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Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8 Tablets

Tablets work best with your fingers — until you find yourself on the Windows 8 desktop. Then, most people plug in a mouse and keyboard to help them grab the desktop’s tiny window borders and information-packed [more…]

What Version of Windows Is Best for Gaming?

Which version of Windows is best for gaming is a question that crops up often in Internet gaming forums, and those discussions can get heated! Typically, the argument involves two camps, each of which [more…]

How to Enable File and Printer Sharing (Windows 7 and 8)

You can turn your humble Windows client computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8 into a server computer so that other computers on your network can use your printer and any folders that you decide you want [more…]

Share Folders in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8

When you are working on a network, regardless of the version of Windows you are running, you can choose to share your folders with everyone on the network, or with no one on the network. To share a folder [more…]

Share a Printer in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8

One of the great advantages to working on a network is that several users, operating with different version of Windows, can share one printer. To share a printer in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows [more…]

Network Connection Configuration: Windows 7 and Windows 8

Following is the procedure for configuring a Windows 7 or Windows 8 network connection, which you need to do for any machines on your network running these systems. Begin by opening the control panel. [more…]

Network Client Computer Identification

Following is the procedure for changing the client computer identification for any network client running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8. Begin by opening the control panel. [more…]

Network Administration: Windows Firewalls

Windows includes a built-in firewall that provides basic packet-filtering firewall protection. In most cases, you’re better off using a dedicated firewall router because these devices provide better security [more…]

Network Administration: Windows User Properties

For each user account you create on your network, you can set additional properties for the user by right-clicking the new user and choosing Properties from the contextual menu. This command brings up [more…]

Network Administration: Windows User Password Resetting

By some estimates, the single most time-consuming task of most network administrators is resetting user passwords. Lest you assume that all users are forgetful idiots, put yourself in their shoes, being [more…]

Network Administration: Windows User Group Scope

As a network administrator who manages Windows user accounts, you will need to know how to create groups of Windows users. Here’s how to create a group: [more…]

Network Administration: Windows Server Logon Scripts

A logon script for Windows Server is a batch file that’s run automatically whenever a user logs on. The most common reason for using a logon script is to map the network shares that the user needs access [more…]

How to Use the New Share Wizard

To create a new share on your network file server, you use the New Share Wizard. To be useful, a file server should offer one or more shares — folders that have been designated as publicly accessible via [more…]

Network Administration: Granting Share Permissions

When you first create a file share on your network, all users are granted read-only access to the share. If you want to allow users to modify files in the share or allow them to create new files, you need [more…]

How to Use the Windows Networking Troubleshooter

Windows comes with a built-in troubleshooter that can often help you to pin down the cause of a network problem. The figure shows the Windows 8 version. Answer the questions asked by the troubleshooter [more…]

Network Administration: Manual Share Creation

As a network administrator, you can set up a share manually without bothering with the New Share Wizard. Maybe you think wizards should be confined to [more…]

How to Share Folders and Documents on a Windows 8 Network

Sharing something across the network allows other computers to see it when browsing. Windows 8 takes the safe and conservative approach by default: Nothing is shared across a network until specifically [more…]

Wireless Network Hardware in Windows 8

After you install your wireless base station or WAP for your Windows 8 network, you’re ready to configure your PC for use on your network. [more…]

How to Listen to Your MP3 Files

After you've ridden the digital wave of the future and ripped a number of MP3 files, you’re ready to enjoy them. Here are a number of different ways to listen to MP3s on your PC using Windows 8: [more…]

Internet Explorer 10's Control Buttons

Internet Explorer (or almost any web browser) is one of the simplest applications on the planet to use, requiring only three or four buttons to operate most of the necessary functions. Just in case you [more…]

The Internet Explorer 10 Window

Like Windows 8 itself, Internet Explorer 10 now has two faces — one version of the application that’s optimized for touch screen and tablet PCs, and one version that’s more familiar and has more features [more…]

How to Reduce Spam You Receive via Windows Live Mail

You can reduce the flow of spam you receive to a trickle by using the mail-blocking feature within Windows Live Mail. Is there anyone on the planet who actually [more…]

The Windows 8 Live Mail Window

Before you venture into the world of Internet communications, get familiar with the controls of the Live Mail window; click the Windows Live Mail tile on your Start screen, and then catch the hoopla. [more…]

Windows 8 Troubleshooting Resources

If you have a Windows 8 troubleshooting question, you might be able to make a phone call to your local computer shop for a quick answer — even after the warranty expires — but most folks turn more often [more…]

Refresh, Reset, and Reinstall Your Operating System

If your entire operating system is in serious jeopardy — that is, it doesn’t boot or it locks up every single time you use it as soon as your mouse cursor appears — you can [more…]


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