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Why does WMI Provider Host (WmiPrvSE.exe) keep spiking my CPU?

I generally keep my laptop on 24x7, and at the end of the day it's really annoying to have my thighs burnt because over overheating. The overheating seems to be a result of WMI Provider Host ...
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9answers
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What is the command to use to put your computer to sleep (not hibernate)?

I want to put my Windows PC (Windows 7) into a sleep state via command line (so I can bind to macro button on keyboard). The power button on the PC is setup to but the computer to sleep (but it's ...
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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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Windows Update doesn't work and consumes 100% of CPU (Win7 SP1) [duplicate]

I've observed a strange behaviour with Windows Update (Win7 SP1). The process svchost is consuming an entire core of my Virtual Machine (VirtualBox) doing nothing (i.e., there is no network traffic ...
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13answers
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Keyboard shortcut to minimize Remote Desktop

Is there a way, using the keyboard, to switch from a maximized (full screen) Remote Desktop Connection back to the main computer? I have about 4 Remote Desktop connections that I am switching between ...
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8answers
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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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Mount second drive as c:/Users in Windows 7

So about a month ago I set up a Windows 7 Professional machine where I was able to mount the secondary hard drive to the path C:\Users. This put all of the userspace files on the second hard drive ...
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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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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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In Windows 7, how to change proxy settings from command line?

How do I change proxy settings from command line in Windows 7? I'm not talking about just the http_proxy. I need to set system-wide proxy settings (the ones in Internet properties setting). How ...
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Problem recreating BCD on Windows 7 64bit - The requested system device cannot be found

NVIDIA drivers upgrade crashed my Windows 7 installation, so I'm working to undo the damage. What I can do: I can boot Windows install from the USB drive, and I can boot the Hiren's Boot CD. Although ...
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6answers
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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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How do I get the Windows 7 taskbar with the Start Menu to display on dual monitors?

I am looking for an application with features as follows:- It will give me a dual monitor set up with a Windows 7 taskbar with Aero peek and the Start Menu on each monitor. The taskbar should ...
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3answers
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Download all PDF links in a web page?

Do you know a good software to download all PDF links in a web page?? Operating system is Windows 7.
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How can I prevent Windows from disabling Aero?

Every time I attend a Webex meeting, after only a few minutes in, Windows determines that my performance is too low and disables Aero. This is not an issue with Webex. It's an issue with Windows ...
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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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8answers
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Can I sleep one of the displays on a multi-monitor setup?

I want to be able to 'put the display to sleep' on one of my two monitors when it isn't needed, so it doesn't distract me or use unnecessary power. Ideally, the display would be asleep, but the OS ...
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Open source / freeware application for Windows 7 to create ISO images [closed]

I'm looking for a freely available utility I can run on Windows 7 to create CD/DVD ISO images from actual CDs and DVDs. Any suggestions?
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How to extract image from PDF file

I currently use Foxit's PDF reader, and I recently downloaded an image from the Internet, but it is inside a PDF file. How do I extract this image? Operating system is Windows 7.
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Windows 7 is stuck at “Starting Windows” when I attempt to boot computer

Basically, whenever I turn on my computer, it gets to the Starting Windows phase and just stays there. The startup animation still plays, yet it gets nowhere. I have tried booting into safe mode, ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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Prevent Internet Explorer tabs from opening tabs in stack in taskbar

I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate, and IE 8, and have the taskbar in icon view. I'm not sure how to explain this, but I'm amazed at how each tab in IE8 seems to act like a new "thing" in the taskbar (as if ...
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3answers
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How do I disable microphone volume auto-adjusting?

My coworkers started yelling at me today because apparently I started screaming in their ears during a Google hangout. And sure enough, when I go to the Microphone settings dialog, I can see the level ...
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How to install windows 7 RC from a USB disk? [duplicate]

Can anyone provide detailed steps to install Windows 7 RC from a USB hard disk (rather than a DVD)?
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How to find source of memory leak in Windows 7?

I've got a Windows 7 machine that keeps running low in RAM. I can see the free RAM going down over a few hours until the point the machine becomes unresponsive. I've checked the process list and none ...
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6answers
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Is there a shortcut for creating a new file?

I haven't seen any shortcut for creating "A New Text Document" or any file. Is there any?
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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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Is there a quick/automatic way to change monitor brightness at night on Windows 7 or Linux?

I'm a fairly nocturnal creature by nature, but life requires me to spend more time during the bright hours of day. I also have a visual impairment which makes it that my eyes take a very long time to ...
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How can I enable AHCI on a SATA drive after installing Windows?

Can I enable AHCI after installing Windows 7 in a SATA drive that was on IDE mode?
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Software for monitoring and measuring GPU temperature (Windows XP/7) [closed]

Are there any programs available for monitoring and measuring GPU temperature? I'd prefer something free, and for either Windows XP or Windows 7.
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1answer
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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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Unknown glyph symbols on the Volume Mixer

I get these symbols on the volume mixer. It seems to happen at the end of every line. This is a nearly clean install of Windows 7 x64 (only Chrome and Firefox installed). Any idea where this could be ...
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6answers
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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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Do I need to run defrag on an SSD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do SSDs suffer from fragmentation? Is there an advantage to it? I mean, SSD is essentially random access memory.
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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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8answers
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Running Windows with defective RAM

Is it possible to run Windows (7, x64) with a defective RAM module? More precisely, is there some way to tell Windows not to allocate a known bad address or block of addresses? For Linux, there is ...
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How can I add a program to the context menu of all files?

Similar to the way Notepad++ adds "Edit with Notepad++" to the context menu of all files, or how most Antivirus products will add a global "Scan this file" option, I would like to add a particular ...
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Good Alternatives to Windows Task Manager [closed]

Does anyone know of any good free alternatives to the standard Windows Task Manager besides the Resource Monitor? I'm looking for a lightweight program that displays detailed info about my CPU, RAM, ...
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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 do I install the Windows 7 boot loader?

I have 2 hard disks, on first I have installed win xp. I boot into xp and run setup of win7 and installed it on second hard disk. Now the problem is that win7 bootloader is installed on first ...
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2answers
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Reset all permissions on Windows 7?

I have an external hard drive and I did something which I shouldn't have done, and I am annoyed that many files are prompting me about Administrator permissions to move a folder. They are regular ...
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Commit charge is 100% full but physical memory is just 60% when using no page file

I have disabled the page file in my system (hard disk is too slow, cannot buy a new one right away, cannot move page file to another partition). When I see into Resource Monitor, using memory ...
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Finding the Windows 7 product key

I'm doing a hard drive upgrade and it might ask me for the product key again. How can I find it?
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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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Why am I asked “Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties?” when copying files from NTFS to a FAT drive?

I have an image file on my NTFS filesystem and get the following message when I try to copy to my FAT32 drive: Are you sure you want to copy this file without its properties? I can't find any ...
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Any compelling reasons for upgrading Vista to Windows 7 [closed]

I have been using Windows Vista since it first came out and had no problems so far. Are there any compelling reason to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7? It seems like windows 7 is slightly faster ...
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Can I change Windows 7 display language on Home Premium version?

My neighbor just bought a Windows 7 laptop. He's from Mexico originally, and he wants to switch it over to use Spanish. Before I even helped him, he was able to switch it over to use a Spanish ...
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Prevent Windows 7 PC from sleeping while a download is in progress

While I'm downloading a large file on Windows 7 using Google Chrome, my computer goes to sleep. I could obviously set the computer to not sleep at all (or change the interval before the computer ...
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Windows 7, any way to sort folders and files all mixed together?

Is there a way to sort folders and files by their name all mixed together in Windows 7? It would be easier to understand if you look at this page. I want my folders and files arranged like the ...
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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 ...