How to shut down your Windows 8

For a typical Microsoft Windows user, shutting down a computer is very simple for you can always find the shut down option once you open the start menu. It’s just a few clicks away, as shut down option can be found once you open the start menu. However, in Windows 8, the new version of  Microsoft Windows operating system a bit of changes has been made, you will not see the shutdown button on the start menu or better known now as the metro view.

If you are a new Windows 8 user and wondering how to turn off your computer the easy way, just follow the simple steps below.

Step 1: Open the charm bar by pressing the Windows button/logo +c

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Step 2: Go to settings, then click on power

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Step 3: Click on shut down

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There you go, your computer is now shutting down, but wait, make sure to save  your work before doing so.

Shutting down Windows 8 as simple as 1,2,3.  Cheers!

 

 

Common PC boot-up issues

Computers have become a basic necessity in every home and with the emergence of the internet; seeking vital information and researching were made easy with just a click of a mouse. Most of us use the computer for long hours on a daily basis, just like me for instance. Working on an online job needs a computer for extended hours, from day till night most of the time. However, there are times when we encounter pc boot-up issues thus, we need to have a little know-how on troubleshooting in order to get our tasks done.

 

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It is usually my eldest son, JM who does the computer troubleshooting in our home computers.  During our ICafe business days I learned a lot in doing a hands-on experience in troubleshooting workstations that suddenly do not function.  Big thanks to my dear techie friend Bien who never cease to guide me to put the computers in working order whenever my son is not around.

 

The following are guides in determining common boot-up issues.

 

No Power

  • Maybe caused by a poor power cord
  • Faulty power outlet
  • Malfunctioning casing power switch

 

PC power is on, but no display

  • Check monitor connections
  • Clean module slots (vga, memory slots, lan card, hdd, etc) with a contact cleaner spray, and let dry for several minutes.
  • Change the memory module with a known good one or swap the video card
  • Reset BIOS
  • Replace the keyboard to know if it’s caused by a defective or incompatible keyboard
  • Damaged or defective motherboard
  • Defective adapter or power cord

 

PC power is on with display, but shuts down immediately

  • Low-resistance connection or stuck up Power or Restart button
  • Faulty Power Supply Unit or PSU
  • For defective LCD users, system unit is on but monitor only turns off. Have the LCD monitor inverter circuit be checked by a technician.

 

PC power is on with display, goes to Windows logon, then hangs or restarts.

  • Damaged or defective memory
  • Defective harddisk
  • Corrupted device driver
  • Corrupted system files  which may have been causes by a virus
  • Run “repair Windows” in Windows setup
  • CPU’s heatsink may be overheating, apply a heatsink compound
  • Defective PSU or Power Supply Unit
  • Defective lan card, or video card
  • Check all cooling fans, including vga card, it may need cleaning and oiling.

 

It is important to have a background and knowledge when you try troubleshooting.  Hardware and software familiarity is essential, if in case you have no experience or understanding with the above mentioned troubleshooting guide, do not try.  The least you can do is just check on the cords’ connections if they are properly attached to the sockets, if the problem persist, call for professional help.

 

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Incognito browsing mode, browse in private

Browsed websites together with download histories are typically saved and recorded in most browsers. Browsing back a certain webpage is effortless as you only have to type at least two characters on the address bar and then you’re ready to look through it again. However, there are times when you want to browse in private especially when you use a different computer which is not yours. If you are wondering if private browsing is possible? Yes it is via the incognito browsing mode offered by Google Chrome.

By using this stealth mode feature you can check your emails and freely login to your other password protected accounts without worries. Through incognito surfing, opened webpages as well as files downloaded are not recorded in your browsing histories as all new cookies are deleted after closing the opened incognito window.  Continue reading

How to effortlessly verify site ownership in WordPress

Having problems on how to verify site ownership in WordPress? Not every website owner has the knowledge in editing or adding codes in the WordPress platform, thus site ownership verification is quite difficult for some.  Worry not for you can now effortlessly verify your site’s ownership and make your site and your site pages visible and indexed in Google search engine through the Google Webmaster Tools plugin.

I already have discussed the importance of site ownership in my previous post, if you have not read it yet, you may read it here.  Below is a step by step guide on how to verify site ownership using the Google Webmaster Tools plugin.

The first step is you need to have a Google Webmaster Tools account. Add the site that needs to be verified in your account.

 

verify site ownership in wordpress

 

Second – download the Google webmaster tools plugin at http://wordpress.org/plugins/verify-google-webmaster-tools/. Save it on your computer to make uploading much easier.  You may create a plugin folder so it will be available the next time you’ll be needing it.

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How to Save a Copy of your Facebook Look Back Video

The personalized Look Back video has been a smashing hit to Facebook users. It is indeed a wonderful one minute history of our time in Facebook.  It will be a good idea to save a copy of the film as a keepsake isn’t it?

If you would like to save a copy of your customized film, then just follow the easy steps below.

 

First Step: Using a Chrome Browser, go to http://bit.ly/FB_Lookback_code and copy the code or just simply copy the code below:

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