Microsoft Universal Apps Come to Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One

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Microsoft has been finding ways to unify its various operating systems across platforms and today its making a bigger step in that direction. During the company’s BUILD keynote today, Microsoft announced universal apps that will be coming to Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One, allowing users to have a consistent experience across PCs, phones, tablets […]

Microsoft Listens To Users, Start Menu and Windowed Apps Are On the Way

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Microsoft is making two key concession as it moves to make future versions of Windows more usable for those who don’t like Windows 8. It’s bringing back the Start Menu and windowed apps in a future version of Windows. Microsoft announced the two key changes today during its BUILD 2014 conference aimed at developers. According […]

Windows 8.1 Update 1: Key Features for Mouse and Keyboard Users

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 hasn’t exactly gained a great reputation with mouse and keyboard users. However, those user’s experience is about to improve in all sorts of meaningful ways with the newly announced Windows 8.1 Update 1 upgrade. It’s easy to see why notebook and tablet users have had a very hard time adapting to the […]

How to Back Up Files and Settings to OneDrive in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft made Windows 8.1 easier to use. When the company launched the original Windows 8 operating system users reeled from all the changes Microsoft introduced. Now whether everything is easier with the Windows 8.1 update is unclear; however it did succeed in making it easier for users to back up their important data to its […]

10 Top Windows 8 Apps You Should Download for 2014

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There’s no denying it. The iPhone and iPad have changed the way users think about devices. In today’s world, having a well-stocked app store is important no matter what the device. That’s something Microsoft understood when creating Windows 8 and the Windows Store. The hope is that a centralized place for users to download apps […]

How To Stop Windows 8.1 From Adjusting Your Screen Brightness

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Devices running Windows use an army of different sensors to make life easier for users. In Windows 8, Microsoft added the ability for Windows devices to detect how much light is in a room and adjust their screen brightness. Unfortunately, devices like the Dell XPS 13 notebook and Windows convertibles can be way too aggressive […]

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 […]

5 Best Ways to Back Up Windows 8 Files and Photos

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Hard drive crashes and broken computers are common, here are the 5 best ways to back up Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to keep your files and photos safe from an external drive to cloud backup that protects your data from bigger disasters. As our smartphones, tablets and other devices have become essential to our […]

How to Add More Space for Live Tiles in Windows 8.1

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Barring the use of any downloadable programs like Start8, the Start Screen is the single most visited interface for millions of Windows 8.1 users. It’s coveted real estate. Here’s how to make room for more Live Tiles in Windows 8.1 Most apps hope to be so useful that they’re pinned here by users. Files too […]

How to Fix Windows 8.1 Update Issues

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With any new software update on any device, there are going to be small hiccups, little issues that cause users to not be able to download the update even though they should be able to. Windows 8.1, the free update for tablets, desktops and notebooks running Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system isn’t any different. Since […]

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. […]

How to Set Apps to Open in the Desktop in Windows 8.1

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Here’s how to set apps to open in the Desktop in Windows 8.1 and use the interface that’s best for your needs. Most people consider the Start Screen and Desktop areas of Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system to be completely separate operating systems even if they really aren’t. To be clear, both are very distinctive […]

5 Windows 8 Tips & Tricks

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Whether Windows 8 was the right move for Microsoft to make in the face of a burgeoning tablet market and slipping sales of traditional laptops and desktops isn’t yet known. Surely, the company’s move to expand Windows outside of its core area, that is to create a possible future for Windows that wasn’t just attached […]

Microsoft Cuts PCs by $100 for Users Abandoning Windows XP

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With Windows XP support ending in just a few weeks, Microsoft is pulling every trick it can to get new PCs with their modern operating systems in users hands. This week its enticing users by slashing $100 off the PCs it sells if users are willing to transfer their data. The new deal is currently […]

Get the Keyboard and Mouse Improvements of Windows 8.1 Update 1 Right Now

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Today could be a great day for any Windows 8 users waiting for the Windows 8.1 Update 1 software that includes all sorts of tweaks to make Windows 8 better for mouse and keyboard users. Microsoft has yet to officially reveal the operating system’s features, but that isn’t stopping enterprising users from updating their machines […]

How to Print from Windows 8.1

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Like other activities, Microsoft fundamentally changed the way things work in Windows 8.1. Chief among those changes was how people interact with devices like printers. It used to be that every device maker created their own drivers and software experience that was exclusive to that particular printer maker. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case and […]

How to Remove Apps in Windows 8.1

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Every device running Windows 8.1 comes with a pre-installed apps. These apps usually consist of two types. First, there are the traditional applications the run on the Desktop. Desktop apps are what most users think of when someone says apps. That’s because until Windows 8, they were the only types of apps that users could […]

How To Restart Apps in Windows 8.1

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Microsoft threw away the rule book when it designed Windows 8. Before, things like restarting an application were simple because of the nature of Windows apps themselves. If you hit the X in the top right corner of the screen, they closed and you could select the app from the Start Menu again. Because apps […]

How to Stream Video to the Xbox One from Windows 8.1

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It’s a great time to own an Xbox One, Microsoft’s latest all-in-one entertainment system. However, it’s not a great time to own the console and want to watch video that wasn’t purchased through the Xbox Video Store, or available on Netflix. Today, the Xbox One lacks the ability to read hard drives and let users […]

5 Things You Didn’t Know Windows 8 Could Do

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system has earned a bit of a reputation. It’s to its credit that Microsoft choose to rethink some of the ways users interact with their PC. After all, paradigms like the Start Menu had gone functionally unchanged for decades. Unfortunately, change also comes with a slight side effect: new options aren’t […]