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cygwin + mintty + vim backspace problem

I have installed vim, mintty via cywin on XP. The problem is when I try to hit backspace in VIM edit mode, the cursor move back a character instead of wiping the previous char. How can I tweak this ...
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Software to aid writing Research Papers

Have been working on this white paper for weeks, and have been having a very rough time with all the links and reference material i have found online, finally got them organized but this is a very ...
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How can I make my screen blank by a shortcut?

I'd like a shortcut that makes the screen go to a black screen immediately. What ways can I do that? How more efficient the solution is to set up, the better.
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Can dual monitors make my PC slower?

I've noticed my PC (win-xp) seems to be running slower. (e.g., I'm getting jitter when watching video) Recently, I upgraded a monitor (larger) and expanded the size of the desktop to take advantage ...
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Syncing Tool Between 2 Folders [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Which is the best application to Sync two folders? Keeping folders synced between several machines What is a good tool to automatically sync two folders when changes ...
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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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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 ...
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How do I move every file in a tree to the root of the tree?

I have a folder (let's call it A) with lots of subfolders B, C, D, E, which then again have subfolders B1, B2, B3, ... C1, C2, C3 ... How can I using cmd move all files from all subfolders into the ...
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SSD on Windows XP [closed]

I'm going to get an SSD drive for my computer and install Windows XP on it. I've read online that Windows XP isn't very SSD friendly and there are things you need to do to optimize for an SSD drive. ...
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Is there a “save desktop icon arrangement” option in windows?

I normally work on Windows with a 1600x1200 or similar large desktop screen and have my icons laid out just perfectly so. Every now and then I need to hook up to a projector or do a WebEx at 1024x768 ...
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Windows Update website redirecting newly built Windows XP SP3 computers to KB article page (KB2497281)

We built and captured a sysprepped image of a computer that we had installed Windows XP on using the Windows XP SP3 media and have been using it for months without issue. Suddenly, some time this ...
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Replace, not merge, folders when copying

In Windows Vista, when I try to move a folder to replace an existing folder, Vista asks me if I want to merge the folders or cancel. How do I get the old XP behavior where the old folder is just ...
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Make Windows 7 Login Screen look like the Windows XP login screen

Is there a way to make the login screen in Windows 7 look like the one in Windows XP, i.e boxes for: Username Password Domain I know this is a bit of a strange one, and trust me, I wouldn't ...
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How to delete (invalid) files with colon in their name under Windows?

I've got a rather large number of files on my Windows drive that have a colon in their name. (These came from unpacking some Unix archives.) When I try to delete them, Windows (XP) complains that ...
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Where does Outlook 2007 store opened attachments temporarily?

If a 'friend' has double-clicked an Excel attachment from an Outlook 2007 email and worked on it, saved it and then closed Excel and the email, where would that file be lurking (assuming I haven't ...
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Windows XP startup profiling?

My Windows XP computer is suffering from slow boot times, and although I use the free Quick Startup utility to enable only the programs I want, I still need to know which programs take the longest ...
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How can I get a backup of my Gmail and Yahoo mails to my PC?

Is there a way to backup all mails of my Gmail and Yahoo mails to my local computer... I don't use Outlook... How can I get a backup my Gmail and Yahoo mails to my PC? Any ways...
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User RECYCLER folders have thousands of hidden files

We have a "Users" folder that is the root of all user files and network profiles. Using a directory size utility (WinDirStat), I stumbled upon a strange and worrisome problem - thousands of files ...
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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 ...
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Two internet connections on a single computer (host to ethernet, virtualbox to dial-up)

UPDATE 4: After trying what JohnnyVegas suggested, I connected the dongle to the host machine, it wanted to install it's drivers, I cancelled the installation. I removed all network connections from ...
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Which Wine DLLs should I *not* overwrite with the real thing?

I have a legit installation of Windows XP and dual boot with Ubuntu (currently Karmic). WineHQ says it's possible to use DLLs from a real installation of Windows in place of "DLLs that Wine does not ...
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Device is no longer USB 2.0?

I have a 32 GB pen drive that I have turned into my PC repair kit. I have formatted it to be a boot-able drive with multiple .iso's for different options. Recently however whenever I plug in the ...
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How can I stop big windows from resizing when I lock my workstation?

I have a multimonitor setup on Windows XP x64. If I have a window sized to be larger than a single monitor (say, a web browser that's wide enough for 2 monitors), and I lock my workstation, it will ...
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Which windows XP services can I disable without major consequence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Windows services can I safely disable? I want to disable some Windows XP services to make PC run faster. I am not going to be using the PC for anything complex, but ...
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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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What is the fastest way to securely overwrite an old hard drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Securely erasing all data from a hard drive I'm going to give my HDD away, so I'm writing it full of crap so there is no possibility to recover any of my files I had ...
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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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How to tell what MTU is being used in Windows XP

I'm suffering from a really weird problem where I randomly get "The connection to the server was reset" errors when trying to access web pages (HTTP error 12031 according to the Windows network ...
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How do I find out who is logged into Windows XP?

How do I find out which users are logged into a Windows XP machine? I'm looking for something like the Unix who command, or a screen that just gives me a list of users currently logged in.
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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 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 ...
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Remote connection to a PC over internet

I have a PC running Windows Vista Home Premium with Norton Internet Security 2009. I like to help my father and sister by connecting their PCs over the internet and taking full control. My father has ...
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How to determine what app is generating network traffic?

Having issues with some app apparently trying to do huge automatic updates and repeatedly failing (and retrying). Keeps sucking up large quantities of bandwidth, and I'd like to put a stop to it. ...
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How can I speed up the deleting of very large directories on XP?

I regularly check out incredibly huge directories onto my XP machine. When it comes down to deleting and finally trashing them, it takes forever. Is there any way to speed this process up?
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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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8GB RAM on XP Professional [duplicate]

I recently installed 8GB of RAM onto a quad core workstation (HP xw8600) running Windows XP Pro (32-bit). I added the /PAE switch in the boot.ini file, but the SysInfo is saying 3GB total memory ...
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Ways to check if user is active on remote machine before RDP'ing

We have a common Windows XP machine that's shared between multiple users. All of them use a common domain login to rdp into it. Now the problem is, we some times end up taking over other persons ...
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Using the “net user” command in Windows XP to list all group memberships for a specific Active Directory user

Is it possible to list all group memberships for a certain AD user? I thought it was something like: net user londondom\john But this doesn't seem to work for AD users. The same command will work ...
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How can I set the compatibility mode for an executable from the command line?

Is there a way to set the compatibility with XP option (right click/properties/compatibility ... that one, yes :) to an executable from the command line? Or better yet, is there a way to set ...
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Consequences of Windows Genuine Advantage Warning?

On my desktop at home, the only reason I boot Windows is Team Fortress 2. Lately Windows Genuine Advantage has been telling me that my Windows is illegitimate. I get a black screen with a notification ...
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How do I use the Consolas font in the Windows XP command prompt?

How? I can see only two options in the properties dialog: "Lucida Console" and "Raster Fonts". Is there any way to switch to Consolas (short of replacing the Lucida TTF file with the Consolas TTF ...
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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 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 ...
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PHPUnit Windows command box nice colors

I have PHPunit installed on a Windows machine. But I don't get nice output on my command line. With the green colours. Someone on the PHPunit mailing list told me I need the ansi.sys driver. Can ...
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Do SSD disks do not last as long with Windows XP as with other OS? [closed]

We do software development (Visual C++) on Windows, and already had a few cases where developers using SSD disks with Windows XP had to replace their disks after a (one, 1) year of usage, because they ...
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Make computer go to sleep after USB phone charging is complete

I used to have my desktop Windows XP pc go to standby (S3 suspend, I think?) when it idled for over an hour or so. Now I charge my iPhone 3GS from a USB port, often right when I go to bed. Ideally I'd ...
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Renaming an Invalid Filename in NTFS

Recently, I loaned my flash disk to one of my friends, who had Mac OS. He copied a file on it, whose name included a backslash (\). The flash disk is NTFS formatted. Windows does not allow such ...
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How to remove a partition on a USB drive?

I got a free promotional USB stick that I want to format for my own purposes. When I inserted it, it automatically opened a browser and launched a web site. I have since disabled autoplay on this ...
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Running cmd.exe from within Cygwin

I'd like to use Cygwin for my main shell at work, but my group uses batch files for several processes. I've been told that I can just do cmd /c batch.bat to run the batch file from Cygwin. This works ...
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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: ...