One of the first things that I configure on a new personal computer that only I use is the automatic log on. This bypasses the Windows logon screen completely to load the operating system directly. Handy for single user systems, not so much for multi-user systems.
Windows 8 in this regard works much like Windows 7. It is still possible to configure a user account to automatically log on. Here is how.
Start Windows 8 and log into the user account. You are taken to the Metro UI start screen. Enter netplwiz and hit enter. This should open the User Accounts screen on the Desktop.
Here you see a list of all user accounts known on the system.
Locate the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” box at the top and uncheck it. Click the Ok button. This triggers a prompt where you need to enter the password for the username.
Just enter your password and the password confirmation in the prompt that opens. Windows “saves” that password for you, so that you do not have to enter it anymore during log on.
A click on OK completes the process. I suggest you restart the computer afterwards to see if the log on is indeed bypassed.
If it is not, you may need to open the User Accounts screen again to verify that the changes have been properly saved.
If you bypass Metro UI automatically, you can open the User Accounts configuration screen with the shortcut Win-R and entering netplwiz in the run box.
Please note that anyone using the computer from that moment on can log on with the user account, as no password is required to do so. This makes it a security issue on multi-user systems.
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Download Windows 7 USB-DVD Tool here.
TO INSTALL THE WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL:
- Click to open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool installation file.
- When you are prompted to either save the file to disk or run it, choose Run.
- Follow the steps in the setup dialogs. You’ll have the option to specify where to install the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
NOTE: You need to be an administrator on the computer you are installing the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool on. The tool requires the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 or higher.
- Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
- Pentium 233-megahertz (MHz) processor or faster (300 MHz is recommended)
- 50MB of free space on your hard drive
- DVD-R drive or 4GB removable USB flash drive
FOR WINDOWS XP USERS
The following applications must be installed prior to installing the tool:
USING THE WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL
Before you run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool, make sure you have already purchased the Windows 7 ISO download from Microsoft Store and have downloaded the Windows 7 ISO file to your hard drive. If you have purchased Windows 7 but have not yet downloaded the ISO file, you can download the file from your Microsoft Store Account.
TO MAKE A COPY OF YOUR WINDOWS 7 ISO FILE:
- Click the Windows START button, and click WINDOWS 7 USB/DVD DOWNLOAD TOOL in the ALL PROGRAMS list to open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool.
- In the SOURCE FILE box, type the name and path of your Windows 7 ISO file, or click BROWSE and select the file from the OPEN dialog box. Click NEXT.
- Select USB DEVICE to create a copy on a USB flash drive or select DVD disk to create a copy on a DVD disk.
- If you are copying the file to a USB flash drive, select your USB device in the drop-down list and click BEGIN COPYING. If you are copying the file up to a DVD, click BEGIN BURNING.
When your Windows 7 ISO file is copied onto your chosen media, install Windows 7 by moving to the root folder of your DVD or USB flash drive, and then double-click Setup.exe.
Windows 8 hides the Power button in the Settings menu, forcing a multistep process just to shut down one’s PC. But thanks to a crafty shortcut trick, you can pin a Shutdown button right onto the bottom of your desktop. Here’s how.
Create a shortcut on your desktop (right-click, go to New, then Shortcut). Enter “shutdown /s /t 0″ (with no quotes, and, yes, that’s a zero not an “O”) as the location of the item, and press Next. Now name the shortcut (preferably “Shutdown”) and press Finish.
Right-click the shortcut, and navigate to Properties. Choose Change Icon in the Shortcut tab, and then OK to leave the warning box. Choose an icon of your choice from the list. In the screenshot above, you’ll see we chose a Power button.
Right-click the shortcut again, and select Pin to Start. You can place the icon on your Start screen wherever it’s convenient. Clicking it will instantly shut down your computer.
When looking at the plethora of tiles on your Start screen, the view can get stagnant, despite all the pretty colors.This is where Live Tiles come in. They offer real-time data right on your Start screen, and you don’t need to open any apps. For example, the Weather tile will show you the current conditions, and Mail will show you the subject of the latest message you’ve received.
You can customize which apps are live and which aren’t by right-clicking on the tiles. A settings bar on the bottom will pop up with an option to turn the Live Tile on or off. Simply select the preferred option, and you’re all set. Note, however, that not all apps have a live, real-time data-streaming option.