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How can I find out when Windows was last restarted?

How can I know when my computer running Windows 7 was last restarted? I prefer a solution that doesn't involve searching the event log, but something like wmic or maybe cmd commands.
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Windows 7 Admin share accessible regardless of password when same user name is used

I have two windows 7 computers. Both are logged into local accounts with the same username but different password. When I try to access the admin share of the second computer, it comes right up with ...
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Replace Windows 7 explorer and superbar by XP explorer/taskbar

Is there a way to completely replace Windows 7 explorer and taskbar by its XP counterparts? I don't mean only the look but a real replace (maybe by replacing parts of the 7 system by files from XP) ...
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Binary compare failing after file copy regardless of drive

I have a Windows 7 x64 PC and it has started to copy files with errors. I have tested with 3 different hard drives. All 3 drives seems to be working normally other than the copy. I have 2x 2TB WD ...
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Run a Windows application without displaying its GUI

Is there a way to run a Windows application without displaying its GUI window? I have a 3rd party Windows application which does not have any command line parameter or switch to suppress its GUI. I ...
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Windows 7 laptop no longer sees USB drives - how to fix?

When I plug USB drives in to my computer the icon on lower right shows that a USB device is ready to use, but Windows 7 does not show the drive anywhere. Under Disk Management (screen shot) I see the ...
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How do I connect/login to a network windows pc which doesn't have a login password

I have some desktops and laptops around me and am using homegroup for sharing files between them and everything is working fine. But when I take a new laptop which is not in my homegroup, in network ...
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Printing from Windows 7 command line

I'm looking to automate some printing in Windows 7. Ideally from command line. Just as if I would've right-clicked and selected "Print". Tried the command: C:\>print /D:"CutePDF Writer" test.txt ...
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Outlook Express in Win7

Is it possible to install Outlook Express in Windows 7? Problem is, that my sister is visually impaired and needs to use email client together with AI Squared Zoomtext 9 ReaderMagnifier (aka ZT 9). ...
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Open File Security Warning at boot

Every time I boot my laptop I get this annoying message. I trust this program and I want it to run on-boot without prompting me with this annoying message. Even if I unchecked "Always ask before ...
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How can I stop windows re-positioning after waking from sleep?

I put my multi-monitor system to sleep when it's not in use. After I wake it up, all windows are repositioned to a different screen. The closest pattern I can think of is that the windows there were ...
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Folder name not appearing on top of the Windows Explorer

I do not know what's wrong - I have a laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edition, all of a sudden the Windows Explorer has stopped displaying the name of the Folder at the top (in the title ...
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How avoid my external HD regularly disconnecting and reconnecting automatically?

I have a Seagate Expansion Drive 1.5TB external HD connected on my PC with Windows 7 ultimate. The problem is the HD is regularly disconnecting and reconnecting automatically when the HD is idle? ...
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Windows 7 Install SATA AHCI controller driver “could not be installed”

I'm attempting to install Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit from a USB flash drive on my new PC, but my SSD is not being recognized and the AHCI driver is failing. Whenever I boot into the Windows 7 ...
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Firefox does not update itself via the help menu

When I click the 'Check for updates' button in the 'About Firefox' window, it simply gives me the 'Updates available at https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/' message below. I don't recall fiddling with ...
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Exe file cant open [duplicate]

All started with recuva I recovered some file but net protector resulted it as virus then it could not be open so I deleted all files related to recuva but later wished to reinstall but when I opened ...
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Add Windows boot entries after installing Ubuntu?

I have Windows 7 on its own bootable hard drive, Windows 8 on its own bootable hard drive and Ubuntu on its own bootable hard drive. I'm using the BIOS to manually select on which hard drive to boot. ...
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Troubles using a internal hard drive as storage on my Windows 7 machine

Recently I plugged my Ubuntu hard drive into my machine again and since I never ever actually use Ubuntu I just erased Ubuntu so that Windows would detect the drive since it's empty. Apparently, ...
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Reset to default language in Outlook 2010 on Windows 7

In Outlook 2010, if I accidently, hit left Ctrl-Shift, my language changes. I keep hitting it and get a new language, but I can't get back to English. How do I reset back to my default language? ...
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How do I know if the software on a computer is compatible with Windows 10?

Several computers at home currently run on Windows 7 or Windows 8. How do I know if the software on those computers is compatible with Windows 10 ? When I say software, I mean: Drivers for the ...
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How to set TLS protocols as default after applying KB3140245?

This is about instructions to Windows update KB3140245 on a 64-bit Windows 7 machine. Microsoft released this update some time ago that "allows users to change system-wide default protocols for ...
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why is my screen black after rdp connection?

After connecting from my home via remote desktop, both my screens are black when I arrive at work. The only thing I can see is a mouse pointer on one of the screens. I then seem to have only two ...
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Why does my laptop shut down on its own?

My laptop shuts down. It happened several times so far, and there is a pattern; after I leave it for an hour or so, power saving activates, and then I start using it again for 10 - 15 minutes when ...
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trying to delete a file called search protect

have a file called, search protect, which I am trying to delete but cannot. every time I try a message comes up and says, You do not have sufficient access to uninstall Search Protect. Please contact ...
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I have a acer laptop that is auto shutting down on me while gaming, its not overheating how can I stop it?

I have opened my laptop up, cleaned it, added new thermal paste, checked the fans to see if they are working, and I have downloaded the Core CPU program to monitor the temp. sometimes I can game all ...
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Acer Aspire 5755g randomly shuts down when moving the machine

I have an Acer Aspire 5755g that will sit and run fine on my desk but whenever I try to lift my laptop to another location it will randomly shut down. It is not overheating because I can turn it back ...
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laptop battery drains while shutdown [duplicate]

When I shut down(not sleep or standby or hibernate) the computer the is at 80%. Next morning I tried open my laptop it didn't start without plugging the ac power because the battery level is 0%. I'm ...
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Acer Laptop is shutting off instantly when on battery

My latop (Acer M5 581-TG) is completely shutting off when on battery, sometimes before it can even attempt to boot, sometimes after 10 minutes of logging into windows. Everything is fine if it is ...
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No notification sound when using one USB port (Windows 7 64 bit)

I have an HP laptop (G4 250) with Windows 7 64 bit. The laptop has two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port. The ports all work fine except one which when anything is plugged on it, no 'Device attached' ...
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Windows 7 Wireless Network Adapter Stopped Working

I have a Windows 7 Ultimate machine where the wireless adapter all of a sudden started having trouble connecting to wireless networks. Whenever I go to a new place and try to connect to a wireless ...
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Windows 7 cannot view FAT32 formatted bootable usb drive

I'm having some issue where when I run bootsect with a command line of "bootsect.exe /nt52 : /force /mbr", then Windows 7 (the comp I'm running bootsect on) can no longer view the contents of the usb ...
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Is there a built-in checksum utility on Windows 7?

Is there a built-in checksum/hash utility on Windows 7?
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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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Can i change default color scheme in classic theme windows 7?

Can i change this cofee color (in classic theme) to my own?
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Windows 8.1 + Classic Shell, how well does it restore Windows 7's functionality?

I prefer a classic Windows UI. I enjoy Windows 7, but have heard that Windows 8.1, despite its unconventional interface, includes some under-the-hood improvements, such as faster boot times and better ...
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Do I need hiberfil.sys if I only use “Sleep” on a Windows 7 instance that's on an SSD?

I don't know how "Sleep" works (that is, whether it puts everything that's currently in DRAM main memory into hiberfil.sys and then when I wake up the system it load everything back into memory). I ...
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Is it possible to Trace a Cold Boot on Windows 7

Is it possible to trace a cold boot on Windows 7? By cold boot I mean the boot you get after a complete shutdown, count to ten, and then press the power switch. I have been able to trace (enable ...
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Set default internet connection to use 3G vs built-in wireless

Windows 7 laptop with an built-in wireless NIC and USB 3G device. If the wireless network connection fails I want to automatically kick over to the 3G connection. I can have both running at the same ...
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Sony Vaio: I can't type 'less and greater than' signs in TR keyboard layout

I have a strange trouble with my Sony Vaio VPCCW21FX. My laptop has a Turkish Q keyboard and I'm using TR keyboard layout on Windows 7 x64 Home Premium. The problem is, I cannot find a usual way to ...
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DELL Inspiron 3521, need standard VGA Graphics Adapter Driver [on hold]

PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6840&SUBSYS_05981028&REV_00 PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6840&SUBSYS_05981028 PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6840&CC_030000 PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_6840&CC_0300 Need help finding ...
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Windows Explorer 'Can't open this item"

Even since installing DWIM Perl on a Windows 7 x64 machine, whenever I install certain programs, attempting to open most MS programs included with Windows gives me: Can't open this item It might have ...
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Software update kb3136000 has not been installed

I'd like to install manually .Net Frame Work 4.6.1 security update that release most recently. When I try to install that update I gave this error: Software update kb3136000 has not been ...
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Windows 7 inspirion Dell 5050/5010 parts interchangeable

Are hardware such as memory card interchangeable from inspiring 5050 and 5010
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Spurious “install update” shield on my shutdown tab

Every now and then (and right now) I have that "install update shield" appearing on my shutdown tab, but when I go to shut down, it just shuts down as per normal, no updates installed. Then upon ...
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What exactly is “Browser” in Chrome's task manager, if it's not an open tab, and where is the traffic coming from?

I'm having problems loading some webpages on a slow connection on Chrome, and opened its Task Manager and saw that the "Browser" task is using up all the bandwidth to download something, but I don't ...
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Remove Windows 7 taskbar thumbnails

Is there any way to get rid of the taskbar thumbnail previews on Windows 7 once and for all?
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Windows media player gives error “Server execution failed” after trying to play file

Every once in a while when I try to play a file in WMP it'll hang for about 10 seconds, pop up an error saying "server execution failed." If try again it usually works. Any suggestions?
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How to clear 217Gb of <Unknown> space on my C drive?

I have a Dell XPS 15 (2013 model L521X - Windows 7) with a capacity of 680.3Gb on the C drive. But WinDirSat says that 217.4Gb of that space is and I can't access it! SpaceSniffer says that 215.8Gb ...
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How to save any file with date-time stamp quickly ?

Many time we open notepad, MS paint, MS word, MS Excel and other application and want to save file quickly with just date time stamp in save as dialog box. Is there any way to save files with date ...
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Windows unable to resolve hostnames

I have two Windows 7 machines on my home network that always give 'Unreachable' errors when I try to access any site. The other devices on the same network work fine (iPhone, iPad, Mac, Ubuntu) The ...