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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 ...
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Bluetooth Headset / Headphones conflict

I've noticed this problem with a few different headsets. I have a pair of Bluetooth Headphones with a mic. This appears to Windows as a Bluetooth Headset and another Bluetooth Headphones device. The ...
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Can I hear myself through noise-cancelling headphones without cranking up the volume all the way?

I'm using the Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones with the built in microphone and I'm plugging it into a laptop that has a jack that supports the mic & speaker at the same time. By default, I can't ...
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Windows 10 desktops with different background images

Regarding the "multiple desktops" capability (image); is there a way to make each of the desktops have its own background image?
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SCP - The authenticity of host can't be established (But cant enter anything at prompt)

In windows 7 command prompt I enter: scp -W Scp\password.txt -P 22 xxxx@xxxx.xxxx.com:/home/xxxx/xxxx/xxxxxxx.csv After this I get the message: Do you want to trust this new host key and ...
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Format 64gb SDXC card as NTFS file system

I've tried using Windows (8), Linux (Ubuntu 14.04), and Android (Samsung Galaxy S4) to re-format my old SD card. It is currently formatted in exFat, and it seems that during an rsync 3 of my music ...
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How can I hide a Window from the task switcher (Alt+Tab)?

To make clear what is this question about, this is the Windows Task Switcher: The closest to hide a window from the AltTab Task Switcher that I have found is the Minime tool, but it hides too the ...
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Broken Directory Icon Overlay Image

How would I go about tracking down the cause of (what looks like) a broken directory icon overlay? Here's a screenshot of what I'm talking about I've had a look at the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\...
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Prevent searching for drivers when there is already one installed

Is there a way to, on Windows 7, prevent Windows for checking for updated drivers every time a device is plugged into the same USB port? I know I can set it so that it doesn't check at all, but I'm ...
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How will the Win10 free upgrade work?

I have a laptop with Win7 that I would like to upgrade to Win10, but if I install Win7 and then upgrade to Win10 through the Windows Update manager (When available), is my license key then added as a ...
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Tell Task Scheduler how to end a task

I start a program A using Windows Task Scheduler. That program starts instances of another program B. The task is started on Windows startup and runs even if no user is logged on. When I terminate ...
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How can I make the mouse cursor render with software instead of hardware?

I use a program called f.lux to change the display color. However, the color does not affect the mouse: leaving it an ugly bright white. A partial fix is to set the registry value of mouse trails to -...
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Error installing SQL Server

Yesterday I installed SQL Server 2014 onto a Win2012 server that has already SQL Express 2014 installed. I uninstalled/reinstalled it three times, but to no avail: The server wouldn't start after ...
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What are the underlying Windows7 mechanics that are responsible for opening selected files via key 'Enter'?

I need to create a batch script that opens n files, of same type and same suffix, with program p, without creating n instances of p (i. e. use multiple tabs instead of multiple instances). For some ...
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Is there a Linux style clipboard available for Windows?

I like being able to highlight text and paste it with the middle mouse button while still having the actual clipboard available through cntrl+c and cntrl+v. This way I can have 2 pieces of text ...
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How come UAC logs are not being stored in Event Viewer?

In Event Viewer, under Applications and Services Logs, UAC logs are not being stored. How do I enable them? Could Domain/OU group policy have them disabled? If so where can I see that it is disabled ...
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Remote desktop: remote USB devices not recognized

[Update] I do not want to redirect the USB device! I'm trying to use a remote device on the remote computer, just like it would if I'd not using remote desktop. I'm connected to a remote computer ...
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How to make the windows alt-tab task switcher appear on the screen the pointer is at

I have a Windows 7 setup with two screens. I often use alt+tab to switch between windows but the app switcher dialog always appears on the main screen, which may be a different screen from the one I’...
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Allow device usage only in VirtualBox

I have an USB device, and I want to connect it to VirtualBox, but I don't want to allow any usage of this device on the host machine - it should only forward the device to the guest. How to do this?
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Sudden bluescreens when interacting with the Steam platform

I recently made a build for a friend and things are running great, except he always gets bluescreens that indicate a hardware issue when interacting with the Steam platform. Bootscreens often occur as ...
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How to keep Windows 7 CSC Service from running down my laptop battery?

I've a new laptop that lasts less than an hour on battery. I've bottomed out the culprit: cscservice. I've been manually turning the service off then on when I'm on battery power. Cycling the trick ...
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Shrinking/Extending partitions in Windows 8.1

I have a 4TB HDD and it was partitioned like Partition 1 Unallocated 503GB Unallocated 4GB Partition 2 and I decided to extend second partition with these unallocated ones, BUT, such a problem ...
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Repeated keypresses are ignored

So, I'm having trouble fixing my brothers computer. The problem is that if I try to press a key more than once in succession every keypress but the first is ignored. Holding a key down works as ...
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Rainmeter skins as window edges

Is there any way in Windows to make it so windows can not resize / maximise to overlap Rainmeter skins? i.e. as if you attempted to resize a window past the edge of the screen.
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How do I reformat an HDD to remove all partitions and erase all data?

I have acquired an SSD which I have performed a clean Windows 8.1 install upon it. Works great. It is the first in the BIOS boot order to load and it is the drive connected to my first SATA port via ...
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Yank plain text in Emacs?

Using Windows 7 / 8, GNU Emacs 24.3.1 I often yank text copied from browser or incoming email. Is there a way to yank/paste as plain text, leaving out special characters? I tried Ditto and Puretext ...
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Windows 7 up/left arrow keys commands

OK, I've attempted to find answers for this issue here and elsewhere and it is driving me insane. I'm on a corporate issue Lenovo w530 laptop [aka HUGEBRICK] running Windows 7. Somehow the up and ...
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How can I stop Outlook 2013 resizing images inserted into an HTML email?

(using: Windows 8.1 [running at 125% DPI], Outlook 2013, Exchange 2007 ) Hi I have a problem getting my designs which I am creating on Outlook emails to come out correctly if I have changed the ...
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Font rendering on Blink Engine browsers

I have an issue with browser's font look very clunky, this exists on all browser use Blink engine, so far : Opera 22, Chrome, Vivaldi. I'm using Windows 7 64 bit. Any pointers on this problem ? ...
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How do I stop Windows from flooding smartcard with APDUs

Whenever I put a smartcard in/on my smartcard reader Windows (7 Prof, x64) immediately starts flooding it with APDUs possibly trying to identify the type of the card (SELECT and READ_DATA commands). ...
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Windows getting stuck on top in Windows 8.1

I'm noticing an issue where windows will get pinned on top of another in 8.1. This happens completely randomly. I'll bring up a second application, and it won't appear until I actually minimize my ...
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VBA Editor title bar buttons show up oddly large

In VBA editor, there are buttons on the menu bar associated with objects like sheets, modules, forms, and classes. The buttons are the minimize, restore, and close buttons in the top right. They only ...
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Stop new windows opening in top left corner?

Is there a registry setting etc for the default window startup location? I'm not talking about individual programs which can save such a setting, but the global default. Windows often opens windows in ...
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How to find unused printers in Windows (or the last time a printer was used)?

We are looking for a way to find unused printers in windows (Windows 7 / Server 2008 and later). We tested this VBScript How To: List all unused printer drivers , and although on the system are ...
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What is @OpenWithToastLogo.png?

Background Recently, I copy-n-pasted some text from Notepad into a command line window. The copied text included a TAB character prefixing the text I copied, for example "{tab}test.exe". When I ...
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Bluescreen analyzes with WhoCrashed, BlueScreenView and WinDbg - different results

We are investigating BSODs on a Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server. We found out that the results of WinDbg and BlueScreenView were inconsistent and so we tried out WhoCrashed Home and WhoCrashed Pro. (...
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Read/Write simultaneously to mapped network drive (samba file share)

I've been playing around with a home debian server, and so far it basically just hosts a samba network drive that I plan on using to store archived movies/tv shows/podcasts, etc. In the process of ...
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Gnu Emacs : how to minimize it to system tray?

i've been searching around for a way to minimize to tray or hide Emacs app, i don't really want to close it every time i finish using it nor i want to have it's icon showing on taskbar and "alt-tab" ...
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Windows 7 - Applications don't show up in volume mixer

Recently, I had a problem with NTFS partition with Windows 7, but after running 'chkdsk /f C:', it did some fixes and everything went back to normal - except now apps playing sounds don't show up in ...
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Switching between user sessions in Windows (Virtual Desktop)

I am looking for a quick way to switch between sessions of different user accounts(Quicker than the standard way, and without re-entering passwords each time). I am thinking of Virtual desktops ...
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USB hub advertised as 2.0 actually works as 1.1

I bought this USB hub http://www.ebay.com/itm/281298880612 which is supposed to be a USB 2.0 hub. When I plug a pendrive in to the hub, Windows gives the message "This device can perform faster if you ...
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How to manipulate the keyboard flags under windows?

My caps lock key is remapped. How do I disable the caps is active flag under windows? I remapped my caps lock key to Ctrl with the help of ac'tivAid and its extension RemapKeys. When my PC is ...
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An internal, Windows 7 installed drive fails to boot after transforming into external drive

I have installed Windows 7 to my HDD. I also have Ubuntu 14.04 on another partition on the same drive. During boot, via GRUB, I select which one I want to load. Recently, I upgraded my HDD to SSD. I ...
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Windows' Security warning on all files on local drives

Users usually can download portable software and use it from local drives withount any warning. (I mean small executables just as putty.exe or a portable application from PortableApps.com) However ...
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Copy multiple target files from shortcuts in windows 7

Is there a way to select and copy a bunch of target files located in different folders by selecting their shortcuts from one folder in windows 7?
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Script to put Windows 8 to sleep and wake up in 5 seconds

How can I put Windows 8 to sleep(standby) and then wake up in 5 seconds? I know I can use psshutdown -d to sleep, but then how can it wake up on a timer?