Change the New Start Button in Windows 8.1

Change the New Start Button in Windows 8.1

Version 8.1 of Windows brings back the Start menu, which looks dull and is not customizable. Windows 8.1 Start Button Changer allows you to change the start button in Windows 8.1

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Enhance the Windows Clipboard with ClipJump

Enhance the Windows Clipboard with ClipJump

If Microsoft invested even a fraction of the amount of time it does on Windows 8, the Windows clipboard could be something revolutionary in the computer world. Instead, the Windows clipboard is a dull, barely functional tool for the majority of users. ClipJump is a supercharged Windows Clipboard add-on that helps make it different.

By Melissa Popp -
Understanding Your Firewall Setting

Understanding Your Firewall Setting

If asked what firewalls do, most people would answer that they keep you safe. You might have noticed that the firewall you’re using has two sets of “rules”: inbound and outbound. Do you really need both of them? We’ll discuss this and discover what you should know about these concepts.

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Work Folders Bring Synced Storage to Windows 8.1

Work Folders Bring Synced Storage to Windows 8.1

Microsoft is well known for hiding some of its useful features in Windows. One thing many have missed in Windows 8.1, thanks to it being rather well hidden by the company, is a storage and syncing option called “Work Folders”. Check it out here.

By Alan Buckingham -
Search Windows Easier and Faster with SwiftSearch

Search Windows Easier and Faster with SwiftSearch

One of the biggest memory drains on a Windows computer is search indexing. If you’re looking for a more intelligent way to search Windows PC without having to index it, take a look at SwiftSearch.

By Melissa Popp -
How To Use PowerShell Help System Effectively

How To Use PowerShell Help System Effectively

The PowerShell help system is the most useful thing that you ever need to use PowerShell effectively. It provides help for the commands that you are going to use and even allows you to search for the commands to get your work done.

By Usman Khurshid -
Why You Need A Third-Party Uninstaller

Why You Need A Third-Party Uninstaller

Windows comes with its own uninstaller, but it is mostly useless in removing all the files. To prevent this problem from happening, you need an uninstaller that looks through every crack and crevice of your computer for signs of life that the program doesn’t let Windows Installer see. Third-party uninstallers are exceedingly good at doing this.

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How to Prepare for the Windows 8.1 Release

How to Prepare for the Windows 8.1 Release

Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 to the public on October 17, 2013. Whether you were waiting for the final release or you upgraded to the Pro Preview already, we will show you how to prepare for the first major upgrade to Windows 8.

By Melissa Popp -
Create a MultiBoot Linux USB Drive With YUMI

Create a MultiBoot Linux USB Drive With YUMI

Most USB creators only allow you to install one distro per USB disk. What if you want to create a multiboot Linux USB drive? YUMI is nifty app that allows you to install multiple Linux distros in one USB drive.

By Damien -
How to Set Individual App Languages in Windows 8

How to Set Individual App Languages in Windows 8

Dealing with languages in the Windows 8 is cumbersome and buggy at best. We showed you how to change the overall language in Windows 8, now we’ll show you how to set individual app languages.

By Melissa Popp -
3 SSD Optimization Techniques That Are Useless or Harmful

3 SSD Optimization Techniques That Are Useless or Harmful

Most people think that they can use the same hard drive optimization techniques on a SSD, and achieve even better result. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here are several SSD optimization techniques you should avoid at all costs.

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez -
Easily Transfer Files From PC to PC With Any Send

Easily Transfer Files From PC to PC With Any Send

While you can transfer files from PC to PC using a USB drive, it can be a troublesome task to plug in and remove the thumb drive again and again. Any Send makes it easier by allowing you to send files over the WiFi network.

By Mark Wilson -
How to Run Multiple Skype Accounts in Various OS

How to Run Multiple Skype Accounts in Various OS

If you have several Skype accounts and wish to connect to them all at the same time, you will be frustrated at the limitation of the Skype client. Here is the workaround for you to run multiple Skype accounts in various OS.

By Damien -
How to Easily Sync Folders in Your Computer With Synkron

How to Easily Sync Folders in Your Computer With Synkron

There are times when you need to synchronize several folders in your computer, such as syncing several folders to the Dropbox folder. Synkron is a cross-platform compatible application that allows you to synchronize files and folders in your computer. It works in Windows, Mac and Linux and it can help you keep your files and folders updated.

By Damien -
Create Automation Scripts For Windows With AutoIt

Create Automation Scripts For Windows With AutoIt

There are plenty of automation tools for Windows that are easy to use, but if you prefer to use a more powerful automation tool, AutoIt is a useful tool for you to create automation scripts.

By Usman Khurshid -
Print Files Remotely in Windows with Google Cloud Print

Print Files Remotely in Windows with Google Cloud Print

If you want to print from a computer that does not have a printer attached to it, or you don’t have the drivers to share it on your home network, how can you print files remotely? This is where Google Cloud Print can help you.

By Mark Wilson -
How to Recover From a Virus Attack [Windows]

How to Recover From a Virus Attack [Windows]

Your computer can get infected by virus easily if you are not careful. Don’t worry, following these steps, you can recover from a virus attack quickly.

By Melissa Popp -
Closing An App in Windows 8

Closing An App in Windows 8

Windows 8 does not close your modern app by default. Here is the way to close your app in Windows 8.

By Damien -
Windows 8.1 is Here, But What Do You Really Get?

Windows 8.1 is Here, But What Do You Really Get?

Microsoft debuted the first public beta of Windows 8.1. You don’t have to install it to find out what’s new. Read on for what you are really getting for Windows 8.1.

By Alan Buckingham -
Watch Hulu, Netflix and More Outside US With Tunlr

Watch Hulu, Netflix and More Outside US With Tunlr

If you are not residing in the USA, you will not be able to access sites like Hulu, Netflix, Pandora and etc. Tunlr is a useful service that you can use to access Hulu, Netflix and many more sites from outside of USA, for free.

By Damien -
5 Tips to Improve the Windows 8.1 Startup Experience

5 Tips to Improve the Windows 8.1 Startup Experience

There are lots of things to hate about Windows and the slow startup process is definitely one of them. Here are five of the best tips that will help you to iron out niggles, eliminate bottlenecks and generally improve the startup process of Windows 8.1.

By Mark Wilson -
How to Disconnect SkyDrive in Windows 8

How to Disconnect SkyDrive in Windows 8

The cloud may be all the rage among Internet users but not everyone wants to be connected to it. Windows 8 relies heavily on SkyDrive to save user settings, app data and PC customization. If you don’t want to stay linked to the cloud in Windows 8, here’s how you can disconnect SkyDrive in Windows 8.

By Melissa Popp -
6 Reasons Why Windows 8.1 Failed Users

6 Reasons Why Windows 8.1 Failed Users

There’s been a lot of talk about what the changes in Windows 8.1 have done right for Windows 8. Very few users have talked about why Windows 8.1 actually failed them. We were not impressed with Windows 8.1 and here are some of the reasons why there are still tons of improvement need to be made in Windows 8.1.

By Melissa Popp -
3 Ways to Bring an App Store to Windows 7

3 Ways to Bring an App Store to Windows 7

Anyone who has upgraded to Windows 8 has been able to take advantage of the Store to install all of the latest and greatest apps. But if you have decided to stick with Windows 7? Here we take a look at three options that can be used to bring an app store and app management option to older versions of Windows.

By Mark Wilson -
How To Create Your Own RSS Feeds Server Using Sismics Reader

How To Create Your Own RSS Feeds Server Using Sismics Reader

While there are plenty of Google reader alternatives, most of them are web-based and few allow you to host your own RSS feeds server. Sismics Reader is a new open-source RSS feeds server which allows multiple users to connect to it and host their own RSS feeds.

By Usman Khurshid -
How to Add a Shut Down Tile to Windows 8 Start Screen

How to Add a Shut Down Tile to Windows 8 Start Screen

Shutting down the PC in Windows 8 is not really a straightforward matter. You have to move your mouse over to the lower-right corner and open up the Power settings before you can select the “Shut Down” option. Using the trick stated here, you can easily pin a “Shut Down” tile to the Start screen […]

By Damien -
How to Setup a Self-Hosted Dropbox Alternative With AeroFS

How to Setup a Self-Hosted Dropbox Alternative With AeroFS

If you are concerned about the security of your data on Dropbox’s server, and are fed up with the storage limitation, you may want to try out AeroFS. It sync your files across computer without storing them in the cloud and you can store as many files as your hard disk can hold.

By Damien -
How Running 64-Bit Windows Protects You From Malware

How Running 64-Bit Windows Protects You From Malware

Who would’ve ever known that running 64-bit Windows makes your computer more secure? Tell this to any so-called computer wiz and they’ll laugh. However, there are some things you have to understand about Windows that will probably make you think twice about ever settling for a 32-bit version ever again.

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez -
How to Allow Windows 8 Apps to Access Files on External Drives

How to Allow Windows 8 Apps to Access Files on External Drives

When you are running Windows 8 modern apps, you will find that the Windows 8 apps have no access to files on external drives. It is unclear why Microsoft impose such limitation to their apps, but you can easily get around this issue by tricking Windows 8 into thinking your external drive is actually a Windows library.

By Melissa Popp -
How to Sync Opened Documents Between Computers With CupCloud

How to Sync Opened Documents Between Computers With CupCloud

Have you ever wish that you can open the unfinished document in your office computer, and access it on your home PC? What about sharing that same document with others? CupCloud provides a practical solution for users who prefer the luxury of saving their currently open items and accessing them at a later time on an alternate PC.

By JJ -
Upgrading to Windows 8.1: What You Need to Know

Upgrading to Windows 8.1: What You Need to Know

Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 Pro Preview. It’s available as an upgrade to all Windows 8 users. In the meantime, users can make the choice if they want to take advantage of Microsoft’s beta test of the first Service Pack for Windows 8.

By Melissa Popp -
Batch Replace Words in Microsoft Word and Excel

Batch Replace Words in Microsoft Word and Excel

It happens to all of us – we type a document up in Microsoft Word or Excel only to find that a word used multiple times was inaccurate or just plain wrong. It’s a “Ctrl-F” moment, but if there are many instances of said misspeak then you could be in for a tedious and time-consuming chore. There is a better way to replace words in Word and Excel.

By Alan Buckingham -
How to Clear App Notifications When Logging Off Windows 8

How to Clear App Notifications When Logging Off Windows 8

One of the common issues with Windows 8 is that app notifications keep appearing after you have seen them. You may restart your PC and see the same notifications you did when you logged off. Using the Local Group Policy Editor, you can clear these app notifications when you log off your computer.

By Melissa Popp -
How to Add Tabs to Microsoft Office

How to Add Tabs to Microsoft Office

Microsoft rolled out its Office 2013 product, bringing numerous updates and new features, but they forgot to include a basic, yet useful function: tabs. For those who want to add tabs to Microsoft Office, Office Tabs is one great solution that you should try out.

By Alan Buckingham -
How to Use Popular Aero Features in Windows 8

How to Use Popular Aero Features in Windows 8

Windows Aero became a popular interface for PC users with the release of Windows Vista in 2007, but only a portion of it still remain in Windows 8. For users who want to utilize Aero features in Windows 8 and are not sure how to do so, here are the methods you can use to enjoy Aero features.

By Melissa Popp -