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Windows Defender Waking Up Hard Drive

I have an external hard drive that I only use for storage, I almost never write data to it but it can be useful if I want to access some data that I have in it. When it’s possibile I’d like for the ...
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Is there a way to set (or disable) DPI scaling for individual monitors (Windows 8.1)

I have three screens connected: Two 1920x1200 screens that I do not want DPI scaled. 1 4K screen that I do want to scale. Currently, if I set a 1920x1200 screen to be my "main" display, and then set ...
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Windows 8.1 not activating screen saver, turning off monitor, or sleep mode

Any ideas on what would cause this? No applications that I actively run should be preventing this from happening: OneDrive, Steam, WhatPulse, puush, and f.lux. I have power options set to activate ...
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How to Remap “Home” button on a Local Multimedia Keyboard without Driver

I recently purchased a multimedia keyboard (TECHNOTECH USB KEYBOARD 658) that is actually Made in China, and that doesn't come with ny driver CD or anything. Here I want to map Home button to ...
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VLC auto adjust window size to video size

when in windowed mode, the VLC window can be resized arbitrarily. It will however add black bars to the sides of the video, if the aspect ratio of the window does not match the aspect ratio of the ...
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“Working on features // 100% complete” stuck, can't reboot

I booted my Windows 8.1 machine up as normal this afternoon, after having shut it down normally the night before. While booting up it got stuck with the following message over a blank screen of my ...
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DISM: Error 2 The system Cannot Find the File Specified - during /Cleanup-Image

hopefully someone can help me. I was trying to get rid of old windows update files by running Dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore. I am getting Error: 2 'the system cannot find ...
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My Asus u56e is randomly rebooting again. Any Ideas?

This seems to be a popular problem for Asus users. However, I have not found a definite cause or solution for the problem. This machine is roughly four years of age now, and was recently given to me ...
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Adaptive brightness won't turn off

TL;DR: I’ve tried everything to disable adaptive brightness with no luck. Brightness changes according to what’s on screen. Recently I bought a Dell Inspiron 3542, built on the Intel i7-4510U with ...
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Laptop shutdown right after lid is closed

I own an ASUS G750JS, which never had a problem till now. When I am on my computer and I close the lid for the night, it suddenly shuts down. Sometimes it goes to sleep but 90 percent of the time its ...
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Can I make the Windows 8.1 on-screen touch keyboard semi-transparent?

Is there a way to make the standard Windows 8.1 on-screen touch keyboard semi-transparent? I simply want to be able to type underneath the keyboard and still see what I'm typing, like on the picture ...
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How can I choose where chrome notifications pop up?

I am running Chrome on Windows 8.1 When I get new notifications, they pop up somewhere in the middle of the screen, instead of in the bottom corner. This is really annoying, as I can't remove them ...
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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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Surface Pro 2 / Windows 8.1 - Charging Issue

I purchased the Surface Pro 2 a few days ago (release day) and it has been running great, but over the last 3 days I have encountered a weird charging issue. I like to drain my battery down to near 8%...
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Can't install Windows 8.1 Update - Error 0x800f081f

My laptop came with Windows 8 pre-installed. I installed all Microsoft updates, including that to 8.1 and have continued to do so. The latest update which has come through is KB 2912355 which is a ...
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Windows 8.1 second monitor large with low resolution

I am running Windows 8.1 on a Lenovo Y50. I am connecting to a Lenovo LS2023 20" Wide external monitor and I am having some trouble with getting the displays to scale properly. The Y50 is a 15.6" ...
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How to update Hyper-V integration features in Fedora VM?

I have a virtual machine running Fedora 24 within Hyper-V on my Windows 8.1 physical machine. The summary panel on the machine says that my integration services need upgraded, but I cannot find a way ...
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Internet connection fast in safe mode and slow in normal mode - Windows 8.1

I'm running a Toshiba Satellite C50D-A-12V laptop with Windows 8.1 with 8GB RAM. Anti-Virus is AVG Free, also have Malwarebytes and Spybot installed as well as CCleaner. I have a 70mbps internet ...
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Override localhost IP Adress in Windows 8.1

I'm trying to set up Windows 8.1 virtual machine through VirtualBox for testing a server running on my Mac (running Yosemite 10.10.3). VirtualBox sets up a the IP 10.0.2.2 to point to the host machine'...
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How to stop explorer.exe outbound connections on Windows 8.1

I've got this annoying outbound TCP connection from explorer.exe to 111.221.29.122 using port 443 (Windows 8.1). Apparently this is some kind of push notification service as describes here: https://...
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Transparency issues in Windows after resume from Hibernation

For the last several years I have been having this issue every day once I resume from hibernation. For example, this is what Firefox tabs look like: What you see is actually 2 Firefox windows (one ...
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Windows 8.1 reverts to brand new user profile upon every reboot

I'm having a strange problem with a brand new machine that I just installed Windows 8.1 Pro on. The machine is connected to a domain and I logon with a domain account. Every time I reboot, the ...
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How do I stop Windows from flooding smartcard with APDUs

Whenever I put a smartcard in/on my smartcard reader Windows (7 Prof, x64) immediately starts flooding it with APDUs possibly trying to identify the type of the card (SELECT and READ_DATA commands). ...
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Windows cannot open “Network And Sharing Center”

I cannot open "Network And Sharing Center" on my Windows 8.1 computer. When I try to get access to this window/dialog nothing happens. I usually right click on the network icon in the taskbar, and ...
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Vagrant windows 8.1 box timeouts - even though the machine boots correctly

I have a simple vagrant master box, that has Windows, drivers for it, and VB guest additions installed. I've added that machine as a box, and tried creating a simple vagrant vm with only the basic ...
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Shared NTFS logical partition unaccesible from Windows 8.1

I asked this question a while ago but it got lost, so I deleted the previous one and created this new one with updates from the comments. I just installed Windows 8.1 in a partition of my Lenovo ...
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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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Windows 8.1 takes 10 seconds to open file explorer from taskbar (not from start menu)

I open "This PC", and right click to to "Pin this program to taskbar". Now there's a shortcut to explorer in my taskbar, but when i click it, it takes around 10 seconds before the explorer window is ...
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App to switch between video profiles in a high-DPI laptop

I have a Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 2 Pro, which sports a high-DPI 13" 3200x1800 screen. Since using that with normal Windows app would be impossible, it ships with "DPI scaling" in Windows set to 200%. ...
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Windows 8.1 idle/auto maintenance runs on battery

Just recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8. I noticed that, when on battery, idle and auto maintenance tasks run regardless of the power situation. Curiously, I looked in task scheduler, and ...
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Windows 8.1 extended desktop background after login

I have updated Win 8 to 8.1. I have set desktop background to show in metro UI (start screen). I have extended desktop and on the second monitor after login I have only blue screen After going to ...
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How to configure Windows 8.1 start screen search?

I'm using Windows 8.1 and when you are in the "start screen" (where all the tiles are), if you type something, a search panel appears on the right side with search results. In 8.0 it searched within "...
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Windows sometimes fails to resume from hibernate

I have a Dell Latitude E5540 running Windows 8.1. Sometimes when I turn on my computer after hibernation it will completely restart Windows instead of resuming from hibernation. When that happens I ...
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Why does enabling Hyper-V accelerate MSYS2's process launching?

When I run this loop in MSYS2's Bash shell function test() { bcdedit | grep hypervisorlaunchtype printf "Press ENTER to begin..." 1>&2 read # warm-up for ((i=0; i<"$1"; ...
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Make windows ask for admin password for standard users

I have some windows7 and windows 8 machines, In each machine, there are two accounts, An administrator, and a standard user, When I sign in as the standard user and navigate to the desktop (with file ...
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How to install Chrome extension through windows registry in Windows 8.1?

Used the following tutorial: Using the Windows registry Find or create the following key in the registry: 32-bit Windows: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Google\Chrome\Extensions 64-...
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Windows 10 search bar malfunctioning

Hey so I'm having issues with the windows 10 search bar on the bottom left which are it really slow, and it not finding files. I just upgraded from windows 8.1 and I absolutely LOVED the charms search ...
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Window resolution gets screwed up when docking or undocking laptop

I have an HP EliteBook 850 and 2 HP EliteDisplay E231. The laptop has a 14" screen and the monitors are both 23". If I undock the laptop without shutting down first, the resolution of the windows get'...
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Changing File Explorer Background Color Windows 8.1

I want to change the white flourish background color of default file explorer in Windows 8.1 Pro. Its hard to see white background color every time people with weak eye-sight or for continuous ...
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Ping spikes on 5ghz/2.4ghz wi-fi only on one computer

I have strange problem with Wi-Fi on my latop. I tried to use 5ghz and 2.5ghz - and it make no significant difference. When I ping my router it looks like this: Pinging 192.168.0.1 with 32 bytes of ...
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Laptop boots extremely slow; black screen

I have a Toshiba Satellite L50-B-2G9, which takes hours to boot. Initially I had Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 15.10 installed side-by-side and switched between them regularly. I noticed it took longer and ...
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DVD-RW doesn't read or write, SAMSUNG NP700Z5C-S03SA notebook

I upgraded my windows from Win 8 to Win 8.1 and I had never used DVD driver, Now when i insert CD or DVD it took some second and then it push it out, but if the DVD was free to write on it just keep ...
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Why doesn't adding sharepoint to trusted locations disable “protected view” in Excel 2016?

I constantly get the annoying "Protected View" in Excel 2016 when opening files from a hosted Sharepoint. I have added the url (https://blah.serverdata.net/site/Shared Documents) to trusted ...
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Issues trying to connect 2 External Monitors to my Laptop, via 2 Fresco USB to VGA Adapters

I apologise for this question being rather lengthy my reasoning was, rather than responding to plentiful requests for clarification within the comments section I would instead write my question in ...
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Windows 8.1 Lock screen issues

I uninstalled a few programs from our computer lab Dell 9030 All-In-Ones, but unfortunately after rebooting the machines post uninstall the Windows 8.1 lockscreen is broken. We have in place Domain ...
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Windows 8.1 Video Screensaver shows grey film

I have a touch screen on display. I want the system to have a little video screen saver. I installed Windows Essentials so I would have this functionality. When trying to play the screensaver all I ...
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Can I use touch input instead of a cursor with Chrome Remote Desktop?

I'm currently using my mobile device to access my laptop running Windows 8.1 via the Chrome Remote Desktop app. It works fine, however I find it not user friendly having to drag my finger across the ...
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AMD Radeon GPU driver installation cause black screen

My laptop worked just fine until 2 days ago. After exiting some program windows crashed and I had to restart my laptop. After restart (windows booted) I got black screen with cursor. I googled it and ...
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Stuck on startup screen

When I start up my Windows 8.1 PC, it says "Diagnosing PC" and then enters the Automatic Repair loading screen. I decided to leave it on all night long and when I woke up I checked it and it was still ...
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Windows 8.1 Low Memory Error, Memory Commit Charge near 100%

I've a client with a Lenovo A540 All-in-one, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD drive, Win 8.1. She is occasionally getting low memory errors. The computer is relatively new, has had an active BitDefender ...

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