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How to Disable the Sync Center & Offline Files in Windows 7

How to Disable the Sync Center & Offline Files in Windows 7

It can happen that Offline Files and the Sync Center (mobsync.exe) are active even though you don't use them. If you would like to turn them off and free up resources, this tutorial will show how. How Do You Know Whether Offline Files is Enabled? In Windows 7, Offline Files works together with the Sync Center. When turned on, you will see the Sync
Less Known Tricks about Using the Task Manager in Windows 7

Less Known Tricks about Using the Task Manager in Windows 7

We would like to finish our coverage of the Task Manager in Windows 7 with an article showing some advanced tricks about how it can be used. The article will include: how to manage active services, identify the processes used by a service, view data about your system's resource usage or your network utilization and how to manage other active users on your computer.
Use Network Files While Offline with Sync Center & Offline Files

Use Network Files While Offline with Sync Center & Offline Files

Even though Sync Center and Offline Files are features present in older versions of Windows, few people know about them, let alone use them. That's why I decided to cover these tools in a mini-series of articles. In this first episode you will learn what Sync Center and Offline Files are, how to access them and the basics about working with them. What's Changed
Download the Desktop Shortcut to the Windows 8 Start Screen

Download the Desktop Shortcut to the Windows 8 Start Screen

I've noticed a growing complaint with Windows 8: the fact that, on the Desktop there is no visible shortcut to take you to the Start screen. Something like "Show Start", just like we had Show Desktop in Windows XP. For a novice user, there is no clue shown on how to get back to the Start screen. That's why I decided to investigate and found
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
The Basics About the Task Manager: View, Run or End Applications and Processes

The Basics About the Task Manager: View, Run or End Applications and Processes

I've personally always thought of Task Manager as the manual override button for whenever a computer or one of its programs is acting strangely and I just want to close it or shut it down immediately. But, Task Manager is actually much more than that. It's a Windows function that can provide detailed information about various processes, applications, and the general performance of your machine's
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
Is the Windows 8 Start Screen an Improvement vs. the Start Menu?

Is the Windows 8 Start Screen an Improvement vs. the Start Menu?

One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 is the fact that the Start Menu has been replaced by the Start Screen and now you have a very different way of launching applications. While the Start Screen is great for making instant searches and launching applications with a few keystrokes, it is not that friendly to users who love using the mouse instead of the
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
How to Change the Metadata Stored in Executable Files in Windows

How to Change the Metadata Stored in Executable Files in Windows

In another article about the metadata included in files, we showed how to view a file's metadata and how to change it for common files such as documents or images. But what about the metadata included with executable files (.exe,.dll or.ocx)? With the help of third party tools, their metadata too can be changed. This tutorial will show how. Resource Editors for Windows Programs
How to Delete Troublesome & Invalid Shortcuts from the Games Panel

How to Delete Troublesome & Invalid Shortcuts from the Games Panel

The Games panel in Windows 7 is pretty awesome but it does have one issue: after you install and uninstall a few games, you can end-up having leftover shortcuts that are no longer valid and cannot be removed with ease. If you encounter this problem, this guide shows a few ways to remove these invalid shortcuts. The Problem - Invalid Shortcuts in the Games
Reviewing the Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router

Reviewing the Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ Router

Personally, I am a fan of Belkin routers and I have owned a few good models in the past. By chance, I managed to get my hands on a Belkin N600 DB Wireless Dual-Band N+ router which, at least in theory, packs some interesting technologies and features. I was really curious to learn if it is a good router and if it is worthy of
What is the Games Folder & How to Use It?

What is the Games Folder & How to Use It?

The Games folder is a Windows 7 feature that few people are aware of, let alone understand its complete functionality. This article will try to demystify it and explain in detail what it is, how it works and how it can be customized. What is the Games Folder/Panel? Games is a special type of folder that has its own custom view in Windows. When
Dual-Monitor Annoyance: Mouse Pointer Drifting to The Other Screen

Dual-Monitor Annoyance: Mouse Pointer Drifting to The Other Screen

Having a dual-monitor configuration gives you a pretty good productivity improvement but introduces a few annoyances you don't have when working on a single monitor. For example, it is more likely for your mouse cursor to slip to the second screen when all you want to do is close the active application window or press the Show Desktop button on the taskbar. How do you
How to Burn Labels on the Back of your DVDs with LabelFlash

How to Burn Labels on the Back of your DVDs with LabelFlash

In our previous disc-labeling tutorial, Ciprian mentioned the two types of label-burning technologies: LightScribe and LabelFlash. He covered only LightScribe as such drives are much more widely available. I happen to have a LabelFlash drive and I was able to use this technology a couple of times. Are there major differences between the two types of disc labelers? Is burning labels easier with one than
Speech Recognition: Afterthoughts on Its Strengths and Weaknesses

Speech Recognition: Afterthoughts on Its Strengths and Weaknesses

I have to admit that I hadn't used any kind of speech recognition in a long time when I was asked to do the tutorials. The last time I had tried speech recognition, it was with Dragon Dictate, which was new when Windows 98 was also new. A very long time ago in computer years! I was happy to tackle this subject because I was
A Real-Life Review of the Logitech M600 Touch Mouse

A Real-Life Review of the Logitech M600 Touch Mouse

These days, the touch mouse concept seems to be the new cool kid on the block. Microsoft has launched a touch mouse with great fanfare, and also has Logitech. They recently released the Logitech M600 mouse which aims to compete with Microsoft's Touch Mouse. I used it for a couple of weeks, shortly after ending my test experience with Microsoft's mouse. Let's see how the
Troubleshooting Common Speech Recognition Problems

Troubleshooting Common Speech Recognition Problems

In the previous tutorials about Speech Recognition you learned how to set up this application and the basics of using it. Speech Recognition does work surprisingly well "right out of the box," and it's quite sophisticated for a built-in application. However, this is not to say that it is foolproof. Let's take a look at some of the common problems in Speech Recognition, and how