How to rename computer and change product key in Windows 8.1 via PC Settings

Many people have installed the Windows 8.1 Update 1 on their computers and tablets and there are some new features. In previous operating system version, changing or assigning a name to a computer to join workgroup or domain membership network requires the process via the Control Panel and go to System applet, Advanced System. Continue reading

Close all apps won’t return to Windows 8.1 start screen instead of desktop

In Windows 8.1/8, the system will return to Start Screen while you close all background running Metro-style apps. Now the Update 1 brings a new way to manipulate them with the title bar, and you could handle those Modern Apps using the close and minimize buttons. However, I get such problem that the OS will go back to desktop mode instead of Start Screen if I do the same behavior after it’s installed. Continue reading

How to open Titlebar menu of Modern Apps in Windows 8.1 Update 1

Windows 8.1 spring Update 1 enhances the experience of mouse and keyboard users, because it brings many features and a bunch of interface changes for easily takeing control of the system on their computers and laptops, such as the generally more subtle with the welcome title bars of modern apps from the store to do some tasks. Continue reading

How to show/hide Modern Store Apps on Taskbar in Windows 8.1 Update 1

The Windows 8.1 Update 1 roll out on April 8th via Windows Update and bring a way for you to pin modern apps from the Store to taskbar. In the past, you have to switch back to Start Screen and open the app bar on the left of the screen. It was a pain but now the problem has been resolved easily. Continue reading

How to add/remove power button in Windows 8.1 Update 1

A wide range of computers have been installed the Windows 8.1 Update 1. A great feature is an easy-to-find power button in the upper-right corner for setting system to restart, shut down, or sleep and it is helpful while you use a mouse or don’t have a touch screen. However, if you are using the Surface Pro or other tablets, it would be too easy to tap accidentally and become uncomfortable. Continue reading

Install Windows 8.1 Update 1 Errors 80073712/80070020/800F081F/80242FFF/800F0922

Windows 8.1 update 1 also known as KB2919355 brings new features for mouse and keyboard users, but it also gets failing process to be installed through windows update. I take about 35 minutes to download the 800MB file and then it just stop working and won’t install. It poped up error code of 80070020, 80073712 and 0x800f081f and required KB2919442, KB2932046, KB2937592 and KB2938439. Continue reading

Ears improves sound up to 10db with Surface RT/Pro speaker

You might be dissatisfied with the decent audio speaker quality of Microsoft Surface RT/2 or Pro/2 and would like to improve its clarity and loudness. For examples, it’s very low while you have setted the device to the max sound level so such problem is complained by many customers. Now a new third-party accessory named “Ears.” brings a wondeful solution to amplifies sound without using any wires, a power source or batteries. Continue reading

Change Windows 8.1/8 File Explorer default start folder

By default when you open the File Explorer, Windows 8.1 will show the Libraries as the default view. You might don’t really use Libraries all the time and would like to change its behavior to a different custom folder like starting in My Computer, without having to navigate a complicated directory. Continue reading

Windows 8.1 OneDrive backup files and personalization/app settings

The Microsoft free cloud storage service OneDrive has been launched on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, so users can store and access their files and data seamlessly on multiple devices. It brings many great features, such as Real-time collaborative document-editing, automatic photo-upload and camera backup. Continue reading