Cannot Tether Nikon D600 in LightRoom 5.4 on Windows 8.1 Laptop

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I cannot get my Nikon D600 or D300 to tether with LR 5.4 running on my Windows 8.1 laptop. Both cameras tether fine with LR 5.4 running on my Windows 7 desktop. Unfortunately, I need tethering to work on my laptop, not my desktop. Any idea why these cameras won't tether on a Win 8.1 system? I've tried all the troubleshooting tips.
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Rikk Flohr, Champion

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The most logical reason would be you have installed some software on your Win 8 machine that takes control of the camera and prevent's Lightroom's control.
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Thanks, Rikk...interesting & logical conclusion. I have only installed Photoshop CS6 & Lightroom on that machine since I only use it for photography. When I attach & turn on the camera, Win 8.1 does recognize the D600 as evidenced by a pop-up, but LR won't recognize it. Is there a component within Win 8.1 that thinks the D600 is maybe the webcam & co-opts it? I never use the webcam so I've never delved into the settings. I really hate Win 8!
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Rikk...after reading your suggestion I found the problem within Win 8.1 & fixed it.

I went into the Control Panel's Autoplay settings & selected "Take no action" in the drop-down menus for Removable Drive, Camera Storage Memory Card, & for my D300 & D600, which were listed under Devices.

Now, I can shoot tethered. You were right, Autoplay was co-opting the cameras & not allowing LR to use them. Adobe needs to add this fix to their troubleshooting tips page since I think Autoplay is enabled by default & anyone with Win 8.1 is probably having the same issue.

Thanks again!