How to log off in Windows 8

Have you ever asked yourself how to lock your Windows 8 PC? What about logging off?

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If you press the power button in Windows 8, you will get an menu with “Sleep”, “Shut down” and “Restart”. If you are expecting to find an Hibernate or a Log Off option you will be disappointed. About the Hibernate button we already talked in this post. But what about logging off?

Well … this is simple … just click on your name in top right of the start screen. And the log off is now changed in Sign Off while Microsoft is expecting that your Windows 8 device is more likely to be connected to internet. Have fun!

Unable to open connection file Default.rdp

At work I am usually using my office computer via an “Remote Desktop Connection” while I in a different rooms. Today I stepped over an error that says “Unable to open connection file – C:\Users\Bogdan\Documents\Default.rdp” while I tried to open the remote desktop application.

I searched for solutions via internet and the most simple way to clear this error was to actually delete the file that contains the default connection.

1. So, I just browsed into my computer down to “C:\Users\Bogdan\Documents

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Here, if you show the hidden files, you will be able to spot “Default.rdp”

2. Close any remote Remote Desktop Connection errors or open programs and delete the default file.

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3 Finally, open again a new Remote Desktop Connection. The error should be cleared now. A new Default.rdp file will be created.

Have fun!

Available memory less than 15MB!!! -285917184

This error is usual on a 64bit OS (Windows 7 or Windows 8) when you need to open an older software/game. For example, if you try to play Counter-Strike 1.6 on a computer with 64 bits Windows 7 you will definitely get this error.

In order to clear the error and get your program/software going you need to make a simple configuration. Right click on your program (executor or .exe file) and choose “Properties”. On the new window click on “Compatibility” tab. Then check “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and try with Windows XP SP3.

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If Windows XP3 option is not working, then choose other version until you find one that works fine with your program. Usually, the above setting will work great.

Have fun!

RalinkCheckBTDev is using a lot of processor resources

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A  couple of days ago I’ve updated my Bluetooth driver in order to repair a problem of my “always white wifi button“. Also, I’ve made an update to all my Wi-Fi Adapter drivers. Since then when I’m starting my computer, a lot of processor resources are used by a process called “RalinkCheckBTDev”.

I’m running Windows 8.1 Pro 64bits on a Read More

Wireless LED problem in HP laptop: always white (even with Airplane mode on)

I had a problem this days with my HP ProBook 4540s laptop. On the top of my keyboard I have are 2 extra button, one for internet and one for wireless communications (WiFi network, Bluetooth). Pressing the wireless button, my computer will switch on/off the Airplane mode. When The Airplane mode is active (with no wireless communication enabled) the LED is orange. When the Airplane mode is off (WiFi communication is enabled) then the LED indicator is white. Everything was fine until I Read More

Automatically “Sleep” issue in Windows 8.1

A lot of withsteps users came to me and ask for help having an issue with turning their computers to sleep automatically. Basically, there is a setting in Windows that will set your computer to sleep automatically when you are idle (let’s say for 15 minutes). But it doesn’t work …. any ideas how to fix this?

You can get some good help following this posts:

  • http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/28226-windows-8-1-refuses-sleep-3.html
  • http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/238ec268-a2dc-49ab-8a75-c185710e086a/windows-81-sleephibernate-issues?forum=w8itprohardware
  • http://superuser.com/questions/642922/windows-8-1-wont-sleep-when-idle
  • http://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=89967
  • https://www.google.com/#q=sleep+issues+windows+8.1

How to change the letter (name) of your D: E: F: G: drives? [Windows 8 tutorial]

Did you created your drives during Windows installation? In some cases when you have multiple drives on your drive you may not have consecutive letters to your drives after a windows installation. For example, if you install your windows from a USB drive or a CD/DVD drive it frequently happens to have your C: drive as windows installation drive then D: as your USB drive and then the remaining drives like D: E: F … and so on.

So, after you remove your drive you will have non consecutive drive letters like here:

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How can we change the drive letter from E: to D:? (so we can have consecutive letters)

Simple: 1.st go to Control Panel Read More

8 New Apps in Windows 8.1: Alarms, Calculator, Food and Drink, Health and Fitness, Help and Tips, Reading List, Scan and Sound Recorder

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Upgrading to Windows 8.1 will bring you some of new features and also a couple of new Apps.

When you visit Start page, you will have an arrow in the bottom side that can took you to the complete list of apps installed on your device. Here you will see new apps that are notify using the word “NEW” until you have the first visit.

Alarm App Read More

The Windows 8.1 Preview is here. Upgrading from 8.1 – Step by Step pictures

Today is the day. Microsoft released the the Windows 8.1 Preview. For those who already have Windows 8 on their devices and are thinking about updating to Windows 8.1 I will present you the upgrading process. The Windows 8.1 is offered via Store app and no disks or usb memory are required to get the update. The download size is about 2.4 GB and you need around 30 minutes to get the job done after downloading.

In order to upgrade your Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 you have to follow this steps:

1. Visit Microsoft Windows 8.1 download page and click on “Get the update” button. Read More