Maintenance :: No Option To Enable System Protection For Files?

Feb 21, 2014

I was attempting to enable my system protection in order to allow me to restore individual files to a previous state. Unfortunately when I go to do so the option is not available at all.

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Maintenance :: Missing System Protection Tab - Cannot Create Restore Point

Jan 25, 2014

I have no system protection tab in System Properties box, hence I cannot create a restore point. Looking for the answer to get this tab enabled or reinstalled. I am logging in with Admin rights.

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Maintenance :: Turning On System Protection On External Hard Drive

May 19, 2014

I created some windows 8 system images(Using the internal system image tool). Now I find restore points more useful, but I would have to turn the system protection on for an external hard drive. The problem is that I don't understand the sophisticated message Using system protection on a drive that contains system image backups will cause other shadow copies to be deleted faster than normal. Does it mean, that under some circumstances my manually created full system images could be deleted to create a restore point? I would like to keep the system images. Also, I hope it doesn't override existing directories on this harddrive, but I don't want to try it out without being sure.

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Maintenance :: Windows Resource Protection Found Corrupt Files

Sep 15, 2014

Windows resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them..

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Can't Enable Boot Option In Laptop

Mar 1, 2014

Samsung Laptop 365E5C-S05. Under Boot Option Priority, in the Setup Utility the Boot option #1 is Windows Boot Mangager (PO....1). It is disabled. How can I enable it? There is no box to check to enable it.

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Maintenance :: Troubleshoot Option Under Advanced Startup Option Missing

Oct 23, 2013

The Troubleshoot icon that should be under the 'Advanced Startup' Option is missing. System is a new Dell Latitude 10 ST2 Tablet running Windows 8. Have access to 9 other identical tablets, all configured the same and they all have the Troubleshoot Option. Have tried multiple methods of getting to "Advanced Startup" display (including Safe mode, 'shutdown /r /o', etc.), but all result in only having the 'Continue', 'Use a Device', and 'Turn Off your PC' options - No Troubleshoot. Other than missing this icon, system is working fine. Shy of wiping the disk and starting over.

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Maintenance :: Making Backups Of Files And System?

Sep 21, 2013

what it really means to "back up" your data. I got a Seagate drive for making backups. Before I install it I need clarification.

The more I read about backups, files, settings and disc images I get more confused. I see that if I don't do it right and my computer crashes, I may have not saved what I needed.

First should I use the software supplied with the Seagate drive? Or use Windows?

Do all my files need to be in the libraries folder to get saved? Like documents, music, pictures and videos?

Do I need to make a system disc also? This is just to boot up the PC if it fails?

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Maintenance :: Can Corrupt System Files Cause BSODs?

Jul 22, 2014

In my laptop, SFC or DISM cannot fix corrupt files so I have to manually replace them but can these corrupt system files cause BSODs? Im asking because I am having BSODs ...

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Maintenance :: SFC Cannot Repair Corrupted System Files

May 16, 2013

After getting infected and buying an antvirus and cleaned my system i run "sfc /scannow" and it says some protected system fiels are corrupted but its not able to fix them.

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Maintenance :: How To Copy Files Before System Backup

Jan 31, 2014

I am using EaseUs Todo Backup Home. I relocated the installer folder's files from ssd to hd. Do I need to copy the files back before I do a system backup?

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Maintenance :: Backup All Programs And Files Without System Image?

Mar 12, 2014

I recently got myself into a quandary. I installed 4 additional drives with the intent of creating a RAID volume that's supported by the BIOS. In order to do that I must change the BIOS setting for the controller which includes all volumes including my boot drive (which I don't intend to RAID.) The problem I have is that when I switch the controller from UEFI to RAID, Windows Recovery will not use the System Image that I made. It says the volume was created under a different setting (Bios vs. EFI).

What are my options? Is there a different backup setting that will preserve all my installed software? I'm not concerned about data which I can copy to an external volume but it would take several days to get all my software reinstalled. I'd like to avoid that. I assume I will have to reinstall Windows 8.1 Pro and then use a backup program to restore everything else. If that's the case, then I need to know which backup program will work. If there's a better way, I'd love to know. I see my options as either, get another backup program, get a separate controller card for either the boot drive or the RAID volume, or reinstall everything.

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Enable Large System Cache Is Disabled By Default?

Aug 8, 2013

How come Enable Large System Cache is disabled by default?, why is it disabled by default on both Windows 7 and 8? and should one enable it on these new CPUs? does it have any benefits?

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Maintenance :: How To Enable Superprefetch And Prefetch

Mar 9, 2014

do you have superprefetch and prefetch enabled? i disabled both and windows8.1 seems faster on my ssd evo pro

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(Windows 8.1) Refresh Install Option (some Files Are Missing)

Jun 15, 2014

what do I do if the refresh install on Windows 8.1 says that I'm missing files?

I installed Windows 8 from a retail disc and upgraded to 8.1 via Windows Update. I can't use the Windows 8 disc, it says invalid media.

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Tablets :: OneDrive Doesn't Have Option To Use Files Offline?

May 21, 2014

Just bought a Windows 8 tablet, and not knowing anything about it. Specifically what we were trying to do today was sync his documents from his desktop to the tablet. OneDrive seemed the easiest way to do that, so I installed the OneDrive app on his desktop and logged him in on the tablet. And there were the files. But the problem is, they're on the cloud, and he wants to be able to access them offline.

Through googling, I discovered that there is supposed to be an option in OneDrive to "make all files available offline," supposedly accessible through the Charms bar, under Settings -> Options. But alas, I followed all the directions everywhere, and that option was not there. I took an appropriate screenshot:

Similarly, there is no option to "make available offline" when I access options for individual documents within OneDrive (by swiping up or down).

Why is this option not where it is supposed to be?

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Search Not Finding Files - Location Option Grayed Out

Oct 1, 2013

My file search is not finding files which I know are there, including files that I find and then try a search to see if windows eight can also find them. I have tried all the solutions' offered by googling 'windows 8 not finding file' such as the troubleshooter . One suggestion was to change the location of where to search to 'everywhere' but this option is greyed out.

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Maintenance :: How To Enable Memory (RAM) Usage In Win8 32bit

Jan 30, 2013

How to enable my 4GB Memory Ram on my Windows 8 32bit? When I check my system info..

4GB(2.92 usable)

Is anything here knows how to enale all 4gb memory as usable?

I'm really disappointed when i discover that this is how the result be when i upgraded my memory from 2gb to 4gb..

Otherwise the 1gb un-usable memory will going to be useless!

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SkyDrive Turns (Access All Files Offline) Option Off In Windows 8.1 Pro Almost Daily

Feb 5, 2014

having issue with SkyDrive turning "Access all files offline" option OFF automatically in Windows 8.1 Pro? This happens almost daily, sometimes within few hours of turning it on.

I manage a lots of PCs, and this problem is not on just one PC, this happens on a lot of PCs randomly. All these PCs have separate Microsoft accounts.

i'm looking for is 100% available offline, all the time. Never had an issue before this integration of SkyDrive with Windows 8.1.

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Setup Installation :: Backup Win 8.1 - Cannot Find Option To Repair Disc And System Image

Jun 28, 2013

How to Backup Windows 8.1 ? I can not find the option to repair disc and system image .

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Maintenance :: Could Not Enable File History - Doesn't Recognize Drive

Oct 18, 2013

I am getting the errors Could Not Enable File History: The System Cannot Find the File Specified and File History Doesn't Recognize This Drive. I tried deleting the File History folders on the external drive and in the AppData folder (although the File History folders never contain any files, they are always empty). I tried sharing the File History folder on the external drive with Everyone. Nothing has worked.

I've also tried to select another drive or reselect the external drive; I get the message "We found some files you previously copied using File History" and asks if I would like to move them. It won't let me choose No, i.e. choosing No has the same effect as choosing Cancel. If I choose yes, I get an error message saying it can't complete the migration. It seems like I need to reset File History somehow and maybe get rid of these leftover files (although I don't know where they would have come from, because I don't think I've ever turned on File History in the past, but I could be wrong there.) At any rate I don't know where these leftover files would be located because I've already deleted every File History folder I could find (in AppData and on external drive).

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Maintenance :: Enable Direct3D Acceleration For 32bit Apps In Windows 8

Aug 28, 2014

The Direct3D acceleration for 32bit Windows applications is disabled. I need to enable this so that most games and Direct3D using Windows Store apps start working again.

How it went:

Previously, Microsoft WDDM v1.0 drivers were installed (from Windows Update) and the system had no problems. Everything was working, well, almost everything. That was when I installed Minecraft. As I launched it, an error popped up saying 'pixel format not accelerated'. I researched on that and found out that it was an OpenGL issue. I downloaded and launched GPU Caps Viewer and found out OpenGL v1.1 on my system, whereas Minecraft needed 1.4 or more to run. I further researched and found that the Microsoft's WDDM v1.0 drivers supported the maximum OpenGL v1.1 (well, at least for my GPU). However on Intel's official site, it said my GPU CAN support OpenGL v1.4. And also on Minecraft forums someone said that Intel's drivers were needed for older GPU's in order for Minecraft to work. So I looked at the Download Center, but the latest drivers for my GPU were for Windows 7 32 and 64bit not Windows 8 [URL] .....

Upon thinking that at least Windows 7 drivers would work on Windows 8 if not XP's or Vista's, I downloaded the Windows 7 x64 drivers. They installed without an issue. Restarted my PC. Checked GPU Cap Viewer again, and voila! OpenGL version 1.4 was displayed. I re-installed Minecraft and it worked like a charm! Also checked another OpenGL animation software Blender and it was also working . But then I noticed something. Some Windows Store games and apps were exiting as soon as opened them. Also all the desktop games I have e.g Warcraft showed some Direct3D or DirectX related error. All of these applications were 32bit.

I then opened up "dxdiag".The 64bit version said "Enabled" for all three as you can see below:

But when I opened the 32bit one, first it said this:

And then on the display tab, Direct3D acceleration was disabled:

What have I tried:

1- As seen from some tutorials around the web, I went to Advanced Display settings but no troubleshoot tab was found:

So yeah, no moving the slider to right side to give 'Full' Direct3D/Hardware acceleration. Those XP days are long gone.

2- As stated above, I have updated the video drivers to 'Intel's' latest version. ( Also tried the second latest version just in case).

3- Updated the DirectX through web setup. It now says that newer or equivalent version is already installed. Also installed DirectX 9.0c (June 2010) all to no avail.

4- As referred by many people, I have checked this link: direct3D acceleration is not available in Windows 7 - Microsoft Community (look at the answer)
There is no "SoftwareOnly" registry key that I could change from 0 to 1.

5- Note that this problem persist only in 32bit Direct3D using applications NOT 64bit. The driver works well for the 64bit apps.

Now from what is stated above, it is clear that this issue caused by Intel's driver but it may also be a Windows problem too. And I think I am currently running out of options here. WDDM drivers are nice but wouldn't it be great if you could have OpenGL v1.4 along with Direct3D enabled? So I could run things like Minecraft. As a side note, a year ago I had Windows 7 32bit installed having latest Intel's drivers and with Direct3D enabled without an issue. Now this problem either could be because of Windows 8 or drivers.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 - Enable Restore Paints To Be Created Automatically?

May 24, 2013

I have read that two reasons could cause restore points not to be created automatically:

services. msc not enabled
2-task scheduler off.

I cannot find system restore or restore points in either place and am not sure what to do in either. How to enable restore paints to be created automatically?

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Accounts :: Deleted User Account / Selected Keep Files Option But Folder Empty?

Mar 20, 2014

Windows 8.1

Started a new account, with admin privileges. Deleted old account also with admin privileges. Selected the "KEEP FILES" option. Deleted account. A folder pops up in desktop, with the computer's name. Under that folder there was another folder with old user name, and under that folder there was yet another folder also with old user name. Completely empty.


I don't have a restore point to which to retrieve my files. The c: disk says there is 600GBs of free space, previously I had only 300. All the library from my old user account have been wiped. I also checked Recycle Bin which is empty. The current account has admin privileges and is set to show hidden files. I was told that it might be under c:Users. I checked that with CMD and two folders were titled "." and "..", they don't show under file explorer.

I am running Recuva right now, but from what I understand that won't be able to restore file names and fragmented files, which are both critical. I also had an encrypted file with a none standard extension which might be ignored by Recuva.

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Maintenance :: No Power Option In Windows 8

Jan 23, 2013

I recently upgraded to Windows 8 (64-bit) and noticed I don't have power options available. I own an HP Pavilion DV7, usually when I leave the laptop to do something over night, I go into "Choose what closing the lid does" and I get the error saying my power plan info is not available. Whenever I try to create a powerplan it tells me the same thing, but when I hit next, it tells me it can't find the file specified. I have no power options at the moment. I tried resetting to defaults using cmd, rebooted, and the only power option I had (Razer Gamebooster) was gone, and had nothing after.

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Hidden Files - Auto Disable / Restore Auto Enable?

Jan 21, 2013

I enabled display hidden and system files, but system auto-disable its... I make it about three times, always with the same result. I don't know what causes this problem, I can't reproduce its (it isn't after reboot).

Also I have similar problem with system restore.I disabled it, but system turned it on again.

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Maintenance :: Windows 8.1 Won't Retain Changes To Power Option Settings

Sep 15, 2014

I've been trying to change my power options. I go into Power Saver, "change plan settings," and try to change the "On battery" setting from "Put the computer to sleep: 3 minutes" to "Put the computer to sleep: Never." (I want to make this change because I have a Dell XPS, and it can have difficulties waking up from sleep.)

I've made this change a number of times, but after a while my computer simply reverts back to the 3 minute setting on its own. So, I leave the machine alone for a few minutes, I come back, and it's asleep...even though I thought I had changed the setting to 30 minutes. And in fact, I *had* changed the setting to 30 minutes; the computer is somehow reverting to 3 minutes on its own.

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Maintenance :: How To Add Option To Delete On Reboot When Right Click A File

Feb 20, 2013

I found a registry trick that is supposed to add an option to "delete on reboot" when you right click a file. To allow you to schedule files to be deleted when the computer restarts (incase they are currently in use and cant be). The registry edit looks like this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT*shellDelete on rebootcommand]@="CMD /E:OFF /C REG ADD HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentversionRunOnce /v "Del %1 OnNextReboot" /d ^"cmd.exe /c DEL /F /Q "%1"" /f""


A: how to edit the registry to make this trick work in windows 8 too.or if not possible
B: how to remove the registry edit and take away the broken "delete on reboot option"

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Maintenance :: Power Saver Settings Option Windows 8?

Aug 30, 2013

Use of the Power Saver Setting in Windows 8 lowers my pc temperature (at idle) by at least 6 degrees. Using this setting, my pc now idles at 27 degrees C. When I use High Performance, my idle temp is usually at least 33 degrees, or more. For those who have problems with their pc's running warm, this is just one of the things I've found which works for temperature lowering. My biggest impact on lowering temp was air cleaning the pc case interior - getting all the fuzzy balls out...... At one point, my idle temp was in the 50 to 60 degree range and I figured my disk was failing. After checking for a possible problem, I found much of the problem was my own maintenance procedure failure. So, if your pc seems to be running rather high, look around for the simple solutions - clean pc, use power settings, etc.

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Maintenance :: How To Create System Image Backup And Move Hidden System Partition

Nov 5, 2013

I am trying to create a system image backup and I keep getting this error message

[COLOR=#FF0000]'Threre is not enough disk space to create the volum shadow copy on storage location. Make sure that for all volume to be backup up, the minimum disk space required for shadow copy creation is available. this applies to both the backup storage destination and volume included in the backup. Minimum requirement for Volumes less than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 50 megabyte of free space. for voulimes more than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 320 megabytes of free space. Recommended at least 1 gigabytes free of disk space on each volumes if volumes size is more than 1 gigabytes (0x80780119)"

I am backing it up to a external HDD with over a tb of free space but I understand its not letting me perform the backup because the hidden 100mb hidden system partition is full...if i create a larger partition how can I copy that system partition to it? if that is possible....

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Maintenance :: Enabling Startup Apps Option In CACS Window?

Jul 12, 2014

I have Windows 8.1 Update Enterprise 64-bit.

I noticed that, in the "Change Action Center settings" window, the "Startup Apps" option is disabled. How come? How do I enable it?

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Maintenance :: Windows 8 Laptop No Longer Allows To Select Option Out Of Power Saver

Jan 30, 2013

My windows 8 laptop no longer allows me to select an option out of Power Saver, Balanced, High Performance, Power4Gear Battery Saving, and Power4Gear High Performance. It is set to High Performance, and any time I try to click another option it immediately returns to High Performance.

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