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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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How to search inside PDFs with Windows Search?

I'd like to use Windows Search for searching through multiple PDFs in one go, but I see that in the Indexing Options' Advanced Options screen, PDF files don't have a registered IFilter: What is an ...
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how remove Win32/Sirefef.DT Trojan on windows 7

today i downloaded a file and open it... i had eset smart security in my windows 7 ultimate and it did n't recognize that file as a virus(latest update of eset) sometimes eset found some dll files in ...
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Issues with partitions WIN 7

I was trying to make some space to install linux in my HP notebook. The computer had 4 partitions, I made space shrinking one and created a new one (facepalm) using the windows partitioning tool. It ...
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Samsung ML-2850 Series Printer & Win 7 - Miscellaneous and Vague Errors

I could bore you all to tears with an elaborate story of my hardships, but here's the deal: Small office (15 users) Windows 7 Professional Samsumg ML-2850 Series Printer Printer shared on a server ...
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Windows 7: Dual Monitor Issue

I have a Dell laptop with a docking station and two external monitors hooked up. I'm running Windows 7 64 bit. Originally, the two monitors were the same - Dell 1908FP. I have replaced one of them ...
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How to rename Win7 machine without a mouse

Synergy is a picky PITA, but I love it. I have the "client" machine which only has a keyboard and sometimes I need to rename it so synergy stops complaining. Is there a way to rename a windows ...
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Find file names that is partially the same

Looking for a software that can find and remove based on parts of file names. For example (file names): "This is not, for this is right" "This is not cause it is wrong" It would find these ...
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How can I edit my hosts file in win7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you edit hosts file on Windows 7 Every time I try to edit it in Notepad it says "Access is Denied".
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All Icons Missing, Explorer Progress Bar Never Finishes, Libraries Gone

Since yesterday I've had three issues which all arose at the same time. Windows 7 x64, i7 2.8ghz 12GB DDR3 My libraries, favorites, drives are missing. Basically the entire sidebar is gone. ...
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Windows 7 ignores F6/F8 and will not boot

I have a work PC with sophos safeguard encryption on it. When I bootup I receive an error saying a recent hardware or software change might be the cause: Windows failed to start. File: ...
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What is the purpose of “Secret Launch Files”? [closed]

I found this file in a subfolder under Documents. What would be the purpose of this?
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How to automatically call sequences of 1) windows update and 2) restart until no new update found?

I found on our site this solution but that is not fully automatically - i.e. I call 1) Windows Updates, then 2) Restart, then 3) Log in, then do the boring loop 1-2-3 again and again manually. I seek ...
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Computer Management: error message - cannot assign letter to drive

I'm trying to assign letter to drive getting error message from Disk management "the operation failed to complete because the disk management console view is not up-to-date. Refresh the view by using ...
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Why can't I make a symbolic link (mklink) even when I'm an administrator

When I run mklink /D "C:\Users\bwilliams\AppData\Roaming\Sublime Text 2" "C:\Users\bwilliams\Dropbox\Sublime Text", I get this error `You do not have sufficient privilege to perform this operation. ...
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Computer slow after installing 32GB RAM

I'm currently running very large network simulations for my PhD research, for which I need lots of RAM. I have a Core i7 2600K processor with a Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 motherboard, running Windows 7 ...
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No headphone or speakers plugged in - Windows 7 issue

I am facing a wierd issue between my sound card driver and Windows7(any edition). I have a sony vaio notebook (VPCEB24EN). Two days ago, on start I got diabled wifi, charging and speakers. Then I ...
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Windows wakes up my external hard-drive whenever a software opens directory tree

I have two different external USB hard-drives which goes to sleep mode when not used for a while. When any software program (or I, myself) opens directory tree, open/save dialog box or my computer ...
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How do I troubleshoot a slow starting application?

While I am very satisfied with the overall performnace, a few application (notably the Offics suite and the Teamspeak 3 Client) lately take about 10 to 15 seconds to start. During this pause, no ...
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Win 7 Starter Login Account Password Unknown

Win 7 Starter Question How do you log in with a different account. The owners' username is the only account available at login screen and owner has forgotten the password. I have tried safe mode ...
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Disable prompt to convert videos copied to media device

I have a Samsung Galaxy S II, which when connected to my Windows 7 computer acts as a "Portable Media Player" Whenever I try to copy a video onto the device, it prompts if I want to convert it, ...
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Using an SSD with no AHCI [ICH7 base] - Windows 7 hangs frequently

I have a Shuttle Intel G31 + ICH7 (base -- not M/R etc) system. I just bought an OCZ Vertex 3 120gb [VTX3-25SAT3-120G] which includes the Sandforce 2218 firmware. The ICH7 does not support AHCI. I ...
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Change folder tooltip on Windows 7

If you hover a folder in Windows 7 you are getting something like the image below. Is there a way to change what this tooltip contains?
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How do I find the full name, rather than logon name, of the current user?

I log on as jd123, but in the Windows Start Menu, my name is displayed as "John Doe". Obviously, Windows knows how to look up my full name from the LDAP server. Is that information stored in an ...
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is ther such a software tool can display tasks on desktop

To show my personal tasks on desktop, is there such a tool on windows seven ? I googled a lot, found nothing
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Is there a way to automatically display the username on the Desktop background in Win7?

We have computer used by multiple users running Win7. Unfortunately, people forget to log out, or they just use the session that is currently open, or they think that they're using their own session, ...
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Restore bootmgr on encrypted Windows 7 (truecrypt)

I had Windows 7 and XP on my laptop (win7 had been installed before xp). I encrypted Windows 7 and after that I removed XP. Today truecrypt welcome me with message "bootmgr is missing". Is it ...
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Windows 7 CHKDSK reports “File record segment 3680 is unreadable” and then blue screens and reboots

My computer was working fine yesterday but I booted up this morning and everything was incredibly slow. I have done nothing special for the past few days so I assumed it could be a disk error. I set ...
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Run task scheduler task on demand from limited user account in windows 7

My goal is to for a limited used to be able to run a netsh script that requires administrative privileges: netsh wlan stop hostednetwork netsh wlan start hostednetwork From my administrative ...
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Display flickering Lenovo SL500 with Windows7

Recently I have updated my laptop Lenovo SL500 to windows7, and now I am facing an issue like whenever I use one more programs opened and at them same time, the display starts flickering unless those ...
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Repair Windows 7 MBR with Hiren's Boot CD

I would like to repair my Windows 7 MBR using Hiren's Boot CD 15.1. I want to know the generic method, using this CD, to fix an MBR that is hypothetically "toast". This hypothetical HD is as ...
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Windows 7 Cisco VPN client hash verification failed

I am having a problem with connecting to a Cisco VPN in Windows 7. According to the below error log I am getting problem is with the group password. But the same password works correctly on my Windows ...
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Get shortcut to file from right-click menu - Windows 7

Is there a small utility that will let you get a link to the current file by right-clicking on it in Windows 7 (x64 Enterprise edition)? If the file is on the network, it can create the link as ...
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Windows 7 Sub-Folders hidden in “Program Files” directory

I have Google searched for an hour now and I am confounded. I am using InnoSetup to install a .NET Winforms application that creates directories and folders on the fly. (I have set the folder options ...
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Firefox 4.0.1 on Windows 7 behaves differently after reinstalling it. Why?

I cleaned my Windows 7 machine by repartitioning it and such. After I installed Firefox 4.0.1 back, I noticed some significant change in its behavior. The downloads dialog didn't list out the files. ...
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Command to close window from Command Prompt

I have some scripts to do some work for me on Windows 7, and one issue I have is that my most used script lives on a flash drive, clears out the Drivers folder, then opens the Drivers folder for me ...
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Why don't applications launch right after I boot WIndows?

I have a few applications in my task bar on Windows 7. Right after the machine boots, the task bar is unresponsive: When I move my mouse over an icon, nothing happens. Very shortly after boot ...
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Calibrating contrast and colour on monitor fails.

I have a program that I use to calibrate my computer monitor for color and contrast. When I run the program, the monitor fails to reset back to normal and all the icons are large and distorted. I am ...
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Easiest drive imaging solution [on hold]

Recently my Win7 installation on my SSD went corrupt :( Now I have to reinstall everything from scratch. My SSD is 256GB and I took out my optical drive (its a laptop) and put in another hdd of ...
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Windows 7 - Multiple monitors (cloned display) configuration is messed up

I have Windows 7 in a Dell 15z with a LG TV working as secondary monitor. Some time today, my configuration was messed up by a video running in VLC while disconnecting the HDMI cable. Now I can't ...
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Is there some setting in windows 7 that make USB Virtual COM ports work more fast?

I created a piece of software that send information to Virtual COM Ports, these Virtual COM Ports are used by a USB device, and I have got 2 computers: 1 Notebook and 1 Netbook, but this Notebook is ...
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Re-install Windows 7 to a smaller hard drive on a laptop that I just bought

I just bought a new laptop with Windows 7 pre-intsalled. It has a 500GB hard drive. I would like to remove this hard drive and then re-install Windows 7 to smaller 256GB SSD that I have. My issue ...
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How can I widen the Windows 7 Command Prompt window?

How can I widen the Windows 7 command prompt window? It's fixed at 80 columns in width and dragging the window edges won't let me make it any bigger than that.
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How to run script as administrator?

I'm looking to do what's asked in this question: how to run a powershell script as administrator The accepted answer says to use a shortcut. I'd like to do that, but when I get into Advanced ...
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How to move a windows machine properly from RAID 1 to raid 10?

Goal I would like to add two more hard drives to my current RAID 1 setup and create a RAID 0 setup on top of the two RAID 1 setups (which I believe is referred to as "RAID 10"). Components Involved ...
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Program to manage network profiles in Windows 7, possibly location-aware

I'm looking for a program that will allow you to easily switch between networks on a laptop, when moving between networks, so that one can easily keep their static IP and dns setting for the specific ...
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VMware ESX or ESXi to run WIndows 7 and Ubuntu?

I understand now that a Type 2 (or hosted) hypervisor is the same as using VMware or VirtualBox within an existing operating system, so I want Type 1. Using a Type 1 (or native, bare metal) ...
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Why does Windows 7 ask for additional drivers when installing from a USB 3.0 drive?

I just bought a new config ( ASUS p8z68-v lx, i5-2500k + ram and new graphic card ). Coming back and installing it in my old computer, I just saw that my DVD player was on IDE (yup…). So, I needed to ...
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Windows 7 64bit side-by-side config error?

Since a recent windows update, I've been unable to run almost any program (including firefox, ie and origin) due to the following error: The application has failed to start because it's side-by-side ...
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When I download a text file in safari the results are displayed in the browser not sent to a file

When I download a text file in safari the results show up in the browser. In Chrome and FireFox the results are sent directly to a file on my computer. Is there a way to make Safari do that same ...