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How do you check how much power a USB port can deliver?

Some laptops have a special USB port that can deliver more power than the other ones. However it is not always easy to identify which one is the good one, nor how much power it can deliver. So is ...
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How to rename the User folder in Windows 10?

After installing Windows 10 on my Surface Pro 3 it took my user name 'Jeremy' and created a user folder named C:\Users\jerem. I want to rename the folder C:\Users\Jeremy. The procedure for Windows 8 ...
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How do I rotate video (MOV) file on Windows?

I recorded a video (on iPhone) in portrait mode. Now I need to rotate it. Right now I have a MOV file. I'm using Windows. What program can I use to rotate and save this video without losing quality?
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Fastest method to determine my PC's IP address (Windows)

This may seem trivial but I'm looking for the quickest method to determine my PC's IP address within my network. This changes regularly as I connect from one network to the next via DHCP The ...
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Software to backup data and files on a Windows computer [closed]

I have data and files on my system, running Windows, and want to make sure that I don't lose all the data or information when it gets toasted, either by a power surge or corrupted medium. I've heard ...
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How to echo contents of file in a DOS/Windows command prompt [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I print a textfile on the command prompt in Windows? Like in Unix' cat filename ... Can this be done?
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What is the difference between Symbolic Link and Shortcut?

What is the difference between a Symbolic Link and a Shortcut?
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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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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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How do I find what's eating up all of my system's memory? (not SuperFetch)

How does one diagnose/discover memory-related problems, if Task Manager appears to not be reporting correctly? I must have a memory leak or something -- I'm at 75% usage of my 12 GB of memory, but ...
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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 commands,...
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Mapping drive letters to local folders

Is there a windows equivalent to the old dos SUBST command? I want to be able to assign a local drive letter to a folder on a local drive. I realize that a mapped drive will work (and so far that's ...
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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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Can I paste plain text by default?

I regularly copy and paste text between spreadsheets, emails, browser windows, etc. I can't think of a single time when I've wanted to keep the formatting from the source text. I already know about ...
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How to add command line options to shortcut?

How can I add command line options to an executable in a shortcut in Windows XP? For example in the shortcut properties in target I have: "c:\path\to\exe\pogram.exe" I want to add some options: "...
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Was Windows 95 an Operating System? [closed]

This question maybe a bit historical, but we didn't have Superuser at the time. Around 2000 when I was starting my Computer science degree, a subject was Operating systems. The teacher asked us to ...
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How do I escape spaces in command line in Windows without using quotation marks?

For example what is the alternative to this command without quotation marks: CD "c:\Documents and Settings" The full reason I don't want to use quotation marks is that this command DOES work: ...
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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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Better Ubuntu Fonts

I have been using Ubuntu for a while. I like it. I like it a lot. But once in a while, when I switch to Windows, I feel better because I really like the font. It feels really much pleasant to watch ...
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How do I determine if my Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit using a command? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How to tell if a computer has a 64-bit CPU or OS Detect Windows Server version 32/64-bit in CLI OS version: 32-bit or 64-bit? How do I determine if my Windows system ...
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See available drives from Windows CLI?

Is there a way to list the available drives from cmd.exe ? (Other than manually typying c: d: ... and seeing which ones return errors)
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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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Should I install Internet Explorer updates although I disabled it?

I have disabled Internet Explorer in the "Windows Features" dialog. Nonetheless Windows Update alerts me that there are security updates for IE. I am aware that I cannot uninstall IE and it remains ...
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What's the difference between 'C' and 'CE' functions on Windows calculator?

I have always seen the C and CE buttons on physical calculators just as they are displayed on the Windows Calculator, but I never really understood what the abbreviations mean and what exactly is the ...
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How do I restore .bat files association with the system (make them run when double-clicked)?

What do I set the 'Opens with...' property to in order to get the system to run .bat files again (when they are double-clicked)? Somehow my boss convinced his workstation that the handler for .bat ...
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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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Linux equivalent of Windows Registry

What is the Linux equivalent of Windows Registry? If there is no equivalent or similar structure in Linux, how are the things that are done by the Windows Registry handled in Linux?
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How to make a shortcut from CMD?

How can I create a shortcut file (.lnk) to another file or executable, using command line utilities?
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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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Could I save printer's ink/toner by changing the font?

I'm developing a Microsoft Word document that reached more than 200 pages and I want to print it using my Laserjet or my father's Inkjet printer. I can save paper using both sides of each sheet, ...
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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 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 to prevent Windows 10 waking from sleep when traveling in bag?

I am not turning laptop off, but rather putting into hibernation, as it starts much faster and I can continue working without starting all apps again. It was working long time from Windows XP to ...
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What is the proper way of debugging a slow Windows installation?

You know the drill - you've been asked to check why your cousin's computer is running slow. I was right there yesterday. Being a Mac user since 2007 I haven't really dug deep in Windows internals in ...
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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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Keys all switched on keyboard

My friend/enemy switched the keys on my keyboard as an April fool's joke. When I press Y, Z appears on the screen. Some keys work like b, x, g, i, d, and a few more. Also, when I press ctrl, it ...
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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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What scripting languages are useful in Windows? [closed]

What scripting languages are useful for Windows automation?
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Available memory differs by several GiB from what is installed

I have recently upgraded a Windows 7 Home Premium PC with 12 GB of RAM. For some reason once I looked in the System tab it said only 7.96 GB of 12 GB of RAM is usable. I have already tried to go into ...
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Variables in batch file not being set when inside IF?

I have two examples of very simple batch files: Assigning a value to a variable: @echo off set FOO=1 echo FOO: %FOO% pause echo on Which, as expected, results in: FOO: 1 Press any key to ...
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“net start service” and “sc start”. What is the difference?

Services can be stopped and started using two commands in Command Prompt Shell. net start service "some service" sc start "some service" what is the difference between these commands?
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Why is my localhost not 127.0.0.1 but ::1, and what notation is that? [duplicate]

When I use the Ping command against my localhost (on Windows Vista), it doesn't show up as 127.0.0.1. C:\Windows\system32>ping localhost Pinging GIGA [::1] from ::1 with 32 bytes of data: ...
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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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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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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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How to create transparent image in MS Paint?

I want to know how to draw transparent image in Microsoft Paint in Windows 7. I searched it on Google a lot but couldn't find anything for Microsoft Paint in Windows 7. E.g. I want to draw a star ...
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Microsoft Office alternative for Windows? [closed]

Is there something similar to office for Windows but free? I am student living on a budget, office is not an option at the moment.
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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.