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What is the longest file path that Windows can handle?

What is the longest file path that Windows can handle?
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Better Ubuntu Fonts

I have been using Ubuntu for a while. I like it. I like it a lot. But once in a while, when I switch to Windows, I feel better because I really like the font. It feels really much pleasant to watch ...
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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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Run cURL commands from Windows console

Is there a way to install cURL in windows in order to run cURL commands from the command prompt?
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How to run a batch file without launching a “command window”?

On WinXP, can I run a batch (.bat or .cmd) file, via a shortcut, without a "black window" ?
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Git Bash Here in ConEmu

How do I create a right-click context menu entry to open Git Bash at a given folder within ConEmu? See Git Bash Here in Console2 for the equivalent question for Console2.
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Export PowerPoint to PDF with each animation on a separate slide

I have a PowerPoint presentation where I extensively use simple animations, only appear/disappear effects triggered by the mouse (not time based), without any smooth transitions. Is it possible to ...
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Using cd Command in Windows Command Line, Can't Navigate to D:\

This may be a stupid question, and I think I have looked elsewhere to find the answer... Might be a path issue, but when I open the command line and type from the C:\>: cd D:\ I cannot get to ...
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Windows 7 ALT-TAB - How to turn off previewing the window [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Disable or delay alt-tab Aero Peek effect in Windows 7 In win7, when we hit alt-tab a nice preview comes up. This makes me happy. But if I linger just a moment too ...
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How do I disable Aero Shake in Windows 7?

I'm always accidentally minimizing most of my windows. This is really annoying. How do I disable Aero Shake?
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How do I troubleshoot a Windows 7 freeze or slowness?

A machine is described as being "really slow" or "freezing". How can I troubleshoot/resolve this issue? What should be the first steps to take?
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Execute multiple commands with 1 line in Windows commandline?

How can I execute multiple commands in the Windows commandline with just a single line? So for example say I want to perform an SVN update and then copy all of the files to another location... svn ...
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Using Cygwin in Windows 8, chmod 600 does not work as expected?

I'm trying to change the the permissions to my key file key.pem in Cygwin 1.7.11. It has the permissions flags: -rw-rw---- chmod -c 600 key.pem Reports: mode of 'key.pem' changed from 0660 ...
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Should I install 64-bit versions of operating systems?

With the release of Windows 7 coming up, 64-bit operating systems have caught my attention. What are the main advantages and disadvantages of installing 64-bit Windows 7? What type of compatibility ...
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How can I limit bandwidth of other programs?

Is there a way so that I can selectively limit bandwidth of a running process?
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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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How to reduce the pain of the command prompt

I want to learn to use the command prompt better on Windows to have more control over what I do and just for the learning experience. The main annoyance I have right now is all of the typing. If I ...
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Is shutdown.exe necessary to shutdown Windows?

Is the file C:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe necessary to shutdown or restart Windows?
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Is there a tool to measure pixels on a screen

I'm looking for a program that measures a distance from point A to point B in pixels.(with crosshair cursor - not a pixel ruller aplication) I need something that doesnt require print-screen and paste ...
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What scripting languages are useful in Windows? [closed]

What scripting languages are useful for Windows automation?
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What damage will powering down instead of shutting down do?

What is it that Windows is doing when it shuts down? Assuming I've saved everything, what negative impact does powering down instead of shutting down properly have? We've all done it at some point ...
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Determine when Windows was installed on a computer

Is it possible to check the date when Windows was installed on a PC and if so how?
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Why is my “localhost” not 127.0.0.1? [duplicate]

When I use the Ping command to ping my localhost, it doesn't show up as 127.0.0.1. C:\Windows\system32>ping localhost Pinging GIGA [::1] from ::1 with 32 bytes of data: Instead, it shows up ...
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A Windows clock to show both UTC and local time?

I'm working on windows 7 x64 and searching for a way for a setting, or replacement app of, the tray clock (on the taskbar corner) to display both UTC (or GMT) and my local time. Cause: I read log ...
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Linux equivalent of Windows Registry

What is the Linux equivalent of Windows Registry? If there is no equivalent or similar structure in Linux, how are the things that are done by the Windows Registry handled in Linux?
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Is time a substitute for Safely Remove Hardware?

In Windows 7, before unplugging an external hard disk or flash drive, you are ideally supposed to use the Safely Remove Hardware option to make sure there aren't any writes still pending. Suppose it ...
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Command-line (cmd) command to lock a windows machine

Is there a way to lock a Windows XP machine via the command line? The shutdown command doesn't have an option for it.
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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 ...
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How to delete a file in Windows with a too long filename? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tool for deleting directories with path/names too long for normal delete My wife has several files and folders that somehow ended up having filenames that have caused ...
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How do I determine if my Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit using a command? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How to tell if a computer has a 64-bit CPU or OS Detect Windows Server version 32/64-bit in CLI OS version: 32-bit or 64-bit? How do I determine if my Windows ...
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Extremely simple web server for Windows? [closed]

A few years ago I used a super simple free web server for Windows. The only thing you had to do was copy an exe to a dir, double-click that exe, and - voilá - that dir was now accessible over HTTP. ...
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Why aren't all applications 'portable'?

I've recently been trying to 'install' stuff a lot less on my Windows machine (I hate installers - I need to know where programs put stuff...), choosing to use portable or standalone versions of ...
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Turning off the cmd window beep sound

Is there a way to essentially mute the Beeping function of the Windows command shell? I'm working on a PowerShell script right now which ends up printing several lines of text to the screen. I'm ...
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What is the proper way of debugging a slow Windows installation?

You know the drill - you've been asked to check why your cousin's computer is running slow. I was right there yesterday. Being a Mac user since 2007 I haven't really dug deep in Windows internals in ...
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How do I install a VSIX file in Visual Studio?

I just downloaded a VSIX file from the Visual Studio Gallery. How do I install it in Visual Studio?
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Password Cracking Windows Accounts

At work we have laptops with encrypted harddrives. Most developers here (on occasion I have been guilty of it too) leave their laptops in hibernate mode when they take them home at night. Obviously, ...
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How to print documents to pdf [closed]

I like to print PDFs of my documents. I've been using PDFCreator. Is this a good choice, are there any better solutions?
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Anything like the Debian Package Manager for Windows?

I know that sounds a weird request. But I was installing a bunch of packages in Ubuntu yesterday, using apt-get and I started wondering if anyone had adapted it or produced anything similar for ...
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Is it worth cleaning the registry?

I have heard that you should keep the registry clean on Windows. Is this actually important or is it just myth?
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What are the various link types in Windows? How do I create them?

Is it possible to link two files or folders without having a different extension under Windows? I'm looking for functionality equivalent to the soft and hard links in Unix.
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Linux equivalent command for “open” command on Mac/Windows?

Coming from Mac OS X, you can type: $ open yourfilehere.txt and your file will open just as if you had opened it from Finder. On Windows, one can type: > start yourfilehere.txt and it will ...
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What is the Windows equivalent of the Unix command cat?

I want to do exactly what unix "cat" does, but on my PC. Is there a simple equivalent command for the Windows command line? Specifically I want to create a file from all the files of a given type in ...
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Can I delete MSOCache?

I need more space on my SSD drive and I found that MSOCache is occupying 1.3 GB. I have Microsoft Office 2010 installed. Can I safely delete MSOCache?
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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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List of Windows special directories/shortcuts like '%TEMP%'

Im looking for a reference list of shortcuts like %temp%. When I'm using Windows+R or Windows Explorer and type %temp% the Windows Explorer takes me to the Temp dir. Are there more of these ...
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Which of the Windows updates are really necessary?

I downloaded a lot of Windows updates in the automatic mode. Are they all necessary? Can I remove some of them? How do I know which ones are necessary
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How to disable Ctrl+Shift keyboard layout switch (for the same input language) in Windows?

In Windows (XP at least), when there are two or more keyboard layouts for the same input language, pressing Ctrl+Shift switches the keyboard layout. Where can this be disabled or changed to another ...
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How to restore Windows default Zip file functionality?

I recently lost the default file association for Zip files in Windows Vista (I think it happened when I uninstalled WinAce, but I can't be completely sure). How can I restore this association back to ...
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Good on-screen ruler application for Windows? [closed]

What's a good (preferably free) on-screen ruler for Windows? I just need to measure a few things in pixels on the screen. I need it to be flexible (easily resizable and able to measure both vertically ...