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Should I enter my Office product key before running sysprep?

I'm planning on cloning a Windows XP install, and am a little confused about sysprep. I know that it blanks out the XP product key, but what about other software? If I install Office 2007 and enter a ...
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Mapping Keyboard buttons to a usb device

Hey, I was wondering if it is possible in Windows to run a program, that will map lets say the "r" button to something like an xbox controller's trigger or the mouse's wheel?
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Formating Windows XP

Is their a way to format windows xp in a way that keeps all the service packs/drivers? I really dont wanna re-install everything....
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Enable Autoplay in Windows XP?

How can I enable the Autoplay prompt in Windows XP? I have tried the following things: right clicking the drive and selecting autoplay and have the radio button for prompt checked. I have tried ...
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Unable to rename or delete media files or folders containing them

I am having serious problem with media files (only video files). When I try to rename or delete files or folders containing media files, I get an error like this: Access Denied .... Some other ...
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Win XP cannot connect (or see) my wifi network, but can see others

since yesterday I have a strange wifi problem with my pc. I have a wireless linksys router setup that worked fine for many months, now since yesterday my pc won't connect to the wifi signal anymore. ...
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Using virt-install to mount multiple cdrom drives/images

I would like to create a windows xp guest from the windows xp upgrade cd I have, along with one of a few full versions I have around. However, when I reach the stage in the installer where I am ...
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Windows Media Player 11 doesn't download codecs for avi files

I've got some avi files that WMP will play the audio for but not the video. Why doesn't WMP download the codecs it needs? Or is the solution to download a codec pack and install that manually? In ...
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Looking for HP Pavilion dv2-1117e XP drivers

I have an HP Pavilion dv2-1117e entertainment notebook. I have installed Windows XP, but I don't have drivers for the video, audio, or WLAN. Where can I find them?
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Windows XP remove program files

When I am trying to remove program from "Add or Remove Programs" I get an dialog with ability to chose instalation file. But I didn't have that file. So I can't remove program... Is there any another ...
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VMware Workstation has terrible performance on local hard disk

I'm working on vmware image files. My computer always load hard disk and vmware works very slow at the same time. Guest OS: Windows XP SP2 Host OS: Windows XP SP2 Is there any way can improve the ...
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Cause of lost partition replaced by 2 Raw partitions

I had a curious problem over the weekend... My 500gb WD hard drive all of a sudden could not be discovered by xp, then when I plugged in again via USB it was being discovered as 2 separate Raw ...
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Mapped network drive missing from My Computer and Explorer

On a Windows XP Pro SP3 machine one network drive refuses to show up in My Computer or Explorer. The missing drive letter is G: if that matters. Other mappings work fine. Other profiles one the same ...
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Windows XP maximum memory - reduced by graphics card memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Why is it that 32bit Windows XP can only address 3GB Windows XP and RAM 3.5GB+ I've seen occasional references that claimed a graphics card's video memory was part of ...
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Unable to view USB stick/drive contents

I plug-in my USB stick, copy a file from the hard drive to the USB stick, and safely remove the USB stick. I then plug out the USB stick. When I plug the USB stick back into the computer again, the ...
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save web pages while browsing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: downloading complete web pages (not sites) how to save only the web page i browse to see them later offline and i want to be able to move them and copy to another pc or ...
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networking related problem

i have installed two LAN cards in my PC. one is used for local networking and other is for Wide area networking( both have a different gateways). But when i need to browse in WAN for that i have to ...
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How to create an NTFS junction?

How can I create an NTFS junction point in Windows XP?
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Extracting only files that match specific number from many compressed files

I have over 500 rar files with lots of compressed ppt files in one directory. I would like to search each archive if archive has file prj_09hr23 in name and ppt extension. What program should I use to ...
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How do I tell what Microsoft OS corresponds to a key

I have an old computer whose hard drive is wiped. The Microsoft product key is on the back, but there is no reference to which OS it is. I know it must be some flavor of XP -- is there any way to find ...
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Windows Update and lsass.exe

I have a brand new installation of Windows XP (SP1 or older). I installed Norton AntiVirus, Firefox, Putty, and Cygwin. No other software is present. Windows Update finds the following 64 updates: ...
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What are good benchmarking programs for measuring usb stick performances?

Title pretty much says it all ... anyone know of a benchmarking program for measuring usb sticks read/write speeds ? (if it can produce its own files, even better ... in terms of (lots of small ...
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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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Hard Drive Fundamentals And Verifying Disk Performance

Over the past few months, my Windows XP machine has slowed down to a crawl. It takes about 10-15 minutes to go from power-up to reaching a responsive state. I have reasons to believe that this is a ...
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looking for a solution for a Software Raid on my XP computer

Recently, I purchase 2x1TB drives for my XP computer, I want to use RAID 1 for the redundancy, but the motherboard is little old and can't support that. Some articles introduce how to make it happen ...
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what to do if a computer gets a blue screen when trying to install windows xp

What might be the reason why I get blue screen when I try to install windows xp. on a laptop. Specifically an Acer aspire laptop with AMD Processor. What do I do to make it work. Its probably not the ...
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Emulate middle mouse click by pressing the two buttons at the same time

I upgraded the driver of my Synaptics Touchpad under XP and I can no longer press the left and right buttons simultaneously to simulate a middle click. How can I turn this back on?
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Keep stdout on screen AND in File

I open a command prompt window in XP. There I run a command line program (foo.exe) and I want to capture stdout in a file. So I run it like this: foo > fooResult.txt However, at the same time I ...
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When I formatting the harddisk, the machine shut down, can I recover the data? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover data loss from accidental quick format First, I accidentally click the quick format, and the machine shut down during the format. I can see the hdd in "My ...
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How to associate the PNG/JPG Edit context menu with Paint.NET? [duplicate]

Right now, when I right-click on a PNG or JPG, I get the Edit context menu which takes me to MSPaint. How can I associate the Paint.NET with the Edit menu? I've tried Tools/Folder Options/File ...
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Installing Python in Windows XP

My work PC has restrictions that stop me from adding programs to the start menu so when I try to install Python using the Python 2.6.5 Windows installer it can't complete as it tries to add a shortcut ...
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Fix problems with DirectX 9 on Windows XP

i tottaly mess up the directX 9 on my system. Trying and trying think i reinstall it but in a very bad way (dxdiag now dont know what version is and directdraw direct3d and aceleration AGP dont work ...
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Windows XP is logging slow in domain

My office machine has starting to take long time to boot up. I don't know whether I did something wrong because till last week it was working like a charm. I am running windows XP connected with ...
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How do i keep a newly started program from taking focus?

Say i'm coding in emacs and want to start up a music program. Because it takes too long to start up i go back to coding and type away. When the music application starts up, the focus is stolen ...
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Thinkpad laptop heats up more than it used to - what are my options?

I have a 3 yr old laptop (Thinkpad T61) which runs seemingly much hotter than it used to. It's not uncomfortable to touch, but I wonder whether I should do something about it. It does get ...
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What can cause two “identical” setups of IE8 and XP to display things differently?

This has been baffling me for a while. Of the machines I use in visiting Stack Overflow, two of them are machines with the same setup: Dell with Windows XP with IE8. Since they were issued to me by ...
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What is the size of an empty MS Word 2003 (.doc) document?

I'm trying to troubleshoot a problem Word document which has become blank after editing. It's file size is 22.0KB (22,528 bytes). Is this the same file size of an empty document - i.e. if you open ...
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Use only external monitor at screen's native resolution

My laptop's screen lamp just died (I can see content on the screen if I point a light at it) and I was using it with an external monitor. I can switch from extended desktop to mirrored mode but, and ...
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How to convert flash drive to Windows installation CD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Place a bootable ISO on a USB drive? I have an 8GB USB Flash Drive, and the .iso file for XP Home edition (along with a valid CD key). One of my computers doesn't have ...
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Upgrading Laptop HDD

I have an Acer Aspire 3500WLMi laptop. It currently has a 40gb hard drive which I would like to upgrade. Could someone talk me through the process? I've listed my concerns/queries: Can I buy and ...
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Can the “guest” user login via RDP in Windows XP?

Does remote desktop permit the guest user to log in? If so, how do I add the guest user the remote desktop ACL? I've added a password for guest using net user guest *, I just want to permit remote ...
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How do I get an external hard drive working with a PCMCIA USB card?

How do I get an external 2.5" IDE hard drive in an external case (with USB cable) working when plugged into a PCMCIA USB card? My hard drive doesn't work when plugged into my HT-Link Cardbus/PCMCIA ...
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Computer cannot detect hard disk

Details: BIOS: AMI Bios, set primary master to Auto OS: Windows XP Sp2 Memory: 384 Mb Processor: Pentium 3 yeah this one is really very old. And some of the capacitors in the motherboard are ...
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Windows XP consuming drive letters

This one's a bit of a stumper. I'm running XP SP3, current with all fixes, etc. My problem is that I can assign a drive letter to a container file (explained below), it works just fine. But once I ...
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Windows - Website unaccessible only on windows pcs in LAN

For serveral days now, a website isn't accessible on a single pc in the LAN. On the other pc's, it works just fine. And it's just a single website that's not accessible as far as I know of. The ...
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Downloads speed starts ok but after a few seconds they go down to 10kbps?

Since yesterday any file I try to download from any host start downloading ok (at >1mbps) but after a few seconds the speed start to decrease down to 10kbps. I use a mobile modem (huawei) and I ...
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How to disable beeps if there is no audio driver installed

Its really irritating in windows xp if you haven't yet installed an audio driver. The motherboard beeps at times. I've already disabled the system speaker in the devmgmt.msc. But it still beeps. What ...
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Is there a 100% command line utility for svn in windows?

I only want to access to svn by command line, so tortoise is not what I want.
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Check which files a program uses

Is there any application that will check which files a running program reads, modifies etc. and can present me with a list of these?
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Is 1GB + 1GB RAM better than 2GB +0.5GB?

My laptop has two slots for RAM, and currently has two 512 MB chips, for 1 GB. Windows XP is running terribly slow on it, so I want to upgrade the RAM. I could buy two 1 GB chips to replace both of ...