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Prevent Windows Explorer from trying to extract metadata

Windows Explorer (Windows 7 x64) crashes when it sees allegedly corrupted .wav files. I'm dealing with this problem and the hotfix outlined in "High CPU usage in the Explorer.exe process when you open ...
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How Do I Disable Windows 7 Accessibility Apps?

I want to permanently disable or remove Magnifier, Narrator, On-Screen Keyboard and High Contrast or at least permanently disable their keyboard shortcuts. I'm using Win7 inside a Parallels VM with an ...
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Change Shortcut for closing windows

How can I change the shortcut for closing windows from Alt+F4 to Ctrl+W in windows.
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Rename multiple files as “Modified Date/Time” using cmd or Powershell

I have hundreds of JPG files in a folder. I want to rename each file so that the file name is replaced with "Modified Date/Time" of that file, namely DD.MM.RRRR.HH.MM.jpg. For example, Before ...
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Hibernate doesn't work and hibernate.sys is not in C:

My computer is unable to hibernate. When I start the computer and press any key, I'm instantly at the login screen. I tried running powercfg -h on with no possitive effect. The file hibernate.sys is ...
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Software to create windows partitions beyond maximum allowed

My OS is Win 7 Ultimate and have 3 partitions. Now, I would like to resize one partition and create one more. However, the partition manager in Windows 7 says that I already have the maximum allowed. ...
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LAN NAS lost connection

Without warning, I lost connection to my NAS from my Win 7 HP laptop. The LAN printer works fine, but I cannot get the network search to find the NAS. I have three other computers, their connections ...
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Bitlocker Repair Tool for windows 7 Ultimate

I have just enabled bitlocker using a flash drive without TPM on windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. Just to be prepared - is there any way I can recover data from an encrypted volume in Windows 7 ultimate. I ...
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Hotkey to show/hide left-hand `treeview` of Windows Explorer

Currently to toggle the treeview on the left-hand side of Windows Explorer we can use: Organize - Layout - Navigation Pane as below screenshot. I do this very very often and want to toggle quickly by ...
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How do I solve the BSOD that appears during my Windows install?

In my Core i5 desktop machine I tried to install windows 7 32 bit Ultimate. I received blue screen of death while installing OS. Earlier I had was 64 bit Windows vista which was working fine but now i ...
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Software for making Toshiba Qosmio Function & multimedia buttons work

I've just had to do a fresh installation of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on my Toshiba Qosmio F60 and I've lost the functionality of the multimedia buttons (Wifi, play/pause, mute, etc) and all the Fn ...
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Building a new PC, Installing XP, blue screen of death

I got a gigabyte barebones kit and am installing windows-XP(SP1) and the initial setup works, then it restarts and goes into the second phase of the setup. Then when installing components (I think ...
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Windows 7 unidentified network (or limited access) after hibernate

My windows 7 network will show limited access or unidentified network after coming up from hibernation. In the office I normally use LAN connection, I turn-off my wireless card (DELL Latitude has ...
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Installing Windows 7 on a Ubuntu 10.10 System

I initially formatted my Windows Vista Machine because it was given me problems and installed ubuntu 10.10 as the primary OS and no secondary installed all i have now is Ubuntu 10.10 running smoothly ...
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How to assign monitor numbers in Windows 7

When I use 2 monitors, one on VGA and one on hdmi, Win 7 will always assign the hdmi monitor as 1 and the VGA monitor as 2. How can I manually assign these?
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Windows 7 PATH not expanding

I am using the following to create and edit environment variables for Windows 7. Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System -> Advanced system settings -> Environment Variables Under System ...
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Windows 7 file-based backup service [closed]

I'm looking for a good replacement for Lazy Mirror, since it doesn't support Windows 7 well. Pros: One of the things I really loved about Lazy Mirror is that it always maintains a "full" backup, but ...
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How do I add captions to a picture in windows live writer?

I just started to use Windows Live Writer and love the interface especially with the drag and drop pictures. However I cannot seem to be able to add captions below the images... How do I do this? Is ...
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Windows 7 to Windows 7 Remote Desktop Not working, XP to 7 working fine

I have a small home network and recently I tried to enable remote desktop for one of the PC's. I have a mix of Windows 7, Windows Vista and XP runing alongside Ubuntu, centos and others (some virtual, ...
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Allow reassignment of [Win] + [num+] or completely remove Magnifier on Windows 7

I'd like to use hotkey Win num + for my audioplayer but this combination is bound to Windows' Magnifier. Anyone have an idea how to fix it (unbind or completely remove magnifier)? (This problem is ...
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Is there an application that will move an active window to the system tray without minimizing it

I have an active application (lets say an instant messaging client) whose buddy list I have up (active) on one side of my screen at all times in Windows 7. I would like to remove that icon from the ...
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How can I get rid of the “Windows Boot Manager” showing up when I only have one version of Windows?

I installed Windows 7 over a Windows XP installation (formatting my partition in the process). Now, when I boot, I get the "Windows Boot Manager" screen, asking me to choose between "Earlier Version ...
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Is it legal to install Windows 7 Home Premium Retail inside VMWare virtual machine

Is it legal to install Windows 7 Home Premium Retail inside VMWare virtual machine? I'm running linux, but need windows inside virtual machine. Is it legal to start this virtual machine from some ...
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Windows 7 Update freezes - what to do?

Yesterday I shutdown my notebook, and Windows 7 Ultimate started to install automatic updates. After one hour, I noticed that the update was still running. I thought OK, I shall go to sleep and let it ...
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Sony Vaio laptop hangs up on boot

When I power on the laptop it displays the "Vaio" logo and the screen after show, but after that the screen is completely blank but the backlight is lit. Nothing progresses from here. When trying to ...
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Why does Windows update show updates for Office products that have been deleted?

My Windows 7 system came with "trial" versions of Office (2007) installed. I removed them (with add/remove programs). However, whenever I run Windows Update it still shows updates needed for those ...
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How do I access a shared folder using credentials other than the ones I logged in with?

I have a lab full of Windows 7 machines, and a shared login (user360) that all my students use. I also have a shared folder that they can all have read/write access to (for moving files around ...
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How do I exclude directories from my Windows 7 backup?

I'm setting up a backup for a friend's computer onto his USB drive. I was reading this article about the Windows 7 Backup and Restore feature. Everything looks okay, but for the life of me, I can't ...
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Force Pinned taskbar items to be “icon only” all the time in Windows 7

By default (at least in my installation), pinned items on the taskbar will be "icon only" when they have no active windows, but when there are active window, the icon expanded to include text ...
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Restore monitor detection to one only or restore start menu to bottom

I have a co-worker that is no longer able to see his start menu. He used to have it pinned to the left edge of his screen. I tried to troubleshoot it a bit and discovered if we do Windows + R then ...
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system image files

if you were to back up windows 7 with an system image file on a portable HDD, can you boot your computer from said system image file after a full single partition reformatting? or for that matter boot ...
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setreg.exe for Windows 7

I want to use setreg.exe (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa387700(VS.85).aspx) to disable the certificate revocation check. However, it's based on an older version of .NET than what I have. ...
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Software worked on Vista basic but does not install on Windows 7

I use some software called winspeakerz. I used to use it on Windows Vista Basic. Now I have a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium. I was unable to install the software, as it shows error "0" ...
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Utilu IE Collection IE6 crashes under Windows 7

I've installed Utilu IE Collection under Windows 7 64-bit, but am unable to successfully run IE6 (specifically, "Internet Explorer 6.0 (6.00.2900.2180)"). I haven't tried other versions of IE from the ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 - Unable to uninstall

This happens if I try to uninstall it or even repair it. The setup stops working at the end. Any help would be much appreciated.
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How do I stop Programs from showing up UNDER the toolbar in Windows 7

I have Windows 7, 64 bit, and a Eyefinity video card. I have multiple problems, One large on is that the windows, when maximized show up under the semi-translucent task bar. I thus cannot maximize ...
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Windows 7 doesn't boot

Originally my setup was Windows XP Pro x86 with two HDDs. Yesterday I installed my student license of Windows7 x64 on the second HDD. Both OSs were working properly, so I decide to format the Windows ...
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Can I format a USB key in GUID mode in windows 7 to make it Mac OSX boot friendly?

I have a macbookpro that wont boot properly. I've tried resetting the PRAM (holding down option - alt - P - R), but it doesn't work, it gets halfway through the boot process and says "You need to ...
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Hard disk failure. Can I recover my “move”d folders?

I am in the process of moving all my files from an old laptop to new one. I just moved 11gb of data from my old laptop to a hard drive (external) and then upon moving it out to the new hard drive, the ...
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Does or will exFAT support symlinks?

I've just acquired a brand new laptop. Did split my ssd in 3 partitions, one for win7, one for macOSX and one shared data partition. I chose exFAT for this partition, but i did not find how to create ...
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SSD RAID 5 or 10? [closed]

I have a few extra SSD drives (I know its rare but this has actually happened). I figured since I have almost 500 GB in SSD's I might as well replace all of my standard HDD's with them. I currently ...
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Windows 7 Slow Searching [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to speed up Windows 7 search? I have a new Windows 7 machine with twice as much RAM and a faster processor than my old Windows Server 2008 R2 Machine. I am ...
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Windows 7, file properties - is “date accessed” ALWAYS 100% accurate?

Here's the situation: I went on vacation for a couple of weeks, but before I left, I took the harddrive out of my computer and hid it in a different location. Upon coming back on Monday and putting ...
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NX Client for Windows 7 Opens Remote Desktop in Multiple Windows

What I'm trying to do: access my Ubuntu desktop remotely via NX Client on my Windows 7 laptop. My environment: server: Ubuntu 10.10 on AMD 1Ghz/512MB RAM PC client: Windows 7 on ThinkPad ...
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Hosts file - Many entries

I noticed Spybot - Search & Destroy adds almost 15k entries on the hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts) if you decide to immunize. Does this decrease the computer performance, ...
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Adding Windows XP on a macbook pro running MacOS and Ubuntu

My Macbook Pro already dual boots MacOSX or Ubuntu with ReFit. I would like to add Windows 7 in the mix. I can make enough space in the Mac partition to accomodate that, but just want to be sure the ...
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How often should I create a 'system image'?

I have a Windows 7 PC and back up weekly. This seems like a reasonable schedule for file backups, but how often should I create a system image backup; which takes several hours to complete?
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Upgrade Remote Desktop in Vista to support multiple monitors?

I am using Windows 7 and I was able to remote desktop into another Windows 7 machine and use multiple monitors. Is there a way to do the same when connecting to a Windows Vista machine? Is there ...
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How to install skype with no admins rights?

I remember it was possible for me to install skype with a non admin user on windows XP. Now the school upgraded the system to windows 7 and it tells me I dont have admins rights. I choose an install ...
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Troubleshooting a crash with Windows 7

I have a folder with several thousand videos (All .MPG extensions). When I open the folder with these videos, it shows up fine, but as I start scrolling down, it crashes the Windows Explorer. In ...