How to Create or Download a Windows 8 and 8.1 ISO
If you purchased Windows 8/8.1 and have a "retail" Windows 8/8.1 product key, then this tutorial will show you how to create or download an upgrade Windows 8 ISO or full Windows 8.1 Update ISO file directly from Microsoft.
exclamation-triangle You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.
You will need to have your Windows 8 or 8.1 product key number from your retail box package OR online order...
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32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 8 System Type
How to Tell if You Have a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Windows 8
Abort Shortcut - Create in Windows 8
How to Create an "Abort" Shortcut in Windows 8
About Windows - View for your Windows 8 PC
How to View System Information about your PC in Windows 8 and 8.1
Accent Color and Background...
How to Use BitLocker Repair Tool to Recover a Drive in Windows 7 and Windows 8
The BitLocker Repair Tool (Repair-bde) is a command-line tool included with Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8. This tool attempts to repair or decrypt a damaged BitLocker-encrypted volume using the supplied recovery information to reconstruct critical parts of the drive and salvage recoverable data to another volume.
This tutorial will show you how to use the BitLocker Repair...
How to Add Safe Mode to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8
Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your computer in a limited state. Only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started. The words "Safe Mode" appear in the corners of the display to identify which Windows mode you are using.
This tutorial will show you how to add a Safe Mode cascading desktop context menu with options to restart in normal mode, safe mode, safe mode with...
How to Turn On or Off Auto-unlock of BitLocker Encrypted Data Drives in Windows 8
Once a data drive has been protected with BitLocker, access to the drive is authenticated before the contents are displayed.
A fixed data drive that has been encrypted by BitLocker will either automatically be unlocked, or prompt for a smart card or password depending on how you configured it before being unlocked. Encrypted fixed data drives can be configured to automatically unlock when you sign in to...
How to Create a Bootable UEFI USB Flash Drive for Installing Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1
This tutorial will show you how to create a Windows 7 or Windows 8 or 8.1 installation bootable USB flash drive for UEFIfrom either a Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 installation ISO or DVD.
At least a 4GB USB flash drive
64-bit Windows 7 ISO or DVD (If you want to install Windows 7)
64-bit Windows 8 ISO or DVD (If you want to install Windows 8)
64-bit Windows 8.1 ISO or DVD (If you...
How to Run "SFC /SCANNOW" Command at Boot or in Windows 8 and 8.1
The SFC command scans the integrity of all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions.
This tutorial will show you how to run the sfc /scannow command at boot or in Windows 8 to attempt to repair corrupted or modified system files.
If you get the Windows Resource Protection Could Not Start the Repair Service error when trying to run SFC, then make sure that the Windows Modules...
How to Change an User Account Type in Windows 8 and 8.1
This will show you how to change the account type of an user account to be either a standard, administrator, guest, or other group type of your choice in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to change an account type.
Guests - A guest account allows people to have temporary access to your computer. A guest account has the same access as a "standard (Users)"...
How to Require Users to Sign in with User Name and Password in Windows 8 and 8.1
This tutorial will show you how to require users to enter both a user name and password to sign in to Windows 8 instead of the last user displaying.
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.
When set to have users enter a user name and password to sign in, you will see "Other user" listed with a user name and password field like below.
You can click/tap on the...
How to Create a System Image in Windows 8 and 8.1
A system image is an exact copy of a drive. By default, a system image only includes the drives required for Windows 8 to run, and also Windows 8 and your system settings, programs, and files. You could also select to include any other drive in the system image as well. When you restore your computer from a system image, it's a complete restoration; you can't choose individual items to restore, and all of your current programs, system...
How to Hide or Show Intel Rapid Storage Technology Notification Area Icon in Windows
The Intel Rapid Storage Technology software package provides high-performance SATA and SATA RAID capabilities for supported operating systems and requirements.
The notification area (also called the system tray) is located on your desktop. The taskbar contains the notification area icon for Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The icon provides storage system status and notifications such as volume and disk...
How to Turn On or Off Bing Desktop Wallpaper Toolset in Windows
Bing Desktop helps you stay informed with easy access to—search results, Facebook newsfeed, weather, news—and the beauty of the Bing homepage on your PC desktop each day.
The Bing Desktop 1.3.395.0 version introduces a new wallpaper toolset feature that is at the top right corner of your desktop when turned on. The wallpaper toolset is 3 buttons that act as shortcuts to quickly search on Bing, change desktop wallpaper, and...
How to Add "Take Ownership" to Context Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1
This tutorial will show you how to add Take Ownership to the context menu of all files, folders, and drives for all users in Windows 8.
This will allow you to be able to instantly take ownership of a file, folder (and all contents), or drive (and all contents) by changing the owner to the current user and grant the Owner_Rights SID (current owner) full access permission.
You must be an administrator to be able to add...
List of Keyboard Shortcut Keys for Windows 8 and 8.1
This tutorial will show you a list of all keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
See also: Keyboard shortcuts - Microsoft Windows Help
Windows Key :winkey:
Toggle between the Start screen and the last-opened Windows Store app or the desktop.
:winkey: + 1, :winkey: + 2, etc....
Switch to the desktop and launch the “nth”application in the taskbar. For example...
How to Create a Shortcut to Run an Application with a Set CPU Affinity in Windows
Processor affinity or CPU Pinning enables the binding and un-binding of a process or thread to a physical CPU or a range of CPUs, so that the process or thread in question will run only on the CPU or range of CPUs in question, rather than being able to run on any CPU
By default, Windows runs an application on all available cores of the processor. If you have a multi-core processor, then this tutorial will...
How to Disable Auto Arrange in File Explorer to have Free Sorting in Windows 8 and 8.1
In Windows 8, auto arrange is enabled by default so that all file and folder names in File Explorer are sorted alphabetically no matter what folder view you used.
This is basically like having how you can arrange icons how you like on your desktop in every folder in Files Explorer now.
This will show you how to disable Auto Arrange to be able to sort your files and folders in any random order you like...
How to Repair Install Windows 8 and 8.1 without Losing Anything
Windows 8 introduced the option to refresh and reset your PC to repair or reinstall Windows 8 with as needed. These new features are great for what they are intended for, but there are some drawbacks to them.
When you reset your PC, it will basically give you a clean install (retail) or factory recovery (preinstalled OEM) of Windows 8 afterwards. You will lose everything from your current Windows 8 installation.
How to Restore Default File Extension Type Associations in Windows 8 and 8.1
This tutorial will allow you to restore the default registry entries and program associations for the file extension type and protocol of your choice in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
This can be helpful for example when a file extension type opens with the wrong program by default, has the wrong icon, or is missing or corrupted in the registry. Downloading the .reg file for the selected...
How to Create a Bootable USB or DVD with a Windows 8 or 8.1 ISO
This tutorial will show you how to create either a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 bootable USB flash drive or DVD to use to install the Windows 8 or 8.1 with.
Windows 8 and 8.1 System Requirements
Windows 8 works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7.
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
How to Remove "Windows Media Center" and go Back to Windows 8 Pro
For some reason or another you may decide to remove the Windows 8 Media Center Pack from your computer. However, since the Windows 8 Media Center Pack has changed your product key, the normal means of removing it is to do a full reinstall of Windows 8 Pro.
This tutorial will show you how to remove the added Windows 8 Media Center Pack to go back to just Windows 8 Pro without Media Center while not losing your settings...
How to Change the Default Lock Screen Background Image in Windows 8 and 8.1
In Windows 8 and 8.1 there are two "Lock" screens.
The user lock screen is the one that displays when a user locks the PC while still signed in to Windows, and when the user is selected on the sign in screen, times out, and returns to the lock screen. Each user is able to change their lock screen background image to an image of their choice.
The default Lock screen image is the one that displays when there are no...
How to Relocate User Profiles to another Partition or Disk in Windows 8
The method described in this tutorial allows relocating user profiles and folders already while installing Windows 8, before any user accounts are created, as well as after installation on an already installed system.
The advantage of this method is that it changes some internal Windows 8 environment variables, being a “Do it once and forget” procedure. Changing the variables takes care of all existing and future user...