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Bypass Windows 10 UAC “This app has been blocked for your protection.”

I ran into this problem when trying to install the USB (MTP) drivers for my Samsung Galaxy S4. Windows will not run the driver installer. It seems the reasoning is the publisher is not trusted. My ...
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Force Windows 8 Metro apps to run lower resolutions below 1024x768?

I have installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Samsung NB30 netbook. I was very excited to try it on this little box cause it has a touchscreen and Windows 8 is supposed to be optimized for ...
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Change Overscan/Underscan settings without Catalyst Control Center

Just installed Windows 8 and downloaded the Catalyst version which ATI website recommended. However it says that it can't start! My main monitor is connected to my PC via a HDMI cable and the display ...
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How to change fixed size VDI with modifyhd command in Windows?

I'm trying to figure out how to change the size of a VDI file. I'm new to VirtualBox, and I got a lot to learn. But I think I got the hang of the basics. I have already installed Windows 7 as my first ...
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How do I Uninstall Windows 10 or Windows 10 preview?

I joined in the preview program and I don't like it. However, this question may also be relevant to those who install the full version of Windows 10. How can I downgrade back to Windows 8/7 from ...
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Setting and getting windows environment variables from the command prompt?

This is a very basic question, but I can't find an answer. I want to set an environment variable from the command prompt and then be able to access it globally (for instance, I should see it by going ...
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How can I ping a range of IP addresses simultaneously

I have a bunch of machines on an IP address range which I want to ping simultaneously as a quick and dirty way of telling which ones are switched on. What (free) software can I use to do this? I'm ...
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Completely delete a folder in Windows using command line

I need to delete one folder containing other folders and files inside. I tried del and rmdir commands but sometimes they fail with some error lines: [PATH]: The directory isn't empty. Is there any ...
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Is there a way I can password protect a dropbox directory on my work pc?

I use dropbox a lot, and I'd like to start using my Dropbox account on my work PC, however I want to prevent anyone else from being able to access the files in my dropbox folder other than me on my ...
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VirtualBox/Ubuntu full screen mode resolution

I created an Ubuntu 14.04 desktop VM using VirtualBox, and installed guest additions. By default, at startup, VBox wants to present the guest's GUI in a parrticular size that is smaller than my actual ...
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Enable F1-F12 keys without Fn on Lenovo Ideapad S400u

I just have bought a new Lenovo Ideapad S400u notebook, and it is not default F1-F12, it is default mute button, refresh, more brightness, less brightness... I've downloaded "Lenovo Keyboard Slim Fn ...
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How to concatenate a date in MS-excel and receive a date (not a number)

When I try to concatenate two cells in MS-excel in the formula I have the date as a integer number (eg: 04 april 2012 become 41006). How can I display the date also in the formula cells?
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Is bluetooth 4.0 backwards compatible with bluetooth 2.0+EDR?

I have been unable to find an answer for this. The last spec I seem to find that mentions backward compatibility is 2.1.
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How to access a BitLocker-encrypted drive in Linux?

I have a laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate. I have encrypted my drives using BitLocker. Now I have also installed Lubuntu along with Windows. But my encrypted drives are not visible in Linux. How ...
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Getting around the FAT32 4GB file size limit

I recently purchased a 32GB USB 3 stick that was formatted FAT32. I plugged it into my computer and attempted to copy a film onto it, the file was over 4GB however and it would not let me copy the ...
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How do I show only the print area in Excel and grey out the rest?

I'm trying to replicate an Excel spreadsheet that someone sent me and I can't figure out how. The print area is set, and all cells outside the print area are greyed out. The cells aren't simply ...
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Save Pages of a Document as Separate Documents

I am currently using MS-Word 2007 (.docx) format. I have a Word Document with the following Pages: Page 1: Event Details Page 2: Event Description Page 3: Rules and Regulations Page 4: Event Budget ...
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How do I force Windows 7 to create a new domain profile with same name as an existing one?

I had a corrupt user profile (let's call it bob) affecting xslx files for Excel on a Windows 7 Pro x64 workstation. I verified that the issue was not present on other profiles on the same machine. I ...
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Play *.srt subtitles in Windows Media Player?

Is there a way to play *.srt subtitles in Windows Media Player? I've followed the instructions in this, by installing DirectVobSub and renaming the srt file to match the video filename, but the ...
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Sublime Text 2 - Encoding UTF-8

How do I change the file encoding in Sublime Text 2? How do I change character encoding of a text file in OpenOffice.org writer? http://www.sublimetext.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3541
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Creating ext4 partition from console

I have a volume /dev/sda1 (1.2 TB) containing an NTFS partition using 0.6 TB space. I want to make an ext4 partition in the remaining 0.6 TB space. I have not tried anything yet because I don't want ...
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Windows 10 DISM error: 0x800f081f

I have been trying to run sfc /scannow in cmd but have been unsuccessful. Therefore, after some research on the Internet, I turned to the following command: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image ...
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Can I delete the folder “C:\WINDOWS\Installer\$PatchCache$”?

This folder is taking up nearly a GB of my C partition. Is it possible to just delete it?
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What is the memory requirement for Windows 10?

I'm considering buying Aspire with 1 GB RAM which runs Windows 7 Home. This site told me I could install Windows 10 on the stated model. Because of that, I almost bought the Aspire. Will 1 GB RAM be ...
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How do I log out of `sudo su`?

I'm using sudo su to start mysql and do some homework with it. When I finish with mysql (or any other command), then I'm still in sudo. How do I "log out", so my prompt changes back from # to $?
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Commmand line command to copy entire directory (including directory folder) to another directory

using the command line, I'd like to copy one directory to another. For example there is directory C:/test and C:/test2. I'd like to copy C:/test into C:/test2 so that the result will be C:/test2/test ...
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Why isn't it possible to name a folder “._.” in Windows 7?

I just noticed that it is not possible to name a folder ._. - it gets named ._ instead. Sometimes, it disappears just after naming it but reappears after refreshing the view. Windows seems to have a ...
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How to upgrade Mac Pro 1.1 from OS X 10.6.8 to OS X 10.9 Mavericks?

Upgrading the Mac Pro 1.1 2006 in the standard way using the app store is not possible. This is caused by the lack of the 64 bit EFI bios. The hardware of the Mac Pro 1.1 is already complete 64bit ...
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Excel chart with two X-axes (horizontal), possible?

Is it possible to create an Excel chart which has two X-axes (i.e. horizontal axes, not vertical Y-axes!) ? I want to use the second axis to plot the normalized value of the default horizontal axis. ...
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Heatsink compatibility for the new Intel Skylake processors (LGA1151)

The new Intel Skylake processors have just released, but they don't come with a fan/heatsink. As a result, I have to purchase a third party heatsink, but it seems there are none yet listed on popular ...
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How to resolve error when trying to open Windows Display Settings?

After I finally managed to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, everything seems to run smooth except one thing: If I right click on the desktop and select "Display settings" I get an error ...
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Check if Windows 7 product key has been used

Selling my Windows 7 as used to someone, however, I have lost track of whether the product key is still used on an old PC of mine. Is there any quick way to check whether a product key has been used ...
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Can I disable auto logon on windows 10 home

I recently setup a new computer for my parents with windows 10 home. I made two local accounts for them - no microsoft accounts. I also would like to keep them without a password. Problem is now that ...
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Is it better to use a crowded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channel 1, 6, 11 or “unused” 3, 4, 8, or 9?

I understand that 2.4GHz Wi-Fi channels overlap, and that the most popular non-overlapping set of channels in the US is 1, 6, and 11. Generally, my signal strength on channels 1, 6, and 11 are much ...
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Can't Pin Some Applications to Start Menu in Windows 10

When I right click on certain shortcut and click "Pin to Start Menu," it does not appear on my start menu. When I right click them again it still says "Pin to..." instead of "Unpin...". The thing is ...
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How to create a bootable USB from a bootable ISO with the command line on Linux?

I have a CD that's created from an ISO file which I use to install a custom version of Ubuntu via plop linux. The cd works fine but I'd like to use a bootable USB drive instead. I used the command dd ...
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Stop MS Word from selecting more than I want

I would like to just select (¬Q) without word selecting both brackets. I know if I move my cursor back to the same position word will select correctly, but it's annoying to have to do that ...
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windows cannot be installed on this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. Windows 8.1

I have a ASUS R500A notebook.Original OS is Windows 7 64bit.Few days ago I tried to Install Windows 8.1 64 bit version.But it failed & error message is, windows cannot be installed on this ...
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How can I view the entire source code of an email in Outlook 2010?

I know how to view the headers of an email message as well as the source of an HTML message. In Outlook Express, however, there was an option to see the entire message source code the exact same way ...
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How to remove unwanted tunnel adapter connections?

I did "ipconfig" today and found about 10 network interfaces, most of them disconnected. How can I diagnose this? Where can I remove them? Edit: The extra network appear like this: Tunnel ...
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How to use multiple SkyDrive accounts on one computer?

Is there any way how to use multiple SkyDrive accounts on one computer running MAC OS X or Windows 8? I would like to sync data from different accounts to different folder and not to merge these ...
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What is SuperFetch and its relation to svchost.exe - LocalSystemNetworkRestricted?

I have been having lots of problems for the last year of to MUCH hard-drive activity. So I searched and found the answer here. Some responded that it was a primary problem with Laptops running Vista ...
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Windows 10 Alt+Tab can't switch to desktop

In Windows 8, when Alt+Tab, the desktop would appear as an option to switch to at the end of the list of open programs (thus Alt-Shift-Tab helpfully took you right to the desktop). In Windows 10 that ...
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How do I force Windows to check for updates?

After a fresh Windows install – XP or 7 – how can I "force" Windows updates? I don't want to have "old" Windows updates after a week, so could it be done in "one step"? Are there any "magical" ...
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Verifying USB connection speed (USB 3 or USB 2?)

I've purchased several new USB 3 capable drives to use with my new (USB 3 capable) laptop. They connect ok but I suspect they're silently falling back to USB 2. The sustained transfer rates I'm seeing ...
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No network connection after upgrading to Windows 10

A few hours ago I upgraded my Dell Optiplex 3020 from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 via the updater. Since then I have no network connection. I did the same update on a similar machine and the Internet ...
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On Windows 8 or 10, particularly on tablets with a permanently inserted SD card, is there a universal way to treat the card as a non-removable drive?

I have a tablet, a Surface Pro, and I have a micro SD card that is permanently inserted. I use it to store media files like music and video. Windows, recognizing that it is a removable drive, deletes ...
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Reset File and Folder Permission of External Hard Drive Data to default in windows 7

I have External Hard and changed some security setting of files and now I am not able to access in my other system. I am admin in this system is there any tool that can make all setting of all content ...
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How do I get Apache to follow symlinks?

In my apache www folder (/var/www on ubuntu 10.10) I have: mydir -> /home/user/mydir (that I created with ln -s) Now, if I want to see a listing of the files in mydir from the web, I have to ...
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Can't edit MP3 tags like artist or title

I try to edit the tags of MP3 files and I found that some of the file cannot be edited. Here's the procedure when I edit the information of the MP3 file: Right click the MP3 file in Windows ...