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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...
 
How to Adjust Visual Effects in Windows 8 and 8.1 This will show you how to adjust the visual effects settings for your user account to how you want to use for the appearance and performance of Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. If you apply any changes in the Control Panel -> Ease of Access Center, your visual effects settings will automatically get reset back to default. The visual effect settings below are the most common ones to turn off (uncheck) to help improve...
 
How to Back Up and Restore Local Group Policy in Windows The Local Group Policy Editor is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that provides a single user interface through which all the Computer Configuration and User Configuration settings of Local Group Policy objects can be managed for your computer. This tutorial will show you how to back up local group policy (GPO) settings in Windows, and restore to the same or any Windows computer. You must be signed in as an...
 
How to Turn "Fast Startup" On or Off for a Hybrid Boot in Windows 8 and 8.1 Fast Startup (aka: hybrid boot or hybrid Shutdown) is a new feature in Windows 8 to help your PC start up faster after shutting down. When turned on, Windows 8 does this by using a hybrid shutdown (a partial hibernate) method that saves only the kernal session and device drivers (system information) to the hibernate (hiberfil.sys) file on disk instead of closing it when you shut down your PC. This also makes the...
 
Add "Delete Files in Folder" and "Empty Folder" to Context Menu of Folders in Windows This tutorial will show you how to add or remove "Delete Files in Folder" and "Empty Folder" to the context menu of folders for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. While you must be signed in as an administrator to add or remove the context menus, all users will be able to use it. The context menus will only be able to delete what the user has access permission for in a folder. Delete Files...
 
How to Completely Delete a Hyper-V Virtual Machine in Windows 8, 8.1, and Server 2012 The Hyper-V technology provides an environment that you can use to create and manage virtual machines and their resources. Each virtual machine is an isolated, virtualized computer system that is capable of running its own operating system. This allows you to run multiple operating systems at the same time on the same physical computer. When you delete a virtual machine (VM) in Hyper-V Manager, it will...
 
How to "Take Ownership" of a File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 8 and 8.1 This will show you how to take ownership of a file, folder, drive, registry key objects to control how access permissions are set on the object and for what users and groups permissions are granted 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 do the steps below to take ownership of an item. DO NOT take ownership of the Windows 8 C...
 
Add or Remove "Dim display after" in Power Options in Windows The display can use more power than any other part of a PC. Reducing the display brightness level can help extend your battery life before needing to recharge. The Dim display after setting under Display in Power Options specifies how long your computer is inactive before your display(s) dims. . This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Dim display after setting under Display in Power Options for all users in Vista...
 
Add "Lock Drive" to Unlocked BitLocker Drives Context Menu in Windows 7 and Windows 8 To lock an unlocked fixed data drive (ex: internal hard drive) encrypted by BitLocker, you would normally restart the computer. To lock an unlocked removable data drive (ex: USB drive) encrypted by BitLocker, you would normally disconnect it or restart the computer. In Windows 8, if you have auto-unlock turned on for a data drive, then it will automatically be unlocked when connected (removable data...
 
How to Turn On or Off to Automatically Close Apps not Responding at Shutdown in Windows When user processes (tasks) do not end (close) automatically at sign out, restart, or shutdown, the system waits until the process ends on it's own. If the process hasn't ended by the set HungAppTimeout value, the End Task dialog box appears, stating that the processes are not responding to the End Task request and prompts the user to either force sign out/restart/shut down and force close (end task)...
 
How to Restore Missing "Desktop" Tile on Start and Apps Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to restore the default Desktop app tile on the Start and Apps screen if missing 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 do the steps in this tutorial. EXAMPLE: Desktop Tile on Start Screen in Windows 8 Here's How: 1. Open the "Apps" screen, and look for the Desktop app. (see screenshot...
 
How to Turn On or Off the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows 8 and 8.1 There are a few different kinds of keyboards. The most common is a physical, external keyboard that you plug into your PC. A PC with a touchscreen also has a touch keyboard. When you’re using a Windows PC with a touchscreen, tap in a text field or other area where you can type and the touch keyboard appears. Windows also has On-Screen Keyboard (OSK), an Ease of Access tool. You can use OSK instead of relying on the...
 
No compatibility test run before the upgrade can be so reliable as a real test using your own hardware. How does Windows 10 run on my PC, does it find all drivers, does my software really work as expected? The answer to all these questions can best be found with using Windows 10 on the hardware it will be used if and when upgraded. Microsoft offers an easy, totally risk free method to do exactly that without even installing Windows 10 by providing a pre-installed virtual hard disk (from...
 
How to Automatically Sign in to User Account at Startup in Windows 8 and 8.1 This will show you how to have Windows 8 or 8.1 sign in to a local user account or Microsoft account of your choice automatically at startup without the user needing to enter a user name and password. You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial. If you only have one user account on the computer that is not password protected, then Windows 8 will automatically log on to...
 
How to Change an User Account Name in Windows 8 and 8.1 A user account's name is the name that displays on the Welcome (sign in/log on) and Start screens in Windows 8. This tutorial will help show you how to change the user name of a local account and Microsoft account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. Changing the name of a user account only changes the name that is displayed on the Welcome (sign in/log on) and Start screens for that user account, and no where...
 
How to Reset Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 This will show you how to use a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to reset your PC to completely start over back to default to remove all personal data, apps, and settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows. This is like doing a factory restore/recovery on a purchased computer or clean install, but a little faster. Resetting your Windows 8 PC works like this: The PC boots into the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE). Windows RE erases...
 
How to Refresh Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 This will show you how to use a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 to refresh your PC to keep all personal data, Metro style apps, and important settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows. If a recovery image provided by your PC's manufacturer is present, Windows 8 will use that image when you refresh your PC. Otherwise, Windows 8 will use your installation media when you refresh your PC. This refresh feature is something close to like what...
 
How to Check if Windows is Booted in UEFI or Legacy BIOS Mode When the PC starts, the firmware interface controls the booting process of the PC, and then passes control to Windows or another operating system. UEFI is a replacement for the older BIOS firmware interface and the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) 1.10 specifications. For more information, see: Boot and UEFI | Microsoft Docs UEFI in Windows | Microsoft Docs . This tutorial will show you how to see if your Windows is...
 
How to Change Your Lock Screen Background Image in Windows 8 and Windows 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...
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