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Q: Newbie with questions about Win7 backup

My home PC is used primarily for surfing and for keeping household/financial records. HD capacity is 928GB and I use approx 40GB for all my stuff.

Question: When I do a system backup, is my goal to copy the total 40GB or is it to primarily restore my system without including photos and/or misc programs such as MS Office? I ask this because the notes on the free Macrium indicate that "folders" are not part of the backup (if I understand that correctly). Would I need to buy the Macrium Standard in order to do the more complete backup?

Also, it is my understanding that keeping my system backed up on a flash drive may not be the best solution since a 'crashed' system may not recognize that flash drive while attempting to restore my system.

Also, it is my understanding that an external HD will do all I need it to do regarding a restore ... but is costlier than using Macrium or the Cloud.

Eager to get your feedback.

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A: Newbie with questions about Win7 backup

It will make a complete image of all the used space (the entire 40gb ).

The paid versions can back up just selected folders instead of the whole thing.

A complete image is better anyhow, and it is pretty quick.

You will need to store the image file somewhere. OEM machines often come with an image on a different partition the same HD - that is just the original factory image - none of your stuff included. It can get some people out of trouble, but is useless if the HD itself dies.

For the same reason, it is safer to store your image files somewhere else. Most people buy a cheap external drive. Alternatively,if you have a desktop machine, you can store it on another internal drive, they are pretty cheap.

There are several imaging programs, Macrium is a free version , intended to tempt you to buy the fancier one. Aomei Backupper is completely free, there is no paid version , really excellent. Paragon do one also, and a few others.

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hello everyone.. i'm a newbie to windows 7 and this forum..

i have a newly installed windows 7 ultimate x86 and i was wondrin' whether to install security essentials or go for a free third party av..

maybe someone could tell me which third party av would be a better choice..

thanks in advance..

A:win7 newbie here.. just have a few questions for the experts..

I am going to get to this before everyone else I use MSE and Malwarebytes. Free, low profile, and effective.

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I am new to Win7, in fact I just installed 7227 and just love it. I have started to add several programs, and all that I have added so far, work just fine. You probably all know this and I am probably preaching to the choir. Here are a few questions so far:

1) I miss the quick launch toolbar. Is there an equal?
2) I miss the "show desktop" icon in the taskbar. Is there something equal?
3) There are 2 programs (so far) that I may not need. ZoneAlarm Free and ffdshow. Are these necessary? That is, I think I read that the Windows 7 firewall is sufficient and I am not sure about ffdshow.

A:Win7 questions from a newbie (to Win7)

1) you can pin anything to the new taskbar which includes programs and documents and its better imo than the old quicklaunch.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ram-links.html and Taskbar - Pin or Unpin a Folder

2) winkey+d is probably quicker than having to move the mouse
3) personally I just have the Windows firewall installed. The Windows 7 Codec pack includes ffdshow. The codec pack also doesnt interfere with the included codecs. Download: Shark007.net - Windows 7 Codecs

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Just got done reinstalling 7 after a hdd failure (good excuse to upgrade to ssd) and will be adding a new machine next week. So I'm looking at a new backup strategy.

Some background first. Living on a boat, I've had to come up with a somewhat unique setup, as space is at a premium. My solution was to use a USB hub (which runs the monitor, speakers & keyboard/mouse, plus an external hdd that I save all my files to). By simply changing which machine the hub is plugged into, I move between the different machines. Thus, the ext hdd is part of which every machine I am on at the time. So, what I have are 3 computers with only system files (I guess you'd call them), while all my personal files are saved to the ext hdd. (I also have a NAS and other ext hdd's)

After going through the hassle of finding all the drivers and apps necessary for a reinstall, I'd like a way to restore the system entirely (programs, drivers and all).

So, my first question is, will a Win7 disk image restore the whole system? If not, what will?

Second question is, what would be a good backup program to do continuous backups on the shared ext hdd and the user folder from each machine? (Doesn't have to be free, just continuous)

I've read a bunch of articles on backup, but they didn't really tell me what I wanted to know very clearly. Thanks for any advice or insight you can give.

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Hello community,

I have a system I built back in 2008 that has held up relatively well in the face of all the new technologies, without any major upgrades as of yet. It's been a while since I was as well versed as I was when I put my computer together, so bear with me.

I would like to upgrade from my current 32-bit version of Windows 7 to the 64-bit version for the obvious reasons: more access to memory, increased processor loading capability, etc. But I'm a noob when it comes to back up techniques. My goal is to have my current programs run exactly as they do now. I realize this upgrade will require a clean install, and I would like some recommendations as to how I need to proceed to keep my programs running as they do now.

I think I heard or read that I would need to create an ISO image of my OS HDD, is that correct? I plan on purchasing an external HDD, or maybe another internal one with SATA connection to load to backed up programs/files to. I imagine the back-up/loading speeds would be much better if I used a SATA connection.

But anyway, any feedback or help with accomplishing this feat would be very much appreciated.


A:Upgrade from WIN7 32-Bit to 64-Bit Backup Questions

Hi and welcome to TSF please read this Taking the mystery out of 64-bit Windows - Windows Help
you cannot transfer programs you need to reinstall them, making an iso of your 32 bit system would do nothing for you either. Taking the mystery out of 64-bit Windows - Windows Help You could possibly use, easy transfer for Data Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers - Windows 7 Help Forums But moving it to an external may be more use to you.
If you post your present system spec we may be able to advise on the sata.
Specs. Makes and models of
power supply.

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1. Ran out of this space in my Q:Lenvovo - backup assigned partition.  14GB.  (My C: drive has 80GB free!) How can I fix this?  Is there a way to expand the partition without deleting it first?  Does Lenvovo or Microsoft or SSD manufacturer have a tool to do this where you just enter the amount you want to expand a partition to and it will adjust the other partition accordingly?  If not; I cannot delete the Q:Lenovo drive using file explorer or disk cleanup utility.  How do I remove at the original backup?  When I go to disk cleanup it shows blank the files; so it is a hidden file or subdirectory.  I even try signing on as System Administratin but forgot the password I created, it been so long ago and never use it.  LOL!   If I cannot do any of this:  There is an option to do a Windows 10 refresh but can you redirect it to a new SSD from the existing SSD? 2. Looking to get a new SSD but in NVMe configuration. a. Does my L450 support NVMe boot up? What type of NVMe does my Thinkpad support?  I thinking of getting the Samsung 860 Evo.b. Is connecting the new NVMe and running transfer SSD software the Windows 10 will recognize the drives and do the transfer?    Serial NumberF0ATPKGPart Number: 20D5503800 Thanks for any help you can give in this matter!

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hey guys, i just heard about this "hijackthis" program....so i downloaded and was checking out the forums and looking at "logs"....I currently have bazooka...adware-2008....cc-cleaner...Defrag ....malware and spyware doctor.....

here are my 2 questions....i ran bazooka and came up with this "exploit searchterror.com...i followed the removal steps and still cannot remove it...what should I do now?

#2 here is my log file for hijackthis: (i have no clue what to get rid of)
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:21:30 PM, on 10/3/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18241)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\aawservice.exe
C:\Program Files\Sophos\AutoUpdate\ALMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\MouseWare\system\em_exec.exe
c:\Program Files\Sophos\Sophos Anti-Virus\SAVAdminService.exe
c:\Program Files\Sophos\AutoUpdate\ALsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

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Hi and Welcome to TSG,
For expert guidance on HJT logs you'll need to 'report' this thread & ask a Mod to move it to the HJT forum. There are many requests but few experts so please be patient.
This from TSG Rules to clarify:
"Log Analysis/Malware Removal - In order to ensure that advice given to users is consistent and of the highest quality, those who wish to assist with security related matters must first graduate from one of the malware boot camp training universities or be approved by the administration as already being qualified. Those authorized to help with malware issues have a gold shield next to their name and authorized malware removal trainees have a blue shield next to their names. Anyone wishing to participate in a training program should contact a Moderator for more information"


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1.I currently run XP32SP3, I have my main 150 GB drive which has XP installed then I have a 1 TB internal backup drive with all my video and miscellaneous files. I plan on trashing my current 150 drive and getting a new 10k 150 GB main drive, can I just install windows 7 onto that new drive, then plug in my backup drive after the full installation and all my video files will be ready to be watched? If not, what is the easiest way to keep my 1 TB worth of videos? Does that backup drive have to be formatted again to work in W7? My main goal here is keeping my video collection.

2.This is what I have ready to order to rebuild my old P4 pc, please give me any advice on my selections. The idea is to build a budget gaming pc with my existing tower, dvd drives and 750 watt power supply.

Processor:AMD Phenom II X4 965


Ram:G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Video Card:GeForce GTX460 768MB

Will there be install issues with this MoBo in my HP case? My current MoBo is:

Motherboard: ASUS PTGD1-LA
Socket LGA775
HP Pavilion a1050y
Thank You.

A:Almost a Newbie 2 W7. I have a few questions.

Hello there, let me see if i could answer this easily.

1) Yes, your data HDD will be untouched and ready to be played (every single file in there) unless you have a specific file types that WMP12 can't reproduce, IE: .mkv, .mov, .mp4

2) If you're only using the HP case, it should be fine. About the processor, you could step up to the Phenom II X6 1090T which is listed on newegg for 200$. About the motherboard, you don't need the 880G Chipset since you will use a Video Card. The 870 Chipset will be better for you (ASUS M4A87TD/USB3).

I guess that clears it out if you have other questions, please just ask

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To All,

I am a newbie to this forum, so please excuse if my questions have already been answered (I looked, but didn't see them).

I just updated from XP Media Center to Vista Media Center (via Home Premium), so I'm a tad new to the Vista version.

ALL I want it for is to play music, I don't want pictures, TV, (I might want movies though), etc. Is there a way to remove menu items I don't want: i.e. Pictures, etc ..

Also, what types of rips will MC recognize? mpg, avi, etc. The XP version seemed only to recognize .divx files.

Any help would be appreciated,

Thanks in advance,


A:Newbie questions

Hey jmes,

I listen to lots of music and watch lots of video in all sorts of codecs. I also stay far away from WMC. Really Windows Media Player does pretty much all I want, with the right codecs installed. And there is a great codec package reviewed in this forum somewhere, available at http://shark007.testbox.dk . You will need codecs regardless of whether you stay with WMC.

Honestly, the only thing I use WMC for is to set up recordings of live TV. Anything else and it is just more trouble than it's worth -- all the bells and whistles just slow it down.

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1.What does RTM stand for?
2.When does vista come out?
3.If I buy the upgrade can it just see that I have XP installed and do a fresh installation without keeping my xp files?
4.I do not have a tv tuner card and my video card DOES support aero so should I get Home basic or prenium?

A:Few newbie questions...


1.What does RTM stand for?

Possibly Remote Task Manager


2.When does vista come out?

Microsoft has stated that the scheduled release date for worldwide availability is January 30, 2007.


3.If I buy the upgrade can it just see that I have XP installed and do a fresh installation without keeping my xp files?

An upgrade is just that, it upgrades to the newer O.S. keeing your information intact.


4.I do not have a tv tuner card and my video card DOES support aero so should I get Home basic or prenium?

Microsoft will release six versions of the Windows Vista - three versions of Vista, will be for home users, two will be for businesses and one will be for emerging markets.

The six Windows Vista variants are: Windows Starter 2007; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista ultimate, and Windows Vista Business.


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I just installed windows 7, last night (literally). Even though I'm not using it right now (I am at school), I have a few questions to ask. I figure putting them all in one thread would be more more considerate instead of making 5 or 6 threads...

1. Is there a way to change the time the system waits on the OS selection menu? Currently it is set at 30 seconds, which is far too long for anything. I'd much rather it to be something small, say 2-5 seconds. After all, it is only used when you are at your computer..

2. Any way to disable the opacity that all the windows have, without selecting the windows 7 starter theme.

3. I have a 205gb internal hard drive. MY computer previously had two partitions on the disk. C and D. D was a recovery partition, 8.5gb I had to install windows 7 twice, because I didn't think to remove D before installing, so I had to do it so C would use the space D had.
But now, C is only listed as having a maximum capacity of 234 gb. Is something wrong, or is that normal. I recall buying a 500gb external and only having 460gb of space..

4. How many "ticks" of the mouse wheel to make the icons on the desktop to be roughly the same size as they were on XP? Also, what is the font of icon text from XP, so I can change them to make the icons the same size as XP in shape and font.

5. Any way to manually up the cpu fan speed? One night I noticed that my cpu fan was at max for a few hours (2500, still silent) and my cpu temp was down to 45, from its ... Read more

A:Newbie W7 questions

Qusestion 1:
WIN |type MSCONFIG | ENTER | Boot tab
There you can change that boot up wait.

WIN is the key with the wavy flag.

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I'm wanting to upgrade my computer, but I have NO idea what type of motherboard I have. How can I tell what I have? And how would I know what items will work with it? I'm wanting to install a new processor (currently 1.5 GHz), more ram (currently 512), and maybe a better memory card (I do know what this one is! NVIDIA GeForce 6200). Is there anyway I can find out what my processor and ram actually are without pulling them out from the PC (even then I wouldn't know, but I'm hoping someone here can tell me what they are )?

Any help is appreciated, thanks.

EDIT: I managed to find my Mother Board. I'm still wondering how I can tell which processors, ram, and video cards will work with it.

A:Newbie Questions

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This is probably the start of a long list of questions, I finally got XP to dual boot with Win2K so I'm just now -- for the first time -- taking that OS for a spin (only about 8 years late...)

First question: I have XP set up now for only one user (me) as the "administrator" account. I would like to set up another user account for my wife with all the same settings that I have painstakingly set up for my account (taskbar, start menu, and so on. The main difference in our accounts would be that the "my documents" folder would be storing different things.

Is there a way to transfer my settings so her account is identical at the outset (with a different my documents folder) or do I have to go through the entire process again? I have taken a peek at the instructions for "mandatory user account" but it's not clear (to me anyway) if this is where I need to go.

A:Newbie XP Questions

Is this "Administrator" account the Built-in Administrator account, or a Computer Administrator account you created during the installation?
If it's a second account, if you reboot to Safe Mode, you should see both the Built-in Administrator account, and this account.

Changes to settings in the Built-in Administrator account should become the default for all new accounts created. As soon as you create the first User account though, the Built-in Administrator account will no longer appear on the Welcome screen when you boot. This is by design, as it's not meant to be used for anything other than maintenance. It can be accessed from Safe Mode, or in XP Pro only, by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL twice at the Welcome screen, and use the classic login box to log in to the Administrator account

If this isn't the Built-in Administrator Account, you can create the new account, log into it once, then log into the Built-in Administrator account, and copy this account to the new one which will transfer all settings and files, but will not transfer Outlook/Outlook Express Emails/address books.

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Hi, I'm new here - I have been having problems with Windows XP Pro 64 since the moment I installed it, and thought I would try out Windows 7 64 to see how much things have improved.

In many ways I like it better, but I did have some questions.

First, I am running build 7000 - by running Windows Update daily, am I receiving the O/S updates as well, to keep me up to date with the current builds? Or would I need to reinstall when a new major build is released?

Also, I understand that later this month no new people will be allowed to test the beta. Does that mean that future builds of the Windows 7 beta and release candidates will be unavailable to the public (and we, the current beta testers)?

Finally, is there somewhere I can read about what happens at the end of the beta? That is, will my O/S stop working when the real thing is released until I purchase it?

Thanks in advance!

(Sorry if these have been answered, I tried the search option but came up with nothing)

A:Newbie questions

Hello Khelvan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Unfortunately you will need to do a clean reinstall for each new build of Windows 7 released. Windows Updates will not update to the new build.

If you have signed up with Microsoft Connect as a beta tester, then you will be able to download the official releases from there. Otherwise, you will have to take your chances with the torrents.

The beta versions of Windows 7 will stop working on August 1, 2009. After that date, there may be a new build (ex: Release Candidate) to use instead. Otherwise, we will need to purchase it when it released to retail.

Hope this helps,

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Can someone please help me. I don't understand what the difference is between Norton Antivirus and Heimdal PRO. I have the option to purchase both of these at a discounted rate since I am a student, but I don't understand if I need both of these or if one is better than the other. Can someone please help me?

A:Newbie with questions

Heimdal PRO is anti-malware software while Norton is an anti-virus.Anti-virus and anti-malware programs each perform different tasks as it relates to computer security and threat detection. Essentially, they look for and remove different types of malicious threats.In simplistic terms...Anti-virus programs use massive databases with different scanning engines and detection methods to scan for infectious malware which includes viruses, worms, Trojans, rootkis and bots.Anti-malware programs use smaller databases and generally tend to focus more on adware, spyware, unwanted toolbars, browser hijackers, potentially unwanted programs and potentially unsafe applications.Anti-virus and Anti-malware solutions with anti-exploitation features protect against zero-day malware, drive-by downloads, exploits, exploit kits and ransomware.The Difference Between Antivirus and Anti-MalwareWhat's the difference between antivirus and anti-malware?Malware Remover vs. Antivirus Software: What's the Difference?Antivirus and Antispyware Software: What's The Difference?What Is the Difference Between Antivirus & Antispyware?Use an Anti-Exploit Program to Help Protect Your PC From Zero-Day Attacks

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Found your site thru a Google search and liked the advice and instruction in regards to Hi Jack Logs. I've recently been blessed with the mass influction of pop-ups and I'm trying to find the root.

So if I am in the right place and or forum I will wait for further instruction of how to relay you any info needed to further assist me



A:Newbie here, just a few questions before ,,

Hi Truiz9902 and welcome to TSF.

Please download HijackThis - this program will help us determine if there are any spyware/malware on your computer. Create a folder at C:\HJT and move HijackThis.exe there. Double click on the program to run it.

1. If it gives you an intro screen, just choose 'Do a system scan and save a logfile'.
2. If you don't get the intro screen, just hit Scan and then click on Save log.

If you have a fast internet connection (broadband), run an online virus scan at TrendMicro. Just follow the instructions on the site to run the online scan. Otherwise, make sure your antivirus program has the latest definitions and run a full system scan.

Please download Ad-aware SE and install it if you don't have it already. Make sure it's the newest version and check for any updates before running it. Also go here to get the plug-in for fixing VX2 variants. To run this tool, go into Ad-aware->Add-ons and select VX2 Cleaner. Then click Run Tool and OK to start it. If it's clean, it will say Status System Clean. Otherwise, you will have to click on the Clean button to remove the VX2 infection. Also make sure to customize the settings in Ad-aware for better scan results. Run the scan and fix everything that it finds.

Download and install Spybot S&D. Run Spybot and click on the 'Search for Updates' button. Install any updates that are available. Next click on the 'Check for Problems' button. Let it run the scan. If it finds something,... Read more

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Okay, my boss desperately wants to be able to access the internet at her house, wireless. My understanding is that she still needs to have an ISP at her home to do this and she keeps telling me no, that at her old job, she accessed the internet through a wireless card through the ISP of her work. She had no personal ISP. Is she talking about a Sprint PC card or something to that effect? I'm new to the whole wireless thing, so I don't know how to get her set up. If someone could give me the basics in idiot terms (although I am somewhat PC savvy despite my apparent ignorance otherwise) I would really appreciate it!!!


A:Newbie Wireless questions

depends on how you read her statement.
My understanding is you need an ISP - and i work for a large multi-national corporation and thats the way have it to work at home.
however, if the ISP at her work also supplied her adsl/dsl access from home then yes it would be the same ISP that she had at home as at work.
OR - she had a direct phone line connected to her work that she could tap into.
OR - she lived next door or near enough so that the companies wireless signal reached here house
OR - someone else knows better and can provide more insight

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I am new to this stuff and unfortantly with three kids got a virus named trojan.jmcodec.a. With blind luck i think i have removed it using twenty million programs that I have tried to follow through these forums so I would not have to bother anyone. However, it seems my internet and acutally my pc is slower now and what the #$!%$@ is hijack this and how do I know what is good and bad........anyhelp would be great. I am incredibly frustrated and could use a little guidence to learnThanks!!!!Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)Scan saved at 7:45:40 PM, on 6/18/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware 2007\aawservice.exeC:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exeC:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\gearsec.exec:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe&... Read more

A:Newbie With Hijack This Questions

BC does not use the Beta HJT for analysis. Please review the HJT Preparation Guide for posting; it will provide a link to the correct version:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/Because interpreting logs requires a great deal of expertise, please make use of our volunteer team by posting a new log in the forum mentioned in the Guide.Regards,John

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Just got windows 7 on my desktop, and I don't like the notion of me stumbling around trying to relearn everything about the new OS over the course of a month..
So I'm going to use this thread for any issues that may come up. Not all will necessarily be in the first post.

1) How can I dock items in the task bar on the right? MSN for instance, whenever I am signed in, there is always an icon on the task bar next to icons for open windows. Is there a way to force it to be on the task bar, next to the clock? Like it was in XP

2) Is there a way to change the time the system waits on the OS selection menu? Currently it is set at 30 seconds, which is far too long for anything. I'd much rather it to be something small, say 2-5 seconds. After all, it is only used when you are at your computer..

3) Any way to disable the opacity that all the windows have, without selecting the windows 7 starter theme.

4) I have a 205gb internal hard drive. MY computer previously had two partitions on the disk. C and D. D was a recovery partition, 8.5gb I had to install windows 7 twice, because I didn't think to remove D before installing, so I had to do it so C would use the space D had.
But now, C is only listed as having a maximum capacity of 234 gb. Is something wrong, or is that normal. I recall buying a 500gb external and only having 460gb of space..

5) How many "ticks" of the mouse wheel to make the icons on the desktop to be roughly the same size as they were on XP?... Read more

A:Newbie Windows 7 questions

Pretty sure I have found a solution to #3, so I bring you #6

6) Any way to manually up the cpu fan speed? One night I noticed that my cpu fan was at max for a few hours (2500, still silent) and my cpu temp was down to 45, from its usual temp of 60-70 @900-1000 rpm..

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Hi, I'm trying out OpenOffice for the first time, and I had a few newbie questions...

How do you get the view to get rid of those gray page boundaries and margins and all that stuff (in other words, to get to a view analogous to MS Word's "Normal", not "Page Layout", which a lot of people use for their Word docs but I can't stand myself...)

How do you disable the recently used file list from showing up in the File Menu? I don't see an option for that anywhere, but there are a number of entries under Options, so I might have missed it...


A:OpenOffice newbie questions...

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I have had my MiiX700 for almost a week and spent a lot of time setting it up and getting used to it.  My impressions are good and it looks like it is going to do a good job both as a tablet and my primary computer. There are a few maddening points that I hope to get resolved here, so, thanks in advance.  I am posting them all in this message but will post separate messages if requested. Is there a way to create a start menu tile for toggling tablet mode?The OSK (On Screen Keyboard) frequently stops working in some fields... notably the windows search bar.  The only option so far is to reboot... and wisdom or suggestions other than reboot?Will connecting the Lenovo USB Power Cable to a typical USB power supply such as an iPad automotive charger provide any power input?Thanks in advance,Beverly Howard 

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We are brand new to camcorders, and we're also new in this forum.

I hope someone can help with 2 questions.

We just got a Panasonic/Quasar VM-D51 camcorder. The camcorder is an old VHS-C type, but it's only been used twice.
Here are our 2 questions:

1. I've recorded our first tape and I can watch it in the camcorder's viewfinder, but I'm unable to see it on any of our 3 VCRs. I've tried attaching the camcorder's "red/white split end" cable from the camcorder to empty red/white holes on the VCRs, but after hitting "Play" on the camcorder (and on the VCRs) nothing shows (I do have the camcorder set to "VCR"). I even tried plugging the cable directly into our HDTV, but I saw only "No Signal". I also tried using an old VHS-C adapter for the VHS-C tape, but as soon as I hit "PLAY" the tapes eject. I've also tried several old VHS-C tapes that were recorded on a different camcorder, but they also eject as as soon as I hit "Play". I can see regular VHS tapes in each of the VCRs, and of course I can watch all the VHS-C tapes in the camcorder's viewfinder. What the heck might I be doing wrong?

2. The box included a Panasonic NI-CAD 1HR BATTERY 1.2AMP battery pack (which is described in the Owner's Manual), but it also included 2 Thomson AV8M3W 6V 1600m batteries as well (not described!).

We can't figure out what the Thomsons might be used for. Perhaps someone tos... Read more

A:Camcorder Newbie Questions

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I wanted to partition my hard drive into 4 sections. C=Operating System, D=Applications E=My Files and F= extra space I can allocate to other 3 sections in the future.

I loaded Office Suite and it asked where to load it. I said "D". Then I loaded another program and it said it was going to place it in C: Programs Files. I changed it to be D: Program Files. A third program told me it was going to C: Program Files (x86) I changed that to D: Program Files (x86). So now I have a drive labeled "D" with some Applications in just "D", some in D Program Files and some in D Program Files (x86).
Question 1 Will having these applications in such a haphazard manner hurt when trying to access the programs?
Question 2 What does the "x" mean in (x86)?
Question 3 When I loaded Flash and Acrobat Reader, those files did not ask where to be stored, where did they go?

A:Newbie with partition questions

1. Very possibly ... do you have a specific reason to do this?
2. It indicates the type of architecture (32 bit)
3. They were stored in c:/program files

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Hello, I see here quite a few of people here post their logs to highjack, Is there a rule of thumb, list, whats should and shouldnt be in that list, I know all will be different on the software they have installed, but like what should be there and what is a personal install? where is the manual for it? hope you all can understand what I am trying to say here. if not let me know and I will splain myself, and thanks for a great site to us newbies... ron

A:questions from newbie about highjacking..

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My Emsisoft Internet Security expired so I am currently using ESS 8. I was struggling a bit in the beginning, with the settings and all that but I found Umbra Polaris's thread and I did everything listed there (http://malwaretips.com/threads/how-to-set-eset-smart-security-for-max-protection.14466/). I like the features it offers, however I have a few issues right now. EIS used to have 4 types of scan, quick-full-smart-custom. The only stuff I see on ESS is smart and custom. Is there a way to actually to add more types of scans like full and if so how do I enable that and which settings do I adjust? Also, I have set HIPS on smart mode and firewall on Interactive mode, should I change them?


A:ESET Newbie Questions

Smart Scan should cover you enough so there's no need for other scan modes. If you want a really seamless experience, I'd suggest leaving everything on default and just rely on your instincts. Setting it up just like in Umbra's guide isn't a bad choice though if you want to have granular control over your security.

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Hello there. I have a few things I wanna run by you guys. I plan on upgrading my processor but there are several questions I need answered before I can feel safe with a purchase.
First off What would be a cheap and efficient upgrade from my current AMD A6-3620 2.20 ghz CPU.
Second off I understand my motherboard may not be able to use certain high end processors(The link at the end lists available upgrades).
Just trying to get some games to play faster. Due to the belief of my processor bottle-necking my gpu or vice versa.

Game I want(wish to run on high) is far cry 3.

I know my evga geforce 560 would be up to it graphic wise...but my cpu is questionable.

Also if I wish to self install it instead of going to a tech. You think I will be safe, or should I get a pro?

Stock processor and info listedupgraded GPU and PSU)

A:Newbie CPU upgrade questions...

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/[email protected]+3.40GHz&id=828

The graph of the bottom should help u most of those at the top are within the budget of 170-250$ but then u have to count the motherboard upgrade

The Amd fx 8350 triples the performance of ur cpu but many games dont use 8 cores...

and the Intel i5-3570k is 2 and a half better then ur cpu but is a heavy multitasker

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I just upgraded my GPU to an AMD r9-290 Vapor. I am still using my old Antec 900 case and the wires are a bit cluttered after fitting in that GPU.

I have wires sitting on top of the GPU and some wires touching the side of the GPU's heatsink. Do I need to worry about the wires melting? The wires are from the EVGA 850 G2.

Also I used a couple of cable ties (those wrapped metal wires), are they going to damage the mobo?

Thanks in advance.

A:Some newbie questions after ugrading GPU.

Their is no cable ties with wires in them that should be used. None, Zero.
Cable ties should be plastic of some kind with not metal.

If you have cables laying on or rubbing against your video card then you have a mess. You need to spend some time with cable management.
Cable and harness routing should be very neat and tidy. Cables should not block air flow in any fashion.

Could you post a picture of the inside of your system with everything hooked up.

Use this tutorial to post a picture.

By Brink:

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Hi! I'm rather new at this. A sales guy at Best Buy told me that none of the routers actually download and send info from one computer to another any faster than the Netgear regular one does. The upgraded versions like SuperG only send the signals farther, not faster. Is that so?
Also I want to hook up several computers that are Windows 98 SE to a host computer that is Win XP. Anything special I need to do? I already found out the hard way that not all the router things handle 98. Had to take back a USB router thing from DLINK - it wouldn't work with 98. I have a Regular wireless Netgear router that I am currently using with the XP and and XP notebook. I also have a wired Linksys router that I am not currently using for anything.
Thanks for any help/inof you can give me.

A:Networking Questions from newbie

I'd say if you are happy with the router you have now, then theres no need to replace it and have to setup everything again.

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I just upgraded from XP to Vista home basic.. and so far i like it. i just have a couple questions:

1) how do i watch videos that i have saved on my pc with vista-- is real player compatible?

2) if not what can do so i can watch my videos?

A:Questions from a vista newbie..

Real Player is compatable, download the later version. As far as viewing videos, depends on the format, you will need a player and in some cases you may need to download a given codec........ again, all depends on the file format.

A good generic player: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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Hello. Well, as I say in the title, I am new to SFTP. I will explain below what I have done and post my questions. If there is a website article somewhere that specifically addresses any of my questions, feel free to copy and paste or to point me to the direct section that answers my questions.

Background Info:

I want to be able to upload all the contents of my Android phone to my computer wirelessly and automatically. I can currently do this because I have setup SFTP / SSH on my Windows XP Professional computer.


I installed OpenSSH for Windows, did port forwarding for port 22, and setup a password on my computer. Also had to specify port 22 in my Windows Firewall exceptions in order to maintain the connection.


I can successfully view files from my computer on my phone and also send files to my computer.

I however have the following questions.


1. Is there any way possible to use only one IP address to connect to my computer, regardless if I am connecting to it from the wireless connection on my phone, which is on the same network as my computer, or if I am using the cell phone's 4G / 3G connection?

Let me explain further. When I am home and connected wirelessly, I connect to my computer using an ip address of 192.168.2.x (my internal ip address). When I am on the cellular network connection (4G) or on a wireless connection other than the one from my home, I have to use my computer's external ip address (96.x.x.x). Is there any way t... Read more

A:SFTP / SSH Newbie; I have some questions.

1. Yes. You have to use a dynamic DNS service and have a router which supports loopback. You pick a hostname to use to register with the dynamic DNS service. Hopefully your router will support the dynamic DNS service you pick other wise you'll have to run a piece of client software on a box which is running 24/7 to update the dynamic DNS service if your public IP changes. From the software you use, you would use the hostname you've registered instead of entering an IP address.

3. Yes. It's usually best if you're exposing devices on the Internet to change the default port. Ports from 1023 on down are called reserved ports. This means that a specific port is well know for a specific type of service. Port 80 is a well known reserved port for HTTP/web traffic. Port 443 is for secure HTTP using SSL. Etc. Etc. The reason why this is a security concern is due to the fact everyone knows this or can easily find out. So hackers are your concern. They can probe a specific IP address and do a port sweep. Anything that answers back they'll go into an attack mode. So if something is answering back on say port 80, they'll know....hey there's a high probability there is a web server answering back. Then they go into their bag of tricks and start doing things like denial of service attacks, Day Zero, etc, etc. If you use a non standard port and they go through the trouble of scanning through the 65,000 some odd available port numbers and find your box answe... Read more

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I'm brand new to Windows 10 (just got a new PC. I have a couple of silly questions that I have not been able to (so far) find an answer to.
1. Is it possible to change ONLY the appearance of the task bar (color and contrast)? It's stuck as black, with running programs a minutely different shade of black background. and I've scoured the (unbelievably sparse) control panel options, and can't figure out how to do it. I did find a couple of ugly themes that increase contrast, but they are all quite ugly. And there's one included theme that changes it from black to white, which is even worse than the black.
2. Similarly, I'd like to increase the size of the icons on the task bar -- I'm not sure how to do that. There is an option (unchecked) to use SMALL icons, but it seems to me that the standard ones are already too small.
3. I'm not sure if this was a glitch or what -- I tried to run a program, but got an error message saying that it had insufficient privilege to run (sorry, that's what its called on VAX VMS computers, which I used to work on, I can't think of what its called in Windows). I had to manually select to run it as the administrator. However, I'm the only user on the pc, and so I am the administrator. Note that after I did that once, I can now simply run it normally without issue. What's up with that? Why did it not run as admin by default, seeing as how I'm running it and I supposedly have Admin privil... Read more

A:Windows 10 Newbie Questions

The Control Panel in Windows 10 is available from Right click on Start button.

You are the admin account on the PC, but to invoke full admin privileges, you need to right click a program and select "run as admin". Some older programs want to write to the "Program Files" or "Windows" folder, which requires admin rights, so in that case, you need to right click and choose "run as admin"

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Hi, I'm currently using a Windows PC connected to the internet using a Cisco ADSL modem physically connected via a network cable to the PC's network card (so no wireless). I bought a netbook that has WiFi that I plan to use in my home. So I also bought a Cisco WRT54GL wireless router. My plan is to keep the PC physically connected to the internet and the Netbook accessing ADSL via wireless. So the basic config would be:
- The ADSL signal cable going to the Cisco ADSL modem
- A network cable going from the Cisco ADSL modem to the Cisco Router
- A network cable going from the Cicso router to the PC
- The netbook accessing the internet via wireless using the router.
My question is:
1) When I'm not using the netbook, can I disable (or turn off) the routers wireless transmissions so that it acts only as a physical router? If so, how?
2) Will placing the router between the modem and the PC in the above described manner affect the internet speed (lower)?
3) Will the router (acting in physical mode only, i.e., no wireless) add an extra layer of security for the PC? Will I still need to keep the PC's installed software firewall (I'm using NIS2011)?
4) Does installing the router imply changing many of Windows' settings? Is it easy to revert back to the PC' original state if I ever decide to uninstall the router to the original config?

A:Wireless network/Newbie questions

1- Not unless the router has an option to do this.
2- Speed should not be affected.
3- Yes. It's recommended to keep your software firewall running as an additional security measure.
4- No Windows settings should change.

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Hello, I really don't know where to start. I have read extensively on virtualization but the more I read the more confused I get. Please bear with me as I'm sure you will think my questions are quite stupid & I'm sorry but I have a lot of them.

I have 2 PC's both running dual boot setups. Specifications as follows:

PC1-dual boot Windows XP and Windows 7 Pro (64bit) with 6 gb ram. XP(32 bit) on 200 gb partition Window 7 on 300 gb partition
PC2 -dual boot Windows 7 HP (64 bit) and Windows 8 Pro (64 bit) with 6 gb ram.Win7 on 600 gb partition, Win 8 on 400 gb partition. PC2 is my main computer which I use most of the time.

I have all the applications I use installed in each OS (ie: MS OFC 2010,burning program, cleanup tools, etc) When I set these up I contemplated going virtual but was as confused then as I am now so just went ahead with dual boot which I could understand. Now I would like to attempt a virtual setup using VMPlayer. Would someone please try to clarify some issues for me. Before I start know that I have my dual boot setups backed up with Acronis TI 2013.

My objective is to establish VMs on both these PCs without having to reinstall the OS so I want to convert the existing OS to a VM.

Question 1. Is the following correct & in the right order & do any other steps need to be added?

A: Install VMWare Converter into Windows 8, convert that OS to a virtual file & save it
to a folder.
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A:Newbie needs answers to what are probably stupid questions

That's a big list!

As a beginner you should jump right in with the basic stuff without asking too many questions or you'll lose the road and get confused. But don't feel bad because I'll try to help. If you plan in doing this by yourself for the first time: congratulations!
I'm sure it's feasible.

I'll do my best to answer where possible but I'm sure others will jump in to help.

Question 1. Is the following correct & in the right order & do any other steps need to be added?

A: Install VMWare Converter into Windows 8, convert that OS to a virtual file & save it
to a folder.
B: Copy the folder I created into Window 7 (the host). Install VMPlayer into Win7 and
go open the folder

YES. it works.
I've never used Converter but others did successfully: the downside of the conversions is that the VM disks will be big just as the real deal was. See more info here in this thread: Oracle VirtualBox on windows 8 , more in particular Jimbo's post at the end in case the Converter doesn't work.

Question 2. At this point it is my understanding the VM works off the drivers installed within the host. Will I have to do anything from within the VM regarding drivers since I converted the installation rather than did a new install? Will the VM recognize my internal DVD drives or if I use a flash drive will the VM recognize it?

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I've decided to try and build my first computer and I have a couple questions.
When looking at mobo's I've noticed that their are express ATX, micro ATX ,and just ATX. Whats the difference? I plan on installing it in a case that's approx. 4-5 years old. I cant find any manufactor label on it, it currently has a ABIT NF7 mobo if that helps. I would also appreciate if I can get some feed back on my build.

Intel Core 2 E6400

Gigabyte 96P-DS3 Intel P965 Express ATX mobo

Corsair XMS2 1 Gb DDR2800 memory

ASUS Radeon X1950 Pro (256mb) video card

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320gb hard drive

Lite-on 18x DVD burner

The case currently has a Powerpup 350w power supply is that enough or should I upgrade? And if I need to what size?

Thnks for any help

A:Newbie questions for building a new computer.

Welcome to TechSpot!

I'd upgrade the power supply to this: OCZ GameXStream 600W
It may be a bit expensive, but the 600 watts will hold up to anything you can throw at it with your current setup. It also is a high quality unit. I can give some suggestions for a motherboard when I have some time, but right now, g2g.


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I have two desktop PCs at home - one in my living room and one in my bedroom.

I have one cable modem and I can use the Internet with no problem from either machine, but I have to unplug the modem from one machine and plug it into the other machine in order to use the net on the other machine.

One of my PCs runs XP and the other runs Windows 7.

I have asked some sales people about what I need to do to use the Internet from both machines without unplugging the modem.

I've been told about many different options. Some sales people want to sell me a $120 router while others tell me that a much less expensive router will do the job. Both my PCs have highspeed network access.

I'd like to know if I need to buy a router and, if so, what kind of router I need and why routers are priced all over the spectrum.

I assume that some routers are able to handle "high speed" connections while others are not. Is this why they are priced all over the map?

Can anyone tell me some basics about what I will need to buy to make this happen and where I can find some kind of tutorial or "how to" document that will instruct me how to go about making this happen?

Specifically, is there some kind of tutorial or thread in this forum that will teach me the basics and help me to make this happen?

Thank you.

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Hi, I am new to Exchange (having up till now run our Outlook email clients as standalone clients collecting to .PST files on a LAN file server, collecting via POP3 from our email server hosted by a commercial provider - Xilo).

5 days ago (on Monday 12th Nov) I had a networking company come in and set up Exchange server for us.

Exchange mailboxes replaced our .PST files (with the .PST data migrated into the Exchange mailboxes).

Initially, just for continuity and to avoid throwing everything up in the air together, we continued to collect mail into Exchange via POP3 (using the same mailboxes provided by Xilo our hosts).

Then on Thursday (15th Nov) we finally "grew up" and setup Exchange to run as a collecting mailserver in its own right (by configuring Exchange, and by contacting our hosts Xilo, giving them our Exchange server's external IP address, and asking them to re-route mail directly to us - via creating an MX record in their DNS I believe).

(Q1) On Thursday, did we go from collecting mail via POP3 to collecting via IMAP ?

(Q2) All along i.e. from Monday, have we been SENDING mail using SMTP ? (and therefore bypassing our hosting provider's mailserver)

Today (Friday) we noticed that mail we sent to [email protected] was not being received. Our network engineers told us we needed a Reverse DNS record created (rDNS), and to contact our ISP. Which we did, and within 30mins this was implemented - albeit with the proviso it would take 24-48 ho... Read more

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Let me ask some questions about the Toolbar in the Taskbar:

1. There are several toolbars like "Address, Links, Desktop" and when I choose them nothing happens. ??
2. What difference does it make if they have check marks next to them or not?
3. When I choose "New Toolbar" why does it ask me for a folder? Why dont I just give it a name and then add items to it?
4. What is the purpose of "Lock the Taskbar"?
5. I guess I don't understand the moniker or it would all make sense. I have read some tutorials, but all they say are descriptions of each menu choice. Do you all know of a good one that goes into detail?

Thanks amigos,


A:Newbie Toolbar in the Taskbar questions

Let me ask some questions about the Toolbar in the Taskbar:

1. There are several toolbars like "Address, Links, Desktop" and when I choose them nothing happens. ??
2. What difference does it make if they have check marks next to them or not?

if you remove the tick from one of them ,watch the bar carefully

for example if you remove the tick from address ,you remove the address bar where you type in www.whate versite[/url] you want to go to (that's just an example )

lock the bar means just that ,

have a look here ,explains it better than I can


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So I got a computer from my brother for my teenager to have for there very own. The problem, besides that I don't know much about computers, is that the computer has several issues. I've lurked around here for the last month or so and I've downloaded spyware and a cleaner that was recommended. My biggest outstanding problems are:

1) When turned on the computer stops at the first or second screen (it says Dell in blue writing) until I double click a button (I use escape), Then it boots the rest of the way up.

2) The monitor does not allways talk to the computer when they're both turned on (the monitor power light just blinks).

3) The computer locks up constantly to where you often have to turn it off and start over. If you use Explorer to go on line and then close that and go to say outlook to check mail without pausing for a minute or so it almost always freezes.

I took the liberty of running a check on Highjackthis as I've seen suggested before. The results follow:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 8:42:06 PM, on 07/16/2005
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.2222A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

A:Newbie questions running processes

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First problem - somehow the 'pictures' and 'documents' items that show up when you click the start button do not take me to where we have the pictures and documents stored. We have them stored in c:\users\<user name>\my pictures and
c:\users\<user name>\my documents.

I have no idea where those 2 itms off the start menu are taking me. Clicking on either does nothing, and as I've found out, right clicking to see where they are trying to take me does not work.

Secondly, I can't get Abode Reader 9.3 to work. I dowloaded the exec file for 9.3.4, but when I run it I get "error 1606: could not access network location
%appdata%. When I try to uninstall 9.3 via the control panel, I get the exact same message. I have even tried to use killbox to simply remove the abode folder, but I ultimately get a msg - this file could not be deleted.

Third, we use the AOL software here, and when we start our PC we get a msg that the main.idx file is damaged. Same msg when we click on the AOL icon. We CAN, however start aol when we use safe mode with networking.

Never had these problems with XP.

A:Multiple problems/questions from a Seven newbie

They take you to your Library "Documents" and "Pictures"

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Hey guys I am a newbie when it comes to this so let me do my best.

I want to back up my computer as is, with the operating system an all the files I have on it. Yes I understand how to do that, but I want to back it all up on a disc and have it so when I pop in that disc it becomes boot able from the disc and will put my computer to whatever state that disc is. For instance if I did this (put all my info on a disc, operating system, software and data files) and then my computer crashed the system went away I want to be able to put this disc in and have it load back up so I am able to put this info back on my hard drive and have it act like it never crashed. Is this possible? And how would I do it? Can you give me freeware products? I have Norton Ghost but I am not able to get the ISO creator for it.

yeah im a newb, but thanks for the help in advanced


A:[SOLVED] newbie with some questions about backing up

Hi Brent and welcome to TSF !

Take a look at these articles, you'll find some good info in them :
How to copy your operating system from one hard drive to another using XXclone
How to Backup your boot hard drive using DriveImage

If all your data can hold on a DVD then you may be able to do what you want. Using driveimage (second article) you could create an image of your system drive and save that image to an external drive or even a DVD if it's small enough. Then you can use a bootable Bart PE CD with the driveimage plugin to restore your operating system from that image.

The XXclone method allows you to create a bootable clone of your system partition. In case of a system failure you can change the boot order in the BIOS to boot on that partition and get back to a fully usable state. This method requires a dedicated partition with enough space to hold all the files that are on your system partition and is thus less practical. You can't create a clone on your hard drive on a DVD since the system needs to be able to write information on the drive it's on. You can use an external USB drive to hold the clone but you'll have to hook it as an internal drive during the clone process and when you'll want to boot from it.

Note that if the crash is caused by some hardware failure, restoring your files won't help : you'll have to identify and replace the failing piece of hardware.

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I thought I was going to have no problems, until I began reading deeper into help files for the nuts and bolts of "how to...." But now I need some clarifications. Maybe you can help me.

I am using an ATI AIW9600 with the Pinacle 8 that came with it. I have 60 GB to capture to, and a 3Ghz P4 with 512MB, which seems enough horsepower to do what I need (move my VHS home movies to DVD for permanence).

After figuring out that the 60 Gb is good for about 30 minutes (and I agree that 20 minute vinnettes are probably best), now I'm wondering about getting the hour's worth of media onto the DVD.

Where I'm going with the question is: to burn an hour long DVD, how much disk space would I REALLY need? - Can the process be done in chunks that can be assembled with the menu stuff before or as the burning process is imminent?

The reason I ask is that the only CD burning I've done has been data files, and I was under the impression that creating a music disk (for example) I would need to have all the music files arranged just so, before burning to avoid fouling up the target disk. This being a much larger project, I don't want to have to re-do everything several times to get it right.

More questions are inevitable...


A:Video newbie questions (raring to go!)

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Hello to all,
Begining to find my way around. Had Ubuntu 64 bits and it appears to me that W8 is noticeably faster. My first two questions are
1. Does sfc /scannow as administrator work properly? I did a check and got some corrupted file, when it finished! The X2 Athlon +6000 chip and 4GB of ram seem to be running fine.

2. I have attempted to install a free firewall, and it had failed on Comodo, Zonealarm and Window Seven. Say it is not IIRC designed to work with this OS. I was using 64 bit versions. Any freeware firewall that does work?
Thanks for all assistance!

A:Successful install on old box. Newbie questions!

Ya, ZoneAlarm for a fact will not work on 8 until 8 is past RTM stages.

Yep, you should run sfc as Admin privilege. It works well.

The Windows Firewall is 100% functional and excellent. No reason or other need to use anything else, functionality speaking.

I prefer ZoneAlarm because the UI makes it faster for me. No other reason really.

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I have checked the FAQs and haven't found the specific info I was looking for. Please feel free to redirect me if the answers already exist.

I'm familiar with the Hosts file from my Unix days back in the early 80s. Back then it was a necessity just for everyday use. These days I (must) use Windows XP Home Edition SP3, and it's Windows that I don't know as well as I should (or would like to).

In reading "The Hosts File and what it can do for you," here at Bleepingcomputer the location of the Hosts file for Windows XP Home is listed as:

Windows XP Home c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

but when I open up to c:\windows\system32\drivers\ I don't have an "etc" directory. Before I assume that I should create the directory I thought I should ask.
Also, I have Spybot installed. I mostly use it for the TeaTimer, but I did use the immunize Firefox feature. This sounded a lot like a Hosts file. Does Firefox have its own Hosts file somewhere else that I should know about?
Thanks very much!

A:Newbie questions about Hosts file

Spybot adds entries to the HOSTS file if that's the setting you did. They put their entries at the end of the HOSTS file. Also they add entries to the restricted sites in IE.
etc directory may not be visible if your folder options are to hide system files Tools > Folder options > View > Show hidden files and folders or Hide Protected system files is on.

I can't comment on the Firefox question, I don't use it.

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I got in all my parts and began building today. I think I finally finished, but ran into problems. First, my monitor cable isn't compatible with my GTX 1070. The end of the monitor cable is too small, but even when I connect it to a larger one that fits the size of the card, it won't go on there. How do I know what to buy to make this work?
Second, I tried putting my GTX 660 ti back in there, but when I start up the PC, all I get is "PLEASE POWER DOWN AND CONNECT THE PCIe POWER CABLE(S) FOR THIS GRAPHICS CARD". I don't know what PCIe Power Cables are, so that doesn't help much.
Third, the back fan isn't compatible with my motherboard (building it inside the case of my old PC, and kept the fan in there). It has 3 pins on the conector, while the motherboard requires 4. How do I know what fan I need to buy and make sure it fits in my PC's case (mid-size)?

I need help, lol.

A:PC build problems - several questions (newbie)

The card will have DVI port, an HDMI port, and Display port. You will need the cable that your monitor uses. As far as PCIe Power cables, that would be the 6pin, and 8 pin connector from your PSU

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Can I just buy the OEM disk the newegg and install that instead of building a computer?
Does the OEM come with a product key that works when activating with microsoft?
Thanks for your response.

A:Two vista ultimate OEM newbie questions

Yes and Yes.

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Hi everyone,
I'm primarily a mac user now but have used windows as my personal computer in the past. The last Windows version I used predominantly on a home PC is Windows 95, so it's been a while! However, my work environment is mostly Windows XP based, so I'm still somewhat familiar.
I'm in the market for an inexpensive Windows based PC that I can use for some simple tasks, like making powerpoint presentations and accessing VPN. Basically, because I have not used a Windows based computer as a home based computer in quite a while, I'm very unfamiliar with basic security and maintenance tasks. I've read mixed reviews about Windows Defender on its own and some suggest adding Malware Bytes. In the past I've bough Norton, but I hear nowadays people find it to be bloated, a waste of resources, and expensive.
As far as maintenance tasks go I remember using Disc defragmenter and scandisc, but I hear these are obsolete now too? Hopefully someone can share some insight and help me out. If it's too overwhelming I suppose a Chrome book is a possibility, but doubt I'll have as many options.

Thank you.

A:Potential windows user with newbie questions

inexpensive,,, ,whatever one you choose will do all the things you wish to do ,,as for defender and Malwarebytes,it all I use on my
pc's for years now . a chrome book dose not run windows !

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