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

Windows 8.1 app store purchase error Request timed out

I have got a new Surface 2 tablet running Windows 8.1 Pro and signed in to my Microsoft account. When I open the Windows app store and try to download the free games, it just loads for a bit seconds and then pops up the message “Purchase error Request timed out.” on the screen. Clicking the “Try again” doesn’t take any effects and I can’t figure out how to fix the issues? Continue reading

VLC media player Beta for Windows 8.1/8 Download

VLC is a very popular and open-source media player and streaming server. After a year development, finally its Modern/Metro version is officially available as a beta build in the Windows Store. The Windows 8 built-in video player is very terrible, and this is good replacement for modern UI users. Continue reading

Windows 8.1 Health Care Apps for Patients and Doctors

A lot of native health apps have been developed for Windows 8.1/8 and RT in Windows Store, and allow users to run them across multiple devices, such as Surface tablets, desktops and laptops. You might want to choose one to do somethings like improve health, change behaviour, monitor drinking, find medications, or get health answers instantly. Continue reading

How to sync app licenses in Windows 8.1 with multiple devices

Windows 8.1 allows you to sync app licenses which is purchased from app store to the cloud by Microsoft Account, so that you can access them anywhere. By default the system offers a option to let Metro apps automatically update in the background, but most users don’t realize they need to get the up-to-date information for that and manually make the syncing when log in to your own account on another new tablet or computer. Continue reading

How to Disable Update to Windows 8.1 for Free Notification in Windows 8

For some reasons, you might don’t want to update your Windows 8 tablet or computer to Windows 8.1 and it is good idea to skip it. However, while you are on the start screen, it will automatically notify the availability of free update to install through Windows Store app. Continue reading

Fix Windows 8.1 app Live Tiles not working with X symbol

I have updated to the Windows 8.1 Preview build on my Surface Pro. After configure the Start Screen to be synchronized with my computer, Modern applications which aren’t installed on the tablet are installed automatically. However, I notice that some app Live tiles are not working and just display X symbol and the default picture. Continue reading

Microsoft Power BI Office 365 for Windows RT/8

In the IT industry Business Intelligence is growing and Microsoft showed off a new cloud-based business intelligence solution called Power BI for Office 365 subscribers. The service works with latest version of Office and Excel and is launched in July for viewing Office 365 reports, particularly from Excel documents, via smartphone and tablet and on the webpage. Continue reading

Dim Background when Watching Youtube Video on Windows RT/8

I would like to watch my favorite videos on Youtube for a long time on my Surface RT tablet. The best way is on a dark background without any extra page elements visible. Many different browser extensions could bring a cool “cinema watching” experience, but it is no way to install related add-on with Internet Explorer 10 in Windows RT. Continue reading