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    windows 10 disable the ability to type on the start menu?

    Removing UI elements isn't access control. There will always be ways around it. Set ACLs on the actual executables so that users can't run them. THAT'S how you prevent access. Otherwise there are infinite ways around it. Also, it sounds like you want to switch out the shell process entirely...
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    Windows 10: Your thoughts so far?

    The desktop? The thing that's covered by my apps all the time? Why would I put anything there? The Start Menu is easy to get to on any monitor at any time.
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    Windows 10 TP Build 9926 Released!

    Right Click -> Sort By -> Ascending
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    Windows 10 having the same system requirements - holding it back?

    The number of businesses out there still relying on ancient 16-bit Windows (or DOS!) applications for their line of business would depress you. And it's not like saying "use DOSBox" or "use a VM" is a working solution since plenty of them are relying on ancient hardware drivers to connect with...
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    Microsoft Frustrated As Ever With H-1B Policy

    Full disclaimer: I work at a Fortune 500 software company. I've also done recruiting for said company. The unfortunate reality that people don't seem to want to admit is that most Americans just aren't qualified for these jobs. If one in ten computer science graduates I talk to is worth...
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    Multiple Monitors + Wacom Pen Tablets

    Are you using Eyefinity or something similar to make Windows treat the monitors as one?
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    how to view processes using windows form, visual studio express C#

    The MSDN page shows you what the class returns - a Process struct. It shows you its members and methods, one of which gets the process name as a string.
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    Running W7 as both VM _and_ dual-boot?

    That's not really the case at all....there's a large chunk of hardware that VMs don't see directly. In general, GPUs aren't directly shared, and for the most part the VM doesn't necessarily see the "real" motherboard, chipsets, etc. - they're all virtualized through different drivers.
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    Unencrypted Skype Data Represents Security Risk

    If someone has physical access to your computer, they own it. If they're running code on it, they own it.
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    IF

    Don't test for version numbers, test for functionality. What are you ACTUALLY trying to find out?
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    ffs microsoft, can't upgrade from XP to 8.1

    Presumably you were running 32-bit Windows XP and are trying to install 64-bit Windows 8.1, which is why you confused the upgrade wizard (you can never upgrade cross-architecture). You can run the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 on your CPU, but not the 64-bit version.
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    Win7:dual monitors with desktops on it?

    If you want taskbars on both monitors, upgrade to Windows 8 (that functionality was added then).
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    C++ Book?

    If you want a definitive language resource, Stroustrup is good, but if you want to actually learn the language, I recommend Lippman's C++ Primer (there are several books titled C++ primer, but Lippman's the best). My job every day of the week is writing C++ code, and while I own Stroustrup...
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    weird taskbar "flicker" "jumping" issue

    Sounds like it's a video card failure, then. This isn't something that happens normally. Probably memory corruption/failure or something similar.
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    C++ getline to ignore comments "//"

    You need to decide what behavior you really want, and write some code to parse it as appropriate. Is it OK if there's whitespace before the //? If so, you need to account for that. Part of it depends on what you want to do - if you're trying to actually parse a file into some meaningful...
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    Windows 8.1 with secondary touchmonitor - touch loses fullscreen focus on primary

    This isn't a Windows thing. Games pausing when they lose focus is 100% up to the game. This happened on Windows 8, and 7, and Vista, and XP, and.....you get the point. The PROGRAM is entirely in control of this behavior.
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    Cloning laptop HDD to desktop VM

    You can't use the Windows license in both the VM and the laptop at the same time, if that's what you're asking.
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    How to make pressing the start menu background to exit desktop ?

    There is no such option. The registry isn't magical.
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    Snipping Tool Question

    The snipping tool creates images, it doesn't open them. What are you trying to do - crop an image? Just use paint.
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    Upgrading (Virtualized) Windows XP to Windows 7

    Clean installs are fresh and performant. Upgrades leave cruft, be it old drivers, old registry settings, stuff apps had sitting around that isn't used anymore, etc., etc., etc.
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    Upgrading (Virtualized) Windows XP to Windows 7

    If you're looking for a performance boost, don't do a multi-upgrade. Just do a clean install. And you absolutely cannot upgrade between x86 and x64, period.
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    Trust Issues

    Do you have multiple machines with the same name? Where "machines" counts each bootable partition as the same "name". That can mess with trust. Presuming no existing name duplication, I've found leaving the domain and rejoining it the simplest way of fixing things.
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    Password locking and encrypting directories in windows 8

    Neither of those methods are secure at all. LastPass is one of the best options here. TrueCrypt is another decent option. Depending on your Windows SKU, you could use Bitlocker with a PIN.
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    Permissions

    This is part of why in general you shouldn't have users running as Administrators and should have them running as standard users instead.
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    Windows 2.0 to 3.1 abandonware yet?

    No version of Windows is abandonware. Win 3.1 isn't even on MSDN any more (it's ancient), and you will never find Windows 95/98 available from Microsoft due to the Java Settlement.
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    Windows 8 odd mouse behavior

    Sounds like a mouse problem.
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    Switch from WHS to Linux?

    If you're planning on using RAID, you should be using md (software RAID) and then putting whatever filesystem you want on top of that. If you're going to run Linux on your server, don't have your drives be in NTFS - the drivers still just aren't as stable, particularly if you're using weird...
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    Tons of updates... necessary?

    No. No, no, no. No. Do not remove the updates. Several of them you probably can't remove, and the rest should under no condition be removed. They're not what's slowing your computer.
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    Cannot delete windows.old folder after upgrade to Windows 8...

    Use the disk cleanup wizard.
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    Problems with adding "Gadgets" Back into Windows 8

    Gadgets were written in CSS/HTML/JS, with all of the security issues associated with that. Any gadget that was written less than flawlessly could be exploited - not just a specific malicious gadget. The entire design was flawed, which is why they were shut down. Let them die.
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    Problems with adding "Gadgets" Back into Windows 8

    Gadgets were removed for a good reason - they're a huge security risk. If you really want something like this, get Rainmeter or something.
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    Do you actually think Windows 9 will be different?

    I don't even understand this statement. Do you honestly believe that they just write something from scratch every time? That's not how software development works. Ever since Windows NT 3.1 was written, every later version of Windows to the present (NT3.1 -> NT3.5 -> NT4 -> 2000 -> XP -> Vista...
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    Newzon popup

    Is once a day really necessary? If I don't want to install the plugin today, I'm not going to want to install it tomorrow. Quite frankly, I'll get annoyed enough to stop coming to the site before I get annoyed enough to install a plugin I don't want or need.
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    Windows 7 upgrade from 32 bit to 64?

    An OEM key is different - it's locked to one machine rather than one at a time, in this case the now-dead laptop.
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    Win 8 and multiple monitors

    Is your copy of Windows activated? Wallpaper can be set to black if it isn't.
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    A Operating system besides Windows or Linux??

    You cannot legally install Mac OS X on any non-Mac hardware. There are a wide variety of other operating systems out there such as the BSD family (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc.), Haiku (which is a derivative of the BeOS model as I understand it), and several others with niche userbases.
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    $7k Damages for Sharing a “For Dummies” Book

    Theft also has jail time as part of its cost. That's the difference between criminal and civil offenses.
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    $7k Damages for Sharing a “For Dummies” Book

    While $7K may or may not be a bit high, the penalty has to be higher than the actual cost of the book or else it would make perfect economic sense to pirate - steal everything, only pay when you get caught.
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    Windows 8 explorer crashing with folders with a lot of files?

    Definitely sounds like a bad extension (codec or thumbnail generator). I can confirm that I've gone through directories with tens of thousands of media files without seeing any issues like this.
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    Windows 8 and RMM.

    The RMM software needs to be updated to support Win8. Also, VNC's performance has ALWAYS sucked, you're just apparently only now discovering it.
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