Microsoft Windows tips and tutorials
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How to create a Windows library folder on your desktop

The Library feature that Microsoft introduced in the Windows 7 operating system is not an entirely new concept. It creates virtual folders that can contain files and folders of multiple sources on […]

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Disable or customize Windows' Internet Connection test to improve privacy

Whenever you start a PC running Windows, an Internet connection test is run automatically to test the Internet availability. The test tries to connect to a Microsoft website -- http://www.msftncsi.com/ -- to […]

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Find out which Microsoft .Net Framework version a software requires

The Microsoft .Net Framework is a highly controversial software framework that makes available a large library of classes to developers which they can make use of when they code applications. The framework […]

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Check the Recent Activity of your Microsoft Account

One of the things that you check up on regularly is the recent activity of your online accounts. While that works only on services that provide you with the information, it may […]

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Fix "The following feature couldn't be installed" errors on Windows 8

When you try to install programs on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 that depend on an older version of the Microsoft .Net Framework, for example .Net Framework 3.5, you will get a […]

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How to create email notifications for Windows Events

Sometimes, you may want to know what is happening on your PC when you are not using it. Maybe you want to be informed when someone else is logging in on it, […]

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How to add program shortcuts to the Windows Run box

While I do not use the Run box regularly on my system, I do use it occasionally, for instance to launch the Windows Registry Editor, MS Config, or the Command Prompt. Most […]

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Always display full details when copying or moving files in Windows 8

Microsoft has modified the dialog that is displayed when you copy or move files in the Windows 8 operating system. Some say it is an improvement over the dialog that gets displayed […]

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Improve the start screen search on Windows 8.1 with this handy tip

When it comes to features of the Windows 8.1 operating system, one that I really like is the new and improved Windows Search. You can still start to type directly on the […]

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How to display hidden files in Windows 8

Select files and folders of the Windows 8 operating system are hidden by default so that users of the system can't see them in File Explorer and most other programs that they […]

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How to remove synced data from the cloud in Windows 8

When it comes to cloud storage -- that is data hosted on your behalf on remote servers -- you are more or less at the mercy of the company that is making […]

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Save lots of disk space with Microsoft's new Windows Update Cleanup tool

The space a Windows operating system requires grows over time thanks to service packs and updates mostly, but also thanks to other system files and programs that users install on their PC. […]

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How to remove (all) Windows 8 apps using PowerShell

Apps are clearly a focus on Windows 8, not only because the operating system boots into the "apps-interface" on startup by default, but because most of the marketing for the operating system […]

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Windows 8: use File History without a second drive

Microsoft introduced the File History feature in Windows 8 to provide users of the operating system with an auto-backup feature for important files and data. The backup service has several shortcomings: you […]

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How to change Microsoft Paint's default save type

I'm using the Paint app on my Windows 8 system to save screenshots as I did not bother yet to install a different application - both screenshot tool and image editor - […]

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Speed up the loading of Windows 8 start up programs

While Microsoft changed the way users boot into the company's Windows 8 operating system which is a couple of seconds faster on average than in previous systems, it did sacrifice a couple […]

How to change your account password in Windows 8

If you are logging in to Windows 8 with a Microsoft Account to benefit from a couple of features such as data synchronization between accounts and options to recover passwords online, you […]

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How to restore the default Windows libraries

I'm experiencing quite a few issues on the system running Windows 8 which I find puzzling to say the least. I fixed the video playback issues recently on the system and discovered […]