The Case of the Broken Window
In This Chapter
Enjoying the magic fixes in Windows
Toning down Windows permission screens
Reviving deleted files and folders and their older versions
Retrieving a forgotten password
Fixing vanishing icons and files, stuck menus, and frozen screens
Sometimes you just have a vague sense that something’s wrong. Your computer displays an odd screen that you’ve never seen before, or Windows starts running more slowly than Congress.
Other times, something’s obviously gone haywire. Programs freeze, menus keep shooting at you, or Windows greets you with a cheery error message every time you turn on your computer.
Many of the biggest-looking problems are solved by the smallest-looking solutions. This chapter points you to the right one.
The Magic Fixes in Windows
For years, System Restore was the Windows go-to fix when your computer began running rough. System Restore lives on in Windows 8.1, as I describe in the sidebar. But Windows 8.1 also offers ...