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    Latest Microsoft Edge released for Windows

    Microsoft Edge stable 109.0.1518.49 recently made it onto the Edge business download page this TH Jan. 12.
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    Windows activated but says I need to activate Windows to personalize

    reboot/restart the laptop and check the Win8 activation status again to see if it is really activated or not type winver.exe in the Run dialog box to see if the correct Windows 8 edition is installed (whether Windows 8 Core/Home or Windows 8 Pro)
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    Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version for Windows 8

    v6.0.9239.1 HDA FF00 generic 32bit/64bit driver from EVGA (for evga z790 motherboards, posted 12/13/2022) {download link 1} {download link 2} v6.0.9239.1 HDA FF00 generic 32bit/64bit driver from Microstar International [MSI] (posted 12/22/2022)
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    lan related

    latest Win8.1 PCIe LAN driver (8.088) should support RTL8111FR with at least PCI HWID "PCI\VEN_10EC&DEV_8168&REV_0B"
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    Google Chrome on Windows 8.1

    but who cares if Google will lose a lot of Win8.x users? I don't since I very seldomly or almost never use chrome on win8.1
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    Google Chrome support ends for Windows 7 and 8.1 in early 2023

    google chrome community blog updated with the following: it looks like the upcoming 109 release is the last version that will support Windows 7, 8 (aka 8.0) & 8.1
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    Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version for Windows 8

    v6.0.9239.1 HDA FF00 generic 32bit/64bit driver from AAEON (posted 10/21/2022) - {download link 1} {download link 2} WHQL for 32bit & 64bit Win7/Win10 but installs & works on Win8.x
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    Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version for Windows 8

    v6.0.9205.1 HDA FF00 generic 32bit/64bit driver (older version) from Microstar International [MSI] (posted 8/24/2022) WHQL for 32bit & 64bit Win7/Win10 but works on Win8.x
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    Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version for Windows 8

    Note to Brink: a 32bit/x86 generic version of the 6.0.9239.1 FF01 HDA driver is available on MS Update (posted 7/29/2022) - {90.2Mb cab download} WHQL for 32bit x86 Win7/Win10 but should also install/run on 32bit Win8.0/Win8.1
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    Windows 8.1 support from Microsoft will end on January 10, 2023

    yup - as recently reported by BleepingComputer https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-81-now-shows-full-screen-end-of-support-warnings/ === disabling the EOL nags on 8.1...
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    Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version for Windows 8

    Note to Brink: v6.0.9239.1 HDA (nonUAD/nonDCH) FF01 generic x64 driver on MS Update (posted 7/09/2022) - {151.9Mb cab download} WHQL for x64 Win7 & x64 Win10 but also works under Win8.x {HDA nonUAD driver releases in late 2021 & 2022 on MUC are seldom or rare these days} FF01 = Fortemedia APO...
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    No Windows Update?

    but so far, even with auto ms updates disabled or turned off, I have not yet encountered any "errant" update for Win8.1 unlike with Win10
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    kb3172729 just offered to me

    regarding 64bit/x64 KB3172729 for Win8.1, it was no longer offered after Jan. 2021 as the Jan. 2021 KB4535680 security update for Win8.1 x64 replaces it KB3172729 on 32bit/x86 Win8.x systems, on the other hand, still needs it as KB4535680 is x64/64bit only and is not available for 32bit systems
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    Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version for Windows 8

    Note to Brink: v6.0.9175.1 HDA (non-UAD) generic FF00 x64 driver from MUC (released to MS on 4/16/2022) - {148.9Mb cab download} WHQL for x64 Win10 1803+ and x64 Win7/8.x (hdxlc.cat, hdxlvj.cat & hdxrt.cat signature files have OSAttr value of 2:6.1,2:10.0) supported hardware ID listed on the...
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    Solved BSOD always after Windows Update KB5004476

    from AVS forum: https://www.avsforum.com/threads/remnant-arcsoft-files-cause-page-fault-blue-screen-with-windows-10-updates.3094784/ ArcCtrl.sys appears to be from some Arcsoft app or apps that were left over during removal or uninstall
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    No wifi adapter?

    Open Device Manager (devmgmt.msc), expand the Network adapters section and tell us what kind of Network adapter devices you have listed there
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    Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version for Windows 8

    v6.0.9239.1 HDA FF00 generic 32bit/64bit driver from ASRock (posted 3/04/2022, re-posted 6/08/2022 with newer link from ASRock) WHQL for Windows 7, 8.x & 10 edit 8/6
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    Problem with booting

    you did not say in your 1st post what kind of laptop you are using, which would have been more helpful in solving your problem
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    Laptop stuck in reboot loop

    what kind of laptop do you have? perhaps change the ram/memory chips or install a new hard drive
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    Would A Faulty Internal Hard Drive Make File Explorer Unresponsive? (Not C: drive)

    time to replace that faulty hard drive with a new one
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