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on screen keyboard becme very tiny

I have a Microsoft surface pro with win 8.1 64bit. The onscreen keyboard became very small in the middle of the screen. And the sound that it makes are very low. Can anyone help me to make the ...
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How to remove the 'Choose an operating system' Windows 8.1 Preview boot screen after upgrading to 8.1?

It's not terribly bothersome because I managed to set it to auto-boot 8.1 after 3 seconds and I normally don't watch my PC boot up but still figured I would ask. How can I get rid of this?
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Windows 8.1 randomly shuts self down

I have a 2011 iMac, and was having no problems using Bootcamp to dual boot the 8.1 dev preview and OSX. However after doing the update in the Windows Store to the release 8.1 version (after making ...
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internet on Wifi doesnt open any site until i connect via a proxy server

When i am connecting to a wifi network (tried with different N/Ws) through my laptop, I cant open any website. At the same time when I use ultrasurf proxy I am able to open the pages, My router is ...
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strange behavior of apps launch in Windows 8.1 Preview it all ran as “Suspended”

I have noticed strange behavior of apps launch in Windows 8.1 Preview: When I turn on my computer and sign in to Windows I can run any apps without problems, but after a certain time - usually about ...
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windows 8.1 preview to pro version all programs deleted [duplicate]

After the update from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 pro all programs were deleted. At the update dialog they said that you have to reinstall all apps. I understood this to mean only the apps in the ...
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Unable to log in to my microsoft account

I have changed my keyboard language from English to Telugu (other language) , but my password is still in English. I locked the screen by mistake and now I am unable to enter the password in English(I ...
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Windows 8.1 Preview feedback forum [closed]

Could anyone give me link to ENGLISH the Windows 8.1 Preview feedback forum? Microsoft provided only redirection to the localized version of it(polish in my case) I look for english version really ...
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SkyDrive Sync Problems on Windows 8.1

I am having some trouble with SkyDrive On Windows 8.1. First of all, there is no SkyDrive icon in the bottom-right corner of the taskbar, even when I click the up arrow. I tried uninstalling and ...
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How to set up Miracast on Windows 8.1?

My "dumb" TV and my WD TV Live Hub both do not support Miracast (this is a technology to display your phone or table on an external screen). Windows 8.1 is said to support it, however, so I've ...
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Windows 8.1 preview laptop always has issues after waking up from sleep

The details vary, but after I wake up my laptop running Windows 8.1 preview, something is always wrong. Just now, I could move the mouse cursor but could not do anything with it; I finally had to ...
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Do I need Windows 8 to try Windows 8.1 Preview?

When I try to boot a DFI LanParty-UT CFX3200 from a Windows 8.1 Preview DVD without having Windows 8 installed I get a DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER message. Do I need Windows ...
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Memory leak issue in Windows 8.1 preview [closed]

I have dell Inspiron 15R, Windows 8.1 preview installed over Windows 8. Recently I started facing memory leak issues in it. It occurs 1-2 times everyday. This is the normal condition, you can see ...
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Windows 8.1 Preview: Network connects once, but system must be restarted to connect again [closed]

I am using a Samsung series 7 laptop with a Centrino Advanced N-6235 WiFi chip. My OS is Windows 8.1 Preview. Upon first boot, I connect to whatever network I am in proximity of. If I close my lid ...
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In Windows 8.1, how can I configure File History to backup *some* of my SkyDrive folders?

I want File History to back up all of the folders in my SkyDrive except for the media folders (Music, Pictures, Videos, Podcasts). My media folders are "available online only", the rest of "available ...
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Windows 8.1 Preview keeps waking up the computer

I have Windows 8.1 Preview installed, and I prefer not to power my computer down but instead put it on sleep. However, I always have to make it sleep twice. The first time I click 'sleep', the ...
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Is there a way to get Google Earth to run on Windows 8.1 preview?

I installed Google Earth on my Windows 8.1 preview laptop and it just hangs or crashes at the startup. Running the Windows troubleshooter says it is incompatible with Windows 8.1. I've also tried ...
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Two mice, two motion speeds

I have two mice attached to my notebook on the docking station: one BT and one USB. I expect they have different resolution or sensitivity because BT one moves cursor over the screen faster than the ...
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Can you automatically open a Metro application in split screen mode in Windows 8.1

Suppose I open the calculator app (Metro version) from my desktop, is there a way to open it in split screen view like a sidebar? I would like to be able to work on my open apps without rearranging ...
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How can I prevent automatic DPI scaling when HDTV on HDMI port is enabled?

When I have the TV on my HDMI port enabled, the DPI settings in Windows are scaled-up across all displays for what I guess would be the "10-foot experience" or the "10-foot UI" that I've heard ...
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Windows 8 disk usage is 100%

Windows 8.1 Preview has disk usage of 100%, and the fan is very noisy. It started one week ago, before that it wasn't so noisy and the laptop worked very well. I don't know the cause. I hope you can ...
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Surface display screen stops working after leaving cover on for a long time [closed]

I recently upgraded my Surface with Windows RT to Windows RT 8.1 Preview. When I close the Type Cover, the screen shuts down as it should. However, if I leave the cover on overnight, the display ...
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How can I increase the width of the Aero Peek button in Windows 7/8/8.1?

I'm using Windows 8.1 on a Surface Pro, and my Aero Peek button is 8 pixels wide, making it near unusable with touch, and even difficult with the mouse. I have the same problem on my desktop, where my ...
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Win8 XBox Games account issue

I have lost control of my Microsoft Games account. All I wanted to do was continue playing Mahjong in Win 8. But it signed in as Tidygiraffe1103 and I cannot sign out or change anything. I have tried ...
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Issue with Wi-Fi Direct Adapter different ip not routed

Hi I am connecting via Wi-Fi Direct an android device and my windows 8.1. Once connected they then turn to create a socket for them to communicate over. Once the wi-fi direct connection is done a ...
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Windows 8.1 Preview Store installation keeps trying to install

I'm running Windows 8 Pro and I've tried to install Windows 8.1 Preview from the store. I got the 'Sorry, it looks like this PC can't run Windows 8.1 Preview' error. I looked it up and it appears I ...
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nvidia geforce 635m - Windows 8.1 preview - extend three monitors (simultaneous VGA and HDMI

I recently bought an ASUS laptop with a nvidia geforce 635m card that sports vga and hdmi outputs. I have installed the latest driver released specifically for the 64 bit 8.1 preview and it appears I ...
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Disable, bypass or make exception for Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA) in Windows 8.1

My problem is irritating Program Compatibility Assistant (PCA) in Win 8.1 - not on one program has problems, but many many of them. I found many ways for disabling it designed for Win 7 & 8 but ...
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enabling right-click start-button apps?

I am running Win 8.1 preview and when I right-click the start button (yes, now included) I see a context menu with 18 helpful programs. The only problem is that when I click (left-click) on most, they ...
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Aren't there fail-safe drivers for GPUs?

I had display issues with an extremely old integrated graphical chipset on Windows 8.1 Preview, so I decided to purchase the Nvidia GTX 660, imagining that it would have a slightly better support. It ...
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Backspace on Bing removes two characters

I am using Windows 8.1 with IE 11. Whenever I hit backspace in the Bing search bar it removes two characters. This happens ONLY on the search bar (main page, top of search pages) NOT on any other ...
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Cannot cleanly delete symlinks

Problem: When deleting a symbolic link, traces of it remain in the filesystem. Demonstration: Use MKLINK to create a symlink pointing to E:\test Resulting output of DIR /AL /S C:\ | FIND ...
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remove skydrive app from windows 8.1

How do I remove the Skydrive app from Windows 8.1? It seems to come pre-installed with Windows 8.1 but lately the only thing it does is crashing every 20 minutes which of course is a bit annoying.
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How can I find my Windows Experience Index score?

The Windows Experience Index is missing from the control panel in the 8.1 preview. I had some scores in Windows 8 that capped out at 7.9, I was wondering what the real scores were with the new kernel. ...
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Enable task bar auto-hide only for the second screen in Windows 8

While I like having the task bar on my second screen in Windows 8 (And 8.1), I would prefer that is was in auto-hide mode so that windows can fill the entire screen. However the auto-hide option in ...
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Program compatibility pop-up issue

I bought a new lappy and got windows 8 pro with it ,recently i updated it to 8.1 preview and just from a few days from now i am getting program compatibility pop-ups when i install some new softwares ...
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How do I remove default windows items from the “open with” context menu?

The things in the image I have crossed out are the ones I want to remove. I have already tried the various NirSoft utilities, none of them will remove the default windows items. I've also tried ...
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Windows detects my camera but won't display it in explorer

When I connect my 5DmkII to my computer windows displays the autplay prompt and asks me what I want to do. But it doesn't open the folder when I click that option and instead does nothing. Looking ...
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Trick Windows 8.1 into thinking it is Windows 7?

So, yes I foolishly upgraded my Windows 8 Pro machine to the Windows 8.1 preview without really reading that you cannot upgrade to 8.1 RTM when the time comes. The machine I did this on was originally ...
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Windows 8.1 evaluation version sets the resolution to 1024X768

Windows 8.1 evaluation version sets the resolution to 1024X768 and is not letting me change it. Although my Laptop supports 1366X768. How can I change it as the icons are looking too big and the user ...
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Not receiving Toast Notifications. How to troubleshoot?

It's been about two weeks since upgrading to the Windows 8.1 Preview, and I haven't gotten a single toast from an app. There have been many restarts, and everything is up to date as far as Windows ...
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Rearranging items in Windows 8.1 Navigation pane

Is it possible to rearrange items in the Navigation pane of File Explorer in the Windows 8.1 Preview? Currently it shows Favorites, SkyDrive, This PC, and Libraries (from top to bottom), but I would ...
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Can not uninstall Windows Phone 8 SDK from Windows 8.1

Recently, I had updated my Windows 8 to 8.1, and got some errors with Windows Phone 8 SDK (I could not run unit tests). The problem is that on Windows 8 I had installed WP 8 SDK with Russian language ...
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Unable to access the Settings in Windows 8.1

I recently applied the Windows 8.1 update. Everything went fine, except I can no longer access the Settings 'app' via the Start Srceen - I just get a blank screen or get sent back to the Start screen ...
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Media buttons on keyboard not working on Windows 8.1 Preview

I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 Preview and now my media buttons on my keyboard (Qpad MK-50) (FN + F1-6) is not working. Tested with foobar2000, Windows Media Player, VLC and MPC HC. Any ...
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How to remove “folders” links from Open and Save as dialogues?

I have already removed the NameSpace directory from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\ to disable the links in "This PC" that appeared in 8.1, but they ...
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How to disable smooth scrolling on the WinRT side?

Is there any way to disable smooth scrolling for the Start screen and in Windows Store Apps? The scroll wheel on my mouse is of the free-spinning type, where it doesn't have those stopping notches. ...
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File Explorer crashes

I`ve been having this silly problem since update, my File Explorer crashes whenever I try to use it. If I run app from taskbar (or Start menu, doesn't matter), the taskbar goes blank for a second or ...
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Windows 8.1 download failure

I have been trying to download the Windows 8.1 Pro Preview since it came out last Wednesday (the 26th), but I've been having several issues. First and most importantly, no matter how long I leave the ...
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Windows Media Center says “Searching for tuners” when I try to play live TV

After upgrading from Windows 8 Pro with Media Center to the 8.1 preview, I need some help in being able to watch live TV again. When I try to now, it says Please Wait. Searching for tuners. I tried ...