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Windows 8.1 Desktop Background Solid Colour - Add Some Text

I have a solid black windows 8.1 desktop background. I want to add some text in the top right corner that will stay there permanently. e.g. "MyPcName" or some other random text that I would type. Is ...
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Tile Windows vertically in Windows 8

I'm currently running win 8.1, mostly with "normal" (as opposed to metro) apps, and one things bugging me - Is there a way to tile two windows vertically like there was in 7? I've tried task manager ...
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In windows 8.1, is there a way to prevent the tablet version of apps from opening?

I use Windows 8 in desktop mode, but sometimes it wants to open pictures or media player in what I think of as tablet mode - the full-screen WinRT version of the app. I'm a developer, and that's ...
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Windows 8 Desktop Won't Auto Refresh

Recently, my desktop won't show any new files unless I press F5. This is a bit annoying, and none of the fixes on the Microsoft website help. What do I do?
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2answers
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Windows 8 Desktop Icons in Tile View

I appear to have some how placed my icons on my desktop in Tile View. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to restore the icons to their normal appearance. Any help is greatly appreciated. ...
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1answer
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Windows 8.1 Desktop background turns black upon closing personalization settings w/ external monitor

I'm having some trouble changing the desktop background for my external monitor on windows 8.1. For setting the background on just my laptop, I can right click the picture and hit 'set as desktop ...
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Windows 8 Desktop background lock orientation

I have chosen a desktop background and I am having a beef with it because when I rotate the desktop, so does the background. I wonder how its possible change settngs so that the desktop background ...
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1answer
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Desktop flashes, does not load

Almost every time I update my Windows 8.1, the whole thing breaks. After login (which takes an unusually long time), the taskbar will appear with only the Start button (mapped to Classic Shell). The ...
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Windows 8.1 Program switches to desktop

I've got some weird issue happening since I installed Windows 8.1 when it officially came out. Every day, approximately within 10 minutes after boot of the system, the program (in all cases so far ...
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0answers
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How do I stop my files appearing at the desktop on windows 8?

Recently I've noticed that the files in my Desktop Section (within file explorer) are beginning to appear on the main desktop, which didn't happen before. It's beginning to annoy me as I have lots of ...
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2answers
86 views

Weird popup when I try to copy a file [closed]

Here is the popup I get: Now before I get this popup, It says something like:"Copying 39.785 files" and then immediatly shows me this. How come I get this and how can I make it stop?
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votes
2answers
3k views

How to force Internet Explorer to keep its window size when being docked?

Using Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8, the window size is being remembered, when the IE window is not docked/snapped to an edge. As soon as I dock IE to one side of my screen, close it and reopen ...
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1answer
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Cycling through non-minimized windows in Win8

Alt+Tab cycles to all windows, including minimized ones. Apparently Alt+Esc does something similar, again including minimized applications. Can I somehow cycle through all open desktop windows, ...
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0answers
498 views

Why does Windows 8 Desktop Windows Manager increase CPU load when display is off?

I've noticed that the dmw.exe (Desktop Windows Manager) in Windows 8 is continually using 25% of my CPU at idle when the display is off. I can see this happening when I Remote Desktop (RDT) into the ...
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votes
2answers
151 views

Does ClassicShell.net truly lets one boot to the desktop on Windows 8?

Many people complain about the start screen of Windows 8, especially people used to desktop PCs, rather than tablets. I have read contradictory comments about ClassicShell letting one boot to the ...
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1answer
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Windows 8 Desktop won't auto-refresh

The problem of my desktop not auto refreshing has just occurred to me. I've tried restarting the computer with no help. The problem is that whenever I delete a file, move it, duplicate it or apply ...
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0answers
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remove default items from “Save as” dialog in explorer? [duplicate]

I'm having trouble figuring out how to remove the default items on the left side of the "Save as..." dialog in Windows. I want only my favorites to be displayed, how can I remove the default items? ...
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votes
1answer
5k views

Is it possible to completely turn off the TaskBar in Windows 8

I've been using Windows 8 for about 2 weeks now. I have found that, on Windows 8, the task bar really seems to get in my way. I have set it to auto-hide, however, I still find myself drawn to it to do ...
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1answer
280 views

How do I add smart folders type functionality to windows 8?

Is it possible to use a smart folder that you created on a mac and use it on a PC? Thanks in advance for answer (s)
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1answer
52 views

Use team viewer with different desktop

I have a computer with windows 8. Is there a way to access this computer from work with team viewer but using another desktop? I want the person at home to still be able to use the computer, watch a ...
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0answers
84 views

windows 8: How do I check if a tile is a live tile?

Is there some kind of property that I can check to see if the tile on my desktop is a live tile or not? On a related note, I wish to add a tile to display photos I have uploaded to flickr.
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votes
1answer
62 views

Green light running in Monitor bottom

I have LG 17'' LCD Monitor. From few days green light run in Monitor bottom under task bar. In the screenshot, I draw the green line myself. But the real green line run exactly in that place every ...
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Is there an easy way to automatically remove (or move) unused desktop icons (shorcuts) in Windows 7/8?

I often find people I'm helping have a bazillion unused shortcuts (icons) on their Windows Desktop. There isn't a good simple software program (that works on Windows Vista, 7, 8) that will do this ...
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votes
1answer
3k views

How to show/hide the My Computer icon on the desktop via the command line?

How I can show or hide the Computer (My Computer) icon on the desktop from CMD?
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votes
2answers
219 views

Make system tray apps start up before going to the desktop

I have a couple of apps that start up and appear in the system tray. The one I'm really interested in is Steam. What I've found is that if I turn on the PC and login, but don't go to the desktop, ...
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0answers
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Add a VPN shortcut to the desktop in Windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create shortcut to dial VPN connection in Windows 8 I'm new here, so if I misplaced this question please don't bite :) I'm trying to add a shortcut to a VPN connection ...
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0answers
110 views

Is there a way to configure Windows 8 start screen to return to a running desktop App rather than launching a new one when I click a tile?

I find myself going back to the home screen naturally rather than going for the ALT TAB. Then if I click the desktop app shortcut tile it takes me back to the desktop and launches a new ...
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1answer
1k views

Windows 8 Start Screen Shortcuts for Desktop Apps

I am facing an issue regarding Windows 8 shortcuts. My app is not getting pinned for all users for the installed desktop apps. If a user is installing that desktop app, then the shortcut of the app ...
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2answers
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How could I find out the path to the current desktop image, for Windows 8

Having recently upgraded to Windows 8, my script to retrieve the current desktop wallpaper image has broken. For Windows 7, How could I find out the path to the current desktop image?, this works ...
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1answer
263 views

Metro UI - multiple snapped view on one monitor, desktop on the other one

I tried Googling that but I didn't get anything so now I post it here. How I can get multiple snapped view (multi-app) on my second monitor while running my Desktop app on the primary one? It would ...
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1answer
5k views

How do I get the Windows 8 Desktop to stop refreshing itself while I'm working?

I have an Asus touchscreen laptop with Windows 8, not RT. The best way that I can describe the problem is: when I am working on something in the desktop, the desktop/screen refreshes itself. It ...
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4answers
2k views

Is it possible to put Tiles on the windows 8 desktop?

I like the new tiles in the Windows 8 modern UI. Is there any way to put the live updating tiles on the start screen onto the desktop?
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votes
1answer
587 views

How can I set my desktop background folder to a shortcut?

I have a shortcut in my Pictures folder that points to a folder in my Dropbox containing my desktop backgrounds. I would like for my desktop backgrounds to cycle through images in this folder. But ...
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vote
1answer
899 views

What kind of JVM support is there for Modern UI apps?

Obviously, the JRE and Java applications and applets still work on the Desktop version of Windows 8. But is there a way to develop a Modern UI application in Java, or another JVM based language such ...
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votes
3answers
3k views

Completely disable desktop in Windows 8

I am pondering whether to use Windows 8 as a first OS for completely non-computer-literate (as in, never used a computer) users. I think it might actually work well, except I think the desktop would ...
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3answers
129 views

How do applications differ when they are run from the Start screen?

In Windows 8, when you open an application, say, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, it looks strangely different than when you open the same application from the new Start screen. For example, Google ...
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4answers
61k views

Multiple Desktops in Windows 8

Does Windows 8 has more than one desktop facility like we have in linux system ( Fedora, Ubuntu, Opensolaris etc ) or not?
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2answers
142k views

How do I rotate Windows 8 screen?

Most mobile devices like tablets or smartphones have an orientation sensor that signals the OS to rotate itself when the device is rotated. But having installed Windows 8 on a desktop (or virtual ...
4
votes
1answer
217 views

Load ModernUI but also preload desktop on background

Login Windows load modern UI Only when I click on the "Desktop" tile shortcut that my desktop is really loaded, it take a few seconds to open everything (like rainmeter and other things) How can I ...
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0answers
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Can I configure Windows 8 to just use the Desktop and remove Metro as an option [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I turn off Modern UI in Windows 8? One of the single most annoying things for me is the Metro interface. Can I remove it entirely and still have a usable ...
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votes
1answer
166 views

Desktop preview on start screen tile

Is it possible to display a preview of the desktop on the desktop tile, like you get when switching to it?
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1answer
276 views

Possible to make the Windows 8 start menu less fancy for VNC?

I use Windows 8 on a virtual machine through a VNC connection. The VNC server is integrated into VMWare so that even if I lose network connection on Windows 8, I can still access it. Overall, my ...
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3answers
929 views

Is there a way to make Windows 8 delay loading the start screen until all startup programs have loaded?

Currently Windows 8 will get to the start screen a good 10-15 seconds before my startup programs have loaded. Since these include my touchpad driver as well as a gamma correction program, I would ...
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votes
5answers
38k views

How can I have Windows 8 go to the desktop by default?

I've played around a smidge with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a VirtualBox VM and I think the improvements under the hood may be worth tolerating the Metro UI crap. I don't like that the entire ...
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votes
5answers
9k views

Hide desktop.ini for the desktop view only; still show hidden and system files

Is it possible to hide desktop.ini on the desktop, but show it when viewed in Windows Explorer? Essentially, I need to be able to see hidden and system files when using Windows Explorer, but I ...