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Chnging the sequence of drive options

My drives are showing "search" option first and then "open" option. suggest, how can i change this sequence, because of this i am unable to use a double click to open a drive.

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Re: chnging the sequence of drive options

This is a common problem I believe, ya will find a fix at the site below...

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The Windows Search service stopped working on my Win 7 machine. Said indexing was not turned on. I used event viewer and found the following error message: The Windows Search Service has failed to...

1) Insert your flash drive
2) From the Start Button, type "services.msc" in the "Search programs and files" box
If prompted for Admin Access, answer yes
3) Scroll down to the "Windows Search" service, select it, and click Stop.
4) From the Start Button, type "regedit"
If prompted for Admin Access, answer yes
5) Browse to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search]
6) Verify that the values DataDirectory and DefaultDataDirectory are set to %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Search\Data\
7) Remove the flash drive
8) Reboot (or restart the Windows Search service)

Jul 26, 2011 | Microsoft Operating Systems

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My lenovo thinkcentre desktop computer never shows "press any key" while I try to format. Unable format my C drive and recently 500 GB HDD was installed in my computer. pl.advise how to format...

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Removed your power cable and drain power without any power. restart and keep on hitting f12 to get to the boot menu choose ODD then put the OS CD then press enter until its say press any key. If it did not work your other option is reboot and hit f1 or f2 to change the boot sequence on boot option. Restart pc then hit f2 go to boot option and choose DVD/CD to be your first boot option then press f10 restart and it should load automatically.
Hope this resolution fix the problem on your computer. Thanks for contacting Fixya. Bye for now.

Jul 20, 2011 | Operating Systems

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I switched my IDE hard drive into another computer that is a little more up to date. computer boots, passes post, shows these options " safe mode, safe mode with networking and command prompt. start...

As the Windows installation is installed on the first computer hardware configuration and now it is moved to another computer hardware configuration, ie another computer. It will not work as Microsoft prohibits moving/changing hardware configurations to the extent of another computer system.

In your case you will have to return the hard drive to your original computer and then backup your files. Then this hard drive needs to be formatted, all data will be lost. Then the hard drive can be install in the better computer and a fresh installation may be performed. However you will need to read the terms and conditions of your Windows License Agreement to see if this is indeed possible.

With regards to the DVD drive, it needs to be connected on the IDE2 port, right at the end of the IDE bus/ribbon. There are 3 positions a longer length and 2 shorter lengths.
Long side plugs into the mainboard, the middle one is left open and the shorter end one is plugged into your DVD Drive.
Ensure that the jumper located between the power and IDE port of the DVD drive is set to the Master Position. The details can be found on the label on top of the DVD drive.

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Mar 15, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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Hi when i satrt up my hp compaq mini 110 it wont load past the bios. it comes up with the options for F9: change boot device order, F10:BIOS setup options, F12: Network boot. if i leave it to laod past...

Check to see if any media is in you CD DRIVE, or any other drive because if BIOS is booting from the CD or other media first, it never gets to your hard drive thus never boots windows. If clear, Press F9 and enter into your BIOS setup. You will have to make sure your boot sequence/order is in order to boot first from the hard drive. If all is in order try F8 hitting it repeatedly until safe mode options appear. If this doesn't work post a reply and we'll go from there.

Jan 11, 2011 | Operating Systems

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How to reformat the computer?

To reformat the windows vista.There are two options to approach the reformat:
  • Option #1: Boot from the Windows Vista DVD. This is more complicated to do, but it destroys all data and partitions.
  • Option #2: Re-install Vista without leaving the desktop. This preserves the previous installation in a folder called Windows.old. Not all info is wiped, however, and you can't destroy your partitions.
First, restart your system. When the computer starts to boot, look for an option before you get to the Windows screen that reads: “Setup” “CMOS,” or “Bios”. This varies between manufacturers. For example, on the boot screen, it says:
“F2 =Setup”.
The option will flash by quickly so be ready for it and react quickly. You may need to reboot a few times to catch it.
Once in the BIOS, look for a setting that says "Boot" or "Boot Sequence". You might have to dig through the menus with your keyboard’s arrow keys to locate the setting. In the listed as Boot Sequence. And to navigate to Startup, then Boot, and then Boot Priority Setting.
When you find the setting, change your DVD drive so that it occupies the top of the list. The hard drive that contains Windows Vista should be listed as second in the boot list.
And put the Windows Vista installation disc in the designated drive. Now, select the Save Changes and Exit option in the BIOS. The computer will restart and will attempt to read the optical drive you just assigned as the first bootable drive.
The system will use the Windows Vista disc to boot and the reformat and reinstall process will start. But You will need to reinstall any programs that are not bundled with Windows Vista and reinstate your preferences and personal files after reformatting the computer and reinstalling Vista.
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition upgrade Click here.This downloadable version of Windows Vista is an upgrade only. Users can upgrade to Windows Vista Home Premium from Windows XP Home or Windows Media Center edition.

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Sep 05, 2010 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium...

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Hopefully this will get your system back up and running well.  First download from their free anti-malware program. Then follow the steps below.

  • Make sure you are connected to the Internet.
  • Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.
  • When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.
  • When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:
    • Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    • Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
  • Then click Finish.
  • MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. 
  • On the Scanner tab:
    • Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.
    • Then click on the Scan button.
  • If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.
  • The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.
  • When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".
  • Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.
  • Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a list of any malware that was found.
  • Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.
  • When removal is completed, a log report will open in Notepad.
  • The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.
  • Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply and exit MBAM.
Note: If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove, you may be asked to reboot your computer so it can proceed with the disinfection process. Regardless if prompted to restart the computer or not, please do so immediately. Failure to reboot normally(not into safe mode) will prevent MBAM from removing all the malware. MBAM may make changes to your registry as part of its disinfection routine. If you're using other security programs that detect registry changes, they may alert you after scanning with MBAM. Please permit the program to allow the changes.

I hope that this helps you out, and that you are able to restore your system back to running condition.

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

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it's a virus, undetectable with antiviruses, there is a file named autorun.inf in the drive delete the file and recheck it.

Feb 07, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Folder options no working

still a virus problem,,, scan with avast antivirus, this one will really help.

but still after a complete scan,, u'll have to reinstall a fresh windows,,


Jan 26, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Folder options

ur computer is attacked by virus i can suggest u is install an antivirus updated version and it will remove the virus after that folder options and ur removable disk drives will be displayed

Nov 21, 2007 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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