My Dad's laptop has windows 8 on it which I set up with Start8 so it acts completely like windows 7 (you never see any of the Metro touchscreen-friendly UI - it's not a touchscreen). It worked fine for nearly a year, then in June(?), it reset or updated to 8.1 and he no longer had the desktop, just the metro tiles. I set it up for a second time, and it's just reset itself again. [more inside]
My brand new Windows 8 installation somehow picked up Premier Opinion, which seems to be an old piece of malware making a comeback. I've started a cleanup but want to make sure I'm completely thorough. [more inside]
I'm looking for a good, free, feature-rich, third-party document scanning program that's compatible with the Canon Pixma MG7520 and Windows 8.1. Do you have a recommendation? [more inside]
What are your favorite Windows 8 apps that the pen/tablet aspects of the Surface Pro 3 can take advantage of. Writing/Screenwriting-emphasis appreciated but not required. I recently gave up OS X an purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 3. There's been a bit of a stiff learning curve and I'm finding few resources for guidance. Further, are there sites that are updated daily with news the way Android Police or Android Central are?
I recently started using a Windows 8 PC, and something I miss in the move from OS X is the ability to pull up all instances of an app with a single click. Can I get Windows to mimic this behavior? [more inside]
I bought a used region 1 copy of Firefly and can play it successfully on an old-ish Windows 7 machine using VLC. However, on my Windows 8 machines, it won’t play at all, not on VLC, Media Player Classic, or Potplayer. I’m in region 2, and I would like to be able to watch it on one of the Windows 8 computers. [more inside]
After years of avoiding iTunes 11, a new laptop (Windows 8) has recently forced my hand. Needless, to say I'm unimpressed. More to the point, as a semi-pro-DJ who works from rather large playlists and loves working with shuffled playlists, I have some rather particular needs ... [more inside]
Yesterday, I started noticing that Windows is freezing for maybe a half-second every minute or so. Ordinarily it's not noticeable, but during videos or games it causes sound to catch for the duration ("...and so the solution to the pRRRRRRRoblem is..."), and sometimes video playback to glitch. Anyone have an idea what's going on? [more inside]
I want to disable my mouse during "Connected Standby", a special sleep mode that Windows 8 uses. This is to stop my mouse from waking up my tablet. How do I do this? [more inside]
hello, I have this strange problem at my Asus x201e Laptop: (win8, 64) I have access to the internet from the browser and other apps, but the dropbox app cannot access the server and sync. from any other network (not from my home) my dropbox app can access the server, even further.. from my computer when I connect to the Internet via VPN connection the dropbox app can sync to the server, as well as at safe-mode. I have tried everything I can in the direction of the network settings, nothing helped.. Does anyone can evaluate the direction to solve my problem ? Many Thanks.
I got a new ASUS laptop with Windows 8.1. I've removed some of the obvious bloatware, but I'm still getting minor hiccups in games, so I want to wipe everything and reinstall (I don't have the CD). I'm considering using the "Remove everything and reinstall Windows" feature under the "Update and Recovery" settings. According to the official website, "Only apps that came with your PC will be reinstalled." Before I waste several hours, will this actually remove the bloatware?
I need to find a windows management replacement for DM2 that is compatible with Win 7 and Win 8/8.1. [more inside]
In the next month or so, I'm going to need a new laptop. Windows 8 scares me, but I'm willing to try. In the spirit of being game, and because I like the idea of tablets but can't currently live with a tablet as my primary device, I'm considering a 2-in-1 device. Reviews are mixed. I can't tell if I should just get a normal laptop and wait a couple of generations for 2-in-1s to work some bugs out. Does anyone have experience/recommendations? [more inside]
I’m in need of a new laptop, and I get the impression I ought to avoid Windows 8. What are my options? [more inside]
I'm looking for a Twitter client for Windows 8. Failing that, I'm looking for a way to force Win8's Metro apps to run as desktop apps, or a way to log back into a Twitter client that I've previously used. [more inside]
I need to create a custom keyboard for Windows 8, which I'm running in a Bootcamp partition with Parallels. Microsoft Keyboard Creator doesn't work (some people claim it does despite not being supported, but it didn't work for me.) [more inside]
I need a new laptop for school/writing/scientific programming/mefiting. I will be spending a lot of time on buses so I need it to be light. I've always had a PC but may switch to a Mac since I heard that Windows 8 sucks. Does it? [more inside]
I need a Windows 8 tablet with a high-density screen, for testing purposes. The Surface Pro is more than I was hoping to spend. Any alternatives? [more inside]
My computer mysteriously started running slower than molasses. Please tell me possibilities as to why! [more inside]
What is the current state of the art / recommended best bet in security and anti-virus software for Windows 8? Paid options are on the table. [more inside]
I accidentally made Chrome ignore all of a certain file type. How can I fix it so I don't have to use Internet Explorer (yuck)? [more inside]
The usb just stopped working on my Asus zenbook UX32VD laptop, running windows 8.1. Device manager shows no problems with usb (or any devices), and I have tried plugging in several different usb devices (my mouse, flash drives) to check. The built-in touchpad still works. Can anyone suggest how I might fix it, or what has happened? Thanks. [more inside]
Sweet mother of mercy, when did Microsoft decide it wanted me to go bald before graduating? [more inside]
I tried to install linux on a win8 laptop and failed although I tried everything to disable UEFI and security boot options in Bios. So I think there is no solution to install Linux on certain win8 Laptops. But someone told me of course I can install Linux on any win8 laptops by using virtualbox. So I'm wondering why can it be done? How exactly is virtualbox/virtual machine works for this issue? can anybody explain this to me in a easy to understand way? Thanks very much.
What Android or Windows 8 pen-equipped tablet should I buy for reading scientific papers, writing scientific papers, and taking notes? (Or is the app selection for the iPad sufficiently amazing that I should let it override my distaste for Apple's walled garden and the iPad's lack of an active digitizer stylus?) [more inside]
The 6th grader has to have a new computer. (We homeschool and half of the kiddo's classes are online.) I was very happy with the Dell that had Windows 7 (stolen out of the car this morning.) Problem: I am the IT department. I fear the windows 8 learning curve. Do I get the windows 7 laptop (super-easy for me) or do I get the 8 and the touchscreen because that's the newest tech? [more inside]
How best to get Windows 7 on a new laptop? [more inside]
On my Win 8 Pro box, I had just one user: sandettie. That was in the Administrators group, of course. I made a new user, sandettieadmin, to split off admin privs to that user. I then took sandettie OUT of the admin group. I logged out, and now it only shows sandettieadmin as an available user. Problem: I immediately forgot the password for sandettieadmin. There is no <-- arrow next to the sandettieadmin user in the login screen. How do I force windows to let me log on as the other user?
I updated my BIOS and now my computer won't boot. Please save me. [more inside]
I bought a 2012 Imac without an optical disc drive. I researched difficulties others have had with this process and windows 7, like the thread here. After a week of trying I'm no closer than I was when I started. I have a copy of Windows 8 system builder that I want to install. The problems I face are these. *Microsoft only allows upgrades of Windows 8 to be downloaded. Stand alone copies are only available on a disc. Apple says Bootcamp does not work with the upgrade * it seems impossible to get an actual legal copy of the windows 8 iso. Digital River has only Windows 7 iso's. * I purchased an ASUS optical drive from Amazon that came without cables but the sata cables linked with this device do not fit with the back of the iMac.I am probably sending the drive back to Amazon, but am not sure where I go from there. Any suggestions?
I have a new Samsung Ultrabook running Windows 8, and a Canon Pixma iP4600 inkjet printer. The interwebz tell me that I should just be able to connect the two, and print away. I can't. Now what?? [more inside]
I bought a Windows 8 machine last night. Help me decide to follow my impulse to return it to the store or live with it. [more inside]
Why isn't Team Fortress 2 starting? For the past day or two, whenever I try to open up TF2 on my Windows 8 computer, I get a message that simply says "failed to start game (unknown error)". This seems to be a somewhat common problem but I can't find any answers for why this is happening or how to fix it. So far I have tried re-installing TF2, deleting the "appcache" folder, and verifying the game cache in Steam. Other than that, I have no idea what to do. Any suggestions?
What is the best way to access an HFS+ volume from a Windows 8 PC? [more inside]
A week ago a well intentioned doofus dropped my Asus N53S, Win7x64 Pro. She was a champ. Snapped the motherboard, but I safely extracted the harddrive. The venue of its demise bought me a Asus N76VX which has the dreadful Win 8, but 2 TB harddrive with lots of partition space. Is there any way I can "run" my old machine from its harddrive in an emulated Win 7 environment on this new beast? [more inside]
We've got an HP ElitePad running Windows 8, and would like to use it to help new employees at our deli make sammiches the right way. We've setup a sharepoint site for the deli and created pages for all the menu items, but now we'd like to try to keep the device focused on it's task. Is there a way to lock down the tablet to just the browser, and limit the pages employees can access?
I have a Skype interview tomorrow. In logging on to Skype to test it out, I was asked by my new Windows 8 laptop to merge the Microsoft and Skype accounts. Does my account name change now? I need to know what to tell the interviewers who are asking me, now, to email it to them! Plus I have some other questions about Skype as run through a Windows 8 app. [more inside]
I recently bought an asus zenbook UX32VD-R43317, and I would quite like to replace the hard drive in it, reinstalling windows in the process, but I don't seem to have any way of doing so. [more inside]
I've been the all-around IT guy for a small office of 30 for a few years now. We've been primarily a Mac shop this whole time, but new business requirements mean that we'll probably be buying more windows machines going forward. I've been tasked with a pilot program to migrate 1/3 of our office over this year, with the assumption we'll bring everyone else over next year. Details inside: [more inside]
My Thinkpad X61 tablet is dying. Work will replace it, I just need to tell them what fancy new machine I want. But I don't have much time - the new machine needs to be ordered and delivered by March 31! Which doesn't give me enough time to research my options. Thus I turn to you for help. [more inside]
I'm trying to remote control a Windows 8 PC with LogMeIn. The end user is not there and would not understand anything I told them to do anyway. I can connect, but I can only see the upper left corner of the screen. The PC is set at some large resolution (for her poor eyesight) but I cannot change this since I cannot see the entire dialog box for the graphics properties. I cannot scroll around. I cannot zoom in or out. I need to be able to view the whole screen. [more inside]
Today is the last day to buy Windows 8 (specifically, upgrade) at the discount price of $40. Is it worth it? [more inside]
I currently don't have any version of Windows installed on my PC (it's a Mac). I would like to install Windows on a Bootcamp partition. I noticed that Microsoft has a special offer where they are selling a Windows 8 download for $40 through Jan. 31. That's a good price for me. The possible catch: Microsoft seems to be saying that I need to have an earlier version of Windows installed in order to use that download. I can't quite tell whether they are serious about this. Do I really need to have a preexisting Windows install to take advantage of the $40 Windows 8 offer? [more inside]
My mom wants to switch from iPhone to either Android or Windows. What's best for her needs, and which phone should she choose? [more inside]
Will Windows 8 put my parents off computers for good? [more inside]
Can I still use a consumer preview version of Windows 8 on my new-old tablet PC? [more inside]
Where/what are the best online resources that will help me learn enough about Windows 8 to teach someone else to use it? [more inside]
How do I get iTunes to sync to a new desktop profile (on Windows PC) [more inside]
Does this email contain something malicious? [more inside]