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Pulling photos off an iPad

I don't work with or use Mac OS X as I am a Windows/Linux guy. But if I wanted to pull photos off of an iPad with my Windows laptop for someone, how would I do it? Is it as simple and connecting to ...
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What is the difference between the read-only attribute and the access control list read-only flag on Windows?

I'm looking for a technical answer, not a general answer, pertaining to how Windows actually handles these properties. For example, there are some programs that recognize the read-only attribute and ...
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Can you defrag an encrypted file system

I just encrypted my entire hard drive with truecrypt and was wondering can I still defrag it? Or will that not work anymore or break something.
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Hitachi hard drive with apple firmware - possible to install Windows on?

My friend gave me a spare harddrive he had, a 320GB Hitachi HTS545032B9A302. I was hoping I could use this in place of my 70GB internal drive at home. However it says on the label that it has Apple ...
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Windows 7 Boots up fine in Safe mode with Network, Normal Bootup just shows black screen with cursor How to troubleshoot?

As the title says, I get a black screen with a cursor. If I boot into safemode with networking, all is fine. I've disabled all startup items in msconfig, but not sure what I should do next. Any ...
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Playing music through skype with a USB headset

I want to be able to play music through skype and listen to it at the same time, aswell as talk and hear others but i dont want any echo as i tried a process bu it ended up with everyone hearing an ...
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Is it possible to create a RAR from specific selected files inside another RAR?

So I have one RAR and I want to create another RAR from only the (let's say 10K) files inside that compressed archive without uncompressing it. Hope this makes sense and thank you all in advance!
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Hard Drive Encryption

I have a new HP laptop 2540p and was wondering how hard is it to encrypt the whole hard drive? Does it slow boot time? Does it make loading programs take longer? You have to enter a password at boot ...
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How can I turn my current PC into a NAS device without losing the PC

Basically I want to know if there is a proper way that I can take my current desktop PC (custom built) and add 2 additional hard drives and have these 2 drives act as a NAS backup with raid, while ...
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When compressing a file on command prompt with RAR command, how to stop the process without cancelling it?

I used the following command: rar a -m2 file.rar *.xml \\myroute\ I want to stop the process on the file that have already been processed i.e. using Ctrl + C will cancel the process but not finish ...
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Install GitHub for Windows through proxy

I'm trying to install GitHub for Windows. The problem is that I'm working through a proxy and the installation app don't let you change proxy settings. Is there a workaround to change the proxy ...
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Sending files to CentOS machine via ssh

I'm using ssh and connecting to a linux machine for the first time from my Windows 7 machine and right now I'm using putty to access a CentOS machine via ssh. I need to transfer some big files to the ...
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Overwriting with robocopy

I am using robocopy to copy files, but it simply hangs (I guess the reason is that the file is already present in the location). Is there an option using which I can overwrite files (if they are ...
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Cant start Windows Firewall from control panel

I have a weird problem. I try to open the Windows Firewall settings through the control panel. What i do, basically , is to click on Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Windows Firewall. Well ...
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concatenating string in FOR loop in batch file

I have a file sfsview_monitor1.txt with the following content: Total pages: 16320 Pages used: 142 Pages free: 16178 I want the output like this: 16320 142 16178 with the following code I am not ...
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Can I make Ctrl+Alt NOT act like AltGr on Windows?

Many applications like Google Docs use Ctrl+Alt shortcuts like Ctrl+Alt+2 for heading 2, Ctrl+Alt+m for comments etc. However, in case of international keyboards' layouts, Ctrl+Alt is mapped to AltGr, ...
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One key for one language

If you have only 2 languages on Windows to switch, you can use Ctrl+Shift or Alt+Shift to switch between them. But if the count of languages is more than 2 (I have 4), it becomes tricky to use the ...
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How to run a file as executable with a different extension?

After taking a look at the listed processes in Window's TaskManager, I've noticed that there are some process that has a different extension other than .exe. I then opened the folder location of one ...
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How to copy all files in the subfolder

I am using Windows 7 and I want to copy all PDF files inside a folder and inside all its subfolders in a new location. What is the command to do that?
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Windows 8 Security shows all “permissions incorrectly ordered”

I have a strange Folder/File security problem with a new Windows 8 Pro machine and I spent 3+ hours on the phone with Microsoft today and they don't have a 'fix' but have heard of it a "couple of ...
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How to blacklist a particular bad RAM area in Windows? [duplicate]

I have found a RAM error with MemTest86+ (the version included with Ubuntu 13.04), it says: Failing address: 002f796c48 - 759.5 MB I have no money to buy new RAM now and the error seems to be ...
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How do I get Word 2007 to spell check Hebrew?

I have bought a laptop with Windows 8 installed. I installed Office 2007, but for some reason I can't get Word to check spelling in Hebrew, even though I've added it. In the language screen, English ...
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How to get timestamp since epoch in Windows?

I want to measure the time of start for a program but for this I want to get the timestamp in Windows, but I need to get the time-stamp in mili-seconds since the Unix epoch format. (The Unix epoch is ...
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How to print the default java classpath from the command line in windows

I'm doing some trouble-shooting which requires me to know the default classpath under windows. There's java code which will do this (e.g. http://dev-answers.blogspot.com/2006/06/how-do-you-print-java-...
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Exhaustive Windows 7 troubleshooting procedure?

I have been using this laptop for almost two years now. Its an Intel 2nd Gen i3 with 4 GB of RAM with a 512 MB of ATI Radeon 5470 GPU running the 64-bit version of Windows 7 ultimate (Not too ...
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With Nvidia Optimus, which graphics adapter's control panel settings apply?

I just found out that I have both "Intel Graphics and Media Control Panel" and "NVidia Control Panel". How do these controls work together? I have an i7 with on-board graphics and a NVidia 650m. I ...
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Disable screen orientation hot keys in windows 8 (ctrl alt arrow) [duplicate]

I want to disable the screen orientation hot keys. I have tried looking in the NVIDIA control panel, but I have not found the option in there yet. Details: I am using an Asus Zenbook running ...
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Relative path names - Unknown directories up in DOS prompt?

For relative paths, i know: ./ is of this directory ../ is 1 directory up ../../ is 2 directories up etc Is it possible to keep going up until you reach a specified directory? Basically my ...
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Robocopy: show skipped files and files with an error while copying

I'm using the following command for copying files while preserving timestamps: robocopy [source] [destination] /E /ZB /COPY:DAT /DCOPY:T /R:1 /W:5 /V /NFL /NDL /NS /NC /NP /log:"[log-path]" /XD "...
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Where can I find an initial/default computer name per OS? [closed]

After installing the OS you get an initial/default computer name, i.e. for some Windows computers is something like "WIN-SJ32FF4". Does it always start with "WIN-"? What would it be for Linux? ...
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Windows 7 Administrator user doesn't have Admin rights

On windows 7, I have a user account of the 'administrator' type. However, whenever I try to do anything that only admins can do (ie: run a few cmd commands), I receive a message that I don't have the ...
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Windows batch file, use the “|” (OR) character

I'm trying to work on a batch script for windows (.bat) that executes some commands, and need to send the '|' character as a parameter. Here's an example: echo hello|world this will never return ...
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Can I uninstall a program or driver from Windows 7 recovery tools?

I just installed Windows 7. The first thing I did after desktop was run a full system update. Upon reboot, BSOD. The message doesn't display long enough for me to read what it says - it flashes for ...
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How to install Windows 7 on formatted drives?

I'm trying to install Windows 7 on a formatted drive from DVD, but I always get an error which says that the drive does not have bootmgr: BOOTMGR is missing Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart When I ...
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How to change the cmd.exe output into English on German system [duplicate]

On German platform, by default, run command line "systeminfo", the output is in German. But, I need it to output in English. So, I run "chcp 437" to change the code page to United States. But, it ...
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USB Not Recognized

Is there a way of disabling this message? According to Windows 7 my USB Keyboard doesn't work, however it does work fine. And the annoying sound of when a USB being plugged in is played every 6 ...
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Virtual desktop or virtual monitor

Does anyone know if there is a way that you can setup a virtual desktop or monitor using VNC? I have 2 windows 7 machines and would like to be able to connect them but in different user accounts so ...
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Partition invisible on Windows, not on Linux

I have Windows 7 64b installed and recently also installed Ubuntu 12.04 Problem: 2 of 4 Partitions on the same harddrive are not visible in Windows. Here is some info: $ df -T Filesystem Type ...
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Can I work out where the iTunes Media Folder is located?

I've written a simple batch file which, after doing some stuff to a video file that arrives periodically, dumps the output into the Automatically Add to iTunes folder so that iTunes will add it to its ...
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Automated git pull on Windows 8 as system

I have installed msysgit for windows 8. I am attempting to automate a git pull every 5 minutes. I am using scheduled tasks to run a script I wrote. The schedule task's action is: powershell -...
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How to open a Cygwin shell at a specific directory from Netbeans?

I've tried using QuickOpener with the command: C:\cygwin\bin\mintty.exe -e cd `cygpath "${currentFolder}"` but it just opens a window saying: cd: No such file or directory.
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Restore visibility of shell namespace extension

I have a namespace extension that I "accidentally" removed by right-clicking on it in Windows Explorer and then deleting it (Windows 7). The prompt I was given was that I could restore it in Control ...
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Birthday reminder - Windows [closed]

I run Windows 7. I would like to know if there is any option to have a birthday reminder option or software for my PC. I would like to get dates from my Facebook contacts as well, so that it will be ...
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Dropbox options for avoiding file conflicts and locking issues

I use dropbox to sync many things, often things that you "shouldn't" sync, like FireFox states, game states, music database, etc, etc. Where I run into problems is with dropbox's love of syncing ...
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Screenshot application that creates a file on your desktop( for windows ) [closed]

On a mac, when you take a screenshot the OS creates a file with it on the desktop. Is there such an alternative for Windows so when I use the "Print Screen" key or a key combination it lets me take ...
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Why does Windows Vista UI insist on staying in Swedish?

I just changed the display language on Windows Vista Ultimate from the native Swedish to English. It logged me out and after logging back in everything seemed to be translated to English and I was ...
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Cleaning out System32/SysWOW64

I've noticed that when I install applications, sometimes they just dump stuff into System32 or SysWOW64 and don't clean up. Is there any way to restore these folders to factory default, or just live ...
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How can I connect 2 windows 8 machines with WiFi Direct?

I noticed I have a WiFi direct network adapter in Device Manager. Did a bit of research and it provides peer-to-peer communication between two devices using WiFi. I searched on how to treansfer files ...
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Install Windows 7 Manually

My Windows 7 is in a black screen with cursor before login in all boot modes state. It says I have no restore points (when I actually do) and I have tried all recovery options. It happened after I ran ...
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bcdedit /deletevalue safeboot error

I cannot boot into my Windows version due to a virus, I was able to boot into another partitioned copy of Windows and access msconfig, which I then selected the virus ridden partitioned and checked "...