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Fresh reinstall, unknown users added w/ NT Authority

Q: Fresh reinstall, unknown users added w/ NT Authority

I am completely at my wits end. I have been battling some hellish malware for months now. I have done just about everything I can think of, from using crazy passwords, changing the obvious settings prone to weakness, uncheck Remote access, disable built in admin, disabling shares, strict firewall settings, different firewalls, different AV software, just about everything really, anti-spyware. I have used about every advanced malware discovery out there to no avail, from tdsskiller, combofix, Reanimator, ansMBR, etc.. All come up blank.

The obvious normal signs of something being infected are there. Sudden dropping of firewall, suddenly being denied access to areas, finding services running that should be disabled, noting my av software isn't working properly. Lots of instances of svchost running, far more than reasonable, with the wrong PID, access level. Auditing in cmd environment and seeing unknown open ports, foreign addresses, not accountable to any legitimate service, etc.

To make matters worse, when I actively try to make changes preventing access, I find my own account changed, anything from my search function disabled to all admin tool (mmc) locked out. Piling on, this infection is not only nasty, it's aggressive, it won't hesitate to actually remove my account from all groups, basically locking me out of my own computer. Add to this a particular intelligence, and it's any computer users worst nightmare.

When I tried to limit services, the next time I would Logon, the service would be active again, yet I now had no permission level to make any changes. Same thing with the registry, I tried to lock down branches, and it has taken ownership and denied me all access. It goes on like that for about everything I do. Reset folder permissions with icacls, now I get access denied if I try to use it.

The cherry on top was when I found, after disabling my wireless adapters, a newly fashioned 'wireless shell' was added into the very BIOS. Talk about feeling invaded.

The sad thing is, I can't produce a report showing any 1 infection of any kind, so even through exhaustive research with tech at Bleeping Computer, he just thinks I'm a nut, and seeing things. I have pulled my event logs, but I think I've entered a technical area beyond his skill level.

Here is the very latest. I have reformatted and reinstalled at least 5 times in the last week alone, from 3 different windows 7 CDs. Factory that came with laptop, oem full install win7 home pro with and without SPK1. Each time yields the same results, registry keys/branches locked to me, services also locked to me. Unable to control firewall, edit tasks, etc. while trying to defend against/prevent/recover any of these, I have had my account disabled, booted from the OS, an orphan user with no rights.

To me, the most significant thing is during install, about 75% through, I see a message that System is Updating Registry, and when I am finally able to log in, there are already 100-200 security events, and I believe they are the root cause, so to speak.

What takes place is a smash through of users/groups. Special logins are created with SeImpersonate, SeTakeOwnership, etc. what happens, even before I assign a user name, my newly assigned SID is used as basically a template. They impersonate my account, assign priveledges to new Special Logon, assign this new user to all groups, from admin and guest, to EventLogReaders, IIS_IUSRS, etc. basically every group in the system. They first allow the Special Logons by granting NULL SID full privileges, then use this as an open door to bring in more users. Once this is done, they lower the in house group privileges which I can access, so I never have equal or more authority. If I 'cross some line', like trying to take ownership away, boom, I am gone, account disabled.

Special Audit policies are put in place to monitor Logon/off, access to anything remotely core to system, and the final master stroke, auditing system time, which would signify possible reinstall, and I'm sure measures are taken. In fact, this virus or whatever, gonna name it Evil in 1's&0's.

It has also managed to maintain presence on system through HDD replacement, system board replacement, factory reinstall of software during ASUS RMA, and as I have noted above, more reinstalls in the past few months than I had done in my life previously. It has also successfully masked itself through some of the most extensive anti-malware projects. I know I've dinged it from time to time, as I sometimes get back some access, but it is always short lived, and there's always a price to pay, usually in making the system useless.

I know it uses key loggers, recorders, it has PnP driver redundancies galore, and won't hesitate to activate components on its own, silently of course. I think it's one I'd the more unique things about this bug, it doesn't mind if it puts me, the real owner, in a position where all I can do is reinstall, maybe it likes a tidy house, and knows I will be reopen king the doors at some point. At the same time, it's never truly destructive, it could easily frag my components, heck, it could easily burn out the CPU if it wanted to, as u have seen it throttle up the CPU and it has sensor control... But it doesn't do any of this.

This thing almost feels personal, but I haven't made an enemy of any sort in years and years, and I am not even close to any kind if financial target, trust me... There have been seemingly interactive battles as well. I have been left reg keys on my desktop with messages like, 'do you like my style', but I don't know if ghat is just coded in advance.

It also opens my ports to the world, can't close them, and even though I have physically removed my wireless card, left Ethernet out, it has somehow managed to internally McGyver something out of (guessing here) onboard wifi or Bluetooth, not a clue myself, but when I can ping yahoo with no connection I'm familiar with, you can't argue with that.

So, I guess what I come down to is this, there is an obvious vulnerability with group membership, as well as the install process itself, as it's making entries while the install is still taking place. Unfortunately, I dong know anything about these, had never even seen SeLoadDriverPrivilege, and did not know the highest level of authority, root, was accessible to anything non-system.

One thing to note, I'm no slouch with IT, MCP, A+, C+, but have been out of the field for 8 years or so, a lifetime in IT. Still, having had a crash course in the past few months, I've made myself a lot more aware again, do here is what I 'think' I need, and that is at least equal footing with this monster.

If it can great itself root/kernel authority, then I certainly should be able to as well. If it can pre-load items during fresh install, then I should be able to as well. Unfortunately, I don't know how, so hope some of you kind folk can assist someone in desperate straights.

If you have any ideas at all, if maybe these behaviors fit a certain malware pattern, or you can help me mitigate or counter these user/group events, well, at this point it's all I want for X-mas to defeat this thing and clean my machine once and for all.

Thanks for taking the time, and though I'm in iPhone atm, not liking plugging in my Ethernet cable and welcoming all the black hats in the front door, I'll try to attach the initial event log so you can see exactly what's happening v

Thanks again, Dave.

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Preferred Solution: Fresh reinstall, unknown users added w/ NT Authority

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Fresh reinstall, unknown users added w/ NT Authority

Here is a text copy of event log..

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As the heading says. Reinstall has added users.

I had problems with my anti virus that the help desk said required a Windows repair. I did this but now all my setting etc have disappeared.
What I can see is that when I look at 'Documents and settings' there are extra users directories.
These are:

All Users
All Users.Windows
Defaults Users
Default Users.Windows
I now have 3 Network Services NT
I also have two directories of me.

I can delete them using explorer. Can anyone tell me how I get my PC back to the original state?
 

A:Reinstall has added users

You have reinstalled OVER an existing installation.
http://www.techsupportforum.com/mic...user-account-problem-after-system-repair.html
 

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Is possible to become permanent NT Authority/SYSTEM or other nt authority user? I think nt authority is something like domain and by hacks there are ways to be system but not permanent. So is this technologicaly possible?

A:Nt authority users

No. They are not normal accounts that you can log into. Nor would it be wise to do so.

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A few days ago I started getting extra and extended activity on my hard drives. I used Process Explorer to see what processes were most active and they were Windows Search indexer and mscorsvw.exe. I was a little suspicious then the phone rang and an Asian voice claiming to be from WWW.Microsoft something or other informed me that I had malware on my computer and that he knew my personal Microsoft identity number. I told him as politely as I could to go inseminate himself.

A little later I noticed that processes that I am almost sure had previously been running under the User "System" were now running under the User's NT Authority\System.

When I run my computer in anything other than Safe Mode I get phone calls from people claiming to be from Internet or Microsoft associated security services. This is ver worrying and I have no idea how unsafe my computer is. I have run AVG, Malwarebytes and SAS searches in Safe Mode and nothing has revealed itself.

Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance for your consideration.
Snowy

A:Previously unknown user NT Authority

Hello, is this WIN7?These 2 processes are related and are not usually a malware,disabling is at your option.Windows Search indexer SearchIndexer.exe is the Windows service that handles indexing of your files for Windows Search, which fuels the file search engine built into Windows that powers everything from the Start Menu search box to Windows Explorer, and even the Libraries [email protected]@Kmscorsvw.exeMicrosoft .NET Framework NGEN service. If you see this process running then it is precompiling .NET assemblies and will terminate itself when completed. [email protected]@K

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I have an unknown virus that is causing NT AUTHORITY SHUTDOWN on my computer (Dell XPS M1210 laptop, Windows XP) every few minutes.Virus Effects...> NT AUTHORITY SHUTDOWN every few minutes, have to run (shutdown -a) command prompt to keep system running> McAfee virus protection won't run, but was up to date and running> Widows firewall will not open> task/start bar hidden> network connections will not work, no Internet explorer> can't turn off system restoreWhat I have tried> Microsoft Malicious Software, McAfee Avert Stinger, Symantic Fix Sasser - All come up with no virus found> Deckard's System Scanner stall's when I have to run (shutdown -a) promptAttached is my HiJack files... Please HelpThanks, TommyLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 1:48:23 PM, on 6/3/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16640)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 5.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 6.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Creative Labs Shared\Service\CreativeLic... Read more

A:Unknown Virus Help (nt Authority Shutdown)...

Hello Tdrosson

I will be handling your log to help you get cleaned up. Sorry that it took us so long to get back to you, but as you can see we're stumped with the amout of logs.

Before we can start, please post a fresh hijackthis log back here.

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hello

im running windows server 2012
I need newly made users to be auto added to more then just one group
I saw something about this once in google but don't recall the search id used hehehe

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I got this detection alert from spywareguard

NEW BHO DETECTION ALERT
On 21:16:26 06/08/2006 a new BHO installation attempt was detected.
BHO: {44a62fb0-4af0-454e-8c37-5c59b36f8483}
ProgramID: n/a
File Location: C:\WINDOWS\system32\esenart.dll
User Action Taken: REMOVE BHO

I took the user action remove bho ten times before I finally gave up and allowed it to keep the bho. I just kept getting the same alert every time I requested it remove the bho.

Anyone familiar with this particular bho? I have searched online for this esenart.dll and cannot find anything.

Thanks in advance for any help. Joyjg

A:Unknown Bho Added To My System

Tony Klein already addressed this with you here and recommended posting a hijackthis log.Please read and follow all instructions in the pinned topic titled Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log.When you have done that, post a log in the HijackThis Logs and Analysis Forum, not here, for assistance by the HJT Team Experts.It may take a while to get a response because the HJT Team members are very busy. Please be patient as they are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the HJT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have no replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response, a team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another HJT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

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Our organization is looking to add a IE Shortcut to all of our users via group policy update. We can add the shortcut with no issues, but when you use the shortcut it does not have the favorites bar and toolbar. Even though the local user has all
of this setup in IE already. 
Is this by design, or is there a way we can have all the settings show on the new shortcut? 
Version: IE11
Windows 10

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Hello, this could be a question addressed to the UK folks. Because of massive system porblems I have had t reinstall XP Pr with SP2. Before reinstalling XP I formmated the hard drives t give me a blank canvas to work. The reinstall worked fine but I cannot reinstall my Virgin Media Bradband service. Before the reinstall the bradband service was wrking fine..When I originall took out the bradband service it was through NTL. My cable modem states 'NTL' and the broadband disk has NTL' on it and I registered it tthough NTL. Now Virgin Media has bought up NTl annd I don't know if there is a compatibility prblem. Des somebdy else know?

shane
 

A:Fresh XP reinstall: cannot reinstall broadband

use an ethernet cable to plug into your cable modem, if you use USB you will require drivers to 'talk' to the modem.
if this still does not work then possibly the MAC address of the Virtual USB connection you previously had before the reinstall is tied to that modem, although to be honest i havent seen this problem ever since virgin took over

p.s go to start -> run and type devmgmt.msc can you see any yellow exclamation marks in there? if so you need drivers for these devices. Sorry if you already knew this, just trying to help!
 

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Everything was working fine until about 2 months ago.
I have a Windows 7 system that I access with Remote Desktop Connection from a Windows 10 system.  One day I found that my user account, which had been given administrator rights quite some time ago, couldn?t log on remotely.  The
Windows 7 system was configured for remote access with the setting ?Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure)?. When I tried to log on, I got an error stating ?The
Local Security Authority cannot be contacted?. 

If I configured Windows 7 to ?Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)?, then I could log in but I didn?t want to use this less secure setting.
Doing some experimentation, I found that if I enabled the built-in Administrator account, then the Administrator could log in remotely using ?Allow connections only from computers
running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (more secure)?.
If I created a new standard user called Test.  I found that Test could also could log in remotely using ?Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with
Network Level Authentication (more secure)?.
If I promoted Test to an administrator, then Test couldn?t remotely log on.  He got the LSA error.  If I... Read more

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My system audio worked fine befor the XP reinstall. The XEA CMI Audio Config Icon appeared in Control Panel. Search could not find any C-Media files anywhere. The Icon would not open. I was able to remove it from Add/REmove software . After removal, an error msg appears when boot finishes that cmi.config module is not found, and I still have no sound. What can I do to restore audio?
 

A:No Sound after xp reinstall added C-MediaAC97 Driver

Its possible that you are using the wrong driver, If you have a Cdrom that came with your computer labled Drivers, System software, then the correct driver will be on that Disk.

Failing that give us your systems specifications and we will get back to you
 

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So, I just built a new pc after the motherboard on my old machine died.
I just built it yesterday and have been updating/installing everything. After doing some windows updates I restarted the pc and there was a windows user profile "vmdvidwvky"
so far no one else has used this pc and I do not recognize this name at all. I have gone into control panel and deleted the profile but then it will reappear on the next boot. I googled this and haven't found any similar problems. My anti virus is up to date and I have done a scan to make sure there are no viruses. I'm wondering if anyone has heard of this happening and could give me some advice how to get rid of this.

Thanks,
Chris

A:Unknown Windows user added

Do you have anything VMD Movie programs.

Just a guess.

VMD Movie Plugin, Version 1.8

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Im running AGPM 4 SP3 using a least privileged access service account, and when ever I deploy a GPO to production all of the users from Change Controls Production Delegation tab (Domain Admins / Enterprise Admins / Enterprise Domain Controllers / SYSTEM
/as well as my personal account I'm logged in with) get added to the security filtering of the deployed GPO. Not only is this for all current production GPOS but also if I create a new GPO within AGPM the same groups get added to the security filter. Any Ideas
what could be causing this?

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All of my jpg images on my desktop have the file extension at the end of the vbs.

Everything was fine this morning. Here is an example of one

spiderman.jpg.vbs

I tried renaming it the way it was (spiderman.jpg) and it won't open either.

Anyone have any idea how to fix this, and what caused it?

Thank you in advance.
 

A:Unknown File extension added to jpg files

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Unknown infection. Items added to IE browser that we've never visitied. Also seems to be blocking Kaspersky from updating. Kaspersky has recently found and "neutralized" this: Exploit.JS.Pdfka.bzr, but problem persistsMalwarebytes has found several items that it deleted. Idon't have those logs. Problem persists. Thank you for your help.MarkDDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Linda & Mark at 20:02:23.14 on Mon 05/03/2010Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_20Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1534.674 [GMT -7:00]AV: Kaspersky Anti-Virus *On-access scanning enabled* (Outdated) {2C4D4BC6-0793-4956-A9F9-E252435469C0}============== Running Processes ===============C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunchsvchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroupsvchost.exesvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEsvchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7.0\avp.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\Update Service\IntuitUpdateService.exe... Read more

A:Unknown infection. Items added to Browser History

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If not please perform the following steps below so we can have a look at the current condition of your machine. If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review and take the steps necessary with you to get your machine back in working order clean and free of malware.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply' and add the new log to this thread.Thanks and again sorry for the delay.We need to see some information about what is happening in your machine. Please perform the following scan:Download DDS by sUBs from one of the following links. Save it to your desktop.DDS.scrDDS.pifDouble click on the DDS icon, allow it to run.A small box will open, with an explaination about the tool. No input is needed, the scan is running.Notepad will open with the results.Foll... Read more

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Hello,

I first noticed what I believe was part of the problem when opening C drive from My Computer would display a new window, when usually it displays in the same. Some quick research shows that apparently it is related to some sort of malware.

I have also found some new files in the root of C:\
Code:

C:\autorun.inf
C:\resycled\boot.com

Also, after having the device plugged in for a while, my flash drive (Identified as E:\) did not open when accessed normally. Instead, an empty command prompt appeared with the title "boot.com". Upon further investigation there has been two files and a directory created in the flash drive, the same as found in C drive. The contents of autorun.inf is readable, here's what it contains:
Code:

[autorun]
;rrjdcfcacramnbpjoidopiiyyvrg
shellexecute="resycled\boot.com e:"
;vxffkxdwfsutbf
shell\Open\command="resycled\boot.com e:"
;cpjtjqtsvduaqsakrlpuyfeevzfsuhzkjfwuiwlzoxgdhdoomzacxn
shell=Open
;faeamgtcbxzdpmjgyqnrhzyrssrqltxgschjucdlhwxabp

After deleting the offending file and directory from the flash drive (E:\), Windows shows the following error when attempting to access it (why C:\?):
Code:

C:\resycled\boot.com is not a valid Win32 application.

Note that I can still double click on C:\ and it opens in the same window, all fine, even though the offending files still exist there as well.

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A:Strange behavior - Unknown files added to drives

Hi Welcome to TSG!!
Visit this webpage for instructions for downloading and running ComboFix.

Post the log from ComboFix when you've accomplished that, along with a new HijackThis log.
 

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Hi Everyone,

I am the Administrator of a Windows Server (2008 R2) Domain. Recently I was presented with the challenge of limiting access to only one specific user account on one specific client computer (Windows 7 x64). This was to ensure that only one staff member could log onto the one specific workstation.

In order to perform this task I followed option B, How to restrict use of a computer to one domain user only, and removed the "NT Authority\Authenticated Users" object.

Whilst this has limited access to the workstation, it seems that the logon account which had previously been given Administrator privileges can no longer act as the Administrator. In fact the Domain Administrator account can't act as the computer administrator either!!!

For example if I now logon as the Administrator or the User and try to change the computer name, both the "Network ID", and the "Change" buttons are greyed out, indicating that I can't make any changes.

Both the Administrator account, and the Users account have been manually added to both the Administrators Group and the Users Group.

I now want to re-add the "NT Authority\Authenticated Users" object. Is this possible? If so any suggestions on how to achieve this will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo

A:[SOLVED] Need to re-add the "NT Authority\Authenticated Users" object

Hi, you need to open a cmd as admin, go to start search and type:- cmd, right click on the returned cmd.exe and select "run as administrator" at the prompt copy paste:-


Code:
%SystemRoot%\system32\net.exe LOCALGROUP /ADD "Administrators" "NT AUTHORITY\Authenticated Users"
press enter, restart.

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Hi. I've come across a number of people with this problem, but none of the solutions that work for them work for me.
We just bought 2 new W7 machines and kept 2 of our XP machines on our network. One we are using simply as a media server. One of the W7 machines can access all 3 of the others with no problems, as can both of the XP machines. However, one of the W7 machines
gets the error "Logon failure: unknown username or bad password" when trying to access one of the XP machines. From what I can tell the settings are the same on both W7 machines. Both connect to the same workgroup and also a homegroup. Both are connected
wirelessly to a router. We have no other connection problems. Every machine can see and access files on every other machine ...except for the single W7 machine that can't see or access files on the single XP machine, which receives the error.
Because we have 4 machines, I'm leery of setting up identical user accts/passwords on each, and doubt this is the problem, as it's only between 2 of the 4 machines. I also saw some instructions to change deep level security settings on the W7 machine that's
having trouble, but again, a bit leery to do that. Am I wrong in not wanting to do these?
I confirmed that it isn't a date/time problem as mentioned on other forums.
Between my husband and I we're fairly computer savvy, but this one has both of us stumped. We're both new to W7, so that's bound to be part of the problem.
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A:Logon failure: unknown username or bad password...with added complications

Hi Ruthiez,

There may be an issue with the local security policy on one or both of those computers.
Open the Local Security Policy on both and go to:
Local Policies? -> ?Security Options? -> ?Network security: LAN Manager authentication level" and check to make sure that both the Windows XP and the Windows 7 machine are set to use NTLMv2.
Let us know if that helps.

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Hi Everyone,

I am the Administrator of a Windows Server (2008 R2) Domain. Recently I was presented with the challenge of limiting access to only one specific user account on one specific client computer (Windows 7 x64). This was to ensure that only one staff member could log onto the one specific workstation.

In order to perform this task I followed option B, How to restrict use of a computer to one domain user only, and removed the "NT Authority\Authenticated Users" object.

Whilst this has limited access to the workstation, it seems that the logon account which had previously been given Administrator privileges can no longer act as the Administrator. In fact the Domain Administrator account can't act as the computer administrator either!!!

For example if I now logon as the Administrator or the User and try to change the computer name, both the "Network ID", and the "Change" buttons are greyed out, indicating that I can't make any changes.

Both the Administrator account, and the Users account have been manually added to both the Administrators Group and the Users Group.

I now want to re-add the "NT Authority\Authenticated Users" object. Is this possible? If so any suggestions on how to achieve this will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo

A:Need to re-add the "NT Authority\Authenticated Users" object

Hello Davo,

When you get to step 4D in OPTION ONE below for the "Users" group, you would want to select to add Authenticated Users to add the "NT Authority\Authenticated Users" object back.

User Accounts - Add or Remove from Groups

Hope this helps.

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Hi Everyone,

I am the Administrator of a Windows Server (2008 R2) Domain. Recently I was presented with the challenge of limiting access to only one specific user account on one specific client computer (Windows 7 x64). This was to ensure that only one staff member could log onto the one specific workstation.

In order to perform this task I followed option B, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555317, and removed the "NT Authority\Authenticated Users" object.

Whilst this has limited access to the workstation, it seems that the logon account which had previously been given Administrator privileges can no longer act as the Administrator. In fact the Domain Administrator account can't act as the computer administrator either!!!

For example if I now logon as the Administrator or the User and try to change the computer name, both the "Network ID", and the "Change" buttons are greyed out, indicating that I can't make any changes.

Both the Administrator account, and the Users account have been manually added to both the Administrators Group and the Users Group.

I now want to re-add the "NT Authority\Authenticated Users" object. Is this possible? If so any suggestions on how to achieve this will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo
 

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Hey there, I was cleaning a friend?s XP Pro SP3 PC and viewed the hidden files in the documents & settings to find out that there are multiple duplicates of LocalService.NT AUTHORITY and NetworkService.NT AUTHORITY (about 4 of each). I have looked in the registry under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList and found that LocalService.NT AUTHORITY.003 and NetworkService.NT AUTHORITY.003 are currently being used. Based on that, how should I go about deleting the other duplicates or is that a bad idea? Hope this isn't too confusing This user currently connects to a domain for work and has only one user profile on the PC besides the admin account.

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Okay So i am running windows 7 pro 64 bit I got via the .edu email cheappy thing, and I was wondering how can I do a fresh install of windows 7? I have the dlled file on my external harddrive... should I copy to internal harddrive? and does it just install again? or what?

Thanks!

A:Reinstall Windows 7 Fresh!

Depends on what type of install you want, and whether you got ISO to burn or just files.

Best is to burn the ISO to a DVD and boot into installer to format the HDD and clean install. If Upgrade, it will scan the HDD to see the prior qualifying OS before wiping it.

If you want an inplace Upgrade which saves your programs, files and settings (plus any corruption) run the installer from desktop.

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Hi all,I'd like to switch from original Windows 7 installed in my Lenovo E50-80 to Windows 10, which I would like to use in parallel to Debian GNU/Linux. My intention is to remove all currently existing partitions and to do a clean install of Windows 10 from Lenovo recovery USB, which I received some years ago. Then I will add Debian. My question is - is that possible? Will the installer from the Lenovo recovery stick work even when all partiotions from the hard drive are removed and no previous installation of Windows 7 is present on the hard drive? And my last question - there is no Windows 10 serial number anywhere on the laptop nor in the recovery media stick pack. I found some references saying, that the serial number should be stored in BIOS - does it apply also on E50-80 from 2015? Thank you all,Karel

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I got my friends Windows disk, since he's moved on to Windows 7. It's Windows XP Pro Student Edition. It's a legit copy, however I do not know which drivers to back up before I begin to wipe and reinstall my system.

Could somebody please give me some insight?

A:[SOLVED] doing fresh reinstall

you can use driver backup tools like "double driver" or "driver magician" etc. but i normally would prefer to download the latest drivers from the net.

drivers you would normally require are mb, and any addon cards you might have. all depends on your hardwares. do you know the specs of your pc?

don't forget you also need to reload all other softwares since you are doing a fresh install.

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I'll get right to the point and try to be as specific as I can. I have installed Windows 7 home premium on my XPS laptop. I previously was running Vista home premium. When i start my machine, it asks me if i want to start with vista or 7.

The trouble is that when I select 7, it boots up and still has all my previous vista files on my partritioned hard drives. This is a problem because both were badly infected by viruses. I want to COMPLETELY delete ALL files and do a clean install of Windows 7 so that W7 is the only OS on my computer. Hitting f12 as my computer starts and asking it to boot from the W7 disc only results now in the machine booting up normally. How can I just delete everything and start anew?

A:Wanting a fresh reinstall

When you installed Windows 7 Did you select the correct Hard Drive and while installing it should have asked you for an Upgrade or Custom install (Clean Install)

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My computer runs on WinXP Pro. Lately, it has started showing some trouble in processing speed. If more than one Internet Explorer windows are opened, or if applications like ADOBE Photoshop are used, the system slows down to almost a standstill. Even using the Windows Task Manager to shut down certain processes doesn't help.
I've run virus scans and spyware scans and the problem still persists.
So, I've decided to resort to the oldest solution: reinstall windows XP!
However, when I run the installation CD and try to choose "Fresh installation", the setup program returns a message "Product Key invalid".

My questions:

1. Can I format the hard drive and reinstall win xp without doing a fresh installation?
2. If I have to do an upgrade installation (which Im guessing is the same as a reinstall?), then how can i get rid of all the old data that's lying scattered around on my hard disk?
3.I'm connected to the internet through an NTL Broadband 1MB link (cable). Does this have anything to do with it? Also, I recently uninstalled LIMEWIRE; could that be causing any problems?

I would REALLY appreciate it if anyone could throw some light on this problem or make suggestions that may be helpful.

Hope to get an answer soon!

Regards
Bodyslide

A:Reinstall or Fresh Install?

Hi

Before you try a reinstall try running a repair from the XP CD.

Start up from the CD as if you are going to perform an installation.

You will be prompted to use the recovery console to do a repair - DO NOT CHOOSE THIS OPTION

continue as though you are doing an install. when you get through to the stage that askes you about partitions the Installation will detect the old version and ask you if you want to install a fresh copy of XP (esc) or repair the installation (R).

Select R and let it continue, if this doesnt fix the issue reinstall the system completely.

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My computer runs on WinXP Pro. Lately, it has started showing some trouble in processing speed. If more than one Internet Explorer windows are opened, or if applications like ADOBE Photoshop are used, the system slows down to almost a standstill. Even using the Windows Task Manager to shut down certain processes doesn't help.
I've run virus scans and spyware scans and the problem still persists.
So, I've decided to resort to the oldest solution: reinstall windows XP!
However, when I run the installation CD and try to choose "Fresh installation", the setup program returns a message "Product Key invalid".

My questions:

1. Can I format the hard drive and reinstall win xp without doing a fresh installation?
2. If I have to do an upgrade installation (which Im guessing is the same as a reinstall?), then how can i get rid of all the old data that's lying scattered around on my hard disk?
3.I'm connected to the internet through an NTL Broadband 1MB link (cable). Does this have anything to do with it? Also, I recently uninstalled LIMEWIRE; could that be causing any problems?

I would REALLY appreciate it if anyone could throw some light on this problem or make suggestions that may be helpful.

Hope to get an answer soon!

Regards
Bodyslide

A:Reinstall or Fresh Install?

As one of the people that replied to your first post - which is exactly the same as this one and lower down todays list - I am wondering why you have double posted?

If you need further advice or clarification you can make a request on the other string and it will come to the top of todays posting list. Your posts to date will enable people to respond with more accuracy. It will also be helpful if you can state clearly what you are trying to achieve and what you have tried so far.

Please do not double post in this way.

Peter

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I have a Dell Inspiron 15 that I just bought used, the machine is only a year old in great shape the guy never used it. It came preloaded with 8, the previous owner swapped out the old HD with better higher RPM HD. He then loaded 8.1 and updated the Drivers. However he also he named the machine his name. I want to use this machine for business and would like to reformat the drive and reload win 8.1 on it. I've looked up the product key and verified it. It really didn't come with anything loaded on it, so I'm not concerned with saving anything. How would I go about doing this. I've done searches to see if I this has happened before but can't seem to find a similar scenario and how it was solved. Thanks

A:Complicated fresh reinstall of 8.1, Help!

Hey mate,

You can rename the computer: PC Name - Change in Windows 8
If you would still like to clean install (often recommended with used computers), see this tutorial: Clean Install - Windows 8 - ensure you read it completely to get all suggestions and warnings before beginning. It covers everything. If you still need help, let us know!

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Hi Everyone,

I am getting an SSD drive & going to be doing a fresh install of Windows 7. While I understand the process of configuring your system for usage of the drive (unplug the other drives so the SSD is only one connected while installing, turning off prefetch, etc).

The part I'm confused with is how to move the users folder so it defaults to the "D" drive. I get I can "Move" the folder, Add the "Location" or do the "robocopy" method & create a junction.

Is there a proper method of what to do about the users folders?

Thanks

A:Windows 7 fresh install on SSD - Question about users folder.

Hi,

Please see the section entitled Move the user folders to the HDD in this tutorial:

SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

This is also a good reference for installation to SSD's:

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Regards,
Golden

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Hi All,

I have a quick question.. I have been working on the software trouble shooting since some time and the newest thing to suprise me is this.. A customer called in saying that he has a browser redirect issue.. I ran the hijackthis and was able to move unwanted details/entried.. I also ran malwarebytes, trojan remover and superantispyware on both safemode as well as on normal mode.. now when i try to search anything in yahoo.com or in google.com it redirects but bing.com works fine.. The customer's machine had multiple issues and an operating system re-installation was inevitable so I did a an OSRI (complete format install) . After the network driver installation I tried going online (which it did) and was really suprised that the browser redirection was still happening in the same fashion. Its the same case with IE, mozilla firefox and chrome. We even tried connecting it to a different network just to be sure its not an infected DNS. Can someone please help me as its killing me within to know why exactly is this hapenning even after a clean OSRI :-(

Looking forward for your thoughts,
regards,
Sunil
 

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Hello I have quite a big problem and I can't find any help.

Basically I reinstalled my Windows 7 after formatting everything on my HDD and now I get BSOD constantly.
Here is what I tried:

1. Did another fresh reinstall (formated everything again) -didnt work
2. Got 2 new 4GB RAM sticks. BSOD kept happening. Strangely when I used Memtest86 it detected about 30 errors but I put the new sticks in another computer and Memtest86 found no errors.. (Video RAM problem?)
3. Uninstalled all drivers and installed most recent ones. -didnt work
4. Updated Windows -didnt work
5. My GPU CD installed a program called GPU Tweak and whenever I tried to close that program I always got a BSOD. I uninstalled it but it kept happening (the GPU is 1 month old and works 100% on different PC)

Also I used bluescreenview to inspect the BSOD. Before uninstalling GPU Tweak most of the BSOD were caused by IOMap64.sys . BUT every single BSOD is caused by ntoskrnl.exe ! All of them !
BSOD also caused by :ntfs.sys ,atikmdag.sys!

The BSOD errors are : NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM(very rare) SPECIAL_POOL_DETECTED_MEMORY_CORRUPTION (99% of the time) and PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA ( also kinda rare)

My specs : AMD Phenom II X3 710 Proccesor 2.60 GHz ; 8GB Ram ; ATI Raedon R7 260x GPU;

I will provide every additional info if needed . Please help me ! Thank you !

A:Constant BSOD after fresh reinstall

Here is the zip with the dump files!

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Can I reinstall a fresh version of windows 7 from an OEM product key?
I tried downloading Windows 7 ISO but an error popped up:

Error
The product key you entered appears to be for software pre-installed by the device manufacturer. Please contact the device manufacturer for software recovery options

A:Reinstall Fresh Version from OEM Product Key

Can I reinstall a fresh version of windows 7 from an OEM product key?

Yes, but you need the installation media from somewhere.

You can't get it from that link with an oem key.

You are looking for this:

en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676939.iso

If you know someone who already has an installation iso , you can make all editions available with the eicfg removal utility.

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I recently reinstalled windows 7, and my video card has been acting up ever since the reinstall.

- "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" error message. This only happens when i play CounterStrike Global Offensive.
- Games such as League of Legends freeze up every 30 seconds or so for a second then continue back to normal.

I have tried reinstalling the drivers multiple times, and when monitoring the temperature it seems fine.

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Hello,

I was trying to fix my girlfriends computer for her by completing a reinstall of vista via the recovery partition on her Compaq Presario F500.

I managed to do this fine and so i started to uninstall all the bloatware and do windows updates etc.

However, the computer went into restart and now i'm getting a BSOD very early on OR the computer just turns itself off.

I tried pressing F11 to start a fresh reinstall of vista again but there was an error. I then made a bootable XP cd as a last ditch effort and a BSOD occurred.

Is there anything i can do to try and get this machine working??

Thanks,
James
 

A:Vista fresh reinstall not working

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Yes hi. I have some experience in pcs. and i am baffled at whats going on here. i have some scripts, Permission issues, redirection issues, i believe fake drivers for stuff on my computer, redirection even to the OEM site of my computer in which i just purchased in the last 6 months. i cant trust anything this computer takes me too. i am doing all this stuff from a public network to i dont get re infected. Its also installing hardware thats not even on my computer, like bluetooth, and such. a lot of it, right after i re install.
I believe my old roommate had something to do with this. if i can prove it. awesome. if not. oh well. I used fogger to turn off the dvd stuff. and i am at your mercy. awaiting orders. thanks guys. I hope you are up for the Challenge. :D
ps as i was coming on this site, all of a sudden it downloaded a flash drive. I am running Norton security 2012. i used the power eraser and the boot disk, with nothing. thanks.

A:Reinfection even after reinstall fresh OEM disk

Can you do this?Please go here....Preparation Guide ,do steps 6-9.Create a DDS log and post it in this topic,thanks.If GMER won't run skip it and move on.

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I reinstalled windows yesterday cause sql server 2008 gave me hard time (i couldnt remove it entirely)...before that, system was working for like 2 years...

Also, one of the reason is often crashes and bsods in game Tribes Ascend...

So yesterday i installed some drivers on fresh windows, some programs etc and everything was ok...then on second run, Tribes crashed and i knew at that point that the problem is hardware...

Couple of minutes ago i started new counter strike, got bsod and i said **** it...if you guys pinpoint the problem, if not i'll have to buy new machine soon...

details:

win 7 ultimate x64
not original, applied oem activator
hardware is old 2,5 years, maybe 3
reinstalled yesterday

A:BSOD on fresh windows reinstall

Since you have older hardware, check compatibility: Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs & Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, & Downloads
Crash was somewhat inconclusive. It is easier to find patterns after multiple crashes, so we may have to wait. I did see an out of date driver: Realtek RTL8168D/8111D Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC Rt64win7.sys.

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I know this question must be asked quite often, but I want to be be confident before I reformat my machine.

I have a Lenovo ideaCenter K300 I bought in May. I want to reformat and reinstall in order to get a "factory-fresh" install of W7.

So far I have tried building a system repair disc. Other tutorials [here] said it would take 7 CDs, this only took one so I'm not sure I did the right thing. I restarted and ran the disc, it only looks to be a bunch of repair utilities.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks!

A:Reformat and fresh reinstall of Windows 7

   Information
We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create



Do you make OEM Recovery Disk?

You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - Home (US)

Lenovo Recovery
Lenovo Support - Home (US)

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Hello, I have a Lenovo IdeaPad 320 with a 1TB HDD, but I would like to change it to a SSD.My questions are:1. Is it possible (supported) to change the HDD with a SSD?2. If the first question is possible, how can I install a fresh copy of Windows? (the laptop came with a licensed Win 10 installation, but with no CD/key to activate it). Sorry if questions are pretty newby, but computers are not my strong suit. Thanks in advance

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Weird issue here. Friend's XP PC was filled with malware, after working on cleaning it off for about 2 days, we elected to back up the data and reinstall the OS. At my house (after reinstalling everything), it works fine (hard wired GB eth). I get all of the updates done (SP3 and all current updates) and take it back over to his house, can't get his wireless to connect (Linksys WUSB600N to Fastweb router). So I start poking. Sorry about the randomness of the following pieces of information, but I can't think of a way to organize them:

Freshly reloaded XP PC won't connect to router, using XP or Linksys software.
Pre-existing XP laptop connects via wireless just fine.
Router/ADSL modem is from Italian telecom company Fastweb.
From pre-existing XP laptop, I'm unable to get to the router homepage (using either GW or DHCP server IP address) to check if possible the router has run out of IP addresses due to other devices in the house... PSP, iPod, etc (the telecom company *might* be throttling down the number of addresses)
I've rebooted the router multiple times, and the pre-existing XP laptop gets back online immediately. I'm still not able to connect the desktop, including if I disconnect the laptop and try to connect the rebuilt desktop without the laptop being connected, after rebooting the router with the laptop off.
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A:Unable to get IP address, fresh reinstall of XP:

what firewall are you using ?
have you installed the drivers and checked the adapter is OK and enabled

post back the following info
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{ipconfig /all}
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to paste the results into something like notepad and then copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post results here
We would like to see the results from ipconfig /all post back the results here
-> Start
-> (XP - enter the following in the RUN box)
cmd /k ipconfig /all
-> (Vista or Windows 7 - enter the following in the Search box)
cmd /k ipconfig /all

A black box will appear on the screen -
rightclick in the box
select all
enter
control key + C key - to copy

then reply here and
control key + V to paste
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{Ping Tests}
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to paste the results into something like notepad and then copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post results here

Start> Run {search bar in Vista}> CMD to open a DOS window and type:

Type the following command
Ping {plus the number thats shown against the default gateway shown in above ipconfig /all}
Post back the results
rightclick in the box
select all
enter
control key + C key - to copy
then reply here and
control key + V to paste

Type the following command
Ping google.com
Post ba... Read more

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Hello, I have bought an HP 255 G4 notebook here in Serbia. It was very slow so I decided to upgrade the ram to 8GB 2133MHz maybe that will help a little. But unfortunately it did not help, then I reinstalled the windows too, but the situation is the same. I don't know why is this notebook so slow, it has a 1,4 GHz dual core cpu with 1MB cache, and now 8GB ram. Even the browser is opening slowly, this pc is just barely usable. Any suggestions?

A:HP 255 G4 is slow even after a fresh windows reinstall

Hi, What is your 255 G4 ? Please use the following instructions to find out the model/product of your machine:  http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c00033108 Many HP 255 G4 machines are low end laptops and they will cost much, much, much more to get a SMALL improvemnt. Not all HP 255 G4 laptops are the same.Regards.

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Evening

I was getting the BSOD so I reinstalled Windows7 on to my SSD.
I downloaded all the motherboard drivers and video card drivers from the web before I reinstalled.
But I kept getting the BSOD. I did a bit of research and downloaded the Windows debugging tool and found out it was nvlddmkm.sy_ causing all the problems. uninstalled the nvidia drivers, ran driver sweeper and rebooted. then looked in C drive for nvlddmkm i found 2 from 2009 that I can't rename or delete. I tried to change permissions, it let me but now i need permission from myself to change it, clicking try again does nothing. I haven't gone in to safe mode to try and rename them yet. Might be my next stop.

anyway Please see attached files as requested.

Cheers

A:nvlddmkm.sys BSOD after fresh reinstall of Windows7

I'm not sure if it will work for those old files, but run Driver Sweeper in Safe Mode. It's supposed to be run in Safe Mode anyway (that is, after uninstalling the Display Driver in normal mode).

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Got a problem that's got me stumped.

When trying to load Dell/OEM installed XP, I get a blue screen of death indicating it is a REGISTRY_ERROR. When I try to start in safe mode, I get the same BSOD. I then found an XP disk and tried this official solution: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=307545.

My problem: when I tried to use repair from XP install disk, I must select the copy of XP to install. (Only one option, since only one copy installed.) When I select it, it looks for the existing install and Wham - back to the same BSOD.

I next gave up on repair and tried to reinstall XP. That process also looks for previously installed copies and - of course - again caused the BSOD to come up.

Is there a way to do a new install without searching for existing installs? Or maybe I should ask how to wipe existing install so I can do new install? Or is there another way I can correct what appears to be a corrupt registry?

Mucho gracias.

A:Registry Error (BSOD) that won't even allow fresh reinstall

Welcome
use - http://dban.sourceforge.net/
to format your drive before the xp installation.
Goodluck

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My computer has been doing a wide range of strange behaviors since reinstalling about two months ago.  For one, I system restore function doesn't work.  Task Manager usually takes quite a few  hits to start up.  Some of my programs suddenly start acting up, malfunction.  I've been in touch with the software tech support for one of my most important programs and they can't find any reason why I'm having problems with their product.  I've tried reinstalling it, too.  Just today I tried to create a PDF file with Corel Fusion (legal, paid for version) and it won't create the PDF.  I tried uninstalling the program to install an updated version and I can't uninstall it through Control Panel/Programs and Features.  I've had failures in installing software.  Recently I've had freezes/slowness resizing photos in my photo editing program.  I checked usage and the reason for this is the procedure maxes out my RAM. I only have 4GB but as I said, I've never had these sorts of problems before...and this slowness just started up suddenly a short while back.   I've been using this program for decades on various computers and never had this problem.  I've been using this program with no issues on this computer for a few years.
 
My AV (Webroot) and MalwareBytes finds nothing.
 
I don't want to waste time trying to find malware.  I have a copy of Windows 7 in a partition on my hard drive.  However, I would rat... Read more

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The title says it all really, I did a fresh windows reinstall a few days ago and now every so often my computer freezes. I'm assuming it's a driver issue but I don't know.

Thanks,

Matt

A:Fresh windows reinstall, computer keeps freezing

Compare the install you did to the perfect install compiled in Clean Reinstall Windows 7
which has been used by over 1.3 million consumers without a single problem. If it doesn't measure up, then I'd redo it. The driver steps are so important they are printed in red.

If the install is good then work through the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 starting with a Clean Boot, infection tests, SFC, hardware tests, cull logs for repeat problems to resolve, etc. This should uncover the problem with patient persistence. Report back as you go for possible added steps.

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Hi
I have been having trouble getting a couple of applications to install and work. I have tried everything and exhausted the technical help from the software providers.
So I am considering doing a clean install from scratch.
i.e.
1- Install and update windows 7 64 professional. And do all the updates
2- Install the bios software and updates from ASUS. (This wont install and run at the moment)
3- Install Reasonables NoClone (This wont install and run at the moment)
4- Reinstall or put back all the other applications

I have many many applications on my computer. Is there a simple or automated way (or an app) which can
a) create a list of all the software currently on my computer?
b) grab all the license codes?
c) reinstall them with the license codes and updates?

A:Easiest way to reinstall ALL my software after a fresh install of W7

Everything is here to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7 and has been used by over 1.5 million consumers without a single complaint.

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Dell Vostro 1500. Drive was wiped and XP Home reinstalled...but the indexing.....file associations are all mixed up. When I click on a photo image on my desktop..instead of opening in Paint Shop Pro as it should--
it brings up a MUSIC Category.
All the old files and junk are gone....so now it is lightening fast...but it has this problem of associating shortcuts that I don't know how to address.
Thanks for any advice.
 

A:File associations are all screwed up after fresh reinstall

See if this helps.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/change-file-association-in-windows-xp/
 

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