Understand The Various Power User Tasks In Windows 8

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One of the major drawbacks of the Windows 8 operating system that many users had complained was about the difficulty in understanding the various options in the program. Even though Microsoft tried to make the operating system with many futuristic features, they could not make it simpler for the users. For instance, if you were new to Windows 8, you would be confused about how to shut down the PC as the shutdown button cannot be found easily. In the earlier versions of Microsoft operating systems, this button was present in the Start menu and this menu is not present in Windows 8.

According to Microsoft help line, Windows 8 comes with various power user tasks. In this post, we will first find out how to access these tasks and then find out more about each of these tasks.

Accessing power user tasks

When you move your mouse over the left bottom corner of the screen, a thumbnail preview of various applications that you recently used comes up. Now, in order to open the Power User Tasks menu, right click the left bottom corner of the window and choose the option Power User Tasks. Now, let us go through the various tasks listed in the section.

Power Options

You can change the various power settings of your PC here.

Programs and features

This is the area where you will find the list of all installed programs in the computer. This section allows you to uninstall or modify the programs installed in the PC.

System

If you want to find out the details of your computer, then choose this option. Various other options like Remote Settings, System Protection and Device Manager are also present in this area.

Event Viewer

This application will enter the details of various events that take place in the computer. It is ideal for diagnosing and fixing various issues with the operating system.

Command Prompt

This window will help you to initiate various command line utilities.

Computer management

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This screen allows you to change the settings of your user accounts. You can also manage the disks and find the event logs from here.

Desktop

This option takes you directly to the Desktop screen.

File Explorer

You can manage your files from the File Explorer tasks.

Search

You can start searching for apps, programs and files in your computer from this window.

We hope that you have understood the basics about the various power tasks of Windows 8. For further assistance, you may contact the Microsoft help line.

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Fixing Common Outlook Express Errors

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It is indeed very irritating to see the error message ‘An unknown error has occurred’ when you are using a software application. Even more so, if it happens to be the mail client, which you are using for your office needs. Many Outlook Express users have indeed reported such error messages and it is always difficult to get Outlook Express help for such ‘unknown errors’, since there is no error code or any other information about this particular error.

Some tips for fixing the Outlook Express errors

There is a very good chance that what you are dealing with here is a file corruption issue. It is indeed a smart idea to create a backup of all the Outlook Express data before you proceed further. Because, once the entire Outlook Express data become corrupt, you are likely to lose important data, no matter which data recovery tool you have at your disposal.

Now, go to the Tools menu, select the Maintenance option you see there and click on Store Folder. This will show you the storage location for the Outlook Express data. Copy this folder path and paste it in the Windows Explorer or Run command window to open the folder.

Before you do this, check whether you have enabled the Hidden File view option for your OS. Some of the Outlook Express files will be hidden and it might not be possible for you to access them if you have not enabled this option in the OS. For this, go to the Folder Options in the Control Panel.

The Outlook Express folder you are looking for is ‘inbox.dbx’. This will be the corrupt Outlook Express file. Change the filename to

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force Outlook Express to create a new folder for the same purpose the next time you start the application. This way you can also get rid of the file corruption present in that folder. This will work in most of the cases.

But, if you are again seeing the same irritating problem in Outlook Express, you have to use much more advanced troubleshooting steps like cleaning the system registry to fix the problem. There are many free registry cleaner applications available online, which you can use for the purpose.

Also, use a data recovery application if the Outlook Express data files are indeed corrupt. This is the only way you can recover the data stored in the corrupt folder. Such data recovery tools too are available for free online. You can contact our Outlook Express help desk for any further assistance if necessary.

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Uninstalling The ShopAtHome Toolbar

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ShopAtHome Toolbar Removal

Many toolbars try to make their way into your system using any means possible. Most common methods of gaining access are being installed along with some third party free software. Various free third-party software out in the market bundle in unwanted toolbars along with them and these software find their way into your computer. ShopAtHome toolbar is one such toolbar.

Once installed, you have to uninstall the ShopAtHome toolbar, as it channels all your search queries though its own search engine. However, the upside of using this toolbar is that you can compare the price of an item among several online shopping sites. Rarely does an individual make use of this feature and the entire toolbar just stays there, taking up your screen space and slowing down your entire web browser itself.

If you do not actively use this toolbar, toolbar removal using a third party toolbar remover is an option. Not only will this speed up your browser’s speed and performance, you will save up a lot of screen space increasing your browser performance. Here’s how you remove the ShopAtHome toolbar from Internet Explorer.

Instructions

  • Open the Start menu by clicking on the Start icon and then open the Control Panel from inside the menu.
  • Once inside the Control Panel menu, click on the Programs and Features orthe Add or Remove Programs option depending on which version of Windows you are using.
  • Once you click on this option, you will be able to see the list of programs that are installed in your system currently. Navigate through the entire list of files to determine the toolbar you wish to remove.
  • SelectRebates” or “ShopAtHome.com Toolbar” will be the name of the unwanted toolbar.

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  • Select the file and click on the Uninstall or Remove button. Depending on your security settings and Windows version, you might have to type in your administrator password in order to execute this command.
  • Re-launch Internet Explorer.

If you have followed the steps correctly, you will no longer find the toolbar in Internet Explorer. Here’s how you remove the toolbar from Firefox.

  • Click on the Tools menu and then select the Add-ons option.
  • Click on the Extensions tab to view a list of installed add-ons. Scroll down the list to find ShopAtHome Intelligent Shopping Toolbar and click on the Uninstall button.
  • Click Uninstall again to remove the toolbar.
  • Restart the Firefox application again to re-launch your web browser.

If these steps do not work for you, to know about various third party toolbar remover programs, contact our technical support team.

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Keep Your Accounts Safe With Hotmail Support Services

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The rule of the thumb in the service industry is that you need to provide good support services for keeping the customer base intact. Microsoft is a company that provides a variety of services to the customers. One their popular service is the Hotmail email service. The company has been adding newer services to the email service like calendar, memo pad, chat messenger, SkyDrive and more. The latest addition to the list is a Microsoft help forum, for catering to the needs of the customers. The users of the email service can post their queries and issues in the help forum and the support team will reply to the issues.

The Microsoft help forum for Hotmail has instructions in it for fixing any issues that one might come across while using the web mail service. However the service has a minor drawback, it is an online only service. This means that you will not be able to access the service and support instructions in the help forum if you are not connected to the internet. One another problem that you may point out is that the service is available in the form of FAQs and Email help and not over phone or online chat support. This means that it might take a while for you to get support for your issues.

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Microsoft Help Forum Instructions

If you are in urgent need of support, try contacting the Microsoft help and support team over the telephone. When you contact the support center through phone, you will get prompt services, opting for chat support also helps in getting instant support. If you are not able to get to the support executives, you can also opt for getting support from third party service providers for fixing the issues with the email service.

With the Hotmail email service now updated to Outlook.com, the support forums are also changed accordingly. Since security is the main concern in the email service sector, Microsoft has taken great care in securing the emails and accounts of its users. The company uses advanced encryption technologies to secure the email and account details of their users. One of the best practices that you can follow is to stay away from spam emails that are intended to steal your personal data.

In addition, not logging in to your account from a public computer will also help you in keeping your account safe. Your account will be safe if you have an internet security program installed in your system.

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Uninstalling Toolbars And Programs That Do Not Have A Removal Link

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There are cases where a toolbar lands in the browser that we use even when we have not installed it. Most of the toolbars seep into the browser when we try to install some other software. If you want to remove such toolbars, you need to click on the View tab in the browser and look for the toolbar from the list. When you have found it, you will find an option to disable the same from the browser. This is one of the easiest toolbar remover methods.

In order to confirm if the toolbar has been removed, you need to check the Control Panel window. This is because disabling from the browser is not enough to remove the toolbar from the computer. Hence, click on the Start button and select the Control Panel option. When the window is open, look for the icon called Add\Remove Programs. When you double click on this icon, a window opens with a list of all the programs and toolbars installed in the computer.

Look for the toolbar in the list that you want to uninstall, there are certain cases where you might not find the toolbar listed in the window. One of the main reasons is that not all toolbars are listed in this window under the same name. When you search the whole computer for this particular toolbar, you might be able to find the link to uninstall the toolbar. Otherwise, the best thing to do would be to uninstall all the toolbars and software programs unknown to you.

To see that the computer remains safe and protected against any potential attacks, install an antivirus program in your computer. You need to make sure that the program stays up-to-date to retain the computer safe and secure. The same method can be adopted for other programs as well.

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Toolbar Remover Utility

Apart from these methods, there are toolbar remover utilities available online that can be downloaded into the computer. These executable files help in the removal of a toolbar or software program. This utility makes sure that every bit of the program is removed from the computer.

Last but not the least, the most effective method to remove a particular program or toolbar is with the help of registry files. These files contain details about every file installed in the computer and hence if you mess up with them, they have an adverse effect on the computer. It is best not to work with the registry files unless you are sure about the same.

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