The process of installing software, hardware, or peripherals on a personal computer.

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Where can I download Windows Vista?

I have a dying HDD in a 5 year old ACER laptop running Vista 32 bit, but I do not have the OEM CD to do a fresh install. ACER laptops comes with the bootable partition in the HDD, but it is useless ...
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Install Windows 7 x64 from a separate partition on same hard drive (no DVD/USB)?

I'm currently running Windows XP 32-bit, and want to install Windows 7 64-bit. However, my DVD drive is broken, and the only USB sticks I have lying around are USB 1.1 only (SLOW!). So I tried (as ...
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Re-install Mac OS X: “Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer.”

I'm trying to do a fresh install of Mac OS X on my MacBook. When I try to do so, I get the error "Mac OS X cannot be installed on this computer." I've searched the problem and discovered that the ...
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How do I install Windows XP from a USB pen drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Windows XP through Pen Drive Is possible to install Windows XP from a USB pen drive? I found many articles after searching Google, but they all talk about ...
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How can I backup entire installations of a program, instead of just manually backing up individual files?

It seems pretty straightforward to backup individual files, such as pictures, saved games, or settings files - just copy them straight over to your 2nd HDD or to an online service like DropBox. ...
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Will my apps and files be lost or MIGHT they be lost?

When the official release of Windows 8 comes out 10/26 (or soon thereafter), I will want to upgrade from the RC on my laptop. I understand that I can't just upgrade in place; I have to do a full ...
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Expanding Files 0%, error 0x80070017 Windows 7 x64 RTM

I have downloaded Windows 7 x64 from MSDN. I have checked the hash of the file and it is correct. I have them made a bootble USB stick (http://kmwoley.com/blog/?p=345 (had to use my vista bootsect.exe ...
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How to extract files from MSI package?

Can anyone advise a way, or utility that can extract the files from an MSI installation package. We have some old patches that we want to get the files from but don't wish to spend the time ...
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Is there a way to see all files and registry entries that an application installs?

I am trying to figure out if there is a way to basically install an application into a sandbox, so that I can easily see all files it created and all registry entries it added without searching the ...
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Synaptics - Windows 8.1, updating Synaptics failed

On Windows 8.1, I tried to install the latest Synaptics Touchpad Driver v17.0.19 and it failed for some unknown reasons. Turns out it's problem with Synaptics, not Windows. Synaptics did not "Sign" ...
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Is there a way to make Windows 7 install .iso onto USB drive from OSX?

I copied my windows 7 cd to a ISO and trying to source the image onto my USB drive from OSX. So far it doesn't seem like it's possible with disk utility. Is there something else I can do to make this ...
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How can I install Windows 7 from an external hard drive?

I followed the instructions here, but format fs=fat32 quick did not work, it gave the following error: Virtual Disk Service error: The volume size is too big. So I then tried just format ...
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Will you install software on the same partition as Windows system?

I was wondering if you always install software on the same partition as Windows 7 system? What kinds of software do you install on the same partition as Windows system? What kinds of software you ...
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How can I get apt-get to install python packages for a different version of python?

In Ubuntu 10.10, I have installed python 2.7. I would like to use apt-get to install packages to this version of python but I haven't been able to figure out how. Things I have tried without ...
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Should I use an antistatic wrist strap when changing the RAM on my laptop?

I am about to upgrade my laptop's RAM and I'm concerned about using an antistatic wrist strap. Is it smart to use one or not very necessary? What are the chances I could damage my laptop?
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When installing Windows 7, CDBOOT error 5 appears: Cannot boot from CD; why?

I am installing Windows 7 on an old machine. I can not even get it to boot. I get this error message: CDBOOT: Cannot boot from CD - Code: 5 Boot Failure from Previous Device.. Boot Failure from ...
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Install Vim in Cygwin

I have installed Cygwin on my Windows machine and I have also selected some additional packages as part of my installation (like GCC etc). Now I want to add Vim also to my existing Cygwin setup. What ...
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Is it possible to create an isolated environment to install 3rd party application into?

I am looking for a utility / method to install 3rd part applications, such has embedded compilers, into its own isolated environment, including registry. On Mac OS X I use homebrew to achieve this. ...
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Google Android OS on x86?

How can I install Google's Android OS on an x86 platform? Are there any prerequisites for doing this?
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How can an operating system be installed when the installation media is missing?

Often when trying to fix someone else's computer - especially consumer machines - the operating system will need to be reinstalled, but the owner will have lost or never created the installation or ...
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Install Windows Embedded Standard 7 from USB

I would like to install Windows Embedded Standard 7 on a HP thin client. I downloaded the ISO file from the MSDN Subscription site but I'm struggling to make a bootable USB disk. I tried using ...
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Installing Windows 7 from a USB Hard Drive

I have a Western Digital Passport External Hard Drive (320GB) that I want to partition to keep the data on, but use some of the free space to install Windows 7 onto my desktop computer. Microsoft has ...
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Installing Windows 7 upgrade version on a clean disk [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clean Install Using Windows 7 RTM Upgrade Is it possible to install the much cheaper Windows 7 upgrade version on a clean disk? What information will I need? 1) Will ...
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Should I choose 'Format' or 'Format (Quick)' when installing Windows XP?

When installing Windows XP, there is a prompt for formatting the disk. What is the difference between an NTFS 'format', and an NTFS 'format (Quick)'?
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How to meet Windows 8 upgrade's 20 GB requirement on a 40 GB SSD with a 22 GB Windows 7 install?

A PC I have has Windows 7 installed on a 40 GB SSD, and I bought a Windows 8 upgrade for it. The current Windows folder on it however is 22 GB, that's after removing hibernation, turning off the ...
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Will Visual Studio 2008 work on Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)?

I would like to know whether Visual Studio 2008 works on Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit). I am specific about the 64 bit Home Premium version of Windows 7. Regards, Naveen Jose
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How can I install drivers before Windows boots?

If there's a bad hardware driver that is causing Windows to crash during startup, how can you update the driver? Do I need to make a boot disk? I have the driver installation disc that came with it ...
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Where does a program install on linux?

I want to know the procedure of installation and uninstallation on Linux? Are there any log file that logs these procedure? For example, I am installing Netbeans IDE on Linux. I want to know where ...
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Installing Adobe AIR on Mac OS X

I've been trying to install Adobe Air in Mac OS X 10.6.2 for a while without success. When installing Adobe AIR the progress bar reaches completion and disappears. Then nothing happens, the installer ...
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Can I activate Windows XP Pro installed from Retail (or VL) media with OEM key?

I have Windows XP Professional OEM key on the sticker on the computer, but I don't have a OEM media to perform reinstall. I could obtain (it doesn't matter how) an installation ISO images from MSDN ...
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Error 80073701 when installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1

I tried to install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 using Windows Update, and I got an error (code 80073701 - unknown error). I tried it again, same thing. Rebooted and tried again, same error. Before I ...
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Looking for way to download all the free software I need to setup my PC all at once . . [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: One-stop-shop installer for free Windows software? I am in the middle of reinstalling Windows 7, and I would like to install all the software in as few steps as ...
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How can I install XP on a SATA drive without having a floppy drive for the driver?

I have tried using nLite and downloading the "AMD SATA RAID/SATA AHCI Driver (Preinstall driver, press F6 during Windows* setup to read from floppy)" from the motherboard website and it still wont ...
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DVD/CD driver missing during Windows 7 install

I have an Optiplex GX620 that I'm trying to install Windows 7 Pro 64bit on. I've attempted to do so using a DVD and a flash drive (with the DVD/CD drive completely disconnected. In both cases I get ...
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Can't change keyboard language layout?

When I installed Windows XP, I didn't install support for my native language: Croatian. I used a friends CD created with nLite and the languages where removed. How can I install the correct keyboard ...
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Dual boot Windows 8 and Windows 7, why can't Windows 8 installation see the drives?

I am trying to install a dual boot Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 8 Pro on an XPS 8500 special edition. I created a new primary partition from my C drive, inserted the Windows 8 install disk, and ...
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OS X Sever Snow - how to abort installation process?

Here is the story. I wasn't aware that "OS X Server" was an actual operating system to install, I thought (seriously!) it's just another application or bunch of apps working nicely together under the ...
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How do I determine if an unbootable copy of Windows is a 64-bit or 32-bit installation?

I need to reinstall Windows on a laptop. I have the product key (its on the laptop), and I know it is Windows 7 Home Premium. I need a way to determine if 64-bit or 32-bit Windows is installed, so ...
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For a PC with 1GB RAM, should I install 32 Bit or 64 Bit Windows 7?

I would like to install Windows 7 Ultimate on a PC with 1GB of RAM. What's better for me? The 32 or 64-bit version?
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How can I download and install a browser on a new installation of Windows 7E?

In Europe, Windows 7E comes without a browser, it now has a chicken-and-a-egg problem where users don't have a browser to use to download and install a browser. What is the simplest way that a user ...
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Install Chromium OS, but not from a USB

How can I install Chromium OS on my PC? I do not mean in a virtual machine, but actually a dual boot. I know you can boot from a USB, but that is not what I'm looking for. I really want to install ...
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Windows 7 Install: No drives were found

I was building a computer for my wife with an older SATA hard drive that I had lying around, and when attempting to do a new install of Windows 7 on it, the installer says: "No drives were found. ...
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Full Ubuntu Install on USB

I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 in a 16GB Verbatim USB flash drive so I can boot my computer from the usb and have a full ubuntu running (I also need an encrypted home folder). I just want to run ...
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Install Google Chrome to AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application

I recently have installed a second drive to my PC and decided to install Windows 8 on it. While installing all of my favorite programs I noticed that my Google Chrome installed to C:\Program ...
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What is the proper step-by-step procedure to install any application in Ubuntu?

I have just installed Ubuntu for the first time on PC, I have done some googling to get an idea about installing any application in Ubuntu but yet not clear about the proper procedure !! Most of the ...
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How can I install Internet Explorer in Linux?

How can I install Internet Explorer in Linux?
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Removing all traces of a program on Mac OS X

I'm using Snow Leopard and would like to delete all traces of a program on my computer. I tried using AppCleaner but that does not remove some traces of the program as when I try to reinstall it ...
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how can I get scitools to work with Python 3.3.2 in Windows?

I just installed Python 3.3.2 on my Windows XP machine. I have been practicing Python using both Idle and PyScripter. I installed several packages to go with it, among them SciTools. The ...
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Is it possible to migrate programs from 32 bit Windows to a new 64 bit Windows machine (both Windows 7)?

I've got a Windows 7 Pro 32 bit PC. Getting a new Windows 7 Home 64 bit. Is there anything I can use to transfer my programs (the ones that don't come in a 64 bit flavor) to the new PC? There is a ...
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Skype MSI installation fails

I'm trying to install skype_6.0.0.120.msi to my Windows xp (32 bit) laptop. But if I double click the setup, it shows the message like This installation package could not be opened. Contact the ...