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

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Map network location only when connected to a certain network

I am using Windows 8 (x64) and when I am at work I have access to a folder on the network that is at \\foo\bar. I have mapped this to a drive (J:) but whenever the PC connects to another network it ...
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How to force Skype links to open in desktop mode on Windows 8.1?

I have a Windows 8 computer recently upgraded to 8.1, and any Skype link I click on the web (in desktop mode) open Skype in metro mode. Metro mode, for some reason, won't allow me to place any call, ...
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Enable Lenovo's “conservation mode” on boot

I have a Lenovo Z50 laptop with Lenovo's Energy Manager installed. Inside the manager's settings menu is an option to enable "conservation mode", which keeps the battery charged in the 40-65% range ...
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How to boot from a CD on an Aptio BIOS?

I have a laptop with an Aptio BIOS and OEM Windows 8. My hard disk drive is defect, but the warranty has expired. So I bought a new hard disk drive, built it in and now I'm trying to install ...
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How to install windows 8 on another hard drive when windows 8 came preinstalled on laptop?

I bought a laptop and now I received an hard drive failure message. It still works for now but I think it wont last very long. What do I have to do in order to install windows 8 on another hard drive ...
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How do I print from the Reader app on Windows 8?

I was delighted to discover that the Reader app that comes with Windows 8 could open PDF files. However, I cannot find a way to print from that app. When I right-click there is nothing on the bottom ...
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windows-8 : Certain process running under username “DWM-1” and “ANONYMOUS LOGON”

I have window-8 installed on checking the taskmanager I found the following details : dwm(Desktop Window Manager) was running under username "DWM-1". "SandboxieDcomLaunch.exe", "SandboxieRpcSs.exe" ...
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Easy way to recover Windows.old folder after Windows 8 PC Refresh?

I recently did a Windows 8 PC refresh, hoping it would solve an issue I'm having, which it didn't. Now I'm hoping there's an easy solution for undoing the refresh. Is there an easy way to recover any ...
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“Downgrading” from Win 8.1 HDD to Win 7 on SSD install

I have a brand new Lenovo M93p with a nice 7200 HDD. I have a 500 Gb SSD in my laptop (which I plan to move into the desktop). I want to downgrade from 8.1 to 7 on the new machine and am not at all ...
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Connecting WiiMote with Win8.1

I am developing a game in Unity using C# that uses the Wiimote (more details here). I was using win7 and all I had to do was turn my bluetooth one and turn the WiiMote on as-well. But I migrated to ...
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Unable to boot after removing battery

What happened? Something's strange with my computer. Just today, I had to do a battery swap. Like always, the system is always turned off when the battery is swapped. Before the battery swap, both ...
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Windows 7/8 no sound (after ubuntu dual boot)

So my brother has a Asus laptop(old) which came with Vista Ult. When Win 7 was released i installed it and everything worked fine (all the drivers). Then my brother tried dual booting it Win7 and ...
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How to show desktop apps in Windows 8's Switcher?

The Switcher in Windows 8 is really convenient for managing running applications, but unfortunately all desktop apps are grouped into one position in the switcher... I like to kill background apps ...
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How to turn off Caps-Lock toggle notification?

I've got a Sager laptop that for whatever reason, every time I press caps-lock it'll bring up this little window in the upper left telling me it's been turned on/off. This is a HUGE problem since it ...
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Hard drive shows no files, has some space taken up

My laptop has a SSD and a hard drive. I have never used the hard drive, and until a few days ago, it was empty. Now, two files showed up on the hard drive (msdia80.dll and ...
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How many physical processors does Windows 8 Support?

This article gives this comparison chart for the four Windows 8 Editions (Core is usually just called Windows 8). I notice specifically, about half-way down, the max physical processors is listed as 1 ...
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What is a mouse-only way to minimize all the windows except the active one? [on hold]

I've been using Windows since the version 3-something and showing the desktop by Wind is an old trick. How do you minimize all the windows except the active one using only the mouse?
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Wallpaper image gone in Win8.1 upgrade, source still unknown [on hold]

Relating to the mystery image below. Can anyone indicate if there is a copyright happy way for me to reload a copy of my happy win8 wallpaper back onto my other system that upgraded to Win8.1 and ...
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How to edit the Boot Graphics Resource Table / Edit windows 8 BOOT LOGO?

I want to edit the screen which is displayed when windows 8 (starts) loads (/loading). As for now it has the Toshiba logo, I want my custom logo or the windows default logo. I have found that UEFI ...
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YouTube sound delayed through Bluetooth headphones?

I have a pair of Turtle Beach Bluetooth headphones. They work perfectly on my S3 and old iPod Touch. The only problem that I have with them is when I try to watch YouTube on my laptop, as the sound is ...
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What causes average response time into the seconds for an SSD?

I'm using a Samsung 700T tablet/convertible (basicallly, the Samsung equivalent of the Microsoft Surface Pro.) It runs Windows 8.1 This comes with a dual-core ULV CPU, 4 GB of RAM (which is too ...
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User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 Does Not Prompt for Fingerprint Authentication

I login with domain credentials (I'm in an enterprise-setting) as a standard user on a Windows 7 box. I logon with my fingerprint just fine, and even have fingerprints saved on a local administrative ...
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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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How can I change my status (available, invisible, etc.) in Windows 8 without opening an app?

To make myself invisible, I do the following: Open the "Messenger" app. Right-click. Select "Status". Choose "Invisible". Alternatively, there are other apps (such as Skype) from which I can make ...
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My new Windows 8 computer will only let me download files from my Dropbox. It won't allow me to upload them

My new Windows 8 computer will only let me download files from my Dropbox. It won't allow me to upload them. I try to save, but only the computer's default cloud storage comes up, no Dropbox option.
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Failed to open a session for the virtual machine (VirtualBox)

Was not using VirtualBox for some time and now found that it stopped working (as usual). When running, the following error appears Some details VT-d is enabled in BIOS Host system is Windows 8 ...
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Can't use Bootcamp partition for Windows 8 installation

I'm trying to install Windows 8 with Bootcamp on my Macbook Pro. Sadly it won't let me get past the disk partition choice (even after formatting the Bootcamp-drive). It says: Windows can't be ...
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A command like Linux `tail` in PowerShell?

How can I replicate the behaviour of Linux's tail in PowerShell? I'm running an application that writes a log file (error.log) and I would like to see the last lines from it as well as keep the ...
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How to recover Firefox and Chrome bookmarks after upgrade from Windows Vista to 8

I upgraded a laptop from Windows Vista to 8, doing a format & re-install first. Before the format, I used both Windows Backup and Easy Transfer (7) first. I imported the user accounts into ...
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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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How to get HP Pavilion dv6 6155-tx supportable drivers for windows 8

I have HP Pavilion dv6 6155tx Laptop. Windows 7 is pre-installed in it. I want to install windows 8 on it. But HP does not provide windows 8 drivers for this laptop. I have tried to install windows 7 ...
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Team Viewer can't run applications in Windows 8

I'm trying to use TeamViewer 8 from a Windows 7 computer to access a Windows 8 computer, and I'm having a strange problem. The scenario is the following: The connection is fine and I can access the ...
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Removing `sparse` file attribute

What's the sparse file attribute on NTFS partitions and how can one remove it? Using Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
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Can't connect to PPTP VPNs in Windows 8.1

I have a couple PPTP VPNs which I've set up in Windows 8.1 . They were working fine for months and months, able to connect with no issues. Then a couple weeks ago they stopped working, and I get a ...
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Can't open virtual machine in VMWare: “Binary translation is incompatible”

I'm in a Windows 8 x64 environment and I'm trying to open a virtual machine with VMWare to use with SAS but I get these error messages Binary translation is incompatible with long mode on this ...
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my acer windows 8.1 laptop won't boot up correctly

Ok here is what happens First I turn on my laptop then it shows the acer logo with prepairing automatic repair then its says diagnosing your pc after it sends me to a blue screen with three options ...
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Windows 8.1 My Documents/Pictures/Videos new location shows in all old places

In an effort to help domain users not save to their local hard drives and only save to their (backed-up, secure) personal network shared drive, we have a practice of setting their default save ...
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What's the best way to back up all my IMAP mailboxes with Outlook 2013?

I have set up Outlook 2013 through Control Panel (Mail 32bit) [Windows 8] to now store a .PST file in my dropbox folder so I am automatically backed up. However I don't really get how this will work ...
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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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Lexmark X6675 doesn't reconnect

I have a Dell Computer running Windows 8.1 64 bit. It appears to have an issue reconnecting when the machine goes into the power saving mode. Once the machine goes to power saving mode and then ...
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Installing/Uninstalling Windows 8 UI Apps in Windows 8 for all users

I'm using Windows 8 Pro 64 bit quite a while now. My account is the only Administrator account on the PC. There are 2 other standard (and local) accounts. I've noticed that if I install an app from ...
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How to fully uninstall a Windows Store app?

I have uninstalled Bing Maps, Travel and a few other Win8 apps from my computer. However, C:\Program Files\WindowsApps still lists them, happily taking up 1.5 GB of space. Is there a better way to ...
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How to disable connected standby and hyper-v

I want to have "sleep" mode that means I have to disable Hyper-V. At the same time, if Hyper-V is disabled Connected Standby will be enabled. This causes a huge battery drain for me through the night ...
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Removing Win8 partition and recovery partitions

I am planning to remove my Windows partition from my dual boot. After asking here I learned that my Win8 License key is stored in the Bios and all I need is to create a bootable stick if I ever wish ...
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Bluetooth keyboard using a Surface Pro 3

I recently purchased a surface pro 3. I did not however opt for the touch cover; instead I use a regular travel bluetooth keyboard. It works well, but the behavior is not optimal: even when it is ...
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Random Reboots on a Windows 8.1 Custom Build

I have a Windows 8.1 custom PC that I built about 6 months ago. It worked great for several months with no problems, but about three months ago it started to reboot randomly. My computer works fine ...
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Back-up Windows 8 installation and license

I currently have a dual-boot with Linux 14.04 and Windows 8. I am going to remove my Win 8 partition, since I don't really use it. Still, I would like to keep my Win 8 license/activation key (Win 8 ...
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Source path too long - BUT IT NEVER USED TO BE

I am getting the following error while trying to copy backed up data from my external hard drive to my desktop: The source filename(s) are longer than is supported by the file system. Try moving ...
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How do I set startup programs per user on Windows 8?

I know how to open Windows Task Manager and access the new Startup tab, but changes made there seem to apply to ALL users. How do I make changes that apply to just some users? A non-administrator ...
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Windows 8.1 black screen with mouse, cant acces task manager or safe mode

I am using Windows 8.1 (as an upgrade from 8). Yesterday I had to boot in safe mode through msconfig, but when my PC restarted, the Windows logo screen went black with only the cursor on the screen. I ...