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How do I “persuade” programs open an actual .lnk file in Windows 7?

A .lnk file in Windows is an actual file intended to be a shortcut to another file. However, I really do want to view the contents on the .lnk file itself. I'm finding it literally impossible to do ...
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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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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 is Gnome / KDE etc?

I have been on Windows my entire life. Without getting too technical, what are these things? When I search on the net, I get some technical results. I simple do not understand what these things are! ...
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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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How to record screen while installing Windows?

Besides recording the screen with an actual camera what are the options to make, for example, a Windows installation video tutorial?
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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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Run a batch file in a completely hidden way

I'm looking for some way to run a batch file (.bat) without anything visible to the user (no window, no taskbar name, .etc..). I don't want to use some program to do that, I'm looking for something ...
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How can I install Internet Explorer 7 on Windows 7? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you install MSIE7 in Windows 7? I need to install Internet Explorer 7 on my Windows 7 machine. How can this be done?
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Dead-simple FTP server for Windows? [closed]

I googled for it, tried a few of them, but I find that even the simplest I found (www.xlightftpd.com) is way too complicated. I just need this: single EXE or portable (ie. no installer, just unzip ...
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How do I remove an EFI System partition from a drive in Windows 7?

I have an external HD which used to be my TimeMachine drive. I got a different drive for that, so I want the original drive back as an external on my Windows box, but it has this random 200 MB ...
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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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Which command can I use to recursively rename or move a file in Windows?

What command in Windows emulates the recursive move / rename command from Unix?
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How can I keep folders synchronized between several machines over my home network?

Like many people I take quite a few photos, and also like quite a few people I don't back up as frequently as I should. What I'd like to be able to do is automatically synchronize my "to be backed ...
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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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Outlook does not show desktop notifications on a message recieve

I have a number of accounts in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, a folder for each and a rule which moves message for appropriate folder. Also it have to show a desktop notification. But it doesn't! ...
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Did a version of Windows ever behave this way?

Inspired by today's DailyWTF article. The author claims that a file C:\Program.exe would be executed when clicking on a shortcut to, for example, C:\Program Files\Doom 2\doom2.exe -nomusic. ...
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How to open the Recycle Bin from the Windows command line?

How do I open the Recycle Bin from the command line? I'd be very glad if there is a built-in Windows command.
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Can't copy and paste in Remote Desktop Connection session

Is it possible to copy and paste inside a Remote Desktop Connection session?
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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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Any good way to get the new Menlo font on Windows?

I like the new Menlo font on Snow Leopard a lot. I tried copying it over to my Windows machine, but Windows does not like the format. Does anyone know if there's any legitimate way of getting Menlo ...
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What is the reason for 7-zip / WinRAR to first unzip files to “temp” and then move them to destination?

What is the reason for 7-zip / WinRAR to first unzip files to "temp" and then move them to destination? I do not see any advantage against just directly unzipping to destination. It is really ...
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How to launch a command on network connection/disconnection?

I have a wifi connection that requires to authenticate using a web form once the wireless link is established. I know how to automate the authentication with a script that uses curl/curlIE. But how ...
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Windows equivalent to UNIX “time” command

So, Unix has a time command that lets users time their code/other things. I was wondering if the Windows command line has anything similar. Also, I asked a previous question regarding the Linux ...
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What's the difference between one-dash and two-dashes for command prompt parameters?

I was wondering why is it that some programs requires their command prompt parameters to have two dashes in front whereas some (most) only require one dash in front? For example most programs look ...
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Horizontal scrolling shortcut in Windows

In Os X, I can hold Shift while using the scroll wheel on the mouse to scroll horizontally instead of vertically. Is there a way to do something similar in Windows?
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Best way to *confidently* search files and contents in Windows without using an indexing service?

Back in Windows XP I knew that doing a file search and checking "Search file contents" (or whatever it was) I would get my results if I waited patiently. In Vista, I felt I had absolutely no ...
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Batch-convert files for encoding

How can I batch-convert files in a directory for their encoding (e.g. ANSI->UTF-8) with a command or tool? For single files an editor helps, but how to do the mass files job?
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How do I sync the Solution Explorer with the current File in Visual Studio?

When I have an open code file in Visual Studio that I am editing I would like to keep that same file highlighted inside of the solution Explorer so that I know where I am at. What I'd really like ...
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How do I know what proxy server I'm using?

I need to know what the address for my proxy server is so I can configure another program to also use it. If I go into IE, Internet Properties, LAN Settings, then all I see is an automatic ...
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Why does my computer go “New USB device” every time I plug one into a different port?

Let's say I have a mouse. I plug this mouse into slot 1 out of 4 on a computer. It goes through the new device detected and all of that, which is fine. But if I come back later with the same mouse and ...
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Keep cmd.exe command history between sessions?

Is there a way to keep the cmd command history between sessions?
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Encrypted HDD 100% safe?

I guess am a bit of a paranoid ha... anyway i encrypted my HDD with truecrypt using all printable ASCII characters and the password is 64 characters long. It is quite random, certainly no dictionary ...
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How to shrink the Remote Desktop Connection Bar in Windows?

Ever since FireFox 4, page tabs have been moved to the top of the window. This gets pretty irritating when surfing the net through a remote desktop session. Often when I want to switch tabs, if I ...
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On Windows 7, is there a command prompt line that can start cmd as an administrator? [duplicate]

On Linux, we can use sudo bash to run a shell as the superuser. On Windows 7, we can use Start menu -> (in search box, type) cmd -> Right click on search result and choose Run as Administrator ...
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Why can't a 64 bit OS run a 16 bit application?

Why is it that a 32 bit OS which is installed on a 64 bit CPU can run old DOS 16 bit applications, but if you install a 64 bit OS it can't run those applications directly and need some sort of ...
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How to go to remote directory in Cygwin?

I'm using the latest version of Cygwin to try to cd into a network drive on Windows XP Pro Service Pack 3. The path in Windows Explorer to this directory is something like: \\myserver\photos\original ...
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Windows: How to remove items from the right click (context) menu?

The right click (context) menu is minimal and clean on a fresh installation of Windows. Install a bunch of applications and soon the context menu is loaded with all kinds of opening options from ...
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What does “delayed start” do in startup type for a Windows service?

What is the difference between Automatic and Automatic (Delayed Start) for a property setting for a Windows service? i.e. what do I gain or lose by setting my service as one or the other? Running the ...
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Why does Nvidia create UpdatusUser account and is this a security issue?

While doing a backup I have found out the existence of an account called UpdatusUser on my Windows 7 box. It doesn't appear in the account management section of the control panel. Searching on the ...
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Installing Windows XP from USB pen drive

I want to install Windows XP on my desktop computer (only XP) but my CD drive is not working. I've only found installation tutorials on how to install it on the pen drive rather than from the pen ...
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Safe to delete “C:\WINDOWS\SoftwareDistribution\Download”

One of our Windows 2003 servers has a fairly small C-partition, which is approaching full. I've had a quick look round using Disktective as to where the space has gone, and a fair bit of it seems to ...
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Windows 7 Features Not Found In Previous Versions

What are some things you can in Windows 7 that you couldn't do in previous versions of Windows? Don't limit your answers to a single feature, I want to learn as much as possible.
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Why is there a difference between ping “localhost” and ping “local IP address”?

Using cmd and ping on Windows gave me the following results: Pinging "localhost": Pinging "192.168.0.10" (local IP address): Aren't both situations exactly the same? I mean, I'm pinging ...
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How do I delete a folder which is nested quite deep and avoid “File name too long”?

Eclipse created a temp folder in one of the directories which is nested quite deep, e.g. dir1\dir1\dir1\dir1\... I am unable to delete this folder in Windows via Explorer, the del or rmdir ...
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How can I pipe console output directly to Notepad?

I'm running an application on the command prompt or a Git shell, and I would like to get the output into Notepad, for easier review and editing later on. I tried the following, but I always get an ...
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What font is used on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8?

What font is used for the interface in Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8? Is this font free to use?
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Reassigning the caps lock key on Windows or OS X

How can I remap the caps lock key in Windows or OS X? Is there for example some way to map caps lock to a key combination like alt-tab on Windows or command-tab on OS X?
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How do I recover a closed Sticky Note in Windows?

By accident, I closed my sticky notes in Windows. Is there any way to recover them?
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What happens when I delete the entire Windows registry?

I've been wondering what would happen if I delete all the registry stuff. Would my PC stop working? Edit: I've edited the code, now it should delete the registry. cd %TMP% reg query HKCR> ...