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Windows 7 Administrator Command Prompt “Start in” Path

So, I know you can create a shortcut to an administrator-level command prompt (as described in this question), but what I'm seeing is that whenever I use such a shortcut, it always drops me into ...
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Tethering on Windows 7?

Is there an option in Windows 7 (or 3rd party) to offer Tethering (that is, act as a WiFi hotspot while being connected to a WiFi network?)
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BootMgr is missing, usual fixes don't work

I know this question has been asked before but I've tried all the usual fixes and nothing works. Basically the hard drive had two partitions with Vista and Windows 7. I've deleted the Vista ...
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How to change I/O priority of a process or thread in Win7?

Process Explorer is able to show the effective IO priority of a given thread, but not change it. Seeing as IO priority support is a comparatively new feature, most programs don't set their own IO ...
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Elevate a running program to administrator (Windows 7)

Sometimes you may open a program that you want to run as an administrator, but you may already have opened it not as an administrator. Is it possible to elevate the privileges of an already running ...
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How to switch the KeyboardLayout for all Application at once

I'm using Kubuntu at work for quite a while now and been using multiple keyboard layouts , German, English, Romanian. When I switch the layout on Kubuntu it changes globaly. Is there an option for ...
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Bulk convert photos to smaller size? [closed]

I have about 500 photos - each about 5MB in size. I'd like to bulk convert them to a smaller size, suitable for email and web-hosting. Tools at my disposal - Windows 7 Powershell 2 A free tool I ...
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Where are the Vista/Win7 Volume Mixer settings stored?

Vista/Win7 appear to persist the sound level settings per application. I'd like to have a look at that list. The reason? According to a Microsoft blog, the settings are stored against the PID of the ...
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How to install RAID drivers on already installed Windows 7?

64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate 6GB RAM Intel i7 920 Intel X25-M SSD 80GB 2,5" Club 3D Radeon HD5750 GA-EX58-UD4P Motherboard I've been running fine with Windows 7 installed on the SSD. I wanted to ...
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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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where in the registry does Windows store, with which program to open certain file types?

After installing Adobe PDF reader: *.PDF will be opened by the same. *.html with web browser. *.txt with notepad. If we want to make notepad++ a default editor of text files. I guess it simply changes ...
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How to put a program in system tray?

Is there a program for hiding programs from taskbar to system tray? I was hoping that Windows 7 will be able to do it itself but I can't find it.
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How to make Windows 7's volume mixer save individual volumes again? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where are the Vista/Win7 Volume Mixer settings stored? Windows 7's volume mixer is normally saving the volume levels for individual programs, as long as the exe file ...
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How do I remove the “eye symbol” from password fields in Windows 8?

While I was entering my password in Gmail and other mail accounts, I could see a symbol of an "eye" in the text box. This is really dangerous because once you click on the eye, your password is ...
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Arrange windows within the same application in the taskbar of Windows 7

Is there a way to arrange windows within the same application in the taskbar of Windows 7? Right now we can freely adjust each application's position in the taskbar, but within the app itself the ...
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CMD cd to other drives except C:\ not working [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using cd Command in Windows Command Line, Can't Navigate to D:\ I am unable to cd D:\ or cd D: or to any other drives. I am facing this problem from last 2 months ...
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Automatically prefer Ethernet over WLAN

Is is possible to force IP connections over the wired ethernet if it is connected and over wireless LAN if the wired ethernet is unavailabe (e.g. cable disconnected). Both network connections would be ...
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How to stop ReadyBoost from rebuilding cache after every restart on SD cards and flash drives?

On my computers (running windows 7 and vista and using SD cards and flash drives) ReadyBoost rebuilds cache after every reboot. Because of this and 5400RPM HDD, it takes several minutes for computer ...
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Windows 7 Goes to Sleep in conflict with Power Option Setting

My Del Dimension E521 running Windows 7 puts itself in sleep mode each night -- despite the fact that I have chosen a power option that specifies NEVER Each morning I find the monitor blank and I ...
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Windows 7 - missing free HDD space

I have Windows 7 installed on a 45 GB partition, and every now and then it gets full, and I have to resize that partition. I always thought this was quite normal. But it happened again today and this ...
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How to install a language pack in Windows 7 Professional

How i can install any language for example Hebrew in Windows 7 Professional ?
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How to reinstall the TCP/IP protocol driver on Windows 7?

How to reinstall the TCP/IP protocol driver on Windows 7?
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How does localhost 127.0.0.1 work?

I found some articles related to this, but they were not sufficient for me. I want to know how the localhost works and why is it the same on many different machines? How does the localhost block the ...
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How to prevent a file from accessing the internet?

There are some .exe and .dll files belonging to some programs on my laptop which communicate with the internet without my permission (for self-update generally). I want to prevent those files one by ...
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How to enable autologon in Windows 7

I have tried typing the following: control userpasswords2 however it only brings up the control panel.
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Windows 7 VPN how to not tunnel internet? [duplicate]

I just put windows 7 on my work laptop and im setting it all up like it used to be. But i cant remember what option i changed to stop my internet traffic being tunneled over the VPN connection. I only ...
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All start menu items have disappeared

All of my start menu "All Programs" items have disappeared. I think they are still there as evidenced by the fact that i can search them, the list is just empty.
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Which Windows 7 log file contains device connection/disconnection information?

Windows 7 frequently plays the usb/new device connection/disconnection sound. It happens both when the computer is idle and under load. All usb device connections have been checked (though I can't ...
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Where are the user profile directories of Google Chrome located in?

Where are the user profile directories of Google Chrome located in? It may seem like a very simple question, but I couldn't find it. I checked inside %APPDATA%, but there were noting relevant there. ...
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Is it possible to combine processing power of 2 computers?

Here are a few questions, I wish you could enlighten me. Is it possible to combine processing power of 2 computers? How do I do it?
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Remove entry from Windows 7 bootloader

After making an error installing windows, I now have two entries in the Windows 7 boot loader, one of which is incorrect. How can I remove it? I've seen some entries recommending EasyBCD, but can't ...
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How do you turn on and off window repaint while drag moving/re-sizing window in Windows 7?

How do you turn on and off window repaint while drag moving/re-sizing window in Windows 7? When I drag a window or resize it, I just get a wireframe. Some how this feature has gotten turned off. ...
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Required CD/DVD device driver missing while installing WIndows 7

I am trying to install Windows 7 and get this error: A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now. ...
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Completely lock a computer and force it to use a single application

I'd like my windows 7 computer to use ONLY a single application developed in .net No task manager, no nothing: just this single application automatically opening at startup. I'd also like to have a ...
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How to use a retail Windows 7 Professional license key to upgrade an installed Windows 7 Home Premium machine

I purchased a retail version of Windows 7 Professional and installed it on a computer. That machine has died, and I replaced it with a new computer which came with Windows 7 Home Premium already ...
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What causes windows 7 activation requests?

The statement: "You must activate windows within 3 days to continue using all windows features." often pops up in my notifification area on Windows 7. My windows are legal and I have activated them ...
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Inverting direction of mouse scroll wheel

Is there a way to make a mouse scroll wheel invert its direction? I'd like to scroll upwards and have that action scroll downwards and vice-versa. There is no setting on the Mouse control panel that ...
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How do I enable Automatic Logon in Windows 7 when I'm on a domain?

When Windows 7 is joined to a domain the option to automatically login is no longer available in the advanced User Management console. Since I am running a small home domain because of SharePoint and ...
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How to control master volume in Windows 7?

Some keyboards have volume controls on them that can be pressed anytime to control the master volume. My keyboard does not have that. Is there a way that I can create a key macro that will work like ...
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Command prompt (Windows 7) grep equivalent?

Is there a command prompt (Windows 7) grep equivalent? That is, I want to filter out the results of a command: Bash use: ls | grep root What would it be from a Windows command prompt?
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Make Windows 7 ignore WiFi when ethernet is available

When I dock my Windows 7 laptop, I want it to prefer the wired ethernet connection over WiFi. This is a pretty straightforward thing to do on my Mac - I just reorder my network preferences, and it ...
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Remote desktop without a password

I have an HTPC with a user that has no password and autologin. I want to be able to connect to it via Remote Desktop without a password, so I can login with the original user. (I don't want to add ...
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How do I locate the MAC address of my computer?

I am unable to locate the MAC address in a new computer with Windows 7. I've tried ipconfig /all in the console to which I got no items match your search. I also tried getmac. A screen flashed very ...
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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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How to avoid bit torrent to degrade my connection performance without limiting bandwidth usage?

The only way I found so far to have a normal web surfing, while the uTorrent is on, is to limit its bandwidth usage. There is a smarter way where the torrent can use the remaining bandwidth?
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How to use two audio devices simultaneously with Windows 7?

I have an audio connector on board (Asus P8H67-I) and an USB audio card (Teufel). How can I use the two devices simultaneously? As far as I can see I have to set one device to the standard output ...
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What do green folders mean in Windows 7 Explorer?

I downloaded a ZIP file and dragged the files out of the ZIP into a directory. The subdirectories I copied displayed in Windows Explorer in green instead of the default black. What does the green ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 8 using Microsoft Virtual PC?

I'm trying to install Windows 8 on my pc via Microsoft Virtual PC. However I get this annoying, non-descriptive error: I'm looking to find out if Microsoft Virtual PC supports Windows 8, and if so ...
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Windows 7 - Preview other file types as text in Preview Pane

I want to preview .js, .php, and other file extensions as text in explorer on Windows 7. Any ideas on how I can accomplish this?
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What program do you use to edit file associations in Vista and Windows 7?

We all know that Vista and Windows 7 doesn't let you specify custom extensions or customize them to your liking. What program do you use to edit file associations in Vista and Windows 7? EDIT: ...