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To disable the synchronization of the certain settings to computers with your Microsoft account (on Windows 8): Open the Charms bar, hit Settings, then choose Change PC settings. On the left, click OneDrive. Again on the left, click Sync settings. In the main area, disable settings you don't want to sync. The one that controls the desktop background is ...


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The original question deals with Windows 7, but it's happening now for new reasons in Windows 10. Here's a general answer that deals with both situations. The general problem There's an excellent explanation of the problem and its cause at the 2012 MSDN post Why is there sometimes a long delay between pressing a hotkey for a shortcut and opening the ...


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The OP is right. This has started happening in the latest release (Chrome Stable Version 48). I was also going bonkers due to this new 'feature' and then I did some research. It is not due to any extension as another user has suggested. It's a relatively new parameter which has been turned ON by default in the new release. Chrome Team is calling it "Tab ...


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AutoHotkey is a great program for doing this exact type of thing. It is an very useful program for remapping keyboard keys, letting you set up hotkeys, and automating tasks. Here are the steps to set this up: Download AutoHotkey (http://www.autohotkey.com/) and install it. Right-click on your desktop > New > Autohotkey Script (name it whatever you want). ...


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Just spent last two hours trying to figure this out. First go to Control Panel (not Settings app) Go to Adjust Screen Resolution. You will get a similar window as you did in Windows 7. Click Detect Go to display Drop Down and select "Display Device on VGA" Select Desired Resolution. If windows is unable to save your settings use the software from your ...


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The Desktop view is accidentally set to Tiles (or perhaps caused by "Bags" corruption). Right-click Desktop, click View, and select one of the icon views > Small/Medium/Large. Alternately, here are the keyboard combinations you can use: (First, click an empty area on the desktop) Ctrl + Shift + 1 - Extra Large Icons Ctrl + Shift + 2 - Large Icons Ctrl + ...


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If you're on Windows 10, try killing "Application Frame Host" (ApplicationFrameHost.exe). This made the delay disappear on my system. Note that if you kill this process, it will close any modern apps you have running.


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Desktop.ini files are files that determine the way a folder is displayed by Windows. These files can be found in any folder, anywhere on your computer, as long as that folder has a custom appearance set for it. I wouldn't worry too much about them.


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This overlayed icon is to show that the files have been compressed. Right click an icon, go to Advanced Attributes and uncheck the Compress contents to save disk space box. If the files are not compressed but still show the icon then it is probably a glitch. You can read about a similar issue here that solves the question: http://www.tenforums.com/...


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I agree that the Alt + Tab was a convenient way to get to the desktop, and it's hard to break old habits.Of course the Win + D is faster and I think that may be my new Go to instead of paging thru with Alt + Tab. But another alternative is to add the Desktop to the Taskbar. Clicking on it gives you a list of everything in the Desktop plus some things that ...


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After asking question, I thought to try it by my self. I started creating as many desktops as possible and here's what happened:- My Laptop allowed me to create 716 desktop effortlessly, and when I tried creating 717 numbered desktop, i couldn't. My Laptop allowed me to create 716 desktops and then stopped responding. After creating these much desktops, in ...


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You can install a desktop manager like those you've mentioned onto Windows. However, it will not provide a performance gain. In all likelihood, it will be slower than the native Windows environment. These desktop managers use a completely different stack for interfacing with your graphics hardware and the OS kernel: X. Windows uses its own system. Aside ...


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It does only blink when there's data being transferred, but there's always data being transferred, even when you're not doing anything with the network yourself. There are all kinds of things to keep the network infrastructure working like ARP requests, broadcast messages, service announcements, and so on. They're not very much data, but they're very ...


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The culprits for me are the "Movies & TV" and "Photos" app. Once I killed this 2 apps in task manager, my keyboard shortcut launched without the 3 seconds delay. Yes, I have to kill both. I decided to uninstall both apps since I don't need them. To learn how to uninstall built-in apps, I have followed this page successfully:- http://www.howtogeek.com/...


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There is now a new project called FakeXRandR that works really straight forward. This is a tool to cheat an X11 server to believe that there are more monitors than there actually are. It hooks into libXRandR and libXinerama and replaces certain, configurable monitor configurations with multiple virtual monitors. A tool that comes with this package can be ...


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How about a recycle bin in your Computer: For this create a new text file and paste the following in it by using your notepad: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\Namespace\{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}] Save it as .reg file and execute it. To remove your ...


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Even I hate having anything on my desktop. What I do is :- Create a shortcut of recycle bin Name it 'r' or whatever you like Cut it and paste it in C:\Windows Now whenever I want recycle bin I just need to :- Press Windows Logo+r which opens run Type r and hit enter


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For those of you out there still dealing with XP boxes, I leave my previous answer intact. However, I can now share an approach to solve the problem on a Windows 7 box: As I said before, you don't want to reboot the pc, because you are battling a Group Policy which is enforced on reboot (and in my personal case, every few hours during the day). However, ...


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An issue affecting Windows 10 was connected to ESET Antivirus (and their similar products). Once the AV removes a trojan/virus, the icon and folder (registry) settings become corrupted and there is no going back. Fortunately, ESET has succeded reproducing the issue and provided a fix today (through pre-release update servers): https://forum.eset.com/topic/...


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After trying this one, I found another solution in the Microsoft community. Just wanted to share it: Open a run prompt with WIN+R Paste: control /name Microsoft.Personalization /page pageWallpaper Select "Solid Colors" Click "More". This should lead to an RGB input. Worked perfectly for me and gave me a few more options.


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Open Regedit Navigate to HKCU\Control Panel\Colors\Background Modify setting = 255 255 255 Reboot


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After being very frustrated with this problem myself I came up with a work-around using AutoHotkey. Here is the script: #SingleInstance force Loop { WinWaitActive, Desktop.txt { Send, !{Tab} WinWaitNotActive, Desktop.txt { Send, #d } } } To use it create a text file named "Desktop.txt" and leave ...


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Open Command Prompt as Administrator cd to target directory use dir /a /x /p in the third column, look for the file name. Then find its name in column two. use del [filename found in step 4]


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batch file to automatically copy my Desktop to the cloud each afternoon However, when I try something similar for my Desktop, it does not work: xcopy "C:\Users\myUserName\Desktop\" "C:\Users\myUserName\OneDrive for Business\Desktop Backup-%date:~-4,4%%date:~-10,2%%date:~-7,2%" /e /i /h /k /q /s /v /y /z Now it's just telling me "Invalid path. ...


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I'm not aware of any remote tech support solution that doesn't require at least some downloads. The security risks associated with landing on a website and it automatically giving remote control to a 3rd party is huge. The options that I have used are as follows: LogMeIn - User lands on a website and has to download and allow a Java package to run. Pros: ...


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While you cannot install a lightweight GUI, you can improve performance of the slightly by right clicking My Computer, select Properties, then select Advanced System Settings, the Advanced tab, then select Performance Settings, and check Adjust for best performance.


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This occurs when your Windows Activation is no longer valid. It can occur for several reasons: the Window's license code was used on multiple devices, the license key was temporary and has expired, the file where the key is stored has been corrupted or deleted, etc.


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It's almost like you have an invisible tool bar sitting in that spot. Give this a try. Go and download Process Explorer and run it. Once running there is a Target Icon: Click and hold that target and drag it over the area. If it finds a running process it will show it in the list of processes in Process Explorer. (Did I say process to many times :) ) ...


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This happens when the Tablet mode is on. Disable the tablet mode first.


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This sometimes happens, a strange bug in treating the desktop as a normal desktop window. To fix this, you can either reboot the machine, or you can end the explorer.exe process in task manager, then go to File -> Run new task -> explorer.exe to restart it. Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 now have an option to restart explorer.exe from the task manager also.



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