Dell :: How To Exit Any App In Windows 8.1

Mar 28, 2014

I've started to like the new operating system a lot, but one thing puzzles me. If I open up an adobe file, or use a media player, I'm left in a screen that seems to have no "X" or exit button in the upper right hand corner. If I search through the settings I can't see anything that would close the app. Does going back to the desktop or the metro screen automatically shut down the window and process for the particular app?

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Dell :: Windows 8.1 - Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 Not Restart After Exit

Mar 29, 2014

I recently bought a Dell Inspiron with Windows 8.1. I loaded Paint shop Pro Photo X2 and the program runs fine. However if I exit the program I am unable to restart it. I changed the compatibilty setting to Windows XP service pk 3 and I was able to restart it. But the next day it won't restart.  I have to turn off the computer and turn it back on to get the program running.

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Dell :: Inspiron 5537 Laptop Can't Exit Sleep Mode After Updating To Windows 8.1

Jan 18, 2014

After I updated to windows 8.1 two things happened:

1-The laptop can't exit sleep either restarts or stops working (with the screen off and the power light on)  every time I try to exit sleep mode. i haven't been able to solve this problem.

2- When the screen turn off after leaving the laptop idle for a while it won't turn on....this happened after I installed the latest AMD display driver from the AMD website......I managed to solve the problem by downgrading  to the AMD driver version provided on the dell website.......sadly this driver causes lagging in games on the contrast of the version provided on the AMD website.

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How To Exit From PC Settings

Oct 26, 2013

When I open PC Settings to change something etc.. I do not see where I can exit it. If I scroll my cursor to the upper left side of the screen the desktop pic shows up so I can go back there, but now the PC Settings icon appears whenever my cursor is near the upper left of the screen and switches back to it. . Is there a way to completely exit out of PC Settings when you're finished?

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Why Can't Exit Metro / Tattoo With Just Win Key

Sep 8, 2013

I'm fine starting up in the Metro View. Panels and purple are friggin' great. Oh yeah. I love Windows 8.

But what is disproportionately annoying is that you HAVE to click on the [Desktop] panel with your mouse to get to the Desktop view that first time after a bootup. ???

Once you've done that, just once, THEN the Win key will work seamlessly to toggle back and forth - which is of course exactly how it should be.

Is it some kind of security protocol? Maybe if you delete the [Desktop] panel entirely you don't have access to the desktop view, thus allowing for some kind of Admin configuration for limited use?

Why? Is there a workaround? Is this a 8.1 thing and if I'd just shut-up the pain will go away in a couple months?

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Sep 4, 2012

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Sep 15, 2014

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May 8, 2014

I am using FF29. Since installing this, everytime I exit, when I come back even if hours later, it says FF is already running, and I have to Task Manager kill it.

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Tablets :: HTML5 YouTube In IE10 (Modern) - Cannot Exit Full Screen?

Mar 25, 2013

On my Dell Latitude 10, when viewing HTML5 YouTube videos in full screen on IE10 in Modern mode, I can't bring up the playback or screen size controls. Tapping the screen shows the title of the video and the share and info icons, but nothing else. I can pinch to zoom the video, and can drag it around a little and see the actual page for the video underneath, but I haven't found a way to actually close full screen mode. When I switch to the Flash version of YouTube everything works as expected, i.e. tapping the screen brings up the controls at the bottom of the video.

A co-worker has a Surface Pro, but I haven't seen how YouTube behaves on that yet to see if it's a problem specific to the Latitude.

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Apps / Software :: How To Exit Windowed Apps

Jun 25, 2014

Once I have entered into windows mode when using a Metro App, how do I exit Window mode and return to full screen and still be in the app?

Using Stardocks Modern Mix they have this ability, does Windows 8 not have this?

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Dell :: How To Activate Windows 8 On Dell I5 Laptop

Apr 25, 2013

windows 8

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Dell :: How To Restore Dell Picks Section In The Microsoft Store

Feb 24, 2013

I have Latitude 10 tablet that now has Enterprise edition of Windows 8 installed and this has removed the Dell Picks section in the Microsoft app store.  Is there any way to get this back?  I have an app installed on another device that is Dell exclusive and I cannot find any way to get it installed on the Latitude 10 even though it is a Dell device.

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Dell :: Getting 8.1 To Look Like Windows 7

Jan 28, 2014

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Dell :: No Sound With Windows 8.1

Jan 18, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I upgraded my computer from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1.  Just recently I haven't been receiving audio.  I have tried to uninstall the driver and reinstall it.  I have performed a clean boot.  I have even tried system restore.  Nothing wants to work.  I have tried updates for drivers through Dell Support, but Dell doesn't detect Windows 8.1.

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Apr 9, 2014

I've bought a Dell XPS 12 laptop (9Q33 model). It comes with preinstalled Windows 8. According to a support article I've found, this model supports upgrading to Windows 8.1. Where can I get this upgrade? It's absent in Windows Store.

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Dec 17, 2013

I have Inspiron 15R 7520.

It Came with windows 8.Recently i upgraded to windows 8.1

Now i want to get back to windows 8.

Can i restore to factory settings?

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Nov 13, 2012

I have just bought Dell XPS 12 Duo with Windows 8. I was used to working with Windows 7 and i have few VBS script which worked just fine in Windows 7. Now the same script would not work on Windows 8. How to resolve the problem so that i can run my VB Script.

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I have a new Dell laptop w/Windows 8 - 64 bit system. I installed my old printer (Dellv313w Inkjet) with updated drivers last week. It worked fine for a couple of days. Now I'm getting the message "nothing can be sent from the desktop" in devices. I cannot grasp the jargon of computers.

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Jan 21, 2013

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I looked for it in the bios but couldn't find it so I ran coreinfo.exe and found my processor has nx bit capabilities but i can't turn it on or off in the bios. I've tried installing W8 from the setup in sources file but it failed on reboot with the same nx bit error code.

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Nov 7, 2014

My Dell Inspiron All-In-One came with Win8 preinstalled. Purchased from Staples I have the pc for about a year and was forced to do the 8.1 upgrade. The upgrade went ok but now I'm seeing a message that Windows is not activated. I call Microsoft and they said it is a volume license key and I need the retail key. I called Staples - no luck.

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Jul 5, 2013

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Nov 26, 2013

I've been stuck without windows tiles for quite some time now. I've attempted many of the various tips and tricks out there to get this problem fixed.  The one I can't try is the system refresh because the windows tiles don't work which mean I can't open PC Settings to get that started.  

Is there a way I can do this without having to open PC Settings which wont actually open.

i have windows 8 installed and would love to upgrade to windows 8.1 but because the tiles dont work i cant open the windows store.  Just like most people out there the other tiles work like chrome etc just not the standard windows 8 ones.  no i dont have any additional antivirus or firewalls turned on. Yes I've tried to reset the tile service, yes I've tried the app diagnostic tool. Nothing is working.

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Apr 20, 2013

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Dell :: Locked Out Of Windows 8 Login?

Aug 6, 2014

Just purchased a new Inspiron Desktop from Dell and the Windows 8 setup was all going well...

1) set up computer account OK using existing hotmail account - accesses email Ok

2) reach stage of wanting to transfer user files from external hard disk

3) notice that top-level user directory and below on new machine are all read-only so figure I should turn that off

4) system starts changing attributes for hundreds(?) of files - I was only expecting a few directories to be affected so I cancel that process and set all back to read-only and load user files

5) BUT...  accessing email from the start page now just hangs - sits there with the rotating circles - everything else functioning OK

6) ran out of time so figure I'll investigate later - turn off system

7) now try to login on startup and after accepting account password it just sits there.  Occasionally the start screen (with blank icons) is flashed up very briefly.

8) Do some of the files under the user directory need to have write access?  But how can I now gain access to them if I can't get into the machine?

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Dell :: Windows 8.1 Is Not In Store (Alienware X51)

Dec 25, 2013

I can't upgrade to 8.1 as it is not in the store.

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Nov 16, 2012

On my v131, I newly installed windows 8, then I can't find the quickset for win8, so I installed quickset for win7. It partially works, because when I press the "wrench" button, it will trigger dell support center, but when I press the "gears" button, it won't trigger the quickset.exe but as the action as "winkey+x".

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Jan 12, 2013

I'm thinking of buying a new Dell desktop but not interested in Windows 8.  With my current Dell desktop I have the Windows 7 OEM disk for reinstallation. Could I use that disk to install Windows 7 on a new Dell PC (or maybe even just a partition of it) or will it refuse to install because it's a different machine?

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May 19, 2013

After formatting my win 7 (ultimate) to win 8,i'm facing some probs. After completing the installation my laptop gets restarted and preparing your desktop menu is not getting completed!! It says "your pc has encountered some errors and needs to be restarted". When it again restarts a blue screen appears saying "  your pc has unexpectedly restarted. Please install a new copy".

I get this message evry next time when i install the win 8. What's the prob?

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Jun 30, 2013

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Oct 24, 2013

XPS-15 L521X running Windows 8 Pro.  I have Intel Rapid Storage Manager installed and operating (thinking this may matter).  I have tried 4 times to upgrade to 8.1, no-go.  It completes the upgrade to the point of restarting after making all configurations (according to the message text), but on restart it goes from Dell logo to blank screen, though I can hear the disk churning, and the mouse shows when I swipe the keypad; mouse also shows a busy indicator.  I tried leaving the system alone last night for 6 hours, but when I came back it was still churning on the blank screen.  When I shut down the system via power button and re-booted, it restored the original windows 8 and gave me a message that the system could not be upgraded to 8.1.

I tried uninstalling my firewall/virus program and that didn't work.  At this point I don't care to guess anymore... I may call tech support and see what they say.  I see by others' posts around the internet that there seem to many problems upgrading to 8.1. 

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Dell :: Windows 8.1 - Seeing More Restore Points

Aug 31, 2014

I am running Windows v 8.1, would like to go back more than one restore point, and cannot do so.

When I click System/System Protection, click the [System Restore] button and choose the "Choose a different restore point" radio button, I am only offered a single restore point. I understand that some users also see a radio box reading "Show more restore points," but I have no such option. Is there a download available or some other way to see more than one restore point? I tried restoring in the hope that I could then see a prior restore point, but not such luck. The reason I need to do so is that I'm getting an annoying malware pop up in my browser and going back a restore point (or two) seems to be the only way I can find to make them stop displaying.

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