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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Developer How To: 4. Troubleshoot Apps Using Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8

    You can download Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 (beta) here . The new Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 Consumer Preview makes it much easy for developers to use Windows Azure and the Windows Push Notification Services (WNS) for a Windows 8 Metro Style app. If you follow the instructions...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Consumer Preview Developer How To Series

    Last week I completed 30 blog posts for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How to Series . Now it is time to focus on application development on and for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In this How To series, I will share application development tips and tricks with developers and architects from my...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 30. Restore your Device using Refresh and Reset

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview introduces two new system recovery features, Refresh and Reset, that were previously offered by some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). There is a big difference between these two features that you should be aware of. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 29. Restore System to a Previous State Using Restore Point

    Restoring your Windows operating system to a previous state is nothing new, but this feature can be very handy and time saving. For example, if you installed a new application or driver and your system starts to behave abnormally, or if your computer is infected by a virus from one unintentional mouse...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 28. Restore Files Using File History

    Restoring File History from a backup is very straightforward. Open File History from the Control Panel. (Read my previous post on how to back up Files using File History.) Select Restore personal files.  You can restore all or selected folders to their original or different locations. To restore...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 27. Backup your Files Using File History

    Prior to Windows 8, you can back up documents and files using the Backup and Restore feature available in Control Panel | Backup and Restore (in Windows 7 for example). Windows 8 Consumer Preview has enhanced the feature and replace it with File History, as shown in the screenshot below. File History...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 26. Set up Remote Desktop Connection

    With Remote Desktop Connection, you can sit at a PC and connect to another PC in a different location (the remote PC). To set up Remote Desktop Connection, open the Control Panel. (Read my previous post on how to access the control panel.) Type “Remote” in the search box and click “Select users who can...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 25. Show and Enable Split Touch Keyboard (On-Screen)

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview provides on-screen keyboards for touch enabled tablet or slate users. You can easily choose one of the three layouts available: normal keyboard, split keyboard, and hand writing recognition panel. In the Desktop Mode, click or tap the keyboard icon at the Taskbar to get your...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 24. Show and Configure Free Anti-Virus App (Windows Defender)

    Windows Defender in Windows 8 Consumer Preview comes with a familiar user interface and includes enhanced features of Windows Security Essentials. You can show and configure the free anti-virus program using the options described below. A bit background on MSE and Windows Defender. Windows Defender was...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 23. Find and Use Windows Help and Support

    While you can find Windows related information from the Internet, you can also find information using Windows Help and Support. One benefit of using Windows Help and Support is that not only you can find the right answer but also you can launch applications or commands directly from within the search...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 22. Enable or Disable Sharing Between PCs Using HomeGroup

    A feature introduced with Windows 7, HomeGroup is an easy way to share documents, music, pictures, videos, and printers between networked computers at home or in a small business—without a server. You can join computers to a homegroup whether they connect by using wired and wireless networking. From...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 21. Install and Uninstall Metro Style Apps

    Install an App From the Metro UI Select the Windows Store app or tile and click or tap it. Find the app you like, e.g. USA Today, by browsing the apps in the store or searching an app from the Charms Bar. Select the app, buy it if it is not free, and install it. (Note: After users purchase an app, they...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 How To: 1. Switch Between Metro UI and Desktop Mode

    Switching between Metro UI and the desktop is very easy, and you have a couple of options.   <=> Use the Windows key If your device has a hardware keyboard with a Windows key, pressing the logo key toggles between Metro UI and the desktop mode. Use the Desktop Tile and Start Menu When you...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How To Series

    Windows 8 Consumer Preview (aka beta version) has just been released. This prerelease version of Windows 8 focuses on people and apps and gives you powerful new ways to use social technologies to connect with the people who are important to you. It's Windows reimagined . Windows 8 Consumer Preview is...
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