There are a few differences between the Power Options in Windows 7 and Windows 8. Let’s take a look at Windows 7 first – click to expand. You can see that in Windows 7, we have the standard power shutdown and sleep button settings. In addition, you can add more settings on wakeup (usually). In Windows 8, there...

OK, let’s start talking about the control panel in Windows 8. The Control Panel as usual is a hub for a TON of Windows 8 system functionality controls. So we’ll start from the beginning. Lets take a look at System Security. You can get to this from the Control Panel > System and Security System Security Clicking...

Now there are some interesting changes in what you can get to from the charms bar in the desktop. You get different options when the menu pops out from the right depending on whether you are in Metro or the desktop. In the desktop, you get access to Control Panel, Personalization, PC info and Help. Lets start...

Of course Windows 8 has the option for you to install critical Windows updates from Microsoft. You can get to this from the Charms > Settings > More PC Settings > Windows Update Similar to Windows 7, it allows you to check for updates and installs some in real time and some upon system restart. It does...

In Windows 7 the concept of HomeGroups was introduced. What’s a homegroup? From Windows7update.com HomeGroups simplify file and printer sharing between computers running Windows 7 on the same home network. Two or more Windows 7 computers can share documents and media, including stream the media between...

In Windows 8, you can take steps to personalize your settings on your PC and keep them in sync. That way, you can keep your system settings consistent when you use different PC’s. You can get to this from the Charms > Settings > More PC Settings > Sync Your Settings There are several different options here. You...

In Windows 8, you can make changes to specific settings to make the OS easier to use. This is called Ease of Access. You can get to this from the Charms > Settings > More PC Settings > Ease of Access There are several different options here. You can change the contrast You can make everything bigger You can tab...

In Windows 8, you can configure the use of the wireless function. You can get to this from the Charms > Settings > More PC Settings > Wireless This one is real simple. Two options: Airplane Mode – You can turn this off and on. The mode that you use on the airplane with the networking off. Wireless...

In Windows 8, you can add devices to your computer or tablet You can get to this from the Charms > Settings > More PC Settings > Devices It shows a bunch of devices that are already connected to your device with an option to add a device. In addition, there’s a slightly confusing section for “Metered...

In Windows 8, you can configure your system privacy. You can get to this from the Charms > Settings > More PC Settings > Privacy You can adjust decide the following: To let applications use your location To let applications use your name and account picture The third one is interesting: It says...