How To Get Help Using The Windows Help And Support Application

HelpEver since the DOS days, Microsoft has included Help in all its software. In the olden days, Help could often be particularly unhelpful. In recent years, however, the help included in Windows is much more versatile, and it's now called Help and Support. Let's discover how it works, how to make it even better, and use it to get information on how to work with Windows programs or to get help in solving problems with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Best Of The Web For Windows Users - 22 - 28 February 2015

This week was not filled with major announcements but lots has happened in the Microsoft ecosystem. First of all, now all users can legally download Windows 7 installation images when they need to, Cortana has predicted most of the Oscar winners, Microsoft now has a solution for removing the Superfish adware from Lenovo's computers and more. Let's take a look at this week's most important news about Microsoft and its consumer products and services:

Reviewing The SteelSeries Apex Or How To Fail At Building A Keyboard

Steelseries ApexSteelSeries is a well-known brand among gamers worldwide. They offer a wide range of products, from keyboards to mice, mousepads and even headphones. We got our hands on one of their gaming keyboards, the SteelSeries Apex and tested it for a couple of days, in different scenarios. We were surprised how badly this keyboard works and we couldn't believe that it was created by a famous brand like SteelSeries. Here's what you will experience if you buy the SteelSeries Apex:

How To Refresh A Windows 8.1 Installation Without Losing Your Data

Windows setupIf your computer is running poorly and you can't fix it, Windows 8.1 gives you the option to refresh the operating system without having to lose your personal files. In certain scenarios this is the best cure and the fastest way to make the computer run smoothly again. Let's see how the Refresh feature in Windows 8.1 works and why it is useful.

How To Set Program Access & Computer Defaults In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

default programsIn other articles we talked about how to set your default programs for various activities, using the "Set Default Programs" panel and the list of programs that Windows puts in that panel. However, that's not your only option when you want to set defaults. In this article we'll tell you about the other options you have for setting default programs in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

How To Change File Associations In Windows 7 And Windows 8.1

default programsThere are hundreds of different kinds of files on your computer including images, videos, music, text documents, executable applications and much more. Each file stores different information in different ways and can only be opened by certain programs. Windows takes the potential confusion out of this system by associating certain programs with certain file types right out of the box. While your default associations will work for most apps and programs, you'll undoubtedly want to change a few as you try out alternative applications and find new favorites. Read on and we'll show how to change file associations in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

How To Import Pictures & Videos From A Camera Using Photo Gallery

Photo GalleryIf you are the type of person that always has a camera ready for that perfect candid photo, Photo Gallery may become one of your favorite tools. It allows you to import and arrange your photos, do minor edits and share them with friends. It even has some advanced functions that allow you to combine multiple photos in interesting ways. However, in this tutorial, we will first demonstrate how to use Photo Gallery to import pictures and videos to your Windows computers and devices, from just about any digital device: digital cameras, smartphones and memory cards.

How To Activate The WhatsApp Web App Using Your Windows Phone

WhatsAppGood news, everyone! WhatsApp is now available both on your smartphone and your computer, through a computer based extension of your WhatsApp account called WhatsApp Web. When you use it, all your messages will be synced between your smartphone and your computer. But, in order to use this web service, you must activate it using your smartphone. In this article we will show you how to activate WhatsApp Web using your Windows Phone.

Best of the Web for Windows Users - 15 - 21 February 2015

Last week was full of interesting news about Microsoft and its ecosystem. We have learned about universal apps coming to Xbox One, we received new updates for Sway, learned about new cloud integration capabilities for Microsoft Office and some interesting details about Windows 10. All these and more can be found in this week's recap:

How To Repair Missing Or Corrupt Windows Files From The Command Prompt

Command PromptWhen you have problems with your computer, Windows system files may become corrupted or go missing. This might be caused by all kinds of issues like sudden power drops, hardware malfunctions, a hard disk approaching its "death" and so on. If Windows reports that it cannot start because some of its files are corrupted or missing, you should use the System File Checker (SFC) tool in the Command Prompt. You should do the same when Windows starts to Blue Screen on you with weird corruption related errors. SFC scans all the Windows system files on your computer, identifies those that are corrupt or missing and tries to fix the problems it find. Here's how to use it:

How To Start The Command Prompt When Windows Doesn't Boot?

repairThe Command Prompt is a very powerful tool that can be used for many purposes, including troubleshooting and fixing problems with Windows. Starting it is easy, if Windows is working correctly but what do you do when Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 refuse to load? How do you start the Command Prompt so that you can fix the issues that you are having? This tutorial will show you how:

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