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Windows XP hangs just before displaying login screen

I messed up my registry using SubInAcl. When I tried switching user, Windows froze just before displaying login screen. Then I rebooted the PC, but Windows froze again just before displaying login ...
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How to install an program on Windows without giving access to device?

I need to install a program on an old Windows XP computer from an untrusted source. Is there a way to install it securely without giving it access to my data etc? (Also it should not be able to ...
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Windows xp prodcut key

I am trying to remove a product key from windows XP when creating a ghost (each pc can then add there own PK for that hardware) but I am coming against some problems. I have tried the following. ...
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Windows XP Turn Off Monitor after x minutes option is missing

I have an XP machine that turns it's monitor off after a period of time. I am trying to disable this but when I go to the power options in the control panel the option is simply not there. Turn off ...
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Apache Tomcat access denied error in windows XP

Is there is a constraint that Apache Tomcat should always be run as administrator? I installed it and run it in administrator account in Windows XP. It works fine. But in standard user account, an ...
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How to verify that the NTP server is working on a test machine

I have built a local production network that will use a corporate network for user access control. The domain controller will act as a NTP server as well. The devices that will connect to the domain ...
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.NET 4.0 on POS Ready 2009

When trying to install .NET 4.0.3 onto POS Ready 2009, I get the following error in the installation wizard: KB2600211 does not apply, or is blocked by another condition on your computer. I am ...
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how do i make windows xp diskless boot on any computer

This is a little hard to explain... I have successfully got windows xp to diskless boot using aoe. The only problem is that I can't set it up on a vm and then go straight to a driveless pc. I think ...
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How do I set up a VPN, such that I can connect to my Samba Share and printer?

I am looking for a way to set up my OpenVPN server so that all my internet trafffic redirects through it, and I can access my Samba Share through it. My samba share is located on my server machine, ...
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Windows XP can not run without the USB disc

Today I reinstalled Windows XP with CD (SP3 +), and I set the drivers from USB key standardly. But when I unplug the USB key, and restart the computer or turn it on, and when starting load system, ...
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Windows XP hangs on bootup

I am unable to get Windows XP to boot up. It stops on the screen after the progress beads. The hard drive goes crazy for a few seconds, and then the system hangs. Safe mode and Previous known good ...
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Stick Open Windows to be visible [closed]

I am looking for program compatible with windows xp used for pinned or stick windows for being minimized by any other windows already opened and running for example i want to make windows media ...
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Running a program in XP freaks out display settings

I've got an XP box that is running a custom, old school program (explains the XP, don't hate). This program has always worked fine. From last week, every time the .exe is double clicked, the graphics ...
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Disable automatically opening flash drive

Whenever I insert a flash drive in Windows XP, it opens up the flash drive's folder and shows its contents, how can I disable this? I do not want it opening up the contents every time I plug it in. ...
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I'm having trouble getting my computer to save (multi) display settings

Dell 7010 Win XP SP3 NVIDIA Force 210 graphics card 2 monitors My sporadic problem: I have 2 monitors with my display set up as an extended desktop (horizontal span). Every once in a while when I ...
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VirtualBox USB - should I install drivers for USB devices on Host as well?

I am running a Windows XP guest on a Windows 7 host via VirtualBox. I want to use a USB scanner on the Windows XP guest. I will not be using the scanner on the Windows 7 host itself. The question is ...
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installing swig i had to untar something using msys, but it doesn't work

i installed MinGW and MSYS required to install swig. using msys terminal it asked me to download pcre-8.36.tar.bz2 form pcre site, and asked me to: "Build PCRE as a static library using the ...
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How can I start a 256 color game on a Virtual Machine with Win XP?

(Note: I am from Germany and have my system on german language, so if i my translations of the Buttons and stuff i get on screen seem strange to you pls let me know) I wanted to play a old pc game of ...
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Backing up multiple PCs in a network

Background: I have a small network that consists of roughly 10 PCs. Every week or so, we are required to backup all partitions of every PCs to one external HDD. Problem: I find that the process is ...
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How to backspace the characters in the cmd buffer?

Sometimes I use command prompt to run short scripts as such: C:\php> php.exe <?php echo 'test'; ?> And the output would be displayed directly in the command prompt: test ^C C:\php> ...
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Win XP task scheduler backup

In my factory, we have two non-networked windows xp machines connected to some industrial equipment. Every day, they log the information that the equipment passes on. I've been backing them manually ...
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How can i gain access control for autorun.ini file in FAT32 USB storage

I want to remove autorun.ini file from my USB storage but unable to remove and I've tried many times by following procedure: I:\> attrib autorun.ini -r -a -s -h and I always get "access denied" ...
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See power usage Win XP & 8

I actually have 2 questions, but as they are practically the same, I figured it would be handier to ask them all at once: 1. Is there a build-in tool on WIN XP to see your power usage? Or do I ...
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Scrolling in PuTTY not working

As you all can see in the image below, the vertical scroll in PuTTY on my old WIN-XP computer is not working. The vertical scroll-bar is disabled. This becomes a problem when I enter a command that ...
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tether blackberry wifi connection to pc

I want to connect an old XP box (also has slitaz and ubuntu installed) to my broadband wifi using my blackberry. Bluetooth and wifi are not options on this machine, unfortunately these are all I have ...
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Slow Network Performance while Sending files ONLY not receiving files

I have two windowx xp machine Machine A Map Network Drive Machine B I can receive files from Machine B very well , but it's very slow when sending files from Machine A to machine B The Problem in ...
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What's the best way to get access to the Windows Installation process?

The question sounds a bit weird and I'll try to clarify it. I need to document installing Windows onto a PC and get photos of it for an assignment I'm doing. It can be any edition of Windows but I'd ...
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Can scanning for viruses on one Os find viruses on another (with a dual-boot)?

I dual-boot with Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows Xp. I have both Avast and Malwarebytes installed through Xp, and I was wondering if the occasional boot up and scan from Xp would also protect Ubuntu. Thanks ...
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Cannot delete a file on Windows XP

I have a file sitting on my Windows XP desktop for about 6 years now. Its 0 bytes and every time I try to either rename or delete it, I get these error messages. Any idea how to remove this stinker ...
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Open Windows Start Menu with a batch file?

Is it possible to create a batch file that will open the Windows Start Menu? I have been digging around in the Windows Registry, have searching the Internet, and just tried making things up as I go. ...
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How to disable password access from Win7 to XP folder sharing

I have 2 PC's. One is XP PC other is Win7 PC. Both are in same network and same group. I have a Shared FOLDER in XP. I want to access it through the network using IP from my Win7 PC. Yes, I can access ...
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How to connect to network using TTLS EAP in Windows XP

In Belgium we have FON-public shared networks. They have a web page for the Belgian FON-network and FON is only supported by 1 ISP in Belgium. More details on this page. When you connect to one of ...
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Reading an old XP Drive on a Windows 7 unit

I have my mom's old PC and I cannot get her old HD to show up when I connect my SATA read cables up to her hard drive externally. I am wondering if her HD died over night or if I am missing something. ...
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regsvr32 doesn't work on my winXP admin account

Summary regsvr32 fails with code 0x80004005 (E_FAIL - Unspecified failure) on my admin account, but works on Administrator account. Previously I didn't have this problem. Full question Recently, I ...
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Windows XP - DNS external domains does not work

I have a DHCP and DNS server created in Linux and i have two machines: one linux and one windows xp. In my Linux machine, dns is working for internal and external domains. But, in my Windows XP, i ...
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Win7 won't mount WinXP share

For quite some time I have had an old WinXP server, with a couple of shared folders, and a Win7 client, accessing those shares. It used to work flawlessly up until 2 weeks ago, when there was a black ...
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How to full screen command prompt in a Virtualbox XP vm?

I am running a legacy DOS application in windows XP command prompt and I can't manage to show it full screen. As I saw, this is not only my DOS app, but every command prompt I open in Windows vbox, ...
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Can a USB power surge cause on one port cause damage to another device?

I recently discovered that an external hard drive is giving a "device not recognized" error. It has been plugged in and in use for several years. A couple days before realizing that the hard drive ...
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ulead dvd workshop 2 no sound on win7

i recently upgraded from winXP to win7, and the program stopped playing sound it seems like windows dosent recognize the program at the mixer the windows compatibility mode doesnt seem to fix the ...
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Is it reasonable to install Windows 7 on my Pentium D system?

I got have this old computer containing: Pentium D 2.8 GHz Socket 775 CPU 2x512MB DDR2 memory listed at 667Hz An ASUS P5LD2 motherboard An 80GB WD HDD (expect weak specs if there are several models ...
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Can I delete this partition?

I have an HP Laptop that came with an OEM version of windows vista. I have set it up to dual boot with windows XP. Therefore there are 2 primary partitions. There is also one more primary partition ...
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All windows on the screen at the same time in Windows XP [closed]

I'm a happy Windows XP user for around 15 years and yesterday I accidentally hit random keys combination which brought me to this What's this and how did I do this?
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All windows on the screen at the same time in Windows XP [duplicate]

I'm a happy Windows XP user for around 15 years and yesterday I accidentally hit random keys combination which brought me to this http://imgur.com/hhsuDYE What's this and how did I do this?
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DSC HX300 and HP

Looking for XP Drivers for DSC HX300. On Sony Website says that Software (4.1 HomeMemories)is suitable for Windows XP SP3, but when download and run, it comes up with an error saying that it needs ...
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Turn on Network discovery in windows xp

I am having difficulty turning on network discovery on Windows XP; Currently our server is not shown in the 'Network' section of a client computer, but I can ping the server. My system admin said I ...
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ARP default timeout

What is the default timeout period for ARP cache entries on Windows XP? I need to swap round some IP addresses and need to know how long to wait before the XP machines will definitely have cleared ...
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XP blue screens on installer on my pc [duplicate]

I currently have my laptop running on windows 7. I plan on adding XP and keeping permanently disconnected from the internet to run some old games/programs (My pc doesn't have much ram so vm's are not ...
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How to clear screen artifacts without rebooting Windows (multiple versions)

These artifacts are random and can be created in multiple ways, although they occur rarely. The cause appears to be a failure by some part of Windows' code to erase a segment of the screen. The only ...
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What does %Path% mean at the end of PATH?

My PATH on Windows looks like this: C:>echo %PATH% C:\WINDOWS\system32;C:\WINDOWS;C:\dwimperl\perl\bin;C:\dwimperl\perl\site\bin;C:\dwimperl\c\bin;%Path% What does %Path% mean at the end of ...
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Can Windows XP be upgraded to Windows 8.1? [closed]

I'm using Windows XP Professional SP3 and want to install Windows 8.1 Pro VL. If I choose Update option while installing, that can move files, settings and applications to Windows 8, so can I install ...