Jeff Hudgins removed the hard drive from a dying computer, and via USB plugged it into a new PC. But he can't access his files. They're encrypted.
I don't like Windows' Encrypted File System (EFS), and Jeff's story illustrates why. Although EFS provides what appears to be a convenient, completely transparent form of encryption, it can be trouble down the road.
EFS makes sense in a business, where IS professionals manage the computers and less savvy people use them. The users don't even have to know that their data is encrypted (or even what the word encrypted means). They log into Windows and they can access their files. But if someone else logs in, or boots from a live Linux CD, or removes the hard drive, the files are inaccessible. And should it be necessary, IS knows how to get back those files.
Tom Lorch isn't sure if Windows sees him as the administrator, or exactly what that means.
Every Windows installation has one or more user accounts--you have to log onto one when you boot your PC. At least one of those accounts must have administrator privileges. Only an administrator can install software, change some of the more dangerous settings, and remove other users' logon passwords.
If you are the sole owner of a home PC, you should have access to the administrator account, whether or not that's the account you work in on a regular basis. There are exceptions. For instance, a child should never have administrator privileges.
A41202813 asked the Answer Line forum for the best way to turn a bootable optical disc, like a CD or DVD, into a file that you could burn back into a bootable disc.
Without the word bootable, the answer would be a no-brainer. You'd simply copy all of the files and folders on the disc into a .zip archive file. Then, when you needed them on disc, you'd copy them back.
The problem, of course, is that the new disc wouldn't be bootable. Not good with a Windows or Linux disc.
A phone battery should last--even under heavy use--for the 16 or 17 hours from when you wake up until you go to bed. (I'm assuming that you recharge your phone at night.) Unfortunately, a great many phones can't always make it through the day.
I see no point in scanning every external drive every time you insert it. That becomes very annoying very fast. Yes, some antivirus programs do this automatically, but if yours does, I strongly recommend you turn the feature off.
Which isn't to say that you should never scan an external drive. Of course you should--when you think it's appropriate.
Jmdraft complained to the Utilities forum that Windows boots too slowly and needs to be cleaned out.
I'm guessing that your computer has too many autoloaders--programs that load automatically every time you boot. This is a common problem. Most PCs leave the factory with too many autoloaders, and gain more as you install new programs.
Slowing the boot process is only one of the problems that autoloaders can cause. They can also slow Windows while you're using it, and possibly make it less stable.