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The desktop versions of Solitaire and Minesweeper are gone in Windows 8, replaced with Xbox-integrated full-screen versions. While the classic desktop versions are missing in action, there’s a way to get them back.

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Microsoft changed a lot of display elements in Windows 8, including removing drop shadows from nearly everything–including the mouse pointer. If you want to re-enable it, here’s how to do it.

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Our latest edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Windows on ARM tablets might sell for only $199, Facebook is testing an increase of ads in users’ news feeds, companies are turning to GitHub to find tech talent, and more.

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There are two types of firewalls: hardware firewalls and software firewalls. Your router functions as a hardware firewall, while Windows includes a software firewall. There are other third-party firewalls you can install, too.

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We’ve been told many times how important backups are, although we may not realize it until it’s too late and our data’s gone. You can backup your PC’s data to external media, but free online backup services provide useful redundancy that could save your data.

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Arrr! Where thar be pirates thar be booty waitin’ t’ be plundered by them bold enough t’ take ‘t! Fill th’ treasure chest o’ yer desktop wi’ a pile o’ ‘shiny booty’ from th’ secon’ in our series o’ Pirates Wallpaper collections.

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Windows 8 is more integrated with Microsoft’s services than ever. When you create a user account on your computer, you’ll be prompted to use a Microsoft account. Microsoft accounts are different from local user accounts, which are still available.

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