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How to Switch from the Start Menu to the Start Screen in Windows 10

To switch from the Start Menu to the Start Screen in Windows 10, head to your Windows Desktop, right-click on the Taskbar, and choose Properties. In the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window, navigate to the Start Menu tab and find the checkbox titled “Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen.” As you […]

How to enable the Disk Cleanup tool on Windows Server 2008 R2

1) Go to Programs & Features, and in the Features section, enable/install “Desktop Experience”. The downside to this is that you will need to reboot your server after installating this and it installs other components you do not need on a server.   2) [RECOMMENDED] – All you really need to do is copy some […]

How To Disable USB Storage Devices In Windows 8 / 7

Step 1: Pull up the Run dialog box and launch the Registry Editor (regedit). Step 2: In Registry Editor, navigate to the following value: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UsbStor Step 3: From the right-side pane, double-click Start and change the value to “4”. Make sure that the value type is Hexadecimal. Step 4: Apply your changes and reboot the […]

How to Back up, Restore Your Windows 8 Start Screen Layout

                The Windows 8 Start screen is the gateway to your PC and usually the first thing you see when you log in, unless you’ve chosen to go directly to the desktop. The update to Windows 8.1 also introduced many more customization options to the Start screen Step […]

Windows 8 Recover your system

Windows 8 has performed well for us, but if you find it won’t boot at some point then you now have to press Shift+F8 during the launch process to access its recovery tools. Access the Troubleshoot menu, then Advanced Options, and you’ll be able to try the Automatic Repair tool, which may fix your problems. […]

Speed up chkdsk (Windows 8)

      If you suspect your Windows 8 system may have a corrupted hard drive, then you might be tempted to use the old chkdsk /f command. This does still work, but it’s horribly slow, and won’t do anything at all until you reboot. What’s more, it may no longer be necessary now. Windows […]

Save bandwidth with windows 8

Set up lots of live tiles on the Start screen and you could find they’re using a lot of network bandwidth, which could perhaps become a problem if you’re running a slow or metered connection. But Windows 8 does offer one option that might help. Click your network connection on the taskbar (or the Start […]

Learn Windows key shortcuts

    Win : switch between the Start screen and the last-running Windows 8 app Win + C : displays the Charms: the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options Win + D : launches the desktop Win + E : launches Explorer Win + F : opens the File Search pane Win + H : […]

The IIS Admin Service service terminated with service-specific error 2149648394 (0x8021080A)

The IIS Admin Service service terminated with service-specific error 2149648394 (0x8021080A). IIS Admin Service goes away after restoring a VHD / VPC Server I recently had the unexpected pleasure of losing my IIS Admin server – altogether!!! Translate – 150% !!! Now, before this – everything was going great – except. During an upgrade of […]

Install stuck at “setup is preparing your computer for first use”…

            1) I clicked SHIFT+F10 to get a command prompt, then typed in devmgmt.msc to get the device manager. It will have the unknown or devices without drivers expanded. I disabled some but I also found that you can install drivers too. If you have all your manufacturer drivers on […]