Frequently Asked Questions

How to Shut down Windows 8?

What is my “Members Only” password?

How to quickly close a program in Windows 8?

How to Boot Windows 8 directly to Desktop?

Create a one click Shutdown in Windows 8

What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit?

How long will Microsoft be supporting Windows XP?

How to shorten the time to boot-up!

Where are my missing apps in Windows 8?

Shutting down Windows 8:

To shut Windows 8 down, just move the mouse cursor to the bottom right corner of the screen, click the Settings icon – or just hold down the Windows key and press “c” and you’ll see a power button. Click this and choose ‘Shut Down’ or ‘Restart’.

Some of the tricks available in previous versions of Windows still apply. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del, for instance, click the power button in the bottom right-hand corner and you’ll be presented with the same ‘Shut Down’ and ‘Restart’ options. If you’re on the desktop, press Alt+F4 and you’ll be able to choose ‘Shut Down’, ‘Restart’, ‘Sign Out’ or ‘Switch User’ options.

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Password for “Members Only” website.

A portion of the Palmia Computer Club is available to members only! If you have forgotten the password, please contact us and we will email it to you

To become a member of the Palmia Computer club complete and submit a membership application along with the annual dues. A password will be provided with your membership!

Membership Application

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Quickly close a program in Windows 8:

Closing a program sounds simple enough, but you quickly notice that the Windows 8 close buttons are hard to find. By pressing <ALT>F4 you can simply close a program. This trick works with Windows 7 also!

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Boot Windows 8 directly to Desktop:

The lack of a start button on the new Windows 8 start screen has been one of the biggest complaints with this version. There are third party programs to accomplish this, and Windows 8.1 will offer some help but this will help in both cases.

Reposition the “Desktop” tile into the upper-left position. Now, anytime you wish to go to the Desktop screen from the Start screen press the “enter” key! On boot-up as soon as the “Start Screen” is visible pressing “enter” will take you to the Desktop.

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Create a one-step ShutDown for Windows 8

On the desktop, create a shortcut with a <Right-click>. Enter shutdown /s /t 00 (that is a zero) as the command and pin it to the Start screen. To select an preferable icon, <Right-click> on the new icon and select “properties” from the bottom of the list. Now select the “change icon…”!

If you wish to make a “Restart” shortcut, simply replace the /s with /r in the command above.

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What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit?

64-bit operating systems can use more RAM-4 GB and up-than 32-bit operating systems. That can make them more responsive when you’re running lots of programs at once. All packaged retail editions of Windows 7 (except for Home Basic) include both 32-bit and 64-bit installation discs. To see if your PC is capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows, download and install the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

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How long will Microsoft be supporting Windows XP?

Unless a future technology or support issue forces MicroSoft to migrate away from Windows XP sooner, they are scheduled to support Windows XP through, April 2014. We recognize that you may be comfortable with Windows XP but you are encouraged to update to either Windows 7 or Windows 8 when you are able.

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How to shorten the time to boot-up!

You have been using your computer for a long time, chances it is has become sluggish. The culprit may be the start-up programs that run every time you power up. A program like the freeware “RevoUnstaller” or “CCleaner”lets you see which programs are taking liberties during start up. If your boot process is painfully slow find a link to download them from the Freeware links on this site.

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Where are all of my apps?

Modern apps don’t show up in an obvious way in the desktop File Explorer’s folder structure, and you can’t eliminate them from the Control Panel’s Programs & Features interface. Windows 8.1 changes that. Navigate to the Search & Apps section, and select App sizes in the left menu. The screen displays

a full listing of all your installed modern apps, complete with the file size of each app. If you are looking to free up hard drive space, you can click an app to bring up an uninstall option.

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