Don't-Miss Windows 8 Stories

Weekend Project! Install the Windows 8.1 preview

If the Fourth of July's heat is too much, why not sit inside and install Windows 8.1 while you kick back with a refreshing beverage?

Make Windows Media Player the default audio player in Windows 8

If you're spending most of your time in Desktop mode, you might not want Microsoft's Music app to be the system's go-to player.

How to boot to desktop mode in Windows 8.1

Microsoft added this much-needed option to the Windows 8.1 update. Here's how to enable it.

Don't forget to back up your PC before trying Windows 8.1

Tales of installation woes drive home the point: Back up your system before trying out Windows 8.1.

How to create a bootable Windows 8 recovery tool

If your computer manufacturer didn't provide recovery media, fear not: Windows 8 makes it easy to roll your own.

Add a Wi-Fi hotspot to Windows 8 with Virtual Router Plus

This free utility restores a capability that Microsoft removed from Windows 8, and does it with ease.

How to do smarter file searches in Windows 8

One of Windows 8's most celebrated features can also be one of its most frustrating. Here's an alternative.

Manage the tile-based slide show in Windows 8's Photo app

Walter Bott asked how he could better control Windows 8's built-in Photo app--the one that usually presents a small slide show in its Start page tile.

Learn Windows 8 basics with Microsoft's 'training brochure'

This handy 36-page guide makes the transition to Windows 8 much easier. Where was this six months ago?

How to make the power button shut down your Windows 8 system

If you prefer a complete shutdown to sleep or hibernate, it doesn't get much easier than this.

How to create a Windows 8 shutdown tile

Instead of jumping through the usual shutdown hoops, this tile lets you shut down or reboot with just one click or tap.

Windows 8 tip: Restore the merge-folders option

Windows 8 insists on automatically merging the contents of like-named folders. Here's how to restore the options you had in Windows 7.

File extensions control which application can open a file

BearPup sometimes wants to open a file in one program, and other times open it in another. He asked the Answer Line forum for an easy way to do this.