Posts Tagged ‘start screen’

Customize the Windows 10 Start Menu

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Although the official release of Windows 10 is still a long way away, it does sound like Microsoft has done a better job of thinking through the Start Menu/Start Screen issue this time.

It takes some getting used to time to get accustomed to the new start menu that Microsoft ships with its Windows 10 operating system.  While there is still enough time for changes, it is likely that they won’t be major unless feedback is predominantly negative. One of the things that you can do for instance is to remove all tiles from the start menu. That’s handy if you don’t use apps at all or don’t want them listed in the start menu.


The Windows 8.1 Update is Mandatory for all Windows 8.1 Users … and Here’s Why

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Windows users take note; there’s no way around the 8.1 update …

Today’s Patch Tuesday is special because of a couple of reasons. First, it is the last patch public patch day for most Windows XP systems. I do not think there is need to panic just yet, but you may want to consider upgrading the operating system eventually. Second, Windows 8.1 Update will be released today. Microsoft revealed the update officially some time ago, and we have reviewed what is new last month as well.


How to Display Hidden Files in Windows 8

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The process for displaying hidden files in Windows 8 is basically the same as it was in Windows 7 … It’s just a bit harder to find the appropriate menu now.

Select files and folders of the Windows 8 operating system are hidden by default so that users of the system can’t see them in File Explorer and most other programs that they run on the system. While that ensures that users cannot delete, move or modify important files or folders accidentally, it also means that it is sometimes difficult to follow tutorials or find specific files or folders that are hidden on the system.


Firefox Versions on Windows 8 to Share Profiles After All

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Mozilla has been a bit slow in adapting Firefox to the Windows 8 start screen … but I’m not sure if that says something about Mozilla, or if it says something about the popularity of the Windows 8 start screen.

One of the new features of the Windows 8 operating system is its dual-interface. You got the start screen area where you can run apps in fullscreen, and then the regular desktop where you can run legacy software just like before. One of the limitations here is that you cannot run a desktop browser on the start screen interface. While that is not a problem for users who ignore the interface altogether, it is for users who do use it.


StartIsBack+ Adds Taskbar to Start Screen on Windows 8.1

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Given the many different programs out there that are designed to restore the Start Menu, I wonder if Microsoft will ever realize that removing the Start Menu might have been a bad idea in the first place?

More than a dozen different start menu programs have been created which all add a start menu back to Microsoft’s newest operating system Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Depending on which program you install, you may have access to other features that improve the usability of the operating system.


Microsoft Confirms Windows 8.1 Features, Announces Internet Explorer 11

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The return of the Windows Start Button (sort of, kind of, but not really) …

The Internet rumor mill is buzzing with noise ever since Microsoft announced that it would release an update for Windows 8 this year. Windows Blue, or Windows 8.1, is not a service pack according to Microsoft but a feature upgrade for the operating system. Windows 8 has been heavily criticized ever since first public versions were made available by Microsoft for testing purposes.


Windows 8.1 May Include a Straight to Desktop Setting

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

This sounds like Microsoft might have finally listened to desktop and laptop users’ concerns about the Windows 8 interface …

There are two main points of criticism in regards to Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. First the missing start menu which has been more or less replaced with the start screen, and then that the operating system loads in to the start screen interface after log in with no setting to change that behavior so that it boots into the desktop interface instead.