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Windows Easy Transfer: Re-install programs before, or after?

I'm getting ready to move from a Vista machine to a new Windows 7 machine, and I'm planning to use Windows Easy Transfer to move my stuff over. My question is, should I re-install all my programs on ...
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Is it worth buying a Windows 7 upgrade package or should I buy a OEM copy?

I have a legal copy of Windows Vista Home Prem 64-bit OEM in German. I am thinking about upgrading to Windows 7. I would like this time to buy an english version (Last time, I got a german by mistake)....
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Windows Backup & Restore: What to Keep from AppData?

A couple years ago, my father made a backup of one of our computers using Windows Backup and Restore. It was either Windows Vista or Windows 7, not sure which. He backed up the entire computer, ...
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What does Bitlocker measure to detect a startup change?

My work laptop is running Windows Vista with Bitlocker enabled. From time to time, most notably when I go on vacations and such I have a personal SSD I swap into the laptop so that I can use the ...
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Font folder in Windows Vista/7

I just want to make sure, but is the font folder in Windows 7 and in Vista still "C:\WINDOWS\fonts" ? If not, or if it's changeable, is there an available ENVAR that will point me there?
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Is there a way to make Windows Vista command prompt run in 256 colors so I can use my VIM color theme in it?

Is there a way to make Windows Vista command prompt run in 256 colors so I can use VIM and a 256 color theme in it?
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Increase Microsoft outlook 2007 PST file limit

I am unable to send/receive any emails in my MS outlook 2007. I am prompted with the following error Can't move the items. The file <path>\<filename>.pst has reached its maximum size. To ...
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Is there a good XP like windows explorer for windows Vista?

I'm still refusing to go to Windows Vista and now Windows 7 mainly due to the windows explorer, I find it cumbersome and hard to use exclusively with a keyboard. I use XP file explorer in the most ...
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Is there a way to underclock a nVidia chipset or GPU, to lower heat output?

I have a hp G60-244dx, which features the nVidia GeForce 8200M G graphics chip, and nVidia nForce chipset. It runs Windows Vista Home Basic. I don't use this for anything beyond web browsing, ...
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Google Desktop sidebar replacement?

I'm trying desperately to find a possible replacement to the dockable sidebar in Google Desktop. I've fallen in love with having my widescreen-estate able to "HUD" me to things like my weather, news, ...
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Is there a way to get Windows Explorer to behave in Vista?

I'm having the following pet-peeves with the Windows Explorer in vista, compared to Win 2003.... It refuses to show the columns for file details in the right order, no matter how many times I change ...
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System and Interrupts causing high CPU

Under Process Explorer, I noticed that System -- and occasionally Interrupts -- are taking between 5% and 20% CPU constantly, for hours on end. This is resulting in weird video playback problems. (...
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Why does the screen resolution of 1440x900 suddenly disappear from Intel GMA Control Panel?

I'm using a Vostro 1200 laptop with the Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset powering its graphics and running Vista 32-bit SP2. I've been using the Vostro with a Dell SE198WFP LCD Monitor as the ...
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How to authorize Vista to ALWAYS launch an exe

Vista is always asking me to authorize a program I have installed. Why ? How to prevent him from asking this same question all the times ?
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How can I use the RDP client when logged in as Guest

On XP, the Guest account can run the RDP client to connect to a remote RDP server, but when I try the same under Vista Business (with all updates installed) I get this: I can run mstsc manually ...
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No Google Drive folder after installing Google Drive

I've just installed Google Drive with the default options on Windows Vista x64. However the Google Drive which was supposed to be created in my %USERPROFILE% folder was not created. Also, clicking the ...
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GoToMeetin​g and Webex end client control when client switches to Visual Studio or SQL Server Management Studio

I frequently use online meeting software to meet with customers. Typically, I will host a meeting using Webex and have the client share his computer. I'll then take control and work remotely using an ...
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What means a blue question mark in Vista/Windows 7 Device Manager

In Windows Vista/7, a small blue question mark on a white background is overlaid on a device icon in my Device Manager. What does it means? The properties dialog says "this device is working properly" ...
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Fixing windows MBR without Vista Recovery CD

I had Windows Vista + Ubuntu running on my system. I deleted the ubuntu partitions from Windows. However, when I start the system, GRUB throws up an Error 22 (missing partition) and does not let me ...
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Install VPN client issue

I'm trying to install the Shrew VPN client. In the process of installation an error occurs: Error 0x800f0203: Couldn't install the network component. It occurs when the installer tries to ...
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Why does my laptop default to the second monitor when I connect an external monitor?

I am using Windows Vista business edition on my Lenovo R500. Every time I connect a second external monitor my default laptop desktop shifts to the second external monitor automatically. How can I ...
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Networking Windows 7 and Vista

How do you set up a Windows Vista Home Basic desktop (wired) and a Windows 7 Home Premium laptop (wifi) on a home network so that they can share files and the printers connected to the desktop? The ...
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How to Clear your browsing history

How do I clear my browsing history? Windows and Ubuntu please. Update: Already do all use ccleaner, clear my flash cookies, etc... Everything minus the sandboxie thing.
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Clone Hard Disk Software [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? Can someone recommend some software (free or opensource) that will allow me to make a clone of a ...
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Mapping an sFTP connection to a Windows drive?

I'm looking for a way to map an sFTP connection to a Windows (Vista) drive. In other words, a tool that would add a new drive (let's say N:) to my computer, that would directly point to my remote ...
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Remote Desktop for Ubuntu

How to configure Remote Desktop on my office Ubuntu machine and how to connect to it from my Windows laptop at home?
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Windows - Can't delete folder from Recycle Bin and it won't restore

Chain of events: Empty Recycle Bin silently fails. Tried it repeatedly. Selected ranges of items in Recycle Bin and deleted them (some didn't work), narrowing down until only one item was left: a ...
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Simplest way to dual boot Linux on a Vista laptop

I have a 64bit Vista laptop with no CD drive (and no intention of buying one). What is the simplest way (if any) for me to dual boot Linux (I don't care what version as long as it's not too old...and ...
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Create a Windows Image for Deployment

In my company we have 8 laptops that we use to deploy on the field. These machines get assigned to a user for a certain time and run Windows Vista. All the machines are the same model. After the ...
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Automatically close program at a scheduled time each day

Is there a way to automagically determine if a program is running and close it at scheduled time, say 3 am every day? Maybe use task scheduler to close said application? if this is possible any ...
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Static IP address on Wi-Fi at work and dynamic at home?

I need the laptops at my office to have a static IP address for security purposes and identification. However, some employees take their laptops home in the evening. If I have the Wi-Fi configuration ...
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How can I determine the highest GPU-supported DirectX version?

On Windows 7 / Vista how can I determine what DirectX version is really supported by the GPU?
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How do you reset Windows keyboard drivers to their original defaults?

I have an Apple (Ultra-thin USB) keyboard that I'm using on a Windows machine. The keyboard layout for an Apple keyboard is somewhat different from a standard Windows keyboard. Being the very-smart, ...
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Is there any way to find out what programs are trying to connect to Internet on windows?

I am just wondering if it is possible to find what programmes are attempting to connect to the Internet. Is there any DOS command to do this or Is there any other programme available or will have to ...
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Double click title bar to minimize window (as in OS X)?

I am an OS X user at home, and now the PC I use in my new job is running Vista. What I miss from OS X is that I used to double click the title bar to minimize a window, but now that leads to maximize ...
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Windows 7 fails to install

I'm upgrading from Vista SP1 (which was actually upgraded from XP over a year ago) to Windows 7 RTM (64-bit Ultimate to 64-bit Ultimate). After 4 hours or so, the install fails with the message "This ...
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Deleting “undeletable” files in Vista

I recently upgraded my workstation from XP SP3 to Vista Business, and during the upgrade Windows moved my old C:\Windows directory to C:\Windows.old. I got all of the stuff I needed out of that ...
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Preventing the installation of Chrome Addons

Every time I visit home (only twice a year), I find my younger (teenaged) sister, has managed to give her computer a "virus". Almost inevitably this isn't true virus, but is a malicious browser ...
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How can I get a MByte/s or Mbit/s reading of network activity?

Under the Network tab of Windows Task Manager, I can only see "Network Utilization" and "Link Speed". For example, if the link speed is "100 Mbps" (Mega bit per second) and the network utilization is ...
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Is there an easy way to read Blu-ray discs on Windows?

Some time ago, I bought my parents a computer dedicated to media (mostly photographs and movies through DLNA). My father asked me if he could read Blu-ray discs on it, so I bought a Blu-ray reader, ...
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Is there ever a response to the, “check for solution and close” dialog in Windows?

Usually iTunes crashes for me in Vista x64 half the time it starts. I have tried troubleshooting, reading all sorts of things and attempting many of them. The only way I can get rid of it is to kill ...
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Password reset programs only find passwords from one OS on a dual-boot system

I have an Acer laptop with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I need to reset the passwords on Windows Vista, but the password reset programs I have tried only find the Windows 7 passwords and not the ...
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How can I delete the thumbnail cache?

I would be very thankful for advice on how to delete the thumb cache files in Windows Vista without a reboot. They are stored in this folder: \Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\...
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How can I browse a Folder with 150000 Files on Windows Vista/7?

I recently used the Bulk Rename Utility to rename and move files from a bunch of subdirectories to a single spot. In the end, about 150000 files were moved. Now I want to browse them, but recall there ...
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Is it possible to use a Vista Boot Camp partition inside Virtual Box on Mac OS X

I've got windows Vista installed inside Virtual Box on my Mac OS partition. I've also got it installed under boot camp and I occasionally boot to it when I want to run windows with better performance ...
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How to calibrate your mouse's X/Y in Windows Vista

I've just installed a new Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 and it's X/Y calibration/alignment seems to be off. If I move the mouse from left to right, the cursor will go up and down slightly. If I ...
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Possible to Hide Mac Partition When in Windows?

I've found out that if I install Windows 7 and use the Snow Leopard Boot Camp drivers (Which I need for the graphics chipset drivers.), the Mac partition appears and is read-only. I'm quite concerned ...
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Alternative for VC++ 6.0 [closed]

Hi all I'm using Vista(32-bit). I need to work on VC++ for MFC applications. I have installed Visual C++ 6.0 on my system which is incompatible. Can someone please suggest an alternative for VC++ 6.0. ...
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Show Seconds in Vista Clock on System Tray

What is the best way to show seconds in the clock on the system tray in Vista?
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Windows 7 modify pirated Windows XP?

A friend of my had pirated version of Windows Vista; and he wanted to get Windows 7. Since he is student as me; he can download licensed Windows 7 legally from college. So he did, and installed it. ...