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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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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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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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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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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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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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Limit Disk Usage of WSL2

As the title already states, I want to limit the disk usage of the Linux subsystem. I'm trying to build huge projects on the WSL while using Windows normally... I already limited the RAM and CPU usage ...
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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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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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Windows: Why does the Alt Gr key does not work when an RDP session is running?

I came across some really strange behavior in Windows 7. I usually have open a remote desktop connection to another Windows (Win 7 or 10) machine. Nevertheless, I mainly work on the local machine. ...
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Can't type during git clone putty connection

I want to clone git repo from cli in Windows. When I'm executing git clone '...' I'm getting then The server's rsa2 key fingerprint is: ssh-rsa blablabla If you trust this ...
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How does Windows decide whether to use Deflate or Deflate64 for zipping files?

I am observing issues when trying to unzip files from C#. These files were created with the built-in zip feature of Windows Explorer (in Windows 8.1 x64). The issues are based on the fact that ...
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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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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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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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Connecting Android to Windows VPN

I have set up a VPN on my Windows 10 computer by going into Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections and hitting Alt and then going to File > New Incoming Connection... and setting up ...
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How can I hide a Window from the task switcher (Alt+Tab)?

To make clear what is this question about, this is the Windows Task Switcher: The closest to hide a window from the AltTab Task Switcher that I have found is the Minime tool, but it hides too the ...
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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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Convert Linux symlinks to Windows symlinks

I've noticed that Linux symlinks don't work in Windows, and vice-versa. Is there any way to convert Linux symlinks to Windows symlinks? Specifically, I want to convert relative Linux symlinks to ...
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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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Prevent Windows 10 from switching the default audio device when a new one is plugged in

The scenario: This is how my audio setup looks like: A headset which I use as default audio device (input & output) An USB camera that supports audio input apart from video, which I plug in only ...
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How can I get Windows 10's built-in brightness control to work on my desktop?

Windows only displays its built-in monitor brightness controls on laptops. Historically this has been because desktop monitors tend to have physical brightness controls already (though some don't, ...
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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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Is it possible to make WinSCP use my SSH config file?

I use SSH-based tools on Windows, which use configuration files in %HOME%\.ssh\. Is it possible to make WinSCP use that configuration file too, so I only have to manage one configuration? It's ...
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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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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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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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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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In Windows, what's the purpose of the crossed checkbox

I was looking at the images found in aero.msstyles when I found that the checkbox has a (supposedly unused) variant of the checkbox with a cross instead of a checkmark. I quickly confirmed that this ...
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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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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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How can I stop the taskbar from appearing upon notification from an application on Windows 10

I have set my taskbar on Windows to automatically hide. However, whenever an app sends a notification (leading to its icon pulsing orange on the taskbar), the taskbar opens. Is there anyway to modify ...
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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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We can't verify who created this file

I am getting this warning We can't verify who created this file I have an exe file which I need to run on startup using GPO. I found how to either exclude the whole server where the file is or ...
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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 do I to use Google Speech to Text in any Windows application?

When using Android, using the Swiftkey keyboard, I can use the Google Speech to Text anywhere, simply quickly holding a key. In my Windows PC, I want speak with the microphone and let Google type for ...
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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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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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