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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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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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One of the first messages you’ll see after logging into Windows 8 for the first time (aside from a message about activating Windows) is a request to “Trust this PC.” But why does Microsoft want you to “trust” your PC?

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The final version of Windows 8 comes with plenty of new wallpaper goodness, so why not enjoy these backgrounds on your Windows 7 system as well? 7 Tutorials has put together three wonderful themes using the various wallpaper ...

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Microsoft Outlook is a great platform for setting calendar appointments with reminders, but the default reminders in the list might not work for everybody, especially if you want to schedule a reminder for a few months in advance. Here’s how to do it.

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Do you store sensitive files on Dropbox or another cloud storage service? Encrypt them with EncFS for Linux, an encrypting file system that transparently encrypts and decrypts each individual file with your encryption key. There’s also an experimental Windows build.

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For a long time Linux users have been able to install their OS onto a portable USB drive, but Windows just caught up. Read on to find out how you can install Windows 8 onto a USB drive so you can take it wherever you go.

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There is a small change to the Control Panel in Windows 8 and Windows 10 that involves splitting the Region and Language applet into two separate applets. This makes changing your keyboard layout a little more tricky than previous versions of Windows.

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This week’s edition of WIG is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Microsoft is replacing Live Mesh with SkyDrive in the latest Windows Essentials bundle, Damn Small Linux is back after nearly four years, TextMate 2.0 is now open source, and more.

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This week we have a list of fun websites for you. Playing games can help relieve stress and provide a break from work. The following are some websites we found offering free online games, freeware games for download, or games you can purchase.

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Most people know that you can enable or disable the optional Windows features through the Control Panel, but today we’re going to show you how you can do the same thing through the PowerShell command line.

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We have previously shown you how you can easily dual-boot your Windows 8 PC with Linux, but if you don’t want to mess around with partitions and still want to try out Linux, a virtual machine is the answer.

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Have you noticed your usually speedy IE9 browser slowing down, or even crashing on you? Unnecessary plugins, extensions, and even browsing data can slow your browser down to a crawl, or make it crash. Here’s how to fix it.

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Have you ever safely removed your USB device only to see that the LED activity light on your device remains on? This is caused by a change to Windows that has affected every version since Windows Vista. Here’s how to fix it.

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Our first edition of WIG for August is filled with news link goodness covering topics such as Dropbox confirms it was hacked, Valve says Left 4 Dead 2 runs faster on Linux than on Windows, tech support phone scams are surging, and more.

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Want to play videos from your computer on your Android, without the hassle of copying them to your device’s internal storage? Share a folder over the network with Windows. You can copy files back and forth over Wi-Fi, too.

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In previous versions of Windows, you could simply hold the Shift key and right-click on an application to run it as a different user, which was useful for running multiple versions of an application at once. In Windows 8, it works a little different.

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If you work on a computer all day, you might forget to get up now and then to stretch. To avoid your neck seizing up and your eyes bugging out, you can set an alarm to remind yourself to get up every so often.

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On Tuesday Microsoft unveiled the new Metro UI version of its e-mail service that is set to replace the old Hotmail/Live service. You can see the clean, sleek look of Outlook.com in action with this walkthrough video from the...

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Have you noticed your usually speedy Firefox browser slowing down, or even crashing on you? Unnecessary plugins, extensions, and even browsing data can slow your browser down to a crawl, or make it crash. Here’s how to fix it.

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If thoughts of playing Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island, Kings Quest, and other classic point-and-click adventures sends tingles of nostalgia to your mouse hand, read on as we show you how to enjoy the classics on your computer with ScummVM.

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Have you ever needed to clean someone’s PC but you wanted to do it from your computer instead of theirs? Here’s how you can remotely execute CCleaner on any Windows PC you have network access to.

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Programs written for previous versions of Windows will not function in Windows 8 unless you have an older version of the .Net Framework installed. You can easily run both the new and older versions of the framework at the same time.

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In Windows there is no way to natively send mail from the Command Prompt, but because PowerShell allows you to use the underlying .Net Framework, you can easily create and send an  e-mail from the command line.

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We tend to use the command prompt quite a lot here at How-To Geek, so we decided to show you 5 tricks we use in the command prompt that you might not know–read on to find out what they are.

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