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How to Delete a Storage Space in a Storage Pool in Windows 8 Storage Spaces lets you group drives together in a storage pool. Then you can use pool capacity to create storage spaces. Storage spaces are virtual drives that appear in Windows Explorer. You can use them like any other drive, so it’s easy to work with files on them. You can create large storage spaces and add more drives to them when you run low on pool capacity. If you have two or more drives in the storage pool, you can create storage spaces that won't be affected by a drive failure—or even the failure of two drives, if you create a three-way mirror storage space. You will be able to connect the added drives of a storage space to another Windows 8 computer or new...
How to Change the Time Zone in Windows 8 and 8.1 This tutorial will show you how to change the Time Zone and turn Daylight Saving Time on or off in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. To Change the Time Zone in "PC settings" 1. Open PC settings, and do step 2 or 3 below for what Windows 8 you have. 2. In Windows 8 or Windows RT, click/tap on General on the left side of PC settings, and go to step 4 below. (see top screenshot below step 4) 3. In Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, click/tap on Time & language on the left side. (see screenshot below) A) Click/tap on Date & timeon the left side, and go to step 4 below. (see bottom screenshot below step 4) 4. In the right pane under Time (Windows 8) or Time zone (Windows 8.1), you will be...
How to Expand or Minimize the File Explorer "Ribbon" in Windows 8 The new ribbon in File Explorer in Windows 8 contains the most commonly used items for file and folder management. This will show you how to have the new ribbon expanded or minimized when File Explorer is opened in Windows 8. To Expand or Minimize Ribbon from within File Explorer This option can be used by a user to expand (show) or minimize (hide) the ribbon in File Explorer. When a user opens File Explorer next, it will open with the ribbon set the same way as File Explorer was last closed. OPTION TWO and OPTION THREE below will override the setting in this option. 1. When you have File Explorer open. (see screenshot below) 2. Do steps 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 below...
(Note: All settings are default with Network Sharing turned ON). From Windows 7/8 to windows 7/8 (default Share folders Users$) 1) Open Explorer, and expand Network, click on the required machine (in this example it’s WDP-Tools). 2) The follow box will appear, put in the username and password you use to log onto the destination machine as illustrated. (Note: you’ll need to put in the wdp-tools\ before the username, as you are connecting to the destination machine) 3) Click OK, and you should now be connected to the destination machine's default share. Within the Users folder you will be able to see all other folders such as My Music, My Pictures, My Videos etc.
How to Add a New Search Provider in Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 Different search providers may show up depending on what country you're in - what language you're using. You might try to temporarily change the results by changing the country at the top right on the iegallery add-ons site page if you're not finding the desired search provider/s. Step 1. Open the Internet Explorer on the regular desktop. (Not the Win 8 UI IE). Click on the Settings icon, and choose manage add-ons. Step 2. Click on "Search Providers", and then on "Find more search providers...'' Step 3. This will open up a new IE window with the add-on gallery. If for instance, you don't find one on the front page list such as Google, just enter...
How to Relearn your Picture Password if Forgotten in Windows 8 and 8.1 A picture password is a new way to help protect your Windows 8 computer or touchscreen PC. You can choose to use any picture, and the three gestures you use with the picture, to create a strong unique password for your user account in Windows 8. This tutorial will show you how to replay and relearn the current set of three gestures for your picture password if forgotten in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Here's How: 1. Open PC settings, and do step 2 or 3 below for what Windows 8 you have. 2. In Windows 8 or Windows RT, click/tap on Users in the left pane, click/tap on Change picture password in the right pane, and go to step 4 below. (see screenshot below)...
How to Open a Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 8 A command prompt is an entry point for typing computer commands in the Command Prompt window. By typing commands at the command prompt, you can perform tasks on your computer without using the Windows graphical interface. This tutorial will show you how to boot to an elevated command prompt at startup in Windows 8. EXAMPLE: Command Prompt at Boot in Windows 8 Here's How: 1. Do step 2 or 3 below for how you would like to open a command prompt at boot. 2. Boot from your Windows 8 installation DVD or USB thumb drive, or ISO file if in a virtual machine. A) Press Shift + F10 when you are at the Install Windows screen, and go to step 4 below. OR 3. Boot to the System...
How to Restart "Windows Explorer" in Windows 8 and 8.1 This will show you how to use the new option in Windows 8 to quickly restart "Windows Explorer" (File Explorer) automatically in Task Manager. Here's How: 1. Open Task Manager by pressing the CTRL+Shift+ESC keys. NOTE: This can be done while in any screen in Windows 8. 2. Click on More details if Task Manager opens this way. (see screenshot bleow) 3. In the Processes tab, select Windows Explorer, and click on the Restart button. (see screenshot below) NOTE: For the Windows Explorer process (explorer.exe), the usual End Task button is replaced with the Restart button instead. 4. Windows Explorer will now end task and restart automatically. 5. When finished...
How to Turn On or Off "Windows SmartScreen" in Windows 8 and 8.1 What this feature does Windows SmartScreen, like the SmartScreen Filter in Internet Explorer, helps keep your PC safe by checking downloaded files and web content within apps to help protect you from malicious software and potentially unsafe web content. Before an unknown or potentially unsafe downloaded file is opened, Windows will display a warning. If SmartScreen detects potentially unsafe web content in an app, Windows will display a warning in place of the content. Information collected, processed, or transmitted If you choose to use Windows SmartScreen to check downloaded files, Windows sends information to the SmartScreen online service This...
How to Take and Create a Screenshot with Paint in Windows 8 and 8.1 This will show you how to take a full screen screenshot or a single window screenshot, then create and save the screenshot with Paint (mspaint.exe) in Windows 8. If you wanted to take a screenshot of a opened menu item, then you would want to use step 1 and crop the screenshot in Paint since the menu item would close when trying to take the screenshot with step 2. Here's How: 1. To Take a Screenshot of the Entire Display Screen NOTE: If you have multiple monitors, then they will also be included in the full screen screenshot. This option will also include context menus in the screenshot. You could use this option to take a screenshot of a Metro screen. A)...
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