Windows Blog by Brink – Page 207 – Tutorials for Windows

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 Install Preview for Developers App for Windows Phone Pre-release Updates

If you are registered with App Studio (anyone can) OR a registered Windows Phone developer, then you can receive pre-release OS updates on their dev phone, directly from Microsoft. You can use the Preview for Developers app to opt-in your phone to receive early Windows Phone updates before they are generally available, enabling you to run and test your app on real hardware running the latest OS before your customers.

This tutorial will show you how to register and to download and install the Preview for Developers app to be able to receive pre-release OS updates on your Windows Phone 8 and 8.1.

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How to Turn On or Off Store App Live Tile in Windows Phone 8.1

Starting with the 8.10.14147.180 OS version of Windows Phone, the Store app now has a live tile when pinned to the Start screen that cycles through today’s featured apps in the Store.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the live tile of the Store app pinned to the Start screen to show today’s app and to only update tile over Wi-Fi in Windows Phone 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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How to Power Off and On Windows Phone 8 and 8.1

If your Windows Phone stops working or responding in the way you’re used to, you can quickly restart it to get back on track. You can restart your phone by powering it off, and turning it back on afterwards.

You may also want to turn off your Windows phone as needed. For example, before entering a court room.

This tutorial will show you how to completely turn off and turn back on your Windows Phone 8 or 8.1 phone.

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How to Change Website Preferences to Mobile or Desktop Version in Windows Phone 8.1

Many websites offer a mobile version of their full desktop site that’s customized for the smaller screens and slower Internet connections commonly found on mobile phones.

Internet Explorer on Windows Phone sends an identification string when it connects to websites. If a website offers a mobile version of their site, then it will display instead of the desktop version by default unless you change your website preference in Internet Explorer.

This tutorial will show you how to set the website preference in Internet Explorer to either a mobile or desktop version in Windows Phone 8.1.

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Add or Remove PCIe “Link State Power Management” in Power Options in Windows

The Link State Power Management is a part of PCI Express Active State Power Management (ASPM). The link State of a PCIe Device is converted from L0 (on) to L1 (off) when the link is not transferring data. The hardware is automatically converted to L0 again when data is available to transfer across the link.

This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Link State Power Management” setting under PCI Express in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

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How to Enable or Disable Taskbar Last Active Click in Windows 7 and Windows 8

By default, when you click/tap on taskbar button for a program that has multiple tabs (ex: IE) or windows open in Windows 7 and 8, you will see thumbnail previews of them to then be able to select one to make active.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable taskbar last active click to be able to switch to the last active program window by clicking on the taskbar button in Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

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How to Enable or Disable Shutdown Event Tracker in Windows

Shutdown Event Tracker is a tool that prompts users to record a reason why they restart or shut down the computer. This information is available for review in the event log. If a computer running Windows is connected to a domain that uses monitoring tools, you can collect this information as part of network reporting.

When Shutdown Event Tracker is enabled, users cannot shut down or restart the computer without providing a reason. If the computer is shut down or restarted unexpectedly, either as a result of power interruption or hardware failure, the user is prompted to enter a reason in Shutdown Event Tracker when the computer is started again.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Shutdown Event Tracker for when users restart or shut down Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2003 and above.

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