Category Archive: Windows 8

Nov 02 2013

Couldn’t Update to Windows 8.1 – 0xC1900101 0x4000D

I have a few Windows devices including my desktop, ultrabook and Microsoft Surface and have been upgrading them one by one to Windows 8.1 (or RT 8.1). My desktop and Surface upgraded without an issue but my ultrabook was unable to finish the process with the following error: Couldn’t update to Windows 8.1 Sorry, we …

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Oct 28 2013

Enable Boot to Desktop Under Windows 8.1

One major gripe people had with Windows 8 was the fact that it left you on the Start Screen rather than taking you to the desktop in prior versions of Windows. That default behaviour doesn’t change under Windows 8.1 but you can change that if you want to boot to the desktop. Here’s how you …

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Oct 21 2013

How to Upgrade to Windows 8 and Windows RT 8.1

With Windows 8.1 upon us I thought I would do a video on how to upgrade your Windows RT device (such as a Microsoft Surface RT) to Windows RT 8.1. It’s not a difficult process but it does take some time given the limited processing power in RT devices. The upgrade process for both Windows …

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Oct 18 2013

Windows 8.1 Ready to Download via Windows Store

Just a quick update. If you’ve got Windows 8 on one or more of your computers you can now upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free by checking the Windows Store app on your computer. You should see something similar to this: Just click on that big purple rectangle and you’ll get to the download screen: …

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Oct 12 2013

Check for Updates After Upgrading to Windows 8.1

Another short and sweet tip. With the general availability of Windows 8.1 almost upon us it is worth reminding everyone that if you already have Windows 8 then this is a free upgrade for you available via the Windows Store. Before you can execute the upgrade you may have to install some updates via Windows …

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Oct 06 2013

Loss of Start Screen Tiles and Desktop Icons After Installing Bitdefender

Given that Microsoft Security Essentials has copped a bit of a pasting in the press lately I thought I would review both the current offerings and my stance on antivirus products. Of course, free is a good price for many plus it is an easy way for antivirus vendors to upsell you to other bundled …

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Sep 22 2013

Enabling the Safe Mode Menu Under Windows 8

Silly me let updated nVidia drivers through Windows Update which caused my computer to encounter the blue screen of death upon every boot. As a rule of thumb, I don’t accept such driver updates for this very reason despite usually being able to get out of any resulting mess. Unfortunately, because I could not seem …

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Aug 12 2013

A Raft of Windows 8 Bing Apps Arrive on Windows Phone 8

If you’ve used Windows 8 you might have noticed that it comes with a few bundled apps including four Bing apps: Bing Finance, Bing News, Bing Sport, and Bing Weather. These apps are pretty slick and set the bar high for other Metro apps in terms of interface and quality. Anyway, the team that brought …

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Aug 04 2013

Incoming Gadget – Google Chromecast

Another short and sweet update. I missed out on the initial release but I have placed an order for Google’s new Chromecast product. In a nutshell, it’s a dongle that you plug into your television in a spare USB socket for power as well as an HDMI socket to send video and audio to the …

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Aug 03 2013

Checking TRIM is Enabled Under Windows 7 or Windows 8

Another quick tip regarding TRIM which has been mentioned a few times on the blog recently. If you’ve got an SSD you might want to double check that TRIM is enabled to ensure that the garbage collection processes can run and keep your SSD in peak performance. Usually, Windows 7 and Windows 8 will set …

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