A to-do list is a very tidy thing. Items are listed in orderly progression, a neat sequence of checkboxes to be marked as done in due time. For some people, that works. Others (myself included) need a bit more chaos in their organization. Stickies lets me spread my to-do list all over my desktop and arrange it so that it makes visual sense to me. Stickies description, Desktop Downloads List By 30 Day Change | PCWorld
When you need to clear your mind (and peripheral vision) of distractions and get some writing done, a minimalist writing app can be your best friend. For distraction-free writing in Windows, I love WriteMonkey. While you're writing, it hides all the formatting menus and just about everything else by expanding to full-screen mode and filling your screen with the background color of your choice. It doesn't do much formatting at all, but it creates an awesomely blank canvas on which to unleash your creative mind. Note: This program is donationware. WriteMonkey description, Word Processing Downloads List By 30 Day Change | PCWorld
Note: This review covers v2.2 of this software. FTP lives! This file transfer protocol may seem old-fashioned and ancient, but the truth is, it's often the simplest way to transfer files between PCs, or between a PC and a server. It's especially useful for transferring large files, because ISPs often block email attachments over a certain size. FileZilla description, Internet Tools Downloads List By 30 Day Change | PCWorld
Designing the Start screen - Building Windows 8 Thank you for the comments and feedback on the previous post. We definitely get the message that there's a lot of feedback and passion around the design. We're going to continue talking about the design and answering your questions and comments through these blog posts. We designed Start to be a modern, fast and fluid replacement for the combination of launching, switching, notifying, and at-a-glance viewing of information.
This post kicks off a series of posts on the design of the Start screen and the evolution of the core activity of launching and switching programs. Some folks are calling the Start screen the "Metro shell" for Windows 8, but for us it is the evolution of the Start menu and associated functions. We've been watching the comments closely and have seen the full spectrum of reactions as one would expect when the core interface changes. Evolving the Start menu - Building Windows 8
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Linux has long been the preferred operating system for rejuvenating older PCs for three reasons: It's lighter weight than Windows, it's secure enough to let you sidestep CPU-hogging anti-virus programs, and it's free. Windows 7 may shake up that thinking, being the first version of Windows that, judging from widespread reviews from beta testers, runs faster than the prior one. While the minimum specs Microsoft outlined for Vista were lower than Windows 7's (see breakout box ), Vista was so bloated that it ran poorly on many PCs. Think of Windows 7 as Vista after an extended stay at the weight-loss spa -- trim, buffed and Botoxed. Even netbooks can run it . In the past it usually made little economic sense to reinstall Windows on an older PC, as buying a new retail copy of Windows would often cost more than the PC was worth. Breathe New Life into Your Old PC — with Windows 7
Do you have an aging laptop that you want to save from the recycling center? With a few software and hardware upgrades, you could bring that old notebook back to life and possibly avoid having to plunk down cash for a new laptop or a secondary device such as an Apple iPad or an Android tablet. Refresh the Operating System: Three Options Back up first! Laptop Refresh: Six Ways to Revitalize an Older Notebook
I suggest you reload the USB controller drivers. 1. Click "Start", type in Device Manager the Search bar and press "Enter". Click Continue if necessary. 2. USB Code 43 Error
Hello, If you're seeing a code 43 for one of your USB devices or a USB controller/root hub, some additional information is needed to diagnose this issue. I'll need you to capture a USB trace for me please. 1) Reboot the machine and get the devices in a working state. 2) Run this command from an elevated command prompt (right click on command prompt shortcut, select "run as administrator"): Logman start USBForumTrace -p Microsoft-Windows-USB-USBPORT -o USBForumTrace.etl -ets -nb 128 640 -bs 128 3) Run this command from an elevated command prompt: Logman update USBForumTrace -p Microsoft-Windows-USB-USBHUB -ets -nb 128 640 -bs 128 error code 43 when USB not recognised
Over the years, we’ve written about loads of ways to disable features, tweak things that don’t work the way you want, and remove other things entirely. Here’s the list of the 50 best ways to do just that. Just in case you missed some of our recent roundup articles, here’s a couple of roundups of our very best articles for you to check out: If you’ve already been through those, keep reading for how to disable loads of Windows features you might not want. Disable Context Menu Items
Apart from so many new features in Windows 7, Microsoft has also added new hotkeys to give individuals better control over their operating system. We have covered 30 hotkeys for Windows 7 which we believe everyone should know about. Master them all to increase your daily productivity.