If you are a tablet user with Windows 8.1 and you have a poor data plan, then you will want to limit how much data is used by the operating system, including the tiles. Depending on the apps you have installed and what updates they display on their tiles, they might end up consuming a lot of data. Luckily, Windows 8.1 provides a way for you to control how much data is used for tile updates. Here's how it is done:
Network and Internet
How to manage your network and internet connections in Windows 7 and Windows 8. How to work with wireless networks.
Did you know that you can use your Windows Phone 8 smartphone to connect to hidden wireless networks, just like any PC with Windows? It can be done and it is not that hard, even though the steps involved are not very obvious at first. Here's how it works:
When connecting to a new network in Windows 8.1, you are asked whether you want to find PCs, devices and content on the network. If you answer Yes, the location of the network is set as Private and if you answer No, the location is set as Public. But what if you have made a mistake and you want to change the location from Private to Public or vice-versa? Here's how to change it.
Unfortunately, viewing and managing the passwords of your wireless networks is harder in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 than it was in Windows 7. That's because the Manage Wireless Networks panel has been removed from these operating systems. However, there is still a way for you to learn the password of your active wireless network connection. Here's how it is done.
There are cases when you need to use a proxy server in order to access various resources on the Internet. For example, if you connect your Windows Phone device to your company's business network, you may need to set up a proxy, so that you get internet access. In this quick guide, I'll show how to add a proxy server to the wireless connection on your Windows Phone 8. The procedure is both simple and fast.
Windows 8.1 provides a more complex PC Settings panel that, for some tasks and settings, it is better and more complete than the traditional Control Panel. One of the surprising things you can do with it is that you can create VPN connections, configure them in detail and remove them when you no longer need to use them. Here's how it all works:
We purchase smartphones not only because we want a phone but also a productivity device that's always connected to the Internet. That's why connecting to wireless networks of all kinds is very important for smartphone users, and Windows Phone 8 makes it easy to connect to all kinds of networks. Also, you can easily remove wireless networks from your smartphone's memory when you no longer use them. In this tutorial I will show how to enable the WiFi chip in Windows Phone 8, how to connect to new wireless networks and how to delete one or more wireless networks.
You may have created a network connection in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 that you no longer use. Or you may have a VPN or PPPOE connection that has changed its configuration and it is no longer working with the initial parameters. In such scenarios it is best to delete these network connections and create them again from scratch. Here's how to remove all kinds of network connections from Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
In many of our tutorials about networking in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, you will see that we mention quite often the Network and Sharing Center. This panel is the entrance point to many networking tasks. Therefore, in this article I will show you what is the Network and Sharing Center, how to launch it and which are the main tasks that can be performed starting from here.
One of the many new enterprise-friendly features in Windows 8.1 is named Work Folders. Folders? Work? Sounds boring, doesn't it? :) But, to some people this feature will be very useful. Especially to people that have many devices and need to work also on their personal PCs and devices. Here's how to set up Work Folders on the client side and how to use them to do your work and have it synchronized with your company's servers.
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.
In Windows 8.1, the new SkyDrive can give you access to all your files in the cloud, without fully storing them on your PC. At least in theory, your apps and programs should be able to work with these files like they do with any other files. However, problems may happen. For example, when large files are being downloaded by a program, there may be a long delay, with no progress bar reflecting the download. Other programs might not even see your SkyDrive files so that they can open them. Fortunately, such problems can be fixed by using a new compatibility setting, introduced in Windows 8.1.