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Operating Systems

Anything related to operating systems, how they work, what they include, help tips, tutorials, help with applications


Change icon greyed out

The issue with the change icon greyed out, related to icons not displaying correctly, can be solved by simply clearing and regenerating the shell icon cache.

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The file or folder does not exist in Vista

The file or folder does not exist is a message that many users experience primarily with Windows Vista. One day a user starts up his or her computer, launches Windows Explorer, tries to rename a file or folder, and suddenly he or she is surprised by the following message: The file or folder does not exist

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Disable fast user switching in Windows 7

Fast user switching is a functionality on modern multi-user operating systems which allows multiple user accounts to log on to a computer simultaneously and then quickly switch between them without quitting applications and logging out. Fast user switching is available on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 as well. This guide explains how to disable fast user switching in Windows 7.

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Windows 7 welcome screen

The Windows 7 welcome screen follows pretty much the pattern introduced in Windows Vista. Many users still prefer the classic welcome screen from Windows XP. This guide explains how to change the Windows 7 default settings to customize the Windows 7 welcome screen to look more like the classic welcome screen.

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Windows 7 Explorer default folder

The Windows 7 Explorer default folder setting is a way to bring Windows 7 one step back closer to the way Explorer used to work in Windows Vista and XP. This guide explains how to change the default folder setting for Windows 7 Explorer. When you open Explorer in Windows 7, the default folder view is set to user’s Desktop -> Libraries. If you do not like to use Windows 7 libraries and keep your files in "other" location on the local drive, you need to manually browse to that location every time you open Windows 7 Explorer. This can be quite annoying after a while; therefore, it may be a good idea to change the Windows 7 Explorer default folder setting to the folder of your preference.

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Recovery policy configured for this system contains invalid recovery certificate

The Recovery policy configured for this system contains invalid recovery certificate message is known to appear when trying to encrypt a file or a folder using the Windows Encrypting File System. The File Recovery certificate being outdated or expired is the most frequent cause of this invalid recovery certificate message.

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Difference between symbolic link and hard link

What is the difference between symbolic link and hard link? Explaining the difference between a symbolic link or a symlink and a hard link is easy and vital to knowing about how Linux/Unix environments work. Understanding the difference between a symbolic link and a hard link is also important for web server maintenance and understanding how modern websites work.

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Windows Server 2008 - What is new?

Windows Server 2008 is the newest release of server operating system from Microsoft. Windows Server 2008 was released on February 27, 2008.

After almost five years of break, Windows Server 2008 is the successor to Windows Server 2003.

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Do not display last user name Windows setting (dontdisplaylastusername)

The dontdisplaylastusername is a very handy setting if you want to improve the security of your computer. Setting the Do not display last user name setting removes any user account names from the Windows logon welcome screen and forces you to enter not only your password but also your user name when logging in.

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Enable Ctrl+Alt+Delete logon screen for Windows Vista

The Control+Alt+Delete or Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination is often used on the Windows login or logon screen to strengthen security of a computer. The same like in older versions of Windows, the Ctrl+Alt+Del combination can also be enabled in Windows Vista.

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