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How to disable flashing VirtuaWin systray icon? Window is not responding

I have to run an application which is not responding so ViruaWin isn't able to manage it. (There is a "1 window not responding" tooltip on its systray icon.) Because of the hanging VirtuaWin flashes ...
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How to use OpenVPN GUI for connecting to VPNs with Google Authenticator?

My workplace has a VPN server which requires a Google Auth token to connect. Connecting via console works - I'm asked for the token and the connection goes through smoothly. However connecting via the ...
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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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VirtualBox: USB device is busy with the previous request

I want to use my pendrive on Arch Linux that is currently on VirtualBox. My host system is Windows 10. I've already added a USB device filter, but Arch doesn't see any USB disk. When I try to connect ...
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How to make Select Tool mode default instead of Hand Tool in PDF-XChange Viewer?

I am always using PDF-XChange Viewer for PDF viewing, which works great for me. One issue that bothers me a lot is that, by default, it will be in Hand Tool (second button checked in the following ...
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Any way to get OS X-like Open dialog drag-and-drop behaviour on Windows?

In OS X, dragging and dropping a file from the Finder into a system Open File dialog causes the dialog to navigate to the containing folder and select the dragged file. I would like to have the same ...
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Windows 7 SP1 wont update error code 800706F7

This appears to be a common problem and it has been reported on multiple sites and the answer always seems to come down to removing kb3004394 On the laptop in question I checked and the update is ...
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CPU spikes to 100% when using openSSH for windows

I am using openSSH for windows (OpenSSH 7.1p1-1). I noticed that after few days that the sshd.exe processes are at the range of 20% cpu the spike to 100% utilization all taken by the processes. i ...
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Why Webdav loses connection each reboot?

Hostgator told me on a support call over a year ago that Windows 7 had issues with Webdav because of digest authentication. They also said that future versions of Windows would solve the problems with ...
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Connecting Android to Windows VPN

I have set up a VPN on my Windows 10 computer by going into Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections and hitting Alt and then going to File > New Incoming Connection... and setting up ...
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hdd recognized as ssd after windows 10 update

I received the Windows 10 update and installed it without any problems to a Lenovo computer running Windows 7. So far, everything works fine except that when I go to defragment the drive, the media ...
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Cannot redirect .exe output to file

I'm trying to capture a program's output and then write it to a file. Running MyFile.exe -args > foo.txt gives an empty file. The same goes for MyFile.exe -args > foo.txt 2>&1. If I run ...
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Why is the free disk space on an external drive varying wildly while copying files on it?

I'm using Windows 8.1 Explorer to copy image files from my Android mounted as media device, onto an SSD connected via a USB 2.0 drive enclosure (NTFS). While the copying goes on, the free disk space ...
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Files were encrypted by virus, and old (win 7) OS is gone - What Do?

So for the past few weeks I have been planning on switching from windows 7 to Ubuntu (14.04) with windows running in a VM for whenever I need it. 2 days ago my antivirus complained to me that I had a ...
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Make USB virtual COM device persistent through reboots

EDIT: Having rethought the issue, perhaps my question can be summarized like this: Is there an existing COM terminal type program that will automatically detect when a COM port becomes unavailable and ...
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PsExec, Error establishing communication with PsExec service

I am getting the following error if I try to use PsExec (psexec \\MyServer cmd, nothing fancy) PsExec v2.1 - Execute processes remotely Copyright (C) 2001-2013 Mark Russinovich Sysinternals - www....
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Deny application access to hard drive or volume in Windows 7+

I want to deny some of the applications on my computer to access certain drives or logical volumes, but couldn't find a solution so far. Background: My PC has an SSD as system drive and a 15TB Raid-6 ...
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Synergy not stopping service completely

I'm using Synergy 1.4.12 (server) on windows 8 pro 64bit. I'm getting a bug when I try to stop the service. If I click stop in to window or by right-clicking the startup icon, the Synergy service ...
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Git username vs windows username capital

I have a git repository set up on a linux server. I have a user with a username of cmcgrath on the git server. On our windows domain we have the same user cmcgrath. However, when he opens gitbash it ...
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How do I enumerate all the TDI drivers installed on a Windows system?

I suspect that a TDI filter driver is causing network issues on a Windows 2008 R2 system. How do I enumerate all TDI filter drivers installed, so that I can look for the suspect TDI filter driver and ...
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How to deal with localized commands lines

I'm trying to write a python script to run on Windows (XP and up). Now this script calls "schtasks" to schedule some command in the future. The problem is that the script may run on machines with ...
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Touch gestures in IE not working without explorer.exe being run once

Edit: Rephrasing my question: Upon further troubleshooting, I can conclude that: Touch gestures (dragging, pinch to zoom, touch-and-hold right click) in Internet Explorer start to work when: The ...
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Small soft bursts of static and volume drops, is my audio hardware faulty?

I'm running Windows 7 using onboard audio. It's been fine for over 2 years but lately there's a problem every time I play audio. I only use WMP since it's the only player I've ever used with this pc. ...
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How to reduce the hide-delay of Windows 7 taskbar previews?

When you hover the mouse over a taskbar item in Windows 7, it pops up the thumbnail preview. When you remove the mouse, there is a short delay and then the thumbnail disappears. Does anyone know if ...
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Hide Menu by Default in Adobe Reader

Is there a way to make Adobe Reader 10 not display the menu bar (File, etc.) initially, when opening files? Even when you disable it in View>Show/Hide>Menu Bar or with F9, the next time you open ...
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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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Windows 10: make drive letter unavailable

On my Windows 10 system I have the following drive letters assigned:C:\ SSD (The system drive)D:\ HDD (has junction from C:\Users)E:\ Blu-Ray optical driveF:\ DVD optical driveG:\ external HDDI:\ ...
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Missing icon for one drive?

I turned on my PC today and found this: This is the only icon which is messed up. It also shows this way in Media Player and Firefox. I've already tried rebuilding the icon cache by different ...
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Booting from external linux drive destroyed internal windows installation?

I have installed Arch Linux on an external SSD. I have already used it for some time without errors to use my own arch Linux installation on other machines. Now I started using two different ...
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Win7 keeps warning me about “slow performance” and disables Aero & UI effects. It is decidedly wrong

In the last few days, Windows has started giving me warnings about "slow performance" and subsequently disabling Aero and all the UI effects. I'm getting this a few times a day. This is Windows 7 ...
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simple setup for a local area with 4 vlans

I need to set up 2 lan ports on my pfsense to each be a member of 4 vlans (10,20,30,40) with each vlan having a separate gateway ( 10.10.1.1, 10.20.1.1, 10.30.1.1 and 10.40.1.1). I would like hosts ...
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Is it possible to stop browsers or other internet facing programs from accessing my local (system) time?.

I am using VPN and I don't want my local time info to be accessible. I am using windows 10 and chrome broswer. I can change the local system time but I am looking for another alternative.
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How to set TLS protocols as default after applying KB3140245?

This is about instructions to Windows update KB3140245 on a 64-bit Windows 7 machine. Microsoft released this update some time ago that "allows users to change system-wide default protocols for ...
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Windows 7 Colors (PNG darker in browsers)

A few days ago I installed f.lux, and since then I've noticed that my PNG images look darker in Firefox. I've never encountered such a problem before. It doesn't work with it (f.lux) disabled either. ...
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Getting Folder Properties Dialog Box To Properly Display Folder Filecount Contents and Foldersize

Please take a look at a couple of screenshots. folder properties dialog box for folder on c:-drive: folder properties dialog box for folder on f:-external drive: The first screenshot is the ...
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Can't open USB floppy drive

I have bought USB Floppy Drive but unable to use it. Windows says The reason why I think it may be programmatic reason, is that antivirus can test this disk and report number of files tested. ...
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Complex wmi queries using execquery

In powershell I can do a query like > get-wmiobject -query 'select * from win32_groupuser' | % {[wmi]$_.partcomponent|select domain,name,SID} Which will list for each wmi, the domain, name and ...
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FTP upload/download freezing and generally slow

I've got 100 mbps and can download from Steam with about 8-12 MB/s. Also I have an upload speed of 4-5 MB/s but those speeds are never actually used while doing something using FTP. The maximum ...
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Run a program using NVIDIA dedicated GPU only when plugged into power

Under 3d Settings in NVIDIA's control panel, it allows me to choose whether specific programs always start using the integrated graphics on my CPU or the dedicated GTX 960M. Can I create a condition ...
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Unable to rsync to another volume with Git Bash

I use git bash on a windows machine: version 2.7.2 (32-bit version) of Git for Windows built on 2016-02-23 available from https://git-scm.com. Within bash I can copy a directory from /c/ to /e/ (a ...
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Expose a wired keyboard connected to a laptop to an iOS device as a Bluetooth keyboard

I have a keyboard connected to my Windows laptop and I'd like to use it as a Bluetooth keyboard discoverable by my iOS device. In essence, I want my iOS device to be able to connect to the laptop via ...
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Nvidia “I Prefer Maximum Performance” Quick Switch?

fellow Windows users! I want to be able to (quickly) switch between I Prefer Maximum Performance Adaptive Performance Nvidia Control Panel I've used Autohotkey as a quick hack, but there has ...
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Modified file not being read over network

I have a strange issue with file sharing in Windows Server 2012. We have an application that's run from a network share. There's also a Terminal Services server so remote users can run it. This ...
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Linux stuck on boot up, windows bootloader overwritten

Ahoi. I recently installed debian on my windows 10 machine, and have essentially bumloved my entire machine, it seems. I installed Debian using the 8.3.0 DVD Image from the official site, and the ...
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ASUS PA328Q 4K monitor Windows and DisplayPort issue

I have an ASUS PA328Q 4K monitor plugged onto the DisplayPort output of an MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4G. The monitor is configured to use DisplayPort 1.2. I am running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. The ...
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How can I track which software/process created or updated a Windows Sychronization Event Object?

I have an application which sets a Windows Synchronization Event Object. Recently I've seen indications that some other application may be setting/modifying that same object. Is there a way I can ...
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Does Windows ever stop services when resuming from sleep?

I'm running on windows 8. Occasionally, when I resume from sleep, my service gets a stop request through the SCM (call to SvcCtrlHandler with SERVICE_CONTROL_STOP). I wasn't able to trace the source ...
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Does Edge support ftp?

When trying to resolve a different problem I found that accessing an ftp-site I already have working as a network location in my windows file explorer, I found that Edge does not access the ftp server ...
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Remove Chrome's Most Visited Icon on Taskbar (not the tabs)

In Windows, when you right click the Chrome startup icon pinned to the task bar, it presents you with a list of pinned sites, and one icon as the "Most Visited" site. In Windows 8 I could delete it ...
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Trying to start app pool via Powershell Script - getting error intermittently

I have a batch script that allows me to turn off a site, deploy files and turn the site back on. Stop the application pool - works Stop the website - works Deploy files - works Start Application ...