Windows 8.1, code name "Blue", is an update to Windows 8 by Microsoft which was released on October 17th, 2013.

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Windows 8.1 APN for a GSM connection changes back automatically to the default name

I have a sim card which can connect to a corporate network (by specified APN name), let's say it is: "Corporate.de" Furthermore the GSM provider shares its APN default for all users, e.g.: ...
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Games, Windows 8.1 and 144Hz display

So I have been having problems with few games after switching from 7 to 8.1, which seems to be related to my 144Hz monitor. Few examples: Shank, Shank 2, Blood of the Werewolf, Astebreed, the Sims 2 ...
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64 Bit Windows 8.1 Failure to reinstall Java JDK and JRE

Attempting to update to jre-7u67 from 65 did not appear to work. On reattempting, installation failed with a “Access is denied” message. JDK was still there but I followed recommendations to remove ...
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Alternative in AMD to Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator (HAXM) in Windows

Note: This question was originally posted on http://www.android.stackexchange.com but it was flaged as off-topic because: "it is about PC processor features and emulators in general". I am just ...
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Making apps menu single-column vertical-scrolling

Is there any way to make apps menu (second page of start menu) single-column and vertical-scrolling in Windows 8.1?
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Log into Windows 8 Account without the need to type the Username

I am using Windows 8.1 with a single user account (the admin account). When I boot up the computer, I am presented with the usual login screen, but rather than simply typing in my password, the screen ...
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Does performing a System Refresh keep these folders?

Alright, let's make this simple. I'm really contemplating performing a system refresh. What I've been looking for all over is if the process keeps some certain folders. Namely my Documents, Pictures, ...
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How do I know if the drive in my notebook is an eDrive and thus uses bitlocker with no performance drop

So I have this toshiba notebook and the specification only states the capacity of the SSD and says nothing about the type. It supports some hardware encryption via BIOS and via proprietary toshiba ...
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No sound through headset - only mic is working

I noticed that no sound is being played to my headphones. The laptop has a conexant sound card together with the sounds apps provided. But the thing is that I also noticed that now instead of one ...
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.NET 3.5 installation comes up with Error 0x800F0906, then 0x800F0081F using dism

I've recently tried installing .NET 3.5 for an application on Windows 8.1. I used the OS's popup thing to download/install .NET 3.5 and always get error code 0x800F0906. Upon further research, I ...
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Windows does not recognize my monitor any more

I was running Windows 8.1 on a Intel i7 with an Asus Radeon 270X connected to a Yamakasi Q271 display at 2560x1440 via DVI. Everything was totally fine until today. When i powered up my Computer in ...
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Audio from VLC will get quiet when focusing other applications

Note about above: It's not a duplicate of those. OS: Windows 8.1 I'm noticing that when playing something from VLC (though it happens when playing audio from Chrome) that my sound will ...
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I associated Notepad to .Java files accidently, how do I undo this?

I am using Windows 8, I associated Notepad to open .Java files, all java files changed icon to the notepad one as a default program. I need to undo this step and make java files not associated to any ...
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“Recover” Windows 8.1 After Switching to Linux?

I have a couple of laptops with Windows 8.1. I'd like to make one of them a Linux machine. I'm debating different ways to go. I know I can use a live CD, create multiple boot-able partitions, or use ...
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Favourites not appearing in Internet explorer

I have reinstalled a machine and I copied the local user desktop and favourites as usual, when I tried to test see if the favourites were copied across properly, they didn't appear the favourites bar ...
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Some applications slow on network (win 8.1), where to start?

I recently got a new computer with windows 8.1. I identified at least two applications are very slow when the are using the network. This is the MS dynamics AX client (very slow all the time) and ...
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Windows 8.1 on a Lenovo g500 laptop

Hope someone can answer this. I installed some windows updates yesterday (Sunday 17 August 2014) at about 10:30 am. The machine restarted and displayed a message saying it was working on updates and ...
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How to move files to a folder until it reaches a certain size?

How to move files to a folder until it reaches a certain size in Windows?
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Windows 8 fast startup feature enabled but not being used

I have an HP Pavilion x360 11t. Recently, I installed the libusb driver at which point the fast startup stopped working (the normal cold boot). I rebuilt the hibernation file by disabling and ...
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“Pkgmgr is deprecated” error while installing Windows Media Player

While installing WMP or Sony PC Companion, the installation gives the same error that is: Note: The PkgMgr.exe has been deprecated. Please update your scripts to use dism.exe to extract, install, ...
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Specifically, what differs between running the same virtualbox on different host OSes

I was always under the impression that a Guest OS running under VirtualBox would be basically unable to determine the Host OS/Specifications. Today, I tried to install Mac OSX on VirtualBox. First, I ...
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After pressing Lenovo One-Key-Recovery button accidentally, there is no way back

my girlfriend has a Lenovo G500s and she pressed the one-key-recovery button accidentally (this has happenned already twice). Now there is no way of booting Windows 8.1 and only the OneKey Recovery ...
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SSD not being recognized

I've recently had a problem with my Windows 8.1, it started loop rebooting like it was crashing everything it booted up the explorer.exe. After a few checks I found out that winload.exe was corrupted. ...
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How to reset game on Windows 8.1? [migrated]

I've installed and played "Ice Age Adventure". I played for some time and now I want to reset the game. I uninstalled it and re-installed it, but I get the same game progress. It's helpful most of the ...
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Windows 8.1 does not recognize old hard drive

I've installed windows 8.1 on my new SDD and decided to plugged in my old hard drive which was also on 8.1. I know you cannot use 2 OS at the same time. But I plug in the old one only when I was on ...
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Brightness keeps changing in Windows 8.1 (on Macbook Pro Retina)

Before anyone gets too excited, it's not the "Adaptive Brightness" feature of the OS. I've already turned that off. Also it seems to have nothing to do with ambient light. It actually seems to do ...
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Windows 8.1 Selection Box

OS: Windows 8.1 Okay, you know how when you click and drag your cursor across the desktop and a blue bordered box appears? Well my problem... I guess isn't that big, but I'd like to fix it. My ...
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how to set hyper-v virtual machine connection permissions

I have installed Hyper-v on my Win 8.1 pro computer, and have a virtual machine running. I can access the machine and can see it running in the Hyper-v manager, and can launch a connection to it ...
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Scroll inside a Windows dialog without first clicking inside the dialog

This might seem like a very insignificant desire but I work on my computer a lot and open a lot of files constantly. The problem is when I open the Windows 8.1 dialog frame e.g., open, save-as, and ...
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Set default size of Windows 8 dialogs

This question is the same as this older question except that this question is for Windows 8.1 and not the outdated Windows XP. So, is there a way to set the default size of the Windows dialog frame, ...
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Is it legal to reinstall windows 8.1 enterprise edition? [on hold]

As you know microsft has a 90 days trial version of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as "Enterprise Edition" The question is is it legal to uninstall the windows after 90 day and reinstall it agan for ...
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How to repair damaged system files?

Recently my computer completely froze while playing a game. After a minute or so I did a hard-reset. However, when the pc powered up again, I got a message saying "Reboot and select proper boot device ...
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Black screen after boot

Yesterday Windows installed some updates when shutting down. Today I wanted to start Windows, but after the BIOS screen I only see a black screen, with no cursor or whatsoever. I search for this issue ...
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Why there are JPEG files with weird file names in folders with videos

Windows 8.1: 64-bit. Since couple of days I see that that in every folder containing a video[s], found a JPEG file with a weird name followed by a file name of a video in the folder. + Is that ...
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Free Hex Editor that Supports Chinese Characters [on hold]

I am looking for a Hex Editor that supports viewing of Chinese Characters. I am currently translating an application into English. I have found Super Unicode Editor which is really great (but is not ...
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Git for Windows has stopped working

git.exe crashes. It started happening after installing SourceTree, and now I cannot revert it to a working state, no matter what version I install - whether it is the git from http://git-scm.com/ or ...
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Restore Windows 8.1 native flash player that I deleted

By following this thread How to remove pre-installed Flash Player in Windows 8? I managed to delete the flash player but one of my games called Soldier front 2 uses flash player IE Active X for ...
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How can I get presenter view when recording my PowerPoint presentation?

I am rehearsing towards a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 on a Win8.1 machine using dual monitors (one for the slides, and one for my notes using presenter view) . I would like to record ...
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Can't install Win 8.1 to my new Dell I5 computer

i just got a new dell I5 computer with on Operating system inside, i tried to install win 8.1 as the manual said but when i got to the Hard drive i got the message "windows cannot be installed on this ...
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How do I change Windows 8.1 safe mode language?

When I reboot my win8.1 into windows recovery menu, everything (menus, command prompt, etc..) is in Russian. Is there a way to change the language to English?
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Cannot switch or access any user in Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Before removing my Windows 8.1 Enterprise PC from the Domain, I activated and reset the password for the local administrator account. When the PC boots up to the Welcome screen, it displays my full ...
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Samba - Windows8.1 domain via samba - how did you do this?

I noted in another forum you managed to use samba to domain windows 8.1. Im begging you to explain how you accomplished this as i have tried everything under the sun.. Spending hours upon hours ...
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Change Windows 8.1 Language for System Messages

I purchased a Surface Pro 2 in the US and then moved to Spain. I just completed a warranty exchange here in Spain and received a Spanish version SP2. I immediately changed the display language to ...
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Create Windows USB Stick from DVD

I have a Win7 PC with a Windows 8.1 DVD in the drive and an ISO I made from that DVD on the hd. an empty pen drive of 8G an Ultrabook, on which to install Win 8.1 a 56k Modem connection no USB DVD ...
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Taskbar icon disappears after a while

I'm using TrueCrypt and the portable Thunderbird is on that volume. A couple of weeks ago I had dragged it onto my Windows 8.1 taskbar to create an icon; other pinned application icons are there ...
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gmail issue with windows8.1?

I have HP2000 notebook pc with windows 8.1 and I have gmail installed. I cannot find the compose file or button so I am unable to send an email unless I am replying. Can anyone help?
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How to open Windows 8 metro screen after installing Classic Start Menu?

I want to uninstall built-in Skype app in Windows 8.1 as guided here. The problem is I have no access to the metro screen of Windows 8.1 after I installed Classic Start Menu. How can I open Windows ...
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Is my windows 8 legal?

I just bought windows 8.1 from a local online seller (don't live in the US) and I am having a feeling that it isn't legal because the price was somewhat low. The seller advertised the copy as ...
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Changing desktop background depending on the time of day via script Windows 8.1

Hello it is my first time using this website so I hope I am not asking the question in wrong format. Anyways, as the title says I have a similar problem to a thread that was answered a while ago that ...
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Disk drive not recognized by laptop

I have an external USB drive. Took it apart and got the internal drive. Used it as normal on my desktop. Put it back together and tried to use it on a laptop. The laptop recognizes the drive but does ...