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Adding ssd to boost drive space

Simple question. I already own an SSD and I want to get more space on my computer. If I buy another solid state drive and install it, will it effectively add more space? Example: I have used up all ...
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Execute a .sh file from the desktop in intervalls

We've got a bad hoster, that only allows cronjob in 15 min. intervals. However sometimes we get time critical stuff and we need to do it in faster intervals. That said, the hoster allows an execution ...
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Remove Icons from Desktop / Windows 7

New to the site so any advice would be helpful. I am on a computer where the network admin runs some script that continuously puts 2 icons on my desktop. I can delete them and then in a few minutes ...
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Device to change which computer the input/output devices are connected to [duplicate]

I have a laptop and a desktop computer at home. I want to be able to switch easily between using my laptop and using my desktop with the same mouse/monitor/keyboard without having to plug/unplug ...
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my PC isn't reacting to the power button & not displaying anything

i've moved to another house , and today i just plugged in my pc's power cable ,then my pc (HP COMPAQ desktop) turned on as if i pressed the power button) ,but it doesn't show anything on the monitor ...
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Is there a way to set unique applications in the Dock per Desktop in Mac OS X?

I have many applications open and all of them show up in the task bar. However I only use a handful per desktop screen. I want to find a way to only display applications that are active for that ...
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How to use local html page as desktop/background

On a windows 7 computer how might one set the desktop to be a webpage. I want to have a local html file that I can edit as needed. Then windows should show that file as the background for the desktop ...
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Know username who is working on remote desktop

We are a team of 20 people we have a machine that is used by everyone. We take remote desktop of that machine to work on. so if somebody is working and i want to take that i have to ask everyone in ...
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Blank monitor after installing GPU

I recently bought a factory refurbished Dell Inspiron 3000 Desktop. It's equipped with a Core i5 4460 CPU with 8gb RAM. The motherboard is a Dell model 088DT1. I'm running Windows 8.1 64bit. (link to ...
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Unable to Find Cause of Transparent Box with Border on Deskop

What is causing this transparent box with a border to appear on my desktop and how do I prevent it from coming back. I have tried dragging it, change the background, and anything I can think of to ...
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Desktop LCD monitor which allows backlight to be controlled in software

I would like to know if there is any standard or feature which allows desktop LCD monitors backlight control setting in software. I would like to know what I should be searching for. This is a pretty ...
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Can't open Trash: operation not supported

I messed up with some .h files some days ago and since then I have strange issues with my Linux Mint 17. I cannot open my Trash, I get an error saying something like "sorry could not display all the ...
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Switch between desktops in windows 7 when we pin many programs to taskbar

When we pin many programs to the taskbar another desktop window is added which we can switch between them as you can see in the picture: my question is how we can add them (without pinning the ...
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Windows 7 all icons dissapeared from desktop

I've got a vaio laptop that was working fine till yesterday ( the only problem is that the screen is broken so i always attach it to a monitor with hdmi) but when i opened it today only the wallpaper ...
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Win 7 Create Folder Junction from Desktop to inside Dropbox Folder

I'm not asking how it can be done, I already know how to; MKLNK /j C:\Users\<username>\Desktop C:\Users\<username>\Dropbox\Desk What I want to know is whether or not I should. I know ...
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Application to force a window clickthrough until a hotkey is pressed

Is there a way, or application, to allow a window (Such as CMD) to become transparent and click-through until a certain configurable hot-key is pressed? Details Open CMD Enable click-through and ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where's the Windows menu command to advance the desktop picture to the next one

I seem to recall there being a command in the desktop context menu in Windows 7 that would advance the desktop slide show to the next picture in the sequence (when you have the desktop set up to show ...
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Northbridge Heatsink Fell Off Motherboard

I have an Asus CG5290 and the northbridge heatsink popped off, right after that it shut down. Turned it back on and it said the northbridge was hot then started it again and the other was saying hot ...
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Public Desktop icons plus more not showing

We have one user on one computer that all of the Public Desktop icons is missing from her computer, plus things like recycle bin. Her personal icons are showing as they should, just not the public ...
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How do I change desktop background with a terminal command?

I'm trying to add to my OS X configuration script a command which sets the background to the plain dark grey, however, when applied, it only sets it to the main monitor and any additional monitors ...
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How to identify which process is drawing overlays on Windows desktop

I get random overlays as seen in the screenshot below - the boxes showing [191, 187] and [239, 172]. The numbers are never the same. They stay there even though all program windows are minimised and ...
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Desktop system doesn't always hit BIOS

I have a desktop system that ran fine for months, but now it doesn't even hit BIOS most of the time. I've replaced a battery on the motherboard (CR2032) and the power supply, and the behavior hasn't ...
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Desktop GUI Environment vs. Gaming Graphics

This quetion stems from my noticing that my Windows 7 Experience ratings for Aero Desktop Performance is significantly less than the rating for Gaming Graphics. I built an AMD 8-core APU. The Windows ...
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“Unable to decrypt password” in Remote Desktop Connection Manager v2.2

I can log in as the administrator and access the servers just fine but the problem shows when I try to log as a user - then I get that message: Unable to decrypt password How can I fix it? Doing as ...
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Only require a password for remote desktop but not local use in Windows 8.1

Wait! There are similar questions but they are specific to windows 7 and XP. I want to set up remote desktop on windows 8.1 (easy to do) with a password BUT, I want to maintain the convenience of ...
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How to make a Firefox profile link on the Desktop of a Mac?

I want to a link file on Desktop just like windows for: /Volumes/Mackintosh HD/Applications/Firefox.app -p -no-remote "politics_x64" In other words, please imagine there is a link file named 1.lnk ...
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Desktop microphone causes subwoofer to vibrate

I have a cheap desktop microphone and some Klipsch Promedia speakers. The microphone used to work with these speakers, but now when the microphone is on, it causes the subwoofer to vibrate, increasing ...
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Go to the Desktop on my Mac [duplicate]

I really want to go to my desktop on my Mac to find files. I'm new to the Mac, so I have been minimizing other windows to get there. What's the secret key combo?
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Windows 8.1 - How to Activate Multiple Machines

So, I work for a company that recently purchased around 50 HP slim line desktops (System Model: HP EliteDesk 800 G1 USDT). Each machine has Windows 8 already installed. The machines ...
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Sync Google Drive Desktop

I changed my google password, and desktop no longer syncs. I've seen some other posts that say to click on the google drive icon and 'quit', then log back in. I can't find the quit option anywhere? ...