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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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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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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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Wget/cURL alternative native to Windows?

Is there a Wget or cURL type command line utility native to Windows Vista? How does it work?
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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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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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SVN Switch command not moving the folders into another folder

I have 4 folders A, B, C, D as children of PARENT folder. I have right click on each A and B folder and selected it to switch(TortoiseSVN-->Switch) to C folder and clicked ok. Then committed the ...
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How to delete “System Volume Information” folder from external drives?

I'm running Vista Prof 32bit on a lenovo w500 thinkpad. I have four external drives and use 4 different PCs, that all have system volume information folders, taking up lots of space, and I can't ...
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How to make a subst a USB drive appear as a local (non-removable) drive?

I have a set of USB drives (e.g. WD My Book) with different test data sets in different directories. I need to mount these directories as a drive letter. To accurately test the behavior, this drive ...
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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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How to start “explorer” process using command line (Vista)?

Is there a way to start windows "explorer" process from command line? Because of some problem in my Vista OS, explorer process crashes frequently (i can not see TaskBar after that) but using the open ...
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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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Remotely connect to computer where I don't have admin access on

I have a Windows XP computer, PC1, where I have no admin access. I am only a non-admin user. I want to remotely control PC1 from PC2 (Windows Vista, I am admin here). I need to make PC1 a server and ...
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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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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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Can I delete this partition?

I have an HP Laptop that came with an OEM version of windows vista. I have set it up to dual boot with windows XP. Therefore there are 2 primary partitions. There is also one more primary partition ...
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Windows UAC vs. Linux sudo

Is it correct to say that Windows UAC is conceptually the same as Linux sudo? Can you point out the differences between the two?
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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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What is Spoon Sandbox Manager?

When ever I check Task Manager or Process Explorer, I always see this exe in Task Manager spoon-sandbox.exe and there is always more than one instance running at any given time. I found that it is ...
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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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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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Unable to boot from Windows Vista DVD on Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop

My Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop doesn't boot from Windows Vista Reinstallation DVD provided by Dell itself. This is an old laptop and I plan to resell it. So I boot from an Ubuntu LiveUSB and do a full ...
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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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Where to find Vista's service pack level?

When Vista's service pack version is at level 1 (SP1), this version number is shown at "Control Panel / System". However, on my system this information has disappeared, probably because I'm now using ...
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Acronis Disk Director renamed my Windows 7 to Windows Vista in boot menu

I tried merging system partition with another partition, progress bar was constantly shifting to 10-15% so after about 12 hours I decided to restart. To my surprise, everything loaded perfectly and ...
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Seagate FreeAgent Portable Drive suddenly doesn't want to open

I have a Seagate FreeAgent Portable Drive. It was fine yesterday night when I was using it but this morning when I plugged it in, my computer didn't autoplay it and when I clicked it on the computer, ...
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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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Windows Vista Ultimate Auditing

I am in a position where I might have to prove that I made a certain amount of MB downloads from the Internet including webpages browsed to a court of law. Is there a way of finding this out from ...
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How can I tell whether a process is running with administrator permissions?

I'm using Windows Vista, with UAC enabled. I've installed an application, and the installer required admin privileges. The installer then started the application. I'd like to know if the application ...
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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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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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How do you defragment the MFT on an NTFS disk?

A while ago, I nearly filled my hard drive, much more than the recommended maximum of 85% of capacity. I believe that NTFS started storing files in the space reserved for the Master File Table (MFT) ...
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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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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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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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Transparent Command Prompt in Vista?

Is it possible to have a slightly transparent command prompt window in Vista or Windows 7? Are they any 3rd party alternatives?
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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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nVidia nForce and GeForce drivers colliding

My system has 2 nVidia graphics cards. A PCIe 9400GT, and an 8200 built-in (nForce 730a). I decided to upgrade my drivers to 285.62, as it says it supports both the 8 and 9 series GPUs. After it ...
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Sony vaio Internet connection issue

My Sony vaio running Windows Vista will only connect to the internet if I turn the security of my router off. It does connect to the router when security is on but not to the Internet?
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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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How do I start Notepad++ from cmd?

I can start the regular Notepad from cmd. C:\Windows>notepad I can also start it from the run prompt. Win+R notepad Enter I want to be able to do the same with the Notepad++. I can start it ...
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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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Trying to edit a python file but the “edit with IDLE” has disappeared when i right click the file. How do I restore that command?

Trying to edit a python file but the "edit command" has disappeared all of a sudden when I right click the file. How do I restore the edit command so I can continue working on my python files? I ...
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Is it possible to pair two slightly different cards in SLI?

I used to have 2 Nvidia 9800GT in SLI. Unfortunately, the fan on one of them broke down and the card pretty much just died. Now I'd like to replace it, but for some reason this card even if it's old, ...
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Nvidia colors to bright in Vista. How to adjust?

I have had this same issue with many GeForce videocards on different monitors (not sure about ATI cards) - default colors are too bright, greys become glowing whites. I have to run "Nvidia Control ...
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Where can I find an updated driver for my display (NVIDIA Geforce 7150M)

Where can I find an updated driver for my display that is a NVIDIA Geforce 7150M for Windows Vista 32-bit?