My current aging computer has an internal 750GB HDD, which is made up mostly of files inside My Documents/My Pictures/My Music/My Videos folders. I just ordered the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 w/ 256GB SSD. I also ordered an external USB 3.0 500GB SSD, so that between the Surface's 256GB SSD and the external 500GB SSD I can transfer all my data from my aging computer.
My question: I would like to set up Windows 8.1 so that the Surface Pro 2 with its 256GB SSD will include the OS, apps, and My Documents folder, and that the attached external USB 3.0 500GB SSD will hold the My Pictures/My Music/My Videos folders. If I'm away from home for the day (or a few days), I will only take the Surface Pro 2 with me and likely leave the external SSD behind because I mostly use the stuff in My Documents.
So, specifically, I'd like to know if you think I should set up Windows with all these folders on the Surface Pro 2, but have the My Pictures/My Music/My Videos folders be empty except for a LINK to folders on the external SSD which will include the actual content (files) of these folders, or should I actually MOVE those three system folders from the 256GB SSD onto the external 500GB drive?
I bought a new PC with Windows 8.1 and I probably set up stuff wrong at the start.
I set up my wife and 2 daughters as Administrators like me but I thought that they would not be able to see my Documents or Pictures or Music as my Profile has a password. But they were able to see all my Music, Documents and Pictures.
Previously in Windows XP, all our stuff was separate and they didn't see any of my files.
Thinking all I had to do was make them Standard Users and this would rectify the issue but obviously it didn't. I have left them at Standard Users hoping for a solution from you people here on this Forum.
So I am asking is there a way on Windows 8.1 to have my stuff Private for me and for no one to see it?
Windows 8.1. I built a new computer yesterday, and installed Windows 8.1. I had previously run Windows 7 on my older computer.
Everything was working great, till today I decided to move my documents, pictures, music, and video folders to a different drive. I succeeded fine with documents, music, and video, however pictures seem to be a little messed up.
see the below screenshot:
At the top, you will see it lists folders for music twice, both folders show my music files in them. I realize these are probably just pointers to the music folder, but now I have music twice, and pictures is not up there.
However, when I check to show libraries in the navigation pane, you will on the same screen shot, it does list documents, music, pictures, and video there as it should.
How I can get those folders back up at the top as they should be?
In setting up a new Acer Aspire V I have managed to rename the default Pictures folder Documents and I now have two folders called Documents - see below:
I was trying to move the Documents and Pictures folders to DropBox (because DropBox is encrypted) in order to have all contents synced. I believe the problem may have arisen because Windows 8.1 (I upgraded from installed Windows 8 immediately after buying the PC and before the install of Office 365) may have put the Documents folder in Skydrive folder by default.
To complicate matters Acer also has some form of cloud storage that may be in the mix -the clear.fi folder below? It is worth noting that the two folders below appear in both Documents folders (above) even although one still had the old Pictures icon - see above.
Here is a shot of the folders currently in the relevant user folder:
Is there any way to unscramble this mess and get the folders to DropBox?
So I understand that SKYDRIVE makes it easy to access your documents or pictures from different devices. Can it be used, in essence, as a external hard-drive <per se> to back up your pictures and important documents? I'm not quite understanding how it works. I think it works like a dropbox, but wondered about using it for BACK-UP rather than purchasing an external drive?
I have a new Dell Vostro 270MT running Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. I'm having a problem in that the Metro Apps (Music, Pictures, etc) are not seeing any files on a second internal HDD.
I have gone into Windows Explorer and explicitly added the file location (e.. E:Music) to the relevant Library (e.g. My Music). When I click on the library, the files appear there and I can open them from within Windows Explorer (by selecting the file and choosing "Open with"). Individual music files will open with any of the installed programs including Music, Media Player or VLC. Similarly picture files are visible in Photo Viewer or Pictures.
But when I return to the Metro/Start screen and select the relevant app (e.g. Music) - no files appear.
If I copy a file across to the main library on C: - then the file will appear in the app. (But I want to keep all my data on a 2nd internal HDD rather than fill up my C: drive).
I have tried:
- Uninstalling and reinstalling the app - Explicitly setting the folder type to "Music" or "Pictures" or whatever is relevant, as well as keeping it as "General" - I have added the file to the library by (1) going into the library and adding it to the list of locations to be accessed, as well as (2) going to the E: drive, selecting the folder and adding it to the library
I am trying out Xbox Music and a Lumia 920. I am downloading songs from Xbox Music and creating playlists, but it never shows up Windows 8 desktop. When I add songs and playlists on my desktop, they show up on the Lumia 920.
Using the Windows 8.1 music app, I have properly setup my library to load from my second HDD, but it only loads 80 artists out of over 120. All my music is properly tagged and in Artist/Year - Album/ folder format.
I deleted my music from my music app and cannot re-add it. The files were added automatically the first time, but now the app won't add them. Can I refresh the cache for the music app or what can I do?
I recently migrated to Windows 8. My music collection stumbled along the way and I had to re-fetch artwork for a few albums in WMP. I also set it up in iTunes. My default app for MP3s is WMP. As you can see below, artwork only appears when in the folder view (which somewhat defeats the purpose of libraries in the first place). I'd prefer to sort them by artist, with album art displayed without a folder, as it should and as it did in Windows 7.
Art appears in folder view but not artist or album view.
On a related note, I recently added many new MP3s to my collection. When I opened Xbox Music for the first time afterwards, it seemed to be downloading art to add it to my older albums, all of which have art. Then the process was somehow interrupted. I believe I closed the app. Then, when I opened it again, none of them had art.
I had recently replaced my HDD with SSD, So I had backed up & erased all the personal files including music, videos etc from respective folders, Actually there is no files other than system files, programs, softwares in the SSD now, I had done disk cleanup, defrag , clearing of temp, prefetch folders etc before starting the cloning everything from HDD to SSD,
After replacement, now I could see all my collection of songs/music in the Now Playing section of Music App (Modern app), No music files are actually present for me to locate in any of the folders when I go through for explorer,
I'm not able to play the music files by clicking it from Music App , & when I delete it from there by right clicking it - temporarily goes away but returns when i close the App and opens it again..
I had unchecked & checked the indexing option in the Music folder (File Explorer) - properties & restarted system, checked, But still all the music files are listed in the App, how to clear the music file listings from the Music app permanently which are not really present in the system?
I have had Win 8 on this computer since I bought it about a year ago (came stock). When I first got the computer I went to the Windows store and added some apps. At the time all of those apps I added worked properly. Then I just did not use any of them since really. So I don't know when Metro apps stopped working for me but it has been a while as I have noticed it when occasionally getting to that start screen and trying one out. Did not work and did not care at the time.
I have really only used the desktop mode this entire time.
I have the start button installed and have not had any trouble.
Today when I went to do the Win 8.1 update I was not able to do so as I could not get in to the store and also noticed that the Metro apps were not working. I would tap on one and nothing would happen. Most importantly was the store I was trying to open.
Still I can open any of the programs that I have installed on the desktop from their copies on the Metro screen but none of the programs that I installed from the store including the store itself work. When I click them nothing happens except for Explorer which shows up as a "Metro App" and works. The Store itself will flip open to a blank screen and then back to it's tile when I click it.
So none of the Metro apps work at all, not a huge deal but would be nice if it and the desktop programs did work.
I have read the troubleshooting information from Microsoft and it appears that either I am not doing something right or it is not working. For example when I run wsreset,exe I get an error message "Windows can not find 'ms-windows-store-PurgeCaches" I also signed up for a Microsoft account which was supposedly necessary for using the Microsoft store and while it now shows me as signed in on the Metro Start page it did nothing .
I really would not like to use the restore partition on my laptop to start fresh because I have some very expensive programs that I do not have the discs to reinstall and fear I would loose them. Sony Vegas 11 Pro and Photshop etc..
In the end I honestly do not like Win8 Metro and will probably continue to use it in desktop mode all the time. What prompted me to upgrade to 8.1 was mostly an alert that I only had a certain amount of time left to do the update and figured that I would go ahead and do so now.
While I have the start button on my account to use for the desktop mode it has disappeared from another person I let on as a user and this would add the start button for them by upgrading. Perhaps not a great reason to upgrade as I have not read in depth about any negatives to upgrading to Win 8.1. I guess that is another subject all together but I am concerned that the Metro part not working is just not my computer working optimally.
I did recently replace the 750Gig 5400RPM HDD with a Samsung 840 EVO SSD and the computer itself has been running much better. Boots up in a tiny fraction of the time it did before etc.. So I think I am getting as much performance I am going to get with this i3 processor and max 6 Gigs of RAM. But this Metro issue has been going on for a long time. I do have the option of having a clone of the installed drive by having the original drive available still in case that matters.
I purchased my cyberpowerpc from newegg.com back in June of 2013 and since I've received it I've had a number of BSOD issues including a hard crash that forced me to reload the OS from the partition, i'm at my whits end with it, I've recently ran a memory test with both Memtest86 and Memtest86+ and both came up with more errors then i can count... I haven't tried taking any memory sticks out because I've seen at least 6-8 variants to each BSOD error message and I'm not sure what can be wrong at this point...
I upgraded to 8.1 earlier this evening and was greeted by an extremely unpleasant error in that all of my Metro apps have now become non-functional, including the Windows Store and the PC Settings apps.
I have spent the last 2 hours trying numerous solutions to the issue, none of which work. The only remaining option seems to be to try "refreshing" my Laptop, but this is not an option as I do not own any Windows 8.1 Installation media. I used the $15 Windows 7 to Windows 8 upgrade offer a few years back, so I don't even have an original Windows 8 CD.
I also really cannot download an ISO as I am currently on satellite internet, it took me nearly two days to download the 8.1 update so I would rather avoid doing that if possible.
I've checked my file permissions, I've tried all of the Powershell commands suggested here and here, none of it has worked. When I attempt to do the powershell commands I get the following error:
Code: Add-AppxPackage : Deployment failed with HRESULT: 0x80073CFE, The package repository is corrupted.error -1121: Windows cannot process a deployment operation because the package repository database encountered anESENT error. Use the Reset Your PC feature to recover your PC.
There has to be some way to fix this without formatting/refreshing.
I get frequent BSODs, AMD driver crashes, screen display errors, game crashes, running Windows 8.1 on my AMD A10-5700 APU w/ 8GB RAM. Videos in browsers (firefox, IE, and/or chrome) are common culprits, as are running certain games (recently, GTA IV). Sometimes the BSODs and driver crashes are repeatable (loading certain games or certain web sites). As far as I know, this has happened since day 1 with this computer (refurb from Lenovo), though the frequency waxes and wanes.
Can sometimes make games work better by reducing graphics settings.
Have tried refreshing windows; the ~30 .dmp files in the diagnostic report are since I did that, less than a month ago.
Have tried removing and reinstalling AMD catalyst drivers.
Have tried removing RAM sticks one at a time, but still get the same problems. Windows Memory Diagnostic did not detect any errors.
is it possible to disable all IE addons including adobe flash player using regkey? I tried "HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftInternet ExplorerMain", "Enable Browser Extensions", "REG_SZ", "no" but not working
I have a Lenovo G505s AMD A8 Laptop, fairly new to Windows 8 as this is my first platform running it. Not had the system long, but generally finding it ok except for this one problem thats decided to arise:
All apps, including the Windows Store fail to launch when clicked. They display a splash screen but no loading symbol, the splash screen hangs for about a minute and then the whole app shuts off again. This started with the calculator from what I can see, but now it seems to affect all of them. I've tried multiple theories from several forums and sites but nothing has made a difference.
If possible I don't want to have to refresh or reinstall Windows 8 as I have a fair amount of software I've installed and don't want to have to go through installation all over again.
How to disable libraries in Win 8? I would like them totally gone. No reference anywhere. No turning back up like a bad penny. I know where I put my files. This is not a convenience, it's an intrusion. I am sure they are a good thing for some, but not for me.
I'm currently running my Windows 8 system from a 125GB SSD with all my music, movies etc. on a 1TB partitioned SATA drive. My libraries are all set up to point to the different partitions and they are also included in my indexing options.
I'm having a problem with searching within my libraries at the moment. My Music is not returning any results when I search directly within the library, yet when I search my C: drive the files are displayed (with their paths showing their correct paths e.g. M:My MusicBeastie Boys.....)
I'm using Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit. If I go to Control Panel/Windows Update/View Update History KB2919442 is shown as installed successfully on the 12 March 2014 "BUT" if I go to Control Panel/Windows Update/Installed Updates there is no KB2919442 listed.
If I download KB2919442 directly from Microsoft and try to install it manually it says "This update is not applicable to your computer"
I'm obviously having no success trying to install KB2919355 as it never shows as available in Windows Update and if I download it manually from Microsoft and try installing manually I get the same error message "This update is not applicable to your computer"