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    How to implement a SSD?

    It should work as you described. However, I'd prefer a slightly more complex way: 1) Clean up the HDD and trim it to SSD size (only if need). 2) Make a full system backup on the external drive (e.g. USB HDD). 3) Connect SSD and restore this backup to it. 4) Switch the boot device. So, you can...
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    Startup Settings doesn't show up no matter what method I use

    As far as I know, the new (Windows 8+) boot menu cannot be called easily by pressing F8 because it is intended to appear only after system failure. You can restore the old-style boot menu like it was in Windows 7. Run the cmd.exe as administrator, then input BCDEdit /SET "{Current}"...
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    lost among all updates in Win8.1

    Of course, you need some practice with Windows 8.1 if you never used it before. But it's not as hard as you might think. For example, my Windows 8.1 looks very close to Windows 7. I use the Classic Start menu (www.classicshell.net), which is easily configurable similar to Windows 9x or XP or 7...
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    lost among all updates in Win8.1

    It depends. Some updates are released for all supported Windows versions, while some others only for the particular versions. Obviously, GWX were released only for Windows 7 and 8. You can always check any update in the MS Update catalog (input KBxxxxxxx in the search box): Microsoft Update...
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    lost among all updates in Win8.1

    Here is my list of hidden updates in Windows 8.1 x64, which includes telemetry and GWX. Of course, other people may add more. KB2976978 KB3044374 KB3046480 KB3080149 KB3150513 KB3184143
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    Solved Uninstall the system language (default language of the user interface)

    It looks like you used unsuitable version of Windows 8.1 upgrade, where Russian language is a primary or at least one among defaults. As a result, you cannot remove it completely even if you change the primary language of Windows UI. I'd suggest to re-install Windows 8.1 again using the English...
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    Windows 8.1 doesn't auto-install drivers after installation

    About BIOS update: it is usually very helpful because of improved compatibility and fixed bugs (look at the description first, which problems has been fixed). And yes, it may be dangerous for your system, especially in two cases: 1) If you chose the wrong BIOS version or even sub-version...
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    Solved SSD NVMe Drivers for Windows 8

    I have NVMe Samsung SSD 950 Pro in my PC, currently it works with Windows 8.1 without installation of specific Samsung driver (OS was installed anew). However, one year ago it worked with Windows 7 and used Samsung driver v. 1.4.7.17. Later I upgraded it to Windows 8 (direct upgrade to 8.1...
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    Windows 8.1 Pro - Unable to Update

    Please install KB3138615 after fresh installation (I'd recommend to manually stop wuaserv before installation to reduce the waiting time). Then restart PC. Download Update for Windows 8.1 (KB3138615) from Official Microsoft Download Center
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    Win8.1 disregards Update settings

    Microsoft writes that some known issues in this update already have the workarounds. May it be helpful for you too?
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    CPU-Z recognizes 8gb of ram, but SYSTEM only recognizing 4gb

    If your CPU is 64-bit, you definitely should install x64 OS. Check the first tab on CPU-Z.
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    Win 8.1 start up problem

    It was possible if you have set to install Windows updates automatically. It would be better to set "Check for updates but let me choose..." and uncheck "Give me recommended updates...". With these settings, you will be notified as soon as updates arrive, but the decision whether to install or...
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    Win 8.1 start up problem

    Technically, nobody can force you to upgrade from 8 to 8.1. But the drawback is that the official support of 8 ended in 2016.
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    Win 8.1 start up problem

    From my (maybe not very extensive) experience, update from Windows 8 to 8.1 using the installer from MS Store does not always go smoothly. Sometimes after the update may occur the problems with not fully compatible programs, drivers or old settings, like faults in the Task Scheduler. I suggest...
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    Windows 8 Recovery Error

    Hello, a lost soul :) It seems that you need to make another bootable USB drive with WinRE for OS installed on your PC. Please recall exactly the version of OS on your laptop (e.g. 8.0 or 8.1) and whether it was 32- or 64-bit. Then try to find any accessible PC with the same OS, take a USB...
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    Windows 8.1 Pro - Unable to Update

    Oh... One answer to two questions and one advice is something, but still not too much... 3) Please look at the file CBS.log and check which DLLs were fixed and which weren't. You can guess that fixing them will be the next step of your (long?) work...
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    Windows 8.1 Pro - Unable to Update

    Please try to add more info when possible: 1) Have you noticed something unusual in the Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)? 2) Which update-related errors have you seen in the Event Viewer? This DLL error should be fixed ASAP, unfortunately, here is no info about its name. Maybe it can be found...
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    Saving Freeze up

    Maybe a problem is with storage or you use over-zealous antivirus? Try to boot in the Safe Mode with network and check the same. msconfig.exe -> Safe boot + Network; disable all non-MS services (hide all MS, disable all remained) -> OK, restart.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro - Unable to Update

    You gave some clues, but the whole picture is not fully clear yet. First of all, the last lines in WindowsUpdate.log show that "wuauserv is disabled". This is a critical error, because this service should never be disabled in normal situation. You also noted that your attempts to change the...
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    How to reinstate WinMail onto Windows 8 or Windows 10

    Hello enedeavor, I haven't explained the bug with progress panel in details, sorry. This is how you can see it: Open the Windows Mail and after it finished to check the last mails, double-click on the right message on the status bar (let's assume that it shows "No new messages"). You will see...