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  1. spapakons

    Solved Laptop screen brightness won't adjust

    Go at Intel's site, select Support, Drivers, and then search for HD 4000 or whatever graphics you have. Download the last version of the drivers and install it. Restart the computer to take effect. Have a look at the Control Panel -> Device Manager (if you don't see the Device Manager, click...
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    Internet Explorer 11 will not open or run

    Hello! Excuse if this is solved, as it is rather late and I would not want to go through all the posts in this thread. I have the same problem. I'm running Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 Professional 64-bit but I suspect the cure will be the same inrespective of Windows version. When I click...
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    Solved Incompatibility JMicron JMB36X Windows 8.1

    I found the solution and I post it here to help others. As you may know some applications add filters to DVD-ROMs (imagine these as DVD driver plugins) in order to add functionality. In case that a filter is not fully compatible with a controller, like in my case, it can cause problems. When I...
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    Solved OEM manufacturer's Windows 8.1 driver links.

    Reply to original poster seeking Intel drivers: I would first use a utility such as Aida64 to determine which is the model of the graphics card. Since the CPU is Intel, chances are it is also Intel. Then I would go directly to Intel's site to download latest driver for maximum performance and...
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    Solved OEM manufacturer's Windows 8.1 driver links.

    Hello! I recently noticed that a Windows XP notebook with Atheros wireless card had problem connecting to the network. It connected before, so probably some Windows update replaced the driver and screwed things up. It could detect the network but connecting failed due to some incompatibility...
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    Solved Windows Sidebar won't load (solved)

    Hello! I have an old notebook were I have installed Windows 10 for testing purposes and I couldn't make the Windows Sidebar load. I tried both 8GadgetPackSetup.msi and Desktop Gadgets Installer without success. It loaded for 1-2 seconds and then quitted automatically without even showing...
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    Solved Laptop screen brightness won't adjust

    Yes, that was the issue. Microsoft drivers provide only basic functionality, they don't support all features of the hardware. That is why I always prefer and recommend OEM (original manufacturer) drivers. It is better to have an old Intel graphics driver than having the latest Microsoft driver...
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    Sound constantly crashing on Windows 8.1

    The audio problems in the game might be due to audio settings. See the game audio settings, try simple stereo to see if you get sound. In my case, I have installed K-Lite codec pack, among others (Divx, FFDShow, FFVFW etc), but I don't think that matters. To make sure Windows 7 don't have a...
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    Sound constantly crashing on Windows 8.1

    Problem not quite solved :( Hello! Unfortunately, I was quick to celebrate... Occasionally the sound stutters or is not perfect. All I have to do is click on stop to stop the video I'm watching and then resume playing the video from where I was to have normal sound. The problem mostly appears...
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    Sound constantly crashing on Windows 8.1

    Well, problematic sound or no sound usually indicates that the audio driver doesn't match the audio card. Are you sure it is a Realtek? Maybe it's VIA HD audio or anything else and the Realtek driver is similar, but not the correct. So it installs but doesn't work properly. It happened to me...
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    Windows 10 Free For 8 & 8.1?

    I'm afraid you won't be liable. If Windows 10 will be out Summer of 2015, probably liable customers will be those buying a new computer within 2015, but who knows! Wait and see.
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    Windows 10 Free For 8 & 8.1?

    It has happened with older versions of Windows. When the final version of Windows 7 was announced, those that had bought a notebook or desktop with Vista preinstalled 2-3 months before the release date could have a free upgrade to 7. Similarly, when the final version of Windows 10 will be...
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    Sound constantly crashing on Windows 8.1

    :party: Problem solved! Let's party!
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    Media Player Classic black screen after screensaver appear

    Hello! Sorry if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find something similar with a quick search at the forum. I have this annoying issue with Media Player Classic Home Cinema version 1.7.3.147. I start playing a video and I can watch it from start to end without any problem. If I pause...
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    Sound constantly crashing on Windows 8.1

    Well, today I was working on my computer while listening to music. Several times the audio muted and I had to restart the audio services (see previous reply) to resume sound. This was rather annoying considering that sometimes it happened again only a few minutes later! Then I decided to save my...
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    Sound constantly crashing on Windows 8.1

    Thank you for the quick reply, yes, that is the latest driver. I have this installed, if I am correct. I don't think reinstalling will help, but I'll try it just in case. Also in Power Options I have set Link State Power Management to Off, so this shouldn't affect the audio... I'll let you know...
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    Sound constantly crashing on Windows 8.1

    Not sure if I have the same problem Hello! I also have a strange sound problem. The audio may mute for apparent no reason while playing a video on YouTube or Media Player Classic. To fix it, I go to Computer Management, Services and I stop the Windows Audio and Windows Audio Endpoint Builder...
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    Windows update fails

    Another solution is to use a Windows 8.1 DVD-ROM to upgrade Windows 8 to 8.1, much like you would upgrade from 7 to 8. Just start the setup from within Windows 8.
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    Windows 10 Free For 8 & 8.1?

    Hello! I believe it will be the usual free upgrade for users buying Windows 8.1 now. All versions will be priced, but if one buys a computer with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, he/she will be liable for a free upgrade to Windows 10, when it will be out. Which one is liable for that free upgrade will...
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    Will Windows 8 run on my Pentium 4 PC

    Hello! The post might be old, but I will post anyway to help anyone with a Pentium 4 or older that wants to try 8 or the new Windows 10. The Windows 8 RP (Release preview), the RTM (final) and the 8.1 version all have a check for PAE/NX compatibility. The same is true for the Windows 10...