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taskkill windows command getting hung

I have a few batch files in which I directly call taskkill command to kill running processes (because they interfere with these nightly build scripts). But recently, it seems after some Windows ...
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How to change the icon of html files?

Windows (at least XP and Vista, I haven't tried 7) refuses to honor my setting of the icon to show for html files. It insist in showing the paper sheet with the IE logo on it. On XP I changed the ...
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Can I set Windows default second-monitor behaviour to “Extend these displays”?

I travel to multiple offices (and multiple desks in those offices), and whenever possible I plug an external monitor into my laptop. Whenever I plug in a monitor I haven't used before, Windows ...
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Install VC Redist 2008 on Windows Server 2000

I recently set up a server with Windows Server 2000 (I know it´s old, but the hardware of the computer wouldn´t take more than that). Now I installed xampp which requires the VC redist package 2008. ...
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Email clients with GPG for linux, windows and android

I need Your help. Im looking for some email client with GPG to use under linux, windows and android. Important for me is that, when I marked email as read under eg. linux it is marked as well under ...
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What is the OS name and browser version for Windows NT 6.1 and Mozilla/4.0?

I currently see the following browser information from a user: Mozilla/4.0 ( compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.1; Trident/4.0; Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT ...
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3D Designing programs such as Google Sketchup, Blender, Wings 3D crash on my 64bit Win 7 PC

Google Sketchup, Blender, Wings 3D, Maya and all such programs, whenever started, crash. Google Sketchup produces a bug splat but doesn't say anything specific about the error, Wings 3D and blender ...
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Tell Windows 7 or 8 not to use other drives [duplicate]

When installing anything, namely Windows Updates, Windows tends to use other physical drives to unpack installer, and launch it from there. This leaves plethora of stupidly named folders after a while ...
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Disable a key in windows [duplicate]

The laptop keyboard has been giving me some problems over the past couple of days with the home and end keys 'acting' like struck at any random point of time. 'Acting' as in , they dont seem struck ...
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How do I exclude specific directories from a Windows search?

I want to search for a file on drive C:. I know for sure it does not exist in a specific directory(s) (say Program Files). So to shorten my search time, I want Windows to exclude searching in those ...
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Why does the Windows Firewall ask to unblock an application that has no incoming connections

I have an application that connects to a License Server. The application triggers the request to allow connections on Windows XP and up. No matter whether I block or unblock the application, it gets ...
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Does Windows use hybrid sleep by default?

I'm on Windows 7, and I've got "Enable hybrid sleep" set to "On" in the setting of my power plan. Does it mean that Windows puts my computer into hybrid sleep mode every time I click "Sleep" in the ...
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How much safe is it to keep a desktop computer in sleep state overnight? [closed]

So far, I'm putting it into hibernate state overnight, but it takes way too much time to resume. Probably because of all the installed software and two virtual machines I'm constantly running on my ...
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Work around Windows 7 bug where it shows me my wallpaper even though i told it not to show it for this remote desktop session

Windows 7 is showing me my background wallpaper when I disabled it explicitly for the current remote desktop session in the remote desktop experience Tab in the RDP connection settings dialog, the ...
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Which fonts (if any) are pre-installed on Windows, OS X, and iOS?

I'm setting up my email client on OS X, and am not sure which font to select in Mail so as to ensure a consistent appearance across devices. In particular, iOS is a problem as I cannot seem to find a ...
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Can't read file from SSD

I have a Crucial m4 SSD which is only a few months old. I use this to run a virtual machine from and suddenly today the machine is unable to read one of the files needed to start up. I have tried ...
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How to create Symbolic Link chain in Windows?

I am trying to create multi-level symbolic links in Windows 8, but only the direct (first level) symlink seems to be working. If I try to use the second level SymLink, i get errors. i have been using ...
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Windows Bitlocker and automatic unlock password storage safety

I've encrypted my external HDD with a Bitlocker and after rebooting computer I tried to open that drive and got this message: Say, if I pick to "Automatically unlock on this computer from now on", ...
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how to block certain users by machine name in remote desktop?

I have a scenario where a common user can be connected from multiple machines, i.e, login: analysis.lhr users from multiple machines can use this login to connect to servers using remote desktop. ...
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Can't ping to other networks

In our company we have 3 different local networks. I can ping to other local networks from my system, but can't ping to a particular network from another local machine which is coming under the same ...
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Grub doesn't show OS selection menu when booting a dual boot setup

I have installed windows and Linux(ubuntu) on the same machine. Now the problem is when I start my machine, It goes directly to Linux and does not ask me for the selection of OS either I want to load ...
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How to redirect output from schtasks taskeng.exe

We're running Sikuli app from a CI tool Hudson. A scheduled task is configured on our windows server 2008, named test When Hudson job kicks off, it triggered the command schtasks /run /tn test. A ...
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Registry key for virus protection

Does anyone know if Action/Security Center uses a registry key (or file) to determine whether or not to notify the user that no virus protection is installed? I'm not trying to turn off ...
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How to uninstall packages from Sublime Text 2

I'm using a portable version of sublime text 2 on windows. And I'm trying to uninstall some packages which are on this directory: D:\Downloads\sublime\Data\Packages The problem is that it always ...
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Mapped drives are slow

I am running Windows XP and when I click to open a mapped drive it takes ages to open. This happens only on the first mapped drive selected each day; once the first drive has been successfully opened, ...
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64x Not working, despite my desperate tries

So this is really weird, and extremely annoying. I've tried to install a 64x-version of some Linux distributions, such as Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Xubuntu, etc. But none has been successful. I am able to ...
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Is it possible to remotely connect to computer without disrupting their session?

I am trying to figure out if it is possible to connect to a computer using RDP, VNC, Etc without actually disrupting the computer you are logging into. My wife uses my desktop computer at home so she ...
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“Hibernate doesn't use power”… or does it?

Does hibernation use more power than a total shutdown? The oft-given answer is no, but I can't help but wonder if that's a lie: hibernation seems to be an ACPI feature, and a completely different ...
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Icons appear as blocks (windows 8)

Some windows 8 icons just got corrupted (i have no idea how) and now appear as blocks. Many icons work fine... many don't Any idea how to fix this?
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Why is Windows 8 Not Using the Correct Interface to Route Packets

Yesterday afternoon, I was suddenly unable to route packets to my company's vpn on my Windows 8 machine even though I am "successfully" connected. Can anyone explain to me how, with this routing ...
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Unable to connect to wifi router [duplicate]

I have a Dlink DIR-524 wifi router. The problem is when I go to another room (this room is next to the room where the router is placed. The room is of normal size not big), I am unable to connect to ...
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Filter files by name and contents in Windows 7

How to: filter files by name and contents in Windows 7? I need to find files named bob.xml recursively and leave (in the search results) only those that contain the phrase ...
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msys-1.0's dd on windows

msys-1.0 (MinGW) has an implementation of dd usable on windows (dd.exe) but windows does not have file representations of drives to use with dd. Or does it? Afaik dd operates on files. Is there a way ...
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How many primary partitions can be created on a computer running Windows 8?

I remember reading somewhere that as opposed to the former versions of Windows - more than 4 can be created, but I can't seem to find it on the web now. Is this true?
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Copy-paste through RDP, file size limitation?

Is there a limitation how large files you can copy paste via RDP (Remote Desktop) in Windows? Is it possible to copy-paste e.g 4 GB files through RDP?
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xz archive opens in linux, corrupted in windows [closed]

I have some xz archives (that were created in Linux), I can decompress them fine in linux but I'm trying to open them in Windows (7). I've used both 7zip and ExtractNow. In both cases the archive ...
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Installing windows 7 hid ubuntu on my machine.Can I access ubuntu again?

I had ubuntu already installed on my laptop.I did not uninstall it.I installed windows 7 on my laptop.Now I can't access ubuntu.It's hidden.I thought I would get a choice of operating systems at the ...
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How to prevent OpenOffice from running file recovery every time at startup?

Whenever I start my computer and start OpenOffice, the file recovery option is always displayed. How do I turn this off?
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Easy_install script for Python 3

I came across this nifty little piece of software: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools to install Python packages on Windows. However, this only supports till Python 2.7. Is there an equivalent ...
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Installation of Java is not working on Windows Server 2008 Itanium

When I try to install Java on Windows Server 2008, it gives me the error below. I tried to install JDK 1.5, JDK6 and JDK7 in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Error message: The version of the ...
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How can I define shortcut for new blog post in Windows with Word 2013

When I want to have a new blog post I need click on Word shortcut File >> New From templates click on blog post How can I define shortcut for this? or another templates that we can ...
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What to consider when manually removing a MSI installation?

I'm dealing with a failing uninstall/upgrade of a very old MSI installation. So my intention was to manually remove the old installation by some kind of removal tool, preferable written in dotnet. ...
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Internet browsers having certificate trouble after BIOS update

After trying to flash an updated bios for my new 6 core processor, I had to revert to the previous bios due to startup issues. Since then, mozilla firefox closes after a few seconds of being open, and ...
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Recover files in windows (NTFS) without actual data copy — ie modify MFT only

I'm looking to undelete some files that I just... deleted. I recall several (10) years ago I used a program than scanned a given drive and undeleted the files in place, presumably by just relinking ...
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Why does Robocopy ignore the /copy flags?

Robocopy Copy Flags? I just recently made an answer here http://stackoverflow.com/a/15211788/891976 where I suggested using robocopy and its /copy flags, but for some as of yet unknown reason, the ...
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Code compare tools dont line up on dual monitors

I have setup Visual Studio to use an external code compare tool. I've tried both Beyond Compare and DiffMerge and when the window is expanded to cover both monitors they dont align. Can someone ...
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Slow msysGit performance on mapped network drive

I have a development web server with an application directory mapped to my local machine as drive Z: (e.g. \\web_server\wwwroot). The shared folder requires domain credentials to access (my domain ...
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Why is Windows constantly spinning up my secondary HDD?

I'm having a problem with windows constantly spinning up my secondary HDD. My main OS is on the C: partition of my SSD and on my HDD I have a D: partition for storage and an E: partition for recovery. ...
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Windows Automatic Update Installer

Is there a way to have a program install windows updates and then reboot and install and reboot automatically all night long? It would shave a lot of time off my hands. All versions of Windows.
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Started DBAN on an external by accident - can I get my data back?

I was running DBAN on a laptop HDD and I had an external HDD attached. Without realising that, I ran DBAN in auto mode. Completely stupid, I know. I noticed it was attached when the operation ...