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How to Delete or Forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 8.1

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 09.04.2014
As soon as I installed Windows 8.1 on my laptop, I noticed a pretty big annoyance: the absence of the "Forget this network" option in the Networks pane. I was left with no intuitive way of removing wireless networks that no longer worked because their...

Does ReadyBoost Work? Does It Improve Performance for Slower PCs?

  • tutorial
  • Ilie-Alexandru Munteanu
  • 05.03.2014
The theory behind ReadyBoost is that it helps speed up older computers with low amounts of RAM memory. However, nobody knows how much of an impact this technology has, so we decided to make our own measurements and learn whether ReadyBoost has a positive impact...

35 Keyboard Shortcuts That Increase Your Productivity in Windows 8.1

  • tutorial
  • Vlad Falon
  • 04.03.2014
While using Windows 8.1's user interface might require some time to accommodate, the tasks of navigating through the operating system and its new apps can be simplified by using the keyboard shortcuts that Microsoft has made available. The shortcuts shared in this article were chosen...

How to Create Basic Notes & Drawings with Windows Journal

  • tutorial
  • Marte Brengle
  • 03.02.2014
Windows Journal is an application designed primarily for people who use tablet or touchscreen computers or use a tablet and pen as an input device, and it works best when used that way. While such inputs are not necessarily natural to Windows 7, they should...

How to Use the Action Center in Windows 8 & 8.1 to Keep Your PC Secure

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 07.11.2013
The Action Center was first introduced in Windows XP Service Pack 2 and, since then, it has been constantly updated. In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 it offers many of the old and familiar options but also some exciting new ones, aiming to further increase...

Browser Wars: What Performance Does Internet Explorer 11 Deliver?

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 24.10.2013
Windows 8.1 also includes the new Internet Explorer 11. If, from a user interface perspective, this browser doesn't bring important changes, Microsoft has promised better standard compliance and more performance. Does it deliver on these promises? And how does it compare with the other important...
USB drive

How to Create a Recovery Drive on a USB Memory Stick in Windows 8 & 8.1

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 24.09.2013
Both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 offer a new tool for creating recovery drives on all kinds of devices, from USB flash drives, to external hard disks to partitions on your computer's internal hard disk. This is a big step forward from the manual and...

How to Boot to the Desktop in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1

  • misc
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 30.08.2013
Microsoft did not provide any support for setting Windows 8 to boot straight to the Desktop and skip the new Start screen. There was no registry setting available, no group policy and most of the hacks that worked with the test versions of Windows 8...

How to Install Windows 8.1 RTM On Your Computer

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 29.08.2013
If you have gotten your hands on Windows 8.1, the final version (build 9600) or on any of the leaked builds, you can install it using this step by step guide. We will cover each step of the process and share useful information regarding more...
Windows Firewall

5 Reasons Why the Windows Firewall is One of the Best Firewalls

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 03.07.2013
Since we launched 7 Tutorials, we have tested lots of security products. Over the years, we learned a lot about what it means to provide a good security product and, we also learned that the Windows Firewall is one of the best firewalls available. Here...

How to Install a Windows 7 or 8 Network Shared Printer in Mac OS X

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 02.05.2013
Installing Windows network shared printers in Mac OS X is easier than it used to be. However, some users will need a bit of help the first time they go through this procedure. To help them out, we decided to publish this detailed step by...

How to Use Special Characters in Windows with Character Map

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 13.03.2013
What do you do when you have to insert special characters that can't be found on your keyboard? You use the Character Map tool found both in Windows 7 and Windows 8. It allows you to insert scientific notations, mathematical operators, currency symbols and characters...
Windows 7

9 Windows 7 Features & Applications That No Longer Exist in Windows 8

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 11.09.2012
Many websites have covered what's new in Windows 8 but very few have covered the tools and features that were included in Windows 7 that no longer exist in Windows 8. That's why I decided to make a side by side comparison and identify the...
Install Windows

How to Install Windows 8 RTM on Your Computer

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 07.08.2012
Windows 8 has been finalized and it is made available gradually through different channels. For those who are new to Windows 8 and would like a detailed step by step tutorial on how to install it on their computers and devices, we have created this...

What is the Performance Impact of System Encryption With TrueCrypt

  • tutorial
  • Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • 27.07.2012
One of my recent dilemmas was: if I encrypt my computer, how much will computing performance have to suffer because of it? Will there be a big difference? If yes, in which areas? That's why I decided to run some tests on both my computers...