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Create disk image of C drive and run on VMware virtual machine

I run Windows XP SP3 Pro on my desktop PC and I want to create an image of its C Drive. I'd like to run this image in a virtual machine on VMware. How can I do this? Install XP in VMware first – ...
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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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How do I set an alias name in the hosts file?

I have a production server, on which three different application are running. I need to configure aliases for that server, according to which application needs to be accessed by the user. How do I ...
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Making Windows XP run on 256MB of RAM

I have a Windows XP system which has only 256 MB of ram, and unfortunately upgrading the RAM is not an option (it needs DDR, a DDR2 chip didn't fit and I'm not in town long enough to order one online)....
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windows file sharing - one computer cannot view others shares

advanced file and printer sharing A can do it on B but B can't on A, it prompts for user/pass I have 2 computers. Both Win XP Pro Both advanced file sharing.. I want that. But when I connect comp A ...
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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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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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I get “An error occurred while Windows was synchronizing with [name of time server].” when trying to automatically synchronise PC time

Prompted by the answers to this question I decided to give the Windows built in time synchronisation another go. However, no matter what time server I use I get this error: "An error occurred while ...
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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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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 mode)...
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How to export Environment variables to a text file

I want to have a look into my Environment variables as a text file into XP Professional. Is there any way?
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Change left side link of the Save As Dialog for a DropBox one?

I would like to add a Link to my DropBox folder to the frequent locations pane in the Save As dialog. Is there a way to modify this screen? See the screenshot below, I have highlighted the section ...
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Easiest way to use a > 2TB internal hard disk in Windows XP 32-bit?

I have an 3TB external disk and Windows XP 32 bit. It works as a USB 2 disk with its enclosure, but I want to use it as an internal SATA disk. I don't want to use it as a boot disk, only as a data ...
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How to get the Hard Drive serial number

I wanted to get the serial number assigned by Hard disk manufacturer. The serial number is usually printed in the hard disk. Normally to get the serial number, I have to take out the hard disk. Is ...
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What are good benchmarking programs for measuring usb stick performances?

Title pretty much says it all ... anyone know of a benchmarking program for measuring usb sticks read/write speeds ? (if it can produce its own files, even better ... in terms of (lots of small files)/...
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Put one monitor of a dual monitor windows system into standby

Standby not Disabled! When running 2 monitors on windows 7 or Windows XP, I would like to be able to put one of the monitors at a time into standby. The method can be manual. When running 2 monitors ,...
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Least disruptive anti virus while working [closed]

Looking for an anti-virus software free or commercial that minimizes the impact on the user when the anti virus is performing a real time scan or when doing a full system scan. Background: At work we ...
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How do you enable view source in ie8 when it gets magically diabled

I have multiple computers that all seem to have View Source disabled from the content menu when you right click on a web page. Now I know it's not that the web page is some how disabling it, I'm ...
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Recommended free codecs to play DVD in Windows Media Player 11? [closed]

None of the MPEG-2 codecs recommended on the WMP help page are available free. Without installing a codec pack, or (at this stage) installing another media player, are there any recommended free MPEG-...
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Wallpaper in dual-monitors with different resolution

OS: WinXP I got 2 monitors with main one in 1280x1024 and the secondary in 1600x1200. When setting wallpaper in best fit, it will fit my main screen but leave a lot padding area in secondary. Since ...
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How to set default parameters for an application?

Is it possible to set default parameters for an application in Windows XP? (without using a shortcut) For example, I want Firefox to run with the parameters "-p username" when I run "firefox.exe".
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Versioning files in Windows XP

I would like to set up an archive folder in Windows XP that would allow me to drop several different versions of the same file, and have it store each version. I would envision this to work similar ...
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Can I activate Windows XP Pro installed from Retail (or VL) media with OEM key?

I have Windows XP Professional OEM key on the sticker on the computer, but I don't have a OEM media to perform reinstall. I could obtain (it doesn't matter how) an installation ISO images from MSDN ...
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Icons disappearing from notification area (systray) under WinXP

Quite often when I start up my WinXP SP3 (updated to the max), some icons in systray are missing. Task manager shows that the software to whom these icons belong is running. Restarting explorer (...
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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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Driver for writing to UDF partitions from Windows XP?

I'm considering using an UDF partition to share data between Windows XP, 7, and Linux. It's more efficient than FAT32, and avoids the 4GB max file size limit. I've found it will also work with Mac OS ...
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How to create a new keyboard shortcut using the Windows key on WinXP

Windows has built-in key shortcuts for locking your machine (WinKey+L) and for starting Explorer (WinKey+E). I'd like to create a similar new shortcut, WinKey+X, to start one of my favourite ...
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Very long boot up process?

Very strange boot up process that took literally 5~6 minutes. Other than the boot up, the PC works perfectly fine. Things I have tried: CHKDSK (No errors) Reset BIOS (HDD 1st) Defrag Link to ...
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Clonezilla disk to disk clone on a dual boot ubuntu karmic & XP setup - cannot open '/boot/grub/device.map'

I just tried to clone a failing existing boot drive for a dual boot system with Ubuntu karmic and Windows XP installed using Clonezilla. The cloning worked fine right up until the end when I got the ...
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Wireless internet connection connects but internet does not work (no packets received). Wired does

When I connect my PC via ethernet cable to my ADSL router it works fine. When I connect via Wireless it connects and the internet will work for a random amount of time and then stop working. It stays ...
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Change tilde key to “j” key using Scancode Map

From time to time I have to use a backup laptop (typically when I forget my power cable like today) but it has a broken "j" key. What I'd like to do is remap my tilde key to "j" using the scancode ...
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Shareing two internet connections on my laptop running Windows XP

I have two internet connections, one is internet via our organization's corporate LAN network, and the other one is mobile broadband via a USB modem Is there anyway I can share internet connections ...
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Sync outlook between two computers?

Is it possible to sync calendar/email/contacts between my work computer and my laptop?
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Disabling Power button on keyboard

My keyboard has a Power button that when pressed turns off the machine. I sometimes press it by accident, and lose everything I was doing in adition to having to wait for the PC to turn off and then ...
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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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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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How can I install XP on a SATA drive without having a floppy drive for the driver?

I have tried using nLite and downloading the "AMD SATA RAID/SATA AHCI Driver (Preinstall driver, press F6 during Windows* setup to read from floppy)" from the motherboard website and it still wont "...
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Best way to retrieve license information

At my place of work, we have been given 80 computers from a company we bought out Now these computers have office etc installed but when inventorying them, we discovered we have no literature on them ...
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Remove XP from dual boot

How do I completly remove XP from my pc. I currently have a dual boot with XP and Windows 7. Since installing Windows 7, I have never used XP. Can I remove it without causing problems with Windows 7?
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MP3 Slice Repetitive Lines

I have a MP3 file where each line of the song is repeated thrice. When I hear it closely, what they have done is they have taken the whole song and somehow identified where each line ends (maybe they ...
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Enable Security tab in Explorer folder properties for windows XP home edition

I want to enable (display) the Security tab for file/folder properties in Windows XP home editon. I've already seen this question but do not seem to have the 'Use Simple File Sharing' option ...
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CPU usage jumps to 100% -> WHEN <- machine is idle (not the idle process) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Task Manager shows 100% CPU utilization, but nothing in process list does. My friend has a machine in his teashop that I am attempting to troubleshoot, so far with minimal ...
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Shutdown whole network computers [closed]

Imagine you have network with about 70 computers which work with none-administrator users. What I need is to shutdown whole network or group of computers at once from one computer. I actually found (!...
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VirtualBox Windows XP has no local network

I’m trying to set up a Windows XP VirtualBox (with Oracle’s VirtualBox) yet it seems I don’t have drivers. In the guest Windows XP, the network section is empty, typing ipconfig in command prompt does ...
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How do I make two different Google Chrome profiles?

I have a laptop which I use for (the major part) of my work and private life, and would like to set those two apart starting with Google Chrome. So far, my Google Chrome contains my work bookmarks, ...
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What tool can give me a hourly reminder?

I'm looking for a tool, that can alert me every hour with a popup and a message (like "take your medicine..") I'm running Windows XP.
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Where does Windows store its wallpapers?

I run Windows XP and the wallpaper I used to have got lost. I have backups of the system itself, so if I knew where to look, I could find a copy of the old wallpaper. I have some idea of the original ...
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Is it possible to limit the total time a user can be logged in on Windows XP Pro?

Is there a way to limit the total amount of time a single user can be logged into an account on Windows XP Pro? I'm looking for some way to specify that user X can be logged in for N hours a week and ...
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3GB of RAM showing up as 2GB

Last year I built a Core i7 920 system based on the ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard. I have 3x1GB of DDR3 (triple-channel configuration), but only 2GB is being reported by: Windows XP, CPU-Z, the BIOS. Is ...
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How can I do a mass file rename in Windows?

Is there an edit cut program with a search highlight option? For instance say I want to save several files from the temporary internet files and I don't want the (1), tail, on the file name. I could ...