Tips for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10

The most popular or widely used Windows versions are Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Windows 7 with codename Vienna or Blackcomb is part of the Windows NT family and was released back in July 22, 2009. This version was created to address the critical reception of its predecessor which is the Windows Vista. Windows 7 has received significant positive remarks due to its increased performance, intuitive interface and many other noted improvements. In fact, some critics have strongly pointed out that Windows 7 is the best Windows version ever. One of the best things about this version is that users now have plenty of options to actually increase their productivity while working on their computer.

Here are the top 10 tricks and tips for Windows 7:

1. Make use of Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts such as pressing Ctrl + Shift + N to create a new folder.

2. Make the most out of Jump Lists so you can easily access any folder or windows that you usually use.

3. Use hidden international themes or wallpapers by following these steps:

Type C:\Windows\Globalization\MCT in the search box at the Start Menu and then press Enter. Windows 7 will then show you a list of sub-folders for each country. Search for your preferred theme or background.

4. Windows 7 allows users to make use of multiple monitors for whatever purpose it may serve.

5. Users can now obtain a power efficiency report wherein the operating system can take a look at your laptop’s energy use. To do this, simply run a command prompt by typing cmd in the search box. Once the icon appears, right click and then select “Run as administrator.” Inside the command box, type powercfg -energy-output\Folder\Energy_Report.HTML.

6. Windows 7 has an amazing taskbar with a variety of features that can help anyone maximize their workload.

7. Use check boxes for better productivity. This means that you can now enable check boxes for folders and files in bulk.

8. Users can now customize the notification area or the system tray so they can only see the icons that they regularly use.

9. Use the shake feature. This feature will help users get rid of all the clutter in a single step.

10. Aero Snap is one of Windows 7 features wherein users can maximize a window by dragging the icon to the side of the screen.

Next on the list is Windows 8.1 with codename Blue which is an upgrade for the Windows 8 version. Most people say that Windows 8.1 is the better version of the Windows 8 with several important tweaks.

Here are a few tips and tricks for Windows 8.1:

1. The ever reliable Start button is back on Windows 8.1 wherein users can view the options.

2. Users can now personalize the home screen tiles and regroup similar tiles.

3. Windows 8.1 now has an option to let users go straight to the desktop instead of dealing with the start screen tiles.

4. Windows 8.1 allows users to conveniently organize their apps in different manners such as classifying them by the installation date or for other reason.

5. Make use of the app bars.

6. Windows 8.1 users now have the option to make the Start button more useful.

7. Apps that are no longer in use can now be stopped from running in the background.

8. Users can now easily change the display settings such as orientation and resolution.

9. Windows 8.1 allows users to view multiple apps all at the same time.

10. With Windows 8.1, users have the option to save any online article so they can read it even when they are offline.

Windows 10

Windows 10 is the latest and most talked about Windows version which was first released for consumers on July 29, 2015. Windows 10 is currently being offered for free where many existing users are making the upgrade.

Here are a few tips and tricks which can make your Windows 10 experience better:

1. Start with the GodMode wherein users can get an advanced control panel. Just create a new folder anyplace and then rename it as GodMode.

2. Customize the Start menu to make the computer work for you.

3. Users now have the option to schedule Windows updates to avoid all the pesky reminders or automatic updates.

4. If you have a touchscreen device, then you can easily switch to tablet mode with this Windows version.

5. Windows 10 allows users to create virtual desktops which are great if you are using numerous apps.

6. Windows 10 can save your battery life if you are using a laptop.

7. Say hello to Windows 10’s biometric security feature where users can unlock their PC with their fingerprint.

8. This Windows versions has added a controversial feature which allows users to limit their Wi-Fi to others.

9. Users can now print to PDF without using another utility.

10. Lastly, Windows 10 offers users the chance to undo their upgrade within a month of installation.

Thinking Of Upgrading Your Computer System To Microsoft Windows 8.1

In 2012 Microsoft launched Windows 8. In some respects, the idea behind the new platform was to bridge the gap between Windows on PC’s / laptops and the new touchscreen devices such as tablets and mobile phones.

Sadly, Windows 8 was not the success Microsoft had hoped for, with many users complaining about the huge departure away from familiar layouts. This resulted in confusion and frustration about what can essentially be called an unfinished platform.

Moving on a year, Microsoft has launched version Windows 8.1. With the majority of existing Microsoft users deciding to reject the initial Windows 8 upgrade, is this the right time for them to consider 8.1? Also, what about existing Windows 8 users? Should they upgrade too?

Virtually all PC’s and laptops are now sold with either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating system. Therefore, when investing in new hardware in the future, there is no escape and you will be forced to accept the latest platform over your preferred option.

Additionally, Microsoft have announced that they will cease supporting Windows 7 from January 2015, and therefore it’s inevitable that you will need to adopt this latest offering even if it’s later rather than sooner. However, for now we recommend that current users of Windows 7 or earlier talk to us first – but usually we advise you to continue using your existing system.

Should a Windows 8 user upgrade to Windows 8.1?

When Windows 8 launched in 2012, many of the touchscreen devices it was designed for were simply not available for purchase. Those that were available were considered too expensive against the price of the competition.

Moving on a year and there is now more choice for touchscreen laptops, tablets and all in one devices at considerably better pricing. The relative failure of Windows 8 meant that developers were hesitant to create apps for these devices although there is now a feeling Microsoft are getting it right and apps are being launched at a faster rate. That said, the competition with Android and Apple is so firmly established there is a feeling of too little too late. But, the one advantage for Microsoft is the integration with a Windows platform, which the competition is unable to offer. So, for users looking for a device that offers more, combining business and leisure capability, this could be Microsoft’s single competitive advantage.

For Windows 8 users the decision to upgrade to Windows 8.1 should be relatively easy given the many advantages listed below. This upgrade is FREE which will be welcome news and is available at Windows Store.

What are the advantages of Microsoft Windows 8.1?

1. Customisable

Windows 8.1 introduces Snap functionality to the Start Screen, which allows you to re-size different applications screens independently of one another, allowing the user to run multiple apps on the same screen. Live tiles can also be re-sized with 3 different sizes, Small, Regular and Large. The desktop background can also be matched to the start screen for a unified look.

In Windows 8, users were restricted to two apps open simultaneously on screen. This has doubled to four and each can be sized independently depending on which app you are working on at the time.

2. Automatic App Updates

All applications installed from the Windows Store will automatically update in the background while you are using your PC rather than ask you to update every app individually. This is a nice time saver and an admin function you never have to worry about.

3. It consumes less disk space

Windows 8.1 has offers some new functionality & features, however Microsoft says that’s it uses between 8-15% less space on your hard drive.

4. Smart Search

Search Charm on Windows 8 was pretty good, but the new search facility on Windows 8.1, called Smart Search is in a different league. It’s incredibly versatile searching all aspects of the device including apps to produce more comprehensive results. When searching on a topic such as a specific famous person, Windows 8.1 will produce what Microsoft have called a “Search Hero” which displays relevant information, such as Date of Birth, Death, photographs, discography etc.

This new search facility alone is worth updating for.

5. Greater External Display Support

Windows 8.1 Allows greater options, especially when running a tablet on external displays, it also supports DPI scaling, which essential allows you to set different scaling text and icon settings per monitor, especially useful with high resolution displays.

6. Live Lock Screen

Windows 8.1 brings the option to allow calendar appointments, email notifications etc all from the lock screen, before you login. You can also set the lock screen to display a slide show of your own pictures

7. Desktop

Windows 8.1 allows the user to boot straight to the desktop, instead of the Start screen. One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 was the removal of the Start button. It’s a welcome return to a familiar friend, although the start menu in windows 8.1 is not like previous versions, it’s a cut down version of the old start menu.

In Windows 8.1 the Start screen gets a major redesign to make it easier to customize, with a wider range of tile sizes to accommodate more items on the Start screen. And of course there’s a check box that lets you bypass the Start screen and go straight to the desktop.

In summary there are new features in just about every corner of this platform that are superior to Windows 8. Windows have also added an online tutorial which was sadly missing before and could have prevented some of the frustration. Whilst we wouldn’t say Windows 8.1 is now the finished item, it’s clearly head and shoulders better than its predecessor.

With any new system, there are invariably downsides which the manufacturer doesn’t wish to tell you…

1. No Option To Un-Install

There is no way to un-install windows 8.1 or revert to a system restore point prior to the update. This means that once you press the button, there is simply no turning back. You have to work with what you’ve got whether you like it or not. Overall, this shouldn’t be an issue for Windows 8 users and is not as relevant if you are considering upgrading from Windows 7 or earlier because if you have Windows 7 you will have recovery partition or media, so will be able to revert back quiet easily.

2. Software Reinstallation

Very often Windows 8.1 requires users to re-install software that was working fine, before the upgrade. As with any upgrade, it is advisable to ensure you have completed a full system back up and that you ensure you have installation media, user identification, licence keys and passwords for all of your other software.

As a precaution, it is worth checking whether your other software is updated to be compatible with Windows 8.1. Some software may not be compatible and therefore cease to function. It is so important you check this out before running an upgrade of this magnitude.

3.Drivers Issues

Many users have also reported that they need to re-install drivers for many devices, so external devices, peripherals; external monitors etc may stop working completely after this update. For any upgrade, there will always be one or two potential issues with drivers so this isn’t something new.

4. Start Menu

Windows 8.1 restores the Start Menu, however this is not the Start menu that users have become accustomed to over the last 13 or so years. The menu has limited functionality, with its primary function being to take the user back to the start screen.

5. Mouse Issue

Some computer mice stop working correctly, or start to act sporadically under windows 8.1, especially for Gamers, although Microsoft are currently working on a fix. Windows 8 or 8.1 is not the best for working with a keyboard and mouse – it is ideally suited to touch screen devices.

6. No Direct Download

Unlike other previous service packs on Windows 7 and XP, you cannot manually download and install the service pack, the installation must be carried out from the Microsoft Apps Store.

Summary

Whenever you are considering updating your system you should ideally talk to your IT support company and allow them to run checks on your systems first and point out the potential issues you may have. Some will be known, but there’s always the chance of a ghost in the closet due to the vast range of software that is available and used for business purposes with the age old chestnut of current compatibility.

Additionally, before any update, a full system back-up is advisable to protect you from a potential failure.

Our final words…

  • If you’re an existing Windows 8 user, the update is free and largely seamless, and adds some useful new tweaks and features. You should upgrade as soon as possible but follow our advice so that we can do our best to protect you.
  • If you’re a Windows 7 user consider keeping with it until it’s absolutely necessary to invest in a new PC; those touch-optimized Windows 8 and 8.1 elements won’t do much for you anyway, and Windows 7 still works well with most applications

How to Find the Best Windows Phone 7 Apps

Windows Phone 7 marketplace is Microsoft’s virtual store to download apps, games, music, TV shows, movies, podcasts-in other words, everything that makes your Windows Phone 7 more fun and useful. In this article, you’ll learn how to find and buy great Windows Phone 7 apps and entertainment in Marketplace. I’ll also cover the Games hub. With its strong Xbox pedigree, Windows Phone 7 is quickly shaping up to be a killer gaming machine.

You’ll find Marketplace on both your phone and PC. Think of the PC version as the flagship store: It has everything Microsoft has to offer. The Marketplace hub on your phone is a branch outlet. It deals only in apps, games, and music. But the hub has the advantage of convenience, since you can shop directly on your phone. By the way, not everything in Marketplace costs money. Many apps and games are free. Some paid apps in Marketplace also let you try them before you buy them.

Speaking of games, Windows Phone is the first mobile device to fully weave in Xbox LIVE, Microsoft’s hugely popular online gaming service, with more than 20 million subscribers. If you’re one of them, you’ll have access to your avatar, gamerscore, and other familiar Xbox goodies right on your phone. So let the fun begin!

Touring the Marketplace Hub

The Marketplace hub is one of the default tiles on your Start screen. The hub is divided into several areas, including a list of featured apps and a main menu. On the menu you can pick from Apps, Games, Music, or any custom category added by your cell-phone carrier. This screen also shows the status of items you’re downloading and whether any software updates are available for apps already on your phone. Apps-short for applications-are the add-on software programs that give smartphones their smarts. Because Windows Phone 7 is the new kid on the block, only time will tell how many you’ll find for it in Marketplace. But early signs look promising. Marketplace is expected to have 16 categories of apps, including books, business, entertainment, finance, games, health and fitness, lifestyle, music and video, navigation, news and weather, photos, productivity, social, sports, tools, and travel.

Technology History

Computers:

First Computer Invented:

Most people when they think of first computer invented they think Bill Gates. This, however, is not true, for the computer was invented long before Bill Gates was around. Bill Gates only revolutionized the computer, buy creating a more compact and useful form of the computer and making it available to everyone with a job.

There are many people out there who would say that the first “computer” was the abacus, invented in Asia about 5000 years ago. I however, wouldn’t.

The first of the “modern” computers was invented during World War II, in 1941 by a German engineer named Konrad Zuse. Its name was the Z3 and it was used to help design German airplanes and missile’s. Then in 1943, the Allied forces developed a computer called Colossus. It helped decode German messages.

The Mark I, designed by Howard H. Aiken, an engineer working with Harvard and IBM. The Mark I was positively huge, taking up half of a football field. It was useful though and it helped to create ballistic charts for the US Navy during the war.

Shortly after this, came the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), developed by John Presper Eckert and John W. Mauchly, working with the government and the University of Pennsylvania. ENIAC was about 1000 times faster than The Mark I but no smarter.

The Use of transistors, ment computers that could store memory and even run programs. Soon after computer languages were invented so that people could change the programs run by the computer. Finally computer research brought us smaller, more useful computers, and eventually the kinds of computers that we have today.

First Laptops Invented:

Although it is a little hard to determine what the first portable or laptop computer was, and when it was invented, we can however say that there is more than one claim to laptop fame. There was even signs of laptops dating back as early as 1979. Designed by a Briton, William Moggridge, for use by NASA in early 1980’s. IT was one fifth the weight of any model equivalent in performance and was a 340K byte bubble memory lap-top computer with die-cast magnesium case and folding electroluminescent graphics display screen.

Since then notebook PC’s released in 1981 lay clam to being the first. It was the Epson HX-20, a battery powered portable computer, with a 20-character by 4 line LCD display and a built-in printer that started the new widespread desire for these laptop computers.

In January of 1982, Microsoft’s Kazuhiko Nishi and Bill Gates begin discussions on designing a portable computer, based on using a new liquid crystal display or LCD screen. LCD technology in 1982? Yeah that’s right! Believe it or not we had the technology to make the LCD tvs and monitors that you’ve seen only recently over 22 years ago. But that’s another story in itself.

First PDAs Invented:

First of all PDA stands for personal digital assistants in case you didn’t already know. In 1993, Apple Computer Inc. released the very first PDA(personal digital assistants) “The Newton┬«”. For the next three years, PDA sales dwindled, and were almost off the charts. Then, in March 1996, Palm(TM), Inc. delivered the industry’s first truly compelling handheld computer, the PalmPilot. Today there are to many PDA companies and products to even bother mentioning.

Some Things You Can Do On A PDA:

Get a Wireless Connection

Surf the Web

Play Music and Video Files

Watch movies Using PocketTV

Play a Game

Use Your Pocket PC as a backup device

Update Office Documents

Download and read E-books

Listen to Audio Books

Connect to Windows servers using Terminal Services

Use Messenger Tools

Change the theme of your Pocket PC

Project the Pocket PC screen onto your desktop

Study

Do Your Taxes

Some PDA Software:

Medical/Drug Resources PDA Software

Medical Calculators PDA Software

Learning Tools PDA Software

Patient Tracking PDA Software

Document Readers PDA Software

Medical Equipment PDA Software

Databases PDA Software

Printing PDA Software

News and Information PDA Services

Street Finders and Maps PDA Software

Bible Study PDA Software

Voice Command PDA Software

Language Translator PDA Software

Tax PDA Software

Home Entertainment Technology:

Home Entertainment really is just a collaboration of all our entertainment technologies into a package that surely will not disappoint us. Home entertainment systems have many different parts that together give us the feeling of being at the movies.

Plasma TV

LCD Panel TV

DLP Rear Projection TV

Video Projectors

Surround Sound Audio Systems

Speakers

DVD / CD / VCR Players

Accessories and Furniture

Satellite Television

Media Center HTPCs

First Television Invented:

The first signs of a tele date back to the 1862 when Abbe Giovanna Caselli invents his “pantelegraph” and becomes the first person to transmit a still image over wires. In 1900, at the World’s Fair in Paris, the 1st International Congress of Electricity was held, where Russian, Constantin Perskyi made the first known use of the word “television.” In 1930 Charles Jenkins broadcasts the first TV commercial. The BBC begins regular TV transmissions.

Then throughout the years the inventions came one after another. In 1950 the FCC approves the first color television standard which is replaced by a second in 1953. Vladimir Zworykin developed a better camera tube – the Vidicon. In 1956 Robert Adler invents the first practical remote control. In 1973 giant screen projection TVs are first marketed. Followed by Sonys release of the first home video cassette recorder in 1976.By time 1996 came around there was a billion TV sets world-wide.

First DVD/Player Invented:

We can only assume the transition over from cd’s and cd players over to dvds and dvd players wasn’t that hard. The technology was already there for them. So the dvd player was surely invented before or right after the dvd was invented. DVDs are the work of many companies and many people. The DVD evolved from CD and related technologies. Companies such as Sony, Philips, Toshiba, Matsushita, Time Warner, and others announced the new “high density” dvd in September of 1995.