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How does the Recycle Bin work?

What does the Recycle Bin in Windows actually do? Is it just a glorified folder and a holding place for soon to be deleted files, or does it do something specific? Specifically, are files that are ...
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How do I change the MAC address of my network card?

I have a local network in a Windows system where the Admin gives permission to the PCs by their MAC address. But he is on vacations and I have a new PC. How can I change the MAC address of my new PC ...
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How to find Windows 7 File Transfer History?

Is it possible to find out which files are transferred to an external usb flash drive in certain period of time? To be more clear. If I/someone have a flash drive and take some data from me. How do ...
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Does the Virtual PC XP Mode need safety measures?

Does the Virtual PC XP-Mode (or any other virtualized mode) require safety measures, such as antivirus or a firewall? I'm just wondering if the XP-Mode would be a large security loophole, since it's ...
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How to compare the differences between two PDF files on Windows?

Do you know a good Windows software to compare PDF files side-by-side and show the modifications between the two? It would be great if you can post both free and not-free products.
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“directory junction” vs “directory symbolic link”?

MKLINK [[/D] | [/H] | [/J]] Link Target /D Creates a directory symbolic link. Default is a file symbolic link. /H Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link. /J ...
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How to make SUBST mapping persistent across reboots?

Does Windows (XP or later) have a built-in way to create persitent drive mappings, like the ones SUBST creates? I found a 3rd party tool psubst. Is there a way to do it without 3rd party tools?
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Insert Unicode characters via the keyboard?

I am familiar with inserting an ASCII character into a text document by using 'Alt+ASCII code' on the NumPad keys (e.g. Alt+130 inserts an é character). Is there a similar way to insert a Unicode ...
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How do I delete a folder which is nested quite deep and avoid “File name too long”?

Eclipse created a temp folder in one of the directories which is nested quite deep, e.g. dir1\dir1\dir1\dir1\... I am unable to delete this folder in Windows via Explorer, the del or rmdir ...
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Windows 10 Search can't find ANY applications. Even calculator

I have problem with Windows 10 Enterprise N x64. When I press "Start" and start to type application name it never finds it. I can't even find applications like "Calculator", "Microsoft Word" or any ...
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Why are there directories called Local, LocalLow, and Roaming under \Users\<username>?

I have a workstation running Win2008 that's logged in an AD domain and I have a dual boot with Ubuntu Linux. When running Linux, I'd like to be able to use the same Thunderbird profile I use under ...
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How to change the default terminal emulator on Windows (cmd)?

Is it possible to change the default terminal emulator on Windows (7 and 8 in particular) from Console to, for example, Console2 or ConEmu? In essence, I want all command line tools, whether launched ...
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Windows command that returns external IP

Is there a command by which I can find my external IP of my router or my NAT\DSL Router, etc., eliminating the need to visit whatsmyip.net or similar.
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What's the easiest and fastest way to compare 2 registry files?

I would like to find the changes made in the registry after installing something on my computer. However I would like to also know what can be done with ease as a general procedure.
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What is the difference between size and size on disk?

Looking at the properties for a Windows file I get two attributes, "Size" and "Size on disk", and "Size on disk" is always larger. What do these two metrics mean?
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How do I find out command line arguments of a running program?

I'm looking for a tool or method to find out what command line parameters have been passed to a program, for example when it was run by another program (launcher-application scenario).
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Disabling UAC on Windows 7?

How can I completely disable UAC on Windows 7? Also, I know my own benefits, but what are the risks?
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DVD ripper for Windows [closed]

I am looking for a good DVD ripper software for Windows. Looking for something that will easily rip the raw bits DVD to hard drive without any loss of quality. Looking for something that will easily ...
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Change Default directory of Documents and Settings?

Let's say I have Windows installed on drive C, however I install all of my programs on the D drive, and I keep my user profile on the D drive as well (things like My Documents). How can I have Windows ...
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How to secure delete file or folder in windows? [closed]

How do I securely delete (i.e., permanently delete) a file and/or folder in Windows? Secure in terms that the deleted file/folder can not be restored. Can you recommend any free or open source tool? ...
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Deleted Path environment variable, how to restore?

I accidentally deleted the Path environment variable by creating a new one with Path name. How can i restore my old Path environment variable?
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What is the maximum number of partitions that can be made on a hard drive?

What is the maximum number of partitions we can make on hard disk in Windows? If it is limited to some particular number, why can we assign all the letters C through Z to drives? If it is a special ...
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Is it possible to run games over remote desktop?

I’m not expecting to run hardcore games, but maybe simpler games where low frame is ok. I’m having a 1gbit network between my computer. Is there any software that doses this? I got the following ...
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What subtitle file editor for '.srt' files supports synchronization? [on hold]

I downloaded .srt files for watching a French movie. But unfortunately, it is out of sync. Is there any tool in Windows using which I could manually sync it specifying the start time?
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Is there any way to boot Windows 7/8 using BIOS on GPT?

I'd like to know if there's a method to get Windows 7 or Windows 8 Developer Preview to install to a GPT disk on my traditional IBM PC BIOS setup. Windows 7, of course, rejects my GPT partition, ...
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Windows Split Desktop Utility [closed]

Is there such a thing? I don't want multiple separate desktops, what I'd like to be able to do is split my main desktop into two areas so that an application in one when maximized won't take up the ...
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How to prevent the command prompt from closing after execution?

My problem is that in Windows, there are command line windows that close immediately after execution. To solve this, I want the default behavior to be that the window is kept open. Normally, this ...
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How to tell if windows 7 installer boot in EFI or BIOS?

I have a windows 7 64bit installation USB. I want to know if the windows 7 installer has booted into EFI or BIOS mode. I googled and found a solution here ...
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How to open corrupted ZIP files?

How can I open (or repair) corrupted ZIP files on Windows? Is there a way to force 7-Zip to open them?
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Monitoring my own activity on computer?

I'd like to have good statistics of how much time I spend doing various tasks on my computer (I'm using Windows Vista), so I'm looking for a good tool for that. It has to monitor what application I am ...
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Searching through txt, pdf, and doc files

I need something that can quickly search through many .txt, .pdf, and .doc files (.djvu also preferable). Can anyone here name or recommend such a tool (Windows platform) ?
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How to revert to Windows 7 after installing Windows 8?

I was a little gung-ho with my installation of W8 and installed it on my main PC. How do I revert to W7, keeping programs etc?
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Can you turn off UAC for a single app? [duplicate]

I'm running windows 7 RC. I've got a few poorly-designed apps that force me to click through a UAC box in order to launch them. This is becoming quite an annoyance. I don't mind UAC aside from this ...
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Organize desktop icons on Windows into categories or sections

I want to organize my Windows desktop icons by categories. Multimedia, system tools, editors, etc. I need to define rectangular areas of the desktop, then place the shortcut icons. They would stay ...
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How do I go about backing up/saving installed device drivers in Windows 2000/XP?

I want to reinstall Windows 2000 on a machine which has some very obscure drivers. I don't much fancy having to hunt round for them (that's if I'm able to locate them at all). Is it possible to save ...
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Did my USB Drive just die?

I have a 32 gb usb stick. I was in mac (vmware) putting some stuff on. Then accidently removed the drive. I put it back in, and wanted to format it. Using disk utility, i choose 1 partition, it ...
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How to delete (invalid) files with colon in their name under Windows?

I've got a rather large number of files on my Windows drive that have a colon in their name. (These came from unpacking some Unix archives.) When I try to delete them, Windows (XP) complains that ...
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How to setup Windows from an external hard drive?

Is it possible to install Windows from an external hard drive? I have Windows XP installed on my laptop, and I want to remove it and install Windows 7. My Windows 7 installation is in an .iso format ...
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Is it possible to boost Windows' sound volume to a higher limited value?

I often listen to Last.fm with my headphones on, but sadly, some songs are recorded with a bit lower volume than the other. Even when maxing out all my audio settings, I want more. Is there any way ...
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How to Check RAM Size without Looking at Motherboard

As far as I am aware, one can view the RAM Size in System Properties: From the above screenshot it seems that My RAM is 3.5 GB, but as far as I can tell I actually inserted 2 two GB RAM into my ...
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How to find exe listening on port?

I try with netstat -ab -p tcp -n and among the results get: TCP 0.0.0.0:47001 0.0.0.0:0 LISTENING Can not obtain ownership information I am running as administrator and ...
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How do I get 16-bit programs to work on a 64-bit Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why 64 bit OS can't run a 16 bit application? When trying to play an old game, Skyroads for instance, I get the following error message: The version of this file ...
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All folders are Read-Only (Windows)

This problem has been around for quite some time and I have never found a solution. I even had to format once to get rid of it. And I'm not the only one with this: here, here and here. Basically, all ...
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Create/rename a file/folder that begins with a dot in Windows?

Many programs needs folder names that starts with a dot, like .emacs.d, .gimp-2.2, .jedit etc. How do I create such a folder? When using the Windows Explorer in Windows 2000 (and other versions), I ...
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Native alternative to wget in Windows PowerShell?

I know I can download and install the aformentioned library (wget for Windows), but my question is this: In Windows PowerShell, is there a native alternative to wget? I need wget simply to retrieve ...
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Can you zip a file from the command prompt using ONLY Windows' built-in capability to zip files?

I have a batch file that outputs a text file. I thought it would be nice if I could zip it up too. This will be used in an uncontrolled environment, so I can't make assumptions about the presence of ...
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Windows pagefile size with large RAM and SSD

I just upgraded my Windows 7 machine from 12GB to 24GB RAM - both for running more VMs and for future proofing. My C drive is an SSD with 129GB formatted size. I was surprised to find out that the ...
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Any command-line or batch cmd to concatenate multiple files?

I have 50 text files in one dir. Is there a Windows command-line method to concatenate those files into a single file? I am using Windows Vista. I don't want to type the name of all files.
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Quick way to tell if an installed application is 64-bit or 32-bit

I've got a third-party application (in this case Cognos Data Manager) installed on 64-bit Windows Server 2003. Is there a quick way to determine if an application has been built/compiled as a 64-bit ...
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How to make a shortcut from CMD?

How can I create a shortcut file (.lnk) to another file or executable, using command line utilities?