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Delete old Skype contact data from Windows 8

How do I delete the Skype contact user list from the Windows contact list when they are no longer in my Skype contact list? I tried the standard way. Windows 8 said to do it but I could not find the ...
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System.RunTime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80070422)

Been receiving this error when I try to start up my VPN. An Unexpected Error Occurred: System.RunTime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80070422): TheServices cannot be started, either because it is ...
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Windows 8 pro installation meadia driver error

I have a factory original Envy dv6 with 8.1, actually 8.1 was installed later. It's home edition and I want to install a clean Win 8 Pro. I've created a boot image disk and the installation starts but ...
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How do I add permission to read on a drive

I have badly messed up my hard drive permissions. I was trying to deny guest accounts from accessing one of my logical partitions. While disabling the read, write permissions I have disabled read ...
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Using a laptop as an external keyboard

Is it possible for me to use my laptop as a USB keyboard for my tablet? My tablet will be running a proprietary OS that only supports normal external USB keyboards and so installing software on my ...
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Dell Inspirion fan speed control

My Dell Inspirion 15 notebook routinely slows down after some period of gaming and I suspect it is due to heating up. None of regular fan speed control software - e.g. SpeedFan, MSI Afterburner - ...
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Startup Password placed on Laptop by Hacker

I work in IT at a company and a member of staff has recently been hacked and the hacker has added the Startup Password authentication for Windows, I cannot guess the password and it is not the same as ...
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How to connect Windows 7 PC to Windows 8.1 printer?

I have 2 PCs: A windows 8.1 PC ("frisbee2") hard-wired to the router via Ethernet cable and connected directly to an HP printer via cable. I also have a windows 7 PC ("home-office") in another part of ...
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Why is Windows 8.1 using so much disk space? (how can I prevent it from eating up all the disk space?)

I have a standard personal computer, (450Gb hard-disk, 8 gb of RAM) with Windows 8.1. I do not have loads of files on the hard drive (around 20 gb programs included) I was wondering how is it ...
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Not able to save the file in localhost foler (IIS) in windows 8

I am trying to save my project in the localhost to run locally. But i am not able to save the project there from sublime text. i am getting a message like this: how to solve this? I have the admin ...
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refreshing Windows 8 giving problems

Recently when I refreshed my pc with Windows 8. After the refreshing was complete and it rebooted, my start screen had no items except 4-5 apps Andwhen I tried to access the C:/ drive it failed to ...
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Windows 8.1 Embedded - OS folder grown to 14gb and takes entire drive

I'm running Win8.1 Embedded on a small board computer, with a 16gb drive (it's built-in, can't replace it). It's an almost clean install, and the Winodws folder just keeps growing and is now 14gb. I'm ...
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Strange periodical CPU consumption

On my Windows 8.1 notebook (a Dell Latitude) I periodically (every about two weeks) notice this strange behaviour: CPU (i5) runs almost always at 100% for a couple of hours System sounds play very ...
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Windows 8.1 how to boot to BIOS on HP when it skips to setup after I hit f10

So here's the deal, I know this has been asked a million times but this time its different. I have fixed countless computers and never run into this yet. I have a HP Envy 4-1195ca. I want to boot ...
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Remote connection to Windows 8 “access is denied”

I have set up a remote connection to my computer: I have checked the allow remote desktop connections: I have added my user to the "The remote desktop users" list under the button "Select users" ...
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Connecting my phone to my computer?

This is my first question on superuser, and I would really appreciate your help on this issue: The problem: My device isn't getting detected in android studio The solution: Install the correct usb ...
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How can I keep music playing after turning off laptop monitor with Fn+F7?

My system is windows 8 (Laptop). The problem: It does not matter how I play the music, be it with windows media player of with youtube pages. After I turn off the monitor with the shortkey Fn+F7, ...
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Force Activate Windows screen

I would like to test a use case for my program. When you have not activated your windows, a blue screen pops up and says that Windows need to be activated (at random times). Is it possible to ...
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Strange right-click options

UPDATE: Following is the image to show the button on my laptop (Dell N5110). It automatically turns on and the moment it turns on, mouse loses its control and starts showing this "strange" right-...
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Windows 8.1 randomly went to lock screen - is it possible the sysadmin caused this?

I was using my work PC normally and it suddenly went to the lock screen. I did not touch the keyboard and I was using the mouse, merely reading my e-mail in Google Chrome. Is it possible for the ...
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Decoding Security Identifiers (SID's) in Windows Permissions window

When altering permissions in Windows 8 users show up as long SID's. Is there a way to see proper usernames in the list of 'Group or user names:'? I have relied on removing and re-adding users (via ...
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How will Windows 10 affect the partitions of ASUS X205ta?

The ASUS X205ta has a 32 GB hard drive. It comes installed with Windows 8.1 with Bing. It has an 8 GB recovery partition. This leaves a small amount of space, less than 8 GB, for files. Windows 10 ...
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How can I browse ALL files via taskbar tree browse?

There is a simple trick in windows that can allows us to browse all the computer via single click via the Toolbar. How ? This is my Current toolbar : Right click and : Select your Computer :...
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Unable to get ext2fsd to start automatically

I dual-boot between Ubuntu and Windows 8.1, and I am currently using ext2fsd to access files on my Linux drive and my shared file drive when I am booted up on Windows. However, I cannot get ext2fsd ...
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The videos downloaded from my phone onto my laptop do not work smoothly

I recently upgraded my laptop to Windows 10 and I think that after the update, any videos I try to play on my laptop do turn on, but the voice is fidgety and robotic. I can't hear anything on the ...
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Tracing storage media ejects and disconnects

I had a SD card that I kept permanently plugged into my laptop. Had, until I noticed it was missing this week. I don't know when exactly it fell out, the laptop may or may not have been in suspend at ...
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The Refresh feature in windows 8 is present in any other previous versions of windows?

Many of my users facing repeated issues with Windows 7 OS. As a sys admin I cannot fix all those errors everytime. I came across "Refresh without affecting files" feature in windows 8. But I cannot ...
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In Windows 8.1, which process handles audio?

I have been messing around and I'm curious to which process - if there is one - handles audio and sound. Thanks!
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How to change default window background color in Windows 10?

In Windows 7 and Windows XP it was very easy to change the default background color of all windows to whatever you want. Staring at white window backgrounds all day is hard on the eyes. Once changed, ...
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Unable to boot Microsoft Surface Pro

I have been given a Microsoft Surface Pro to fix. When you try and turn it on you can see the Surface logo and a series of dots spinning in a circle and that is it. It will sit like that for hours ...
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rEFInd lists extra boot options and trying to remove them isn't working

I just got Ubuntu 14.04 to dual-boot with Windows 8.1 (it was quite the process). Anyway, I wanted to use burg instead of grub2 as the boot loader, but that wouldn't work with UEFI, so I am trying to ...
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How to provide a DNS entry with hostednetwork?

I want to provide an AP for a mobile device via my Windows 8 Wi-Fi NIC netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=hello key=hellohello netsh wlan start hostednetwork does the trick but the mobile ...
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Grub-2 not booting Windows

I have openSuse 42 and Windows 8. After a clean installation that worked very well (even dealing with UEFI), I just noticed that windows does not boot. I took a picture of the error I get . This ...
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USB mass-storage corrupt on portable Linux device – fixing it using Windows CHKDSK?

Due to some circumstances I forcefully shut down my Kindle DX (in fact, a Linux machine), holding the power switch for 15 seconds. I believe no processing or obvious file transfers were in progress ...
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How to figure out why my system is freezing?

My system (a dell xps with core i7 and 16 GB ram and tons of hard drive space) keeps on freezing randomly. It happens sometimes when I put the computer in lock mode (by pressing CRTL-L). The system ...
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Windows or computer slowing down, programs not responding, browsers not loading?

Working with Windows 8. I think this may be a network issue but I don't know how to check to confirm. I am working on a powerpoint that is saved to a network location. I can open and edit it just fine,...
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Can't access network path of localhost specified with a host

I use Windows. Using Run window, I type \\127.0.0.1 and enter. Viola, a window appears that shows my shared folder, a network view of my PC. Now I add a simple DNS entry to the C:\Windows\System32\...
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User can't take ownership without Admin

I would like to be able to take ownership of a subfolder of folder F as a user USER. In advanced permissions, I've added a USER as another Permission Entry and set Take Ownership and Change ...
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Cannot log in to RDP

I have 2 IPs on my Windows Server 2012. 1st is local the 2nd is real public. Whenever I try to login using RDP from a windows 8 from inside the network of the local IP, I can easily log in. However, ...
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Create an image backup of my OS (with documents saved) and write it on USB

I want to create an image of my OS with all the programs and documents saved and write it on USB and boot this USB like it was my portable OS. How do I do that?
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How to set network location for VirtualBox Host-Only Network adapter on Windows 8 between private/public?

I have configured a Windows Server 2008 guest on VirtualBox v5.0.10 on a Windows 8 host laptop. They work fine and ping each other on bridged mode, IP address are served by a wireless router. ...
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Internal computer screen cracked

I did something stupid. I work on my computer on the ground, and so I tripped on my computer and closed it. It is a Windows 8 (now Windows 8.1) HP PC. The next day I open it up and I find it cracked. ...
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Window 8 Installation Issue during installing Visual Studio 2013

System Configuration 4 GM RAM. 1000 GB Hard Drive. Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4210U CPU @ 1.70 GHz 2.40 GHz I installed Window Window 8.1 64 Bit. then Installed few softwares below Skype ...
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wifi is not connecting after Virtual box installation in windows 8

I installed virtual box in windows 8 32 bit through my wifi connection. After i started virtualbox, my system is still connected to wifi, but not accessing to internet, it is recieving no bytes but ...
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Clean Install Win10 After Upgrading Win7 to Win8?

I bought a full boxed Win7 Ultimate copy years ago at a retail store. A few years later, I used a $40 promo offer to upgrade to Windows 8 for a discounted price via Arvato digital services, LLC. ...
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Reset Windows user profile settings to default values

After I upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10, the user account I use seems to be corrupted. For example, after I enabled Spotlight on that account, it doesn't let me disable it, and after I upgraded to ...
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laptop won't shut down after updating

The 2 of 22 update I had going took 1 complete day. The laptop then stated shutting down. This has been going for 24 hours and not shutting down. Just the message shutting down and wheel turning. Any ...
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Windows 8 Will not open anything called “setup.exe” or “uninstall.exe”

Here is the message that I get, when I try to open setup.exe: I have getting away by renaming all "setup.exe"'s to "s.exe" then it works. Does anyone has an idea why this happens?
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I'm using a partitioning tool to run my computer, it has a linux os on it and for some reason it won't read my USB

Recently my computer died on me, I have been trying everything to fix it. it will not read my HDD, I've tried multiple Hard drives none work. I came across this paritioning tool called PartedMagic, it ...
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Hyper-V connection sharing kills my host's internet connection after a while

I'm using a setup where I have an ethernet connection on my host (Windows 8.1) set to share with a Hyper-V internal switch, then my VM (Windows Server 2008) connects to that. It works for a while (i.e....