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File Manager - file attribute display and changing

Q: File Manager - file attribute display and changing

In Windows 7 (and Vista) - all files displayed show only the file name.
This is particularly noticeable with audio and image files - but I often have identical file names in different formats or sizes.
Is there a way to make the .wav or .mp3 etc suffix visible and more importantly - can I edit it and sort by type?

(At the moment I am reverting to an old laptop running XP where I can edit and sort things easily).

Many thanks,

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A: File Manager - file attribute display and changing

Hi catstevecam and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes you can display the file extension. In explorer select Organize->Folder and search options. On the view tab uncheck Hide extensions for known file types.
If you right click on an empty area in a folder you can chose sort and grouping options. Type is one of these.

You can change the attributes of some file types (Music & Videos) in the properties details tab.

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Due to some virus my some files got hidden with System Files properties.
After I select option "Show Hidden Files and Folders" my files are shown only if I uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files" in Folder Option.

So how can I change properties of My Files to cancel Hidden option???

how to make my files attributes normal from System files??

A:Change System File Hidden attribute to Normal File attribute

Click Start->Run
type cmd

attrib -S C:\1.txt

attrib is keyword to set attribute
-S if for to remove System Attribute

For more info:

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I searched on this one, but I am having a touch time getting the right search terms.

I open the WIndows 7 file manager by right-clicking on the start button and then choosing Open Windows Explorer. It always defaults to Libraries, but I would rather it defaulted to C:\

Is there a way to change this?

A:Changing default directory in file manager?

No, I don't think so. I recall another member wanting to accomplish the same thing if memory serves

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Win 2K SP4. Whenever I save anything to Floppy or CD it is saved as Read only. This has only started recently when the laptop went back to head office for a short time. I have looked everywhere but can't find a setting/policy for this. Am I missing something? Your help would be greatly appreciated

A:File Attribute Problem

Is the file closed when you save it ?

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Hello to all and Happy New Year,

I have very strange problem, I have found virus on my USB stick which my Mcafee antivirus succesfully cleaned. However, there were a few files infected, which after they'd been cleaned, became hidden. I'm unbale to change that attribute in file's properties since it is gray. I don't know what to do. I have checked and I as an administartor of machine have rights to read and write atributes.
Is there any other way to change this "hidden" attribute?
I'm using Win XP professional.

A:Unable to change file's attribute

I managed to fix this. I found that antivirus somehow set attribute to these files as system files. I noticed that when I tried to remove hidden attribute by attrib command manually in cmd prompt.
So, command
attrib -s -h file_name.doc solve problem.
Only problem is I needed to repeat command 10 times, one for each file. I wonder if only I could do it for all automatically...

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Is it possible to check the archive attribute on a file with DOS?
I have a series of directories that need to have their files deleted once the archive attribute has been removed i.e. in Windows Explorer under the Attribute column the 'A' has disappeared.

How would one go about checking. I can gather a list of the file names in the directory. I assume that it would be the command

If not exist [archive attribute] (
delete file)
However I may be barking up the wrong tree.
Has anyone any experience with this?

A:[SOLVED] Checking archive attribute on file with DOS

Hi Tigers!. . .

Welcome back to the Tech Support Forum!

I like that name "directories" - Good Stuff!

I may be missing something here, but why do you first ned to remove the -A attribute prior to deletion? Or are you trying to delete all files without the -A? If so ... what about -S, -H, etc...?

Regards. . .


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What does this mean in Win 7 ?????

Thank You


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My families vista system got infected with malware(Antimalware doctor) and (as the computer had already been restarted twice by this point anyway) I elected to attempt to remove the offending files from safe mode. I deleted the registry keys first with relative success but had more trouble hunting down the offending files. In the end I found the filepath in a shortcut but found that the folders in question were hidden. After making the hidden files visible folder by folder for I while I decided to accelerate the process and told it to make all hidden files visible. As this was the case with my own computer, I didn't anticipate any problems but after a 3 min long "attribute change" suddenly all the files in the relevant users account had disappeared, rather than being joined by a few previously hidden folders.(In fact, aside from a previously open window, the account as a whole had disappeared). According to the windows accounts page, the account in question is still there and using a sizable chunk of hard disk space, but I can find no other evidence of it or the files.

My only two theories right now are :
1. Somehow I accidentally made all of the contents of the account be listed as hidden files - I consider this one very unlikely, as one vista dialogue(which I have used many times before) would probably not be capable of that effect.

2. Some self-defense action of the malware. The malware has already prevented use of the internet or the running of any progra... Read more

A:File disappearance post attribute change

MalwareBytes has a good reputation at removing these fake antivirus programs.


If it doesn't install or run in normal mode, try running it in Safe Mode.

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Several months ago I got a new laptop with Win 7 Pro SP1 64bit. I have done numerous backups on this machine but I've noticed that the file attribute 'archive bit' (a) is not being reset as it was on Win XP. (NOTE: backups were full backups not incremental or differential.)

Does Win 7 treat file attribute bits differently than XP?

I also have noticed that 7 displays various attribute bits that were not used in XP; where is there a description of all attribute bits?

A:File Attribute 'Archive' Bits not being reset

Are you on a homegroup by any chance?

I've read some MS answers that flat out say that the archive bit is no longer available in windows 7 (but I think they mean reliably usable rather than not available in the strict sense). To others saying that the homegroup networking is using it for it's own purposes (probably for it's own built in backup) and it interferes with other people/programs using it.

Personally I have not looked into it though.

I believe that the base "dos" attributes are the same as always though: Read Only, Archive, Hidden and System. Of course NTFS itself has (and has always had) a much more extensive access control system in place for all folders and files...

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Hello everyone, I used windows server 2016 IIS to build an ftp server, but the time attributes of the stored files are all 8 hours away from my local time. How can I solve this problem?

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When i create a new folder it automatically sets the read only attribute, if i try and turn it off it just turns back on again.

I have tried using command prompt to disable it as well as playing with the security settings and account permissions.

does any one have any ideas?

A:File and Folder Read only attribute wont disable

1. First question, why are you trying to do it?

2. look here:
Unable to remove Read-Only attribute from folder
You cannot view or change the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Server 2003, in Windows XP, in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

To view or to remove the Read-only or the System attributes of folders in Windows Vista or Windows 7
Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER..
To view the syntax for the Attrib command, type attrib /? at the command prompt.
To remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute, use the following command:
attrib -r +s drive:\<path>\<foldername>
For example, to remove the Read-only attribute and to set the System attribute for the C:\Test folder, use the following command:
attrib -r +s c:\test
Be aware that some programs may not operate correctly with folders for which the System attribute and the Read-only attribute are set. Therefore, use the following command to remove these attributes:
attrib -r -s drive:\<path>\<foldername>
For example, to remove both the Read-only and the System attributes from the C:\Test folder, use the following command:
attrib -r -s c:\test
If the Run command is not listed on the Start menu, do the following:
Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Run..

note: Open cmd with run as administrator

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I want to make a bunch of folder.jpg files so they are no longer hidden. But when I check the file properties, the hidden attribute checkbox is greyed out, so I can't untick it.

Any ideas on how I can change the hidden attribute of these files?



A:Hidden Attribute checkbox on file properties greyed out

Hello Dave,

You might see if you may be able to do so using OPTION TWO in the tutorial below with the command prompt.

File and Folder - Hide or Unhide

Hope this helps,

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With any file management tool I've ever used that attempts to show the date/time of the last file access, all I ever see is the time I used the tool to view the last access time stamp. In other words, checking the last access time counts as an access. Duh! What good is that?

Is there any tool or trick to allow you to determine the last access date/time OTHER THAN the time you access the file to ask the question?

A:Solved: Last Access file date attribute worthless?

Never tried it but the AFIND function in a free forensic toolkit may work for you ...


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Hello guys,

Yes I know it is a silly question, but what is the syntax for removing the read-only attribute of an Excel file, say abcd.xlsx file?
The address of the example is, c:\documents\spreadsheets\abcd.xlsx.

Any help will be much appreciated.


A:How to remove the read-only attribute from an Excel .xlsx file?

Right click on the file then choose "properties" in the window that opens and then uncheck the "read only" box at the bottom of the window.
BTW there is no such thing as a silly question but there are plenty of silly answers

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hi all...

actually i'm the amature in this area..i hope this site could help me to solve my prob..hmmm..

any body here could help me how to remove cloner.bv which is clone all my word file into application file(.exe) and hidden word file(.doc)...any body know how this can happen???

pls help me

A:(.doc) file cloner and fixed attribute changed into hidden permenently

Hello and welcome to TSF.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link given below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a

Having problems with spyware and pop-ups? First Steps

link at the top of each page.

Please follow our pre-posting process outlined here:


After running through all the steps, you shall have a proper set of logs. Please post them in a new topic, as this one shall be closed.

If you have trouble with one of the steps, simply move on to the next one, and make note of it in your reply.

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How can I move/copy a file from one disk to another without changing the file's creation date?

A:Copy/Move File from One Disk To Another w/o Changing the File Creation Date

You can use a utility called "Set File Date" to change a file's creation date to whatever you want.


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Hello Everyone,

I have kind of an odd question, I have been looking into changing file type icons when I came across an interesting conflict.
I would like to be able to change the file type icon for all .exe files to the same file type icon within a file explorer. If you were to try to do this, all icons that are associated with each .exe program becomes the same icon no matter where they are located.

The thing is that usually when I am in a file explorer the .exe files are installers and when I have .exe files in places like on my desktop, in the start menu, and in the taskbar, they are for launching already installed programs.

Can anyone think of a possibly way that could solve this conflict easily with some kind of setting or software.

I thought maybe something with shortcuts but that turned out to not work for me.
I also believe that .ico icon files have multiple sizes within them but I don't think there would be a realistic way to edit each of them for all the programs installed.

Has anyone else ever tried something like this? or have any solutions that I am not aware of?
Thank You

A:Changing .exe File Type Icons In File Explorer But Nowhere Else

File Explorer is on Windows 8/8.1, renamed from Windows Explorer on Windows 7 back to Windows95/Windows NT4.

Usually an .exe file for running a program will have its own icon, right-click a Shortcut, Properties, Change Icon to see what the .exe file has in it. Some programs may have a separate icon in their Folder in C:\Program Files or C:\Program Files (x86). If no icons are found Windows will put up a panel with a number of choices but they are more generic, mostly for Windows things.

Installable .exe files will have more of a generic icon and are of only a few types.

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I downloaded a zip file that contains three executable .JAR program files and 2 zipped .tar.tar files. i have two laptops - one has only win zip installed and another one has both winrar and win zip. When i open this zip file in the laptop which does not have winrar, i can see the .jar files in the win zip window and their file type shows as executable jar file. However the .tar files are still zipped so i double click on them and I get the error "Error reading header after processing 0 entries". Now, when I try to open the original zip file on the laptop that has both winrar and win zip, I can see the two .tar files (File type: TAR file) however, the .jar files' file type changes to "WinRAR archive" and even the icon against the files changes from the typical .jar icon (Java cup inside a rectangle) to WinRar icon (which looks like 3 colorful books on top of each other).

I need your help in extracting these 5 files on my desktop in such a way that their file type remains "executable Jar file" and "TAR file" respectively.

A:Extracting .jar file using winrar without changing file type


Just a suggestion here, try peazip to extract the files, it handles most file types and is the program I have used in the past rather than winzip etc

PeaZip - Free file archiver utility for 7Z, RAR, TAR, ZIP...


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I downloaded a zip file that contains an executable .JAR program file and 2 zipped .tar files. i have two laptops - one has only win zip installe and another one has both winrar and win zip. When i open this zip file in the laptop which does not have winrar, i can see the .jar file in the win zip window and its file type shows as executable jar file. However the .tar files are still zipped so i double click on them and I get the error "Error reading header after processing 0 entries". Now, when I try to open the downloaded zip file on the laptop that has both winrar and win zip, I can see the two .tar files (File type: TAR file) however, the .jar file's file type changes to "WinRAR archive" and even the icon against the file changes from the typical .jar icon (Java cup inside a rectangle) to WinRar icon (which looks like 3 colorful books on top of each other).

I need your help in extracting these 3 files in such a way that their file type remains "executable Jar file" and "TAR file" respectively.

A:Extracting .jar file from win zip or winrar without changing file type?

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Thank to 5532g

My question about font style and size did not work.
i am already on large size ( ie:14 max)

it still to small and strenghteneous for my eyes.

i have previously done all the possibilities (obviously I did miss one).

Other ideas will be much appreciated.

A:File explorer(file manager)font size

Please do not post duplicates. You have replies here:


Make all posts regarding this matter in that thread. This one is closed.

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During a TrendMicro virus scan, it found an archive that was infected. A quick check of the archive (Which I'd grabbed months before, but never ran) showed it was actually an application, so I went to shift+del the file (No sense dumping a virus into the recycle bin), and poof it's gone.

Then I went to delete the folder it was in, but... it wouldn't let me. Told me I didn't have the permissions to do so. A quick check of the folder's contents revealed the virus/app was back, as if it had never been deleted.

If I try doing a regular delete, it tells me Destination Folder Access Denied.

So I started poking around the file's security properties.
"Unable to display current owner."

I tried changing the owner, but it wouldn't let me do that.
I downloaded Unlocker, right-clicked on the file and unlocked it, but nothing seemed to happen, and same results when I try to delete it.

I'm running Vista 32-bit, not connected to a local network (Just one computer), and I'd really like to delete this virus/app off my machine. TrendMicro was unable to get rid of it, and I can't seem to get rid of it either.

A:Solved: Cannot delete file / No Permissions - Unable to display current owner of file

Ha, nevermind. Unlocker just took an enormous amount of time in actually starting up, and turns out the virus scanner had a process linked to the file. So, problem solved. Nothing to see here.

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Thanks for the help I have already received from this friendly forum!

How to force Windows 7 File Explorer to display ALL audio folder content as normal files in detailed view with file name/size/date and without title/artist/album.

A:How to display all audio file folders in detailed file view

Hello Robilong,

If the audio folders all have the Music folder template, then you could use Apply to All Folders to set on these folders the way you like it with details view and have it applied to all "Music" folders.

Hope this helps,

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To start I was infected with numerous virus, spyware etc. because I accidentally clicked on one wrong button.
After running Malawarebytes, Adaware, Spybot, adwcleaner, CCleaner, and Trident House Call, I finally got zero reports from all of these checkers.

However now when I am using File Manager and I right click on file (any file) File Manager shuts down which leads me to believe that something was still missed, but what could it possibly be? I am at a loss, any ideas ?

A:File Manager shuts down when I right click on a file.

Open the Admin Command Prompt and run these 2 commands:
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealthsfc /scannow

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I'm looking for a file manager that supports FTPES and SFTP transfers. 64 bit and freeware would be nice. Capivara would be fine, but lacks FTPES.

A:File manager for secure file transfers

Cerberus FTP Server

Cerberus FTP Server for Windows 7 - Secure, reliable, and easy to use SFTP server - Windows 7 Download

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I have recently changed from Win7 to Win10. My habit is to view folders/files with small icons with the "navigation pane" turned off. This gives me a compact listing of all my folders and files. In all previous versions of windows, including up through Win7, folders and files were arranged alphabetically top down, going to the next column after that column was filled. Now the folders and files are arranged in rows going across the top of the window and going to the next row when the first is filled.

Now, this is not really a big deal, and I imagine it's something I can get used to, but as I am looking downward to go through the alphabet and not across, it takes me much longer to find what I'm looking for.

I know there are lots of ways to customize the appearance of folders and files in File Manager, but I cannot find any way to change the pattern to go back to columns not rows.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


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I am using Ajaxplorer which is great but I am having some issues with file permissions. Let's say I create a file which is read only in Ajaxplorer it says it's changed file permissions but when I right click on the file to check it it's the same permissions as it was so didn't actually change.

Do I need to let "users" of 7 have full control or read/write access to files and folders on the server?

A:Using file permissions with an online file manager

My very strong recommendation is to stop using Ajaxplorer.

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I dont know if Im on the right section to post this.

I just want to ask to our fellow members and gurus here, I dont know what went wrong but suddenly the unknown file types in my Windows 7 PRO x64bit doesnt display its file extensions anymore..

How can i restore it to default? to display the file extensions on unknow file types in windows 7...

Any tips would be much appreciated. Thank you..

A:Display File Extension on Unknown File Types

Windows Explorer/Organise/Folder & Search Options/View.

You should find it in there. (that's "hide extentions for know file types") Might be what you need.

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ok, this is a little weird and hard to explain but...
i have this in my hosts file: localhost ad.doubleclick.net

so now i am never bothered with double click ads
but now when a page loads with a box that should be a dc ad instead i get a
"page cannot be displayed" box - not fun to look at

what i want to get the hosts file to do is look up and display a picture from my pc.
Something like "get double click ad here:\C:\windows\funnypicture.jpg"

can this be done?

A:how to get Hosts file to display local file?

If you getting a pop-up on what sites you blocking in your hosts file I am guessing your using netscape.

You can get eDexter and you will not get the pop-up box telling you want was blocked because it could not load the page. Plus it will speed up the page load.


Special Note for Netscape users:

eDexter will also eliminate the "hang" problem with Netscape. If you use Netscape, it will keep waiting for a response from the blocked servers in your hosts file longer than it should - which will delay the page loading. eDexter will prevent that by pretending to be the server that has been blocked and will "talk" to Netscape for it. Internet Explorer 5 and up does not usually exhibit this problem, but you can still benefit from eDexter's other uses. Click to expand...

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I removed the 'file_recovery' virus and got everything else back to normal using:


which included using unhide.exe, but now I think my system files are all showing, even though I have checked 'hide system files' and 'do not show hidden files'.

If I go to a place where I think there are supposed to be system files that are supposed to be hidden (like windows/system32) and show the 'attributes' column, they say 'A' (archive) is the only attribute.

Shouldn't they say 'S' (system) and 'H' (hidden)? If so, is there a way to put the 'system' and 'hidden' attributes back on the appropriate files (without doing it manually one by one because that would take forever and I wouldn't know which ones to do)?

I am running Windows Vista.

Thanks! unhide.exe really saved me!

A:After 'file_recovery' virus removal, system files lost 'system file' attribute

That's not possible.May be you could ask for Grinler opinion herehttp://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic405109.htmlgood luck

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I'm currently in the process of testing/deploying IE11 in our environment and I've begun testing on the IE11 Enterprise Site List manager.
I've read that there are a few different ways to configure the XML file to apply via GPO per the article below.  HTTP, Local Network, Local File. (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Dn640699.aspx)
In my isolated testing I've chosen to use the local file method which is very easy to setup and use on a testing machine.
It looks like we have the flexibility to choose how we apply the XML file, and I was curious what the best options are and why?  Also are there examples of each setup being used and the benefits/downsides to each?
Here's the options that I can see using:
1. HTTP - setup an IIS website to host the XML file.
2. Local Network (UNC) - setup a UNC path on our DFS where we store the current XML file and users would have read only access to that location.
3. Local File - We could just deploy the XML file via SCCM package/application when updates to the list are required.
Could anyone please point me towards some articles, etc, explaining the pro's and cons of these methods and why I might want to choose one over the other?  I'm leaning towards just using a DFS share and option #2 because it doesn't require us to maintain
an IIS site for it but I am curious to hear if there might be any downsides to this method, or benefits to going with another method.

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IN SHORT my question is:
Is there a way to change compression attribute of files on NTFS partition without actually compressing the files?

Recently one of my NTFS partition became unreadable. But, I was able to recover most of my files - but with one problem. While recovering the files, I lost the compression status of files. So, whatever files were compressed got recovered but with compression bit set to 'Uncompressed'.
Now, what is happening is that when I try to open these files - obviously Windows DOESN'T recognize them as compressed and consequently, don't decompresses them while reading. Therefore, I am unable to read these files.
So, I was wondering if there is some way to again mark these files as compressed without actually compressing them?

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I have Windows XP Pro, SP2.

I went into Control Panel>System>Advanced>Performance/Settings>Advanced>Virtual Memory/Change>

That brought up a dialog box called Virtual Memory. In there I selected the radio button: "No paging file" and then hit OK. But Task Manager still shows paging file usage.

Does anyone know what's going on?


A:Why does Task Manager show paging file usage when I turned off paging file

Why would you turn off paging - you are just asking for problems

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Windows 7 will delete "Read-Only" files without providing any warning (unlike XP).
Windows Media Player 12 will overwrite files which have the "Read-Only" attribute set.

Does anyone know how to make Windows 7 (& WMP) obey the "Read-Only" attribute on files?

A:"Read-Only" File Attribute

Hi lehnerus2000,

1) Read-only files can't be modified, but they can be copied, moved, renamed, or deleted. You can make a secure private folder which is inaccessible and undeletable. There are detailed instructions on Make Folder Inaccessible and Undeletable.

2)For WMP, go through the following page, theres a nice discussion about stopping WMP from overwriting jpgs.
Hydrogenaudio Forums > WMP and Folder.jpg being overwritten

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I apologize if this is a really basic question or already answered, I promise I did search, but I may be missing it.

Question; I am installing more RAM in my system, and want to monitor the page file for improvement/reduction in size and use. Other than performance monitor, can I see the page file in either task manager or resource monitor?

A:Monitor Page file in task manager / resource manager

In resource monitor you can.

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In windows 7 pc whenever trying to attach a file on outlook nothing is happening or no file/folder is opening and whenever select any file on application for mounting no file or no drives are opening....

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I once successfully changed an art file, or a Bitmap image
(.bmp file ) into a picture file or JPEG ( .jpg ). Trouble is I can't seem to recollect how I did it. Any suggestions?

A:changing a .bmp file to a .jpg file

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Im sure this question is somewhere in the forum and i apologize but i really dont have time to go through and look for it,but i'd like to switch a picture thats in .jpg format(taken with a webcam) to a .gif file,is this possible? and how?

Thanks in advance for any help

A:changing a .jpg file to a .gif file

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I'm trying to do an automatic installation of Windows 7, I've captured  the Windows image and I wanted to create an unattended file using the Windows System Image Manager. But if i try to load the image, I receive the following error:

This application requires version 6.3.9600.16384 of the Windows ADK. Install this version to correct the problem

After acquiring the image I did the driver injection through Dism GUI, I imported the image through Windows System Image Manager to create the answer file, and everything was OK. However, I had to edit the image again to add a folder and two files that would
have been useful to launch a post installation script. I used DISM GUI again. Once I saved the image I tried to import it again with the Windows System Image Manager, but in fact I receive the error mentioned above.

Now I did not understand what I did by saving the wim file last time, because before it was possible to read it and after the last modification no.

In a Laptop I have version 6.3.9600.17029 of AIK and on a Workstation is present the version is 6.1.7600. 16385 but in both cases the error I receive is always the same ....

What could have happened?

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A friend sent me a file in Adobe Acrobat PDF. I wanted to make some change and it won't let me key into it. So I saved it as Text and now it looks nothing like what I started with. Was nice and neat with indents and such, it ended up all shuved together.

There a way to make changes to one of these files? Better yet, is there a way I can save it to Word or Wordpad? From what I see, it only lets me save it as text.

A:Changing PDF file

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Hello All. I am wondering if it is possible to change a EXE file to a MSI file? I am trying to change Firefox setup.exe to Firefox setup.msi for my work. Can you please tell me how this is done?


A:Changing EXE file to MSI...

I don't think changing the extension will allow you to run the setup as Microsoft installer, that's a whole different ballgame.

Why do you want to have it as an MSI? Won't your workplace allow executables in?

If executables can exist, but it won't allow them to be moved, here's what I would do:

Rename the firefox setup from .exe to .txt (don't worry, there's a reason for this, and I'll get back to it in a minute).

It's likely that a text file is listed as a trusted file type, so it will most likely allow it through whatever boundary there is.

Once it's on the hard drive of the computer you want to install it on, rename the file back to .exe and run it. If this doesn't work, you'll have to resort to a more difficult method, such as zipping the entire installed FireFox directory, which may or may not work because then the registry entries will not be included with the directory on the machine you're putting it on. But try that first, and see if it works.

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I am trying to make some changes to a ini file but when i try to save the changes it will not let me.I am using note pad to write the changes.Any suggestions.

A:changing a ini file

Welcome to TSF!

Try opening notepad with elevated privileges (Right click on the notepad icon and select "Run as administrator").


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I am doing exams soon so I need to start studying. I have set up OpenDNS to block some websites that may distract me but I don't need them blocked all the time. As OpenDNS offers no settings for time to block I need to change the DNS server back to my ISP's when the blocking is not needed. The command to change DNS in Command Prompt is

"C:\Netsh Interface ip set dns "Local Area Connection" static "[DNS GOES HERE]"

But with a START command in front of it this command does not work when put into a batch program.

Does anyone know either a better way of changing the DNS at different times or the correct way to insert this command into a batch file.


A:Changing DNS With A .bat File

This may not be exactly what you want but you could always use your host file to redirect or simply block websites that may distract you.

Hosts File : Use in Windows 7 / Vista

Simply follow this tutorial. You don't have to use, which is your loopback address. You can use the IP address of say, a website you should be studying instead of your distractions

Simply erase the entries from the blocked files when you don't want them blocked.

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