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I am running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit with SP1 installed, and until yesterday it was working fairly well. As many of you may know, yesterday was April Fool's Day, and I'm afraid my computer played quite the joke on me! It was business as usual, and I was dragging a folder to the Recycle Bin when my desktop icons suddenly vanished. I decided to try a few basic troubleshooting tips to correct this: I disabled and re-enabled the "Show Desktop Icons" option, I changed my theme a couple of times, I set my desktop icons to default, and I rebooted the computer. However, nothing seemed to work. I knew the icons were still there, because I saw them in my Desktop folder, and my taskbar and Start menu were fine. The only way I could make the icons reappear was to use the trusty Winkey+ P, and switch the display option from "Computer Only" to "Parallel" or "Duplicate."

Running out of ideas, I quickly jumped online and searched our incredibly helpful forum. I found another post which suggested rebuilding the icon cache. I entered in the following commands verbatim in an elevated command prompt:

taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F
CD /d %userprofile%AppDataLocal
DEL IconCache.db /a
shutdown /r

I know I should have changed the “userprofile” to my username, but I didn't realize that at the time. Anyway, the computer rebooted, but unfortunately, the desktop icon issue persisted. I decided to ignore it for the time being, and began syncing music to my iPod. A while later, there was a power outage, and my comp therefore shutdown unexpectedly. When I rebooted, Windows was all right. After checking to make sure nothing was out of place (besides the missing desktop icons) I shut down and left for several hours. Upon returning, I rebooted the computer and received my next April Fool's Joke – Windows would not boot! The machine would load up the GUI boot screen, but then, instead of displaying the login screen, I would see a black screen with just my cursor visible, and then the computer would reboot. It continued to do this in an unending cycle of failing to boot.

I used every single boot repair I knew, starting with the F8 options: I tried Safe Mode and Last Known Good Configuration, both with the same results as if I'd booted normally. I ran the kernel debugger with no result, and I ran a memory test, but that came back clean. Naturally, Windows suggested that I attempt to repair it at the boot menu, so I decided to run Startup Repair. It found and attempted to repair an error, but was unable to do so. Thinking that the pre-installed files could be bad, I ran Startup Repair again from my genuine Windows 7 install disc, but the result was the same. The following error report was displayed when I requested further details:

Problem event name: StartupRepairOffline

Problem locations (I omitted some because they were either blank or unknown):
1.) 6.1.7600.16385
4.) 21202109
5.) External Media (This led me to believe there was some sort of conflict with the iPod, but I made sure nothing was plugged in when I rebooted other than my monitor, keyboard, and mouse.)
6.) 2
7.) No Root Cause

That last bit is somewhat contradictory, because further along in the error report, one root cause was found, and was listed as “Unspecified changes to system configuration might have caused the problem.” Perhaps the error was caused my attempt at rebuilding the icon cache? That is my best guess, because my computer passed every other check the Startup Repair ran.

Since Windows couldn't repair the system, my next step was to use System Restore. However, there were no restore points available! For some reason, Windows wouldn't let me access them, although I knew I had them, since Windows had created a restore point when I installed SP1. Since restore points were now no longer an option, my next plan was to restore from a system image I had made a few weeks earlier. I decided to refrain from that option, because I am hoping I may find a solution here that will fix my boot issue, rather than setting me back a few weeks. If all else fails, I can use my system image.
Since the repair options from the Windows install disc hadn't worked or uncovered anything, and neither had the F8 advanced boot options, I moved to plan B. I have a separate hard drive with Windows XP and Linux Mint installed on it, so I decided to check my Windows 7 drive from there. I booted into XP and ran several virus, rootkit, and malware scans, including an exhaustive scan with McAfee's free anti-virus tool. Every scan came back negative, so apparently there wasn't any malware infection that might have compromised my main drive. I checked the drive for errors with XP's built-in utility, and that also came back clean. So the disc was healthy, which confirmed the Startup Repair's report that there were no bad sectors.

I was fresh out of ideas, so I decided to sleep on it and shut the computer down. When I rebooted this morning, I was unable to access my XP drive! When I selected XP from the boot loader menu, instead of booting XP up as usual, the screen moved to the Windows 7 boot GUI and then entered its boot failure cycle. So now, for some reason, the Windows 7 boot error has moved to my second hard drive and taken out my XP boot loader. I can still boot with Linux, so I can still access my XP and Win 7 partitions, in case I need to change anything in the boot folder or edit any configuration files.

Thus concludes my post; I'm sorry if it appears verbose, but I really wanted to cover the entire problem in great detail, just so that a solution may be found that much quicker. So is there a method I haven't thought of yet that may yet save me from restoring or reinstalling Windows? I'm not sure what incited the issue in the first place, but I believe it was either my botched attempt at rebuilding the icon cache, the boot files becoming corrupted as a result of being unexpectedly shut down during the power outage, or even a delayed side-effect from installing Service Pack 1. I haven't installed or downloaded anything recently (aside from updating Firefox) so I really don't know the cause for this boot disorder. And why would Windows 7's inability to boot suddenly afflict XP, which is on a separate hard drive? As I said, I'm completely out of ideas, and this April Fool's joke has me entirely confounded!

I am in the process of upgrading my pcs and using Win 7 rather than XP. At the same time, I am switching from Office 2003 to Office 2010.

I used the Windows Easy Transfer feature to move a large data base and many files to my new pc. To my great pleasure, Outlook began to work immediately, with my files, calendar, etc. set up properly -- almost.

I do not store my Outlook files in the default location, and this may cause this problem: Outlook does not examine my various contacts files (all in the Contacts folder of Outlook) to search for e-mail addresses. At first I thought I would do as I did in Outlook 2003: right-click each contacts list (they do show up in the new Outlook), click properties, and clisk "use as an address book" (or something like that). In the case of Outlook 2010, the same procedure starts to work, but the "use as an address book" portion is grayed out. I've tried everything I can think of, including all of the advice in Outlook Help and in Google searches, but have been unable to solve this problem.

Does anyone have a solution?


Okay, I'm tired of beating my head against the wall on this one. Here's the scoop. Several weeks ago, I tried updating my version of iTunes. I prefer the clean method, so I downloaded the installer program (64 bit for my Win 7 system) and then removed iTunes from the Control Panel. This has always been my process and there has never been a problem. When I went to install, I get the following message:

unknowncomponentsDA42BC89BF25F5BD0AF18C3B9B1A1EE 85C13C3F8A3C98AA4E8AF179 2A0A75D33
Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.

I have only one account on my system and I have full access/control of the system with my account. I'm not sure why I keep getting this.

So, I right click on the installer file and select "run as administrator". No go. I get the same message.

Checking the Apple site, and Google, I decide to remove all Apple products and try again. Same results. I tried it all over again and tried installing just QuickTime. Same results. I tried installing just iTunes, same results. I checked Add/Remove again and removed all Apple products. I cleaned out the Temp folder and ran Windows Install Cleanup, 3 times just to make sure. Still I get the same results. For some reason, iTunes does not want back on my system. The previous version worked fine and I've never had problem doing this before. I even tried using the Apple Software Update program and it wouldn't install that way either.

There is no Apple software that I can install without getting the error message. I tried searching for some type of uninstaller that would remove all traces of Apple, but I found nothing. I can I remove all traces of Apple products so that I can try installing things again? Or, is there another way to go about this? I just want to get the software back on my system so that my wife can use her iTunes again.

Any thoughts/suggestions? It can't be this tough to install software. Thanks in advance!


I'm getting an error 1722 - There's a problem with this Windows Installer pkg. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected."
I can't find the installer on my hard drive and can't find the Installer package for Windows XP. I've tried the one for Win9x and the one for NT 4.0. Both stop installing and the msg. Wrong O.S. or Wrong Version appears.

Did a search on Google and the knowledge base with no results. I did find a Uninstaller for the Installer but it says it won't work for any installer version above 1.1. The installer is not in Add/Remove Programs either.

What I would like to do is to find the Installer of my HD, remove it and install a new copy. Any suggestions will be sincerly appreciated.

I've researched this on google and tried a couple of different solutions mostly involving re-regeristing .dll files. So far no luck. I'm doing this for my Sister-in-law via Team Viewer 5. This is a brand new Dell desktop with 64 Bit Win-7 IE8 32 Bit. Anyone have any ideas?

Here's what I've tried.
1. Uninstall IE, Reboot, Reinstall, Reboot.
2. UPDATE - (New Method)

To resolve this issue, re-register the DLL files that are related to Internet Explorer. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Click the Orb

2. Type: cmd in the search box

3. Right-Click on CMD.EXE in the search list & select Run as Administrator

3. In the Command Window Type the following commands pressing Enter after each and clicking the OK button
when told the command executed successfully:

regsvr32 urlmon.dll
regsvr32 actxprxy.dll
regsvr32 shdocvw.dll
regsvr32 mshtml.dll
regsvr32 browseui.dll
regsvr32 jscript.dll
regsvr32 vbscript.dll
regsvr32 oleaut32.dll

4. Reboot the machine.

Now your IE8 Open in New Window/Tab feature, should work simply fine.

Source: Microsoft

http://webtrickz.com/how-to-fix-open...roblem-in-ie8/ 3. Run IE as Admin then Restart as normal. Didn't work in either.

4. Run System File Checker...No errors found.

FYI: Installed FF 3.6.12 w/No Script...works just fine. I'm trying to get her to switch.

[WIN 7 (32) on Sony Vaio Laptop]

Accidentally added an icon (a url shortcut) to the GAMES window (the one that shows Solitare, Freecell, etc), probably by dragging.

Can't get rid of it.

Left click brings it up in the preview pane, no other info / actions available there
Right click doesn't do anything (unlike the the other icons)
Double click --- nothing
Give focus and hit Del on the keyboard, nothing
Can "click 'n drag" around the window, but can't drag off to the desktop. (Have used this technique to add / remove *real* games to/from this window).

Tried Find (search) of the file system, and a search for the name in the registry, but can't seem to locate where this info is stored.

I've seen one reference to *Games Explorer*, analogous to *Windows Explorer", but that led me nowhere. Is there such an animal? Obviously, the Games window is more than a folder displayed.

How can I delete this wayward icon?

And while we're at it, how can I pin GAMES to the taskbar, or at least make a desktop shortcut so I don't have to go thru Start?


I have searched on the web for an answer to the following question, and have found lots of info about "illegal" keys.
I asked the MS help telephone centre, but alas, I don't really think the lady understood the question.
And I asked a MS employee at a recent presentation, and am not really confident of the answer he gave.

So I'll ask here!

I have been given a boxed copy of Windows 7 Professional, unopened, for the French Win 7 Pro.

Now, I know that the key will be version specific, i.e. "Pro," but is it also language specific?

If I use a Win7 Pro (English) installation DVD will the "French" key work?

I really don't want to open the box to try this and therefore "waste" a key; if it won't work I'll try to find someone who can use the French version.

Hi folks,

Got a problem I need help with:

I'm running 98SE. Out of the blue today, when I clicked on System Information, I got a popup telling me that MFC42U.dll was not found, and System Information would not load. I searched the install CD and couldn't find the file at all. Then I went online and found 2 sites with the file, which I downloaded. When I copied to the WindowsSystem directory and tried again, (twice), it told me "This MFC file is a Unicode something or other that doesn't run under Win 95, only under NT." And I still couldn't load System Information.

Does anyone have any clues as to what has happened, and what I can do to correct it?

Thanks for the help.

Charlie T.

I'm running IE6 under Win2K Pro with SP 3 installed. The following problem developed today for no reason that U can ascertain.: IE has no trouble following links in the same window, but if I right-click and select "Open in a New Window", the new window comes up blank. I searched thru this list, found #109678, "New Window Not Displaying (IE 5.5/Win 98)", and tried the suggestions I found there, with no success. For the nonce, I'm making Mozilla my default browser with Opera as a backup, but I'd like to fix this if I can since we do a good deal of development here that's specific to IE (using SharePoint, etc.). Any suggestions will be most welcome. Thanks.

On Win Word 2002, when I copy my Table from one document to another, the formatting changes. Specifically, the original table only has borders on the top and bottom, whereas once I paste, every cell in the Table now gets a border. This is very annoying. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Or is this just a bug? I tried fooling around with styles, as well as all the obvious things but no luck. I'm sure this is a well known issue but I'm afraid I was unable to find an answer on google or even by searching this forum. If this has been answered before, my apologies.

I see that it's many months since anyone posted on this forum, so I am posting this more in hope than expectation. I have a major problem with Eudora 7.1 and am hoping that some knowledgeable person will see i.his. I am using Win 7, but Eudora has worked without a hitch since I installed it a month ago. Yesterday I was using it normally, I made a new mailbox and got a warning:

C:User....AppDataLocalTempeud14E7.tmp already exists.

I clicked on OK, it went away. The mailbox was created, Eudora worked normally, so I forgot about it. Today I started Eudora, got the same warning about a tmp file already existing, but Eudora didn't start. I found the tmp file, same location as before, but a different file name, deleted it, and tried again. No good, I took another look and found another tmp file had been created.

Was I worried? No, I had a backup of data and program files made just a couple of days ago. Used the restore function, that seemed to work. Made no difference. I decided to re-install Eudora, but I didn't want to over-write all the mailboxes. I decided to use Explorer to copy the .mbx and .toc files to a safe place. Until a month ago I was using XP, I decided where everything would be stored, and I knew where to look and could find it easily. But I was told that with Win 7 it was all different, "It uses libraries, it takes care of everything..." I believe was the expression. "All you have to do is type the name, or a few words of text and Win 7 will find it in an instant." So when I installed Eudora I had accepted all the default locations, didn't pay much heed to where they were, Win 7 would take care of that stuff. I searched for .mbx. Nothing. I tried .toc. Nothing. I tried a few words from an e-mail I sent yesterday. Nothing.

So what gives with the fantastic Search wizard? This is a quote from Windows 7, the missing manual, as recommended by Windows Secrets no less:

"In the first 15 to 30 minutes after you install Windows 7—or in the minutes after you attach a new hard
drive—it invisibly collects information about everything on your hard drive.

I looked at the Index settings. IE History, Off-line files, and the Start Menu were the only things being indexed. I'd sure hate to lose my IE History, at least the Indexing service hadn't been slowing up the computer since I never use IE. Not single document, image, or e-mail. The more I see of Win 7 the better I hate it!

I have run the Indexing now, it hasn't found any .mbx or .toc files, nor files containing quoted text. I've never seen anything like this in 20 years of using Eudora. Does anyone know what could have erased all the data?

Any help much appreciated.


Trying to help friend by email. Am in SE Asia with VERY slow connect. Sorry if someone asked this before but search gets timed out... :-(
OE 5 and Netscape 4.79 both having problem of email acct settings not staying set. Each restart of computer is defaulting to old settings and requires reentry of all acct info. I suspect a registry problem, but wanted some expert advice. Friend is ready to do a full format restore and I hate to see him go to so much trouble as I suspect there is a reason and a fix. Using Win 98 btw

Any ideas? thanks in advance!
"I hate to get beat by a machine."

Folks Windows 8 does have the same Windows 7 system image program. The only way to find it is by searching on this term "Windows 7 file recovery" without the quotes of course. That brings up the identical backup and Restore page that you see in Windows 7. I kid you not. Then you can make a repair/boot disk for that computer.

Win 8 is trying to make the recovery independent of any disk because of there being so many netbooks, thinbooks, etc and clients with no Optical drives. So here's another search term you use in Windows 8 that takes you tpo a page that makes a recovery drive from a USB drive.

Plug in a USB Flash drive at least 256MB large, and then hit the windows key + W and in the search box type "Recovery Drive." Click on create a recovery drive and follow the prompts!

Enjoy people! I am loving Windows 8!

This has probably been discussed but a search did not reveal it.

I am running Win 7, 64 bit, SP1, on three computers with 2 printers. One is an HP6500 office jet, the other is an Epson 620. All play well together except:

When you try to print a page from the Web (IE8) the print is cut off on the right side of the paper. Sure I can reduce the view to 60% and it all prints, but then who can read it!! (rhetorical question)

Is this a problem purely with the size of the webpage document itself, or is it something fixable?


A Google search shows I'm certainly not alone in suffering from a print Spooler that keeps stopping, just a few seconds after it is started.

This is the third time my PCs (Win7-64 and XP-32) have suffered from it, but this time I haven't been able to fix it.

Suggestions I have tried:

1/ In regedit, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCURRENTCONTROLSETCONTRO LPRINT and check the Providers folder, there are two by default: LanMan Print Services and Internet Print Provider (delete any others)
- Mine have always been correct.

2/ Restore the system back to the last good Restore Point.
- All my Restore Points have been deleted!

3/ Restart the PC. Navigate to C:WindowsSystem32spoolPRINTERS and delete any files in there and then restart the print spooler.
- This always worked for me until this week.

4/ Click Start, type "spoolsv", right-click spoolsv.exe and choose Properties then the Security tab. Select Administrator-type user and take Full Control of this file.
- I wasn't permitted to do this (Access Denied), even though I am an Administrator. Full Control is still owned by TrustedInstaller.

5/ Contact the printer manufacturer for the latest driver. Canon responded with a driver, but...
- I can't uninstall the old one because the spooler isn't running!

The printer is connected via the network (wired). After trying to fix the problem on my Win-7 Home Premium desktop PC, I also tried my Win-7 laptop with the same result and then my wife's Win-XP laptop which managed to print two pages before suffering the same fate.

How can I get my printer working and prevent this happening again?

I cannot start Eudora, but that's not what this post is about so please bear with me. I wasn't worried, I have been leading clean life, eating my greens, and making back-ups. After installing Win 7, and before making the first back-up I had selected to save both program files and data. So all I had to do was restore, right? So that's what I did. At first glance seemed to work," Your files have been restored" it said. Sounds comforting, but Eudora wouldn't start. I tried restoring an older back-up, see how good I've been? I got the same reassuring message, but this time I looked at the rest of the box. "Some program or system files were skipped because they cannot be restored to the original location." My first thought was 'why not?' But no reason was given. There was a link to a log file. Looked at it, every single file had been skipped!

What, I wonder, is the use of a Restore facility that cannot restore? Why would the first line in the box say "Your files have been restored" when not a single one was? DOS 3.0 could do better.

I was going to have to re-install Eudora, but I didn't want to over-write all the mailboxes. I decided to use Explorer to copy these files to a safe place. When I was using XP, I chose where everything would be stored, I knew where to look, and could find it easily. But when I "upgraded" I was told that it was all different now, "Win 7 uses libraries, it takes care of everything..." I believe that was the expression. "And if you want to find anything all you have to do is type the name, or a few words of text and Win 7 will find it in an instant." So when I installed Eudora I had accepted all the default locations, didn't pay any heed to where they were, Win 7 would take care of that stuff.

I bought "Windows 7, The Missing Manual," as recommended by Windows Secrets no less:

"In the first 15 to 30 minutes after you install Windows 7—or in the minutes after you attach a new hard drive—it invisibly collects information about everything on your hard drive."

I searched for Eudora mailbox files. Nothing. I tried a few words from an e-mail I sent yesterday. Nothing. I looked at the Index settings. IE History, Off-line files, and the Start Menu were the only things being indexed. This was the default setting, I had not changed anything because I didn't know how to, nor think I would need to. "Win 7 knows all about these things." It might just be conceivable that some people would feel suicidal if they lost their IE History, I am not one of them, I never use IE. Clearly the Indexing service hasn't been slowing up the computer. Not single document, image, or e-mail indexed.

I have changed the settings now, and run the Indexing, it hasn't found any mailbox files, nor files containing quoted text. I've never seen anything like this in 20 years of using Eudora. If anyone has any idea as to where Win 7 might have hidden these files I'd love to hear from you. The more I see of Win 7 the better I hate it!


I'm running Win 6.1.7601 with all the latest updates. I just tried to open a search window by right-clicking a folder name in Windows Explorer, but there was no "find" or "search" option in the context menu that appeared. I am sure there was such an option previously. Is there some service or Windows feature I may have inadvertently turned off or removed that could have caused this?

I know there is a built-in search box in the Explorer window, but I don't like the idea of features inexplicably disappearing (or accidentally getting removed). I could try doing a System Restore to get it back, but this tends to wreak havoc with Norton Internet Security, so I would prefer to avoid that solution if possible.

Thank you,

OS: WIn XP with SP2 (not 3)
S/w: Spybot Search & Destroy, Ad-Aware, Zone-Alarm (can't give more details because I can't boot that PC)
Scan Settings: Default

After AVG 8 became hung up on Zone Alarm file & ran for 3 hours, I could not stop it or PC until I turned off the Power Strip.

When tried to re-start PC, Win XP starts to load but "AVGRSX.EXE - application error Instruction at 0X78147347 referenced memory at 0X04528e40. Memory couldn't be written. Click OK to terminate program. Click Cancel to debug." I tried both but just receive a black screen & waited until I turned off Power Strip.

Help - how can I re-start this PC & fix problem? Thanks

I installed the standard edition of Windows Server 2008, creating the domain mydomain.local

My Vista Ultimate workstations joined the domain without any problem.

However, I cannot get the XP Pro SP3 workstations to join.

When entering the domain as mydomain.local, the following message is displayed. It seems to me that the 'everything' was found.
DNS was successfully queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate a domain controller for domain mydomain.local:

The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.mydomain.local

The following domain controllers were identified by the query:


Common causes of this error include:

- Host (A) records that map the name of the domain controller to its IP addresses are missing or contain incorrect addresses.

- Domain controllers registered in DNS are not connected to the network or are not running.

On a chance, I entered the domain as mydomain {leaving off the .local}. This asked me for the user/password with permissions to join the domain, but after entering the info for a domain admin the following was displayed.
RPC Server is unavailable.
The RPC services on both the server and workstation are running.

These are the items I verified or tried:
1. Workstation and server can ping each other using either the IP address or FQDN.
2. Server TCP/IP settings only show its own IP address as the DNS server, no ISP DNS servers.
3. Workstation TCP/IP DNS settings point to the server's IP address. I tried both the default and enabled NetBios settings.
4. Workstation account is created and enabled on the server.
5. ipconfig /all shows
correct DNS server IP
correct DNS suffix search list
correct connection-specific DNS suffix
5. I displayed the workstation's DNS with: ipconfig /displaydns The FQDN of the server is listed.
6. I flushed the DNS cachewith :ipconfig /flushdns
7. I re-registered the workstation's DNS name with: ipconfig /registerdns
8. The workstation's firewall (AVG) does not seem to be blocking anytthing.

I did NOT start the WINS service on the server, nor does the workstation have a WINS server setting in its TCP/IP properties because I thought WINS was un-necessary with XP and/or Vista.

Is WINS the answer, or am I missing some other step?

I have just upgraded my motherboard, survived the trauma of the "blue screen of death" and re-activation by "upgrading XP in place". I have ended up, after re-updating various drivers, with the basic Windows XP that I had before I upgraded to XP Sp1 and prior to upgrading the motherboard. Everything looks fine EXCEPT that I have completely lost my DUN. I have tried the "Repair" option from the XP CD-Rom twice and it still hasn't come up. The icon is not under My Computer, My Network Places, or anywhere else and I can't find the application by searching all the hard disks. I can't find it by searching the registry (although I don't really know what I am looking for). It is ticked under Windows Components (all are ticked). It is ticked under TweakUi.... I can find an Internet Connection applet under the Internet Explorer 6 folder but it doesn't work properly. I am not sure if I have the IE 6 update on file or if it has gone back to the original IE 6.0 but when I try and re-install IE 6.0 it says there is later version on file and stops.

Until I get Dial Up going I can't get either my 56k modem or my ADSL modem going under Win XP (I can connect either under Win 98 which is how this message is getting out.... I have a dual boot system but the Win 98 installation is very basic and my video card is not compatible with it.

I did do a System State backup before I upgraded the the motherboard but restoring that just gives me the "blues screen of death" again.

I want to avoid, if at all possible, setting up a fresh installation of Win XP because, presumably, I will have to reinstall all my hundreds of applications which will take weeks. Besides, I only have an Upgrade WinXP CD and if it upgrades with all my settings I am no better off.

Has anybody got any further ideas?


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