Thumbnail Handler Extraction Host processes looping in Windows 8.1 update

I had applied all patched via automatic update on my Windows 8.1 tablet. After I rebooted the device and logged into my primary account, the system loaded and opened the modern interface with purple background and flashed in a continuous loop. Then I launched task manager via cntrl+alt+del and noticed that each flash kept creating Thumbnail Handler Extraction Host process. Continue reading

How to create WIMBoot images in Windows 8.1 update 1

The original Surface Pro 64GB have only available 23 GB storage space and the system files use more than half. To reoslve the big problem, Windows 8.1 Update 1 brings a new feature “Windows Image File Boot”, known as WIMBoot, for booting talbets or computers directly from a compressed Windows image WIM file and saving disk space. WIMBoot just takes four GB with installed system Windows and gives more free space for user data and applications. Continue reading

Windows 8.1 update 1 Code 80240442 Windows Update ran into a problem

The Windows 8.1 update 1 brings back some traditional desktop experience for the mouse and keyboard users but still get many issues. When I tried to apply it manually on my computer, the system started with a 80244FFF error and then showed the messsage “Error(s) found: Code 80240442 – Windows Update ran into a problem” with Try again button. How can I reoslve the problem? Continue reading

Auto-hide taskbar not working by touching in Windows 8.1 Update 1

I have setup the auto-hide taskbar using Properties on Win 8 desktop and everything worked fine. However, after installed the to Windows 8.1 update 1 on my Surface Pro, the feature is not working and not respond at all. I am unable to unhide the taskbar through touch functionality, as well as hovering the pen at the bottom of screen can’t raise it. Continue reading

How to completely uninstall Windows 8.1 Update 1

Many people have installed the Windows 8.1 Update 1 via Windows Update on their tablets or computers. It comes with many useful features for desktop but also has bug and error and becomes stupidity. There is not such “Uninstall a program” section for that to get rid of it, and you could try the following step by step to remove it on your device. Continue reading

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