How to Use The Windows 8.1 Start Screen On a Tablet

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The Start Screen in Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system is meant to help first-time Windows 8 tablet users. It’s full of swipes and gestures to make tasks that would otherwise take a lot of time, instantly available. Still, it can be very confusing – especially if you have a long history with older versions of […]

How to Reset Your Windows 8.1 Laptop, Desktop, Tablet or 2-in 1

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Whether it’s due to the need to resell a device, or a virus that simply won’t relinquish its control of their storage and start-up apps, every day millions of Windows users are forced to reset their device and start over from scratch. Luckily, Windows 8.1 makes it easier than ever to reset your desktop, laptop […]

5 Windows 8 Apps For Staying Productive

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Here are 5 Windows 8 apps for staying productive and abreast of the latest news with your desktop, laptop or 2-in-1. Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest operating system, is often criticized for preventing users from getting work done. It’s not an entirely factual claim, but it is one that’s resonated with users. Thankfully, apps allow Windows […]

How to Trade-In Your Windows 8 Laptop 

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Windows 8 laptops, like all laptops don’t last forever. Overtime battery issues can sap your laptop of its once long-lasting running time. More often, new apps and games make upgrading to a new laptop essential. Here’s how to trade-in that old Windows 8 laptop for cash towards a new machine, other electronics and more. Why Trade-In Your Laptop There’s […]

This is How Microsoft Will Get You Off Windows 7

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To entice Windows 7 users into upgrading Microsoft could make the biggest changes to Windows users have seen yet. Those include a revamped Start Menu that borrows the Live Tiles from the Windows 8 Start Screen, a user interface that completely adapts to user’s machines and input methods. The push could also include a free […]

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

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If you’re new to Windows 8 you’ve noticed the Start Screen by now. It’s that interface that includes fullscreen apps and Live Tiles. Microsoft officially replaced the Start Menu with it because it wanted to create a version of Windows and an app store that was capable of running on tablets, laptops and desktops. It […]

11 Productivity & Entertainment Tips & Tricks for Windows 8

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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

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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

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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 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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]