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How do I set my wireless network to be private instead of public?

Trying to maintain good security settings on my laptop, I want my home network to be interpreted as private and the university network at school to be interpreted as public. However, my home network ...
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How to remove the print preview lines in Excel 2010?

Somehow or other I have managed to switch on the print margin lines in Excel 2010. I cannot seem to turn them off. I went to Page Layout->Page Setup->Print Area->Clear Print Area but the lines remain ...
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How to reformat HD from GPT partitions to NTFS partitions for Windows 7 install?

I want to install Windows 7 on a brand new machine that is currently running windows 8. The drive is divided into 6 partitions: one for the OS, three reserved for OEM, one for MRS and one as primary. ...
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How can I shut down the PC after specified amount of time?

How would you go about turning you computer after a specified amount of time? I listen music before I go to sleep and would like to be able to shutdown my computer after a specified amount of time. ...
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How to start recovery from recovery partition on a Asus A6000?

Can't find the manual that came with the notebook. What was the keycombination on boot to start the recovery process?
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How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive?

What's the best way of placing a bootable ISO on a USB drive? ISOs such as a live Linux preview disk, Windows installation ISO, etc.
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Comparing two strings in Excel?

I need to compare two strings in excel and determine if they are equal, the strings are in adjacent cells. For example, given: apple apple water water pear carrot apple water dog dog ...
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Microsoft Word form - Preserving “lines” to type on instead of underscoring and underlining

We've got a form that somebody created in Microsoft Word 2007. As an example, it would look something like this: Name: ____________________________ Where the "line" is created by somebody typing ...
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How can I delete a symbolic link?

I created a symlink using mklink. Now I need to change it but I can't figure out how to delete it so I can recreate it correctly.
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How do I format a usb drive on a PC that was formatted on a Mac?

I have a SanDisk Cruser drive that was formatted for a Mac and now I want to use it for a PC (and I don't have access to the Mac. What can I do?
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In Mac OS, what is the keyboard shortcut to switch between windows of the same application?

I often use the Cmd+Tab shortcut to switch between different applications (for example: Xcode and Google Chrome), but is there a shortcut to switch between different windows of the same application ...
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How to extract a tar file (.tgz) in windows?

How to extract a tar file (.tgz) in windows? Is this possible, or do I have to get into a linux environment and extract it?
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How do I install ant on OS X Mavericks?

After upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, ant is no longer on my path. [126] 11:23:26 rkarl-mba-4:~/mobile-baselayer > ant zsh: permission denied: ant [126] 11:23:50 rkarl-mba-4:~/mobile-baselayer ...
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Installed babylon in Firefox, now I can't get rid of it

While installing Digsby (an IM client) I accidentally installed the Babylon toolbar for Firefox. This was one version of Firefox ago and it didn't go away still (I had 3.5, and installed 4 and it ...
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Disable “Do you want to change the color scheme to improve performance?” warning

Sometimes this dialog box will pop up (see screenshot below). Every time it appears I select "Keep the current color scheme, and don't show this message again". Windows then reminds me again -- either ...
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How do I enable the scroll option on my Acer Aspire laptop?

I have an Acer Aspire 5532, and it used to have a scroll option on it, on the side of the touchpad. I used a regular mouse plugged into the USB drive for a while, with the touchpad disabled, but it ...
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How do I stop the Windows 8 restart clock; '15 minutes' and counting…?

The question is pretty much in the title. Windows 8 is restarting, I probably only have like 13 minutes by now, but I can't have my computer shut off, doing like 20 different things on a couple of ...
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Why does WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) keep spiking my CPU?

I generally keep my laptop on 24x7, and at the end of the day it's really annoying to have my thighs burnt because over overheating. The overheating seems to be a result of WMI Provider Host ...
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How do I figure out which /dev is a USB flash drive?

I want to mount a USB drive, two of them and I need two different mount points. Unfortunately, the Linux kernel underwent a name change and I can't figure out which /dev location is the right one. Is ...
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Can I restore closed tabs after quitting Chrome?

I closed Chrome by accident. Now all the tabs I had open are presumably gone. I don't want to risk anything by starting Chrome now before asking for help. I fear that they will be permanently lost ...
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How do I turn on Bluetooth on a Dell Latitude E6410?

I have recently acquired a Dell Latitude E6410. It's great, but I can't get Bluetooth to work. I have enabled Bluetooth for the wireless switch in the BIOS. However, whenever I try and install the ...
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How to use two audio devices simultaneously with Windows 7?

I have an audio connector on board (Asus P8H67-I) and an USB audio card (Teufel). How can I use the two devices simultaneously? As far as I can see I have to set one device to the standard output ...
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In Windows 7, my user profile cannot be loaded, how do I fix this?

After uninstalling an HP Vector mouse driver, then rebooting, when Windows tries to auto log me in, I get an error message saying the following. The User Profile Service failed the Login. User ...
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How to have num lock enabled by default on log on screen?

I'm using a PIN code to log on my computer. However, Num ⇩ is always turned off, even if on before shutting down my computer. This is quite annoying as I always have to retype my PIN. I've tried the ...
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Start button doesn't work anymore

I'm using Windows 8.1. I don't know why, but the start button doesn't work properly anymore. In order to open the Start screen I have to use the keyboard shortcut, which is really annoying me. For ...
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How to check if Win 7 disk is 64bit and what version?

I've got a DVD that I've burnt from an MSDN ISO. I'm not entirely sure if its Windows 7 64bit or 32bit. How can I be sure?
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What can I do with .chk files in FOUND.000 folders?

Just discovered I have gotten a FOUND.000 folder on my usb drive. I guess from running chkdsk once. It has three files in it: FILE0000.CHK FILE0001.CHK FILE0002.CHK What exactly can I do with ...
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Remove Recent List in VLC Players on Windows 7

VLC player is one of the item most used on my Windows 7 machine. When I click "Start", I\it appears as "pinned" at the program list. When I mouse over to the VLC players, I will see a list of ...
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How to install Windows 7 from the network?

Is it possible to install Windows 7 (Current RTM Version) on a computer without using removable media like DVD or USB? The first thing that comes to my mind is through the network, but I don't have ...
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How do I test the microphone in Windows 7?

I attached a microphone to my computer, and it was detected. It's all setup, now I want to test that it's actually working, and that it's working well. I tried sound recorder, but it didn't record ...
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Mac OS X: Best Way to Make an ISO from a CD or DVD

Both command-line and screen-oriented pointers appreciated! update: I verified the disk utility, hdiutil, and dd methods. dd seems the fastest, 30 minutes on my macbook pro vs. 40 minutes for ...
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How can I disable my laptop's built-in keyboard in Windows 7?

I have a HP Compaq Presario C700 laptop with Windows 7 installed on it. My laptop's keyboard is not working properly; some keys never work and some keys will keep on pressing. I've formatted the OS ...
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How to extract Win 8 OEM key embedded in the BIOS?

I did a fresh install of Win 8 on my PC, I was told the OEM product key will automatically supplied in the installtion. However, it did not happen in my case... this is the method i used to install ...
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How to decompress a .bz2 file

I have a file as: filename.bz2, but I can't figure out how to decompress it. I tried several methods, none of them seems work. I have tried the command: tar xvjf filename.tar.bz2, but it didn't work ...
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How do I remove a MyBook's “WD SmartWare” virtual CD from my desktop?

I recently got a Western Digital MyBook external hard drive to enable Time Machine. It has its software installed on a "virtual CD" called "WD SmartWare" which shows up on the desktop any time the ...
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Can you zip a file from the command prompt using ONLY Windows' built-in capability to zip files?

I have a batch file that outputs a text file. I thought it would be nice if I could zip it up too. This will be used in an uncontrolled environment, so I can't make assumptions about the presence of ...
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How can I “group by” and sum a column in excel?

I'm trying to figure out how to "group by" values in an Excel spreadsheet. Given the following example (this is an inventory sheet I use at my restaurant:) At the far right of the spreadsheet ...
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How can I move the page file to another physical disk location?

I would like to know exact instructions for moving the page file from 1 disk location to another disk in Windows 7. I.e. from an SSD to a non-SSD drive. I've spent about two hours searching - ...
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Where is SVN on OS X Mountain Lion?

I upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion and found out SVN is no longer present. I use Netbeans 6.9.1 in conjunction with Apache's SVN. How can I get it back and working?
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How to execute .sh file on Windows?

When I am trying to execute a file(name.sh) in the command line by the command ./name.sh , I am getting the error that: "." is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable or ...
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What is port forwarding and what is it used for?

There are a lot of questions on 'port forwarding' but there doesn't seem to be one that clearly states what it is and what it's used for. So: What is Port Forwarding? What is it used for, and why ...
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How can I determine and set my primary graphics card?

I have a Lenovo W520 laptop with two graphics cards: I think Windows 7 (64 bit) is using my Intel graphics card ₃ which I think is integrated — because I have a low graphics rating in ...
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Test if a port on a remote system is reachable (without telnet)

In the old days, we used telnet to see if a port on a remote host was open: telnet hostname port would attempt to connect to any port on any host and give you access to the raw TCP stream. These ...
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What format is “undf”?

By accident, I recently removed some videos from my phone. I tried to restoring them with Recuva and TuneUp Utilities and the results were "undf" files. I tried to open with VLC, Media Player Classic ...
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How do you use more emoticons in Office Communicator?

Is there any way to use emoticons beyond the default drop down list in Office Communicator 2007 R2? Do you have to install them, or can you just type in different codes? Is this even possible, or are ...
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How to view WIFI's password or forget this network in Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, when I right click a WIFI connection, nothing happens. In Windows 8, there will be a menu and I can view its properties by clicking the "View Properties" menu item and then I can see ...
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How to format/repair a write-protected USB drive with I/O errors?

I ordered a bunch of 1GB usb drives from a semi-shady Chinese company. Most of them work just fine, but a couple of them won't let me format them because they are "write-protected." There is no write ...
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DLL could not be run for MSI installers

I'm guessing its a problem with Windows Installer. I've tried restarting the service but to no effect. I'm not able to install anything that ends with .msi. Sometimes I get such an error message: ...
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How can the font size be changed in Notepad++?

How can the font size be changed in Notepad++? I just downloaded and installed Notepad++ v5.4.5 (I have been using UltraEdit for the last 11.5 years) and can not find a menu command for changing the ...
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How do I switch between Java 7 and Java 6 on OS X 10.8.2?

I am using Java SE 7 to program simple games for windows and mac, but I have to switch to java 6 to run games such as Minecraft on my computer. This used to work just fine before I updated to Mac OS X ...