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A good solution to switch between different network settings?

I use my laptop (Windows Vista Ultimate) to connect to a wireless network in college, which assigns a dynamic IP address, and at home, with a static IP address and DNS server. I'm looking for a good ...
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Forcing programs to be installed to another drive

I have an SSD as my main Windows drive, with a 640GB 2.5" HDD, partitioned to store programs and user settings, and also to act as backup (it's the only thing I had lying around at the time of ...
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Confirming that Windows 7 is using SSD optimizations

Took the plunge and installed Windows 7 on my computer. Even better, I installed it on my new Intel x25m (got to love that SSD goodness.) Vista was known to thrash, throttle, and otherwise wear out ...
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Windows: What software do you recommend for editing MP3 ID3 tags? [closed]

What software do you recommend for editing MP3 ID3 tags? (The OS is Windows XP.)
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Computer refresh - Efficiently cloning 60 identical computers

To preface my inquiry, I posed a question to the community 3 weeks ago regarding choosing replacement computers for my office of 60 users and had an amazing response. I ended up purchasing 60 HP ...
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Can I access Microsoft Outlook PST archives with any other tools?

I would like to access my Microsoft Outlook archives (pst files) from machines that do not have Microsoft Office installed. Is that possible? Think of several years worth of PST archive files. My ...
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Is there a way to find out what app is using most of my bandwidth in windows

I have found several that measures total bandwidth but none that tells me bandwidth per application. Preferably with some history or logging. I'm using Windows Server 2008 R2
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where in the registry does Windows store, with which program to open certain file types?

After installing Adobe PDF reader: *.PDF will be opened by the same. *.html with web browser. *.txt with notepad. If we want to make notepad++ a default editor of text files. I guess it simply changes ...
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How to repair a corrupted Excel file

I'm trying to restore some files for a friend who messed up a USB stick by pulling it out of the computer too soon. By searching invisible partitions I was able to restore the files. All files are ...
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How to install Windows 7 from the network?

Is it possible to install Windows 7 (Current RTM Version) on a computer without using removable media like DVD or USB? The first thing that comes to my mind is through the network, but I don't have ...
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Windows equivalent of the Linux command 'touch'?

What do you use when you want to update the date-modified field of a file on Windows? commands accessible via C++, .NET, C#, or something native to Windows (Vista preferably) tools/applications ...
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How to stop jucheck from running? Java won't remember “Check for Updates Automatically” setting

I've installed Java on Windows Vista, and every day I get a Vista security warning asking me if I want to run "jucheck". Apparently this is the Java automatic updater. Well, I don't want it to run ...
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Setting and getting windows environment variables from the command prompt?

This is a very basic question, but I can't find an answer. I want to set an environment variable from the command prompt and then be able to access it globally (for instance, I should see it by going ...
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Is my host machine completely isolated from a virus-infected virtual machine?

If I am running a Windows 7 virtual machine on a Windows 7 host using VMWare or VirtualBox (or anything else) and the virtual machine is completelly overloaded with viruses and another malicious code, ...
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On Windows 7, is there a command prompt line that can start cmd as an administrator? [duplicate]

On Linux, we can use sudo bash to run a shell as the superuser. On Windows 7, we can use Start menu -> (in search box, type) cmd -> Right click on search result and choose Run as Administrator ...
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Play audio over network with Windows 7?

I have seen software for Linux systems that allows me to send the audio from one system to another over the network, is there such a software (a driver likely) for Windows, specificly XP but Vista and ...
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Aero Glass/Transparent window borders in Windows 8?

While I'm really liking Windows 8, I do miss having the semi-transparent borders round my windows, like with Aero Glass in Windows 7. I note that the taskbar in Windows 8 is semi-transparent... Is ...
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Any reason not to disable the Windows pagefile given enough physical RAM? [closed]

The question of disabling the Windows pagefile has already been discussed quite a bit, for example here and here and here. People continue to upvote answers that say "you should not disable your ...
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How do I create a memory dump of my computer freeze or crash?

As a lot of us encounter freezes or crashes, I am wondering how do I manually initiate a computer to freeze in order to create a memory dump to view and diagnose any issues that may be involved with ...
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Is there a way to set up a default folder for Windows Explorer?

I often use Win+E to pop up Windows Explorer, then I usually have to navigate down into a few network folders to find my primary directory. Is there a way to set this folder as the default so that ...
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Can I transfer a Windows 7 license to another computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I was thinking of buying Windows 7 ...
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Remove Mac OS X and install Windows?

Is there a way to completely remove Mac OS X from MacBook Pro and replace it with Windows 7? I’m not talking about Boot Camp, I’m talking about completely wiping disk of any files and partitioning it ...
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Using multiple keyboards with different keyboard layouts in Windows

I'd like to use multiple keyboards (all USB or one USB and one PS/2) with a different keyboard layout on each. Is this possible in Windows 7 or XP? Is there any software that can make it work? I'd ...
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How do you partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive?

Out of the box, Windows will not allow you to partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive. How can you do this? In case anyone is wondering Why you would do this? It's interesting in the case of a BitLocker ...
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How do I enable/disable overscan on my TV in Catalyst Control Center?

I've connected my PC to my TV via HDMI (I've also tried using DVI). Whatever the resolution (anything from 800 x 600 to 1080p), the image displayed on the TV does not fill the entire screen surface; ...
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Does the Virtual PC XP Mode need safety measures?

Does the Virtual PC XP-Mode (or any other virtualized mode) require safety measures, such as antivirus or a firewall? I'm just wondering if the XP-Mode would be a large security loophole, since it's ...
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How to mess up a PC running Windows 7? [closed]

Ok, so for my PC class I have to find 3 hacks that would mess up the lab's PC. Me and my partner are going to mess up the PC and then another team will try to fix it. The system on it is Windows 7. ...
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How to compare the differences between two PDF files on Windows?

Do you know a good Windows software to compare PDF files side-by-side and show the modifications between the two? It would be great if you can post both free and not-free products.
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Easiest way to move my Windows installation to an SSD?

I've taken the plunge and bought an SSD and want to move my existing Windows installation over. The current hard disk is 500Gb, but I've trimmed the contents down to about ~40Gb. I'm transferring it ...
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How do I delete a folder which is nested quite deep and avoid “File name too long”?

Eclipse created a temp folder in one of the directories which is nested quite deep, e.g. dir1\dir1\dir1\dir1\... I am unable to delete this folder in Windows via Explorer, the del or rmdir ...
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Force a program to run *without* administrator privileges or UAC?

Is there any way that I can force a program that normally requires administrator privileges (via UAC) to run without them? (ie: no UAC prompt and no system-wide access.) Added: Without modifying the ...
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Why are there directories called Local, LocalLow, and Roaming under \Users\<username>?

I have a workstation running Win2008 that's logged in an AD domain and I have a dual boot with Ubuntu Linux. When running Linux, I'd like to be able to use the same Thunderbird profile I use under ...
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Apostrophes and double quotes don't show up until I type the next letter

in Windows XP, when I type an apostrophe ', or dumb/typewriter quote ", no character is displayed. If I type another character, the apostrophe or dumb quote and the next character appear at the same ...
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Disabling UAC on Windows 7?

How can I completely disable UAC on Windows 7? Also, I know my own benefits, but what are the risks?
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DVD ripper for Windows

I am looking for a good DVD ripper software for Windows. Looking for something that will easily rip the raw bits DVD to hard drive without any loss of quality. Looking for something that will easily ...
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Change Default directory of Documents and Settings?

Let's say I have Windows installed on drive C, however I install all of my programs on the D drive, and I keep my user profile on the D drive as well (things like My Documents). How can I have Windows ...
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Restoring open software after a restart event in windows

I find that at the end of a long day, I sometimes have a large number of programs running. All which I will need to use tomorrow. Normally, this isn't an issue, I can simply lock the machine and come ...
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How to secure delete file or folder in windows? [closed]

How do I securely delete (i.e., permanently delete) a file and/or folder in Windows? Secure in terms that the deleted file/folder can not be restored. Can you recommend any free or open source tool? ...
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What is the maximum number of partitions that can be made on a hard drive?

What is the maximum number of partitions we can make on hard disk in Windows? If it is limited to some particular number, why can we assign all the letters C through Z to drives? If it is a special ...
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Is there any way to boot Windows 7/8 using BIOS on GPT?

I'd like to know if there's a method to get Windows 7 or Windows 8 Developer Preview to install to a GPT disk on my traditional IBM PC BIOS setup. Windows 7, of course, rejects my GPT partition, ...
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Mass Uninstalling

Just been working on a new laptop today (Acer) and it was pre-installed with all sorts of crapware. Mostly games and "backup utilities" and McAfee. I had to manually uninstall about 30 apps via ...
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How can I hide an application from the Windows taskbar?

Is there a way to "hide" a normal windowed application in Windows? I'm looking for something that removes it from the taskbar and possibly puts an icon in the system tray instead.
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Deleted Path environment variable, how to restore?

I accidentally deleted the Path environment variable by creating a new one with Path name. How can i restore my old Path environment variable?
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How to prevent the command prompt from closing after execution?

My problem is that in Windows, there are command line windows that close immediately after execution. To solve this, I want the default behavior to be that the window is kept open. Normally, this ...
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Is it possible to run games over remote desktop?

I’m not expecting to run hardcore games, but maybe simpler games where low frame is ok. I’m having a 1gbit network between my computer. Is there any software that doses this? I got the following ...
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How to open corrupted ZIP files?

How can I open (or repair) corrupted ZIP files on Windows? Is there a way to force 7-Zip to open them?
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Monitoring my own activity on computer?

I'd like to have good statistics of how much time I spend doing various tasks on my computer (I'm using Windows Vista), so I'm looking for a good tool for that. It has to monitor what application I am ...
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How do I change the MAC address of my network card?

I have a local network in a Windows system where the Admin gives permission to the PCs by their MAC address. But he is on vacations and I have a new PC. How can I change the MAC address of my new PC ...
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Searching through txt, pdf, and doc files

I need something that can quickly search through many .txt, .pdf, and .doc files (.djvu also preferable). Can anyone here name or recommend such a tool (Windows platform) ?
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How to use Windows 8.1 RTM with 8.0 key? [duplicate]

Is it possible to use the Windows 8.1 RTM Build from MSDN with an existing Windows 8.0 key? I updated my laptop using one of our MSDN keys, and thought it would be possible to change back to the 8.0 ...