Windows 8

Show Desktop on Start-Up in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 Show Desktop

One of the most vilified features of Windows 8 was its boot up in to the Modern Interface (tiles screen) when a device was switched on. With Windows 8.1 Microsoft put in a feature that allowed laptop and desktop users to have their machines boot show desktop when logging on – this made Windows 8 […]

Disable Windows Superfetch

Windows 8 has a feature called Superfetch which is designed to help speed up your system and keep it responsive by making better use of your computers memory Windows Superfetch prioritises the programs you currently have running rather than background tasks, and also adapts to the way you work by monitoring the programs you use […]

Windows 8 Shutdown options

Windows 8 Shutdown Options

In Windows 8 Microsoft have tinkered with the Shutdown options and done away with some of the lesser used ones, and made those that are left more difficult to use. Shutdown options can be accessed from a number of places: From the Settings option on the Charms Bar By right clicking the Start Button and […]

System Restore Explained

There aren’t many PC users who haven’t heard of ‘System Restore, but what is System Restore, and what does it do for me? System Restore is a feature of Windows that allows you to restore your computers critical system files to an earlier point in time, to help in the troubleshooting of problems, but crucially […]

Schedule Windows 8 Maintenance Tasks

Windows 8 Automatic Maintenance

Windows 8 has a an automatic maintenance feature that checks for updates, runs Windows Defender scans and perform system diagnostics. There are a few default settings That can be changed to make the maintenance more convenient for the user. The default settings are: Maintenance is performed daily at 3am If you are using your computer […]

Change Windows 8 SmartScreen Settings

Change the Windows SmartScreen settings One feature that irritates many Windows users is the new SmartScreen feature which alerts users when they try to run a program, app or access a file that was downloaded from the Internet. While this type of warning can be useful, it can become tiresome after a while, fortunately it […]

Closing Windows 8 Apps

Closing ‘Apps’ (not traditional desktop applications, new Windows 8 style apps) can seem like a pain to most users, they never quite seem to go away, indeed this seems like a┬áconscious decision by Microsoft as they don’t provide a close button, and would rather have us just minimise Apps to the background where they will […]