Month: April 2015

Windows Defender Gets Cloud Protection In Windows 10 – How To Turn It On

One of the less visible features of Windows 10 is that Windows Defender gets improved using cloud protection. When enabled, Windows Defender sends information to Microsoft about any problems it finds. This information is then used to learn about the problems affecting you and other users. With your help, Microsoft can develop new anti-malware signatures and fixes that help deal with malware in a more effective manner. Here’s how to enable cloud protection in Windows 10:

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81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist

Sure, pretty much everyone could benefit from therapy. But not everyone can afford it. Thankfully, there’s a whole world of free or affordable mental health care out there designed to help you with just about every issue, whether that’s kicking an addiction, managing your emotions, finding a group of like-minded peers, or recovering from trauma. Even better? Some of these resources are available whenever you need them. (No need to schedule an appointment between the hours of 9 and 5.) Support groups, hotlines and call centers, websites and online forums, and even apps can be put into action when you have a crisis or just need extra support.

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How To Automatically Upload Your Pictures To Dropbox On Your Windows Phone

If you are a heavy Dropbox user, you may want to set your Windows Phone smartphone to automatically upload all the pictures you take, to your Dropboxaccount. This can be easily in done, by following just a few steps. Here’s how:

NOTE: Windows Phone offers by default an automatic backup feature that works for all your pictures and videos. They are automatically stored on your OneDrive account. More details are shared in this tutorial: How to Backup Your Windows Phone 8 Data Automatically. If you enable the automatic upload to Dropbox, Windows Phone will keep uploading your pictures and videos also to OneDrive, until you turn off this feature.

How To Turn On The Automatic Camera Upload To Dropbox

The Dropbox app for Windows Phone allows you to automatically create backups of all your pictures to your Dropbox account. In order to enable this feature, you must have it installed on your Windows Phone. If you’d like to see some brief information about the Dropbox app for Windows Phone, check this guide: How To Use Dropbox On Your Windows Phone Smartphone .

In the Dropbox app, switch to the Pictures screen. Then, in the upper side of the screen, you’ll see an option to Turn on Camera Upload. Tap the Enable button to its right and you will get to the Camera Upload settings screen.

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How To Remove Crapware With PC Decrapifier, SlimComputer Or Decrap

I’m sure many have heard about programs that promise to eliminate all the bloat that comes preinstalled on our computers. Tools like PC Decrapifier, SlimComputeror Decrap have been recommended by many blogs and experts. But… do they really work? Are they really effective in removing all the bloatware and crapware from your computer? Learn the answer from this analysis:

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9 Ways To Open File Explorer In Windows 10

In the past we have shared many ways to open File Explorer in Windows 8.1. Windows 10 is just around the corner, and we asked ourselves, do all those methods of opening File Explorer still work? Are there any new methods available? This roundup contains all the ways to open File Explorer in Windows 10 that we could find. If you have others that you would like to suggest, don’t hesitate to let us know.

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How To Clear Your Personal Information From Your Start Screen Tiles

If you’re a Windows 8.1 user, you surely noticed that some of the tiles pinned on your Start screen gather and display personal information like notifications with messages you receive from others, your meetings and to-dos, your personal pictures and so on. At some point, you may want to clean all that information so that others won’t see it. In this guide we will share the steps you need to follow in order to clear all your personal information from the Start screen.

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Google HangOuts !

At the Apr 9, 2015 OMUG meeting there was a presentation on Chromebooks and Google Hangouts.
Hangouts can be done through the browser on any computer that has internet.
A usb webcam such as the highly recommended Logitech C310 which gives you speaker capability and great video might be needed for your computer.
Headphones are not necessary for Hangouts but they are recommended in noisy settings.
A good tutorial is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM3dGaRq9D8

How To Provide Remote Support With Windows Remote Assistance

Not many people know about Windows Remote Assistance and how to use it to provide remote technical support to other Windows users. Therefore, in this tutorial we will cover this tool in detail and show you how it works. As you’ll see, it works smoothly and you don’t really need to install third-party software for a quick support session. Windows Remote Assistance will do the job just fine.

NOTE: Windows Remote Assistance looks and works the same way both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. For simplicity purposes, all the screenshots we’ll use in this tutorial are taken in Windows 8.1.

Prerequisites To Using Windows Remote Assistance

First of all, Windows Remote Assistance requires two parties: one to request help via this tool and another who will accept the invitation to provide it. In order for it to work, the party receiving assistance needs to have Windows Remote Assistance enabled in System Properties. We’ve already talked about how to enable it, here: How to Enable Remote Desktop Connections in Windows 7 & Windows 8.

The party in need of help has to request it via Windows Remote Assistance.

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How To Defragment Your Disc Drives In Windows 8.1

The good old Disk Defragmenter tool that suffered a series of changes in Windows 7 has been changed again in Windows 8.1. It has a new name – Optimize Drives – and some new inner-workings. As a result, defragmenting drives in Windows 8.1 is a little bit different from what it used to be in previous versions of Windows. Read on to learn how to defragment your disc drives in Windows 8.1.

When To Use Optimize Drives?

When defragmenting a disk partition, Windows rearranges the files stored on the disk so that they occupy contiguous storage locations. Doing this increases the access speed to your files by minimizing the time required to read and write files to/from the disk and by maximizing the transfer rate. You might also see improved startup times.

Defragmentation should be done especially when both your operating system and your most commonly used applications are installed on the same drive and the operating system gets slower over time.

Do not defragment SSDs or USB drives. These types of drives have a different way of allocating files and they have a limited number of read/write cycles before they stop working. Hence, defragmenting them will decrease their lifespan. Given the high read and write speeds provided by SSDs, you shouldn’t encounter slowdowns anyway, so there’s no reason to defragment them.

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How to Install A Color Profile For Your Monitor, In Windows

One important element when working with images, video and even when playing games, is color. Every monitor has a different color profile, rendering it slightly different from other displays. It’s important to make sure that the colors your monitor displays are as close to reality as possible. That’s why you should always install your monitor’s correct color profile. In this tutorial we will explain what color profiles are, why they matter and how to install them in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. If we made you curious enough to learn more, don’t hesitate to read on.

What Is A Color Profile?

Color profiles are pretty complex to define, especially by people who don’t work a lot with image and video editing or photography. Therefore we will try to summarize the best we can:

A color profile is a set of data which defines a device working with colors, and how this device displays colors. Such devices are monitors, printers, scanners, etc. Each device has its own way of managing colors. Therefore, without the correct color profiles being installed and used, it can happen that the colors of an image you view on your monitor will be very different from those you see if you print the image. To make sure such differences do not occur, and you actually see the real colors used in an image, you need to install the color profiles for the devices working with colors on your computer.

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