Dec 202014
 

According to Microsoft and Wikipedia’s definition, safe mode is a diagnostic and troubleshooting mode of a computer operating system. With it, you can fix some issues on your PC like system boot issue, password forgotten and so on. It starts your computer in a limited state and only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started.

Then here is the question: how do you boot into safe mode in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7? This blog is right here to explain on starting Windows 8.1/8/7 in safe mode.

 

1. How Do I Get into Safe Mode on Windows 7?

Step 1. To start in safe mode Windows 7, you need to remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer at first.

Step 2. If your computer only installs a single OS, continually hold F8 key before Windows logo appears; if your computer has more than one OS, use arrow key to highlight the operating system you want to start in safe mode and then press F8.

Step 3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight the safe mode option you want, and then press Enter.

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2. How Do I Get into Safe Mode on Windows 8/8.1?

Way 1. Use Shift + Restart” Keys to Start Windows 8/8.1 in Safe Mode

The first way to boot Windows 8/8.1 into safe mode is using Shift +Restart keys.

Step 1. After logging into your Windows 8/8.1, press Power button at Windows login screen. Then press and hold Shift key on your keyboard and click Restart.

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Step 2. Then orderly press “Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart > F4/F5/F6” to start safe mode in Windows 8/8.1.

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Way 2. Use F8 or Shift +F8 to Start Windows 8/8.1 Safe Mode

When starting Windows 7 in safe mode, you can definitely use F8 key. But some users complain that F8 is no longer feasible for starting Windows 8/8.1 safe mode.

Another prevailing method on some websites is using Shift +F8. You just need to boot your PC and press Shift +F8 before Windows 8 or 8.1 starts loading.

But as Windows 8/8.1 is designed with a very fast boot procedure, you may fail to interrupt the boot procedure with your keypresses.

Sep 112014
 

According to Apple’s press conference, its brand new iOS 8 is going to be available for download on September 17th. Though iOS 8 looks much the same like iOS 7, Apple developers are already doing amazing things with iOS 8. What exactly is new with iOS 8? Update to iOS 8 or not? How to get device ready for new iOS 8 update? Maybe all these questions occur to you at once. Now, let see in details.

 

What’s New in iOS 8

There are plenty of outstanding new features added to iOS 8:

1.       HealthKit makes heath information in control

HealthKit is one of the new features that can gather all information from various health and fitness apps and devices. With HealthKit, you could even send health information to doctors at certain hospitals.

2.       Credit card scanning

In iOS 8’s web browser, you can utilize the camera to scan credit card numbers when making online purchases, so that you don’t need to manually entering your credit card number.

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3.       Stay in sync

When a user’s iOS device is near his Mac, Handoff allows users to start an activity on one device and pass it to the other. SMS and MMS messages that previously only appear on the user’s iPhone now can appear in messages on all iDevices.

4.       Family sharing

Six family members will be able to share app purchases across their devices. It also means you can share things like calendar, notes across devices.

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5.       Wi-Fi calling

iOS 8 has an option for Wi-Fi calling, which allows you to make calls for free over Wi-Fi when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

 

What to Do with Your iPhone, iPad, iPod before iOS 8 Update?

After seeing those highlights of iOS 8, you must be eager to upgrade your device to new iOS 8. Yet there are some tips you need to pay attention to before iOS 8 update.

1.       Make sure your device can run iOS 8

Apple has a habit of dropping support for the lowest supported device of the previous iOS. This time, there is no different. Apple announced that iOS 8 will be compatible with iphone 5s/5c/5/4s, iPad mini2/mini, iPad Air, iPad 4/3/2, iPod touch 5th generation.

2.  Clear storage space on your device.

Check to see if you have enough space available for iOS 8. If not, delete some unimportant data and unused apps to clear the space.

3.        Backup your device

Remember to backup your files in iDevice, like contacts, photos, messages, etc. This is of great importance, since iOS 8 update would cause data loss. If you forget to backup, you can use iPhone Data Recovery to recover lost data on your device.

When you can finally get access to the new iOS 8, you take the above-mentioned tips as reference to install and update your device to iOS 8.

Aug 012014
 

Where can I find my homegroup password? Can’t view homegroup password in Windows 8.1? A homegroup is a group of PCs on a home network that can share files and printers. Using a homegroup makes sharing easier. You can share pictures, music, videos, documents, and printers with other people in your homegroup.

You can help protect your homegroup with a password, which you view and change it anytime. Below we list 3 methods for you to find Windows 8.1 homegroup password. if you forgot your homegroup password, read please.

P.S.: Also be interested in how to find Windows 8 Homegroup password, click here for a further view.

Method 1: View Windows 8.1 Homegroup Password in File Explorer

Follow 3 easy steps to find Windows 8.1 homegroup password using file explorer.

  • Open File Explorer, click on Homegroup in the navigation pane.
  • Click on the HomeGroup tab on the ribbon, click on View password. Or, Right click on Homegroup in the navigation pane, click on View the HomeGroup password.

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  • You will now see the homegroup password that you can also print out if you want.

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Method 2: Find Windows 8.1 Homegroup Password Using PC Settings

You can also easily see Windows 8.1 homegroup password in PC settings.

  • Open PC settings and click on Network on the left side.

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  • Click on HomeGroup on the left side; scroll down on the right side to see the homegroup password under Password.

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Method 3: Find Windows 8.1 Homegroup Password Using HomeGroup Control Panel

Follow 3 easy steps below to view Windows 8.1 homegroup password in homegroup Control Panel.

  • Open Control Panel and click on HomeGroup icon. Then click on the View or print the homegroup password link.

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  • Now you can find the homegroup password and you can print it out if you like.

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To sum up, we have listed 3 methods for you to find homegroup password in Windows 8.1. If you suffer finding the password, just have a try.

Jul 012014
 

Top 8 Hidden Features for iOS 8 That You May Want to Know

In last article, we referred to 10 new features of iOS 8 that have been released in WWDC. But there are still some other important features being hidden. Here I list 8 hidden features of iOS 8 that you may be interested.

 

Receive/Make Phone Calls on iPad and Mac

Imagine that you leave your iPhone in the drawing room charging while you are enjoying iPad or Mac on your bed. And at this moment, your iPhone receives a call but you may miss it because of the long distance. iOS can solve this dilemma by enabling you to receive calls on iPhone from the Mac or iPad as long as your iPhone and your Mac, iPad are on the same Wi-Fi network. Similarly, you can of course make calls as well.

Check Battery Usage of Each app

Older iOS allows users to check the storage space of their iDevice, but the newest iOS 8 is said to calculate and check battery usage of each App. This feature enables you to check which App consumes battery most and decide which App to be closed.

Wi-Fi Calling

Actually, Wi-Fi calling is a feature supported by major carriers like T-Mobile. This feature allows you to access voice and messaging features over Wi-Fi. Apple adds this feature to iOS and paves the way improved calls.

Separate Focus and Exposure for the Camera

Many years ago, third-party camera app has supported to control focus and exposure separately. And now iOS also provides this built-in app. Good luck, iOS users! This function helps photographers take high-quality photos.

Braile Keyboards

The emergence of Braile keyboards is a piece of good news for blind people to use Smartphone, which will definitely influence life of many people.

Add DuckDuckGo Option in Safari

Google adds some search options in Safari of iOS 8, which include DuckDuckGo at this moment. But the principle that DuckDuckGo follows is sort of different from that of Google. It won’t chase after the location of users’ in order to release ads, which will be a feature that most users of iOS 8 applaude.

Tips App

I’m sure that many Apple fans have seen the leaked screenshots and found that there is a Tips App icon on the home screen of iOS 8. It turns out to be true although the detailed operation of this function hasn’t been released. But it seems that Tips App will offer some tips about iOS usage to users.

Travel Time Notice

If you are an Android user, you must be very familiar to this function. Now iOS 8 also adds the function of travel time notice to its list. Although the detailed arrangement of this function is unknown right now, it is said that Apple may integrate it into the Notifications Center or Siri. Whatever, it will still bring convenience for iOS users.

Top 8 features of iOS 8 that hasn’t been announced have been listed here. Do you find anything interesting among these 8 hidden iOS 8 features?