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Linux Mint livecd does not recognize Windows 8 partition

My system has two SSDs. I re-installed Windows 8 onto the disk0. I want to install Linux mint on the other SSD. Secure-boot is disabled, fastboot is disabled, csm is enabled I run Linux Mint 16 x64 ...
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Why firefox showing some strings instead of Facebook in windows 8

I am using Mozilla Firefox 46.0.1 in windows 8 64 bit machine. I was browsing Facebook well,but suddenly when i was trying to browse Facebook from Firefox, instead of Facebook window some strings are ...
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Windows Starter Edition, Home and Home Premium do not include gpedit, how do I install it?

I want to make some changes to Windows that require using the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). Unfortunately the Group Policy Editor is not included with the Starter Edition, Home and Home Premium ...
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How to enable Fastboot again on BIOS?

I have recently replaced the hard drive of my Asus Zenbook UX303LN with an SSD drive and managed to do a clean install of Windows 8 thanks to the link below: If USB is not listed in BIOS as a boot ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro wants to upgrade to 10 Home

I recently bought a new Acer laptop, that had Windows 10 Home preinstalled. Since I still had a Windows 8 Pro key, I wanted to upgrade that to 10 Pro. What I did so far: Install Windows 8.1 using ...
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Modifying properties/metadata of .mkv files

I tried to modify the Tags property by right-clicking an .mkv file and then selecting Properties - Details, like I did for other filetypes (like .mp4), but I was not able to do the same in that case. ...
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How to access the Windows 8 recovery partition?

I upgraded my Asus UX32VD to a new SSD. Now I want to install Windows 8 again, but that is only on a recovery partition on the old HDD and I cannot acess that. Besides that I am not sure if that is ...
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Windows 8 doesn't boot normally, just in safe mode

I had win7, which was working perfectly. I put in a win8 disk, and chose upgrade install option, which instead of resetting the pc, just upgrades from one os to another, without losing data, settings, ...
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Print screen in higher resolution

I have drawing in my program window and I would like to do print screen of it. But Drawing with enough resolution not fits in screen. How to do print screen with higher resolution?
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Scheduled task with custom weekly schedule does not run

I have set up a new task in Task Scheduler (on Windows 8) to run a batch file and set the task to run each week day at 7:40 AM. The task never runs (automatically). Next Run Time shows the correct ...
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Laptop shuts down automatically after start up

My laptop shuts down after the initial logo shows up. Sometimes it manages to get to a page saying Windows did not start up correctly. Once, I went to system recovery point and while it was recovering ...
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Windows 8: Delayed PIN or picture logon after booting

After rebooting my Windows 8 laptop, I can instantly login with my password, as I would expect. However, if I use my PIN instead, the system mostly freezes for about one minute: The input box ...
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How to always run as administrator applications on Windows 8

The problem is, when I open applications I need to always right click, select run as admin. When I don't do it getting unexpected application errors. BTW, I turned off UAC. It's annoying. Is ...
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Can I connect Windows 8 to a Server 2000 domain?

I manage a network of varied PCs (WinXP, Win7Pro, Linux) on a Windows Advanced Server domain (thru AD). I've updated my Samsung Series 7 Slate from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 8 Pro. I've yet to try ...
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How to add a custom command macro in Windows 8 speech recognition

I have tried a few options but its not working for me. I am using Windows 8 Pro. Can anyone show me how I can write my own custom command macros for speech recognition in Windows 8? I have tried ...
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How do you restore from a File History backup to a new computer?

My computer died, but I have a File History backup from it. How do I transfer the data from there to my new computer? I can't just copy it because all the file names are appended with the date of ...
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Cannot boot Windows 8 install cd in uefi mode

I have a Toshiba Satellite that came with windows 8 pre-installed on it. After foolishly wiping the HDD, I acquired a Windows 8 install disk. My problem is that the computer will skip attempting to ...
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Decoding Security Identifiers (SID's) in Windows Permissions window

When altering permissions in Windows 8 users show up as long SID's. Is there a way to see proper usernames in the list of 'Group or user names:'? I have relied on removing and re-adding users (via ...
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Why does Windows say “The disk that your backup is saved on is about to fail”?

On my Windows 8 machine, I have set up backup to a network location on my new NAS (a Synology DS412+). Backup has succeeded. But in the "Windows 7 File Recovery" section of the Control Panel it says ...
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Cannot Connect Samsung Galaxy Y Duos to Laptop via USB Cable

While I am connecting my phone to my laptop neither the laptop nor the phone can detect each other. By not recognizing I want to mean nothing happens after connecting. It seems that I have not ...
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How to change toolbar skin in Media Player Classic - Home Cinema?

I am following this link to change toolbar skin of Media Player Classic - Home Cinema but it is not using the new skin. I'm using Windows 8 Pro N and Media Feature Pack is installed. More ...
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How do I set up a 4K TV via HDMI to my PC? (Getting mouse/video lag)

I recently purchased a Hisense HLUD58XT880 LCD TV (LCD flat-panel with 3840x2160 native resolution). I have plugged my PC into the HDMI (UHD) port on the TV. My PC is running Windows 8.1 with a ATI ...
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How to search for files by file type on Windows 8?

I am looking for files in a particular directory that have the following extensions : txt, csv or xml The directory has many levels of subdirectories that I would like to search for all 3 file types ...
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“AuthorizationManager check failed” in PowerShell, fixed after restarting WMI

About once a day, PowerShell scripts will stop working on my computer with an error that looks like this. AuthorizationManager check failed. At line:1 char:3 + . .\matt.ps1 + ~~~~~~~~~~ + ...
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How to navigate up a folder from My Documents in Explorer, not go back to Library folders

More often than not, when I go up a level from My Documents, I don't want to go back to the list of Library Folders, I want to go to the user folder that contains My Documents, Desktop, etc. How do I ...
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Windows 8 not booting after update?

Windows 8 is not booting after installing update. Its windows 8 pro 64 bit. Before update i had changed > Msconfig - boot - advanced - unchecked maximum memory. I did it to solve low ram issue. I ...
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Why won't my Windows 8 desktop icons show?

After I restart my computer and go to my desktop, my startup items begin to load but none of my desktop items load unless I right click for some reason. I'll right click, get the loading icon ...
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Most keyboard shortcuts don't work in Word 2010 on Windows 8

I can't use Ctrl+X, Ctrl+Z, Ctrl+S, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V in Word 2010 on Windows 8. Whenever I do, nothing happens. What do I do to fix this?
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Unable to activate Windows 8.1

I had to reset my Windows 8 laptop to factory settings because an application downloaded from the Microsoft official page totally ruined the OS and now I cannot activate Windows. When I enter product ...
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Windows 8.1 x64 on a 16GB SSD?

So I just got a small SSD to use. It's not big, but quite small - 16GB. However I think it'd speed things up in my old HP 8530W a LOT. But Windows 8 by default is way too big for that. Is there a ...
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Hosts file changes are not recognized in Windows 8

When i make changes to the hosts file in windows 8, it doesn't work. Although my changes stay in the hosts file. What I'm trying to, is to redirect the domain name riddergarn.dev to 127.0.0.1 with ...
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Spotify, Youtube, Shockwave Flash, and other programs not working

When I open spotify it will continuously load or if it stops i cannot play a song, also on Youtube i can click on a video from the homepage but the video will not load and i cannot click on anything. ...
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Lenovo Windows 8 EFI restore from image

First time here. I have bought e530 with windows 8 and the first hour of work with it i have a problem. I have ssd with windows 7 which i want to use with my new e530. I have made a sysprep of win 7 ...
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Boot issue with ASUS K55A - Black Screen

A fiend asked me to look at a problem on their laptop. Laptop is an ASUS with the model # K55A-HI5103D running Win 8. It started getting an error on boot about having an issue with a PXE utility?? ...
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Multiple Copies of Windows Calculator

Just did a clean install of Win7 x64. I have a Microsoft Ergo Keyboard 4000 and use the calculator key a lot. Previously, in Windows XP, I could hit it and get multiple copies of calculator to popup. ...
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CPU usage 99% constantly

My computer is running windows 8, and suddenly started running slowly. When I open the task manager, it tells me that the CPU is using 99% - sometimes the disk usages jumps up as well. The strange ...
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File History - Unable to scan user libraries for changes and perform backup of modified files for configuration

When trying to run the File History tool in Windows 8 it runs for about 2 seconds then stops. No files are backed up to the selected drive. In the event viewer the only error that appears is: ...
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Windows 10 upgrade stuck at 'Starting Download'

I am trying to upgrade a Windows 8 domain computer to Windows 10. I have set the domain user as an Administrator on the computer and then started the upgrade process using the upgrade icon next to ...
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I can't type lower case Ñ or Ï in Windows 8

How do I type lower case Ñ or umlaut Ï in Windows 8? I have the US-International keyboard layout selected. When I try to type a lower case version of those letters (and possibly more), then it fails. ...
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Skype microphone not working, Surface Pro 3

I have a surface pro 3, with Skype 7.22.0.109 installed on Windows 8.1. When in calls, I can hear received audio, but my microphone will only give static or nothing. I have checked in the settings and ...
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Reinstalling Windows on an HP laptop

I bought a HP Envy m6 laptop with Windows 8 installed on it. I have a folder in the hard drive named 'recovery'. Now I have 2 questions: How can I tell whether this Windows installation is genuine? ...
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Split a folder of files into multiple zip files based on size or # of files

My problem is that the file uploader I'm working with will only allow a zip file with a size of 10mb or less. Unfortunately, I have thousands of files that need to be processed and I do this by ...
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How to disable Taskbar Thumbnail preview in Windows 8 ?

When I hover my mouse cursor over a running application's button in the taskbar, small windows appear showing the contents of the open program. How can I disable that? I find it quite annoying.
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Changing file from .txt to .FOR

I have a .txt file that I want to turn to a .FOR file. I thought I could simply do the following "test.txt" to "text.FOR" when naming the file but that did not work, so what can I do? I downloaded the ...
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I am trying to add a printer to my windows 8 64 bits in a domain network

I am trying to add a printer to my windows 8 64 bits in a domain network. I keep getting a message printer driver not found or windows cannot connect to a printer. The printer driver is xerox PCL6 ...
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Dual booting Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Pro with BitLocker

I have an Alienware M11x R2 and I am considering enabling BitLocker. I dual boot this machine and it runs Windows 8.1 Pro as well as Windows 7 Pro. Is it possible to use BitLocker with this setup and ...
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What is SRUJet?

I see in Event log many error entries : svchost (1500) SRUJet: An attempt to open the file "C:\Windows\system32\SRU\SRUDB.dat" for read / write access failed with system error 5 ...
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How to allow windows store apps and the windows strore to pass the windows firewall

I use the windows 8 firewall and I wanted it more secure, so I block incoming and outgoing connection. Unfortunately I realized that the windows store did not work as well and all application from the ...
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How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?

I've recently received an assembled PC. I don't know if the disk is an SSD or old HDD (whether SATA or other technologies). I can't find a way to tell if the disk is SSD or not, apart from the size ...
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Windows 8 upgrade to windows 8.1 RTM fails with error code 0x101 - 0x2000C

I have a MSDN Subscription and downloaded Windows 8.1 RTM today. It fails to install. After mounting the ISO and installing (with a Windows 8.1 Pro product code), selecting "Keep my apps and ...