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    Classic Shell Start Menu not coming up

    I have win8.1& have installed the Classic Shell Start Menu for XP, it comes up when I boot up or restart, but when I click on the Start button a second time, it's not coming up and it might be in my settings, but I'm not real sure. Is there a default setting? Are there "typical" settings? I...
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    Dilemma and Challenge

    A dilemma and challenge: I have a desktop hp h8-1534 Envy that came with OS Win8.0 and was upgraded to 8.1 several years ago…it’s a working unit but has a few hiccups every now and then….I made a Recovery thumb drive when I did the upgrade and would like to know: (1) if I use the Recovery drive...
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    Error 0X80070570

    Couldn't find a specific forum for this so here goes... I am simply copying/cutting/pasting files/folders to a 4TB External Drive and I get about 35% done and the error pops up. Guess I'll start copying/pasting individually until the error comes up again or someone can help out. thanks ahead of...
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    win 8.1 File History Backup?

    Folks, here's the long and well, not real short of it.... I have folders labelled “all my downloads, my videos, my pictures, pdf folders of different titles and hundreds of Word doc’s, a few, Excel files, and different Icons for starting different programs”…with that being said, would I be...
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    potpourri of retail, backup of download

    First, if I download an app from an online store , e.g., MS Office Pro 2016, can that program be backed up or copied to disc or thumb drive prior to doing an install, cause if I install, I can't back it up right? Second, if you can't back it up from the download, can I download to desktop and...
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    what to do with this file?

    I downloaded a file (Win8.1_ENG_ x64) from MicroSoft that I thought was a repair file for Win8.1 but I really don't know what it is, how to use it, or if I use it, will it automatically delete all data/s from my desktop or not and present me with a repaired OS of 8.1 with a clean start and no...
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    External HD+SDD not being recognized

    Autoplay is not working in Win8.1 desktop....when I connect either of my external HD's to my desktop and I go to my PC to see all that is working/connected, everything BUT my externals are showing up. The usb port works as I have reversed my mouse and all is ok...anyone seen this? any...
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    Are Free copies available?

    hp envy 10Gb ram/8.1 OS a couple of years ago I bought a desktop with Win 8.0 and then later with the update went to Win8.1...problem is, this was a factory load and I had no hard copy (disk) and I’d like to get a copy of Windows 8.1...OR, should I be looking for Win 8.0 OR, is the...
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    How to scan a file or folder?

    when I down load a file or folder, and before I open it, I always scan it with a Malware program by right clicking on the file/folder....Problem is that I have Windows Defender that is not available to me to use to scan for virus' or malware. How do I make it a right click option? I want...
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    How do I "DISABLE" the popup "Common Software Manager"?

    This just started about a month or so ago... I'm sure this little pop up came attached to some program I downloaded, but it's not a large enough program to even show up when you try to use Install/Remove or Revo uninstaller programs. I would think that most programs will send out software...
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    Password lock, etc.

    -1- I have the display to turn off after 10 minutes of none use under Power Options, but if I don’t do anything for a few seconds, the display turns off and I have to sign back in…where do I correct this? do I have to reset to default the Power Options, and if so, what are they? -2- In...
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    Office upgrade problem

    I have Win 8.1 OS and have been using MS Office 2003 for the last 18 months 'but,' little quirks are popping up. So I am upgrading to Office 2010... here's my dilemma/question: Can I just install it without doing anything else, or should I uninstall vs. 2003, should I back-up Outlook or...
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    IE vs 11 Task Manager?

    I have been looking for a positive answer to my question: "How do you disable/remove the Down Load Task Managerbox that keeps popping up when I try to open a downloaded file?" I wanted to check out a different browser...I downloaded it andchecked it for virus' and malware and tried to open...
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    Disobedient Control Panel

    I went thru the Win8 Tutor....and forum list and my problem wasn't listed of course... Is there any way to Sort the Icons in alphabetical order in the Control Panel??? Thanks ahead of time for any help!