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File disappearance post attribute change

Q: File disappearance post attribute change

My families vista system got infected with malware(Antimalware doctor) and (as the computer had already been restarted twice by this point anyway) I elected to attempt to remove the offending files from safe mode. I deleted the registry keys first with relative success but had more trouble hunting down the offending files. In the end I found the filepath in a shortcut but found that the folders in question were hidden. After making the hidden files visible folder by folder for I while I decided to accelerate the process and told it to make all hidden files visible. As this was the case with my own computer, I didn't anticipate any problems but after a 3 min long "attribute change" suddenly all the files in the relevant users account had disappeared, rather than being joined by a few previously hidden folders.(In fact, aside from a previously open window, the account as a whole had disappeared). According to the windows accounts page, the account in question is still there and using a sizable chunk of hard disk space, but I can find no other evidence of it or the files.

My only two theories right now are :
1. Somehow I accidentally made all of the contents of the account be listed as hidden files - I consider this one very unlikely, as one vista dialogue(which I have used many times before) would probably not be capable of that effect.

2. Some self-defense action of the malware. The malware has already prevented use of the internet or the running of any programs that might act against it(Including the Spybot S&D installer and the task manager, though notepad still works) however safe mode seemed to be capable of preventing it acting, for which reason I also count this theory as doubtful. Since the malware seemed to be installed in the region that has disappeared, its unlikely that it deleted it, though there is an argument for it seeking to hide itself.However there would be no profit in designing malware to desperately continue to hang on once discovered, so this too seem doubtful.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I am very eager not to lose these files(If they haven't already been lost) but have no real idea what the problem is.

Preferred Solution: File disappearance post attribute change

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A: File disappearance post attribute change

MalwareBytes has a good reputation at removing these fake antivirus programs.


If it doesn't install or run in normal mode, try running it in Safe Mode.

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Due to some virus my some files got hidden with System Files properties.
After I select option "Show Hidden Files and Folders" my files are shown only if I uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files" in Folder Option.

So how can I change properties of My Files to cancel Hidden option???

how to make my files attributes normal from System files??

A:Change System File Hidden attribute to Normal File attribute

Click Start->Run
type cmd

attrib -S C:\1.txt

attrib is keyword to set attribute
-S if for to remove System Attribute

For more info:

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Hello to all and Happy New Year,

I have very strange problem, I have found virus on my USB stick which my Mcafee antivirus succesfully cleaned. However, there were a few files infected, which after they'd been cleaned, became hidden. I'm unbale to change that attribute in file's properties since it is gray. I don't know what to do. I have checked and I as an administartor of machine have rights to read and write atributes.
Is there any other way to change this "hidden" attribute?
I'm using Win XP professional.

A:Unable to change file's attribute

I managed to fix this. I found that antivirus somehow set attribute to these files as system files. I noticed that when I tried to remove hidden attribute by attrib command manually in cmd prompt.
So, command
attrib -s -h file_name.doc solve problem.
Only problem is I needed to repeat command 10 times, one for each file. I wonder if only I could do it for all automatically...

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I am unable to change the read-only attribute on any of my folders or files. When I look at the properties, the read-only attribute has a green block inside the box instead of a green check. There are three options (instead of two) - green check, no green check or green box. Does anyone know what this box means and how to change this attribute? It will allow me clear the green box, but when I look at the properties again, it is back there. I am logged in as an Administrator and have downloaded SP2. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Confused in Hurricane country!

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Recently I formatted my hard drive and all my data was again copied from different Hard drive.I use win 7 ultimate .This has resulted in the READ only Tried using properties and attrib command, both failed. How do I change the files to read/write?
I have more than 300GB data.Whenever I try to edit any file I get message "save failed please check file is not opened in another programme" or I have to save with different name. please advise me how I change this.

A:change Read only attribute

Hello Padasalgi,

As a test, use the tutorial below to add "Take Ownership" to your context menu. Take Ownership Shortcut
Afterwards, see if using it to Take Ownership of the drive and/or files/folders will allow you to save them as normal without having to rename them.

When you right click on an item and click on "Take Ownership", it sets the "Administrators" group as the owner of the item, and sets permissions to allow administrators "Full control" of the item.

Hope this helps,

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Hi all, I'm new here so please excuse me if I'm posting incorrectly.. I have a laptop that came with vista home premium and I'm more familiar with the XP Pro environment. When I try to change the read only attribute in vista it won't allow me to. Is this Hidden admin account the only way to change access rights? Thanks for any clarification you might offer.

A:Change Read Only attribute

Originally Posted by ibted

Hi all, I'm new here so please excuse me if I'm posting incorrectly.. I have a laptop that came with vista home premium and I'm more familiar with the XP Pro environment. When I try to change the read only attribute in vista it won't allow me to. Is this Hidden admin account the only way to change access rights? Thanks for any clarification you might offer.

You could always change the attributes via a command line from an elevated command prompt.

Command line =
attrib "file" +r

+r will add the read only and -r will remove it

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Let me share the background quickly. I work at a school as Computer Applications Technology teacher. The students bring homework to school on their flashdrives, and though we have good antivirus software at school, the viruses on their home PC's will often do considerable damage to the data on their flashdrives.

One of the most common problems we have is some virus that sets the "system" attribute on all folders, effectively hiding them, and then creating shortcuts named after those folders, inviting people to double-click them, thereby effectively installing the virus locally (though our antivirus blocks it). So the problem is that those folders (with their homework) can only be revealed by going into "Folder Options" and selecting "Show hidden files and folders" and removing the option to "Hide protected operating system files". This is a big breach in security. So I usually have to change those settings, run the Attrib command in the command line to change all the folders, and then re-enable the settings. All of this takes up valuable time.

What I would like to know is, is there a way to give the attrib command once, thereby changing the attributes on all folders on a specific flashdrive? I played around with the /S /D and *.* settings, but couldn't accomplish anything. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

A:How do I change system attribute for all folders using command prompt?

it works just fine here

assuming we are in root of the flash drive which holds some files and subfolder with some files with....
attrib +r +s +h /S /D will add these attributes:
-read only
-system file
-is hidden
-Processes matching files and all subfolders.
-Processes folders as well

now if you wanna remove attrubutes for all files in all folders on whole flashdrive do this:
attrib -r -s -h /S /D
this command will remove attrubutes for all files folders and subfolders:
-read only
-system file
-is hidden
-Processes matching files and all subfolders.
-Processes folders as well

it works as expected

you was probably typing something wrong

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In Windows 7 (and Vista) - all files displayed show only the file name.
This is particularly noticeable with audio and image files - but I often have identical file names in different formats or sizes.
Is there a way to make the .wav or .mp3 etc suffix visible and more importantly - can I edit it and sort by type?

(At the moment I am reverting to an old laptop running XP where I can edit and sort things easily).

Many thanks,

A:File Manager - file attribute display and changing

Hi catstevecam and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes you can display the file extension. In explorer select Organize->Folder and search options. On the view tab uncheck Hide extensions for known file types.
If you right click on an empty area in a folder you can chose sort and grouping options. Type is one of these.

You can change the attributes of some file types (Music & Videos) in the properties details tab.

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I was getting ready to backup my audio book hard drive... moving and renaming as needed... to prepare for burning to DvD. This is what happend, when i open the AUDIOBOOK dedicated harddrive, there is an "AudioBook" folder, and inside this one, there is another 'AudioBook' folder in which contains all the books.... being that there was a audiobook folder inside of another audiobook before i get to the actual books, annoyed me. So i open the first audiobook folder in one window, then open the second one with the actual books IN it in another window, and drag and drop all the books from the second one to the first to eliminate the redundency.... all the other times ive done this it doesnt take but an instant because the files dont have to be re-written. ive done this many times with other files where i found similar situations. Then stuff got messed up, all the named folders showed up in the other area, but are saying the size is " 0 bytes "... and when i try to open them, i get the " file not accessable, access is denied". So it looks like they all were erased... all the individual folders with file names, say they are zero bytes. When i go to my computer, it still says the drive has little free space, indicating that the files are still there somewhere. Im sure someone has had this happen. Is there any hope of a quick fix? I have some file recovery software, and have recovered some this way... but im not sure i am getting the entire fi... Read more

A:Access Denial Error/File Disappearance

Most access denied messages are usually solved by logging in as

administrator (if your not already) and "Taking ownership" of the files/folders,as described HERE

The reason it says 0 bytes is because Windows doesn`t think you have

the rights to know this information.You have to tell it that you do

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Win 2K SP4. Whenever I save anything to Floppy or CD it is saved as Read only. This has only started recently when the laptop went back to head office for a short time. I have looked everywhere but can't find a setting/policy for this. Am I missing something? Your help would be greatly appreciated

A:File Attribute Problem

Is the file closed when you save it ?

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Is it possible to check the archive attribute on a file with DOS?
I have a series of directories that need to have their files deleted once the archive attribute has been removed i.e. in Windows Explorer under the Attribute column the 'A' has disappeared.

How would one go about checking. I can gather a list of the file names in the directory. I assume that it would be the command

If not exist [archive attribute] (
delete file)
However I may be barking up the wrong tree.
Has anyone any experience with this?

A:[SOLVED] Checking archive attribute on file with DOS

Hi Tigers!. . .

Welcome back to the Tech Support Forum!

I like that name "directories" - Good Stuff!

I may be missing something here, but why do you first ned to remove the -A attribute prior to deletion? Or are you trying to delete all files without the -A? If so ... what about -S, -H, etc...?

Regards. . .


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Several months ago I got a new laptop with Win 7 Pro SP1 64bit. I have done numerous backups on this machine but I've noticed that the file attribute 'archive bit' (a) is not being reset as it was on Win XP. (NOTE: backups were full backups not incremental or differential.)

Does Win 7 treat file attribute bits differently than XP?

I also have noticed that 7 displays various attribute bits that were not used in XP; where is there a description of all attribute bits?

A:File Attribute 'Archive' Bits not being reset

Are you on a homegroup by any chance?

I've read some MS answers that flat out say that the archive bit is no longer available in windows 7 (but I think they mean reliably usable rather than not available in the strict sense). To others saying that the homegroup networking is using it for it's own purposes (probably for it's own built in backup) and it interferes with other people/programs using it.

Personally I have not looked into it though.

I believe that the base "dos" attributes are the same as always though: Read Only, Archive, Hidden and System. Of course NTFS itself has (and has always had) a much more extensive access control system in place for all folders and files...

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What does this mean in Win 7 ?????

Thank You


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Hello everyone, I used windows server 2016 IIS to build an ftp server, but the time attributes of the stored files are all 8 hours away from my local time. How can I solve this problem?

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I want to make a bunch of folder.jpg files so they are no longer hidden. But when I check the file properties, the hidden attribute checkbox is greyed out, so I can't untick it.

Any ideas on how I can change the hidden attribute of these files?



A:Hidden Attribute checkbox on file properties greyed out

Hello Dave,

You might see if you may be able to do so using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below with the command prompt.

File and Folder - Hide or Unhide

Hope this helps,

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When i create a new folder it automatically sets the read only attribute, if i try and turn it off it just turns back on again.

I have tried using command prompt to disable it as well as playing with the security settings and account permissions.

does any one have any ideas?

A:File and Folder Read only attribute wont disable

1. First question, why are you trying to do it?

2. look here:
Unable to remove Read-Only attribute from folder
You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

To view or to remove the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Vista or Windows 7
Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER..
To view the syntax for the Attrib command, type attrib /? at the command prompt.
To remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute, use the following command:
attrib -r +s drive:\<path>\<foldername>
For example, to remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute for the C:\Test folder, use the following command:
attrib -r +s c:\test
Be aware that some programs may not operate correctly with folders for which the System attribute and the Read-only attribute are set. Therefore, use the following command to remove these attributes:
attrib -r -s drive:\<path>\<foldername>
For example, to remove both the Read-only and the System attributes from the C:\Test folder, use the following command:
attrib -r -s c:\test
If the Run command is not listed on the Start menu, do the following:
Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Run..

note: Open cmd with run as administrator

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Hello guys,

Yes I know it is a silly question, but what is the syntax for removing the read-only attribute of an Excel file, say abcd.xlsx file?
The address of the example is, c:\documents\spreadsheets\abcd.xlsx.

Any help will be much appreciated.


A:How to remove the read-only attribute from an Excel .xlsx file?

Right click on the file then choose "properties" in the window that opens and then uncheck the "read only" box at the bottom of the window.
BTW there is no such thing as a silly question but there are plenty of silly answers

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With any file management tool I've ever used that attempts to show the date/time of the last file access, all I ever see is the time I used the tool to view the last access time stamp. In other words, checking the last access time counts as an access. Duh! What good is that?

Is there any tool or trick to allow you to determine the last access date/time OTHER THAN the time you access the file to ask the question?

A:Solved: Last Access file date attribute worthless?

Never tried it but the AFIND function in a free forensic toolkit may work for you ...


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hi all...

actually i'm the amature in this area..i hope this site could help me to solve my prob..hmmm..

any body here could help me how to remove cloner.bv which is clone all my word file into application file(.exe) and hidden word file(.doc)...any body know how this can happen???

pls help me

A:(.doc) file cloner and fixed attribute changed into hidden permenently

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

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I removed the 'file_recovery' virus and got everything else back to normal using:


which included using unhide.exe, but now I think my system files are all showing, even though I have checked 'hide system files' and 'do not show hidden files'.

If I go to a place where I think there are supposed to be system files that are supposed to be hidden (like windows/system32) and show the 'attributes' column, they say 'A' (archive) is the only attribute.

Shouldn't they say 'S' (system) and 'H' (hidden)? If so, is there a way to put the 'system' and 'hidden' attributes back on the appropriate files (without doing it manually one by one because that would take forever and I wouldn't know which ones to do)?

I am running Windows Vista.

Thanks! unhide.exe really saved me!

A:After 'file_recovery' virus removal, system files lost 'system file' attribute

That's not possible.May be you could ask for Grinler opinion herehttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic405109.htmlgood luck

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Windows 7 will delete "Read-Only" files without providing any warning (unlike XP).
Windows Media Player 12 will overwrite files which have the "Read-Only" attribute set.

Does anyone know how to make Windows 7 (& WMP) obey the "Read-Only" attribute on files?

A:"Read-Only" File Attribute

Hi lehnerus2000,

1) Read-only files can't be modified, but they can be copied, moved, renamed, or deleted. You can make a secure private folder which is inaccessible and undeletable. There are detailed instructions on Make Folder Inaccessible and Undeletable.

2)For WMP, go through the following page, theres a nice discussion about stopping WMP from overwriting jpgs.
Hydrogenaudio Forums > WMP and Folder.jpg being overwritten

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Hi. As a first post here this is hardly a necessity, but it would be good to change things at some stage.

When my PC starts (Win7 HP 64-bit) I get a hideously ugly splash screen relating to my M/B (Gigabyte) whilst the post is going on (not the Windows boot screen). I can disable this in the BIOS but then I see the post information instead (not a whole lot prettier). The splash screen is useful as it has all the shortcuts listed on it, del, F9 etc. I am not against having a splash screen, just this splash screen! Is there a way of changing it without going too much 'under the bonnet'? (I did it once some years back in the early days of XP, through 3rd. party software, but the whole thing was not very stable and I uninstalled it in the end: hoping there's something a bit more straightforward in Win7, several years on).

Many thanks,


A:How to change the post screen

Welcome to Seven Forums martinlest. Have a look at this, instructions (and many great images) in 1st post.


A Guy

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I had everything working well in my socket 939 AN8-SLI delux computer. I wanted to try and extend the lifetime of it so I purchased an Opteron 180 x2 online. When I installed it I got no post. The fans all come on and stay on with no system beeps. I have tried all of the suggestions here and on other sites but nothing. I currently have only 1 stick of RAM, the grahics card, and the cpu, plugged in. I have removed the battery, shorted the CMos, checked and rechecked all of the connections, reseated the cpu and the graphics card, and doubled checked that a 50 watt power supply is ample. Since none of this has worked, is it now safe to assume the chip is bad? I don't see any visible damage to it . . . all pins look straight and clean. Should I have flashed the bios prior to installiing the new cpu? Is there something else I am missing?


A:CPU change in socket 939 & no post

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ive got an old systemax with an ami motherboard, amd athlon 700mhz and a voodoo3 vga graphics card.

i installed a new graphics driver for the card and then i restarted the computer.

it came on nothing on the screen the floppy drive made some noise and then it beeped. i unplugged the floppy drive thinking that was the problem and restarted again. it turned on beeped 8 times(which means graphics card error) paused and beeped another 8 times and repeated itself over and over.

is there any way i can fix this w/o buying a new graphics card?


A:Error in POST because of driver change?

To get the video back and stop the POST errors you will have to swap the video card with another... There's no way around this. I keep several old PCI video cards (S3 and Trident) around just for this type of problem. Those old voodoo cards were very picky about the drivers they liked

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I think I have made a very big mistake!!!

I was looking around the BIOS, trying to find something, when I spotted something like “Load High Performance Defaults.” I decided to try this and got a warning that something bad might happen, but curious, I decided to go ahead. I wish I had not as now the computer won’t even POST. All I get is a black screen. I can’t get into the BIOS to reverse my actions. The only positive thing I can report is that there was no sparks, smoke, or unusual odors coming from the computer. The motherboard is an MSI K7N2.

Any ideas out there?

Boy am I embarrassed.

A:Computer Won't POST After BIOS Change

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hey guyss..i have problem with my computer....all my icon change to Windows media player and all target type change to EXE File...what should i do.....plzzz...
#sorry for my bad english..
Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit sp1

2 gb ram

A:All icon change to WMP and all target type change to EXE File

Hello Kechik Crew, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you could do a system restore using a restore point dated before this happened to undo and fix this quickly.

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Hi There,

I have Dell Optiplex 3010 machine in which the POST bios logo (not windows splash screen) appears some other instead of Dell manufacturer logo. How can i change that back to default so that when POST happens i can see the Dell logo?? I have tried reformatting the machine but still the logo doesn't show the Dell logo . Can anybody help me with this.

Thanks in advance.


A:POST Bios screen logo change

I'm not sure what you are referring to. Post BIOS would be when Windows loads.

Post on the Dell Community forum, that is probably the best chance to get an answer.
Dell Community

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On the 19th I posted about moving all the files from one drive to another with different file types. I wondered why I didn't receive any replies and then discovered that I had mis-stated the case. What I did was transfer all the files from an NTFS disk to a FAT32 disk so I lost access to files that were made on the NTFS disk. I had stated it the other way round. My question then is can I move the files back to an NTFS disk and recover access to those files?

My second question is does an NTFS disk read FAT32 files or will I need to convert those files to NTFS and, if so, how do I do that?

You can tell I don't know what I am doing.

A:Solved: Change in post about FAT32 files.

You should be able to read the files no matter what file system the OS uses. The only snag is that Win9x/ME can't read NTFS partitions, and WinNT can't read Fat32 partitions (without a 3rd party utility).

If you are referring to the "security" of the files, then copying from NTFS to FAT32 will not copy the security bits of the file (who can access the file, etc...). Copying from FAT32 to NTFS will by default set permissions to "Everyone" and "Full" access, which can be changed as needed once it is on the NTFS partition.

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I have Windows XP Home Edition, I was infected with Spysheriff. While removing it, I found several more Viruses. Ever since I removed Spysheriff I get the message from MC Antispyware, found Egroup.IEAccess C (Dialer) Please remove. I have also Noticed that my tool bars are gray and in classic view. I go to start\settings\control panel\display and open it, the only option I have is Themes. I don’t have desktop, screen saver, appearance, or settings. Anyone know why those options have disappeared. When I boot in safe mode I have most of those choices except screen saver and under appearance the only choice is classic. I went Start, Run and typed Services.msc Double-clicked the Themes service and it was already set at Automatic. can anyone help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hi Guys,

Im having trouble with BSOD related to ntskrnlmp.exe, and cssrss.exe according the windbgx. However i cannot find the source driver, can anyone give me a hand? Attached is the dump long and SF grabber files, the dump log was outputted from a BSOD related to driver verifier. Ive updated all my drivers as far as i can tell so any help you can give me is greatly appreciated. I have also done malware scans via malware bytes.


A:BSOD After reinstaling windows post mobo change

Hi felicequach.

The Verifier Enabled BSOD says it is somehow related to networks.

* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.

BugCheck C4, {9100e, fffff8000034fd90, ffffcf801bb8cf20, ffffcf801bb8cf98}

Probably caused by : NETIO.SYS ( NETIO!NsiGetAllParametersEx+1f8 )

Followup: MachineOwner
So you should plan to update your network adapter drivers.
Qualcomm Atheros Extensible Wireless LAN device driver (c:\windows\system32\drivers\athwnx.sys): Drivers for Atheros AR9287 and Windows 7
Intel(R) PRO/1000 PCI Express Network Connection Driver I (c:\windows\system32\drivers\e1i63x64.sys: Network Adapter Driver for Windows 7
Scan the system for possible virus infection with the following programs, for a safety reason.
Anti-rootkit utility TDSSKiller
Windows Defender Offline
Let us know the results.

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Basically I have a laptop with a 60GB SSD and a 500GB HDD. Windows is (stupidly) been installed on the HDD.

I can't touch the SSD in Disk Management, it has Windows 7 installed on it, so I can't even re-format it.

What I want to do:
1. Reformat the SSD (Currently in two partitions, one with Win7 and one as a recovery partition).
2. Install Windows 8.1 on the SSD.
3. Reformat the HDD to an empty drive to store games and files.

Cannot reformat the SSD in Disk ManagementHaven't got a Windows 8.1 install media

Thanks for any help, if you want any information just ask.
Harry Beadle

Sony Vaio VGN-AW21Z
Windows 8.1

A:Change Windows Install Location - Post Setup

Just some observations:

1. You might run into a problem with low disk space installing 7/8 on the 60GB SSD.
2. As far as I'm aware you can't format the primary OS in disk management. That has to be done in the actual OS install.


1. Dual boot with separate SSD/HDD using the F12 key at boot up to switch between each OS.
2. Get a larger SSD to do what you want.
3. HDD can be used as storage for both OS's

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Hi, i have a custom bios on my g400s and after a change the VRAM to 1024 (i know it was stupid), the laptop rebooted and now it reboots every 5s. The screen is blank, there's no beep, nothing, just keep restarting. I tried to turn it on without the battery, remove de CMOS battery, tested the ram sticks, but no luck yet. I also tried to a bios recovery with a usb stick and pressing fn + b, the fan goes full speed, i waited for an hour, but the led on the usb stick dont even turn on. I dont know what to do now, please,help me!

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Not sure if anyone can help. I ordered my Lenovo Yoga 900 online and received paperwork from Digital River, the company that appears to be contracted to undertake Lenovo's UK and Ireland administrative work.  I ordered it for work but in error put my own name and address as the invoice address now my employer is unable to claim the VAT back on the purchase so I am in some trouble. I called Digital River to see if they could change this but they refused saying it was not possible.  I know these are relatively simple changes that could be made even if the credit and reissue the invoice. This has tarnished my expereince and painted Lenovo ion a bad light with my employer who has a number of aother machines to buy this year.  Does anyone know of an alternative contact other than Digital River that may be able to help me?

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New To The Forums Here So Heya =]
This lil issue never really bothered me but is so irritant its like a bad itch.
was wondering if anybody would take 2 secs to give a tiddy hand lol

when i press the ON button without my ATI Radeon HD 5450 in the PCI-E slot my pc makes 1 click sound then i can see the POST and away we go (Whopp)
but with the ATI Card installed it clicks like 10 times and the front lights flash every time it clicks (i say clicks cause thats what it dose sound like lol) the power and HDD light flash, its like its resetting itself severaltime to get power buildup to run the card :S
on the box for the card it says MINIMUM 300W PSU so i though hmm my standard wont do no good, so i got myself a 500W ATX PSU an still dose it and on the ol trusty CPU-Z it reads its running at 8x when apaz my mobo is up-to 16x an my ATI is a 16x but the main Q is whats with what loks like bad starting, its like a old vw in the cold lol

any ideas??
if ya need any more info just ask im not a noob at pc's =] (just not to much jargon hehe) =]

thanks in adavnce
M.D Tyler


I Have Also Another Computer With A PCI Graphics Card on XP Which USED to run fine but now since a reinstall with the same drivers and same OS as was same disc, wont work past the Boot Manager unless its run in VGA Mode, Any Ideas Here??

ps thought ide ask here as they both are kinda the same an saves 2x posts =]

CPU-z For 1st Q

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A:Graphics Card Change, Strange Booting Before Bios POST

Hello mileztyler1205. Welcome to the Forum.

Because you say that when you take the 5450 card out of the PC you still get video that leads me to assume that the motherboard has on-board graphics.
It is necessary to disable the on-board graphics chip in order to use a video card. Newer motherboards switch the on-board chip off automatically, but some older boards required you to do so manually in the BIOS settings. That is where you should start.

The "click" sound is interesting. Most PCs beep, not click. Here I am going to guess that the speaker on the motherboard or computer case is defective and rather that beep you are just getting an electronic snap (or click).

As for the second machine it sounds like the video driver did not install correctly.
Completely uninstall all graphics card software and the driver. Then restart and try again.

And it is always better to write 2 posts. Otherwise it gets very confusing as to what question is being addressed.

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Ive been using Vista Windows Movie Maker ever since i installed Vista. I use it to cut out ads out of TV programs i record. Then i compress the video using a different program.. I started my pc up this morning to do some video editing and ive found that Movie Maker is no longer on my system.
Where the hell did it go !!!!!!
I Saved my protect last night before converting it and that file is still there but movie maker is gone.

Can anyone help!!


Ive tried restoring, restarting, inserting the Vista disc an pressed repair. Im out of ideas can someone help

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I need to change a zip file to an epub file. I have heard this can be done, but when I add the .epub after the file name, I notice the file is still actually zip type file when I right click properties. This is causing a problem when I try to open it in in different ebook reader programs.

I know there is a way to change a file's actual file type, but I don't know how. Perhaps there is a software or I need to go into the registry?

I can do this either with windows 7 or XP home, because I have two computers. So help on either operating system would be great?

As a related question, I am wondering does changing a file's icon type actually change the file type or just the icon?

A:How do I change a file's file type (not only file association)?

Hi awd and welcome to Seven Forums.

I take it that your zip file is an e-book. Changing the extension does nothing to change the format of the data. If you have need to convert an e-book from one format to another try Calibre. In addition to managing e-books it allows you to convert from one form to another. calibre - E-book management

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My problem is similar to ggirleand's. I added a new hard drive as a master, put my old one as slave. Everything was fine and dandy, and even worked. Then once I tried to load some software, both my cd rom and my cd burner disappeared. I show only my master hard drive as C, and my slave as F. In device manager There are yellow exclamation points next to the two cd drives.

For my cd rom it says: Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)

For my burner it says:Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)

I am clueless. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:CDROM Disappearance

Check the filters as described in this KB article, it frequently causes this behavior. Q270008

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I am working on a friends HP 8580C. It has a HP CD-Writer Plus and a Pioneer DVD player. After installing some software, (they are not sure which software was installed) the cdrom's disappeared from the device manager. They show up in safe mode but not in the bios. I went ahead and removed them in safemode but the Plug and Pray did not find them. I did have 1 boot in 30 where they came back and worked fine. Has anyone seen this?

A:cdrom disappearance

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I have a new pc with Windows XP Home Ed. Every time I change the appearance of my desktop and go surfin the web when I come back Norton is running ( I think I have that fixed) and my desktop is black. I want a pretty pic on my desktop. Am using destop display that came with the pc. Can you tell me why this is happening.
Here is my HiJack This:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:13:41 PM, on 7/17/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ISSVC.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Application Accelerator\iaantmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Iomega\AutoDisk\ADService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Sy... Read more

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I had been having trouble with my computer running Windows 7 for the last few days. I ran Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, to see if anything was wrong. It turns out I had tracking cookies, Ad-ware, and the Trojan.Vundo virus! Malwarebytes' would not delete the all of the files, though, no matter how many times I tried.

I had downloaded many anti-virus software after seeing that, and they were able to delete most, but not all, of the tracking cookies, and most, but not all, of the Ad-ware.

No software was able to delete Vundo, however; I had scanned everything again yesterday night, and Trojan.Vundo still showed. I had waited until today to ask here, after looking more into this trojan last night.

I ran all the scans again just now, to make sure I had Vundo, but all of them came up with just Ad-ware and tracking cookies; no Vundo. I am still worried about the Ad-ware/tracking cookies, but not as much as this trojan. I heard it is very dangerous. Anyway, had all the scans I ran deleted the virus? ( Ad-Aware, AVG, Malwarebytes' Anti Malware, Spyware Doctor, CCleaner, Spybot - Search & Destroy, avast! Antivirus, SUPERAntiSpyware, and a-squared; all free.)

The only difference I made with these scans was that today was the first time I had scanned using the "Administrator" account, because some software would not let me delete files unless I enabled the "Administrator" account and scanned from there. I made the rest of the scans I had... Read more

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My lower scroll bar has disappeared. I need help restoring it. I have Windows XP Home Edition. Thank you.

A:Scroll bar disappearance

I'm such a dummy. I have no scroll bar problem. Thanks!

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Running fully updated Windows X/P. I booted up and discovered there was no longer any red color (not even in the Windows logo). I ran my Avast virus detection program, with negative results. The red color is also absent when viewing the advanced color display options under the Control Panel even though the settings are their for that color.
Does any one have any suggestions?

A:Disappearance of red hue (color)

Do you have another computer to plug that monitor into? Is the monitor an LCD or CRT?


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Hiya Guyz
My problem is when i right click on my task bar and ask windows to display the language tool bar, it give me the space it is supposed to be displayed in and tells that it is on, but all i see is a solid blue part of the taskbar with a little seperator showing.
how can i rectify this so the language bar does in face show.
thanks, moly

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Running XP Pro SP3, all up to date. Yesterday ran Spybot S&D (couple of minor annoyances found & cleared such as doubleclick), then Malwarebytes (found nothing) and finally Microsoft Security Essentials (found nothing), all as complete scans, & all as part of normal routine checks. All had been updated immediately prior to running. Computer running okay.
This morning started system, desktop completely empty except for MyComputer and old Mozbackup. Desktop folder also shows empty. Had MANY important files there. 2 programs greyed-out in Quickstart. Also "Search" not working, ditto for System Restore (but this last one had already been acting up, even in Safe Mode). Downloaded and ran TDSSKiller, shows nothing. Likewise for RKill. MSES also turned off when I started today, but turned it on as soon as I noticed.
Any helpful ideas/suggestions/questions?

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I own a HP laptop with windows vista business. Some months back I purchased and installed hp scanjet 2400 on my laptop. Since then, whenever I use the scanjet, I end up in losing the CD drive on my laptop. Could this be a a result of compatibility problems. The laptop has Pioneer DVDRW DVR-K17 ATA device installed on it.
Please help and advise.
Lalit Sodha

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