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Microsoft removed several features from Windows 8 for the Windows 8.1 upgrade. Microsoft has made fundamental changes to the way Windows 8.1 operates to help make it more user friendly and step away from the complaints by users it’s really made for mobile devices instead of traditional computers. These removals included everything from backup utilities to the experience index to SkyDrive sync options. We’ll look at all the features Microsoft has decided to remove from Windows 8.1. While Microsoft claims many of these features weren’t necessary anymore for users, some may disagree. It’s possible to find alternatives to features that
By default, you can’t log into Windows 8.1 automatically if you’re using a Microsoft Account. This is meant to protect your account, because it’s linked to the cloud. This protects anybody in your home or office from having unauthorized access to your computer and its contents. However, with a few behind the scenes steps, you can log into Windows 8 automatically with a Microsoft Account with this guide. TechNorms has shown you how to logon to Windows 8 automatically before with this registry hack. But, for some, registry hacks seem scary and intimidating. If you mess up a registry hack,
People that troubleshoot computers for a living, or even a hobby, normally have the necessary software on hand for when an issue arises. But when that technician goes to another user’s computer, chances remain they don’t have the proper software for combating viruses, fixing sluggish performance, or treating a host of other common issues. Even if you are not a technician, it’s a good idea to create a portable toolkit to deal with different issues that arise from time to time. It’s important to be ready before even starting a rescue of a PC. Portable devices are an excellent method of
Internet Explorer 11 will come standard with Windows 8.1, but if you’re using Windows 7 or 8, you can also install and use it. If you don’t like the look and feel of IE 11, you can uninstall it, but the steps are a little more complex than the normal uninstall process goes. We’ll show you how to uninstall IE 11 from Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Before your uninstall Internet Explorer 11 entirely, we do recommend giving it a shot. There’s been a lot of added features, especially if you’re using Windows 8 or 8.1, that makes it more
Recently another hidden feature of Windows 8.1 has come to light: Work Folders. Hidden within the list view in the Control Panel, Work Folders were designed for IT administrators to offer employees a way to sync all devices and work-related information to one another through the use of Windows Server 2012. This is an amazing step forward not just for Windows 8.1 and people who the OS for work but also for the Windows Server program. Let’s see how Work Folders work in Windows 8.1. SEE ALSO: Windows 8.1 Release Date and A Complete Guide to All the New Features What
There are plenty of ways to launch programs in Windows, like using the Start menu or another program launcher like ObjectDock. One unique way is to open programs with secret launch codes known only to you. This is what Sector Seven’s ControlPad offers. ControlPad lets you define commands in the form of words or numbers and use them to open programs or other files. After specifying what codes to use, you can open the code window and enter the commands to launch anything at any time. The interface is compact and quick to use. If you have secret, hidden files,
Windows 8 was supposed to propel the Microsoft OS into the mobile atmosphere. With a brilliant Modern design and cloud-based capabilities, Windows 8 seemed to be a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, you can’t use removable media – such as USB drives or portable hard drives – as a location to save app data. We’ll show you how to overcome this in Windows 8 should you choose not to upgrade. While you can use removable media to add to Libraries in Windows 8.1, you still can’t just save app data to any form of removable media in Windows 8.
Microsoft announced how much Windows 8.1 will cost consumers who opt to upgrade from previous Windows’ versions in the future. The upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 is free for users who already purchased or upgraded to to the Pro Preview while waiting for the final release. Windows 8.1 retail pricing is on par with what Windows 8 cost consumers in the beginning, albeit with no discount if you purchased a Windows 8 PC before its official release. For those looking to buy Windows 8.1, it’ll essentially be the same price as Windows 8 with no price breaks or sales
If you’re not the only one using your PC, you may need to limit access to the Control Panel in Windows 8 or 8.1. This ensures that non-Administrator accounts can’t change important settings on a computer. Enabling or disabling the Control Panel in Windows 8 is easy, and we’ll show you how its done. The Control Panel offers Windows users a wide array of options to customize Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. However, one misstep and you can turn on or off options you may need for your PC to work the way you want it to. By enabling or
While Windows 8 upgraded and introduced new ways to restore and refresh your PC, Windows 7 still relies on some good old-fashioned methods to get the job done. If your PC won’t boot or has issues starting up, running startup repair in Windows 7 can fix whatever issues have popped up. Startup repair in Windows 7 works similar to how automatic repair works in Windows 8, albeit a bit slower. Windows 7 will automatically run startup repair if it detects any issues during the booting cycle that would prevent the PC from finishing the process. If you need to run
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