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How do I disable Aero Shake in Windows 7?

I'm always accidentally minimizing most of my windows. This is really annoying. How do I disable Aero Shake?
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Remove shortcut icon overlay from shortcuts on Windows 7

How can I remove those overlays that are put on every shortcut? They are a bit annoying, especially on my desktop because most of the icons are shortcuts.
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How do I reduce the desktop icon size in Windows 7?

How can I reduce the size of my desktop icons if the video resolution is already on the highest setting?
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Visible Power Plans In Shortcut Menu

How do you choose which power plans are visible when you click on the battery in the notification area?
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Sharing Drive Between Ubuntu and Windows 7

I'm dual booting between Win7 and Ubuntu 8.10. Is there anything special I need to do to share a drive between the two? Or since they're on different file systems you cannot? For example a ...
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How do I get rid of the VMware “Unidentified Networks” in Windows Vista and 7?

After installing VMware in Windows Vista or 7, there are two public networks that can't be identified, but upon further inspection are virtual networks created by VMware. The problem is when you're on ...
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What's fixed with Windows 7? [closed]

I installed Windows 7 RC, but really I just didn't see much difference between it and Vista. I was an early adopter of Vista and will admit that at first it stepped on a couple of devices due to ...
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Windows 7 RC sleep on Thinkpad R51?

I have an old Thinkpad R51 and Windows 7 just doesn't give me a Sleep option. I suspect it's because it's running the default VGA driver. The machine has an Intel 855 GME graphics adapter but there ...
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Do I need a third party firewall for Windows 7?

I have always used third party firewalls (Zone Alarm) to avert attacks and to prevent installed softwares (like Adobe Updater) from connecting to internet. Unfortunately, when I migrated to Windows ...
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What issues should I look out for in Windows 7 dual boot?

I currently have a windows XP machine and two internal hard drives. I want to dual boot with Windows 7 on the second drive. I'll have the license for it in August. This will not be the release ...
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Enable Directx 9 on Geforce Go FX 5700 win7

I have just installed windows 7 on my old laptop. It's an Acer aspire 1710. It seems real slow and everything is jerky, I can't do more than 1 thing at a time, such as watch youtube while compiling ...
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windows 7 audio randomly stops

I'm running the Windows 7 RC and sometimes my sound would stop randomly. For example, I would be listening to something, then the sound would suddenly stop. Even while there is no sound, there doesn't ...
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Can i run 64bit OS on my laptop?

i have this laptop Dell Inspiron 6400 with Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo Processor T5600 (1.83GHz/667MHz FSB/2MB L2 Cache) 2GB RAM. Can i setup windows 7 64bit on this machine? or it will be too slow?
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How can I disable the automatic switch to “library” mode in Windows 7's Media Player 12?

Whenever I plug any USB device into my computer while running Windows Media Player 12 in Windows 7, it will automatically swtich the player from the Now Playing mode to Library mode. This is intended ...
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Parallels: Copy and Paste not working

I am running Parallels build 4.0.3384 (the latest at the time of writing), on Mac OS X 10.5.7, with Windows 7 RC1 as my VM I am unable to copy and paste from the host to the VM and vice versa. This ...
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Good Text-to-Speech solution for Windows [closed]

I am running Windows 7 and I know it has the ability to read me text in my applications, but I am looking for a good utility to save chunks of text as a wav file or mp3. It may already be built into ...
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Why does my Windows 7 computer freeze after waking up from Sleep?

Moderator edit: if you have a similar problem, please ask your own question, since it seems there are several things that can cause this situation, it is better to treat each case separately. Hey ...
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Windows 7 RC Media Center won't index library if its a share on my NAS

I recently upgraded my Media Center PC from XP MCE to the Windows 7 RC to make sure there wouldn't be any problems. Well, in addition to updating the software, I figured I'd implement my plan to use a ...
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Is XP mode in Windows 7 better than a regular virtual machine?

I've read that Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate come (or offer as a free download) some kind of special VM for running programs that only work in XP. But is this any different than just installing ...
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Partitioning for Windows 7 and Fedora 11 dual boot

I am new to Linux and would like to install Fedora 11 on a notebook with Windows 7 already installed. Currently the HDD has 2 primary partitions (System Reserved and C:), some free space and an ...
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Windows 7 (DirectWrite) text-rendering comparison

Windows 7 apparently has advances in its text rendering through the new DirectWrite API. It sounds to me like DirectWrite is employing a more OS X Quartz style of text rendering; MS call it Natural ...
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Default boot into XP on a triple XP/Vista/window7 install

I installed windows XP, vista then 7 in that order. Right now when i boot up i get a login screen where i can select which of the 3 os to use with the default highlighting windows 7. After a bit on no ...
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Is Aero Shake useful? [closed]

To anyone who has been using a Windows 7 pre-release for longer periods of time, have you found the feature useful? How often do you use it and what for? From the videos, I can see how it works but ...
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Getting 3d acceleration working in Windows 7 64bit on Mac Boot Camp?

I've installed the Windows 7 RC 64-bit edition under boot camp, but I'm have zero luck getting the 3D acceleration working. I've installed all the Mac drivers (including the 64bit Nvidia ones on the ...
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Is there a queue copy program available for windows (7)?

When copying a lot of files all from different locations to the same location, using windows explorer, windows always creates multiple copy processes, slowing everything down. How can I queue copy ...
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How can I run the discontiuned NetMeeting on Windows 7?

Microsoft discontinued NetMeeting a while ago and it is no longer included in Vista or Windows 7. I have read that there is a hot fix to get it working on Vista, but is there such a thing for Windows ...
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Why can't I get on NFL.com on Windows 7? [closed]

Every time I try to get on NFL.com using Windows 7 and a variety of browsers, it times out. I've tried these browsers: Safari (even changing the user agent does nothing) Google Chrome IE 8 (and IE ...
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What is this blue bar on my Windows 7 desktop?

Normally I keep my Start Bar at the top of my screen. Some applications don't realize this and open underneath it. It means I have to move the start bar out of the way to get at the window controls ...
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Windows 7 Jumplists - How to turn off for Windows Explorer ONLY in taskbar

I really like Windows 7's feature of jumplists. It's great at caching recently viewed/visited documents and sites for all kinds of applications. Bravo to the Windows 7 team for making this feature ...
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Windows 7 doesn't autorun Portable Apps Starter on Flash drive

I'm afraid the answer is "it won't due to new security features", but I'll ask anyway. I have a USB Flash Drive I run Portable Applications on (who doesn't, right?). I use PStart to start up a nice ...
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What is the hidden, system Config.msi folder?

I just discovered a folder called Config.msi on my D drive. It is a hidden system folder that I had to change the security settings to get into. When I got a look inside, it was empty. Does anyone ...
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Which software raid modes does each version of Windows 7 support?

Being familiar with the software raid modes and dynamic disks from the server versions, I was wondering if there is a document or even just common crowd knowledge that indicated what software raid ...
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How can I change where Windows 7 puts its temporary files?

Can I somehow change where temporary files are stored in Windows 7?
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How can I clear out all old Wi-fi settings on Windows 7?

I watched Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) in Windows 7 on Channel 9 and would love to test it out. But my laptop is already set up. In the video one of the guys go into the command prompt and runs some ...
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Windows 7 RC netbook not waking up for nightly WHS backup

What could be causing my MSI Wind U120 netbook running Windows 7 RC not to wake up from sleep for its nightly Windows Home Server backup? I have two other machines, an Acer laptop and a desktop, that ...
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Windows 7 Installer Constantly Running

I'm running Windows 7 RC. Recently I noticed that my CPU was being pegged by msiexec.exe. Another symptom is that when I try to uninstall applications from the control panel I see this error: ...
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Windows 7 as a media center PC using a tv tuner with Vista drivers?

I'd like to take the windows 7 RC and run it as a media center PC to record TV. Assuming my TV tuner has vista drivers will this work?
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Does Windows 7 run acceptably on a 1 GB RAM Atom netbook?

Does Windows 7 live well on a 1 GB RAM Atom netbook? It's hard for me to try before I buy at the moment, so any advice from those that are already running Windows 7 would be appreciated.
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User Unable to Log Into Windows 7

I have the latest RC release of Windows 7. Added a Homegroup and all is fine. I am not on a domain but a Workgroup (by default). My computer name is QuadHomePC and user name is Paul. I set up my ...
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Using DirectShow filters in Windows 7 instead of Windows Media Foundation

I have started using the RC1 version of windows 7, and I noticed that for playing videos, Windows 7 does not use ffdshow after I installed it. I narrowed down the issue to the fact that Windows 7 ...
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Internet connection sharing (Windows Vista/Windows 7 or Windows Vista/Ubuntu)?

I'm a DSL user and don't want to buy a router as I won't need it in a few months. I know it's possible to plug-in a DSL cable to your modem and get on the internet. I also know it's possible to share ...
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Does Windows 7 multi-touch work with every touch screen?

Will Windows 7's multi-touch work on every touch screen? Edit: Ok, do you think some of these drivers would work backwards compatible? If not, how would I recognize if it supports it (if it's not of ...
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How do I make Windows 7 boot further than a blank screen with only a mouse cursor?

My Windows 7 machine was powered down without logging out first. Now, when booting the PC; Windows 7 does not completely start. Instead, it boots to an completely black screen with a mouse cursor that ...
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Windows 7 resets monitor positions after ending task on a full-screen app

When I end task on a full-screen app, usually a game, or when it crashes to desktop, the monitor positions and orientations reset to default. This is getting old, fast. Is there a simple way to save ...
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Good way to speed up full screen flash video on laptop

I like hulu.com and watch shows a lot. I have a laptop that came with Windows Vista. Watching full screen made the video choppy (skip frames). So I reinstalled with XP. This fixed the choppiness. ...
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Is there a half-open TCP connection limit in Win 7?

Or at least, is it a low limit like 10 or 50? It was present since XP SP2 (I think), and was finally cancelled (= I think now the user can set the limit manually) in Vista SP2. What is the current ...
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Windows 7 randomly drops to Basic UI after full screen apps

Sometimes when i close a fullscreen application in W7, it drops me back to the Basic UI. Windows has indicated that the problem is that the DWM service has stopped, but I only thought it didnt do ...
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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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Windows 7 RC Backup failed “because critical BitLocker system files are missing or corrupted”

I'm getting this error dialog whenever I try to back up and I have no idea what to do about it: [Window Title] Windows Backup: Troubleshooting Options [Main Instruction] Check your backup ...
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What (traditional) modems work with Windows Vista 64-bit or Windows 7 64-bit?

I have a US Robotics v.Everything modem that I occasionally used for fax and Internet dial-in backup access. However, that modem connected to my previous PC using a plain RS-232 9-pin serial port. ...