How To Disable The Windows 8 Lock Screen

12/14/2012 9:23:13 AM

If you want to disable the lock screen in Window 8, open the Group Policy Editor (run GPEdit.msc) then browse to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization. There, double-click and enable “Do not display the lock screen.”

Disable The Windows 8 Lock Screen

Disable The Windows 8 Lock Screen

Access Your Favorite Admin Tools In Windows 8

You Have To Admit. Microsoft has taken a sizeable gamble with the design of Windows 8. Some commentators say the company simply has to change the way it operates if it wants to gain any traction in the tablet and smartphone market, and with the new operating system’s touch-oriented model, it has certainly started down that path. The Windows interface has undergone a radical rethink in terms of both operation and interactivity.

For us desktop users, it represents a massive change from what we’ve become accustomed to over the years. Gone is the desktop as we’ve come to know it and, most jarringly of all, gone is the Start menu that we’ve come to love since the heady and somewhat dysfunctional days of Windows 95.

But there’s no need to worry all we’re looking at with Windows 8 is essentially a re-skinned version of Windows 7 with some fancy new GUI components dropped in on top of it. As Microsoft itself says in the reviewer’s guides it sent out to the media: It’s Windows 7, only better. In this how-to, we’ll show you how to access all the administrative features and tools you’ve come to rely on, in Windows 8.

Unlock The Admin Tools On the new Windows 8 Start screen, start by bringing up the Charms bar from the right-hand side of the screen and clicking Settings. Then select the Tiles menu and slide the bar that says ‘Show administrative tools to the right. Now just tap anywhere on the main screen to remove the Charms bar, and the full set of administrative tools will be displayed.

When these tools appear, they may be mixed in with various other shortcuts, but well show you how to tidy them up. You can group icons together on the Start screen with a few clicks. First. minimize the icons by hovering the mouse over the bottom right corner and clicking the minus symbol. You can now see the individual groups by right-clicking them.

When you right-click, a bar will appear at the base of the screen giving you the option to name the group. Once you’ve entered a name here, you can zoom back into the Start screen and move individual icons between groups. Return to the minimized view and you can move entire groups around by dragging and dropping them into your preferred place.

1. Unlock The Admin Tools

Unlock The Admin Tools

Set Up Automated Backup One of the most important administrative features in any OS is file backup, and Windows 8 makes it easier than ever to quickly protect alt your important files. The new File History app lets you select a device to use for automatic backups for your desktop and Libraries.

First, enter the Control Panel and start File History. If you haven’t plugged in your USB stick or other storage device, now is the time to do so. The drive will appear in the window, and File History will be switched off. Click “Turn on” to begin syncing your content to the drive. You can exclude a particular folder by selecting it in the Exclude folders” option, and add Libraries by creating new ones and filling them with folders.

The advanced settings will let you specify how Long to keep outdated versions of files, and how often to back up the whole Lot. If you delete a file from your main drive that you then need to back up, you can use Restore Personal Files to select an appropriate restore point. You can even drill down through the backups to see which files are in each option.

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It was once hidden within the murky depths of msconfig, but the Startup tab has received a promotion and found itself a home in the new Task Manager. It still has the same level of functionality as before, allowing you to customize which programs Load when you boot your machine, but it’s now much easier to access than before. You can also travel directly to the file Location to see a rundown of the impact it has on your boot time.


This is another example of the improvements Microsoft has made to the Task Manager, and will be of particular interest to power users. Previously, the main screen on the Performance tab only displayed a graph of your machines CPU usage, with a Little extra detail about memory. Now, there’s information about everything from processor speed to the read and write speeds of your drives. This provides a comprehensive idea of how your machine is performing.

System Information

 If you don’t necessarily want to know how your machine is performing, but are Looking for the details of your PCs components (from a software or hardware perspective), the System Information screen is the place for you. It will give you the full lowdown on every facet of your machine, from the drivers for your mouse to the layout of your drive partitions.

System Information

System Information

Windows Firewall

Nothing has really changed with the latest iteration of Windows Firewall and Advanced Security. It’s still the place to go to fully customize your firewall settings, whether you want to import new exception policies or diagnose any kind of network/security problems. It also allows you to monitor how your current network connection is configured.

Boot Into Safe Mode

Boot times in Windows 8 have improved, but with an SSD installed as a boot drive, it can be tricky to boot into Safe Mode. Luckily, you can access it via Advanced Boot Options, which is accessible through the extra settings on the Charms bar. If you hit Advanced Startup under the General tab, the PC will restart into Windows 8’s debug mode.

Reset Window 8

Your computer now has a function similar to the factory reset option on your smartphone, accessible via the PC Settings screen on the Charms bar. It gives you two options you can either refresh the PC without losing any of your personal files (such as photos and music), or you can perform a total system reset, which will revert your PC to its original state.

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