Installation (or setup) of a computer program (including device drivers and plugins), is the act of making the program ready for execution.

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Does it actually matter whether you have open applications when installing new software?

It seems the norm these days is for installers/setup programs to request that you close all open applications before initiating the install process for a piece of new software. I used to obediently ...
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How to set-up a Linux machine for children's Internet use?

My kids are approaching the age where they want to use the Internet. I have a spare computer with Linux on it. What are the things I should do make the Internet safe for my kids?
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Create Multi-Bootable USB disk for installation Win Xp, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

Hi I need install Windows Xp, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003 from one USB flash stick. I google it and I found some tools such as WinSetupFromUSB but I would like have all type windows on one usb ...
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How to open the console during Windows 7 install?

During the Windows 7 install, there is a key combination you can press to get a console prompt. What is that key combination? I just can't remember and I just can't find it on Google or anything...
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Installing Fedora: does it matter what I make the hostname?

I'm in the process of setting up a Fedora machine just for use on my in-house lan (not exposed to the internet.) This seems like a slightly stupid question, but I can't seem to find a definitive ...
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Windows 8 isn't available for download

Just downloaded the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant and only got the following message: "Windows 8 isn't available for download", "Sorry, Windows 8 isn't available for online purchase in the ...
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Recommendations for 4th monitor options

I currently have a 3 monitor setup, which is working wonderfully. I have a 4th monitor which matches the other 3, and think I should incorporate it into my setup (mostly "because I can"). I've read ...
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Windows: What is the difference between installing for all users and current user?

A lot of software installation dialogs on Windows throw up a query to the installing user asking if this software should be installed for all users or the current user. Why do they do this? Why not ...
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What are the binaries of a file?

Sometimes we have options to download the binaries of a particular software (instead of setup or source code for example). What are binaries of a setup?
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Build a Development and testing at home(via VM)

I need a consult in building a home development and testing environment, I'll describe what I had in mind: I'm a web developer, hence I don't need such top performance hardware, I'm planning on having ...
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Setup.exe won't run

Trying to run a programs setup.exe file, but no install windows/prompts start up. I've tried running the setup file as a local-admin, as the domain admin, I've deleted and re-downloaded the setup ...
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Automated setup of Eclipse?

I work for a company that uses Eclipse and a bunch of plugins for their development environment. I'm trying to come up with an automated way to install everything(eclipse, and plugins) and configure ...
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change drive letter from D: to C: for Windows drive!

My computer was installed from a USB stick, and now the Windows' drive is D:, while C: is used for external media. I'd really want/need to change, so Windows & Program Files' drive letter will be ...
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Can I install Windows XP, Vista and 7 from the same USB flash drive?

I'm usually the person my friends call when it's time for them to turn back the clock on their computers and reformat, but none of them seem capable of hanging on to the Windows installation discs ...
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Choice and setup of version control

Anyone? This question may also have been better on SO. So anyone for with the ability to do so, please feel free to bump it over. I am about to set up an new laptop and in the process transition ...
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Windows XP Disc: corrupt or not corrupt?

I just finished one of my builds and am trying to install Windows XP onto it. Here are the specs beforehand... Intel Pentium 4 Northwood 2.4 GHz (512KB L2, 533MHz FSB) QDI Superb 4 Motherboard 2x ...
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Windows 7 setup hangs after “Starting Windows…”-screen

I'm having some trouble installing Windows 7. I need to install the OS from boot in order to split my C: into two different partitions, as this is not allowed when installing from inside Vista. When ...
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How to remove a broken installation of SQL Server 2008?

After installing the Service Pack 2 of Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the SQL Server failed to start. Trying to repair this, I've done some stupid things, which results now in the situation in which I ...
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how to resume failed downloads on cygwin

i am trying to download cygwin inorder to try out android ndk development on windows. The problem is i have a slow internet connection and it requires its own online installer yet the download keeps ...
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Checking for latest installers of famous freeware/opensource software

I always store in my HDD setup files of software which I generally install after windows installation (like google chrome, skype ... etc). Updating these setup files manually. I wonder if there is ...
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Windows Recovery Console - forgot password

I upgraded to Windows XP SP3, which immediately "broke" the laptop - it never booted with SP3 on it. I put in the Windows XP install disk I had originally used to set up the laptop, and it ran for a ...
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How to set up a git server with SSH access

I have a server running Ubuntu where I installed a SVN server and integrated it with Apache. My users access their repository via HTTPS and I am able to configure which repo each user can access. I ...
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Sysprepped image will not complete setup

I'm having a problem installing/setting up an image. Background: I've created a Windows 7 Enterprise image (i.e. installed OS, installed applications, configured settings, etc.). Then I sysprepped ...
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Man pages in Linux

I don't seem to have all the man pages that I need. For example, my college computers (running Fedora 14) have man pages for ASCII, all the standard C libraries (stdlib.h, stdio.h) and so on and so ...
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How do i skip the Personalize page (color & computername) during unattended Windows 8 setup?

i'm currently setting up an unattended Windows 8 setup but i'm stumbling upon the Personalize page which i can't skip. My unattend file looks like below. Guess the interesting part should be in the ...
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What can I do if msvcr80.dll is missing?

I have MS-Office 07 setup in my system. But it seems like if its one DLL got corrupted called msvcr80.dll. When I try to install office now, it says Setup cannot find Office.en-us\msvcr80.dll. Browse ...
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Install XCode 4.5 beta along XCode 4.3 to keep App Store publishing option

What is the correct way to install Xcode 4.5 beta along existing Xcode 4.3 stable? I want to keep App Store publishing option. Last time i did install an Xcode beta, it wiped out my existing install ...
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Find router on network

I've just bought a Belkin N+ Wireless Router. When I plug it directly into my computer I can navigate to its setup page at 192.168.2.1 - however, when I plug it into a random part of the network it ...
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Can I install all my applications on D drive?

I want to install my applications not on C but on D drive. Reason - after reinstalling Windows, I don't want to reinstall all the applications again. But, I'm not sure is there any issue about this ...
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NetBeans not able to include files

IDE: NetBeans 6.8 OS: Fedora 12 I have been having this problem for a long time now. NetBeans is almost impossible to use with C/C++, maybe because it was not made for it in first place. Anyways ...
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How to clone and deploy multiple machines?

See what I wanna do is basically make bootable clones or disc images or whatever(let's call it "stuff" for now ) and store many of them in a single big HDD. Then, I wanna use that big HDD and the ...
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Suggest best ways to configure Ubuntu on a personal PC

It took me a while but I have finally installed dual-boot Vista with the latest Ubuntu on my home PC. I am not really a stranger to unix, and have been using it for at least 7 years as a user and ...
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How do I set up a Proxy server on my home router to enable content filtering

This is going to be a difficult question, and I really hope someone can help me out here. I have mentioned before, my son has a Nexus 4 and wants to use Google Now, I have k9 web protection enabled ...
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After cancelling out of Windows 8 setup I no longer have the option to keep my apps

I started the upgrade from Windows 7 ultimate to Windows 8 Pro. The first time I ran it I had all three "Choose what to keep" options. I chose "Nothing" and hit next. After a second I decided I wanted ...
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What's the normal way to manage MS-Windows Server 2003?

Ok, so I've never used a server version of Windows before (I've worked on, but never administrated, Linux servers). Because of this I decided to install Microsoft Windows Server 2003, set it up, and ...
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Where should my application setup put the binary executables in Windows 7?

I created a small Windows app, and am building a setup for it using NSIS, but what I can't find out is where to put the executables to conform to the new Windows security model. Traditionally we put ...
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Windows XP setup doesn't recognise my netbook's harddrive

Before Christmas, I wiped all partitions off my Acer Aspire One D150 netbook and installed Jolicloud Linux to try out. It's great, but I'm missing too much of my Windows-only software so I'd like to ...
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Office 2013 installation error 1406

Hi I am trying to install Office 2013/2010 on my Windows 7 64 bit laptop. But each time I get the error 1406 which stops the setup boot-strapper. I have tried amending registry, cleaning up old ...
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Win7 setup insists on CD/DVD driver even though it isn't needed

Alright, this one got me stumped... Bear with me. This is a long story: I'm trying to help out a family member with a clean install of Windows 7 (Ultimate, 32 bit) on his ASUS A7Sv laptop. Laptop ...
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How do I setup Trac login?

I've been trying to follow the Trac installation guide, but I've hit a bit of a snag. I can view the default Trac setup just fine, but when I go and try to log in I get this on the page: Trac ...
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How to track what setup.exe has installed

Is there a way to track what the setup file has installed? Everything - Registry, files. Is there a way to track down what kind of files software creates? Cookies & all other files it creates on ...
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Can an administration extraction of an MSI file perform registry and/or system wide changes?

I am always getting MSI (or setup EXEs which are basically MSI) files, and half the time they really do not need to be a setup. Microsoft is probably one of the biggest sources - almost every time I ...
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DirectX SDK Setup is freezing

On my windows XP machine when I try to install the DirectX SDK the setup freezes on the first screen. When I click on the "next" button the system does some processing and stays on the same window. ...
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Adaptive Brightness service with MacBook Pro with Windows 7 x64 RTM

I just installed Windows 7 enterprise x64 RTM on a MacBook Pro unibody using Boot Camp 3.0 from Snow Leopard. Everything installs very smoothly like HP/Copmpaq SmartStart. I noticed, however, that the ...
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Setting up new Win7 computer without completing “First Boot” config

Someone fairly technically challenged has asked me to set up their brand new computer by installing newest updates, antivirus, chrome browser, activate windows, etc. However, they still want to be ...
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Can't keep settings when upgrading Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro RTM

I'm trying to install Windows 8 Pro RTM on top of a Windows 7 Ultimate, but the only option I get when asked "Choose what to keep" is Nothing, which seems rather drastic. A friend of mine tried to do ...
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Setup for two SSDs and one HDD?

I currently have one 2TB HDD. In about a week, I'll have 2 SSDs; one that is 60GB and the other that is 128GB. I would like to setup Windows 7 and some Linux operating system. I am also a pretty big ...
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dual monitors not working with RHEL 6

I installed REHL 6 (30 day demo version) on a system that already had 2 identical graphics cards. There are 2 identical monitors conneted, but only 1 monitor is detected. I tried System -> Preferences ...
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“setup can't copy files” error during XP installation

During installing Windows XP, I got errors like "Setup can't copy ks.sys, modem.sys etc...etc.." I skipped the error messages, but after all that Windows XP is not detecting cd drive or USB. How to ...
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How do I setup VPN to access computers on another network?

I m working in a private firm. We have two offices at different places. In one office there are a set of computers connected through LAN. These computers are assigned private IP addresses as given by ...