Posts Tagged ‘windows tips’

Windows 8 Product Key – When Resetting or Reinstalling

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

If you’re experimenting with that pre-release version of Windows 8, here’s some info that might come in handy …

The installation of the Windows 8 operating system should not pose problems to the majority of users. Installation is pretty straightforward and users do not need to enter a product key during installation. It may however come as a shock to some users that they have to enter the Windows 8 product key when they try to reinstall or reset the operating system.


Increase your Laptop’s Battery Life with Advanced Power Settings

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Here’s a useful trick for laptop users … especially if your laptop battery isn’t what it used to be.

There’s nothing more annoying than digging out your laptop to do some important work, only to find you have 5% battery power left, or worse still the laptop has powered itself down due to no power left at all.


Windows 8 Tips Roundup

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Here’s a nice collection of tech tips for Windows 8 (even though it hasn’t been commercially released yet!)

The release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview has caused a huge surge in reviews and tips. The Windows 8 filter in my RSS reader is receiving more than 100 new posts each day since the release. It might take hours to sort through the posts individually.


Using Windows 7 Advanced Search Operators

Friday, September 16th, 2011

I’ve been using Windows 7 for about a year now, but I still haven’t used the new search function yet. This article makes me want to search for something (anything,) just to check out the new features …

Windows users are familiar with the not so perfect search utility in XP. Now with Windows 7 we have an ideal form of searching ability with Advanced Query Syntax (AQS). These are advanced operators that, when used correctly, make file searches easily on target. Windows 7 utilizes an Advanced Search option that can be used instead of Advanced Query Syntax. This was developed with the Windows Search tool as a part of the Windows 7 package. This can be accessed, in a basic sense, from the Start menu, or with Windows Explorer for a specified search in a particular folder or drive.


How to Install Windows 8 from USB Key

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

This seems like a useful trick … especially for those who don’t have a working CDROM drive on their system.

Microsoft has just released a developer preview of their upcoming operating system Windows 8. Users from all over the world can download the preview and install it on their systems. There is only one restriction with regards to the installation: You cannot update an existing copy of Windows, the Windows 8 installation requires a clean install.


Windows 8 Start Menu – Toggle, Disable, Enable Metro UI

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Here’s good news for desktop users; as it turns out, there’s a simple way to disable Metro UI after all …

The Windows 8 Developer Preview has been released less than two days ago. We already published our fair share of tutorials that include Windows 8 installation instructions and things that I love and do not like about the operating system.


Increase Windows 7 Performance in 4 Easy Steps

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

If your disappointed with the performance of your new Windows 7 PC, here’s how to speed it up a bit …

Even if you’ve just bought a brand new computer complete with Windows 7, you may find you’re lacking some power. Most new computers are pretty quick these days, but they are usually set to some default settings that can be tweaked to give you more power for nothing. These tips aim to show you a few easy to change settings that will release some extra power and speed up your computer without having to install anything.


How to Install XP Mode on Windows 7 without Virtualization

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Here’s a cool trick for those who have grown attached to XP …

Whether your computer has Hardware Virtualization or not, this is a simple way to run XP mode on Windows 7 without Hardware Virtualization, as it is included in the Microsoft download. There is no additional cost to do this. You can run XP on your Windows 7 operating system with ease. Originally, Microsoft required that your CPU supported Hardware Virtualization for XP mode in Windows 7. Microsoft has dropped this requirement.


Restore Previous Versions of Windows Files

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Interesting; I’ve definitely noticed the “Restore Previous Versions” option before, but I’ve never actually played with it …

When you right-click a file in Windows Explorer you get a context menu with all kind of options. Included in the list is the Restore Previous Versions entry. A click on the entry opens a dialog that is first displaying a “searching for previous versions” notification before returning all saved previous versions of the file or the dreaded “there are no previous versions available” message if no previous versions have been located.


How to Modify Windows Defender for Compatibility Issues with Security Software

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

If your security programs and anti-malware software are fighting with each other, here’s how to help them get along a bit better …

If you are running a full security suite to protect against malware, there are often compatibility issues between certain anti-malware software and the built-in Windows Defender. Windows Defender is a standard part of Windows 7 and it cannot actually be uninstalled, but it can be disabled if it is interfering with your security suite.