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  • What would cause IE to just stop rendering pages?

    I was reading email, clicked on a link, and then that was it.  Nothing at all came up in IE (IE9, on a Windows 7 Ultimate box.  It is a 64-bit version of Windows 7, but I typically run IE using the 32-bit version.)  From that point forward IE didn't work at all to render anything.  I thought at first I had lost Internet connectivity from my router, or my ISP.  I brought up a command window and ping my router, then I started pinging some websites.  It all worked fine.  I then sent my Hotmail account from my ISP email address, and Windows Messager right away told me that I got the email, although I couldn't see it because IE wasn't working.  The only thing that I could think of doing was rebooting my system.  That worked (obviously), but I don't really like doing that if I don't have to.  What caused this to happen and how do I prevent it?

  • Lost the Aero style and other things on my Windows 7 machine

    , Sven Groot wrote

    You may not even need to reboot, often just restarting the Desktop Window Manager service is enough.

    How do you restart the Desktop Window Manager service?

    OK, I think I've found it in the Services applet.  Restarting that won't cause any serious disruption in Windows?

  • Lost the Aero style and other things on my Windows 7 machine

    , Craig_Matthews wrote

    A lot of remote control software defaults to turning off desktop compositing and sometimes lowers the color depth to keep the remote control session responsive. Usually everything gets put back when they disconnect, but sometimes not. Usually a reboot fixes it.


    I had hoped that logging off and back on again would fix it, but it didn't.  A reboot is what it took to fix this.

  • Lost the Aero style and other things on my Windows 7 machine

    I've had a problem with my HP printer.  I contacted their technical support and got help with it.  They connected to my machine (a Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit) remotely and did some work on it.  Naturally, as often happens in such situations, my desktop had a flat apparence.  I've seen this happen before in other situations, but normally once the technical support person is done, the machine returns to it's normal appearance.

    But not this time.

    This time it still looks flat.  The Aero style is totally gone.  And I've noticed that when I pass my mouse over the items in my task bar, instead of seeing small images of the application running, all I see is a list of the various instances of that application running.

    I don't like this appearance at all.  I'd like to know why it didn't return to the Windows 7 theme and how to get the Windows 7 theme back the way it was.

  • WP7 and IMAP emails

    , Blue Ink wrote

    A word of warning: if your email server requires SSL, expect problems.

    I had my fair share thanks to self-signed certificates (Exchange Server and an IMAP server of unknown pedigree), and for other unexplained certificate problems (a Lotus Domino, with a certificate that appears to be valid and trusted all the way up).

    Needless to say, an iPhone will just ask you (once!) if you want to accept the certificate, install it and just work. With a WP7 you have to get hold of the actual certificate, email it to the device, install it from the attachment, reboot the phone.

    And since self-signed certificates expire every year, you never run out of fun...

    Crap.  My company's email server does require SSL.  Well, I'd better find out where to get the cert.


  • WP7 and IMAP emails

    In a couple of weeks I'll be away from work to some training.  I've not been to any training in several years, and certainly not since getting my Windows Phone, now on version 7.5.  We use IMAP for our email, which is on  Unix box.  Anyway, can I access my work email account via my WP7 phone, using IMAP?

    And for that matter, how to I get rid of it once I'm back from training?

  • Windows Live Mesh wasn't running

    @figuerres: Well, I checked my PC, once I got to work, and found that the Windows Live Mesh service was running.  Clearly, then I was wrong in thinking it wasn't.  But like you said, it was very slow!  I gave up, waiting for 10 to 15 minutes, because I thought the service was diabled.  I guess if I try it again I may have to wait up to 30 minutes before giving up.

  • Windows Live Mesh wasn't running

    At work I have a Windows 7 Ultimate developer box.  Normally I don't need to access my work PC, but when I do, I must have access to it.  For that I've used Windows Live Mesh, and at least for me, that access has been good enough.  Last night I needed to get to it, but I found I couldn't.  I tried connecting to it, but after waiting something like 15 minutes I realized it just wasn't going to work.  I also realized that it probably is a service and that it wasn't running.  At my home PC I also have Windows 7 Ultimate, and I checked it out and found that on my home PC Windows Live Mesh is disabled, so I'm probably right about the service being disabled at work.

    So the question I'd like to know is, why isn't Windows Live Mesh enabled by default?  I also am beginnning to use SkyDrive, but that's doesn't allow me to log onto my work PC from home; I still need Live Mesh for that.  Does having SkyDrive disable Live Mesh?

  • Windows Phone 7.8

    , Proton2 wrote

    If your HTC Trophy is running 7.5, it probably will be updateable to 7.8.

    I am expecting the 7.8 update to be generally available around the time that Windows Phone 8 comes out. With the caveat that your carrier mileage may vary.

    When Windows Phone 8 comes out?  When's that likely to happen?

  • Is there such a thing as a KVM for dual monitors?

    @Sven Groot: Sweet, thanks!