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Win8.1 search not working for 'Settings'?

Q: Win8.1 search not working for 'Settings'?

After upgrading to Win8.1 from 8.0 I noticed that I can no longer search anything under 'Settings' (Winkey + W). I am still able to search for files and the web (Bing ads and all that) however (ie. under 'Everywhere' or Files). I have already rebuilt the index and rebooted/shutdown a few times and it still does not work. Anyone have any idea what's going on with it?

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A: Win8.1 search not working for 'Settings'?

FYI, you are not alone. The Win 8.1 Preview search worked like crap and the new 8.1 Final seems to be just as bad.

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I have installed build 7989 on VirtualBox 4.0.8 r71778, installation went fine but, having trouble getting the internet connection to work.
First time using VB.

Wireless router, Linksys WRT54G2, host computer is using cable.
Rig specs listed below.

PCnet-Fast III (Am79C973), Cable connected selected.
Host Only Adapter, with same as above.
and NAT, with same as above.
None will let me connect to the router.
Name and password have been confirmed on another computer.

A search gave me several things to try but no success yet, also have read sections of the VB manual.

Anyone have any suggestions that I can try?

EDIT: Solved

Bridged Adapter with Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop works.

A:Win8 7989 and VirtualBox network settings not working

Found this looking for a fix and it did the trick!

Used VBox4.1.2, Win8Dev, and some sorting of the bus types (most how tos did not work for me), got it installed and then no network, I tried several things, no go, then finally came across the above network settings and success!!

This may be fix for some of us for the next Win8 beta/RC and later!


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Hi all,

I'm a pretty proficient Windows user (and Google-searcher) but I can't seem to solve this one:

Windows 8 search refuses to search items in my control panel. For example, if I tap the windows key and type "power options" or "Sound" I get nothing. I'm pretty sure this is supposed to work as it's mentioned in many of Microsoft's own help documents as the easiest way to navigate to these settings.

Other searches are working, including files on secondary drives, etc.

Thanks in advance for any tips.

A:Win8 Search Won't Search Control Panel Items

Use Classic Shell.

Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

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While in bios to boot to CD temporarily, I accidentally clicked on Windows Boot Manager while in UEFI. Since I reset back to UEFI from Legacy, I no longer have the option to change boot order (in UEFI). The only option is "Windows Boot Manager." Although it boots into windows & functions ok, I'm worried I may have messed up my bios settings & could have future issues, since I can't change back to boot to my hard drive. I tried resetting to default, but it doesn't show any other option but Win Boot Manager in UEFI. Please let me know if this is ok to leave or if not, how to rest to what it should be. This is a new-to-me Dell Inspiron 14z 5423 Ultrabook which I just did a system restore on yesterday. Hope to hear back soon. Thanks much in advance!

A:Win8 Bios Settings

Most newer Bios that support Secure boot via UEFI there is no option to change the boot order unless there is an option to disable secure boot and enable CDM if the bios supports CDM.

What revision is your BIOS (version) also the manufacture of the BIOS? You mentioned Windows boots (loads) and functions with out issues in this case your HDD is in the boot order most likely the first boot device which is by default.

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Hello, pls how can I install Lenovo Settings app on Win8.1?? From microsoft store it is deleted. Pls give me some solution.

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My pc is a part of a domain and when trying to upgrade it does not give me the option to keep apps & settings, either keep personal files or nothing. Have tried all sorts of Win8.1 Ent ISO's, last one I tried was the en_windows_8.1_enterprise_with_update_x64_dvd_6054382, but same problem
I have run sfc /scannow, but no problems was detected.
Currently installed windows version:
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise
6.2.9200 Build 9200
x64-based PC
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.2.9200.16384"
Have tried running this upgrade both from the iso mounted within Win8.0 and booting from usb stick (also tried other stick), but after selecting the upgrade option it just gives me: "The computer started using the Windows Installation media. Remove the installation media and restart your computer so that Windows starts normally..."
Also tried downloaded both SW_DVD5_SA_Win_Ent_8.1_64BIT_English_MLF_X18-96759.ISO above & SW_DVD5_SA_Win_Ent_7_64BIT_English_Full_MLF_X15-70749.ISO, but neither gave me the "Keep file & settings option".

Have tried all these iso's:
Only thing It allowed me was to refresh the install with "en-gb_windows_8_enterprise_x64_dvd_922086.iso", but it did not help anything.
I'm out o... Read more

A:Cannot upgrade Win8 Ent - 8.1 Ent Keeping Settings & Apps

Windows 8.1 Enterprise with Update (x64) - DVD (English-United Kingdom)

File Name: en-gb_windows_8.1_enterprise_with_update_x64_dvd_6054383.iso
SHA1: 57B4B64E1FAA72014E3D691E8EFB18A983082391

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Op Onze Nieuwe L50-B-1TX werken de PC INSTELLINGEN Niet via charme rechts

A:Win8.1 - PC settings task doesnt apper on the right side

Hello Tiny

Sorry but I don't understand what do you mean exactly. I have tried to translate it using Google translator but I don't understand what do you mean exactly.

Please be so nice and translate your posting and make it understandable for all forum members.

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I messed up my windows 8.1 pro theme and settings. Windows Title bar text is gone instead there's white blurry box as caption. And under folder option>view>always show menus, if the box checked or not menubar always stays visible.

The things i did to get in this position took few days and i don't know when the problem started but my guess is win7 transformation pack. Please check the steps below,

First i installed UltraUXThemePatcher_2.5.11, Aero Glass - Win8.1 - 1.3.1, and couple of custom themes, It was working perfectly for days.
Then i tried 7tsp_GUI_v0.4_B(2015) for icons but instead i used a transformation pack of windows 7, but restored it.
Title bar got messed up then i tried UXTheme Multi-Patcher 13.1, UxStyle to fix but ended up unistalling/reinstalling all of these multiple times from scratch, I also use OldNewExplorer v1.1.5.1, Shell32_Patch_Setup_v1.6 since windows installation but again reinstalled because of this mess. Then the menubar problem occured, stays always visible.

I was unable to find the solution online, tried couple of command in cmd > sfcscan, dism etc but no luck.
I tried opening local admin account and it's fine there, no messed up title bar and no menubar. Sure i can move to there but it feels a bit hassle to change every settings of windows and hundreds of softwares again.
I want to continue in my current user profile without reset everything.
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A:How to restore default settings of Win8.1 title & menubar?

Finally i figured it on my own
For future reference the solution was,
OldNewExplorer v1.1.5.1 was responsible for frozen menubar now uninstalled &
Titlebar text may be the font was blank or removed by some theme,
used following registry code to revive the caption,

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]

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When trying to install Visio 2013, a Windows 8 installation automatically started; telling me not to shutdown my computer. Thus my own automatic reaction of pulling the plug.
Unfortunately, some aspects of Win7 appear to be broken, including the spell check, macro functions (ie. can't load normal.dotm or normal.docm), and Outlook functionality.
I would like, dearly, to recover these settings. I do not, upon any circumstances, wish to have to upgrade.

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EDIT: When I went back to options, my proxy settings were turned off, allowing me to access parts of the internet I could not before, though the IP and port remained in the fields and couldn't be cleared (is that normal?). The other applications are still there as well so I'm still a bit worried.
Hello, I was directed here from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/554064/cant-change-proxy-settings-81-new-processes-in-task-manager/ by someone on help with my newly upgraded Win8.1 PC, and was told to post a log here. I tried to follow the Prep guide but DDS would not run. I was told to use RSIT, and here is my log.txt:
Logfile of random's system information tool 1.10 (written by random/random)
Run by guess at 2014-11-02 09:57:18
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro
System drive C: has 1044 GB (74%) free of 1416 GB
Total RAM: 6088 MB (69% free)
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 9:57:28 AM, on 11/2/2014
Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.02.1008)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.16518)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\LogMeIn Hamachi\hamachi-2-ui.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\steamwebhelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\steamwebhelper.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\IELowutil.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
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A:Can't turn off proxy settings in Win8.1, weird background processes

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When I bought my latest new laptop I reluctantly became a Windows 8 user. I miss the utility I enjoyed in the XP Search function. The results of the XP (and earlier) Search showed pathnames for the files it found and showed them in a simple columnar list form. If uninterested in Size or File type, I could kill those columns to make room for longer pathnames. Win8 results take up many screens with icons in some searches and will allow simple viewing of contents or will bring up the saved file for changes if desired. I have not found any way to learn where I saved a particular file, and when I examine the contents and close the target, this lame application compels me to completely restart the search. Am I missing something or is there an alternate and more useful Search function somewhere? Thanks in advance.

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Hi all

I installed Windows 8 as an upgrade from Windows 7 the other day in an unexpectedly painless procedure. After some initial scepticism, I now find that I really like what Microsoft have done and the OS is intuitive and easy to use.

The only problem I have found is that there seems to have been a fault with my "Search" functionality install. In all the blogs and forum posts I have read there is an option to search Apps, Settings and Files above the metro applications that you can also search. Unfortunately these three options are missing for me and I can only search within the metro applications. I have hunted through the settings and can only turn the metro applications to search on or off. There are no options (that I can see) to include the three most important!

Anyone have any ideas?!?

A:Win8 Search Functionality Problems

Hi all. Found the answer. Looks like it's a 7 --> 8 upgrade problem?!?

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Hi guys, I changed my username following the following guide ( microsoft account - How to rename user folder in Windows 8? - Super User ).
Everything has worked fine so far apart for the the desktop version of Windows Update. My knowledge is pretty low about this things but for me it's weird that I can access the metro version of the Updater but I cannot access the desktop version.
I receive this error -> View image: 2014 05 05 11 02 36 C Users user App Data Local

I hope that something can be done to solve it! Thanks for your help

A:After I changed the username Win8.1 search for the old

The best thing o do is create a new user set up however you want.Transfer all data to the new user profile then delete the old user completely.

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anyone noticed how crappy the smart search has become in the change to 8.1? Before, I could smartsearch for "audio devices" or "device manager", and I would get a result that brought me straight to the requested system control panel. Now, those results at lower levels of the system controls are gone and the most I can find through the search is the system conrol panel.

Anyone knows how to repair that?

Simon L.

A:8.1: Smart search: find system apps like in Win8.0

Originally Posted by simlei

Anyone knows how to repair that?

If you are looking for system apps, it is easier to use Win + X.

I haven't noticed any reduced ability of search in 8.1
If you would like to improve the results, you could modify your index by including a particular folder.

Search in Windows 8

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When I attempt to start the Windows Search service I am getting the following error:

"Windows could not start the Windows Search service on Local Computer.
Error 2: The system cannot find the file specified."
Looking at the details of the service, it appears the file in question is C:\Windows\System32\SearchIndexer.exe with the /Embedding parameter.  When I look in the System32 folder, the file is clearly present with a date stamp of 08/22/2013 and a time
stamp of 04:07 (I have 24 hr clock enabled in Settings).
So I'm unsure what the problem is.
Have attempted to run the SFC tool, no problems found.  Have disabled the service, restarted Windows then attempted to restart the service, getting the same error.
Have attempted to restore to a previous point and still getting the same error.  Even restoring to a date same as initial installation results in the same error. Any thoughts on what I can do at this point, short of doing a fresh install?

A:Windows Search Service fails to start in Win8.1 Pro

On Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:07:07 +0000, Jan v R wrote:
>I have the same problem. Windows Search doesn't work, registry field is 0 and in Services it only shows "starting" without actually doing. I also use System Mechanic and suspect the use of System Mechanic has been the cause of Windows
Search functionality stopping in Windows 8.1.
>Contacted System Mechanic and got as feedback "Unfortunately, at this time a fix for this error is not available". Does anyone has a suggestion how to get Windows Search operational again since it is a very useful feature to find material
on your laptop?
See Sergio's reply (which I marked as Answer in that forum) on a registry fix
that MIGHT work for you. Please come back and let us know if it worked or not.
-- Barb Bowman

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What Antivirus works with this build ?

~updated 05/01/2011~

*AVG - Doesn't work on 7850 (Work on 7955)
*Avast - Doesn't work on 7850 (Work on 7955)
*MSE - Doesn't install on 7850 (Install on 7955)

Avira - Works (reported by Dwarf)
PC Tools AV - Works
ClamWin - Works (no real time protection)
Panda Cloud Antivirus - Works (reported by Bill2)
NIS 2011 - Works (reported by yowanvista)

What else have you tryed?


A:Working Antivirus for Win8

That's worrying. PC Tools AV is not too great I hear. I'm still waiting on a download so can't try anything yet. What about Avira?

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Hi everyone,I just reinstall win8.1 on my y50 (old one got virus and i format it and reinstall the OS)so when i try to use OKR , it shows that "Current System can not support backup"does anyone know why?Also what other preinstalled software does laptop come with?Thank you.

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previously i had windows 7 in HP Probook 4430s

fingertouch was working fine to lock and unlock the pc...

recently i installed windows 8 enterprise in same pc...

but this time it is not at all working...
Plz help...

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I have just updated from win 8 to 8.1 and since then my touchpad does not work any ideas

A:Touchpad is not working after Win8.1 update

Well finally found that if i roll back to previous driver all now working did not realize that driver had changed must have been part of 8.1 upgrade

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My old Gateway desktop crashed, is non-repairable, when I tried the harddrive into the newer Gateway, it came up blank blue screen......checking file system on G, CHKDSK verifying files.......& nothing came up on it, a computer tech at the store checked it, said it was working & had 16G on it,.........can I buy a backup device, & try to transfer it to the working computer on a new blank hard drive?

A:How do I transfer a hardrive w/win8 to a working pc?

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Not sure what happened but I want to factory restore windows 8, but when I go to change pc settings it just goes back to start page.

A:Factory restore win8 not working


Welcome to Tech Support Guy

You should see this screen when selecting General - please see my screenshot

If you do not try holding the shift key down whilst clicking on restart
That is Windows key + C
then settings
then power
then hold shift key and click restart
then do you have the options including troubleshooting etc

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I'm having this strange issue that I noticed a few hours back ... for some reason when i change power plan from the taskbar batter icon, the screen brightness doesn't change, no idea why/what could trigger this as I've not updated the nvidia driver for a while now, not sure I think 6month + or so .. and it was all working fine.
Also beadvised I haven't updated windows for a while ether ... so its probably not the fact that a win update caused this as I haven't updated for a while and last I check .. and once again about 6month or maybe 8months back .. it was working fine.
Also if i right click on the batter icon "adjust screen brightness > the vertical scrollbar" .. when i move it left or right ... nothing happens.

Strange thing is .. when I use the laptop on batter or there is power outage .. the screen brightness gets reduced as it should be.

This thing really isn't effecting daily usages however as its an issue, I would like to get it fixed if possible, any ideas?

System specs:
Asus X555LF
Wndows 8.1 64bit
Intel? Core? i3 5010U Processor
NVIDIA? GeForce? 930M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM

Thanks in advance.

A:Win8.1 brightness change not working

Also on another note probably the graphics drivers are working fine or atleast the nvidia one is .. as I can games like blade and soul etc just fine .. no visual issues or anything. Could it be that the intel driver or some other ms driver related to the display adapter got damaged somehow maybe

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Thanks to this great forum I was able to install Win 8.1 on my laptop (Dell Studio XP 1340).
Resolved here: Windows 8.1 RTM installation fails on Dell XPS 1340
As per advice I got here I had to disable Bluetooth in BIOS to be able to install the system.

Now with the system up and running I would like to use Bluetooth. The device is not listed in Device Manager and no driver was installed. When I enable it in BIOS system will not start, it crashes with error (https://www.dropbox.com/s/l8ith0xljh...2020.34.11.jpg).

I found the driver which should be installed. So with Bluetooth still disabled I tried to install it. It's in exe so I can't really get the driver files. The SW asks for Bluetooth to be activated by a switch. I have a button which normally turns Wifi+Bluetooth on/of .. but with BT disabled it does not work, obviously. And the only option is 'Cancel':

Any ideas or experience with this?
Thank you!

A:How to get BT working on Win8.1 + Dell XPS 1340?

I don't suppose the .exe is a compressed folder with a self extractor? If so, you might be able to open it with something like 7Zip and see the files inside.

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I am new to this forum. I have searched for a thread will same or similar issue, but could not find anything relevant. I do apologize in advance if my noobness got the better of me.

The issue:

I started having this issue right after I had ran Malwarebytes to get rid of "Ads by sponsor" malware/virus. At first the update service, BITS services were not running and wouldn't run after trying to manually restart them. Then I read a thread somewhere where it said to reset the netsh stuff. I did that then restarted, the services are running, but now it is showing this message "Some settings are managed by your system administrator".

I have no idea how to fix this. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Hi all,

I used to use olby tiles/modern tile maker to create custom tiles just fine. However yesterday this happened and now any custom tile I create looks like these, regardless of which program is used to make it:

I have tried the "rebuild cache" and "refresh" options offered with olby tile and modern tile maker... but they do not do anything.
Does anyone know how to solve this problem? (the shortcuts still work, just the image is always this; also, normal shortcuts made via windows pin2start look and work fine).

A:Custom Win8 Tiles Not Working Properly, Please Help!

Same problem here (Oblytile)

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Facebook will not load using Chrome. I-net Explorer will open it, but some of the photos will not open and there is a small box in the center of the frame. I can not figure out how to Download TSG SysInfo to include the outcome here. Any help is appreciated very much! Thanks!

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Hello guys,

I have old Satellite U200-165. I installed windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation successfully after i changed the hard drive to SSD, but the sound did not work. Windows showing that the sound work perfectly, but it does not come out.

Any advise please.

A:Satellite U200 - Sound is not working after Win8.1 installation

Satellite U200 is pretty old machine and not supported for Win8 or Win8.1. I think we don't have any report on this forum how this old piece of hardware works with Win8.

If sound card is properly installed, have you checked all sound settings?
I presume the same problem is with headphones, right?

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In Win7 (Home Edition), I used to login to admin account and start an application (say Magicjack VOIP for instance). As long as the admin account was signed in Magicjack worked no matter which user logged in. When I upgraded to Win8 Pro, Magicjack only works when my account (admin) is active. When other users log in and my account is signed in but inactive, Magicjack stops working.

Can anyone help me to set Win8 up such that my applications will work as long as I am signed in and other users log in?


A:Apps like MagicJack from one user stop working in another in Win8 Pro

i avoided all this by getting magicjack pro and just plugging it into my router downstairs, the phone id's come up on my satellite phones not my computer, just the way I want it.

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After doing a batch of MS Windows updates on May 16 on an Asus laptop preinstalled with Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit installed, I have not been able to do any printing except to an older HP Deskjet F2120.
Other printers (Samsung CLP365, Lexmark E230, HP Laserjet etc) cannot be printed to.
The same problem occurs with printers regardless of network or local.
I can set up a printer using either software from the printer vendor or let Windows find the printer, and still the same problem.

The laptop is running fine apart from the printers issue and so I don't want to get a new PC, try System Restore, or anything similar.
The printer setup runs smoothly, but once the printer has been set up I go into Devices and Printers and select the printer, the following error messages come up:
Right-mouse click on Printing Preferences: 'Operation could not be completed'
Right-mouse click on Printer Properties: 'The <xyz> printer driver is not installed on this computer. Some printer properties will not be accessible unless you install the printer driver. Do you want to install the driver now?'
However, when I go into 'Printer Server Properties' and the 'Drivers' tab, the <xyz> printer driver is shown to be installed.
For exmaple, this happened yesterday when I visited some friends near work and did a test with a Brother inkjet MFP they had - the first time I had ever connected my laptop to a Brother printer.
Therein lies the conundrum ...
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A:Printer not working in Win8.1 after May15 Windows updates

Roll back before you installed those updates. If the printers do not have Windows 8 compatible drivers, you are stuck in a really hard place.

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I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1 and then my Webcam doesn't work... I checked if I have the driver in device manager but I couldn't find it. I don't know how can I fix it I was looking for driver in thosiba website but I got any result.
Someone can help me?


A:Satellite NB10t-A - Webcam is not working after Win8.1 update


Which notebook model do you have?
Webcam should be listed under “Imaging devices”. Can you see any entry there?
What happen when you try to start Camera application?

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The AMD card won't work,The load is all on the intel graphics card,I tried everything from installing the AMD drivers to disabling the Intel drivers,nothing seems to work and my FPS in the games I play is quite for the specs I have on this laptop..Anyone got a similar problem? or Is it windows related?

A:AMD Radeon R5 M335 not working on Inpiron 5559 (win8.1 64-bit)

You can't run the AMD GPU independently of the Intel GPU - the AMD GPU is just a co-processor.
Does the system recognize and have drivers loaded for BOTH GPUs?  If so, are you using the AMD Control Panel (or context menu) to choose the AMD GPU for the applications you want to run with it?
The AMD GPU depends on the Intel GPU to function - and there are often settings that need to be changed for certain games (and in fact there are still plenty of games, many older ones, that will not run with a hybrid GPU setup).

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Since updating op system to Win 8.1, I am not able to get into the Nvidea control panel. I get a message that no displays are connected. I have got the Nvidea card as my primary source for the monitor.

Help appreciated.

A:Since Win8.1 update NVIDIA control panel is not working

I guess you read the step by step instruction how to update the system from Win 8 to Win 8.1
Did you? Did you follow such instruction?

Did you update and install the essential nVidia driver for Win 8.1 which is available on Toshiba driver website?
If not, do that!

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when i go to download win8.1 64-bit apps the application store and game not opening its minimize soon 
what can i do

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My boy's desktop has a low memory warning problem that is a little different than some of the other threads I've read here.  He gets the warning when he plays SWTOR.  Task manager shows about 290 MB of memory in use during play with no leaking.  He has an SSD as the system drive with 140 GB free out of about 240 GB.  After going on the Microsoft boards, I tried to fix the problem by resetting the virtual memory settings to "automatically size paging file" and even a custom setting but the settings won't save following a restart and it always comes back saying that no virtual memory has been allocated.  The PC runs Win8 32 bit with a Core DUO E8400 and 4GB of RAM on the MB.  I'd be grateful for any suggestions/help.

A:Win8 Low Memory - Virtual Memory Settings Not Saving

Try to defrag your hard drive.

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Hello. Help me, please
I have Acer Iconia Tab W500. I install windows 8 retail x86 (buy oem-dvd), but touch screen dont work (in win 8 enterprise (rtm) touch screen works). I install touch screen drivers (EETI) for windows 7, but problem not fixed. Touch screen over dont work (in BIOS his work). I confused... Who have same problem? What doing?
Sorry for my bad English

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Hi there,
Prior to the 8.1 update I was able to run java fine on the desktop IE10.  For work this is essential, as I access dropbox to upload files, etc.  I'd much rather keep using IE, however since 8.1 I get an alert that some of my add-ons are not compatible
with the new enhanced security features, etc.
I turned off "Enhanced Protected Mode", toggled various settings, uninstalled/reinstalled latest java, etc.  Still nothing working.  I'd rather not get a new browser as I love IE... any solutions?
I'm running a 64bit OS & processor, high-end machine.
Many, many thanks!

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So dad bought my mom a new laptop for her birthday. Of course it has(had) Windows 8 on it. She did not like it & we have a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate on hand to reformat the laptop. Well everything has gone well on the install for windows 7. Everything seems to be working except for the wireless card. I will update this post if needed because I don't remember the particular model of the Toshiba laptop but when I talk to my dad I will get it posted asap. I do have a parts number. P/N:PA3839U-1MPC. I have tried to look around for different drivers & what not but no luck so if someone could help that would be awesome. No rush but the quicker the better would be great. Thanks in advance.

A:Networking card isn't working after reverting back to win7 from win8

I could be wrong but I'm sure that is the Wireless N WiFi card RTL8188CE you can get the drivers here Realtek RTL8188CE but if you could get the exact model of the unit it would be really usefull in us helping you out

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Hi people,

i have the above problem since i upgraded Vista to windows 8. my soundcard seemsto work ok. My webcam is also working. i made sure i chose the right microphone on the control panel etc. so theoretically there is no reason why it shouldnt work.. but its not working.

im guessing it has to do with my laptop being quite old, hence no compatible drivers ? i have a Satellite L350.

what should i do?
simly buy a headset?


A:Satellite L350 - built in microphone is not working after Win8 upgrade

I can understand that you want to use newest OS on this old piece of hardware but it can be problematic to use it if the certain notebook model is not fully supported.

I think you are the first one who has reported about this issue. Unfortunately I cannot help you with this but if possible ask some friend if you can get headset and test audio out and mic ports.
It will be interesting to know if you will be able to use mic on headset.

Please post some feedback.

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The Outlook Instant Search and Advanced Search (when I press ctrl + shift + f) are not working. The Instant Search says it encountered an error and the Advanced Search just hangs when I run it.

What else can I do since I've already rebuilt the index? Can anyone help me? I can't seem to get an answer, and it would really help me if I could use this feature.

Even if the answer is that I have to completely reinstall Outlook, but I'm not sure that would even help. Maybe there's some virus, and I need to scrap my computer and use the rescue disks. I really hope I don't have to do that, but I will if it is the only way to get this feature to work.

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I have started having an issue over the past week (config/drivers/etc not changed in months) where sound will randomly not be output by HDMI.

System config/specs...
Win7 SP1 all patches, nearly a stock install... only running WMC and XBMC.
Only 3rd part stuff installed are SpeedFan an ATI drivers. (problem occurs if Speedfan is running, or not)
system runs 16 hrs per day, auto shutdown at night.
Dell Optiplex, 6GB RAM + Core2Duo E7400, SSD - no swap file
HDMI is the default, and only sound device enabled (disabled all others in OS)

History... was working perfectly for over 2 years. One Win7 rebuild in that time. Updated video card once and drivers occasionally.
Approx half the time when I start up WMC or XBMC sound output via HDMI does not work. The other half of the time it works fine.
-- to get it working I can open Sound CPL and run "test". Sound will play through HDMI and all is fine usually the rest of the day, but sometimes it has the problem again if I don't use the system for several hours.
-- it never faults (stops working) while in use... only on initial XBMC or WMC startup... again system is always running hours before I start the apps.

Any ideas?

A:HDMI Sound randomly not working - test in settings gets it working?

This sounds like a problem with the video driver pack (also includes hdmi audio driver)
I would completely remove what you have now then download and reinstall the latest fresh again.
It could just be a glitch in the matrix so to speak.

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Hi Guys,

I am a member of the sevenforums and currently have a win8 laptop so thought I'd sign up here (seems to be the same people behind both forums).

I'm having a little trouble and would really appreciate some feedback.

My Lenovo ideapad z500 had 2 keys (K and I) that stopped working (they worked on the touchscreen) and then after that the delete, 8, and arrow keys topped working. Not sure why.

Before I get the keyboard replaced I'm wondering if it could be something else? There's no water damage and I haven't dropped it so I'm confused. I was told it has to be water damage but maybe 1 drop from the condensation on a glass of water is all I can think that may have affected it.

Would be great for some input on this issue.


A:Laptop Keys Stopped working - Lenovo Ideapad Z500 Win8

I was told it has to be water damage

Not true. In fact, water in the keyboard normally does not cause permanent damage. That is, once the water dries, all works again - most of the time. But that does depend on many variables - type of keyboard membrane, how much water, if just water (no sugars or cream, for example), and how much dust, dirt, oily hair/dander, cigarette smoke, cookie crumbs, etc. are under the keys when the water was spilled. The greater damage generally comes when the water works it way through the keyboard and into the computer's electronics.

I would try a regular PC keyboard first to see what happens. If all the keys work properly with a standard USB keyboard, then you can be pretty certain it is the notebook keyboard at fault, and not something more serious.

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Brand new laptop running windows 8.1 Touchpad works for about 30 seconds after windows boots up then stops. Tried downloading latest drivers from Toshiba site but it didn't fix the problem. Tried the touchpad function keys but that is not the issue. Called Toshiba support and they suggested sending it in for a factory reset.

I also have a problem with AMD graphics going split screen after computer goes into a sleep state. Downloaded and installed latest drivers for this on advice of Tech support but not fixed either.

I'm a bit concerned as a search shows both these problems not uncommon and iv'e spent a lot of time copying over data and installing software, don't want to lose it and lose time waiting for factory reset if I have to send ot back.

Anyone have any ideas?

A:Satellite L855 and Win8.1 - Touchpad stops working after login window

Factory reset is best way to fix this but have you upgraded your machine following step-by-step instructions from http://www.toshiba.eu/innovation/generic/windows8_1-message/ ?

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hai every one,

I was install windows8 in a dell inspiron n5110.
After finishing installation the lap was rebooting.
For few sec laptop monitor working and windows8 logo appeared,
but when it enter to the user logon screen monitor display goes to black.
again and again I reboot the lap the same problem.
by accidently I connect the extend monitor and reboot the system win8 start and the logo is displayed in lap monitor when user logon screen comes the lap display goes black but extended display shows the screen.
I check the display drivers of lap its ok.
I was tried to change the display setting in projected second screen display on personalization setting. there also I can't get display in laptop.
if I install win 7 it work very well
I activated win8 already..
anybody help me to solve the problem
thanks in advance....

A:laptop screen not working but extended display work well after booting win8

Perhaps the resolution being set by windows 8 is too high for the screen to show on the laptop? Check device manager to see if there's any issues with the video or display.

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I currently have Win7 & Win8 preview in separate partitions on the same machine. I am trying to figure out the best way to install win8 pro on my system and keep my current dual boot setup with Win 7 intact and stay legal.

So....I have a 3 licence family pack of windows 7 of which I have used only 1 licence. Is there some way I can use one of the remaining win7 licences to upgrade win8pro over top of the Win8 preview and keep my current dual boot win7/win8 setup(legally) and without messing up my current Win7 installation (or Win 8 preview installation for that matter)? Is there any advantage in getting the OEM version instead?

A:Question- upgrading win7HP/win8 preview dual boot to win7/win8 pro

If I understand it correctly; Anyone dual booting a legit version of Window Vista, XP or Win7 and Win8 RP can use the upgrade version of Win8 to do a clean install over the Win8 RP version.

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I just purchased an HP Pavilion 20 All-In-One desktop computer that unfortunately had Windows 8 on it - I needed a computer immediately and no one in town had an all in one with 7 pro. I purchased Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit OEM software (from reputable store; computer is 64bit) and thought it would be an easy install - insert disk, follow directions. It acts as if it's installing windows 7, but when it gets to the screen which shows the language, time and - forgot the last drop down choice, I don't have use of the mouse or keyboard. I can't tab, use arrow keys, or anything. I have spent hours searching online before bothering anyone for free advice, but now I'm looking for free advice. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Also, do I post this in Windows 7 Pro or 8 ?

Let me add that this All In One does not have the touch screen monitor.

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Can someone please help me.
I installed Windows 8. Then created a new partition and installed Ubuntu on it.
But now if I want to select Windows 8 in Grub, it waits a couple of seconds and then restarts Grub.
Image: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0B...lFrTnZORlE3T0U
Has anyone an idea how to get Win8(Consumer Preview) working again?

Thanks for every answer

A:Installed Ubuntu,Win8. Now if I select Win8 in Grub it won't start.

Have you tried the Ubuntu forums? I see this thread, perhaps it will help.

[ubuntu] Dual booting 11.10 and Windows 8 - Ubuntu Forums

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