How to Update Windows 8

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Most users think that Microsoft’s Windows operating system is just a thing that comes on their computers. They never consider coming software changes needed to keep their Windows 8 laptop, desktop or tablet running. It never occurs to them that the built in software that protects their devices from viruses, spyware and all sorts of […]

5 Windows 8 Apps to Download Immediately

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system comes on just about everything. From tablets to 2-in-1s to desktops, it tries to be everything to everyone. Sometimes this doesn’t work, but Windows 8 is at its finest when there are good apps available. Before getting to the 5 Windows 8 apps that everyone should have on their devices, its important to […]

Start Menu and Windows 9 Coming September 30th 

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Microsoft will announce what will become Windows 9, including a new Start Menu and refreshed user interface, at an event on September 30th. That date comes from new reports originating from The Verge, which aligns with the release window shared by All About Microsoft the week before. Both outlets have a fairly decent track record of passing on accurate information about Microsoft’s plans for […]

5 Tips for Making the Windows 8 Start Screen More Useful

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Windows 8’s Start Screen has earned a decent amount of criticism over the last couple of years. Mostly because buyers of Windows 8 tablets, desktops, laptops and 2-in-1s don’t think of it as being as useful compared to the Start Menu that it replaced. Mostly, that’s because the Start Screen is something entirely new in Windows 8. […]

How to Use the Handwriting Keyboard in Windows 8.1

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Since Microsoft first added the ability for users to interact with Windows machines using their fingers and a stylus, the company has been on a mission to make the process of imputing text as easy as it can possibly be on the platform. In Windows 7 in slightly redesigned the touch keyboard. In Windows 8 […]

How to Fix Wi-Fi Problems in Windows 8.1

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You’re going to have issues with connecting to Wi-Fi networks with Windows 8.1. That comment isn’t a reflection on the quality of Windows 8. It’s not related to the specific hardware that Windows 8 runs on either. Really, it’s rather simple: at some point every device can’t connect to a wireless network or keeps randomly […]

Why the Windows 8 Windows Store Looks Different

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Users of devices running Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system for tablets, desktops and laptops, are going to find themselves waking up to a Windows Store that looks completely different over the next few weeks. Yesterday Microsoft announced that it was releasing what could charitably be described as a massive update to the […]

The Start Menu Is Coming Back to Windows 8 in August

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A new report today has clarified the timing for the return of the Start Menu in Windows 8. Reportedly, users will be able to open apps and games within the new Start Menu Microsoft revealed at its BUILD 2014 event this coming August. The report on the new timing comes from The Verge, which also […]

How to Add Music to Xbox Music on Your Windows 8.1 Device

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Microsoft went to great lengths to enhance the user experience when firing up a device loaded with Windows 8, its latest operating system. It created the new Start Screen so that users with a desktop, notebook or tablet could quickly create documents, check their email and open up a large assortment of apps for other […]

How to Fix the Camera Bug in Windows 8.1

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Talking with friends and family face-to-face has never been easier. Solutions for cheap video chatting are all around. Microsoft includes Skype in Windows 8 and those who prefer not to use Skype usually prefer Google’s relatively new Hangouts service. Both are incredibly easy to use, but those running Windows 8 and the free Windows 8.1 […]

How to Check Your Battery Life in Windows 8

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In our constantly connected world, having a notebook or tablet that can make it through the day isn’t just an extra; it’s essential that users get as much time as they can to check their email or pass the time by playing their favorite videos. In Windows 8, Microsoft made some changes to bolster battery […]

How to Sign Out of Windows 8

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There are plenty of new features in Windows 8, the operating system that’s now available on tablets, desktops, 2-in-1s and notebooks, and a few of them have frustrated users. It’s not these features that have made Windows 8 unusable for some. Instead, it’s the simple things that have been changed, like logging out, that bother […]

Windows 8.1 Update Coming Tomorrow: Why You Must Update

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Windows XP may be on its last official legs, and Windows 7 is still being supported. But if you’re using Windows 8.1 tomorrow, April 8th, marks an important milestone. For most users, Windows 8.1 Update will roll out tomorrow. MSDN and TechNet subscribers have had the bits for a week or so. But once the […]

How to Create New Accounts in Windows 8.1

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For people with multiple users in their household, creating separate accounts for each user in Windows 8.1 isn’t just important; it’s essential to maintaining sanity. Without separate accounts users tend to overwrite each other’s settings and move files that they shouldn’t touch. Here’s how to create new accounts in Windows 8.1 and protect your information […]

How to Find Command Prompt in Windows 8.1

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Windows has gotten more stable and user-friendly over the years. Every command, nearly every single one is directly available to users through Windows Explorer, the interface users are used to seeing on a daily basis. When you’re browsing your hard drive or even looking at a System information menu, all of that is Windows Explorer. […]

Microsoft Inadvertently Leaks Windows 8.1 Update 1

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We’ve been talking about the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 for Windows 8.1for quite some time now. We’ve seen lots of leaked features and we’ve heard the rationale that Microsoft wants to try and appease skeptical desktop users who don’t want to go all in with the touch centric approach that debuted with Windows 8. Unofficial […]

Windows 8.1 Review

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Microsoft’s re-imagining of what Windows could be with Windows 8 was a bit of a sore spot for users. For all purposes Windows 8 was Microsoft’s first attempt at bringing fresh ideas to Windows in decades. It was ambitious. It was new. It was experimental. It was a mobile operating system sitting on top of […]

How to Install Apps in Windows 8.1

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Windows has always boasted an impressive assortment of third-party programs that enhance its functionality. However, until recently there wasn’t a single way for users to get applications. Some applications came installed with PCs, while web browsers and other utilities had to be downloaded from individual sites. Finally, with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 the process is much […]

How to Get the Windows 8.1 Preview Now

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Consumers who can’t wait to try Windows 8.1 can download the Windows 8.1 Preview free of charge and install it on any notebook or tablet running Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is the first major feature update for Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows RT, which launched last October to mixed reviews. Since then, it seems the […]

Windows 8.1 Apps Leak, Refined Metro Interfaces Abound

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Pictures of the new and updated applications making their way to Windows 8 users with the Windows 8.1 update have now leaked. The pictures, which were obtained by The Verge from a leaked copy of Windows 8.1’s Windows Store app detail some of the huge app usability changes that are coming as part of the […]