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The Complete Guide to Pinning Everything to the Windows 8 Start Screen

The Complete Guide to Pinning Everything to the Windows 8 Start Screen

The new Start screen is by far the most controversial feature in Windows 8. Personally, I view it as a glorified full-screen app launcher, which makes it easy to start any app you want. But, until you see things my way, you will need to learn how it works, experiment and work with it for a while. To help you become productive, I would like
How to Install Windows 8 RTM on Your Computer

How to Install Windows 8 RTM on Your Computer

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 guide. We will cover the following: how to burn your Windows 8 image to a disc or create a bootable
What is the Performance Impact of System Encryption With TrueCrypt

What is the Performance Impact of System Encryption With TrueCrypt

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 and learn more about the impact TrueCrypt encryption has on computing performance. Systems Being Tested The tests were made
The Layman's Guide to Solving Wireless Network Interference Problems

The Layman's Guide to Solving Wireless Network Interference Problems

One of the most common root causes for having slow and unstable wireless network connections is interference. Many things interfere with a wireless network: everything from walls to the microwaves you use in the kitchen to other wireless networks. That's why I decided to learn more on the subject, experiment with my own wireless network and share what I have learned. In this article, you
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One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 is the fact that the Start Menu has been replaced by the Start Screen and now you have a very different way of launching applications.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
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
How to Burn Labels on the Back of Your Discs (CDs & DVDs)

How to Burn Labels on the Back of Your Discs (CDs & DVDs)

Have you wondered if it is possible to burn a label on the back of your discs? Due to technologies such as LightScribe and LabelFlash, it is not only possible but it is also very easy. In this tutorial, I will show how to burn a custom label on the back of a DVD, using a LightScribe capable disc burning drive. The steps involved are
How Security Products Are Made - A Discussion with Bitdefender

How Security Products Are Made - A Discussion with Bitdefender

One of the topics of interest at 7 Tutorials is security. Not only we write articles and tutorials about how to have a safe computing experience but we also review security products on a regular basis. One of the things we wanted to learn more about, is how security products are made: what are the steps involved? the most important challenges? etc. Luck has it
Reviewing the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

Reviewing the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse

We would like to start our series of reviews of Windows oriented gadgets with a very good looking device: the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse. Even though this product has been launched at the end of 2010, it is still one of the best looking mice you can find on the market. I have used it for more than a year and, in this, review I
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
Roundup of Software Uninstallers - Reviewing IObit vs Ashampoo vs Revo

Roundup of Software Uninstallers - Reviewing IObit vs Ashampoo vs Revo

Today you can find lots of software which helps remove programs and clean up leftover files, folders and registry settings. In theory this is a good thing, as it helps eliminate some of the bloat on your Windows computer. But are these solutions really effective at removing all traces? To find out, I tested some of the most popular applications in this niche, both free
Password Security - Turn Your Dumb Habits Into Geek Habits

Password Security - Turn Your Dumb Habits Into Geek Habits

When it comes to computing habits, people are always bad at security and passwords. We keep reusing the same password(s) over and over again and we don't realize how easy we make it for the bad guys to steal our credit card details and other important information. Even after the big fiasco that was the hacking of the PlayStation Network, both people and companies remain
Windows 7 vs. Windows Vista: the UAC Benchmark

Windows 7 vs. Windows Vista: the UAC Benchmark

One of the most hated features of Windows Vista is the User Account Control, or UAC in short. Many people found it annoying and chose to disable it right away, even if this meant exposing their system to additional security threats. In Windows 7, Microsoft has seriously changed this feature. Now users have a lot more control over it and how it works and it