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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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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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Can I delete files from C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download?

I need to free space on Windows XP SP3. Q1) What system folders can be safely delete in case I don't need to have restore points etc? Q2) Can I delete content from ...
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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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Copy full file path in Windows XP

I've often the need to copy the full file path of a file or directory from the file explorer in Windows - is there any easy way of doing this ?
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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

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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How to make shortcut of remote desktop including password?

i want to open remote desktop directly from shortcut. I want to embed password within shortcut. And how to get path of remote desktop from .RDP shortcut. Can we set password in .RDP shortcut.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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Print Screen Error With Dual Monitors

I have a dual monitor setup running Windows XP, and when I hit "Print Screen" and try to paste into Paint, it fails with the error "error getting the clipboard data". Holding down alt-print screen ...
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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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Dual-booting Windows 7 and Windows XP — why does Windows 7 boot time differ?

I've noticed some weird behavior when dual-booting Windows 7 and Windows XP: As long as I'm rebooting from Windows 7, everything is normal. However, if I boot into Windows XP and then boot back from ...
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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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Silverlight hardware-accelerated playback is greyed-out - How do I enable it?

I am trying to play Netflix videos (which only play via Silverlight), but they play choppy because Silverlight's hardware-accelerated playback is disabled. (video playback on WMP11 and VLC is ...
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Is there any way to play Netflix (stream) in Windows Media Player 11?

Googling for a solution yields a ridiculous page on eHow that instructs to insert a DVD from Netflix. But I am not interested in the DVD option. I am only interested in streaming and unfortunately ...
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How to auto syncronize files with network drive on Windows XP?

Windows XP: I would like to auto synchronize files between a a local drive and a network drive. I am aware of Windows Briefcase but it is very slow and I have to tell it to synchronize. I really ...
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Windows 7 or 8 when replacing XP [closed]

I have a laptop, about 6 years old, which is currently running XP. It's not especially well spec'd, and I wondered whether it would be better to change the OS to Windows 7 or 8. The machine: Acer ...
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How do I run more than one Windows Explorer?

Up until this morning I could run several Windows Explorer session at the same time, but we have just had an "upgrade", and now, selecting Start->My Documents just restores focus to the existing ...
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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 to get all XP service packs, updates, etc. together to avoid future downloads?

I am going through an agonizing re-install, on day three now of Windows Updates, VS Service Packs, etc. It's been tough having to download all this again on a 384kbps ADSL line. Besides the installs ...
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Configuring an SSD

I just bought an Intel X25-M SSD for my netbook, running XP. I noticed some increase in speed, not so dramatic though. Is there any configuration I'm supposed to except putting my OS on it?
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2 accounts in safe mode ?

When I start my laptop in safe mode, I have 2 accounts displayed, i.e. Administrator and one as R122, but when I start it in normal mode, only the R122 account is being displayed and not the ...