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Playing DVDs in Windows 8 with VLC Media Player

Modern PCs running Windows 8 aren't just for work, they also provide a number of excellent entertainment options. Just one example: you can watch a DVD movie on your laptop, if you've installed the VLC [more…]

Downloading and Installing VLC Media Player in Windows 8

Windows 8 provides a fresh, new face for the world's most popular operating system. But Windows 8 might surprise you in one way — by itself, Windows 8 can't play DVDs. Fortunately, there is a free and [more…]

Remove Everything from Your Windows 8 Computer

The Windows 8 Refresh tool freshens up your PC by reinstalling Windows but saving much of your information. The new Remove Everything feature, by contrast, [more…]

How to Change the Windows 8 Desktop's Background

A background, also known as wallpaper, is simply the picture covering your desktop. To change your background on the Windows 8 desktop, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Choose a Screen Saver in Windows 8

Today’s computer screens no longer suffer from burn-in problems, but people still use screen savers because they look cool. Windows 8 comes with several built-in screen savers. [more…]

How to Change the Screen Resolution in Windows 8

One of Windows’s many change-it-once-and-forget-about-it options, screen resolution determines how much information Windows 8 can cram onto your computer screen. Changing the resolution either shrinks [more…]

Set Up Passwords and Security in Windows 8

There’s not much point to having a Windows 8 user account if you don’t have a password. Without one, Charles from the next cubicle can click your account on the sign-in screen, giving him free reign to [more…]

How to Install Drivers in Windows 8

Windows comes with an arsenal of drivers — software that lets Windows communicate with the gadgets you plug in to your PC. Normally, Windows 8 automatically recognizes your new part, and it simply works [more…]

Load Photos with Windows 8's Built-In Software

The built-in software in Windows 8 easily fetches photos from nearly any make and model of digital camera. It offers more control than earlier Windows versions, letting you group your camera’s photo sessions [more…]

What to Do if Windows 8 Imports Files Incorrectly

Although Windows 8 usually greets cameras as soon as you connect them to your computer, sometimes the two don’t become friends immediately: Windows 8 may not display its Import Photos menu, or another [more…]

Take Photos with the Windows 8 Camera App

Windows 8 comes with a Camera app; most tablets, laptops, and some desktop computers come with built-in cameras, sometimes called webcams. Their tiny cameras can’t take high-resolution close-ups of that [more…]

View Photos from the Windows 8 Start Screen

The two-headed beast of Windows 8 naturally includes twoways to view your digital photos on your computer: the Start screen’s Photos app and the Desktop app’s Photo Viewer. [more…]

View Photos from the Windows 8 Desktop

The Windows 8 desktop’s photo-management tools offer more control than the Start screen’s Photos app, but they have one drawback: Unlike the Photos app, the desktop’s Photo Viewer shows only photos stored [more…]

Browse Photos from the Windows 8 Desktop’s Pictures Library

Your Pictures library, found on the strip hugging the left edge of every desktop folder, easily earns kudos as the best place in Windows 8 to store your digital photos. When Windows 8 imports your digital [more…]

How to View a Windows 8 Slide Show

Windows 8 offers a simple slide slow that displays one photo after another. It’s not fancy, but it’s a built-in way to show photos to friends crowding around your computer screen. Start the photos flowing [more…]

Copy Digital Photos to CDs or DVDs in Windows 8

Your photos will be backed up automatically after you set up the Windows 8 File History backup program. But if you just want to copy some photos to a CD or DVD, perhaps to share with others, stick around [more…]

How to Refresh Your Computer Running Windows 8

The new Windows 8 Refresh tool enables you to get Windows 8 to reinstall itself onto your computer. And while installing a fresh copy of itself, Windows 8 saves your user account, your personal files, [more…]

Empower the Windows 8 Power Button

Instead of reaching for your computer’s power switch, you should turn off Windows 8 with its own power button. The power option offers three options: Sleep, Shut Down, and Restart. [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 Tune-Up: 4 Built-In Maintenance Tools

Back Up Your Computer with Windows 8 File History

Windows 8 includes a new backup solution called File History. After you turn it on, File History automatically backs up every file in your libraries every hour. The program is easy to turn on, is simple [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 Tune-Up: 4 Built-In Maintenance Tools

Find Technical Information about Your Computer from Windows 8 System

If you ever need to look under the Windows 8 hood, heaven forbid, head for the desktop's Control Panel: Right-click your screen's bottommost-left corner and choose System from the pop-up menu. [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 Tune-Up: 4 Built-In Maintenance Tools

Free Up Space on Your Hard Drive with Windows 8

Windows 8 grabs quite a bit of space on your hard drive, although it's slimmer than some earlier Windows versions. If programs begin whining about running out of room on your hard drive, this solution [more…]

Part of the Series: Windows 8 Tune-Up: 4 Built-In Maintenance Tools

How to Summon the Windows 8 Help Troubleshooters

When something’s not working as it should, the Troubleshooting section of the Windows 8 Help and Support center may sleuth out a fix. Sometimes, it works like an index, narrowing down the scope of your [more…]

Nine Things You’ll Hate about Windows 8

You may find yourself thinking Windows 8 would be perfect if only . . . Here, you find not only a list of ten or so of the most aggravating things about Windows 8, but also ways you can fix them. [more…]

Six Tips for Windows 8 Tablet and Laptop Owners

Windows 8 offers a few settings exclusively for the portable crowd. These tips and quick references are especially suited for laptop owners who need information in a hurry. [more…]

Restore from a Restore Point in Windows 8

The new Refresh and Reset programs in Windows 8 work wonders in resuscitating an ailing computer, and they’re more powerful than the older System Restore technology. But in case you’ve come to rely on [more…]

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