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

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Windows 8 Audio Changes Default Playback Device or Stops Playing Audio

I have a Sony Vaio SVT15115CXS laptop running Windows 8 64-bit. I've recently noticed a strange audio issue. At seemingly random times, the audio may switch from the default playback device (laptop ...
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Windows 8 Calendar App - Google Calendar Sync (Post Exchange Active Sync Depreciation)

As per Google's Exchange Active Sync (EAS) depreciation in 2013, Microsoft's Windows 8 Calendar app cannot two way sync. Is there a non-third party to re-enable two way sync? Goals: Get this system ...
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Install Windows 8 to last partition on drive

I have a laptop with Ubuntu installed. I wanted to Dual boot Windows 8, but i came across a problem. My drive is partition as follows Drive 0 Partition 1 27.9gb 0.0MB free Logical //my root ...
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Connect to Windows Server 2012 Essentials without creating new user login for Windows

Is it possible to connect to a Windows Server 2012 Essentials without having to create a new user login for windows? I want to just take someones Windows 8 machine and connect it to the server to ...
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Windows 8 Licence Key

I have a Sony Vaio SVE151J11M laptop which unfortunately is only just two weeks out of warranty from the retail store I bought it from just over a year ago. My problem is that the hard drive has ...
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How to remove own rating for Windows 8 Apps

I have rated apps in Windows 8 and these ratings are publicly visible with my real name. Now I want to remove some of them, but it seems that this is not possible. I can only update the ratings, but ...
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I can't access files that are supposed to be shared and edited on the same home group (Windows 8.1)

I am trying to swap files between two pcs on the same local network but the laptop can't see the desktop's folder that I am sharing although the desktop can see the laptop's folder that I am sharing. ...
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Can I access the Windows RT Browser in Windows Pro?

Can I access the Modern UI version of IE in Windows Pro? If you can access the Modern UI version of IE how?
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Can't connect to network using windows 8

I have small local network with no access to internet. I was using PCs with win 7 OS and everything worked fine. But when I wanted to add PC with win 8 OS this PC can't see any other on the network. ...
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Sony vaio windows 8

I have kernel data inpage error in my Sony vaio laptop windows 8.I recovered my os and formatted my c drive many times.but nothing worked good.I still get the kernel data inpage error.pls help me ...
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How I force alt+tab on programs that don't allow it?

Some windows software can block alt+tab, several games are offenders on this (usually because alt+tabbing breaks them in some way). The thing is, I DO want to alt+tab anyway - how can I do that?
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Speakers has a lower volume than actual volume output from system

This started happening a while ago. I realized the volume I hear is very low. I opened up the volume control panel and I see the speakers are outputting a lower volume than "System" (it is only ...
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Inconsistent sound support from Windows 8

I hope I can explain my problem as complete as possible. Recently I got me a pair of bluetooth headphones, because I loathe cables. I also got a bluetooth dongle for my windows desktop. I plugged it ...
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Sound doesn't work on laptop asus s56cb [on hold]

My audio randomly stops working very so often. Sometimes restarting the system solves the problem. When I go and test my device it says that the audio device is being used by another application. ...
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RDP session won't fill the screen when I drag it from my 17“ monitor to my 22”

I have a windows 8.1 PC setup with two monitors, my main monitor is 22" and the second a 17". I sometimes have Multiple RDP sessions open on my computer at once. Every time I open an RDP session it ...
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Windows live loging is same on 2 computers I must return one to service, can I change its login

My monitor is broken on a laptop and it is being returned for warranty, the problem is it uses the same windowslive account as our separate main computer. Can I now change the password on the broken ...
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Why am I invisible to the devices on my network?

I've been using a DLink powerline adapter to establish a wired connection to my upstairs PC. A couple times a day, for sometimes hours at a stretch, I lose the ability to communicate with other ...
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How do i connect to a built-in webcam on my windows 8 laptop?

I was on Skype and it would not let me turn on my camera. Also i went to my camera that came with windows 8 and it says "To get started, connect to a camera". I went to my settings and made sure it ...
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How do I rotate an image in Adobe Reader for Windows 8?

How do I rotate an image in Adobe Reader in Windows 8? I don't seem to have a "..." or "more" button when I right click. Am I missing something here? Is there a reason it doesn't show up? The only ...
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2 laptops both Windows 8.1 on a home group

I was trying to create a homegroup, by mistake I created a Host Homegroup on both computers, I have left the Homegroup on the computer I wish to be the Client, but cannot find a way of joining the ...
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Why is the Copy app stuck on “downloading file list”?

I have been using the Copy app (from http://www.copy.com) to store and sync files. I recently did a fresh install of Windows 8 on one of my computers, and reinstalled Copy in the process. However, ...
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Know PC specs through cli and save it in a txt file

I'd like to have the full system specs through cli and export or save it in a text file. Is this possible?
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can't boot windows 8 need hel on grub-repair

After installation my grub is a complete mess. Now I've got 5 options. First two options for linux and the rest are various supposed windows 8 choices. What can I do? I need desperately to log into ...
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Why do windows change in pixel size when dragged between monitors with the same resolution? (Lenovo with Windows 8.1)

video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByLdHbPnpVjWSjU3cjc1d29tUlU/edit?usp=sharing I have a Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 laptop; it's connected to a samsung monitor in a dual monitor setup. When I drag ...
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Cygwin to execute windows shortcut files (.LNK)

I use Cygwin as my cmd replacement on Windows and I am in the process of cleaning up my system PATH variable. I now have a folder containing exe's and shortcuts (.LNK) files which is in PATH ...
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Microsoft Office/Windows 8 licensing issue?

I've encountered a license for MS Office 2010 and Windows NT 8.1 Small Screen, supposedly sold by a certain official refurbisher of Microsoft (as in a company that participates in the MS Refurbish ...
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Dual boot (Windows 8 + Linux Mint 17) UEFI system boot windows only

I have been working on a dual boot system with windows 8 preinstalled and linux mint 17 for a month or so. After applying an update in linux grub loader does not appear and system only boots windows. ...
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GeForce Experience ignores taskbar on secondary monitors in Windows 8

NVIDIA's GeForce Experience program in a Windows 8/8.1 environments will ignore the taskbars on secondary monitors and fullscreen over the top of them, similar to how Windows 7 and prior didn't have ...
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Computer randomly sees two networks after cold boot?

Most of the time, when I reboot my Dell with Windows 8.1, I get a "limited connectivity" warning and notice that it has two network locations. There should only be one. I usually disable and re-enable ...
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Why does Excel display my information like this in print preview?

Here's what it looks like in regular mode: And here's what it looks like in print preview: I'm very new to Excel, have been having many similar hiccups.
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Resintalled Windows 8.1 and it won't activate

I have a BizSpark license, and have installed Win 8.1 on a few machines. Recently I reinstalled 8.1 on two machines using the same ISO, but different keys, and it's telling me that windows cannot be ...
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Error 0x000000C4 when booting Windows 8.1 ISO 64bit

I am trying to install the Win8.1 64bit in VitrualBox. My PC is Win4 64bit. I've tried to use the bellow solutions with no results. Any suggestions? Windows: "c:\Program ...
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MPC-HC live thumbnail on Windows taskbar

I have a problem with Media Player Classic thumbnail in Windows 8's taskbar. In fact, the thumbnail shows a fix screenshot of the moment when I minimise. So is there any way to make it show the live ...
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Network computers not showing up but can still access them

I'm having a weird issue with network discovery. From my Windows 8.1 PC, I can access my network computers by typing in their local IP into the explorer address bar (and they show up afterwards in the ...
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Windows 8 lags horribly after a coming back, no activity even during video playing

I have Windows 8.1 Pro, this has been going on for a while. way back when it was Windows 8.0, When I leave the computer and come back it seems to be doing some background tasks. It is slow an ...
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checks if a shut down command has been issued

To be more specific, a file is automatically deleted everytime the PC is shutting down. The file is deleted in the command line program when it detects if the PC is shutting down. So my question is, ...
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Take a screenshot of the scrollable area of a Windows 8 app?

How can I take a screenshot of the whole of a Windows 8 App? The area is larger than the height of the screen, so I want the full scrollable area. I've tried: Snipping Tool Ducklink tool ...
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How can I open a file with Notepad without permanently associating its extension with Notepad?

I’m a developer; I basically work in a Windows 8 environment with several virtual machines running Linux, Windows, etc. I want to prevent Windows associating new file extensions. That is, if I want ...
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List applications preventing Windows 8 from shutting down

Often, after I have initiated shutdown on Windows 8, I realize there are some applications I would like to close explicitly. I see that Windows 7 lists applications that are preventing the OS from ...
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scanstate fails at reading a registry entry from the offline image

My win 8 got boot loop and when I want to "Refresh" it, mandates logging in but doesn't show any of the user profiles! I'm trying to migrate some EFS certificates from it using USMT(Yes, I know I ...
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USB mouse and keyboard stopped working after plugging in a flash drive

My friend needed to print something so I gave him my flash drive to transfer the files to me so that I could print them. As soon as he plugged the flash drive into his computer, his USB mouse and USB ...
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Right Alt key not working properly

I have a Dell Inspiron 15 3537 laptop. As you know, we use 'alt+arrow key' to navigate forward or backward in a web browser, file explorer, etc. Now my left 'alt' key is working in this very manner. ...
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Computer will not boot after motherboard swap

I have a HP pavilion dv7 which came with Win8. It was dropped and broke into two. 3 days later it completely stopped working. After some diagnosis I concluded it was the Motherboard. I could not find ...
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Excel VBA program only running at 25% speed

I have a VBA program running on my quad-core Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook. The trouble is, it only uses 25% of the CPU (the other processes combined use ~1%). The laptop runs Windows 8.0. The Excel ...
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How to connect a wireless controller to two computers?

I have a wireless/bluetooth controller which I can use with a console, but also on a PC (as a standard wireless controller) running Windows 8. Is it possible to have the controller paired/connected ...
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Windows 8.1 Metro UI stopped working. Stuck in desktop mode

So, today Windows 8.1 crashed and restarted by itself (I wasn't in the room so I didn't see what error it gave). When restarting (which I was present at), it "repaired" itself. After that, the OS is ...
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windows 8 start screen default background image origin and meaning

Anyone can share the meaning and origin place of the windows 8 default start screen background image? What is the tower used for? the place is real or fake? Why choose such an image?
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How can I disable all internet connections while my screensaver is running?

I was wondering if it's possible to disconnect my desktop PC from the internet entirely when starting a screensaver? I would also like to reconnect to the previously selected network (I'm using a ...
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Laptop having connectivity problems everywhere

My laptop (HP Envy dv6, running 64-bit Windows 8) loses connection entirely every half hour or so. Connection will be extremely weak for much of that time, then regain strength before suddenly ...
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Can I allow open access, for all users, to all files on my PC?

My wife and I share a PC, but use separate user names. We put all photos into a C:\Family folder. Whenever I copy any files to this folder (from SD card, downloads, etc), she cannot open those ...