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Looking to get the most out of your Windows device? Whether you use the Surface RT, a Windows 8 Phone, or even a desktop computer, there are more than a few apps that can help make your time with Windows a little easier. But with more than 130,000 apps to choose from at the Windows app store, where do you begin? Although a list of nine is less than comprehensive given all the available options, below you'll find nine of the most popular, smartly designed, and all around worthwhile apps for your Windows 8 device. IM+ With half a dozen major IM clients on the market, odds are not all of your friends and acquaintances use the same IM services. That's where IM+ comes in. With support for Google … Continue reading
While Windows 8 placed considerable stress on getting users to interact with their computers through touch, Windows laptops and devices that offered touch were rare at first. Over time, though, both manufacturers and users have warmed to the technology. Microsoft and Intel have announced that over time, they intend to see the touch interface run all computers. Touch-based Windows laptops, tablets and convertibles are already common today and are more affordable than ever. Windows RT is only available on Microsoft's hardware Microsoft launched Windows RT, its operating system for tablets, alongside of Windows 8. Windows RT had consumers confused at first though. While it only appeared on Microsoft's Surface RT to begin, manufacturers like Lenovo put the OS on laptops too, over time. These laptops had users confused. Since … Continue reading
Backward compatibility is an important theme on every new version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. If you have Windows 8 running on your computer, its backward compatibility programming is what makes it possible for you to install programs on it that you bought in 2001 for Windows XP. Still, limits exist to how far back you can go. If you find old copies of the hit 1995 games Al Unser Jr. Arcade Racing or Fury3 somewhere, they may not work on your new Windows 7 or 8 setup. It isn’t logical to expect that software will remain relevant for decades An old CD from 1982 is guaranteed to play on the DVD drive on any new computer. This is possible because the CD standard is kept alive to this … Continue reading
On each new version of Windows, Microsoft makes sure to natively include a few tools that used to need third-party applications on earlier versions. Windows 8 is no exception. It includes several new software tools.
Many people find that their Windows computers slow down over time. Often, the solution they come up with is to do a painstaking reinstall. They back up all their files, wipe their hard drive and put either their Recovery disk or their Windows disk in the optical drive to reinstall Windows. Once they do that, they may need to install all their drivers and programs all over again. The entire process can take up the better part of a day. Why should Windows slow down in the first place? Windows can slow down for a number of reasons. Many branded computers come with a bunch of software trials and utilities pre-installed. These are of limited are questionable the use too many users. Many such programs are set up to … Continue reading
Windows 8 has been around for a full year, already. To many people, though, the Modern interface is still a mystery. Here are a few tips on getting things done on Windows 8. Using your Modern interface on the Desktop The Modern interface on Windows 8 that’s filled with touchscreen-optimized tiled apps hasn’t been a hit with Desktop users who don’t have a touchscreen monitor. On a Desktop computer that’s mainly intended to run traditional Desktop programs, the fact that Windows 8 allows you to either use a Modern app or a Desktop program (but not both at the same time) can seem like a major oversight. The Desktop user with a dual monitor setup, for instance, would find it very useful to run a weather app or something … Continue reading
When Google released its first Chromebook, reviewers praised the way its designers had left the Caps lock key out of the keyboard. They felt that the Caps lock key was a vestige of another era. Modern writing doesn’t need a Caps lock key. Mostly, it only serves as a key to hit by accident. Many people use a Windows registry hack to disable the Caps lock on their keyboard. If you do plan to go to all the trouble of performing a registry hack, though, there is no reason to use it to waste a perfectly good key and disable it. You can emulate Mac OS X users and simply remap it to something useful. What could you reassign it to? Google’s Chromebook has the right idea – on … Continue reading
If you want to use your Windows computer to do things on your Android phone or tablet, all it takes is installing a Virtual Network Computing app on the Android device and a controller program on the computer. Controlling Android through a computer doesn’t offer a responsive user experience. When you press a key on your keyboard or move your mouse, it can take up to a quarter second to get a reaction out of the Android device. Still, it’s worth putting up with the lag for the conveniences that you get. Why you would want to use your computer to control your Android device? If you don’t have a Bluetooth keyboard to pair your Android device with, using your computer’s physical keyboard to enter long passages of text … Continue reading
Windows is a deep operating system with many usable features that users end up never hearing about even after months using it. Microsoft doesn’t make it easy on its users, either. Some of its most useful tools are hidden underneath layers of opaque options. Take the very useful Reliability monitor tool on Windows 7 and 8, for instance. Even if you do take the initiative to browse through the options available in Windows, you are unlikely to find this tool hidden away in the Action Center under Control Panel. You need to open Control Panel, click on Action Center (the first item), click on the arrow next to Maintenance and then then select View reliability history . What does Reliability monitor do? With Reliability monitor in your hands, you … Continue reading
Hard disk manufacturing defects and improper shutdowns over a period of time can result in errors showing up on your hard disk. You may be faced with data losses and random computer freezes. When you are in such a situation, your first step should be to run the Windows Check Disk utility. When run, the program goes through your hard disk sector by sector to find out what parts are unusable. It then reroutes traffic around those parts. It is usually a good idea to run the check disk utility once every quarter as a preemptive measure before you start experiencing problems. The easy way to use Check Disk While keying in the right command into the Command Prompt is the usual way to use Check Disk , Windows … Continue reading