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

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Windows 8 Automatic Page File Size vs Windows 7

I've noticed that Windows 8 sets smaller page files by default. Windows 7 systems seem to create a page file the size of the RAM (eg 4GB of RAM means that Windows makes a 4GB page file). In Windows 8 ...
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Tune up utilities drive defrag ate my disk space [duplicate]

Today I used Tune up drive defrag and after using it my free disk space decreased by 9 GB. Why did this happen. What can I do to recover the disk space? Thank you. I just found out that this is using ...
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Change Alt+Tab appearance in Windows 8

I have the exact same issue discussed at this Superuser thread, but the solution is not satisfactory to me. To recap the problem, I hate the new fancy Alt+Tab interface introduced in Windows 7, and ...
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How does Windows 8 determine whether it is running for the first time? [closed]

The first time a new Windows 8 install is run, a setup process is initiated in which the user is prompted to create a system name and initial user account, among other things. Obviously this process ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro forgets network credentails

At my university we got a wireless network with the following properties: Every user has to login with a username and a password. The authentication is based on RADIUS as far as I know. The network ...
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Would it make sense to install Windows 8.1 on the HDD instead of the SSD?

Just about to setup a new laptop with a 128GB SSD and 1TB 7200RPM HDD. I'm thinking that most of the 30+ GB of Windows files are probably not accessed on a regular basis, so they don't need to take ...
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Remote Desktop DPI nightmare in Windows 8.1/2012 R2 - how can I fix it?

Several of my users have 1 Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8.1 with all updates) and 2 ViewSonic monitorsand they connect to our servers using Remote Desktop 2012 R2. All screens are fine on client, but when ...
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Windows update resets Handedness property in “Tablet PC Settings” to “Right-handed”

This is a follow up question to my earlier question over here. I have set the Handedness in "Tablet PC Settings" to "Left-handed" but with every Windows update (no matter how small or big) the ...
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Windows 8.1 - How to Activate Multiple Machines

So, I work for a company that recently purchased around 50 HP slim line desktops (System Model: HP EliteDesk 800 G1 USDT). Each machine has Windows 8 already installed. The machines ...
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Windows drivers hogging 4GB of RAM: How do I find out which driver it is?

As of late, right after boot, my Windows 8.1 (64 Bit) is using 5-6 GB RAM of the available 8 GB. I found a similar question (Windows using too much RAM, how to diagnose resource hog), which ...
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Disappering tray icons in Windows 8.1

I've noted that the battery indicator on my laptop for starter, changes it status to "Show only messages" while I frequently change it to "Show icon and messages". E.g. I have to click to expand the ...
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setting up home Hyper-V lab on one Win 8.1 Pro desktop PC

I'm planning on using a lone Win 8.1 workstation with 16 GB of RAM to learn Active Directory 2012 and Server 2012 via 3 virtual machines running simultaneously. One VM will be a Win 2012 domain ...
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Laptop bluetooth driver/adapter works in ubuntu but not in windows 7/8

I have acer 4253 laptop with amd e350 processor and 2GB RAM attaced. Initially the bluetooth worked well with windows 7. Later I turned off the adapter using the preinstalled OEM software 'Bluetooth ...
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ipconfig /renew renew throws “The system cannot find the file specified.”

I am having issues with a USB network device that seems to wreck my internal wireless adapter. Whenever I plug this device in (but don't use it for networking), no new connections can be made on the ...
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How can I prevent a device from being installed

I have a wireless card that is causing me some serious trouble. I need the device to stop installing the driver it is currently using. I went into the hardware settings and set it to ask me what to ...
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Windows 8.1 Recovery issue

question title probably duplicate but I have different issue My PC upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 before Windows allows us to buy the Windows 8 upgrade. I chose to upgrade to Windows 8 buy ...
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Windows 8 laptop making repetitive “USB disconnect sound” and mouse/keyboard won't work

I have a tablet PC with a wireless mouse that I keep plugged into the USB port. The mouse and keyboard are only working intermittently and it keeps making the "USB Disconnect" ding-duh-ding sound. If ...
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Microsoft's Modern.ie VMs and OpenGL

I am a long time linux user, and have very little experience with Windows. However I wanted to try a Windows only application, Daz 3D. I downloaded the free Windows virtual machines that Microsoft ...
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Laptop not starting

I have a laptop custom built by PC Specialist. It was working fine. Yesterday I have changed the hard drive to a Samsung SSD and installed Windows 8.1 on it. Today it does not want to start at all, I ...
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CPU rapidly overheats

I've been running my system for about a year and a half, the only heat issues I had was with Battlefield 4. I noticed then that my CPU easily went to 80°C, so I cut back on the Anti Aliasing etc, no ...
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How to make Windows 8.1 Start Screen Tiles Transparent on a PC?

Once again I have run into a problem with very few solutions as I have looked all over the internet and have even look at previous answered questions but to no avail. Most of what I ran into had ...
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Windows8, website “blocked” .. or something, very weird issue

Run into a very weird issue on my Windows8 laptop tonight, which honestly left me baffled. When I try to open battleping.com in the browser, either Chrome or Firefox, they don't load, and timeout ...
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When Nvidia Surround is enabled, Google Chrome has border around edge when maximized

Simply put, whenever I enable Nvidia Surround (with whatever settings), whenever I maximize Google Chrome on one monitor, it will have this weird border around the top, left, right, and bottom edges. ...
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Connecting to projector in win 8.1 64 bit

I have Asus X451MA notebook. When I had win 8 projection with my projector worked fine. When I updated to 8.1 (64 bit) I get the message "Your PC Cannot Project to Another screen" when I click win+P. ...
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How to format a System Active Primary Partition?

I have two internal HDD. HDD 1 and HDD 2. In, HDD 1 there are 5 volumes - C,D,E,F,G In, HDD 2 there are 5 volumes - H,I,J,K,L Now, I had my previous OS (Windows 8) in "C" in HDD 1. Then i installed ...
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Modified Memory too High? 16gb of Memory and a few programs open = “Not enough Memory” errors

I keep having to restart my computer after leaving it on for a day or so in Windows because my "Modified memory" (whatever that is) goes absurdly high and I begin getting "Memory too low" errors, ...
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In Preview is Mac OS X I can rename a file while it is open. How do I do this in Windows 8?

I rename files as I am looking at them in Preview in Mac OS X. The new filename comes from stuff I am reading in the document. How can I do the same in Windows 8?
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Microsoft Surface pro Tablet windows 8 Language set up

purchased Microsoft Surface pro tablet Windows 8 that says Spanish, Portuguese, Italian ONLY. Does this mean when i start widows on the set up screen, windows will only give me these 3 language ...
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How to cancel pending Win8 to Win8.1 upgrade?

I am a Windows 8 user and, for some reasons, I don't want to upgrade it to Windows 8.1. I would get an annoying pop-up window from time to time, offering me a free upgrade. I would always turn down ...
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How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?

I've recently received an assembled PC. I don't know if the disk is an SSD or old HDD (whether SATA or other technologies). I can't find a way to tell if the disk is SSD or not, apart from the size ...
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if you use the shutdown.exe on a windows 8 will it wait for updates to be installed

Question basically in the title. I am leaving a laptop with the inlaws who arent that good with technology. I have created a shutdown.exe file on the task bar for them to close windows but am ...
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Windows 8 doesn't tile the wallpaper properly

I am using 3 monitors: 1200x1600 - 2560x1440 x 1200x1600. I downloaded a wallpaper that is 4960x1600 pixels and I want it to span across all 3 monitors. I used to be able to do this by using the ...
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Cannot boot win 8.1 without install cd

I've formatted my HP laptop and installed a new win 8.1 from dvd. But now I cannot boot from hard drive unless the install CD is presented. There's an error message displayed when booting in non ...
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Windows 8 automatic maintenance freezes after regedit

I have now ran into this problem twice. When Windows starts automatic maintenance the computer becomes non-responsive and eventually freezes. And both times I was able to backtrack the problem to ...
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One User is Stuck, the Other Doesn't Work

recently I had a problem Which was resolved by method 3 in this great article. Without going into the whole thing, the problem is as follows: My old user is stuck in ...
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How do you disable swipe history navigation?

On my Surface Pro, when I drag my finger across the browser window, Chrome will navigate back and forth through the browsing history. click to open on Youtube How do I disable this feature?
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How can I disable windows forcing me to update to 8.1?

Ever since I have bought windows 8, I have had stupid notifications of Do you want to update to windows 8.1 That was fine. But now for some reason, it says "Finish updating to windows 8.1, ...
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What causes the webcam to activate during Windows 8 logon?

When I resume my Windows 8 laptop from sleep and the logon screen is activated, the built-in webcam is briefly activated and then turned off. I notice this by the "record led" by the lense turning on ...
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modern ui apps don't show

Since the last windows update, all the Windows modern UI apps don't show. Here is a short story of the problem. My windows boots to the classic desktop, let's assume it is empty, no apps running. ...
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How do I undo desktop changes if I accidently moved folders/files around?

I was cleaning my keyboard and accidently "sorted" the folders/files on my desktop. Is it possible to undo those changes?
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Internet connection lost every time computer sleeps or shuts down

I have an ADSL internet connection that works through a modem (actually a router - Aztech ADSL2+ Ethernet Bridge Router DSL-600E). I know that there's a way to put in my username and password to my ...
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Windows 8.1 error: Not enough memory to move a file

I have Windows 8.1 installed on a machine with an i5 at 2.5 Ghz and 16GB of installed RAM. There is about 80GB free disk space. When I'm trying to move one file from one folder to another, I get this ...
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Can I force my touchscreen monitor to receive touch input without being primary?

I looked around to see if someone had a solution to my unique problem, but I only found solutions pointing at Control Panel > Tablet PC Settings > Setup, and this does not work for me. This is my ...
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How do I change the user Windows 8 automatically logs in with?

After doing a Windows Update, my computer is booting to the "hidden administrator" account which I had activated to take care of an issue. I prefer to boot into the standard administrator account, ...
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Access Windows 8 office computer via an Internet connection VPN? [closed]

I am trying to rescue the company I work for from the clutches of Dropbox. What I want to be able to do is let my staff and some external parties access the shred folders on my desktop in the office ...
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Blank screen in Windows 8.1

Recently I bought new computer (AMD FX-6300, 8GB RAM, SSD and GTX650 as graphic card). I installed Windows 8.1. At the beginning everything went well. But after one day I have two strange problems. ...
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How can I Remove a certain character from multiple filenames in windows 8?

I have more than thousand of files(type:image). In which some of the filenames contains '+'. I want to remove '+' from the filename. How can I do it? Filenames for example: ...
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Windows 8.1 upgrade results in Green Screen of Death fixed only by changing user

after accepting Windows 8 proposal to upgrade to 8.1, and after restarting, my system behaves as follows It login normally Seconds after login a green screen with "please wait" written on it ...
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Setting my computer to the correct date and time stops website security certificates from validating

I recently got a new computer and I've come across a peculiar issue related to internet security certificates and setting my time in Windows. Here is my sequence of events thus far: Booted new ...
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Windows 8 System Wide Audio (not per user)

Is it possible to have audio from another logged in user continue to play when I use fast user switching? Previously I could switch users and audio would continue to play from the locked user. This ...