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Automatically prefer Ethernet over WLAN

Is is possible to force IP connections over the wired ethernet if it is connected and over wireless LAN if the wired ethernet is unavailabe (e.g. cable disconnected). Both network connections would be ...
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Use Wireless and Wired connections at the same time

My laptop is running on Windows XP Professional and I have both a Wired and a wireless connection. There are two intranets, one in each connection and I need to be able to access both of them. Is it ...
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Windows XP Apps Losing Focus

Within the last week my Windows XP workstation has begun randomly losing focus from the active window. I've seen this in multiple applications including FireFox, Notepad, Putty, Visual Studio etc. ...
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WinXP dir command: 3 and 4 char extensions are the same?

I'm trying to recursively search a directory tree to find all of the .asp files using the following command: dir *.asp /s For some reason, this returns not only the asp files, but also the aspx ...
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How to connect to XP Home PC from XP Pro using Remote Desktop

I want to connect to my XP Home PC on the same LAN workgroup (MSHOME) with my XP Pro machine - but I always get the following error Remote Desktop Disconnected This computer can't connect to the ...
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Windows XP fails to uncheck the Read-only attribute from folder (and subfolders) [duplicate]

I am trying to uncheck the the Read-only attribute from a folder (and all subfolders). That folder is my own data folder, that I copied as is to a TrueCrypt drive on my laptop. The TrueCrypt drive is ...
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Cannot find ECS 945GCT drivers [duplicate]

I reinstalled windows xp sp3 In device manager I have two yellow marks: - PCI Simple Communication Controller - SM Bus Controller CPU-Z says my MB is ECS 945GCT-M2 chipset i945G. I visited so many ...
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How to access the system tray using the keyboard?

Is there a way I can access the system tray items using the keyboard in Windows XP?
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How do I catalog files on several external hard drives that I want to store off-line?

I have quite a few external hard drives that I want to store off-line, and possibly off-site. The contents is not saved in a structured manner, however; basically there's lots of project data for ...
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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 do I set the desktop background on Windows from a script?

On X Windows I had a cool 'silent-alarm" reminder script that would change my root window (background) color to solid red, just for a few seconds a few moments before changing it back. Is there a way ...
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Virtual CDR driver [on hold]

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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What technical reason did Microsoft give for no Internet Explorer 9 on Windows XP?

I have the belief that Internet Explorer 9 unable to run on Windows XP is really marketing. But I want to ask you if there really is a technical reason why Microsoft didn't release Internet Explorer 9 ...
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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 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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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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How do I force single (only) channel audio in youtube/flash videos to play in both (left/right) channels?

Occasionally, I find Youtube videos that have only one audio channel (only left or only right); example video (left channel only). This is quite annoying, especially with headphones on, as I hear ...
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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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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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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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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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What can I do to retrieve windows that have gone off screen?

I am having a weird issue with a machine where sometimes when a window is initialized, it will shoot off screen and out of sight. I am unable to click on it to drag it back to sight. Are there any ...
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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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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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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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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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Any option to change Windows XP default Copy Here naming from “Copy of {name}.{ext}” to “{name}.{ext}.copy”

Is there an option or tool that will allow me to change the default naming convention for files copied into the same directory in Windows (XP) and above. e.g. from: Copy of {name}.{ext} to: ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Change to default start folder for Windows XP command prompt

My new work computer's command prompt automatically brings up "H:\>" when I open it. Is there a way for me to change that safely? Specifically, to "C:\foo\bar\Something Else"? I found the method ...
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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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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 ...