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How To Enable Windows Media Center In Windows 8

Users who have already installed Windows 8 Release Preview (RP) probably knowing that Windows Media Center isn’t preinstalled in Windows 8. As you probably know, Windows Media Center won’t be available in Windows 8 RTM as well and users who want to get the feature must pay extra to download …

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How To Delete Windows.old Folder In Windows 8

Windows 8 Release Preview (RP) has been available for download for over a week now. Windows 8 RP supports upgrading from previous versions of Windows as well as Developer Preview (DP) and Consumer Preview (CP) builds of Windows 8. While it’s possible to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 …

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How To Disable Touch Keyboard Sound In Windows 8

The touch keyboard in Windows 8 isn’t just an on-screen keyboard rather it’s a powerful keyboard designed for tablets and other touch devices. There are two modes in touch keyboard: a full-sized keyboard with large buttons and another thumb keyboard with split keys. The touch keyboard in Windows 8 includes …

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How To Create Microsoft Account In Windows 8

Windows 8 lets you create two types of user accounts: Microsoft account and Local account. While the Local account is nothing but a normal user account without an email address (similar to the user account in previous versions of Windows), the Microsoft account uses your email address. A Microsoft account …

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How To Enable/Disable Fast Startup In Windows 8

Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 operating system has been designed for delivering better speeds than previous versions of Windows. Because of this, Windows 8 is faster in almost every department compared to its predecessors. It boots faster, takes less time to copy or move files, and finally it’s low on system …

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How To Customize Lock Screen In Windows 8

Windows 8 includes a few new features that were first introduced with Microsoft’s mobile operating system Windows Phone. The Start screen, Metro-style apps, and Lock screen were first introduced with Windows Phone and are now part of Windows 8. The Lock screen appears when you boot your PC or resume …

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How To Create Windows 8 Recovery Drive

Apart from the new Start screen and UI changes, Windows 8 also includes some powerful and useful features under the hood. File history, Hyper-V, fast startup (hybrid boot), Refresh PC, and Reset PC are some of the best features of Windows 8. Refresh PC feature is very useful to troubleshot …

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How To Use Refresh PC Feature In Windows 8

One of the best features of Windows 8 is Refresh PC. The Refresh PC feature comes in handy when Windows isn’t behaving as expected or if it’s not performing as well as it once did. The feature can solve all Windows issues in a few minutes like a magic wand. …

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How To Show Computer Icon On Desktop In Windows 8

Majority of Windows users prefer to open the Windows Explorer/File Explorer by double-clicking on the Computer (My Computer) icon on the desktop. While it’s possible to use Windows + E hotkey to launch the Explorer, most users prefer double-clicking on the Computer icon. While most users it to launch Windows …

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How To Enable Aero Peek Feature In Windows 8

With Windows 7, Microsoft introduced a bunch of useful Aero features to improve the overall desktop  experience. One of them was Aero Peek. The Aero Peek feature allowed users to quickly view desktop by moving the mouse cursor to the extreme right of the taskbar. The feature was very handy …

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How To Create Windows 8 Recovery CD

We have previously shown you how to create a Windows 8 recovery USB flash drive to fix Windows startup issues and access advanced tools such as Reset PC, Refresh PC, boot options, and Command Prompt without booting into Windows. While having a recovery drive is always a good idea, not …

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How To Purchase Apps From Store In Windows 8

Just like mobile operating systems, Windows 8 also comes with app Store. It’s one of the main features of Windows 8, and lets users browse and safely install thousands of apps. While downloading desktop apps aren’t supported, users can install modern UI (also known as Metro-style) apps. We have previously …

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How To Name Groups On Start Screen In Windows 8

Along with many other small features, Microsoft has dropped the good old Start menu from Windows 8 and has introduced Start screen as replacement. While users can always install third-party programs such as Classic Shell & ViStart to get the Start menu back, the Start screen works much better than …

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How To Customize Start Screen In Windows 8

It’s a very well known fact that Microsoft has dropped Start menu from Windows 8 and introduced Start screen as replacement. The Start screen is elegant, feature-rich, and highly customizable. You can customize almost everything on the Start screen in a jiffy. We have already shown a number of guides …

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How To Disable Lock Screen In Windows 8

Just like all major mobile platforms, Windows 8 also comes with its own lock screen. The lock screen is one of the new features introduced in Windows 8 and displays date & time by default. Users can customize the lock screen by adding notifications and changing default lock screen background. …

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How To Upgrade Windows 8.1 To Windows 8.1 Pro

Microsoft has simplified editions in the latest iteration of Windows. Windows 8/8.1 comes in four editions: Windows 8/8.1, Windows 8/8.1 Pro, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows 8/8.1 RT. While the first three editions are designed for desktops, notebooks, and netbooks, the last edition runs only on tablets powered by ARM …

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How To Upgrade Windows XP To Windows 8

Computer users who have been using Windows XP for years without upgrading to Windows Vista or Windows 7 may want to upgrade to Windows 8. Microsoft has already announced that Windows XP users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 till January 31st, 2013. If …

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How To Boot From USB In VirtualBox

When it comes to virtualization on the desktop, VMware Workstation and Oracle VM VirtualBox stand out from the rest. While Workstation is a premium software and includes all advanced options, VirtualBox is an open source virtualization software with a decent set of features. Users who have used VirtualBox to install …

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Burn ISO To USB

Making a USB flash drive bootable sounds like a fairly simple task, but it’s not an easy task always. While using the Command Prompt method (see how to make USB bootable using Command Prompt) to transfer all setup files to the USB drive is the easiest and best way, many …

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How To View Apps Size In Windows 8

Removing unwanted software from your hard drive is one the easiest ways of freeing up disk space and speeding up PC. As you may know, one can head over to Programs and Features in Control Panel to view size of installed software. Microsoft has introduced Metro style (Modern UI) apps …

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How To Search In Start Screen

The Start screen is the first thing you see after logging into your Windows 8 account. The Modern UI Start screen replaces the Start button and Start menu in earlier versions of Windows. Users can use the Start screen to launch apps, switch to desktop, organize apps, and search for …

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How To Get Windows XP Mode In Windows 8

XP Mode is one brilliant feature introduced with Windows 7. Available in Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions, this feature enables users seamlessly run virtualized programs alongside regular applications. A very handy feature if you want to run Windows XP compatible programs in Windows 7. The major advantage of XP Mode …

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How Big Should Your Windows 8 Drive Be?

If you are a Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 user, chances are pretty good that you’ve plans to switch to Windows 8 in near future. Users who are going to perform a clean install of Windows 8 might be wondering how big should system drive be? Well, the right …

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How To Shutdown Windows 8

The first thing you will discover after switching to Windows 8 desktop is missing Start menu. Now that Start menu has been replaced with Start screen you may be wondering where are shut down, restart, hibernate and sleep options in Windows 8. In Windows 8, by default, shut down, restart, …

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CyberLink PowerDVD Mobile For Windows 8 [Paid App]

Microsoft has not only dropped Windows Media Center from Windows 8 but also removed DVD playback support from Windows Media Player. Users who want to play DVD files in Windows 8 have to either purchase Windows Media Center add-on (available for Windows 8 Pro edition only) or install third-party programs. …

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How To Check App Version In Windows 8

With Windows 8, Microsoft has not only introduced Modern UI Start screen but also Modern UI (aka Metro-style) apps. Windows 8 ships with a bunch of cool Metro-style apps or Modern UI apps. One can always open up the Store app and install new apps from the official Windows Store. …

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Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT

Users who have been closely following Microsoft must be knowing that Windows 8 is mainly available in three editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT. What many users aren’t aware is, even though Windows 8 and Windows RT look the same from the outside, they are totally different …

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Run Program As Administrator Without Prompt

In Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 operating systems, we often need to run certain applications with administrator privileges to perform advanced tasks. For instance, to check and repair system files using sfc /scannow command, we need to open Command Prompt with admin rights. Launching a program with admin rights …

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Windows 8 Touchpad Gestures

Microsoft’s Windows 8 delivers a touch-first experience, along with full support for mouse and keyboard. Windows 8 user interface is optimized for touch but all those keyboard shortcuts that we are familiar with still work, enabling the best of both worlds. We have previously talked about touch screen gestures present …

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Get Windows 8 Media Center Pack For Free

Those of you have been using Windows 8 for a while must be knowing that Windows 8 doesn’t include Windows Media Center by default. In simple words, Microsoft has removed Windows Media Center from Windows 8 and users must need to purchase Media Center as a separate add-on. Users who …

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Windows 8 Language Packs

Language packs are helpful to view menus, wizards, dialog boxes, and other user interface items in your preferred language. Language packs for Windows contain resources required to translate some or all part of user interface into a specific language. For instance, when you install and set Arabic as your default …

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How To Upgrade To Windows 8

As some of you know, until Jan 31, 2013, Microsoft is allowing computer users upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 to Windows 8 for just $39.99. If you are running a genuine version of XP, Vista or Windows 7, you can follow the given below instructions to get …

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