UP

Entertainment

How to have fun using technology. We deal with tech that can be used for fun: to play games, watch movies, listen to music, and more. Product reviews, useful tech articles, product comparisons, and more.

Where the Desktop & Lock Screen Wallpapers are Stored in Windows 8

Where the Desktop & Lock Screen Wallpapers are Stored in Windows 8

Where can you find the images used by Windows 8 as wallpapers for its default Desktop themes and for the Lock screen? It turns out that they are placed in the same folder and you can copy and paste the images from there with ease. Here's how: The Wallpapers Used by Windows 8 for the Desktop & the Lock Screen Windows 8 has three
Where are the Start Screen Patterns Located & How to Extract Them?

Where are the Start Screen Patterns Located & How to Extract Them?

I like some of the patterns used by Microsoft on Windows 8's Start screen and I thought I could be using them as Desktop wallpapers. But the problem is - where are they located? They are not stored in any of the usual locations used by Windows to store its Desktop wallpapers. It turns out that they are embedded in a special file and you
How to Edit Your Pictures with Windows Photo Gallery

How to Edit Your Pictures with Windows Photo Gallery

While Windows Photo Gallery doesn't have the sophisticated editing tools that some other programs do, it certainly has enough for most people's needs. In this tutorial I will cover the basics of editing your photos, so that you get the results you want. NOTE:This tutorial assumes that you have photos already on your hard drive, imported by Windows Photo Gallery or another program. If
How to Publish Pictures on Flickr with Windows Photo Gallery

How to Publish Pictures on Flickr with Windows Photo Gallery

Many people like to publish images on Flickr, a justifiably popular image-sharing site. While there are several ways to do this, if you use Windows Photo Gallery, you've got one of the easiest publishing methods right at your fingertips. With just a few clicks you can publish as many photos as you want. In this tutorial I'll show you how this is done. NOTE:
How to Edit Tags & Captions for Your Pictures in Windows Photo Gallery

How to Edit Tags & Captions for Your Pictures in Windows Photo Gallery

In a previous article, I talked about adding People tags to images in Windows Photo Gallery. If you've looked at Photo Gallery, you already know that people tags aren't the only identifiers you can add to your images. In this tutorial, I'll talk about adding Geotags and Captions. Adding such tags to your photos is time consuming, but it's worth it. Once you have identified
How to Rate and Flag Images in Windows Photo Gallery

How to Rate and Flag Images in Windows Photo Gallery

Anyone who's taken digital photos for any length of time has hundreds, perhaps thousands, of pictures stored on their hard drive. And the more photos there are, the harder it is to find any particular one—unless you've identified them in some easy-to-search way. We've seen how to tag photos with Windows Photo Gallery, and that is one way to find the photos you want. Here,
How to Create Your Own Screen Saver with Windows Photo Gallery

How to Create Your Own Screen Saver with Windows Photo Gallery

I recently searched for good and free screensavers. What I found was pretty distressing. Free screensavers appear to be a favorite delivery system for malware more than anything else. However, all is not lost. If you want a really good, free screensaver, you need look no farther than the contents of your own hard drive. Most of us have great photos and graphics that will
How to Publish Photos to Picasa & Google+ with Windows Photo Gallery

How to Publish Photos to Picasa & Google+ with Windows Photo Gallery

Many people have been using Google's Picasa photo management software to store and share their photos in the cloud for years. It's free, easy to use, and makes sharing your photos with other people about as simple as it gets. But, as we've seen, Windows Photo Gallery offers a lot more features than the Picasa desktop app does, so if you're looking for good, free,
How to Create Panoramic Pictures with Windows Photo Gallery

How to Create Panoramic Pictures with Windows Photo Gallery

Do you remember those little disposable panorama cameras? They let you take a few very wide photographs on a roll of 35mm film. Since the advent of digital cameras, making panoramic photos has been done by merging several photographs together and, in the beginning, that was something you could only do with expensive editing software. Now, anyone can make a panorama using Windows Photo Gallery
How to Record Audio with Sound Recorder in Windows 7 & Windows 8

How to Record Audio with Sound Recorder in Windows 7 & Windows 8

Windows 7 and Windows 8 include a great little application you can use to record sounds - Sound Recorder. All you need is a sound card and a microphone plugged in, or a webcam with a microphone built in. Your recordings are saved as Windows Media Audio files and can be played by any media player. To learn how to use this program, don't hesitate
How to Tag People in Photos with Windows Photo Gallery

How to Tag People in Photos with Windows Photo Gallery

Windows Photo Gallery has many great features. One of our favorites is face recognition, which allows you to identify and tag people in your photos. The more people you tag, the easier it is for Windows Photo Gallery to suggest tags and correctly identify people. Another great thing is that, if you publish your photos on Facebook, your tags will be published on Facebook as
What's New About Windows 8 Themes? Why They Don't Work in Windows 7?

What's New About Windows 8 Themes? Why They Don't Work in Windows 7?

Windows 8 themes are not different from Windows 7 themes, at least not when you look at them for the first time. The process for creating and customizing themes is the same in both operating systems but the theme files that result from the process have a different file extension and they are not compatible with each other. Why is that? I really wanted to
Meet Our Readers: Milan Benes from the Czech Republic

Meet Our Readers: Milan Benes from the Czech Republic

Today, I would like to publish an interview with one of our readers: Milan Benes. He contacted me a few weeks ago and since then we have been in touch on a regular basis. Together we have found some great solutions for Windows 8 puzzles. Milan is the inspiration behind two of our recent articles and because of that, I thought it would be great
How to View RAW Pictures In Windows Photo Gallery & Fix Weird Errors

How to View RAW Pictures In Windows Photo Gallery & Fix Weird Errors

Unfortunately Windows Photo Gallery does not provide native support for viewing RAW photos, created with modern digital photo cameras. Also, when trying to view or edit such pictures, you get errors with weird codes like 0x88982f61. If you have a digital camera shooting RAW pictures, then read this guide to learn how to view them in Windows Photo Gallery. The Problem: No Picture Preview
Steelseries Diablo 3 Mouse Review - Is it Worthy of Its Name?

Steelseries Diablo 3 Mouse Review - Is it Worthy of Its Name?

Indifferent if you are a Diablo fan or not, you must have heard about the Steelseries Diablo 3 mouse. This mouse is one of the hottest mice of the year and... I was lucky enough to get my hands on one. After testing it for almost two months, I have lots to share about the quality and performance of this mouse. Is it a great
What Windows 8 Haters Don’t Understand About Windows 8

What Windows 8 Haters Don’t Understand About Windows 8

Lately, I notice a strong debate about Windows 8. People tend to either hate it or love it. There are no moderate verdicts being shared. Those who hate it share mostly the same complaints, many of which I think are wrong. That's why I decided to share my view on those arguments and what I believe is the main thing people don't understand about Windows
Download Windows 8 Release Preview Themes for Windows 7

Download Windows 8 Release Preview Themes for Windows 7

Since Windows 8 themes are not compatible with Windows 7, we would like to return with new themes for Windows 7, inspired by the new Windows 8 Release Preview. The first theme includes the desktop wallpapers used in Windows 8 Release Preview, while the second includes the wallpapers used for the lock screen. The Images Included in the Windows 8 Release Preview Theme There
The Book Steve Jobs Would Not Have Approved: The Biography of Steve Jobs

The Book Steve Jobs Would Not Have Approved: The Biography of Steve Jobs

Reading the title of this book review - I'm sure you have an ironic smile on your face. Why would a blog about Windows, for Windows users, review a book about Steve Jobs? Because no matter how much he berated Microsoft and Windows, Steve Jobs had a great influence on the tech world and contributed to the exciting & privileged context in which we find