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is there a windows equivelant to storymill?

Came across this great sounding app, but it is only for mac. Does anyone know of anything similar for Windows? Answers stating "buy a mac" or similar will be downvoted. You have been warned.
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Photoshop icon missing after deleting desktop shortcut in Windows 7

I deleted a bunch of shortcut icons on the desktop in Windows 7 to clear the screen. One of them was Photoshop cs5. Ever since its icon has gone missing. I get the default icon for unknown app in the ...
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Can I use a VPN for remote access with private addresses

I have a local network that's configured with private IP addresses but I don't have NAT. I want to connect to a remote location using a VPN. Is this possible and if so, how do I do it and which ...
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Command/script to copy files with certain ext, which may have the same name, from folder structure to singe directory and rename

From a source directory structure (multiple folders), I need to copy all csv files to a single target directory. I found a command to do this, though files of the same name exist within different ...
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What could be causing assoc to say “the system cannot find the file specified”?

I am running assoc from an administrative command prompt I'd like to add an entry for .vbsc in my list of associations. It won't let me, Though it will let me do one for .vbsd And it is running ...
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Asus Ultrabook won't turn on

I have an ASUS ZenBook UX31A with Windows 8 installed on it. I recently tried to start the laptop, and it just doesn't do anything; it won't turn on any lights, no reaction whatsoever. If I plug in ...
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User profile directory invisible, with underscore appended to name

I'm using a Windows 8.1 system via an account with administrator privileges that has already been set up for me---let's say the username is jez. To my surprise, Windows Explorer shows that C:\Users ...
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ext4 for data partition in Windows

I have moved my Windows user profile to a separate partition in order to share it with my linux install. I have originally tried to make a NTFS formatted data partition, but this creates some issues ...
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Config file is written in VirtualStore but read from ProgramData

I have an application that uses an config.xml file that is stored in C:\ProgramData\MyApp The config file is created and edited using MyConfigApp.exe and then read by the actual application ...
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Mac style window management on Windows? [duplicate]

On Macs you can command+tab to select the program you want and then command+~ to cycle through instances of that program you have open. Is there any way to easily replicate that behavior Windows?
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Explorer.exe Stops Responding Once Logged In

My sister came to me with a problem she's having with her laptop. She's running Windows Vista and once you login explorer.exe stops responding and restarts. This continues and is not operable. ...
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Windows alternative to compgen

Is there a Windows command line equivalent for linux's bash compgen -c? Basically, I want a list of all commands that I can enter at the Command Prompt without having to use the full path to the ...
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remove windows file history timestamps in file name

I copied a folder created using windows 8 file history from a drive to a computer running windows 7. Since I couldn't use a restore function all the files have time stamps like 01 Disappearing World ...
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Is it possible to bring back Aero preview on alt+tab in Windows 10?

Back in Windows 7, when one presses alt+tab the "Windows Flip" menu appears and if (s)he holds alt but stops pressing tab, a preview of the app appears. In Windows 10, the behaviour is different: the ...
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How to remove an infinitely recurring directory tree?

On one of our Windows 2003 file servers somehow someone or something managed to create infinitely recurring directory trees within some of the users' home folders, and they can't be deleted. You wind ...
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Need to recover the hard disk space occupied by Linux from Windows

I purchased a Dell Laptop which came with pre-installed Ubuntu Linux. I installed Windows 7 ultimate.During installation I deleted the existing partitions thinking that would completely remove Linux ...
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Why all automated installer auto-detect my 64bit Windows as 32bit?

Some software installer nowadays autodetect our system and determine if its 32 or 64 bit without our control then install accordingly. However all my programs from compiler to softwares detect my pc ...
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How to schedule two commands to run at certain times daily on Windows?

I'm on Windows Server 2012 and I need to restart a service at a certain point in time every day. I'm doing this using two commands, net stop and net start. This is what I have tried so far: SchTasks ...
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Media driver needed when installing Windows server 2012

I'm trying to install Windows server 2012 on a new system but I keep getting this error shortly after set up starts. No idea why as there is no hardware connected that would require any 3rd party ...
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What does mkdir -p create as the parent directory or way to see its effect?

I read from http://www.techonthenet.com/unix/basic/mkdir.php that the mkdir command "creates a single directories or multiple directories." and with option -p "If the parent directories don't exist, ...
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Specific browser for specific links

Does any one know how to open a specific browser for specific links? I have two links that I want to open in IE and others in Chrome. Is this even possible?
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Accidentally deleted partition table, got it back, but now can't boot Windows

I'm dual-booting Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 10. I accidentally deleted the partition table for my main HDD, but was able to recover it. Now, I can't boot Windows. Thankfully, it was easy to reinstall ...
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Set default programs keeps reverting

For a month or so now the default programs keeps reverting. And I have to manually re-set my desired applications for certain file types, however these keep reverting irregular (sometimes after a day ...
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Renaming a start menu Item in Windows 10

In Windows 10, how can I rename a Start Menu Item? In Windows 7, I could click on the start menu, then right-click on "All Program" and I would get a menu that popped up saying "Open All Users" and ...
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Windows computer getting Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) after a fall

Accidentally knocked my laptop onto the ground last night and have been having some trouble with it since. After picking it up, I opened the screen to make sure there wasn't any obvious damage and, ...
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Using another program through Windows Command Prompt

I know that I can launch programs from the Command Prompt, but is there any way to enter commands after opening that program? For example, if I open DOSBox from cmd, how would I enter a command in ...
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Abode Flash Player 14 Active X “Failed to register” Error Windows 8.1

I am trying to install Flash player 14 ActiveX plug-in for Windows 7 in Windows 8.1. You might say Windows 8. 1 already has it but I have a program which specifically needs the ActiveX plug-in for ...
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How to stop Windows from adding a Bluetooth shortcut in the SendTo folder?

I'm under Windows 10 x64, and my problem is that when I insert a removable device (a smartphone) a Bluetooth related shortcut is created inside the SendTo folder (at ...
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How can I type U+200B character?

How can I type the unicode character U+200B (zero-width space character) with my keyboard?
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Why can't VirtualBox see my disks?

I have an external hard disk which stores all my virtual machines. Everything was going great until today. I turned my computer, on and plugged my external hard drive in. Windows sees it and can ...
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How to run exe file remotely?

I have an exe file placed on a remote server. I need to invoke it from other server directly/using a batch file. When I invoke using batch file it runs and it shows in the Task manager of invoking ...
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why is access to users group important

I am using an account that is in the group Administrators, but also in the group Users. And I have a directory for which I removed access for the group Users. In this directory there is an executable ...
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Convert volume paths to MS-DOS drive names

I've registered for a callback which returns path to a file in this format: \device\harddiskvolume2\windows\system32\... How can I convert it to a more readable and informative format like: ...
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Find out what does change the settings for User Account Control all the time

The settings of the UAC get changed by some app/program/process. As a result I can't open Edge, calculator, Windows store or any other Metro style app. If I try to open it I get xxx can't be ...
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IIS and users group

In Windows Server 2012 R2 IIS is running as a web server under usual conditions. The web content however is not from c:\inetpub\wwwroot\ but from some other folder. The web applications are still ...
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Tap Win Adapter installs every start of Win 8.1 a new TAP adapter apears

I have a problem since nearly 2 or 3 month now. Every time I start win 8.1 64 Bit a new Tap Win32 Adapter OAS and a V9 Tap adapter appears in the system and my internet is getting worse. Can somebody ...
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How to batch install setup-file (*.exe) on PC?

Instead of repeatedly double-clicking tens of setup files (*.exe), can batch-installing at once be possible? Or at least one double-click is enough to sequentially activate them? The closest Google ...
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Can I run xbootmgr to speed up boot times on an SSD?

It is possible to tune up the Windows boot time by using the xbootmgr tool from the Windows Performance Toolkit, as described in this related question of myself: Should I logon to Windows when using ...
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How to change default window background color in Windows 10?

In Windows 7 and Windows XP it was very easy to change the default background color of all windows to whatever you want. Staring at white window backgrounds all day is hard on the eyes. Once changed, ...
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Mounting a remote filesystem on Windows 10 using Bash

Now, that windows 10 is out I started wondering about something. Unix based systems have the possibility to mount remote filesystems using ssh. In a recent article I've read that Windows 10 Has ...
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How do I make a bootable USB flash disk of Windows setup on my Kali Linux system?

I have Kali Linux currently running on my laptop. I want to install Windows 7. I don't have CD ROM ,how do I make bootable USB having Windows ISO? Which software will help me? Or just how to make ...
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Allow Internet Access with Default Gateway on Windows 7 VPN Server

I have a Windows 7 box at home (which I'll refer to as Home-VPN) that runs a simple PPTP VPN server. I have a range of 2 IP address (192.168.1.10-192.168.1.11) to give out, although the server is only ...
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Configure Local Policies:Security Options:Network security on Windows Home (7 or later) [duplicate]

I need to configure a Windows 7 Home machine to connect to a VPN Server. This requires the following configuration: Local Policies > Security Options Network Security: Minimum session security ...
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Keystrokes Windows Remote Desktop Connection?

I have a Windows 2008 VPS and connect to it using Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe). I run on it an app that does some tasks simulating keystrokes. It runs perfectly when i'm logged on the VPS and ...
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How do I mount an NFS share in Windows 8?

I have a NAS that I'd like to mount over NFS. It works great on my Mac, but I cannot figure out how to mount this device on Windows 8. I've searched a bit online, but all the articles seem to apply ...
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Powered Laptop Automatically Starting Up (Unintended)

I recently had a hardware failure and replaced my hard drive with a new one. Then having done a fresh install of Windows 8.1 (which then was upgraded to Windows 10). I'm having the same issue ...
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Controlling encoding of redirected win console command output

Here is what I want to do: Redirecting properly the output of console applications (I use the term command in the rest of the message) into a file with 1252 encoding (to make it readable from any ...
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Can my program or script ask Windows 10 about keyboard or mouse activity? [migrated]

I want to write a program or script that looks at how long the user has been idle. How long since the last keyboard or mouse activity. What features of Windows 10 can I use for that?
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Windows Store won't launch

On my Windows 10 machine (with latest updates), when I login with my user, search for 'Store' and click on the 'Store' result. It does nothing. Start bar doesn't even close, nothing. When I login ...
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Monitor not detected on nVidia eGPU

I have a ThinkPad W540 laptop which has an ExpressCard 2.0 slot. I took advantage of it and built my own eGPU setup, using a PE4L 2.1b adapter, and an nVidia GeForce 750Ti card from EVGA. Usually when ...