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

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Unable to boot Windows 8.1 with GRUB, reboots everytime

I have two HD drives, one with Linux Mint Debian Edition, the other with Windows 8.1. I was able to boot both of them using GRUB, with no problems. Yesterday I tried to boot Windows after almost 3 ...
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Driver “Policies” Tab not showing in Windows

I have a Marvell driver that in earlier versions of Windows it showed a "Policies" tab in the Properties of it in the Device Manager, but not anymore in Windows 8/8.1. It is something like this: ...
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Boot the PC directlly into WindowsRecovery environment?

I know the way to restart the PC to boot directlly into "Safe Mode" using bcdedit command like this: bcdedit.exe /set {current} safeboot minimal But there is a way (using bcdedit or don't) to ...
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Block all websites in Windows 8, except for 3

I would like to create a whitelist of 3 websites on a Windows 8 machine. All other websites would be blocked. This environment is not managed by a server, these will be just 2 independent boxes. One ...
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How can I fix a .mkv file which is detected as having 1000 fps?

So I downloaded a .mkv video hich have 1000 fps, of course there is much lagging when I play it. I believe this is an error, is there a way to fix it to 24 fps which I think is the intended frame rate ...
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Is it possible to know why installation of Windows 8 was unsuccessful?

Currently my system runs on Windows 7. Recently I tried to install(upgrade to 8 from 7) Windows 8 twice and failed. The installation worked fine for almost the end. The installation procedure ...
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How to read raw HID data on Windows 8

I have a Bluetooth HID device connected to my Windows 8.1 computer which I want to read raw data from. It can send both keyboard, mouse and audio data. For the device to start transmitting audio data, ...
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New update Windows 8.1: get rid of top panel in metro apps

my Windows 8.1 was updated today and now I have an irritating pop-up panel in metro apps whenever I put my mouse pointer to the top part of the screen: this is how things are fine with me and here ...
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Onedrive/Skydrive standalone app on Windows 8.1

I have the following setup: Windows 8.1 on PC at Work. I use a local account. My personal/private hotmail address, with all my personal data in Skydrive. In Windows 8, I used to be able to have the ...
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Broken dropdowns in SQL Server Configuration Manager on Windows 8.1

I recently installed a new virtual VMWare machine for development purposes. The machine has Windows 8.1 (64 bit), Visual Studio 2013 and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard Edition, all with latest ...
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All browsers redirect me to the wrong site

I'm trying to reach www.example.com, but I'm always get redirect by all browsers to www.anothersite.com (from any other computer www.example.com is perfectly reachable), which most likely a virus, ...
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Why do I have to keep flushing my DNS cache?

Several times a day, my Internet connection stops working on my Windows 8 computer (it's not the network, other computers on the network work fine). It happens on all of my Windows 8 computers ...
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Permission errors when copying files from the former internal drive of a defunct WIndows Vista laptop

I'm helping a friend resurrect data from the internal drive of a Windows Vista laptop which survived a house fire -- call this SingedDrive. We bought a new Windows 8 laptop, and I've installed ...
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Windows lock screen briefly shows the wong picture on boot

Short and simple. When I boot my computer, the lock screen background starts out as this color crazy rings picture, before changing to the correct one in settings. I'm running windows 8.1 Update, but ...
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How do I find the mouse button properties tab when Windows 8 defaults to the “Mouse and Keyboard Center”?

I am trying to switch my primary and secondary buttons on my mouse. This used to not be a problem for me. I would go to "change mouse settings" and click the "button" tab. Now, however, I see a new ...
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How to reset the Microsoft Account password from a different Admin account

I have following problem: I have Windows 8.1 and few weeks ago I have created an user with faked microsoft account data. Now I have forgotten the password and I can not reset this password, because I ...
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Why Macbook pro boot to Windows 8.1 Logo disappeared

I use macbook pro 2013 13inches, I installed Windows 8.1 use Bootcamp. When I boot to Windows, it show Windows logo but recent days, it's not. It just shows loading image. Anyone know why?
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Windows 8 Ip-Redirection/forward

The problem has been described before: How to make calls to ip x.x.x.x actually go to y.y.y.y using only tools provided by windows 8? Edit1: neither of ips, destination and source, are localhost!
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How to automatically turn off the second monitor after a period of time?

I have two monitors on a Windows 8 machine, the main monitor for work and the second monitor for document reading/other things. Most time, my eye is watching the main monitor. I want to turn off the ...
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How to shorten CD/DVD spin down time?

In Windows XP, a tool like "Nero DriveSpeed" was capable of modifying the amount of time a CD / DVD drive leaves a disk spinning before it halts it (it was also possible to modify the maximum spinning ...
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Redirecting Webpage to Local Version

Imagine I have a scenario in which I need to redirect Google.com to a folder in my desktop, or on another domain. However, when I visit Google.com/blah this should bring me back to real Google page ...
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AppLocker and UAC on windows 8.1

Using the feature:"Local Security Policy-> Application Control Policies->AppLocker->Executable Rules->Create default Rules" will create a rule: Allow BUILTIN\Administrators All Files On Windows7 ...
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How to deactivate the embedded email system in Windows 8.1

I have an Windows 8.1 tablet. I login into Windows with my Google Apps e-mail (read Gmail account). It automatically picked up my e-mail creds and now is downloading e-mails to my machine. Well, I ...
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How do I disable this networking dialog on Windows 8.1?

When I tether my Android phone to Windows 8.1, I often get this useless dialog, which I always ignore. How do I prevent Windows 8.1 from showing it?
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Several dxgkrnl.sys files in the system drive, four of them fail to load at boot [on hold]

I use Windows 8.1. Checking my bootlog I can see dxgkrnl.sys loads once and then fails to load 4 times. I have only one dxgkrnl.sys signed by Microsoft and in C:\Windows\system32\drivers, with its ...
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Does a recovery drive needs updates?

I bought a PC with Windows 8 installed. Later I upgraded to Windows 8.1 and made a recovery drive on an USB pendrive. Since then Windows 8.1 has got many new files with new updates. If ever I ...
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Windows 8 cannot shut down, hibernate or sleep. It can only restart

Hoping to get lucky as i've tried to fix this problem for months. I was using my PC to fix the BCD of another. I accidentally altered my own boot records which got me in a bit of strife. After many ...
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Computer setup: 1 main SSD, 1 HDD for data (documents, videos, desktop, …) computer only usable after 30sec-1min

I have a main SSD (Samsung 830 series 256gigs) and a HDD (WD black - 1Tb) Since the beginning i am having problems with this setup. Every time i start up my computer i see my desktop without icons and ...
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Missing Hard Drive Space

I tried to shrink my C: drive from 600GB down to 300GB and it worked fine initially. Then I booted into my other OS and shrunk its partition down as well. When I booted back into Windows Disk ...
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How to set the Default Windows Theme in a WIM Image?

I've a modified Windows 8.1 Install.wim image and I would like to set a custom .theme loading when the installation DVD creates the user (The default user account in my installation is the hidden ...
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How to link to desktop and have windows explorer use the path?

I want to add a link to the desktop to windows explorer's favorites menu that will use the path C:\Users\fred\Desktop instead of Desktop. One small advantage of this is the ability to go Up one level. ...
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Windows 8 will not boot after set virtual memory to 9999MB

To increase the performance of an ASUS X551M I increased the virtual memory 9999MB. In the past I would determine the max available virtual memory by typing in 9999. I expected to see something like ...
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Unable to see Windows Metro App on StartScreen in Windows 8

I am not able to see any of my Windows 8 metro app on my StartScreen (Windows 8). I checked for viruses and malwares and found my laptop to be clean. I checked that if all metro apps have been removed ...
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Can you use Windows 8 Boot Manager to boot Linux off a second hdd? UEFI/GPT

Looking at online sources its speculated that, for UEFI/GPT systems, this is not possible. My setup is a Windows 8.1 OS on a SSD and a 1TB SATA HDD for data/music/pictures etc. I recently wanted to ...
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Why must I install Ubuntu in EFI mode if my other OS is installed in EFI mode?

I'm trying to create a dual-boot system on my new Asus computer, which came preinstalled with Windows 8. I want to install Ubuntu. The documentation says that if my Windows installation is in EFI ...
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Avoid Windows 8 BCD File becoming missing and/or corrupt

I realise there are plenty of questions about BCD errors here however I feel mine is slightly different. I had a missing BCD file so I couldn't boot. I have now solved this using a question I found ...
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Screen Brightness Changes Depending on Screen Contents - how do i turn it off?

I recently got a ThinkPad x240 with Windows 8.1. I have a problem regarding screen brightness, but it's nothing that seems to have been discussed here, yet. It's not one of the common brightness ...
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DiskDrive is not accessible! The Disk Structure is corrupted and unreadable

Recently I am facing problem in accessing my D:diskdrive. It returns error stating that , The Disk Structure is corrupted and unreadable. I tried command 'chkdsk d:/r'. After this tried to open drive ...
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Restore automatic bootup of Windows 8 in UEFI

My Acer AMD laptop came bundled with Windows 8 in UEFI. Since day 1, an upgrade to win8.1 never worked, regardless of update attempts. Nevermind that. The state it's in now is that every boot stops ...
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Double login icons Windows 8.0 and 8.1

I had Windows 7 Ultimate with 3 users upgraded to Windows 8.0 Ultimate activated and then updated to Windows 8.1 Ultimate, successfull without loosing any programm. At my logon screen I see each users ...
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Key's not working unmodified or with SHIFT but works with ALTGR modifier

It' on a laptop under windows 8. It's a French-Belgian (fr-Be) keyboard. The touch right after 'p' is working strangely. I don't think it's a hardware fault, most a software fault. Also I've already ...
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My laptop goes super slow time to time again for no apparent reason

I have Windows 8.1 OS installed on my HP 6530b Notebook PC. For the past few days, it is behaving in a quite weird manner. It slows down for a while even when there is no user application running on ...
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How to disable turning on computer by mouse clicking?

I have a PC with installed Windows 8. If I want to turn it on after computer sleeping (or however it is called :P), I can simply do mouse click. The problem is: my mouse is really sensitive and ...
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IIS 8 remove details of error messages

The IIS give some detailed errors messages on error such as 404 and 500 with critical details to the public including physical file path. I think this is not suitable and it is not secure for ...
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Can't access other drives in Windows 8 recovery/safe mode command prompt

I'm trying to use the recovery (safe mode) feature of Windows 8 to back up my user directory. I've done this by going to Settings > Advanced Startup > Restart now. When it restarts, I select Choose an ...
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Windows 8 seems to be remote controlled?

Recently I have detected that my mouse pointer moves by itself sometimes and even clicks/open random programs/files. I have no idea if this is hardware related since I am using my laptop connected to ...
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Boot in windows

I have windows 8.1 installed on my laptop; I wanted to install ubuntu with a bootable usb. I think I unvolontary changed the type of the windows partition and now I can't boot on windows, i have the ...
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Connect Dell p2314h monitor to Dell XPS laptop via Display port

I've bought external monitor to my Dell xps 13' laptop. My laptop has only minidisplay port to connect with monitor. When I try to connect it to my new monitor, it(monitor doesn't work). It says that ...
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Gesture to switch between IE tabs

I have the Yoga 2 pro (touchscreen convertible). In tent or stand mode, with no access to the keyboard, what is the quickest way to switch between open tabs in Internet Explorer (running in Modern ...
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Can I install windows 8.1 update 1 on a 30GB ssd

I have computer with an empty 30GB SSD, and no place for another drive. Can I place a usable Win 8.1.1 on this drive, or should I buy a bigger one? I see in the comments that moving the Users folder ...