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How to know which license version has an XP installed system

My friend has a notebook with Windows XP Professional installed. I would like to understand which version exactly is and which license type is referred to. The sticker reports an OEM pre-installed XP ...
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Windows XP doesn’t shutdown

I cannot shutdown my computer: when I normally press the buttons shutdown, restart, standby nothing happens. All the applications are actually closed and I've not done any particular thing with my ...
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Cant access Share on Windows 7

I have a Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows XP professional on domain. Windows 7 has a share folder which windows XP access it but for some reason during the day I cant access the share but if I reboot ...
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How to dump a Windows XP image onto a brand new and no partition hard disk drive

I am trying to replicate a BSoD. I want to be able to restore a Windows XP imaged file onto a fresh hard disk drive without partitioning or initializing it. or Is there a way that I can blank ...
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How to connect a PC with Windows XP wirelessly to the internet [on hold]

Can anyone explain this assuming I have no experience with computers, or is there a part I could replace to change the operating system?
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My notebook does'nt want to boot from ODD nor USB just from HDD

I have a Toshiba Satellite C650 notebook and I have a litlle problem. I would like to make a full Windows reinstall, but unfortunately the computer doesn't want to boot from ODD. I have tried a lot ...
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How to edit XP CD/ISO to change system and install process language

Let's say we had our (for example) italian CD of WinXP, but now we can't find it, it's likely lost... Now, a friend could lend us his XP CD (same channel, let's say "Home Edition" as an example), but ...
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Cloning and replacing a HD. The full story

I have an XP machine with 1 drive partitioned as: C, D, E, F and want to make an exact copy of it. Run some HD cloning software and clone the original drive. Physically remove/replace the HD in the ...
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Where can I get Windows XP drivers for MacBook Pro hardware without using Boot Camp?

I have an Intel-based MacBook Pro whose hard disk was formatted before I received it. It had no OS installed, and I have no Mac OS X installation disks. I’m trying to get the machine to run some ...
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How can I correctly install Serva TFTP in Windows XP PXE?

I followed the instructions on this web page to install Serva, but when I restart Serva, (see 4.3- Quit and Restart Serva), the folder contents (folders named WIA_RIS etc.) aren’t created as ...
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Decrypting WiFi password with Win XP regedit file?

I'm having problem with decrypting Windows XP wireless password (WPA2), I am supposed to retrieve WPA2 password from regedit file which I have already recovered from fotmatted partition. I have ...
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Best way to pick a color from an Image

What is the best possible way to pick a color from the image ? What I need is that, when I move the cursor to any particular point in the image, Hex code of the color at the cursor should be ...
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How can I launch the certificate manager (from Internet options) from the command line?

By inetcpl.cpl using on the command line, it triggers the Internet options window. Are there any advanced options of inetcpl.cpl available from the command line? Tab selection, i.e Content tab. ...
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What's the best way to completely remove everything from a computer, without re-installing?

I have a friend who wants to sell their computer, but obviously all personal information and software that it is on it needs to be removed before doing so. Usually I would format and reinstall it, ...
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Data recovery on working hard drive

So I have a 5 bay hot swap SATA enclosure that's connected to a Silicon Image-based SATA adapter in a computer. It's running XP Pro. There are two 1.5TB hard drives in slots 1 and 2 respectively, set ...
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Administrative Tools lost

I can't find any icon in my Administrative Tools folder. How I can restore them?
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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP4 wasn't installed

I lost track of my account when my question was moved to superuser. I wasn't able to install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP4 through automatic update so I downloaded the update from ...
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How do I properly remove the default install of Flash on Windows XP?

It seems Windows XP comes with a default installation of Flash, in the following path: %WINDIR%\System32\Macromed\Flash\Flash6.ocx I'd like to remove this. Certainly, I could probably just nuke the ...
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The newest version of Skype doesn't work. How do I get a previous version?

A member of my family has a machine under Windows XP SP2. I tried to upgrade it to SP3 a few times in the past, but the upgrade failed. Moving to a newer OS is not an option either. Recently, the ...
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How To Access DNSSEC DNS Server 127.0.0.1 On Mac OS X Host, From VirtualBox Guest Windows XP?

How To Access DNSSEC DNS Server Listening On 127.0.0.1:53 On Mac OSX Host, From VirtualBox Guest VM Windows XP Prof 32-bit ? My host/physical computer machine is an Apple MacBook with Mac OS X ...
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Convert .fon to TTF or OTF

How can I convert a bitmap fonts (.fon) into TTF or OTF fonts? I don't need any of the features in vector fonts such as ClearType; I just want my bitmap font simply transformed into TTF or OTF ...
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Why do not all computers show up on net view?

I have a wired LAN network with some networking issues. In dealing with them, I have used net view in Command Prompt to try to see all of the computers on the network. There are four computers on the ...
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How to tell if my sound card is listed in Device Manager?

The sound on my computer suddenly stopped working. When I check Sounds and Audio Devices in the Control Panel, I get "No Audio Device" with everything grayed out. When I check the Device Manager under ...
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Best way to backup and restore system image for laptop on Windows XP

Currently, my method is by just using the default tool in XP: Backup procedure System Tools > Backup Choose to backup system files to another partition or USB drive Now if the systen crashes ...
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How can I slow down file-copy speed. (USB drive locks up)

My USB drive (1TB Seagate) locks up whenever I copy a large file (>300MB approx). The computer slowly freezes with not even the mouse working. It seems like an I/O deadlock. However, it works ...
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Does anyone have a thought about UDF files to XP3 Format's?

Ok i did a work-around on the .iso file booting issues, but now i find that when you copy files in v2.01 UDF format or .iso+joliet+udf, mode 1 or mode 2 Xa with a HL-DT-ST-DVD-RW from Win 7 Pro. to a ...
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Compatibility Mode Only Works On Shortcut

I was having an issue getting an old piece of software to install on a Windows XP VM and changing the compatibility mode settings of the executable didn't do anything. While discussing my issue with a ...
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Can't open anything - flashes and disappears

Using an IBM Thinkpad with XP. Can't open anything - an app flashes and instantly disappears. Can't open 'display' on control panel because of this - help?
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Can you use an .iso Image to boot a Win XP-Pro SP3 “Formatted HDD”, via CD-DVD-RW?

I have a Compaq (HP) 6710-b Laptop and the HDD became un-usable. All backups and boot disks have mysteriously vanished over the years, (kid's I'm thinkin) So my backup HDD is a fully formatted 160GB. ...
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How to recover data from a hard drive crash?

Last night my 500 GB Seagate hard drive was fine but this morning it suddenly started crashing, somehow I made it work after a chkdsk but 2 partitions show space is full now but it wasn't when the ...
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windows xp Professional restore Security Descriptors after cacls /t /e /p

Someone changed the permissions on a bunch of machines using cacls which fixed one problem but created a bigger one. I'm looking at ways to revert this but can't seem to get it back to the way it was. ...
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Widescreen resolution on old VIA UniChrome IGP?

I hooked an old Compaq Presario running Windows XP to an Acer 20" monitor capable of 1680x1050 resolution, because I need Windows to get into work from home and I want the screen real estate. But ...
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Regedit.exe import fails to pick up “text” field

I am migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7. I use database software (Aginity Workbench), which allows a user to save common queries called "Code Snippets". These snippets are stored in the registry: ...
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How do I find which touchpad driver I need for my Acer Aspire 5720?

I had to reinstall Windows XP on my Acer Aspire 5720 and now I'm reinstalling all the drivers. There are two touchpad drivers -- Alps and Synaptics. I ran the program Acer provides to detect your ...
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Thunderbird 3.0 error while trying to get mail: “The folder is being processed. Please wait until processing is complete to get messages.”

Just upgraded to TB3. On opening TB i get a message 'determining which messages to index'. After several minutes, the message disappears. If i then try to get mail, the message quoted in the title ...
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Remote Desktop closes with Fatal Error (Error Code: 5)

We have one PC (Windows XP SP3) that we can not log onto using a Remote Desktop session. Logging on to the PC directly (sitting in front of it using the connected keyboard and monitor) work fine. ...
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Unstable connection on Windows XP and Intel I350

I am working for a company developing and maintaining some QA system for industrial customers. When running, the system is receiving about 1.6 Gbps from 12 different sources using two Gigabit-NICs. ...
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How do I connect to remote virtual machines on Virtual Box?

I'm new to Oracle Virtual box but have used VMware several times. I have a client that is now running a Windows xp virtual machine on his main machine to access a piece of bespoke software that will ...
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How to save the password for a mapped network drive?

I have a map drive created from Tools > Map network drive. The drive is mapped to a different machine's shared folder. So each time I switch off the machine, it asks for the password when I open the ...
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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 to add command line options to shortcut?

How can I add command line options to an executable in a shortcut in Windows XP? For example in the shortcut properties in target I have: "c:\path\to\exe\pogram.exe" I want to add some options: ...
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How to convert MS Word 2007 file into JPG file?

How do I convert an MS Word 2007 file into a JPG file? I need a method that will work off-line for Windows XP, preferably that does not require installing software.
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No audio device detected on new sound card

I bought a new sound card because my built in sound card did not function. When I open YouTube, Media Player or anything that can create a sound my computer will hang up and sometimes when I start my ...
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AHCI Mode for Windows XP

Sorry for making questions about Windows XP, but I have a client that still uses it and he insists not to go towards Seven, 8 or 10. I read some articles about AHCI drivers to load during ...
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how to set MTU value in windows xp

I wish to change the MTU value on my pc (XP) i tried some registry mathods- added some values in several places: (this one is a windows tutorial) ...
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OS X can connect to Windows machine, but can't access shared folders

I can create new folders on my Windows XP machine, set them to "shared". On my Mac, I pick Finder → Go → Connect to Server → smb://192.168.1.4 → Connect → Name / Password. ...
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Remotely access Azure from Xp

I'm trying Windows Azure, and would like to see if I can connect from Windows Xp / Vista... The error message that I get when trying to connect from Xp: Remote Desktop cannot connect to the remote ...
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VirtualBox - Two guests can't ping each other

I've selected bridged adapter option in virtualbox. I am able to ping from Machine 1 (WinXP) to Machine 2(Linux) and get a response, but I am not able to ping vice versa. I need to connect from ...
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Windows only sees 768 MB RAM out of 4 GB

I have a windows XP machine with 4 GB of memory. As expected (and discussed in a dozen or so other questions on this site) the OS could only see 3 and a bit... until yesterday. As of yesterday, the ...
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Correcting drive letters after a partition clone

I have an old XP computer with 3 drives: Disk0 = C: D: E: F: (my current boot drive) Disk1 = I: (a data drive) Disk2 = J: K: L: M: (A new 2x bigger drive in an USB external case) J is a "partition ...