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    "Secure Connection Failed" when trying to connect to this one website on my desktop

    I've been trying to resolve this before and did not succeed. So I have to start again. Let me explain the issue: When I'm trying to connect to the website of this small local bank from my desktop using both Chrome and Firefox browsers, both hang for about half a minute and then display these...
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    How to change color profile for one of the monitors?

    I have a 4 monitor setup for my desktop. 3 screens are ACERs which show colors nicely. But one is AOC, which generally shows all colors but for some programs like Photoshop and Windows Photo Viewer it displays this ugly yellow color instead of white. So I went into CP -> Color Management and...
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    Self-renaming external HDD upon boot. How to stop it?

    Yes, possibly. I don't remember now. I'll check when this happens again. But, just approaching it logically, wouldn't Windows see that the drive letter I: is already assigned to an existing drive and not use it? I mean, it's kinda obvious, right?
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    Self-renaming external HDD upon boot. How to stop it?

    No, I didn't assign it any drive letters. It's just an external USB stick that comes out as soon as I'm done with it.
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    Self-renaming external HDD upon boot. How to stop it?

    I have the following layout of internal and external drives in my desktop: C: thru G: are internal drives, while I:, J:, N: and O: are external HDDs used for onsite backups. Each drive also has BitLocker full disk encryption on. The key to unlock each drive is stored on a USB stick that I...
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    My monitor doesn't go into power saving mode after update

    I'm running Windows 8.1 desktop with 3 monitors. They are set up to show password-protected screensaver after 5 minutes of inactivity and then to turn all screens off after 30 minutes. It used to work great until ... I installed Windows updates yesterday and noticed today that one of the...
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    What is COM Surrogate and why is it continuously using CPU

    Thank you. I'll try it next time. That Com Surrogate doesn't run anymore after I rebooted. So I can't tell if your solution would help or not...
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    What is COM Surrogate and why is it continuously using CPU

    I've noticed that the CPU on my Windows 8.1 desktop seems to have been continuously used up by 12%-15% by something named "COM Surrogate" (see screenshot attached.) Is there any way to find out what that is? And maybe stop it?
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    VMWare Workstation hangs up guest VMs in full screen mode

    The thing I didn't like about Virtual Box is its poor integration with the host. For instance, I couldn't drag-and-drop files from host to guest and vice versa, plus I couldn't copy and paste between guests and the host.
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    VMWare Workstation hangs up guest VMs in full screen mode

    Thank you, guys. I don't think the issue in on the guest VM's side. And no, I don't have hibernation, nor sleep enabled in them. As for Cliff's idea to restart services, it might be a good idea, except knowing which ones to restart. There's quite a lot of stuff that's running there:
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    VMWare Workstation hangs up guest VMs in full screen mode

    I have a 3-monitor desktop setup running Windows 8.1 (as a host OS.) I use one monitor exclusively to run VMWare Workstation 10. When VMWare first loads up at host PC boot I click "Enter full screen mode" button, which expands it to the size of that monitor. I then usually load several guest...
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    Suggestions for software to do local backups? No Acronis!

    Thank you all for your suggestions. I can't wait to get rid of Acronis. Oh man, I wish I knew how bad it is. I checked and Macrium looks very promising!
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    Suggestions for software to do local backups? No Acronis!

    Hi everyone: First let me share the bad experience that I had while using one of the major brands of software for the local backup -- Acronis True Image 2014. I purchased and was using their software since 2014. I set it up to make incremental backups of my local files to an external hard...
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    Windows 8 thumbnails missing for Google Chrome's jumplists

    Thanks. Hmm. Interesting, why are mine reset? (My system doesn't even go to sleep.)
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    Windows 8 thumbnails missing for Google Chrome's jumplists

    Just curious if this is something that can be fixed? Say, I have several Google Chrome windows open in my Windows 8.1. Then if I leave my desktop, the screen turns off in about 20 minutes. (The system itself is not configured to enter sleep though.) When I later move the mouse to wake it up...
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    Can't connect Xbox 360 to the Internet via Windows 8 w/ICS

    In that same token I can buy a $99 Xbox wireless adapter.
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    Can't connect Xbox 360 to the Internet via Windows 8 w/ICS

    I'm trying to connect my Xbox 360 to the internet to use my Live account. I'm following these instructions. My desktop is running Windows 8 that has a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet. I connected the desktop to my Xbox 360 using the ethernet cable but whatever I do the Xbox doesn't seem to be...
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    Get "toast" notifications of new emails on Windows 8.1 des

    No, I don't have any 3rd party mail apps. I also don't understand why would it change. It worked perfectly and then it just stopped. Why in the sake of sanity any sensible company do this???
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    Tuff N Tiny USB drive stopped working when copying files

    Yeah, looks like a hardware issue. I contacted Verbatim and they told me to send it in for RMA. I'm just not sure how long their warranty is. (This drive is about 4 yrs old.)
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    Get "toast" notifications of new emails on Windows 8.1 des

    I am using Windows 8 on my desktop computer. I've set up the built-in Mail app to show "toast" notifications when I receive a new email. This stuff: It worked well until I upgraded to 8.1. Now I don't receive any toast notifications. Any idea how to fix this? I'm following this tutorial...