Anyone who’s ever tried to download one of these ISO’s knows it isn’t always easy to find. This portable app solves that problem. It is tiny and does require the .NET Framework to be installed. It is effortless and straightforward to use. Just select 7, 8.1, or 10 from the right, then which edition and download the 32 or 64-bit edition. Optionally you can also copy the link.
Google is positioning this new Windows app support in Chrome OS as a big incentive for enterprises considering switching employees over to Chromebooks.
Duet is the first high performance solution to use your iPad or Android device as a second display for your Mac or PC – unlike other second display apps, Duet Display has zero lag.
accomplish this by turning your mobile device into a second display using the USB to 30 Pin, lightning, or USB-C connection. It is far more stable than Wi-Fi, especially for people on the go. You don’t have to worry about your 802.11n network, your router settings, whether you’re on a VPN, or if you’re downloading or uploading too much data to use your display.
SystemRescueCd is a Linux system rescue disk available as a bootable CD-ROM or USB stick for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash. It provides you with an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the hard disk partitions.
AES Crypt is a FREE (open source) file encryption solution that is available on many OS platforms. On a Windows-based computer, simply install and when you need to encrypt or decrypt a file, right mouse click on the file and select AES Encrypt or AES Decrypt. I also found that after you encrypt a file, you can also easily decrypt the file by clicking on the file and the password window will be invoked. AES Crypt is a great option when you want to store sensitive files in the cloud.
If interested in using this software on your Android devices, visit the Google Play store on your device and perform a search for AES Crypt and you will find several Android apps that is compatible with this software.
Source: AES Crypt
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Microsoft never deactivated Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 validation in its media creation tool
Microsoft has warned users to pay particularly close attention to emails that appear to come from “microsoft.com”. A simple trick involving spelling was the key to a security attack that Microsoft believes was instigated by North Korea.
If you use Microsoft’s OneDrive, did you know there is a personal vault (protected area) in OneDrive where you can store your most important or sensitive files? I totally forgot about the newly added “personal vault” and happened across it while browsing my OneDrive files. It was at this point I needed to know the basics in setting up my “personal vault”.
Here is what you need to do:
Personal Vault is a special folder in your OneDrive that’s protected by an extra layer of security. You’ll need to set it up separately on each device where you want to use it.
- The first time you see Personal Vault in your OneDrive, you’ll see a message where you can select Get started.
If you don’t see the message or you dismissed it, browse to your OneDrive and select the Personal Vault folder.
- Read about Personal Vault and select Next.
- In the Verify your identity dialog box, verify your account info and make note of your email address in case you want it for the next step. Then select Verify.
- Choose a verification method. For example, select Text and follow the instructions to send yourself a text message on your phone.
If you’re using text or email, you’ll need to find the text or email message and type in the code that you were sent.
Click the source link below to learn more about uploading files to your personal vault; moving files to your personal vault; and/or, unlocking or locking your personal vault…
With BlueStacks installed on your Windows OS based computer, you can install and run Android apps on the Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) platform. If you visit their site you will see that the platform provides a great way to play your Android-based games, that you play on your phone, on your computer. You can also install other Android apps, as well. — Rick @ What’s On My PC
BlueStacks lets you play Android apps fast and full-screen on your PC. Push your favorite apps from your Android phone to your PC using BlueStacks Cloud Connect. Run 10 pre-loaded apps “out of the box.” Install up to 26 more of your favorite apps.
Microsoft Windows ISO Download Tool – Easily download genuine disk images for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 as well as Office images directly from Microsoft.
Creating a desktop shortcut using Google Chrome is quite easy. By creating a shortcut on your Window’s desktop to a favorite site will get you to the site quickly by simply clicking on the shortcut. I personally have shortcuts on the desktop to my Gmail, my calendar, my notes, my Google Drive, etc…
Here are the steps to create a Windows desktop shortcut with Google Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome and go to the site you desire to create a shortcut for. In my case, I went to my site at www.whatsonmypc.net.
- Once the site loads, go to the top right corner of the browser and click on the three vertical dots to open the Google Chrome Menu.
- When the menu opens, click on “More Tools”; then click on “Create Shortcut”
- When the “Create Shortcut” dialog box appears, you can name the shortcut whatever you want to name it. In this case, I named the shortcut “What’s On My PC”. I typically keep the name of the shortcut to a short easily identifiable name.
- You will also see an option where you can open the shortcut as a Window if you desire. My advice, leave the box unchecked.
- Click on “Create” and the shortcut will be created on your Windows desktop where it makes it easy for you to go directly to the site.
- If you decide you no longer want the shortcut, simply delete it from the desktop.
If you aren’t sure which file type that you want to change the association of, right-click the particular file and click Properties from the resulting menu. Look for Type of file at the top of the properties window. The three-letter designation next to that is its file type. You can do it on an individual file type basis, or change all of them from one location.
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Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is an all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions. Video tutorial available.
Microsoft removed the disk images of its Windows operating system from Digital River, making it difficult to get untouched ISO files. Now, you can now use Microsoft Windows ISO Downloader Tool to easily download genuine disk images for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. Additionally, you can download Office images for Windows and Mac. The handy software connects directly to Microsoft’s server.
Windows Lite is Microsoft’s attempt at bringing a new, more modern user experience to a Windows OS to compete alongside Chrome OS and iOS on iPad. It looks and feels different from any version of Windows before it, and it focuses primarily on web experiences and integrations, along with Microsoft Store apps, maybe even Android apps, and making the OS much lighter.
The command prompt is still a powerful Windows tool. Here are the most useful CMD commands every Windows user needs to know.
Having always been a die-hard user of Windows and now favoring the Google Chrome OS; I have to agree with the ComputerWorld author here on this one…
Could you soon see Windows running on a Chromebook? Clues are pointing that way. But why would Google do it? Here’s my take.
You may have been reading where you can revisit Windows 95 by running it as an app… From what I gather it is not fully functional; but, is pretty darn good (for an app) that will give the younger techs a “look see” into Windows 95. Here is an interesting, “matter of fact” take from Ars Technica on this matter that points out this is merely a novelty item.
This is, of course, software piracy. The developer of the app has no rights to distribute Windows 95 like this, and I’m a little surprised that the app hasn’t been yanked from GitHub yet. And for now, the app is just a toy; there’s no real reason to run Windows 95 like this, other than the novelty factor of it actually working.
More and more people are using their smartphones as their primary computing platform…
In the home, the usefulness of the personal computer — which includes Apple’s Mac systems — is reaching its endgame. There exists an entirely new category of computing users who do not even own personal computers.
HowToGeek has posted a good tutorial on how to set your web browser as the default in Windows…
It’s not an enjoyable experience when you click a link and the wrong browser loads. To avoid this experience, you can set your favorite browser as your default browser in Windows. Here’s how.
If you are someone that has the tendency to load your desktop up with icons, then DesktopOK may be of interest to you. First off, I can tell you this little program has been around for awhile and progressively keeps improving in helping you manage the icons on your desktop. In a nutshell, it is a powerful tool that can store up to 32 different desktop layouts.
► Save your favorite icon locations for each screen resolution.
► Easily minimize all of the windows on your screen
► Launch at Windows startup.
► Each user can then have his own arrangement.
► Portable Windows app.
► Autosave the Desktop Icon Layout
► Change Language
► Maximize the number of windows desktop icon
► Change Windows Desktop Icon Size
► Minimises to tray area for easy access.
► Automatically hide and display desktop icons
SOURCE: SoftwareOK – DesktopOK
Use the FREE “Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool” to download ISO disk images for Microsoft Windows and Office (Windows 7, Windows 8.1 Windows 10, Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, and Office for Mac). The disk images (ISO) are directly downloaded from Microsoft’s servers (at TechBench). The tool, which is a portable app, accesses the TechBench site, and unlocks a large number of hidden download files on it…
I am sure you have figured out that I love apps and software that run on the Android OS (for smartphones and tablets) and the Windows OS (for desktops and laptops). If you are in the same boat with me, then you will appreciate the following from two very credible sources:
Best free Android apps of 2017: 100 you must download – Here’s our selection of the best you should install right now – each one has been carefully chosen to ensure you’ll have a whole suite of fun, engaging and, useful apps on your phone or tablet… READ MORE
The Best Free Software of 2017 – Software can be expensive if you’re not smart about it. Free programs have been a mainstay of the desktop experience for decades, and the offerings only get more powerful and fascinating each year. As PCs compete with smartphones, it gets even better… READ MORE
Zedge is a smartphone app available for Android, iPhone and Windows that gives you the ability to download and manage tons of free wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, icons and more… Zedge also has a site (see source link below) available where you can preview (and download) wallpapers and ringtones from your computer.
Zedge is one of the biggest and best mobile centric social networking communities in the world. We specialize in phone personalization and offer several unique and creative services through this website. We do currently have over 27 million registered members from all over the world. The Zedge brand and services are owned by Zedge Inc.
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Using the 4-step process of the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool you can easily and comfortably download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft’s servers. As an added bonus here, you can also download the disk images for Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, and Office 2011 for Mac, as well.
- Simply select the build you want to download and click on “confirm”. In my case I selected Windows 10.
- Select the Edition and click on “confirm”. In my case I selected Windows 10 Home/Pro.
- Select the Product Language and click on “confirm”. In my case I selected English.
- Select the whether 32bit or 64bit download; at which point you will be prompted to save the image file to a folder on your computer.
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I may need to change my site name from What’s On My PC to What’s On My Android Device…
Google’s Android has overtaken Microsoft Windows for the first time as the world’s most popular operating system (OS) in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined…
Source: StatCounter GlobalStats
The Windows 10 “Creators Update” will be the 2nd major update to Windows 10, since its’ public release in 2015. Rollout of this update is to start on April 11th. You can read more about the “Creators Update” and its’ new features by clicking on the source link below (which will take you to the official Windows 10 “Creators Update” site).
Most folks at home don’t keep up with major Windows changes as we do in the tech world and end up scratching their heads when the update(s) hit their computers. Pass the word and explain, a new update is rolling out on April 11th and to expect the update to take some time to install.
The Windows 10 Creators Update will begin to roll out to customers around the world on April 11 as a free update and Surface Book, Surface Studio are coming to new markets.
This is a “Need To Know” article:
Powershell is becoming the new default command line. It’s more powerfull and computers and operating systems always change. Before you get started, you may want to update it. Right click yo…
If you need to download ISO disk images for Windows 7, 8.1 or 10, as well as Office 2007 and 2010, you may want to look at this download tool. It is called Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool …
This tool was not developed by Microsoft; instead, by a private party software developer who made this software so that you can easily download the various Microsoft Windows and Office images you desire, without going on the hunt for those images.
Ever since Microsoft pulled the Windows disk images from Digital River, hunting for untouched ISO files has been a pain. Our new tool will make your life easier, and provides and interface to Microsoft TechBench to download original Windows images directly from Microsoft’s server.
The following may or may not work for you; however, I found it to work on Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Did you ever run into the situation where you needed the serial number on your computer? The serial number is often required when you contact the vendor for support. Instead of crawling around on the floor looking for the serial number, try this:
Click on [START] , then [RUN] and type in the box [CMD]. This will take you to what is called the “Command Prompt”. At the “Command Prompt”, type the following command exactly as it appears:
wmic bios get name,serialnumber,version
You should get a result similar to this that will reflect the bios name, serial number, and a service tag number for your computer:
You can also get the name, size and model of your disk drives by going to the “Command Prompt” and typing:
wmic diskdrive get name,size,model
You should get a result similar to this that reflects all the drives connected to your computer:
The wmic command-line (Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line) utility is a very powerful tool that is used to gather information from Windows-based systems, both locally and over a network. What I have shown is only a small sampling of the ability of this tool. If you are interested in digging down further, I encourage you to Google wmic command by clicking [HERE]. Another easy to read resource is the wmic quick start guide that is located at the University of Virginia [CLICK HERE] .
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TeamViewer is the critically acclaimed remote control software that you can use to control any computer (anywhere) as if you were sitting right in front of it – even through firewalls. It is engineered to work across your internet connection to allow you to remote into another PC that is connected to the internet. This type of setup is an excellent (and easy) way to provide support to others (such as friends and family). The best part about TeamViewer is that it is FREE for non-commercial use.
Typically, when working with TeamViewer you are working through the TeamViewer’s servers on the internet to make that remote connection happen; BUT, did you know you can setup TeamViewer to manage your computer network at home (through a direct connection) without having to go through the TeamViewer’s servers? For this purpose, you have to configure TeamViewer to accept incoming LAN connections.
The benefit of this is that after you install the TeamViewer software on all of the computers on your home network, you can remote into each of those computers to perform maintenance, transfer files, multi-task by using more than one computer, etc… Recently I have been using and testing the TeamViewer direct connection on my home network over a wireless connection and have found that it works flawlessly. Connections on your local (home) network are initiated via the IP address (or the computer name).
To set this up, you will need to install TeamViewer on each of the computers that are on your network at home and then follow the instructions below. After setting up your connection, configure TeamViewer to start with Windows. This will allow you to perform an unattended remote session with another PC without having someone being present at the PC.
1. Click on Extras / Options / General.
2. For Incoming LAN connections, select the option accept from the drop-down menu. Once you select the “accept” option you will be prompted to generate a password. There may be a slight delay from the time you select “accept” and the prompt to generate a password appears.
How to establish a LAN connection:
1. Start TeamViewer and click on the Remote Control tab.
2. Enter the IP address of the PC you wish to access and click on Connect to Partner.
3. The TeamViewer Authentication dialog opens.
4. Enter the password of the remote computer and click on Log On.
5. The desktop of the other computer should display.