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Remote Linux system via Windows 7

I have a dual boot with Windows 7 and Fedora. Though I can log into both without any problems, I am trying to log in to the Linux account via the Windows account. Is that possible? Or, is it possible ...
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Possible to make the Windows 8 start menu less fancy for VNC?

I use Windows 8 on a virtual machine through a VNC connection. The VNC server is integrated into VMWare so that even if I lose network connection on Windows 8, I can still access it. Overall, my ...
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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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Disable Win+1-9 Hotkeys

Just downloaded Dexpot (virtual desktop application), and would like to assign the desktop switch hotkeys to Win+1-9, but these are already being used the by the system. Is there an easy way to ...
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How to put Volume/Network/Username icon to bottom panel in CentOS?

To better explain here's a screenshot:
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Recover Windows Opening Off Screen?

Background: I have a three monitor setup, but sadly one of my monitors has died (control board is probably bad). I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with an ATI Radeon HD 5670 card. The third ...
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OSX best performance remote desktop?

I am new to osx. I began using OSX Mountain Lion few days ago and now finding out best performance remote desktop solution. I only have bandwidth around 1.5 MBytes per second. I tried two solutions ...
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Is there a way to make Windows 8 delay loading the start screen until all startup programs have loaded?

Currently Windows 8 will get to the start screen a good 10-15 seconds before my startup programs have loaded. Since these include my touchpad driver as well as a gamma correction program, I would ...
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Windows sometimes minimizes game and shows the desktop?

For some reason, every once in a while when I'm playing a full-screen game in Windows 7, the game will minimize and focus will be given to the Desktop. I don't know what does this because no other ...
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Preventing Windows from automatically removing broken desktop shortcuts

I have two external harddrives which I'm using for archiving purposes, because of that they are turned off most of the time. I have some shortcuts on the desktop to some directories on these external ...
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How to force Windows to save desktop icon positions?

Is there a way to force Windows to save desktop icon positions?
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TightVNC Viewer Remote Desktop

I am using TightVNC Viewer to Remote Desktop my RHEL virtual machine from Windows. But it just shows me almost half of my RHEL desktop with lots of black space on both sides of the window. I want to ...
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Windows Desktop 'ghost' rectangles

I use Windows 7 Ultimate (upgraded from Home Premium) on a 2011 HP desktop PC with 10 GB RAM and Nvidia GeForce GTX550Ti. All related drivers and software updates are installed. For some time now, ...
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Moving “Workspace Switcher” in Ubuntu Unity Launcher

I need the Workspace Switcher in Unity's Launcher at the very top just below Dash or Nautilus. I need this because when I run VirtualBox the commands CtrlAlt↑/↓/←/→ are not ...
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Is there a Windows 7 shortcut to open Windows Explorer showing the Desktop?

Is there a Windows 7 shortcut to open Windows Explorer showing the Desktop? I know that WinD goes to Desktop, but I want to see it in the Windows Explorer. I also know that WinE opens the Windows ...
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How do you disable Icon grid snapping in Windows 7?

Remember the "Snap to Grid" context menu option when you right clicked the desktop? Well I was trying to arrange my icons in a certain way (like a brick stagger), and it was a no go. They just kept ...
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Create a desktop shortcut to the currently viewed web page in Google Chrome

Is it possible to create a shortcut to a web page on the desktop from Google Chrome? I remember that Internet Explorer had a feature like this, does it exist in Chrome as well?
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Gnome Settings - gsettings vs gconftool-2

In Gnome 3 desktop icons are hidden by default. I tried to show them this way gconftool-2 --set -t bool /org/gnome/desktop/background/show-desktop-icons true It didn't work. So i tried: gsettings ...
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Desktop icons change size and are aligned to the left after restart

I am trying to keep the icons size and position to the place where I've shutdown my computer. That is: Keep desktop icons to the right and at a small size. When I restart my computer, the get a ...
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Seamless mode for remote desktop software

Are there any remote desktop applications that make it possible to view [each window from one desktop] separately in another desktop (like "seamless mode" in Virtualbox?) I want to view each ...
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How do I change the default corner of the Desktop?

I'm using Mac OSX 10.6.8 and when I save things to the desktop, drop something there in Finder or take a screengrab with Cmd+Shift+3/4, it gets placed in the top-right corner. I tend to position my ...
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Wallpaper/background switcher for Linux?

I'm looking for a background switcher that has these features: Add folders to use as source of wallpapers (usually called 'monitor folder') Enable/disable those folders (not just add/remove) Crop ...
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Desktop icons arranged differently depending on where I'm logging in

When I RDP into my server from home, my desktop icons are arranged the way I want them; but when I log in from anywhere else, they're all bunched up on the left. I have no idea how this can happen; ...
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Remote Desktop Control Over Serial/USB

Are there any other desktop remote control applications for Windows other than PCAnywhere that can connect to and control the PC directly over serial or USB connections? Clarification: I am looking ...
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Consequences of physically moving My Documents folder to Desktop folder?

What possible consequences (i.e. system instability / some programs failing) I can get if I'd create a junction point that points from My Documents to Desktop\My Documents? Currently, I have two ...
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How to make Windows 7 desktop read-only?

I have Windows 7 Professional on my home computer, 1 windows account, multiple users and... huge mess on desktop. I want to force other household members to save their temporary files and documents on ...
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how to remove folder lock option in the context menu?

Some days ago I installed Folder Lock in my computer. Then I uninstalled it but the item "Lock file with Folder Lock" still remains in the right-click (context) menu. How can it be removed?
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Constrain whole window within desktop borders in OS X Lion

Is there a way in OS X Lion to constrain my application windows to not pass outside the desktop borders? I hate it when I drag a window away to take a look of a window that's underneath and when I ...
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slow windows desktop keyboard shortcuts

I've got a couple of shortcuts on my desktop and on some of them I've configured the "Shortcut key" to a keyboard combination. For example I have a shortcut pointing to d:\documents\todo.txt and I've ...
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Windows - Four-Finger Swipe for Spaces (Deskspaces)

Is there a way to add a shortcut while dragging four fingers on the keyboard? With Elan Smart Pad, my computer can perform certain tasks by a slip of the fingers on the pad (mac style). The problem ...
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Windows 7 desktop icons randomly

After reboots, my Windows 7 desktop icons will randomly change size. I am referring to the icons with a gray border around them. A search has not yielded me a working resolution. How do I fix this?
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Software to 'stick' graphics onto windows desktop

There are plenty of sticky note software out there to put sticky notes on your desktop. But is there anything out there that allows you to do the same with photos? I don't want to just put an icon of ...
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One computer, two desktops?

Can I make my single computer run multiple desktops at the same time. I need one desktop that will work in the background until I decide to switch back to it from the other regular everyday desktop. ...
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Execute a program by double-clicking the taskbar and/or the desktop, Windows 7

It would be so useful, and not very difficult, because in fact I have Directory Opus installed (a very powerful windows explorer alternative) and it does exactly that, but only by double-clicking the ...
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Windows XP - who is connected remotely?

Is there any simple way to check who is currently connected to Windows XP computer using the command line? Information that I need is in Windows Task Manager/Users. I need to know Client Name, not ...
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Dashboard-like functionality for Windows (specifically, a directory list widget with custom sorting)?

Is there a good dashboard-like app for Windows? I mean the functionality that exists in for example MacOS or KDE, where you press a button, and a fullscreen window appears, on which you can manually ...
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How to automatically add a shortcut for removable media on Windows desktop, like some Linux distros?

I use sometimes some Linux distros, e.g. Ubuntu, and I like the feature they have to add a desktop shortcut to every removable device that is plugged in on desktop - for example, when a DVD is ...
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Missing icons/applications in windows 7

I just started a new session on my windows7 laptop to find everythings missing. My desktop is "empty" and everything in the windows menu seems to be missing. I can reach the apps (like google chrome ...
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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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How can I switch tasks by keyboard search?

For many years, I've used a series of Alt+Tab commands to get the window that I want. Now that I've gotten the zen of iswitchb in emacs — telling the name of what I want directly — I'd like to do the ...
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Change location of RSS Dynamic Desktops

I'm currently using CCleaner to take care of my computer, but I also have a dynamic desktop background provided by Bing (I'm running Windows 7 HP) - and unfortunately the two conflict. Whenever I ...
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How do I Log on as Administrator using Remote Desktop?

As title says.. How do I logon as Administrator using remote desktop.. I have a laptop and 3 Dekstop PC's all running windows 7 etc.. I can create accounts on my Desktops and connect to them via ...
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Display Full File Name on XP Desktop

In Windows XP, if a file name on the Desktop is greater than eight characters, the name is truncated and an ellipsis ("...") appears. Is there anyway to always display the full file name?
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Benefits of clicking Refresh all the time on the Windows desktop

Some people seem to right-click Desktop -> Refresh all the time. They seem to think that it solves computer problems in general, or that one must do it in order to keep the computer working properly. ...
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Remote Desktop from UNIX to Windows

You know how you can enable x11 forwarding and through putty when you use a program on the remote UNIX machine, the visuals of it (GUI, etc.) appear on your end? What I'm trying to do is instead of ...
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In Windows XP, how do you create a shortcut to the desktop?

Running the command desktop brings up C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Desktop. This is different from the top of the hierarchy, "Desktop". I would like to create a shortcut or create a command ...
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Seamless desktop startup

I use Xfce + Compiz + Emerald. When the system starts up I see: Xfce starting up (desktop background, desktop icons, taskbar) Compiz startup (the whole screen goes black and everything rebuilt) ...
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Gif pictures on windows desktop

I have some animated gif that I want to put on my desktop. Do you know some sort of software to do this? I would like them to be in the form of movable panels (such as done in the "fences", but the ...
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how to remote desktop in amazon aws Ubuntu Server Cloud Guest 11.10 (Ocelot)

How can I connect remotely desktop or Gui to an Ubuntu Server Cloud Guest 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) server in Amazon AWS from a Windows Seven machine? Can some one give me a link to a complete tutorial? ...
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How can I have Windows 8 go to the desktop by default?

I've played around a smidge with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a VirtualBox VM and I think the improvements under the hood may be worth tolerating the Metro UI crap. I don't like that the entire ...