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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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Why are Icon Overlays (from 3rdParty-Apps) not showing up in the Win8 Explorer?

These wonderful icon overlays that give you useful information in the Windows Explorer are not showing up. It's the most annoying with Dropbox (I already read https://www.dropbox.com/help/154/en). I ...
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What is the RuntimeBroker.exe process in Windows 8?

I was looking through my Task Manager today and saw something called Runtime Broker running: I've never seen this in previous versions of Windows. What is it? What does it do?
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Does Windows 8 have a Status Bar to display details of a file?

In Windows 7, when I select a video file in Windows Explorer it displays information about that file at the bottom of the window. For example: However this seems to have been removed in Windows 8. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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On Windows 8, particularly on tablets with a permanently inserted micro SD card, is there a universal way to treat the card as a non-removable drive?

I have a Windows 8.1 tablet, a Surface Pro, and I have a micro SD card that is permanently inserted. I use it to store media files like music and video. Windows, recognizing that it is a removable ...
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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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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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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 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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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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What's the shortcut to Device Manager?

What is the shortest route to Device Manager?
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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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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 do I modify my boot options in Windows 8?

How do I modify the boot menu in Windows 8? There's an entry that I want to remove for a "boot from VHD" option that no longer exists.
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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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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 ...
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What are the Memory Limits for Windows 8?

With the Windows 7 Memory Limits seeming small to some people, what are the memory limits Microsoft have for Windows 8?
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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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Is it possible to have several languages in Windows 8?

I had Windows 7 Ultimate before I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro and before, in Windows Update, there were updates that allowed me to install more language packs for Windows. After installing the updates I ...
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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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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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How to enable concurrent outgoing RDP sessions?

On Windows 7 and below, I can easily fire up multiple RDP sessions to remote servers. Under Windows 8, when I run RDP a second time, it just brings the first instance to the foreground. How can I ...
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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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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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After Windows 8 installation I can't access BIOS settings anymore

Today I installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on one of my notebook machines and I noticed that I can't access BIOS settings if I use the "Shut down" Windows option on Settings/Power menu. If I use the ...
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How to restore windows 8 GUI boot-loader after installing windows 7?

I have installed window 7 after installing windows 8, so windows 7 boot-loader is now the default boot-loader But i want to restore windows 8 graphical boot-loader back again so what to do ?
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How to boot to Windows 7 from Windows 8 boot menu without a restart?

I have a dual-boot system with Windows 7 and Windows 8. When I start the machine it takes me to the new Windows 8 boot menu with the blue background. Basically it looks like this: If ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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Why can't I pull up the taskbar when Chrome is maximized?

Whenever I maximize Chrome in Windows 8 the auto-hide on my taskbar breaks; moving the mouse to the bottom of my screen will no longer pull up the taskbar. This is really annoying as pressing the ...
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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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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 ...