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Why is my Windows unbearably slow? [duplicate]

I use Windows since ever, sometimes Linux, sometimes OSX. Since Windows ME/2000 I have been having this major problem: I install a fresh copy of Windows, it boots fast as hell, everything goes ...
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Windows 8 is losing options in the “Open with” menu after changing file associations

When I set a program to open a specific file type by default, it works (like Word 2013 for PDF files). However, when I change the default back to reader, I lose Word as an option that I can pick in ...
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“Access denied” when trying to end a process on Windows 8

I get "Access denied" when trying to end a process on Windows 8. From Kill process (windows 8) issues on Stack Overflow, I've read: The process may have a thread active in kernel mode that is not ...
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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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Is there a way to snip part of the screen with a hotkey?

I'm able to launch the snipping tool, select an option and then copy based on my selection. Is there a way to launch a default snipping option so that I can create partial screen screenshots without ...
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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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Is it possible to open Modern UI apps on a second display?

It seems like when opening the Modern UI version of IE from the Start screen, it will only open on the main display. Afterwards, I don't know how to move it to the second display, since Win+← and ...
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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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How can I easily connect and disconnect my bluetooth speakers in windows 8?

I have a bluetooth speaker system in my windows 8.Is there any other way of connecting and disconnecting without re-adding the device with its drivers/going out of range and turning off bluetooth in ...
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Chrome doesn't start in Windows 8, gives an error message “Class not registered”

Using Windows 8 and trying to start Google Chrome from the start menu fails, doesn't show any error or open the browser. When double clicked on the desktop, it says Class not registered When I ...
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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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Software shutdown does not work in Windows 8

Some time ago I installed Windows 8 64bit RTM version (as a student I had access to it before premiere). What I discovered is that "shutdown" doesn't work as expected. When I want to shutdown the ...
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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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How do I reduce the size of the titlebar and window border padding on Windows 8 or Windows 10?

I think the size of the titlebars and the titlebar text are too large in Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. Also, the window border padding cannot be adjusted like it could in Vista and Windows 7, as the ...
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How do you remove an account from Windows 8 Mail that “Needs Attention”?

I'm using Windows 8.1 Pro, and the Mail app has a Gmail account that "Needs Attention". I'd like to go ahead and remove it. I go to the Charms bar, Setting, Account, and find that Gmail account in ...
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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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Where is Chrome.exe in Windows 8? [duplicate]

Is it in C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe or is it in C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application? Few months ago, a friend of mine said the former. But yesterday, I ...
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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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How do I join a Windows 8 PC into a domain?

How can I enroll a Windows 8 PC into an existing domain?
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How to install more voices to Windows Speech?

I downloaded another TTS pack from Microsoft Speech Platform - Runtime Languages (Version 11), but in the speech properties this pack doesn't show up. The image bellow lists all packs installed, ...
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Windows is very slow with my new SSD

I have a laptop HP probook 4520s with Core i5 M480 @ 2.67Ghz, 4Gb RAM, 640 GB HDD Radeon HD 6370m 1GB video card. It would seem like a good stack for work, right? But My HDD has ...
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Can I force my laptop to use NVIDIA instead of Intel?

I have a Dell N5110 laptop with integrated Nvidia GeForce GT 525M and an Intel HD Graphics 3000 card; My problem is the default card is the Intel one, and it provides a very bad performance with ...
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When resizing Windows Explorer on Windows 8 it crashes?

I have following problem: When I try to change size of any explorer window from maximized to some size getting following screen It blinks 20-30 times, then crashes. Also it changes it's size every ...
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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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Desktop applications are unable to launch my browser in Windows 8

I have a fresh copy of Windows 8 Pro installed from MSDN. I have Google Chrome installed (stable channel) and it is set as my default browser. I even went into Control Panel > Default Programs to ...
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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 make a Start Screen icon for Notepad that will always open a new Notepad when clicked in Windows 8?

Just installed Windows 8, pinned Notepad to the start screen. When I press the Windows key and use the Notepad tile to run Notepad, it will focus on the currently open Notepad window. I'd like it to ...
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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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How to create a desktop shortcut to a Windows 8 Modern UI app?

I am using Windows 8 at the moment and I was wondering if there is a way to make a shortcut to a Modern UI (formerly known as Metro UI) application on my desktop.
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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 mount the EFI partition on Windows 8.1 so that it is readable and writeable?

Here is what I do: restart machine with Windows 8.1 determine "EFI System" partition with the Disk Management utility run command prompt as administrator type diskpart type select disk 0 then select ...
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Prevent a single IE window with multiple open tabs from being displayed as multiple windows in the taskbar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Prevent IE8 tabs from opening tabs in stack in taskbar When I use IE 9 or 10, and open multiple tabs, the taskbar icon is shown like there are many instances of IE, even ...
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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 to delete a VPN connection in Windows 8?

How do i delete a VPN connection in Windows 8? In Windows 8 i can have VPN connections: How do i delete them? Things i've tried: right-clicking the connection name hold-clicking the ...
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Computer wakes by itself, but wake source is unknown

I have an interesting problem. I am using Windows 8.1 on my PC and I have WOL enabled from my BIOS and my LAN card settings and it works just fine. But, since a couple of weeks back, my computer ...
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How to search for a folder from the Windows 8 Start screen

In Windows 7, if you press the Windows key and type the name of a folder, and the folder shows up among the Start menu search results. In Windows 8, if you do the same thing, no folders are listed. ...
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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 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 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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Windows lowers volume because of “communication”

Randomly, or at system sound (usb connect for example) Windows 8 lowers the volume of all other sources. (Same problem can exist on windows 7, just look online). This is happening because of the ...
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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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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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Create shortcut to dial VPN connection in Windows 8

It was easy to create a shortcut that automatically dials a VPN connection in Windows 7 (e.g., see these answers). But if I create that shortcut in Windows 8, double-clicking it opens the Networks ...
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Clean install of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on a UEFI laptop with GPT partition?

I’m currently pulling out hairs about a problem with my wife’s new Samsung Book 9 laptop. it comes preinstalled with Windows 8. She wants Windows 7 Pro. I’ve board a Windows 7 Pro 64-bit for her and ...
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How can I determine the SATA controller version on Windows?

I have recently bought the ASUS N550JV-DB71 and am planning on replacing the Bluray Drive with an SSD. Is there any way that I can confirm whether the BD Drive is connected via a SATA 2 or a SATA 3 ...
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Will a clean install of Windows 8 recognize an OEM license/product key?

As I understand it, OEM computers that come with Windows 8 preinstalled has the license/product key stored in the BIOS/on the motherboard somewhere. If you do a clean install (*) of Windows 8 (for ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 8 without Internet Explorer?

Is it possible to install Windows 8 without including Internet Explorer at all? If that is not possible, is it possible to remove Internet Explorer after install? Would the answer change for Modern ...
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Can't use Bootcamp partition for Windows 8 installation

I'm trying to install Windows 8 with Bootcamp on my Macbook Pro. Sadly it won't let me get past the disk partition choice (even after formatting the Bootcamp-drive). It says: Windows can't be ...
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How to get access to C:\Program Files\WindowsApps in Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where to find Windows 8 Modern UI apps source code? How do I open the folder C:\Program Files\WindowsApps? Currently I'm denied to enter, even though I'm logged in as ...
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Windows 8 Mail app doesn't work with Gmail when 2-step verification is enabled

I'm unable to link my Gmail account to Windows 8 Mail app when I have 2-step verification enabled on my Google account. The error message that's given is: "That email address or password didn't work." ...