A good and safe screensaver can be hard to find. They have become popular programs for viruses and malware to piggyback on, and many may require or attempt to force the installation of unwanted toolbars and software. These days, many people do not even use screen savers for their originally intended purpose, often simply setting their computer to shut off the monitor after idling for too long. But, there are several really fascinating and useful screensavers out there for those who enjoy them, and we have tracked down a sampling of some really fun and safe to use screensavers for your perusal and enjoyment. Read on to see our findings:
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Previous editions of Windows allowed users to create ad hoc wireless connections between computers. You could use those connections to create a wireless network between multiple computers or to share the Internet connection that was available on one of them. This can no longer be done in Windows 8.1, at least not using a visual interface and the mouse. However, with the help of the Command Prompt and a few commands, you too can turn your Windows 8.1 laptop or hybrid device into a WiFi access point. Here's how:
Do you want to lose weight? Want to learn more about your body? Do you have to count your carbs because you are managing a chronic disease like diabetes? Want to make sure you are eating macronutrients in the correct ratios? Food logging solves all these and even more. I know this because I have been doing food logging for almost a year. In this article, I am going to share how anyone can log their food using a popular, free, mobile application named MyFitnessPal, which works on all major mobile platforms: Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
You can use system recovery tools to fix most of your computer problems. However, there are times when you'll need to address such issues in a manual way like, for example, when your computer won't boot. In these cases, you can use a tool named Bootrec.exe. It can help you troubleshoot and repair things like the master boot record (MBR), the boot sector or the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store. Here's how it works:
Do you have a tablet or a hybrid device with Windows 8.1 that you want to use to have fun playing games? Do you first want to try some games without having to pay for them, just to get a feel of what's available in the Windows Store? Luckily, the Windows Store offers both free and commercial games, some of which are of great quality. To get you started, we would like to propose 7 free games that you can play today on your Windows 8.1 device. They are diverse titles which cover several genres, from racing, to platformers and sports. Also, you should keep in mind that most of these games offer some paid features so, if you want to experience everything that they have to offer, you will have to make in-app purchases.
Have you ever found yourself getting through a day with excruciating headaches and then remembering that you forgot to drink coffee? You're not the only one. There is a very large number of people trying to quit coffee. A simple Google search yields a comparable number of results for "quit coffee", "quit alcohol" and "quit drugs". Impressive, right? Yet, nobody really pays attention to this one that much. And while the other 2 habits are blamed by society, coffee is actually endorsed. That's why, in this article I am going to describe how I ended up deciding to quit drinking coffee, my method for doing it and the impact it had on my sleep and energy levels. Being a quantified self geek with over 9 months of detailed data about myself, I am able to correlate a number of vital signs to the experiments that I do on myself. Let's get started:
One of the many creative options built into Windows is the ability to record and play back multimedia files. Windows even makes it simple by selecting a default device for audio recording and playback, but what if you'd prefer that another device be used? Let's take a look at how to change the default and how to troubleshoot certain problems.
The new version of File Explorer that is used in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has a ribbon interface with lots of tabs and options. Since we detailed the Home and Share tabs in other articles, we would like to show you the View tab and everything you can do with it. There are a lot of tools to cover, but read on and we'll show how they all work.
Do you need to frequently run applications which require administrative permissions but, each time you run them, you have to go through the UAC (User Account Control) prompt? If that's the case, there are several solutions to bypass these prompts, some more complex than others. They allow you to run these programs without going through UAC prompts and without turning off UAC. In this article we will demonstrate a quick and simple solution that works in all cases and it involves using the Task Scheduler.
If you are running a Windows-based computer, you can connect to another computer using the Remote Desktop Connection utility. In this tutorial we will show you how to connect from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to another Windows-based computer or device that has Remote Desktop Connection enabled.
If you are bored with the Windows interface and you are tired of its default customization options, you should try some personalization packages that are found on the web. In this article we'll share 15 free mouse cursor schemes for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 that you can use to improve the visuals of your operating system. Let's get started:
Along with Paint, Snipping Tool, WordPad and Notepad, Sticky Notes is an application that has been long integrated in Windows. It is small utility that allows you to create all kinds of notes. You can place them anywhere you want on your Desktop, you can format their text, resize and paint them in a variety of colors easily. In this tutorial we'll show how to use Sticky Notes and let you decide whether you want to use it or not.