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How to install multiple versions of the same software?

I manage phone systems for multiple clients. Each system uses the same administrator software, but it runs on different versions depending on what version of firmware is installed on the system ...
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Fastest way to restore Windows 7's original MBR?

I have removed GRUB's partition, and I wanted to restore the original Windows boot part. WinToFlash failed again to make my pendrive bootable, thus I'm in a bit of a trouble now. I looked all ...
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Check for only numerical input in batch file

In the Windows NT-based command line (mostly for XP or higher), is there a way to verify if a switch being provided is a number only? Depending on the number, I want it to loop through the code x ...
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I need to preserve a tape using symantec backup exec. I'm aving trouble doing so

Please forgive me if this is the wrong stack exchange site. Please suggest which one I should post this to if it is. There's an automatic tape machine running in a remote location, with software ...
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Microsoft Live Messenger only signs in when I have a Socks proxy

I've installed the last version of Microsoft Live Messenger. The problem I have is that it signs in to the server just if I start a Socks proxy. Otherwise, it can not signs me in, and tell me there is ...
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Romanian voice for blind people narrator windows 7

Do you guys know any software for blind people to work on windows 7, but the voice has to be in romanian, any tips will be appreciated.
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Benefits of clicking Refresh all the time on the Windows desktop

Some people seem to right-click Desktop -> Refresh all the time. They seem to think that it solves computer problems in general, or that one must do it in order to keep the computer working properly. ...
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Can one take a partial screen shot in Windows 7?

One can take a screen shot of a part of the screen on a Mac with Cmd + Shift + 4. Is there a similar functionality in Windows 7?
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Is it possible to start an application by hotkey, without 3rd party software? If so, how?

Is there a way to setup some key combination on windows 7 to call a specific .exe file without installing any sort of third party application? thank you all
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TP-Link WN722N usb NIC

I'm having trouble connecting to my home network using a new USB NIC I ordered from Newegg.com. I have installed the newest drivers from the manufacturer's website and tried multiple times to diagnose ...
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Generating new Opera user profile

How can I create new user profile for Opera? I like to keep lot of open tabs, but often when I work I need to look up things every now and then. So when I need to concentrate on something, e.g. some ...
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Why do I lack permissions to install jEdit in C:\Program Files (x86)\jEdit 4.5.0?

I am trying to install jEdit on my Windows 7 PC using the Java-based installer. However, I am getting this error that claims that I lack permissions to install jEdit within C:\Program Files ...
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Should I ever put my computer in sleep mode? [closed]

Besides the cost of electricity, is it detrimental if a computer never goes into sleep mode? Obviously, servers are running 24/7, but is it different for a personal computer?
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0 Byte File Windows Contacts

I have synced contacts from my blackberry to windows contacts on windows 7 and the transfer has created a number of files under the name of the person but they are 0 byte files. You cannot delete or ...
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Command prompt hangs/freezes/crashes sporadically

I'm finding it very difficult to Google this, I don't seem to be able to find anyone with the same issue and I don't know enough about the Windows operating system to troubleshoot. The machine(s) we ...
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Can I use Windows XP without license after the support period has ended?

Microsoft dropped support for Windows XP. Is it legal to install Windows XP without any license? Update: As Wikipedia states "Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the ...
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Security concerns of using auto-login (when using preboot authentication)

I have TrueCrypt with preboot authentication. Is it safe to make Windows auto-login?
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Any idea why icons would arbitrarily move around on a Windows desktop?

Virus-scan checks out; if someone's hacking in, they're just moving icons. No apparent pattern, except icons being in different places. Thoughts?
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fat and ext partitions on same drive, readable by Windows

I have a flash drive with a Debian installation on it, with lots of partitions (however many it makes if you choose all separate during installation). Anyways, what I want to do is create a FAT ...
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Why does Windows not recognize files inside Linux partitions?

I dual booted my Windows XP, installing Linux Mint. I found out that when using Linux Mint, I could see and open files installed on Windows XP, but when using Windows XP, I can't see and open files ...
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Switch off the monitor when mouse reaches the edge of the screen

I have two computers at home (Windows XP and Windows 7), but one monitor for both of them. They are connected to this monitor using different interfaces: DVI and VGA. I'm also using one keyboard ...
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accessing a machine locally without network auth?

I have a machine that probably used LDAP or something for auth on a network but im trying to login to manage the system but cant seem to login even after doing a reset of the administrator password. ...
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graphics card issue?

I have a simple graphics card in a business system which everything runs fine for about a week but then I'll get problems where the screens will flicker and I'll get multiple cursors and then the ...
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DVD drive not detected in BIOS / Windows XP

My parents bought a PC (a old Hewlett Packard Bell Pentium 4) just to watch YouTube. It worked well for months but last week, the DVD drives (there a 2 dvd drives) are no more recognized by the BIOS ...
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Flatbed Document Scanner

I have a flatbed scanner hooked up to my older WinXP machine. When I hit the scan button it brings up the prompt asking to what program I want to run. Is there a registry edit, program that will allow ...
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How to count pages in multiple PDF files?

I just received a pdf textbook comprised of some 20 separate pdfs (by chapter) with quasi-regular names. Is there a way for counting the pages in th book w/o openning each file (or going through the ...
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WPAD working for everything except Windows Update

I'm trying to get proxy auto detection working on a network, and it is working fine for all browsers, including IE, but Windows Update will not work. I have set up a web server to serve the same WPAD ...
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Creating a scheduled task in Windows that will run at intervals indefinitely

I seem to be getting slightly confused by the Task Scheduler trigger settings. (I'm on Windows Server 2008 Web) I want to create a task that will run every 5 minutes, whether a user is logged in or ...
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Scroll wheel causes browsers + Windows explorer to go back

I use Windows 7 on a VirtualBox VM on a Mac. Lately, when I'm using any browser (IE9, Chrome or FireFox or even Windows Explorer), use of the scroll wheel followed by any movement of the mouse cursor ...
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Displaying file names with a certain number of characters in command line

I need to list all text files on the C drive whose names are seven characters long. I tried the following command DIR ???????.txt However, this command displayed files with seven characters and ...
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Moving windows using keyboard…faster?

I like using keyboard shortcuts because it's faster as it does not force me to move my hands off the keyboard. In Windows I can use them to move windows around desktop: Press Alt+Space to open ...
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Poor home office network performance

I have worked with small to mid size networks for quite a long time and can say I'm comfortable connecting hardware. Where you will start to lose me is with managed switches and firewalls. To start, ...
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Do not batch move files that are currently written

I need to periodically move some tv records, however it is possible that one of them is still recorded during moving. now i need a batch utility that can detect if a file is already completely written ...
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How to select default network interface for internet?

I have 2 network interfaces. Both use DHCP to obtain ip address. First provides internet directly and second uses PPPOE connection. How to select which connection windows will use to connect to ...
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Word 2007 file too big

I have this novel I'm formatting. It has 37 images, most of them greyscale. They are all under 100 kb each. Most of them are under 50 kb. So I already know it's NOT the images. It's. Not. The. Images. ...
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Reliable way to check for applications last ran from NTFS partition?

When recovering a broken Windows system, I need to know which applications are actually used, so that I know which of them must be reinstalled and reconfigured (along with user's data) after the ...
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Windows remote shutdown: access denied

I have 3 "client" computers, on which the mentioned user is administrator: CPU1: Win Vista 32-bit -- User: Domain\User1 -- IP: 192.168.42.1 CPU2: Win 7 64-bit -- User: localhost\User2 -- IP: ...
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Error in SearchIndexer.exe drastically reduces performance of my machine

I get the below error on my laptop and it drastically reduces the performance of my machine as the Indexer is constantly running. Please identify a solution except re-installation. Faulting ...
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How to rename multiple files in multiple folders with 1 command

We want to rename our *.html files to *.php but (sadly enough) have not enough knowledge to do it with a dos batchfile and/or cmd prompt command. The problem is that each file is in seperat folder ...
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mac & windows backup solutions - Offsite Backups

Im looking for some advice on a system Im looking to impliment within our company, but so far I have not found an adequate solution too. I need to provide my users with a way to backup there laptops ...
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Windows 7 screen messed up

My screen is suddenly divided in three equally large parts with a large black area in between. This is itself pretty annoying. But they also come in the wrong order: part 3, part 2 part 1. Did I do ...
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Is there a way to copy the file paths of ALL active windows' opened files? (for saving and restoring your Windows session across a restart)

There is a program I know of called Twinsplay - Professional Edition, which among its other functions, can 'session save' your current open files (i.e. user-opened files - whatever is actively ...
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Windows, Linux login script

I want make som scripts to lock(mute,screen off,lock)/unlock(unmute,screen on,unlock) session, and I want execute it with hotkeys. I have script for lock Windows and Linux. And I need scripts to ...
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Associate office documents with XP Mode with Vmware

is it possibleto associate a file extention of MS Office with XP Mode with Vmware. I have successfully created shortcuts to run XP mode office application, however I am not sure as to how to link the ...
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Trying to get to the command prompt through recovery disk

I'm trying to reach the command prompt through a vista recovery disk I have, and it boots from the disk and gets to the point where it asks which installation I want to repair and then says the disk ...
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Imaging Dell OEM Windows 7 install onto other Dell laptops purchased

We have ordered 70 dell laptops directly from dell. We are wondering if we can take the existing OEM install of windows on one of the laptops, add some files and then deploy that image to the rest of ...
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Merging extracted files Into a working program

I downloaded 33 files (.rar) using uTorrent and extracted all of them using WinRAR. All are in one folder, appropriately named. However, I have no idea how to merge them all into the one working ...
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Troubleshoot network application

I'm having an tough time troubleshooting an application that will not start properly after a move to a new domain controller. The first thing checked was permissions and exceptions in Windows Firewall ...
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How can i force all printers in a domain to print black and white?

I want all users in a domain to print only black and white. There are several makes and models of printers. The users shouldn't be able to change back to color printing. There are both local ...
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How do I change the order that SyncToy runs folder pairs?

I've setup some folder pairs to run with SyncToy 2.1. Now I want to "Run All" but I want to run them in a different order to which I added them. Is there a way to change the order that the sync pairs ...