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  1. Calico

    Windows 8.1 constant svchost connections to Google?

    No, I'm afraid it's not that either. I remove the default search engines from firefox and replace with DDG. I also use Omnibar with search suggestions disabled and I have 'browser.search.suggest.enabled' set to false in my user.js. Moreover, firefox doesn't use svchost for making searches...
  2. Calico

    Windows 8.1 constant svchost connections to Google?

    Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately, thunderbird doesn't use svchost, it makes it's own connections. Also. the secure mail ports used by Gmail are 995 and 465. However, the IP address used by thunderbird when checking mail does fall with one of the blocks mentioned above. 25/03/2015 21:23:57 |...
  3. Calico

    Windows 8.1 constant svchost connections to Google?

    I've recently installed Windows 8.1 and I noticed Svchost is constantly attempting to connect to Google. As I don't use any google services, apart from Gmail (via thunderbird) and I firefox only as my browser, I'm quite curious. My firewall log gas lots of entries similar to these...
  4. Calico

    Not All Hardware Showing

    I would suggest converting your newly formatted FAT32 volume to NTFS and running a chkdsk. To convert the volume use: 1. Open an Administrative Command prompt 2. Type - convert E: /fs:ntfs - Where E is the volume identifier. For the chkdsk: 1. Open an Administrative command prompt 2. Type -...
  5. Calico

    Half a billion people to use Windows 8 next year -- Ballmer

    The beta was released on February 29th, it's called the Customer preview. The next release, slated for June 1st, will be the Release preview (formally Release candidate).
  6. Calico

    Solved How to change email...

    Forum Actions/Edit Profile/Email & Password...
  7. Calico

    Keep One Change One [6]

    mobile phone
  8. Calico

    Last Letter Game [6]

    yuppie
  9. Calico

    Word association [5]

    Evolution
  10. Calico

    Microsoft to integrate flash in IE10! Sort of...

    More... :shock::huh:
  11. Calico

    Not All Hardware Showing

    Out of interest, I'm assuming these disks/drives are on different controllers, can you provide any information on how they're configured, i.e., which disks/drives are on which controllers.
  12. Calico

    Windows Firewall Error 1060, Unable To Start

    looking at the differences between your exported registry files and default keys, I'm not sure it's worth trying to correct this in situ, there's just to many anomalies. I think, at this point, you have a couple of choices, you could follow the advice given by GMan, or you could attempt either...
  13. Calico

    Solved Pros and Cons between....

    Depending upon your hardware, performance may be an issue, however, I'd say the main consideration is what you want to achieve. If you're main interest is in seeing how Windows 8 works, a VM should suffice. If, on the other hand, you want to see whether Windows 8 will work correctly with all of...
  14. Calico

    Half a billion people to use Windows 8 next year -- Ballmer

    Says the worst rated CEO of a large, publicly traded American company today :zip:
  15. Calico

    Windows Firewall Error 1060, Unable To Start

    Do you have anything under: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess Can you also check: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\MpsSvc HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BFE It may be worth exporting all three keys, zipping...
  16. Calico

    Readyboost and mobility center problem on windows 8

    Apparently, it has an SSD too. If so, there's even less need for readyboost.
  17. Calico

    Windows Firewall Error 1060, Unable To Start

    Could you check the permissions on the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\SharedAccess\Parameters\FirewallPolicy Post here. Also, can you check the following driver: 1. Select winkey + R 2. Type devmgmt.msc 3. Select View/Show Hidden...
  18. Calico

    Windows Firewall Error 1060, Unable To Start

    Would you open a command prompt ant type: sc query MpsSvc Post the results.
  19. Calico

    Problem With Store

    Indeed, Iran is not of the list of countries for 'Store' access and Microsoft's geopolitical statement would suggest this is unlikely to change. There's also the question of censorship within the country itself. However, the OP has also had problems accessing Mail, People and Messaging yet, the...
  20. Calico

    Problem With Store

    Possibly true but as the OP has a Microsoft account and thus a Windows ID, he's obviously been able to connect to some services in the past. However, until the OP can post some additional details, anything is speculation.