Category Archives: Windows 8.1

Tweak the hidden secret options of the Start screen and Charms with ModernUI Tuner

Tweak the hidden secret options of the Start screen and Charms with ModernUI Tuner

Windows 8, as everyone knows by now, comes with brand new user interface called "Modern UI". It features the Start screen, the Charms and the new PC Settings app which is designed for devices with touchscreens. In Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft has improved some aspects of the Modern UI, made it more customizable and tweakable. However, some useful and interesting parameters are not accessible with the default set of options. My little freeware application, ModernUI Tuner, will allow you to control some mighty useful parameters. Let's take a closer look at the app.

How to change the power plan from the command line or with a shortcut

How to change the power plan from the command line or with a shortcut

In Windows 8, Windows 7 and earlier, you can choose from predefined power plans which are a group of several power-related settings. If you are running a laptop on battery, you can choose the "Power Saver" plan. If you are running a desktop PC which is on AC power, you can set the "High Performance" plan. To switch the power plan, Windows gives you only two options if you use the notification area power icon. One of them is always the "Balanced" plan. This is not ideal because you have to open the Control Panel and go to Control Panel\System and Security\Power Options to access all the available power plans. Today, we will show you how to save your time and switch the power plan directly from the command line or with a shortcut so you don't need to open Power Options Control Panel every time.

Fix: The screen does not dim when you take a screenshot using Win+PrintScreen in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8

Fix: The screen does not dim when you take a screenshot using Win+PrintScreen in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8

In Windows 8, a new screenshot feature was introduced for end users. If you press Win + Print Screen keys simultaneously on the keyboard, your screen will be dimmed for half a second, and a new screenshot will be captured to the This PC\Pictures\Screenshots folder. This is a nice visual indication that the screenshot was taken. However, if the screen dimming stops leaving you with no indication that the screenshot was captured, here is how you can fix it.

How to enable or disable CTRL + ALT + DEL logon requirement in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

How to enable or disable CTRL + ALT + DEL logon requirement in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

Early Windows versions like Windows XP or Windows 2000 came with the classic logon dialog, for which the user could turn on the requirement to press CTRL + ALT + DEL shortcut keys together before logging on. In modern versions of Windows, the classic logon dialog was removed, however, it is still possible to enable the CTRL + ALT + DEL requirement. If you turn this on, you must press these keys before you sign in or unlock your PC. Follow these simple instructions to turn on this feature.

All ways to open Task Manager in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

All ways to open Task Manager in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

The Task Manager app which comes with Windows 8 is a special tool to maintain running processes including user apps, system apps and Windows services. It is able to control which apps start during the startup and even analyze performance of the whole OS. In this article, we will look how to start Task Manager in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.

How to reset the account password in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 without using third party tools

How to reset the account password in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 without using third party tools

If you forgot the password for your Windows account and are unable to log in using any other account, then this article will definitely be useful for you. Today, we will see how to reset the account password in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 without using third party tools. All we need is bootable media with Windows Setup. The instructions are applicable to all mentioned versions of Windows. Also, you can reset Windows 7 password using Windows 8 boot disk and vice versa. Follow the instructions below.

How to disable notification sounds for Modern apps in Windows 8.1

How to disable notification sounds for Modern apps in Windows 8.1

Notifications inform the user about changes happening on his PC or tablet via sound or visual alerts. Windows 8 introduced toast notifications shown by Modern apps, which also notify you with a sound. There are lots of situations when you need to make your tablet or PC silent. In this article, we will see how to disable or enable notification sounds for Modern apps in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.