Windows 8

Tutorials, how to guides, books, apps, hardware and reviews for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Explaining the Views Available in Windows Explorer and File Explorer

Windows ExplorerOne of Windows Explorer/File Explorer's strengths is the number of different ways the user can see the contents of a drive. Whether it's a bare-bones listing of file names or a view that shows graphics in large sized thumbnails, the program makes it easy for everyone to see the data in a form that best suits the content. Both Windows Explorer and File Explorer will try to tailor the view automatically to the most prevalent type of files in the folder. In this article we'll show how to browse Windows Explorer/File Explorer using all the available views and explain the differences between the views.

How To Change the Icon of Any Shortcut in Windows

shortcutEverybody wants to add a personal touch to their computer. Some change the wallpaper or the Windows theme, others add all kinds of gadgets and apps. You've done all that, but you may feel like it's not enough. Maybe some of your programs have some ugly icons or you don't want to see those boring folders anymore. In this article we will show how you can change the icons of your shortcuts and make them look better.

How to Start & Use The Windows Firewall with Advanced Security

Windows FirewallThe Windows Firewall with Advanced Security is a tool which gives you detailed control over the rules that are applied by the Windows Firewall. You can view all the rules that are used by the Windows Firewall, change their properties, create new rules or disable existing ones. In this tutorial we will share how to open the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, how to find your way around it and talk about the types of rules that are available and what kind of traffic they filter.

How to Change the Password for Your Microsoft Account

passwordChanging the password you use on your Microsoft account from time to time is a good way of keeping it safe. You may want to change it if your account has been compromised or simply because you have used the same password for way too long. In this tutorial we will share two methods that you can use to change the password for your Microsoft account: directly from your Windows 8.1 computer or device or from a web browser. Here's how it is done:

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:

Reviewing the Toshiba Encore 2 with Windows 8.1 - Is It a Good Tablet?

Toshiba Encore 2Toshiba has announced a new generation of devices with Windows 8.1 and some of them are pretty exciting, at least in terms of design and specifications. The first device that was launched is the new Toshiba Encore 2. This tablet looks great and it is available in two versions: a 10" tablet and an 8" one. Luckily we got our hands on the 10" version and we were able to use it and test it for 10 days. Read this review to learn more about this device and what it has to offer.

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