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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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How to unlock a Hard Drive and Refresh PC

I have Windows 8, and none of the metro UI apps were working, so I downloaded a registry fix from Microsoft. I ran it, and during that time I ran Windows Update. I restarted the PC, and after the boot ...
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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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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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Can I delete MSOCache?

I need more space on my SSD drive and I found that MSOCache is occupying 1.3 GB. I have Microsoft Office 2010 installed. Can I safely delete MSOCache?
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I can’t access the BIOS setup using F2 key on Samsung NP270E5V laptop

My Samsung NP270E5V laptop came with Ubuntu 13.04 installed on it, but I cant boot from a CD/DVD or USB flash drive to install Windows 7. Pressing F2 during boot doesn’t take me to BIOS menu so that I ...
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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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Add Google as Default Search Provider for Windows 8.1 IE 11

I have been trying with no luck to use Google as the default search provider for IE11 on Windows 8.1 Currently I can only add Google Australia as an "Accelerator" however this does not provide the ...
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Black screen after login, how to disable runonce.exe?

Yesterday I was installing Free Disk Usage Analyzer on my girlfriend's laptop. At the same time, some steam game of her was also running. During the process, the laptop suddendly stopped working, ...
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An operating system wasn't found

When I boot my computer, it boots fine. When I restart it though, I get the following error: An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system. ...
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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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Download all mail messages from Gmail including Sent folder items

How can I download all the messages from a Gmail account, including the Sent folder items, when a normal POP fetch will only grab the inbox items? My wife recently died, and she gave me access to her ...
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How to partition hard disk with Windows 8 preinstalled?

I have just purchased my first Samsung NP550PC S03IN Laptop with 1TB HDD pre-installed with Windows 8. Could anyone help me in partitioning my HDD without an external application? (I'm a beginner, ...
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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 do I view a specific date in my Google Chrome history?

I was looking for a specific page and found it in my history search, but I can't see the entry in the context of how I found the page in the first place. I tried to search by date (the only metadata I ...
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Windows 7 wifi / ethernet driver for Asus X551CA Notebook

I bought a notebook Asus X551CA. I installed Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, but when I went to download official drivers for Asus, I can download drivers only for Windows 8. I installed Windows 7 and ...
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Cannot connect to a shared network drive

I am using windows 7, I cannot connect to a shared network drive on another machine. I can ping the machine. I can remote desktop connect to the machine. The machine is on the same subnet My friend ...
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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 ...
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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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What are the differences between the Windows 8 editions available on MSDN?

My DreamSpark account shows me several download links for Windows 8. I am not sure what is the difference between them and which one is suitable for me. Microsoft Windows 8 with Apps 32-bit ...
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How to enable the “middle” button of Apple's new Magic Mouse?

The Magic Mouse seems to be a vast improvement over the old Mighty Mouse after using it for a few hours. However, I just discovered that there seems to be no way to execute a "middle" click. I use ...
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How to force Windows 7 to ask for a “fresh” IP address from DHCP server?

I'm troubleshooting a certain issue with my DHCP configuration, and need my Windows machine to ask for a "fresh" IP address, so I can see which address DHCP server gives by default. When I do ...
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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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Why/how is svchost.exe using 6.5GB of memory?

What is going on here? I have almost nothing running. By almost nothing, I mean Firefox, and some background network applications that are entirely passive and would never use this much memory. ...
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How to format my mac without the installation disk?

My mac has several problems, running very slowly being the greatest. I have decided for that reason and a few others that it will beneficial to format my Mac. However, I do not have the installation ...
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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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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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How can I remove apps from Launchpad in Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)?

Is there a way to delete unwanted app icons from Launchpad without using any management app? This is possible in Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) using some commands in the “Terminal;” but what about Mac OS X ...
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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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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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Cannot enter the BIOS on a Samsung ATIV Book 2

I bought a new Samsung ATIV Book 2 NP270E5V-K01AE Notebook. It was running Windows 8 perfectly. I downloaded and installed Windows 8.1 and after the installation the laptop just restarts ...
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How do I install a network printer for all users on a Windows 7 computer?

I have a Windows 7 computer. There is a second computer (Windows XP) that has a printer attached to it and is shared. On the Windows 7 computer I install the printer as a network printer (not TCP/IP ...
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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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On Windows 8, particularly on tablets with a permanently inserted micro SD card, is there a universal way to treat the card as a non-removable drive?

I have a Windows 8.1 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 ...
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How can I enable PAE on Windows 7 (32-bit) to support more than 3.5 GB of RAM?

I know that Windows XP 32-bit can be configured, through PAE, to support more than 3.5 GB of RAM. Is there a good tutorial to do this with Windows 7 32-bit? As to why I don't simply use 64-bit ...
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Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 RTM ISO (Offline Installer)

What is the download URI for the ISO of the Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 RTM (Offline Installer)?
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Connect Samsung Galaxy S2 with laptop. thru WIFI Direct

How can I send a picture from the phone to the laptop. Bluetooth is the easiest way, but not so fast. I want to use WIFI direct, but I cant find the laptop when i'm searching. What do I need to do ...
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How to use Windows mini-dump files?

I have a Mini-ITX Intel DH61AG mobo w/ an Intel i3 processor and 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM. Anyways, this computer has been crashing kind of frequently. It is not an OS problem, as I have used Ubuntu ...
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svchost.exe high memory usage - wuauserv

I'm running Windows 7, and I've been experiencing high memory usage from one of my svchost.exe processes. Services under that particular process are BITS, EAPHost, IKEEXT, LanmanServer, MMCSS, ...
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How does Linux know that the new password is similar to the previous one?

A few times I tried to change a user password on various Linux machines and when the new password was similar to the old one, the OS complained that they were too similar. I always wondered, how does ...
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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 can I stream a game through VLC to my TV?

Is there a viable solution that can stream live input from PC games such as Left 4 Dead to the TV, possibly using DLNA? I've found a lot of streaming hard- and software, but they're all about sharing ...
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How can I tell which version of Windows 8 I am running? Standard, Pro, Enterprise, or RT?

I have searched everywhere but cannot find how to tell which version of Windows 8 I am running. I have the system properties on the screen but it just says "Windows 8," nothing else. Is this the ...
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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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Virtual Box error after creating new VM

I have followed several tutorials thinking I was doing something wrong while installing virtual machines using VirtualBox. It is important to say that I'm running Virtual Box on Windows 8.1 The ...
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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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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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Sort text by value in Notepad++

I have lists of files that contain a few columns of data. It is not sorted the way I want from the output, so I'm manually hunting for where a line should be. Is there a way in Notepad++ to sort the ...
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Windows 7 intermittently drops wired Internet/LAN connection

In a nutshell, my Windows 7 Ultimate PC intermittently drops its Internet connection. Why? Background: My PC is wired to my ADSL modem/router which is directly connected to the phone line. I also ...
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Removing Windows Technical Preview from Windows Update

Windows 10 Technical Preview question, running Windows 7 as my base OS. Before I noticed the .iso files that were available, I ran an .exe from the Microsoft preview website that apparently ...