After installing Windows 8, I decided that I wanted to change my computer name. I followed the instructions online and changed it through Advanced System Settings. However, the old computer name keeps on showing up in Devices under Devices and Printers. I have looked at other posts in this forum
I have tried to change my screen brightness for the first time since downloading windows 8.1(about a month ago) and it is stuck a the lowest level. I have used the keys, the settings, and even the "Adjust screen brightness" button after clicking on the battery in bottom right of screen. I looked at my drivers and checked if my "Display adapters" needed to be updated, it didn't.
I just yesterday finished my new computer (16Gb RAM, i5-4470k, GTX 770, Win 8.1, etc.) and I just today realized that I cannot change the screen brightness. The button is grayed out and says "Unavailable" which I know cannot be possible.
Now, i have done my research and people say that the fix is to update your drivers through the Device Manager, and I have tried that to no avail. I have tried all possible combinations of "Display Adapters" and "Monitors" drivers. None work. I have been restarting my computer after every change .
One thing that I might add is that a lot of people remedy this problem by reverting their Intel Integrated drives back to an older version, but I do not have an option to change it's drivers. It shows up nowhere in the Device manager.
My eyes are burning as I am typing this and I would even go for a third-party brightness program (if that even exists).
Obviously there is no doubt that the n150+ or any Samsung note/netbook have had problems with not being able to control their devices brightness on Windows 7. This is because any driver after the OEM driver would change a particular number in the registry(regedit)
There were two fixes to this problem in WIndows 7. The simple way was to install the original VGA driver. The other was to change a specific number to 84 in the registries.
I have tried both and still can't adjust brightness with the fn keys. I've installed Easy Display Manager which is the software required to use fn key functions. Sound works automatically with or without the software.
I have an Acer Aspire 8930G with Windows 8.1 x64 and Windows 7 x86 as a dual-boot. I use 8.1 as my everyday OS and only boot into 7 to play older games that only work with a 32-bit OS.
Ever since I installed Windows 8, I have not been able to adjust the brightness of my screen. Note that this problem started since I installed 8, not 8.1, and before I put on the copy of 7 as a dual-boot. When I use Fn+left/right (the brightness keys on my PC), the brightness slider appears on-screen and goes up and down, but the brightness of the panel doesn't actually change. Using the Charm doesn't work either, nor does adjusting it through the Control Panel.
I have tried fiddling with my Power Options in the Control Panel and disabling adaptive brightness. I have tried several different driver versions for my GPU, a GeForce 9600M GT. None of this has worked.
In Windows 7, however, the brightness controls work fine. If I want to adjust my brightness for 8.1, I have to boot into 7, change the brightness there, and then boot back into 8.1, where it will keep whatever brightness setting I was using in 7.
Is there some messed-up thing in the Registry? Is my GPU's firmware maybe just not compatible with Windows 8? I took a look at TechPowerUp's repository of GPU BIOSes, but it appears I already have the most recent one.
I have a Sony VAIO VPCS11X9E and my screen brightness is at the lowest setting for some reason. Also, my FN keys for the brightness setting won't work. Any means of changing the brightness does not work, this does include the brightness bar when you go into settings.
I have tried so many driver installs, checked for any missing drivers or out of date drivers, but the only one that seems out of date is my Intel HD graphics which I HAVE updated, yet the Intel driver update checker says otherwise.
I have disabled AND enabled (just in case) the adaptive brightness, but it does NOT work.
I did have Windows 7 Ultimate running on before but decided to upgrade to Windows 8. Windows 7 never had any issues with brightness. Also when I load up, even thought I have replaced Windows 7 with Windows 8, it still loads up the dual boot screen asking me which OS I want to boot with. Booting with Windows 7 will blackout a few times then it will take me to the VAIO repair system. Windows 8 obviously takes me to Windows 8.
When the laptop boots up, the large letters or 'VAIO' are bright and normal and sometimes, but not always, when it gets to the dual boot screen, the brightness is normal. However, when this does happen, as soon as I move the mouse or click a button, the brightness immediately goes back down to very dim.
When it loads up into any other system or boot program the brightness is fine. For example when I go into Sony VAIO's recovery center, the brightness is ok. Also, if I boot into something like miniXP or a separate OS on a bootable disk or USB, the brightness is fine as well.
I have tried many driver fixes, but NONE of them work!! I have tried booting up into safe mode and trying to manually install certain drivers because that apparently works, but it does not make any difference at all.
Recently I turned on my computer (Acer Aspire V5 122-P) and went to change the brightness. And using the FN keys and changing the brightness returns the same value rather than changing it. The other FN keys such as Volume +/- and turning adapters on and off still work. It is just the brightness keys. I would like a fix as I need long battery life and this is causing excessive battery drain. (I have tried turning it off and on again to no avail)...
I bought Dell 5521 2weeks ago (8gb ram 1tb hdd i5 1.70ghz). Whatever, now, i can't use my FN+F4/F5 keys. I can't control/change my screen brightness. Other Fn keys are normal. I can use them but just i can't use my brightness. What should i do? A person said me that "download the Fn key's driver" but i don't know which driver is.
I have Lenovo G580 running 8.1 with intel HD4000 and Nvidia Geforce 610 & Intel CoreI5 3210 2.5GHZ 3rd generation the problem occurs after few days from updating the Intel video card which is simply i can't change the screen brightness whether using the [function+uparrow ] or control panel, it works well when i roll back the driver so am I stuck with the old driver which i can't update or what?
When I received my desktop with Windows 8, I went through the Set-Up steps....one of which was to create a Recovery Drive on D: (I also created a Windows 8 Recovery flash drive at that time)
Is this where the "factory settings" live and should be left alone? Or is it like a "backup" that I should be periodically updating? Could I get data from it? I have since upgraded to 8.1...so would the D: drive include that if I ever needed to use this drive? Should I create new/updated flash drive?
I updated to windows 8.1 and tried to run a program, Driver Booster (IOBit), and was unable to. It changed the cursor to a cursor w/ loading circle then kept it like that. It is still spinning as I type this. It requires admin privileges if that matters at all..
This desktop computer came with Windows 8 pre-installed and was updated to 8.1 from the MS free download around a year ago. While updates were automatically downloaded, the settings were not for auto updates. I attempted to install updates a few months ago but got many failures (as did many others I read about) and after installing KB2919355 the desktop was messed up and the missing profile problem was evident. Did a system restore which fixed everything and it has been stable ever since - with no updates installed.
Today after several attempts (and hours) I finally got all the Windows updates installed without failures, However, when any application icon shortcut is selected, the "Missing Profile" message comes up. I am able to start the program from the Program Files folder using the executable file and once started all appears normal. Tried re-creating the shortcuts on the desktop but get the same error message. This applies to Firefox, Thunderbird, Word, etc. Also notice that the pressing the windows key + X does not work but windows + C works as well as windows + R. Those keys and icons all work from the administrator logon so the problem seems isolated to the default user.
After researching the problem I created a new user (while under admin privileges) but no profile was created. When attempting to logon to the new user, the message "The User Profile Service service failed the sign-in. User profile cannot be loaded." Checked the User folder on the C: drive and the new user was not there.
So, before I give up and re-install windows 8.0 &8.1 ( and have to re-load a bunch of programs).
System Info Utility version 184.108.40.206 OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9 Processor Count: 4 RAM: 6026 Mb Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1984 Mb Hard Drives: C: Total - 937328 MB, Free - 666832 MB; Motherboard: Gateway, IPISB-VR Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
This happened the first time I started this pc. When 2 applications would play sound, one would be almost muted. It's really annoying, but after an hour of poking in the settings it fixed itself. I updated to 8.1, but the problem is back. YES: I have tried doing the stupid "do nothing when windows gets communications" and it DOES NOT WORK.
I bought a new xps12 with Win8 last week and absolutely love it.
However I was given an upgrade key fro Win 8 prowmc. After putting code in it said that this key works, I restarted and it does say windows 8 pro with media centre but it also says that windows is not activated.
I just want to revert back to how it was when I received the laptop last week. I have tried restore both windows and dells and I have made a recovery image with USB but when I try and boot from this it says that there are files missing.
I Just want everything wiping and laptop back to how it was when I unwrapped it.
Is this possible? I know I shouldn't have used the key.
under Windows 7, I have seen "unintended consequences" of renaming a User Account - sooner or later running into permissions difficulties, path confusion, etc.
I have a fairly fresh laptop I just updated to 8.1 and am trying to get it ready for production environment. Contemplating either changing the only [only 1] User Account name, or minting a new Administrator level account, then nuking the original.
Updated my system from 8 Pro x64 to 8.1 pro x64 this past weekend. Ever since speeds from my computer to other computers on our home network (some Win 7, some Win 8) and especially to my two Synology Diskstations have dropped during file transfers from averaging 70/mbps running Win 8 to 22/mbps now running 8.1 .
Updated the NIC driver for the Realtek RTL8111E built-in to my mobo (ASRock Z77 Pro 4) to the latest Oct 2013 but no difference.
After i installed windows update, i notice that my audio/sound is not coming up again. I've restarted my system countless time, and is still not coming up. Have checked the drivers and everything is ok but i can't play songs. Have tried using media player and xbox, but it couldn't play any file (xbox is saying 0xc00d11cd (0x8000ffff) error). My laptop brand is DELL inspiron 15R, windows 8
I made the mistake of updating to Windows 8.1 and now I have trouble connecting to the Wi-Fi at my university. It tells me I have access to internet but at the same time it tells me the DNS sever is not available. I have tried many things but I just can't get it to work. There are also some websites that don't display correctly or work the way they are supposed to. Google being one of them. I don't know what to do so I thought I would just restore to before I updated to 8.1. So I did, but it's still 8.1. I can't go back any further than to the day I updated. Is there any way?
Asus Zenbook ux301LA, i5 Haswell, Intel graphics HD4400, Win 8.1 x64, 2560x1440 display. It came with Win 8, I updated to 8.1. After wake from sleep the scaling is way off, everything is tiny. So I can't use sleep, must do a full shutdown and restart to get back to normal resolution. Asus does not list any graphics drivers for 8.1, only 8. So I got a generic Intel HD graphics driver update from Intel but it didn't fix the issue.
The other strange thing is that it is time dependent. IOW if I wake it soon after I put it to sleep it restores to the correct resolution state. But if I wait longer it doesn't. I put it to sleep and woke it up multiple times and it seems like the change happens after it has been sleeping for about an hour... although I can't say for sure it is always exactly on that schedule. What could be changing in the system while asleep that would do this?
In a way this isn't a big deal since this thing boots up from full shutdown almost as fast as from sleep. But I had intended to use sleep without a password so I don't have to constantly enter that while home, but keep the password on full start up.
I updated to Windows 8 today, and everything seemed to be going well until I tried playing music through my headphones. They worked fine on my iPhone, but once I plugged them into my laptop, no sound came out.
I recently, restored my acer m5-581ptg to factory settings, since it is an older version (2012), there were about 111 updates that needed to be installed. That all went fine and then on startup, it starts up and shows the loading sign and 'please wait'.
I tried tapping f8 and shift + f8 with no luck whatsoever, and i also disconnected from power supply and took out battery, and restarted, still starts up 'no funny noises or anything' and then just sits on 'please wait'.
I thought I had my sharing files figured out,but now I updated to windows 8.1 and cannot open the files I have marked "share with" on my windows 7 computer. I keep getting the box that tells me I don't have permission. I have read/write checked. How do I open them in windows 8.1. One computer has windows 7 the trouble one has windows 8.1.