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Task Scheduler wakes laptop on battery even when it's configured to run task only on AC power

My goal is to configure Windows to wake my laptop out of sleep automatically when it's connected to AC power (before connecting to AC power it's sleeping on battery). To achieve this I tried to create ...
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My laptop fans are loud for no reason

cpu usage is literally 0 the temp is normal 39-40 no softwares running in the background I reinstalled windows to see if there's any malware/software that is causing the problem but there is none ...
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Why my Sleep mode doesn't work in my PC on windows 8.1 Pro?

I am using PC and I use Windows 8.1 Pro. My problem is: Sleep Mode doesn't work on my computer. I tried all the suggested solutions here , but still have the problem. I remember, about a year ago I ...
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Can I instal windows 8.1pro to my acer swift 3 sf314-42?

I have a licension on windows 8.1 pro, but haven`t it for windows 10. I want to instal windows 8.1 pro and then upgrade it to windows 10. Can I instal windows 8.1 pro on my laptop Acer Swift 3 SF314-...
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boot menu two windows 10 and 8.1, move boot settings from 10 to 8.1

I have two windows from two separated Storage Drives, 1-new 240GB SSD disk, win 8.1(new OS, installed last week) 2- win 10(old OS, installed 2 years ago and used before, and now I need it some times) ,...
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Minimize all windows on single monitor

I want to find the ability to minimize windows using "Show Desktop" (button in bottom right corner) only on the main monitor (or active). I know about the ability to minimize windows on the ...
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Howto connect bluetooth keyboard to non bluetooth pc?

I have a bluetooth keyboard that didn't come with a reciever. I want to connect it to my desktop pc, which doesn't have a bluetooth adapter. Is there any way I can do it like by connecting it with ...
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Do I really need to re-activate my own Windows 8.1 installation in case of a transplant (aka salvaged) HDD?

My old laptop (HP Pavilion dv2) was getting too slow, too old and it failed occassionally. I was able to physically extract the HDD, so, I got a new but previously owned laptop, without a hard drive. ...
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How to create or is there a shortcut to mute the sound of the current window/program?

What I want to do is mute the sound of the current program/window in Windows. How I would normally go about this, is RMB on Sound Icon in taskbar (or through Control Panel -> Sound) -> Open ...
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After Resuming from Sleep, Second SATA HDD Visible, But Not Accessible

Second SATA HDD is Visible, But Not Accessible after Resume from Sleep. Dell 15r 7520 Windows 8.1x64 - Fully Updated C Drive - OS Drive. Kingston mSATA SSD D Drive - 2nd Drive: WD Blue 1TB SATA The WD ...
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New CMOS battery - Windows boot not possible - specific external hard drive

My CMOS battery has run out in my MSI H81M-E34 today and I replaced the old 3V CR 2032 battery with a new 3V CR 2016. I always had several external hard drives connected with usb 3.0 cables at my usb ...
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Restore Notepad to your preferred size and position in Windows 8

How to change back and restore the default size and location of Notepad window as well as font and other settings to it's previous state in Windows 8.1?
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Chrome two finger scroll is too fast on Asus touchpad. How to make it slower?

Two finger scrolling is frustratingly fast in Chrome to the point of uselessness but perfectly normal in Firefox and everywhere else on my system. I'm on an Asus Windows 8.1 and the Chrome is updated. ...
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Removing Corrupted excel files without opening every one of them

I have a folder with lots of excel files. Is there any function or software which can automatically remove all the corrupted files from the folder without me opening every file and checking whether it'...
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Suspicious startup program entries on Windows 8.1

I just viewed my "Software Environment->Start-up Programs" in the System Information app on Windows 8.1 and found a couple of entries that look a bit odd (see the top 2 entries on the ...
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Windows 8.1 Basic theme?

Is there a good way to enable the real 8.1 Basic theme? Not the "Aero Lite" theme, it's pretty ugly, and not a 3rd party theme since they still resemble normal Aero. The only partially ...
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Virtualbox guest OS running too slow on a Windows host OS

I have a toshiba laptop with a samsung ssd 860 evo 500GB in which I have installed Windows 10 64 bits. This is the main hard drive. Also I have a second hard drive (not ssd) into an optical drive ...
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i installed Windows 8.1 64-bit i have Error ruining internet explorer (RunDLL)

Here what my issue looks RUNDLL C:/Windows/system32/inetcpl.cpl specified module could not be found.
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So I deleted the Settings link. How to restore it?

There's this link in startup menu folder(C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs) that opens the PC Settings window(the one with the new UI), and I deleted it. So now if I press win + i ...
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Can't boot from usb and no boot menu options Samsung 5 ultrabook

I installed win 8.1 on 20 GB SSD which had win 8 previously .... now when I boot up my pc it shows preparing automatic repair then the blue screen shows up with your pc ran into a problem goes back to ...
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After Installing WAMP, Menu Text Background Turned Gray in Some Progrmas inc Notepad++

Just installed WAMP 3.2.3 x64 on Win8.1 x64. As you can see from the image, the color behind the menu text is gray. It did the same thing to the menus in Notepad++ and Fireworks. When I exit WAMP, the ...
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Finding the cause of ping spikes on my computer

I have a laptop running Windows 8.1 and every minute or two I get a ping spike to something like 300ms. It is not due to the connection because (1) it does never happen on my other laptop (2) the ...
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How do I make emojis unreadable (completely remove them) in windows 8.1?

Windows 8.1 emojis are quite old and look vague. They are also quite less in number. Firefox, it seems, has a separate emoji-reader inbuilt but if it exists in Windows 8.1's list of emojis it show it ...
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Is there a way to make my Windows account password unresettable using non-official Windows methods?

I found this thread that discusses different ways of resetting the admin password without actually knowing the password Reset windows 8.1 administrator password. I tried it myself and after no less ...
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Windows 8.1 x64 random shutdowns after pc case change

sadly we have another problem - changed the pc case and computer started to shutdown randomly. Hardware/Software specs: CPU: s.2011 Intel E5-2660@2.6GHz with CNPS10X cooler, constant 52 to 54°C under ...
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Add file mime type in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT with script

I have a few Win8 VMs that don't include .xlsx in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, so it's not recognized by the OS, and to add it manually for each VM would be inconvenient. Is it possible to add such type via a ...
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How do I revert the image burning done on my pendrive using Rufus?

Recently, I burned an image of chromium OS into my 32 GB SanDisk pen drive. Now, I am unable to find my pen drive or any of its details in the file manager. I am on Windows 8.1, and wish to revert my ...
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All USB sticks have a current read-only state

I have a Windows 8 machine which for some reason refuses to write to any USB stick whatsoever. Any SD card, thumb drive, etc which is inserted into the USB port is "write-protected" and can ...
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I deleted dllhost.exe. How can I get it back?

I was curious about COM Surrogate in my task manager. I looked up the file, I saw and saw the word virus repeated multiple times which caused me to quickly permanently remove dllhost.exe from my PC. ...
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Saving a back up copy of the registry files using command line prompt in windows 8.1

I'm using the command line prompt in windows 8.1 to make a backup copy of the registry files. I used the xcopy command to copy all the contents of regback folder into a folder on my desktop. I'm ...
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After windows update browsers in windows 8.1 doesn't work. How can I fix it?

My browsers show: "network error", but scripts written on python can get data just fine. I've reinstalled chrome but it didn't worked. Restore point from windows update doesn't work because ...
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HP Pavilion G6 administrator password problems [duplicate]

My Aunt passed away and I got her laptop but don't know the passwords to get into it. What can I do? Can it be factory reset without them?
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Windows 8.1 error: The application has failed to start because the side by side configuration is incorrect [duplicate]

Hey so I have this error that keeps popping up since last windows update "The application has failed to start because the side by side configuration is incorrect please see the application event ...
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How do I change my disk from GPT to MBR (Without destruction of data)?

My laptop has Windows 8.1 currently running, and I plan to install Windows 10. The 8.1 that I am currently running is on Disk 0. I would like to convert Disk 0 to MBR, so that I can use EasyBCD to add ...
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what is the Analyze and Optimize button do in degragment software in windows

what is the difference between analyze and optimize buttons in the disk optimize software in windows. OS windows 8.1
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Upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1

I have upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 using the instructions from the Dell website. It says that I need to download all the Updates and then Microsoft Store will popp up and I can upgrade from ...
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Unable to activate Windows 10 on a Dell PC

I have a computer that I need to reinstall from scratch - disk failed. But it is a weird one... This is 5547 laptop that came originally with Windows 8.1 Pro (says so on the invoice, shipping ...
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Sharing PC's screen with other users - RDC

Due to the pandemic, we are working from home, and I'm connecting to my work PC remotely using Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDC). How can I share my work PC's screen with my colleagues? I want ...
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How can I convert my partition from GPT to MBR and make my system dual boot Kali and Windows?

I want someone to help me how to install Kali on my laptop and want to know how to convert a GPT partition to MBR. I searched on YouTube but most of the popular tutorials didn’t work. Even after ...
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How do I resolve the issue behind my bluetooth earbuds becoming quieter than usual?

I have been using my Canyon BT Headset earbuds for a while now and cannot help but notice that they are a lot quieter than when I first bought them. I believe I have found the solution. I have ...
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Does Windows Defender on Windows 8.1 provide same protection as on Windows 10?

I'm concerned about reliablity of Windows Defender.I currently use Windows 8.1 and don't use any other antivirus programs. When I checked online, all the reviews of Windows Defender were that of the ...
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Powershell command to list nearby bluetooth devices and connect to one of them in windows 8.1

When we go to settings->PC and devices->Bluetooth and then if we turn on the bluetooth then it displays all near by bluetooth devices. I am curious how could we do this through powershell. And ...
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Window 8 cd . Product key prompt not appearing [closed]

I bought windows 8 cd . After that When I put in my laptop the screen come with select language and time after that . Window say the product key does not match but I haven't enter the product key the ...
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Trying to install a new OS on an HP Pavilion a6400f using a Cruzer flash drive with a Windows 8.1 iso file on it

Every time I try to install it, I open up the boot menu and it tells me which to boot from. The USB Flash Drive appears in the list, but when I press enter, it just blinks a white underscore over a ...
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Cloudflare DNS not hiding IP address?

I want to setup and use Cloudflare DNS on my Windows 8.1 PC to hide my IP Address. I changed the IPv4 properties from Adapter Settings to 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 I also flushed the DNS resolver cache ...
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How to reinstall applications from Window.old after refreshing PC?

I recently refreshed my Windows 8.1 PC (without affecting my files). All my programs and applications were removed and are in Windows.old folder. I don't want to download and install each single ...
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How to run a Desktop Shortcut key while the shortcut is hidden?

I have a batch file for a particular task which I want to access using a Keyboard hotkey. I made a desktop shortcut of the batch file and assigned it Hotkey in the Properties. But I don't want to keep ...
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Where is the location of Screenshots folder stored in Windows and how to reset it?

Unfortunately I lost the location of my screenshots folder location. I frequently change the Screenshots Folder location. I messed up something and now I can't locate the folder. My PC is taking ...
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Windows cannot search my external hard drive whilst it is indexing it

Windows cannot search my external hard drive whilst it is indexing it. If I want my hard drive to be indexed on Windows, I can only search it after it has been indexed. I don't want to remove my ...
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How to make cmd read input with spaces as different terms/variables?

When I want my batch to get input, I use: set /p myvar=Type here: By running the code and inputting something like this with spaces: This is the input. Can I get the four words seperately assigned ...

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