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Using Cygwin in Windows 8, chmod 600 does not work as expected?

I'm trying to change the 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Which virtual machine software is preferable for running Windows 8 Developer Preview?

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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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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How do I shutdown / restart Windows 8 preview?

Just installed Windows 8 Preview, and can't figure out how to get to Shutdown/Restart option in the Start menu. Clicking on start menu brings up the "Start Screen", but Shutdown/Restart options are ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Windows 8 Defragmenter?

It seems like Windows 8's defrag command has some new options, including: /K Perform slab consolidation on the specified volumes. Does anyone know what this means in English?
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How to shutdown Windows 8 remotely without the Start button?

I'm using Windows 8 CP, the latest one. No Start button, well, okay. But I can't find the way to shutdown it through Remote Desktop Connection. Anyone succeeded? Or do I have to use a command/shell ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Prevent VPN from changing DNS on Windows 7 / 8 developer preview

I have a customer that uses a VPN connection, however it automatically configures my DNS settings to a non-existent DNS server, meaning every DNS resolution times out until the alternative is tried, ...
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High CPU usage by the “system” process

I have noticed that from some time my system is freezing and its probably caused by the high CPU usage which is caused by the system process. All applications I'm running is the Skype, TeamSpeak and ...
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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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How to install Windows 8 Developer Preview on VirtualBox in Ubuntu?

I have downloaded the Windows 8 developer preview ISO and I'm trying to get it running on VirtualBox 4.1 in Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit. Short story: it doesn't work. I see a message "Loading files..." ...
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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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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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Is it possible upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows XP/Vista/7 OEM?

In a Microsoft's post about Windows 8 upgrade it is written: We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running ...
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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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Can I put documents onto the Windows 8 Metro Start Menu?

You can search for a document and click to open it, but is there a way to put a document you are working with on the Start Menu (Metro UI) for quick selection?
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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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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 enable Hybrid Boot in Windows 8?

Why is my "Enable Hybrid Boot" option grayed out in Windows 8, and how can I enable it? Performing a powercfg /a results in the following error being reported: Hybrid Sleep: The hypervisor does ...
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Bypassing windows update error 0x80096002

I am getting this error when I try to install some .msu files (WMF 3 if it matters). Now, the error is saying that the certificate is invalid. However, I looked at the certificate (if anyone is ...
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Network packet capturing on Windows 8?

Unfortunately WinPcap doesn't offer a version of their installer that runs on Windows 8. Since WinPcap uses a kernel-mode driver to capture network packets, it seems like a very terrible idea to force ...
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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 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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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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What is the impact of Windows 8 with UEFI on normal users?

I am a normal man-in-the-street computer user and so do not really understand what this is about, but I want to. Can someone please explain to me if: The Windows 8/UEFI secure boot thing will make ...
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Can I delete Windows 8 ESD file?

I've just installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview and runned diskcleanup in order to delete windows.OLD file and everything is OK, but now want I delete the remaining WindowsESD file. Is there a way? ...
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Partitioning dual boot: Windows 7 and Windows 8

I have new HP EliteBook 2760p and I am trying to create two bootable partitions, one for Windows 7 and one for Windows 8. I now have HP Windows 7 Pro install disks. I am new to Windows. I am trying ...
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How to install Windows 8 Installation ISO when it does not fit on a DVD?

I am trying to install the windows 8 64-bit ISO with developer tools. The ISO file is apparently 5.2GB when I try to burn it to my DVD, but the DVD's capacity is only about 4.8GB. In addition, I don't ...
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Windows 8 Release Preview - Extremely High Idle CPU Usage

Using Windows 8 RP, my computer is sustaining a 26.6% CPU usage while sitting at the desktop doing absolutely nothing. The other day it was over 50%. The entire usage is due to a process called ...
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Installing Windows 8 Dev Preview on a Macbook Pro

Is it possible to install Windows 8 Developer Preview on a Macbook Pro. I'm trying to do this using the WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English-Developer.iso file with VirtualBox but fail during the ...