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I have reserved a great deal of time not passing judgement on Windows 8, but so far I am not as enthused as, perhaps, I should be. This is not to say that I have given up on Windows 8, but for me, the Consumer Preview just isn't doing it. The main problem, of course, for me, and I suspect many others, is not so much the lack of Start Orb, but the Metro UI itself. Please allow me to explain:

Is Windows 8 a service, a product, or both?

I have discussed this quite entangling issue to some length with others in confidence, and have found myself to be disappointed with Metro UI. Some concerns that I see myself and others having is the Metro UI as a service platform for Windows Live. It is clear to me that this is likely the reason that Metro UI has been embedded into the operating system. While its usability is no doubt optimized for touch screens and next generation human interface devices, I find myself frustrated with the pre-installed applications in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In fact, I find myself quite annoyed, and in some cases, startled by what happens when you link your Windows Live ID to Microsoft Windows 8.

In Microsoft Windows 98 SE, upon launching Internet Explorer 5, one of the first screens a user saw was:

"Welcome to MSN Internet Access"
"Get fast, reliable Internet access and e-mail from Microsoft."

During that time, it was uncommon for someone to be on a LAN (local area network) using a router. A LAN would actually have to be manually set up, and so Microsoft attempted to use MSN as an Internet Service Provider to give you dial-up access to the Internet using a dial-up modem.

However, this terminology is telling to me. The issues with Active Desktop from the Windows 9x series of operating systems have not been lost on me. In this context, I am mindful of the fact that Microsoft has attempted to control the desktop, and did make an early bid to control and monetize on the Internet, from its early ages. This is not so much condemnation of Microsoft as it is a realization that Microsoft is a business: just like Google and Facebook.

But what was once seen as a massive attempt to take over the Internet by a corporation that controls the majority of the operating system market, now seems to be getting a welcome reception with bells and whistles from a new generation, corporations, media, and people planning on selling books off their review sites. Indeed, even Paul Thurrott threw me for a loop in one of his more recent reviews, when he concluded something like (paraphrase) "More soon... I have a book to write! (Windows 8 Secrets)".

I have always admired Paul, and his contributions with reviews and early access to Microsoft software. In fact, I have nothing against the guy. But it is true. He has a book to write. About all of the secrets of Windows 8. Much of that review was spent explaining what certain features do. And why they actually may be relevant. To me, this was a sharp departure from highlighting some of the improvements that could be found in the OS or talking about faster benchmarks and better ease of use. What I saw was a middle-of-the-road exploration of features that are so difficult to interpret or understand, even though they are deeply embedded into the operating system, that he has to go around telling you what they are for.

Most of the benchmarks performed on the CP show that there is a small performance blow in comparison to Windows 7, thus far. The system does not run any faster, but boot times have been expedited by code optimization. We have seen this before, with other Windows releases besides Windows 7. One major drag on the operating system seems to be battery usage. The results seem to be inconclusive in this realm, with one site showing better returns, and another site showing massive battery consumption compared to Windows 7. Even though memory deduplication is supposed to improve battery life, benchmarks show either less battery utilization, or much more.

Better Battery Life:
Hands on with Windows 8 CP: Battery life test | ITworld

Less Battery Life:
Windows 8 Consumer Preview: A Quick Look at Battery Life (Updated) | Your source for downloading popular benchmarks

Then there is the whole idea of interest in this OS:

windows 8 cp vs 7 vs xpsp3 benchmarks? - Neowin Forums

Huh? What is going on here? Where is the main interest in the system that we saw with the likes of Windows 7 and even Windows Vista? Windows Vista was a major flop for Microsoft, and it was released years after Windows XP. Still, it offered robust security, and was a step in the right direction for many of us. This is because Windows XP was released in October 2001, and something had to go in the right direction after so much time. Now, with Windows 7 only a couple years old, one is left to ask whether they even need a new operating system. With five years of time between Windows XP and Windows Vista, we still saw big manufacturers like Dell and HP offering downgrades to Windows XP - which many businesses took to save money, at their own peril. But Windows 7 offered something its predecessor, Windows Vista, could not offer. And that was performance on par with Windows XP, a much more slick look, and virtualization technology that would allow anyone with a fairly decent computer system to run, not just a legacy Windows XP application, but the entire Windows XP operating system, in a virtual machine inside Windows 7.

My first point was about Windows 8 as a service, and that is where I also run into some difficulty swallowing the results. Windows 8, when connected with a Windows Live account, seems to want to download your life from Facebook. The "People" Metro application runs a Facebook-based application that, with your consent, downloads all of your information from Facebook and syndicates it to your Windows Live page and Windows Live Messenger. It then uses that information to help you find your "people", by literally just taking all of the data off of your Facebook account. Then, your Windows Live status page becomes something of a Facebook clone. You can find even more people by performing the same task on LinkedIn, and presumably, in the future, all other services, perhaps maybe Google. But what if they let you link Google as well? Then, you can just access everything from "People", which is your Windows Live Messenger status page. What incentive do those other sites have to continue to develop their own social networking sites?

Next up was the product placement in Metro UI applications. When going to video, I found advertisements for popular television shows like The Walking Dead on AMC. It appears that you will eventually be able to purchase video content from this store, and watch videos on your computer. Where will this content come from? Microsoft, of course. This would not be a problem for me, if other services did not exist, like Netflix, for this very purpose. Then, going to Music doesn't show any advertisements just yet - but it does show a blank user library, where you can't add any music to it unless you go into the Desktop any way. Chances are this will be changed, but that doesn't discount the fact that over a decade of software development went into Windows Media Player, which has taken almost a dozen versions for any serious audiophile to even remotely take into consideration. Most will still jump over to iTunes, Winamp, and foobar. Does the Music app interact in some way with Windows Media Player? Is Windows Media Player being phased out? Is Microsoft going to offer its own music service now? We are left to try to figure this out.

You may be wondering where this is going. For me, any way, controlling the presentation means controlling the content. I am very pleased that services have been created like Steam for games and Spotify for music. With these programs, you are able to purchase music as a service. You are also able to purchase and download the full version of games. This software is fantastic, has its own interface, and offers remarkable service when you create an account. You are free to buy stuff, or never do that at all. You can take advantage of social networking within these services. But the great thing about these programs, in my opinion, has always been that you can install and uninstall them at your leisure. Thus, I ask the question, why can't Metro UI itself, just be an icon on the desktop, and a component of Windows that can be removed at any time? After testing the Windows Live features in the built-in Microsoft apps, I am left to make a conclusion I don't really want to make. That conclusion is that because Microsoft could not market social networking to the masses on par with Facebook or Google+, and because the company could not market their operating system to phones and tablets, they have decided to use forced obsolescence to make sure that everyone on the entire planet that buys a PC desktop or laptop computer, besides Linux users, will be forced to interact with their online services like Windows Live and Bing.

When I use the term forced obsolescence, I specifically state that Windows 8 is being designed to make Windows 7 obsolete - eventually. While the touch screen features are great, they seem to be an excuse for giving us a brand new version of Active Desktop. However, this time, everyone actually uses the Internet, and bandwidth/connection speed/throughput is no longer a major concern.

I am left to imagine an Internet where everyone who used a Microsoft Windows computer signed up for MSN Internet Access in Windows 98 and never bought a router. What if everyone in the world was OK with Microsoft placing advertisements for their own or preferred online services in all of their applications years ago? Well, you'd never have Facebook, Google, Yahoo, or a number of other companies. Everyone would be using MSN Search (Bing), Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, and Windows Live Mail (Hotmail). I am reminded of America Online.

I have never really minded that Microsoft sells their online services to the world. Windows Live has always been something I considered a decent alternative to Google. However, I do have a problem with the operating system that I use also being designed directly to connect to a slew of services I do not use, and likely never will. This includes everything I listed above about Windows Live. This integration of applications that are dependent on Windows Live is a sharp contrast from Windows 7, and I, at least right now, would have major privacy issues divulging all of my Facebook information, online information, and handing it over to Windows Live. I like the fact that I can use multiple social networks, and that I have options. I use Windows Live for a variety of reasons, but I would never want it to be the only option on my phone. much less my desktop. I would want to be able to uninstall software applications associated with Live.

Because Microsoft controls the operating system market, they have decided to expand their business and compete in other areas. This includes gaming consoles, phones, and tablets. I have never taken issue with this, but I do take issue when these services are being bundled and forced down my throat in an OS release. I am reminded of how, on nearly every operating system installation I performed for years, I would have to be sure to remove the "Online Services" section from Microsoft Windows. These "Online Services" included America Online, AT&T WorldNet, CompuServe, and Prodigy.

Today, the desktop is being phased out. Many Windows 8 Consumer Preview users have found this to be a difficult issue to deal with. They claim they prefer the traditional desktop and Start Menu. I find that to be true, but for different reasons. At the click of a few buttons, in order to use the People app in Windows, Microsoft downloaded nearly the entire contents of my online Facebook account. They downloaded my data from LinkedIn. And they turned it into a Windows Live service. When I go to the Videos app, they're trying to sell me movies and TV shows when I already have Netflix. When I go to the desktop, I'm led to believe that the entire concept is a legacy feature. When I want to access a web browser, I don't want it to take up my entire screen and use 20% of my entire monitor to show me what my browser URL is. What happens when I actually need to do some real work? What happens when I need to bypass all of this junk?

For me, it will probably be easy. I have worked in IT and trained myself on how to get around almost anything. I have learned, over the years, what services are not essential on a Windows desktop, and how to install, manage, and maintain all kinds of different services. But for a person who is basic to intermediary with computers, they will never get passed Metro. They will have their content presented to them in a way Microsoft can control. And instead of the Internet being divided up into different areas operated by different corporations and public interest groups, it becomes very clear to me that Microsoft will showcase a heavy hand in controlling all online content, including multimedia, browsing, search, and social networking. Whereas before people didn't use their services because Google or Facebook may have had an edge, tomorrow people will be led to believe that this is much easier. With no off switch, Metro UI becomes a platform for delivering "online services" as part of the computing experience itself. And in so far that Microsoft could not put a dent in the multi-billion dollar online advertising network run by Google, or take advantage of the benefits of data mining that Facebook has had with their one billion users, they will now use their operating system platform to scoop up hundreds of millions, if not billions of new Windows Live members. To me, this matters.

While I have never had an issue with Google managing my e-mails and search, they also don't control the presentation of all the apps on my desktop. And while I may rely on their online services, I would never purchase an operating system released by them for just that reason. And that brings me back to Metro UI, and the reason why, at least right now, I can't tolerate it.

Here will be my test: If Windows 8 is even significantly slower or more resource intensive than Microsoft Windows 7, I will likely have no reason to upgrade. With a big magnifying glass being placed on my online presence through the integration of Windows Live into my operating system, I won't want to. If my computer boots a few seconds faster with Windows 8, I'll still breathe a sigh of relief that someone isn't trying to sell me zombie flicks directly on my desktop with no off switch.

I won't have as many privacy concerns as others will. If people were upset that Microsoft was going overboard with including Internet Explorer with their operating system, they will be infuriated by the massive takeover of the desktop with intrusive data-collecting applications that make up the Windows 8 Metro UI interface on install. While Microsoft was once a software development company that released products, they have now concerned themselves with maintaining a strong and marketable online presence on the web. They want people using their services on every phone, every gaming console, every desktop, every laptop, and every type of device in existence that uses a micro-processor. For me, this is overboard, and not what I'm interested in spending my money on.

I would have liked if Microsoft came out with an option for consumers: Pay a $100 annual subscription for feature improvements to the operating system. That is a service I would have been willing to buy. And under those circumstances, I'm willing to bet I'd be promptly allowed to uninstall Metro UI and delete the shortcut to it off my desktop; something that will never happen once you examine the changes that have been made between the Windows 8 Developer Preview and the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

When discussing the new OS with even some of the most technically minded individuals, a guy who designed a Skype app for Windows Phone before the official one was even announced, I found these types of comments:

"Im going to place a shortcut to shutdown.exe -s on my desktop. Although I have my power button assigned to turn it off too."

If that's not being "Vista'd" I don't know what is. But perhaps here are some other considerations:

If this is the most advanced operating system in the world, is it going to even detect whether or not you have a touch screen monitor, and adjust the situation to compensate?

As one other expert put it, why do you have to do "double-backflips" to shut it down?

If the Windows 8 installation asked if you wanted to install Metro UI, would the majority of desktop users currently say no?

Does the operating system showcase more opportunities to market Microsoft online services than it does actual improvements to productivity, usability, and computing power?

How come the only way to close an app is to hit ALT-F4 or CTRl-ALT-DEL, but the option to download TV shows seems to be fully developed? Is this thing like a hotel room menu or something?

Is this OS release inspired by a spur of new innovation or a desire to compete more directly with iOS, Android, Google, Facebook, and Apple?

Does Windows 8 outperform Windows 7?

I'd love to read your comments.

(These are my opinions and they do not reflect on anyone else here at They are subject to change, of course. Here's hoping Microsoft gets it right.)

In XP I could set OE to always go to inbox on opening, but I can't find same option in W7, which goes back to same live mail window as was open at shutdown. Has someone found the answer to this?

So everytime i shut down windows 7 build 7201 it idles on the logging off bit. The only time it dosen't is when i only booted to open one program. Like i boot. Open google chrome. Visit a site and go.

But if i log and do stuff like go to the computer and look in the sd card or anythink then it won't shut down.

This happened in Build 7100 aswell. Whats causing this. I have hardly any programs.

I have all updates and programs installed are

Abobe Flash Player
Windows Live Essentials (Mail and Messenger)
Google Chrome
Microsoft Word,Powerpoint and Excel 2010

I love windows 7 but this is annoying me as i can't shut down right and i have it freeze when viewing my sd sometimes. Help please

Hello Folks,

Beware of the scam e-mail about Windows Live is shutting down and asking for your username, passwords etc. Please stay away from such mails.

More information: Beware of Windows Live Account Shutdown Scam |

I have had windows 7 installed from an OEM disk for about 6+ months. I have always had auto updates disabled. last night I shutdown the computer just to find 98 updates being installed. I was just a little disappointed, for a couple of reasons. one reason is it seems to take longer to boot after updates have been installed. Two I liked manually updating hardware. Three ISP's threshold limited bandwidth.

I am the only user of this pc so no one re enabled it. The only thing I can figure is that the night before last, I installed windows live mail 2011 for the first time. So the Microsoft software decided for me that I needed to have auto updates turned on. Without even a warning it was going to be done. Now I may be totally wrong about this because I have not found a log when the change took place. But due to the spike in bandwidth, which just about broke my threshold, happen yesterday. Windows live mail was installed just before seems reasonable to me.

As much as I like windows 7 this kind of behavior always bugs me. Makes me wonder if they can log on to my system and do what ever they want. I know its a conspiracy!


The first time I post a problem here, found some sulutions for some other problems here.

Ad our work we installed 10 new PC HP Z400 workstations with windows 7 64bits, we installed Office 2007 small business and Autocad 2011, Sophos anti virus.

After our install every thing seems to work fine computers are set in network and login to server windows 2003, get mail from exchange 2003. and get windows updates from the server 1 day in the week, for the updates we aprove in the windows update service on the server.

but some how the 10x 64bits windows 7 machines dont hold themselfs to update shedul from ones a week from the server, on the client you can't adjust the settings for updating because its locked from out the server but it will update every day if needed we have 3x 32bits windows 7 machines who dont have this problem, the rest of our machines run on windows XP.

the updating shedule isn't a big problem but every time we get an update the programs we use wont work any more they fail in starting up especialy Autocad and Office 2007 wont start Outlook starts up and runs but when we open an other mail then where the program starts in the program fails to work and we have to force it to close reboot the machine 1-5 times to get the programs working, after that it works perfect till a next update from windows

in the reboot shutdowns the machine seems to do something for a few min but what is does uknown, when the reboot shutdown time seems normal, all programs work all programs work fine.

I have searched a lot for the problem but haven't found any thing that comes close maiby some one here knows.

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Join Date Oct 2009 Posts 6,558 Re: Programs wont run after windows updates (few reboots solves it) If you have some Windows 7 machines that work and some that don't, can you compare logs to see what might be different?

I know some Windows Updates require reboots. Can you tell if those updates are causing the problem?

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Disable AeroMake menu bars and window frames opaque instead of translucentDo not animate windows when minimizing and maximizingSlow the window animations when holding Shift keyDisable 3D Window SwitchingAdd context menu to activate Flip 3DTurn off Aero PeekTurn off Aero SnapTurn off Aero Shake
Under Visual Effects:
Hide window contents while draggingDo not drop shadows under icons on the desktopDo not use translucent selection rectangleShow Windows version in the desktop bottom right cornerSelect how you want the arrows displayed on shortcuts
Under Animation:
Do not allow window animationDo not use smooth scrolling for list boxesDo not animate drop-down listsSelect tooltip animation types
Do not use menu fading animation effectsHide shadows under menusHide underlined letters for keybaord navigation until ALT is pressedMenu animation effects optionsDelay before displaying submenus (in milliseconds!)Full font smoothing optionsExtended ClearType and Standard font smoothing options
Start Menu:
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Under Folder options determine whether to hide individual items, show them as a link, or show them as a menu easily

Do not highlight recently installed programsDo not show partially installed programs in grayDo not sort the "All Programs" menu by nameDisable the context menu and drag itemsDisable the "Start" button tooltipExpand menu when you hover the mouse pointer over an itemEnable small icons in the Start menu
Show notification areaDo not display tooltips in the notification areaDo not hide unused icons in the notification areaDo not display the network activity icon in the notification areaDo not display the sound settings icon in the notification areaDo not display the battery icon in the notifications areaAuto-hide taskbarDo not slide taskbar buttonsAllow moving or rearranging taskbar itemsGroup similar buttons: Do not group, Group when full, Always group and hide tagsButtons: Configure advanced settings for taskbar application buttons
Show hidden filesShow file extensionsuse Windows classic foldersDisplay checkboxes to help select multiple filesAlways show the menu bar in Windows ExplorerDisable file and folder pop-up descriptionsDisplay folder size in the folder tooltip
Disable thumbnail cache creationDo not display thumbnails in network foldersThumbnail quality - 0-100%Thumbnail size in pixelsShow address bar folder path autocompleteShow address bar folder path autosuggestShow address bar maximized as a drop-down listInclude variable "PATH" into search pathDisable automatic replacement of a blackslash to a forward slash
Context Menu:
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Restore open Explorer windows when you restartDisable CD burning functions in Windows ExplorerRun Desktop and Explorer tasks as seperate processesRun each Explorer window as a seperate processAutomatically restart the shell if a shell error occursDisable the option to search the Internet when you open a file with unknown extension
Explorer items:
Display encrypted and compressed files and folders in a different colorDrive letter is displayed after disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk label for network driveDrive letter is not displayed!

Disable autorun for:
Removable drives (Floppy, flash-drive, etc)Non-removable drives (hard disk, etc)Optical disk drives (CD, DVD, etc)Temporary memory disk (RAM-disk)Network drivesUnknown drive types
Command Prompt:
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System Security:
Disable User Acount ControlSet all UAC options including advanced options only found in registry
Privacy Policy:
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For anonymous users:
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Windows Defender:
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Startup and Shutdown:
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Event Logging:
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Legal Notice:
Write any legal notice you want during startup of Microsoft Windows
Automatic login:
Use autologin and set credentials, including username, password, and domain

OEM Info:

Configure Windows OEM attributes, such as the manufacturer's logo and support information that appears in the System Properties window.

This includes:
ManufacturerModelSupport URLWorking HoursPhone120x120 pixel logo
Application Start:
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Error Handling:
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If an error occurs:
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Internet Explorer:

Disable visual-styled controls in Internet Explorer pagesDisable page transitionsDisable Clear Type fontsDisable smooth scrollingDisable autoamtic updatesAlways show menusDo not show extended error messagesDo not show the welcome text for new opened tabsDo not show warning messages when closing tabsDo not send bug reports via the InternetAlways ask before downloading filesPlace the menu above the address bar
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Opens in a new windowOpens in a new tab in the current windowOpens in the current tab or window
Speed up web browsing in IE by using more concurrent Internet connectionsIncludes anywhere from 1-20 connections (Default is 4)
Default file download directoryHome PageCaption string that is displayed after the page title
Microsoft Office:
Do not track document editing timeBlock updates from the Office Update SiteDisable Customer Experience Improvement programDisable error reportingDisable logging Microsoft Office activityDisable Office DiagnosticsDisable clipboard dialog boxPrevent Office Help from resizing the application window
Microsoft Word:
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Microsoft Excel:
Show Formula bar in Full ViewCache spreadsheetsCache PivotTable reportsUndo steps: Set from 0 to 100
Software tweaks (The ones we can see so far)

Disable file transferDisable loading language filesDisable publishing Skype status on the WebDisable Skype Public APIDisable checking for updatesDisable listening for TCP connectionsDisable UDP communications
Windows Media Player
Disable auto-updatesDisable automatic codec downloadsDisable Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM)Disable video smoothingDisable CD and DVD Media information retrievalDisable music file media information retrievalDisable media file sharingDisable script handling in media filesHide the "Privacy" tab in the settingsHide the "Security" tab in the settingsHide the "Network" tab in the settings
Adobe Reader:
Disable splash screenDisplay PDF in the browser windowDisable Purchase Acrobat item in the menu
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Good morning, Ive run into this problem this morning (twice.. trying to make it happen the second time [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img] and im stuck.
On a website, I was filling in a form and clicked submit. it popped up a dialog and said "this form is submitted by email, if a window pops up asking you if you want to send it via email, click OK" so I clicked OK and sure enough another dialog popped up asking me if I wanted to do this. I clicked OK again, and then everything seemed to sort of stop.
I tried ctrl-alt-del to bring up the task manager, and it seems that task manager hung. I called it up again (now I had two performance monitors in the system tray) and clicked shutdown. It started to shut everything down, and hidden behind all the other windows was another dialog box from Outlook that said (something like) "Email is being sent on your behalf, do you want to allow this? If this is unexpected, it may be a virus and you should select no"
I couldnt really DO anything. I couldnt click anywhere, the performance monitor screen was stuck, there was nothing happening and I ended up holding down my power button to restart the system.

I went back and did it a second time, knowing it was going to happen, to see if maybe I could click YES or NO or HELP or ANYTHING, but it was locked up tight and I had to cold-boot once again.

Has anyone else run across this yet? is there a way around it?

I need to find a way to startup Outlook, let it run for a few minutes to get any mail, close it down and then repeat the process, say every hour. I need to do this because of the non-standard way that I have Outlook set up (I have separate account entries set up for receiving and sending email. Unfortunately, Microsoft INSISTS on trying to send (even though there is nothing to send) on the receiving account. It keeps trying to do this repeatedly. I have pages of errors because it can't complete a send and email gets delayed because of this problem). Since i will be traveling for a few days, I need to either automate a process or just leave email out on the server until I return. I thought this would be an easy task but it has turned out not to be.

I tried to do this with the Windows Task Scheduler. However, it starts up Outlook OK but won't shut it down. I ran it last night and wound up with a whole lot of instances of Outlook hanging about. Here's what I set up in task scheduler:

I next tried to tried to do this with a freeware scripting tool called NirCmdLine but couldn't get it to work. I looked at a macro program but don't have the time to figure it out since I need to get this working by Tuesday evening.

Has anyone tackled this problem? I imagine someone must have a way to do this, perhaps with VB/Java script but I don't know either one myself.

Thanks in advance!

My Windows XP Pro Laptop auto-downloaded two Windows updates. One was an update to OneNote, which I never use, and the other was an update to Outlook 2003 Junk E-mail filter. Both are seemingly safe, but this is MS we are talking about.

When I shut down my computer, it gave me the option to install these updates prior to shutdown. I allowed it to do so. However, when I booted back up, my antivirus program no longer was able to load AutoProtect. I can do manual scans, but AutoProtect is disabled. I use Symantec Antivirus Program Scan Engine with virus defintions dated 6/9/2006. It is Corporate Version 10.1 of the software because it does seem to have the same GUI that I had in my personal PC (before changing to ZoneAlarm).

My situation may just be a quirk, but wanted to make the report just in case it is not just me.


I have recently upgraded to Windows 2000. I use Task Scheduler to do some backup tasks late at night. In Windows95 Iused to have a task that ran winstop to shutdown the computer after the backup completed. Windows 2000 does not seem to have winstop. Is there a way to use Task Scheduler to perform an unattended shutdown?

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What causes O2K running on 95 or 98 but maybe other OS as well, to change from full screen to small square when opening Digest mail in HTML/ Mime form?

I have been receiving mail for some time and every now and then the digest contents open up in the upper left corner of the screen and I have to expand the messages to read them.

I don't know if there is a common thread here such as improper shutdown, "repair" operation on O2K, reinstall... I can't finger an incident which would trigger this behavior but it drives me crazy when it happens and I can't restore full screen permanently.

Any pointers would be appreciated.


5 of the latest(13 July 11) batch of Vista updates failed to install.
They include:
Security Update for Windows Vista (KB2507938)
Security Update for Windows Vista (KB2532531)
Security Update for Windows Vista (KB2555917)
Update for Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter [July 2011] (KB905866)
Update for Windows Vista (KB2533623)

I have been through a couple of shutdowns/restarts to see if that would help but no luck.
I'm running Vista Business N with all the (other) updates to date installed successfully.
Anyone else have similar problems? I've done some searches but can't find anything logged on the MS site.

Ok, I know this is mainly a Windows based place, but I gotta ask this... Does anyone here have experience with IMAP and Mercur Mail Server by Atrium Software? I have one that the IMAP service keeps shutting down on and can't figure out why. I'm told Outlook Express, which is the client of choice for these users, doesn't work well with IMAP and this may be what is causing the service shutdown. I'm a little more than skeptical about this answer though.

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Thou shall not post in HTML!!!!!!

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"Vic Formosa" wrote in message
By mistake, while trying to reconfigure some bootup and shut down problems
changed the settings in the registry that now when I turn on my comp and
in on my administrator user password the computer shuts down and reboots
again to the point where the user password is required for me to reenter
only to shut down and reboot by itself again...time and time repeatedly.

I think know where the error lies, but can not access if because I can not
past my log in point.

Even if I try loggin in through safe mode and using my disk to start up,
this problem
still occurs whenever windows boots up.

However I don't have this problem using DOS after I insert my floppy boot is there a way that I can
change my settings to the registry from DOS?

Please e-mail me, because I don't see any info on this on the net or if it
is, I certainly don't understand it.

Here is the problem -

The registry settings in the bootup and shut down settings

I believe they are located in the
hkusers/users/sofyware /microsoft/windows/current version/explorer

I know that I changed a hey value what was a 0 to a 1 when it shouldn't
and now when I boot up, I get as far as logging in with my password and
then the system begins to bring up the desktop and automatically shuts
and reboots to the Windows log in screen where I enter the password again
only to have the screen automatically shut down and boot back up to where
enter the password and it shuts down again.


I turn on the comp.

I get my IBM screen

Windows begins to load

Login and Password screen comes up

I type on password and hit return

Windows shuts down and reboots to start all over.

I can't start in safe mode. I can't start with cd and I don't know what to
look for when I am in dos or how to go about finding the registy from Dos.

I have all my disks but I don't know what to type in at the c: prompt
becuase REGEDIT doesn't work and EDIT doesn't open anything.

Thanks Doug. I forgot about that and I picked it up from a post here where
someone suggested it and I downloaded it a little while back and played with
it. I'm going to get it out again--appreciate the reminder. That's such
a useful program and backstop, and I could have used it yesterday and should
have remembered it. Everybody should have it on their machine. As you
know well, it's not infrequent that people complain those utilities are

Stardocks has a couple settings that cause what was happening to me and once
you change them things are back to normal. They give a little variety to
how and where programs and web pages are minimized and they played with
Task Manager. Probably extensively explained in tutorials on their site
that I should have read and will get to.

It's probably dependent on understanding their code from a developer's
standpoint, but something that the setting that puts minimizes all your
programs, folders and web pages into the Notification area (not center)
minimizes the Task manager to the task bar but it's refractory to coming up
with a click. It also wouldn't come up from the run box (taskmgr.exe) or
right clicking the taskbar. But it would come up if you repeatedly hit
Ctrl+Alt+Escape but not Ctrl+Alt+Delete.

Do you know where anytihng is written about *the box whose origin confuses
me--if I Ctrl+Alt+Delete right now--everything will disappear--icons, this
message, OE's main window, and the task bar and the box called "Windows
Security"* I just described will come up? What confuses me is I got the
idea that I never saw it before SP2 but other people have seen it out of the
box. One of the buttons is task manager, and if things aren't crashing,
hitting it usually will bring up the regular TM and it will also restore
your desktop. Ctrl+Alt+Delete will also bring it up and returning via the
TM button will help resolve some freezes (or time will or both).

Also are you seeing "restart" on your Task Manager?? I guess by using your
program I could have access to restart on it, because I have seen it go away
and come back and go away again while using SP2. I wasn't tracking it
closely so maybe it's build specific, and I should ask in the Beta groups to
get straigtened out with that.

I haven't read all the SP2 material available on Technet and MSDN but most
of it and I haven't seen the box mention though I could have missed it.

Sometimes during a crash to restart and get everything shut down first,
I'll use Task Manager if I can get it up--I need to go back and look at your
utility copies and how I could fit them in there. If I'm crashed and can
only bring up task manager without the Restart category on TM's toolbar,
then going to the Applications TabNewand getting a runbox you can either
use the commands Armando talked about or type msconfig into that runbox and
use it to restart.

Thanks again for your site and all the useful info, fixes and programs
there. I've used it to help myself and other people.

Chad Harris

"Doug Knox MS-MVP" wrote in message
For additional help see, Win XP Utilities, Create Emergency
Copies of Critical XP System Utilities. This small VB Program will create
backup, usable copies of Task Manger, Regedit and MSConfig (named
Taskmgr1.exe, and MSConfig1.exe) in a new folder
C:EmergencyUtil. Many virus programs will intercept these programs, based
on their original file name. The modified file names, allow them to be run.
Open Windows Explorer to C:EmergencyUtil and double click the application
you need. The next revision will allow you to browse for the folder you
want to place the backups in.

If the renamed copy of the application works, then you have a virus, or some
type of malware on your system that is killing the Taskmgr.exe process as
soon as its loaded.

Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media CenterWindows Powered Smart Display
Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.

"Chad Harris" wrote in message

I appreciate those points, and have tried to experiment the usual with and
without troubleshooting to see if Stardocks is causing this. I think it
to do with a Stardocks setting that I've changed that also puts all the
shortcuts in the Notification Center when miminized instead of their usual
spot on the taskbar.

What I should distinguish for you though is I don't mean the "Security
Center" (sorry if I called this box that) Ctrl Panel applet that SP2 has
installed to ensure that very basic users who don't have time, inclination
or interest to spend a lot of time digging into Windows, patches,
or AV can look to remind themselves AV is running with autoprotect, and
Firewall is on and a way to link them to Technet's security pages hoping
that they will take some straight forward cues to keep their security
updated. Pictures of that thing will be all over the place with the $250
million SP2 ad campaign MSFT will launch next week.

I'm talking about what seems to be an SP2 feature because I never saw it
before that when you Ctrl+Alt+Delete the desktop icons and taskbar
and a box comes up that says Windows Security with buttons that say Lock
Computer/Log Off/Shutdown/Change Password/TaskManager/Cancel.

I haven't seen much written about this, and if it was in XP out of the
I missed it for two years.


Chad Harris

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"Anando [MS-MVP]" wrote in message
Hi Chad,

You are using (a) A third party skinning software (b) Windows XP SP 2,
which is still in beta. The symptoms that you are experiencing might be
due to these two reasons. You might want to disable the third party
skinning software and try again.

Surprisingly, i too do not find the restart option in Task manager
(running SP2 beta here too). Please note that SP2 is still in beta stages
and this problem might just be because of this fact. Also, do not confuse
the 'Windows security' dialog box with the security center...these two
totally different things.

I would suggest you to post your problem in the SP2 newsgroups also.
Somebody out there might have experienced similar problems and might have
a solution to it.


Microsoft MVP- Windows Shell/User

Folder customizations

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"Chad Harris" wrote in message

Thanks for reminding me. I also saw a KB that has some information on
this and it reminded me of some of your posts and Jim Eschelman's site

Shortcuts to Shutdown:

I'm still looking for differences in the Ctrl+Alt +Delete and Ctrl+Shift
+Escape which work differently with TM (possibly because of Stardocks).

Do you know any reason why I was able to bring my task manager back to
working when I got ticked off and hit Ctrl+Shift+ Escape several times
and what the context of that Security Center dialouge box is that
Ctrl+Alt+Delete has been bringing up since I started using XP SP2 that
makes the desktop and task bar temporarily disappear when it comes up
which is different from the traditional XP task manager that we all know
with its different tabs. I think Stardocks may have something to do with
this that I can't figure out. I know that just right clicking the top
of task manager now that I have it back working with a Star dock's skin
in force will make it disappear and ctrl+shift+escape will make it
reappear. If I minimize TM with the Stardock's skin in force with that
diagnal arrow that you get with Stardock's skins I may have trouble
bringing up TM whereas if I just right click TM to make it disappear I
don't. I'll try to get some info from them on that.

The XP task manager, besides its obvious ability to monitor processes
and end them, has the advantage that

1) it can often avoid an IE crash by opening a new explorer shell from
Applications tabnew task button
2) Even if you have a shell crash or an Explorer crash and no desktop
taskbar, you can still open up explorer from the same place or sometimes
the browser and continue on from there without a taskbar if you don't
want to reboot and want to finish some work.

3) Do you have a "restart on the toolbar" of your task manager, because
used to and now I don't and I have seen that come and go. No clicking
anywhere on TM will bring it back.
If I use Ctrl+Alt+Delete or put taskmgr.exe in the run box I get the
security center and I can hit a "Shut Down" button and get a dialogue
with a shut down pull down that lists different reasons for shutting
which I suppose is MSFT's way of gathering info--I can't think of
reason for the pull down shut down options.

Thanks for the switches.

Chad Harris
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"Anando [MS-MVP]" wrote in message
Hi Chad,

Does anyone know a command that will restart, and does it have to be
used from the dos prompt or can it be used in the run box as well?

shutdown -r -t 00

You can type the above mentioned command at StartRun and this will
result in an immediate restart.


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"Chad Harris" wrote in message
Task Manager Won't Come Up. I've seen this before--sometimes a reboot
helps--sometimes it'll come up one way but not the other but not this

The only thing that I changed (no software or hardware or hardware
driver changes was to load a Stardocks skin). That's not it because
it's never made a difference with TM in the past.

On this box: XPP SP2
This isn't a beta phenom because it has nothing to do with any beta
build. It just began a couple hours ago. I did apply a couple
skins but I also took them off and it isn't impacted by that.

1) I tried everything offered on Kelly's site at
There's a way to go straight to the task manager part Kelly's page,
I haven't cracked the code to do it yet.
When I can go to the subsections of her site like System Restore, then
can get a URL to go straight to the topic. Otherwise, a right click
will get you the letter of A to Z but not the way to go to the Task
Manager section of "T."

2) 3 ways to bring up TM: Hour glass tries to run and stops--I'm
no error message and nothing Event Viewer.

Righ tclick task bar Won't
Ctrl+Alt+Delete Won't
Ctrl+Shift+Escape Won't

3) I tried all the regedits for enabling TM on Kelly's Tweaks.
4) I checked the registry key for Ctrl+Alt+Delete value is OK.
5) gpedit.msc--Ctrl+Alt+Delete--set correctly.

6) Virus--Not part of this problem.
7) TM is present in the System 32 folder and clicking on the iconnette
there does nothing.

I rebooted twice--no change.

I could fish it out of the 1386 folder off the shiny thing that looks
like a phonograph record that came with Win XP, but I doubt that'll

I have a second question: I noticed when I started using SP2--not a
Beta question since it's also public, that often but not always restart
was not on the Task Manager toolbar, but I had to do it off a pull down
from hitting Ctrl+Alt+Delete, having the desktop icons disappear and a
"Windows Security" dialogue box come up where I had to hit "Shut Down"
and use the pull down there. I could go to the start menu, msconfig in
the run box, or use a command to shut down or restart or make a button
on the desktop to shut down.

Does anyone know why there is no restart option when I can bring up
Does anyone know a command that will restart, and does it have to be
used from the dos prompt or can it be used in the run box as well?


Chad Harris

I have an intermittent but ongoing problem with Outlook 2007. At least I think it is an Outlook issue. Perhaps it is an Explorer issue. I used to blame this on an over-configured and too many apps installed unstable set-up but I recently wiped the HD and started over from scratch.

Here's the problem. I am sending an e-mail message to someone and I need to attach a file to the message. Normally this works fine. The little explorer window opens up, I navigate to the file or files I wasnt to attach and send it away. With one particular folder which is a sub-folder of My Documents at intermittent times when I select that folder Outlook locks up. The only way out is to bring up Task Manager and force a shutdown of Outlook. If I restart Outlook and try again it just does the same thing. Sometimes if I shut down and restart the computer it will work fine again. Every time it happens I've "sent the error report to Microsoft" but I've never seen any improvement. This has been going on for quite some time.

For reference the computer is a Dell Inspiron Laptop running XP Pro SP3 and Office 2007 Pro. All patches and updates are current.

The folder in question contains images and the folder is reasonably large at 561 files and about 550 MB in total. The folder is set to display the "thumbnail" of the graphic and this usually works fine (many are JPG's but not photos) but I wonder if this is a contributing factor?

I've had not luck finding a solution anywhere else so I am turning to the WS Lounge which is where I probably should have gone first!

Arrrkkkk…..problems in paradise!

I’m running Windows XP and what is happening is that it is hanging up so that only solution is to do a hard shutdown. When I came back on line after doing this 3 times in a one hour period, it would not log on but instead got a blue screen with an error message that ended with it saying something to the effect of ‘ Windows was shutting down to prevent damage to the computer.’ Also believe it said something about a hardware OR problem with a newly installed program. No new program installed so must be hardware…or was it ‘hard drive’? (mmmmm..)

This was a couple of days ago and I did the F8 thing; system restore thing; and I did the safe mode deal and ran several scans as well. Sorry but after several tries of this and that, I have become confused on what specifically the original error message said or when it said it. The various virus scans and malware scans came up with no virus/Trojans.

What I do have written down is at one point I received this message as the problem: PartMgr.sys PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA.

Any ideas of what this means or how to fix it?

And, what I am now noting is that these hang-ups occur when I have my Office Outlook open. One example of the hang-up is when I click the X to close anything (mail; word doc; web site; a picture; anything I have open), it doesn’t close right away….it often says program not responding. Then, whatever is being closed will just close partway…still see a piece of it on the screen but cannot do anything with it. Even going the’ ctrl-alt-delete…..end task’ route doesn’t work as still get the ‘…not responding’ message. Most will eventually close but jeez….can see it is laboring to do so. I'm a multi-tasker so it's not unusual for me to have several programs open that I'm working at one time.

Anyone of knowledge reading this inquiry of help should be painfully aware by now of my computer ignorance Please bear this in mind when responding. < Mmmfpth……I’m just happy that I’m not close enough for any of you to come over here and slap my hands away from the keyboard and take my computer from me.>
I was going to download and run Reimage Repair – saw advertised on Secrets newsletter - but got freaked when got pop up message that “the download contained programs that some people would consider adware, spyware, or other potential unwanted programs.” Anyone familiar with Reimage?

O.K., I realize that I may be as clear as a glass of milk as I try to talk about my computer issues. Perhaps someone can decipher what I’m trying to say enough to be able to ask me more questions and help me get this computer going again.

My sanity is dependent on this little silver laptop….as well as our fishing business. Any saviors out there to help out the Jungle Lady?

Outlook 2007, for some unknown reason, often chokes on me when I attempt to open the last message from a discussion list (Police-L) which I receive daily in digest form. Quite often, when I click on the last post the Outlook screen fades slightly and Windows subsequently displays a message box telling me that Outlook has stopped working, that Windows is searching for a solution to the problem, and then informs me that Outlook is re-starting.

Last week sometime Outlook hiccoughed on me and re-started in Safe Mode after displaying a message that it had been shutdown improperly. Since then I have noticed that, not always but often, clicking the mouse once on a particular message or e-mail address to select/hi-light it will result in the opening of the item. Fast forward one week and now I am being prompted for my network password everytime I try to send an e-mail message or when Outlook automatically tries to receive messages.

I am running Outlook 2007 on Vista Home Premium (original installation on my DELL 2-3 years ago). The only things I have done on the system lately were to install a game (Luxor) on the computer for my bride, and most recently upgraded my OpenOffice installation to ver. 3.1.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


Steve Gardella

In a couple weeks I'll be decommissioning a Windows 2003/Exchange 2003 mail server. I already have a Windows 2008/Exchange 2010 server in play. A few more steps are left like upgrading Outlook on the user desktops before I can move the mailboxes to the new mail server. Once that done, I assume there's no turning back to the old mail server and that's for the best. It's on its last leg.

Right now the new mail server is a member server and the old mail server is a backup domain controller (use to be primary). My other primary domain controller is Windows 2003. I have several member servers running Windows 2000, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008.

Will I run into problems having a Windows 2003 32-bit primary DC and Windows 2008 64-bit backup DC? Should I setup a different server to be the backup DC until I can have all DCs running the same OS or at least the all 64-bit? Should I promote the new mail server before I move the mailboxes or when I'm ready to shutdown the old mail server?

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