Administrative Tools

How to work with the administrative tools included in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

How To Change The Name Of Your Xbox One Console In 3 Steps

Xbox One nameBy default, every Xbox One console is named Xbox-SystemOS. If you ask us, it's a rather boring name, without any personality. If your Xbox One is connected to a network with many devices, you may want to identify it by giving it your own name. Something more exciting and unique! Here's how to rename any Xbox One console in just three steps:

How To Free Up Storage Space On Your Windows Phone

storage spaceIf you have bought an affordable Windows Phone 8.1 device like Lumia 530 or Lumia 630, chances are that their amount of storage space is a problem for you. Cheaper devices like the ones we mentioned generally have limited storage space available and reaching its limits doesn't take too long. To help you out, Microsoft offers the Storage Sense app, which allows you to check how much storage space is available and clear up some of it. It works both with your smartphone's internal memory and with your SD card. In this guide we will show you how to use the Storage Sense app to learn how much space you have available and how to clear up some of it.

Simple Questions: What is PowerShell & What Can You Do With It?

PowerShellWhile 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.

The Geek's Way of Managing User Accounts and Groups in Windows

user accountsMost 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:

Introducing Windows 8.1: 8 Ways to Start the Task Manager

task managerTask 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.

How To Use the System Configuration Tool & All its Awesomeness!

startupDo 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.

How to Work with the Performance Monitor in Windows 7 & Windows 8

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.

How to use the Resource Monitor in Windows 7 & Windows 8

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.

How to Reset the Looks of the Command Prompt or PowerShell Window

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.

How to Manage Partitions with the Disk Management Tool, in Windows

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.