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Windows 8 SmartScreen Settings

Because of the numerous Apps you may be running or opening in Windows 8 it can get annoying when you get many different warnings from your system about the Apps. Here is how you can access the settings;

Access Windows SmartScreen

  • Click Windows key
  • Type SmartScreen
  • Click the settings tab
  • Here you can select how the SmartScreen works

Windows SmartScreen

Disable SmartScreen

  • Access your settings as described above
  • Select the Don’t do anything button
  • Click OK

Disable Windows 8 Start Screen Animations

These animations do look ‘pretty’ but after a while I find that they just get annoying, here is a quick tweak you can do to disable them alltogether.

  • In your start screen search type computer
  • Right click on computer and select properties
  • Click advanced system settings
  • Select settings under performance

Disable start screen animations

  • Uncheck the first in the list: Animate controls and elements inside windows
  • Click OK

Disable start screen animations

That will remove all the animations from your start screen and it should also make it run a little faster, to make the animations run again simply go and check the “Animate controls and elements inside windows” and select ok.

Windows 8 Picture Password

For some added security in Windows 8 they have added a new feature called Picture Password, basically it is a password that uses a picture

instead of simply using numbers and letters. On the picture you use a combination of lines, circles and taps to indicate the password.

Here is what you need to do to setup the picture password:

  • Open charms
  • Click settings
  • Click more PC settings
  • Click users
  • Select create a picture password

Picture Password

You can use whatever picture you want to setup your password, so play around with the combinations and find one that will be impossible to crack.

You also need to setup a number/letter password linked to your account in case you forget the lines/taps or something goes wrong with it.