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

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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 ...
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Easiest way to BSOD on a fresh install?

I want a fairly easy way to BSOD a fresh install of Windows 7 or 8 on purpose. Preferably offline, with nothing to undo to get it back up and running again as normal, i.e. a reboot should fix the ...
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Windows 8 WiFi is slow if and only if power is unplugged

I'm running two brand new ASUS T100CA laptops with Windows 8. I've had identical problems with them from the get-go, almost all WiFi related (Windows update won't work, Windows store won't load, SSH ...
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Logitech K800 keyboard media keys not working even AFTER resetting the human user interface thing

They work temporarily, but then as soon as I turn the computer back on they don't work. I set it to automatic. The only way I have gotten it to work is to set it to manual, hit apply, then set it back ...
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Setting up Firefox with multiple profiles running simultaneously (Windows 8)

The goal A click on Firefox in the TaskBar starts an instance which asks which profile to use. When that instance runs and the same icon is clicked with middle mouse button (to start a new instance) ...
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Use Surface Pro 3 as second or extended monitor instead using it as a computer?

Particularly how to use Surface Pro 3 as a 2nd monitor only. not as a surface pro itself. i.e. I have a laptop and use surface pro as a second monitor.
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Is it safe to allow all incoming and outgoing for svchost.exe?

I just had to set it to allow all so the Windows Firewall wouldn't block Windows updates. I first tried to allowing separate IPs, but that would take ages since when running updates it tries to ...
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Sign in to install important updates

Windows 8 started showing up this message 'Sign in to install important updates' in the bottom right side of the login screen each time after booting up. But each time when I login no updates are ...
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How to limit internet speed for differenet users

I am using windows 8 , I have two users, one is administrator account and another is guest account. I am using a dial-up connection and sometimes a wifi connection. I want to limit the internet speed ...
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Unable to change display brightness in Win 8.1

I upgraded my Sony SVF15A13SN -- which came with Windows 8 out of the box -- to Windows 8.1 yesterday, and have been unable to change my screen's brightness since; it's stuck on maximum. I could ...
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Spoof MAC without limitation in Windows 8?

I am able to change my MAC to anything in Kali Linux, but not in Windows? It needs to be changed to 50:b7:c3:3d:1c:b6. I tried using SMAC and no luck. I heard there were limits on what I can change it ...
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Windows 8 double download

I recently cleaned my hard drive on my HP Pavilion 20 All-In-One PC and restarted it back like it was new. Then i get a pop up from Norton Internet Security, stating that file svchost.exe basically is ...
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Can I use Windows Recovery Environment and a Windows 8 DVD image to restore my Samsung Series 9 notebook to OEM condition

What happened so far: I decided to install Ubuntu on my Samsung Series 9 notebook. Here's my current partition table: . As you can see, I kept most of the recovery partitions. I did not change the ...
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Windows 8.1 Suspecious Activity

A new user account automatically is creater again and again no matter how many times I delete it. Its a random string "raxxujpxh" thats appears as a user name. Does anyone know what might be causing ...
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How to use Windows8 OEM product key to activate Windows 8.1

Recently I downgraded my Windows 8 Core Single Language Edition OEM PC to Windows 7 and now I need to upgrade my PC to 8.1 I've my Windows 8 Core Single Language Edition product key. I didn't ...
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run with administrator privileges [on hold]

i have laptop windows 8... after i turn on my laptop and waiting for a while, i can't open my desktop or any app in start menu.. if i try open it it say (app) can't open while File Explorer is running ...
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Batch file to boot to desktop on Windows 8?

I wanted to put a batch file that runs explorer.exe on a scheduled task so it would run every time I log on and boot me right to the desktop. I know there's 3rd party programs that do this and so does ...
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Obtain Windows 8.1 Update 1 installation media - I have Windows 8 Keys

I'm in the common yet unenviable position of having the older Windows 8 keys (one OEM non-Pro version - key in BIOS, one retail boxed copy Pro version), yet wanting to easily install Windows 8.1 ...
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How do I remove items from my Windows 8 context menu?

So first, here's what my actual context menu looks like: These useless options were added by third-party programs, and apparently I can't delete them using the "traditional" programs recommended on ...
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Junction links in windows 8 for ssd

Hello i have an asus s550cm and i have a 24gb Kingston ssd, i installed Windows 8 and i have a problema with junction links. The only junction link i can make it´s users folder but when i try to ...
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Hidden Windows 8 taskbar button?

Whenever I double click this portion (between icon and expand arrow) of the Windows 8 taskbar, the network bar slides. Why is it so? Some kind of hidden function?
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Will upgrading to Windows 8 replace my corrupted user profile?

After a bit of structured troubleshooting I found out that my Windows 7 x64 user profile is corrupted. (Which leads to me being unable to print from Word or PDFs as well as denies me the usage of the ...
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How to disable Alt+Esc shortcut on Windows 8?

I'm trying for a week to disable the Alt+Esc shortcut in Windows 8, but I can't use any running tool like AutoHotKey. Already searched in Regedit, Gpedit, Control Panel, and a lot of googling. ...
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Why is my computer turning itself on at 4am?

I've been having this problem for a couple weeks now and I can't figure out what the problem is. I'm running Windows 8.1 Pro. I don't have WOL enabled in the BIOS I don't have wake timers in the ...
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How to back up data from client computers to server using windows server 2012 R2

Is it possible to backup data from client computers to server using windows server 2012 R2? I want to backup all data in my client computers and store in my server. I tried the windows server backup ...
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Seagate ext hdd breaks USB connectivity in Windows 8 x64

A friend has a Seagate 1TB ext hdd (model: srd 00 f1). When connecting it to his Sony Vaio (VPCSB1S1E - Windows 8) it shows up in the Device Manager with a driver error. When trying to uninstall the ...
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Is My Harddrive Garbage?

I have a WD Caviar Blue 1TB, I wanted to format my computer and start fresh, so I did this, I noticed it took 6 hours to just get through the entire install, when I got into Windows 8, it was ...
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Windows 8 Narrator

When I have the Narrator turned on (Windows 8), it will not recognize my computer keyboard, i.e. cannot type anything. If I turn Narrator my keyboard off, my keyboard works fine. This just started ...
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so how do windows 8 apps exist?

now i know that if i take skype (donwloaded from microsoft (seems like they merging or something)) for example, its file location is ''C:\Program ...
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How to hibernate Windows on Power Loss and Wake When Power is Restored?

I'm running a Windows 8 tablet in my car as my stereo and have it powered to the ignition (so it only charges on ACC). I'm using EventGhost for automation processes and I'd like to be able to have ...
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How do I make my laptop take a picture whenever someone logs in? Windows 8 [on hold]

I've seen people say this before and get answers, but they were using Windows 7. I use windows 8 and don't think that would work. Can someone have a code or program that does this?
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NO Sound Windows 8 - Aspire One Acer netbook

I have a strange problem with my sound. I turn my computer one and skype starts up and I hear the skype start up sound and that may be the only sound I hear from my computer all day. Sometimes the ...
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How to disable the Start menu hot corner (bottom-left) in Windows 8

In Windows 8/8.1, when you mouse to the bottom-left corner of a screen, the Start Menu hint appears, even if you are on a monitor without a taskbar, or in a fullscreen application. How do you disable ...
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LogonUI.exe is calling for more RAM then is available to the system (8 GB)

I am receiving low memory warnings and freezes on a regular basis while idling. I've gone through most of the google recommend trouble shooting steps and I'm stuck with a weird recurring error in the ...
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How do i skip the Personalize page (color & computername) during unattended Windows 8 setup?

i'm currently setting up an unattended Windows 8 setup but i'm stumbling upon the Personalize page which i can't skip. My unattend file looks like below. Guess the interesting part should be in the ...
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Explorer Preview Pane locking files

im looking into an annoying issue with the explorer preview pane. We are using Windows 8.1, server 08 R2 upstairs. To my understanding, when viewing a file with the preview pane it opens an instance ...
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How do I remove these “autofocus” selection borders from the Windows 8.1/8 tile screen?

Good evening, everyone. I've just recently started to notice some unintended-enabled borders around my Windows 8 machine. Here are some screenshots: In the above photos, you will notice that ...
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Non-UEFI computer can't see UEFI Hard Drive

Long story short I had a computer, (Windows 8,UEFI, Samsung 840 EVO SSD) system. I spilled coffee on that system and am sending it off to be repaired. I wanted to make sure the hard drive was okay, ...
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Windows Homegroup (Wi-Fi) sharing but without Internet connection?

How can Homegroup sharing work in Windows 8 and 8.1? At the moment, I have setup Homegroup sharing. And currently, it only works when the computers are connected to the internet. I would like to be ...
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Any other options to get my All-In-One PC touchscreen to work with windows 8?

I have a Sony vaio All-in-one touchscreen that had windows 7 installed. I originally had done an "upgrade" to windows 8 and the touchscreen worked fine. My HDD was starting to fail though so I just ...
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Netflix system configuration error W8156 - COOD36B4 [on hold]

Netflix system configuration error W8156 - COOD36B4 with Windows 8, won't play anything on Netflix, anyone?
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How do I configure Postgresql on Windows 8.1 to connect to Golang?

I'm trying to follow the tutorial here: https://gophercasts.io/lessons/4-postgres-basics but I'm having problems with the way in which the user is set up in Windows 8.1 (64-bit). The tutorial has a ...
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How to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.04 with Windows Metro Boot Loader

I'm having a laptop with 4 Partitions, [1] 350 MB Windows System Reserverd [2] 40 GB for Windows Installation [3] 25 GB for Ubuntu Installation [4] 400 GB for Data Storage I have installed Windows ...
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How to find the HTTP Proxy port of your IP on windows 8

How to find the HTTP Proxy port of your IP. For example if my VPN IP, 198.23.68.58. How do i get the port number. I would be glad if I can get the knowledge.
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Unable to install Windows after installing openSUSE and Ubuntu

I had a Windows machine then I decided to try openSUSE so I burned into a USB and I was presented with a long list of partitions and stuff. I deleted EVERYTHING and it seems I messed up the ...
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Remove Metro results from Settings search

Is there a way to remove Metro settings (a.k.a. PC Settings) results from Settings search in Charms? Or at least, is there a way to move these results to the bottom? I know I'm not completely crazy ...
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How can I clear the 'Previous Pictures' menu in Choose A Desktop Background?

When you select a wallpaper it has a list of previous locations where wallpaper was selected. How can I clear this list (is there a registry key or something?).