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An Explorer replacement for Windows with dark theme support

I'm trying to move to Windows 8. My problem is that I'm using a custom Visual Style that turns my OS to dark and it's not possible in Windows 8 for now. For that reason, I'm looking for a Explorer ...
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Can i get my product key for windows 7 with Windows 8 consumer preview installed

I recently installed Windows 8 consumer preview to see what it looks like but now i want to install Windows 7 again. I have a dvd to install windows 7 but there is no sticker on the bottom of my ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen very slow after Guest Additions

I installed Windows 8 Release Preview on a VirtualBox VM, and it worked correctly. Then I installed the Guest Additions to get the correct resolutions. Now, the Start screen is very slow, takes a ...
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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 ...
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A Dark Theme for Windows 8

Is there any way for me to use Windows 8 in a dark environment? For a long time I had headaches that I couldn't fid their cause. Now, I'm using a dark visual style for my Windows 7 and since then, I ...
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Triple boot with windows 8, windows 7 and ubuntu

I tried to install windows 8 to an new hdd, but after installation i cant boot it with grub.I configured grub with sudo update-grub, it added the Windows 8 to the menu (which is instaled to sdb) but ...
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How do I change the resolution on my windows 8 laptop?

I had the Windows 8 consumer preview from when it came out until the new Windows 8 Release preview came out a few days ago. I recently updated my computer and I noticed that my resolution went back ...
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How to disable the start screen on Windows 8 Release Preview?

The old advice to set the REG_DWORD value named RPEnabled (some sources claim it's RPEnable) under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer to 0 doesn't work anymore since ...
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How to log out of Metro Messaging app? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to stop Windows 8 from automatically signing into MSN? At some point my Metro Messaging app in Windows 8 got logged into my MSN account. Now it occasionally ...
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How to make a dial up connection disconnect automatically after downloading + uploading 90 MB data in Windows?

I am using a modem (ZTE USB Modem FFF1) to connect to internet and I want it to disconnect automatically after completing 90 MB (Downloaded data + Uploaded Data). Can anyone suggest how can I do this. ...
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Windows 8 Release Preview expiration date [closed]

What is an expiration date for the license of Windows 8 Release Preview ? Details: This is later beta than old Customer Technical Preview http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso There is no ...
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VERR_NOT_SUPPORTED when trying to create a Windows 8 image in VirtualBox

I'm trying to create a VirtualBox image of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I did exactly what was said in this tutorial, but at the step "Now navigate to the Windows 8 developer build ISO file that you ...
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Full Core CPU Utilization by system process [closed]

I have a Lenovo X220 laptop on which I've installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Sometimes though it'll get stuck using 100% of a CPU core though in the SYSTEM process, and there's nothing I can do to ...
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How to enable Windows 8 File History for all files?

Windows 2008 and Windows 7 had Previous Versions feature which consisted in keeping the previous versions of files and allowed the user to restore them or copy the previous versions to a different ...
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Installing Windows 8 on SSD

I'm trying to install Windows 8 (CP) on a 2nd SSD that I have (the 1st SSD has Windows 7). I boot into the installation from a usb stick, select the SSD, and launch the installation. When the computer ...
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Is the Acer Aspire Z5771 Windows 8 compatible? [closed]

I'm looking at the Acer Aspire Z5771 as a possible desktop system to develop Windows 8 Metro applications on. Since it has a multi-touch screen, how compatible is it with Windows 8? What things ...
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Windows 8 64bit on Virtualbox installation freezes, throws error [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which virtual machine software is preferable for running Windows 8 Developer Preview? I am having troubles with installing Windows 8 on Virtualbox - I installed it once, ...
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Can't Windows 8 Consumer Preview be installed in some other drive than C?

I have downloaded Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO file and burnt it into a DVD. First thing the DVD doesn't boot and also when I try to run the setup from the DVD it asks me to clean up space in my C ...
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Activate windows on a network with authentication

I have installed a windows 8 consumer preview on my PC. But there is a network with authentication required. When I try to activate windows, it doesn't ask me for credentials, and it shows an ...
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What the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 7? [closed]

I want to know what is the difference between Windows 8 and Windows 7. Both in terms of the system or the other things. Does Windows 8 have any advantages? I hope for your answer :)
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Verifying DMI Pool Data after installing windows 8 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Computer stuck at “Verifying DMI Pool Data” I have installed the windows 8 customer preview and now when I boot it says verifying DMI pool data, i left my ...
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Can't get the keyboard layout switching button to show

I used to have a button with which I could switch the on screen keyboard to standard qwerty, reduced qwerty (no numbers), split thumb layout and handwriting recognition. The button is still there, ...
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How to transfer files from Windows to Ubuntu on disk

Ok, so I have a PC running Windows 8 that I recently decided to try the new reset option on. Mid way through the reset, the computer shut itself down and now when it opens, it shows an error message ...
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What causes Windows 8 Consumer Preview to lock-up / freeze / hang in Oracle VM VirtualBox?

I've installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview to a virtual machine using Oracle VM VirtualBox (4.1.14). It works well except for occasional temporary lock-up / freeze / hang interruptions. It will freeze ...
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Windows 8 Preview SHA 1 Sum

Okay, so I downloaded Windows 8 Preview twice, once from my Bulgarian computer and once from my American NAS becasue the SHA1 Sum didn't match for the Bulgarian download. I redownloaded it twice from ...
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How to fix my GPT and MBR (hybrid)?

I was trying to create a triple boot (Ubuntu, OS X and Windows), so I used VirtualBox to install Windows 8 (Consumer Preview) to a real (FAT at the time) partition, so it wouldn't have access to my ...
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What does the “Themes” service do in Windows 8?

I stopped the "Themes" service in Windows 8, but didn't notice anything. What does it do?
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Hyper-V vs. Windows Virtual PC

When trying out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, I installed Hyper-V. It looked like just another Windows Virtual PC. Could someone explain how it is different? Is there a performance difference? Any ...
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Windows 8: Remove Album Art from Music App

OK, this is a serious stretch I know. I'm asking about beta software on a beta operating system, which is pretty much impossible to Google for. Here goes. I installed iTunes on my Windows 8 machine ...
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Windows 8 geolocation change at the OS level

My default Windows 8 geolocation is set to Chicago, IL. Not 'cause I want it to be, but because my wireless broadband provider is providing an IP address that is based out of Chicago, IL. With the ...
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How to mount a folder on one drive as a folder on a different drive?

I've mounted a drive as a folder, mapped a folder as a drive, and mapped one fold on one drive to a different folder on the same drive, but I have not been able to get a folder on one drive to map to ...
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Why some keystrokes are ignored?

I have a recent issue with a keyboard/mouse combo. Some keystrokes and mouse down/mouse up events are ignored; in other words, if I type: "Hello World", I may find myself with "Hllo World". Sometimes ...
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How to set the Screen Saver Grace Period for Windows 8?

I manually added the ScreenSaverGracePeriod (REG_DWORD) value in seconds to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon registry key and it didn't enable the screen ...
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview doesn't boot off a DVD of GParted

I have a Windows 8 Consumer Preview installation on my desktop computer. It's been running pretty well, except for a few issues that are not related by a long shot. Until now. I wanted to install ...
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Unable to paste passwords into Metro application password field

I am running Windows 8 Consumer Preview under VMWare Fusion Technology Preview and am unable to paste passwords into Mail Metro application password field. Also saw similar behavior in other metro ...
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How can I enable touch input without having a touch device present?

I'm trying to find a way to enable touch style input in Windows 8. Specifically, I want to have the touch friendly user interface. I'm looking at doing an experiment where I use a Wiimote for input, ...
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Edirol UA-25 driver on Windows 8 Preview

I've installed Windows 8 developer preview on a laptop and everything is working apart from my external sound card. The sound card in question is this one, and I've tried downloading and installing ...
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How do I install Windows 8 (from an ISO) using Q (qemu)?

I have downloaded an ISO image of Windows 8 from Microsoft Dreamspark and I am on a 27" iMac without administrative privileges. I would like to install and run Windows. The only way I found to do so ...
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Dualbooting, partitions or virtualization?

Hi, I am trying to have Windows 8 and Fedora 17 in a dual boot setup on my laptop. At first I installed Windows 8, gave it first 40GBs of the drive to play with ( windows installer cut off first ...
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Connection management WPA2 hotspot in Win 8 CP

I have a question featuring the by microsoft proudly presented connection manager. I only just discovered that all possibilities to manage saved internet connections have been removed, and the ...
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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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Why does my wireless network card need to be reset everytime I start or wake my machine?

Every time I start my notebook, it fails to connect to any wireless access points. I can still view available wireless networks and attempt to connect to them - but it always fails. The only thing ...
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What is the IE10 'dominant color' picker based on?

I'm a web developer and I've just finished making a webapp that works almost flawlessly on all major browsers - except IE. IE has one teensy flaw: in IE10 Metro, when I pin the site to the start ...
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When launching PhraseExpress it can't find a procedure?

When I launch PhraseExpress I get an error The specified procedure could not be found with Test as the title of that error dialog. The same happens with the USB edition... This sounds like a quite ...
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Change windows 7 as the primary bootloader

Uh, I'll first tell you the history of OS Changes that have ever occurred to my computer : First I installed Windows 7 on a partition (333 GB). Next after Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released, I ...
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Multitouch WPF on Windows7/8 on OSX doesn't work?

Can I use Microsoft WPF(4) for multitouch when running Windows through Parallels on an OSX machine? When I run Windows8 on my Mac the multitouch with touchpad works. But if I program my own WPF ...
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Make a Windows 8 metro app icon/panel larger. (not a win8 native app)

Some apps in Metro have a panel that is double the size of a smaller panel. These apps include Photos, Music, People, Desktop, etc... I can change between the states by right clicking on them, and use ...
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Select custom color for metro UI in Win8 CP

I would like to select (really) custom color of metro interface in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The color set in metro control panel is very limited. There is a technique which changes color in ...
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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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From Security Perspective, Windows 7 with MSE is equal with Windows 8 with Windows Defender?

I just install an ubuntu in my laptop, but for some reason, I need to use windows sometimes. I am wondering that I should buy a windows 7 right now or waiting for the windows 8 which would be released ...