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Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 13) - User Accounts - Adding a Local User Account
The following steps show you how to add a user account in Windows 8. You are asked to create either a Microsoft account or a Local account.
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 12) - Sync Center
We are a synchronizing generation. We sync files and folders, digital cameras, email, cell phone apps and data, portable media players, camcorders, tablets, laptops, and so forth. With the Sync Center, you have a single item that helps you know how you’re doing—how in-sync you really are.
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 11) - Speech Recognition
Speech Recognition is available only in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. You can change the language setting from the Advanced Speech options in the Control Panel.
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 10) - Programs and Features, Recovery, Region and Language
If you are coming to Windows 8 from XP, you might still be looking for the Add/Remove Programs item. In Vista, Microsoft replaced it with Programs and Features, which added the capability to Turn Windows Features On or Off (see Figure 16) in addition to uninstalling or making changes or repairs to installed applications.
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 9) - Power Options
These settings are always under scrutiny and constantly improving to meet the needs of a green IT effort. At home or in the office, reducing power usage is a good way to conserve battery life in portables and save on power spending. As shown in Figure 15, Windows provides several power plans to choose from.
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 8) - Fonts,Indexing Options
Fonts displays all the fonts installed on the computer. In Windows 8 you can preview the fonts available by clicking the Preview button. Each thumbnail for the font shows three characters of the alphabet on the icon .
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 7) - Device Stage, Display
When using the Control Panel, the initial screen shows you ways to adjust the size of text and other items on your screen by using radio buttons. On the left of the page, you will find links for the following options: Adjust Resolution, Calibrate Color, Change Display Settings, and Adjust ClearType Text.
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 6) - Date and Time, Default Programs, Devices and Printers
This is a quick place to find your default program associations and file-to-program associations. For example, if you are tired of your MP3 files opening up with Media Player and you want them to open with WinAmp or some other player, you can make the changes here.
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 5) - Color Management, Credential Manager
The Color Management item was introduced in Windows Vista but was also available as a downloadable XP PowerToy. This tool is designed to establish a better screen-to-print match and to provide support for more reliable printing with today’s powerful color devices.
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 4) - File History - Cleaning Up Old File Versions,Restoring File Versions
If you decide to keep file versions Forever and find that your external drive or network location is running low on space, you can perform a cleanup of your file versions (this is not limited to only if you select Forever).
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 3) - File History - Excluding Folders from File History
Basically every time you update a file and save it you create another version of the file. With File History you are able to keep versions of your files, which means if you accidentally save a file with incorrect data you can go back to the previous version, or even the version before that.
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 2) - File History - Saving File History to a Network Location
This is Windows 8’s integrated tool for backing up and restoring your files (see Figure 2). Windows 7 had an expanded and enhanced Backup and Restore application from previous versions of Windows. Windows 8 introduces File History, which gives you more functionality for backing up your files.
Windows 8 : Using the Control Panel Items (part 1) - AutoPlay
Use AutoPlay to change default settings for CDs, DVDs, and devices so that you can automatically (per your specifications) play music and movies, view pictures, and so forth.
Windows 8 : System Configuration Settings - Windows 8 Should Work For You
We all want our interaction with technology to be as friendly as possible, thus the term “user friendly” is widely used in advertising new technology. However each of us may have different opinions on what and how features should work with Windows 8. Ultimately we bought a computer to accomplish something, maybe work, or maybe play.
Windows Server 2008 : Using netdom (part 3) - Querying and Resetting Secure Channels with netdom
You can use the netdom command to query and verify secure channels between computers in the domain. When needed, you can use the netdom command to reset these channels.
Windows Server 2008 : Using netdom (part 2) - Verifying Trust Relationships
Figure 1 shows the Active Directory Domains and Trusts console with a parent domain ( and a child domain ( There is a parent/child trust relationship between the two domains. Furthermore, the outgoing trust has been validated.
Windows Server 2008 : Using netdom (part 1) - Identifying Operations Master Roles, Joining a Computer to a Domain
You can join a computer to a domain from the command prompt using the netdom join command. The following table shows the different switches available with the netdom join command.
Windows 7 : Windows Media Center - Some Tricks of the Trade (part 2) - Burning DVDs from Recorded TV, Setting Parental Control Ratings
An obvious trick you can perform is to create a DVD or VHS tape of shows recorded from TV + Movies. One reason to do so is to keep the shows to watch months or years from now, without tying up hard disk space in the meantime.
Windows 7 : Windows Media Center - Some Tricks of the Trade (part 1) - Viewing TV Shows on Your HDTV or Projector
After setting Windows Media Center as the default DVD player, simply inserting a DVD into a DVD-ROM drive should result in Media Center playing the DVD. To go to the DVD menu (where you can change scene selections, change languages, or choose your DVD’s special features), press the DVD Menu button on the remote.
Windows 7 : The WMC Functions (part 2) - Pictures, Videos, Music
Pictures + Videos is simply a slideshow presenter and video manager. You point the program to the directory (the default is Pictures) containing your digital photos, and you can step through the pictures manually or let the slideshow feature run automatically.
Windows 7 : The WMC Functions (part 1) - TV
The electronic TV Guide in WMC has made a friend out of TV again and changed my watching habits. The Guide is your online TV programming guide, so you can see what is on TV and perform searches for programs you might want to see, prearrange recordings of upcoming programs, and so forth.
Windows 7 : The WMC Hardware (part 2) - Can I Upgrade My Non-WMC PC to a WMC PC?
You can if you have the right hardware and purchase a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate. Each of these versions includes WMC and supports a wide range of hardware.
Windows 7 : The WMC Hardware (part 1) - The New WMC PC Form Factors
WMC PCs come in a wide variety of form factors that push the outside of the envelope of what we call a PC. They range from boxes that look much like PCs to those that most definitely do not.
Windows 7 : Windows Media Center—What’s the Hubbub?
Windows Media Center (or WMC as I’ll refer to it from here on out) is included in Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. All other versions of Windows 7 do not include the WMC components.
Windows Server 2008 R2 high-availability and recovery features : Planning for High Availability
Deploying HA features on your network requires adequate planning and testing prior to production use of the solution. One of the first planning steps you should perform is to determine what the expected uptime requirements are for the system.
Windows Server 2008 R2 high-availability and recovery features : Introduction to High Availability
Windows Server 2008 R2 offers several features to ensure that applications and network services can sustain a failure of a primary server without the application or service experiencing significant downtime.
Windows 7 : Windows Media Player - Taking Your Music and Video on the Go (part 3) - Sharing Media Throughout Your Home
Before you begin to set up media sharing throughout your home, you will need to make sure you have all the required equipment. To enable media sharing, you need a home network and a networked digital media player.
Windows 7 : Windows Media Player - Taking Your Music and Video on the Go (part 2) - Syncing Files to Your Portable Media Player
The first step to synchronizing your files with your portable media player is to choose a portable device. Many players will work with WMP, but for the best experience, you should look for a device that is branded Certified for Windows 7.
Windows 7 : Windows Media Player - Taking Your Music and Video on the Go (part 1) - Burning Customized CDs
WMP provides many ways that make it easier than ever to take your music and video files with you. WMP has built-in functions for burning CDs, synchronizing files to your portable media player, and sharing your media throughout your home network.
Windows 7 : Windows Media Player - Getting Music and Video on Your Computer
WMP offers many ways to add media to your media library. These methods include ripping music from CDs to your computer, purchasing media from online stores, and adding media items already stored on your computer to the library.
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