11 Productivity & Entertainment Tips & Tricks for Windows 8

Guide to the Windows 8 Start Screen With a Mouse and Keyboard (12)

For one reason or another today people are having the hardest time imaginable wrapping their heads around Windows 8, Microsoft’s last operating system. For sure, part of the disconnect between the operating system and users today is large of a revamp it Windows 8 really is. The initial version that launched in 2012 made tons of changes […]

7 Great Windows 8 Games Available for Free

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Today, Windows is known in gaming communities for the third-party game stores that users can install. Mostly that’s because Microsoft has left the PC gaming community alone in the last few years. With Windows 8 Microsoft moved back into the space with Xbox On Windows. Unlike Steam and past Windows gaming experiences like Games for […]

Turn Off the Start Screen & Get the Start Menu Back in Windows 8.1

How to Multitask in Windows 8 (4)

The original version of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system did something no one ever thought Microsoft would do. With it Microsoft stripped away the Start Menu that’d dominated older versions of Windows and replaced it with the Start Screen, an updated Start Menu that takes over the entire screen and provides users with notifications from their […]

5 Tips for Making the Windows 8 Start Screen More Useful

How to Remove a Desktop App in Windows 8.1 with a Keyboard and Mouse (1)

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 copy iOS 8’s Continuity Using Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1

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When Microsoft announced and launched the original version of Windows Phone, industry insiders had no idea that the operating system would inspire changes across the entire company. It was Windows Phone that brought the flat colorful tiles and gradient-less interface to the masses. It was Windows Phone that first included effortless cloud syncing with SkyDrive. […]

How to Listen to Music for Free on Windows 8.1

How to Listen to Music for Free on Windows 8 (2)

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system sometimes doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Sure, there are a ton of changes to be found on devices with Windows 8 installed on it, but there are also advantages and features that completely change a user’s experience: like Xbox Music. One of those changes is in how Microsoft approaches […]

The Start Menu is Still Coming to Windows 8, Just Not Soon Enough

A picture of the upcoming Start Menu from The Verge.

It turns out that Microsoft may not be working as quickly to return the Start Menu to Windows as had previously been assumed. New reports indicate that the Windows 8.1 users could be waiting for the interface to return for a very, very long time. How long? According to sources who spoke with AllAboutMicrosoft, users […]

How to Use the Handwriting Keyboard in Windows 8.1

How to Use the Handwriting Keyboard in Windows 8 (5)

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 […]

Microsoft Windows 8 Banned on China Government Computers

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Ouch! On a day that Microsoft was looking to make some news at a “small gathering” in New York City, China has thrown a wrench into what Microsoft certainly hoped would be a “feel good” news day. The Chinese government announced through its official news agency a decision made late last week to ban Windows […]

How to Customize the Windows 8.1 Lock Screen

How to Fix Error Code 0x8020002e on Windows 8 (1)

The first thing that users who are new to Windows 8 are going to notice when they pick up their new device is how fast it starts up when compared to devices that ran Windows 7. The second thing they’re going to realize is that Microsoft has made some huge changes to the way users […]

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 […]

How To Share From Apps in Windows 8

How to Fix Wi-Fi Problems in Windows 8 (6)

Microsoft introduced a lot of changes in Windows 8. Many of these changes were made specifically so that the Windows ecosystem could catch up to its counterparts. Other changes were designed to put Windows 8 devices one step ahead of the iPad, Mac OS devices running Android. The Charms Bar, which holds Windows 8’s built […]

How to Fix Error Code 0x8020002e on Windows 8.1

How to Connect Your Windows 8 Devices to An External Monitor (1)

In most ways Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system makes tons of advancements. It allows users to quickly download apps from the Windows Store and install them without ever having to worry about them being dangerous. It also allows users to instantly purchase new apps for use on multiple devices. This is a landmark change for […]

How to Stream or Mirror Windows 8 to a TV

How to Connect Your Windows 8 Devices to An External Monitor (1)

Today, the devices we get work done on have to be adaptive. The market is now filled with what Microsoft and other companies have decided to call 2-in-1s, Windows 8 devices that are able to become a tablet, laptop or even a desktop with additional accessories or altering the orientation of their screen. There are […]

How to Connect Your Windows 8 Tablet to An External Monitor

How to Connect Your Windows 8 Devices to An External Monitor (4)

Tablets, convertibles, laptops and desktops running Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system have a lot of advantages. There’s the way that users can reset them back to factory settings and still keep all of their data in the same place it was before the reset. Windows 8 devices start up and restart faster than past Windows […]

Move Your Music, Video & Pictures to an SD Card in Windows 8.1

How to Add Music to Your Windows 8.1 Device (9)

The music, videos and pictures that users store on their Windows 8 devices aren’t just pieces of digital content. They are tales of who those users are, documentation of their family’s existence and sometimes the only way to prove that they took a certain vacation or met a certain person. Essentially, those bits of data, […]

How to Set Up a Windows 8.1 Tablet

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Tablets built for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system are a strange beast. Essentially, they each have two separate identifies that allow users to get work done and enjoy their television shows, music and movies. This makes setting up a Windows 8 tablet a bit cumbersome. The first of those distinct personalities is its tablet persona. […]

The Start Menu Is Coming Back to Windows 8 in August

A picture of the upcoming Start Menu from The Verge.

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 […]

3 Tips for A Better Windows 8 Tablet Experience

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All at once, Microsoft is both new to tablets and one of the oldest tablet focused companies there are. In the early parts of the last decade, Microsoft focused a bit of effort on making the tablet, or what was then considered the tablet PC, a market it could effectively compete in. The company released […]

Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Windows 9: Why All Windows Users Should Be Excited

How to Back Up Files and Settings to OneDrive in Windows 8 (2)

Windows 8 users should expect another update this year to deliver even more features designed to make the operating system easy to use for those with a keyboard and mouse, just like what Microsoft delivered with Windows 8.1 and the more recent Windows 8.1 Update. At least that’s according to longtime Microsoft watcher Mary Jo […]