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When Is Each Sound From A Windows Sound Scheme Played?

soundA few days ago, one of our readers asked us an interesting question: "is there a place where I can check when does a Windows sound play?". While we have shown how to customize the sound scheme in Windows, we did not talk about when each system sound is played. That's why we decided to answer this question and detail when each system sound is played by Windows. Let's get started:

The Best 5 Free Weather Apps for Windows Phone

WeatherIf you have returned home soaking wet because the forecast said it will be sunny with 0% chance of rain and you didn't feel like taking an umbrella, this is the right article for you. There's not much you can do about the weather but at least we can keep you informed, so we searched and tested several weather apps to recommend as our top 5. Our choices are primarily focused on weather, can be used for more locations, have good reviews (at least 3 stars), they are free and they look good. Let's see what we have found:

Why Are There Two Desktop.ini Files On My Desktop & What Do They Do?

filesIf you've set Windows to display all the files on your computer, including those that are hidden and those that are protected by the operating system, you will notice on your Desktop two hidden Desktop.ini files. Why are there 2 files with the same name on your Desktop? How can that be? What purpose do they serve? In this article we will shed some light on this matter, so read on to find the answers you seek.

Enhance The Lock Screen Of Your Windows Phone With Live Lock Screen

Lock ScreenThe Windows Phone operating system has a beautiful lock screen that can be customized to add both notifications and useful information. However, for some people its customization options are not enough and they want even more personalization. That's why Microsoft has released a beta version of their Live Lock Screen app for Windows Phone 8.1 This app replaces the default lock screen with a new one that can customized in multiple ways. Let's take an in-depth look at the Live Lock Screen app, learn how it works and how to configure it.

9 Tips That Help You Use The Windows Taskbar More Productively

TaskbarThe Windows taskbar is an underappreciated tool which, when used properly, can have a very positive impact on your productivity. You can quickly start pinned applications, switch between multiple instances of an application, open a file with a specific application and so on. In this guide we would like to share several tips and tricks that will help you use the taskbar more productively. Let’s get started:

Introducing Windows 8.1: How To Use The Scan App To Scan Documents

Scan appIn Windows 8.1 Microsoft has included a new modern app that you can use to quickly scan documents and pictures. All you need is a scanner that's connected to your Windows 8.1 PC or device and the new Scan app that's included with the operating system. Here's how this app works and how you can configure its settings.

How To Update The BIOS Of Your Computer's Motherboard In 5 Steps

BIOSOne of the most important things that you should not mess up is updating the BIOS of your computer's motherboard. Yes, the process is not that complicated even though it is not easy either but there are so many things to you must get right, that it might seem overwhelming. We decided to help and share a list of best practices that will help you update the BIOS without problems from your very first try. Let's get started:

Configure How Windows Update Works In Windows 7 & Windows 8.1

Windows UpdateWhen your PC is online, Windows automatically checks for important updates and installs them using the Windows Update service, depending on the way it is configured. As always with Windows operating systems, Windows Update has a default set of settings for the way it works and you can customize them. In this guide we will share how to find all the available settings for the Windows Update service and how to customize them so that it works the way you want to.

6 Ways Of Learning Your Computer's Motherboard BIOS Version

BIOSYou may need to know the exact version of the BIOS that's installed on your computer's motherboard. Traditionally, this meant that you had to restart your computer, manually enter the BIOS and check the version information that it displayed. This is just one way of doing it and definitely not the quickest. If you're using a Windows computer, there are several other ways of learning the BIOS version and, in this article, we will share them:

How To Manage Your Installed & Hidden Windows Updates

Windows UpdateWindows Update is an essential part of Windows that is permanently improving the operating system and the quality of your user experience. After using your computer for a long time, you will end up with plenty of updates installed. If you want to find information about them, when they were installed and what they do, you can review all your installed updates. Also, you can restore those updates that you have hidden at some point. This tutorial will share how to do both these things:

The Best 5 Free Alternatives To The Sound Recorder

sound recorderWindows provides an application called Sound Recorder. It is rather simplistic and it doesn't offer any sound editing features. Also, in Windows 8.1 you will find a touch version of this program which has another downside: the recording pauses automatically if you minimize the app. This can be a real annoyance and you will want to use a better program for recording sound. To help you out, we quickly tested some free sound recorders for Windows and now we would like to present the best that we could find.

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