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Microsoft IME + Japanese: Force Hiragana input by default?

I am using Windows XP SP3 and Windows 7. On both machines, I cannot make Hiragana the default input method. Is there a way to do this? In the IME tool bar, there is the option to set the "Input ...
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windows 7 login screen background

Is there somewhere in windows 7 where I can change the lame background image for the login screen. I know there are a bunch of hacks and utilities and regedit changes and garbage like that to change ...
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Windows 7 sometimes boots in VGA mode

I have an Asus G50VT-x5 laptop with nVidia GeForce9800M-GS graphics. Normally, Windows boots normally, but about 20% of the time (rough estimate), it will boot with the fallback VGA driver, maxing ...
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How do I remove residual traces of uninstalled software from the registry?

After uninstalling a piece of software, I sometime notice residual entries in the registry. I would like to get rid of them. I have found an unsatisfying approach, described here: Use the export ...
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How to increase the disk cache of Windows 7

Under Windows 7 (64 bit), I'm reading through 9000 moderately sized files. In total, there is more than 200 MB of data. Using Java (JDK 1.6.21) I'm iterating over the files. The first 1400 or so go ...
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Win7 x86 to x64 upgrade from virtual-mounted ISO?

I want to upgrade my Mac's Bootcamp partition from Windows 7 x86 to x64. I know it's got to be a custom install, but does anybody know if I can start the installation from an ISO mounted using Virtual ...
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How to change user directory name in Windows 7?

Is it possible, and if yes how, to change the name of a user directory in Windows 7? e.g. change C:\Users\Tim & Carly to C:\Users\Tim_and_Carly
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All my program icons in Windows 7 have disappeared

All my program icons in Windows 7 have disappeared: What could be causing this? I followed the instructions in this question but it didn't fix them. What can I do?
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Keystroke to maximize along the vertical only in Windows 7?

You can maximize a window in Windows 7 using the Win+↑ keystroke. You can also maximize the window along the vertical by double-clicking the upper or lower bits of the window chrome of a "normal" ...
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Background download traffic. Usual suspects?

When using my mobile phone as a wifi hotspot for my laptop, I would like to reduce the amount of traffic generated by non-interactive processes. I have already changed my Windows Update settings to ...
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Why do my proxy settings keep changing?

I am running Windows 7 and a few times a day the "Use a proxy server for your LAN (These settings will not apply to dial-up of VPN connections)." under "Local Area Network (LAN) Settings" checkbox ...
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When a hard drive powers off when it is inactive doe it cause a click on power up?

As the title suggests really. I've got a new laptop and every now and then it clicks quite loudly. I thought it might be the hard drive powering up after being idle but I am not sure. (It clicked ...
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Dragging a PDF file to a folder causes a hard freeze. How to debug? Causes?

When I drag some PDF file to some folder it causes my computer to have a hard freeze, this even disallows me to use CrashOnCtrlScroll to generate a BSOD to see where it hung... As my HDD & MEM ...
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Disabling touch pad of Dell M6400

How do I disable my Dell M6400 laptop touch pad?
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Some programs unable to access C:\ drive root - Windows 7 x64

Yesterday I noticed Komodo Edit (32-bit) being unable to create new folders in the Open File dialog; I got a Windows shell "Access denied" message box with "C:\ is not accessible. Access is denied.". ...
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is it possible to run application in particular processor?

Is it possible to assign a processor to application. I have a quad core processor. I want to run a application in processor 1 for example. 1. is it possible? 2. Is there any advantage in doing this?
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flash drive inconsistent with ReadyBoost

4GB Sandisk flash drive can be used for ReadyBoost on a Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit machine. However, the same drive gives a "...the drive doesn’t have the performance characteristics " error on a Win 7 Pro ...
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Formatting a hard disk previously formatted on Mac OS X with Windows

I am trying to format a USB hard disk previously formatted with a Mac Mini on Windows, but it doesn't let me format it. From the Microsoft Management Console, I was able to delete one partition, but ...
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Can I install Parallels 5.0 for Mac and then Windows 7?

I have an older Mac OS X version 10.5.8 with 2.1 GHz PowerPC G5 and 1.5 GB DDR2 SDRAM memory. I want to run Windows 7 on it. I don't think I have Snow Leopard and I don't have Boot Camp. 1) Can ...
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VirtualBox with existing operating system

So my laptop is set up for dual-booting, Windows 7 and Ubuntu Linux 10.04. There are certain applications in which I want to access Windows from Linux. Is there a way to do this using VirtualBox? ...
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Using GIT on Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Git Client for OS X & Windows?!? I tried running GIT on Windows about 4 months ago and it was horrible to set up. Has the setup process become more streamlined?
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TortoiseSVN ignore symlinks

I have a project on my Windows 7 machine that contains symlinks. When I try to commit the project to an SVN repository TortoiseSVN fails with "Symbolic links are not supported on this platform". ...
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How to become a superuser on Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 Features Not Found In Previous Versions I'm a programmer. So it's a little embarrasing to admit it, but there a quite a few things under the hood of Windows 7 ...
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Certain files do not show up in Windows Explorer or cmd, but exist

I have a folder of MP3 songs. In Windows Explorer and when doing "dir" in cmd, I see: 01 One More Time.mp3 ... 14 Too Long.mp3 However, there exists a file folder.jpg and I can access it by simply ...
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What precautions should I take when upgrading or replacing a CPU?

I have an Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHZ. I was just considering upgrade options for gaming, and I'm not even sure if it's possible. If I get one, doesn't it need to match the slot type ...
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A font does not render in Word, Windows says it is installed

I have the Meta font family as .ttf and .otf files. On a Windows 7 laptop, I copied them into the Control Panel -> Fonts directory. But when I open a word document using a font of the Meta family, it ...
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Windows 7 Can't read Disks

last week my DVD drive failed (or so i thought) i ordered a new one and fitted it today only to find that the same problem still persists. I have 2 DVD drives, the new one thats a SATA DVD/RW and an ...
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Change Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Professional N

I have two Windows 7 Professional Licenses (Via MSDNAA) But one license & key is for Win 7 Pro N and the other is for Win 7 Pro My problem is, i am stuck in the countryside for the next month ...
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VLC user interface is very laggy

I'm running Windows 7 x64, with version 1.1.3 (though this started to happen a couple of versions ago). My problem is that when I'm watching a video (this doesn't happen with audio), the UI responds ...
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How to enable System Recovery Account in Vista and Windows 7?

I know that Vista has a built in System Recovery Account. How can I enable it? Does Windows 7 has this account too?
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create new associations in window7

I want to add a file type extention called .phtml to the set association page. In this case I want eclipse to automatically open Zend .phtml files Control Panel\Programs\Default Programs\Set ...
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Advice for taking a plunge into Linux

long time Windows and Mac user here. I am planning a plunge into Linux this week for the first time ever. Specifically, I'll be installing the latest stable release of Ubuntu. Any advice for making ...
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Run Windows 7 in VirtualBox on Linux

I have a dual-boot system, Linux Mint and Windows 7. I'd like to continue dual-booting, but preferentially run Linux - however, I still must have Outlook as a mail client. Rather than reinstall ...
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Software to customise this USB PC Remote Control

I bought this remote from eBay and have been trying to customise it ever since. Most of the buttons work but I was hoping I could use something like Autohotkey and WinLIRC to fully personalise every ...
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Prevent drag-and-drop from Windows Explorer from freezing the window?

In some badly-implemented software (in my case, iPhoneBrowser and MP3Gain, but there are others) after dragging a file/folder from explorer into the program, the explorer window will become unusable ...
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Is it possible to create an Ad-Hoc wireless network that is only visible to specific devices?

I want to create an ad-hoc wireless network on my laptop, but I only want my iPhone to be able to connect to it. I know you can set a password etc. but I'd prefer it if it just wasn't publicly ...
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Apple Magic Mouse on PC

Anyone succeeded to use gestures on PC with windows 7? What I've done is extracted bootcamp of SL, run driver software, then add bluetooth device (magic mouse) and it basically works, with hard button ...
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Flash Drive refuses to be bootable

Hi I have used my Corsair Flash Voyager GT 16GB as a boot drive many times, bur recently it has refused to want to boot any OS, It just displays this blinking hyphen.
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Is it possible to get a Windows 7 iso image legally? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do I download Windows 7 (legally from Microsoft)? I am repairing a friend's computer. The computer came with Windows 7 home premium. She has a valid license key ...
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IE8 Stopped Keeping History

Like the title says, apparently my IE8 has stopped keeping the history of pages I've visited. I've searched SU and Google and can't find anything that seems to describe what I'm seeing. I have IE set ...
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Is there a codec to preview Panasonic rw2 files in Windows Explorer for a 64-bit version of Windows?

Have you been able to find a Panasonic .rw2 image file codec to view rw2 images in explorer? (Before you answer, make sure it's for 64 bit :+>)
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How do I transfer programs from my old computer to my new Windows 7 computer?

I know about the Easy Transfer tool included in Windows 7 that will transfer all my files but I want to transfer my programs. Also, I don't want to buy any gimmicky program if I don't have to.
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Denied permissions, files won't delete & wierd fonts in Windows 7

I generally like Windows 7 but I have some issues with it that are REALLY annoying and I am hoping someone has a few answers: First, here are the specs on my system: Win 7 Home Premium 6.1.7600 Build ...
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Interesting Windows 7 boot Issue involving RAID and an SSD

Any idea what's causing this issue and how I can resolve it? The biggest clue here is that I can boot fine when the SATA controller is in SATA or AHCI mode, but on selecting RAID booting throws an ...
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What virtualization software do I need to run Mac OS X on Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to install Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in VMWare? I've checked numerous websites, but all of them seem to suggest running Windows on Mac. I have Windows 7 and I need ...
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Video streaming and internet browsing on different bands/frequency

I have a Netgear WDNR37000 which allows clients on a 2ghz or 5ghz to access the internet and see every client and device on the network. I have a computer with two nics, one that is in the 2ghz range ...
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I'm connected via wireless + VPN, internet traffic is still served from my home wireless, correct?

I am connected to my work VPN, plus I am connected to my home's local wireless connection. from what I understand (and it seems to be the case), that internet traffic is served from my home's ...
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How do I boot my Mac pro using an HD with Windows 7 already installed?

I've inserted an HD from a Dell with Windows 7 already installed, how do I get my Mac Pro to boot using that HD without having to reinstall Windows? Thanks!!
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reset network settings in windows 7

I just installed windows 7 on my laptop, but I can't use the wireless network connection. I connect to the access point but it doesn't get the right class IP. I think it is my fault, because I've ...
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Windows 7 long filenames change to 8.3 when copying to a NAS drive

My setup: Windows 7 Pro (locale: Polish) and a NAS drive (D-Link DNS-323) attached via a router. Just recently upgraded from XP to 7. The NAS drive reports an NTFS partition. The problem I've just ...