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    Windows 8 Tips and Tricks Thread

    I'm finding little tricks for making the Windows 8 interface nicer to use. Post them here to share with your fellow geeks, I'll try keep the first post updated with them.

    WinKey+X - Show a small menu where Start used to be to access tools such as Event Viewer, Control Panel and other administrative tools.
    Up Key for Fast Unlock - Press the Up arrow key to quickly hide the lock screen instead of dragging it up with your mouse.
    Administrative Tools in Start - Open the Charm bar on the Start screen, select Settings then Tiles to show tiles for Administrative tools such as Computer Management.

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    I would personally boot any Windows 8 device into a DOS box and using GDISK:

    gdisk 1 /y /del /all

    That is my top tip for Windows 8

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    @mattx:

    Do you think @DosBox would mind?

    He might get a little tetchy if everyone did that! hehe!

    P.S. Good to see your still alive hehe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    I'm finding little tricks for making the Windows 8 interface nicer to use. Post them here to share with your fellow geeks, I'll try keep the first post updated with them.

    Up Key for Fast Unlock - Press the Up arrow key to quickly hide the lock screen instead of dragging it up with your mouse.
    any key/mouse click works

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    I'd quite like to learn the command line names for common configuration tasks such as network properties, printer properties etc if anyone could post them.

    I find it quite difficult to find them as they appear to be buried 5miles below the interface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    Up Key for Fast Unlock - Press the Up arrow key to quickly hide the lock screen instead of dragging it up with your mouse.
    No need to press Up. The "any" key will also work (as Sted said).

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    I'd quite like to learn the command line names for common configuration tasks such as network properties, printer properties etc if anyone could post them.

    I find it quite difficult to find them as they appear to be buried 5miles below the interface.
    Code:
    control ncpa.cpl
    Do you just mean the control panel commands or something more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    Code:
    control ncpa.cpl
    Do you just mean the control panel commands or something more?
    as many as possible.
    I'm getting really slow making config changes to windows these days compared to mac or linux. I want to memorise as many as possible.

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    Code:
    appwiz.cpl
     bthprops.cpl
    desk.cpl
     FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl
    hdwwiz.cpl
    inetcpl.cpl
     intl.cpl
    irprops.cpl
    joy.cpl
    main.cpl
    mmsys.cpl
    ncpa.cpl
    powercfg.cpl
    sysdm.cpl
    telephon.cpl
    timedate.cpl
    wscui.cpl
    However GodMode still works that might make it a one-stop place for finding things?

    Windows 7 God Mode

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    ^ sweet. Thanks

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    Im going to add this as a 'Tip and trick' even though its not really, but it might give some of you 'haters' a reason to like Windows 8

    StartIsBack - real start menu in Windows 8

    Its not free but for $5 for a 5 machine license, ive sorted out my entire fleet of computers.

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    A few more...

    1. Create your own "Refresh your PC" image. If you want to create a baseline image of your Windows 8 PC once everything has been setup exactly how you want it, open an elevated Command Prompt and then type the following...

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      mkdir C:\RefreshImage
      recimg /CreateImage C:\RefreshImage
      recimg /SetCurrent C:\RefreshImage
      recimg /ShowCurrent
      When you Refresh your PC, Windows will revert to the image you took above. If you don't feel like typing in the commands above, there's a free app called RecImg Manager (Download) that acts as a front end to RecImg (and does some additional things too).

    2. Boot into Safe Mode. Hold down the SHIFT key and press F8 while booting up. Alternatively, open the Charms bar, hold the SHIFT key, tap/click Power and then select Restart while still holding the SHIFT key.

    3. Change the default lock screen image. Make sure you have KB2770917 installed, open GPEdit.msc and then Enable the policy below.

      Code:
      Computer Configuration  Policies  Administrative Templates  Control Panel  Personalization  Force a specific default lock screen image
      Alternatively, create the following registry entry and change the image path.

      Code:
      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
      
      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
      "LockScreenImage"="C:\\Pictures\\LockScreen.jpg"
    4. Disable the lock screen completely. Copy and paste the following into Notepad, save it as DisableLockScreen.reg and double-click it. To re-enable the lock screen, change the 1 to a 0 or delete the NoLockScreen registry value.

      Code:
      Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
      
      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization]
      "NoLockScreen"=dword:00000001

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    Can someone sticky this thread please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    [*][b]Change the default lock screen image
    Is this diffrent to the change the lock screen image you get from charms -> settings -> change pc settings -> personalize-> lock screen ?

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