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

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Does Cygwin support hard links in Windows 8?

I'm working on a backup script that behaves like TimeMachine and uses RSync with --link-dest to create hardlinks to unchanged files. If I run this on a *Nix-based system, of course it works as ...
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Windows 8 keeps deleting files from RAID drive

I have an ASRock Z77 Extreme4 motherboard with Windows 8 (not Pro). Brand-new computer, built from new parts. I use a 600GB drive (10,000RPM) as boot drive (let's call it HD1) and 2 3TB drives in a ...
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Why is my metro screen getting extended to half of the second screen?

When I extend my desktop to the second screen, it stays fine for a few minutes, but after a while, the first metro screen stretches all the way to half of the second screen. The search bar etc stops ...
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Windows 8 MsMpEng.exe high disk usage, uninstalled Defender, and now AvastSvc.exe

I recently disabled Windows Defender due to MsMpEng.exe randomly spiking up my computer's disk usage. I saw it from Task Manager->Details->I/O read and write bytes. The read bytes go as high as ...
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How do i skip the Personalize page (color & computername) during unattended Windows 8 setup?

i'm currently setting up an unattended Windows 8 setup but i'm stumbling upon the Personalize page which i can't skip. My unattend file looks like below. Guess the interesting part should be in the ...
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NTFS Junction Point from HDD to SSD, will it cause performance bottleneck? (steam game relocation)

Can an NTFS Junction Point between HDDs cause a bottleneck? Or will the junction be cached in memory? Specifically, I want to install Steam on a magnetic HDD. This means all the games will be ...
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How do I fix “A USB port reset request failed.” for all USB devices connected

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad S430 with an Intel 4000, 7 series chipset. This is running Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit. My USB ports began to have trouble recognising when I connected devices around a month or ...
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Cannot install JDK on Windows 8

I am struggling to install Oracle's JDK7 on my Windows 8.1. I got the jdk-7u51-windows-x64.exe file from http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html as I ...
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Windows 8.1 start screen backgrounds file location

In Windows 8, the start screen backgrounds used to be in the imageres.dll file, but as of 8.1 they're not. Does anyone know where the start screen backgrounds are housed in Windows 8.1? If not, is ...
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How to use installed windows 8 apps in other local users?

How can I use the apps that previously downloaded and installed in other local accounts? I don't want to download the apps that installed by other accounts. I just want to use "Previously Downloaded" ...
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View Windows 8 File History deltas

Summary: the regular Windows File History viewer shows the user what files will be restored at a given date. Instead, I would like to see what's changed between any 2 restore dates. Preferably ...
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Windows 8 start screen does not do partial name matching for all apps

When I bring up the Windows 8 start screen and start typing the name of an App, it will do a partial match, on most apps but not all apps. For example, if I type "wor" it finds "Word 2013" and ...
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Unable to properly create new Eclipse projects for Drools or Guvnor in Windows8 (server options aren't displayed and Drools disappears)

I've installed Eclipse on two machines (one is running Windows 8 and the other has Mac OS X v.10.5.8), but it doesn't seem to be running correctly in Windows 8 as I'm experiencing two significant ...
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Opening task manager takes an incredibly long time

This happens on all my windows 8 devices. When I press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC, or just start the task manager in any other way, it always takes a long time to open - Something around 45 seconds to 2 ...
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Synergy not stopping service completely

I'm using Synergy 1.4.12 (server) on windows 8 pro 64bit. I'm getting a bug when I try to stop the service. If I click stop in to window or by right-clicking the startup icon, the Synergy service ...
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Can I revert changes from the TAKEOWN and ICACLS commands?

From the question linked below, Moab posted a response on how to copy/edit files under Program Files if access is being denied. How can I disable access denied when copying from network drive to ...
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Modifying threshold for Windows Explorer's “minimal” view

Before: After: Is there a registry/hack I can use to control this threshold that triggers it?
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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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How to list another account in the Windows 8 UAC prompt

At work, I was recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 Pro. I've been using the Win 8 UAC prompt for installing software a lot, but I have to keep typing in the full admin name: ...
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“Win” tooltip appears under Surface Pro 3 pen - how do I stop it from showing up?

Occasionally, when I use the pen with the keyboard folded underneath my Surface Pro 3, a tooltip labeled "Win" will show up under the pen's pointer. This tooltip doesn't show up under my finger when ...
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How to clear locally cached OneDrive online-only files

I recently needed to free up some space on my Dell Venue 8 Pro, running Windows 8.1, and realized that I had OneDrive set for all files to be available offline, meaning it was caching local copies of ...
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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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(Too) Many network adapters, why?

As shown in the image, I have VMware and Juniper Network installed, but there are still too many TAP-Windows Adapter or TAP-Win32 Adapter. What are these connections? How can I remove these?
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Not enough memory error with Microsoft Word

Friend's computer (Dell, running Windows 8 64-bit) has been getting a weird error recently; whenever he tries to open a Microsoft Word file from Windows Explorer his computer tells him that there is ...
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Will any PC digitizer pen work with my laptop?

I lost the digitizer pen for my Sony VAIO Duo 13 and I was wondering if I can buy any digitizer pen to replace it or if I need the pen specifically made for the Duo. I don't want to buy the one made ...
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Ubuntu 14.10/Windows dual boot system reboots instead of shutting down

I have a Ubuntu 14.10/Windows 8 set up that, when I choose to shut down, the system powers down for a few seconds but then automatically restarts. The OS's are on two separate drives and the issue ...
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Acer E572 lock screen not seen

I have an Acer aspire E572G laptop and the problem is that the lock screen is not appearing even though the cursor is seen. I tried restarting it a few times but no change. Any suggestions?
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Moving MBR on old HDD to new SSD

After running into some problems tonight (that I was able to fix), I discovered that during the Windows 8 installation, the MBR was placed on my HDD (running Windows 7) that was in the system at the ...
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Left channel sound comes out of desktop speaker and right channel sound comes out of laptop speaker

I have a Toshiba Laptop with Windows 8 and a pair of Bose desktop speakers. When I do tests from the playback devices, the Realtek control panel and a youtube speaker test it will always play the ...
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My HDD shows up in device manager as Unknown Device

I had a Seagate 1TB HDD in my computer. At that moment the program O&O was running and doing a defrag on that HDD. It's not my primary HDD. However, I did a restart on the computer after stopping ...
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Cannot install *any* software on Windows 8 PC

My niece asked me to have a look at some problems on her Windows 8 PC. On of her points was that she thought there is/are virus(es) on it. So the first thing I tried was install Avast: "The ...
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Batch file to boot to desktop on Windows 8?

I wanted to put a batch file that runs explorer.exe on a scheduled task so it would run every time I log on and boot me right to the desktop. I know there's 3rd party programs that do this and so does ...
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How to set a screensaver password in Windows 8

I have a secure position in our company and need to set a password to enter after the screensaver turns on to re-enter the computer. If I leave my desk for more than a minute I am required to have ...
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Frontal USB recognized only after reboot

The problem USB devices that are plugged in the frontal pane of my PC are not recognized by Windows unless I reboot. After reboot, USB devices get recognized until the next shutdown. The rear USB ...
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Converting ASUS Zenbook from Win8 to Win7.. do i need raid drivers?

I've got an ASUS ZEnBook Prime, ASUS Zenbook UX301LA-XH72T 13.3" Touch Ultrabook and it runs 500GB SDD on RAID 0 configuration. This notebook is running Windows 8, and i desperately need to convert ...
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How can I connect integrated webcam with virtualbox

I am trying to use a Windows XP VM for VirtualBox on my Windows 8.1 laptop. I have tried the usual attaching USB device but I get an error saying "USB device is busy with previous request". My webcam ...
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Using AppLocale with Labview in Windows 8

I am running LabVIEW 2013 Dev Environment on a Chinese Windows 8 platform. LabVIEW is not a Unicode-base program, and consequently on Asian Windows there are display issues for our interfaces created ...
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Shortcut for starting two apps in snap-mode for windows 8

Snap of apps in windows 8.1 can relatively easily be achieved by dragging and dropping two apps.However, I would like to have shortcut on the start page that automatically brings up two or three apps ...
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HDD very slow performance after full copy from SSD

The PC: Core i7-4770, 16GB RAM. There are 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD (new without any bads). On the SSD I had Windows 8.1 installed with all other stuff. Someday all programs exceeded 120GB limit and I ...
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Windows 8.1 WindowsApps Folder Permissions

I read some threads about people who were able to modify metro apps files (WindowsApps dir) on Windows 8. However, I cannot do this on Windows 8.1. I am an administrator and even when I take the ...
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IE 10 issue with new tab

I have come across an issue in IE 10 where I first open the browser by clicking on Internet explorer icon and then login to the web application.Then I right click and select open in new tab option at ...
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[cscan][error][scan_perform_scan] unable to set log callback for libhostscan.

I'm attempting to connect to a cisco VPN using AnyConnect client, the 1st of part of which involves going to a website and loading Cisco Secure desktop to confirm that my machine is suitable. This ...
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Show dial up connection status in Task Manager

In Windows 8.1, Task Manager shows Wi-Fi, Disk, CPU usage graph in Performance tab. But, it doesn't shows usage of a dial up internet connection. How can I add dial up stats in task manager. Here are ...
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My directory has become recursive. How can I remove it?

The directory structure of one of my folders has become recursive or something, making an almost endless loop until I cannot go further down: ...
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Why do I have to keep flushing my DNS cache?

Several times a day, my Internet connection stops working on my Windows 8 computer (it's not the network, other computers on the network work fine). It happens on all of my Windows 8 computers ...
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Missing Hard Drive Space

I tried to shrink my C: drive from 600GB down to 300GB and it worked fine initially. Then I booted into my other OS and shrunk its partition down as well. When I booted back into Windows Disk ...
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Avoid Windows 8 BCD File becoming missing and/or corrupt

I realise there are plenty of questions about BCD errors here however I feel mine is slightly different. I had a missing BCD file so I couldn't boot. I have now solved this using a question I found ...
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Plugging the usb device makes PC go crazy

When I plug in the usb flash drive, Windows 8.1 won't recognize it. Then when I plug out the mouse (so that I can plug in the flash drive instead), this happens: the usb drive is still not ...
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Extract Samsung OEM recovery from laptop HDD

I have a Samsung NP540U3C with Windows 8. I recovered it to factory condition, booted and it was fine. There were 107 Windows updates so I downloaded and installed them, rebooted and then I was ...
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How to Exclude folders from Windows 8 Search, not indexing (start menu)

Since the Windows 8.1 update the start menu on my laptop is unusable. Every time I use the search box Explorer goes to max CPU % for a couple of minutes after I've stopped looking. I know this is ...