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How to change account picture of DIFFERENT user in Windows 10?

I have created new user and set a password for him. Can I also set account picture for him? I searched following places: New windows style: PC Settings -> Accounts Medium age windows style: Control ...
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ASUS PA328Q 4K monitor Windows and DisplayPort issue

I have an ASUS PA328Q 4K monitor plugged onto the DisplayPort output of an MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4G. The monitor is configured to use DisplayPort 1.2. I am running Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit. The ...
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Windows 10 Disk usage 100%?

In process tab the disk usage is always about 14%, but on this performance Disk 0 is always 100%: what is the reason for this? It's a HDD. I am not even doing anything and its always 100%. You think ...
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Hide Menu by Default in Adobe Reader

Is there a way to make Adobe Reader 10 not display the menu bar (File, etc.) initially, when opening files? Even when you disable it in View>Show/Hide>Menu Bar or with F9, the next time you open ...
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Maximum number of processes in Windows XP, Vista and 7

How many processes can Windows support at the same time? This question is nothing to do with parellel processing of any sort. Processes can be running, waiting in the queue, sleeping etc,
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Stopping a scheduled task with a batch file action doesn't stop the program running in the batch file

I have several scheduled tasks that each execute a (different) batch file. Each batch file calls into the same program, with with separate command line arguments. If I Stop a task while it's running, ...
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Windows Explorer: Context menu to a especific folder (background)

(This is not a duplicate - I have checked before asking) Both .reg commands add a custom item entry to a folder context menu: 1. Context menu to folders: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [...
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CPU spikes to 100% when using openSSH for windows

I am using openSSH for windows (OpenSSH 7.1p1-1). I noticed that after few days that the sshd.exe processes are at the range of 20% cpu the spike to 100% utilization all taken by the processes. i ...
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Howto run a raw-disk Virtualbox VM when using UEFI

I have a dual-boot setup on my computer with Windows 10 and Linux (Arch, if relevant). I'm trying to virtualize my on-disk Linux install in Windows (and plan on doing the opposite direction once I ...
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Restoring factory recovery partition (Samsung)

I have upgraded the HDD in a Samsung laptop and would like to restore the "Press F4 for recovery" partition. My new disk has three partitions, System, Windows, and Recovery. I did a dd of the ...
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How do I find what program is keeping the taskbar from auto-hiding?

Name says it all. Taskbar is set to auto-hide, taskbar does not auto-hide, obviously I want it to auto-hide. Some program is keeping it from doing that. Sometimes I find the culprit quickly if the ...
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Share MacBook webcam with PC over Remote Desktop

I have a desktop PC in an office with a webcam attached. Normally when I'm in the office I use this for meetings, etc. I would like to connect to this PC remotely via RDP, but from my MacBook. One ...
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How do I force Windows 10 notification duration to be less than 5 seconds?

If you go into settings > Ease of Access in Windows 10, you can adjust the duration of time for which notifications appear in the bottom left hand corner of your screen. The minimum duration there ...
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Multi-column Taskbar When It's on Left/Right in Windows

When the Windows Taskbar is at bottom/top (horizontal) it can be multi-row, but when you put it on left/right side of screen (vertical), it only has one column (row!). Is there a way to have two ...
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%SystemRoot% and C:\WINDOWS in path

I have noticed my path variable includes references to the Windows directory in both %SystemRoot% and C:\Windows forms. e.g. there exists a %SystemRoot%\system32 and a C:\Windows\system32 in the path ...
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Why is the free disk space on an external drive varying wildly while copying files on it?

I'm using Windows 8.1 Explorer to copy image files from my Android mounted as media device, onto an SSD connected via a USB 2.0 drive enclosure (NTFS). While the copying goes on, the free disk space ...
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What is the maximum desktop resolution in Windows

I found in one of the blogs the following statement: *"Windows does have a hard limit on maximum resolution and overall pixel count. The maximum continuous windows desktop available is up to 32k ...
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Making always-on-top windows follow the same MRU order as other windows

Note: I'm using Windows 7 with the classical alt-tab style, ie the registry key AltTabSettings set to 1. I want to use MRU (most recently used) ordering of windows in the alt-tab list. However, ...
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Reducing volume of an audio device on windows 7

I have a USB headset with a very loud amplifier, but low granularity in its gain control. In order to get comfortable audio, I have to reduce the individual application levels in the mixer to '1', and ...
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Enabling Intel HD Graphics can increase memory speed?

I found that enabling Intel HD Graphics in device manager can increase memory speed about 17%. I also used Prime95 to test memory speed, and same result is found. (Prime95 results are highly dependent ...
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Can I make “Always trust software from” unchecked by default?

While installing an application, I received a prompt to install a driver which had a checked checkbox next to the text "Always trust software from [company]": Since there have been instances of ...
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Is there an equivalent to Linux's lsusb in Windows?

To list the plugged in usb devices from software, preferably a shell. Linux, or at least some Linuies seem to have a command to do that lsusb
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Opening Google Docs from Windows 10 File Explorer

I am using Google Drive Backup and Sync for Windows 10. Google Docs open VERY slowly from File Explorer. With the Chrome browser already open, it takes about 30 seconds after opening the file from ...
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Log in local user over RDP

I have a kiosk system which shows information. When I want to change its configuration, I log into it via RDP, which of course logs off the user that is shown on the kiosk monitor. When I am done ...
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Vagrant hangs on SSH auth method: password

I’m trying to load a VM via Vagrant. It’s my first time attempting anything like this. I'm using Windows 10 64bit and trying to run my MS Server 2016 standard. I created a new VM in VirtualBox and ...
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Run software as admin user, but in the current user context

Here is my situation: I have a single software that demands admin rights. That software needs to be run by commom users. Right-clicking and "Run as administrator" does not do the trick, therefore I ...
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How to mount an NTFS volume in Windows without permission constraints?

So when one mounts an NTFS volume in macOS or Linux via various options such as Paragon or ntfs-3g, it is easy to access user's folders and so forth since the ACLs are not preserved so as to prevent ...
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How to add left side padding for windows cmd?

Is there any way to add left padding for windows cmd (Windows 10)? The output comes right after the windows border and sometimes it is hard to see the output clearly.
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Stop Windows 10 search from running commands

We disable the run box on our network through a GPO which for anything upto 10 stopped you browsing to UNC paths or running commands of any kind. In 10 it has the same effect UNLESS you use the search ...
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How can I make the mouse cursor render with software instead of hardware?

I use a program called f.lux to change the display color. However, the color does not affect the mouse: leaving it an ugly bright white. A partial fix is to set the registry value of mouse trails to -...
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In Google Chrome browser, why does Gmail use so much of the CPU when hardware acceleration is enabled?

Here's a screenshot of the issue. On the right, Windows Task Manager showing high Chrome CPU usage. On the left, Chrome's Task Manager showing it's all coming from the Gmail tab. If Hardware ...
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Explantion for CSRSS.EXE using the GPU

This is a follow up question to conhost.exe and csrss.exe questions I am currently on a Windows 7 x64 machine, using a relatively high end GPU (GTX 970 4 GB). Windows Aero is enabled. I am using ...
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How does licensing work with Vagrant Windows boxes?

Can a single Windows license be shared between a team (akin to installing on a physical or virtual server) for hosting Vagrant boxes? The Vagrant docs don't seem to address this issue and all the ...
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ROBOCOPY /MIR (or /PURGE) follows and deletes target symlinks

Let's say we have a folder SOURCEDIR to be synchronized with TARGETDIR. The problem: if TARGETDIR contains directory symlinks, ROBOCOPY /MIR (or /PURGE) will follow the symlink, and delete every file ...
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How can I mix and map sound channels in Windows?

The built-in windows mixer, which can be accessed through Volume Control, allows users to change the output volumes of individual applications. I would like something similar but with additional ...
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Disable unread count in the Skype taskbar icon

This is a Windows-equivalent question of this OSX question here on SuperUser: Disable unread count in the Skype dock icon. Rationale: sometimes I don't want to be disturbed by incoming Skype messages ...
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Easy way to recover Windows.old folder after Windows 8 PC Refresh?

I recently did a Windows 8 PC refresh, hoping it would solve an issue I'm having, which it didn't. Now I'm hoping there's an easy solution for undoing the refresh. Is there an easy way to recover any ...
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Can you make desktop shortcuts to Seamless mode Windows apps in VirtualBox on OSX?

Running the latest version of VirtualBox on OSX and hosting a Windows virtual machine. Is there a way to put shortcuts on your Mac desktop for the Windows apps that you run in seamless mode? I can't ...
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Force Windows 7 to store thumbnails locally

I want Windows 7 to store thumbnails cache files in the same folder as the files (thumbs.db) instead of using the centralized location for all thumbnails (By default %userprofile%\AppData\Local\...
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How to use Firefox and other non-RFC1929 complaint programs with auth'ed SOCKS5? Local proxy chainer?

I own a SOCKS5 subscription which requires authentication. I want to use it with FoxyProxy and other programs which do not support auth'ed socks5 (just SOCKS5 with no auth). Note that you cannot enter ...
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Unable to burn .iso using Windows Disc Image Burner (Error code: 0x80004005)

When I try to burn a disc image file using Windows Disc Image Burner the burning fails and the Status says "The disc image didn't burn sucessfully because an error occured (Error code: 0x80004005)". ...
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Estimate size of Windows Search index

I have to index a rather large amount of data with Windows Search, so I wanted to have an estimation of index size. I've indexed a subset of data (about 60GB; 13e6 pages of text data each about 4-5KB)....
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Does Unison socket mode support ipv6

I have been using Unison for quite some time now for synchronizing data between my machines, and I am very happy with it. Now I need to synchronize two new machines connected via ipv6, but they won't ...
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Windows 10 Start Menu Search Indexing Fields (Filename only? Apparently not!)

So here's a question that I haven't been able to find the answer to anywhere: What field(s) does Windows 10 use to index files by whenever performing a start menu search? The obvious answer would be ...
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Why my command prompt is not recognizing 'netstat' as a command

I want to figure out my running ports in Windows 10, but when I write command C:\> netstat in the console, I get the following error 'netstat' is not recognized as an internal or external ...
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Decrypting WiFi password with Win XP regedit file?

I'm having problem with decrypting Windows XP wireless password (WPA2), I am supposed to retrieve WPA2 password from regedit file which I have already recovered from a formatted partition. I have ...
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Windows restarting certain applications after a Windows Update

So I've come across this strange function in Windows where after a Windows Update and the reboot it tries to restore your session prior to restarting. This though only works with Microsoft's own ...
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Ghost boot disk on a pen drive

I am in process of ghosting several windows 7 machines. I have disk but no pc comes with floppy drives. So I need an external so I was hoping to create a bootable pen drive with ghost. I have the ...
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Windows 10: Why Does CBS.log Say Directory Is Owned Twice or Has Its Security Set Twice?

On my system, C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CBS.log contains these lines: 2019-10-08 02:00:48, Info CSI 0000008e Warning: Overlap: Directory \??\C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\en-US\ is owned ...
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Random text corruption on one monitor of two

I've noticed that one of my two monitors randomly has messed up/garbled text in windows 10. A few reboots fixes it and sometimes it works fine. Text looks fine in the UEFI menus and preboot sceens and ...

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