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How to change the AutoPlay settings on Windows 8.1 when a memory card is inserted

Windows 8.1

I’m a keen photographer and for years have been using Breeze Downloader Pro to download photos from memory cards to my computer, before editing them in Adobe Lightroom.

Recently though I’ve been trying to simplify my workflow and found the built in import facility in Adobe Lightroom to be really good as you can add keyword metadata and automatically build previews when you import them which saves a lot of time.

So I needed to change the AutoPlay action when a memory card was inserted. Continue reading

How to open Internet Explorer 11 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8.1

Internet Explorer 11In Windows 8.1 there are two different ways of using Internet Explorer. One way is to open Internet Explorer from within the Desktop mode, which gives you visible tabs, the address bar, and easy access to the Internet Explorer options.

Internet Explorer 11 Desktop Mode - OxfordSBSGuy website

The other is to use Internet Explorer from the New User Interface (previously known as Metro), and is called a Chrome-less mode because it uses all of the screen and is border-less.

Internet Explorer 11 - Chrome-less mode oxfordsbsguy website

By default Internet Explorer decides which mode to open, but if you would always like it to open in desktop mode how do you configure it?

From the desktop run Internet Explorer by running it from the program location, or press Windows Key + R, and type iexplore.

Click on the Tools button in the top right hand corner (it looks like a cog) or press Alt + X, and select Internet Options and then the Programs tab.

Or from within the New User Interface go to Control Panel (just start typing it), and select Internet Options.

Go to the Program tab, and from the drop down box, select how you would like Internet Explorer to open.

Internet Explorer 11 - Options - Programs

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How to enable Windows 8.1 Windows 2012 R2 dual boot – boot to VHD

Windows 8.1

With another exam and more training coming up I need to setup my home lab again to help with studying.

I’m currently running Windows 8.1 and although I have Hyper-V running, I’m going to be following a guide by Kevin Remde to build a Virtual Lab, so I’ve decided to rearrange some storage and boot to a Windows Server 2012 R2 VHD image located on an SSD,

Read on for step by step instructions.

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Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

Microsoft Press have released a free ebook, Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals Technical Overview by Ed Bott.

Free ebook Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

The ebook can be downloaded from here, or view the original Microsoft Press blog post here.

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