Windows 8 is a graphical operating system by Microsoft, released on October 26, 2012.

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Unable to Import BCD Backup Using CMD

I am running windows 7 64bit. I have previously upgraded to win8 and downgraded back to win7 using windows own upgrade software. Had problems with my computer and attempted to rebuild the bcd using ...
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Cannot add, remove nor access mapped share “Element not found” in Windows 8.1

A standard user on my Windows 8.1-64 cannot remove a mapped drive. Tried command line and explorer. Tried run as admin. "Element not found" everywhere. C:\Windows\system32>net use x: /delete The ...
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Is there a way to automate folder optimization type in windows?

In windows 7 and 8, the downloads folder become optimized for pictures after a while, it causes the folder to lag when opened and even after changing that it returns to pictures every now and then. ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro activation problems

I was recently (last Thanksgiving) gifted with a Dell Inspiron i3 computer with Windows 8.1 Pro installed. It was purchased at a resale shop in OKC, but after I got it home here in Texas, I discovered ...
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What happened to most of my icons?

What happened to most of my icons? Most programs and even just plain text files or word files have lost their icons. I haven't installed any weird crap, and I don't have any viruses/malware. How can ...
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Windows 8 recovery failures

I am asking a question here because I have finally come to the end of my tether on this issue. I have a HP pavilion PC running windows 8.1. The hard drive had become damaged and no option on the ...
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External monitor connection works with HDMI but not VGA

I smashed my laptop screen so I have to use an external monitor. I can connect with an HDMI cord but not with VGA. I want VGA so I can listen to sound via headphones on the laptop, it's an Acer E1 ...
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Windows 8.1 computer won't hibernate

When hibernating one of two things happens: It immediately wakes up to my login screen, or Pretends its screens are off, but remains on (laptop keyboard is still lit up, fans running). Last time ...
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Firefox and Windows 8.1 64-bit

ALL, I recently bought a new laptop with Windows 8.1 64-bit. On this laptop I installed Firefox latest version. On top of it I put AdBlock and NoScript FF extensions. I am currently running Firefox ...
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How to add FTP or OPP capability to inbuilt bluetooth in Windows 8?

What I wanted to do was browser files on my Windows 8 laptop over bluetooth from my Android phone. For that, I wanted to add OPP or FTP on my bluetooth, which I understand that the default Windows ...
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Can't access shared external drive on Windows 8.1

Internal hard drives are shared on Windows 8.1 and accessed successfully using username/password login via ES File Explorer on Android. Upon sharing a WD Essentials 2TB USB 3.0 HDD and attempting to ...
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Accidentally installed a Node tutorial to WINDOWS/system32

Total noob. Took one one or two classes on python and html/css/js in school and have tried to continue getting to a point where I can consistently work in one console. I was installing node on Windows ...
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Excel CONCATENATE function produces error when referencing a worksheet with space in name

In Microsoft Office Excel 2013 on a Windows 8.1 PC, I get an error message, #NAME?, when trying to do the following: =CONCATENATE('Calculation Sheet'!D, "- Customer Sales") Doing the same with an ...
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Upgrade to Windows 8 after downgrade to 7 (through downgrade rights)

I received a Thinkpad from work that has Windows 7 Pro installed on it through the downgrade rights on Windows 8, but I'd actually like to upgrade it back to Windows 8. I assume it has the ...
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PPP connection from Windows 8 to Linux

I have a linux server that allows PPP connections over a serial cable using PAP authentication. I'm trying to connect from a Windows 8.1 laptop, to no avail. The linux syslog output is quoted below. ...
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Windows 8.1 Update - infinite reboot loop: “We couldn't complete the updates. Undoing changes”

I just installed Windows 8.1. Unfortunately I also ran the automatic updates which messed everything up with an infinite reboot loop: We couldn't complete the updates. Undoing changes. Don't turn off ...
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Unable to Copy from E partition

I am stuck in weird issue. I moved my images from my phone to a folder in Windows 8's Partition E:/. Now i am trying to move back to my Phone/Flash Drive/Other Partition/Other Machine(via Sharing ...
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How do I suppress the “file format and extension of MyFile.csv” do not match."?

I'm opening a lot of csv files using Excel recently and am repeatedly receiving the warning:- The file format and extension of MyFile.csv do not match. The file could be corrupted or unsafe. ...
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How to know the mac address using serial number [on hold]

How do I find a MAC address of a laptop from the service tag? This device connected to the network once. Could I find the mac address from logs from the router? Please give an suggestion on this.
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Sharing hardware resources through network: specifically RAM

I have two systems. One is a laptop and has 2 GB RAM while the other is a desktop having 8 GB RAM. Is it possible to share these resources so that both systems have 10 GB RAM? The ...
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How can I extract the Windows 8 OEM product key when I can't boot to Windows

I have a Dell Inspiron laptop with preinstalled Windows 8, upgraded to Windows 8.1 which cannot boot now. I am able to get in recovery screen with an USB installation kit. In order to get the ...
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Chrome wifi keeps connecting to Doubleclick ads

My connection has proven remarkably slow for the past couple weeks. This is normal for our provider, but it's gotten to the point where event static HTML takes seven or eight seconds to load. ...
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Video Recording Software for windows8 that works with ezap capture device. [on hold]

I have recently purchased a ezcap video capture device to record video games. However I keep getting ShowBiz to crash on me when i switch it to read the capture device, so i've decided to test out ...
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Does the “Create installation media for Windows 8.1” have all the most recent updates?

I ran across the Create installation media for Windows 8.1 page on Microsoft's site. Does anyone know if the "media" it creates contains all the latest updates or is it just the same bits from the ...
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Why does speeding up audio files with VLC Player not match with RPG Maker VX Ace's Sound Testing? [migrated]

When I speed up 150% an audio file with VLC Player, why doesn't it match the higher-pitched version I get when I speed the same file 150% with RPG Maker VX Ace's Sound Test? Also, it's a 'wav' if ...
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VirtualBox startup issue

Here is the full log for VirtualBox startup issue: 160c.16c4: supR3HardNtViCallWinVerifyTrustCatFile: cbHash=20 wszDigest=C75E94FF3BF78694A128A7B4083A02F169494F95 160c.16c4: ...
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Associate an event with a specific network connection [duplicate]

I'm a new Windows 8 user and I'm searching a way to automate the execution of a script when I plug my computer in to my office's network. I've a curl request to execute actually. So I've looked up to ...
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Lost all data after compressing disk. Now what?

In an attempt to solve an inherent Windows problem, I tried to compress my main partition (using windows own compressing option), like in the figure below, and then, when I reboot it says "Bootmgr is ...
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arduino on windows 8 stuck open but can't find in task manager

I deleted a folder from within the arduino 'open folder' function in their program, and the mouseover window got stuck on my screen. So I tried taskkill /f /im dwm.exe and it worked to reset the ...
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Installing Windows 8.1 from DVD without loosing data

Currently I am using Windows 8. I've got a DVD of windows 8.1. I want to install it without loosing any installed software. How can I do it??
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Infected usb devices disabling programs? [duplicate]

My laptop has had some weird problems in the past couple of days. YouTube, Websites using Shockwave, Spotify, and Windows Media Player, along with some other programs. The actual issue is that YouTube ...
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Excel 2013 displaying 'zoomed' UI on Windows 8.1 with high DPI screen?

I'm using a high DPI laptop - 13" 1080p screen - which Windows 8.1 usually manages very nicely for modern sofware. Old stuff looks blurry, PowerShell is bizarrely unusable, everything else pretty much ...
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Troubleshooting source of computer lockup (hang/deadlock)

Recently my desktop has been experiencing random lockups. By this I define a total system freeze, CTRL+ALT+DEL does nothing, LED's on keyboard don't turn on/off, unplugged/re-plugged mouse & ...
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Windows 8 Brightness control is not working

Recently, I installed windows updates and all updates finished successfully. I then tried to increase my brightness, but the brightness control is no longer working. I tried googling it, but all I ...
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Why is my Windows unbearably slow? [duplicate]

I use Windows since ever, sometimes Linux, sometimes OSX. Since Windows ME/2000 I have been having this major problem: I install a fresh copy of Windows, it boots fast as hell, everything goes ...
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Windows console synchronized settings between PCs and high-dpi

Starting Windows 8.1, console settings are stored in the microsoft profile associated with the account and synchronized between all PCs. In my case, I own different devices with different DPI ...
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How to copy-paste path statements for search results (Win 8)

Windows 8.1 I want to search my whole disc for folders whose names contain a certain text string. When I get the results, I want to be able to get a copy-pasteable path statement for each found ...
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Keyboard and Touchpad not working on ASUS notebook Windows 8

The full story can be found on my post here To sum up: The built in keyboard and touch pad does not function. I can only use external device(USB keyboard and mouse). Soon after successfully logged ...
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Windows 8 Desktop Background Issue?

I would like to be able to change my laptop background (as anyone does!). I have done so multiple times in the past, but since the previous time I did, I no longer am able to get options to change it ...
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how to add parameters to windows 8 shortcuts

After installing windows8.1 and firefox, it created a shortcut on the quick launch that has some extra options when you right click it, such as start in private mode, unpin from the quickstart bar, ...
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Window 8.1 freeze after wakeup from sleep and hibernate

My Windows froze after wake up from sleep mode or resume from hibernate mode. Before this happen I was using it fine. It's up for a few second and then freeze (mouse/keyboard don't work, heard of ...
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Showing application icon on windows8's windows

Is there any way to display the application icon on it's window borders. like it used to on older version of windows on the top left corner? that new window is beautiful and looks great and have ...
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windows explorer - Copy contents of subfolder to parent

In windows explorer, can I select a number of subfolders and copy the contents into my parent folder (i.e. the folder that i'm selecting them).. This would move the contents up a single directory.. ...
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Is it okay to use sleep mode for my laptop all the time? [duplicate]

I use many applications every day, so it's important for me to get the complete desktop state (all windows, shells, etc. in the same state they were in, etc.) back instantly when I turn on the ...
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Git Bash on Windows 8 open to specific directory except when using Git Bash Here context menu

When I right click and choose Git Bash here it works as expected and the shell launches in the correct window. When clicking just the icon, despite changing the Start In settings, the directory is ...
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Bluetooth Software [closed]

Is there any third-party software that takes over the functionality of the built-in Windows Bluetooth software? I have a Bluetooth chip in my computer and Windows recognizes it just fine, but I ...
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using scan on windows 8 remote connection

I have a printer HP deskjet 1510 and it works fine in my windows 7 laptop I can print and scan. but when I connect to windows 8 server I can only print but I can't scan, although that I already ...
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Secuirity concerns from Windows 8 login screen

I'm trying to create a secure setup on my new Windows 8 laptop to help keep a serious thief away from my data. An SSD with 256-bit hardware encryption provides a solid security foundation. But if a ...
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Spotify, Youtube, shockwave flash, and other programs not working?

When I open spotify it will continuously load or if it stops i cannot play a song, also on Youtube i can click on a video from the homepage but the video will not load and i cannot click on anything. ...
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Set a keyboard shortcut to a Windows 8 app? [duplicate]

I just got a keyboard that allows you to set shortcuts to desktop apps that have an .exe file extension. In Windows 8, I have heard that all the .exe files are hidden, so I un-hide them by showing ...