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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 Here's How: 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...
 
How to Change Background Color of Default Sign-in Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1 In Windows 8, there are two sign-in screens, and each has their own background color. The first is the user's sign-in screen that only shows that user to enter their password. The second is the default sign-in screen that shows all user accounts like in the example screenshot below. . This tutorial will show you how to change the background color of the "default" sign-in screen that displays all user accounts...
 
How to Hide or Show Windows 8 Edition and Build Version Watermark on Desktop This tutorial will show you how to hide or show a watermark displaying the Windows edition, build version, and Windows folder location on the desktop at the bottom right corned above the taskbar notification area for all users in Windows 8 and 8.1. You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial. Windows must be activated for this to work. This watermark is not the same as...
 
How to Fix "User Profile Service service failed the sign-in. User Profile cannot be loaded." Error in Windows 8 and 8.1 This is for when you try to sign in to a user account using a temporary profile, you get the error message below instead of your user account starting. When you click/tap on OK, you are taken back to the sign in screen. A user profile is a collection of settings that make the computer look and work the way you want it to for a user account. It contains the account's...
 
How to Create a Shortcut to Run an Application with a Specific CPU Priority in Windows Windows shares the processor time between all running processes based upon their priority level. If a process has a higher priority, it gets more processor time compared to a process having a lower priority. This tutorial will show you how to create a shortcut that will always run an application with a specific CPU priority by default in XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. You should not set processes...
 
How to Reduce the Startup Delay Time for Desktop Apps in Windows 8 and 8.1 When Windows 8 starts up and/or you sign in, any desktop apps that have been set to run at startup are delayed by a few (5-10) seconds by default now. Previous Windows did not have this delay for startup programs. While you cannot completely eliminate this startup delay, you can adjust to either reduce or increase the delay. This tutorial will show you how to change the startup delay time of your desktop apps that...
 
How to Auto-mount a VHD at Startup in Windows 8 This tutorial will help show you how to have a VHD auto-mount as a drive at startup in Windows 8. You must be signed in as an administrator to complete these steps. If you like, you could also use Bitlocker to encrypt the VHD drive. Here's how... 1. To start with, create a VHD file, using the drive letter you want to use for this VHD. NOTE: For example, I've created a VHD file called 'MySecureStuff.vhd' in the 'C:\MyVHDs' folder...
 
How to Change Connection Priority of Wireless Networks in Windows 8 and 8.1 A network connection is a set of information that enables your computer to connect to the Internet, a network, or another computer. When you install a network adapter in your computer, Windows creates a connection for it in the Network Connections folder. A local area connection is created for an Ethernet network adapter. A wireless network connection is created for a wireless network adapter. This tutorial will...
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