Don't-Miss Windows 8 Stories

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How to prevent Windows 8.1's desktop taskbar from showing in Metro apps

The Windows 8.1 update made Microsoft's Metro vision much more PC-friendly, but the newly universal desktop taskbar can block the UI in Metro apps. Here's how to make it stop.

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Three power user menu options every Windows 8.1 user should know

You may already be using it to shut down your PC, but there's so much more to the power user menu. Here are three options you should be using regularly.

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Replace Windows 8 with Windows 7 or a look-alike

Do you regret buying that Windows 8 (or 8.1) computer? Here’s what you can do about it.

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The Windows 8 activation-key problem

You can’t reinstall Windows without your activation key. But Windows 8 (and 8.1) don’t make that easy. Here’s what to do about it.

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5 tips to make Windows 8's Metro UI more practical and less irritating

The desktop may be the UI of choice for most Windows users, but what do you do when the modern UI makes more sense?

How to play DVDs and Blu-ray discs in Windows 8

Unlike Windows 7 and its other predecessors, Windows 8 won't play DVDs natively. Fortunately, there are low-cost ways around the problem.

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Use Windows' sorting options to find just the right file

File Explorer's underutilized View options makes sorting through files easy, and it's more powerful than you think.

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How to force SkyDrive to store your files on your hard drive in Windows 8.1

With Windows 8.1 SkyDrive makes many of your files available only when you're online. Here's how to change that so you always have a local copy at hand.

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How to clean up File Explorer's cluttered Ribbon menu in Windows 8

The Ribbon rocks in Microsoft Office. As an everyday menu, not so much. Here's how to cut it down to size and leave your most-used features intact.

How to change users in Windows 8

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

Windows 8 buying guide: How to buy the best laptop, desktop, tablet, or hybrid

Windows 8 works on them all. Here's how to buy the best one for you.

How to make room on your Windows partition

Acharya1987's C: drive is running out of space. I offer my suggestions, as does the Answer Line forum.

When Windows breaks: How to fix it, piece by piece

Your browser goes bonkers! Your firewall freaks out! No worries: Windows can repair many problems itself. Here's how.

How to bring back Libraries in Windows 8.1

For whatever reason, Microsoft disabled this feature in the OS update. Here's how to bring it back.

How to eradicate Metro from your Windows 8.1 PC

Windows 8.1 makes the modern interface more useful than ever before—but it also makes it easier for desktop diehards to banish the modern UI completely.