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How do I view or delete individual cookies in Windows 7 or Windows Vista?

I'd like to be able to view and delete individual cookies in Internet Explorer 8 on Windows Vista or Windows 7. I've looked in all the Internet Options dialogs that I can find, and also done ...
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Moving users folder on Windows Vista to another partition - bad idea?

I am aware of two questions - one here and one on serverfault which ask HOW to do this. I even provided answers myself, having done it a few months back. But now I'm having second thoughts. My plan ...
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Fullscreen Vista's Command Prompt, or Replacement

Opening the command prompt ("cmd") on Vista into full screen causes the application to take up 100% vertical space, but only about 50% horizontal. Is there not a way I can make this fullscreen? If it'...
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How can I get “Open PowerShell Here” in my context menu?

In XP I was used to having the "Open Command Window Here" option in my context menu for folders. In Vista, it's hidden by default, but I know that I can hold shift when right clicking to see that ...
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Is x86 32 bit or 64 bit?

I have a copy of Windows in MSDNAA and it says Windows Vista x86. Is this Windows Vista 32 bit, or 64 bit?
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How can I upgrade from Vista 32-bit to Vista 64-bit?

I just ordered a laptop, and it came with Vista Home Premium 32-bit. I want Vista Home Premium 64-bit on it. I'm planning a reinstall. Does anyone know if my product key for Vista 32-bit will also ...
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Why is usable RAM less than total RAM?

My girlfriend bought a laptop last week. It's a core 2 duo with 4 GB We installed vista 64bit, and one of the first things we did was right click on "My computer" to see gthe properties. Immediately ...
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Why does Windows Vista's Notepad randomly move the cursor after saving a file?

What is happening: Initially my cursor was at "initially here". When I press Ctrl+S to save the file my cursor automatically moves to the second position. After many tries, I've seen that it ...
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Delete Windows file association using .reg file

Question: Using a .reg file, how do I completely remove a file type association? I tried e.g. deleting HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\myextension_auto_file but that's apparently not enough. Background: On Windows ...
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How to replace Windows Explorer breadcrumbs with classic full path textbox?

I want to permanently replace the Windows Explorer folder-buttons breadcrumbs address bar with the classic full file path textbox address bar. I know you can double click on the address bar to ...
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Windows Taskbar - Prevent some applications from grouping?

This probably applies to either Vista or Windows 7...they both have a feature where it will group windows from the same app under a single button. However I have one application I want it to never ...
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Is there a telnet utility for windows?

Is there a simple telnet command line utility for Windows 7? I am used to the telnet command that is built into UNIX, but I can't seem to find one for Windows that can be used similarly.
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Windows Vista: How to execute a .exe program in the cmd “As Administrator”

Yes, that's it. I need to run a program .exe in the dos cmd line and it needs to run like when you right button and select "run as an administrator"
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How to set the first day of the week in System tray calendar?

How to set the first of the week to be Sunday in the Calendar that is displayed in the System Tray of Windows Vista Home Basic. I tried setting the first day of the week to Sunday in Windows Calendar (...
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How can I create a shortcut to “Foo” without “ - Shortcut” suffix?

Whenever I create a shortcut to a file or folder in Vista, I'd like it to not automatically append " - Shortcut" to the name of the shortcut. For example: Create a shortcut to the "Foo" application....
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How can I add a program to the context menu of all files?

Similar to the way Notepad++ adds "Edit with Notepad++" to the context menu of all files, or how most Antivirus products will add a global "Scan this file" option, I would like to add a particular ...
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How do defragmenting programs work?

a) What algorithm would a typical defragmenting program use to get rid of the fragmentation? b) In Defraggler, I have a quick defrag option and a defrag option. Assuming defrag would do a normal ...
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where in the registry does Windows store, with which program to open certain file types?

After installing Adobe PDF reader: *.PDF will be opened by the same. *.html with web browser. *.txt with notepad. If we want to make notepad++ a default editor of text files. I guess it simply changes ...
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How to suppress “low memory” warnings in Vista Home Premium when running without paging file?

A few weeks ago I disabled all paging files on my Media Center. I figured that it only ever runs AVG, Media Center, Logmein, Chrome and sundry services to support these and never gets above 1.4-1.5GB ...
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Replace, not merge, folders when copying

In Windows Vista, when I try to move a folder to replace an existing folder, Vista asks me if I want to merge the folders or cancel. How do I get the old XP behavior where the old folder is just ...
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How to stop ReadyBoost from rebuilding cache after every restart on SD cards and flash drives?

On my computers (running windows 7 and vista and using SD cards and flash drives) ReadyBoost rebuilds cache after every reboot. Because of this and 5400RPM HDD, it takes several minutes for computer ...
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Google Chrome: Always On Top Bug

Sorry for the vague title but this one is hard to explain so bear with me please. I'm using Windows Vista at work for web development and sometimes when I Click or Alt-Tab to background window, the ...
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How to deny elevation to a program?

Does Windows have a "automatically deny elevation request" list? If a user is a "standard user", it is possible to have Windows automatically deny any elevation requests by changing the ...
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best way of moving files to a DOS machine?

I've got an old DOS (read: abandonware) machine running my old DOS games (as referenced here). I'm finding that over time, my floppies are starting to die and become completely unreadable. So ...
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IPCONFIG for one network adaptor only

Is it possbible for IPCONFIG on Vista to display the status of one adaptor only. I have so many adaptors that the one I want has scrolled off the top. Alternatively, is there another program that ...
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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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Windows Remote Desktop breaks Alt + Tab in Fullscreen

I'm RDPing from Windows 7 to Windows XP. The client machine has two monitors. I want to have the RDP session full screened on Monitor 2, with the client machine's Windows 7 living on Monitor 1. I ...
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How do you disable the Windows Vista startup sound?

The sound when vista starts up is starting to annoy me, also when I am going to a lecture I forget to turn the volume down and the sound attracts a lot of attention. Is there any way to turn it off?
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How do I get rid of the VMware “Unidentified Networks” in Windows Vista and 7?

After installing VMware in Windows Vista or 7, there are two public networks that can't be identified, but upon further inspection are virtual networks created by VMware. The problem is when you're on ...
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“Insert” is always on in my Vista command prompt

When I start command prompt (cmd.exe) in my Vista Business 32-bit, it acts as if the Insert key was toggled, so whatever I type overwrites the characters under the cursor. I can turn it off by ...
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How best to manually uninstall a program in windows 7/vista

I have a program whose uninstall program is giving me grief, it has an error partway through uninstall, stops and rolls back. I would like to uninstall this product manually so what is the best way ...
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How to reduce disk thrashing (paging)?

I have 4 GB of RAM, but Windows still thrashes disk sometimes (especially often when an application is minimized for some time and then I activate it again). Completely stupid, because Task Manager ...
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Why VMWare Player missing the vmnetcfg.exe utility and where to get it?

vmnetcfg.exe is required when you want to configure multiple network interfaces (e.g. one local and one wireless) in the same machine. But where is it? UPDATE This question was originally for ...
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Where are the Vista/Win7 Volume Mixer settings stored?

Vista/Win7 appear to persist the sound level settings per application. I'd like to have a look at that list. The reason? According to a Microsoft blog, the settings are stored against the PID of the ...
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“Ghost” UI elements

Occasionally, I get part of an application lingering behind on my desktop: This is part of a context menu for an application. It is always top-most, meaning that it is always on the screen, and I ...
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2.2 TB limit applies even to eSATA drives? 3TB appears as 746 GB

I have an Icy Dock 3.5" external enclosure with USB 2.0 and eSATA. I have an Intel DG45ID motherboard with USB 2.0 and eSATA ports. In the past I had a 2 TB Seagate drive in the enclosure, and it ...
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Associate a File Type with a Specific Program

How do you associate a specific file type to an application on a Windows (Vista) PC?
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What is the best way to back up a computer's files? [closed]

I have not done any backing up, does anyone know what would be the best way to do so? I would like free. UPDATE: incremental backups are best. Offsite is good too.
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Pin Windows Sticky Notes on top

How can I make the Sticky Notes pin on top of everything else?? They dont seem to be real windows. There is no way to cascade/tile them either.
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How to make torrent downloads faster?

In windows Vista Home Premium x64 using uTorrent, how can I make the download(s) faster? EDIT: What are recommended settings for QoS?
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More efficient file compression program for many identical files?

I am doing a backup of my work and I'm looking for a program that can more efficiently compress files. The windows default compression program works fine, but it doesn't work as "smart" as i would ...
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What is the difference between Sleep and Hibernate?

What is the difference between Sleep and Hibernate in Windows Vista?
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What size should I make a partition to appear as a standard number e.g 100Gb

I'm reformating and installing windows vista on friends computer. I'm making one partition for OS, one for data. As a bit of OCD i want to make one of the partitions so it appears in windows explorer ...
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How can I find all symlinks in Windows Vista or 7?

I'm looking for a way to search for all the symbolic links on a NTFS filesystem on Windows Vista or 7. It would be even better if I could specify a specific target to see if it has any symlinks ...
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3GB RAM Installed and Detected by BIOS, Windows Vista 32bit Only Sees 2GB

I am attempting to install more RAM on a Windows Vista 32bit machine which is using a X6DAL-XG motherboard and the RAM amount reported in the BIOS is 3GB+, but Windows is only reporting 2GB installed. ...
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In Vista Explorer, how can I search the contents of all files in a directory for a word?

I have a PHP website in a directory on Vista. Many files in that directory have the word "output" in them. In Windows Explorer, I type "output" into the search box. It finds two files but does not ...
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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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How do you record a Skype conversation on Windows?

Is there an app or plugin for Skype to record a conversation? Or can you use an audio application like Sonar or Sony Vegas Studio to do this?
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Can I install windows 7 x64 in a VPC where the host is vista x86?

Before I waste my time trying is this possible? If not, i'll just install win 7 x86 on the VPC.
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How does Windows Aero prevent screen tearing?

When Windows Aero is on, there isn't any screen tearing, as opposed to when using the Basic theme without Aero. Why, though, do games with vertical sync seem to have a much greater input lag than ...