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

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Can I use my laptop as a second monitor for my desk computer?

Is it possible to make my laptop's screen be a second monitor for my desk computer?
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Is it possible to use the IE10 App without making Internet Explorer the default browser?

Windows 8 comes with two versions of Internet Explorer: the normal desktop version, which looks just like IE9, and the Modern UI version, which is a full-screen tablet-style app. By default, links ...
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Where can I download Windows 8 legally, from Microsoft?

I obtained a licence key for Windows 8 through DreamSpark. Is there a way to download a Windows 8 ISO image like you could for Windows 7? I am on a non-Windows machine, so I cannot use the Secure ...
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How do I turn off Modern UI and get the old Start Menu back in Windows 8?

I just bought a new Windows 8 laptop, but I want to get rid of the new "Modern UI" Start Screen, and get the old Start Menu back. How do I do this?
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If I'm performing a an upgrade to Windows 8, do I have to have the previous version installed, or is just having the key enough?

I'm planning to buy a Windows 8 Upgrade for my computer, and need to know if I have to keep my Windows 7 disks around and have to install Windows 7 first before doing the upgrade, or if there is ...
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What are the new shortcuts for Windows 8?

I loved the keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7 (i.e. Win + ← moves a window to the left side of the screen), but I'm not sure on what some of the new ones might be for Windows 8. What are all of ...
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Will it be possible to upgrade from Windows 8 Release Preview to the RTM version?

Will it be possible to upgrade from Windows 8 Release Preview to the RTM version? I've seen this related question Upgrade/Update Windows 8 customer preview to normal version, but I'm interested to ...
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Is it possible to have several languages in Windows 8?

I had Windows 7 Ultimate before I upgraded to Windows 8 Pro and before, in Windows Update, there were updates that allowed me to install more language packs for Windows. After installing the updates I ...
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How can I repair the Windows 8 EFI Bootloader?

I installed Windows 7 and Windows 8 in EFI mode on a hard disk some days ago. Today, the bootloader got missing/corrupted. I currently have the Windows 8 installer on a flash drive and tried using ...
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How do I exit a Modern UI app?

So I downloaded and installed Windows 8. I'm very impressed, except for one thing. I don't have touch, and I have this running in a virtual machine. How do I exit one of these full screen Modern UI ...
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What do Windows 8 Refresh and Reset my PC really do?

In Windows 8 I can reset everything and reinstall Windows. I assume this will clear my drive and start from scratch? Is that right? Does this create a Windows.old folder? I see this dialog, but ...
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Windows 8 Pro Upgrade but no previous version of Windows installed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If I’m performing a an upgrade to Windows 8, do I have to have the previous version installed, or is just having the key enough? I have a license for Windows 7 but don't ...
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How do I boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode?

I have Windows 8 Enterprise x64. It's installed a virtual machine. After trying to update VMWare's guest extension it black screened. After resetting it, now the virtual machine won't boot. It just ...
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How to access the Administrator Command Prompt in Windows 8?

When I access the Run dialog in Windows 8 and type cmd, it opens a command prompt but it doesn't have administrative privileges. Looking for cmd at the default start screen does show a command prompt ...
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Windows 8.1 fresh install with Windows 8 licence

I purchased Windows 8 online from Microsoft a while ago. Today Windows 8.1 was released as a free update to Windows 8 users over the Windows Store. I was planning to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 ...
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How to find Windows 8 product key?

Does anyone know of a tool for Windows 8 that works and gets the product key that was used to activate Windows 8? Bonus points for an updated algorithm to extract the product key from the registry ...
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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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Is there an equivalent to Windows To Go for personal use?

Windows To Go is one of the most exciting Windows 8 features to me - the ability to pack up your desktop environment and take it with you anywhere is extremely appealing. Unfortunately, it's only ...
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How can I install Windows 8 on my HDD without the use of a USB or DVD?

I decided to install Windows 8 on my home machine this weekend. I've already downloaded the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation iso, however we just got done moving and somewhere in the chaos I've ...
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How do I disable administrator prompt in Windows 8?

I am using Windows 8 Enterprise on my development machine. Most of the time, I need full administrator for debugging, changing system files, etc. In Windows 7, setting UAC to "never notify" would ...
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Aero Glass/Transparent window borders in Windows 8?

While I'm really liking Windows 8, I do miss having the semi-transparent borders round my windows, like with Aero Glass in Windows 7. I note that the taskbar in Windows 8 is semi-transparent... Is ...
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How to create a desktop shortcut to a Windows 8 Modern UI app?

I am using Windows 8 at the moment and I was wondering if there is a way to make a shortcut to a Modern UI (formerly known as Metro UI) application on my desktop.
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Modify or disable Windows 8 swipe gestures on touchpad / laptop

I have an ASUS G75VW laptop with a Synaptic touchpad (/trackpad). When I move my finger from one edge towards the middle (the swipe), Windows 8 will bring up different stuff. This is a problem ...
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Playing DVD movies in Windows 8

Does any one know how to play a DVD movie in Windows 8's default programs like Movie or Media Player? I cannot perform this action, I can't even find such an option. Even Media Player seems to ignore ...
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Extremely high disk activity without any real usage

In a nutshell, the problem looks like this picture: In short, gigantic latency, very slow read speed (I assume that is caused by the same thing). After a very very painful few minutes, everything ...
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Does a full, retail license of Windows 8 exist? (Not OEM, not upgrade)

Ever since the days of Windows 95, Microsoft has distinguished between an OEM license, an upgrade, and a full version. Here's the difference as I understand it: Upgrade license: Requires you to own ...
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How can I have Windows 8 go to the desktop by default?

I've played around a smidge with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a VirtualBox VM and I think the improvements under the hood may be worth tolerating the Metro UI crap. I don't like that the entire ...
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Windows 8 locked because the password were lost, how can I change it without needing to reinstall it?

I installed Windows 8 on my mother's notebook, she typed a new password for her and she lost it, she can't remember what she typed and no notes about it were made(my fault), now her Windows 8 ...
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How do I shutdown Windows 8?

In previous versions of Windows, the shutdown options were in the Start menu. Where can these options be found now? The only options I can find on the Start screen are Lock and Sign Out, and at ...
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Is there a way to show all Windows 8 Modern UI search results on one page?

There are three search tabs: Apps, Settings, Files. I currently have to mouse click or navigate down to reach Settings and Files, as Apps is searched by default. Is there a way to get all search ...
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How do I recover a closed Sticky Note in Windows?

By accident, I closed my sticky notes in Windows. Is there any way to recover them?
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How to backup Windows 7 and revert upgrade to Windows 8

I am currently on Windows 7, and want to upgrade to Windows 8. In case something goes wrong, or an important application stops working on Windows 8, how can I create a backup that can be used to ...
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What happens when the activation period runs out?

I installed Windows 8 a couple of days ago, and now it has started asking me to activate and is redirecting me straight to the Activation tab in Settings. How long does the activation period last and ...
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How can I change the spell check and auto-correction language of IE10/Windows8?

Is there any way I can change the spell-check and auto-correct Language of IE10/Windows8? It seems to want me to write Norwegian, but I usually write English...
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What is the difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT?

I was reading the specs about MS Surface and saw that there are two Models offered. One with Windows RT and one with Windows 8 Pro. I'm wondering what's the difference between those two OS?
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How do I install and use Windows Virtual PC in Windows 8?

I really liked the integrated Virtual Machine that Windows had built-in with Windows 7, known as the Windows Virtual PC. I'm looking to install that again. I'd like to be able to install multiple ...
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How to customize tiles (change/bigger icon, change color) for desktop applications in the Start Screen?

In my start menu have I have tiles (/shortcuts) to different desktop applications. They all get the same background color, a small icon etc. and don't look very nice compared to Modern UI app tiles. ...
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How to get more info out of the uninformative Windows 8 BSOD?

Windows 8's Blue Screen of Death is different from the previous Windows versions' one: In order to find out what caused the problem you need to write down or remember the search term it presents ...
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Is there any way to resize the tiles in MetroUI in Windows 8?

Well I really love the MetroUI in Windows 8 but is there any possibility to resize the tiles ?
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What happens to the Windows 7 key when upgrading to Windows 8?

Microsoft is offering "Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade" at a discounted price compared to the OEM version. However it states: If you currently have a personal computer running Windows 7, ...
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What is the Charms Bar?

I've seen a number of references to the "Charms Bar" in discussion about Windows 8. What is it, and how is it accessed?
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Installing Windows 8 pro on a built PC

I'm planning on building my own PC with the help of a friend, and after reading through this article, it seems that I need to purchase a System Builder licence. Does this mean that I should not buy ...
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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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Windows 8 Metro/Modern UI with Dual / Multiple Monitors?

I'm using always 2 Monitors and just installed Windows 8 and always need to scroll to my Application in the new Metro interface, because the Metro is only on my main screen (the other one shows the ...
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How do I run the integrated video adaptor alongside the GPU on a Ivy Bridge system?

I've got an Asus P8Z77 motherboard with a core i3775 processor, and a Geforce 660 video card. I'm running Windows 8. While I primarily use the latter, there's situations where I want to use the ...
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How to rename user folder in Windows 8?

When I log in on a Windows 8 machine for the first time with my Microsoft Account (by providing an e-mail address), a new user folder is created: C:\Users\dzinx_000 In previous versions of Windows, ...
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How can I upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and keep my files and applications?

I want to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8. How can I do this while keeping all of my files in-tact? Is it possible to retain all of my applications and user settings, too?
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How to disable the Windows 8 lock screen, without disabling the password?

Windows 8 now has a slide-away lock screen like so many other OSes designed for a touch interface. However on a non-touch PC/laptop this is just an extra annoying step in logging in. There is an ...
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How to use Windows 8.1 RTM with 8.0 key? [duplicate]

Is it possible to use the Windows 8.1 RTM Build from MSDN with an existing Windows 8.0 key? I updated my laptop using one of our MSDN keys, and thought it would be possible to change back to the 8.0 ...
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Can I browse the Windows App Store outside of Windows 8?

Is there a way to browse the Windows App Store outside of Windows 8? I want to be able to look at the collection of apps in the store outside of windows, similar to how I can browse through the ...