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

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Asus Zenbook UX31E + Windows 8 => Random shutdown on unplug

The computer used to work fine with Windows 7. After upgrade to Windows 8, if the computer has been started plugged in, it shuts down randomly, and frequently, when unplugged. If it has been started ...
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Media file won't play from the flash drive, playing from HD

I have a number of media files (avi, mp4) which are working properly and can be played on my PC. (Windows 8) However when I copy the files to a flash drive (exFAT, fresh formatted) just a few can be ...
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Error 812 from Windows VPN

I'm trying to follow these instructions to create a VPN server on my home computer, but I keep getting error 812: The user MicrosoftAccoun\bwsithspawn00@... connected from 192.168.1.1 but failed ...
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How to deny access on Avira file ipmgui.exe?

i can't modify anything of the ACL of the ipmgui.exe file (or any file of Avira in the same dir). It's not working at all with any cacls line tried, even under a system prompt ! I'm not sure at all ...
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Keep Pandora playing when screen times out?

I use IE in Windows 8 (doesn't matter if Desktop or Metro) to listen to Pandora and when the screen times out (I guess the laptop is going to sleep?) the music stops. I'd like to let the screen time ...
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Webkit browsers froze while loading some pages

Some pages will just lag whole browser so it's impossible to work with it. It will just stop working. I've tried uninstalling, clearing all cache, cookies almost everything, even browser folders, ...
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Windows 8 installed on VHD causing a VHD boot initialization error

I'm running 32-bit Windows 7 Professional on an HP notebook (which is 64-bit capable). Virtualisation chip has been enabled. Recently I thought I'd finally give Windows 8.1 a whirl. So, I did this: ...
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Add partition to dynamic disk with 4 partitions already?

I'm thinking about dual-booting Win 8.1 and Xubuntu, but I have encountered a problem. I have 4 partitions already on my HP Laptop, laid out like so: ...
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Plugging Windows 8.1 tablet into Windows 8.1 Laptop dangerous?

I have a windows 8.1 tablet (Asus Vivotab note 8), and I would like to transfer files from my laptop to the tablet. I know that it is dangerous to use double male-ended USB cables to connect two ...
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Shutdown program with right click or something

I have Skype on my Windwos 8.1 computer and everytime I want to close the program I have to confirm twice that I really want to shut the program down. If I right-click on the Skype icon on the ...
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Setup SD Card so it only runs on a single Windows 8 PC

A few of our staff are running Windows 8 laptops with only 100gig solid state drives. Recently some of them have been running out of drive space. The main user of drive space is the shared Google ...
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Windows indicating that RAM is much more full than it really is?

I'm running Windows 8.1 on my PC with 8GB of RAM, however, I've recently started getting Windows error messages indicating that I need to "Close programs to prevent memory loss." This mainly happens ...
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Trying to create windows 8.1 bootable usb using windows tool

I purchased a student copy of windows 8.1 pro, I downloaded the installer, ran it. It took forever to 'set stuff up' (over 9hours) so I quit it. I then launched it again, this time it went straight to ...
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ASUS EB1036 no video output after changing UEFI from “Windows 8” to “Windows 7”

I just bought an ASUS EB1036 desktop PC, which came with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. Before downgrading to Windows 7, I changed an option in the UEFI BIOS from "Windows 8" to "Windows 7". After ...
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Downgrade Windows 8.1 Pro RETAIL (a new box, NOT preinstalled) to Windows 7

If I buy a Windows 8.1 PROFESSIONAL retail box, and NOT a PC with pre installed Windows 8, can I still exercise my downgrade rights to downgrade to Windows 7. ( I have a Windows 7 ISO and I will use ...
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can i use BIOS update intended for windows 8 OS in a Windows 8.1 OS?

I have a question...i saw a bios update (8DCN40WW (V40))available for my lenovo Z510 in the lenovo official support site. but it's for windows 7 and windows 8 OS only. My laptop has Windows 8.1 OS. so ...
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Babylon 10's “say it” feature not working in windows 8

Babylon 10's "say it" feature not working in windows 8. Babylon 10 is dictionary and transliteration software. It has a feature called "say it" by which we can spell the words. You can access this ...
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How to recover my original windows 8.1 on my toshiba laptop

when i start to partition my hard drive into 3 part,it was hanged . when i restart it , it said that the file windows/system32/winload.efi was damaged (error 0xc0000225).after that, i can not access ...
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Mouse malfunction with beeping noise

I have been having an extremely annoying problem for a couple of months now. My mouse spontaniously stops responding to clicks and scrolling and instead causes a beeping sound (from the speakers) for ...
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ESC key on laptop keyboard not working - use a macro instead

I spilled beer on my laptop and now the esc key on my laptop’s keyboard does not work. I have Windows 8 installed on the laptop. Is it possible to define a macro to simulate the esc key? I am ...
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HDD in optical bay spins down and up constantly

I've installed an SSD and HDD in the optical drive slot on my notebook. I'm using windows 8.1 x64, running from my SSD which is my primary drive. My problem is taht HDD spins up/down constantly, in ...
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How to edit Sublime Text 2 Macros

How can I edit Sublime Text 2 Macros? What program to use to open the file (example - MyMacro.sublime-macro)? Also, how can I delay the keyboard typing in playing the macro? I hit record macro, then ...
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lameAMC wont install (for dxtory) [solved]

when i do exactly as the instructions do it opens a 'copy error' window saying Setup cannot copy the file LameACM.acm Ensure that the location specified below is correct, or change it and insert ...
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Windows 8 guest account

Is there any way to restrict a guest account on windows 8 from being able to download things like movies, music, etc? I have a roommate who insists on downloading things on my guest account and I want ...
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Boot Ubuntu, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview with Grub

On my computer, I have two hard drives: one that contains Windows 7, and another that has Ubuntu, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview. When I turn on my computer, Grub prompts me to select ...
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Wireless adapter issues

System: HP pavilion g6 laptop. Windows 8 x64, Ralink RT3290 802.11bgn Wi-Fi Adapter Problem : Wifi is switched on, but shows no networks found. None of the wireless networks created by a wireless ...
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Display size inconsistent on Windows 8 laptop (Dell Inspiron 17)

I just bought a Dell Inspiron 17 laptop and I'm having a problem with the display. I've experienced this on another laptop that I used recently. It's running Windows 8 and has a 17.3" screen. The ...
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Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Your computer hardware may not support booting to this disk

Trying to install Window 8 on a separate partition alongside Ubuntu, I got the message "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Your computer hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure ...
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Windows 8 minimum requirements?

Currently I'm using Windows XP 32 bit on Intel Pentium dual core E5300 2.60 GHz processor 2 GB ram. Asus graphics card and Nvidia graphics driver. I want to install Windows 8 pro can I install with ...
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How can I trigger the touch keyboard in the guest in VirtualBox full screen mode on an Windows 8.1 Surface host?

Running VirtualBox on a Windows 8.1 Surface host, I am running a Windows XP guest with guest additions installed. When I have my Virtual Box machine in windowed mode I can tap the touch keyboard icon ...
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BIOS detects SSD but won't boot

My computer was originally working. I cloned the HDD to a Samsung 850 pro 128G SSD using cloning software Samsung provided. I can insert the HDD or SSD into a friend's computer and both boot ...
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Using junction.exe for Windows 8 only creates a directory to copy to and is not protecting the targetted directory

I am using junction.exe for Windows 8 with commands like these D:\Downloads\Junction\junction.exe D:\Temp\Sandbox\ C:\Sandbox\ D:\Downloads\Junction\junction.exe D:\Temp\AppData ...
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Installing Skype failed; code 1638 when trying to upgrade Skype

My Skype version is 6.20.0.104. When I open it on Windows 8.1 with Update, it cues me to upgrade: The latest version of Skype is ready to install now. It won't take long to upgrade - and you'll ...
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Add “Open with” to the Context Menu for a particular file, like .js, in windows

I want to add a context menu option only for .js files, so that I can open them with a software (like atom.exe, or node.exe) Similar to this: ...
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Cannot boot Windows 8.1 after migrating to Samsung SSD using supplied software

I got a brand new Samsung 840 SSD. It came with "Data Migration" software from Samsung. I am running Windows 8.1. Here are my steps exactly: Installed new SSD into secondary bay (Disk 0: HDD, ...
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Should OEM recovery and EMFI partitions be cloned to SSD on Windows 8.1

System: Asus ROG G751JM Original Disk: 1TB HDD OS: Windows 8.1 installed on HDD Recovery Partitions: couple of them on HDD UEFI Partitions: what are those? Again couple of them on HDD New disk: ...
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How can I enable disabled layouts for Windows 8 touch keyboard?

The keyboard layout icons (lower right corner of this screenshot) from left to right: QWERTY, Thumb (split), Handwriting, and Standard. There are several articles explaining how to enable the ...
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Classic Windows oddities… (NTFS.SYS error that fixes itself?!)

I am getting a boot error with my Windows 8, regarding the fact that my ntfs.sys file is corrupt. However, if I keep retrying the boot through the "Select OS" screen, I boot successfully on the ...
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How to get unpinned explorer.exe back to taskbar?

This is not a big problem actually. my brother unpinned original explorer.exe from taskbar. and i can't find a way to get it back. maybe some of you would help me
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Can't install Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 Pro

When installing the Hyper-V Role, After a reboot windows states "Could not install the features", before restarting and reverting. The problem appears similar to one on technet. Virtualization is ...
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Focus IE window in powershell [closed]

My code: $ie = new-object -com "InternetExplorer.Application" $ie.navigate("http://localhost") $ie.visible = $true $ie.fullscreen = $true However, after fullscreen, the window still appears behind ...
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What will I need to add 2 monitors and wireless keyboard to an Inspiron 14z laptop running windows 8 [closed]

My son is in law school and wants the ability to add 2 monitors, a wireless keyboard, and mouse to use when at home. He wants to use two external monitors and not the laptop monitor. I bought ...
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Bios not recognizing USB in EFI mode

I got a brand new Laptop with pre installed windows OS i wanted to do a clean install Okay so this is what i did i created a bootable USB of windows 8.1 Pro. Then i booted my laptop which was by ...
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Remove shell user folders from explorer dialog? [duplicate]

In Windows 8.1 x64, which registry modifications I should perform to remove the shell folders from this dialog?
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Cant edit hosts file on Windows 8 without safe mode

I'm tryin to get https://github.com/cogitatio/vagrant-hostsupdater working on my PC with Vagrant. The plugin is meant to be able to change the hosts file with my additions but it cant get permission ...
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Win 8: window/process moved to 'background process' and I cant move them back to 'apps'

I'm having a problem with windows 8. Some windows randomly disappear and I can't access them. They don't show up in the task bar or under alt-tab, but I know the window is still open because I can ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro unable to open 'PC Settings', 'Windows Store', Windows Activation, or any Metro app

A few days ago my old system died, so I moved the hard drive into a new system (one and then another, actually, as I was trying to piece together the best system from old spare parts). Of course, it ...
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Lenovo Ideapad U460 Switchable Graphics for Windows 8

I have a Lenovo Ideapad 305m with switchable graphics that include Intel HD Graphics + nVidia 305m. This setup worked fine with Windows 7 which included a Lenovo made app that allowed the use of a ...
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Display settings not saving after restart

The display settings aren't being saved, either using the regular windows control panel or the nvidia control panel, after restart the settings go back. To fix it I go into the nvidia control panel ...
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Close PowerPoint Show (ppsx) running on a touch screen PC

On my computer at home, I can get out of a looping PowerPoint Show (ppsx) by right clicking to “End Show.” On the gallery computer at the museum where this PowerPoint Show (ppsx) is shown, it will ...