Learn Windows 8.1 From Paul Thurrott’s Windows 8.1 Field Guide

Windows 8.1 Field Guide - Paul Thurrott

Windows 8.1 Field Guide is highly recommended for anyone who wants a clearly written book about what’s new and changed in Windows 8. It’s an experiment in self-publishing – over five hundred pages of information and screen shots that you can get for $2. If you’re someone who likes the comfort of looking something up in a manual, it will be money well spent. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Rename Your Accounts In Mail App

Windows 8 - rename mail accounts

Here’s a trick that makes it easier to keep track of the different accounts set up on your Windows 8 tablet or computer. Try this:

—  Open up the full-screen Mail app.

—  Bring out the Charms bar and click on Settings. (Charms bar: swipe in from the right, or mouse to the lower right corner, or hit Windows key+C.) […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Display Address Bar And Tabs In Full-Screen Version Of Internet Explorer

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Here’s a tip that might make it easier to get used to the Metro version of Internet Explorer that runs full-screen in Windows 8. After you upgrade to Windows 8.1, you have the option to always display the address bar and open tabs at the bottom of the screen.

Background  Internet Explorer has two completely different looks in Windows 8. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Log In Remotely To A Windows 8 Computer

Remote desktop - Windows 8

There are a variety of ways to connect remotely to Windows computers – Remote Desktop, LogMeIn, TeamViewer, and many more. You might need to enter your name in a new way to make a remote connection to a Windows 8 computer, if your Windows 8 user account is connected to a Microsoft account. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Install The Windows 8.1 Upgrade


If you have a Windows 8 computer, laptop, or tablet, it’s time to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Here are a few tips to make the upgrade go smoothly and to enjoy the results.

Microsoft has a thorough tutorial that walks you through each step of the upgrade. It’s recommended reading before you launch the upgrade. […] continued

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Windows 8.1 Now Available For Computers And Tablets

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade to Windows 8 that is now available for all computers and laptops running Windows 8, and all Surface Pro and Surface RT tablets. In a few days, Windows 8.1 will be the version of Windows that ships on all new computers and tablets.

Microsoft has not changed the fundamental nature of Windows 8. […] continued

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How To Stay On The Desktop On A Windows 8 Computer


Windows 8 features a Start screen in place of the familiar Start menu, and many of its apps are designed with a new full-screen presentation best suited for laptops and tablets. If you get a Windows 8 desktop computer and large monitor for business use, you’re probably going to want to spend most of your time on the familiar desktop, with the taskbar on the bottom and your programs running in multiple windows. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Watch The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video

The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video

If you have a new Windows 8 computer or you’re thinking of getting one, please – please! – take a few minutes and watch Scott Hanselman’s presentation of “The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video.” If the video doesn’t appear above, then click on this link to view it on his page. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Microsoft Guide To Windows 8


Microsoft has released a user’s guide to Windows 8 for anyone with a new Windows 8 computer or tablet. Download the Windows 8 guide from here. (If you want the abbreviated version, start with my article on the five things you need to know for your first Windows 8 computer.) […] continued

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Windows 8 And The Death Of A Thousand Cuts

Windows 8

Here we go again.

Windows 8 is succumbing to the pressure from too many people with too many agendas. It’s starting to get a bit of the Vista stink. Everybody seems to “know” that Windows 8 is something to be avoided. Nobody can articulate what the problems are – it’s something they heard somewhere. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Bring Back The Start Menu With Start8

Stardock Start8 - restore Windows 8 Start menu

Missing the Start button on your new Windows 8 computer? It’s easy to get it back with Start8 from Stardock Software.

Microsoft made a bold (and perhaps misguided) decision to insist that everyone use the new Windows 8 Start screen to start programs. Sure, there’s a rocky transition, but the idea is that if everyone becomes familiar with the Start screen, then two things happen: (1) the Start screen becomes pretty lovable, and (2) people will be more likely to use Windows 8 tablets and phones, since they share the identical interface. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Sign In With A Microsoft Account

Windows 8 - Sign In With A Microsoft Account

One of the first questions asked during setup of a new Windows 8 PC has particular significance. By default, you’ll be asked to sign in with a Microsoft account. If you do, you’ll be able to take advantage of one of the best features of Windows 8, the built-in ability to sync settings automatically among your PCs. […] continued

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Windows Tip: Use The Browser Address Bar For Web Searches

Internet Explorer address bar

You can type web searches into the address bar of your browser and get the same results as if you had typed them directly into Google.

This is an old trick but it’s not well known – and it’s incredibly useful. I type search terms into my browser all day, without the extra clicks that would be necessary to go to www.google.com […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: What You Need To Know About Windows 8 Security


Windows 8 includes antivirus software built into the operating system. You don’t have to install anything additional for malware protection on a Windows 8 computer.

Microsoft has been increasingly assertive about giving away antivirus software but this is the first time it has included this level of protection as part of the operating system. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Turn On File History

Windows 8 File History - search on Start screen

Windows 8 includes a feature that lets you recover older versions of documents or photos easily and flexibly. File History is an improved version of “Previous Versions,” a feature of Windows 7 and Vista that almost no one ever discovered in its hiding place on the Properties menu of individual files. […] continued

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