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3 Ways to Find Windows 8.1 Search Results Anywhere

By default, the Windows 8.1 Search looks everywhere it can in order to find the largest number of matching results for a search. In most cases, you’ll probably want to see the maximum number of results [more…]

Comparing Windows 8.1 Store and Desktop Apps

You can move, resize, overlap, and switch between desktop application windows in Windows 8.1 just as you could in earlier versions of Windows. From the earliest versions of Windows, users have been able [more…]

How to Open Multiple Windows Store Apps in Windows 8.1

If you’ve used any previous version of Windows (prior to Windows 8.1), you’re no doubt well aware of how to open more than one Windows desktop application at a time. Opening multiple Windows Store apps [more…]

SkyDrive: Windows 8.1's Cloud Storage

Microsoft SkyDrive, a type of cloud storage, is included for free in Windows 8.1. Cloud storage is a term used to describe services that enable you to store files on remote servers across the Internet. [more…]

How to Share Stuff with SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

Because files that you store in the cloud (in Windows 8.1, it's called SkyDrive) can be easily shared between different devices and even different users, file sharing becomes almost second nature. [more…]

How to Share Windows 8.1 SkyDrive Folders

Although you need a Microsoft account to create and use your Windows 8.1 SkyDrive folders, you can share folders with people who don’t have Microsoft accounts. People who share your SkyDrive folders only [more…]

How the Windows Store Is New in Windows 8.1

With the arrival of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has introduced a new Windows Store that’s far easier to use. The Windows Store is the place to find a new breed of Windows programs that are commonly called apps [more…]

How to Find Windows 8.1 Apps in the Store

Windows 8.1 has improved the Windows Store. The Windows 8 Store provided users with a whole new experience, but using that version of the Store could be frustrating because there was no way to actually [more…]

10 Windows 8.1 Apps You’ll Love

The Windows Store in Windows 8.1 is full of great apps. The latest count is over 100,000 (and growing), so you’re sure to find dozens of apps that you’ll love. [more…]

10 Great Windows 8.1 Tips

Even if you’ve been a Windows user for a long time, you’ll find that some new tricks will help you get along better with Windows 8.1. [more…]

10 Windows 8.1 Features for IT Pro Users

Microsoft didn’t forget the needs of the IT pro with Windows 8.1. Here, you take a quick look at ten new features the IT pro will appreciate. [more…]

How the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Improves on Windows 8

About a year after Windows 8 hit the shelves, Microsoft cranked out Windows 8.1, a free upgrade for Windows 8 owners that makes Windows 8 work much more smoothly. [more…]

Can Your Current PC Still Run Windows 8.1?

If you want to upgrade to Windows 8.1, your computer probably won’t complain. Windows 8.1 should run without problem on any PC currently running Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista. In fact, Windows [more…]

How to Find and Use the Missing Libraries in Windows 8.1

Libraries, a sort of super folder introduced in Windows 7, vanished in Windows 8.1: Microsoft dropped them from the Navigation Pane. To add them back, right-click a blank portion of the Navigation Pane [more…]

How to Access SkyDrive from Windows 8.1

In Windows 8, SkyDrive came as a separate desktop program. Windows 8.1, by contrast, builds SkyDrive directly into Windows: You can access your SkyDrive storage space from any desktop folder. However, [more…]

How You Can Avoid SkyDrive in Windows 8.1

Microsoft thinks SkyDrive will appeal to everybody. Unless you choose otherwise, Windows 8.1 begins storing many of your newly created files in the SkyDrive Documents folder. Any snapshots you take with [more…]

How to Manage SkyDrive Files from the Windows 8.1 Desktop

Unlike Windows 8, Windows 8.1 places SkyDrive in every folder’s Navigation Pane, where it’s easily accessible. There, SkyDrive works like any other folder but with one exception: Moving files to SkyDrive [more…]

How to Make Your SkyDrive Files from Windows 8.1 Available Offline

When you don’t have Internet access, your Windows 8.1 SkyDrive content remains out of reach. Wouldn’t it be nice to keep a copy of your SkyDrive folders on both your computer and SkyDrive, with your computer [more…]

Managing Files from the Windows 8.1 Desktop with SkyDrive

The Start screen’s SkyDrive app works quite well with SkyDrive, letting you shuttle files between your PC and the cloud. But in Windows 8.1, the Start screen’s SkyDrive app also works as a file manager [more…]

The New Windows 8.1 Search System

Windows 8.1 moves away from the Windows 8 system. In Windows 8, the Charms bar’s Search command was integrated throughout Windows. If you wanted to search for something inside an app, you’d fetch the Charms [more…]

How to Play Music from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Whereas the Windows 8 Music app wasn’t much more than an online storefront for buying music, the much-improved Music app in Windows 8.1 puts your own music up front. When first opened, the program opens [more…]

What Happens If You Sign into the Windows 8.1 Music App?

The Windows 8.1 Music app constantly nags you to sign in. So, what happens if you do? For a start, you’ll encounter these five things: [more…]

How to View Photos from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Windows 8.1 removed the Start screen's Photos app's capability to pull in photos from your social networks such as Facebook and Flickr, making it easy to display [more…]

The 2 Interfaces of Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 gives you the choice of two completely different interfaces, the tiled Start screen, which looks a lot like a Microsoft mobile phone screen, and the old-fashioned Windows 7–style desktop, which [more…]

What’s New in Windows 8.1 for XP Users

If you’re an experienced Windows XP user and you’re looking at Windows 8.1, one of two things happened: Either your trusty old XP machine died and you [more…]


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