File compression is so ubiquitous that it is now built into many operating systems as a standard feature. Zip files are generally the default archival format – occasionally replaced by RARs – but KGB Archiver is a tool that offers unparalleled levels of compression, although it does come at quite a price.
If you frequently use applications that prompt you to engage administrative privileges, it can put a kink in your workflow. Is it possible to disable the administrative nagging in Windows 8?
The idea of running server-side apps is nothing new, but it’s not really a concept that is readily associated with everyday applications such as OpenOffice. There are various online apps available – like Google Docs – but Spoon.net gives you access to a wider range of familiar titles that can be run in the cloud.
Spend just a short while working with your computer and you will probably find that you are overrun with windows. Keyboard shortcuts and features of Windows such as Aero Snap can help make these easier to manage, but WindowMenuPlus makes things even simpler and provides additional options.
Many people have an issue with the way power settings are accessed in Windows 8 – there is certainly more mouse and keyboard action involved in shutting down than in previous versions. When you access the power menu you may well have noticed that you are missing the hibernation feature. If you want it back, it takes just a few moments to reinstate.
If you are regularly seeing the “Whoa! Google Chrome has crashed” message, there is likely a problem on your system. An occasional crash can happen, but regular crashes are probably caused by something you can fix.
Firefox can crash for a variety of reasons, but you can quickly fix most crashes with Firefox’s Safe Mode and Reset features. However, even these tricks won’t fix every crash.
Without wanting to start a platform war, we think there are some areas in which Windows could learn from OS X. One seemingly small, but delightfully useful feature enjoyed by Mac owners sees desktop icons created whenever removable disks are inserted. This can be added to Windows with TweakNow DriveShortcut.
Windows 8’s lock screen is very at home on a tablet, but it can also be used on laptops and desktops. The lock screen is not just a background image – it contains widgets that display quick notifications.
Hard drives use S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) to gauge their own reliability and determine if they’re failing. You can view your hard drive’s S.M.A.R.T. data and see if it has started to develop problems.
If you’re not a fan of the touchpad-based swipe gestures in Windows 8 there is a way to completely disable them and reclaim your touchpad.
If Windows won’t boot, recovering your files can be a headache. You do n0t have to pull the hard drive or use a Linux live CD – you can use a Windows installer disc to quickly back up your files.
Windows Live Messenger – formerly MSN Messenger – is set to shut down on March 15, 2013. Microsoft is replacing it with Skype and migrating Windows Live IDs (now known as Microsoft accounts) to Skype.
Windows 8’s lock screen is at home on a tablet, but it just adds an additional key press to the login process on a desktop or laptop. You can disable the lock screen with a quick registry hack.
Windows 8 encourages you to set up a separate user account for everyone who uses the computer. However, you might want to buy an app – such as Angry Birds – and allow other people to use it.
Traceroute is a command-line tool included with Windows and other operating systems. Along with the ping command, it’s an important tool for understanding Internet connection problems, including packet loss and high latency.
Modern-style apps in Windows 8 need a screen resolution of at least 1024×768. Unfortunately, many netbooks have a 1024×600 resolution. If you have a netbook, there’s a chance you can bypass this limitation and run modern apps anyway.
We’ve covered virtual private networks and when you might want to use them before. Connecting to a VPN is easy, as Windows and most other operating systems offer built-in VPN support.
If you use Safari on Windows, we have some bad news for you: the new Safari 6 has been out for over five months and Apple has confirmed it will not be released on Windows.
Windows 8 no longer includes the Windows Classic theme, which hasn’t been the default theme since Windows 2000. If you don’t like Windows 8’s bright colors, you can get classic-style themes for your Windows 8 desktop – or create your own.
Once upon a time Windows was, well, the Windows dressing for DOS–but is Windows still dependent on the DOS architecture for daily operations? Read on as we investigate.
Reinstalling Windows is one of the easiest ways to fix software problems on your computer, whether it’s running slow or infected by viruses. You should also reinstall Windows before you get rid of an old PC.
The wait is finally over for those of you who have been patiently waiting for Dropbox to release their official Windows 8 app. Install the app and moments later you can start enjoying easy access to your online files directly from the Start Screen.
Need to send sensitive information through email? Normal email messages can be intercepted or hacked before reaching the recipient. However, you can use a free extension for Google Chrome, called SafeGmail, that allows you to send encrypted emails to anyone.
The NTFS file system used by Windows has a built-in compression feature known as NTFS compression. With a few clicks, you can compress files, making them take up less space on your hard drive. Best of all, you can still access the files normally.