Windows 8 went RTM on August 1st, 2012 and was released for general availability on October 26th, 2012. It contains many new features and changes, the most noticeable being a new graphical user interface, know as Modern UI. It is available in four major editions, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, 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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Is there a way to loop through Windows 8 Apps and remove them all?

Windows apps are annoying and I would like to remove them. Been playing around with Powershell and scripting and I wanted to know if there was a way I could make Powershell to loop through all the ...
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How to deploy Windows-8 Enterprise Apps to other users?

Windows-8 (Metro) Apps can be installed using "sideloading", bypassing the Windows store in enterprise environments. In principle this is easy: Once you enabled sideloading (which is automatically ...
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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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Administrator view ALL mapped drives

In my understanding of security, an administrator should be able to view all connections to and from a computer - just as they can view all processes/owner, network connections/owning process. ...
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Extremely slow file transfers to Hyper-V VM on local machine

I am attempting to transfer a 1.3GB file from my local machine (Windows 8) to my local hyper-V instance (Windows 2012). The transfer begins at about 300kb/s and then swiftly drops to 12-20kb/s. The ...
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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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Open Windows Server 2012/Windows 8 Start Menu

I realize that Windows Server 2012 (and Windows 8) removed the start menu button and replaced it with moving your mouse to the upper right corner of the screen. This works fine when the desktop is ...
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Windows 8 virtualization gives BSOD 0x0000005D

I find that, when trying to run windows 8 on Xen cloud (and also when running it in ESXi), the installer bluescreens with 0x0000005D (UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR) Initially I thought it was giving the VM ...
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SMBD daemon spikes at 100% cpu usage when Windows 8 clients connect

I have a server running Ubuntu 12.04 running as a Samba server. The file system is an XFS formatted virtual drive on an LVM pool of physical drives. I recently upgraded our clients to Windows 8 and ...
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Where can i find the latest unattended.xml schema (xsd)?

I'm working with Windows Server 2012, Windows Deployment Service (WDS), and Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK). I created a base unattended.xml file. When I go to edit in an xml editor it's ...
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How do I install Server Manager on Windows 8 Professional?

I have downloaded and installed Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 on my Windows 8 Enterprise machine. Online resources suggest installing RSAT should also install Server Manager GUI, ...
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What are the differences between Windows Defender and Windows Intune Endpoint Protection and SCCM Endpoint Protection?

What are the functional differences between Windows Defender and Windows Intune Endpoint Protection and SCCM Endpoint Protection, apart from methods of management, if any? (I am referring to the ...
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Connecting to other instances of Hyper-V Manager in domain

I have a test environment that I host from my computer. I have configured an external switch so that it can be accessed by others. Windows 8 Enterprise and Hyper-V Manager Version: 6.2.9200.16384 If ...
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Where is the Create New Connection button in the Connections panel in IIS 8?

I need to connect to a Windows server through IIS 8 to configure a website, but I can't create a new connection in my manager. The online documentation tells about a set of buttons I am supposed to ...
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Error Trying to Remotely Manage Hyper-V 2012 from Windows 8 Pro Without a Domain

I took sometime this long holiday weekend to install Hyper-V Server 2012 and Windows 8 Pro (on separate hardware, same LAN) to hopefully get a little more familiar with it. From the WIN8 client I am ...
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Windows 8 profile creation video

I have a piece of software that deploys a local account on workstations via an MSI and creates a profile for it. In versions of windows prior to windows 8, the first time this account was used it ...
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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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Unable to join 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro Client to Windows 2003 domain. Win 7 works fine

I am unable to join a 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro Client to our Windows 2003 domain. A 64-bit Windows 7 client joins fine. After installing Windows 8.1, before joining to domain, if I run nltest ...
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Connecting to IIS on Hyper-V Windows 8 host from XP virtual machine [closed]

I have a windows 8 machine running an XP virtual machine with Hyper-V. The virtual machine uses an 'external' virtual switch, and after 'Integration Services Setup', it can see the internet ok. My ...
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Windows Event Viewer is slow on newer versions of Windows

The modern Event Viewer application that you get on all versions of Windows since Vista is so much slower the previous version that was on Server 2003 and XP. I know there is much more functionality ...
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Can I use Windows 8 clients with a Windows 2008 R2 Domain Controller?

I'm sure I can, but are there any incompatibilities or problems to be aware of? We have a domain controller with a few Windows 7 clients already. It is working fine. I had the idea to install ...
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Windows 8 - no internet connetction to some hosts while VPN is active

I use VPN to access the servers at work. When VPN is used, all network traffic to the Internet passes through my company network. It worked without any problems on Windows 7, now on Windows 8 some ...
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sql server trusted connection with windows 8 microsoft account

We have a few developers that work, connecting in through a VPN for access to the development SQL Server 2012. Historically they've used Win7 machines and develop the website against this database in ...
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Windows 8 and SMB2 Issues

We're playing with the consumer preview of Windows 8 and having issues accessing some network shares in our environment. Basically, when I attempt to access a share directly ...
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Workstations hang on “Change Password” after expired Password

For one of our customers we have configered a maximum password age of 90 days. If those 90 days are over, the users are forced on logon to change their password. This worked fine for the past 9 ...
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Activate Windows 8 with Server 2008 R2 KMS Host

I have a KMS host running Server 2008 R2 sp1. I have licenses and a KMS host key for Windows 8. I would like to use my existing server to activate these licenses. I've successfully applied the update ...
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How do I disable the automatic datetime in an azure virtual machine?

I want to be able to change the date and time on my vm to dates in the past. Every time I change it, it automatically changes back because of this setting. Unfortunately I cannot change it because it ...
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Managing Windows 8 Start Screen Tiles

Using DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) it is possible to customize the initial Windows 8 Start Screen, although not in any satisfactory way. Is there an effective way to manage the ...
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unlock-bde application not found error prevalent in Windows 8

I have encrypted a drive with BitLocker in Windows 8 Pro, but the drive will not auto-unlock. I can manually unlock the drive from BitLocker in the Control Panel. However from Windows Explorer, I ...
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Win 8 - how to prepare an image so it does not run through setup?

I am preparing a Win8 image to use as base for automatic deployments in Hyper-V at the moment. It seems that whenever a sysprepped image starts, it is running through the whole setup routine - which ...
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Windows port forwarding, local machine to server

I'm working on Windows 8. I'm trying to connect to an OpenStack cloud which is hosted on a remote server but has a public IP to the API. However, making API calls require calls to additional services ...
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Windows 8 inbound IPsec authentication failing?

I am getting some very strange behavior out of the Windows 8 Advanced Firewall / IPsec implementation. It appears now that all inbound traffic that isn't return traffic from a previously contacted ...
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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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Install mongodb as a service on Windows 8 [closed]

I am trying to install mongodb as a service on Windows 8. I am using the following command to install Mongodb. C:\mongodb\bin\mongod.exe --auth --config C:\mongodb\mongod.cfg --install And I am ...
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Export snapshot from VMWare Workstation 8

How can I export a virtual machine from VMWare Workstation 8 to another physical computer which has VMWare Workstation 8? i.e. how can I move snapshots between different instances of VMWare ...
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How can I backup an Hyper-V VM in Windows 8?

How can I easily backup Hyper-V VM in windows 8? I windows 2012 I would do: wbadmin start backup –backupTarget: –hyperv: But in Windows 8, the option -hyperv doesn't seem to exist. Thanks!
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Specifying Gateway for VPN Connection

I'm not very familiar with networking really, so go easy on me! I need help enabling Split Tunnelling for client connections to my newly created VPN server. I've un-ticked the Use Default Gateway on ...
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SQL Server 2012 Installation Hangs

We have a Windows 8 machine that we installed SQL Server 2005 on first. We then uninstalled it and installed SQL Server 2012 - unsuccessfully. The installation wizard hung at the point where it ...
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Pushing Windows Store apps silently

As part of a requirement I have been issued, I seek the ability to push apps from the Windows Store (.appx) to remote users. The framework surrounding the data transmission is sorted; What I need to ...
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Poor Task Scheduler Performance on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

I am using the Windows Task Scheduler to start an elevated administrator program when a user logs on. The technique is based on this article: ...
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KMS host setup: Windows 8 and Server 2012 support

As our client computer team is in the process of creating some Windows 8 images I have been charged with the setup of the KMS host to support this OS. I do currently run a 2003 KMS host that serves ...
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Ping stops responding after the first line

I have a problem with the PING command on Windows 8.1. During a ping, the command returns no further output after sending the first ping request. For example: ping 192.168.1.200 Pinging ...
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Can't access network path of localhost specified with a host

I use Windows. Using Run window, I type \\127.0.0.1 and enter. Viola, a window appears that shows my shared folder, a network view of my PC. Now I add a simple DNS entry to the ...
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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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Mount WebDAV as drive in Windows 8

I'm trying to mount a WebDAV share as a drive on Windows 8. I've tried setting up WebDAV server on both Windows 2012 and Debian Linux, but both yield the same error when attempting to mount from ...
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HyperV management through Windows 8

Consider the following setup: 1 Hypervisor 3 Clients (Server 2012 with AD, Server 2012, Windows 8). Now we can remote desktop into the Hypervisor and manage the VMs with the manager. This also ...
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Import Module from newer Powershell Version

I was asking myself if I could import PowerShell modules from a newer Windows version. The *-NetAdapter CMDLets in Windows 8 and 8.1 are quite nice, so I wanted to use 'em in Windows 7 too. ...
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Desktop Wallpaper through group policy for Windows 8 client

I Have Windows 2008R2 server with active directory. All client systems are Windows 8/8.1 Pro. I need to push corporate wallpaper through AD GPO on client system, I have created a shared folder on ...