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 ...

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PowerShell startup script applied via GPO failing ambiguously

Script: $folder = "$env:HOMEDRIVE\TestFolder" New-Item -ItemType directory -Path $folder note that the same group policy error occurs when $folder is set to "C:\..." Execution policy is ...
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Windows File Permissions don't apply to existing files

We rolled out this new Windows 8.1 machine on the domain recently, other desktops are still using XP. One of the software we install is the Oracle Client, it's installed manually on the machine using ...
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Best Practices Analyzer on Windows 8.1 erroneously complaining about DHCP Default Gateway

I'm using Server Manager on Win 8.1 Update and have DHCP installed and running on a Server Core 2012 R2 domain controller. The BPA believes Option 3 (Default Gateway/Router) is not set. But it ...
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Windows 8.1/2012 Update 1 & WSUS

I've updated some of my test hosts to Update 1 (KB2919355). Now, they cannot scan against WSUS anymore (0x80072F8F) OK, easy you say! Microsoft patched that issue, and warned about it. Now to the ...
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ENABLING windows 8 driver signature enforcement

Is there a way to re-enable windows 8 driver signature enforcement after you have disabled it? I am working with a hardware company and need to test their signed driver works. We had to disable this ...
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Hyper-V Server Management from Windows 8.1

Is there a way to manage a Hyper-V cluster that runs on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter from a Windows 8.1 Pro workstation? I've downloaded and installed the Remote Server Admin Tools for 8.1 ...
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Automate Windows 8.1 Enterprise upgrade

I have been trying to find the necessary command line switches for automating the upgrade for my Windows 8 clients to Windows 8.1. I have the ISO extracted and I've run setup.exe /? but that doesn't ...
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WDS error: Windows cannot install required files. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation

I have a Windows 8.1 x64 image that I sysprep'd and captured onto a Windows 2008R2 WDS server. When attempting to install it on a fresh client, the first action "Copying Windows Files" happens in ...
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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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Windows 8.1 Mail Client Sending via Postfix

I have a postfix server setup to accept outgoing mail from STMP authenticated clients. It has been working this way for many years with success for a large number of different e-mail clients. ...
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Prompt for Certificate Password When Accessing EFS Shares

My boss wants to set up encrypted file shares using EFS on Windows Server 2012 R2 Boxes accessed by Windows 8.1 clients. I've been able to set the default DRA, issue certificates in test cases and so ...
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Windows 8.1 TPM ownership on Server 2008 R2 schema - not to spec?

My organization is running AD DS on Server 2008 R2 schema. Already a bad start, I know, but let's pretend that's impossible to change. In our default domain policy, we have the following setting ...
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Windows 8.1 domain computer cannot see it's own domain

Quite a perplexing one. I have a Windows 8.1 machine (completely up to date on patches from Windows update) that I want to join a Windows Server 2008 (R1) domain. When I log into the local ...
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While using Offline Files users cannot rename files when changing case only

I recently setup some new computers (running Win8.1) for the staff here. These machines use folder redirection (as we always have) with Offline Files sync. I have not traditionally used Offline Files ...
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Error 0x8007007e When trying to mount WinPE 5 wim in Windows 7 using Powershell

Using ADK for Windows 8.1, and the DISM cmdlets that come with them. I have WMF 4.0 installed. My machine is Windows 7 x64 SP1, and I'm trying to mount the wim using PS C:\Users\BigHomie> ...
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Force a specific theme for entire network using GPO

I am attempting to force a specific theme to all machines in my network. I know that the GPO "Load a Specific Theme" in: User Configuration/Administrative Templates/Control Panel/Personalization Is ...
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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 ...
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For a drive formatted with ReFS, with a mirror, will it self heal if there is a bad sector?

Under Windows 8.1, if I format a drive to ReFS, then add a mirror using Disc Management, will it self heal if there is a bad sector on one of the drives? Or do I have to use Storage Spaces to take ...
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Active Directory control client hyper-v permissions

I've done lots of googling and the only thing I find relates to, I believe, Hyper-V server and not client Hyper-V. The scenario is that we have a domain here at the college and we are trying to use ...
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Event Log service broken on Windows 8.1 dev machines

On two separate Windows 8.1 installations with Visual Studio 2013 installed, the event log service errors on any attempt to read from/write to it. When I open Event Viewer I get this message when ...
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Can't close IIS Worker Process. Can't soft restart Windows

I'm a developer using the IIS to host my web applications, both home and a the office. At work my project is built using ASP.NET WebAPI on the server side and HTML/AngularJS on the client side. At ...
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Why do I need to install RSAT on Windows 8.1 for accessing Hyper-V Server 2012 R2?

Since Windows 8.1 has Hyper-V Platform and Hyper-V Manager built in to it, if I just enable the Hyper-V Manager on my Windows 8.1 client machine I should be able to access the standalone Hyper-V ...
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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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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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Can GPO templates in Server 2012R2 manage Win8.1 Win10 & Server 2012R2?

We just upgraded our DC to server 2012 R2 and testing Win8.1 / Win10 / Server 2012R2 with it. Just wondering that if the native admin templates in 2012R2's GPO can manage all win8.1/Win10/2012r2? or ...
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Drive Maps via Group Policy - Overlapping Policies

((NOTE: We are on Windows 8.1 with a 2008R2 domain)) We have decided to move away from mapping drives via a log in script and attempting to do it via Group Policy. I have personally been doing this ...
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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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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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Bitlocker Group Policy for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2008 R2

it seems when I try to encrypt my hard drive on Windows 8.1, I get this error: When I check the Group Policy settings on the server, that's what we have, although, it says it's only compatible with ...
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Using powershell to disable services, fails with 'specified service does not exist'

I am trying to run the following powershell command to disable Superfetch on a Windows 8.1 machine. Powershell window is open as Administrator and I am logged in as administrator. Set-Service -name ...
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Powershell: Fancy new cmdlet to install CRLs too?

So Win8.1 and 2012 R2 includes a neat new cmdlet to install certs: Import-Certificate [-FilePath] <String> [-CertStoreLocation <String> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>] ...
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fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine windows 8.1

I try do sysprep in Windows 8.1. I have created unattend.xml <settings pass="oobeSystem"> <component name="Microsoft-Windows-International-Core" processorArchitecture="amd64" ...
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BITS service will not start on Windows 8.1

The BITS service will not start on my machine (Windows 8, 64-bit), (preventing Windows Updates from being downloaded): C:\WINDOWS\system32>sc start bits SERVICE_NAME: bits TYPE ...
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Server 2012 Essentials not seeing PC after upgrade to Windows 10

I have Server 2012 Essentials R2 configured with a regular old domain, and several Windows 8.1 machines joined to this domain. I created a Windows 10 install USB using the Windows 10 Media Creation ...
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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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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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Strange route traces when connecting to L2TP/IPsec VPN

It was tough for me to think of a title for this question, so please bear with me. My laptop running Windows 8.1 Pro connects to my home network using a wireless router/gateway that also provides ...
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Use manually assigned ipv6 address

I have a /48, and from this I assigned a /64 to this lan I have a windows 8.1, which I want to use an assigned ip for outgoing adress. But I keep getting an automatically assigned address. netsh ...
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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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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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how to let a user change network settings without admin rights, hostednetwork mode change, runas

I look forward to make it possible for ordinary users, without admin rights, so that they can switch the local wireless card to a hostednetwork (windows softAP mode). the netsh command here is clear ...
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Windows 8 Internet Explorer 11 proxy automation script

Similar to this post, I'd like to change my proxy settings using a script. However, it fails. When I am behind the proxy, IE does not connect to the internet. Here I try the first solution from craig: ...
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Windows 8 and 8.1 clients showing printer offline after reconnecting to the network

The print server is 2008 R2 with the most recent updates. This happens most often after a resume from sleep or if the user takes their PC to their home network. A restart of the PC or a restart of 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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Multi screen RDP in Windows 8.1 Enterprise

I have just flattened my machine and installed Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition. I have used the Hyper-V to create a virtual machine for my Software Development stuff, on my VM I have also installed ...
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Unable to connect to Network Adapter (Cellular Data)

I have a number of Fujitsu Q702 Tablets that have been very problematic with regards to connecting to a mobile broadband connection (via SIM Card). These used to work fine up until a few weeks ago. ...
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Create win8.1 boot USB from temp boot environment?

Need to create a Win 8.1 boot USB drive. However don't have any native Win8.1 machines to run MS mediacreationtool.exe from, all Win8.1 environments I have available are virtualised. Only native ...
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Remote Desktop connection blocked by group policy, but only when started from cmd.exe

On my workstation at a client's office, I have some custom scripts that allow me to RDP-connect to various server machines without having to manually open Remote Desktop connection, enter server name ...
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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 ...