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How To Manage Your Installed & Hidden Windows Updates

How To Manage Your Installed & Hidden Windows Updates

Windows Update is an essential part of Windows that is permanently improving the operating system and the quality of your user experience. After using your computer for a long time, you will end up with plenty of updates installed. If you want to find information about them, when they were installed and what they do, you can review all your installed updates. Also, you can
Reviewing Edimax IC-3116W - An Affordable Day & Night Network Camera

Reviewing Edimax IC-3116W - An Affordable Day & Night Network Camera

We have recently received for testing a rather unexpected device - a day and night network camera that you can use for surveiliance on all kinds of spaces: your baby's room, the entrance to your home, your garage, your yard and even your small business. This camera is equipped with infrared sensors, as well as movement and light sensors. Its technical specifications are very good,
How to Change the Password for Your Local User Account in Windows 8.1

How to Change the Password for Your Local User Account in Windows 8.1

Most Windows 8.1 users are using a Microsoft account to access the operating system, but there are some users who use a local account, available only on their computer or device. If the password for your local user account has been compromised, you can easily change it and, in this tutorial, we will share how it's done: How to Change the Password for Your
How to Use Windows Update from Windows 8.1's PC Settings

How to Use Windows Update from Windows 8.1's PC Settings

In Windows 8.1 there are two Windows Update tools: one available from the Desktop (which hasn't changed since Windows 7) and one in PC Settings, that's optimized for users with touch devices. When using the PC Settings version, you can view information about available updates, check for new updates manually, install those that are available, view your update history, and choose how updates get installed
How to Set Your Xbox One to Automatically Sign-In With Your Account

How to Set Your Xbox One to Automatically Sign-In With Your Account

In the Xbox One update that was made available in June 2014, a small and useful feature was added alongside others: the possibility to set the console to automatically sign-in with one account upon startup. Considering that most Xbox One users have only one account on their devices, this makes starting up their consoles faster. Here's how to set your Xbox One to automatically sign-in
How to Upgrade a Local Account to a Microsoft Account in Windows 8.1

How to Upgrade a Local Account to a Microsoft Account in Windows 8.1

As even the newest users to Windows 8.1 will quickly discover, Microsoft's newest operating system offers a choice of account types that you can use to log in. A local account works like a typical user account from any older version of Windows, while a Microsoft account offers a bunch of new and useful features that help you get more from Windows 8.1. Many users,
Introducing Windows 8.1: Should You Use a Local or a Microsoft Account?

Introducing Windows 8.1: Should You Use a Local or a Microsoft Account?

Windows 8.1 offers you a choice that has not been available in older versions of Windows. Right from the start, before you even log in and see the operating system's interface, you'll have to choose whether you want to log in using a local account or a Microsoft account. Users who don't plan on taking advantage of the new Windows 8.1 apps and don't want
Introducing Windows 8.1: How to Add, Create & Switch User Accounts

Introducing Windows 8.1: How to Add, Create & Switch User Accounts

When you install or use Windows 8.1 for the first time, the first procedure the operating system will walk you through is the one of creating your primary user account. In most cases, this will be the main account that you will use. There are, however, cases when you need to configure additional user accounts, for other family members or friends for instance. Creating additional
How to Set a Proxy Server on Windows 8.1 Tablet or Hybrid Device

How to Set a Proxy Server on Windows 8.1 Tablet or Hybrid Device

One of the small but good improvements in Windows 8.1 is that it provides a touch-friendly way to set a proxy server. This proxy is then used by Internet Explorer and modern apps from the Windows Store that need to access the web. In Windows 8, even if you had a tablet or a hybrid device like Microsoft Surface, you had to use the desktop
How to Use Windows Defender in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

How to Use Windows Defender in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

Guess what Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 users: when you're using Microsoft's newest operating system you don't need to install virus protection... Oh god, we sound like those Mac elitists, don't we? Well, we aren't saying this due to an over-confidence in virus coders lack of interest in a comparatively small market share. We're saying this because Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 have a baked
How to Use the Action Center in Windows 8 & 8.1 to Keep Your PC Secure

How to Use the Action Center in Windows 8 & 8.1 to Keep Your PC Secure

The Action Center was first introduced in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and, since then, it has been constantly updated. In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 it offers many of the old and familiar options but also some exciting new ones, aiming to further increase the security and stability of your system. In this tutorial I will show how to open the Action Center in
Introducing Windows 8.1: Configure the Action Center & its Messages

Introducing Windows 8.1: Configure the Action Center & its Messages

The Action Center in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has an important role in keeping safe your computer or device and having it run well. This feature has received many improvements and it is now more powerful than ever before. In this article, I will show how to access its settings window and how to configure the way it works and how it notifies you.
How to Add, Change or Remove VPN Connections in Windows 8.1

How to Add, Change or Remove VPN Connections in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 provides a more complex PC Settings panel that, for some tasks and settings, it is better and more complete than the traditional Control Panel. One of the surprising things you can do with it is that you can create VPN connections, configure them in detail and remove them when you no longer need to use them. Here's how it all works: How
How to Delete VPN or PPPOE Connections in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

How to Delete VPN or PPPOE Connections in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

You may have created a network connection in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 that you no longer use. Or you may have a VPN or PPPOE connection that has changed its configuration and it is no longer working with the initial parameters. In such scenarios it is best to delete these network connections and create them again from scratch. Here's how to remove all kinds