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Windows 10 computer can't connect to any other computer on the network

Just upgraded my laptop to Windows 10. Everything seemed fine until I tried to connect to my Win7 desktop. Manually typing the name doesn't work (gives me Unspecified Error (0x80004005)), and when I ...
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How do I make a machine “blank screen” for a period of time (as a penalty) if certain noise levels are reached?

My kids (4 and 5) yell a lot when playing games on the computer. I found an effective cure for this. When I hear loud noises, I ssh into the game computer and do: chvt 3; sleep 15; chvt 7 This ...
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How can a file size be zero?

Just something I ran into and couldn't think of a proper explanation. If I create an empty *.txt file on my PC and then look at its size, it shows 0. But how is that possible? I mean even if the file ...
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How to create a bootable USB Windows OS using Mac OS X

I'm having a trouble here because of my PC got infected today and I've tried everything to get it back to normal, but the only option left for me now is to do a clean install. Now, what happen is ...
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How do I get an entire directory in sftp?

I'm just learning to use sftp, and I want to copy a directory from the remote computer to my local computer. If I try get [directory] it gives me this error: Cannot download non-regular file: ...
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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 do you remove a default program association for file types in Windows 7?

I somehow have set the default file type association for a file type in Windows 7. It doesn't appear to be possible to delete it from the "Change the file type associated with a file extension" ...
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How can I view two files side by side in Notepad++

I would like to split the Notepad++ window so that I can edit two files side by side. How can I do this in Notepad++?
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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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Windows 10 is unable to load Android devices as MTP devices

I had recently upgraded my laptop from Windows 8.1 to 10. Since the upgrade, I am unable to connect my Android devices as MTP (or Portable Media Player) devices on Windows. The devices that I am ...
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Can I delete the the folder C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\?

There is a new folder full of installers located at C:\ProgramData\Package Cache\. I believe this is from visual studio 2012 RC. Does anyone know if I can delete these GB of data without ...
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How to turn off Facebook notifications on Mac OS X?

How to turn off Facebook notifications on Mac OS X Mountain Lion?
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Update to Windows 10: What is going to happen to my data and apps?

I have Windows 8.1 Update, if I update to Windows 10 when it becomes available what is going to happen to my data and apps? Of course I have to do a backup, but I wonder if the data will be ...
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How can I set the fan speed to 100% on a laptop?

I recently purchased a HP Pavilion dv7-4031. When it's cool, it works smoothly and efficiently. However when CPU and GPU temperatures reach 60c and above, the PC starts freezing up and stuttering. I ...
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Unable to access most internet sites error DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN

I have problems accessing most websites, only a couple work (grooveshark, google, facebook). On almost all others I get errors. Here is what I got using different browsers: Opera: This website is not ...
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Repairing corrupted Pen Drive

Last night, I formatted the Pen drive using Windows formatting tool. Once the format was done, I pulled it out without using "Remove device safely". Next time, I plugged in the device, the drive is ...
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Change from IDE to AHCI after installing Windows 8

I had my drive controller configured for IDE when I installed Windows 7. This didn't change when I upgraded to Windows 8. I now need to enable AHCI, but doing so causes Windows to fail to start. It ...
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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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Display the clock on multiple screens in Windows 8

Is it possible to display the clock on the taskbar on each screen in Windows 8, namely, without 3rd-party tools?
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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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How to split a string based on “:” in MS-Excel?

My excel column is filled with words like this: 1.) ABC:DCF 2.) DCF:FED I want to split each word based on " : " and put the result in adjacent columns such that "ABC:DCF" in cell "A:1" becomes ...
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How to delete trustedinstaller files on Windows 8

When deleting certain files from the Program Files directory using the Administrator account, I got the following pop-up: How should I work around this? Why am I asked to require permission from ...
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How can I use Font Awesome in Photoshop and Fireworks?

So I downloaded Font Awesome and installed the font. Now I'd like to use this font in my designs in Photoshop and Fireworks. How would I do that?
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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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Why can't Chrome load a web page? ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED

Chrome gives this error, yet I can ping the server! The server at www.odesk.com can't be found, because the DNS lookup failed. DNS is the network service that translates a website's name to ...
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How to compare the differences between two PDF files on Windows?

Do you know a good Windows software to compare PDF files side-by-side and show the modifications between the two? It would be great if you can post both free and not-free products.
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What is the difference between i686 and x86_64?

I have an AMD Turion and do not know which version to choose from when installing Arch Linux.
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Trying to launch media creation tool - “Something happened 0x80070002 - 0x20016”

I'm getting the "Something happened 0x80070002 - 0x20016" error message when trying to launch the Media Creation Tool. I wonder what this could mean and how can I fix it?
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Create admin user from command line

How would I go about making an Administrator account (read not limited) from the command line in Windows. I have seen commands to the effect of net user USERNAME PASSWORD /add However it is unclear ...
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How to find the Ram type in command prompt?

How to find the ram type(DDR2/DDR3) of the system using command prompt? I have tried "SYSTEMINFO" in command prompt but it did not display the ram type.
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How can I list all IPs in the connected network, through Terminal preferably?

Using Ubuntu 10.10, I was wondering if there was a command line command that can list all the IPs of devices connected to the network? I would use this for example, to list all the computers ...
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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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How to track websites that have been visited?

When I check my child's computer, his internet browser history is all blank. I strongly believe he deleted all the browsing history, cache and everything. Is it possible to know what websites that my ...
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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 to format Windows XP without CD?

I have only one partition called C, that drive holds the operating system and all the documents. I don't have a CD-ROM hence I can't use the installation CD. Is there any way to format the drive or ...
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How to get headphones and speakers working at the same time?

I have a Gigabyte P55-UD3 motherboard which comes with a Realtek sound card and audio header for the front panel. My headset is permanently connected to the front panel (mic in, headphones in) and I ...
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How do you easily add equation numbers to Microsoft Word 2010 equations?

How do you create equations in Word 2010 that are automatically numbered with the equation number centered vertically on the equation and right justified? While a number of references have discussed ...
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Chrome says Updates are disabled by Administrator

How to enable auto update in Chrome? I am a user with administrator rights. How can I re-enable the auto download for Google Chrome.
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What is the Linux command to find out hardware info?

I need to find out hardware information for the below items under Linux: CPU (and cores) CPU speed Memory Hard disks OS version Any advice?
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What is the difference in “Boot with BIOS” and “Boot with UEFI”

Now Windows 8 supports the UEFI bootloader and I have read that its different from the BIOS, but it's unclear to me after many searches on the Google. Some points in mind are below As we all know, ...
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Where is Microsoft Edge located in windows 10 or how to launch Microsoft edge browser?

I have upgraded my laptop to windows 10 Home. But I can't find the Microsoft Edge web browser. Does anyone know where it is located or do I need to install it? Update: I could find ...
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What is the “You have new mail” message in Linux/UNIX?

Sometimes, when I log into a box and 'su' to root, I get a cute little message saying I have mail (thank GOD it's not AOL). Where is this mail? What does it contain? Who/What sent it? How important ...
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Service Host: Local system (network restricted) is thrashing hard disk

I am having windows 8.1 with update 1 installed and all release updates of windows till the date i am posting this questions. System is laptop, Core i3 with 6 GB RAM and 500GB hard disk. When ever i ...
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How to enable execution of PowerShell scripts?

When I try to execute my PowerShell script I get this error: File C:\Common\Scripts\hello.ps1 cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system. Please see "get-help ...
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The Outlook data file can't be accessed, how do I repair it?

I am using the beta 2010 Office Outlook. When I try receive or send, I get the following error. Outlook data file cannot be accessed. Repairing and reinstalling Office and trying to use any ...
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How to access boot menu on a Lenovo G500s

I have a Lenovo G500s laptop which comes with FreeDOS installed. I want to install Windows, but I am not able to enter the boot menu so I can boot from a DVD. I have tried keys like F1, F2, F9, F12, ...
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How to quickly check if two columns in Excel are equivalent in value?

I am interested in taking two columns and getting a quick answer on whether they are equivalent in value or not. Let me show you what I mean: So its trivial to make another column (EQUAL) that does ...
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Black screen issue playing videos in youtube on Google Chrome

when i play a video in youtube there is a black screen, see - http://prntscr.com/2wzrmn, altough i can use the interactions and hear the audio, i can't see the video. There is enough space in my C ...
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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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What is svchost.exe (LocalSystemNetworkRestricted) when I see it in the Resource Monitor in Windows vista and why is it slowing me down?

Sometimes, when my computer is frozen and just about unusable, it seems that the cause is some heavy background processing. Sometimes, I can catch who is using all my disk-bandwidth using Resource ...