Don't-Miss Windows 8 Stories

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Buying a new PC? Don't worry, Windows 8 is just fine.

I hated Windows 8 from the start. But now I can wholeheartedly recommend Microsoft's troubled OS.

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How to maximize storage space on your Windows tablet

If you're running out of space on your Windows tablet, you can expand your storage, clean up those unneeded files, or store non-critical files in the cloud.

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Locked out? Get back into Windows 8 by resetting your password

A forgotten password is no need for panic. There are several ways to get back into your Windows 8 PC if you've locked yourself out.

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Get the most from the Windows 8.1 Apps screen

You’re not stuck with the Start screen. Windows 8.1 has a better way to access your programs.

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Update to the 8.1 Update

Everything you need to know about moving to the new Update for Windows 8.1.

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Manage your hard drive space with Windows 8.1's hidden, helpful tools

Windows 8.1's PC Settings app has two great features to help you manage your computer's disk space.

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Uninstall preloaded Windows 8 apps in bulk with this program

It's easy to dump all your desktop bloatware in one fell swoop, but what about all those programs you don't need on the modern side of Windows? A new app helps you dump modern apps in bulk.

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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.