Windows 8 is a graphical operating system by Microsoft, released on October 26, 2012.

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Windows 8 Metro Apps won't load

How do I get my Windows 8 Metro apps to load? The tiles update, but when I click on them, they spin around and show the solid splash screen, then disappear. Only the Store app opens. I've tried: ...
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What is the Charms Bar?

I've seen a number of references to the "Charms Bar" in discussion about Windows 8. What is it, and how is it accessed?
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Installing Windows 8 pro on a built PC

I'm planning on building my own PC with the help of a friend, and after reading through this article, it seems that I need to purchase a System Builder licence. Does this mean that I should not buy ...
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How many physical processors does Windows 8 Support?

This article gives this comparison chart for the four Windows 8 Editions (Core is usually just called Windows 8). I notice specifically, about half-way down, the max physical processors is listed as 1 ...
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Windows 8 Metro/Modern UI with Dual / Multiple Monitors?

I'm using always 2 Monitors and just installed Windows 8 and always need to scroll to my Application in the new Metro interface, because the Metro is only on my main screen (the other one shows the ...
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Refresh Icon Cache Without Rebooting

Normally, to refresh the icon cache in Windows, we have to reboot. Is there a way to refresh the icon cache in Windows 7/8 without rebooting?
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Is there a way I can share the 3.42 GB download of Windows 8.1 from Windows Store?

Windows 8.1 is out, and I would like to know if it is possible to share the Windows 8.1 download upgrade between different computers so that I don't have to download it over and over again? This ...
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Use touchpad while “typing”?

My laptop (a Sony Vaio on Windows 8) disables my touchpad when I "type". This means actually typing, or just holding down a key like say, W, A, S or D. The touchpad stays disabled for a short period ...
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Install a Windows 8 Modern UI app without the Windows Store

How do I go about installing a Modern UI/Metro app without using the native Windows Store app on Windows 8? I don't know if it's even possible or if it is, how the app even gets installed from the ...
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Can I browse the Windows App Store outside of Windows 8?

Is there a way to browse the Windows App Store outside of Windows 8? I want to be able to look at the collection of apps in the store outside of windows, similar to how I can browse through the ...
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Your machine is offline please try to sign in with the last password used on this PC

I have been using windows 8 x64 from MSDN for about a month now. Woke up this morning to "Your machine is offline please try to sign in with the last password used on this PC." I have not changed my ...
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How do I remove the “eye symbol” from password fields in Windows 8?

While I was entering my password in Gmail and other mail accounts, I could see a symbol of an "eye" in the text box. This is really dangerous because once you click on the eye, your password is ...
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Backup Metro apps to install Later or on other PC's

I want to backup my current Windows 8 Metro apps so that I can install them to other PC's or Install them later if I format and re-install Windows 8 again. I want to install these Metro Modern UI ...
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Change Windows Store Region

I live in India but I would like to view and purchase the apps available in US. Is there any way to change the region of the Windows Store in Windows 8?
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Installing a different edition of Windows 8 on an OEM system

My PC comes with an OEM copy of Windows 8 (regular), but I only have a Windows 8 Professional DVD. Will Windows 8 automatically detect the edition associated with the product key in my BIOS and ...
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How to remove boot loader entry on Windows-8?

I have just installed Windows-8 preview twice, because at first I accidentally installed it at the wrong partition and now I have got 2 entries with Windows-8 in the boot loader and would like to get ...
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What exactly is the consequence of changing the “system locale” in Windows 8?

I read http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/change-the-system-locale (windows 8 linked me to this help page) and I still can't completely understand what that means. In which way is the ...
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Suspend Modern UI app to taskbar

Is there a way to "minimize" a Modern UI app to the traditional taskbar? I feel that having to manage two kind of taskbar, one horizontal and one vertical is too cumbersome. Is there a way to merge ...
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Can I downgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 7?

I am about to upgrade to Windows 8 Professional however I was wondering if I would be able to downgrade to Windows 7 if there are any compatibility issues and such forth.
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Change from IDE to AHCI after installing Windows 8

I had my drive controller configured for IDE when I installed Windows 7. This didn't change when I upgraded to Windows 8. I now need to enable AHCI, but doing so causes Windows to fail to start. It ...
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How to disable sticky corners in Windows 8?

I have 2 monitors and in Windows 7 I used to just mouse-flick maximized windows from one monitor to the other. With Windows 8 however (charms disabled), my mouse hangs in the corners while doing ...
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how to enable automatic login in windows 8

I have disabled my windows 8 lock screen but i would like to disable logging in altogether so that windows 8 automatically logs me in. If it is possible to disable lock screen, see here, then i'm sure ...
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What are the “N” versions of Windows 8?

Microsoft just released the final Windows 8 versions for MSDN members, before its consumer release in october. Anyway, I am a MSDN member. Today I went to see my downloads page and I found a list of ...
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Always open new window from start screen

When selecting an application from the Windows 8 Start screen, if I already have that application running the default behavior is to set the focus to the most recently opened window. Is it possible ...
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Windows 8 Snap on desktop not working

I'm trying Windows 8 and I want to test the new snap feature where you can have two metro apps side-by-side. However, it doesn't seem to work. I place my cursor on top of the screen, and drag left or ...
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Does Windows 8 allow multiboot when installing from a mounted ISO?

I just downloaded Windows 8 and am itching to install it. The installation says it will clean everything out. I assume (hope) that it only means I cannot transfer settings from my current OS and that ...
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Create shortcut to dial VPN connection in Windows 8

It was easy to create a shortcut that automatically dials a VPN connection in Windows 7 (e.g., see these answers). But if I create that shortcut in Windows 8, double-clicking it opens the Networks ...
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What are the specifications required to install Windows 8?

As every operating system has certain system requirements, what is the minimum specification required to install Windows 8.
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Windows 8.1 missing font files after restart

Some days ago I rebooted my windows 8.1 system. After the reboot all my system texts were very cryptic - showing only some strange symbols. After some investigation I discovered that my ...
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Using the same Windows 8 Upgrade installer on multiple PCs

As per the article How the new Windows 8 license terms affect you: You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. … You may not transfer the software to share licenses ...
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Disable ClearType (blurry fonts) in Internet Explorer 10 on windows 7

I've installed recently the latest Internet Explorer 10 and found out again what was my issue with the previous upgrade -- blurry fonts aka ClearType! Unfortunately there are some apps that use IE ...
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Windows 8 upgrade Recovery Disk

I have upgraded to Windows 8 from Win 7. I want to create a recovery disk for Windows 8, just in case something goes wrong. I didn't find the option of creating it from the control panel. How do I ...
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How do I search the Windows 8 Store?

I can't seem to find any search box in the store. Does it exist? How can I access it?
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Is Windows 8 Pro usable without activation?

There seems to be little information about the way the activation system works in Windows 8, especially for consumer versions of Windows (Core/Pro, not Enterprise). I already know that Microsoft now ...
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Can I get back desktop Gadgets?

There is no option to add desktop Gadgets in Windows 8 desktop view, Can i still get them back, without having to use untrusted third party software?
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How to install Windows 8 from USB flash drive?

I downloaded Windows 8 as an ISO image, and I'd like to install it on a computer that doesn't have an optical drive. Is it possible to install Windows 8 from a USB drive? How would I do this?
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Named Group of tiles (Applications) in Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I group icons in the Start menu of Windows 8? The tiles in Windows 8 ModernUI are just all on that scrolling page (the new "Start Menu"). Like the old iOS had ...
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Deleting Windows.old folder?

I have recently re-installed my Windows 8 Release Preview, and it has left a Windows.old folder in my C Drive. I am trying to delete this folder, but I am getting lots of errors: After ...
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How do I add a shortcut to a website to the Windows 8 start screen?

There's a couple of things that bother me in Windows 8 and one of them is that I don't seem to figure out how to add a shortcut to a specific website to the Start screen. Is this possible at all?
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Is the windows 8 upgrade 32 bit or 64bit

Simply like the title says is the windows 8 upgrade 32 bit or 64bit? the one that you get with the upgrade assistant? Or is it dependent on the the system I am using to download it? 32bit system gets ...
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Does Windows 8 require any sort of Virus protection? [closed]

I have read about how Windows 8 is better and has better built in security... So the question is, do I really need third party Virus protection, or is the built in security good enough?
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Change Windows Key shortcuts on Windows 8

On Windows 8, I noticed that the keyboard shortcuts for doing stuff is quite centered around the windows key. An example would be win + type, to search/launch applications. The problem is, that I do ...
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Windows 8 Hyper-V - how to give VM internet access?

I've got Windows 8 Pro on my home machine. I want to have a Windows 7 Professional VM running under Hyper-V, and I want the VM to have full internet access. My physical machine has a wireless network ...
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Install Windows 8 without a Product Key

Windows 8 setup asks for the product key at the beginning of the setup without letting you install it. I got the Windows 8 ISO from MSDN but I didn't get enough keys to install it on all my 7 ...
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How to reboot/shutdown Windows 8 without the mouse?

Nowadays on Windows 7, if I have no mouse on my computer I just press Win Button+->+Enter: This makes my computer shutdown without needing to use a mouse. However, on Windows 8, I need the mouse to ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 8 using Microsoft Virtual PC?

I'm trying to install Windows 8 on my pc via Microsoft Virtual PC. However I get this annoying, non-descriptive error: I'm looking to find out if Microsoft Virtual PC supports Windows 8, and if so ...
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How to always run as administrator applications on Windows 8

The problem is, when I open applications I need to always right click, select run as admin. When I don't do it getting unexpected application errors. BTW, I turned off UAC. It's annoying. Is ...
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Is there a Windows 8 equivalent of 'Recent Items'/'My Recent Documents'?

I used to use "Recent Items" and "My Recent Documents" in the start menu in previous versions of Windows to quickly open a recently opened document/activity. Is there an equivalent aggregated list of ...
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How can I prevent my computer from waking up accidentally?

When I put my computer into sleep mode, it will wake up while I'm away from it. There's nothing near the computer that could move the mouse or accidentally press a button and I have no idea what might ...
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How to setup a proxy for Modern UI (aka Metro) Apps in Windows 8?

I have installed Windows 8 on a PC behind a proxy. I had setup the proxy in Internet options and IE works well, but Modern UI (aka Metro) apps instead seem to not be able to exit. Is there any ...