Posts Tagged ‘Windows 8’

Disable Windows 10 First Sign-in Animation

Run the Local Group Policy Editor (Start > type gpedit.msc) Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System Select Logon Double-click Show first sign-in animation In the Show first sign-in animation window, select Disabled and click OK Close the Local Group Policy Editor

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Windows 8 Product Key Finder

I use pkeyui (h/t Rick Nash) to find the Windows 8 product key for reinstallation purposes. Works well and has not failed me in about a half dozen times of need. Download pkeyui from CHIP Magazine.

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Windows Language Pack Direct Download Links

These are the official direct download links to Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7 language packs. How to Install Language Pack on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 For Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, rename the file to .MLC instead of .CAB and double-click to execute. You can also obtain these language packs through Windows…

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Boot Windows 8 to Desktop

There are a number of ways to boot Windows 8 to the Desktop (bypassing the Start screen).  I have an HP T610 thin client I am getting setup as a master image and this is the method that worked for me.

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Windows 8 File History

If you enjoyed Windows 7 Previous Versions feature, Windows 8 changes this up completely. It is now called File History and is not accessible from the Properties context menu of a file or folder.

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How to Boot to Desktop in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 introduced (one of many) a new feature that allows you to boot directly to desktop mode. Here’s how to configure Windows 8.1 to boot directly to desktop mode at startup. Step 1 Right-click anywhere on the taskbar and select Properties Step 2 Check ‘Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign on‘

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