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

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Installing a LG dvd drive in my antec p183 case

I added those silly braces around the drive. Now I can't slide the drive in from the front now, and even putting it in through the case doesn't seem to work. how do you do this? haha
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i7 920 CPU doesn't come with thermal paste for the cooler?

I installed my new i7 920 CPU and cooler that came with it. It didn't come with any thermal paste, so I guess it is not required? I really hate these snap-in 'screws', they pop out easy!
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Blinking dash when booting Windows 7 on Eee

I just got a new faster SSD for my Asus eee 900 and figured I'd take the opportunity to try Windows 7 on it. I did the magic to get the install DVD to a usb-stick and it installed just fine. However, ...
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Install Live Mesh on Windows 2003 Server x64

Is it possible to install Live Mesh on Windows 2003 x64? I just tried with the 64-bit Vista setup file and get "The installation package is not supported by this product type". If I try the 32-bit ...
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Problem installing uTorrent with Ask toolbar

I use uTorrent for long time now, and now when I start it I get installation wizard to install new 1.8.3 build 15772 version. Ok... So I start to install, and everything is going fine, until I get to ...
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Vista OS disk for Gateway used to install on another Laptop

Is it possible to use a Vista OS cd for a Gateway laptop to install Vista on another Laptop? I wish to do this since the other Laptop didn't come with an OS cd, and recently I had to completely ...
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Can I install Windows OS (Windows 7) on a removable USB hard drive?

I wanted to take a sneak peak at Windows 7 so I thought of installing it. I have Windows Vista on my laptop which came pre-installed with it. I didnt want to mess with it. So I created a partition ...
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How to install iWork '09 onto an external volume?

I want to install iWork '09 onto an external volume but the installer doesn't allow that. Most Mac applications don't really care where you install them, but some from Apple, like iWork, is especially ...
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Windows 7 Install Stuck at Setup is Starting

I'm trying to install Windows 7 RTM 64-bit on my computer but I am stuck between "Starting Windows" and the first dialog window asking for the language. All I can see is the standard Win7 background ...
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Windows Install - How to set a password for the default user?

I get this wrong every single time I install Windows XP (which is embarrassingly often). Somewhere during the install, it will ask you for your name, and whatever you give it will end up being the ...
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Swap partition size for 4GB RAM

I'm planning to install Ubuntu 9.04 version. How much space should I dedicate for swap partition. I remember setting it to double the RAM size when I installed long back. At that time my RAM was 256 ...
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How can I install SP3 on Win XP without having it save files for uninstallation?

I have the SP3 network install file, installing over a pristine original Windows XP installation. When I run the SP3 install, it spends aeons estimating space for uninstallation and whatnot. I don't ...
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Good example ini setting files for Win7 unattended install

Windows 7 should be released to MSDN next week so it will be time to rebuild my machines. I use my C drive purely as a system volume, D and E for transient data and my F drive for my user accounts and ...
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Problems while installing Windows XP

I have a big problem during the install of Windows XP. First I insert the CD and accept the contract, select the partition, copy the files and restart the computer. But when the installation then ...
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Why is Microsoft forcing users to use non-standard download/installation solutions?

Just now I wanted to download ASP.NET MVC and seen there is now something called Web Platform Installer. The direct link to the installer is however still there. A few days ago I wanted to get SQL ...
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Unable to boot from windows 7 dvd

I'm trying to install windows 7 on my computer. I've downloaded the boot image from microsoft and burned it to a dvd The dvd is not a valid boot device in my computer. I've tried the dvd on several ...
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Can't run setup.exe for MSDN that comes with VS2008

I just had to replace my hard drive, and am reloading all applications. It's got XP with all current patches, and VS2005 already installed, including the MSDN that came with it. VS2008 installed ...
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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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Uninstalling a program on Windows

When I install and uninstall a program there always seems to be stuff leftover that the uninstall didn't remove.(files,registry keys) Is there an easy way to log everything that was installed so it ...
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Installing Windows XP : popular customizations

What process do you go through when reinstalling Windows XP on a personal system? This includes setting UI options, registry changes, "must-have" applications, desktop customization, security ...
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Installing second OS on TrueCrypt encrypted disk

I have a machine running Vista 64bit and disk with three partitions fully encrypted with TrueCrypt. I want to install Windows 7 as my second OS, but i'm not sure if this would work because of disk ...
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nokia PC suite hangs during installation

I installed Nokia PC Suite on my computer, only to find that the version doesn't support my cell phone. I promptly uninstalled it, but the uninstall got stuck, and I killed it. Subsequent attempts ...
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How do I properly install a fan in my computer case?

I have a new desktop PC with Intel Core 2 duo. I now just buy a cabinet fan and I need to place it on the back side of the cabinet just below the SMPS. How can I place it there with appropriate ...
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Legally downgrade Windows Vista Home OEM license?

Last year I bought a laptop that included Windows Vista Home Premium, OEM version. As I bought it for my linux work and am not fond of Vista, I would like to replace it by Windows XP or make a Virtual ...
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Installing Windows on an SD Card

Assuming you have a built-in slot, is it feasible to install Windows 7 (Vista, or XP for that matter) onto a 32gig SD card? By install, I mean house your windows folder and any OS required folders and ...
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Windows Vista doesn't recognise CD Drive after iTunes install

After installing iTunes I can no longer load cd's as it appears that my CD Drive doesn't exist I've found postings on other sites to repair this by deleting the upper and lower limit keys in the ...
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Clean Install Using Windows 7 RTM Upgrade

I am thinking about getting a pre-order for Windows 7 upgrade, but I don't want to buy it if I can't do clean installs with it. How does the upgrade process work exactly when comming from Windows Xp ...
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How to install windows 7 RC from a USB disk?

Can anyone provide detailed steps to install Windows 7 RC from a USB hard disk (rather than a DVD)?
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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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If I install Vista SP1 before I enable IIS, will I have to reinstall SP1?

I seem to recall that on XP, if you installed plain XP, upgraded to a service pack, then went into the setup program for XP and enabled IIS, it copied files from the original XP cd (location), which ...
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Is there a way to prevent installs/updates to litter my hard drive with cryptic folders?

Often I find guid-like folder names spread around on my hard drives. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? I think they might come when I install various programs or while updating them ...
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How to install GNOME desktop on linux (CENTOS)

How to install GNOME desktop on linux (CENTOS).I would appreciate detailed steps as I am a linux newbie.
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Windows install missing NTLDR

I'm having trouble install WinXP Pro on my pc because NTLDR is missing or can't find during installation process. I highly doubt it's my DVD drive because this machine work fine before the install ...
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Unable to have full-screen in Mac's Xmonad

I installed the newest X11. I run the following command unsuccessfully after sourcing ~/.profile $exec /usr/X11/lib/X11/xinit/xinitrc I get a message Screen is terminating and I do not see any ...
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Windows Home Server Connector Failing to Install

I'm having some difficulty getting the Windows Home Server Connector to work on multiple machines. My Home Server server is up and running and working perfectly with my main PC (which has the ...
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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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Installation of fedora 10 from install DVD, but with no monitor

I have an oldish box running fedora 2. I want to do a fresh install with fedora 10, but I do not have a screen/monitor for it (all my other machines are laptops). To save buying a monitor, does ...