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[Updated Version in Description]How to use your Webcam for Windows 7

September 23, 2014

With the help of software “Yumi”, “4 GB USB” and “Windows 7 ISO Image file” you can easily install windows 7 from USB on any computer / laptop

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Installing SQL server 2005 on window 7 64 bit

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20 Amazing Windows 7 Performance Boosting Tips

August 12, 2014
Windows 9 Kills off Awful Charms Bar, adds Virtual Desktops to Win Back Disaffected Desktop Defectors

According to the latest leaks out of Microsoft, the next major version of Windows — Windows 9, Windows Threshold — will kill off the Charms bar. And, if that wasn’t enough to win back the droves of Desktop users who were scared off by the disgusting blight of Windows 8 Metro ficiation, Windows 9 will also have virtual desktops! Yes, it would seem Microsoft is serious about making Windows a first-class operating system for mouse-and-keyboard users yet again.

If you’ve never used Windows 8, the Charms bar is one of the many abominable Metro-style additions that unfortunately also made it to the Desktop. The Charms bar is accessed by pushing your mouse into a corner of the screen, and then delicately moving your pointer up the edge of the screen to the necessary button (Share, Search, Devices, or Settings). This is probably one of the most uncomfortable UI interactions in computing history. The Charms bar is actually pretty slick on a touchscreen, where it’s comfortably accessed with your thumb, but we’ll probably never know why Microsoft also made mouse-and-keyboard users interact with it.

According to various sources, current internal alpha builds of Windows Threshold do not have the Charms bar. It isn’t clear if the Charms bar is only being removed from the Desktop, or from the Metro interface as well. Metro apps, which currently rely on the Charms bar for sharing and settings, will be changed so that these functions are exposed elsewhere. Don’t forget that Windows 9 will also allow for Metro apps to be run on the Desktop in a window — in which case, the working theory is that these Metro-on-Desktop apps will gain a Settings button in the top corner of the title bar, along with minimize and close. Desktop users will go back to using the resurrected Start menu and system tray — if they ever stopped using them in the first place, anyway.

The other interesting tidbit of news is that Windows 9 will apparently support virtual desktops. This is a fairly old interface paradigm that’s been available on various operating systems almost since the advent of the desktop. OS X and Ubuntu have had native virtual desktop support for years, but Windows has historically required a third-party app to enable such functionality. Now, if internal builds of Windows 9 are to be believed, the Windows 9 Desktop will have baked-in support for virtual desktops. Virtual desktops aren’t exactly a killer feature (even for power users like me, I prefer multiple monitors), but it shows that Microsoft is serious about winning back the support of disaffected Desktop users after the Windows 8 snafu.

So far, then, so good — Microsoft has (finally) realized that Windows 8 offers very little for mouse-and-keyboard users, which still make up the vast majority of its user base. These changes are clearly targeted at creating significant distance between Windows 8 and Windows 9, and thus hopefully regaining the trust and affection of the lucrative enterprise market which has signaled that it’s more than happy to hold onto Windows XP and Windows 7 rather than attempt a painful upgrade to Windows 8.
As a full-time Windows Desktop user, I’m rather excited about Windows 9. Bear in mind that these are just a few of the changes that are coming in Windows 9. Microsoft isn’t expected to release a preview build of Windows 9 until this fall — ahead of a final RTM release in April 2015 — and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a lot of cool features targeted at mouse-and-keyboard users by the time it rolls around. It might be too much to hope that the Metro-style PC Settings pane gets integrated into the Desktop Control Panel, but you never know.

April 7, 2014
The Windows XP upgrade question: Windows 7 or Windows 8?

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Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP on April 8. While you’re technically free to keep using the 12-year-old operating system, doing so may put you at greater security risk for attack as future vulnerabilities go unpatched.

In Microsoft’s perfect world, most users will take the opportunity to switch to Windows 8, even if it is a drastic change from Windows XP. But you don’t have to go that route. Although Windows 8 has plenty of redeeming qualities, there’s nothing stopping you fromadopting Windows 7 instead.

We won’t make the decision between Windows 7 and Windows 8 for you, but if you do decide to heed Microsoft’s nagging post-expiration pop-ups, we can help you pick the right operating system for your needs.
The case for Windows 7

The biggest benefit to Windows 7 is familiarity. The pop-up Start menu is still intact, and the basic functionality is similar enough that you don’t have to relearn much. You can even make Windows 7 look like Windows XP with just a few tweaks.

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By comparison, Windows 8 (and the sweeping Windows 8.1 update) has a steeper learning curve. Microsoft got rid of the pop-up Start menu and replaced it with an app launcher that takes up the entire screen. This Start screen is filled with new kinds of apps that are optimized for touch interaction. While the desktop is still available, you may find yourself getting bounced back and forth between the two interfaces.

Crucial system commands are hidden in invisible “Charms” and “Hot Corners” that only appear when you move your mouse to certain points on the edge of the screen. Summoning the hidden menus becomes second nature once you’re using to it, though there’s certainly a learning curve to the unfamiliar system.

Likewise, you can bring back some familiarity to Windows 8 with settings tweaks and third-party software, but it’s a much more laborious process. Windows 7 is the safer bet if you want things to stay pretty much the way they are in XP, or if you’re buying a new PC for an XP-using relative.

Windows 7 also has the benefit of being a highly refined, complete operating system. From the start, it was a vast improvement over Windows Vista, rather than a complete reinvention that introduced new problems. And since its launch in 2009, it has received a major Service Pack upgrade and countless bug fixes. Windows 7 isn’t perfect by any means, but unlike Windows 8, it doesn’t feel like a work in progress.

The case for Windows 8

To say that some users dislike Windows 8 would be putting it lightly. The drastic interface changes have polarized critics and alienated mouse-and-keyboard users, who feel Microsoft put too much emphasis on touchscreens.

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The traditional Windows desktop is available the new look of Windows 8. Despite the lack of the Windows Start menu iconic ’ (for now) and you have to travel through the full-screen applications to the house to get (again, for now), those concerns vanish day , as Microsoft is trying to deal with the biggest complaints PC users of Windows 8 through software updates.

And if you can keep an open mind, Windows 8 brings a lot of advantages, even without a tablet PC or touch screen.

Some of these benefits are thin or under the hood. Start and stop times are much faster on Windows 8, and the overall performance has improved a bit ‘. Virus Protection is now integrated into the operating system, so you do not have to download Microsoft Security Essentials or pay for an antivirus suite, and a new secure boot option is enabled by default.

Windows 8 also adds a few more tools for desktop users, such as a new file transfer dialog that combines all in one window and provides a pause button. The task manager has received a complete overhaul as well, with a cleaner look, disk stats and data consumption, history of applications, and a better way to manage the programs that run at startup.

If you use multiple monitors, Windows 8 has features built-in multi-monitor, so you do not have to buy third-party software. Tools Backup files have greatly improved in Windows 8, with a way to save a complete history of your documents, music, photos and video folders.

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If you’re not afraid of the new Windows 8 interface, you can also find some uses for their applications in a modern style. A text editor full screen, for example, can be a great way to tune out distractions and the ability to “snap ” more applications side-by - side is useful in all types of situations, such as setting an application following calculator to the spreadsheet in Excel.

Reflecting hardware support and reality
There is also the hardware to consider. It’s a challenge to find the PC with Windows 7 online, and you can still buy copies of Windows 7 in stores if you are building your own PC. But in general, the choice of Windows 8 hardware is much wider, super cheap laptop for Ultrabooks - thin and light. Just to sweeten the deal, until June 15, Microsoft will give you $ 100 to upgrade to a Windows 8 machine.

You’ll also be able to take advantage of the latest hardware, for example, the fourth generation of the Intel Core battery efficient (Has well). The downgrade to Windows 7 on a new computer is an option, but not by the standard Windows 8. To do this, you must be running Windows 8 Pro, which adds to the total cost of your new computer.

Also, if you are just now migrating from Windows XP, you may not the type who likes to update often. Note, then, that enhanced servicing of Windows 7 ends in January 2020. Windows 8 provides extended support until 2023, so it has an extra few years before we have to repeat the whole year.

Finally, some older Windows XP machines cannot even be capable of running a modern operating system. If you have a PC that does not meet the Windows 7 or Windows 8 Requirements - be careful with those little system! - Our guide, light easy Linux operating systems designed to entice refugees from Windows XP.

March 18, 2014
How to print to PDF in Windows 7 & 8

You’ve undoubtedly heard of PDF files or Portable Document Format, and probably used or seen a PDF at some point. A document saved as a PDF file is an exact visual reproduction of another file through one of these devices.

Even if you print a document to a PDF instead of printing directly on paper may be desirable, Windows users have not had the benefit of a print function built into the native operating system in PDF format. Microsoft has remained firmly in place behind their racing XPS to PDF, despite the popularity of the PDF.

Some of you already have Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader (free) in the team, while others may not have an Adobe at all or are reluctant to Adobe products. We will cover how to print to PDF in Windows 7 and 8 for each of these groups.

For other types of PDF content, take a look at our written comments on how to edit a PDF and how to combine multiple PDF files.

How to Print to PDF with Adobe Acrobat or Reader

Printing a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat or Reader installed only requires a few simple steps.
First, open the file you want to convert. Now, click File, then Print, and Print Options window opens.

You get the option to choose the printer you want to use, and the physical printer is very likely to default. Click the Print dialog box, destination printer, or Print Options dialog box and select Adobe PDF Save as PDF or destination.
You’ve undoubtedly heard of PDF files or Portable Document Format, and probably used or seen a PDF at some point. A document saved as a PDF file is an exact visual reproduction of another file through one of these devices.

Even if you print a document to a PDF instead of printing directly on paper may be desirable, Windows users have not had the benefit of a print function built into the native operating system in PDF format. Microsoft has remained firmly in place behind their racing XPS to PDF, despite the popularity of the PDF.

Some of you already have Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader (free) in the team, while others may not have an Adobe at all or are reluctant to Adobe products. We will cover how to print to PDF in Windows 7 and 8 for each of these groups.

For other types of PDF content, take a look at our written comments on how to edit a PDF and how to combine multiple PDF files.

How to Print to PDF with Adobe Acrobat or Reader
Print a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Reader already installed or requires only a few simple steps.

First, open the file you want to convert. Now, click File, then Print, and you open the Print Options window.

You get the chance to choose which printer to use, and the physical printer is very likely to default. Click the Print dialog box , the destination printer , or a box of printing options and select Adobe PDF or save it as a PDF as a destination.

The Adobe PDF Print

Now click Print or Save, and the document name and choose a location to save the file and go.

How to Print to PDF without Adobe Acrobat or ReaderNow, for those of you without Adobe Acrobat or Reader, you can download Reader, Acrobat pay for or to go through a little ’ harder to use PDF converter process. It will guide you through the steps of downloading a free PDF converter and how to use it to print to PDF.We recommend the free doPDF converter, which can be downloaded from its official website. We prefer this question because, unlike similar programs that do not force you to download add-on randomly and works with both Windows 7 and 8.

Once you reach the home page, click Download now, and the installer will download to your computer. Go to the download folder and run the installer doPDF . While running the installation program, you will be asked if you want to be the default printer doPDF . Select this option if you plan to convert to PDF often.

Open the application and you’ll immediately see an option to Convert a file to PDF. Click on the “…” icon and choose which file you want to convert to PDF.

Once you choose a file, click Create, choose a destination for your new PDF, and click OK and you’re all set.

Until Microsoft perfects its XPS format, converting your files to PDF is among the best options available for cross platform document compatibility. We hope this rundown has assisted you in printing files to PDF in either Windows 7 or 8.

February 20, 2014
Five Tips for Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8

Time is running out for users of Windows XP. Soon we will see the end of all official support - including security updates - Microsoft. To protect yourself and take advantage of the many improvements in productivity latest Microsoft operating systems have to offer, it’s time to accelerate. Here are five tips to make the upgrade from XP to go smoothly.

Windows 7 Professional and Pro 8 are much more powerful operating systems other than Windows XP, and like most pieces of software work better on modern hardware. You will experience the best results if you upgrade your computer while the operating system. The HP EliteBook is a compact notebook computer that incorporates a lot of power for the computing needs of today’s lightweight family.

If the new hardware is not in the budget and want to upgrade a device, download and run the existing Upgrade Advisor Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant for an inventory of the components of the computer and look at what is solid and that isn’t supported. Be sure to get the drivers for components that are connected to the PC - mice, keyboards, hard drives, printers, and everything else.

If you run legacy applications, there is a chance that does not work on Windows 7 Professional or Pro 8. You will have to make a decision on what to do after the upgrade: either upgrade to a more recent version of the software that is compatible with Windows 7 Professional / 8 Pro, or using a emulator to keep running the old application. Windows 7 Professional includes Windows XP Mode as a free download. This program lets you run older XP software that otherwise would not be compatible with Windows 7 Professional. But, while the XP mode it is compatible with Windows 7 Professional, is not officially available with Windows 8 Pro (although you can make it work with a bit of “know -how). Whatever operating system you are upgrading, you may be better to consider that a last resort to use while you get up to speed.

The cloud-based services are a great option to consider for replacing obsolete programs. For example, if the previous version of Office will not work on Windows 7 Professional or 8 Pro, try the online Office 365 or Google Docs instead. Take a virtual tour through the Microsoft software store to get an idea of some of the great new products that are available.

Of course, you want to back up and copy all user data, especially anything that XP “C: \ Documents and Settings” folder. However, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 8 Pro slightly different folders by default in Windows XP, so if you are migrating your information manually, you need to be aware that these files should go. The main folders - or “Libraries” as Windows 7 Professional and Pro 8 call them - are music, images and video. Put the appropriate files of all types in these libraries, then delete everything in the My Documents folder. To make things even easier, use Windows Easy Transfer.

Copying data from one place to another USB external drive can be tedious and error prone, so try to use the cloud instead. Services like the new Windows OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) allow you to hide mountains of data on the web, then access it later from any other PC. Backup user files of one of these systems makes migration as painless as possible, and adds an additional layer of protection for your data.
As with any software migration, upgrading from XP to Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Pro involves some risk, and some users may not be comfortable enough with the process to manage mission-critical equipment that contain essential data.

If you do not have (or cannot afford) in place IT staff to offer assistance, foreign aid is readily available. XP HP Migration Services Group is composed of experts who can ensure their applications are compatible with the new operating system and guides you through the upgrade process to determine the willingness to stretch the updated system. Outsourcing the update not only offers peace of mind but also saves you time and running again as soon as possible.

January 24, 2014
Where can you still find a PC running Windows 7?

The kerfuffle produced by HP’s decision to promote some PCs with Windows 7 on your online Home & Home Office Store is an attempt to cause a fuss over something that every smart business buyers already know. Windows 7 does not have to make a return, because it has never been.

In fact, it is easy to find computers that are running Windows 7. All you have to do is buy the proper channels.

This morning I conducted a thorough audit of the business channels focusing on the PC. As I expected, I found a great variety of PCs with Windows 7 available for purchase there.

As I noted yesterday, the PCs with Windows 7 are a drop in the ocean in the consumer-oriented HP ‘s online store , which currently has a total of three desktop Windows 7 on offer, with 33 8.1 Windows 8 desktop machines offered different.

But a very different story get if you visit the HP Small and Medium Enterprises. Or, if you register with the U.S. rival Dell, which also has a separate online shop for work and business PC.
On these sites, Windows 7 is still well represented. This is not a change from last year or a reaction to Windows 8. And ’ business as usual.

When I checked last May, the business side of HP had 120 Windows 7 desktops and laptops offered, almost three times the number of PCs in the company store of Windows 8. At present, the total number of models has been slightly reduced, but the percentage is to the same extent.

Dell is not as unbalanced, but you can still choose from more than 60 discrete options in Windows 7 Desktops and Notebooks and Ultrabooks sections All-in-one. You can even find high-end Windows 7 machines under the brand Alienware, traditionally aimed at the players, but definitely fit for business use.
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The options are even more interesting if you visit some of the great sites online that specialize in serving the commercial channel, companies and educational institutions. HP and its other store, Lenovo of China, are widely sold through commercial sites.

CDW Take, for example, one of the largest distributors of business centered on. I went to CDW Computers section this morning and tried to downgrade desktops. Which produced 378 results, all with Windows 8 Pro licenses downgraded to Windows 7 Pro?
First on the list is the CDW HP Pro 3500, if a solid desktop PC a bit serious “with a Core i5 3.2 GHz processor (Ivy Bridge), 4GB of RAM and Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.

If you want something more robust, you can get the G1 EliteDesk 800 with a Core i7 4770 ( Haswell ) , downgrade to Windows 7 Pro 64-bit.
In fact, CDW 9 top 10 teams in the list of desktop PCs with Windows 7 pre- installed as a downgrade are HP. Outside the top 20, 14 are HP, Lenovo and Acer get 5 models get a single mention .

These machines are not crap, either. In total, CDW has 69 configurations available with Core i7 CPU and Windows 7 sales, including a nice small footprint PCs Lenovo , the ThinkCentre M93p 10AB , that has 8 GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD , Bluetooth 4.0, Windows 7 and downgrade one.

Even the consumer - friendly Newegg, a favorite of PC enthusiasts and system builders do it yourself, it has a lot of options available: Search for Windows 7 downgrade and a list of the 27 desktops and laptops that you get with Windows 7 pre - installed, ranging in price from $ 398.00 to more than $ 3,900 for the ’ HP EliteBook Mobile Workstation with Haswell core i7, 32 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD twins and AMD FirePro graphics .
It ’ true that the PC retailers for consumers tend to push the latest Windows 8 touch devices. But do not assume that means it is not possible to identify a window of Windows 7. In consumery the detail of all, the best buy, you can still find a PC with Windows 7. When I looked at desktop address book and tool of all - in -one said filter having 369 machines to choose Windows 8 and Windows 7227 options , including options to third-party sites sold through Best Buy.

Personally, if I were to buy a PC with Windows 7 now I am looking for one that includes a license of Windows 8 Pro and has been downgraded to Windows 7 Pro OEM. This configuration offers the flexibility to upgrade to Windows 8.1 (or, presumably, 8.2 or 8.3, if the versions are available in the next year or two) for free. If you buy a PC with a Windows 7 license and later decide to upgrade, you will pay dearly for the privilege.

The bottom line: Windows 7 has never left. Still widely available today, as it was before Microsoft launched Windows 8. According to the normal life cycle of sales Microsoft, the OEM has banned the construction and sale of new PCs when the second anniversary of Windows 8 rolls around in October 2014. We’ll see what happens then, though. I would not be surprised if Microsoft extends that date.

January 17, 2014
Top Ten: Making Windows 8.1 Work Like Windows 7

Now the die is cast, and there is no doubt that Windows 8 and its successor, Windows 8.1, have failed to win the majority of users in the enterprise and consumer markets. The Frankenstein-like maceration new Metro touch interface and the traditional Windows desktop is particularly worrying for typical desktop users using a keyboard and mouse. Windows 8.1 was the hasty attempt by Microsoft to solve the problems of the original version of Windows 8, even if the update helped, unfortunately, just do not go far enough. Fortunately, there are several ways to optimize your system Windows 8.1 on Windows to provide better and more 7-like experience.

1. Configure Boot to Desktop

One of the things that desktop users have little use for is the new Metro start screen, it just gets in the way of access to the Windows desktop. Fortunately, Windows 8.1 allows you to boot directly to the desktop. To set this option, click the taskbar and select Properties to display the properties of the taskbar and navigation dialog. From the Properties box taskbar and navigation, select Go to desktop instead of Start when you sign in.

2. Use the New Start Button

Remove the home button and the menu of Windows 8 was definitely the worst design decision that Microsoft could have done. Windows 8.1 does not solve the problem, but that only brings back the start button, but no Start menu. However, the new home button is not entirely useless. If you re-click the Start button, you get a useful context menu that allows you to work with programs and features, Power Options, Event Viewer, Device Manager, network connections, disk management, PowerShell, Explorer, Control Panel, control file, shutdown, and more. Not a boot menu, but it is better than Windows 8.

3. Use the Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the best ways to navigate the new interface of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 is the use of keyboard shortcuts. Fortunately, most of Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts still work earlier. Some of the 8 keyboard shortcuts hand Windows 8.1 and Windows are Alt + Tab to switch between applications, Alt + F4 to close the current application, the Windows (Win) key to switch between the desktop and the home screen, Win + D to display the Windows desktop + L to lock the desktop Win + R to open the Run dialog box, Ctrl + A to select all, Ctrl + C to copy, Ctrl + V to paste, Ctrl + X to cut and Ctrl + Z to undo.

4. Replace the Start Screen with the Apps View

If you are using Windows 8.1 applications (and honestly, there are very few who have any real use), then you probably would be better to replace the screen with a view of Applications. Applications view displays a list of all installed applications, and does not show the tabs on the home screen. To enable applications to view, open the Properties dialog box of the taskbar and select Display and navigation view when apps go to Start.

5. Show Desktop Background on the Start Screen

If you have not done a zillion shortcuts on the desktop for all applications, we probably end up using the boot screen occasionally. Doing so is good if it does not seem completely oblivious to, and separate from, the desktop. You can place the desktop background in Windows 8.1 display the Home screen, open the Properties of the Taskbar and navigation dialog and selecting Show my desktop background Start.

6. Use the Desktop and Taskbar

Make good use of the desktop and the taskbar are two keys to be productive with Windows 8.1 in an environment (eg, keyboard and mouse) on the desktop. Using the taskbar is quite simple. On the Home screen or in the Applications view, you can select an item and select Pin to Taskbar pop-up menu. Create desktop shortcuts is a bit more difficult. On the Home screen, click the arrow that appears when you move the cursor (help desk must love all these options invisible) to display the Applications view. In the Applications view, select the items you want to create shortcuts and selecting the file paths in the pop-up menu. Click the items you want, and select Send To, and then Desktop from the context menu.

7. Restore Libraries to File Explorer

Another useful feature of Windows 7 that Microsoft removed unceremoniously in Windows 8 has been Libraries display option in the File Explorer. Libraries are a convenient way to group and access to common files. To add display libraries, Open File Explorer from the desktop and then click the View tab of the Ribbon. Then click on the navigation pane and select Show Libraries.

8. Hide the File Explorer Ribbon

Personally, I like the new ribbon File Explorer. This makes tasks such as displaying file extensions and show hidden items easily using the new Vista ribbon tab. However, the tape is different and not take window real estate. Unfortunately, you can not delete natively, but you can hide it by clicking on the up arrow in the upper right corner of the tape.

9. Restore the Ability to Play DVDs
The removal of the ability to play DVDs was another unexplained change and universally liked less that Microsoft has made to Windows 8 and the Windows update 8.1 does nothing to solve the problem. If you are using Windows 8.1 Pro, you can download the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack for $ 99.99, if you are using Windows 8.1 Pro, you can buy the Windows Media Center 8.1 Pack for $ 9.99. If you prefer to pay, then you can free download VLC media player.

10. Install a Start Menu Replacement

I can not stress enough, but one of the small things that can really help your experience of Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 is to install a third-party Start menu. Why Microsoft did not just put this back to Windows 8.1 is beyond me. Regardless, Classic Shell can give you back your Windows 7 Start menu-like and it’s free. If you are willing to pay $ 4.99, Start8 Stardock is another great option, with lots of customizable features. Both of these third-party boot menu make Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 desktop experience better.