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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

4
votes
1answer
1k views

Cannot import Gmail contacts into Windows 8 People app

I know there is a lot of talk of this around the net, and I have done my research, but I'm still not getting any joy. In the People app, I have connected it with my GMail account. This is confirmed ...
1
vote
0answers
45 views

Windows: Set command on keyboard power button

I'd like to set command on the laptop power button on a keyboard. Is there any way to do this? As an example I'd like to rebind it to Insert. P.S. I have Windows 8.
4
votes
4answers
2k views

How can I continue audio playback even after switching user?

I just tested it with iTunes; after switching the user account (only after logging into another account, to be precise) the audio playback from the account "A" stops. However iTunes continues playing ...
0
votes
1answer
125 views

Should Windows 8 be taking up 40GB of my HDD when my drive is compressed?

I want to install a game that requires 12GB on my computer with an HDD that shows 53GB total capacity, so I cleared everything off of it. All documents, pictures, downloads, desktop, etc empty ...
0
votes
2answers
464 views

How to get high quality profile picture in Windows8

Windows is notorious with degrading bitmaps in system. Most people probably tackled the issue with wallpaper. The thing is, that Win resaves your wallpaper as JPEG with very low quality, as a result ...
1
vote
2answers
68 views

Windows 8 Keyboards stopped working

I have no idea what happened, but now none of my keyboards are working. I have an HP PS/2 keyboard that I use on my computer. A couple of minutes ago I stepped away from my computer and when I came ...
-1
votes
2answers
36 views

how to free up recovery disk in win8.1

my laptop(lenovo yoga 11s,win8.1)has more than 15g for healthy recovery partition, and in the mean time I am running low on my c disk. I was wondering if there is a way I could free up some recovery ...
-4
votes
1answer
42 views

How to remove Linux Mint to install Windows 8?

I have a computer with only Linux installed. How do I remove it to install Windows 8? All I see online is about dual boot but I don't have that, just Linux on my computer. The way I installed Linux on ...
1
vote
0answers
78 views

Is the Ideaworks Wi-Fi antenna (USB) compatible with Windows 8.1?

I have an Ideaworks Wi-Fi (USB) antenna and am having difficulty getting it to work.It says that it’s compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, 7, and Windows 8. I am running Windows 8.1 and cannot ...
1
vote
1answer
131 views

How can I use emoji characters on a Windows 8 PC without a touch screen?

The Windows 8.x touch screen keyboard allows for use of many emoji characters, but how can these be accessed without a touch screen? I would've thought they should be available through Character Map, ...
2
votes
0answers
57 views

How to limit (not Disable) Swapfile.sys size?

How can I limit the size of c:\swapfile.sys? I would expect wmic swapfileset to work, but it doesn't exist: wmic swapfileset where name="c:\\swapfile.sys" set initialsize=1000,maximumsize=1000 ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

How can I connect to a Mobile Broadband device and a Wifi network simultaneously, and use the Mobile Broadband internet?

In my current work situation, I'm using a Windows 8 laptop and I need to be connected to two networks simultaneously: A Telstra mobile broadband device, which has internet access. This is connected ...
0
votes
1answer
84 views

How do I securely mount a remote file system as a drive letter on Windows?

I have a NAS server running Linux, and I want to map it as a network drive on my Windows PC. Additionally, I want the connection between my Windows PC and NAS box to be secure (e.g. encrypted). ...
3
votes
1answer
631 views

Internet Explorer 10 doesn't seem to work with Sysinternals Desktops

I heavily use Sysinternals Desktops version 2 to manage multiple desktops. In the past, I used Internet Explorer 9 as this was the only web browser I found that could function across multiple ...
2
votes
0answers
79 views

Can't shutdown Windows 8 from Linux

I'm having trouble setting up a shutdown over LAN from a raspberry pi to a windows 8.1 PC. I get all sort of different errors. I'm logged with the Administrator account and I've set up a password (on ...
0
votes
1answer
314 views

USB flash drive unreadable after a few minutes on Windows 8

I recently got a new computer with Windows 8. I a have a number of large backup files I am moving from my old PC to my new one. I was able to successfully copy the files to a couple 16 GB flash ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

How to pin a batch file to the Taskbar (Quicklaunch) [duplicate]

Brian Borg's answer at technet explains how to Pin a batch file to the Taskbar in Windows 7. I was able to do that in Windows 7 and it worked fine. But I'm unable to make it work in Windows 8. The ...
0
votes
3answers
2k views

How to set static IP address on Window 8.1 Host with Hyper-V and Single network adapter

I have a Windows 8.1 Pro machine (not preview). In order to do Windows Phone 8 development, the emulators have to use the Hyper-V engine to run. When Hyper-V was installed it changed my network ...
0
votes
2answers
352 views

How to replace Net Framework 4.5 with 4.0?

How can I replace Net Framework 4.5 with 4.0 in Windows 8.1? So far I can disable and re-enable Net Framework 4.5 on "Turn Windows Features on or off", but I'm unable to manually install Net ...
0
votes
1answer
232 views

How to run DISM against a local source?

How can I run DISM agaisnt a USB Windows installer to repair my local Windows files? This is what I tried in Windows 8.1: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth It returns: Note that my ...
0
votes
1answer
409 views

Net Framework 4.5 causes a program to crash

Sony Vegas is crashing the moment I press render regardless the format chosen on a freshly installed Windows 8.1. Error: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: APPCRASH Application Name: ...
0
votes
1answer
844 views

Asus Windows 8 Computer black screen and cursor

Yesterday my friend sent me a link and I clicked on the link. The computer gave me a warning about it being harmful but since it always does that I allowed it to open the link anyway. The link was ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

Why does my desktop PC wake up when I turn on my Laptop?

I have two Windows 8 PCs. One is a desktop computer and one is a laptop. Whenever I wake up (from sleep) my laptop, my desktop computer will also wake up at the same time. I have no idea why this is ...
65
votes
6answers
47k views

Display the clock on multiple screens in Windows 8

Is it possible to display the clock on the taskbar on each screen in Windows 8, namely, without 3rd-party tools?
0
votes
0answers
52 views

How do I get GRUB2 to boot to cloned Windows 8 disk?

I have a system up and running with Ubuntu and Windows 8 using GRUB2. I cloned the Windows partition to a new SSD with sudo dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/dev/sdc1. I partitioned the second SSD the same as the ...
0
votes
0answers
71 views

Shrink Windows 8.1's install size

I have a computer with Windows 8.1 on a SSD drive. I read that with update 1 to Windows 8.1 they made the installation size smaller. From somewhere near 30GB to 16GB. Is there anyway to take advantage ...
3
votes
3answers
5k views

Disable virtual memory in Windows 8 is good? [duplicate]

I have an ultrabook hybrid with a SSD (mSata) and HDD working with intel rapid storage and my PC has 6 GB of ram. So I want to know if I can disable virtual memory and what other things should I do to ...
7
votes
3answers
3k views

Is the UAC level in Windows per individual user?

Can each user have different UAC level in a PC? Specifically, can an Admin have UAC level set to "never notify" and a User have UAC level set to "always notify" and so on?
0
votes
1answer
39 views

How to disable even checking of updates in Windows 8? An svchost process is connected to Microsoft Update server, hogging up resources all the time

I usually keep the updated on "Notify only" setting but still Windows is keeping an svchost.exe process running in the background all the time, which very often connects to a Microsoft Update server ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Writing debian iso to usb stick from windows results in 440kb filesystem with 1 file

I am trying to create a bootable usb drive from Windows 8 in order to install Debian on my laptop. I've looked up a lot of guides online, and they basically boil down to two categories: Write the ...
0
votes
1answer
77 views

Windows 8: recovering a saved auto-login password (netplwiz)

A couple of months ago, I've installed Windows 8 on a laptop of my mom. I created a Microsoft account for her, and used some tutorial to enable auto-login with netplwiz, so she won't have to enter the ...
3
votes
3answers
434 views

Locally syncing two computers so they are the same

I'm thinking of eventually, when I have more money, buying a laptop, so it's more convenient for me to work at school or wherever I eventually get hired. Eventually, maybe. I don't think I'll have ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

VGA connection issue

Why am I unable to use a VGA cable to connect my LG IPSle23 60 HTz monitor to my PC? I've read that it may be a resolutions issue, I don't even like Matrix! Seriously though, it's driving me mad, I ...
10
votes
6answers
33k views

How do I modify user groups in Windows 8?

I need to add myself to the TelnetClients group on Windows 8, I knew how to do this in Windows 7 and before that but I guess everything has changed. I have looked through all the account settings and ...
0
votes
2answers
59 views

Shortcut key for delete

My delete key is not working and I feel happy if I can create shortcut for both temporarily and permanently delete files using other keys.Can any one help me. Thanks in advance
0
votes
2answers
82 views

Windows: Cannot associate executable with file extension

I know this is a very basic question, but I couldn't find the answer. When I right click on a file with extension .abc and click on Properties and then Change..., then even when I click on Browse... ...
0
votes
1answer
21 views

windows 8 pro system disk reading error

My son accidently upgraded the system to windows 8.1pro then after some time while it was updating he switched the laptop off. Now when I restart the laptop, it comes with the dialog error in disk ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

How can I use a different zoom on different displays in Windows 8?

I have a Windows 8 15" laptop with a 1920x1080 screen resolution. At that size, everything is really small. In the "Screen Resolution" configuration window, I click on the link "Make text and other ...
4
votes
2answers
5k views

Client Hyper-V in Windows 8 : Synthetic Ethernet Port: Failed to finish reserving resources

I am unable to run any of my virtual machines with a network connection. I get this error when I try to start them: Synthetic Ethernet Port: Failed to finish reserving resources with Error ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

Cursor disappears when using drawing tablet on Win8

When I use my Aiptek drawing tablet with Windows 8, the mouse cursor disappears when I'm moving the stylus as a mouse (but not touching the surface). I can't find an option to turn it off and it ...
1
vote
0answers
79 views

Copied C drive contents to external HDD, half of the content is not there, but content size says otherwise

I copied my C drive onto an external HDD. The folder which holds this shows that it has about 20GB of data. However, when I open the folder, and check the sum of all contents, it only adds up to about ...
2
votes
3answers
11k views

Windows 8 Permissons: Copying a File, Access Denied, Despite Take Ownership

I just wiped my hard drive with Windows 7 and did a fresh install of Windows 8. I backed up my files on an external hard drive. When I tired copying my music over to Windows 8, I got this message for ...
0
votes
0answers
108 views

Reset the Windows 8 bluetooth devices cache

I got this old Nokia bluetooth headset I'm trying to connect to my Windows 8 laptop. It worked for the first time, it even played some music but then I turned off the headset so could charge it. ...
0
votes
0answers
340 views

Unable to install iis manager on windows 8.1

I get an error while trying to install IIS manager from "Turn on off windows features" on a windows 8 machine. Just before trying to install this I installed Visual Studio 2013 community online and ...
1
vote
0answers
203 views

Sound on my headphones is too high

Sound from my USB headphones is way too loud. I have to keep everything on total minimum, otherwise it's too high. Screenshot bellow shows highest acceptable volume for me. On Youtube where you can ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

Windows 8.1 Search not working

I have files and shortcuts on my desktop, when I use the search feature in 8.1 and type in the name of a shortcut on my desktop, it does not find it. This use to work amazingly well in Windows 7. As ...
4
votes
2answers
7k views

Can't send files through bluetooth on Windows 8.1

I just upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 While I was using Windows 8, everything seemed to work fine. When I upgraded to Windows 8.1, I realized that I cannot send files through bluetooth. I ...
2
votes
0answers
203 views

How to update video driver when I'm receiving error code 31?

I am using a Dell Latitude 3540 with an AMD Radeon HD 8850M running Windows 8, recently the motherboard was replaced because the GPU was dying, after it was replaced it worked for a while, then I ...
26
votes
2answers
25k views

Ubuntu not connecting to network in Hyper-V

I am unable to connect the Ubuntu guest (both 12.10 and 12.04) to the internet via hyper-V. Here is what I have done so far (with much thanks due to @Kronos's blog post on the topic): Created a ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

Can I use the new ReFS file system on Windows 8?

Windows Server 2012 comes with the new File System ReFS, which is Microsoft's upgrade to NTFS. Is there any way to use this for my Windows 8 partition?