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How to Turn On or Off BitLocker for Windows 8 OS Drive with or without TPM BitLocker Drive Encryption provides protection for operating system drives, fixed data drives, and removable data drives that are lost or stolen. BitLocker does this by encrypting the contents of drives and requiring users to authenticate their credentials to be able to access the information. Encrypting the entire Windows 8 operating system drive on the hard disk encrypts all user files and system files on the OS drive, including the swap (page) files and hibernation files. This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off BitLocker to encrypt or decrypt the operating system drive in Windows 8 and 8.1 with or without a TPM. You must be signed in as an...
How to Enable or Disable Changing Security Zone Level Settings in Internet Explorer Zone security in Internet Explorer is a system that enables you to divide online content into categories, or zones. You can add or remove websites from the zones, depending on your level of trust in a website. Users can set default or custom level settings per security zone. This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable all users to be able to change the Internet, Local intranet, Trusted sites, and Restricted sites security zone level settings in Internet Explorer. You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial. This could be handy to set the security zones to "default level" or a "custom level" settings...
How to Unlock a Drive using BitLocker Recovery in Windows 8 and 8.1 There are several reasons that might make a PC go into recovery mode. For example, your organization might have a password security policy that locks you out after a certain number of failed attempts to sign in. Or perhaps your PC encountered a hardware malfunction, an unexpected configuration change, or another security event. Requiring a recovery key helps ensure that only an authorized person can unlock your PC and restore access to your encrypted data. This tutorial will show you how to use BitLocker recovery to unlock an encrypted OS drive, fixed data drive, and removable data drive in Windows 8 when you are not able to do so normally say using the password or...
How to View and Override Power Availability Requests in Windows By default, Windows based platforms enable device and system power management technologies to help improve energy efficiency and reduce power consumption. Two of the most effective power management features are display power management and automatic sleep. However, in some scenarios, applications or drivers must temporarily disable these power management technologies to perform tasks as the user expects. A good example is video playback. If the computer plays a DVD for several hours, the user does not interact with the system via keyboard or mouse. The display and sleep idle timeouts must be temporarily disabled so that the DVD movie can play without interruption. By...
How to Enable or Disable Store in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable access to the Store for all or specified users 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. You will need to be signed in Windows 8 with a Microsoft Account using your Windows Live ID email address to be able to download and install modern apps to your user account in Windows 8 from the Windows Store. To be able to access (if enabled below) the Windows Store to download and run apps, you will need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768. For Windows 8Store apps to work, you must have UAC...
How to Restore the Start Menu in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to restore the Start Menu for all users in Windows 8 and 8.1 using your choice of free programs. Here's a list of some free Start Menu replacements for Windows 8 that are not already in the tutorial below. Classic Start 8: Classic Start 8 | Free Classic Style Start Menu for Use with Windows® 8 | ClassicStart8.com Handy Start Menu: Handy Start Menu: Makes Working with Your Start Menu Easier Pokki: https://www.pokki.com/windows-8-start-menu Spesoft Windows 8 Start Menu: Free Windows 7 Start Menu for Windows 8 StartMenu8: IObit StartMenu8 Free download, Bring Start Menu back to Windows 8 StartMenuPlus8: StartMenuPlus8 Advanced Start Menu StartW8...
You can use Disk Cleanup on a regular basis to reduce the number of unnecessary files on your drives, which can free up drive space and help your PC run better. It can delete temporary files and system files, empty the Recycle Bin, and remove a variety of other items that you might no longer need. Disk Cleanup will already have items to delete checked and unchecked by default. You may want to have all items checked or unchecked by default instead. This tutorial will show you how to have all items checked or unchecked by default in Disk Cleanup for all users in Windows 8. Users will still be able to manually check or uncheck items in Disk Cleanup. You must be signed in as an administrator to set Disk Cleanup to have all items checked...
How to Capture a Screenshot Directly in Windows 8 and 8.1 This will show you how to capture a screenshot of everything on your display(s) and have it instantly saved as a PNG file directly into your C:\Users\(user-name)\Pictures\Screenshots folder without having to do anything else in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. You could also view the saved screenshot in your Pictures library. If you like, you are still also able to use the Ctrl+PrtScn, Alt+PrtScn, Fn+PrtScn (laptops/notebooks), or PrtScn keys to capture a screeshot into the clipboard, but you would need to use a image editor like Paint to copy the screenshot from the clipboard to edit and save the screenshot. Here's How: 1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 for...
How to Use File History Cleanup to Delete Older Versions of Files in Windows 8 and 8.1 File History is a new feature introduced in Windows 8 that automatically backs up files that are in your libraries, contacts (C:\Users\(user-name)\Contacts), Internet Explorer favorites (C:\Users\(user-name)\Favorites), and your desktop (C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop). This tutorial will show you how to use File History cleanup to delete all backed up file versions older than the number of days you specify in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1. File History saves your files in the Data folder in the selected local or network drive at the location below. (selected drive)\File History\(user-name)\(computer-name)\Data\C\Users If...
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 like on the Start screen. Tiles and notifications show what’s new so you can get important info and updates at a glance. . This tutorial will show you how to set a default Start screen (Start and Apps view) background image for all users that cannot...
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 Additional requirements to use certain features: To use touch, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multitouch. To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at...
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 Computer in Desktop Context Menu Here's How: 1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do. 2. To Add "Shut Down" to the Desktop Context Menu A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below...
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