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Lost Windows Games!

Q: Lost Windows Games!

As a newbie I hope this is the proper place for my help question?
I used a 'registry cleaner' yesterday and it wiped loads of programmes off my computer.
I got them all back except Windows Vista Spider Solitaire. I'm not bothered about the other games too much.
Tried all the usual avenues of help (turn windows features on/off etc) but none helped.
Could someone tell where to look for a download site or possibly email me a copy?
I'm using Vista Home Basic 32bit.

A: Lost Windows Games!

The game is probably still there.
Is it the game directory that has been removed?
Did you create a backup of the registry?
Type spider into the search bar.

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after I used the utility to get my shortcuts back, I lost my windows games. Now is there a way to get back the windows games that were there? Solitaire, freecell, pinball etc. Thanks for any help.

A:lost windows games

Try accessing the games' uninstall options (from Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs/Windows Components) and uninstall them, then reboot and reinstall them from the same location. This should restore the icons when the reinstall takes place.

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Help! Ive lost my complete list of Windows games ie- Spider Solitaire and free cell. My games file had loads of games in it and it is now empty! Plse can any1 help in helping me find out what went wrong as Ive also lost all my downloaded games file too. Thnx in advance Dotty.

A:Windows Games lost!

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Win 10 upgrade failed and I tried to restore my Win 7 from CD from hp.   No games were installed.  Why?

A:Lost games on windows 7.

heartlight I'd like to help you with your problem but I'm having difficulties with what you said. The HP Recovery Media for Win7 is NOT a CD, but instead, a set of DVDs (usually 3) and a separate Drivers CD. The full set of DVDs will reformat your drive and reinstall, not only the OS, but also all the drivers, the HP utilities, and everthing else that came preinstalled on your PC. If all you used was a single CD, that would not have worked to recover your PC. So please explain, in more detail, what you did. We can proceed once you provide the information.Thanks

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I recently "upgraded" my Windows XP to Internet Explorer 8 (don't do it!) and lost my Windows games, including Solitaire. The files are gone, not in the Windows files, and not in system 32 files. Where can I get a free download to restore the games? Thanks!

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My older pc, an HP Pavilion 6630 with W98SE was in the shop for a few days and when it retiurned after a W98 reinstall, the games were gone. I went into systems to reinstall them and I was asked to insert the W98 CD Rom. Unfortunately, the CD I have is just a copy, as I have somehow misplaced the original software some time ago. The copy is corrupted or something, and it won't install the games. If I attempt to use the CD, it somehow corrupts Outlook Express. Don't know why. I have original book fro Microsoft that came with the computer and it has the product key.I hope someone can give me some guidance here.

This is not our main computer. We have a newer one with XP.
Thanks, John

A:Another lost Windows games story

Once I got the PC up and running, I visited the Microsoft web site and spotted a games update. I downloaded this and the games are now back.

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Somehow have lost windows Xp games, Spider Solitaire and pinball etc and also calculator and other things like that all integrated with windows XP software. any ideas on how to get them back.


A:Lost windows XP games and calculator

start --> control panel --> add/remove programs --> click on the add/remove windows components on the left hand side. Then its the first option (accesories and utilities). Click on details and you should be able to check what things you want on your pc. you will probably have to put your xp cd in. then click ok

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you know the games that comw with the puter ? solitaire, spider solitaire, hearts, free cell, is there a place I can d/l cos I somehow managed to remove them , at least they are not showing up anymore in my menu, any one know about
these? Don't laugh, I think they are mindless fun, I like to be as mindless as possible (sometimes) bad t y

A:"lost" windows installed games.

Duplicate closed.

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you know the games that come with the puter ? solitaire, spider solitaire, hearts, free cell, is there a place I can d/l cos I somehow managed to remove them , at least they are not showing up anymore in my menu, any one know about
these? Don't laugh, I think they are mindless fun, I like to be as mindless as possible (sometimes) bad t y

A:"lost" windows installed games.

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i lost the games i had on my computer, the ones like solitare and that stuff that comes with windows when it is installed and now i cant find the games. i search my computer and nothing comes up. is there a place where i could download them?

A:i lost my games

But if you have the installl CD, it's on there. Start>Settiings>Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs>Add/Remove Windows Components. Click on Accessories and Utilities (NOT ON THE CHECK MARK), and then click details. Now check beside Games. Click next. Get your Windows Xp cd. Put it in. Right side up.
Now spin around three times and say "There's no place like the Tech Support Forum, there's no place like the Tech Support Forum"

That last part is optional, but fun.

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Played a few games of Spider Solitaire two days ago - Tried to play again this evening but the 'Games' tab comes up with an emptyGames Folder !. Running a C: Drive search finds none of the games. Had a look on my lappy Vista system and there is a C:\ProgramFiles\Microsoftgames folder which has all the M.S games in it. There is no such Folder in my Windows 7/ C: /ProgramsFolder. Copied the Vista folder to my Windows 7, but they will not run. Any suggestions what has happened , and how to get them back without a complete Windows 7 Reinstall? . By the way system Restore did'nt find them.

A:Lost all the M.S Games

Quote: Originally Posted by Hamrag2

Played a few games of Spider Solitaire two days ago - Tried to play again this evening but the 'Games' tab comes up with an emptyGames Folder !. Running a C: Drive search finds none of the games. Had a look on my lappy Vista system and there is a C:\ProgramFiles\Microsoftgames folder which has all the M.S games in it. There is no such Folder in my Windows 7/ C: /ProgramsFolder. Copied the Vista folder to my Windows 7, but they will not run. Any suggestions what has happened , and how to get them back without a complete Windows 7 Reinstall? . By the way system Restore did'nt find them.

Go to Start->Control Panel->Programs and Features->Turn Windows Features Off and On->Make Sure that Games is checked

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I have done the Windows Add/Remove Components portion to put games back on. When I check Games & click Next...i get a request to insert the Compact Dics labeled "Windows XP Prof Service Pack 3CD in drive. I do not have that disc......these were on here before, why can't I get them back?
Is a System Restore a risky thing to do if my computer is on a network with an office system?

A:Games are lost!

"games?" what "games?" im not sure "ADD/Remove Components" will do that... if you uninstalled something you will need to reinstall... if you deleted something you can TRY to recover it

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I have lost my games. Is there a way to re-install them?

A:Lost MS games

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I have an XP computer, and I may have sent this message before, but I can't seem to see any obvious recognition of it as a "Thread," is it? on the forum board. I had what may appear to most people as just a tad immaterial, but I deleted one of my favourite games, Viz Free Cell. I have tried all the answers from the net, utilizing varied approaches, and have only received alternative updated copies of the game. Microsoft, itself has been truly unforthcoming with any suggestions that are applicable to the situation. Can anyone help me with this program? Thank You

A:Lost Games

Lost Games. Thank You

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well got a new computer in the house that has xp on it. never really worked with xp. day three boot up the computer and go to play pinball and its gone. go to play cards....gone (empty)....go to use paint to make a chart....gone! nothing in the recycle bin. did a search for them and only found parts of pinball not the program associated with it. any suggestions?

A:lost games

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I am not sure if someone removed them from my computer or a virus ate them. The folder labeled games on my windows XP computer is empty, it used to have several games in it including solitaire, hearts and mindsweap I think it had a few more but can't remember what they were. I have done a search on my computer for the ones I can remember but they are no where to be found. Can anyone tell me how to get them back. Thanks

A:lost all my games

You probably need to figure out what happened to them first, because if you have a virus or something reinstalling them won't do you any good until you get rid of it.

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Hi everyone, Hoping your day is good. I have a problem with my missinf Microsoft games. Spider solitaire and Solitaire. The folder is empty. I have HP Vista 64-bit,. I have the recovery system on the hard drive. Is there anyway I could get this off the recovery?

A:I lost Microsoft games!

Do you have any idea how they are 'missing'? Did somebody delete them?

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I have downloaded several game files from but when there done theres no shortcut and i cant find them the last one was 668 mb and i cant find the exe im lost [please help?]

A:lost games in vista ?

heres what you do. if you know what the game is called(obviously) then click on the vista button in the bottom left hand corner and in the "start search" box, type the name of the file you downloaded or as close to it as you can get and let it search. hopefully you will come out with the .exe. and next time, instead of clicking "run"when you download the game, click "save" and save it to your desktop so it will be easier to find. have a good day


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Hello support guy,
here are the answers to your questions in your last message.The computer i'm using is at my home aWin.XP.The games that disappeared are Solitair, Free-cell e.t.c.
Thanks from a 86old one who likes Free-cell.

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My op.system is Windows XP.The games- folder suddenly disappeared. When clicking on games it says EMPTY. . As i have no disc to reload from it, is there any way to reload this folder again?
Thankful for your help,

A:lost games-folder

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My Vista Home Premium Edition-64 bit came equipped with eight simple games in the Microsoft Games sub-folder of the Programmes folder-Solitaire,Mahjong.Chess,Spider Solitaire etc. I showed my 10-year old how to play them and left her to it.Now they are all gone and their folders are empty. Is there any way of getting them back? Please help.


A:I've lost my Microsoft Games

Were are you looking for these Games

If your Trying to find them at %System root%\Users\(Username)\Saved Games

Then your not going to find the Games you are looking for

Have you tried looking at Start>All Programs>Games?

Hope This Helps,

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i have being playing Half-Life for around 6 months now and think it is a brilliant game. i was about 3/4 of the way through the game when one day when i went to load one of the saved games there was nothing there!! no auto-saves no quick-saves no last saved game!! I was always made sure that i left a saved game whilst deleting saved games from ages ago but fear i may have messed up. is there any possible way that you can recover lost or deleted saved games or is it back to the beginning for me?

please help.

A:recovering lost games

I don't think could try looking online for saved games, but I don't even know if that would work...

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My elderly friend had her Dell upgraded to Windows 10 and she lost all the games that she played. It seems they came on her Dell when she bought it. Can anyone tell me what they were and how to get them back?

A:Games that came on Dell PC lost after Win 10 upgrade

What games are you referring to? Windows 10 does not have solitaire, minesweeper and hearts. You can download official Microsoft versions of Solitaire and Minesweeper in Microsoft's App Store in Windows 10.
For me to better assist in troubleshooting, please click my DELL-Jesse L and send  me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your Dell Order number.

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A:Solved: Lost MS Paint, Calc., Games.. HELP

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I have a 2004 Compaq Presario XP desktop computer. Only came with 248 MB or 1 gig of RAM. Have empty space. Got it free from ex-church member when they moved.

This past Monday, January 20th in the morning, I had two updates come up one from Adobe for flash 12 and one for Java 7 update 51. Afterwards, I had lost wordpad on here and all my free games that came with the OS. Have gone to start-all programs and the games folder is empty. I miss playing my solitaire in the morning!

I went to My Computer-Program files and found the MSN Gaming Zone folder, but what is in it all ends with .dll. Cannot play the games with those. Where did they go and which update killed them? Have tried system restore and it never has worked for me. No changes were made.

A:After two updates lost Free Games and Wordpad

Try the following:
Go to Start > Control Panel > Add Remove Programs >

In the left pane, click Add/Remove Windows Components and wait for a popup window to open

Highlight Accessories and Utilities then highlight Games and click on Details

Tick the boxes of the games you want and click on OK.

And OK again.

Then click on Next and windows will install the games,

Click on Finish

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Hi All

I need some help, major help trying to find the cause of my problem.

First let me describe my situation.

My Set up - 2 computers with XP,
computer 1 acts as gateway.
Computer 1 s ethernet is hooked up to a Breezenet 11 Pro outdoor that connects to my WISP. I have a good antenna and the line amplified.

The Issue, I have random disconnects with online games and chats. I still have internet access btw.

Now here is the big mystery. Computer 1 will be online playing ultima online same as computer 2. Computer 1 (which is the gateway) losses connection with game while computer 2 is still playing. Or vice versa. I have had this WISP for over a year now and the situation started 5 months ago.

I have checked my set up, done all sorts of things.
Checked with my Wisp. They say everything is ok
Checked with, they say everything is ok.
Checked with the, they show nothing is wrong.
Mind you I get disconnects with chats also.

Connection to my WISP is Solid.

It might be syncronization but I dont know what to do about it. Im a total newb when it comes to settings and such, tcp/ip stuff and all.
Hope some of you Gurus out there can help point me in the right direction on what to do.

A:Connection Lost with online games,chats

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My Dell Latitude D610 came back from the fixit guy after virus troubles, with all of the games, paint, & calculator missing.  I have spent an hour hunting around on Google for this.  There seem to be a zillion pages addressing the problem.  They either advise something so techy it's incomprehensible, or they recommend Add/remove programs --> windows components --> accessories & utilities, etc.  I have tried that.  It wants the XP SP2 disc, which I do not have.  I found a recommendation to use the i386 file; I searched & found at least half a dozen files labelled i386.  I tried opening one or 2 but it still didn't work.  The installation wizard seems to be looking for something called "spider".  I have also tried individually installing just the calculator & paint, & I have the same problem.
Another page referred me to the AccRestore v.2.0 page; I ran that & it restored shortcuts to the start menu but not the actual programs.  Now, when I click on one of the shortcuts it says it can't find, for example, calc.exe.
Everything else is ok.  I would rather not have to call fixit-guy again; he's a very poor communicator & frustrating to deal with.
Can anyone tell me in some simple non-techy terms, a step by step method of getting these back?  Can I download them somewhere?  Or, step by step, what to copy from our other XP puter?

A:Have lost WinXP accessories: paint, calculator, games, etc.

Try this, it's a legal ISO file of for XP.  Remember that you will want the exact same version as what is installed, eg XP Home, XP Pro,...  As I recall they have them with SP3.
XP ISO files

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I hope someone can help me fix this issue with my computer. My husband ran a disk clean up on a secondary hard drive and when it cleaned it up, he said not to reboot it yet but it had already deleted internet explorer, the games folder/program, entertainment folder/program, and calculator. That's all I have realized is gone because those are the frequent programs that show up when I open the start menu. I can't find them in the trash can or anywhere when I searched for them. Someone please help me!


A:Please Help! Lost Internet Explorer, Games & Entertainment Folders, And Calculator

When you say. "Disk clean up", what exactly do you mean?

Do you mean wiping and reformatting or just emptying temp files?

Emptying temp files should not have impacted the operation of IE or changed what you had stored in your favorites.

You can repair Internet Explorer, but unless you had your "favorites" backed up, if he deleted them they are gone.

Repair IE

Click to Control Panel, then to Add/Remove Programs, and then to "Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x." (Your copy may call itself Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x (or 6) and Internet Tools," or something similar, but your get the idea.)

The next step is not at all intuitive, but click the "Add/Remove…" button, and instead of triggering an uninstall, you'll find the repair tool.

The tool gives you the option of repairing your current installation (this is usually the correct choice), or reverting to your previous installation, if you elected to make a backup of that installation when you first installed IE 5+.

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Hi. I have this annoying problem in my PC. i dunno how it happened, my PC was working fine the other day, but since yesterday, many stuff seemed to be missing in my PC. I searched in the system32 folder, but they're gone! is there any way for me to get them back without reinstalling the whole system? please help.

missing in my PC were:
-all windows games
-volume control
-sound recorder
-WMplayer (but I downloaded another one so its ok now)
-and many others

please help me. thanks so much!!

A:Lost mspaint, games, volume control, sound recorder

I would go here;
read the sticky posts and then contact an Expert and have them help you, don't do anything until instructed to do so.
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Any idea how to recover windows 7? I did not install it from dvd, I installed from Daemon Tools and worked fine.

Do I need to Burn the image to a DVD and run it on startup if I want to run Windows 7?

A:Lost Dual Boot Screen?...Lost Windows 7

Try downloading EasyBCD and creating a choice for Windows 7

Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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I am completely new to Windows 8 since I installed it today, and when I went into the X-Box games app, I couldn?t see any of my purchased games from GFWL, what gives? It would only seem logical or doesn?t it?

A:X-Box Games app and Games for Windows Live account merge?

Well, yeah I was hoping that would happen but at this time there is no merging yet but maybe in the future.
The Xbox games app shows your profile and scores and that is about it. I figure the reason is the games you bought are not Metro Apps which still uses a Client. Maybe the Client would be updated to Xbox Games instead since the client is not in the metro app thing.

I can say the Client works:
Download the Games for Windows Client | PC Games Client -

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I was wondering about that if there's a some kind of conflict, or penalty if i want to play an original game on live (steam download) and later play another one but it's cracked. Let me explain i have some original games but i have one cracked that use games 4 windows, but i played it just offline so i don't have the need to go live with this one. The thing is that i uninstalled it long ago, but i want to play it again, so....if i install it again to play offline, would be a problem, conflict or penalty (like permanent ban or something) with my original games that i play online?
Need some answers please.

A:Cracked games conflict - Games for Windows

We can't help with cracked games.
If the game was originally registered on steam,then it is
still there.
All you have to do is install steam,login to your account and download it from "my games".

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Every time I reboot this one computer at my site, the Activation is gone.  I reactivate the computer and windows appears to be genuine, but once I reboot again windows once again requires activation.
MGADiag results:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 50
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-J8D7P-XQJJ2-GPDD4
Windows Product Key Hash: xgsndMkYdJsYmUng0qIJ/thx+HI=
Windows Product ID: 00371-868-0000007-85573
Windows Product ID Type: 1
Windows License Type: KMS Client
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048
ID: {E8AB3244-A396-4A36-9853-78537C5B42AF}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Professional
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_ldr.160408-2045
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A
Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Windows XP Notifications Data-->
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File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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A:Norton said found Trojan Horse detected on Windows XP lost part of windows!!!!

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it won't boot up. How can I re-install windows 8.1 (or 8 or 10) without having to acquire a new key for my tablet that is less than 1 year old?  I have an installation USB made for 10, but I don't know if it will work without having to input a key, and
honestly I am not sure if the tablet will boot from usb.

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I lost access to my windows 7 drive (Dual-boot windows 7 & Ubuntu). every time I try to run Windows 7 I get the message: Bootmgr is compressed, Press CTRL_ALT-DEL to restart. I could run Bootrec /fixmbr or diskpart or attrib to rebuild my mbr table through DOS command window using my windows 7 recovery CD. The problem I cannot access drive C: where my windows 7 are. I get the error message: Cannot open volume for direct access or system cannot find the drive path or specified. I still can access all my windows folders and files through home folder in Ubuntu. I don't want to reformat and reinstall windows. Is there is a way to run the DOS commands within Ubuntu or any other advice to how to fix this issue.

A:Lost access to Windows 7 Drive (Dual-Boot Windows 7 & Ubuntu)


Please see whether the steps outline in this tutorial will be of help:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record


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I apologize if there is a separate thread for Hyper-V running on Windows 8.1 vs this Server thread.  Couldn't find one specific to Hyper-V on Windows 8.1.
We have had for months now 3 Windows 8.1 workstations running Hyper-V with Windows 7 guest OS's. These guest were used to support clients that required a rather tight VPN connection. Suddenly last week all 3 machines has the same issue.
The guest no longer have internet connectivity.  One workstation has Broadcom NIC other 2 have Intel.  It's as if some Windows patch did something that caused the Virtual Switch to stop working.
Have blown away the VM's, dropped the Virtual Switch.  Ran updates.  Recreated the Virtual Switch and built new VM.  Still same condition.
The host to continues to connect to network and internet without issue.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Windows 8.1 Hyper-V host, Windows 7 guest lost network connectivity.

There is a Win8 forum here (for future ref)
Is this in a corporate environment?  If so, were any changes made to the switches?  I've seen environments where the switch is locked down to only allow one MAC/IP per port, which knocks off any VMs.
Are you getting any DHCP information? Can you assign a static IP and get connectivity?

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can anyone help. I had windows 7 32bit installed on PC have upgraded to windows 7 64bit but seem to have lost network adapter driver. Any advice would be apprecited, I have no network or internet access.

A:UPgrade from windows 7 32bit to windows 7 64 bit lost network driver

I had a similar problem when loading XP onto a laptop that had been running Vista. I didn't have the wireless network driver for it. So ...
Open System Properties.
Click on Device Manager
Scroll down to the Network Adapters section
Find the wireless card item
Double-click it
Select the Details tab
In XP, it showed a text like this. It's the unique ID for the network card.PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_4229&SUBSYS_11208086&REV_61\4&6C79FC5&0&00E0
On my Win 7 box, I don't get a tangled description like that. Instead, I get plain, readable text:Intel(R) 82567V-2 Gigabit Network Connection
Either way ... google-search for that text. In my case, I found a web page at Cnet with all the necessary drivers. They had XP 32-bit, XP 64-bit, Vista 32-bit, Vista 64-bit, Win 7 32-bit, and Win 7 64-bit. They had it all. Easy.

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This one has me really stumped!

I installed free Windows 10 yesterday and, after using it for a while, decided that I don't like it so I rolled back to Windows 7 by re-imaging to an image I saved just before installing W10. I immediately noticed that Windows Update would no longer work. After a lot of searching, I found that Background Intelligent Transfer Service was missing. It was not in my services. I tried everything I could find in various forums with no luck. Windows Update worked right up until the I installed W10.

I finally found a MS article on how to put BITS back and it worked. I then checked it's dependencies and made sure they were there and working but Windows Update still wouldn't work.

I then re-imaged back to an image 5 weeks old and BITS doesn't show up there either even though it definitely worked back then. That was a mystery since my PC should have been re-imaged to exactly how it looked back in June.

Thinking I might have a bad sector on my drive, I ran Disk Check with the option chosen to repair anything it finds that is wrong. I also ran sfc /scannow. No luck.

I'm at loss to explain this let alone fix it. I found lots of threads where other people lost BITS but not when they had just installed W10 and then rolled back to W7. Nothing I found has worked and I'm at my wits end at this point.

This all started with the W10 install but I don't know how my old images could be affected.

I can usually fix any PC problem... Read more

A:Lost Windows Update after installing Windows 10 and then rolling back to W7

REupdate to 10, then update 10 (there's a new one this week). Now try reverting again.

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now my computer will not let me open PDF files. I have tried reloading (and deleting) Adobe reader and my computer is giving me an error "the feature you are trying to use is on a network resource that is unavailable.

I cant uninstall either. I get the same error.

Any suggestions to fix this?

Thanks for reading and offering help.

A:Rolled back windows 10 to Windows 7 and lost my Adobe reader

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A good friend of mine went ahead and updated from Win 7 to win 10 without backing up anything (despite my objections) and now has windows live mail but any of his old email messages are gone. I would suspect they are in the windows. Old folder in .app but not sure. Does windows 10 store the emails in the .app file like win 7?  I haven't gone over to help him yet. I am using Win 7 and will upgrade once I know that everything is working with 10.

A:Lost windows live mail messages after upgrading to windows 10.

Hi munybuny You should try to see if you can find anything under the folders listed in this article. they are really under the windows.old folder, it should be:C:\windows.old\Users\$USERNAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail

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I recently had my slow laptop cleaned in order to improve performance. The guy deleted my Windows Live Mail folders and lots of other things(mostly unused anyway). He replaced Vista with Windows 7 Home Premium. Now I have lost all my mail. I am now using Windows Live Mail 2012 but can only see the most recent mails. Can I retrieve the previous mails and folders?

A:Changed from Vista to Windows 7 and lost all my Windows Live mail.

If he installed W7 on top of your Vista, then your mail is gone unless you have a recent image of your Vista system on an external drive.

That is one reason why I use AOL since the dawn of time - and I never lost a single mail because they are all stored upstream at AOL. I can go back to my first mail from day 1 on AOL. And I use AOL via the browser - not with their heavy app. And this way I can get at my mail from any PC, my Android tablet or my phone.

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I was trying to clean out my inbox of over 10,000 emails. I moved some of the emails I wanted to save in my sent folder as backup. They went there and are OK. I next tried to delete one email message and it deleted. All of a sudden the screen reappeared with all of the remaining emails (10,000 or so gone). I can still send and receive email but my inbox is completely empty except for the new ones received.

How do I restore the lost emails and is the a bug in WLM?

Any help would be extremely appreciated.

A:How to recover lost email using Windows Live Mail in Windows 7

Maybe try to looks at this post...i have mentioned the path of the stored mail. WLM 2012 is not supported anymore. You could try another mail box and see with your mail account settings if it can recover the lost mails from the server

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I was trying to clean out my inbox of over 10,000 emails. I moved some of the emails I wanted to save in my sent folder as backup. They went there and are OK. I next tried to delete one email message and it deleted. All of a sudden the screen reappeared with all of the remaining emails (10,000 or so gone). I can still send and receive email but my inbox is completely empty except for the new ones received.

How do I restore the lost emails and is the a bug in WLM?

Any help would be extremely appreciated.

A:How to recover lost email using Windows Live Mail in Windows 7

Maybe try to looks at this post...i have mentioned the path of the stored mail. WLM 2012 is not supported anymore. You could try another mail box and see with your mail account settings if it can recover the lost mails from the server

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I installed Windows 8 RP on my laptop on another partition but my Windows 7 in C:/ got lost. How do I install it again?

A:HELP! Installed Windows 8 (dual boot) but lost Windows 7 Basic

My dual boot works, Win7Ultimate64 on C and Win8Enterprise64 on D, I just hope you did a system image or back up before installation, not unless you are sure of what you are doing.. Before Win8 installs it will ask you the location where you will have it installed, if Win7 really got lost maybe you mixed up the installation.

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Hello all, as you can see by the title I have a couple of problems, so I figured I would put them all into one thread to make it easier.

Okay this all started when all of a sudden windows would be deselected and if I am playing a game it would be minimized. I brang up a resource manager and saw that there was something there called System Interruptus, not sure if this has something to do with it or not?

I then went to update windows because I hadn't done it in a while, when I get error 80244022, I have tried to fix it but to no avail, I have also deleted the contents of the SoftwareDistribution folder except for the ReportingEvents.log

So basically I need help with these two things, the windows being deselected and minimized is probably the most important as it is the most annoying, but I thought maybe updating windows could fix it (basically I haven't updates since installing :/)

Sorry about being so vague and not having much information but I don't know why these problems would be occuring.

Thank you in advance for your responses.

P.S. I have scanned twice with malwarebytes anti-malware since this occuring and it only picked up one virus on the first scan, and since I hardly ever torrent or anything like that I am doubting it is malware, but I'm not ruling it out as a possibility.

A:Windows being deselcted, games being minimized and windows update errors.

I just rolled back to a system restore point I had before I started having the windows being deselected and minimized issure, I have yet to see it happen but I just booted up and it always gets worse the more I use the computer so I will keppy you updated on if it fixes it or not etc.

Meanwhile if anyone has solutions to the problems would appreciate you posting them as it seems I am getting the problem again now

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Hey, I have a problem, firstly here are my system specs:

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ 2.60 GHz
6.00 GB DDR3 RAM
Windows 7 64-Bit Home Premium
ATI Radeon HD 4300/5000 Series

My problem is that when I am playing games such as Minecraft or full screen games like Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source, windows decides to Tab Out... When I (it just did this then) press a key it makes the noise that windows normally makes when you can't use the keyboard (I have no idea what to call the noise o.o) Windows also (it just did it again) basically makes the window look like another window is on top of it here, is basically what it looks like (on the right, I decided to put skype and chrome next to each other and click on skype which makes the top of chrome look (it just decided to do this again) like it's basically not in use, I really do not know how to describe this here is an image w/ the comparison As you can see on the right (Chrome's top bar is abit lighter than Skypes)

This is really annoying, and I really cannot explain the reason fully, I have re installed windows once, and this does not do anything, so I am not going to try this again! I've tried in my best ability to explain this, but let me say one last thing, It basically seems like another window is popping up, but cannot be seen and this is making my games and normal windows tab out... I can tell because chrome or the game I am playing will either make the top bar look ligh... Read more

A:Windows 7 Minimizing Full-Screen Games and Regular Windows

I think I have fixed it, I just did the following:
I saw that a program called "wermgr.exe" was opening and closing (Windows Problem Reporting) I pressed the start button and searched for "Choose how to report problem" and then I clicked it and then I clicked "Never check for solutions" which then fixed the problem which has not happened for the past 15-20 Minutes!

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Recently Windows has been hanging a little after closing Firefox and/or Windows Live Mail. For example, if I close Firefox or WM (Windows Mail) and click on the Start button or anything for that matter Windows will hang maybe 2 seconds before it loads it. It didn't used to do this. I've ran anti virus/spyware programs (Which returned no real threats) and Ccleaner. I've defragmented and ran check disk too so my files should be clean and in order for quick access. I actually recently had to reinstall Windows XP (32bit) so it's a pretty fresh install. As far as I know the drivers and whatnot should be up-to-date too. As for the game, it's particulary only one as I notice lags in a certain way that never had before. It's America's Army and every so often I will get this lag that will last for a few seconds and just go away. It will make the game real sluggish but only for about 4 or so seconds but gets quite annoying as this didn't used to happen before. I've tried system restore to go back to a point where I didn't think it had been doing this but none of the restore points were available for some reason and the one it did let me restore to didn't help. I don't notice any processes running that look suspicious or that shouldn't be running. I've also noticed the past few times I boot up and while loading windows my mouse will freeze for just a second which is also not normal.

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A:Windows XP hangs a little after closing Firefox or Windows Mail and lag games.

A little update...

I ran Advance WindowsCare V2 Peronal and let it "clean and fix" everything but I still get the delay/lag after closing almost any program. For instance, I opened up Windows defrag utility, closed it and tried clocking on start and it didn't open for about 3 or 4 seconds. I don't know what's causing this but it will also slow my game mention above down like I have something else using a lot of CPU power or something for a few seconds...and this happens in the game quite often...I'd say it does it at least once every minute.

Does anyone have any ideas what might be causing this? It's very annoying and I would hate to have to reinstall Windows since I just literally got everything reinstalled and copied back over when this problem started occurring. If you need any more info or logs, let me know. Thanks.

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I have 2 Windowses on my PC and I would like to play games that I have installed on W7 on W8 but there is a problem. Some games dont worked because of d3dx9 dll's and I solved it with installing DirectX , some games missed VC++/.Net. But now there are some games that still dont work. Like League of Legends didn't worked when i run it from W7 partition but when i copied it to W8 partition it worked. I don't want to do this with every game I have. Is there any solution to make them work?

Sorry for my english.

Thanks in advance.

A:Dual/Multi Boot games form Windows 7 on Windows 8

As a general recommendation you shouldnt try to run most programs that are installed on another Windows OS'es partition. some softwares need certain files, dependencies, Registry entries, etc, and if those are in your other 7 OS, then your 8 install wont be able to find everything, which may bring about errors.

The best thing you can do is either play them on 7 or uninstall them in 7 and then reinstall them in 8.

I also had the same issue when trying to run some other Windows games via WINE in Ubuntu Linux. same basic principle applies.

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ok, this are games tryed under windows vista ultimate with service pack 1 (32 bits):

theme hospital (only an error message after you exit the application, basically the game exits correctly but the window get freeze when it must be closed, so thats the error, after all works 100% perfectly, no system or files damaged, i used the game since i have vista and no damage!!!)the game of life (no errors, 100% perfect!!!)theme park world (no errors, 100% perfect!!!)microsoft hearts (from windows 2000, also perfectly, and you can use as a normal program, no need to replace the cool and modern hearts of vista)microsoft pinball (from windows 2000, no errors)I don't remember any more games, but also programs!!!
windows movie maker (from windows me, working perfectly, no need of replacing the movie maker from vista)all the themes from windows me, you can see this video that i make on how to extract the windows me resources from a virtual pc into xp it works under windows 2000-xp-vista, enjoy it!!!
it looks like crap the windows me part, but after in xp it looks great, you can download virtual pc for free from microsoft, enjoy the games and the video!!! ^_^_^!!!

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Hello. I get the following error when trying to run Dead Rising 2 from Steam:

I believe the root of the problem is Games for Windows Live, which doesn't seem to want to install, even if I try to install it manually.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8178 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 121751 MB, Free - 36386 MB; D: Total - 953867 MB, Free - 639375 MB;
Motherboard: MSI, 970A-G46 (MS-7693)
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
(Note: I use avast! Free Antivirus.)

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Hello every one, i just upgraded from windows 7 to windows 10. I had two accounts in my desktop computer. One was the main administrator account and second was the account for my wife. After upgrading the windows 10 boots only in the wife account. I have no idea what happend to my main account. Did i lose my files ect in the main account. Before upgrade i use to have a password in the main account (administrator account) but my wife's account had no password. I rebooted over and over again but i never get the option to select how i want to log in as myself or as my wife account. The computer just boots in my wifes account. Can anything be done? Thanks

A:Upgraded from windows 7 to windows 10 - lost my main account HELP !

You should have a C:/Windows.OLD folder. Everything not transferred should be in there. I don't know about your account being moved. On the login screen, look in the bottom left corner and see if your account is listed. If it is, click on it and login to your account.

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I downloaded windows 8 release preview and some things dont work i.e softwars downloaded programs and was going to reinstaill windows 7 but i didnt back it up or i have no disc or any disc that came with my computer and when i bought the computer(new from store) it had windows 7 on it. i must have wiped windows 7 when downloading windows 8 and i have no idea what to do or get windows 7 instailled with out buying the windows 7 disc because i did already buy it and just so happen to uninstaill it .....Any ideas? Thanks!

A:Lost windows 7, instailled windows 8 release preview

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I have a dual boot for windows 7 on 1tb hdd and ubuntu on 60 gb ssd. I've been using ubuntu but when I tried to choose windows 7 it didn't work so I ran GRUB then the option for windows 7 disappeared can you help figure out how to get to windows? all of the system files are still on the hdd.

A:Had dual boot for windows and Ubuntu, lost windows, help?

Additional info:
I just went into the boot menu and tried to boot from the hdd with windows seven and it took me to the menu where there used to be a choice of ubuntu or windows 7 then booted straight into ubuntu.

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I accepted windows offer of free upgrade from 7 to 10.
Bad move.
Didn't like it AND my computer now ran very slowly & did unusual things!
But the email folders in WLM were all there following the shift.
Decided to go back to Windows 7 - did this and ALL folders in WLM disappeared.
In these is some very important 'stuff.'
Please, is it possible to get these folders back?
Thanks very much.

A:wlm folders lost in moving from windows ten back to windows seven

If the accounts were IMAP the mail is still on the server. You can set up the accounts afresh and they should pull the mail down. To be really safe you can set the accounts up in a different mail client, such as Thunderbird or Mail Store, and then play with WLM.

If the accounts were POP you will have to find and restore the data. Maybe someone here has direct experience, otherwise open windows explorer and begin looking at c:\users\<user name>\appdata, in either the local or roaming hierarchy, under Microsoft. Win10 might have its own, similar, store of the mails.

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Hello guys, Recently I Downgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 7 Ultimate, And I lost My Drivers, I Googled and Tried everything Possible, but I couldn't

When I Go to device manager, In other devices I see Ether controller,network controller,PCI simple communications controller,SM bus controller,Universal serial bus controller and Unknown Device all have a yellow Warning icon, basically I'm using my Father's laptop to post this and I cannot use Internet cable or wifi nor USB and my Laptop Doesn't have the CD thing. I'm kinda lost and I have no idea what to do, I tried the ''Scan for hardware changes'' but I get the message ''Device Driver software was not successfully Installed'' and ''no Driver found with an X''

Please Help me with this I tried everything I talked to Microsoft Support and HP Support they said to go to HP Center which I don't have that In my City.

Sorry for my English guy my mother language Is arabic/French and I'm really panicking to fix my Laptop Which Is HP Pavilion.

A:Downgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 7 Ultimate and Lost Drivers

Hi have you gone to hp support site to see if they have win 7 drivers? What's the full model number of the hp computer

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I was having g trouble with peraiatant viruses causing major slow down so I opted to totally restore the system. I chose the option to have a backup of my personal files be saved to disk C and that went smoothly. It took an hour or two to do the restore itself and another couple hours to get to 99% on the "updating system" step at which point it got stuck. I left it alone for almost 10 hours at that point when a storm caused the power to flicker out. Now when I turn the system on it goes to the black loading screens but has an error when it says "System is starting services" I don't know what to do or how to fix it so could someone please help!? I'm using an e-machines 7 home premium 64bit desktop. The el1306g-uw11p HDMI. Is there a way for me to restart the restore or something as I do lack a setup disk unfortunately..

A:I lost power during a windows restore and cannot even boot windows now

How to Reset an eMachine Computer | eHow

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Before the swap I placed all of my files into an external HDD. I did this by moving the Users file into the new HDD. Upon installing my new OS, I transfered the Users file from the external into my PC again and dragged and dropped everything into their corresponding places (i.e. Documents into Documents, Downloads into Downloads, and so on). Now a couple of my files made it through to places I can locate them, but my more hidden stuff like MS Office and my Adobe software are no where to be found. I also had a decent selection of Steam games downloaded that were supposedly in the files I transferred and my PC says I have to download them all again. Would anyone be able to tell me how I can find my poor lost files again? I need the first two for school.
Thank you for your time!

A:Swapped OS from Windows 8 to Windows 7 Alienware and lost files..

Programs like MS Office and Adobe have to be reinstalled, they cannot be copied over.  The information stored in C:\Users\%UserName% is data specific to the user, Favorites, Documents and Desktop.

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Is there an issue with the 'Games for windows live' update that has been released on 13th March. It came through as part of the latest windows 'patch tuesday' updates. Every other security update installed but this one keeps failing. It says 'Windows Update encountered an unknown error' code 80070643. Repeatedly fails to install. Looking under my programs and features list it shows i have the following installed:-

Microsoft Games for Windows - Live Redistributable - installed on 13/3/12 version
Microsoft Games for Windows Marketplace - installed on 18/08/11 version

I can login to it okay but it keeps popping up as a windows update today and keeps failing. I think something is wrong with it. Anyone else?


A:Windows Updates - specifically the Games for Windows Live one

I got the same, ran the fix it tools no .net framework errors found. I thought I had removed the huge error known as games for windows bloatware, and removed it again. it's junk. Always has been.

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Hi folks
I'm having a massive headache with Games For Windows Live and - more specifically - the apparent need to update the Live ID Assistant. 
The problem is that even if I run the installer from the Microsoft website as admin, it goes as if to extract the installer file, but doesn't actually do anything after that.
I've tried uninstalling the GFWL client, rebooting and reinstalling, I've tried compatibility but that isn't working either. I really do not know what the heck to do with this.
I've looked through numerous forums that have suggested uninstalling and reinstalling the client software, and some have said that the Live ID assistant doesn't need re-installing. I happen to be fairly certain that the ID assistant is a service (if I'm not mistaken), so I've looked through services.msc, and there's not a trace of it in there, so it really does need installing. I can't launch any games without it, and I've got a fair few that are just sat around doing nothing because I can't get the blasted assistant to install in the first place. 
The next thing I notice is that even though I'm using Windows 8 (not 8.1, just windows 8) it tells me the update for the Assistant is for Windows 7 systems. Could that be part of the problem or have I really missed something?
Any help greatly appreciated!

A:Games For Windows Live ID Assistant update and Windows 8

Ok never mind. I managed to resolve that problem.
If only I can get Batman Arkham City to work, there's a bunch of solutions out there but none of them appear to be working for me - mostly because of the GFWL stuff I think. 

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since windows 7 updated, I have been getting error messages when starting checkers or spades.
sometimes the game starts and errors out before finished.
sample error code is 0x80041006

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Is there any safe websites I can download windows 7 games for windows 8.1?

A:Safe website to download Windows 7 games for Windows 8.1

Originally Posted by windows8use

Is there any safe websites I can download windows 7 games for windows 8.1?

Yes, from one of our esteemed members here:

Win 7 Games to Win 8

Post #43, and remember to thank him for the link! Enjoy.

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My daughter turn laptop on to discover it had reset she has lost all her college work can we recover it ?

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Today i was trying to get rid of the login password to make easier my girlfriend's access to my pc.
I don't know what in hell i clicked but a computer nightmare began.
I think It has to do with me managing the netplwiz settings.
Suddenly i wasn't my computer's admin anymore and i was getting UAC prompts for everything, without being able to run any software. I don't know if i deleted my admin account or i just took away its admin privileges.
Of course i couldn't run elevated CMD prompt or nothing like that.

As you see the "yes button" was greyed out. So i tried to take care of that and rebooted in safe mode and logged in as admin and only the first time it worked, i mean i could login as admin. I opened an elevated CMD prompt and typed:

net user administrator /active:yes
to enable the built in Admin account

net user administrator password
to reset the admin account and make it empty.

Well, when i rebooted i find out that the built-in admin's password wasn't empty as i thought it would be i i have no idea about the password.
No only that, if i try again booting in safe mode the admin option is now password protected and i don't know the password.
I can only login with my microsoft account which doesn't have admin privileges.
The only difference is that now windows gives me the chance to enter the password everytime i want to do something, a password i don't know.

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my system window 7 IE 11 ;is set to reopen last open tabs after any reboot etc.
this time due to freeze ; I ended task at task manager thereby all open tabs got lost ;
were told the folder for them should be favorite htm ;how do I find it ???

saved to favorites file ,renamed and moved location ,it became a file
and empty; any way/program to retrieve that ?

A:how regain lost session lost favorite file due to currupt

Hello Star mate I would be running these in safe mode if necessary for starters < if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2

if no go then give these a shot
ADW download from bleeping computer delete any rubbish found with the malware scans
(NB If one is running Kaspersky security it may rant about ADW - just ignore it or disable Kaspersky while the ADW is being used)

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Hi All

I have a HP Touchsmart 300-1060a (Home Premium Windows 7 64 BIT) which I bought few years back. Now for the last 6 months or so I started getting issues with my machine was not displaying anything at all after turning it on. So I had to hard reset my power from the machine and then was able to see it started displaying again.

At first I suspected graphic card (NVIDIA GEFORCE) but then I did my diagnostic test and nothing was found.

One day, I started re-imaging my machine as a fresh and then after this it never came back ONLINE. I read all HP forums & even HP Online support was unable to help me to find the cause.

Because when I turn on my machine I can see the power light was on and could hear big fan noise but mo HDD activity at all.

So at this stage, I suspected either motherboard or BIOS but wasn?t 100% sure what could be the real cause because I was sure it was not due to graphic card.

So first I re-setted by my BIOS to see if it helps but it didn?t came up at all. So then I took my machine to a Computer repair shop (a friend of mine) and we detected it could be due to the regulator which supplies power to the CPU and motherboard.

So we replaced that part and now my HP Touchsmart is running fin since then.

But I have lost my HP Startup logo with options such as below:

Enter setup ? Press F10
To restore ? Press F11

Etc etc

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A:Lost my HP Touchsmart LOGO since I lost resetted my BIOS (I guess)

See if this helps you get that back,

Logo Startup Screen is Missing HP TouchSmart 300-1211cn Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

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I have been infected with something for a few weeks now. When I was first infected one of those fake antispyware boxes popped up along with a hard drive failure icon. This virus has wiped out all of my pictures and files and redirects me everytime I search on the intenet. I have tried malwarebytes, avg scan, system restore, using the notepad and deleting host files then reseting my internet explorer settings ect... Nothing is working. I have attempted to read a few posts here and am obviously too computer illiterate to do anything further on my own. Any help would be greatly appreciated!Edit: Moved topic from Virus, Trojan, Spyware, and Malware Removal Logs to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:I am lost! Virus redirecting internet, lost all files and pictures..

BOOT THE PC INTO SAFEMODE WITH NETWORKINGDownload the unhide FIXDownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) Please download GMER from here(doesnot work on 64 bit OS) disable any real-time active protection so your security programs will not conflict with gmer's driver.GMER will open to the Rootkit/Malware tab and perform an automatic Full Scan when first run. (do not use the computer while the scan is in progress)If you receive a WARNING!!! about rootkit activity and are asked to fully scan your NO.Now click the Scan button. If you see a rootkit warning window, click OK.When the scan is finished, click the Save... button to save the scan results to your Desktop. Save the file as gmer.log.Click the Copy button and paste the results into your next reply. DownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results here

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This problem has occurred "somewhat"(I don't know when exactly) recently. I used to be able to play full screen games just fine but now (for some reason), everytime I launch a full screen game, it auto minimizes.

When I alt+tab back(or click the game icon on the task bar), it remaximizes the game but quickly gets minimized after a second.

Games play fine while in "windowed" mode(Warcraft 3, etc).. Full screen keeps minimizing.

I use Windows Vista Ultimate (64 bit):

Nvidia GeForce 8300(onboard video card).
I've done scans with Avast, Malware Bytes, and Super Antispyware and they all found nothing.

Three months ago(same system), full screen games played fine however I was on sort of a "full screen" gaming break, so I only recently tried playing full screen games like Warcraft 3 and this is when I encountered the "auto minimizes" problem.

The only major difference(between the time full screen games worked and now) is Avast 5. I upgraded from Avast 4.8 to Avast 5, other than that, there were no other major changes with the computer I am on.

Avast 5 is on Silent/Gaming mode, and I tried disabling all the shields temporarily to see if it would fix the issue but it didn't.

Does anyone have any ideas(or need anymore info that may help)? Any help will be appreciated, thanks.
Edit: I found a solution(though still looking if there is another way to "fix" this issue) - Right click on a program shortcut(or progr... Read more

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I got rid of the WildTangent games console that came on my Toshiba computer, however, the games still show up. I have carefully removed registry entries related to it(making a backup of the registry) and they still remain. I have also used Revo Uninstaller Pro and removed what it found. What am I doing wrong, I know they aren't doing me any harm, but they annoy the @!#$$ out of me.

A:Solved: stupid WildTangent games and categories still show up in my games folder

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I was under the impression Vista was supposed to automatically download game information from and display the game's information when you click on the thumbnail? My Vista hasn't done that since I installed BF2 and I haven't been able to manually add information using VGEE because I accidentally deleted the BF2 information and haven't been able to get another games information to show up since!

A:Games folder doesn't update with information about newly installed games.

It was my understanding that only games with the "Games for Windows" tag will show up in the games folder like you are talking about. I could be wrong tho.

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I was downloading the upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro from Windows 8 Pro.

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I posted this yesterday:
... but I have had no response and I'm wondering if I put it in the wrong place, If so then I'm sorry and here it is again.
I have a problem with my Samsung N150 netbook which runs Windows 7 (Starter).
My netbook has been running very slowly and I decided to run Samsung's Recovery Centre program in Basic mode to re-install Windows.
Since then when my netbook boots up I have lost all text from icon names, drop menus etc and if I try to open a file or load a program it blue screens.
The problem appears to be very similar to the one described here (
Can you help me please?

A:I've lost all windows text and windows 7 crashes

Is this a new computer?

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I have a problem with my Samsung N150 netbook which runs Windows 7 (Starter).
My netbook has been running very slowly and I decided to run Samsung's Recovery Centre program in Basic mode to re-install Windows.
Since then when my netbook boots up I have lost all text from icon names, drop menus etc and if I try to open a file or load a program it blue screens.
The problem appears to be very similar to the one described here (
Can you help me please?

A:I've lost all windows text and windows 7 crashes

moved to bottom

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hello, i seem to have lost windows permissions on my pc,please help.

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My brother has sony viao laptop,
i had live usb windows, he accidentally installed it, he dont know about computers much, he only use facebook.

Problem is that we dont have the key and neither he saved the key anywhere for the previous windows installation.
The previous windows is also inside the laptop.. with
folder name.
They annoying thing is he did that installation again and again thinking it might fix problem, i dont know what was he thinking.

So there are three directories.

so there are 3 old installations in that laptop..

The genuine window is inside the windows.old.

How to get the key from windows.old folder??

or is there any other way. i dont want to buy another key or want to use crack. Please help me get the old windows 7 key back..

A:Installed new windows but lost the windows key - Laptop

ok. i got the key from windows.old directory using this software ProduKey - Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS-Office/SQL Server.

Now how to roll back to the old windows??

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I started getting BSOD in August, but I fixed it on Sept 9th by updating my ethernet card. And my computer worked fine until an unexpected shutdown last night which was followed by a bunch of 0x9F problems, then 0x116 when I started up any game. I already did a disk check with /f and /r, and sfc /scannow. I also "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" error in Windows 7 or Windows Vista did this in which I changed the TdrDelay to 8. I had the latest graphic driver, but I went back a version of the driver to see if that solved anything, but it didnt. Attached is a couple of my blue screen reports. Any help is appreciated!

? Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (original OS installed)
? It came preinstalled but in December I had to replace the HDD cuz it was failing so I installed it through a disk on my current SSD
? Approximate age of system (hardware): 3 years
? Approximate age of OS installation (if you know): 9ish months
? Have you re-installed the OS?: not for this problem

? CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3720QM CPU @ 2.60GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
? Video Card: nVidia GeForce GTX 675M
? MotherBoard: MS-1762 BSS-0123456789 REV:1.0
? Power Supply - brand & wattage: Delta Electronics (idk how many watts)

? System Manufacturer : iBuyPower
? Exact model number (if laptop, check label on bottom) Valkyrie CZ-17
My SSD is: Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500G


A:BSOD starting games, error 0x0000009F(not only during games) and 0x00000116

sorry, ignore the "Attached is a couple of my blue screen reports." part

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Hello, I try to play old and new Games on the HP ZBook 15 G2 but each time between 2 - 15 minutes the Game freezes while the sound is still playing for at least 5 minutes until I can play further. It seems like the graphics card is buffering something like on a Video stream until I can continue playing. The Games work perfectly before and after this kind of game freeze. Is this a known issue?What could be the issue? Usually Games should either lag, being slower with less fps, have screen tearing, etc. but somehow buffer a Game for minutes until it works completely fine again is new to me. The same Games work on a much less performant HP 840 G1 Notebook but of course I need to turn down the graphics options depending on the Game. What is also odd it seems in general there are issues with using ALT+TAB to get to Windows while in a Game which works fine on my other PC. Hardware: Intel Core i7-4810MQ CPU, 16GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4600 and NVIDIA Quadro K2100M What I tried:I installed the latest Windows 10 64-Bit Version with all updates, used the HP Support Assistant Tool to install every Update it found. After the issue still there I later tried to install the latest Intel Graphics Driver from the Intel website ( from July 2016), the latest Nvidia Driver from the Nvidia website from the stable branch from October 21st 2016. Tried to disable the internal Intel Graphics Card but e.g. Battlefield 1 is then compla... Read more

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Could anyone help me with this? I'll experience random, what seems to feel like, lag spikes, which aren't actually lag spikes while playing games. I'd be playing in offline mode against the computer and I'd have smooth gameplay for minutes before hitting this "lag spike" which would last minutes before it goes back to normal gameplay for a few minutes and then back to a lag spike, and this cycle would continue. This is for games that are extremely below my computer specs as well, so far, this has occurred with TF2 and alien swarm. my drivers are all updated, is this perhaps a software problem since problems with playing games only occurred once i went from windows XP to windows Vista months ago.

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I just updated and rebuilt my PC and have reinstalled Win 7 64 bit and am constantly getting a BSOD while using the PC. Specifically while downloading/installing/playing games. I have also had the error occur just while surfing the internet.
From the program Blue Screen Viewer it seems to be caused by ntoskrnl.exe+7f1c0 and/or ntoskrnl.exe+7e769
I can not find any solution to fix this issue, I have updated drivers, I have ran the Microsoft memory checker, , I have changed out my memory, tried 2 other video cards, tried two different wireless network cards, now on wired connection, I even changed motherboards, got the errors on both SSD and HDD. The only things I haven't changed out is the PS and CPU, since I am using the PC to write this I am ruling out the CPU as the issue.

I have used Memtest86 and prime95 to test the memory and CPU, nothing is coming back with errors or issues. I did run driver verifier and got two .dmp files for some specific files but not sure what to do with those now. They are included in the attachement

It seems to be software/driver issue but I can not figure it out.

Any help would be great, thanks!

A:BSOD downloading games/playing games/using internet 0x00000007F

Your reports are not definitive and educated guess says that this is the cause of your problem
What is the asushwio.sys file?
Make a system restore point and then uninstall the associated software or update driver.

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Does anyone know how to keep the Vista Games Explorer from automatically adding entries for games? I currently have a completely empty VGE and upon launching any of my games via double-clicking their exe, VGE creates a new entry once the game is closed. I already unchecked both "Download information about installed games" and "List most recently played games" in the VGE options window but that didn't help. I have a third party program that lets me add my own custom entries so obviously I'd like to add them manually so I have more control over fine details. I know that the automatically-created entries can be hidden after the fact, but that really clutters up the third party editor since it displays all games in its list, hidden or otherwise. Any thoughts?

A:Disable Vista Games Explorer from auto-adding games

Hi have you found a solution??? I have to manual add shourtcuts to Executor, Launchy or the startmenu(for search to work). it's very irritating..

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I want to delete this xtra thread. Please help. Dont know how to delete threads on this forum

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I configured a wireless network in my house a few days ago. I am using a D-Link DIR-300 Wireless router.

Everything has been working perfectly for 2 days until just an hour ago.

Suddenly the wireless connection was lost (no internet and no connection to router possible anymore via wireless), then Vista automatically tries to reconnect --> with success. connection is there again --> everything working fine for a few minutes --> then connectin gets lost again --> reconnect and so on.

I have tried it with a different Notebook and the same problem is there also. When the connection gets lost, it is on the other notebook lost also.

What could the cause for this be?


A:Wireless connection gets lost after a few mins -> then reconnect -> then lost again..

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Dear Forum

After constant stress with online software changing my PC settings (adobe one of many) I wanted to separate my main computer from the internet. This I tried. I turned off broadband. I then removed all my browsers, virus and malware protection and gave my hard-drive a bit of a "spring clean". Trouble is, I am no longer able to use Excel 2007 Hyperlink. If I click on a Hyperlink I get the message "This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator".

I have googled the problem and was led to and the solution to the lost Hyperlinks was due to me deleting my browsers. I reloaded google, downloaded and ran the wrong version of Internet Explorer 11. I Have Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and I installed EIE11_EN-US_WOL_WIN764.EXE. IE has installed but its invisible. It is not in my control panel/ programs. I tried to install the correct IE but I have remove the wrong one first. I am assuming I will have to remove the renegade IE manually.

All help appreciated.

My spring clean involved deleting a lot of the Appdata Local and Roaming folders.



I promise I won't ever try to separate my PC from the master ever again, I just want to use my Excel; its my living.

A:Lost Hyperlinks in Excel and a lost Internet Explorer 11

Repair Install

If no joy

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This has been going on for quite some time. Even using directives from expert links and articles to solve this ongoing dilemma, I still lost individual Bookmark Folders, and even an entire Bookmark Toolbar. Help!Worse, on my Dell Windows 7 Ultimate, Firefox/Google, I somehow deleted Netgear 35 and now have no Server! Not what!?!?Currently using a new HP 19 All You Need In An All-In-One. Windows 8.1.

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Complete novice running Windows XP (don't know which Service Pack but Windows Update is automatic so up to date). Antivirus - AVAST free edition.

First symptom was being unable to access internet or anything via My Computer. Initial reaction was to do System Restore but this was not available either. Thought about Conficker but thought perhaps not as symptoms don't really tally. Could not run antivirus so decided to run removal tool to be on the safe side. Downloaded onto son's laptop and copied to pendrive, but poorly computer could not find drive.

After searching web, looked like problem could be explore.exe but not savvy enough to know what to do about it so followed instructions at;en-us;304449 How to start the System Restore tool by using the safe mode option with the Command prompt in Windows XP
Once it had restarted, I'd then lost taskbar. I've got wallpaper and screensaver and that's it
I've tried ctrl esc and the windows key but no luck

If anyone can help that would be great

Giving up for this evening before I hit the **** computer

Thank you !!!!

A:Lost explorer then lost taskbar after system restore

Try calling task manager by clicking Ctrl,Alt and Delete at the same time find explorer.exe and right click it and select end process then after the warning click yes now click file and new process and type explorer.exe if explorer.exe is not running then click file and new process and type explorer.exe in there.

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I have currently 2 XBOX games installed on my windows 8 pro (Jet pack joy ride and shuffle party) and both are not working when I start these games splash screen gets displayed and then a black screen in case of shuffle party and a white screen in case of jet pack joy ride then they go to suspended state.
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A:Windows store games are not working on my windows 8 Pro

What is your video card?

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My younger sister got an older laptop from a relative and I was helping her get it ready for her to use. I did a factory reset and didn't back anything up. Now, it finished rebooting but there is an error screen saying that I need a  Windows installation disc (but windows 7 came pre-installed on the computer so we dont have one).I think Windows 7 was deleted in the factory reset and I have no idea how to reinstall it.

A:lost windows 7?

The recovery partition on your hard drive may be corrupted.Please try initiating a system recovery from start up using the method described here.If an error message indicates that System Recovery cannot be run from the startup screen, a set of recovery discs will be needed to perform a system recovery.  If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.          If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks!    

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I have installed windows 8 on a SSD, which has since failed and dead, the data cannot be retrieved. I have by accident, deleted my online windows 8 purchase confirmation email. I even had a screen shot of the key but that is on the failed drive too.

Is there any way to retrieve the key from Microsoft? I have the transaction on my credit card statement, but I don?t recognize any order number either.

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A:Lost windows 8 key

Try here: Microsoft Support, click on Get live help.

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Hi, Windows7 key on the sticker is not visible on my Compaq Presario CQ62 notebook. The information is also not there in the bios, may be because this model is older.  Is there any way that I can find it with my product number or something? Thanks in advance.

A:Windows key lost

Hi, Please try G=Free version of the following tool: Regards.

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