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Upgrading a motherboard and keeping old Windows 7 installation

I recently upgraded my motherboard from a Gigabyte 78LMT-S2p to a Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3. When I tried booting up Windows it blue-screened, and after some research I learned that it has something to do ...
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Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8

My PC is running a bit slow lately, and I want to format it. I have a Windows 8 upgrade disc (upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 8). I've seen here : How can I upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and ...
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monitoring ISP bandwidth data

On Windows/Linux, what would be a way to run a sample measurement of the bandwidth that I have available? I need to run a measurement at periodic intervals. There are many website which will give you ...
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Possible to add “conflicting” Drivers to Windows 7 Installer?

Is it possible (and smart) to include all bunch of diffrent drivers to a Windows 7 installer so Windows could theoretically install all needed drivers during the Windows installation? Meaning can I ...
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Windows certificate manager restore private key somehow

This is may sounds very strange but let me explain a situation: I was using my PKI Private Key installed at Windows Certificate Storage I get token, so I decided to load them to token and delete them ...
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How to run an application from host on guest OS in virtualbox?

I am wondering how to run an application from the host OS on a guest OS? I know this is possible but am unsure how to do it. The Host is windows 7 and the guest is Windows XP. Is it possible without ...
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Triple monitor with two different cards

My primary card is a GT 440, and my other card is a 9500 GT. I have two 9500 GT's, so I could run SLI if I had a bridge and theoretically get close to the same performance as one GT 440. The issue is ...
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Why is there a very long 6 second delay in start of Curl

I did a full install of Cygwin on my Windows 7 x64 machine. After each machine reboot, Curl can take around 6 seconds to start (even if no command line options were specified). On subsequent uses of ...
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How to edit keyboard registry settings for keys with 3-character scan-codes?

I have an Apple mini-USB keyboard I am using with Windows 7. My ultimate goal is to permanently remap the F12 key to be "Delete" so I can log in with Control+Alt+Delete (apple's keyboard only has ...
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Reg Import Logon Script; Windows XP

I've created a two line batch that checks for the existence of a file and if it exists, imports a reg key with the correct setting values. It needs to work with Windows 7 (32 & 64-bit) as well as ...
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Start MySQL from the command line without losing prompt

I'm on Windows 7. I'm trying to run a .bat file where I stop and start MySQL and run some other commands. However, running "C:\Program Files (x86)\EasyPHP\binaries\mysql\bin\mysqld.exe" results in ...
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tracert command is not working but able to access the same site through browsers

tracert [site name] is not working in cmd prompt. But the same site has been working in all of my browsers . Please find below output of command. I need to use this command in my batch file but there ...
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Uninstalled office version asks for activation

I have a computer that had Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 trial installed. The trial was supposed to end in two days, so I purchased a Microsoft Office Professional 2010 license (don't ask my ...
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How do I send data to the Microsoft Loopback Adapter?

I have a Microsoft Loopback Adapter installed and I have a program that listens to data on this adapter. But how exactly do I send data to this loopback adapter in Windows? There must be some tool ...
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How to manually trigger “turn off display”? [duplicate]

How do I manually trigger the "turn off display" function in Windows 7? This normally happens automatically when the user doesn't move mouse or presses any keys for a certain amount of time (power ...
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View currently open websites in the background

Is there a way to view what websites are currently open in a browser that doesn't require user interaction (ie. done in the background). The only related command I know of is netstat -abf, but I've ...
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Windows 7 Transfer

Okay, here's the deal, I upgraded my motherboard, RAM, CPU, but not hard drive. I figured this was my first build on my own it wouldn't be an issue with windows 7. The computer asks me to enter in ...
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How can I know if an application reads my hardware fingerprint?

I would like to know (for security and privacy reasons) if a certain Windows 7 desktop program actually reads my hardware fingerprint including hard drive serial number, CPU serial number, or any ...
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Laptop DELL Inspiron 14z 5423 - OS freeze issue

I purchased a DELL Laptop model Inspiron 14z 5423 And i'm presenting an issue with the Windows 7 installation it comes with. It keeps freezing, i mean if i Power on the device, it loads just fine, ...
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Why does Windows Explorer seem to hang when copying many files?

I've been trying to manually back up about 200 Gb of music by transferring it -- drag and drop in Explorer -- from my hard drive to an external drive in Windows 7. A few folders, no problem. Many ...
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How can I make a backup of my factory-new computer? [duplicate]

I recently got a new computer. I want to do a backup of everything and save it on an empty disc. So that if in future my computer fails, I can just use this disc and re-install Windows, all my drivers ...
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How to connect more than one monitor to Windows 7 [duplicate]

I have a Windows 7 laptop which has one HDMI connection. I connect one monitor via HDMI to this laptop no problem. Can I connect more than one monitor to this laptop and achieve HDMI quality even ...
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Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 3.1.03103. The VPN Agent service is not responding

Good day, Today, my Cisco AnyConnect Client suddenly stopped working and started giving the following error messages: 1st dialog: VPN Service is not available. 2nd dialog (after pressing mandatory ...
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Windows 7 always shows me an exclamation mark on the shutdown button

I have a Windows 7 Brazilian Portuguese box, but from the beginning of the year it always shows me an exclamation mark on the shutdown button, even if there are no updates. I think I need to ...
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How to preview MP3s in the Preview Pane *without* WMP as default player?

I use Audacity as my audio file Open default, but I'd like to be able to preview MP3s in the Preview pane of the File Explorer. If I set my file open default to Audacity, I lose the Preview ability. ...
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Windows 7 taskbar: don't highlight quick launch buttons when program is run

When quick launch (QL) items are run, these QL buttons are shown as pressed, to indicate that the program is run. So I can't run program again (2nd instance) using QL. How to use old WinXP behaviour, ...
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Multiple BSOD Windows 7

I'm using Windows 7 and I've gotten multiple BSOD errors when browsing with chrome or watching videos. I've updated my integrated graphics card driver but it didn't solve the problem. I've run ...
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Wallpaper slideshow not available in Windows 7 Home Basic

I have Windows 7 Home Basic. I want to set up wallpaper slideshow (when desktop background images change every X seconds). But when I open the wallpaper menu there are no ticks near single wallpapers, ...
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Reinstalled Windows 7 can't get Smart card to work

I need a smart card to log in to work remotely. I've just reinstalled Windows on my desktop machine at home and inserted the smart card reader, but Windows is not detecting the drivers. I went to ...
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Turning DisplayPort monitor off disables monitor completely

I have 2 monitors connected to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660: Left is 1920x1080 via DVI (Samsung SyncMaster 2443BW) Right is 2560x1440 via DisplayPort and is set to Primary (Samsung SyncMaster SA850) I ...
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New laptop can't connect to Wi-Fi

I have recently bought a new Lenovo Ideapad s300 laptop and installed Windows 7 64bit on it. For some reason, the laptop can't connect to any wireless network. I did install the Lenovo network ...
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Slow upload speeds on windows 7 only

I have had some issue's since i've changed network cards, previously used a killer network card, now back to the on-board card, my download speed is absolutely fine, no issue, only my upload speed is ...
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Lightning damage, Should I flash the Mobo

I was using a laptop on a raining day, and it got fired! Lightning struck, i got a shock, but temporarily without any fatal incidence. Compaq presario CQ61 aka insyde but my laptop was affected,...
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USB ports don't recognize most of my devices anymore after I cleaned my PCs inside

TL;DR: copied latest usb.inf from my own system to C:\Windows\inf\usb.inf, rebootet, connected deviced, uninstalled the ones which weren't working, reconnected them and driver was properly installed ...
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When playing games, windows steals focus every 10 minutes on the dot

When playing a game in full screen mode, windows will kick me out of the game and go back to windows every 10 minutes. I have no idea how this is happening. Screen saver is not enabled No ...
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Dual-boot => Unsupported partition table

I have a Dell Inspiron 5521 with dual boot (Legacy Boot, UEFI off): - Ubuntu 12.04.2 - Windows 7 First I've installed Ubuntu and after Windows 7. The problem is that when I'm trying to activate ...
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Where are the default audio settings located?

In the audio devices Control Panel in Windows 7, there's a button titled "Restore Defaults" for any given audio device -- Where are these defaults coming from? Where are they stored (i.e., on-device, ...
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If I format a CD like a USB, can I still reformat it to burn it as an mp3 CD?

I formatted a CD like a USB through Windows 7 auto play and filled it up with .mp3 files. Unfortunately the CD didn't play in my van. Is it possible to reformat the disc and burn it as an mp3 CD ...
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Acer aspire laptop (Win7-64) forgets my settings

I've had a Windows-7 (64) Acer aspire laptop working fine for several years. Occasioanlly it gets used by house quests and people other than myself. Now today when I switch it on, it appears to have ...
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High # of cache faults/sec and transitional faults/sec

The audio on my computer literally drags on, you can hear it 'reverberate' for a second, causing the entire computer to "frameskip" when it gets bad. I've been checking with perfmon what happens ...
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Win7, path is (none) when running a shortcut

Sometimes win7 enters a mode, such that when I double click a desktop shortcut the application is run with path=(none) (which usually causes it to exit with an error, since it cannot find necessary ...
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Problems upgrading from Vista to Windows 7

When upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 during the final stage computer makes a loud buzzing sound and freezes. Only way to stoop this is to turn the laptop off. Windows Upgrade Advisor says ...
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Set JPEG “date taken” attribute in EXIF info from filename

I have some files that are named like mmddyy_hhmm.jpg. I would like to automatically set their "Date Taken" attribute in the EXIF information based on their file names. Does anyone know of a way to do ...
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How do I detect Windows turning on/off display (going to away mode)?

I'm trying to find a way to detect when my computer decides I've been away (no user input) long enough to turn off the display. That also means I'm not watching movies and the OS is not prohibited ...
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How can I image and restore Windows 7 on a Intel Rapid Storage RAID?

I have some Dell machines using with this card with an 32G SSD and a 2TB HDD. Every live environment I've tried so far has not seen the OS drive. I've tried these: Acronis Clonezilla Ghost Easeus ...
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In Windows 7, how do I make Sound Scheme changes for all users?

On a Windows 7 machine, I would like to make changes to a Sound Scheme and have them affect all users on that machine. I've found that if I log in as a user without administrative privileges, I can ...
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Multiple cores = better multitasking?

Specifically I am looking at either the i5-3570k or the FX-8350, but it made me think of a more general specific question on how multiple cores can improve general multitasking. Been reading a lot of ...
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Bugcode USB during windows 7 installation

I'm trying to install windows 7 with a DVD (the pc is a toshiba satelite a200). During the installation proccess a blue screen flashes and stops the installation. The blue screen inticates an USB ...
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iPod not connecting to Windows 7 PC

I have an old iPod which is not connected to my Windows 7 PC. I have iTunes in my PC but still nothing works. Actually I have't use it in last one month, yesterday I have try to ON it but battery is ...
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Homebuilt system won't power off on shutdown, then won't POST within ~10 minutes of shutdown

I have a homebuilt system that has been giving me headaches on and off for the better part of a year. Whenever I try to shutdown, sleep or reboot (from Windows or BIOS), the system will appear to ...