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High quality tutorials and how-to guides for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone users.

How to Share Files and Folders Using the OneDrive Website

OneDriveWe all know that OneDrive is great for storing files online, granting you access to your data from any device with an Internet connection. While that certainly is enough to make the service worthwhile, it isn't the only feature worth getting excited about. OneDrive doesn't only make it easy for you to access your own files, it also makes it easy to give others access as well. Want to show your entire family a collection of photos of your child on Christmas but don't want to snail mail discs? Want to collaborate on a paper but can stand emailing it back and forth? Do you want to transfer a file to a friend that's too large to email? Well stop wondering how to do it and read on to learn how to share your files and folders using OneDrive.

Check for Windows Updates, Learn What They Do & Block Those You Don't Need

Windows UpdateWindows Update is an essential part of running Windows, regardless of which version you have. It's the way Microsoft releases not only updates but also bug fixes and security fixes. It was changed substantially in Windows Vista and has remained much the same since then. In this tutorial we will show you how to use Windows Update in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Simple Questions: What are Cookies & What Do They Do?

cookiesWhen browsing the Internet you may have encountered the term "cookies". Some websites informed you about using them or your web browser had some settings about them. Even though you knew that these "cookies" are not exactly a sweet dessert, you didn't know exactly what they are and their role in browsing the web. This is why, in this article we will explain what cookies are, how they work and what kind of cookies are most frequently used.

How to Use Windows Update from Windows 8.1's PC Settings

Windows UpdateIn Windows 8.1 there are two Windows Update tools: one available from the Desktop (which hasn't changed since Windows 7) and one in PC Settings, that's optimized for users with touch devices. When using the PC Settings version, you can view information about available updates, check for new updates manually, install those that are available, view your update history, and choose how updates get installed in Windows 8.1. Here's how it all works:

How to Edit or Remove Your Recent Messages When Chatting on Skype

SkypeSurely, when chatting online with someone, there were times when you have brought "disgrace upon yourself" by misspelling words or saying things without thinking. And there was no way for you to undo the harm done. Before choosing the wrong messaging client for daily use, we suggest that you take a look at Skype. It is one of the few chat services that allows you to edit or delete recent messages, before they are forever stored in your chat history and cause more harm than good. Here's how this hidden feature works when using both the desktop client and the touch app for Windows 8.1.

How to Change the Windows Firewall's List of Allowed & Blocked Apps

Windows FirewallWindows Firewall is a security feature built into Windows that helps block unauthorized access to your computer while permitting authorized communications to and from your computer. It has been improved in each new version of Windows. With Windows 8.1, this tool can filter both inbound and outbound traffic or set rules and exceptions, depending on the type of network to which you're connected. In this article we will show how to edit the list of allowed apps and features. You will learn to edit existing connection rules, add new apps to the list of exceptions or remove them from it.

How to Use the OneDrive Troubleshooter to Fix Your Problems

OneDriveIf you have problems with OneDrive and your files are not synchronizing correctly, you may want to consider trying the official OneDrive Troubleshooter that's offered by Microsoft. It is a small troubleshooting wizard that you can download and run in order to fix your problems. Here's where to find it and how it works:

The Benefits and Shortcomings of Using Windows Phone's Wallet App

Wallet appThe Wallet app from Windows Phone is a convenient way to store financial data and use it to make purchases. This all sounds fine and dandy but why should you use this app to store your data? What are the benefits for doing so? And what are the possible problems you might expose yourself to? In this article we will get a bit philosophical and share our arguments for each side of the coin. Enough "how-to" articles, don't you think? :)

How to Secure the Data Stored by Your Windows Phone's Wallet App

Wallet appThe Wallet app is great for adding your financial information and then using it to make all kinds of payments on your Windows Phone. But, if someone gains access to your smartphone, he or she can make purchases that you might not approve of. For example, what if your child figures out your Windows Phone password, sneaks up on you and buys the first game that attracts his attention? That's why Microsoft has added the possibility to set a separate PIN, specifically for the Wallet app. Once that is set, nobody can make purchases on your Windows Phone without knowing and typing the PIN you set.

Simple Questions: What is the Windows Firewall & How to Turn It On or Off?

Windows FirewallThe Windows Firewall has been included in each version of Windows for the last decade and it is a silent tool that keeps our systems safe from all kinds of network threats. Because it is a silent ally, doing most of its work in the background, few users interact with it on a regular basis and even fewer know what this tool is and how it works. That's why, in this article, we will explain what the Windows Firewall is, what it does, how to find it and how to enable it or disable it, depending on whether you want to use it or not.

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