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

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Windows 8.1 Black Screen

I have a brand new desktop with a new SSD. So I installed my copy of Windows 8.1 on it and got it all done fine. When I first went to the desktop I thought to install a graphics card driver first. So ...
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Sync setting in 2 PCs with difference resolution screen

I have one HP PC in my office and one Macbook Pro Retina in my home. Both of them are installed Windows 8.1. The problem sync setting when I use the same account on them. My PC is 1920px on ...
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Separate BitLocker encryption for dual-boot Win 7 & 8 system--make only one drive accessible at a time

I am trying to setup a PC with the following setup: Dual boot, Win 7 and Win 8.1, each with their own partition. Both partitions encrypted with BitLocker At boot time, I select the OS I want to ...
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How to copy Winodws 8.1 updates files from one pc to another?

I just installed Windows 8.1 through the app store in my windows 8 machine. I have another machine that needs to be updated. I can't get the iso because im a single language user. How to move the 8.1 ...
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How do I turn OFF Windows Narrator?

As a software developer I want to test my app under a variety of settings, so I played around with the Ease of Access settings on my Surface RT. Now I have the Narrator on and I cannot figure out how ...
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Windows 8.1 update error 0xc1900101(0x2000c)

I have wanted to update my Windows 8 to 8.1 and get an error. Here is the error from the WindowsUpdate.log: http://pastebin.com/4cebcqbW
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Dual booting Windows 7 & 8.1, using the Windows 8 Startup Options Menu, when Windows 8.1 is already installed and you want to add Windows 7

There are many excellent guides out there that explain how to dual-boot Windows 7 & 8. However, they are written for people starting with a Windows 7 installation and add a Windows 8 installation ...
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How Search File Content in Windows 8 File Explorer?

I'm stumped as to how the search function is Windows 8 File Explorer is supposed to work. I'm trying to search the content of some text files under a sub-folder of My Documents. In File Explorer ...
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Like the Pen and Touch Interface and Mouse

I really like the way touch interface to Win 8.1 operates. Can I add that interface to a regular computer that has no touch screen? I bought an ASUS that was that way so I know if is possible. Is ...
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Remove a known network from Windows 8

When Windows 8 detects a network based on the assigned IP address, netmask, default gateway, etc., it remembers the network along with the setting you give it as a public or private network. If you ...
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How to disable sticky corners in Windows 8?

I have 2 monitors and in Windows 7 I used to just mouse-flick maximized windows from one monitor to the other. With Windows 8 however (charms disabled), my mouse hangs in the corners while doing ...
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Windows Update KB2779768 Installation Failure on Windows 8

I purchased a new 64 bit computer with Windows 8 (not Pro) installed in December 2012. Today I am running Window-8 updates. All updates have a Status of Succeeded except one update that downloads but ...
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Error Code 0x0000005D while installing Windows 8

My friend was installing Windows 8 to our network lab's computers. During the installation, this error message appeared: Your PC needs to restart Please hold down the power button Error Code ...
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Plugging the usb device makes PC go crazy

When I plug in the usb flash drive, Windows 8.1 won't recognize it. Then when I plug out the mouse (so that I can plug in the flash drive instead), this happens: the usb drive is still not ...
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Start a program with a file from the recently used list in Windows 8

With Windows 7, the Start button would list a bunch of applications, for example, Word, Excel, Visual Studio. Then if I hovered over the application name a list of recently used files for that ...
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I am running Windows 8.1 on a Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus and, I think, hotkeys (or similar) will activate on it's own.

Often the keyboard will develop a mind of it's own, ie; when I type 's' the charms menu will pop out with the search window open. There are many examples. I need to know a: how to turn this off, b: ...
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Why do I get error 0x80070004 when trying to update to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8?

So, I'm trying to update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 via the Windows Store, but every time I attempt to, the update downloads properly, but then I get the error: Windows 8.1 This app wasn't ...
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Cannot add file to windows 8 mail app (screen doesnt come up)

I`ve recently reinstalled windows 8.1 from scratch on my asus n550jv laptop, and everything is working good except for this now... when i needed to send a small attachment through email using the mail ...
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Is there a way to have the Windows 8 start screen displayed on both monitors?

I have 2 monitors, when I open the start screen it does only open on 1 monitor. Is there a way to have the start screen displayed on both monitors at the same time (like an extended start screen)?
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How to login to SYSTEM user in Windows 7?

Does anyone know about logging in to SYSTEM(high privileges) user in windows 7?. In my XP machine I do: command prompt: at 10:20 /interactive cmd.exe then closing the explorer.exe and ...
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RAID1 for storage only without reinstalling Windows

I have a Z87-A motherboard. My main (Windows/Program) drive is Samsung Evo 840 256GB SSD and my storage drive is a 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD (ST2000DM001). I bought another one of the Seagate HDDs for ...
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Java update “Failed to download required installation files.”

On my Windows 7 machine the Java update consistently fails with this error message. (edit: The same thing happens on Windows 8). This seems to a common problem, does anyone have an insight into ...
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New laptop: what would be more efficient? SSD hard-drive or 16 GB RAM?

I plan to purchase a new laptop (Dell) and my budget allows me to choose one of the following: SSD hard-drive, 128 GB, for running Windows 8 OS (instead of 500GB hard-drive 5400 RPM) (or) 16 GB RAM ...
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Is it possible to use an image in the background of the log on screen?

I found a way to change the background colour but I couldn't find any way to use an image instead. When you boot the computer you're presented with the lock screen before you go to the log on one, so ...
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An All-in-One x86-x64 disc with MBR-UEFI boot enabled

I wanted to know how to create a windows 7/8.1 bootable disc wiht all editions of x86 and x64 combined in one with MBR and UEFI enabled in them. I know windows 7 32-bit doesn't has a UEFI mode but it ...
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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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Does Windows Defender update if Windows Update is set to manual?

It looks like the Windows Defender in Windows 8 won't upgrade the signatures automatically, if Windows Update is set to "Notify, but don't install the upgrades". Is my impression real? Is there is a ...
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How to change the MAC address in Win 8 to spoof a Roku Player through a WiFi splash page?

My Linux laptop died yesterday and now I can't watch TV. Let me explain. I use a Roku Player to stream Netflix shows to my television; and a year or two ago, the Internet Service provided in my ...
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Windows 8 purple screen

I have completely new laptop with Windows 8 (1 week old). Suddenly today the screen went completely purple, the cursor was visible though (Almost like a blue screen, except no error message). I ...
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Extract Samsung OEM recovery from laptop HDD

I have a Samsung NP540U3C with Windows 8. I recovered it to factory condition, booted and it was fine. There were 107 Windows updates so I downloaded and installed them, rebooted and then I was ...
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How to get back two finger scrolling on HP notebook?

I am using the HP Pavilion 14-B030TU Notebook with Windows 8. I have had it for 5 days now and the two finger scrolling has been working for the first 4 days. Recently, I had to do a Windows Update as ...
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How to set default entry in GRUB2 on EFI with FEDORA 20

I have Windows 8 dual booting with Fedora 20. Linux is the first one Windows is the third. I want windows to be the default. I am using instructions from GRUB 2. grep "submenu\|^\menuentry" ...
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Create recovery disc on windows 8 to ISO file

I have ASUS Laptop with preinstalled Windows 8 and with no DVD drive. I like to create recovery disc for windows 8 system as ISO file. In the recovery options there is either DVD or USB, How to create ...
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Can't change IE being the default HTTP handler on Windows 8

I've just installed a fresh Win8 x64 and CoolNovo browser (which is a modified chrome). Every time I set the default HTTP/HTTPS handlers to CoolNovo and press save, next time I open the screen IE is ...
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Where does Windows 8 put the exe of the default browser for Modern UI?

I was trying to some hack with Win-8 and I found something which is really gonna out my mind. When I set the default browser to the IE then its icon become Modern UI and I can't see the option Open ...
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In Windows 8, can you use a different default browser for Metro/WinRT apps than for normal desktop apps?

I want a different default browser setting for tiled WinRT apps than I do for app in the legacy desktop environment. Is this possible? I'm playing with windows 8, and one thing I've noticed is that ...
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How to refresh metadata in iTunes?

I've updated much of my songs' metadata using MusicBrainz Picard and it's successfully updated in the .mp3 files. However, a song's updated metadata is not reflected in iTunes until I play it. Is ...
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Weird Windows 8 freezes on Intel SSD

I had a very annoying problem on my Windows 8 system recently. Once in an hour of active use system would suddenly hang for 10-40 seconds. System event log then would contain following records: ...
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Setting google chrome as default browser oddity

I'm trying to make chrome the default browser. WHAT ? To clarify: It does not work, it prompts me to chose from other browsers, store does not work, I don't see why I'd want it to work tho. I ...
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Windows 8 Mail on secondary monitor

How can i set the Windows 8 Mail application to start up on my secondary screen? I've installed 'Actual Monitors' for this purpose, but because i can't find an actual path to the application, 'Actual ...
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Install windows back on laptop

No this is not a question on instructions as to how to install windows. My laptop came with genuine Windows 8 installed, but I didn't get a CD. After a few months I installed Ubuntu on it for trial ...
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Automatic Repair fails to repair my PC

I ran into an issue on Windows 8.1 that can be fixed (according to articles I've read online) by running automatic repair, so that's what I tried to do. Each time I run it, automatic repair fails and ...
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Virtualised windows 8.1u1 box always logs out on rdp disconnect

I have a fresh windows 8.1 install running inside virtual box. Active directory is not in use. I can remote desktop to it OK, but as soon as I disconnect it logs the user out. I've disabled the ...
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Slow LAN connection (especially receiving) on Windows 8

I was diagnosing my SMB performance issues when I noticed my whole network speed was off. These are my benchmarking results between my desktop and my Linux server: Both are connected using CAT6 and ...
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No respect for the idle adjustments made in the Task Scheduler

Why doesn't my Windows 8.1 respect my adjustments to wait atleast for an hour before starting certain tasks? I've recently installed a fresh copy of Windows 8 (and upgraded it to the version 8.1). ...
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Converting a Windows 8 partition into VMWare image for development [on hold]

I've got Windows 7 Ultimate running on my selfbuilt computer's SSD. I've got Windows 8 on a second partition on the 1TB HDD, but as I almost never use Windows 8 for anything else than Windows Phone ...
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Unable to access UEFI BIOS setup or boot into Windows after setting MBR with EasyBCD then resetting it

I can't exactly remember what the menu items were called (because I can't boot into my computer), but I'll try my best. Earlier I tried using EasyBCD with Windows 8 on a UEFI Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 ...
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How to change Windows 8 core installation language to English?

I recently bought a new Lenovo laptop from Poland with Windows 8. Everything is dandy until I notice that it's all Polish and I don't speak Polish. Well, I can change the language to English, but ...
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Windows 8 remote desktop - can I see what the remote user sees?

I have a Windows 8 computer on my test bench connected to a test set with a dedicated incoming internet line. By using remote desktop, I allow it to be used by people in India to remotely control the ...
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How to toggle the auto-hide status of the Windows taskbar

I use Windows 8 on my desktop. Currently I have to move my mouse over the taskbar, right click, click on properties, click on auto-hide the taskbar, and then click OK. This is a real pain if you want ...