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Can't install Ubuntu due to “unusable space” - what should I do?

I have the following partitions: When trying to install Ubuntu, it failed to read any of them and said "unusable space". The same from Kubuntu, Arch Linux and OpenSUSE. I tried to reinstall ...
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Is dual-booting more secure than having a single operating system installed?

I need some advice. I've recently become wary about using one computer for everything I do, from a security perspective. I have antimalware installed, but I also download and run a lot of stuff I find ...
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Services window is always resetting view options

My Services window is resetting all the time. I set it the way I like and when I close it and start again it is not how I set it up. Why is it saving Task Manager view settings and not Services? ...
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Standby-like feature - for individual applications in Windows?

Is it possible to temporarily freeze (pause, block) an application in Windows - so that it doesn't use processor at all and sit in the memory only - and unfreeze it later when you need it? I am ...
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Explorer consistently hogging CPU

I have a Windows 64 bit Pro laptop with Intel Core 55 processor. I noticed that whenever I start my system, explorer.exe has a CPU spike consistently consuming 24-30% CPU all the time even if there ...
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formatted external hard drive (FAT32) is un recognizable in Windows 7

So I bought a new 500GB external hard drive. I have a Windows 7 and a OSX 10.5.2 Leopard (Which I'm very new to) I've heard formatting the drive to Fat32 would make it compatible with Windows and Mac,...
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How can I reboot Windows 7 from LAN

I have Windows 7 installed on one of my PC's. It's up and running. However I don't have physical access to it. I have another PC connected to it through the LAN. I can see shared folders, ping, etc.. ...
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Deleting Multiple Files

I am deleting multiple files with the command: del /s *.doc *.rtf *.txt I get the error Could Not Find *.doc. How can I get the command to continue deleting RTF and TXT files when there are no ...
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How do I scan network requests of a software connecting the internet?

I'd like to know some way to scan programs networking activities. I mean record outcoming data sent by a program (e.g. program updater or a program itself). I guess this could be done using Wireshark ...
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How can I share Macbook with a Windows computer on LAN?

I have a home wifi network, where I have connected my main desktop running Windows Vista, another laptop using Windows 7 and newly a Macbook Pro running OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8. What I need to do is ...
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How do I block all outgoing ports in Windows XP firewall?

The built-in Windows firewall seems to only block incoming ports, but not any outgoing traffic. I am looking for an application to install on an xp machine which can be configured a way to block ...
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Why is everything blue?

Okay, I think a screen shot can best explain this. It happens on everything. Seemly toolbars in any application really. Mostly Microsoft ;). any solutions on how to fix this would be great. Its ...
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How can we hide multiple files in one file

How can I combine two text files into one text file in windows? I have seen somewhere else that it is possible. There is something in your current notepad document which opens another document ...
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How to run my own application on a windows server 2003 machine so others can use it

I've created a simple gui in python that grabs some xml from a db and emails it via mapi. I want the others on the support team to be able to use it. I put the app on my windows 2003 server and put ...
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Windows Command Prompt - Pause during mousedown

When the mouse is pressed 'down' on the prompt's scrollbar, say during a long command (dir /a /s c:\ for instance), output seems to be paused. Not only that, but the CPU usage for cmd.exe drops to ...
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Sleep Computer when Windows Backup completes?

My laptop is set to run weekly backups, but unfortunately it often takes many hours to backup the small drive (for whatever reason). I like to leave it running at night-time while I'm not using it, ...
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IIS 6 FTP Junctions “volume label syntax is incorrect”

I have created a junction in Windows to give isolated folder access to several users. However, I receive the following error when trying to list the files whilst connected via MS IIS 6.0 FTP server: ...
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Virtualization and hardware incompatible with the host

My main OS is Ubuntu and I virtualize Windows for some apps that are not compatible with Linux. Now I have a DVB-T TV adapter which is not compatible with Linux. Is there a way to let Windows see ...
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Utility to filter processes, or to view/kill old processes easily?

I have been looking for a Windows utility like Process Explorer or Process Hacker, but with any or all of these features: Ability to filter processes shown (exclude OR include, either is fine) ...
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Utility to browse recent files in Windows?

Does anyone have a suggestion for a recent files browser utility for Windows? I'm looking for something like NirSoft's RecentFilesView: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/recent_files_view.html But I ...
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Curious folder on the root of volume on windows server 2008 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Random directories in c:\ that I cannot delete We have just set up a new windows 2008 R2 server with three separate raid arrays as drives C:, F: and I:. After installing ...
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patching slightly different files on common stuff

I have tried using regular diff and patch to do what follows, but it doesn't seem to work or I am not using it right. I am wondering if there is a tool to patch changes to a file based on the ...
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dim display on idle (Windows 7, NOT a laptop)

This might be a weird request, but my googlefu has been weak. I want my Windows 7 desktop to dim after x minutes/seconds of being idle. I don't care if it's an actual SCR or an app that runs in the ...
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How to add attachment to new email in Lotus Notes from command line

I am trying to create a new email from command line and automatically add an attachment. The following is the closest I have gotten, it works apart from adding the attachment. I have also tried using &...
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Why does my Windows 7 Ultimate not recognize new audio devices correctly?

I have this strange problem on my Windows 7 PC, 64-Bit, i7-950, 12GB RAM, 128GB Crucial SSD. Any new USB Audio Devices that I try to connect to my PC appear to be installed correctly. It gives me the ...
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Is there a way to run resource monitor (resmon.exe) without administrator privileges?

Is there a way to run resource monitor (resmon.exe) without administrator privileges? The user is member of the debug users, power users, performance monitor and performance log groups, however, this ...
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Host-only network with Ubuntu guest in VirtualBox with Host running a Juniper VPN

I have a Windows host that needs to run a Juniper VPN, and an Ubuntu guest that needs to be accessible from the host as it runs a web server that must be accessed by the host. Without the VPN running ...
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Application to generate graphs from MySQL table

I am looking for a solution to generate graphs from MySQL tables (local MySQL server). I would like it to work on Windows, and not be based on a server (like a PHP server). This is just basic stuff: ...
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Does microsoft release information on environment variables / system variables used in Windows?

For example, I was interested in the differences between %WINDIR% and %SYSTEMROOT%. I've googled abit and through some forum digging, I've found out that %WINDIR% and %SYSTEMROOT% refers to the same ...
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Converting images to video using FFMPEG on Windows

I'm trying to convert a series of JPEG images into a time lapse video. They're in the format IMGP0001.JPG, IMGP0002.JPG, etc. From the looks of things, this should match the pattern IMGP%04.JPG. I've ...
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How can I get Courier 10 Pitch font for Windows?

I created some SVG drawings using Inkscape on my Ubuntu. I now want to edit the SVGs using Inkscape running on Windows 7. The problem: the drawings has text formatted with Courier 10 Pitch font which ...
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What is the Intel Core i7 onboard graphics maximum supported resolution?

I went from an external Nvidia card to the i7 graphics and was shocked that the driver maxed out at 1680x1050 pixels. I have a 27" monitor whose native resolution is 2560x1440. Can the onboard ...
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Output List of User's Groups

While easy on Linux, not as easy on Windows from what I've been able to gather so far. I've found the command that kinda does what I want which is: net user username /domain However I wish to strip ...
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NTFS Permissions - SYSTEM

Are there any possible side effects to removing permissions for SYSTEM on an NTFS directory? It is a non-system (user documents) folder. I know the obvious (i.e., that SYSTEM will no longer to be able ...
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NTFS Permissions - Folders and subfolders

Quick scenario on a local Windows system. Drive E: is formatted with NTFS has the following layout and permissions: E:\ (JohnDoe) E:\folder (Administrator) E:\folder\...
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Erratic Mouse Click buttons, on Laptop and with External Mouse

On a Dell Inspiron laptop, the mouse buttons are sporadically erratic, either not working, both buttons working as a left click, etc. This also happens when you use an external mouse, so it's not the ...
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USB Power off on shut down or Eject

Done quite a bit of searching and found lots more questions but so far no answers. I need to shut down power to a USB hard drive when the computer shuts down. I understand why Vista and Windows 7 both ...
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What files can I access?

I am on a network here at school and they have recently redone some of the computers and our computer science room. Our network administrator isn't very helpful at all, and thanks to him no computer ...
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Creating partitions for multiple operating systems

I changed my old 120GB harddrive to a new 320GB harddrive. I am using multiple booting, I have two OS: Windows 7 and Ubuntu. My laptop's partitioning table: System reserved, 100MB (Windows 7), NTFS, ...
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Windows batch file: rename files (possibly in multiple folders) based on input file (of target filenames)

I am a Batch-newbie... This "tool" is to automate the slimming down of Windows (XP) by disabling certain system driver, DLL and EXE files. Instead of outright deletion, I wish to rename-in-place, ...
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TeamCity Build Agent service immediately fails with 1053 'did not start in a timely fashion'

I have a Windows XP SP3 machine with a TeamCity 6.5 Build Agent I am trying to make run under a different account. However, when I try to start it, it fails immediately with the following error: ...
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Visual Studio 2010 Professional - repair installation, will it lose updates?

This is a specific example of a general question that often puzzles me on Windows. I am having problems with Visual Studio 2010, so I need to try to repair it. There are two items in the Programs ...
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Whenever I type a path address in my explorer address bar, it reverts to the previous path

This is a very weird problem which started occurring about 2 months ago. Whenever I try to type in a folder path in the address bar in Windows explorer, it immediately reverts back to the previous ...
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Files deleted from network share. Where would they go?

I've had a question posed to me by a user, they've deleted some files from a network share, and they're looking at somehow recovering them. Of course, if they go for file recovery, it will have to ...
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Is there any simple way to bookmark directly into a folder?

I've been using Google Chrome for quite a while and I've got quite large amount of bookmark folders. The problem is, whenever I want to bookmark a site to a specific folder, I have to first click ...
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PowerShell looks like Windows command prompt (cmd)?

I just reinstalled Windows 7, but for some reason the default PowerShell looks like the "cmd.exe" program instead of its usual blue awesomeness. Anyone know how to fix this? Any way other than ...
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Python IDLE disappeared from the right click context menu

My IDLE shortcut in the right click menu has disappeared. I think it's because I used to use Python 2.7, but I installed Python 2.5 without uninstalling Python2.7, and then uninstalled Python 2.5. I ...
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Tool/Utility for copying one file inside another

I'm looking for Tool/Utility with which I could copy one file inside another, but with option to specify target location in second file. And it must overwrite overlapping content not insert. for ...
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How do I convert from 3gp to dvd? [closed]

I have some videos recorded on my cellphone that I want to put on DVD so that they can be watched in a standard consumer DVD player. I've copied the videos from my cell phone to my computer and they ...
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How to run an application in Windows 2008 before login?

Last week, I needed to set up a Windows 2008 server. It required Apache Web Server, and I installed WAMP. The thing is: I only used Linux for servers until now, and I'm stuck with this: I installed ...