For questions not specific to a single version of Microsoft Windows. Otherwise, use a more specific tag such as [windows-7] or [windows-10].

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

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. ...
0
votes
0answers
85 views

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.
4
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
127 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
472 views

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. ...
11
votes
3answers
19k views

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.) ...
1
vote
1answer
129 views

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....
1
vote
1answer
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
13k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
311 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
444 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
3k views

cannot delete files from exFAT drive

I copied a few files and folders with unicode characters from my FAT32 drive to the exFAT drive... now I see the files and folders but cannot delete or examine them (file not found). So exFAT does ...
1
vote
0answers
157 views

Windows 7, Python script to use command to access megawarc web archive file,

I've found myself having to use a Python script to access a web archive. What I have is a 'megawarc' web archive file from http://archive.org/details/archiveteam-fanfiction-warc-11. I need to un-...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

I have an intel I3 processor by my task manager CPU history shows 4 graphs does that mean I have four cores? [duplicate]

I have an intel I3 processor by my task manager CPU history shows 4 graphs does that mean I have four cores? I thought i3 only has two cores. isn't that right
4
votes
2answers
11k views

Possible to ipconfig release/renew for only one nic?

I've got two NICs in my Windows 8 Pro (x64) box each connected to different networks. I would like to release and renew the DHCP lease for just one of the NICs. So far I can't find any way to do it ...
1
vote
2answers
325 views

Building Fish 2.0 shell under Cygwin

I wanted to have a fish shell under my cygwin instance and I wanted it so bad that I've event tried to build it but with no luck. I've gone through all the prerequisites like installing autoconf, ...
0
votes
1answer
597 views

How do I know if a symbolic link in Windows still works?

I have lots of symbolic links (Windows 7). How do I know if they are working or if they are dead (that is, the original file has been deleted/moved/renamed)? I tried if not exist mylink.txt ...
3
votes
1answer
30k views

How can I get to know CPU cache size on Windows 7

WMIC CPU command displays a lot of information about the CPUs on a machine. It only displays the information about L3 cache, is there a way to figure out the size of L1 and L2 caches using a command ...
7
votes
3answers
355 views

Is the HOME environment variable normally set in Windows?

To be clear, I'm not asking can it be set or how to set it, I'm asking is it already set at all on a new copy of Windows. The ideal way to find this out would be to install a fresh copy of Windows on ...
17
votes
1answer
9k views

Cisco VPN Client hangs at “Opening cert store”

I am unable to launch the Cisco VPN Client successfully. When the splash screen reaches the step labeled "Opening cert store", it simply hangs and goes unresponsive. In the event viewer (eventvwr....
0
votes
1answer
875 views

“stop: 0x0000007B (0xBACC3528,0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)” error after launching Eclipse

I am not even sure this is the place to ask such a question but I am desperate right now. I just got blue screen error message on Windows after launching Eclipse. The error code is stop: ...
1
vote
0answers
128 views

Bash-like autocomplete in Windows 7 “Run…”

I am an usual Linux user and I got addicted to the ability of running commands from the terminal or the Run textbox (The one which has got AltF2 as default shortcut). In Windows 7, I'd like to work ...
1
vote
2answers
115 views

How to view properties of an open serial connection?

How can I view which properties an open serial connection has? So the baud, start and stop bits, the parity, the number of data bits and especially how the to be transmitted string is terminated (line ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

I get “error RA0000” error while registering DocMergeConnector.dll

I want to Register a dll file and I run the following command C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\Regasm.exe /tlb/codebase "C:\Program Files\Nuance\eCopy PDF Pro Office 6\bin\Connectors\...
1
vote
1answer
511 views

Installed Font, but can't use it in any application, it previews but can't be used

https://github.com/olton/Metro-UI-CSS/tree/master/fonts I tried the ttf. It's a bunch of metro icons/glyphs. Installs fine in OSX or Windows and neither detect any problems with it. I can preview it ...
1
vote
2answers
233 views

Enable RUN history

My computer does not store the history of the entries entered in RUN (WIN+R). Thus, how to enable Windows to store the history?
-1
votes
1answer
439 views

How to do a Win 8 parallel install? [duplicate]

I've acquired a license for Windwos 8 but my Sony support says that my Sony laptop is not compatible. I think that it will run Windows 8 and I've heard that it's possible to do a "parallel install" ...
4
votes
1answer
9k views

How to disable a USB port in Windows (XP) and make it available only for charging?

How can I disable a USB port in Windows XP to make it available only for smart phone battery charging? I don’t want the users to be able to see the USB drive in My Computer, and the USB device ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Installed python 32 bits after 64 bits

I wanted to use the 32 bits python because I need a module that only works with the 32 bits version, but I don't want to use the 32 bits version always, but when I run a script, it runs with the 32 ...
0
votes
2answers
91 views

Windows 7 Deleting Drive Letter On Boot

Wonder if anyone can help me please. I've got a Windows 7 build with an extra partition in which I'm storing a VHD the drive letter has been set to "U" using diskpart. However everytime I boot into ...
0
votes
1answer
3k views

Can't change default .jar opener from Command Prompt to Java SE Binary

A while back I changed my default opener for .jar files to cmd, as I was writing a few console applications in java and wanted to be able to run them easily (I now know that you can a similar result ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

Manually update Malwarebytes without Internet access

At my work, we use multiple AVs for virus-infested computers. One of the last ones I use is Malwarebytes, and I still love it. In the past, I've been able to boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt on ...
6
votes
5answers
3k views

Windows insists associating .py files with the wrong version of Python

I have both Python 2.7 and Python 3.3 installed on my machine (I'm on Windows 8). I would like .py files to be opened with Python 3.3 by default. The only Python path in the PATH environment variable ...
0
votes
1answer
233 views

What are the most common metrics for comparing performance when buying a new Windows PC?

What are some good and common performance metrics for comparing PC performance when purchasing a new PC? One I'm aware of are: Windows Experience. Edit: individual factors aren't helpful (like CPU ...
1
vote
1answer
69 views

How to make vim recover files from command line?

If it were linux, I'd do it like this: echo "w DST_FILE | q" | vim -Esu NONE -r SWP_FILE I'm trying to do the same under windows with git's bash, but with no result. It hangs and doesn't create ...
0
votes
0answers
63 views

How can I un-concatenate a bunch of files?

I accidentally made a backup of folder using "copy folder folder_backup" and got a file called folder_backup. It contains all the bits of the folder. And I accidentally deleted the folder. How do I ...
2
votes
1answer
166 views

Autocorrect in MS word / Windows environment

MS Word does some autocorrecting on common spelling mistakes (e.g. "withh") but simply does a red underlining on some other words (e.g. "Akwardd"). For the latter cases, one has to right click the ...
2
votes
2answers
10k views

Merge directories without overwriting conflicts

I have 2 directories structures (A and B) that normally don't overlap. I want to merge A into B. The following command will merge the directories: xcopy A B /E /Y However, I want to be able to ...
0
votes
0answers
602 views

Collapsing Folders in Windows 8

In Windows 8, is there a quick way to "destroy" a folder, but copy it's contents into the folders directory? For example: Folder F is located in Directory D. Folder F contains File 1 and File 2. ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

Create Windows 8 User From Linux Environment

I have a dual boot laptop with Win8 + Ubuntu installed on 2 separate partitions. Yesterday, as a result of a series of tweaking and things I shouldn't have been doing, I'm facing the evil user profile ...
1
vote
1answer
214 views

gvim view script output in realtime in quickfix window

I'm using gvim in a windows environment and have some custom scripts that I use to build with. Currently, all of my build output redirected to a new tab, but I have to wait for my build to finish ...
0
votes
1answer
420 views

Run program by different network connection in Windows platform

I am using Windows 7 There're two internet connections: (A) wired lan and (B) wireless lan There're two programs I want to run: (1) outlook and (2) browser Can I run outlook by wired lan and browser ...
35
votes
3answers
180k views

How to find the Ram type in command prompt?

How to find the ram type(DDR2/DDR3) of the system using command prompt? I have tried "SYSTEMINFO" in command prompt but it did not display the ram type.
0
votes
1answer
94 views

Can I use a cmd command to move previous revisions of documents into a different folder?

I work in document control and have a large number of documents saved in one folder, that folder also contains a folder called "old". What I need to do is filter through the 1000's of documents in ...
-2
votes
1answer
233 views

Best solution to recover files on windows 7 [closed]

what's the best solution for recovering files on Windows7 ? Tried different freewares like "recover my files", Recuva etc.. but no luck, the file could not be recovered.
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How to create “Send to ”FOLDER“ ” similar to send to desktop shortcut?

I've been trying to keep some files in a separate folder as shortcut, so that I can keep track of my favourite media files and images etc in a specified folder as shortcut. I don't want to always copy ...
0
votes
1answer
144 views

How to monitor edited files in a specified folder or hard drive live? [duplicate]

I have a pc running windows 7, and I want a program that monitors my hard drive, giving me reports in real time when files in a specific folder (or on a specific hard drive) are made/moved/changed etc....
0
votes
1answer
159 views

Restore files to a previous version Windows 7

How can I restore files I've recently modified in Windows 7 if I haven't setup the back up feature or created one myself? to a prior state, perhaps a couple of days ago. If that's possible. Maybe a ...