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I'm a reluctant SO user, truth be known. I've had 30 years programming experience, the last 20 of which have been almost exclusively C++. I prefer to spend my idle time anywhere than on internet forums, so I only come here when I have unusual or perplexing questions. But that leads to a low reputation, and perhaps people assume that means I'm a novice, or don't understand the basics. The reality is I usually find myself asking questions from a viewpoint of "this doesn't make sense - something is missing - there is this factor and that factor and another factor... and yet those are the trees, and I can't see the forest for them." And then I roll my eyes in despair when people give me answers about trees, and wonder whether SO is worth the pain of trying to pose questions about forests.


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accepted FOR loops and variable evaluation in Windows command line
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accepted Is it possible to change a filename prefix using the rename command with wildcards?
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comment FOR loops and variable evaluation in Windows command line
Congratulations. I search for exactly the same words both here and in google, and that link is not on the first page of either. But by the time I had narrowed those down to being the keywords, I'd slaved for 3 hours. You spend 3 minutes and claim all the glory. Try not to sound smug (or accusative) ;-) But thanks - that link at least provided vital clues to the answer.
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comment FOR loops and variable evaluation in Windows command line
No - what I was saying was that identifying what the problem is can be very hard. For example, none of the keywords I searched with showed up the answer you referred to, nor was it an answer suggested to me as I typed in the question. I found out that FOR loops had some issues around variable expansion (hence I put it in the title), but it was not clear to me if that was the issue, or the SET was the issue, or the use of the delimiters was the issue, or something else. It is very hard to search for delimiters!!
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answered FOR loops and variable evaluation in Windows command line
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comment FOR loops and variable evaluation in Windows command line
I've now spent 3 hours of working and reading on this. Believe me - it is not the slightest bit obvious unless you already know the answer.
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asked FOR loops and variable evaluation in Windows command line
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comment Is it possible to change a filename prefix using the rename command with wildcards?
I'm mostly on Win 7, but also need a solution for XP.
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asked Is it possible to change a filename prefix using the rename command with wildcards?
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comment Can I disable “click on the move” in Windows 7?
This is "Frustrated" here - still cannot properly login to any SE sites with Firefox 25.0.1. Thanks to Brian, I now realise that it is an unintentional side-effect of the click and drag up. If the mouse is moving up as you do a normal click, Win 7 interprets the click in one place and release a little higher as a click+drag. To my mind, drag needs to be much more deliberate - lasting at least 0.5sec. But I can't see any control over this. Still frustrated...
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comment If a modern CPU runs DOS OK, is the apparent thermal shutdown in Win XP real?
Not the issue in my case - there is a means of restoring the original Windows XP installation to the first partition on the hard drive. I did that, and now it only makes it about two-thirds of the way through the Windows XP load sequence. When the original software doesn't work, hardware is extremely strongly implicated.
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comment If a modern CPU runs DOS OK, is the apparent thermal shutdown in Win XP real?
No - it doesn't feel the slightest bit hot nor blow any air that feels like it is more than 2 degrees hotter than ambient.
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asked If a modern CPU runs DOS OK, is the apparent thermal shutdown in Win XP real?
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comment Can a virus mess with a system's critical temperatures or voltages?
OK - so if an actual thermal shutdown or thermal throttling occurs, then you are saying it is "real" as far as the CPU/BIOS is concerned? Which is it? Does the CPU protect itself, or the BIOS protect the CPU? I'm not convinced the temperatures are real... so if you are saying it cannot be a software fault, it must be a hardware issue - bad sensor, bad heatsink connection, etc.