Category: Windows 8

[Fix] How to Solve Mic Volume Too Low Problem in Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1 (Troubleshooting Steps)?

Many-a-times you buy a new headset, but face different software and hardware challenges. Recently I bought a “Creative HS-330” headset. But the mic volume was very low. Though the head-phone audio quality was good, I was not able to record any videos due to this issue. The OS was Windows 8.1. I had a dual-boot scenario, so I tested in both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. But still the recorded volume through the mic was low. I was getting my sound through VIA High Definition Audio drivers. Though the “playback” sound was good, I still had to find a way

[DIY] How to Make a Wi-Fi Router for Rs 285 or $14.15 or £6.82 using Windows 8.1 or 8 or 7 PC?

Whether you are in USA, UK or India, you always want to buy the cheapest deals in electronics. Whether it’s a PC or laptop or tablet or smartphone it doesn’t make a difference. With increasing devices, you need different networks for different hardware, which makes your internet costly. But I’ll tell you common known secret which is little modified to give you the best and cheapest deal of wireless router. As you know 3G and 4G data networks for mobiles cost more and they have their limitations in bandwidth. Though the LAN connected or Ethernet based internet is cheaper, you

Fix Windows 8 and 8.1 Slow Boot Issues on 32 and 64 bit [Tutorial]

5 … 10… 50….100….500…. Hey, What are these numbers? Don’t scratch your head!!! How much time you are waiting for the computer to boot-up ? Ha, Ha, now I see you are smiling! This is why you have come to this post. I’ve been researching the Net and Google-ing  some forums to get the answers for this 100$ question!  How to speed up Windows 8 or 8.1 boot times ? I won’t give any out-of-the-blue answer on this subject, but will tell you about an exisiting magic wand from Microsoft that helps you troubleshoot such issues. Answer, later in this

Windows 8 Boot Error – Fix 0xc0000034 with Command Line Tools

Windows 8 has changed many colors and errors creep in when you do some tweaks or if there is incompatible software. Boot loader errors like 0xc0000034 create trouble if you have no other support to troubleshoot. Either you should have another desktop PC or laptop with an internet connection to resolve your problem or find a Microsoft engineer to solve your issues. Recently I was trying to tweak my Boot Manager using EasyBCD, which is a software tool to make changes to your Boot Menu. At the same time I was also trying to install Windows 7. The bad thing

How to Block or Unblock a Program using Windows 8.1 Firewall ?

The rules of Firewall are very simple. Block any incoming traffic which can be detrimental to the computer. There is also a provision in Windows 8 or 8.1 Firewall, using which you can block outgoing traffic also. This is a simple concept based on which you can block or unblock an application in Windows 8 or 8.1. You can use the Charms bar to find out the Control Panel. Just move your cursor (if you are on a desktop) to the bottom-most right hand side of the screen. The Charms bar will open. Click on Settings.  More Charms bar will

“Change PC Settings” – Solutions to Some Problems and Working Options

When you move your cursor to the Charms bar in Windows 8 or 8.1, you will see a gear icon which represents “Settings“. When you click on that icon, some more options are available for you.  The most important of it is the “Change PC settings” present at the bottom. When you click that icon, you can see the additional features associated with it as below.                           As you can see in the above screenshot, several sub-settings are available under this main setting. So you should see a

How To Boot Into Safe Mode in Windows 8 using Command Prompt ?

I have already written an earlier article on how to automatically run command prompt with administrator rights in Windows 8. This article comes in line with the same concept. The only change is that you are going to open your computer in safe mode by typing few commands in an elevated command prompt. This will let you the legacy method of pressing the F8 key to work, for running Windows 8 in safe mode. How to Boot Into Windows 8 Safe Mode using the Win+F8 key (legacy method)? Earlier in Windows 7 and Vista, the old method of pressing the

New Differences between Windows 8 vs 8.1 – Comparative Features

When we compared the Windows 8 vs Windows 7 features we got a tremendous response for that article. So I decided to write another article which compares the latest “Blue” version i.e Windows 8.1 vs Windows 8. When I searched the net, there were many articles stating the improvements in the latest upgrade. So taking that as a benchmark, I’d like to make a few points which will decide whether 8.1 is worth the upgrade? The Snap Feature In Windows 8, it was possible to work with 2 apps at the same time using the snap feature. The draw back of the

Why Windows 8.1 Release is Much Awaited?

Windows 8.1 code named “Windows Blue” is slated for release at the Build Conference this June, 2013. It’s not just a “Service Pack” kind of thing to Windows 8. There are many more enhancements and rich-features which will make tech-savvy people stand upon their feet. Yes, Microsoft heard it’s customers. Many complained about the lack of “Start Menu“. We had to resort to all the third-party annoyances to make simple things work simpler, but now in Windows 8.1 we have the “Start Button”. The old feature re-introduced makes your life much easier. You can just restart or shut-down your PC