There’s a good chance you have both the “C:\Program Files” and “C:\Program Files (x86)” folders on your Windows PC. If you poke around, you’ll see that some of your programs are installed in one folder, and some are installed in the other.
We have all had to connect to a network share at some point only to have the authentication dialog pop up. There are many ways around it, for example mapping a network drive, but if you have a lot of users connecting to copy some files you may want to disable the password dialog instead of distributing your password.
Although you can use metered connections to get the most of your bandwidth in Windows 8, at times you may want to know how much data you have used for a single browsing session. Here’s how to do it.
Google, Dropbox, LastPass, Battle.net, Guild Wars 2 – all these services and more offer two-factor authentication apps that work on smartphones. If you don’t have a supported device, you can run an alternative application on your computer.
Have you ever been connected to a network and wanted to know if you could see who is copying stuff from your PC? Here’s how to do it with the built in Windows tools.
Many people think Aero is completely gone in Windows 8, but this isn’t true. Microsoft hasn’t helped matters by saying they’ve “moved beyond Aero” in several blog posts. However, hardware acceleration and most Aero features are still present.
Windows 8’s new touch-first Modern interface includes quite a few apps. Before you start looking at the Windows Store to find new apps, take a look at the included apps and what they can do.
When you use the Search Charm in Windows 8 it remembers everything you search for, which is very useful, but if you share your PC with someone you may want to delete your history or even disable it. Here’s how to do it.
You’re sporting the newest edition of Windows but you need an older edition of Internet Explorer? Read on to see how you can wrangle a vintage browser into a modern operating system.
When Windows 8 was finally released to everybody they updated the Mail app to support IMAP, which means you now use any generic email account in the Metro Mail app. Here’s how to get set up.
Aero Glass is gone in Windows 8. If you really miss Aero Glass, there’s a trick you can use to re-enable the transparent window title bars and borders – although Microsoft doesn’t want us to.
Have you ever wondered why the background color in the Windows Photo Viewer is white? Well after some thinking of our own, we thought it would be nice to show you guys how to change it. Read on to find out more.
Compatibility mode in IE is a feature that helps you view webpages that were designed for previous versions of the browser, however having it enabled can break newer sites that were designed for modern browsers. Here’s how to disable it and make sure it only runs for older sites.
In previous versions of Windows the SmartScreen filter was a feature of Internet Explorer, with Windows 8 it becomes part of the Windows file system. But how does it know which files have been downloaded and which ones originated from your PC? Read on to see how How-To Geek went exploring in the file system.
Do you have an old PC you want to sell, but also want to use your Windows license on your new PC ? There is a hidden command in Windows that allows you to do just that. Read on to find out more.
When it comes to selling your old digital equipment you usually should wipe it of all digital traces with something like DBAN, however if you can’t there are some precautions you should take–here’s one related to Flash content you may have viewed on your PC.
Whatever you think of it, Windows 8 isn’t just a new interface slapped on top of Windows 7. Windows 8 has seen a lot of security improvements, including an integrated antivirus, an application reputation system, and protection from boot-time rootkits.
Windows 8 ships with most audio file types being associated with the Modern UI Music app, however there is no option to burn your music to disc. Here’s how to do it on Windows 8 without additional software.
It’s easy to focus on how Windows 8’s new interface doesn’t feel at home on a traditional desktop PC or laptop. But that’s only one part of Windows 8 – the Windows 8 desktop includes a variety of useful improvements.
Windows 8 comes with a new hybrid boot system, this means that your PC is never really off. It also means that Windows has the permission to wake your PC as it needs. Here’s how to stop it from waking up your PC to do maintenance tasks.
The Windows Task Manager is a built-in tool that allows you to check which services are running in the background, how much resources are being used by which software programs, and the all-to-common task of killing programs that are not responding.
There is a handy feature in most modern browsers that allows you to go back and see what pages you have visited on a particular day. But what if you don’t want your browser to keep track of your browsing history? Here’s how to disable it.
We clearly tapped into a subject you all have a strong opinion about with this week’s Ask the Readers post; read on to see how your fellow readers manage their email on, off, and across desktops and devices.
We have already shown you how to use the Refresh and Reset features in Windows 8, now we are back to show you how you can create a custom refresh image. This means next time you refresh your Windows 8 PC, you can use a custom image instead of the one that shipped with your PC.