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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...
 
Windows 8 Tutorials Quick Reference Index A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z A: 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 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 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 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. When you...
 
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 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. Requirements: 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 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) Graphics card...
 
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...
 
How to Add or Remove "Console lock display off timeout" in Power Options in Windows 8 and 8.1 Console lock display off timeout is the amount of minutes Windows will wait idle with no activity while on the lock screen before timing out and automatically turning off the display. This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Console lock display off timeout setting under Display in the advanced power settings of all power plans for all users in Windows 8. You must be logged in as an...
 
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 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 Upgrade from Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, or XP to Windows 8 or 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to do a upgrade install to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 from Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, or XP. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial. For more information about Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, see: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7 Buy Windows - Microsoft Windows...
 
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...
 
How to Create a Start Menu Toolbar on Taskbar in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to create a handy Start Menu toolbar on the Taskbar in Windows 8 that will open your installed programs directly on the desktop to avoid constantly switching to the new Modern UI Start Screen to open a program. Some programs and apps will only work when using the default Start Screen (Example: Store shortcut). 1. Create a New Folder, and rename it with Start Menu. 2. Save the new Start...
 
How to Enable or Disable Access to Control Panel and PC settings in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable access to the Control Panel, PC settings, and all settings in them for all or specific users in Windows 8 and Windows RT. You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial. When disabled, this setting prevents Control.exe and SystemSettings.exe, the program files for Control Panel and PC settings, from starting. As a...
 
How to Show Location of Recovery Image used to Reset Windows 8 or 8.1 If you're having problems with Windows 8 or 8.1 on your PC, you can try to refresh, reset, or restore it. When you reset your PC, it will remove everything and reinstall Windows 8 or 8.1 to start over completely with a clean install. To be able to reset Windows 8 or 8.1 you will need to first insert your Windows 8 or 8.1 installation media, UEFI installation media, or recovery drive if there is not an OEM factory...
 
How to Install Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 using the "Unified Extensible Firmware Interface" (UEFI) Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8 - Building Windows 8 - Site Home - MSDN Blogs This method can also be used for the UEFI installation of Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Vista SP1. You will need to satisfy the following requirements in order to proceed: A Windows 8 compatible system A Windows 8 64-bit installation media. 32-bit is not...
 
How to Add or Remove "Minimum processor state" and "Maximum processor state" in Power Options in Windows The Minimum processor state is the minimum performance percentage your CPU will automatically decrease to save energy and battery life when there is little CPU demand by the system. You would want to keep this percentage the same or lower than the Maximum processor state setting. The Maximum processor state is the maximum percentage performance your CPU will automatically increase to...
 
How to Open Windows PowerShell in Windows 8 and 8.1 Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. For more information and usage about Windows PowerShell, see: Windows PowerShell Download Windows PowerShell 4.0 and Other Quick Reference Guides from Official Microsoft Download Center . This tutorial will show you how to open an unelevated Windows PowerShell in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT...
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