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What is the difference between “Program Files” and “Program Files X86”?

In Windows 7 there are two folders, "Program Files" and "Program Files X86". What is difference between them? Where does a 64 Bit program get installed?
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Where are my icons in Windows 7?

In previous versions of Windows when I right click on a shortcut and dived in to change the icon the initial list populated with a whole catalog of default icons. On Windows 7 (RTM) here is what I ...
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Windows 7 lowers applications' volume automatically

Every time I run some of my games, if the media player is open and playing, Windows 7 lowers the volume of both applications (the game and the player). All other applications are not affected. I tried ...
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How does Windows 7 licensing work for running the OS as Virtual Machines?

I plan on buying Windows 7 Ultimate Edition to run on an old Pentium 4. I also want to run Windows 7 virtual machines inside Windows 7. My question is two fold: Do I need a license for each Virtual ...
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How do I change the wallpaper of Windows 7 Starter Edition?

Is there a way to change the desktop wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter Edition? I wanted to do that on my new netbook, just to find out that there is no "Customize" option in the control panel. Microsoft ...
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Does built in Windows 7 backup perform differential (incremental) backups?

I have win 7 scheduled to backup every Sunday, it's only looking at one of my drives at the moment and is backing up to an external HDD. It's a 1TB drive so should take quite a while to fill but the ...
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How to tell how many CPUs (cores) you have on Windows 7

I got me a nice new laptop and I want to know a bit more about the hardware. How can I see how many CPUs my computer has in Windows 7? (Note: Clicking on Start->Right clicking on Computer-> ...
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How do I get permissions to delete files on Windows 7?

I updated my laptop's OS from Windows XP to Windows 7. There are some leftover files from Windows XP on the computer now. If I try deleting them I get the following error: You need permission to ...
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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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How can I dim my computer screen beyond the minimum?

I usually just use Fn + Left or Fn + Right to adjust my screen's brightness but the minimum settings are still too bright for me (especially when I'm working at night). I tried going through the Power ...
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Is time a substitute for Safely Remove Hardware?

In Windows 7, before unplugging an external hard disk or flash drive, you are ideally supposed to use the Safely Remove Hardware option to make sure there aren't any writes still pending. Suppose it ...
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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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How can I disable flashing icons on Windows 7 taskbar?

I set my Windows 7 taskbar to auto-hide. However, sometimes when a program changes or something new happens in a program, the taskbar will show its self, and its respective taskbar icon will begin ...
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Remove “Libraries” from Windows 7 Explorer

Windows 7 has this feature called Libraries. I do not use them and I am quite annoyed by the fact that they are the default "start location" in Windows 7 Explorer. How can I remove them?
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How can I restart my taskbar?

Occasionally the clock in the notification area of the taskbar stops working. If I hover over it I can see the analog clock view is correct but the digital readout is frozen. Today I tried to hide the ...
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How do I rename a file to .htaccess in Windows 7?

I'm using XAMPP to test a PHP script. Now, in the root of the folder I want to place a .htaccess file according to the requirements of the script. But Windows won't let me rename it to .htaccess. Is ...
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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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How do I replace Notepad in Windows 7?

I use notepad2. I love notepad2. How do I replace notepad2 in windows 7, so I never use the old version of notepad again?
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How do I create the GodMode folder in Windows 7 & Windows 8?

How do I create the GodMode (AKA Windows Master Control Panel shortcut and All Tasks) folder in Windows 7?
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How do I manage multiple audio playback devices on Windows Vista/7?

I've got speakers (audio in) and headphones (USB headset with it's own soundcard) connected to my desktop computer. Under Windows 7, I can right-click the Audio Mixer and select Playback Devices and ...
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Why did my flash drive become “read only” and (how) can I fix it?

I have a brand new flash drive (one week old) that has become marked as read only, by Windows, Kubuntu and a bootable partitioner. Why did this happen? Is it fixable? If it is, how can I fix this? ...
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Why is my computer really slow despite of having a considerable amount of free memory?

I have a Lenovo g560 3-4 years old, Intel i5, with 2GB ram and with a Geforce 310M. It always had some issues during startup or when starting a new program, but recently it just went crazy. From the ...
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Possible to “snap” top/bottom instead of just left/right in Windows 7?

I know you can do Windows + Left to put a window in the left half of the screen. Is there a feature that will do top bottom?
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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 can I take a picture with my webcam in Windows 7?

I know it existed as sort of a folder in Windows Explorer in at least Windows XP, but I just can't seem to find it in Windows 7... How can I take a picture with my webcam in Windows 7 without using ...
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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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How do I find out the file type without an extension? [duplicate]

After recovering my HDD, I ended up with a lot of files with no extension. Many of them are .bin files. Is there any way to find out what file format they actually are? Many of them have no ...
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Where are the shortcuts for the Windows 7 Taskbar stored on disk?

Where, in the Windows 7 file system, are the taskbar shortcuts stored (per user)?
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How to tell when Windows and all startup programs have completed booting?

My machine (Windows 7 64-bit) takes about 3-4 mins to completely boot. Is there any way which will indicate that boot is complete, some kind of sound / pop-up, either by using Windows in-built feature ...
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How do I “persuade” programs open an actual .lnk file in Windows 7?

A .lnk file in Windows is an actual file intended to be a shortcut to another file. However, I really do want to view the contents on the .lnk file itself. I'm finding it literally impossible to do ...
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How can I kill / murder / fully disable StickyKeys?

I hate StickyKeys. Worst idea Microsoft has ever come up with. Is there any way to disable it permanently, system-wide?
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How can I configure the Windows 7 firewall to prompt me on outbound traffic?

Can I configure the built-in firewall in Windows 7 to ask me if I want to let a program open an outbound connection? I can disable all outgoing traffic and manually create rules for programs, but I ...
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Windows 7 says a 8.6 GB file won't fit in 14.7 GB space?

The pictures below explains it well, but it seems Windows will not let me place a 8.16 GB .vhd file on a flash drive with 14.6 GB of free space.
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In Windows' Run command line, how to open “My computer”?

if I do run (Winkey + R) and type "C:\", explorer shows up in "C:\". I'd like to know how to do the same for the My Computer folder in Windows Vista / 7.
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What search utilities can search by file name in Windows 7?

I've just installed Windows 7 64-bit and have found that it's file search really really sucks. What is a good alternative that I can load on my system to do file searching? Note: I don't care about ...
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Is there any benefit from installing Windows 7 64-bit when you have less than 4GB or RAM?

I've recently purchased Windows 7 Ultimate. I have an AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ with 2GB DDR2 RAM. I know RAM has gotten much cheaper, I know, I know, but I am not going to be able to upgrade my RAM for ...
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Windows using too much RAM, how to diagnose resource hog

I have 16GB of system RAM. On startup with no applications open except the task-manager Windows is using about 3gb of RAM. I looked in the processes tab, but nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. ...
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How can I install Internet Explorer 7 on Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you install MSIE7 in Windows 7? I need to install Internet Explorer 7 on my Windows 7 machine. How can this be done?
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Correct way to disable indexing in Windows 7

What's the best way to disable indexing in Windows 7? All of the articles that I've found online instruct me to access services.msc and disable the Windows Search service. However, even after I did ...
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What's the difference between 'C' and 'CE' functions on Windows calculator?

I have always seen these buttons on physical calculators just as they are displayed on the Windows Calculator, but I never really understood what the abreviations mean and what exactly is the ...
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Disable advertisements on Skype?

An ad titled "Two friends who've never met" recently appeared on my girlfriend's Skype. The ad appears above the name of the contact she is currently speaking to and can't be disabled via the ad ...
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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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Drag and Drop File into Application under run as administrator

Whenever I have an application running (Visual Studio 2008, Notepad, etc.) under "Run as Administrator", I cannot drag and drop files from Windows Explorer into the application. I've tried running ...
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Remove Desktop entry from Alt+Tab list

Is it possible to remove the entry for the desktop from Windows 7's Alt+Tab list? So far I have found a post telling me to add an entry to the registry: ...
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recursively change owner windows 7

Somehow i accidentally set all the files in a subfolder to no owner and i cant seem to change all the permission. I can change one by hand by changing the owner then setting permissions but how can i ...
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Programs minimized for long time takes long time to “wake up”

I'm working in Photoshop CS6 and multiple browsers a lot. I'm not using them all at once, so sometimes some applications are minimized to taskbar for hours or days. The problem is, when I try to ...
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Virtual Desktop Manager for Windows 7 [closed]

I'm surprised to still NOT see a build in feature to be able to utilized more then one desktop! I mean every popular OS has it build in! Apple Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris and I'm pretty sure many ...
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Burn Image context menu item missing in Windows 7

My understanding is that in Windows 7 if I right click an ISO image I should have an option Burn Image, or if I double click an ISO I should get a dialog to let me burn the image.... Not happening ...
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Make Google Chrome “Application” Windows Use High-Quality Icons in Windows 7

Whenever I use Google Chrome's "Create Application" shortcut (which I heavily use, and recommend), the icons shown on the Windows 7 taskbar are really blurry, probably the result of the 16x16 favicon ...
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How to quickly empty a very full recycle bin?

I have deleted about half a million files from a folder, and didn't think to press Shift in order to delete them completely straight away. Now they're clogging my recycle bin, and Windows claims it ...