How To Use Windows Task Manager Like a Pro

In this WYSK (What You Should Know) article, I will guide you through the Windows Task Manager.

Starting from the early days of Windows to the latest Windows 10, the task manager was almost always the geek’s central point of controlling applications and processes. It has been rescuing a tons of users from non responding apps to painfully slow processes.

In this WYSK (What You Should Know) article, I will guide you through the Windows Task Manager.

What is that thing ?

Task Manager is a Windows Program that is used to manage and control working processes and other stuff. It is quite powerful and since the facelift in Windows 8, it can do a lot more than just manage running apps.

Windows Task Manager can control running applications, change their priority and also manage Windows Services.

Windows 7 and the earlier versions include a pretty basic type Task manger so to get the new task manager you can follow this guide.

Task manager can also run new applications and manage network processes.

Firing Up the Windows Task Manager

There are many ways to open it up on the computer.

  • Right Click on your Taskbar and click on Task Manager
  • Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
  • Press the CTRL+ALT+DELETE and select Task Manager from next screen.
  • And as always, search for it by its name on start menu.

Once you have loaded it up you may see something like this:

simple task manager
Looks too simple

It is not that a geek will want to use, you need extra control over apps and software. Click on the More Details to see Windows Task Manager in its full glory.

Windows task manager

From this screen, you can do all the following stuff.

Changing Process Affinity

By changing it you can allocate how and what cores and a software use. A processor  has many cores and several threads, by changing the affinity you can tell your computer program to use cores as you said.

To do this first you will need to find the name of Process. To do that Open the Windows Task Manager and under the Processes tab click on your app, in our case it is Windows Media Player. Right Click on it and hit Go to Details. 

On the next tab you will see your process is already highlighted, right click on it and select Set Affinity.

change process priority in ask manager

from the next dialog, you can change the processor cores allocated for that applications.

Ending a Stuck Application

Has the software gone in Coma and it does not seem to come back? worry not, you can always Kill it by finding the process and then hitting End Task.

As soon as you hit that button, the application will be terminated and all the allocated resources will be made available.

Managing Startup Applications with Windows Task Manager

For complete noobs, startup applications are software that run automatically when you turn on your PC. Some of these such as the antivirus are necessary and some are complete stupid apps causing the computer to load slowly.

You can disable these apps from running on startup just by a couple of clicks.

Go to the startup tab and select any app that you want to prevent from running on Startup. To disable that app click on Disable located on the bottom right corner.

manage startup application in windows task manager

Task Manager will tell you the impact of app on boot time to help you in deciding in what to disable. If you are confused on a particular app you can search on Should I Remove It, it is a Windows App that is free to use.

Track the Resources used by apps

On the App History Tab of Windows Task Manager, you can dig into all the details about apps installed on your Windows 10 PC.

It works only for modern (universal) apps installed from Windows Store on your Windows 10 PC.

Whereas it wont work with traditional software installed on system, you can still see the Internet usage and CPU time taken by Apps. Later if you find a less used app using too much resources, you can uninstall it right away.

If you wish you can also remove these details from your PC. Click on Delete usage history located below the tabs to do that.

Manage (or Mess up) Services

A service is a program or software that is running consistently in the background. You can see software running in the Process Tab but the services don’t always have a UI displayed. A service is run by either Windows itself or by any software application installed on your computer.

task manager

If you know what you are doing, you can Start or Stop them. To do this go to the Services tab on Task Manager and right click on the service that you want to start or stop. From the context menu you will be able to control the service.

Log Out other users and manage their processes

To manage and stop software that other users are running on your computer, click on the Users Tab. From here, Double Click on the user name to know which programs they were running and end them if needed.

You can also sign out them from the PC by clicking on their name and clicking on Disconnect Button on the right bottom area.

Want more control? try the Resource Monitor. It is basically a fatter and more powerful Application Manager, to launch it click on Open Resource Monitor from the Performance tab.

How do you use Windows Task Manager? If you have any other tip about Task Manager, share them with us in comments below.

 

Desktop Linux Will Never be Adopted Widely, Here is why

There are some reasons behind all of this, why Linux –despite of being great- is not and will never be used widely.

Linux is the best alternative to Windows. No doubt. Linux is free, easy to use and more secure. Once you have made yourself a bit familiar, it will feel like home. Still, it is used by Just 1.7% PCs in world.

Ever since it was made, Linux contributors tried very hard to convince the world to use it, most people either just didn’t give it a try or are just were not able to try it. I first tried Linux in form of Ubuntu 11.10 in 2011. I downloaded it, installed it and I used it for almost 6 months as my primary OS, ultimately I had to crawl back to Windows. I think many people  experience the same. If someone does not discard Linux right away, he will say that “Linux is a great OS” and still keep using Windows (or Mac OS).

There are some reasons behind all of this, why Linux –despite of being great- is not and will never be used widely.

Problem #1: Myths

Surprisingly the biggest problem is not the lack of software. People –at most cases- don’t know about Linux, they get confused between Linux Kernel and A Linux distribution. They think that installing it would be like flying an aircraft. Most computer users think that Linux is just a Windows alternative in which they have to use a command prompt all the time. (All of this these are  just myths, by the way)

People just don’t get Open Source Software. Some people even think that Linux looks old and works the way Windows 3.0 era OS used to work.

Linux Will Never be Adopted Widely, Here is why
Linux no longer looks like this

No big Brand is supporting Linux

Yeah, I know Microsoft has made handful of Apps for Open Source Android OS, Microsoft open sourced its .NET framework and even Microsoft made a Code Editor available for Linux.

Google owns Android and it is already an Open Source Project. The search engine giant also uses Chrome OS in their Chromebooks, both Operating systems run on a Linux Kernel. Does that make these brands an Open Source supporter?

Nope.

Talking about Microsoft, they did not make the Visual Studio IDE open source and all the android apps they make are closed source. Talking about the other one, Google never made Chrome OS Open source, most of Google made android apps are closed source too. Heck, you are not allowed to install any Linux software in Chrome OS or Android. Even when they are using Linux kernel.

Software giants don’t really like Linux

Despite of Linux being capable of running powerful apps and software, most of the big software makers are not interested in porting their software for Linux. None of adobe’s Creative Cloud apps are available. Microsoft Office, which is available for Windows, Mac OS and even Android, is not available for Linux.

It is not just limited to Microsoft or Adobe, all other big companies follow the route, Corel (known for CorelDRAW) Autodesk (the makers of AutoCAD) and a lot more companies show no interest in porting their code to Linux.

There may be one reason behind this, these software makers don’t believe that Linux users will buy their products. This may be true at some extent, as most of Linux Users are PoweUsers and they like Free and open source software, there are some chances that they won’t buy the software and instead they will keep using the free alternatives.

But this also limits the production of proprietary software for Linux and ultimately results in a small software ecosystem.

Too much confusion

Where do I begin with this, most people just don’t understand what Linux is and how can they pick one for themselves. There are too many options for them to choose from.

Other operating systems don’t have to face this problem. If you want Windows, there is just one option to buy – Windows 10. If you want to go for Apple’s Mac, you will find the latest version installed on Computer.

Hope this was in case of Linux. Explaining difference between Ubuntu and Linux Mint is sometimes annoying to a complete noob. We have too many flavors to choose from in Linux, and it ultimately results in too much confusion.

Perhaps we need a good organization that can go mainstream, but it will never happen. People will keep liking their Distribution and the strength of Linux (i.e. the choice) will continue to become a  weakness.

Perhaps it will always be an underdog

I don’t see Linux turning into a mainstream OS anytime soon. Still, I will keep using it, I will recommend others to use Linux, and at least this is a good way to support Linux. If you have never tried Linux and you want to give it a shot, I will recommend you Ubuntu, it is a really easy to use Linux distribution.

Linux Will Never be Adopted Widely, Here is why
Ubuntu is really good to start from

What do you think about Linux? Do you use it or just ignore it? Do share with us in comments below.

AUTOHOTKEY FOR BEGINNERS

AuoHotKey is a free open source application and it is really powerful, using this tool you can even remap keys on your Joystick.

A power user is always in search for shortest way to perform task. If you are using BTW as a short form for By the Way in your Chats you know what we mean. There are some ways to perform large and complex things in a computer just via shortcut (a hotkey, get it?). AutoHotKey is one of our favorite and most powerful.

 

Why AutoHotKey?

It is a free open source application and it is really powerful, using this tool you can even remap keys on your Joystick. You can define shortcuts for many tasks and launch many operations and processes just by keystroke. A practical example? When I was writing this article, I knew i will have to type AutoHotKey several times so I set “ahk” to expand to AutoHotKey – that was the simplest one. I have remapped my Capes Lock key to send an Alt+Tab so that I can cycle through running programs easily. AutoHotKey may seem a little bit difficult to understand at first but is really useful.

Getting the Basics

Autohotkey is used to make scripts (don’t worry! they are much easier then programming). The extension of a script is .ahk (example:  hotkeyscript.ahk) an AutoHotKey script can be made by using pretty much any text editor. After you have done scripting you can save the script in an .ahk extension and then simply double click on the script to run it. You can see the icon of AutoHotKey in your notification tray. From there you can Pause, Edit and Stop the script. Now that you have got the basics, let’s begin.

STARTING UP

First point your Web-Browser to here to download AutoHotKey.

Next you have to install it. After the installation is done you are good to go.

Creating a AutoHotKey Script

To create a script in any folder, right click on empty space and then point to New > AutoHotKey Script

AUTOHOTKEY FOR BEGINNERS

 

Now give your new script a cool name and then don’t’ open it – that is useless, the script is currently empty.

Now right click the empty script, it will be opened in notepad and you will see something like this.

 

As you can see there is nothing useful here, so let’s begin.

AUTOHOTKEY FOR BEGINNERSThe Rules of AutoHotKey Scripts

  • Every sentence starting with ; is a comment.
  • # is used to denote the WIN key on your keyboard.
  • ^ means CTRL button
  • ! means ALT button
  • + means shift button.

All the work in AutoHotKey script is done in two parts. First is the part before the  :: which defines when and after the :: defines what to do

An example:

AutoHotKey

 

#C means WIN+C and the latter means to send ALT+F4 (of course to close the active window)

There are a lot more things which we will face when they come.


 

Task 1: Making a Shortcut to Open a Website

To create a shortcut to open a website in your default web browser you have to type something like this:

KEYBOARD SHORTCUT :: run WEBSITE URL

As an example if you want to open THEBIGCOMPUTING.COM using combination WIN+T you will have to enter the following text.

#t::run http://www.thebigcomputing.com

Now save the script using CTRL+S and Double click on the saved file, you will see the AutoHotKey icon in notification area too. Now whenever you will press WIN+T you will reach here, you are free to change the shortcut and the destination site.

FOR REAL BEGINNERS: #n denotes WIN+N if you want to use WIN+CTRL+N then you will have to enter #^t (got it?)


TASK 2: Creating Shortcuts to Type Large Text

You can easily expand your text using abbreviations – Believe us that is easier even then task one.

The syntax should be like this:

:: SHORTFORM :: TEXT TO REPLACE

That’s it! Example? Take a look-

::btw::by the way

::skt::Saurabh Tripathi

::tbcmail::[email protected]

REMEMBER: you can always add as many as definitions in one script.

 

Those were just the basics of AutoHotKey, we will explain even more advanced, useful and complex AutoHotKey stuff in our upcoming articles. To stay tuned and get notification do sign up for newsletter on the sidebar. Got any queries or suggestions? Please drop your comment.


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How to Create Portable Windows 8.x USB without Enterprise Version

in this article we will use a tool that lets us make a Portable windows installation on any version of Windows 8/8.1

Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu, Fedora etc.) have the ability to be installed on a USB disk, even some Linux distros are just designed to do that (Gparted etc.) Microsoft introduced this feature in Windows 8 (quite late…) but there is a restriction even on that – this feature was only available in the enterprise edition of Windows 8. As it was only for enterprise version of Windows 8/8.1 it was not so useful for everyone, but in this article we will use a tool that lets us make a Portable windows installation on any version of Windows 8/8.1

What is meant by portable?

A portable OS sitting on your USB flash disk or HDD is able to boot on any computer, you can make a portable Windows 8 or 8.1 installation and carry a fully-personalized OS in your pocket. All you have to do is just plug the USB and then boot through it.

Some Geeks then found a way to do that manually, but the process is a bit complicated. So here we are, we will use a third party software to install Windows 8 on a USB disk.

What we need to prepare a portable USB

Following are the ingredients you will need to bake a sweet Windows 8 Portable USB:

  • A USB disk: that can be either a pen drive or even a USB hard drive, the lowest size that will work is 13 GB. Remember that is for the installation only, to install anything you do need a bit extra. Although it will work on any USB 2.0 disk we highly recommend using a USB 3.0 as that will be much faster.
  • Installation Media: Microsoft made Windows to go feature requires enterprise version of windows 8. This method will work on any version of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 you are free to use the standard or pro version of Windows 8. You can use your Windows 8 or 8.1 installation disk or am disk image.
  • AOMEI partition assistant: It is the software we will use to prepare USB. The tool is available free. You can download it form here.

Let’s Begin

  1. Plug in your USB disk in computer and backup all the data in the disk: The Partition Assistant tool will format the disk into NTFS format and all data in the USB disk will be erased, so it is always a good idea to backup all the data of USB before proceeding.
  2. Open AOMEI partition assistant standard assistant tool: After you have fired up the Partition assistant tool, you will see something like this:

Easily Create Portable Windows 8/8.1 USB without Enterprise Version
3. On the left hand side area click on Windows to go creator

4. On the next screen select your USB flash disk.

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Note: if your disk is not visible click in the Refresh button.

    5.After you have selected the USB disk now click on the Browse button and locate your Windows installation media.

You can mount any disk image or insert your installation DVD in appropriate disk drive. If the installation media is in a folder then select the install.wim file.

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6.Click on Proceed button

Just after you hit Proceed, the Partition assistant will then extract and install all the necessary files you need to boot from the USB disk.

Booting from the USB

After you have successfully created the USB Flash disk, you can boot your portable environment on any computer. To do that, just plug in your USB Stick into computer and power up the machine, if the computer doesn’t boot from the USB disk you will need to dig through BIOS and change the boot order. The key to open BIOS is usually DEL, F12 or F2 although it may be different according to the maker.

That’s it! now you have a fully functional Portable Windows 8 or windows 8.1 installation on your USB key if you find any problem or have any question don’t forget to drop your comment.


 

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What is RAID: Explaining the Tech

RAID stands for Redundant array of inexpensive or independent disk. Actually it is a technology by which we can use more than one physical hard drive simultaneously to get better performance and Data redundancy.

RAID stands for Redundant array of inexpensive or independent disk. Actually it is a technology by which we can use more than one physical hard drive simultaneously to get better performance and Data redundancy.
Any user can just plug any number of hard disk in his computer and use them but using a technology like RAID increases the performance and stability of your system.
An SSD is always the fastest solution of data storage but it is not as much secure as some of RAIDs.

Based on the technique of Implementation there are many kinds of RAID available. we have shortlisted some of the most important types of RAID

What is raid?
RAIDs are mostly used in Servers

RAID 0

In this type of RAID all the data is distributed into each disk equally, Confused? Lets simplify it imagine a file, now distribute it into 4 parts, now imagine 2 RAID disks now write data part 1 in drive A , data part 2 into drive B , next Data part 3 into drive A and at last data part 4 into disk B. now writing speed and reading speed will be much more faster, but this performance will come with a risk, if any disk fails all the data will be lost.

RAID 1

It is really simple, it consists of a mirroring. All the data is written into both disks, it increases the writing time but the reading time is decreased. If any disk fails user need not to be worried. All the data can simply be recovered from other volume. In this RAID system the highest reading speed is limited by fastest Disk in RAID whereas writing speed is limited by the slowest Disk in system. There is one more drawback the total size of RAID volume will not be the sum of each disk size but it will be equal to the size of smallest disk.

RAID 5

This technique is a lot complex than the above methods, it requires at least 3 disks to create RAID of this kind. This technology uses block level stripping in the disks and in distributed parity (which means the data that can be used to recover data) .It provides protection against data loss and also slightly improves the performance. In this type of RAID if any disk fails the data is recovered from the distributed data. As this it requires 3 or more disks it us normally used in high performance servers.

 RAID 6

Last but not the least ,RAID 6 uses double distributed parity in block level striping. The major difference between RAID 5 and RAID 6 is that it can withstand the data loss up to two physical disks. That means even if two disks are damaged the data can be restored. If you want to create a RAID with a lot of disks, RAID 6 is really useful.

Which RAID should anyone use? The correct RAID type is based on the use and needs. Simply put, if you need pure performance and you don’t care about data recovery than you can go with RAID 0. If you are not so high on budget but data loss protection is your primary need you should use RAID 1. And if you are going to make a high performance server or NAS then you can use RAID 5 or RAID 6. Although there are other RAID types available. In this article we have only discussed the most widely used standards. Anyone should do his homework about RAID types first before using any kind of RAID system.

GETTING RAID: As RAID can be implemented by using 2 or more disks. There are 2 ways to make it possible :

RAID BY USING SOFTWARE

Modern age software can be used to make a RAID system in a PC. Windows servers support RAID 0 , 1 and 5 where as Windows 8 has introduced a new feature called storage spaces. Apple’s MAC OS X supports RAID 0 and RAID 1.

 RAID BY USING HARDWARE

Any computer user can implement RAID by using a RAID controller. These are supplied with proper drivers and firmware.


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Searching For Best Operating System in 2015? Perhaps Now That Doesn’t Matter

Still thinking about the Best Operating system in 2015? Maybe you don’t need to think about that anymore. All are good to live with.

Still thinking about the Best Operating system in 2015? Maybe you don’t need to think about that anymore. All are good to live with.

Microsoft is saying that Windows 10 is the best operating system ever made by them. Perhaps they are right. Windows 10 has a lot new and unique. So says Apple with every release of its Mac OS X. Linux users also say that Linux is best because it is customizable. So which party is lieing through their teeth? What really is the best operating system? And when will the hunt for that finish? Maybe one of these is better than all the competitors on show, still it is 2015, and Operating Systems have evolved. Now we do not have to worry about stability or reliability. We now need to think about User Experience (at least for normal users)

 

Unless you are a networking Professional or Computer administrator of some big corporation, you now don’t have to think about the best OS around.

OS maybe different, Web is always the same

Yes, operating systems maybe a lot different in terms of usability and appearance. Apple has close buttons on the Left side of title bar and Windows has it on the right side, still Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox (Two most used cross platform Web browsers) will function as the same. Most of us spend most of our time under tabs of a web browser. Starting from the Office suite to media conversion all of that can be done online. Add-ons for Chrome and FireFox are also don’t rely on the operating system version.
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Look on Chrome OS, the bare bone OS that technically is a web browser, still it has a lot potential, web is now more powerful and so are Web apps. Google Docs (and also office Web apps) work under a web browser. They do not depend on the operating system, and that is perfectly good. Because it gives the users a common simplicity.

Performance is not an issue anymore

Still do you find performance an issue? I don’t think so. Gone are the days where we had 64MB ram and a 200 MHz processor. Now we are rocking quad core processors and many Gigs of RAM. Granted that Windows 8 is a bit faster than Windows 7 and Windows 10 is faster than both, still I find Windows 7 is sufficiently fast for everyday use, no OS has a magic stick that can give your Hardware wings. The same applies for Ubuntu and Mac OS X, all recent versions have acceptable performance. All of them are stable enough and all are updated for security and performance improvement regularly.

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Once ugly Linux is not like that now | Kubuntu 14.04 Image Source: Wikimedia

We don’t really use OS, we use software

Windows comes with a word processor called WordPad, an image editor called Paint, and a web browser called Internet Explorer, still I am typing this on Microsoft Word, I use Adobe Photoshop for Image editing and Mozilla Firefox as web browser, I can bet that most of us don’t use bundled programs.

For most of the part, we use third party software such as Kodi, avast, VLC and so on, that doesn’t matter that whether it is Windows 7 or Windows 10, they work the same way. Essentially for a lot of normal users, Operating system is just a launcher to open installed software and apps.

best operating system in 2015
Office is the software people use.

All the choices are good enough

We have choices when it comes to OS selection, there is GNU Linux, Mac OS X and also the world dominator Windows. The good thing is that no one is painful(OK, for me I exclude Windows 8 for now) All are stable enough, all are fast enough and all have a good to better software library. Startup time and shutdown time is now not bad and now software is not the bottle neck for performance. Pick any one and you can live a happy computing life.

Should you switch or stay?

Have you mastered your OS? If yes, it will be good that you stick with it. Suppose you are a Seasoned Windows User and you are lured by Mac OS X and you decide to switch, it can either be annoying or interesting, there is one thing for sure, you will again have to learn that OS and it will take some time.

If you are a windows user, moving to mac or Linux, won’t really make any better difference for common tasks. Stick with what you already know because programs on all OS are the same.

The Biggest Problems with Windows Phone

Starting from 2000s and later where Windows Mobile was the flagship Mobile OS for Smartphones and PDAs, It began with Windows Mobile 1.0 and kept going on till 6.5, suddenly after Microsoft realized  that it is losing the battle of mobile phone software market (thanks to Google’s android) there came the drastic change. The next version of flagship Mobile OS was now named Windows Phone and it was not the only change that Microsoft did.

Windows Phone sounds to be made perfect, and it is being advertised well. It does have something unique in itself and is a lot different than the competitors but still it is not doing well, we will take a look on the facts which are being a bottleneck and are the main reasons it is still 3rd ranked OS in mobile Phone industries.

The goodness of Windows Phone

There is a point worth noting, Windows Phone is stable, quick and unique. All the components are designed from such a noble idea. You power up your phone and you are greeted with a Start Screen, displaying all the information consistently, showing all your important notifications, just about everything you need to take care of is right there.

The Biggest Problems with Windows PhoneThen we jump to apps, all good apps (created especially for Windows Phone using Metro Design Language) have a kind of familiarity. It is so simple that you can  predict what this or that swipe will do.

The settings app is very simplified, even after offering many types  of customizations it does not look cluttered at all. Most of Microsoft app can be configured from here. You can make system wide changes etc.

Dear Cortana

I am not personally a fan of digital assistants. Still if I am asked to choose from Apple Siri or Microsoft Cortana, I will bet for Microsoft girl. It is fun to use, the sound seems more natural than Siri. In the virtual assistant field Goggle Now should not even be counted, or I should say Google Now is man of a few words. Cortana is sharp crisp responsive and gets the job done.

The Biggest Problems with Windows Phone
Cortana on Windows Phone

Not everything is good with Windows Phone

After looking at the positive points of windows phone, let’s just be honest and ask ourselves, how many of us do have a windows phone? Answer will definitely be a lot less than the question if how many Android users do we have. I tried to use Windows Phone for a few days and then gave up (due to reasons I will cover after some paragraphs)

For an instance my friend Shivam is a Windows Phone user (I sometimes wonder why) and I see him getting frustrated some times. He owns a Lumia phone running Windows Phone 8.1 and I use Android Kitkat phone. On android I can use download managers to download large files and on Windows phone you just can’t.

For a more illustrative example if you are using UC Browser (one of the best for Windows Phone) the download is paused if you jump to any other app and only resumes when you open UC browser again.

Not just that, native Facebook messenger lets you use chat heads on android phones, it means you can chat while using other apps, if you are a Windows Phone user there is no possible way you can get that.

Windows for desktop i.e. Windows 7, 8.1 are so much full featured and are so customizable. You can do almost everything you imagine in desktop OS, but that is not in the case of Windows Phone.

App Crisis is the biggest problem with Windows Phone

Android and iOS have the advantage here. Let us just see why is that, iOS was the solo hero upon its arrival so developers took it as an opportunity, in case of android, developers jumped on that because they knew that it is going to be famous. After these two monster OS there was very little space left. Developer who has a choice to create and sell an app would always go with a platform which is widely used so that he can maximize his earnings and because of that heroines of the show are always Android and iOS.

Basically and frankly speaking most experienced android user can’t switch to Windows due to its limitations and most importantly lack of apps. Take our example I use Slack –an team messengering service it is available for Android, iOS even as a native client for Windows but not for Windows Phone. Also taking about other apps you won’t find any great web browser (other than Internet Explorer). You will be left with most of the Microsoft made software. If you are a regular computer user and you see Start button 5 or more hours every day, an installation serene every other week and Registry editor once in a month, strong chances are that you may not find Windows Phone a pleasant experience. A windows 7 or 8 user will feel more like home on android not on windows Phone.

I personally think it is ironic that Microsoft Windows for Desktop is popular because of its huge software library and Windows Phone is suffering from lack of apps.

Is Microsoft doing anything about it?

The answer is not so clear, previously it was rumored that Microsoft may do something to run android apps on Windows Phone –if that happened that would change the fortune of Windows Phone. Microsoft is focusing on Mobile devices more than ever before. It has been releasing a lot of apps for android and even iOS. Recent Lumia Denim update also bought an android like swappable drop down notification menu in windows Phones.

Recently Microsoft was found making Flash ROMs to install Windows 10 on android powered Xiomi phones, however after some inquiry, Microsoft cleared that it was only for selected customers.

And at last Microsoft Is doing really hard work in making Windows as SaaS (Software as a service) and after the public release of windows 10 and Windows 10 phone some great things may happen.

What do you think about Windows Phone? Do you own one or you just stay away with it? Do tell us that in your comments.


 

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Thinking of Sticking with Windows 7? Not a bad idea

Windows 10 is coming on 29th July and from this version of Windows, Microsoft is making a lot of changes on its Operating System. Windows 10 is coming with a Virtual Assistant, better desktop management, Start Menu and a lot more. Microsoft has stated that Free Upgrades will be available for users who have genuine copy or Windows 7 and Later. This is big move for Microsoft and I think it should be welcomed.

Still, Sticking with good old Windows 7 is not a really bad idea. If you are lazy about upgrading to Windows 10, or just are still in love with Windows 7, you can keep using it.

Won’t that be stupid if you have a chance to get Windows 10 for free and you stick with Windows 7?

No. That will not be.

Let’s see why it still is not bad to stick with what you have got as your current OS?

Don’t Fix That Isn’t Broken

You heard that right? Windows 7 works fine, looks fine and it is good at one thing : Doing what you want it to do. Upgrading will be a work for you, Do a Download of (almost) 4 GB size, backup everything, install Windows 10, make sure everything works with new OS and a lot more things ; and all of that to Fix something that is not broken. Also it will take some time to get used to new Desktop, Start Menu and other things.

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Windows 7 is 5 year old OS, still it looks good and works well for most of us

Windows 7 is still secure enough

Granted that Windows 7 is now out of mainstream support and is almost 5 years old, still it will be supported for next 5 years. Microsoft will continue to provide security updates for Windows 7 for next 5 year, which is a long period. If you are using a good antivirus and if you are careful while browsing internet, you are safe. Same applies with Windows 8 users, however Windows XP is not on the Safe-List.

Software are still working

New version of Microsoft office i.e. Office 2016 runs fine on Windows 7. New software by Adobe, Autodesk and other companies are also going to run well on Windows 7. However if you want to run Universal apps on Windows 7, you are out of luck. Windows 7 supports standard desktop software, whereas Universal apps will only work with Windows 10. Still all professional software will still be supported on Windows 7.

Many new Features can be enabled by using third-party Tools

Windows 10 has a new Virtual Desktop support, a Start Menu and ability to run Modern apps on desktop among the many new features, these and many other features can be enabled by using some free and paid programs. We have also covered a detailed guide about getting most of the features of Windows 10 on Windows 7 and Windows 8.
However some features such as Cortana and continuum are not going to make to Windows 7 (at least for now)

Should you upgrade or not?

That depends completely on you. Windows 10 is a good upgrade (mostly because it is free) It will release on 29th July 2015. You can upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of its release date without paying a penny. If you like Windows 7 and you are happy with it, maybe you don’t need to rush for free upgrade. You can use Windows 7 for a few month more. If you are ready to pay for Windows 10 after the 1 year period, you can keep using Windows 7 for 5 years as security updates will be provided for 5 year.

It Is Not Just a Start Menu: Windows 10 Has Much More

Windows 10 seems to be much more modern and pleasant to use than the Windows 8. In this article we will cover some new (and lesser known) features of Windows 10.

Redmond Street Giant Microsoft is doing hard work to make Windows 10 Perfect. After testing some technical previews of Windows 10 it seems to be much more modern and pleasant to use than the Windows 8. While people are taking most about the arrival of start menu back and Windowed metro apps there are a lot more new and changed features in it. We have already discussed many ways to get many new features of Windows 10 in Windows 7 or 8 in our blog post.

In this article we will cover some new (and lesser known) features of Windows 10.

Getting Windows 10 Features on Windows 8 and Windows 7

New SMOKING HOT DirectX:

DirectX has always been a part of Windows for while. It helped to get hope on PC gaming platform getting back on the right track. And gamers can now rejoice because you can expect drastic increase in gaming performance. DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 did a lot to increase gaming performance but it is being said that DirectX 12 is going to increase gaming performance way too better than the previous versions. May be more than 50%.

New Package Manager:

Those readers who have spent time installing and configuring Software using terminal in Linux know what we mean. It is being said that Windows 10 is coming with a package managing system. It can be comfortably used to install and configuring several new software. Although Package Managers are used by Power Users.

A bit enhanced Command Prompt:

No, CMD is not going to be totally revamped. It is just getting some nifty new tweaks, in Command Prompt of Windows 10 you will be able to use shortcuts to cut copy and paste text. As we all know that CTRL+C is used to copy and CTRL+V is used to paste text but in earlier command Prompt when you will try to do that in CMD in copy command ^C and in paste command will be ^V will be the result. That directly means you could not do that in Command Prompt. Thankfully this irritation is going to be removed.

Xbox Streaming is on the go with a Windows 10 PC

Windows 10 users who also own a Xbox One (not Xbox 360) you can now enjoy streaming Xbox games on your windows 10 computers. To make it more enjoyable you won’t just be able to use it to show off your gaming session but also you can use to play games on the Windows 10 PC once it is connected to Xbox One.

Although that doesn’t mean that you can install Xbox game on your desktop. You need to install it on the Xbox itself and then you can connect your PC to your home network and enjoy streaming.

Microsoft HoloLens

HoloLens (Picture below) is more than a virtual reality and it is a lot different that Google Glass. Unlike Google Glass Microsoft made HoloLens works on augmented reality. Which means you will be able to see a Mixture of both real and virtual objects in a merged environment. It is made clear that Windows 10 is going to support Microsoft HoloLens.

It Is Not Just a Start Menu: Windows 10 Has Much More

Continuum mode in Windows 10

Do you hate Charms in Windows 8? (I swear I do) despite being annoying these are pretty important for those who are using a Touch Screen. Especially on a tablet. In Windows 10 Microsoft has done some tweaks about that.

When you will be using your Windows 10 on a tablet without a mouse or keyboard you will see charms, a full screen start menu and full screen modern apps. If you plug your keyboard or mouse to the tablet you will be asked if you want to switch to desktop mode. If you agree to switch Windows 10 will automatically hide all the charms. Also apps will be running in desktop mode and start menu will no longer be maximized.

Spartan and Cortana will work together

As it is already been cleared that Microsoft is ditching its Internet Explorer and including a new web browser (code named project Spartan) and it will be fully backed by Microsoft virtual assistant Cortana. You will be able to perform searches and other stuff without touching your keyboard.

Microsoft is doing hard to make Windows 10 a worthy upgrade and after testing a few builds it seems that it is working. Windows 10 will be released in Q2 of 2015.

Microsoft you need to worry….. A lot

Microsoft is changed and all of that is not good. Let’s see what the matter is.

The Redmond Street Company Microsoft has been king of software for past few decades. We used to be a die-hard fan of Windows and other Microsoft products , But now the fan feeling is no longer in us. Microsoft is changed and all of that is not good. Let’s see what the matter is.

The Problem with Microsoft

God knows what Microsoft’s first priority is. They have a developed a really bad habit for a past few years which is throwing users features what Microsoft wants not what consumers need, No one even a tablet customer wanted a plain looking Modern User Interface, Android is not so plain and boxy but is really functional on touch screen.

We all agree Windows Vista was a failure it was not snappy and was really clunky. After learning their lesson the successor Windows 7 is still most loved OS. After the success of Windows 7, just to join the tablet race Microsoft almost neglected the normal PC user. Microsoft just slapped the Modern UI in our PCs even through it was not
working well with Mouse and keyboard.
Microsoft is really good at making software but they are now just focusing on new things not in what they have already mastered, let’s take an example- the windows media player is not upgraded since the release of windows 7, after windows 7 instead of Updating the UI and features of Windows Media Player they made a new Music app in windows 8 which is simply not as powerful as Windows Media Player also removing the Windows aero introduced
in Windows Vista  just by saying it was a resource hog was not a so good decision, sure it consumes more power but it would be a lot better if you gave the choice to customers.

Now the Competition is Tough

10 years ago thinking of a Microsoft killer brand would have been tough but today apart from Apple and Ubuntu customers do have choice. Now the alternatives are not only for name but some are even better than Microsoft Products.

RISING CHROMEBOOKS, BIRTH OF STEAM OS AND SO ON…

Microsoft you need to worry….. A lot
Google Chromebook

The Increasing sales of Chromebooks is a clear sign for Microsoft, the dominance in Netbook sector may be at risk. The games department where no other PC OS platform was so strong candidate then Microsoft, now has new excellent OS, the valve Made STEAM OS, even Ubuntu is getting better day by day. Apple’s MAC is also holding their ground so strongly.

Not Just in Software sector..

Making software is not the only sector where Microsoft is active, Hardware and Cyber space is
also where Microsoft is trying to break the grounds, the competition is so thought. Although Xbox One is great machine but really strong alternatives are their such as PS4 and Nintendo Wii U, the Surface is a really nice piece of hardware but is not selling like Apple made devices.

SO WHAT MAY HAPPEN?

Well Microsoft is not going to die , thinking of it will be so foolish, still Windows is used in almost 90% PCs (not in tablets) and is much more powerful that other alternatives, the software and gaming library is so huge than any other competitor, Microsoft Office is also almost unbeatable productivity suite. But hell yes the dominance may be at risk, the market share may decrease, not the total users. Just like Google Chrome better alternatives are showing up and they need to think about that.

Microsoft needs to wake up…

It is not so bad to learn from your mistakes and Microsoft has learnt their lesson from their Recent failures, what they need to do is instead of sticking users anything, give users choice – Like using the start menu or using Start Screen. Also they need to give priority to daily PC users not to dragging other electronic ecosystem costumers to their platform – that should be on the second place, also they have everything they need to create excellent software so they should use their resources. The Windows 10 is may be the next Windows 7 for us but it can be made much better then it currently is. They need to give a visual reboot to windows UI, make it feel like new. Increase the functionality of already included software (yes we are talking about Media Player, Note Pad and even Paint).

We know you can do it and it would be really good if you do it.

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