How To Get Novel Windows 10 Features On Windows 7 Or 8.1 Among geeks, Windows 10 is all the rage these days. Yet most of its novel features have been around for a while, either as third party applications or within other operating systems. Instead of installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview, you can get some of its best features risk-free in your current Windows setup. Tiled Start Menu Windows 10 brought the Start Menu back. Start Menu Reviver 2 is a stylish alternative Start Menu for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 that looks a lot like the new Windows 10 Start Menu. Meanwhile, fans of the traditional Windows look should stick with Classic Shell for a customizable Start Menu experience. Better Window Snapping Snapping windows has been a thing since the introduction of Windows Aero in Windows 7. Aqua Snap (our Aqua Snap review) for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 builds on Aero Snap. Windowed Modern Apps In Windows 10, the modern interface moves further to the backseat, at least on a laptop or desktop PC. You can try ModernMix free for 30 days. Virtual Desktops
How to Install Windows 10 for Free on any Windows, Linux, or OS X PC We have written a lot about how you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free, if you’re currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Maybe you’re not ready to make that step and commit without trying the new operating system (OS) first. Or maybe you don’t qualify for the free upgrade, but would like to play with Windows 10 anyhow. Here we compile the ways you can try Windows 10, whether you have a Windows, Linux, or Mac computer. Check & Prepare Your Hardware Before you dive into the details, lets make sure you computer is compatible with Windows 10. Processor: 1 GHz or fasterRAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)Free hard disk space: 16 GBGraphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver If you would like to dual boot Windows 10 next to your current operating system, you will need a separate partition on your system drive or a separate drive to install the new OS on — this can be an external drive. For managing Windows partitions, we recommend EaseUS Partition Master.
You can use Win+Ctrl+Left/Right arrow to quickly switch... The 5 Best Usenet Providers Usenet has been around for decades, but it's still a great resource, one that offers speed and reliability that bittorrent can't match. Putting aside the whole "first rule of Usenet," this week we're looking at five of the best Usenet providers, based on your nominations. Four out of your top five are resellers from the same Tier 1 provider, which is great for availability and broad use, but means that while all of these are great for a primary account, if you're looking for a backup block account in case something you're looking for has been taken down or censored, you'll want a different provider. Newshosting Newshosting was a popular contender in the nominations round, and almost all of the conversation centered around their exceptional speed and throughput—even if your ISP isn't terribly Usenet friendly, many of you reported great speeds and maxing out all of your available connections when you used Newshosting. UsenetServer NewsDemon Astraweb EasyNews
Under the Hood: 6 Hidden Windows 10 Features You Can Unlock Windows 10 comes with many new features. You already know about the major ones, like virtual desktops, Cortana on the desktop, or the new Start Menu. Here are some less obvious ones that impact your Windows 10 experience, and how you can make use of them. The Best Of: Windows Software The Best Of: Windows Software Read More Personalize Your Lock Screen With Build 9926, Windows 10 added new lock screen features, including a selection of beautiful images. To customize your lock screen, open the Settings app and go to Personalization. Below the lock screen preview, you can select up to seven apps to display their status on the lock screen, including one with a detailed status. While you can switch images and add your own pictures, you don’t actually have access to all the visuals used by Windows 10. Bypass Login Screen Maybe you could care less about the lock screen and would prefer Windows to automatically log you into your account. Sure you want to do this? Enable Battery Saver
An Insider Review of the Windows 10 Fall Update The first major update to Windows 10 is being rolled out as a cumulative update this month. It delivers a series of user interface (UI) changes, some bug fixes, and several new default settings. Notable improvements include the updated Windows 10 activation and new features to manage storage and find lost devices. Let’s see which changes you’re facing, which settings you might want to adjust, and how you can receive the updates on your Windows 10 machine. What’s New in the Windows 10 Fall Update? A lot, yet nothing Earth shattering. New Version Number With the Windows 10 Fall Update, Microsoft introduces a new numbering scheme. Note that Microsoft has updated the Copyright year to 2016 (see screenshot above). Improved Windows 10 Activation For most users, upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10 was smooth sailing. Starting with Windows 10 version 1511, a clean installation of Windows 10 will accept Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 product keys for activation. Managing Low Storage
Hyperlink Top 5 Free Rescue Discs for Your Sys Admin Toolkit A rescue disc can be a life saver for a SysAdmin. Packed with various diagnostic and repair tools they can do things like fix a Master Boot Record (MBR), recover a password, detect and clean a rootkitor simply allow you to salvage data by transferring it from a damaged drive to another location. Here are the best all-in-one Bootable CD/USBs that admins can use to troubleshoot and repair a Linux or Windows system – all handy additions to your toolkit. 1. The tagline for Hiren Boot CD reads “a first aid kit for your computer” – and that it is! Hiren Boot CD is available to download as an ISO for easy installation to a USB or burning to a CD. The boot menu allows you to boot into the MiniXP environment, the Linux-based rescue environment, run a series of tools or boot directly from a specified partition. The MiniXP environment, as shown in the image below, is much like a Windows XP desktop. 2. 3. SystemRescueCD is a Linux-based package for troubleshooting Linux and Windows systems. 4. 5.
Things to remove/disable in windows 10 : pcmasterrace Google Bashes Windows 10, Amazon Opens a Bookshop... [Digest] Google compares Windows 10 to XP, Amazon trolls physical bookshops, Twitter chooses Hearts over Stars, Gmail can now reply to your emails automatically, and the World of Warcraft teaser trailer. Google Mocks Windows 10 Design Google has mocked Windows 10, with one of its executives tweeting a couple of lighthearted but trollish barbs aimed squarely at Microsoft. Windows 10 has been out for several months now, but it appears to have taken Google a while to actually catch up… Matias Duarte, Google’s Vice President of Design, compared Windows 10 unfavorably with Windows XP. Duarte followed this up with another zinger, this time suggesting Windows 10 was a throwback to the past. This is all rather ironic seeing as Google has been accused of copying Microsoft. Amazon Opens a Physical Bookshop In an odd turn up for the books (no pun intended), Amazon is opening a physical bookshop in Seattle. The Amazon bookshop will also sell Amazon hardware, including the Kindle and the Fire TV.
Not sure if these have been mentioned elsewhere, but... Trinity Rescue Kit: Download Please download the latest version of Trinity Rescue Kit. Don 't forget development of this tool took a lot of my time (over many years now), so donation or sponsorship is greatly appreciated (but so is a simple thank-you mail). You can also donate via Paypal, which now accepts credit cards from people who have no Paypal account. or wire me some money with your webbanking account (see info on page "Donate") or you can contact me for your ads on this site. You can also get a physical copy of TRK on either CD or a USB stick. There are three download mirrors. Another fast one is a 1 Gigabit link from Garr Network in Italy (also serving Italian Research and Academic Network ) The 3rd one is offered by the OSU Open Source Lab (Oregon State University). Trinity Rescue Kit 3.4 (iso format): Current build: 372 filename: trinity-rescue-kit.3.4-build-372.iso md5sum: 4909e1961ba27752b7aa8eba23ea7b5d First 3.4 release build: 367 Most people will download the TRK in iso format. Trinity Rescue Kit 3.3:
7 Quick Tips & Hacks To Optimize Your Windows 10 Experience Windows 10 is more than an upgrade from Windows 8, it’s an evolution. We’ve covered many of the big changes, including Cortana integration, the resurrected Start Menu, or new Gaming features. Lots of minor things changed, too and knowing them could significantly enhance your Windows 10 experience. We’ve compiled the most useful small tips & hacks for Windows 10. Let’s see whether we can teach you a new trick. Learn Essential Keyboard Shortcuts Keyboard shortcuts are the best way to save lots of time inside Windows. Windows key + A to Launch the Action Center This is a novel shortcut. Windows Key + I to Launch Settings App You will need this shortcut a lot! Sadly, some advanced features are missing. Windows Key + X to Launch Power User Menu This shortcut has been around for a while. To learn what else you can do with your keyboard in Windows, consult our Windows Shortcuts 101 guide. Extend Battery Life with Battery Saver The Settings app contains a few new features, including Battery Saver.