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How to get all XP service packs, updates, etc. together to avoid future downloads?

I am going through an agonizing re-install, on day three now of Windows Updates, VS Service Packs, etc. It's been tough having to download all this again on a 384kbps ADSL line. Besides the installs ...
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Change Windows XP's system colors

I'm looking for a program that lets me change the system colors in Windows XP. I'm talking about the colors in classic mode, not "Luna"-style themes. I'm trying to set a darker theme but to make it ...
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No Version tab when right-click Properties of an executable or DLL file?

I seem to have lost the Version tab when I right-click .exe or .dll files and select Properties. I now just get the tabs: General, Compatibility, Security and Summary. Running a fully-patched Windows ...
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*.exe is not a valid win32 application

Recently I bought a VGA card, "ATI Radeon HD4650", and after that I installed it on my PC, I can't run any .exe files just from my CD-Rom! Even when I attempted to install the driver of the VGA Card, ...
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Can't Run .exe files from my DVD-R/W Rom win XP Pro [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: *.exe is not a valid win32 application Hi everybody In my windows XP Pro I can't run any .exe file from my DVD Rom, but I can run them on my hard drive, Even I can't ...
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All in one solution to fix Windows XP common problems?

I am looking for an all in one portable .exe that fixes Windows XP problems. Like this one but is for 7 and Vista.
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Dual-Boot Windows XP and Vista Without Windows Boot Manager?

I have been dual-booting FreeBSD (1st partition) and Windows XP (2nd partition) using Grub2 (configured in FreeBSD). I just installed Windows Vista on my hard drive's 3rd partition. To boot Vista I ...
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Compiling Python 3.1.1 in Windows XP

My grandson is learning Python. We have installed Python 3.1.1 for him on our Windows XP (home edition). He has written a couple of short programs, and now wishes to compile those programs into ...
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Computer reacts toward a normal DVD as a bootable DVD

I have a PC running XP with the following specs. When I put some DVD which contains some apps and multimedia files, and restart the machine, in the boot screen (when the name of the motherboard and ...
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How do I install gfortran (via cygwin and etexteditor) and enable ifort under Windows XP?

I'm a newbie in the Unix world so all this is a little confusing to me. I'm having trouble compiling some Fortran files under Cygwin on Windows XP. Here's what I've done so far: Installed the e ...
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Outputing a Microphone input to a USB Audio output?

Say I have some beast USB speakers. I also have a Microphone input on the back of my PC. The Microphone input will happily output on the same card, but I cannot figure out how to 'route' the output ...
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How to output to S-Video on Windows XP in single-monitor mode (clone display)?

I am using an IBM ThinkPad T30 running Windows XP. It is connected to a TV system via S-Video output. Windows is currently set up in multi-monitor mode with monitor 2 being output to S-Video. ...
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Hard Disk marked as Unallocated on Windows 7

I had an XP System and I installed Windows 7 on another Hard Disk so now I have a dual boot. However, when I boot windows 7, the hard disk where XP is installed does not always show up. This started ...
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File and print sharing disabled after each reboot

I have an XP Pro SP3 fully patched, T60 notebook with recent install of the OS, all drivers present and updated. It is set up with local home network. In my Local area connection properties, the ...
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What is the easiest method to check if I have DDR3 memory?

I want to find out if my mother-in-law's computer has DDR3 memory. She is living quite far away, and she is not completly computer illiterate, but downloading, installing and running a program might ...
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Disabling Chrome's “Show as tab” option

In Chrome, when you open a popup, click the icon, there is an option to "Show as tab". This is the feature I wish to disable, as overkill as necessary short of disabling the popup altogether. Using XP ...
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User with limited rights can still install some programs under Windows XP

I have created a new user as admin. Then I changed the new user's account into a limited account. It cannot install new software, however the account was able to install Mozilla Thunderbird and a few ...
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Dell Dimension 4600C Upgrade

I have a dell computer and would like to upgrade the RAM to 4GB. I know that each slot can only take a maximum of 1GB and there are 2 slots. Can I increase this maximum by upgrading some other part of ...
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Dual head setup for Ubuntu 10.04.1 and Windows XP Pro with same hardware configuration

I have a Dell OptiPlex 360 workstation at work, with 2 x ATI RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] graphics cards installed, which are attached to two identical 19" HII flat panel monitors. I'm using the open ...
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In windows xp, how can I set the default browser from chrome to IE via Command Line, without admin privs

Situation: 1. Need to Set the defualt browser to IE via cmd(problem) 2. Need to do a citrix login via IE(amounts to loading a url) beause it wont run in google chrome 3. then set default ...
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How can I detect the amount of memory slots I have?

I know that there used to be a Corsair memory detection tool, but I can no longer find it. I didn't find anything when searching Google. I would like to scan my machine to know a few things: How ...
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The network path was not found

This is for a Windows XP SP3 machine, trying to access file shares on a Windows Server 2008 R2 system. The client had access to the server previously, and other clients on the same network are not ...
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Windows Media Player not playing MP4 files correctly, codec doesn't work either

I have video files with MP4 extension (downloaded from my cellular phone) and it appears automatically associated with WMP in the computer. It doesn't play correctly because the sound is not ...
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Decrypting Windows Encrypted Files

Friend of mine sent me on this little project to save his dad's files. Is there a way to decrypt files from a Windows XP system that was encrypted? I have the drive pulled and would like to access ...
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Monitor sleep in Windows XP does not work. Is there an add on to force it?

I have an EEE box with XP Home and a DVI connected TFT, and it does not sleep the monitor. It only starts working after I go to the energy control panel and turn it off and on again. Then the timed ...
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Remove User Profiles during start up

I need to remove user profile during start-up so that when the user login again,he will get his profile back from the domain controller. I need to do this by a shell script. There is a "reboot" domain ...
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Why do I have to use the “exe” extension to launch a program in the command window?

I can no longer launch programs just by typing the program name in a command window. For instance, typing "notepad" and then enter gives me "bad command or filename". If I recall correctly Windows ...
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How do I make Windows XP recognize EXEs again?

I've got a virus "first" here. Basically a friend had gotten his system severely infected. He had 8 different viruses, and 157 different pieces of spyware (most of it likely replicated, but still). ...
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Eliminate cause of crash - if rooted on host

Is there a way to pin down the moments (e.g., 15 seconds) just before a program crashes on windows-xp-sp3? It would be interesting to inspect applications and executables and their communication ...
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Variable not being read correctly

@echo off setlocal enableextensions enabledelayedexpansion set MYFILE=D:\Working Dir\Home Usage Working\patch me.txt FOR /F "tokens=1,2,3 skip=2" %%A in (!MYFILE!) do ( Echo %%A Echo %%B Echo %%C ) ...
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what can cause a folder to become indestructible?

I have a directory that I want to delete, but windows (xp home sp3) is giving me the run-around and the folder is now effectively indestructible. Attempts to open the folder, either via explorer or ...
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Some apps gets a strange string to the end, no virus, XP has just reinstalled

After installing a program, I can't use it, since some extra strings appears at the end of all .exe programs: assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0"> ...
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get rid of blue background behind the desktop icons

Today morning there was some problem with my pc and i forced Restart. After that i can see some Blue background behinde every icon. I have seen Texts below desktop's Icons became blue in Windows ...
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Is it possible to put a 'new folder' in with the standard toolbar buttons?

I suspect the short answer is 'no', but here goes anyway.. For context - under Windows XP, when looking at a folder window, choosing view;toolbars;customize, brings up the 'customize toolbar' dialog. ...
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Available physical memory, XP

I installed a Windows XP x86 on my PC. But when I open the system information window in the System Summary tab, in the right-hand pane and at bottom the following are written: Total Physical memory ...
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How do I delete a 'locked' file?

On Windows XP, When I try and delete a specific file it says : Cannot delete blah.blah: Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use. How can ...
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Cannot see all available wireless networks?

There are two wireless networks setup in my office, a primary one and a backup. Plus there are few other wireless networks nearby. However, Windows (XP SP3) has ceased to show other available wireless ...
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Delete a user in Windows XP, can't find delete button or it's not showing

I added a test account to my virtual XP machine the other week and now I want to remove it. The delete user button is not visible on their page. On the user accounts page the tooltip says that ...
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Disable internet access but leave LAN working

I'm looking for a command (or command line program) to toggle (disable/enable) internet access to the outside world in Windows XP machines. It should temporarily block internet access but leave the ...
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How to automatically set each new file in utf-8 without BOM?

win xp sp3 notepad++ v 6.6.7 Settings - Preferences - New Document UTF-8 without BOM - is chosen Apply to opened ANSI files - is checked Still when I create a new file and check in Encode - ...
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Sound plays on Windows XP but not on windows 7

I wrote a program in Turbo Basic in 1993 that uses the PLAY command. It works fine opening a DOS window in Windows XP and playing the different pitched PC beeps. However in Windows 7, although the DOS ...
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Can a Windows XP desktop be made into a WiFi hotspot?

Can a Windows XP Home desktop be made into a WiFi hotspot for using other wireless devices? We are in a metal building and the DSL modem is in another central room.
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Git — SSH Agent not working

The back story -- I've been using Git on this computer (Windows XP) for about 8 months with no problem. Suddenly, last week, it is no longer asking me for my username and password when I start Git up. ...
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Windows 8.1 UEFI x64 & Windows XP x64 Dual-Boot

I want to add option to boot in XP into the Win8.1 boot menu. So I have 2 drives: On the first one I have installed Windows 8.1 x64 UEFI; And on the second - Windows XP x64. Following is what I ...
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Win XP Screen saver / power management not working

I have a PC running Win XP, and even though I have the power management set to turn off the monitor after 10 minutes, and I have the windows screen saver set up, many times they never kick in. I come ...
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Deleting the Ubuntu Swap Partition

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS alongside Windows Xp Xp on C: drive, Ubuntu on D: drive, and E: linux swap E: drive disappeared from XP "My Computer" but it appears in disk management saying unknown ...
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Is it possible to combine two disk partitions on Windows?

I'm running Windows XP and I have two disk partitions, C and D. C contains Windows and installed programs, and D has my own files, documents, etc. I'm wondering if its possible to combine C and D ...
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Dual booting Ubuntu and windows

How much memory is required to dual boot the latest version of Ubuntu and windows (XP, although I'll upgrade to 7 soon)? The Ubuntu installation process says I'll need 6 GB, but is this just for the ...
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Inaccessible partition

I am using desktop running Windows XP. My PC has an 80GB hard disk with 4 partitions: C, D, E & F Partitions C,D & F open easily but when I double click on "E" drive in my computer then it ...
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“Not a valid Win32 application” on XP but not Win 7

I am getting a "Not a valid Win32 application" error message when attempting to execute an .EXE downloaded from Microsoft on Windows XP, but it executes fine on Windows 7. What could be the problem? ...