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

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Why is mouse cursor freezing on Windows 8 laptop?

I was looking at a friend's Toshiba laptop which after a random amount of time, maybe 30 or so seconds from boot, the (touchpad) mouse cursor freezes permanently. The computer as a whole does not ...
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Netsh interface missing under Windows 8 embedded

I have a client that uses Windows 8 embedded as a platform for media player devices. One function of this software is to administrate the player's IP address. For this function netsh is used on the ...
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Can't Use Switchable Graphics

I can't get my switchable graphics cards working on my Acer 4820TG laptop. It came installed with Windows 7, but I've installed the RTM build of Windows 8. I have to keep the "Graphics" setting on the ...
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Cannot enter BIOS setup on HP ENVY Sleekbook 4, EFI partition broken

I'm running into great trouble with an HP ENVY Sleekbook 4 with an existing Windows 8 installation failing to boot after installing Ubuntu 14.04, and data in the EFI partition is broken (the ...
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How can I stream my android phone screen to my laptop computer? [migrated]

I am mostly trying to solve a low resolution problem when watching Google Play movies as on my Windows 8.1 PC many of them are not available in HD quality. As Android phones have access to higher ...
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Desktop background slideshow - taking more control

I recently set the desktop background on a two-monitor Windows 8 machine to point at a folder full of pictures. These are not photos but are sourced from a variety of places so their sizes and aspect ...
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How to create second color calibration profile in Windows 8 and switch between the two?

Windows 8 offers Display Color Calibration wizard. (Control Panel > Display > Calibrate Color.) It is great for basic use. Its only downside is that it always changes current color profile, giving no ...
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Why does activating Hyper V cause windows 8.1 enterprise to stop booting?

I have read a number of forum posts suggesting an incompatibility with USB 3.0, but these all referred to a gigabyte mobo, whereas I am on an HP laptop. Suggestions? EDIT Issue persists after clean ...
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Transparency option gone from Windows 8.1

Something happened and now my transparency option from Windows 8.1 is gone. I followed this solution but for me it does nothing. After restart the value ColorizationOpaqueBlend is still in the ...
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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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Lexmark Z715 Ink Jet printer program for Windows 8

Where can I get a driver for a Lexmark Z715 ink jet printer? Lexmark can't help me. What I don't understand is that I've been using this printer in this computer for 7-8 months, but for some reason I ...
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Disable time/date pop up when scrolling

Recently installed Win 8. Sometimes on laptop, I will scroll left using touch pad, and the time/date box pops up on lower left. Have to click out of it to continue scrolling. Not sure what I am doing ...
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Add item to “New” context menu in Windows 8 for only one user without admin rights

I am trying to edit the registry on my windows 8 computer so that I can create a batch(.bat) file from the "new" menu. The only problem is I don't have admin rights. So I was doing some research and ...
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Cannot access Samba share from Windows 8, but I can in Windows 7

I´m trying to connect to my Samba share in my QNAP NAS from a Windows 8 client. The name and password are the same both in the Windows client and the NAS server. I got an authentication error, so I ...
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Programs Unresponsive at about the same time Everyday

I have been dealing with this issue for a while now and it always happens in late afternoon time. I can't nail down a specific time but in the 3-5pm (today happened at 4:40) range. I am using Windows ...
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Home wifi started misbehaving when I attached a windows device

On my home wifi I normally have a macbook pro, a few iPhones and a chromecast. A few days ago, I bought one of those new cheap windows 8 tablets. It works great, but while it's powered on, the other ...
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“Sleep” not an option for “Lid close action” on Windows 8.1

When you go to power options in the control panel for Windows 8, under power buttons and lid >> lid close action >> on battery/plugged in, you should be able to choose a. Do nothing b. Sleep c. ...
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I can't type lower case Ñ or Ï in Windows 8

How do I type lower case Ñ or umlaut Ï in Windows 8? I have the US-International keyboard layout selected. When I try to type a lower case version of those letters (and possibly more), then it fails. ...
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Dual boot Win 8 how to upgrade Mate 14 to Cinnamon 17

I currently have a Dual Boot Windows 8.1 with Mint Mate 14, on a generic machine. I want to upgrade to Cinnamon 17.1, keeping the dual boot. I am somewhat of a newbie and need very specific ...
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Windows 8 “Please wait” screen

I enabled AHCI mode for SATA (and virtualisation) in my BIOS and rebooted to Windows 8. This failed, so I switched it back. I realise now that something like this is required to change to AHCI mode. ...
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Windows: Cannot associate executable with file extension

I know this is a very basic question, but I couldn't find the answer. When I right click on a file with extension .abc and click on Properties and then Change..., then even when I click on Browse... ...
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How can I configure proxy settings for all apps, system, IE etc?

I am using Windows 8 Enterprise (MSDN), behind a proxy. I configured the proxy in IE network settings (actually, not a proxy, but a .pac file with config), and when trying to connect to the internet, ...
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Can't get third monitor to work

I am running Windows 8.1 (64x bit) with all the latest updates. I have three monitors connected to my PC at work. The connections used are HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort. The DisplayPort connection is not ...
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After formatting External Harddrive, Why do hidden OS folders $RECYCLE.BIN, System Volume Information get created

My antivirus ESET Nod 32 was flagging up a virus found in my C:/$Recycle.bin folder, after reinstalling fresh OS I decided to store some things on an external Harddrive and dumped to another PC. My ...
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Lenovo Hotkeys Bad Bios, Disabling Hotkeys

How do I disable hotkey keys, this suddenly stopped working for me, enable or disbled, its stuck on Fn lock mode Setting hotkey mode By default, the hotkey functions are accessible by pressing the ...
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Windows 8 not running autohotkey script on startup

I am running Windows 8.1 Pro (RTM) 64bit and made a shortcut to a autohotkey script in shell:startup. (Alt-drag and dropped the script into there to create a shortcut) Autohotkey is set to run as ...
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How can I stop Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center from randomly popping up?

I own a cheapo Microsoft keyboard (the Comfort Curve 2000) and wireless mouse (the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3000) that I use with my Toshiba Satellite laptop running Windows 8. They can be configured ...
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forgot to set a password on my dell windows8 and now i can't use my laptop

I was trying to fix my laptop and I was deleting all sorts of stuff in my DELL windows-8 laptop and I forgot to set a new password on my laptop. Now when I turn my laptop on, it asks for a password ...
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Possible to install 64-bit Windows on 32-bit UEFI?

I recently purchased an HP Stream 7, which I was led to believe would have Windows 8.1 64-bit installed. However, it has 32-bit Windows, even though it has a 64-bit processor. Installing 64-bit has ...
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Windows 8 screen went black [on hold]

My laptop screen went black after trying to download a mod for a game of mine. Other user profiles still work like my moms but anytime i click on my account the screen is black and all i can see is ...
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Missing “Use a device” option to boot a live distro from usb on a Windows 8 (UEFI) notebook

I have a new notebook with Windows 8. I need to boot a Linux live distro from USB disk. However, when I access the boot menu which I expect to be like the following: in Windows 8, the entry "use a ...
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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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How do I get the Windows 8 Desktop to stop refreshing itself while I'm working?

I have an Asus touchscreen laptop with Windows 8, not RT. The best way that I can describe the problem is: when I am working on something in the desktop, the desktop/screen refreshes itself. It ...
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Windows 8 - 2 finger scroll accelerate delay

I bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet + keyboard two weeks ago and now I've got a new Dell laptop and both seem to suffer the same 2 finger scroll delay issue. I can't entirely blame Windows 8 ...
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Windows 8.1 wont validate my product key

Windows 8.1 wont validate my product key - It worked up until today and now says I need to activate Windows and wont recognise my product key
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Why can't I install any OS on samsung

I have laptop call it SAMSUNG OS: WINDOWS 8.1 UNILINGUE 6 BITS (6.3 VERSION 9600) Model: 300E5E/300E4E/300E5V/300E4V BIOS: P02RBE i'm trying to install any OS on it but no luck even i use usb ...
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Disable all downloads in Windows 8?

So I gave my son a laptop and so far I continuously have to factory reset after he downloads some virus and/or malware. He's obsessed with Minecraft and mods and that community seems to be a cesspool ...
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Stop new windows opening in top left corner?

Is there a registry setting etc for the default window startup location? I'm not talking about individual programs which can save such a setting, but the global default. Windows often opens windows in ...
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Replace Checkpoint VPN client by Windows 8/7 built-in client

Hi I'm running the Check point Endpoint Security VPN R75 (which replaces SecureClient) for Windows and it crashes my laptop very often. Now I've fixed it and due to the crashes I upgraded to Windows ...
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probable cause of excel files getting corrupted

how to find out the probable cause of corruption of excel files...here i m not saying of a single file...files are getting corrupted one after the other...can 1)using windows 8 with excel 2007 and ...
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Which drive is \Device\Harddisk1\DR1?

While I was trying to find out why the main disk is performing a form of unexpained "thrashing"(while there was no RAM issue), freezing up apps temporarily, I found a relevant error in the logs: ...
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Show Windows 8 Taskbar with Touch Screen

I have been searching for an answer for this for a while and have not found anything. On Windows 8 with a touch screen, I have the task bar set to autohide (something I've preferred in Windows ...
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Rotate PDF file in Reader in Windows 8

How can I rotate a PDF file that was opened in the Reader app in Windows 8? In particular, where is the "toolbar" of that app? I can only see the zoom buttons and nothing else.
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Cannot boot onto any OS after deleting Linux partition on UEFI system

Today, I decided to delete Ubuntu 14.10 from my computer. Everything was OK, I had created the USB recovery drive of Windows 8.1. After formating the Linux, I restarted. Sadly, I forgot to delete the ...
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Disabling touchscreen when display is closed

I'm wanting to know how to disable the touch screen when the lid is closed. I have recently purchased a windows 8 computer with a touchscreen. The problem is that when the display is closed, the touch ...
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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 do I add Sublime Text the Windows 8 “Default Programs” list?

I've tried using the following registry file to add Sublime Text 2 to the Default Programs list in Windows 8 Enterprise x64. It doesn't show up. All the paths are correct. This method has worked for ...
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Is there a way to paste multiple things on windows 8?

I was doing some work when I realized that it will be a lot easier if I can copy and paste multiple items from the clipboard. For example, if I had this in my clipboard: Oldest item 3 item 2 item ...
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Software to make patch installer [on hold]

I'm looking for a program for windows (if possibly freeware) that let me create installers simple installers. The thing is that I'm looking that the installer automatically find a file in the hard ...
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Reverse mousewheel scrolling for Windows 8 Store apps

I'm using this method for inverting the scrolling direction for my mouse. It works perfectly fine in Windows 8 desktop mode. However, in Windows Store apps, the mouse direction is apparently inverted ...