A Short Introduction to “Windows 10”.

Windows 10 ( An Introduction ).





Since its release in October 2012, Microsoft’s Windows 8 has been a real ‘Marmite’ of an operating system. Whilst some appreciated its speed and interface, a great many criticised its departure from the trusted desktop environment and its lack of a start button. Microsoft addressed many of these issues with the release of Windows 8.1 a year later, but for many the reputation of Windows 8 was already tarnished and a lot of users stuck with the solid and reliable Windows 7 OS.

So what’s next from the tech giant based in Redmond, California? Well the next release of their massively dominant desktop operating system – Windows 10 – is well on its way.

Wait you say, what happened to Windows 9? Well Microsoft haven’t given a definitive answer as to why 9 was skipped, but they did state that the new OS took such a “different approach” that it wouldn’t be right to call it Windows 9. Many people have speculated that the Windows 10 name was used to distance the new platform from Windows 8, in the same way that Windows 7 replaced the ill thought of Vista.

So what can we expect from Windows 10?
Well firstly it should be noted that this is the first new operating system release which has been over seen by Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, who believes Microsoft need to refocus and innovate. What this translates to is Windows 10 will be another attempt to make an operating system that meets the needs of numerous modern devices, such as standard desktop PC’s, touch screens, tablets and phones. Heard that before? Well yes it was part of the remit for Windows 8, but this time Microsoft have listened to feedback and refined the approach to hopefully give a far slicker and more ‘intelligent’ system, which will switch to the most appropriate interface for the device it is running on.
As with the last couple of versions of Windows, Microsoft has allowed anyone to download the Technical Preview version of the software for testing purposes. This approach allows the tech giant to receive constant feedback from a huge cross section of their potential audience, which in turn allows them to ‘fine tune’ the software to users tastes.

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Over the coming months we’ll be keeping a firm eye on Windows 10 and giving you updated information – but for now let’s have a brief look at some of the known features :

Universal approach – with not only the operating system, but also apps which will run across multiple platforms.
Integration of the operating system with the highly popular Xbox One games console. So the Xbox app will bring contacts, games records etc to the pc environment.
Microsoft’s popular and well thought of digital assistant, Cortana, will make it to the desktop world. This ultimately brings a powerful voice recognition facility to all Windows 10 devices.
Alongside Windows 10, Microsoft will ship a new modern web browser, currently codenamed “Project Spartan” (further influences from the popular Halo Xbox game). This will be the default web browser, with Internet Explorer being included for compatibility reasons.This will have a host of new features, including integration with the above mentioned Cortana.
DirectX 12 – a whole new graphics API which promises faster and more detailed graphics from any hardware that supports it. Microsoft have said that users of Windows 7 and 8 will should be able to perform an ‘upgrade’ as opposed to a full new install. For Windows 8 users, this will actually be delivered through the Windows update mechanism. Windows 7 will be a little more involved, but we are of course here to help.
A whole new and improved start menu (Hurrah!!) – with some highly customisable features designed to work with touchscreen or mouse users.
So there you have it, our initial look at Windows 10, which should be launching late this summer. We’ll be watching this one with much interest and will be reporting back with some more details and information as we find it. 
For now be rest assured that Microsoft will be pulling all the stops out to get this release right, and to address the negative feedback which Windows 8 rightly or wrongly received. Keep checking back for more new articles on Windows 10 in the near future.

Originally Posted on Pro Networks.

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Sync settings in Windows 8: Personalizaion, Language Settings, Ease Of Access

Synchronizing personal data between PC’s and different mobile devices is an easy task in Windows 8




It is one of the most frequently asked questions among people who are using Windows 8, how do I sync settings?

It’s not so difficult so synchronize settings but since it has a totally new look, it is difficult to find the options. Syncing settings saves you a lot of precious time if you want to save your data on different mobile devices and PCs. Here is how to do it:

1. Press the Windows Hot Key and click Desktop.


2. Once you are at Desktop, Press the Windows Hot Key + I. You will get a sidebar like this.


3. Navigate and click More PC Settings button on the bottom of the side bar and the following screen will be shown to youHere, navigate and click the Sync your settings tab from the left side. You will have to scroll down to find that. Now, you can expect to see the following screen:\\


4. Under the heading of Settings to sync, you can easily select which settings you intend to sync. The settings are further classified into sub headings. Before you could enable anything, you will have to drag the bar on the side of sync settings on this pc to the right side. This would enable you all the options below. Your sync settings have noe been turned on.




Syncing settings allow users to save precious time in shifting data and settings.







Technology for All...


1. Problem Steps Recorder
As the local PC guru you’re probably very used to friends and family asking for help with their computer problems, yet having no idea how to clearly describe what’s going on. It’s frustrating, but Microsoft feels your pain, and Windows 7 will include an excellent new solution in the Problem Steps Recorder.
When any app starts misbehaving under Windows 7 then all your friends need do is click Start, type PSR and press Enter, then click Start Record. If they then work through whatever they’re doing then the Problem Steps Recorder will record every click and keypress, take screen grabs, and package everything up into a single zipped MHTML file when they’re finished, ready for emailing to you. It’s quick, easy and effective, and will save you hours of troubleshooting time.
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Hard drive

Alternatively referred to as a hard disk drive and abbreviated as HD or HDD, the hard drive is thecomputer’s main storage media device that permanently stores all data on the computer. The hard drive was first introduced on September 13, 1956 and consists of one or more hard drive plattersinside of air sealed casing. Most computer hard drives are in an internal drive bay at the front of the computer and connect to the motherboard using either ATASCSI, or a SATA cable and power cable. Below, is an illustration of what the inside of a hard drive looks like for a desktop and Laptop hard drive.

As can be seen in the above picture, the desktop hard drive has six components: the head actuator,read/write actuator armread/write headspindle, and platter. On the back of a hard drive is a circuit board called the disk controller

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How to Increase Text Size on Your WordPress Blog

Many people on the internet don’t really read… they skim. And maybe that is because our text size is too small and uncomfortable to read.

So, here’s a quick tutorial on how to increase text size. In wordpress, changing the font size is really easy. Just go to /wp-admin/theme-editor.php. Make sure you are on style.css.

Look for #content or #entry. Then, paste this code under there.

#content p {
font-size: 14px !important;
line-height:  24px !important;
margin: 1em 0 1.6em !important;}

If your theme addresses your content as #entry, be sure to change #content to #entry.

The #content p requests that all the paragraphs (p) in the blog post shall go with that styling. The 14px is the font size. 25px, line spacing.

!important is for telling that the rule should be applied always, even if another rule for the same element is present.

For example,

#content p {color: black}
#content p {color: green}

This CSS code makes your paragraphs green, because it appears later than ‘black’ – your browser applies the rule that appears at the bottom.

So if you want to make sure that your paragraphs are black, add a !important.

#content p {color: black !important}
#content p {color: green}

The margins determine the space between paragraphs.

1em = top margin | 0 = left & right margin | 1.6em = bottom margin.

Feel free to customize the codes to your liking!

Best Windows 8 Tips For Those Who Don’t Have Touch….

Long live the keyboard and mouse!















The Windows 8 Release Preview download is out and available for all to install and, if you’re a regular here at Pocket-lint and of the non-Mac persuasion, it’s well worth doing. In fact, according to Microsoft, it’s even worth doing if you run a Mac.

Now, we’re not saying that Windows 8 is the best thing since sliced wafers. Indeed, according to our own Ian Morris, it’s more like the worst thing since fried Vista, but don’t let that put you off. What might be making you a little uncomfortable is the fact that you don’t have a touchscreen computer. No, most people don’t. Don’t worry. The trouble is, what with Windows 8 and that added Metro interface all built with touch in mind, being stuck with a mouse can be all too much of a drag.

Help is, very literally, at hand though. You have a keyboard and one that’s bursting with shortcuts, ready to get things done far quicker than either a touchscreen or a mouse could. Some are those that you might be familiar with from Windows 7 and some are entirely new, but here are a handful worth remembering to get you started on your journey of learning a new desktop OS.

Spacebar to unlock

There are a few different ways of getting through the lock screen but most of them involve dragging your mouse most of the way across your desk and off the other side if you’re not using a touch PC. Instead, save yourself the bother and a few broken coffee cups by thumping the spacebar instead. It’s also a wonderfully neolithic entrance to what is supposed to be a super-advanced piece of software.

Windows + L = Lock

You’ve unlocked with a swat of your palm, now lock back up again with hardly any more effort. As with the previous version of Windows, you’ll be relieved to see that a trusty Windows + L maneouvre will take you back to the lockscreen again. It certainly beats the mystery of trying to shut your machine down.

More spacebar

Hit the spacebar on the main view of the the Metro UI and you get something resembling a taskbar popping up at the bottom of the screen. It’s not really a taskbar but it does give you some controls over your live tiles which are worth customising as to your needs.

Windows + X = Start Menu

To be fair, it’s not really the Start Menu that you’ll know and love from Windows 7 but it’s as close a thing as you’re going to get. Looking more like the grey, right-click kind of options, you’ll find yourself presented with control panel options, links to programs, task managers, power managers, device information and more. You know, a bit like the Start Menu but with all of the style, design and, yes, life sucked out of it.












Windows + Q = Apps

Naturally all that verve and elan from the Start Menu had to be put somewhere. Hit the Windows key and Q to find some of it. What you’ll see is a massive, scrollable and very pretty Metro look at all the apps you’ve installed.

Windows + W = Search

The search function on the old Start Menu may have been fun but now Windows 8 is getting all contextual with search instead. Hit the Windows + W shortcut in any app or screen to bring up a search menu from the right where you can dig away to your heart’s content.

Windows + Z = Context

For even more contextual information, press Windows + Z at the same time. The effect is slightly different depending on which app you’re in at the time but expect tabs and address bars to pop up when browsing and other options from the top and bottom in other areas.













Windows + F4 = Close

You know this, or you certainly should. If there’s two Windows shortcuts that you ever picked up, this should be the second and, yes, it still works. More to the point, it’s more important than ever. Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to dispense with that little X in the top right corner of windows that allows you to close them. In fairness, the idea is that the computer takes care of it all for you but, if you still find it unnerving that some bits and pieces might be open or running, then just hit that magic Windows + F4 combo to shut them down.

Windows + Tab = Fast Switching

Fast switching is your way to flick between open applications on Windows 8 and you can do that by either using Windows + Tab or Alt + Tab much like on Windows 7. The difference here is that the funky Aero look is lost, in the case of the former, and replaced with a dedicated bar that slides out of the left side of the screen. Fortunately, the Alt + Tab version is better on Windows 8 and cycles between full screen versions of your open applications very smoothly indeed.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc = Task Manager

Another classic from the Windows 7 days is the shortcut to the Task Manager that is Ctrl + Shift + Esc. It’s not always easy to find the familiar parts of an OS that you’re sure must exist when the UI has entirely changed, so it’s good to know that keyboard navigation will still do you proud.

Windows + E = Computer

Feeling like you’ve lost control? Fear not, the Windows + E shortcut still works to snap you straight into the Computer (or what used to be My Computer) window. From there, you’ll be able to get the usual proper picture of how much storage you’ve got left, what devices are plugged into your machine and a decent starting place for exploring your files. E is for explore.













Windows + . = Cascade

One of the sexier look and feel touches of the Metro UI on Windows 8 is the cascade effect of the application windows. Pressing Windows + . allows you to switch around and cycle through a few of the looks which maximise and marginalise certain windows to present you with a different slant on multitasking.

Windows + H = Share

With social networking and the ever-popular sharing concept in technology, Microsoft has brought a direct sharing technique and shortcut to Windows 8 and the Metro UI. Hit Windows + H on a picture or other such file and a menu slides in from the right offering to share that item on whatever compatible service apps you have installed. Sadly, when we tried it, the only option we got was Mail. Nonetheless, the instant attachment and new message produced made things very quick and easy.

Windows + C = Charms

Another of the big push features and new terms of Windows 8 is the charms. Windows + C slides them in from the right where you can access the very fundamental areas that are Search, Settings, Devices, Sharing and Start. All very key bits and pieces.

Windows + , = Invisible

Aero isn’t completely dead. That little corner rectangle which offered a way of seeing through your applications all the way to the desktop is now repeated by hitting Windows + ,. It’s not wildly useful but it’s a nice way of sticking your head up above the clouds for a moment before diving back into your work.

Let us know in the comments of any non-touch treasures that you did up on your travels..







Linkedin Passwords Hacked Out.:-((

At least 6.4 million passwords were stolen from the site and then leaked on to the internet.


NEW YORK: Social media site LinkedIn said on Wednesday that it had suffered a data breach which had compromised the passwords of some of the social network’s members.

LinkedIn engineer Vicente Silveira confirmed on the website’s blogthat some passwords were “compromised.”

“We are continuing to investigate this situation,” he said.

LinkedIn said it sent emails to members whose passwords were affected, explaining how to reset them since they were no longer valid on the site.

LinkedIn, which made its stock debut last year, is a social media company that caters to companies seeking employees and people scouting for jobs. It has more than 161 million members worldwide.

One of the Mountain View, California-based company’s main initiatives is to grow internationally – 61 per cent of its membership is located outside the United States.

Marcus Carey, security researcher at Boston-based Rapid7, said he believed the attackers had been inside LinkedIn’s network for at least several days, based on an analysis of the type of information stolen and quantity of data posted on forums.

“While LinkedIn is investigating the breach, the attackers may still have access to the system,” Carey warned. “If the attackers are still entrenched in the network, then users who have already changed their passwords may have to do so a second time.”

Officials with LinkedIn declined to comment on whether an attack might still be in progress.

The breach is the latest in a string of high-profile hacks affecting companies and governments around the world, which have put the personal information of millions at risk.

News of the breach surfaced on Wednesday when computer security experts said they discovered files with some 6.4 million encrypted passwords on underground websites where criminal hackers frequently exchange stolen information.

Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant with British computer security software maker Sophos said that it is not yet clear if all of those passwords belong to LinkedIn members.

The files included only passwords and not corresponding email addresses, which means that people who download the files and decrypt, or unscramble, the passwords will not easily be able to access any accounts with compromised passwords.

Yet analysts said it is likely that the hackers who stole the passwords also have the corresponding email addresses and would be able to access the accounts.

Needs more salt?

At least two security experts who examined the files containing the LinkedIn passwords said the company had failed to use best practices for protecting the data.

The experts said that LinkedIn used a vanilla or basic technique for encrypting, or scrambling, the passwords which allowed hackers to quickly unscramble all passwords after they figured out the formula by which any single password had been encrypted.

The social network could have made it extremely tedious for the passwords to be unscrambled by using a technique known as “salting”, which means adding a secret code to each password before it is encrypted.

“What they did is considered to be poor practice,” said Mary Landesman, security researcher with Cloudmark, a company that helps secure messaging systems.

LinkedIn officials declined to comment on the criticism, saying it was discussing the breach only on its official blog.

Silveira said in the blog that the company just recently put in place new security measures to protect customer passwords, including the use of salting techniques.

Last year, a security researcher warned that LinkedIn had flaws in the way it managed communications with browsers to authorize logins, making accounts more vulnerable to attack. The company responded by tightening its procedures for logins.

LinkedIn was co-founded by former PayPal executive Reid Hoffman in 2002 and makes money selling marketing services and subscriptions to companies and job seekers.

LinkedIn shares closed 8 cents higher at $93.08 on Wednesday despite news of the breach.

Must Follow PC Expert Tips To Prevent Computer Data Loss

We, as a computer user, must take the right steps to prevent computer data loss as data is of great importance to us.

A very good and real life quote that I find applicable in computer’s world is that Prevention Is Always Better than Cure. Rather than taking steps later to rectify a computer problem we should rather take steps that the need for rectification of fault doesn’t come. Makes more sense right? After all, we all can take some basic and not so difficult steps to ensure that the computer is used intelligently without causing harm to its data.

Data loss is the damage to data stored on a computer that results in the user not able to get access to it by normal means. Data can be stored by a user over a period of many years and may contain very critical and useful information. Loss of such critical and important data can mean loss of several thousand of user hours.

Thus computer data prevention is very important and critical to a personal home business user as well as a company. In order to not face a PC data loss situation or avoid such a scenario of computer data not available fully or accessible partially, you could take care to follow the following steps:

1. Use an Anti Virus Software And Regularly Update It

Antivirus software – better paid one than free, is designed to safeguard your PC from harm causing computer virus. Some virus infections can delete, modify your data secretly and lead to crash of your computer. So be sure to update your Antivirus software with the latest patch and signature files for maximum security.

Also, configure your antivirus to do regular scans of your computer drives at least once in a week when your computer is idle. Also, setup real time scanning so that virus are tracked via email and Internet etc.

2. Use A Good Quality UPS to Protect PC From Power Surges

An uninterruptible power supply protects your computer and data during a power surge or failure. A power surge (sudden high voltage) if allowed to enter a computer can cause storage devices and associated circuitry to malfunction leading to data loss.

The chargeable battery in the UPS gives you enough time to save your documents and shut down Windows properly so that you don’t lose any files or damage any hardware components of your computer due to sudden loss of electrical power.

3. Keep Your Computer in a Dry, Shaded And Dust-Free Area

Never operate your computer near places where it is directly exposed to rain, sun, humidity and dust. Such conditions can cause rusting and other problems to your PC hardware parts leading to loss of data.

4. Do Not Attempt To Repair or Open Up Your Computer Without Assistance If You Do Not Know Anything

If you try to attend to a computer fault by opening it without having computer hardware experience, you may damage the circuit boards, hardware components and worst of all, receive a damage causing electric shock! Kindly consult an appropriate computer expert rather than trying to do it yourself without having any experience and knowledge to do so.

I personally know of cases where untrained people have caused their PC motherboard to burn in trying to troubleshoot a simple problem of computer not booting up.

5. Do Not Over-Tweak Your Computer

Every Computer has a peak performance limit beyond which it cannot work whatever you may do as it cannot exceed it design limits of processor and other components.

So, avoid make changes to your system registry or over clocking your computer hardware to get performance boost unless you’re absolutely sure of what you’re doing. I am sure that you don’t wish to burn your computer by making its component heat up due to too much of processing load.

6. Have Your Data Backups Store at An Off-Site Location

This helps to protect your backup from damage in case of a fire or other natural disaster such as lightning, earthquakes and floods etc. Storing data and its backup at a single location is not a good idea for places where the probability of some natural disaster mentioned above is high.

7. Do Not Shift Your Computer when it is Powered On

Always power off and remove the power and data cables before shifting your computer even if you are doing it for a very small distance. A computer has ports, connectors and sockets to which various devices are attached and voltages are fed in them. Movement of computer with power being supplied to its parts can cause electric sparks leading to data loss.

8. Do Not Share Access To Your Networked PC with People Who You Do Not Know 

Your computer data can easily be lost and modified if anyone on the network (local or remote) can access your files freely due to you sharing it with everyone openly.

9. Practice Regular Hard Disk Maintenance

Clean up temporary files, junk files, and unused files and defragment your hard disk regularly from time to time. This helps to keep your hard disk on top form which decreases the chances of computer data loss. The most important secondary data storage device is computer hard disk and thus you need to take special care of it to avoid data loss due to its failure.

10. Hard Disk Read Failure Symptoms

You know it’s time to start taking backup of all your data files when your hard disk starts producing too much of noises and your system starts behaving strangely.

11. Do Not Drink Beverages While Working On Your Operational PC

Avoid drinking beverage on an operational PC as the spilled liquid can lead to a short circuit inside the computer causing data loss.

12. Make Sure That Electrical Wiring and Electrical Devices in Question Are Of Excellent Quality

Electrical wires, sockets, plugs, strips and switches etc. being used in any form to operate a computer must be of premium quality so that there are no short circuits or burning in any form of wires etc. leading to fire and thus damage to the PC and data stored on it.

How To Transform Your Windows To Mac OSX Lion…..lets change it

How to make  Your Windows look like Mac OsX Lion.

Just Install this Transformation Pack And Enjoy.


-Seamless installation and uninstallation giving users safe transformation
-Easily configurable in single click with intelligence Metro UI design
-Designed for all editions of Windows XP/Vista/7 including Server Editions
-Genuine OS X Lion system resources
-Smart system files updating with auto-repair and Windows Update friendly
-UxStyle memory patching
-Lion Frame UI including Aero/Mac features for XP and non-Aero system
-OS X Lion themes, wallpapers, user pictures and logon screen
-OS X Dock emulation with pre-configured docklets optimized for stability/performance
-Expose and Spaces with shortcut keys configured

Make sure you uninstall Snow Transformation Pack with UAC turned off before installing this ones. Lion Transformation Pack can handles UAC at ease but Snow Transformation Pack can’t do the same so please don’t get confused. I hope this worths the wait for whole year as for both XP and Vista/7 users. Oh, there’s also UX Pack edition for people who find modifying system files little scary and want to try out zero-risk version.

Tip: If you having trouble keeping changes you made to RocketDock, download and run this fix.

Get Lion Transformation Pack (LTP) v1.0

Get Lion UX Pack (LUXP) v1.0


If Any Problem visit http://www.windowsxlive.net


And Here Some Wallpapers For Make It Perfect..



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Add Shutdown and Reboot to the Windows 8 Win+X Menu

Add Shutdown and Reboot to the Windows 8 Win+X Menu

By : Shan M Saleem



Shutting down and restarting your computer should both be easy tasks, right? Well, in Windows 8, these tasks are not straightforward. However, there are easier ways of shutting down and restarting your Windows 8 computer.

We’ve showed you before how to shut down or restart your Windows 8 computer and how to add shut down, restart, and sleep shortcuts to the Windows 8 Metro Start screen.

Recently, we wrote about the new Win+X menu in Windows 8 and showed you how to add items to it manually and using a free tool. The Win+X menu has many useful commands and system utilities and seems to be the perfect place to put shortcuts for shutting down and restarting your computer. We will show you how to add shut down and restart shortcuts to the Win+X menu.


First, you need to create shortcuts for the Shut Down and Restart commands. To do this, see our article about adding shut down and restart shortcuts to the Windows 8 Metro Start screen.

Once you have your shortcuts, modify the shortcut files and add them to the Win+X Menu manually or use the Win+X Menu Editor to add them to the Win+X menu.

We decided to put the shortcuts in their own new group so they are separated from the rest of the options on the Win+X menu.


Once you have manually restarted Windows Explorer or applied the changes in the Win+X Menu Editor, the Restart and Shut Down commands are available on the Win+X menu.


Remember that the Windows 8 was designed with tablets, like the iPad, in mind, so it has a different concept about certain features. You generally don’t shut down tablets completely. They just go into low power mode when you press the power button. That’s why the shut down feature is hidden. It’s not meant to be used a lot. However, adding shut down and restart shortcuts to the Win+X menu, or the Start screen, makes it easier for those of us using desktop computers or laptops we shut down to transport often.





Gideon Sundback – Google Doodle

Gideon Sundback – Google Doodle: Gideon Sundback (born April 24 1880) was a Swedish-American electrical engineer. Gideon Sundback is most commonly associated with his work in the development of the zipper.

Gideon Sundback was hired to work for the Universal Fastener Company. Good design skills and a marriage to the plant-manager’s daughter Elvira Aronson led Sundback to the position of head designer at Universal.

He was responsible for improving the far from perfect ‘Judson C-curity Fastener.’ Unfortunately, Sundback’s wife died in 1911. The grieving husband busied himself at the design table and by December of 1913, he had designed the modern zipper.

Gideon Sundback increased the number of fastening elements from four per inch to ten or eleven, had two facing-rows of teeth that pulled into a single piece by the slider, and increased the opening for the teeth guided by the slider.

The patent for the ‘Separable Fastener’ was issued in 1917. Sundback also created the manufacturing machine for the new zipper. Within the first year of operation, Sundback’s zipper-making machinery was producing a few hundred feet of fastener per day.

Today’s Computer Word

Title Bar

written by Shan M Saleem


Bar located along the top of a window or a dialog box that displays the name of the window or software program being used. For example, as can be seen in the picture to the right, when visiting a web page in a browser the title of that page will be shown in the title bar, in this example it’s “Computer Hope’s free computer help” title of its home page.

Besides giving a description of the open program or window, the title bar has several other useful features. Below is a list of some of the functions of the title bar. Keep in mind that not all of these features are supported in all operating systems.

  1. Click and hold down the mouse button on the title bar to move the window around when not maximized.
  2. Double-clicking the title bar will maximize the window or set the window into window mode allowing it to be moved around your screen.
  3. Windows 7 introduced several new advancements that also allows you to click and drag the title bar to any edge of any of the screens to make a window in that portion of the screen. Additional information about this can be found on our tip101 page.

Three Different Styles Of Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT

We’ve known for what feels like ages that Windows 8 would come in at least two flavors: one supporting x86 devices and one for ARM machines. Now Microsoft’s ready to put a naming scheme on its much-anticipated menu for the operating system. According to a post on the Windows blog, ARM devices will get Windows RT, while x86 / 64 devices will run Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro (also for x86 devices) will offer the suit-and-tie set added features for “encryption, virtualization, PC management and domain connectivity.” Windows Media Center will be packaged as an add-on for the folks who go Pro. For a full break down of what each version will hold hit the source link below and check out our hands-on impressions of the OS preview here.



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Connect Your Windows 8 With XBox (Xbox Companion in Windows 8)

How To Enable Xbox Companion in Windows 8

One thing Microsoft definitely is trying to get right with Windows 8 is the integration with Xbox. At the moment, this integration is minimal, but you can definitely see where Microsoft is heading with it: allowing you to play Xbox games from the console on the PC, pausing and resuming, etc. They aren’t there yet, but there are still some fun things you can do like control the Xbox using your PC.


Before you begin, make sure you are logged in to your Windows 8 PC with the same Windows Live account that you use on your Xbox and that both your Xbox and PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

1. Launch Xbox Companion from the Metro start screen.


2. Turn on your Xbox 360.

3. Go to Settings > System > Console Settings.

4. Select Xbox Companion.

5. Select Available in the Xbox Companion Settings.

6. Click Connect on your PC.