Feb 222014
 

 

Windows 8 users know that we no longer press a certain key during the boot process to access the Advanced Boot Option in Windows 8. That is because Windows 8 hardware uses the UEFI replacement for the traditional BIOS. It boots so blisteringly fast that it theoretically gives you only 200 milliseconds to access the boot menu.

Generally, Windows 8 allow us to enter boot menu through PC settings or use your installation disk. However, sometimes our computer encounter may have problems and can’t boot. Worse still, the installation disk isn’t always in hand. Thus, is there any way to set up Windows 8 to use F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options?

Note: If you’ve installed Windows 8 on an existing computer that uses the legacy BIOS system, you’ll access the BIOS in the traditional way.

1, Insert Windows 8 installation disc and restart your computer

2, Choose Keyboard & Language options and click Next in the setup box

3, On the next screen, click Repair your computer

4, In Choose an option interface, go for Troubleshoot and then Advanced options

5, In Advanced options, click for Command Prompt and access system drive (For example C:)

6, Type the command line BCDEDIT /SET {DEFAULT} BOOTMENUPOLICY LEGACY and press Enter

7, Type Exit and press Enter to restart your computer

8, Now you will be able to use F8 key for displaying Advanced Boot Options

So if you want to set up Windows 8 to use F8 to enter Advanced Boot Options, just follow our easy steps.

Dec 212013
 

Still leave your computer at risk when you get up and walk away? It’s time to set Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use. In fact, Windows has a built-in feature to shut down itself to protect your computer and save the power when no one has touched the keyboard or mouse for a set period of time.

Below I list 3 different ways you can use to suspend Windows when you’re not using it.  All of them, by default, require you to reenter your logon password to regain access.

Lock

After Windows locked, it doesn’t power down but displays the logon screen (or the screen saver of your choice). In this way, you can protect your computer from malicious access but can’t save power.

How to set up:

1. For Windows 7, click Start, type screen saver, and select Change screen saver.

2. For Windows 8, type screen saver in Home screen, click or tap Settings, and select Change screen saver.

3. To lock the screen automatically, check the On resume option and set the Wait option to an appropriate number of minutes.

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Sleep

When Windows sleeps, it will go into a suspended, low-energy mode and will wake up immediately when you press the power button. After waking up, you need to enter the password to back to where you left it.

How to set up:

1. For Windows 7, click Start, type sleep, and select Change when the computer sleeps.

2. For Windows 8, type sleep in the Start screen, click or tap Settings, then Change when the computer sleeps.

3. Set the “Turn off the display” and “Put the computer to sleep”.

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Hibernation

Unlike Lock and Sleep, a hibernating PC is a turned-off PC, effectively using no power at all. Windows copies everything in RAM to the hard drive, and then shuts the PC off entirely. When you reboot, everything is loaded back into RAM and the PC wakes up.

How to set up:

1. In the same applet where you set up Sleep, click the Change Advanced power settings link.

2. In the resulting dialog box, expand the Sleep section, then expandHibernate after, and set the minutes.

You can pick one or use all of them to set Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use. To use them, you can set up Windows to lock itself after five minutes, sleep after 20, and hibernate after 120 or any time you want.

P.S.: Unfortunately forgot password to unlock Windows? Turn to Windows Password Recovery for help.

Dec 042013
 

Microsoft introduced two major editions of Windows 8: Windows 8 (standard) and Windows 8 pro to us. Both of them are available for 64-bit and 32-bit. Do you know is your Windows 8 is 64-bit or 32-bit? This article will tell you how to determine if you have a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro installed on your computer.

Why should I need to know Which Type of Windows 8 I Have?

It is important to know which type of Windows 8 you have as you need to choose the correct drivers and software for your operating system according to the type of Windows 8 you are using. For example, you have the 64-bit version of Windows 8 Pro installed and need to update your video card, and then you must download and install the drivers labeled “64-bit” by the manufacturer.

How to Determine If You Have Windows 8 64-bit or 32-bit?

 It’s extremely easy to determine if the copy of Windows 8 you have installed is 32-bit or 64-bit. Just follow our instructions below.

1, Open Windows 8 Control Panel and click on System and Security in Control Panel.

2, Click on System in the System and Security window to open the System applet.

3, Find the System area, located under the large Windows 8 logo. The System type will tell you either 64-bit Operating System or 32-bit Operating System you are using.

What’s the Difference between Windows 8 64-bit and32-bit?

The main difference between 32-bit and 64-bit is that64 bit version can handle more RAM and apps than 32 bit. The tendency of a computer’s processer to deal with information on RAM (random access memory) depends upon 32 bit and 64 bit version of Windows.

To put it simply,  64 bit version can deal with physical memory (RAM) above 4 GB and up to 128GB while 32-bit version can address RAM up to 4 GB only.

Now, you must have a clear idea about Windows 8 64-bit and 32-bit, and how to determine if you have a 64-bit or 32-bit version of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro installed on your computer.For more Windows 8 tips, click here.

Nov 182013
 

Windows Update is a Microsoft service that’s used to provide updates like service packs and patches for the Windows operating system and other Microsoft software. After you installed Windows 8.1, you will be asked about how you’d like Windows Update to work. You are also allowed to change those settings whenever you want. This article will show you how to change Windows Update Setting in Windows 8.1.

It is really easy to change Windows Update Settings in Windows 8.1 and making changes to Windows Update in Windows 8.1 should only take a few minutes. Here is a detailed guide about how to do it and steps below also apply to Windows 8.

1. Open Windows 8.1 Control Panel and click on the System and Security link.

2. In the System and Security window, click on the Windows Update link.

3. Click or tap the Change settings link to the left when Windows Update opens. This will open a window with a Choose your Windows Update settings heading.

4. Make changes you want and after you’ve made your choice, click the OK button to confirm the changes.

Details of Windows Update Settings in Windows 8.1

1. Check, Download, & Install

You can choose Install updates automatically from the drop-down box under Important updates to fully enable automatic updates.

2. Do Not Check At All

You are allowed to choose “Never check for updates” from the drop-down box under Important updates to completely disable automatic downloads, installations, and even checks for updates.

3. Check & Download

You can choose “Download updates but let me choose whether to install them” to make Windows Update to check for, and download, available updates. But the updates won’t install until you choose to install the updates.

4. Check Only

Choose “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them” to stop Windows Update from downloading and installing updates.

Now you must have a clear idea about the details of Windows Update in Windows 8.1 and how to change Windows Update Setting in Windows 8.1. For more Windows 8 tips, click here.

Aug 302013
 

Want to check the hard drive in your Windows 8 computer so that you can fix the hard drive errors timely? All hard drives have a time of life, thus it is important to check a Windows 8 hard drive for errors. In fact, Windows 8 has a series of tools to help users determine whether or not their hard drive contains errors. This article will show you how to check a Windows 8 hard drive for errors using the built in Windows 8 scandisk utility.

How to Check a Windows 8 Hard Drive for Errors

Details of using built in Windows 8 scandisk utility to check the hard drive in your Windows 8 computer.

1. Start the Windows 8 Metro UI and type the word computer and the search prompt will automatically display. Select Computer.

2. Right click on the drive you want to test and select Properties. Select the Tools tab and choose Check in the Error checking section.

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3. If Windows prompts you there are no errors found, you can still check the drive anyway by selecting Scan drive.

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4. Wait for the error checking tool to complete and when error checking has completed you can click Close.

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If you find errors on your hard drive, you need to backup your hard drive with software such as Windows Boot Genius as soon as possible to avoid any data loss because many times hard drive failures are slow corruptions that happen over time, so it is important to see errors as a red flag of potential future failures. For more tips on Windows 8 hard drive failure, click here.

Aug 242013
 

Want to speed up Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8? Windows Internet Explorer or IE (abbreviated) was developed by Microsoft. It is a web browser and was released in 1995. Many people use Internet Explorer 10 as their primary browser, thus the issue Internet Explorer slow really makes many people panic. If you have the same trouble, just keep reading and learn about how to speed up Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8.

3 Ways to Speed up IE 10 in Windows 8

There are many ways you can use to speed up your Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8. Here we list the 3 most commonly used ways for your reference.

Way 1: Disable Add-ons

A main reason caused IE 10 slow is loading a lot of add-ons during startup, thus disable unnecessary add-ons is an efficient way to speed up Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8.

Way 2: Increase Maximum Number of Connections per Server

The number of connections per Server determines how many files you can download maximum from one particular website at a time. IE 7 and below are bound to maximum 2 connections per server. That means you can download maximum two files from one particular website at a time. IE 8 raised this limit up to 6. IE 10 is more flexible.

Here you will come to know how to increase number of simultaneous HTTP connections to 10. This will make the loading of web pages faster.

1.  Open registry by writing “regedit” in “run” prompt.

2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings.

3.  Right click on Internet Settings. Go to New->DWORD (32-bit) Value. And the following screen will appear.

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4. Now, edit “New Value #1″ & writeMaxConnectionsPer1_0Server

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5. Double click on newly created entry. Edit screen will appear. Select Decimal & in the Value data box write 10. That means at a time 10 files can be downloaded from server.

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6. Restart your computer and to see if your IE 10 is faster now.

Way 3: Clear Temporary Files & History

After using IE for a long time, the temporary files will get pied up which slow down your IE. It is useful to delete them in some time interval.

1. Go to Tools->Internet options.

2. Click Delete in General tab.

3. Select all (or you can leave some) & Delete.

These are the most commonly used ways to speed up Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8.  For more Windows 8 tips, click here.

Jul 272013
 

In order to increase the storage capacity of your Windows 8 computer, you may want to add a hard drive to your computer. This is really common among computer users as the reduced hardware costs make it affordable for every home user and computer professional. So in this article, we will take a look at how to add a hard drive to Windows 8.

Is it Difficult to Add a Hard Drive to Windows 8?

Generally, physically connecting a hard drive to a computer is quite simple task. You only need to connect power cable which comes out from the Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) to its respective port available in the hard disk drive. Then connect one end of the data cable to its respective port in the hard disk drive and the other one to the appropriate controller present on the motherboard.

The difficult thing is the initialization and partitioning of the hard disk after it is physically connected to your computer and the computer is started. Below I will introduce this part in detail.

How to Add a Hard Drive to Windows 8?

Follow the steps below t initialize a newly connected hard disk to the computer:

1. Logon to Windows 8 computer on which a new hard disk is physically connected. Make sure that you use an administrator account to logon.

2. Go to the desktop screen and from the desktop screen right click on “Computer” icon and from the context menu that appears click on “Manage” option.

3. Click on “Disk Management” from Computer Management. If you have installed a new hard disk, you will automatically be displayed with Initialize Disk box with the checkbox checked on the hard disk.

4. Click on “Ok” button and leave everything as default. Then the newly connected hard disk will be initialized.

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After that, you can partition and format the hard drive according to the requirements. In addition, before adding a hard drive to your Windows 8 computer, I highly recommend you backup your Windows 8 with Windows Boot Genius as any improper operations may cause data loss.

Jul 192013
 

After using Windows 8 for a while, get tired of the default Window 8 Start screen background and wan to change the Windows 8 Start screen background? Or do not want a user have the ability to change your Windows 8 Start screen background. No matter what you want, you can easily find answers in this article.

Part 1: How to Change Windows 8 Start Screen Background?

Window 8 allows its users to customize the Start screen’s background and text color to meet its users’ preference. Here is a simple guide about how to change Windows 8 Start screen background.

1. Go to Windows 8 Start screen and Type “start screen” in the search box. When the search results appear, click on the Settings category as shown below.

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2. Now click on the option labeled “Start screen” and the Start screen settings page will be shown to you. You will see a numbers of background pictures available to change here.

3. To use a new background, simply select the background you wish to use by left-clicking once on it.

Note: You can also change the color of the text shown on the y selecting a different color from the row of squares under the background choices.

Part 2: How to Disable the Ability to Change Windows 8 Start Screen Background?

Windows 8 also enable its users to disable the ability to change the Start screen background. You only need to follow the steps below.

1. Go to Group Policy Editor. Type “Group Policy” in the search box and then click on the Settings category.   Click on the Edit Group Policy option. Under the Local Computer Policy, expand the tree to the following path:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization

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2.  Double-click on the “Prevent changing start menu background” setting in the right-hand pane and its properties screen will open.

3. Select the “Enabled” and then click on the Apply button. Finally click on the OK button and close the Group Policy Editor. Windows 8 will not allow you to change the Windows 8 Start Screen background.

Following this steps you can easily change the Windows 8 Start screen background and disable the ability to change the Start screen background. And if you want to enable this feature latter, go back to the same setting and change it to “Not Configured”. Click here to see more Windows 8 tips.