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My exclaimation key works as a hotkey

Whenever I type an exclaimation mark any programs running open as windows, typed again they all close. I am using a wireless key board but it also does it with hard wired key board. Seems to have started for no reason and can not find any thing as it being configured as a hotkey. Also often have a process that keeps coming on uses upto 97% of CPU it shows as CISVC.EXE user SYSTEM memory usuage around 1000k it varies a little, have tried shutting down as many running system as I can but do not make any change to it

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Re: My exclaimation key works as a hotkey

Ahh the windows ep unexplained function?? Ive had loads of things like this in the past with xp I simply go to system in control panel and go to system restore to a date I remember all was well. Good Luck

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My windows explorer is not open

If you press and hold the key with a Windows logo then the E key, it will open Windows Explorer (this is a shortcut, often referred to as Windows + R).
You may also open a Run program dialog with Windows + R then type


as the name of the program you want to run, then enter.
Or you may press the Windows key to open the start menu and type the word


This will search for Windows Explorer which you may then open by clicking once on its icon in the provided search results.

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Every time i start up my laptop w/OS windows vista i get a window which says arcsoft connect daemon, not working or something like that. if i try to update it says its the updated version. is this a trial...

Have you tried going to Control Panel>Programs and Features and uninstalling the arcsoft program? If that doesn't work, do the following:

  1. Open the Start menu and go to Run... Or, if Run... is not available, skip it and go to the little bar you can type in at the bottom of the start menu
  2. Type "msconfig" (without the quotes)
  3. When the window pops up, go to the Startup tab
  4. Find the arcsoft entry and disable it.
  5. Reboot your computer. The msconfig window will open up again to be sure that your settings are the way you want them, you can just close it.

Jul 27, 2011 | Arcsoft Operating Systems

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Error 1402.Setup cannot open the registry kaey. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Classes\CLSID\{7EA9A8FA-F5D2-49E1-99E8-C26EE07FCEEB}\LocalServer32.

The first thing you should do to fix this error is - if you're using Windows 98 or 2000 - to use the 'registry checker' facility. This is done by loading up the "Run Console" with CTRL + R and then typing "registry checker". If the registry is intact then this will not be a problem. On later versions of Windows, you should use a 'registry cleaner' program to perform this task.

If you have XP, Vista or Windows 7, you should first download a registry cleaner from the Internet and let that scan your system. It will look for any registry errors on your PC and then fix them, which should fix the 1402 error in the process. To use one of these, you need to download a registry scanner program and then let it scan your PC. It will identify all the damaged parts of Windows and should fix them. And if one of these registry errors is causing the 1402 error then a quick restart after the registry scan should enable you to install Office or the program you wanted.

If that method did not work, you should try using a different user account, or creating a new user account, to install the program onto. It's often the case that user accounts will become corrupted for whatever reason, blocking access to the registry. This causes the 1402 error because it means that the program cannot access the files and settings it needs to create when it's being installed. You should try creating a new administrator account and then installing the program on that.

Jun 08, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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I deleted my Microsoft Office Activation Wizard

try this :
1. Quit all running programs.

2. Download and install the Windows Installer Cleanup Utility.

3. After you have installed the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility, click
Start>All Programs>Windows Install Clean Up.

4. Highlight Microsoft Office 2007 entry in the list and then click
Remove. Click OK and wait for the process to end. If any other stand alone
Office applications (such as Visio and Project) appear on the list, please
also remove them. Then, click Exit to close the Windows Installer Cleanup

5. Click Start>Run, type "regedit" (without the quotation marks) in the
Open box and press Enter.

6. Locate the registry keys below and click Delete from the Edit menu.
Click OK on the following warning dialog box.

Note: Please go to File>Export and backup all the registry first.


Quit Registry Editor.

7. Delete or rename the following folders or files if they exist:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE12
C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel
C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application
C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application
C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application
C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application
C:\Documents and Settings\<UserName>\Application Data\Microsoft\Word
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Office
C:\Program Files\OfficeUpdate12

8. Click Start>Run, type "%Temp%" (without the quotation marks) in the
Open box and press Enter. Delete all the files and folders within it. If
there are some files which cannot be deleted, just leave them alone and
this will not affect the result.

9. Empty the Recycle Bin.

10. To remove Mapi, search for and rename the following folders/files if
they exist:

C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Msmapi
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi

11. Restart your computer and install Office 2007 again.

May 12, 2011 | Operating Systems

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The automatic update for windows has found several patches to install,however i cannot get them to install. how important is it to continue installing these patches. download the latest version and run it to clean all unwanted files and junk in your computer...

And then follow the step's below:

Method 1
Download and install Windows Installer 3.1 and reboot.

Method 2
If that doesn’t work then you can try to stop the Automatic Update service and clear out the previously downloaded files and cache.

Open the Services console by clicking on Start, Run and typing in services.msc and clicking Ok. Stop the Automatic Update service by right clicking on it and choosing Stop.
Open My Computer or Windows Explorer and make sure that hidden files and folders are shown.

Navigate to WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete all the files within this folder. Then navigate to WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\EventCache and delete all the files in there as well.

In the Services console, start the Automatic Update service by right clicking on it and choosing Start. You may also want to check its properties and make sure it is set to Automatic for startup type.

Download the latest version of the Windows Update Agent and save it to your desktop.

Close your web browser and any other open programs and double click the WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe file to run it.

If you get a message saying that the Update Agent is already installed, then click on Start, Run and then click the Browse button and navigate to where WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe was saved on your desktop and click on it one time. Click on the Open button and in the Open line, click once on WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe file so its highlighted. Click after the last quotation mark in the line and enter /wuforce after the last quotation mark so it looks something like "C:\Documents and Settings\username\Desktop\WindowsUpdateAgent30-x86.exe" /wuforce. Click Ok to install the Windows Update Agent
Close all open programs and install the update.
Restart your computer and try downloading and installing Windows updates again. If your computer already has some updates that were downloaded during the time you were performing the above steps, cancel them and download them again from scratch.

Jul 13, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Im having audio problems

Go to Start and Run in the window type msconfig.exe and press enter.
a window will pop up which has many areas to configure on your pc software.
look for start-up and click the tab.
Check the software listed for any programs that also may use the audio output
if you find a program and want to stop it from automatically starting during your computers boot up.
remove the check mark from the box.
close the window and reboot your computer.
Try using your chatroom again and see if it cures your problem.
If not let me know.

May 22, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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Please click on Start, Click on Run and type the following in the open box and click OK
Vista: In the Start Search field, type msconfig , and press Enter . The System Configuration window opens.
Press and hold Windows logo key on keyboard and press R. It will open Run Window. Type the following in the open box and click OK
The System Configuration window opens.
Please click on Startup tab
Remove the check mark from entries related to Mywebsearch OR M3PLUGIN.DLL
Then click on Apply, Close and Please click on Exit without restart.
When the system restarts, you will see a message about System Configuration Utility. Click in the box for “Do not Show this message” and then click on OK.
It may work!

Feb 22, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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I have a problem with my computer. whenever i open any folder in any drive, the search window opens. what should i do in order to solve this?

This type of problem normally occurs because some virus called ‘PET32.exe’ , or it can also occur due some other virus which disrupt the windows registry.

. Open Start >> Run or press Window Key + r , this will open the run prompt.

2. Type “regedit” ( without quotes )and press Enter.
3. Navigate to key

4. Double the registry key named Default and set the value to none.

This will restore the normal windows explorer behavior of opening a folder when you double click a folder rather than opening windows search.

If search opens when you double click on any windows drive, then try this

1. Open Start >> Run or press Window key + r
2. Type “regsvr32 /i shell32.dll” ( without quotes )and press Enter

After the command run successfully, you will see a message saying DllRegisterServer and DllInstall in Shell32.dll succeeded.

I hope this will help to fix the trouble.

Jan 17, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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About folder option

Click on Start - Run and then type:
then go to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\NOHIDDE N.
There should be two registry entries there:

- CheckedValue : Type: DWORD Value: 2
- DefaultValue : Type: DWORD Value: 2

(Correct them if necessary.)

Now open the key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL .

- CheckedValue : Type: DWORD Value: 1
- DefaultValue : Type: DWORD Value: 2

(Correct them if necessary.)

If the problem persists, open Start, Run, type "regsvr32 /i shell32.dll" and
click OK.
reboot the computer.
thats it, have fun :)

Jan 06, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Funny scandal ust.avi.exe...virus problem

How to remove this virus:

-first download taskiller in
and install it to your computer because you cant use taskmanager to terminate the virus(the virus automatically close taskmanager).

-run taskiller and left click it on the system tray(the one with a skull icon)

-click processes

-to close the virus, select process and click yes to the question

(process to close)

note: close only file that have the same icon of Funny UST Scandal.avi.exe

1-now, click "start" then "run"
2-type "cmd" without quotes
3-type "cd\" without quotes
4-type "attrib -h -s smss.exe" without quotes
5-type "attrib -h -s autorun.inf" without quotes
6-type "start c:" without quotes(a new window will open)
7-select smss.exe,autorun.inf,Funny UST Scandal.avi.exe and delete it

-if theres any drive or a partition type "d:" in command prompt without quotes
"d" is the drive letter then repeat the CMD STEPS number 4-7 above.......

-now type this on the command prompt "cd windows" without quotes(na naman!)
-type "attrib -h -s smss.exe" without quotes(uli)
-type "start c:\windows" without quotes(hay naku!)
-delete the file smss.exe
-now, goto c:\documents and settings\all users\startmenu\programs\startup
-delete lsass.exe

-click "start" then "run"
-type "regedit" without quotes then delete the registry entries above....

Hope this helps!

Brad Nelson

Mar 15, 2008 | Operating Systems

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