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Wacom tablet problem with Gimp/GTK applications on Windows

I have a Wacom Bamboo tablet with associated pen and mouse. They work fine with most applications except Gimp. I have also noticed problems while using them with other GTK applications on Windows. Is ...
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Windows: How to create a shortcut for the Safely Remove Hardware dialog?

I find it useful to have a handy shortcut icon for the hardware removal operation. How do I create a shortcut for the Safely Remove Hardware dialog?
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How to turn off all the beep sounds?

I have set the Windows sound scheme to No Sounds and I still hear some beeps on certain actions. Is there a way to turn off these beeps too?
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How to remove items from the right click (context) menu in Windows?

The right click (context) menu is minimal and clean on a fresh installation of Windows. Install a bunch of applications and soon the context menu is loaded with all kinds of opening options from ...
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Windows: How to change the system/dialog font?

I switched over to Cleartype on Windows XP about 3 years ago. And in the Theme settings I used Vista (made-for-Cleartype) fonts for all the UI widgets. However, certain system dialogs of Windows and ...
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Securely erasing all data from a hard drive

I am about to sell my old desktop PC and I am cautious about some of my sensitive information being available to the purchaser, even after reformatting the hard-drive, using data recovery software. ...
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Running a Check-Disk (Is it dangerous)

I have a lap top that a friend of mine would like me to fix. It is giving a blue screen on boot up. When I looked up the error message it indicates that I should run a check disk. Is this ...
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Managing updates for multiple computers on the same network

At home I have three Windows PCs running Vista and, come update time, the home network can become a bit congested with three computers downloading exactly the same updates at (around) the same time. ...
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How can I run OSX under Windows?

I've heard of people running OSX under Windows? How is that done? *Apparently this is illegal. Feel free to delete this question.
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DVD ripper for Windows [closed]

I am looking for a good DVD ripper software for Windows. Looking for something that will easily rip the raw bits DVD to hard drive without any loss of quality. Looking for something that will easily ...
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Save applied system updates for backup

When I need to reformat a hard drive, or if I get a new computer, the first thing that needs to be done is to download all the backups. Depending on how old the installation media is, this can often ...
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OS X equivalent of Windows Run box?

Windows has a very convenient Run box (WinKey + R) that from one box, can can launch programs by exact path to the executable launch any program in the PATH directories by executable name open files ...
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How can I stop windows from rebooting after an automatic update?

I like Windows to keep itself up to date via the automatic updates, but sometimes it does that when I'm not at the computer and it's doing something critical, like downloading the latest stack ...
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How to make menus open “fully” by default in MS Word 2003?

Some windows apps (MS Office 2003 actually) have a feature which I find annoying where when you first open the menu, only a subset of the menu items are shown. Double clicking the menu or clicking ...
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Windows 7 Features Not Found In Previous Versions [closed]

What are some things you can in Windows 7 that you couldn't do in previous versions of Windows? Don't limit your answers to a single feature, I want to learn as much as possible.
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FontExplorer like application for Windows [closed]

Has anybody found a font browser solution as great as FontExplorer on Mac, for Windows?
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How to convert or burn a .DMG image file on Windows?

What software can be recommended to burn a Mac created .DMG file on a Windows operating system? Ideally it should be free, or at least reasonably priced. Or, as an alternative, an application convert ...
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Is there a way to bind a wireless network to a proxy setting?

Is there an existing program to set an specific wireless network to a certain fixed proxy configuration? If there isn't, do you know if the necessary API exists to change it with a script or small ...
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Is defragging relevant to improving disk performance anymore?

Does it stil make much difference, now that we have much faster and larger HDDs? Generally I find if disk performance is getting too slow, it's probably because of too little free space, and the ...
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Looking for a SECURE Audio Player for Windows [closed]

I know there are dozens of audio players for windows, but which one has: the best security record (least reported vulnerabilities) the least number of security exploits the best security ...
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How do I customize keyboard shortcuts in Windows XP?

Some Windows shortcut key combinations are interfering with my WinSplit Revolution shortcuts. Where are these shortcuts defined in XP and how can I change them?
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Use Windows Briefcase from the command line

I have a thumb drive on which I take many of my files with me. I would like to synchronize it with my computer automatically when I connect it. I currently have a script run every time I connect it so ...
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Transparent Command Prompt in Vista?

Is it possible to have a slightly transparent command prompt window in Vista or Windows 7? Are they any 3rd party alternatives?
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What is a good screen magnifier application? [closed]

Instead of getting coke-bottle glasses, what software is out there to zoom in on a portion of the screen? Edit: The platform can be Windows, but something for anywhere is nice too...
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Windows date reprensentation

I was debating about the 2038 bug on unix with a friend (the 32 bit timestamp bug). We were actually wondering on how windows store the dates itself ? I was thinking it was a simple DateTime but how ...
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Does Windows ReadyBoost have a meaningful impact on performance?

Does Windows ReadyBoost technology, available in Windows since Vista, have a meaningful impact on performance? Are there well-known benchmarks that compare systems with, and without? Does the speed ...
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How do I delete a folder that's in use?

Sometimes when I'm working in Windows I'll get this prompt when I try to delete a directory: Folder In Use The action can't be completed because the folder is open in another program Close the folder ...
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Drobo Stops Responding on Vista x64

I use a Drobo for all of my backups. Most of the time it works exactly as advertised, but sometimes the computer thinks that it's no longer connected. The lights on the Drobo show it still thinks it's ...
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What's the most popular portable applications manager? [closed]

I have a bunch of applications I carry around on a small flash drive, but I find it hard to keep everything up to date. I know about portableapps.com, but are there any other websites / repositories / ...
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How often should I defragment drives formatted as NTFS?

I've heard claims from some people that you don't need to defragment hard drives formatted as NTFS (perhaps even from Microsoft at one time), while others say it needs considerably less defragmenting ...
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How can I rename a Windows Vista user account?

If I go to User Accounts in the Control Panel, there is an option to Change your account name, but this only changes the display name, not the internal name of the account used for networking or in ...
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Getting Through EFS (Encrypted File System)

I'm 99% sure, at this point, that the answer is, "not possible." But I figured there are tons of smart people here who might be able to help me out, even if that help is just to validate that it's not ...
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Can you turn off UAC for a single app? [duplicate]

I'm running windows 7 RC. I've got a few poorly-designed apps that force me to click through a UAC box in order to launch them. This is becoming quite an annoyance. I don't mind UAC aside from this ...
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iTunes toolbar in Windows 64 taskbar

How (if possible) can I get the minimized-toolbar for iTunes into my taskbar on Windows 64 bit?
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Automatically Mute Windows on Shut Down

How can you automatically mute the audio in Windows every time you shut down?
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Using public terminals to login your personal credentials

Do you trust public terminals? If you need to check your email, and you have no other option then to use public terminal near by, would you still use it? Is there any way to protect your self from ...
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Keeping up to date with updates? [closed]

I really like keeping up to date with the latest updates for my software. I have Windows set to automatically download and install updates. But what about my other programs? How do I keep my 3rd-...
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How do I interpret the Memory numbers in Windows Task Manager?

Physical Memory Total Cached Available Free Kernel Memory Paged Nonpaged
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Java Apps in browser flash/tear when scrolling - why is that?

I have a Dell Dimension 4400 with an ATI Rage 128 Pro AGP on Windows XP Pro, latest updates. Previously this computer used Windows 2000, but I upgraded it to XP two weeks ago. One of the things I do ...
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How (Can?) you synchronize Windows Live Calendar with a Windows Mobile Phone

This is driving me mad, there must be a way to sync Live Calendars with Windows Mobile phones but I can't figure out how to get it to work.
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How can I measure my computer temperature?

I would like to monitor the temperature of the computer's components and also the fan speed. How can I do this?
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Change Default directory of Documents and Settings?

Let's say I have Windows installed on drive C, however I install all of my programs on the D drive, and I keep my user profile on the D drive as well (things like My Documents). How can I have Windows ...
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Stand By Hanging on a Dell D620

I've got a Dell Latitude D620 (WinXP) that is very finicky when it comes to Stand By. About half the time, it goes into Stand By with no issue. The other half it just hangs in the "Preparing to go to ...
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Is it worth cleaning the registry?

I have heard that you should keep the registry clean on Windows. Is this actually important or is it just myth?
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Most user-friendly (and speediest) Linux flavour for a netbook

I'm interested in some feedback for the most user friendly but also speediest (speed matters more over user friendly) flavours of Unix that work best with netbooks, namely an Acer one. I need one ...
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How do I get the maximum resolution on Ubuntu in Microsoft Virtual PC?

I've spent way too much time on this than I care to admit; I'm new in the Linux world, and I installed Ubuntu 9.04 on a new virtual machine. My problem is getting the screen resolution I would like - ...
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Windows Split Desktop Utility [closed]

Is there such a thing? I don't want multiple separate desktops, what I'd like to be able to do is split my main desktop into two areas so that an application in one when maximized won't take up the "...
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Why can't you defragment Solid State Drives? [duplicate]

I keep hearing that this is a huge no-no. Why is this? I run Ubuntu mostly so it doesn't affect me, but I was just wondering.
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Windows: BSOD general troubleshooting tips

I know three methods of troubleshooting BSOD. Are there some advanced tips i'm missing? BSOD is not very informative, but googling the error code provides with some semi-useful info Look thru system ...
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Chinese IME: Microsoft or Google? [closed]

I am learning a bit of Chinese and there are two options for entering Chinese text using IME: the Chinese IME that ships with Windows and Google IME (a recent entrant). Which do you recommend and why?...