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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 http://...
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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. ...
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How to check how many DVDs were burnt on a specified date on Vista? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there is a way to check how many DVDs were burnt on a given date. Maybe there are any records being made each time a DVD is being burnt? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Exporting settings from the registry editor

My problem is regarding the unwieldy dinosaur that is Windows Vista. I am using old software that I haven't been able to run in newer OS than Vista (actually the compatibility is XP only). If I ...
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How many times - on a specified date - a DVD recorder was used?

I'm looking for a way to get to know how many times - on a specified date - a DVD recorder was used (DVD(s) burning). I'm running Windows Vista. The program used to burn DVD(s) doesn't create any ...
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How can I restore my Windows system after the PC is booted into DOS from USB drive?

My PC with Windows Vista failed to boot. The screen showed that the boot device was not found. I think the boot area of the hard drive was damaged. Then I created a boot USB drive with DOS system, and ...
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How do you get this theme in windows 7 and vista?

How do you get this theme in Windows 7 and Vista? I was once playing around with the performance settings in vista and got it, but then it went away. I've also seen it in multiple Windows 7 error ...
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Reinstalling Windows Vista after installing Nas4Free on the system

I’m trying to overwrite my current OS (Nas4Free) with Windows Vista Business. Vista came with the computer, but I wanted to try out Nas4Free. I am trying to format my partitions, but whenever I click ...
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How can I remove a forkbomb from the Startup folder?

I have an older laptop running Windows Vista, from about 2005, and I was fooling around with it. In a moment of sheer stupidity, I created a Batch file and put the following code in it: %0|%0 I ran ...
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Executable only starts from command line, not run dialog or shortcut

I'm having some difficultly starting Eclipse on one of my machines. From the command line, this works: C:\Users\Me> C:\eclipse\eclipse.exe Yet a shortcut to the same executable does not. If I ...
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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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Unable to boot to Windows Vista after reinstalling Linux in a dual boot configuration [closed]

I had a dual boot of Vista and Arch Linux. I wanted to delete Arch and install CentOS so I formatted the following partitions of the existing installation and installed CentOS 7: / /boot /swap I ...
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Windows Vista wont install sp1 [duplicate]

Don't ask why I'm running vista, but I just had my old XPS M1530 wiped and restored to Vista Home Premium. I've done diagnostics and am going to run a memory test but I would like to get it up to date....
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How to move a system partition?

I have ST380(80gb) hard disk that has only 1 partition with Windows Vista and i have ST500(500gb) hard disk which i want to be the system disk. In order to achieve this i created a copy of system ...
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touchpad/trackpoint latitude d830 not working

I have a Dell Latitude D830 notebook. It is working fine, except for the trackpoint/touchpoint. I have found another question here on superuser stackexchange, to achieve the opposite: enabling the ...
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View when cookies or temp files where used last

I was wondering if it is possible to view when a cookie or tmp file was last used by the internet. For example, if the cookie was used yesterday could I see that in properties or log it in a text ...
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How does Windows know whether to accept a COA key?

I have an HP laptop with a Windows Vista Home Premium license. Apparently if I download a vista ISO and install it using this key, it would be accepted. How does the setup know I'm using this key on ...
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Batch command to delete users not on a list

Is there a way to delete users not on a list in a .txt file? Say I have the following on my system John Peter Mike Bob Now only John and Peter are on the authorized users .txt file John Peter ...
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Will Windows Vista COA Keys work as a valid product key for Windows 10?

I have a Windows Vista Home Premium Laptop with a genuine license key. I was wondering if that key would be accepted as a valid key for Windows 10 if I downloaded the ISO from Microsoft and tried to ...
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Install Windows device driver without restart

After plugging in a USB flash drive just now and not having it appear in Computer, I found it's Generic Volume in Device Manager was reporting that Windows cannot load the device driver for this ...
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When moving multiple files in windows, when does it change the reference and when does it actually move the files?

I've noticed this inconsistent behavior: Sometimes when moving multiple files, it would execute immediately, and other times, it would take some time and display a progress bar. How can you know in ...
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How do I recover a previous version of an Excel file which was overwritten? [duplicate]

Does anyone know of a way to recover a previous version of an MS Excel (2007) file in Windows Vista Home Premium version, which I've accidentally wrote over?
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My Windows Update will not open.

I get an error message: Windows cannot currently check for updates because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer. I have gone through this process 10 times but get the same ...
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I can't start my computer into windows vista

a few days ago, my HP A1709N had to be restored back to HP defaults. When I tried to install SP1 on it, the system said the update failed, then, upon reboot, I got a Blue Screen of death, and can't ...
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How to prevent Internet acees if SwitchVPN is not running

I've got a VPN Client (Switch VPN) that automatically starts on Windows login, but requires administratives elevations. As I am the owner of the computer (I share my PC with 2 other persons), I would ...
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Can't install drivers on Windows Vista

I'm running Windows Vista SP2 and I recently got a problem that is quite urgent. I cannot install drivers on my system. When I run (for example) driver executable, an error pops up saying "Driver ...
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how to delete temporary asp.net files at once

I am trying to delete temporary asp.net files from C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files and some folders get deleted but for some folders I have to open each folder ...
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Can't see PuTTY window on Windows Vista any longer

Recently I found that I could launch PuTTY but that no window was displayed. The Task bar has putty as a running application and I can right click on that to get the move and close option. If I ...
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Putty windows not displaying [duplicate]

This problem has occurred starting this morning. I haven't changed any display settings, updated putty, I hadn't even rebooted until trouble shooting. Running Putty release 0.63 Vista Business OS. ...
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Win Vista Sysprep error 50 in recovery command prompt

I am dealing with a desktop with hardware failed due to a mainboard issue. Replacement mainboards also have the same, known problem; so, I installed a new model mainboard and CPU. Of course, Vista won'...
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Mixing multiple sources on Windows to different devices

I've been looking out there and think there are a couple of solutions to this problem but I'm not sure exactly the best way to go about it. On a Windows Vista PC I am trying to stream the output from ...
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What files are needed for a bootable DOS floppy disk?

I just made a bootable DOS floppy disk in Windows Vista, but the files are taking too much space. I need more space to store a flash utility program and a ROM file. What files can I safely remove and ...
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padlock with 9 in middle

On a Dell Vista computer keyboard, the padlock with a 9 in the middle has appeared. The google sites I visited all say it's a number lock but I can't get it to release and the keyboard appears frozen. ...
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WIndows Vista upgrade to Windows 10 device driver compatibility

I have a Windows Vista computer. How can I check if all my hardware is supported by Windows 10? I don't want to purchase it and then find out there are no drivers for the chipset or whatever.
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Formatting boot hard drive for Windows Vista from Windows 7

My 1TB hard drive is failing. I'm guessing that some of the Windows Vista are on bad sectors as the PC is not booting. (Hangs when reading files for Safe Mode). I bought a 2TB hard drive. I want ...