Months after Windows 8.1, codenamed Windows Blue, hit Windows users, rumors are floating around about the next major Windows update: Codename Threshold. For Microsoft and Xbox fans, you know that Threshold is part of the Halo series lore. For others, you may be wondering: What could Threshold do that Windows 8.1 couldn't? Let's look at the rumor mill surrounding Windows Threshold and what it can do for Windows 8.1 users.
Here are TechNorms, the Windows platform has always been the preferred topic for coverage. We have written extensive guides, provided solutions to our readers' queries and created amazing themes for multiple Windows versions. So much so that our coverage has been mentioned on the official Windows blog alongside sites like TechCrunch, WinSupersite and The Verge. We've written extensively about Windows 7 and Windows 8, and all that concentrated effort has culminated into creating our first dedicated section - The Windows 8.1 Superguide.
Don’t want Windows to automatically put an arrow on shortcut icons? There’s a very simple way to remove it and you don’t even need to install anything. We previously looked at editing the shortcut arrows with a registry tweak. This may not be the approach you want to take if you’re hesitant to dive into the registry, which is completely understandable. This is why Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor has been created. The program doesn’t require an install and works from Vista to Windows 8. Read on to find out how this program works.
A password reset disk can be created in the event you forget your password and need to reset it. But what if you never made a reset disk? How do you logon? If you’ve forgotten your password and don’t have a reset disk prepared, Offline NT Editor can be loaded upon boot so your computer begins within a program instead of in Windows. The program can then be used to remove the password and let you back in your account – usable all the way through Windows 8.
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.
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.
The idea of virtualization is not new -- tools such as VirtualPC, VirtualBox and Parallels have long made it possible to run virtual operating systems. It is possible to run just about any operating system in a virtual environment, and the same is true of Android. If you don’t fancy the idea of fiddling with too many setting and like the idea of working with readymade virtual devices, Genymotion is the perfect virtualization tool for you. We've looked at Bluestacks and WindowsAndroid before - both of which let users install and use Android on their PC. But Genymotion is aimed towards developers and has a distinct feature which allows you to install Android on virtual tablets or phones of your choice.
We all know how to empty the Recycle Bin, but forgetting to do so may result in too much used up disk space. Why take the trouble to manually empty the Recycle Bin when you can do it on a schedule? A small program called Empty Recycle Bin allows the Bin to be emptied of its contents upon launching the file. There’s also a small command that can be paired with the program to empty the Recycle Bin without asking any questions or confirmations. We’ll go through the necessary steps for settings this software up with Task Scheduler so we
People that troubleshoot computers for a living, or even a hobby, normally have the necessary software on hand for when an issue arises. But when that technician goes to another user’s computer, chances remain they don’t have the proper software for combating viruses, fixing sluggish performance, or treating a host of other common issues. Even if you are not a technician, it’s a good idea to create a portable toolkit to deal with different issues that arise from time to time. It’s important to be ready before even starting a rescue of a PC. Portable devices are an excellent method of
Did you know there are hidden uses lurking behind many of the gadgets in your home? Your webcam especially, the thing you rarely use, is one of the most under-utilized. Selfies and Skyping with friends and family are the main uses of the webcam, but there are several more interesting uses for this so-called “straightforward” device. From homeowners looking for a method to set up home surveillance to using face recognition to login to Windows, the uses of a webcam can go above and beyond it’s intended use. 8 Awesome Uses for Your Webcam. Home Monitoring System The basic webcam,
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