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    Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 is a 'Remote Session'?

    SOLVED: Can't Access MSA or Change Display Setting in VM I'm teaching myself Hyper-V as an alternative to VMWare. I activated Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 and used it to create a Windows 10 virtual machine. I quickly discovered that I'm not able to sign in to my Microsoft Account from the virtual...
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    Cannot Right-Click to Move a Website Shortcut

    This is the strangest problem I've encountered. I am accustomed to right-clicking on an icon, dragging it to a different folder, releasing the right mouse button and choosing either Copy, Move or Create a shortcut. Beginning a few weeks ago, I lost the ability to do this with website shortcuts...
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    Unable to Change Program Defaults

    In Windows 8.1 > Control Panel > Default Programs > Set your default programs I am unable to make changes to my default programs. Examples: Control Panel > Default Programs > Set your default programs > Skype for desktop > Choose defaults for this program I am unable to remove the check mark...
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    Wireless Adapter Must Be Reinstalled After Any Changes

    I have a USB wireless adapter that works very well...until I make any kind of change to my network adapters. For example: If I install VirtualBox or VMware (both of which install virtual network adapters), my wireless adapter stops working and must be reinstalled. (It has a yellow exclamation...
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    Solved "We couldn't complete the features" When Adding Hyper-V

    My 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 computer meets all the hardware and BIOS requirements for adding Hyper-V. Nevertheless, Hyper-V fails to install. After attempting to add Hyper-V from Control Panel my computer restarts and gets to 93% completion of the work. Then a message appears: We...
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    Solved Inserting a Timestamp into a File Name

    I'm trying to insert a timestamp as part of a file name and I realized that there is something basic about a timestamp that I do not understand: Assume the output for echo %time% is 16:13:07.91. Why is echo %time:~3,2% equal to 13? Does the colon not count as a character? In %date% the slash...
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    Solved Icons Like to Move to the Left Side of the Desktop

    There are other discussions here about icons that move by themselves. Maybe the additional details I provide will help point to a solution. I have 64-bit Windows 8.1 Update 1. I divide my desktop icons into two groups. One group of icons is on the left side of my monitor and the other group is...
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    "Default Programs" Control Panel Does Not Set Associations

    In Windows 8.1 Update 1 I cannot change file associations whether I try to do so from Control Panel or from within an application. For example, here's the popular VLC Media Player file association preferences: I cannot select (put a check mark) or de-select (remove a check mark) from any...
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    USB 3.0 Adapter Fails to Enumerate But Works Anyway

    I recently installed a USB 3.0-to-PCIe adapter card. Windows 8.1 64-bit (Update 1) recognized the adapter and installed its native USB 3.0 driver stack (a Renesas USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller and a USB Root Hub xHCI.) The adapter has two USB 3.0 ports that are occupied by bus-powered...
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    Solved Can I Uninstall Windows 8.1 Native Flash Player?

    My copy of 64-bit Windows 8.1.1 has version 12 of Flash in C\...SysWOW64\Macromed. I'm not sure why I have this out-of-date version of Flash on my computer. My copy of IE 11 has an up-to-date version of the Flash plug-in (currently v.14) and my copy of Google Chrome has its own up-to-date...
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    Solved Change Color of User Selection Screen

    There is a screen - I don't know its proper name - it's the screen where you go to choose a user account to log in. This is the same screen you see when you want to 'switch user.' How do I change the background color of this screen?
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    Solved USB Devices Not Entering Selective Suspend

    My power efficiency report is telling me that none of my USB hubs and devices are entering selective suspend. My question is: Should I care?
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    At Restart: 60-Second Pause For Video Signal

    My copy of Windows 8.1.1 x64 works very well, as does my computer in general. When I restart my computer, it has no video signal for about 60 seconds and then the OEM (Dell) splash screen appears and booting proceeds normally. I can tell there's no video signal because my monitor displays a...
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    Task Scheduler Stopped Recording History

    Currently running Win 8.1.1 x64 Pro. Task Scheduler stopped recording History on 1/5/2014 - no task history is available after that date for any task. Enable All Tasks History is active in Task Scheduler (i.e., Disable All Tasks History displays.) I don't know what caused Task Scheduler to...
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    Solved Recycle Bin Permanently Deletes Regardless of Settings

    In Windows 8.1 Pro Update 1 64-bit I am not given the option to move files to the Recycle Bin. Instead, when I delete a file I am asked "Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file?"In the Recycle Bin properties for each hard drive partition I have not selected "Don't move files to the...
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    Third Party Firewall Still Recommended?

    Third party software firewalls still have their place, for the right kind of user. For advanced, well-informed users (not intending to be snarky), is a third party software firewall still a good idea? Or can we rely on Windows 8's own firewall in combination with anti-virus software? I like to...
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    Solved Windows Can't Load Your Scan Profile

    I know that Windows Fax and Scan is not an ideal solution for scanning, but I'd like to avoid installing additional third party software, if possible. WF&S works fine with my (Canon) scanner. It scans without a hitch. However, it is only able to use the default scan profile. If I try to create...
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    Solved Upgrading 8.0 to 8.1 With ISO

    The method for obtaining a retail Windows 8.1 ISO has been published and re-published. It seems that most people who are interested in the ISO want to use it for a clean install. I respect that, however I want to upgrade my copy of (retail) Windows 8.0 Pro to Windows 8.1 Pro. Can I use the...
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    Solved How to Remove Library Location Name From File Explorer?

    The best way to explain is with an illustration - see the attachment. How do I remove a library location name - in this case "My Pictures (273) L:\Users\M and D" - so that all I see are the folders and files in the library?
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    Basic OS Operations Are S-L-O-W

    I've always owned fairly powerful desktop computers, so I'm accustomed to having the operating system work quickly. Last year I bought my son a laptop, which shipped with Windows 8 pre-installed. This computer is no slouch: It has a Intel Core i5-3317U processor and 6 GB of RAM. And yet, many...