Operating system by Microsoft - If your question relates to more or all of Windows OSes, use the "windows" tag.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (3)

2
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
767 views

forgot wireless password

If you have a laptop running XP that is able to connect to a wireless network fine, but you don't know the password it's using, is there any way to find it out so that a second laptop can also ...
16
votes
1answer
37k views

What are “Debug/Checked” versions of a Windows OS?

While looking for a Windows XP download in the MSDN subscriber portal, I noticed this: So, what is the Debug/Checked version?
7
votes
2answers
4k views

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.
6
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
7k views

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 ?
3
votes
2answers
7k views

Complete removal of Oracle Developer Suite 10g from Windows XP (SP3)

Does anyone know how to remove/uninstall Oracle Developer Suite 10g from Windows XP (SP3) ? It's not appearing in the "Add or Remove Programs" list and it doesn't have a built-in uninstaller. I've ...
3
votes
2answers
386 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
911 views

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 ...
2
votes
8answers
2k views

Remove Internet Security 2010 virus?

My system is infected with Internet Security 2010. I can't even go to task manager or boot in safe mode. I also can't even run any antivirus programs. Are there any solutions?
2
votes
2answers
148 views

My new partition isn't empty

I have created a new Primary partition on XP. After I formatted the drive, I can see the hard disk space isn't 100% available. A small amount of disk space is used already and the partition was ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Move Windows XP to a new PC

What is the best technique to keep my Winsows XP from my old PC when getting a new PC ?
1
vote
5answers
153 views

Status app for Windows?

On the Mac, there is a hugely useful iStat Menus. It displays all kinds of statuses, such as CPU/RAM/Disk utilization, HD temperature, etc... Is there something similar for Windows XP? Edit: I ...
1
vote
5answers
2k views

Installing XP with out manufacturers original XP restore disk, possiable with OEM disk?

A client of mind has lost his XP home restore disk for his HP brand desktop. I need to reinstall windows for the client. I would like to know if a generic OEM install disk would work; by work I mean ...
1
vote
1answer
703 views

Remove administrator password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows: How to reset the administrator password? Is it possible to remove the administrator's password on an XP machine? There is no option/link in user settings as ...
1
vote
8answers
2k views

merge 3 NTFS partitions into 2 (Win XP) without reinstalling

I have a computer harddisc with 3 NTFS partitions: C /dev/sda1/ D /dev/sda2/ extended /dev/sda5/ E /dev/sda3/ C and E are both 10 GB and D is 55 GB. I want to merge C and E (or rather expand C to ...
1
vote
4answers
2k views

Why does it sometimes take a long time for windows to shutdown?

I'm not sure if this is a programming question exactly, but it does affect my work quite a bit. I have a project I'm working on where a program has to perform certain tasks on startup. The project ...
0
votes
4answers
5k views

Create a Windows XP user from a linux partition

Long story short, someone repaired my brother's computer and set a password on his account, now we can't get in and can't contact the person who set the password. Is it possible to create a Windows ...
0
votes
2answers
578 views

installed Xubuntu 10.10 and now I can't start WIndows XP

I just installed Xubuntu 10.10 using wubi.exe on the install disk. It didn't say anything about repartitioning hard disks or anything, but now Xubuntu runs, and WinXP doesn't. When I try to run ...
44
votes
11answers
7k views

Can I paste plain text by default?

I regularly copy and paste text between spreadsheets, emails, browser windows, etc. I can't think of a single time when I've wanted to keep the formatting from the source text. I already know about ...
5
votes
3answers
29k views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
7k views

Running rebaseall on Cygwin

I tried building node.js on Cygwin and that caused errors, so someone in #node.js on freenode told me to run rebaseall on Cygwin to clean it up. So I tried that and I got the following message: $ ...
45
votes
3answers
58k views

How can I unzip a .tar.gz in one step (using 7-Zip)?

I am using 7-Zip on Windows XP and whenever I download a .tar.gz file it takes me two steps to completely extract the file(s). I right-click on the example.tar.gz file and choose 7-Zip --> Extract ...
14
votes
2answers
10k views

How does Windows' security warning “do you want to run this file..” work?

In Windows XP, after downloading a file, when I try to run it I get Windows XP Security Warning. Do you want to run this file... always ask before opening this file? I moved the file into ...
9
votes
2answers
36k views

Windows 7 UTF-8 and Unicode

Hi: Could someone please explain what has changed in Windows 7 (Pro 64-bit)? Details: Previously I had Windows XP and had some translations files (UTF-8 encoded) in CSV format. I was able to view the ...
13
votes
2answers
17k views

Is there a way to get file metadata from the command line?

Is there a way to get a file's metadata from the command line in Windows XP and above? Particularly, I'm interested in getting the information one might normally see on the "Details" tab of a file's ...
12
votes
6answers
23k views

Setting process priority everytime it is launched?

My work computer experiences a lot of slowdown, so I want to do what I can to make sure the stuff I need to be response actually is responsive. For example, I run Pidgin, which loads everytime I ...
9
votes
3answers
13k views

VirtualBox - XP guest does not see multiple cores/multiple processors

Environment: Host OS: Win7 Pro 64bit Guest OS: WinXP 32bit VirtualBox version: 4.1.4r74291 Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM with virtualization enabled The Problem: I need the guest system to use ...
17
votes
4answers
31k views

How can I force an internal hard drive to power on or off when I want?

Obviously there are power management settings which Windows uses to determine when to power a hard drive off, and when to power it back on again. Powered down I assume doesn't mean absolute zero ...
12
votes
7answers
1k views

Looking for an alternative to the Windows defrag utility [closed]

Under Windows XP, what are some alternatives to the default disk defragmenter?
11
votes
2answers
7k views

How to Change or Disable Hot-Key for VMWare Player?

I'm running VMWare for some older design apps that can only run on Windows XP. One of those apps uses "CTRL-ALT" and "CTRL-ALT-SHIFT" shortcuts to perform various tasks. The issue is that VMWare ...
11
votes
3answers
6k views

Disable thumbnails in Windows XP?

Background I regularly use Windows Explorer to browse my drives and data, and I notice little freezes and hiccups at times. It's especially noticeable when browsing local or network folders with lots ...
6
votes
3answers
5k views

How to copy files while not modifying the file creation times at all?

Just like the cut and paste works: it doesnt modify the file creation times at all. Where to get such program? I dont want to lose the info when my files were createn, and i dont want to cut/paste ...
17
votes
10answers
48k views

How do I force excel (and other office products) to stop opening files in the same application? [duplicate]

Whenever I "double click" on an Excel file and another Excel file is open, the newly opened file automatically opens in the same application window as the previously opened Excel file. This isn't ...
14
votes
9answers
10k views

Windows only sees 768 MB RAM out of 4 GB

I have a windows XP machine with 4 GB of memory. As expected (and discussed in a dozen or so other questions on this site) the OS could only see 3 and a bit... until yesterday. As of yesterday, the ...
11
votes
9answers
36k views

How can I share a printer on Windows 7 x64 with Windows XP x86?

I'm trying to share a printer that's on Windows 7 64-bit with Windows XP 32-bit. I've tried: Using the Add Printer Wizard on XP Selecting network printer Browsing for the printer and selecting it ...
9
votes
8answers
52k views

How to play SWF files without browser

I like to play some downloaded Shockwave Flash (.SWF) files without opening my internet browser. Sometime ago, I remember I could do it just double clicking on the SWF item. Then it was opening in a ...
7
votes
3answers
3k views

How to move an application's dialog box from a disconnected monitor to the main

I have a problem similar to this question, where I have a dialog box (several, actually) that opens on a disconnected monitor. Since the dialog box does not have an entry on the taskbar, I cannot ...
6
votes
1answer
14k views

Set Permanent Environmental Variable in Windows XP

I want to set environmental variables permanently through a batch file. Is there a command to set Permanent Environmental Variable (other than SETX) for Windows XP service pack 3? command SETX ...
3
votes
1answer
35k views

Network (offline) install of Windows XP SP1

I am installing Windows XP Pro on a virtual machine (Virtual Box). The install went fine, and networking appears to be fine (can browse the internet through IE). However, I am unable to install ...
2
votes
3answers
12k views

Can I boot and run windows XP from a USB flash memory stick?

I know this can be done with Linux - curious if it's possible with XP (commenting on Vista or 7 is fine, too).
23
votes
6answers
10k views

How to pipe text from command line to the clipboard

I'd like to do something like dir *.* > clipboard ie. get to get the standard output of a command line program copied to the clipboard. Can this be done on a standard XP machine without ...
18
votes
4answers
4k views

Powering down the display in XP with a command

Is there a command to power down the display in Windows XP? That is, a command that causes the video card to stop sending a signal to the monitor until input is received, much as power management does ...
10
votes
4answers
11k views

Filenames too long and Windows can't open the files

There's a bunch of files on a network drive, on a fairly deep path and the directories on most of of have long names. I think that these were originally created when someone copied & pasted the ...
7
votes
9answers
16k views

How do you get multiple monitors to display different background images in XP

I am wanting to get a nice, lightweight solution to having multiple monitors display different background images. I know that the existing thinking is install UltraMon or Display Fusion. I am also ...
6
votes
3answers
7k views

Can a Virus Enter via Ubuntu and affect Windows in dual boot?

I have a Windows XP Pro dual booting with Ubuntu Jaunty Jackelope on a single hard drive. On Windows XP I have a Eset NOD 32 while on Ubuntu I have no antivirus installed. While working on the ...
6
votes
2answers
624 views

Windows XP Installation from USB [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Windows XP through Pen Drive Is there any easiest way to make windows xp installation from USB ? Looking through google doesnt gives me anything. Any clues?
6
votes
8answers
15k views

Windows XP hangs when shutting down in VMWare Fusion

Here's the background: I use a Macbook from this year and run VMWare Fusion (newest update). One of my VM's is Windows XP Professional. Two times recently, I have brought up the VM window to see that ...
5
votes
5answers
51k views

Changing the Windows XP interface from French to English

My friend bought a laptop in Paris. The current language (in Windows XP) is set to French - I want everything to show up in English. I am now only able to show or change the regional settings, which ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Is there a way to get a larger desktop than the screen?

Is there any freeware out there that will allow me to run the desktop that is larger than the resolution of the screen? My situation: Win XP, Dell Mini 10, iirc- Intel GMA950 I need to use a netbook ...