While many casual users know about the Command Prompt, very few have heard about Windows PowerShell. In a way, PowerShell is a tool that's intended to replace the Command Prompt and deliver more power and control over the Windows operating system. That's why we decided to get a taste of PowerShell and then explain to all our readers what this tool is, why it is so powerful and who tends to use it more often. Let's see what PowerShell is and what you can do with it.
How to work with the administrative tools included in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
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:
Most people will edit user accounts on a Windows computer using the User Accounts panel found in the Control Panel. However, there's another way which gives you access to a lot more detailed information about the users defined on your computer and the permissions they receive. It is done using the Computer Management tool. Here's how it works:
What are all the ways for starting the Control Panel, starting with the obvious ones and ending with geekier ways of doing it? To answer this question I did a bit of testing and experimentation. The result is a list with 9 ways that you can use to access the Control Panel in Windows 8.1.
Task Manager is a great tool that helps you manage the way programs, processes and services run. In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, it has received many improvements, some of which are simply awesome. But, before you go into detail and learn how the new Task Manager works, we would like to share all the ways to launch the tool. There are many more than you would think and some methods will surprise you.
Do you know how awesome the System Configuration (msconfig.exe) tool is? I had an idea but, until doing a complete research and lots of testing for this article, I wasn't aware of all its great functionality. I've discovered some great configuration options and you should read this tutorial to learn about them. This guide covers Windows 7,Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
We are going to look at Performance Monitor, also known as PerfMon.exe or PerfMon.msc: a complex tool used to do just what it sounds like it does - monitor the performance of your computer. Using it, you can see how your computer manages its resources. This can help you make choices about which programs work the best in unison for your computer. For example, if you like to listen to music while running an advanced program for work or a video game for play, which music client provides the least drag on your system? Also, the information it gives you, may help you make decisions about other software and hardware choices if your computer's performance is below your expectations.
One fact of life with Windows is that, every once in a while, your computer will slow down or freeze, or a program won't work the way you expect it to. Wouldn't it be nice if you had a way of finding out what had gone wrong, and why—whether it's CPU use, memory use, a program behaving badly, or something else? Yes, it would definitely be nice to know all these things, and more. And that's why the Resource Monitor exists. This tutorial will show everything you need to know about this great tool and how to use it.
After you work for a while with the Command Prompt or PowerShell, you will surely end up customizing the way they look. After all, they both look boring. You will change the font, its size, the color of the background and other things. But, what do you do when you want to reset them to their default look and feel? There's no "Restore Defaults" button available! As always, there's a small hack you can use.
Both Windows 8 and Windows 7 come with a handy disk management utility that allows you to create, resize and delete hard disk partitions on the fly, without having to boot into a special disk utility or purchase additional software. In this tutorial, I'll demonstrate how to use the Disk Management utility in order to manage your partitions. As you will be able to see from this tutorial, the tool is quite easy to use and you don't really need third party software.
A lot has changed with the release of Windows 8. The new interface is stealing all of the buzz, but there is a lot more going on in this new operating system than fancy tiles and the new Start screen. Case in point, the new Task Manager. The basic tool included with every version of Windows since way back has gotten a facelift. It's got a bunch of new tabs that offer a ton of information that will appeal to everyone from a power user diagnosing system problems to a novice trying to find the Internet.
In previous articles, we introduced you to the Processes tab of the Windows 8 Task Manager. There you can get detailed information about how programs use system resources. That tab is new to Windows 8 and it is very useful, but old time users will remember that the Processes tab in Windows 7 had significantly more information to display. For those of you wondering where your detailed data points disappeared to, search no farther. We'd like to show you the new Details tab in the Windows 8 Task Manager - the place to go when you need a ton of info about the processes running on your computer or device.