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Folder cannot be deleted

I am using Windows XP Home Edition. When I try to delete a folder I have named cygwin. When I try to delete it or any file or folder within it, there is a long pause, and then an error pops up, ...
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What's the best way to set up kiosk mode for XP?

Is it possible to lock down and XP machine for kiosk only for non-admins? How? At the moment I need Internet only? Also, is it possible to run Kiosk more for more than just Internet, maybe one or ...
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DVD drive disappears

When I start up my computer Windows XP sees my DVD drive, but as time goes on, at some point, it no longer detects the drive. If I reboot my machine, then my drive is detected again for some amount of ...
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Remotely connect to computer where I don't have admin access on

I have a Windows XP computer, PC1, where I have no admin access. I am only a non-admin user. I want to remotely control PC1 from PC2 (Windows Vista, I am admin here). I need to make PC1 a server and ...
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Set user for auto logon on windows via batch script

What I want to do is, to set one of 2 users as default user and auto logon. After some research I found how to do it via gui: Windows Key + R Enter control userpasswords2 Select user that you want ...
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How can I make Google Chrome's minimize, restore and close buttons match those of other programs? [closed]

I like the way Google Chrome puts the tabs above the address bar, but I don't like the way the minimize, restore, close buttons are a different shape to every other program's. It means that if I sit ...
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Need to reinstall Windows XP Professional - but no longer have the CD

My laptop has got several problems all pointing to needing a reinstall. Its genuine - and I can extract the key from the registry. But where can I get a copy of XP Professional to install? A bit ...
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Screensaver with active desktop

I am running XP and im looking for a screensaver that does not change the desktop. I.e when the screensaver is active, i want to be able to see my desktop as it is and any changes on the desktop to be ...
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How to burn mp3 files to a playable audio CD

I have 6 mp3 files I would like to put on a CD. They should be playable in all stereos so I guess I would need them in wav format? I have Windows XP. What is the easiest way to make my CD? Thanks!
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How do I install Windows XP from a USB pen drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Installing Windows XP through Pen Drive Is possible to install Windows XP from a USB pen drive? I found many articles after searching Google, but they all talk about ...
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Windows Installer Service could not be accessed (even though it's running)

Something is blocking me from installing msi's on Windows XP (professional). The error message I'm getting is: The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if you are ...
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detecting if a Windows shutdown command has been issued

Is it possible to detect if the shutdown command has been issued (through the start menu by the user, or any other program running on the computer or having remote access to the computer), then cancel ...
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BSOD trying to migrate Windows XP from a physical to a virtual machine

I am attempting to migrate a Windows XP Home installation from a physical machine to a virtual machine. The physical machine has two hard disks; the first is 250GB containing the "C:", the second is ...
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Recovering files from laptop with XP that won't boot

I have a laptop with Windows XP installed that won't boot. It gives me a BSoD right before the log on screen. I can't access Safe Mode either. (same error). Thing is, I need some files that are ...
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Why is it that 32bit Windows XP can only address 3GB [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Windows XP and RAM 3.5GB+ How to Check RAM Size without Looking at Motherboard If Windows XP is a 32-bit operating system, and 2^32 equals 4GB, why can't it support 4GB ...
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Apostrophes and double quotes don't show up until I type the next letter

in Windows XP, when I type an apostrophe ' or dumb quote (a.ka. typewriter quote) ", no character is displayed. If I type another character, the apostrophe or dumb quote and the next character appear ...
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Finding out which app is using the webcam

Yesterday I was working on my laptop. Suddenly I noticed that the indicator light of the webcam was on, despite the fact that I wasn't making a video call or using the webcam in any other way at the ...
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How do I get the Windows 8 boot loader back and also list both Windows XP and Windows 7?

I have a system with Windows 7 and Windows XP, and today I have installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview into a spare partition (that I leave for a few months without any important data there). When ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to set Title of CMD to current working Directory in Windows XP

How does one set the title of the of the Command Prompt (CMD) in Windows XP to the current working directory dynamically ? I can use title %CD% however, this is a temporary fix and the title ...
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Running XP as a virtual machine - suggestions wanted

I want to run a Windows XP virtual machine, and not pay for any licenses (I already have a valid XP license for installing on the VM). What software would you recommend? Tips on performance and ...
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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 ...
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Installing legal older versions of Windows XP

For testing purposes, I need to install a Windows XP Home environment in a virtual machine. The thing here is I don't have a license and Microsoft won't sell it anymore. What can I do about it?
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Windows XP equivalent of “tail -f”?

Is there way have windows XP show me updates to a log file as they happen? I'm thinking of something similar to tail -f <file path> in the linux realm.
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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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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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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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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 ...
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change directory command doesn't work in windows command prompt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using cd Command in Windows Command Line, Can’t Navigate to D:\ Somehow cd command is not working in windows command prompt when I want to change the drive. For ...
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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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Virtual audio driver for Windows?

Is there any (possibly free or open-source) virtual WDM audio driver for Windows, with additional processing plugins, which would add one more layer between windows applications and actual sound ...
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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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Using a custom keyboard layout without being administrator in Windows

I am used to typing in the "Programmer Dvorak" keyboard layout. To be able to install it, you need administrative rights, making it impossible for me to use it at school. My school runs an ...
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Setting language for non-Unicode programs broke Windows?

I occasionally use programs originally designed to run in Japan using Microsoft AppLocale. When loading a program this way, AppLocale specifies that it's only designed to be a temporary solution and ...
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Procedure entry point EncodePointer could not be located in kernel32.dll

I get this error when trying to run a program on a Windows computer: Because it's a Dutch Windows version it is in Dutch, but in English it would be something like "Procedure entry point ...
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Stopping kids from using a machine for illegal activites?

How do I stop someone using my computer from going to adult websites or from opening any inappropriate material like adult videos or images which may may come via pen-drives or CD/DVD? Is there any ...
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How can I switch between multiple sets of network configurations on Windows XP?

I do consulting and carry my Windows XP laptop from employer to employer. In some of the places I go to, they have unique network settings, so sometimes I have to sit there and change my network ...
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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 we disable IPV4 and use purely IPV6 on Windows XP/2003?

Is there any way we can use purely IPV6 on Windows XP or Server 2003. I know an IPV4/IPV6 dual stack exists in Windows XP, I just wanted to test whether only IPV6 can be used on XP. It is possible in ...
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How can I use the keyboard to switch the mouse between left-handed and right-handed?

We have both left-handed and right-handed users in our house. It would be handy to be able to change this setting from the keyboard rather than using the Mouse control panel. Is there a way to ...
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Is there any software that can let me burn-in test a new harddisk before i put my data on it?

I bought a new 1.5TB Samsung HDD, and since I heard that all the high capacity drives are very unreliable these days, I wanted to do some kind of burn-in test so that if there is a problem with the ...
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How to extract a complete list of extension types within a directory?

Within a directory, and recursively within it's sub-directories, meaning every directory within a directory is processed, how do I compile a complete list of unique extensions within the directory? ...
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How to prevent remote desktop login when user is logged in locally?

I have a few windows machines (xp and 7) and I want to allow users to log in remotely using remote desktop (rdp, from any source win, mac, linux, etc.) if others have not logged in. Currently there ...
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Copying all contents of one computer to put onto another [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? I have a laptop running Windows XP, full of work-specific applications, developed in-house ...
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How to check the count of .txt files in a folder (dir command)?

How can use dir command to check how many .txt files there are in a folder (for example, C:\Temp\)?
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What things should I run daily, weekly, monthly on my Windows machine?

What things should I run daily, weekly, monthly on my Windows XP machine? De fragmentation Scan-disk Full system scan Disk clean up Trojan checker malware remover or any other thing... And should ...
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PDF-XChange Viewer, pdflatex, Windows XP Pro SP3

Howto make pdfxcview.exe not lock PDF files when opening them or force pdflatex ignore locks (and thus be able to overwrite PDF while generating content with pdflatex or simply manipulating content ...