Stop Skydrive Being The First Port Of Call

Mar 3, 2014

I don't want necessarily to remove SKyDrive but it annoys the hell out of me when my files go to it and not to Documents which is where I want them. I do not know how to stop Skydrive being the first port of call for all my saved files or how to replace it with the good old fashioned Documents File. I am sure I am not alone in thinking that the Microsoft techies did a lousy job trying to better Win7 with this appalling Windows 8.1. I am about to buy a new laptop but what was once a real pleasure is now going to be a pain in the neck to have to get a new laptop with Windows 8 on it.

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Mar 3, 2014

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Aug 19, 2014

I've had BSOD's before a clean install of Windows 8.1. Ran diagnostics and updated drivers and even did a memtest (6 hours 10 tests) no errors.

After clean install... no problems for 3 days and I've recorded everything I've added or installed in a journal.

As soon as I jumped on a Skype call I got a BSOD. Couldn't catch the error... it was overstack buffer of some sort.

Before the clean install I had BSOD's occur from Gaming and Skype.

All drivers are up to date and I don't seem to have any hardware issues because of all the tests I've run.

Could updating these cause problems:

PCI Simple Communication Controller
SM Bus Controller

Here's what was removed and now things work:

App name Publisher Version Audacity 2.0.5 Audacity Team 2.0.5 Camtasia Studio 8 TechSmith Corporation Catalyst Control Center AMD 1.00.0000 Dell System Detect Dell Intel(R) Manageability Engine Firmware Recovery Agent Intel Corporation Intel(R) Management Engine Components Intel Corporation LAME v3.99.3 (for Windows) Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable - 10.0.40219 Microsoft Corporation 10.0.40219 Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable - 10.0.40219 Microsoft Corporation 10.0.40219 Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x64) - 11.0.50727 Microsoft Corporation 11.0.50727.1 Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x86) - 11.0.50727 Microsoft Corporation 11.0.50727.1 My Dell PC-Doctor, Inc. 3.5.6426.22 System Requirements Lab for Intel Husdawg, LLC Tuesday, August 19, 2014 7:28 PM

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Mar 21, 2014

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I haven't seen this type of lockout since the days of windows 2000. I cant even boot with a cd. I have checked and reset the bios to no avail.

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Jan 13, 2014

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Jan 19, 2013

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May 8, 2014

I have been having a problem with Windows 8.1 Pro for a few months now. Every time windows, java, drivers, or anything updates and the PC is restarted, after login, it acts as though its a fresh install. When everything is loaded, the start window is blank and so is the desktop. When I press the windows key, to go to desktop, there is an error. I can not remember exactly what it says but next time I update i will edit it in. It basically says that, "The desktop cannot be found." along with it listing the directory for it.

So I searched for months and have not found a fix or a lot of people with the same thing. I did however get a clue about RPC (remote procedure call). I figured out a quick fix for this but every time there is a new update its back to the beginning. These are the steps I take

press windows key to view desktop
close all errors
Services tab
Find RPC (remote procedure call) witch will be stopped every time.
Start the service (Witch appears to do nothing)
Details tap
Find explorer.exe and end the process
Click File
Run New Task

After all of that the desktop starts to load and everything is back to normal except the appearance settings. I then restart the PC and as long as there is not other update in that time, Everything is just the way its suppose to be, appearance and everything.

I tried just restarting Explorer.exe and it will just cycle and give the same error.

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Aug 4, 2013

I just upgraded our computer to Windows 8, but it crashes during a Skype session. I installed the Windows 8 desktop version of Skype, not the app version. I need the small window on top of the screen, and this is only possible with the desktop version, not with the Windows 8 app version!!

I already reinstalled Skype, but the problem persists.

I attached the SF file for analysis.

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Sep 2, 2013

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Sep 2, 2013

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Sometimes i get " The software that powers video calling is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later."

Other times i get " It looks like a program on your computer may have blocked your video calling software".

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Aug 2, 2013

I am having trouble with my USB 3.0 port.Whenever I plug anything (usb, mouse, portable hard drive etc) into that particular port, "Client Server Runtime Process" would use 100% of the CPU. However, when plugged into the USB 2.0, all seems to be fine.

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Aug 6, 2014

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Searching this forum I see others having problems with their USB 3.0 as well , so I have:

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- Disabled Fast Startup

- Disabled USB selective suspend setting

The instability has improved, but not been resolved.I have not checked the speed on the USB but I strongly suspect, I only get USB 2 speed (as many others describe)

As the USB 3.0 is on the left side of my Acer V5 (OEM Windows 8.1) and both of the USB 2.0 ports are on the right () , I'm not able to make use of any Y-cable either ..... I do not know if my USB 3.0 is 150mA or 900mA , however I have a strong suspicion .

So at the moment I only have no USB 3.0 functionality

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Oct 18, 2013

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I wonder if the laptop ethernet card is faulty? Wireless is working fine.

I only ever use it to hard connect the router during setup, so it could have been out of order even before my Win7 to 8.1 upgrade.

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Jan 16, 2014

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Originally I thought it was an issue with me having upgraded to Windows 8.1 shortly after buying the laptop, but having rolled the machine back to Windows 8, the issue prevailed. Through trial and error, though, I've figured out when it does and when it doesn't boot properly (yeah, I'm slow). Basically, it never boots properly when I have a USB mouse/keyboard plugged in. I take them out, boot the machine, and can plug them in again almost immediately and everything works fine. But NEVER does it boot with these devices plugged in from the start.

Here's a photo of it anyway (below).

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Jun 9, 2013

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I have this computer, with an Asus P8H61-LE Motherboard. As you expect, it doesn't pack USB 3.0 ports. But it does come with some nifty PCI-E x1 slots, so I've bought a random USB 3.0 PCI-E card, with 40 pin for front panel.
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And I have this Windows to Go Setup. Works like a charm on USB 2.0, but sometimes I feel the bottleneck, and wouldn't hurt using my only USB 3.0 device on those USB 3.0 ports, eh? I've tried disconnecting and reconnecting it on USB 3.0, but WTG just ignores it as if it weren't there. Even when I connect to a different USB 2.0 port, it doesn't detect.

This USB port remapping would serve for other uses too. Once, I've connected my drive to a client's computer, for repairs. But it took longer than I expected, and I had it connected on the front USB. I needed to connect other thumb and external hard drives and had to use the rear USB ports for this, because WTG didn't detect anywhere else.

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Jan 2, 2014

I do not want to check the speed on a USB 3.0 flash drive or external drive. I need to know the speed of the port itself is transferring at full 3.0 capacity.

What I have is an external mechanical USB 3.0 hard drive. I know it's a 7200 rpm drive. My 3.0 USB ports on my laptop are not using the blue USB plastic to denote 3.0 speeds, they use black plastic.

Therefore I am not confidant they are running at full 3.0 speeds. I want a tool that will measure the port speeds independently of any drive or device on the USB port.

I did find this but I do not have any Advanced tab to check for or to reset the device to Super

There are four USB specs: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0. But to confuse things, each USB spec has more than one data rate assigned to it. Those rates are "low", "full", "high", and "super."

Therefore, benchmarking data throughput solely on speed is not necessarily conclusive as to what the actual spec being used. Thus, a USB 3.0 port may not be actually running at a "super" rating but at a "High" rating instead.

On a Windows machine, check the data rating of the USB root/hub - Goto: Device Manager --> USB Controllers --> USB Root Hub (Right Click) --> Properties --> Advanced (Tab).

It should tell you the data rating for the USB hub/port. Once you know that, you'll know the maximum throughput from the computer's POV.

Low = 1.5 Mbps Full = 12 Mbps High = 480 Mbps Super = 5 Gbps

Windows - Verifying USB connection speed (USB 3 or USB 2?) - Super User

Here is what the listing looks like in device manager Under the two 3.0 USB hubs at the top, there is no advanced tab.

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On games ( fullscreen or Windowed ) quickslot controls where you can use the numbers on your mouse I can't use the 3.0 port as it won't recognize the side buttons but it will on the 2.0 port.

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Aug 19, 2013

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Next to the ATI mobility in device managers, there is an exclamation point in a yellow triangle. when i open it up, it says
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Jan 9, 2014

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I am using a minidisplay port -> display port cord.

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Jan 22, 2013

In a few weeks (I can't wait! ) I will replace my laptop with the Surface Pro.

Right now, though, I have my laptop connected to two monitors: One via VGA and other via DVI. I'm running Windows 8 Pro x64, so this all works great.

So the big question is whether it is possible to have multi-monitor support via the one-and-only DisplayPort that is on the Surface Pro? If so, what--if any--additional hardware would I need?

When I'm docked at home and using my Surface Pro as laptop, I really need to keep the functionality of using both external monitors (one is 31" and the other 29"). I would really hate to go back to only being able to use one.

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Jul 25, 2014

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I had a 2 monitor (with just the two DVI-only monitors) setup for a while that was working fine.

Since installing the third monitor I'm experiencing several weird things:

- On boot, until the Windows login screen comes up (Windows 8.1), there is nothing on the non-primary DVI monitor (so my setup is my primary monitor is one of the two DVI monitors, and then the left and right monitors is another DVI-only and the DP monitor).

- If the monitors go to sleep, or I put the computer to sleep and wake it up, any windows that were on the non-primary DVI monitor are moved over to the primary DVI monitor. Windows on the DP monitor do not move in this configuration.

- Within CCC, after sleep / monitors off, I have to restart CCC's control of the color settings for the non-primary DVI monitor. (I'm forgetting what the actual button says, but it's the button under the Display color controls settings where you can manipulate the R/G/B channels - I have to use the GPU for color matching since the monitors don't have any inherent ways to change R/G/B levels

If I only connect the two DVI monitors this is not an issue.

If I connect one DVI and the DP monitor, after sleep/wake any windows that were on the DP monitor are moved over to the primary monitor (again, note that this didn't happen when all 3 monitors were connected).

I have tried the newest version of CCC, as well as the current beta version - same behavior in both.

I have tried using HDMI instead of DP - same behavior

Aspects of this sound similar to the issues discussed in this post : [URL] ......

What I don't understand is why the second DVI monitor is acting so oddly when all 3 monitors are connected. Why would there be no picture when the computer boots?

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Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
RAM: Samsung DDR3-1600 RAM
GFX Card: GTX 580
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HDD: 500GB Seagate Barracuda
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