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How to Use System Recovery Options

Take full advantage of the Windows 8 System Restore utility. But if your PC is in truly bad shape and you can’t run the System Restore program, your next step is likely to run the Windows 8 [more…]

The PC Troubleshooting Process, Step by Step

Following is a step-by-step Windows 8 troubleshooting procedure. Note that this process doesn’t center completely on software because it’s often hard to tell at the beginning whether the problem at hand [more…]

How to Use Windows Update

Windows Update is a gas. It automatically searches for Windows 8 patches and upgrades from Microsoft and then applies them while you relax. This feature is A Good Thing because any piece of software as [more…]

Use Windows 8 Safe Mode

Think of Safe mode in Windows 8 as generic “vanilla” Windows 8. If a hardware device conflict is locking up your PC, or if a driver that you recently installed or updated is causing Windows to crash, you [more…]

How to Use Windows Defender

Microsoft dislikes the word malicious as much as you do — hence the folks in Redmond included Windows Defender to help you eliminate both viruses and spyware throughout your system. [more…]

Safeguard Your System with System Restore

System Restore in Windows 8 lets you set restore points (think of them as snapshots of your important system files), which you can return to whenever the Big Eight experiences problems. Most folks turn [more…]

How to Use the Windows 8 Disk Defragmenter

A program that you can reach from any hard drive’s Properties dialog box is the Windows 8 Disk Defragmenter. Returning file fragments to their proper places can significantly increase your hard drive’s [more…]

How to Check Your Hard Drives in Windows 8

Windows 8 enables you to scan your PC’s hard drives often (both internal and external) for potential problems. There are two common misconceptions concerning hard drives: Hard drives don't malfunction [more…]

The Windows 8 Device Manager: The Hardware Tool

The Windows 8 Device Manager is essentially a status window that displays the operating status of each of the hardware devices in your PC as well as the peripherals connected to it. With one glance, you [more…]

Playing Your Own Media on Your Windows 8 Tablet

Windows 8 tries to wean people from storing and playing their own songs and movies. Windows 8 can’t even play your DVDs, for example. Instead, Microsoft wants people to stream their music and movies from [more…]

6 Differences between the Surface RT and the Surface Pro

Microsoft’s new Surface tablets come in two very different models: Surface with Windows RT and Surface with Windows 8 Pro. Which model of Surface is better? There’s no clear answer, because each model [more…]

Turning on Family Safety

Unlike some other tablet operating systems, Windows 8 lets several people share a single tablet. Everybody can have his or her own account, which keeps everybody's files separate. However, parents can [more…]

View Your Facebook Photos in the Windows 8 Photos App

If you are running Windows 8 with a Microsoft account and you have connected that account to your Facebook profile, you can use the Photos app to view your Facebook photos. After you open a Facebook photo [more…]

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View Your Flickr Photos in the Windows 8 Photo App

If you are running Windows 8 with a Microsoft account, you can connect it to your Flickr account. After doing so, you can use the Photos app to open a Flickr photo album and then swipe through the images [more…]

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Features and Settings of Windows 8 Apps

Windows 8 supports two quite different types of apps — the standard Desktop type and a new type of program designed specifically to work with Windows 8. While using a tablet, you will mostly use the new [more…]

Navigate the Windows 8 Pictures Library

Before you can work with the images on your Windows 8 tablet, you need to be able to view the images. You do that by using the Photos app to open the Windows 8 Pictures library, which is a special folder [more…]

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Start a Slide Show in the Windows 8 Photos App

Instead of viewing your photos one at a time, you can easily view multiple photos in Windows 8 by running them in a slide show. You can run the slide show from within the Photos app. The slide show displays [more…]

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Delete an Image from the Windows 8 Photos App

The images that you create may not always turn out perfectly. A photo may be blurry, or an edited image may not turn out the way that you wanted it to. When you are viewing an album or watching a slide [more…]

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How to Configure the Start Screen of Windows 8

If you're new to Windows 8, the Start screen will look quite different than what you're used to. But you can customize it to work for you by adding and removing tiles, or by moving and grouping tiles. [more…]

What to Do When Windows Won’t Start Up Normally

When you power on your computer, Windows is supposed to load and the desktop or Start screen is supposed to appear. If the computer gets hung up sometime during that process, something may be wrong with [more…]

What to Do When Your Computer Is Running Slower than Normal

If Windows starts up but appears sluggish, there could be a variety of causes. There may be a malware infection, or it may not like a recent Windows Update that was installed or a recent driver update. [more…]

What to Do When an Application Stops Responding

When an application crashes in Windows, it stops responding to commands. There are a few things that you can do when an application no longer responds. Here are some clues that an application has crashed [more…]

What to Do When You Get the Blue Screen of Death

Ah, the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). It’s been around for many Windows versions now, and it always spells doom. A BSOD is a serious error message that appears on a bright blue screen, letting you [more…]

How to Browse Photos in Windows 8

Windows 8 offers two ways to browse photos on your computer or tablet. The Start menu's Photos App pulls together your photos from the Pictures Library, Facebook, SkyDrive, and Flickr, and lets you browse [more…]

How to Back Up Windows 8

Windows 8 offers a new way to backup your data called, File History. You need to turn on File History manually the first time you use it. After that, Windows 8 backs up your files automatically, as long [more…]

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