Get Windows 8 Ribbon Interface on your Windows 7

Those who are using Windows 8, they must have observed that the toolbar in Windows explorer has been replaced with its popular Ribbon interface, which gives an elegant look to the system and you will be able to access the most common functions that you need to use frequently.

The options provided in the ribbon interface changes according to the work you are doing. This means that whatever you are doing, you will get the options that you would need at that point of time. In my view this ribbon explorer is a good change that I have found in Windows 8. If you want to use the same in Windows 7 then I have something great for you. Continue reading “Get Windows 8 Ribbon Interface on your Windows 7”

How to Enable/Disable Action Center Notifications in Windows 8

All the important messages related to the Security and Maintenance of your system that needs the users’ prior attention are managed by the Action Center in Windows. If you compare the action center of Windows 8 with that of Windows 7, then you might have noticed that the components that are notified by the action center are relatively more in Windows 8.

Basically these messages have been included in Windows for the safety of users. Like you must have seen that if no anti-virus is installed on your system, then the action center notifies you to install an antivirus suite and upgrade virus definitions to prevent the system from malicious applications and scripts. Continue reading “How to Enable/Disable Action Center Notifications in Windows 8”

Enable Media Centre in Windows 8 Release Preview (RC Build)

As we all know that a new version of Windows, Windows 8 RP has been released recently. It has lots of improvements and changes in the user interface. When Windows 8 SKUs were announced, Microsoft also stated that they are planning to remove Windows Media Center from Windows 8. With its execution, Media Center will be available as a “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro edition only.

Windows Media Center will be available as an economical “media pack” add-on to Windows 8 Pro users only after the final RTM version of Windows 8 will be released. If you have upgraded your system to this OS they you must have noticed that Windows Media Centre is missing on your system. Thus in this article we will let you know the way with which you will be able to Enable Media Center in Windows 8 Release Preview ( RC Build ) that too free of cost. Continue reading “Enable Media Centre in Windows 8 Release Preview (RC Build)”

Solution to “This PC doesn’t meet system requirements” when Installing Windows 8 RP

Windows 8 Release Preview has been launched recently and most of the users want to upgrade their system to this OS in order to experience the new changes in the UI and the performance improvements. But recently some users, who were trying to upgrade their system from consumer preview, reported that they are getting a warning message.

The message that they got is a warning message which appeared at the time when they were trying to run Windows 8 RP setup (online installer) on their Computers. The message that appeared is: “This PC doesn’t meet system requirements. If you want to install Windows 8, you may have to upgrade some of the hardware in this Computer. Your PC’s CPU isn’t Compatible with Windows 8”. Continue reading “Solution to “This PC doesn’t meet system requirements” when Installing Windows 8 RP”

Skip Metro and Boot Directly to Windows 8 Desktop

In windows 8 operating system the most amazing change that one could see is its new Metro Start Screen with live widgets and app shortcuts. This is specially designed for touch screen users which makes the interface more easy to use. Still I find it more responsive and easier to use with a keyboard and mouse.

I came across many people who still feel that traditional desktop is better than the new Metro Start Screen. The people who were dedicated to use the previous versions of Windows (XP, Vista) would not find the metro based screen easy to use. So if you want to skip the metro screen and directly want to go to the desktop, then yes you can do this. Continue reading “Skip Metro and Boot Directly to Windows 8 Desktop”

Check the Expiry Date of Windows 8 Release Preview

The developer preview that was released by Microsoft in the past, allows the user to use it till January 15, 2013. Similarly the consumer preview that was launched in March this year is also going to expire in January 2013. Now a day has gone by since the Windows 8 Release Preview has been released.

This release brought some new changes in UI of the OS and many improvements have been made to increase its performance. You can get further details about this operating system in the previous article published by us, here. Continue reading “Check the Expiry Date of Windows 8 Release Preview”

Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Release Preview (Windows 8 RC)

Previously Microsoft had successfully launched Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Developer Preview. Now the company has recently released Windows 8 Release Preview (or Windows 8 RC). Several changes in UI have been made and the main focus in this OS is to make improvements in the performance.

You can upgrade your system from windows 7 or Consumer preview either using the links given below or directly from the Microsoft servers. If you upgrade your system from window 7, it will not affect your programs, Windows settings and user accounts but if it is upgraded from consumer preview then you might lose Windows settings and installed apps. Continue reading “Microsoft Releases Windows 8 Release Preview (Windows 8 RC)”

How to Switch Desktop Wallpapers in Windows 7 and 8 using a Hotkey

If you are using windows 7 or Windows 8, you must have observed that there are theme packs in both the operating systems. These theme packs consists of many different images. The other feature of these packs is that it automatically switches between the images of the pack after a particular time interval. Some (laptop) users might have observed this feature only when their machines are on charging mode (to keep the battery).

But as I said ‘after particular time interval’, it means you have to wait to get your favorite image as your desktop background. For example, if your favorite image is present at the fourth position of the pack and the time interval is set to 10 seconds, then you have to wait for 30 seconds to get your favorite image. Continue reading “How to Switch Desktop Wallpapers in Windows 7 and 8 using a Hotkey”

Install Windows 8 Themes pack on Windows 7

Windows 8 is the latest version of Windows. When I used it, the themes pack installed on this Operating System impressed me a lot. I tried to install that pack on my laptop (I am actually using Windows 7) but it did not install on my system.

The reason behind this is that Windows 8 theme pack comes with .deskthemepack extension, whereas only .themepack file extension is compatible with Windows 7 which means that you can install Windows 7 themes on Windows 8 but Windows 8 themes cannot be applied on Windows 7. Continue reading “Install Windows 8 Themes pack on Windows 7”

How to Disable Windows Store in Windows 8

Windows store in windows 8 was a new addition, made in the history of Windows. It was actually created with a hope of making the user experience of finding new software even easier. The Store adopts the Metro style, and promotes popular apps and games. The store features a number of new Metro-styled apps from both Microsoft and third-party developers.

However, if you are using windows 8, just for testing purpose or if you are using it in corporate world, you might not require windows store. So if you want you can disable windows store on your system by following these steps: Continue reading “How to Disable Windows Store in Windows 8”

Three editions of Windows 8 now officially available

Good news for the people who were using Windows 8 Consumer preview, Microsoft has finally announced three official new editions of Windows 8. As Windows 7 has several versions from starter to ultimate to choose from, Windows 8 offers only 3 editions which will not make it much confusing for the users.

The three editions namely Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro for PCs run on x86 processors (both 32/64 bit) and Windows RT for tablets run on ARM processors. If you are using Windows 7 starter, home basic or home premium then Windows 8 and Windows 8 pro does not allow you to upgrade your system. Continue reading “Three editions of Windows 8 now officially available”