Windows 8

Windows Defender vs. Security Essentials vs Safety Scanner

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Microsoft loves to confuse their users as most people have found out using Windows 8. Not only was Windows 8 confusing, but Microsoft keeps changing how the new operating system works with every update. One of the most confusing aspects to Windows 7 and Windows 8 is the anti-virus solutions provided by Microsoft. Should you […]

Fix Windows 8 App Opens Then Closes

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Are some or all of your Windows 8 apps not working properly? I recently had a client who bought a Windows 8.1 machine to me where the Windows apps would appear to open, but then would close and return back to the Start Screen. If you are having this issue where an app fails to […]

Create RAID-Like Data Backup using Storage Spaces on Windows 8

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Along with the all the new stuff in Windows 8 that you either hate or love like the Start screen and missing start button, there are a lot of background features that are really good and useful. One of those features is Storage Spaces. So what are storage spaces and how can you use them […]

Fix Windows 8 Live Tiles Not Updating

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Recently, I had a client come in with a Windows 8 PC that had live tiles that were not updating. Upon connecting up his computer, I was surprised to see that not only were the live tiles not updating, they had these strange little down arrows on them and nothing else. Before I connected the […]

Fix Can’t Adjust Brightness after Upgrading to Windows 8.1

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After upgrading an older Lenovo laptop to Windows 8.1 recently, I ran into a very annoying problem. For whatever reason, the ability to adjust the brightness stopped working. Pressing the brightness keys on the keyboard would show that the brightness level was going up or down, but nothing actually changed on the screen! It was […]

Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 8.1 Not Going to Sleep

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Previously, I had written an article about Windows 7 not going to sleep mode properly. One would think this problem would be fixed in the latest version of Windows operating system: Windows 8.1 Unfortunately, this is not the case. Actually, it seems to be a new issue with Windows 8.1. The problem was fixed in […]

Windows 8.1 Not Showing Up in the Windows Store?

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I recently tried to upgrade my Windows 8 machine to Windows 8.1, but found out that it wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought. Firstly, I could not connect to the Windows Store at all! After I figured that out, which took half an hour, I couldn’t find the actual update to Windows […]

Refresh, Reinstall or Restore Windows 8

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In Windows 8, you actually have three main options for recovering the operating system: refresh, reinstall and restore. While all of these options can be used to recover Windows, they all operate a bit differently. Each of the following Windows 8 recover methods performs a specific type of operating system reset: Refresh Reinstall Restore By […]

HDG Guide – Storage Spaces and Pools in Windows 8

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Windows 8 offers a new feature called Storage Spaces that gives you more drive setup options than before. If you utilize external drives, multiple internal drives or even network storage, you can use the Storage Spaces feature to not only manage the drives, but also customize the setup of the drives. Here are a few […]

Install Windows Media Center on Windows 8

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If you’re one of the many people who installed Windows 8 RTM, you had to wait until October 26th before you could install Windows Media Center on your machine. I immediately tried to add the feature to Windows 8 and got the message that the product key I was using would not work. This key […]