Making The Best Use Of Windows 8

Windows 8 Problems

Windows 8 System Requirements

Microsoft’s latest operating system Windows 8 is worth installing in your PC should it meet the recommended system requirements. Well, a lot of a people still find themselves confused at the idea of upgrading their PC to this new operating system due to some reported Windows 8 problems. Their main cause of fear is that Windows 8 is not ideal for desktop because of its touch screen orientation.

Is Windows 8 not ideal for desktop?

Like most people, I too did not consider upgrading my PC to Windows 8 for the sheer fear that the operating system did not work well on a desktop ecosystem. However, I was proved wrong. I now realize that Windows 8 is worth installing on a PC that meets the system requirements perfectly. In case you find your Windows 8 machine running slow or lagging, here are some suggestions to solve it.

Speeding up a slow running Windows 8

Windows 8 comes with several new features. You may not be interested to use all these features. You do not have to keep all these new features in your PC. By removing the unwanted Windows 8 programs, you can not only make your PC work faster, but also free up unoccupied space for important files or applications.

First, you must find out the unwanted programs. Remember that some of these programs may be enabled to run in the background, which is often the reason for PCs becoming slower. Usually, the programs that are enabled to run in the background do not ask users’ permission beforehand. They begin to run when the PC is turned on.

Go to the Control Panel, highlight all the programs that you do not run often and delete them outright. Make sure that you do not remove any Microsoft components, because doing so could imperil the functioning of your operating system.

Windows 8 Reviews

Windows 8 Problems And Fixes

If you wish to restore an application in future, Windows 8 has got a very simple solution: Windows Store apps. You can get any of your preferred application from Windows Store, and make your Windows 8 experience better. There are many free apps as well as paid apps there.

Windows 8 is definitely an operating system that is worth your testing, though getting familiar with it requires some time initially. Once you are into it, you will just love using it. Read a few Windows 8 reviews to be familiar with the common Windows 8 problems and solutions to fix them.

Keeping Your Windows System Clean

Windows 8 tech support

Windows 8 OS Features

Windows OS is notorious for all the error messages, virus infections and other OS problems like the dreaded Blue Screen of Death error. Of course, many of these issues can be easily fixed by just contacting the Windows 8 tech support personnel. But, a much better approach is to keep the system as clean as possible, protected from the virus infections and OS errors.

How to keep your system clean?

Since Windows is one of the most widely used operating systems in the world, hackers tend to target Windows operating systems in particular. For this reason, there are so many virus applications floating online designed to infect the Windows OS version running on your system. So, installing a quality antivirus application and keeping it updated is the first defence.

There are plenty of antivirus applications available that can do this task. There are some freeware versions too available online. If you are using the system for business purposes, it is essential that you stop worrying too much about the expenses and buy a quality antivirus application for your office systems. But, for average users, even the freeware antivirus applications might be enough to effectively protect their system from viruses.

In case of Windows 8 OS, you will get an in-built antivirus utility called Windows Defender. You can disable this if you want and use some third party antivirus application, though the Windows 8 tech support website strongly cautions the users against doing so. But, running more than one antivirus application in the system is an unnecessary drain on the resources and will only slow down the OS.

Removing all the unnecessary applications

You have to pay particular attention to what all software applications you are installing in the system. Some software installers come loaded with additional applications like toolbars or browser add-ons. You need to de-select them before the installation. Go through all the programs and applications installed in the system and uninstall those no longer needed.

Keep your system updated

Windows Defender

Windows 8 Security Options

After all this, you might still experience some OS errors every now and then. Such Windows issues are common and Microsoft releases updates and fixes to take care of these. So, turn the Automatic updates on or keep manually updating the OS as regularly as you can. This will significantly reduce the chances of OS errors occurring in the system.

However, remember that it is impossible to completely avoid OS problems. Just make sure that you contact our tech support personnel when this happens.

Some Tips For Fixing Corruption In Internet Explorer 8

How To Fix Internet Explorer On Windows 8

Fix Corrupt Internet Explorer

If you were wondering how to fix Internet Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP computers, the instructions given below would be helpful for you. If you are facing stability issues or crashes with the program, it means that the Internet Explorer 8 browser has gone corrupt. These instructions explain how to set the IE program back to its default settings and fix corruption issues.

Install latest Windows Updates

  • If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, access the Start menu and click on All Programs. From the options, click on Windows Update. If you are using Windows XP, access the official website for Windows Updates.
  • For Windows 7 and Windows Vista, click on Install Updates. For Windows XP, click on Express Install and then
  • Once the updates have been downloaded, install them and reboot the computer.

Reset IE Settings

  • Open up the Start menu and access the Control Panel.
  • Windows 7 and Windows Vista users need to click on Network and Sharing Center and Windows XP users need to click Internet Options.
  • At the bottom of the left hand pane, you will see a button labeled Internet Options; click on it.
  • In the dialog box that appears on screen now, click on the tab labeled
  • In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings window, click on the button labeled
  • You will be shown a warning notification. Read it and then click on
  • Restart the Internet Explorer web browser now.

Internet Explorer Un-installation

  • Access the Control Panel window from the Start menu
  • Windows XP users need to click on Add or Remove Programs. Windows Vista users should navigate through Programs, then Uninstall a Program and then View Installed Updates. Windows 7 users need to go through Programs, then Uninstall a Program and then Turn Windows Features On or Off.

    Internet Explorer 8 Browser

    Internet Explorer Support

  • In the list of programs, locate the option labeled Internet Explorer 8. In Windows XP, click on Vista users need to click on the Uninstall an Update box and then select Yes. Windows 7 users need to clear the checkbox beside IE and then confirm by selecting Yes.
  • Follow the prompts to complete the un-installation.

Internet Explorer Re-installation

  • Go to the official website for Internet Explorer 8.
  • Click on the Download button and install it.
  • Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete setup.
  • Restart the computer.

These guidelines explain how to fix Internet Explorer on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP computers.

Learn To Install And Roll Back Windows 10 Preview In Windows 8 Computers

Uninstall Windows 8

Windows Operating Systems

Finally, Windows 8 users will be able to get the technical preview version of Windows 10 hooked up onto their computers before its official release. A tool has been designed in order to prepare the Windows 8 machine to install the latest Windows 10 OS, without having to uninstall Windows 8. You can either install this automatically from the official website, or you might as well install the same with the ISO installation.

Installing Windows 10 Tech Preview

With the help of this new tool, Windows 8 users are allowed to automatically install Windows 10 in their computers. This tool will help with the installation in all devices such as laptops and desktops. As it is usual to check if the system is ready for the installation of any software, system compatibility check should be done prior to Windows 10 Technical preview installation. This also means that the user should sign up for the Windows Insider Program.

With the help of this program, users get to know if ISO installation is possible or not in the computer. This would also give us an idea as to what type of computer should be used in order to run Windows 10. As Windows 10 Technical Preview is still in the development stage, it is not suitable for computers that are used for routine work. In case you have a spare computer, you can choose to install Windows 10 Technical Preview version in that. The OS does not have the capability of supporting your routine works; hence it is best to install it on a spare computer.

Reverting Back To Your Old Windows Operating System

In case you want to revert back to the old operating system, you have the option for that too. The best thing is that Microsoft allows the users to revert back to operating systems such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 from the latest Windows Technical Preview.

Windows 10 OS

Windows 10 Download

A recovery media is necessary when you want to revert back to Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. To do this, the user will have to utilize the recovery partition in order to create a recovery media. Users can either refer to the PC manufacturers’ guide or get in touch with the PC manufacturer for more help.

A USB recovery drive will be needed when users want to revert to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. For which users will have to use a 16 GB pen drive. With this, you can install and revert back without having to uninstall Windows 8.

Powering Down And Restarting Windows 8 OS

Restart Windows 8

Powering Down Windows 8 OS

One of the major reasons why most Windows 8 users are extremely frustrated with the operating system was the lack of familiarity when performing even the basic tasks. Windows 8 users find trouble shutting down or restarting their PC because Microsoft has neatly tucked away the option in a different place.

The reason why the Restart Windows 8 and Shutdown Windows 8 options are hidden is that Microsoft designed the OS in a way that is similar to tablet users. This means Microsoft encourages its users to enter a low-power state or hibernate, instead of completely powering down their computer. Hence, you can change the setting to switch to low power mode when you close the lid. However, this design is flawed because desktop users were not able to power down the OS the usual way. You will have to open up the Charms bar in order to switch off your computer.

Shutdown Windows 8

Windows Shutdown Options

The entire UI (user interface) of Windows 8 OS has been altered to lean in favor of touch screen users. When doing so, Microsoft kept its keyboard and mouse users in the dark by creating an interface that is ridiculously difficult to perform using a mouse. Although Microsoft made some attempts at correcting it in Windows 8.1, the entire UI is still a mess and inoperable for most users that are accustomed to working in Windows desktop computers.

One of the methods of shutting down Windows 8 is to bring your mouse to the upper-right-corner in order to bring up the Charms menu. If you are using a tablet, you can merely swipe from the right to bring the Charms menu. A definite shortcut to bringing the Charms bar is by pressing the Windows key + C button. The shut down option is nested inside the Settings button of the Charms bar.

For faster access to the Charms settings, you can press down Windows key + 1 on your keyboard and select the Shut down option. Another workaround to performing the action fast is by creating shortcuts for Shutdown and Restart and then pin them to the desktop. By doing so, you will be able to shut-down the computer at the press of a button located in the desktop. Fortunately, the Shutdown Windows 8 and the Restart Windows 8 option are located in the same place, avoiding the need to go hunting for the option elsewhere!

Where Did Windows Explorer In Windows 8 Go

Windows 8 OS

                 Windows 8 File Explorer

Most users immediately notice that the Windows 8 Start screen is entirely different from its predecessor. However, there are several other changes in the new operating system, which add to the confusion users have when they first use Windows 8 OS. Once you get used to the new features and figure out how to use them, you will not feel the urge to uninstall Windows 8 and will realize that the new operating system works equally well like any other Windows operating system. Windows 8 has been hailed as one of the most stable operating system released until now.

Although not as shocking as the Live tile Start screen, even the Windows Explorer has been changed. In fact, it’s not even called Windows Explorer anymore! It has been rechristened as File Explorer and features a Ribbon toolbar in place of the legacy drop-down menu all previous versions of Windows featured. In order to keep the File explorer familiar, the standard Tree pane that gives a visual indicator where the file lies has remained unchanged.

In the all new File explorer, the Up button, which was removed in Windows Vista, has made a return. Even after user complaints, the problem still persisted in Windows 7. However, in Windows 8, developers brought back the old feature and placed it between the Back and Forward buttons. Upon clicking the Up folder, the File Explorer will display the parent folder.

In the Ribbon display, one menu remains highlighted while all the options that are available will be displayed right beneath it. When clicking the menu, the ribbon options will change instead of any drop-down menu. The ribbon set-up enables a neat display of over 200 different commands without any clutter. You will not have to switch frantically through different menus and sub-menus. Every option available in the menu will be displayed at the touch of a button. The core tabs in Windows 8 OS are File, Home, Share and View.

Windows File Explorer Tips

                    Windows File Explorer

Look through all the options available inside the different menus. While certain options were available in previous Windows versions and can be instantly recognized, Microsoft has added few new features in the new file explorer. Once you are familiar with the new features in File explorer, you will note that the new design allows you to perform most commonly used actions at the touch of a button. Even the lesser known and arcane actions are easily accessible at fewer mouse button clicks.

Hence, unless you want to uninstall Windows 8, a functional operating system that is very much efficient and revert back to old operating systems, you can learn to perform actions in the File Explorer of the latest Windows OS.

Windows 8 Lifecycle And Update Support

Reboot Windows 8

Windows 8 Operating System

It is true that Update 1 is necessary for the Windows 8.1 operating system to continue getting the future updates. This gives rise to another important question about the Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8 operating system is still supported by Microsoft and the question is when Microsoft will end the support for the Windows 8 operating system. This is very much confusing for the users of the Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems.

We all know that the Update 1 is mandatory for the Windows 8.1 users. This means that if the Update 1 is not installed, the computer will not be receiving any security or non-security updates and the computer will be prone to attacks from hackers and viruses. Microsoft has logic built into the Windows Update and it will check if the Update 1 is installed. If Windows Update finds that the Update 1 for Windows 8 is not installed, new updates will not be available for your computer.

As per the records, a big number of users have not chosen to install Windows 8.1 operating system over Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is an important and great update but many of the users found it very difficult to install the update due to the way Microsoft delivers the update in Windows Store. Some of the users tried more than once to install the update, but in vain and some of them have not even tried to install the update at all. Luckily, the Windows 8.1 update is mandatory for those users who are using the first Windows 8 release.

Windows 8.1 Operating System

Windows 8.1 Update

This means that Microsoft was trying to state that the Windows 8.1 Update is nothing but a service pack. We should note that it is the first time that Microsoft has suggested that the Windows Update 1 is actually a service pack. The major complaints of the new users of the Windows 8 operating system were about the missing Start button and the difficulty to access power options in the operating system. If you need to reboot Windows 8, you will have to go through a series of steps before accomplishing the task. This was one of the main complaints about the Windows 8 operating system.

If you wish to know more on the steps to reboot Windows 8, or on the new features of the operating system, you can contact the Windows help and support team.

Windows 8 Finally Witnesses An Increase In The User Share

Restart Windows 8

           Windows 8 Upgrade

Windows 8 was launched by Microsoft in 2012 with a plan to outsmart all existing versions of the operating system. The operating system version was in fact touted to be the next big thing to watch out for in the tech field. However, the OS version was ultimately touted as Microsoft’s biggest failure in recent times.

Microsoft had studded Windows 8 with an array of amazing and sophisticated features that were unheard of in any of its prior versions. The options such as Charms bar, live tiles replacing icons, Metro UI interface, were all introduced to provide an out of the box computing experience to the Microsoft users worldwide. Still, the operating system fell flat in charming the users.

One of the main reasons that led to the ultimate failure of Windows 8 was the fact that the operating system didn’t have any basic features, mainly the Start Menu. Due to the lack of this option, several users even called up Microsoft support to know how to restart Windows 8 systems. Yes! Several users found the Windows 8 features too perplexing and started to uninstall the OS and most of them switched back to the old versions like Windows 7 and XP. As a result, Windows 8 sales dropped significantly and the software giant was forced to introduce a tweaked in version of the OS soon, naming it as Windows 8.1.

Windows 8 Features

           Windows 8 Features

Windows 8.1 comprised of a feature known as the Start button and was aimed at pleasing those users who had dumped their system before they didn’t even know how to restart Windows 8 computers. Along with the Start button option, Windows 8.1 also comprised of several useful applications to provide comfort to the users. However, this OS version hardly managed to impress the users as most of them were now satisfied with using Windows XP and 7.

It was clear that the end of support for Windows XP was a strategic move by the Redmond based software giant to propel the sales of the Windows 8 operating system. Even though initially it didn’t have an impact on the low sales of Windows 8 PCs, in the last few months, considerable amount of growth has been witnessed in the number of Windows 8 users.

With Windows 10 all set to get launched this year, it would be interesting to see what all new strategies Microsoft adopts to make all its users switch over to the touch-centric OS versions.

Switching Between Desktop And Fullscreen Modes In Windows 8

Uninstall Windows 8

                 Install Windows 8

The modern User Interface of Windows 8 is the major reason for many to uninstall Windows 8 and degrade their PC to an older Windows operating system. But, you don’t have to uninstall Windows 8 due to this minor reason. With Windows 8, you can choose between traditional desktop and modern user interfaces. Knowing how to switch between these two different modes is important to exit full screen mode as well.


  • If you have enabled traditional desktop mode in your Windows 8 PC, you will have a Windows 8 Start button there. Navigate to the Start button to trigger Windows 8 Start Screen open. The Windows 8 Start Screen contains tiles for all programs and applications you have in the PC. The Start Screen contains a tile called Desktop as well. Upon selecting this tile, the desktop screen will appear. However, because the desktop tile is located at the bottom left end of the Start Screen, most people don’t easily notice it. You can notice the Desktop tile easily because it is featured with the thumbnail of the desktop wallpaper you have set.
  • If you don’t notice the Desktop tile, go to the Start Screen and type Desktop in the search box. This will trigger up a list containing a list of options. What comes at the top of list should be the option to enter Desktop.

Fullscreen mode in Google Chrome

Windows 8 Help Desk

              Windows 8 Upgrade

Google Chrome, the popular web browser, also has the option to display in Fullscreen mode. In a touchscreen environment of Windows 8, you may often get to the fullscreen mode of Chrome, which is annoying for some users.  The following steps should help you switch between fullscreen mode and regular screen mode in Chrome window.


The easiest way to switch between Fullscreen mode and regular screen mode in Chrome is to press the F11 key on your keyboard. However, because the browser can go to fullscreen mode often due to the touchpad settings, you can disable this option from the Control Panel. Go to the Control Panel and customize the touchpad settings the way you wish.

Windows 8 is a modern operating system with lots of interesting features. Knowing how to use this operating system the way you wish is important because it can help you ensure the best use of it. For any inquires regarding Windows 8, get in touch with our Windows 8 help desk.

Making Windows 8 Restart Automatically After Installing Updates

Restart Windows 8

          Windows 8 Operating System

You might know that the Windows 8 operating system asks the users to restart the computer after installing any important Windows Updates. The operating system will display a notification message that asks the user to restart the computer. The content of the notification will be that the user will need to restart the computer in three days or else the PC will restart automatically after 3 days. A restart is necessary to install the updates. After the end of the 3 day grace period, Windows 8 operating system will show a fifteen minutes countdown and after the expiry of the countdown time, the computer will be automatically restarted.

This is quite normal but there is an issue. Windows 8 will not initiate the 15 minutes countdown if the computer is locked using the built-in lock feature of the operating system. The PC will wait for the user to unlock it and after unlocking, the countdown will start and the PC will restart automatically after 15 minutes. This is not a big problem but in a business environment, it can prove to be a pain. The issue can prove to be troublesome for the system administrators who spend time managing different PCs in the firm.

To get rid of this problem, Microsoft has now released a new update for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 OS. The update has introduced a new registry feature that forces the Windows operating system to shutdown automatically, even if the PC is locked. To start this feature, you will need to edit the registry files of Windows 8. The steps to automatically restart Windows 8 after installing important updates are explained below in this article.

Windows 8 OS

               Updates In Windows 8


  • Click on Start button, go to Run and type regedit to open Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Policies\ Microsoft\ Windows\ WindowsUpdate\ AU. If you are unable to locate Windows update or AU key, you will need to make it manually.
  • Locate DWORD AlwaysAutoRebootAtScheduledTime in the right side. Double click and make its value 1.
  • You can now close the Registry Editor window and then restart your computer.

These are the simple steps to automatically restart Windows 8 after installing important updates. If you wish to have further assistance in finishing these steps, you can contact Windows help and support number. The technician will help you to finish these steps successfully, without encountering any Windows errors.