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Purchased new laptop win 8 installed.. went though the normal install stuff.. named computer etc.. did windows updates.. installed my programs.. usual stuff.. I am a digital designer and make own jpgs, pngs etc. My problem is when I go to access some of these files it wont let me change them saying I dont have permission. I have gone in an changed permission on some individual files but I have thousands and cannot do them individually.
It seems to be an admin permission error.
Under User accounts

When I start up my computer it shows me as user MandogScraps and says I am Local Account and Administrator... but I still have problems changing some docs or even uploading to my facebook acct.. whether they on my c: drive or external hard drive.. I never had this problem on other computer under win7
Can anyone please help

I am very new to Windows 8. I only downloaded and installed the developers preview 3 days ago on Thursday.

Many Windows users are talking about the new Windows 8 and are trying it out. So my curiosity got the better of me and I installed Windows 8. I did this by mounting the ISO file on virtual clone drive.

Windows 8 looks different from Windows 7 and Windows XP at first glance but it is not. The good news is that when you first set up Windows 8,like Windows 7 and Windows XP,you do not have to have a password if you don't want one. That is you don't have to log in with a password or have a password on your account.Which is sheer heaven. As I hate security settings and having to enter password every time I do some thing on my own computer.

And of course the first thing I did was turn off User account Control as it is very annoying.UAC does not exist on my Windows 7 so I don't want it on Windows 8.

I was able to turn off UAC on Windows 8 but there is another similar feature that I was not able to turn off. And that is the Smart Screen filter.

Smart screen is an additional feature added to Windows 8 that every time you install a program from the Internet. You get a pop up from Smart Screen telling you that Windows has blocked this download. And it then asks you if you want to run the program or not.And if you want to run the program you just click run and if you don't want to run it click do not run.

Smart Screen will also pop up if you open a program on your computer not recognised by Windows. Smart Screen although it is annoying like UAC does not stop you running or installing any programs you want to. And there are settings to disable Smart Screen. But when I turned it off it came back on again.

And from what I have read on other posts on the web.It seems that although there is a setting that is supposed to turn off Smart Screen it may have been disabled in this build of Windows 8. As other people have tried to turn off Smart Screen but they could not. As every time they turned it off in the settings,it came back on again.

Fortunately Smart Screen will not block any of your downloads or programs or stop you doing anything on your computer unless you want it to. But it is certainly not something I want on my computer. And I would disable this feature if I could. As I feel that such a feature is unnecessary. But Smart Screen has not stopped me doing any thing I want to on my computer.

And then we have the Metro theme.Which is enabled by default when you first set up Windows. But the Metro theme can be disabled with a simple registry edit. Or with software such as Metro Controller,which can do this for you.

Although I did not have much problems using the Metro theme I found it slower than using the Windows 7 start menu.And most of the apps did not work but I think that is because they are not active yet.

But my own software that I installed myself,such as Google,chrome,Windows Movie Maker which shows up in the Metro theme as an app did all work.So any software such as web browsers,chat messengers and media players that you install yourself.Will show up as an app in the apps menu if you have the Metro theme enabled. And all of your own apps will work when you click on them.

But most of the apps from the app store did not work. Except for internet Explorer,windows Explorer and Control panel,desktop and other settings.

But you can still pin short cuts to your desktop while in the Metro theme.And launch your software from the taskbar and Windows Explorer. By going to your programs file and launching the program from there,the same way you can on Windows 7 and Windows XP.

But I have disabled the Metro theme which most Windows users will do. As that is the way I am used to working. And I would advise Windows users that unless you happen to like the Metro apps and are going to use them. You do not need to have the Metro theme enabled. As Windows 8 run perfectly well and faster without it.

And as I am using my own software I do not need the Metro apps.

Once you disable the Metro theme you get the Windows 7 start Menu.that looks exactly like it does in Windows7 and Windows Vista.And the ribbon toolbar in Windows Explorer will also be disabled once the Metro theme is turned off or disabled.

You can also install Classic Shell in Windows 8 if you wish to have the Windows XP or the Classic Start menu in addition to the Windows 7 start menu. Classic Shell will also put the classic toolbar buttons in Windows Explorer on Windows 8. just like it does on Windows 7.

Also if you do not want to disable the Metro theme in Windows 8 but you still want to have a full start menu. Classic Shell also works with the Metro theme enabled. And you can then switch between both the classic or Windows XP start menu or the Metro start menu.Just by launching Classic Shell and you will also have the classic toolbar in Windows Explorer. As well as the ribbon toolbar.Which looks quite good actually.

Now we come to running software in Windows 8. I like most people want to run my Windows XP and Windows Vista software that I was using on Windows 7 on Windows 8.

Well the good news is that you can run most of your Windows XP and Windows Vista software on Windows 8.

Here is a list of all my software that I have tried that works on Windows 8-

Software that works on Windows 8.

Windows Sidebar-

That's the Windows Sidebar from Windows Vista or the Vista Sidebar. This works on Windows 8 without any problems. Windows Sidebar works both with the Windows 7 start menu and also with the Metro theme enabled.There are no conflicts.

Windows Calendar-

From Windows Vista,this works on Windows 8.

Windows Movie Maker 6 and Windows Movie Maker 2.6-

Made for Windows Vista but works on Windows 7. Both versions of Windows Movie Maker works on Windows 8.

Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP-

This works on Windows 8 and so does the web cam feature. Windows Movie Maker 2.1 works on Windows Vista,windows 7 and Windows 8 as long as you have Windows Movie Maker 2.6 installed. As it runs of of the dill files of Movie Maker 2.6.

Windows Live Essentials for Windows XP-

That's Windows Live Messenger,Windows Live Photo Gallery,Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Mail for Windows XP. Works on Windows 8.
Some people like me prefer Windows Live Essentials for Windows XP or 2009 as it is sometimes called over Windows Live Essentials 2011. Well the good news is that this works on Windows 8.

Windows Media Player 11 for Windows 7-

Works on Windows 8.
This is Windows Media Player 11 that has been adapted to run on Windows 7 for people who want to downgrade from WMP 12 to WMP 11. WMP 11 works on Windows 8. But first you must turn off WMP 12 in turn Windows features on or off to disable WMP 12.
But after that Windows Media Player 11 works on Windows 8.

Gmail notifier for Windows XP and Windows 2000-

Works on Windows 8.

Advanced browser,Pink Browser,Green browser and other IE based browsers.

Most of these browser were made for Windows XP but they work on Windows 8. Just like they do on Windows 7.

Pale Moon,Safefox,Firefox,Google Chrome and other web browsers-

Pale Moon,Safefox and Wyzo are based on Firefox 3 all work on Windows 8 and so does Google Chrome. Also the latest versions of Firefox work too.


A very handy registry cleaner that also has other settings to help you manage your programs. Works on Windows 8.

Media Player Classic-

Works on Windows 8. this is the old version of Media player Classic not the Home cinema version. But this works on Windows 8.

Programs that do not work in Windows 8.

Windows Mail-

From Windows Vista this works in Windows 7 after you delete the Windows 7 Windows Mail Program file and replace it with the Windows Vista version. But this does not work in Windows 8. Despite my best efforts Windows Mail is the only program I have tried which does not work in Windows 8.

There may be more software from Windows XP,Windows Vista and Windows 7 that will work in Windows 8. But I have not installed these yet.

But you can also import your software from Windows 7 that can be found in the Windows Old folder onto Windows 8. By copying the files and pasting them into the Programs file on Windows 8.

Even though I no longer have my Windows 7 operating system as the Windows 8 install wiped it out. I still have my Windows Old folder from Windows 7.That has all of my old programs from Windows 7.

Well I have got windows 8 now and before I tried it I was expecting it to be complicated and difficult to use. But now that I have Windows 8 I have found out that this is not true.

Windows 8 looks and is exactly the same as Windows 7. I have limited experience with computers. But if I can use Windows 8 anybody can. Andrea Borman.

A couple of weeks ago I installed Windows 8 (fresh install from scratch, not an update) on my computer. I do a lot of web browsing and over the last couple of weeks I've been using Windows 8, I could swear the web browsing wasn't as fast at it used to be on Windows 7.

I then noticed I was having major issues bringing up my router's control panel (ASUS RT-N56U) so thinking it was my router I upgraded the firmware. Turned out, the Avast Anti-Virus I was running has issues with Windows 8. I removed AVAST and turned on Windows Defender (which in Windows 8 is also an anti-virus program now referred to MSE - Miscrosoft Security Essentials). MSE has gotten fairly good reviews so I decided to use it, for maximum compatibility with Windows 8.

However, although the router control panel would now come up okay, browsing still seemed to not be quite as fast as it used to be. I sat down at the old 5-year old Dell Desktop next to me that is running Windows 7, both computers were connected to the router via Gigabit Ethernet. I tested network speeds with to make sure they were both getting the same Internet speeds (which they were.) I found a couple 'heavy' web pages to test: Recipes, Menus, Cooking Articles & Food Guides (home page) (home page)

The browsing was MUCH faster on the Windows 7 machine!! So I decided to do more of a controlled test.

The Samsung Notebook is a Series 6 Core i5 with 6GB RAM and 64GB SSD running Win 8 Pro 64-bit. Windows Experience score of 5.9. Windows Defender (MSE) Anti-Virus. Windows Firewall Turned OFF!

The Dell Desktop is Intel Q8200 with 6GB RAM and a 5400RPM HD running Win 7 32-bit (not sure why 64-bit didn't install, sort of strange but oh well). It had a Windows Experience score of 3.6. Avast Anti-Virus. Windows Firewall turned OFF. Windows Defender turned OFF.

I went into Windows Task Manager on both computers and ended most if not all tasks that were not critical to the system and no other programs except the browsers were running.

I removed all plug-ins and add-ons from Chrome except the Page Load Time extension plug-in which can be downloaded here:

I also tested on FireFox using this add-on:

On the Windows 8 Machine I also tested with Internet Explorer 10 - unfortunately I couldn't find a page load speed monitor for it that would work so I could only do an informal visual+verbal count, stopping when I saw the page stop X in the URL bar change to the reload symbol indicating the page had completed loading.

On both test pages I refreshed the pages at least 10 times and averaged the scores. I looked at the page load speed monitor result but I also did a visual+verbal count out loud until I saw the page stopped loading objects.

The results were astounding (and very frustrating/disappointing because otherwise I really like Windows 8 as the OS in general seems better/faster than Windows 7 for multitasking)

Here's the results:

Windows 8 + Fast Machine + Chrome 23.0.1271.95 m on ~ 3.5 sec load counter / ~ 5.5 sec visual/verbal count

Windows 7 + Slow Machine + Chrome 23.0.1271.95 m on ~ 2 sec avg / ~ 3.5 sec avg visual/verbal count

Windows 8 Fast machine + Chrome on 5 sec avg / 5 sec avg

Windows 7 Slow machine + Chrome on 2.5 sec / 3 sec

Windows 8 Fast machine + FireFox on epicurious com: 4.5 sec / 4.5 sec

Windows 7 Slow machine + Firefox on 2.5 sec / 3 sec

Windows 8 Fast machine + FireFox on com: 5.25 sec / 5 sec

Windows 7 Slow machine + Firefox on 2.5 sec / 3 sec

Windows 8 Fast machine + Internet Explorer 10 on ~ 5 sec visual/verbal count

Windows 8 Fast machine + Internet Explorer 10 on ~ 6 sec visual/verbal count

(I didn't bother testing IE 10 on the Win 7 machine)

It is clear, that something in Windows 8 is causing the browsers to load web pages 30-50% slower. If you have a very fast Internet connection (like me - 35 mbit/s download and 6 mbit/s upload) in regular use, the difference may not be that noticeable to the "casual user" as the difference between as a 3 sec and a 5 sec page load speed are both fairly fast for these two sites.

But it you have many sites open at once and are multi-tasking and clicking lots of links hours at a time, it IS noticeable. Downright depressing when you compare it to a Windows 7 machine especially considering the specs on the Win 8 machine are much better hardware wise! If anything the Windows 8 machines should be faster.

Now I know a some people are going to be skeptical about my findings or give suggestions as to something that may be wrong with my particular PC. Obviously every PC is different, having different configurations, apps loaded, processes running, etc. But in my 25+ years in the Tech Industry my gut is telling me there's something not right with Windows 8 and it is just a matter of time until enough people complain to Microsoft about it to get their attention to find the cause of the issue and fix it.


* I tried the tests on Windows 8 with Windows Defender (MSE) turned OFF, Firewall turned OFF. No anti-virus programs running. IT MADE NO DIFFERENCE.

** I made sure the drivers for both my Ethernet and Wi-Fi Networking were the latest drivers. They are the on-board Intel 82579M Gigabit Ethernet and Centrino 6230 Wireless.

*** Running the tests on Wifi instead of Ethernet ALSO MADE NO DIFFERENCE.

The facts seem to point to something in the Windows 8 Operating System is slowing things down. I wish I knew what it was as I feel so frustrated that this new powerful Samsung Core i5 notebook running Windows 8 has slower web browsing than than 5-year old Windows 7 Dell Desktop sitting across from me.

I have seen many other posts about Chrome running slowly on Windows 8. It isn't just Chrome!

*** I would encourage others to run these tests as I would at least like to be 99% confident that I don't have some hardware or driver issue. ***

Windows 8 CP has a free AV/Spyware solution in Windows Defender (re-branded MSE). This may be well for some users, as it auto updates & scans the system for you. Just a few settings to make, notably the time of scan & a few other options.

However, if you're considering this as your permanent protection, I highly suggest adding Malwarebytes Pro Lifetime version. If you were to download it today, it probably upon first opening the program offers a 14 day trial of Pro.

Normally, on the MBAM site, this sells for $24.95. But you can sign up for promos at, and receive daily specials. Usually, once a week or so, it's available for $14 to $15, possibly less, with the discount given, and free shipping. It's a small price to pay for lifetime protection. And if one decides to buy another computer, it can be uninstalled & re-activated with the same key.

Note that if you have the Free version already installed, all you have to do is click onto the Register/Activate link on the left of the screen & enter your key, and you're done. Just as Windows Defender, one can schedule scans & auto updating.

It's a lot of protection for the price, it auto blocks all known malware sites with no interaction. Well worth considering for the price, even if one paid the full $24.95 for it. Install the free version, activate the free trial (if offered), you'll see for yourself.


Just got a new pc that has W8, came from XP. I have a popcorn hour NMT with an internal HDD that I have networked and was working fine with my old pc. The drive is mapped and is visible in windows explorer and I can even upload files to it with Filezilla. When I try to modify a file through w explorer it shows the drive as read only. Below is what I have tried so far and nothing seems to work.

Installed "take ownership" program
enabled hidden administrator account
tried to take ownership through properties/security/advanced
change permissions in properties (goes through all of the files and unchecks read only but when I close and open it again read only is checked)

For some reason I can't seem to get a full administrator account to work. I am the only user of the pc and I have an administrator account but it's standard. Any help would be appreciated as I am clueless of what to try next.

I read, all over the web, comments regarding the dislike for the forthcoming Windows 8, and in particular, and in fact almost exclusively, criticism of the (as it was called) Metro.

I was urged to print my own thoughts on the subject, and I published an article which I have repeated here, in which I stated, imo, that "Metro" was a replacement for the start menu, and, for new users, if they accepted that concept, it becomes easier to use. You could regard the "All Apps" as the extra selections you get, if you open the default folders in the Windows 7 start menu.

When I booted up Windows 7 and earlier, I arrived at a desktop - fine. (exactly, even, as in a linux distribution) It has never crossed my mind that the little globe, bottom left, was any other than where I started to look to go further into my applications. ie. "The Start menu".(Unless, of course, I had all my shortcuts set up in the taskbar and desktop - not my practice.)

However, for what it is worth, this is how I see the "Metro"

My first comment is that, whilst, from the beginning, Microsoft and followers have touted the Metro as the new desktop, this was a mistake. I cannot see it as such. To me it is a new, graphical, start menu. It is designed, primarily, for touchscreens, but there is no reason why it cannot, with a little compromise, be adjusted for normal mouse use.

The following is based on those thoughts. I am indicating, solely, how I have found a use for it, or an alternative method of successfully using Windows 8. The OS is an advancement on Windows 7, in performance, but not enough, in my opinion, to warrant the purchase of it - particularly for mass purchasers.

However. here I go. two basic methods. One for those who would like to try and use the Metro Start menu, another for those who want to be more familiar in old surroundings.

Metro users.

Let me ask, here, do you, users, really have a daily requirement for all of those apps which are put into the old legacy menu, and now Metro. Those who are heavily into graphic operations may need more than me, and there are other aspects of computer use with the same need. But I have eliminated mine to ten programs I use in my daily work.

So, on the Metro screen, let us right click an app icon. A bar menu appears on the bottom, like this:

Attachment 524

Here, as you can see, you can Unpin it, which tucks it away. You can even Uninstall it if that is the way you want to go. Even better, which really is concerned with my next section, you can Pin it to the start.
When you have done this, you can rearrange the remaining icons, in your preferred order.

Now comes a partly hidden function. Click, over on the bottom right, the small minus sign. Now you will have a miniaturised picture of your Metro. Right click any of the groups, which you have prearranged. Another bar menu! You can name those groups.

As I stated, I have eliminated mine to a mere ten items, but for the purpose of this Demo, here is my full Metro, on a complete and new installation:

Attachment 525

So, there we have a graphical start menu. What about all those unused apps. - Just right Click on the Metro, and, bottom right, is some text "All Apps". Click there and you have a whole bunch of every app on your computer.
Now, if you click any app, on your Metro all "All Apps" Window, it will open in the normal way. But, if you close it, you will find yourself on the legacy desktop. Bu***ger. But click the "Windows" key, and you are back in your Metro Start menu.
That is all, in the context of this post, there is to say on the use of the Metro

You don't want Metro.

Fair enough. If you click the Desktop icon, in Metro, you will find yourself on the legacy desktop. Darn, its totally empty. No problem, it is customisable in exactly the manner to which you've been used to - right click and "personalise".

But where is the good old start menu? A big omission, on Microsoft's part, to omit that. But no problem again.
Download and install the well known "Classic Menu".

Welcome to Classic Shell

This is incredibly customisable,. It even has a choice of start orbs. Within the options is one which enables a user to boot straight through to the desktop, bypassing the Metro completely. Classic, can be set up almost 100% to emulate the old Windows 7 menu.

But maybe you would like to use one of the other third party start menus? There are several around, if you google, but I dont think, imho, that they compete with the Classic.

If, again, that is the road you wish to take, forget about the "Classic" download and install the attached little gem. Select the option to bypass the Metro. Install your own menu.

One last. If you want to persist, and use the facilities available, right click in the bottom left corner of the desktop.. This popup has become known as the "Power" menu. It is also customisable, but this involves a little hacking and manipulation, and I don't consider it to be the subject of this post.

That's about it, but a comment for your thoughts.
In Windows 7, for example, you are in and using an App. You close it and wish to go to another App.

1. Click the Orb.
2. Click "All programs"
3. Click your desired shortcut.
3 clicks.
In Windows 8
1. Click the "Windows" key
2. Click your shortcut Icon.

-See the difference.

I should also add that my personal use of a computer, often takes me to a situation where I need to have several windows open on the desktop. This cannot be done with Metro Apps - so far. To me, the solution was simple - I don't use them. You can find a wealth of alternative, non metro apps on the web, which can accomplish the same things. I have weakened and downloaded a couple of time wasters from the "Store". Card games and Backgammon as two examples.

There are other aspects of Windows 8, which users could comment on. IMO, it has a slightly improved performance. I would not consider that improvement enough to warrant its purchase, particular for an office with a multi purchase requirement. And, of course, even for a desktop user, I cannot grasp the idea of the average secretary typing on a touchscreen - lol. - but that is an otpion.

Good luck. I hope it will work for you, but do try and have fun exploring the possibilities I have mentioned

I'm going to post this in efforts to help prevent individuals from getting a possible Virus. I've known this for a while now, and the fact is, Digital Signatures may not all be legit. Therefore, not all are to be trusted.

It is possible to modify a file and append junk data to EOF of a file without the signature becoming invalidated. I did a test in Windows 7 a few months ago with the installation file for Microsoft Security Essentials (mseinstall.exe). As long as the additional bytes were of a multiple of FileAlignment specified in the Optional Header (FileAlignment property for this Microsoft Security Essentials was 200 bytes in this case), you could increase the size of the certificate within the Data Directories along with a few other binary modifications to change the size of the certificate itself in the first 4 bytes, and you would not trigger the conditions for the file's certificate to invalidate. This means that the file was modified, but still shown to be signed by Microsoft, and supposedly unchanged/unmodified since the time the signature was added to the file, which we know was not true because I did in fact change the file.

This shouldn't happen... The point of Digital Signatures is so that if a file is modified in ANY way, that signature is invalidated, telling the user that it has been changed since it was last signed by the author.

After that, you'd be able to update the checksum in Optional Header as well without the file signature invalidating too, but that's only necessary if the file was a boot program really.

But until that much can be further taken advantage of, (and myself nor the Microsoft security team were able to find a problem with it yet,) this only becomes even more critical if the digest hash used with the certificate IS a broken hash algorithm like MD5.

So the moral of my story, don't trust Digital Signatures, that were signed with the MD5 hashing algorithm!!!

You can see what hash was used through the file properties of a file containing a digital signature:

Proof of concept, with testing I did in Windows 7:

Currently, The ATI Catalyst drivers along with the nVidia drivers support Windows 8. In December 2010, nVidia released the 265.90 drivers that added Windows 8 support, every subsequent release since then has been fully compatible with all leaked builds of Windows 8. Some users have reported issues with Catalyst drivers for their AMD cards, however in my experience, all drivers since 11.4 (didn't test any earlier drivers than this) are compatible with Windows 8.

Once you've installed any build of Windows 8, Get your updated drivers from here:

nVidia notebook & desktop card drivers:
Drivers - Download NVIDIA Drivers
AMD Catalyst and Catalyst Mobility drivers:
AMD Graphics Drivers & Software
The current stable release of Catalyst is 11.7, with a leaked 11.8 suite available.
Latest stable nVidia release: 280.26, nVidia runs a public beta program available here.

the last thing i want to do is install windows vista when it comes out the door and get stuck for 6 hours trying to find drivers for everything. yes this happened with my XP install. yes this happened with my 2K install.. ME.. 98...

ive been looking for the features list on this thing trying to figure out what i need it for

one of my gripes this is as significant as windows 95. windows vista is not going to run some new 128-bit programs or something... as a regular old pc user what is it going to do for me. if it is going to do something amazing besides display a fancy GUI wheres the facts?

i dont need a $200 upgrade to search my files in a few seconds. i can download that for free these days

and this isnt a flame. im actually hoping im wrong about all this

Windows Vista February CTP Tips and Tricks

Author: Kristan M. Kenney
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2006

Co-author: Chris Holmes (Chris123NT).

Logging on as Local Administrator
If you are having trouble logging on as the built-in Administrator account under 5308, you will need to make some registry modifications to display the Administrator account.
Log in using the account you created during the Windows Vista setup process.From the Start menu, click All Programs and then expand Accessories.Right click on “Command Prompt” and click “Run as Administrator”.Click on “Allow” from the Windows Security dialog.In the Command Prompt window, type “regedit” (without the quotes) and press Enter.In the Registry Editor, browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonAdd a new key called “SpecialAccounts” (without the quotes).In the “SpecialAccounts” key you just made, create a sub-key called “UserList” (without the quotes)Make sure you are navigated to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonSpecialAccountsUserListIn the “UserList” key, create a new DWORD (32-bit) item and name it Administrator.Double click on the new DWORD item and set its value to 1.Close Registry Editor and the Command Prompt.Forcing Glass on Non-WDDM Compatible Cards
WARNING: This tweak may cause a blue screen loop depending on your video card. Use with extreme caution.
From the Start menu, click All Programs and then expand Accessories.Right click on “Command Prompt” and click “Run as Administrator”.Click on “Allow” from the Windows Security dialog.In the Command Prompt window, type “regedit” (without the quotes) and press Enter.Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsDWM (if this key doesn’t exist, create it)Create a new DWORD (32-bit value) of UseMachineCheck, and set its value to 0.Disable User Account Protection (UAP)
Once you have installed the February CTP and set up an every day user account, one of the first things you will notice is that you have almost no rights to do anything administrator related on your system. Disabling this is purely up to you but if you find UAP is getting in your way, or some applications refuse to run because of it, you may want to take a look at this. Here are the instructions:
NOTE: You should be logged in as Administrator to do this, or you could run the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) elevated.
Press WinKey (the flag key on your keyboard) + R and type “secpol.msc”. (Without the quotes). If asked to permit Microsoft Management Console to run, allow it.In the Local Security Settings window, in the left hand pane, navigate to “Security Settings, Local Policies, Security Options”.In the pane to the right, scroll all the way to the bottom.Set the first two User Account Protection items to “No Prompt”, and “Disabled” on the remaining three items.Close the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), and if you are asked to save the settings for “Console1”, press “No”.Reboot or log off and log back in to enforce the new settings; or alternatively open an elevated Command Prompt and type “gpupdate /force” (without the quotes), and then press Enter.Internet Explorer 7 User Agent String
Copy and paste the following code into Notepad, and save it to your desktop as IE7UserAgent.REG.

Double-click the file to merge it into the Windows Registry, and then restart Internet Explorer for the change to take effect. If UAP is turned on, permit the operation to take place.Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings5.0User Agent]
“Version”=”MSIE 6.0”
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet SettingsUser AgentPost Platform]

You can easily undo this change by copying and pasting the following code into Notepad, and then saving it as IE7Undo.reg and merge it into the Windows Registry. If UAP is turned on, permit the operation to take place.Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings5.0User Agent]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet SettingsUser AgentPost Platform]

You can test these changes using a simple page that checks the User Agent. We recommend: Internet Explorer - User-Agent test and override registry scripts.

Increase Performance
The February CTP is quick right from installation, however there is one bug that causes a slow down with the user interface. This bug involves the sliding buttons on the taskbar; by disabling this, performance increases a bit. It’s really up to you, but the bug can be very annoying at times. To disable it, just carry out the following actions:
Press WinKey+R and type in “sysdm.cpl” (without the quotes).Click the Advanced tab, and then under “Performance” click “Settings”.In the Visual Effects tab, uncheck “Slide taskbar buttons”.Press OK and close the Performance Options dialog.I have also compiled a registry file that changes a few key settings involving the timings for menus, hover events, etc, which makes the Windows interface more responsive. You can download that here. This was tested and is fully working without any issues, and have also been scanned for viruses.

Alright i have the final release of Vista Ultimate installed on my machine here at work (msdn release) and doing some testing.
i've noticed now the old Windows Messenger WILL install and run (beta's it wouldnt install) but has known compatibility issues as i've noticed it will work for a while but will frequently crash. This i was expecting as it was noted it will no longer be supported on OS's after XP.
My issue is my company using Live Communication Server (SIP Accounts) for an internal messenging system and Windows Messenger v 5.1 was the only program i could find that would provide us with the means of setting up the appropriate SIP account. Does anyone know if Microsoft has a followup program that is supposed to work with this? I know Trillian has a plugin that will work with it and i was using that myself but for a company as a whole it is not feasible to upgrade everyone to Trillian Pro (needed for the SIP plugin).
Also, another issue i found is the 2003 Server Admin pack (installs admin tools such as Active Directory for Users and Computers) will install but many tools are not compatible with Vista. the main one I am having an issue with is AD for Users and Computers. Telling me that the snap in cannot initialize or something like that. Is this a known issue as well and if so are there any version slotted for release that are meant to resolve or replace?
any help with this would be greatly appreciated as we are looking to start rolling out Vista to our developers for testing in the near future.

Windows XP: No IE9 for you

Windows XP: No IE9 for you
Microsoft becomes first major browser maker to drop support for world's most popular OS

Computerworld - Microsoft's new browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9), will not run on Windows XP, now or when the software eventually ships, the company confirmed Tuesday.

The move makes Microsoft the first major browser developer to drop support for XP, the world's most popular operating system, in a future release.

Although Microsoft excluded Windows XP from the list for the IE9 developer preview, it sidestepped the question about which versions of Windows the final browser would support. In an IE9 FAQ, for example, Microsoft responded, "It's too early to talk about features of the Internet Explorer 9 Beta" to the query, "Will Internet Explorer 9 run on Windows XP?"

This dialog box pops up during attempts to install IE9 Platform Preview on Windows XP.

That caused some users to demand a straight answer. "Please tell whether the final version will run on Windows XP SP3 or not," said someone identified as "eXPerience" in a comment to a blog post by Dean Hachamovich, Microsoft's general manager for the IE team. "If not, please be clear about it. Really, enough is enough of keeping users in the lurch about Windows XP support."

Others bashed Microsoft on the assumption that IE9 would never run on XP. "Dropping Windows XP support is one of the worst decisions ever taken by [the] IE team, probably even worse than disbanding the IE team back in the IE6 days," claimed an anonymous commenter.

Microsoft had offered up broad hints that IE9 was not in Windows XP's future, however. Tuesday, a company spokeswoman said the new browser needs a "modern operating system," a phrase that hasn't been paired with Window XP for years. "Internet Explorer 9 requires the modern graphics and security underpinnings that have come since 2001," she added, clearly referring to XP, which appeared that year.

Windows XP's inability to run the Platform Preview or the final browser stems from, IE9's graphics hardware acceleration, which relies on the Direct2D and DirectWrite DirectX APIs (applications programming interfaces). Support for those APIs is built into Windows 7, and was added to Vista and Windows Server 2008 last October, but cannot be extended to Windows XP.

Some users worried that by halting browser development for Windows XP, Microsoft would repeat a current problem, getting customers to ditch IE6 for a newer version. "Those who choose to stay with XP will be forced to [then] stay forever on IE8, which will become the new IE6," said a user named Danny Gibbons in a comment on Hachamovich's blog.

Tough, said Sheri McLeish, Forrester Research's browser analyst. "This is the stick to get off XP," she said. Windows XP users will solve the browser problem themselves when they upgrade, as most eventually will, to Windows 7. "What are they going to do, go to Linux or run XP forever?" she asked.

Still, IE9's inability to run on Windows XP will prevent it from becoming widespread until the nearly-nine-year-old OS loses significant share to Windows 7. According to Web metrics company NetApplications' most recent data, if IE9 was released today, it would be able to run on just over a quarter -- 27% -- of all Windows machines.

No other major browser maker has announced plans to stop supporting Windows XP, but several have dropped other operating systems or platforms. Last month, for instance, Mozilla said it would not support Apple's Mac OS X 10.4, known as "Tiger," in future upgrades to Firefox. Google's Chrome for the Mac, meanwhile, only runs on Intel-based Macs, not on the older PowerPC-based machines that were discontinued in 2006.

The IE9 Platform Preview can be downloaded from Microsoft's site. It requires Windows 7, Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 or Windows 2008 R2.

Windows XP: No IE9 for you

How to Upgrade XP to Windows 7?

One of the most controversial developments in the computer industry in recent memory has been the disaster that Windows Vista has become. Due to issues with compatibility and security, it has been universally panned by critics and end users alike, so much so that many businesses have simply refused to deploy it. Instead, they’ve opted to keep Windows XP on their machines for the time being until a better option comes along. Many computer pundits believe that time has finally arrived, as Windows 7 promises to address many of the issues the general public had with its much-maligned predecessor, Vista.

If you’re one of those holdouts who are finally looking to upgrade and skip an operating system generation, however, upgrading may be a lot trickier than you realized. According to Microsoft, if your PC is currently running Vista, you should have no problem running this new O.S. iteration. But if you’re still running XP or earlier, there may be some compatibility issues.

Fortunately though, Microsoft has recognized that there is a large number of Vista-skippers out there, so they’ve developed a tool you can download that will tell you if your PC will support Windows 7 with its current configuration. Simply download the Windows Upgrade Advisor from the Microsoft website (just go to the site and enter the title of the software in the search box), and it will tell you if you need to download any driver updates, or if there are components that just won’t work at all with Windows 7 at the present time. Before running the software, make sure to plug in all your USB and other components like scanners or printers so the software can check those out as well.

After the software finishes scanning your computer, it will let you know if you can upgrade your current computer, or if you have to buy a new computer to be able to run the new Operating System. One thing to keep in mind is that Microsoft’s website contains several references to the fact that the company doesn’t recommend upgrading a computer running an O.S. version earlier than XP, and instead prefers that the upgrader buy a new PC.

Should you choose to go ahead and upgrade your computer from XP to Windows 7, unfortunately it won’t just be a matter of inserting the DVD and choosing some options during the upgrade process. Instead, this upgrade procedure requires a clean install of Windows 7 after wiping the hard drive.

Obviously, the first step in this process is to back up all your files onto a removable drive. This can be done on a removable hard drive, a USB “thumb” drive, or even a CD-R or DVD-R, depending on how many files need to be transferred. Next, the Windows 7 installation program will provide the ability to reformat the hard drive so you can do a fresh install on the new, clean hard drive partition. Once the installation process is complete, your files can then be copied back to the hard drive.

If you’re not comfortable with this process, it’s always better to consult with a computer professional to avoid the possibility of losing any of your files during the upgrade. But if you have experience backing up files and reformatting a hard drive, upgrading from XP to Windows 7 can be done provided the Windows Upgrade Advisor gives you the green light.

Yesterday for no apparent reason after I finished downloading and installing some programs I had on my old computer I got the error message that windows explorer was throwing errors and needed to reboot. So its runs its process, but immediately the same tings happens. And now it happens again and again with no end. It makes using the computer virtually imposable. I downloaded and ran spybot, found and killed some bad stuff, but to no avail. All the users on the computer do the same thing. Any suggestions? Im thinking about just wiping it and starting over.

I just bought a new Asus notebook with Vista on it and I have afew questions
i'm a advanced computer user so I know my way around the OS
I already have a computer that runs Vista but how do I transfer all my stuff from this computer to my new one when I get it in afew days?
i'm mainly trying to find my game saves and my documents and such.
and if you want I can tell you all the games I have installed on this system and other programs I have.

So I have a strange problem with Windows 7. I've got a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate, full version, not upgrade. Randomly when the computer boots up into windows it seems as though when I open and close windows they're moving in slow motion. Once the window is open, I can interact with it normally, it's just the inital launch of it, where it kind of fades in, and gets slightly larger moves really slow. I really don't understand it. I have to completely turn off the PC and turn it back on, restarting doesn't work, in order for it to act normally again. I do not keep my PC on if I'm not using it.

It's pretty rare, I would say 1 out of 20 times it'll do it. Once it's happened though, other then completely shutting it off I haven't found out any way to fix it or even slightly modify it at all. I've tried messing around with settings once it's actually in the middle of it and it doesn't have any effect.

Performance wise Windows acts normally, once the window is open. I've tried playing a game while it's doing this and it has the same result, everything moves in slow motion. But it's not FPS lag, it's almost like it's moving 1/4 the normal speed. Like I've said, if I completely turn off the computer and turn it back on everything is normal. Also, I never leave my machine on if I'm not using it, I always shut it completely down.

The first time I experienced this problem it was RIGHT after I performed a clean install of Windows. No software installed other then the Drivers and support programs like CCleaner, Defraggler and Auslogics Boost Speed.

DX Diag of my system:
Time of this report: 11/15/2009, 11:54:13
Machine name: TIM-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_rtm.090713-1255)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: P5E
BIOS: BIOS Date: 03/04/08 15:18:35 Ver: 08.00.12
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6850 @ 3.00GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
Memory: 8144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8144MB RAM
Page File: 1413MB used, 15871MB available
Windows Dir: C:Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 64bit Unicode

And of course no problems found. All my drivers are up to the current date and Windows is fully up to date, other then the language packs.

CPU: E6850 3.0 overclocked to 3.6
RAM: 8 gigs
Video: Nvidia 8800 GTX performence edition.
Sound: X-FI Gamer
Hard Drives: I've got two SSD drives in RAID 0 that I have the OS on. All other programs/games are installed on a 1TB drive. All drivers updates and essitenal software is installed on my SSD drives.

I built this system roughly two years ago, when I did, I orderd the parts x2 for my father. So he has the exact same computer. He's running Windows 7 Home Premium and he doesn't have this problem at all.

I work as a computer Tech my self and haven't ran into this problem on any other Windows 7 machine. When I showed it to my father, which is also a computer Tech he hadn't seen or heard of it either.

Honestly, it's a small problem. Easily fixed by a cold shut off, but still if there is a solution, or if someone is experiencing this problem more frequently then I am a solution would be nice.

Sorry for the lengthy description, it's a hard problem to define with words. I actually thought about using FRAPS when it happens and uploading it to like YouTube or something. Just so people understood what I was talking about.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give. If you need additonal information because I'm sure I forgot something along the way just let me know and I'll be happy to provide it.


I did a clean install of windows 7 yesterday, and before I had even started installing programs I noticed my system was sluggish. After loading up on my programs and getting my documents in place, it has been basically unusable without tweaking in ways I'd rather not stick to. I've run a symantec scan, lavasoft adaware scan, and spybot search and destroy scans, all showed, as predicted, that my system is clean.

I've been able to use my computer a little if I go into 'services' and set 'windows search' to 'manual' and 'stop,' but ideally I would like my system to be indexed at some point. As of now though, if I leave this on, it uses about 45-60% of my cpu.

As for the "NT kernel & system" problem - it shows up as "image name - system" "user - system" "description - NT Kernel & System" in task manager. Using Process Explorer, I was able to pinpoint that the problem was with 'smss.exe,' or 'session management subsystem,' which it appears from a few google searches can't be turned off. This process is constantly using 40-60% of my CPU, and has since I first installed windows 7, and I have not found a way to change this.

Anyone have any advice for me? I have 3g of ram, and can't think what else about my hardware would be relevant. I've run drivermax to make sure that all my drivers are correct, and have tried endless fiddling with startup, but nothing seems to help the NT problem, and the only thing that has helped the indexing problem is turning it off completely. I never thought I'd say this, but I already miss Vista...please save me!



Having exhausted all the other obvious resources, I am hoping someone on this forum will be able to help with a incredibly frustrating Windows 7 issue I am experiencing.

My user account, for some strange reasons, appears to bet set up as a 'Guest account'. As a result, I am unable install new programs or make anything more than basic system changes. When the dialog box appears, requesting an administrator password, the 'Yes' button is disabled (greyed out).

I have unsuccessfully tried to enable administrator access using the various methods posted online e.g. right click on Command Prompt and run as administrator, but again, I do not get very far because the disabled administrator dialog box is greyed out.

At one stage, I did set up my system to automatically log in to Windows and I am not sure whether that's had anything to do with it. I have tried to disable that option but haven't been able to.

Kinda gave up trying to find some sorts of support on the issue.
But been having some stupid errors on my computer since i upgraded to windows 7.. i know i should of done a clean install, but at the time i didn't know.
But everytime i try to download something off the net.
An example of say i want to go onto and try a demo out for a new program.
The download starts , and does download, if i open the folder that the file is downloading into.
It shows both the download and the .part file in the folder. However when i get to 100% and windows does it scan for viruses, the file disappears and isn't actually downloaded.
I have tested firefox, IE 6 , 7 and 8. All do the same thing. I can't seem to find any reason why there would be a problem with downloading. I am the only user on the computer.
This works wonders with the fact that my usb ports are not working, the drivers must be reinstalled over and over just to get the troubleshooter to disappear, and when i do finally plug something into the usb ports after the reinstall has been "done".
The computer gives me the error noise while connecting the usb device and then the drivers are saided to not be installed, and the registry is missing or corrupt. I have run a reg cleaner with nothing turning up , i have uninstall the drivers completely and reinstalled, nothing.
Any help is very much apprecaited.

I dislike Internet Explorer browser. It is so slow and backwards in the world of software compared to browsers like Flock and Google Chrome which are far more advanced and better than IE. which a lot of people including my self dislike it enough to want it gone from their computer completely. turning it off in Windows features setting does NOT get rid of it it only disables it. But I have successfully managed to get rid of IE permanently. That is I have uninstalled IE by deleting the file,Internet Explorer 9 from my computer. This is what I did,I had to change the ownership of the IE file on c/program files( program files on my computer disk) from Trusted Installer to my name. Then I deleted the file Internet Explorer completely with the help of a tool called UNLOCKER downloaded from the Internet. This removes any file that is difficult or impossible to remove. Now Internet Explorer is gone from my system forever as even if some one else tried to download it again it will not work anymore and all they will get is an empty file WITHOUT IE browser. But all my IE files have been deleted by me,but nothing on my computer has been effected by this change. Everything on my 2 laptops that I have is working,Windows updates yes,I am still getting them,windows media etc all working good. And what is even more interesting is that Green browser and Deepnet Explorer that are said to run off of Ie are all still working without IE. So it seems that browsers such as Green browser and Avant browser do not run off of IE they run from a component in Windows,so are still working,on my computers anyway.But what I have done has definitely uninstalled Internet Explorer and I do not regret removing IE. There is nothing about Internet Explorer that I miss and as i have several other browsers installed,getting online is no problem. It has been said that if you do uninstall IE Windows could stop working. I have Windows 7 a netbook that I upgraded from Starter to Ultimate. And this method of removing IE by deleting the file on your hard drive works in Windows 7. You cannot uninstall IE the same way you can with Firefox for example as it is not listed in uninstall programs menu. But you can by deleting the files in computer programs,delete the file delete the program/browser.IE cannot even be uninstalled though updates,except if you upgraded to IE9 then if you uninstall IE9 update you get IE8 back. But when I upgraded to IE9 which I hated I could not even uninstall the update to get back to IE8. IE9 has more problems than IE8 as it is a beta version and I could not even revert it back to IE8 like it was supposed to do. Another reason for uninstalling IE completly. But I love windows software and Windows 7 is very user friendly. but as there are so many good web browsers that work with Windows and Windows 7 and some are made for Windows only. Such as Pale Moon which is Firefoxes open source. So why does windows have to be bundled with Internet Explorer anyway? As most people do not use it much nowdays,as we have much better browsers. I am posting this to let people know that it can be done I have uninstalled Internet Explorer from my system and my computers both of them are still working as the same as before. The only difference is that I no longer have Internet Explorer browser anymore. This method of uninstall works with Windows 7 but I do not know if it is all right to do it with Windows Vista or Windows Xp or older versions of Windows. As they may depend more on IE to run than Windows 7 does. Andrea Borman.

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