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Tips for new user

  1. #1


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1

    Tips for new user


    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.

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  2. #2


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Windows 8.1 is not hassle free. You have to learn a completely new system which is not very well designed for a laptop. If you really want hassle free, upgrade to Windows 7.

    There is no way you can completely stay away from malware with any Windows OS - unless you stay away from the web. You run a considerably lower risk if you do your web activities from Linux - e.g. in a virtual partition.

    If you want more performance, replace the HDD with a SSD. That will also prolong battery life because SSDs use a lot less power than HDDs. It is also less heat.
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  3. #3


    Hello, gino76ph. Welcome to Windows EightForums.

    Touch laptop. Nice choice.

    Windows 8.1 is a great OS, especially for a touch device although it works well with mouse and keyboard. There is a higher learning curve than from one traditional OS to another. E.g. Windows Vista to 7. However, it isn’t as difficult as some make it out to be.

    If you have not started here, please do: Start screen - Microsoft Windows

    Windows defender included is all you’ll need. Our computing habits are the best defense against attacks.

    So far as battery, your OEM should have installed a program to watch and regulate that.

    If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to ask away.

    Again, welcome. Enjoy your stay.
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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode
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  5. #5


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    If you have not already done so,

    Create Recovery Media!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Acquire Imaging Software and create backup image!!!!!!!!!!

    Best Advice I Can Give
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Good advice - e. g. with free Macrium. Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  7. #7


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you guys for welcoming me.

    I have bought the new Lenovo Yoga 2. I have chosen it because of the specs, being a touchscreen, my budget and th fact that it has an SSD (or a hybrid drive i believe) so it should be faster.

    Would disabling the security sign-in make my laptop faster in starting up?


    Will deleting any pre-installed OEM-own antivirus improve performance? Or shall i just keep Windows Defender?
    Setting the Updates automatically make my laptop more secure & safe?
    And what of these .tmp files? Where can i find them and would deleting them make my PC faster?
    When i had my old Win Vista/WIn7 desktop i always do this disk defragmenter which took a lot of time doing it. Do i need to do that on a Windows 8/8.1 laptop?
    Why pinch to zoom is not enabled on other third-party browsers? Is there a way to enable it?
    Still not convinced and not understand why app loading is slow. (I'm talking about my wife's Asus 6 month old Windows 8.1 laptop but i guess that's down to the specs???)
    And i heard about this Recovery Disk or Recovery Mode. What is it exactly?

    Will loading Windows from the normal SSD location be generally fine?

    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?

    Thanks.
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by gino76ph View Post
    Would disabling the security sign-in make my laptop faster in starting up?
    Are you signing in with a Microsoft account?

    Will deleting any pre-installed OEM-own antivirus improve performance? Or shall i just keep Windows Defender?
    Yes. I would uninstall and turn Defender and Firewall on. 3rd party AV products are resource hogs.

    Setting the Updates automatically make my laptop more secure & safe?
    Yes. Defender usually updates its library daily. Other major updates are usually on the second Tuesday of the month referred to as Patch Tuesday.

    And what of these .tmp files? Where can i find them and would deleting them make my PC faster?
    Mostly in your user and Downloads folder. They donít slow a system down. They take up space. Use the system's Disk Clean or a lot of members here use CCleaner. There is a free or pay for Pro Version. I use it at least every other week. Latest CCleaner Version Released

    When i had my old Win Vista/WIn7 desktop i always do this disk defragmenter which took a lot of time doing it. Do i need to do that on a Windows 8/8.1 laptop?
    No. Windows 8/8.1 perform Check Disk and Defrag automatically during idle times.

    Why pinch to zoom is not enabled on other third-party browsers? Is there a way to enable it?
    Not qualified to answer this. I use IE. I think it to be more secure and works along with the system.

    Still not convinced and not understand why app loading is slow. (I'm talking about my wife's Asus 6 month old Windows 8.1 laptop but i guess that's down to the specs???)
    I advise to start another thread specific to this question.

    And i heard about this Recovery Disk or Recovery Mode. What is it exactly?
    I donít know Lenovoís recovery method. Please refer to your manual or help files. Some OEMs ask owners to make recovery media. There is the mirroring as gator2013 and whs described above. There are these:

    Refresh Windows 8
    Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image
    Refresh or Reset Windows 8 without Installation Disk

    Will loading Windows from the normal SSD location be generally fine?
    Yes.

    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?
    Windows key + Print Screen. Stored at This PC/Pictures/Screenshots or in your user folders/Pictures/Screenshots. I donít mess with the system so far as this goes. Someone else may know.

    Of course my answers are not a final say. Hopefully others answer also.
    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 06 Apr 2014 at 08:13.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    Am i obliged by the computer to sign-in my Microsoft or Hotmail account?

    Does Windows checks the disk & defrag the disks even when the lid is close or the PC is sleeping?

    I heard that deleting .tmp files will help with your PC's performance. But you are telling me it doesn't make a difference. What is correct here?

    Browsers nowadays be it PC, Mac or mobile devices seem to outdo each other. Some say theirs is much better/faster other say the same thing. For you what are the Top 2 in reality terms are the top browsers to use for PC?

    Is it advisable to create a Recovery Disk on startup or the initial setup? Or not? Or are my file safe as where they are? (As i heard there is the Refresh option somewhere)

    How do i partition a hard drive? I would like to just partition them as i did on my Mac i.e. documents, photos, music, video...that's it. Please help.

    Before i thought of getting a Windows laptop i was considering a Google Chromebook. I thought because i have an Android tablet and a phone i can take advantage and just enjoy the full Google suite of services including that 100GB of Google Drive.. their cloud service.
    So....
    Instead of partitioning thh HD shall i just save them on the cloud using Google Drive or One Drive? But OD has a lot less storage isn't it?
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by gino76ph View Post
    Am i obliged by the computer to sign-in my Microsoft or Hotmail account?
    Signing into your Microsoft account uses MS services. These services synch upon boot, therefore it takes longer. However, one gets personalized info via these services. You could change to a local account or create another one to sign in with or just boot to. The services will be limited, though.

    User Account Type - Change in Windows 8[1]=User Accounts
    User Account - Add a New User in Windows 8[1]=User Accounts

    Does Windows checks the disk & defrag the disks even when the lid is close or the PC is sleeping?
    That depends on settings as to what happens when you close the lid. Usually they sleep. You could set it otherwise. Perhaps to sleep after an allotted time? Those settings are within your Power Options via the Control Panel or ďChange PC settingsĒ via Charms Bar > Settings.

    I heard that deleting .tmp files will help with your PC's performance. But you are telling me it doesn't make a difference. What is correct here?
    I donít think that it would make a difference other than with a file search. It would have to sift through those. If anything, it actually slows a browser down slightly due to deleting cookies. CCleaner has a ďSmart cookieĒ setting one could use. It is an option upon installation. All in all, itís a good practice to keep a clean anything.

    Browsers nowadays be it PC, Mac or mobile devices seem to outdo each other. Some say theirs is much better/faster other say the same thing. For you what are the Top 2 in reality terms are the top browsers to use for PC?
    I am what I would consider a Windows/MS purist. I hardly use 3rd party programs. Iíve heard many an argument on browsers. I simply stick with IE.

    Is it advisable to create a Recovery Disk on startup or the initial setup? Or not? Or are my file safe as where they are? (As i heard there is the Refresh option somewhere)
    After one has their device the way they like it with all programs installed, settings, and personalization is a good time to mirror IMO. Also, Windows continues to have a backup program to back up personal files on a regular bases.

    How do i partition a hard drive? I would like to just partition them as i did on my Mac i.e. documents, photos, music, video...that's it. Please help.
    I think it is better to back up on exterior drives such as thumbs, HDs, DVDs, etc. in case the main drive goes bad. However, if thatís what you choose please refer to Disk Management help, look into the tutorial section of this forum, or the MS help site.

    Before i thought of getting a Windows laptop i was considering a Google Chromebook. I thought because i have an Android tablet and a phone i can take advantage and just enjoy the full Google suite of services including that 100GB of Google Drive.. their cloud service.
    So....
    Instead of partitioning thh HD shall i just save them on the cloud using Google Drive or One Drive? But OD has a lot less storage isn't it?
    I have Windows 8.1 Pro on my Acer tower and a Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet. I am heading in the MS direction of an OS and services across all devices. Simple to me, but thatís me. Never had any Apple products and I very much dislike Google.

    I use OD with free space given to me for now, so itís limited. One can buy as much storage as one needs. You may want to do a price comparison. I would imagine theyíre all pretty much the same.

    Thanks for the rep, BTW! Very considerate of you.
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