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Installing and Activating Windows after accidentally deleting it while Installing Ubuntu

A week ago, I bought a Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 laptop with pre-installed Windows 8.1. Recently, I tried to install Ubuntu and while doing so I accidentally installed Ubuntu by replacing Windows. That is, ...
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Fan speed control softkey is inactive on Lenovo z480 running Windows 8

Although it is stated in the manual that the fan speed control softkey would give us four different options to choose from, my Z480 Ideapad Lenovo on Win8 has a different scenario. Once this softkey ...
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Windows and hybrid MBR on removable USB disk

I carry an USB thumbdrive with me. It contains a data partition, an Ubuntu Linux installation and an EFI System Partition. It uses a hybrid MBR so I can boot from it on modern EFI-only and legacy BIOS ...
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Games on windows 8 in bootcamp lag even on lowest graphics

I've been playing Crysis 2 and Skyrim on my Retina MacBookPro (10,1) for months now. The two games used to run super smoothly even on nearly maxed out settings. This laptop has an Nvidia GeForce GT ...
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Is there any way to get Windows 8 (not 8.1) Installation Media if I only have access to Windows 8.1?

Long story short, I've got a device and an OEM Product Key for a licence for Windows 8 on it. After a complicated journey of many upgrades and downgrades now I find myself with Windows 8.1 installed ...
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Auto Wi-Fi connection on Windows

I am looking on how to connect to a WiFi SSID on Windows OS, but I have not been successful. First of all I tried using windows commands like: netsh connect ssid=SSIDNAME name=PROFILENAME This ...
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Changing the border width of windows in Windows 8

After we Restore down, a maximized window in Windows 8, somewhat thicker outer border can be seen. But in Windows 10. As I remember there is no such a border in Windows 10. Is there any way to ...
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How do I set my wireless network to be private instead of public?

Trying to maintain good security settings on my laptop, I want my home network to be interpreted as private and the university network at school to be interpreted as public. However, my home network ...
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How do I disable narrator forever? [duplicate]

I hate narrator. I realize it can be helpful for people that can't see well but I don't have that problem. I keep accidentally pressing whatever keys open it (I still haven't found out what it is) and ...
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Lenovo Ideapad Z585 screen remains black on restart

hope I'm posting this in the right place. Basically I've had my Lenovo ideapad z585 for a while, but recently it's started doing this thing where if the laptop is turned off/restarted, when it is ...
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Lenovo IdeaPad u510 won't boot into Windows 8

I am a proud one year owner of an Ideapad u510 ultrabook. The ideapad came with Win 8 preinstalled on it. The machine ran fine with the Pro upgrade and then the 8.1 upgrade couple of months ago. I ...
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Windows 8 on Lenovo Ideapad z500

I recently bought a new Lenovo Ideapad Z500 with only DOS on it. Then during the Windows 8 installation I accidentally deleted the partitions and now I have 3 partitions, 1 of them has the Type "OEM(...
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How to enable handwriting panel? (Windows 8 on a Lenovo Ideapad Yoga13)

When using my touch keyboard I can not access the handwriting panel. The keyboard comes up properly, I can choose from the standard layout and the thumbs keyboard, but the handwriting panel is not ...
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What does 'Clear PK' do?

I'm in BIOS Setup on my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro running Windows 8.1 (yuck, sorry) and I want to get into setup mode in order to access the terminal from the system account. There is an option under the '...
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Windows 8 adaptive brightness broken - reversed

My Lenovo Yoga 2 13 with Windows 8.1 has an annoying auto-brightness feature that dims the screen when the content is dark and increases the brightness when the content is light. This makes web-...
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Windows audio not enabled on Windows 8

I have a Lenovo Yoga 2, and the Windows Audio is not enabled. I have tried enabling it, but it gives me an error code 0x800706cc. I don't think it has anything to do with AVG. I don't know what else ...
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Windows 8.1 Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro “Network Driver not properly installed”

I've just received a brand new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro just a few hours ago, and already there seems to be a problem. Windows 8.1 keeps telling me it cannot find any networks, and when I troubleshoot ...
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Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 851F

I have this tablet, and the story with it is very strange. First when I got it I had Win8.1 which I tried to upgrade to Win10. But it failed, because when after 60% it told me to chose language, my ...
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lenovo x1 carbon windows 8 frequent WiFi disconnect issue

I'm having frequent WiFi disconnects on my Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch laptop. I got this laptop 2 months back and it has been happening ever since about 3-5 times a day and 10 times a week on average. I'...
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Configuring Windows 8/8.1/10 File History via command line

tl;dr: Is there a way to configure windows 8 file history via unattended command-line/some script? long story: I'm configuring a lot of stand-alone (non-domain) PCs and I think some backup is better ...
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Removing the Apple sound effect when changing volume levels in a boot camp assisted installation of Windows 8

I find the sound effect that plays when you adjust the volume levels on a mac very annoying. The issue is I can't find a way to remove this on the windows side of my mac. I'm fairly certain I ...
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Does resetting windows 8 remove other partitions

My questions looks like a duplicate but i couldn't figure out from other answers what i wanted to ask. I have all my data in D and E drive and windows is installed in C drive. If I reset my Windows 8....
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Windows 8 tablet command prompt borderless fullscreen mode

My project is processing a big queue of devices and I want to use a windows 8 tablet that is not in use anymore to display the status of the queue with a Python script. The script is running fine and ...
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Lenovo Ideapad U410: BIOS in UEFI mode failed after update

I updated the BIOS (65cn99ww.exe) to laptop Lenovo Ideapad U410 (Windows 8), and after computer restarted itself: the system couldn't start, it tried to repair the system on booting, The bios shows ...
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Intel (R) rabi storage technology, is it pointess or necessary? [closed]

Windows 8.1 64Bit, Single Hard Drive 923GB how much does Intel (R) rapid storage technology speed up PC & PC Start? or does Intel (R) rapid storage technology nothing for single hard drive? is ...
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Do Windows 8 “Live Tiles” actually use a lot of one's monthly broadband data allowance?

Windows 8 Live Tiles are a great way of showing constantly updated information regarding stock prices, weather bulletins etc on the Windows 8 Start Screen. Is it plausible to suggest that they can ...
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Intel Rapid Start Technology Incompatible with Whole-Disk Encryption?

I have a brand new Dell XPS 15 laptop, and I'm getting the following message popping up from time to time. Searching around, I see that Windows 8.1 is supposed to have whole disk encryption enabled ...
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Intel Rapid Start Technology seems less “rapid” than the default Windows start/wake

I have a Dell 7000 series laptop running Windows 8 with an Intel core i7 processor. I often have to hold the power button to force it to turn off and then turn it back on again in order to wake it ...
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Can't turn on Intel 5300 Wifi on Lenovo T530

I have an Intel 5300 Wireless Card in my new Lenovo ThinkPad T530. Sometimes, when I use the Wireless switch on the side of the computer, when I turn it back on the computer still says that the Wifi ...
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ThinkPad T530 TouchPad stops responding

I have a ThinkPad T530 running Windows 8 Pro X64. I use two finger scrolling with my touchpad, and often scrolling will stop working for a few seconds, causing the cursor to just move erratically ...
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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 Win8 64-bit Bluetooth Compatibility issues

When I try to install the Lenovo Official bluetooth driver on Win8 I get this [messages] (https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/400578_10152802867230198_482164324_n.jpg): my ...
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Windows 8 freezes with high HDD activity

I have Window 8 (upgraded from Windows 7) installed on my Lenovo x201 and in general things are working very well. However, periodically the machine completely freezes with high hard disk activity. ...
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How to install ATI Radeon 3650 driver on Windows 8 RTM, pre-release?

Windows 8 comes with an AMD/ATI driver, but it fails at openGL. (Well, and at 3D too.) So I wanted to install an official AMD driver, but it's not that simple. AMD dropped the support for 2xxx/3xxx/...
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Lenovo onekey and reboot stuck in GRUB

I have a Lenovo g50-45 with onekey recovery with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. I dual booted with Ubuntu. Then I uninstalled Ubuntu. then tried to reinstall with USB using onekey. I got this screen: ...
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Screen is dim but goes back on when I tap on the back bottom of the display

I have no idea what happened to my Window 8 Lenovo Laptop p500 touch . I'm assuming the inverter is loose or something? every time I shut my laptop, or i bump into it, it goes dim. I can still see it,...
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Issues when upgrading Lenovo Ideapad Flex 2 14 with an SSD

After purchasing a Lenovo Ideapad Flex 2 14, I tried to upgrade it and replaced the HDD with an SSD from my older laptop. After putting in the SSD, I encountered a numerous amount of problems. First, ...
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What OEM Windows 8 licenses exist, and how do I tell which one is installed on my laptop? [closed]

I plan to purchase a new Lenovo laptop that comes preinstalled with Windows 8 (the exact product statement is Windows 8 64). As far as I understand, that's an OEM version. The problem is that I need ...
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New wireless card in a x301 Thinkpad

I am trying to install an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 into my Levovo x301 Thinkpad. I have a half card and have the gray and black wires plugged in. I replaced the BIOS with a version that does not ...
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Step by step guide to Windows 8 UEFI instalation?

I bought a new Samsung SSD 840 Pro and replaced my old drive in my Lenovo ThinkPad W520. I installed a fresh copy of Windows 8 on my machine. Apparently it didn't install UEFI boot; I checked the ...
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How to update lenovo ThinkPad from windows 7 to windows 8

I have Lenovo ThinkPad S540 which is already installed Windows 7. But the laptop does not have a DVD player. So I cant install windows 8 using the given CD pack. But when I download Windows 8 updater ...
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Windows 8 not booting at all

I am using a Lenovo ThinkPad Twist with Windows 8, and it isn't booting at all. It doesn't even show the Lenovo logo or anything. It makes no sound, nothing. It used to work. It stopped working after ...
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How to remove the black borders after installing Windows 8?

I installed Windows 8 on my PC and now only 80% of the screen is used. There is a black border around my screen. I own a Acer Predator G3610 with AMD Radeon HD 7670 and a 1920 x 1080 Acer monitor (...
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Windows explorer windows jumping around

Having a weird problem with my work computer. Have you ever noticed how sometimes explorer windows sometime seem to develop a preferred size shape and default opening location on your desktop? Well ...
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Prevent Lenovo recovery from wiping out personal data

I have a Lenovo T430s with a C and a Q partition. C is for system and Q is for recovery. My plan is to create a D partition with Windows disk management tool where I can save my personal data and ...
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ASUS notebook brightness does not work properly

Recently on my notebook's brightness stopped working. Pressing FN+F5/F6 shows the Windows 8 brightness slider, and it goes up/down, but doesn't adjust the actual brightness. Changing it manually ...
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Booting from a Windows 8 repair USB using Grub2 command line

I installed a Linux Mint 15 dual-boot alongside Windows 8.1. I no longer needed it, so I followed the instructions here for detleting the partitions. I then restarted my computer with the intention of ...
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Missing option tabs in Catalyst Control Center

My Specs: CPU: AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 CPU 1055T (6x2.8Ghz) RAM: 12GB (mixed manufacturer - had the problem before I upgraded so it should be irrelevant) GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD5830 OS: Windows 8 (...
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Modify Partitions of USB on Windows 8

In Disk Manager we see the USB drive .. but its partitioning settings are not coming up as modifiable: My intention is to generate a UEFI bootable usb .. but that requires access to the ...
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OpenGL is missing - AMD Radeon HD 7300 Series

I just installed a fresh copy of Windows 8 on my desktop: After updating everything, and yes - even my graphics card I tried to start up Minecraft but I get a OpenGL is missing error. Here's a DXdiag ...
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Compatibility files folder in Windows 8

In Windows 7 if an installed application attempts to write files in its application folder under Program Files, the files are actually written into a Compatibility files folder and in explorer you can ...