Archive for the ‘Windows 8’ Category

Update Windows Defender even when Automatic Windows Updates is disabled in Windows 8/10

Windows Defender will not update its definitions, if Windows Updates is not set to Install updates automatically in Windows 10/8. If for some reason you have changed your settings and preferred to set any of the other three updating’s options, viz. Download updates but let me choose whether to install them, Check for updates but let me […]

Analyze and clean the WinSXS folder

Please note that the commands will only work on Windows 8 or newer machines. Here is what you need to do to analyze the WinSXS Folder: Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe, hold down Shift and Ctrl, and hit the enter key on the keyboard. This opens an elevated command prompt on the system. Run […]

How to setup BitLocker Encryption on Windows 8 / 8.1 without TPM

BitLocker is a full disk encryption software that comes standard with PCs running Windows 8 Pro or higher. This document provides instructions for encrypting the hard drive without Trusted Platform Module (TPM – integrated security chip) present or enabled, and bypasses the USB flash drive encryption key requirement. From the Metro UI or the search […]

How to install windows 8 in a UEFI environment with Secure boot enabled

If you want to install a clean copy of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 on a UEFI enabled computer, you will need a UEFI bootable USB flash drive to start with. This is a tutorial to show you how to make such flash drive with and without the help of 3rd party tool. The manual […]

Quickly Launch Command Prompt as an Administrator with a Keyboard Shortcut

Normally, you could launch Command Prompt with default privileges by simply clicking on it in the search results list, or highlighting it with the keyboard and pressing Enter. Alternatively, you could launch Command Prompt as an administrator by right-clicking on it in the search results and selecting Run as Administrator. But for the fastest experience, […]

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 […]