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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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Stereo sound through whole 5.1 speaker set - is it possible with WinXP or 7?

Is it possible to "upmix" (split) stereo output from games, winamp, youtube and so on through 5.1 speaker set? Movies from DVD or some games uses all 6 speakers, but most of today's usage does not. I ...
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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, saying:...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Screensaver with active desktop [duplicate]

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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 of ...
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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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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, without turning any power off, or even putting it to sleep. What ways can I do that? How more efficient the solution is ...
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How do I recursively list filenames (only) in DOS/Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Get bare file names recursively in command prompt I would like to recursively list all files in a directory, showing filenames only (without extensions and without the full ...
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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 XP-...
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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 example ...
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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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How do I set the desktop background on Windows from a script?

On X Windows I had a cool 'silent-alarm" reminder script that would change my root window (background) color to solid red, just for a few seconds a few moments before changing it back. Is there a way ...
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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 do I get ftype & assoc to match Windows Explorer?

I changed the association to use upon launching a .py file, via Windows Explorer: Tools -> Folders -> File types. Then browse to .py. Change the association to Wordpad. Now when I type the name of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Opening Explorer shell with admin privileges on XP (with IE7 installed)

I used to demote my user account so that it had no admin priveleges and used a 'sudo-like' trick where you create a shortcut to IE6 and enabled the 'Run with different credentials' option to open a ...
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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 "...
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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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How can I get the Windows XP Explorer in Windows 7?

I like the folder-tree behavior of Windows XP, that is, clicking on any folder on the left pane will automatically expand the folder-tree. Unfortunately this is not how Explorer works in Windows 7. ...
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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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Schedule Windows XP wallpaper change without additional apps

Ideally, I'd like to be able to do this through a batch file or VB script, so I can schedule it to run at different times of the day (dark wallpaper at night vs. light wallpaper at day). I am aware ...
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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 to disable autorun for Windows XP Home

How to disable AutoRun for Windows XP Home by editing the registry?
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VirtualBox CPU usage 100% on host [closed]

I have installed VirtualBox 3.1.2 (latest) on my Windows 7 (x64). In the VirtualBox I've installed Windows 7 (x64). I have 4 GB RAM installed. The guest has been assigned a 1536 MB RAM. Sometimes the ...
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How to do silent auto-login? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to automatically login in WinXP? I always use only one account on my computer. I have a lot of programs in auto-start and I do need them all. The problem is ...
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How can I run a web page in task scheduler every day? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I open a URL on a schedule in the default browser? Tomorrow I will go holiday and I can't connect to internet for 5 days. In my SO account I have 64 consecutive day ...
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Save Ping Output in a text file

I often have to ping servers for connectivity status. Is there a way to save the ping results (output) in a text file so that I can save entire day's ping results in a text file. I am using Windows ...
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How to delete a folder containing trailing spaces

I have a bunch of folders on my hardrive that have trailing spaces in them (I have no idea how they got there). I need to rename and/or delete them, but Windows won't allow me to do this. Is there a ...
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How do I block all outgoing ports in Windows XP firewall?

The built-in Windows firewall seems to only block incoming ports, but not any outgoing traffic. I am looking for an application to install on an xp machine which can be configured a way to block ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Will it be possible to update Windows XP after April 2014?

Sometimes I want to test something on Windows XP for development purposes and I am curious if I will be able to make new fresh XP installation after end of support in April 2014. OK, no new updates ...