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1 Cd Key For Each Separate Laptops


We have two laptops which both have windows 7 home premium on it but we don't have any cd or backup cd with it and i want to buy the home premium cd will i be able to use it for both computers for formating and re-install seeings we each have a cd key for each separate laptop or will it not work?

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Unable To Access Networked Laptops

I have 2 new toshiba laptops networked, yet i am unable to access files from either of them via the network. One has w7 and the other has vista. They are on a common work-group and access is set to permit sharing on both. I can see both laptops via the network view in windows explorer, yet when i click on the other laptop icon, it says i don't have permission to view. I want to enable mapping documents on both laptops to enable free access between computers.

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Posted On: 2010-07-06 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-12-15 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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If not, only one monitor can be optimized at a time, either the laptop lcd or the external monitor. I realize that i can adjust these settings for each monitor as long as the multiple displays setting is "extend these displays. " When i have this field set to "duplicate these displays, " the display value is locked on "1/2. Multiple monitors, " with no way to adjust the two displays individually.


Posted On: 2010-06-18 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-10 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Under windows xp we login to our workstations as a basic user and then launch a command prompt with administrator privileges using runas. This allows us to launch things like aduc or exchange system manager as our admin account.

Now i am in the process of creating an image and setting up security for windows 7. When attempting to do the same thing i get the message "windows cannot access the specified device, path or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item. ". The account that the cmd prompt is running as is an admini account that is in the local as well as domain admin groups. So i dont see that this could be a permissions issue.

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Posted On: 2010-07-28 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I recently purchased and installed a new hd for my system that was running windows 7. I had purchased the windows 7 digital download installer so i have no install/repair cds to work with. My goal is to replace the old hd with the new one such that the new hd serves as both the system and the boot drive and if i want to i can either remove the old hard drive entirely or wipe it and use it for back up storage.

After installing and formatting the new hd i performed a custom installation of windows 7 using my downloaded installer and selected the new drive as the drive to install windows. After the installation completed i checked the disk management and the old drive (c:) is designated as the system drive and the new drive (z:) is the boot drive. As it currently stands if i unplug the old drive (c:) the attempt to turn the system on it tries to boot from the cd (which i don't have) and windows 7 won't start.

Further it appears that both drives now have windows 7 installed and if i have both plugged in, upon startup it asks what software i would like to run "windows 7" or "windows 7, " after a 20 second countdown it starts up normally. This is more of an annoyance than a show stopper because it adds about 20 seconds every time i start the system.

Any ideas on how to fix the issue? I will try reinstalling windows 7. If that doesn't work my next thought is to burn the digital installer to a cd, unplug the old drive and when it prompts to load from cd to try the burned disk.


Posted On: 2010-02-24 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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These are my specs: drive "c" has xp installed with a partition("d"). Then i have a separate disk with drive "e" which is empty with a partition("f")also empty. Then i have "g" & "h" as my 2 dvd/cd burners. Lastly i have an an external wd my book essential which is drive "j" and the smartware is showing as drive "i". Soin 'my computer' there are drives c, d, e, f, g, h, i &j. I am running a gigabyte ep45t-extreme m/b with 4gb of 1333mhz ddr3 corsairram, performance is by the intel core2duoe8500
Chip(3. 16ghz).

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Posted On: 2009-05-10 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Pc 1 logs into windows live messenger and works ok without second pc switched on.
Pc 2 logs into windows live messenger and works ok without other pc switched on.

When both are switched on then live messenger cannot get logged into on the windows 7 machine. The machines are not networked other than to the router. Can someone help to identify if this is a common problem that cannot be fixed or what can be done to correct this problem.


Posted On: 2010-03-07 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-05-10 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-05-19 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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I have now bought a netbook and installed windows 7 home premium on it but when i tried to activate it i received a message that i could not use the license key. I have tried automatic activation by phone several times, without success and cannot find a real person to talk to - i wasn't even given the option. I contacted microsoft support and was given this customer support request number # 1132578017 but since then have had no response.

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Posted On: 2010-06-03 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-06-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-12-28 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-04-25 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-03-04 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I need help because windows 7 keeps recognizing an unknown device usb - on and off and on and off and on and off. I have disabled it, i have deleted it. It keeps coming back. And media center is not working. Keeps looking for a freaking tuner - it will work on reboot but then if it goes to sleep or is on for awhile it stops viewing live tv (which i'm getting from my satellite stb hooked up). Have to reboot and often reconfigure the tv signal to get it to work - and that is if it agrees that the united states is the right region for media center to operate in! I'm losing my marbles please help. Can i just go back to my old system?


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Posted On: 2010-04-28 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Product Key Invalid

Two weeks ago, i bought myself new components, a copy of win7 ultimate 64-bi, t and built myself a new computer. Everything has been great so far except that in those two weeks i have now had to reactivate windows twice not counting the initial activation, and it's now asking for me to do it again, for the second time today. Each time it has said i have to activate again b/c it says that it has detected changes to my hardware. Even though there have been no changes. Now, the first time i simply called the number and did the automated activation.

The second time i wanted to get to the bottom of the issue b/c obviously there is a problem, so i contacted tech support by phone and was redirected to what i assume is the "activation department" and i don't think the woman understood what i was asking b/c she simply did the automated activation process for me.live. So i immediately called back and got another rep, who was very reassuring and understanding, but still not very helpful, he at least created a case number for me and told me if i have the issue again to reference the case #.

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Posted On: 2010-05-29 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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I am writing to you regarding my windows 7 ultimate key, which still does. Not. Work ! I was given a replacement key by a microsoft support specialist, but it is *not* a working key . I get an error message saying only that it is not a valid key. I was promised a return call, but i have not heard from anyone from this specialist, or from this "technical support department" that was supposed to fix my windows 7 license. I am tired of this run-around.

I understand that i am not supposed to post my phone number here, so i won't. Can someone working for microsoft please message me with advice as to what i need to do. This is slowly but surely becoming a nightmare, as i'm staring on my black screen with a warning in the bottom right corner of my display where it says "this is a non-genuine version of windows".


Posted On: 2010-06-10 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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I have learnt that if i am purchasing the windows 7 edition (anyone from home premium), then i get two dvds for installation of windows including one product key - now, by two dvds, i mean to say that one dvd carry the 32 bit version of windows and other the 64 bit one ! So, i wish to ask that the product key used for activation is same for either 32 bit or 64 bit version of windows, or both version (32 bit and 64 bit) would require a separate product key. Of course, if i am only activating any of the one version at a time.

In short is the product key for version 32 bit & 64 bit is same or not ?


Posted On: 2010-04-22 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Can i do a complete reinstall of windows 7, including formatting c drive, and reuse my registered product key?

I ask this as i installed - and registered - my full win7 and chose the upgrade option from vista. Vista was running slow, probably due to some programs running in the background, and now, win 7 is just as slow. I would like to do a complete reinstall, starting from scratch, but am wondering if my product key is still valid and accepted.

I have 2gb memory and 1. 6 ghz cpu so windows 7 shouldn't be slow? Right? Takes 60 secs to boot up to login prompt, then another 75 secs to finalize startups after login. I have several services programmed to start; apache and tomcat servers but on my xp machine they only slow me down by 5 seconds or less.


Posted On: 2010-01-28 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .