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Windows 8: Password is never accepted on first attempt

I installed Windows 8 Pro a few weeks before it got released last year from Dreamspark and used a Microsoft outlook.com account as user account. Since then, every time I boot that machine I have to ...
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Recovering unsaved Wordpad files after Windows 8 forced reboot

I had several wordpad files open when Windows 8 did a forced reboot after an update. Strangely enough, two of them were recovered and are titled "Document (Recovered)", but the most recent one is ...
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Cannot Boot Win 8 - Nor Correct Boot Files?

UPDATE: I was able to create a Windows 8 Recovery disk from another computer. I have attempted to re-create the boot files by following this method in Command Prompt: bootrec /scanos bootrec ...
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The keyboard stops working for a while when logging in windows

This is a really strange behavior I've been having on my computer for a while (even before my upgrade to windows 10). Here's what happen: Computer boot and when I arrive on the login screen, I enter ...
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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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Mystery radio station playing through headphones. How to find all sources of sound?

There is a radio station that intermittently plays through my headphones when they are plugged in. It does not play through the stereo speakers of my laptop. When I open the volume mixer, it does ...
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Laptop's screen brightness momentary random changes while on battery mode

My laptop's screen brightness momentary adjusts when doings several things, like when loading a web page, when scrolling up/down, when maximizing or minimazing a window. These changes in brightness ...
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How do I recover missing partition. Windows 8 with recovery USB?

i bought a Samsung laptop with Windows 8 preinstalled. After a year I removed Windows 8 and installed Windows 7. Before removing Windows 8, I made a Windows 8 recovery USB. Now I want to get back my ...
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Media Player Classic Home Cinema stops on MKV

Media Player Classic Home Cinema stops on MKV. It goes to "stop" mode after file open. Unable to run playing. No error messages generated. MPC-HC version: 1.6.7.7114 (9eb64ec) 64 bit Compiler ...
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How to share any folder without password in Windows 8/10 in a home network if a Microsoft account is involved?

My question is: How to set up file sharing correctly, in a home network, with Windows 8/10, so sharing any folder with "Everyone" (File Explorer->Right click on ...
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Cannot boot Windows 8 install cd in uefi mode

I have a Toshiba Satellite that came with windows 8 pre-installed on it. After foolishly wiping the HDD, I acquired a Windows 8 install disk. My problem is that the computer will skip attempting to ...
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How do I separate tabs in the Taskbar

I want to separately move the tabs (of the same application) in the taskbar. I have 2 Chrome Windows open. If I want to move either of them to another position inside the taskbar, both are moved, as ...
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Windows 8.1 upgrade error 0xC1900101 - 0x20007

Trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from my 64 bit windows 8 pro system. My System config is as below: Processor: AMD a6 - 3400M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.40 Ghz | 64-bit, x64 based processor ...
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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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blue screen with kernel_security_check_failure

I have big problem in my PC, I very often get blue screen with kernel_security_check_failure. My hardware is AMD 7870K, Motherboard F2A68HM-S1 rev 1.0 Memory Kingsdom 8Gb 1866 Mhz, SSD Plextor M6S 256 ...
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Cannot find one or more components. Please reinstall application

I am running Windows 8, 64 bit and have SQL Server 2012 installed. I downloaded the client tools, looked in the directory for SQL Server Management Studio, and see it's there. When I try to run SQL ...
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Black screen no log on after install windows 10 on alienware computer

My son has an Alienware computer w/Windows 8, which is only 6 months old. He installed Windows 10 last week and a black screen appeared that contained a cursor, but no login text boxes. We have ...
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How To Fix Laptop After Windows 10 Reset Ruined HDD

So this is going to be a long post so that it I can clearly express the problem in as much detail as possible. I upgraded my Asus G551 Gaming Laptop to Windows 10 when the option became available. The ...
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98-100% memory use, no process uses more than 25MB

I am having intermittent issues with my gaming computer. Sometimes, while playing Battlefield 3 (only 2 times the problem has occured), my memory usage goes to 100% of my 16GB machine. I close down ...
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Restrict device installation using Registry Editor against BadUSB

In order to take some measures against BadUSB exploit, I want to restrict USB device installations on Windows 8, as suggested here. However, gpedit.msc to reach Local Group Policy Editor is not ...
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How can I display the Windows 8 Start Screen on a secondary monitor?

Is there a way to get Windows 8 to use my secondary monitor for the start screen?
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Windows 8 Task Manager not reporting actual CPU frequency

Task manager reports 2.53 GHz, but CPU-Z reports 1192 MHz. My windows is a fresh install of the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade. When I used the Consumer Preview, task manager would report different ...
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How to control power to USB ports using batch

How can I toggle the power to a USB port on/off using batch or the command line? I am using Windows 8 to do this. Does anyone know what I could do? I have 4 USB ports.
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eyefinity disables aero thumbnail preview

I've recently built my new pc with a Sapphire R9 390 before that i had the HD7750. With the HD7750 i had a 2 monitor setup (eyefinity) and the taskbar going across 2 screens, when i hover over the ...
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How to disable write caching on windows 8 drive via command line

In the properties of a disk drive in windows 7/8/8.1 there are two Write-caching 'policies' that can be set. I've found disabling 'Enable write caching on this device' significantly improves the ...
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Cannot refresh windows 8.1 after downgrade from windows 10

The computer started off as running windows 8.1 out of the box. When windows 10 was officially released, the computer was upgraded using a usb drive with windows 10 installation media, rather than ...
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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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Closing laptop lid and using external display causes mouse to move on it's own

I plugged my ASUS Taichi Laptop into an external monitor via the VGA Adapter that it comes with. It was working fine, but then I configured a power option so I could shut the lid without it going to ...
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My friend's Windows 8 laptop not connecting to their Wi-Fi router in their house but can connect to other routers

I’m trying to sort out a problem with my friends’ laptop. They are on Windows 8.1 and they said they did something to it—I think it was something like they were trying to log out of one of the people ...
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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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Does a VM created in Oracle VM VirtualBox take away memory and disk space from the host computer?

I have a 32-bit Windows 8.1 operating system. However, I only have 20 GB on my C Drive. I do not want to use it all up and don't know if in creating a VM, it will take away space from MY computer's ...
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Unknow Chinese Program in my PC (Windows Embedded 8)

I am seeing an unknown program in my list of softwares through which I can play video stuff. I have also checked Control Panel, and there is no such program installed in my PC. As I don't understand ...
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Asking if there is a way to get windows 8 back

A friend borrowed my laptop and with out my knowledge updated the operating software to windows 10 from a disk, I can not find a earlier point on my laptop can I find it anywhere else with out ...
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Google Chrome - doing very abnormal on boot to go to kiosk mode

I am launching Google chrome via regedit on system boot (Windows 8.1 64-bit). chrome.exe --kiosk <url> Google Chrome is latest version up-to date and windows operating system is also up-to ...
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How to put the taskbar's notification area on two screens in Windows 8.1

I have two screens on my Windows 8.1 computer (with Classic Shell Start Menu installed). The thing is that I would like to have the taskbar's notification area (where the clock and all the icons like ...
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Windows 8 screen goes black after a minute

My laptop screen goes black after about a minute of inactivity. I've already tried setting the Screen Saver to anything other than Blank and increasing the Wait but it still keeps happening. Also ...
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Disabling windows updates for windows 10

Starting with windows 8 I have many many many hardware issues (that are not present in Windows 7). One of these issues is the fact that an initiated restart does not work. It shuts down, the bios ...
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Install Windows on separate drive WITHOUT dual boot

I have 2 physical drives drive 1 and drive 2. My drive 1 already has a Windows 8 installed, and I want to insall a Windows 7 on my drive 2 I first tried to boot from a USB stick and tried to install ...
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Java applet only runs if IE is run as administrator

Java applets don't work at all (not detected by browser) if IE is launched normally. I'm currently using the latest version of Java 7u60 with Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1. This issue seemed to ...
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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 get Double Click in notepad in Windows 8 to select the entire word / line of text and not stop at symbols such as -,+,% etc

In Windows XP, when one double clicks on a word, the entire word is selected. This is also true for words with dashes as well as urls that have dashes or other characters. For example: ...
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When using a Windows Key shortcut, Start Menu always opens, even though a shortcut was used for something else, why?

Whenever I use a windows key shortcut, for example Win + R for run, win + PrtSc, or Win + , for aero peek (For desktop), the windows start menu will open. In Windows 8 this did not happen to me, I ...
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Is it okay to run Windows Defender and another antivirus program at the same time?

We all know that it isn't recommended to run more than one antivirus program at a time. But since Windows Defender comes with Windows, is it safe to have it and another antivirus program (AVG, Avast) ...
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Can’t move one-drive in a micro-SD card

I’m having trouble while moving my windows one-drive folder to a SD-card. I have the SD-card NTFS-formatted and it is located in my C: drive. When I try to move one-drive by going to its properties ...
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Windows 8 - DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth Crashes - Error Code 0x800F0906

Background Info: I have a virtual copy of Windows 8 Pro x64 running on Oracle Virtual Box. When I try to install update KB2977766-X64, I receive error code 0x80073712. This occurs when I use both ...
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How to downgrade Win 10 to Win 8.1 - Need to remove 'new accounts' like NT SERVICE\MSSQL$SQLEXPRESS and IIS AppPool\

I have a PC with Windows 8.1 (not pro) that was upgraded to Win 10. We've since realised the PC wasn't 'Pro' so need to upgrade to Win 10 pro. I was advised that a Win 10 Pro Pack isn't available yet ...
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Windows 8 - can I have different firewall rules per different WiFi networks?

I would like to have different firewall rules for different WiFi networks. Is this possible with the default Windows 8 firewall?
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How do I mount an NFS share in Windows 8?

I have a NAS that I'd like to mount over NFS. It works great on my Mac, but I cannot figure out how to mount this device on Windows 8. I've searched a bit online, but all the articles seem to apply ...
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Windows 8 RDP connection randomly dropping

Remote desktop connections from one Windows 8 (Pro, 64-bit) machine to another Windows 8 (Pro, 64-bit) machine are being dropped at seemingly random intervals. I can successfully reconnect immediately ...
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What is the shortcut for taking screenshots on Windows 8?

Is there any better way to take screenshots than the old way of pressing PrntScr and pasting in some app like Paint?