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    USB ports and SD card reader not working on Dell laptop

    My SD card reader and USB ports have stopped working on my Dell Studio laptop running W8.1. They still identify what's put into the ports and reader as the USB sticks light up and the computer goes bing when an SD card is put in, but they don't show up in Windows Explorer. If I put a cabled USB...
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    Slow start up

    Hi. I have a laptop running Windows 8.1 and the start up has become very slow. Glary Utilities tells me it took 2m39s and only 1% of users are slower. I've tried cleaning it with CCleaner and Glary, removing unnecessary start up items and defragging. Any other ideas or software recommendations...
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    Windows Update Microsoft Office 2010 but not on laptop

    Hi. I'm on Windows 8.1 and have Microsoft Office 2007. I'm getting an update for Microsoft Office 2010 in Windows Update even though I haven't got this. Anyone know why please? Thanks.
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    Desktop icons keep moving after screen resize

    I've found the solution. I've unticked Align icons to grid in Desktop>View.
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    Chrome slowing down W8.1 laptop

    I can have 20 plus open. I've added the Great Suspender extension and that seems to have done the trick. It suspends tabs you're not using and reopens them when you click on them. Thanks for all your comments!
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    Chrome slowing down W8.1 laptop

    I've got 4GB of RAM. Thanks. It's usually Chrome in task manager.
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    Desktop icons keep moving after screen resize

    I often use split screen on W8.1 to have say TV on as I type emails. In other words, I drag the TV app to one side of the screen and have the desktop on the other side. When I close the TV app and expand the desktop app to full screen, the icons move around. Does anyone know a way to stop the...
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    Chrome slowing down W8.1 laptop

    Recently my laptop (on Windows 8.1) has been slowing right down after I've been using it for a while. Especially if I close it and then reopen it later without restarting. It seems to be linked to Chrome with it getting really sluggish and it improves if I close and reopen Chrome, and of course...
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    Wireless adapter not automatically connecting

    I've solved it. The problem is how Windows 8 shuts down. If you restart, it does a complete shut down which it needs to do if you are installing or updating software. If you click on shut down, it doesn't fully shut down, but saves a system info file which it uses to do a fast start up. To get...
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    Solved Windows 8 Shut down

    I had a problem with the wireless adapter on my PC. When the PC started up it didn't recognise the adapter and I had to pull it out and push it back in for it to recognise it. If I did a restart the PC recognised the adapter. The problem is how Windows 8 shuts down. If you restart, it does a...
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    Wireless adapter not automatically connecting

    Thanks. I'll have a look at that. My laptop connects fine. It's the adapter for my desktop that's the problem. I just like getting things to work :-)). It's a bit strange that it recognises it if I restart but not when I start up, which suggests it can recognise it but there's just a glitch on...
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    Wireless adapter not automatically connecting

    Thanks. I'm not too keen on trying that. As it connects when I pull it out and plug it back in, and all my other wireless gadgets are working, I don't think it's a problem with the router.
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    windows update not working

    Thanks. I ran these two things and it sorted it out: How do I reset Windows Update components? Use System Update Readiness tool to fix Windows Update errors
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    windows update not working

    I'm having the same problem and it says it's a 0x80080005 error. It won't update the Windows Defender definitions. Anyone know what to do? Thanks.
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    Wireless adapter not automatically connecting

    Thanks. It doesn't say which version it is there. I did google image on the two versions and v2 has v2 written on the adapter so I must have v1. When I start up the desktop it shows the monitor and cable symbol which indicates it's looking for an ethernet connection rather than wireless as...
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    Wireless adapter not automatically connecting

    Oh that's an interesting idea. I'm not sure which version it is. I tried to find that out, but there's no indication, so I assumed it is version 1. How do I find out the version? Many thanks.
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    Wireless adapter not automatically connecting

    Yes, I tried that and it didn't work either, but thanks for the suggestion.
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    Wireless adapter not automatically connecting

    Thanks Wullail. I've tried installing the most up-to-date driver. I understand what you're saying about W8.1 not supporting these products or drivers, it's just confusing that when you take it out and put it back in, it works fine. It's as if W8.1 is looking for an ethernet connection rather...
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    Wireless adapter not automatically connecting

    I have a Netgear WN111 wireless adapter on my PC. Since installing Windows 8.1 it doesn't connect automatically to the router. The PC says there are no connections available, so I can't even click on the router to try to connect. If I pull the adapter out and push it back into the USB port it...