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upgrade to Windows 10 and simultaneously wipe the entire disk

I'm using Windows 8.1 and I finally realized that it's good idea for me to upgrade to Windows 10. As far as I know, my computer is flooded with many unnecessary files etc, and I also hope its virus ...
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CRITICAL_STRUCTURE_CORRUPTION BSOD at random windows 8.1

I have a new, off the shelf windows 8.1 computer. It's an HP-15 PC, product number J9M24UA#ABA. I can supply serial number if required. It is a 64 bit pc. I recently installed Daemon tools. I ...
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Windows 10 Upgrade: Stops at 23% without error, Dism not mounting boot.wim WIM Image

I am attempting an OS Upgrade Windows 8.1 Pro -> Windows 10 Pro. The Problem The installer does not give a message apart from saying that it failed at roughly 23%, opening the setuperr.log, I get ...
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Windows 8.1 2 in 1 Tablet tied to unused Hotmail account whose password is forgotten?

Windows 8.1 2 in 1 Tablet tied to unused Hotmail account whose password is forgotten? I have some old family folks who did not realize they created this, then they lent the machine to another old ...
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Unable to Enable wifi on HP laptop

On a Windows 8.1 64 bit laptop that's a HP Pro Book 6560b the wireless network will not enable to allow me to connect to a wireless network. The wifi light stays yellow when I press function key to ...
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my laptop keyboard button pressing

My laptop's keyboard is not working properly; some keys never work and some keys will keep on pressing and one key print character in the screen 77777777777777777777777777777777 etc. My computer is ...
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Windows Update doesn't work on Window 8.1

I bought new laptop and first thing I wanted to do was upgrading it to Windows 10 but whenever I use Windows Update -> Check updates it's just stuck on checking updates (5 dots are flying in and out ...
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Identical host file entry works in Windows 7 but not in Windows 8.1

If I add an entry to a Windows 7 hosts file then it works. If I add the same entry to a windows 8.1 hosts file then it doesn't work. It is for a web site and this is the only way to have access to it. ...
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PC crash Event ID 41 (63)

I played overwatch during open beta and for the first week or two after release with no problem, however now whenever I'm playing usually in the menus my PC will reset. My event viewer shows Event 41 ...
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Windows Homegroup

I have 4 PCs, 3 running in Windows 8.1 Pro and 1 in Windows 7 Professional. I have a Homegroup setup which the 3 that is running on Windows 8.1 Pro have already connected. However, the 1 PC that is ...
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Windows 8.1 Files missing after transferring to a newly created folder and pressing Ctrl+Z

I had a few video files in a folder. I wanted to transfer the videos into a new folder, so I created a new folder just before I made the transfer. I selected all of the videos and dragged them to the ...
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Windows 7 drag&drop files onto the adress bar/directory path of the explorer (like in win8)

I've been using windows 8.1 for the past years, and just installed windows 7 ultimate. However, I am missing a very convenient feature, which allowed me to drag n drop files into any directory that ...
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The PC runs very slow even after a clean format

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro [Version 6.3.9600] My System Info My PC is running very slowly and sometimes it freezes. So, I did some Defragment Tests on the HDD's and did some ...
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Windows 8.1 intermittent black screen now permanent, still accessible through ethernet

Note, this is NOT the Black Screen of Death (KSOD), because there is no mouse cursor. In fact, the displays act like they are receiving no signal. I used to get this intermittent black screen on ...
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router page pops up after connection to wireless network

I have windows 8.1 and, whenever I connect to my wifi network, the router page pops up in the browser. Also, and very strangely, I noticed the media-play hotkey is fired, as my music is paused/starts ...
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How do I disable the emoji button on the virtual keyboard in Windows 8.1?

The virtual keyboard is being shown on a program I'm working on. I don't want any users to type in an emoji. Is it possible to remove the emoji button in the virtual keyboard?
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How to see if a wifi network is open or secured on windows 8

I just installed windows 8.1. All is fine, but I don't know weather a network is secure or open. It doesn't show any status besides the signal bar. I hover over it, right click but still not showing....
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My graphics quality changes when I unplug the power. How can I prevent that?

When the computer is plugged in, I have good graphics colours. However, when I unplug and the computer switches to battery power, I have a nearly yellow coloured screen. I want to keep good graphics ...
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Upgrade Win 8.1 RTM Core OEM:NONSLP to windows 10

I have a Windows 8.1 RTM Core OEM:NONSLP (found this out vis the tool ShowKey Plus). Can I upgrade this to Windows 10 and how ? My laptop did get a "upgrade to Windows 10 button", which I missed on my ...
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Intel Rapid Storage HDD+msata

I have have a laptop with two hard disk's, one is HDD of 320 GB and a msata drive of 32 GB. Now I have Windows 10 installed directly in msata, and I want to swap for windows 8.1. The situation is ...
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Priority in task manager - HDD write priority too or only CPU priority?

In Windows (8.1) I can set the Priority of a Program in the Task Manager (Details). Does this affect CPU Priority only or HDD (write) priority too? E.G.: HDD is at 100% load due to VMWare. A program ...
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Geforce 368.69 driver installation on Windows won't work and ends in black screen

I've downloaded and attempted installation of the Geforce 368.69 driver both as the standalone and via Geforce Experience, done also on fresh installs of windows 10 AND windows 8.1 (mainly because I ...
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What is the general strategy for troubleshooting visual C++ redistributable install “errors”?

I went to install Autodesk Inventor 2017 and got stuck without errors on "installing microsoft visual c++ redistributable 2012 x86 11.0.61030", so I tried to run the installer manually. It said it was ...
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How to transfer/stream data to multiple USB device in parallel

I am trying to transfer and/or stream data to multiple USB devices and/or storage simultaneously. For example, if I have a USB hub with 12 USB sockets connecting to 12 USB displays, I like all 12 ...
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Windows 8.1 showing invisible windows when AltTabSettings=1

On my Windows 8.1 box, I have disabled both Aero Peek: and Corner navigation: and enabled Windows XP-style Alt+Tab navigation (by setting AltTabSettings=(REG_DWORD) 1 under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...
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Why won't my AMD video driver update to the latest version?

This web site says the latest version is 15.7.1 http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop/legacy?product=legacy3&os=Windows%208.1%20-%2064 For users looking for a WHQL certified driver, ...
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Is there a way to have different size icons on the desktop?

I basically want 1 extra large icon (e.g. my Daily To Do list) and the rest could be regular. I know that in the past with Windows Vista & 7 you could use a "Gadget", but that is no longer the ...
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Disable Windows Lock Screen - Win 8.1

I have Windows 8.1 on computers which remains online 24 hours. The systems reboots every night once (scheduled task: shutdown.exe -r -t 00). The device goes to lock screen some times. Mostly in night ...
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Adaptec 1220SA RAID 1 degraded - should I try to rebuild?

I've got an old Windows 8.1 PC with an old RAID 1 array and a very low-end Adaptec 1220SA RAID controller. Adaptec Storage Manager (screenshot #1 below) shows one drive failed, the other OK. There's ...
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Can't Access Recovery Tools

I'm having issues accessing the Windows Recovery Tools on an Asus X551M laptop. First some backstory. The initial problem with the laptop was that it was stuck in an update loop. It died during the ...
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Copying frozen. How can I continue coping remaing data? [on hold]

I started copying files onto an external HD. An Error apeard saying that a file could not be copied. I pressed skip, however the process stopped at 55%. I was copying about 750 gb of data. any ideas ...
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Follow up, extreme sluggishness on machine doing IO

This is a follow up to a previous question. After more investigation it appears that I have a slightly different problem, whenever I do any volume of disk based activity like copying files or backing ...
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Lenovo/Windows 8.1 laptop in bad state after migrating data from hard drive

About a year ago, I build a new desktop computer and transferred a lot of data from my laptop's hard drive to the desktop's SSD. I did this by removing the hard drive from the laptop and using a SATA ...
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Missing icon for one drive?

I turned on my PC today and found this: This is the only icon which is messed up. It also shows this way in Media Player and Firefox. I've already tried rebuilding the icon cache by different ...
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Permission Issue: .txt file needs open in notepad ++

I have a .txt file that i moved from an old laptop to my new computer. I can open the .txt in notepad but i need to be able to open it in Notepad ++. When I try to open in Notepad ++ I get the ...
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W8.1 unable to check for update from admin account

I have a windows 8.1 computer that I have found at my job which is unable to update even when logged in as local admin. There is no networked account.
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why do i see a patchy screen while booting into windows 8 on a dual boot with ubuntu?

I recently installed ubuntu 16 on a dual boot with windows 8 on my lenovo g50-80. After completing the ubuntu installation and booting back to windows it shows a patchy screen as shown in the image.
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Windows 8.1 - mklink to a folder with files in it

I have a directory 'dir1' with some files in it and a directory 'dir2' where I'll add some files. How can I create a link/junction (or just connect them)? I tried "mklink /D (or /J) dir1 dir2" but ...
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Windows 10 upgrade (from Windows 8.1) on MacBook Air - 2 Windows OS displayed beside Mac OS X in system boot menu

I've recently upgraded my Bootcamped Windows 8.1 partition to Windows 10. However, when I want to manually select the OS to boot in the system boot menu(accessed by pressing and holding on to the '...
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Could not locate '\efi\boot\bootx64.efi while installing windows 8.1 for dual-boot

I have a single-boot Ubuntu 14.04 installed on my system. Gparted shows the disk partitions like this: At the moment, I want to do a clean install of Windows 8.1 so that I can dual-boot later (with ...
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Alt with numpad doesn't give the right special characters

Using Windows 8.1. Input: | Expected: | Actual: -------+-----------+-------------- Alt+1 | `☺` | Windows ding Alt+2 | `☻` | Windows ding Alt+3 | `♥` | CTRL+C Alt+4 | `♦` |...
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Keyboard Acting Weird

Today morning I started experiencing this weird problem, *When trying to type something, if Left-Shift key is pressed the cursor goes left and if Right-Shift key is pressed the cursor goes right. *...
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What are the differences between IE and, ehm, IE?

I notice that there are very big differences between starting up IE from the desktop taskbar and starting it up from the Windows 8.1 start screen. Doing so results in a remarkably dissimilar user ...
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OS upgrade from W-8.1 to W-10, boost fps?

I am facing a difficult situation, I have an "old" Toshiba laptop (L50-A-105) with a windows 8 OS, and I have been told that windows 10 is less of a "heavy load" on the system than windows 8, which ...
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CSM or Legacy Boot option not available on devices pre-installed with Windows 8

The CSM or Legacy Boot option is usually found in Bios, Advanced, System Configuration. However, it seems to me that on laptops pre-installed with Windows 8/8.1, there is no such option. I have just ...
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Windows Update always start to download Windows 10 Upgrade under Windows 8.1 OS

I have over 171 updates to do (under Windows 8.1) but I can't launch them because every time I click on the Install Updates button, Windows 10 Download is starting, and I don't want it. I took care ...
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Meaning of the tilde in registry values for compatibility mode in Windows 8+

I've to support a legacy application, originally created for Windows NT 4 (32-bit), but still running fine under Windows 10 (64-bit), provided all of the compatibility settings are done. The problem ...
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Auto-lock delay after login

I've been using the autologin-and-lock solution as described in "Automatically login and lock" since Windows 7. Because I had a Pro license I used the gpedit variant, and found that the autologin was ...
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HGST 4kn support on Windows 10 with Z97 and Asmedia?

We've been trying hard and failed to get an HGST Ultrastar 2TB 7K6000 SATA 4KN to work on Windows 8.1 Pro and 10. Windows reports an inaccurate drive size, and Disk Management fails to initialize the ...
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Computer is telling me, “Not connected - No connections are available” Despite the fact I am connected to the internet?

Just got a new PSU because my old one was on the way out. Started up my computer and everything works fine except for a yellow triangle with a warning tick on the Network and Sharing center icon on my ...