Category: Windows

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Windows 10 – Reserve Your Copy (It’s Free for the 1st Year)

So here’s the scoop, right now Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 for free for every eligible system until mid next year. Currently, Windows 10 is scheduled for general availability on July 29th. From what I read if you have Windows 7 and above and your computer manufacturer and hardware support Windows 10 you are…



Move Metro Tile Groups in Windows 8.1

Even working in IT and with computers every day there are many things that I have to look up to remember how to execute in Windows 8.1; this is one of them. I have several Windows 8.1 machines now and on each one I like to have the tile groups organized differently. For me creating…



Hidden Start Button Options in Windows 8.1

I ran across this website the other day with some hidden features of Windows 8.1 – Deep Inside Windows 8.1’s Hidden New Features. If you haven’t already checked them out I suggest you do since it will make several functions much easier when interacting with the new interface of Windows 8.1 (over Windows 7 or…



Surface Pro 3 Battery Life Fix

Battery life issues with your Surface Pro 3 after you re-installed the OS from USB/DVD or a corporate image? Here are some links to help. Microsoft released a update to improve the battery life and lists several commands for you to check the settings to make sure things are configured correctly. Review/Troubleshooting Microsoft states that…



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Surface Pro 3 – Red Boot Screen

If you have seen this screen before, don’t panic. For me it was a very simple fix and I’m sure that it will be a simple fix for you as well. Symptom Reformatted Drive and Reinstalled Windows 8.1 64bit (for whatever reason when I was changing the boot order I also deleted all secure boot…



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Surface Pro 3 – The Start of a Journey

So I’ve been testing and playing with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 tablet and I’ve really been enjoying it. The tablet is thin, sleek, flexible (with its features – like the new stand), and fast. I came across a few items in my testing that I know others will encounter. I plan on posting a series…



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This app can’t open UAC turned off – UAC Settings (Group Policy)

I started testing several Windows 8 devices in my environment and normally for administrators I turn off User Account Control (UAC) to avoid the annoying prompts. However, Windows 8 requires UAC to be turned on in order for many of the Store apps to work. It was challenging to find the correct settings until I…



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Windows 8 and 8.1 Power Options

Have you ever wondered how many different ways there are to interact with the power options for your Windows 8 or 8.1 device? Ok maybe not but here is a list of the different places you can go to interact with the power options available to you. User Details Start Screen (Windows 8.1 there is…



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Windows 8/8.1 Product Key Help

Many of you may have noticed that manufacturers stopped placing the convenient sticker on the bottom of your Windows 8/8.1 devices that contains the Windows product key. In some ways this is beneficial in others it’s a hassle. Beneficial: Someone can’t steal your product key just by looking at the bottom or back of your device…



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Lock Down Desktop Using Group Policy

This is how I recently configured the User Configuration section in Microsoft’s Group Policy to lock down the desktop of an end users’ machine. I am running these settings on a Windows 7 Professional end client machine. These settings are great for restricting user accounts to only access the areas and applications you specify. In…