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What steps do I need to take to completely uninstall MySQL?

I have installed and uninstalled MySQL Server for about 100 times. Each time I reinstall the thing, it shows the same configurations, which I think cause problems. I would like to get rid of all ...
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Backup Picasa 'people' tags data

OK, so I've spent a fair amount of time putting names to faces in Picasa 3.5 but in a few days (hopefully) my copy of Windows 7 should arrive and I'll need to reinstall Windows. So, does anyone ...
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What's the best way to completely remove everything from a computer, without re-installing?

I have a friend who wants to sell their computer, but obviously all personal information and software that it is on it needs to be removed before doing so. Usually I would format and reinstall it, ...
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Backup iTunes (store purchases, iphone backups, playlists) for Windows reinstall

I need to reinstall Windows on my PC. How can I backup iTunes - app store purchases, iPhone backups, media library, iTunes U - and restore it to the new iTunes installation after Windows reinstall? I ...
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OEM Office 2010 without media - how to reinstall?

I have recently purchased a new office desktop PC from Dell with OEM version of Windows 7 Pro and Office 2010 Pro. One of the reasons I always use Dell is that they always supply installation media ...
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How do I reconfigure my computer after an OS reinstall?

Every so often I am required to reinstall a standardized image on my job computer (basically a ghosting). When the process is complete I have to reinstall all my non-image software manually ...
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What do I have to back up before I re-install?

It seems that almost every time I re-install windows on my PC I end up forgetting to back up something. Now I consider myself an experienced pc-user, and I've done this tons of times, but it never ...
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Positive effects of a OS re-install

I have a slow computer, and I can uninstall unused applications, empty the cookies, scrub the registry, do a disk cleanup, and do a defrag, but it is still just kind of slow. If I do a Windows ...
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Windows activation with planned reinstall

My laptop's hard drive is dying. It still works (boots Windows 7, run some programs), but it is obviously damaged. I am buying a new one to replace it. I have a legal and activated copy of Windows 7 ...
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Google Chrome is taking forever to set up sync

I did a clean install of Windows 7 yesterday, and am now trying to sync my bookmarks and other preferences back to Chrome which I had prior to reinstalling Windows. Unfortunately it is taking forever ...
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How to enable AHCI in Windows XP without reinstalling

This question is part of a larger list of things I'll need to do before installing a new SSD drive, but I think it deserves its own question. Current setup: A dual-boot machine with Windows XP ...
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Windows BSOD - memory problems

A Windows Vista PC would regularly produce blue screens of death. A memory test proved that the memory was the cause. The PC had a motherboard several years old, and memory to fit that mother ...
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BIOS root kit? Or, how do I fresh install a clean BIOS?

So I was installing questionable operating system onto my EEE pc and it required me to downgrade the BIOS which I really am not an expert at. I used a patch and it appeared to work. Now, I'm paranoid ...
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How to fix my mouse?

I just reinstalled Windows XP - while it was installing I didn't notice that the mouse wasn't plugged in. Once the instalation was complete my mouse doesn't work. The pointer shows up when Windows ...
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Can I Reimage My Laptop With the Image of My Desktop?

I figured if I could reimage the new laptop, I wouldn't have to reinstall all the development software I install on a regular basis on every new system when I get a new contract gig and have to work ...
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Easy way to remove unused security descriptors?

I am planning on re-installing Windows soon. All files on my disk D:, which I am not planning on erasing, will have security descriptors from the current Windows installation with new security ...
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How to best re-install software and setup computer after re-install

I always wondered if there are any good ways to provide a fast re-install experience. Whenever I setup a new computer or re-installs an existing one I'm using a day or more to get all the software ...
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Messed up my perl install on Mac OS X 10.6

I have messed up my perl install on Mac OS X 10.6. I'll explain how: I wanted to add a cpan package for Bundle::DBD::mysql, cpan told me to update Bundle::CPAN first. I couldn't because of ...
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Obtain the product key of Microsoft Office? [duplicate]

I have to reformat my daughters laptop which has Windows Vista Home Edition... It currently has Microsoft Office on it which I will have to reinstall, but I can find the licenses number... Is there a ...
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How to Re-install an App that Shows up in the Appstore as 'Update' Instead of 'Buy App'

So long story short: I dropped the wrong app into 'clean my mac' and I hit 'cancel' but it was too late by that point. I rebooted and appstore said it had an update, when I opened appstore it was ...
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Reinstalling Windows 7 (Removing Bloatware)

Hey everyone. I have the following problem, I recently bought a new laptop (a Lenovo Ideapad) and it seems as if it came without a Windows 7 Installation disk (though it is on the laptop). The problem ...
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MySQL completely uninstalled and reinstall but database still exists on Ubuntu 12.04

I need to completely remove MySQL all databases and installation and reinstall, because root is broken. I followed this instructions: sudo apt-get remove --purge mysql-server mysql-client ...
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How do I fix a corrupted copy of .Net Framework on Windows 7?

I receive the following error when trying to run applications that require .net Framework 3.5: Could not load file or assembly 'System.Core, Version=3.5.0.0, Culture=neutral, ...
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Error message: “Windows cannot be installed to this disk…”

I am trying to install Windows 7 64-bit. My primary harddrive is an SSD. The Windows installer informed me that: On EFI systems, Windows can only be installed to GPT disks. So, after a lot of ...
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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 to recover Windows Vista product key?

Two years ago I bought an Asus laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed. I also received a recovery DVD with it. I now want to reinstall Windows and fully format the hard drive - however, the sticker ...
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Deleting Windows.old folder?

I have recently re-installed my Windows 8 Release Preview, and it has left a Windows.old folder in my C Drive. I am trying to delete this folder, but I am getting lots of errors: After ...
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Reinstall Windows 7 from Recovery Partition on a Dell Studio 1555 laptop

Dell includes a recovery partition with all their laptops, apparently, and I need to use mine. The problem is I repartitioned the laptops hard drive originally. I found this link, ...
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Reinstalling Windows from scratch or uninstalling everything

I frequently reinstall Windows from scratch because it has become to slow. I wonder if I were to uninstall every application, followed by a defrag and CCleaner job, would it be as fast as a fresh ...
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Why do I get “Incorrect Password” when connecting to a Mumble server? I never even used a password!

I just reinstalled Mumble, and now when I try to login on my favourite server I get «Incorrect Password». Why is that?
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Shrink system volume, create new partition, & enlarge current partitions w/o losing data?

My machine has a 300 GB hard drive. I'm planning to reinstall Windows 7 on this machine soon. It has three partitions: a System partition, and two equal data partitions for particular types of data ...
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Linux, recompiling from source

I'm relatively new to Linux but I've been messing around with a Ubuntu VM to get more acclimated with it. I set up SSH, Apache, PHP, MySQL, Ruby, Rails, Passenger, and Git to mess around with my web ...
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product key on xp reinstall

I recently reformatted my hard drive (virus) and entered an incorrect product key. I needed to validate my system and it was rejected. I didn't realize my correct key is on the side of my pc . Is ...
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Re-register programs from old disk when installing OS on new drive

I got a new SSD disk on which I did a clean installation of windows. At the same time I still have the old HDD installed, and on it there are a lot of programs that I still want to use and run from ...
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Re-install Windows 7 to a smaller hard drive on a laptop that I just bought

I just bought a new laptop with Windows 7 pre-intsalled. It has a 500GB hard drive. I would like to remove this hard drive and then re-install Windows 7 to smaller 256GB SSD that I have. My issue ...
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Windows OEM vs retail difference

My laptop has an OEM version of Vista Home Premium 32-bit. I need to reinstall Windows, and I've made sure that disk I have downloaded is the same as the one on my system (32-bit Home Premium). Is ...
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How do I re-install Apache on Mac OSX?

I posted this question here but was told I might get better results on superuser. So here goes: I mistakingly deleted the /etc/apache2 folder and screwed up apache. I want to re-install the stock ...
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Reinstalling Windows 7 to save space

If I install windows 7 SP1 over an existing windows 7 (not sp1) installation, will it use less diskspace? I'm saying that because all the updates over windows 7 created a very big ...
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Reinstalling Windows XP - Reinstall Everything?

If I reinstall Windows XP on my machine, will I have to reinstall everything? Does it wipe the hard drive (i.e. all my pictures and documents)?
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How to get windows 7 cd key from command prompt or linux live disk?

Recently my windows 7 installation broke and refuse to boot (see here). I wish to reinstall but only have 1 cd key. Is there a way to retrieve my current cd key with the use of only command prompt ...
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After reinstallation, Disk Cleanup disappears when I click OK

After I reinstalled Windows 7, Disk Cleanup stopped working. I can start Disk Cleanup and select the drive to clean, but when I click on the OK button, the window disappears. Any solutions? Here's ...
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Another Windows 7 install freezing

*COULD SOME ADMIN CLOSE THIS QUESTION (see below)? * I have a Lenovo Thinkpad T510 which has been runing Windows 7 32bits for almost two years now. For some reason, the system got dusty and slow ...
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Why can't I repair my Windows XP installation? Partitioned [unknown] [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME (0x000000ED) on my Windows XP DELL laptop? I have a computer that I need to do a installation repair on. It's running a SATA drive and ...
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re install windows 7, should I need product key

I want to re-install my windows 7 OEM, so that I can delete my old employees files, software, etc. As per this link, I can do re-install windows 7, my doubt is If I do this reinstallation would I be ...
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My laptop takes ages to startup, after recent format. Whats up?

After a boot sector crash, I formatted my hard drive and reinstall Windows 7 from scratch. Although my laptop now takes ages to startup (about 10-15mins!) and after I'm logged in, everything lags! ...
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Reinstall windows legally - HP laptop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I download Windows 7 (legally from Microsoft)? I recently bought a new HP laptop with windows 7 home premium x64 and as many of you know, HP is horrible when it ...
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Reinstalling Vista license on reformatted laptop

I have a laptop that's been acting up. (see here for details) I'm hoping it doesn't come to this, but I may end up reinstalling Vista on it and was wondering what the procedure was for re-entering ...
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Are there any downsides to reinstalling Windows 7? [closed]

I've had a few viruses/program installs/other things that have made me decide the best option is to reinstall my operating system after backing up all of my important stuff. Are there any downsides ...
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Reinstall Preinstalled Windows 7 on a Toshiba Laptop

I'm having problems with a Toshiba Satellite L745 which came preinstalled with Windows 7 (According to the product key label on the bottom Home Premium QA). Basically it is freezing whenever updates ...
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Reinstalling an old ThinkPad laptop

I have a somewhat old ThinkPad R40. I decided it's time to make a clean reinstall. I erased its partitions, formated a new one and installed Windows XP. I downloaded everything in Lenovo's site ...