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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 ...
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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).
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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 ...
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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 can I figure out what process is constantly accessing my hard drive in Windows XP?

I am running a fresh install of Windows XP SP3 with a very minimal set of applications installed, but even so, my computer often bogs down to a crawl while it is furiously accessing the hard drive, ...
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How do you get multiple monitors to display different background images in XP

I want 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 aware ...
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How can I make Windows Paint save by default as JPEG format?

Every time I want to save an image I've pasted into the Paint application, it chooses a BMP/DIB format (which is the worst for saving things from the clipboard). How can I hack Paint into defaulting ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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I have to refresh browser all the time to view a webpage, and sometimes only text appears instead

I have to refresh my browser all the time. Browser doesn't matter, this happens in all browsers. The problem is when I enter a URL, sometimes the page loads fine, but most times the page won't load ...
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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 ...
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How can I monitor and report file copy activities in Windows XP?

I have some developer machines that part-time developers come and work on. I want to monitor and report if they copy any files to external media or attach files to their email accounts (and so on). ...
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copy and paste in windows XP just stops working

out of nowhere my copy and paste just stops working. has anyone seen this happening. is there any recommended way of debugging what is going on and any solutions to fix it?
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How do I prepare my system for cloning, before using CloneZilla?

Part 1 is here if anyone is interested: Clone or Image a PC I've got 100 PC's to setup. Is it possible to set up 1 of these PC's with software, drivers, settings, configs, licenses etc, then ...
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How can I find files NOT matching a specific extension in Windows XP?

I need to find and delete all files in subdirectories that are not .SQL files. I can't figure out how to search for <>.SQL or !.SQL in Windows Search. Most of the solutions that I've seen here ...
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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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Hung process in Windows: Is there any way to see why?

I tried to print a doc in word, and word froze. Is there any way for me to see what resource it's waiting for? I'm using windows XP and word 2007 (though I imagine the answer doesn't depend on the ...
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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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Stopping command prompt from showing current directory in windows XP?

How do I stop the command prompt from showing c:\dir1\dir2\dir3\dir4 It gets really annoying when I'm 5 or 6 directories deep.
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XP CD doesn't offer repair option

I'm fixing an IBM Thinkpad laptop running XP Pro which doesn't boot all the way (It gets past the XP logo boot screen, a movable mouse cursor appears, and it doesn't get any further, even in safe ...
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Keyboard keys not working or resulting in the wrong key

Every now and then, when I boot up my computer, a couple keys will not work. For example, Pressing 'm' will result in a backslash. Or pressing 'i' might result in nothing happening. As you can ...
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Does scandisk/CHKDSK produce a log file when running before login?

I scheduled and ran CHKDSK after restart, but it took a long time, so I left it to run all night. In the morning, it had finished and the computer had logged in, but I had no way of knowing if it ...
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How to enable administrative shares on Vista and XP?

I am looking for a way to enable administrative shares on both XP and on Vista. I am a complete newbie when it comes to using administrative shares. I have no prior experience as to how this is ...
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Which rootkit cleaner do you recommend for Windows XP? [closed]

Answering the question "Task Manager shows 100% CPU utilization, but nothing in process list does.", Paul Woodward stated that his problem with 100% CPU was a rootkit infecting his computer. My ...
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Is it possible to make consoles full screen?

Is it possible on to switch a console to full-screen in Windows XP on a single monitor? Meaning on a dual monitor that only the left (or right) screen displays the console while the other one remains ...
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How can I view what percentage of my hard drive bandwidth is currently being used?

Can anyone recommend a disk access utility, preferably free, that will allow me to see what percentage of my hard drive access bandwidth is being used? Windows Task Manager shows CPU usage. That was ...
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How can I make a copy of a printer in Windows 7?

Has anyone been able to copy an existing printer in Windows 7? I know that we were able to do this in XP (not as a direct copy/paste, but by installing the printer twice) but in Windows 7 it doesn't ...
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How can I open WinXP's Services control panel applet on the Standard tab by default?

When opening the Services control panel applet it opens on the Extended tab by default. I find that tab wastes a great deal of real estate for no real value-added. All the same information is ...
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Automatically accept Windows Logo testing?

I am trying to upgrade a printer driver remotely and have prepared a batch file for this. The only problem is that when I'm installing the drivers I get a popup in which I need to press "Continue ...
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Virus / Malware: Explorer window with strange user logged into Hotmail [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? I was looking into a PC, the user of which had complained that he couldn't connect to the internet and ...
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How to add a custom comment to any folder

How do I add a custom comment to any folder?
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what Steps you follow and recommend to make windows xp work faster?

after some months from running my windows xp i feel its getting old and slower. i always hear about tools and applications that can make the windows faster, such as registry cleaners, but i am always ...
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Windows XP slow directory move

When I move a directory containing 900 MB in 4k files to another directory in the same filesystem, it takes nearly 1 minute and I hear the disk working. It's NTFS on Windows XP, the disk is quite fast ...
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In what folder does outlook express 6 store mail on windows XP

In what folder does outlook express 6 store mail on windows XP? I don't need to migrate or export, I just need to know the folder (or registry) location where the mail is stored by default.
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Organizing My Windows Desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Organize desktop icons on Windows Short of dragging and dropping icons into "groups", what's the best way to organize the 40 Icons on my Windows XP desktop?
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if we do not use any wallpaper on desktop will it increase performance of windows?

if we do not use any wallpaper on desktop will it increase performance of windows?
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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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Where to download “where.exe” tool for Windows XP?

I'm looking for a link to download where.exe tool for Windows XP. It looks like this tool should be included in Windows 2000 Resource Kit but I can't find any links to download this Resource Kit. I ...
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Display File Count and Subfolder size in Windows Explorer

Let's say I have explorer open with the folder tree structure in the left hand pane, and the subfolders and files in the right hand pane. Is there a way that I can see the number of files under the ...
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All folders in all drives are set to read only on Windows XP and can't be changed

I am using windows XP and all of my folders on all drives are now read only. When I remove the read only check, it gets set back to read only. Why? I cannot write any file from my flex application. ...
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Install windows xp from USB using the iso image [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Place a bootable ISO on a USB drive? I've got the windows xp ISO image on my computer and i want to install it on a computer without cdrom. The only way to do it is ...
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Debian grub2 update removed Windows boot option

Since I updated grub to grub 2 I no longer get the option to boot to Windows (which is unfortunately sometimes necessary for proprietary MSIE browser plugins I need to use for work). Relevant ...
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What do I do with Windows after making a new computer - with an old hard drive!

I'm going to be building a computer, and I've got all the parts I need. But, I left out the hard drive because I have an old one with XP on lying around. Now, once I've built the computer, and I put ...
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Can we edit bios properties from desktop?

Can we edit bios properties from desktop? without going to bios like to set first boot device etc.
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How to change Hard Drive icons on Windows XP

I would like to know how can I change a Hard Drive icon under Windows XP. I know how to change folder icons, but how is it done for a Drive icon?
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Create a Shortcut to a non-existing folder in Windows XP

I am trying to create a shortcut in Windows pointing to a folder which does not yet exist, in a remote server to which I cannot write. I tried creating any shortcut and overwriting the "Target" ...
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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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Minimum specs needed to run 1080p HD movies?

I was wondering how low you could go with hardware that would still be able to smoothly run HD movies. My current plan is around $215 CAD w/o a hard drive: Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.2 GHz - 1GB DDR/SDRAM - ...
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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 ...