How to enable and use Windows RT 8.1 Start menu

Windows 8.1 RT Update 3 (The KB3033055) comes with a few improvements and a new desktop-style Start menu designed to replace the modern Start screen and let you access all your apps in the retired operating system. The Windows RT Start menu is available for Surface RT, Surface 2, and the Nokia Lumia 2520 and can be download through Windows Update. It looks more like the one in Windows 7 and here is the tutorial about how to setup the new menu. Continue reading

Windows RT 8.1 Boot Configuration 0xc000000d Blue Screen

Many people have experienced the Windows RT 8.1 upgrade fails with Boot Configuration error. My Surface RT tablet also failed to start up and ran into blue screen with Recovery Your PC needs to be repaired Log file: C:\windows\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt after applied updates, while the bootrec/rebuildbcd process showed “Total identified Windows installations: 0″. How to fix the issues? Continue reading

Cannot remove/select multiple app tiles on Windows 8.1 Start Screen

The Windows 8.1 Update 1 is available for download and brings features like power button on Start Screen, and close buttons within running metro apps. The addition of classic context menu on Start Screen is very helpful on Desktops and laptops. When you right-click or hold and press on a app tile, traditional context menu will pop up next to it, and contains those options, such as Open new Window, Open file location, Resize to small/large. 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

Blank Outlook Tile with blue square in Windows RT 8.1 Start screen

Everything worked fine until I installed the most recent March 2014 update on my Surface RT 8.1. I hadn’t made any changes with the configuration of Office 2013, but the Outlook tile was blank and label disappeared. It just becomed a solid blue square with no logo icon picture. The Outlook software doesn’t have any issues in the taskbar on the desktop. Then I restarted my tablet, removed the live tile and re-pined it from “All Apps” section and that’s no avail. 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 setup screen saver password in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 allows you to use Screen Saver to protect information and secure the tablet or computer after the display is off for a specified time. While its Password Protection has been turned on and the device wakes from sleep or hibernate, you need to type a password to to unlock it. To do that, make sure you have created the password for the user account that you are currently logged in as. 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

Windows 8.1 Sound Recorder File Location and best apps

The Windows has build-in essential utility software for recording audio note or a meeting, concert, and you just need plug in a microphone to get starting. However, I have migrated to Windows 8.1 Pro from Win 7 and notice that the soundrecorder.exe is not available and need to launch its app. Once it has been done, my recordings will be saved as Windows Media Audio files but it seems to be difficulty to find the file to copy and paste into email message. Continue reading