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Straightforward, easy way to create symbolic links on Windows?

I need something supported at least on Windows XP and not requiring any new user downloads hopefully.
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How can I force certain applications to use specific network connections?

Let's say I have two active network connections that let me out to the internet. I want certain applications to only use Network Connection 1, while some others should use Network Connection 2. Is ...
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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 make a multiboot USB key?

I want to cut my 8 GB USB key into several partitions to use WinToFlash for a Windows XP (maybe nLited before). I also want to put the Framakey ubuntu-fr remix pack into it such that it has the ...
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Vista pc hidden from XP?

I have a Vista-based media center, and two XP-based desktop computers, all on a simple home WLAN network (DSL/WLAN router). The Vista computer can see all other computers and transfer/modify files ...
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Deleting files in Windows XP extremely slow

When I delete even the smallest of files on windows xp the operation takes 3-10 minutes to complete. I have read this can happen when the recycle bin has alot of items in it, and XP has to iterate ...
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After re-installing Windows XP I've got a folder I don't have rights to any more. How can I regain control?

On my second hard drive there's this folder: D:\73dca78350f1e7f756d03ee8 It contains two sub folders - "amd64" and "i386". After re-installing Windows XP I can no longer access these folders. I ...
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Does software exist to log all download / upload usage? [closed]

Does a program exist to record all upload / download usage for a personal computer? So I can reset it at some stage, and then use the internet, and then look at how much data has been sent/received?
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Editing the hosts file

I'm looking to edit the Windows TCP/IP hosts file (at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts). I'm wondering, what is the best way to do this (on Windows XP)? Let's say that I want to redirect, say, ...
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How to resize the primary Windows XP partition?

I just cloned my failing 250 GB hard drive onto a 500 GB hard drive (so I wouldn't have to re-install everything, etc.), but now the drive only thinks it is 250 GB. How do I tell it about the other ...
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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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Task Manager shows 100% CPU utilization, but nothing in process list does

I'm using WinXP, and I notice that in the Task Manager, on the Performance tab my CPU usage is 100%. But When I go to the Processes tab, and sort by CPU System Idle Process is taking up 90%. I've ...
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Mouse button and keypress counter for Windows XP

I am trying to kick the habit of using a mouse where I could use keyboard shortcuts, for ergonomic reasons. I believe that if I see some statistics of my use of both input devices, I could reduce my ...
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Unable to install Windows XP : Blue screen error pops up before “Starting Windows Setup”

I got caught up in a strange problem. It's really annoying me. I'm writing this by logging into ultimate boot cd. Strange because, it never happened before. Just about a week ago I installed and it ...
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Can I run Windows XP from a USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Install Windows XP to USB Hard Drive and Run from It Like Linux, can I run a Windows XP live version from my USB flash Drive?
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Media Center setup won't complete for watching TV

I have a problem watching TV in Media Center. The TV constantly pauses 1/2 second then plays 1 second, pauses 1/2 second, plays 1 second - it is constant and does not vary. This problem occurs on all ...
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How to change the Windows XP console font?

I have been using Cleartype and Vista fonts on Windows XP for quite a while now. I love the Consolas font for working with source code. I would love to have it as the font of my Windows console ...
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Can I delete the folder “C:\WINDOWS\Installer\$PatchCache$”?

This folder is taking up nearly a GB of my C partition. Is it possible to just delete it?
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Saving “Bush hid the facts” in notepad

When saving the text "Bush hid the facts" in notepad under Windows XP, how come when you reopen it shows squares instead of the text? I saw it in this video if you need an example ...
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Virtual CDR driver

There's plenty of software to mount an .iso image for reading, but is there anything (for Windows XP) that would do the reverse, i.e. act as an "virtual CD-R drive" so that burning onto it would ...
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Windows application to hide an application from the taskbar

Is there a way to "hide" a normal windowed application in Windows? I'm looking for something that removes it from the taskbar and possibly puts an icon in the system tray instead. Specifically, I am ...
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Any way to ensure that a USB key always has the same drive letter?

Depending on what's currently connected onto a PC, a USB key does not always get the same drive letter. This is an issue for me because I want to use this key as a backup destination, and I thus have ...
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replacing the default console emulator under Windows XP

How can I replace the default program providing console windows under Windows XP? I know of alternative programs, and I have a shortcut to start cmd.exe in Console2. But now I want console ...
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Does any software exist for Windows XP to change the order of items in the taskbar?

I know alt + tab is handy, but doing web development on Windows XP can be difficult when I have to open something new, and it's in the far right, and I have Photoshop or something opened in the far ...
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How do I remove a file named “NUL” on Windows?

I have a Windows XP box (NTFS filesystem) on which I found a file named NUL. I have not been able to remove this file in any usual way. The file appears to be owned by Administrator in the SYSTEM ...
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Is it possible to automatically login in Windows XP?

I was wondering if it would possible to set up Windows XP to automatically login a user after reboot?
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How to enable AHCI in Windows XP without reinstalling

This question is part of a larger list of things I'll need to do before installing a new SSD drive, but I think it deserves its own question. Current setup: A dual-boot machine with Windows XP ...
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where in the registry does Windows store, with which program to open certain file types?

After installing Adobe PDF reader: *.PDF will be opened by the same. *.html with web browser. *.txt with notepad. If we want to make notepad++ a default editor of text files. I guess it simply changes ...
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How can I record sound from the windows command line?

Is there an application capable of recording sound that I can run from the command line on XP? Ideally I'd start it with one command and stop it with another. Or I could specify a duration with the ...
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Schedule Windows XP wallpaper change without additional apps

Ideally, I'd like to be able to do this through a batch file or VB script, so I can schedule it to run at different times of the day (dark wallpaper at night vs. light wallpaper at day). I am aware ...
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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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How to disable autorun for Windows XP Home

How to disable AutoRun for Windows XP Home by editing the registry?
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Why is my mouse pointer moving on its own?

After two months of working correctly, I am experiencing an strange and very annoying problem. My mouse pointer is moving on its own. If I move the mouse to the left, as soon as I stop the movement, ...
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Change Windows XP sound volume via the command line

Is it possible to change the volume in Windows XP via the command line?
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16GB USB flash drive shows as 16MB and is unusable

I have a Sandisk Cruzer 16GB USB flash drive, but it started to show up as 16MB. And I can't use it, it tells me that I need to format the drive or Please insert a disk into drive X. What software do ...
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Free Software for Partition Manager [closed]

Free Software for the Partition Manager on Windows XP/vista?
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Am I missing out on anything by sticking by Windows XP? [closed]

I've seen Vista come by, and while it looked cool, I assumed that it would run slower on my machine with the Aero theme. I also run my XP with animations, shadows and the like turned off, and also set ...
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How to play MP3 files into the microphone input

In a chat session, whenever I want the other person to hear a pre-recorded voice, I need to play it on my speakers and use my microphone to capture it. How can I play MP3 files into the microphone ...
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Is the Windows XP firewall good enough?

I used to use a third-party firewall like ZoneAlarm and some others whose names I forget, but their complexity ended up annoying me. Assuming one runs his computer as a normal user/powersuser, is it ...
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Tool to capture screen at regular intervals [closed]

I want a tool that can take screenshots of my screen at regular intervals and save the images in a folder. Is there any tool?
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Will it be possible to update Windows XP after April 2014?

Sometimes I want to test something on Windows XP for development purposes and I am curious if I will be able to make new fresh XP installation after end of support in April 2014. OK, no new updates ...
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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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Tool to get installed components on a PC

Can anyone suggest some good tools that generate a report of all installed components in a PC? Ideally one that is easy to use. I need to upgrade my father's computer but won't have access to it ...
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How to create a new keyboard shortcut using the Windows key on WinXP

Windows has built-in key shortcuts for locking your machine (WinKey+L) and for starting Explorer (WinKey+E). I'd like to create a similar new shortcut, WinKey+X, to start one of my favourite ...
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What tool can give me a hourly reminder?

I'm looking for a tool, that can alert me every hour with a popup and a message (like "take your medicine..") I'm running Windows XP.
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How to rename files using F2 on Windows XP, without the extension being selected?

On Windows Vista & 7, when you select a file and press F2, only the file name is automatically selected without spanning the extension. Then you can write the new file name and hit enter. It is a ...
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Stop programs from starting up automatically on boot on Windows

Is there an easy way to prevent programs (Such as Logitech and Windows Live) from starting up automatically when I turn on my computer? I rarely use these, and each time I start my PC, I have to ...
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WEI rating for Windows XP machine

Is there a way to get a Windows Experience Index Rating (the one shown in Windows 7/Vista) on a Windows XP machine ?
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Is it safe to move system disk to a new computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do I do with Windows after making a new computer - with an old hard drive! Do you think it is safe to put my old disk with Windows XP into a new computer as a ...
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Custom shortcut for switching keyboard input languages in Windows XP

I'm using Linux for years and now I have to work with Windows XP at work. The problem is I don't like default shortcuts for switching keyboard input languages: CTRL+SHIFT and ALT+SHIFT. And I'd really ...