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Setup custom recovery partition? [duplicate]

So My 12 year old brother is becoming an "I-know-everything" PC gamer. Hence he often jacks his computer up. Share-ware, Mal-ware, 8 million start up programs, you know the norm. I'm going to do a ...
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In which order should I install drivers, programs and updates after a fresh Windows install?

It's something I always have never been quite sure about... I usually go with drivers first, updates and then programs, but maybe it doesn't even matter at all...
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Google Chrome - Custom stylesheet in non-default profile

I have a second Chrome profile set up, in addition to Default, using --user-data-dir="..\User Data\Second Profile". I'd like to use the custom stylesheet I have in my default profile in the second ...
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Cannot get sound through my USB headset

The headset I have is wired but it has a USB connector (am not very good at IT) I put the USB connection into my PC and I couldn't seem to find any way to get sound through my headset Please help. ...
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Windows 7 taskbar looks weird

Does anyone know what happens to my windows 7 taskbar? It looks really weird. I guess it might have something to do with Windows 7 Taskbar Tweaker that I have installed on my computer. I've been ...
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Connect to an https service using an http-only client

Is there a simple command line client that would be invoked something like this: http2https --listen localhost:80 --connect example.com:443 which would then allow me to effectively connect to ...
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How to logon as an admin in a dekstop and turn off user account control settings when i am not in the administrator account? [duplicate]

Hi um recently my dad thinks that i am downloading too much of things and he set the user account control settings high. This prevents me from even installing bit torrent in my HP touchsmart. I tried ...
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Cant Install Windows 8 OEM

I have a Dell 23" Windows 8 touch Inspiron computer. It came pre-loaded with Windows 8 but not activated. I have a OEM product Key and Disc and Genuine sticker label. When I try to enter the key into ...
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Transitioning to Ubuntu

I am currently running Windows 7 with 2 hard drives. An SSD where the OS and apps are stored. A HDD which stores all my videos, music, files. (NTFS) If I was to format the SSD and install Ubuntu, ...
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Alt + Tab in kubuntu

When I use Alt + Tab in kUbuntu, I get the lame and old-fashioned interface where the focus moves through the open applications. What I want is: current windows to zoom out, and the next window to ...
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Windows command line - can't copy text [duplicate]

I am trying to copy the output of a shell script to the clipboard. I right-click, select Mark, select the desired text, press Ctrl + C and then Ctrl + V into a Notepad file, but there's nothing to be ...
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How to create a batch file that will run cmd and a exe with parameters

How to create a batch file that do following: For example program name is hi.exe will do the following: Run hi.exe in cmd with arguments hi.exe -f%l%. Instead of %1% I want user to input the ...
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A decent remote shell from UNIX to Windows? [closed]

I'm on Linux and develop on a Windows 7 box virtualized via VirtualBox. My usual way of developing consists in editing source files from Linux via nautilus/SMB (smb://192.168.1.4/...) then when I'm ...
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Utilities to show keyboard blocking?

Quoting from the Wikipedia article, Rollover (key): Modern keyboards detect ghosting and instead of registering a fourth key will ignore the third key, which is known as blocking. Are there ...
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Computer gets frozen randomly

I have a problem with my computer. It randomly freezes, at least once per day(no mouse/keyboard response). I reinstalled windows7, changed the video card, checked the temperature and still got the ...
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I want to permanently change the background color to white and the text color to black in Command Prompt

I can change it for one session, but it always reverts back to white on black. How can I change it permanently?
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Disable [Windows]+[Space] hotkey in Windows 8 [duplicate]

I only could find the solution for Windows 7. My problem is, I'm using Polish Programmer's keyboard; it works like English keyboard, except you can input ąęółśćżźĄĘÓŁŚĆŻŹ with deadkey ~ followed by, ...
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Customizing Powershell to look like Github for Windows' shell

I use Github for Windows and usually I use the "Open a Shell" here command which launches powershell with some custom settings. It makes powershell display extra information when I'm inside a Git repo ...
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Batch file with changing drive letters

My goal is to create a batch file that will extract the contents of a zip file to a separate directory. Every file related to this question is on the same flash drive. The following command works ...
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Windows 8 - recovery drive vs system repair disc

I have created recovery drive on my usb drive, but haven't created a system repair disc. When I take a backup using Windows 7 File Recovery option, I see a message that says "A Windows system repair ...
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Remap Caps Lock in Windows (escape *and* control) [duplicate]

There's plenty of utilities that remap keys, but I can't seem to find a very specific feature: I want to have caps lock act as the control modifier key when held down, but as escape when pressed on ...
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Windows will erase permissions on files

I have been seeing issues where Windows seems to "reset" permissions on files after I had set them. I have seen this in various versions of Windows. I'm sorry I don't have much more information. The ...
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Black screen and WHEA logger ID 18

My notebook (Acer Aspire 7520) is experiencing black screens (they happen every 20 minutes-1 hour) for which I have to manually reboot it and the system log says (I translated it from my IT log): ...
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Can I automatically hide a program in the taskbar on startup?

I have a Windows application that I need to run on startup and keep running continually. It spawns a window, and I don't need that window open all the time. Rather than just minimize it, I wanted to ...
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Deleting the first column of csv via batch commands [duplicate]

Is there a way to delete the first column of a csv using a batch command file? I have data in this first column but I want to get rid of it and output a new file starting at the 2nd column. Thanks!
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Can Windows XP Recovery Console load drivers from a USB thumb drive?

Must the drivers for Recovery Console be provided via a floppy diskette, or can I provide them via a USB drive?
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Windows 8 “Task Scheduler service is not available”

I'm having problems keeping my Windows 8 clock synced so I'm trying to regularly resync with an every-5-minutes schedule trigger. When I go into the Windows 8 task scheduler through the ...
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How to start script in VirtualBox Linux guest from Windows host?

I have a following build system: Windows host with a set of source files that need to be build Linux guest inside VirtualBox with build server Now I mount filesystem through virtual box shared ...
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Use my old mac book as a monitor for my Windows 7

It's old 2007 macbook running lion i believe, ( I haven't used it in a while cannot remember which i updated it to, the log in has round circles if anyone can make sense of that.) I've tried ...
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How to make core java application autostart?

I have created a desktop application in Java using notepad. Now I want to make it automatically start up whenever a client machine boots up. My folder contain some java file, one bat file and some ...
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How to auto-mount a file server on home network machines

I have three computers at home: Win7, Mountain Lion (OSX), and Snow Leopard (OSX). I want to setup a server on my homenetwork so that I can collaboratively transfer files to/from the server from any ...
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Windows Search OCR plugin/extension

Is there any plugin or solution available to let Windows Search index text in graphic pages embedded into pdf files. Something like the amazing Omnipage OCR plugin which was available for Google ...
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Portable hard disk has apparently stopped working

I have a Western Digital 500 GB hard disk which I bought about a year ago. It has apparently stopped working since a while ago. The disk contains some very important data which I do not want to lose. ...
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volume shadow copy always fails

Starting from last December, I cannot make any shadow copies. Everything which uses shadow copies, including Windows backup, System Restore and online disk check fails. My system is running Windows 8 ...
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Application to monitor use of applications?

To make it easier to migrate users from XP to Windows 7 or 8, I'd like to let an application run for several days to list applications that people use, so I know which ones are really important to ...
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Browsing Android .apk files on windows

Is there any application or any Windows explorer plugin that can show '.apk' files like when you brows them in android file browsers? I mean showing icon of program, its version, ...
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Hibernate not an option on my Windows 7 laptop. Dell Latitude E6420

There is no hibernate option when I click the expand arrow next to the Shut Down button. I am running Windows 7 on a Dell Latitude E6420. I am thinking it's just a Windows 7 issue. Or maybe a specific ...
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Does Chrome Remote Desktop work through LAN aswell?

Assuming both my Client and Server are on the same LAN, would the connection for Chrome Remote Desktop go through the LAN only, or would it still travel through Google Servers thereby adding to the ...
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A computer guru had free access to my computer, am I safe? [closed]

Personally I have computer skills that are higher than the average computer user, so when I use the computer safely, I don't get many viruses and such, but that doesn't matter much when I share my ...
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Is it possible to change the SID of a local user account manually?

Let's say for argument's sake I wish to change the SID of a Windows local user account to one that appears on some hypothetical Active Directory domain. Is that possible? If so, how? P.S. I don't ...
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Windows Easy Transfer like tool for Windows 7 to 7 Migrations?

I work in a corporate IT environment. Most of our users have been been migrated from Windows XP to 7. The techs in our company use the Easy Transfer tool to migrate people and it goes fairly smoothly. ...
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Computer gets stuck when going to sleep

Whenever my Windows 7 laptop goes to sleep (either by automatically going to sleep automatically or by telling it to) it gets stuck. It doesn't go into sleep mode, the screen goes black and it shows ...
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Best way to install Windows?

I run a dual-boot Linux/Windows system. Every once in a while, I make a clean installation of one or both. Installing Windows is always a pain. I need a DVD I don't have at hand, which then the ...
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Autohotkey: remap dead key+letter combination

I'm trying to use Autohotkey to map ´+a to something different than the á that is expected in my Spanish keyboard. This thread gives me the impression that it is not possible, but I'm just a ...
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Can't install Windows 7 from USB

Computer: Samsung 350v5c-s04 windows 8 (64bit) CPU: i5 3210m HDD: 1 TB (5.4kr sata) As you can see, there was Windows 8 installed. I created bootable Windows 7 USB and tried to install it. After 2 ...
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How to use pspasswd with -u argument

I want to use pspasswd utility to change password on all of computers on LAN. I googled and came to know following would help pspasswd \\* -u AdminUserName -p AdminPassword Username NewPassword but ...
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Scroll the entire size of a Window

I am looking for an application that allows users to scroll a textbox the entire way. For example if I have the following text in a window or textbox on the system. _________ |The quick | | |brown ...
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Why do macs require to eject usb, but windows and linux dont?

Why do macs require a usb drive to be ejected, but windows and linux do not? Is a umount occuring on the mac?...if so why doesnt linux need a umount?...also if so, what is the windows equivalent of ...
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Prevent a Windows server from broadcasting itself on a network

I am living in a house where we are sharing an internet connection. I also have a small server (HP Proliant N40L running WHS 2011) that will be connected via cable to the main router/wireless access ...
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What's the best way to deploy a large number of PC's? [closed]

I need to know the "better" way for doing PC's deployment, the PC's will be running Windows Vista and 7 and need to clone a lot of this particular configuration. My first thought was, doing a general ...