Windows 8 How To: 20. How to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode

Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your PC in a limited state. You can start Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a safe mode, but the process of activating the safe mode is different. Check out the article “How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way)” published by…

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Windows 8 How To: 19. Show Hidden Files, Folders and Drives

By default hidden files and folders are not visible and this is a preferred way for most users. But you can easily show hidden files and folders. Follow the steps outlined in my previous post to show the Control Panel if needed. From the Control Panel, type “folder” in the search box and select Folder…

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Windows 8 How To: 18. Configure WiFi Connection and Airplane Mode

You can configure a wireless connection and Airplane mode using one of the following options. For more info on Windows 8 mobile network capabilities, read Steven Sinofsky’s blog post on “Engineering Windows 8 for mobile networks”. From the Charms Bar Move the mouse cursor to the upper right corner of the screen until the Charms…

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Windows 8 How To: 17. Add New Tab or New InPrivate Tab in Metro Style IE Browser

Windows 8 comes with two flavors of the Internet Explorer browser, the IE on the desktop that many of us are familiar with and the Metro style Internet Explorer. Unlike the desktop version, the Metro style IE runs in a full screen without any window or chrome. Working with the Metro style IE, you can…

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Windows 8 How To: 16. Install .NET 3.5 and Windows Live Essentials

If you enjoy applications such as Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Writer (an authoring tool I use to publish my blog posts), you can download and install Windows Live Essentials. You can either install all apps, or choose specific apps to install if you don’t want to install all of them. I choose the…

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Windows 8 How To: 15. Show and Use Desktop Applications

With Metro UI Windows 8 provides improved user experience. As part of the design change, the Start | All Programs user interface is no longer available. The new Start button is available from the Charms Bar as shown below. But it behaves differently from the old Start button. For more info, check Kent Walter’s post…

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Windows 8 How To: 14. Show and Use PowerShell

Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows. You can show and use PowerShell in a few different ways….

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Windows 8 How To: 13. Show and Use cmd Prompt (DOS Mode)

The DOS mode is still available in Windows 8. There are a few options to show and use the command (cmd) prompt. From the Desktop Mode Move the mouse cursor to the exact lower left corner until the desktop shortcuts menu appears. Select either Command Prompt or Command Prompt (Admin). The latter runs as a…

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Windows 8 How To: 12. Show and Use “Run” Command

Some users prefer to use the “run” command to perform tasks such as checking the version of Windows 8 you installed. There are a few options to show and use the “run” command. From the Desktop Mode Move the mouse cursor to the exact lower left corner until the desktop shortcuts menu appears. From the…

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Windows 8 How To: 11. Install Language Packs for Multilingual Support

If you prefer to use a non-English user interface for Windows 8, you may be interested to install one of the language packs. Fortunately, Windows 8 Consumer Preview comes with languages packs for 167 languages, as shown at the end of the post. The language packs can be installed only from the language control panel…

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