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permission denied by powercfg on win7 while an administrator

I am trying to fix a friends computer which is constantly going to sleep on them and sometimes not waking up. Trying to launch power configuration from the control panel does nothing, and launching ...
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Disable Windows 7 screensaver over RDP

How can I turn off the screensaver in RDP sessions and thus keep the session alive and unlocked, even if I am not actively working in it for some time? Note: the solution should work without ...
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“Permission Denied” when killing process

When I try to kill a specific process (avastUI.exe), I got "permission denied". Obviously, the current user is in the Administrator group. I'm not looking for a way to kill this process, I just want ...
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High CPU usage by dwm.exe when nothing is happening

Setup: Windows 7 Ultimate, running in a VMware box inside Windows 8, VMware Tools installed; VMware Workstation is the only application launched in win8). Aero is on. Starting a few months ago, on ...
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How not to lose Wifi after going to Standby mode?

After 30 minutes my Windows 7 PC goes to Standby. Problem is, when I get it back to normal, Wi-Fi is disconnected. And it doesn't just reconnect and come back in 10 seconds. For example, when I start ...
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Can a desktop use a motherboard Ethernet port and a USB to Ethernet dongle at the same time

I have a computer I'm trying to connect to our network, but the motherboard Ethernet port is connected to some sort of security camera system. I'd rather not go unplugging systems I know nothing ...
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Removing Adobe Reader Remotely

I have a client who had Adobe Reader installed on her laptop. I was unable to remove it remotely due to the following error Error 1310. Error writing to file: a file in the c:\ drive, said file did ...
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File I can't take ownership of

I downloaded a file from the internet (I can link to it here, but in the interests of not annoying other users, I won't post the link), and I can't delete the file with the message: You need ...
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Laptop can only see a couple of networks

I have a new Lenovo T540p that can see, connect to and use the networks created by my router, but can not see the networks created by other routers. If I walk away from my router (outside), I lose ...
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No audio after pausing and resuming Netflix, Hulu and Media Center Windows 7

I just built myself a home theater to use with netflix, hulu, and windows media center. Whenever I pause netflix, hulu or a recorded show in MC and then resume play, there is no sound. If I resume ...
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Can I sync my iPhone photos with Windows?

There's a setting in iTunes to sync a folder on my computer with my camera, but it seems to be a one-way sync - when I take pictures on my phone, they don't go onto my computer. Sometimes, when I ...
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Bluetooth not detecting any devices in Windows 7

My Lenovo ThinkPad E320 Laptop running Windows 7 64bit has recently been refusing to detect any Bluetooth devices. I have tried to connect, using 'Add devices' under 'devices and printers' to two ...
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Python Won't Install On Windows 7

I'm trying to install Python on my Windows 7 (64-bit) - AMD Sempron Machine. I downloaded the 3.1.2 Windows X86-64 installer. After running it and selecting the option to install it for all users, the ...
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Windows 7 Drive permissions (alternative to group policy) block access to internal OS Drives from external OS

Windows 7 admin user (version without group policy) Hi, i want to block access (read write view etc) to the internal OS drive (boot & C:) from external OS drives pluged in. The external OS can ...
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Cannot delete a folder in Windows 7

I have a few folders that I can't delete: I right-click > properties > security to try and give myself permission, but no joy: So I try to take ownership of the folder in advanced > owner... ...
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System ODBC not visible to user

We have made a couple of ODBC connections on the System DSN with the admin account. They are not visible to the users. This in Windows 7 with 64 bit OS. What do I need to do to get them visible. Let ...
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How do I delete a user profile on a Windows 7 machine that is part of a domain?

How can I delete the local user profile on a Windows 7 machine that is connected to a Windows Server 2008 domain? DelProf doesn't seem to exist on Windows 7.
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Windows XP mode sticks on “Checking for the latest updates for your computer” forever

I have just installed Windows XP mode in Windows 7 Pro. When I try to update it it just sits looking for updates. I've left it there for at least two hours with no change. I have tried everything ...
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Windows: Controlling which applications may use the network?

Is it possible for me to specify which applications may use the network (whitelist)? Every time I tether my Windows7 laptop over a 3G connection I end up with a huge data bill (hundreds of MBs used ...
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VirtualBox/Ubuntu mouse disappears

I just created an Ubuntu 14.04 VM in VirtualBox (the host is Windows 7) and have noticed a strange "bug" occurring with the mouse. And yes I installed guest additions. About 50% of the time, when I ...
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WatchGuard Firebox VPN will not connect if signed in as a domain user

We are trying to connect to a client's network using their WatchGuard VPN, and we are experiencing a really odd error which some other people seem to have had, but haven't shared their solutions. ...
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Does booting from a LiveCD damage my files?

If I were to boot from my CD would it change my HDD OS or any data on my HDD? I am asking because I have a desktop on Windows 7 but I want to be able to boot on to Linux temporarily so I can test it ...
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Windows 7 svchost.exe publisher changing

I use GlassWire network monitor, and i saw some time ago that my svchost process is change his publisher and signification, and this can happend couple times per day. But when I change my DNS settings ...
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Random mouse click events all over my laptop. What can I do?

Details: I got a Dell vostro 1015 laptop. Recently I reinstalled windows 7 ultimate (32-bit) on the C: (By reinstall I mean create a new windows copy, which keeps your old files in C:/windows.old) I ...
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Where to put libraries and headers on windows (coming from unix?)

When a unix/linux program requires "stuff", I usually put (or dpkg puts for me) libraries and headers in /usr/lib and /usr/include, respectively. I recently downloaded a library that I wish to use on ...
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Windows 7, Black screen with cursor, impossible to logon

First - I have gone through as many possible solutions I've found here and elsewhere. [Edit - to describe the issue in more detail, the PC appears to boot correctly, but instead of the logon screen, ...
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Script to get a list of users allowed to connect computer

I would like to inventory the users and groups that are allowed to connect to a computer (interactively or remotely). The computer can be either in a workgroup or in an active directory but primarily ...
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Bluetooth Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse keeps disconnecting

I am using a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse which connects to the Windows 7 64-bit PC via bluetooth (PC has a USB bluetooth receiver). The mouse will disconnect several times a day for several seconds ...
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Remotely connect to computer where I don't have admin access on

I have a Windows XP computer, PC1, where I have no admin access. I am only a non-admin user. I want to remotely control PC1 from PC2 (Windows Vista, I am admin here). I need to make PC1 a server and ...
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Preventing Windows 7 from automatically switching Aero off?

I'm using UltraVNC to remote desktop onto a Windows 7 box (it allows you to keep Aero turned on whilst doing remote desktop, whereas Windows' RDP does not). However, for some reason this seems to ...
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Unable to Register Permanent Event - Strange Behaviour

I am trying to register a permanent event on a Windows 7 machine using a .MOF file and WMI. The first issue I am having is that when I run mofcomp myfile.mof in cmd the file can never be found ...
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Display all incoming connections on my computer to block certain IP

I want to block a certain IP address at my firewall which is connected to my PC, but I don't know what it looks like. Is there any way I can see a list of all IPs having connections with my PC? So ...
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Why is VNC on Windows so slow?

In a test, I could stream a full HD movie across our network from my friend's computer, no problem. It's as fast as I could want. But VNC is painfully slow. We've tried Real VNC and Tight VNC, I've ...
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Remote desktop connection without locking the remote computer

Is it possible to connect via Remote Desktop Connection to a windows 7 machine without locking the remote computer (I want to use the same logged in user)? Or is it possible to release the lock after ...
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Ux31E Windows 7

An old question but I still havent found compete answers: I have a Lacie Rugged Mini. My Ux31 wont read it/recognise it is connected. Other computers do: an aged Dell and a Mac. Other USB drives ...
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How to map a virtual COM port to a physical USB port?

My question is similar to Setting up a virtual Com Port?, which has no answers. I have software that can only print to a printer on COMx, a printer with a USB port, and a computer with a USB port but ...
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apache 2.4 + php 5.4.7 cannot load php5apache2_4.dll

I am trying to make Apache (httpd-2.4.3-win32) to work with PHP 5.4.7 (VC9 x86 Thread Safe) on Windows 7. Apaches default page is working and proudly says: "It works". PHP CLI is working and ...
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Change default application of a URI scheme in Google Chrome

I accidentally make Pidgin the default app for Yahoo Messenger URI scheme (ymsgr://) in Google Chrome. Now, whenever I click on a Yahoo Messenger URI scheme, instead of appearing a popup chat box, ...
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Unable to open any executable on Windows 8. It say file not found

In my office windows 8 OS i'm unable to open any exe files and also even Regedit.exe and any other windows exe. But all the files are there in c:\windows\Regedit.exe. What i did was i changed the ...
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How do I stop Google Chrome from requesting to import Firefox settings on startup?

Every time I start a fresh instance of Google Chrome on my PC, I receive the following message: Sadly, your Mozilla Firefox settings are not available while that browser is running. To import ...
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Endless or Inescapable SMART Failure Predicted on Hard Disk

Here is the situation: Whenever I start the laptop it says " Smart Hard Disk Error The SMART hard disk check has detected an imminent failure. To ensure not data loss. please backup the content ...
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Filter autorun programs on usb

I set my windows to start with my application instead of Explorer, and I disabled modifier Keys like Ctrl-Alt.., etc. so that the user can't use the PC outside of my startup application. I want to ...
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How to list encrypted files in Windows 7?

I somehow encrypted some files without meaning to, and because of it I can't backup my user folder to Mozy. Is there a way to remove the encryption from all the files or at least find out which one ...
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How to disable the Java update message balloon in Windows 7? [duplicate]

I've looked in the Java section of the Control Panel, but don't see an obvious way to disable the automatic message balloon that pop up in Windows 7 asking me to update my version of Java. How do I ...
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limited connectivity from one computer, internet access on others

I have a computer where the WLAN says limited connectivity. The Wireless USB WLAN adaptor says limited connectivity, and the internal wifi also (though I haven't tested the internal wifi for a while ...
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Black screen right before the login screen in Windows 7

Right when I resume my Windows 7 computer from hibernation, it decides to install updates. I let it do that. So when it restarts by itself, the computer does the Windows 7 Starting Windows screen then ...
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Cannot resolve %windir% / Cannot modify %path% or %path% being reset on boot

See Updates 3 and 4 below for how the issue has evolved My computer (Windows 7 x64, Lenovo Thinkpad T530) is having an issue resolving %windir%. After boot-up, everything works fine. At some ...
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Why does Windows 7 networking indicator not show actual value?

This has been occurring on all Windows 7 machines I own, and I would like to finally know a reason why it is happening. Icon showing no network access The icon is showing that the computer is not ...
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Download a file via HTTP from a script in Windows

I want a way to download a file via HTTP given its URL (similar to how wget works). I have seen the answers to this question, but I have two changes to the requirements: I would like it to run on ...
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Why can't I install IE 11?

I have a windows 7 computer that refuses to install IE 11. I get a 40025 error code when I attempt to install it. I narrowed it down to problems with DISM by using this article - (Solved) IE11 ...