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Where are apps from the Windows Store installed to?

When I download an app from the Store app, where do they go?
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Open/save file dialog takes a long time to open in Windows

This is driving me up the wall every time it happens :-) As the title states, clicking on open, save, browse on basically any windows application makes said application stall and not respond to ...
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What are the best settings for a Windows 8.1 VM in VMWare Fusion 7.1?

I have a MacBook Pro, medio 2012 with 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 and 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3. VMware Fusion 7.1 is installed on this MacBook to run a Windows 8.1 VM. This VM is my working machine. I do not work/...
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Windows 10 search bar and edge not working? [closed]

All my windows 10 features like search , cortona and edge stopped worked.I searched for different solutions and tried different codes and executed in the elevated powershell but no use. Any solutions?...
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Windows 8 keyboard in Mac VMWare types incorrect symbols

I am running Windows 8 inside VMWare Fusion (Professional Version 5.0.4 (1435862)) in a Mac. When I type a symbol, I get a different one. The keyboard used in Windows 8 is UK English. Shift + 2, I ...
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How to fix 'Your PC can't project to another screen' after win 8.1 updating?

After updating to win 8.1 from Win 8, I could not project to another screen. Message says Your PC can't project to another screen I tried to re-install the diver and did not resolve the issue.
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Use English as an input language for Windows 8 lock screen by default

I have two input languages configured on my Windows 8 machine. The default language is English, but when I lock my computer, the lock screen sometimes uses another language for input, so I have to ...
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PC with Windows 8.1 boots from any key pressed

so I recently acquired and installed Windows 8.1 on my PC and yesterday I noticed that, while my PC is supposedly turned off, I can turn it on by pressing any key on the keyboard. I assume this is ...
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Lenovo Y500 Invisible Mouse Cursor

Title pretty much says it all. I downloaded an automatic quality of life update for WIN8 last night and ever since then have been unable to see my mouse cursor. I can still highlight/click things (...
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Completely turn off Windows 10 from login page

As of (I believe) Windows 8, when a user "turns off" the machine it actually goes into some kind of hibernation mode to facilitate a quick boot-up. The only way I've found to actually turn off a ...
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Why are “Freemium Tools” options in the context menu, and how do I get rid of them? [duplicate]

Right-clicking on a drive brings up the context menu, but for as long as I can remember, there have been two options that do absolutely nothing: "Analyze with Freemium Tools" and "Find Empty Folders ...
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Can I make the Windows 8.1 on-screen touch keyboard semi-transparent?

Is there a way to make the standard Windows 8.1 on-screen touch keyboard semi-transparent? I simply want to be able to type underneath the keyboard and still see what I'm typing, like on the picture ...
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Is “hstart.exe” harmful to my computer?

Today, Malwarebytes Anti-malware notified me that it had quarantined a malware, right after I logged in. It looked like this: But, when I searched the file, hstart.exe, I didn't get a definitive ...
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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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Diagnose encryption problem in Microsoft Outlook?

I am unable to send an encrypted email to a party for whom I have a certificate. How can I diagnose the problem? Microsoft's error message does not explain what the problem is: Notes: The party's ...
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Windows 8 upgrade to windows 8.1 Pro fails with error code 0xC1900101 - 0x2000C

I have a new Dell desktop XPS 8700 i5 ; 12GB Ram ; 4 cpus @ 3 GHz ; 1 TB HHD The download and checking went error free. It asked to restart to do the install then after 26 Percent of the install it ...
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How to find a product key [duplicate]

I downloaded some sketchy software and it started downloading random apps all over the place on my computer. I tried a reboot, and now my computer is asking for my product key. I tried clicking the X ...
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Windows 8.1 0x80070522 error on secondary drive

I need urgent help somehow suddenly something changed permissions and maybe ownership on my secondary drive and right now I can't save or copy anything there. I checked permissions and the ...
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How can I enable the wireless access in Lenovo?

In a Lenovo G585 with Windows 8 installed I can not connect to WIFI networks. I see that there is no button to turn on the WIFI. After googling I found that Lenovo's don't offer such a button and I ...
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how to remove obsolete device and network entries? Device manager “uninstall” option has no effect

I am trying to remove a few "obsolete" things which annoy me (because I like to have everything cleen, working and not interferring with each other, fresh, etc..). I tried looking for solutions ...
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Refresh Icon Cache Without Rebooting

Normally, to refresh the icon cache in Windows, we have to reboot. Is there a way to refresh the icon cache in Windows 7/8 without rebooting?
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Cisco AnyConnect vpn stops internet connection in Windows 8

I have a VPN set up through Cisco AnyConnect 3.1.04072 on a Windows 8 laptop. I can connect to the vpn, but as soon as I do, all internet traffic stops. I've been researching for days now and I ...
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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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RDP session error: because of a protocol error (0x112f) the remote session will be disconnected

I've initiated the discussion on MSDN:http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winappswithhtml5/thread/72ceca09-ab4a-4689-896c-6c86697333d6. I found that the RDP ActiveX control seems to be a ...
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Hyper-V running within VMPlayer 6

I am trying to develop a windows phone app within VMware player. I cannot for the life of me get Hyper-V to work within the VM. I have scoured the internet and done the following 1) Enabled ...
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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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How do I extend the size of an NTFS partition?

I'm absolutely blown away by how impossible this task appearing to be. I've been through probably a hundred separate Google search results, every single one explaining how to "right click the volume ...
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How to associate the mailto protocol with a custom exe?

In Windows 8, How do you set the default program for the mailto protocol to a custom exe? Under Default Programs, the only option I get is to select from a list of programs (Mail or Google Chrome) or ...
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Make Language change specific to window/app not whole system (Windows 8.1)

I have Windows 8.1 Pro English. Sometime I need to use another languages (I did not install any language packs and my locale is English). So I have a few keyboards enabled. However in W7 when I switch ...
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Front Audio/Mic Jack Panel Not working in Windows 8

My brother recently bought a locally assembled desktop PC. But since he bought the PC the audio and mic jacks in the front panel doesn't seem to work while the ones at the back works fine. Also the ...
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Three finger swipe to change between windows

I'm using Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad. I want to be able to switch between open windows (like Alt+Tab) by swiping three fingers left and right. I've been searching the deepest depths of the internet ...
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Prevent offset of multiple Windows Explorer windows

For Windows 8/10: I would like for Windows Explorer to always open in the same location (i.e., no horizontal offset with second and following windows). How can this be done? I previously used a ...
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Windows 8 shows Lexmark CX420de to be offline after going into sleep mode

We have a Lexmark CX420de printer connected to a LAN. I am accessing the printer through the network from my laptop running Windows 8. For some reason after the printer goes into sleep mode it appears ...
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Downgrade Windows storage spaces pool from Windows 10 to Windows 8.1

I have a storage spaces pool that was originally on Windows 8.1. When I moved the pool to a Windows 10 system, I unfortunately upgraded the storage spaces pool to the newer 'Windows 10 version'. So ...
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ExpressCache not working after Windows 8 reinstall on Samsung Series 7 Gamer

I have a Samsung Series 7 Gamer laptop which came with Windows 8. After doing a reinstall of Windows, the ExpressCache software is no longer caching. Running "eccmd -info" shows me that the software ...
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Enabling Virtualization in a dual boot

I have a dual boot system with Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8 installed and a grub loader appears at startup for OS selection. I have installed vmware in my Windows partition, and it requires Intel ...
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How can I launch Chrome in kiosk mode in a Windows 8.1 kiosk (assigned access) account?

We are trying to set up a web application in a kiosk mode using Chrome in Windows 8.1. I have been able to create an "assigned access" account (the new Windows 8.1 kiosk feature) that will log in and ...
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Accessing inetmgr from Run Window

while i am trying to open inetmgr for IIS through Run window displaying message like window cannot open inetmgr make sure name correctly,but in start menu i am getting IIS option what would be the ...
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Windows 8 Login Password Out of Sync with Windows Live ID

I'm working with a computer that has setup a local account connected under Windows Live ID. The user can login to Live ID (like hotmail) from another computer with the correct credentials. However ...
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How can you disable or turn off the Lenovo Ideapad Flex 14 (Windows 8) touch screen function?

I saw some similar questions here, but they applied to a different model of laptop and the answers they provided didn't work as my settings are different. I tried checking the Device Manager but I don'...
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VMware fusion - can you increase the video ram size past 128MB?

I'm trying out VMWare Fusion 6 on my Mac (Mavericks) and I'm running Windows 8 x64 inside Fusion. The problem is that I cannot find a way to increase the video ram past 128MB. I tried editing the ...
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Disable Windows Metro Scrollbar Timeout

Is it possible to disable disappearance of scrollbars in Windows Metro apps? I find that using Metro from a non-touch PC is very frustrating. Here's my typical routine in Windows desktop apps that ...
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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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Creating a shortcut to connect to a Bluetooth PAN in Win8

I have paired my cell phone with my computer via bluetooth. Whenever I want to use its network connection (over a Bluetooth PAN), I need to click on the Bluetooth Icon, select "Join a Personal Area ...
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Laptop shuts down suddenly when running on battery

My Acer Aspire S7-392 runs well on mains, but on battery shuts down suddenly and without warning. And I mean no warning, it is like someone yanked the power from a desktop PC. Windows does not ...
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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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How to “Edit with Vim” as administrator in Windows?

When you install gvim in Windows, you get a right-click Explorer context menu item: "Edit with Vim". Is there a way of either adding a "Edit with Vim as Administrator", or just changing the existing ...
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What's the best way to back up all my IMAP mailboxes with Outlook 2013?

I have set up Outlook 2013 through Control Panel (Mail 32bit) [Windows 8] to now store a .PST file in my dropbox folder so I am automatically backed up. However I don't really get how this will work ...
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WMI Provider Host taking up half of CPU?

Recently, I have had something called WMI Provider Host in my Task Manager that is taking up about half of my cpu. How do I fix this? Thanks!
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Windows 8.1 Task Scheduler library won't load

I disabled regular Windows 8.1 maintenance task some time ago because it never completes the task and just slows down everything. My laptop has been lagging lately. Just earlier I noticed that Windows ...