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Hard drive stopped working after trying to delete a partition

So I recently got an SSD, put it in my machine, installed my OS on it which is Windows 8.1 64bit, and after booting everything was perfect. I had an older hard drive of 1TB, and an SSD of 120GB. The ...
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Is windows chdsk enough or there are better alternatives to recover filesystem?

Recently I have various problems of file corruption on Windows 8.1 x64 when I copy large files. Using HD Tune Utility apparently there is no hardware problem the already present files are fine too, ...
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Computer Freezes Shortly After Booting

I have a problem with my Windows 8.1 machine which freezes the entire system when I launch and use Chrome to browse a few web pages. The same thing happens when I try to uninstall Google Drive, ...
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Transparency issues in Windows after resume from Hibernation

For the last several years I have been having this issue every day once I resume from hibernation. For example, this is what Firefox tabs look like: What you see is actually 2 Firefox windows (one ...
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How to stop win8 from collecting error info when BSODing?

What's worse than having a machine BSOD? Having to wait 25 minutes for this: Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart. We are just collecting some error info, and then we'll restart for ...
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Dual boot openSUSE and Windows 8.1 on two separate PCIe SSDs

I have an X99 system with an Intel SSD 750 serving as the boot drive. Currently only Windows 8.1 is installed on it. My motherboard has an M.2 slot that I would like to use for a Samsung SM951 for an ...
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Determining Cause of Unexpected Shutdown on Windows 8.1

I left my computer unattended a little over half an hour while it was compressing some files. I came back, and my computer had apparently shut off. I looked at the Event Logs, and it told me that The ...
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In W8.1, reset or change login credentials for shared network folder

I have an external drive connected to my Asus RT-N66U Router and enabled the Network Place (Samba) Share/Cloud Disk option, this created a shared folder called MyNetworkDrive on the external drive. ...
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Will I be able to burn Win10 install media for a clean install?

I received my Win10 upgrade notification. I am using a questionable (as in I torrented the software) Win8.1Pro license in VirtualBox on my Dell running Ubuntu 14.04. I'd like to be able to burn an ...
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which version of windows 10 does windows 8 core upgrade to?

I have a PC running windows 8 core which is updated to windows 8.1. I want to know what will happen when I upgrade to windows 10. Which version of windows 10 will I get upgraded to when it is ...
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boot mode legacy or uefi hybrid or uefi native for windows 8.1

I am going to re-install my OS. This time i am going to install windows 8.1 instead of windows 7. Now I came into something new (to me ) There are different boot mode in my laptop boot option ...
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How do I create an unattended Windows 8.1 install for building “throwaway” test VMs?

I do a lot of software development as a hobby, and in order to test changes, reproduce bugs, etc, I find that I frequently need a clean Windows environment to run my tests. I can fire up a VM in ...
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Cannot connect to external monitors with E-Port dock station

I have an E-Port dock station and Dell Latitude E7440. I have recently switched from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. System stopped detecting external monitor connected to my dock station. Regardles of ...
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Windows 8.1 update unsuccessful

I can't successfully perform a complete scan using Windows update on my system. The scan is running endlessly, no errors and no timeout. I have used the Microsoft repair tool ...
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Desktop Internet Explorer won't open in Windows 8 on Microsoft Surface Pro 3

I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 running windows 8.1. Internet Explorer works in the touch mode but even though the desktop mode is running, I can't navigate to it. It shows as an icon on the taskbar ...
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Windows 8.1 - Windows update mid-May 2015 - Printers not working

I’ve got an Asus X750JN laptop with Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit preinstalled. I was doing a batch of MS Windows updates last month (16th) and found that after that, the printers stopped working (except for an ...
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Files on HDD are getting corrupted

tl;dr On my new PC (with windows 8.1 x64) some files on local SATA-HDD are getting corrupted without visible reason (after some IDLE). Not a virus/malware! (did test with AVG antivirus installed, ...
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How to run elevated shell from within console2 (Windows 8.1)? Possible?

I come from Linux, and for days I have been pulling my hair out trying to run an elevated shell (powershell, ipython interpreter, and bash) from within Console2. However, it always pops open a new ...
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Upgrade Windows 8.1 to Pro with 8.1 Profesional key

I have a Windows 8.1 Professional Key, and I am running Windows 8.1 which is already activated. Can, and how, do I upgrade to professional? It doesn't work in the Windows Anytime Upgrade.
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How to extract MP3 from a PDF file?

I Have a PDF file that has a lot of MP3 attached to it. How should I extract them?
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No option to boot from USB drive

I want to install Windows 8.1 from USB drive but, There is no option to boot from USB drive in the boot menu on my Dell Inspiron 15 3521.
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Windows NTFS partition disappeared from Disk Defragmenter

I've recently installed modded windows 8.1 version (it has some of the redundant features uninstalled to make it lighter and faster: Polish forum link (they are good!) It is running perfectly smooth ...
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How to delete empty folder with thumbs.db without disabling thumbnails

I often have problem to delete a folder that contains a thumbs.db file. Also tools like "unlocker" fail. It seems to be loccked by os for some unknown reason. The only solution i found in the net was ...
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How to convert RAW formated Pendrive back to NTFS File system? [duplicate]

How to convert RAW formated Pendrive back to NTFS File system ??? Please let me know if anyone has solution. I am unable to transfer any data to my pen drive. Whenever I connect it to my Laptop it ...
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DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL Blue Screen

From time to time in the past days I have receiving a blue screen on Windows 8.1 with Update on a Surface Pro 3. It says... DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL In the Event Viewer > System, there is the ...
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Stuck at Windows 8.1 boot menu when having multiple boot configurations

I've added a boot configuration that has HyperVisor disabled (see this). I called it "No HyperVisor" and made it the default. The timer is set to 5 seconds. However, when I boot my machine, I see the ...
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How to use my canon camcorder as webcam?

I have my nice Canon Vixia HFR500 and I want to use it as webcam to stream on twitch tv. I couldnt fine information regarding canon cameras any directions?
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Network Adapter no longer detected after graphics card removal?

Last night, I noticed that my crossfire wasn't working properly. I did some tests and found that all my games run much faster and at lower temperatures without it. So I decided I'd give my extra card ...
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Will erasing my entire hard drive to install a fresh copy of Windows 8.1 corrupt the EFI setup?

My Windows 8.1 installation is horribly slow. I don't know the exact reason but I've tried EVERYTHING I could to solve its sluggishness problem, but nothing worked. Therefore I plan to reinstall a ...
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How to keep num pad on while starting my Windows 8.1?

I have done the following changes in my registry of windows 8.1 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Control Panel\Keyboard set the value of InitialKeyboardIndicator is 2 but still the num pad is off while starting ...
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Move last N files from folder in Windows 8.1

I was wondering - is there a nice and elegant way in Windows 8.1 to move last N files from a folder to another folder other than writing a program to do it? Edit: N is, for example, 100, and the ...
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Switch between sound output devices without changing standard output device

I've got the following setup (Win 8.1): My laptop is connected via HDMI with an external monitor which has an external speaker connected via jack plug. This is my usual standard sound output device. ...
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Windows side scrolling like mac

Before this get flagged as duplicate, I do not mean either of these questions Smooth (!) mac-like two-finger scroll with Win7 / Synaptics Get two-finger scroll on Windows laptop touchpad (like on ...
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making it so i'm always prompted for which program to use when opening files with certain extensions

I opened up a *.php file with Notepad in Windows 8.1 and now it's wanting to open every *.php file with Notepad. I can change the program it opens *.php files up with but I don't want it to always ...
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Does a Seagate Desktop SSHD drive need to host the OS to optimize properly?

I've inherited a Seagate Desktop SSHD 2TB. I plan to add it to my gaming desktop which already has a 128GB SSD that currently hosts the OS (Windows 8.1). What I'm trying to determine is whether I ...
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will laptop heats up when sun rays fall on it like from my windows [on hold]

I am sitting with my laptop in my house and sun rays from windows are falling on it.my friend said don't let sun rays fall on it or the components get over heated.Is it true,Should i be careful.if so ...
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Virus hijacking computer and network - what to do? [duplicate]

A few days ago I started having trouble with this virus that would infect my browsers and display ads. I've ran through various antimalware and antivirus software but to no avail. Went through a ...
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How to create new functions on laptop keyboard?

I got a new laptop, a Toshiba Portege Z30-A. It has a pointing stick (the dot in the middle, also called TrackPoint on Lenovo laptops) and it has the left and right click buttons. My old laptop used ...
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Cant install anything. Issue with Windows Installer or Temp folder [on hold]

I've been trying for days now to download various software but i cant seem to do it. I've searched around for a long time now and come to a conclusion that it has to do with my temp folder. I also ...
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Unhibernate Windows w/o direct access

I attempted to repair my boot partition with boot-repair yesterday, which worked, except that partition I have Windows 8.1 on is hibernated. As of now, I am still unable to boot my computer to ...
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Shortcut toolbar windows 8.1

How can I create a shortcut toolbar on my desktop, in windows 8.1 ? http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/create-a-shortcut-toolbar-on-the-desktop
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Is it possible to encrypt only certain data when a laptop hibernates?

I would like to achieve protection from both ends of the spectrum: On the one end you have the need to protect the sensitive data on the laptop. Encryption of the system disk means the data will be ...
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Make Excel 2010 workable under high contrast theme

(started this topic first at answers.microsoft.com, but I have no high hopes it I will get a solution there...) Finally bought a new laptop with Windows 8.1, installed my Office 2010 on it, got all ...
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Team viewer is not responding Windows 8

I have problem with team viewer 10 . It has stopped working after entering the password for the remote teamviewer connection. so far i have tried i) reinstalled the teamviewer ii) tried different ...
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Bought a slot-loading BD-RE drive, but it spits out every disc I feed it without spinning. What do?

I bought an internal UJ-267 (slot-loading BD-RE) drive, and I put it into my laptop. The trouble is that whenever I insert a disc into it (whether it's a CD or a DVD; I don't have a BD around to try ...
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Skype keeps asking for password and recreates local account settings

Since 2 days skype is suddenly asking for my password whenever I start skype (despite me clickingo n save my settings). Furthermore it recreates my local account settings as if I were a first time ...
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Program run with Task Scheduler doesn't work properly (create file)

I have a Ruby program compiled as an .exe. It checks a website for some data, and stores it in a text file before printing a success message and exiting. When I run the program by double-clicking, it ...
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Paged Pool memory leak in Windows 8.1

Paged Pool is constantly rising. After 24 hours, I have a paged pool of 800MB. The tags with highest paged pool usage as of now are: 1>MmSt 146396864 K 2>CM31 126894080 K 3>XNS 49524736 K How do I ...
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DYMO defaults to wrong label type

I have a DYMO 450 LabelWriter that I am using for a kiosk. When the driver first installs, the default paper type is set to 30325 Address. Well, I need it to default to 30323 Shipping. I have rare ...
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Deleted boot sector

I decided to delete my boot sector in GParted to stop the Windows partition on my HDD from booting (I have dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 8.1). I am now only able to access the BIOS and a few ...