**Windows XP is EOL it is past time to move on**. Windows XP is an operating system produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, and media centers. It was first released in August 2001, and is currently one of the most popular versions of ...

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Objective speed comparison of Windows 7 vs. Windows XP

We're replacing an old computer here in the office and I'm trying to decide if Windows 7 is a good option. I know it's faster than Windows Vista but is it faster than Windows XP. Typical tasks( ...
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Distributing Files using a Group Policy on Windows Server 2003

A piece of software that we use at our office has recently moved to a new licensing system. This means that from now on a new set of license key files will need to be distributed to each of our 25 ...
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How to move a Windows XP MySQL database to Linux?

What is the recommended way of moving an MySQL database from Windows (XP) to Linux (Ubuntu 9.10)? I am thinking running mysqldump from XP then import on the Linux box - is there a better way? Has ...
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How does one prevent a Microsoft workstation from locking?

We have a group policy that forces workstations to lock after X minutes. But from time to time I would like to suspend the law of the GPO. I already have a tiny Auto-It script that clicks the Control ...
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Recover a lost NTFS partition on the cheap?

I had a workstation running XP. Filesystem was NTFS, single partition over the entire drive. After an attempted XP repair install, suddenly the NTFS filesystem is just gone and the drive is showing ...
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Why does windows (file) explorer try to connect to port 80 (http) instead just using smb?

Background: On an almost freshly installed pc I get a message along the lines of : "windows cannot find some-file-server-name. Check the spelling and try again"... when trying to access any ...
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Are “unexportable” certificates a real security measure or just security theater?

Recently I was working on recovering data from dead (bricked PSU) Windows XP machine, which included some client certificates installed into IE 6. I plugged in a temporary PSU and tried to export the ...
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Windows Update behavior with Update KB971092

Last night, my company performed a windows update for the following three updates KB972260, KB971090 and KB971092. I installed all three updates on my workstation and rebooted. When I logged back ...
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“System cannot find the file specified” trying to reinstall network driver

After uninstalling Symantec Enpoint Protection (manually) one computer (Windows XP) has an inoperative NIC; it shows up in device manager as conflicted. I tried doing a windows repair from CD, which ...
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Removable media blocking strategy for Windows XP networks

Windows Vista upwards have a group policy setting to block removable media such as USB flash drives and USB mobile phones. Windows XP however lacks such a setting (or I can't find it) so I need an ...
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How to get windows xp to authenticate against kerberos or heimdal

How do you get windows XP as a client to authenticate against kerberos or heimdal (where the OS is either Ubuntu, FreeBSD or OpenBSD)
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Do TCP/UDP connections add to the Windows incoming connection limit?

I've tried to figure out what Microsoft means by "Windows sockets" and it all seems very vague. Basically we have customers that sometimes try to set up workgroups with close to 10 Windows XP ...
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Troubleshooting Windows BSOD that tells me “The driver is mismanaging system PTEs”

I recently moved a hard drive from a Dell Optiplex 760 mini-tower to a 760 small form factor. All seemed OK until I attempted to remote desktop into it and recieved a blue screen of death stating ...
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ODBC: trouble removing system DSN

I have a colleague who has two DSNs with the same name - one's a user DSN and the other, a system one. He removed the user DSN but can't remove the system DSN in ODBCad32 Anybody encountered this ...
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How do you force printer drivers on a server to replace drivers on the client?

We have a Windows 2003 server acting as a print server for our Konica/Miolta 7222 Biz Hub, among others. Recently the driver was updated on the server to the incorrect version (Why Konica has a ...
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How can I backup and restore my Windows 2003 Firewall Settings?

It seems that when I install TFS I just lost all my Windows Firewall settings. How can I back this up and restore them on Windows 2003?
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Error 720 on VPN (PPTP) attempt

When I attempt to connect to a server running XP x64 (so essentially Server 2003) using a PPTP connection, it fails with client-side error Registering your computer on the network... Error 720: A ...
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Allowing non-admins to run programs as admins (like the setuid bit)

How can I enable non-admin users to run a certain application (in my case, a script) with admin permissions on Windows XP? This would be similar to the setuid bit on *nix.
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Windows XP: remote monitoring of CPU load

I have a Windows XP PC that I'm using as a server for a couple of apps. Is there a program I can use to monitor the memory usage / CPU load? The PC has Apache and PHP available. (I don't need fast ...
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Is there an equivalent to “netsh dhcp” on Linux / BSD

I have a DHCP server running on Windows 2003 Server. I'd like to query the lease database to find details on a lease for a specific IP. How do I do this remotely from Linux? There is this command on ...
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Keyboard problem in remote desktop session

I have a very weird problem with one Windows XP installation: when connecting to a remote desktop (on Windows 2008 Server) to type in the at sign (@) it is necessary to press Ctrl-Alt-2 (on a spanish ...
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Legacy apps requiring administrator privileges on XP

I have a legacy Windows 95 app that needs to be run as an Administrator. This is used by students in a school domain. My predecessor set up a domain administrator account for this purpose and a ...
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Windows Vista profile gotchas?

We have a large network using a standard XP centrally managed configuration. We have a small number of users who need a 64 bit desktop OS for memory reasons. If we give them Windows Vista machines is ...
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Is it possible to open Control Panel based applications with raised privileges?

For example, I want to uninstall an application on a users PC whilst they are logged in, but they do not have the rights to do so in the "Add/remove Programs" application. Is it possible to use "Run ...
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Redirected folders, server migrations and properly moving users to a new server

I'm currently having a hell of a time with what seems like it should be a fairly simple project. Basically, $employer has a bunch of remote sites with ancient hardware impersonating real servers, and ...
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Allow User to Shut Down XP from the Command Line

Using Remote Desktop (RDP/Terminal Services), I can't select Shutdown/Reboot from the Windows XP start menu, so I generally have to open a terminal and enter shutdown -s -t 0 to initiate an immediate ...
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Windows XP autostart process as administrator

I am looking for a way with which i can autostart a certain program on logon of a user with user-rights with administrator-rights. I already tried using task scheduler but it didn't work out because ...
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Sharing and Security model for local accounts: Any reason to use this Setting in a domain?

I am trying to solve an issue I have with logging into computers with local users remotely, and stumbled on this setting in GP on our Domain controller: This might solve my problem, but than there ...
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Remote monitoring of windows box, and send an email if it goes down

All, I need to monitor a windows box remotely, and if it goes down, I need to receive an email. The catch is that the box needs to reboot nightly, and sometimes during the day as well. So a short ...
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How to share print drivers from a 64 bit Windows server to 32 bit client machines

I'm sure this is a dumb question, but I can't for the life of me figure out what the heck is going on. I've looked around and I've seen similar questions of this nature, but nothing exactly matching ...
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read write permission in root of drive c: in windows XP

What is the best way to give all users of windows XP access to create/write to files in c: drive. I do not want those permissions to be inherited to all other folders on the same drive. This access is ...
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Why do installed fonts disappear after reboot?

At my place of employment we have designers who have to be able to install fonts to complete their work so I have given them write access to %sysroot%\fonts and to %sysroot%\system32\FNTCACHE.DAT ...
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Is it possible to fix “Logon User Interface DLL acmsgina.dll failed to load”?

Here is the scenario: installing an update to ActivCard (6.1) to a Windows XP laptop. After the required reboot, Windows XP brings up the default blue background, waits for quite a long time and then ...
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Is there a program to batch-configure Windows settings?

I was about to write a quick script/program to configure Windows, but thought I would check before I spent a few hours coding. I'm looking to configure things like power settings adding domain ...
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Script shutdown a computer with gpo

Hello everybody I have windows server 2003 domain and windows xp workstation. it is necessary that at 6.00 pm on computer was displayed a window (Do you really want to shutdown a computer and Yes/no ...
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Is there a way to completely flush cached AD credentials on a user workstation?

An AD user updated their AD password, but a couple applications on their workstation appear to still be using their old AD credentials. Is there an easy way to flush out cached AD credentials on ...
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Windows XP, have to use ctrl+alt+delete to log on as local administrator

Hey, I have a weird issue, a user was was logging into a laptop using the local admin account which was working fine. I had to create another account on the system, which was also an admin account, ...
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How can I force certain applications to use specific network connections?

Let's say I have two active network connections that let me out to the internet. I want certain applications to only use Network Connection 1, while some others should use Network Connection 2. Is ...
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Norton Ghost EBAB03F1: The specified network name is no longer available

After about 15 minutes, a Norton Ghost 14 backup fails with Error EBAB03F1: The specified network name is no longer available. The source computer is a P4 laptop running Windows XP SP3. The target ...
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Lotus NotesSQL Driver - cannot install

I need to install Lotus NotesSQL Driver (current version is 8.5) onto a virtual machine running XP. Here's what's I've done so far: I retrieved the file (CZOWFEN.zip) from the IBM website. I ran the ...
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Does Windows XP connection limit apply to Sql Server connections?

I have installed Sql Server 2005 on Windows XP acting as server in a small workgroup. Since XP has as limit of 10 computers connecting at the same time, my question is, does this limit also apply to ...
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Samba name mangling too mangled to be practical

Switched recently from W2K3 to Samba4.0.9/CentOS6.4 for our fileshare for WinXP clients. Have an ancient (1995!) piece of software that uses 8.3 filename format. After the switch, long filenames ...
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GPO Screensaver not appearing

I've got a small network that consists of 80+ workstations that are a mix of Win7 and XP. Recently I tried applying a branded screensaver to appear on all the computers after the predetermined(15 ...
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Printer Management in AD Domain

I normally push out all my printers via group policy preferences. However, the new copy machines I have are using some stranger drivers and I can not install x64/x86 drivers on the same machine for my ...
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How can I allow a Limited User to change TCP/IP settings, while strictly maintaining the principle of least privilege?

In Windows XP or Windows Server 2003: I have a laptop configured with software for network-based vulnerability scanning of systems. The reason this is put on a laptop instead of a desktop or server, ...
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How do I setup Printers for all Users on a Win XP workstation?

There are approx 15 User profiles on a Windows XP workstation. I want to install some network printers to all User profiles. I installed some to the local administrator account thinking I was ...
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How to get gigabit network speeds on Windows XP?

We've just installed gigabit switches at work, and things on the Linux side are going well. Our linux boxes, which use a Intel Corporation 82566DM-2 Gigabit nic (according to lspci), consistently get ...
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Word 2003 Normal.dot template always becoming corrupt

I have a user who always seems to have an issue with his normal.dot file becoming corrupt. In the past I've deleted or renamed the normal.dot file, and reopened to create a new one. This seem to fix ...
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Is PowerShell 2.0 on Windows XP SP3 64 bit possible?

The normal location for the download of PowerShell v2.0 is Windows Management Framework (Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0) (KB 968929). You'll notice that there isn't a listing for ...
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Easy way to install XP on several laptops?

Having been a Mac admin for the last couple of years, I haven't touched Windows much lately. I've recently been given a few (~9) previously-loved laptops, some of which work, most of which have ...