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How can I get my Windows 8 license key once I've installed Windows 10 preview? [duplicate]

I installed Windows 10 preview but now I want to re-install Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 How can I get my license key back so that I can do this? The computer was supplied with Windows 8 pre-installed.
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Windows 8: Fast creation of many user accounts

When logging into a newly created account for the first time, one is taken on a 'tour' while Windows is 'setting up some stuff'. This takes several minutes. Without this process the user folder ...
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Spell check turned off in Windows 8.1

I have an Acer Aspire "E15 Start" laptop running Windows 8.1. Recently, it seems that somehow the spell check feature on all applications and websites has been "globally" turned off. No misspelled ...
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Windows 8 home screen not visible after booting and entering password

i have re-started my laptop with windows 8 OS several times over. But I am stuck. the following is happening : I put the power button on. Then it asks for password. I enter the password. But nothing ...
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Disabling vsync in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is performing really slow and choppy in desktop mode, I suspect vsync is the culprit since dwm.exe forces vsync to run all the time. Is there a way to turn if off? I've searched around and ...
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Windows 8 - Windows lag, fullscreen doesn't + Weird window transparency issue

So this has been bugging me since I got this new laptop, basically because of Windows 8 things are going much slower than it needs to be. Chrome lags with youtube and certain html5 elements lag and ...
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Remote Desktop Freezing and giving a weird error

So for the last few days, I've been using windows remote desktop from my macbook to connect to my PC upstairs to do work. But the last few days I've been having issues with the connection freezing ...
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Windows 8.1 asking for product key after recovery

My laptop was not starting. I understood that the battery had run out of charging as soon as I plugged in the charger and started my laptop. Meanwhile, for a second I had removed the plug again and ...
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Cannot save file, remove write protection

I am backing up my computer to usb hard drive. I moved many gigabytes except one folder. When I copy windows 8 says that file copy failed, that the file cannot be saved and I shall remove write ...
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Windows 8 OEM version / serial key [duplicate]

I'm a Sony VAIO User. I bought it from internet. It came to me with a preinstalled Windows 8. There was no serial key on any surface of laptop and i was given no CD or any other stuff, just the ...
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Deleting Ghost(?) Folder in windows 8 (there's no notification)

My folders won't delete, even though I can create them. There's no notification of "you can't delete this folder..." it just doesn't delete. I can't even move it to the Recycle Bin. I also cannot put ...
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Asus Access BIOS Windows 8 Instructions

For these instructions to access the BIOS from asus, when accessing the advanced startup do I need to be admin?
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Is there a way to enable font smoothing only for specific apps in Windows?

I like non-smoothed fonts on my desktop's monitor, but some apps just don't look okay because they use built-in fonts which are not suitable for aliased rendering. So when I need to do some reading, I ...
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How to set up a password to protect bitlocker key with tpm?

My computer is a dell xps12 (2013) laptop running on windows 8.1 pro, uefi and secure boot enabled. I successfully enabled tpm and encrypted system partition with bitlocker. I was a bit surprised it ...
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stream to upnp renderer with vlc

In my local network, I have a device that support upnp av and act as an upnp renderer. When I do a right click over some mp3 files I can stream them to this upnp renderer, but it use Windows Media, ...
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How to install programs via cmd prompt

I currently installed a dual boot Ubuntu and windows 8 and as a new guy to Linux I love all the features it has over windows, like for instances the terminal, which allows me to install programs in ...
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Will it be possible to revert to Windows 8 after installing Windows 10 (not preview)? [duplicate]

Is there any reason that one could not revert to a previous OS (e.g. from a disk image) after installing the full release of Windows 10? It might be possible for MS to repartition the disk during ...
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Enabling Classic Long Click Behavior On Windows 8.1 Tablets

I have several programs installed on a new Windows 8.1 tablet, that require a long left-mouse button press to perform certain actions. The problem is, I can't seem to mimic this functionality when ...
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Cannot Wake Laptop From Sleep

I just got a laptop with Windows 8.0 Pro 64 bit. I know this is common problem but I cannot get this solved. When the laptop goes to sleep, it cannot be woken up. I have tried to search google and ...
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Dell Inspiron i660s-5386BK won’t recognize hard disk which works OK

After running Windows Update, my computer wouldn't restart. Stated no hard drive. Pressed F12 at startup to run diagnostics - everything passed but said there was no hard drive! I purchased a USB ...
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Is windows chdsk enough or there are better alternatives to recover filesystem?

Recently I have various problems of file corruption on Windows 8.1 x64 when I copy large files. Using HD Tune Utility apparently there is no hardware problem the already present files are fine too, ...
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Transparency issues in Windows after resume from Hibernation

For the last several years I have been having this issue every day once I resume from hibernation. For example, this is what Firefox tabs look like: What you see is actually 2 Firefox windows (one ...
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Windows 10 Free Upgrade - What happens to Windows 7/8? [duplicate]

Microsoft is giving Windows 10 away for free to Windows 7/8/8.1 users. If one reserves Windows 10 with the new notification in the tray area, what will happen to their Windows 7/8/8.1 license? Are ...
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Windows 8, USB Ports Malfunctioning

Today I started getting the "The last USB device you connected to this computer malfunctioned, and Windows does not recognize it" message. People have reported this happening to pen drives when first ...
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Chrome Slider consistently low in volume mixer

I'm running Windows 8.1 and have been for almost two years. I know this problem has happened in at least the past 6 months, although I'm not sure how consistently. The sound mixer sets Chrome really ...
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MacBook White 2010 Unibody - Upgrading from Windows 8.1 to 10 on BootCamp?

I have Windows 8.1 installed (not by upgrading from 8) on my MacBook White Unibody 2010 via BootCamp. Before, I had Windows 7 installed and searching through the internet tells me that if I upgrade ...
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How to back-up an external drive using Windows File History

Windows File History only back-up Library Folders, I have an external drive I also want to back-up its got about 1Tb of data so it would be useful to back-up changes as they happen as well as my ...
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windows 8 windows login changed to hotmail login [duplicate]

To install some apps from the app store in windows 8 you had to login with a windows login.. Now the login to windows is changed to the login of my hotmail account?! What the ....... !%"&! How ...
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Windows 8: Ethernet traffic blocks mouse

Strangest thing ever... Basically what happens is if I have a lot of ethernet traffic, my mouse doesn't work properly anymore. It 'feels' like the mouse signal gets 'blocked' out by network traffic. ...
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Remove “has stopped working” message windows 8

I want to be able to remove the "has stopped working" message that comes up when a program crashes because I am trying to write a script that automatically opens the program back up if it does crash. ...
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Trying to create a Big Endian environment using solaris 10 SPARC VM in Windows8 Host

I need a Big Endian system for testing. I am planning to create a Solaris Virtual Machine by installing Oracle Solaris 10 ...
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Restore MBR on a Toshiba Satellite Click Mini laptop with Windows 8 after uninstalling Debian 8 using EasyBCD

The Toshiba Satellite Click Mini is a special computer, it doesn't have any CD/DVD drive and the BIOS is special and very limited, it looks like this: When I select "Enter Setup" I have a menu like ...
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BSOD's when gaming. Freshly built PC, windows 8.1

Here are text files of the analysis I got from the Windows debugger: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/m2cxget7qsop6/Dump_text I just built a pc and I get a lot of different BSOD's when starting up ...
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Asus Taichi21 Windows 8 Backlit Keyboard Not working

I bought an Asus Taichi21 notebook PC, did a factory reset and updated a few drivers. I notice the backlit keys are not lighting up before and after I updated drivers. Buttons: Fn+F3 - Light goes ...
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My mouse is inverted

I bought a new wireless mouse today and was working fine until around an hour a go. I was in the middle of playing a game put down the mouse to look at my phone and when I picked it back up the ...
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How to make hidden partitions accessible in windows 8?

I've read a similar question here, but that solution doesn't work for me... The current partitions on my laptop (2nd hand ASUS Vivobook) look like this: As you can tell I have a 500G HDD and 24G ...
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Alt and AltGr key randomly stop working on Windows 8.1

Alt and AltGr usually work well but sometimes, for no reason they stop working. Restarting the computer doesn't work. I checked the keyboard language. I checked if I have one of these programs running ...
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Program run with Task Scheduler doesn't work properly (create file)

I have a Ruby program compiled as an .exe. It checks a website for some data, and stores it in a text file before printing a success message and exiting. When I run the program by double-clicking, it ...
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activate windows 8.1 using windows 8 oem key [duplicate]

I have a dell laptop that came with windows 8 (OEM) I upgraded to 8.1 and yesterday I had to reinstall the windows so I created a windows 8.1 usb using an iso from the internet (windows 8.1 pro 64 ...
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My StoreJet 1TB Transcend does not show the files, why?

The problem is can't see any of my files at Transcend 1TB portable Hard Disk. Well, the drive is shown at My Computer and it showes that there are files but when i open it, i see an empty drive. Some ...
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Windows 8 Enterprise - Decrease time before screen locks

This seems like a question that I should've easily found the answer to by now, and while there are similar questions, I haven't found any exactly like what I am looking for. Similar questions I can ...
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Is there a way to force Windows to use Precision Touchpad drivers rather than Synaptics?

I have a Dell XPS 15 (9530) that has a Synaptics clickpad. I've tried tinkering with many settings and different Dell/Synaptics drivers, but there's always some aspects that don't work well (two ...
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Custom Right-click Context Menu verb / contextMenuHandler in Windows 8 Registry no longer works for AutoCAD .dwg file

I am currently having a problem when it comes to adding a right click context menu verb whenever the user right clicks on a ".dwg" file in Windows 8. I do not spend a lot of time in the registry and I ...
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Is it possible to run 2 different motherboards in parallel? [closed]

I want to run a motherboard with a 64-bit CPU and another motherboard with a 32-bit CPU etc. etc. in parallel to form a kind of "Super PC" for my hard core games. Question 1 Is it possible in ...
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mintty problems with Windows 8.1 on-screen keyboard (tablet) and Alt-Gr keys

On a tablet running Windows 8.1 I installed Cygwin 2.0.0 64. Unfortunately I have issues using the on-screen (virtual) keyboard with Alt-Gr keys from within mintty. Example: In Germany to get to the ...
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How to set default Sign-In options to PIN after remote desktop connection closed in WIN8

I create a PIN to login my windows account, And the default sign-in option is PIN when win8 startup But the sign-in option switch to Password when I connected this computer via Remote Desktop I ...
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Cloned disk isn't bootable

I have a Macbook Pro which has a Windows installation on one of the partitions. I bought a new desktop with a new SSD and wanted my Windows install from my Macbook on the new SSD. So I cloned the ...
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Google Chrome - doing very abnormal on boot to go to kiosk mode

I am launching Google chrome via regedit on system boot (Windows 8.1 64-bit). chrome.exe --kiosk <url> Google Chrome is latest version up-to date and windows operating system is also up-to ...
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My Dell M4800 windows 8 acts like i am clicking on another application when i am trying to use a current application. See description

First, I can't even click on anything on the start bar of the screen. The only way i can switch applications is by using alt tab. The second issue is when i do use alt tab into an application, My ...
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How do I reassign win x in windows 8 to open chrome?

and for that matter how do I reassign any win+ combo? (I am using a small software called winhotkey but it can only assign free letters with the win button - and Windows 8 has almost all the letters ...