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Is it possible to use client certificates to identify a single workstation to a web site?

Basically, I need to uniquely identify a client PC from an intranet webserver for all users that log on. I am considering reliable methods of doing this and am currently considering using client ...
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How to extract such a compressed file?

I have been asked to extract a ZIP file having in it 3 tar files and each tar file contains around 3000 gz files. I had to extract the main ZIP file first then extract the tar files second then ...
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How can I change the text-mode keyboard layout in Windows ME?

In Windows ME GUI applications, I have my keyboard layout set to British (Shift-2 is ", etc.), but in the command-line mode, it seems to be reverting to the US keyboard layout (Shift-2 is @). How can ...
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Problems with RDP in WIndows XP

I have a vps that runs Windows XP. I remote desktop connect to my vps and I close it but when I reconnect again it tells me to disconnect the current user so It doesn't use the existing session. But I ...
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Opening PowerShell at the current working directory from the registry

This question is prompted by a problem I faced while writing this answer. I am invoking PowerShell like this from the registry: C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\PowerShell.exe -NoExit -...
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Make images copy protected? [duplicate]

I would like to know that how can we make images/videos/files burnt onto CD/DVD copy protected ? I want that another users should not be able to copy my pictures.
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How to completely remove all the driver files associated with a USB device

I installed drivers for a USB device I was testing The first time I connected the device to the computer, I had to insert the device's CD into the computer and Windows automatically detected the ...
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WinRT C# SVN Client

I try to connect SVN repo from Surface. And I realized that there are no apps for this. I want to write some one, but it's too complex to write my own SVN lib. Are there some lib for WinRT ARM ...
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Is there any file check summing software which deals correctly with deep paths?

I have been looking for software which will checksum and verify/compare NTFS volumes with deep paths on Windows, and failing verification on every one I've tried. I've even tried writing my own python ...
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Hard Drive broken beyond repair?

Yesterday my sata HD (western digital) on my windows 7 desktop PC suddenly became really slow, and Windows hanged, which led to a failed shutdown. I ran whatever automatical repair Windows suggested ...
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Windows 8 lower left, right click and/or windows-X dissabled, any ideas?

I have lost the ability to use the old style start by right-clicking in the lower left corner and using the windows-x shortcut. This was after uninstalling a ton of things I migrated from Windows 7 ...
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Can I use windows 7 route command to use my pc as a network router?

I am trying to use my PC as a router so that one network can access another (not only PC), I have One NIC with IP 172.20.10.180 , Subnet 255.255.255.0 I have another NIC with IP 172.20.110.70 , ...
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Default Windows text to speech voice not working on applications

The default text-to-speech voice is French on my PC, I want it to be English, so I opened the text to speech configuration and defined English as the default voice but when I use text to speech ...
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Installed KB2729094 for x64/Windows 7, but still does not fix glyphs in IE10 [duplicate]

I have installed Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 x64. First couple of days it ran fine, and they all of the glyphs for scrollbars, dropdown boxes, checkboxes, radio buttons etc disappeared and left ...
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How do I change the default program (aka file assocation) when the program has moved?

In Windows 7, if I have already associated a program, say Notepad2.exe, with a filetype, say .txt then moving the path to Notepad2.exe (e.g., moving the folder) breaks the association. The problem I ...
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How to batch rename and remove last characters

In Windows XP, I'm trying to figure out how to batch rename and remove the last characters of filenames. Example of removing last 4 characters before file extenstion: file.doc.pdf --> file.pdf I ...
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Can two Windows 7 share partition?

I have a bit of an odd question: If I install two Windows 7 (one for 32-bits and one for 64-bits) can they share the same partition? I want to do it because I want to have both OS but I don't want to ...
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Cannot install Windows XP

I'm having trouble installing "Windows XP student edition" on my friend's computer. My friend gave me her old computer, it was riddled with viruses and ran extremely slow Even the keyboard's key ...
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Reconnecting pc to domain?

Computer (part of domain) has been out of use for 5 weeks. Will PC be able to connect to domain if I turn it on now. If not why?
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How can I use a bash like shell on windows

I use Linux and a Mac. I'll be teaching some command line stuff soon. What can I install on Windows to give me a terminal window most similar to a basic mac/linux bash shell. Would like to be able to ...
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How to destroy file contents without deleting files

My goal is to have files of original size that can't be opened (or recovered) in their respective software such as MS Office Word. My purpose is to simulate presence of files while I don't want to ...
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Installing an application in a sandbox to detect windows registry manipulation

I would like to know if there is a way to detect which registry settings an installer affects. Are there other options than running a full-size VM and then somehow comparing snapshots of the registry ...
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Windows 8 requesting duplicate updates

Am I not alone when it comes to Windows requesting "...Flash Player for Windows 8 for x64..." multiple times even after updated, along with a few other security update duplicates. Is there a fix so I ...
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Batch create folders?

I'm looking for a way to batch create a folder followed by sub-folders. I'm looking at something like c:\users\user\desktop\sample\1 c:\users\user\desktop\sample\2 etc. Any ideas? I'd prefer ....
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Is it possible to run a specific bookmarklet in Chrome with a keyboard shortcut?

It would make it much easier to share my JS script with folks if they didn't have to install a plugin. On safari it's possible to use Cmd+number (I think) to directly load the n-th bookmark from the ...
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export windows file structure into .csv with date parameters

My real goal is to get a list of the files in my windows file structure into Access, but as there are over 500k files the various bits of VB code I've tried all take a very long time and is not ...
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gvim in windows, need to preserve or correct path casing (e.g., c:\windows vs. C:\Windows)

I use gvim in a windows environment and have ClearCase for source control. My problem is that windows paths aren't case-sensitive, however, ClearCase enforces case sensitivity. So, when editing a ...
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what is the linux cmd to get the SID

If I want to get the SID of a particular user in windows. I would run the following cmd from a DOS windows: cmd> wmic useraccount get name,sid example output> kehelly S-1-5-21-3623811015-...
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Windows: Automated PDF compression (Hot folder)

In Windows, is there a way to monitor a folder and automatically compress a PDF that is placed in it? (by compression, I mean make a PDF smaller (I.e. not zip it), similar to using the reduce file ...
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Windows folder contents inside other folder without moving them?

Using Windows 7. I have a folder on c: and I want to store some of the contents of this folder on d:. The problem is I have software that needs to see the full contents in the c: folder and the ...
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Reading a disk image without extension

I have three files that are supposed to be disks image with a .img extension. However, when I look at their properties, Windows says that it's just a file, without any extension. I tried to manually ...
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Getting Page Faults and Cache Hits / Misses on Windows (via Java)

I am looking for a counter for Page Faults (major and minor) and Cache Hits and Misses (for every running process) on the windows (8/7/server/legacy) platform. In Linux, there's /proc/vmstat where i ...
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How do I modify the data of an existing registry key value name from cmd?

How do I modify an existing registry key value from cmd? There are a lot of options and switches, bells and whistles, for the Reg command. There are options to query, add, and delete keys, subkeys, ...
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Test disk write speed on existing partition

I want to benchmark write speeds on a disk in an existing server setup. I suspect there is a problem with the write perf of the controller. Benchmarks I have tried (SiSoft Sandra, HDTune) report that ...
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Drivers for headphones with in-line mic and remote control

Is there a way to get the in-line microphone and remote controller on headphones to work on Windows? I've got Koss iSpark designed to work with iPhone, but also other smartphones. It has in-line ...
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is there any tool on windows like nppFtp but can jump through ssh? [closed]

I use notepad++ with nppFtp on windows now, but it can only access a server with public ip, either by SFTP or FTP. I want to edit some files on a server without public ip but can jump through another ...
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Desktop PC with 2 Hard Drives?

I have a PC with Windows XP. Somehow my uncle has connected another hard drive from my older PC into the current one. The 2nd hard drive contains a few files. I was wondering whether having 2 hard ...
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Automate creation of taskbar shortcuts

I have Windows 8 computers on a domain. I want to create a Group Policy Object to create taskbar shortcuts for users as they move onto different machines. I have created a batch file that will copy ...
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I think someone is remotely viewing my laptop; how can I stop it?

My laptop was a gift from my ex-boyfriend, who spent years studying studying network security, VPNs, partitions, and remote admin/access. Upon dumping me last week, he said: I'll be watching you. ...
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Can I test if command prompt support unicode in Windows

Is there a simple test (or trick) I can run on Windows command line to know if it supports unicode? For the context, I'm using Node.js - but I'm pretty confident I could adapt any solutions.
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Start MSYS in current folder

I have MinGW/MSYS on Windows, and can't figure how to start MSYS shell in folder I'm working in. For example, in Windows console I'm working in folder c:\temp and if I call MSYS (msys.bat) it opens ...
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Font displays different “characters” when displayed on Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP or 7

I was working with our account today who complained that a signature of "John Smith" was being printed on checks coming out of our accounting system. Today was unusual, she was running our ...
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How do I interpret the corrupted file information produced by SFC?

Running a scan with the SFC (system file checker) produces entries in the CBS.log file. sfc /scannow Microsoft recommends running the findstr (find string) command with the c switch which searches ...
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Can I create/save a hybernation state to recover from *without* actually hibernating?

I'd like to be able to have my computer resume to it's last state (open programs etc) in the event of a forced or unintended power-off without having to actually hibernate or hybrid-sleep my machine. ...
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Windows & Git Bash: Bash PATH to read Windows %PATH% system variable

I've recently added a directory to the Windows PATH manually by going into Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings -> Environment Variables -> User variables -> PATH. (Windows 7, 64-bit.) ...
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get rid of transparency of selected part of png using imagemagic

I have this png image with transparency http://s18.postimg.org/d2h2m4yl5/flatten_canvas2.png I want to get rid of transparency using imagemagick, but only of the selected part and not the whole image....
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Where can I get a copy of timeit.exe for Windows Server 2008?

Timeit.exe is part of the Windows Server 2003 Resource kit, and Microsoft's download page suggests that it is only compatible with 2003 and specifically does not work on 64-bit systems. Which ...
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how to display local IP using a batch file?

So far I have the following in my batch file: %comspec% /c ipconfig | find "IPv4" > %HOMEPATH%\desktop\MyIP.txt %comspec% /c start notepad %HOMEPATH%\desktop\MyIP.txt However, when I run the ...
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Migrating shared folders to NAS

We have 2 win 2k3 servers that store a good amount of files inside shared folders for all the departments in our organization. We want to migrate the shared folders to a new NAS appliance that we just ...
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Cannot Find A Group Policy That I'd Like To Disable

There's an Active Directory group policy specific to Google Chrome in place to enforce: startup URLs blocking auto-updating (locking to a particular version) This policy writes entries to ...