Category: Windows 8

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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Installing .MSI Application without Admin Privileges and UAC turned on

So I ran into an issue today where I had a user that needed to work from home but did not have our VPN client installed on her machine. She needed the client to be able to connect to a mapped drive on one of the servers. I was able to connect to her machine…




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Manually Add a Hidden WIFI Network in Windows 8.1

I was at work one day this week and needed to manually add a hidden WIFI network to my Windows 8.1 tablet. I forgot how many steps were involved to get a connection added. This process hasn’t changed much since Windows XP, Vista, or 7 mostly just changes to the screens and interface. Here are…




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Screen Brightness Not Adjusting – Windows 8.1

(I ran into this with a customer the other day) So, if you recently upgraded your Windows 8 laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 you might have run across an issue with the screen brightness not adjusting no matter what you do: keyboard shortcuts, power settings, changing the brightness in the charm menu; nothing…