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Windows 8.1’s launch day went off without a hitch. We’re just joking, of course. As it’s to be expected, issues popped up throughout the day for users trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1. We wanted to cover them each in more detail so you can get the most efficient upgrade possible in the coming weeks. Let’s look at some of those issues and how to fix them. If you haven’t upgraded yet don’t miss our step-by-step guide to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8. Troubleshoot the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Let’s take a look at how to troubleshoot some of
Windows 8.1 was released for all Windows 8 users on October 17, 2013. It’ll be available for consumer purchase outright on October 18, 2013. The upgrade process is fairly simple, or at least simple in Microsoft’s eyes. We’ll show you how to upgrade to Windows 8.1’s final release whether you’re upgrading from Windows 8 or from the Windows 8.1 Pro Preview. Before you begin the upgrade process, you want to ensure that you have system recovery media and make sure you backup your files and personal information. This should be done whether you’re using Windows 8 or the Windows 8.1 Pro Preview.
Android customization website MyColorScreen.com has long provided a dedicated portal for Android fans to share their awesome custom launcher setups. The site recently took a major leap with its Themer app that claims to be able to apply themes from users onto your phone with one click. Imagine that. Instant access to all the creativity on My Color Screen without digging around in Ultimate Custom Clock Widget or Nova settings. If Themer can deliver on its promises, it could become the best way to theme your launcher on Android. Does it live up to its promise? Can you really get one-click
Windows 8.1′s final release has introduced the ability to return to the desktop after closing all apps automatically. This has been something users have asked for since day one and it looked like Microsoft was balking at the idea as leaked builds of Windows 8.1 emerged. However, it looks like Microsoft once again has changed its mind, and in the final Windows 8.1, you are able to return to the desktop after closing all Windows 8.1 apps. Microsoft has made all things relating to the Start Screen versus desktop boot debate complicated for users. This is a step in the right direction which
Windows SmartScreen was introduced to warn users about malicious installs on computers running Windows 8.1. This is enabled by default, and it’s not easy to turn off, until now, and this was setup this way to protect your computer and personal data. We’ll show you how to turn off Windows SmartScreen, why this is a benefit and what precautions that should be taken once you do turn it off. The Windows 8.1 SmartScreen was designed to help protect users from the threats that come from unauthorized or malicious software and apps. However, for those computer users who know what they’re
In the past, Microsoft has introduced toolkits to Windows 7 to block Internet Explorer and other updates from the operating system. In anticipation of Internet Explorer 11 being bundled with Windows 8.1 and the Windows 7 preview being released, Microsoft has released a toolkit to block the deployment of IE 11 through Windows Update in Windows 7. The IE 11 toolkit has been set up so that companies and individuals can block automatic downloads of IE 11 which may occur through the every day Windows Update process, if those businesses or individuals feel they are not yet ready to upgrade
We all know how to empty the Recycle Bin, but forgetting to do so may result in too much used up disk space. Why take the trouble to manually empty the Recycle Bin when you can do it on a schedule? A small program called Empty Recycle Bin allows the Bin to be emptied of its contents upon launching the file. There’s also a small command that can be paired with the program to empty the Recycle Bin without asking any questions or confirmations. We’ll go through the necessary steps for settings this software up with Task Scheduler so we
One of the most frustrating things that can happen to Windows users is when you lose a program or app off the main screen. This often happens on multi-monitor displays and can drive a user nuts trying to figure out how to get back to the window they need. In some cases, you may need to restart your PC to get it back, but now with these tricks, you’ll never have to do that again. We’ll show you how to recover lost programs or apps in Windows with this tutorial with five handy tricks whether you use Windows 7, Windows
Microsoft unveiled changes to how account aliases work. You’ll no longer have to create a new Microsoft account and sync it with your Windows 8 installation should you want to change accounts. Instead, you can create a new alias in your Microsoft Account and use that to login and use Windows 8 and the various other Microsoft services associated with the account. Let’s take a look at the process and how this can both harm and help you when on your Windows 8 or 8.1 PC or device. See Also: How to Log Onto Windows 8 Automatically with a Microsoft Account
In Windows 8.1 Microsoft allows users to quickly enable the option to boot to the desktop, by skipping the Metro start screen. If you’re sticking with Windows 8 instead of upgrading when 8.1 goes live, we’ll show you to boot to the desktop in Windows 8 the easiest way possible. Booting to desktop would make a lot of Windows 8 users happy. One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 is the Modern UI, the Start Screen and the lack of the Start Menu. By booting to the desktop and bypassing the Start Screen completely, you can utilize a program like Classic
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