Windows 8

How to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8.1

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Today’s article is a quick tip on how to troubleshoot problems in Windows 8.1, which you will most definitely run into using Microsoft’s shiny new OS. However, most problems don’t require booting into safe mode or following a 10 step guide to fixing WiFi problems. Microsoft has also gotten smarter and included a lot of […]

5 Handy Windows 8/8.1 Registry Tweaks

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Windows 8 and 8.1 are controversial because they changed the way Windows fundamentally worked and with every subsequent release, they backtrack halfway. For example, Windows 8.1 allowed users to boot directly to the desktop, but you had to manually change this setting yourself. In the next update coming soon called Windows 8.1 Update 1, any […]

Troubleshoot Slow Right-Click Context Menu in Windows 7/8

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I recently upgraded a laptop to Windows 8.1 and ran into a very annoying problem. Whenever I would try to right-click on anything on the desktop or in Windows Explorer, the right-click menu would take anywhere from 10 to 25 seconds to load! The problem was especially bad on the desktop where I once waited […]

Troubleshooting Windows 8 (8.1) “We Weren’t Able to Connect to the Store” Error

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I recently came back from a 3 month trip and turned on my Windows 8.1 machine to find that nothing worked. For some odd reason, several apps would not connect to the Internet and I could not connect to the Windows Store. I was definitely connected to the Internet because I could browse using IE […]

Ultimate Windows 8 WiFi Troubleshooting Guide

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If you’re running Windows 8 or recently upgraded, you might have run into some frustrating WiFi issues. Windows 8 is inherently a different beast than previous versions of Windows and with it comes a new set of problems. I never encountered too many wireless problems in Windows 7, but have run into several with Windows […]

How to Enable God Mode in Windows 8

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Windows 7 users were delighted when they found out about a secret feature called GodMode. It basically lets you create a folder with a special name that then gives you access to just about all of the controls, options and settings for the OS. Luckily, you can enable GodMode in Windows 8 too! This is […]

5 Tasks That Should Have Been Simpler in Windows 8

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I’ve been using Windows 8 for a while now and even though I like using it, there are still some really annoying aspects of the OS that I just don’t get. For instance, why is it so hard to do things that used to be so easy? Restart your computer? Print from a Windows app? […]

Is Your PC Ready for Windows 8?

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Windows 8 was officially released yesterday and it’s now time to decide whether you want to upgrade or not. If you have decided to upgrade a Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 machine to Windows 8, you probably want to make sure your system can support Windows 8 before you buy the upgrade. To […]

8 Windows 8 Task Manager Tips

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As I mentioned previously in an article comparing Windows 7 to Windows 8, the Task Manager has been completely redesigned. It’s now a lot simpler to use by default, but if you really want to get all the details like before, you can still get those! There are a couple of other little shortcuts and […]

Thumbnail Previews Not Showing in Windows 8 Explorer?

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I installed Windows 8 RTM on my home desktop a few weeks back and so far haven’t really had any problems. However, one odd thing that I noticed was that whenever I would view a directory that contained pictures or videos, I would just see the default icon for that file type rather than a […]