Windows 8.1 subst command not working issues

With the secret DOS command subst, you can easily create and map the path with name of a virtual drive in Windows Explorer for any of your desired folder. However, some affected users get problems with executing subst.exe batch file not working in Windows 8.1 OS. The created drive is not recognized by the File Open dialog box of Office 2010 products like Access 2013 and Visual Studio, as well as if you type L: and press enter via command prompt, everything is fine. Any way to resolve the problem? Continue reading

Windows 8.1 stuck on working on features 100 complete

I applied the new updates on my Windows 8.1 tablet and then shuted it off entirely. However, when I turned on the power, the system booted up about 20 minutes and stucked at the message “working on features 100% complete don’t turn off computer” in a black screen since the battery ran out. I don’t have any installation disc and trying safe mode didn’t fix the issues. Continue reading

Windows 8.1 Store apps minimizing automatically issues

After my tablet upgraded to Windows 8.1 from 8, I notice that almost of the modern store apps keep minimizing to the taskbar by itself with the splash screen while trying to open it, even pressing the Win + Tab keys to maximize. It only happen with sign on by my Microsoft account, and the “app troubleshooter” does nothing. Now I am unable to re-install or update any of them and can’t figure out how to fix the issues. Continue reading

Fix Windows 8.1 Task host is stopping background tasks

My Windows 8.1 computer booted up properly and any programs or applications worked fine since applied monthly update. However, when I try to log off my account, restart or shut down the device, the process just stops for about six seconds and it pops up the “Task host window – Task host is stopping background tasks” message. How can I prevent the issues from happening again? Continue reading

Enable/Disable Windows button on Surface Pro 3 with keyboard and mouse

If you use the pen to draw something and focus it on the screen of Surface Pro 3 or read kindle book in portrait mode, it is annoying that you might keep accidentally pressing the physical home button at the bottom. This is a big problem for designers and engineers but Microsoft hasn’t added a config option to just ignore it completely. I preferre no button at all for the Windows 8.1 tablet or put it on the side, and here is the workaround for getting rid of the function. Continue reading

Windows 8.1 proxy settings won’t save and keeps resetting

I had configured and used the proxy through my internet browser 11 settings and now it isn’t responding in Windows 8.1. When I open Internet Options, go to Connection tab > LAN settings, and uncheck the Proxy Server box to default, but it will not stay there and automatically reset back to manual. How can I fix the issues? Continue reading

Fix Windows 8.1 Diagnostics Policy Service is not Running

I was unable to conntect to the internet over WiFi on my Surface pro 3 tablet running Windows 8.1 64-bit, even try manually connecting using the ethernet cable. But other wireless devices like laptops and iPhones work well. After I performed the built-in Troubleshooter and then the Network Adapter of All Categories option, the result showed the message “The Diagnostics Policy Service is not running, click to run as an administrator. error 5″ and it failed to fix the problem. Continue reading

Windows 8.1 Miracast add a wireless display option missing

When I try to get my surface Pro 3 to connect to a wireless display Samsung 2013 HDTV via miracast and go to devices in the PC setting of Windows 8.1 OS with all latest updates, the charms menu includes only the hyperlink to extend or duplicate my desktop. However, there is no “Add wireless display” option under the Project menu to make screen mirroring wirelessly. How can I fix the issues? Continue reading

How to Remove search box/bar from Internet Explorer 11 Tab Page

Most of 3rd party web browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox give users a Search bar on new tab page. When you type words inside and click/tap the search icon, it will automatically activate the URL address bar so you search something quickly on the internet. With the KB2987107 update, the built-in Internet Explorer 11 also gets the same feature in Windows 8.1/8 and 7. However, you might feel it is a placeholder and have to scroll down to access last session webpages. Here are the tips to disable it to be invisible. Continue reading