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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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Windows XP stuck on loading screen

Since yesterday my Windows XP install is stuck on the loading screen (XP logo and "progress bar" constantly moving). I waited more than one hour but nothing more happened. Before this problem occured ...
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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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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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USB devices recognised on Windows 7, but not on Windows XP

In the last week, some of my USB devices have failed to be recognised on my Windows XP SP3 laptop. It first happened with 2 external USB HDD enclosures connected through a mini USB hub. Connecting ...
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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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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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App to identify codecs in video files

I am looking for an app that will identify audio and video codecs in a given AVI or MP4 or what have you. Does something like that exists?
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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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Change to default start folder for Windows XP command prompt

My new work computer's command prompt automatically brings up "H:\>" when I open it. Is there a way for me to change that safely? Specifically, to "C:\foo\bar\Something Else"? I found the method ...
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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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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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Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP4 wasn't installed

I lost track of my account when my question was moved to superuser. I wasn't able to install Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP4 through automatic update so I downloaded the update from ...
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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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How to get Windows XP to play a sound on mouse clicks

Is it possible to play a sound each time the mouse button is pressed in Windows? We have some touch screens PC's that run Windows XP, and would like them to beep when pressed so the users know they ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...