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What Happens When You Remove Internet Explorer from Windows 8.1?

Internet ExplorerInternet Explorer is such an integral part of Windows that, for some time, you couldn't remove it from Windows. This is not the case anymore and modern versions of Windows allow you to uninstall it if you do not want to use it. But, what happens when you do that? Will Windows stop working well? Will you still be able to browse the web? Will modern apps from the Windows Store work well when they need to access data from the Internet and display it to you? We have run our own experiments, analyzed as many things as we could and discovered 5 things that happen when you remove Internet Explorer from Windows 8.1:

Which OneDrive Application is Right for You & When

OneDriveOneDrive is a great cloud storage service that offers its users a variety of options for working with it, including a standard desktop application, touch apps, a web interface and more. With all of these options, it can be difficult to decide which application is right for you. Each service style has its strengths and weaknesses and they may not be apparent at first glance. We'll walk through each of OneDrive's various interfaces comparing their features and discussing when each would be best to use.

How to Customize Your Advanced Network Sharing Settings in Windows 8.1

Network and Sharing CenterWindows 8 and 8.1 have a new way of organizing and displaying the available network sharing settings. Some are easy to figure out, some are not and there is also one setting that's not documented anywhere by Microsoft. In this article we will take an in-depth look at all the network sharing settings that are available in Windows 8 and 8.1 and explain them one by one. Let's get started:

How to Manage Your Favorites in Internet Explorer for the Desktop

Internet ExplorerIf you’re connected to the Internet there are probably a number of websites that you visit regularly and you want to be able to access them quickly. This is the reason why web browsers have bookmarks: to store your favorite websites in a list and access them quickly whenever you need to visit them. In Internet Explorer, bookmarks are called Favorites and learning how to manage them can be a bit tricky. In this article we will share how to access your favorites, add new ones and how to organize them in the desktop version of Internet Explorer 11.

9 Reasons Why The OneDrive Website Is Awesome

OneDriveOne of the best features of OneDrive is that you can download and install it on any sort of device you might have. There are applications for computers with all kinds of operating systems, apps for mobile devices and even an app that is built into Windows 8.1. But, did you know that, in order to experience all of the best features that OneDrive has to offer, you don't really need to install anything? The web interface is a great way to experience OneDrive and in this article we will share the reasons why this is the case.

How to Restore the Windows Firewall to its Default Settings

Windows FirewallAfter using the Windows Firewall for a long time, it might stop working as it should. Especially if you have fiddled with its more advanced settings and you did not really know what you were doing. As you can imagine, turning it off and on again won't work even though that may fix some simple computer problems. One thing that will work though is to restore the Windows Firewall to its default settings and start configuring it again from scratch. Here's how this reset is done:

How to Trust a Windows 8.1 PC or Device Using Your Microsoft Account

WindowsSome of our readers have asked us how Windows 8.1 deals with trusted devices and how they can set their devices as trusted. Things have changed in this regard since Windows 8 was launched and that's why we have decided to give you a hand. In this article you will learn how to mark your Windows 8.1 devices as trusted, how to set your devices as untrusted and what happens when you do that. Also, you will learn what to do in case one of your Windows 8.1 devices gets lost or stolen so that others don't have an easy time accessing that device.

8 Ways to Improve Your Privacy When Using the Internet Explorer App

Internet ExplorerWhen you first use the Internet Explorer app in Windows 8.1, you may think that it is really simple and basic, without much in terms of features. You couldn't be more wrong. For example, this browser offers lots of privacy oriented features that give you control over what data is tracked about you and what is not. In this article we will share with you 8 privacy oriented settings that you can configure, in order to get the level of privacy you want. Let's get started:

3 Ways to Learn Whether a Windows Program is 64-bit or 32-bit

64-bitMore than 90% of Windows 8.1 installations are 64-bit and, as a result, more and more people use 64-bit operating systems and applications. Even popular applications like Google Chrome and 7-Zip are now using the 64-bit architecture to provide better performance. All this is good but, on a 64-bit operating system, you can run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. How can you tell whether a program is 64-bit or 32-bit? To help you figure this out, we would like to share three ways of doing this, that work both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

What You Gain Performance-Wise When Upgrading from Windows Phone 8.0 to 8.1?

Windows PhoneWindows Phone 8.1 delivers many new features and improvements in terms of user experience, apps and more. Many blogs and websites rightly wrote about them. However, little has been said about its performance. Does it run better on existing smartphones than Windows Phone 8.0? In order to answer this question, we took four Nokia Lumia smartphones and we have run several benchmarks using both Windows Phone 8.0 and Windows Phone 8.1. Here are our results and conclusions:

How to Reset the Password for your Microsoft Account

passwordSince Windows 8 and Windows Phone were released, having a Microsoft account has become essential to a complete computing experience. We have already discussed this concept and the pros and cons of using a Microsoft account, so we won't do that again. However, some readers asked us to share what they can do when they forget their Microsoft account password. How can they get back into Windows and log into their devices? Luckily, Microsoft has made things simple by providing an online password reset tool. Here's how to use it:

Configure How the Internet Explorer App Works in Windows 8.1

Internet ExplorerEven though the Internet Explorer 11 app in Windows 8.1 is a simple, touch oriented version of the desktop browser, it still has a lot of configuration options, that could be hard to understand for users who are just starting to use it. This is the reason why, in this article we will share all the configuration options that are available in the Internet Explorer 11 app and explain them as best we can.

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