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Will it be possible to upgrade from Windows 8 Release Preview to the RTM version?

Will it be possible to upgrade from Windows 8 Release Preview to the RTM version? I've seen this related question Upgrade/Update Windows 8 customer preview to normal version, but I'm interested to ...
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How to revert to Windows 7 after installing Windows 8?

I was a little gung-ho with my installation of W8 and installed it on my main PC. How do I revert to W7, keeping programs etc?
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Which virtual machine software is preferable for running Windows 8 Developer Preview? [closed]

I want to preview Windows 8 and decided to install it on a virtual machine as I don't want to format an existing partition. Installing Windows 8 by mounting the .iso results in the primary ...
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How to disable Windows 8 lock screen?

So I took a plunge and installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my main home PC. So far so good, but there is one annoyance - the system "locks" the computer after a period of inactivity causing me to ...
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In Internet Explorer 10 Metro, how do you change the home page?

There appear to be two copies of Internet Explorer in Windows 8; the Metro version, and the normal version. The Internet Options settings do not appear to apply to the Metro version of IE; and the ...
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Can't see DVD drive in Windows 8 Developer Preview

After installing the Windows 8 Developer Preview (64-bit) on my PC, I can no longer see my DVD drive. What could be wrong? My PC specifications: Gigabyte GA-EP41T-UD3L (G41) motherboard Samsung DVD ...
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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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How do I set my wireless network to be private instead of public?

Trying to maintain good security settings on my laptop, I want my home network to be interpreted as private and the university network at school to be interpreted as public. However, my home network ...
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Metro apps crash on startup, driver or permissions issue?

After installing Win8 x64 RC, Metro apps worked correctly, but desktop OpenGL apps were slow and unresponsive. I installed the latest Win8 nVidia drivers, and the OpenGL apps started working correctly....
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How do I uninstall Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Say, for instance, I don't like this Windows 8 consumer preview and that I downloaded, agreed to terms and installed it on my machine. How do I get rid of it? I want to go back to what I had before ...
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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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Win+R runs as Administrator in Windows 8

In Windows 7 opening Run dialog (Win+R) and confirming with Ctrl + Shift + Enter ran specified command elevated. In Windows 8 this trick doesn't work anymore and I miss it a lot! Is there a way to ...
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Error 0xc0000260 when installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on an old laptop

I'm attempting to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a Dell Inspiron 8600, and I am getting a 0xc0000260 error. Googling around, I found that others get this error when installing on a Virtual ...
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How to test local sites in Metro IE10?

Has anyone found a way to enable local subnet sites in the Metro version of IE10? Currently, if I try to access a site in my subnet block, e.g. http://192.168.1.50/index.php, I just get the error "...
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Will my apps and files be lost or MIGHT they be lost?

When the official release of Windows 8 comes out 10/26 (or soon thereafter), I will want to upgrade from the RC on my laptop. I understand that I can't just upgrade in place; I have to do a full re-...
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How can I revert back to the old Start menu in Windows 8 Preview?

I don't like the new Metro UI. Is there any way to get rid of the new Metro UI in Windows 8 Preview and go back to the old Aero UI with its' Start Menu?
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How do I get the Windows 8 boot loader back and also list both Windows XP and Windows 7?

I have a system with Windows 7 and Windows XP, and today I have installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview into a spare partition (that I leave for a few months without any important data there). When ...
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How do I hide the System Reserved partition?

How do I hide the System Reserved partition from the Windows Explorer? On the above screenshot, I want to get rid of System Reserved (D:). How do I do that? I will never need to access it from ...
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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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Fn key combinations don't work on Asus laptop on windows 8

Only 5 out of 12 function keys combinations work. The volume manager doesn't work and the disable/enable touch pad which I used A LOT doesn't work and it's killing me. Does anybody found a solution ...
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Windows 8 via VirtualBox - Metro apps won't open when clicked

When running the Windows 8 developer preview via VirtualBox, Metro apps don't seem to open when I click them. Has anyone encountered the same issue? Additionally in the traditional UI mode, I can't ...
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Windows 8 task manager, on Windows 7

As the MSDN Blog explained in great detail, the Windows 8 Task Manager is a big leap from the Windows 7, Vista (and especially the XP)version. Is there a way for me to run the Windows 8 Task Manager ...
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Triple booting Windows 8 Consumer Preview with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10

I already have Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 installed on my laptop, and would like to add Windows 8 Consumer Preview to that list. Here's some information which may be relevant to this question: The ...
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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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Will my computer be able to run Windows 8 without UEFI?

Will I be able to run windows 8 on my system, even though I am not using UEFI? Is there a work around if I don't want to use UEFI?
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Where did the folder option dialog go in Windows 8 preview?

Did anyone find out a way to invoke the folder options dialog in Windows 8 preview. I want to start my programs by single click and I always want to see file extensions. Edit: For hidden files and ...
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Change Windows 8 start menu back to Windows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I turn off Modern UI and get the old Start Menu back in Windows 8? I just installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview edition and I tried to modify the RPEnabled to 0, so I ...
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search for a substring in file name with built in windows search

I am using windows 8 and I find that the built in search facility is not working as expected. I have a folder like this and when I search it like this, I get no result. I would like the search ...
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Windows 8: Boot to non-Windows OS

I previously had an install of Windows 7 on one drive, and an install of Fedora on the other hard drive. I have a partition on the second drive for GRUB, and the normal Windows bootloader partition on ...
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Install Windows 8 using ISO from XP

I have downloaded windows 8 developer preview. I have mounted its ISO, but it does not ask to choose a partition to install. There might be a way (using some command line perhaps) to install windows 8 ...
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Is it possible to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 8 Developer Preview?

According to the Windows 8 Developer Preview download page, you can upgrade Vista or 7 to 8DP if you don't want the developer tools. But you must do a clean install if you had XP, regardless of if you ...
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Cannot access the internet in Metro

I am having one odd problem in Windows 8. Everytime I start my computer I need to connect manually to the internet with a username and a password. When I get connected I can access the internet in ...
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Transparency option gone from Windows 8 [closed]

I ran an app which disabled transparency in Windows 8 then crashed out leaving my UI without trapsnarency on windows (but still transparent on the taskbar). I tried restarting to resolve the issue ...
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Using Cygwin in Windows 8, chmod 600 does not work as expected?

I'm trying to change the permissions to my key file key.pem in Cygwin 1.7.11. It has the permissions flags: -rw-rw---- chmod -c 600 key.pem Reports: mode of 'key.pem' changed from 0660 (rw-rw--...
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Force Windows 8 Metro apps to run lower resolutions below 1024x768?

I have installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Samsung NB30 netbook. I was very excited to try it on this little box cause it has a touchscreen and Windows 8 is supposed to be optimized for ...
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Using git through cygwin on windows 8

I've got a windows 8 dev preview (not sure if it's relevant, but I never had this hassle on w7) machine and I'm trying to clone a git repo from github. The problem is that my ~/.ssh/id_rsa has 440 ...
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Is there a Windows 8 shortcut to display the taskbar?

In Windows 7, Win can be used to raise an auto-hidden taskbar. In Windows 8, Win overwrites the entire screen with the Start Screen. Is there a keyboard shortcut in Windows 8 to display the Taskbar ...
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Getting to the command line in Windows 8

How can I open a command line prompt in Windows 8 (Consumer Preview)?
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Disable Aero on Windows 8?

Does anyone know how to disable Aero on Windows 8 (currently Release Preview)? Note: Contrary to what many places mention, I believe this should still be possible, because you can see it during the ...
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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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How to reduce Windows 8 system size?

Windows 8 consumer preview version is released. Anybody try out to reduce Windows 8 size? I have verified the method for Windows 7 is cannot workable on Windows 8.
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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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How to solve the error “Code: 0x0000000A” while installing Windows 8 Developer Preview?

I am using VirtualBox 4.1.2 for Windows hosts Here is the configuration used for the virtual machine: When I start the virtual machine some files are loaded and there is a progress-bar Loading ...
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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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How should I get my bootloader working for my Ubuntu, Windows 7 and Windows 8 on VHD?

I have a dual-boot system - 2 partitions - 1 Windows 7 and 1 Ubuntu 11.04 - using the Windows 7 boot-loader, with the Ubuntu boot option added via EasyBCD. I also installed the Windows 8 preview on a ...
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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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Windows 8 Installation Issue

I recently installed Windows 8 consumer preview using Oracle Virtual Box. I have done the necessary configurations and this error got displayed as I start-up. Your PC needs to restart. Please hold ...
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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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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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How to install java enviroment on Windows 8?

I want to try the newest Windows 8 64-bit. I installed it successfully. I tried to install one trading application called Interactive Brokers Trading Station which requires at least jre-1.4. I went ...