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How can I display host name on windows desktop

This questions is now 8 years old. BGInfo doesn't seem to work with Windows 10 desktop backgrounds. That is, background images behind the text that BGInfo should be writing on top of. It does work ...
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How to display a list of network shares shared by a Windows computer

From the Command Prompt you can type: net view \\servername /all This should show you all shares on that server even if they are hidden shares.
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How to display a list of network shares shared by a Windows computer

A bit simpler than the accepted answer is direct call to the Shared Folders console: Start > Run > fsmgmt.msc Screenshot of the Shared Folders console
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Cannot create checkpoint on Hyper-V (0x800423F4)

This is a known issue for pre-2016 DCs running in VMs on 2016/Win10 Hypervisors. The problem is the new Production Checkpoint architecture. If you change the Checkpoint type to Standard in the VM's ...
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Task launch failed, instance already running

It can happen that a task that runs as scheduled task simply does not terminate. Whether this is a fault of task manager or the script is unknown, but both can be at fault here. For example, if the ...
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How to purposefully exclusively lock a file?

I cannot write comments, so I add my info this way: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/5860542/how-can-i-simulate-a-locked-file-one-which-has-a-write-lock EDIT: summary of the other question: ...
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Task Scheduler repeat task not triggering

The correct way to set this up is to set the start time any time in the past, then select "Run task as soon as possible after a scheduled start is missed" in the Settings tab.
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Script to set "Hide file extensions"

PowerShell one-liner to show file extensions (don't hide known extensions): New-ItemProperty -Path "HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced" -Name "HideFileExt&...
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What is the difference between a Name Server and a DNS Server?

According to IANA's DHCP options registry, option 5 is for specifying an IEN-116 protocol name server – which is an early precursor to DNS, also called the ARPA Host Name Server Protocol. (IENs (...
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How to place XAMPP in Windows-Startup (not the User-Startup folder)

-Just Run "xampp-control.exe" as administrator -and stop apache service action port. -and tick this(in snapshot) check box it will ask for install as service just install it -then go to service.msc ...
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Why do I get "General Failure" when pinging host name on a Win 7 node on the network?

the 'cybersec' feature of the nordvpn client also causes this for other (local) subnet ranges to not be reachable, even when vpn is OFF - $deity knows why - turn off the 'cybersec' option and all of a ...
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Task Scheduler repeat task not triggering

I ran into this problem me too, I was able to solve it by setting the start date and time one or two minutes ahead of the time of making the task to trigger the action and start repeating it as ...
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Run application or script on Windows RDC connection

Use trigger "On connection to user session" Note: I only noticed that the question is tagged "XP"/"Server2008". What's here may only work on Vista/2008R2 onwards. Windows ...
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Task Scheduler repeat task not triggering

I fought with this non-sense for an entire day, scouring event logs and triple-checking permissions, and the only logical conclusion is that Task Scheduler shows the Next Run Time incorrectly when you ...
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How can I display host name on windows desktop

Or, requiring no external tools; Make a bat file, placed in a startup folder with content such as; echo %COMPUTERNAME% > "c:\users\Public\desktop\%COMPUTERNAME% - is this machine"
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Running a vm inside a vm

You can't. Hyper-V is running on the computer that hosts your VM. If you're using Azure, then it looks like some classes of instances support nested virtualization. You may have to use Hyper-V ...
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cURL command runs in Linux but not Windows 2008

The problem is more likely the windows command prompt interpreting the single and double quotes differently, not anything to do with curl. Try reversing the double and single quotes in the JSON ...
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How to purposefully exclusively lock a file?

I second the solution by marsh-wiggle. Here's my version of the script: # This is lock_file.ps1 [CmdletBinding()] Param( [Parameter(Mandatory=$False)] [string]$my_file_path ) if (!$my_file_path){ ...
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How do I find out what service is using a certain port?

Windows Resource Monitor (not Widows performance monitor, or the monitor from the task manager) will also show the port and PID of all open connections. Start --> Search --> "Resource Monitor" --> ...
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Task Scheduler repeat task not triggering

I just ran into this problem while trying to migrate scheduled tasks from my home PC (Windows 10 Pro) to a server (also running Windows 10 Pro, freshly installed via Microsoft's media creation tool). ...
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Creating Junction from mapped NAS

Can't we create junction for mapped network drives? No, that is not supported. Junctions can only be created to drives on the same computer. You can create a Directory symbolic link instead: mklink ...
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How to enable two users simultaneous access to a Windows instance in AWS?

Short answer, yes you can using Terminal Server, but not for free. Longer answer: Microsoft describes here how to set up a Terminal Server role. However, to use this, you would need Client Access ...
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How to enable two users simultaneous access to a Windows instance in AWS?

Windows Server permits two simultaneous remote connections out of the box as described in this MSKB document: At any point in time, there can be two active remote administration sessions [to the ...
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What prevents copied/renamed/moved notepad.exe from running in some Windows editions?

Answered by Sander Berkouwer in social.technet.microsoft.com: Mark Russinovich ran into the same problem when he copied notepad.exe from the Windows directory to his profile directory. After some ...
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How to detect if a specific scheduled task is running?

Using plain MSDOS, you can do: schtasks /query /TN my-task-name /FO LIST And extract the output. As an example I do: for /F "usebackq tokens=2,*" %%f in (`schtasks /query /TN my-task-name /FO LIST ^...
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cURL command runs in Linux but not Windows 2008

I would put the JSON into a file, e.g. json.txt, and use curl -d @json.txt to avoid the quote handling issue by the shell. This would give something like curl -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X ...
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Is it possible to upgrade PowerShell 3 on Windows Server 2008 SP2 to higher versions?

Is there no way to upgrade PowerShell to v5 or even v4? No On a fully patched Windows Server 2008 SP2, I've upgraded Powershell 2 to 3. In order to install PowerShell 4+, you must install Windows ...
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How can I unlock a folder locked by ‘System’ process on Windows Server 2008?

usually it is because the file is open via file sharing. You can close that in computer management GUI / Shared folders / Open Files or via command line net file - lists all open files net file id /...
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Problem with KVM switch and erratic mouse movement on windows server 2008

Using qemu command line Add " -usb -usbdevice tablet" to your qemu commandline. You will get a properly working mouse in your guests without any re-configuration of your guests. The host's mouse ...
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Is there a hack to get RDP shadow sessions / console mode working on Windows Vista Home or Windows 7 Ultimate

Setting it up (concurrent sessions) There is a huge difference between Windows Home and Windows Pro/Ultimate. Most of this relates Pro/Uptimate systems. RdpWrap (link below) allows connecting to a ...
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