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    Windows 8 How To: 19. Show Hidden Files, Folders and Drives

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    By default hidden files and folders are not visible and this is a preferred way for most users. But you can easily show hidden files and folders. Follow the steps outlined in my previous post to show the Control Panel if needed. From the Control Panel...
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    Windows 8 How To: 29. Restore System to a Previous State Using Restore Point

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    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...
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    Windows 8 How To: 12. Show and Use “Run” Command

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    Some users prefer to use the “run” command to perform tasks such as checking the version of Windows 8 you installed. There are a few options to show and use the “run” command. From the Desktop Mode Move the mouse cursor to the exact lower left corner...
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    Windows 8 How To: 18. Configure WiFi Connection and Airplane Mode

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    You can configure a wireless connection and Airplane mode using one of the following options. For more info on Windows 8 mobile network capabilities, read Steven Sinofsky ’s blog post on “ Engineering Windows 8 for mobile networks ”. From the Charms Bar...
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    Windows 8 How To: 1. Switch Between Metro UI and Desktop Mode

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    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...
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    Windows 8 How To: 11. Install Language Packs for Multilingual Support

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    If you prefer to use a non-English user interface for Windows 8, you may be interested to install one of the language packs. Fortunately, Windows 8 Consumer Preview comes with languages packs for 167 languages, as shown at the end of the post. The language...
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    Windows 8 How To: 13. Show and Use cmd Prompt (DOS Mode)

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    The DOS mode is still available in Windows 8. There are a few options to show and use the command (cmd) prompt. From the Desktop Mode Move the mouse cursor to the exact lower left corner until the desktop shortcuts menu appears. Select either Command...
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    Windows 8 How To: 20. How to Start Windows 8 in Safe Mode

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    Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your PC in a limited state. You can start Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a safe mode, but the process of activating the safe mode is different. Check out the article “ How To Boot Into Safe...
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    Windows 8 How To: 10. Customize Metro UI – App Tiles and Groups

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    Moving Tile to a Different Group You can move tiles from one group to another group by selecting a tile, for example, the Weather Metro app, holding it over to another group, and dropping it where you want. <=>  Create a New Group Select a...
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    Windows 8 How To: 26. Set up Remote Desktop Connection

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    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...
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    Windows 8 How To: 4. Show and Access the Control Panel

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    Many users use the control panel to perform administrative task such as creating users and uninstalling a program. You can access the control panel as follows. Use the Charms Bar in Desktop Mode While on the desktop, bring out the Charms Bar, click on...
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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview Power User How To Series

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    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...
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    Learn How to Develop Windows Phone 7 apps in 12 Hours

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    Microsoft Channel9 has recently published 12 sessions on how to develop Windows Phone 7 applications. Sample code is available for demos covered in the sessions. Check them out! Session 1: Introduction Session 2: Building a Silverlight Application, Part...
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    Windows 8 How To: 7. Switch Between Windows Accounts and Local Accounts

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    When installing Windows 8, you may have chosen to use a Windows Account, e. g. your Live or Hotmail account, or to use a local account. One advantage of using a Windows Account is that your settings and contents are sync’ed up with your Windows Live account...
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    Windows 8 How To: 9. Set Up a Printer

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    Follow the steps in How to show and access Control Panel . From the Control Panel, type “printer” and select Devices and Printers. Follow the instructions to set up a printer. For example, I have a network based printer, HP Color LaserJet CM2320 printer...
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    Moving Data from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2008

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    I recently helped move data from a small SQL Sever 2000 database to SQL Server 2008 from one hosting environment to a different hosting environment. I tried several approaches and fortunately found one that worked well. You can find the detail in the...
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    Windows 8 How To: 2. Switch Between Apps or Snap Apps

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    Whether you are using the Metro UI or desktop, chance are you are running multiple applications. For example, you may be in the Windows Store while watching a video. Or, if you are developer, you may be running Visual Studio Express 11 while debugging...
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    Windows 8 How To: 8. Set up a Picture Password

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    Windows 8 introduce a new security feature, picture password. While you can continue to use a numeric combination as your password, you can enable the security feature if you have a touch enabled device and experience the new way of logging into your...
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    Windows 8 How To: 5. Show and Access Administrative Tools

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    Some users use administrative tools such as Computer Management and Windows Firewalls. You can show the Administrative Tools as follows.    From the Metro Charms Menu Display the Charms Bar while on the Metro UI. Click on the Settings button...
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    Windows 8 How To: 6. Show All Apps

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    Windows 8 comes with many built-in Metro apps such as Calendar, People, and Mail and desktop apps such as WordPad, Snipping Tool, and Run. Over time you may add additional apps from the Windows Store or by installing apps to the desktop. You can show...
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    Installing Windows 8 Release Preview with Upgrade Assistant

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    You have two options to install the Windows 8 Release Preview : using the upgrade assistant which includes an optimized download and built-in tools for creating an ISO or bootable flash drive, or using a bootable DVD or USB which can create from an ISO...
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    Creating Windows Phone, iPhone and Android Apps with iFactr in Visual Studio 2010

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    iFactr is a cross-platform mobile framework created by ITR Mobility . With iFactr as a plug in to Visual Studio 2010, developers can create iPhone, Android and Windows Phone apps by writing C# and .NET code. Essentially iFactr compiles the code to a native...
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    Uninstall Windows XP Mode and Delete VHD Files

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    I have blogged about Windows XP Mode and application compatibility in a previous post and a recent post that referenced an article “ Windows 7's XP Mode: what it is, how it works, who it's for ” by Peter Bright. In this post I will discuss how to uninstall...
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    Windows 8 How To: 21. Install and Uninstall Metro Style Apps

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    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...
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    Windows 8 How To: 17. Add New Tab or New InPrivate Tab in Metro Style IE Browser

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    Windows 8 comes with two flavors of the Internet Explorer browser, the IE on the desktop that many of us are familiar with and the Metro style Internet Explorer. Unlike the desktop version, the Metro style IE runs in a full screen without any window or...
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