How to create a shortcut to open Disk Space in Windows 8.1 Update

The Disk Space feature of Windows 8.1 is a part of the PC Settings application which allows you to view the disk usage of your PC and Tablet. Also, it allows you to go directly to the app sizes page and clean the Recycle Bin folder. It is designed specially for touch screen devices. It is accessible through PC Settings -> PC and devices -> Disk space, but Windows 8.1 Update allows you create a shortcut to open it directly with one click.

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Windows 8.1 Update feature: View the disk space usage in PC Settings

The recently released Windows 8.1 Update comes with an option in the PC Settings app, to view your disk space usage. This feature will be definitely useful for all Tablet PC owners, as the PC Settings app is more touch friendly than File Explorer. Let's take a look at the disk space feature.

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Fix: Error 14098 the Component Store has been corrupted

One of our readers posted a question related to corruption in the Component Store of Windows 8. The Component store is a core feature of Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista which stores all of the system files related to the OS grouped by components and as hardlinks (since files are shared between two components). When the OS is serviced, the component store is updated. It is part of Windows Imaging and Servicing stack. If you got the error 14098 'The component store has been corrupted', it means that something went wrong with Windows updates and its packages. Thankfully, Windows 8 has all the necessary tools to fix this issue.

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Add custom searches to Internet Explorer’s address bar to save your time

Recently we posted a detailed tutorial on how you can add custom keywords in Google Chrome to perform searches from its address bar faster. Today, we should like to show you how to do the same for Internet Explorer. IE does not come with any options in its UI to configure these searches, but we will try to make it simple. Using the custom searches feature, you can save a lot of time and speed up your daily search-related tasks for Internet Explorer.

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//build 2014 roundup of improvements coming to Windows 8.1

The //build/ 2014 Microsoft conference started yesterday and on Day 1's keynote, Microsoft announced a number of exciting improvements coming to their products. While most of their announcements are related to Windows Phone, there were also certain changes announced for Windows. Previously, we wrote about the changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1 designed to make it more usable and friendlier for mouse and keyboard users. In addition to those, Microsoft announced the following new additions coming soon to improve the Windows experience.

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Add custom Chrome searches for address bar to save your time

Google Chrome has a nice feature ever since it's earliest versions, which allows you to search from the address bar, customize search engines and their keywords, and define your own searches. Using this feature, you can save a lot of time and speed up your daily search-related tasks. In this article, we will look at how you can define and use your own searches in Google Chrome with some popular examples.
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How to prevent Windows 8 from automatically rebooting for update installations

If you configured Windows 8 or Windows 7 to install updates automatically, you might notice that it performs an automatic restart when updates are installed. This can be a really annoying thing if you had no plans to restart your PC and were busy with some important stuff. It can even reboot while you are watching some TV show or important online transaction. Fortunately, it is possible to change the OS behavior and prevent Windows from automatically rebooting for update installations.

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