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

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How do I silence onscreen Windows 8 “Touch Keyboard” key press sounds?

In windows 8 there is an onscreen keyboard that makes tapping noises for each key press. How do I turn this off so I can type like a ninja?
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Hyper-V - wide screen resolutions?

I've created Windows 7 virtual machine on Windows 8 Hyper-V, but can find how to set resolution to anything widescreen (my monitor supports 1920x1200) to be able work fullscreen. Is it possible to get ...
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Does Windows 8 allow multiboot when installing from a mounted ISO?

I just downloaded Windows 8 and am itching to install it. The installation says it will clean everything out. I assume (hope) that it only means I cannot transfer settings from my current OS and that ...
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How to order windows of the same program on taskbar

I'm using Windows 8 and appreciate the ability to reorder my programs at will in the taskbar. However, for different windows of the same program - I have three Firefox windows, for instance - I can't ...
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How to reduce the size (disk space) of Windows 8

This question is about what things I can do to reduce the size that Windows 8 uses. Background example: At present, and with only one program installed (MS Access 2007), I have used about 15GB of my ...
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Chrome: NPAPI plugin is required for this app

I'm trying to install the Sway.fm Unified Music Media Keys extension for Chrome, but I'm receiving the following error message. This application is not supported on this computer. Installation has ...
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How to remove apps from my list in the Windows 8 store?

I installed Windows 8 on my laptop to play around with it. I downloaded quite a lot of apps, even ones that I don't like. The ones I didn't like I uninstalled. Now, I installed Windows 8 on my ...
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Visual Studio 2010 not compatible?

The Windows 8 upgrade setup says that Visual Studio 2010 would not be compatible, but that there is a solution available. What does 'not compatible' mean in this case? I had VS 2010 running in the ...
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HiDPI Issues in Windows 8.1 (Chrome, Spotify)

I recently bought a very nice Lenovo Yoga 2. The screen is incredible, I can not look at my old monitor any more, reading on it is a dream However, enter the issues of HiDPI and windows scaling and I ...
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Google Chrome: How to select text with touchscreen?

Is it possible to select (and copy after that of course) any text on web page using fingers and touchscreen? I found only one opportunity - double tap selects single word under tap point. But I need ...
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Windows 8 DLNA streaming of MKV files

I have a Samsung TV that is capable of playing MKV files. The Windows DLNA Play To menu that appears when you right-click a media file does not support MKV files, but a simple trick has been to change ...
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Windows 8.1 — disable touch screen?

My computer comes with a touch screen. I may want that someday, but right now I don't. Is there a way to disable it? I am running Windows 8.1. Thanks! EDIT: When I go to Pen and touch via ...
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Can the People app alert me to incoming SMS messages from a Windows Phone 8 handset?

Will the People app in Windows 8 have functionality like the Message Center in OS X, allowing you to send/receive your SMS messages from a Windows 8 machine? And if not, is there a 3rd party solution ...
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Windows 8 + Linux Dual Boot under UEFI BIOS

My intent in a very near future is to set up a dual boot system with Windows 8 and Debian Linux (for testing purposes) on a Lenovo Ideapad 205, that has UEFI BIOS. I saw several articles about the ...
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Windows won't install updates (Security Update for Microsoft Office 2013)

Today [Patch Tuesday] I installed the new Windows Updates available for Windows 8. I think there were 14 Updates altogether. All except 3 updates were installed. When i try to install the last 3 ...
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How can one make the title bar text/buttons have better contrast on dark colors in Windows 8?

When Windows 8 color setting are set to a very dark color, such as black or navy blue, the title bar text and the minimize/maximize buttons are nearly invisible. This makes dark colors difficult to ...
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How to digitally sign emails in the Mail app in Windows 8?

I used to use Windows Live Mail before upgrading but now I'm using the Mail app that comes with Windows 8, but I don't seem to be able to figure out how to sign emails with a digital signature. ...
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SSD: “The volume is too fragmented to complete this operation”

I am currently configuring a Thinkpad E540, having inserted a 256 GB M.2 SSD into the corresponding slot, in order to run Windows 8 from the SSD instead of using the preconfigured 16 GB SSD as a cache ...
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What's the shortcut to Device Manager?

What is the shortest route to Device Manager?
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Where can I download a legitimate Windows 8 ISO image? [duplicate]

I bought a product key for Windows 8 a while ago, but I never got around to using it, because I can't seem to find a 64-bit Windows 8 ISO image anywhere. My processor is 64-bit, but my current ...
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How do I boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode?

I have Windows 8 Enterprise x64. It's installed a virtual machine. After trying to update VMWare's guest extension it black screened. After resetting it, now the virtual machine won't boot. It just ...
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Expand C: with another Hard Drive?

I have two hard disk of 30GB each. (First Hard Disk - 30GB) [C:] Windows 8 (Second Hard Disk - 30GB) [D:] Free I would like to use the second hard disk to expand the space of my first hard disk. ...
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How to set Gmail as default email client in Windows 8?

How can I use Gmail (in Chrome) as the default email handler in Windows 8? I used to use GmailNotifier in Windows 7, but that doesn't seem to work anymore. Clicking on a mailto: link simply opens ...
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Run Windows Store Apps in a Window on the Desktop in Windows 8?

Is it possible to run Windows Store apps in a window on the desktop in Windows 8? For example, I think the Finance app is awesome, I just don't want it to occupy dedicated space on my screen (either ...
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Fn key combinations don't work on Asus laptop on windows 8

Only 5 out of 12 function keys combinations work. The volume manager doesn't work and the disable/enable touch pad which I used A LOT doesn't work and it's killing me. Does anybody found a solution ...
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How do I mount an NFS share in Windows 8?

I have a NAS that I'd like to mount over NFS. It works great on my Mac, but I cannot figure out how to mount this device on Windows 8. I've searched a bit online, but all the articles seem to apply ...
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Difference between shutting down and turning on vs. restart in Windows 8?

In Windows 8, is there a difference between: Shutting down my computer (inside W8) and then instantly turn it back on again vs. Restarting it from inside Windows 8 Edit: Talking about normal Windows ...
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Windows 8 Developer License

What are the ways by which I can obtain a longer Developer License (more than 3 months) to Develop Windows 8 store apps by using Visual Studio 2012?
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How do I switch between applications in Windows 8?

What are some ways that I can switch between applications in Windows 8, using the keyboard and/or mouse?
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How to access the Administrator Command Prompt in Windows 8?

When I access the Run dialog in Windows 8 and type cmd, it opens a command prompt but it doesn't have administrative privileges. Looking for cmd at the default start screen does show a command prompt ...
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How to setup a proxy for Modern UI (aka Metro) Apps in Windows 8?

I have installed Windows 8 on a PC behind a proxy. I had setup the proxy in Internet options and IE works well, but Modern UI (aka Metro) apps instead seem to not be able to exit. Is there any ...
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Why can I only choose the drive I want to install my game onto for some games in Steam?

I have a 120GB SSD and a 2.0TB HDD. I love how steam has added the ability to specify where I can install my games. For most games when I go to install I get this option: To which I can then select ...
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Shortcut keys don't work in MS-Word on Win8

I've just upgraded to Windows 8 (from XP) and re-installed my copy of Office 2007. Now the common shortcuts (Ctrl-Z, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V etc) don't work in Word, however other shortcuts (Ctrl-P) are fine. ...
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Add programs to start menu search without adding a tile

In Windows 7, I had many portable software programs like KeePass, PDF X-change, or Chrome application shortcuts that I used the portable version rather than full install. With these I was able to add ...
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Installing Windows 7 games on Windows 8

I wish to play all of the games that I have on Windows 7 by default (chess, freecell, minesweeper, etc) on my Windows 8 machine. I tried to just copy over the relevant .exe files, but when I run them ...
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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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How do I group icons in the Start menu of Windows 8?

I love the new start menu of Windows 8 but I would like to be able to organize my icons into sections. How do I organize my app icons in Windows 8?
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How to remove homegroup icon from Windows Explorer?

I'd like to remove "Homegroup" from the left side of my Windows Explorer in Windows 7/8.
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What do Windows 8 Refresh and Reset my PC really do?

In Windows 8 I can reset everything and reinstall Windows. I assume this will clear my drive and start from scratch? Is that right? Does this create a Windows.old folder? I see this dialog, but ...
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How can I change the lock screen in Windows 8 that appears for the default user?

This is about Windows 8 RTM. How can I change the lock screen in Windows 8 that appears after connecting to the machine via RDP? You can change your lock screen for your user account like so: Hit ...
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Default username/password for accessing network shares in Windows 8?

I always had the same username and password on all my network devices (NAS, desktop PC, laptop) in my small home network. This allows me to access network shares of other devices without having to ...
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How do I enable an auto download of newly installed Metro Apps?

I have multiple devices running Windows 8, and would like to sync up the apps that I install on one between the others. Is there a way to enable auto download and installation of apps purchased ...
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Too many log files being created in Temp folder

I am running Windows 8. Suddenly one day I got an error that C:\ is low on disk space. After doing lot of analysis found that every minute 4-5 log files are being written into Temp folder. File name ...
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Intel Ivy Bridge GPU OpenCL Not Working On Windows 8

I seem unable to initialize hardware-accelerated OpenGL on the GPU side of the Intel Ivy Bridge GPU (it's on a Core i7-3700K chipset, with the HD4000 graphics core). This is a new problem on Windows ...
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How do I use different audio devices for different apps in Windows 8?

Besides switching the default audio device, how can I send the audio from one app (say x-box music) to one audio device, and another (say the video app) to another audio device? Edit: Looking ...
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How to add the Windows defender into Windows Explorer's right click menu to scan a particular drive/folder/file on demand in Windows 8?

There is no option in Windows Explorer to scan a particular drive (or file) on demand by right clicking on it in Windows Explorer as we had in Windows 7 with Microsoft Security Essentials or like ...
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How can I create a new user account on Windows 8 associated with a Microsoft email account?

How can I create a new local user account on Windows 8 associated with a Microsoft email account (e.g. MicrosoftAccount\someone@live.com) programmatically, using PowerShell or another scripting ...
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How can I left align title-bar text in Windows 8?

In their infinite wisdom, Microsoft's UX designers decided to center the title-bar text in Windows 8 (obviously looking to Windows 3.1 for their inspiration). I'm willing to put up with a lot of the ...
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What is the difference between the different nVidia Quadro drivers?

I have a nVidia Quadro FX 1700 graphics card and there are different drivers offered at the nVidia driver page: Quadro ODE Graphics Driver Quadro Performance Driver Quadro Partner Certified Driver ...
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A proper way to create non-interactive accounts?

In order to use password-protected file sharing in a basic home network I want to create a number of non-interactive user accounts on a Windows 8 Pro machine in addition to the existing set of ...