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How to *disable* automatic reboots in Windows 10?

Windows 10 lets you 'schedule' a reboot for later. I want to disable it. Evidently Windows scheduled itself for a reboot last night when I wasn't looking and just closed everything I had been working ...
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How can I free up drive space from the Windows installer folder without killing Windows?

On my SSD machine, the C:\Windows\Installer folder is massive and takes up about 15% of my total disk space. Is there a way to clean up that folder without killing Windows 8.1/10? Tucking away the ...
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How to rename the User folder in Windows 10?

After installing Windows 10 on my Surface Pro 3 it took my user name 'Jeremy' and created a user folder named C:\Users\jerem. I want to rename the folder C:\Users\Jeremy. The procedure for Windows 8 ...
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Keyboard language keeps changing in Windows 10

So I recently did a clean install of Windows 10 English. I configured it to have English UI language but Norwegian keyboard. I have several problems with that setup: The keyboard language keeps ...
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Can I completely disable Cortana on Windows 10?

Windows 10 has Cortana, which I don't like. I disabled it as soon as I could. However, looking in Task Manager, the process for Cortana is still running, and can't be effectively terminated: ending ...
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How to pin either a Shortcut or a Batch file to the new Windows 7, 8 and 10 Taskbar and start menu?

We are having trouble adding our batch scripts to the Windows 7, 8 or 10 taskbar or start menu. Our batchfiles take some arguments and just execute other application based on those arguments . To ...
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Conclusively stop wake timers from waking Windows 10 desktop

How do you stop a Windows 10 Desktop waking up from the sleeping/hibernated power state without user intervention? For lots of users this won't be an issue but, if you sleep in the same room as your ...
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How do I set system environment variables in Windows 10? [duplicate]

How do I set a system environment variable in Windows 10 (without using the registry editor)? (Note: Other answers don't specifically address Windows 10 - at least not yet - and they leave off ...
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Windows 10 - disable reopening programs after restart/startup

Occasionally, a forced restart is happening on my Windows 10 computer. When the OS is restarted every program that I've had prior to the restart is reopened at startup. The programs are reopened like ...
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How to quickly move current window to another Task View / desktop in Windows 10?

Windows 10 introduced Task View - the ability to have multiple virtual desktops. When I am in a window on Desktop 1, what's the quickest way to move it to Desktop 2? Currently, I need to enter the ...
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Windows 10 Search can't find ANY applications. Even calculator [duplicate]

I have problem with Windows 10 Enterprise N x64. When I press "Start" and start to type application name it never finds it. I can't even find applications like "Calculator", "Microsoft Word" or any ...
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Change name of Virtual Desktop in Windows 10

When adding Virtual Desktops on Windows 10 they are just named sequentially: Desktop 1, Desktop 2, ... etc Is there a way to modify these names to provide something more meaningful? i.e. Home, School,...
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What is the home directory on Windows Subsystem for Linux?

When I start bash on Windows Subsystem for Linux, it drops me in the directory /mnt/c/Users/<username> When I ls this directory, I see the directories Desktop, Documents, etc. that I can see ...
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Two blue arrows at top right of icons

If this is a duplicate post, my apologies but I couldn't find one. On some icons I am seeing a two blue arrows at the top the right pointing towards each other. I first noticed it on the icons on ...
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How do I remove Candy Crush Saga from Windows 10?

Windows 10 comes with "Candy Crush Saga" preinstalled, but I do not want it on my system. How do I remove it?
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How to disable internet search results in start menu post Creators Update?

It used to be possible to disable internet search results in start menu searches before the Windows 10 Creators Update, but I've just clean installed a new Windows 10 Pro image and that setting is ...
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How to access Windows folders from Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

On the Bash on Ubuntu on Windows app, I only have root@localhost:~# ls -a .bash_history .bashrc .profile How do I access all of the Windows folders like Documents, Downloads, etc.?
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VT-x is not available, but is enabled in BIOS

Recently I started having an issue with VT-x on my Windows 10 running on HP EliteBook. I was using Oracle VirtualBox to run some VMs on it before and VT-x was enabled in BIOS and was working fine. I ...
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Windows 10 Search not loading, showing blank window

The Search menu on my Windows 10 suddenly stopped working. When I click the Search icon or type something in the Start menu, it just shows a blank search window. I've tried rebuilding the index, SFC /...
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How to prevent Windows 10 from automatically adding keyboard layouts (i.e. US keyboard)

Update: this is a lengthy post, you can jump straight to the answer below Note: The quick language list refers to the list in the screenshot below, accessible throught the shortcut Win + Space bar I ...
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Rebooting Ubuntu on Windows without rebooting Windows?

Is it possible to reboot the Ubuntu sub-system without restarting my system? I tried to use the shutdown command after installing some updates, but that doesn't seem to be an option here.
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How to disable sticky corners in Windows 10

It seems Microsoft has tried to solve this problem Multi-monitors and the corners of the screen. In Windows 7, there is no boundary between monitors and the mouse can move freely across the top of ...
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Is it safe to delete from C:\Windows\Installer?

I've been looking on an XP machine what is using all that diskspace, and it turns out C:\Windows\Installer is high up there on the list of directories that use the most diskspace. It seems to contain ...
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Hyper-V VM won't boot from Cd, error: “unsigned image's hash is not allowed”

I went to install a Debian instance on Windows Hyper-V client in Windows 10. However, when I attempted to start the VM, it would not boot from the cd. Eventually the Hyper-V BIOS gave me a failure to ...
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Unable to install fonts on Windows 10

I'm using Windows 10 x64 Pro and I'm unable to preview or install fonts. When I try to preview a font (double click or Right Click >> Preview), I get an error message that reads "The requested ...
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Typing “python” on Windows 10 (version 1903) command prompt opens Microsoft store

This is strange issue I have observed. I installed Active Python 2.7 on Windows 10 (version 1903). On typing “python” from search, opens the Python 2.7 prompt but when I type from command prompt ...
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Should I defragment my SSD?

I have just learned that one should "Never defragment your SSD". But I have no idea if that is true. I believe that Windows 10 was automatically scheduled to finish defragmentation on my SSD, but I ...
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How to prevent Windows 10 waking from sleep when traveling in bag?

I am not turning laptop off, but rather putting into hibernation, as it starts much faster and I can continue working without starting all apps again. It was working long time from Windows XP to ...
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Cortana Search is not finding applications on Windows 10

For the past several versions (since Windows Vista, I think), if you hit the Windows key and start typing, Windows will search for applications. Since upgrading to Windows 10 with Cortana, she is ...
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How can I create a symbolic link on Windows 10?

I was reading http://www.dropboxwiki.com/tips-and-tricks/sync-game-saves-across-multiple-computers, and I know junction/mklink worked in Windows 7 as well, but it seems like the junction command ...
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Set shortcuts to change keyboard layout in Windows 10?

Is there any way to set keyboard shortcuts to quickly change to a different language/keyboard layout? The old shortcuts still seem to work (when set back in Windows 7), but I can't seem to find ...
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How can I SSH into “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10”?

I have Windows 10 Anniversary Edition with "Bash on Ubuntu on Windows" installed and working. I'd like to be able to SSH into this Ubuntu instance, but although I have openssh-server installed and ...
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Windows Linux Subsystem - Accessing Files outside of Ubuntu

Why, when I create a file from within Windows for example, can I not see it under the Linux sub system in Windows 10 (bash.exe) The screenshot should explain. Folder: OMG was created from within ...
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Remote Desktop intermittently freezing

I use a Windows 10 machine remotely at work. Both the local and remote machine are in the same ISP network (not same local network, but same ISP). I've been using it like that for almost a year now ...
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Windows 10 “Enable NTFS long paths policy” option missing

For some time, Microsoft has supported an option to remove the limit of 260 symbols for NTFS file name length. The web is full of articles, describing what should be done. Hit the Windows key, type ...
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Mouse pointer moving on arrow keys pressed

I'm encountering a strange problem on my W10 computer, for a few days my arrow keys have been "driving" my mouse pointer. Pressing the left arrow key will move the pointer a few pixels left, etc. The ...
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Windows 10 - How to move window to other monitor by using keyboard shortcuts?

I try to switch a window from my second monitor to the first, because my OS always opens some windows where they were last closed. E.g. if I open up VLC Player to watch a video and then move the ...
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Map capslock to control in windows 10

In windows 8 I used to remap my capslock key to control using the registry script REGEDIT4 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout] "Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,...
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recursively change owner windows 7

Somehow I accidentally set all the files in a subfolder to "No Owner' and I can't seem to change all the permissions. I can change one by hand by changing the owner then setting permissions but how ...
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How to stop Skype from starting automatically when booting Windows 10?

How to stop Skype from starting automatically when booting Windows 10? I can't find such an option, either in the Skype app settings or in the Task Manager > Startup tab.
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Windows 10: Rename pinned items in Windows Explorer's Quick Access

I just got done upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 10 and I've found that the 'Favorites' panel in Windows Explorer got replaced with a 'Quick Access' panel and I can't seem to find a way to rename the ...
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Why is DNS apparently involved in issuing “dir” on Windows 10?

For complicated reasons, I have been forced to make an identical copy of cmd.exe and rename it to cmd-2.exe, which I put as a shortcut on the Taskbar to have them "grouped" in different taskbar groups....
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How to access linux/Ubuntu files from Windows 10 WSL?

This question answers how to access Windows files from Ubuntu Bash, but how can I do the opposite? Specifically, I need to access my SSH key from Windows which is located at /home/mark/.ssh/id_rsa ...
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Items unpinned from taskbar are back after restart/sign out on Windows 10

I have got a new installation of windows recently. Now when I do unpin items from taskbar that were there (IE, Edge, Explorer), they do come back after restart. A pinned chrome does not disappear ...
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Show the date on the System Tray in Windows 10

I have my Taskbar moved to the left side of the screen. How do I show the date below the clock on the system tray? Windows 10 is quite new, so there isn't much on the internet about it.
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Windows 10 high memory usage (unknown reason)

A few days ago I updated my PC to Windows 10. However, after some use my PC started to slow down until it was impossible to use – it was due to high memory usage. After a restart, everything came back ...
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Unable to Install ClickOnce Application due to Security Settings (Windows 10)

When attempting to install a Microsoft-signed ClickOnce application, an error appears stating "Your administrator has blocked this application because it potentially poses a security risk to your ...
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How can I take screenshots of the Windows 10 Login Screen?

How can I take a screenshot of the Windows 10 Login Screen? I have read How can I take a screenshot of my logon screen in Windows 7?. Unfortunately, the posted answers reportedly only work for either ...
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How do I run Java apps upscaled on a high-DPI display?

I'm trying to run a Java app (JAR file) on a high-DPI display on Windows 10. The app uses Swing and thus isn't DPI-aware. Normally when I run an application that isn't DPI-aware, Windows will scale it ...
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Path to current desktop backgrounds in Windows 10?

There is another question on here that allows users to find the path to their current background image through a cmd command. How could I find out the path to the current desktop image? In Windows ...

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