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Windows 7 SP1 Windows Update stuck checking for updates

I installed Windows 7 fresh and installed SP1. Now, when I try to check manually for Windows Updates it just hangs on the Checking for updates screen. I tried running this tool but this did not fix ...
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How to disable the “Get Windows 10” icon shown in the notification area (tray)?

This icon showed up in my taskbar notification area today and I cannot seem to get rid of it: Clicking on it displays the following screen: So how do I disable or remove the "Get Windows 10" ...
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Can I completely disable Cortana on Windows 10?

Windows 10 has Cortana, which I don't like. I disabled it as soon as I could. However, looking in Task Manager, the process for Cortana is still running, and can't be effectively terminated: ending ...
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How can I copy a DVD to another DVD using a single DVD drive?

I need to copy a DVD to another DVD, but I have only a single DVD drive. How can I accomplish this? I tried copying files to the desktop and then to another DVD. It didn't work out.
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What is the cURL command-line syntax to do a POST request?

How can I make a POST request with the cURL command-line tool?
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How can I “turn on wireless capability” in Windows 7?

On my laptop I have a strange bug or something that fairly frequently causes wireless networking to become spontaneously disabled. Network connections drop out & all available APs disappear. ...
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Why does Windows think that my wireless keyboard is a toaster?

I've inherited an old PC from my girlfriend's dad and when setting up the printer I got a bit of a surprise: Two questions spring to mind here: Why does Windows think my wireless keyboard is a ...
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vc_redist.x86.exe Setup Failed: 0x80240017 Unspecified error

An installer told me I need to first install Visual C++ Redistributable Packages for Visual Studio 2013 and gave the link https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=40784 Unfortunately ...
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How can I check the temperature of my CPU in Windows?

Does Windows provide a means to check my CPU temperature natively? If not, are there any software tools which can reveal this information?
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How to fix the wrong number of unread emails flag in Outlook 2013?

I have an annoying problem in Outlook 2013. My inbox is flagged with "1" unread message, but this is not the case. Even when I empty my inbox folder, this bold "1" stays next to my folder, new as it ...
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How can I find out what motherboard is in my computer?

I want to find out the exact model of my computer's motherboard so that I can see what sort of memory chip, graphics cards and other components it supports. I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
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No internet connection after upgrade to Windows 10

I've just upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1, but after upgrading I can't connect to the internet. I select my wifi network and click "Connect". Even though it says it's connected I cannot open ...
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If 32-bit machines can only handle numbers up to 2^32, why can I write 1000000000000 (trillion) without my machine crashing?

32 bit computers can only store signed integers up to 232 - 1. This is why we have run out of ipv4 addresses and have entered the 64 bit era. However, the number 232 - 1 (2,147,483,647) is not as ...
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Windows 10 doesn't shut down properly

I have visited tons of websites and watched dozens of Youtube videos, yet I can't find a solution to my problem. I recently upgraded my laptop to Windows 10, and now it won't shutdown properly. I ...
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Why don’t I have the Get Windows 10 icon?

I want to get Windows 10, but I do not see this icon in the notification area (tray): How do I get the icon to get Windows 10?
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How can I get the same SSID for multiple access points?

I need to upgrade my existing wireless infrastructure and this time I want 2 access points to cover my house, since I get blind spots no matter what with a single AP. I have physical cabling to my ...
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how to change the dpi of an image

I have an jpeg file of 300 dpi. I need to reduce it to 200dpi. How can I do that? Do I need any specific application or it can be done using Picasa/paint/MS picture manager, if yes how? Thanks
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How can I send a Ctrl+Alt+Delete through Remote Desktop in Windows 8?

I need to send a CtrlAltDelete to a remote machine through Remote Desktop. The CtrlAltDelete is being intercepted by Windows 8, regardless of whether the remote desktop has focus or is in full screen. ...
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How do I add my photo to my account in Outlook 2010?

I've seen other users have their own picture in Outlook 2010. How do I add this to my account? I don't see anything in Options/Settings. I've been able to do this in Lync, but not in Outlook.
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How do I delete a user profile on a Windows 7 machine that is part of a domain?

How can I delete the local user profile on a Windows 7 machine that is connected to a Windows Server 2008 domain? DelProf doesn't seem to exist on Windows 7.
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Plotting multiple series in a line graph in excel with different time values?

I have the following data: Time v 0 5.4 5 4.5 10 5.3 15 6 20 5.1 25 7.4 30 6.7 40 6.1 50 6.9 60 5.9 70 6.1 80 6.2 Time v 0 4.7 5 4.8 10 5.5 15 6.1 20 6.8 25 7.5 30 7.9 ...
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Create a bootable USB drive from a DMG file on Windows

A Mac machine needs to be reformatted with Lion. I backed up the Lion dmg file when I purchased it via the Mac App Store. I now need to create a bootable USB drive from the DMG file but I need to be ...
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How do I get different background images on my dual monitors?

Is there a way to set two different background pictures for my two monitors in Windows 7? By default the same background picture is used for both displays. I am looking for a solution without ...
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I cannot adjust screen brightness in Windows 10

I have Lenovo Ideapad Z510 with Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600 and NVIDIA GeForce 840M and I cannot adjust the screen brightness, I think now it is 100%. Yesterday there was no problems and it wasn't ...
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How do I make Windows 10's File Explorer open “This PC” by default?

I know how to do that on Windows Vista and Windows 7, and I know how to do that on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, but neither of the ways work with Windows 10; it always defaults ...
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Asus UEFI/BIOS options - How to boot from DVD?

I just bought a new PC and the default installed OS is Windows 8. I want to install Windows 7 but when I go into the boot options screen I only have one option: Windows Boot Manager I can't find my ...
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How do I locate the MAC address of my computer?

I am unable to locate the MAC address in a new computer with Windows 7. I've tried ipconfig /all in the console to which I got no items match your search. I also tried getmac. A screen flashed very ...
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How to move windows that open up offscreen?

I have a dual monitor setup, and I recently played around with the positioning settings, and some of my single window applications do the favour of preserving where they were last closed, and opening ...
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Move an off-screen window back on-screen on Mac OS X

It seems that Mac OS X 10.6.1 Snow Leopard has a tendency to leave some windows off-screen at times, especially when I disconnect an external monitor from my MacBook. How can I move the window back on-...
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How can I invert touchpad scroll direction on Windows 10?

I just switched to Windows 10 on my ASUS N550JV and installed related drivers from the support page of ASUS. The touchpad works great, but for some reason the direction of scrolling on touchpad is ...
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How to remove an entry from Chrome's Remembered URLs from the url bar?

I've got a URL in Chrome "local.mysite.com" that autopopulates when I start typing "local.my" into the URL bar. Note that this URL DOES NOT EXIST in my browser history (at chrome://history/#e=1&p=...
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Cursor has disappeared after upgrading to Windows 10?

So, I've just updated from Windows 8 to Windows 10 and my cursor has disappeared. It does show for 1 minute when rebooted, but then disappears. Very strange?? I have no idea how to fix it and I'm not ...
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Menu select item stuck on screen after context or command menu has closed

Periodically when I select a menu command, the label or selected option gets "stuck" on screen and won't go away. I can close all open applications, including whichever one I was using when it got ...
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Is there a built-in checksum utility on Windows 7?

Is there a built-in checksum/hash utility on Windows 7?
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Can't Right Click on Windows 10 Taskbar Icons

On my Windows 7 computer, I was able to right click on icons on my taskbar to unpin them. I just upgraded to Windows 10, and I could have sworn the right click menu was working when I first ...
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How to disable or uninstall Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

Is there any possibility to completely disable the new Edge browser? The old IE could be disabled in Settings → Default Programs, but in Windows 10, the checkbox is missing for Edge. Is there any way ...
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Windows 10 Technical Preview - Synaptics Scrolling

OS Details: Architecture: 64bit Build: 9841 Synaptics: v15.3.22 Problem: Both two-finger and one-finger scrolling functionality does not seem to work for me in certain contexts. While third-party ...
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Windows 10 Search can't find ANY applications. Even calculator

I have problem with Windows 10 Enterprise N x64. When I press "Start" and start to type application name it never finds it. I can't even find applications like "Calculator", "Microsoft Word" or any ...
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How do I reduce the desktop icon size in Windows 7?

How can I reduce the size of my desktop icons if the video resolution is already on the highest setting?
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Convert a column into a comma separated list

I have the task of creating a simple Excel sheet that takes an unspecified number of rows in Column A like this: 1234 123461 123151 11321 And make them into a comma-separated list in another cell ...
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How much data (MB) does Skype consume in a 1 minute call?

How much data (in megabytes) does Skype consume in a 1 minute audio call? And how much data does Skype consume in a 1 minute video call? Is it fixed or does it vary with the mobile version or PC ...
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How to clear/flush the DNS cache in Google Chrome?

As you probably know Google Chrome has its own internal DNS cache. Is there a way to clear it without having to wait for the time out or close the browser?
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Option to Turn Bluetooth on or off is Missing

I want to disable Bluetooth on my laptop running Windows 10 Pro x64, but I have a problem: the option to do so is missing even though I know that it was previously available. Here is the Bluetooth ...
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Disable Microsoft Office Upload Center

With Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016, Microsoft Office Upload Center runs automatically and shows up in the system tray. I don't use it and want stop it from running. How can I remove that program ...
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“Show desktop” keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X

I am using a MacBook Pro with Mac OS X 10.5. Is there a similar function to "show desktop" (shortcut is WindowsD) on a Mac?  It should hide all applications and show a clean desktop.
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What's the difference between intranet, extranet and internet?

What's the difference between intranet, extranet and internet?
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How to search inside files on Windows 7?

In Windows XP we can search for files that contain a defined keyword (inside all files types). Windows 7 can look inside files for a keyword, but only for text files. (*.doc, *.txt, *.inf, ...), not (...
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If USB is not listed in BIOS as a boot option, does that mean the machine can't boot from USB?

I just purchased an Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A-DH51 with Windows 8. I want to wipe the drive and do a clean install but USB is not listed as a boot option in the BIOS. Does this mean it is not possible? ...
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How can I make just one page of a Word document horizontal?

I'm using Microsoft Word 2010. How do I set only the last page of my document to be horizontal? All other pages have to remain vertical.
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How to fix Windows 10 boot loader from Windows

I installed Ubuntu on system that has Windows 10 installed. I can boot to Windows or Ubuntu normally using GRUB. I want to delete Ubuntu partition but first I must restore Windows 10 MBR. Here https:/...