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How do I split a 3TB disk into two 1.5TB disk partitions?

I bought new 250GB SSD drive and 3TB HDD and i want to use it with windows 8.1. I have installed windows on the SSD drive but i cant use my 3TB with its full capacity. What I want is to split my 3TB ...
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Switch between open application in windows using application name

Is there any way to switch applications in Windows by typing the application name? When I have many applications open I find Alt+Tab switching to be slower. Is there an alternate way to switch ...
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I would like to have all the sound go through my left headphone

I would like for all the sound to be channeled through just my left headphone. The reason for this is a little odd, but I am completely deaf in just my right ear. It is incredibly annoying to hear ...
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Microsoft wants to install updates for a different OS version

I was looking at the specifics for the latest Microsoft security updates on the Microsoft website. I noticed that it was proposed to install updates tagged for a different OS version from the one I ...
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Problems with wireless connection (Win8.1 laptop)

I'm having 3 weird issues with connecting to a wireless connection on my laptop running Windows 8.1. 1) The icon shows the wired connection icon (monitor with a cord) and not the wireless (bars) icon,...
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Windows 8.1 session logoff on RDP disconnect

I installed fresh Win8.1 on a VM, enabled RDP access. Problem that I'm facing is that when I close RDP client my session and all my windows and applications got closed immediately. I need session to ...
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Windows WiFi hotspot - clients can't connect

I configured a WiFi hotspot on Windows, using the command line: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=ProvaMi key=pippo123 netsh wlan start hostednetwork netsh interface ip set address "...
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Copy large number of files but exclude certain sub folders on Windows

I want to backup my work folder which is mainly contained within a folder structure such as: www - project 1 - assets - node_modules - project 1 - assets - ...
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Windows 8 - How to turn off USB connection sounds?

Windows 8 plays a sounds when you connect or disconnect a USB device. How can I turn that sounds off?
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Allow application access to network drive files

I've used Windows 8 for a couple years and to this day I have avoided one single annoyance but today I had enough and need to figure out a solution. I have a network share, using OpenMediaVault, to ...
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Activating Windows 8.1 after changing my hard drive

Two years ago I bought a laptop which came with Windows 8 already installed. Upgraded to 8.1 last year. The warranty expired a year ago. I got a new hard drive recently and installed it today. Made ...
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How to make Google Chrome behave normaly again

I'm using Windows 8 and I recently updated chrome as well as my entire system. Now whenever I click on the chrome Icon pinned to my taskbar instead of popping up a single window that is floating in ...
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How to search for files only (excluding directories) in Windows 8

How do I search for files only? I need to display all the files *.* but without directories and subdirectories. Of course I can just type *.* and sort it in a desired way, so it will display all ...
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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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Streaming PC with windows 8 to a TV over network

I have a LG TV. I have noticed that I can stream most movie files, for example mp4. files using windows media player, by right clicking on the video->Play to -> LG TV. I am interested if I can stream ...
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Windows Hibernation increases startup/shutdown speed

A few weeks ago, I installed AVG PC TuneUp on my Windows 8 laptop. It recommended that I disable hibernation - this would increase performance. From that point, start-up and shut-down became ...
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Cannot access Bios

I will try to explain everything happened and everything I tried to do. I have been using my Laptop Lenovo G580 for around two years now with no problems. Awhile ago I did a full format removing ...
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Troubleshoot creating a system image to external hard drive

Need some help with a complex issue. I recently purchased a ASUS laptop and swapped out the original HD with an SDD. Everything is updated, and all drivers loaded. I then took the original HD and ...
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Copying a failing HDD

My laptop HDD is slowly failing, and I am trying to back up a system image before replacing it. The problem is every time I attempt it, there is an I/O error that stops the whole thing. Basically my ...
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Why is Windows 8 waking up the PC even when there are no wake timers and no pending maintenance tasks? [duplicate]

My desktop PC keeps waking up every time I put it to sleep. I put it to sleep, it wakes up. I put it to sleep again, it wakes up. I put it to sleep once more, it wakes up! It only stays asleep for ...
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Update to window 8.1 fails with error code 0xC1900101-0x2002000A

I recently tried to update my computer from Window 8 to Window 8.1. It got to 83% and just froze. I restarted the computer, and it gave me the error code 0xC1900101-0x2002000A. I did have windows 8....
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Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 8.1

Weird, I know, but bear with me here, please. I've been assembling a PC for sometime now, piece by piece. A friend gave me a gift for it: Windows 8 Pro (that's what it says on the box). I was ...
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How to prevent preloaded apps from being reinstalled when creating new user?

I am running Windows 8.1 (SL with Bing edition) on an Acer Aspire ES1 netbook. Acer preloads several apps on this netbook (e.g. WildTangent games, Pokki start menu), which is fine. I can remove them. ...
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Reverting back to windows 8.1 from windows 10 preview [duplicate]

Windows 10 preview has completely screwed up my PC. I opened my settings and went to update and security and clicked on "Go back to windows 8.1" I click on get started and it shows the loading symbol ...
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Can I use an alternate desktop program on Windows 8?

Microsoft makes a point of stating that the Windows 8 Desktop is simply a normal application, unlike previous editions where it seemed to be welded to the OS. So, is there a reasonable way in which I ...
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How to show icon for a window only in the task bar of the screen where it resides?

On Win8 there's an option to show the icons on the task bar but only those corresponding to the windows that actually reside on its screen. This is an awesome feature and now, that I'm on Win7, I'd ...
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How to use PSExec (or similar) in a cmd script to kill a task

Courtesy of some buggy third party software, we regularly (and frustratingly) have a task that sits in Task Manager and cannot be killed - all attempts to do so result in "Access denied". This ...
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What is different between power off via power button, and via menu?

While trying to find an answer to this question it became clear that Windows 8.1 shuts down differently depending on whether we pressed the power button (causing an issue in our case) or via the menu (...
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How do I enable Volume Shadow Copies on a mounted VHD on Windows 8

How can I enable volume shadow copies for a mounted VHD volume on Windows 8? The mounted volume does not appear in the list of volumes available to enable VSC on: As you can see, VSC is enabled ...
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How do I remove the arrows from shortcut icons in Windows?

I am trying to eliminate the arrows from my shortcuts . and watch the icons without that mark identifing as shortcut. Im using Windows 8.1
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Bad Sectored HDD - Need(ed) ideas

So, I'm running CHKDSK on my single-partitioned 450-ishGB HDD using Shift+F10 with Win7 repair disk. I got about 2300 bad sectors, some affecting Windows/system32 directory. It's been running about ...
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USB appears to prevent Windows from sleeping

After running the diagnostic tests mentioned in many answers concerning why Windows might not sleep I discovered that USB devices were the culprit (well, that and Windows Media Player, but that was ...
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How to Get an existing Windows XP Mode Virtual Machine on Windows 8.1

I have a new computer with Windows 8.1 From my old PC with Windows 7 I have a folder with "Windows XP Mode.vhd" file ~120GB. I want to run this VM on my new Windows 8.1 Is any way to do it ? UPDATED ...
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Can't install wondows 8.1 from 8

I've set up my laptop (HP 4540s) to Boot from DVD by going to boot setup and click on optical CD DRIVE . i put the Windows 8.1 DVD in my laptop and restart again , but nothing happend and windows ...
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How to recover the contents of an internal hard drive without deleting its data?

I backup some files, went back to get them, and they were gone! I couldn’t find the drive that I used to back the files. Can you figure out what happened? Can you help me retrieve my files, find my ...
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After an error with rufus, my 8GB USB shows as an 8MB usb and will not format?

I was using rufus to create a windows 8.1 bootable usb, using a new 8gb usb. Half way through the program gave an unidentified error and then when trying to re start the process and checking the ...
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Windows 8.1 or 10 for TV display of statistics

We want to display real-time business statistics (from a Google Chrome webpage) on big screens at my company's office, using Windows 8.1 computers connected to plasma screens. These computers are ...
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Migrating Google Chrome profile from Windows 7 to Windows 8 resulted in “corrupted” profile

So I bought this new computer with Windows 8 on it. Before I can just copy and paste the user profile folder from old computer to new computer and voila, it works. But not with Windows 8. I tried to ...
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Cant physically type in variable value text box when editing PATH environment variable

I am quite lost with this and hope someone faces similar problem and fixed it. But it's as simple as not being able to type in the provided text box for changing variables values in the PATH. I can ...
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How to open the desktop calculator in Windows 8.1?

How can I get to the small, windowed desktop calculator in Windows 8? (specifically Windows 8.1). In Windows 7 I'd find it in the Start menu, but the "Calculator" icon I found there only opens the ...
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How do I stop people on my wifi from being able to see my computer?

I'm on Windows 8.1. I never noticed this before but when you open file explorer and then click network, my own computer shows up there. If you click on it, you can see "users" and click that then you ...
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Internal hard drive connected by usb no longer displays in Disk Management. How to get the drive to show without deleting it's data?

I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RORMF6 3TB internal hard drive to back-up data across multiple computers. When I connected the sata cable to USB, the hard-drive did not ...
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Network and Sharing Center hung in Windows 8.1

I'm having an issue wherein when I open the Network and Sharing Center in Windows 8.1, it hangs every time indefinitely. The spinning wheel of death (busy cursor) is present on this window, but other ...
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How can I disable the automatic login of the last active user in Windows 8.1?

I'm running Windows 8.1 Pro with two user accounts, mine being a password-protected administrator and the other being a standard user with no password. Now, when the latter logs in, shuts the ...
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Is it possible to zoom a projector image in software (Windows 7/8)?

The projected image is just a little too big and the projector does not seem to have a good physical zoom. I am looking for a way to shrink the image in the computer and output a slightly smaller ...
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cursor freezes or dissapears

I have a Toshiba satellite c850 running windows 8.1 where the cursor freezes or disappears at random times. Sometimes the F5 key works, other times I have to push the power button, but when neither ...
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Does installing Windows and Linux slow down computer?

I have Windows 8.1 already installed in my laptop. Now i'm thinking o installing Linux too. Is it a good idea? will it slow down my system?
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Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid) is so slow at startup

My laptop is Dell Inspiron N4050 that its RAM was upgraded to 8 GB. I have dual boot OS (Win8 and Ubuntu). My laptop is so slow when booting from Ubuntu It takes about 2 minutes but Win8 will boot at ...
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Strange empty square pops out of nowhere, minimizes all windows, hides icons, goes away after restarting explorer.exe

An empty, rectangle box popped out of nowhere whilst playing a game and listening to music trough Chrome. This resulted in all my current apps being minimized, including the game I was playing. ...
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What is the difference between primary and system partition

I was trying to update my system to windows 8, now at partition selection window it shows, partition 0 as system partition and my three other partitions as primary partitions when I select one of my ...