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The context menu is a quick way to access functions in Windows without leaving the file or folder at hand. While the default options are useful, it’s when you add your own custom options and functions that make it phenomenal. We’ve seen this before in our guides which detailed the process of adding PowerShell to the menu and including shortcuts in the Send To menu. Another way to add custom functions is to use Context Menu Tuner. This portable program allows not only several preconfigured options to be included in the context menu, but also entirely custom built ones. Add absolutely any program to menu and assign it to either a file or folder. Moreover, there are options for including the menu item only when selecting a particular file type. We’re going to look at how to assign preset commands to certain areas of Windows and also touch on adding a custom function.
Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 is going to be the easiest overall OS upgrade to perform between Windows versions currently on the market. Windows Vista and Windows XP pale in comparison to how easy it is to go from 7 to 8.1. While it may be easy, it's not easy to get started in some cases. Let's look at the process and give you some tips to make the process painless.
Remote access is extremely useful for troubleshooting or for accessing machines which aren't in close proximity. While there are many similar programs that can do the required tasks effectively, Remote Utilities is by far the most feature-rich application I’ve used for the job. In addition, it’s absolutely free for personal use. Whether you intend to help a friend or family member work out computer issues, or simply to remote into a PC of your own across a room or building, this program provides everything you would need. You can open a remote command prompt in seconds, transfer files to and from the two computers in the session, or gather essential hardware specs - which are easy to export for reference. In this guide we take an in-depth look at how to use Remote Utilities, starting with getting it installed on both the admin computer and the remote (client) PC. We will highlight a few of the main features and then talk about how you can transport the connection settings to another computer so you can use more than one machine to control the same remote sessions.
Windows 8.1 boasts of a number of new features that were missing from Windows 8. It has also removed a number of flaws which had left the users unhappy with the new OS. But not everyone might be able to enjoy this new shiny new OS. If you're using an older PC, you may find yourself stuck between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 during the upgrade process with no operating system to use legally. Windows 8.1 changed the hardware requirements in such a way that if you don't have CMPXCHG16b (CompareExchange128) CPU support for the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1, you're stuck. The problem goes deeper than that, and we'll explore this issue further.
Windows 8.1 has been greeted with mixed reviews from consumers and the industry at large. The first major upgrade to the latest Microsoft OS has seen its share of cheers and jeers, and if you're looking to give Windows 8.1 a shot, you're not alone. If you don't have a Windows 8 computer, you can buy Windows 8.1 outright. We'll show you how to buy Windows 8.1 so you can take advantage of everything it has to offer PC users.
Whether you call it a laptop cooling pad or a notebook cooler, people have been skeptical of this laptop-cooling device since the beginning. Many doubt it can keep temperatures under control, thus extending it's lifespan, while others believe it can certainly prevent overheating. Perhaps the lifespan of the battery isn't as extended, but studies, such as one conducted by Brigham Young University, have proven that laptop coolers do help keep laptops around 20% cooler (5 - 10 degrees). When you keep your hard drive cool, your laptop's lifespan is extended in a big way. Another impact is the amount of power you use as the fans don't need to work as hard. They also help keep laptops cool by elevating the laptop off the surface about 2 inches, allowing air-circulation underneath.
After upgrading to Windows 8.1, many gamers – hardcore and lightweight alike – have reported issues with severe mouse lag in games ranging from browser-based adventures to more advanced MMOs. While you may not notice the lag anywhere else other than gaming, depending on what you use your PC for, it can effect other areas, such as graphic design, Flash design and more. If you notice any sort of mouse lag, you may need to perform the following steps, even if you’re not a gamer. This can cause performance issues when trying to kill a boss, score points or win
Windows 8 has a built-in PDF/XPS reader that most users have no clue is included in the OS. Windows Reader is a fully functional PDF/XPS reader, similar to what is built-in to the Chrome Web browser. It works just like the Chrome Web browser version does, except it’s integrated into Windows. This hidden app can be your default PDF or XPS reader in Windows 8. No need to download external software when one is integrated with the OS. Let’s take a look at how Windows Reader works in Windows 8. How to Use Windows 8 Reader Windows Reader comes with
With the release of Windows 8.1, we finally have an official Facebook app from the social network itself. The long awaited Facebook app has hit the Windows Store and many Facebook addicts have flocked to it, seeing what it has to offer the Windows 8.1 experience. We’ll see what the Facebook app can do and whether it lives up to the hype. Facebook itself teased an official Windows 8 app since launch day. However, Microsoft denied it would ever happen because of the intense rivalry between the two companies. With Facebook gaining more popularity and market share, Microsoft may feel
On Windows 8.1’s official launch date, October 17, 2013, Microsoft took part in a Reddit AMA session. AMA stands for Ask Me Anything, and it allows users of the Reddit service to literally ask the host anything. AMA is a great way for consumers, interested parties and those against something to learn more from a company, business or individual. It’s a free-for-all in a lot of ways and sometimes a question can be answered someone wouldn’t normally get answered in a traditional question and answer session. In this case, it was all about the Windows 8.1 upgrade and we learned
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