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

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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 I must install Ubuntu in EFI mode if my computer is installed in EFI mode

I'm trying to do a dual-boot system in my new Asus. It came with preinstalled Windows 8 and I want to install Ubuntu. The documentation says that if my Windows installation is in EFI mode then I need ...
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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 ...
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How does performance scale in a single column 2-way mirrored storage space as more disks are added?

In Windows 8.1 Storage Spaces, there seems to be pretty solid evidence that 2-way mirrored storage spaces have performance that improves significantly as more disks are added to the pool as long as ...
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Removing win xp after installing win 8 [duplicate]

I've win xp and win 8 installed at the same time (dual-boot) and now I'm thinking about removing windows xp and just keep windows 8 for the usage, The problem is that I'm unsure how to proceed on ...
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Is it possible to disable the title bar on metro apps in Windows 8.1 Update?

I find the title bar a bit annoying when using the mouse in Internet Explorer. Many website have their navigation at the top, after all.
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How to start Chrome in Desktop or Windows 8 mode based on where I start it from?

Is there a way to choose to start Chrome web browser either in classic desktop or metro mode in Windows 8.1? I know how to change it while the app is running, also if I exit the app in metro and start ...
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windows upgradation from windows 8 pro to windows 8.1

My windows is not being upgraded from windows 8 pro to windows 8.1.It gives an error,"Sorry,this update isn't available for you pc or you might be running an edition of windows that does not support ...
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Why gadgets are avoided in Windows 8? [on hold]

In Windows 7, there were gadgets like clock, calender, weather etc. But in Windows 8, no gadgets are there. Why Microsoft avoided gadgets in Windows 8 ?
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How to fix windows 8 startup black screen?

Issue: I have a Dell laptop on which I have installed windows 8 but the problem is whenever I start the laptop, it behaves normally until after windows logo screen with loading circle beneath it. When ...
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USD: unexpected, unexplained SLOW-DOWN

Sometimes, my laptop is providing me with very strange behavior. When i have several (10-20) tabs opened in Opera or Chrome, uTorrent running etc., nothing special, in such casual conditions happens ...
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Remote control Nokia Lumia from PC

Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask.. I can VNC to and control my jailbroken iPhone from a PC, but does anyone know if this is possible with a Nokia Lumia?
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“Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file.” error on windows 8, WITH JUST INSTALLATION EXE , NOT executable shortcuts

I am the Admin on windows 8 enterprise, I have my UAC prompt turned off. I ALWAYS (regardless of UAC prompt settings) receive this error when running ALL EXE files which are only installation packages ...
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IE11 Metro/Modern showing menu bar

Since the latest couple of upgrades IE11 Metro/Modern version permanently shows the menu bar at the bottom. Usually, clicking inside the page showing would make it disappear downwards, now it remains ...
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Make Windows 8.1 File Explorer open in “This PC” view

Up until the recent Windows 8.1 update, I used this guide and it worked flawlessly: ...
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Minidump reading help for BSOD

I've been having BSOD over the past few days. Nothing intentionally installed - apart from regular updates. BSOD appears to be related to wifi/network/bluetooth activity. Started to happen when BT ...
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How to replace characters?

I have numeric data such as 8,1, 9,2 etc. and I need to use this data on Weka Data Mining program. So I need to replace commas with dots (8,1 --> 8.1). I have selected data and replaced with dots(Ctrl ...
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Windows 8.1 Black Screen

I have a brand new desktop with a new SSD. So I installed my copy of Windows 8.1 on it and got it all done fine. When I first went to the desktop I thought to install a graphics card driver first. So ...
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Sync setting in 2 PCs with difference resolution screen

I have one HP PC in my office and one Macbook Pro Retina in my home. Both of them are installed Windows 8.1. The problem sync setting when I use the same account on them. My PC is 1920px on ...
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Separate BitLocker encryption for dual-boot Win 7 & 8 system--make only one drive accessible at a time

I am trying to setup a PC with the following setup: Dual boot, Win 7 and Win 8.1, each with their own partition. Both partitions encrypted with BitLocker At boot time, I select the OS I want to ...
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How to copy Winodws 8.1 updates files from one pc to another?

I just installed Windows 8.1 through the app store in my windows 8 machine. I have another machine that needs to be updated. I can't get the iso because im a single language user. How to move the 8.1 ...
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Dual booting Windows 7 & 8.1, using the Windows 8 Startup Options Menu, when Windows 8.1 is already installed and you want to add Windows 7

There are many excellent guides out there that explain how to dual-boot Windows 7 & 8. However, they are written for people starting with a Windows 7 installation and add a Windows 8 installation ...
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How Search File Content in Windows 8 File Explorer?

I'm stumped as to how the search function is Windows 8 File Explorer is supposed to work. I'm trying to search the content of some text files under a sub-folder of My Documents. In File Explorer ...
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Like the Pen and Touch Interface and Mouse

I really like the way touch interface to Win 8.1 operates. Can I add that interface to a regular computer that has no touch screen? I bought an ASUS that was that way so I know if is possible. Is ...
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Plugging the usb device makes PC go crazy

When I plug in the usb flash drive, Windows 8.1 won't recognize it. Then when I plug out the mouse (so that I can plug in the flash drive instead), this happens: the usb drive is still not ...
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Is there a way to have the Windows 8 start screen displayed on both monitors?

I have 2 monitors, when I open the start screen it does only open on 1 monitor. Is there a way to have the start screen displayed on both monitors at the same time (like an extended start screen)?
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Start a program with a file from the recently used list in Windows 8

With Windows 7, the Start button would list a bunch of applications, for example, Word, Excel, Visual Studio. Then if I hovered over the application name a list of recently used files for that ...
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I am running Windows 8.1 on a Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus and, I think, hotkeys (or similar) will activate on it's own.

Often the keyboard will develop a mind of it's own, ie; when I type 's' the charms menu will pop out with the search window open. There are many examples. I need to know a: how to turn this off, b: ...
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New laptop: what would be more efficient? SSD hard-drive or 16 GB RAM? [on hold]

I plan to purchase a new laptop (Dell) and my budget allows me to choose one of the following: SSD hard-drive, 128 GB, for running Windows 8 OS (instead of 500GB hard-drive 5400 RPM) (or) 16 GB RAM ...
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Extract Samsung OEM recovery from laptop HDD

I have a Samsung NP540U3C with Windows 8. I recovered it to factory condition, booted and it was fine. There were 107 Windows updates so I downloaded and installed them, rebooted and then I was ...