks In Advance

A:Losing tow features

Do the opposite of what is shown in this link:

How to Disable Aero Shake in Windows 7? - Tweaking with Vishal

You might also run the Aero Troubleshooter from Help and Support.

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Ok I need somewhere to vent my frustration... I decided to change an icon for a specific extension today and was trying to find "File Types" like there was in XP only to find it no longer exists in Vista! The Default Programs or "Vista Version of File Types" is so dumbed down now you can no longer change icons or actions easily! Why must I switch icons in the registry? Why must I use command line defrag to see the approximate fragmentation so I can get an idea of how long it will take? etc. So much for making life easier...

Don't get me wrong, I actually love Vista, but sometimes its frustrating thinking you've fully upgraded from XP only to find some of the little nice things are gone and now must be done using third party apps or in the registry.

Please I would really appreciate it if someone could point me to a freeware program that specifically lets me change file icons easily... I did find something in the freeware vista sticky that let you change the 'DefaultIcon' value in the program but that's vitrually useless because you cannot browse for a file (more crucial for icon libraries for index) and its about the same as going in the registry editor. I've been searching on Google and just can't find anything.

Maybe I'm complaining too much but I just don't understand why Microsoft found it necessary to remove that File Types tab in Folder Options.

A:Why are useful features removed?

Hi Storm,

You might look at some of these,

icon Threads - Forum Tags by Zoints

or these.

icons Threads - Forum Tags by Zoints

I hope something here helps!

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Please, does anybody know whether it's possible to adapt in XP some Windows Explorer features found in Vista, through the registry or any other way?


1) The folder tree contents get centered horizontally when a folder is selected or according to the mouse pointer movement.

2) When I'm inside a folder and I go one level up, it selects automatically the folder I was in. (Ex.: I'm inside System32 folder which is inside Windows folder. When I go back to Windows folder, it selects automatically the System32 folder, showing that it was the last folder I was in.)

3) When I press F2 to rename a file, it selects only the name of the file, leaving the extension out. (Ex.: When I rename the file "Song.mp3", it selects only "Song". This is very intelligent, for I rarely change the extension. Windows XP selects everything, including the extension. Then I have to hold SHIFT and keep on pressing left arrow key until the extension is out of the selection. It gets on the nerves for those who have already used Vista and then come back to XP.)

There must be some more things, but now I can't remember. If I remember, I post it here later.

Those are simple but intelligent features. I thought maybe they could be adapted to XP through the registry, I don't know. Does anybody know if it's possible?

Thank you very much for your attention.


A:Vista features on XP. Is it possible?

I left vista to go back to xp
then left xp to go back to vista
it is the easiest way to get your features back

I have seen themeing to copy vista with xp but nothing to change any of the navigation

I would go back to vista and look for what you missed about xp

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I can't download new programs, my copy and paste features won't work. When I open my browser nothing is on the command line. No view, tools or any features show up. I can open a web page but that's all I can do.

A:Problems with IE8 features

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2 NEW Features added to Bitdefender BOX for better home security!

NEW: Vulnerability Assessment

With the new Vulnerability Assessment technology, BOX scans your entire home network to identify any weak spots that can compromise its security.

How Does Vulnerability Assessment Work?

BOX scans your network and identifies all vulnerabilities in connected devices and network equipment that can lead to remote, unauthorized access, data theft or malicious attacks.
The BOX mobile app informs you about potential weak spots and offers recommendations for promptly fixing any security issues.
​NEW: Active Threat Control

BOX incorporates Bitdefender?s award-winning protection technologies such as Active Threat Control to block any incoming attacks.

For each attempt blocked, BOX will send you an app notification to report on the nature of the threat.

Bitdefender Active Threat Control has been designed to act against never-before-seen threats. It uses machine learning and behavior-based threat analysis to tag suspicious activities and keep your devices safe.​
Find out more: Click here for Bitdefender BOX FAQ

Via DigitalTrends

A:Bitdefender BOX: 2 New Features

Bitdefender products are good, but there are a few things about their products and services that just isn't to my liking.

Besides, AVs and internet security suites are not needed for my preferred day-to-day protection model.

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Hi all

I don't exactly have a problem, just bloat that I can't separate from actually needed programs myself. I've searched around but few people seem to be asking the same thing.

I've got SQL Server 2012 installed, because I'm a C#.NET developer and need databases in some of my programs. What I actually do with it is limited to
using Management Studio to visually edit databases, tables, columns and lines (just manually, no fancy magic)connecting to it from my code (DBMX editor in Visual Studio) using the registered instanceturning the SQL Server service on or off as needed

However, the installation forcibly adds a few dozen extra programs, which I'd like to trim out now. Apart from the above 3, I don't need any features whatsoever. I have no clue what most of the extra features even actually do or where to find them. So, I'd like to ask for your help in chasing out everything I don't need. Trying it myself, I'd probably regret something. I'm mostly just asking anyone who happens to be familiar with this already.

The full list of installed features I'm uncertain about:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Objects 15.2 MB 04.07.2014 18:26Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Setup Support Files 38.9 MB 28.06.2014 16:04GDR 3128 for SQL Server 2012 (KB2793634) (64-bit) 28.06.2014 16:05Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Command Line Utilities 876 KB 28.06.2014 16:42Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Data-Tier App Framework 10.1 MB 04.07.2014 15:36Microsoft SQL S... Read more

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I have a question about the "Add Features to Windows 8.1" feature, formerly Windows Anytime Upgrade. As a student, I can buy a full retail copy of Windows 8.1 Pro for only 60 euros, which is a very good deal. I plan on installing it on a desktop which already has 8.1 Core installed. I do not want to reinstall Windows on it, so I would rather use the Add Features feature. So my question is, does Add Features take retail keys or do I need to use a key specifically made for it?

A:Question about Add Features

Hello Speedbird, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you have a Windows 8 or 8.1 key, then you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to download a Windows 8.1 ISO file that you could use to create installation media with.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

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this is not another windows is stealing mac idea's debate thread.

I'm just if I can find a widget that lets me do this.
Windows 7 has this really cool widgets section where I can place things like sticky notes, calendar, weathers etc on my desktop.
Mac's widget feature though can be activated or hidden with the mouse wheel click.
I find this small feature to hide and show your widgets with a click of a mouse very convenient and user friendly.

I'm wondering if windows 7 has this feature in their settings (perhaps I missed out) or perhaps they didn't thought of this?
if so can I be directed to the setting that allow me to hide and show my desktop widgets.
If windows doesn't' have it, can I tweak it or a software that allow me to do this?

here's an example of what I am talking about.


I know when you right click on the desktop, you could select the settings to hide gadgets. which of course works well enough, although less appealing than one simple click or "ctrl + wheel Click" it's these little things that makes using a computer feel great easy and nice.

I've found a software that somewhat does this for me. btw. although I have not tried it.
any other suggestions are welcomed. perhaps Microsoft would add this i... Read more

A:Mac features to windows 7

I've read this

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When I first got windows 8 I found that when in metro if i hit any key it instantly kicked me to search in the charm bar..

i actually really liked that and have found in updates that has been disengaged.Any way to re engaged that?

I also was a huge fan of being able to email a link of a current chrome metro page via the charms. recently that has changed so it tries to email a Screenshot of the current metro chrome page instead. any help would be very much aprecated

A:looking to reimplement some old w8 features

Search function on the Metro Start Screen still works for me?

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Has anyone been able to confirm any new features to Windows that will presented in 8? I have been using 7 since Beta. It is smooth, and virtually hassle free. I am curious what may be coming with the next release..

I think, if Microsoft were to put more energy into supporting legacy apps in their current OS, they would see a lot more adoption from businesses out there. The compatibility troubleshooter is a great idea in concept, but not entirely reliable. More time spent here, would make the OS much more accessible than it is now.

If an IT dept has legacy apps that run fine in XP, or 2000, then they can simply include them in their image, but also apply compatibility settings that informs the OS to run them as though the OS was XP.. My two cents..

I think an addition to explorer that added two views side by side, would be a big plus. More organizational options built into Libraries, would be equally awesome, like the ability to see the contents of all folders in a library, in one view..

A:New Features coming in 8??

Originally Posted by musiclover7

It is smooth, and virtually hassle free.

Only if you disable updates
For me, 7 has been a pain in the butt. Every time my system updates, I gotta go back and fix something the updates broke (I also do a lot of modifications, but nonetheless, updates should not revert changes the user made. that's what restore points are for.)

There are no confirmed new features for Windows 8 as of yet.
A good friend of mine is a Microsoft employee, and he has not even been able to confirm any new features to me as of yet.
From what he's told me, they're working on fixing issues and tweaking current features.
He said there WILL be new features, but isn't sure enough to disclose anything.

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Having had some time to evaluate 8.1, these are the four features that I appreciate the most:

1) The ability to keep the same wallpaper / background on both the desktop screen and Start Screen. This is significant because previously, it seemed like you were making a jarring transition from one OS to a completely different OS any time you went from one screen to the other. Now, the same background on both screens makes you feel like you're still using the same OS.
2) I like the tweaks they've done to the Mail app. For instance, if there's a link in an email, and you click on it, it opens a second window with whatever app that the link needs (web browser, photo viewer, etc.).
3) The tiles on the Start Screen are much easier to move around. Under 8.0, I had to press my finger hard on my laptop's touch screen to move them. Now, a gentle touch-and-hold works.
4) The ability to have more tile sizes is appreciated. It just makes the screen look nicer.

A:Win 8.1: Four Great Features

1) Better SkyDrive integration
2) Refined Metro search engine
3) On-screen keyboard
4) Redesigned Store (much prettier)
5) New apps (Sound recorder, new calculator, alarms, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink...)
6) IE11

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ok ok im just make this short n sweet, i googled everything while gettin these damn sites n suckin my bandwidth at the same time, i saw this hijackthis log so i did one to kill some time i tried disable/enable system restore avg, ad-adware i cant even tell cause just now i got c++ error n i cant see my start menu n bar, n i tried verizon secruity suite here is my htlog

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:20:56 PM, on 10/1/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)

Running processes:
F:\Program Files\Verizon\Verizon Internet Security Suite\Fws.exe
F:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exe
F:\Program Files\Common Files\Authentium\AntiVirus\dvpapi.exe
F:\Program Files\CA\PPRT\bin\ITMRTSVC.exe
F:\Program Files\Raxco\PerfectDisk\PDAgent.exe
F:\Program Files\Raxco\PerfectDisk\PDEngine.exe
F:\Program Files\Ventrilo\Ventrilo.exe
F:\Program Files\AIM\aim.exe
F:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe
F:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\msnmsgr.exe
F:\Program Files\MSN Messenger\usnsvc.exe
F:\Program ... Read more

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Well making a long story short, My son gave me a brand new Dell last September. He said my old Windows 2000 machine and software were obsolete. But they worked up till last week. It looked like my North-Bridge went South on that machine so here I am trying to "learn" Windows 7.

Two immediate problems are with the sorting of files and with a feature in Windows 2000 that is no longer here.

First with the files.
Why in the name of anything one considers holy did they mess with the sorting in folders?
Used to be that files were sorted like;

Now they are;

It don't seem as bad, but when you have those four multiplied by a minimum of ten more instances, all the 44411 files through 44501 are at the end of the list no matter what you do! The problem is the xxx1 file is a full sized image and xxx11 is the icon for the full sized image, copying or moving them in a group was much easier in 2000 as you had all 4 associated files together.
Is there a way to revert to this?

Second problem...
There used to be a sort of file association one could make for open and edit. Case in point, I used to right click on a file and it would allow me to open or edit it. Since I used notepad to edit html, it was a great thing, if I wanted to open it with the default browser, same thing. With this Windows 7 there is no choice, you open the file or you open the file. No editin... Read more

A:Is there a way to get some of the features back from W2K?

You can right click on any file and select "open with -> select default program". Once that dialog is opened, deselect the option to always use this program, find the program you want, and then open the file. Once you do that, that program will be listed in the "open with" dialog - you won't have to dig down and browse for it again.

The sort order was changed, but you can change it back using a registry hack. Take a look at this:

Windows 7 Explorer Sort

Holding down the ctrl key and double clicking on a folder opens it in a new window.

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i am going to use windows 8 os ,it is better to use windows 7 or windows 8? what r the new features available

A:what are the new features available in windows 8 os

As to is it better to use 7 than 8 it is a matter of personal choice
A fair number of people cannot settle with 8, mainly due to the lack of the traditional start menu etc, although 8.1 which will be a free upgrade from 8 to be released in October this year will have some features more like the traditional windows OS

Many people have installed one of the third party programs to provide that traditional start menu

At this stage I would say wait for the release of 8.1

As to the
What are the new features

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I would like to add a link to my site so viewers can retrieve files and forms from me. In otherwards, I would like to include download links. Anyone know of any web tutorials to give me a hand?

A:Looking for site features

If you want them to retreive files just zip them up and if they are forms you can do the same thing. Most ISP's will allow for zip or other archive formats to be put on the server. There is no need for any special code, just straight HTML with a link to where the file is on the server.

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I've got a DVD that has bonus features on it, including a feature that can only be played on a pc - but when i insert it into the computer, I can't click any of the links, is there specific software I need to view the bonus dvd features?

A:DVD bonus features

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I am trying to install Windows Media Center and follow instructions to do this but add features does not come up.

So I point mouse into top right corner and click on search. In search type in add features and then it searches and all I get up is the attached.

Anyone advise please?


A:Add Features To Windows 8.1

Does it show up in Control Panel?


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Hello guys, Planning to try W8 preview. Can you suggest me your favorite must check new features, please? *Metro/Modern *Hyper-V *Everything making W8 unique. Thanks in advance [:

A:Must check features on W8?

Don't use the preview. Download the 90 day Trial and use that. The preview is old and buggy and will stop working soon (it's hard coded to stop on a specific date, while the trial is just time limited by days from the date you installed.

If you use virtual machines, definitely try out Client Hyper-V. Also check out the new Task Manager.

Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation

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I think windows 8 will be the strongest OS there is. Hope to see more

A:Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 would be strongest and may be more costly.. Will Google launch Chromium in desktop version soon?

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Lots of good tips all in one place.

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I have installed Window 7. Please tell me, how many new features in Windows 7?

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I would like to learn about the features that are included
with the AVG Free 8 installation:

- LinkScanner (AVG Search-Shield)
- E-mail Scanner
- Plugin for Microsoft Office 2000/XP/2003/2007

I'm using Word from the Microsoft Office 2007 package.
I'm not using any e-mail application, instead I go straight to

I have no idea what the LinkScanner and Office plugins do.

Thanks in advance.

A:AVG Free 8 Features

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Hi. I had a problem recently where my C drive said it was full. I have an Acer so my hard drive is split in two. I transfered all my files (e.g. Word docs, images, videos) to the D drive and left programs and any other files like that on my C drive. Now my C drive for some reason says it is full again. I dunno how it could be, I removed a load of files and programs and moved all documents over and haven't installed or saved anything else to there. But anyway, I decided that I would remove another program or two that I didn't need. I went to programs and features (I'm using Vista) clicked uninstall and it began uninstalling. Suddenly I got a message telling me there was an error and it couldn't install the program. It's done this on more than one program (one from a disk, one I downloaded)so it's not just that I don't have the disk for it so it can't uninstall (as some programs do require that).

As I say it does start to uninstall, but then it seems to change its mind and tries installing. How can I get it to uninstall them as it should? I've never had any problems before and I can't think what could be causing it.


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I have a brother who manages to change all the settings when logged onto his account, despite him being on a limited account

Are there any programs available on the internet that can disable access to Control Panel and The WINDOWS and PROGRAM FILES folder? because if he gets into these folders, who knows what can happen!



A:Disabling XP Features (Please Help)

You can remove the control panel and run commands from the start menu, which would slow down a not too saavy user, but he could still change the display settings by right clicking on the desktop and going to properties.
So, if this will help, here goes. Log onto the computer as HIS account. Right click on the taskbar and click on properties,
the " taskbar and start menu properties" window will appear. Click on the start menu TAB and then the CUSTOMIZE box. This will show the "Customize start menu " window. Click on the advanced TAB. Under the "start menu" menu find control panel and select do not display this item. Scroll farther down and find the Run command and UNcheck it. Click OK and then again OK. The Control panel and Run commands will not display on the start menu.
He can still open the control panel by either undoing these changes or opening the RUN command from the task manager /file/ new task location and typing control.exe.
So this may or may not stop him, depending on his level of expertise. This will only change the start menu for HIS account. If he has figured out how to log onto another account he can still make changes.
Good luck, I hope that this helps


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Please guide me tot the necessary features for an LCD monitor.
As the prices have come down i am planning to go for 22" screen.

So wots DVI, Contrast Ratio, Response Time (ms)?
Is 2000:1 contrast ratio good enough?

And wots the minimum requirement of the above three for best performance.

I use photoshop, flash, premier pro, and some small tools for graphics.
I do video editing, titles making, ofcourse not heavy graphics like autodesk.


A:What features must an LCD have? Planning to buy a new LCD

Reliability is number one...
Color accuracy
Ability to view at angles from left side and right side, so you can show others images they need.
Good contrast.
The ability to handle screen resolutions and aspect ratios of various sizes:
Resolutions with a 4:3 aspect ratio:
800 x 600
1024 x 768
1152 x 864
1600 x 1200

Resolutions with a 5:4 aspect ratio:
1280 x 1024
1600 x 1280

and a screen width, corner to corner, of 22 inches or more.

Sony (if you can afford them)
Dell (which are usuall Samsung
Of the ones my clients have used, LG has been the best of the low priced ones.

Avoid Acer, Envision, ViewSonic, anything cheap.

Try to avoid buying online, as damage is done in shipment.

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There was a program for windows 7 called prio. However it doesn't work on windows 8.1. Does anyone know if it will be updated or how to get the program working? Or how to get the save process priority feature and silent elevation feature back? Silent elevation let you select programs that could run as administrator without having to click yes on the UAC popup. This DID NOT allow it for all programs just the selected ones you select.

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I am trying to configure remote desktop to allow my network users to be able to log on from home and out of town to gain access to the network. e.g. network shares, email and the like. The setup is not a problem, I have terminal services installed and configured on the servers. I can connect using the downloaded remote desktop software. I can gain access to my local printers and network shares fine, but the problem is that I cannot gain access to my local hard drives from the host pc. I select the option but there is no local connection shown. Any ideas?

A:Remote Desktop features

Once you connect to the network, try mapping the path to the network drive.

Sometimes.. you've got to get down and dirty!
~ Lyrical ~

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I just install the nero 9 trail and now when i go to uninstall it, programs and features pops up for a second and then crashes. Unfortenuatly, i did not have system restore turned on. Right clicking it and clicking it dosent work either. I can see the window pop up for a second but they it crashes. Anyone know of a fix, i searched the forums and google my heard out to no avail.

Edit : After running the nero 9 uninstall manually, it still wont open. also, running the command appwiz.cpl in the run prompt, it still will not work

Edit 2: Opens in safe mode.... a service maybe...

Edit 3:Windows Update dispays "The Page Failed to Load and Windows Media Player no longer automaticly play video files when i double click on them, on when i go File>open... in a command prompt scf /SCANNOW says that there is no integrety problems.

A:Programs And Features Will Not Open

Hello Blazer64,

Since you do not have System Restore as a option, you might do a Repair (Upgrade) install to see if it can fix the problem for you.

Repair Install For Vista

Hope this helps,

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When I try to use the "Turn Windows features on or off" function to add or remove anything I get "An error has occurred. Not all of the features were successfully changed." I need to remove Microsoft .net framework 3.5.1 plz help me

A:Cannot turn windows features on or off

Do you have administrative privileges on your user account?

And my I ask why you want to remove Net Framework 3.5 which needed for some or curtain software to function.

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Here is an example

AS you can see, I tried to change the setting from public to private because this is a desktop not a laptop, and what do I see when I return? It added duplicate entries for everything! WTH? I can remove some but not all, like utorrent I can't remove any of those but wth?

A:Can't remove Allows apps and features

Nevermind I reset the firewall and installed mcafee instead, oh well

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In the control panel, under System and Security, there is a section called "Add features to Windows 8". It then asks if I want to let W8 take over my computer.

I didn't go any further. Anyone know what this does? If anything?

A:Setting: Add features to Windows 8?

Hello Brking,

The "Add features to Windows 8" option is the replacement for Anytime Upgrade. It allows you to upgrade your edition of Windows 8 to include Windows Media Center.

Add Features to Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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It says it has been disabled by the administrator. I am logged onto an account with admin privileges. How can I enable these features and others that seem to be disabled. I have Home Premium 32bit. The computer is running sluggishly and I am trying to remove programs that may be viruses or that are just taking up space. Any help would be great, thx in advance.

A:I cannot access Programs and Features

Hello JesseJane,

Welcome to Vista forums!

Install this HijackThis and attacth (not copy/paste) the log file.

Then someone that knows HijackThis can look at it for you and advise you further.

Later Ted

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i've had this problem for a while, and can't seem to find any fix for it. i've looked through these forums for similar problems, and tried the given solutions but nothing seems to work.

i can open control panel fine, then when i double click programs and features, the loading icon appears briefly and disappears immediately.

i've downloaded several registry cleaning tools that haven't helped and tried to enable in the registry editor, which also didn't work.

can anybody help?


A:Cannot access programs and features.

Try using SFC
System Files - SFC Command

If no help, type the name of the program in search and see if you can access that way.

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First of all I really love the Windows 8.1 experience. Opening up my computer straight to the desktop sure beats having to go through the Metro screen first. But... I really miss the Godmode {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}. I loved how the Godmode worked in Windows 8, but it just does not seem to work at all in Windows 8.1. Also, the Windows Experience Index, I really liked this feature, I see that there is a way to access this feature in Windows 8.1, ( but I just can not seem to get that to work for me. These are a couple of features that I really miss.

A:Some Features I Miss In Windows 8.1

What features from the Godmode are missing between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1? Also, the Windows Experience Index has been removed since Windows 7 and it's a good thing if you ask me, now it's always refreshing when it needs to and Windows doesn't depend on it for some graphical features like Aero. Way easier to troubleshoot graphic issues now with that.

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Hello, i've posted this in the Windows 7/Vista section as there doesn't seem to be a Windows 8 section yet. I've got a Windows 8 Media Center Pack product key, and the email from Microsoft says to use "Add Features". But it's not there. I've got Windows 8 Pro N, i've searched "add features" but there's nothing found, I've pressed CTRL + X and selected System, but there's nothing about adding any features. How can I open Add Features?

A:Windows 8 Pro Add Features Missing

Moved to Windows 8 section . .

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What do you like about Vista the most?

What are the best features and enhancements you have come to appreciate most of all since you made the switch?

Could you ever go back, or would you miss something about Vista?

A:What are your favorite vista features?

The Start Menu search is something I could not live without now. I used to have my document files all properly organized inside sub folders, but I hardly bother any more.

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Dear all,
I have installed fresh windows 8.1 enterprise RTM 64 bit.
Some features are disable.
Smart screen
hibernate option
When I start safe mode with networking, It loads the network driver but show no network

available. (captured in safe mode with networking)

Kindly help. I need it all.

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