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Windows XP Resinstall and Large HD Disaster :(

Q: Windows XP Resinstall and Large HD Disaster :(

Hi everyone, I was up until 5 am last night banging my head against the wall so I really hope someone can help!!

My PC was experiencing quite a few problems with a year old XP installation so I decided to do a reinstall 2 days ago. I have 2 drives, 80gb(boot) and 250GB (data) (both SATA), I backed up all my important stuff to the data drive, booted my XP disc, wiped the boot drive and away I went. The XP disc is an old, but proper one, that didn't have either service pack on.

I ran through all the reinstall bits and bobs, had a small problem with corrupting downloads that turned out to be Nvidia firewall, got everything patched and all ok but the data drive appears corrupted, it appears in 'my computer' but clicking on it gives me "F:| s not accessable, The file or directory os corrupted and unreadable".

Disc management in admin tools shows up a drive, as healthy, with a size of 232.88 GB, and as active.

I wondered if it was to do with the 48bit LBA addressing or anything else? It was so late last night I wasn't able to fix things and after running into a few things on the web, I physically unplugged the data drive and did the whole windows installation all over again but to absolutely no joy.

Has anyone else had a similar problem? Is there anything I can do? I need the data on this drive more than the PC itself!!

Thanks very very much for anything you can give - you lot have proved very very knowledgable in the past!!

Cheers again

A: Windows XP Resinstall and Large HD Disaster :(


Welcome To TSF.

Sorry about the bad start but hopfully things will pick up.

First - If you have an Anti Virus Program run it (just on the Data drive) If you dont click here to use an Free Online Scanner
If that scanner does not work click here for another one.

Second - Install and run Ad-Aware and its plugin VX2 Add-on Cleaner.

Third - Install And Run Microsoft Windows Defender.

All That are maked RED are link for the downloads or the pages.

If they are any problems or any thing comes up on them 3 just messege back here.

Hope it all goes okay.

Have A Nice Day,


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I used msconfig for reducing services and start items, but no change at all. That actually surprised me, as there is a fair amount of stuff there. 11 items on Start and a lot more in Services.

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Thank you for any help. My Event Viewer Microsoft/Windows/Diagnostics-Performance/Operational log is below. EVERY entry in the Operational has an exclamation mark in a yellow triangle.



- Provider

[ Name] Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance

[ Guid] {CFC18EC0-96B1-4EBA-961B-622CAEE05B0A}

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A:Win7 Resinstall = Long Time @ Welcome Screen

Hi Phil -

I would start over, wipe the HD with Diskpart Clean Command to clear all boot code, then follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall which are the same for retail, based on countless thousands we've helped with here.

If after a perfect baseline reinstall you still have the hang then I'd test the hardware, comb the logs and check it over with the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

Ultimately if its not resolved you can determine the cause with certainty by Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace - Windows 7 Forums

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A:Trying to resinstall my dell inspiron to original factory settings.

Pulled from the web.

For Vista or Win 7

If your operating system is VISTA / Win 7, press the F8 key when you see the Dell logo. It will take you to the advanced boot menu options, which include 'Repair your Computer'. Select that option and enter your password if asked, then you will see a list of options like 'system restore' and 'command prompt'. The last option says 'Dell PC restore', or something along those lines. Select that option and follow the instructions on the screen.
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A:Disaster trying to upgrade to Windows 10

It looks like your hard disk has a problem.
PXE usually means you have Network set to boot first.

Try this first:
Go into your BIOS (Check your computer's manufacturer for exact way)
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2. Make sure the drive on which Windows is installed is enabled on the list (preferably set to first).
3. If you don't know anything, reset your BIOS to its default settings.
4. Reboot.

If that doesn't solve the problem, try reinstalling Windows 10 (will wipe all data on C partition):

You will need:
1. An empty USB flash drive
2. A working computer with Internet connection
3. Windows 10 Media Creation Tool (located at Windows 10)

1. Download and run the Media Creation Tool, and use it to turn your USB flash drive into a bootable drive from which you can install Windows 10.
2. Insert the flash drive into your computer, and boot into it.
3. Go through the installation process until you are at the Hard Disk page, but do NOT install yet
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A:Windows 7 installation DISASTER!

Did you create Recovery Discs? If so, then you can use them to get the laptop running again. We do need you to provide the complete System Specs for your Dell in order to help you.
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A:Total windows XP disaster...please help!

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A:Windows Repair Disaster

I take it yuo're using another computer to post.

Try this link. Follow the instructions carefully (print them out for reference).

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Hello and welcome to the forums!My secret agent name on the forums is SweetTech (you can call me ST for short), it's a pleasure to meet you. I am very sorry for the delay in responding, but as you can see we are at the moment being flooded with logs which, when paired with the never-ending shortage of helpers, resulted in the delayed responding to your thread.I would be glad to take a look at your log and help you with solving any malware problems.If you have since resolved the issues you were originally experiencing, or have received help elsewhere, please inform me so that this topic can be closed. If you have not, please adhere to the guidelines below and then follow instructions as outlined further below:Logs from malware removal programs (OTL is one of them) can take some time to analyze. I need you to be patient while I analyze any logs you post. Please remember, I am a volunteer, and I do have a life outside of these forums.
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A:Windows 8 administrator disaster

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A:Windows 8.1 upgrade disaster

...the backup I did before starting...

Words of wisdom.

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I have a PC that has not been backuped.
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What software can I use?

A:Disaster Recovery - Dead Windows XP - Help!!!

A repair installation from the XP CD will keep all your files, settings, and programs intact. I have done many of these with absolutely no problems, but, as always, back up all you can in case the worst comes to pass. Files can still be retrieved even if the file system and partitions are heavily damaged, so the risk is very small. I'm assuming you are talking about XP.

All you do is boot from the CD. When it asks if you want to repair and to press "R", don't. Continue with the installation just like you were installing for the first time.

You will then get a license agreement and it will ask you to press F8 to agree. Right after that screen, you will see a list of Windows installations that setup found. It will ask if you want to repair it. Read the directions on that page!!!

Then, you will actually press "R" this time and XP will re-install.

When done, you will be back to your familiar desktop with everything looking just like it did before. But all your Windows Updates are gone and you will need to get those again.

If you have any problems booting from CD, set the CD to boot earlier then the hard drive in BIOS setup, or come back for more help.

I will try this and Post what happened.

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Hello Everyone.
today the PC was Okay and normal, then i only just installed Nero9 Lite, for a while.
then everything had changed, i can no longer to do a Shut down nor a restart, just log off, switch user and Lock.

and there is a Tablet PC input Panel, near the Language icon [EN], which i can't do anything about it, it doesn't run, nor Right-click menu.. NOTHING, just Hanging there!!

even the taskbar had Stopped.

I'm An Administrator and treated like a standard User.

The Strange is it's just with me, the other user doesn't have this Problem, i switched to it, it was Normally.

i tried to use System Restore, but it was unsuccessfully, and told me it's a Anti-Virus problem, i turned it off, but the same goes...

need help guys..!!!

A:[SOLVED] Windows 7 ultimate 32x...A DISASTER.....:@

Hi try starting in safe mode F8 on boot and then try system restore

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Windows 7 Ultimate machine. I followed this guide: and after running SuperAntispyware and Malware bytes, I ran Combofix. I followed every guidline (disabled antivirus etc.), the procedure started and finished after about half an hour with a restart from Combofix. When the system came up again, I could only see a black desktop with "Computer" icon only on it, and all enhancements of Win 7 disabled. I also received a message "Location is not available- C:\Windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop is not accessible Access is denied". System restore doesn't work, not even in safe mode. I can see every file I had on Desktop through "My Computer" but not on real desktop. Internet connection (LAN) is also disabled. Please tell me if there is a solution.

A:Combofix disaster after running on Windows 7

Hello, and welcome to BleepingComputer!

Did this happen right after the combofix run? Did you delete any files created by Combofix? If not, we can restore things as they were before the run.

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Not sure if there are any experts in this area out there but....

I'm looking for a way to create a good and reliable backup for my win2k3 server. I run Veritas 9.1 and have not yet attempted to use the IDR (Disaster Recovery) tool yet. Has anyone had experience with this? Also, if anyone has an easy to folllow backup/disaster recovery setup/plan for their server and would like to share this, it would be greatly appreciated. I just don't want to dive in blind and screw something up.

Any ideas and suggestions welcome.

Thanks in advance!


A:Windows 2003 Disaster Recovery

Generally I like to keep the Server OS on one partition and data on another one.

I make an image of the OS partition to the second one (and also on a hard drive I keep with me).

Back all data on the second partition to a hard drive over the network.

Should there be a total hard drive crash, you typically can do a complete recovery in under an hour. Just haven't found tapes be able to do it that fast.

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Well I just saw this in the news sectiom.

My Windows 7 desktop Home Premium with automatic updates worked till two nights ago.

New automatic updates yesterday froze most of the operating software and I had to wipe it completely clean to re-install everthing.

I patiently set up everything I have again today. First time round 59 updates went through. Second time round 183 (!!) updates and now the screen said failure to reconfigure, reverting changes.

I was told this has happened to MANY PEOPLE. The reverting has been going on for a while. How long should I wait? Overnight and then poweroff? Sounds like a reasonble gamble? If it crashes then I reinstall again. If it doesn't I perminantly switch off updates (I've had it) -- how do you disable updates please? Or set it up so that it let you pick and choose which updates you want?

Thanks in advance

A:Windows 7 automatic updates disaster

I always install the updates myself. Not for the reasons that you indicate, but because I want to decide what goes into my computer.
Windows Update Settings - Change

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I'm running Windows XP SP3 Home Edition on my Dell PC. I've never partitioned my drive, so all of my system files are on my C: drive. I would like to (probably in this order) ; a: Back up my system files onto DVDs as a disaster recovery system restoration contingency before partitioning my drive, b: Partition my drive so that Windows system files have their own partition separate from my documents and other files, c: create another partition for a Linux Distro, d: Download Linux OS onto the separate partition created for it. I have downloaded Easeus Partition Master Home Edition and the Easeus Todo backup program, and have a couple of Linux DVD's to load up from. I'm a somewhat newbie to lets say intermediate level IT Tech stuff, and after having plodded through enough research to be able to form these questions I am not clear on how to proceed. ( You know how it is, most of the answers you find from google-ing a topic do not quite fit all of the particulars of your situation, leaving you scratching your head).



A:Backing up Windows XP for Disaster Recovery

I would strongly suggest a second harddrive in a USB enclosure with the same or bigger size than the main one you are using right now. You can use it as a sandbox - set the jumper to master and partition it the way you like using Disk Management (compmgmt.msc) or your new Easeus software - whatever you like.

Then install XP on the new small partition on the external - that partition must be big enough to hold the OS and the pagefile (1.5 to 2x base memory + OS Size) times two is a good rule of thumb. The second and third partition can be equal sizes depending on how large you want the Linux partition to be. In any case non-primary partitions can be resized.

After you have formatted the partitions and installed the OS on the first(XP) and third(Linux) partitions you can reboot from the external drive (or simply swap out disks placing the external in the system as master and the current master as the external - both jumpers must be set to master or the external is not recognised) and create a user on the new XP installation, pointing the data store to the second new partition. How-to:

You could even reconsider making a fourth partition where you store all your non-OS programs - up to you.

In any case after you have installed all the additional software you need (some no doubt from the original disk) and you have copied over your data from the old disk to the new disk lo... Read more

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Hi, everyone,

Looks like a nice community you have here. Thanks for having me.

Basically, I am looking to create DVD that can be used to restore an entire Vista installation. This is very easy to do in Vista Business and Vista Ultimate, because those two versions of the operating system contain the "Complete PC Backup" utility. I have successfully backed up entire Vista PCs, burned the WIM images to DVDs, and restored the PC using the burned image. Naturally, I am looking for the same type of functionality, but for versions of Vista that lack the Complete PC Backup utility.

I have tried products such as Acronis TrueImage 10 Home and Paragon Software DriveBackup 8.5. While these tools are inexpensive and simple to use, they do not work as one might expect. With either of the aforementioned products, I invariably have MBR or boot-loader problems (most often, "NTLDR is missing") after a restore attempt. In other words, I can always create the images just fine, but after I restore them, Windows rarely boots. Sometimes, I am able to use the original Vista installation DVD to load the Windows Recovery Environment and subsequently "automatically detect and fix problems that might prevent [my] PC from booting". This, however, does not work all the time. Apparently, I lack a solid understanding of how the MBR, boot-strap, etc. work in conjunction to render a Vista machine bootable.

I build custom PCs for friends and family, and could dramatically redu... Read more

A:Creating A Windows Vista Dvd For Disaster Recovery

Well, that shoots the heck out of my recommendation for the BDD (Business Desktop Deployment kit) - it requires that you use the WAIK. But it is a comprehensive solution that has the flexibility to install almost anything without user intervention. That being said, it is a bit of overkill for the average home system builder.

Acronis True Image Home v10 is Vista compatible and I've had no issues with using it to image and restore drives. The drawback to these methods is that you've got to do it from an image of that system only - an image from another system (even an "identical" one) will have differences that Windows will hiccup at.

Another issue that might affect this could be the use of SATA drives and a difference in how the hardware recognizes and uses the drive prior to Windows loading.

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This has been an ongoing issue that has yet to shine a light at the end of the tunnel!!!
I have a Toshiba Satellite L350D Laptop, its running Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit and had the sp2. Just over a month ago, I had ripped a burnt cd and had it in library, the reminder bubble popped up in the bottom right corner letting me know it had downloaded updates and the were ready for my review to install. I did this, then did the mandated shut down restart so update would be loaded and saved. Only after I tried to restart , I haven't been able to get to windows. I downloaded and did iso burn, but I believe an error had occured, cause it did system repair for 29 hours and then instructed to sd & rs, and once I did this, I can't get to see begining of cd with windows etc. I get a disk read error occured, press cntrl, alt, del. I since have received the original recovery media disks that came with laptop, but they won't boot properly.
Toshiba instructs to hold down c button and release when word toshiba appears, but it goes to windows loading files, then ms scroll bar, then c,a,del mesg. or All black and a white mouse arrow. The toshiba recovery wizard had an error code and wont load. Can anyone provide some assistance or walk me through. More details avaliable upon request but I wanted to make sure I was thorough but haven't put anyone to sleep yet. Thanks in advance!!!
Also I have run dskchk and says all ok but didn't load mesgs. at status 50.

A:Disaster after windows vista security update!!

Try to resest boot priorty and then if the computer is not hosed, the CD will boot
Boot Priority - Change

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Hello... I was wondering if i create a full disk image backup, and my pc is destroyed in a flood, fire, or stolen etc...

Lets say -- I build a new pc from the ground up etc...

Will i be able to install the backup image on my new disk drive ok?

And what sort of bottlenecks will i experience? Will the OS activate? Will Microsoft work with me and give a new key if necessary?

I guess im trying to know what to do in this sort of scenario.... and what to expect.

Thanks for any advice...

(i would be using windows 7 backup and win7PE boot cd to restore, and possibly an acronis true image full backup also for uber redundancy)

A:Solved: Windows 7 Pro Disaster Recovery Licencing Question

Quick That image backup is only for that PC. Synctoy is a great program for syncing your important docs, pics, vids, music to an external drive. Software can always be reinstalled, but your important files could be gone forever if you do not take regular backups.

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I just noticed that W10 had changed the name of 2 of my folders on my D Drive!! D is where I keep my Data Files.

Besides what I would consider an incredible case of big brotherism worthy of the North Korean government, it has prevented these folders from being backed up as my back up does recognize the folders. One of them is my Favorites folder which MS renamed Documents and the other is my Photos Folder which MS renamed Pictures. This latter folder is critical to me and contains thousands of images. That's why I back it up regularly to 3 different hard drives.

What right does MS have to go into my personal drive and my personal files (no operating system stuff) and start messing with them. How can I stop this? Do I have any legal rights?

A:Backup Disaster: Windows Changing Folder Names

Wow,i would call a lawyer, if I knew Microsoft got into my computer and renamed my folders,,,
but I think its just clutch with a windows update,, or something like that, but lm not sure what, or how to deal with it

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Thanking all in advance for any help offered!

I attempted to upgrade a laptop with win98 installed using the windows 2000 installation disk. I have done this several times on my desktop(reinstallations) without any problems.
However, as I was apprehensive about the upgrade because the system was FAT I did not risk the "Would you like to upgrade to ( Sorry! forgot the regular alternate drive system ntsf???) Whether this was the start of my problems I do not know.

When I ran the upgrade in (Did not interfere with installed applications mode)the following problems arose immediately.

1. The program Act! ( A business database) immediately became inaccessible due to the need of internet Explorer 5. or higher (5 had been present prior to upgrade and was suddenly not installed therefore Act was inaccessible though still present.

2. "Unknown Devices" suddenly appeared in the system hardware profile and yellow questionmarks appeared beside the Network Card intel 82550/1/7/8/9 Ethernet Express Pro 100(B) Ethernet Adaptor,and Audio Device Controller.

3. A message popped up saying the following were affected by the attempted upgrades changes.

a) Fujitsu FUJo2B1 Device Driver
b) Above mentioned ethernet
c)Lucent Technologies Port Interface Soft Modem AMR
d)Yamaha AC-XG Audio Device

As a result of the above and my not then having direct access to the internet on this laptop I was unable to download the windows updates I thought would help to solve the problem.
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A:DESPERATE! Windows 98/Fat System/ upgrade to 2000 Disaster! Help!

Forgot to mention! I have secured my Act database on an independent ZIP file. The objective is to do a complete "CLEAN" Ntsf file system windows 2000 pro install on the laptop.


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Ok I am getting forced to move my M6400 from XP to at least Windows 7 pro
So I bought an 480GB SSD and started the evolution after several bios hiccups I got windows 7 64 bit loaded  so my problem right now is it will not run an update at all  I have loaded the cab drivers to try and solution and nothing

also it will not let me use the displayport for external monitor

any help would be appreciated   i liked xp  never any problems  old timer

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please help !!!!

I have a vaio PCG - 9G5M which has an internal CD reader - i wanted to record DVDs so i brought an external DVD writer - this did not come with any software but the shop gave me Nero version 7.

I tried using this but try as i might it wouldnt work - then suddenly the computer stopped recognising the external AND internal disc drives - on the hard ware manager it states that the drivers for these devices are either misisng or corrupt - error message number 39.

I uninstalled the nero. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers and uninstalling - turining off - and then trying - always the same message

I had a techno guy come and look at it but he buggered up the internet and couldnt get it back - the only thing I could think to do was system roll back - i got my internet back but nero is still there - only this time i cannot uninstall because it states it cannot find certain databases

so, i am left with no internal or external disc driver and half of nero which i cannot shift

help please !!!!!! - i have been on the sony web site and can find no reference to any driver for the PCG 9G5M and i have had no sucess trying to find a driver to install on the internet - i really just want to be able to get the internal driver working

I have the sony restore discs but not those for XP - in any event the computer wont read the disc drive

any help would be appreciated

thank you

A:windows XP / Vaio note book - driver disaster!

did this laptop originally have xp or was it an upgrade? if it didn't have xp, that might be some of the hardware problem.

try removing the cd and dvd in control panel/system/device manager, reboot and see if they're installed correctly.

did the tech guy charge anything?

there aren't any drivers for the cd.

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A:Raze Disaster Windows 98...i Am Drowning With Despair - Psguard

Sorry for the delay. If you are still having problems, please post a brand new hijackthis log as a reply to this topic.


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I just noticed that W10 had changed the name of 2 of my folders on my D Drive!! D is where I keep my Data Files.

Besides what I would consider an incredible case of big brotherism worthy of the North Korean government, it has prevented these folders from being backed up as my back up does recognize the folders. One of them is my Favorites folder which MS renamed Documents and the other is my Photos Folder which MS renamed Pictures. This latter folder is critical to me and contains thousands of images. That's why I back it up regularly to 3 different hard drives.

What right does MS have to go into my personal drive and my personal files (no operating system stuff) and start messing with them. How can I stop this? Do I have any legal rights?

A:Backup Disaster: Windows Changing Folder Names

Wow,i would call a lawyer, if I knew Microsoft got into my computer and renamed my folders,,,
but I think its just clutch with a windows update,, or something like that, but lm not sure what, or how to deal with it

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My grandchild was playing a shooting game, when suddenly the picture when sideways and there was large lettering.

I was able to upright the lettering, but still have the large lettering on the font.

I tryto get into a folder or program, but the large lettering prevents acessing all the information.

I was able to play TW08 golf game with no problems, but when I finished and returned to windows large lettering still there.

Have tried to find somewhere to reduce the size to normal, but unsuccessful.


A:vista home edition large font large lettering

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I will shortly need to move a large number (20,000) very large (20-30Mb) image files and associated tiny xmp sidecar files from one hard drive to another.

MS file explorer will make a meal of this so any suggestions for alternatives please? I have several folders each containing many thousands of files as above so moving a folder en-bloc is an option rather than file by file?

A:moving large number of large files to new drive

Simply drag and drop the folder(s).

Might want to do a copy first, verify that everything did indeed get copied, and then delete the originals.

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When viewing large and extra large photo previews, the jpeg thumbnails will not load. Is this a 64 bit issue?

Any Ideas?

A:Large, Extra Large Icons won't load

I can tell you it's not a 64 bit issue as I do not have this problem.
Beyond that, I'll have to defer to another with more expertise in this matter.

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If you extract the icons from imageres.dll or shell32.dll then the maximum icon size is about 64x64 and 32x32 for most icons. I am trying to extract the largest icons, where can I get them. or am I just doing it wrong?

A:Where are the Extra-Large and Large Icons stored

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First post here on the SevenForums! I'm only saving the tough ones for you guys! Here's the problem:

My client's computer was infected with a virus obtained via Facebook. I removed this and multiple other infections (and I'm pretty thorough with my scanning). She gets it back, starts working on it, and apparently her devices and printers icons are blank. Not missing, like with a "blank page" icon, just... blank. Here's the kicker: it only happens with large and extra large icons. It also happens with normal folder icons. When I change it to medium or lower, they come back. I've tried rebuilding the icon cache database several times, tried sfc /scannow, tried chkdsk, tried uninstalling any recent updates, etc... There have been no hardware changes, the hard drive has been tested as good (no bad sectors), her dual monitors are at a sane resolution, and I'm confident that the viruses has been removed. Trust me -- I've tried all the obvious stuff I can think of. Thanks and Good luck!

Edit: Also, I did about 30 minutes of searching through previous threads. Couldn't find a thing, but I could have missed it...

A:Large & extra large icons blank

Quote: Originally Posted by Xileos

First post here on the SevenForums! I'm only saving the tough ones for you guys! Here's the problem:

My client's computer was infected with a virus obtained via Facebook. I removed this and multiple other infections (and I'm pretty thorough with my scanning). She gets it back, starts working on it, and apparently her devices and printers icons are blank. Not missing, like with a "blank page" icon, just... blank. Here's the kicker: it only happens with large and extra large icons. It also happens with normal folder icons. When I change it to medium or lower, they come back. I've tried rebuilding the icon cache database several times, tried sfc /scannow, tried chkdsk, tried uninstalling any recent updates, etc... There have been no hardware changes, the hard drive has been tested as good (no bad sectors), her dual monitors are at a sane resolution, and I'm confident that the viruses has been removed. Trust me -- I've tried all the obvious stuff I can think of. Thanks and Good luck!

Edit: Also, I did about 30 minutes of searching through previous threads. Couldn't find a thing, but I could have missed it...

Well you probably pulled some icon cache files off that were infected but also had the L and XL icons. If sfc didnt work you could try a repair install. It will re-install only the files with different hash marks.

Make a backup and restore point first just in case

Ke... Read more

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I go to Character map looking for the large i ,looks like 2 large T and the ohter one flipped over.Does Character map Not have this one ?

A:Character map missing the large i ,looks like 2 large T

the strange thing is after I posted this I see my I that I want ,but while i was typing i was only getting a capital i that looks like a line. Also when i copy and paste the correct I , after pasting , the i turns back into a stupid line. any ideas ?

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Did Microsoft come up with the solution of this issue on Windows 8.1

re-build the index helps compacting the edb file but it will grow again
are there a Windows 8.1 patch available to address this issue?
the patch KB2836988 doesn't apply to Windows 8.1

Thank you

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I am currently trying to make a copy of the files on my laptop to an external drive but after 1 Gb of data is transferred the status box when copying stops and doesn't seem to be copying over any further files. When I try to cancel the process it does not register that I have pressed cancel and I have to shut off my laptop manually, waiting a few seconds before turning it back on.

I have uninstalled avast believing that it might be causing an issue with the transfer but the result is still the same.

Recently after a failed attempt it has rendered my hard drive back to an ntfs unreadable state due to error code 0x80070570 .

Any help to resolve either issue would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

A:Windows 7: Windows 7 stalling during copying of large files to externa

What is the external HD? How old is it? When was it formatted etc..

In any case I would run a diagnostic on the external drive.
Also try a copying utility such as TeraCopy free version and see if it has similar problems(once the external drive is returned to a normal state or using another drive.)

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I have a DELL OPTIPLEX GX1 that crashed...I replaced the hard drive & updated from Windows 2000 to Windows XP Pro...Some where along the line my "RUN" box disappeared..I can get it if I safe boot..But also when I open some files the window is TOO large to access functions at the bottom of the page...I can NOT move the page up enough to use these functions...I tried to change the page size useing my mouse but I can NOT get close enough to the edges to do it...(off screen) I also tried to adjust the pixels on my display but that shrinks up EVERYTHING too small for me to use easily...Is there an adjustment some where that will correct this & maybe get my "RUN" box back ? ? ? PLEASE help...My name is Ron & you can contact me directly through e-mail OR thru this website...Thank you VERY VERY much...RON

A:Windows TOO large

Hi RM2007 !

What's the maximum display resolution you can set in the display properties ? You probably need to update your video drivers.

Your computer is pretty old and there doesn't seem to be any drivers for XP available from Dell's website.

Found these drivers from Ati's website : Yours should be the second one (under Rage Pro).

If your video card has the standard 4MB memory then once the drivers are installed you'll be able to set your display resolution to 1024 x 768 (85Hz).

About the run command, check that it's checked to appear in the sart menu properties :

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I just bought a 160G hard drive, Seagate, to be used in an external case. Seagates software recognized it as 152+G but said that win 98 would only recognize as max of 137G unless I used their software and partition in 2 partions. This was Ok 1 partition at 80G and 1 at 80G. When all was said and done I only got 80 G and 1 at 57G, with 2 partitions. The partitions were done on a win98 desktop with drive as secondary slave. Any ideas as how to get more out of this harddrive.

Thanks for any help.
Go Cards!

A:Large HDD - Windows 98/ME

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Is there no "Windows Easy Transfer" from XP to Windows 8? Or is "Windows Easy Transfer" dangerously buggy?

My wife is transitioning from XP, SP3. on an older machine. to Windows 8 preinstalled on a new machine. Despite much Googling, I was unable to find any clear directions from Microsoft as to whether there's a suitable version of Windows Easy Transfer and what the procedure is supposed to be.

Microsoft provides a utility named "Windows Easy Transfer for transferring from Windows XP (32 bit) to Windows 7," but I could not find any utility "for transferring from Windows XP (32 bit) to Windows 8," nor could I find any indication of whether the "Windows 7" utility is supposed to work for migrating to Windows 8.

Did I miss something? If so, can you point me to the correct utility and directions for using it?

We downloaded the utility, ran it on her old machine, using an external hard drive for the transfer, and everything went smoothly and there were no error messages.

A version of Windows Easy Transfer was preinstalled on her Windows 8 machine. We moved the USB drive to the new machine, it recognized the transfer file, and everything seemingly went smoothly. Again, there were no error messages--until the very end.

At the very end of the process, it said that some protected files had been transferred, and that she needed to enter her password. All attempts to enter the password failed. She tried the password for her new m... Read more

A:"Windows Easy Transfer" XP->7 disaster. Your thoughts?


Don't know exactly what you are, or were, trying to transfer, or course. I have never used an easy transfer program on a PC and never would unless maybe just transferring data. I would have done what you did--return the machine to factory fresh. Then, I'd transfer data "by hand" and install needed programs from scratch. If you have programs that may be incompatible, then I'd create a restore point both before and after the installation of each (assuming you get that far). If I was very confident about the installation of a particular program, then I'd probably just create a restore point after it's installation.

I can't provide an answer for what may have caused everything that went wrong to do so. Sorry.

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I need to ZIP a folder containing files of about 250 MB. How do I go about this in Windows 7 Home Premium? Also where is the "Compressed (zipped) Folder" (in the "send to" drop down menu) located? Thank you

A:How do I 'ZIP' a large folder in Windows 7

Launch Windows Explorer. Select all the files/folder you want to compress (you can also use CTRL+click to add more files). Right-Click > Send To > Compressed Folder. The ZIP will be located in the folder you are workin in. There is a tutorial if you need more info : Zip a File or Folder - How To

Here are screenshots of how it's done with the built-in zip feature :

If you want more features though, I recommend 7-Zip. It's lightweight, has a LOT of options, usually has better compression on ZIP (or you can use the 7z format which compresses even more), and is open-source : 7-Zip. It will add a context menu accessible via Right-Click in Explorer.

Here are screenshots of the same process with 7-zip :

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my windows 7 (32bits) folder on the C drive is too large (21.1 GB) is there a way to clean it up?

I have deleted temp files and also run the commands:
cleanmgr sageset:99 (Check all the boxes)
cleanmgr sagerun:99

still the same size.

A:windows folder too large

Your Windows folder is within reason. Mine is slightly over 23 gbs.

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{28672A49-65A7-11E0-9BF5-00FF01000001} 4/18/11 7.5GB (7,908,378KB)
{7796876C-5958-11DF-9A44-E0CB4EF925B9} 5/6/10 795,152KB
{DB6E8734-53E8-11DF-BCB7-E0CB4EF925B9} 4/20/10 86,744KB

I noticed my C: almost filled up so I used my handy WinDirstat to figure out what happened. It looks like 10 days ago a huge file was created in my c:\windows directory. The filename looks like some HEX registry key of some sort. The curly braces are actually in the filename. I did some quick googling and didn't see anything like this. Any ideas what this could be? I tried moving it to my D: but the file is in use by "System". I'm currently at 3GB free out of 150, so I really need to clear this file out if it is not needed. I thought maybe it might be some corrupted swap file, but I have mine set to my D:

This is Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

A:very large file in c:\windows

Go into safe mode, and rename it. Reboot normally. If your windows loads fine, then just delete the file.

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Just connected a new 1920X1080 TV to my PC and it's working great EXCEPT that Windows 7 is a little too large for the TV and stuff is getting cut off. Is there some feature to let me squeeze the system to fit the display on the TV?

Resolution on the TV and 24" monitor are both set to duplicate 1920X1080. The monitor displays fine. If I go to 1280X1024, everything fits perfectly, but I want to use the recommended larger resolution.

A:Windows slightly too large for my tv

Do you have a scaling, or scanning option for your tv? Check your video card settings, it should have a scaling option.

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When I maximize any window, it resizes to just a little bit too large. The resolution of my monitor has not changed, I'm still running at 1280 x 1024, and have been for quite some time. But this is a recent problem (annoyance). I'm wondering if maybe this was caused by one of the recent Windows updates. I can't pin down when I first noticed it, but it's driving me nuts. Anyone have any suggestions?

A:Windows when maximized are too large

If you haven't done so already, right click on an empty space on the desktop and select resolution. Make sure the resolution is the same as your monitor. The correct resolution usually has (recommended) next to it.

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Just rebooted computer and all my windows, menu's, fonts etc have become very large.. how can u restore the size of these things back to normal?

A:Large Size Windows

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I want to make the move to SSD on my notebook. However, I am researching and seeing that a 30GB SSD may be to small for Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium especially with future windows updates. I am trying to reduce my current Windows 7 64 install on my original 320GB drive to see how small of a footprint I can accomplish, but I end up only reducing the install to 32GB after all the tips I've read out there.

I have uninstalled everything I can think of and turned of system restore. Any other tips and/or advice is much appreciated. Thank you!

A:30GB SSD large enough for Windows 7 64?

Quote: Originally Posted by unknown

Any other tips and/or advice is much appreciated. Thank you!


You could use a program like VLite to remove additional Windows components, but I would think 30GB is still too small.

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Hi, I'm new here. Since a week ago, my computer using large amount of RAM for some Windows processes like explorer.exe and winlogon.exe. When I start the computer, it is working fine, but then after 1 to 2 hours, it use more RAM even if I dont do anything.

Here is the list of the most notable processes
-explorer.exe = 50.000 K to 150.000 K
-wisptis.exe = 20.000 K to 40.000 K (there are two processes, I suspect one of them is a virus)
-winlogon.exe = 40.000 K to 150.000 K

Is it normal or it is definitely a virus? How to reduce these RAM usage?

A:Windows processes using large RAM


I suspect one of them is a virus

You are probably correct in assuming there is a virus, as these 3 processes are a part of the Windows OS (Wisptis.exe is a system process which comes included with Microsoft Office Suite driver for Wacom Tablet, Windows ink services and tends to run alongside Adobe Acrobat Reader) Winlogon is the logon service where you logon to Windows with your user name and password.
You can also run Process Explorer to get a better handle on what is doing this.
Due to forum rules, we cannot assist with malware removal here. Please click on the link in my signature for Virus/Malware Help and post in that section of the forum for more help.

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My windows folder takes 15.1GB of my 32GB on my C drive and the Winsxs folder inside it takes up 9.8GB, is that normal? My laptop has very few applications I installed and only one is over 1GB and its a bit torrent full of music(2.4GB) so does it really take such a massive supply of memory just to run it?

A:Large Windows Folders

What happened to all of my hard drive space on Windows Vista? | Xatal

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I'm having some troubles with windows that are too large to choose the right button.
I've been searching over the internet and I have read things about dpi, but that's 100% in my case and so no problem. I've updated my nvidia graphic's card. I've tried to use a windows 7 fixing tool, no good result.

I'm using an external LED screen with a resolution of 1920x1080. I don't know why it suddenly had this problem... but even without this external screen, the problem shows up

I've included a screenshot of my gta 4 installing wizard (and it's not just with this installing wizard, but also java, adobe pdf...)... Hopefully the image tells you more than what I've been explaining...

thanks anyways for all your replies,



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Hi All

I have a little problem, i have two hard drives in my pc, master being a 250 gb drive, slave being a 300 gb drive.since i went to a dodgy site and got a virrus and had to do a repair on windows xp, then i noticed i didnt have large drive support and i reloaded service pack 2

The problem now is, my computer seas my hardrives as two partitions per drive and the real problem is that i had 200 gb of data on the 300 gb drive

is there anything i can do to get the 300 gb drive back to one partition and have all my data back

i am a little worried that someone might have clicked format drive when i said "this drive is not formatted do you want to format now", but not sure if this has been done
Please help!

Tall Pall

A:Large Disc Support Windows XP

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Looking at the properties of my C:/Users/Pauline folder, it shows a size of 198Gb, yet opening the folder and viewing the size of each file and sub-folder, they add up to no more than 2Gb (I keep all the libraries and user data files on a separate drive).
Another user, myself, as C:\Users\Malcolm shows a size of 9Gb. Even this is much much larger than the sum of the sub folders, but I could live with that.
Going to folder options and showing hidden and protected files shows nothing in the way of very large files.
Any ideas welcome, as my C: drive is almost full and I don'y know why!!

A:Windows 7 C:/User folder large

Your best bet would be to download an application like SpaceSniffer which would give you a graphical view of where the consumed space is going.

It's real easy to use. Just open the zipfile you download, drag the application to your desktop, and launch it.

I see your specs as Windows 7. You may want to right-click on the application and select 'Run as Administrator' which might give you a better view into folders that might otherwise be restricted.

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I know this is supposed to be a Windows 7 forum, but my problem is on a Windows XP machine. A lot of you experts learned your stuff on XP so probably have a good idea what the problem might be.

I have an HP XW4100 computer that I use to store backups. It doesn't have to be fast, and XP has worked well on that machine.

It has IDE and SATA ports on the motherboard, and I have added 2 x 4TB Seagate HDs connected to the on-board SATA ports. Using Seagate DiscWizard, I am able to split those drives into a 2tb and 1.6tb drive each so XP can partition and format them with MBR. So far so good.

Wanted to add some more 4TB drives, but there's no more SATA ports on the motherboard. Bought a Vantec PCI SATA card which uses the SiL 3114 chip and has 4 internal SATA ports. Installed the drivers, and when pluggin in an older 500g WD SATA drive, the OS sees it, I can partition it and use the drive.

When I plug a Seagate 4TB drive into that controller (even one that works with the MB SATA port), I can see the drive in device manager, Seagate DiscWizard can see the drive and partition it, but the drive will not show up in Disc Management so I can't use it.

I would conclude from this that the SiL 3114 chip has issues with large hard drives, while the Chipset on my HP has no problems. Strange though that the drive shows up in Device Manager and DiscWizard. Seems like a driver issue, but I've tried all the SiL drivers, and as I say, a smaller older SATA drive works fine.
I also tried using t... Read more

A:Large (4tb) drive not seen by Windows, smaller ones ok

Have you tried partitioning your HD so that your partitions are < 2tb?

From my understanding XP doesn't support > 2tb drives.

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Hi guys,

My C drive is getting full and I have 5GB of files in the C:\Windows\Installer folder. I google'd around and found numerous articles/posts about running a command "msizap.exe G!" to properly clear out un-needed files.

Everything I've found on properly deleting files from this directory points back to a download that used to be here:

which now has a note: "This article previously contained a link to the Windows Installer Cleanup utility (MSICUU2.exe). If you were directed to this article to solve a problem installing a product other than Microsoft Office, please contact your software manufacturer for installation support on the product."

(thanks Microsoft... do I contact YOU then??)
Does anyone know the current correct procedure to clear out this folder? Or if this tool is still available somewhere? (and safe to use on Windows 7)


A:Large C:\Windows\Installer folder

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Last night, just before bed time, my wife informed me that she had seen, earlier in the day, a message indicating low disk space on our Windows 7 (Home Premium) Laptop. I took a look at the properties on C drive and it was down to about a half GB free space. This was on an 80 GB partition on which Windows is located. I ran Disk Cleanup and there is still only a bit less than 3 GB free space. I took a quick look at the properties of each folder at the root of C drive and found that the C:\Windows folder occupied about 48 GB. Isn't this way too much? Could this be related to Windows 10 to which we never upgraded? I'll look a little further this weekend to see if I can locate the bulk of the files, but I'm guessing I'm going to have to remove some Windows Updates or something, and if so, I'll likely need a little coaching on that.

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am using windows 98. want to change montior to flat screen. tried a NEC but was told by NEC my 98 couldn't support 1024 x ?, so got a KOGI that had been hooked to an old 95. screen is fuzzy and windows are so large i can't reach the apply or ok buttons. in display there is a minus (-) in front of display adapters; the subtitle is NVIDIA Aladdin TNT2 and a minus (-) in front of monitors with the subtitle of GVISIONL5QX-TIA. Should the display adapters and monitors subtitles be the same? I think the NEC was NVIDIA and I think the KOGI is the GVISION. Any suggestions of Annie?

A:fuzzy screen and too large windows

good news!! don't need help with "too large windows" portion of my problem. I finally got that part solved. the windows are normal size and i can now reach the apply and the ok buttons. time to celebrate!! still need help with the fuzzy screen...annie yahe, yahoo!

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Strange thing - every time I work with a somewhat big file - like 20-50Megs (convert mp3 to a WAV and save it or work on large graphic file) system just locks up. No response even to Ctrl+Alt+Del.
AMD K6 1000MHz, 512 RAM, 20GIG, WIN 98SE.
Did scandisc, defrag ... no change. What could it be?

A:Windows 98 large file lock-ups

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We lost electricity this morning and when my computer came back up all the windows were huge. I went to control panel>display>settings and changed my DPI. This made the windows smaller but the text is still large -- doesn't fit in the text boxes. I went to control panel>display>appearance>advanced and the font there is greyed out and won't let me select it. Any ideas of how to make the text fit in the boxes?

A:large text that doesn't fit into windows

Have you tried rebooting?

Sometimes weird problems resolve themselves after you completely shut down and restart

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Fanboi's unite!

I have to now install a 3rd party app to have A START MENU... WTF?

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I'm out.

A:Windows 8 is an extraordinarily large piece of poo

Hi there
As a new member you are showing an awful lot of arrogance here -- in any case all programs are really applications so there's nothing wrong in calling a program an application -- can't see what the problem is.

You also mention Windows 8 which is now obsolete and has been replaced by Windows 8.1 which is a lot better and if you don't like the metro desktop you NEVER have to see it.

Apart from missing the standard start menu - which you can easily replace either by a 3rd party (usually free) application or custom toolbars or both you can make it look and behave identically to W7 which certainly was regarded as a good OS.

Now if you were referring to the ways Ms is choosing to implement updates etc (via the store rather than full ISO's) then your post might havce some merit - otherwise it simply adds totally NOTHING and doesn't enhance your reputation ONE IOTA. If you REALLY hate W8 so much just disappear and let others get on sensibly on this Forum.


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I am a tech and have done over 30 clean installs and cant figure out what the heck is going on with large as in 1gig or more file transfers hanging up. All clean installs with tests done immediately after activation and updates. This is a MS problem. I have tried all the various fixes and find that the C drive seems to handle network files best. In multidrive situations turning off the Remote Differential Compression also seems to help. Please get a hot fix as this is on multiple machines and very easy to duplicate. I would say it would be a rare install not to lock from a C drive to a D drive when file sizes are more then 2 gigs. You guys are running out of time. I am a consultant and I'm ready to get sick over a great operating system that's worthless for large video files.

A:Large Files are locking up Windows 7 32 bit and 64 bit

Did you try this one
Apparently you need to tell Windows that you want to use the machine as a file server and that it should allocate resources accordingly.  Set the following registry key to ‘1′:
HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\LargeSystemCache
and set the following registry key to ‘3′:
After making these changes and restarting, I haven’t seen this issue arise again

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I have just upgraded to a 15" lcd monitor. I have windows xp.
I have several instances where ...when I call up a program...
the window does not include the entire program...
Some of the program is off screen...I have tried tochange resolution...
and it still loads the program too big...i.e. if I had to click is not on the screen...
This problem occurs with several is a problem of resolution? or is there
a menu I can change....
Thank you.

A:Program windows too large on screen

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Hi everyone,

Im new here and just stumbled on this site, and Im glad I did.

I had a virus, and am pretty sure it is gone. I have done alot of scanning with malwarebytes, nod32, etc. all in safe mode. And I think it is all gone.

Anyways I did a PC recovery (F10 while pc is starting up) and when I do this of course it wipes out all the windows updates that have been loaded up over the years. So there are 99 updates to reload up. When I load them all up at once I have no internet access and I get messages that pop up on restart as in blah blah blah C:/windows/ could not be loaded. Also C:/ programfiles/disc/discover.exe cant be loaded either. Before I load all the updates, the pc works fine.

Any solutions out there? Am I just loading too many updates at once on the pc?

My pc is compaq with amd athalon 64 processor 3500+ 991 MHz with 2GB RAM

Thanks in advance for the help

A:No internet after large windows update

Try System Restore to a point prior to all the updates.

Running SP3 standalone will decrease the number of updates you will need.

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This morning, Aug 21 sunday, windows 10 did a very large update.  Now after my laptop has been on for 20 minutes, or so......the screen just goes blank (or very dark blue).  Nothing brings it back.  I have to do a hard shutdown....hold in the power button until it goes off, and then start it back up. Was there something in this update that has caused the problem??  It ran fine before the update. thanks......Pete

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Using Thunderbird, when i try to add a "New Card" for
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I have a video file that is 5+GB. Windows is telling me it can't move it because it is too large, even though there is ample space in the directory I'm moving it too ...

Any ideas as to how to solve this? Thanks.

A:Moving Very Large Files in Windows 7 x64

Can you post a screenshot of the error and your "My Computer" window showing the hard drives you're moving from/to?

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I have Windows 7 64bit. After installing the latest updates from Windows update, all my icons on my desktop are HUGE. The ones on the start menu are normal and all text is normal. The resolution is set at 1600x900 (highest) and the display setting is on smallest (100%). How do I fix this?

A:Large icons after windows update

How To Resize Desktop Icons In Windows 7

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Hi there

We have this machine running on Windows 8.1 that have an issue with spacing due to the Windows.edb can grow up to 30 GB space.

We know how to fix it temporarily by shutting down the Wsearch service and delete that windows.edb file. We've noticed that this symptoms happened when the machine is offsite. This machine has a File History backup that backing into NAS at office.

We also had a look on the following KB - and nothing specifically about Windows 8.1 and we did apply the KB 2836988 and applied and it didn't work due to Windows 8.1 NOT 8.0 RT.

I'm appreciated your feedback.


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Hi there

We have this machine running on Windows 8.1 that have an issue with spacing due to the Windows.edb can grow
up to 30 GB space. 

We know how to fix it temporarily by shutting down the Wsearch service and delete that windows.edb file. We've
noticed that this symptoms happened when the machine is offsite. This machine has a File History backup that backing into NAS at office.

We also had a look on the following KB - and
nothing specifically about Windows 8.1 and we did apply the KB 2836988 and applied and it didn't work due to Windows 8.1 NOT 8.0 RT.

I'm appreciated your feedback.


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Hi there

We have this machine running on Windows 8.1 that have an issue with spacing due to the Windows.edb can grow
up to 30 GB space. 

We know how to fix it temporarily by shutting down the Wsearch service and delete that windows.edb file BUT
we need a permanent solution. We've noticed that this symptoms happened when the machine is offsite. This machine has a File History backup that backing into NAS at office.

We also had a look on the following KB - and
nothing specifically about Windows 8.1 and we did apply the KB 2836988 and applied and it didn't work due to Windows 8.1 NOT 8.0 RT.

I'm appreciated your feedback.



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I want to print 'something'
Annoyingly, it will have a LARGE black area - or maybe a large area of something else - another colour

I print: I waste ink, lots of it - bad for the world, costly and expensive wasting that ink, if on an inkjet - also rubs off on you!!

Is there a printing program that examines large areas, if they are of a similar colour, substitutes it for a zigzag pattern of the same colour?

See below for a rough sketch of what I mean:

I did a quick search on google, couldn't find anything - but then again, I wasnt sure 'what' to search for!


A:How do I NOT print large black areas (or other large colour areas)?

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User running Windows 7, with Outlook 2007, 20 GB PST.
User has two email account, 1 may be an IMAP, 1 may be POP, or both can be POP (I'll check if necessary)
No Exchange accounts.

Outlook wouldn't start, so I used SCANPST to repair (took hours, of course). Outlook ran slowly, but now is getting stuck again.

Ran Windows 7 Error-checking, with "Scan For and attempt recovery of bad sectors".

My thought was to:
Restart with startup items turned off.
Upgrade to Office 2013
See if Outlook will open the PST
Run SCANPST again

Does SCANPST compact the PST ?
Should I compact after running SCANPST ?

If I get Outlook Running, should I move old messages to separate PST files, a year at a time?

Any 3rd party repair tools that I can use?


A:How to Repair Large Outlook 2007 PST on Windows 7

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
This is a good site with numerous tools,
How to repair a damaged Outlook Personal Folders file (pst) - Slipstick Systems
Convert an Offline File (.ost) to a Personal File (.pst) - Slipstick Systems

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Hey guys, as you can see on pic, my start menu on Win7 became so large and IDK why because my young brother was doing something. I didn't noticed anything. But you see. It's large and annoying. How can I fix it? BTW : It's large only on left and right side. When I put menu down or up, it's normal. Thanks for answer!

A:[SOLVED] Windows 7 Start menu is so large :|

Right click on the superbar and unlock the bar. You can then resize it by hovering your mouse at the edge, similar to how you would resize a webpage.

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Hi I want to make a switch from Android to Windows phone. Most of my questions are already answered by Google but one question i can't find an answer for is: Are there extra large tiles on Windows Mobile (like the contacts live tile on Windows 10 for pc/laptop)? Regards Stanislav from the Netherlands.

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Since purchasing the surface rt, I had a whole host of problems but this one I havent figured out how to go around

Apps in the appstore over a certain size, say 40 mb refuse to download.... It would start then go on pending if i were to exit the store or if the screen were to lock and sometimes just on its own. The worst thing though is that if i cancel the download... the space that the app wouldve taken up if it were installed is what is missing from my drive.
Where thereafter I would have to delete the SoftwareDistribution folder every time this occurs to retrieve the space.

Ive tried so many fixes and nothing works. Ive restored and reset this pc so many times. Sometimes Im even caught in an automatic repair bootloop, but i doubt thats connected.

A:Windows Store pending on large downloads:


Anyone out there?

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You can read about it here and view its exhaustive list of updates.


A:Large Cumulative Update Released For Windows 10

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I recorded a couple of three hour television shows using Windows Media Center. I would like to burn them to DVD but they are too large.

Does anyone know where these files are located and the format they are in? I am assuming that I need to convert them to something else so that I can split and burn them, but cannot figure out where the files are.

Thanks -


A:Windows Media Center File Too Large

AFAIK the default location is:
C:\Users\Public\Recorded TV

also shown as: C:\Users\Public\Public Recorded TV
on my system

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P4 - 2.4 GHz
82801DB Mother Board
845GRC Chipset
2 GB Ram
Bios: RG84510A.86A.0033.P17

I recently tried to install Windows XP on a new Ultra ATA Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 250 GB Hard Drive and forgot about the problem with large hard drives issue (which I am educated very little about). The installation process progressed as usual in terms of formatting drive, copy files to install, etc, but upon reboot the hard drive would not boot to the Windows GUI to install windows. I thought it was a disk issue such as a scratch or something, but the install disk worked fine installing onto a 10 GB Western Digital IDE hard drive. So I guess the problem is related to the size of the hard drive and/or the Ultra
ATA issue. My bios does recognize the hard drive.

I have an Intel 845GRC Chipset. Intel's website says:

"Does the Desktop Board D845GRG support Ultra ATA/100 hard drives?
Yes. The Desktop Board D845GRG supports Ultra ATA transfer rates up to 100 MB/sec (ATA/100) by way of the ICH4 IDE controller with two independent bus-mastering IDE interfaces. An Ultra ATA/100 supported hard drive and an 80 conductor IDE cable are required to take advantage of the increased bandwidth available on the IDE channel. One of the new features of the Intel Desktop Board D845GRG is its ability to support larger ATA/100 capable hard drives with 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA) within the BIOS along with all Ultra ATA transfer rates (i.e., 33 MB/sec, 66 MB/sec and 100 MB/sec). To... Read more

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Having Windows 7 Crash overnight when downloading large files or using Torrent. Attached is the .dmp file.

A:Windows 7 Crash Downloading Large Files

The dump file gave the error below and pointed to utorrent as you suspected.


Usual causes: Kernel mode driver, System Service, BIOS, Windows, Virus scanner, Backup tool, compatibility

BSOD Index

* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck A, {0, 2, 0, fffff80002e18477}

Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\NETw5s64.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for NETw5s64.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for NETw5s64.sys
Probably caused by : NETw5s64.sys ( NETw5s64+b76b )

Followup: MachineOwner

* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_E... Read more

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I have been having these problems for months now.

Heres what happens:

When I load the computer up, 90% of the time it loads as windows classic mode. This means sound, network, and that weird classic-safe-mode theme is on. No safe mode tags at the top either. Upon opening process explorer the cpu usage is constant at 50% on SYSTEM. Many, many, MANY reboots MAY fix it, but as soon as the system goes down, boom. Desktop.ini was copied to my startup folder and around. And hibernation doesnt work anymore. Virus? Maybe. The last time it was a currupted tscd_win32.exe, I deleted & disabled but two weeks later something else got currupted. I tried system restore. I do NOT want to reinstall.

Thanks a lot, any solutions would be appriciated.

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So, several months ago, I encountered an odd issue. My windows were far larger than they typically were. I remember trying to fix it with no luck. I eventually adjusted to the new display issue, and moved on. However, today I needed to work on a rather important project, and found the window was too large to work with. It extended off the screen. In addition, I am unable to resize it. I've tried every resolution available to me, with no luck. I performed multiple system restores back when I first had the problem, and I don't have any viruses.

I would greatly appreciate it if someone could offer some insight. I finally decided it was worth asking about. Thanks!


A:Solved: Windows Display Improperly, Mainly Too Large

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I'm currently getting what it seems like windows explorer ( or the status box when copying ) hangs when i try to copy files over 1gb ( i copy like 5 or more 350Mb files and its rock stable and fast - upto 50Mb/S over a 1 GIG ethernet link )

I notice after its copied around 750 the status box freezes and it seems its not coping any more... its via 1 gb network link , both machines are fairly quick and i'm logged into the machine i am copying from using terminal services

specs of 2 pcs -

pc where files are copied from - Quad 2.4 , 4Gb Ram , 2.4Tb in Raid 5 , Win7 X 64

pc where the files are copied to - dual core 2.26 , 4Gb Ram , 500Gb WD Hdd , Win7 X64

I beleive its not hardware as i've copied like over 10 gigs of 350 mb files with out issue , only multiple single files > 1gb seem to have issues.

Both PCS are running RTM. 16385


A:Windows 7 Hanging when copying large files

As a suggestion, test what happens when you fully uninstall (disabling is not enough) your anti-virus utility and 3rd-party firewalls, if any.

The most likely cause is interference from a kernel-mode filter driver.

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i currently have windows 7 installed on a 80 gig sata drive.

i also have 2 x 1.5TB drives and 1 x 3 TB drives set up as one large dynamic disk (they are combined and show up in windows explorer as D:\ with 5.45TB)

how do i go about re-installing windows on the 80 gb drive (or possibly a new SSD drive) without losing any data?

before anyone suggests backing up, re-install, then transfer the data back over, is there a way to do it without doing that, since i wont be able to back up that much data externally


A:New installation of Windows 7 with large dynamic disk

Backup any data on the 80GB drive, do a Clean Install with you Win 7 DVD then restore your data to the 80GB drive.

You should be able to backup 80GB to the 5.45TB dynamic drive.

To be safe, I would disconnect the other drives while doing this then reconnect them once the reinstall is complete.

Or is there more to this than it appears from your post?

If you are moving to a SSD then you should be able to clone the 80GB SATA to the SSD. Again, you disconnect the other drives, connect the SSSD to SATA port 0, the 80GB to another port then clone it using Acronis if it's an Intel drive as they offer it for free on theri website.

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