How to hide Modern apps from the Taskbar in Windows 8.1 Update

One of the new features in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is the ability to display running Modern apps on the classic taskbar in Desktop mode. It is enabled by default and provides a convenient way to manage apps. However, if you do not like Modern apps being shown on taskbar, you can change this behavior using system settings or simple registry tweak.
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Village Landscapes theme for Windows 8

Village Landscapes theme for Windows 8 features wallpapers with beautiful rural views. To get the Village Landscapes theme, click the download link below, and then click Open. This will apply the theme to your Desktop.

Tip: If you are Windows 7 user, use our Deskthemepack Installer to install and apply this theme.

Size: 26.9 MB

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How to display more apps in Apps View in Windows 8.1 Update 1

With Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft tried to make some changes to make the OS more comfortable for classic Desktop PCs with mouse and keyboard. One of these changes is the ability to show more apps in the Apps view of the Start screen in Windows 8.1. When you enable this feature, you need to scroll less to see your installed apps. Let's see how we can enable it.
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How to sleep a Windows computer from the command line

Recently one of our readers asked us how to make his Windows PC enter sleep from the command line. This can be definitely useful if you are using the sleep mode frequently and want to create a shortcut to put your PC into sleep directly or via some batch file. In this article, I would like to share a working way to initiate sleep from the command line.

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How to increase the Internet Explorer 11 simultaneous downloads limit

The download manager in Internet Explorer has a limit for the amount of simultaneously running transfers or downloads. For example, in Internet Explorer 9 it was limited only to 6 downloads. With IE10 and above, Microsoft has increased this limit to 8 downloads. If this amount is insufficient for you or you have some other reason to increase it, you will be happy to know that you can change it. Using a simple registry tweak, you can increase it from 8 to a higher amount e.g. 16. Just follow these simple instructions below.
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How to disable ‘programs still need to close’ message

In Windows, when you try to shutdown or restart your OS and have some apps running which don't exit when they receive the call from the OS to close, Windows shows you a message 'X programs still need to close', where X is a number of running apps. They are not terminated forcibly because they may still have unsaved data. However, if you are an experienced user who always saves his work before shutting down or restarting, you don't need to see this screen. In fact, even if app processes are slow to exit on your PC, Windows will show you this message. Fortunately, there are a couple of settings which allow you to change or tweak the behavior of this feature.
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Disable ‘This program might not have installed correctly’ message

If you have been using Windows 8, Windows 7 or Vista, then for some of the apps that you install, you may see messages like the one in the picture below.

Program Compatibility Assistant, a feature which is in Windows since Windows Vista, is the cause of such dialog boxes. It was created to help the end user to resolve potential compatibility issues with installed software. Often, this message 'This program might not have installed correctly' turns out to be a false positive and appears even for portable apps which do not have installers. If you are an experienced user, you may want to disable this annoying dialog, here's how to disable it.
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