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    Whats the best free registry cleaner?

    Hi, something wacky is going on with my Downloads folder in Windows Explorer... opens every folder within it as duplicate, if I try to do renames, sometimes hangs and crashes. System was scanned and is clean so I want to check the integrity of the registry. Whats the best free tool to do this?
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    Subfolders in Downloads opening DUPLICATE windows

    I've noticed in the last week that whenever I double-click a sub-folder in the Downloads folder, it opens TWO identical new windows. It's super annoying and wasnt happening before. I scanned for Malware AND ran MS Defender. Both came out clean. I should add that my Windows Explorer also now...
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    Can a Monitor be connected to 2 computers at the same time

    Hi, I have an extra monitor which I mostly use with my desktop thru its DVI connector. However I would like to use it also as an extra monitor for my laptop which sits on my piano. In this case I would use the extra monitor's only open port, which is VGA (which I would connect to my laptop...
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    Cant get Desktop and Laptop synced with a custom theme!

    Hi, I made sure that both machines are logged in under same account and set to sync everything. Desktop machine is the Master, so to speak. The wallpaper files are actually physically stored on this machine but not in a library. I created a theme called Jetsetter and it links to those images for...
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    How to make Folder Icons stick in OneDrive?

    I like to use custom icons for my folders, but noticed that whenever I wake the computer up from sleep or do a restart, all my custom icons assigned to the OneDrive section have all reverted back to the default icon. Does anyone know if this is a bug? Or otherwise how to make the icons "stick"...
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    Solved Imported photos not showing thumbs

    Hey friends, I just imported an old DVD of Disney pictures I took on vacation and instead of showing me thumbs in Windows Explorer, I'm seeing the icon for Photoshop (which is my default program to open JPGs). In addition, when I select one in Win Explorer, nothing shows up the in Preview Pane...
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    Do I need to put my wallpapers in OneDrive?

    Hi, I've got a nice collection of wallpapers that I would like to use on both the desktop and the laptop. Where should I be placing the pictures if I want Windows to synchronize the 2 machines (same user login) so that they both have access to the same wallpapers and screensavers? Do they need...
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    How do I generate thumbnails for images in old folders?

    A while ago I turned off something in Windows because of weird issues happening... and I think its related to something I noticed today. In old pictures folders I no longer see thumbnails. I just see a white sheet of paper icon (well it looks like that) and the filename underneath. How do I...
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    Why is Photoshop launching whenever I download an image?

    Whenever I download an image attached to an email, it opens up automatically in Photoshop. This wasnt happening before.. Any thoughts on how to stop this annoying behavior?
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    Difficulty renaming/deleting folders (TRY AGAIN or CANCEL)

    OK, I've gotten so frustrated by this that I'm now sufficiently motivated to post on the forum and include screenshots in the hopes of finding a solution. Basically, the problem is that when I try to rename or delete folders, I tend to get the following error, EVEN WHEN NOT IN USE! I will...
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    Why am I getting weird file extensions when saving images?

    Recently, I've noticed that when I try saving to my computer images that I find online, I get weird file extensions and appended random characters to the filenames. It used to be that I just got the following 3 options: GIF, PNG, JPG and it was a straightforward save. Now I'm getting things...
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    Laptops disable built-in speakers when ext mic connected??

    Hi, just a quick question... i notice that when I connect an external microphone to the mic/phones combo jack on my laptop, i cannot hear playback of what I recorded UNLESS i unplug the mic. This obviously makes for an impossible workflow. (The laptop in question is Asus N550JV.) Is this normal...
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    Normal that Users content is accessible w/o password?

    Just out of curiosity / concern, I just reinstalled fresh copies of Windows 8.1 on my desktop and laptop PCs. I notice that if I click in the Network section, I can expand "Users" and view the contents of things like "Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Searches, etc" on the other machine...
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    Whats the Easiest Simplest way to share root of a drive?

    Desktop PC wants to share its internal M: drive (all my music studio stuff) with Laptop. Both on Windows 8.1. I have a wireless router, dual band, 2.4Ghz/5Ghz. Whats the best way to do this? Right click the drive and use Advanced Sharing? Right click the drive and create a New Library? Use...
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    Confusion about Sleep Settings and Power Saver Options

    Hi, The way I know my desktop PC has gone to sleep is that the blue light around the power button flashes (instead of being on all the time). I'm playing around with some settings right now to find out exactly what is pulling it out of its sleep. I realized that if I go to Power Options and...
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    Solved You Dont Have Permission to Save to this Location...

    Hey Windows 8 experts, I just installed Windows 8.1 and I notice that after installing some software and wanting to save the registration keys as a text file during setup I would get this error message: "You don't have permission to save to this location. Contact the administrator to obtain...
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    2nd HDD not showing up after fresh Install of Win 8.1

    I had to disconnect the 2nd HDD in my laptop in order to successfully do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Now that I'm up and running, and I've reconnected the drive and closed my laptop, I dont see the drive appearing in the window tree, nor in the Device Manager under Disk Drives! It was...
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    Solved Can't install Windows in location you chose. Please check.

    So I'm getting the error "We couldn't install Windows in the location you chose. Please check your media drive. Here's more info about what happened: 0x80300024" I've installed WIndows 8.1 many times on various machines but always from DVD. This is my first attempt from USB key. My BIOS is...
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    Solved Are Windows 8 serials LOCKED on a laptop?

    Hi I am in the process of reinstalling an unbloated version of Windows on my Asus laptop. It originally came pre-installed with Windows 8. I managed to retrieve the OEM key using Belarc Advisor. I have a copy of Windows 8.1 PRO lying around...I was wondering two things: 1. Will my laptop ONLY...
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    Win 8.1 keeps waking at 5:15am to check for updates...

    Hi, while I finally have managed to get my computer to sleep... I've noticed it wakes up around 5:15 am... a bit more research in Windows and I discovered it had checked for updates at that time, so that must be whats waking it up. However, I could not find WHERE to set this preference. I dont...