How to sign in to your Windows 8 PC without an email address

When you set up Windows 8 the Sign in to your PC page asks you for your email address. It is you computer you should be able to use it without telling Microsoft your email address and other personal information.

To use you computer without giving away your email address

  • At the bottom of the the Sign in to your PC screen select Sign in without a Microsoft account
  • On the next screen select the Local Account button
  • Enter a User name and a Password

 

How to completely shut down a Windows 8 computer

As I found out the hard way when you select “Shut down” on the Power icon in the lower right corner of the Windows 8 screen the computer does not really shut down, it only goes to hibernation mode. This cheat is the trick behind the “fast boot” of Windows 8. This is great if next time you want to start Windows 8 fast. If you really want to shut down Windows 8 completely to access the boot menu of the computer you have to jump through a few absolutely illogical hoops:

Option 1

  • Log into Windows 8
  • Press Ctrl-Alt-Del on the keyboard
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  • In the lower right corner of the screen click the Power icon
  • Press the Shift key on the keyboard and select Restart (not Shut down!!!!)
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  • On the next page select Turn off your PC
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Option 2

  • On the Windows 8 Start screen open the Settings charm in the lower right corner
  • Click the Power icon
  • Press the Shift key on the keyboard and select Restart (not Shut down!!!)
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  • On the next page select Turn off your PCwin 8 shutdown turn off pc

How to remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on a Dell inspiron 7000 series laptop

If you want to remove the preinstalled Windows 8 from a new Dell inspiron 7000 series (7537) laptop you need an external USB DVD drive and a Windows 7 DVD. You can buy the LG external USB DVD drive for $40 at Best Buy, and the Windows 7 at Amazon.

The first step is to turn off UEFI in the BIOS and enable the legacy boot. This will allow the computer to boot from the Windows 7 DVD.

To enter the BIOS

  • Turn off the laptop
  • Press the power button and continuously tap the F12 button to open the boot menu
  • In the Other Options section of the boot menu select Setup

Turn off the UEFI boot mode in the BIOS

  • In the BIOS setup select Boot on the top of the screen
  • Press Enter on the Secure Boot option and select Disabled
  • Press Enter on the Load Legacy Option Rom and select Enabled
  • Press Enter on the Boot List Option and select Legacy

Save the BIOS settings

  • Select Exit on the top of the screen
  • Select Exit Saving Changes and press Enter
  • Press Enter on Yes to save the changes

The computer will automatically try to restart and displays a message that “Operating system not found”

  • Keep the power button pressed to force it to shut down

Boot from the Windows 7 DVD

  • Insert the Windows 7 DVD into the DVD drive
  • Start the computer with the power button and continuously tap the F12 button to open the boot menu
  • If there is a + sign next to the CD/DVD/CD-RD Drive option select it and press Enter
  • If there is no plus sign next to it turn off the computer with the power button and try to start it again while tapping the F12 key

Install Windows 7

  • The computer will boot from the Windows 7 DVD
  • Select Install, Advanced installation
  • Delete all partitions on the hard drive
  • Create one partition (Windows will create another 100MB system partition for itself)
  • Select the large partition as the destination of Windows 7

Enjoy the last usable Windows version.

How to remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on a Sony VAIO SVF15N17CXB laptop

If you want to remove the preinstalled Windows 8 from a new Sony VAIO laptop you need an external USB DVD drive and a Windows 7 DVD. You can buy the LG external USB DVD drive for $40 at Best Buy, and the Windows 7 at Amazon.

The first step is to turn off UEFI in the BIOS and enable the legacy boot. This will allow the computer to boot from the Windows 7 DVD.

To enter the BIOS

  • Turn off the Sony VAIO laptop
  • Press the small “Assist” button between the Delete button and the display to turn on the computer and display the VAIO Care Menu
  • In the VAIO Care Menu select Start BIOS Setup


Turn off the UEFI boot mode in the BIOS

  • In the BIOS setup select Boot on the top of the screen
  • Press Enter on the Boot Mode option and select Legacy


Save the BIOS settings

  • Select Exit on the top of the screen
  • Select Exit Saving Changes and press Enter
  • Press Enter on Yes to save the changes

The computer will automatically try to restart into Windows 8

  • Keep the power button pressed to force it to shut down


Boot from the Windows 7 DVD

  • Start the computer with the “Assist” button
  • Insert the Windows 7 DVD into the DVD drive
  • In the VAIO Care Menu Menu select Start from Media (USB device/optical disc)


Install Windows 7

  • The computer will boot from the Windows 7 DVD
  • Select Install, Advanced installation
  • Delete all partitions on the hard drive
  • Create one partition (Windows will create another 100MB system partition for itself)
  • Select the large partition as the destination of Windows 7


Enjoy the last usable Windows version.

How to use your Skype account in Windows 8.1

When you click the Skype tile on the Windows 8.1 start screen the “modern” Skype application opens. It forces you to abandon your Skype user name and password and use a Microsoft account to log in.


There is a way to use the regular Skype desktop application on Windows 8.1

  • Open the web browser and navigate to http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-full
    This link will download the latest full desktop Skype application
  • Save the appication
  • When the download completed select Run to install the Skype desktop application
  • Log in with your regular Skype account name an password


To add the full Skype desktop application to the Windows 8.1 start screen

  • Click the down arrow at the lower left corner of the Start screen
    The page will display all of your installed applications in alphabetical order
  • Scroll to the right to see the Skype for Desktop icon in the Skype section
  • Right click the Skype for Desktop icon
  • At the bottom of the page select Pin to Start
  • Move the Skype for  Desktop application icon the desired location on your Start screen


To remove the “modern” Skype application icon from the Start screen

  • Right click the “modern” Skype application icon on the Start screen
  • At the bottom of the screen select Unpin from Start


To place the Windows 8.1 “modern” Skype icon back to the Start screen

  • Type Skype into the search field
  • Right click the Skype icon
  • Select Pin to Start

How to remove Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on a Lenovo ideapad z580 laptop

My friend just bought a new Lenovo ideapad z580 laptop with Windows 8 on it. She was not sure if her special statistical programs will run on Windows 8, so she asked me to remove Windows 8 and install her copy of Windows 7  64 bit on it. As it turned out the Lenovo laptop arrived with UEFI boot turned on and it did not accept the original Windows 7 64 bit DVD as a boot device. The solution is to turn off UEFI in the BIOS and enable the legacy boot.

To enter the BIOS

  • Turn off the Lenovo ideapad z580 laptop
  • Press the small “Novo” button next to the power button to turn on the computer and display the Novo Button Menu
  • In the Novo Button Menu select BIOS Setup and press Enter

Turn off the UEFI boot mode in the BIOS

  • In the BIOS setup select Boot on the top of the screen
  • Press Enter on the Boot Mode option and select Legacy Support
  • Select Boot Priority, press enter and select Legacy First

Save the BIOS settings

  • Select Exit on the top of the screen
  • Select Exit Saving Changes and press Enter
  • Press Enter on Yes to save the changes

The computer will automatically restart into Windows 8

  • Keep the power button pressed to shut it down

Boot from the Windows 7 DVD

  • Start the computer with the “Novo” button
  • Insert the Windows 7 DVD into the DVD drive
  • In the Novo Button Menu select Boot Menu and press Enter
  • In the Boot menu select 2. ATAPI CD… and press Enter

Install Windows 7

  • The computer will boot from the Windows 7 DVD
  • Select Install, Advanced installation
  • Delete all partitions on the hard drive
  • Create one partition (Windows will create another 100MB system partition for itself)
  • Select the large partition as the destination of Windows 7