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How to open xlsx files with Excel 2013 by default on windows 8?

My xslx files open systematically with Excel 2010 when I'd like them to use Excel 2013. Everytime I right click select open with point to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office ...
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How to disable popup messages in Windows 8?

Windows 8 keeps popping up irritating messages at all odd times at the top of the screen: These seem to be like some sort of new balloon tips. How do I get rid of these permanently?
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How to read and write Mac drives on Windows

I have some external hard drives that are Mac OS Extended (Journaled) formatted. What software can you recommend for working with those drives when under Windows? Do you have any experience with this? ...
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Linux: find out what process is using all the RAM?

Before actually asking, just to be clear: yes, I know about disk cache, and no, it is not my case :) Sorry, for this preamble :) I'm using CentOS 5. Every application in the system is swapping ...
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Is there any way to restore/recover a file that was saved over to its last version?

I just wrote an extensive essay, ironically the last one of my academic career, and then, for the first time in my life, saved over it with an empty document by accident. Is all hope lost? Is there ...
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How to split large file on Windows?

Is there a tool to split large text file (9Gb) into smaller files so that I can open it and look through? Anything usable from command line that comes with Windows (XP)? Or what's the best way to ...
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How to copy text out of a PDF without losing formatting?

When I copy text out of a PDF file and into a text editor, it ends up mangled in a variety of ways. Formatting like bold and italics are lost; soft line breaks within a paragraph of text are converted ...
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Disabling Function Keys in Windows 8 with Autohotkey

I would need to use Autohotkey to disable Function keys ( F1 -F12 ) on my Lenovo ideapad u310, running a Windows 8. I need this in order to use the F1-F12 in applications such as Ableton Live. ...
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How to boot from USB on ASUS X551CA?

This laptop - Asus X551CA, does not have any optical drive, and I am trying to boot it from USB, so I could install an OS to it, because its newly bought and has no OS in it. My USB is perfectly ...
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How do I compare two columns in Excel to find if there is corresponding data?

How do I compare two Excel sheets to detect whether the data in column B of sheet 2 appears in column A of sheet 1?
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Windows 8 DLNA streaming of MKV files

I have a Samsung TV that is capable of playing MKV files. The Windows DLNA Play To menu that appears when you right-click a media file does not support MKV files, but a simple trick has been to change ...
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Google Chrome has stopped working

Last night, I was using Chrome just nicely, but this morning, I can't even start Google Chrome as it immediately crashes. I have already tried a clean uninstall and reinstall of Google Chrome but ...
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Can you have PC3L and PC3 RAM together?

I have a pair of DDR3 SODIMM RAM modules in my laptop, and I want to replace the 2GB for a 4GB that is compatible. So far I haven't been able to find an exact match but I found a very similar with a ...
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Optimal setting for advanced parameters for Realtek PCI-e GBE family network card

superusers. I am trying to get the best possible setting for my Realtek PCI-e GBE family controller network card so that when it will be literally minimal or zero lag when playing online game. ...
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How to start a program with command line arguments on Windows' cmd with 'start' command?

I need to start a program (virtual machine) in the background with a start command on Windows' 7 command line. Normally you would do this like that: start /b cmd yourprogram But I need to pass some ...
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How do I exit a Modern UI app?

So I downloaded and installed Windows 8. I'm very impressed, except for one thing. I don't have touch, and I have this running in a virtual machine. How do I exit one of these full screen Modern UI ...
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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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TiWorker.exe - Very High CPU Usage

I have a laptop running Windows 8. Although it originally ran well, it started having very bad performance issues. I decided to perform some research into the topic. Opening up Task Manager, I ...
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creating a bootable USB from 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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How can I open the 32-bit ODBC Data Source Administrator in Windows 7 64-bit?

I want to add 32-bit data sources. There seems to be no obvious way to see existing instances of these or create new ones. How can I open the 32-bit "ODBC Data Source Administrator" window in Windows ...
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Using GParted to convert GPT to MBR without access to an OS

I wiped my Windows 8 thinking I could install Windows 7 x86 but I can't because the disk is GPT. I need to convert to MBR. I'm trying to use GParted to convert to MBR but it seems GParted can only ...
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How can I run legacy versions of IE (IE7/IE8) on Windows 8?

I'm doing web development on a Windows 8 system. I'm running the latest IE, but I need to test the app with older versions of IE as well (especially IE7 and IE8). Is it possible to run these legacy ...
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Should I plug my mouse into a USB 3.0 port?

I'm looking for an authoritative answer, backed by data. A friend asked me the other day whether he would benefit from plugging his mouse into a USB 3.0 port instead of an available 2.0 port. I ...
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HDMI won't output audio to my TV?

I recently upgraded my graphics card from an XFX Radeon HD 6850 1GB to an MSI Radeon HD 7850 2GB. (Windows 8 x64) The TV is a Vizio E500i-A1 My HDMI audio output used to work fine with my TV, but ...
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How does Google Chromecast connect to secured wifi?

Google Chromecast can be set up by going to the setup page on a supported device. But in technical terms, what is actually happening on your device that configures the Chromecast dongle? For ...
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How to read ext4 partitions on Windows?

Is there a way to read ext4 partitions from Windows? If so, what can I do?
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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 get an alternative browser (Firefox/Chrome) on Win8 RT?

Where can I find Firefox or Chrome for Win8 RT? I checked both google.com/chrome and firefox.com, but they seem to only have x86 version of the browser, but not ARM.
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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 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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How can I disable laptop keyboard but not wireless keyboard? (Windows 7)

I am using Windows 7 on an Acer Aspire 5755G laptop. How can I disable my laptop keyboard without disabling the wireless external keyboard? (I guess I am looking for the Windows 7 equivalent of this ...
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How to customize tiles (change/bigger icon, change color) for desktop applications in the Start Screen?

In my start menu have I have tiles (/shortcuts) to different desktop applications. They all get the same background color, a small icon etc. and don't look very nice compared to Modern UI app tiles. ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro change language

I have installed Windows 8.1 Pro from MSDN. I would like to Change my Display language from german to english. In the menu, there is written "no additonal languages are avaible". Is there a way to ...
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Why does 64-bit Windows need a separate “Program Files (x86)” folder?

I know that on a 64-bit version of Windows the "Program Files" folder is for 64-bit programs and the "Program Files (x86)" folder is for 32-bit programs, but why is this even necessary? By ...
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How to enable Flash player in Opera without installing the Adobe bloatware

I just want to be able to play Youtube videos in Opera 12. I copied np32dsw.dll in Program Files/Opera/program/plugins but it still says missing plugin :( Is there any way to install the Flash ...
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How to manually install Apache, PHP and MySQL on Windows?

How do I install Apache with PHP support and the MySQL server on Windows without using any ready-to-use packages like WAMPServer or XAMPP ?
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Convenient way to enable/disable Hyper-V in Windows 8

I really like the Hyper-V support in Windows 8, however, there are some situations in which I need to disable Hyper-V in order to run some apps which don't like to be executed even in the root ...
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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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What is a WHr (watthour)?

I was looking for a few computers, and my dad was really picky about the battery life. One of them was "Up to 5 hours", another was "4-cell Lithium Ion (43WHr)", and another was "6-cell Lithium Ion ...
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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 ...
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How to check if a directory exists in Windows?

I would like to translate this Linux/Bash script to Windows shell: if test -d myDirName; then echo "ok"; else mkdir myDirName; fi It tests if a directory exists, and if it doesn't it creates it.
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Open file from the command line on Windows

On Mac OS X and GNOME on Linux, there are commands that can be used to open files from the command line in their associated GUI editors: open and gnome-open, respectively. Is there any command like ...
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Boot Camp: is it possible to restart directly to Windows from Mac OS X?

With the Boot Camp tools installed on Windows, there's an option for rebooting directly to Mac OS ("Restart in Mac OS X" from Boot Camp system tray item). But is this possible in the opposite ...
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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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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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SSH Permission denied on Correct Password Authentication

I could successfully SSH into my machine yesterday with the exact same credentials I am using today. The machine is running Centos 6.3. But now for some reason it is giving me permission denied. Here ...
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Can I install my copy of Windows 8.1 on a different PC (deactivate the first installation)?

I have seen this question answered for Windows 7, but I am wondering if the same holds true for Windows 8.1--I recently installed a legal copy of Win 8.1 on a machine I built and I now want to use ...
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Can I view print job history on a shared network printer?

I have a printer that is shared over my network from my Windows 7 PC. Several other computers in the network print to it, and I would like to be able to go back and see what they've printed. I know ...
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Is it okay to run Windows Defender and another antivirus program at the same time?

We all know that it isn't recommended to run more than one antivirus program at a time. But since Windows Defender comes with Windows, is it safe to have it and another antivirus program (AVG, Avast) ...
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Windows 8.1 update effectively disabled wireless networking

I was running Windows 8 on a Lenovo G780. After updating to Windows 8.1, WiFi does not work anymore - I always receive a "DNS server not responding" error. I have tried using public DNS servers from ...