One of the most common steps when troubleshooting a PC is to boot into safe mode. For a long time this has been achieved by pressing the F8 key, this all changes with Windows 8 and its Automatic Repair mode. But what if we want Safe Mode?
It’s important to note that this will not actually conceal your data from somebody who knows what they are doing.
I’m sure that we are not the only people who carry around multiple devices and only have 1 or 2 mobile data plans. If the device carrying your data plan happens to be your Windows tablet, start celebrating. We’ll show you how you can share that data goodness with your other devices.
Windows 8 has a new layer of security that builds in the SmartScreen filter from Internet Explorer right into Windows itself. If you don’t like that idea, here’s how to disable it.
Have you ever had your PC turn on in the middle of the night for some unknown reason? It’s probably either network connectivity or someone connecting a USB device.
By default, Hyper-V tries to figure out which Virtual Machines were powered on at the time that your PC had its power cut. It uses this list to automatically turn Virtual Machines back on when your PC powers on. Here is how to change what gets switched back on.
Distribution lists allow you to treat a bunch of contacts as if they are a single entity. In other words, the next time you want to email everyone in your “Computer Club”, you can send an email to the Computer Club distribution list and every one in the group will get the email.
We have advised you not mess with your drivers if they are not broken in the past, but from time to time issues arise and later versions of a driver may fix an issue that you are experiencing. Here is how to see which version any driver is at, on any recent version of Windows.
VLC for iPhone has been released back onto the App store and has some nice new features, one of which is a small webserver you can use to send files directly to your iPhone through a web browser.
We recently showed you that you could use Microsoft Word as a blog post editor and the feature was really well received. We are back with this byte size tip to show you how you can quickly add screenshots to your posts.
Microsoft Word has been able to publish content to blog platforms since Office 2007. The feature is still available and has matured to a point where it gives Windows Live Writer a run for its money. Here is how to get set up.
Windows 8.1 bought some of the more common folders to the top of the “This PC” window. Having used Windows since its inception, we find this looks odd and sought to fix it.
Have you ever downloaded a file only to find it has a strange .rar file extension? By the end of this article you will be able to view the file no matter if you are running Windows or Mac OSX.
If your main language is not English, you may have set your PC’s input setting to something else. On Windows 7, this was a per application setting, however that changed on Windows 8.
Windows 8.1 brings us Internet Explorer 11. To maximize screen real estate, they decided to hide your open tabs and address bar by default. Here is how to get them showing.
Digitally signed drivers include an electronic fingerprint that indicates which company the driver was produced by as well as an indication as to whether the driver has been modified since the company released it. This increases security, as a signed driver that has been modified will no longer have an intact signature. Drivers are signed using code signing certificates.
Domain users are not allowed to sign in with a Pin by default. However, using a little bit of GPO, we can change that.
Windows 8.1 includes online search results from Bing whenever you search for something on your system. Since many people aren’t going to want this, here is how to get rid of this behavior.
Your local internet service provider probably doesn’t have the fastest DNS servers, and that can slow down your browsing, since your browser needs to look up the IP address of every web site you try to view. Here is how to switch to either OpenDNS or Google DNS for faster browsing times.
Did you have someone else set up the wireless network in your house, and can’t for the life of you remember the password? If so read on to see how you may still be able to recover it.
For as long as we can remember, Windows has had a hidden “Open command window here” option on the context menu, but who uses the command prompt these days?
Suppose someone asks you for a list of applications you have installed on your computer. To get this information, what’s the first thing you would think to use? Third-party program? Not us, we have PowerShell.
Booting into safe mode became non-trivial in Windows 8, especially if you were accustomed to the old F8 shortcut. Here is how to get F8 working again.