Month: December 2014

How to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview: Everything you need to know

Are you ready to walk on the wild side? Windows 10 is on the horizon, and even though it’s still roughly three-quarters of a year away from completion, Microsoft’s giving IT Pros and PC enthusiasts an early taste of what’s to come with the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

This isn’t like Windows 8’s Consumer Preview; the Windows 10 Technical Preview is being released via a new “Windows Insider” program that asks for user feedback and even provides private forums for discussing trouble spots with Microsoft engineers. Lots of things are sure to change going forward, from features to basic elements of the operating system.

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Here’s Our Complete Guide to Windows 8

During this holiday season, a lot of you will be getting new desktop and laptop computers, and chances are, it will come with Windows 8 pre-installed on it. If you’re coming from the Windows 7 environment, you’re probably wondering where to begin. We have you covered! Here’s a complete list of all articles we’ve written about Windows 8 that will help you master basic and advanced tasks and features.

When we originally posted this guide (November 2012), a lot of the articles were written using Windows 8, but since then, there’s been three big updates — Windows 8.1 and 8.1 update 1. We’ve updated some of the articles to reflect the changes in Windows 8.1 and the concept of a lot of these article’s is the same, the UI just looks a bit different.

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Simple Questions: What Is USB or Universal Serial Bus?

USBEveryone has used at least once a device that was connected to another device with the help of a USB port. Whether we are talking about flash memory sticks or other peripherals like printers, many devices are using the USB standard connector. In this article we will share what USB stands for, what it does and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using USB to connect devices.

Credit: The images used in this article are from Wikipedia.

What Does USB Mean?

USB stands for Universal Serial Bus and it is a term that defines cables, connectors and communications protocols used in communication between devices. It was designed in 1996 by a group of seven companies that included Microsoft, Compaq, IBM, Intel, DEC, NEC andNortel. Its purpose was to standardize the connection between peripheral devices like printers, keyboards, mice and personal compute.

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Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Home Tab In File Explorer

One way that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 improve over previous versions of Windows is by adding the ribbon interface introduced in Microsoft Office 2007 into the File Explorer. This ribbon introduces a system of tabs and buttons. Each tab, like the menus they replace, houses a series of tools to help you work with files and folders. In this article we’ll show you the default Home tab. This is where you’ll find the tools you’ll need most often while browsing in the File Explorer.

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Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The View Tab In File Explorer

The new version of File Explorer that is used in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has a ribbon interface with lots of tabs and options. Since we detailed the Home andShare tabs in other articles, we would like to show you the View tab and everything you can do with it. There are a lot of tools to cover, but read on and we’ll show how they all work.

How To Access the View Tab In File Explorer

We know that you want to see what the View tab has to offer, but you’ll need to get into File Explorer before you can do that. This is easily accomplished from the Desktop by clicking the folder icon on the taskbar. From the Start screen, you’ll need to either search for File Exploreror click or tap its shortcut, if you have it on the Start screen.

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Snap: A truly slick feature in Windows 10

When it was introduced in Windows 7, Snap showed potential as a windows management technique. When Windows 8 came out, Snap sort of fell by the wayside, but it eventually resurfaced in 8.1 when the feature was enabled for Modern Apps. With Windows 10, Snap has really become a truly slick feature. You can now snap windows to the four corners and the two windows in a split-screen formation. There are other cool new features as well. Let’s take a closer look.

In general

As you may know, Snap is a windows management feature that allows you to arrange open windows, including maximizing and resizing, just by dragging and dropping a window to different edges of the screen. When a window is dragged to the correct position, a ripple effect will emanate from the cursor, and you’ll see an animated transparent outline of the window instantly appear in its new position. As soon as you release the mouse button, the window will snap to that position.

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