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

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Windows 8 Start Menu - How to set a program's category?

Windows 8 Start menu has default categories such as 'Tools' and 'Productivity'. The desktop version of Google Chrome is set to be categorized as a 'Tool'. Without creating a new category, how can I ...
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How can I change the permissions on WinSxS?

I am trying to follow these instructions to move WinSxS on Windows 8. Yes I know what WinSxS is. Yes I am aware of the issues. Yes I really need to move it. I did a dry run of these instructions to ...
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System out of memory with 7GB still free

As seen in the screenshot below, I was playing a game when it stopped and popped "Out of Memory" window. However Task Manager clearly shows that there is still 7.6 GB of ram still available. What ...
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Windows 8 keeps asking for Admin password for one specific program

I am admin of a Windows 8 PC. I turned UAC off so other users can open programs without my permission and it works perfectly for all the software, however there is this one program (Backgammon ...
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sppsvc Error 5: Access Denied

Recently, my PC started having an issue. sppsvc would fail to load. When trying to manually initiate it, I would get an Error 5: Access is Denied message. Now, I used EventVwr and Process Monitor to ...
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How to fix the red x on my audio

how do I fix the red x on my audio on my windows 8 I tried everything there is and still cant seem to fix it. The windows audio has stopped and every time I start I get error 0x800706cc:
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My keyboard is showing wrong characters

I just bought a new Acer laptop and when I press the backspace key I get the "equal" sign and when I press enter I get the "slash" sign. The operating system is Windows 8. I changed the language of ...
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Bluetooth on Probook with Windows 8.1

I have a ProBook 6570b with Windows 8.1 from HP. I can't find any bluetooth settings. Is it possible that the computer doesn't have bluetooth at all? Can it be installed? Do I have to implement ...
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WIN8 EFI GPT hdd does not boot

I have followed instructions here to test GPT and EFI partitions. all scripts from website works fine in winPE but after reboot, computer does not find hard drive bootable. At first I thought i need ...
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Share network to multiple other ethernet networks

I was wondering whether it is possible to share a network connection to multiple other networks in Windows. I've been able to share it with one other network, but it does not allow me to share it with ...
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Windows start/jump bar icons are too small

I just installed windows 10 and everything looks fine and nicely scaled, except for the jump bar. The icons don't fill the complete height of the bar, and look a bit lost... Any idea how to fix ...
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Dualboot Linux Mint & Windows 8.1 (GRUB Problems)

I've been trying to make a dualboot configuration with Linux Mint (17.1 Rebecca) and Windows 8.1. These are the steps I followed in installing this setup: Install windows 8 Run all available updates ...
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Make Windows 7/8 to use different partitions for system data and user/program data

Is there the way to mount partition as /Users, while first one mounted as root (where /Windows folder lives)? I want to be able to make backup image of system excepting all user/program data (like ...
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windows 8 black screen before logging in

I have less knowledge about laptop. My laptop got struck once so I thought closing it and removing the battery can make it work fine. But after doing that the problem started laptop just starts and ...
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Is it possible to map Alt + Arrow Key to the start and end of a line in various applications?

I really miss the ability to use the arrow keys and a modifier to move between the start and the end of a line from OSX. Coming from OSX and doing this, it's a real hassle to have to move over to the ...
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how to specifically disable one software from connecting to internet?

so there is this presentation software called prezi. Its business model is this: If you have a free account, the presentation you created will be automatically upload to the cloud and be public, but ...
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What ZIP compression method do common OS's natively support?

7-zip gives me 5 options for the compression method to zip files with: Deflate Deflate64 LZMA BZip2 PPMd On my Windows 8 machine, the built-in Windows Explorer utility appears to handle LZMA with ...
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What Game Framework does Sparkiy use? [on hold]

I recently downloaded an app called Sparkiy (link to Windows App Store page) and it seems to be using a Lua game framework. I checked out their website but can't seem to find any information. I have ...
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Windows 8 Task Manager Settings Reset to Default if Windows is not Shut Down Properly

I liked the windows task manager in windows 8 because of the new features compared to the older versions. I change its settings according to my needs: Always on top Set the update speed to fast ...
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Is it possible for my bluetooth headset to have high microphone input?

I feel like I'm approaching this problem from the opposite direction from many on the interwebs. I don't care very much about speaker quality. I spend most of the day in voip calls in Google Hangouts ...
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My SAMSUNG Windows 8 doesnt have palm check

ok dont give me a answer for synaptics i have a windows 8 samsung quad core home sync lite.every time i see something my computer options are entirely different. the the thing that everyone says to go ...
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“Show desktop” on dual display setup hides windows from second display [duplicate]

My problem is that "Show desktop" button: minimizes active windows on both displays. How can I make it minimize windows just from the display I where I clicked it? For example I have Spotify ...
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Mark Complete Flag in Outlook 2013

My question is similar to one posted by Courtney Duell Jul 23 '14 at 21:06. Courtney wrote: Previously, the follow up 'flags' had multiple flag options, as well as the capability to set ...
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Virtualbox guests are upsampled & blurry due to DPI scaling from Windows Host, and disabling it has no affect

I have 4k laptop, so DPI scaling is what Windows uses for apps that don't automatically scale. Rightclicking VirtualBox > Properties > Compatibility > Disable DPI Scaling should do the trick. ...
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Regenerate the missing or corrupt system recovery facility in a Windows 8 PC

How do you set up an advanced system recovery facility in Windows 8 if only the original (but, empty) recovery partition still exists -- i.e. if the original content has been lost/deleted from that ...
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How to resize used area in metro?

When I run an older program in my laptop i.e Worms Armageddon sometimes the Metro interface "area with icons" will be resized to a part of the screen. If I restart the computer it gets back to ...
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Locate stolen surface tablet

Similar to this older question Does Windows 8 Surface support stolen device tracking?, but I'd like to locate my already stolen tablet, and the reason I have some hope is... When I viewed my ...
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Why doesn’t curl install and run on my 64-bit Windows 8 system but the 32-bit version works fine?

I almost gave up installing cURL on my 64-bit Windows 8 system. I tried almost every single .zip, .exe, etc… on this site, but none of them worked. I got this message every single time: The ...
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Make Windows use Internet sparingly

How can I make Windows use as little Internet as possible (browser only for instance). I am relying on mobile Internet (Max 1GB traffic) and I don't want Windows to run background operations that ...
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Restore Windows 8 image to new drive without installation media

I have created a Windows 8 image which is now stored on an external HDD. My OS SSD died and I need to replace it. I no longer have the Windows installation disc. Is there a way to restore the image ...
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Speed up automatic connection to predefined wireless networks Windows

Is there a way to speed up the 'connect automatically' behavior in Windows? Sometimes it's so slow that I have to manually search for the preregistered wireless network and click connect. Sometimes it ...
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Windows 7 & now windows 8 BSOD Internal_power_error

Recently I purchased a Asrock 990fx Extreme9 and FX-3970, both of these parts are used but I was assured that they were in working order. I have gone through 3 days of trouble shooting issues with ...
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Nexus 7 folder is empty on Windows 8

I connected my Nexus 7 with my laptop (running Windows 8) via USB. Its being detected as "Nexus 7" however it says "This folder is empty" on Explorer. Am I doing something wrong? If it's of any use, ...
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Windows Boot Configuration Data file is missing required information error after fresh installation of windows [on hold]

I'm facing problem installing new version of windows on my laptop. After installing Windows 8 the following message appears: File: \Boot\BCD Status: 0xc0000034 Info: The Windows Boot Configuration ...
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How to start Windows 8.1 in NON-IME mode

I have English version of Windows 8.1 installed with Google Pinyin IME. I don't like the Win+Space key to toggle between different languages. So I left Chinese language only and Google Pinyin as input ...
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Printing to HP printer results in errors

I have an HP LaserJet 400 printer, connected to the network. There are three clients printing to it - a Mac OS X Yosemite laptop, a Windows 8.1 64 bit laptop and a Windows 8.1 64 bit desktop. A few ...
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Windows 8.1 Spanish Latin American Keyboard Layout, lowercase enye

I am trying to type in a lowercase Ñ and cannot do it, I DO NOT want to use alt codes, i DO NOT want to edit the layout of a keyboard. The keyboard I am using is: Spanish (United States) Latin ...
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How to install Windows 8 without flash drive and dvd? GPT/UEFI

I have my new SSD, on which I want to install Windows 8.1. I have an iso image. So what I normally do when I use MBR on the drive: Create partitions Extract iso to one of the partitions Make that ...
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Custom action on gestures in Asus zenbook

I have recently bought asus ux303ln and I would like to overwrite some touchpad gestures. Only way to boot up gestures is Asus Smart Gesture and there is no option to perform custom action (like key ...
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problems with windows 10 technical preview [on hold]

I installed windows 10 technical preview ( 9926 build) on my samsung ativ book 2 which came with preinstalled windows 8 and I later updated it to 8.1. Since it was a bit buggy and slow I used cc ...
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oracle virtualbox problems in setup

I have windows 8 pro I was trying to install oracle virtualbox Version 4.3.12. for the genymotion emulator . While installing the installation bar goes till copying files and then suddenly it appears ...
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Audio driver broken and cant update

FYI my laptop is an Asus U31S, and I'm running windows 8.1 original and official. So, my problem is that after I've formatted and installed windows 8.1 my audio drivers seem to be having some ...
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I Can't Assign Default Programs /Win8

(Sorry for my bad english) My PC was infected in the past. I did a cleanup using Malware bytes but I still think the PC is infected. I am not able to set the default browser. I cannot change the ...
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How can I print to a printer connected to a computer over my LAN

I have a printer connected to one of my computers (computer A).The computer is connected to my LAN. There are two other computers on my LAN (computer B and C). I want to print from computer B and C to ...
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game installation bin file alternate way [closed]

I have a game of around 30gb. Its having setup.exe file and setup.bin files. The game is taking 10 hours to extract and if i am resuming it its starting from beginning. Is there any alternate way to ...
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Windows 8.1 drag from top to down makes desktop small and take only half the screen

I know the title is silly, but I really don't know how to describe it. So when I am on the desktop, and I try to make a selection by holding left click, and I do it from the top, it makes the desktop ...
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Setting security permissions using Windows live

I want to set security permissions on a portable hard drive such that data can be read/written only from my accounts that are connected to Windows live. So if I have accounts on 2 PCs (running ...
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Convert MBR based install to GPT based

I recently re-installed Windows 8.1 on my notebook, in MBR mode, since I was not able to make the UEFI recognize the flash drive as EFI bootable (then I did not make any research in this topic, but ...
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How to add custom frequently used folders?

As the image shows, on my installation I have a number of commonly used folders easily accessible as I press WinE. I'm not sure how I can customize the upper part of the window so that the shortcut ...
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Windows 8 installing updates, then uninstalling them and freezing

My computer is having a bit of an issue with installing updates. It's a Dell Laptop. It hasn't really had this issue before and has been working just fine up until now. I don't play games on it, I ...