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Dual boot with SSD and hard drive

I have a PC with an SSD drive containing Windows 7 and a hard drive for files. The harddrive has about 500GB of free space. I want to install Windows 8 on a new partition. Can I setup the partition ...
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Why the shortcuts on desktop may be repainted at startup of Win 7?

At boot or startup of Windows 7, all of my shortcuts appear correct on the desktop, but after a few seconds they will change to white pages, and are then repainted with their original design. This is ...
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Can a power strip being turned off and on again damage a computer?

I have both my computer and monitor plugged into an extension cord and then into a power strip (I've checked, and both the extension cord and the strip can handle the load and have been handling it ...
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Bing Desktop not updating the wallpaper anymore

For some reason, first my workstation and then my tablet stopped updating the wallpaper. First I thought it was my company that was avoiding the app to work properly but then I started noticing that ...
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What are those white circles on the desktop in Gnome 3?

I have Fedora 20 with GNOME 3.10.2. On the desktop background (i.e. where the wallpaper is), there are five small white circles centered at the very bottom of the screen. The first is filled, the ...
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New windows looses focus

If I have a few open Windows open on task bar and then ask for Notepad to open all that happens is that the notepad flashes for a fraction of a second and closes. Notepad is now at bottom of stack ...
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Do chrome desktop apps use the proxy?

I have the chrome browser on my linux laptop, and Chrome starting supporting web apps that can run on your desktop, instead of in the browser. So in my browser I configured a proxy, which is working ...
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Packard Bell iPower Desktop Won't boot

This computer has been working perfectly until ten minutes ago, no changes or anything done at all to it since it last booted perfectly with a clean shutdown. Now, when I go to start it up, the blue ...
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When I move files to desktop, I cannot open, delete or move them

I have just had a new problem come up with moving files to my desktop. I am running windows 7. If I move a file to the desktop I cannot open, move or delete it. Anything that was on the desktop until ...
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Sharing only a single folder on windows 7 starter

I want to share a single folder located on my desktop, and sync it via SyncToy to another pc on the network. However, when I make it a shared folder, the 'users' folder also becomes shared. Altough ...
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mild electric current on the table and case

I have a UPS to which the case, monitor, etc. are attached. The problem is that when I plug the case (SMPS) power supply cable into the UPS touching the case and the table (on which the computer is ...
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Show Desktop button too quick in Windows 7

Somewhere along the line, some PC performance app altered how the "Show Desktop" button in the bottom-right of Windows 7 works. By default, it takes a second to activate when you hover over it. But ...
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Computer shuts off at night and won't turn back on unless I play with it.

My desktop turns off when I'm sleeping and it won't turn back on unless I unplug the plug from the power supply or turn the switch off and back on. One of these combinations turns it back on. It stays ...
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Most common locations for shortcuts on Windows (Start Menu, Desktop, Quick Launch…)

I'm searching for the most common locations for a user's shortcuts, that are quickly accessible, like the Desktop, Start Menu and Quick Launch. This should work from XP on through to 8.1. I'm ...
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How to set Desktop to show files and folders from different directory?

I recently installed the Google Drive app onto my main PC which creates a Drive folder that syncs the files I have on Drive with the files in the Drive folder. Is there anyway to set up Windows 8 so ...
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Desktop changes automatically

I have a Windows 7 Desktop for which the Desktop icons change automatically on system restart and creates user account folders without creating user accounts.I have tried removing them but find that ...
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How to identify a Message Box on my Desktop

I have just noticed a little pop up input box on my Desktop that has no Close, Minimise or Maximise buttons in the top right, I was wondering where has this guy come from? I was in Outlook 2013 with ...
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PC Issue while gaming

lately i've been having issues in regards to whenever I try to play games on my desktop pc, mainly League of Legends (but has also happened in the past with battlefield 4, diablo 3 and wow but never ...
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Windows 8.1 - “Show Desktop” rectangle has disappeared from taskbar

My "Show Desktop" button, the vertical rectangle at the far right of my taskbar, has completely disappeared--it was there, now it's not. My taskbar now just ends abruptly with the time/date info, and ...
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(Windows 7) Is it possible to reserve one monitor for a single application?

I'm looking for a means of 'Locking' an application to one monitor on my multi monitor display, so that only this single specific application is permanently docked there, and has exclusive use of that ...
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Default Win 7 Desktop Web Link Icon

I have desktop icons that are different for different web sites. I generally drag the URL from the address bar of Firefox to the desktop. It used to always have the arrow with the browser icon on it, ...
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Desktop wallpaper only allowing solid colors in Windows 7 [solved]

UPDATE: Thanks to Iszi I was able to solve the problem. There was an Active Desktop policy that pointed to the "a.jpg" file. I disabled the policy and now I'm able to choose the desktop. My Windows 7 ...
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How do I get a Monitor to go straight to black on stage?

I'm working props for a theater in upstate new york. We have a rather unique problem with our current show. We have three computer monitors on stage, each of these is attached to a handful of ...
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Windows 7 - get location of Recycling Bin on Desktop

Is there any way to get the location (x,y coordinates or similar) of the icon for the Recycling Bin on the Desktop? Thanks
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How to fix invisible file name?

How do I fix an invisible file name? I can open it in Notepad, and it shows the filename as .gitignore, but it shows up like this: Google gives me tutorials on how to accomplish this, but I want ...
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Access User Desktop Files While Using Root

I'm really new ubuntu user... I'm working as root user (the software that I'm using just works if you are root user) but the files that I need to access are on my normal user desktop. I don't how to ...
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I want a desktop icon on the left of taskbar to look like the word icon

Is it true I can not place a shortcut for my "desktop" to the left of the taskbar? I want it to look just like the Word, folders Excel One Note icons. It seems like it should be a simple thing. I ...
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How to build a Novec Liquid immersed desktop?

I've been reading about immersion cooling and watching some videos on youtube, and it looks to me like 3M Novec 1230/7000/7500 is an ideal liquid for this purpose (unlike mineral or other oil). You ...
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Taskbar and desktop refreshing

I have an issue that my HP 650 laptop is doing refreshing of taskbar and desktop in every 2 minutes. When refreshing the icons from the taskbar are disappearing for 1-2 second and then again shown. ...
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Minimize windows without explorer.exe?

I'm making a custom desktop for myself with Rainmeter. I've got everything else done up in some simple rainmeter skins, it was all fairly simple really. But I'm getting quite stuck at this point. ...
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When hiding the tool bar hide it 100% [duplicate]

I am using windows 7. I have set the toolbar to auto-hide. for some reason I can still see the 1 row of pixel form the toolbar even when it is hidden. Any way to make that row invisible?
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Windows tool to resize and place three windows

By pressing Win← and Win→ I can place 2 windows alongside each other, taking 50% of the available space. Is there a utility which can help me to place 3 windows alongside each other? Or maybe even fit ...
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How do I make my desktop computer wireless? [duplicate]

I want to make my desktop computer wireless, how exactly can I do this? Do I have to install a wireless card in my PC? Is there another way? I've read I can use a usb wireless adaptor. Are these ...
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How to create desktop (or task bar) shortcut to eclipse IDE on Debian LXDE, OpenBox?

Using Debian (Wheezy) with LXDE/OpenBox. I know how to add shortcut items(panel applets) to panel at the bottom - as shortcut to some application. But, with Eclipse IDE its different, because Eclipse ...
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How to let Linux Python application handle termination on user logout correctly?

I have written a Linux GUI application in Python that needs to do some cleanup tasks before being terminated when the user logs out. Unfortunately it seems, that on logout, all applications are ...
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How to move a livestream wallpaper behind desktop icons?

I have recently put the International Space Station (ISS) live stream as my background via VLC. With some adjusting of the zoom i've managed to fit the live stream perfectly to my desktop but my ...
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a computer issue that has stumped many - iTunes/VLC/any audio starts skipping after several hours

I gave an old desktop to a buddy of mine. It was in use as a fileserver/media server in my apartment, and I finally did some upgrades, yada yada. It was perfectly fine here. Problem description: ...
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why is my keyboard not working?

My computer is a year old desk top running windows 8.1. A few weeks ago I was typing a message and just as I was hitting enter a dialogue box flashed on the screen but before I realized it and read ...
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Desktop PC won't turn off the display automatically?

I set the power plan to both Balanced and High Performance and set the time to turn off display to 1 minute. However, no matter how long I wait, the display just won't turn off,let alone entering ...
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Separate Windows desktops on 1 over 3 monitor setup

If I have a 1-over-3 monitor (shown below), is it possible to split the desktop experience into two sections -- one for the bottom three, and a separate for the top one? For example, I want to use ...
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When browsing to save a file to my desktop the files and folders on the desktop don't appear

I have a new Dell ATG with best memory, graphics card, etc., and am running Windows 7 fully updated. When using Word 10, Acrobat Pro or Corel 6, and when browsing to my desktop to either save a file ...
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How to focus WEB-browser with a hotkey in Windows?

In Windows desktop shortcut's properties one can assign a Hot Key to launch that shortcut. There are Three Possible Outcomes First time the hot-key launches that application, next time it brings ...
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How to increase maximum number of rows displayed under desktop icon on Windows desktop?

Maybe you know that if any Windows desktop icon has too long display name, only first two rows are displayed when it loses the focus. See the second icon in the example: focused: focus lost: ...
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Mousing to the edge of the window to bring the rest of it on screen (How to?)

Moved from StackOverflow I have searched (what I feel) to be more than a reasonable amount of time on this and the results keep bringing up answers that are almost right (ie. Turn on Aero Snap). In ...
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How to toggle Windows 8.1 icons with a hot key [duplicate]

I have a Windows 8.1 and My desktop is a mess, so I need to find out a way of toggling the "show/hide icons" function without using "HideDesktopIcons.exe" Simple= I need to toggle the icons on/off on ...
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Switch to desktop with logo button - Win 8.1

For example: I'm running a program in fullscreen or I'm in Metro mode, and I want to switch back to the desktop. I know the shortcut Logo+D, but that minimizes all the windows when switching to ...
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dragged image results in permanent ghost on win 8 desktop

On occasion, when I try to drag and drop a file, the dragged image gets stuck on the desktop. I must re-boot in order to remove the ghost. This is an example: Is there any way to remove this ...
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Why can't I reposition my desktop icons in Windows 8.1 Pro?

I've tried everything that I can think of. When I try to drag and drop a desktop icon, the cursor turns to a slashed-out circle and won't let me move the icon. I can't drag them into folders or ...
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Different WiFi speed on desktop and mobile

On my home router, a Huawei E5172, I get 30Mbps to my desktop and 3Mbps to my mobile. I've tried different routers and this only occurs on my home router. My mobile chipset is MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 ...
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How can i manage10 SATA drives separately with same speed as DAS

I have 10 External USB drives attached with my desktop. Each has its own power and USB cable + USB extension/extender. Its looking very messy and i am thinking of opening the case and then take out ...