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Disable Parental Control (Family Safety) Override?

When the time limit is up, there is a box that says "Get more time." How do I disable/remove this box? I have tried going into the registry (regedit) and navigating to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\...
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Cannot properly remove password protected network sharing on Windows 8.1

I have recently setup a computer running Windows 8.1 Pro to act as a home NAS. I have shares and accounts created such that if people in the house login, they get access to their respective shares. As ...
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Using theme to change icons in windows 8.1

So Microsoft has set out some documentation on how to write .theme files for windows 7 and (I assume that this applies) windows 8. In their documentation they point out that you can edit the registry'...
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Windows shortcut to app mode

In Windows (8.1) when using a shortcut to start/switch-to an application (Win+Number) and that application is already running multiple times, the functionality behaves two ways: Mode 1 I press Win+# ...
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Pasting code from stackexchange sites loses line breaks using chrome and google doc

This might not be a proper place to ask the question because I found a similar one on a different site -- http://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/11428/pasting-code-from-stackoverflow-to-notepad-loses-...
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How to remove an account?

The title isn't too informative, but I couldn't think of a more accurate one. Long back, I had a problem in logging to my account (Admin). It showed The User Profile Service failed the logon. ...
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Windows: Set command on keyboard power button

I'd like to set command on the laptop power button on a keyboard. Is there any way to do this? As an example I'd like to rebind it to Insert. P.S. I have Windows 8.
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Is the Ideaworks Wi-Fi antenna (USB) compatible with Windows 8.1?

I have an Ideaworks Wi-Fi (USB) antenna and am having difficulty getting it to work.It says that it’s compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, 7, and Windows 8. I am running Windows 8.1 and cannot ...
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Cursor disappears when using drawing tablet on Win8

When I use my Aiptek drawing tablet with Windows 8, the mouse cursor disappears when I'm moving the stylus as a mouse (but not touching the surface). I can't find an option to turn it off and it ...
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Unable to install iis manager on windows 8.1

I get an error while trying to install IIS manager from "Turn on off windows features" on a windows 8 machine. Just before trying to install this I installed Visual Studio 2013 community online and ...
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Windows 8.1: Ad-hoc wifi network manager

Connecting to ad-hoc wifi networks has become fairly inconvenient in Windows 8.1. It requires executing several shell commands and copy/paste of strings... (See here.) Does anybody know a nice tool ...
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Will I be able to reinstall my copy of Windows 8.1 acquired through DreamSpark on another drive?

I've acquired and installed a copy of Windows 8.1 through DreamSpark on my HDD, but I'm planning on getting and SSD in the near future, will I be able to use the same Windows 8.1 copy to install on ...
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Java Setup throws NullPointerException in Windows 8.1?

I need to install Java on a Windows 8.1 virtual machine. This is done by using Hyper-V to access the computer and then using Explorer to download both the Java x64 and i586. When the setup is almost ...
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Windows 8: Ping Result : General Failure after disconnect from vpn

In Windows 8 When i connecte to the vpn and then disconnect from it, i get general failure. PING: transmit failed. General failure. the routing table are: Network Destination Netmask ...
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Service will not start on one computer - logon failure

Cannot start windows service, error logon failure. But account is on the domain and in local admin group and has service logon policy set. the password has been reset and account is not locked out....
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What is @OpenWithToastLogo.png?

Background Recently, I copy-n-pasted some text from Notepad into a command line window. The copied text included a TAB character prefixing the text I copied, for example "{tab}test.exe". When I ...
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Keyboard mapping issues when using Ubuntu RDP client into AWS Windows 8 box?

I am using Remmina on my local Ubuntu 12.0.4 PC to run an RDP client session into a Windows 8 box running Amazon Web Services, with the US keyboard mapping selected in Remmina. I'm having a problem ...
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Windows 8.1 EFI Graphical Bootloader: Change OS Thumbnails

I've just used EasyBCD to tweak my Windows 8.1 EFI graphical bootloader, adding entries for Windows XP and Ubuntu. Both of them have a boring thumbnail of a window, while Windows 8 has a thumbnail of ...
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Touchpad not detected in Aspire VN7-591G

I have Acer Aspire VN7-591G and my touchpad is not working. I installed Windows 8.1 Professional N. I installed all updates. Then I install drivers from Acer site and nothing happened. Next, I use ...
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How do I prioritize my PC on my router with AT&T U-verse?

My family loves using the internet at times that are inconvenient for me because it reduces my bandwidth. How do I make my router prioritize my PC using AT&T U-verse? I'm using Windows 8.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 prevent sleeping with attached keyboard closed?

Microsoft Surface Pro 3, keyboard attached, placed in Surface 3 docking station. When the keyboard is unfolded (open) the SP3 operates just fine while docked. When the keyboard is closed (flush with ...
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Games locking up every few hours, can't find an error

I built my parents computer back in mid-September. Its specs are as follows: Radeon R9 200 series- 8GB of DDR3 RAM Intel i5-4440 3.1GHz Haswell processor 650w PSU (If you need the maker I'd be ...
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How to turn off notification about available updates in Modern-UI apps?

When I start any Windows 8.1 Modern-UI app, it may notify me that the app need update. Thus, to use it I have to update the app, but this is troublesome if I don't want to update the app (at that ...
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Suggestions for use case pattern using truecrypt to encrypt user folders in windows 8.1

I have a new windows 8.1 notebook computer and I want to use truecrypt with it to make all of my data secure. My computer has 2 different drives. My first idea was to encrypt all of my drives. However,...
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How do I use Windows MouseKeys with Modern apps?

I've enabled mouse keys in my Windows 8 installation, and I've noticed that some modern apps don't properly respond to the mouse events. For instance, the Netflix and Mint apps don't receive the ...
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Unknown explorer.exe crashes

Over the past week I have started to have explorer.exe crashes and as of yet have been unable to determine the cause. I am seeing in the event logs that explorer.exe is crashing and the faulting ...
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“Remove everything and reinstall Windows” option; will it keep preinstalled software?

Windows 8 offers the option to "Remove everything and reinstall Windows" (see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/restore-refresh-reset-pc). Most of the notebooks you can buy come with some ...
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How to isolate bluetooth device mfg and model when not listed in specs?

I am working on an HP Pavilion DV7-6166NR that has various potential matches from HP's driver section. I have not been able to find any actual enumeration or specification of what Bluetooth device ...
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Skype Desktop Win 8.1 Notifications Bubbles Broken?

I cant seem to get skype desktop on windows 8.1 to show bubbles for notifications like it did in previous windows versions. I have already set "Control Panel--->All Control Panel Items--->...
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What can cause Windows 8.1 to domain user autologin

After I interrupted the last week Tuesday patch update on my Windows 8.1 laptop, it no longer prompts for login. It logs in automatically with my domain user. It does this after reboot, after sleep ...
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Error booting after installing Windows 8

I get this this error after installing Windows 8: The Group Policy Client service failed the sign-in. The universal unique identifier (UUID) type is not supported. Previously I used to use ...
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double click on .pptx ask every time for default program

Using Windows 8.1. When opening a PowerPoint 2013 file double clicking on the file, a dialog shows saying: How do you want to open this file? Continue using PowerPoint And there is a checked check ...
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How can I enable disabled layouts for Windows 8 touch keyboard?

The keyboard layout icons (lower right corner of this screenshot) from left to right: QWERTY, Thumb (split), Handwriting, and Standard. There are several articles explaining how to enable the ...
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Win 8: window/process moved to 'background process' and I cant move them back to 'apps'

I'm having a problem with windows 8. Some windows randomly disappear and I can't access them. They don't show up in the task bar or under alt-tab, but I know the window is still open because I can ...
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Totally Disable Java 8 Security

Ever since Java 8, running java requires going through the java control panel, adding an exception to the site list, and restarting firefox. And even with an exception in the site list, it still ...
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couldn't format partition in SSD

so.. I get the stupid error when I format my SSD. when I try to install Windows 7/8/8.1 I get this error: Windows couldn't format a partition on disk 0. The error occured while preparing the ...
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Schedule a task to run upon connection to usb port

I would like to trigger an event when any device is plugged into a usb port. I can't find anything relevant in event viewer. I am running Windows 8, but would like it to be compatible with Windows ...
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Waking from sleep causes instant shutoff

I am going to be very detailed as this seems extremely confusing to me ... I just completed upgrading a few components in one of my builds (list of components at end of thread). Everything works ...
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Java 8 Update 25: Security settings won't allow a website even after adding to the list

I've been attempting to allow a website to run an unsigned applet, and even after multiple re-installs and security changes, Java still informs me upon launching the applet that security settings aren'...
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Files from OneDrive folder always open read only

I use Windows 8.1. Everytime I try to open a document (Word/Excel etc) from my OneDrive folder it opens as read only. When I close Word and open it again I can edit it. Where can I change that? Can ...
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Public folder contents not updating

On a pristine Windows 7 install, you have these folders among others C:\Users\Public\Documents C:\Users\Public\Downloads With Downloads, you can enter the folder and create a new folder C:\Users\...
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Can't find touchpad settings

I bought recently a Lenovo Miix 2 (11in, i5, 4Go version). Good skin and perfs, but I have a problem accessing the touchpad settings. I don't know if there's multitouch, but first, I can't scroll, ...
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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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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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On Windows 8.1, how do you screenshot using the monitor's current color profile?

How do you capture a screenshot on Windows 8.1 that uses the monitor's current color profile? My screenshots always have to have a color profile applied in Photoshop to look the same as the desktop.
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Windows Xbox Video Player pauses when I am trying to use it in order to transcribe video into text

Is it possible to use Windows Xbox Video Player as a transcription tool? I want the video to continue playing while I am typing in a text document in order to put the video message into text. I tried ...
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VPN connection for specific app on Windows 8

I wonder if there's the possibility in Windows 8 to use its built-in VPN client to set up a connection just for specified applications, so that not the whole traffic is tunneled. Is this even ...
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Is it possible to “link” two or more folders in Windows?

I have two PCs with Windows 8.1 in the same LAN. One of the two PCs has an external USB storage HDD. I'd like to know if it's possible, and eventually how, to logically link two or more folders that ...
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How can I load startup programs without logging in during system start

Many of my startup programs do not load until I log on to my account, when the computer starts. If I set up auto login, the system is ready - and anyone who switches the comp on gets access to my ...
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Problems connecting to wireless and the Internet after upgrading to Windows 8.1

I've used Windows 8.1 since it was released and didn't have any problems for a long time. Then some time ago I began having problems connecting to the Internet and my home modem's wireless network. ...