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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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9answers
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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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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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3answers
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How to secure delete file or folder in windows?

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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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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3answers
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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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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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4answers
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How to revert to Windows 7 after installing Windows 8?

I was a little gung-ho with my installation of W8 and installed it on my main PC. How do I revert to W7, keeping programs etc?
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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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5answers
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Organize desktop icons on Windows into categories or sections

I want to organize my Windows desktop icons by categories. Multimedia, system tools, editors, etc. I need to define rectangular areas of the desktop, then place the shortcut icons. They would stay ...
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5answers
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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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1answer
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How to find vendor and model of unknown drivers

I reinstalled windows on a new machine and the drivers are not present for the product network card. When in device manager all I get is the question mark and I am unable to figure out the actual ...
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How to Check RAM Size without Looking at Motherboard

As far as I am aware, one can view the RAM Size in System Properties: From the above screenshot it seems that My RAM is 3.5 GB, but as far as I can tell I actually inserted 2 two GB RAM into my ...
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Folder keeps changing back to read-only. What permissions setup causes this in Windows?

I think I'm going crazy. Every time I create a folder it automatically is set to readonly, but I can still then rename the folder or add folders to it. If I attempt to uncheck the readonly flag it ...
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3answers
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How to find exe listening on port?

I try with netstat -ab -p tcp -n and among the results get: TCP 0.0.0.0:47001 0.0.0.0:0 LISTENING Can not obtain ownership information I am running as administrator and ...
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28answers
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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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17answers
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How to download files from command line in Windows, like Wget is doing?

How can I download something from the web directly without Internet Explorer or Firefox opening Acrobat Reader/Quicktime/MS Word/whatever? I'm using Windows, so a Windows version of Wget would ...
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10answers
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Looking for MD5 utility that integrates to Windows

Is there any small utility that integrates with the Windows shell and computes md5 of files on demand? I'm too lazy to launch the command line :D. Edit: Just found this with a Google search on "md5 ...
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3answers
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Can't copy and paste in Remote Desktop Connection session

Is it possible to copy and paste inside a Remote Desktop Connection session?
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9answers
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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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2answers
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Package managers for Windows [closed]

You might be familiar with Ninite. What I'd like to know is if there are good alternatives to that software for Windows. The features I expect: installs the latest version of software supports 64 ...
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6answers
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Windows: How to remove items from the right click (context) menu?

The right click (context) menu is minimal and clean on a fresh installation of Windows. Install a bunch of applications and soon the context menu is loaded with all kinds of opening options from ...
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Would Microsoft Security Essentials be adequate protection? [closed]

Is Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) adequate protection for my computer? What is the experience with this product? I found out about a comparison of AV Suites. MSE did VERY well. One that I ...
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How to prevent Mac OS X creating .DS_Store files on non Mac (HFS) Volumes?

Is there a way to prevent Mac OS X creating .DS_Store and other hidden meta-files on foreign volumes like NTFS and FAT? I share an NTFS partition with data like Thunderird & Firefox's profiles and ...
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What are the best free(ware?) PC performance benchmarking options out there? [closed]

I'd like to get a rough idea on the performance of my machines, so quite simply: what would you guys recommend as decent, free benchmarking software? Please specify whether your suggestions are good ...
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Fast VNC from Windows to Mac?

I regularly need to connect from a Windows box to an OSX box over VNC. OSX has VNC built-in as part of its "Screen Sharing" tool, but for some reason, it's much faster to connect from OSX to OSX or ...
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Which software can be used to create icons? [closed]

Can anyone recommend software for creating .ico files? It must be able to create an icon with various resolutions: 128x128, 64x64, etc.
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How do I make Windows 7 boot further than a blank screen with only a mouse cursor?

My Windows 7 machine was powered down without logging out first. Now, when booting the PC; Windows 7 does not completely start. Instead, it boots to an completely black screen with a mouse cursor that ...
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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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3answers
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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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4answers
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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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12answers
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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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7answers
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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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1answer
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Windows 7 activation period

I have had Windows 7 Ultimate installed for about two weeks, with a couple more weeks left to activate. If you ignore the warnings, eventually you get a watermark on your desktop: Then, after ...
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Booting into a Virtual Machine from a physical installation

In Mac OSX, you can create a Boot Camp partition, install Windows on it, and then later by using Parallels you can boot into that OS virtually in OS X! Its awesome, I've been using it on my macbook. ...
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5answers
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Can you turn off UAC for a single app?

I'm running windows 7 RC. I've got a few poorly-designed apps that force me to click through a UAC box in order to launch them. This is becoming quite an annoyance. I don't mind UAC aside from this ...
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3answers
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Rename profile folder on Windows 7/8

During Windows installation I accidentally typed an accented name for my user name and my profile name is named after it. I already renamed my user to not have an accented character, but the profile ...
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1answer
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How does the Recycle Bin work?

What does the Recycle Bin in Windows actually do? Is it just a glorified folder and a holding place for soon to be deleted files, or does it do something specific? Specifically, are files that are ...
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How to know if my BIOS supports UEFI?

I recently bought a new Dell notebook for my girlfriend and I want to know if the computer comes with a UEFI BIOS, unfortunately I didnt find any information in the manual or on Windows, is there some ...
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Customizing fast-access buttons on left-hand side of File->Open dialogue in most Windows programs

In many Windows programs when I open a file, the GUI dialogue that starts with "Look in:" and provides a list of directories and files to open has a thin panel on the left-hand side with the following ...
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Windows Installer using usb drive for temp purposes

When installing apps that are built around Windows Installer, it would appear that it often uses my external usb hard disk (when it's connected) as the temp location while it expands and installs the ...
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4answers
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Task manager menu, titlebar and tabs have disappeared

I was reading a question tonight about our dear friend, the Windows Task Manager and remembered, just then, one particular area of confuzzlement about it that it took me a long time to clear up the ...
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12answers
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How to move windows that open up offscreen?

I have a dual monitor setup, and I recently played around with the positioning settings, and some of my single window applications do the favour of preserving where they were last closed, and opening ...
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6answers
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How to make SUBST mapping persistent across reboots?

Does Windows (XP or later) have a built-in way to create persitent drive mappings, like the ones SUBST creates? I found a 3rd party tool psubst. Is there a way to do it without 3rd party tools?
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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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10answers
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Quick way to tell if an installed application is 64-bit or 32-bit

I've got a third-party application (in this case Cognos Data Manager) installed on 64-bit Windows Server 2003. Is there a quick way to determine if an application has been built/compiled as a 64-bit ...
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4answers
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Insert Unicode characters via the keyboard?

I am familiar with inserting an ASCII character into a text document by using 'Alt+ASCII code' on the NumPad keys (e.g. Alt+130 inserts an é character). Is there a similar way to insert a Unicode ...
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Any command-line or batch cmd to concatenate multiple files?

I have 50 text files in one dir. Is there a Windows command-line method to concatenate those files into a single file? I am using Windows Vista. I don't want to type the name of all files.
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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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How do I get the Windows 7 taskbar with the Start Menu to display on dual monitors?

I am looking for an application with features as follows:- It will give me a dual monitor set up with a Windows 7 taskbar with Aero peek and the Start Menu on each monitor. The taskbar should ...