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

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Administrator denied access to folder, impossible to see/change owner

I have a folder which was generated by MSBuild, app.publish. Often, my build script fails to delete it, complaining that it does not have the necessary permissions. Today I tested this outside of the ...
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Changing default playback device on Windows 8

Previously, on Vista and Windows 7, changing the Default Playback device would occur instantly. For example, audio is coming out of my speakers, I right click the Volume Control, click Playback ...
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Chrome doesn't do anything when trying to update

My Chrome bar has been nagging at me for a week now, wanting me to update to the latest version of Chrome. If I click the hotdog menu (or is it hamburger menu?) and hit the Update Google Chrome ...
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Minimize to system tray issues

I've tried RBTray and Iconize 2.0.04 Most programs can be minimized to the system tray without a fuss. However, certain programs (certain installers in operation, certain games ect.) refuse to stay ...
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Scanner works under Win7 but not Win8

A twain-based USB scanner Plustek OpticPro 1248U works well under Win7 64-bit. Yet I cannot install the drivers under Win8. The drivers are not signed, so I rebooted the computer with requirement for ...
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How to make File Explorer more compact?

I want to make This Computer as compact as on the second picture:
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“Bad_pool_caller” bluescreen. How to figure out what's causing it

I bought my HP 15-r085no in September last year. After a while, I got a few bluescreens with the accompanying horrible sound. There was two (I think) different bluescreens, where one of them was with ...
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How do I get a Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 joystick to work on Windows 8?

When I plug it in, Windows 8 doesn't recognize the Microsoft Sidewinder Precision 2 joystick as being plugged in at all and it doesn't work.
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Why message “All your photo sources are hidden. To show some, change your settings” appears whenever I try to display a photo on windows 8

I cannot display the screen. Maybe because every time I try to open a picture, I get the above message. I saw a "solution" on youtube, but going to settings does not give me and "options" option. ...
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Remove Win8 Lock screen and show password on mouse move?

When locking windows and returning back to my desk, I see a wallpaper and some info, which is really cool and I love it: The problem is, in Windows 7 I could type in the password right when the ...
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Windows 8 upgrade to windows 8.1 RTM fails with error code 0x101 - 0x2000C

I have a MSDN Subscription and downloaded Windows 8.1 RTM today. It fails to install. After mounting the ISO and installing (with a Windows 8.1 Pro product code), selecting "Keep my apps and ...
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Windows 8 desktop and explorer icons don't work - default icons shown

I'm starting to see a very interesting issue. Some icons are being shown as 'default' icons despite the fact that they launch fine with their proper associated programs. This is in the traditional ...
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Access Methods to a computer Using MAC Address

I have my own wifi network at home & recently when I checked the active clients on the wifi I found out the there is one active client. Router shows the MAC address of this client and I want to ...
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VNC viewer does not refresh/update the screen

I have VNC Server installed on Windows 8 Desktop Machine. I havw VNC Viewer Installed on Windows 7 Laptop, I don't know what I am doing wrong but my VNC Viewer won't update/refresh the screen after ...
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Chocolatey Uninstall NodeJS Windows 8

Ok, so I installed NodeJS by using cinst nodejs Which installs NodeJS into the Chocolatey bin directory with a dependency on NPM. I then realised that I wanted to install NodeJS.Install instead ...
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Annoying game popup

I have a windows 8 PC and my son recently got a free game off the appstore. I don't know how to uninstall it and it keeps sending popups telling me to play the game. How do I end this?
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How to turn Windows domain account to a local account

I asked the IT department in our company to remove me from our domain so that some restrictions aimed at all the users within the domain no longer apply to me. The problem is that when I restart my ...
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Windows 8 Store Error code 0xc03f40c8

I recently converted the account on my Surface Pro 3 from a Microsoft account to a local account (because I was tired of typing in a password for each and every user). However, since doing this, I am ...
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Lenovo Windows 8 EFI restore from image

First time here. I have bought e530 with windows 8 and the first hour of work with it i have a problem. I have ssd with windows 7 which i want to use with my new e530. I have made a sysprep of win 7 ...
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How to access the Windows 8 recovery partition?

I upgraded my Asus UX32VD to a new SSD. Now I want to install Windows 8 again, but that is only on a recovery partition on the old HDD and I cannot acess that. Besides that I am not sure if that is ...
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can't boot any drive or efi interface/easyRe doesn't help/no obv. hardware failer

my computer isn't booting any of the drivers and has some inconsistent/odd behavior. asus g75gx 1000gb hdd 250gb ssd (win 8 running) windows was preinstalled on the hdd and i migrated it onto the ...
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How to install software on 2 in 1 Windows 8 computer

I'm looking at buying a 2 in 1 computer, which is a laptop with a dockable screen. When the screen is undocked it becomes a tablet and the keyboard isn't used. This device has 2 hard drives, a 32GB ...
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How can I get Pinch to Zoom back in Desktop mode?

Windows 7 had an old implimentation of Pinch to Zoom where bringing your fingers apart/together would act similar to ctrl + +/-, the standard zoom. It's not as nice as granular zoom (like iOS/Android ...
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Grouping firefox (multitabs opened) buttom in taskbar(windows) as that of chrome

To be fair i don't really know the jargon used to specify my question. let me describe it in this way. Does Firefox (Firefox pin or button in task-bar that behaves as of the windows explorer pin) can ...
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Installing Windows 7 (dual-boot) after having installed Windows 8

I have installed Windows 8 Pro x64 over my previous Windows 7 installation. However, I need to re-install Windows 7 on a second partition, in other words, with dual-boot functioning. When I boot the ...
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Disappearing program thumbnail on taskbar

I have a problem - when I hover mouse on icon of program/folder in taskbar, then the thumbnail shows, and when I hover mouse on the thumbnail, all that program's thumbnail disappears, and current ...
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Windows 8 upgrade to windows 8.1 Pro fails with error code 0xC1900101 - 0x2000C

I have a new Dell desktop XPS 8700 i5 ; 12GB Ram ; 4 cpus @ 3 GHz ; 1 TB HHD The download and checking went error free. It asked to restart to do the install then after 26 Percent of the install it ...
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How to setup firewall to allow internet connection sharing via Wifi USB stick?

I have a Windows8 computer linked to the internet via an ethernet cable ("Ethernet" network connection). I have attached to it a DLink Wifi USB stick, and I'm trying to share the main PC's internet ...
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Are there downsides to Windows 8 Hybrid Shutdown?

Are there any downside to Windows 8 not doing a "full" shutdown? Would it be good practice to occasionally do a full shutdown to do a full system initialization at boot? If I'm already booting from ...
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How can I stop Windows 8 from installing nVidia software?

Windows 8 is installing NVIDIA's bloated driver software packages on start-up. A number of negative responses to this question have shown misunderstands about the differences between the core drivers ...
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Windows 8 multi monitor center mouse magnet

Running Windows 8.1, two 1080p monitors. When I slowly move my mouse to the center of the two (left side of right monitor, right side of left monitor) regardless of vertical position it sticks, at ...
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Chrome not rendering pages on a remote Windows 8 laptop

I have a Windows 8 laptop, which is usually on 24/7. Often I connect to it with TeamViewer and work remotely. I realized, that when I use Chrome, the pages do not update/render unless I switch to ...
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Starting VLC via command line to play a video as desktop wallpaper

I'm trying to create a batch script to start a video as a live wallpaper on startup. Right-clicking a playing video and selecting the "Set as wallpaper" option works fine, but attempting to run VLC ...
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How to make a program start a first start up of the day? [on hold]

Is there a way to make a program start when I log in, but only in first session. If I shut down and restart again in the same day, that program won't auto start. I am asking in both Windows and Linux. ...
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USB 3.0 flash drive won't work in SuperSpeed mode under Windows 8

I recently purchased a 16GB SanDisk Ultra USB 3.0 flash drive that boasts 80 MB/s read speeds but when I connect it to my Lenovo G500s notebook (USB 3.0 enabled) running Windows 8 Core, it only ...
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Cannot Switch Users in Windows 8.1

Today, I decided to test some new software I'm developing on my PC under a non-admin account. I've run into a huge problem, though: I'm unable to switch accounts! I have the Guest account enabled and ...
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How to “sleep” a Windows 8 laptop without closing the lid

I have a Dell XPS Windows 8 laptop. I'd like to be able to "sleep" it overnight without needing to close the lid (often it is on a laptop stand where closing it is awkward). The "Power" menu has ...
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Best program or IDE to Create Java games? [on hold]

I am searching for a program to create Java games. Aha not much to it, Aymen **PS preferably 2d games **
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Shortcut to disable touchpad?

The computer I use doesn't have a hard button to disable the touchpad. I typically use a wireless mouse, so I want to easily disable the touchpad frequently. Other answers posted on this SE tell ...
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Accidentally created a Microsoft account for Windows 8 - now are settings gone

I'm new to Windows 8 and used my laptop without a "Microsoft account". A few hours ago I setup the Microsoft Mail programm and now my .hotmail.com email address and password is the one to login to my ...
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Asus Gaming Laptop Speakers buzzing/humming

I have had my laptop close to 2 years now. I never had a problem with my speakers before. I recently started playing Grand Theft Auto V and had no issues, but now today when I get on the speaker buzz ...
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In chkdsk, what is an online scan?

Running Windows 8.0 Pro, chkdsk has a /scan option that Runs a online scan on the volume (sic). What is an online scan? My guess is that it runs it while letting you use the drive, which is good if ...
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Cannot connect to WiFi network on Windows 8 / 8.1

I see about 12 other WiFi networks in the WiFi list displayed by Windows and can even connect to them (one of them I know), so WiFi is basically working. However, I cannot find the network I usually ...
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Windows cant repair even with sfc /scannow

Clean install of windows 8, then installed the windows 8.1 update (after all other updates). CBS Log: CBS Log on Google Drive Important pieces of the log: Found: {l:32 ...
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What are those new terms that MicroSoft has introduced with Windows 8/8.1? [on hold]

What are "Rollup"? What about "ESDs"? I wonder if there is/are some another, if so... could you enlighten me? please This is not my natural language, so... please, sorry for the way I talk english. ...
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Bluestacks App Player graphics driver error on Intel desktop board D945GCLF

I am trying to install Bluestacks App Player on a machine running Windows 8 Pro 32bit. But whenever I do install the application it shows this error that Please install Graphics driver. Below are ...
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Remove a drive from Windows Storage Pool without losing data

I have a Windows Storage Pool with a 3TB drive and a 1.5TB drive. I want to move all the data from the 1.5TB drive to the (45% full) 3TB drive and then remove the 1.5TB drive. Is there any way to do ...
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In windows 8, how do you create a shortcut to kill a specific program?

I'm using a modded version of Skyrim which semi-regularly freezes and the only way to close it that I've found is to sign out and in again. So I was wondering if it was possible to create a shortcut, ...
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Changing windows 8 appearance to Mac [on hold]

I see many third party themes are available to change the appearance of Windows 8 to look like Mac OS. I want to know, after applying such theme, does it make my machine slow?
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Batch Print multiples PDF on Windows 8 [duplicate]

Im using Windows 8.1 and have multiple PDF files that i want to print. At the moment the only way i know to print those PDF files is by opening the file with the default Windows 8 PDF reader and then ...