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Restore desktop icon locations after turning off the magnifier tool

I turned on the magnifier (Start > Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Accesibility > Start Magnifier) and when I turned it off all of my desktop icons are mixed up, so I want to restore ...
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There is no button for changing display language in Windows Vista

I have an really old Windows Vista Computer (Toshiba, Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-Bit (x86)) and I want to change the display language; I've followed the steps from the Microsoft website: Go to ...
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Can I use a Vista installation disk to repair a Windows 8.1 system?

Someone I know is having a problem with booting their Windows 8/8.1 system. I'm assuming the boot /fixboot (and maybe boot /fixmbr) command will be able to solve the problem, but I don't have a ...
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Unable to create a system restore in Windows Vista

When I'm trying to create a system restore in Windows Vista, I get the below error. How can I solve this?
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Why can't VirtualBox see my disks?

I have an external hard disk which stores all my virtual machines. Everything was going great until today. I turned my computer, on and plugged my external hard drive in. Windows sees it and can ...
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Vista - Reinstall - Windows Updates - Waiting for 10 Hours

I have had to reinstall my Vista computer. I have done the factory reinstall. I have installed SP1. I have installed SP2. I have then gone to Windows Updates and and checked for updates. 10 Hours ...
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Shared printer between Windows Vista and Windows 10

Is it possible to share a USB printer on a network of Windows10, Windows Vista, and Windows XP? Currently, the printer is on a Windows Vista machine and is shared with other Windows Vista computers.
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How to change Notepad ++ files [duplicate]

Hi I have a problem with Notepad++. I opened a php file using open with, I then checked off Always use selected program to open this kind of file in windows. The file has a notepad icon. How can I ...
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Why won't my old laptop with Vista connect to the Internet?

I have received an older Compaq Presario laptop (Vista) which won't go out to the internet. The Network Connection sees the Netgear N600 router, says connected, signal strength excellent, but ...
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Does Windows slow down at all in time? [closed]

Many people say that "Windows computers slow down in time even if you do nothing wrong". I know this is generally contributed to the user downloading maleware, or other similar problems. What I am ...
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Installing chromium on old windows vista, asus f5nseries

I followed the guide from http://arnoldthebat.co.uk/wordpress/chromium-os/ Use 7zip to extract IMG file from the downloaded file. Use Win32 Image Writer, then select the IMG file and select the USB ...
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Vista shutdown hung after 200 updates

I've recently reinstalled Vista with SP2 on an old laptop to try resolve numerous issues for a friend. Afterwards I installed all the drivers from the manufactures websites with no problems. I ...
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Is it possible to install Internet Information Services 8.5 onto Windows Vista?

A small program that I've come across says it requires the use of IIS 8.5 to run, but Vista seems to ship with IIS 7, and there doesn't seem to be any way to update the version. The only guidance that ...
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Customizing the boot screen (Windows Vista)

Basically I'm trying to customize my boot screen. I was able to do it in Windows XP but the machine I currently use runs Vista. I'm not talking about the one with the progress bar, I'm talking about ...
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Installing Linux on old Vista Machine

I have an old Vista Laptop that will not boot. It is not offering Recovery options however, that is not an issue since I don't really need anything from it. I have used a freeware program to get ...
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Windows update causes User Profile Service issue on Vista but which update?

We have a Windows Vista laptop which has a problem with some recent MS update, causes the User Profile Service to fail to load and leaves the user with a black desktop and not much else. Problem is ...
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Silent version of parental controls for Windows Vista

This question is in a familial context. The concerned people have only minimal knowledge to use their computer. I can't teach them anything security related. In order to protect a user to install ...
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Acer 4730Z Windows Vista Recovery Disk

as I tried to upgrade my Acer 4730Z Win Vista to Windows 7, the process failed and wants to recover the previous. Unfortunately my Recovery CD 1 is not copying completely and no where reached. Please ...
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What should I set my advanced 802.11n Wireless LAN Card Properties?

My operating system is Windows Vista Home Premium, and obtians Internet through Wi-Fi. I want to use the Internet mostly for research and be able to watch a YouTube video now and then. No major ...
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how do I get my wifi password out of Vista when “STATUS” is greyed out?

NOTA BENE! this question is different than the one suggested, because: 1. I am not connected, this is the whole point of my question. 2. I specifically asked about the situation where the STATUS ...
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New laptop battery inconsistent

I have a fairly old Dell Vostro 1510 laptop and the battery finally gave up recently. I bought another one on Amazon three weeks ago and, initially, it seemed to be OK: it was charging to 100% and ...
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Windows Vista to 10 upgrade using windows 7 key?

I have a Windows Vista laptop that I want to upgrade to Windows 10. I found a webshop that sells OEM keys for both Windows 10 Professional and Windows 7 Professional. The latter is cheaper and ...
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Windows Vista taskbar flashing[FIXED]

I am having an issue with my Taskbar in Windows Vista. Sometimes the top of it blinks blue and sometimes it completely flashes. It happens about every 2 seconds and it gets worse as I go on without a ...
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Windows key from previous installation

I have a desktop that was purchased with Vista pre-installed, but currently runs Windows 7. The Windows 7 install was a clean install that also removed any recovery partitions on the desktop. However, ...
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Play a game from external cd-drive

Since the internal cd-drive of my computer is broken, I purchased an external one. I was able to install a game with this external drive, but when I want to start the game with the exact same drive, ...
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“Access denied” message when investigating driver in Process Explorer

I have a virgin installation of Vista Home Premium 32 with a 100% CPU usage problem arising from svchost hosting taskeng.exe doing some unknown thing. I know that this is due to some driver ...
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My laptop wont display the fan is on but the screen wont turn on

My laptop is not working. All of a sudden i turned on the laptop and the screen is black. Ive tried to hook it up too my 32" flatscreen tv to my laptop with a VGA cable and i set the input to pc, but ...
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Vista Recovery Partition ERROR Cannot open C:\RECOVERY.DAT

until my last installation of Windows Vista (from the Recovery Partition) and Ubuntu, I was able to boot the Windows Vista recovery partition from the GRUB menu, simply clicking on the corresponding ...
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Avoiding Upgrade-Chain When Getting Windows 10 Free Upgrade (Vista -> Win7 -> Win10)

I have a copy of Windows 7 that was upgrade from Windows Vista and now I'm interested in accepting the free update to Windows 10. However, there are a few concerns I have related to how this works for ...
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Difference between “Realtek Digital Input” and “Stereo Mix”

When trying to record sound through CamStudio on Windows Vista, I found that I had to change the recording device to from "Realtek Digital Input" to "Stereo Mix". (Control Panel>sound>Recording>Show ...
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Expertise needed - newbie looking for a NAS dual platform solution

I need some help in setting up a NAS and to allow back ups from both OS X and Windows on the same device. Will a Buffalo Quad NAS be the solution to my problem ? The Kit: Mac: I have an old G5 ...
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Can't install Java in Vista because of an Error 1603

Background I have had the same laptop for about 6 years (an Acer Aspire 8920), which runs Windows Vista. I have 2 hard drives, and I use one for the OS, and one for larger applications and data. ...
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Vista network connection red x and unknown server execution failed

Windows Vista network connection icon has a red x in it and states, “Connection status: Unknown Server execution failed” on mouse hover, and the Network and Sharing center won’t open when I try. I've ...
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Laptop Windows Recovery Hot Key

I have a Dell Latitude E6400 laptop that I need to boot to the recovery area to try to reset or reformat. For some reason I cannot get the options to pop up as me what to do next and I do not have the ...
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How to silently prevent programs from running?

In order to save time in maintenance on a Windows Vista PC used by a relative, I decided to enforce parental controls to prevent drive-by downloads. This is working fine in principle. On some ...
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Asus X58C running Vista Basic cannot start up after installing Ubuntu and other messing

I installed Ubuntu not really knowing what I was doing. For a while, I could run either Ubuntu or Vista. I wanted to get rid of Ubuntu, but didn't know how. Don't know what I did, but I get error no ...
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I have a dell inspiron 1545 that was stolen now returned but windows 7 had been installed no product key code

I have a dell inspiron 1545 that was stolen now returned but windows 7 had been installed no product key code? I ordered this pc back in 2009 They took all my disk it was Vista prem home. Now it's ...
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Installing Debian 8 on a Vista-windows free partition - and DRDY ERR

Being at a friends house on his computer (Medion i386) I was installing Debian 8 LINUX (i386) from a netinst-CD on a Win-Vista partition which I freed before via MMC ... The installation was ...
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Connecting my xbox360 kinect to my windows computer running windows vista?

Is it possible to use my xbox360 kinect as a webcam on my HP pavillion computer that is running windows vista?
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An Operating System Wasn't Found during installation

I have an laptop with Windows Vista on it. My mom forcibly shut it down when it was installing a new Operating System. So now I tried to install Windows on it again but it showed "Missing OS" and ...
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Windows Vista Corrupt System File raschap.dll.mui

After having troubles with the startup of my Windows Vista laptop (which now seems to be fixed). I ran a sfc /scannow to check for any further problems. After searching the log file I found it was ...
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Some games do not after Windows Update on Vista SP2

I am running Windows Vista Service Pack 2 on a Dell XPS 730x. Awhile back, after some Windows updates, these 2 games (Rome: Total War and Civilization 4: Gold) started asking for administrator rights ...
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Booting Linux on a Broken Windows Laptop

I have an old laptop—a Toshiba Satellite L305-S5875—with a broken Windows install what I am trying to force to boot into Linux. My goal is to boot into Linux and wipe windows completely and use Linux ...
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How do I make my computer's firewall let devices on the same network in?

For obvious reasons, I want to access my computer's WAMP server from other devices (a smartphone and a tablet) in the same WLAN. The httpd.conf part is okay, but I can't access my webapp unless I ...
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How to restore D:\Users back to C:\Users after move [Vista]

What will be the best way be to restore D:\Users back to C:\Users after move? Computer is running on Vista OS and I think to get Users folder on another partition was used method described here ...
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Adding programs to default list

Can Outlook email be added into the list of default programs in windows vista? In 'Set Default Programs' there are only 2 programs listed, which are Firefox & Picasa Photo Viewer. Can other ...
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XPS Viewer Setup wants to install KB932929. What is KB932929? No info available

Today I downloaded and started to install Microsoft's XPS Viewer on a Windows Vista system. When I started the installation process, one of the first things the Installer wanted to do is to install ...
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Chrome reloads the same pages since August 7th (Date: 21 Nov 2015)

Until yesterday I had ignored a Windows message that appeared every time I turned on my computer. "Failed to connect to a windows service. Windows could not connect to the System Event ...
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Script to uninstall a folder from within C:\ProgramData\folder (GUID)

I'm hoping to find a script to uninstall a folder from within the ProgramData folder ie.. C:\ProgramData\folder (GUID). As you can see the folder also has a GUID string this is what I have: rmdir /s ...
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windows vista cannot install updates

When I go to windows updates my computer will quickly search for updates and then ask me to reboot to install upates. It will appear to start installing updates for about 10 seconds and then reboot. ...