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How to Create a Restore Point for Windows 8

Windows 8 is moving away from restore points to its two new Refresh and Reset systems. But old-school System Restore fans can still create and use the trusty Windows restore points to return your PC to [more…]

Add Another Windows 8 User to Your Computer

Administrator account holders in Windows 8 can add another User Account through the Start screen’s simple PC Settings screen. To add another user, follow these steps: [more…]

Change an Existing User’s Account in Windows 8

The Windows 8 Start screen’s PC Settings screen (its mini-control panel) lets you create a new account for a friend or family member. And it lets you tweak your own account, changing your password or switching [more…]

How to Switch Quickly between Users in Windows 8

Windows 8 enables an entire family, roommates, or employees in a small office to share a single computer or tablet. The computer keeps track of everybody’s programs while different people use the computer [more…]

Share Files among Windows 8 Account Holders

Normally, the Windows 8 user account system keeps everybody’s files separate, effectively thwarting Jack’s attempts to read Jill’s diary. But what if you’re co-writing a report with somebody, and you both [more…]

How to Change a Windows 8 User Account’s Picture

For every newly created user account, Windows 8 chooses a generic silhouette. Feel free to change the picture to something more reflective of the Real You: You can snap a photo with your computer’s webcam [more…]

Set Up Windows 8 to Connect to a Network

First, a word to the wired crowd: If you’ve chosen to connect a computer to your router with a cable, plug one end of the cable into your computer’s network port. Plug the cable’s other end into one of [more…]

Set Up or Connect with a Windows 8 Homegroup

Microsoft’s solution to networking is called a Homegroup. A simpler way of networking, a Windows 8 Homegroup lets every Windows PC in the house share the files nearly everybody wants to share: music, photos [more…]

Can Other People Mess Up Shared Files in Windows 8?

When you share libraries on Homegroups in Windows 8, you want the benefits of sharing: You want your friends and family to marvel over your photos of Costa Rican tree frogs, for example. But you don’t [more…]

How to Access What Others Have Shared in Windows 8

On your your Windows 8 PC and network, you can see the shared libraries of other people by clicking the Start screen’s Desktop tile. When on the desktop, click the File Explorer icon from the taskbar. [more…]

How to Share a Printer through a Windows 8 Homegroup

If you’ve turned on the Homegroups, Windows 8 makes sharing a printer extraordinarily easy. After you plug a USB printer into one of your Windows 8 PCs, you’re set: Windows automatically recognizes the [more…]

Play Music from the Windows 8 Start Screen

The Windows 8 Start screen’s Music app isn’t as much of a music player as it is an online storefront. The program devotes most of its onscreen real estate to advertising: Billboard-like tiles promote the [more…]

Hand Music-Playing Chores Back to Windows Media Player

Microsoft hopes that the Music app and its online store will be a big moneymaker; accordingly, Windows 8 tries to shoehorn you into using the Music app. Open a music file from your desktop’s Music library [more…]

Windows 8: Run Windows Media Player for the First Time

The first time you open the desktop’s Windows Media Player in Windows 8, an opening screen asks how to deal with the player’s settings for privacy, storage, and the music store. The screen offers two options [more…]

Stock the Windows Media Player Library in Windows 8

You can load Windows Media Player by clicking its icon in the Windows 8 taskbar — that strip along the desktop’s bottom edge. When you run Windows Media Player, the program automatically sorts through [more…]

Working with Song Tags in Windows Media Player

When deciding how to sort, display, and categorize your music, Windows Media Player reads the songs' tags — not the songs’ filenames. Inside every music file lives a small form called a [more…]

Browse Windows Media Player’s Libraries

The Windows 8 Media Player library is where the behind-the-scenes action takes place. There, you organize files, create playlists, burn or copy CDs, and choose what to play. [more…]

Windows Media Player Spies on You in Windows 8

Just like your bank, credit card company, and grocery store club card, Windows Media Player spies on you in Windows 8. The player’s 5,000-word online Privacy Statement boils down to this: Windows Media [more…]

Play Music Files (MP3s and WMAs) in Windows 8

Windows Media Player plays several types of digital music files, but they all have one thing in common: When you tell Windows Media Player to play a song or an album, Windows Media Player immediately places [more…]

Control Your Now Playing Items in Windows 8 Media Player

You can play music directly from the Windows 8 Media Player’s library: Just right-click a file, album, artist, or genre and then choose Play. But to summon a smaller, more manageable player, click the [more…]

How to Play CDs in the Windows 8 Media Player

As long as you insert the CD in the CD drive correctly (usually label-side up), playing a music CD is one of Windows Media Player’s easiest tasks. You drop it into your CD drive, and the player jumps to [more…]

How to Play DVDs in Windows 8

The Windows 8 Windows Media Player can’t play DVDs. That news comes as a bit of a shock, considering the Windows 7 Media Player could play DVDs. What gives? [more…]

How to Play Videos and TV Shows in Windows 8

Many digital cameras can capture short videos as well as photos, so don’t be surprised if the Windows 8 Media Player places several videos in its library’s Video section. [more…]

Create, Save, and Edit Playlists in Windows 8

In the Windows 8 Media Player, you can create specially themed playlists to liven up long-distance drives, parties, special dinners, workouts, and other events. A [more…]

Rip (Copy) CDs to Your PC with Windows 8

In a process known as ripping, the Windows 8 Media Player can copy your CDs to your PC as MP3 files, the industry standard for digital music. But until you tell the player that you want MP3 files, it creates [more…]

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