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Customizing fast-access buttons on left-hand side of File->Open dialogue in most Windows programs

In many Windows programs when I open a file, the GUI dialogue that starts with "Look in:" and provides a list of directories and files to open has a thin panel on the left-hand side with the following ...
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Windows 7 memory usage

Physical memory(MB) for Windows 7 Total 4021 Cached 1113 Available 768 Free 174 Memory used 3.25GB At this point, windows7 asks me to close some programs because "system memory is low". From my ...
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I can't delete a file - even when using unlocker

Ok, so when I try to delete this from my desktop, I get this error: When I click "See what's locking this" in lock hunter, I get this: Now, I have a drive, called G:. I only have one physical ...
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Run As Administrator Shortcut Without Password Prompt

I have installed a program on Windows 7 that needs Admin rights to run properly. When running on Windows XP; I used the runas command with the savecred switch to create a shortcut that opened the ...
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Windows 7: File In Use when deleting file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I delete a 'locked' file? Trying to delete a file, and I get an error saying that the file is in use. I've tried to look for it in the Resource Monitor ...
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8.00GB RAM (3.22GB usable) in Windows 7 x64

I have set up Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit on my PC. I have 8GB RAM and my BIOS states the correct amount (8192MB), but Windows (System Manager) says I have 8.00GB (3.22GB usable). give me a solution. ...
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Does Windows 7 support UTC as BIOS time?

Since I live in Germany, my timezone is GMT+1 (or GMT+2 in the summertime period). Previous Windows versions were not able to have the hardware clock set to UTC, and the Windows time to the local ...
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Why does WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) keep spiking my CPU?

I generally keep my laptop on 24x7, and at the end of the day it's really annoying to have my thighs burnt because over overheating. The overheating seems to be a result of WMI Provider Host ...
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Find out what the motherboard on my computer is

I want to find out the exact model of my computer's motherboard so that I can see what sort of memory chip, graphics cards and other components it supports. I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
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How do I disable “you need to format this disk” message in Windows Vista/7?

I've started using TrueCrypt to encrypt a partition on an external USB hard drive. I've opted for using a raw partition as opposed to a file container. But here's the annoyance. Whenever I connect ...
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Insert Unicode characters via the keyboard?

I am familiar with inserting an ASCII character into a text document by using 'Alt+ASCII code' on the NumPad keys (e.g. Alt+130 inserts an é character). Is there a similar way to insert a Unicode ...
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How can I remove the option to eject SATA drives from the Windows 7 tray icon?

The Safely Remove Hardware icon in Windows 7 offers the ability to eject my SATA drives, including the boot drive. I don't see myself ever needing this - especially not from the convenience of the ...
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How do I get the Windows 7 taskbar with the Start Menu to display on dual monitors?

I am looking for an application with features as follows:- It will give me a dual monitor set up with a Windows 7 taskbar with Aero peek and the Start Menu on each monitor. The taskbar should ...
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Open source / freeware application for Windows 7 to create ISO images [closed]

I'm looking for a freely available utility I can run on Windows 7 to create CD/DVD ISO images from actual CDs and DVDs. Any suggestions?
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Disabling UAC on Windows 7?

How can I completely disable UAC on Windows 7? Also, I know my own benefits, but what are the risks?
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Prevent elevation (UAC) for an application that doesn't need it

Having recently migrated from Vista 32bit to Windows 7 64bit, one of my programs now requires admin rights. I use a rather exotic text editor (Crimson Editor). Although not designed for Vist/Win7 it ...
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Is there a quick/automatic way to change monitor brightness at night on Windows 7 or Linux?

I'm a fairly nocturnal creature by nature, but life requires me to spend more time during the bright hours of day. I also have a visual impairment which makes it that my eyes take a very long time to ...
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How to enable multiple logon remote desktop in Windows 7

In Vista you could copy the 2k8 server .dll for remote desktop and it would let you use remote desktop on the computer without logging off the active user. Does this work for Windows 7? Has anyone ...
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Unknown glyph symbols on the Volume Mixer

I get these symbols on the volume mixer. It seems to happen at the end of every line. This is a nearly clean install of Windows 7 x64 (only Chrome and Firefox installed). Any idea where this could be ...
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How can I enable AHCI on a SATA drive after installing Windows?

Can I enable AHCI after installing Windows 7 in a SATA drive that was on IDE mode?
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Good Alternatives to Windows Task Manager

Does anyone know of any good free alternatives to the standard Windows Task Manager besides the Resource Monitor? I'm looking for a lightweight program that displays detailed info about my CPU, RAM, ...
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Desktop Internet traffic measurement software [closed]

Can you recommend a robust Internet traffic measurement tool you had experience with? Robustness is important because I've used a couple of such tools but ended up uninstalling them because of ...
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How to tell if windows 7 installer boot in EFI or BIOS?

I have a windows 7 64bit installation USB. I want to know if the windows 7 installer has booted into EFI or BIOS mode. I googled and found a solution here ...
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Any compelling reasons for upgrading Vista to Windows 7 [closed]

I have been using Windows Vista since it first came out and had no problems so far. Are there any compelling reason to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7? It seems like windows 7 is slightly faster ...
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How to bond two different internet connections

I have two internet connection, each with 4mbps bandwidth. I want to join/merge both of them to get 8mbps speed, both routers have WLAN and LAN capability. How to Double my speed using two routers? ...
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Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit upgrade?

I have an old Vista box sitting around, and I'm thinking of upgrading it to Windows 7 64-bit, as it has 4gb of RAM. Well, I know that there's an "in-place" upgrade from Vista, but does it work from ...
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Temporarily Changing Console Properties in Windows 7

In Windows XP, when you make a change to the console settings (not just for the command-prompt, but all console apps), eg dimensions, colors, fonts, etc., it asks if you want to make the changes ...
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Troubleshooting a Windows 7 PC that wouldn't sleep

I have a new Windows 7 PC that wouldn't sleep (not just automatically, but also when specifically told to). The screen goes black momentarily, but within two seconds the machine comes back as if ...
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Can I install windows 7 x64 in a VPC where the host is vista x86?

Before I waste my time trying is this possible? If not, i'll just install win 7 x86 on the VPC.
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Use an unsigned driver in Windows 7 x64

I'm trying to use the RBC9 SpaceNavigator TEST x64 build drivers for my SpaceNavigator 3d joystick so that it can work as a normal joystick in games like Quake. Unfortunately, I get the error "This ...
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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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Password reset programs only find passwords from one OS on a dual-boot system

I have an Acer laptop with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I need to reset the passwords on Windows Vista, but the password reset programs I have tried only find the Windows 7 passwords and not the ...
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Windows 7 does not recognize Media Card Reader after upgrade from Vista

This question is a result of the issue stated in this SU-question. Please read it beforehand. I have upgraded my OS from Windows Vista Home Premium x64 to Windows 7 Home Premium x64. It's a legal ...
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How to dual boot when Windows XP was installed after Windows 7?

It seems pretty straightforward to dual boot those versions of Windows when the newest is installed after Windows XP. But the inverse isn't happening on my machine. I tried even editing the BOOT.INI ...
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How do you clone a Windows 7 installation?

I am getting a new laptop and wish to "move" my desktop installation exactly as I have it on my desktop to my laptop. I imagine that drivers will be an issue, but beyond that, how do I do a clone?
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Is there a way to get Windows 7 to index shared network drives?

I was able to do this in Windows XP Search and using something like Copernicus. I don't see any way to do this with Windows 7 (other than making it available offline which means that all that data ...
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64-bit Windows 7 can only use 3.25GB of RAM instead of 4GB? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to enable 4GB in my Windows 7 64 bit? My Windows 7 is 64-bit, and I thought that means it can use the full 4GB of RAM installed on the computer. But I just saw this ...
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My windows directory is huge

I have always had problems with my windows directory's growing to a huge size. It started with windows 95 then 98 then 2000 and xp. Windows 7 however is absolutely huge. The windows folder itself ...
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Recover files from deleted partition

Somehow one of my partitions disappeared (I didn't even have the disk manager open, so I'm really not sure how that happened). The volume was simply deleted. It was an NTFS partition, created under XP ...
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How to mess up a PC running Windows 7? [closed]

Ok, so for my PC class I have to find 3 hacks that would mess up the lab's PC. Me and my partner are going to mess up the PC and then another team will try to fix it. The system on it is Windows 7. ...
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How to install Windows 7 from the network?

Is it possible to install Windows 7 (Current RTM Version) on a computer without using removable media like DVD or USB? The first thing that comes to my mind is through the network, but I don't have ...
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What is the command to use to put your computer to sleep (not hibernate)?

I want to put my Windows PC (Windows 7) into a sleep state via command line (so I can bind to macro button on keyboard). The power button on the PC is setup to but the computer to sleep (but it's ...
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Disable or delay alt-tab Aero Peek effect in Windows 7

In Windows 7, alt-tab shows the transparent windows effect. It is bugging me because the screen change is distracting while I'm trying to figure out which window to switch to from thumbnail preview ...
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How do I upgrade from Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM?

I want to install Windows 7 RC. I know about the time bomb in June of 2010, where it will cease to work, and that a few months before that it will shut down every two hours. If I install Windows 7 ...
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Mount second drive as c:/Users in Windows 7

So about a month ago I set up a Windows 7 Professional machine where I was able to mount the secondary hard drive to the path C:\Users. This put all of the userspace files on the second hard drive ...
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Why is System process listening on Port 80?

I am running Windows 7 RC1. I have multiple issues getting IIS to work on my system and today when I installed a new application and I tried to load it using http:\localhost\MyApplication I get ...
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How do I create a link in Windows 7 home premium as a regular user?

I am a Linux guy and as such I am very lost when I try and do anything is Windows. I am trying to create the following link: mklink /d C:\backup\data \\myth\backup\data But I do not have sufficient ...
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Slipstream Windows 7 + Service Pack 1

I heard that Microsoft released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 yesterday. By sheer coincidence I planned to format and reinstall Windows 7 on my PC, next week. Is it possible merge (slipstream) the ...
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How do I set advanced file associations in Windows 7?

It used to be in Windows XP that I could make Warcraft III files load automatically into the game by double clicking on them. This association was made by going to file associations ADVANCED area and ...
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Can't delete folder and I am admin. “You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from…”

I can't delete a certain folder in Windows 7. It's not a system folder. It was created by an app. I get an error message "You need permission to perform this action. You require permission from ...