General computer tips and How-to's

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If someone in your house or office has created a wireless network password which neither of you can remember, this guide will show you how to recover it from the computer which is already connected to that network. This, however, will only work if you have local administrator rights on your machine. By following this guide you can fix the problem without having to reset the wireless access point.

 
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Google Chrome extension "Installed by enterprise policy" - how to remove?

This removal guide shows how to remove a Google Chrome extension that was "Installed by enterprise policy". Note that recently, there is a rise in adware infections, and in many cases, these potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) install on users' Internet browsers disguised as legitimate extensions. Commonly, potentially unwanted applications are bundled with free software downloaded from the Internet, the installation of which, is often a consequence of not paying close attention to the installation steps.

 
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By default, Windows 8 is configured with a blue theme, nature wallpaper, and windows with wide borders - an appearance that may not satisfy all users. Fortunately, it is possible to customize the default settings to create your own theme. In this step-by-step tutorial, we describe how to configure the width and color of the windows' borders, desktop background, and how to save the preferred theme.

 
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Windows 8 is configured with certain apps installed by default. Fortunately, very few occupy more than 100 MB on your hard drive, however, some third party apps can be several times larger when installed. In order to keep your computer clean, it is important to know the size of installed apps and how to uninstall them if necessary. This tutorial describes how to view the list of installed apps, size of each, and how to uninstall them.

 
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Windows 8 incorporates a new feature called Windows apps and some related information has been provided in our previous article, 'Viewing the size and removing apps in Windows 8'. One of these Windows apps replaces Windows Media Player as the default software for playing music files. In this tutorial, we describe how to revert to Windows Media Player as per previous versions of Windows.

 
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Following the release of Windows 8, many computer users have noticed that the advanced boot menu access using F8 key has been removed. The main reason for this was that Microsoft implemented a new faster booting system for Windows 8. As a result, the advanced boot menu, including the Safe Mode option, has been removed. In order to boot into Safe Mode, you must first boot Windows normally, and then restart in Safe Mode. There is, however, an option to make it available again. This tutorial describes how to enable or disable the F8 boot menu on Windows 8.

 

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