Category: Windows 8-8.1

A sneak peek at the Windows 9 Start Menu

Greg Shultz highlights some of the features he’s seen in recent video demos of Windows 9.

As you may know from reading some of my recent articles, I’m a bit fanatical about the Start Menu\Start Screen in Windows:

Well, I recently got a good look at the Start Menu in Windows 9 via a YouTube video from theWinFuture channel. I’m not sure who runs the channel, but they are German and have been posting video demos of Windows 9 for the last week. The videos are actually very well done and are set to music rather than someone droning on about what they are doing.

One of those videos, called “Windows 9: The new Start Menu in action,” does an excellent job of highlighting the new features in the Windows 9 Start Menu (see the video below). In this article, I’ll highlight some of the features that you’ll see in the video.

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3 Ways to Learn Whether a Windows Program is 64-bit or 32-bit

More than 90% of Windows 8.1 installations are 64-bit and, as a result, more and more people use 64-bit operating systems and applications. Even popular applications like Google Chrome and 7-Zip are now using the 64-bit architecture to provide better performance. All this is good but, on a 64-bit operating system, you can run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. How can you tell whether a program is 64-bit or 32-bit? To help you figure this out, we would like to share three ways of doing this, that work both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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How to Create a Password Reset Disk in Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

The human memory is fantastic. You can encode, store and retrieve information when needed very quickly but, unlike your computer’s memory, it is not perfect. It lacks a basic feature: it doesn’t have permanent storage. Unfortunately, passwords make no exceptions and you might be in a situation when you don’t remember your Windows password. Don’t worry, Windows comes to your rescue. If you forget your Windows password, you can use a password reset disk to create a new one, so you don’t lose access to your apps and files. Obviously, the password reset disk must be created before you forget the password, otherwise the tool is useless.

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PC Maintenance Handbook – 2nd Edition

This is a great book for all Windows Operating Systems. Lots of nice tips about basic maintenance. A good book for the novice !Your webmaster

Improve your PC’s performance, speed, and reliability.

This handbook is designed to help you find ways to maintain your Windows PC and ensure it remains clean and speedy throughout its life. Computers quickly get bogged down by junk files, invalid registry entries, a fragmented hard drive, spyware, adware, low disk space, and more. A speedy system is just a few clicks away, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start or even what to do. The purpose of this eBook is not to define the ultimate solution; its purpose is to give you simple, unbiased advice on what have been found to be the best options out there.

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Five apps to get your new Android device off on the right foot

You finally purchased that new Android device you’ve had your eye on. Now it stares back at you, waiting for you to give it a task. You’ve connected it to your Google Account, so all your Gmail messages, Google Calendar items, and Contacts are in sync. Where do you go from here?

Naturally, that depends upon the intended use of the device. But certain applications will come in handy no matter how you plan to use the device. Here are five tools that should be among the first you install. These applications range in scope, but each offers a solid solution to help you get your work done.

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Check for Windows Updates, Learn What They Do & Block Those You Don’t Need

Windows Update is an essential part of running Windows, regardless of which version you have. It’s the way Microsoft releases not only updates but also bug fixes and security fixes. It was changed substantially in Windows Vista and has remained much the same since then. In this tutorial we will show you how to use Windows Update in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

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Update: Microsoft pulls crippling patch from Windows Update

Computerworld – Although Microsoft has pulled a patch from Windows Update that crippled some computers, it is still pushing a truncated version of the security update that contained the flawed fix.

The update, identified as MS14-045 and one of nine released on “Patch Tuesday,” Aug. 12, addressed three separate vulnerabilities, including one related to a font bug and another in the Windows kernel, the heart of the operating system.

Within hours of its release, however, users reported that MS14-045 had generated a Stop 0x50 error on some systems, notably on Windows 7 PCs running the 64-bit version of the OS. They were unable to start up their PCs and typical repair techniques, like booting into Windows’ Safe Mode, wouldn’t work, some reported.

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When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It

The recent Windows 8.1 August Update blindsided many users with issues. Some experienced BSODs or black screens, while others found themselves stuck in an infinite reboot loop.

If you’ve been negatively affected by a Windows Update, here’s a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state.

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How to Set Your Default Programs in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Many of us prefer to use the same program to open certain types of files. For example, you may like to use Photo Gallery to open pictures and Windows Media Player to open music and videos. Or you may have third-party software that you like better. Fortunately, both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 make it very easy to set your own preferences. Here’s how:

Where to Find the Set Default Programs Panel

Setting the default programs for file types and protocols, is performed from a window namedSet Default Programs.

In Windows 7, you can reach it by typing “default” into the Start Menu search box

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