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Windows Vista malware changed my admin password [duplicate]

I accidentally installed malware on my computer and it changed the admin user account password. Is there any way to bypass putting in the password, so I can run anti-malware?
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Single Image Backup w/ Windows 7 OEM Keys and Win Vista Bus to Win 7 Pro Upgrade Keys

Alright, so I have a new job and they are in dire need of a overhaul of their backup and imaging methods, they're not letting me do much but I think I can get away with this. We have computers, ...
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Shared Data drive between two OS drives

I am running a server that runs Windows Vista and Windows 10. Each OS is installed on a separate drive. These two drives share a Data drive (D:). The server boots up properly when I swap out the ...
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Computer Restarting Whilst in Hibernate - The server {7F6316B4-4D69-4765-B0A3-B2598F2FA80A} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout

I have one of my computers automatically restarting at random times whilst the computer is hibernated. Over the last couple of weeks I have been making changes and monitoring for restarts which then ...
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How to command regedit to go to Google URL Via Chrome

I was having another problem, and tried a "solution" that not only didn't fix the problem - but created a new one. The original problem I solved (I can't remember what it was), and I can't remember ...
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Andy - “Cannot read the virtual machine configuration file.”

I've installed Andy Android emulator on my Windows Vista laptop, but every time I run it, it says: Cannot read the virtual machine configuration file. I thought that a factory reset of the VM ...
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Add Local group restrictions with cmd

How I could add Additional Rules in Software Restriction Policies with cmd using a script that'll work with both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I would like to create some path rules with security ...
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How do I enable certain services in Safe Mode?

I have a Windows Vista computer that is no longer functioning properly on regular mode, however it works okay on Safe Mode with Networking. I'd like to enable some other services on Safe Mode though, ...
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Reduce size of mp4 video

I have an mp4 file but it is huge and I want to reduce the size. I can't use MovieMaker because it treats it as an audio (Vista). If I rename to mpg it complains about codec missing. How can I reduce ...
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Laptop screen driver crash? Bad display, shows in 6 parts

I was browsing the internet, and suddenly the screen became black, PC rebooted itself, and the display went bad, and shown in 6 parts: Is there any way to fix it? It is trying to make some "...
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Using file:/// in address bar to list contents of a folder

Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Firefox 43. I use this method to obtain a listing of file names on my PC and then copy and paste it into Excel, for example. By using file:/// in the address bar, you ...
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Windows explorer right click crash

Whenever i try to right click anywhere on windows explorer it stops responding. OS - Windows vista Thanks for any help! EDIT - Only crashes when i right click on a file, not empty space.
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Invert the direction of the mousepad

I wonder if I can invert the scroll direction of my mousepad. I'd like to scroll upwards and have that action scroll downwards and vice-versa. I tried doing it with Windows PoweShell but got an error. ...
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What causes backup in Windows Vista to cancel itself?

I've been having backup nightmares a lot lately. Using the standard Windows Vista backup software. For ages I've been trying to get an initial backup to DVD to run successfully. Previously it had ...
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CPU usage pegged at 100% on windows vista [duplicate]

According to Task Manager the CPU Usage is 100% but when I click on the "Processes" and sort by CPU in descending order I see that the process using the most CPU is taskmgr.exe at 02%. All the others ...
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Unable to play mp4 files embedded in a webpage

There's this MP4 file that I can play in Firefox 47 on Windows Vista SP2 if I access it directly: http://www.quirksmode.org/html5/videos/big_buck_bunny.mp4 The website I'm trying to access, however, ...
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Windows Vista Local Area Connection Not Working

So I have a Windows Vista and the local area connection worked fine until I moved the PC to a different room. After I moved it I tried using local area connection and it doesn't work so I run a ...
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how can I figure out what is wrong with my system

I have a laptop that is running vista. its a compaq with 2gb ram 1.7ghz single core processor...as of lately it does not want to run anything right...if I download a file on it the system will not ...
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Windows boot manager shows alwasys at startup

I erased my hard drive and installed a fresh copy of windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit in an Inspiron 530 with an Intel 266 Mhz processor. I installed the OS, and after the installation the Windows ...
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Restore desktop icon locations after turning off the magnifier tool

I turned on the magnifier (Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Accesibility > Start Magnifier) and when I turned it off all of my desktop icons are mixed up, so I want to restore ...
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There is no button for changing display language in Windows Vista

I have an really old Windows Vista Computer (Toshiba, Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-Bit (x86)) and I want to change the display language; I've followed the steps from the Microsoft website: Go to ...
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Can I use a Vista installation disk to repair a Windows 8.1 system?

Someone I know is having a problem with booting their Windows 8/8.1 system. I'm assuming the boot /fixboot (and maybe boot /fixmbr) command will be able to solve the problem, but I don't have a ...
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Unable to create a system restore in Windows Vista

When I'm trying to create a system restore in Windows Vista, I get the below error. How can I solve this?
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Vista - Reinstall - Windows Updates - Waiting for 10 Hours

I have had to reinstall my Vista computer. I have done the factory reinstall. I have installed SP1. I have installed SP2. I have then gone to Windows Updates and and checked for updates. 10 Hours ...
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Shared printer between Windows Vista and Windows 10

Is it possible to share a USB printer on a network of Windows10, Windows Vista, and Windows XP? Currently, the printer is on a Windows Vista machine and is shared with other Windows Vista computers.
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How to change Notepad ++ files [duplicate]

Hi I have a problem with Notepad++. I opened a php file using open with, I then checked off Always use selected program to open this kind of file in windows. The file has a notepad icon. How can I ...
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Why won't my old laptop with Vista connect to the Internet?

I have received an older Compaq Presario laptop (Vista) which won't go out to the internet. The Network Connection sees the Netgear N600 router, says connected, signal strength excellent, but ...
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Installing chromium on old windows vista, asus f5nseries

I followed the guide from http://arnoldthebat.co.uk/wordpress/chromium-os/ Use 7zip to extract IMG file from the downloaded file. Use Win32 Image Writer, then select the IMG file and select the USB ...
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Vista shutdown hung after 200 updates

I've recently reinstalled Vista with SP2 on an old laptop to try resolve numerous issues for a friend. Afterwards I installed all the drivers from the manufactures websites with no problems. I ...
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Is it possible to install Internet Information Services 8.5 onto Windows Vista?

A small program that I've come across says it requires the use of IIS 8.5 to run, but Vista seems to ship with IIS 7, and there doesn't seem to be any way to update the version. The only guidance that ...
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Customizing the boot screen (Windows Vista)

Basically I'm trying to customize my boot screen. I was able to do it in Windows XP but the machine I currently use runs Vista. I'm not talking about the one with the progress bar, I'm talking about ...
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Installing Linux on old Vista Machine

I have an old Vista Laptop that will not boot. It is not offering Recovery options however, that is not an issue since I don't really need anything from it. I have used a freeware program to get ...
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Windows update causes User Profile Service issue on Vista but which update?

We have a Windows Vista laptop which has a problem with some recent MS update, causes the User Profile Service to fail to load and leaves the user with a black desktop and not much else. Problem is ...
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Silent version of parental controls for Windows Vista

This question is in a familial context. The concerned people have only minimal knowledge to use their computer. I can't teach them anything security related. In order to protect a user to install ...
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Acer 4730Z Windows Vista Recovery Disk

as I tried to upgrade my Acer 4730Z Win Vista to Windows 7, the process failed and wants to recover the previous. Unfortunately my Recovery CD 1 is not copying completely and no where reached. Please ...
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What should I set my advanced 802.11n Wireless LAN Card Properties?

My operating system is Windows Vista Home Premium, and obtians Internet through Wi-Fi. I want to use the Internet mostly for research and be able to watch a YouTube video now and then. No major ...
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how do I get my wifi password out of Vista when “STATUS” is greyed out?

NOTA BENE! this question is different than the one suggested, because: 1. I am not connected, this is the whole point of my question. 2. I specifically asked about the situation where the STATUS ...
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New laptop battery inconsistent

I have a fairly old Dell Vostro 1510 laptop and the battery finally gave up recently. I bought another one on Amazon three weeks ago and, initially, it seemed to be OK: it was charging to 100% and ...
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Windows Vista to 10 upgrade using windows 7 key?

I have a Windows Vista laptop that I want to upgrade to Windows 10. I found a webshop that sells OEM keys for both Windows 10 Professional and Windows 7 Professional. The latter is cheaper and ...
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Windows Vista taskbar flashing[FIXED]

I am having an issue with my Taskbar in Windows Vista. Sometimes the top of it blinks blue and sometimes it completely flashes. It happens about every 2 seconds and it gets worse as I go on without a ...
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Windows key from previous installation

I have a desktop that was purchased with Vista pre-installed, but currently runs Windows 7. The Windows 7 install was a clean install that also removed any recovery partitions on the desktop. However, ...
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Play a game from external cd-drive

Since the internal cd-drive of my computer is broken, I purchased an external one. I was able to install a game with this external drive, but when I want to start the game with the exact same drive, ...
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“Access denied” message when investigating driver in Process Explorer

I have a virgin installation of Vista Home Premium 32 with a 100% CPU usage problem arising from svchost hosting taskeng.exe doing some unknown thing. I know that this is due to some driver ...
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My laptop wont display the fan is on but the screen wont turn on

My laptop is not working. All of a sudden i turned on the laptop and the screen is black. Ive tried to hook it up too my 32" flatscreen tv to my laptop with a VGA cable and i set the input to pc, but ...
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Vista Recovery Partition ERROR Cannot open C:\RECOVERY.DAT

until my last installation of Windows Vista (from the Recovery Partition) and Ubuntu, I was able to boot the Windows Vista recovery partition from the GRUB menu, simply clicking on the corresponding ...
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Avoiding Upgrade-Chain When Getting Windows 10 Free Upgrade (Vista -> Win7 -> Win10)

I have a copy of Windows 7 that was upgrade from Windows Vista and now I'm interested in accepting the free update to Windows 10. However, there are a few concerns I have related to how this works for ...
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Difference between “Realtek Digital Input” and “Stereo Mix”

When trying to record sound through CamStudio on Windows Vista, I found that I had to change the recording device to from "Realtek Digital Input" to "Stereo Mix". (Control Panel>sound>Recording>Show ...
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Expertise needed - newbie looking for a NAS dual platform solution

I need some help in setting up a NAS and to allow back ups from both OS X and Windows on the same device. Will a Buffalo Quad NAS be the solution to my problem ? The Kit: Mac: I have an old G5 ...
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Can't install Java in Vista because of an Error 1603

Background I have had the same laptop for about 6 years (an Acer Aspire 8920), which runs Windows Vista. I have 2 hard drives, and I use one for the OS, and one for larger applications and data. ...
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Vista network connection red x and unknown server execution failed

Windows Vista network connection icon has a red x in it and states, “Connection status: Unknown Server execution failed” on mouse hover, and the Network and Sharing center won’t open when I try. I've ...