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Can this approach be optimized?

Q: Can this approach be optimized?

Hello allCan the following solution be optimized somehow or am I stock with this very slow working array formula?I have a sheet with the following data: A B C
1 111 2011 1
2 111 2012 1
3 111 2013 2
4 222 2015 1
5 222 2011 1
6 333 2014 1
7 333 2011 2
8 333 2012 3
9 444 2015 1
10 444 2012 1The first column is ID numbers, the second column is a year, the third column is a priority number, where 1 is first priority and so on. What I need is a solution that returns either the year 2011 or the year 2012, based on which priority number they have. 2011 is also first priority, so if 2011 and 2012 for a given ID number has the same priority, then 2011 has to be returned, but if 2012 has the highest priority, then that has to be returned. 2011 and 2012 will always be in the data set for all ID numbers, so no worries there.I then have those ID numbers (one of each ID number) in a separate list in the same sheet and in the column next to it, I have the following array formula to get the year I need for that particular ID number:{=INDEX(B:B;
))))))}It surely does what I want, but it is very very slow!Any suggestions on how to make this more efficient or maybe another approach?Thanks a lot in advance/Jacob

A: Can this approach be optimized?

Without even trying to understand what your doing,change your formula so you DO NOT use the entire columns.Do you really need to search all 1,048,576 rows?Just use the range of data required. MIKE edited by mmcconaghy

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I have recently uninstalled AOL 9.0 Optimized SE and installed AOL 9.0 Optimized VR. Now the trouble is that it can't find my modem. I do not have any of my access numbers to the internet either.

A:AOL 9.0 Optimized VR

The problem is using america offline in the first place. You would think by now people would know NOT to use that inferior crapware. Get rid of it and you will be fine.

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"If you are not going to be better tomorrow, then why have a today? " Brooklyn RabbiClick to expand...

I have aol 9.0 and so far it is a horror. It freezes when it is not lurching, and this happens every time I employ it. Am I the only one having repeated, continual problems with this program? Is it something I did or said? Did I install a lemon? Somebody tell me: am I the only one suffering these problems with aol? I'm sending this by old reliable aol 8.0 'cause 9.0 is breaking my heart.

A:AOL 9.0 OPTIMIZED-Am I the only one it messes with?

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I have NEVER experienced anything more annoying than this offeroptimizer sponsered garbage that keeps popping up in my face. I'm sure millions of dollars are spent to get rid of it but it still persists. It has a face, a name , and a phone number. Somebody, rather several somebodies, profit from this annoyance. I've never talked to anyone that enjoys having this crap pop up when they're working at the PC. Why do they think that this kind of advertising works? has to have officies and people that work in these offices , and they have to have telephones. If they were literally bombarded with phone calls as we are with their advertisments, the experience would be good for them. I would really love to have that phone number. Somebody out there can get it for us. Won't somebody take the challenge and find and post the number?

A:#$^&**# offeroptimizer, novel approach

It is annoying to receive pop-ups all the time. If you are expereincing pop-ups, I suggest you go to our Hijack This section, read the sticky about what to do before posting and poat a log. I or another member of the security team would be more than happy to assist you in this.

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I'm a very avid gamer and I've been trying how to configure my system solely for gaming and I was looking for some help with that such as which services I can stop/disable (so they don't run on startup) and etc. I'm not sure exactly what information I'll need to provide for someone to help me with this so yeah.

A:Optimized for gaming

It all depends on whether the gaming includes internet usage or not?

Plus you can create a batch file to stop the services before running the game and another one to start the services when you have finished with the game...this works out pretty well.

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Does anyone know tips for optimizing my router? like optimized settings. Its a Netgear N300 wireless router wnr2000v3. I have been experiencing lag on my xbox 360 and some games on PC.

A:Optimized Router

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does anyone know how to access the bios on a cisnet aol optimized pc?

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When I installed Crysis demo, I knew it wasnt going to run great. But when I clicked on optimized settings, it put everything in medium quality. It was slooow. Then I got Medieval War II and clicked on optimized settings and it set everything to high which makes the game very laggy. It seems like no matter what the game is, whenever the game optimizes itself, it always thinks that my computer can do better than it actually does.

My question is this. Is there something I have to change in the setting of my computer or do all games do that? Maybe graphics card settings? I know my computer is not a gamer rig but it can barely play RTS games even though I have recommended system requirements for all of them.

My Specs:

Pentium D 3.4 Ghz
2 GB Ram
250 GB HDD
ATI Radeon 2400 Pro PCIe with 256GB


A:Optimized settings

Dang, if that system can't play games then very few can. You have the hardware, have you checked for updated drivers for the video card? That could help, but I can't imagine it would fix that extreme of a problem.
Have you checked to see if anything else was using the CPU while you are trying to play the game? Are you playing local or over the network? Sorry .... more questions that answers.

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I believe, it's been almost a year since rating security software was addressed. As far as the best way to use it I don't know if its ever been posted and going through all the posts is not practical.This is for All ! How to best use security software for your PCs protection I'm always getting asked: "What's the best way to protect my computer" Obviously my answer is " Don't ever use it, let anyone else use it, leave it unpowered, and in the box!" Now all kidding aside I am a Home grown IT guy have been helping friends, family, and customers since 1983 I know it 's a long time ago, just letting you know when I took my first computer course. Lately I have been overwhelmed and underpaid and would like you all to weigh in on the latest security software. I know this could be set up many ways and don't really care if someone wants to organize it I just need the information presented in a helpful and constructive way.Could break it up to different categories like free, paid, one for all ( security packages), multiple programs (which ones), just AV, just antimalware, none, ( just online scans every once in a while ) etc. I believe another approach might be more helpful, if we break it up into skill level that might afford a place to start, for instance NewBs, Novices, Amateurs, Pros, IT's. I don't really know just would like folks to post their ideas approaches and reasoning. When I advise someone I always ask (if I don't know) what their skill level... Read more

A:Best Security Approach

Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability and experience, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. Other factors to consider include effectiveness, user friendliness, ease of updating, ease of installation and removal. A particular combination that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. You may need to experiment and find what is most suitable for your needs. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use paid for products or free alternatives.Independent comparatives of Anti-virus Software <- click on the "Comparatives" link on the leftTopTen Review: AntiVirus Software Product ComparisonsNerdModo's Top 10 Antivirus Softwaregizmo's Best Free Antivirus SoftwareAntiVirus Software Comparative Malware Removal TestsAvira vs avast! vs AVG: A comprehensive comparisonThese types of comparative testing results will vary depending on who is doing the testing, what they are testing for, what versions of anti-virus software is being tested, etc. There are no universally predefined set of standards/criteria for testing and each test will yield different results. Thus, you need to look for detailed information about how the tests were conducted, the procedures used, and data res... Read more

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I have a home-built PC that I'm aiming to do some hardware upgrades on during the holidays. I'll be putting in a new MB, processor, memory, and video card, which will change the architecture from 32 bit to 64 bit.

The drives and power supply are all less than a year old, so I'm keeping them.

I don't see my current 32-bit XP working well in the new setup, so that presents the need to go in a different direction.

I could go with a corporate licensed 64-bit XP that I have, with a valid activation key.

I could use my college son to purchase a cheap ($65) or so - Windows 7 Student Discount - upgrade to Win7 Professional. But I don't know how well that would work. Upgrades leave me uncertain, and that's especially true going from 32 to 64 bit with a hardware change.

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 bit Full Version OEM (Dell) has an $85 Windows 7 that just smells fishy to me, although many legitimate sites point to that.

Otherwise it looks like a new copy of Win7 is $150 or so, maybe 10-15 dollars less.

So what would be recommended for me in this circumstance?

The XP 64 would be free, but I'd eventually have to migrate to Windows 7 anyway.

The student-priced upgrade has an attractive price, but I don't know how well that would work for the reasons outlined above.

Not sure I trust the $85 Windows 7.

Don't really want to spend $150-ish for a "clear conscience" version.

A:Approach for going from XP 32 to Win7 64?

Be advised, we here at Seven Forums do not discuss anything but "clear conscience" versions.

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I have searched a lot in the internet and i found these software were the most well-known software to optimized PC.
Tuneup Utilities
Advance system care pro
Window 7 Manager
Enhance my seven
Tweak 7
Glary Utilities free/pro

However i have tried tuneup but i see that sometimes it slow down my computer. So i don't know which soft is should used.
Any one have experienced about this problem? Can you give me the best software. Thanks a lot
My system info: Asus K56CM, Ram : 4gb, CPU i5 3317U, 1.7Ghz. Win 7 pro 64bit :

A:Which of these optimized software is the best ?

Welcome to the Seven Forums

Windows 7 does not need any optimizing software. You will do more harm than good with any of them, then you will be back here asking questions why your computer is not working right.
Do not use any of them.


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Hi all
just a suggestion -- Dinesh won't like this I know as he's so busy testing current AV / security systems - but I think this is the way forward with computer security.

I think we can all basically agree that the REAL problem these days is MALWARE.

Classical viruses whilst a nuisance are relatively easily dealt with and are treated in general via AV software that does a REACTIVE scan -- i.e your computer is scanned at some point in time AFTER a virus has entered your system.

These days for reasonably intelligent users we can rule out viruses being installed by people downloading "questionable software / music etc". If you get a virus from a download then you probably need to tighten up your download strategies. - If you knowingly download "dubious stuff" then it's your own fault anyway.

Malevolent software these days is installed and run almost excusively via MALWARE which classical AV software is (as far as ordinary home users are concerned) powerless to prevent in PROACTIVE mode (that is detection at the time it happens - not via a scan afterwards).

The major threat is in the so called DRIVE BY infections -- this is where you visit a site - could be a quite legal site which has been hijacked without the site owners knowing.

The site executes a rogue script in your browser which - can run anything on your computer at at least the authorisation level that the user running the browser user has - for example it can explore and upload data ... Read more

A:Malware and the Web - we need a NEW Approach

Hi Jimbo, nice post and I agree with what you say. some AV like nod32 and kis 2010 have web scanner to protect users from scripts. Its not 100% effective but atleast they make an effort to stop bad scripts.

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This is not for Gaming but for Music creation but the same theme applies.

Is there any way to either set up Windows (7 in my case) so that I can instantly have the current drive, running only limited applications?
If I swap USER accounts I will lose administrative and personalised settings.
At the moment I open task manager and manually end processes each time I need to free up resources which is a pain.
If I could set up a preconfigured environment to run at the click of a mouse that would be great!!
Even better would be if, when I launch my Music Workstation it automatically launches this environment.

Any ideas?


A:Optimized 'template' ?

You can go to Start > Run > Type "Services.msc" and right-click properties on the services you want to halt. Under "Startup Type" change it from Automatic to Manual.
What this will do is not load that service until it is needed.
For example if you set Print Spooler to Manual the only time that service will start is when you open up a Word document and go to print. However once the service has started you'll need to stop it again.

There are programs like Tuneup Utilities which you can select services to be disabled and tuneup will automatically enable the service when needed and then disable it again.
This program is the safe option as it wont allow you to stop critical system services.
Tuneup also has the feature to add programs to the startup list on a Delayed Start to that your system has time to load first, then loads your music program.

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My computer is optimized to Windows Vista, when i try to put another Operating System on it comes up with an error.

How could i get XP or Windows 7 on? I've read that nLite is used, would that work? and how would i do that?

My PC is Acer Aspire M1640

Thank you

A:Optimized to Windows Vista

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I have a Compaq Presario Cq62-215DX. I want a good Os for my laptop, and 7 is too much for me, so i tried ubuntu. However, I'm going to college soon and have to go to windows. Another thing is, I have no drivers for windows xp for my laptop. What I'm asking is, how can I go to windows XP and support all my stuff like wireless and touchpad? Please help

Forgive my bad posting, not feeling so good.

A:How can I go to windows xp from a 7-optimized laptop?

If HP does not provide XP drivers (have you looked?) for that machine the probability that you can find adequate ones somewhere is low. Rather than buying XP and going through all the hassles of (maybe) finding drivers you would be better off upgrading the machine if it is underpowered and stick with Windows 7. What Windows 7 version do you have? How much memory?

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I am running XP Pro on a Dell Dimension XPS T500. I would like to be able to play Dvd's on this pc. I tried to install a new Philips dvd-rw with Nero7 software but it ran too slow. Is there a better approach to doing this or am I trying to fit a square peg into a round hole?

A:Best Approach for a DVD drive on older PC

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I wish to convert lotus approach databades to access but file extensions are different. Do you know of a converter or a procedure to do the conversion. Can reports, etc be converted too? Converting to Open Office can be considered too. Thanks

A:Approach to Access converter

gummybear1, welcome to the Forum.
What is the file extension?
Do you still have Lotus Approach, if so what Export or save as outputs does it have.

I think that it is very unlikely that any conversion will also convert the Reports, but there may be something commercial out there that does it.

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The volume C was not optimized because an error was encountered: The parameter is incorrect. (0x80070057)

I always get this error after trying to defrag and optimize my Local Disc C partition.
It was at first stucing at pass 1, I noticed I have just few GBs space, and I free up 100GB, now it is doing many passes like 7, but at end it will show:"Needs Optimization (Fragmented 39%), precents are sometimes different.

What does this mean?
Is there something wrong with my hardware, software, or it is normal?

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Hi Terry,
IF there are any porblem with the system laptop or a desktop and the customer Agent does not meet/give a satisfying answer to the customer.How can a customer approach the Escalation ? so get a resolution at the earliest ?

A:How to approach escalation team.

If you have a technical problem with a existing notebook please report here the symptoms that you are having with the notebook.  I will be happy to help.   If you have spoken with tech support and have case numbers shoot me a private message with the service tag and the case numbers and I will be happy to investigate.
You can also try the unresolved issues mail box located on the following link.  Please understand you will need the case numbers that you have had with tech or care to be able to further escalate

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This document provides suggested test cases for applications to meet the Designed for Windows XP - Optimized for Accessibility designation.

System Requirements

- Microsoft Word or Word Viewer

Operating System - Windows 2000, Win XP



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I have a datgbase that I need to share with others and I do not want them to be able to go to the design portion at all, how can I make the design part password protected?

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What is the best way to export data from Approach database
and import it into MS Access? Or, instead of exporting, can an Approach
file be saved as a particular type of file that can be opened directly in Access?

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Is it possible (not too complex) to convert a db from Lotus Smartsuite aproach to MS Office Excess? Want to get away from Lotus. Now have XP and it is not friendly unless I splurge on V. 9.7 Thanks.

A:convert approach to access

Please consider me your Approach to Access conversion / migration expert. I have done several, and I can walk you through it, or do it completely for you.


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DELL Inspirion 531s Windows Vista Home Premium SP #2

Recentlly uploaded AOL 9.0 SE on Vista, and everything seemed to go fine, but whenever I sign off, I keep getting a message saying do not turn off machine its installing updates. Okay, i've seen this message when I was using XP periodocally, but the process went through quickly and no problems. But with Vista, it seems to be everytime I sign off I'm getting this updating message, and it literally takes about an hour for the update to go through. I've uninstalled, and re-installed the software, but when I sign off its the same problem all over again. Being a long time AOL customer this is very strange, so my question is should I be using a higher Version of AOL with Vista?
Thanks in Advance..

A:Problems with AOL 9.0 SE Optimized on Vista

The problem you are having may not be an actual problem or even with your AOHELL software. I have to say this or else I could not go on, GET RID OF AOHELL PLEASE.

Ok now we can move on

Log into your computer as administrator and run windows updates. On Vista it can be found under START > All Programs > Windows Update. Do not worry how long it will take as this is relative to each computer and what it needs. Just install the important/crital updates leaving the optional ones alone for now. Wait until Windows downloads and installs all of them and you may have to restart your computer once or twice.

BTW: Uninstall that software completely from your system. Then create a restore point if you dare to install it again Here are a couple of places for reference.

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My previous installation attempt didn't do so well, so I'm thinking a new approach is in order.


Attempt update after booting to Windows XP Pro x64 instead of attempting a "clean" install.​Use current .iso image to augement the installation attempt.​
Will Vista attempt to use existing drivers from the Windows XP Pro x64 to ensure compatability with hardware - during the attempted install?​What is the .iso file that everyone is talking about needing and how may it help?​

Thank you for your help.

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Greetings to all, I have HP Pavilion p6787 c-b {with dual monitors}, microprocessor AMD phenom(tm) II X 4 840T Processor, system board is 2A92 1.01 and BIOS 6.09 I recently upgard the hard drive to SamSung 850 EVO 500 GB.    I do have two quick questions please: a. Is the motherboard compitable with data cable SATA 6.0 GBPS?  I read that the lack of optimization is due to the orginal data cable.b. Is it possible for that motherboard to handle both the new SSD and the old Hard drives internally?   Sorry for all these simple questions.  This is my first time to look inside the box. Thank you,    

A:Upgraded SSD is not fully optimized

Hi, 1. SATA III is backward compatible with SATA II therefore the answer is yes but it runs at SATA II speed.2. The answer is yes. Regards.

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Hey guys so I had to re-install my OS and while I am waiting for installation to finish, I am coming here for advice to figure out the best way I should go about installing updates because I dont't want to install them all at once and have them fail, any advice would be helpful thanks a lot everybody

A:An approach to installing Updates

Whenever I do a fresh install I just let Windows install the updates & I do the requested restarts as they fall due. It takes a while so you just have to be patient.
Trying to do them in batches is time consuming & it does sometimes depend on the order the updates come in, so it's possible to get some out of sequence which causes problems as well.

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I just reformatted a computer, and figured the AOL 9.0 Address book resided on the AOL end.

Apparently not, It is however on another computer in another room. Does anyone know how i could move the entries from one computer to the other correct path to make the address book still work when attempting to write an e-mail in AOL on the other computer?


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I've always been very conservative in applying updates, but in this case I now have quite a few that are on the list which I have to install. The question is whether it's safe to do a large number from the stock Update tool. Or should I install the System Update Readiness Tool and use that?

Are there any critical updates which have been shown to be problematic?

Running Win7 x64 Ultimate. Full retail installed on a clean drive.

A:Haven't done updates in a while - what's the best approach?

I would install critical updates first and important updates second. Install just a couple at a time to make sure your computer doesn't have any ill effects. If it does you can use system restore to revert back to its previous state. Once you've done all critical and important updates, then you can work on the optionals a couple at a time. I haven't experienced any problems with any of the updates on my 7 Pro.

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How can I revert back to IE8 that is NOT optimized for msn and bing? I don't use either, I use google. Also, this IE8 is giving my weird issues, for example: when trying to type a post on a forum or on facebook it limits the number of characters I can type in the text field. Once I reach a certain number of lines it just won't display beyond it and I cannot type anymore. I know it's this computer (if not the version of IE8 on this computer) because I don't have that problem on my laptop.

I'd like to try installing the previous un-optimized version of IE8, unless anyone has any other suggestions?

Any help or advice appreciated.

A:Solved: Optimized IE8 no bueno

switched to Firefox, problem solved!

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Over the years dealing with updates for various Windows OS's, I have adopted the following approach. My question to the experts here is this approach still valid.

I learned from bitter experience that Windows updates can sometimes cause more trouble that what they are trying to fix. My approach is to turn off automatic updates and just receive the notifications. I read about each update and if it does not apply to my computer or I am not having the problem it addresses, I don't download and install it. Even for critical updates, I wait for the recommendations of experts on forums like this before I install them.

A:My Approach to Windows Updates

My approach is just the opposite. I've experienced very limited problems with Windows updates over the years that I just let my machine install them. The only exception to this is that I hold on service packs for awhile as well as Internet Explorer versions.

The way I think about it, these updates are critical for a reason. Now perhaps today I don't use the functionality that the patch corrects. But 3 or 4 months down the road, I may install an application which does require said functionality and I'm unsure that I would remember the critical patch from 4 months ago that I decided to not install that I now need. That's assuming I know exactly that functionality is being used by each and every application that is installed on my computer. If I don't know, I'm not entirely sure that I can successfully evaluate whether I really need a patch or not.

In addition, I also have run the WSUS (automatic update server) for a couple of different employees and it's rare that I decline or unapprove most updates. So, I'm often controlling the decision making for many different machines and I've rarely had any issues in approving and installing these updates.

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My system is XP Home with the latest updates from MS. After first building this system a few weeks back, everything ran fine and boot time was maybe 15-20 seconds. About a week ago, the boot time increased to 1-2 minutes. The increased time occurs after the desktop is open and before programs in the startup list are all loaded. A couple of the programs in startup open and appear to be running fine. During the long delay, the hard disk LED is blipping about once per second. If I place the cursor down on the task bar, it turns to the hourglass. I've used msconfig to uncheck all the programs in the startup list, but that had no effect. I use the latest Norton Antivirus and WinPatrol. I've used Norton WinDoctor to detect and correct various Win problems. Not sure where to go from here. How can I find out what's going on? There are no network adaptors on this machine - dialup to ISP only.

A:Sloooow XP boot - how to approach?

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I like to occasionally wipe everything out and start over from scratch. I back up important configuration files if I can find them. I also have a long list of the various settings I like for XP.

Reinstalling and configuring takes several days and I'm wondering if there is a more efficient way to approach this.

A:Any suggestions on how to approach reinstalling XP?

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Any help to point us to how to do this:
Subtracting one numeric field from another numeric field and storing the result.


A:Lotus approach calculation.

In field definitions select the required field, click on options, select modifications formula and enter the formula.
Thanks for the opportunity to share.

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When I upgraded IE, I got I automatically got IE, Optimized for BING and MSN. I do not use either BING or MSN. What does mean and does it affect my PC speed?



A:Solved: IE, Optimized for BING and MSN

No and no. Don't worry about it.

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Hey guys I just wanted to know what i should be using to protect my clean machine against a possible infection from a USB drive I need to scan that was on an infected machine. 
I was thinking of running AVAST and Malwarebytes but before that i wanted to know if there is anything that really works to protect my system.
Do you guys suggest Panda USB vaccine or anything like that?

A:Way to approach possible infected external USB

Some viruses can auto run a macro and drop a payload. So you probably should boot into a live cd of linux and then run a barrage of scans on it. If not and you're on Windows crank up the UAC to highest level. Put in the usb stick and close out the auto start or cancel/NO on the UAC popup. Then right-click the USB drive and choose scan. Most virus suite's will have a right-click feature to scan a file or drive. If not open the virus scanner and scan it from there.

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Hi there. All of a sudden all google ads and many regular images are being replaced by ads that have optimized by links. Other images are replaced by spyware warning ads. This is happening on a variety of different sites--the original ad or image pops up and then the replacement one takes over.

appreciate your help! thanks.

hijack log:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:46:25 PM, on 3/10/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 3.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_02\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\HP Deskjet 9800 Series\Toolbox\HPWQTBX.exe
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Album Starter Edition\3.2\Apps\apdproxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe
C:\Program Files\SUPERAntiSpyware\SUPERAntiSpyware.exe
C:\Program Files\Hewlett-... Read more

A:optimized by issue

hi again. waited 2 days and just giving a gentle bump and plea for help. slowing down more every day. ads and images are replaced everywhere--for example, half naked gals are dancing in your banner spot as I type.

thanks for any help.

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I still use Lotus Smartsuite Approach for several databases which I don't want to lose or convert to some other program.  Does Approach still work under Windows 10?  I haven't upgraded yet for fear that it won't work.  I never did upgrade to Windows 8 but Approach has worked fine for me under Windows 7.  Any advice will be appreciated.  Thanks.

A:Lotus Approach and Windows 10

I'm not sure how much I would trust this, since it doesn't have any votes for/against, but according to Windows Compatibility Center it should work - Link
If you perhaps research on Windows 8.1 compatibility with Approach, you might find some results, just on the basis it's been out longer.  If it works in 8.1 I'd strongly suspect it would work in 10 (but that's just my opinion).
The last experience I had with Lotus software was trying to get Lotus Organizer (which the user swore by) to work on a newer 64bit system.  IIRC it was giving DLL missing errors on starting the program, and the solution was to copy said DLL file into the program directory.  I could see some elements of Lotus Smartsuite giving issues on new OS's like Windows 10 (for example that ancient looking desktop toolbar it installs) but that is not a critical.
Ultimately a solution for running any older software that proves problematic (in general) could include running an older version of Windows as a virtual machine, or even DOSBox is you want to run really old software.

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I decided to ask here on this forum, hoping someone had the information I was looking for in regards to AVAST finding a virus in the WinLogin.exe.

I'm not quite sure what method to take I know that AVAST can take care of it using some automatic method but I don't want AVAST to take care of it only to find that my Windows7 doesn't boot here, is the information:

Location : O:\Windows\System32\install\winlogin.exe
Type: Win32:Malware-gen

A:WinLogin Virus - What approach ?

WinLogon Virus - What approach ?

honestly......go to a specialist malware removal forum

for an extensive list of such forums see post 10 of this thread

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Core 2 Duo E6600 3.2GHZ (Overclocked)
8800GTS 320MB DDR-3 (Overclocked)

I am trying to make Windows XP look as simple (disable Luna, no visual effects, etc) as possible. Windows XP will be fast and responsive this way. No anti-virus / spyware scanner running as I never get any viruses/ spyware yet. (Using Firefox for the win). Disabled all unnecessary services and startup programs. Disabled all BHOs as I never use IE.

Presenting, my Hijackthis log, unaltered. Don't be surprised!

My log from start to finish:


Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:43:31 PM, on 4/12/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
F:\Internet\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [RivaTunerStartupDaemon] "F:\System\RivaTuner v2.0 Final Release\RivaTuner.exe" /S

And this is after about 3 months of installing Windows. Absolutely no pop-ups, no signs of malware running and no slowdowns! Thanks to HJT!


A:Please take a look at how optimized my system is, thanks to Hijackthis!!


No anti-virus / spyware scanner running as I never get any viruses/ spyware yet

You wouldn't even know since no scanner will tell you.

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My first post with you good people!
Somehow I've picked up subject malware. MBAM detects it with every scan despite deletion. At the moment it's just `there' with no other evident problems.
I've read several of your threads with admiration, and observe that guys like Kenny94 and JSntglvr could easily have jobs for life on this just this one type of problem alone.
It seems to me that their expertise is necessary to interpret the logfiles and pick out the dodgy codes or files, but leaving the good stuff behind. It seems however that the dodgy bits keep changing their name. Therefore every punter out here requires special attention.
I'm about to attack my system and, to avoid wasting your valuable time, ask if there's any way at all that I can use my brain to minimise your effort?

I'll end this with my latest MBAM log and the HijackThis jobby.

Anticipative thanks - GeoffJ

Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40
Database version: 2729
Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
16/09/2009 14:50:43
mbam-log-2009-09-16 (14-50-43).txt
Scan type: Quick Scan
Objects scanned: 129655
Time elapsed: 11 minute(s), 54 second(s)
Memory Processes Infected: 0
Memory Modules Infected: 0
Registry Keys Infected: 1
Registry Values Infected: 0
Registry Data Items Infected: 2
Folders Infected: 0
Files Infected: 0
Memory Processes Infected:
(No malicious items detected)
Memory Modules Infected:
(No malicious items detected)
Registry Keys Infected:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Curr... Read more

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O.K. guys What do you think?I have a real problem with Software that takes over my already bloated O/S ( Win2ksrpk4) Anti virae that sureptitiously operate and a host of other programs.Spam killing software does the same acting in between my mail program and IP .Albeit a necessary evil given the proliferation of Spam.
Most programs ,e.g.(Spamkiller) keep extensive files on spammers,use word screening technics .Blocking lists &rules.Not to mention you having to tolerate another program that needs constant update files to maintain spam databases.
I found a program that uses a" different principal" and I have been using it for about 1 week(Free trial) and I think it is great. Take a look and tell me what you think or Recommend another program you like.
Iwant SPAM out of my life

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What does "Load Optimized Defaults" do in BIOS? I am curious, I have a problem and this might be one of my options.


A:Load Optimized Defaults

It loads the default settings...which are supposed to provide the best chance of booting.But...if the system was set up via a network install, then it may make the boot order one that produces an the system tries to boot from a network connection, rather than the hard drive or optical drive.I would suggest to always check what the boot options are...after using/loading the optimized defaults. If the first option is not the hard drive, then I would change it (assuming that I have already installed Windows on a hard drive).More InfoLouis

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My friend chose optimized defaults in his bios and now his pc wont start up. He would like to know what he should do. Would it be best just taking the battery out of his computer and then putting it back in?

A:Optimized Defaults in Bios (Help)

Try choosing 'safe' defaults in the bios. If he can't get into the bios then reset the CMOS as Rick suggests.

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Which Antivirus/Internet Security do you find have a Good Proactive Protection/Approach And Why?

Are you running the AV/IS that you find have a Good Proactive Protection/Approach?
If NO, Why?

A:AV/IS with Good Proactive Protection/Approach

yesnoo said:

Which Antivirus/Internet Security do you think have a Good Proactive Protection/Approach And Why?Click to expand...

Avast Free can be used for great protection easily customizeable and can include HIPS, Hardened Mode, Smartscreen, and PUP detection.

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My PC kept giving me errors on boot about a memory problem but stupidly, I didnt write them down. The errors on boot only happened twice and then boom, just a black screen of nothing on boot. I do get ONE beep which I am told is good. My very strong suspicion is that the RAM modules have failed. My machine takes DIMM DDR3 RAM (4 slots) so I figure I should just buy another set of 4 which I found on ebay for like $50. Now, I did swap the RAM modules around, and tried to boot from just 2 modules but still nothing. I know its virtually impossible to offer advice with such scant information in this post but would you also think that it is a RAM issue? Worst case it isnt and I just re-sell the RAM on ebay. One beep is a good thing though from a mother board point of view right? Thanks !

A:PC Tower suddently died...! Do you think this is my best approach:

Can you try booting up your computer with only 1 new RAM stick? Try the new RAM stick one by one on all 4 slots to verify if the motherboard slots are working fine. Also, remove the CMOS battery once and reinsert it and then boot up your PC.

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Hello, thank you, bless you, and just to let you know, I *do* worship the ground where BleepingComputer technicians walk.

I am attempting to fix a family computer that has several viruses. It was mostly used by a sibling, and it was when they were using it that all the viruses/malware contaminated the computer and made it inoperable. (or at least to them.) I did not give this computer much passing care because I have my own laptop (what I am typing on now) and since they had screwed themselves over, why should I bother? The sibling in question just took up my mother's laptop, and so my mother kinda lost her own computer. When the laptop was being squirrely (2 keys knocked out, etc) my mother sent it off to Best Buy, but it was only then that the dearth of computers was noticed. So, in an act of heroism and practicality, I attempt to repair the computer.

in media res P.S. - I am mediocre with the computer - I have enough technical skills to get me where I need to be, so the helpful god/goddess that responds doesnt have to dumb it down to, say, my mother's understanding.

It is a perfectly good computer from about 2005 (maybe 2006) with XP.

Computer is squirrely, slow, internet access is hindered (does not show pictures), there was a blue screen that said "there are malware or spyware detected on this computer. please download anti-virus software".

-First course of action was to use Spy Bot S&D 1.6.0 :
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A:do not know name of virus (honestly, I dont know how to approach)

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe 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.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 description of your problem, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below a staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.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.comDDS.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, click no to the Optional_ScanFollow the instructions that pop up for posting the results.Close the program window, and delete the program from your desktop.Please note: You may have to disable ... Read more

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I stared my notebook And It blocked on the start screen. There is The hp logo only and the circle turn indefinitely. So, I lounched The System Diagnostic Test And I had the following error message: HD unit DST control - ID ERROR: RUN7Q3F-72683G-MFPV61-61T503.

A:Optimized HD unit DST control Error

Hi, Is the error code actually:    RU7Q3F-72683G-MFPV61-61T503 If so, it does confirm a failure of the optimized disk self test which basically means that some areas of the HDD occupied by the operating system are un-readable - this may well mean that the drive is failing and will need to be replaced. If your notebook is still under warranty, contact HP and arrange to have the drive replaced - If needed, you can check your warranty status Here. If you live in the US, contact HP Here. If you are in another part of the world, start Here. If you are out of warranty and as long as the previous installation of Windows 10 had activated Ok after the upgrade from 8.1, you can try performing a clean installation as detailed in the guide on the following link.  Note: At the activation screen, select 'I don't have a Product key' - Windows will activate automatically once the installation has completed. If you still get the same error after a clean install, then the HDD will need to be replaced. Regards, DP-K

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I currently have Battlefield installed. Since it does not support save slots, I created another local user account for my bro with administrative rights. Then, I ran the game using Shift+Right click >> Run as different user. This works perfectly.

However, to avoid typing the creds everytime, I used the tutorial - Run as Different User Shortcut - Create for Specified Program and User to create a shortcut with my bro's account. This method, however, launches the EXE and then closes it. The same does not occur when using the right click approach.

What am I doing wrong?

The command that I am using in the shortcut is as below:

runas /savecred /user:"<UserName>" "D:\Games\Battlefield Hardline\bfh.exe"

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We have an application that requires a client and a server. The problem is the server is just another PC not centralized or managed much. (A whole different story on something not listened to me about).

The problem is if the server PC goes down for any reason the PC accessing it has an application that gets slow. Disconnecting the network share makes it all speed up but we have it set to be a static drive mapping.

I want to come up with an easy transparent way for this Pc to check to see if server 1 is active if not then remove the mapping of a drive then add it again once this PC somes back on-line.

What do you think? VBS scripting? An application out there that already does this?

Hopefully its something fast and easy.

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hello forum,

all of a sudden my external HDD (USB) is no longer performance optimized.
usually the properties window of the device has a tab "policies" where you can choose between "quick removal" and "better performance".

after recent system changes (BIOS update, windows updates, formatting the external HDD) i observed very poor performance.
i then noticed the following:
1) the device no longer shows up in systray / notification area for safe removal
2) the properties dialog no longer has the policies tab!

so it looks like the operating system has permanently activated the "quick removal" (write caching disabled) now and won't allow me to change it to "better performance" (write caching enabled, systray icon for safe removal).
but why?
and how to change it back?
some additional notes notes:

a) windows 7 is still showing proper behaviour for other removalbe devices (e.g. USB thumbs driver). it seems to be specific to my external HDD.

b) the external HDD is formatted with NTFS.

c) this is a dual boot system (win7 x64, win xp x86). my external HDD doesn't show those symptoms when booting into windows xp. so i can rule out the bios update as root cause. it seems to be specific to win7.

d) my system has 12 GB of RAM. so the full memory is visible to win7 x64, but only 2.5 GB is visible to winxp x86.

A:external USB HDD no longer performance optimized

any ideas how to proceed?

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I'm sorry if there is a better section to put this in, but it seemed to be the best option for my question.

I currently have an HP Pavilion p7-1102

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Pegatron 2ACD
AMD A8-3800
1 TB Hitachi SATA
512 MB ATI AMD 6550 (integrated)

I want to do an overhaul, upgrading to the following:
i5 4690k
[compatible Z97 chipset MOBO, preferably with multiple PCIe x16 for future SLI options - still undecided on exact model]
GTX 970
Corsair CX600M

I have an OEM version of Windows, which I understand will not allow me to upgrade my motherboard. I was trying to avoid buying a retail copy of Windows 7, but I've done some extensive research and it looks like I'm going to have to buy it.

My question is: What is the best way to go about installing retail Windows with all the new components while keeping all of the programs and files on my HDD? I wasn't able to find anything all that helpful in my research, and I'm hoping someone can outline the best approach. Thanks!

A:Best Approach for Upgrading Motherboard With OEM Windows?

You can buy an OEM version, which is less $$. However, you will have the same limitations as the OEM supplied HP OS.

I didn't see a new case on your list, but the HP probably won't accept a different motherboard (and the I/O panel). You will also need new memory (you list 8GB DDR3 but what is the memory speed? if you install a new CPU with a fast I/O bus you don't want to slow it down with slow memory). You are actually building a new PC. You can reuse the SATA hard drive and probably the optical drive but that is about the extent of it. Everything else will have to be new. If you plan on possible multiple video cards I would go with a 1000 watt (modular) power supply. No use buying a smaller power supply that may not handle what you ultimately want.

As far as the programs on your hard drive, when you install the new OS you will have to reinstall all programs. You can backup your user data, music, photos, etc to some other media. Do a "clean" install which involves formatting the hard drive then installing Windows, whatever drivers that will be needed and then your application software.

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I have been using Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit for an year now, and recently noticed that the "Currently Allocated" virtual memoy is 3063 Mb, while the "Recommended" VM is 4594 Mb. I have 3 Gb physical memory installed. Even after I check the "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives" option, the VM remains 3063 Mb. What should be the optimal VM setting in Win'7 for me to derive the best performance from my PC ? Please advise.

A:Virtual Memory - optimized settings

How Big Should I Make the Paging File?

Perhaps one of the most commonly asked questions related to virtual memory is, how big should I make the paging file? There’s no end of ridiculous advice out on the web and in the newsstand magazines that cover Windows, and even Microsoft has published misleading recommendations. Almost all the suggestions are based on multiplying RAM size by some factor, with common values being 1.2, 1.5 and 2. Now that you understand the role that the paging file plays in defining a system’s commit limit and how processes contribute to the commit charge, you’re well positioned to see how useless such formulas truly are.

Since the commit limit sets an upper bound on how much private and pagefile-backed virtual memory can be allocated concurrently by running processes, the only way to reasonably size the paging file is to know the maximum total commit charge for the programs you like to have running at the same time. If the commit limit is smaller than that number, your programs won’t be able to allocate the virtual memory they want and will fail to run properly.

So how do you know how much commit charge your workloads require? You might have noticed in the screenshots that Windows tracks that number and Process Explorer shows it: Peak Commit Charge. To optimally size your paging file you should start all the applications you run at the same time, load typical data sets, and then note the commit charge peak (or... Read more

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hi guysi usually make a system image and save it to my storage hdd but on this occasion im not getting the option to save it to hdd.any ideas why??. if i click the drop down arrow it only says "refresh" with the same out wondering it it could be anything to do with the tweeks i followed on this site for optimizing the ssd drive. of attempted imaging edited by martin16v

A:No Option To Save Image after optimized SSD HDD

What drop-down arrow are you clicking on? More information might be helpful.

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Can anyone help me.
I've been using Lotus Approach for over 10 years now (for a large and very complex stock control database) and can make it do just about anything but it's getting a bit long in the tooth now so I am in the process of converting to Access (2003).
All the data I need has been imported but I'm stuck on a couple of issues.
1.I need something like the "Fill Field" function that was available in approach.
2.How can I get a macro to run more than 20 times in Access.
I'm sure there will be more issues but these 2 points will get me heading in the right direction.
Thanks in anticipation

A:Lotus Approach to Access conversion

try openoffice. I think it can read and save in both formats.

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I am not very experienced with this, so apologies for any naivety.
The company where I am working using a postfix mail server to deliver mail.  Internally, a small group of staff (about 4 people) wish to use a shared mailbox focused on an area of interest.   A mail account has been set up for this purpose and on request, a simpler and more memorable name for this account has been added, as an alias for the account.
So on the mail server the alias table looks something like:
Alias       Actual mail account name
comm:  [email protected]
So I think there are 2 different approaches for this shared mailbox:
1) I could add this [email protected] account to their Outlook or apple mail client programs, or: 
2) I could change the alias table so that it points to their true email addresses e.g.
Alias       Actual mail account name
comm:  [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
The latter approach sounds better to me, but any advice and insights would be appreciated as this is rather new.
Many thanks!

A:set up of company shared mailbox: best approach

I would ask the end users what they expect out of the shared mailbox in terms of functionality.For example, if the mailbox is meant for outside people to contact the group, then they may want to be able to reply to messages, but have those replies be part of the shared mailbox for tracking purposes (i.e. have the replies show up as part of the original email thread that all can see). Or they may just want it as an easy way to send messages to each other in the group with out having to type in four email addresses.If it is the former, then they may just want it as an actual separate email account/mailbox that they all have access to from their email client...this seems to be your first option. If it is the latter, then something that is just acting as forwarding alias, which sounds like your second option.

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I have just defragged my laptop and in the Optimize Drives it reads that the drive, Windows RE tools, needs optimization. I thought this drive should not be optimized so why does it say that it Needs optimization (17% fragmented).

A:Should Windows RE tools drive be optimized?

You can optimize if the system lets you.. re tools is a few smaller files and a 300mb .wim file

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Apologize if this has been answered already, but I looked through the threads and didn't see it.

I recently purchased the $38 Win8 Pro Upgrade from Microcenter (supposed, marked down from $199). From what I've read here, if I use that to "upgrade" my current Win7 pro install, that invalidated Win7 pro -- something I don't want to do.

But, before I return this (unopened), I though of something that MIGHT work -- and want to get feedback on this.

I used to have Vista on this PC but replaced that with Win7. That was a clean install, not an upgrade. Supposedly, I should be able to upgrade from Vista to Win8.

So, my plan is as follows:
1) Remove the drive currently hold Win7 pro from the PC
2) Stick in another drive, use my MR backup of Vista to restore it to that drive
3) Boot the PC, now running Vista, and use that to download the Win8 ISO.
4) Create bootable Win8 USB stick from that ISO
5) Swap drives -- remove Vista drive, put Win7 drive back
6) Boot from ISO and do "clean install" of Win8.

1) Will this work? Since Vista won't be "present" on the PC during the Win8 install, if it goes looking for that, it won't find it.
2) Will this invalidate the Win7 install? My guess is it should NOT because I upgraded from Vista, not Win7

If folks have reason to believe this won't work, then please tell me -- and I'll return this to Microcenter and wait for the Win8 OEM version to be available.

A:Proposed Win8 Upgrade approach

You can d/l an .iso from microcenter?

If you get it from MS shop, it is an esd directory - it does offer to create a somewhat odd .iso

I would be astonished if what you are proposing didn't work - but of course, haven't done exactly the same thing myself.

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I've tried to read all the other threads about this but they all seem to require external software or comparatively complicated paths to the result.

This way which I stumbled upon while experimenting reproduces the Classic XP Start Menu in every way I can see, with one exception, you need to use one mouse click rather than the WinKey to access.

First make a new folder and call it, erm, 'Start Menu' - initially it's handy to have it on the desktop - you can move it later if you want. Please NOTE this is nothing to do with any other Start Menu items you find in the Users or Roaming folders.

Then go through every thing you'd like on the Start Menu (file, folder, program) and use 'Send To Desktop Create Shortcut'. Move all those new shortcuts (you can rename them now or later if you want) into the new folder.

Go down to the taskbar, right-click, Toolbars, New Toolbar and navigate to the Start Menu folder you made. Select that folder and you will have a new entry on the Taskbar called 'Start Menu' which, when you click the double arrow, has all the facilities of the old Classic XP menu - ie, Rename, Sort by Name, Delete, etc.

If you add your own sub-folders (Programs, Accessories, Uncle Tom Cobleigh) to the Start Menu folder they behave on the Start Menu toolbar as they did in XP once you've added the shortcuts you want. If you add new shortcuts to the Start Menu folder (or sub-folders) they appear immediately on the Start Menu toolbar.

You can even add shortcuts to other d... Read more

A:Classic XP Start Menu - a different approach

Thank you for sharing, so that all the members could benefit from your experience. Have a Happy New Year.

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Windows Explorer seems to automatically choose the display settings based on the content. When I open a folder that mostly contains mp3 files for example, the Columns display:
Contributing artists
How can this "template" be changed to always include additional columns, such as "Duration"?

Is it possible to edit the Optimized Folder Templates to add or remove columns?

I am very interested to know if anybody knows the answer to this. Thanks

A:Optimized folder templates - editing

Yes, Antonimo, it is easy to add new columns or remove the ones that are already there. You right-click on any column header, choose "More" and then you have a near infinite list of possible columns. You can move them up or down the list, thus changing which column is shown first and so on.

Once you have achieved the set-up you want, you can go to Folder Options -> View and apply the chosen set-up to all folders of the same type. To choose the type, you click on the folder icon, then Properties -> Customize, but that you should do prior to choosing columns.

Hope that helps.

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I didn't see this ask nor a corrrection for the problem.
I've recently downloaded IE 8 Optimized for Bing and MSN,on my Windows XP Sp3 all updated.. so Secunia PSI tells me.. I'm at 100% with all my programs and updates.

Question.. When I go to QVC.. try to view my Account or Order Status.. I see this long RED
We're sorry. Your browser's current security settings may be preventing you from viewing pages or searching on If you'd like to correct this problem, please follow these helpful instructions.

PLUS I can't get logged in, it keeps telling me " One moment please".. never opens my account, What gives with this ?
I have done nothing new ... except to update a few programs lately.

Thanks for any help on this matter.

A:I E 8 Optimized for Bing and MSN Installed recently

Perhaps as part of the process of installing the new browser, IE8 was set to the current security or privacy settings and they are too high. I would think it would work with the defaults on the normal IE8 so first try to reset IE (tools/internet options/advanced/reset.) If that doesn't fix it, try lowering the security level or accepting more cookies under privacy. Perhaps the "helpful insrtuctions" will provide a clue as to how to change them.

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I ran PC Pitstop Optimize today and what ever it fixed its created a HUGE mess. I restored system settings from the program however the computer is worse.

Major issues:

cannot reinstall windows 7
error: Windows could not retrieve information about the disks on this computer.

disk management (see attached)
error: unable to connect to Virtual Disk Service

add/remove programs from add/remove (see attached)

cannot access "devices and printers" (a green progress bar at the top just keeps going and the screen never loads up)

This is what i believe was modified however i have since removed the program.
Invalid Class IDs(CLSID)
Invalid Program Identifiers (ProgID)
Invalid Type Libraries (TypeLib)
Invalid Interfaces
This is just the start but Im sensing a fresh windows install which i would like to avoid.

Please help

A:Ran PC Pitstop Optimized and now have a million issues

I ran PC Pitstop Optimize today << People do not think Optimizers / Reg fixers are bad, but they are -Hi -Do you have Genuine Win7 disks or computer specific reinstall disks (eg Dell / Toshiba / HP)Please list the Make and model of the problem computer -Thanh You -

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Hard drive optimized DST failed

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Windows 7 64 bit Basic
AMD Phenom II x4 960T BE oc @3.2GHz
AMD Radeon HD 6800 series (6850's) Crossfire
700watt PSU (Modxstreampro)
8Gb of Patriot DDR3 ram

I play Dayz a lot. Amazing game, but terrible performance. I sometimes have to deal with ten frames per second. I rarely ever get over thirty frames. I have added in startup parameters in Dayz Commander to help the game perform better, I have tweaked my settings and tried several things to boost FPS.
Is there anyone else that falls victim to this as well? Can someone give me some suggestions on how to increase my performance? And I am already planning on getting an EVGA Gtx 680 2gb for the standalone, but I don't know how much of a performance boost that will be on the mod as it is.
Also, I run Core Temp and TechPowerUp GPU-Z constantly and I monitor the loads and temps on my second monitor. I notice that I rarely ever get over a forty percent GPU load. When I enter big cities with lots of action going on my GPU load goes straight to zero and that's when I get the worst FPS. My processor hits a little over fifty percent load but it varies between cores. It doesn't seem like I am using the most out of my hardware. This is frustrating. I think Dayz has to be the worst optimized game I have ever played. I can play newer better graphics games maxed out and get over sixty frames.

A:Dayz worst optimized game ever?

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My step-son was trying to set up a Design password to prevent work colleagues changing databases. Some how (he can't remember quite what he did) he ended up with a general Approach access password requirement for all users. Though he can open the database in question he finds he cannot now get into Team Security as the field is 'greyed out'. He cannot therefore set up the Design protection he still requires.
Sorry if this is a bit vague, but I have never used Approach myself.
Anyone got any ideas how he can disable/remove the general protection and enable design only protection?

A:Lotus Approach password problem

Talked to one of our (2) lotus approach "experts". Here are some possibilities/questions he came up with:

1. Try accessing team security via File-User Settings-Approach Preferences, click on the Password tab, then Team Security.

2. Did he, by chance, go in as a reader and then set the password? He needs to go back in as a reader and remove it.

3. Have you looked for recently created pwl files on the hard drive? Have you tried copying the database ONLY to a new PC and opening it from there? (Try your Dad's PC--he's a great guy--he'll let you!)

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I've been trying to upgrade the AOL software on my girlfriend's computer from 7.0 to 9.0 optimized, and everytime I run the setup, it goes till about 85% and then it just stops and the following message comes up:

Thank you for trying America Online. We're sorry that you have decided not to install the America Online software at this time. We invite you to install the AOL software again at your earliest convenience.

If you have questions about installing the AOL software, connecting to the AOL Service or registering your account, please call 1-866-489-4698.

You can Print or Save this information by clicking on the appropriate buttons below.

Two easy ways to start AOL installation again:

1. Just click on the "Retry AOL 9.0" icon on your Windows desktop.

2. If you installed America Online from a CD-ROM, remove it from your CD drive. When you are ready to try again, just put the America Online CD-ROM back into the CD drive and installation will begin automatically.

Follow the easy instructions to install AOL, and if prompted, enter the registration number and password found in your AOL software kit.

Thanks again for trying! We hope to see you online soon.
Another thing that may be of interest is that I've also been trying to upgrade her Real One software so she can watch music videos and stuff, and everytime I download that upgrade, it can never carry out the installation cuz it says there are problems. I'm pretty sure this isn't ... Read more

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i have a date field for "goal date" and i have a field for comp date. i want to create a field that will look at the goal date and determine if it is greater than the comp date. and if it is enter "yes" and if not enter "no"

any help?

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I need a Lotus Approach Expert.

Here's the deal.

Using Lotus Approach 9.6
In the database there's a field called "site".
I'm in a report and trying to add the field to the report. I'm able to add it successfully and view it in design mode. When I'm in browse mode instead of showing the actual name of the site (such as Apple Valley), it shows the name of the field, which is "site"

I'm sure this is a real easy fix for an expert.

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I'm wondering if anyone uses Lotus Approach here. I was working on a document within it, did a good 7 hours of database work and when i went to save it, got an strange "File cannot copy onto itself" error and it DELETED EVERYTHING I DID.

After that i saw the error come up a few times and couldnt bring myself to hit ok. What is going on? Is this MY fault?

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I am new to this forum and my knowledge of computer troubleshooting is quite limited, especially when it comes to infestations. I will try to be as detailed as possible in my problem.

My computer has been running insanely slow within the past 2 months (I have Cable connection). When I browse the internet; after a short amount of time (ususally 10-15 minutes) the internet page(s) will freeze and become unresponsive. At this point, I usually CTRL-ALT-DELETE in order to end the program.

I did a scan with Spybot and it was found that there is a possible Trojan called Cassava with 3 entries in my registry files. In additon to this, Spybot also found the following items with 1 or 2 entries: Zango.ShoppingReport, Zango.AntiSpamBar, Zango, Virtumonde.sci, Virtumonde, RealDownloadExpress, Hotbar, GAIN.Gator, GAIN.DashBar, DSO Exploit, DCON, Zango.WeatherDPA and Alexa Related.

I looked up all the entries through google and the general consensus was that Cassava was a Trojan. What type of Trojan, I do not know. The rest seem to be spyware or malware, of these I am also not sure. I have tried running immunization, quarentine and fixing these issues through Spybot with no luck. From there, I downloaded a program called Kapersky Internet Security 7.0, which after running a scan and trying to fix the selected problems also proved fruitless.

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When you download Kaspersky, did you already have an anti-virus program running? If you did, you need to remove one or the other. (Personally - I like Kaspersky)Let's try a Malwarebytes (MBAM) scan Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself.Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button. The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'S... Read more

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Hi just had our machine formatted to get rid of a virus. I just loaded all our programs
back on and got the latest version of Super Anti Virus. I have turned on Windows
defender. But what else can I do? SAS has already found something called
Trojan Dropper/Win-NV.

Thanks. dano

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Hi all ,

I don't know if this is the right place to ask , but I would like to get some resources on the book "computer architecture a quantitative approach " fourth edition . Mainlly the slides and book answers ?


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Hi folks,

I've just built my very first computer (hooray!), and I'm thoroughly proud of my accomplishment. Now that I have things up and running, I want to implement some sort of consistent backup scheme, and I'm looking for suggestions.

The new machine is Windows 7, with a 64GB SSD drive on which the OS and applications are installed. I have a 750GB hard drive on which I'll be storing data. I also have a 640GB external hard drive. The data I store on the 750 GB drive is unlikely to reach 640GB, so in general my intent is to back up data on the external drive.

This is a personal-use computer, so while I don't want to lose any of my data, I'm not inclined to consider anything as hard-core as RAID. On my previous computer, I had Acronis True Image and Argentum Backup. I'd use Acronis True Image to image the whole machine periodically, and Argentum Backup to back up individual files to an external hard drive. However, Acronis won't run on Windows 7, and I'm not entirely sure about Argentum, so I'm starting from scratch.

One approach I'd been considering is to get something like a newer version of Acronis, and use it strictly to image the C: drive (OS and apps), and store those images on the external drive. I'd re-image any time I made a change to applications or the OS.

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A:Question / Recommended Backup Approach

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Hi, I would like to know if that Optimized pcie x4 NVMe SSD Bios update will work on my VN7-791G. It's listed for the VN7-792G as well as updated Realtek audio drivers that aren't listed for mine (although same Realtek audio) so I don't see why there would be a conflict. Same with the Synaptics touchpad driver. I'm thinking maybe the Acer update page just isn't up to date on my older Nitro. I can see  how the Intel Chipset driver would not work (I think) since I am running Haswell not Skylake. Any help would be appreciated. 

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A:Optimized PCIE SSD Bios update

Hi, It will not work to be short. The checkum will see that the BIOS is not designed for the 791G and it will not install it. Also from where are you sure that 791G has Nvme support?

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I am using Lotus Approach (Lotus Smart Suite v.9.8) to store financial and personal info. As an example of my problem, one of my database files is named "STOCKS". When I open the Approach intro window I see as many as 5 versions of STOCKS. Some are duplicates but there are at least 2 versions of my database, including the correct version, among those 5. My first thought was to just delete those versions that were incorrect. But in my C: drive file listing there is only one version of the Approach files. This appears to be the correct one but I can still access the incorrect versions via the Approach window.
What is going on here? How can I get rid of the incorrect files without messing up the correct database? And how can I prevent this messy file duplication from occurring?
I used STOCKS as an example but I get the same problem with some of my other database files.
I'm using WINDOWS 7 64 bit. I couldn't figure out how to attach TSG Sysinfo to this message. Sorry.

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Can anyone tell me how I go about flagging up a record that becomes 3 days old.

example: Reps report... enter a date.... click a check box to say 3 day follow up. how do I get that report to flag up when it becomes 3 days old??????????????????

What is the formula to work out 3 days from entry and where or what field do I attach it to

Any help would be appreciated guys

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Hi everyone

I'm experiencing several problems with an optimized win7 installation, though that i've been working on this through months.

I've already solved most of them, but there are some that i can't solve, and the system itself doesn't help (The error messages don't match with the actual causes, the troubleshooter doesn't work, etc)

My main problem now is starting some services, such as Windows Event Log and WLAN autoconfig.

All their dependencies are satisfied, all the associated files and dll's are working and registered, but i still get the same message error:
It doesn't specify what is the path that it can't find, but all paths associated to that service on the registry are working, i've checked it many times.

I can't update the system again, but the system was updated in october, and all updates were ok, there were no problems.

I have a single user, and there are no permission issues anymore, all the system and service profiles are also functional, and all drivers are updated and working.

I've also cleaned the registry and scanned for issues, none have been found.

The only other problem i have now is with the Windows Update system, once CBS Manifest is corrupted, and i just can't find a way to correct it (all given solutions on internet fail with me, nothing can correct this, but all files associated to CBS Manifest are ok, i don't know why it says it's corrupted)

So, do anyone know what can i do?

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A:Several unknown problems in optimized Win7 Professional 32-bit

Im pretty sure I ran into this a few months ago when I tried to use optimized mode. try control panel, system and security, advanced tools,open task manager, click on services tab, click on services tab with the security shield on bottom. use scrollbar to scroll down to WLAN Auto Config, right click, open properties make sure the start up type is set to manual unless you are on a Wire Less Area Network then set to automatic. if your system detects disabled it will give you this error. also check dependencies tab and make sure that the services that WLAN depends on and check to make sure they are set to manual or auto depending on if you are wired (manual) wireless (auto) even though i am not on a wireless network I still got the error code and the program I used also installed a floppy drive in my system where I have no drivers or support for one on my system at all and it put it first in my boot sequence. really slows the boot time. the time I spent fixing the problems with the optimized mode was about a billion times the time optimized mode saved me in my daily use. I have tried several different programs and configurations to get the most out of my system and have found that all of these programs do not work. they all take up space on your hard drive and embed them in your startup menu and suck on the efficiency of your system. I honestly spent over 100 hours researching, downloading programs, reconfiguring my system according to the "experts" and un doing such c... Read more

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Info Security said:

Geared with an eye to the escalating sophistication of malware, McAfee is rolling out a new approach to threat protection, using rootkit protection based on hardware-enhanced security jointly developed by Intel and McAfee, dynamic whitelisting, risk intelligence and real-time security management.

The new functionality is included in the just-released McAfee Complete Endpoint Protection suites for enterprise and business.

?This signals a pretty big shift from mainstream approaches to security, particularly when it comes to hardware-enhanced security and application control, and whitelisting,? said Dan Wolff, product manager for McAfee Endpoint Security, in an interview with Infosecurity. ?It matches the dramatic shift we see in the sophistication of malware, especially things that target root kits and boot drivers, which hide from traditional security approaches.?

He noted that new malware tactics are outstripping traditional anti-virus protections. ?One of the things that we?re seeing more and more of are coordinated attacks, like Operation High Roller, that are a combination of social engineering and malware,? Wolff said. ?They?re even using call centers to proliferate malware.? In one such scam, end users get a call from someone purporting to be from Microsoft support, explaining that there?s a problem within their PC. After a bit of ?support? forensics, the agent will direct the user to go to a specific w... Read more

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Hi  My laptop does not fail but it keeps on hangging up. So i ran diagnostics test and it failed the Hard drive optimize DST check. Does this mean that my hard drive is not working properly and i need to replace it or this is  an operating system problem.  Regards

A:Hard Drive Optimized DST test failure

That means the hard drive needs replacement. Is the laptop still in warranty?

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Los Angeles Company using Lotus Approach 9.8.
User has created very complex Files with Multiple connected databases. (APR, ADX, DBF)
Need to optimize the databases and/or convert to a more reliable and cost effective solution.
Willing to hire consultant with remote accessibility.

A:Lotus Approach Guru / Database Expert

widmeierr, welcome to the Forum.
If you are prepared to use MS Access I can probably convert the databases in to one Access database for you.
It would depend on whether or not the data can be output to an importable format to put in to Access, I am not sure if Access can directly import from Lotus Approach.

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As the title says, windows 8.1 reserved partition will not optimize on SSD. Even if you try to run it manually. Have the latest firmware update for the SSD and Trim in enabled. Has anybody else come across this. Have googled it and there's no resolution that I could find. Image attached.

A:System reserved partition windows 8.1 ssd not optimized

There's absolutely no reason to optimize that part.

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Where does one set up a project so that the project is tracked on a work-based approach (rather than an effort-driven approach)? Can the work-based approach be adopted after a project has been set up with an effort-driven approach and time units already enered for duration for each subtasks?

I appreciate the help.

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I have a client that needs Paradox 9 & an old Lotus Approach installed on new Windows 7 computers. I'm wondering if anyone has done this and has any advice. They will need to access their old data for a while as we migrate everything to new. TYIA


A:Install Paradox 9 & Lotus Approach to Windows 7

I had similar problem. I recently bought new computer with windows 7 home version. When I tried to load my lotus smartsuite millennium edition, I was unsuccessful. So, I retried loading only lotus approach. I have a small address/accounts database that I really needed to add to my new computer. Unfortunately, I got an incompatible message advising me not to install. After doing some research, I decided that I wouldn't be able to load approach myself. So, I decided to ask an online service I use monthly to maintain the health of my computer to see if he could get approach to load and work on my computer. Wow, he did it. He got it loaded and working fine...He even transferred my database file from my old laptop onto my new one. He did it on 01/4/2012 which is the day I'm writing this reply. I therefore don't have any long term compatibility issues to advise you on. All I can say right now is that everything is working great. The only difference is I have to selected my database under the file tab to open my database. The service I use is at The owners name is Sean McCarthy. His phone number is 888-752-9049.

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I purchased my laptop computer about 1 1/2 years ago. A few months ago it was running slow so I upgraded the internet explorer (the version that is optimized for Bing and MSN) and now I keep getting these messages that IE is not responding. I talked to Toshiba and the guy said it might be a virus, but since my 1 year warranty had expired, he could only help me if I agreed to a $35 fee. That was out. So I did a system restore with the disks from Toshiba to restore my computer to the out of the box condition. I am still getting these messages and it is getting frustrating, because whenever I try to read my emails in either gmail or aol, it won't load and when I click on it again I get an error message that IE (not responding) I have also noticed that I get a message about a tab being recovered. I don't have a clue as to what is going on and I really need help. I have anti-virus software and I always update the windows and the Norton 360 software. I am getting somewhat frustrated since I have online businesses that I need to check on (some daily), but it seems as though I am spending half my day trying to get the pages to load and refreshing pages and all that. I am on skype so if this is something that needs a step by step instruction, please send me a note and give me a good time to connect with you on skype. My skype name is in my profile. Thanks for your time....

The error message reads: Internet explorer optimized for Bing and MSN (not responding)

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A:Internet explorer optimized for Bing and MSN not responding

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I created the images from Image Ready and then clicked on the save optimized and clicked on the only gif without the html and saved. How do I put them in the html code? I saw 1o of the images in the folder. Can somebody help me please?

A:Save Optimized problem from Image Ready?


Are you trying to convert them from GIF into HTML?

I found this:


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We have a client that is dropping their database connection a few times a day. It works most of the time, but at intermittent times during the day the connection drops to different workstation. We believe this is a network related issue as our application
is used by many other clients that are not having this issue.
To try to resolve this issue we used Microsoft Message Analyzer.  Using this we found a message that may be related, but are not sure what the message is point to.  The message is:

Parsing\tActor: OpnGenerated.TDS_actor_TDSOverTCP+TDSOverTCP
Exception: Cannot cast optional Microsoft.Opn.Runtime.Values.ArrayValue`1[OpnGenerated.TDS+ColumnData] to Microsoft.Opn.Runtime.Values.ArrayValue`1[OpnGenerated.TDS+ColumnData] because the value is 'nothing'.
Hash Code: 17b34b2ab195ef5f5ff8bb2bdbb0a4f7
Call Stack:
   at Microsoft.Opn.Runtime.Values.OptionalValue`1.get_Value()
   at OpnGenerated.TDS.DecodeAllColumnData(COLMETADATA colMetaDataTemp, StreamValue payloadStream, String fieldName, String messageName)
   at OpnGenerated.TDS.TabularResultPacketDataDecoder(StreamValue payloadStream, UInt32 tdsVersion, MessageValue msg)
   at OpnGenerated.TDS_CG.TabularResult_BinaryCodecCompiler.__Decode(StreamValue sv, Object[] args)
   at OpnGenerated.TDS.TDSDecodingCache.DecodeTDS(StreamValue s)
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I'm trying to help my mother with her computer. I ran a scan on her hard drives and the hard drvie optimized dst check failed. The Failure ID is OGFB6C-000836-9XJ2XA-615903. Can anyone tell me where I go from here? Do I need to get her a new hard drive, ect??? Thank you.

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A:Hard Drive Optimized failed DST Check

Jenna, welcome to the forum. I believe that the hard drive has failed.  Here is the Troubleshooting section for the hard drive.  I suggest following the guide on testing it.  If it shows that it has failed, your only option is to replace it.  Here is a guide to help you replace it.  You should assure that the new hard drive is the same size or larger than the existing one. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I was sighning up for rose online and i did everything and i clicked submit and it said "Wrong Approach"...can anyone help me?


A:Rose Online Wrong approach error

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While most folks are probably focused on Win10 these days, I have been asked by small (and financially distressed) charity to upgrade (in place) a number of 3.2 gHz, 32 bit, Dell Precision 650 workstations received as donations from XP-Pro to Win7-Pro. I have half a dozen 32 bit Win7-Pro Upgrade licenses to work with to accomplish this task. I have read through most of the Win7 Upgrade tutorials available on this site several times including the 'upgrade', 'upgrade' with clean install, custom, and Kari's 'upgrade install from XP to Windows 7' (this last approach describing using an intermediate step using Vista) tutorials. All of the Dell 650 PCs are equipped with either one or two 300 gB server-quality U320 SCSI hard drives and have either three or four gB of RAM installed. All of the machines have had their hard drives heavily partitioned and it appears that all of the XP-Pro operating system files are contained in the c:\ partition of each machine and each c:\partition holds no other data beyond that data XP requires be located in the same partition as the operating system (i.e., virtually all of each PC's application and data files are in partitions other than the c:\partition). I have the original program discs for all of the installed applications on these machines

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Use Ghost Solution Suite 2.5.1 (Ghost 11.5 the enterprise version) or similar software to image these machines. You'll build one machines, get it the way you want, then lay down an that image to the others.

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I essentially skipped Vista completely (bought it with the hardware, installed it, then discarded it) and started with the 7000 beta. Am currently toying with 7077 on a new, 3-week-old monster machine that needs to shift into productive use very soon.

Moving the "Documents and Settings" folder was easy back in XP days. It appears to be a lot more complicated now. However, after a bit of reading, I've come up with the following:
Clean install (in this case, 7077 x64) as user 'username'
Enable 'Administrator' account
Log out of 'username' and log into 'Administrator'
Continue with computer setup using the 'Administrator' account
Delete both the account and files for 'username'
Hack the registry to alter the location for new user accounts
-- [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList]
-- Replace '%SystemDrive%\Users' with 'D:\Users' for the 'ProfilesDirectory' key
Create a new account for 'username' with admin privileges which appears as D:\Users\username\...
Log out of the 'Administrator' account (leaving it active and located in the C:\Users folder)
Log into the new 'username' admin account and go about business as usual.
(There will be four additional non-admin accounts created on this machine -- all of them located in the D:\Users folder.)
My question is: Does this seem a valid approach to separating the Users folder from the system drive? Or, am I setting myself up for problems?

A:Moving \Users folder ... Is this a reasonable approach?

Hello Weh,

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You might take a look at this
Personal User Shell Folders - Move Location - Vista Forums[11]=File Folder Settings

and this
Relocating your user account to another drive


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So after a reformat of my computer, anytime I shut the computer off and cut off electrical power from either the PSU or the UPS my system will not load directly to windows, BIOS will come up saying that it has detected changes and offers to load optimized results or enter BIOS, going into BIOS I am able to see that all my custom settings have been overriden and I have to start all over.

I am thinking this is electrical, but find it strange that it happened after I reformatted and cleaned my computer.

The motherboard is an F2A85X-UP4

A:Motherboard trying to load optimized results occasionally

It likely that your CMOS battery (button cell) on your motherboard needs replacing. It's what maintains the BIOS settings when the PC is off.

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