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How to disable the Windows 8 lock screen, without disabling the password?

Windows 8 now has a slide-away lock screen like so many other OSes designed for a touch interface. However on a non-touch PC/laptop this is just an extra annoying step in logging in. There is an ...
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What are the specifications required to install Windows 8?

As every operating system has certain system requirements, what is the minimum specification required to install Windows 8.
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Downgrading Windows 8 from Enterprise to Pro

Is it possible to downgrade Windows 8 Enterprise to a Windows 8 Pro? If so, do I keep the settings (such as the Proxy Settings on the Control Panel) or do I need to reinstall my (non-metro) apps?
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“This app can't run on your PC” is displayed when running a program

I'm using Windows 8. When I try to use SimpleAssemblyExplorer Windows pops-up a message, and doesn't allow me to run that application. I tried to run it with the compatibility options; Windows 7 & ...
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Is the Windows Experience Index calculation the same on Windows 7 and 8

Is the Windows Experience Index score calculated the same way on Windows 7 and 8?
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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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How to backup Windows 7 and revert upgrade to Windows 8

I am currently on Windows 7, and want to upgrade to Windows 8. In case something goes wrong, or an important application stops working on Windows 8, how can I create a backup that can be used to ...
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Windows 8.1 search not finding Control Panel settings

Since upgrading to Windows 8.1 from 8, I've noticed that doing a search (Windows + S) is not turning up any Control Panel settings. For example, if I try to find Windows Update by typing in "update", ...
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How do I manage what programs startup in Windows 8?

There's a nifty new tab in the 'Task Manager' called 'Startup' where I can manage the program that run at startup. BUT... It doesn't show all of the application that run at startup: Some of the ...
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How do I get Windows 8 to run 2 Metro apps on each display of an extended display?

I have a Dell U2312HM 23" screen connected to my HP Envy laptop in Extended desktop mode. Is there a way I get 2 Metro "Windows 8 Style UI" to run side-by-side, with one app on each of the screens? ...
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Controlling volume of W8's Music app independently

I was wondering whether it is possible to control the volume of the Music App in Windows 8 independently from system's sounds. It is quite annoying that the Charms Bar in the Music App controls the ...
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Where does Windows 8 store user-mode crash minidumps?

Where does Windows 8 store minidumps from user-mode crashes? Windows Vista and Windows 7 is documented to (by default) store a crash dump in: %LOCALAPPDATA%\CrashDumps A fact supported by ...
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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 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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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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No compatibility tab for Devenv.exe (VS 2010 and VS 2012) on Windows 8

I've tried checking the "Run as Administrator" on the shortcut, but that doesn't always seem to work, like when I open the solution through the jumplist. I browsed to the devenv.exe file, but when I ...
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Change the Windows 8 product key after installation?

I just completed a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro as it was released to MSDN. Installation went without a hitch however I can't find out where to enter the correct product key for the copy I have. ...
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How can I tell which version of Windows 8 I am running? Standard, Pro, Enterprise, or RT?

I have searched everywhere but cannot find how to tell which version of Windows 8 I am running. I have the system properties on the screen but it just says "Windows 8," nothing else. Is this the ...
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Getting a VMnet0 error in VMWare workstation after updating host computer from Windows 8 to 8.1

Yesterday, I updated my computer from Windows 8 to 8.1. I have VMWare Workstation 10 running Windows XP on this computer and prior to the update I had no issues connecting to my network. However, ...
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Use touchpad while “typing”?

My laptop (a Sony Vaio on Windows 8) disables my touchpad when I "type". This means actually typing, or just holding down a key like say, W, A, S or D. The touchpad stays disabled for a short period ...
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Where are native Windows 8 icons located?

I'm talking about simple white icons that appears on start screen. I want to use them on shortcuts. So, I need a file or .dll that contains metro icons.
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How can I change the spell check and auto-correction language of IE10/Windows8?

Is there any way I can change the spell-check and auto-correct Language of IE10/Windows8? It seems to want me to write Norwegian, but I usually write English...
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What gets synced across computers using the same Windows Live ID?

When using the same Microsoft Account login on different Windows 8 machines, do any apps, settings or files get synced by default?
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Windows 8.1 missing font files after restart

Some days ago I rebooted my windows 8.1 system. After the reboot all my system texts were very cryptic - showing only some strange symbols. After some investigation I discovered that my ...
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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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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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Can I use wildcards in Windows 8 search?

When using a new Windows 8 search bar: What is the syntax of the search expression? Is it possible to use wildcards like "*", "?" or any other special symbol? For example, when searching with ...
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How to choose a username when using a Microsoft Account in Windows 8?

As noted in my other question, Windows assigns a strange username (<login>_000) when logging in with a Microsoft Account to a computer for the first time. It is quite difficult to change this ...
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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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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 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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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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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 to change default login/lock screen of Windows 8?

How do I change the default login/lock screen of Windows 8 which is shown after Windows has loaded and no user is logged in? I've changed the lock screen of both users but when Windows starts this one ...
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How can I disable the low disk space warning on a single drive in Windows 8?

Id like to disable the low disk space warning, ideally for a single drive in Windows 8. My gut feeling is that is it will be an all or nothing change. Any ideas?
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How to find and open previous versions of a folder programmatically (using PowerShell, WMI, etc)?

I am running Windows 8 Enterprise x64. When I open \\localhost\c$ as a network folder, and then using a context menu open the Properties window of a subfolder (e.g. \\localhost\c$\Deploy as in the ...
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Windows 8 constantly plays the Device Connect sound [duplicate]

On my PC, Windows 8 keeps playing the Device Connect sound (Windows Hardware Insert.wav) - a slightly discordant sequence of 3 notes. This is at least every 1-2 minutes, but can be up to every ten ...
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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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How can I set a custom image as the Windows 8 Start Menu background?

I was talking to a developer the other day and they hit the Windows key to show their start menu - and there it was! A Calvin and Hobbes background to their Start Menu. Does anyone know how I can ...
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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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Why won't my Windows 8 Command line update its path

I needed to add a new entry to my PATH variable. This is a common activity for me in my job, but I've recently started using Windows 8. I assumed the process would be similar to Windows 7, Vista, ...
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Enable click-and-drag scrolling in Windows 8 / Metro?

In Windows 8 (Metro interface) I find myself trying to click and drag the background to scroll again and again, which does not work (I'm using a mouse, not touch). Also, scrolling with the scroll ...
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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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How to change photo import settings in Windows 8

In Windows 7, you get a fair bit of control over how pictures are imported (e.g. when you connect a camera or SD card). Specifically, it lets you choose the folder structure that you'd like. For ...
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What's the shortcut to Device Manager?

What is the shortest route to Device Manager?
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Is it safe that everybody can see the Windows product ID?

Is it safe that everybody can see the Windows product ID? What is my CD key given the product ID?
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How to delete trustedinstaller files on Windows 8

When deleting certain files from the Program Files directory using the Administrator account, I got the following pop-up: How should I work around this? Why am I asked to require permission from ...
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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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Windows 8 Snap on desktop not working

I'm trying Windows 8 and I want to test the new snap feature where you can have two metro apps side-by-side. However, it doesn't seem to work. I place my cursor on top of the screen, and drag left or ...
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If I buy the Windows 8 Pro upgrade, can I do multiple fresh installs?

My understanding is that when I first upgrade, I can choose to upgrade as a fresh install. If I want to do another fresh install in the future, can I do that? I tend to reinstall Windows every 1-3 ...