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Windows 8

Windows 8 tutorials, how-to, and other related content.

Windows 8
Basic Windows 8 information.

Windows 8.1 Update
Information on the Windows 8.1 update.

Windows 8.1 Update 1
Information on the Windows 8.1 Update 1 update by Microsoft.

Where Can I Download Windows 8 or 8.1?
How to download Windows 8 or 8.1, where it's legal and where it's not, etc.

Installing Windows 8 FAQ
Frequently asked questions (and my answers) concerning installing and upgrading to Windows 8.

How To Clean Install Windows 8
A complete walkthrough of the Windows 8 clean install process.

How To Clean Install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade
How to clean install Windows 8 using the Windows 8 Upgrade download from the Microsoft Store.

How To Install Windows 8 From USB
Instructions on getting the Windows 8 setup files from a disc or ISO image onto a flash drive so Windows 8 can be installed from USB.

How To Install Windows 8 From USB (Walkthrough)
A complete, screenshot-based walkthrough of the process of installing Windows 8 from a USB device like a flash drive.

How To Update to Windows 8.1
A complete tutorial on updating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 - for free!

I Forgot My Windows 8 Password! What Are My Options?
Several things you can do if you've forgotten your Windows 8 password.

How To Reset a Windows 8 Password
Instructions on resetting a Windows 8 logon password.

Where To Download Windows 8 Drivers
Updated list of Windows 8 driver download sources.

How To Update Drivers in Windows 8
Instructions on manually updating a device driver in Windows 8.

How To Change Windows Update Settings in Windows 8
A tutorial on making changes to automatic updates and other related settings in Windows Update in Windows 8.

How To Find Your Windows 8 Product Key
How to use a product key finder tool to extract, from the registry, the product key you used to install Windows 8.

How To Boot to the Desktop in Windows 8 & 8.1
A tutorial on making Windows 8 (Windows 8.1+) boot directly to the Desktop, skipping the Start screen.

How To Open Command Prompt in Windows 8
A tutorial on opening a Command Prompt window in Windows 8.

How To Open an Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 8
Easy instructions on opening an elevated Command Prompt (running Command Prompt as an administrator) in Windows 8.

How To Show Command Prompt & PowerShell on the WIN-X Menu in Windows 8.1
Instructions on switching the shortcut on the Power User Menu between PowerShell & Command Prompt in Windows 8 (Windows 8.1+).

How To Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode
A complete tutorial, including screenshots, on starting Windows 8 in Safe Mode.

How To Open Device Manager in Windows 8
A tutorial on how to access Device Manager via Control Panel in Windows 8.

How To Open Control Panel in Windows 8
Instructions on opening Control Panel in Windows 8.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 8
A tutorial on how to open the Disk Management utility in Windows 8.

How To Tell if You Have Windows 8 64-bit or 32-bit
A short tutorial on determining which system type of Windows 8 you have: 64-bit or 32-bit.

How To Access Advanced Startup Options in Windows 8
Several methods of starting Advanced Startup Options in Windows 8.

How To Write a New Partition Boot Sector To a Windows 8 System Partition
How to use bootrec /fixboot to write a new partition boot sector in Windows 8.

How To Automatically Logon To Windows 8 or 8.1
A simple tutorial on how to make Windows 8 login automatically after you turning on your PC.

How To Find the Default Gateway IP Address in Windows 8
A tutorial on identifying the default gateway IP address Windows 8 is configured to use.

How To Use System Restore in Windows 8
A complete tutorial on using the System Restore tool in Windows 8.

How To Change DNS Servers in Windows 8 or 8.1
Instructions on changing the DNS servers that Windows 8 uses.

How To Change Another User's Password in Windows 8
A tutorial on changing another user's password in Windows 8.

How To Use Steps Recorder
A complete tutorial on using Steps Recorder (PSR) in Windows 8.

How To Format a Hard Drive in Windows 8
Formatting a hard drive is a required step before it can be used in Windows 8. Luckily, this is very easy to do from within Disk Management, a tool available in Control Panel in Windows 8.

How To Partition a Hard Drive in Windows 8
Partitioning a hard drive means to segment a part of it (usually all of it) for Windows 8 to use. This is a necessary step when you install a new hard drive into your Windows computer. Here's how to do it.

How To Change Drive Letters in Windows 8
The letters assigned to drives on your computer, like D or E for example, are not set in stone. Here's how to change any drive letter in Windows 8, so long as it's not the one Windows 8 is installed on!

How To View a Device's Status in Device Manager in Windows 8
When you suspect that a piece of hardware isn't working right in Windows 8, or you're in Device Manager and see a weird symbol over a device's icon, checking the status of the hardware is a really good place to start your troubleshooting.

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