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How to make vEthernet (Default Switch) appear in Network Connections of Control Panel again?

In my Windows 11 machine I do not see the vEthernet (Default Switch) shown in the Network Connections of the Control Center (Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections) or Settings (...
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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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How do I find what program is keeping the taskbar from auto-hiding?

The 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 ...
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Snip & Sketch tool always flickers when using any annotation tools

tl;dr: Drawing any annotation in Windows 10's Snip & Sketch tool causes a screen flicker. Is there any workaround to this? Snip & Sketch is a gem in Windows 10 and it makes my life really ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to record only a part of screen using Game Bar screen recording of Windows 10?

I have been trying to record a part of screen in my windows 10 machine. I found that Windows 10 offers a built in tool called Game bar (shortcut: Win + G), which can be used to capture screen or ...
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How to make robocopy delete excluded files in destination directory

I have a cross-platform build toolchain which copies some folders to destination. I use robocopy on Windows and rsync on macOS because they support console progress output. The commands were in this ...
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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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Why can’t I type during git clone PuTTY connection?

I want to clone git repo from CLI in Windows. When I'm executing: git clone '...' I am then getting: The server's rsa2 key fingerprint is: ssh-rsa blablabla If you trust this ...
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CTRL+C isn't working as interrupt in command prompt

When I run a command and I wanna to stop it via CTRL+C in CMD or PowerShell nothing happens. If these shells are run with Administrator group CTRL+C is working fine. Yes I have UAC enabled. On ...
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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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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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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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How to display ALT+TAB on both monitors?

I added a monitor to my laptop but whenever I do Alt + Tab on my computer it only shows the running applications on the laptop but not on my extra monitor. Is there a workaround for this?
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How to stop Windows Alarms (Clock) app from asking access permissions on startup without saying yes or signing in?

Sometime this year, the Windows Clock App that comes with Windows 10/11 asks for permissions every time on startup: Let this app access your info? Windows Alarms needs your permission to: Read your ...
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How to get the true textual verbose "No GUI boot + OS boot information" working again in Windows 10?

I find myself frequently needing much more information at Windows 10 startup than what we can seem to coax out of it now. It used to be possible to go into msconfig and select some options to get the ...
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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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Get a list of user profiles on machine local and domain

Is there a way, either by PowerShell, batch, C# to get a list of all the profiles currently on the local machine. I need to collect a list of profiles and show whether they are local users, or domain ...
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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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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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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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How to 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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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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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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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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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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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 enable Unicode UTF-8 WorldWide Support in WIndows 11, but set another encoding for a specific app?

generally, I like to enable UTF-8 worldwide support in Windows 11, because most of apps I use support UTF-8 and I am using Linux OS with UTF-8 at the same time. But the problem I had so far is one of ...
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How can I disable Escape key binding in Zoom

How can I disable Escape key binding in Zoom? When I press it, it shows the meeting controls while I am sharing my screen. I use escape a lot in coding and it is annoying that I have to re-hide the ...
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How to copy unsupported data streams with ffmpeg?

Briefing I have some .wmv files (actually, my full batch file deals with multiple filetypes) with weird data streams that are needed for an external program to recognize them. I'm trying to remove ...
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Why can't I just dd the Windows 10 ISO to an USB stick?

Why can't I just use isohybrid and then dd the Windows 10 ISO to a USB stick and boot it, and call it a day? What is so special about this ISO? Most posts refer to either using a Windows machine to ...
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Robocopy loops/nests "Application Data" 29 times when copying "Application Data" folder on Windows 10

My goal here is to be able to back up my entire computer by using robocopy. My robocopy script keeps getting stuck here as you can see with the Application Data. C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\...
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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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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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Windows hosts file alternative without needing admin rights?

I was inspired by DNS66, an app available to Android, which used a fake DNS server that dropped outgoing DNS requests to certain hosts. This way, it didn't need to modify the /etc/hosts file, thus not ...
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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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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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Change Sound Settings via Registry

I often switch between using my headset and speakers on my computer depending on what I am doing and it is a bit annoying going through all the dialogs. Is it possible to write a script to simply ...
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Get current working directory of another process

I have a PID, and I am trying to determine what the current working directory of the process is. I played around with wmic process for a while, but it doesn't seem to have the cwd available. Anyone ...
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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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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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Windows Update gives 0x80070643 error on fresh Windows 10 install

I just did a clean install of Windows 10 22H2 onto a freshly wiped hard disk. (If it matters, I installed from a USB drive that I prepared with the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool yesterday.) When it ...
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Disable Windows Notification Suggestions

This thing is a relatively recent addition (less than a year), if my memory is correct: This message shows up somewhat rarely, but is it possible to make that a never? PS: Searching online gives me ...
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Win11: Task manager's cpu usage discrepancy

The discrepency is between the two views: The 'Details' view shows a process as taking 11%. System idle is 80%. The 'Processes' view shows the same process as taking 70%. Total cpu usage is 80%.
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How can I forbid the installation of WPS office on my company computers?

WPS office has some dark patterns now. When a client sends a file to one of our employees, if they have WPS office on their phone (default on Huawei and Xiaomi phones and nobody ever changes defaults) ...
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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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