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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...
  4. 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
  5. 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...
  6. I will follow this when the troublesome system is...

    I will follow this when the troublesome system is here again next week.
    Thanks,
    Bill
  7. 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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    And that's the issue. I'm setting the stage for...

    And that's the issue. I'm setting the stage for a different home computer where the activity will be of a commercial nature, so use of the free service would be inappropriate.
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    I'll look into GBridge and post back as needed or...

    I'll look into GBridge and post back as needed or resolved.
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    I've been able to access office computers via...

    I've been able to access office computers via Teamviewer. The office is simply a group of 4 desktop machines connected to a Netgear router. All 4 office computers are members of a common "Home...
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    Remote Desktop - Newbie

    I didn't have any problem setting up Remote Desktop between two Win 7 computers in my house LAN. However, I'm at a loss as to how to identify a computer at my office that is connected to an office...
  19. Thanks Fred for the heads-up about mapped network...

    Thanks Fred for the heads-up about mapped network drives versus UNC resource notation. I've updated my Acronis tasks accordingly.
    Bill Stanton
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    Password Manager

    Any recommendations for a password manager?
    Thanks,
    Bill
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    What is it specifically that you're wanting to...

    What is it specifically that you're wanting to do? Restrict your children's computer to a single folder on your network drive? Lest they inadvertently delete data from parent's folders?
  22. Well, unless it was an MSE update of some sort,...

    Well, unless it was an MSE update of some sort, not signature files of course, but something that changed its general functionality, I ran a quick scan after un-checking MS Antimalware followed by...
  23. I don't specifically recall when Ccleaner ran in...

    I don't specifically recall when Ccleaner ran in relation to MSE. However, I just un-checked Windows Defender, ran Ccleaner and then ran a quick scan with MSE. MSE still thinks I've not done a...
  24. Security Essentials - False notice about scanning

    When I noticed my SE "un-protected warning orange icon", I investigated and found the message "You haven't run a scan on your PC for awhile. This could put your PC at risk". Hummmmm! I schedule a...
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    One would certainly think so, but ASUS seems to...

    One would certainly think so, but ASUS seems to have buried things so completely that it wasn't obvious how to just control things that way. I can always reinstall AI Suite II in the event that it...
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