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Search for a JPG on my computer by using a smaller JPG?

I have a low resolution image that I know I have the full resolution image stored somewhere on my computer. Is there anyway to search for a JPG on my computer by using a small resolution of an image ...
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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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What scripting languages are useful in Windows? [closed]

What scripting languages are useful for Windows automation?
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How do you shutdown or restart a Windows computer over a Remote Desktop connection?

When I connect to my Windows 7 desktop computer via Remote Desktop (MSTSC.exe), the options under the Start Menu are "Log Off" (the default), "Lock", and "Disconnect". How do I restart (or shutdown)?
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What damage will powering down instead of shutting down do?

What is it that Windows is doing when it shuts down? Assuming I've saved everything, what negative impact does powering down instead of shutting down properly have? We've all done it at some point ...
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Command-line (cmd) command to lock a windows machine

Is there a way to lock a Windows XP machine via the command line? The shutdown command doesn't have an option for it.
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Force a program to run *without* administrator privileges or UAC?

Is there any way that I can force a program that normally requires administrator privileges (via UAC) to run without them? (ie: no UAC prompt and no system-wide access.) Added: Without modifying the ...
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How to reduce the pain of the command prompt

I want to learn to use the command prompt better on Windows to have more control over what I do and just for the learning experience. The main annoyance I have right now is all of the typing. If I ...
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Apostrophes and double quotes don't show up until I type the next letter

in Windows XP, when I type an apostrophe ', or dumb/typewriter quote ", no character is displayed. If I type another character, the apostrophe or dumb quote and the next character appear at the same ...
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What are the various link types in Windows? How do I create them?

Is it possible to link two files or folders without having a different extension under Windows? I'm looking for functionality equivalent to the soft and hard links in Unix.
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Which of the Windows updates are really necessary?

I downloaded a lot of Windows updates in the automatic mode. Are they all necessary? Can I remove some of them? How do we know which ones are necessary?
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On Windows, is there any way to make the scrollwheel's focus follow the mouse?

On Mac OS X I can mouse over something (without clicking on it or giving it complete focus) and use the scroll wheel to scroll it. On Windows (7 at least) which I'm forced to use in my new job, it ...
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Equivalent of Linux `touch` to create an empty file with PowerShell?

In PowerShell is there an equivalent of touch? For instance in Linux I can create a new empty file by invoking: touch filename On Windows this is pretty awkward -- usually I just open a new ...
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Turning off the cmd window beep sound

Is there a way to essentially mute the Beeping function of the Windows command shell? I'm working on a PowerShell script right now which ends up printing several lines of text to the screen. I'm ...
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How do I set Notepad++ as the default editor?

I want set Notepad++ as the default editor. I tried to set it by right-clicking on a file, then Open With. But I did not see Notepad++ in the resulting list (even after clicking on Choose Other ...
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Keeping local windows folder in sync with remote ftp folder in real time [closed]

I know it has been asked before, but I would like it to happen in real time and transparently (without the need to open a separate FTP client such as FileZilla). For example, if I edit a text file in ...
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Can you browse a UNC path using a command line environment without mapping it to a network drive?

C:\> cd \\somewhere '\\somewhere' CMD does not support UNC paths as current directories. What I usually do to get around this is to map that directory to a network drive and then I could easily ...
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Should I install 64-bit versions of operating systems?

With the release of Windows 7 coming up, 64-bit operating systems have caught my attention. What are the main advantages and disadvantages of installing 64-bit Windows 7? What type of compatibility ...
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Compose key on Windows

On Linux, the Compose key is a great way to enter many symbols. E.g. em-dash — by pressing Compose then - - - ö by pressing Compose then : o Euro € by pressing Compose then C = (The Compose key ...
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Why was the Windows File Transfer so bad at predicting transfer time? [duplicate]

Question prompted by this comic:
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Is shutdown.exe necessary to shutdown Windows?

Is the file C:\windows\system32\shutdown.exe necessary to shutdown or restart Windows?
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What's the difference between 'C' and 'CE' functions on Windows calculator?

I have always seen these buttons on physical calculators just as they are displayed on the Windows Calculator, but I never really understood what the abreviations mean and what exactly is the ...
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List mapped network drives from the command line to text file

Is there a command that can be used from the command line to output a list of the mapped network drives on the local system and their location on the network to a text file? This will only be used on ...
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Does Windows ReadyBoost have a meaningful impact on performance?

Does Windows ReadyBoost technology, available in Windows since Vista, have a meaningful impact on performance? Are there well-known benchmarks that compare systems with, and without? Does the speed ...
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Is there a tool to measure pixels on a screen [closed]

I'm looking for a program that measures a distance from point A to point B in pixels with crosshair cursor - not a pixel ruler application. I need something that doesn't require print-screen and paste ...
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How do I delete a folder that's in use?

Sometimes when I'm working in Windows I'll get this prompt when I try to delete a directory: Folder In Use The action can't be completed because the folder is open in another program Close the ...
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A Windows clock to show both UTC and local time?

I'm working on windows 7 x64 and searching for a way for a setting, or replacement app of, the tray clock (on the taskbar corner) to display both UTC (or GMT) and my local time. Cause: I read log ...
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Recursively delete empty directories in Windows

I have a directory on my Windows 7 machine that has hundreds if not thousands of sub-directories. Some of them have files, some do not. I want to delete all the empty directories. Looking at the ...
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Linux equivalent command for “open” command on Mac/Windows?

Coming from Mac OS X, you can type: $ open yourfilehere.txt and your file will open just as if you had opened it from Finder. On Windows, one can type: > start yourfilehere.txt and it will ...
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How to split a multipage TIFF file on Windows?

I thought Adobe Photoshop could do everything, but apparently it cannot read multipage TIFF files. I have a TIFF file with four pages, and I need to edit one of the pages. Windows Picture Viewer can ...
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How do I press Ctrl+Alt+Delete in VirtualBox?

I'm running VirtualBox with Windows Vista as host OS and Windows Server 2008 as guest OS. To login to Windows Server I have to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, but my host OS reacts on that so I can not send it ...
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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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Is time a substitute for Safely Remove Hardware?

In Windows 7, before unplugging an external hard disk or flash drive, you are ideally supposed to use the Safely Remove Hardware option to make sure there aren't any writes still pending. Suppose it ...
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How do I turn off the click sound when closing a tab in Chrome?

Every time I close a tab in Chrome, it makes a click sound. How do I turn off that sound? I reported that issue back in Oct 2010. The problem doesn't appear on all clients and the reason is still ...
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Is there a way to fake a dual (second) monitor

Is there a way to fake a dual monitor for testing. I have only one monitor and I have to make an application that is suitable for two monitors. The second monitor screen should appear as a window ...
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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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How do I find the location of an executable in Windows?

I remembered that I used a tool called as where to find locations for any executable programs like this in a console: C:\Tmp\Where myTool.exe C:\Program Files\MyApp\myTools.exe .... Now I cannot ...
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Determine when Windows was installed on a computer

Is it possible to check the date when Windows was installed on a PC and if so how?
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What is the equivalent of Linux's “~” (tilde) in Windows?

In Linux, we can go to the user home by entering the tilde (~) character after cd: cd ~ How to do the same in Windows? Each time, I need to type: cd C:\Document and Settings\freewind That's too ...
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Is it worth cleaning the registry?

I have heard that you should keep the registry clean on Windows. Is this actually important or is it just myth?
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Windows using too much RAM, how to diagnose resource hog

I have 16GB of system RAM. On startup with no applications open except the task-manager Windows is using about 3gb of RAM. I looked in the processes tab, but nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. ...
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How to find source process of unknown popup in Windows 7

A random popup appears in Windows 7 titled as Information with a progress bar and a clock. The window sometimes says Please wait a moment..., and the progress bar moves very slowly and disappears. ...
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Where can I get Chromium binaries?

I want to have Chromium on my Windows machine, but I find only instructions how to make it from sources on official site. Are there any official pre-built binaries?
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Easiest way to move my Windows installation to an SSD?

I've taken the plunge and bought an SSD and want to move my existing Windows installation over. The current hard disk is 500Gb, but I've trimmed the contents down to about ~40Gb. I'm transferring it ...
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Screenshot tools that include the mouse cursor? [closed]

For tutorial screenshots it would be really helpful to have the mouse cursor in the picture, but I found the usually known screenshot tools all hide the cursor from the screenshot. So, are there any ...
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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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Why is 'ping' unable to resolve a name when 'nslookup' works fine?

On my Windows XP workstation, I can find the machine I want to connect to in DNS with nslookup: nslookup wolfman Server: dns.company.com Address: 192.168.1.38 Name: wolfman.company.com Address: ...
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What does the svchost.exe process do?

On all Windows machines there seem to be a number of svchost.exe processes running. What do this processes do and why are so many running?
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How do I get the Windows 7 taskbar with the Start Menu to display on dual monitors?

I am looking for an application with features as follows:- It will give me a dual monitor set up with a Windows 7 taskbar with Aero peek and the Start Menu on each monitor. The taskbar should ...
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Switching keyboard layout in Windows globally

I'm searching for a solution to switch my keyboard layout in Windows globally for all windows quickly. When I switch the current layout by pressing the magic combination Alt+Shift or when I choose ...