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

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Windows 8 Skype app not showing “away” and “busy” contacts and IM's from those contacts

The Skype Windows 8 app doesn't list red and yellow contacts (busy and away). In my short 24 hour usage experience, it also fails to show incoming messages from these contacts. Is this a bug or are ...
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Can't access drive letter after successful network share mapping on Windows 8

I am trying to map a network share to a drive letter persistently on Windows 8.1 (\server\pictures to W:) and after it succeeds, it is not visible in File Explorer nor can I access it by entering the ...
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How do I stream audio from Android to Windows 8 over bluetooth?

I'm trying to find a way to stream audio from my Samsung Galaxy S3 to my Windows 8 Laptop using bluetooth. The devices are paired, but I cannot find a way to stream music. Is it even possible?
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Computer does not boot from dvd

I accidentally formatted partition containing windows 8. Now the hard disk is not detected by bios and a message is shown " Operating System missing". The system does not boot from windows bootable ...
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How to keep harddrive spinning / prevent spindown?

I'm using Windows 8.1 with an external hard drive. My external seems to go to sleep very quickly, like in a single minute. I constantly wait 2-3 seconds when accessing files on my external harddrive ...
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How to install Bing weather in Windows 8

I Googled a lot to find how to download and install the weather feature in Windows 8. I am not having it in my app list. Please tell me how can I add it? I am not finding it in the store available in ...
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HP Laptop beeps when you mouse click. [closed]

I just had a odd experience with this laptop. It's logged into windows. When you either right or left click the mouse, it gives two short beeps from the computer speaker, and windows doesn't respond ...
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How do I get my built-in webcam on my Windows 8 laptop to work again?

When I first got my Windows 8 laptop, my webcam (which was built into my Gateway laptop) worked perfectly. I stopped going on my webcam for a little period of time. I do not remember uninstalling it ...
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Remote Desktop Connection seems to connect but it doesn't

I have been connecting to this server, for months now, and all of sudden I am unable to get it. Windows' remote desktop utility goes through its usual process. Asks for the Computer Name(IP Address) ...
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Any other options to get my All-In-One PC touchscreen to work with windows 8?

I have a Sony vaio All-in-one touchscreen that had windows 7 installed. I originally had done an "upgrade" to windows 8 and the touchscreen worked fine. My HDD was starting to fail though so I just ...
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Can't create a new HomeGroup in Windows 8

I'm trying to create a new HomeGroup in Windows 8 for 2 new PCs with Windows 8 installed so that I can share printers etc. Both PCs use Microsoft Account to log in - a Microsoft Account I set up ...
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Cannot see shared user cursors in office 365 excel

I have three computers. Two operating under Windows 7, and one under Window's 8.1. All 3 computers have the most recent IE updates. In Office 365 for Business, when collaborating on an Excel file, I ...
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Does anyone know a cmd i can put in the SAO ui that will run a program with admin priviledges on Win 8

ive got this Sword Art Online UI, and ive got Warcraft 3 in it. both work perfectly with windows 8, but even on my windows 7 computer i needed to run wc3 with admin priviledges to get on battle.net. ...
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Installing Windows 7 (dual-boot) after having installed Windows 8

I have installed Windows 8 Pro x64 over my previous Windows 7 installation. However, I need to re-install Windows 7 on a second partition, in other words, with dual-boot functioning. When I boot the ...
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Removing Wild Tangent metro apps from Windows 8

I just got a new Windows 8 computer and I uninstalled the 'Wild Tangent' application that came with the computer, however, on the start page, I still see 'All Casual Games', 'All Kids Games', etc and ...
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Ping fails to find host but NSLookup resolves okay

We have an intermittent problem on Windows 8 whereby Ping fails to find the host but NSLookup resolves it correctly. Ping host1 - fails with ping could not find host Ping host1.domain.local - also ...
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Hotkey on Windows 8 to move program to different monitor

Is there a hotkey on windows 8 to move a program to a different monitor? My Primary screen does not always work so i cant see the program when it opens on that screen... solution?
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how to edit autoplay action for device? (Windows 7/8)

I'm looking for a way to add a program to the list of default autoplay actions when I connect a device, specifically opening up iFunBox when connecting an iPhone. Default Programs Editor will let you ...
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Windows 8 is not booting and stuck on “automatic repair” screen [on hold]

my computer is hp pavilion g series and running dual booting windows 8 and Ubuntu 14.04. I booted my computer once on windows 8 but it stuck on "automatic repair logo", I tried booting many times but ...
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Dot instead of comma on numerical keyboard

Using polish language on Windows 8.1, comma is the default decimal seperator on numerical keyboard. Is there a way to change it to dot? I wouldn't like to change it in Excel or some other program, ...
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Powershell opening with ridiculously tiny font (about 5) and won't change to new default settings

Powershell is opening with extremely small font (about 5 pts). When I go to Defaults > Font, the setting is a reasonable 8 x 12 pixels but that is not what is showing on the screen. I try changing ...
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Trouble logging in from Windows 8 PC

I have trouble logging into a storage server from my Windows 8 PC. I was previously able to log in from a Windows Vista PC, and I am even able to log in from a Windows XP VM on the same Windows 8 PC. ...
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Install Windows 8 on a laptop with 20GB SSD?

I bought an Acer S3-391-6406 Ultrabook that's still being shipped to my house and I want to know the best way to optimize Windows 8 for it. Every laptop I own, I like to immediately wipe Windows with ...
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How to setup firewall to allow internet connection sharing via Wifi USB stick?

I have a Windows8 computer linked to the internet via an ethernet cable ("Ethernet" network connection). I have attached to it a DLink Wifi USB stick, and I'm trying to share the main PC's internet ...
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Windows 8.1 update link in Windows store not working

I am attempting to update an HP 2000 series laptop from Windows 8 to 8.1. I performed a factory reset on the laptop then proceeded to install windows updates. After the windows updates were installed ...
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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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Set print layout as default view in Word 2013

Every time I open a document downloaded from the Internet in Word 2013, the document is displayed in protected view and in the Read mode. I want the Print layout to be the default instead. Is there ...
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Windows 8 recovery does not activated

I have Samsung ativ smart pc pro 700t which has preinstalled windows 8, the motherboard has been replaced by Samsung service center. I recovered the system to the factory image the windows does not ...
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How to use a hotkey for right click and enable dragging on a Windows 8 touch screen

Hej all, Would it be possible to enable dragging when using a Windows 8 touch screen? Holding your finger on most touch screens will result in a right click, making dragging impossible. A hotkey ...
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Possible to create custom distros off Windows NT kernel? [closed]

Something I've always wondered (so my apologies if this is obvious). With all legality aside, is it possible for someone to attain the knowledge to create a custom OS off the windows NT kernel? Or ...
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Stubborn Startup Page - MyStartSearch - mystartsearch.com

Just earlier I opened IE to go check my emails, etc... but my startup page is not google anymore as it previously was. The startup page was instead some "mystartsearches" thing which I had not ...
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How to backup Dell's partitions (PBR Image and WINRETOOLS) using Linux?

My HDD recently crashed and I can't access my Windows 8 PRO partition anymore, so I bought a SSD to reinstall it. The problem is that my Windows is OEM and I need to backup the PBR Image and ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro won't boot, Status: 0xc000000e

My computer has been working fine until yesterday. I turned it on and immediately after the motherboard logo, I got an error screen (light blue) saying, Your PC Needs to be Repaired with an error code ...
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Skype Desktop Win 8.1 Notifications Bubbles Broken?

I cant seem to get skype desktop on windows 8.1 to show bubbles for notifications like it did in previous windows versions. I have already set "Control Panel--->All Control Panel ...
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Peculiar gray line appears in context menu, any ideas?

A screencap of the issue: Pretty much since I upgraded to Windows 8 on my gaming desktop this issue has existed; a gray line at the bottom of context menus, once highlighted? It goes away, you can ...
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“Remove everything and reinstall Windows” option; will it keep preinstalled software?

Windows 8 offers the option to "Remove everything and reinstall Windows" (see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/restore-refresh-reset-pc). Most of the notebooks you can buy come with some ...
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Need to recover partitions

I will describe each and every step I performed. First the problem: A few days ago, my laptop refused to boot. It showed me automatic repair, but the repair was unable to solve the problem. So I ...
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How to show desktop apps in Windows 8's Switcher?

The Switcher in Windows 8 is really convenient for managing running applications, but unfortunately all desktop apps are grouped into one position in the switcher... I like to kill background apps ...
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How to isolate bluetooth device mfg and model when not listed in specs?

I am working on an HP Pavilion DV7-6166NR that has various potential matches from HP's driver section. I have not been able to find any actual enumeration or specification of what Bluetooth device ...
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What if I checked the box “Compress this drive to save disk space” on an SSD?

I was wondering how it would effect an SSD if this was checked: I was just curious whether it would save my SSD disk space?
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How do I get Google Chrome back to desktop mode on Windows 8

The Windows 8 version of Google Chrome seems to have been updated to support the UI formerly known as Metro. However, this seems to be the only option now, which means that I can no longer use Chrome ...
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Static sound coming from headphones on Windows 8 laptop

I just bought a Dell Inspiron 17 laptop with Windows 8. When I first plug my headphones into the audio jack it works and it's initially silent. However, after I finish playing any sound from any app ...
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Restore BIOS and Windows 8 boot

Yesterday I typed a command (while using Ubuntu 14.04) to completely delete all broken symlinks (using find and rm -rf). When I restarted the PC, the surprise was a login screen (my Ubuntu session ...
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Toshiba Satellite C345 touchpad not working properly

The problem is that the touchpad would suddenly stop moving and it acts as if the whole surface was the scrolling area. But if I press the left-click button and simultaneously start moving around the ...
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How to make bluetooth mouse automatically reconnect to my Microsoft Surface 3?

I have a new MS Surface Pro 3 running Win 8.1. At my office I have a Logitech M557 bluetooth mouse and at home an Apple magic mouse. When I come home and wake my surface from sleep it doesn't want to ...
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Windows 8.1 Not detecting Realtek wireless network card [closed]

Not sure if this is the place to ask but i've asked on a few other sites and haven't really got a solution for it. I just recently installed Windows 8.1 today and am having problems using my wireless ...
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Printer prints a blank page after every first page

I have new computer using Windows 8 and for some reason ever since I installed drivers for printers on it, it prints a blank page after the first page every time. Like, the thing I wanted to print ...
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Find current Windows 8 desktop background

When I had Windows 7, I used this thread to add a functionality that lets me right click the desktop and click to find the background that is currently being used. However, ever since updating to ...
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Does restart count as harddisk boot?

Does restart count as harddisk boot? Most reference sites state that the life span of hard drives depends on the number of boots (On/Off) where the drive arm lands its head on the drive platter. The ...
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Show Windows 8 Taskbar with Touch Screen

I have been searching for an answer for this for a while and have not found anything. On Windows 8 with a touch screen, I have the task bar set to autohide (something I've preferred in Windows ...