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Turn off Wi-Fi scanning on Windows 8

A Windows 8 tablet keeps scanning for Wi-Fi networks even though it's already connected to a preferred one. I can see some other networks appearing and disappearing in the connectivity area on the ...
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How do I get the Windows 8 Desktop to stop refreshing itself while I'm working?

I have an Asus touchscreen laptop with Windows 8, not RT. The best way that I can describe the problem is: when I am working on something in the desktop, the desktop/screen refreshes itself. It ...
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Windows 8.1 clicking on any desktop window doesn't bring that window to the front

Not sure if this is a bug or a feature, but in my Windows 8.1 install, I can't seem to make any desktop window modal when I click on it. ie the window maintains its stacking order and doesn't come to ...
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Can you change the location of the Desktop folder in Windows?

Right now the files on the desktop are located in C:\Users\Joseph\Desktop. So if I went to that folder in Windows Explorer and create a new text document, it would appear on my desktop. WhatI need is ...
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changing desktop background picture from stretch on Windows 7

I have a brand new Windows 7 laptop, I've changed the desktop background picture using the "personalization" item of the desktop right click menu. Below the list that of images to choose there's a ...
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A way to organize desktop icons?

I have already looked at Fences from another SuperUser post, but it doesn't really fit what I am looking for. I have noticed that some laptops (I am a desktop user) come bundled with little ...
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Windows 7 hangs while loading desktop

I am facing a weird problem. My computer hangs while loading the desktop, and only the background shows up; no icons or bars load. If I power the system on and off about 4-6 times, I may be able to ...
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Can I use any modern Bluetooth dongle with a modern headset on Windows 8.1?

I have a Logitech H600 wireless headset but have lost the USB dongle. I see I could buy a replacement dongle from Logitech for a reasonable price but I consider their postage cost unreasonable for ...
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having 4 separate desktops on one display, each working by itself

I want my HDTV to act as it would be 4 separate desktops, so I can have 4 videos recorded at the same time on the same screen. Is there any possible solution to that?
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I can ping computer on a another subnet but not vice versa

So I got two routers in my house one wireless(192.168.0.1) and another wired(192.168.20.1), I got my laptop(192.168.0.101) hooked up to my wireless router and my desktop(192.168.20.5) on wired router. ...
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How to use remote microphone on Remote Desktop

I wish to connect to a remote Windows 7 PC that has a microphone, and use that local microphone (on the destination PC) in recording applications. Unfortunately whenever I connect on Remote Desktop, ...
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“Show Desktop” sometimes sets a window to “always on top”

No worries, not another "where is my show desktop button gone" question. What I found under Windows 7, when you use the "Show Desktop" feature (I prefer the ⊞ Win + D shortcut) and then bring all ...
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Can't place icons on the bottom row of the desktop (Windows 7)

It seems since I connected a third monitor the desktop icons can't be placed at the bottom row. Here's a screenshot: Any idea how to fix this? Thanks.
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How to open a program on particular desktop?

When I start GUI program, it's window appears appears on currently active desktop (essentially, on random desktop). How to make it to appear on the specified desktop? For example, at startup I want ...
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Application open but not visible in the finder in Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)

I’ve installed the latest TIDAL music player. I open it, I can see the menus commands at the top of my desktop, and also the TIDAL icon in my dock, but no application is visible on the desktop! It’s ...
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How to set different wall papers for login screen and desktop on Ubuntu?

I am using Ubuntu 14.04, if I lock the system after login, login screen wallpaper is same as my desktop wall paper. Is there any way to set different wall paper for login screen and desktop? Also ...
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Will Linux ever allow the installation of software offline? [closed]

I think the worst thing about desktop Linux is that you can't install software offline, is this extremely important feature so impossible to implement?
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Adding Dropbox link on Windows 8.1 desktop

I have Windows 8.1. I use Dropbox for work. How do I get a shortcut to my Dropbox on my desktop? The Dropbox link right now is in my start menu. I have been unable to find Dropbox anywhere on my ...
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Hide desktop.ini for the desktop view only; still show hidden and system files

Is it possible to hide desktop.ini on the desktop, but show it when viewed in Windows Explorer? Essentially, I need to be able to see hidden and system files when using Windows Explorer, but I ...
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Remote Support (Remote Desktop) Possible From Overseas?

bit of an unusual question here - I am a desktop support professional located in the US, whose clients are all in the US or Canada. Essentially my job entails taking remote control of PCs and ...
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Samsung Series 5 BIOS not detecting any bootable devices

so I have a problem with my BIOS, it doesn't detect any bootable devices from the Boot tab. NOTE: I'm gonna refer to keys and tabs that show in my BIOS settings page for ease of explanation. Please ...
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Always on Remote Desktop Connection

Is it possible to have an unattended and always on desktop connection ? The real life need is to assist parents with frequent trouble shooting from my office without having to do anything extra ...
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Stop Word from randomly moving my documents around Desktop?

I have a busy Desktop with dual monitors. I place a Word Doc in a particular position, I open the document, and then Word moves it to a random place. When I close the document in Word, it takes me ...
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Incorrect monitor resolution

I am trying to install a new 23" widescreen monitor, and have some problems. It is an LG W2343T plugged via DVI into a NVidia GeForce 8800GT card. Win XP. Both card and monitor have latest drivers ...
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Why does my desktop PC wake up when I turn on my Laptop?

I have two Windows 8 PCs. One is a desktop computer and one is a laptop. Whenever I wake up (from sleep) my laptop, my desktop computer will also wake up at the same time. I have no idea why this is ...
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How to configure Fedora/Ubuntu desktop with a bash script?

The default appearance of Fedora desktop is not what I desire. So I will always change some settings through GUI-based "System Settings" after a new installation. However, I feel it is rather tedious ...
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Windows 8 stuck at 100% update

My desk top has been at 100% update for hours. I can't stop it or shut it down. If I unplug it, it goes back to the 100% update on restart. Is there anything I can do to get in and stop automatic ...
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How can I restore a remote desktop session to the local console?

After I am finished with a remote desktop connection, I'd like to be able to restore the remote desktop to the local console so that the user doesn't have to re-enter the password and log back in. ...
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Why does a progress bar persist for files in my download directory?

When I download files using a browser in OSX, a progress bar appears on the Dock. It's a great feature that I like. I downloaded some files a few days ago, but the progress bar remains. How do I ...
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cant remote desktop with server name, but i can with ip

I'm trying remote desktop my server with server name by i cant, but i can connect through ip. Before it was working fine. I checked event viewer but no error related to this issue. windows server : ...
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Using Laptop Solely for VNC Connection to Desktop

Question: Would it be reasonable to use a laptop solely as a Virtual Network Connection (VNC) client of my main desktop's VNC server? If so, what would be the best method to use? Background: I have a ...
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How can I pin useful images (screenshots, color palettes, cheat-sheets) to the desktop in Windows 7 so they're actually visible?

I used to have half-a-dozen sheets of paper pinned up on the wall behind my screen - things like the .NET string format cheat sheet, Powershell quick reference, the hex codes for our corporate colour ...
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Is there a way to fake a dual (second) monitor

Is there a way to fake a dual monitor for testing. I have only one monitor and I have to make an application that is suitable for two monitors. The second monitor screen should appear as a window ...
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Alt+tab: How do I get the desktop to behave the same way as other windows?

It is not uncommon for me to switch between my desktop and a single window rapidly (don't ask :p), and I always use alt+tab to switch between two windows. However, for some reason, the desktop is ...
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Is there a way to display the Windows 8 Task Manager Performace tab data on my desktop?

I'm generally a mac user and when using my mac I use a little piece of software called iStat Pro that shows me what's going on with my machine at all times. I have come to love that. Recently I've ...
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Change background of a Windows 7 machine using Registry

I connected my machine to a work group. The settings to change the wallpaper is in server machine, so that all the machine will have same wallpaper. Now how can I change my machine's wallpaper using ...
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Updating /usr/share/mime/ breaks ubuntu

I have Ubuntu 14.10 and I wanted to run a .swf file using the tutorial here (the one with the check), and I typed in update-mime-database /usr/share/mime in the terminal. It said the messages (found ...
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How to get windows to “fit” to corners/edges of screen on a Mac when dragging

I use both Linux (Xubuntu) and Mac (Yosemite) regularly. One of the features that I love in Xubuntu that I have been as yet unable to replicate on my Mac is the tendency of Xubunu to "grab" windows ...
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Fine tuning Windows visual aspects in Windows 8.1

I'm using Windows 8.1. I know that in Windows 7 I was able to adjust all (just about) all of the visual aspects of the window, and the desktop, such as the font in the title bar or even in desktop ...
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Which free tool for Windows can save the preferred positions of GUI apps? [closed]

I am running Windows Server 2008 R2 and I am looking for a free tool. I start a number of batch jobs running inside command prompt. I want to shrink them significantly, so that I can see the Window ...
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Free Super Personalised Desktop Software [closed]

Ok, call me a weirdo, but I was wondering if there is some free software out there somewhere which transforms your desktop into more of an actual desktop? Hard to explain, but I would like to stick ...
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Why does desktop stay visible when Explorer process exits?

I've always wondered what subsystem in Windows is responsible for displaying desktop background image and icons even when the Windows Explorer process is not working. The common scenario is that some ...
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Display Text File On Desktop [closed]

I am looking for freeware that will allow me to display a text file on my windows desktop. Hopefully some software that is lightweight, and will work on WinXP to Win8. I plan to use this freeware in ...
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Grain filter on windows desktop?

Is it possible to add a grain filter on top of the Windows desktop? This is similar to a realtime shader in DirectX or DirectShow filter in a video player. The grain filter would be applied on the ...
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surface pro 2 power icon missing after restore

I had to restore my surface pro 2 after it locked up tight. When completed my power icon was no longer on the desk top right corner. I've tried various things to recover it but no luck. Any ideas?
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Is it possible to lock/pin icons in place in Windows 7?

Does anybody know of a way (in Windows 7) to lock/pin the desktop icons in place once you have arranged them? My desktop isn't exactly cluttered, I think, there are at any given moment some 45-50. ...
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Find active window with VBS script

I need to auto-refresh the desktop every 10 minutes. The only full-working way I found is using this VBS code. Sh.AppActivate "Program Manager" Sh.SendKeys("{F5}") But in this way the active ...
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Windows 7 Desktop icons turned off after every reboot

I have a windows 7 x64 laptop, and every time I reboot all icons on my desktop are missing. I can get them back by right clicking on the desktop and selecting View -> Show Desktop Icons, but I'd ...
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HDD Desktop and Laptop Conversion

So I currently purchased a desktop. It's arriving in 10-15 days so this gives me time to think about anything I'd like to add on to it. I have this laptop that dates back to October of 2008 and I was ...
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Automatically show connected mass storage devices on Windows desktop

Is there way to automatically display connected mass storage devices on the Windows desktop, like most Unix-based operating systems are doing? I didn't find any native ways to do that, but maybe ...