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  • There appear to be a lot of recent posts that are lacking any sort of intelligible details. Seriously.

    If you want help with getting program X working on Windows 7, give us something to go on. Posts like the following are a complete mystery:

            Title: I get :"Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation" when trying to open my program

            Body: My program worked fine until yesterday when this error first appeared. I've uninstalled the program and loaded
                      a "fresh" copy but still get the same error. Any help will be appriciated  TIA

    That is the sum total of this post.

    From yet another fountian of information:

           Title: No response when opening "My Document" , Only Force to shutdown, what's Wrong?

           Body: As the title suggests, this happens on my laptop HP Presario, any suggestion. thanks

    That's the extent of the second example.

    My first impression of either of these posts: HUH? I have NO idea exactly what app the first poster is having problems with. If we knew it what it was, there might be a good chance someone might have the same app installed and might have a clue as to what's going wrong. For all we know, it could be an app that is KNOWN to have issues with Windows 7.

    The 2nd post - I have no clue as to what he's going on about. I guess Windows Explorer is having problems launching My Documents. Maybe.
    So as a general rule, it might help if everyone followed a couple of rules of thumb.

    1.) If you've got an issue, please post as much information as possible. You don't have to create a post the length of War and Peace, but still, give us SOMETHING to go on. This isn't the Psychic Friend's Network. We don't practice mental telepathy. Please include at least the following:

            a.) The version of Windows 7 you are talking about.
            b.) The name of the app that's causing problems (if applicable).
            c.) The version number of the app in question (also if applicable).

    2.) If there's an error message, please post it's contents to the best of your abilities. Screen shots are good. Event Viewer records are good too. There are many places to post screen shots and link them here. Event Viewer records can be copied and pasted here as well.

    3.) Please post in clear ENGLISH whenever possible. If you don't speak English, that's ok - post it in whatever language you're most comfortable with - but be aware, online translation programs still aren't quite that good and sometimes make mistakes. I still haven't quite figured out how Google's Translate utility converted "Release Candidate" into "Reinforced Concrete" when it converted one of my posts into Chinese. Given most of the folks around here are fairly fluent in English - that is always the best option whenever possible.

    4.) Please also include any steps you can recall that lead up to the error as well as any other open applications (including antivirus and antispyware utiltities!) that are running at the time the problem happened. Sometimes some applications don't get along well with others. It's always good to have that information available.

    Example: Windows Explorer is blowing chunks with error xyz after my computer wakes up from sleep. I'm using the RC. Nothing else open at the time.

    Ok. We know that sleep in build 7100 has problems and, as such, the solution is to disable the sleep feature. But without that crucial bit, we can waste a lot of time and energy trying to sort out an easily solved problem.

    To the moderators/admins - feel free to do whatever with this post. Comments are also welcome and if anyone has anything else to add - feel free to respond.
    • แก้ไขโดย Wolfie2k6 21 พฤษภาคม 2552 20:39 the sample posts have been changed to protect the "innocent"
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