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Okay, good. The Everywhere folder (which first appeared in Vista) is just fine. Note the items listed in it are just "virtual", they don't really exist. For example, in my Everywhere folder, there are over 144,000 items listed, but when I right-click on the "Everywhere" folder and select "Properties", I can see Everywhere is only 248 bytes (yes, bytes) in size. The fact they don't really exist does not mean you can simply delete them. Many do link back (virtually) to a real file on your disk. So my advice is to just leave it all alone.

I have Windows fully updated, Eset is my antivirus and there is no sign of malware.
Great! But still, regardless your primary security solution, it is a good idea to periodically scan with something else, just to make sure nothing sneaked by your security, or you. I recommend and use Malwarebytes's Anti-Malware (MBAM). The free, on-demand version is great, but also note MBAM Pro is worth considering because MBAM Pro coexists well with other real-time solutions (typically a problem when running two real-time solutions at once), it has a comparatively low initial one-time cost, and no recurring renewal fees).

1. What OS?
2. Are you sure it is "Everyone" and not "Everywhere"?

If it really says, "Everyone", I think I would be concerned. If it really says "Everywhere" I would not be concerned at all - ASSUMING (1) Windows is fully updated and (2) you have a decent and current real-time anti-malware solution in place, and (3) you have scanned for malware and all is clean.

Do understand XP support is about to end. Please do not wait until then to upgrade or replace your computer with one that supports modern (and secure) operating systems.

You might try this:


P.S. Digerati : when you say Classic Shell/StartIsBack have features " users don't need"... they don't "get in the way" do they?  -- eat up memory, etc. The settings etc on each of those are pretty straight-forward?
Well, these are tiny programs so while these extra features do consume some system resources, not sure "getting in the way" is the problem - unless running on a computer with very limited resources (less than 4Gb of RAM, for example, or when running critically low on free disk space).

My problem with unneeded features and "fluff" is a cluttered UI/menu and "more moving parts". More parts means more potential points of failure.

Sometimes, a "basic" no-frills tool is all we need. 

Good point.

BTW, I have already seen some helpers refer to that "Windows 8.1 Update 1" as "Windows 8.2". It is NOT 8.2! So I quickly interject on those threads to ensure users are not being misinformed.

but she explained that in her experience the reviews were bad because no one took the time to learn the product.
I agree 100% with that. It is human nature to like the status quo, and dislike change.

BUT Windows 8/8.1 is more secure, more stable, and much faster than any previous version. Security alone is reason enough to upgrade. Remember, W7 is already pushing 5 years old.

The vast majority of complaints are about the new W8 Start Screen (previously called the "metro UI"). If the complaint with Windows 8 is primarily Windows 8 new "metro" style Start Page and UI, then I recommend you check out Start8. Start8 brings back the familiar W7 Start Orb and Start Menu and lets you boot directly to the Windows Desktop instead of  the new Windows 8 "Start Screen" that so many people don't like. Then W8 works and looks and feels almost exactly like the familiar W7. It cost $5 (after a 30-day trial period), but is well worth it, IMO.

See also Classic Shell. This product also brings back the Start Orb and menu, is free and very popular too. However, it has extra features and goodies that many (including myself) feel is unneeded "fluff". And perhaps because it is a free product it does not "appear" to have the "polished feel" of Start8. That said, it works very well so a few rough edges can easily be overlooked.

StartIsBack and Pokki are two more popular start screen alternatives. StartIsBack is not free, but pretty close at $3. However, like Classic Shell, StartIsBack  has many features and user options that many users don't need.

Since the other computers work fine, you should not have to change the channel - ESPECIALLY if you have this same problem when standing right next to the modem/router. Do you live in a "crowded" wifi neighborhood? This typically does NOT include a neighborhood of "houses" but does include large apartment complexes.  If you live in a neighborhood where you can "see" many wireless networks, changing the channel may help. The other computers will have to log off then back on but should not need to make any manual configuration changes. You change the channel via the router's admin menu.

Do you see any errors in Device Manager for your computer?

If you connect directly to the router with an Ethernet cable, do you stay connected? Have you scanned for malware?

Sorry - I didn't see the dup.

Move right up close to the WAP (wireless access point - often integrated with a "wireless router). Do you stay connected then?

It sounds like it wanted your Microsoft login ID - the default with W8.1. I assume you changed that to a "local" account - which is what I did.

I do recommend using a PW however. This is to make it a little bit harder for a badguy who breaks into your house and steals your computer, or a nosey houseguest from snooping around when you are not looking.

P.S. Freezing the disc is stupidness.
Well, it is an act of despair. But since ALL DRIVES WILL FAIL [eventually], one might argue failing to keep a current backup of these drives is stupidness.

It is very rare and unlikely putting it in the freezer will help. The idea behind it is cold causes matter to contract and the hope is, that contraction will close a microfracture or free seized motor bearings.

The problem is, as soon as you start to use the drive again, it heats up, and heat causes matter to expand.

I have only seen the freezer method work once in over 30 years and that was a very long time ago, and it only provided about 2 minutes of run time - which fortunately, was enough to copy off the 2 critical files the user did not want to lose before the bearings seized again.

Still, if all else has been tried, it is worth a try. But do be careful as condensation will form on the drive when you take it out of the freezer.

Thank you, Digerati, for responding to my request to take a look at the problem that Panos' teacher has.  :rose:
Sure - just wish I had more to offer but it seems others have touched on all the bases. :(

Not if you cannot read it. There are data recovery services where you can take the drive and they will perform "forensic" analysis on the drive. But this process can cost many $100s or more. So the data needs to be worth it.

She took the disk with her (I have out of its case) and without trying anything, only by seing it, they made their conclusion. Here, you know, we live in the era of easy format and even more easier replacement of anything seems to have something wrong. I am very disappointed.
I would be disappointed too.

Frankly, I do not like drive enclosures that connect via USB. They just do not seem to connect reliably, or consistently. And sadly, USB 3.0 was supposed to fix those issues, but instead, seem to have added more. :( So if an enclosure is necessary, I prefer one that connects via eSATA or is networked via Ethernet or wifi.

That said, my preference is to install all drives inside the computer via an interface designed exclusively for drives - that is SATA or EIDE (PATA).

For testing purposes, I don't recommend using another enclosure, unless eSATA. Otherwise, you don't remove possible USB issues from the equation - which is necessary while troubleshooting. So better yet, especially since you already pulled the drive, I recommend installing it into another computer as a secondary (NOT boot) drive. Depending on the drive, there are inexpensive (under $10) adapters to connect a 2.5 inch drive in a PC. Then see if you can copy off the data.

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