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Accessing claims-enabled file shares on Windows 8

A new policy setting on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 is intended to support clients running a version of Windows prior to Windows 8 that are trying to access a file share that requires user claims. This policy setting may be needed where there are local file access policies that include user claims.

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Windows 8 computer inactivity policy

A new policy setting on Windows 8 allows you to lock down your workstation after a period of inactivity. Although, you could lock down a user session based on idle time in previous Windows systems, this setting as a policy is only found on Windows 8 and Windows Servers 2012 systems.

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Windows 8 machine account lockout policy

The machine account lockout threshold setting is a new security policy found only on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 machines. This new security setting determines the number of failed logon attempts by users before locking down the machine. A locked out machine can only be recovered by providing the BitLocker recovery key at the console. A BitLocker recovery key is a special key that you can create when you turn on BitLocker Drive Encryption for the first time on each drive that you encrypt.

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Build your own menu on Windows 8

A free menu tool by Sergey Tkachenko offers Windows 8 users the capability to create shortcuts to system settings and programs, which users can turn into a customized start menu based on their requirements. This is a great tool for admin and power users that may need access to system tools on regular basis. They can modify the tool by adding new shortcuts and removing unnecessary ones! The author describes his tool as a menu editor that allows users to add new items, remove any item, change display name of any item and reorder Win+X menu items.

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Windows 8 Start Menu Tools

Desktop Computer users chat about the inconvenience of not having a single point of entry to various programs and system settings and many agree that Microsoft should have added a Start Menu in at least one version of Windows 8, like the Windows 8 Enterprise edition for instance. This would have been a nice move for decision makers and IT administrators alike considering deploying the latest operating system within their organizations! The Start Menu functionality speeds up users’ tasks especially when opening system related programs and settings.

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Disabling UAC’s Sound Prompt on Windows 8

I am one of those geeky people who try to follow all of Microsoft’s recommendations (including logging in with an administrator and separate standard account). When UAC was introduced, I found my new best friend! I could finally stay logged in as an administrator without having everything running as an administrator.

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Your Hidden Windows 7 Trick (that also applies for Windows 8)

For all of you StarCraft players, can you still play a game without using hotkeys? Probably so but you would most likely get beat and would most certainly be slower. Hotkeys simply let you get to where you want to go faster! Wouldn’t it be awesome to have your own personal hotkeys in Windows 7?

Windows 7 reworked the taskbar and introduced this feature! However, I didn’t find out this trick until Windows 8. In the picture above, each program pinned to the taskbar has a corresponding number associated with it.

Outlook is the third pinned program on my Taskbar. Because of this, the hotkey number for Outlook is 3. So if I am just logging into my computer in the morning and want to check my email, I can press Windows Key + 3 to open Outlook! When I am ready to edit a GPO, Windows key + 5 will launch Group Policy Management Console.