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Hi all

I know there is a thread running round with issues regarding Win 7 desktop not showing icons and the solutions to it.

However as the title says it, even CTRL ALT DEL don't work. Just shows me a black screen which fades back to a iconless desktop. Solutions regarding finding explorer.exe and running it to show desktop icons don't work either. Just pops out the explorer window showing the desktop....

And don't even start on right clicking desktop and select show icons.... cause that's the first thing I tried. System restore in safe mode yielded no results. Virus and malware scans turn up a clean bill. I'm only short of reformatting the pc, and I'm not even sure if I'm able to run the reformat from windows...

So I'm quite at a loss here.... typing the forum from my gf's mac....




2 external Maxtor usb drives plugged in when booting I get this message "a disk error has occurred hit ctrl alt del" and the machine a dell xps9100 win 7 64bit will not boot. if I unplug the drives it boots no problem. if I plu either one in I get this message. I tried plugging the drives into my laptop win 7 basic and it boots fine. anyone have a clue why this might happen?




After switching on computer win7 x32 receive the error RPLUD is compressed. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart
After switching on your computer received the error RPLUD is compressed. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart on a black screen with white writing when trying to boot into Windows.

Also tried to system restore by inserting win 7 disk but its also not happening.

I keep getting the following from all the restore points I try.

"System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer’s system files and settings were no changed.

Details:

System Restore failed to extract the file (C:) from the restore point. An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x8000ffff)

You can try System Restore again and choose a different restore point. If you continue to see this error, you can try an advanced recovery method. For more information, see What is Recovery?"

Have also tried to restore system in safe mode but same error occurring,
Please help.




Sorry, I've been looking around on google, wow, and nvidia forums all day. I have the Nvidia GeForce 6600, with the latest driver. My computer runs nice and smooth, even when I'm playing WoW, however... When I play WoW for about 5+ minutes, it crashes. I can't ctrl + alt +del or anything. I looked in the system event log to see if there were any errors recorded, none. Tried downgrading nvidia drivers, but most installations don't work on Windows 7.

I have Windows 7 64 bit, just installed it a few days ago. Everywhere I look, people are saying it's the nvidia driver. How are people running WoW on Windows 7 64 bit with Nvidia drivers and aren't having any problems? I've tried the first driver that'll work on Win 7 from Nvidia, doesn't work, all the way up to the latest driver, and it still doesn't work. This game works perfect in Vista and XP, but not Windows 7. I don't understand this, and everywhere I look is never a solution.

EDIT: Fixed. Well, finally after leaving the case opened, I realized it ran longer. So I checked the video card while the game was running, and the fan wasn't even spinning on the card. I took the card out and felt it, and realized it was getting overheated. I didn't think it'd still overheat with 2 fans already in there. The heatsink on the graphics card was hot as hell. There was a small little piece of chunk that was in the fan's way, and I had to remove it. After that, I started the computer back up and the fan came back on. After running WoW for about an hour, the video card wasn't even hot anymore.




I have now built 3 machines using Win7 and I noticed an interesting problem:

When installing on a machine that has more than one blank hard drive Win 7 seems to write some critical boot files to the second hard drive. I noticed that later if there are any issues with the second hard drive or it gets removed or reformatted all of a sudden there are boot problems even though Win 7 was only installed to the first (main, (C) hard drive). The error I get when booting is "Boot manager missing" "Press ctrl+alt+del to reboot". When this happens I have to run a repair install or worse re-install.

It seems weird that Windows would write anything to a drive other than the one being used as the C: drive that is where the install lives.

Also, I learned the hard way that if I am installing Win 7 on a system with 2 identical hard drives, especially 2 SSD's this is a bad idea because not only does the second drive get some critical files written to it but if I want to remove one of the drives later to be used in another machine, I have no idea which one the Windows install is physically located on since there are no indicator (activity) lights on the drives.

Anyway, maybe there is an obvious reason for the system files that I am not aware of since I am not a super geek when it come s to these things. For now I just start a system install with only one drive in the box. Then later I add the second and third hard drives.

I am just interested in knowing why Windows does this and if there is a solution so I can avoid a post install of the backup or secondary drives....

Thanks,

Dave




Hi!
I have an odd issue and I have tried to find any usefull info in the event logs already.

What happens is this:
When I boot my system, the system freezes when loading startup programs. I see wallpaper, taskbar and everything but it freezes there after about 20 seconds UNLESS i move the mouse constantly. So IF I move the mouse constantly when the system is loading then it is all fine and I can use the system for hours without any issues. This happens every thime I boot the system and don't move the mouse. The event log views a Kernel-power error but I believe this is the result of the forced shutdown I have to do when the system freezes. Note that pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del does not work, nothing works, it is frozen.

Any help is much appreciated. System specs can be shown below.

Motherboard: Asus M4A785TD-V EVO
CPU: Phenom 550 BE (not OC and not Unlocked, can be unlocked however...)
RAM: Corsair XMS 3 3 x 2 GB (6 GB in total)
Video: Ati HD4850
PSU: Corsair HX620
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12




I'm running a Dell Optiplex 390 with Win 7 64-bit. The VM stopped working for reasons unknown, and it now takes several minutes to try to open. It displays the message: Could not enable integration features. When I continue, I get a DOS box with the message: A Disk Read Error Occurred. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart. I've tried to use Tools to (Re)Install Integration Components but cannot do so. Clicking on Settings says that Integration Features are not available. Everything is checked but grayed out and cannot be altered. All I can do next is Hibernate or Turn Off or click Ctrl+Alt+Del to close the VM. I cannot get inside the VM. I had one program (worked in Win XP, 32-bit) in VM that was working just fine and that I still need to use. Any suggestions on how to recover?




I was going to go find these when another Forum Member beat me to it, LOL. Thanks for that!! Anyway, being the big, handy help that they are, I feel they should be a Sticky, though, not just sure in what section of our W8 Forum. Nor can I find or recall where his entry was or in what thread. So anyway, here they are & I humbly take no credit although I added some:

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8:
[WIN KEY] Open Metro Start Screen
Arrow (Direction) Keys will scroll through Start tiles
[WN KEY] >Desktop, (Can need tapping depending on location)
[Esc Key] (Once or twice) > Desktop
[WIN KEY] + C Open Charms bar
[WIN KEY] + I Desktop settings, quick access to power/shutdown/restart
[WIN KEY] + Snaps
grab an open window or an app, @ the top, take it left or right to Snap (split the screen).
[WIN KEY] + Up Arrow gives Full screen
[WN KEY] + Down Arrow back to original window state
[WIN KEY] + W Search Settings
[WIN KEY] + F Search Files
[WIN KEY] + D Go to Desktop anytime, from anywhere
[WIN KEY] + . Snap current app to right side
[WIN KEY] + Shift + . Snap current app to left side
[WIN KEY] + , Peek at the Windows desktop
[WIN KEY] + Q Search Apps (from Desktop)
[WIN KEY] + Z (from Start) Display app bar & ALL APPS icon > All Apps display
Rt Clk, when on Start, also, gives app bar w/ All Apps icon
[WIN KEY] + Enter Narrator
[WIN KEY] + K Devices
[WIN KEY] + L Lock Screen
[WIN KEY] + H Share options
[WIN KEY] + P Projector/Display options
[WIN KEY] + R Run a command
[WIN KEY] + U Ease of Access Center
[WIN KEY] + X Quick access to a variety of system functions
[WIN KEY] + PageUp/PageDown multiple monitors, swap which 1 the Start screen is on
[WIN KEY] + PrtScreen Save .png screenshot of desktop in Pictures library
[WIN KEY] + = Magnifier Larger
[WIN KEY] + - Magnifier Smaller
[WIN KEY] + Tab Gives LF Side Panel scroll through open windows (nicer than Alt + Tab)
Alt + Tab Scrolls through open windows
You can just hit Ctrl at the lock screen instead of dragging with the mouse.
Ctrl-Alt-Del Access to lock, switch user, sign out, Task Manager, power, accessibility

Mouse Tips for Windows 8:
• Move mouse to upper or lower right-hand of screen will open the Charms bar, slide mouse up or down to access.
• In Desktop app, click far right of taskbar to show desktop(minimize all apps), just like Windows 7
• Move mouse to upper-left, then slide cursor down to reveal running app thumbnails
• Move mouse to lower-left, then slide cursor up to reveal running app thumbnails
• Move mouse to upper-left and click mouse repeatedly to cycle through apps
• When in the "app thumbnail bar" (upper-left) right-click thumbnails for options to snap left/right or close app.
* Pull an open App to the bottom of the screen & it will close.
• Move mouse to lower-left and click for Metro Start menu (you can right-click it for a handy menu)
• Move mouse to top edge of screen in a Metro app and the cursor will change to a hand, drag
• down to the bottom of the screen to close the app.
• In Metro Start screen click button in lower-right to activate semantic zoom. You can right-click a group of tiles to name them. Click anywhere to exit semantic zoom. Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel zooms the Start Menu in and out too.
• Drag tiles anywhere to arrange them. Drag between two groups of tiles and a vertical thick white bar will appear,
dropping a tile on that bar will create a new group.

The menu one gets by Rt Clk @ the bottom-left... not only can you get that when @ Desktop but, also, when @ Start or any other screen, even an App screen.

Whilst @ Desktop, Start is @ bottom-left & Apps @ top-left
But, @ Start, Desktop is @ bottom-left, Apps @ top-left
And when @ an App, Desktop is @ top-left & Start is @ bottom-left

You can, also, Search by beginning to type anywhere on the Start screen

Start can be moved laterally by the mouse & w/out using the scroll bar.

Update 22-03-2012

This can only be done from open Desktop space but, that takes nothing away from its coolness!!
Alt+F4 gives

NB: Credit to Dave for this. Thank you.

Cheers,
Drew




So, it seems that after exiting ANY program that runs in full screen, I'm getting a black screen and a mouse pointer... and that's it. I noticed this first after running Media Center, but it happens when I tried the MAME video game emulator, and several other programs as well... I run it, I close, and it's a black screen from then on.

The only way I can bring the desktop back is to hit CTRL+ALT+DEL, which brings up the bluish menu screen for "log out, switch user, shut down, task manager"... then logging out and back in again. Selecting "Task Manager" on this screen just brings me back to the black again.

Using an ATI 3650 card and either the beta driver package, OR the MS supplied ones, from Update seem to do this. This is on an otherwise clean install of Win 7. Ironically, when I had first installed it as an upgrade, it did not do this.

Also, this isn't the "black screen on install" bug. I was able to install Win 7 without a hitch, twice now. This is after everything gets installed, and I go to run a program like MCE, and then close out of it. THEN this happens...

I will probably be opting for re-installing Vista 32 at this point... but before I do so... has anyone else had this happen, and fixed it somehow?




Hi All,

I have a single 500GB SATA HDD in my computer. (Rest of the specs are : 24x HP SATA DVD R/W, Intel C2D E7500 processor, Intel DG41RQI MoBo, Kingston 800 MHz 2GB RAM). When I first setup my hard-drive, I first installed "Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit" on D: drive then "Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit" on C: drive (some mis-communication between me and my brother).

The computer worked fine for about 2 months before I decided to "Compress drive to save disk space" on C: drive two days back. I issued the command and went away. On coming back I found my PC shut-down. When I powered it on again, it said
BOOTMGR is compressed.
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart.

I searched Internet for solutions. Tried some of them. To no avail. Please note that I used a recovery CD already prepared for the process.

Then I used "System Restore" from the System Recovery Options from the Recovery CD. Restore process was successful, but then I started receiving another even agonizing message
BOOTMGR is missing.
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart.

I again searched Internet, tried a few solutions, again to no use.

In despair, my bro installed Windows XP on a separate, unused partition backed up his stuff from D: drive. But I cannot do the same. I have to login into my Windows on C: drive to get my data back (mostly databases of the Web-sites and applications I am developing or have developed, which can be backed-up from the software concerned). I have backed up my codes though. Luckily I don't keep anything else on the Windows partition.

Sorry, getting personal. In the mean while I used the command "C:bootrec /ScanOs" and "C:bootrec /RebuildBcd". They say:
Successfully scanned Windows installations.
Total identified Windows installations: 0
The operation completed successfully.

When I run commands "C:bootrec /FixBoot" and "C:bootrec /FixMbr", they say
The operation completed successfully.

But I must say that when the recovery CD starts up initially (when it scans for installations of Windows), it does show that there are two installations of Windows on D: drive and C: drive in that order.

I have tried "expand bootmgr temp" sequence of commands. I have tried individually decompressing the compressing the folders that were decompressed. Everything again failed. (Notepad works from the Command Prompt in the "System Recovery Options" on the recovery CD. I was able to expand the compressed folders and take some backup from the Open or Save dialog box of the Notepad).

The "Startup Repair" option under "System Recovery Options" shows in its Log that no OS is installed".

Any ways here's the output of the command "C:bcdedit":

[COLOR="rgb(139, 0, 0)"]Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
path bootmgr
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {default}
resumeobject {4815cc3c-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
displayorder {default}
{4815cc3d-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 10

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {default}
device partition=D:
path Windowssystem32winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {4815cc42-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=D:
systemroot Windows
resumeobject {4815cc40-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
nx OptIn

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {4815cc3d-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
device partition=C:
path Windowssystem32winload.exe
description Windows 7
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
recoverysequence {4815cc3e-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot Windows
resumeobject {4815cc3c-6b60-11df-9403-ab5c0a4d15b4}
nx OptIn
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EVEN WORSE, I can boot from the Win 7 DVD, it loads files and when I click "Install Windows", it says :
A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB flash drive, please insert it now.

When I click OK, it again shows up a dialog saying:
No device drivers were found. Make sure that the installation media contains the correct drivers, and then click OK.

Now, I don't know where to find the drivers from and what drivers is it asking for.
So I cannot format my partition even if I want to.

My first booting device in BIOS is HDD, but changing it to my optical drive didn't make a difference.

I am still stuck in BOOTMGR is missing.

Any help please.




Hello.
i have a couple of Speed-link medusa usb headphones, and there seems to be no way of getting them to work properly in win 7 beta.
When i plug them in, Windows automaticly installs drivers. However, the channel mapping is totaly wrong.
First, it detects as 7.1 sound (with no other alternatives to go with), when its actually 5.1. The side channels have no sound of thier own, and the two back channels are crossed. as for the center/sub i cant really hear if they are crossed aswell.

I have also tried to install the manufacturers drivers for vista64, but when i try to open the "control-center" for the headphones, the computer seems to lock in some kind of loop, thinking really hard (heavy mouse lag, and unable to click anything, not even ctrl-alt-del works)

also, sometimes when i play music with wmp, there seems to be a strange dampening at lower-frequencies. i read in some other post about the speakers "stealing" sound from eachother. this seems to be non-existent when using media player classic.

It would really be nice to get these to work, as my onboard sound card has a cracked soundplug (for the second time), and i want to use headphones.

is there ANYone with a similar prob, please tell me.

ps.
please excuse bad english.

cheers.

Edit:
Heres my specs.
win7 build 7057
Acer travelmate 7520g
AMD turion tl-60 64 2ghz
4gb ram
radeon mobility hd2400xt




Hi Win 7 users.

Questions please; not sure if this has been asked in a previous life....

Is there a problem with the Windows 7 software and the i7 chip?

Does it make it work too hard and overheat?

I ask because I have a Tosh i7 A660 Satellite with Ultimate Windows 7 and Office 2007 32-bit (English) on a Japanese laptop. Live in Japan.

The only other software now is Google chrome (updated) and Norton 2011 (Updated)

Four months old and already had a new hard-drive on warranty.

Had to pull the power and battery out as frozen solid and Ctrl, Alt, Del doesnt work.

The laptop freezes up randomly during surfing interweb or in media player or anything really.

It usually happens ten times or so in a row; so I shut it off and later it works again.

Ran a thread here recently
Random persistent FREEZING in Windows 7 64-Bit on New i7 Toshiba laptop.

But thought this hardware forum might be useful to track down any options.

Many thanks if any good ideas emerge.

Hammer suggestions notwithstanding.




Why am I having so much trouble wrangling my virtual pc? I am NOT using XP Mode.

I have sporadic yet chronic trouble shutting it down.

I use my VPC almost every day -- sometimes it shuts down properly without a whimper, and the next time it just hangs with the "Shutting down the virtual machine" dialog. If I leave it, it simply sits there. I turn off my PC at night, so I need to close the VPC, too.

I'm willing to find out I'm doing something wrong. I've already determined that I should use Ctrl+Alt+Del to properly initiate the shutdown process (I was previously using "Close" -- also set to shutdown in the settings for this VPC). However, when I started doing that I immediately started getting messages that the local profile was unstart-able because another process had it in use, it's now locked, we're using a temp profile... So, in case my user hive was whacked, I restored from an earlier system save and started logging off first, to save my profile. But when logged off, I can't use Ctrl+Alt+Del, so I use Close after all.

I HATE VPC on Win 7 with hardware virtualization. I have a laptop that doesn't have hardware virt and so I'm able to install VPC 2007. It works flawlessly! Never an issue.

I've looked for instructions on how to deal with this but have come up short. I found a lot about how to set it up, but not a lot on how to use/maintain. Again, I am not using XP Mode. But I think I've learned that XP Mode requires a program on my guest O/S. Should I have this installed even if I'm just using Virtual PC?

How can get this under control? I can't afford to lose the data and programs I have on my VPC. I can't stop using the VPC. Can anyone help me get VPC to work? Are there any useful links out there?

Thanks! Kim




Good day to all.

I spent an unpleasant 5 hours or so last night fixing an 'Oops'. Its a long story, but I'll be as quick as I can.

My Win 7 Pro box has been stable for more than a year now. I purchased it as a complete machine (Intel quad core, 8GB RAM, single 1TB drive, DVD burner) just before Win7 was released - it came with Vista Home Premium. Even though the machine came with a voucher for Win 7 Home Premium, I had ordered several Win 7 licenses when Microsoft put them on sale back in July 2009 (months before the Win7 release date). And - I wanted to run Win 7 Pro on this machine anyway. Good thing I didn't wait for the Win 7 voucher to be fulfilled - that took about 14 weeks.

Upon receiving my shiny new Win7 licenses in the mail from Future Shop, I shrunk the Vista partition down to 50GB, added another 50GB partition for Win7, then a 3rd partition ~900GB) for data. At the same time, I added another 1TB drive for media storage. Had some teething problems that vanished when Nvidia released better Video drivers.

Basically hadn't touched the machine since then until a couple of month ago when I added a pair of 2TB drives (purchased just before the big price hikes). These are just a bunch of disks - no RAID. So: total of 4 drives in the box for a total of 6TB.

I should also mention that I had set the machine up to dual-boot both Vista and Win7. Win7 was the default OS selected after a 15 second delay.

Because the 1TB drive that I use to hold media was getting close to being full, I decided to move all that data to one of the empty 2TB drives. No problems at all.

Meantime, I'm building another Win7 box from new parts and a recycled case / PSU. Bought a reasonable mobo / CPU / RAM during the Black Friday sale and was just shocked at how expensive hard drives are now. Hmm - I've got an unused 1TB drive sitting in my working Win7 box. And: I had just purchased a new blue-ray burner that I wanted to install into my main Win7 Pro box anyway. So: I powered the box off and proceeded to pull the now unused 1TB drive and install the new burner. The mobo has 6 sata ports, so no problem.

Here's where I blew it (1st mistake of 3). The original hard drive (containing the OS) must have been plugged into the 2nd sata port rather than the first. I figured that out AFTER I got my machine running again. However, I didn't notice that at the time and plugged the OS drive into the 1st sata port. The original DVD burner had been installed in the last (6th) sata port when I rebuilt the machine originally - I added the blue-ray drive to the 5th sata port (was open). I pulled the extra 1TB drive out, then moved the 2TB drives down so that they were right next to the OS drive. That left the 4th sata slot open for future expansion.

Upon powering the machine up, it sat and did some heavy thinking (I'm saying to myself: "That's odd"), then proceeded to boot into Vista. No boot manager, no option to boot into Win7.

So: instead of just grabbing Easy BCD or even resetting the boot manager the old-fashioned way by booting into the Repair option from the Win7 installation disk, I did something really stupid. I went into Disk Manager (within Vista) and told it to set the Win7 partition to active.

Upon rebooting, I got the infamous 'NTLER is missing - press Ctrl Alt Del to reboot' message. Oh, hell, sez me. This is going to be so MUCH fun. I've fixed these problems before and it truly was not a fun time.

Booted into the Win7 Repair Console off the installation DVD. Tried the automatic repair option - it said that it recovered 2 Windows installations and did I want it to fix the problems automatically. Great, sez me. Maybe MS has automated all that stuff now.

No help. Worse than no help - the problem just got worse. Now the message on the screen says "A Disk Read Error Occurred".Great.

So: booted back into the repair console. Did all the bootrec stuff manually (fixmbr, fixboot, rebuild the boot manager). Nope - no change.

So: I did what I should have done first: Google it. And found THOUSANDS of hits. Hundreds of thousands of hits. Here was a problem that I had NEVER heard of previously and now I get to fix it.

However, there wasn't a real cure anywhere to be found. Lots of advice to just replace the hard drive (apparently that always fixes the problem), lots of things to do with bootrec within the Repair Console (I had already done all those) - not much real help at all.

However, one fairly common suggestion seemed off the wall: take an image of the drive just as it sits, wipe the partition, restore the image.

By this time, I had wasted at least 5 or 6 hours - much of that waiting for the machine to boot off that dammed Win7 Installation Disk. And I've got Acronis True Image Home boot disks hanging about (I own a whack of TIH licenses).

So: what the heck. Got nothing to lose. Boot from the Acronis TIH boot disk, save the Win7 partition to one of the mostly-empty 2TB drives. Since I was doing this anyway, also took fresh images of the Vista partition and the factory-installed recovery partition.

Powered the machine down and used a USB-sata adapter into my Win XP box to wipe the Win7 partition. Reconnected the drive to the mobo, powered back up into Acronis and restored the Win7 partition.

Fingers crossed. Toes crossed. Exit out of Acronis - and the machine boots up into the boot manager just like its supposed to. Selected Win7 - it boots!

Played with the machine for a while - its just like I hadn't messed with it (except for the missing 1TB drive). Yay!

So - powered the machine back off, reconnected the OS drive back to the Win XP box and blew off the Vista partition and the Win7 partition. For good measure, blew off the Vista Recovery partition as well. I really can't see going back to Vista .

Used Acronis TIH to again restore the Win7 image to the now double-size OS partition again and rebooted.

Works perfectly.

Summary: If you get an error message that says "A Disk Read Error Occurred" upon booting your Win7 computer, reach for your favorite Disk Image utility. Take an image of the OS partition, wipe the partition, restore the image. You will be finished fixing that problem 4 or 5 hours sooner than I was.

PS - I had mentioned at the start of this message that I figured out later that I probably moved the OS drive to a different sata port on the motherboard (from the 2nd port to the 1st). Why I think that is that when I went into the computer's BIOS settings, I noticed that first boot drive was the second entry in the table. In other words, the hard drive list contained 4 entries - one each for the 4 hard drives that were in the machine. The boot drive was the 2nd drive.

Had I noticed this BEFORE I had used the Vista Disk Management snapin to mess with the Win7 partition, I would have been done in 20 minutes. But I had booted the machine after messing with the drives and cables and it had booted straight into Vista. My big mistake was not just shutting the machine down and going into the BIOS to see what the computer thought the drive order should have been.

I won't be making that mistake again anytime soon.

dwayne




I was going to go find these when another Forum member beat me to it, LOL. Thanks for that!! So anyway, here they are & I humbly take no credit although I added some. I will only take full credit for adding them to our Lounge!!:

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8

[WIN KEY] Open Metro Start Screen
[WIN KEY] + C Open Charms bar
[WIN KEY] + I Desktop settings, quick access to power/shutdown/restart
[WIN KEY] + Snaps
[WIN KEY] + Up Arrow gives Full screen
[WN KEY] + Down Arrow back to original window state
[WIN KEY] + W Search Settings
[WIN KEY] + F Search Files
[WIN KEY] + D Go to Desktop anytime, from anywhere
[WIN KEY] + . Snap current app to right side
[WIN KEY] + Shift + . Snap current app to left side
[WIN KEY] + , Peek at the Windows desktop
[WIN KEY] + Q Search Apps (from Desktop)
[WIN KEY] + Z (from Start) Display app bar & ALL APPS icon > All Apps display
Rt Clk, when on Start, also, gives app bar w/ All Apps icon
[WIN KEY] + Enter Narrator
[WIN KEY] + K Devices
[WIN KEY] + L Lock Screen
[WIN KEY] + H Share options
[WIN KEY] + P Projector/Display options
[WIN KEY] + R Run a command
[WIN KEY] + U Ease of Access Center
[WIN KEY] + X Quick access to a variety of system functions
[WIN KEY] + PageUp/PageDown multiple monitors, swap which 1 the Start screen is on
[WIN KEY] + PrtScreen Save .png screenshot of desktop in Pictures library
[WIN KEY] + = Magnifier Larger
[WIN KEY] + - Magnifier Smaller
[WIN KEY] + Tab Gives LF Side Panel scroll through open windows (nicer than Alt + Tab)
Alt + Tab Scrolls through open windows
You can just hit Ctrl at the lock screen instead of dragging with the mouse.
Ctrl-Alt-Del Access to lock, switch user, sign out, Task Manager, power, accessibility

You can just hit Ctrl at the lock screen instead of dragging with the mouse.

Mouse Tips for Windows 8

• Move mouse to upper or lower right-hand of screen will open the Charms bar, slide mouse up or down to access.
• In Desktop app, click far right of taskbar to show desktop(minimize all apps), just like Windows 7
• Move mouse to upper-left, then slide cursor down to reveal running app thumbnails
• Move mouse to lower-left, then slide cursor up to reveal running app thumbnails
• Move mouse to upper-left and click mouse repeatedly to cycle through apps
• When in the "app thumbnail bar" (upper-left) right-click thumbnails for options to snap left/right or close app.
* Pull an open App to the bottom of the screen & it will close.
• Move mouse to lower-left and click for Metro Start menu (you can right-click it for a handy menu)
• Move mouse to top edge of screen in a Metro app and the cursor will change to a hand, drag
• down to the bottom of the screen to close the app.
• In Metro Start screen click button in lower-right to activate semantic zoom. You can right-click a group of tiles to name them. Click anywhere to exit semantic zoom. Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel zooms the Start Menu in and out too.
• Drag tiles anywhere to arrange them. Drag between two groups of tiles and a vertical thick white bar will appear,
dropping a tile on that bar will create a new group.

Edit: Added a few more items

Note: I wonder if this might deserve a Sticky to keep it on top???




I would appreciate anyone's comments on this. I was having issues in increasing the security of logons without exposing an admin account, or hiding it entirely from myself.

If you are using an admin user account to logon to Win 7, and want to increase your security, try these steps:

1. First, add a COMMAND.COM shortcut to your Start Menu. You will be able to right click|“Run as Administrator” in later steps and for other tasks.
2. Go to this website (thanks, Windows Secrets!”) to turn Ctrl-Alt-Del at logon on or off. Turn it on to increase security:
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;308226
3. Create a new user account with a new password having admin privileges. Give it a name such as your normal logon with “Admin” added to the end.
4. Reboot (a must) to implement this very basic, new admin account. It will include IE, and you need not bother with adding any other applications if you will use it mostly for computer management.
5. Your Logon screen will now have both your old admin account and your new admin account. Logon to the new account to make sure it is OK. This is important, because you are about to eliminate the admin privileges on your old user account and you could lock yourself out of your own computer if the new account has a glitch!
6. Go to Control Panel/Users and change your old account type from Administrative to Standard. Reboot.
7. Now you will have your original account (no longer with admin privileges) and your new admin account to choose from at logon. However, if you are like many people, you do not want everyone to see that this new admin account exists, let alone its name. You still want it available for UAC elevation, however, so you cannot go to Control Panel|Users and “hide” it. What to do?
8. For now, logon using your admin account, run regedit, and go EDIT|FIND, entering “dontdisplaylastusername”. When found, double click on it and change its value from “0” to “1”.
9. Reboot and logon using your regular account. Try to delete or change something requiring admin privileges – it should open a dialogue showing your admin username and require its password. So far so good, but…
10. If you try to change users or logoff and then logon to your admin user account, you will now get an “the user name or password is incorrect” message. What to do now?
11. When you need to do actual work as an admin (as opposed to simply elevating to admin for UAC purposes), then do the next step.
12. From your regular logon account, go to Start|Windows Command Processor (from Step 1) right click and “Run as an administrator”. Go EDIT|Find and enter “donotdisplaylastusername” . When found double click and change the value from “1” back to “0”’.
13. You can now logon to your admin account and resize partitions or other tasks requiring admin privileges.
14. When done reverse the value back again.

Note: This takes much longer to write up than it does to set up. By doing this, I now have the best of all worlds in Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I have the security of the old Windows NT CTRL-ALT-DEL logon; I no longer logon as an administrator to do non-administrative work, I still have UAC invoked and working as a Standard User, and I do not have my new admin user account visible at logon. The small price I pay for this is having to type in my user name and password at logon, having to make one small registry change at the outset, and then again only when I need to reverse it.

None of the above should be confused with Win 7’s built-in System Admin Account. Leave that untouched.




Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8:
[WIN KEY] Open Metro Start Screen
Arrow (Direction) Keys will scroll through Start tiles
[WN KEY] >Desktop, (Can need tapping depending on location)
[Esc Key] (Once or twice) > Desktop
[WIN KEY] + C Open Charms bar
[WIN KEY] + I Desktop settings, quick access to power/shutdown/restart
If on an APP, WinI gives THAT APP's Charm Bar
[WIN KEY] + Snaps
grab an open window or an app, @ the top, take it left or right to Snap (split the screen).
[WIN KEY] + Up Arrow gives Full screen
[WN KEY] + Down Arrow back to original window state
[WIN KEY] + W Search Settings
[WIN KEY] + F Search Files
[WIN KEY] + D Go to Desktop anytime, from anywhere
[WIN KEY] + . Snap current app to right side
[WIN KEY] + Shift + . Snap current app to left side
[WIN KEY] + , Peek at the Windows desktop
[WIN KEY] + Q Search Apps (from Desktop)
[WIN KEY] + Z (from Start) Display app bar & ALL APPS icon > All Apps display
Rt Clk, when on Start, also, gives app bar w/ All Apps icon
[WIN KEY] + Enter Narrator
[WIN KEY] + K Devices
[WIN KEY] + L Lock Screen
[WIN KEY] + H Share options
[WIN KEY] + P Projector/Display options
[WIN KEY] + R Run a command
[WIN KEY] + U Ease of Access Center
[WIN KEY] + X Quick access to a variety of system functions
[WIN KEY] + PageUp/PageDown multiple monitors, swap which 1 the Start screen is on
[WIN KEY] + PrtScreen Save .png screenshot of desktop in Pictures library
[WIN KEY] + = Magnifier Larger
[WIN KEY] + - Magnifier Smaller
[WIN KEY] + Tab Gives LF Side Panel scroll through open windows (nicer than Alt + Tab)
[WIN KEY] + Pause gives System window
Alt + Tab Scrolls through open windows
You can just hit Ctrl at the lock screen instead of dragging with the mouse.
Ctrl-Alt-Del Access to lock, switch user, sign out, Task Manager, power, accessibility

Mouse Tips for Windows 8:
• Move mouse to upper or lower right-hand of screen will open the Charms bar, slide mouse up or down to access.
• In Desktop app, click far right of taskbar to show desktop(minimize all apps), just like Windows 7
• Move mouse to upper-left, then slide cursor down to reveal running app thumbnails
• Move mouse to lower-left, then slide cursor up to reveal running app thumbnails
• Move mouse to upper-left and click mouse repeatedly to cycle through apps
• When in the "app thumbnail bar" (upper-left) right-click thumbnails for options to snap left/right or close app.
* Pull an open App to the bottom of the screen & it will close.
• Move mouse to lower-left and click for Metro Start menu (you can right-click it for a handy menu)
• Move mouse to top edge of screen in a Metro app and the cursor will change to a hand, drag
• down to the bottom of the screen to close the app.
• In Metro Start screen click button in lower-right to activate semantic zoom. You can right-click a group of tiles to name them. Click anywhere to exit semantic zoom. Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel zooms the Start Menu in and out too.
• Drag tiles anywhere to arrange them. Drag between two groups of tiles and a vertical thick white bar will appear,
dropping a tile on that bar will create a new group.

The menu one gets by Rt Clk @ the bottom-left... not only can you get that when @ Desktop but, also, when @ Start or any other screen, even an App screen.

Whilst @ Desktop, Start is @ bottom-left & Apps @ top-left
But, @ Start, Desktop is @ bottom-left, Apps @ top-left
And when @ an App, Desktop is @ top-left & Start is @ bottom-left

You can, also, Search by beginning to type anywhere on the Start screen

Start can be moved laterally by the mouse & w/out using the scroll bar.

This can only be done from open Desktop space but, that takes nothing away from its coolness!!
Alt+F4 gives Shutdown Options Window!!
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Cheers,
Drew
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