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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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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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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Unlink Windows 8 MS Account

I am the IT administrator for a few branch offices, and am seeing more and more of our staff "accidentally" linking their account to a MS account. I did some searching on here and found out how to ...
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Remote Desktop works only with old clients

All of our Windows 8.1 computers suddenly refuse Remote Desktop connections. The problem is when we connect TO Windows 8.1 We don't have the problem when connecting to other Windows versions. edit: ...
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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 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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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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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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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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MSTSC: Black Areas on Remote Desktop

I'm connecting from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Hyper-V virtual machine running Windows 8.1 via RDP (mstsc.exe). The VM is hosted on the same machine from which I'm connecting. Everything was fine until ...
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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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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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Windows 8.1 / 10 GPO mapped drives won't connect

UPDATE: not solved... The issue persists, I also tried the hardened UNC paths approach, still no luck. I'll keep updating this thread if I encounter something new. UPDATE and solved (hopefully) ...
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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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How can I fix Samba 3.6.25 “the trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed” error?

Today I updated our Ubuntu server which is also the primary (and only) domain controller to the latest Samba packages which fixed a few security vulnerabilities. The following packages were updated: ...
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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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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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Windows 8.1 Update/Server 2012 R2 Workplace Join requires Microsoft Account?

If we look at the client side of Workplace Join process it says that we should log on with Microsoft account, but I've never seen it mentioned that Microsoft account is a requirement for Workplace ...
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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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Windows 8.1 - Change Microsoft Account to Local Account from Administrator Account

My apologies if this should be posted elsewhere. I've searched around and cannot find an answer, and have found a few places that it seems appropriate to ask, and this is one of them. Let me know if ...
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How do you force Windows to keep memory dumps?

I'm trying to debug a sporadic problem with some Dell tablets out in the field that crash intermittently. Looking at the Event Viewer logs, it seems that Windows automatically creates a memory dump ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 (http://...
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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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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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Rename VPN Connections via Powershell

I'm trying to batch rename vpn connections on my Windows 8.1 machine. I have no trouble modifying the server address with Set-VpnConnection, but I can't find a way to rename a vpn connection: First ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 xmlns="...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...