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How To Boot From USB In VirtualBox

When it comes to virtualization on the desktop, VMware Workstation and Oracle VM VirtualBox stand out from the rest. While Workstation is a premium software and includes all advanced options, VirtualBox is an open source virtualization software with a decent set of features. Users who have used VirtualBox to install …

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Burn ISO To USB

Making a USB flash drive bootable sounds like a fairly simple task, but it’s not an easy task always. While using the Command Prompt method (see how to make USB bootable using Command Prompt) to transfer all setup files to the USB drive is the easiest and best way, many …

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How To View Apps Size In Windows 8

Removing unwanted software from your hard drive is one the easiest ways of freeing up disk space and speeding up PC. As you may know, one can head over to Programs and Features in Control Panel to view size of installed software. Microsoft has introduced Metro style (Modern UI) apps …

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How To Search In Start Screen

The Start screen is the first thing you see after logging into your Windows 8 account. The Modern UI Start screen replaces the Start button and Start menu in earlier versions of Windows. Users can use the Start screen to launch apps, switch to desktop, organize apps, and search for …

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How To Get Windows XP Mode In Windows 8

XP Mode is one brilliant feature introduced with Windows 7. Available in Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions, this feature enables users seamlessly run virtualized programs alongside regular applications. A very handy feature if you want to run Windows XP compatible programs in Windows 7. The major advantage of XP Mode …

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How Big Should Your Windows 8 Drive Be?

If you are a Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 user, chances are pretty good that you’ve plans to switch to Windows 8 in near future. Users who are going to perform a clean install of Windows 8 might be wondering how big should system drive be? Well, the right …

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How To Shutdown Windows 8

The first thing you will discover after switching to Windows 8 desktop is missing Start menu. Now that Start menu has been replaced with Start screen you may be wondering where are shut down, restart, hibernate and sleep options in Windows 8. In Windows 8, by default, shut down, restart, …

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CyberLink PowerDVD Mobile For Windows 8 [Paid App]

Microsoft has not only dropped Windows Media Center from Windows 8 but also removed DVD playback support from Windows Media Player. Users who want to play DVD files in Windows 8 have to either purchase Windows Media Center add-on (available for Windows 8 Pro edition only) or install third-party programs. …

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How To Check App Version In Windows 8

With Windows 8, Microsoft has not only introduced Modern UI Start screen but also Modern UI (aka Metro-style) apps. Windows 8 ships with a bunch of cool Metro-style apps or Modern UI apps. One can always open up the Store app and install new apps from the official Windows Store. …

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Difference Between Windows 8 & Windows RT

Users who have been closely following Microsoft must be knowing that Windows 8 is mainly available in three editions: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows RT. What many users aren’t aware is, even though Windows 8 and Windows RT look the same from the outside, they are totally different …

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Run Program As Administrator Without Prompt

In Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 operating systems, we often need to run certain applications with administrator privileges to perform advanced tasks. For instance, to check and repair system files using sfc /scannow command, we need to open Command Prompt with admin rights. Launching a program with admin rights …

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Windows 8 Touchpad Gestures

Microsoft’s Windows 8 delivers a touch-first experience, along with full support for mouse and keyboard. Windows 8 user interface is optimized for touch but all those keyboard shortcuts that we are familiar with still work, enabling the best of both worlds. We have previously talked about touch screen gestures present …

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Get Windows 8 Media Center Pack For Free

Those of you have been using Windows 8 for a while must be knowing that Windows 8 doesn’t include Windows Media Center by default. In simple words, Microsoft has removed Windows Media Center from Windows 8 and users must need to purchase Media Center as a separate add-on. Users who …

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Windows 8 Language Packs

Language packs are helpful to view menus, wizards, dialog boxes, and other user interface items in your preferred language. Language packs for Windows contain resources required to translate some or all part of user interface into a specific language. For instance, when you install and set Arabic as your default …

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How To Upgrade To Windows 8

As some of you know, until Jan 31, 2013, Microsoft is allowing computer users upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 to Windows 8 for just $39.99. If you are running a genuine version of XP, Vista or Windows 7, you can follow the given below instructions to get …

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How To Install Windows 8 From USB

If you’ve ever attempted to install Windows from USB flash drive, you probably are aware that it’s the best and fastest way of installing Windows. Now that Microsoft has officially launched Windows 8, many of you might be eagerly waiting to install the next generation Windows operating system. While there …

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How To Set Video As Account Picture In Windows 8

We all love to customize the default look of Windows operating system. Windows 8 comes with a number of new customization options. One can easily change Start screen background, change app tile icon on Start screen, lock screen background, and more. In Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 one could …

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How To Enable Windows Explorer Toolbar In Windows 8

The Windows Explorer Ribbon UI is one of the hundreds of new features introduced with Microsoft’s newest version of Windows operating system. The Ribbon UI replaces the Explorer toolbar and provides better access to all Windows Explorer features and settings The best thing about the Ribbon UI is that it’s …

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Show Taskbar In Start Screen In Windows 8

In Windows 8, the Start screen is a hallowed place. It’s what you see when you login to your user account, and it’s a place where you see information you really care about. A number of free tools have been released over the past couple of months to customize the …

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How To Recover Windows 8 Product Key

Sometimes the most effective way to clean up or repair Windows installation is to just format your Windows drive and reinstall Windows. Microsoft has simplified the process of repairing and reinstalling Windows 8 operating system by introducing Refresh PC and Reset PC features. If you’re preparing to reinstall Windows 8, …

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How To Include Or Integrate Drivers In Windows 8 ISO Image

Reinstalling Windows operating system can be quite a tedious task. You need to install Windows first, download and install drivers from hardware manufacture’s website, and then install your favorite programs one-by-one. Users who often reinstall Windows might want to integrate hardware drivers into the installation DVD or ISO to avoid …

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How To Disable Touch Input In Windows 8

Windows Developer Preview, the first preview version of Windows 8, allowed users to disable touch inputs without altering system files or editing the Registry. In the Developer Preview, one could open up the Pen and Touch in the Control Panel to see disable the touch input option. Microsoft has removed …

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How To Change Desktop Icons Spacing In Windows 8

Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows shipped with an option to change the vertical and horizontal spacing of icons on the desktop. In Windows 8, along with many other small features, Microsoft has dropped Advanced Appearance Settings under which the option to change the default spacing of desktop icons …

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Start Menu For Windows RT

Microsoft’s decision to drop the Start menu from its Windows 8 operating system hasn’t gone well with Windows users. The new Start screen has received mixed to negative reactions. While the Start menu replacement works great on both traditional PCs and notebooks, it works simply perfect on touch devices. People …

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Enable Aero With Blur Effect In Windows 8

About two weeks back, we covered about a little tool named WinAeroGlass to enable Aero glass transparency back in Windows 8. While the tool restores the missing Aero glass in window borders, it doesn’t enable the Aero glass with blur effect. Users who are missing the Aero glass with blur …

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How To Open Folder Options In Windows 8

In Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced Ribbon in Windows Explorer. Because of this, the new file explorer or Windows Explorer looks drastically different from previous versions of Windows. The new Ribbon Explorer helps quickly access various files and folders options. Many advanced settings are located under Folder Options in Windows. …

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How To Delete Recovery Partition In Windows 8

Almost all PCs that ship with Windows 8 operating system have a dedicated recovery partition consisting of crucial files required to reset or restore Windows 8 to factory condition. This recovery partition usually consumes around 15GB of storage space. Since most of the PCs that are available today offer at …

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How To Free Up Disk Space On Surface Pro

Microsoft Surface Pro is currently available in two models: 64GB and 128GB. As some of you already know, the actual free storage space that you get to use on 64GB model is approximately 29GB, and 89GB on 128GB model. Windows 8 files, Microsoft Office, and built-in apps take roughly 21GB …

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How To Reset Windows 8 Password [The Easy Way]

About a week ago, we first covered about a free tool named Recover My Password to recover or reset Windows admin password. Recover My Password can reset Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 passwords with a few mouse clicks. While using Recover My Password software to reset forgotten …

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How To Print Email From Windows 8 Mail App

The native Mail app that ships with Windows 8 is a pretty good one with decent set of features. Though it lacks many features available in popular desktop mail clients, it’s the best mail client app out there for Windows 8. The Mail app supports all popular webmail services including …

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How To Uninstall AVG Toolbar

These days, every other free program comes with browser toolbars and other programs. While most of the programs out there offer an option to not to install the toolbar, some free programs automatically install toolbars along with the main software that you’re willing to install. And the worst thing is …

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Windows 8.1 New Features

Up until a couple of days ago, we all only new that Microsoft is working on the next release of Windows, codenamed Windows Blue. Over the last weekend, a pre-release build of Windows Blue (build number 9364) leaked to the web, revealing new features and options so far included in …

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The Best Antivirus For Windows 8

One of the most common questions Windows 8 users have is do I need to install an antivirus software to protect my PC and data as Windows 8 ships with an improved Windows Defender that now packs-in almost all features of Microsoft’s popular Security Essentials software. Kaspersky, Bitdefender, ESET, Norton, …

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How To Improve SkyDrive Upload Speed

SkyDrive, cloud storage service from software giant Microsoft, has been around for a long time, even before the release of Google Drive, Apple iCloud, and the widely popular Dropbox service.   Up until a year ago, SkyDrive lacked an official desktop client and also had restrictions on the file size per …

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How To Automatically Hide Taskbar In Portrait Mode

Taskbar is undoubtfully one of the most used areas of Windows operating system. The taskbar is helpful to open pinned programs and switch between running programs. Even though Microsoft has dropped Start orb and Start menu from Windows 8, other features of the taskbar remain unchanged. A number of computer …

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How To Uninstall HP Quick Start (Start Menu)

Ever since the first glimpses of Windows 8 were shown back in June 2011, PC users have been complaining about Microsoft’s decision to drop the Start menu and replace the same with Modern UI-style Start screen. While Microsoft has restored the Start button in Windows 8.1, it helps you switch …

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