Windows 8

Install .NET Framework 3.5, 3.0, 2.0 on Windows 8

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With Windows 8, .NET Framework 4.5 comes installed by default. Since .NET 4.5 is an in-place upgrade of 4.0, you can automatically run any applications that are geared towards .NET Framework 4.5 or 4.0. That’s fine, but what if you need to run programs that require older versions of .NET Framework? What’s the lowest version […]

Windows 8 Device Guide

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Windows 8’s touch friendly metro interface is a feature that has been heavily criticized for desktop and traditional PC use and applauded for tablet use. Microsoft is of course a tech leader, so could a simple, futuristic OS like Windows 8 help push PC innovation forward? When you create a hybrid, tablet/desktop OS like Windows […]

HDG Guide to Customizing and Organizing the Windows 8 Start Screen

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I’ve written a lot about Windows 8 and some of it’s advanced features, but I haven’t yet gone through a detailed explanation of the new Start Screen in Windows 8. It’s obviously a very different experience than the traditional Start Menu, but I’ve gotten the hang of it now. In this article, I wanted to […]

HDG Explains – Swapfile.sys, Hiberfil.sys and Pagefile.sys in Windows 8

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In previous versions of Windows, you probably remember the good ol paging file. It’s used to when physical memory becomes overcommitted and it hold objects that usually have not been accessed in a long time. That is pagefile.sys. Next, we had the hibernate option in Windows that let you save the kernel and all applications […]

Should You Upgrade to Windows 8?

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Over the past few months, we’ve covered a significant amount of tips and hints regarding Microsoft’s upcoming operating system, Windows 8. However, we’ve yet to mention any tips regarding whether or not we would recommend Windows 8 to our site visitors and subscribers. The fact is, many people will be updating their operating systems to […]

Prevent Charms Bar Keeps Opening by Accident in Windows 8

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The charms bar is a nice little feature in Windows 8 that lets you quickly access settings and perform searches while in a Windows Store Metro app, but it has also proven to be a little annoying. For example, whenever my mouse happens to touch the top right corner o bottom left corner of the […]

Help Desk Geek Ultimate Guide to Taking Screenshots in Windows 8

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Taking screenshots has always been fun in Windows, especially with Windows Vista and 7, which included the new Snipping Tool. Basically, since Vista, there have been two ways to take screenshots in Windows without third-party software: using keyboard shortcuts or using the Snipping Tool. Before Windows 8, it was very complicated to take screenshots of […]

Do You Need an Antivirus Program for Windows 8

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One feature of Windows 8 that many PC consumers may appreciate is the additional efforts that Microsoft has made to incorporate built-in antivirus and anti malware protection. This isn’t a new feature that wasn’t around in Windows XP, Vista or 7, but Windows 8’s updated Defender software has taken some hints from Microsoft’s successful Security […]

Fix Windows 8 “We weren’t able to connect to the Store” Error

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I have loaded Windows 8 on a couple of home PCs and I’ve been running into occasional issues here and there. Recently, I tried to open the Windows Store and I got the following error message: We weren’t able to connect to the Store. This might have happened because of a server problem or the […]

Remove Windows.old Folder in Windows 8

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If you have upgraded Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8, you may find that you have a large Windows.old folder on your system. You can also get a Windows.old folder if you end up doing a refresh of your Windows 8 PC. Lastly, if you do a custom install of Windows […]