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How to re-enable aero effects in Windows 7 after it has crashed?

Ocassionally aero effects crash. Is there a way to re-enable the effects in Windows 7 after a crash happens? i.e. restarting a service or terminatating a process and letting it restart automaticially ...
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My PS2 Mouse does not want to work on Win 7

My PS2 Mouse does not want to work on Win 7. I reinstalled Windows 7 3 times and still my mouse does not want to work, PS2 keyboard works fine. Windows boots up and then I can only use the keyboard.
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How do I enable Automatic Logon in Windows 7 when I'm on a domain?

When Windows 7 is joined to a domain the option to automatically login is no longer available in the advanced User Management console. Since I am running a small home domain because of SharePoint and ...
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Opening url with video or audio in IE 8 under Windows 7

Using Win7-64 Ultimate RTM and IE 8, opening an URL with wma or wmv does not work. Opening the same file in FireFox or Opera is no problem, they use Windows Media Player just fine. The file ...
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Sync Windows 7 taskbar across machines

I want all my Windows 7 machines to have the same exact items pinned in my taskbar / superbar, including any custom jumplist shortcuts. Is there a solution for this?
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Audio default randomly switches to output that doesn't have anything plugged into it

I have 2 audio devices on my computer: an S/PDIF output and headphones. The headphones are the device i want it to output through, but it will randomly decide to set my default audio device to the ...
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How to diagnose Blue Screens in Windows 7 (64bit)

Using programs like WhoCrashed and BlueScreenView you can see the BSOD and the errors but how do you tell exactly what's causing the BSOD? I'm not sure if it because of bad hardware, bad driver ...
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Dell Latitude D830 and Windows 7 Video Drivers

I just loaded Windows 7 x64 to a Dell Latitude D830 and it's working great, but the Windows Experience score is 3.3 on the Aero video performance. The next lowest score is 4.9, so the video ...
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Certain games seem to cause my machine to power off

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (RTM) on a box with the following specs: Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4GHz) 4GB DDR2 667 RAM Built-in Realtek 888 audio ATI Radeon 4890 graphics card Shuttle SD39P2 with ...
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How can I create folders in my Start > All Programs menu in Windows 7?

Adobe creates tons of application icons in my Start > All Programs menu. I want to drop them all in their own folder. How can I do this in Windows 7?
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Windows activation on Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I'm testing Windows 7 professional on ...
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Maintain all programs up to date on Windows? [closed]

Is there any program in Windows that would notify me when some program that I have installed can be updated or upgraded because a new version has been released?
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Windows tweaks, mostly for explorer [closed]

I've got a few Tweaks on my Vista machine that I wanna get up and running on Windows7 as well, but I forgot which program(s) can enable them. For instance, when I right click on a map, I see the ...
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Wireless works, wired doesnt

I recently reinstalled Windows 7 RC and now I get limited connection on my wired connection, while the wireless still works perfectly. I have tried another router, and also other cables, uninstall ...
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Scan to PDF software for Windows? [closed]

What's the best software to use to scan documents direct to a multi-page PDF. I want to scan a series of sheets directly to a PDF file with as little manual intervention as possible. Software must ...
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When installing Windows 7, CDBOOT error 5 appears: Cannot boot from CD; why?

I am installing Windows 7 on an old machine. I can not even get it to boot. I get this error message: CDBOOT: Cannot boot from CD - Code: 5 Boot Failure from Previous Device.. Boot Failure from ...
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Boot VHDs using only the Windows 7 Bootloader

Currently it is possible to boot into a VHD by configuring the boot manager of Windows 7 once it has been installed. Is it possible to use only the boot loader from the install disk to boot into a ...
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My Windows 7 RC screensaver and DPMI power off functions have ceased to work. How can I fix them?

My screensaver in my Windows 7 RC just doesn't get activated, no matter what timeout I put. Even the power saving feature does't put the monitor to sleep. This only happens in Windows. If I reboot ...
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Dolby Digital in Windows 7 Media Center

I have a Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic in my media center PC running Windows 7 Pro x64. The digital I/O connection is connected to a Denon receiver. Under Vista, I was able to watch DVDs in Media Center ...
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Can Windows Virtual PC run a 64-bit OS?

I'm running Windows Virtual PC (RC) on a Windows 7 (RTM) 64-bit host. When I create a new virtual machine and try to install 64-bit Windows 7 on that VM, I get "this CPU is not compatible with 64-bit ...
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Change Windows 7 keyboard to AZERTY

I just installed Windows 7 on VMware and the keyboard settings are QWERTY. Being from Belgium, I'm used to AZERTY. Where can I find the option to change this on startup?
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Fresh install of Win7 x64 - constant BSODS - minidumps analyze needed

Looking for merciful soul that would help me analyze few BSOD minidumps :) I have updated the BIOS, have latest NVIDIA drivers and all works OK even under load testing. But from time to time (1-3h) ...
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How to set up or where to find my ideal free Windows 7 media player?

I want the following features in a media player, or a combination of media players (ie: one for music and other for videos): When open, start playing please Configurable global hotkeys (next, ...
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Second video card (PCI) under Windows 7

I'm trying to get an old PCI video card (Diamond Stealth 2500) along with a normal PCI-E video card. In BIOS, there is a setting to switch between PEG/PCI or PCI/PEG on startup (PEG is PCI-E ...
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Windows XP Boot Loader

I have recently completely formatted my computer's hard drive and installed a copy of Windows 7 on it to play with. However, because it has been a bit buggy on my system, I decided to reinstall my ...
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How can I pin a CHM file to the taskbar?

In Windows 7, the "Pin to Taskbar" option is not available when I open CHM files, is there any way I can add a file of this type to the taskbar?
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Windows Media Player/Center Can't Play .WMV On New Install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 RTM

For some reason my week old install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM can't play .WMV files via Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center. When I double click on a .WMV file, Windows Media Player ...
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How can I restore my display settings in Windows 7 after I put my computer to sleep

My computer has Windows 7 (RTM) as an OS and I'm using two monitors. The power saving settings put the computer to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity. When the computer wakes up, it always uses ...
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Keyboard shortcut to start Calculator in Windows 7

Does anyone know it? Is there a way to create it?
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Make my own front-mounted headphone/mic connector

I have a computer built from hand-me-down parts that has onboard sound. I have a set of speakers and a pair of headphones I would like to use, and currently I have to dig around behind the computer ...
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1answer
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Cleartype for S-PVA panels

I just purchased a Lenovo L220X monitor for my Windows 7 box. There is an older 17" LCD as a second monitor. The problem is that this monitor is a S-PVA display (1900x1200) and Windows Cleartype ...
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If I upgrade my version of Windows Vista, which version of Windows 7 will I get?

I need to get a laptop with Vista Home Premium onto a domain, which requires Business or Ultimate. The computer, with Home Premium, is already registered for the free Windows 7 upgrade. If I upgrade ...
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What is the 'conhost.exe' process that shows up in Task Manager?

The process conhost.exe started showing up on Windows 7, and searching Google doesn't reveal an explanation of what this process is and why it shows up. What is the conhost.exe process?
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How to adjust Aspect Ratio in Windows Media Center

Is there any way of adjusting the aspect ratio of movies I view in Windows Media Center on Windows 7 RTM x64? Any hidden features? Any brilliant light weight plugins? Using Shark007 Codecs, and ...
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Where do I setup Windows 7 to not hibernate when laptop's lid is closed?

Where do I setup Windows 7 to not hibernate when laptop's lid is closed?
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Why is my battery not charging?

I have my battery at 95% and it's not charging while plugged in. I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate. Do you know if it might be a setting somewhere? Here's a screenshot:
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How do I turn off thumbnails in Windows 7?

I'm running Windows 7 RTM and while I do like Windows 7 I find that some of the "pretty" reduces usability. Specifically, I find the thumbnails in the Alt + Tab task switch UI and the thumbnail ...
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Video Streaming in Windows 7

I just got Windows 7 up and running, and I turned on the new media streaming feature and added all of my music and videos to the corresponding libraries on my machine. I can then go to my XBox 360 ...
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Dial PPPoE connection on Windows startup

Is there a way to automatically dial a PPPoE connection on startup? In Mac OS X, this is done automatically after login. It was also possible in Windows XP: when creating a new connection, it also ...
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What is the host key of Windows 7 Virtual PC and where can you change it?

Does anyone know which key is the host key of Windows 7 Virtual PC and where I could change it to a different one? Before Windows 7 the host key was changed in the option menu of Virtual PC but the ...
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Fan speed monitor Software for Macbook Pro Unibody on Windows

I've tried multiple temperature monitor and fan speed software on my Macbook Pro Unibody under Windows 7 64-bit RC. None of them can report the fan speed. Currently I'm using SpeedFan which reports ...
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Windows 7 + NVidia == 640x480 on external projectors

I'm having a major problem and I really need your help! I have a MacBook Air which has the NVidia 9400M. The problem is, when I connect it to an external projector Windows 7 (and Vista) only allow me ...
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Is it possible to output to multiple sound devices simultaneiously in Vista / 7?

I've got a Xonar 2 soundcard which has both SPDIF and analogue outputs, is it possible to tell 7 to play the same audio through both outputs? (it will split out communications).
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Why is my sound in Mumble bad?

Sound generated by Mumble (i.e. other users and the test voice in the audio wizard) sounds "scratchy". I know that it's only Mumble because playing music via Media Player works just fine, so my ...
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Options not available anymore in my Samsung 932bw lcd

I think a friend messed up something in my monitor. I left him playing a game and when I came back, I noticed that the brightness was very high. I tried to change it but I couldn't, brightness, ...
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WinTV PVR not working in Windows 7 (WinTV-PVR USB)

My Hauppauge WinTV-pvr USB does not work on Windows 7 Any ideas on how to fix this?
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How do I Reorder Recent Items[Applications] in Start Menu?

I am using the "recent items" feature of the Start Menu in Win7, but the only problem is the most used items are closer to the top, while the least used are at the bottom. I think it would be more ...
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Should I install DirectX 9.0(c) on my Windows 7 RTM machine?

I've just installed a new game on my Windows 7 RTM machine. The game is asking me to install DirectX 9.0(c). I said 'NO' because my machine has DirectX 11 (confirmed with dxdiag). When I run the game, ...
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How to Copy CD+Graphics / Karaoke CDs?

Is there any good software to copy CD+Graphics (aka Karaoke CDs) for Windows 7? Preferably free. I can copy the audio portion just fine, but for some reason I keep looking the karaoke lyrics / ...
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Is there any way to upgrade from a German Vista Ultimate to English Windows 7 without a clean install?

I guess the subject says it... I have a German version of Vista Ultimate installed and would like to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate, but the German version of Windows 7 is not out yet. A clean ...