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Disable or delay Alt+Tab Aero Peek effect in Windows 7

In Windows 7 pressing Alt+Tab shows the transparent windows (Aero) effect. The screen change is distracting while I'm trying to figure out which window to switch to based on the thumbnail preview ...
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Why is System process listening on Port 80?

I am running Windows 7 RC1. I have multiple issues getting IIS to work on my system and today when I installed a new application and I tried to load it using http:\localhost\MyApplication I get ...
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How do I upgrade from Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM?

I want to install Windows 7 RC. I know about the time bomb in June of 2010, where it will cease to work, and that a few months before that it will shut down every two hours. If I install Windows 7 ...
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What is the rationale behind safely removing USB media from windows PCs? [duplicate]

Quite often when I'm in a rush, I automatically pull out a USB pendrive or USB cable from an external hard drive from my desktop PC or laptop, without right-clicking on the safely remove icon in the ...
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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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Why does connecting to my work VPN cause my internet to not work?

I VPN to my work, and then I terminal server into my computer. Everything works fine in relation to the VPN access, but locally I can't access the internet. How can I fix this?
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My windows keyboard is being “clever” with the quote keys - how can I stop it?

I'm using windows 7 on a laptop. On the laptop keyboard, for some reason, the quote key (which has both double and single quote on it) is doing some "clever" annoying things: When I press ...
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Windows 7, file properties, date modified, how do you show seconds?

Anyone know a way to immediately show the seconds of a file's date modified property in the GUI? So if you create a file, any file in any directory, right-click and choose Properties, the date ...
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What search utilities can search by file name in Windows 7?

I've just installed Windows 7 64-bit and have found that it's file search really really sucks. What is a good alternative that I can load on my system to do file searching? Note: I don't care about ...
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How to run a program when connecting to a specific network in Windows 7

I want to have an executable run every time I connect to my wireless network at home. The purpose is to sync a folder on my laptop with my desktop machine. Is there any way run a program or script ...
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How to apply group policy settings to specific local accounts in Windows

I created a limited user account and want to restrict USB and CD drive access using group policy settings. Hence I want to use gpedit.msc to enforce restrictions on the limited account and disable ...
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Remove “Libraries” from Windows 7 Explorer

Windows 7 has this feature called Libraries. I do not use them and I am quite annoyed by the fact that they are the default "start location" in Windows 7 Explorer. How can I remove them?
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How to disable monitor auto detection in Windows 7?

I am currently running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with a dual monitor setup with an NVIDIA 7950 GT graphics card. One monitor is dedicated to this machine and the other monitor is connected to a DVI ...
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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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Remove Desktop entry from Alt+Tab list

Is it possible to remove the entry for the desktop from Windows 7's Alt+Tab list? So far I have found a post telling me to add an entry to the registry: ...
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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 can I see if Windows 7 is using TRIM for my SSD drive?

I recently upgraded the firmware on my SSD to support TRIM and upgraded to Windows 7. How can I tell whether Windows is recognizing the drive as SSD and using TRIM correctly?
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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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How to restore windows 8 GUI boot-loader after installing windows 7?

I have installed window 7 after installing windows 8, so windows 7 boot-loader is now the default boot-loader But i want to restore windows 8 graphical boot-loader back again so what to do ?
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How to install windows 7 RC from a USB disk?

Can anyone provide detailed steps to install Windows 7 RC from a USB hard disk (rather than a DVD)?
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Best SSD tweaks for Windows 7 [closed]

I have seen many articles about tweaking an SSD, but many of them seem outdated, or too broad (read all Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 general tweaks). And I know that Windows 7 has been ...
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My Windows 7 has suddenly stopped displaying Unicode symbols

For some strange reason, my computer suddenly doesn't show certain unicode characters anymore! I have no idea what happened. Affected applications include Windows Explorer (should be Japanese ...
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How to log processes throughout workday?

Basically, I want to track which processes are running and their cpu % throughout the day to pinpoint random freezing and slowness. I would like to go in to a text file and see a log of the previous ...
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Should I install 64-bit versions of operating systems?

With the release of Windows 7 coming up, 64-bit operating systems have caught my attention. What are the main advantages and disadvantages of installing 64-bit Windows 7? What type of compatibility ...
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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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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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Is it possible to run an old 16-bit DOS application under Windows 7 64-bit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why 64 bit OS can't run a 16 bit application? How do I get 16-bit programs to work on a 64-bit Windows? Here at work my new development machine is Windows 7 64-bit ...
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How to turn off ClearType and use whole-pixel anti-aliasing in Windows 7?

In Windows XP, you can have whole-pixel anti-aliasing by setting "Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts" to "Standard", or have sub-pixel anti-aliasing (for LCD monitors) by setting ...
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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 install Windows 7 x64 on GPT?

How can I install Windows 7 x64 on GUID partition table? My motherboard has UEFI. I tried using Ubuntu to create the GPT and NTFS partition on it, but Windows 7 just says Windows cannot be ...
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Logging individual application network usage in Windows 7

There are many answers here detailing programs that will monitor and log internet usage for a pc, but I need that usage to be logged and broken down, detailing which applications consumed that data. ...
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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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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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Can I route programs to two internet connections simultaneously in Windows 7?

I have two internet connections - one via a 3G modem, and the other via wireless. The modem is faster so I normally browse with it, but it does not support torrent downloads while my wireless does. ...
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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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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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How do I get Windows 7 to NOT use the recycling Bin on a removable drive?

How do I get Windows 7 to NOT use the recycling Bin on a removable drive? I've already told Windows to not use the function on that drive but Windows still creates the "Recycling Bin" folder. It stays ...
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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 open VLC in a new window instance?

I always used to open a new VLC window; go to "open file"...etcetera when I wanted to watch something because when I click on a file in Windows Explorer and chose "open with" or just clicked on the ...
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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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Command prompt as SYSTEM user (Win 7)

How can I get a command prompt as the SYSTEM user on Windows 7? Context: I'm testing a computer startup script and I need to figure out the behavior of a command when run as SYSTEM rather than my ...
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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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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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How can I use the Windows 7 command prompt in fullscreen? [duplicate]

I use some DOS applications in Windows 7. Before Windows 7, I could press Alt+Enter to run the application in full screen, but with Windows 7 I can't do this anymore. I get the message: This ...
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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 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 do I create a Windows 7 USB installer with preinstalled software?

I was wondering if it was possible to make a bootlable image of a Windows 7 Pro OEM Installation CD that I have and put it on an USB stick for faster/easier installation. I am asking because we have a ...
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Select full file name when renaming on Windows

Does anyone know if it's possible to change a setting so that the full file name is selected when you rename a file in newer versions of Windows? (i.e. to match the behavior in Windows XP). ...