Windows 8 How To: 30. Restore your Device using Refresh and Reset

Windows 8 Consumer Preview introduces two new system recovery features, Refresh and Reset, that were previously offered by some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). There is a big difference between these two features that you should be aware of. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files, settings, and any apps that came with…

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Windows 8 How To: 29. Restore System to a Previous State Using Restore Point

Restoring your Windows operating system to a previous state is nothing new, but this feature can be very handy and time saving. For example, if you installed a new application or driver and your system starts to behave abnormally, or if your computer is infected by a virus from one unintentional mouse click on a…

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Windows 8 How To: 28. Restore Files Using File History

Restoring File History from a backup is very straightforward. Open File History from the Control Panel. (Read my previous post on how to back up Files using File History.) Select Restore personal files.  You can restore all or selected folders to their original or different locations. To restore all or selected folders to their original…

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Windows 8 How To: 27. Backup your Files Using File History

Prior to Windows 8, you can back up documents and files using the Backup and Restore feature available in Control Panel | Backup and Restore (in Windows 7 for example). Windows 8 Consumer Preview has enhanced the feature and replace it with File History, as shown in the screenshot below. File History automatically backs up…

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Windows 8 How To: 26. Set up Remote Desktop Connection

With Remote Desktop Connection, you can sit at a PC and connect to another PC in a different location (the remote PC). To set up Remote Desktop Connection, open the Control Panel. (Read my previous post on how to access the control panel.) Type “Remote” in the search box and click “Select users who can…

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Windows 8 How To: 25. Show and Enable Split Touch Keyboard (On-Screen)

Windows 8 Consumer Preview provides on-screen keyboards for touch enabled tablet or slate users. You can easily choose one of the three layouts available: normal keyboard, split keyboard, and hand writing recognition panel. In the Desktop Mode, click or tap the keyboard icon at the Taskbar to get your preferred keyboard layout. The last icon…

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Windows 8 How To: 24. Show and Configure Free Anti-Virus App (Windows Defender)

Windows Defender in Windows 8 Consumer Preview comes with a familiar user interface and includes enhanced features of Windows Security Essentials. You can show and configure the free anti-virus program using the options described below. A bit background on MSE and Windows Defender. Windows Defender was a Windows security feature before Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)…

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Windows 8 How To: 23. Find and Use Windows Help and Support

While you can find Windows related information from the Internet, you can also find information using Windows Help and Support. One benefit of using Windows Help and Support is that not only you can find the right answer but also you can launch applications or commands directly from within the search results. To use Windows…

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Windows 8 How To: 22. Enable or Disable Sharing Between PCs Using HomeGroup

A feature introduced with Windows 7, HomeGroup is an easy way to share documents, music, pictures, videos, and printers between networked computers at home or in a small business—without a server. You can join computers to a homegroup whether they connect by using wired and wireless networking. From the Charms Bar, select More PC Settings….

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Windows 8 How To: 21. Install and Uninstall Metro Style Apps

Install an App From the Metro UI Select the Windows Store app or tile and click or tap it. Find the app you like, e.g. USA Today, by browsing the apps in the store or searching an app from the Charms Bar. Select the app, buy it if it is not free, and install it….

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