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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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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 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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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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Virtual audio driver for Windows? [closed]

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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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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Copy all files in subfolders to single folder on XP

How do I copy all the files in a folder and all of the files in its subfolders to a single folder on XP?
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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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Disable the Security Essentials End-of-Life Warning on Windows XP

Is it possible to disable the "Support for this operating system is ending" warning that the current version of Microsoft Security Essentials displays on Windows XP? Based on a quick couple of ...
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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 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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exporting a virtualbox VDI to a harddrive to boot it natively

I have a VirtualBox 3.1.2 image of Debian 5.0.2 running on Windows XP SP3. I would like to export that Debian image to a USB harddrive such that I could boot to that drive and run it natively. Is that ...
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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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Find out if a PC has a TPM chip installed?

I have several Windows XP laptops that I need to check to see if they will work with Bitlocker if I install Windows 7. If they have a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip then Bitlocker should work ...
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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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How to pipe text from command line to the clipboard

I'd like to do something like dir *.* > clipboard ie. get to get the standard output of a command line program copied to the clipboard. Can this be done on a standard XP machine without ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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where is my free space

I'm using Pinnacle Studio 12 to edit some videos and as you can guess it uses a lot of resources. The problem is that it eats all my free space from the C drive and after I close the application I ...
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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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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 ...
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Laptop as a TV Remote [closed]

Is there some way to get the infrared port of my laptop to be used as a remote control for the television? Obviously there is, with limited capability, but what program will do this for free? ...
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How to recover the data from the crashed (external) hard disk drive (NTFS)?

The 300 GB harddisk has 2 partitions,90 GB and 200 GB! I can see the drives in windows(XP) but unable to access them, the file system is shown as RAW, 0 used space and 0 free space!..chkdsk returns ...
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Should I choose 'Format' or 'Format (Quick)' when installing Windows XP?

When installing Windows XP, there is a prompt for formatting the disk. What is the difference between an NTFS 'format', and an NTFS 'format (Quick)'?
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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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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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Change default calendar starting weekday in Windows XP

In the "Date and Time Properties" dialog of Windows XP (reachable by double-clicking on the time/date on the taskbar) the week in the calendar starts on Monday. I would like to change it so that it ...
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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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What's this folder?: c8c6ac6192a47b59df

I'm running Win XP SP3 on an IBM R50e laptop, and I just realized a folder named c8c6ac6192a47b59df in the root of my C:\ drive. I can see 2 folders in it named amd64 and i386. These two folders ...
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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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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 ...
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Windows XP requires BIOS IDE setting to boot up, how to fix this?

Every time I try to boot my system which runs on windows XP, my PC does not start and I have to press F10 to go to BIOS set up mode and under advanced option, I have to select IDE (in default mode, it ...