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

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Recover Windows 8.1 MBR without a working Windows system available

I just screwed over my MBR and Windows won't boot. I don't have a working Windows system available to create a recovery USB disk. My laptop doesn't have a CDROM drive. How do I create a recovery disk ...
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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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Route Ip on Windows, To share internet connection of the server via VPN

It's my first VPN connection. There is the situation: DEVICE: iPhone <====4G-INTERNET====> Home internet access <==> PC (server VPN) windows IP(device on ...
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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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How do you disable touchscreen on Acer Iconia Windows 8 Tablet?

I have a windows 8 acer Iconia touchscreen tablet. I was tracing an image onto paper on it, but it kept sensing me and I couldn't complete the tracing without the screen changing. So, I was wondering ...
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Windows 8 cannot connect remotely to Windows Server 2012

I have installed Windows Server 2012 and then configured remote applications. At first it was working fine and I could be able to connect remotely and run remote applications from Windows 8 clients. ...
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Cannot import Gmail contacts into Windows 8 People app

I know there is a lot of talk of this around the net, and I have done my research, but I'm still not getting any joy. In the People app, I have connected it with my GMail account. This is confirmed ...
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Windows: Set command on keyboard power button

I'd like to set command on the laptop power button on a keyboard. Is there any way to do this? As an example I'd like to rebind it to Insert. P.S. I have Windows 8.
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GitHub for Windows can not sync

I have my git repos hosted on a server using gitolite. I can access them using ssh, e.g. git clone git@example.net. This works from osx/linux. On a Win8 Box I now have installed GitHub for Windows ...
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Cannot install Windows 8 because it can't create a new partition

After my operating system Windows 8 crashed, I tried to format my hard-disk but Windows 8 shows error: We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the ...
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Hyper-V won't start - Not enough storage available to complete this application

on windows 8.1 Pro 64bit when in Hyper-V Manager click Start Service, after a while (cca 60s) new event apears in event log - System saying: The Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management service ...
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What is the purpose of “C:\swapfile.sys” in Windows 8?

On Windows 8 there are the following two files in C:\ pagefile.sys - no surprise. It is as big as I configured as my page file size swapfile.sys - it is 256MB in size What is the purpose of this ...
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How can I continue audio playback even after switching user?

I just tested it with iTunes; after switching the user account (only after logging into another account, to be precise) the audio playback from the account "A" stops. However iTunes continues playing ...
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How to apply Windows 8 theme via batch file?

High contrast Windows 8 themes files are found at \Windows\Resources\Ease of Access Themes\. I want to be able to switch between hcblack.theme and hcwhite.theme using a batch file. How does one apply ...
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Should Windows 8 be taking up 40GB of my HDD when my drive is compressed?

I want to install a game that requires 12GB on my computer with an HDD that shows 53GB total capacity, so I cleared everything off of it. All documents, pictures, downloads, desktop, etc empty ...
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Disable windows 8 welcome screen

I am creating one WPF Window based application that running in full screen and its work like embedded systems so I dont want to show any windows logo. and another information to end users. so I modify ...
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How to get high quality profile picture in Windows8

Windows is notorious with degrading bitmaps in system. Most people probably tackled the issue with wallpaper. The thing is, that Win resaves your wallpaper as JPEG with very low quality, as a result ...
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Windows 8 Keyboards stopped working

I have no idea what happened, but now none of my keyboards are working. I have an HP PS/2 keyboard that I use on my computer. A couple of minutes ago I stepped away from my computer and when I came ...
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Gta Vice City Touchpad is not working “Windows 8”

I download Gta vice city yesterday. But when I run Game, my laptop touchpad doesn't work. I can only move my cursor in menu, i can't click. But when I start playing, my touchpad totally sticks (I ...
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how to free up recovery disk in win8.1

my laptop(lenovo yoga 11s,win8.1)has more than 15g for healthy recovery partition, and in the mean time I am running low on my c disk. I was wondering if there is a way I could free up some recovery ...
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i have installed the windows 8.1 and now laptop app not working!(ASUS N550JV)

I have ASUS N550jv laptop(it come with Windows 8) And yesterday i installed Windows 8.1(with format partition "C" before those) But now the Asus program not working on laptop I try to download an ...
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How to remove Linux Mint to install Windows 8?

I have a computer with only Linux installed. How do I remove it to install Windows 8? All I see online is about dual boot but I don't have that, just Linux on my computer. The way I installed Linux on ...
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Is the Ideaworks Wi-Fi antenna (USB) compatible with Windows 8.1?

I have an Ideaworks Wi-Fi (USB) antenna and am having difficulty getting it to work.It says that it’s compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, 7, and Windows 8. I am running Windows 8.1 and cannot ...
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How can I use emoji characters on a Windows 8 PC without a touch screen?

The Windows 8.x touch screen keyboard allows for use of many emoji characters, but how can these be accessed without a touch screen? I would've thought they should be available through Character Map, ...
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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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How to limit (not Disable) Swapfile.sys size?

How can I limit the size of c:\swapfile.sys? I would expect wmic swapfileset to work, but it doesn't exist: wmic swapfileset where name="c:\\swapfile.sys" set initialsize=1000,maximumsize=1000 ...
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How can I connect to a Mobile Broadband device and a Wifi network simultaneously, and use the Mobile Broadband internet?

In my current work situation, I'm using a Windows 8 laptop and I need to be connected to two networks simultaneously: A Telstra mobile broadband device, which has internet access. This is connected ...
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How do I securely mount a remote file system as a drive letter on Windows?

I have a NAS server running Linux, and I want to map it as a network drive on my Windows PC. Additionally, I want the connection between my Windows PC and NAS box to be secure (e.g. encrypted). ...
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Recover OffScreen Window in Windows 8

Someone asked a very similar question in regards to window recovery for windows xp: Similar Recovery I'm using windows 8 (or 8.1 now). I run Dual Monitors. On Monitor 2 I sometimes have the input ...
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Internet Explorer 10 doesn't seem to work with Sysinternals Desktops

I heavily use Sysinternals Desktops version 2 to manage multiple desktops. In the past, I used Internet Explorer 9 as this was the only web browser I found that could function across multiple ...
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Can't shutdown Windows 8 from Linux

I'm having trouble setting up a shutdown over LAN from a raspberry pi to a windows 8.1 PC. I get all sort of different errors. I'm logged with the Administrator account and I've set up a password (on ...
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USB flash drive unreadable after a few minutes on Windows 8

I recently got a new computer with Windows 8. I a have a number of large backup files I am moving from my old PC to my new one. I was able to successfully copy the files to a couple 16 GB flash ...
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How to pin a batch file to the Taskbar (Quicklaunch) [duplicate]

Brian Borg's answer at technet explains how to Pin a batch file to the Taskbar in Windows 7. I was able to do that in Windows 7 and it worked fine. But I'm unable to make it work in Windows 8. The ...
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How can I send a Ctrl+Alt+Delete through Remote Desktop in Windows 8?

I need to send a CtrlAltDelete to a remote machine through Remote Desktop. The CtrlAltDelete is being intercepted by Windows 8, regardless of whether the remote desktop has focus or is in full screen. ...
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How to set static IP address on Window 8.1 Host with Hyper-V and Single network adapter

I have a Windows 8.1 Pro machine (not preview). In order to do Windows Phone 8 development, the emulators have to use the Hyper-V engine to run. When Hyper-V was installed it changed my network ...
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How to replace Net Framework 4.5 with 4.0?

How can I replace Net Framework 4.5 with 4.0 in Windows 8.1? So far I can disable and re-enable Net Framework 4.5 on "Turn Windows Features on or off", but I'm unable to manually install Net ...
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I cannot install any version of Visual Studio in Windows 8.1

I've tried 2008, 2010 and 2012...I need Visual Studio installed so I can compile Python and NodeJS packages. Every version I've tried just flashes the Visual Studio splash screen and then does ...
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Windows 8.1 EditionIDs?

In Windows 8.1's registry (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion), there's a string (EditionID) that refers to the current version of Windows you're running. What are the ...
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How to run DISM against a local source?

How can I run DISM agaisnt a USB Windows installer to repair my local Windows files? This is what I tried in Windows 8.1: DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth It returns: Note that my ...
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Net Framework 4.5 causes a program to crash

Sony Vegas is crashing the moment I press render regardless the format chosen on a freshly installed Windows 8.1. Error: Problem signature: Problem Event Name: APPCRASH Application Name: ...
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Asus Windows 8 Computer black screen and cursor

Yesterday my friend sent me a link and I clicked on the link. The computer gave me a warning about it being harmful but since it always does that I allowed it to open the link anyway. The link was ...
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Why does my desktop PC wake up when I turn on my Laptop?

I have two Windows 8 PCs. One is a desktop computer and one is a laptop. Whenever I wake up (from sleep) my laptop, my desktop computer will also wake up at the same time. I have no idea why this is ...
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Display the clock on multiple screens in Windows 8

Is it possible to display the clock on the taskbar on each screen in Windows 8, namely, without 3rd-party tools?
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How do I get GRUB2 to boot to cloned Windows 8 disk?

I have a system up and running with Ubuntu and Windows 8 using GRUB2. I cloned the Windows partition to a new SSD with sudo dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/dev/sdc1. I partitioned the second SSD the same as the ...
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Shrink Windows 8.1's install size

I have a computer with Windows 8.1 on a SSD drive. I read that with update 1 to Windows 8.1 they made the installation size smaller. From somewhere near 30GB to 16GB. Is there anyway to take advantage ...
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How to get permissions to copy or delete files in Windows 8.1?

When I try to copy to copy, delete or even edit a file in my non-system drive, Windows will ask for administrator permissions: I don't want to disable the User Account Control (UAC), rather make it ...
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Disable virtual memory in Windows 8 is good?

I have an ultrabook hybrid with a SSD (mSata) and HDD working with intel rapid storage and my PC has 6 GB of ram. So I want to know if I can disable virtual memory and what other things should I do to ...
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Is the UAC level in Windows per individual user?

Can each user have different UAC level in a PC? Specifically, can an Admin have UAC level set to "never notify" and a User have UAC level set to "always notify" and so on?
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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 disable even checking of updates in Windows 8? An svchost process is connected to Microsoft Update server, hogging up resources all the time

I usually keep the updated on "Notify only" setting but still Windows is keeping an svchost.exe process running in the background all the time, which very often connects to a Microsoft Update server ...