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Can Windows be setup to use multiple monitors but not have a primary monitor?

I work as a support developer for an ISV that makes accounting software for Windows. A customer has reported a strange error. I tracked the error down to the possibility that the .NET Framework ...
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Prevent device from being ejected (Windows 10 Pro)

I have a fixed device (5.25 device), a smartcard reader, that is ejectable and appears in "safe removal". The problem is that if I misclick this smartcard reader while is about to eject a USB memory, ...
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No “Extra Large icons” on High DPI laptop (Win)

I have a high DPI laptop (3200x1800, 13" screen. Hardware is Lenovo Yoga2Pro), which I hate for these reasons. My specific question is about the size of thumbnail icons in native Windows (10). The ...
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In Windows 10 it possible to set a unique wallpaper for each display via command line or powershell?

In Windows 10 I found the feature to allow setting a unique wallpaper per desktop monitor (control /name Microsoft.Personalization /page pageWallpaper), however; I have a need to script this for a ...
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Can Microsoft Edge be launched in “Private Mode” through cmd?

Can Microsoft-Edge be launched in "Private Mode" through the command line? I'm using this shell command to launch it with a specific URL: start microsoft-edge:www.google.com Is there some kind of ...
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Windows gVim, shell starts in HOME instead of working directory

I've recently have gotten sick of constantly switching between Windows and Linux and installed gVim and MSYS2 on Windows 7. After a couple hours of searching I have a .vimrc that makes !command, make, ...
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Cannot run Vifm on Windows 10 x64

I am trying to run Vifm on my windows 10 x64. I downloaded vifm-w64-se-0.8-binary file from sourceforge and tried to run vifm.exe from command prompt. This gives me the following error - LINES value ...
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Restoring boot manager for secondary harddrive with windows 7 installed

A while back I took the hard drive out of my laptop and put it on my computer. I never got round to removing the windows install but removed the partition. I now need access to windows 7 so I thought ...
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How to match windows and linux mouse speed (with acceleration turned ON)

I have Ubuntu at work and Windows 7 at my home. Mouse speed on both OSes are very different so I feel very painful to adjust from one to another when I get to office in the morning and get back home ...
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Is there a built-in way to disable scrolling within the edit mode of PowerPoint 2013?

There's a very similar question here: Disable scrolling to next slide in Powerpoint Edit Mode, but unfortunately the two answers don't really answer what the title of the question appears to ask. In ...
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Starting Notepad from command prompt causes notepad to complain about permissions

When I start Notepad with no arguments using notepad, Notepad opens and works fine. When I want it to create a new file and open it, using notepad file.txt, it opens as well, asks if it should create ...
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tracert results not matching routing table (route print)

Why would tracert 10.0.0.1 produce the following results: Tracing route to 10.0.0.1 over a maximum of 30 hops 1 3 ms 3 ms 3 ms 192.168.0.1 2 * * * Request ...
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HTTP server doesn't seem to support byte ranges. Cannot resume. homestead up

When I used the command "homestead up" it stopped working at 45% so I closed it and restarted my computer. Now when I try to run the command homestead up, my computer says resuming download then I get ...
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Can I assume that Task scheduler service will always be running on windows machine?

The requirement is to run an executable periodically in windows. So I assumed it will be better to do it by creating a task in task scheduler. But I am afraid for any reason will the task scheduler ...
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Change “Other User” from Windows 10 login?

I have Do not display last user name enabled using Local Security Policy. I prefer it that way for a few reasons one being I'm not the only one to use the computer. However I was wondering if there ...
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How to let Windows 10 automatically add LAN route to my route table

As you may know, if you connect your computer to LAN, you will alwasy automatically get a route like this: IPv4 Route Table =========================================================================== ...
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Downgrading Windows 7 Enterprise x64 to Windows 7 Professional x64 or Ultimate x64

Is it possible to downgrade Windows 7 Enterprise x64 to a Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate x64 installation? Can this be done without doing a clean install? I am aware that a different license is required ...
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How can I figure out what's stepping on my PATH variable?

In a nutshell: my PATH environment variable is sometimes only available from an elevated session, other times it's fine; how can I find out what's corrupting it for non-admin sessions and prevent it ...
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Bios start screen is shown even though UEFI fast boot is enabled

I installed Windows 10 from scratch (clean install) to avoid problems which could arise when upgrading my old Windows 8.1 to 10. Everything went well and new installation booted up very fast. ...
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How does Windows Explorer determine categories for devices on the network?

I have a number of devices on my network: some PC's, servers, and printers. When using Windows Explorer to view my network devices are separated into two categories: Computer (Number of devices) ...
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Cannot use “Save As” to an FTP network location in Chrome

I am using WiFi FTP (WiFi File Transfer)—an Android app—to create a password protected FTP server. I am now able to map this as a network location in Windows 8.1. I can drop files in phone now over Wi-...
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Github Desktop has stopped working (after updating to windows 10)

After updating to windows 10: Everytime i run Github Desktop the error "Github has stopped working" pops up. Microsoft Visual Studio debug retrieves this message: "System.IO.FileLoadException was ...
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Windows won't boot in UEFI mode, issue with the BCD

I received a new Clevo P650SE laptop. The laptop only had a 500GB 7200RPM HDD to begin with, so yesterday I added my Samsung 840 EVO SSD. As I wanted this to now be the primary drive, I made another ...
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AIO Windows OS Installer

I repair laptops and PC and most of the time I need to repair/reinstall Windows. I prefer USB install as it is way faster then Optical Disk Method. But the thing is, you need to make a USB every time ...
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Slowing down screensaver slideshow speed Windows 10

I am only given 3 options (Slow, Medium, Fast). I need it to go slower than "Slow". "Slow" is around 10 seconds, I'd like to have around 20s. How is this achieved?
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Windows 10 default applications shortcuts

I've noticed recently that shortcuts for default apps in Windows 10 (like Weather, OneNote, Edge etc.) are not stored in appropriate folders of task bar and start menu. I can see there shortcuts for ...
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Windows 8.1 computer repeatedly wakes up and goes to sleep again

I put my computer (Windows 8.1 Pro) to sleep every evening. For a couple days now, I find it awake in the morning. A quick check in Event Viewer shows that it actually woke up and (apparently) put ...
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Shared Folder stop working after reboot

Ok i have this setup on my business : PC1 is the server for the program we use, PC2 and PC3 use this program remotely via a shared folder in homegroup, the program needs a key that is stored in a usb ...
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Windows Japanese IME - Global input mode toggle instead of per-window

How can i make it so that the input mode of the Japanese IME is global, rather than per-window? Expected behavior: Window 1 focused: (set mode to hiragana) Window 2 focused: (set mode to latin) ...
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HDMI switcher causes screen to blink at 1440p on Windows

I use an HDMI switcher to easily switch my main monitor between my laptop and my desktop. It's a really simple standalone switcher with three HDMI inputs, one HDMI output, and an optional micro USB ...
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Windows 7 Pro --> Windows 10 activated World Wide Web Publishing Service

After installing windows 10 upgrade the Windows 7 Pro --> Windows 10 activated World Wide Web Publishing Service on port 80. This was NOT running before the windows 10 upgrade and caused issues. I ...
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Icons went missing in Windows 8 after installation of NCH Software

My icons were replaced by a folder-like icon throughout after I installed NCH Software. This only happens with the following extension: .doc (opened with Kingsoft Writer), .png (opened with Windows ...
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How to set manually scale factor of receive window size in windows8? (Window Scaling - RFC 1323)

My internet download/upload speed is 6.0/0.6 Mbps. One day, when only I was using network bandwidth on LAN, I started downloading a large file from YouTube by using IDM. Initially, I easily use all ...
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How to change default size of tile when using “Pin to Start” in Windows 10?

When using "Pin to Start" option in Windows 10 all tiles are set to default size which is "Medium". Is there any way to change the default sieze to "Small"? I know that I can change that manually. ...
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How to set Synaptics locked-dragging Timeout under Windows?

I have Lenovo Ideapad Y510p with Synaptics Clickpad and running Windows 10. I like to have Locked-Dragging feature but Synaptics settings application only allow to either turn it On or Off. However, I ...
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Swap Windows 8 (or 10) Editions

I have two machines, one running Windows 8.1 Home (or Core) 64-bit and the other running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. I'd like to eventually install Windows 10 on each. But what I'd really like to ...
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Windows 10 UPGRADE modifies apache service by adding an “N” in service script

I was testing windows 10 upgrade and have the following problem. (See screenshot below) Install Program in windows 8.1 to C:\Program Files\PHP Point of Sale Stack Upgrade to windows 10 The windows ...
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Windows 10 Upgrade (Space)

I have tried to upgrade to windows 10 and I get the message "We can't tell if your PC has enough space to continue installing Windows 10. Try Restarting Setup" I have tried both the ISO and the USB ...
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Applying a command-line flag to Chrome at auto-launch

(Windows 8.1) Chrome auto-launches for me when I log in, and I like that. The problem is that the Disable New Avatar Menu flag recently stopped having any effect, so the only way to actually disable ...
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Slow reading file data

I've worked on systems for quite a few years now and this one has me pretty baffled. I'm running Windows 8.1 and recently (I know for certain this problem didn't occur 1 week ago at least) all ...
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Is it possible to install TAP-Windows virtual OpenVPN network driver in a completely unattended manner?

The TAP-Windows is a network driver used by OpenVPN to establish remote connections. It is included on its main GUI installer, but it prompts to the user to accept unsigned driver. OpenVPN ...
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UAC settings are automatically disabled at least once a day

I have a weird security risk that I have submitted to our IT Operations without any luck; at least once a day, our machines running Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 has the UAC settings disabled, and we discover ...
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“C:\ProgramData\Package Cache” missing - how can I completely remove Visual Studio?

I am in the process of migrating some projects from an on-premise TFS server to Visual Studio Online. Somehow, someone has removed the package cache folder (C:\ProgramData\Package Cache) from our ...
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Inline images are lost when copying them to a RDP session

Observed behavior: Copy some text including an embedded image from an email in Outlook to the clipboard Paste the clipboard content to a RDP session into Word the text is pasted, the image itself ...
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thunderbirds scrolls back to a selected folder

I have just installed Thunderbird on Windows and added 2 imap accounts. Those 2 imap accounts contains a lot of folders, so there is a scrollbar in the menu to the left. So far so god. But if I ...
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Logon and Logoff scripts not running

I have set SQL queries to run on logon and logoff using group policy editor. But sometimes scripts do not run. logon.bat @echo off echo INSERT INTO UPTIME(INTIME) VALUES(NOW()); > abc.sql mysql --...
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Can't run PowerShell as admin inside of Webstorm

I am trying to figure out how to run PowerShell as an admin embedded in Webstorm. I can run PowerShell as non-admin in Webstorm, but when I try to run PowerShell as admin inside Webstorm I get the ...
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Dual-boot automatic load Windows when resuming from Hibernate

I have this setup: Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu (grub). My bios boot options are: Windows Bootloader: Ubuntu boot option: Windows 8.1 Ubuntu 14.04 When I select Windows Bootloader it goes ...
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Backing up software with its licenses

I have a PC which is mostly used for photo and video editing. This PC was starting to get slow and I decided I had to install some more RAM memory in it (6GB in total now). After doing that, I ...
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Windows 7 Explorer - number of undoable actions (undo levels)?

Could it be M$ changed that number from 10 in previous Windows versions to 1 (ONE)? Create a new folder. Create 11 new documents of whatever type is handy in your context menu. Delete them one after ...