Windows 8.1 also includes the new Internet Explorer 11. If, from a user interface perspective, this browser doesn't bring important changes, Microsoft has promised better standard compliance and more performance. Does it deliver on these promises? And how does it compare with the other important browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Opera? Let's find out in this test comparison.
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As soon as I installed Windows 8.1 on my laptop, I noticed a pretty big annoyance: the absence of the "Forget this network" option in the Networks pane. I was left with no intuitive way of removing wireless networks that no longer worked because their password has been changed. How do you get around this problem and remove wireless networks in Windows 8.1? Let's find out in this tutorial.
While I like the modern interface in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, there is one thing I definitely do not like about it: you cannot create any desktop shortcuts to different apps and configuration panels, including the new PC Settings. That’s why I decided to create my own special shortcut, which involved a bit of custom scripting.
Windows 8.1 brings some interesting changes to the libraries concept that was first introduced in Windows 7. The most evident change is that their role is being downplayed and, by default, the libraries are no longer visible as a separate section in File Explorer. Besides this change there are other subtle but important changes which I will detail in this article.
We all have Facebook friends who post way too much public information or friends who have had their accounts hacked and used to distribute spam or malware. If you don’t want to be like them, the best solution is to install a security application for your Facebook account. We have tested the five most popular Facebook security apps and we have lots of interesting data to share. Which is the best security application for your Facebook account? Read this comparison to find out.
Both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 offer a new tool for creating recovery drives on all kinds of devices, from USB flash drives, to external hard disks to partitions on your computer's internal hard disk. This is a big step forward from the manual and error prone procedure you had to go through in Windows 7. In this tutorial I will show how to use the new Recovery Media Creator to create a recovery drive on a USB memory stick.
Have you ever wanted to change your mouse pointers from the default scheme? Perhaps you want cursors that are larger or that are less of a strain on your eyes. If so, we have some good news: this article will show how to customize your mouse cursors in Windows 7 and Windows 8 to suit your own preferences. It will also show how to delete mouse pointer schemes you don't want to use anymore. Got you interested? Let's start!
Some people might not yet have discovered that Microsoft supplies a selection of colorful wallpapers with its operating systems, and thus they never experiment with changing the standard background. I've always picked something other than the default background, so in this article I will talk about how that's done. In both Windows 7 and Windows 8, it's a quick and straightforward process. I'll also talk about ways to go beyond what's supplied by Windows or already on your computer.
Microsoft did not provide any support for setting Windows 8 to boot straight to the Desktop and skip the new Start screen. There was no registry setting available, no group policy and most of the hacks that worked with the test versions of Windows 8 do not work in the final version. Since many people want this feature in Windows 8, Microsoft gave in and, in Windows 8.1 is can be done with just a few clicks. Here's how to set both Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, to boot to the Desktop.
If you have gotten your hands on Windows 8.1, the final version (build 9600) or on any of the leaked builds, you can install it using this step by step guide. We will cover each step of the process and share useful information regarding more special installation scenarios.
We recently talked about how to pin your own folders and Start Menu items to the taskbar. But that's not the limit of what you can pin. Now we'll find out how to pin some of the special Windows folders like Libraries, Administrative Tools, and whatever components of the Control Panel you'd like. As you will see from this tutorial, the procedures are the same in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
"Wow!" was all we could say after we saw some of Steve Coleman's photos. Impressive colors and original perspectives are two characteristics of his photography that made us want to promote his work. We gathered a few of Steve Coleman's photos into a theme for Windows 7 & Windows 8, to share with all our readers. Also, we have a great interview with Steve, so that you get to know both the artist and his work.