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Find out which process is locking a file or folder in Windows

How can I find out which process is locking a file or folder in Windows? For instance, when trying to delete a folder, Windows reports this: The action can't be completed because the folder is ...
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Determine when Windows was installed on a computer

Is it possible to check the date when Windows was installed on a PC and if so how?
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Windows 10, HP laptop battery “plugged in, not charging”

After installing Windows 10 on my HP Pavilion g6-2197sa laptop, I have had problems charging the battery. The battery icon reports something like "79% available (plugged in, not charging)." I can, ...
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Uneven and blurry fonts across the whole system in XP

In Windows XP, all fonts look 'uneven' and are a headache to read. The display is VGA (and LCD) and the resolution is 1280x768. The vertical lines on some characters vary in thickness and blurriness. ...
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Automatically shorten paths over a character count limit in bash

Windows and tools running on windows servers (eg. OneDrive) have a limit on path lengths. I am looking for a command line tool in OSX/Linux/Unix to, within a directory, shorten all paths above a path ...
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Boot with flash drive on tablet

I have a insignia flex with windows 10 it came with a keyboard but i cant get the flash drive to show up in boot select i really want to install windows 7 on that thing it would be better :D thanks if ...
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Want to update to windows 10 but have moved the users directory

I was about to update my PC to windows 10 today until I ran into a problem. A while ago I decided to follow this guide to move the users directory from my SSD with minimal space, to my hard drive with ...
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Browsing Android .apk files on windows

Is there any application or any Windows explorer plugin that can show '.apk' files like when you brows them in android file browsers? I mean showing icon of program, its version, ...
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CbsPersist, other files created and massive

I've never seen anything like this. I had a drive go bad, and ever since I replaced it, it seems that there are all kinds of permissions errors, to the point where I can't download anything or ...
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Why won't my laptop charge while in use?

I have a brand new battery and charger for my Compaq laptop, but the charger won't charge my laptop while I'm on it. It has charged for while before when I used the computer, but it won't anymore. ...
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Is it possible to save free windows 10 upgrade to harddisc, and upgrade in the fufure?

I've got windows 7 on my laptop, and I can do the free upgrade to windows 10. All system requirements are OK. I don't really want to do the upgrade, because I like my current Windows 7. But I know in ...
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What Java package from Oracle is this Microsoft link supposed to download? (from Visual Studio 2015 Community update 3 offline install)

Know what am I supposed to download that the following Microsoft link was supposed to give me? (ie link below gives error for me) http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=616976 I need to download ...
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How to change my system path when it is already too long?

In windows 7, my system path is too long. I want to edit it so I can remove some unneeded paths. However when I click advanced system settings ... [Window Title] %windir%\system32\...
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Apple Macbook Pro - Remote desktop to Windows 7 with drag & drop feature

I have a Macbook Pro and I have downloaded a remote desktop program to connect to a Windows 7 computer remotely which is this one:- http://helpdeskgeek.com/networking/connect-to-windows-pc-apple-...
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How do I type a logical 'OR' i.e. (∨) in notepad?

I just wanted to know regarding typing a logical 'OR' i.e. ∨ (\u2228) When I try to type ALT+8744 (8744 being 2288(hex) in decimal), it works/ the ∨ appears ok in ms word or wordpad, but in ...
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Laptop restarts with blue screen with error 0x00001d8

My Lenovo U31-70, is restarting with a blue screen with printed "error 0x00001d8", normally when i have the pc on for a couple of hours, like 3 hours, and when it happens it returns to happen if don't ...
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Windows 10 Re-Partitioning Issue

Win7 ---> Win10 Partition Problems: My situation is as follows, I previously had Windows 7 installed and when installing Windows 10 I shrunk the Windows 7 partition and installed Windows 10 to the ...
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Shared folder contents all opening as read only

I have a shared folder in a network which we all theoretically have access to. I edited through command line using icacls to grant everyone read and write permissions (icacls "Folder Name" /grant "...
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How to move content of removable drive to folder on the same drive using CMD?

I want to move all the content (including sub-folders) of a removable drive to folder which is inside the drive. This is how it looks in Windows Explorer:
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Windows 8.1 2 in 1 Tablet tied to unused Hotmail account whose password is forgotten?

Windows 8.1 2 in 1 Tablet tied to unused Hotmail account whose password is forgotten? I have some old family folks who did not realize they created this, then they lent the machine to another old ...
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Windows 10 Startup Managment [on hold]

Does anyone have any advice or experiance with managing Windows 10 Startup programs, services and processes? I have seen tutorials on how to mess with the registry to prevent programs from starting ...
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How to: Add Chapters, Sections, markers to video files to help direct access, skipping & fast forwarding?

How to: Add Chapters, Sections, markers to video files to help direct access, skipping/ fast forwarding? How to add “chapters” or “bookmarks” to movies? The above similar question was for Mac only, ...
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Win 10: Dism /RestoreHealth fails: “The remote procedure call failed.”

I ran sfc /scannow from Command Prompt with administrator privileges, but the system could not repair itself, even after rebooting. I tried to repair the Windows Store using the Windows 10 install ...
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Enabling DHCP via PowerShell results in 2 WiFi connections to same network

I have a VM on my network setup as a gateway that I use sometimes, while most of the time I just leave my PCs configured to use DHCP and just have everything go through the router. I had been swapping ...
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Outlook doesn't show newly added or deleted attachments while editing a message

We're using Outlook 2013 from our Office365 subscription with an exchange online mailserver. a co-worker (which works on win7) has a problem with editing e-mail messages, especially when adding or ...
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How to disable shield icon in windows 10? [duplicate]

Just installed windows 10 and I get these annoying shield icons whenever I create shortcuts to a desktop. What is causing it and how can I disable it for all icons? Edit: after suggested methods ...
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What causes “host process for windows services stopped working and was closed”?

When computer (32-bit Windows Vista 32-bit 6.0 Home Premium SP 2) randomly has a "Host Process for Windows Services stopped working and was closed" error: This popup message simply occur out of ...
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Use Android phone screen for windows PC [on hold]

I have a PC but I would like to use an android phone for a screen. I can connect it via USB, Wifi or bluetooth (but I'm looking for the lower consumption possible). Is there an app for that?
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Exchange on Windows 10 2013/2016 Outlook 2013/2016 Error: "MAPI 1.0 [4C2]

The time limit for logging on was reached while waiting for system resources. Try Again. MAPI 1.0 [000004C2] Is the error I get when I try and open Outlook. The system will lock up if I try and ...
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What is the difference between 'Preferences' and 'Printing Defaults' on Printer Properties?

When you go into Printer Properties (e.g. from the Control Panel), there is a button called 'Preferences' on the 'General' tab and another button called 'Printing Defaults' on the 'Advanced' tab. ...
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On what versions of Windows is Microsoft Message Analyzer preinstalled?

Microsoft Message Analyzer is Microsoft's solution to capture, display, and analyze protocol messaging traffic. On what versions of Windows (if any) is Microsoft Message Analyzer preinstalled?
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Why does Apple Software Update think that I have iTunes installed, even though I don't?

I have a Windows PC. Somehow, Apple Software Update thinks that I have iTunes installed and offers me updates for it. However, I have never installed iTunes on this PC. I have a couple questions: ...
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How to route IPv6 traffic on Windows through Linux TOR gateway?

I have a Debian VM set up running TOR to use as a gateway to connect other machines to to anonymize their traffic. The torrc file on the VM is configured like this: Log notice file /var/log/tor/...
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Windows takes too much RAM on startup

I disabled everything in autostart - and still. I will be happy uninstall something, but I can't find the exact cause. I want my 1-2 gb back. If its important - I am on Lenovo G710. Here is task ...
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Mapping a SMB share in Windows

I have a SMB/AFP network share that needs to be accessed via Windows and Mac computers. The AFP side works fine for the Mac OS X clients. However, I can't get it to map on Windows. I've tried the ...
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Can not access internet through VPN

I have a home wifi network that I want to access remotely via VPN. I want to access files/folder that I have shared and the internet access through my home wifi (not from my local wifi) - That is I ...
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How to use Firefox and other non-RFC1929 complaint programs with auth'ed SOCKS5? Local proxy chainer?

I own a SOCKS5 subscription which requires authentication. I want to use it with FoxyProxy and other programs which do not support auth'ed socks5 (just SOCKS5 with no auth). Note that you cannot enter ...
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password protected sharing option does not exist in my windows server 2012R2

I have given 'everyone' all permissions to the shared folder of my windows server 2012R2, but when I used a client machine such as windows 7/10 to access the shared folder, I still got a user/password ...
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Is there a way to find out what type of software is used legal or illegal? [on hold]

A lot of users use proprietary softwares illegally for their own benifits. Is there a method or way to find out if the products they produce is either by using a fully accessed software or a cracked ...
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7zip - Use Windows Task Scheduler to zip a file that has timestamp of previous day

I have a web server that generates log files everyday, the log of the day will be automatically saved as Log.YYYY-MM-DD.txt (i.e. Log.2016-07-20.txt). Now I need to use Windows Task Scheduler to zip ...
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wget for windows with TLS 1.2

I use wget.exe in Version 1.11.4 (which seems to be the latest Version for Windows). But this doesn't work with TLS 1.2 as wget added the this feature in Version 1.16. Is there an alternative tool ...
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Red x on windows user

I have the same issue as this serverfault question. My question is what does the red cross on the user mean? In my case he is the administrator. How do I remove the red cross. I restarted the computer ...
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Freeware Local Proxy for Proxy Chaining with HTTPAUTH

I am looking for a freeware local proxy to perform proxy-chaining with HTTPAUTH. To explain my situation: In my workplace I am forced to keep switching between several internet-connected apps, and ...
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Why does my Windows Firewall keep forgetting its settings?

Windows Firewall continually forgets its settings. It does not remember programs that I allow, and if I turn off notifications for blocked apps, the notifications are turned back shortly (at least ...
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After restart file ETC/HOSTS Change Automatically Windows 10 [duplicate]

Please Help Me I edited Hosts file on windows 10 like this : 172.28.201.126 bi.bpjsketenagakerjaan.go.id 172.28.201.97 bpu-online.bpjsketenagakerjaan.go.id 222.124.14.129 mail.bpjsketenagakerjaan....
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I shutdown the laptop but when I turn it on, all the programs which were open are still open

It happened 2 weeks ago and still happens everytime I shutdown my laptop,when it turns on all the programs are just as i let them before shutdown.
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How programs determine which language to install in on Windows?

I have installed Geany IDE and Microsoft R Open on my Windows 7 64-bit computer which has Windows in English and some of the localization settings set to Turkish format and it has a Turkish IP. When I ...
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Windows 7 halts booting when Apple Keyboard connected

When Windows 7(64bit) is booting, and Apple Keyboard is connected by USB, then it halts on 'Vaio' logo, while loading BIOS(and I have to disconnect keyboard, restart computer, and connect when windows ...
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Immediately spin down a HDD on Windows

I have 2 non-system SATA HDDs which are not mapped to a dir and normally kept 'offline' on my Windows 7 OS. Even this way they spin up from time to time, including but not limited to windows update ...
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What is wrong with my hard drive? When I try to shrink it a volume, it says “The volume you have selected to shrink may be corrupted.”

I was trying to multi-boot Windows 7 and Windows 10. I was already on 7 and I make a new partition like usual and I install Windows 10 like usual (I guess the only unusual part was that I accidentally ...