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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 This tutorial will show you how to use Windows Update Cleanup to delete outdated Windows updates from the WinSxS folder (component store) to free up hard drive space in Windows 8 and 8.1.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...
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...
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