[Help & Support] Frequently Asked Problems (FAQ) with Solutions

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Before posting about your problem, we advise you to go through following FAQ list:

This topic contains solutions for some common and frequently asked computer problems. Just follow the instructions and it'll help you in troubleshooting your PC problem.

All questions covered in this topic:

1. Task Manager, Registry Editor or Tools -> Folder Options have been disabled by Administrator.
2. Search window opens when you double-click on drives or folders.
3. "Cannot find copy.exe" error message appears when you double-click on drives.
4. Folders open in a new window.
5. A sub-folder with the same name is created automatically under parent folder.
6. My Documents or My Computer window opens automatically at Windows startup.
7. "NTLDR missing" error message at system startup.
8. "Hal.dll is corrupt or missing" error message at system startup.
9. "Windows\System32\config\system file missing or corrupt" error message at system startup.
10. Not able to boot into Windows 2000, XP or Server 2003 after installing Windows 98.
11. Fix Windows XP boot loader related problems such as adding or removing OS entries.
12. ScanDisk automatically starts at Windows startup.
13. "CMOS checksum error. Defaults loaded" error message at system startup.
14. Cannot see message content in chat window of Yahoo! Messenger.
15. "Stand By" option is greyed out (disabled) in shutdown dialog box.
16. Windows login screen has changed to classic logon box.
17. A strange and suspicious process "ctfmon.exe" is running in background.
18. How to recover lost Mozilla Firefox web browser bookmarks?
19. How to fix corrupted icons and restore default icons in Windows?
20. How to make Desktop icons text background transparent?
21. How to get missing common tasks (left-side details pane) back in Windows XP Explorer?
22. "Copy To" or "Move To" dialog box opens when you right-click on Start button and select open option.
23. Cannot apply "Show hidden files and folders" option in "Tools -> Folder Options".
24. Accidentally deleted "mspaint.exe", "notepad.exe" or any other system file, how to get it back?
25. Thumbnails view is not working in Windows Explorer.
26. Search companion window opens blank in Windows XP Search.
27. "Windows Update cannot search for updates. Error code 0x80248015" error message in Windows Update.
28. How to reset, recover or change Administrator password in Windows?
29. How to reset, remove or bypass BIOS or CMOS password?
30. EXE files always open with Notepad or any other application.
31. How to fix annoying folder view type change problem in Windows?
32. How to fix bold, italic or blurry font problem in Windows?
33. Optical drives (CD/DVD) are not showing in Windows Explorer.
34. Suddenly the hibernate option disappeared in Windows Vista.
35. Task Manager is not showing titlebar and window borders.

Following are solutions to troubleshoot and fix all above mentioned PC problems:

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Q. 1. In my Windows Task Manager, Registry Editor or Tools -> Folder Options have been disabled. I'm getting warning message that "It has been disabled by Administrator". How can I enable it again?

Sol: Please visit following articles:

How to Fix "Task Manager has been Disabled by Your Administrator"?

How to Enable Tools -> Folder Options and Registry Editor in Windows

If any other Windows component like RUN, Desktop Properties, System Properties, etc has been disabled, then you can check following link:

Ultimate List of All Kinds of User Restrictions for Windows

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Q. 2. Whenever I double-click on any drive or folder in My Computer, a Search window opens.

Sol: Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to following keys one by one:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell

In right-side pane, delete the "Default" key. If it doesn't work then delete the key "find" under both above mentioned keys.

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Q. 3. Whenever I double-click on any drive in My Computer, "Open with" dialog box opens OR I get following error message:

Cannot find copy.exe. Make sure you have typed the name correctly and then try again.

Sol: Enable "Show hidden files" option in "Tools -> Folder Options" and then search for "Autorun.inf" file in all drives and if you get them in root of any drive (e.g. in C:\, D:\, etc), delete them.

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Q. 4. Whenever I double-click on any folder in My Computer, it opens in a new window even I have selected the option "Always open folders in same window" in "Tools -> Folder Options".

Sol: Download following zip file, extract it and then run .REG file:

Download Link

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Q. 5. Whenever I open a folder, another folder with the same name is created under it.

Sol: Your system is infected by a variant of Indonesian virus called Brontok/Rontokbro. It creates a sub-folder in a folder with same name. Please follow the instructions given in following topic:

[Virus Removal] Is Your Computer Infected with Virus, Spyware, Adware or Trojan?

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Q. 6. Whenever I start my computer, My Documents or My Computer window opens automatically at Windows startup.

Sol: Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

In right-side pane, change value of "Userinit" to:

C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe,

NOTE: If you have installed Windows in any other drive, then replace C:\ with correct drive label in above text string.

Now go to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Advanced

In right-side pane, change value of "PersistBrowsers" to 0

Now log off Windows and it should solve the problem.

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Q. 7. When I start my computer, I get error message:

NTLDR is missing

OR

Boot: Couldn't find NTLDR

Sol: Boot using Windows Setup CD and enter into "Recovery Console" by pressing "R". Now Log into Windows installation and enter Administrator password. Now run following commands at Command Prompt:

copy X:\i386\ntldr C:\
copy X:\i386\ntdetect.com C:\

Here "X" is your CD drive letter, change it according to your system.

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Q. 8. When I start my computer, I get error message:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

<Windows root>\system32\hal.dll.

Please re-install a copy of the above file.

Sol: Boot using Windows Setup CD and enter into "Recovery Console" by pressing "R". Now Log into Windows installation and enter Administrator password. Now run following commands at Command Prompt:

Attrib -H -R -S C:\Boot.ini
Del C:\Boot.ini
BootCfg /Rebuild
Fixboot

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Q. 9. When I start my computer, I get error message:

"Windows\System32\config\system" file missing or corrupt.

Sol: Boot using Windows Setup CD and enter into "Recovery Console" by pressing "R". Now Log into Windows installation and enter Administrator password. Now run following commands at Command Prompt:

copy C:\Windows\Repair\system C:\Windows\System32\Config

If it doesn't work, then again boot into "Recovery Console" and run following commands:

fixmbr
bootcfg /scan
bootcfg /rebuild
fixboot

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Q. 10. I have Windows 2000, XP or Server 2003 installed in my system and yesterday I installed Windows 98 over it, after that I'm not able to boot into Windows 2000, XP or Server 2003. I'm not getting option to select the OS at startup.

Sol: Windows 98 has overwritten the boot loader. Boot using Windows Setup CD and enter into "Recovery Console" by pressing "R". Now Log into Windows installation and enter Administrator password. Now give following commands at Command Prompt:

fixmbr
bootcfg /scan
bootcfg /rebuild
fixboot

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Q. 11. When I start my system, I'm getting 2 entries for Windows XP in the boot loader. How can I remove the duplicate entry?

OR

How can I change the default OS in Windows boot loader?

OR

How can I change the OS entry labels in Windows boot loader?

OR

How can I change the boot loader time? Its set to 30 seconds and I want to change it.

Sol: There are several way. You can follow any of following:

A. Type "sysdm.cpl" in RUN dialog box and press <Enter>. Now go to "Advanced" tab and click on "Settings" button in "Startup & Recovery" section. Now click on "Edit" button and then you can edit the boot loader time, labels, etc.

B. Type "msconfig" in RUN dialog box and go to "Boot.ini" tab and then you can change the desired thing. If you want to remove the corrupt/non-working entries, then click on "Check all boot paths" button.

C. Enable "Show hidden files/folders" and disable "Hide protected system files" options in "Tools -> Folder Options". Now open C:\ drive and remove the READ-ONLY attribute of "BOOT.INI" file from its Properties. Now open this file and then you can make your desired changes.

For detailed information, you can visit following tutorial:

How to Add "Safe Mode" Option to Windows Boot Loader?

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Q. 12. Whenever I start my computer, ScanDisk starts automatically even I proper shut down the PC.

Sol: Please do as following:

A. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager

In right-side pane, change the value of BootExecute to:

autocheck autochk *

B. If the above trick doesn't help then give following commands in Command Prompt:

chkntfs /x drive_letter

for example, if ScanDisk runs automatically for C: and D: drives, then give following commands one by one:

chkntfs /x C:
chkntfs /x D:

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Q. 13. When I start my computer, I get following error message:

CMOS checksum error, defaults loaded.

Sol: Open your computer cabinet and look for a small coin-sized battery attached in motherboard. Replace it with a new one.

For detailed information, check out point 1 in following tutorial:

How to Reset / Remove / Bypass Forgotten BIOS or CMOS Password?

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Q. 14. In Yahoo! Messenger, whenever I send a message or I receive a message, I can't see the content in chat window. The chat window is blank.

Sol: Please download Windows Script using following links:

If you are using Windows Vista or later, it already comes with Windows Script preinstalled. You just need to execute following command in RUN or Command Prompt:

regsvr32 vbscript.dll

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Q. 15. I reinstalled my Windows and now "Stand By" option is greyed out (disabled) in shutdown dialog box and I can't use it.

Sol: Install VGA driver or your graphics card driver using your motherboard CD and the option will be enabled. If you don't have the motherboard CD, you can go to the manufacturer website and download the required drivers.

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Q. 16. My Windows Login Screen has changed to "Classic Logon Box". I want the new Welcome Screen back.

Sol: Please visit following article:

Enable / Disable Welcome Screen, Log Off and Shut Down Dialog Box in Windows XP

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Q. 17. A strange process "ctfmon.exe" always runs in background and if I click on "End Process" button, it restarts automatically.

Sol: Please visit following article:

How to Remove Suspicious CTFMON.EXE Process Running in Background in Windows?

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Q. 18. I just noticed that all my Mozilla Firefox web browser Bookmarks have gone. The bookmarks list is empty. How can I get them back?

Sol: Type "%appdata%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles" in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now click on "xxxx.default" folder (where xxxx will be random numbers and characters). Now open "bookmarkbackups" folder and you'll get your bookmarks there. Now you can import them in Mozilla Firefox again.

Also check following tutorial:

Best Method to Backup Mozilla Firefox Bookmarks Without Using Any Extension

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Q. 19. My Windows is showing some wrong icons of files. How can I reset the corrupted icons and restore default icons?

Sol: You can use any of following methods:

Method A:

Download TweakUI from here and then click on "Repair Icons" in "Repair" section.

Method B:

Open My Computer and go to:

C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\Local Settings\Application Data

Replace C:\ with your system drive and "user_Name" with your username.

There will be a HIDDEN file "iconcache.db", delete it and restart your system.

PS: In newer Windows versions, the file iconcache.db will be present in %userprofile%\AppData\local folder.

Method C:

You can also try to increase icon cache size using following method:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor. Now go to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

2. In right-side pane, look for Max Cached Icons string. By default, its value is set to 500.

3. Double-click on the string and change its value to 2048

Actually the value of this String is set into KB. You can set its value anywhere between 100 to 8192 which means 100KB to 8MB.

4. Restart your computer and it should fix the problem.

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Q. 20. I'm using Windows XP and my Desktop icons are showing an ugly background rectangle behind their text labels. How can I make the text transparent again?

Sol: Type "sysdm.cpl" in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to "Advanced" tab, click on "Setting" button in "Performance" section and enable the option "Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop".

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Q. 21. I'm using Windows XP and suddenly the Common tasks stopped showing in left-side pane of Windows Explorer.

Sol: Open "Tools -> Folder Options" and enable the option "Show Common Tasks in folders".

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Q. 22. Whenever I right-click on Start button and select "Open" option, a "Copy To" or "Move To" dialog box opens.

Sol: The solution given in following tutorial will fix this problem:

[Solution] "Play All" Option Opens "Copy Items" and "Move Items" Dialog Box

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Q. 23. I can't see Hidden files and folders in my computer. Even if I enable the option "Show hidden files and folders" in "Tools -> Folder Options", it automatically gets disabled.

Sol: Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. Now go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden

Under this key, you'll see 2 more keys "NOHIDDEN" and "SHOWALL". Make sure that the values of "CheckedValue" and "DefaultValue" in right-side pane are "2" and "2" for "NOHIDDEN" and "1" and "2" for "SHOWALL" respectively. If its not so, then change them and you'll be able to enable/disable these options in "Folder Options".

You can also toggle Hide and unhide settings using registry by going to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Explorer\Advanced

In right-side pane, change value of "Hidden" to:

1 - To show hidden files
2 - To not show hidden files

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Q. 24. I accidentally deleted "mspaint.exe", "notepad.exe" or any other system file, how can I get it back?

Sol: You can use any of following methods:

A. Go to "C:\Windows\System32\DLLCache" folder and look for the file, if its there, copy it to "C:\Windows\System32\" folder.

B. Insert your Windows Setup CD and go to "I386" folder. Now you can extract desired DLL, EXE or any other file using built-in expand command or 7-Zip as mentioned in following tutorials:

How to Include Your Edited System Files in Windows Setup ISO?

How to Extract / Copy System Files from Windows Setup?

Now you can copy the file to "C:\Windows\System32" folder.

C. You can also use built-in SFC command to restore all default system files. Just run following command in Command Prompt:

sfc /SCANNOW

It'll automatically restore all missing or corrupted system files. You can check out method 4 here for details.

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Q. 25. Whenever I set "Thumbnails" view in Windows Explorer, the files are not shown as thumbnails.

Sol: Please visit following article:

[FIX] Windows Explorer Doesn't Show Thumbnail Previews in Windows Vista and 7

Windows XP users can also try following commands in RUN dialog box:

regsvr32 shdocvw.dll
regsvr32 thumbvw.dll
regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

Restart your computer and your problem will be solved.

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Q. 26. Whenever I open Windows Search in Windows XP, the Search companion window opens blank.

Sol 1: Open RUN dialog box and provide following commands one by one:

regsvr32 /i %windir%\srchasst\srchui.dll
regsvr32 %windir%\system32\jscript.dll

Restart your computer and your problem will be solved.

Sol 2: Type %systemroot%\inf command in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open a new window. Look for a file "Srchasst.inf". Right-click on it and select "Install" option.

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Q. 27. Whenever I try to install updates using Windows Update or try to update MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) or Windows Defender programs, I get following error message:

Windows Update cannot search for updates.
Error number: 0x80248015

Sol: Most of the times this problem occurs when the system date and time is not correct. So make sure the date/time and time zone is set correctly in your Windows.

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Q. 28. I have forgotten my Administrator account password in Windows. How can I reset, recover or change the password?

Sol: Please check following article:

How to Reset / Recover / Change Forgotten Administrator Password in Windows?

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Q. 29. I don't know the BIOS or CMOS password of my computer system. How to reset, remove or bypass BIOS or CMOS password?

Sol: Please check following article:

How to Reset / Remove / Bypass Forgotten BIOS or CMOS Password?

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Q. 30. In my computer suddenly all EXE files started opening with Notepad or any other program. Or when I try to open an EXE file, an "Open with" dialog box is shown to choose the program. How to fix this problem?

Sol: Please check following article:

[Solution] EXE Files Always Open with Notepad or Other Applications

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Q. 31. Whenever I copy a new file in a folder, Windows automatically changes folder view type. It doesn't remember my customized view type for any folder. How to fix this annoying folder view type problem in Windows?

Sol: Please check following article:

How to Fix Annoying Folder View Type Change Problem in Windows

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Q. 32. Fonts in window titlebar and other areas look bold and italic. Or the fonts on screen are blurry and very hard to read. How to fix bold, italic or blurry font problem in Windows?

Sol: Please check following articles:

[Fix] Bold and Italic Font Problem in Windows

[Fix] Bold, Blurry or Hard to Read Font Problem in Windows 8.1

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Q. 33. My optical drives such as CD/DVD drive are not showing in My Computer window. How to show them?

Sol: Please check following article:

[FIX] Optical Drives (CD/DVD) Icon Not Showing in My Computer Window

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Q. 34. The hibernate option in my Windows Vista is no longer available. How can I get it back?

Sol: Please check following article:

How to Re-enable Missing Hibernate Option in Windows Vista?

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Q. 35. In my Windows whenever I open Task Manager, it doesn't show window borders, titlebar and caption buttons. How to reset it to default settings?

Sol: Please check following article:

[Fix] No Border in Task Manager Window, How to Get Menubar and Titlebar Back?

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  • VG

    Older comments removed from the topic!

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  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

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  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

    http://www.askvg.com/windows-10-tip-remove-onedrive-quick-access-homegroup-and-network-icons-from-navigation-pane-of-this-pc/
    http://www.askvg.com/tip-remove-6-extra-folders-from-windows-10-explorer-this-pc/

  • i cannot copy a movie file to my phone, it seems pipeline error

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  • VG

    ^^ It might be a virus/spyware problem. Post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

    http://www.askvg.com/is-your-system-infected-with-a-virus-spyware-adware-trojan/

    @aju
    Please provide more details.

  • Whenever i clean install windows 10 1607 and check event viewer i see a critical error. Sorry i cannot remember error but when i contact with microsoft they said it is related to internet and suggest me to do some modification in registry.

    I want to ask why i am getting error although i have do not install any driver and any third party software and i have try installing windows many times (downloaded from microsoft official site).

  • VG

    ^^ There is no need to worry. You may receive errors in Event viewer due to unavailable drivers. Install all required drivers and the errors should be gone.

  • it shows 'Media foundation protected pipeline EXE has stopped working'

  • VG

    ^^ There are multiple solutions given on net about this problem. You can try following:

    answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-pictures/cant-transfer-videos-from-pc-to-mobile-error-media/bf013f91-d5c0-4dc9-8313-052992a59522

    forum.xda-developers.com/general/general/media-foundation-protected-pipeline-t3010831

  • Whenever i try to send file in my pen drive it gives location is not available. I am showing it through screenshot please see it drive.google.com/open?id=0B3HFV9UsbN8jQW9OYnRzSXpqMHM

  • VG

    ^^ This error occurs when the drive is unavailable. Make sure the USB port or USB drive in in working condition. It might be possible that the USB port is faulty. Try to attach the USB drive to a different port. Also try with a different USB drive and check whether the problem still persists.

  • I am using Windows 10 pro edition 32bit.
    Thumbnails are not showing. It only shows icons.
    Please check screenshot...
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  • VG

    ^^ I'll advise you to go through various comments in following topic:

    http://www.askvg.com/fix-windows-explorer-doesnt-show-thumbnail-previews-in-windows-vista-and-7/

    You might get some working solution there.

  • Whenever i clean install windows 10 1607 and check event viewer i see a critical error.

    Error:-
    Task Scheduler service has encountered RPC initialization error in "RpcServerUseProtseq:ncacn_ip_tcp". Additional Data: Error Value: 14.

    I want to ask why i am getting error although i have neither do any modification nor install any third party software and i have try installing windows many times (downloaded from microsoft official site more than two times).

    Please tell me can i ressolve it my doing some modification in setup file.

  • VG

    ^^ Are you using Avira antivirus?

  • No. I am not using any third party software including antivirus. I am using windows defender. I check that this error occurs during windows installation.

  • VG

    ^^ You can check following:

    social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/0c438376-1486-4ae4-9847-2de7a8767f27/task-scheduler-service-has-encountered-rpc-initialization-error-in

    answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/task-scheduler-initialization-error-in/d9fb727d-cbeb-4b69-9621-9d084e626478

  • I have already gone through these steps anyway thanks

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  • VG

    ^^ Those icons are stored in various DLL files. So you'll need to extract icons from Windows XP's DLL files and then replace them in corresponding Windows 7's DLL files. To know more about DLL files containing icons, check out following topics:

    http://www.askvg.com/list-of-windows-7-system-files-to-be-hacked-using-resource-hacker/
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  • Hi VG,

    I am using Windows 10 Pro.

    I created a batch script for locking drives with manage-bde command. I created shortcut on the desktop and checked 'Run as Administrator'. The shortcut is working fine. But 'Pin to taskbar' option is missing when I right click on the shortcut.
    Then I added the word 'explorer' in front of the target name in the shortcut. Now I am able to pin the shortcut to the taskbar. But now, the script is not working with the error of no administrative rights.

    How to add the shortcut to the taskbar without losing administrative rights?

    Thanks in Advance.

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

    http://www.askvg.com/windows-tip-pin-batch-bat-files-to-taskbar-and-start-menu/

  • Any Browser causes my 4 screen Desktop to freeze at random times.
    I use your posts to solve all kinds of Windows 10 Problems. I have this problem I have not seen posted yet.
    I have two Desktops, a single screen, which runs Chrome just fine all day long; And, a 4 screen Desktop which randomly freezes with Edge or Chrome, and freezes immediately upon launching Fox. These freezes require a harboot.
    I had a post at Microsoft Forum and they were no help - they wanted me to do a clean install; I cant do this because I migrated both machines from W7 with all my programs and setups and I would lose these.
    Could there be a different solution for this problem?
    Thanks

  • VG

    ^^ First of all post the HijackThis log file content of your problematic PC in following topic:

    http://www.askvg.com/is-your-system-infected-with-a-virus-spyware-adware-trojan/

  • How do I activate Windows 10 when it is notification mode?

  • VG

    ^^ Open Command Prompt as Administrator and run following command:

    slui.exe 4

    It'll help you in activating Windows over phone.

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  • @VG

    I m on Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit on my laptop. And have updated versions of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and QTabBar and Kaspersky Anti Virus 2016 installed with all the animations disabled. The problem, the solution to which i have not been able to find is that *randomly* when i click on any minimized Windows Explorer window, the whole Explorer freezes and restarts after sometime. Other work remains unaffected. I have disabled 7+ Taskbar Tweaker and QTabBar to no avail. I have no external hard drive connected when this happens. I m not able to isolate the problem. Any suggestions on what m i missing?

  • Hi,
    Is there any way or program through which I can make desktop folder write protected? I like to keep my desktop organized with minimal icons and folders. The problem is that my siblings and cousins save EACH AND EVERYTHING they download to the desktop. I am sick of cleaning it again and again, but they keep on saving and downloading everything to desktop only. In just a week, half of the wallpaper gets covered with files and folders. So I want to make desktop write protected so that they aren't able to save to the desktop and choose another folder, and the desktop stays clean. I tried going to the desktop folder's properties and checking read-only, but that didn't help. Do you know any other way?

  • VG

    ^^ You can try to change security permissions of Desktop folder. You can also hide all icons on Desktop by simply unchecking "Show desktop icons" option in Desktop content menu.

    @Samar
    Did you try sfc /scannow command to repair system files?

    @Bobby
    You can give it a try. If it doesnt work, you can boot into Windows 10 and restore default file.

    @Gerald
    It might be possible that those options were already present before installing the language pack. Which default language was installed in your Windows 10 edition?

  • when I type regedit.exe in prompt and then the registry editor will open and then a few second it closed. so the registry editor is not stable now what can I do?

  • VG

    ^^ Try instructions given in following tutorial:

    http://www.askvg.com/how-to-enable-tools-folder-options-and-registry-editor-in-windows/

  • Didn't work.

    I have this other computer that has Virtualbox running VMs successfully on a 1.66 GHz dual-core processor without Hyper-V or Hardware Virtualization on 1.50 GB of RAM on HDD. My main PC has a single-core 2.20 GHz processor without Hyper-V or Hardware Virtualization and 2 GB RAM on SSD. Can my main PC also run VMs on VirtualBox without issue?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes. It should. You can give it a try.

  • Good evening,

    When I shutdown my Windows 10 Laptop, it doesnt shut down completely as the power light remains on. The screen goes blank but isnt fully off. To turn off, I have to press and hold the on button. I am concerned that this will damage it over time. (There is no fan to hear if it is still running).

    Asus X205T

    Thanks!

  • VG

    ^^ Try following:

    http://www.askvg.com/fix-windows-8-restart-and-shutdown-problems-by-disabling-hybrid-shutdown-feature/

  • i have problem on windows 10..when i sleep..the wake up i cant login ,,,when i enter the pin it get back to the login screen..i need to restart so i can login..this only happen when i wake up the pc from sleep

  • VG

    ^^ Try the instructions given in following tutorial:

    http://www.askvg.com/fix-windows-8-restart-and-shutdown-problems-by-disabling-hybrid-shutdown-feature/

  • How can I post a comment for the MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro Version?

  • VG

    ^^ The giveaway has been closed.

  • DISSAPEARING ICONS: I am running W7 64bit and have 70 shortcuts on my desktop. Five of those were created through Control Panel items by right-click and Create Shortcut, e.g. Programs & Features, Network & Sharing Ctr, Power Options, Devices & Printers, and System. Those five, and only those five, disappear every Sat night/Sun morning between 12:00 PM and 2:00 AM. Windows performs some sort of maintenance during that period that must be by default because I did not set it up. I have searched but cannot find What, Where, or Why it happens. I use the shortcuts but am tired of recreating them every Sunday. Help, please!

  • VG

    ^^ First give a try to METHOD 2 given in following tutorial:

    http://www.askvg.com/fix-thumbnail-cache-automatic-deletion-problem-in-windows/

  • I have recently updated to windows 10 pro, build14393 (after formatting my C Drive). When I click on taskbar shortcuts like Task view, or Wi-fi and sometimes even notifications, the panels disappear as soon as I move my pointer a little. Sometimes after double-clicking or continuous clicking the panel stays long enough for me to move pointer and select or sometimes I try to move it so fast that it reaches over the panel before it disappears successfully. I tried searching about it and Microsoft forum said there may be a problem with installed programs trying to pull focus from the panel. I tried clean boot as they suggested but problem remained. Can you please suggest a way so that I can increase the time before the panel disappears after clicking taskbar shortcut, some program or manual process?

  • Regarding my previous post. I am using Qttabbar with my explorer. Now i noticed that when I click on an item in address bar in explorer, I get a drop down list as usual of items in that folder. But when I do the same thing in Extra view (left pane added by Qttabbar) the drop down list disappears as i move the pointer a little, just like the issue with other items i mentioned. So, is there any chance Qttabbar is the culprit? Just felt like adding this info.

  • I have downloaded an Adobe Flash Player update, but I don't know how to install because I can't find the Flash Player installer file. Any idea where I should look?

  • VG

    ^^ Which web browser are you using? Did you check on Desktop and Downloads folder?

    @Ashutosh
    Yes. It seems so. 3rd party customization/tweaking software can cause such kind of issues. You can try to uninstall it.

  • Thanks for your reply. I'll check that and update here.

  • thanks VG, i found out it was because of Xmouse under tweaker that was causing this problem. disabled it, and it's all back to normal again. :) thank you for your prompt reply.

  • I have a Voxson LCD tv with a USB port that is not enabled.
    What are the codes etc to gain access to the service menu
    ( Is that what I need to do?)
    Thanks Peter

  • VG

    ^^ Sorry but not all TV come with service menus. I'm not aware of any service menu code of Voxson TV.

  • Hi ! I'm using Windows 8.1. Sharing Tab is missing in Folder Properties and also missing in context menus. I tried some solution like registry option and cmd but nothing work. Please help me.

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

    http://www.askvg.com/windows-fix-sharing-tab-missing-in-folder-properties-and-context-menu/

  • Hello Sir,, I am using window 10. A viruses spread from USB to my laptop and it detected all my pictures and videos icon. Now it shows pic and videos with out default icons. Even when i past a new pic or song it also doesn't show the icon of such pic or song.

  • VG

    ^^ First post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

    http://www.askvg.com/is-your-system-infected-with-a-virus-spyware-adware-trojan/

  • Hi vishal sir
    Now days i face one problem in any browser if i login gmail account no option for sing out.
    I search but no solution

  • Sorry
    Useing Windows 7 please help

  • How to connect tatasky+ set top box's 3 wires (red,wht,&yellow) to hdmi port of new tv/monitor lg 24mp88hm?my old tv had 3 holes for the 3 wires! Can you please advice? Any adaptor ready-made or custom built? New tata hd box is costing Rs 9800!!

  • VG

    ^^ You can search online shopping websites or local market for HDMI converters.

    @kk
    Did you click on your user account picture shown at the top-right corner?

  • Yes but no option come for sign out.its for all browser.Outlook.com mail give option bit not for gmail.

  • VG

    ^^ I'm getting Sign out option when I click on the user picture. Can you provide a screenshot to better understand your problem?

  • I am using Windows 8 Pro - 32 Bit from last 6 to 8 months. Few days ago, I got a pop up that say you're using an outdated version of Windows 8, update it to to Windows 8.1 else you will not receive any updates (I mean a kind of above message). Since then I am not receiving any updates, I tried the Microsoft Community and also check the SFC/SCANNOW command that I found there but my problem is not solved. I am only receiving MS Office updates and Windows Defender updates or nothing else. I do not want to update Windows 8 to 8.1. Please help me with this.

    Thanks and Regards
    Irfan

  • VG

    ^^ I'll advise you to upgrade to Windows 8.1 as its better and more advanced than Windows 8. Many bugs and issues have been fixed in Windows 8.1 which were reported in Windows 8.

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