If you’ve created a virtual hard disk for use with a virtual machine (i.e. XP Mode—how to create a virtual machine), you may want to access these files without booting in to the virtual operating system. To access files on a VHD from Windows:
- Press Windows Key + R (or click Start > Run), type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter
- Click Action > Attach VHD
- Browse to your VHD file and click OK
When you are finished using the VHD, open Disk Management (step 1), right click the virtual drive and click Detach VHD
Thanks to John Henderson for the tip.
If you’re itching to take a tour and try the new features of Windows 8.1, including automatic app updates, booting straight to the desktop, (up to) four app split screen, radio, a health and fitness app, 3D printer support, and more, you can download it now.
Note: If you’re using an English version of Windows, you can only install Windows 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store if your OS base language is English (US)
If you do not have a Windows 8 disc handy, create a Windows 8 USB recovery drive in case anything goes wrong in the upgrade process and you need to recover Windows. To update your installation of Windows 8 to Windows 8.1:
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If you’ve not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1, you can instructions to do so here.
The source of many complaints about Windows 8 manifests itself each time you start your computer: starting with the live tiled interface by default. From my observations, most people utilize this interface mainly to click the “Desktop” icon to return to “normal” Windows. Well, Microsoft heard our cry and have provided a way to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1. To boot to the desktop:
I have a deal for you.
In exchange for a free piece of software that helps you keep track of your passwords and other log on information, I’m going to install other programs on your PC that will track your web surfing and display advertising that pops-up on your screen. There will also be other types of ads on your computer based on information we collect.
Does that sound like a good deal to you? Well, if you’re one of the many Windows users who have installed eWallet software from Gain Publishing that’s exactly what you agreed to do. But you already know that because you read the End User License Agreement
or “EULA” that was available prior to installing the program. You did read it right? Of course you did; before you could install the software you had to check a box certifying that you read the agreement. Legally speaking, that’s the same thing as signing a contract with pen and ink.
If you share your PC with others or let friends use it when they come to visit, you may find settings changed, files deleted, programs installed etc. when you next use it. With previous versions of Windows, I’ve used Windows Steady State, which provided a mode to allow access without setting complicated policies to protect your settings. Thankfully with Windows 7, Microsoft has made this level of protection much more readily accessible. Learn, in this guide how to set up a Guest account—available in all Windows 7 and 8 versions—for infrequent users of your PC.
Please note two things before getting started:
- You should not use a guest account if you have parental controls set on your children’s accounts
- You cannot use Guest mode in an Active Directory environment
In other words, you probably wont be able to add a guest account if you use company hardware