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How can I free up drive space from the Windows installer folder without killing Windows?

On my SSD machine, the C:\Windows\Installer folder is massive and takes up about 15% of my total disk space. Is there a way to clean up that folder without killing Windows 8.1/10? Tucking away the ...
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How to stop Microsoft from gathering telemetry data from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1

Some of the update patches pushed to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 during this year seem to be solely for the purpose of gather data from a user's system. Is there a way to disable the telemetry through ...
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Can I disable the “Alt+Shift” shortcut to change language in windows 8.1 (or Windows 10)?

I'm using windows 8.1 with multiple languages. The new pretty shortcut windows+spacebar will pop up a pretty looking selection on the right. Now, hitting Alt+Shift (left ones) will also change the ...
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Why is the total memory usage reported by Windows Task Manager much higher than the sum of all processes' memory usage? [duplicate]

Task Manager shows my total memory usage at 90% of my 6 GB total, but no single process is using more than 250 MB RAM, and the sum of RAM use of all running processes is less than 2 GB. I've tried: ...
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How do I remove English (US) from Windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I've got a slightly annoying problem. My locale is English (UK), but occasionally my keyboard randomly switches to English (US) on Windows 8.1. I see that the task bar has a language selector, which ...
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Disabling Microsoft Antimalware service

I can't disable the Microsoft Antimalware service (MsMpSvc/MsMpEng.exe). I tried using services.msc, but the Startup Type drop-down is grayed out and I can't change it to Disabled nor stop the service....
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How to hide “Start” button in Windows 8.1?

Does anybody know how to hide this "Start" button in Windows 8.1 so that the task bar looks like it did in "old" Windows 8?
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How to view WiFi's password or forget this network in Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, when I right click a WiFi connection, nothing happens. In Windows 8, there is a menu and I can view its properties by clicking the "View Properties" menu item, and then I can see the ...
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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 traditional local account. Any apps that require me to ...
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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Disk Usage 100%

Background Information / Computer Specs I have a 14-inch Samsung Series 5 Ultra. Core i5 CPU, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000. I've had the computer for about 1.5 years with no major ...
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Brightness changes while “Adaptive Brightness” is disabled in Windows 8.1/10 with Intel HD Graphics

The brightness changes with the colors displayed on the screen on my Lenovo Thinkpads with Intel HD Graphics. Light colors make the screen brighter, dark make it darker. Same behavior in Windows 8.1 ...
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Command Prompt in Administrator mode doesn't see mapped drives [duplicate]

I am not sure but when I start my Command Prompt in Administrator mode, I can't switch to a mapped drive. I can do so if I am not in Administrator mode. Am I missing something simple?
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Clean install Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 from OEM key

I have recently acquired a laptop with an OEM Windows 8 product key. I am interested in a clean install of Windows 8.1. I do not have any original install media, only recovery disks, and the ...
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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 use different scaling for every monitor?

One of the new features in Windows 8.1 is the new "Desktop display scaling", which allows user to configure scaling per monitor. I've been trying to get this working in preview but with no success. If ...
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How to change default path in cmder

I have Cmder for Windows it has default path c:\Users\ username and I want to change it to any other path I like or want. How do I change it ? Also cmder can replace cmd.exe meaning is it possible ...
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How to make applications open on the correct monitor when using multiple monitors?

I'm using Windows 8.1, which has much better multiple monitor support than Windows 7 (sort of). However when I'm in a full-screen app on one monitor, and I go to the Start menu on the other and open a ...
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Firefox “Untrusted Connection” warnings when visiting reputable HTTPS sites when using child's account

When using Firefox on Windows, I see an "Untrusted Connection" warning when visiting any HTTPS site, including very reputable ones such as https://www.google.com and https://search.yahoo.com. The ...
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How to open Command Prompt in a specific folder as Administrator?

I made a shortcut to cmd.exe and specified the folder that I want to start in. I then went to Advanced and ticked Run as administrator. When I double-click on the shortcut, it always starts in C:\...
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Make Language change specific to window/app not whole system (Windows 8.1)

I have Windows 8.1 Pro English. Sometime I need to use another languages (I did not install any language packs and my locale is English). So I have a few keyboards enabled. However in W7 when I switch ...
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Windows Starter Edition, Home and Home Premium do not include gpedit, how do I install it?

I want to make some changes to Windows that require using the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). Unfortunately the Group Policy Editor is not included with the Starter Edition, Home and Home Premium ...
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Hide Win 8.1 “tip” about “Switch between apps”?

I've just installed Win8.1 and I'm trying to set up IIS. When I open Add remove programs from the start menu I get the pc-settings app. In the pc-settings app I get a "tooltip" or whatever we should ...
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Where is the startup (autostart) folder in Windows 8?

Well, Windows 8 has no Start Menu any more and the startup folder has disappeared also. Where can I find that folder? Or is there a new way with Metro?
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Applications like Chrome look blurry in Windows 8.1

After installing Windows 8.1 update, a lot of applications, like Chrome, Skype, etc. looks blurry. How do I fix it? For example, (bigger image here):
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How can I prevent a folder from being inadvertently deleted by myself?

I have a very important folder on my Desktop. I occasionally clean up my desktop and I am very concerned that I might delete the mentioned folder inadvertently. Is there a way to prevent such a ...
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Will the Windows 10 Free Upgrade stay in the Professional channel?

When the free Windows 10 upgrade comes out, will you get the Pro version or Home version if you have Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate?
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How can I increase the size of the pinned jump list in Windows 7?

I use Notepad++ for a bunch of text files. I like to pin my frequently used text files to the Notepad++ icon on the taskbar. There seems to be a limit of 18 items visible. I can pin more than 18 ...
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How to change default program to open magnet link in windows?

Recently I installed BitComet. Now when I click a torrent magnet link from chrome it opens with BitComet though I changed the settings of BitComet to not to be the default program to open magnet links....
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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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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 to shut down a Windows 8.1 Pro computer in remote session?

When you right click the Windows 8.1 "start" button, you get some options to quickly perform common tasks, e.g. to shut down, reboot, or put the computer to sleep. But when you're using the computer ...
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Why does Disk Cleanup take so much time and cpu?

Just a curiosity question. Disk Cleanup has been spending 100% of one of my cores for quite a while and still going. Seems to be spending a lot of time especially on Windows Update Cleanup. Can't ...
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LogiLDA.dll missing after updating to Windows 8.1

After updating my Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, I received an error on start-up. It says: There was a problem starting C:\Windows\System32\LogiLDA.dll The specified module could not be found. What is ...
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How to login to network share when Microsoft Account is tied to windows login?

I have windows 8.1 and its tied to my Microsoft login. I only vaguely remember setting this option up during the installation of windows. When I try to use these credentials to connect to my network ...
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How to find out whether Hyper-V is currently enabled/running

How can I find out whether Hyper-V is currently running on my Windows 8.1 Pro System? Reason: Some installs automatically enable Hyper-V (e. g. the Visual Studio Android Emulator addons). I am mostly ...
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Recover OffScreen Window in Windows 8 [duplicate]

Someone asked a very similar question in regards to window recovery for windows xp: Similar Recovery I'm using windows 8 (or 8.1 now). I run Dual Monitors. On Monitor 2 I sometimes have the input ...
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Disable mouse speed check between monitors in windows 8.1 update 1

In windows 8.1 and below, the mouse would seamlessly move through all my monitors. However, in windows 8.1 update 1 the mouse needs to be going at a certain speed before it goes to a different ...
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Chrome 37 UI got larger and became blurry on 125% DPI [duplicate]

Today I updated to Chrome 37 stable (64-bit, but 32-bit has the same issue). I am using 125% DPI mode in Windows 8.1, because I need larger fonts everywhere, since my eyes are not so good :) The ...
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How do I make windows explorer display the file path instead of words such as “Documents” or “Desktop”

If you ever click something on the sidebar in windows explorer: the top thing says the name of what whatever you clicked: However if you actually navigate to the place by clicking through the files ...
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Copying a file on Windows 8 gives “not enough memory” even with plenty of memory and disk space

I had this problem when copying a large (50GB) disk image file (Macrium Reflect) from my Flash Drive to my computer. "Out of Memory. There is not enough memory to complete this operation." I had ...
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How can I sync SkyDrive/OneDrive on Windows 8.1 when signing in to PC with local account?

I have previously asked how I can install, or upgrade to, Windows 8.1, without using a Microsoft account, because "I like to keep things separate, and just logon with a tradional local account. Any ...
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What's the shortcut to Device Manager?

What is the shortest route to Device Manager?
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Stuck on preparing for installation windows 10

My Windows 10 update is getting stuck for me today at this point It’s unclear if this is due to demand today, or thanks to other bugs. The list of problems related to Windows 10 getting stuck ...
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How do I reduce the size of the titlebar and window border padding on Windows 8 or Windows 10?

I think the size of the titlebars and the titlebar text are too large in Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10. Also, the window border padding cannot be adjusted like it could in Vista and Windows 7, as the ...
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How to boot to the desktop in Windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I just installed Windows 8.1, but I can't locate the setting to disable the Metro start screen, and boot directly to the desktop instead. So how do you configure Windows 8.1 to boot straight to the ...
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Forced Windows 10 upgrade - what happens if I “Decline” “the legal stuff”?

I almost couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that a laptop running Windows 8.1 suddenly rebooted by itself and started "Upgrading Windows" without the user's consent. But enough of the background/rant....
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Windows can't repair even with sfc /scannow

I did a clean install of Windows 8, then installed the Windows 8.1 update (after all other updates). CBS Log: CBS Log on Google Drive Important pieces of the log: Found: {l:32 b:LrOXAtJDCCTN+z+...
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NVIDIA Control Center Only Lists 3D Settings

My NVIDIA Control Panel seem to have a lack of settings other than the 3D Settings; I searched around a bit and found some similar problems on other websites which seemed to either have solutions ...
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Powershell font wrong size on Windows 8.1

On my Windows 8.1 machine, I need powershell to configure office web apps. When I start powershell, for a blink of a second, it shows as it should, but then it gets resized, and the font becomes ...
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How to clear screen artifacts without rebooting Windows (multiple versions)

These artifacts are random and can be created in multiple ways, although they occur rarely. The cause appears to be a failure by some part of Windows' code to erase a segment of the screen. The only ...

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