There are many unnecessary Windows 8 services which are enabled by default. You may disable them so that your Windows 8 do not take extra resources. In this tutorial, we are showing you how to speed up Windows 8 disabling some services.
What services that are safe to be disabled?
1. On your Metro Start Screen, move your mouse cursor to the lower left corner so that Windows 8 charms pops up. Click on Search.
2. Next, type msconfig in the Search App box. Click on the ‘msconfig’ icon on the left side.
3. On the System Configuration window, click on the Services tab.
4. You can disable these following services really safely. Beside, a lot of them are already disabled. So if you really want to speed up your computer, check these services overview and disable the following services:
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Time required to install Windows 8 in PC in not the same for all machine. It depends on the machine’s configuration.
The installation time for my machine was nearly 30 minutes.
I have installed it in a separate partition. Initially that drive was empty. So no extra time has been taken for formatting the installation directory.
My computer’s configuration is:
Processor : Dual core i5 processor, Memory :
Installation time may be different for machines with different configuration.
If you are new to Windows 8, the first thing you should do is customize the start screen and add new tiles. This will give you a good feeling what the new Metro desktop is all about.
This tutorial will tell you how you can add new tiles at the start screen as of your choice.
Steps to add new tile Windows 8 start screen
I am showing you an example here of adding "regedit” program to start screen. (you can generalize it for any other program)
Step 1: Open "Windows Explorer” explore or open the drive containing your installed Windows 8 (in my case it is C:).
Enable "Hidden items” option from "View” option.
Step 2: Explore C:\Windows. You will find "regedit” program in this folder. (you may need to go other folders like System or System32 to create
shortcuts of other program).
Step 3: Right click regedit & single click "Create shortcut”.
You may see the following warning. Click "yes”.
Step 4: You will see a shortcut on desktop. Copy it & paste into C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu.
Go back to Start screen & you will be able to see the tile. Select & run it whenever needed.
Work on the touch-oriented version of Firefox for
Mozilla Firefox For Windows 8: It Has Begun
It has begun being developed that is. Mozilla has apparently started working the touch-oriented version of Firefox that would be deployed on Windows 8’s Metro UI. This piece of information comes form a software developer at Mozilla, who also gave some other details about the project in a post that was made earlier this week on his blog.
The developer’s name is Brian Brondy and he is a software developer who is working as a Platform Engineer for the Firefox project. According to what he had to say, there’s actually a Firefox app that is currently launching and running inside Windows 8 Metro. However, it is still an empty shell of an app that does not have web-browsing capabilities.
Mozilla is of course trying to make an app that will be right at home on the brand new Metro UI that is being introduced by Windows 8. The good thing about that is that you will only have to install Firefox once in your account and all Windows 8 devices using that account will be using the sane browser with the same settings, bookmarks, etc. The new Firefox will apparently be both for the Dektop and the Metro-style touch-first environments. So you have true cross-platform support.
There’s one catch though — due to the integrated way Metro works, it can have only one web browser active at any time. So the only way to use Firefox on Windows 8 Metro is to make it the default browser. You can use both IE10 and Firefox side by side on the desktop mode but that will not be possible on Metro.
The app is supposed to get a proof of concept some time around Summer when a very early version of the app will be available. Mozilla also has plans to release a beta version in the second half of 2012, which could be anytime from June to the end of the year.
There’s absolutely no getting away from the cloud on Windows 8, so you might as well learn how to put SkyDrive and associated cloud services to proper use on your Windows 8 system.
Tips For Using SkyDrive On Windows 8
As you install Windows 8, you will notice that there’s absolutely no way to avoid signing in to a cloud account. Cloud Windows 8 is mainly about SkyDrive. So let’s look at what it is and how to use it.
SkyDrive can be accessed to the SkyDrive app on Windows 8. It will give you access to all your folders and files that are stored in the cloud. You can click/tap on individual files directly and Windows 8 will automatically launch it in the associated application. All that is fine except for the fact that you cannot create, modify or delete folders on your SkyDrive at the moment. It is annoying but it will mostly likely get fixed with the next update and much before the commercial release.
You can used the cloud to keep all your data and settings backed up. Go to the Metro control panel and find User Account Synchronization — a very useful option that backs up your profile information to the cloud. This will come in handy later when you sign in to your account using another Windows 8 PC. If you have your profile stored on the cloud, most of your settings will be available to you instantly even if you have not used that particular machine ever before. This means colors, wallpapers, lock screen, profile photo and even accessibility options with contrast and font details.
Individual app settings, browser history and a large number of other things are also back up and linked to your account. So if you are in the habit of moving around a lot but are using the same set of apps, all you have to do is log in with your credentials and you will feel right at home. Also great for configuring different machines.
One cannot sync files between accounts right now but hopefully that too is coming up. Since every app can now access and use SkyDrive, you will have access to all your files on the cloud through any app that requires it.
Even Windows Explorer will have integrated SkyDrive access, which means it will be similar to DropBox but more integrated in to the system. Elitists might turn up their noses at it but then Microsoft is offering 25GB to everyone for free and paid upgrades up to 125GB. Now that’s hard to find on other cloud services. DropBox’s free account has a 2GB capacity.