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Dec 102013

windows securityUpdates available for all currently supported versions of Windows and Microsoft Office.
In addition to security updates there are several updates to “resolve issues”.
Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for December 2013

Dec 042013

start8logoStart8 1.31 released.

Start8 1.31 Changelog
-Added some additional strings to bundled language files for Windows 8.1
-DisplayFusion fixes
-Hid the advanced option to go to desktop when closing a metro app on Win8.1
-Disabled the option for the user picture to hide the user picture when using a WB skin
-Fixed an issue with custom themes and non English languages where the shutdown button would clip text

Nov 072013

ie11logoIE 11 for Windows 7 is out.
IE 11 is the default for Windows 8.1.
I expect this to show up in Windows Update for Windows 7 but hasn’t yet.
Announcement: IE11 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses
Microsoft: Internet Explorer Page
IE 11 Welcome Page
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 (32-bit)
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 64-bit Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Edition
Internet Explorer 11 Language Packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11

Oct 282013

xp_logoBoth Google and Mozilla have announced support for Windows XP beyond Microsoft’s April 8, 2014 deadline. It’s a transparent attempt to inflate their market share at the expense of users. Folks, they aren’t doing you any favors.
Windows XP isn’t near as secure as Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 and when Microsoft’s support ends you will be in real danger. Many security experts think the bad guys are sitting on exploits, waiting for April, 8th. Continue reading »

Oct 222013



Tweaking Windows 8.1

A guide to tweak and optimize Windows 8.1.

Updated for Windows 8.1 Update 1. Lasted edited 07 April, 2014

tweak – to change slightly, esp. in order to make something more effective or correct.

optimize – get the most out of, make optimal - modify to achieve maximum efficiency in storage capacity or time or cost


“ – Home Of The Original Tweak Guides”

Article Index

Bad Tweaks
Notes & Ramblings
Useful Links

Tips For This Guide
What to call the new interface?
The Windows + Pause|Break keys
The Windows + R keys
The Run box is < The Search Box
Closing Metro Apps
Windows Help & Tips

Settings For User Accounts
Account Types
Local An Microsoft Accounts Defined
- Local Account
- Microsoft Account
Which should you use, a Local or Microsoft Account?
Accessing Account Settings
Signing On With A Local Account During A Clean Installation
Signing Up For A Microsoft Account After Installation
Using The Windows Store When You Use A Local Account For Sign-In
Switch To A Local Account
Create A User Password
How To Change The User Account Picture
How To Login Automatically

Move Your Libraries
View Libraries In Explorer

Customize The Desktop
Boot To Desktop Or Start Screen
Start Button
Add a Start Menu Button
Disable System Sounds
Customize the Taskbar
Customize the Notification Area
More Desktop Customizations
The Action Center
Advanced Clock Settings
God Mode

Customizing Metro
Arranging Tiles
Resizing Tiles
Getting Rid Of Tiles
Restoring Or Adding Tiles To The Start Screen
Naming Groups
Show Administrative Tools

Customize Folder Options
Folder View Options
Optimize Folders

Search Options – Disable Bing Integrated Search


Windows 8 Networking
Disable The Home Group
Windows 8 Network Tweaks

Windows 8 Power Settings
Power Plans For Laptops
Windows 8 Fast Startup
Disable Fast Startup
Windows Mobility Center
Add a Windows Mobility Center shortcut to your desktop

Windows 8 Security Tweaks
Windows Defender
Configuring Windows Update

The Page File, SuperFetch, and ReadyBoost
The Page File

Windows Backup And Recovery Options
Refresh and Reset
System Restore
Accessing Windows Recovery Settings Offilne
Windows 7 Backup
File History

Windows 8.1 And SSDs

Regedit only tweaks

User Interface Tweakers
Classic Shell
Classic Start Menu

Maintaining Your Computer
Receiving Updates When Available
Secunia PSI
Ninite Updater
Checking for problems
Reliability Monitor
View performance details in Event Log
Generate A System Health Report
Task Manager

Clean, Defrag, & Optimize
Disk Cleanup
Advanced Disk Cleanup
More Advanced Disk Cleanup


Appendix 1, Learn Windows 8 – Official Microsoft Guides
New For Windows 8.1
For Home Users
For advanced users or IT types





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Oct 212013

thpinpostlogoThe workaround to download Windows 8.1 surfaced over the last few days.
Origin unknown (That means credit / blame ain’t mine).
Lots of places have posted the instructions to download but left you hanging after that.
Thats where this post comes in.
Continue reading »