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  1. arachnaut

    Windows Update for Acronis TIBMounter.sys fails

    [SOLVED] Windows Update for Acronis TIBMounter.sys fails This morning I saw an optional update for Acronis True Image 2015. It updates the TIB Mounter system file. After the update the mounter does not work and you will need to do a repair install of Acronis. I reported the details on the...
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    Recent Windows Update Error Code 80244019 - probably GWX

    I've registered for Win 10, so I check each day to see if any new updates have arrived. Today a few times I saw error 80244019 and an update failure. When you look up the error code you find: Windows Update error 80070422, 80244019, or 8DDD0018 where it claims: "If you receive one of these...
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    Update failure - KB3001652

    Twice I tried to run this update and it ran forever (well, many minutes). I found it may be downloaded from the download center under "Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime". When that runs I see the following error. What system policy might that be? OS Version = 6.2.9200, Platform 2 OS...
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    Applications running, but no visible windows?

    This may be related to the recent Windows update. Just recently, I noticed that, sometimes, I had to click an application twice to start it. At first, I attributed it to typos, but when it happened quite a few times, I investigated. I saw that Task Manager showed the application running, but...
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    Changing the File Explorer red warning on drive free space

    Does anyone know how to change the red warning indicator on free space in Explorer? I have over 300 GB of free space on a 4TB backup drive and I see that. I'd like to be able to change it to warn when I have, say, 500MB left. EDIT: I believe it is hard-coded to warn at 10% free, but maybe...
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    Windows 8.1 Guest account and Metro apps problem

    Hello, I volunteer to help maintain a set of computers for members of the local senior center. We have a small lab running mostly Windows 7, one station is running Linux, one is a Mac and the last runs Windows 8.1 with a touch screen. Yesterday we got a new computer donation and we uninstalled...
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    Solved How to interpret device manager drive Location Information

    If you look at drive properties in the device manager, there is a 'Details' tab with a property called "Location information". It specifies Bus Number, Target ID, and LUN for the hard drive. I have several drives and I was curious about the physical properties so I made a little diagram...
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    Solved A Second update: (KB2919355)

    This morning I saw a blue screen telling me there were updates to install. I OK'ed it and it was KB2919355 - the so-called 8.1.1 update. Weird, a second one? It was a very quick install and restart.
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    locate32 (64-bit) Version 3.1.11.7100 - video problem

    I have been using 'locate32' in Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Many years... lots of usage... But now in the last few months or so I have seen a certain kind of video corruption in the display. Locate 32 is found here: Locate32 I have been using version (64-bit)...
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    Performance hit of Touch via USB?

    I have an older PC - Pentium class - that is running Windows 8.1 with no problems. A bit sluggish, but not bad. I would like to add a monitor with Touch capabilities and use it's USB driver. Does anyone know if there is a big performance hit in that scenario? This is being used in a local...
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    Crawl could not be completed on content source <winrt://{.

    Anyone know why I get this error in Windows Search? What is 'winrt' doing in a x64 system, anyway? Log Name: Application Source: Microsoft-Windows-Search Date: 2013-10-21 1:52:12 AM Event ID: 3036 Task Category: Gatherer Level: Warning Keywords: Classic...
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    Windows 8.1 seems to change the way 'My Documents' works

    Windows 8.1 seems to have changed the way user shell folders get accessed. In Windows 7 I 'Located' my documents folder to 'J:\My Documents' - a separate physical drive. I upgraded to Windows 8 with no problem, and I see references to files in the registry like this below: Windows 8...
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    Solved Acronis True Image 2013 and Windows 8.1

    This weekend will see the deployment of Windows 8.1. In preparation I have updated all my drivers and such. I intend to keep ATI 2013 as long as possible because it has always been a difficult piece of software to upgrade. From what I've been able to read up until now (just days before the...
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    Windows needs to be activated -- AGAIN! Another long story

    On Aug 21, 2013 I had an experience where my Windows 8 installation somehow became de-activated. I outlined the situation in great detail in this thread: http://www.eightforums.com/windows-updates-activation/30105-windows-8-became-inactive-long-story.html Now, today this has happened again...
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    What can I do during a Windows Update?

    I volunteer at a place where we repair people's computers for free. Often we have to restore things and run Windows Update - with many updates occurring because these may be old systems (like Win XP). The question comes up that what should we do during this time? It may take hours for the...
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    Solved Programmatic way to show Start Screen?

    I have the Classic Start button installed and I have it set up to bypass the Start Screen and disable the corner hotkeys. I don't use the APPs, but occasionally I go to the Start Screen to remove some new installation tiles. Since I have the start corner hotkeys disabled, I have to go into the...
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    Windows 8 became inactive - a long story

    In the early morning of Aug 21, 2013 I saw a full screen desktop image saying in a big blue background: "Activate Windows". I had activated Windows 8 Pro on Dec 25, 2012 and installed the Windows 8 Media Center Pack upgrade on Jan 7, 2013. I had one product code/key for Win 8 Pro and another...
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    Solved 'Pick an app' is always default program for .TXT

    A weird problem just started. Usually I have UltraEdit set as my default TXT program handler. But suddenly today it went away and all I see is 'Pick an app' for the 'Opens with' setting on TXT properties. I have tried to set the default program back to UltraEdit using these methods: 1)...
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    Installed Windows 8 Pro OEM, got Windows 8 (no Pro)

    A friend asked me to help him dual boot a Dell Inspiron laptop. He had Windows 7 Pro and wanted to try out Windows 8 Pro, so he bought an OEM installation disk. I set up a second partition and did a clean install of Windows 8 Pro into it (using the .\sources\setup.exe installer). I did not...
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    Solved Windows license question

    I was just playing with VirtualBox and installed my copy of Windows 8. It would not accept the license key because I am using that key in the host OS. I looked over the EULA and I see that it is clearly stated that I need a new license for each virtual machine. Fine, so I deleted that VM. But...
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