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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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Mouse malfunction with beeping noise

I have been having an extremely annoying problem for a couple of months now. My mouse spontaniously stops responding to clicks and scrolling and instead causes a beeping sound (from the speakers) for ...
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Bios and System showing different RAM size

I just installed DDR2 2 GB Ram into my PC where i have already installed 1 GB Ram. I check bios it showing correct total 3GB RAM but system properties showing only 2 GB. I also check using Z-CPU id ...
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Error 0xc0000225 on laptop with windows 8.1, how to repair without a recovery disk?

When I start my laptop I have a blue screen with the error code 0xc0000225 with the message : A required device isn't working or can't be accessed. Then if I press F8 to get to Startup Settings the ...
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Outlook 2013 Can't move email to folder becasue email has changed

Frequently when trying to move a message from my inbox to an outlook folder, I get the error message that it cannot move the email because the email has changed. I have only begun getting this message ...
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OneNote keeps asking for a password

OneNote just keeps asking for a password and refuses to sync my Notebooks. I've reinstalled Office but it is still asking for that password. Clicking the message doesn't do anything. How do I resolve ...
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Can external keyboard use dvorak while internal uses qwerty

Is it possible to configure so a standard external keyboard is configured so it uses Dvorak and with the inbuilt keyboard still using qwerty. I have got both keyboard using qwerty and have successful ...
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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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How to grant Windows 8 admin rights without admin account?

Unfortunately I derp'ed and locked myself out of my admin account. I have a non-admin account that I can still log onto. I don't have access to another computer to try some of the many other methods ...
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How to partition hard drive from MBR to GPT for Windows 8.1 UEFI install

I just bought a new HP notebook (ProBook 450 G0) and it came preinstalled with Suse 11 Enterprise. Now this is the first time I've owned a system with an (U)EFI and I don't know how things work on ...
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How do I get my built-in webcam on my Windows 8 laptop to work again?

When I first got my Windows 8 laptop, my webcam (which was built into my Gateway laptop) worked perfectly. I stopped going on my webcam for a little period of time. I do not remember uninstalling 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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Windows break out of search mode to acquire address

I was working on setting an environment variable in windows. I didn't know where the file was that I wanted to find so I used the search bar in windows. But once I found the file I was unable to copy ...
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Cannot access Seagate Central 4TB NAS from Windows 8.1 laptop

I cannot access the Seagate Central 4TB NAS from my Windows 8.1 laptop. It sees that it is there, but then a window displays with the message: Windows cannot access Seagate-XXXXX. Error code: ...
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Laptop monitor brightness changes depending on image displayed

I have a windows 8 laptop. My desktop background is very dark (almost black) and when i have no windows open, my brightness dims. When i open an application that is primarily white (google chrome's ...
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Migrating a windows 8 partition into vmware on ubuntu

So currently, on my laptop, I have ubuntu 14.10 and windows 8 installed, and I dual boot (99% of the time, into the ubuntu partition). I was wondering if there's a way to "move" the windows 8 ...
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how to edit autoplay action for device? (Windows 7/8)

I'm looking for a way to add a program to the list of default autoplay actions when I connect a device, specifically opening up iFunBox when connecting an iPhone. Default Programs Editor will let you ...
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Windows Boot Manager works very slow

I want to reboot from Windows 10 into Linux from USB. I am doing it by restart with pressed shift key. But it is very slow. After press restart and shift together I wait more than 1 minute on black ...
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Can't uninstall Windows Phone SDK 8 on Windows 8

When I go to Control Panel -> Programs and Features and click to uninstall "Windows Phone SDK 8.0", the only option I get is "Change". When I click "Change", it says "An error occurred while trying ...
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One of my three monitors refuses to go into power saving mode after recent Windows update

Very weird situation. I have this Windows 8.1 desktop with 3 monitors. The power setting in CP is to show password protected screensaver after 5 minutes of inactivity, and then turn all of them off ...
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ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series - Windows 8 - 1920x1200 resolution

I bought new monitor Samsung SyncMaster S24B420, connected via VGA (which have 1920x1200 60Hz native resolution) And I have problem that in Windwos 8 I can set only 1600x1200 as maximal resolution. I ...
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Remote Desktop disconnects after reaching “Estimating connection quality…”

I'm connecting to a Windows 8 machine from a Windows 7 machine. When I try to RDP in to the machine, it prompts me for my credentials, then zooms through the process of connecting until it reaches "...
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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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Windows win-key plus number - any way to stop it “toggling” the app and minimising it if already launched?

I have a couple of shortcuts pinned to my taskbar. I can use the Windows-key plus "1" or "2" etc to launch these. When using this shortcut, the behaviour seems to be :- if the application is not ...
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How do I extend the size of an NTFS partition?

I'm absolutely blown away by how impossible this task appearing to be. I've been through probably a hundred separate Google search results, every single one explaining how to "right click the volume ...
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How do I reinstall Windows 8.1 with Bing to an SSD drive?

I've got a new PC which shipped with "Windows 8.1 with Bing". No installation media was supplied but there are a couple of recovery partitions. There's no F2/F12 etc. boot options during start up. ...
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How do you disable swipe history navigation?

On my Surface Pro, when I drag my finger across the browser window, Chrome will navigate back and forth through the browsing history. click to open on Youtube How do I disable this feature?
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PC Storage not adding up? [duplicate]

I have used around 350GB of my 1TB (930GB) storage device. The problem is it says I only have 65GB of space left on the storage and that does not add up. I know there is hidden files and I did all the ...
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Windows 8 / 8.1 / 8.1 Update 1 Bluetooth File Transfer

My laptop came with Windows 8 pre-installed. I've since updated it to Windows 8.1, and recently, 8.1 update 1. For an OS which focused on more mobile tech, I have to say, it sure made BlueTooth File ...
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Why can I still read compressed files?

Why is it that when I Zip some files in Windows and double click on the resulting file, I can still see all the files in their original form? Since they were compressed, shouldn’t they be illegible? ...
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In Windows 10, is there a way to display the time remaining when backing up files?

Question: When using File History to back up my files in Windows 10 (or 8/8.1) is there a way to display how much time is remaining until the backup completes? Or any display of progress what so ever? ...
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How to reset the default Windows command line after installing Cygwin?

I have installed cygwin into my Windows 8.1 and configured the settings in the advanced system (Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced system settings > Environment Variables) It has ...
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How do I tell if my laptop has been messed around with?

I just have my laptop to h local service people, but the thing is, I live in a bad neighborhood. I took a backup before giving it. But how will I be able to tell if they switched out any parts with ...
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How to show progress of “File History” in Windows8?

By using the 'File History' of Windows8 I can backup my stuff (or rather, my 'libraries'). I enable the feature and then ... the magic happens in the background. How can I see the progress? How many ...
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Shared folder contents all opening as read only

I have a shared folder in a network which we all theoretically have access to. I edited through command line using icacls to grant everyone read and write permissions (icacls "Folder Name" /grant "...
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upgrade existing recovery partition to windows 8.1

I am using Lenovo G510 Notebook. It came with windows 8.0 recovery option and Lenovo One key recovery (OKR). I have upgraded my windows to 8.1 from windows Store. Now I want to update my recovery ...
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How to reset the looks of the Command Prompt window, in Windows?

I have made several customizations to how the Command Prompt window looks in Windows and now I want to reset it to its original state. How can I do that? I just want it to look that way it does after ...
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File disappeared after move

I have used the following command hoping to move pdf files from \\netdrive\F1\F2\Source\ to another folder \\netdrive\F3\F4\Des\ Command: PushD "\\netdrive\F1\F2\Source\" &&(forfiles /...
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Does OpenCL work over Remote Desktop?

I have heard conflicting things about the ability of OpenCL with GPU working over remote desktop. Recently, I read that it can, if you have Windows 8 or greater? Is this true?
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Change Active Taskbar Application

I currently have the Buttons on other taskbars set so Never combine So I can have multiple Chrome windows open and will see multiple Chromes on the taskbar. Now the problem is that sometimes I don't ...
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Windows 8 taskbar buttons appearance for selected window

How do I setup windows 8 so that the button of the selected (active) window appear "pressed in" in the taskbar? eg (for windows vista) : http://windows.microsoft.com/en-my/windows-vista/the-taskbar-...
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Windows 8 Lock screen won't unlock

Issue: I have this issue where after locking my PC (Win+L) I'm often unable to unlock it. When I come back to my pc, the screen is black. Activating the mouse or keyboard does not bring back the login ...
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Windows 8 lock screen path/reg key

Does anyone know the actual path used for the Windows 8 lock screen background image, or if it has a registry key? Is it even stored as a file? I know how to change it, I want to recover the image ...
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How to enable concurrent outgoing RDP sessions?

On Windows 7 and below, I can easily fire up multiple RDP sessions to remote servers. Under Windows 8, when I run RDP a second time, it just brings the first instance to the foreground. How can I ...
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How to change icons For MSOffice applications in Windows 7/8 Explorer?

Update: This is NOT for fixing corrupt icons - this is for changing icons, corrupt or not. Original queston This is NOT for the library icon nor for the Metro icons. This is for Windows 8 Explorer ...
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Getting HDMI working on Inspiron 15R N5110?

I installed Windows 8.1 on my Laptop which had Windows 7 when I bought it. After installing Windows 8.1 and installing the drivers Drivers & Downloads page I still haven't got the HDMI to work. If ...
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How to connect to PCs together via Ethernet for file sharing?

I have a PC running Windows 10 and another running Windows 8.1, I' trying to connect them using an Ethernet cable so I can transfer 100 GB from the Windows 10 machine to the Windows 8.1. I've set IPs ...
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System process using CPU while lid is closed

I'm running Windows 8.1 on my laptop, and it is set to do nothing when the lid is closed. However, I often notice that the fan gets very loud, and when I open the laptop I can see CPU usage suddenly ...
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Why won't my computer go to sleep automatically?

Windows 8 is set to sleep after 30 mins, and it used to work, but recently it's started refusing to sleep. (I can still manually ask it to go to sleep without any issue.) I was having issues a ...
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Dual booting windows 8 and Kali Linux 1.0.8

I'm trying to install kali linux along with windows 8 The latest Kali version (1.0.8) supports booting alongside windows 8 I installed Kali Linux from a LiveCD, rebooted and it went straight to ...