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Win 98; AOL 4; IE 6, an old Gateway PC (Pentium II, 300 mhz - hey, till today, it worked fine.)

I had to use regedit yesterday to remove some spyware. Donno if that is incidental, but... today I cannot get to the Internet using IE.

Everything in IE gives me "This page cannot be displayed."

Connection to AOL is fine, as long as I do not try to access the Internet, though usually I open an IE window to access the

I tried deleting IE and reinstalling it. I used Add/Remove to go back to an earlier version, 5.5, to no avail.
They lock me out of the Internet completely.

Task Manager shows no extraneous programs running.

"So, how can you get to WOPR?" you ask.

Good question. Netscape 4.76 gets me here fine. It is only an IE problem.

Oh, and the toolbar on the WIndows 98 taskbar is suddenly gone. All links that were there are gone from the registry.
Toolbars options on the taskbar are grayed.

I am really in a mess! Cannot upgrade AOL on this computer. (All new versions criple this computer.)

I guess I could try to reinstall Win 98, but I am afraid it will kill everything I have on my computer, including partiioned
drives. Cannot risk losing everything on my hard drive.

Is this the last straw that forces me to buy a new PC? A tweak in the registry and I gotta spend $700 for a new PC? Is that your verdict?

Your thoughts, prayers, and ideas, if you please.

Thank you.

- hmc

I have 2 hardwired computers and 1 wireless computer on my network.
When the wireless computer is connected, (My daughter's) and she is downloading moves, etc., the other 2 computers slow down to a slow crawl. Her computer is taking up all of the bandwidth.
I have the Netgear WNDR4500 router. We are on a DSL connection. (Locked in where we live. Just was able to get off dial-up a couple of years ago).
Is there a way to throttle down the wireless connection so the wired connection can work OK. The two wired connections work great together.
I know a little about the Netgear QoS rules. Is there a rule that would work for this? OR is there something that would work to even out the bandwith.

If I need to dl updates or need the connection real bad, my daughter has to shut down her computer. If you have kids you know that this is not a good answer.
Any help will be appreciated very much from all of us!

I've been having a problem for several months with my (Win7/64) browser(s) freezing, or locking up, when I'm online.
I use Chrome, and the problem was only with Chrome, but now freezes with Firefox also.

I'll be online to whatever site (doesn't seem to matter) and it 'freezes': the HD light stays on indicating some kind of activity, the modem activity light
stays on continuously, the cursor won't move, and the Ctrl-Alt-Delete won't come up. This usually lasts for 30-45 seconds, then the 'freeze' stops, and the
computer returns to normal. This has been happening at least once a day.

I use the latest Norton 360 and Iobit security software. I run scans for all files at least once a week, and keep their files updated.

I'm wondering if 'someone' is downloading files from my system? CIA, FBI, NSA?? I post to a lot of websites, but never threaten anyone. My posts usually
are 'rants' about our current administration.

If anyone can give me an idea what's going on, I'd really appreciate it.


I am trying to configure my mother's Win 7 laptop (Toshiba Satellite C660-220) for maximum ease of use and would welcome advice.

She needs one clear way to "do things" - she learns procedures rather concepts. Her sight is reasonable but she has a slight tremour. My mother struggles with pointing devices - be they mice, trackpads or track balls. Hence the desire to do as much as possible through the keyboard (which has the familiarity of a typewriter).

She wants to:Read and write emails, maintain an addressbook and calendar - currently Thunderbird (and Lightning with birthdays picked up from the addressbook)Write letters (and work on her auto-biography) - currently Word Starter EditionBrowse websites like the BBC, Daily Mail and RSPB - currently Firefox (with adblock etc.)Skype video-call relativesWatch iPlayer and similar

To date I have:
Switched to a Basic Desktop - to get rid of the confusing Aero lookSwitch to Medium (125%) Display ResolutionRemoved all desktop icons - except the waste binCleared out most items from the notification area - except those needed for trouble-shooting over the phonePinned the key items to the Start MenuNo items pinned to the Task Bar - so if something is in the start bar it is "running" - all programs started from the Windows KeyRenamed items in the Start Menu to describe their function rather than just their nameRemoved all "right hand side" items from the Start MenuSwitched on Mouse Keys to make the numeric key pad act as a means of positioning the cursor - I would like to "lock" this setting so that finger trouble cannot switch it off, I would also like to find some good stickers to put over the numeric keyboard with arrows to hide the numbers.Selected the Windows Standard (large) (system scheme) for the pointerSwitched on pointer trailsIncreased the size of the blinking cursor (to 3)Started to prepare cheat-sheet laminates for Windows, Word, Thunderbird, Firefox etc., describing how to drive them using the keyboard only (Ctrl-tab, F6 etc.)Put fablon (sticky-backed plastic) round the trackpad and trackpad buttons so it stands out from the otherwise all-black top surface - this also helps define the actual keyboardExperimented (unsuccessfully) with Sticky Keys - keep the shift keys working as on a typewriterExperimented (unsuccessfully) with Voice Control (my mother chats to herself whilst using the computer)

Is it possible to disable the scroll function of the right hand side of the trackpad (which can be confusing)?
I would also like to find a Thunderbird Theme that makes the three panes very distinct.

Any other ideas? (If necessary I am prepared to be pointed to a specialist linux distribution)


Re: http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...-desktop-icons
Originally Posted by davdun75 Thanks for your reply...
To clarify my issue: I have arranged the icons where I want (having AutoArrange deselected). Usually, I can freely move them when desired (as in moving a new shortcut to an application or a saved shortcut to a website to a different spot on the desktop). Every now and then, though, the icons 'magically' become locked into their current position and a reboot is necessary to unlock them (when I reboot, the current icon positioning is maintained and I can freely move them again). Not sure if this a Win7 glitch or something with one of my apps - no specific computer activity causes this behavior. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem...? Re: locked desktop icons windows 7 x64
Re: locked desktop icons win 7 x64
Re: locked desktop icons Win7 64bit
Re: unlock desktop icons windows 7

I've searched on google for a solution to this locked issue but could not find anything. The desktop icons are completely locked - unmovable. I have exactly the same problem with Win7 64bit, it is very strange and I noticed that the "locked desktop icons" issue happens randomly. you can still move around the desktop icons from windows explorer, but the ones in the desktop are locked. However, I've seen this lock issue happen especially after resuming from hibernation. A reboot will remove the lock issue. I also tried the following and it worked: I terminated the explorer.exe process with task manager, and then re-run the process explorer.exe again with task manager. Then the locked icon issue was gone and I was able to move the icons in the desktop again. probably this is not the best way of solving that issue, but its better than a reboot, or (safe mode which was a solution mentioned on tomshardware - By the way, how safe mode will solve the lock issue ?). I don't know if this is a bug in win7 x64 or another app is causing this strange behavior. I hope this helps.

I have posted this thread in another forum so if you saw it there then you know the issues.

I have read Fred's article on non-destructive re-installs and have a question, specifically should I do that or should I go back to either a clean image backup made very soon after Windows 7 Home Premium was installed on my SSD C: drive, one done 10 days later which had more programs already installed and so I would only need to reinstall current data files to the programs?

My system keeps locking up, always when the newest version of Firefox is running. I can be away from the computer and come back to it locked up. Event Viewer shows frequent Error incidents having to do with DCOM and Service Manager problems that seem to be associated with my printer, and also seems to show a HP Photosmart Printer even though we have an OfficeJet printer and never had a Photosmart during the life of this computer.

When the system locks and I have to push and hold the off button to shut it down (which isn't the way I like to do it but nothing else works) I get the following inside Event Viewer. I also suspect that message is being written BEFORE I push and hold the off button, but I can't confirm that.

Critical 9/5/2011 4:46:28 PM Kernel-Power 41 (63)

So, back to the question, am I better off doing a non-destructive re-install or just going back to an image and doing it that way? If an image. do I go to the one made hours after the computer had Windows 7 Home Premium installed, or the one about ten days later? Or, as an alternative, is there a good program to diagnose the problem better than I have done?

Thanks in advance for any guidance. (I will be out for a few hours and will check the thread in awhile.

I have an application and a custom folder that were in my task bar that now disappear every time I restart the computer. I tried putting them back and locking the task bar but the next time I start the computer they are gone. If I right click the task bar and select toolbar the program is there but my folder is gone. Any suggestions on how I can get them to stay?

As I said this just started happening. I had my previous computer set up this way and the items stayed. This computer is about 9 months old and up until this week things have been staying in the task bar. The trick with the folder and my favorite programs is something I got from Woody several years ago.



When I first set up Vista (seems like ten years ago) I was given the option of declaring a separate administrator or combining my owner area with the administrator area. I chose the latter, thinking it would make my life easier. Stupid me.

The computer is now travelling with me and is therefore vulnerable. I'd like to lock it with a password. I have passwords on my wife's area and a guest area but none on my area, owner/administrator. All my efforts to create a password fail. It simply says "Windows cannot change the password." The problem is, there IS NO PASSWORD.

How do I get it to accept my password and put a lock on it against casual theives opening it before they peddle it? Do I have to reinstall Vista (and its MANY updates) or is there a simple way?

On my desktop computer, Facebook has locked me out with the message: "It looks like you downloaded software that is affecting your Facebook account and showing you unauthorized ads. ..." I get the message in FF and Chrome, but not IE8 (or an older version of Opera). I don't get the message on my laptop on any browser. Other sites have said that it's Avast AV that's causing the block, but that is on my laptop also, and I've turned it off totally on the desktop. All other solutions seem to be generalizations and guesses, which were of no value. These included deleting the HOSTS file, which is original from 2009 and empty except for standard comments on use. I did check my proxy setting (none set) and everything else I could think of.

EDIT: this happens immediately after logging into FB, and the connection has changed to "https" and then the "error" message. I do not have FB set to use a secure connection, and it does not use "https" on my laptop.


After clicking "Secure account", it goes to a message that will download and install McAfee Scan and Repair. A previous message said I can alternatively run Microsoft Security Essentials, which I did, but I still have the same problem.


If anyone has a solution, please let me know. I don't want to download and install McAfee (which other sites report doesn't work). I don't trust FB, and any affiliation they might concoct, especially when it requires me to use their sponsored software.

Thanks in advance.

Hello, as an update to be discussed and dissected over time, here is what we know about the changes in Windows 8.1, formerly referred to as the "Windows Blue" update.


Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 as a free update sometime this year for all Windows 8 and Windows 8 Professional license holders.

New Functionality

The desktop Start Button will be available, like in Windows 7, and may be customized to go to the Start Screen "Apps" view. How much further customization will take place, and whether or not the Start Menu will make a return to the operating system not known. It may actually just be a button that sends you to the Start Screen.

You will be able to boot to desktop instead of the Start Screen.

On the Start Screen, you will be able to select multiple tiles at once to move them, resize them, uninstall them, or rename them.

There is an "All Apps" screen to get Apps off of the tile menu on the general Start Screen.

You hold down right-click to select multiple pieces of content on the Start Screen.

New apps will appear under the Apps view, by default, and not the Start Screen itself.

Renaming tile categories is easier.

You can take pictures from the lock screen without having to log-in.

You can launch Skype calls and perform other functions from the lock screen.

Windows 8.1 will feature an overhauled and aggregated search feature, operated by Microsoft's search engine Bing. When you search for a file, metadata, or other content, a search will be performed through the web, SkyDrive, your files, e-mail, apps, and other locations to try to aggregate the best results. For example, if you search on a celebrity, you can side-scroll through all of the aggregate data that is collected for this search term.

Support for Miracast via blutooth, NFC, and wireless, for screen sharing and projection.

Support for WiFi direct printing, which requires no printer drivers on compatible devices. Additional support for NFC-enabled printers, which will allow you to print using NFC on your tablet or phone.

Support for mobile broadband tethering, which will allow you to form a wireless hotspot with your device and allow multiple devices to share the mobile Internet connection.

The built-in apps created by Microsoft and bundled with Windows 8 are being updated:

The Music app is slated to receive a major redesign and overhaul due to lackluster consumer feedback and usage. It will likely be replaced with the XBOX Music App.

The Photos app will have new editing features for macro-stylizing pictures, much like Instagram. Bring together pictures from your PC, SkyDrive, and phone.

There will be new Microsoft-published apps, like an Alarm Clock.

Improvements in the usage of apps when multiple apps are open.

You can now display up to three apps at once on the same monitor.

Click on an image in an app like Mail, and it will try to open it in the Photos app using a 50/50 split screen.

The SkyDrive app will be updated to let you save files directly and access files offline, like the desktop version has since it was published.

Most of the features in the desktop Control Panel may now actually appear in PC Customization under the Start Screen.

Internet Explorer 11 will allow you to sync webpages across multiple devices like Google Chrome and Firefox have for the last several years.

You will be able to choose directly where the Start Screen goes when it is opened.

You can "change what the corners do". Maybe they are talking about the Charms functionality, which appears whenever you touch or move your mouse to the corner of the screen.

More support for mouse and keyboard (but not specified directly).


The Start Screen will offer more backgrounds, colors, shades, and backgrounds that contain motion visuals. The lock screen background will also be customizable.

The Start Screen is updated to contain new multi-size tiles.

Newly installed apps will be flagged as "new".

The Windows Store has been redesigned.

In addition to the lock-screen, there may be a "kiosk" mode, that allows for limited access to the device while showing off more eyecandy. This may have been a joke or rumor.

Picture frame feature will allow you to turn your computer into an electronic picture frame.


There may be security updates, but no one knows what they are until release notes are made available.


There is actually a bug where, if you do not restart your computer for Windows Updates, and Windows forces the computer to restart, it warns you not to "unplug your tablet". No word yet if that will ever be fixed, or if we are all just assumed to be tablet users now.

Release Date

Microsoft has announced the public preview, scheduled June 26th, 2013 and a general release by the end of the year.



Windows 8.1 screenshots leaked, redesigns showcased | Windows Phone Central

All of this, just so you don't have to use a precision stylus! Do you have any comments? Be sure to comment on your thoughts regarding Windows 8.1, or whether or not you have become aware of new updates.

It finally happened! On Wednesday, we finally got a glimpse at what Microsoft has in store for its next version of Windows and how it plans to compete in the tablet market. Yes, after months of some leaked screenshots and rumors, Redmond finally showed an early preview of what’s now codenamed Windows 8 — or what is perhaps better thought of as a mashup of Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7. While we expected to just get a brief glimpse of the OS, Vice President of Windows Steven Sinofsky demoed quite a bit of the interface at D9, and VP of Windows Planning Mike Angiulo showed off even more of the UI and some early hardware later on at Computex. We’ve taken a hard look at all the information that’s been released and come up with a primer on what we know so far about Redmond’s forthcoming operating system, so hit the break for a deeper look at what’s coming.

Let’s talk for a second about this new version of Windows and what kind of devices it’s meant for. At the most basic level, the new OS consists of a homescreen with large Windows Phone 7-like live tiles, and underneath that you’ve got classic Windows — what more or less looks like Windows 7.
We’re going to get into the specifics of that new “layer” or “shell” below, but Sinofsky and Angiulo stressed that while Windows 8 has been optimized for touch and tablets, it’s also meant for “hundreds of millions of computers.” According to Microsoft, Windows 8 will work well with touch-only tablets as well as traditional mouse / keyboard PCs. Angiulo said it loud and clear: “There are no different versions of Windows. There’s just one Windows. Windows runs everywhere.” That means there won’t be a distinct tablet version of Windows 8, like we thought early on.
It’s a bit confusing since much of the new UI is meant for finger input, but Angiulo showed a brief demo of it working on some regular laptops and how you’d use a mouse and some keyboard shortcuts to navigate the touch interface. How do you switch between the regular Win 7 desktop and the new homescreen? It seems you’ll just select a tile with the desktop and then hit the circular Start button to return to the new UI. It seems rather clunky, but remember this was just a very early preview and things will likely change.
Now that we’ve covered some of those basics, let’s dig into that new user interface!

It all starts with a lock screen that’s very similar to Windows Phone 7. You will be able to change the background, and alongside the date and time you’ll get some basic alerts — including messages, emails, and your next calendar event. Swiping up will take you to the new homescreen, although you can see in all the videos that there’s a brief user account screen between the two. It seems a bit off that the account user screen pops up after the unlock, but again this isn’t even beta software yet.

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Hi Guys,

I have a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro on a new PC and have done for some weeks. On Friday i hit the shutdown option Update and Restart. On the Saturday (yesterday) I turned on my machine to greeted with the Windows 8 Logo then a blank screen and doesn't boot at all into Windows (And not i have checked both monitors and they connected fine.

What was i doing just BEFORE "Update and Restart".......

1. Enabled UEFI on the BIOS
2. Installed the Hyper-V Windows 8 Features
3. Created and installed a Virtual Switch
4. Created and installed a Virtual Machine and installed Windows 8.
5. Onto the VM i installed Visual Studio 2012 Web (MVC4) and SQL Server Express 2012 (NOT LocalDb)

Then after than i ran the Windows Update on the main PC and pressed "Update and Restart".

What have I tried doing to resolve this issue?

Booted (F12) using the OEM Disc. I have then Repair your computer->Troubleshoot....

1.1 Advanced Options
1.2 Automatic Repair
1.3 This fails and I get the following error:


then i tried....

2.1 Refresh PC
2.2 I get the following error:

"The Drive where Windows is installed is locked. Unlock the drive and try again"

then i tried....

3.1 Reset PC
3.2 I get the following error:

"Unable to reset your PC. A required drive partition is missing"

then i tried....

4.1 System Restore
4.2 This fails and i get the following error:


So I'm completely at a loss. I presume if I unlock the primary disk I should be able to boot or at least repair? Anyway i really don't want to wipe and uninstall if possible.

So I have just built a new computer and Installed Win8. The motherboard, processor, and system drive are all brand new Intel stuff; the media drive is a new Seagate. Programs get up and running just fine, but I have transferred my files over from my old xp machine, and Win Explorer is very slow to access them.

I'll open a folder, and more often than not the thumbs will not be there; I'll then try to open or preview a file and I'll get the green progress bar over the address bar. This will often take up to a minute or more to run, and if I leave it be then the icons will usually appear and the files will then be accessible. If I try to open or preview a file before it's done things lock up on me.

After navigating away from that folder and allowing some time to pass however, the thumbs dissapear again and I am back to square one. sometimes the thumbs will reappear all on their own. this seems to be an issue whether we're talking large files or small, or folders with 100's of files or as few as 8. The very same files are instantly accessible by the new comp from the original locations on my external USB drive and on my xp machine over the network. Once they are copied to the new machine is when things get bogged down. This seems to be the case both on the system drive and the media drive.

Furthermore, right from the very beginning, I've had icons disappearing and reappearing from my start menu apps page.

I have tried the following to resolve the problem:
- I have optimized the folders in question for both the types of media therein, and back to "General Items" again
- I have disabled indexing both on the drives themselves and in the libraries control panel
- I have run a full system virus scan with Bit Defender
- I have contacted Windows support and they have run a scan that showed Windows itself to be working properly

One thing that occures to me is the problem seems to be with the SATA drives and the SATA drives only, but if there's something wrong with the mother board wouldn't my programs have trouble opening too?

If anyone has any ideas, I'd be grateful to hear them.

Hey folks, I'm new here at this forum but I'd like to get the ball rolling. Post a short description of your everyday usage of Windows 8, your system (laptop, desktop, Surface, or custom) and one praise and one gripe. I'll start out with mine

I decided this holidays to finally build my own system. I decided to go for a media-centric approach. I use it for games, movies, music and I love it. I am on a touch screen monitor but I used Windows 8 for about 2 weeks before my touch monitor arrived and had no gripes then either. Windows 8 is really intuitive to use for consumption. I can check facebook, watch youtube, check on my favorite sports teams (thank you for adding college teams), see new headlines, check my emails, reddit, watch movies, and listen to music with big, easy to tap or click tiles. I am a big fan of the metro interface, not because I'm big fan of tablet or phone OS's (in fact i own neither) but because the pinning and grouping helps me keep organized. My desktop in Windows 7 was chaos but in metro i can group tiles and name them to keep organized. To me its a streamlined experience.

My computer consists of an i53750k, geforce 680, 8gbs RAM and a 256gb ssd. Its hooked up to an Acer T23HL touch monitor and a Samsung 23A700D 3D monitor. It runs games flawlessly and is perfect for 3D movies.

Probably my favorite feature of Windows has to be the all the changes addressed for power users. Windows + X, the new file explorer, and file transfer interface.

The most frustrating thing to me is the extra click on the lock screen and the fact that you can't work on 2 metro apps on 2 different monitors. (yet you can use 2 different apps on 1 monitor lol wat?)

PS I'm glad i finally found a forum to have discussion about windows 8 and not just support for it. I'm looking forward to hearing everyones opinion both positive and negative. Regards!

First off, this is a final effort in my issue with not being able to access the internet as seen in this topic: Win8 Shows connected to internet, but unable to load any webpage/app

All the suggestions did not work so my final option was to do a refresh or reset of the OS.

I just finally went to do that today and neither will work.

First off, trying to do it from in windows tells me that i need the disk. which i don't have becuase this is an ultrabook and there was no disk i downloaded and installed from the internet.

Then i downloaded windows 8 and installed it to a USB drive on another computer.
After booting into the USB drive i get the following errors:

Refresh gives me an error saying that windows is locked.
Reset tells me there is a missing partition.

Honestly, i simply do not care what i have to do, i want to just wipe this damn thing and get it it back to just windows. just someone help me wipe this thing and get windows 8 installed from scratch. and i don't care about my data, it'll probably just bring the no internet bug back anyway.

OK, new to the site, but I'm asking for help, as I have an annoying problem - I installed Windows 8 on Jan 28 and finally got my computer back to *just* the way I like it about a week later. Since then, I have had random freezes/reboots (no BSOD) every couple of hours. The screen will completely lock up (no input response, videos will freeze, etc.), and then the computer will reboot itself after a seemingly random period of time (or I power cycle it). It's to the point that I can't use it for anything productive, for fear of losing my work (I'm typing this in Notepad and saving after every sentence). It doesn't tie into using any certain program, and it'll even happen on a fresh reboot (all I do is move the mouse).

Again, no BSOD so no error codes there. I've checked the event logger, and all I can find are entries such as, "The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly" or "The previous system shutdown at 3:15:18 PM on 2/16/2013 was unexpected."

I've updated all drivers, BIOS, and Windows. I selectively disabled every startup item and service to no avail; however, I did notice that it doesn't happen in safe mode (with networking). Short of reformatting and trying again, help?

Updated all in profile, but summary:
Windows 8 Pro x64 with Media Center
Intel i7-2600K @ 3.4GHZ (stock)
Asus P8P67 Pro, BIOS 3602
8gb g-skill ripjaw x
Enermax ERV1020EWT 1120W peak
Network card on mobo
Western Digital Disk Drives
Toshiba Disk Drives (added since problem started)
AMD Radeon 6970 (stock)
Optiarc BD-RW BD-5300S
Corsair C300
Logitech Webcam 600
Canon iP2600
Lexmark X6100


First: A little Information:

Microsoft will roll out Windows Server 2012 with a new file system, called the "Resilient File System" (ReFS). The Windows 8 client, currently at beta, still uses the older New Technology File System (NTFS), but Microsoft eventually plans to transition it over to ReFS. The two file systems are compatible.

Microsoft has explained that ReFS is specifically designed to support the Storage Spaces feature in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, and the new and improved CHKDSK utility will work even when the Storage Spaces feature is activated. Storage Spaces allows IT pros to created pooled storage from a bunch of disks. They can hot-swap the disks in and out of the pool, as needed, without affecting the production environment. Full Article @ Microsoft Offering Improved CHKDSK Utility in Windows 8 -- Redmondmag.com

Tutorial for running CHKDSK:

There are 2 options to running CHKDSK (Check Disk) in Windows 8

Option #1: Run CHKDSK from "My Computer"

1. Open "My Computer" either from Programs or Windows + E

2. Right click the drive you wish to check and click on "Properties"

3. Click on the Tools tab, and click on the Check button under Error checking.

4. If no errors are found, you can either "Cancel" (close) or scan the drive anyway.

5. If errors are found, click "Repair drive"

When the scan or repair is completed, you can click on "Show Details" to view the results of the chkdsk logs from the "Event Viewer".

Option #2: Using Command Prompt (CMD) w/Administrative Privileges

1. Open the "Elevated Command Prompt"

2. The following Switches are the commands to be used, ones in red are new in Windows 8.
You must place a space between each switch if more than 1 is used.

/F - Fixes errors on the disk. The disk must be locked. If chkdsk cannot lock the drive, a message appears that asks you if you want to check the drive the next time you restart the computer.
/V - On FAT or FAT32 volumes, displays the name of each file in every directory as the disk is checked.
/R - Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information. The disk must be locked. Includes the functionality of /f, with the additional analysis of physical disk errors.
/L:[size in KB] - Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Changes the chkdsk log file size to the number size you type. If you omit the size parameter, typing /L displays the current size.
/X - Forces the volume to dismount first, if necessary. All open handles to the drive are invalidated. Includes the functionality of /f.
/I - Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Performs a less vigorous check of index entries, which reduces the amount of time required to run.
/C - Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Does not check cycles within the folder structure, which reduces the amount of time required to run.
/B - Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Clears the list of bad clusters on the volume and rescans all allocated and free clusters for errors. Includes the functionality of /r.
/scan - Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Runs a online scan on the volume.
/forceofflinefix - Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Must be used with /scan switch. This will bypass all online repair and set aside (queue) for offline repair.
/perf - Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Must be used with /scan switch. Uses more system resources to complete a scan as a fast as possible.
/spotfix - Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Runs spot fixxing on the volume.
sdccleanup - Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Garbage collect unneeded security desciptor data. Includes the functionality of /f.
offlinescanandfix - Runs an offline scan and fix on the volume.

This concludes the CHKDSK Tutorial for Windows 8


My brother said his computer was lagging to he shut off his computer, and when he turned it back on, nothing would load; I turned the computer on and it logs into the user but none of the tiles will load. It takes me straight to a black screen with a bar at the bottom, and after about 45 seconds it brings up a window with the title "Microsoft Windows" and tells me its not responding, and asks to either end the process or wait - this doesn't allow clicks, it gives me the hourglass icon.

Ctrl+Alt+Del brings up the menu, and logging out/restarting hangs, clicking "Lock" successfully locks, but after clicking and logging in, it goes straight back to the black screen.

Pressing alt+tab brings up two-four windows but none of them have titles when filtering through

pressing f8 on start doesn't bring up safe mode (I'm used to windows 7)

pressing shift+f8 doesn't do anything either

Been having a weird problem recently. Only seems to happen when the computer has been unattended for some time.

When I go into any application where you (use the mouse) to select one item, several random items are selected all at the same time. In Thunderbird, for example, selecting one folder, selects 2 or 3. In explorer, selecting one item highlights many more; and when I click on Firefox (to re-open the window) it kicks off another instance of the program; clicking on a pinned tab (in Firefox), doesn't open it but protects/locks it instead.

Closing & restarting the progs fix it, but it affects every running program, so I usually end up rebooting the system.

Swapped the mouse & tried a different USB port. Doesn't happen very often but it still keeps happening.

Any ideas as to what's causing this ??

OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 32 bit Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E6700 @ 3.20GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10 Processor Count: 2 RAM: 3519 Mb Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4300/4500 Series, 512 Mb Hard Drives: C: Total - 99898 MB, Free - 28414 MB; D: Total - 1807727 MB, Free - 892196 MB; Motherboard: ASRock, G41M-S3, Avast! updated and Enabled

Hey guys! I just joined here and I'm having a major problem with my computer.

Two days ago I upgraded my desktop computer from Windows XP Home to Windows 7 Pro. I'm studying at University and was granted access to the OS through a website called MSDN, a place that offers free software to students in education here in the UK. I backed up all my XP files and installed the new Windows, all of which seemed to go pretty much perfectly at first.

My system works great when not connected to the Internet, however when I am connected it becomes plagued with constant freezing issues. I plug my computer into the University network via an Ethernet cable and have had no issues like this before with XP. I can also confirm it's not a network problem, as my flatmate two doors down also has Windows 7 installed with no issues what-so-ever.

When connected to the Internet, Windows Update and such seems to work fine and the majority of the time I'm able to view websites using Firefox, be it a bit slow compared to browsing the Internet on my XP based laptop (which I'm using right now to post this.) It's odd that the lock-ups seem to appear when accessing the Internet through programs like Steam and Windows Live Messenger.

It doesn't always happen straight away, but I'm pretty much 100% sure that if my Media Player begins downloading album artwork from the net or if I open more than one Firefox tab at a time, the system will crash. Everything stops working and the red loading light on the front of my system dies completely, forcing me to restart using the button on the front of the case. It's extremely annoying and it's pretty much preventing me from using my PC, everyone relies on the Internet too much these days, me included...

If this helps, my PC specs are:
OS: Windows 7 Pro
PSU: Arctic Power 500W PSU With PCI-E 2x SATA
Mobo: ASUS M3N78 PRO GeForce 8300 Socket AM2+
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9650 2.3GHz Socket AM2+
Memory: 2 x 2GB Corsair DDR2 PC26400 RAM
HDD: 1x 750GB Maxtor SATAII 7200rpm Internal Sorry to rant, any help would be much appreciated! I love the look and feel of Windows 7, I just wish these crashes would stop.

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