Windows 8.1 Update

How to Clean Up the WinSxS Folder (Component Store) in Windows 8.1

One commonly asked question is can I delete the WinSxS folder to regain some disk space? The short answer is no. (see warning box below) However, there are ways to reduce the size of the WinSxS folder.

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 automatically reduces the size of the WinSxS by using methods similar to the ones described in this tutorial, however these methods also include internal processes, such as uninstalling and deleting packages with components that have been replaced by other components with newer versions. Previous versions of some components are kept on the system for a period of time, allowing you to rollback if necessary. After a period of time, these components are removed from the installation.

This tutorial will show you a number of ways to start the cleanup of the component store (WinSxS folder) to free up a large amount of disk space in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Determine Size and if you should Clean Up Component Store (WinSxS folder) in Windows 8.1

Why is the WinSxS folder so big? The short answer to this commonly asked question is that the component store (WinSxS folder) contains all the components that make-up Windows to allow you operate your system. These components are kept to rollback any problematic change or to repair a file that becomes corrupted.

The WinSxS folder isn’t as large as it may appear at first glance because size calculations can include Windows binaries located elsewhere which makes the WinSxS folder seem larger than it really is.

This tutorial will help show you how to determine the actual size of the component store (WinSxS folder) and if you should clean it up in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

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How to Add or Remove Power Button on Start Screen in Windows 8.1 Update

The Windows 8.1 Update released on April 8th 2014 via Windows Update, added a Power button on the Start screen.

On some devices you may not see the Power button. On devices that are not tablets like laptops, desktop PCs and All-in-Ones, the Power button should appear on the Start screen after installing the update. On most tablets you will not see the Power button on the Start screen as they have connected standby and a physical power button that lets you quickly shut down or put the device to sleep. However, on tablets larger than 8.5-inches without connected standby, you will see the Power button on the Start screen.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Power button from the top right corner of your Start screen in Windows 8.1 Update.

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How to Create a Disk Space Shortcut in Windows 8.1 Update

The Windows 8.1 Update released on April 8th 2014 via Windows Update, adds Disk space in PC settings that allows you to quickly view disk space usage by modern apps, media and files, and Recycle Bin.

This tutorial will show you how to create or download a shortcut that opens directly to Disk space in PC settings in Windows 8.1 Update.

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How to Perform an Emergency Restart in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

In some situations you may have to shut down and restart Windows very quickly. This would be an emergency restart. An emergency restart if basically just a forced restart without a timeout. (ex: shutdown.exe -R -T 00 -F)

An emergency restart can be helpful in circumstances when you cannot normally restart your computer, and is much better than turning off the power to your computer by performing a hard restart (reboot) which can be harmful to the computer.

This tutorial will show you how to perform an emergency restart as needed in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Turn On or Off Enterprise Mode for Sites in Internet Explorer 11

Enterprise Mode, a compatibility mode that runs on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows 7 devices, lets websites render using a modified browser configuration that’s designed to avoid the common compatibility problems associated with web apps written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer, like Internet Explorer 8 and older.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on and off Enterprise Mode for sites in Internet Explorer 11 for your account in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Update.

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Enable or Disable Users to Turn On and Off Enterprise Mode in Internet Explorer 11

Enterprise Mode, a compatibility mode that runs on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 Update and Windows 7 devices, lets websites render using a modified browser configuration that’s designed to avoid the common compatibility problems associated with web apps written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer, like Internet Explorer 8 and older.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable letting users to be able to turn on and off using Enterprise Mode for sites in Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Update.

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How to Empty Recycle Bin in Windows 8 and 8.1

The Recycle Bin is a temporary storage place for deleted files. When you delete a file or folder on your PC, it doesn’t get permanently deleted—it goes to the Recycle Bin. This is good because if you ever change your mind and decide you need a deleted file, you can get it back. When you empty the Recycle Bin, all files in the Recycle Bin are permanently deleted.

This tutorial will show you various ways to Empty Recycle Bin for your user account or all users in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

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How to Mark Messages as Junk or Not Junk in Mail App for Windows 8.1

Using the Mail app, which comes with Windows 8, is an easy way to let you have all your email—from Outlook.com, Exchange, Gmail (Google), Yahoo!, AOL, and other accounts—in one single app. This way there’s no need to go to different websites or apps for your email.

You can mark messages as junk in the Mail app to have those senders remembered so you don’t see those messages in your inbox in the future.

This tutorial will show you how to mark email messages as junk or not junk in the Mail app for your account in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

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How to Change Preferred Email Address for Outlook.com Alias in Windows 8 Mail App

Using the Mail app, which comes with Windows 8in one single app. This way there’s no need to go to different websites or apps for your email.

An alias is an additional email address that uses the same inbox, contact list, and account settings as the primary alias. You can sign in to your account with any alias—they all use the same password. You can send email from an alias whether you’re using Outlook.com, a mail app like Outlook or devices such as a phone.

If you have a @hotmail.com, @live.com, or @MSN.com email address and would like to add an @outlook.com address to your Outlook.com account (aka: Microsoft account), the best way is to add an alias.

This tutorial will show you how to change the preferred email address from an Outlook.com alias to send an email from with the Mail app in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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How to Set how Often and Far Back to Download Email in Windows 8 Mail App

Using the Mail app, which comes with Windows 8, is an easy way to let you have all your email—from Outlook.com, Exchange, Gmail (Google), Yahoo!, AOL, and other accounts—in one single app. This way there’s no need to go to different websites or apps for your email.

This tutorial will show you how to set how often you want to download new email, and how far back you want to download old email from your email server per account in the Mail app in Windows 8, RT, and 8.1.

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How to Enable or Disable Start Screen Animation in Windows 8 and 8.1

By default, the Start screen will only display with animation when you sign in to Windows 8 or Windows RT.

By default, the Start screen will only display with animation when you sign in to Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 RT if you set the Start screen to show at sign in instead of your desktop, and set to show Start view instead of Apps view.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Start screen animation whenever you open the Start screen in your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

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Turn On or Off Show more apps in Apps view in Windows 8.1 Update

The Start screen can viewed in the Start and Apps view. The Apps view in Windows 8.1 is the new version of the Start Menu -> All Programs that was in Windows 7 and Vista. The Apps screen displays all of your installed Store apps and desktop programs.

The Windows 8.1 Update to be released on April 8th 2014 via Windows Update, adds a setting to show more apps in Apps view.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to show more apps in Apps view for your account in Windows 8.1 Update.

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How to Open Title Bar of Modern Apps in Windows 8.1 Update

The Windows 8.1 Update to be released on April 8th 2014 via Windows Update, adds a title bar to modern apps from the Store that you can use to close (suspend), minimize, split left, or split right the app.

This tutorial will show you how to open the title bar of modern Store apps to be able to close, minimize, split left, or split right the app from in Windows 8.1 Update.

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