Finding The Size Of Metro Apps In Windows 8

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Long time users of the Windows operating system are accustomed to keeping track of the size of the installed software through a utility like Windows Explorer. With the Windows 8 Metro Apps, however, there is no clear cut way to see how much space these apps are occupying through the conventional methods. Many of the Windows 8 users have opted to uninstall Windows 8 OS as they were unable to find the space occupied by the Metro apps. You need not get frustrated as this article discusses the new Windows 8 method to track the size of the Metro apps.

First, you will have to launch the Charms bar by either pressing the Windows key + C combination, swiping in from the right on a touch enabled device, or moving the mouse pointer to the top right or bottom corner and then down. With the Charm bar enabled, you can select Settings, and then Change PC settings. In the PC Settings menu, choose Search and apps and then App sizes. So you can guess from the name, the window will display all the currently installed Metro apps and the amount of space that is occupied by each of the apps.

Windows 8 Metro Apps

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Doing this will let you find out the apps that take lots of space. If you find that any of the installed apps are taking much space and that you no longer need the app, you can just click on one of them and then choose Uninstall. This step will also let you see the total amount of free space at the top of the window. These steps may change in the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. It is very much important to understand that the above steps are applicable to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Metro full screen apps. The traditional desktop apps need to be evaluated and then uninstalled from the Windows Control Panel options.

If you wish to know more on the steps to uninstall Windows 8 Metro apps, you can contact the Windows help and support team. They will be able to help you know more on the steps that are to be done. You can also refer to the Windows 8 help modules that are posted in the official Microsoft support website to know more on these steps.

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Making Windows 8 Look Like Windows 7

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One of the important reasons for the un-welcomed reception of Windows 8 operating system is mainly the obsession of human beings to improve features and technologies further and further. Even though there are many more reasons for Windows 8 not being a favorite among users, obsession is a major reason.

Considering the need to keep 100,000 employees occupied, including the obsession to improve, resulted in Windows 8, which had many improvements over the Windows 7 operating system. One of the noted and most criticized improvements was the omission of the Start button. Only after the omission of the Windows Start button did many users come to realize its value. For over 20 years, Windows users have been living on this feature.

Many users were not happy with the Windows 8 interface, especially those who were fond of the traditional Windows interface. Here is how you get started with changing the tiled look into desktop mode by bypassing the latest features with a couple of tricks.

  • Take a Backup of the data in the computer with the help of a pen drive.
  • Go to the Windows Store in the computer.
  • Choose the free Windows Update and select Download. At the end of the update, Restart Windows 8 and sign in.

Configuring The Desktop Startup

  • Click on the tile labeled Desktop to launch the desktop.
  • Right click on Taskbar.
  • Choose Properties and then the Navigation tab from the box that appears.
  • Move down to select the option When I Sign In Or Close All Apps On A Screen, Go To The Desktop Instead Of Start, click on Ok.
  • From the next time you Restart Windows 8, the usual tiled start page would be skipped and the desktop style will appear instead.

    Windows 8 Operating System

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Do not forget to check the Windows 8.1 icon on the desktop, which is something similar to the Start button to the bottom left corner.

  • By clicking on the Desktop tab, launch the Start Page from the desktop.
  • Right Click on the taskbar.
  • From the menu, choose Properties and then click on the Navigation Bar.
  • Move down to find the option and select Show The Apps View Automatically When I Go To Start and then click on Ok.

This is how you get that Windows 7 desktop look in your Windows 8 operating system. Feel free to contact our tech support desk in case you need any further assistance.

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Disabling Hybrid Shutdown In Windows 8 And Windows 8.1

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Many of the Windows 8 users are complaining about different shutdown and restart issues in the operating system. Many a times, the Windows 8 computers of the users restart as soon as the login screen is displayed. Sometimes the Windows 8 computer systems hang while rebooting or shut down. Many a times these issues are related to the Hybrid shutdown feature that was introduced in the Windows 8 operating system.

This feature in the Windows 8 operating system decreases the total startup time of the computer by hibernating the kernel session, instead of closing it. This will reduce the overall loading time of the operating system, as resuming from hibernated system session is less work when compared to the initialization of a completely off computer. This new feature in the Windows 8 operating system is leading to issues in some of the computers and if you are also facing shutdown or reboot issues in the Windows 8 operating system, you will be able to fix them by disabling the hybrid shutdown feature to do a complete shutdown of the PC.

The steps to disable hybrid shutdown feature in the Windows 8 operating system are explained below in this article. You can follow these steps religiously.


  • If you are on the new Start screen, you can type in Power and the Windows OS will automatically search for the term and will display the results.
  •  If you are on the Desktop, move the cursor to top right corner of the screen. This will open the Charms bar. Now you can click on Search and then type Power in the box.
  • Click on Settings link that is located at the right sidebar of search results and then select Change what the power buttons do link in the results.

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  • Doing this will open the Power Options window. Alternatively, you can open the same window by typing in powercfg.cpl in the Run dialog box. After that, you can press the Enter key and then select Choose what the power buttons do link in the left sidebar.
  • Scroll down to the bottom and you will be able to see Turn on fast startup option that is given in the Shutdown settings.
  • You can now disable the option by un-checking the box near to it and then clicking on the Save Changes button.

These are the steps to turn off the Hybrid shutdown option in Windows 8 and prevent a reboot Windows 8 issue. If you are still facing issues while trying to reboot Windows 8, contact our Microsoft help and support team for apt assistance.

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Troubleshooting Windows 8 Reboot Issues

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Problems and issues are quite natural with any platform no matter whether it is Windows or Mac. A majority of problems that are faced by the operating system can be fixed, as developers would have already anticipated them. Some may require few easy steps that can be done even by a novice user. Apparently, Windows 8 is not exempted from any errors and hence some users are likely to undergo issues while rebooting their Windows 8 platform. The issue is not a complex one. However, in order to reboot Windows 8, you can go through few quick steps that will help you to get your task accomplished.

The two major options that can be followed include,

  • Boot from the Windows 8 platform disc.
  • Boot from a Windows recovery drive.

Boot from Windows 8 platform disc

If you have already secured the disc for your Windows 8 platform, you are good to start. If not, it is better to find out the disc for Windows 8 that you have received while purchasing the system. Check whether your USB drive has the set of Windows 8 installation files that can help. You need these files to access the Advanced startup options.

After making variations to the BIOS settings by making it set to a device that you need to start from, you can get your computer restarted. It is essential to have the disc in the disk drive or the USB port with installation files connected.

  • When you find the Windows Setup screen, you can select Next.
  • Below, you will find Repair your computer link and you need to select it.
  • This will initiate Advanced Startup Options.

    Windows 8 Platform

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Boot from Windows 8 Recovery Drive

A recovery drive is quite essential when it comes to fixing reboot Windows 8 issues. If you have not created one yet, you can get one from your friend and this can help you.

  • Into the spare USB port of your computer, you can insert the USB with recovery files in it.
  • BIOS settings should be set to start from USB device instead of HDD.
  • Select the keyboard layout as US.
  • You will now see the Advanced Startup Options.
  • Follow the rest of the prompts to complete the steps.

Following the above techniques will help you to reboot your Windows 8 OS successfully. You can follow the above simple instructions before contacting any technician for assistance and try to fix it all by yourself.

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Update 1 For Windows 8.1 Mandatory For Businesses

Windows 8.1 (1)

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The update 1 for Windows 8.1 released in April will be mandatory for business users. This is considered as an important patch that users will have to install in their computers so that they can function properly in future. It was requested that all the computers install this update by May 12. Since there was a fault in the intended update, the grace period was delayed.

Later it was announced that users should have the update 1 installed by June 10. Businesses were given time until August 12 to get the update 1 for Windows 8.1 in their computers. If you are still a Windows 8 user, this update does not apply to you. This announcement is only for Windows 8.1 users. People on Windows 8 can continue using the same, since they will receive support until January 10 2023; however, the mainstream support for the same will end on January 2018. Note that you are expected to restart Windows 8 every time you install an update.

Windows 8.1

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The question is why there is so much of a hurry to push updates for Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 is the first desktop created under the latest serviceability scheme from Microsoft. Hence, it needs to keep upgrading the platform more frequently than it did in the past to see that the customers are up-to-date and that they receive the latest fixes. Another fact is that these updates are closely tied with some of the online services from Microsoft such as Office 365. Since these updates are inter related with other online services, it is important to have the updates installed as and when they are released. This is done with the best interest of running the OS more effectively.

Earlier, regular updates were integrated into a service pack, which was useful for people who missed the regular updates. Now Microsoft is not really into releasing SPs, and hence they are pushing the users to install updates as and when they are out, so that they can enjoy using the OS without any major interruptions. The latest baseline is the midstream Update or else generally called General Distribution Release (GDR).

To sum up, the update 1 for Windows 8.1 is ideally the service pack one. When compared with the past, now these updates are rolled out more frequently and hence they need to be installed more frequently than before. Every time you are done with the update, remember to restart Windows 8 for the changes to take effect.

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