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Pc problem nothing will open with my pc, it comes up with windows cannot open this file and needs to know which program created it. I cannot download anything. I need to know how to wipe everything off because I have an orginal acer backup disc that will reinstall xp, can you help please

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    what is the file name you are trying to open ?



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Actually if you wish to wipe everything... just boot to the dvd/cd rom and the disks do the rest

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How to open .zip file downloaded to usb flash drive


Very easy. Create a folder on the device you want to download to. If its a computer, create one on your screen, (desktop)if not great it where you want to.If its not a self unzipping file you will need to use an app that comes with your PC or APPLE plug in the USB, make sure windows recognizes it. Then go to "my computer", left click on the USB holding it down constantly. Drag it over to the folder you created on your desktop and release it. Next double click the folder to open it up. Click on the USB file to unzip. If it asks you were, use current folder. It will unzip as of it to that folder.

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File names of common Windows applications


Windows operating systems have many useful programs that come built-in and ready to go. These programs can typically be accessed by navigating through the Start menu or opening the Control Panel (or by typing their names in the Search bar if you have Vista). But sometimes you may want to pin the program to your Start menu or create a shortcut on your desktop, so that you can access it quicker and not have to hunt it down every time you want to run it. In order to do that, you'll need to know the program's file name and where to find it (unless you're running Vista, in which case you can use the instant search feature).

Below are some common Windows programs and their respective file names. Each of these files can be found in the \Windows\System32 folder. (The locations may vary on a 64-bit system.)

Command Prompt = cmd.exe
Computer Management = compmgmt.msc
Device Manager = devmgmt.msc
Disk Defragmenter = dfrg.msc
Disk Management = diskmgmt.msc
Services = services.msc
Task Manager = taskmgr.exe

Another useful file to be able to find is the explorer.exe file. Sometimes when the system locks up or a program freezes, your taskbar and/or desktop shortcuts will disappear. Rather than reboot the computer, you can run the explorer.exe file and "refresh" the Windows desktop. The explorer.exe file is located in the \Windows folder.

You can find these files by opening My Computer, selecting the C: drive, and then going to the Windows folder and then the System32 folder (unless you're looking for explorer.exe). Once you've located the file you want, you can right click on it and select either "Pin to Start menu" or "Create shortcut" to make it easier to access in the future.

on Jul 08, 2010 | PC Desktops

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Create your own autorun CD or DVD





It is easy to create an autorun CD or DVD for Windows and all it takes are a few files (which we've supplied for free). The technique can be used to open other file types, but HTML is used for a reason: it is the most commonly supported by Windows (most PCs have a Web browser) and it is flexible. You could use it to open other files, such as a Powerpoint presentation, but it would require the end user to have Powerpoint or the Powerpoint viewer on their system.

The autorun zip file we've prepared contains everything you need to autorun a CD and open a HTML file. So download a copy - it's tiny and free - see above for the download link.

So why can't an autorun open a HTML directly? It is because a Windows autorun can only open an application (program) not a data file (eg HTML). You cannot tell an autorun to directly open a HTML file. Try it, and nothing will happen. To get around his problem, we are using a .bat file which Windows will treat as a program. This special file will then open the HTML file.


Assembling the CD
Download and copy the files to your root directory of the CD. These are: autorun.inf, autorun.bat and index.html. You can put all sorts of files on the rest of the CD. They won't affect the autorun. You can test the autorun by burning the three files to the root directory of a test CD-R. Open the CD drive and close it again. Viola, you have just created your own autorun HTML CD. You should change the contents of index.html to whatever you need. The index.html supplied is only a test page.

Changes you can make
The autorun can open any type of file and display any message you want. To make changes, open Windows Notepad (do not use Word, WordPad or other Word processors). Now open the autorun.bat file from within Notepad. The order is important, if you double-click the autorun.bat file, it will try to run. So open NotePad and select File-Open and choose the autorun.bat file. You'll see four lines of code.

The first line after @echo (remember the space) will appear as a comment in the autorun launch Window. This comment will be seen very briefly by your end-users. It can be changed to anything you want, but since it only appears for a second or less, don't make it too wordy. If you wanted to say 'The CD is loading now...', the first line of code will look like:

@echo The CD is loading now...

The second line of the code tells the .bat file to open to your index.html file. If want to open a file by another file (eg readme.txt), then it would read:

@start readme.txt

Make sure you leave the last two lines untouched (@cls and @exit) - they must always appear last. Save the changes and you are done. That that's all you need to create your own HTML autorun CD.

on Dec 22, 2009 | PC Desktops

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Can't open download files


Either:

1) the original files are corrupt
2) the original files are encrypted
3) the downloaded files are corrupt
4) the downloaded files require being unzipped and you have no "unzipper" installed such as 7 Zip.
5) the downloaded files, if already unzipped, have no program assigned to read their specific format

Just what operating system were the files originally created upon and what software was used to create them? IF you don't know, try the followsing:

Determine their file type (their extension, such as .pdf, .doc, .jpg, etc.. Google "how to open "fill in" files (the file type). Try installing a program that reads that extension. If you already have one, try opening the file with a double click and when it asks for which program to use to open it, then pick the one already installed that your research says will open it.

It seems unlikely all the files would be corrupt. It is more likely that you do not presently have a program that can open that file type. You may have to convert the file type into another type of file for which you have software that can open it. Generally, there is freeware available that can open most file types.

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Sony VAIO VGC-RB38G PC Desktop needs the media center re-installed


I would seriously doubt that your kids know how to remove Media Center. Maybe they just removed the icon from the desktop. Click Start/My Computer and open the Local Disk C. Look for the Programs File Folder. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Vista there might be two Program File folders (Program Files and Program Files (x86). Look thru the program files folders for the Windows Media Player Folder or Windows Media Center Folder. Open the folder and look for the Media Player. When you see the Icon you can Right Click on it and select Properties. If the Type of File in the properties windows says Application, that is probably the program that runs. You can close the properties window and double click on the icon and see if it runs.

If it runs, you can close it and go back into the folder and Right Click on the icon and select the option Sent To then select Desktop (create Short Cut). Right Click on it again and select option to Pin To Start Menu.

If you just want to download and install it again.
Get onlineand got to www.google.com In the google search box type: "Download Media Player" or "Download Media Center" (without the quotes). Select a site from Microsoft that will download and install it.

Apr 30, 2012 | PC Desktops

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Need the window media center re-installed


I would seriously doubt that your kids know how to remove Media Center. Maybe they just removed the icon from the desktop. Click Start/My Computer and open the Local Disk C. Look for the Programs File Folder. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Vista there might be two Program File folders (Program Files and Program Files (x86). Look thru the program files folders for the Windows Media Player Folder or Windows Media Center Folder. Open the folder and look for the Media Player. When you see the Icon you can Right Click on it and select Properties. If the Type of File in the properties windows says Application, that is probably the program that runs. You can close the properties window and double click on the icon and see if it runs.

If it runs, you can close it and go back into the folder and Right Click on the icon and select the option Sent To then select Desktop (create Short Cut). Right Click on it again and select option to Pin To Start Menu.

If you just want to download and install it again.
Get onlineand got to www.google.com In the google search box type: "Download Media Player" or "Download Media Center" (without the quotes). Select a site from Microsoft that will download and install it.

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Some attachments wont open goes to other email program or asks if you want to save, if you save you still cant open


You need to be more specific as to what type of attachment you're having problems with.
Depending on the attachment, you may need to buy or somehow get the program that opens that type of file. Example: You have a brand new PC/laptop, with nothing on it, except the Operating System. Let's say you had a free sampler of MS Office or what have you, but the trial period expired on it. That's the same as having nothing at all.
Next, you go to your email and find an MS Word attachment. You can save the file, but you still need MSOffice to open the document.
There are other more common attachments, that you can open with free "readers" or "viewers" for them. An example is a .PDF file, that Acrobat Reader can open. If you don't have this software installed on your PC, the web site will usually prompt you to go to the manufacturer's web site, where you can download it for free.
Most of these utilites get installed and become part of your browser or email program, and are called "plugins".
Depending on your Operating System, you need to go to either microsoft.com, apple.com, etc, and do a search on "plugins" for your browser.
There's a free, open source program called Open Office, from www.sun.com, that is compatible with MSOffice. If you download and install it, then you will be able to open all the different file formats, like presentations, text documents, databases, etc. However, you have to be careful when you create new files. You have to save them in the MSOffice file format, for others to be able to access them. This is because the default file format is its own, rather than MSOffice's.
If you don't, you'll create for your recipients the same dilemma you're having right now!
Good luck!

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Opening downloads on emails


all you need to know is the file extension of the file you downloaded. there are some common file extensions when attaching to the email . pdf , doc, if pictures the JPG,PNG, BMP, and many more. however if u have an office application program (Microsoft office,open office) all office files will be opened but if the file extension is PDF you must download and install the PDF reader. you can download it here http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.
Take note! Any other files which you don't whose the sender and the extension files is not on office application program not pdf or picture files maybe can harm your system so be sure to know the files.

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