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XP Home Edition: User Account Deleted, Indicated It To "Save Files", Didn't Save Them

Q: XP Home Edition: User Account Deleted, Indicated It To "Save Files", Didn't Save Them

Until today my computer, running Windows XP Home Edition, had two user accounts; one for my mother (titled "Nancy Loury") and one for me (titled "Kev"). However I found myself simply using my mothers more often and saw having two accounts when both of us really only use one as redundant. So I decided to delete the Kev user account. The account had all of my very important files in it under My Documents. When I went to delete the account, it of course asked me if I wanted to save the contents of the My Documents folder for the Kev account under a folder labeled "Kev" on the Nancy Loury user's desktop. I of course did want to save them, so I clicked "Save Files", the account was deleted, and on the desktop is the file labeled "Kev" which, according to the system, should hold all the contents of the My Documents from the Kev account. I clicked on the folder and to my horror I found that it was completely empty; the system had not saved a single one of the files in My Documents like I had asked it too and like it said it would do. Nothing is there.

I've no idea why this happened, all I know is I'm extremely upset about this. What do I do to recover the files from the now deleted My Documents?

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Preferred Solution: XP Home Edition: User Account Deleted, Indicated It To "Save Files", Didn't Save Them

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Just this really. And then I have to go to task manager and close it down and open it again but I can't get any work done as I can't save anything. I just installed the windows 8.1 patch two days ago. Any ideas anyone?

A:Word stops working when I press "save" or "save as"

Hey tra,

Go into control panel's uninstall programs section, find office, and select 'change'. Click repair, restart, and let me know if that helps.

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my boss only know how to use google chrome, and he usually save websites in his own document library, and he always use "right click mouse > save as" to open his own document library directory, and sometimes he will save some pdf, but when he tries to open an pdf file through google chrome with right click > save as, he can only see file with html extension. any one can help to add "all files" in the drop-down menu next to "Save as type" in google chrome, so he can see all files types when he right click > save as through the google chrome browser.

Thks in advance

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I'm trying to wipe/secure erase my computer hard drive and put it back to factory settings--the computer is getting sold. From reading the forums, I realize I can use clean all or other programs to write over the "deleted" data with ones or zeros.

However, my plan of action was to:
1. Use system recovery to put the computer back to factory settings
2. Create a system image
3. Use clean all from the command prompt to wipe the drive
4. Reinstall Windows 7 via installation CD
5. Restore via system image

The one problem is that I don't know if a system image saves absolutely everything, including data that had been "deleted" and is still present on the hard drive but is designated by the computer to be written over. I'm worried that if I do this, I'll just be undoing my attempt at securely erasing my hard drive and the "deleted" data will still be available for people to find if they tried.

Does anyone know? If this is true, I'll just do all of this and just reinstall the HP drivers and software that came with it manually and the hard drive won't have a recovery partition for the next person.

A:Does a system image save "deleted" data on the hard drive

I'm not sure I follow your steps. I'm missing why you'd install Windows 7, then restore. Do you have a Recovery Disk ?? If not can you still make one ?? If either is yes, then I'd wipe the drive and restore and be done with it.

On the other hand, if I was that concerned I'd probably just put another HDD in it and restore to it.

In answer to your question though, it depends on what you use to capture / apply the image. Imagex, by nature, simply gets the "meat" of the OS install and leaves behind anything else. Other stuff may well carry the "ones and zeros" of deleted data as well. I seem to recall once using a utility that grabbed the entire partition to apply elsewhere. I quit using it because it was more trouble than it was worth.

But by far the most secure method is to replace that hard drive and keep the drive that "might" have recoverable data and use it yourself as a spare or external drive.

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When our website users click on an html attachment embedded on a web-page in IE9, the download manager will not display the "Open" option. It will only display "Save" and "Cancel" which our users don't like, having to save the
html document in a folder to open it. Whereas, when downloading attachments like pdf, word etc. all three options are displayed. 

Is there any setting to tweak , which will display all the 3 options for HTML attachments as well?

A:IE9 download manager will not display "Open" option (only "Save" and "Cancel" is displayed) for downloading HTML documents.

As you know, the Open-Save-Cancel dialog box helps you prevent your computer from affecting by virus while downloading. 
So I suggest you test to reset all zones to a lower level temporarily and then please attempt to download this html attachment again.

However, since you can normally download the other documents, I suspect there is some restriction in the website which you are trying to view. I recommend you to contact the administrator of that website if possible.
could you please send me the link of the website from where you are trying to download the html attachment?

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interview project would be greatly appreciated if you have time.
Thanks for helping make community forums a great place.

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I'm running Word 2013. Up till a week or so it worked fine, but now it freezes completely whenever I try to save or save as a document, new or modified, in my C:\Users\Tom\Documents folder, even though it does seem to save or save as correctly if I choose subfolders in ...documents or other separate folders.

I have tried running Word in safe mode. No help.

I have done a complete repair using control panel/programs...no help. It seemed to have uninstalled MS Office 2013 completely and reinstalled it completely, and nothing improved. One minor problem I have with this is that I've lost my product key from the original version, and I can't retrieve it from Dell, where I bought the machine, so I can't activate the reinstalled MS Office 2013! It'll run till next Tuesday, then it'll be dead. My bad, but that's not what's causing me this grief.

I have checked the hard drive with AVG PCTuneup disk doctor and found no errors. I've defragged with that routine also; no help.

I've tried running Word with and without first launching any browser. The problem occurs whether or not I've launched a browser.

To my untrained eye, it seems as if whenever I try to point Word to my normal ...documents folder, to retrieve a doc stored there so I can work on it, or save a new doc there that I've just created, or "save as" a doc I've retrieved from a different folder, Word can't find that spot on my hard drive. But i... Read more

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When I initially set-up my master Google account years ago, I clicked "never save password", since I wasn't sure how secure that option was. Speed up till now and I've saved hundreds of passwords in Chrome. Additionally, I now have more than one Google account which I toggle back and forth between and I was able to save my password for them, but I can't seem to figure out how to save my password for the initial account that I declined to save the password for all those years ago. Searching for answers on Google's forums is worthless, since all they want to talk about is saving passwords for websites. I'm talking about my Google account password itself. Scrolling through my list of saved passwords doesn't seem to help either since there doesn't seem to be a listing for the Google account itself, but rather all the websites passwords I've saved. Any ideas?

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I'm using IE 10.
I'd like to disable the prompt "Open, Save or Save as". Each time I tried to any document (ex. DOC or PDF file), IE will popup the follow prompt: "What do you want to do with ..." 
I saw there are some similar threads, but they are particular for SharePoint. 
Thank you!

A:How to disable "Open, Save and Save As" prompt

Each time I tried to any document (ex. DOC or PDF file), IE will popup the follow prompt: "What do you want to do with ..." 

You might be able to add Open with... to a right-click menu.   But that will probably only help for files which are local, e.g. don't need to be downloaded.  I think the reason for the prompt is essentially to help route the download and notify
users of the fact that if they just try to open it they will be opening a temporary file.  E.g. it typically always goes into the TIF first.  You could probably confirm and refine these ideas using ProcMon, e.g. looking for tests of registry
values and writes of files.
For example, I just did a BING search for  filetype:doc, did a right-click Open (as one of the other thread's responders had suggested) and still see the above prompt, because the file has not been downloaded yet.  That's IE's job so that's how
it does it, with a prompt.  But then since there is a filetype association for the .doc extension when I choose Open no more intervention is required (although as the prompt notes "The file won't be saved automatically." so if a user tries to update it,
e.g. a Word document or a spreadsheet, anything they do would only be preserved if they did a File Save As... or whatever those applications provide for that use case.)
In fact, that warning is probably the main reason for the prompt when such an explicit Open command... Read more

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Are there features on IE8 that allow faster downloading of pictures from web site?

On Opera I can right-click a picture, click "save to download folder" and it downloads the picture immediately, without displaying the "save as" dialog. It also always gives it a unique name without asking me if I want to overwrite.

The Opera method is MUCH faster when saving lots of pictures.

Is there such a feature on IE8?

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When I attempt to download and play (on Windows media Player) PPS/WMV files I am only given the option of "Save" or "Cancel". When I click "Save" the file is saved on my desktop and at the completion of the download Internet Explorer stops working.

How can I directly "Open" the PPS/WMV file, instead of saving it first? And, will this change eliminate IE from crashing? Thanks.

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According to my download history (which I have cleared following other attempted solutions) my last download was 7 days ago. Since then, I have been unable to download files without using a non-browser download manager (I went through a complicated process of transferring a download manager from a USB to see if that fixed the problem - it did insofar as that the download manager works as a replacement for the browser's downloading options). I mainly use Chrome (latest version) but the problem has persisted as I attempted on both Firefox and Internet Explorer (also latest versions). I first noticed this when attempting to use "right-click -> save image as" on a forum which has always and still does allow users to save images. I later found that this inability extends to any file I click to download. Clicking on a file or on "save as" causes nothing to happen, whether I have a download folder set or not, and persists even when changing my download folder, reinstalling Chrome, and clearing my download history, cache, and cookies, as the most common fixes suggest. This issue is also true for clicking on any sort of "Browse..." or "Choose file..." button for uploads, such as when attaching a file to an email or a forum post. The window to select a file simply does not appear, however, I am able to drag-and-drop a file for uploading. These buttons and the process of downloading worked fine when restarting in safe mode, which has me theoriz... Read more

A:Browsers unable to download files, "save as" window not showing

Need a little more info. If you hit "Go Advanced" in this thread and try to select a .jpg from your computer. what happens? Does the "search circle" spin or is everything dead? If you find a file, will it upload?

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We are suddenly experiencing weird delays when we use the "receive" function in Outlook to download mail from our e-mail service provider. The mail leaves the service provider server immediately, but does not show up in the Outlook inbox for hours or even a day or two. It is just some of the mail; meanwhile, other mail comes through like normal. And the mail that is not coming through is from people who are on our approved senders list and with whom we've been exchanging mail regularly in the past.

Similarly, there is a shorter delay when using the "save-as" feature in Word. Before, the file showed up immediately in the directory it was being saved in. Now, there is a lag of a few minutes.

We are using Office 2007, and do not have an Exchange server. The mail comes directly into the desktop computer from the e-mail service provider. We tried running Office Diagnostics, but all it did was suggest we download any Office updates and apply them, which we did. It had no effect on the problems.

We have a hardware firewall (Linksys) and have the Windows software firewall disabled. Everything was working fine until a couple of weeks ago. And the percentage of messages that are being delayed is escalating.

Any idea what is causing this, and how to fix it?


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Hello, have a olympus c740 digital camera that came w/ the camedia down load program for the transfer of pics from the camera to the computer.

it is the 4.1 version NOT the pro. well wnat to put the pics on disc for my family and it tell me it cant do it ONLY in the pro version,

NOT HAPPY.. is there any way i can find the files and send the to a cd/dvd? i tried searching for the names of the pics through search, nothing comes up..

What is a guy to do?

using xp pro


A:Solved: Camedia program "JUNK" cant save files

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I tried to disable using right click and unchecking always ask before saving but that option is available only for .css files

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Frequently when using Word2003 and try to save files w/ "save" or "save as" causes XP to reboot immediately. Does not happen every time but can happen several times a day and sometimes only after several days of operation. When reboots get message that system has recovered from a serious fault. Report to MS. MS Online Crash Analysis reports that a device driver has caused the problem but cannot determine the precise cause. So far have reloaded the video drivers with the latest update.

System info:
Dell Dimension 933r. 512 MB RAM. 20 GB HD. >5 GB avail. Initially had WinME but HD has since been reformated and reloaded w/ WinXP home from scratch. Office 2003 recently installed. Device Manager reports no problems w/ hardware. No blue screens, no error messages, etc. Running Norton Systemworks 2004. No new hardware except ram but when running ME additional ram did not cause any problems.

Any suggestions?


A:Word2003 "save" or "save as" causes reboot in XP

Hi, and welcome to tsg

does it do it when its saving to the disk just on the file command - you may have a disk or memory error

in the event viewer do you see anything which mayhelp
control panel> admin tools>event viewer

otherwise it may be worth unclicking the reboot on error

control panel > system>advanced >startuo and recover > box for reboot - and then repost the full error message
but first post the event logs info

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I've seen numerous stuff on this online and most tell you to empty your temp internet files (done...folder's empty) and make sure the "Do not save encrypted pages to disk" option is unchecked in the "Advanced" section.

Both are done. My Temp Internet Files cache is set to 250MB, so I know it's neither full nor too small.

All was working fine until recently and I can't really think of much that could have caused the problem. Would any of the protections in SpyBot S&D cause this? Suggestions?

I found that trying to reinstall IE is like pulling teeth.

No problems with any other graphics programs or Netscape, so the issue is limited to IE.

A:"Save As" in IE only allows me to save as a BMP, "untitled" file.

First of all :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:

Secondly the search feature is your friend...


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I have Vista-64 bit. Can't save or "save As" any files in Office or IE downloads because windows don't appear. Suggestions? Google results reflect many people haveing the same problem.

A:Can't "Save" or "Save As" any files

What version of Office are you using?

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hi, i've been having this problem recently where my IE decides to save my *.mpg file as a *.mpa

would someone be as kind as to tell me how i could change it back to saving it as a *.mpg without typing in the extension after the file name during every save? i'm sure there's a way, i just don't know how.

please help!

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Using "Save As" in Excel. Why does Excel not show every file in the folder I am using in the "Save As" dialog box? All the files in the folder are Excel spreadsheet files with extension ".xlsx" but it seems as if Excel is trying to identify the contents of the file I am saving and match it to the contents of the files in the folder. Is there a way to override this behavior? Background - processing hundreds of monthly reports from multiple locations and renaming them to a standard naming convention, something like "location report type date.xlsx" with every location submitting three types of reports. It saves much time to be able to click "Save As," click on another report from the same location and date, and just overtype the report type. I used to be able to do that without problems in older versions of Excel, but with this version (on my work computer, so I'll have to add the version in the comments should anyone need it...also why no sysinfo here) it seems like Excel is trying to match the file I am saving to certain files already in the folder and not showing anything else. There may be twenty files in the folder and it only shows me a dozen. There may be five files in the folder and it shows the folder seemingly as empty. I stress - the files are all there, some are just hidden from the "Save As" dialog box. I also stress that every file I am working with is already ".xlsx" so it is not a matter o... Read more

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I am running a laptop with Windows Vista.
Service Pack 2
I am the admin on this machine.

For some reason whenever I try to save a file with the "save as" feature, the application freezes. It happens when the window appears that contains the files and folders to save to.

Also, the same problem whenever I am trying to upload files in IE and other applications. For example, if I am trying to add a picture to Ebay Internet Explorer will freeze and restart when the window opens that contains the files and folders to upload from.

The error message usually states "the application encountered a problem and needs to close." And usually restarts.

If I have a file already available, in most applications like Word, I can click the "save" button and it will save. Anytime the file browser window tries to open... epic fail.


Thank you

This frustrating. Any ideas?

A:Unable to "save as" or browse files in applications

Here is the check disk:
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
C:\Users\IRG Field Tech>chkdsk
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is ACER.
WARNING! F parameter not specified.
Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.
CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
126016 file records processed.
File verification completed.
410 large file records processed.
0 bad file records processed.
0 EA records processed.
44 reparse records processed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
162628 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
126016 security descriptors processed.
Security descriptor verification completed.
18307 data files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
35412352 USN bytes processed.
Usn Journal verification completed.
Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.
78148160 KB total disk space.
36648724 KB in 86785 files.
52100 KB in 18308 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
237516 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
41209820 KB available on disk.
4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
19537040 total allocation units on disk.
10302455 allocation units available on disk.
C:\Users\IRG Field Tech>

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Hi all! I have a strange problem here I've never heard of before...

When I try to open a program in Windows XP via my Start Menu, by using the normal method of left-clicking on a file name, instead of opening the file, it opens a "save as" box asking me to save the file! The only way I can open the file is by using right-click and then selecting "open with" and the relevant program.

It's been acting this way for a month or so... Otherwise I haven't noticed any current glitches. Any suggestions how to fix this? Thanks in advance!

Here's my general data:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Genuine Intel(R) CPU U2500 @ 1.20GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 14 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2038 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset Family, 224 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76316 MB, Free - 3451 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0TJ984
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Trouble opening files - told to "save as" instead

Try R Click >> Open With >> Choose Program .. and choose the pgm you always want to open it in ...
Make sure the "Always Use ..etc ...." Box is checked

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Before, whenever I would click on a zip file (online) it would ask me where I want to save it. Now it just opens the zip file.

I know I can just right click the link and select "Save as" but how do I get back to the way it used to?


A:(Solved) Winzip files and "save as"

In Windows Explorer - Tools - Folder Options - File Types - ZIP - Advanced - check "confirm open after download"

Not entirely sure this is it for you, but a start anyway?

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I can hardly explain how to ask these questions, but will try my best...

1. I do lots of document saving, where I write a Word page and save to Documents. Something happens in the computer where it saves as "Read Only" which I would never ever ever do. Why would this happen and how can I stop it in the future??

2. When looking at my "Document" folders I often see icons of gears or of yellow "scrolls" (like ancient text scrolls) inside rectangular boxes, and other things that make no sense at all...
Looking right now at some, I see that under some of the yellow scrolls, the so-called document reads, "base 2012076 0 81350"- there are about 5 of these, all with the same name as I look at just this one window- and in opening it this is part of what I see:

body{background:#FFF url(/common/static/img/global-bg.jpg) repeat-x;color:#333;font-family:"Lucida Grande", Geneva, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;margin:0;padding:0;}body.popup{background-image:url(/common/static/img/smallwin-bg.jpg);}#wrapper{margin:0 auto;position:relative;width:950px;}body.popup #wrapper{width:650px;}#moduleHeader,
body.wide #content,
body.popup #content,

3. Also, at least 1/2 of my documents end up duplicated where I have documents that start with this: ~$(then the name I used to save it.) So far I've been able to find the actual document that I CA... Read more

A:My files save as "read only" and also very strange, ~$...

If you save your Word files in a .doc format and your Excel files in a .xls format, items 1 and 3 will be solved.

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When I edit game files and such in there (with Notepad), it won't let me save. It comes up with this: http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c99/fruitsbasketluva/Error.jpg

I have Vista and I'm the administrator. I know I used to be able to save them in XP...I've done it plenty of times. But since I got Vista I haven't been able to save a single one.

Anyone know why this is happening and a solution for it?
Thanks in advance ^__^

A:Solved: Can't save files I edit in "Program Files"?

"I'm the administrator"
NO, you are "A" administrator and do NOT have permission to write to the folder that you are trying to save to. Remember that on Vista you do NOT have the same rights as you did on XP.

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Hi every one,
I have Intel "DG31" and "core 2 do"
Program hangs, when i try to open or save as a file In "excel-2003" and "corel draw9" and "WILCOM Es9"
and in task manager it shows ?not responding?
But when i try to open it by clicking on the file using windows explorer it works quite well.
Earlier i used same programes on the "865glc" and "2.4" there was no problem,
I have also tried many Intel computers to trace the problem
i found the problem on every computer that was build on the motherboard later then Intel 865
Now what to do?
Mohammad Imran

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XP Home (installed SP2 recently, which MIGHT have something to do with this?).

Just saved two word docs and a bmp file, all separately. All three times I saw that a new location has been added to the Save As drop-down menu. It didn't open to My Documents folder but was in the general folder list of the whole computer. The location was called "FTP File Locations." It's never appeared on the Save As menu before. This made me think of the file/print sharing control, which is now located in the Windows Firewall, but I don't use that Firewall, I turned it off to use Norton. What was FTP Locations? And is there any way to disable file/print sharing without using the Windows Firewall? (These may be the same thing, I don't know.) Also, in Network Connections, I thought I'd find file/print sharing control there, but now XP wants me to run a whole Network Wizard thing..I'm afraid I'll somehow set up a network instead! or enable all kinds of things..I don't want to create a disaster here.

(My son installed an FTP program months ago for work he was doing, but the program was removed. I just searched for it, it's definitely gone.)

This is a stand-alone, non-networked home computer.

P.S. I saved another Word doc and now it's back to opening to My Documents folder as usual..now I can't find the FTP Locations anywhere.

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In any application under Win XP, when I use a Save As or Open dialog box, and click the down arrow next to the location box to search for the folder I want, the application never responds. Usually, I have to click the arrow a couple of times and then it sort of wakes up and responds, or the application crashes (the title bar of the dialog box will say "Not Responding".

Often, in the case of the Save As dialog, it won't say Save As in the upper left corner, only an "S" will appear there.

Seems like a memory issue or else something corrupt in the system. Before I shell out $35 to MS to have them fix something that shouldn't be broken, can anyone help???

A:Sluggish/nonresponsive "Save-As" and "Open" dialog boxes

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Hello everyone
Recently, I'm playing Anno 1404 (also called Dawn of Discovery) in my Vista Home Basic 32bit finely until I saw the problem with the "save/load" problem. First, it saves "systematically" but, the save is corrupted to a 5kb file. Second, the game can't load the 'properlly saved' save file, and also the corrupted one also.

Few of the players had the similar problem, and someone said that making another user account works, and I tried and really worked for me. Yes, I can play this way, but all of my files and infos are saved in the Administrator account, and I don't want to switch users just to play that game

Recently I found a useful MS program, which is runas, and found how to run as another account. It asks for the account pw, and everythis was fine, but it doesn't run my game
It just closes the cmd and nothing happens. What could be this problem?
I hope Ubi gives out this fixing patch fast

A:Anno 1404 "save/load" problem and using "runas.exe"

Figured it out with Runasspc program (which also saves the password! )

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I just got a new Hewlett Packard computer with Windows XP. The CD drive is a combo CD reader, writer and DVD. The main reason I need it is to backup my many documents, database programs (RootsMagic family history, Quicken, etc.), photographs and drawings. The pre-installed burning program on the computer is Adaptec's (I think) Sonic RecordNow!, which is useless for my needs because of the way it works. The HP tech suggested I download DLA to enable me to use "drag & drop" through Windows Explorer, but I haven't had much luck with that, either. What I need is to be able to use a CD-RW as a giant floppy - to add, delete, copy, edit and move files, just as I do on my regular floppies, using "drag & drop" through Windows Explorer, or "save as...". What software do I need for this? Please use "baby-talk" with me, because I don't understand any of the initials, terms and technical language I see all over these forums. Thanks, Dellasha

A:Data backup and storage to CD-RW's using "Drag & Drop" or "Save as..."

The most versatile program for that is "Nero"
The latest version Nero6 Reloaded is a bit bloated, maybe the NeroMIX will do better for you. Read the specs here: www.nero.com

The part that interests you specifically is InCD.

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Hi all
Previously the  "Save Picture"  box would put a web generated title in the box and automatically selected JPEG.  Now the title box reads "untitled" and the only file options offered are "png" & "bmp" 

Please note that a similar post has appeared, but the solution did not match the fault.  I'm seeking to restore the automatic response to save picture, that might have been upset by antivirus clean-up programme.

Thank youin advance for considering my problem

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In Word, when I open a file, and the files come up, my preferred way of viewing (alphabetizing and details) does not stick. The files come up in a haphazard order not chosen by me. I then go to preferences and do "arrange by name, details", but again, it does not "stick".

Also, in Windows Explorer, when I want to "save as", the same thing happens.

How can I get my preferred order (alphabetized, and details) to stick, and why is this happening?


A:Order of Files in "Save As"

Try the following:

The files are all in descending order (Z-A) instead of ascending (A-Z) or the other way around.

Right-click the Start button
Click Explore
Click drive C:.
On the View menu, click Details .
Sort the items the way you want them, then click View
Click Folder Options
Click View
Click Like Current Folder
Click OK
Now press and hold down the CTRL key, and then, keeping the Ctrl key depressed, quit Windows Explorer by clicking Close in the File Menu.
Release the CTRL key.
Restart your computer.

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Just a quick question.

I have read in some places that it is better to create two accounts on a Windows PC- a "standard user" account (used for most day to day activities) and a password protected "administrator" account for when it is necessary to install software or make system changes. Apparently, this may help to guard against malware in some instances.

Can anyone comment on whether this actually leads to any improvements in security in practice ? Is it actually worth doing most day to day PC activites as a standard user ?

Microsoft dont really mention this to the average home user.


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When I edit game files and such in there (with Notepad), it won't let me save. It comes up with this: http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c9...luva/Error.jpg

I have Vista and I'm the administrator. I know I used to be able to save them in XP...I've done it plenty of times. But since I got Vista I haven't been able to save a single one.

Anyone know why this is happening and a solution for it?

Thanks in advance ^__^

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About one month ago, a new problem surfaced:

Most times when I try to "Save As" a document and the application calls Windows Explorer for me to Browse where to save the file, it hangs for upwards of 60 seconds. The Browse window appears, but then I get a "spinning circular cursor" for 45-60 seconds until I can do anything. This occurs in all applications from MSExcel through Internet Explorer.

The system never completely crashes, but there is always this 60 second lag now.

The lag also occurs when I try to open a document...and to a less extent, but sometimes, when I simply open Windows Explorer (Windows Explorer is inconsistent as to whether it will give me a lag...sometimes it does work fine).

I have previously tried posting in the malware forum. I had picked something up they found...and cleaned it out, but that seems to have been completely unrelated to this as it was a virus redirecting my Google searches.

Can anyone help?

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I have been out of the computer repair world for a few years now, and have not dealt with fixing windows 7 PCs much at all. The wifes windows 7 laptop crashed, and I need to reinstall windows. I popped her hard drive out and hooked it up to my computer via an external USB enclosure. The drive comes but her user account appears to be "hidden", I only see a "default" and "public" user account. I know her account is there because their is a lot of used hard drive space that is not accounted for with the folder shown. I somewhat recall this being a security feature way back when when vista was coming out?? I have messed around with the securities, permissions, and ownership of the drive but I still can't see her user account.

A:User account "hidden" when trying to retrieve files from another PC

Hello PCBliss, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Normally user accounts are not hidden, but you could use the steps in the tutorial below to select Show hidden files, folders, and drives and uncheck Hide protected operating system files box in Folder Options to see if the user folder shows up faded afterwards.

Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide

Hope this helps,

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It's a mole hill of a problem, but it is a bit annoying to have to click on my principal drive ("C") every time I'm doing a "save". I have enclosed an excerpt of a screen shot of my "save as" window to display how the default drive being automatically selected is the "D" drive rather than the "C" drive that I use primarily. To be honest, I don't know whether this can be corrected by a software change, or whether it's the way the two hard drives are connected in my computer.

I'd appreciate it if anyone has a suggestion to offer if there is a way to make my "C" drive the default selection when I attempt to do a save function. Thanks

A:Solved: How do I change default hard drive when doing a "Save as""?

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Hey guys, I've a Toshiba laptop running Vista and just recently all of my desktop iconss have a recycle bin on them. Also since this happened whenever I try to save anything or open something from my computer and put it on the internet the internet browser (and save as/open window) will stop responding and I'll have to close it. Any help would be great!

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O/S: Windows 95
Internet access via Modem using "Dial Up Connection" to ISP. The dialogue box includes two options (a) "Save Password", and (b) "Connect Automatically". They are always greyed out and can not be selected or activated. As a result I always have to type in the password though I would rather not have to.

What I need to know is (1) why are these options not selectable and how can I get them to activate? and (b) what exactly does "Connect Automatically" do?


A:How to "Save Password" for "Dial Up Connection"

Do you get the Window logon box when you bootup? If so, do you just cancel it? That will ususlly eleminate password control. One simple thing you can try is go to Start>Find Files and Folders and do a search for *.pwl. If you find a file with a anyname.pwl, right click on it and rename it to old.pwl. Reboot and if you get the Windows logon, enter a name or number dont set a password. Let us know if it works or not.

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I have Internet Explorer 7 with my Windows Vista Home Premium and I have two probelms:
1. I can't use the save target as function, it is always disabled. My mouse will be over a link and in the status bar it will show a direct link to a file, but I still won't be able to do it.
2. The Content Advisor has been eneabled sinse I got my laptop and I can't get the password to turn it off, as I didn't set it. It gives the hint "Dell" every time.

If you can help me it would be appreciated.

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Ok I've had this problem for quite a while now and I really hope that someone can help me fix it. Pretty much, let's take microsoft word.

I click on "File" then "Open". Then in the box that pops up, there is a space near the top of the box that is right side of " Look in: " It usually says "My Documents" when popped up. But when I click on the little arrow that's pointing down to see a dropdown of where else I can save to, the program freezes and I have to do a ctrlaltdelete. The same thing happens when I click on "File" then "Save As" and I want to click the little arrow to see a dropdown.
Anything that I am doing for that box to pop up and if I click that little arrow the program freezes. WHAT AM I TO DO!!! HELP PLZ!!

Thank you for your time~

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Whenever I perform a "Save As..." or a "Save File" (e.g. with an email attachment), the pop-up save menu always defaults to NOT displaying the navigation pane(s) showing the existing folders/files in the target folder - see thumbnail below left.

To view the folder tree and folder/file list (see thumbnail below right), you have to click on the "Browse Folders" button at the bottom left.

Is there a registry hack or other setting that will reverse this setting for me?

P.S. This problem appears to occur when the application uses the standard Win7 explorer for the save - when using Photoshop, for example, it happily displays the folders and images etc.

A:How to default to "Browse Folders" on "Save as.."

Which version of Internet Explorer do you have? Is it 8, 9, or 10? I only have 8 and I didn't see any way of changing this in there and mine does not do what yours does, so I'm thinking that you have either 9 or 10. If you do, then I will install the version you have and take a look.

You see, this kind of thing can be changed in other browsers like Firefox, and it has been possible for as long as I can remember (several years).

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This has been happening the majority of the time for the last week or so. I've scanned for viruses, spyware, etc., but that isn't the problem. Whenever I try to save as, nothing happens. The hour glass comes up for about a half a second and then nothing happens. The same when I try to click browse or when I try to open a file, like pictures. This has never happened before except the last few days. I had a problem with spyware, but I've since installed zone alarm and firefox instead of IE explorer, which I had to do because I was getting an error on IE and it wouldn't open. I hope someone can help. Thank you.

A:cannot "save as," "browse," or "open."

Welcome to the forum.

1. Which version of Windows, to include SP?

2. Did the problem begin after installing / removing hardware / software, to include updates to AV & Windows?
2a. When was Windows last updated?
2b. Is your computer set to obtain Windows updates automatically?

3. Which tools did you use to scan for malware?

4. Can't save as, browse or open. Please explain. For example, what can't you open? Can you open notepad, type a few words, then save the file?

5. What kind of problems were you having with IE?

You're welcomed.


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Hi all,
I recently created a new user account on a win 7 home premium machine before I'd had much experience with win 7 (but years with 2000 and xp).
Instead of users\Roger\ it created users\user which I now realise is not correct. (I didn't call my account "user", either, before you ask. )
Can I fix this without deleting the profile and starting again, as I've done hours of work since that little stuff up.
Thanks in advance,

A:Account "Roger" appears as "c:\users\user"

Roger I assuming you have tried change the account name in Control Panel??

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To add to that I could not select a font to write here- all my choices said "undefined"... My "save as" will only save as an untitled .bmp even if the image is a jpeg. I have gone to tools/internet options/delete files and offline too, and have cleared my history. I have XP Pro and IE6.

A:My "save as" does not "save as'' anymore.

Did you ever solve this problem? i suddenly have the same problem but can't fix it.

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I've updated IE, reset settings, uninstalled reinstalled IE, tried mozilla firefox, still have same problems...

In internet explorer if I were to save a file as or an image as using the right click method, IE with completely shut down with no error reporting message. If I want to upload files or images to the internet and click on "browse", again IE closes. This happens as well when I want to extract files from an email and want to save the file as... and so on.

The only way for me to upload anything to the internet is through a bulk uploader if one is available??

When using mozilla, the error reports that there is an unknown error with the filepicker.

Any thoughts out there??


A:"Upload" or "save as" gliche

Hello and welcome to TSF

What security programs do you have installed?

Can you post a screenshot of the firefox error? please

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Hope I'm in the right forum, apologies for not. This isn't software or hardware..not sure what though.

Sony laptop, Windows Vista, Cannon Printer

Use the same site (Craigs List) every single day, several times a day. After posting ads, the first page is printed off for a hard copy. Same, same same every day.
Tried to print today and a "Save File As" box comes up and says An unknown error has occurred and "no items match your search and something about an *xps document?? No matter what we've tried, shutting down computer and printer, etc., does the same thing. Have tried to print from other areas as well and same thing. Will not print, just brings up the box. What has gotten changed?? And how did it get changed and how do I fix this PLEASE!!


A:"Print" goes to straight to "Save As".....

I would say that your default printer has changed somehow. It should be an easy fix.
What operating system are you using?

If your using Vista:
Start > Control Panel > Under Hardware and Sound, select Printer > Right Click on the printer you want to use and press "Set as Default Printer".

If your using XP:
Start > Control Panel > Printers and Faxes > Right Click on the Printer > Set as Default Printer.

That should work for you, If you have any problems or that didn't solve the problem, or I haven't covered the right Operating System, just ask.

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