How to create a shortcut to the Shut Down Windows dialog in Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista

Since Windows Vista, the classic Shutdown dialog is accessible only with the help of a hotkey. You have to minimize all windows, then click to focus on the Desktop and finally press Alt+F4 to make it appear. Instead, Microsoft offers you an expandable submenu for the "Shutdown" button in the Start Menu of Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Things have changed for the worse again with Windows 8: no more Start Menu, no more quick access to Shutdown functions. Today, I going to show you how it is possible to display the familar classic Shut Down Windows dialog with a single click.

How to get desktop gadgets and sidebar back in Windows 8

As you may have noticed, Desktop Gadgets and Sidebar are missing in Windows 8 RTM. Personally, I don't miss gadgets since I did not use them. But a lot of people have been missing them. If you can't live without desktop gadgets, there is good news for you: desktop gadgets and sidebar can be made to work in Windows 8.

Directly open Registry key in Windows 10 and other Windows versions

How to directly open a Registry key with one click

In Windows, editing the Registry is a common task for customization and fine tuning of the OS. Various websites related to tweaking instruct you to go to different registry keys. I would like to share a number of methods and tools to directly open a Registry key and skip manual navigation with the Registry Editor. This can be done with a simple VB script file, PowerShell, and also with a few useful tiny apps.

How to disable the edge panels (Charms Bar and Switcher) in Windows 8

Windows 8 has introduced the new "Modern UI", formerly known as Metro. The Start Menu was replaced with the brand new Start screen feature which splits the Windows UX into two separate worlds - world of Metro apps and the Classic Desktop. To switch between these two environments, Windows 8 offers two panels at the top left and top right edges of screen which are the Switcher and the Charms Bar.

Windows 8 RTM – free 90 day trial

In case you have been living under a rock, surely you must have read about Windows 8. It was released to manufacturing around 15 days ago and is now available for MSDN/TechNet subscribers. In case you don't have a subscription, you can download and evaluate the free Windows 8 Enterprise Edition for 3 months. Microsoft has released an absolutely free 90-day trial version of Windows 8 RTM to the public. It is a good opportunity to try the brand new OS if you were unable to test it early on.

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