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

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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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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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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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Is there a way to enable “god mode” in Windows 8, like you could in Windows 7?

I am looking for a way to enable God-Mode in Windows 8, does anyone know how to do this or is it even possible? It's a trick that lets you access all system's controls in one folder.
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Is there anyway to stop Windows 8 from restarting for an update?

My Windows 8 machine is going to restart shortly... I have tried a few techniques such as shutdown /a which is not having much luck. Short of pausing the Windows Update service, is there anyway to ...
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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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Permanently remove/disable Touch Keyboard in Windows 8 taskbar?

I have Windows 8 (final, MSDN) on my Macbook Pro Retina. Windows 8's ongoing, continuous tantrum of insisting that it's on a tablet device is causing it to always have a touch keyboard 'icon' on the ...
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Is it possible to install Windows 8 using Microsoft Virtual PC?

I'm trying to install Windows 8 on my pc via Microsoft Virtual PC. However I get this annoying, non-descriptive error: I'm looking to find out if Microsoft Virtual PC supports Windows 8, and if so ...
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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 reboot/shutdown Windows 8 without the mouse?

Nowadays on Windows 7, if I have no mouse on my computer I just press Win Button+->+Enter: This makes my computer shutdown without needing to use a mouse. However, on Windows 8, I need the mouse to ...
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Does Windows 8 still implement POSIX?

I have a few piece of junk homemade programs that use the Windows POSIX sublayer. Does Windows 8 x64 come with SUA? Can somebody verify that it is there? All I can find is that it was "deprecated" ...
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What are the “N” versions of Windows 8?

Microsoft just released the final Windows 8 versions for MSDN members, before its consumer release in october. Anyway, I am a MSDN member. Today I went to see my downloads page and I found a list of ...
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Windows 8 Hyper-V - how to give VM internet access?

I've got Windows 8 Pro on my home machine. I want to have a Windows 7 Professional VM running under Hyper-V, and I want the VM to have full internet access. My physical machine has a wireless network ...
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What does “Optimize Drives” do in Windows 8?

With Windows 8, there is an option to "optimize" a drive. This looks similar to the Defragment option of previous versions of Windows: I have an SSD and I know that SSDs shouldn't be ...
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Windows 8 turns program sound volume down randomly

I recently upgraded to Windows 8 from Win 7 64 bit and have started to encounter a strange issue. When I have any program running which plays sound, such as a game or spotify, after a random interval ...
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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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How can I run legacy versions of IE (IE7/IE8) on Windows 8?

I'm doing web development on a Windows 8 system. I'm running the latest IE, but I need to test the app with older versions of IE as well (especially IE7 and IE8). Is it possible to run these legacy ...
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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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Where is the Hibernate option in Windows 8?

I recently updated my HP Laptop from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro. When running Win 7 I had the option to hibernate my machine but that option is missing in Win 8. Selecting the 'Power' button from the ...
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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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Disable Narrator shortcut key in windows 8

I've install Windows 8 on a BootCamp macbook air The problem is that the command key located differently from the winkey in a normal keyboard, therefor, I keep clicking Winkey+Enter which starts the ...
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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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Looking at the screen in Windows 8 hurts my eyes [closed]

So I upgraded to Windows 8 on my laptop, and I noticed that it hurts my eyes when I look at the screen. I am not sure what it is, maybe the font/Cleartype but I cannot focus on looking at the screen ...
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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 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 sync multiple g-calendars to the new Windows 8 Calendar?

I'm able to add multiple g-calendars from multiple accounts, but it appears that only the root calendar is synced with Windows 8's Metro Calendar app. Is there a way to sync all gmail calendars?
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If I buy a computer with Windows 8 and Secure Boot, will I still be able to install Linux?

I've heard a lot about how Microsoft is implementing UEFI Secure Boot in Windows 8. Apparently it prevents "unauthorized" bootloaders from running on the computer, to prevent malware. There's a ...
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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 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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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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What is Windows 8 core?

I've found some references, when looking for information on WAIK installs of Windows 8 of a varient called Windows 8 core, that can be installed off the professional edition disk. There's also a ...
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How to install/upgrade to Windows 8.1 RTM without a Microsoft account

When I installed Windows 8, I deliberately chose not to use a Microsoft account to sign in. I like to keep things separate, and just logon with a tradional local account. Any apps that require me to ...
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Is there a Windows 8 equivalent of 'Recent Items'/'My Recent Documents'?

I used to use "Recent Items" and "My Recent Documents" in the start menu in previous versions of Windows to quickly open a recently opened document/activity. Is there an equivalent aggregated list of ...
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How to disable sticky corners in Windows 8?

I have 2 monitors and in Windows 7 I used to just mouse-flick maximized windows from one monitor to the other. With Windows 8 however (charms disabled), my mouse hangs in the corners while doing ...
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How do I set my wireless network to be private instead of public?

Trying to maintain good security settings on my laptop, I want my home network to be interpreted as private and the university network at school to be interpreted as public. However, my home network ...
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How can I remove Live Tile updates in Windows 8?

I have a very slow Internet connection and don't want Live Tiles using up my bandwidth for updates. Is there a way to shut them off? I've changed the Show updates for Tiles in the settings but still ...
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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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Is there a way I can share the 3.42 GB download of Windows 8.1 from Windows Store?

Windows 8.1 is out, and I would like to know if it is possible to share the Windows 8.1 download upgrade between different computers so that I don't have to download it over and over again? This ...
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How do I create the GodMode folder in Windows 7 & Windows 8?

How do I create the GodMode (AKA Windows Master Control Panel shortcut and All Tasks) folder in Windows 7?
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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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Multiple Desktops in Windows 8 [closed]

Does Windows 8 has more than one desktop facility like we have in linux system ( Fedora, Ubuntu, Opensolaris etc ) or not?
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What are the differences between the Windows 8 editions available on MSDN?

My DreamSpark account shows me several download links for Windows 8. I am not sure what is the difference between them and which one is suitable for me. Microsoft Windows 8 with Apps 32-bit ...
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How to pin a website to the Windows 8 Start screen without Internet Explorer as default browser?

I'm not sure if I like the whole idea of Start screen yet, but I would find it more useful with Stack Overflow as a tile in the group. Is there a way to add the Stack Exchange sites to this screen ...
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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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Always start Visual Studio as an Administrator on Windows 8

Whenever I start Visual Studio 2012 in Windows 8 it always needs Administrator permissions to access IIS meta data and debug local web applications on IIS. If I turn UAC off, I cannot launch the ...
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Can my Windows 8 computer turn on by itself?

At my workplace, I fully shut down my Windows 8 machine each night before going home. The last couple of mornings, it was turned on when I arrived. Is there some kind of Deep Magic that Windows 8 can ...
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Programs minimized for long time takes long time to “wake up”

I'm working in Photoshop CS6 and multiple browsers a lot. I'm not using them all at once, so sometimes some applications are minimized to taskbar for hours or days. The problem is, when I try to ...
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Disable “automatic maintenance” in Windows 8

I'm running a few VMs, and suddenly I noticed my CPU fan was spinning louder than usual. I tracked it down to Windows 8 doing some "automatic maintenance": How can I turn this completely off? I ...
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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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What does “Win Button” + “Print Screen” do on Windows 8?

Today I was going to System Properties with Win+Break and accidentally pressed Win+Print Screen. By doing this, Windows 8 RTM x86 lowered the display brightness for 2 seconds and then returned to ...