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Navigating Windows 8 with an Xbox 360 controller

I'm planning on using Windows 8 for my HTPC. Is there some way of navigating the "Metro" Windows Start screen with an Xbox 360 controller via some setting or third-party software?
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Where does the Windows 8 Mail App store data?

I was wondering if the Mail App in Windows 8 stores data (E-Mails, Contacts, etc) on local machine? much like WinMail and Windows Live Mail.. If so how can I determine its storage path?
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Can't install Windows 8 Developer Preview

I've burnt the Windows 8 Developer Preview DVD and inserted it into my laptop. Setup starts and looks good, but it then prompts me for a DVD driver. Saying it is missing. I can't progress further ...
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Should I install the Windows 8 Developer Preview on top of Windows 7?

I've installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview on a separate partition, and it seems fine enough to keep. Now I'm wondering if it's worth installing on top of my original installation. I really don't ...
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Windows 8 — Blank desktop after installing NVIDIA drivers

I just installed my mobile NVIDIA drivers, and ever since the usual flicker, my desktop goes blank. I can start Task Manager and log off/log on, but any other window which I try to bring up ...
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Can I move Windows 8 Start menu hot corner?

I like my task bar vertical at the right edge of the screen. This puts the Windows button to the top-right corner, however not the windows hot corner. Is there any way to either move or disable the ...
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How to provide feedback on Windows beta versions?

How can I report bugs and request new features for newly released Windows versions, or beta versions?
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Windows 8 To Go corrupts host desktop's drive

I'm testing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview's To Go functionality and created an installation of Windows 8 on an external HD (instead of a USB stick). I can attach this drive to my main desktop via an ...
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How to resolve “we're having trouble determining your PC Windows Consumer Preview”?

I have been trying to install windows 8 consumer preview on my PC. I created a bootable Windows 8 flash drive using Windows 7 USB tool(downloaded from internet). When i click the setup icon, i recieve ...
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Installing Win8 in VHD: “could not load \Windows\system32\winload.exe”

I'm trying the install Win8 in a VHD using the Hanselman Guide All went well until the PC rebooted and Windows shows me this error: Your PC needs to be repaired The application or operating system ...
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Why won't Metro applications start on the Windows 8 preview?

I have installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview edition on Oracle VM Virtual Box. After installation was complete I loaded the new O.S and was directed to the windows new Titled UI with all the ...
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Why is my Windows 8 virtual machine not using my NVIDIA card?

I have a Dell XPS with an NVIDIA GT540 card and it's with Optimus. The main OS is Windows 7. I have installed Windows 8 inside VMware Workstation 8, and it works very slowly. Inside NVIDIA Control ...
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Windows 8 Metro App's “Can't Open”

I have installed the Windows 8 consumer preview and all working fine, with the exception of the communication apps (mail, calendar & people). The apps were working during initial installation ...
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My PC's Windows 8 partition got destroyed. How can I fix it?

I had a nice setup with my desktop PC running Windows 8. It had been running fine since the first or second of this month - when I installed it. But after attaching my laptop's HDD with a SATA cable ...
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How to fix windows 7 after installing windows 8

I followed this guide from howtogeek: http://www.howtogeek.com/75286/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-and-8-without-re-partitioning-using-vhd/ I was successfully able to boot to windows 8, but now I can't ...
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Windows 8 installation, missing drivers

I would like to install Windows 8 on a PC without DVD or CD rom, so I made a bootable stick. The Windows 8 Customer Preview was downloaded from the Microsoft's site. When the install starts, after ...
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How do I unblock downloaded files in Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

In Windows 7 you could unblock downloaded files by right-clicking and use the Unblock button in the properties dialog, this has been removed from Windows 8. Now I need to unblock zip-files with files ...
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Reverting from Windows 8 to Windows 7 or going back to dual boot

Installed Windows 8 developer preview and had hoped to get a dual boot setup, but no luck. How can I move back to dual boot between my old Windows 7 and Windows 8? (Or perhaps revert to Windows 7?) ...
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What is the fastest way to start an app in Windows 8?

I use the start button a lot to launch applications e.g. press start type "power" Enter And PowerShell pops up. How can I map this process in Windows 8? (ideally without mouse or touch)
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Force Installing a Radeon HD 2100 on Windows 8

I'm trying force installing a Radeon HD 2100 on Windows 8. I've found that link from AMD with the drivers for Windows7: http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/legacy/Pages/legacy-radeonaiw-...
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windows 8 on external drive: how to make a volume bootable?

I want to install Windows 8 Release preview on an external drive. When I selected a partition from my external HD, it displayed Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Setup does not support ...