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 […]

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 […]

Thumbnail Previews Not Showing in Windows 8/10 Explorer?

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I installed Windows 8 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 thumbnail […]

Change Account Picture in Windows 8

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I’m not a big fan of my current account picture in Windows 8, which always shows up in the Start Screen and really annoys me. I’m not really even sure how that picture got chosen as my account picture, but for some reason I must have uploaded it when I first created a Microsoft Live […]

How to Perform a Complete Shutdown in Windows 8

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In Windows 8, when you shutdown your computer, you actually are performing a hybrid shutdown by default. What’s a hybrid shutdown? As you probably have heard, Windows 8 boots up a lot faster than Windows 7 and previous versions of Windows. This is because of the way it shuts down. Instead of performing a cold […]