28.7.14

How to Install Windows 8 Apps without Windows Store

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I felt so uneasy when people ask me - how to install windows 8 apps without windows store?

Because that time i was using Windows 7 on my computer but after using Windows 8 operating system, i realised - why they were asking me about how to install windows 8 apps without windows store.

As we all know, Windows 8 allows us to install apps only from the Windows Store. But if you wish to download any third party apps (the apps which is not available on windows store but you want to use on your Windows 8 system) that haven’t processed with the Microsoft security checks, you will have to enable an entry in the Local Group Policy for your computer in order to get it.

How to Install Windows 8 Apps without Windows Store

Once you have enabled the entry in the Local Group Policy, you’ll be freely able to install windows 8 apps without the windows store.

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Few important things you need to know
Before following below mentioned steps to install apps without windows store in Windows 8, it’s very important for you to know why Microsoft has made this so difficult to do and why not allows us to install apps without windows store.

Whenever you download a third party app, you are not 100% sure that what you’re getting and the app you are downloading will fit from the OS and security of Windows.

While installing any Windows 8 app from the Windows Store, you know very well that Microsoft has evaluated the app and ensured that it’s as trustworthy as it should be. It will easily and completely fit from the OS and security of Windows also.

Same thing applies with all other online app distribution services such as Chrome Web Store, the Apple Store etc. So the lovely readers please proceed with caution whenever you go for it. 

Note: Below given steps will work for only Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Install Windows 8 Apps without Windows Store
Step (1): At first, search for 'Run' on the Windows Start screen and click on it.

Step (2): In the Run command prompt, just type in 'gpedit.msc' and then click on 'OK.'

How to Install Windows 8 Apps without Windows Store

Step (3): Now from the main screen of the Local Group Policy Editor, go for the following entry:

Computer Configuration ---> Administrative Templates ---> Windows Component ---> App Package Deployment

Step (4): After that, make a Right-click on “Allow all trusted apps to install” option.


Step (5): On the next page, select Enabled option to enable the entry for all other apps (third party apps/non-Windows Store apps) to install in your Windows 8 system. Now click on “Apply” button and then “OK".

How to Install Windows 8 Apps without Windows Store

To install any third party apps, still two criteria must be following:
  • The app must be cryptographically sign by the developer
  • Your PC must be able to accept the certificate
Step (6): If the app are matching with these two criteria, then now you can use Windows PowerShell to run the following command:

add-appxpackage C:\app1.appx –DependencyPath C:\winjs.appx

Here, 'app1.appx' is the app you wish to install. You can change this if required.

'winjs.appx' is the dependency for the app. You can also change this if needed, the dependency will be always included with the app.

Congratulations! Now you can freely install windows 8 apps without windows store.

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Please....Please.....Please.....always keep a Windows 8 system recovery image or backup, it will help you if you found any issue. And always remember; install apps only from trusted sources.

Feel free to write/ask me via comments if you face any problem in order to installing Windows 8 apps without Windows Store. Check out our popular section of Windows: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 9
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26.7.14

How to Install Windows 8 Apps from Windows Store

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As a Windows 8 user, I know very well how much people love to install Windows 8 apps from Windows Store. Windows Apps has played a vital role to make Windows 8 operating system more attractive and lovable and this is the main reason Microsoft brought in Windows Store in Windows 8.

With the help of Windows Store, people can very easily search and install Windows apps according to their need/wish. People feel more relaxed because they no need to find Windows apps here and there on web. 

But many Windows users are still unknown with the accurate process of installing Windows 8 apps from Windows store. So, this simple tutorial is dedicated to them who wish to know how to install windows 8 applications from the windows store.

Install Windows 8 Apps from Windows Store
Step (1): At first, click on the 'Storetile which is usually placed on the Windows 8 Start screen.

How to Install Windows 8 Apps from Windows Store

Or you can also go to the Windows Store by searching for Store in the Start Screen. 

How to Install Windows 8 Apps from Windows Store

Step (2): Just after clicking on the Store tile, Windows Store will appear along with lots of apps categories. (Please, wait for a while and allow Windows Store to get loaded properly.)

Here is the list of categories available on Windows store:
  • Games
  • Social
  • Entertainment
  • Photos
  • Music & Videos
  • Books & Reference
  • News & Weather
  • Food & Dining
  • Travel
  • Productivity
  • Tools
  • Education and much more
Step (3): No need to be worried after looking a large number of categories. You can easily browse different categories of apps through search charm.

How to Install Windows 8 Apps from Windows Store

Step (4): Now select the Windows 8 app you wish to install and clicked on it. (For example here i am installing Wikipedia windows 8 app)

Step (5): On the app page you will see Install button, click on that 'Install’ button.

Install Windows 8 Apps from Windows Store

Step (6): Immediately, you will be prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account to install the selected Windows 8 app. Here you need to login with your Windows Live account.

How to Install Windows 8 Apps from Windows Store

If you do not have one, then you need to sign up for a Microsoft Account first by clicking here.

Step (8): And if you have already a Microsoft Account then enter your ‘Email Address’ and ‘Password’. Now, click on “Install” button and go back to the Windows 8 Start screen and wait for some time until the installation is completed.

Once installation process is completed, start using and enjoying your favourite Windows 8 app on your device. By following same method you can freely install all other windows 8 apps from windows store according to your wish. 


Feel free to share your comments if you face any problem in order to installing Windows 8 apps from Windows store.

25.7.14

New Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts for Quick Use

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We all are well familiar with the importance of keyboard shortcuts especially in Windows operating system. Time to time when Microsoft launches new version of the Windows operating system or an Upgrade then for the convenience of users some new keyboard shortcuts is also launched.

If you are a regular reader of this Blog then you have must read our previous post on Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts. If by any reason you have missed to read then get it right now: Are You Using These Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts?

New Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts for Quick Use

Today in this article, i am going to share some new Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts that introduced recently and some of which were introduced by Windows 8.1 Update. Even, numerous new hotkeys and keyboard shortcuts were also launched with Windows 8.1 Upgrade which you need to know for better (quick) use. 

Let's see these 10 new and most useful keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8.1. 

Important Note: If you are using Windows 8 operating system then you must know about the latest Update to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8. Read and get from here: Windows 8 will be Upgraded into Windows 8.1 Automatically

10 Ultimate Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts

Win+D : To Show or Hide Desktop

Win+T : To Open taskbar, while using Windows 8.1 Start Screen. On the desktop, it will select the first app on the taskbar.

Alt+F4 : To shut down a Windows Store app completely and bring to the desktop. And if you are on the Desktop then this shortcut will bring the old Shutdown dialog box for you.

Win+Tab : To Switch between apps and the desktop

New Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts for Quick Use

Alt+Tab : To Switches between all the apps, including desktop apps

Home key : On the Start Screen or Desktop, if you press Home key then it will take you to the first and top left most Tile or Icon.

End key : On the Start Screen or Desktop, if you press End key then it will take you to the last and left-most Tile or Icon of the bottom-most row.

Escape key : On the Start Screen, if you press Esc key then it will take you to the Desktop.( It will not work the other way around).

Win+.+Right Arrow or Win+.+Left Arrow : To place up to four apps side by side.

Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts

Win+Down arrow : To close Windows Store app and make it run in the background silently.

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According to my current information, i have listed most useful Windows 8.1 Keyboard Shortcuts. Let me know by sharing your view through comments if I missed out any new Keyboard Shortcuts! If you want to see the complete list of Windows shortcuts then click here.

You can get more tips and tricks, tutorials related to Windows on How To Uncle. Check out from here: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 9.

How to Unlock Bootloader of Your Nexus Devices

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You can notice that most of the Android device comes with the locked bootloader. It helps user to prevent from messing up their devices. But if you wish to install the custom recovery or custom ROM on your device then you can't do without unlocking the bootloader. 

So, if you want to install lots of custom ROMs and root your Android device accommodatingly then this tutorial is perfect for you. Today in this article, i will explain you how to unlock the bootloader of nexus devices (smartphone or tablet).

How to Unlock Bootloader of Your Nexus Devices
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To unlock the Bootloader of devices, only you will have to run few Adb commands on your PC and that's all. I assure you, this step by step guide will work on almost all nexus devices. Let’s know how:

Important Warning: Unlocking the bootloader of your device may void its warranty. You can relock bootloader if you'd like to run into the warranty claims. Below mentioned guide will only work on Windows based PCs. This unlocking process will wipe off all the data stored on your device, so don't forget to take the full backup of your android device before starting this procedure.

Instructions to Unlock Bootloader of Nexus Devices

Step (1): At first, enable the USB debugging mode on your device. You can do this by going to the Settings --> About phone --> Build number and Tap 4 to 5 times on Build number option. Now the Developer option will enable on your Android device. You need to hit back once and then select Developer options, after that check the box for USB debugging as shown in below screenshot.


How to Unlock Bootloader of Your Nexus Devices

Step (2): Now download the Fastboot folder on your Windows computer and extract the downloaded zip file on your desktop. 

Step (3): After that connect your nexus device to the PC through Original USB cable and open the fastboot folder on the PC.


Step (4): Now hold down the “Shift” button on your keyboard and make a right-click on the empty area of your screen. From the options, select “Open command window here”.
How to Unlock Bootloader of Your Nexus Devices
Step (5): Here, a command prompt window will appear on your desktop. In command prompt type the following command and hit Enter:

adb reboot bootloader

How to Unlock Bootloader of Your Nexus Devices

Step (6): You have to wait till a big Android logo (big Android with START) appears on your device’s screen. When it does, type the following command to unlock the bootloader of your Nexus device.

fastboot oem unlock

How to Unlock Bootloader of Your Nexus Devices

Step (7): Just after entering this command a bootloader unlock confirmation page will appear on your Nexus Device's screen. Here you have to tap on “Yes”.

It will erase all the data stored on your Nexus Device and bootloader will be unlocked. That's it! Now you can freely install custom ROM and recoveries on your device according to your wish.

Looking for more interesting Android apps, android tutorials, tips and tricks, how to guide then check out our Android Tips section.

22.7.14

How to do CESC Online Bill Payment at Kolkata

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As a resident of Kolkata, I understand better the problem of Electricity Bill Payment at Kolkata. CESC online bill payment is one of best and convenient solution for people but very few people know how to Pay CESC bill Online at Kolkata.

If you live in Calcutta then you must know that how people pay their Electricity Bill, usually they pay their Electricity Bill in two ways. Either they pay their Electricity Bill by going CESC office counters and waiting till hours in line or they pay their bill to local agent and the agents submits their Electricity bill to CESC office and get commission from people 5 to 10 rupees on each bill.

But from few years technology has changed the tradition and Internet has made the task of Electricity Bill Payment very easy. Now you can easily pay your CESC bill Online via the CESC official website using internet banking, debit card or credit card.

If you are still unknown from the news of CESC Online Bill Payment then you need to know that Calcutta Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) has already provided the online bill payment privilege for their customers. 

Note: CESC Bill Payment Online is also known as e-Payment of CESC Bill, so please don't confuse while searching on web.

The process of paying CESC Electricity bill online is very simple and you can do it within 2 minutes. To CESC Online Bill Payment you will have to follow below given instructions very carefully:


Simple Guide to Pay CESC Bill Online at Kolkata
Step (1): At first, go to the Official Website of CESC by following this link Pay CESC Bill Online at Kolkata.

Step (2): Now a page will appear as shown below. Here you have to click on Pay Bill Online option.

How to do CESC Online Bill Payment at Kolkata

Step (3): After clicking, the online payment page will be opened as shown below. From here you have to click on which type of bill (Monthly Bills, New Connection or Extension of Load Charge, Online Name Transfer, Online AC Application) you want to pay and through which you want to pay (Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking).

How to do CESC Online Bill Payment at Kolkata

For example: if you want to pay for your Monthly Bills through internet banking then click on Net Banking option below monthly Bills. or If you want to pay with your Credit or Debit Card then click on any of these two according to your need.

Step (4): When you will click on Net Banking option under the Monthly Bills section then a new window will opened titled as Payment of Electricity Consumption Bills for LT Consumers Only.

How to do CESC Online Bill Payment at Kolkata

You have to tick mark the Terms and Conditions to confirm. Now, fill up your 11 digit consumer number and select the month for which you want to pay. After that enter the Validation Code correctly and then click on Proceed button.

Step (5): After clicking on Proceed button you will be redirected to the payment gateway page. Here you have to fill your Bank account detail as required and follow the instructions to proceed for transaction.

Step (6): When transaction is completed, the transaction acknowledgement screen will be display. You need to print this page for the confirmation of Online Bill Payment. Also keep a record and reference number provided on this page for your future use. 

And if you are paying with credit card or debit card then fill up card details carefully then proceed as instructions described above.

Step (7): You can download a copy of your electricity bill using this link: - Generate a Copy of CESC Bill.


How to do CESC Online Bill Payment at Kolkata

To Generate, you need to enter your 11 digit consumer number then select the month of bill payment. After entering the verification code shown in image then finally click on generate copy bill button. 

Thus, you can easily pay your CESC Bill online!

Feel free to ask me, if you face any problem in order to CESC Online Bill Payment. I will feel so much happy to help you.

21.7.14

How to Block Certain Websites on Android Phone

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I have experienced, “How to block websites on Android phone?” is one of the most common questions asked by the people in these days, because everyone want to protect their kids from accessing inappropriate websites like related to drugs, violence or pornography etc.

Many articles related to how to Block Websites has been published few days back on Howtouncle, by any reason if you have missed them to read then you can read it right now:
As we all know, using OpenDNS is the best option to block websites on multiple devices such as iPhone, iPad, android phones, tablets, computer etc. in our house. But do you know - how to block some specific category of websites on android phones?

How to Block Certain Websites on Android Phones

If you are still unknown from it then this article is just dedicated to you. To block websites on particular devices like android phones or tablets, a very useful android app is available known as Kaspersky Parental Control app.

I have already used this helpful Android app on my Galaxy S4 and Moto X, it works very fine and smoothly. Lets’ know – how to use Kaspersky Parental Control android app to block website on android phones.


Instructions to block websites on android phone
Step (1): At first, download and install Kaspersky Parental Control android app on your android phone.

Step (2): After the installation, open the Kaspersky Parental Control app to configure it.

Step (3): After opening the app, you will be able to see the list of website categories. Select the categories you want to block.

How to Block Certain Websites on Android Phones

The app shows you lots of inappropriate website categories by default. You can also add or remove categories according to your wish.

Step (4): When website categories selection is completed, Click on Next button.

Step (5): Even, you can also block apps very easily. You have to just select the apps you wish to allow access on your android device and deselect which you wish to block.

How to Block Certain Websites on Android Phones

Since, standard android apps are allowed by default. So, you can add all the allowed apps to the list of allow access.

Step (6): When the apps selection is completed, click on Next button.

Step (6): Now, you have set default browser for surfing the internet. It will select only the web browser is allowed. 

You no need to worry about other browsers, because all other browsers are strictly blocked by default to ignore accessing all the blocked websites.

Step (7): Next, you have to allow the device administrator permission of this app (Kaspersky Parental Control) so that your kids will be not able to uninstall it.

How to Block Certain Websites on Android Phones

That’s it. Now, your Android phone is completely protected for the use of your kids.

After this set up, whenever your kids will open any unusual (bad) website they will see the blank screen with an error message like "Page could not be open" as shown below.

How to Block Certain Websites on Android Phones

According to the feedback of Kaspersky Parental Control android app users, It works accommodatingly on most of the android phones, tablets, including Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Tab 2, Nexus 4, Moto X, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z etc.


As a parent, this is your responsibility to provide proper direction to your kids. And if you don't care about it then you may go in huge loss. So, please...please....block all the unsuited websites before providing android device to your kids.

If you found this article useful for you then share your comments with us and share this article with your friend and on social media. If you want to get some of the best android apps, tips and tricks, android related step by step tutorials then check out our Android section from here.