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Choosing a canonical question for "Is my processor 32-bit or 64-bit?"

Super User has several questions asking how to check whether they have a 32-bit or 64-bit Operating System, and how to check if their CPU is 64-bit capable. The majority combine both questions into ...
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Two long answers disagreeing with each other - how to canonicalize?

Someone posted a new answer to a rather old question of mine, Disadvantages of partitioning an SSD?. The answer I accepted has 13 upvotes at this time, and I have accepted the information therein as ...
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Do we need a canonical question for creating bootable Windows 10 installation media?

To this date, community-faq has only one canonical post for creating bootable installation media for Windows 7 which dates back to 2009. The answers are mostly "use this tool and it works" that are ...
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Creating a single CW post for the Windows 8.1 0xc1900101/Upgrade Bootup issue

There are quite a few questions out there regarding upgrading to Windows 8.1 and then running into a BSOD and then subsequent reversion back to Windows 8: Windows 8.1 couldn't be installed with ...
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"One question to rule them all" questions on SuperUser

SuperUser is haunted by repeated questions on topics as: Antivirus suggestions Virus/Spyware removing Best practices for troubleshooting common problems Best buy guides for hardware and software In ...
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Folks, we need a decent canonical Windows recovery question

It seems that we have hundreds of questions about recovering deleted files or partitions under Windows, but none of them in a really good format for Super User. Most of them degraded into the typical ...
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Collect the multitude of "SMART - failure predicted" questions?

We have half a dozen questions asking about a boot-time SMART warning: On booting my laptop warns me about failure of hard disk is imminent...can it be repaired or to be replaced..? Is there a script ...
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A canonical post on creating Windows To Go drives?

There are several ways to create Windows To Go drives. There's the default tool that only ships with Enterprise editions of Windows, and only works on a few models of USB drives. Then there's ...
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Does a list of canonical questions for Super User exist?

When reviewing questions I often run across ones I think should already have a canonical answer, but I'm still new enough to the site that I don't know for sure. Not wanting to answer if the question ...
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Canonical question on USB flash drives becoming write-protected

We have lots of questions about USB flash drives becoming write-protected and most of them aren't closed. The closest I can find to a canonical question is this, whose answers are rather lacking as ...
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Can and should we have community wikis for identifying cables

I just picked up a fair amount of reputation from what was a fairly simple question that was about identifying a cable. On one hand, its not a great question, though one that needed some experience to ...
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Canonical question for remapping keyboard keys

We have many questions regarding remapping keyboard keys on Windows. Should we make one of them a canonical question and close the others as dupes?
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Can we find a canonical QA to close 'will this charger work?' questions against?

We get so many of these, with only minor variations. My google-fu is failing to find one single canonical QA we could use to close these against. Can anyone find - or indeed write - one we can use as ...
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Create a Hardware diagnosis canonical answer

I think that there are many posts that begin with something like "My computer does not start up", Fuzzy scree on boot, etc, and that it would be a useful thing to have. I was thinking that ...
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Possibility of a canonical Fn-invert question?

Annoying Fn keys How To Permanently Lock the "Fn" Key Down So It Is Active On My Laptop Keyboard? How can I make my laptop F-key's work as F-keys? F-Keys are Alternate by default on a ...
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Merge questions about Windows symlinks

The best answer IMO is grawity's bold headings: What is the difference between NTFS hard links and directory junctions? Windows 7: hard link, symbolic link and ...
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Canonical question on PXE/"no bootable device" errors, help us close the duplicates

We get variations of what is essentially the same question all the time: the system doesn't start Windows, dropping to PXE boot and failing and/or throwing a "no bootable device" or similar error. The ...
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General troubleshooting tips for Excel formulas and VBA

I'm interested mainly in Excel and VBA, reading a lot of questions in these topics. I often find questions like "formula doesn't work", "what is the problem with this code" for which there are a ...
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