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Best tool to perform multiple rename under windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I mass rename files from the command line or using a 3rd party tool? Requirements: works for files/folders same time works on WinXP, Win7 (EDIT: 32 and 64 bit ...
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How to merge/combine files with extensions .001, .002, .003.. etc? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Good free software that will join .001 files? There are files on sites like rapidshare which have extensions like .001, .002, .003? They seem to be split by some tool. ...
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Looking for quick view / quick look program for windows

Are there any recommended programs for Windows (preferably free, cheap acceptable) that are fast lightweight viewers for common application formats? (PDF, doc, jpg, png etc). The Mac has Quick Look ...
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Why can't I edit a “Program Files” file on Windows 7?

I'm having trouble editing this file on Windows 7: C:\Program Files (x86)\CMake 2.8.7\share\cmake-2.8\Modules\FindJNI.cmake If I edit it in Cygwin (vi) or TextPad, those two programs see the ...
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How to delete all but one file in Unix? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to delete all files in a directory except some? How to delete all but one(or some) file in Unix ? Something like rm -rf -ignore myfile.txt *
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Disable Windows 7’s “Open File - Security Warning” dialog for exe on local drive?

I am trying to run Eclipse java-galileo-SR2-win32 when I get open-file-security-warning. The files are just extracted from a zip file and put into a directory ...
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What is the easiest way to find and replace text in 20 text files in a directory?

I have 20 text files with various extensions in a directory. I want to replace "nnn" with "ooo" in all files. I could import them into a project in Eclipse or Visual Studio to replace them all but ...
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Search for videos with specific length or resolution

I have lost a set of videos on my computer and can't figure out how to search for them. I know they are in 1920x1080 and another is over 3 hours. I would like to use these parameters in a search ...
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Cant delete files that “do not exist” but appear in my download directory

There are three videos that I've downloaded. I moved them to a different folder where I put all my videos, however a copy of the files still show up in my download directory. I tried (in Explorer ...
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How do I fix a Google Chrome corrupt settings file?

I fired up the computer today just to be met by a message saying that the Google Chrome settings file is corrupt. Oh well, I thought, and googled it. And to my surprise nobody seems to be getting ...
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How to create a file with a “#” character in the name in Unix?

I've tried many commands already for creating a file and deleting a file with a # character, but it does not work. Can anyone tell me the command to create and then delete a file that begins with #?
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File Attribute of X

I have a file on my Windows 7 machine with the attributes of HX. I understand H means hidden, but what does X mean?
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Fixing mac user file permissions, not the system

Usually those files get wrong permission when coming from the network, even when I copy them from it, but mostly through "file sharing". So, definitely not talking about Disk Utility repair here, ...
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How to check for duplicate files?

I have an external hard drive on which I have backed up files several times. Some files were modified between backups, others were not. Some may have been renamed. Now I'm running out of space, and ...
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Are there any issues with having huge folders?

My site requires 10,000+ 1-2 seconds mp3 clips, saved as individual files. They are each about 12Kb in size. Are there any potential issues with storing them all in one huge folder as word_1.mp3, ...
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Move all files in sub-directories to current directory?

I've got files in a bunch of subdirectories, and I'd like to flatten them out and move them all to the current directory. I found this question, but adapting the answer to: mv * . didn't work. I ...
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Color-Tag Files in Windows (7) like on Mac

Hey, on a Mac you can right-click on a file/folder to give it a color which is then displayed in the Finder (the Mac-Explorer) behind the label of the file. Is there a Tool to get this done on ...
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Unix commands to get last modified date and size of file/folder (NOT LS)

I need a command that retrieves the last modified date and another that gives the size of a file. I've looked everywhere, and I cannot find commands like this. LS will not work.
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How to see media files (namely `flv`) details/info in Windows 7?

I see that for many media files, under Properties/Details there are some needed info like audio/video bitrate, but it seems limited - for example it does not work for flv. Is there a way that would ...
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How can I work around Windows File Protection such that I can rename a system file?

How to use PendingFileRenameOperations to rename a file which is in use? Especially system files, like tcpip.sys. I have created a key PendingFileRenameOperations (REG_MULTI_SZ) in ...
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Tagging files and folders

I'm doing some cleanup and I want to re-organize my files and folders. I think the quickest and best way to do this, is to assign tags to folders and files. I am looking for a tool for Windows or ...
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How to create a cron job to upload files to an FTP server

I would like to create a cron job that uploads files from a directory on my computer to my FTP server. I would like it to do it daily at midnight. I know pretty much nothing about cron, so I ...
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How can I open a file as read-only from Windows Explorer?

Is there an easy way to open a file as read-only from Windows Explorer? My inmediate interest is in a Microsoft Access file. I am doing some sanity checks in old MS Access databases and I see that ...
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How to copy files to an untrusted computer?

I want to copy files securely from one computer to another, the other computer however isn't trusted and I don't have direct access to it other then giving the owner of the computer instructions. In ...
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System malfunctioning in Windows-7

When I clicking on any folder in desktop of my laptop(Dell-Windows-7), it always points to the first folder(which is MyComputer) and opens it. Why? I scanned system fully, No virus detected. Due to ...
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Find out which program creates a file/folder in my C: drive

I am looking for an app that can monitor my C: (system) drive and find which program is creating a folder, with the rather generic name TEMP1\, on that drive. I wouldn't mind if it could hook the ...
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Tool for getting a complete directory/file listing with detailed information including hash(es)

Once in a while, I take a complete snapshot of my drives with a command like the following. > for %i in (%drives_hd%) do @dir %i:\/s/a/o>>File_List.txt This gives detailed information ...
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How can I share files from Windows to Mac OS X?

I've got a Windows laptop and another Mac laptop. I'm wondering how should I go about setting up my Mac to be able to read files from my Windows laptop? Let's say I have a file C:\test.txt and I want ...
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Editing the context menus for folders and files in Windows XP

In Windows XP, with SP 2, is there a way to make changes to the right-click menus for folders and files--e.g., to add, delete, or reorder items and dividing lines?
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How do I delete a ‘locked’ file in Vista 64? [closed]

This question asks how to delete a locked file in Windows XP. The answers in there don't apply to Windows Vista 64. Is there some app like Unlocker that works in Vista 64?
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Delete locked file/folder from command line

It is easy to delete file or folder from a command line or a locked file or folder from a nice GUI tool like Unlocker. However is there a way to delete locked file/folder from a command line? Is ...
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How can I disable access denied when copying from network drive to program files?

I have a mapped network drive (to samba on local network) and when I try to copy a file from it to Program Files or other "secure" folders UAC pops up I confirm, and it still gives me access denied. ...
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Why is “tar” trying to create an empty archive?

I'm trying to use tar to tar files before transfer, so I can keep the entire file path rather than losing it along the way. However, when I try to tar an empty folder, it tells me that it is cowardly ...
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Convert large .mov file to .avi or other small file format

I have a large 3G .mov file that I need to post online or attach in an email (hopefully the final output will be less then 100mb). What is the best way for me to do this, quickly and for free?
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is there a tool which enhances the windows open/save file dialog to allow adding comments (descript.ion file)

i am looking for a program/tool which allows to change the windows open/save dialog to allow adding comments which are then saved into a descript.ion file example description file: tumblr.jpg ...
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Problem deleting files in Windows 7

Happens sometimes but frequently enough to be a pain in the bum. I press Del or Shift + Del but the file stays there. Then when I try to delete it again, it says that I need permission from the Admin. ...
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Get pixel dimensions of a PNG on my Mac?

I have a random .PNG file on my Mac. Actually I have about a hundred of them. What is the easiest way to get the pixel dimensions? (I.e, 100 pixels wide and 50 high, or whatever).
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How do I decrypt a file with mcrypt?

I have the following: mcrypt installed a file with a .zip.nc extension a password How do I use mcrypt to decrypt the file? The man page isn't very helpful. I've tried mcrypt -k password ...
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Check which files a program uses

Is there any application that will check which files a running program reads, modifies etc. and can present me with a list of these?
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Can I open a folder in the current Finder window, rather than getting a new window for each folder?

In Mac's Finder, I have a million windows piled on top of each other when I finally find a file I want. Is there any way to select a subfolder and when it opens, have it REPLACE the current open ...
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Where should I back up my files?

Currently I back up my files to two locations, my computer and my hard disk. I'm thinking of backing up the files to other places, i.e. my web server (hosting company). The reason I want to do this ...
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Find files > 0 bytes in length that consist only of NUL in Debian/Ubuntu

After fsck'ing an ext4 drive that had been running in a QNAP nas without an fsck for about four years, I now have a number of files that seem but be the correct size (typically 8-12mib), but each byte ...
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How to automatically recover lost file extensions?

We're recoverying bunches of data from a crashed partition of which we had no backup, using a data recovery software. Files are getting recovered, but file names are lost. Is there any software or ...
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How do I prevent Excel from locking files by default?

When I double-click on a CSV file on a network share, the file is opened in Microsoft Excel (which is what I want). However, Excel assumes that I'm going to modify the file, and that everyone else is ...
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File synchronising software

Throughout my PC I have to have exactly the same files in more than one location (for one reason or another) and it's getting really difficult to keep track of them all and keep them all up-to-date ...
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Why would rmdir /s fail but still delete the innermost subdirectory?

I had a directory structure (src/...) created by Cygwin's 7za.exe. From a command prompt I ran rmdir /s /q src. This resulted in error messages (paraphrasing as my DOS shell has long since ...
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Why can't I delete a file that I can still see but is no longer on disk?

I've got a 0 byte, errorous pdf file, which I can't delete. Neither in normal nor in safe mode. I can't run format on the partition where the pdf file is because I have no room to move all the files ...
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How to get a “warning window” to come up before moving files by clicking and dragging?

Fairly regularly I left double-click to open a folder, as usual, but instead manage to move the entire folder into another one (the folder above it or below it) by accident. Any tips on getting a ...
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What is a “0-Namespace-http” file and how to delete it?

I am trying to delete some files from a rescued user's profile folder from previous installation of Windows 8. I'm talking about the files that are normally located at C:\Users\Someone. I have copied ...