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I have seen many utilities that can overwrite just free space, but I have never had good experiences and like you, they seem to fail. What I recommend you do is use some sort of backup / imaging soft …
answered Nov 24 '09 by William Hilsum
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Click Start > run and type %userprofile%\recent Hope this helps!
answered Mar 18 '11 by William Hilsum
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The first thing that comes to mind is Bootviz, It is no longer supported by Microsoft and the download link comes from a third party, so I have linked to the Wikipedia page about it and you can make u …
answered Oct 12 '09 by William Hilsum
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I am very sorry that I can not help you as I can not test this easily. If you want to go down this route, I hope someone else will come along with a good answer. However: For burning disks, I would h …
answered Feb 25 '11 by William Hilsum
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Not easily as far as I know. You can manually edit the GINA, but you may be heading down a bad path if you do that! http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc163803.aspx There are millions of reso …
answered Sep 10 '09 by William Hilsum
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If you can not see them, I would say make sure you also have disabled the hide system files option on the unlikely event that they were marked that way. I would first try pressing F5 just in case the …
answered Sep 20 '10 by William Hilsum
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By default, Windows is designed to be a bit more intelligent than username / password on files. If your hard drive is formatted with NTFS, you can simply allow / disallow access to a resource via the …
answered Dec 27 '09 by William Hilsum
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Sometimes you can prepare Windows for a change of hardware by running the Sysprep program with generalise, however by default, Windows ties itself to your hardware. You can usually add or change insi …
answered Jul 25 '10 by William Hilsum
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Just to diagnose, try unplugging the power button from the motherboard. This would be my first thought and if the problems stops then there is a problem with the switch and you will either need to re …
answered Jul 27 '10 by William Hilsum
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It sounds to me like the graphics card/chip in the machine is failing and you will need to replace it. Before you do this, it may be worth trying to update the drivers just incase there is an issue.
answered May 5 '11 by William Hilsum
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Unless this is a new machine, I would take a guess on it possibly crashing due to age of machine, and only noticing/coincidence that it happens with USB devices. Alternatively, Lockups without Bluesc …
answered Apr 11 '11 by William Hilsum
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Ok, you have dug yourself in to a little hole. Honestly, the first advice about turning off system restore - depending on the situation, isn't that bad. The second one was bad advice! Can't really se …
answered Oct 23 '10 by William Hilsum
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A Virtual hard drive is just a virtual hard drive... it isn't that useful on its own. Unfortunately with Windows 7 premium, you do not qualify for XP mode - it is only available in Ultimate/Professio …
answered Oct 19 '11 by William Hilsum
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So many answers here, I apologise if this has already been written. If everything was working fine, then a virus/malware scan damaged it this should in no way be a hardware fault and simply be softwa …
answered Jan 21 '10 by William Hilsum
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Yes - but it is not as easy for browsing files, it is meant for running applications in the context of another user. For example, you can right click on a shortcut to an application such as Notepad a …
answered Mar 9 '10 by William Hilsum

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