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  1. #11


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    On my wife's laptop there are indications or information as to whether a disk can be defragmented or checked if the lid is close or on sleep mode. My question is is there are any way to check if the disk is being defragmented or being checked or scanned by Windows if its on sleep or if lid is closed?

    Where is this Refresh button on Windows 8? What does it do? I'm torn between making a Recovery Disk drive/mode or not.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    tip for new user -
    go to eight forums tutorial page and search for and find lots of info on finding things in win8 ,good luck
    Windows 8 Tutorials

    tutoriasl like these
    Refresh Windows 8

    Repair Install Windows 8
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by gino76ph View Post
    On my wife's laptop there are indications or information as to whether a disk can be defragmented or checked if the lid is close or on sleep mode. My question is is there are any way to check if the disk is being defragmented or being checked or scanned by Windows if its on sleep or if lid is closed?

    Where is this Refresh button on Windows 8? What does it do? I'm torn between making a Recovery Disk drive/mode or not.
    if you go to control panel and power options ,you can set closing the lid to "do nothing " and windows should stay active ,and as for defragmenting drives its a function that over the years was made to sound like something important to do ,but is NOT in my opinion, I have owned computers for years ,and don't thing I defrags any drive of mine since the early years of win95-98 ,just my ever so humble opinion ,and shared by many iam sure , if you search the net for info on it
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  4. #14


    It just came to me and I noticed you stated that your Lonovo has an SSD. The OS will not defrag but rather trim the drive via Optimize Drives, previously called Disk Defragmenter as explained here:

    Optimize Drives - Defrag HDD and TRIM SSD in Windows 8

    I personally think that this is a necessity, especially with the larger drives we have today.
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  5. #15


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    And is there a way to do a "screenshot" of the screen? And where is it normally stored? Can i customise on where the screenshots go to?
    Saving a screenshot is basically the same for any image editor.

    Here is windows paint:

    {Click on the picture to see it bigger so you can read the text}

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version

    Alt+Print Screen captures the open Active window.

    Like this RUN window:

    Click image for larger version

    Once you play around with screenshots for a while they become easy to do.

    I hope this tiny tutorial helps.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    Very very helpful guys. I am ticking that small icon on the bottom and i assume that is the "Like" button as i may have run out of Reputation ticks.

    I am eagerly waiting for my machine and i can't wait.

    Now, someone told me that it is necessary to sign-in using one's Hotmail account once you Turn on your laptop is that correct? And i understand that if you don't put a log-in or sign-in you can't access the store, MS Services et al is this correct?

    Where can i change my Photo or icon on Sign-in page btw?

    As regards the screenshot issue is there a specific format that is "much better" (i.e. much compressed) than the other?

    My thinking now is what other more tasks i should be doing manually and setting the PC automatically? This issue of defragmentation, chkdsk, Optimizing disks i have been doing bi-monthly on my old Vista/Win7 desktops and i'm beginning to be OCD about it. (sorry)
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  7. #17


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    As regards the screenshot issue is there a specific format that is "much better" (i.e. much compressed) than the other?

    See this:

    What?s the Difference Between JPG, PNG, and GIF?
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by gino76ph View Post
    I am eagerly waiting for my machine and i can't wait.
    When is it due to come?

    Now, someone told me that it is necessary to sign-in using one's Hotmail account once you Turn on your laptop is that correct?
    Incorrect. One can use a local account.

    And i understand that if you don't put a log-in or sign-in you can't access the store, MS Services et al is this correct?
    Correct. No store and very limited with services.

    Where can i change my Photo or icon on Sign-in page btw?
    Charms Bar > Settings > Change PC settings > Accounts > Your account. Or Control Panel > Accounts

    My thinking now is what other more tasks i should be doing manually and setting the PC automatically? This issue of defragmentation, chkdsk, Optimizing disks i have been doing bi-monthly on my old Vista/Win7 desktops and i'm beginning to be OCD about it. (sorry)
    I used to do maintenance in 7 too. Just disk clean now. The rest is automatic. Iíll check Defender, Windows Update, and some logs files in Event Viewer every now and then to keep an eye on things, but thatís about it.
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  9. #19


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by gino76ph View Post
    Hi there!
    I have recently bought my very first Windows 8 touchscreen laptop. I have had a Macbook Air in the past 2 years and prior to that a Windows 7 desktop. I want a cheap and "familiar" computer which i can call my own.
    What i want to ask & discuss here are some tips & tricks on how to make my Windows experience a lot smoother, stress-free, hassle-free, virus-free and "everything just works" quickly/instantly just like my Mac.
    I want to also ask how can i conserve and save battery life and ways to be aware of what to check or what to do in the laptop itself to help extend battery life.
    I await all your advices & comments.
    Thanks.
    Cheap, yeah, more so than a Mac. Familiar, not so much, but you can get there. There should be a "Getting Started" tile somewhere on your laptop. Start by going there and checking things out.

    All of us get into trouble at one point or another, and generally come here for help and advice. As you've wisely done.

    See the little "My System Specs" at the bottom left of this post? All you have in yours is OS: Windows 8.1. Go to the top of this forum and click on My Profile. Choose System Specs and complete the form, giving all the information you can about your laptop. It will be invaluably helpful to those future helpers you may need.

    Finally, before coming to the forums (not in this case), go to your laptop manufacturer's web pages to see if there may be a resolution to your problem.
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  10. #20


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by gino76ph View Post
    Very very helpful guys. I am ticking that small icon on the bottom and i assume that is the "Like" button as i may have run out of Reputation ticks.
    Yep, I think we only get so many per day. You may have to wait until today to do some more. So, use 'em wisely.

    Quote Originally Posted by gino76ph View Post
    Where can i change my Photo or icon on Sign-in page btw?
    On the "metro interface" start typing PC Settings and you'll get several choices (which narrow the more you type); select PC Settings and you'll see a whole laundry list of things you may want to do to personalize your computer.
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