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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 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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Is it safe to delete appdata\local\temp?

I seem to have a lot of junk files in %appdata%\local\temp. Is it safe to delete these? Also is it safe to delete c:\Windows\temp?
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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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Kill a Process which gives access denied

Sometimes I need to kill a process which is giving me "Access denied" when trying to use the task manager or Process Explorer to kill. I am using Windows 7 64bit. I need to be able to kill such a ...
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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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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 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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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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Does Microsoft still have a link to download IE10 for Windows 7?

Does Microsoft still have a link to download IE10 for Windows 7? I can find it off of OldApps.com but not off of a Microsoft site. My coworker needs it to test something, and doesn't have a VM ...
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Is there a way to restart audio without restarting a Windows 7 computer?

Sometimes, when I start my machine, the volume control is set to 100, but it plays relatively quiet. I can fix it by rebooting my machine. Is there a way to restart audio devices, without rebooting ...
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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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Easiest way to open CSV with commas in Excel

CSV files are automatically associated with Excel but when I open them, all the rows are basically in the first column, like this: It's probably because when Excel thinks "comma-separated values", ...
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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 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 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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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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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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Is there still a reason to choose a 10,000 RPM hard drive over an SSD?

For anyone who's serious about storage performance, SSDs are always the fastest solution. However, WD still makes their 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives, and a few enthusiasts even use ...
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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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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 ...
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How do I fix the Shellshock security vulnerability in debian testing/jessie?

The test command x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash shows that my Debian 8 (Jessie) installation is vulnerable, even with the latest updates. Research shows that there's a patch for stable and ...
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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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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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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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Adding a zero before values in an Excel spreadsheet column?

While trying to fill in social security numbers into Excel 2007, my dad found out that he couldn't make the numbers start with a zero (0). Example: 0123456789 is turned into 123456789 What do I need ...
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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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How to enable confirmation alert before closing chrome tabs?

How to enable confirmation alert box option before closing opened tab in chrome browser? Need to change setting? I couldn't find any such options in setting window.
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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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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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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 can I start hostednetwork on Windows 7?

When I type in admin console command to start hostednetwork netsh wlan start hostednetwork it gives me this: The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state ...
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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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How to fix the missing msvcp110.dll

I just turned on my computer and got an error from "explorer.exe" which says that msvcp110.dll is missing. Why that might happen, and how do I fix that? There are several sites that "provide" missing ...
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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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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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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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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 can I remove malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC?

What should I do if my Windows computer seems to be infected with a virus or malware? What are the symptoms of an infection? What should I do after noticing an infection? What can I do to get rid of ...
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What is the power output of a USB port?

As the title says, what's the power output of a USB port? Is it a standard value, or it may change depending on manufacturer/model, and so on? If that value is not standard, how can one determine ...
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How do I solve an unidentified network issue? It can't connect to the Internet

I basically have a problem with Windows 7 connecting to my home network. It keeps identifying my home network as unidentified, and it continually does "identifying" until it simply say cannot connect ...
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How to bypass web URL filtering service to access blocked websites (proxy)

I'm using network, where services such as Gmail or any other e-mails, Google Drive, Dropbox, all social networks are blocked. Basically my goal is to access simply GMail, but I couldn't find any way ...
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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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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 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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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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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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boot Windows from GRUB rescue

This is my situation: installed Ubuntu without a CD (using unetbootin) dual boot installation (Windows XP+Ubuntu) didn't like the installation and decided to boot into Windows and delete the Linux ...
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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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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 ...