The Computer Management tool in Windows can be used to create local user accounts, user groups and set all kinds of policies. Unfortunately this tool hasn’t been updated to work with Microsoft accounts but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be useful in certain scenarios. Here’s how it works:
Modern laptops and tablets get smaller and smaller. As a result they provide fewer USB ports for connecting other devices and they rely more on Bluetooth. That's why Bluetooth mice and keyboards are becoming more popular. But how do you connect them with your Windows 8.1 device? The procedure is not that long but you do need to pay attention so that you perform each step in the correct sequence. Here's how it works:
The theory behind ReadyBoost is that it helps speed up older computers with low amounts of RAM memory. However, nobody knows how much of an impact this technology has, so we decided to make our own measurements and learn whether ReadyBoost has a positive impact or not. Read on to learn what we have found:
While using Windows 8.1's new interface in a traditional way might require some time to accommodate, the tasks of navigating through the operating system and its new apps can be simplified by using the keyboard shortcuts that Microsoft has made available. The shortcuts shared in this article were chosen by us while thinking what apps or settings you might access or use on a regular basis. They are simple enough to be easily grasped by anyone and they will help you be more productive in your daily tasks.
Windows 8 and 8.1 have a new network sharing setting that is not documented by Microsoft. This setting says "Turn on automatic setup of network connected devices" and it is found in the list of advanced sharing settings. What does this setting mean and what does it do? Should you turn in On or Off and when? We have done lots of trial-and-error based experiments and we have finally figured out what it does.
One of our readers asked us to share all the Windows tools you can use to take quick screenshots of your screen. We've done a bit of testing and experimentation and we've found six different ways for taking all kinds of screenshots, without using third-party programs. Here's how to take screenshots in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 comes with a bundle of many apps, from Sports and News to Finance and Health & Fitness. Chances are you are going to stumble upon some interesting content while using these apps, and you may want to quickly share a screenshot with it. Traditionally this meant using the PrtScn key, saving the screenshot in an image editor and then using another program to email the screenshot. Sounds like too much hassle, right? One of the great things about working with modern apps in Windows 8.1 is that you can quickly share screenshots with anyone. Here’s how it works.
This week was all about launches of several smartphones during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. There's wasn't much going on when it comes to Windows or Xbox but plenty of interesting news are coming from the Windows Phone front. To learn more about this week's headlines in the Microsoft ecosystem, read this week's roundup:
I have long been a fan of David Pogue's books. He's one of an elite group of tech writers who can take a complex subject, explain it so that nearly anyone can understand, and be entertaining in the process. He's written some of the best books in the Missing Manual series, and this time he's tackled Windows 8.1. Does this book live up to its predecessors? Did it provide any surprises along the way? Let's find out.
When I first learned about the launch of the Nokia Lumia 1020, I was very excited. I wanted to know if this smartphone could truly replace my point-and-shoot camera. A couple of months later, I managed to get my hands on a test unit and today I'm ready to share my opinion about this unique Windows Phone device. Is the hype behind the Lumia 1020 truly deserved? Learn the answer to this question and more, from this review:
A few days ago, I broke my HTC 8S with Windows Phone 8 and I replaced it with a Nokia Lumia 720. Getting my hands on a new phone meant I had to move all my apps and data, and configure it as close as I could to my old smartphone. This was a great occasion to write a tutorial on how to migrate everything from an old Windows Phone 8 device to a new one. As you'll see, it's a relatively straightforward process. Anyone should be able to go through it without any major problems.
One of the most basic and important concepts in computing is the user account. We all think we know what a user account is, how it is used and why. But do we really know everything there is to know? This guide will share the detailed definition of the user account and its attributes. You will also learn how to list all the user accounts that exist on any Windows PC or device and how to see which users are signed in at the same time, on the same PC.