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May I use the same licence for Windows on different partitions? [duplicate]

I have Windows 8 installed on my tablet and I want to install the same version of Windows 8 on a second different partition of the same disk, on dual boot, possibly from the same ISO. Given that the ...
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My browser connects to a strange website after a certain span of time

The last 2 days http://trafleyb-sw.ru/ry5/rtk/mgpg is the link which gets connected automatically in my browser. I use Bitdefender total security to counter internet problems. But after multiple scan ...
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How do I install windows to a Hard Drive connected to a USB port?

I am migrating to a new Hard drive, and windows needs to be installed onto it, the only problem is I do not have another SATA Cable connector on my desktop, and windows won't support installing via ...
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Is there a way to batch rename files to lowercase?

I need a way to rename all files in folders and subfolders to lowercase. I'd like to know if there is a way to do that using only windows (XP or 7)
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How to prevent Windows 7 from disabling Aero by itself via registry?

I can swear that there is a registry parameter that can prevent Windows from disabling Aero because of whatever, since I've done it in previous installation, but I can't find it anywhere. I don't care ...
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Cannot extend desktop onto second monitor all of the sudden

I have a Dell XPS 8300 on Windows 7 with a NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 graphic card. I also have two Dell St2420L monitors. This computer is almost always on and of course when not in use an screen saver ...
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Windows 10 upgrade application does not launch

I downloaded the Windows 10 update launcher from Microsoft that I did on several other machines, but for this one it will not start. I tried running all the updates and then a reboot. Still nothing. ...
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windows equivalent of wifi hotspot for lan

Is it possible in windows to create the equivalent of a "wifi hotspot", but for LAN instead - i.e. have the computer (with mobile 4g card for internet) share its internet connection with a LAN device? ...
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Can't remove recovery partition

My laptop originally came with Win 8.1, the 64Gb drive has a 15Gb recovery partition. I've since upgraded to Windows 10 so I don't think this recovery partition makes much sense - anyway I could do ...
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Ctrl key not working

I just installed Windows 10 on my Samsung NP940X3G laptop. When using the shortcut key to switch between virtual desktops I am finding the left ctrl key does not work for the ctrl+win+right ...
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Prevent the “Alt Gr” key from producing special characters

I'm using windows 10 and I want to use the alt gr key for setting shortcuts in an application. The application is successfully interpreting the shortcut, but it doesn't stop the key from inserting ...
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What is the difference between SETX and SET in environment variables in windows

What is the difference between SETX and SET? As per my understanding: Both are used to set environment variables SETX is for user variables. SET is for shell variables.
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How can I make the Windows VPN route selective traffic (by destination network)?

I want to use a Windows VPN but only for a particular network, so that it doesn't take over my entire network connection. e.g., Instead of the VPN becoming the default route, make it only the route ...
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How do I paste a text from the clipboard as if the characters were typed one by one?

Some rich text editors, e.g. Confluence, allow typing formatted content as markup and convert it to rich-text on the fly. This means I cannot paste markup content into the editor. How do I simulate ...
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On a Windows 10 standard account can one disable application installation?

On a machine I am trying to maintain, the user tends to want install any and all suspicious apps, "video codecs", etc. Can I prevent him/her from doing so?
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How to mount and unmount hard drives under Windows (the unix way)

On my work computer I have two USB hard drives that I use rarely. They have a power save mode that sends them into sleep after a couple of minutes of them being idle. Whenever I open a context menu ...
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Recover accidentally deleted Path environment variable

I use a Windows 7 x64. I just accidentally deleted my user path environment variable and was trying to recover it. I'm glad I found what I really need here. But I don't understand what exactly ...
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Commmand line command to copy entire directory (including directory folder) to another directory

using the command line, I'd like to copy one directory to another. For example there is directory C:/test and C:/test2. I'd like to copy C:/test into C:/test2 so that the result will be C:/test2/test ...
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I can't connect to my virtual router (apparently I'm typing the incorrect password?)

Okay, so I've tried to set up a virtual router using these: virtualrouter.codeplex.com/ virtualrouterplus.com virtual-router.net/ And others like it. None of them worked however, and my phone ...
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Google Chrome Cache Purpose

I have windows 7 and running a browser same to the google chrome (Slimjet) I have set it to cache Web Pages. and when i saw that folder every time it size gets bigger. I want to know what is the ...
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Sublime Text can't find interpreters for SublimeREPL

Interestingly, I'm able to execute .py files through any of the Tools -> SublimeREPL -> Python ->* options, except virtualenv, which does nothing, or execnet, which is not applicable, but ...
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Stop Windows 10 search from running commands

We disable the run box on our network through a GPO which for anything upto 10 stopped you browsing to UNC paths or running commands of any kind. In 10 it has the same effect UNLESS you use the search ...
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How is the Firewall taking priority over other applications when the PC first boots?

How is the Firewall taking priority over other applications when the PC first boots? How is the priority given,is it through a kernel driver? I'm using Comodo Firewall and I see that the Spotify app ...
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Remote Desktop Services: start a program on connection within desktop environment

I have Windows Server 2008R2 with Remote Desktop Services. I need certain program started on every connection, within normal remote desktop environment. I tried this group policy: "Local Group ...
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Home Premium OA to Ultimate via SP1

I have licensed Windows 7 Home Premium OA (OA means OEM Activated, i.e. Windows was installed and activated when i bought the laptop). Few months ago, i accidentally applied Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate ...
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Procedure checklist for slow computer problems

For me one of the most hard to pinpoint the causes problem is to determine what is causing slow behavior. In many cases you can't find a process which is consuming more significant memory than the ...
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Windows 10 - Wi-Fi limited on reboot

So I've just upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7. So far I'm not impressed. I could talk about other problems I've been having, however there's one main issue that has been bothering me. When I ...
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Windows 7 startup - find application

There is some kind of "virus" running on my Windows 7 startup. In the process list of task manager I see this: Image Name: rundll32.exe Command Line: c:\windows\system32\rundll32 ...
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Restore from external hard drive

I had to pay to have Windows reinstalled because a you know what deleted my user profiles. In order to restore it myself I created a backup on a external hard drive. How do I restore to the clean ...
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How to disable IPv6 through cmd script

I don't want to manually uncheck the IPv6 checkbox in network connection. I want to make a cmd logon script to disable IPv6 for a dozen of computers. I have tried: netsh interface teredo set ...
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Is there a way to autofill cells in Excel 2013 with keyboard shortcuts?

So very shortly, I want a shortcut equivalent to dragging the little handle in the right-bottom in a cell-selection portion in Excel 2013 (for Windows). There is many similar questions on the site, ...
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Equivalent of Linux `touch` to create an empty file with PowerShell?

In PowerShell is there an equivalent of touch? For instance in Linux I can create a new empty file by invoking: touch filename On Windows this is pretty awkward -- usually I just open a new ...
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How to configure a windows account to save files only to a specific folder?

How to configure a windows account such that the user is restricted to save/create files only to a particular folder? Thanks!
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Grub will not boot to windows

I recently installed Ubuntu with the grub boot loader that comes with it. After the install Grub fails to find the Windows. My setup: HD1 & HD2 -> Samsung SSDs in Raid0 via Motherboard ...
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How to triple boot Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.11, and Ubuntu 16.04

I want to be able to boot into all of these operating systems seamlessly. I have a BIOS/MBR based system. I am already dual booting between Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04. Please help me add OS X to the ...
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Allow users to locally access files on OneDrive without sync?

Over the past few years we've been migrating many of our clients to Office 365 and its associated services. Its all been pretty good however there is one issue I personally find to be quite annoying ...
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Resuming after sleep in Windows 7 causes USB keyboard to disappear

I have a brand new Das Keyboard Model S Professional that I just picked up the other day. I have it connected via USB - while I would like to use PS/2 for full n-key rollover, the media keys (and ...
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Are there any text editors on Windows that runs on Cygwin like e-texteditor? [on hold]

Not sure if anyone knows e-texteditor, which is a dead project. It runs on Windows on top of Cygwin, which makes it very powerful. However, since it's core is not opensource and it's hard to extend ...
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Windows Browser to Open Files Having Linux Path Names

I have several Linux machines and one Windows 7 machine. I sync my Firefox bookmarks between all machines by syncing the "places.sqlite" file among all platforms. On the Linux machines, I have a ...
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Windows 7 “Setup is starting” freezes

I have HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC ,it came with 2 drives, C & Recovery. I re-partitioned the hard using a windows 7 bootable dvd, I deleted the 2 drives, and then created a C and another one, ...
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What is the maximum number of activations Microsoft allows for an OEM Windows 7 license?

Assume that I have a very very bad user (trying to use nice language) who loves to format his Windows drive once in a week. It's always the same hard drive and the same user. So, how many times can ...
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How do I uninstall Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Say, for instance, I don't like this Windows 8 consumer preview and that I downloaded, agreed to terms and installed it on my machine. How do I get rid of it? I want to go back to what I had before ...
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Finding the Windows version of a remote machine in the same network

How do I find the version of another Windows machine in the local network?
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Computer fan clean has gone wrong

My fan for my laptop was getting dusty and I decided it was time for a clean. However when trying to start it back up it no longer worked. 2 weeks later I accidentally hit the power button and stayed ...
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DNS resolution Issue nslookup works, but web/ping doesn't

I've got a computer having DNS problems with one address only, "microsoftonline.com". Ping doesnt resolve IP but nslookup does correctly. It works from other machines. It is WinXP with no proxies I ...
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Unable to burn .iso using Windows Disc Image Burner (Error code: 0x80004005)

When I try to burn a disc image file using Windows Disc Image Burner the burning fails and the Status says "The disc image didn't burn sucessfully because an error occured (Error code: 0x80004005)". ...
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Keyboard behaving strangely in Windows 10

The keyboard on my HP Laptop has started acting strangely. When I press CTRL, it starts zooming out (which could indicate that the hyphen/minus key is being pressed). When I press right arrow key, ...
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WMIC Fails When Connecting to Computer with Multiple IP Addresses

I am trying to run a restart script against a list of computers, where it uses WMIC to see if users are logged in: WMIC /NODE: "workstation_name" COMPUTERSYSTEM GET USERNAME and then use psshutdown if ...
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Windows 10 Command Prompt: Running Programs freeze until Ctrl+C

I have been using the command prompt in Windows 10 quite a lot, lately, running stuff like Node.js and Apache Tomcat servers, and I have noticed an odd problem: every now and then, the programs stop ...
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“gpg2 not a key id: skipping” when trying to download public keys

I downloaded Ubuntu 16.04 to run on VirtualBox (Windows 10 host). I would like to verify the download (Ubuntu instructions). From the instructions: Tip: On non-Linux systems, you might need to ...