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

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Windows 8: disk usage is always at 100%

I have noticed recently that my laptop runs slowly. Reason is (as I think) that disk usage is at 100% most of the time. It's also true even when running relatively disk-independent apps. What did I ...
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Windows installation disc won't boot

I have bought an ubuntu pre-installed laptop and want to remove ubuntu and replace with windows 8.1 x64 pro.. It has UEFI and in GPT.. disabled secure boot.. but there is no fast boot or legacy boot ...
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Why do my keyboard presses result in wrong letters?

I have an ASUS Q301 running Windows 8. When I press some of the keys, they do not function properly. For example, when I press the letter P, a * will be printed. Same goes for others like 0, ;, and ...
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Create multi-disc windows bootable

I have windows 8.1 iso that I need to burn and make bootable disc. Unfortunately, I only have dvds of size 4.8 GB while ISO is greater than 6 GB. How can I make bootable disc that spans over multiple ...
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Close lid to sleep just about and open lid to wake up asap without requiring password if done soon enough

I am sure at some point this tablet-like laptop was doing the thing I've briefly described in the title. That is, within the first couple of months that I've started using this thing. I am using a ...
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Zip files that are downloaded get corrupted many times randomly

I regularly download my torrent directly, instead of using a client, via filestream. Lately I've noticed that my downloads get corrupted many a times, especially zip files. Yesterday I downloaded a 8 ...
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Using windows 8.1 in a company

We migrated a few of our PC's to Windows 8 and are now facing the problem that you are forced to register a Microsoft account in order to access the 8.1 Update and/or use office 2013. We dont feel ...
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Windows 8 - Constant Disk Usage

My installation of Windows 8.1 is constantly being extremely sluggish due to constant high disk usage. Doing anything, whether it be saving a file, opening a webpage, or closing programs, is very ...
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Installing Windows 8 as a guest operating system

At home I have Windows 7 installed on my PC and I have VMWare player installed with Linux Ubuntu as the guest operating system. I want to install Windows 8 as another guest operating system. My PC ...
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Changing the log in screen in windows 8

Is there anyway you can change the log in screen picture (colour) in windows 8, in a picture/wallpaper? I'm not talking about the pre-login screen where you can see the time and what not. But the ...
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cannot boot after adding grub menu entry

I have Fedora 20 and Windows 8 installed. I wanted to be able to dual-boot. But when I selected Windows Boot Manager in grub menu, i got: 'error file /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi not found' I ...
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How to remove startup programs which are not listed in Add or Remove Program list?

I have two startup processes, which I'm not sure what they are for. Is it normal that a PC running Windows 8 has these two processes? They look quite suspicious as their publisher is not listed at ...
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Dual booting windows 8 and Kali Linux 1.0.8

I'm trying to install kali linux along with windows 8 The latest Kali version (1.0.8) supports booting alongside windows 8 I installed Kali Linux from a LiveCD, rebooted and it went straight to ...
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I cannot install any version of Visual Studio in Windows 8.1

I've tried 2008, 2010 and 2012...I need Visual Studio installed so I can compile Python and NodeJS packages. Every version I've tried just flashes the Visual Studio splash screen and then does ...
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Windows 8 facebook displaying as “app”; can't uninstall

I'm on a surface 3 and I installed facebook as a metro app a few weeks ago. Without any discernible reason, Facebook now appears as "app" in my start menu, with a different color theme. When I ...
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Have to kill pdf reader process to see edits in pdf file

I make a pdf file via MikTeX, and open it with the built-in Windows 8 pdf reader. I then close the reader. I edit my source, recompile, and open the new pdf. What I see does not have the edits. I ...
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Add a custom category to the “All Apps” part of Windows 8's Start Menu

How do I add a custom category to the "All Apps" part of the Windows 8 Start Menu? I've tried simply adding a folder to both C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start ...
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Ran “chkdsk /r /f /x” on c drive

So I used the /x flag accidentally with dskchk on drive c(my os drive). I don't know why, guess it slipped my brain or something. Anyway the question is: Should I do anything to stop the currently ...
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When I forward emails, the delete key does not work when trying to remove highlighted sentences

The Delete key works on MS Word and on other applications and the web but not in Outlook. When I hit the Delete key at the bottom of screen it says "Delete Box yes or no" so I say yes and nothing ...
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Windows 8 switching to/from a paused video

Let's see if you can recreate this problem so that we can solve this I open a avi video in desktop it runs the video app I pause the video, and switch to desktop in the top lh corner if I go to the ...
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(How) can I change the interval of the slide show in the Win8 Lock Screen?

Windows 8 (or just 8.1) has the feature to show a slide show in the lock screen. However, the interval of the pictures changing is pretty rapid. Is there a hidden way to change that interval?
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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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Two questions about Windows Storage Spaces and Linux

So when I first configured my desktop I only had Windows 8.1 installed. When I installed my second hard-drive (I have Windows 8.1 and Linux on a separate SSD), I made the mistake of making it a ...
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Windows 8 Default User doesn't have all of the Admin permissions

So I recently bought Windows 8 and I am still in the process of getting everything setup and properly working. My current issue is that the default account, the one made during the setup, doesn't ...
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Converting Windows 8.x Enterprise into Pro so I could activate it and use at home

Is there any possibility to convert Windows 8 Enterprise to Pro edition so I could normally activate it? I used Enterprise 90 trial version which has been expired. Now I want to legally buy a ...
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Windows 8 Transparent Avatars?

I was wondering if it is possible to use a transparent image as your account avatar and for the transparency to be shown as it would normally. For example, I am currently using this image as my ...
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Windows 8.1 Shell Launcher (Embedded Lockdown Manager) Not Launching Shell

I'm trying to set up the Windows 8.1 Shell Launcher within Embedded Lockdown Manager (ELM) to use my custom app as the windows shell. Currently, I have it set up like this: When logged on as ...
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Can't boot Windows 8, can't boot from USB installer

I'm having all sorts of problems with my PC. It's custom-built so I didn't expect to have UEFI/Secure Boot compatibility issues but I think that's what's happening. I have a Windows 8 Pro ...
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Use Windows 8 Pro 64-bit OEM licence in VirtualBox [duplicate]

My notebook came with Windows 8 Pro. It never booted Windows, I erased it and installed Fedora on it. I have to use a Windows system now, and I'd like to run the Windows 8 Pro inside Virtualbox on ...
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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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Windows 8 - Using External HDD as Storage Drive?

I wanted to know some opinions on a setup like this: Have 2 External Hard Drives (1TB each) - I'll call them HDD1 and HDD2. I would set most of my folders where I keep data (My Documents, My ...
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hp probook white screen with error cancel image and boot to next boot order

I bought HP Probook 440 G1 with windows 8 Pro. I am a ubuntu user so I wanted to install ubuntu with Windows side by side. I tried to boot it from USB or DVD ROM but was unable to do so. Then from ...
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Windows 8 MsMpEng.exe high disk usage, uninstalled Defender, and now AvastSvc.exe

I recently disabled Windows Defender due to MsMpEng.exe randomly spiking up my computer's disk usage. I saw it from Task Manager->Details->I/O read and write bytes. The read bytes go as high as ...
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Wifi Hotspot in Windows 8

I want to enable the WiFi hotspot in Windows 8 64 bit. Is there any software package or any default feature to enable it in Microsoft Windows 8?
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Create New Dynamic disk in Windows 8 for Ubuntu

Background: I'm trying to dual boot with ubuntu. So, create a new partition/ree unallocated space in Windows 8 for ubuntu. But then since its a dynamic disk, ubuntu doesn't detect free unallocated ...
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Create New Dynamic disk in Windows 8

Background: I'm trying to dual boot with ubuntu. So, create a new partition/ree unallocated space in Windows 8 for ubuntu. But then since its a dynamic disk, ubuntu doesn't detect free unallocated ...
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Windows 8 Audio Changes Default Playback Device or Stops Playing Audio

I have a Sony Vaio SVT15115CXS laptop running Windows 8 64-bit. I've recently noticed a strange audio issue. At seemingly random times, the audio may switch from the default playback device (laptop ...
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Windows 8 Calendar App - Google Calendar Sync

As per Google's Exchange Active Sync (EAS) depreciation in 2013, Microsoft's Windows 8 Calendar app cannot two way sync. Is there a non-third party way to re-enable two way sync? Goal: Get this ...
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Install Windows 8 to last partition on drive

I have a laptop with Ubuntu installed. I wanted to Dual boot Windows 8, but i came across a problem. My drive is partition as follows Drive 0 Partition 1 27.9gb 0.0MB free Logical //my root ...
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Windows 8 Licence Key

I have a Sony Vaio SVE151J11M laptop which unfortunately is only just two weeks out of warranty from the retail store I bought it from just over a year ago. My problem is that the hard drive has ...
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How to remove own rating for Windows 8 Apps

I have rated apps in Windows 8 and these ratings are publicly visible with my real name. Now I want to remove some of them, but it seems that this is not possible. I can only update the ratings, but ...
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Can I access the Windows RT Browser in Windows Pro?

Can I access the Modern UI version of IE in Windows Pro? If you can access the Modern UI version of IE how?
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Can't connect to network using windows 8

I have small local network with no access to internet. I was using PCs with win 7 OS and everything worked fine. But when I wanted to add PC with win 8 OS this PC can't see any other on the network. ...
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How I force alt+tab on programs that don't allow it?

Some windows software can block alt+tab, several games are offenders on this (usually because alt+tabbing breaks them in some way). The thing is, I DO want to alt+tab anyway - how can I do that?
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Speakers has a lower volume than actual volume output from system

This started happening a while ago. I realized the volume I hear is very low. I opened up the volume control panel and I see the speakers are outputting a lower volume than "System" (it is only ...
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Inconsistent sound support from Windows 8

I hope I can explain my problem as complete as possible. Recently I got me a pair of bluetooth headphones, because I loathe cables. I also got a bluetooth dongle for my windows desktop. I plugged it ...
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RDP session won't fill the screen when I drag it from my 17“ monitor to my 22”

I have a windows 8.1 PC setup with two monitors, my main monitor is 22" and the second a 17". I sometimes have Multiple RDP sessions open on my computer at once. Every time I open an RDP session it ...
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Windows live loging is same on 2 computers I must return one to service, can I change its login

My monitor is broken on a laptop and it is being returned for warranty, the problem is it uses the same windowslive account as our separate main computer. Can I now change the password on the broken ...
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Why am I invisible to the devices on my network?

I've been using a DLink powerline adapter to establish a wired connection to my upstairs PC. A couple times a day, for sometimes hours at a stretch, I lose the ability to communicate with other ...
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How do I rotate an image in Adobe Reader for Windows 8?

How do I rotate an image in Adobe Reader in Windows 8? I don't seem to have a "..." or "more" button when I right click. Am I missing something here? Is there a reason it doesn't show up? The only ...