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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 ...
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Accessing local sites from IE10 Metro mode [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to test local sites in Metro IE10? I've just installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview to test my websites in IE 10. I'm running the Win8CP in a virtual machine in ...
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Using touch input to simulate mouse/digitizer input on Windows

I am starting remote tutoring this week, using an online whiteboard program such as Twiddla. I recently purchased a set of capacitive styluses to use with a Windows touchscreen tablet I own (currently ...
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Windows 8 does not wake from sleep

Windows 8 does not wake from sleep for me, I have this issue on 2/3 rigs. When in sleep mode, pressing the mouse, keyboard and power buttons don't so anything Bios update did not help Motherboards: ...
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How to install Windows 8 as Virtualbox's (Virtual) Machine?

How can I install Windows 8 Developer Preview x64 as Virtualbox's (Virtual) Machine? When I try, the system shows me an error... I'm running a Windows 7 Home Basic x64 as host system. Thanks in ...
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Win 8 32 bits … why? [closed]

With the development of 64 bits systems, hardwares, softwares, why the newest windows 8 still have 32 bits option ?? Considering that since 2003, virtually all x86 CPUs already have 64-bit ...
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Make GRUB 2 boot Windows 8 safe mode

I have a dual boot configuration: Windows 8 Consumer and Ubuntu 11.10. I tried to install the Asus drivers for my motherboard (P8Z68-V LE EFI) in windows 8, and i now get bluescreens when starting ...
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What can I do to pin Facebook on Windows 8 as a live tile on the Start Screen?

In Windows Phone 7's menu, Facebook is pinned and it shows how many notifications or messages you have – without Facebook being opened. How can I do the same in Windows 8? I pinned it to the menu, ...
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Getting Android drivers to work on Windows 8 Community Preview

I made a post about this on android.stackexchange.com, and they referred me to here. I have an HTC Flyer and a Motorola Droid X, and for both, I've been unable to connect to USB debugging to do ...
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How to get password of the network connection i'm currently connected to [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the wifi password stored somewhere in windows-7? I've got win 7 and win 8 installed on the PC. Win 7 automatically connects to my router and it saved the password ...
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Is there a way to enable metro on a 1024x600 netbook?

Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on my 1024x600 netbook but, for some strange reason, Microsoft decided to provide its Metro interface only to 1024x768 and up screens. "Strange" because Android ...
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How to change the Internet Explorer 10 default search engine to Google?

When I'm browsing I always use the address bar to search, but when I do this in Internet Explorer 10, I get taken to the default search engine Bing. So I started looking in the Internet Options to ...
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Why are half of my Metro apps in Japanese?

I set up an account of Windows 8 for my girl friend only to come to the shocking conclusion that it thinks its from Japan (or well somewhere strange): I noticed she had filled in Swaziland as her ...
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Can I install Windows 8 updates to a Windows 8 partition without being booted into Windows 8?

I have a Windows 8 partition that was functioning perfectly since the second of this month. It recently gave me a BSOD and stopped working at all. I tried the advice of everyone I could find that ...
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install Wndows 8 consumer preview alongside Windows 7

I downloaded the Windows 8 consumer preview 32-bit ISO, intending to install it in dual-boot config with existing Windows 7 but instead of offering the Install on another partition option, it only ...
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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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Can't access shared folder of win8/win7 machine - Error code: 0x80004005. Unspecified Error

It's ironic that I, software engineer with 12 years of experience, continue to have this problem from one version of Windows to another without being able to achive consistent result (sometimes it ...
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Windows 8 Desktop IE - Pin to Start

The Metro version of IE 10 has a nifty - Pin to Start button. The benefit is that one can have a whole column of tiles to one's favourite websites. However, the Desktop version of IE 10 has no such ...
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Cannot access Internet from Windows 8 on VirtualBox

I recently installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Oracle VirtualBox on my Windows 7 laptop. All's well, but I am unable to access Internet from Windows 8. Any ideas?
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I cannot open any old files after restoring Win7 from Win8

I followed the instructions on how to revert to Windows 7 after installing Windows 8, and this worked. My only issue, however, is that I can see the files on my desktop but I cannot open them (e.g. ...
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PATH doesn't work on Windows 8 RC x64

...or I just don't know how to make it work :) You can see the folder IS in the path variable, hower I can't execute hg, which is inside the folder. What's going on?
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How do you change the Time Zone in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

It appears that installing Windows 8 on top of XP doesn't give you the option to choose the locale and other settings -- I've got the right keyboard layout restored, and can change the system locale ...
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Sign out of messenger on Windows 8

I just installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Just going through the default procedure, I let it use my Xbox Live account to create a user. When I then went and turned on my Xbox, it now notified ...
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How do I burn the Win8 Consumer Preview ISO to a USB on a Mac?

So someone already asked this question (http://superuser.com/questions/396512/) but was happy with a non-answer. They asked how to install from Mac, someone suggested a Windows app, and they were ...
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Windows 8 “Choose an option” screen — when in the boot process does it come up? What DLLs does it use?

What kind of a program is the Windows 8 "Choose an Option" page? i.e.: Which .exe file (if any) corresponds to this program? Does it run as a user-mode component or a kernel-mode component? Is it ...
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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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Upgrade/Update Windows 8 customer preview to normal version [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will it be possible to upgrade from Windows 8 Previews to the RTM version? Is it possible to update/upgrade the windows 8 customer preview in the future to the normal ...
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Quick access to program shortcut

I need to edit a text file on my computer that requires admin access (hosts). I used to do this by hitting WIN and typing "Note". The shortcut for Notepad would show up, and I could right-click and ...
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How to play VOB files on Windows 8 Consumer Preview? [closed]

Anybody know, how to play VOB files on Windows 8 Consumer Preview? You can play DVD disc on W8CP, but if you copy directory VIDEO_TS, and then try to play VTS_01_1,VOB (and so on) as in Windows 7 ...
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View storage devices in Windows 8?

I just installed the Windows 8 preview. Is there a way to view my USB devices without going into Explorer?
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Will the installation of Visual Studio 11 Express overwrite Visual Studio 2010?

I want to install Visual Studio 11 Express Beta to to create some metro apps, just for fun. I still want to keep Visual Studio 2010 as my primary development environment and have no intention to ...
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Windows 8 minimum screen resolution

I had lately switched from Windows 7 starter to Windows 8 which works best on 1024*768. My current screen resolution is 1024*600 - is there any possibility of improving this?
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Use metro background as desktop background

I would like to use my metro start screen background as my desktop background like Ed Bott did here: Change the desktop background to match the Start screen. However, I would like to just 'find' the ...
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Will Windows 8 preview stop working and required a different license in the future?

I'm planning on installing Windows 8 preview on a spare laptop. I looked all over the faq page but did not see anything about how the licensing works. I understand that it's free for me to install ...
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Does Windows 8 Consumer Preview already support installation on UEFI-capable systems?

I recently bought a new Acer laptop that I believe already has UEFI, so I just want to know if I install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on it, will it be installed as a GPT partition using all UEFI ...
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How do I create shortcut to the Start screen on the Desktop?

If you let normal people use Windows 8, they are lost as soon as they get to the Desktop. They stop there, not figuring out on their own how to get to the Start screen, to launch apps. That's why I ...
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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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Finding useful crash-information in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

I'm currently diving into C# and wanted to play around with the new Metro-styled-applications introduced with Windows 8, so I updated my Windows 7 to Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The problem I'm ...
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How do I create an ad hoc network in Windows 8?

For the life of me, I can't figure out how to create an ad hoc wireless network in Windows 8. Here is what happens if I follow the steps from Windows 7: Right click the network icon and click ...
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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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Windows 8 Consumer Preview - Deleting Files

In Windows 8 Consumer Preview - when I press DELETE button on my keyboard for Deleting Files, it doesn't ask or prompt me to delete the file or not, it just delete the selected file without asking me. ...
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Windows 8 - Are transparency effects dead?

I just read the Windows 8 preview article on Anandtech and noticed that they pointed out that in Windows 8 windows no longer have rounded corners and transparency/glass/"aero" effects. One point ...
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How can I create an Computer Icon on Windows 8 Server Beta's Desktop?

For some bad reason Microsoft decided to remove all standard desktop icons besides the Recyle bin. It is easy to create shortcuts to each single disk using create shortcut method. But I would like ...
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How can I install OpenCL on Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

I have an Intel Core i3 540. It's got integrated graphics, as far as I know. I'm running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I've wanted to start mining bitcoins for fun, but I've been disappointed with ...
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Store username with backslash in credential manager

How can I trick credential manager to store a username that starts with a bacskslash?
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How can I remove all traces of Windows 8 Consumer Preview *downloader* from my system?

Yesterday, on a whim, I decided to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on an old netbook. Since the netbook was running ArchLinux, I decided to download the Windows 8 Preview setup application and ...