Windows 8.1 is an updated version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8.1 went RTM on August 27, 2013 and was released for general availability on October 17, 2013. There are 4 versions of Windows 8.1, matching those that were available in Windows 8. They are: Windows 8.1, Windows 8....

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Repeatedly prompted to restart the computer when installing SQL Server 2008 R2 on a x64 Win 8.1 machine

I am trying to install SQL Server 2008 R2 on a Win 8.1 x64 bit machine. When running the installer, I get the Reboot Required check failing the install. I have tried rebooting, no difference. I ...
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Customising the Windows 8.1 Start screen for new users using CopyProfile

After finding out that customising the Windows 8 Start Screen using Group Policy is limited to Enterprise edition only, I'm now attempting to do something similar for new users by customising the ...
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Safe to turn off Hyper-V VM during Windows 8.1 Windows Update?

I've got a Generation 2 VM running Windows 8.1. It has secure boot disabled and lists the VMs version as 5.0. Hyper-V itself is version 6.3.9600. This morning, about 4 hours ago, it started a Windows ...
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NFS mount on Windows 8 non-enterprise

I've read the answers to a similar question, but I'd like to ask it here with a very narrow scope. Assuming Windows 8, not enterprise (which means no services for unix applications providing native ...
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No 'locked for editing' message for an excel file on a network share

I get no 'locked for editing' message when accessing an excel spreadsheet file on a network share (Windows SBS 2011 Standard) even though the file is open by a different user on a different ...
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Windows 8.1 clients showing printer offline after reconnecting to the network

We have recently rolled out 100 laptops running Windows 8.1, some of our users are having a problem with printers being offline. It appears to happen when they take the laptop home to no WiFi and then ...
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Running an administrative program under user account - domain edition

I am tearing my hair out here - could use a little help. It appears that the classic RUNAS does not function under a Domain environment. At least, I cannot get it to run in a Windows Server 2012 R2 ...
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Add a domain user to the Administrator group of a WORKGROUP machine not joined to the domain?

So I'm at a client and to connect to their SQL Server, I need to use SQL Server Windows Authentication. The thing is that I do have a user that allowed me to connect to their TFS server without any ...
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Is there a way to do ad hoc networking under Windows 8?

Is there a way to do Ad Hoc networking under Windows 8.1? As far as I can see the network needs to be true Ad Hoc as I'm attempting to create an ad hoc network between a variable number of IoT ...
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Windows 8.1 Dial-up

I have two Win8.1 computers, and I need to reliably connect from one to the other via dial-up because the remote computer can't be accessed any other way. The client computer can make outgoing calls, ...
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Export Firewall Rules using PowerShell that include Program Path

I'm looking for a way to export existing Windows Firewall rules using PowerShell that includes the path of the Program being referenced (for those rules which reference a program path instead of a ...
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Moving \inetpub\ for IIS 8.5

There are many sources that say that the %SERVERROOT%/inetpub/ must never ever be deleted or moved. And yes, I can agree with this, as updates to IIS update that directory blindly -- they don’t ...
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SSMS (2014) cannot connect to remote DB on local network [closed]

To start, this set up used to work. I wanted to help on a friend's project and installed git and vagrant and somewhere between the last time I opened my own project (using the setup listed below) and ...
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Does duplicate machine SID cause problems with Remote Desktop?

I am currently working on a Windows 8.1 image for Dell Venue Pro 11 and have been having some issues with generalizing the image with SysPrep. I am not planning on placing the tablets in a domain, ...
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How can I debug PAC (proxy auto config) on Windows 8.1 (IE11 and Modern UI)?

On older systems such as Windows 7 + IE10, calling "alert()" in the PAC file would cause a dialog being shown. However, with Windows 8.1 no dialogs are displayed even if IE11 seems to be making use ...
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Can I configure mmc snap-ins to behave in the same manner as local admin tools on Microsoft Servers?

I'm running into a problem using the Microsoft MMC and RSAT tool snap-ins. Specifically, when I run Print Management from the RSAT tools on the local server, I am able to see all ports installed when ...
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Any risk of hosting a public website on my home network? Year 2015 [closed]

I have read the following post but it was already 6 years ago so I'm wondering if anything has changed over the last few years in terms of security because I heard windows firewall has been improved ...
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VMWare ESXi error: Failed to deploy OVF package: Invalid configuration for device '6'

I am trying to install a Windows 8.1 from http://modern.ie on an ESXi 5.5 server using the vSphere client. When I try to deploy the OVF template I get the following error message: Failed to deploy ...
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Hiding the active Administrator account in Windows 8

I am trying to use the integrated "Administrator" account in Windows 8. The problem is that I do not want this account to appear on the Welcome Screen for login. I tried to hide the account by using ...
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PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA (msiscsi.sys) - how to troubleshoot/resolve?

I am using Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with all updates installed. My machine is Lenovo W540 laptop and I have connection to iSCSI target (using gigabit wired Ethernet). iSCSI target is Synology NAS (DS415+). ...
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Moving from on-premise to O365

I am investigating what is required for a move for a client away from Windows SBS2008 to Office 365. The server has functions like Active Directory and Exchange 2007. There can be no hybrid solutions (...
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Cannot start WDS installation in default language with 2012 R2 boot image

I've a WDS server running Windows 2012 Server and I just uploaded Windows 2012 R2 images to the WDS server. Changed the boot.wim image to the one in the 2012 R2 ISO, but after this change, I was ...
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CPU parking, windows 2012r2, with no hyper threading

I have server based on Intel R1304WT2GS with two e5-2660v3, windows 2012r2. I've installed last drivers from intel site. For business purposes i need to disable hyper threading, and use windows 8.1 / ...
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Force automatic restart even with users logged in after installation of updates on Windows 8.1 Professional

I want a Windows 8.1 Professional installation which is always running and accessed by users via RDP to install updates automatically and also reboot automatically if the updates require it, but this ...
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Group Policy on Win8.1 in WAN Environment won't fully apply

Client computer is Win 8.1 with local DHCP server/subnet and network based VPN (WAN) to the main server. DNS is set to the main server, on which client is registering itself correctly. Client can ...
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Windows 8.1 loses connection to network share

In my domain we have a network share but one of my users loses connection to it. She has a Windows 8.1 Enterprise machine, added to domain, always logged on domain user. The network share has ...
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Microsoft Action Pack Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 upgrade questions

Is it possible to upgrade a Windows 8.1 pc to Windows 10 when the Windows 8.1 comes from a Microsoft Action Pack subscription ? We don't see the little Windows-upgrade-icon in the system tray and don'...
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Unable to Join Windows 8.1 Pro Clients to domain on windows server 2003

I have several Windows 8.1 Pro machines which will not join our domain on Windows Server 2003. These are brand new machines which were deployed at the same time as several others which DID join the ...
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Disable Visual Effects for Windows 8.1 Virtual Desktop

I am trying to build a new virtual desktop Pool in VMWare Horizon View 5 with Windows 8.1 clients. At the Moment, i am optimizing the image for best performance, including using an optimization ...
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Connecting to Oracle DB hosted on Windows 8.1 Azure VM

I have a windows 8.1 vm created on azure, it has 14 GB of memory and 200 some GB storage. I have installed Oracle with a templated database onto it. Everything is fine with the installation and I can ...
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Windows 8.1 SOE creation and capture

I trying to find information on Win 8.1 SOE creation/capture and wondering if anybody has ever done this and if there were any issues. I've done it before with Windows 7, the process was: Build the ...
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Windows 8.1 with CIFS Share Freezes File Explorer

We have recently migrated all of our network files over to a CIFS share. We have remapped the drives on our computers, but are encountering a very specific problem with several users who have Surface ...
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How to mount network drive as local disk?

I have some resource, which I can open by address \\dir\bin. I want to mount this resource on disk Z. In other words, I want to have path like Z:\file1.txt and get file \\dir\bin\file1.txt. I tried ...
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TFTP running in boot2docker can't connect

I've asked this question over at the Unix Stack Exchange, but soon realised that the issue was not with docker, but with either VirtualBox or Windows, so I'm asking it here instead. I'm trying to ...
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Deploy Modern UI App

I have enrolled my devices with Windows Intune and Install Corporate Portal to them. I have added to InTune some Windows Store App, MS Corporate Portal appx and my own application appx. When I am ...
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How can i know whether a dmain admin “ever” browsed my computer's files? [closed]

I have a problem and i was hoping for an answer for by all the smart gentlemen around here. I work in a company that contracted with some external IT auditors as "ethical hackers" where they are ...
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Windows 8.1 Wireless Authentication WPA2-Enterprise

For the network at my University I have to set wireless authentication to WPA2-Enterprise using TKIP encryption. Since Windows 8.1 doesn't seem to have the usual wireless settings, I tried doing it ...
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Passwordless login: virtual smart card with no pin? [closed]

I would like to set up a domain-joined computer for passwordless login with some low-privileged domain account that is specific to that computer. I've seen some blog posts that store the username and ...
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Windows 8.1 Pro migrating “Microsoft live” account to domain account

For a variety of reasons a significant number of our Windows PCs are not joined to our Windows 2012 R2 Active Directory domain. We are in the process of rectifying this, and are joining PCs on a per-...
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Unable to login users on Windows 8.1 in Samba domain [closed]

I have a Samba PDC on a virtual machin. On another virtual machine, I have a Windows 8.1 client. I can join the domain with my client but after a few minutes or hours, my users can't login on the ...
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Scheduled Task fails to start due to network connection condition even when connection is available

I have a scheduled task with a condition set to "Start only if the following network connection is available". I've selected my VPN connection. However, even when my VPN is connected the task will ...
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How do I troubleshoot “Failed to get staged packages for package” error when attempting to remove a provisioned app from an offline Windows 8.1 image?

When I attempt to remove provisioned apps from an offline Windows 8.1 image, most of the apps I want to remove cause no problem, but attempting to remove Microsoft.Office.OneNote causes an error. The ...
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Disabling the Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver using Group Policy

I need to campus-wide disable the Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver using Group Policy / SCCM / or any other means of centralized management, because I've written my own LLDP broadcast service I plan on ...
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MDT LiteTouchPE Windows 8.1 deployment very slow

I'm deploying Windows 8.1 via network boot using MDT on an external hard drive connected to computer to create a Windows To Go drive. But the step in my task sequence "Install Operating System" takes ...
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Automatic unlock bitlocker to go (usb stick) on domain computer

Is there a way to automatically unlock bitlocker encrypted USB sticks on windows computers that are domain joined (8.1 Enterprise)? (e.g., based on the "BitLocker identification Field"?) The scenario ...
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Prevent windows from assigning certain drive letters

After configuring our network to use certain drive letters, I bumped into a problem when at some times, some of our users plugs one or two USB disks to the computer before boot. Windows then, ...
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Can I prepare a domain user account without the user's password

We have a 2012R2 domain and have configured many GPO settings for our users based on the team they are working for. In the near future, we will replace our existing laptops with new ones and move to ...
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What features of Windows 8/8.1 Pro will not work without a Microsoft Account?

With respect to domain-joined Windows 8/8.1 Pro machines, what features of Windows will not work unless a Microsoft Account is used? Also, aside from "feature loss," are their any gotchas of not ...
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Image build system that derives from a base Windows 8.1 image

For our VDI deployment, we have several Windows 8.1 images for target groups that require different suites of applications. The current update procedure requires us to update the OS on each ...
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Does Windows support IPComp?

The title says it all. I've configured an IPSec IKEv2 connection between a Strongswan server and a Windows 7 workstation and I'd like to use compression if possible. The config on both sides is dead ...