How to change users in Windows 8

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.
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Oraldo Morales Ceballos recently moved to Windows 8, and can't figure out how to log off as one user and log on as another.

If you share your PC with another person, you know that logging off one account and logging onto another is faster than rebooting. You also know that switching between accounts is even faster.

But in Windows 8, the option isn't where experienced Windows users would expect it to be. It's yet another case of Microsoft making things easier for novice users at the expense of everyone else. The company renamed and moved these options in a way that actually makes sense. But for experienced Windows hands, there's a slight learning curve.

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When your PC doesn't recognize a 2nd drive

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.
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Creeds installed an old hard drive into a new machine as a second drive. The PC froze at the Windows logon. So Creeds unplugged and replugged the drive. Now the PC boots, but it doesn't see the newly-installed old drive.

When you installed the old drive, your BIOS probably decided that that was the first drive--the one that boots. So it attempted to boot your old version of Windows and ran into trouble. Remember that when you install Windows, it configures itself to your specific hardware. Boot one PC's hard drive inside another and you're bound to have problems. (For more on this, see How to move to a new PC.)

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How to create an exciting, artificial-looking photo

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.
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PHollisPhotos asked the Photo Editing forum how to give a sports photo a certain look, like an illustration with a black-and-white background.

You can do this with most good photo editors, although the exact look will depend on the filters and effects available, and your own choices. The instructions below are for two consumer-oriented editors--Photoshop Elements (PE), which is my personal favorite, and Photo Pos Pro (Pos), which is free.

But be careful if you install either of these. If you don't pay attention, both may try to install additional programs you may not want.

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How to change your email address without losing your friends

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.
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Mohammad Anwar has to change his email address. He asked for advice on handling the transition.

Think of all the places where your old email address resides, outside of your immediate control, waiting to give people plenty of false information. There are other people's address books, old messages in people's inboxes, Web sites that use your address as your logon name, and your business cards.

Changing your email address can be quite a chore.

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How to make room on your Windows partition

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.
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Acharya1987's C: drive is running out of space. I offer my suggestions, as does the Answer Line forum.

I'm going to concentrate here on recovering disc space in Windows and your applications, but not in your libraries. If you keep separate Windows and data partitions (which I heartily recommend), following the advice below could significantly improve space on drive C: (the Windows partition). If you keep everything on one big partition, it will still help, but not as dramatically.

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Some password managers are safer than others

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.
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Susan Taylor worries that password managers may not be sufficiently secure. "What if the password manager company is hacked?"

That's a very good question, and one that we all should worry about. In this day and age, when a large and established company such as Adobe can get hacked, are any of our passwords safe? If Adobe had been storing their customers' banking and shopping passwords, the 38 million people effected by that incident would be in much worse trouble.

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't use a password manager. Without one, you're likely to use the same password over and over again, and pick passwords that are easy to remember and, therefore, easy to guess. That's dangerous, too.

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How to move to a new PC (Spoiler: Don't clone)

Lincoln Spector Contributing Editor, PCWorld

Freelance journalist (and sometimes humorist) Lincoln Spector has been writing about tech longer than he would care to admit. A passionate cinephile, he also writes the Bayflicks.net movie blog.
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Tristan asked if he should transfer everything to his new laptop by cloning the old PC's hard drive.

I strongly recommend against cloning the drive on an old PC to a new one. You bring all of your old problems to a new machine. What's more, you create more problems, because every Windows installation is adapted to the particular hardware it was installed on. Finally, you'll have the same Windows license running on two computers (Microsoft doesn't like that) while not using the license you paid for when you bought the new PC.

Sorry to say this, but you need to take the time to move everything over properly. Here's how:

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