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New laptop battery inconsistent

I have a fairly old Dell Vostro 1510 laptop and the battery finally gave up the ghost recently. I bought another on Amazon three weeks ago and, initially, it seemed to be OK in as much as it was ...
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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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Dell optiplex 960 reboots but should sleep

I have Dell Optiplex 960 with Vista Business 64-bit. Everyday after work I'm clicking "shut down" button which puts my machine into hybrid-sleep mode. It works great, but once a week just before ...
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Why do I get the error “no Outlook profiles were found” in HTC Sync?

I have encountered a problem with HTC Sync. I have version 2.0.28. I had one of the latest versions of HTC Sync before I installed this. I didn't like it because it seemed to lag a little bit and ...
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When a window is maximized the top right and top left sides are cut off

I noticed a few weeks ago on my backup PC that if I maximize a window the caption buttons (close, minimize, maximize) and the top left side of the window seems to expand past my monitor (cutting 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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Using a Dell reinstallation disk for Windows Vista on a Sony laptop

Is it posible to use a re-installation disc provided by Dell to do a clean install of Windows Vista on a laptop from Sony?
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Installing Adaptec 2906 SCSI card on Vista machine

I'm having some trouble installing an Adaptec 2960 SCSI card using the Add Hardware wizard on this Vista machine. The machine isn't autodetecting the card, but when I attempt to point the wizard to ...
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Options for high speed data transfer between two computers

What are my options for quickly transferring a large amount of data (videos, pictures, PDFs etc) between two computers? Currently I have to copy from the first computer to an external hard drive, and ...
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What is my best option to perform a clean installation when all I have is my Vista OEM key and a Windows 7 upgrade disc + key?

I just bought Windows 7 and want a totally clean installation on my computer now, however I misplaced my Vista OEM recovery disc, so I cannot format and reinstall Vista before upgrading to 7.
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Windows Vista to 10 upgrade using windows 7 key?

I have a Windows Vista laptop that I want to upgrade to Windows 10. I found a webshop that sells OEM keys for both Windows 10 Professional and Windows 7 Professional. The latter is cheaper and ...
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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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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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My laptop wont display the fan is on but the screen wont turn on

My laptop is not working. All of a sudden i turned on the laptop and the screen is black. Ive tried to hook it up too my 32" flatscreen tv to my laptop with a VGA cable and i set the input to pc, but ...
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Sony vaio laptop windows vista [closed]

How Can I connect my laptop to my t.v. or another source to get it running? I have No power cord. I'm out of ideas.what does the s400 port do? Can I charge it from there? I Haven't tried anything but ...
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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 Vista taskbar flashing[FIXED]

I am having an issue with my Taskbar in Windows Vista. Sometimes the top of it blinks blue and sometimes it completely flashes. It happens about every 2 seconds and it gets worse as I go on without a ...
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Count total number of pages printed using Canon LBP 2900B printer

I have a Canon model LBP2900B. I would like to know how many pages I have printed using this printer. I'm using Windows Vista Home Premium. I have connected to this printer through the USB Port, so ...
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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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Is there a shortcut command in Windows command prompt to get to the current users 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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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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Windows key from previous installation

I have a desktop that was purchased with Vista pre-installed, but currently runs Windows 7. The Windows 7 install was a clean install that also removed any recovery partitions on the desktop. However, ...
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Disable laptop speaker but allow external plug-in device

How can I disable the speaker of my laptop, without disabling possible sound output by external speakers (or headphones)? I listen to music via my headphones while in library, but I do not want any ...
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Remote Desktop Connection (Mac) does not share drive/folder to the Vista target

I have a Mac OS X 10.5/Intel system, runnging RDC 2.0.1 (latest as far as I know). When I connect to the remote Windows Vista system, I can control the remote desktop, and everything behaves as ...
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Play a game from external cd-drive

Since the internal cd-drive of my computer is broken, I purchased an external one. I was able to install a game with this external drive, but when I want to start the game with the exact same drive, ...
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Encrypted Disk + chkdsk = Cannot boot into Windows

Here is the scenario my friend and I have: Installed Norton Utilities and performed "optimize" (mistake 1) Upon reboot, chkdsk runs and starts spitting out "replacing invalid security id with ...
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How to use MS office 2007 and MS Office 2010 simultaneously on a single Vista?

Recently I installed MS Office 2010 as a separate installation(not upgrade) on my Windows Vista. I want to use both MS office 2007 and MS Office 2010. But whenever I switch to Word 2007 from Word 2010 ...
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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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How to enable or disable USB ports on a Windows Vista PC?

How can we enable or disable USB ports on a PC running Windows Vista? I have 6 USB ports; 2 in front and 4 at the back. Is it possible to disable the front USB ports and enable 4 ports at the back?
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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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Can Windows tell me what is using my USB drive?

Being the good citizen I am, I left-click on the "Safely Remove Hardware" icon in my taskbar, and select my USB drive to dismount. Then I get the message: Windows can't stop your Generic volume ...
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Dell XPS M1330 does not want to restore to factory settings

I have tried restarting and then pressing F8 - there are no options for restore - there is just reboot in safe mode, reboot with debugging etc. I have also tried restarting and then pressing CTRL F11 ...
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“Access denied” message when investigating driver in Process Explorer

I have a virgin installation of Vista Home Premium 32 with a 100% CPU usage problem arising from svchost hosting taskeng.exe doing some unknown thing. I know that this is due to some driver ...
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Vista Recovery Partition ERROR Cannot open C:\RECOVERY.DAT

until my last installation of Windows Vista (from the Recovery Partition) and Ubuntu, I was able to boot the Windows Vista recovery partition from the GRUB menu, simply clicking on the corresponding ...
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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 can I prevent a Vista folder from being renamed?

What security permissions do I need to set to prevent a Vista folder from being renamed, or have any of its contents changed (all files and subfolders) I can lock down the files and subfolders fine ...
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Avoiding Upgrade-Chain When Getting Windows 10 Free Upgrade (Vista -> Win7 -> Win10)

I have a copy of Windows 7 that was upgrade from Windows Vista and now I'm interested in accepting the free update to Windows 10. However, there are a few concerns I have related to how this works for ...
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How do I add new applications to the “Set Default Programs” list in Windows Vista/7?

In the Set your default programs window, you have the ability to allow an application to open all the file types it knows how to handle by default. I have installed several programs, but almost none ...
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Why do webpages sometimes appear as plain HTML before a refresh

this has started happening quite frequently since a week or so. It is far from a major problem, but more of a annoyance. Sometime, when I go on a webpage, the page seems to load as plain HTML. Then, ...
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How do I limit the CPU share of TrustedInstaller.exe on a Vista system

I'm trying to fix a few low end single core desktops running Vista. In normal use they're fast enough not to be a problem. The issue is that because these machines are only on when being used, ...
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Delete Vista partition after a Windows 7 installation

I installed Windows 7 side-by-side with my old Windows Vista OEM install. Now, as it's been over a month, I'd like to delete the original Vista installation from within Windows 7, to reclaim some ...
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Is there a hack to get RDP shadow sessions / console mode working on Windows Vista Home or Windows 7 Ultimate

I'm already running a hacked RDP made for Vista Home Premium x64, but I recently realized that shadow sessions only work for Windows Server versions. I really need to support shadow sessions on lesser ...
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How to safely remove a USB drive when “Windows can't stop your 'Generic volume' device because a program is still using it.”?

With Windows XP and Windows Vista, I try to remove an external USB hard drive, but usually get the message ""Windows can't stop your 'Generic volume' device because a program is still using it.". I ...
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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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Is cutting quicker than pasting onto a USB pen drive?

I'm about to move audio files off my laptop before reformatting so that I can move them back again once its complete. A friend of mine believes that cutting/pasting will be quicker than ...
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Difference between “Realtek Digital Input” and “Stereo Mix”

When trying to record sound through CamStudio on Windows Vista, I found that I had to change the recording device to from "Realtek Digital Input" to "Stereo Mix". (Control Panel>sound>Recording>Show ...
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Manually Deleting Windows 7/Vista Backup files

If I manually delete many gigs of older files from my users Windows 7 and Vista backups, how will it impact the backup and restore catalogs. I fear that the catalogs may become corrupted or otherwise ...
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How to reset RDC client license on Windows 7?

In Windows XP if you have a problem with your RDC client license, you can delete the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\MSLicensing key to force the license to rebuild itself on reconnection. If you try the ...
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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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Nvidia Graphics Monitor Error

After I had downloaded Windows 7 on to my HP Pavilion DV6000 I deleted all my files on my computer, as well as the "Windows Old" on the local C: drive. I then downloaded some games that worked fine ...