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Compare Features Between Windows 8 Editions Windows 8 is made available in four editions (SKUs). These will be Windows RT (ARM) for the consumer market, Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows 8 Pro (32-bit and 64-bit), and Windows 8 Enterprise for corporations and IT organizations. This tutorial will show you a comparison list of key features between the four Windows RT (ARM), Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise editions. For more information, see also: Announcing the Windows 8 Editions Introducing Windows 8 Enterprise and Enhanced Software Assurance for Today The European Windows 8 N, Windows 8 Pro N, Windows 8 Enterprise N, or Windows 8 KN, Windows 8 Pro KN, Windows 8 Enterprise KN editions include the same...
How to Set and Manage Family Safety App Restrictions in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to set and manage app restrictions in Family Safety for your child's (standard user) account in Windows 8. You can prevent children from running specified installed Windows Store apps and programs that you don't want them to use. You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to set and manage Family Safety settings in Windows 8. To Manage Family Safety App Restrictions Locally in Windows 8 1. If you have not already, you will need to setup and turn on Family Safety for the child's (standard user's) user account in Windows 8. 2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Family Safety icon. 3. If...
How to Set and Manage Family Safety Windows Store and game restrictions in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to set and manage Windows Store and game restrictions in Family Safety for your child's (standard user) account in Windows 8. You can control what games your children play, set an age-rating level, choose the types of content you want to block, and decide whether you want to allow or block specific games. You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to set and manage Family Safety settings in Windows 8. To Manage Family Safety Windows Store and game restrictions Locally in Windows 8 1. If you have not already, you will need to setup and turn on Family Safety for the child's (standard user's) user...
How to Set and Manage Family Safety Time Limits in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to set and manage time limits in Family Safety for your child's (standard user) account in Windows 8. You can specify hours when your children are allowed to sign in to the PC, and even set different time limits for each day. If a child is signed in when their allotted time ends, they'll be signed out automatically. You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to set and manage Family Safety settings in Windows 8. To Manage Family Safety Time Limits Locally in Windows 8 1. If you have not already, you will need to setup and turn on Family Safety for the child's (standard user's) user account in Windows 8. 2. Open the...
How to Set and Manage Family Safety Web Filtering in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to set and manage web filtering settings in Family Safety for your child's (standard user) account in Windows 8. You can make sure your children only visit age-appropriate websites, and decide whether you want to allow file downloads. You can also block or allow specific websites. You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to set and manage Family Safety settings in Windows 8. To Manage Family Safety Web Filtering Locally in Windows 8 1. If you have not already, you will need to setup and turn on Family Safety for the child's (standard user's) user account in Windows 8. 2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and...
How to Setup and Use "Family Safety" Parental Controls in Windows 8 and 8.1 In Vista and Windows 7, there is a Parental Controls features. This has been replaced with Family Safety in Windows 8. . What this feature does Family Safety helps parents protect their children when they use a PC. Parents can control which apps, games, and websites children are allowed to use. Parents can also set time limits and receive regular activity reports via email. Parents can manage restrictions and view activity reports locally on the PC or online using the Microsoft Family Safety website. Information collected, processed, or transmitted Family Safety settings and reports of children’s activity are stored on your PC. Activity reports can...
How to Create a "Windows Defender" Shortcut in Windows 8 This will show you how to create or download a Windows Defender shortcut in Windows 8. Windows 8 comes with a new version of Windows Defender which is the re-branded Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). This is a newer version of Microsoft Security Essentials with the name of Windows Defender now, which has been enhanced with anti-spyware capabilities along with it's existing anti-virus protection. Windows Defender does not have a icon in the notification area, but it does run in the background by default and will give you a notification if it detects anything. You will not be able to install Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) in Windows 8 since Windows Defender is the new...
How to Delete a Theme in Windows 8 and 8.1 In Windows, you can use themes to help make your desktop feel a little more like your own. A theme is a combination of the desktop background, window color, sounds, screen saver, and mouse pointers that changes them all at once, and you can switch between themes as often as you like. This tutorial will show you how to delete a theme you no longer want under My Themes, Aero Themes, or Basic and High Contrast Themes in Personalization to free up disk space in Windows 8. EXAMPLE: Windows 8 Themes in Personalization To Delete Saved or Downloaded Themes under "My Themes" 1. Do step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to open Personalization. 2. While on the desktop, open the Charms...
How to Create a Theme in Windows 8 and 8.1 In Windows, you can use themes to help make your desktop feel a little more like your own. This tutorial will show you how to create your own theme in Windows 8 to save and make easier to change the desktop background, window color, sounds, screen saver, and mouse pointers in your user account all at once, and you can switch between themes as often as you like. Themes created in Windows 8 and 8.1 will not work on Windows 7. Themes created in Windows 7 will work on Windows 8 and 8.1. . desktop background - A picture, color, or design that acts as a backdrop to the open windows on your desktop. The desktop background can be a single picture or a slide show. You can choose from the desktop...
How to Open and Close Tabs in Modern IE10 in Windows 8 This tutorial will show you how to open new tabs and close tabs while using modern Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT. Modern Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) from your Start screen will only work if you have Internet Explorer 10 (desktop) set as the default program for your web browser, and you have at least a 1024 x 768 screen resolution. You can switch between opened tabs in modern IE10 by either pressing Windows + Z, right clicking on an empty area in modern IE10, or swipe/flick up from the bottom of a touch screen, or swipe/flick down from the top of a touch screen, then click/tap on the tab you want to open. To Open a New Tab in Modern IE10 1. While in modern...
How to Duplicate, Extend, or Switch Display to a "Second Screen" in Windows 8 and 8.1 This will show you how to use Display Switch to change the presentation mode of your main display from your Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, or Windows RT 8.1 device or PC to display on the PC screen only, duplicate on another screen, extend across another screen, or on the second screen only. To Change Display Presentation Mode in Charms NOTE: This replaced Presentation Mode in previous versions of Windows. 1. Do either step 2, 3, or 4 below for how you would like to open Second screen. 2. Press the :winkey: + P keys, and go to step 7 below. 3. Press the :winkey: + R to open the Run dialog, type displayswitch.exe, click/tap on OK, and go to...
How to Create a NFC "Proximity" Settings Shortcut in Windows 8 and Windows RT Proximity in Windows 8 supports near-field communication devices (ex: tablet, Windows 8 Phone, or Surface) that enable communication between computers using a tap gesture. Proximity supports establishing a connection between peer applications on separate computers with a tap, and subscribing for and publishing of messages while devices are within proximate range. Near Field Communication (NFC) is a set of standards for computers and smartphone devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity, usually no more than a few centimetres. It works even if your device is switched off or your...
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