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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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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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Entire Desktop Deleted

I have a question, and I am sorry if I don't perfectly articulate it and have any sort of propriety in doing so--I am frantic, right now! In my "downloads" folder, I had a desktop icon that I didn't ...
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CMOS Battery recharged [duplicate]

My pc was unused for several months(its a 5 year old acer desktop) and on boot up a screen came up indicating that the CMOS battery was low. Any time I restarted, as expected, the same screen came up ...
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gray dotted box outlining desktop icons on windows 7

I occasionally get this problem where for some reason small, dotted gray boxes appear around my desktop icons. It always goes away after I restart, but I'm just curious what it is. I don't know of ...
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Make your Screensaver as a Wallpaper in Windows 7?

I have an ASUS laptop, a G75V model. It has 16GB Ram, 2TB of HD space, and a 2GB 660M video card. It is also a 17" LCD at 1080 DPI resolution. It has an Intel i7 processor in it. So what I think I am ...
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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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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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Desktop flashes, does not load

Almost every time I update my Windows 8.1, the whole thing breaks. After login (which takes an unusually long time), the taskbar will appear with only the Start button (mapped to Classic Shell). The ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I disable the screensaver and lock screen in Ubuntu 11.04?

It's very disturbing when making a Kiosk application, every time the lock screen and screensaver shows up, also many popup + battery or updates shows up. Where and how can I completely disable the ...
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Is it possible to pin a windows to the desktop in Windows 7?

I am looking at pinning the window from an application to the desktop in Windows 7. I do not want this window to be on top of the others, just "glued" to the desktop. It could look like what used to ...
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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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Tool to put text on desktop wallpaper

I'd like to put a list of keyboard shortcuts I want to learn on my desktop wallpaper so I can show and hide it quickly by pressing Win+D. I'll want to be changing the list quite frequently as I ...
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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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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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How to set four virtual desktops in Windows 8.1 like Ubuntu?

I have started use Windows 8.1. I want to use four desktops like Ubuntu. It is possible?
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Mysterious gray square outlines on certain desktop icons?

Recently, my hand slipped on my mouse/keyboard and I accidentally increased the icon size. After resetting it and fixing them, I noticed these incredibly annoying small gray outlines around only ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Icons and Open file dialog are messed up after backuping Windows system folders on external hard drive

On Windows 7 I moved my Document and Desktop folders (using Windows Explorer, not on command line) to an external hard disc (directory F:\backup\). When the hard disc is not attached and I use File ...
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Computer hardware

Here's what happened: Desktop working perfectly (playing supertuxkart on linuxmint). Power down (computer left unattended, no one home). After about 3.5 hours - power up. Linux Mint starts up almost ...
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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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Is it possible to enable Tiles View for icons on the Windows 7 desktop?

Is it possible to enable Tiles View for icons on the Windows 7 desktop? You can get the same thing in Windows Explorer by going to a folder and selecting "Tiles" for the icon view option. The Windows ...
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Custom rule for Outlook 2010

Sorry if this is a repeat of others but none of the ones I read meets my specific need. I am trying to create a desktop alert to tell me that there is mail still in my Outbox. This would need some ...
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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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Is that true that if you keep bulky files on the Desktop then Windows slow down?

A friend of mine keep telling me that if I keep bulky files on the desktop then Windows try to load them in cache and slow down? I'm (almost) sure that this is not the case but how can I demonstrate ...
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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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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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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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Virtual desktop or virtual monitor

Does anyone know if there is a way that you can setup a virtual desktop or monitor using VNC? I have 2 windows 7 machines and would like to be able to connect them but in different user accounts so ...
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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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Least expensive way to convert to Virtual desktops

I have a small network with 6 users running on Windows server 2003. The workstations are antique and since all they do is transcribe medical records I'm considering replacing them with a thin client ...
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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 do I disable the fade out/fade in effect when unlocking a Windows 7 workstation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to remove the fade effect between login? When I press Win+L, the “Locked” screen (with the password prompt) appears immediately. That’s nice, but not ...
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Virtual monitor / desktop accessable through vnc only (windows 7)

I have the following challenge. I would like a virtual monitor / desktop on my windows 7 pc which is not neccessarily visible to me when i use the pc. Instead i want to access this virtual screen only ...
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How can I get to the recycle bin without the desktop icon in windows 7?

I hate having anything on my desktop. I usually remove all the icons from the desktop, even the recycle bin. Occasionally I need to access the recycle bin, but having to re-enable the icon just to ...
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Displaying wallpaper when desktop is locked in Windows 7

is it possible to lock the desktop in Windows 7 and have it continue to display your desktop wallpaper rather than the default Win7 locked-workstation screen?
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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 ...