Windows 8.1

How to Find the BIOS and UEFI Firmware Version in Windows

BIOS is a program built into personal computers that starts the operating system when you turn on your computer. It is also referred to as system firmware. BIOS is part of your computer’s hardware and is separate from Windows.

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is a standard firmware interface for PCs, designed to replace BIOS (basic input/output system). This standard was created by over 140 technology companies as part of the UEFI consortium, including Microsoft. It’s designed to improve software interoperability and address limitations of BIOS.

This tutorial will show you different ways to find out what the current BIOS and UEFI firmware version is for your motherboard in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

This could be helpful to see if you have the latest BIOS or UEFI firmware version installed.

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How to Start or Stop Connect Automatically to Wireless Network in Windows 8

If you have a laptop or a PC with a wireless network adapter, you can see a list of available wireless networks in your area, and then connect to one of those networks. The wireless networks will only appear if your PC has a wireless network adapter installed, the adapter is turned on, and the wireless access point is in range.

A wireless (Wi-Fi) network profile contains the SSID (network name), password key, and security information to be able to connect to a wireless network.

You can either connect to a wireless network manually for just that session, or have Windows always automatically connect to the wireless network when it’s within range.

This tutorial will show you how to start or stop automatically connecting to a wireless network profile in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

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How to Turn On or Off Right Clicks for Precision Touchpad in Windows 8.1

A certified Windows Precision Touchpad is a new class of input devices that provide high precision pointer input and gesture functionality. By default, these devices generate ultra-high precision scroll wheel messages for desktop application consumption.

The August 12th 2014 update rollup from Windows Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 introduced a new feature for precision touchpads by adding the Double-tap and drag setting.

If this setting is turned on, you will be able to right click by clicking or tapping on the right touchpad button.

If this setting is turned off, then when you click or tap on the right touchpad button, it will perform the same as a left click.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the allow right-clicks on the touchpad feature for your account in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

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How to Turn On or Off Double-tap and Drag for Precision Touchpad in Windows 8.1

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A certified Windows Precision Touchpad is a new class of input devices that provide high precision pointer input and gesture functionality. By default, these devices generate ultra-high precision scroll wheel messages for desktop application consumption.

The August 12th 2014 update rollup from Windows Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 introduced a new feature for precision touchpads by adding the “Double-tap and drag” setting.

If this setting is turned on, you will be able to double-tap on an item using the precision touchpad while keeping your finger down on the second tap, then drag the item.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the double-tap and drag feature of your precision touchpad for your account in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

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How to Turn On or Off Leave Touchpad On when Mouse is Connected in Windows 8.1

A certified Windows Precision Touchpad is a new class of input devices that provide high precision pointer input and gesture functionality. By default, these devices generate ultra-high precision scroll wheel messages for desktop application consumption.

The August 12th 2014 update rollup from Windows Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 introduced a new feature for precision touchpads by adding the “Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected” setting.

If this setting is turned on, your precision touchpad will stay on when you connect a mouse to the PC.

If this setting is turned off, your precision touchpad will automatically turn off when you connect a mouse to the PC, and will automatically turn back on when the mouse is disconnected.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected for your account in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.

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How to Add or Remove Desktop Background “Slide Show” in Power Options in Windows

You can have a slide show (a rotating series of pictures) as your desktop background. You can use your own pictures or pictures that Windows provides as part of a theme.

The Slide show power option allows users to specify when they want the desktop background slide show to be available or paused when on battery or plugged in.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Slide show” setting under Desktop background settings in Power Options for all users in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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How to Enable or Disable Automatic Updates in Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player (WMP) is updated from time to time with new features and performance enhancements. You can let the Player check for updates automatically or you can check for updates manually.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Windows Media Player from automatically checking for updates periodically and the “Automatic updates” options for all users.

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Windows Media Player (WMP) is updated from time to time with new features and performance enhancements. You can let the Player check for updates automatically or you can check for updates manually.

This tutorial will show you how to manually check for updates in Windows Media Player.

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How to Generate and View a System Health Report in Windows 8.1

A System Diagnostics Report, also called a System Health Report, helps track down any errors that may occur within your software or hardware and generates a report that tells you exactly what the problems are. When the report is generated, you will see a list of: the status of any critical components on the computer, whether or not the problem has been detected, and any possible solutions you can try. This can be a very useful tool for troubleshooting problems and for a great source of information on your system.

This tutorial will show you how to view and generate a system health report in Windows 8.1.

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How to Enable or Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure in Windows

Whenever a critical error (ex: BSOD) is detected in Windows, Windows will restart itself by default to prevent any possible damage to your computer as a safety measure. The problem is that the error message on the screen only display on the screen very briefly (less than a second) before the PC restarts. If you turn off automatic restart on system failure, you will have time to read and write down the error message to help when troubleshooting.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable an automatic restart of your computer on system failure in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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Enable or Disable Automatic Promotion of Notification Area Icons to Taskbar

The notification area is a part of the taskbar that provides a temporary source for notifications and status. It can also be used to display icons for system and program features that are not on the desktop. The notification area was known historically as the system tray or status area.

By default, the only icons that will be visible in this area are some system icons. However, you can select which icons appear on the taskbar, and which icons hide in the overflow section.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the automatic temporary promotion of newly added notification area icons to the taskbar for all or specific users in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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How to Hide or Show Intel Rapid Storage Technology Notification Area Icon in Windows

The Intel Rapid Storage Technology software package provides high-performance SATA and SATA RAID capabilities for supported operating systems and requirements.

The notification area (also called the system tray) is located on your desktop. The taskbar contains the notification area icon for Intel Rapid Storage Technology. The icon provides storage system status and notifications such as volume and disk events based on a change of state.

The notification area icon will automatically display in the notification area once Intel Rapid Storage Technology is installed. Both administrators and standard users can change the system notification settings using the application or directly from the notification area. Settings changes are applied on a per user basis, and do not affect other users’ settings.

If you have Intel Rapid Storage Technology installed, then this tutorial can show you how to hide or show it’s notification area icon in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Add or Remove Recycle Bin from Favorites in Navigation Pane in Windows

The Recycle Bin provides a safety net when deleting files or folders. When you delete any of these items from your hard disk, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin and the Recycle Bin icon changes from empty to full.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the Recycle Bin as a link under Favorites in the navigation pane of Explorer for only your user account in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Add or Remove “USB selective suspend setting” in Power Options in Windows

The USB selective suspend feature allows the hub driver to suspend an individual USB port without affecting the operation of the other USB ports on the hub. Selective suspension of USB devices is especially useful in portable computers, since it helps conserve battery power. Many devices, such as fingerprint readers and other kinds of biometric scanners, only require power intermittently. Suspending such devices, when the device is not in use, reduces overall power consumption. More importantly, any device that is not selectively suspended may prevent the USB host controller from disabling its transfer schedule, which resides in system memory. DMA transfers by the host controller to the scheduler can prevent the system’s processors from entering deeper sleep states, such as hibernate.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “USB selective suspend setting” setting under USB settings in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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Enable or Disable “local access only” Network Icon in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Windows includes a feature called Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI), which is part of a broader feature called Network Awareness, that is used to automatically identify the network the PC is connecting to and whether or not it has access to the Internet.

•By default, the Internet access icon will be shown in the system tray when a user is connected to a network with internet access.
•By default, the “local access only” (No Internet access) icon will be used when a user is connected to a network with local access only.
•If disabled, the Internet access icon will be shown in the system tray even when a user is connected to a network with local access only and no internet access.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable showing the “local access only” network icon when users are not connected to the internet in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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How to Add or Remove “System cooling policy” in Power Options in Windows

The System cooling policy power option allows you to specify the cooling mode you want to use for your system.

•Active = Increase fan speed to cool first, and only slow the processor to cool as a last resort.
•Passive = Slow the processor to cool, and only increasing fan speed to cool as a last resort.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “System cooling policy” setting under Processor power management in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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Add or Remove “Minimum processor state” and “Maximum processor state” in Power Options in Windows

The Minimum processor state is the minimum performance percentage your CPU will automatically decrease to save energy and battery life when there is little CPU demand by the system. You would want to keep this percentage the same or lower than the Maximum processor state setting.

The Maximum processor state is the maximum percentage performance your CPU will automatically increase to save energy and battery life when CPU demand increases. You would want to keep this percentage the same or higher than the Minimum processor state setting.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Minimum processor state” and “Maximum processor state” setting under Processor power management in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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