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Can I remove pagefile.sys to save space on my SSD?

My computer has Windows 8 installed on a SSD. The SSD is only 250GB large and I'm trying to clear up some space. WinDirStat found that a large file is "PageFile.sys". It's 8GB. Looking on google, I ...
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Revert New Tab Page Behavior in Google Chrome 29+

I don’t like the behavior of the new tab page in Google Chrome 29+. How can I restore the old behavior? The new tab page (if you have Google set as the default search engine) now shows the Google ...
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What are the differences between 2.5“ and 3.5” hard disks?

What does the 2.5"/3.5" value indicate? The thickness? I want one of my friends to buy 1TB hard disk for me. I know I want a 1TB capacity and 7200rpm, but don't know how to choose between 2.5" and ...
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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 to open files in vertically/horizontal split windows in Vim from the command line

There must be a way, something like this: vim -[option] <file-list> to open files from command prompt and not from within Vim. split windows vertically or/and horizontally in separate tabs ...
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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 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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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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Kill a process which says “Access denied”

I have a process that I can't kill with either Task Manager or Process Explorer - I get the error "Access denied". The process isn't a Windows executable. How can I kill it? Is there some tool I ...
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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 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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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 get the summarized sizes of folders and their subfolders?

Let's say I want to get the size of each folder of a linux file system. When I use ls -la I don't really get the summarized size of the folders. If I use df I get the size of each mounted file system ...
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Can't access Netgear WiFi extender via www.mywifiext.net

I have a Netgear N300/WN2000RPT wireless Extender and I am having trouble getting to its initial configuration page. The instructions to configure the device are: Power on the device. Connect a ...
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Setup static IP under Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty

How to setup static IP address under Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty? My setting is not working. What special about Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty is that I found it now using the "source-directory" keyword to source ...
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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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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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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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Using cd Command in Windows Command Line, Can't Navigate to D:\

This may be a stupid question, and I think I have looked elsewhere to find the answer... Might be a path issue, but when I open the command line and type from the C:\>: cd D:\ I cannot get to ...
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Easiest way to extract the contents of many folders at once?

In Windows 7, I have a directory of folders which each contain files as their contents. Is there any way to extract all of the contents of each the folders to a separate location other than cutting ...
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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 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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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 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 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 ...
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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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Can I manually add a thumbnail web page to the Chrome homepage?

Is there a way to manually add a web page to the 8 thumbnails that appear when you open Chrome? I want to add Google Maps for easy access. The Google front page already shows up so I presume the ...
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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 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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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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Speed comparison between USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and SATA and Firewire

Which is fast, faster, fastest? I would appreciate a slowest to fastest list including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and eSata.
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Where are my icons in Windows 7?

In previous versions of Windows when I right click on a shortcut and dived in to change the icon the initial list populated with a whole catalog of default icons. On Windows 7 (RTM) here is what I ...
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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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Can’t play Vine/Instagram videos in Chrome

I installed Chrome because I have a new laptop. But now when I want to play Vine/Instagram videos, it doesn’t display them—I only get the sound. These videos are .mp4 I guess. What could be the ...
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Windows 7: Image thumbnails fail to appear

All right, I've got a pretty strange one here. Since I installed Windows 7 on this machine some time ago, image thumbnails have never worked properly. For the vast majority of images, they ...
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Is there a way to list—and kill—running processes on Mac OS X in a Windows “Ctrl+Alt+Delete”-like way?

So, what do you do on a Mac when a process (as opposed to an application) is hogging CPU, swamping your machine, and you need to kill it? I know you can use top or open “Applications > Utilities > ...
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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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RocketTab is uninstalled but still haunt me

Every time I start my computer a command prompt and window will pop up saying "Windows cannot find 'C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketTab\Client.exe' Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then ...
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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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What are PATH and other environment variables, and how can I set or use them?

Questions about setting environment variables the PATH are very common here, and in most cases the answers are very similar to each other. In the future it would be nice to have a good Q/A for ...
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How can I resume a stopped job in Linux?

How can I resume a stopped job in Linux? I was using emacs and accidentally hit ctrl-z which blasted me back to the console. I can see it when I type 'jobs' [*****]$ jobs [1]+ Stopped ...
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How to force Internet Explorer (IE) to REALLY reload the page?

When using Internet Explorer 8 to test my web application I often find it doesn't reload the page, so I don't see my changes. This has resulted in a lot of wasted time and frustration wondering why my ...
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Outlook 2013 view RAW message source of an email

How can I view the source of an email in Outlook 2013? I want to see the exact email source, as I can do in Gmail or in Mozilla Thunderbird. I'm particularly interested in the top matter (headers?). ...
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Windows 8 Hyper-V - how to give VM internet access?

I've got Windows 8 Pro on my home machine. I want to have a Windows 7 Professional VM running under Hyper-V, and I want the VM to have full internet access. My physical machine has a wireless network ...
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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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Getting curl to output HTTP status code?

I'm using curl at the command line on Linux to issue HTTP requests. The response bodies are printed to standard out, which is fine, but I can't see from the man page how to get curl to print the ...
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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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Synaptics - Windows 8.1, updating Synaptics failed

On Windows 8.1, I tried to install the latest Synaptics Touchpad Driver v17.0.19 and it failed for some unknown reasons. Turns out it's problem with Synaptics, not Windows. Synaptics did not "Sign" ...
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How can I change username in Windows 8.1?

Apparently lusrmgr.msc is not available in the Windows 8.1 version I'm using, and thus I can't change my username under the Local Users and Groups tab. I would like to rename my user profile name so ...
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Removing past searches from Google Chrome's omnibar

One time I searched for Orange Juice in Chrome's Omnibar. Now, every time I start typing Orange, I get the search suggestion: How do I get Chrome to stop offering me this search suggestion? If I ...