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Microsoft wants to install updates for a different OS version

I was on the Microsoft website looking at the specifics for the latest Microsoft security updates and noticed as I have in the past that it wants to install updates for a different version OS than I ...
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How can I expand the maximum Video Memory?

I just bought GTA V for PC, but I want a better play experience. I am using a laptop: HP Pavilion (Windows 8). Installed RAM is 8gb, but in the game it is limited to only 1gb of video memory (Which is ...
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Are there any changes or additions to NTFS in Windows 8?

With Vista came a number of improvements like self healing and symbolic links. Even though these might be OS improvements, they're functionally file system changes. For Windows 8 have there been any ...
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New OS and WebCam black and white only?

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 (1143) which I bought without an operating system. Back then I installed Windows Vista and then Ubuntu...I don't remember exactly in which OS I did it, but I changed ...
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How to find out if UEFI is corrupt? If it is, how to recover it?

I installed Ubuntu 13.04 on my Win 8 Pre-loaded system as dual boot. At this point I could no longer boot Windows 8. I tried using boot-repair, but it did not work. I have basically tried everything I ...
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Can't log into enabled admin windows 8.1

My X linked MY laptop to his hotmail account, I made sure the master admin account is active/ enabled but all I see is his hotmail account at log in. How do I get to switch to admin account so I can ...
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Windows 8 'setx' is not recognized as an internal or external command

I'm trying to edit an environment variable, but i'm getting an error that 'setx' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file. I can use the set command, but ...
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Unusual disk use on Windows 8.1 100% disk usage ONLY when running particular programs

by opening the task manager I found out this weird thing happening: The disk usage spikes to 95-100% when I am running programs such as C-Cleaner, or Avast. Sometimes it shows a regular pattern: it ...
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Is multiseat possible on Window 8?

I want to setup a multiseat configuration on my Windows 8 pc but the only software I can find that creates a multiseat setup is SoftXPand but their site says it only supports up to Windows 7 and after ...
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Cannot record from Windows Stereo Mixer in Windows 8

How to capture desktop audio with Audacity or similar programs? I need to capture sound which is produced by programs. I remember I should select windows mixer to record it, but currently I hear ...
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Switch between open application in windows using application name

Is there any way to switch applications in Windows by typing the application name? When I have many applications open I find Alt+Tab switching to be slower. Is there an alternate way to switch ...
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Is it possible to pause the Windows Update download?

I'm on a slow dial-up connection, and my Windows 8 is downloading some critical updates. The connection keeps disconnecting, so I was thinking if it was possible to pause the updates download?
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How can I set Google Chrome Canary as the default browser on Windows 8?

Normally, Google Chrome Canary cannot be set to be the system's default browser - it shows the following message in its settings: This is a secondary installation of Google Chrome, and cannot be ...
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How can I repair access to the Windows 8 recovery (maybe EFI issue?)

Notebook is ASUS G55VW (1 ssd, 1 hdd) issue is already described here http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?28454-G55VW-F9-not-working-after-restore-WIN-8 to sum: 1. I backuped whole system with ...
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How to turn Windows' “touch mode” off?

After installing a touch pad driver on my laptop, it seems somehow my Windows turn on some kind of "touch mode". There's a touch keyboard icon on the task bar, I tried to turn it off but it keeps ...
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Running Script on Shutdown using Windows 8

Is there any way to execute a Batch- or PowerShell-Script on shutdown using Windows 8 without disabling FastBoot? I know you can add a script using "gpedit.msc", but I found that Windows 8 won't ...
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What differences exist, if any, between touch and desktop Internet Explorer version numbering?

A typical installation of Windows 8.1 will have two editions of Internet Explorer: one for touch and one for the desktop. When Microsoft chooses version numbers for Internet Explorer, are they ...
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How to show WIFI connection's properties dialog in Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, when I right click a WIFI connection, nothing happens. In Windows 8, there will be a menu and I can view its properties by clicking the "View Properties" menu item. How to do that in ...
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Excel Formula issue

I've been trying to write a formula to help me with rostering. It seems to work if I put the first few parts in, but after that it says "The formula you typed contains an error." Can anyone see the ...
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Recover OffScreen Window in Windows 8

Someone asked a very similar question in regards to window recovery for windows xp: Similar Recovery I'm using windows 8 (or 8.1 now). I run Dual Monitors. On Monitor 2 I sometimes have the input ...
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Windows 8.1: How to ascertain 'true' uptime?

Please read carefully; this is not the usual uptime question. I tend not to shut down my computer per se but instead put it to sleep. It makes boot times quicker and allows me to use WOL. The various ...
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Windows 8 Keyboard Repeat Rate Resetting on Wakeup

I have just gotten a new PC and I am very happy with it! However, whenever I open the computer from sleep, the keyboard repeat rate has reverted to the default. The default for windows 8 is hellishly ...
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Double/single-spacing for Gmail under Windows 7/8 with Chrome? [migrated]

I must have hit some magic keystroke. Suddenly using the most recent copies of Gmail, Chrome, with those 7/8, etc. I'm getting double-spacing in Gmail for the Unreads and Everything Else. Until today ...
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Windows 8.1 Desktop background turns black upon closing personalization settings w/ external monitor

I'm having some trouble changing the desktop background for my external monitor on windows 8.1. For setting the background on just my laptop, I can right click the picture and hit Set as desktop ...
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Send a virtual desktop (from Desktops 2.0) to HDMI

I have Windows 8 and I use the wonderful Desktops 2.0 app: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc817881.aspx . It let me have 4 multiple virtual desktops as I was used in linux. When I attach ...
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Make UAC prompt in remote desktop not default to smart card

In a remote desktop session, both client and server are Windows 8 Pro (w/Media Center), UAC prompts appear as follows (username and Microsoft account e-mail intentionally obscured, it does appear ...
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How do i skip the Personalize page (color & computername) during unattended Windows 8 setup?

i'm currently setting up an unattended Windows 8 setup but i'm stumbling upon the Personalize page which i can't skip. My unattend file looks like below. Guess the interesting part should be in the ...
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Windows 8 Software Updates keeps failing

Built a computer and anytime I try to do a single or all updates for Windows Updates, it fails. I try it again, it fails. I'm starting to give up! My computer is Windows 8 Professional, 64bit ...
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Google Chrome “Failed to load resource” at Windows 8

I have bought a Samsung NP350E5C notebook with pre-installed Windows 8. All is fine, besides Google Chrome. When I'm opening most web pages, different resources are not loaded - JS files, CSS files, ...
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Switch focused application by typing the name of app [duplicate]

How can I switch to an open application by typing the name of the application? Kinda like Alt+Tab but by typing.
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Fix inconsistent windows sorting (by name)

Here are some files that are sorted by name. The OS understands correctly that 2 should come before 10, great. But notice that The "new text document" come last, after "new text document2" even ...
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Need for Display Adapter of Acer Aspire One D270 on Window 8, 64 Bit.

I have installed Windows 8 on Acer Aspire One D270 and I cannot change its display settings because of driver.please help me in finding one for this machine. Thanks
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Multi-monitor support for Windows 8.1

I am running Windows 8.1 on a new Dell XPS laptop. I have attached a second screen via HDMI cable, and configured Windows to "extend the display". All of that is working fine. Now, I'd like to ...
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How to Run PowerCalc (Power Calculator) on Windows 8?

A while ago Microsoft released an upgrade to their Calc application for Win XP called PowerCalc. It was a great little calculator application with few bells and whistles but easy to use. ...
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Choosing “skip” and “Do this for all current items” in Windows 8 File Copy dialog

I am trying to copy files off a bad hard-drive. Windows occasionally opens a dialog to let me know there were errors copying certain files. If I choose "skip" and "Do this for all current items", ...
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What is the difference between Homegroup and Network?

I am using Windows 8. In the navigation panel on left, in the File Explorer, I can see two sections Homegroup and Network. Under Network a number of other PCs are listed. What is the difference ...
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Disable “gesture” to turn off touchpad

I have a problem with my laptop and the touchpad. There's "something" that handles a 3-finger tap in the touchpad and causes the touchpad to be enabled/disabled (buttons keep working). This was ...
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Disable auto-lock on inactivity [duplicate]

How can I disable the automatic locking on idle mechanism in Windows 8? I have tried: Disabling screen saver and screen saver "lock on resume" --> done Disable lock on wake in power options --> done ...
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Can a >2TB hard (GPT) drive be used as non-booting data drive on a non-UEFI board?

Our workstation can only boot from MBR max. 2TB hard drive. The BIOS cannot be changed to UEFI mode by firmware update or similar. We are running Win Server 2012 R2. Can we use a 2TB hard drive ...
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Windows Action Center notification icon says Backup in Progress when no backup is occurring

How can I get Windows Action Center's little flag in the notification area to stop saying "Backup In Progress" on Windows 8? It's driving me nuts. I disabled the Windows Backup service completely and ...
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Windows 8 upgrade assistant weird behaviour

Please excuse me for the header of the question because I can't describe the problem in a few words. The problem is that I'm using windows 8 upgrade assistant on windows 7. Everything works fine ...
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Copy large number of files but exclude certain sub folders on Windows

I want to backup my work folder which is mainly contained within a folder structure such as: www - project 1 - assets - node_modules - project 1 - assets - ...
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How to extract Win 8 OEM key embedded in the BIOS?

I did a fresh install of Win 8 on my PC, I was told the OEM product key will automatically supplied in the installtion. However, it did not happen in my case... this is the method i used to install ...
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Can't delete folder in Windows 8

In Windows 8 when I try to delete folder I get the message: The action can't be completed because the folder or file in it is open in another program I check and close all program, I don't see ...
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How to turn off the display in Windows 8 without locking or making computer go to sleep?

How to turn of the display in Windows 8 without locking or making computer go to sleep ? The problem is that when I enable ‘Turn off display after x minutes’ feature from control panel, the device ...
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What will happen to the users who installed the ProWMC package?

I am using a windows 8.1 computer and have installed the Media Center Pack. However, Microsoft has discontinued Windows Media Center in Windows 10 and the upgrade key was changed with my license. So ...
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I can't click 3 keys at once on my Lenovo G500 / Windows 8.1 [duplicate]

right now I am playing War Thunder and there when I am flying with a plane i must click A and Q and S in order to avoid the enemy fire ... when I click them .. nothing happen :( ... I can click 2 of ...
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How to switch off auto brightness on a Lenovo W530

The auto brightness "feature" of Windows 8.x is driving me crazy. I would like to switch it off on my Lenovo W530. Adaptive Brightness is disabled in Power Options the Sensor Monitoring Service is ...
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How do I configure windows to start with firefox.exe instead of explorer.exe?

I am working on web browser only kiosk environment with touchscreen windows 8. I found it better to have only firefox or chrome to run and not explorer.exe because I am unable to disable touchscreen's ...
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Why does the IIS starting by default on Windows 8 break WAMP Server?

I'm trying to develop for Wordpress locally, but I can't even get WAMP to work. I install it and start but it hangs on the orange icon with the message "server Offline". I've tried changing the ...