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Showing posts with label Windows 8 Tips. Show all posts

How to Disable Windows 8 Lock Screen?

How to Disable Lock Screen in Windows 8

Lock screen looks cool when you're in a tablet PC. But if you're a busy person with laptop or desktop computer, probably it will make you bore. Same thing happens to me. That's why I'm gonna write about how to disable lock screen in Windows 8. 

Applies to:
  • Windows 8/ 8.1
  • Windows RT
  • Windows Server 2012

You can easily disable the lock screen from Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc). Once disabled, the lock screen will not be shown when you start up your Windows! And certainly this will save you few seconds. 

How to Disable Lock Screen from Group Policy


  1. Press Start + R to open Run.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
  3. Collapse Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration.
  4. Collapse Control Panel and choose Personalization.
  5. Click twice on Do not display the lock screen.
  6. Select Enabled > Apply > OK. Done!

Disable Lock Screen from Group Policy Editor

If you'd like to get your lock screen back, simply follow the above steps again. And at the last step choose Not Configured or Disabled option to get it back. 

If you face any problem regarding lock screen, don't hesitate to leave a comment . . . 

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Troubleshoot Program Compatibility in Windows 8

Troubleshoot Incompatible Programs in Windows 8

Just from the beginning, Windows 8 got a lot of problems to be solved! You know I've discussed about .Net Framework 3.5 , My Computer Icon, Windows 8 Tiles, Activation Procedure etc. And I've also discussed about new features of Windows 8, it's advantages and disadvantages. But somehow, I've skipped the program compatibility issue. Though it's too late to write about, but in this post I would like to discuss about program compatibility troubleshooting. 

Actually, Program Compatibility is not a new term at all. Perhaps it starts when Windows Vista came in the market. In that time, programs made for Windows XP or 98 wouldn't work fine with the new version of Windows. And the same problem is still being faced by the users of Windows 7 or 8. 

Well I don't like to use the term Windows 7 here. I will just use Windows 8 in this tutorial. And hopefully this will be also helpful for Windows 7 users to troubleshoot program compatibility. 

Background Story:

Few years ago, when I've installed Windows 8 for the first time on my PC, simply I got puzzled. In every point, there was a problem. One of them was program compatibility. A program that worked fine with XP or 7, didn't run on Windows 8! But I hardly wanted to back to the older version of Windows. 

Let me show you an example - 

I was in trouble while opening Adobe Photoshop CS5 (Portable). I got a message - Incompatible Program. 

And I solved the problem using troubleshooting option. 

Troubleshoot Compatibility:

When you can't run or open an incompatible program in Windows 8, follow the steps below:

Compatibility Troubleshooting option at the right click

  1. Click right mouse button over that program (Should be .exe file). 
  2. Choose Troubleshoot Compatibility.
  3. Select Troubleshoot Program.
  4. Now mark the problem(s). 
  5. I usually choose - The program worked in earlier versions . . .
  6. Now select an OS on which the program works fine and press Next.
  7. Test the Program and press Next.
  8. If it runs properly, Save the settings and close the window.

Compatibility Mode:

Another way to make programs compatible is using the Compatibility Mode. Look at the image below:

Program Compatibility Mode in Windows 8

This option allows you to run a program in compatible with a particular OS. Follow the steps below: 
  1. Right click on the program and choose Properties.
  2. Move to the Compatibility tab.
  3. Go to the Compatibility Mode.
  4. Mark the option - Run this program in compatibility mode . . . 
  5. Now select an OS in which you ran the program earlier.
  6. You can also change the screen and color mode if you need. 
  7. Choose Run as Administrator if necessary.
  8. Hit Ok. 

Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

The previous two methods are manual. But you can also use the automatic detection system. This troubleshooter will find the incompatible program in your PC. 

List of Programs in Compatibility Troubleshooter

  1. Press Start and Type Program Compatibility.
  2. Choose Settings and hit on Run programs made for previous versions of Windows.
  3. Troubleshooter will open. Press Next.
  4. Now you will have a list of the programs. Choose one that gives you trouble. 
  5. Press Next > Troubleshoot Program > Choose an option > Press Next > Select your OS > Test the Program > Next > Save the Settings > Close the Window.
Note: Steps could be slightly different depending on the program types.

Remember, you can run the troubleshooter as Administrator. You can also apply automatic repairs. Just after running the troubleshooter, hit on the Advanced button to get these options. 

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Can't type @? Fix it Now by Adding US English !

at symbol

If you're using Windows you may face problem to type @. Specially when you are sending an email to someone. Because an email address essentially includes the symbol @. But all users of Windows 8 doesn't face this problem. Because they aren't using UK English! 

Yes, this problem is only faced by the users of Windows 8 whose input method is UK English.  In that situation you can add another language. 

However you can easily add a language in Windows 8. Follow the procedure below: 

Adding English US language

  1. Go to Control Panel (Hint: Start + R > type Control > Enter
  2. Hit on Language option
  3. Click Add a Language button
  4. Choose your language from the list. ie. English
  5. Here you will see all the available variations of English
  6. Choose English and double click on it 
  7. Select English (United States) and hit on Add button
  8. Now you will see the list of added language. 
  9. To remove any language select it first, then click on Remove button. 
  10. Now look at the left of your clock in the Task Bar. You will see ENG. Hit on it and select English US Keyboard.
  11. You can switch language anytime by pressing Start + Space. That's it! 

How to Change Language in Windows 8

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How to Change or Create Password in Windows 8

If you're still using the earlier versions of Windows then you may thought creating or changing a password in Windows 8 is same as previous versions. But those who are working with Windows 8 know that this is not same at all. 

When you are installing Windows 8 for the first time then you can set a password at the end of the installation process. If you skip that step during the time of installation then you will have to set it from the PC settings. 

In earlier versions of Windows password can be managed from a control panel item named User Accounts. This item is still available. But you can't manage your password from here. Today I will show you the easiest way to do this task. 

Remember: Your Windows should be genuine or it may ask you to activate windows while doing this task. So, if you have any problem regarding activation then visit: Windows 8 Activation Process
  1. Press Start + W > type Password > select Change your password. Or you can simply press the Start button and click on user icon from the top right corner. Then choose Change account picture and choose Users. Both do the same job. 
  2. Now as you can see in the image below, hit on the Change your password under the sign in option. Click on it to change. 
  3. Now you can change or create your password from here as you did in earlier versions. 
  4. You can also set a picture password from here. Do it with caution if you're a beginner! 
You can also change your password in running condition if forgotten !! Visit here to know more: Change Windows Password if Forgotten

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Windows 8 Developer Preview

Microsoft released windows 8 developer preview a few months ago. Maybe it will expire on 8 of March.

After that, hopefully Microsoft will release beta version of windows 8. And most probably Windows 8 will be called Midori. And by introducing this name Microsoft OS is probably leaving the word windows from their OS name.

Now have a look at windows 8 Features:
* Fast booting time
* Less RAM consumption
* Metro Style
* Touch Friendly
* Multi Tasking
* Increased Performance
* More beautiful interface

I run windows 7 on my pc. Can I run windows 8?

The ans is yes for sure. It is a great news that windows 8 will work fine with the requirements of windows 7! Moreover it will consume less amount of resources than windows 7.