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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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12answers
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Any reason not to disable the Windows pagefile given enough physical RAM? [closed]

The question of disabling the Windows pagefile has already been discussed quite a bit, for example here and here and here. People continue to upvote answers that say "you should not disable your ...
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5answers
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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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14answers
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Microsoft Office alternative for Windows? [closed]

Is there something similar to office for Windows but free? I am student living on a budget, office is not an option at the moment.
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2answers
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What if the hard disk is partitioned into more than 26 sections in Windows?

As we know that in Windows the partition location is prefixed with [a-z]:, what if there're more than 26 partitions?
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14answers
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Copy filename to clipboard

I am looking for a Windows utility that can copy the currently selected filename, including the path, to the clipboard, ideally through the right-click menu. Some degree of flexibility would be ...
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Syncing Tool Between 2 Folders [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Which is the best application to Sync two folders? Keeping folders synced between several machines What is a good tool to automatically sync two folders when changes ...
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7answers
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What subtitle file editor for '.srt' files supports synchronization?

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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1answer
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How to use Windows 8.1 RTM with 8.0 key? [duplicate]

Is it possible to use the Windows 8.1 RTM Build from MSDN with an existing Windows 8.0 key? I updated my laptop using one of our MSDN keys, and thought it would be possible to change back to the 8.0 ...
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2answers
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Using multiple keyboards with different keyboard layouts in Windows

I'd like to use multiple keyboards (all USB or one USB and one PS/2) with a different keyboard layout on each. Is this possible in Windows 7 or XP? Is there any software that can make it work? I'd ...
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3answers
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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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4answers
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Any compelling reasons for upgrading Vista to Windows 7 [closed]

I have been using Windows Vista since it first came out and had no problems so far. Are there any compelling reason to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7? It seems like windows 7 is slightly faster ...
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3answers
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Is there any way to execute something when closing the laptop's lid?

I'm wondering if there is any way to execute a program, run some command or anything else when closing the laptop's lid. My question aims to be generic, both for Windows and Linux. Something useful ...
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7answers
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Is defragging relevant to improving disk performance anymore?

Does it stil make much difference, now that we have much faster and larger HDDs? Generally I find if disk performance is getting too slow, it's probably because of too little free space, and the ...
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14answers
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Synchronize Laptop and Desktop

Are there any tools that would allow me to basically have all the same stuff I have on my laptop on my desktop? Right now I have a file server that stores the My Documents folders, but I'd like to be ...
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5answers
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How to check whether my hardware is 64-bit capable in Windows?

My OS is 32-bit but I want to know if my hardware support 64-bit
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3answers
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Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit upgrade?

I have an old Vista box sitting around, and I'm thinking of upgrading it to Windows 7 64-bit, as it has 4gb of RAM. Well, I know that there's an "in-place" upgrade from Vista, but does it work from ...
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2answers
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How to input special characters w/o numpad?

How do I type special characters (Alt+0???) in Windows on a laptop without any kind of numeric keyboard (even not one accessed by FN)? Right now I am using the NT 4 charmap (the XP one sucks), but ...
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3answers
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Troubleshooting a Windows 7 PC that wouldn't sleep

I have a new Windows 7 PC that wouldn't sleep (not just automatically, but also when specifically told to). The screen goes black momentarily, but within two seconds the machine comes back as if ...
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2answers
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How do I use GMail as my primary e-mail client?

I use the GMail web interface for my e-mail needs. How do I get mailto: style links in web pages and "send mail" type actions in Windows programs to open up the GMail web site? I need this to work ...
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1answer
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Automatically picking network settings based on the wifi network [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A good solution to switch between different network settings? Whenever I bring my laptop to office, to connect to the wireless network, I have to set the static IP ...
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3answers
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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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0answers
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Tool to determine what has locked a file [duplicate]

Every once in a while when I try to remove a file I have been working with, Windows tells me I cannot remove it, because some application is still using it. Sometimes it's just my own stupidity, and ...
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4answers
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How many physical processors does Windows 8 Support?

This article gives this comparison chart for the four Windows 8 Editions (Core is usually just called Windows 8). I notice specifically, about half-way down, the max physical processors is listed as 1 ...
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1answer
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Is there a way to prevent installs/updates to litter my hard drive with cryptic folders?

Often I find guid-like folder names spread around on my hard drives. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? I think they might come when I install various programs or while updating them ...
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6answers
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How to dual boot when Windows XP was installed after Windows 7?

It seems pretty straightforward to dual boot those versions of Windows when the newest is installed after Windows XP. But the inverse isn't happening on my machine. I tried even editing the BOOT.INI ...
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4answers
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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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4answers
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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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2answers
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Install and run 32 bit on 64 bit machine

I want to make sure that on 64-bit Windows, 32-bit application can be installed/run without any issues? And it is guaranteed by Windows backward compatibility? For example, any application (e.g. ...
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6answers
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How do you clone a Windows 7 installation?

I am getting a new laptop and wish to "move" my desktop installation exactly as I have it on my desktop to my laptop. I imagine that drivers will be an issue, but beyond that, how do I do a clone?
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28answers
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How to mess up a PC running Windows 7? [closed]

Ok, so for my PC class I have to find 3 hacks that would mess up the lab's PC. Me and my partner are going to mess up the PC and then another team will try to fix it. The system on it is Windows 7. ...
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14answers
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“This file came from another computer…” - how can I unblock all the files in a folder without having to unblock them individually?

Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista have this deal where zone information is preserved in downloaded files to NTFS partitions, such that it blocks certain files in certain applications until you ...
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9answers
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How to install Windows 7 from the network?

Is it possible to install Windows 7 (Current RTM Version) on a computer without using removable media like DVD or USB? The first thing that comes to my mind is through the network, but I don't have ...
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12answers
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How to move windows that open up offscreen?

I have a dual monitor setup, and I recently played around with the positioning settings, and some of my single window applications do the favour of preserving where they were last closed, and opening ...
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9answers
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What is the command to use to put your computer to sleep (not hibernate)?

I want to put my Windows PC (Windows 7) into a sleep state via command line (so I can bind to macro button on keyboard). The power button on the PC is setup to but the computer to sleep (but it's ...
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3answers
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What Tiling Window Manager for Windows do you recommend? [closed]

What is the best tiling window manager for Windows? I'm looking for something like awesome. It would be nice if it removes the title bar and has "comfortable" shortcut keys (for me that's vi keys, ...
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1answer
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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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8answers
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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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10answers
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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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6answers
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Why is System process listening on Port 80?

I am running Windows 7 RC1. I have multiple issues getting IIS to work on my system and today when I installed a new application and I tried to load it using http:\localhost\MyApplication I get ...
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9answers
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Hex editors for Windows? [closed]

Are the some hex editors for Windows? Preferably open source or free since I don't need a hex editor all that often... Things I do need is the ability to search in different types (text, raw hex, ...
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7answers
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Log viewer on Windows [closed]

I'm a developer, and I generate big log files. I've tried several log viewer applications (free or not), so far mtail I like the most. But, it lacks features. I would like from my log viewer to: ...
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4answers
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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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13answers
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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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11answers
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What is the best software to split and join avi files? [closed]

What is the best software to split and join avi files without losing quality (lossless) in Windows?
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6answers
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Is there a way I can share the 3.42 GB download of Windows 8.1 from Windows Store?

Windows 8.1 is out, and I would like to know if it is possible to share the Windows 8.1 download upgrade between different computers so that I don't have to download it over and over again? This ...
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5answers
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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?
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Good free OCR with GUI for correcting mistakes? (for Windows)

I've used SimpleOCR, which has a nice GUI for correcting mistakes. Unfortunately it makes a lot of mistakes! (and suffers other bugs and limitations) On the other hand Tesseract is more accurate but ...
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7answers
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How to restore Windows default Zip file functionality?

I recently lost the default file association for Zip files in Windows Vista (I think it happened when I uninstalled WinAce, but I can't be completely sure). How can I restore this association back to ...
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6answers
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Windows: How to remove items from the right click (context) menu?

The right click (context) menu is minimal and clean on a fresh installation of Windows. Install a bunch of applications and soon the context menu is loaded with all kinds of opening options from ...