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Windows 8 : File Maintenance Using the Open and Save As Dialog Boxes, Metadata and the File Explorer Property System
If file location will become less important, what can you use to take its place as a basis for file organization? Content seems like a pretty good place to start. After all, it’s what’s inside the documents that really matters.
Windows 8 : The Recycle Bin: Deleting and Recovering Files and Folders
n our conversations with Windows users, we’ve noticed an interesting trend that has become more prominent in recent years: people don’t delete files as often as they used to.
Windows 8 : Expert Drag-and-Drop Techniques, Taking Advantage of the Send To Command
For certain destinations, Windows 8 offers an easier method for copying or moving files or folders: the Send To command. To use this command, select the objects you want to work with, right-click the selection, and then click Send To in the shortcut menu.
Windows 8 : Selecting Files with Check Boxes, Resolving File Transfer Conflicts
Windows 8 offers a file-selection technique that promises to eliminate accidental selections. With this technique, you use a check box to select individual files and folders. To activate this feature, display File Explorer’s View tab and then activate the Item Check Boxes check box.
Windows 8 : Navigating the Windows 8 Folder Windows (part 2) - Instant Search, The Ribbon, The Navigation Pane
The next major element in the Windows 8 folder window interface is the Instant Search box, which appears to the right of the address bar in all folder windows. Search is everywhere in Windows 8.
Windows 8 : Navigating the Windows 8 Folder Windows (part 1) - Folder Navigation
Windows 8 implements drives and folders as hierarchies that you navigate up, down, and even across. As you can see in Figure 1, the address bar doesn’t show any drive letters or backslashes.
Windows 8 : Understanding File Types - File Types and File Extensions, File Types and the Registry
One of the fictions that Microsoft has tried to foist on the computer-using public is that we live in a “document-centric” world. That is, that people care only about the documents they create and not about the applications they use to create those documents.
Personalizing Windows 8 : Protecting Yourself with Windows Firewall - Advanced Firewall Configuration
All these options require administrative privileges. We don’t go into great detail on what the various options mean because we assume you are working to comply with an existing policy.
Personalizing Windows 8 : Protecting Yourself with Windows Firewall - Making Exceptions to Firewall Protection
When Windows Firewall is turned on and running, you don’t really have to do anything special to use it. It will be on constant vigil, automatically protecting your computer from hackers and worms trying to sneak in through unprotected ports.
Personalizing Windows 8 : Protecting Yourself with Windows Firewall - Introducing Action Center
Before you explore Windows Firewall, take a look at the Action Center. This is a single point of notification for most of your PC’s security.
Personalizing Windows 8 : Protecting Yourself with Windows Firewall - How Firewalls Work
To understand what a firewall is, you need to first understand what a network connection is. Even though you have only one skinny set of wires connecting your computer to the Internet (through a DSL phone line or cable outlet), that connection actually consists of 65,535 ports.
Windows Server 2012 : Managing Users and Data with Dynamic Access Control - Automatic File Classification
As with auditing, file classification isn’t new to Windows Server but has been enhanced in Server 2012. File classification adds to a server administrator’s arsenal of management tools with powerful content classification rules.
Windows Server 2012 : Managing Users and Data with Dynamic Access Control - Auditing
Auditing is yet another component of Dynamic Access Control that, while not new to Windows Server, has undergone a refresh. Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will create audit events anytime a file is accessed, but auditing in Server 2012 is centralized and more sophisticated.
Windows Server 2012 : Managing Users and Data with Dynamic Access Control - Access Denied Remediation
You can configure Access Denied Remediation on individual file servers or throughout an entire domain. The feature is configured in Group Policy for deployment throughout the domain and via File Server Resource Manager on individual file servers.
Xbox LIVE and Windows 8 (part 3) - Xbox Companion
Xbox Companion will eventually be replaced by a similar but more full-featured app called Xbox SmartGlass. This app, due by the end of 2012, will offer a superset of the functionality in Xbox Companion.
Xbox LIVE and Windows 8 (part 2) - Xbox Games
Xbox Games is the front end to all of your Xbox LIVE game activities on Windows 8, and oddly enough that includes a ton of Xbox 360-related functionality, too.
Xbox LIVE and Windows 8 (part 1) - Xbox LIVE Accounts
Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE service is always changing, so it’s possible and even likely that there will be additional features offered in addition to what’s outlined here.
Xbox Games with Windows 8 : Finding and Acquiring Desktop Games
Desktop games (and applications) cannot run on Windows RT. They are designed only for Windows 8 (and perhaps older versions of Windows, too).
Xbox Games with Windows 8 : Finding and Acquiring Games for Windows 8
We discuss Windows Store, Microsoft’s new online marketplace for Metro-style apps. And as previously discussed, this is the place where you can discover, download, and purchase new Metro-style games as well.
Xbox Games with Windows 8 : Games and the Metro Environment
Windows 8 can, of course, run traditional Windows games that run under the desktop and provide full-screen experiences as well. The capabilities listed here are in addition to legacy features.
Windows 8 : Conquering Viruses and Spyware with Windows Defender (part 3) - Excluding files and folders, Advanced configuration options
Each virus and malware item that Defender identifies has a definition that specifies its intent, severity, and recommended actions. The definitions are created by human experts who have previously found and analyzed the item.
Windows 8 : Conquering Viruses and Spyware with Windows Defender (part 2) - Performing a custom scan, Preventing malicious software using real-time scanning
A custom scan lets you scan a specific drive or folder. For example, if someone sends you a flash drive or DVD, you might want to check that disk before copying or opening any files from it.
Windows 8 : Conquering Viruses and Spyware with Windows Defender (part 1) - Removing malicious software from your computer
There are many programs on the market that are designed to prevent and eliminate spyware (and adware), but you don’t have to spend any money or download any third-party programs to protect your system from these threats.
Windows 8 : Security and Updates - Help, Support, and Troubleshooting (part 2) - Help from People
When you can’t figure something out by guessing, usually your next thought is to call someone on the phone. Whether that strategy works depends on whom you call.
Windows 8 : Security and Updates - Help, Support, and Troubleshooting (part 1) - Introducing Help And Support
By far, the most important resource for getting the information you need, when you need it, is the Help And Support built into Windows 8. It doesn’t cover everything in great depth. But it does cover all the main features with a focus on the tasks most people want to perform with their computers.
Windows 8 Apps and the Windows Store : Installing Apps from the Windows Store, Sharing Windows 8 App Data
In these days of ubiquitous social networking, we are immersed in a world of sharing: happenings, links, information, and much more. You can enhance your social contacts and share more of your life with other people by using Windows 8’s Share feature to send data.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 7) - Travel, Video
The Travel app is designed to help you research travel destinations and then book your trip once you’ve decided where to go.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 6) - Store, Weather
You use the Store app to access the online Windows Store and browse and purchase new Windows 8 apps for your Windows 8 PC.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 6) - Photos, SkyDrive, Sports
If there are any sections of the Photos app you never use, you can hide them. Press Windows Logo+I (or display the Charms menu and click Settings) to open the Settings pane, and then click Settings. Click the switch to Off for each section you want to hide.
The Windows 8 Apps (part 5) - News, People
The News app offers the latest news stories from various categories, which are listed on the main News screen and include World, Technology, Business, Entertainment, Politics, and Sports.
 
 
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