Making a process run completely or in part without the need of any user input once the process is started.

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How do I enable Automatic Logon in Windows 7 when I'm on a domain?

When Windows 7 is joined to a domain the option to automatically login is no longer available in the advanced User Management console. Since I am running a small home domain because of SharePoint and ...
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Open registry directly to a given key?

I need to open a registry key such as the following in regedit. HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Foo\Bar Is there a tool which will navigate to the key for me, without my having to navigate the folders ...
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Good PowerShell guide, getting started through more advanced usage

Does anyone have a really good tutorial or getting started guide for Microsoft's PowerShell? I'm a long time Linux/Unix user, and very familiar with scripting languages, command-line usage with bash, ...
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Is it possible to open several web pages when browser is started?

I am searching for browser option or plugin (it will be best if it is available in Web Kit browsers,Opera or Firefox - not IE) that allows me to open several web pages when it is initially started. ...
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How do I automatically convert academic papers (PDF) for reading on a Kindle?

I got a Kindle for Christmas and I'd like to read some academic papers on it. Almost all of those papers are in either PostScript or the PDF format and made for A4-sized paper. See the example here. ...
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Grep tool for XML

I am looking for a good tool to perform grep-like operations on XML - for example, extract certain attributes only. Grep itself can't handle it - any DFA-equivalent tool can handle only non recursive ...
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Windows 7: Automatically login and lock

I want to configure Windows 7 to login automatically after the computer is switched on. That's not because I'm lazy and don't like typing passwords. That's because I want programs that are configured ...
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Completely automated DVD insert-rip-compress-eject workflow

(Partially inspired by this question.) Background: I have a PC hidden away behind an HD LCD in custom-built entertainment center. The only visible part of the PC is an external DVD drive, mounted ...
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Automate GUI tasks?

I have a Windows application which is deadware, and it lacks the option of exporting data into a file. The only way to extract data is to copy each line into the clipboard, and paste it in an editor. ...
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What tool can generate MD5 from the command-line? [closed]

Is there any tool that can automate by script to generate file MD5? I used to use Cygwin but I am looking for another solution without having Cygwin installed.
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Automatically change time based on current location

I often move between 2 time zones, and expect my Windows 7 laptop to somehow automatically change the system time, being spoiled by the same feature on my cell phone. I always assumed that desktop ...
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Are there any tools to periodically check if a web site is available?

Either online or local applications (Windows XP preferably). I'm specifically looking to be notified by email if the web site in question goes down. I've tried the Firefox add on, Mr Uptime, but it ...
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Save attachments from many emails at once in Outlook?

Someone sent me 200 emails overnight, with one file attachment apiece. sigh I'm expecting another 200 each night for the next three nights (the emails come from a server, so asking them to batch them ...
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Mac OS X “hosts” file, can I include other files with it?

I am working on some automation scripts to configure my network settings, hosts file contents, and /etc/resolver files, when accessing different networks I frequent between. There are some ...
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Do something when a file is changed

When I write a LaTeX document, I find myself to press F6 in my editor to compile often. Or when I use SASS, I often type make to convert my .scss into .css. Now I would like to let the machine do the ...
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Software to automate the download of a list of URLs [closed]

Let's say I have a list of URLs as follows: http://creamteam.tv/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/10-Chinatown.mp3 http://mp3muffin.com/train/burbs.mp3 ...
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What's a good macro recorder for Windows? [closed]

I'm looking for a tool that can record everything I do with my mouse/keyboard and playback recorded sessions. I've found some softwares that can replay macro using a script but none that can also ...
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Automate printing of more than 10,000 emails and their attachments, including the contents of ZIP files

For some unholy reason I am required by work to print out 10,500 e-mails AND their attachments (which accompany about 70% of the e-mails) through Outlook 2010. I, like you, am appalled at such ...
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What should I make my computer do while I'm away from keyboard? [duplicate]

During the day, usually I'm away from my computer for 3-5 hours. I also sleep 6+ hours every night. I run Arch Linux x64 on my computer. Besides the usual things that do not require user ...
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Run script in OS X 10.6 on network connection. (like /etc/network/if-up.d/)

Is there any way to run a script when a network interface comes up in Mac OS X? I've tried putting a script named ip-up in /etc/ppp but it doesn't seem to fire when I disconnect and reconnect to a ...
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Cannot get Windows snipping tool to auto run with AutoHotKey

I am trying to get Windows 7 sniping tool to run when I hit my PRINTSCREEN keyboard button with AUTOHOTKEY. I have been unsuccessful so far though. Here is what I have for the AutoHotKey script. ...
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How to test thousands of MP3 files whether they're playable?

I just managed to recover lots of mp3 from a bad HDD. Is there a way to test all these files if they are playable? I don't want to hit next a few thousand times.
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Toggle proxy settings based on the wired/wireless connection you make

Without using third party software, is there a way to have Windows toggle your proxy settings on/off based on the wired/wireless connection you make? I'm aware that I could create a registry script ...
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How do I record and run multiple find/replace with Sublime Text 2?

How do I record and run multiple find/replace with Sublime Text 2? I tried recording a macro but, as it seems, Sublime won't record find/replace, only text input etc.
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Record a macro of windows commands

Using Windows 7, is there an in-built or third-party method of recording windows commands and being able to play them back? As a very basic example of what I would like to be able to do, imagine ...
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How to get Windows 7 to automatically connect to an ad-hoc network?

I have two machines - one is running Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit and the other is running Windows 7 Starter Edition (32-bit). The Ubuntu machine is connected to the Internet via the eth0 interface. That ...
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How to Print to Save as PDF from a command line with Chrome or Chromium

Can I print to destination "Save as PDF" from a command line with Chrome or Chromium? I'd like to be able to automatically convert html files to PDF with Chrome's built-in functionality.
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How To Lock Down Windows RT

I have a Windows tablet that is running Windows RT. I would like to "lock down" Windows from a normal user. I would like to remove the charm bar, or disable it. I have an App this is running on the ...
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How can I control Pandora via my Mac Keyboard?

How can I use the Play / Pause, and Skip Buttons on my MacBook Pro to control Pandora? I've just got Pandora set up as a dashboard web clip and also have the Pandora Adobe AIR desktop app. I have ...
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How to trigger a check for updates in Firefox programatically or from a command line?

Is there a command line switch for firefox.exe or an "about:" URL that will either force an update check or at least display the Help/About dialog, which checks for updates and tells if you're running ...
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What is an efficient, cost-effective tool to automate installing Windows 7 and software?

One of my job responsibilities is now maintaining laptops for sales people (they demo software). It would take me up to 2 days to perform a full installation manually, so I would like to delegate much ...
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Multithreaded Windows FOR batch command

do you know if there is a simple way to run FOR command in batch file on multiple threads? What's the point of having 4 cores if I can't run my tasks in 4 parallel threads? For example, if I am ...
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WiFi or Bluetooth controllable power outlet

I am looking for some sort of thing that I could plug a lamp into that would then plugin into the wall that would allow me to control it (ie turn it on and off) via a web interface, or via a web API ...
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help me automate this process

I come from a unix background, and need to do this on Windows Server 2003. Basically I have a command line process that I start from the windows cmd.exe. I want to achieve the following: Make this ...
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How to get Thunderbird to archive messages automatically

I want Thunderbird 3.1.1 to automatically move old messages to archive. The definition of "old" should vary by folder. E.g., messages in the "Meeting minutes" folder should get archived after 7 days, ...
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I have an Outlook 2007 rule which copies certain outgoing messages to another folder — how do I automatically mark these messages as “read”?

The messages are successfully copied to the other folder, but show up as unread. "Mark as read" does show up as a filter option in the action list when creating a rule that applies to incoming ...
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Windows 7 Answerfile - Autologon Not Working

I've created a new answerfile for Windows 7 deployments which needs an account to log in automatically so several scripts I've written can do their thing. I read in the Microsoft documentation that ...
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How do I add canned responses to outlook (2003)

I have a number of situations where I need to respond to an email with a canned responses (sometimes with a few modifications). How can I do this with Outlook 2003?
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Keeping up to date with updates?

I really like keeping up to date with the latest updates for my software. I have Windows set to automatically download and install updates. But what about my other programs? How do I keep my ...
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How do I make the Windows Vista/7 power plan automatically switch to “Power Saver” on battery?

I like having my laptop run as long as humanly possible when running off battery, even if it means huge a compromise in performance. Currently, whenever I'm on battery I have to manually switch my ...
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Switch speaker configuration between stereo and 5.1 using shortcut

I'm trying to find a console command or utility that will let me quickly change speaker configuration between 5.1 and stereo in Windows 7. Anything that I will be able to make a shortcut of on the ...
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bash - Sending simulated keystrokes

I've recently been trying to write a script that can be used to automate my c++ program in bash. If you know AutoIt, I can simply show you an example of what I am trying to do: send("1{enter}") or ...
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How to monitor a folder and trigger a command-line action when a file is created or edited?

I need to set up some sort of a script on my Vista machine, so that whenever a file is added to a particular folder, it automatically triggers a background process that operates on the file. (The ...
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Unattended installation for windows 7 x86

Are there any pre-created Autounattend.xml files for Windows 7 unattended installation x86? I have been experimenting and creating the XML file but I am always being prompted to choose which hard disk ...
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How to sum cells depending on the content of a neighbor cell

I have an Excel document with the following columns; Date | Reference | Amount 23/01/11 | 111111111 | £20.00 25/09/11 | 222222222 | £30.00 11/11/11 | 111111111 | ...
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Is there a way to automatically run scripts based on conditions on PC/Mac/Linux, like Tasker for Android?

I'm not thinking about pure scheduled tasks, but rather things where a daemon in the background will automatically trigger a script when certain conditions are met. For those who have used Tasker on ...
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Software to automate website screenshot capture [closed]

Do you know any software that can automate the process of getting screenshots of every page of a website? It would act like a spider/crawler/robot. You name it... For example: I developed a website ...
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Unexplained systematic forwarding to spam (and search engines) in Firefox/Chrome

I have a nuts issue with Firefox. Each time I do a search on Google, then right-click a link to open it in a separate tab/window, Firefox stalls for a couple of seconds, then opens some ...
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Automate ripping TV show DVDs

RipIt & Handbrake do a really good job of ripping and compressing. For normal "single main feature" DVDs I have a good workflow, and for the most part handbrake does a good job of figuring out ...
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How can I programmatically renumber pages in a PDF?

As a graduate student, I come across PDFs of articles and book chapters on a daily basis. Sometimes these PDFs are paginated correctly internally (that is, if an article starts on page 67, the PDF ...