How to Set a Default Start Background Image for All Users in Windows 8.1
The Start screen is a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows RT that replaces the Start Menu from previous Windows. You can pin Store apps, programs, folders, drives, files, contacts, and websites to Start to quickly access what you use most. All of your apps—both apps you install from the Windows Store and desktop apps—are available from the Start screen. You can organize, group, and name categories of apps to how you...
How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
This tutorial will show you how to do a clean install of Windows 8 (ex: System Builder copy) or Windows 8.1 on your PC.
Windows 8 and Windows 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: MicrosoftDirectX 9 graphics device or higher...
How to Add "Shut Down" Computer to Desktop Context Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1
This will show you how to add or remove Shut Down Computer to the context menu of the desktop, inside folders, and inside drives for all users in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.
The action that this Shut down option performs will depend on if you have the fast startup setting turned on or off.
EXAMPLE: Shut Down...
How to Turn On or Off the Lock Screen Slide Show in Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 introduces a new feature to be able to set your lock screen to play a dynamic slide show of shuffled images from your selected SkyDrive, local (This PC), library, homegroup, or network folders.
This tutorial will show you how to turn on and setup or turn off playing a slide show on your lock screen in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.
In Windows 8 and 8.1 there are two "Lock" screens. One is set by the user that is...
How to Create a Linux Hyper-V Virtual Machine in Windows 8
Although best when running Windows guests, Windows 8 built-in Microsoft Hyper-V can also be used to run Linux guests. Officially Hyper-V only supports SUSE and Red Hat enterprise server distributions but with a few simple tricks any Linux distro can be installed.
In this tutorial we will install both OpenSUSE 12.1 and Ubuntu 11.10 distros. Please notice that I have still not found how to get sound working on Hyper-V Linux guests...
How to Check and Enable or Disable SSD TRIM Support in Windows 7 and Windows 8
The TRIM command helps to maintain the performance of solid state drives (SSDs) at an optimal level over the lifetime of the drive. TRIM functions by actively deleting invalid data from the SSD’s memory cells to ensure that write operations perform at full speed. Since a memory block must be erased before it can be re-programmed, TRIM improves performance by pro-actively erasing pages containing invalid data...
How to Use "Optimize Drives" to Defrag HDD and TRIM SSD in Windows 8 and 8.1
Optimize Drives, previously called Disk Defragmenter, helps to optimize the different types of drives that PCs use today. No matter which type of drive your PC uses, Windows automatically chooses the optimization that's right for your drive.
By default, Optimize Drives runs automatically on a weekly schedule during the time you have set for automatic maintenance. You can also optimize drives on your PC manually...
How to Add or Remove "Turn Off Display" Desktop Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to add "Turn Off Display" to the desktop context menu item of all users to be able to quickly turn off all connected displays at will in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to add this to the desktop context menu, but all users on the PC will be able to use the context menu.
You can move the mouse, touch the touchpad, click on...
How to Fix "You've been signed in with a temporary profile" Error in Windows 8 and 8.1
This is for when after you sign in to a user account in Windows 8, and notice that a temporary profile has been loaded instead of the profile that corresponds to the current user. Therefore, any changes that you make to the current desktop are lost after you sign out. Additionally, the notification area may display the following error message:
This problem usually occurs if the user profile of the...
How to Fix and Restore PC settings and "Change PC settings" in Windows 8.1
This tutorial will show you how to restore PC settings on the Apps screen, and fix the "Change PC settings" link in the Settings charm :)winkey: + I) in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.
EXAMPLE: "Change PC settings" in Settings charm and PC settings on Apps screen
1. Double check to make sure that access to...
How to Add or Remove "When sharing media" in Power Options in Windows
The When sharing media setting in Power Options will let users configure power settings for when devices and computers are playing media from your computer to either allow the computer to sleep, prevent idling to sleep, or allow the computer to enter Away Mode.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the "When sharing media" setting under Multimedia settings in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7...
How to Find Your Wireless Network Security Key in Windows 8 and 8.1
A wireless network security key is the password required to be able to connect your PC to a secured access point (ex: router) on a wireless network.
While your PC is connected to your wireless network, this tutorial will show you how to find the wireless network security key in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
If you are not currently connected to your wireless network, then you will be unable to...
How to Require a Password after Display is Off for Specified Time in Windows 8.1
This tutorial will show you how to require a password after the display is off for a specified time and before the PC goes to sleep or hibernate for your account on a Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 tablet or Surface.
This does not apply to desktops and laptops.
Set Time to Require Password after Display is Off in PC settings
1. Open PC settings, and click/tap on Accounts on the left side. (see screenshot...
How to Use DISM to Fix Component Store Corruption in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
One of the most used tools when fixing corruption for Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 was the System Update and Readiness Tool (KB947821), commonly called CheckSUR. The CheckSUR tool was an excellent way for most people to see what corruption had happened on their store, and potentially fix that corruption if the tool contained the payload to do so.
In Windows 8/8.1 and...
How to Turn Windows Features On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1
Some programs and features included with Windows 8 must be turned on before you can use them. Other features are turned on by default. This tutorial will show you how to turn these Windows features on or off for all users in Windows 8.
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to turn Windows features on or off.
Turning off (uncheck) a feature doesn't uninstall it from your PC or reduce the amount of hard drive space...
How to Uninstall Drivers in Windows 7 and Windows 8
After a device is installed, it might be necessary to uninstall a device or a driver package. For example, you might decide to replace the associated device, or the driver package might have to be uninstalled when a driver is updated.
The driver store is a protected area of the computer that contains device driver packages that have been approved for installation on the computer. After the driver package has been removed from the driver...
How to Set a Default Folder View for All Folders in Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to set a default folder view to be applied to all folders in Windows 8.
This will only affect your user account, and not all users on the PC.
This will not affect the folder view settings in libraries. All included folders in a library share the same folder view, so you can easily manually set a default folder view per library.
When you open an added folder in a library, you get the view set...
How to Set a Default Input Method or Keyboard Layout Language in Windows 8 and 8.1
By default, the default input method for typing is the first added language in your language list unless set by you to use another listed language as the default input method instead. Whenever you sign out, restart, or shut down the computer, the input method will automatically reset back to what you have set as the default language.
This tutorial will show you how to set a default input method or keyboard...
How to Turn "Password Protected Sharing" On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1
This tutorial will show you how to turn "password protected sharing" on or off in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
When password protected sharing is on, people locally or on the network must sign into a user account with a password on your Windows 8 PC to be able to access shared files and printers and Public folders on your PC.
When password protected sharing is off, people on the network...
How to Use Windows Update Cleanup in Windows 8 and 8.1
Windows Update Cleanup is an option in Disk Cleanup that you can use to have Windows automatically delete Windows updates that you no longer need to free up hard drive space.
This tutorial will show you how to use Windows Update Cleanup to delete outdated Windows updates from the WinSxS folder (component store) to free up hard drive space in Windows 8 and 8.1.
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in...