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Where does Chrome save its bookmarks on Windows?

I'm trying to recover a Windows system from backups and can't seem to find where Chrome saves its bookmarks. Does anybody know where Chrome saves its bookmarks on Windows?
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What does “On-link” mean on the result of “route print” command?

I'm using Windows 7. When I type "route print" under command prompt, I get a IPv4 Route Table with several "On-link" values under the Gateway column. For example, like this one: IPv4 Route Table ...
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How do I change the wallpaper of Windows 7 Starter Edition?

Is there a way to change the desktop wallpaper in Windows 7 Starter Edition? I wanted to do that on my new netbook, just to find out that there is no "Customize" option in the control panel. Microsoft ...
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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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Why does Windows 7 use the page file when there's free physical RAM?

I am using Windows 7 64 bit with 8G ram. After some use, I feel Windows is getting sluggish. The drive is thrashing. When I look at the resource monitor and disk activity, I see a few instances of use ...
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Does built in Windows 7 backup perform differential (incremental) backups?

I have win 7 scheduled to backup every Sunday, it's only looking at one of my drives at the moment and is backing up to an external HDD. It's a 1TB drive so should take quite a while to fill but the ...
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How do you open the command prompt in Windows 7 with a shortcut key?

Is it possible to open the command prompt with Windows 7 with a shortcut key, and if it is, how do you do it? I know that I can assign a shortcut key to it, but does Windows come with a shortcut key ...
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Windows 7 Task Scheduler doesn't list my custom task(s)

I created a custom task from another application (Peachtree), but it never showed up in the Active Tasks list. So, I created it manually from within the Task Scheduler, but the task still hasn't ...
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Windows update doesn't progress beyond 0 KB 0%

I have Windows 7 64-bit and the Windows Update isn't working properly. What can I do?
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How to get SVG thumbnails in Windows Explorer?

I can open them in browser just OK, but how can I have thumbnails in the Windows Explorer? Edit: I installed Renesis Player as suggested by this answer, but it does not work for me, probably because ...
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Is time a substitute for Safely Remove Hardware?

In Windows 7, before unplugging an external hard disk or flash drive, you are ideally supposed to use the Safely Remove Hardware option to make sure there aren't any writes still pending. Suppose it ...
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Some taskbar pinned icons are duplicated when an instance of the application is running

For some applications that I pin to the taskbar, the icon gets duplicated when an instance of the application is running. For example, in the screen shot below you see there are two icons for ...
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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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A synergy alternative that just works? [closed]

I have been using Synergy for a few days now on my Windows 7 desktop (as server) and Macbook (client). Unfortunately, it seems to be buggy - often, the keyboard would stop working on the Mac to the ...
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How to change location of hibernation file in Windows 7?

I can't enable hibernation in Windows 7 because there is not enough room on my C: drive to create the hibernation file. How can I make Windows put the file somewhere else?
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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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In Windows' Run command line, how to open “My computer”?

if I do run (Winkey + R) and type "C:\", explorer shows up in "C:\". I'd like to know how to do the same for the My Computer folder in Windows Vista / 7.
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Why is my computer really slow despite having a considerable amount of free memory?

I have a Lenovo g560 3-4 years old, Intel i5, with 2GB ram and with a Geforce 310M. It always had some issues during startup or when starting a new program, but recently it just went crazy. From the ...
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Is there a built-in method for computing an SHA-1 or MD5 hash in Windows 7? [duplicate]

Is there a built-in method for computing an SHA-1 or MD5 hash in Windows 7?
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Is there any benefit from installing Windows 7 64-bit when you have less than 4GB of RAM?

I've recently purchased Windows 7 Ultimate. I have an AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ with 2GB DDR2 RAM. I know RAM has gotten much cheaper, I know, I know, but I am not going to be able to upgrade my RAM for ...
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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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How do I replace Notepad in Windows 7?

I use notepad2. I love notepad2. How do I replace notepad2 in windows 7, so I never use the old version of notepad again?
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How to remove read-only attribute recursively on Windows 7

I need to remove read-only attributes of all files under a directory recursively on Windows 7 using command line. I think one can do this using icacls but I couldn't figure exactly how to do it. ...
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How do I find out the file type without an extension? [duplicate]

After recovering my HDD, I ended up with a lot of files with no extension. Many of them are .bin files. Is there any way to find out what file format they actually are? Many of them have no ...
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Change Windows 7 explorer “Edit” context menu action for jpg and other image file types

When I right click on a jpg file in Windows Explorer (Windows 7), I see that there is an "Edit" menu item. If I click this item, it opens the image in MSPaint. Blah. I have Paint.NET installed, and ...
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How to tell when Windows and all startup programs have completed booting?

My machine (Windows 7 64-bit) takes about 3-4 mins to completely boot. Is there any way which will indicate that boot is complete, some kind of sound / pop-up, either by using Windows in-built feature ...
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Are there any real advantages to assigning more “cores” to VirtualBox?

I have an 2.8 quad core i7 with a VirtualBox. I have the option of assigning up to 4 cores to a guest machine, but I have only been doing two. What are the advantages/disadvantages of assigning more ...
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Can I right-click a folder in Windows 7 and choose “Open with Sublime Text”?

In Windows 7, I can do this at the command line: "c:\Program Files\Sublime Text 2\sublime_text.exe" samplefolder This launches a Sublime Text window, with the contents of samplefolder loaded in ...
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Elevated command line prompt can't access shared drives in Windows 7

I map a share from another machine using my user account. I launch an elevated command prompt (cmd.exe, right click, Run as administrator). Navigating to shared drive (Z:) results in: The system ...
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how to run a powershell script as administrator

On my Windows 7 Desktop, I have script.ps1, which needs admin privileges (it starts a service). I want to click on this script and run it with admin privileges. What's the easiest way to ...
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How do I go up one level in Windows 7 explorer?

Microsoft seems to make it harder and harder to go "up a level" in explorer with every release, and apparently have done away with it completely in Windows 7. Is there any way to bring back the "up ...
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Cannot resolve %windir% / Cannot modify %path% or %path% being reset on boot

See Updates 3 and 4 below for how the issue has evolved My computer (Windows 7 x64, Lenovo Thinkpad T530) is having an issue resolving %windir%. After boot-up, everything works fine. At some ...
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How can I install Internet Explorer 7 on Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you install MSIE7 in Windows 7? I need to install Internet Explorer 7 on my Windows 7 machine. How can this be done?
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keyboard shortcut for mouse right click

What combination of keys produce a right-click and a left-click?
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Windows 8 disk space usage vs Windows 7

The official Microsoft Windows 8 (64 bit) disk space requirements are the same as Windows 7: 20 GB. In actual practice, how does Win8's disk space usage compare to Win7's? Specifically, how does disk ...
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How do I create the GodMode folder in Windows 7 & Windows 8?

How do I create the GodMode (AKA Windows Master Control Panel shortcut and All Tasks) folder in Windows 7?
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How can I enable PAE on Windows 7 (32-bit) to support more than 3.5 GB of RAM?

I know that Windows XP 32-bit can be configured, through PAE, to support more than 3.5 GB of RAM. Is there a good tutorial to do this with Windows 7 32-bit? As to why I don't simply use 64-bit ...
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Why can't a 64 bit OS run a 16 bit application?

Why is it that: a 32-bit OS, when installed on a 64-bit CPU, can run old 16-bit applications, but if you install a 64-bit OS it can't run those applications directly and need some sort of emulation ...
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How to diagnose slow booting or logon in Windows?

When I start my PC, it boots into Windows (Windows 7 32-bit) quite happily, I login and the main Windows screen appears. At that point, however, the system is extremely unresponsive for up to 5 ...
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How can I configure the Windows 7 firewall to prompt me on outbound traffic?

Can I configure the built-in firewall in Windows 7 to ask me if I want to let a program open an outbound connection? I can disable all outgoing traffic and manually create rules for programs, but I ...
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Print screen with cursor in Windows 7

I'm trying to capture some screen shots for a tutorial. When I press Print Screen on my keyboard and paste into an image editor, the cursor goes. The "tooltips" (if any) do print, but I need the ...
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How do I manage multiple audio playback devices on Windows Vista/7?

I've got speakers (audio in) and headphones (USB headset with it's own soundcard) connected to my desktop computer. Under Windows 7, I can right-click the Audio Mixer and select Playback Devices and ...
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Explorer does not auto-refresh

When I create a folder or copy files, after the operation finishes I have to manually refresh the Explorer window (F5). For example, when I create a folder, I don't see the "New Folder" until I hit ...
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Java update “Failed to download required installation files.”

On my Windows 7 machine the Java update consistently fails with this error message. (edit: The same thing happens on Windows 8). This seems to a common problem, does anyone have an insight into ...
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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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Can I use my PC as a Bluetooth headset for my mobile phone?

I have a very good headset and have become quite fond of making all my calls on my PC with Skype. In fact, whenever someone calls my mobile phone, I ask them to call back on my Skype-In number. My ...
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How do I repair the corrupted files found by sfc /scannow? “Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.”

In Windows 7, after running chkdsk C: /F /R and finding out that my hard disk has 24 KB in bad sectors (log is posted below), I decided to run Windows 7's System File Checker utility (sfc /scannow). ...
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What USB 3.0 functionality does Intel's iusb3mon monitor?

Along with Intel USB 3.0 Host Controller drivers, a utility called "iusb3mon.exe" (Intel USB 3.0 Monitor) was installed at startup. Its apparent goal is to "monitor" some USB 3.0 functions. My ...
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Show Windows 7 logon time?

On Windows 7 Ultimate, is there a way to see when I logged on into the current session? I want to find out how long I have been at the PC / when I started it up.
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How can I launch a browser with no window frame or tabs/address bar

I am looking for a way to launch Chrome, Firefox, or IE9+ (any one will do) from a script or command line without any window frame, address bar, or tabs section. Illustration: For instance, I'd ...