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Apr
5
comment What can I do if I forgot my Windows 7 password?
@DavidBalažic: that appears to be AD only, so not applicable to most home users.
Mar
23
comment Can PDFs contain resources that are loaded from the internet?
The PDF format is incredible general, it can do all sorts of nasty things. Whether any particular PDF reader supports them is another question.
Mar
14
comment Do I need to re-install windows 8 to enable UEFI?
It's usually worked for me, except when switching between IDE and SATA models - and even that can be fixed without too much trouble. Mind you, I mostly work with various Dell models. If a motherboard uses a non-standard disk controller that would certainly present a problem, and perhaps this is more common than I realized.
Mar
13
comment Do I need to re-install windows 8 to enable UEFI?
How is that different from moving an MBR disk with Windows on it from one motherboard to another?
Mar
13
comment Does CIFS / SMB use multiple connections?
TCP is most efficient when a single connection is multiplexed, so that's how SMB works.
Mar
12
comment Do I need to re-install windows 8 to enable UEFI?
UEFI doesn't automatically make the operating system universal. Windows will still need to install appropriate device drivers for the new hardware.
Mar
11
comment How can Windows dump the complete RAM in the hibernation file so fast?
@user2284570: yes, that was my point.
Mar
11
comment How can Windows dump the complete RAM in the hibernation file so fast?
@user2284570: the OP was copying data from the internal disk to an external disk, and using that as a baseline for disk speed. There's nothing to suggest that he is booting from the external disk.
Mar
10
comment Why is the free disk space on an external drive varying wildly while copying files on it?
Most likely cause is that the target disk has file compression enabled.
Mar
10
comment How can Windows dump the complete RAM in the hibernation file so fast?
External disk is typically slower than internal disk, too.
Feb
28
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Feb
27
comment vim leaves a swapfile after crash with unknown owner
The first troubleshooting step is for a machine admin to determine what the actual ownership of the file is. If it really isn't yours, there's something badly wrong with your machine (because that's not supposed to be possible) and determining the actual owner is likely to help diagnose the problem. (I assume you've tried rebooting, to confirm that it isn't just that some process has a lock on the file?)
Feb
24
comment read-only NTFS junction point or symlink
... actually, you could do it with a file system filter that implemented a custom version of a junction point. There might be third-party products that already support the functionality you want, though they're liable to be expensive.
Feb
24
comment Can someone make sense out of “Hard Links and Junctions” article from MSDN?
Just to clarify, when you change the read-only flag on a link, this change takes effect immediately for all of the file's other links but is not immediately visible on those links, e.g., in directory listings or via the attrib command.
Feb
24
comment read-only NTFS junction point or symlink
No, there is no way to do this within all of the constraints you have outlined.
Feb
22
comment Are there rules to Windows 7 Environment variable names?
@user74094: unlikely; on my system, the values in that key are not in alphabetical order. I'm guessing this means that I've never changed system environment variables via the control panel, but it also shows that it isn't the registry that is doing the reordering but (as eryksun explained) the control panel (for some inexplicable reason).
Feb
21
comment What is the difference between BIOS and firmware?
Note that nowadays some firmware is located on a hard disk drive, typically in consumer products such as HDD recorders or home network storage.
Feb
20
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Feb
20
comment Are there rules to Windows 7 Environment variable names?
Ah, so regedit is lying to me; should have guessed as much. The environment variable behaviour is bizarre, though; why force the values into alphabetical order? (And what if the control panel is terminated while it's in the middle of doing so?)
Feb
20
comment What is the difference between BIOS and firmware?
@KorayTugay: I meant what I said. "Firmware" is a sub-category of "software".