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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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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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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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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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 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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Create Windows Recovery Image on Windows 8.1

I'm deploying some Lenovo ThinkPads for a small organisation. I want a simple recovery option if a user munges up their system. Luckily, they come preconfigured with the windows recovery partition ...
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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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Windows 8.1 With Bing and Sysprep [migrated]

I've just started looking at sysprep as an option to bypass user account creation when setting up machines for my customers, so that they can go through the OOBE themselves and still have all Windows ...
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Windows 8.1 RDP -shadow session

Is it possible to establish RDP shadow session in Win 8.1 Pro VM on Win 8.1 Pro Host? I can RDP into the VM from an external client (credentials saved): mstsc.exe /v:68.560.92.1 In the VM I ...
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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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RDSH 2012 R2 Printers Duplicating And Cannot Be Removed

I have a Windows 2012 R2 RDS Server farm and printers deployed via a VBS Script i.e. Dim objNetwork Set objNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network") objNetwork.AddWindowsPrinterConnection ...
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cannot access standalone Win8.1 workstation share

I am setting up 2 Windows8.1 Enterprise workstations on a domain network, one is already joined to the domain, one is not yet joined (stand-alone). I need to browse the workstations' C: drive from ...
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LLDP in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

How do i make LLDP in Windows 2012 R2/Windows 8.1 give me some useful info, like, let's say ComputerName. From my Cisco Catalyst switch, LLDP neighbor is a Windows 8.1 box: SWITCH# show lldp neigh ...
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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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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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Blank MDT 2013 boot screen on USB Deployment

I am attempting to do refreshes on some machines and on the bootup of a USB drive with a LiteTouch Image I get to the Microsoft Solutions Accelerators screen but I do not get a window for actions. I ...
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Timed out trying to acquire network configuration lock, current owner = 'iphlpsvc.dll'

I am getting the above error when trying to configure Hyper-V virtual switches. This happened no matter what type of switch I try to create. PS C:\Users\Martin> New-VMSwitch -Name “NewSwitch” ...
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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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Unable to install windows 8.1 on virtual machine

How can I create a Windows 8.1 virtual machine using Proxmox? I downloaded the evaluation copy of Windows 8.1 Enterprise. However when I boot up the virtual machine, it cycles between the two below ...
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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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Windows 8 on iSCSI with LIO target: thin provisioning

I have installed Windows 8.1 on an iSCSI target. This target is provided by Linux LIO and is backed by a sparse file. One of the reasons I created such an installation was thin provisioning. In other ...
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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on VMWare ESX - How to reduce base load

I just installed two new virtual machines with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 on our VMWare ESXi 5.1 Server and noticed a base load of about 800 Mhz without the machine doing actual work. Now I wonder ...
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Installed Windows 8.1, MySQL service disappeared and all MySQL data/settings gone [closed]

This weekend, I updated a Windows 8 workstation to Windows 8.1. This was a development workstation that had a locally hosted MySQL 5.6 instance used for web development work. After the update ...
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Why Won't My Program Run in Windows 8? [closed]

I have a transportation program that we've used for 10 years. On this particular laptop it was working but stopped. The behavior is this. When the app is opened, the program splash screen shows, ...
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windows 8.1 remote desktop connection into multiple servers simultaneously

I've recently updated to Windows 8.1 and I've discovered that I don't know how to remote into multiple boxes anymore. Previously, on Windows 7, I'd hit Start, Remote Desktop Connections, and get the ...
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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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Windows 8.1 stuck in Automatic Repair boot loop - Proxmox VE [closed]

I installed Windows 8.1 64B in a VM on Proxmox-VE. It was running fine for a few days until it needed to be rebooted (updates). First I tried reinstalling the OS which worked, until it needed to be ...
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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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Hyper-V multiple virtual processors don't show up in virtual machine

I'm running Hyper-V on Windows 8.1 x64. I've created a Windows 8.1 x64 Gen2 virtual machine using all the default settings, except that I changed the "Number of virtual processors" from 1 to 2. When ...
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Error 1935.An error occurred during the installation of assembly 'Microsoft.VC90.CRT,version=“9.0.30729.4148”

I have troubles installing VC runtime libraries to be able to install SQL Server Compact Edition. The same problem causes also other apps to fail when installing, but I chose this one as a good ...
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How to resolve SSPI context error without changing Service Account from MSSQL

There is a issue while connecting from new Windows 8.1 Clients to SQL Server 2008 running on Windows Server 2008 R2. The SQL Service running under account Domain\mssqlservice on a machine thats works ...
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OpenGL 4+ will not work on RemoteFX with Windows Server 2012 Standard host and Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise/Windows 8.1 Enterprise VMs

I have installed Windows Server 2012 Standard on the following hardware: -Intel desktop motherboard with Virtualization hardware support. -16 GB of RAM -Intel i5-2500 (Supports SLAT) -nVidia Quadro ...
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Two and more active interfaces and making a connection under Windows 8

Writing my own application under .NET I have a need to control (maintain) interfaces (wifi / GSM), to automate connection process in order to successfully invoke method on a remote server. ...
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Unable Join SOME 64 bit Windows 8.1 Pro Clients to Windows Sever 2003 Domain

We just deployed 12 brand new Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit client machines. They are all identical models and all wired identically to our network/server room. 8 of the machines joined the domain with no ...
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Default mail registry

I'm deploying Win 8.1 via. SCCM with Office 2013 pre installed. I got an issue where even though Outlook 2013 is the default mail. the specific value mail:to (opening a direct mail link) .. attempts ...
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IP address visible in browser's “Inspect Element” [migrated]

I've recently started hosting my own website on a machine on my network. Whenever anyone goes to my site and does "Inspect Element" my external IP address is visible to everyone. This seems like a ...
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Unable to create new user on Win 8.1 [migrated]

I have a new laptop running Win 8.1 pro. Using my 'main' account everything is good and the laptop is connected to the internet. I try to create a new user for my daughter by selecting "change pc ...
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SSTP VPN connection errors

We're testing an Amazon EC2 server for a cloud application server and I'm trying to configure VPN access to it. I've read that PPTP cannot be used due to the blocking of GRE port 47 and that the best ...
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“Access is denied” when trying to start service even when running Administrator/elevated

I'm using sc start "MyService" from an elevated "Administrator: Command Prompt" but am getting the following error: [SC] StartService FAILED 5: Access is denied. For completeness, the error ...
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Office 2013 shares CMID (KMS) with Windows 8.1?

Szenario: We have many Computers, which we are going to re-image every month. After all PCs are imaged, they sure all have the same UID (Windows 8.1 and Office 2013), so we are rearming them. For ...
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How to unconditionally map UID/GID of all clients to those set by NFS server?

I have a virtual machine with Ubuntu 12.04. On this machine I have a directory that I want to advertise to the external world via NFS: <PATH> ...
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use sysprep for windows custom deployment, but leave settings like keyboard, start menu the same

I am trying to create a "base/reference" installation of Windows 8.1 which I can use to deploy to other computers with different hardware. After a lot of research, I was pointed to sysprep and ImageX ...
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Toshiba eStudio350 scan to SMB file in Windows 8 Homegroup causing file storage error

My question concerns a large format, stand alone copy machine. I am trying to scan from the copy machine to users' folders on the network. I have done this with various copiers in the past and it ...
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Mount NFS share and symlink it to a directory using non-Administrator account

I'm on Windows 8.1 Enterprise and what I'm trying to do is to have a python script that will: Mount an NFS share for the current user Create a symlink in the current working directory to a drive ...
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Storage Spaces: Will removing a used USB 3.0 retain the data in a 2-way mirror setup?

So I've just realized that the ReFS filesystem, although promising in a Storage Space solution, doesn't have certain NTFS features that I need. So I'm contemplating going back to NTFS. Problem is ...
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Windows 8.1 VPN error 800 when connecting to Mikrotik VPN router

After creating a new VPN connection on a Windows 8.1 machine, to a VPN server (using Mikrotik router), the connection times out and an error no 800 is displayed.
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Running Visual Studio and IIS without Administrator rights on Windows

I find it hard to believe that Microsoft didn't forsee a possibility where a company would need a developer to be able to use IIS and Visual Studio with full rights but NOT want to just haphazardly ...
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Use ROUTE to force non VPN traffic over normal connection from a single machine Windows 8.1

on my revious OS (Windows 7) I had a persistent route setup so that all the traffic to my webserver went through my normal internet connection and everything else went through my VPN. I used; route ...