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Windows 10 boot suddenly takes 10-20 minutes

I installed my brand new Lenovo 900s and after installing my standard software and development systems and suddenly the system wouldnt boot and is stuck in the boot screen. I first thought it was ...
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How can I solve Windows PPTP VPN issues?

I'm having persistent problems with Windows PPTP VPN connections. The VPN appears up whilst the tunnel won't transfer traffic (ping to a remote IP within the VPN works for a while, and then fails). ...
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How do I recover data from hard disk of Windows

Internal hard-drive is completely fine. My Windows 8.1 don't reboot, it shows error that system32/winload is missing. When I try to install windows on other primary hard-drive (D:/), It completes ...
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Efficient way to sort/organize images?

I've built a site for someone who has about 100,000 clients, each with their own 'listing' which is searchable. When you click on a listing for more details, each listing may have anywhere from 0-6 ...
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Windows 7: Event Viewer Issue (log on codes and workstation name query)

I am using a laptop for home use. I am not connected to a server or anything, just the home wifi. Today I was looking in the event viewer and I saw quite a lot of log ons with numbers, 2,3,5 or 7. ...
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Mysterious hieroglyph in a command of a Spotify process after update

I've just spotted that right after update spotify starts itself up with a command line that looks like Spotify.exe /UPDATECOMPLETE "䣈!" I can understand the purpose of the /UPDATECOMPLETE key ...
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Windows Firewall blocking everything when authenticating against domain

I am trying to run Microsoft's platform ready tests on my company's applications, which for the gold certification requires that we install our application on Server 2012 R2 Core. I have got a Hyper-V ...
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Team viewer unlocking computer?

Ok i am sure you've heard of teamviewer and how the viewer on the far end can lock up the computer on the near end right ? If the viewer on the near end does get indeed get his computer locked down ...
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Batch File Property File String Search And Change the Value to user inputting value

I have a batch file to search a string in a property file and after finding the string, replacing its value to anew value...This script was working fine since last month.Now it is doesnot working in ...
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What causes a split screen

When I turn on my PC,the blue screen flashes and then when it goes to my desktop which occupies the full screen my desktop occupies only half the screen. What would cause this ?
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How do I search for a file whose path contains a null byte?

I want to search all files underneath a directory for a null byte in the path name. How would I do that? Especially via: Windows main GUI Windows powershell Git for Windows bash-esque terminal ...
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Why is the Windows standalone Slack app stuck at “reconnecting…”?

I prefer to run it outside the browser -- that way it has its own tab on the taskbar, as opposed to being 1 tab out of dozens in the browser. But since last Friday, it's been stuck on ...
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How to remove network locations from this pc permanently

I want to delete map drive permenantly, I have followed this step how-to-delete-map-drive , but after restart the drive is still there.
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Can you defrag an encrypted file system

I just encrypted my entire hard drive with truecrypt and was wondering can I still defrag it? Or will that not work anymore or break something.
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Is there a simple, automated way to convert a large number of files between ZIP and RAR formats?

I have about 500 RAR archive files and 300 ZIP files that I want to burn to a DVD and give to someone else. I would like these 800 different archives to be in the same file format, so either 800 ZIP ...
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What software is recommended for automatic driver install? [on hold]

When you format your computer, it is very laborious to download drivers individually (manually) from official website. I know there exists a lot software to detect, download and install ...
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Windows 7 SP1 Windows Update stuck checking for updates

I installed Windows 7 fresh and installed SP1. Now, when I try to check manually for Windows Updates it just hangs on the Checking for updates screen. I tried running this tool but this did not fix ...
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Can a program window be maximized across multi-displays?

I would like to be able to choose whether to maximize in the current monitor or maximize to span over all monitors. Is there a built-in feature (with a shortcut) or a program that can be used to ...
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Scammers inserted a password dialog - how? [duplicate]

My father has been scammed by a 'Talktalk technician' who managed to gain control (via TeamViewer) of a PC for a short while. Fortunately the old boy was not so gullible as to be robbed, so the ...
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Launch Google Chrome in Fullscreen mode

How can I launch Google Chrome in fullscreen mode from a shortcut? I have tried the CLI arguments --start-maximized and --kiosk, but both do not activate the regular fullscreen mode (i.e. when you ...
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Run Windows and Linux at the same time

Now before you mark this as a duplicate or jump to answer "Just use VirtualBox", this is a different use case. I am looking to simultaneously run two operating systems on my hardware, so that the ...
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Debug a program with elevated priveges with Avecto Privilege Guard -

I am debugging a program that needs admin access in a shop that normally uses avecto privilege guard for admin level access. Starting visual studio with avecto does not seem to pass on the elevation ...
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Convert GPT disk to MBR disk in-place?

Is there any way to reliably convert a disk from GPT to MBR in-place? (i.e. without having to backup/restore any partitions.)
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Windows 7, file properties, date modified, how do you show seconds?

Anyone know a way to immediately show the seconds of a file's date modified property in the GUI? So if you create a file, any file in any directory, right-click and choose Properties, the date ...
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Using Bitlocker + TPM protected HD, wish to permit boot alternate media (CD/USB)

Our company is enabling Bitlocker entangled with TPM on our (Lenovo T430s) laptops with Win 7 Enterprise. This setup will work well for 98% of the company staff without issue. This created a problem ...
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Use earphones remote controller on Windows

Luckily for me, my computer recognizes presses on the Apple EarBuds' remote: Each time the green bar goes up, it is because I pressed the middle button on the remote (The one between volume up and ...
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Deploying a single Windows image to multiple pieces of hardware?

I have two NUCs that I would like the same image to be used on. NUC5PGYHR and the NUC DC3217IYE. I'm using a base Windows 10 LTSB image on both of them now. High level of the hardware differences: ...
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Print spooler only accepts documents from certain programs

I am having problems with my Kodak Hero 5.1 all in one printer. It has previously been working absolutely fine, though I couldn't pinpoint where in time it went wrong as it's not regularly used. I ...
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Task doesn't complete if it is run by System (so it's hidden)

I'm making an application using Python to parse a webpage. For reference, this is the program's code: import csv from selenium import webdriver from selenium.webdriver.common.keys import Keys import ...
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How can I have bootable windows installation disk on a hard disk partition?

How can I install windows installation ISO to a partition on an external hard disk? The hard disk already has a Ubuntu installation and grub on it, and another NTFS partition I use to store personal ...
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The Background location for windows 10 [on hold]

It's the same as Windows 7 so just go back to the post you commented on and use that location.
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creating windows to go with AOMEI, will it delete everything?

I have a Western Digital my passport ultra 2TB external hard drive. which is partitioned in 5 sections. i want to install windows 10 pro on one of the partitions using AOMEI partitions assistant.when ...
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Deleted my Windows 8.1 recovery partition

I bought a HP Envy refurbished laptop from a non HP official source. It came with DOS. I downloaded Windows 8.1 from dreamspark and installed using USB. During install when it asked for the partition ...
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Can I make Firefox display a file of known type (from a Subversion repository) as text?

When browsing a Subversion repository using Firefox and the http(s): URL, I want to take a quick look at text files in the browser itself. However, while Firefox displays unknown file types as text, ...
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Can't access Share on Windows 7

I have a Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows XP professional on domain. Windows 7 has a share folder which Windows XP accesses it but for some reason during the day I can't access the share but if I ...
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I cannot adjust screen brightness in Windows 10

I have Lenovo Ideapad Z510 with Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600 and NVIDIA GeForce 840M and I cannot adjust the screen brightness, I think now it is 100%. Yesterday there was no problems and it wasn't ...
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Recovery disk Windows 8 HP Pavilion g6

I recently purchased a HP Pavilion g6 laptop running Windows 8. I want to either obtain the Windows 8 ISO or make some kind of recovery disk that would allow me to restore the system if things go ...
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Is it possible to connect a tablet to the network without wifi via usb without otg adapters?

We must connect a tablet to the network without wifi access, using usb cables. As far as I know there are OTG adapters to do this, but I'm interested in doing this without those. (Not all of the ...
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How to get two windows in one Alt + Tab?

I'd like to have two (or more) windows (preferably that I can adjust the size of rather than having to split 50/50) and attach them so that I can, use one Alt + Tab to get to both. For example: ...
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Find out how long you've been editing any file in Windows?

I've been working for months on a LaTeX project, using Eclipse IDE with the Texlipse plugin as my editor. I never thought about it before, but now I want to check how much time I spent modifying the ...
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USB is not working anymore. Unusable, Unformattable [duplicate]

Today my friend told me that a USB is having a problem I told them I'll take a look. The problem was there were trying to copy a file to it which was 20-22 GB of size (the USB is 32 GB) and for no ...
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Windows 10 stuck long on Welcome screen after boot

I have clean installed Windows 10 Pro, and Samsung 850 EVO SSD. On windows 8 there were some times when even the os load screen didn't shown up. On windows 10 i have nearly 10-15 sec of welcome ...
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Easy way to recover Windows.old folder after Windows 8 PC Refresh?

I recently did a Windows 8 PC refresh, hoping it would solve an issue I'm having, which it didn't. Now I'm hoping there's an easy solution for undoing the refresh. Is there an easy way to recover any ...
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Page file in windows 10

I have recently got a new laptop with Windows 10 installed, and noticed that instead of 235GB my TotalCommander lists only 133GB as busy and 91GB as free, so 224GB in total and I have little idea ...
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Change the width of the “Language Indicator” in the taskbar

After applying new theme on Windows 10, the font of the taskbar became bigger, so the word ENG was cropped on both sides how shown in image: Cropped Input Indicator How can I increase the width of ...
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Windows 7 automatically install usb driver

I have tried to install usb driver for Samsung arndale on Windows 7. Now it has two entries in Device Manager. I can not uninstall the one with question mark. If I uninstall both of them, when I plug ...
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Remote Desktop Connection to the same screen as on the monitor?

I'm running Windows Home Server. It's in my entertainment center, hooked to my TV, and I use it to listen to music and watch movies. Right now I have a keyboard and mouse stuck beside my TV so that ...
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How to install security updates after “Upgrade to Windows 10” hijacks Windows Update? [duplicate]

EDIT: Future visitors - the cited duplicate is not a duplicate. Ignore Ramhound's (and other's) claims. This is not a question about removing Get Windows 10 malware because it keeps returning. ...
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Unable to load a required virtual machine component and it's not KB3045999 fault

This is known issue that is caused by KB3045999: The application was unable to load a required virtual machine component. Please contact the publisher of this application for more ...
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Unable to access Samba Server on Raspbian with OpenVPN whilst on same network

My Pi is connected to my network, and I can access it on the folder "Oliver" on it with my PC, however, I cannot access this folder with my phone. It asks for a username and password. I assumed the ...