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What are “Software Devices” in Device Manager?

I have some items in a group labeled Software Devices in Device Manager utility in Windows 7. This group contains three items: Lightweight Sensors Root Enumerator Microsoft Device Association ...
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Windows 7 HOSTS files keeps reverting it's permission back to READ-ONLY

As a full-time Web Developer I am constantly adding fake domains to my Windows 7 HOSTS file to point a domain to my localhost web server that I develop on. I have even built a nice little PHP script ...
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Windows 7, Printer is unavailable until PC reboot

We are having a problem that I haven't seen before and can find no answers to online. A desktop running Windows 7 is unable to print using network printers. When the user tries, no matter what ...
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unable to install windows 7 in my laptop with no os

I have a the following message when i try to install windows 7 through an bootable USB.. setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition I will explain ...
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windows 7 hangs at shutdown and reboot

I recently installed Windows 7 and it was fine for a few weeks however now it hangs when I try to shut it down so I have to hold the power button to turn it off. This issue started a few days after i ...
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Check Bandwidth utilization of specific application or process in windows 7

I want to know is there any command-line tool (windows built-in or 3rd party), that can be used to check bandwidth utilization of a particular process or executable? For example, i want to check ...
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Ghost boot disk on a pen drive

I am in process of ghosting several windows 7 machines. I have disk but no pc comes with floppy drives. So I need an external so I was hoping to create a bootable pen drive with ghost. I have the ...
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How do I get the full path to a USB drive in Windows 7 with no drive letter?

I plug in a Nokia C3 phone to USB and select view files on this device. It shows up in the Explorer "my computer" window as Nokia C3 under "Portable Devices" but there's no drive letter associated ...
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Log off as local “administrator” user, get blank login screen

I have an imaged lab environment running Windows 7 and attached to a domain. The local Administrator account is enabled for certain maintenance and prep tasks. Every time I logoff from the local ...
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windows 7 taskbar icons moves by group (grouping is disabled)

I have win 7. Taksbar grouping - "never" All tasks(icons) are not in one small group, but big tasks as it must be. But if I open 3 notepad programs etc & then I'll try to move one of this task in ...
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Can I somehow speed up Windows's USB Plug n play function (on a USB Hub/switch)?

I'm using a KVM-switch like setup to share my keyboard and mouse between a Windows machine and a Linux machine. I have a Logitech Mouse and Corsair (K95-RGB) Keyboard (ironically both devices made ...
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Hidden Files: Odd large system files taking up space on hard drive

In the above image there are four large files with names composed of what appear to be random (non-Roman) Unicode characters. I have no idea where they came from. Is anyone familiar with these? Do I ...
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Change command prompt to only show current directory name

I was fiddling around with the prompt commando in cmd and was wondering whether there was a way to show the path like C:\..\dir4 instead of C:\dir1\dir2\dir3\dir4. I have searched around, and I can ...
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VT-x enabled in BIOS, but disabled in Windows 7

I've been running VMWare Workstation 11, with 32 & 64-bit guests just fine but I haven't run in in a few months. I tried starting it up again and I get: Blockquote Binary translation is ...
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Virtualize MAC addresses on a single physical network interface

Background: I am working with an application that runs on a host machine that mainly identifies clients via MAC addresses (something that I would not like to change). I am attempting to simulate ...
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vmWare Workstation - unable to drag and drop or copy and paste

I've setup a CentOS 7 VM on my Windows 7 laptop. In the VM settings I have both boxes checked for "Enable drag and drop" and "Enable copy and paste" and yet I'm still not able to move over even a ...
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Computer won't boot after uninstalling Ubuntu and reinstalling windows

Hello fellow Internet users, So I decided to install Ubuntu, formatting my hard drive to do so, after a few months I decided to go back to Windows, so I formatted my hard drive and reinstalled ...
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How to turn on bluetooth in dell inspiron 15 3000 series

I don't know how to turn on Bluetooth on my laptop. I have tried a lot but I am not getting the option how to turn the Bluetooth on
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How to prevent scheduled tasks from running as soon as computer wakes up?

Example: I have a task that is scheduled for 6 am every day (only if I'm logged on). If my computer sleeps/hibernates all night until 9am, upon waking up the task will then run even though it missed ...
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Share two internet connections in the home network

I am new to networking, my problem is: I have two internet connections in my company, so when one internet goes down, it should access from another – but it's not working: the Internet is connected to ...
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Extra free space when moving a hard drive to an external enclosure

My secondary 1TB internal hard drive filled up recently, so I bought a 2TB disk to replace it. The cheapest 2TB disk I could find was actually a Buffalo Drivestation USB3 enclosure. I used SyncToy ...
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copy|move sparse files on NTFS with Windows

How can I copy or move a sparse file from one NTFS volume to another NTFS volume while maintaining the sparseness using the native tools included with Windows? If there is no way to do this with the ...
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How to enable the indexing options in Outlook 2013 in Windows 7?

The quick search bar in my Outlook 2013 installation is not working and I tried to configure indexing appropriately. When I go to File - Options - Search - Indexing Options the indexing location ...
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Import chat history from Skype in Windows to Skype in Ubuntu

I have a backup of my skype history from Windows using this guide https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA413/how-do-i-back-up-my-configuration-and-instant-message-history and now I want to use that one ...
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PC reboots automatically in the begining

I have a AMD Phenom II 3GHz. 2 GB RAM system running on Windows 7. Off late my PC does not start properly I have to start it at least 7-8 times before it starts. It starts and then shuts down. Every ...
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unable to set local admin password using GP

I'm updating our local admin script which does not include server 2008 r2. Because 2008 and Windows 7 have same version Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601] so I can't do a version search. I have ...
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Printing in Windows 7 64bit

I have a Laserjet 6MP (parallel printer port only) connected via a USB to Parallel cable. It used to work fine, until I built a new computer and moved the printer to the new PC. Windows sees the ...
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Reverse zooming Microsoft Keyboard MSPaint

A few weeks ago, I've bought a Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000 set. On my keyboard, when I use the zoom in/out buttons, they're working fine. But in MSPaint, they're reversed ! When I press the zoom ...
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Keep application on top (even when Show Desktop button is pressed)

Is there any way to keep a specific window always visible even when the Show Desktop button is pressed? I'm working with multiple monitors, on my 2nd monitor I have several apps that I want to always ...
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nVidia - Display driver stopped responding and has recovered

I keep getting this error of nVidia driver. So what it does basically first it freeze all windows then my monitor becomes black and if it recovers it gives me error message like u see in the url, if ...
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User folder access when dual booting Win7 & Win8

I've got Win7 & Win8 in a dual boot configuration. When I try to access my Win7 User folder from Win8 I get permission errors. I understand that my user accounts in Win7 & Win8 have unique ...
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How should I create a folder that automatically links to a shared drive between Windows and Linux?

I'd like to set it up so that when I click on my 'My Pictures|Videos|Music...etc' folder it just redirects to my middle data drive. Likewise for my linux folders. How can I set this up? I'm sorry if ...
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All internet requests in Windows time out

So, I've run into a very strange problem with my home wireless network. Previously, at seemingly random times, the router seemed to disconnect all wireless hosts and cause all of the wired hosts to ...
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Is there a way to password protect a windows application on Windows 7 without changing the exe?

I want to password-protect a few applications (not just files/folders) on Windows 7, such that, there is no change to the protected application's .exe file itself. Since the .exe files can't be ...
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Tabbing to first Google result

I'm using Chrome 16.0.912.77 on Windows 7, with the Vimium plugin for Chrome. I prefer to navigate my browser with the keyboard as much as possible. A really useful feature of Chrome was that I could ...
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Make one out of many folders available offline with Windows 7

We have a user who is using large files. Instead of working on the network he is copying the files to his local machine for better performance. This isn't ideal as it's an error-prone manual process ...
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Custom folder field for Windows 7

I would like to be able to add a custom field to folders in Windows 7, and then be able to show that column(field) when viewing the folder in Explorer (sort and group etc). Question: How can I ...
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Bridging connections between two wireless notebooks

My apartment has a very weak public WiFi signal. my vista notebook is not connecting to this public WiFi, it says signal is weak, while my win7 notebook does connect and is working OK, so i wanted to ...
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Virtualization of multiple command line tools

Short Question Has anyone had success virtualizing multiple command line tools in Windows? Background In a previous SU Question I asked how to setup isollated work envrionments. The over all ...
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Screen artifacts and memory parity error

I have owned a Dell Inspiron 9400 laptop that has given me nothing but grief. I bought this laptop in 2006 and over the near year (till 2007) dell replaced the motherboard twice, LCD screen once. But ...
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VPN Split Tunneling on Windows 7

I use uTorrent and other programs to download from the internet and use chrome for browsing how can I make chrome only use the vpn while the other programs use the direct line ?
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My taskbar buttons have disappeared - not a graphical glitch, they're simply not there

I've just experienced a very weird bug. After installing Dropbox 1.0RC over 0.7.112, my taskbar buttons have disappeared: As you can see, none of the open programs have a button on the taskbar, so ...
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Disabling shift-Windows key in Windows 7

Windows 7 set those Windows+Shift keys for moving windows to the other screens: (Win)+Shift+→ (Right Arrow) or (Win)+Shift+← (Left Arrow) moves the window to the other side of the dual ...
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HW beeping in Windows

I have a very strange problem. I've bought a new laptop - Asus G73JH with Windows 7 x64 Ulti. Everything worked fine until I've installed so many apps that the system collapsed and I was forced to ...
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Missed Windows Task runs when the computer starts

hi I have a problem oposite to the usual one. I have a task to hibernate my computer at 8pm If I hibernate the computer earlier, and turn it on next morning, the task runs and hibernates the computer ...
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Losing WLAN connections but maintaining internet connections on Windows 7 workgroup

I have 4 computers all running Windows 7 networked in a workgroup through Billion 7404vgp-m wireless router. All drivers and firmware for wireless adapters and router are up to date. Windows ...
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Windows 7 playback of dvr-Microsoft files stutters

I've just had to install Windows 7 on my Media Center machine because my Vista installation had a faulty drive. I've got the latest drivers that I can find - Intel 945GM integrated Graphics, Realtek ...
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Easiest way to remote into a Windows 7 laptop with no video capabilities?

My dear beloved laptop of 4 years's GPU is dead. It can no longer display video, even through VGA or HDMI. It can still log into Windows, and I am able to blindly use cmd.exe, Windows Explorer, and ...
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How can I set the screen resolution in VirtualBox during a system installation?

I want to record the installation process of some operating systems but VirtualBox, without VB guest additions, set the screen resolution to 800x600. So, is there a method to change the resolution ...
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Need a progress bar when doing a silent install in PowerShell

At my job, I do a lot of installing and reinstalling of the same software. I wrote a script in Powershell to silently install everything for me, which works great. However, because it's silent there ...