Windows 8

Windows 8 Desktop Gadgets

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In Windows 8, Microsoft is moving away from desktop gadgets. Instead they want developers to write Metro-style apps, which also have the ability to be docked to the right-side of the display like a gadget. Of course, if you were happy using gadgets in Windows 7, you can continue using them in Windows 8 and […]

Log on as Administrator in Windows 8

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By default, the local Administrator account in Windows 8 is disabled. There are certain programs that require the user to be logged in using the local administrator account in order to install software or perform some action on the computer. Even though you normal user account is considered an “administrator” account, you will still be […]

Cleanup the WinSxS Folder in Windows 8 & 7

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In Windows 7 and Windows 8, there is a new folder under C:\Windows called WinSxS, which basically stores dll and component files. It also stores older versions of all dll and component files and can grow to be quite large. In addition to that, a lot of space is taken up by the backup folder, […]

IE 10 Metro vs Desktop Mode

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Windows 8 is going to be released at the end of the year with two different versions of Internet Explorer 10: Metro and Desktop. Confused? Well, if you’re not confused yet, you will be! Microsoft’s reasoning for having two versions is to have one version match the new Metro UI and have one version for […]

Join Windows 7 HomeGroup from Windows 8

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So now that Windows 8 is coming out, you’ll be happy to know you can join it to your existing Windows 7 homegroup if you like. Windows 7 introduced the whole homegroup feature, which basically simplifies the process of sharing files and printers with other Windows 7 machines. Up till now, you could only do […]

4 Ways to Access the Control Panel in Windows 8

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Getting used to using Windows 8? Since I’m a computer tech guy, one place I am always visiting on my computer is the Control Panel. I’m just so used to clicking on the Start button and then opening the Control Panel from there. In Windows 8, since there is no start button, you have to […]

Get the Classic Start Menu Back in Windows 8

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After using Windows 8 for the last few weeks, I have realized that even though I have gotten used to the whole Metro interface and the lack of a Start button, it’s not going to be so easy for a lot of people out there. It’s simply too ingrained in the Windows UI. Anyone who […]

Fix “Your PC’s CPU isn’t compatible with Windows 8” Error

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I’ve installed Windows 8 on a couple of machines lately to play around with it and it has installed without a problem on all machines except one. On an older Dell computer that I have, I get the following error message during setup: Your PC’s CPU isn’t compatible with Windows 8 I was pretty sure […]

How to Close Running Metro Apps in Windows 8

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I’ve been playing around with Windows 8 Consumer Preview for a few days now and it’s definitely taking me a little time to get used to the whole change in the UI. Along with the Start button being removed, you now have to access the new Metro apps in an odd hovering way. When you […]

Top 10 Differences between Windows 7 and Windows 8

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Like Windows 7 was to Windows XP (See our previous post on the differences between Windows XP and 7), Windows 8 is supposedly a “completely re-imagined” version of Windows from start to finish. It’s being rewritten so that it can run not only on desktops and laptops, but also on tablet PCs in a much […]