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    Repair Install and Windows Update

    My Win8.1 pro setup is overgrown again and I would like to do a repair-install to clean out some of the crud -- but this time, I want to avoid doing the 200+ Windows Updates. So, is there a way to do recent Cumulative Updates to accomplish the same without spending hours and hours doing...
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    Scripting Networking access settings

    My Win8.1 box that servers as a file server has become corrupted and I need to reinstall the OS. But, I have several disks in the case and each one has complicated networking settings. It takes a LONG time to enter the settings manually for each disk, so is there a way to script the settings...
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    Cleaning out folders to recover space

    Win8.1 has gotten bloated -- so I have been searching for stuff to remove. In my C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\svchost\ folder, I have 109 hidden xxxxxxxxx.exe files, ALL dated 10/19/16 11:29 AM. This folder is consuming 6.5GB of my Windows partition -- and I'd like to reclaim that...
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    Need another key to keep 8.1 around

    With MS's "clarifications" published yesterday, the consensus now appears to be that (1) you need a valid Win7/8/8.1 install to upgrade to Win10, and (2) the upgrade will deactivate the prior OS. Whether or not (2) will be true, only time will tell -- but I want to keep my Win8.1 around and...
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    Corrupted files -- uable to use posted solutions

    Corrupted files -- unable to use routine solutions I'm having a problem with sfc /scannow reporting corrupted files that it can't fix. So, I browsed this forum and found several threads about using a Win8.1 install media to fix this. I have that on a USB stick. But ... the instructions...
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    Chromium builds newer than v42.0.2283.0 fail with flash

    I've been using Chromium for quite a while and, as a result, have been doing upgrades weekly to incorporate the latest builds. Then, after build 2283, when I installed the next one (2286), I notices that Flash did not work anymore. I did some searching and found a Chromium page that had...
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    Kingston SSD suddenly unreliable

    I've been using a Kingston Hyper-X 240GB SSD for nearly 8 months now but starting the end of last year, started experiencing filesystem corruption. I was getting forced CHKDSKs on nearly a daily basis. So, I download an ISO of Win8.1 64-bit (from MS), created a USB stick from it, and used it...
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    Firefox crashing on every launch!

    Yesterday, my Firefox in Win8.1 64-bit automatically updated from version 34.0.5 to v35, and ever since, it has been crashing every time I launch it. Offers to send info to Mozilla, which I accept, and then click restart. And, it crashes again a couple of times and then offers to be restarted...
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    Windows Media Center -- missing anything useful?

    I had originally installed Win8 32-bit from a DVD, and then added WMC later. Then even later, I upgraded to Win8.1. Don't remember whether or not I then added WMC again -- it's been so long ago. But recently, I decided to start over (due to daily problems with Win8.1 32-bit), and did a...
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    Wierd file sharing problem

    Due to daily problems in my Win8.1 32-bit setup, I decided to do a clean install of Win8.1 64-bit and switch to that. I have a 1TB drive, formatted NTFS, that I share between the two. I've been using this approach for years, sharing between different OS versions, without problems. Have even...
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    Sharing no longer working -- fixed for now

    After having file sharing working for as long as I remember between two Win8 machines (my desktop and a machine I use to store backups), suddenly yesterday, it quit working. I had both machines running and when I went to access the network drives from my desktop, I got the error message...
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    Tuesday Windows Updates failing

    Got notice of impending updates, so I select all of them for installation -- and they failed. Updates: - KB3008923 - KB3013769 - KB2989930 - KB3008925 - KB3013816 - KB3004394 - KB3012199 - KB2994290 - KB3013410 Error codes were mixture of 800F0920 and 80071A91. When I checked...
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    Solved Watermark suddenly on desktop

    When I booted my desktop this morning, the login screen background had changed and when the desktop appeared, I get the following watermark now: Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center, Build 9600. I checked the PC properties and it shows as Activated. I also did two updates yesterday...
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    Can't access shared drives on Win8 Pro PC -- sometimes

    Have two Win8 machines and one has a bunch of drives connected to it, that I use informally as a file server. Generally, what happens is the following: 1) Boot the Win8 "server" machine (Win8 pro, not a Server OS) 2) Boot my Win8 Pro desktop 3) Open file manager app, double-click the icon...
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    AMD CCC for HD 4290 appears to do nothing

    I let MS install the default video drivers for my onboard HD 4290. Then, later, I saw an update on the AMD site with "legacy" 13.1 drivers for the HD 2x/3x/4x series -- so I installed those. While that didn't fail, it didn't appear to do anything much, either. I was able to open CCC, but...
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    Solved Obtaining and applying Office 2013 updates

    I recently installed Office 2013 ProPlus (obtained legally through my company) and yesterday, saw a popup in the System Tray telling me that updates were available. When I clicked it, nothing appeared to happen. So, I searched using IE and found Microsoft Update and installed it. Then, I...
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    Displaying different images on two different monitors

    I recently installed some of the new Win8 themes and really liked them. I have two monitors and a different image (both from the same theme) was displayed on each monitor. Then, I later noticed that the images were being periodically changed, so I stopped that by selecting one image. But...
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    Installing Gadgets

    I'm running Win8 Pro and am using the Desktop, thus, I want to add the gadgets I have already working in Win7. I downloaded a file from a thread that involves running a ".cmd" file and copying a folder. Want to know if anyone has done this, and if so, what were there experiences. Also...
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    Solved Upgrading "using" Vista but running with Win7 & Win8

    I'm using Win7 all the time and want to upgrade to Win8 Pro. So, I bought the upgrade DVD from a local MicroCenter store. According to the EULA, however, if I upgrade using Win7, then I can no longer legally use Win7 on this PC -- which would be a bad situation for me. So, instead, I want...
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    Proposed Win8 Upgrade approach

    Apologize if this has been answered already, but I looked through the threads and didn't see it. I recently purchased the $38 Win8 Pro Upgrade from Microcenter (supposed, marked down from $199). From what I've read here, if I use that to "upgrade" my current Win7 pro install, that...