Do you want a free, password-protected, easy-to-use file sharing feature that requires no software download? Maybe Windows HomeGroup would interest you. A HomeGroup in Windows 7 and 8 allows the library folders - like Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos - and literally any other location to be shared in a secure group comprised of other locally networked users. The sharing incorporates any file or connected printer and is easily accessed by the other HomeGroup members. Setting up the feature is extremely simple. Follow this guide to learn how to set up or join a HomeGroup and how file sharing is performed.
Windows 8 introduced a variety of ways to restore, refresh and repair Windows 8. One of the improvements from Windows 7 to Windows 8 was the way the automatic repair tool works in the latter OS. Improvements to automatic repair make it easier than ever to repair your PC if something goes wrong in Windows 8. Automatic repair works in two specific ways in Windows 8: It can be manually stated to diagnose and repair issues or it will run automatically if Windows detects a problem at startup severe enough to warrant automatic repair. However, by that point, you may need to restore or recover your PC completely.
Windows 8 offers a handful of ways to fix PC issues that come up. You can refresh your system, use a system recovery image to repair your PC and even do a complete restore of Windows 8. A complete reset of Windows 8 is similar to how you would use a recovery partition or recovery CD/DVD or removable media to restore Windows to its factory state. However, what’s nifty about a complete reset in Windows 8 is that it allows you to do so from your own OS as opposed to needing external recovery media or an installation disc.
Windows 8 makes it easier than ever to restore, refresh and recover your OS. In fact, it’s easier than ever before to get Windows 8 working than any of its predecessors. You can create custom recovery images in Windows 8 via the command prompt, and it a pretty simple process. Custom recovery images save your computer in it's "as is" state. That means however your computer is set up currently, including files, folders, drivers, settings and more can be saved in a custom recovery image to use if something goes wrong. If you’re looking to create a custom recovery image, you should do so after a refresh of Windows 8.
The Windows 8 SmartScreen filter was originally introduced in Windows 7 to help prevent phishing and malware infections. It was integrated into Internet Explorer, Hotmail, and now the Windows 8 OS. In this article we look at what exactly the SmartScreen Filters does in Windows 8, along with how to disable it and the concerns it brings up for privacy advocates. How the SmartScreen Filters Works in Windows 8 The SmartScreen Filter is integrated into the entirety of Windows 8 to help identify harmful malware and installers on your PC. Whenever you download something from the Web, if you aren’t
The Start Screen background can be changed from its dull, solid coloration when you first begin using Windows 8. We’ll show you how to change the Start Screen background to customize your Windows 8 experience. Windows 8 introduced a whole new way to interact with the OS. The Start Screen replaced the familiar and beloved Start Menu. While this made some users angry, others adapted quickly to change and wanted to customize the Start Screen to their liking. Windows 8 provides some ways to tweak the Start Screen background, let’s look at what all can be done. How To Change
There’s never been a straight-forward way to show file extensions in Windows. Until Windows 8. We’ll show you how to quickly show file extensions in Windows 8 and 7. You never know when you might need to show file extensions in Windows. By showing file extensions, you can quickly change them if necessary, protect them or just understand what type of program you might need to open a file or archive. SEE ALSO: How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows Enable File Extensions in Windows 8 In Windows 8, there are two ways to display the file extensions. For
Windows 8.1 has introduced new ways to customize the Start screen, including different sizes for tiles. We’ll show you how to resize tiles, rename groups along with a comparison of what Windows 8 offers. One of the big announcements Microsoft lauded in the Windows 8.1 preview was the ability to further customize Start screen tiles. Windows 8.1 not only lets you resize tiles, but it also lets you more easily customize the Start screen in general which is an added bonus. Many Windows 8 users were dismayed at the lack of customization options available for the Windows 8 Start screen.
For those of you who don’t know, Microsoft announced a while back that the Windows Media Center will no longer be included for free in the standard version of Windows 8. Instead users will have to purchase and upgrade to Windows 8 Professional to get the feature. The Media Center is used by many people as a way of using their PC to watch and record TV, as well as to share music and pictures around their home. However if you’re running the release preview of Windows 8 there is still a way to get it back. Getting Back the
The new StartUp menu in Windows 8, also known as the boot menu, has been dramatically improved graphically. Microsoft have continued using the Metro UI in the StartUp menu and added in tiles and a similar layout to what you see in Windows 8. The StartUp menu is quite a powerful tool for troubleshooting and booting up your Windows 8 PC. In this post we’re going to have a look at the various different options available to us. Entering The StartUp Menu To enter the StartUp menu, you have to press F8 (can vary depending on your computer manufacturer) before
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