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How to get out of automatic repair loop in Windows 8?

I recently got a windows pc from my friend that is broken. When it boots, it says "Automatic Repair could not fix the problem" and gives me the option to power off or choose advanced options. Under ...
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How can I prevent Windows Server 2008 R2 from phoning home?

I have a Windows 2008 R2 server which is to contain sensitive documents on a small LAN. The two users who use the server do so via RDP so no documents are transferred to client workstations. During a ...
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Stuck in safe mode with networking - can't access anything as an admin

I was working on a computer running Windows XP SP3 remotely last night and I needed to boot the computer in Safe Mode with Networking and then access it again. I opened up msconfig and configured it ...
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Scale desktop 4:3 to 16:9

I need to scale my display, however I cannot seem to find how to do that. The problem is, when I set my resolution to 1280x720, it stretches, as my default resolution is 1280x1024. I would like to ...
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Multiple system calls from PID 0 in Windows

Recently, one of my old PC at home lags at times. I open the Process Monitor (from sysinternals.com) and find multiple system calls from a process with PID 0, including CreateFile operation. I thought ...
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Batch rename image files (replace space with hyphen)

I have a folder which contains 4 sub folders and in each of these 4 folders there are more folders that contain images. I need to replace all the spaces in the image names with hyphens e.g. blue ...
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How do I run Apache in a VM, but have it serve files from the host?

OK, this is a bit tricky to explain, but I'll do my best. I'm running Apache in a VM (Windows XP Mode), and I want to: Store and edit website files on my main machine (host) Serve them to the ...
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My windows 8 recovery drive I created prompts me for “installation media” when I try to refresh/reset

I created a Windows 8 recover drive on a USB stick. I can boot from it and get to the options to refresh/reset my installation. However, after I select either option it prompts me to "insert my ...
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Where can I download a legitimate copy of Windows 8 without having to supply an activation key? [duplicate]

I own a Lenovo Yoga 13 ultrabook and the Windows key is stored internally in the UEFI or something like that. The windows installer automatically recognizes the key during install. Here's my issue: I ...
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Copy all files from an HTTP folder location to a local folder

I'm a student and need to pull down lots of stuff from my professor’s website, preferably retaining some of the folder structure. I'm working on Windows boxes and have access to Windows XP, Windows 7,...
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Forwarding old emails

I'm trying to forward a series of old emails from one email address to another, both are Microsoft email accounts. The thing is that i don't what to simply forward them using the web interface, that ...
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Copy whole OS (Linux/Windows) to a new HDD

I want to backup my OS (windows 7 & linux) in case of HDD failure. Do I have to image whole partitions (e.g. using dd) or just copy files? I've read that rsync -a / /mnt/backup can do the job. Can ...
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Why isn't -r working for rsync on Windows?

I am running this from my command prompt: rsync -rltz --executability -C --filter=':- .gitignore' -e "ssh -i /cygdrive/c/Users/dstein/.ssh/id_rsa" myfolder/ root@site.local:/path/to/place I have my ...
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How to make an app available for other users after installation?

I hope there is a way to do this, Let me explain it: When you install a software on Windows, you are asked to do it for everyone or just for the current user. Well, I made a mistake, I installed it ...
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Formatting registry values with non-standard argument syntax for context menu commands

I'm trying to add an entry to the Windows folder background context menu. The following "command" value works: "P:\Projects\GuardianBlade\OfStrangerFlames\Development\Project\Bin\MakeManifest.exe" ...
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Why new Windows versions take so much space? [closed]

I have quite fresh Windows 8 installation now and Windows folder takes 20 GB. It was pretty much the same for Windows 7 and Vista. Why is that? I mean it's not like Windows uses many media files or ...
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NTFS junctions fail after SysPrep

I have a system with numerous partitions across several physical disks. After a Windows SysPrep the drive letters are re-assigned (this is expected), so I have a script that re-letters them back to ...
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Windows Explorer hacked, Restore files corrupted

Not expecting a critter in a FB page, I clicked on it. Instantly a new icon for "White Trader" appeared on my Desktop, a message about not using it "in long time" popped up, Dropbox loaded itself and ...
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Remember icon size, sort order, and sort options per-folder on Windows 7

Sometimes when I change the icon size in one folder, all other folders are changed, too. Sometimes they are unchanged: Sometimes when I change the sort order, all other folders change too, ...
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How do I go about batch-optimizing image files with a script?

I'm using OptiPNG for a large amount of PNGs I need to optimize. I can get it to run with a batch script where the application and image are in one folder together. start.bat contains: start _OPNG....
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Windows command to concatenate multiple files in alphabetical/numerical order?

I have several hundred files that need to be concatenated into a single file, much like this question. The problem is, that my files must must be in order. They are named with a Julian date followed ...
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Simple replacing system drive under Windows 8? [duplicate]

Can I just copy all files to new drive and replug it as "C". Will it just work?
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Where is the default location of “open” files downloads (Internet Explorer)? [duplicate]

I wasn't able to find out where files get downloaded when I click open when downloading. Where do they get downloaded to?
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Alternate to Handle.exe(sysinternals)

We are using Handle.exe by sysinternals, to detect file handles from command-line utility, but we are unable to package the Handle.exe into our product due to license issue. Even we tried fuser.exe to ...
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Can't edit MP3 tags like artist or title

I try to edit the tags of MP3 files and I found that some of the file cannot be edited. Here's the procedure when I edit the information of the MP3 file: Right click the MP3 file in Windows ...
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How to find out which installer package a given exe/dll belongs to

I would like to know what MSI installed a given dll or exe on my system. I know that Windows fixes deleted files if they belong to an installed package. Can I query that information without actually ...
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Using Pidgin with OTR-encryption on Linux and Windows [closed]

Please show here how to install and activate OTR ("Off-The-Record") and Pidgin to me on both: Windows and Linux.
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Default sort order in Windows folder

I am running Windows 7 and I have a folder "Dropbox" inside my Documents folder. However, every time I restart Explorer and enter this folder, it is sorted by mutation date. I'd like to have it ...
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How to recover computer from log in screen

Not sure of a more appropriate Stack Exchange website, but I have a really urgent problem that needs fixing, as I am leaving to China soon. Last night my computer shut down abruptly, and upon restart ...
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Displaying bad block count without a new HDD rescan

I know that chkdsk will display information aboud bad blocks, but it runs a bit slowly on my machine. Is there a way to display bad block info without having to run a new scan on the HDD? I know this ...
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What are the recommended power settings for VMs?

What power options should be changed in Windows when it is running on a virtual machine? We are using VMWare and the possible OS's are any of several still-supported versions of Windows. For example ...
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“There is no disk in the drive.” error message from an application that was just copied from a CD with batch file xcopy but doesn't require it at all

All, I have an interesting problem that I have looked everywhere for an answer and have come up short. Hopefully someone out there can shed some light as to why this is happening. I have a CD that ...
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Windows 8 kiosk [closed]

I need to lockdown windows 8 for a kiosk using chrome. I have tried some of the paid solutions out there but none of them support chrome. Has anyone accomplished this without purchasing a product? ...
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Editing GPO Programmatically

I have a batch file that I'm using to update a large group of computers. This batch file works, for the most part. Where it fails is when the computer has been set up to "Disable Active Desktop" under ...
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Given a file, get the location in a separate (identically structured) directory?

Being completely green to Windows shell and cmd scripting, I'm banging my head against this particular problem but coming up with nothing. What I'm aiming to do is add a context menu item to right ...
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What are target command line options in windows? [closed]

I have .exe file. In the target field of the properties, I have: [ "C:/..path/file1.exe" -wr"D:\path2\folder" -wuName -wiName -wpName]. I want to know if there is some kind of list of command ...
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Error installing service, cant access/edit security log? [closed]

I'm trying to install a proprietary service on a client machine and I continue to run into the same issue I've checked all the user permissions even though I'm on an admin account. I also checked ...
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How to use scp command without the -i option and still find the priv key

I am logged into a win2008 box, I run scp with the -i option that points to the directory where the private key resides on the win2008 box. scp -i "cygdrive/c/users/userid/privkey..." user@linux:/...
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Prevent exe from opening a new command prompt window

I am on windows 7 command prompt. When I run the following command "C:\Program Files\abc.exe" help > out.txt abc.exe is a third party program which displays some info. What happens is that a ...
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Duplicate Front Boxes sound onto Rear Speakers [duplicate]

I am currently using foobar2000 which has the ability to "Convert Stereo to 4 Channels" by simply duplicating the Front Speakers output to the Rear Speakers. This Sounds really great opposed to the "...
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Cross-platform backup solutions [closed]

Here's my situation. I'm always feeling uncomfortable with backups which are bound to one specific OS. A Mac OS X Time Machine backup, for example, is not very helpful when you can't afford a new Mac ...
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Replace right control with right click

In my laptop, right click button is missing. Also, I don't use right Control and right Alt. So, I want to replace right Control with a right click using AutoHotKey. Is it possible? How can I do this?
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Speeding up bluetooth device detection by Windows 7

I have 3 computers, one on Windows 7 x64, the other also on Windows 7 x64, the last one on MacOS Snow Leopard, connected onto a Belkin KVM switch. On that switch, I have a BlueTooth USB dongle that is ...
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Using non-system language in Window's Command Prompt

I have to auto-send a yes input to my command prompt. Usually it can be done just pressing y and my program can do it without any problem. But.. if I run my program from a non English computer I need ...
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Dual Boot with Windows: Enable numlock

After I installed Ubuntu along with Windows, in both OS's I had to manually enable numlock (despite having enabled a setting for this in the BIOS I believe). Is there a way to enable numlock?
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How to install the latest Dirac codec on windows

How do I install the Dirac codec on windows? Can I get this as part of the GStreamer project?
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Repair MP4 corrupted index

I have a corrupted MP4 file whose length is 25 minutes, but fter the first 4 minutes it jumps ahead to 20 minutes and one cannot playback the middle portion. It appears as though the index is ...
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Win 7 x64 explorer.exe stops responding on copy/paste

Few months ago I changed my Win7 orb using this software. But it changed only the explorer.exe in C:\Windows. To solve that, I copied explorer.exe from there to C:\Windows\system32 and C:\Windows\...
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Put to sleep unless there is something downloading/uploading

I wanted to know if it's possible to set the PC to go to sleep after X amount of time, unless there is some data going through the ethernet or wifi, like a torrent or my media server.
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how to change Background Wallpaper using command windows 7 [closed]

i dont know why it is not working. XD i need help tnx REG ADD "HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop" /v Wallpaper /t REG_SZ /d d:\wallpaper.bmp /f %SystemRoot%\System32\RUNDLL32.EXE user32.dll