How To Enter The EFI Shell

Nov 14, 2013

I would like to know how to enter the EFI Shell. After this, I would like to know also what is the command to "boot" partition with Windows 8.1 (not installation, but boot to install)

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Shell Commands List In Windows 8

Dec 10, 2013

I just stumbled upon this list of Windows 8 shell commands:

Shell Commands in Windows 8

As example you can enter this in the Run line to open Quick Launch folder:

shell:Quick Launch

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Admin Power-shell Will Not Run Local Exe

Mar 7, 2013

I'm trying to set up a dual boot system with Windows 8, (already installed on a new laptop), and Win 7.

Following instructions from a forum thread I got as far as downloading oscdimg.exe into the Win7_ISO directory.

However whatever I try, full path, etc., I get this error Code: oscdimg.exe : The term 'oscdimg.exe' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operableprogram. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.

The command I am trying to run is Code: PS C:Win7 ISO> oscdimg -w4 -os -lWin_7_x64_UEFI_ISO9660 -m -o -n -pEF -e -bc:Win7 ISOefimicrosoftootefisys.bin c:Win7 ISO c:Win_7_x64_UEFI_ISO9660.iso

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Browsers/Mail :: Slow IE 10 In Win 8.1 With Shell

Feb 16, 2014

My browser takes 15-30+ seconds to fully download. Cleaned out temporary browser files

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Windows Shell Common Dll Crashes?

Mar 3, 2014

Every time I go to control panel and then hardware and then to touchpad settings I get a crash after making whatever change I want and clicking OK to finish and close. I don't know what the shell common dll is or why it fails but it gets old.

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Windows 8.1 Will Not Enter S3

Mar 11, 2014

My computer is not hibernating after an upgrade to Windows 8.1:

C:WINDOWSsystem32>powercfg /a

The following sleep states are available on this system:
Standby (S1 S3)
Hybrid Sleep
Fast Startup

The following sleep states are not available on this system:
Standby (S2)
The system firmware does not support this standby state.

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USB Suspend:USB Device not Entering Selective Suspend. This device did not enter the USB Selective Suspend state. Processor power management may be prevented when this USB device is not in the Selective Suspend state. Note that this issue will not prevent the system from sleeping. Device Name USB Root Hub Host Controller ID PCIVEN_1002&DEV_4396 Host Controller Location PCI bus 0, device 19, function 2 Device ID USBVID_1002&PID_4396 Port Path

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Platform Timer Resolution:Platform Timer Resolution. The default platform timer resolution is 15.6ms (15625000ns) and should be used whenever the system is idle. If the timer resolution is increased, processor power management technologies may not be effective. The timer resolution may be increased due to multimedia playback or graphical animations. Current Timer Resolution (100ns units) 10000 Maximum Timer Period (100ns units) 156250

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Platform Timer Resolution: Timer Request Stack. The stack of modules responsible for the lowest platform timer setting in this process. Requested Period 10000 Requesting Process ID 4252 Requesting Process Path DeviceHarddiskVolume2Program Files (x86)GoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe Calling Module Stack DeviceHarddiskVolume2WindowsSysWOW64
tdll.dll DeviceHarddiskVolume2WindowsSysWOW64kernel32.dll DeviceHarddiskVolume2WindowsSysWOW64d3d9.dll

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It is hibernating now with those settings. It took another reboot for some reason.

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Win 8.1 Weather App Immersive Shell DCOM Error

Sep 15, 2013

I did a clean install of 8.1 RTM yesterday and have a problem with Weather App. About 20x per second I get error id 10016 when I launch the app. It seems to be saying that my user does not have rights to launch "Immersive Shell" local server. From what I can see however this is picked up from defaults which do allow launch.

I've not changed any permissions as I don't really understand DCOM but do these setting look correct?

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Classic Shell Doesn't Actually Disable Charm Bar

Jan 22, 2013

So, i have installed classic shell, newest version, to add start menu, disable charm bar. But, this program doesnt actualy disable them, it just visually removes things, i still can open charm bar with shortcuts, like with touchpad - i have to cross though touchpad a little bit from the very right to left, and charm bar opens ... So, how to disable these shortcuts ?

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Classic Shell Does Not Skip Metro Screen

Jan 16, 2013

I have Classic Shell set up on two Window 8 machines, a desktop and an ASUS Q200e laptop. And it is thing of beauty on one machine but less so on the other. The desktop works just fine but on the ASUS I cannot skip the Metro screen. At boot, the Metro shows up for a long, long time before Classic Shell shows up. Yes, I have the 'skip Metro' item checked . On the desktop Classic Shell shows up immediately without showing any trace of Metro. I have compared the settings on both machines one by one and they are identical as far as I can see.

I made a Registry edit to produce a Classic Shell service log and here is the content of that log.

0x50F664F7 Starting service
0x50F664F7 Session 0 (4)
0x50F664F7 Session 1 (0)
0x50F664F7 Starting process: C:Program FilesClassic ShellClassicStartMenu.exe -startup

I believe the problem has something to do with one of the ASUS programs that gets loaded at startup. The OS is the one installed and shipped with the computer while the desktop is a clean install from a DVD.

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How To Replace Windows Explorer Shell With Own Program

May 25, 2013

I made my own windows replacement shell, but im having trouble finding out where to replace it at , in windows xp all i had to do was go to regedit find windows explorer and replace it to some thing like this C:myprogramame.exe and then when i restart the computer my name.exe opens instead of windows explorer. How i can do this or even if i can on windows 8, its a lot deference then xp, Iv been an xp user for a long time and just went to windows 8 so im not fmiller with 8 yet.

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Windows Shell Common DLL Has Stopped Working

Dec 24, 2013

I was trying to adjust my recording volume settings and realised that I couldn't access them at all. I can access volume mixer, recording devices and playback devices but as soon as I click properties I get an error "windows shell common dll has stopped working" checking for solutions. No solutions are found.

In the event log I have this:
Log Name: Application
Source: Application Error
Date: 24/12/2013 14:45:38
Event ID: 1000
Task Category: (100)
Level: Error

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I have updated the sound drivers and this does not solve the issue.

I have run sfc /scannow and get this error: Windows Resources Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them. I checked the CBS.log and mmsys.cpl is in the log:

2013-12-24 15:52:11, Info
CSI 000002cc Hashes for file member SystemRootWinSxSamd64_microsoft-windows-mmsys_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.16384_none_4f2e2a4bb3222341mmsys.cpl do not match actual file [l:18{9}]"mmsys.cpl" :

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There are also lots of other files with errors. I think this was caused by my faulty SSD and when I re-imaged back to my new drive, these errors are still present.

Do I need to re-install windows or can I repair install without losing my profile and data? I'd rather repair than re-install.

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Classic Shell Icon And Task Bar Are Missing?

Aug 16, 2014

I have a Toshiba laptop running Win 8.1. Things were fine when I shut down lsst night. Now I have no task bar, now way to get to my programs and the classic icon is gone so I cannot turn it off. Also I cannot open Win 8 start page and the symbols do not appear on the left hand side.

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Apps / Software :: Classic Shell For Windows 8.1

Nov 10, 2013

I never like upgrades, so am planning on a format (Samsung SSD) and a clean install of Win 8.1 from the image I downloaded.

However I have one (biggish to me) concern, I still like to use a program called (Ex7forW8exe) this gives me the Windows 7 lookalike/classic shell, Start button and Start Menu etc, so What program works with Windows 8.1 ?

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Apps / Software :: Classic Shell For Windows 8?

Apr 1, 2012

The latest version of Classic Shell supports Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The new features are:

A customizable start button. You can pick from Classic, Aero and Metro styles, or select your own image. Unlike Start8 and ViStart, this is a real start button. It can extend beyond the taskbar, and works well for any taskbar position, even in auto-hide mode.A new Metro skin for the start menu. For people who like Metro, but not the start screen.All settings are updated to reflect the changes to Windows 8. For example the status bar settings are gone, because the status bar in Windows 8's Explorer can't be customized.The check for new version is more responsive and can be disabled during installation.


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Apps / Software :: Classic Shell Explorer Toolbar?

Apr 16, 2014

The loss of the Classic Shell toolbar in Windows Explorer is still puzzling me.

I've been through all the Classic Shell options (I think!) and messed around with Windows Explorer, but after installing 8.1 the toolbar seems to have disappeared.

I used to have all the View buttons pinned to the bar and I'm really missing it. I know they can be put in the Quick Access Bar, but it's not as usable/fast as the Classic Shell version (the change as hovering I also find very annoying).

EDIT: Just realise I hadn't checked the version I was using. It's 4.0.4 and re-checking the developers site I've now realised that they're up to 4.0.6 ------ Could this be the issue?

I seem to remember that 4.0.6 was not yet stable, or have I dreamt that - I think I probably have

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Apps / Software :: Classic Shell Gets Lost With Reboot

Dec 3, 2013

I find that I am using the Classic Shell less, but still want to have the format available. My problem is that every time I reboot my computer, I have to reset the Classic Shell settings.

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BIOS Shows UEFI Boot Option But No Shell

Nov 27, 2012

My bios shows uefi boot option but no uefi shell... I enabled uefi boot option and booted my dvd it asked me to partition my hd using a GPT format... I even did so so... but when I run

bcdedit /enum

In elevated command prompt it shows me this

Windows Boot Manager
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=DeviceHarddiskVolume1
description Windows Boot Manager

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The bold line means my system does not boot from efi... isn't it?

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Classic Shell V3.5.1 Skips Metro Start Screen?

Jul 1, 2012


== Version 3.5.1 general release (Jun, 2012): - Enabled the custom start button for Windows 7 and added more settings - Added a setting to skip the Metro screen on startup - Improved compatibility with the IE10's Enhanced Protected Mode - Fixed some bugs found in the previous version

I've tested it and confirm that it skips the Metro screen.

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Win 8 - How To Disable Password To Enter Computer

Jun 28, 2014

I've already used netplwiz and the box is not checked but I still have to sign in. I have two options...sign in with windows 8 or Microsoft passwords. I am the only user in the house... I don't want to have to put in a password every time I boot up. Is there another way?

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Unable To Enter Safe Mode

Jan 18, 2013

Using Windows 8 Pro.I have tried all the various permutations to get into safe mode (ms config, start up options etc.).

This is what happens: I use MS Config or one of the other ways (tried them all!) to get into safe mode. The computer seems to be booting into safe mode when I get a blue screen (not BSOD) which pops up and very quickly disappears, and then the computer reboots normally (into Windows 8). The screen says something like 'Windows has encountered a problem and needs to restart'.

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Unable To Enter Numbers In Address Bar?

Dec 29, 2012

I recently upgraded from windows 7 to windows 8 pro. The install went well. During the post install I found that I could not use the numeric keys to enter numbers into my browser address bar. I tried all three browsers, Firefox, IE 10, and chrome. I tried a second keyboard with the same results. I verified that the system worked correctly at the OS level by entering numbers and special characters into notepad. There are several other places that the problem is present.

When I enter my password to get into Comcast webmail and when I enter a password containing either a number or special character in a prompt for accessing one of my network devices. Any problems with keyboard control after upgrading to win 8?

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Security :: UAC Won't Let To Enter Password Or Click Yes?

Apr 6, 2014

I was trying to activate the administrator account and a UAC message popped up telling em to enter administrator password and click yes but there was nowhere to enter password and the yes button is disabled out. I can't do anything on control panel neither because its not letting me. I have tried everything and nothing seems to work.

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How To Enter Safe Mode In Windows 8.1

Nov 5, 2013

How to enter the safe mode in windows8.1. Do NOT tell me pressing F8 when PC starts up .OK?

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Windows 8.1 With Classic Shell - PDF File Disappear When Switch To Another Task?

Feb 6, 2014

I need to switch back and forth between an open pdf file, MS Word, and websites. I can open the pdf file fine. But if I switch to another task, the pdf file disappears. There is no icon for the pdf file on the taskbar. So then I have to open it again from scratch. What am I doing wrong?

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Apps / Software :: Classic Shell - Alternative Start Button?

Aug 8, 2013

I was wondering if we have a way to customize the Start Orb/Button with this software? I downgraded to an older version because the newest one had a look that literally appears to be the Shell gasoline logo! At least with this version it simulates the Windows color scheme.

I am using Version 3.6.7. The current version is 3.6.8. but it has a blued out background with the Shell logo prominent.

If it were not for Classic Shell I would not be using Windows 8 at all.

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Network / Sharing :: How To Enter Domain In Windows 8

Sep 15, 2014

i have windows 8

in the instruction of my university vpn . they said i should enter UCSTAFF in domain(look at the step 7 in this instruction) but this instruction is for windows 7 and i could not find any way to enter domain in windows 8.

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Must Enter Admin Credentials To Install Programs

Jan 18, 2013

On a new Windows 8 Installation, I created a local non/domain user. The first user is the "magical" user.

Then I added the domain user and made sure it was an Administrator, both on the Metro settings and on the Desktop. At least, if I go in now and look, it claims to be an Administrator.

Then I joined the company domain and that seemed to work OK. And then I made the account a Microsoft Account type user.

Now, whenever I install a program, it wants Admin Credentials. I put in the Domain Admin credentials and that works to install the program. But this happens over and over again, as I am moving from Windows7 to Windows 8.

I read that any secondary users cannot install programs without being changed into an Administrator. Well, I did that, but it still does the same thing.

Since I am part ways through my switch to Windows 8, I would rather not start over again, if there is some way to fix this, although I don't want to disable UAC either. It just seems like I should be recognized as an Admin and yet I'm not.

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Accounts :: Win 8.1 - Users Must Enter Username And Password?

Nov 7, 2013

I have four computers running Windows 8.1

On three the User Accounts dialog box has the phrase, "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer." I have deselected that box and entered the passwords and now I log in automatically.

But on one computer in the User Accounts dialog box there is no phrase, "Users must enter..." and there is not box to deselect.

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Not Able To Enter BIOS To Disable Fast Boot

Aug 21, 2013

I am using Windows 8 64 Bit and have lost the password for the Administrator Account (Local). I am only able to login using the Standard Account and unable to create any more admin accounts or make any changes, I am even unable to perform the Gateway Recovery as its asking for the Administrator Password. I even can't enter the BIOS to disable the Fast Boot or change the First Boot to USB so that I can use any other Image of Windows 8 to reinstall.

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Unable To Enter Advanced Startup Options

Jul 19, 2013

I have a multiboot scenario set up on my laptop, and I'm using the Windows 8 Graphical Bootloader to manage my other operating systems. I need to install two programs, GBridge, and Synaptics Touchpad Installer, and both use unsigned drivers. It seems Windows 8 doesn't ask for confirmation to install unsigned drivers like previous versions of Windows, it just outright denies them without user consent.

As a solution, I figured I would go to advanced startup options and disable driver signature enforcement like I did *successfully* for my Windows 8 desktop, but after it reboots to enter advanced startup mode, it just goes straight into Windows! No matter how many times I tell it to enter advanced startup mode, it refuses to do it. I even tried removing all my multiboot options and it still goes straight into Windows without asking me what I want to do.

For the record, I've tried it these ways:

Charms Menu -> Settings -> Change PC Settings -> General -> (Advanced Startup Options) -> Reboot Now -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Startup Settings -> Restart (What a pain in the ass to have to navigate all this crap btw)
Choose an OS -> Other Options -> Advanced Startup Options
From legacy boot menu -> F8 -> Advanced Startup Options

All these attempts and methods achieve the same result: a normal reboot without giving the options of what advanced startup I want.

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Jul 31, 2014

I have a desktop with Windows 8 upgraded to 8.1, I can enter the BIOS setup by pressing the DEL key only when the preceding shutdown is a complete shutdown (shutdown with fast startup turned off).

If the desktop is shutdown with fast startup turned on (incomplete shutdown), and Windows cannot be loaded during the subsequent starting. How can I enter the BIOS to select to boot from a USB stick?

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