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Chatting on LAN using Command prompt

Is there a way to chat between two computers on same LAN using the command prompt in windows, If so, how to do that?
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Bypass router for remote desktop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the best Remote Desktop Application? My family is abroad and often I need to help them with computer stuff. Is there a simple way to take control of their ...
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Updates don't finish installing on Windows 7 Professional 32-bit

I have a problem when applying updates on my Windows 7 system. On Windows Update it shows the Installing updates status - but it never completes. What could be the problem? How can I get the ...
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Force Samba network logins

I'm experimenting with un secured read write samba shares AND secure read write samba shares. I've worked out the required (user.group + folder perlmissions + basic smb.conf setup) Now heres the ...
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How to assert if I'm infected and how to remove [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to do if my computer is infected by a virus or a malware? Hi all, My computer is acting funny lately, some symtoms: clicking things feels different. Normally I ...
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Ethernet and wireless on the local network

I have a computer connected to the local network (which in turn is connected to the internet) both via ethernet and wireless on Windows. I wondered what happened to the data transiting to/from the ...
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How do I replace all shortcuts with the linked file?

I have a directory with lots of shortcuts to other files. I want to replace all of those shortcuts with a copy of the actual file. Anyone know of a tool to do that?
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Automatically rename folder based on tags of contents

Right now I have a folder that has all my music. Inside I have sub folders with the correct name (artist name). However, inside of these folders, the names are not correct (I want them to be the name ...
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A tool for collecting system information?

I am looking for a tool that can produce a report (xml/xslt, html, pdf, etc..) of the system and all of its hardware components such as processor, speed, memory, disks, network, etc.. Any idea if ...
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Can a program/browser detect the usage of vpn to bypass international restrictions?

Can a program or a browser script detect that I am using a VPN to bypass international restrictions if I use the "create new network VPN" on windows 7?
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Reset or remove MySQL password

I reinstalled MySQL and now it is asking for the current password. Is there a command or method with which I can remove the password?
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Windows Vista Can't Install Applications such as VMWare Player

I'm trying to install several programs such as Juniper Client and VMWare player. Especially for VMWare Player, if I double-click on the application, a DOS window just pops up and rapidly disappears. ...
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Outlook 2003 to 2010 upgrade/replacement. Best route?

I have a machine with Windows XP (SP3) and Office 2003. Can I remove Microsoft Office, install Office 2010 and expect my Outlook information to remain intact? If not, what is the best route to do ...
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Optimizing I/O on Windows

Im currently building a new PC, the specification is below: Windows 7 Ultimate Intel Core 2 Due 2.6 2GB Ram Hard Drives 150GB Sata 180GB Sata 200GB Sata 512MB Express GFX Card Now my question(s) ...
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Windows 1.0 menu

Could anyone tell me what was the last menu point under Control Panel/ Preferences/ Screen Colors in Windows 1.0? It should be right under the following: Title Bar Text, Window Frame, Menu Bar, Menu ...
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Recover Outlook Data from old HDD without starting Windows

I have Outlook on my Windows machine. Windows is crashed, so no chance to get the Outlook data from a normal working backUp there. Is it possible to get the Outlook files and load the files into ...
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How to use special characters in username/password for HTTP proxy?

I am trying to setup an HTTP proxy on a Windows machine. Problem is, the password has a special character (@) in it that is causing the set command to fail. I have tried both escaping the character ...
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Disabling/enabling security essentials

I want to install Adobe Flash Player on my PC and the instructions are to temporarily disable my Anti-Virus software. How can I do this?
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Adding a Windows 7 machine to a Windows 2000 peer-to-peer network (through hub)

We have three Windows 2000 machines talking through a hub, and we are trying to upgrade so we bought a Windows 7 machine to add to the network. All of the Win2K machines can access the public ...
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How do I configure Windows 7 to get its timezone from DHCP?

The DHCP protocol supports setting the time zone and the Windows DHCP Server implements this feature. The time zone on my company laptop (a member of a Windows domain) never changes when I connect to ...
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Need two excel windows side by side, on different monitors, in the same instance

I have to do work between two spreadsheets and I need to view them side by side. I can't just open the workbooks in separate instances because I need to make use of features like paste formatting, and ...
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MediaWiki editor with instant preview?

Are there any editors for writing MediaWiki markup that gives an instant preview? Preferably not web-based. Ideally I would be looking for a window with a horizontal divider. In the upper half ...
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Setting Windows 7's Recycle Bin to automatically have a default disk space allocation for deleted files from newly mounted drives

How do I set Windows 7's Recycle Bin to automatically have a default disk space allocation for deleted files from external hard drives and TrueCrypt-mounted volumes? I remember in Windows XP, I can ...
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Windows C space constantly rising

I am currently running Windows 7 on my C drive. I've allocated for it 25 Gb thinking it would be enough. It was enough until a while ago. Now it just keeps wanting more. I get low disk space warnings ...
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Virtualizing boxes for the family

I have this box that I need to use to support up to 3 users. The best option would be to have a minimal os that would serve virtual boxes to remote laptops, such that when the user logs in, it looks ...
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Win 7 how to access a shared folder with restricted access

I have seen many answers to various flavours of this question but no one gives a clear answer to a clear question. I would ask that any answer not generalize. Thanks! A 3 computer, peer to peer, ...
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Running additional copies of Windows in a VM Licensing

Can I run additional copies of Windows as guest VM's legally using the license on the host machine (the idea behind this is to isolate my main computer from bugs in shell extension code under ...
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a graphic utility in windows to change folder/file permissions like chmod in linux

i want to make a folder available for upload to users. i have to make this folder as 777 file permissions Is there any graphic based software to accomplish this task ?
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Keepass: Synchronize with URL via FTP problem

How described in this page of the KeePass Help Center I can sync my database via ftp. But an error has been occurred: The server returned an address in response to the PASV command that is ...
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How to get IE8 to auto-save downloaded files to a specific directory

I'm primarily a Firefox/Chrome user and I want to get IE8 to exhibit the same behavior of Firefox wherein I can specify that if I download files of type "x" they get auto-saved to the ...
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Difference Between Microsoft's Safety Scanner and Software Removal Tool

What's the difference between the MSS and MSRT?
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Total number of files on an NTFS volume?

I am looking for a fast way of counting the total number of files - and directories - on any NTFS volume. (In an ad-hoc way. That is, given any random box, not a specially prepared volume.) Note: ...
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XP memory/process limit

I've installed 4GB memory module, got more than 1 GB free RAM, however XP can't open window anymore. I knew there was a setting, we can increase a limit like thing, so I can open new things again. I ...
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Set password for certain events on Windows 7

Is it possible to configure Windows to ask me for the password after specific events? Like, only prompting for my password after Hibernation or Shut Down, but never after Restart or Suspend?
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Which Mac/PC text editing programs have YAML syntax support?

I write/edit a lot of YAML syntax files, and syntax highlighting really helps determine where I have syntax errors in a YAML file. Recently I've added two contributors who are not too familiar with ...
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How do you create an empty file from the command line in Windows

What is the best way to create an empty file from the command line in windows? I have been using the touch command but it isn't in stock windows. One idea was to use echo . >file that works, but ...
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Method to tunnel traffic from my laptop back through my home computer and to the Internet

I'm looking for a way to acomplish several things that have been bothering me. I access the Internet through many insecure (and often poorly maintained) networks, many of which active block anything ...
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Double click in Visual Studio 08 forms designer adds listener. Please make it stop

I'm using Visual Studio 08 Designer for a Windows Forms application. When I accidentally double click on a control it automatically switches to the code and adds a listener. How do I stop this ...
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Troubleshooting an mysteriously unstable machine

I have a machine with a Core i7 CPU, 12 GiB of memory, 4 hard drives and a graphics card/sound card (both add-in PCI-E). This machine is somehow unstable, and I'm wondering how to troubleshoot ...
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How do I draw a tree file structure?

I'm looking for a (portable) software or script that would allow me to draw a specific file structure as a tree, in Windows XP. Much like DOS tree command, but "prettier" (as a graph or diagram) I ...
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A small red cross flashing next to the battery icon

I replaced my laptop (HP 6735s, Windows Vista) battery about 3 months ago due to its poor performance (it was running out after about 20 minutes). The new battery (some cheap one off eBay) that I ...
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Propagating Names for non-machine IP addresses in a home network

I have added two IP addresses in the network config of one of my PCs, and I'm using those IP addresses to host separate sites in IIS: I can browse those sites from around my network no problem by IP ...
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Stunnel - how to generate pem file simply on Windows [closed]

Somebody suggest me stunnel. We want to use for encrypt requests. This is seems to be easier than OpenVPN. The problem that I don't have SSH or other tool in the Windows server, and I don't have ...
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Starting Multiple Internet Explorers in a Batch File

In Windows XP, I am trying to start multiple IE7 with a batch file like this: @echo on "c:\windows\explorer.exe" "c:\windows\explorer.exe" "c:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" ...
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32-bit and 64 bit on Windows and Linux

Excuse the somewhat basic and probably general question: I've heard/read somewhere that on Windows you can run a 32 bit executable on a 64 bit machine and vice-versa; but cannot do this on Linux/UNIX. ...
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Windows: How to double-click on word and only highlight that word?

In any textbox or editor of any sort on any version of Windows, if you double-click on a word, it highlights both the word and any space or tab characters that follow it. What is the use of this ...
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Difference between a PC and a Mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to install Mac OS X on customized hardware? Well I think the title is the main question here and aside from that: What is it that does not allow the ...
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tool to record windows action?

My boss give me a job to record some hundreds script manually, it would break my fingers...is there any free tool for recording and playback windows' mouse and keyboard action?? I am on win xp. The ...
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A cloud based notepad - must be stable

I need to make a few lists and such for a trip to India that I need on the web to access from any computer from India. Now, here are my problems. If I do it on paper, I'll lose it by the time I get ...
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Run Windows XP (VM) from bootable USB (linux)

Is there any setup that will allow one to plug in and boot via USB (most likely a linux distro) and then bring up Windows XP (or any OS) in a VM?