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What is the Windows hotkey to minimise a single, currently active, window?

I'm familiar with windows-d to show desktop but sometimes I just want to minimise two or three windows as they become active and not the whole lot. Running Vista if that makes a difference. Cheers.
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Windows explorer right click crash

Whenever i try to right click anywhere on windows explorer it stops responding. OS - Windows vista Thanks for any help! EDIT - Only crashes when i right click on a file, not empty space.
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Using file:/// in address bar to list contents of a folder

Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Firefox 43. I use this method to obtain a listing of file names on my PC and then copy and paste it into Excel, for example. By using file:/// in the address bar, you ...
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How to make alt-backspace delete words in Windows?

I am attempting to make the text editing experience in a Windows workstation I use alongside my OS X systems line up with the keybindings that Cocoa offers. To start, how would one change mappings so ...
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Unable to play mp4 files embedded in a webpage

There's this MP4 file that I can play in Firefox 47 on Windows Vista SP2 if I access it directly: http://www.quirksmode.org/html5/videos/big_buck_bunny.mp4 The website I'm trying to access, however, ...
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Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its criteria for installation

Im trying to install Vista business. At the screen where you select what drive/partition you would like to install vista to, I keep getting "Windows is unable to find a system volume that meets its ...
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Make Windows forget a network connection password?

Is there a way to prevent Windows from remembering the network password after it connects? So that upon disconnecting Windows won't reconnect without re-entering password. What if I want it to always ...
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Invert the direction of the mousepad

I wonder if I can invert the scroll direction of my mousepad. I'd like to scroll upwards and have that action scroll downwards and vice-versa. I tried doing it with Windows PoweShell but got an error. ...
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What causes backup in Windows Vista to cancel itself?

I've been having backup nightmares a lot lately. Using the standard Windows Vista backup software. For ages I've been trying to get an initial backup to DVD to run successfully. Previously it had ...
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How to setup a VPN server on a home laptop having windows?

I have 2 Laptops (One with Windows Vista Home edition and other with Windows7 Professional) at home. I would want to leave them on and running(connected to internet), and access my data from a remote ...
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How to uninstall Windows Mail?

How do I uninstall "Windows Mail" (not Windows Live Mail). When I want to use IMAP (or POP), I normally use Windows Live Mail. I have no need for Windows Mail. (Windows Mail, in its old incarnation, ...
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CPU usage pegged at 100% on windows vista [duplicate]

According to Task Manager the CPU Usage is 100% but when I click on the "Processes" and sort by CPU in descending order I see that the process using the most CPU is taskmgr.exe at 02%. All the others ...
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How can I restore my laptop from Windows 7 to its original Windows Vista recovery partition?

I bought my Acer laptop 4 years ago with Vista Home Premium x86. It has a recovery partition that I have used successfully in the past to format everything and reinstall Windows to factory settings. ...
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Windows Vista Local Area Connection Not Working

So I have a Windows Vista and the local area connection worked fine until I moved the PC to a different room. After I moved it I tried using local area connection and it doesn't work so I run a ...
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What causes “host process for windows services stopped working and was closed”?

When computer (32-bit Windows Vista 32-bit 6.0 Home Premium SP 2) randomly has a "Host Process for Windows Services stopped working and was closed" error: This popup message simply occur out of ...
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How to recover Firefox and Chrome bookmarks after upgrade from Windows Vista to 8

I upgraded a laptop from Windows Vista to 8, doing a format & re-install first. Before the format, I used both Windows Backup and Easy Transfer (7) first. I imported the user accounts into ...
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Remote Desktop Dropouts: “Because of an error in data encryption, this session will end.”

I'm getting some strange connection problems when trying to remote desktop to a Vista box. It connects and works for a while then disconnects with the following message: "Because of an error in ...
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Windows Media Player won't launch on Vista - how to repair or reinstall it?

My friend asked me to look at her Acer Aspire laptop with Vista Home Premium as it is no longer playing DVDs. I found that Windows Media Player would not launch. I found this thread, which contained a ...
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Can Windows Defrag while Laptop is Closed?

Can I run a Defrag and close the laptop lid? Or will my computer not defrag when it is in sleep mode? If not, can I turn of the monitor of my laptop when it's not in sleep mode, like, 0 brightness?
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How do we “restore” notepad after crash?

I was running NotePad and Chrome when my computer suddenly shuts down. After reboot, chrome was able to "restore" itself such that I didn't lose any data. However, how do we "restore" notepad.exe?
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format windows recovery partition in hard drive externally

I want to format a disk from my other laptop. I have an external drive reader and when I attempt to format the disk, it only formats the main partition but the recovery sector remains intact. I am ...
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Is there a way to know what program slow down startup?

Is there a program that can be installed to be able to know what program take time to load at startup of Windows?
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Mapped Drive loses User Name and Password when connecting to Windows 10

Currently, we have two small networks. One has a Windows 10 Server (upgraded from Windows 7), Windows Vista (Home Premium) client and a Windows 10 client (Also upgraded from Windows 7 Home Premium). ...
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how can I figure out what is wrong with my system

I have a laptop that is running vista. its a compaq with 2gb ram 1.7ghz single core processor...as of lately it does not want to run anything right...if I download a file on it the system will not ...
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Windows boot manager shows alwasys at startup

I erased my hard drive and installed a fresh copy of windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit in an Inspiron 530 with an Intel 266 Mhz processor. I installed the OS, and after the installation the Windows ...
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Internet wireless connected with limited access, Windows Vista

I had some malware in my computer so I did a bit of manual work to remove it including resetting TCP/IP. Now the malware is gone. I can see my home wireless network and I can get connected to it, ...
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Windows remote shutdown: access denied

I have 3 "client" computers, on which the mentioned user is administrator: CPU1: Win Vista 32-bit -- User: Domain\User1 -- IP: 192.168.42.1 CPU2: Win 7 64-bit -- User: localhost\User2 -- IP: ...
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Downloaded Programs Not Opening on Windows Vista

Don't ask why I'm running vista, but some programs that i've downloaded won't open. They mostly seem to be associated with video games. Some examples would be: Technic Launcher (http://www....
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Can I restore the files of a deleted Windows user account?

I recently deleted a user from my Vista by going to Account -> Settings -> delete. I have photos under this users, can I restore them? I don't have any backup. Thanks.
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How to use Seagate hard drive for both Mac and Windows

I recently bought a Seagate for Mac 1 TB external hard drive. When I connect to my MacBook through the FireWire, it works fine, but I also have media on my Dell laptop which is running Windows Vista. ...
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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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Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Windows?

Is there any way to configure application that requires administrator privilages (elevation) so it's automatically started with elevated privileges and does not request elevation on every startup? ...
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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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Can't install Google Chrome on Vista

Google Chrome won't install on Vista. I go to the official page, download the executable, run it. It opens a screen with a progress bar. That finishes and then nothing... No maps are installed. I've ...
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How to monitor a folder and trigger a command-line action when a file is created or edited?

I need to set up some sort of a script on my Vista machine, so that whenever a file is added to a particular folder, it automatically triggers a background process that operates on the file. (The ...
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How to login to SYSTEM user in Windows 7?

Does anyone know about logging in to SYSTEM(high privileges) user in windows 7?. In my XP machine I do: command prompt: at 10:20 /interactive cmd.exe then closing the explorer.exe and ...
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How to play a video with a different audio track?

I want to connect the output of my laptop to a projector and beam a movie on the wall. The movie has video and audio, but I would like to be able to play different audio tracks while the video is ...
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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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Is there a shortcut command in Windows command prompt to get to the current user's home directory like there is in Linux?

I am used to using cd ~ to get right into my home directory. In Windows command prompt I have to do cd Users\username to get there. Is there a shortcut like the Linux one? It would be nice if I ...
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Why is the program to make Windows 7 automatic log on called “netplwiz”? Is it available in the Control Panel?

So it is stated on websites such as howtogeek.com that to automatically log on to Windows 7, type netplwiz in the box after we click the Windows Start icon, or press WinKey + R and type in netplwiz. ...
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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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How to undo “remove all dismount” in Diskpart?

I made a boo boo! I executed the following commands in cmd: diskpart list volume select volume 13 remove all dismount exit I have one of those dual-slot card readers with one slot for SD and one ...
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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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How can I eject a memory card or other removable media from the command line (without removing the reader)?

I can eject a network drive using net use X: /DELETE but when I try to use this same command on removable media I get an error: The network connection could not be found. More help is available by ...
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Image thumbnails flashes and then disappears in Windows Vista

I have Windows Vista installed on my machine and I am facing this really annoying problem. Whenever I open a folder having images, image thumbnails appear for an instant and they are replaced by ...
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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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Could a temp directory with a lot of files slow down the Windows PC?

I am not sure if it is a metropolitan legend, but I'm asking me if a temporary directory on Windows VISTA PC with a lot of file (~30.000) could slow down the entire machine. Any idea? I need some ...
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Error- D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied

All of the sudden the D drive gives me an error when I try to open it: D:\ is not accessible. Access is denied. I have files on the drive that I would like to recover, so I do not want to ...
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Can Ubuntu be installed on a Dell Inspiron 1501?

I hope to format my Dell Inspiron 1501 that is currently running Windows Vista, and install Ubuntu 12.0 or 13.0. Is there any Windows software to detect the hardware's compatibility with Ubuntu? I'm ...
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Wget/cURL alternative native to Windows?

Is there a Wget or cURL type command line utility native to Windows Vista? How does it work?