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How To Create System Image To Refresh Windows 8 PC

Windows 8 comes with a new feature known as “Refresh your PC“. When your Windows 8 PC is not working properly, you can use the “Refresh your PC” as the last option to revive the ailing operating system. By default, when you refresh your Windows 8-based computer, it keeps your personal data and re-installs Metro style applications. But it removes Desktop apps, and their names will be placed in a file on your desktop called Removed Apps, unless you have created a custom system image. Once you create system image of Windows 8, the custom system image is used by the operating...

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How to Disable Office 2013 Start Screen?

Microsoft seems to love keeping start screens for its various products. Be it Windows 8, the latest operating system or Office 2013, the latest office productivity suite from them, the start screen becomes very annoying for most of the users after a few days of usage. Whenever you open any Office 2013 product, by default, you will see Office 2013 template selection screen. From this Office 2013 start screen, you can choose from the available online templates and continue your work. Microsoft thought its very convenient but if you just want to start working right after opening the product, it’s actually...

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Disable Windows 8 Lock Screen [How To, Tips]

Windows 8 is a nice blend of the mobile and desktop operating system but some of its features will surely confuse some users. In this article, we will look at one such feature: Windows 8 Lock Screen. Windows 8 Lock screen may be useful for Microsoft Surface but it’s pretty pointless for traditional desktop or laptop (Ultrabook, Notebook, etc) PC. So, as we were saying, the Lock screen makes sense for any touch-based device like Surface but its only an unnecessary extra click when you are running Windows 8 on any traditional PC. For such users, there’s a simple way...

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Reset Windows 8 Start Screen To Default (Unpin All Items) [How To]

The new Windows 8 Start Screen is a very useful way to quickly access your favorite Windows apps and programs. But when you are installing a lot of apps at a time, most probably after you do a fresh install of Windows 8, you will notice that Windows automatically pins the application shortcuts to the Start Screen. With all the application shortcuts automatically getting added to it, it looks very bloated and very cumbersome to work with, killing its overall appeal and usability. Even though Windows keeps automatically adding the tiles of new apps, removing or unpinning tiles which you don’t...

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How To Change Windows 8 Key To Activate Windows 8 Using A New Product Key? [Complete Tutorial]

Windows 8 is changing a lot of things in the Windows world. Breaking out of the tradition, Windows 8 is set to redefine the way users used to use the operating system. Starting from the user interface to a number of common things Windows users were accustomed with. There is no denying fact that Microsoft has also made changes in the way Windows 8 has to be activated. In this article, we will show you how to change Windows 8 key after installation to activate the operating system using a new key. If you have already got your hands...

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Upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 To Ubuntu 12.10 [How To]

Canonical has released Ubuntu 12.10 few days back. Ubuntu 12.10 is now available for download. If you are installing Ubuntu as a fresh install, then this article may not be what you are looking for. This article outlines steps you should take if you want to upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 12.10. If you are using Ubuntu 12.04, which is a Long Term Support (LTS) release, you need to do some changes in the Update Manager before you can upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10. LTS release means the release will be supported with bug fixes and security for the next...

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Disable Chrome Metro, Always Open Google Chrome In Windows 8 Desktop

Windows 8 flaunts two different user interfaces, the new modern “Metro” interface and the classic desktop interface. Now, the problem with this is if your favorite web browser supports the new interface, you will actually end up using two versions of the same browser. The first version which is easily accessible through the new Windows 8 Start Page and the second through the classic desktop version. In this how to article, we will see how you can take control over this behavior of Google Chrome web browser. After completing the process, Google Chrome will be always forced to open in Windows...

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Fix Protected Content Playback Errors on Windows 8 After You Install Cumulative Update (KB 2756872)

Microsoft has released a hotfix to fix protected content playback errors on Windows 8, after you have installed the General Availability Cumulative Update (KB 2756872), which was released few days back. The cumulative update was released ahead of Windows 8’s official release to the public. The fix was meant to bring performance, audio and video playback, application and driver compatibility, and battery improvements to the operating system. Now, the Redmond software giant has found that if any user installs the cumulative update on their Windows 8 systems, they may face problem while playing protected videos in certain applications. The video...

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How To Protect Your Phone Number On Facebook, Protect Your Privacy

A recent research by Indian security researcher Suriya Prakash, has revealed that majority of phone numbers of users are not safe on Facebook. The security researcher has claimed that around 83.3 percent of Facebook users are vulnerable. Facebook has also confirmed about the exploit by the researcher and said that it has limited the brute force search attack. The attack is possible because Facebook doesn’t limits phone number searches (after the media exposure, Facebook has limited the searches) that can be performed by a user via the mobile version of its website. In fact, any malicious user can abuse Facebook’s phone search with brute force search attack, to...

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Fix Black Screen With Blinking Cursor When Windows 8 Restarts After Shutdown or Hibernation

Windows 8 operating system upon force restart displays black screen with a blinking cursor. This issue occurs when restarting Windows 8 after it is shutdown or is in hibernation and you have set turn on fast startup power option. Most of the time, the cause of this kind of problem are due to bad drivers or other third-party programs, but not this time. To fix this issue, Microsoft has released a hotfix (Fix413812). Announcing the hotfix (KB 2756559) for the problem, Microsoft support website has identified two scenarios which may cause the issue. Typically the issue has been found in Windows 8...

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