Prevent Audio Muting When Switching User?

Dec 16, 2012

My wife and I share one computer, 2 user accounts. My pc is connected via line out to my stereo installation, music plays all the time when I'm at home. In Windows 7 when switching users, the music kept playing (foobar2000), but in Windows 8 it stops (mutes). This is annoying because my wife often logs on to check mail, etc..

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Nov 23, 2013

On the screen where you choose which user account to log in to, I've noticed the user avatars/icons are sorted in "last used" order. This is extremely annoying because it forces you to actively look at the icons instead of just alway clicking on the same place on the screen. (Compare it to if the digits buttons on your cellphone switched places e.g putting the 0 first. Confusing.)

How can I prevent this, ie to have the avatars in a fixed position always?

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Nov 7, 2012

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Is it possible to indicate to iTunes to not be suspended when user switch and continue to play music in background ?

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Aug 2, 2013

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Dec 20, 2013

Switching between a user and another,

In windows 8, it appears that we have one option to switch from a user to another which is "sign out". The "sign out" will be closing all the application open.

I'm wondering if there is an option in the windows 8 such that one can switch from a user to another but to keep applications open.

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Is fast user switching in windows 8 enabled by default? How do we check if fast user switching is enabled or not without using group policy editor?

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May 15, 2014

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Network2 Personal Use.
User 1 Office Use
User 2 Home use.
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Can I automatically switch WiFi network as I switch User?

1 WIFI Connection on PC

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Sep 15, 2014

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Feb 4, 2014

I created a new user account on my PC (running Win 8.1), and the mute button on my wireless keyboard does not work on the new account. Pressing the mute button causes "Mute" or "Unmute" to appear on the screen briefly, but the sound does not mute or un-mute. The volume up and down buttons work, and if I log into my old user account the mute button still works there. It only doesn't work in the new account.

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Sep 15, 2014

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So the question of the day is: how do I prevent F4 from closing my window? I don't want to disable it completely because I want to attach another hotkey to it (ex: F4 = go back one song for a music player.) If I wanted to do that, I would've used Sharpkeys.

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Jan 21, 2013

I run this copy of Windows 8 Professional in a virtual machine and every time I leave that VM for just a couple of minutes the OS starts using up an enormous amount of HDD that significantly slows down my host machine. It turns out that Windows 8 begins what they call "Scheduled scan" when there's no user input:


and as soon I switch back to the VM with Windows 8 the HDD "hogging" stops. Obviously this is very annoying!

In light of this, I'd like to ask how to stop this background scanning?

PS. I tried going to the Action Center and schedule maintenance for 3AM or something remote but that doesn't seem to have any effect.

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Win 8 - Prevent Password Locking When Monitor Turns Off

May 17, 2013

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I searched a solution and the closest thing i saw is "require a password when waking the computer" the problem is if i disable this option there is no password even when waking from hibernation/sleep.

I wish to keep password protection when returning from hibernation/sleep but not when the monitor just turns off. Is it possible?

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Mar 27, 2014

Regularly, when using keyboard shortcuts a Keyboard Shortcuts panel appears automatically. I can't find a way to close the panel out.

The only way I can close it is to shut the computer down.

Is there a way to open the panel, manually, if needed, and then close it?

If not, is there a way to prevent the panel from appearing at all?

Edit: The panel is displayed every time I use a keyboard shortcut.

Solved: To make the panel hide, press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Right-cursor-key.

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Reason being is that I had my laptop stolen two months ago. I had tracking software on it (Prey), but the theif never connected to the internet, which is required for the software to work. Which leads me to assume that they just formatted (my win 7) laptop and reinstalled windows straight away. So I'm learning from my mistakes, and wanting to do it right for my new laptop.

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How can I prevent it from auto-installing drivers completely??

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When I load back it up again it takes a lot longer than usual, it's not updating.

For a bit more annoyance when it does load up Google Chrome wont start until I restart.

Not so bad if it breaks now as the warranty only has a few months left.

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Jul 27, 2014

Yesterday while I was sleeping, a thunder struck nearby my house while my PC was running. After that I immediately switched the PSU from 1 to 0 without trying to shut it down properly. Since then I cannot shut down my PC without switching off the PSU. To tell you exactly what happens, I press the shutdown button in Windows 8.1 normally, after that it shuts down for around half a second, turns back on for half a second and then again turns off for half a second. After that it powers back on. I forgot to mention that my integrated network card on the motherboard died after the lightning as well. My MOBO has some kind of electrostatic discharge protection as well. Last thing, when I booted up my PC for the first time after I turned it off by switching off the PSU, it said "Setting thing up for you" like I started Windows for the first time.

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Motherboard: Gigabyte 970A-D3
CPU: AMD FX-8320 @ 3.5ghz
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Nothing happens when I click or double click on the user account icon in the control panel.

I then went to check if our other pc was the same but that's fine.

I did notice that on mine instead of an icon of two people the icon is that of a folder.

I have tried accessing it through "Godmode" and it says it can't find it and also all the icons for user tasks are a blank piece of paper.

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Mar 6, 2013

I have Windows 8 Pro, and a laptop.

My power settings say, while on battery, dim the display at 2min, turn off the monitor at 5min and put the computer to sleep after 15 minutes.

Is there a way to instruct Windows 8 that at the 5min mark, when it turns off my display to conserve power that I can avoid it going to the lock screen and then requiring my password? So, just turn off the display, but don't lock the computer?

I still would like the lock screen image to display if I hit WindowsKey+L. And I still want my computer to lock after it's been asleep (past the 15 minute mark), so the group policy stuff to "Do not display the lock screen" will not accomplish what I want.

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Sep 3, 2013

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Mar 20, 2014

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I had the same problem In windows 7 and I fixed it by creating new keyboard combination to switch between languages. But I cannot find the Article how to do it on windows 8 pro.

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Well now i can't boot windows 8 anymore. I get an error message before the loading is finished, and i don't even have the time to read it my computer will instantly reboot and do the same thing over and over again

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Automatic repair from install CD isn't useful. I don't have any system restore point.

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