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  1. Really helpful Fred, thank you. And very...

    Really helpful Fred, thank you.

    And very timely! I had just put together a new computer for a client whose old machine was dying with HD errors. Temporarily hooking up the failing HD to the new...
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    Hummm. Kaspersky "Rescue" is a Lenix based app. ...

    Hummm. Kaspersky "Rescue" is a Lenix based app. I wonder if it has an equivalent to Chkdsk? Can't pursue the answer to that until Sunday afternoon, CA USA.
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    NAS is Network Attached Storage. It's a disk...

    NAS is Network Attached Storage. It's a disk drive designed to be attached to a router, home or office, and intended to be used by any of the computers also attached to the same router. WD is...
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    I have a cross-over cable somewhere, so I'll hook...

    I have a cross-over cable somewhere, so I'll hook that up later today (PDT) to see if the NAS will "shake hands".
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    Running CHKDSK on a NAS

    Given that I can connect a WD NAS disc drive directly to a RJ45 port of an independent laptop, does anyone know how to proceed from there to get Win 7 to recognize the NAS device. My daily Acronis...
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    UNIX based Kaspersky scan found nothing. Windows...

    UNIX based Kaspersky scan found nothing. Windows Repair running now and JRT to follow. I added Mary to my Win7 Pro system without any problems.

    "The plot thickens"

    Bill
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    It's scanning as I post.

    It's scanning as I post.
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    Two Administrators, Guest and Owner. I might...

    Two Administrators, Guest and Owner.

    I might point out that the offending machine isn't mine. The task I'm attempting carry out is to create an account for Mary (who owns the laptop),...
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    Good idea but sfc didn't find anything.

    Good idea but sfc didn't find anything.
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    No. I even tried re-entering even looking for...

    No. I even tried re-entering even looking for some kind of case sensitivity.
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    Add User: Invalid characters in name

    Having typed a simple name "Mary" as a new user, Win 7 complains that there are invalid characters used. Sort of suggests a code page is corrupted but I've never seen anything like this.

    Anyone?...
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    [SOLVED] BINGO!!!! Thank you Roland!! Removed...

    BINGO!!!!

    Thank you Roland!! Removed "Settings Manager" with simple Control Panel -> Uninstall a Program.

    Boot is now so fast that "Welcome" screen doesn't even appear. (8GBs of DDR3 and SSD...
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    [SOLVED] Below is the boot log. The only item I see that...

    Below is the boot log. The only item I see that looks suspicious is:
    Loaded driver \??\C:\Program Files (x86)\Settings Manager\smdmf\x64\smdmfmgrc2.cfg

    Log:
    Service Pack 111 7 2014...
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    [SOLVED] The long "Welcome" screen

    I've searched and seemingly tried every remedy I could find to eliminate the long "Welcome" screen. (I've actually timed the wait at 50 seconds) I'm working with a fast Windows 7 Pro 64bit system...
  15. The approach you offer might just work if I can...

    The approach you offer might just work if I can get the administrator exposed for a sign-in. I'll have access to the crippled laptop again next week, so I'll try it then.
    Bill
  16. With the troublesome machine at hand, I cannot...

    With the troublesome machine at hand, I cannot get passed the option "Manage Another Account", as Win 8 requires administrator privileges in order to proceed. Even if I knew the password, the...
  17. I will follow this when the troublesome system is...

    I will follow this when the troublesome system is here again next week.
    Thanks,
    Bill
  18. Ooops! Locked out of Administrator logon

    With years of experience from 3.1 to Win 7 Pro does not make for a Win 8.1 expert.

    Two users, one with Admin authority and one without. The one with Admin authority is not recognized at logon. ...
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    All my years in Windows and not having stumbled...

    All my years in Windows and not having stumbled upon this one is a mystery.
    Thanks,
    Bill
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    Thumbnails in Windows Explorer

    What have I done to Windows Explorer to mess up thumbnail displays.........see screenshot. I can't find anywhere a setting that controls the display of thumbnails such that some default image...
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    I assume that most readers know to click on the...

    I assume that most readers know to click on the images to enlarge for readability?
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    VPN "Host" not accepting connection

    I setup port forwarding for PPTP connection through port 1723 to connect to a static IP on a Netgear router. Below is the port forwarding detail.

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    When I attempt a VPN connection, I first...
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    I gave up on GBridge. There's no help online...

    I gave up on GBridge. There's no help online that I can find that addresses the performance issues I encountered. I can find no settings within the GBridge skin leading to anything of use in...
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    I'll look at more of this Friday afternoon....

    I'll look at more of this Friday afternoon.
    Thanks,
    Bill
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    I installed GBridge on both the host and client...

    I installed GBridge on both the host and client machines and enabled Window Remote Desktop. The response is slower than "molasses in January"!!! Certainly, painting the wallpaper isn't helping, but...
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