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How to rename your Windows 8.1 tablet

How to rename your Windows 8.1 tablet

In Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft has evolved many PC Settings and made them independent of the classic Control Panel which you access from Desktop mode. In the initial release of Windows 8, in order to rename your tablet, you had to use the Advanced System Properties applet. It was an old applet and not touch friendly. Thankfully, Windows 8.1 provides a new useful otpion to rename your tablet.

How to quickly check for available solutions to problem reports in Windows 8.1

How to quickly check for available solutions to problem reports in Windows 8.1

If a program stops working or responding, Windows can automatically report the problem and check for a solution. By default, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 and Vista collect information that describes the problem, called a problem report. Report details can include the name of the program that has stopped working, the date and time when the problem occurred, and the version of the program that has encountered the problem. Sending a problem report allows Windows to notify you if a solution is available. In this article, we will look how to quickly check if solutions are available for problem reports.

How to enable or disable the Hibernate option in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

How to enable or disable the Hibernate option in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced the Fast Startup feature which performs a hybrid shutdown of your PC by logging you out of your user account and then hibernating the PC when you click Shut Down. Full shutdown is possible by holding down the Shift key while clicking Shutdown. Because fast startup is essentially logoff+hibernation, the regular Hibernate option which turned off the PC without logging out is hidden and disabled by default. In this article, we will take a look at how you can enable the Hibernate option so you can hibernate without logging out and don't have to use the Shutdown option.

How to see the actual size of the WinSxS folder in Windows 8.1

How to see the actual size of the WinSxS folder in Windows 8.1

The WinSxS folder, which is located inside the C:\Windows folder, represents the Component Store in modern Windows versions like Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. In that folder, Windows stores its system files which are then hard linked to C:\Windows\system32. It is hard to say how much disk space is exactly used by the WinSxS folder, because it contains many hardlinks, so File Explorer just shows the wrong folder size. Let's see how we can view the correct size of the WinSxS folder.

How to pin folders, drives, files or any shortcut to the Taskbar in Windows 8 and Windows 7

How to pin folders, drives, files or any shortcut to the Taskbar in Windows 8 and Windows 7

Microsoft introduced a redesigned taskbar in Windows 7, which got rid of the Quick Launch toolbar. Even though Quick Launch can be put back, the larger icons on the new Taskbar are better for today's resolutions. Also, with the new Taskbar, Microsoft added 1-click pinning of items. Unfortunately, not everything can be pinned to the Taskbar. For example, folders or disk drives cannot be pinned directly, nor can you pin files directly. Pinning Control Panel items, Libraries, special commands also isn't easy. Luckily, Winaero has Taskbar Pinner for our readers.

How to display Administrative tools on the Start screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

How to display Administrative tools on the Start screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Administrative Tools in Windows are system management apps to change important settings of operating system. They include the Disk Management tool, Local Group Policy, Local Users and Group Management, Computer Management, Services and many other important management console tools. By default, they are hidden from the Start screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. To access these tools, you need to use the Control Panel. There you will find them under Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative tools. If you are using them frequently, you might want to show them on the Start screen.

How to tweak or disable UAC in Windows 8.1

How to tweak or disable UAC in Windows 8.1

In Windows Vista, Microsoft implemented a new security feature called User Account Control (UAC). It tries to prevent malicious apps from doing potentially harmful things on your PC. Before the administrator-level (elevated) action is allowed, UAC asks permission from the user to go ahead with it, or cancel the request. UAC has some settings which can affect its behavior. In this article we will look how to change those settings or disable UAC completely.

How to make fonts bigger without changing the DPI in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

How to make fonts bigger without changing the DPI in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

It’s a well known fact that Microsoft has removed a number of features and options from Windows 8. One of them was the Advanced Appearance settings dialog, which allowed you to change various aspects such as colors and window metrics. In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, all that's left are a few settings to change the text size; the rest of the settings are all removed because even if you changed them, they didn't apply to themes/visual styles. They were only applicable to the Classic theme which also was removed. However, changing only the text size can still be a better option for some users than changing the entire system's DPI because changing DPI often leads to scaling issues.