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How To Create Custom Shortcuts In Windows 8

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To enhance the user experience in the Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft has introduced a new interface based on the ‘Metro’ design language that features a new Start screen akin to the Start screen in Windows Tablets, representing a series of dynamically updating tiles. The new Start screen in Windows 8 replaces the Start menu in the earlier versions of Windows operating system. However, you cannot get many applications that are available in the earlier versions. You can create shortcuts within the user interface to overcome this limitation.

Creating new shortcuts through Windows 8 installation is a complicated one; hence, you can use the shortcuts within the new user interface. Let us see how to make custom shortcuts in Windows 8 OS.

Creating a shortcut for Apps

  • Open the Search charm and choose an app for which you need to create a shortcut. For example, let us choose Paint.
  • Right click and go through the series of options displayed at the bottom side of the screen. Select Pin to start.
  • Follow the shortcut for attaching the application in the Start screen. Now, all you need to do is to drag the icon to the desired position. Similarly, you can add more shortcuts.
  • In case you need to remove the app you have already pinned, select Unpin from the Start menu located on the bottom of the screen.

Creating shortcuts for a function

Rather than going to the Settings charm, to select the Shut Down function, you can provide a short cut to Shut Down.

Instructions

  • Select the New menu. Now choose Shortcut.
  • A new box will be displayed, Type in shutdown.exe –t 00 –s. This gives the shortcut for the shut down function. Now, select Next button.
  • You can provide a name to the shortcut so created. Finally click Finish button to complete the process.
  • This will automatically move the shut down function on the Windows Home Screen. You can replace the default icon, if needed. For this, you need to choose Properties.

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  • Select Change Icon and search for all the available icons. Choose the icon that you need by simply clicking on the same. Again, select OK. Select Apply on Shutdown.
  • Right click on the icon. Select Pin to start. The icon appears on your Windows Metro start screen.

In case you face any ambiguity in creating shortcuts for apps and functions in the Metro Start screen, you can seek the support of Windows 8 installation support services. Follow their instructions to add the apps and functions within the Start screen.

Disabling Internet Explorer 10 In A Windows 8 Computer

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Programs and features of Windows 8

Internet Explorer 10, which comes with the Windows 8 operating system, provides a whole new user experience, including support for two browsing interfaces under a single platform. Internet Explorer 10 is now optimized as the web browser for touch devices, as well as for regular desktops. Windows 8 installation automatically loads Internet Explorer 10 onto your computer. However, it is up to you to decide whether you need to use it or not.

Internet Explorer 10 is now faster and more powerful, as compared to its predecessors. There is significant improvement in its features and performance measures. However, it is possible to experience problems while using Internet Explorer 10 on your Windows machine. Switching to “Compatibility View” can sometimes help solve your issue with Internet Explorer. If such troubleshooting steps don’t work, you may go in for using other popular browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox or Opera. If you really want to remove IE 10 from your Windows 8 machine, follow the below steps to do it.

Instructions to uninstall Internet Explorer 10 from Windows 8 computer

  • Click on the Start button and then click on “Run”. Alternatively, you may press the “Windows key + R” to bring up the Run utility.
  • Type “appwiz.cpl” into the Open: text field, and click “OK”. This will bring up the Programs and Features window, under Control Panel.
  • Go to the left pane of the window, and locate the hyperlink for “Turn Windows Features on or off”. Click it to open “Windows Features” window.
  • When the Windows Features window opens, go through the list to find Internet Explorer 10, and then unmark the checkbox next to it and click “OK”.
  • You will now get a warning dialog box to confirm whether you really wish to proceed with disabling Internet Explorer 10. Confirm it by clicking “Yes”, and then click the “OK” button.
  • After you are done with it, you will be prompted to restart your computer. If you have something else important to do, you may choose to restart the computer later.
  • Once you restart your computer, you will no longer see Internet Explorer in the Metro user interface, or in the task bar.

You have now successfully disabled Internet Explorer 10 from loading on your Windows 8 computer. Similarly, you may remove other features that were loaded automatically with the Windows 8 installation. Go through the Windows Help menu to learn more about it.

Internet Explorer 10, which comes with the Windows 8 operating system, provides a whole new user experience, including support for two browsing interfaces under a single platform. Internet Explorer 10 is now optimized as the web browser for touch devices, as well as for regular desktops. Windows 8 installation automatically loads Internet Explorer 10 onto your computer. However, it is up to you to decide whether you need to use it or not.

Internet Explorer 10 is now faster and more powerful, as compared to its predecessors. There is significant improvement in its features and performance measures. However, it is possible to experience problems while using Internet Explorer 10 on your Windows machine. Switching to “Compatibility View” can sometimes help solve your issue with Internet Explorer. If such troubleshooting steps don’t work, you may go in for using other popular browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox or Opera. If you really want to remove IE 10 from your Windows 8 machine, follow the below steps to do it.

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Uninstall IE 10 from Windows 8

  • Click on the Start button and then click on “Run”. Alternatively, you may press the “Windows key + R” to bring up the Run utility.
  • Type “appwiz.cpl” into the Open: text field, and click “OK”. This will bring up the Programs and Features window, under Control Panel.
  • Go to the left pane of the window, and locate the hyperlink for “Turn Windows Features on or off”. Click it to open “Windows Features” window.
  • When the Windows Features window opens, go through the list to find Internet Explorer 10, and then unmark the checkbox next to it and click “OK”.
  • You will now get a warning dialog box to confirm whether you really wish to proceed with disabling Internet Explorer 10. Confirm it by clicking “Yes”, and then click the “OK” button.
  • After you are done with it, you will be prompted to restart your computer. If you have something else important to do, you may choose to restart the computer later.
  • Once you restart your computer, you will no longer see Internet Explorer in the Metro user interface, or in the task bar.

You have now successfully disabled Internet Explorer 10 from loading on your Windows 8 computer. Similarly, you may remove other features that were loaded automatically with the Windows 8 installation. Go through the Windows Help menu to learn more about it.

How To Add Bluetooth Devices In Windows 8 Without Installing Drivers

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Windows 8 is the latest and popular operating system from Microsoft, designed to use in personal computers, business and home desktop applications, tablets and mobile touch devices. It was made available in the market in October 2012. Windows 8 is bringing significant changes in the system’s platform, where focus is given on enhanced user experience, especially in touch devices like tablets and mobile phones to compete with already successful mobile operating systems like Android and Apple’s iOS. The new shell based touch interface on the Metro design language and the Start screen consisting dynamic tiles represent various applications, are a few notable features of this operating system.

Moreover, the design of Windows 8 makes use of several advanced technologies like cloud computing and low power consuming ARM architecture along with built in antivirus capabilities. The operating system is digitally signed so that malware cannot alter the boot process. Owing to its various features, it has received a warm welcome and as of January 2013, over 60 million licenses have been sold.

Here, I am providing the instructions required for adding a Bluetooth device in a computer having Windows 8 installation.

Instructions

  • If you are using the Desktop view in Windows 8, you can see the Bluetooth icon in the system tray even if the Windows 8 installation is lacking necessary drivers. You should right click on the icon and select Add Bluetooth Device in order to add new files.
  • Then click on Settings and choose More PC settings. Regardless of whether you are in Desktop or Metro view, the settings will open in Metro. All connected and recently added devices will be listed on the right side. You have to choose Devices. You need to click on Add New Deviceoption lying at the top of the list and the system will start searching for available devices. Double click on the device that you want to connect and wait until the connection is established. Now you will get a passcode that you need to verify.

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    Tech support for Windows 8

  • Once the passcode has been verified, the device will appear in the list of added devices. The two devices are having an active connection in between. As long as the device is there in the Bluetooth range, it will be connected to the Windows 8 system.
  • In order to remove the device, you have to select it from the list and click on the minus button appearing at the top right of the device name. You should click on Yes in the notification window that pops up.

Windows 8 can provide a compatible environment for many peripherals and devices that enhance your work efficiency.

Windows 8 Shell Themes Installation Requires Replacing System Files

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Windows 8 installation for shell themes

Windows 8 installation for shell themes necessitates you to replace the system files. This article serves as a guide on how you can do that in Windows 8 operating system. When system files are corrupted, the Windows operating system will not function properly. Under such circumstances, if you need to avoid fresh installation of Windows, the corrupted system files need to be replaced.

In addition to this, if you need to use some custom themes or prefer to change the default Start Orb, you have to change explorer.exe, shell32.dll files, which are system files. Therefore, it is desirable to understand how to replace these system files.

Provide Back up

Prior to the starting of replacing system files, ensure that,

  • System Image back up has been provided.
  • You have created a set of bootable recovery media.

Start replacing the system files

During some file operations, you may get an error message saying Access Denied and this error message may appear because you are not the owner of that file or folder.  In case, if you are denied access, you need to take the ownership of that file.

Check out these instructions below to replace system files in Windows 8 operating system.

  • You need to download the file Take Ownership.zip
  • Extract the file. You can access two-registry editor files in that folder. This will help you to InstallTake Ownership and Uninstall Take Ownership .

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    Windows 8 installation process

  • Click twice on the file. Install Take Ownership. The registry editor will ask you to continue. After editing registry, you can see the success message.
  • Navigate to the system file that you need to replace. Right click on shell32.dll system file and select Take Ownership again. You can see the UAC dialog box and now you must choose Yes.
  • Now, change the name of shell32.dll file to shell32.dll.old. Do not delete this file.

You need to alter this file name again to its default to get back to the previous situation. Therefore, it is advisable to rename the file rather than deleting the file permanently. Remember that, you have to copy the new shell32.dll file in the same directory.

You have successfully changed shell32.dll system file. You can follow the same steps to replace other system files. Now you see that you do not need to do the Windows 8 installation every now and again while changing the themes.