The Best Free Software for 2015 Windows and don't get the attention they used to in today's mobile world. But we have not fully abandoned the desktop. The real work (and a lot of the play) of computing requires a full personal computer system. To get the most out of that, you need software. can be expensive if you're not smart about it. Something to always watch crapware installers. One tip that helps prevent the extra crapware onslaught: only download desktop software from the maker of the software directly. Other criteria: The software has to typically have a Windows-based download; we mark it if it has a version for other platforms, even mobile or cloud-based (see the Legend below). So take a look at the list of 178 programs. LEGEND for compatibility: —Windows—macOS—Linux—iOS—Android—Amazon FireOS—ChromeOS—Portable (runs on USB flash drives you can take with you)—Web app (runs in a web browser)Lesser used smartphones and devices are listed individually. Anti-Malware Avast Free Antivirus 2016 AVG AntiVirus Free (2017)
A Guide to the Windows 10 Start Menu Since the release of Windows 95, the Start Menu has been the primary way for users to access their files and applications. Microsoft attempted to move away from this setup with Windows 8, creating a serious backlash. Now the Start Menu is back and better than ever for Windows 10. However, there have been a few changes since the last time we saw the Start Menu. There’s more functionality and customization options packed in than ever before, but the best way to take advantage of it might not be immediately obvious. Use this guide to get a firm grasp of the basics, and you’ll soon be using the Start Menu like a true Windows 10 expert. Getting Started The Start Menu in Windows 10 aims to offer the best of the classic Windows Start Menu mixed with the modern Metro interface introduced in Windows 8. As you can see, the leftmost column offers quick access to apps and utilities, much like the traditional Start Menu, whereas the rest is populated with Live Tiles. Access Start Menu Settings
Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, on the same hardware? So, are you one of those long-time Windows users who lived through the Vista fiasco and then upgraded to Windows 7 as soon as it was apparent that it was far superior to the previous version? Then, when you saw Windows 8 coming, you vowed to never again get caught with an experimental operating system and decided to stick it out with Windows 7? If so, chances are you're glad that you did so. Over the last several years, I've received email from lots of Windows 7 users who echo the above sentiments. Now that Windows 10 is on the horizon, and Microsoft has announced that the new operating system will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 users (in addition to Windows 8.x users), I've been receiving email from a lot of those same users. The system requirements To begin with, I don't believe that Microsoft wouldn't make the claim that Windows 7 users could upgrade to Windows 10 on existing hardware if that wasn't the case. Of course, a lot of PCs from that era had more powerful specs.
Windows 10 Drivers Not working? Uninstall and Reinstall | Windows 10 content from SuperSite for Windows Late last week, when Build 10162 of Windows 10 started rolling out, I noticed that there were several in the communities having hardware driver related issues. Some struggled often and long, while others seemed to fix problems pretty quickly by just uninstalling and reinstalling the hardware drivers associated with the specific issues. I'm glad that I caught those threads prior to installing Build 10162 myself. Here's why… Over the weekend, I took the time to install Build 10162 on my original Surface Pro. During troubleshooting, I noticed that the Bluetooth applet in Settings would turn on, turn off, and then turn back on again. Using my knowledge from the pre-weekend community threads, I uninstalled the Bluetooth driver (Marvell) completely, rebooted, and allowed Windows 10 to reinstall the driver based on hardware discovery. Voila! Bluetooth was my issue, but there are many others affected by hardware driver issues in other areas. Here's hoping that RTM is flawless.
Digging into and Understanding Windows 10’s Privacy Settings Windows 8 introduced privacy settings and Windows 10 adds a bunch more. If you are interested in protecting your privacy while using Windows 10, you’re going to want to read further. In Windows 8.1, you could access the Privacy options from the PC settings, which contain five categories: General, Location, Webcam, Microphone, and Other devices. Windows 10 greatly increases the number of privacy options to twelve. In some cases, you can disable many things ahead of time by using the customized setup versus the express. There’s quite a bit to go over, so let’s carve into each category one by one and explain what you should expect to find, and some important things you need to know. The Privacy options are available in the Settings as their own group. In the Privacy group, you’ll find the aforementioned twelve categories, the first of which are the General settings. The Location settings should be familiar to you. Camera and Microphone Do you have a camera on your laptop? Again, less is more.
14 top online coding courses There comes a point in everyone's life when it's time to take more control of your destiny. So, if you've built your own site using free WordPress themes or Drupal themes, you might be craving more control. It's time to take an online coding course, learn to code yourself and built your site, your way. Event promotion We have many accessible educational tools popping up that make learning new skills more straightforward. Here's my list of the webs 10 best online coding courses. 01. Of all the tools I dug into, Code School - recently bought by Pluralsight - was one of my favourites. The videos are quirky and fun in an 'after-school special' kind of way – which is a refreshing break from typically dry video tutorials. Code School offers some courses for free, so you can try it out for size, or you can buy a monthly subscription for $29/month. 02. Skillcrush is a unique online coding course, and the one that most closely resembles an actual curriculum in a classroom setting. 03. 04. 05. 06.
How To: Import Internet Favorites into Windows 10's Microsoft Edge from Other Browsers Microsoft Edge is a fantastic new web browser that comes with a Windows 10 installation (new or upgrade). It’s a speedy browser and completely compatible with most web sites. Over time many Windows users have been lured away to other browsers like Chrome and Firefox for no fault of their own. Microsoft allowed the Internet Explorer experience to become degraded in performance and value, so you can't blame anyone for trying out a new web browser. With Edge, Microsoft is intending to that turnaround. The brand new Internet browser is sleek, stylish, and built to take on the modern web. One of the best ways to try out any web browser is to visit your favorite web sites to watch how quickly they load and how well they look. To get there: With Microsoft Edge open, tap or click the ellipsis at the top right to display the dropdown menu, then navigate down to Settings. Additional web browser installed on the device will show up in the Import favorites list.
Preparing for the Windows 10 Upgrade: What Your PC Needs | Windows 10 content from SuperSite for Windows Any version of Windows just performs better on newer equipment. That's a given. But, with Windows 10 so close to its official upgrade rollout, you might be wondering if your old PC can work adequately with the upgrade. The last thing you want (and Microsoft wants) is to have a horrible experience with this reported fantastic new operating system. Here's the minimum specs you need for the upgrade: A PC running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update A processor that is at least 1 GHz Depending on your PC architecture: 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit Also, depending your PC architecture: 16 GB of hard disk space for 32-bit or 20 GB of hard disk space for 64-bit A graphics card that supports DirectX 9 or later with a WDDM 1.0 driver A display that supports at least 800x600 Remember, these are minimum specs.
Drawboard PDF Updated In Windows Store With Completely Revamped UI And More Drawboard PDF is the best PDF app in Windows Store to read, annotate and mark up your PDFs. it is ideal for replacing pen and paper; avoid printing documents ever again, making annotating your documents a breeze. Open existing PDFs or create a new PDF, annotate using our extensive array of tools, then save your document back as a compatible PDF. This app got updated to v4.0 in Windows Store with revamped UI and more. Highlights: Completely revamped user interface with new brand colorRemoved app bars – all menu items and app options are now in a brand new left-hand-side menu system, in preparation for Windows 10 design guidelinesDrawboard Online Premium tier no longer exists – Pressure Sensitive Inking and Audio Inserts now standardNo more 5-tab limitationNew rectangle cloudy toolLaser Inking – it’s like a laser pointer for your pen! Complete Change Log: Download it here from Windows Store.
Is Your Windows 10 Activated? Here's How to Check Windows 10 has been out for a little over a week now, and a good portion of Windows users have already utilized their free Windows 10 upgrade. As soon as you upgrade your system, Microsoft automatically activates your Windows 10 copy in the background, assuming that you’ve upgraded from genuine Windows 7 or 8 versions. Since the Windows system doesn’t display any “Successfully Activated” type of messages, there will be a bit of confusion whether the installed or upgraded version of Windows is activated or not. The confusion is particularly true if you’ve reinstalled Windows 10. So, if you ever need to, here is how you can check to see if your Windows 10 system is activated or not through different methods. One of the easiest ways to check the Windows 10 activation status is to look at the System applet window. Once the System window has been opened, scroll down and you will find the wording “Windows is activated” under the Windows Activation section if your system is activated.
10 best practices for successful project management The right mix of planning, monitoring, and controlling can make the difference in completing a project on time, on budget, and with high quality results. These guidelines will help you plan the work and work the plan. The right mix of planning, monitoring, and controlling can make the difference in completing a project on time, on budget, and with high quality results. These guidelines will help you plan the work and work the plan. Given the high rate of project failures, you might think that companies would be happy to just have their project finish with some degree of success. Note: This article is also available as a PDF download. 1: Plan the work by utilizing a project definition document There is a tendency for IT infrastructure projects to shortchange the planning process, with an emphasis on jumping right in and beginning the work. Project overview: Why is the Exchange migration taking place? 2: Create a planning horizon 3: Define project management procedures up front
Five free apps for dealing with hardware problems Although computer hardware has become something of a commodity item, there are still situations that require troubleshooting. Fortunately, a number of free utilities can help you with the process. This article discusses five good choices. Note: This article is also available as an image gallery and a video hosted by TechRepublic columnist Tom Merritt. 1: 3DP Chip Sometimes hardware problems can be attributed to bad or missing device drivers. 3DP Chip (Figure A) can help you locate drivers for your computer. Figure A 2: CrystalDiskInfo CrystalDiskInfo (Figure B) helps you assess the state of your hard disk. Figure B 3: Unknown Device Identifier Like CrystalDiskInfo, Unknown Device Identifier (Figure C) tries to help you locate missing device drivers. Figure C 4: Memtest86 I've used Memtest86 (Figure D) on a number of occasions. Figure D 5: Nero InfoTool Figure E Also read... Your picks? What diagnostic tools do you turn to when you're troubleshooting a hardware problem?
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