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How to upgrade to a bigger disk?

I've a laptop (IBM T42) which has its current bog standard 30GB disk, the user is running out of space and thus I'm upgrading them to a 160GB disk. I'd rather avoid paying the Windows XP license ...
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A software to lock regions of a screen to prevent any windows from overlapping

I've just installed nexus dock (a similar application like rocketdock), after playing with the preferences i've come across a very curious option (under position & behavior) that says: Prevent ...
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Could not play shockwave flash object (swf)

I have shockwave flash object file (.swf) and it's corresponding meta file. But I can't play it in either Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox 3.0.11. I tried to install Adobe Shockwave player. Still, ...
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How to dual boot when Windows XP was installed after Windows 7?

It seems pretty straightforward to dual boot those versions of Windows when the newest is installed after Windows XP. But the inverse isn't happening on my machine. I tried even editing the BOOT.INI ...
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Where did the other .8 GB of RAM go? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does Windows only show about 3.5 GB of my more than 4 GB of RAM? I have this system, which has 2 times 2 GB SDRAM installed. When I check the system BIOS it shows as 4 ...
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Access to the Windows Startup directory via Run

What is the command to type in the Windows Run that opens the user's Startup directory? it's of a format similar to %windir% for Windows and %appdata% for application data the site Computer ...
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Windows Vista - dialog box hangs

I am using Vista 32 bit. Now after using for few hours, suddenly all apps stop opening dialog boxes. For example, if I click "Save As" in notepad, the "Save" dialog box never shows up. Even in Start ...
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Force native resolution to Non-PnP monitor in Windows

I've got a 22-inch, 1680 x 1050 monitor. Brand X2gen, model MW22U. Connected by DVI cable to my NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT graphics card. Several days ago my monitor stopped working. It displayed ...
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How do I use the Hand Tool as default in Adobe Reader?

I would like to use the Hand Tool as default for all documents in Adobe Reader on Windows. Currently it opens with the Select Tool. Does anyone know how to change this?
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Parallels vs Vmware Fusion for running Windows on Mac OS X

Has anyone used both of these? Is one clearly superior to the other? I notice they are the same price. Any pros and cons?
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Windows XP will only boot if it has booted into safe mode, and then been restarted into normal mode, anybody ever seen this?

I have a workstation with an impressively strange problem. If you boot the computer, it will load up to the "select user account screen" and then freeze completely before I can select a user account. ...
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Please explain basic concepts of a DLL file and its registration in Windows

What is a DLL? What is it doing in our computer? Why we need to register it? Is DLL registration a common process of a single command? Is this installed/registered while we are installing a software?
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Windows XP seemingly out of resources but plenty of free RAM and swap available

This one has been bothering me for years and so far I couldn't find an adequate solution. The problem occurs on pretty much every XP install I've done. After opening a variety of programs or the ...
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Update multiple machines at home

I have multiple machines at home. All of them are running Windows 7 x64. Due to limited bandwidth and slow connection, I want to make them download updates just once and apply to the rest of them. ...
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Install Mac OSX on a partition of a Windows notebook?

Can this be done? Don't care about legal issues just would like to know if possible. I have a 150GB partition on a HP DV6000 Vista machine and was tempted to try... Note SuperUser does not condone ...
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Windows equivalent of ls * (asterisk) directory wildcarding?

Another question from an long-time Unix/Linux user who finds himself in a Windows world. First let me explain exactly what I'm trying to do. I'm using the Windows cmd.exe shell, and I want to list ...
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How do you partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive?

Out of the box, Windows will not allow you to partition a USB Thumb / Flash Drive. How can you do this? In case anyone is wondering Why you would do this? It's interesting in the case of a BitLocker ...
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Folder Size Column on Explorer on Windows Vista/Seven

I'm a big fan of FolderSize, but unfortunately it works only on Windows XP. Even reading this and this, I'm not convinced that I cannot to have a column showing the folder size on Windows Explorer. ...
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What is keeping my PC from sleeping?

How can I find out why my laptop or desktop won't automatically go to sleep
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How do I recover a Windows XP or Vista user-account password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 administrator password lost! How can I log into Windows 7 without a password? Yesterday, I had a relative that forgot the password for the admin account on their ...
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Which video types are considered secure/trusted by Windows Vista Media Center?

I've been working to set up a Windows Vista Media Center and I noticed that when I play certain DVDs, the video is scrambled. After watching this video, I think it is because Windows Vista considers ...
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How to make a virtualbox image of running windows system

Is it possible to do this so that the image is transferred over network connection to some other computer? Or is it even possible to resize the partition on the fly to get rid of unnecessary amount of ...
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security concerns in dual-boot Linux, Windows system?

I plan to install Windows Vista on my second hard drive partition, with Ubuntu Hardy remaining on the first partition. How likely is it that any security holes that may exist in Vista could allow ...
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How do I stop my computer from going into sleep or hibernate mode?

I have noticed that when I run Windows Media Player on my laptop, that the screen saver will not start and more importantly my computer will not go into sleep or hibernate mode. However, when running ...
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How can I strip stationery from incoming email in Outlook 2007?

How can I strip stationery from incoming email in Outlook 2007? I would like to avoid using Plain Text only.
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How to reassign a shortcut key?

Previously, Ctrl + D was assigned to an application by a shortcut on the desktop. The shortcut is now deleted but shortcut key is still assigned to the same application. How can I reassign Ctrl + D ...
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How can I make a USB flash drive appear/not appear as a CD drive?

I recently was given a small USB flash drive as an advertising gimmick. When I plug it in, only one drive appears: a CD drive with 42kb used (just an autorun.inf file which launches the manufacturer's ...
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How do I push a file from a Linux box to a Windows Box?

How do I push a file from a Linux box to a Windows Box? Which versions of Windows have a built-in SSH server that a Linux box can "scp" (secure copy/ssh) to. I'm looking at freesshd right now. Any ...
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What is the best method to remove duplicate image files from your computer?

I have a lot of duplicate image files on my Windows computer, in different subfolders and with different file names. What Python script or freeware program would you recommend for removing the ...
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Invert display colors

Is it possible to invert display colors on Windows like Macs can? I have nVidia GeForce 6200 graphics card and 17" Samsung SyncMaster display.
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Fixing copy/paste for Remote Desktop Connection sessions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can't copy and paste in Remote Desktop Connection session Recently I have been working with Remote Desktop Connection. I use it to access a virtual machine implemented through ...
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Why does Microsoft Windows' performance appear to degrade over time?

Windows XP/2003 and earlier (can't attest to Windows Vista, but I suspect it's the same) all appear to become more sluggish over time as applications are installed and uninstalled. This is not a ...
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Time Machine vs Source Control?

Finally got convinced to start using some kind of version control for my code instead of zipping down a copy of the project at the end of each day. Downloaded Tortoise SVN and used it to create a ...
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Does it matter if router is set to 10.0.0.1 or to 192.168.1.1?

I just got my new ASUS Eee 1000h. First thing I wanted to is connect to the internet, so I open the wireless connections window and try to find my wireless connection...but it's not there. I have no ...
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Best way to convert UIF to ISO

I have a UIF file and would like to convert it to an ISO file. What is the best way to do this on Windows.
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Turning off the cmd window beep sound

Is there a way to essentially mute the Beeping function of the Windows command shell? I'm working on a PowerShell script right now which ends up printing several lines of text to the screen. I'm ...
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Can the new MacBook / MacBook Pro Support Dual EXTERNAL Monitors

I'm a looking at getting a new MacBook or MacBook Pro, but what I'd like to do is have it drive 2 external Dell 24" monitors 1920x1200, and I want to close the lid on the laptop itself Can the ...
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Make Excel 2003 Open Spreadsheets in new instances

In Excel 2003, It seems to be putting each spreadsheet I open into the existing Excel application as a new window. this makes it very difficult in a dual monitor set up to put one spreadsheet on each ...
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Which command can I use to recursively rename or move a file in Windows?

What command in Windows emulates the recursive move / rename command from Unix?
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How to avoid keyboard layout automatically changing on windows

I have two input languages in my language bar (windows xp). The problem is that windows likes changing between them without any intervention. That's really annoying! I know about the shortcuts and ...
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Password Cracking Windows Accounts

At work we have laptops with encrypted harddrives. Most developers here (on occasion I have been guilty of it too) leave their laptops in hibernate mode when they take them home at night. Obviously, ...
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How do I set the desktop background on Windows from a script?

On X Windows I had a cool 'silent-alarm" reminder script that would change my root window (background) color to solid red, just for a few seconds a few moments before changing it back. Is there a way ...
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What is a good local Windows DNS Caching Server/Service?

My ISP constantly has trouble keeping their DNS servers up (or so it seems). Does anyone have any good suggestions for a local caching server that can be installed on Windows Vista?
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Copy boot partition from one disk to another

I'm currently facing a hardware HD problem. Once of my HDs has semi-died. It works, kind of, data is being read, but every now and then it decides to not respond for a while. Windows hangs for a few ...
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How do I make Windows launch a new instance of explorer.exe when I open My Computer?

How do I make Windows launch a new instance of explorer.exe when I open My Computer? I know there is a setting that does this. I turned it on previously and the performance increase was noticeable.
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Can you configure Windows to open JAR files like ZIP files without a 3rd party tool?

I'd like to be able to examine the contents of a JAR file without having to install Winzip or some other tool and without having to rename the file. Windows Explorer can open ZIP files just fine; is ...
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How do you list all processes on the command line in Windows?

Is there a command equivalent to 'ps' on Unix that can list all processes on a Windows machine?
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Why doesn't ZIP Compression compress anything?

A 398MB directory was only compressed to 393MB using 7Z and Normal ZIP compression. Is this normal? If so, why do people continue to use ZIP on Windows?
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VirtualBox from an existing partition

I installed VirtualBox on my Ubuntu Hardy Heron installation, and I would like to use it to virtualize Windows for those rare occasions that I actually need to do something there. Unfortunately, I ...