**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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User Profiles being created on machines without logging in

Recently in our IT department we've noticed each others user accounts under documents and settings. Which is strange because we've never logged into each others machines. There were a few times I'd ...
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What happens when a browser does not support SNI

A seemingly simple question, but valid nonetheless. What exactly happens when a browser which does not support SNI attempts to visit a site configured to force SSL via SNI. Thanks
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%sessionname% returns incorrect session name

I have a virtualised Windows XP SP3 machine, which I am connecting to over Remote Desktop. One of my scripts needs to use the %sessionname% variable. However this returns incorrect information. C:\&...
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Windows XP firewall behavior mysteriously changed

Recently (July 13, 2010) I had a firewall rule that started blocking traffic that had previously been allowed. I have an FTP server running on a non-standard port serving files to the LAN. I had ...
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How a batch file runs on a remote machine started by PSEXEC

I am having an issue running a Batch file on a remote machine suing PSEXEC. The file runs but does not run like it does when run through remote desktop. The batch runs a file which is a 32 bit ...
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Use WMI to detect a USB drive was connected, regardless of whether it was mounted?

I am writing a script that uses MS KB 823732 to temporarily prevent users from plugging in new USB storage devices. This works fine, and the HKLM\...\Services\UsbStor registry key successfully blocks ...
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Remote Desktop Client toolbar default to pinned

One of our remote desktop client users likes to have the title bar always displayed. She used to be able to click the "tack" and pin the title bar down. However, the system is no longer remembering ...
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Unix Samba share slow to open from XP machines

When I open up my samba shares from XP client it can take 10 15 seconds before they become available. What could be causing this. It is a issue that happens most of the time but there are instances ...
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Windows XP hanging on login screen

I have been given two Eee PC 100HA to manage for some people, they are both running the same hardware and XP home but one is having some strange problems with logging on. The main problem is that it ...
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Is XP Home Edition good enough?

We (a small company) have just bought a couple of HP Minis for mail/web/office tools. The HP minis were preinstalled with XP Home Edition, and we are considering XP Professional or Vista Business. Do ...
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How to set up a file server in a restricted corporate environment

I work in a big corporation, and the disk space my team gets in the corporate file server is so low, I am considering turning my work PC into a file server. I ask this community for links to ...
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remotely check amount of RAM on a computer using command line

How would I remotely check the amount of RAM on a computer using command line? (Windows XP and/or windows server 2003)
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Free DHCP server for Windows XP?

Are there any (good) free DHCP servers for Windows XP?
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Run Time of a Process in windows XP

Can I see what a process was started on windows XP? I don't see it as column in task manager, there another way?
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Install image on multiple computers

We as a company order in 30 computers a month and this involves a gruelling process of turning them all on, downloading and installing updates, then install the same programs over and over again Is ...
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finding user's documents folder in .bat script

What is the best way to find a user's Documents folder on XP and Vista from a batch script? Is it safe to assume that it's %USERPROFILE%\Documents?
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Split your DHCP scope among multiple servers?

I want to implement a redundancy solution. I have two subnets all windows XP machines - each with their own DHCP server - joined by a bridge. Currently - all machines get DHCP leases from the one ...
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How to set a low process priority for everything spawned from a command prompt in XP?

As a developer, once or twice a week I run a full build on my XP dev machine. This will run at 100% cpu for 30 or 40 minutes, making my machine useless for anything other than basic browsing & ...
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Is there a way to do a “run as” in a command line?

So, we are trying to push out the full .Net Framework 4 to all out client workstations within an Active Directory environment via the login batch file in the SYSVOL folder. I added the following ...
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How to automatically install Windows XP on multiple computers?

I need to know if there is a way to automatically install Windows XP on multiple computers (about 50). Something like creating a "bat" file or some sort of script file where I would write the ...
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Can I set all 'automatic' services to 'manual' on Windows XP?

I want to reduce the number of running services to the minimum. Can I set all services that start up automatically to manual, so that it is only started when required. Or will this make my Windows XP ...
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How to update Adobe Flash from command line?

Something I can stick in a shortcut or, ideally, run silently and remotely using psexec (from Sysinternals). A WSUS server is out of the question. Machines needing the updates run Windows XP as ...
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Password recovery

An employee has just recently quit. I have access to our domain control of which active directory sits upon. Unfortunately the employee did not leave us with his password to log into his local machine....
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Automatic install of software in Windows XP

I have to install many user's computer with WinXP and some useful software. It's a bit boring to click on "Next" and "Yes" each time I install something. Is there any script (or command line) that ...
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Need to convert WinXP desktop into a WinXP-based server, suggestions? (more details inside) [closed]

My company's IT department would be better named the "computer purchasing and LAN cable maintenance department" because that's just about the limit of their abilities. In my division we just had a ...
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Is there a significant performance gain in reducing the number of GPOs in active directory?

I have just started work on an existing 2003/AD domain where users are complaining about the amount of time it takes for an XP client to reach the logon prompt after boot (around 4 minutes). I haven'...
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There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request

I am the guy that was closest to the server :( and am actually a developer. I am getting this error, There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request, when a machine on the ...
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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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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 fileshare....
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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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Windows Delayed Write Failure - USB 2.0 Hub and External HDD

I have a test server that runs Windows XP, and we attach an external hard drive to it via USB 2.0. (And yes the computer has USB 2.0 ports on it) The drive is a 1.5 Terrabyte Segate FreeAgent ...
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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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Where is the login history for Windows XP?

Does Windows XP keep a log of the login and screen locking events? If so, how can I view it?
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Error: “'net' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file”

Has anyone seen this error on an XP desktop machine before? 'net' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. It's being used in a 'net start ...
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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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A way to find the (Windows) computer name via the browser?

Ideally I'd like to send a link via staff email that staff could click on to reveal their computer name. (Specifically first part of the 'Long computer name' found in the second tab of My Computer ...
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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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import certificate using command line in Win XP Home [closed]

I need to install/import a CA cert (.cer) into the Trusted Root Cert Authorities store of a Win XP Home using command line. Anyone has any idea which command i can use?
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how to change port number of Apache server in windows OS

I have installed xampp control panel and Apache 2.2 on windows XP when I type http://localhost/ gives me page which says It Works! Now, I want to change the port number 80 to some other number How ...
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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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How to implement clustering for Windows XP SP3 PCs

In a nutshell, how should this be implemented? Basically, I want to cluster a file and web server running apache2.
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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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IE8 script error 800704a6?

We have a user who suddenly started getting the following error when trying to open some web apps using window.open from within an embedded web browser in our software The script uses javascript's ...
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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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“The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading”

I've just taken over managing the network for a small charity, and am finding internet access very flaky - we keep getting "The connection to the server was reset while the page was loading." errors (...
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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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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 "...