**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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How can I find out what AD groups I'm a member of?

I'm running a Windows XP desktop in a corporate environment. How can I find out what AD groups I belong to?
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How to take ownership of files from the command line?

Every so often I run into a file that I need to take ownership of. I normally use cacls for changing ntfs permissions, but it doesn't seem to do ownership. Under *nix I would run something like ...
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Is there an equivalent of SU for Windows

Is there a way (when logged in as an administrator, or as a member of the administrators group) to masquerade as a non-privileged user? Especially in an AD environment. e.g., in the Unix world I ...
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How to tell what computer has a file open on a network share?

Environment: Windows XP sp3, Windows 2003 server Problem: We have several dozen kiosk machines each with the same logon name who occasionally and briefly a file on a share. The rate is several ...
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VPN client connect/disconnect via command line in XP

In an XP Pro workstation, is there a way to start the native Windows VPN client and open/close a connection from the command line so it can be scripted in a batch file?
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Equivalent of Linux command `hostname --fqdn` in Windows XP?

Is there a way to find the fully qualified domain name of a Windows XP box? Being unfamiliar with Windows I would describe what I'm looking for as the equivalent of the command hostname --fqdn ...
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What causes duplicate ACK records?

We're reviewing Wireshark captures from a few client machines that are showing multiple duplicate ACK records which then triggers retransmit and out-of-sequence packets. These are shown in the ...
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Is it possible to mount/unmount a physical hard drive in Windows XP?

Is it possible to mount/unmount a physical hard drive in Windows XP? Ideally, I'd like to be able to do this from the command line so that I could have batch files to do it, ie: mount.cmd unmount.cmd ...
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HOSTS file being ignored

My (Windows XP, Professional, v2002, SP3) workstation is completely ignoring my hosts file. Here is the code in my hosts file: 127.0.0.1 localhost 172.17.1.107 wiki But, when I open a ...
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Stopping the WinPcap Packet capture service

I just installed WireShark, which also installed WinPcap. During the installation it said "do you want xxx to start automatically", which I answered yes. Now I would like to stop the service when I ...
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Virtualbox booting from a real drive?

I'm about to take the plunge and install Win7 RC1 on my desktop machine. However I want to preserve access to my old HDD with XP on it. I don't really want to use full dual-boot since that would ...
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For how long can a client be shutdown in AD?

We are setting up a training environment to be used after summer holiday. Management wants us to set up clients now before the vacation. Since the clients are to be shipped away, they will be off line ...
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How to clear Windows disk read cache?

For performance testing I need to clear Windows' disk read cache. I tried googling but I couldn't find anything other than rebooting or other manual stuff. Before I give in and do that, I'd like to ...
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Domain login very slow 10+ minutes

We are racking our brains trying to figure this problem out an are currently stuck! Basically we are having issues with some users taking ages to log in in the mornings, some times up to 20 minutes, ...
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Windows “Run As” without knowing the password

We're installing a digital media system at the college radio station I work at. We're trying to give programmers (read; DJs, not coders) access to the music, without allowing them to copy any of it to ...
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Accessing a windows shared folder from Linux?

I am trying to copy a (.html) file from a Windows XP Professional shared folder onto a server running Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS. As it's a shared folder the usual 'wget' doesn't seem to work. I suspect ...
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How to lock down Windows XP for use as an internet kiosk?

One of our clients, whose website we built, is a manufacturer of ultra-high-end bicycles. They would like to distribute kiosks -- basically, locked-down Windows XP boxes from Dell -- at some of their ...
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Connecting two laptops through wireless adapters without wireless router

I want to connect two laptops through their wireless network adapters. I dont want to use any wireless router or access point. How can I do that. Both are running windows xp, where one has sp2 and ...
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Network Error: no buffer space available

After some time of running fine, one of our Windows XP SP3 machines does not open some(!) new TCP/IP connections anymore. Putty says Network Error: no buffer space available, IE won't open any new ...
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How can I mount a hard drive as read-only on Windows XP?

I recently had reason to move a hard drive from a computer that blew up to another computer for the purpose of recovering data. Under the (unfortunate) circumstances, both the donor and the recipient ...
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Crashed Hard Drive Data Retrieval

I recently had a laptop hard drive crash on me and am trying to rescue some of the data on the original drive. As such, I've extracted my failed hard drive and installed it in a USB enclosure. I've ...
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What can cause a DNS lookup to ignore a hosts file entry?

I'm having a DNS resolving issue that is affecting the performance of my locally hosted web site when browse it on my local machine. If I attach my network's DNS suffix to my local machine name when ...
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What does the Windows XP EOL/EOS mean for a business and it's domain?

I am hoping someone can explain in simple terms, what it really means that windows XP will be end of life? It looks like SP2 is already not being patched, but maybe SP3 is going to be patched up ...
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How to configure “On-Access Anti-Virus” for a faster boot?

I am in the process of trying to optimize the boot process of our 700 Windows XP workstations, we regularly have complaints about the start-up and login times on site workstations. Looking at this in ...
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Is it possible to disable a scheduled task from the command line in Windows XP?

On my Windows 7 machine I can run something like: schtasks.exe /Change /TN "MyTaskName" /Disable But /Disable doesn't seem to be available in Windows XP - is there any way of disabling it from the ...
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WebDav System Error 67 in Windows XP

Issue: I'm having issues getting WebDav to work in the command line on Windows XP, both Service Pack 2 and Service Pack 3. C:\>net use z: https://mywebsite.com/software/ System error 67 has ...
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How does one make Windows XP auto-reconnect network drives upon reboot?

I have a few network drive mappings that I want to be available to various programs upon reboot. However, they remain disconnected until I visit them manually. If a program, such as OneNote which ...
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How to change the current user's domain password without being domain admin?

I've seen plenty of documentation of how to reset a user's password by running net user <username> * /domain or locally net user <username> <new_password> But I am not domain ...
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View “Task Manager” type display remotely

Is it possible to view a remote computers "Task Manager" information locally? I'd like to be able to see the process list of a remote XP computer in the same sort of format as "Windows Task Manager" ...
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Windows static routes w/o specifying gateway (next hop)

I have the following scenario: Computer A: 198.51.100.8, netmask 255.255.255.0 Computer B: 203.0.113.9, netmask 255.255.255.0 Both computers are on the same LAN segment; no default gateway is ...
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How do I know if a DLL is registered?

When you are registering a DLL in old machines (Windows XP), regsrv always says that the registration was sucessful. This happens even if the user doesn't have permission to register. With the name ...
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What is Kernel Times

I've recently noticed that there is a 'Show Kernel Times' option in Windows XP's Task Manager under the 'Performance' tab. This shows up as a red meter over the green 'CPU Usage' meter. Exactly what ...
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Locking Desktop USB Ports

How do you lock out the USB ports on the desktop PCs so we can prevent usage of USB drives on the desktops. I should clarify that these are Windows XP desktops. We should also assume that like most ...
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Move Windows hibernation file to a different drive

Is it possible to move a Windows hibernation file to a different drive? For instance, if I have Windows installed on C, I want it's hibernate file be on D. I wanted to about hibernation file ...
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Scripting - How to disconnect Remote Desktop sessions?

I am looking for a way to close all active Remote Desktop sessions on a computer (local computer). Windows includes a couple of commands (rwinsta, qwinsta, etc.) to look at the active sessions, but I ...
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Is it possible for a Scheduled Task to run as NETWORK SERVICE?

It is quite simple to set up a task to run as a SYSTEM, but when setting it to NETWORK SERVICE it show "Access is denied" error message. Is there any way to get this working? (The problem is that I ...
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Set uid for windows

Is there an equivalent of set uid for windows(XP)? The 'run as' option requires admin password each time it runs. I want users to be able to run that particular executable without knowing admin ...
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Is there a group policy that would push a new user name and password to all local machines on a network?

I work on a small network that runs on windows server 2003, and with machines running xp. Is there a group policy that could push a new user name and password to replace our old local administrator ...
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Safe to delete C:\drivers?

Looks like a simple question right? But Googling does not reveal any definitive answers. I've got an aging laptop that I'm trying to free some space on and am wondering if anyone can tell me safe ...
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Easiest way to get Perfmon counter names into a text file?

I'd like to create a settings file for my logman command. I expect to have lots of perfmon counters. Is there any easy way to get all the perfmon counters' exact text anywhere? The only thing I ...
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Remote Desktop Network Level Authentication Not Supported

I'm running Windows XP Professional SP3 x86, trying to connect to a system with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64. Recently, I updated the Remote Desktop Connection software on the XP system in hopes of ...
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Tomcat 6.0 service does not start: java/lang/NoClassDefFoundError

I installed Tomcat on my Windows server but I can't get it to start. I start the service and I see the progress bar, but it fails. I installed the Java Runtime Environment Version 6 and created ...
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How to remove all previous devices in xp?

On our computers, we use daily dozens of different usb drives from our customers. This is bad because the registry hive is becoming huge as windows is so "smart" to save them forever I set ...
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Tell me the pros and cons of using WebDAV over SSL for file server access instead of SMB

In the organisation I'm in we have a mixture of OS X and windows XP. For years the Macs have also connected via SMB to the fileserver, however it's always been a bit flaky. On OS X it's prone to ...
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Can a password change in Active Directory be reverted?

I often need to log in with a user's domain account to make sure that I've set up their profile correctly, but there's no easy way to do this other than to call them and give them a temp pass and ...
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How to create a windows service in XP

How can I turn a given normal application into a Windows service under Windows XP? EDIT: This is a server application, so it has no GUI and does not require any input or output.
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Hardening a financially critical Windows computer

One of the risks to small and medium businesses is losing your bank credentials to bad guys by use of a key logger or other malware as Bruce Schneier blogs about. A particular threat is real-time key ...
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How can I prevent a scheduled task from running if the same task is already running?

I have written a php script to check if there are any new files in a folder and, if any new files exist, upload them to a server. These files can be quite large. I want to run this script ...
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How do you create a symbolic (hardlink) in CMD.exe

I need to do this without installing software... Any ideas? MSDOS (cmd.exe) on Windows XP
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Starting managed Windows deployment

I want to start providing managed Windows XP images to my users, however I've only done this with Linux servers, and I'm unsure of where to begin. Ideally, I want to start buying machines in groups, ...