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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What features of Windows 8.1 Pro will not work without a Microsoft Account?

With respect to domain-joined Windows 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 using ...
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Why does ssh-host-config create two users in Cygwin on Windows 8.1?

In trying to resolve some issues with using Cygwin + SSH on Windows 8.1, I'd like to know why the ssh-host-config script creates two new accounts configuring OpenSSH from scratch? (Is this necessary?) ...
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WSUS configuration for Windows 8.1 clients

I have set up WSUS 2.0 (on 2008 R2). All client side machines are running Windows 8.1. At the request of the users, i have been running with the below GP configuration so WSUS is less intrusive, and ...
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Windows 8.1 Hyper-V network adapter is set to public and won't save as private

I have a collection of Windows 8.1 machines that run Hyper-V for unit testing. We often use PowerShell to script changes to these systems to ease our administration. However, we've been having trouble ...
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How can I make Microsoft Management Console high-DPI aware in Windows 8.1?

Since Windows 8.1 doesn't allow system-wide "Windows XP style" high DPI support, how can I make the Microsoft Management Console apps (mmc.exe) high-DPI aware? There is no "Troubleshoot compatibility" ...
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Upgrade from “audit mode” (pre-cloning) Windows 8 to Windows 8.1?

I have a Windows 8 in audit mode with a lot of applications installed, custom configurations done, and an answer file prepared, ready to be sysprepped for cloning. How do I upgrade to Windows 8.1, ...
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Hyper-V Manager crashes when connceting to remote Hyper-V Server

I am using Windows 8.1 and have Server Manager installed. I've added one of our servers (Server 2012 Standard) to Server Manager, and it connects just fine (Manageability shows "Online" and I can see ...
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How can I pin an Internet Explorer URL shortcut or favorite to the Start screen with Group Policy in Windows 8.1?

I created my Start UI like I want and used this PowerShell cmdlet to create the .xml file for a user's default layout: export-startlayout –path <path><file name>.xml -as xml ...
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win 8.1 don't send status report to wsus 3 sp2 will all patches

There are a lots of pages in internet which deals about wsus problems with windows 8.1 but mine is not covered. I have a wsus 3.0 sp2 installed on a 2008 server and it has all the necessary patches ...
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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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How can I start a process on Windows 8.1 remotely from Linux

I tried winexe - it worked fine for Windows XP and Windows 7 But it doesn't work for Windows 8.1. All I get is ERROR: Cannot open control pipe - NT_STATUS_INVALID_PARAMETER The same command runs ...
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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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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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Find expiration date of a certificate file which I do not have installed

I'm looking for a way to find the expiration of a certificate file (either .pfx or .cer) without installing it. I have access to read the file but can not install it.
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How do I get SonicWALL Global VPN to work with Windows 8.1?

I have been running SonicWALL Global VPN v4.7.3.0403 on Windows 8 without trouble for more than a year. Today I upgraded to Windows 8.1 RTM and noticed that it disabled my Global VPN connection. I ...
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Why is a reference computer used in Microsoft Deployment Toolkit?

I'm having trouble getting my head around using MDT. All guides say that I should first deploy windows to a reference computer, then capture that image and deploy it to the target computers. Why can't ...
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Windows 8.1 a “.\” in remote desktop gives current computer not remote computer

We had some issues with our domain recently where we got the "trust relationship has failed" message on a server. Now normally I could just login with the local admin to fix this, however I had ...
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How to join win 8.1 to WSUS server 2012

i have a wsus server on win server 2012 and over 30 win 8.1 clients.i need to know how to configure clients to get updates from local server.anyone can help? note: all my network are in local domain ...
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Choose time zone after sysprep

Is it possible to file unattend.xml setting to be able to choose a time zone from the list? Please give me some advice My file: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <unattend ...
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GPP drive map to nested share maps to root share on Windows 8.1

Good day everyone, I'm in the midst of testing out Windows 8.1 as an enterprise OS to avoid a crisis when Win7 is no longer supported. One of the problems I've run into is with drive mappings. Most of ...
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How can I determine exactly when a startup process loaded in relation to other processes after logging in?

Windows 8.1 I have an end user system that requires certain software/processes to start in a specific order upon logging in. These processes aren't managed services so I can't set an extended delay ...
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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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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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Use Active Directory Administrative Center outside domain

I'm setting up a Active Directory lab environment on a Windows 8.1 laptop. I now have a Windows Server Core 2012 domain controller running inside a VM. I installed Server Manager for Windows 8.1 and ...
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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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Forcing clients to get new IP Address from DHCP Server

I am running a DHCP server on Debian Wheezy, with isc-dhcp-server. Because people were connecting unauthorized machines, my DHCP leases were running thin, and eventually, authorized machines could not ...
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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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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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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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WSUS WARNING: CSerializationHelper:: InitSerialize failed : 0x80070002

have recently set up WSUS in a server 2008 R2 / Windows 8.1 environment. WSUS 3.0 SP2, everything appears to be working. GPO is working, client devices are reporting to WSUS server, but for some ...
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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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Hyper-V Virtual Ethernet Adapter not working probperly - Code 31 on Host

I have a Windows 8.1 machine with Hyper-V installed. From a "clean" Hyper-V configuration I open Virtual Switch Manager, create an External switch with "Allow management operating system to share this ...
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Is it possible to enable MSMQ from PowerShell on Windows 8?

Is it possible to enable MSMQ from PowerShell on Windows 8(.1)? If so, how does one do this?
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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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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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Windows 8: GPO to block shutdown without blocking restart?

Windows has a local security policy for disabling the ability to shut down a computer, but this also blocks the ability to restart the machine. Is there a way to block only shutdown without blocking ...
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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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Keep remote Hyper-v hosts in manager on close

I have a windows 8.1 machine that I have installed the Hyper-v role on. We also have a couple of 2012 servers running hyper-v. I am currently managing them from my PC to make life easier. When I ...
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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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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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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 8.1 client disconnects immediately upon successful VPN connection with Windows Server 2012 R2

We have a Windows Server 2012 R2 (Datacenter) running the Server Essentials Role. I've setup Anywhere Access (setup DNS, obtained SSL cert for remote.domain.com, opened ports 80,443 on router). ...
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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 ...