Windows Weekly Tips – 8/12/14

Windows Weekly Tips – 8/12/14

Restore Libraries

By default, Windows 8.1 has hidden Libraries. If you want to get it back, open File Explorer and you will find the newly renamed This PC view. Here, select View, and click on Navigation pane. Lastly, enable the option to Show Libraries.

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Delete Old Windows Installation Files

When you upgrade from an old version of Windows, Windows keeps a C:\Windows.old with your old files. You can delete this folder to free up some storage space. To do this, Search for Disk Cleanup, and click on Free up disk space shortcut. Next, click on Clean up system files, enable thePrevious Windows Installation(s) option, and run a disk cleanup. If this option does not appear, that means there is nothing to clean up.

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EVO TECH 1/23/14 – Doomsday for Windows XP

In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.

Thus, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.


Translation: Upgrade to Windows 7 or above for further Microsoft support by April of this year. The life-cycle of XP is well expected, but the OS, once upgraded to Service Pack 3 proved more stable than anything before it since Windows 2000.

XP still controls a decent amount of the OS market share, as well as many bank ATM machines. April could prove to be a rather interesting month as businesses and end-users rush to upgrade to a more supported Operating System.

Extreme Tech has a very interesting article on this, which can be read by clicking here.

WDT 1/2/14 – File Name Path

Some windows commands require that you use the full path name of a file, which can be quite long depending on how deep it’s in a folder structure.

Try this method:

  • Drag and drop the file from the desktop or File Explorer into the command prompt window, or the Run command in the Windows menu (WinKey + R) Open field.  From here you can select the text and copy it to the clipboard.