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How do I get rid of malicious spyware, malware, viruses or rootkits from my PC?

What should I do if my Windows computer seems to be infected with a virus or malware? What are the symptoms of an infection? What should I do after noticing an infection? What can I do to get rid of ...
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19answers
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How can I visualize the file system usage on Windows?

How can I visualize which folders and files are taking up all of the space on my hard drive? I'm getting some conflicting reports on the size of hard drive contents. Namely what is and isn't there ...
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8answers
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Why does Windows only show about 3.5 GB of my more than 4 GB of RAM?

I recently upgraded my computer's RAM to 4 GB. My 32-bit Windows installation shows only 3574 MB of the memory. How can I make Windows use the full amount of RAM?
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7answers
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How do I reset the Windows XP Administrator password?

I have forgotten the Administrator password of my Windows XP installation and locked out. Is there a way to reset it? I do have physical access to the PC.
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13answers
174k views

How can I download an entire website?

How can I download all pages from a website? Any platform is fine.
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18answers
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What utility can move my Windows boot partition over to another hard drive? [closed]

Can anyone recommend a cheap/free utility that can do this without very much effort? My preference is that it would be really easy. Boot into Windows Pick drive to move Pick target drive It copies ...
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10answers
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Securely erasing all data from a hard drive

I am about to sell my old desktop PC and I am cautious about some of my sensitive information being available to the purchaser, even after reformatting the hard-drive, using data recovery software. ...
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8answers
239k views

What can I do if I forgot my Windows 7 password?

I got a brand new Windows 7 machine, installed the operating system, created one account and forgot its password. What can I do? There is no external CD, the operating system is loaded from somewhere ...
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7answers
18k views

Can I use my laptop as a second monitor?

Is it possible to make my laptop's screen act as a second monitor for my desktop computer?
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10answers
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Why does the /winsxs folder grow so large, and can it be made smaller?

A Vista virtual machine I use only has a 10 GB virtual hard disk -- and I'm worried about it running out of space over time. I used TreeSize to check for the culprits.. And the primary culprit is ...
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24answers
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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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4answers
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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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0answers
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How do I troubleshoot a Windows 7 freeze or slowness? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the first steps for diagnosing a slow machine? I have a new pc with windows 7 which freezes randomly. I hit every single key on the keyboard and it works again. ...
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16answers
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How do I troubleshoot a Windows 7 freeze or slowness?

A machine is described as being "really slow" or "freezing". How can I troubleshoot/resolve this issue? What should be the first steps to take?
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8answers
70k views

How can I add an item to the 'new' context menu?

When I right click anywhere I get an option to add a new file file a specified extension. I would like to add some custom files into this menu, so I can right click and create a new PHP file for ...
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10answers
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Moving users folder on Windows Vista/Seven to another partition

When I format the computer and reinstall Windows, my first step is move the "my documents" folder to another partition. In Windows XP it wasn't enough because the desktop folder and another user ...
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10answers
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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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20answers
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How can I mass rename files from the command line or using a 3rd party tool?

I've got a bunch of files named with a the pattern 99 - DescriptiveName.txt and I'd like to remove the number from the front so I just have DescriptiveName.txt. How can I do this? Can I do it from ...
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9answers
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Is there any 'sudo' command for Windows?

I always work on a non-administrator account on my Windows computer. Sometimes I need to install programs which requires administrator access. As I mostly use the Windows command prompt, is there a ...
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7answers
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Using cd Command in Windows Command Line, Can't Navigate to D:\

This may be a stupid question, and I think I have looked elsewhere to find the answer... Might be a path issue, but when I open the command line and type from the C:\>: cd D:\ I cannot get to ...
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4answers
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How can I remap a keyboard key?

One of my laptop's keys has fallen off. Is there any way I can remap the key, to another key which I'll 'sacrifice' cause I never use it?
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15answers
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Which duplicate files and folders finders exist for Windows? [closed]

I need a free duplicate file finder/remover app, with ability to find duplicate files/folders by name and/or by size and to remove one of duplicates.
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24answers
10k views

How can I make a Windows PC bullet-proof for home users? [closed]

I realize that virus-proof on a Windows PC is far fetched, but in the interest of keeping time spent as the "family-tech-support" to a minimum, I am looking for ideas to lock a computer down to the ...
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9answers
11k views

Multiple versions of Internet Explorer on a machine

Is it possible to have multiple versions of Internet Explorer on the same computer?
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3answers
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How to run Mac OS X within Windows Virtual PC? [closed]

The short answer is: You Can't. It seems to be a popular question as to whether you can install/run Mac OS X under virtualization within Windows. However, most of the questions really answer the ...
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14answers
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Run a completly hidden batch file

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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17answers
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How to print documents to pdf [closed]

I like to print PDFs of my documents. I've been using PDFCreator. Is this a good choice, are there any better solutions?
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9answers
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How can I measure my computer temperature?

I would like a simple Windows program that can display the temperature of the computer's components and also show fan speed.
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11answers
55k views

How can I make the Windows VPN route selective traffic (by destination network)?

I want to use a Windows VPN but only for a particular network, so that it doesn't take over my entire network connection. e.g., Instead of the VPN becoming the default route, make it only the route ...
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2answers
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4 GB of Ram installed but only 2.97GB usable. What gives? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where did the other .8 GB of RAM go? I just bought a used Macbook on eBay that came installed with 4 gb of ram. The first thing I did was installed Windows 7 using ...
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8answers
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Tool for deleting directories with path/names too long for normal delete

Windows seems to have a length limit on file names when trying to delete, though it won't prevent those files from being created. Our build process creates a number of temporary files (many build off ...
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7answers
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Where did the other .8 GB of RAM go? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows XP and RAM 3.5GB+ Hi sys admins I have this system, which has 2 , 2GB SDRAM installed. when i check the system bios it shows as 4 GB But in windows XP , it shows ...
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4answers
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Windows Updates Folders (With Strange Names) in C drive

I have a Windows XP Professional SP 3. In my C drive, I have a lot of folders which I do not know why they exist. Sample these names - 1da9de11ed14f5da3b6ace4e25f5 a0332ef3abcaf03e49 What are ...
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5answers
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Why is the effective hard drive size lower than the actual size?

I just got a new Lenovo Laptop which has been installed with Windows 7 and is supposed to have 250 GB hard disk. Windows 7 reports that the hard disk drive has two parts: 221 GB C: and 9.76 GB ...
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0answers
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How do I recover files from an USB flash drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: flash drive ejected improperly- lost files I have a USB flash drive that claims it needs to be formatted every time I put it into my computer (Windows). Yesterday the ...
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5answers
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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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4answers
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Windows 8.1 fresh install with Windows 8 licence

I purchased Windows 8 online from Microsoft a while ago. Today Windows 8.1 was released as a free update to Windows 8 users over the Windows Store. I was planning to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 ...
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4answers
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Is there a product key finder for a PC?

How can I find the product keys for my Windows operating system and software installed, like Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and other software which requires an activation key?
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10answers
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Windows Swap (Page File): Enable or Disable?

From my personal experience I've noticed that disabling the page file in Windows XP has given me, in general, the most speed gain out of any other software change I can make. Obviously this has to be ...
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13answers
6k views

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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7answers
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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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9answers
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Intelligent file copy/move software?

Is there any intelligent (and-well integrated in the system) replacement for file copy/move ? By intelligent, I mean : on conflict, do not prompt the user while stopping the copy but prompt and, in ...
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7answers
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Free NTFS partition recovery after disk was formatted in Mac OS X

I have a 1Tb disk which was partitioned into a ~700gb ntfs disk and a 300gb HFS+ (Mac OS X). I've accidentally allowed Mac OS X to wipe the hard-disk and create a single HFS+ partition over the ...
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1answer
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How to resolve BackgroundContainer.dll error on startup?

When I start my desktop it gives me an error about BackgroundContainer.dll. How to get rid of it? I found nothing when i started regedit.exe and searched (F3 or CTRL+F) for BackgroundContainer.dll ...
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8answers
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How to read ext4 partitions on Windows?

Is there a way to read ext4 partitions from Windows? If so, what can I do?
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2answers
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How can I determine which process owns a hotkey in Windows?

Here is something I'd like to ask you: Given a hotkey, how to find which program owns it? Perhaps any win32 utility, like Spy++?
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4answers
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Is there a tool that can determine the file type from containing data?

I sometimes get files from my clients that have the wrong file extension. For example, the name is image.jpg but the file is actually a TIFF image. In many cases I can clarify it by opening the file ...
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11answers
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Should I keep my swap file on an SSD drive?

I'm considering getting an SSD drive to run as the primary OS partition. As I understand, this should provide a substantial improvement in performance. My question is this: Should I leave the swap ...
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13answers
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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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7answers
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Windows equivalent of whereis?

Is there an equivalent of the Unix whereis command in Windows? So that I could figure out where commands I can run actually is.