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    If you're running Windows 8 and you went with the recommended settings automatic updates will be switched on. This can be annoying so here's our guide to stopping Windows 8 installing updates automatically.

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  • How-Tos: Stop annoying multiple notifications in Windows 8

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    Storing your Windows OS on an SSD is a good idea as it will speed up your PC or laptop. But Windows has a nasty habit of expanding and filling up your solid state storage. Our Helproom Editor explains what to do if your Windows operating system keeps filling up the SSD on which it is housed.

  • How-Tos: Can't shut down Windows 8 PC

    If you are having problems shutting down your Windows 8 PC or laptop, our Helproom Editor can help.

  • How-Tos: Add Media Center, XP Mode, Start Menu, Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8

    When you install Windows 8 you will notice some features of Windows 7 and Windows XP are missing. Here's how to add Media Center, XP Mode, Start Menu, Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: Add Start Menu to Windows 8

    The biggest complaint from users new to Windows 8 is the lack of a Start Menu. Once you get used to it the Start Screen is a more than adequate replacement, but if you must have a Start Menu, here is how to add the Start Menu to Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: Add Windows 7 Desktop Gadgets to Windows 8

    If you used of any of the desktop Gadgets available in Windows 7, you will notice that they have all gone once you've upgraded to Windows 8. This is because Microsoft has ceased support for Gadgets under the new operating system. Here's how to re-install Windows 7 Gadgets when you are using Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: How to migrate Windows XP Mode to Windows 8

    Several features present in Windows 7 Professional are no longer there in Windows 8 Pro. Furthermore, the upgrade process gives you no warning that these features will be removed. Windows XP Mode is trickier to deal with than most. As you're no-longer running Windows 7 Professional, you won't be able to download and install it. Here's how to install Windows XP Mode on Windows 8.

  • How-Tos: How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8

    Windows Media Center has been taken out of Windows 8, but is available as a pay-for added extra. But if you are quick, and you want Windows Media Center, you can get it for free.

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    In Windows 7, it's relatively easy to change the default background to have your own photo on the logon screen. With a quick registry tweak, your custom image will be shown each time you log on or off your PC.


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