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Ever since installing Windows 7 my desktop icons have move by themselves. They 'shift' one position each time I boot or reboot. It's not all the icons though, it's like a section of them that will move each time.

Does anyone know how to stop this as I would like to keep the position of them but it is literally impossible.
Right now I have a huge gap in my icons and they are spread from left to right and I'm sure that in a few weeks will be touching the other side of my desktop.

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
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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.

Every now and then after moderate computer use (no one or two particular apps), my desktop icon positions are locked... only a reboot will allow me to move them around again. Any thoughts?


yesterday after rebooting, all my view setting got crazy!

here are the list of changes that made:

*no wallpaper on desktop, only icons and taskbar on black wallpaper.
*cannot add or change wallpaper, even default win7. without any error massege
*clear type got uncheked in view setting
*cannot see large thumbnails in folders. its show empty , and not pics preview (only on large thumbnails)
*even in view customise (where you change the wallpaper,colors..) i dont see windows 7 themes. all black.

i scan for viruses and maleware. i try to made a system restore, try to reinstall video card driver.
i even tried to return the folders i move before.

what i do before rebooting?
*move some private folders to my external hd. absolutely not system folders.
*move the folder that contain my active wallpaper.(i didnt save the theme, and after i move some pics folder (that had the active wallpaper pic), and rebooting all got crazy).
*install norton ghost, seagate manager, comado cleaner, foldersizes.

windows 7 ultimate 86X

here some pics to understand the damage:


Can someone explain why there are three start menus??
1. All Users
2. Profile
3. under ProgramData

I understand the reason for one under All Users and each profile - What I don't understand is why some entries are duplicated in each.

I don't understand the ProgramData Start Menu and why Administrative Tools must be in that folder to appear on the Start Menu. It doesn't appear that Games must be in that folder to appear on the Start Menu - but I haven't rebooted since I changed it.

Also, when I moved Administrative tools from my profile to the ProgramData folder it appeared on the Start Menu immediately.
When I made changes to the Games folder, the changes appeared immediately on the All Programs menu but not on the Start Menu.

I also do not understand why, after a clean install, if I rename an icon on the desktop it disappears. Ctrl Z gets it back, and I keep forgetting how I permanently fix it so it doesn't do that any more, but it has to do with what Desktop folder it is in or where it is located. However, at this point I only have ONE desktop folder that has been moved to my D: drive, and ONE desktop shortcut in All Users - other than the templates in Default.

thx for some insight.

OK, here's my problem. I've seen others that are similar but not exactly what I'm experiencing.

Here are my system specs.
Windows 7 Ultimate (32-bit)
Emachines M6809 (laptop)
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
2GB Ram
160GB HD

I've had this laptop for about 5 years. Its always been a workhorse and was marketed as a desktop replacement. Wasn't designed for Windows 7 but runs great through benchmarks, and scores a 3.9 on Windows Experience Index where my wifes 2 year old Dell laptop scores a 3.1 on Windows Ultimate.

So here's my problem. I work with Adobe Photoshop CS4, Dreamweaver, Premeir Pro video editing), etc. Not the fastest machine but it does the job quite well. I had some previous work that I had completed and saved to an external USB drive (Seagate FreeAgent Pro). It was an 8GB set of files that I used WinRar to compress down to just under 6GB. The compression took awhile but completed fine.

When it was done I started to move the 6GB zip file from the external drive to my laptop. Everything started out fine and ran for about 3-5 minutes. Suddenly I noticed that the screen flickered then all of my desktop icons went away. The desktop background stayed on for about 10-15 secs then it BSOD. Started writing to the dump files then crashed and rebooted. After that is says No Operating System Found....
I have tried using the Windows 7 install disk to repair but it says it can't be repaired.

This very same issue happened to my wifes Dell about 5-6 months ago when transfering a folder with a bunch of pictures in it (about 2GB). I had to do a complete reinstall of Windows 7 Ultimate on her machine. I really want to avoid that experience again.

Please help! What can I do now? I have important files that I want to recover from that drive.

Thanks in advance!!!

(I tried fixboot, fixmbr, from the command promt in the repair console - still no luck)

Sorry about the long title but I wasnt sure how else to describe it. I'm running a Dell Dimension 5100c with a new 320gb sata hd and a gig of ram. has a intel p4 3.20 dual core processor. Basicly, after I install windows 7 and get my drivers all good, everything is fantastic. no problems what so ever. once I go onto windows update and update with some of those there, windows 7 starts acting weird. Control panel's start getting corrupted, such as my power options. Only showing slider bar in the middle of the panel and some other check box's that do not have a purpose. Many programs, such as my sound card tray app, mmc, and mspaint do not run anymore giving error "the application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000142)". The only third party software installed is Google chrome, which after the update also corrupts and super small font and is red all over (I do not have a screen shot of this). Also, After updating the reliability is non existent. Sometimes it will remain stable for 12+ hours, sometimes no more than seconds after starting up. sometimes it will hang after boot, just before the welcome screen. another odd thing is that sometimes it will let me click on the start menu and that'll freeze solid but i can still click on the desktop but as soon as i click on any icon, that freezes up and then shortly after the mouse stops moving. I figured it was due to a bad harddrive so I tried another 320gb i had and same results. So to recapp, If i stay away from windows update the OS remains stable and there isn't any corruption. Once I update and reboot, all hell breaks loose. I've done this twice so far, leaving 12 hours in between. (ex: 12hours pre update, 12 after, format, 12 before, 12 after) Anyone else experiencing these issues?

PS: this was on 64bit RC 7100 build. Redownloading and going to reinstall with a fresh ISO to ensure that was not the problem.

The title to this post sums up exactly what has happened to me. I installed Windows 7 beta on a private partition of my hard drive. It was my first time installing a secondary operating system, but I had confidence I knew what I was doing. When I rebooted, I entered Windows 7 and it worked. When I rebooted in Vista it worked.

Then, after my second day of using both Operating Systems without flaw, Vista's explorer ceased functioning correctly. I can open windows and move icons around my vista desktop, but am unable to to close, maximize, minimize, or right click on the taskbar title for the program and close it. Everything within windows explorer works, including moving through folders and opening files, but I cannot move my windows or close them. All programs still correctly function within the explorer windows. The only way to close the windows is using the task manager.

As far as I know there is no overlap between the two operating systems. They are on their separate partitions with separate folders for their files. The only crossover is that I have a Windows 7 programs folder within my partition set aside for programs. Additionally, I have many of my programs (such as firefox) in both operating systems to download to my data partition.

The programs should not overwrite each other because they are in different folders for different operating systems despite being on the same partition. Data doesn't overwrite itself either (unless you're saving with the same name) when sharing the same partition.

Has anyone else experienced a similar problem with Vista's explorer.exe after the installation of Windows 7? If so, have you remedied it and what does your partition look like? If you do not have this problem, but think you might have some insight into it, please share. I'm willing to listen.

P.S. I have Vista Ultimate 32 bit OS and WIndows 7 64 bit. Would this cause a problem? My hardware supports both.

Hey there.

Been running Windows 7 RC x64 for around a week now and so far it's been working great.

But today when I started the pc the OS booted normally but when it got to the desktop it hanged. I could move the mouse around but the cursor was the standard "spinning circle" when it was over the taskbar and everywhere else it was the normal white arrow. I couldn't click the Start button nor anywhere (right-click included).

Also the usual stuff that runs at startup like COMODO Firewall and Avast! that I use didn't start either because I could not see any of the usual icons in the notification area of the taskbar (only the clock was showing).

I waited for some good 10 minutes but nothing happened and had to press the reset button on the pc case for it to reboot. It rebooted, got the notice saying Windows did not ended normally and tried to start Windows normally. Same thing, it froze at the desktop the same way. I then tried to reboot in Safe Mode and I could got in Windows ok that way. After that rebooted again in normal mode and this time Windows started normally again like nothing had happened

I just wanted to ask if anyone else experienced this situation? Searched the web but didn't find any specific answers for this. You guys think it can be COMODO causing it, since it seems to be always the first startup app windows 7 runs (im running CIS 3.9 x64)?

I also went to the Event Viewer and managed to track down the time when the situation above happened the first time to me and I found out that a specific error started to occur at a given moment and got repeatedly logged every 1 minute until I did the hard reset on the pc. The error message is:
"A timeout (30000 milliseconds) was reached while waiting for a transaction response from the eventlog service."

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks in advance.

Hmmm, seems it really may be COMODO... and seems they may have already fixed it according to this:

Quote: "509 addresses system freezes and BSODs some users may be experiencing. You do not need to reinstall anything. Automatic update will do this simple update for you."

Hope this solves my situation *fingers crossed*

I have been battling this network printer issue since 7000 became available. This may work with other brands of printers as well.

I am currently running 7022. I have an HP LaserJet 1018 connected locally via USB. Printing locally worked fine. The problem was trying to get remote machines printing to it over the network. After many attempts, trial and error, this is what finally worked.

I have two workstations running Windows 7022. Both were configured as "Work" networks, both in "Workgroup" workgroup. The important thing here is to disconnect your printers before you begin the Windows 7 installation. Once complete, Install the printer using your original printer installation CD that came with the printer. In my case it was the HP installation disk. Run this as adminstrator in Vista Compatability mode.

HP's installation requires you to leave the printer unplugged until it asks to plug it in. This was a bit buggy for me as I plugged in the printer (USB) when it asked but it just sat there scanning for new device. I clicked cancel and the drivers actually installed at this point continuing with the installation, odd. Once complete, I printed a test page OK

Next I disabled Windows Firewall (Private) completely. Ya I know but it was the only way I could get printing to work over the network. I would guess an exception can be made but not real good with windows firewall exceptions

Next I enabled the following: Network Discovery and File and Print Sharing under private network. (These options are located under Network and Sharing then in the left pane click "Change advanced sharing settings)
Next I created a folder called c:new folder and then shared this giving full control to "Everyone"
Next I shared the printer making sure "Everyone" had "Print" access. (permissions button)

Reboot Workstation

Once I rebooted I checked the event logs and received this error:
"The print spooler failed to share printer HP Laserjet 1018 series with shared resource name HP Deskjet F4100 series. Error 2114. The printer cannot be used by others on the network."
I have not found a solution for this error but was still able to print. Read on.

Moving to the remote Windows 7 workstation now, I made sure network discovery was enabled. I then doubled click network icon on the desktop (you can add this to your desktop by right clicking anywhere on your desktop and choosing "Personalize". Once opened, in the left pane click "change desktop icons" and then tick the Network box and click ok. It should now be on your desktop)

You should now see the primary Windows 7 workstation (printer workstation) listed. Double click to open it. You should now see your shares, the folder that you shared called new folder and then your printer. Right click on New Folder and select map a network drive. Tick both check boxes (Reconnect at logon" and "Connect using different credentials"), click finish. Now click " use another account" and enter username and password from primary workstation (printer workstation) that you normally login with.
Tick the "Remember my credentials" checkbox. click Ok. It should open and you should see the contents of this shared folder which is empty.

Now open Network (icon) again from your desktop and you see the New Folder and and Shared Printer again. Double click to open the Printer. It should now say connecting to printer, taking some time to install the printer driver from the other computer. At this point it should then open the print queue that is empty. Your printer is now added in your Hardware devices and set to default printer. Open your hardware devices right click on printer, choose printer properties and print test page. It should now print.

During all of my previous installs I left the printer connected during Windows 7 installation which windows found and installed. I suspect a driver issue with the windows driver for the hp printer. It is possible you can download the driver from the printers website but I did not have much luck with just the DRIVER download. I needed the setup wizard which asked me to plug in the printer at a certain point.

One other tip to try if you still have problems. On the remote workstation, click to add a new printer and make it local even though it is not connected. When asked which type of printer (list) select Have Disk and then point to the driver files from your installation cd (or if you downloaded them, make them available on the remote printer and point to this location) Finish the printer setup, then open Hardware Devices and delete the printer. Although you deleted the printer the drivers are still installed. Try the above steps again to print

Well, if you are having similar printing issues over your network, give this a try and hopefully it will work for you as well.


Sometimes when I hit ctrl alt delete to lock my computer the screens go black and when I hit escape, my desktop comes back but the monitors and resolution get all messed up. My primary monitor and secondary monitor will switch places, but the taskbar will remain on the same monitor. Monitor 1 has the taskbar and all the icons and is at 1280x1024 (normal). Monitor 2 will be at a resolution of 800x600 (should be same as Monitor 1) and to move the mouse from Monitor 1 to Monitor 2 I have to go off the left hand side of Monitor 1 and not the right hand side like it's supposed to be. The only way to fix this is to reboot. Once rebooted everything is normal again. Both monitors are at 1280x1024 and in the correct positions. This happens about every 10th time I hit ctrl alt delete.

I thought it was a driver or video card issue so I swapped video cards. The first card that was in there was an ATI card and when this started happening I switched to an nVidia card. I had all the updated drivers, but it still keeps happening. It is happening a little less now that I am using the nVidia card.

I have searched everywhere for this and have not come up with anything. Both of us here at work are running Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 and we both have the same issues.

Just my personal experience...

I'm certainly no PC or internet newbie. And I've been online before there was even a well-known "internet", using CompuServ in it's earliest days, and BBS's before that. I know how to avoide email virii, various scams, and can spot a virus "hoax" a mile
away. I have a home network, behind a firewall/router, and routinely run ZoneAlarm, Norton AV, AdAware, SpyBot S&D, and have used various pop-up blockers, currently relying on the one built into the Google Toolbar.

In spite of all this, twice within the last month my system has been compromized by my doing nothing more than clicking a web link on what appeared to be trustworthy sites. Just a couple days prior to the SCOB scare, I was surfing around looking for info
on digital cameras. After clicking some link, suddenly the screen began filling with popups (in spite of the Google popup blocker), and then the system froze. Upon rebooting, I found my desktop wallpaper had been replaced by an active desktop page to a "
security" software site, and the CPU was pegged at near 100%. After about 9 hours, and multiple passes with various tools, I found I that along with the desktop hijack, I had been infected with Backdoor.Jeem, several adware programs, and the nefarious Coo
lWebSearch. I lost a whole day tracking down and removing all traces of this.

This Sunday, an identical episode occurred...searching Google for info on injector razors. One of the links I clicked on took me to another site that had some "consolidated" links regarding my search. About the 5th link I clicked on there suddenly put a
couple of popups on the screen, and one looked like a normal permissions screen, asking if I wanted to install something-or-other from "Slotch.Com". Of course I didn't...but I paused for a minute to look over that window, as it didn't look quite right. T
he layout of the "Yes" and "No" buttons, and a couple other things, didn't appear genuine. I actually felt that clicking anywhere on that window was a bad idea, so I just closed down all browser windows. I also shut down the system, and then I decided th
at considering my experience from a couple weeks earlier, I better check things out thoroughly.

I unplugged the network cable, and booted to safe mode. First I ran CWShredder, which found 4 instances installed. I then ran Spybot S&D, which found 40 suspicious files/entries, and deleted those. Then I ran Norton AV, which found 57 bad hits. It was
only able to delete 37 of them, so I had to manually right down the name and location of each file/registry entry and attempt to get rid of them. After working through all this, I reconnected to the network and booted up normally. During the course of th
is, I also discovered that two programs called PowerScan and Sidebar T-Search, or something like that, had been installed, and as neither had any uninstall or entry in Add/Remove programs, I had to manually get rid of those.

I wanted to go to the Symantic site and see what other info might be available for some of the things it found. After booting up, I decided to use Mozilla Firefox to go to the site, as I had installed that after the previous problem, and thought I might b
e a little safer till I was sure the machine was clean. But when I clicked on the Firefox desktop icon, it couldn't find the program...sure enough, the entire Firefox folder and install was gone. Sneaky move on the spyware's part! I still had the Firefo
x install package on the system, so I reinstalled, and went out to the Symantec site. I went to a couple more site with Firefox and then shut the system down.

I started it up a little later, and once again, clicking on the Firefox icon said it couldn't locate the program...and again, the entire folder and install was gone. So something was still on the system, and deleting Firefox apparently at will. I ran HiJ
ack This! and noticed a new BHO listing that pointed to a DLL I hadn't seen before, something like bvm202.dll. I went and looked at the properties of that DLL, and it had been created that day, at the same time all the problems started. So I booted to sa
fe mode again, deleted the DLL, and deleted all references to in from the Registry. Reinstalled Firefox again, and now it seems to be staying, so I'm not sure if that was the problem or not.

In any event, I probably lost almost 20 hours of time over the two incidents. I'm still not 100% confident of the machine's status at this point. Numerous bad things got installed in each instance, and with me doing no more than clicking a web
both cases, I did not attempt to download or install anything, I did not give permission for installation, and I had firewalls and AV products active at the time, along with "supposed" popup blockers, and I was not doing or visiting anything "shady" that I
shouldn't have been. Yet all of this did nothing to stop these incidents from occurring.

Point is, IE is simply allowing way to much damage to occurr with little or no action on the end-users part. It should never allow something to be installed on my system without my explicit permission. I do not understand how this has happened, as I didn
't think it was even possible for things like this to occurr without me doing SOMETHING to initiate it. If clicking on a web link is all it takes, then quite clearly the IE browser is useless.

So now I'm back to using Firefox. We'll see how this goes. In any event, MS needs to completely redesign it's security model for this thing, as right now I wouldn't trust it to go to MS's own website.

This is going to be quite a post, but here goes nothing:

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

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

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

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

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

Problem event name: StartupRepairOffline

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

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

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

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

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

Configuration - W2K SP4 (V5.00.2195), Dell Inspiron

Mistakenly, I clicked OK to restore a previous registry. However, when I rebooted the system, I chose "Last Known Good Configuration" figuring that it would restore the configuration prior to the previous registry restore.

Now, Windows boots, renders the desktop icons correctly, including an install I performed today, tells me that a Symantec link is not good and displays the Office Shortcut toolbar (which I had disabled before). The major problem is that neither the keyboard nor the mouse are responding - AFTER WINDOWS STARTS. During the bootup process, the keyboard works fine, i.e., I can use F8 to display the bootup options, use the arrow keys to move through them and press Enter to select one. After that - keyboard and mouse appear to be dead.

I fear that I have a hybrid registry configuration of the restored one and the LKGN.

Any suggestions other than the rebuild 2000 one - I hope, I hope.


I have several things going on right now and would appreciate any help/advice that any of you have.
Started with Firefox 5.0 opening my normal tabs and then opening additional tabs with a very strange page name. (Firefox can't find the file at /C:/Program Files (x86)/Mozilla Firefox/W¨‘ÂÒמ߬¤ïžìWv¥YH´®ªï]ã9v€Õ°pÎ%0C ï½Q2) Uninstalled and reinstalled Firefox with no help. Uninstalled again and got rid of all personal settings, add-ons etc. Didn't seem to help. Then the next time I tried, the tabs weren't popping up anymore. Now they are again.

Can only do a couple of things while on the computer, such as opening email and opening up/using Firefox. After a little while, I get continual "Not Responding" on pages and anything else I try to open, even things like a word document, will not open.

Trying to "shut down" or "restart" will take a very long time for the desktop icons to go away, then eventually the wallpaper will be gone and I am left with a black screen with my cursor on it. But I can do NOTHING there except move the cursor around. In order to reboot, I have to press and hold the power button to force a shutdown. Of course when I restart, I get the message that my computer shutdown abnormally the last time. But this is the only way I can shut down and/or restart. I have also pulled the battery and let it sit overnight without it, but that didn't seem to help.

I have NOT clicked on any links, web pages, etc. I was using the computer in my truck and when I brought it inside, all this started happening. (I have used it in my truck for a LONG time, nothing new here) I am typically pretty computer savvy and do know the things to do and not do. I think that's one reason why this problem is frustrating me so much.

I have installed and run Malwarebytes which found a few things; my Trend Micro antivirus found and deleted 2 trojans and a cycbot. I also have installed and run superantispyware , all of these things done at the recommendation of others when trying to fix the Firefox issues.

Does anyone have any ideas?

Back when I had version 7229, something really frustrating would often come up. A random application I was using would stop responding. I didn't think much of it because I thought, well it's pre-rtm so there's bound to be some problems, right?
Well, after adding a second monitor, the freezes began to increase in number. Sometimes I would have 3 things freeze at once, including the start menu, so i had to force reboot and start all over again.
Then the RTM came out. I was excited. I went and got a copy, and installed it to see if it would fix my problems. It was fine, for 3 days, and then it started happening again, with increased ferocity.... For example, this morning, I had several apps open (Safari, Thunderbird, iTunes, Notepad, Adobe Reader, etc.) and they all "stopped responding" one after another, sometimes even before I clicked on their icon in the taskbar. Then the taskbar froze. Then the desktop even froze. the only thing I could do was move the mouse, and whenever I clicked on something the whole thing would freeze up
so... any ideas?

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Windows 7

and Ubuntu, despite their opposing missions, can get along like best pals on a single computer. Here's how to set up a dual boot system that lets you enjoy the best of both worlds in perfect harmony.

By default, Windows 7 takes over your boot-up process and wants to be your only OS, and Linux treats Windows like a weekend hobby you keep in a shed somewhere on your hard drive. But I've been dual-booting Ubuntu and some version of Windows 7 for nearly a year, and I've learned a lot about inconveniences, annoyances, and file-sharing necessities, and now I'll walk you through how to set up your systems to achieve a peaceful union of your dual-boot OSes. (Both with Windows 7 already installed, and with a clean system ready for a new dual-OS existence.)
Follow through this guide, and I'll explain how to rebuild a system from the ground up with Windows 7 and Ubuntu, with either a backed-up and cleaned-out hard drive (recommended) or Windows 7 already installed. When we're done, you can work and play in either operating system, quickly and conveniently access your documents, music, pictures, and other files without worry or inconvenience, and boot into either system without having to worry about whether Windows is going to get mad at you. Plus, when Ubuntu 10.04 or Windows 8 come along, you'll find it much easier to install either one without having to start over entirely from scratch.

What you'll need

Windows 7 installation disc: For clean installations, either a full installation copy or an upgrade disc is needed. If you own an upgrade disc but want to start from scratch, there's a way to do a clean install with an upgrade disc, though that's a rather gray-area route. Then again, there's probably not a person on this earth that doesn't have a licensed copy of XP or Vista somewhere in their past.Ubuntu 9.10 installation image: You can grab an ISO at, or hit "Alternative download options" to reveal a (usually very fast) BitTorrent link. You'll want to get the ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.iso download for 32-bit systems, or ubuntu-9.10-desktop-amd64.iso.torrent for 64-bit on AMD or Intel systems (despite the name).Blank CD or empty USB drive: You'll need one of these for burning the Ubuntu ISO, or loading it for USB boot. If you're going the thumb drive route, grab UNetBootin for Windows or Linux, plug in your USB drive, and load it with the downloaded ISO image.All your data backed up: Even if you're pulling this off with Windows 7 already installed and your media and documents present, you'll want to have a fallback in case things go awry. Which they shouldn't, but, naturally, you never know.Free time: I'd reckon it takes about 2 hours to pull off two OS installs on a clean system; more if you've got a lot of data to move around.

Setting up your hard drive

If you've got nothing installed on your system, or you've got your data backed up and you're ready to start from scratch, you're in a great position--skip down to the "Partition your system" section. If you've got Windows already installed, you can still make a spot for Ubuntu, though.

(Only) If Windows is already installed: You're going to "shrink" the partition that Windows 7 installed itself on. Before we do that, clean out any really unnecessary applications and data from your system (we like Revo Uninstaller for doing this). Also, open up "Computer" and take note of how much space remains on your main hard drive, presumably labeled "C:". Head to the Start menu, type "disk management" into the search box, and hit Enter.

Windows 7 probably put two partitions on your hard drive: one, about 100 MB in size, holding system restoration data. We don't want to touch it. Right-click on the bigger partition to the right, and choose Shrink Partition.

After a little bit of hard drive activity and a "Please wait" window, you'll get back the size you can shrink your Windows partition by.

If the space Windows offers doesn't jibe with what your Computer view told you was "remaining," you might need to hit Cancel, then head back and defragment your hard drive, and take some of the steps laid out by the How-To Geek. Run the Disk Management tool again and try a Shrink Volume operation again, and free up as much space as you can.

Partition your system: You're aiming to set up a system with three partitions, or sections, to its hard drive: One lean partition for the Windows operating system and applications running from it, another just-big-enough partition for Ubuntu and its own applications, and then a much larger data partition that houses all the data you'll want access to from either one. Documents, music, pictures, application profiles—it all goes in another section I'll call "Storage" for this tutorial.

How do you get there? We're going to use GParted, the Linux-based uber-tool for all things hard drive. You could grab the Live CD if you felt like it, but since you've already downloaded an Ubuntu installer, you can simply boot a "live," no-risk session of Ubuntu from your CD or USB stick and run GParted from there. Once you're inside Ubuntu, head to the System menu in the upper left when you get to a desktop, then choose the Administration menu and GParted under it.

You'll see your system's hard drive and its partitions laid out. You're going to create partitions for Linux and your storage space, but not Windows—we'll let the Windows installation carve out its own recovery partition and operating space. On my own system, I give Windows 15 GB of unallocated space, and Ubuntu another 15 GB of space right after it, with whatever's left kept as storage space. Then again, I've only got a 100 GB hard drive and don't run huge games or applications, so you can probably give your two operating systems a bit more space to grow.
Click on the unallocated space and hit the "New" button at the far left. In the "Free space preceding" section, click and hold the up button, or enter a number of megabytes, to leave space for Windows at the front. When you've got the "space preceding" set, set the actual size of the Ubuntu partition in the "New Size" section, and leave "Free space following" alone. Choose "unformatted" under file system—we'll let Ubuntu do the format itself and hit "Add." Back at the main GParted window, click on the space to the right of your two OS spaces, hit "New" again, and set the file system as "ntfs." Give it a label like "Storage," hit "Add," and at the main GParted window, hit the checkmark button to apply your changes. Once it's done, exit out of GParted and shut down the system from the pull-down menu in the upper-right corner.

If Windows is already installed: If you've shrunk down its partition for free space and booted into a live Ubuntu or GParted, click on the "Unallocated" piece next to the two "ntfs" partitions that represent your Windows 7 installation and system recovery tools. Create a 15(-ish) GB unformatted partition, and give it a label like Ubuntu. If you've got a good deal of space left, format it as "ntfs" and label it something like "Storage." If you can just barely fit the Ubuntu partition, you can just keep your media files in the Windows partition—until you can remedy this with a full wipe-and-install down the line.

Experienced Linux geeks might be wondering where the swap space is going—but don't worry, we'll create one, just not in its own partition.

Installing and configuring Windows

Grab your Windows 7 installation disc—either a full copy or modified upgrade disc, and insert it into your DVD drive. If your system isn't set up to boot from CD or DVD drive, look for the button to press at start-up for "Boot options" or something similar, or hit up your system maker's help guides to learn how to change your boot order in the BIOS settings.
Follow through the Windows 7 installation, being sure to choose "Custom" for the installation method and to point it at that unallocated space we created at the beginning of your hard disk, not the NTFS-formatted media/storage space we made earlier:

Work your way through the Windows 7 installation, all the way until you reach the Windows desktop. Feel free to set up whatever programs or apps you want, but what we really want to do is set up your Storage partition to house your pictures, music, video, and other files, and make your Libraries point to them.
Hit the Start menu, click Computer, and double-click on the hard drive named "Storage" (assuming you named it that earlier). In there, right-click and create new folders (or hit Ctrl+Shift+N) for the files you'll be using with both systems. I usually create folders labeled Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos—I could also see folders for saved games and data files from big software packages. Copy your media files into these folders now, if you'd like, but we've got a bit more tweaking to pull off.
In the left-hand sidebar, you'll see your "Libraries" for documents, music, pictures, and video. At the moment, they point to your Public shared folders and the My Pictures-type folders on your main Windows drive. Click once on any of the Libraries, and at the top of the main panel, you'll see text stating that this library "Includes: 2 locations ...". Click the blue text on "2 locations," then click on each of the folders below and hit "Remove" on the right-hand side. Now hit "Add" and select the corresponding folder on your Storage drive. Do the same for all your music, pictures, videos, and other media folders.

Want to add another library for quick access? Right-click somewhere on the desktop, choose New->Library, and follow the steps.
That's about it for Windows. Now get your Ubuntu CD or USB stick ready and insert it in your system. Ignore whatever auto-play prompts appear, and restart your system.

Installing and configuring Ubuntu

Restart your computer, this time booting from your Ubuntu Live CD or USB boot drive. When your system boots up, choose your language, select "Try Ubuntu without any changes to your computer," and you'll boot into a "live" desktop, run entirely off the CD or USB stick. Once you're booted up, try connecting to the internet from the network icon in the upper-right—it helps during the installation process, ensures your network is working, and gives you something to do (Firefox) while the system installs.
Click the "Install" link on the desktop, and fill out the necessary language/location/keyboard info (most U.S. users can skip through the first 3 screens). When you hit the "Prepare disk space" section, select the "Specify partitions manually" option, then hit Forward. Select the free space that's after your first two Windows partitions with ntfs formats, then hit the "Add" button at bottom. Your partition should already be sized correctly, and the only thing to change is set "/" as a mount point. Here's what your screen should look like:

Click OK, then finish through with the Ubuntu installation. If it catches your Windows 7 installation, it might ask if you want to import settings from inside it—you can, if you'd like, but I usually skip this. Wait for the installation to finish, remove the CD or thumb drive, and reboot your system.

When you start up again, you'll see a list of OS options. The only ones you need concern yourself with are Windows 7 and the top-most Ubuntu line. You can prettify and fix up this screen, change its settings, and modify its order later on. For now, let's head into Ubuntu.

We're going to make the same kind of folder access change we did in Windows. Click up on the "Places" menu, choose "Home Folder," and check out the left-hand sidebar. It's full of links to Documents, Pictures, and the like, but they all point to locations inside your home folder, on the Linux drive that Windows can't read. Click once on any of those folders, then right-click and hit Remove.

You should see your "Storage" partition in the left-hand sidebar, but without that name—more like "100GB filesystem." Double-click it, type in the administrator password you gave when installing, and you'll see your Documents, Music, etc. Click and drag those folders into the space where the other folders were, and now you'll have access to them from the "Places" menu, as well as any file explorer window you have open.
Ubuntu won't "mount," or make available, your Windows 7 and Storage drives on boot-up, however, and we at least want constant access to the Storage drive. To fix that, head to Software Sources in the System->Administration menu. From there go to Applications, then the Ubuntu Software Center at the bottom. Under the "Ubuntu Software" and "Updates" sections, add a check to the un-checked sources, like Restricted, Multiverse, Proposed, and Backports. Hit "Close," and agree to Reload your software sources.

Finally! Head to the Applications menu and pick the Ubuntu Software Center. In there, search for "ntfs-config," and double-click on the NTFS Configuration Tool that's the first result. Install it, then close the Software Center. If you've got the "Storage" or Windows 7 partitions mounted, head to any location in Places and then click the eject icon next to those drives in the left-hand sidebar. Now head to the System->Administration menu and pick the NTFS Configuration Tool.

You'll see a few partitions listed, likely as /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2, and the like. If you only want your storage drive, it should be listed as /dev/sda3 or something similar--just not the first or second options. Check the box for "Add," click in the "Mount point" column to give it a name (Storage, perhaps?), and hit "Apply." Check both boxes on the next window to allow read/write access, and hit OK, and you're done. Now the drive with all your stuff is accessible to Windows and Linux at all times.

Adding swap to Ubuntu

"Swap" memory is a section of the hard drive that your system's memory spills over into when it gets full and busy. Until recently, I'd been creating a whole separate partition for it. Recently, though, I've found that swap isn't always necessary on systems with a large amount of memory, and that swap can simply be a file tucked away on your hard drive somewhere.

Follow the Ubuntu help wiki's instructions for adding more swap, but consider changing the location they suggest putting the swap file—/mnt/swap/ for the place your Storage is held—/media/Storage, in my case.

Share Firefox profiles and more

That's about it for this guide to setting up a harmonious Windows and Ubuntu existence, but I recommend you also check out our previous guide to using a single data store when dual-booting. It explains the nitty-gritty of sharing Firefox, Thunderbird, and Pidgin profiles between Linux and Windows for a consistent experience, as well as a few other dual-boot tricks.

You might also want to consider creating virtual machines with VirtualBox for those moments when you're in one OS and need to get at the other. Ubuntu is free to create as many instances as you want, of course, and Windows 7 (Professional and Ultimate) are very friendly with non-activated copies—not that either can't be otherwise activated in cases where it's just a double-use issue.

I go to delete a file and Microsoft says 'preparing to delete'. No preparation was needed, its a 10kb file. So its very simple, delete the file win7, ive already closed the program that was using it (and confirmed in task manager). If its another program, then tell me what it is. MS shenanigans #1.

Decided ill do some updates and play a very old game while windows update downloads and installs. What does Ms do, minimizes my game asking me to restart my PC. My icons go all over the place and I can't get back into my game (black screen on RA2). MS shenanigans #2 and #3.

As usual instead of MS giving me the option to 'post-pone' the pc restart indefinitely, it gives me a max time of 4 hours. Meaning I either need to kill the service or get nagged in 4 hours. MS shenanigans #4.

I reboot and it ask me to either continue or use safemode, but the keyboards not working. Need to wait for timer. MS shenanigans #5.

I get to windows logon screen and it tells me my password is wrong (even before I type it in, but to be honest, win7 always does this). MS shenanigans #6.

After moving all the icons on my desktop back to there general location im curious at which of the two files is my newer one (one of them I wanted to delete). right click on properties and instead of telling me the date modification time, it tells me '1 hour ago'. MS shenanigans #7.

But all these MS shenanigans fails in compassion to auto sort.

Do people who program win7 even use it? OR do they use linux/mac at home?

For past week or so, first time I try to rename or move a file in My Documents each day, the file (whichever one it is, new or old) quits working, and I have to bring up Windows Task Manager to end task. Instantly, all icons on desktop disappear as well as icons in taskbar. After several seconds, everything reappears (although taskbar icons of open files rearrange). Then I can reopen My Documents and do whatever I want with that file plus all others. Until I shut down the computer for the night (or have to reboot for some reason), then upon restarting the computer, same problem. Doesn't matter whether it's early in the morning or whether the computer has been on all day. Probably some security update, so I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem. After Googling, I found an old message on Microsoft KB, but it said to replace with a new security update - but back in 2006, so I don't want to try that. I am using a laptop, XP-pro SP3; 3 gig RAM, 80 GB free space. It is more an annoyance than a real problem, but I'd like to fix it before it becomes a serious problem

Last night I downloaded 6 critical updates (6.7MB) using Windows Update in XP. All six were downloaded and installed by the program. After the reboot process I tried to connect my modem using "Connect to" in the Start menu those panes "frozen open". I could still move my mouse pointer and open up Outlook 2000 using the icon on the desktop, so only part of XP was frozen. In about a minute the dial up dialog appeared and asked me to connect my modem to the telephone line. I then used the turn off computer from XP to power off my machine. I rebooted and the same thing happened. I used System Restore to back date my system before I installed these critical updates. After running System REstore my computer acted as before no freeze or delay in obtaining dialog box for my modem connection. Before I installed the Critical Updates I installed Windows 2000 and all went well.

This morning I used Windows Update again to find out the critical updates I had installed and found that only five were now available to me. I am assuming one could not be "de-installed" by System Restore. The critical updates that are NOT installed are the following:
Security Update Dec 13, 2.3 MB
Security Update Dec 17, 585 KB
Windows XP Application Compatibility 1.5 MB
Remote Assistance Connection 284 KB
WIndows XP Update Package Oct 25 1.9 MB

Can someone help me
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