Windows 7 is the Microsoft PC operating system released in October 2009. It is the successor to Windows Vista and has been succeeded by Windows 8. It shared the same UI style as Windows Vista, but was based on an incrementally newer version of the NT kernel (6.1, from 6.0) and was released in 6 ...

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How to copy a large file effectively?

I am copying a small number of large files between a Vista x64 SP1 workstation and a Windows 7 RC workstation. Windows says it will take 7 hours to copy 117GB of data from one computer to another over ...
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Activating windows virtual machines for testing? good/bad?

I am being asked to set up a battery of windows 7 flavours for a guy over in QA using VM's so that his office isn't filled with boxen. Is the common practice to activate these temporary machines or do ...
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With no password expire notification at logon in Windows 7, how are you configuring password expire notification?

To my understanding, Windows 7 users do not receive password expiration notification during the logon process - it occurs strictly from the system tray. We currently have tray balloon notifications ...
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Install .NET 3.5 SP1 on Windows 7 RC

While attempting to install .NET 3.5 SP1 on a fresh install of Windows 7 RC, nothing happens. The machine gives a UAC prompt. When selecting Yes, nothing happens. Using the full redistributable ...
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Windows 7 Command Line Prompt

From a regular windows 7 command line, how do I launch the admin command prompt?
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Can I safely increase the number of processors on a VM?

I have several Windows 7, CentOS, and Ubuntu virtual machines running within a VMWare ESXi server. To get better performance while building on them via Jenkins, I would like to increase their number ...
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Find out which Group Policies take forever to complete at boot

I want to analyse which group policies are inflating the bootup time. What's the best way to do so? Something like gpresult including timestamps/periods would be really helpfull!
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SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise database has unexpected 4GB database size limit

I have SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise installed on a local Windows 7 x64 workstation. When I create a database on the server, it unexpectedly has a 4GB size limit (Database properties in SQL Server ...
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Difference between “Windows Virtual PC” and “Microsoft Virtual PC”

What is the difference between "Windows Virtual PC" (RTM released today) and "Microsoft Virtual PC"?
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Should I install antivirus in Windows 7 RC XP Mode?

I've just finished installing the new Windows Virtual PC/XP Mode Betas on my Windows 7 RC. I'm seeing the windows security warnings in the virtual environment, and also when I launch a virtual ...
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How do you force an update to a user's group membership in Windows 7?

I am writing a web application that uses .NET Windows Authentication and relies on a user's group membership to Authorize them to various areas of the website. Right now I'm on a dev machine that IS ...
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ADUC Exchange tabs - Windows 7 & Exchange 2003

I have the admin tools install on a Win 7 64 bit machine but would like to see the Exchange tabs in ADUC. Googling shows this is a popular request and the most common solution (and the only one which ...
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Windows Virtual PC and VirtualBox on the same PC

I am running Windows 7 Professional x64. Presently I am using Windows Virtual PC. I'd like to try VirtualBox. Can both virtualization platforms be installed and run on the same instance of Windows? ...
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Free software to monitor serial port communication [closed]

I'm looking for the Wireshark of Serial Port monitoring. I'd prefer free/open-source software, but am willing to look at commercial solutions if the price is reasonable. It needs to be compatible ...
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Why can I access only the security tab on a server's printers?

Context: Win7 64-bit client, Windows Server 2003 I log into the server using MSTSC. The server is running Windows Server 2003, 32bit. I call up the list of Printers and Faxes from the Start menu. I ...
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SSH clients periodically freeze under Windows 7

I am running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Two different SSH clients are exhibiting a strange habit of periodically freezing or hanging. I have tried both putty and Van Dyke's SecureCRT SSH clients ...
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Convert Hyper V images to Virtual box

I need to change my client OS from Windows 2008 to Windows 7. I therefore need to convert all of my HyperV images to Virtual Box. What is the best way to do this? Or is there a way to run HyperV on ...
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When to use Truecrypt, and when not to?

I have about 30 (this number will most likely grow over the next few years to 50 or more) unencrypted laptops that I have been tasked to encrypt (entire drive). These machines will be used off site ...
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How to connect to a remote IIS with INETMGR on WIndows 7

I can't seem to find any way to connect to a remote IIS instance with my local INETMGR on my Windows 7 machine. It shows my settings for my local IIS and everything I've tried from clicking various ...
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Does the Windows 7 RC have any issues with the MacBook Pro on BootCamp?

I am wanting to get my feet wet with the Windows 7 x64 RC before I need to start supporting it. Has anyone run the RC on their MacBook Pro with bootcamp? Also, Have you pulled the bootcamp ...
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Where can I find a beginner's guide to using sysprep for deploying Windows 7?

I am new to Windows 7, but want to deploy it in a Netware (read: no Active Directory, no domain, etc.) environment. I have used Novell Zenworks for imaging and deploying Windows XP in the past, and ...
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checking for missing values in WQL or (WQL/WMI filter to return `true` for desktops/servers, but `false` on laptops)

I have a challenge where I want to use a GPO to set a Power Plan. Working on constructing a WMI Filter (using WQL), I ran into a problem of determining a set of WQL statements that would always ...
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How to circumvent or alter screen timeout group policy when not on the domain?

I've been asked to look into a solution for our remote laptop users who are trying to give presentations in Powerpoint and Excel when at customer sites. We are running a Server 2008 /Win 7 ...
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Why won't my logon scripts map drives under Windows 7?

Why won't my logon scripts map drives under Windows 7? I'm using a vb script similar to the one below, the script runs using a group policy. Dim WshNetwork Set WshNetwork = ...
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Windows: what is the difference between DEP always on and DEP opt-out with no exceptions?

What is the difference between DEP always on ("/NoExecute=AlwaysOn" in boot.ini) and DEP opt-out ( "/NoExecute=OptOut" in boot.ini) with no exceptions? "no exceptions" = empty list of programs for ...
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Unsolicited remote assistance

I am trying to figure out how to allow a group of users to offer unsolicited remote assistance using msra /offerra to their fellow domain members. I have created a policy enabling "Offer Remote ...
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Reimage several of the same model PC by copying the hard disk

I have several of the same machine (Dell Precision T3500) that originally came with Windows 7 Pro (there is a Windows 7 Pro OA product key sticker on top of each one). These were initially downgraded ...
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Can't edit apache2.2 httpd.conf on Windows 7

I tried to edit httpd.conf but unfortunately the file appears to be in use by another process and so I can't save the changes even when I stop the apache process from the task menu.
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Windows Domain Admin rights insufficient?

I have a lab(ish) environment where I have a single domain in a single forest. I have a Windows 7 image for the clients that was given to my by my organization (I didn't build it, not entirely sure ...
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Powershell script to find if a user has logged in since last reboot

So I've been working on a Powershell script that needs to detect if an interactive logon has happened since the last reboot. I can force the system to restart before I launch the task, but I'd like to ...
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Remote Desktop fails without error message

After rebooting my server Windows 2008 R2 server, I can't log into the remote desktop anymore. When I try to connect, the remote desktop zooms through different status messages, the last of them being ...
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Where can I download the latest 64-bit edition of Sonicwall SSL-VPN NetExtender for Windows 7?

Does anyone know where to download the latest edition of the 64-bit version of SonicWall SSL-VPN NetExtender for Windows 7?
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Running .NET app from network share in Win 7?

We have a .NET 1.1 application that we keep on a netowork share. We install the .NET Framerwork to the local PCs and also set the full trust via the following: ...
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Can I run SQL Server Management Studio in Windows 7?

I've recently upgraded my OS to Windows 7, but this new OS wouldn't let me install SQL Server Management Studio. Is there a way to get around it?
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Windows 7 TCP Listen Ports

My fresh install of Windows 7 shows 5 programs listening on TCP ephermeral ports: TCP 0.0.0.0:49152 0.0.0.0:0 LISTENING TCP 0.0.0.0:49153 0.0.0.0:0 ...
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Vista / Win7 indexing on TrueCrypt drives

Vista and Windows 7 save bits of information to a central location in the background. Instances I know of are desktop search indexes, recent documents and thumbnails (saved to \Users\[User Account ...
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W7 routing - traffic not going to default gateway

I have a really strange Windows 7 IPv4 routing issue that I can't get to the bottom of. The summary of the issue is that the default gateway is set to 192.168.254.253, but that it is actually using a ...
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Restricting Internet Access in Windows 7

On a Windows 7 Professional laptop, not on a domain, what's the best way to restrict access to the internet (and preferably network) to Administrator users only? I don't want to simply set a bogus ...
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IRPStackSize and Accessing Windows 7 Shares from Windows XP clients

I received a new Windows 7 workstation (replacing an older Windows 7 workstation) and started running into errors accessing my file shares from Windows XP machines. I get various errors that seem to ...
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How to add HP 64 bit printers for printers that use universal printer driver to server 2003

We have quite a few hp printers and I noticed now they all use the HP Universal printer driver which I added to the printer server (2003 serveR) but when someone on win7 64 bit tries to install the ...
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Squid, authentication, Outlook Anywhere, Windows 7 and HTTP 1.1 = NIGHTMARE

I'm running a Squid proxy (latest version, 3.1.4) on Linux CentOS 5.4 with Samba 3.5.4, in order to allow authenticated web access for domain users; everything works fine, and even Windows 7 clients ...
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Windows 7 Office 2007 GPO install

I have a GPO that works fine for installing Office 2007 Pro Plus on Vista and XP but when it installs Office on Windows 7 somehow the office key does not get entered via the customized msp, and needs ...
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Windows 7 does not respect the prefered router order from DHCP

We have been using Microsoft's DHCP server on our domain for years with success. One of the options we are pushing to the client is the default gateway. In the Scope Options dialog it reads: 003 ...
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Windows 7 login issues

I have one user who has been having this issue I have never seen before. She is always having issues starting up her machine, such as Windows getting stuck on welcome screen after logging in, or stuck ...
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BITS policies to limit bandwitdth usage is not taking effect

We have a fleet of roughly 1300 Windows 7 SP1 clients who use a centralized WSUS server to download updates from. We've implemented the following BITS policy to limit the bandwidth during working ...
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Server 2008 R2 How to Change Windows 7 Basic Theme Color

We're deploying thin clients connecting to a terminal server farm. The computers have high visibility to the public and I would like them to at least look presentable and not like something out of ...
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Users suddenly missing write permissions to the root drive c within an active directory domain

I'm managing an active directory single domain environment on some Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 machines. Since a few weeks I got a strange issue. Some users ...
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DNS resolution fails in web browser but nslookup succeeds

We are a small, 300-seat organization with a mixed BYOD and Active Directory environment (Windows Server 2012 Standard, Windows 7 Enterprise) and we are having a very strange problem involving very ...
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Unattended Windows 7 install with non-DHCP DNS Server: Domain join fails, claiming it can't find the domain

I'm trying to build an unattended Windows 7 image script that will do a simple domain join. The catch is that the DHCP-provided DNS server knows absolutely nothing about my domain, so I need to set ...
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Windows 7 unattended install and disk/partition wiping

Im currently having a problem when trying to setup an unattended install of windows 7. When the hard drive has no partitions the install goes fine. However if the hard drive has any existing ...