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Questions tagged [windows-8.1]

For questions specific to Windows 8.1. Use [windows] instead for questions involving Windows in general.

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How can I free up drive space from the Windows installer folder without killing Windows?

On my SSD machine, the C:\Windows\Installer folder is massive and takes up about 15% of my total disk space. Is there a way to clean up that folder without killing Windows 8.1/10? Tucking away the ...
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How to stop Microsoft from gathering telemetry data from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1

Some of the update patches pushed to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 during this year seem to be solely for the purpose of gather data from a user's system. Is there a way to disable the telemetry through ...
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How do I remove English (US) from Windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I've got a slightly annoying problem. My locale is English (UK), but occasionally my keyboard randomly switches to English (US) on Windows 8.1. I see that the task bar has a language selector, which ...
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Can I disable the “Alt+Shift” shortcut to change language in windows 8.1 (or Windows 10)?

I'm using windows 8.1 with multiple languages. The new pretty shortcut windows+spacebar will pop up a pretty looking selection on the right. Now, hitting Alt+Shift (left ones) will also change the ...
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Why is the total memory usage reported by Windows Task Manager much higher than the sum of all processes' memory usage? [duplicate]

Task Manager shows my total memory usage at 90% of my 6 GB total, but no single process is using more than 250 MB RAM, and the sum of RAM use of all running processes is less than 2 GB. I've tried: ...
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How to hide “Start” button in Windows 8.1?

Does anybody know how to hide this "Start" button in Windows 8.1 so that the task bar looks like it did in "old" Windows 8?
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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Disk Usage 100%

Background Information / Computer Specs I have a 14-inch Samsung Series 5 Ultra. Core i5 CPU, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000. I've had the computer for about 1.5 years with no major ...
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How to install/upgrade to Windows 8.1 RTM without a Microsoft account

When I installed Windows 8, I deliberately chose not to use a Microsoft account to sign in. I like to keep things separate, and just logon with a traditional local account. Any apps that require me to ...
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Disabling Microsoft Antimalware service

I can't disable the Microsoft Antimalware service (MsMpSvc/MsMpEng.exe). I tried using services.msc, but the Startup Type drop-down is grayed out and I can't change it to Disabled nor stop the service....
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How to view WiFi's password or forget this network in Windows 8.1

In Windows 8.1, when I right click a WiFi connection, nothing happens. In Windows 8, there is a menu and I can view its properties by clicking the "View Properties" menu item, and then I can see the ...
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Clean install Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 from OEM key

I have recently acquired a laptop with an OEM Windows 8 product key. I am interested in a clean install of Windows 8.1. I do not have any original install media, only recovery disks, and the ...
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Windows 8.1 fresh install with Windows 8 licence

I purchased Windows 8 online from Microsoft a while ago. Today Windows 8.1 was released as a free update to Windows 8 users over the Windows Store. I was planning to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 ...
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How to use different scaling for every monitor?

One of the new features in Windows 8.1 is the new "Desktop display scaling", which allows user to configure scaling per monitor. I've been trying to get this working in preview but with no success. If ...
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Firefox “Untrusted Connection” warnings when visiting reputable HTTPS sites when using child's account

When using Firefox on Windows, I see an "Untrusted Connection" warning when visiting any HTTPS site, including very reputable ones such as https://www.google.com and https://search.yahoo.com. The ...
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Command Prompt in Administrator mode doesn't see mapped drives [duplicate]

I am not sure but when I start my Command Prompt in Administrator mode, I can't switch to a mapped drive. I can do so if I am not in Administrator mode. Am I missing something simple?

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