1. Application error

    Date: 11/06/08     Keywords: virus

    Whenever I start up a program, my OS says "This is not valid Win32 application". This message pops up only when I try to launch/install a program. Games work perfectly... I checked the stuff for viruses and found two trojans having deleted them already, though. Repairing didn't help; I only got IE 6 back after it had ended...

    I would never like to re-install my OS by pressing "L" during installing and thus having discarded all the previous settings and icons and paths and themes, etc...

    What do I do?

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/96129.html

  2. ActiveSpeed

    Date: 10/29/08     Keywords: no keywords

    Is anyone here familiar with ActiveSpeed. They say they can boost my internet connection by 375% and I'm a bit skeptical of their claims. I'd like to get some opinions from people who have tried it and can't seem to find anything online that doesn't appear to be affiliated with the company.

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/95979.html

  3. please help!

    Date: 08/21/08     Keywords: no keywords

    I have a minor problem and was wondering if anyone could help. I have an icon of an .mp3 file that I've downloaded that won't disappear from my desktop. I have since deleted the actual file, but I can't put the icon in my recycling bin:

    When I try to move it to the recycling bin, this pops up:

    Since the file doesn't exist anymore, how can I get rid of this icon? I have Windows Vista. Thanks for any and all help :)

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/95036.html

  4. WinXP WTF

    Date: 07/10/08     Keywords: no keywords

    WinXP help needed ._.

    One of my local cybercafe's desktops doesn't list my USB drive among the usual C:-etc. letters anymore, from Windows Explorer (it should be F:, after the two CD-drive letters), but I can reach it okay from [Open File] in Firefox.

    I can't right-click-and-Explore either - any attempt to reach my USB via Windows Explorer doesn't work at all.

    It was fine this morning. How the hell did this happen?

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/94697.html

  5. aim chat and cache logs

    Date: 07/07/08     Keywords: no keywords


    Im looking for chat logs, or cache's for the aol instant messenger on my system.

    Im running a windows xp system with aim version 5.5.

    Ive looked in the general places but am not finding anything.

    Can anyone help?


    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/94173.html

  6. downgrade

    Date: 06/23/08     Keywords: no keywords

    Vista homePremium -> Xp Proffesional. Is that possible?

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/93823.html

  7. Interesting mapped drives issue - solution for the benefit of others.

    Date: 06/22/08     Keywords: google

    A few days back I posted this. No one replied and all my Google foo couldn't bring up a solution, so I mucked in and played with a few things until I hit on the solution. It was a corrupt ntuser.dat (these things are often simpler than they appear). So I created a new user and replaced the corrupt one with the fresh one from that account and restarted.

    Fixed. Yay.

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/93575.html

  8. command line

    Date: 06/22/08     Keywords: linux

    How can see windows services in CMD? (analogue of linux ps)

    How can I kill process in command line?

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/93400.html

  9. Computer CD-RW snafu

    Date: 06/18/08     Keywords: web, microsoft

    Ok, I had to run a System Restore on my computer to get rid of a bad update on the video drivers. The Video Card would keep shutting itself off within 2 minutes of booting up. After the system restore, which I only took it back a week, up until now, has seemed to be okay. The CD-RW and DVD-RW drives have been in the system for over a year. And up til now they've worked flawlessly.

    But now, I cannot burn anything to either the CD-RW drive or the DVD-RW drive. I can read and listen to music just fine. I did do some diagnosing and found that for some reason, whenever I open or close either drive, the IMAPI System Files turn themselves off. I can click START to turn the service on, but as soon as I open that tray, the service turns itself off. I can turn it back on, but as soon as I close the tray drawer, it turns itself off. I can turn it back on after its shut, but the system just wont recognize that there is a cd in either tray. There is definitely a bug in the system someplace, I just need to find it. And the Recording option is not listed for either drive when I click on properties or device manager.

    I have tried to download and reinstall new IMAPI drivers from the microsoft.com website, but that had no effect on it. Ive also tried to reinstall the drivers for the CD and the DVD drives, that didn't have any effect either.

    I am completely at a loss of what to do next. Can anyone suggest any ideas?

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/92753.html

  10. Interesting mapped drives issue

    Date: 06/02/08     Keywords: no keywords

    Hello all, a collegue of mine has a laptop that he hooks up to our intranet at work. We have all kinds of network drives via our intranet and one of them is commonly mapped to G: via Explorer.

    My collegue also has a USB 5GB drive, when he first plugged it in Windows decided it would be a good idea to also be G: so there was a conflict. That was resolved and now the USB drive appears as Z:

    BUT trying to access the network drive causes Explorer to hang, and there's also a range of drives listed in Explorer: U V W X and Y. From their name they all seem to be mapped to where G: is.

    Several people have had a go at fixing this so I'm unsure what's going on. I tried removing all the mapped drives and unpluging the USB drive. But tryiong to access the network still causes hangs. ALSO all the U V W X Y & Z drive letters come back after refreshing Explorer.

    The network drive needs to be on G: and the USB would be good on Z: Any ideas where to go next? @.@'

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/92578.html

  11. Tablet/Vista Help?

    Date: 04/24/08     Keywords: browser

    Hiya! Um, I'm having trouble with my tablet currently. When I try to draw in my browser, it gets all messed up and I can't.
    (And when I say draw in my browser, I mean like at Tegaki E and places like that.)

    It's really annoying, and I can't find any way to fix it! ^^;
    (How I miss you, Windows XP!)
    And also, I hope I'm posting in the right place...

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/92397.html

  12. Right click issues

    Date: 04/23/08     Keywords: no keywords

    Just a quick question.

    When I right-click the icons in the system tray, sometimes the options for the taskbar/desktop appear under or over the icons for the programs. It makes it impossible to click out of the options unless I left-click one of the options and then get out of whatever it is I just did.

    Sorry for the confusing explaination. Here's a screenshot to show you what I mean.

    Anyone know how to stop this? It isn't doing anything bad, but it's really annoying.

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/92044.html

  13. IMAPI question

    Date: 04/23/08     Keywords: no keywords

    Ok, odd question.

    For some reason, every time I start up my computer, the IMAPI service turns itself off.

    Its currently set to Automatic and the profile is set to load with windows. But, without fail, it keeps turning itself off.

    Ive looked around and watched the task manager, but nothing else seems to be using that program at startup. What am I missing?

    I did a system restore about a month back and ever since then, Ive had this problem. I have updated the IMAPI servive to v.2.0 but still, no change.

    Im running a win XP Pro system, with 1gb of ram and 1.6ghz amd athlon.


    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/91780.html

  14. ughhh

    Date: 04/22/08     Keywords: no keywords

    I have a new laptop, a Sony Vaio CR notebook that came with Windows
    Vista Home Premium. I'm having a huge problem, which first started out
    with iTunes not opening when I clicked it. Then I tried to uninstall it to
    redownload it, and the uninstaller takes too long and is unresponsive.
    Now, it's looking like I can't open any files or programs that require
    Administrator permission. The thing is that I am the only one who uses
    this notebook and I'm obviously the administrator. It's frustrating.
    When I open the Start Task Manager and click on the Services tab, it
    shows a ton of programs that are not running. When I try and fix that, it
    says that the access is denied. It's so frustrating. Windows Installer
    seems to not work, either.

    Can anyone help me?

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/91445.html

  15. windows media player 10 and my cd-rw drive

    Date: 04/15/08     Keywords: no keywords

    Ok, so for some reason, my dvd-rw drive is no longer being recognized by media player version 10.

    I can rip music off the cd's, but I cant burn to cd's. If I go to Add Hardware, it shows that its there and that its operating just fine. If I go to setup, within media player, and check the devices, it shows it listed as NEC_DVDRW. It keeps telling me to Add Hardware if I want to hook up a drive that is cd-rw compatible. I dont get it, as I was burning cd's on this back in february.

    Can anyone help me with this? Thanks!

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/91212.html

  16. Hi..

    Date: 04/10/08     Keywords: no keywords

    I dont know if anyone knows abotu this but i'm trying to do a small peer to peer network between PC and laptop...
    I have an ethernet cable.

    if it's not working what am i doing wrong in setup? :P I feel so stupid.

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/90710.html

  17. Closing error message windows

    Date: 04/07/08     Keywords: no keywords

    Hi all.

    I need some way to close(may be automatically clicking buttons or someth.) various error message windows (from various apps) if user don't do anything with them for some time interval( 15 min or so ).

    Any suggestions?

    P.S. sorry if my English isn't very clear :)

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/90436.html

  18. excel question...

    Date: 02/19/08     Keywords: no keywords

    This is a pretty basic question, but I can't figure it out. I made a worksheet on Excel of all of the movies I have, and I want to randomize them. I tried the =RAND function, but I feel like I'm doing it wrong. Can someone help me through a step-by-step process of doing this right? I'm running on Office 2003, I believe (I just know it's not the 2007 one!). Thanks!

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/90060.html

  19. Help needed

    Date: 01/28/08     Keywords: software, microsoft

    There are three different personal computers in my household, and each computer is incapacitated by its own individual problems. One machine runs Win98, another runs WinMe, and the brand new one runs Windows Vista. (Yes, I'm aware that Win98 is old, and WinXP usually preferred to both of the latter. I'm not changing their operating systems.) I'm somewhat experienced with troubleshooting problems on the computers of family and friends, and I've had some successes with machines that seemed to be lost causes, but I'm at my wit's end with these particular problems. Can you help diagnose these problems, and/or suggest any fixes or work-arounds for these problems?

    Nine-year-old(?) desktop PC running Windows 98:

    1. This problem started last August. Computer shuts down spontaneously, often at startup. Rarely makes it far enough for Windows to boot up in the first place. Happens so fast that it's probably not overheating, and isn't kept in conditions where it would overheat, either: room temperature, not in an enclosed space, well-ventilated. Several knowledgeable people have said that its symptoms might mean that it has bad RAM. Supposedly replacing the RAM would be so expensive that the computer might as well be junked and replaced. Is that true, or does more affordable RAM exist? Is it possible that the symptoms mean something else?

    Seven-year-old desktop PC, a Compaq running Windows Millennium:

    1. Can't play streaming .rm (Real Media) files through RealPlayer or through alternative players such as SMPlayer. Problem is not with the .rm files themselves, which play okay on the other computers. How can I get .rm to play?

    2. I installed a DivX codec that was too new to run on WinMe. The official Microsoft site said that the codec was compatible with WinMe, but other sites said it was not. Result is that games like Zuma do not display. Supposedly can't downgrade DivX to a compatible version without uninstalling whole OS. Upgrading the OS isn't possible because the machine is supposedly too old to run WinXP. Can I do something so that Zuma will run?

    New (bought last September) desktop PC, a Dell running Windows Vista:

    1. Computer is not communicating with flatbed scanner at all, and communicating intermittently with USB keyboard. The problem is not with the scanner or keyboard hardware themselves. Scanner has been tested on another computer and worked fine. The scanner connects to the computer by USB, so this may be a problem with the computer's USB ports or drivers. On this computer, when I tell it to scan, the software says "Warming up the scanner bar," the scanner hardware makes a noise like it's about to scan, and then it locks up and has to be closed by ctrl+alt+del. The scanner software won't open again until the computer has been rebooted. As for the keyboard, sometimes it communicates with the computer in a normal way, and sometimes the computer seems unaware that anything is being typed into that keyboard. What can I do to make the computer communicate with the USB scanner and USB keyboard?

    a) '[info]'draque and '[info]'kistaro suggest: plug into different USB port, because the USB ports I've tried so far might be defective. (I've tried plugging the scanner and keyboard into a few different ports, but I haven't exhausted this possibility yet by trying ALL the ports.)

    b) '[info]'draque suggests: install any drivers that came with the keyboard. (No drivers came with the keyboard that I'm aware of, but I'll dig through my CDs to make sure.)

    c) '[info]'baxil suggests: for keyboard, Add New Hardware wizard, then plug it in, then manually select generic "new USB keyboard" driver. (I've tried this before, but it's worth another try. Sigh.)

    d) '[info]'ridayah says this (or the Bluetooth problem below) is an inherent problem with Windows Vista, although Kistaro begs to differ, having not run into it on a Vista machine.

    e) '[info]'kistaro says a USB problem is so uncommon that it's almost certainly a problem with the computer's hardware, so the computer should be sent in for repair or return.

    2. Computer is intermittently failing to communicate with Bluetooth devices, including the Bluetooth mouse and the Bluetooth keyboard that came with the computer. Problem is probably not with the Bluetooth devices themselves: their batteries have been changed, their status lights look okay, they have no signs of physical damage. Sometimes I have to go through the Add Hardware wizard to re-introduce the computer to the Bluetooth keyboard or mouse. What can I do to make the computer reliably communicate with its Bluetooth peripherals?

    a) '[info]'kistaro suggests: the computer's bluetooth antenna is internally connected by USB, so this is part of the same USB problem described above.

    3. New Wacom Intuos 3 tablet mouse recognizes a single-click as a double-click, although its option screen claims that it's recognizing a single-click as a single-click. (Likewise, the tablet's pen sometimes recognizes a single-tap as a double-tap.) Previous Wacom tablet worked perfectly on this computer, and its drivers were uninstalled before installing this one, so probably no conflict from older drivers... although there may well be a conflict in something else. Maybe there's another options screen somewhere, where I can change the setting so that it works...? Is this another USB communication problem? What can I do to make the tablet recognize a single-click as an actual single-click?

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/89213.html

  20. After installing Windows XP...

    Date: 01/24/08     Keywords: no keywords

    My keyboard now registers the @ key as the " key and vice versa. (None of the other keys appear to be reversed, strangely enough)

    Also, audio/video playback has stopped working entirely and it says that there is a problem with my audio configuration. I didn't have a problem with it until I installed the new OS.

    Anyone able to help in either case?

    Source: http://community.livejournal.com/ms_windows/88956.html

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