How To Manage your Programs and Windows Features in Windows

The Best Benchmark Apps for Windows Phone Smartphones

We do want to test more and more Windows Phone devices here at 7 Tutorials. In order to evaluate their performance in a measurable and comparable way, we asked ourselves: which are the best apps for benchmarking Windows Phone devices? We did a bit of research and lots of testing and compiled this list with the best benchmark apps. Read on to learn which benchmarks are worth installing on your smartphone.

How to Manage Startup Applications with the Windows 8 Task Manager

Microsoft has taken great steps in improving startup times in Windows 8. While you’ll certainly notice the snappy get-up-and-go time in the beginning, you’ll still find that, over time, performance will degrade. The primary reason that a computer slows at startup is the lengthening of the list of startup applications and services. As you install more and more programs, they sneak themselves or their agents onto the startup list. Windows is forced to load more and more before it can take input from you. To help you keep things manageable, Microsoft has added in Windows 8 a new tab to the Task Manager. It enables you to monitor startup apps, their impact on the time it takes to load everything and keep them under control. Here’s how it works.

Create Free Custom Ringtones for Any Smartphone with Ringtone Maker

Depending on the smartphone you are using, creating custom ringtones for it might not be that easy. Unfortunately, on systems like Windows Phone or iOS, the process involved is a bit more complicated, as ringtones need to meet specific requirements in terms of format, length, etc. But what about creating ringtones, for free, for any smartphone platform? We did some research and we found a great application named Ringtone Maker. It is small, free, very easy to use and it is compatible with all major smartphone platforms, including Windows Phone. Let’s see how it works and how to create custom ringtones for just about any smartphone.

What's New in Office 2013 and Office 365? Where to Buy It?

On the 29th of January, 2013, Microsoft has launched the new Office. In the press, it was referred to as Office 2013 or Office 365, or both. Confusing it isn’t it? To help our readers, we decided that it would be best share some useful information about this product launch. We will share the differences between Office editions, the most interesting new features, the pricing and distribution methods used by Microsoft, where to buy the new Office and how much you will have to pay for it.

How to Handle XPS Files with the XPS Viewer in Windows 7 or Windows 8

XPS files or XML Paper Specification files, are Microsoft's direct competitor to Adobe's PDF format. XPS Viewer is the tool used to view XPS files, similar to Adobe Reader. While XPS might not be as popular as PDF, it is used by some Windows users. For those of you who use it or would like to try it out, we decided to show what are the main qualities of the XPS format, how to create XPS files and how to work with the XPS Viewer, a tool available both in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Windows Defender in Windows 8 and Windows 7 - What's New & Different?

Windows Defender is an antimalware scanner that’s been baked into Windows since the days of Windows Vista. Users may know it and dismiss it as a lightweight spyware scanner that is helpful, but by no means comprehensive. That was true of the old Windows Defender; it could never be used as a sole means of protection from malware, but that is not true of the version included in Windows 8. That’s why we decided to make a more detailed comparison and show what’s different about the new version of Windows Defender when compared with the one included in Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

How to Add a Clock Showing the Time on the Windows 8 Start Screen

One of the things I do not like about the Start screen in Windows 8 is the fact that it doesn’t show the time and date, as the taskbar does on the Desktop. I wish Microsoft had provided an easy way to add a clock in a live tile. Luckily there are quite a few apps available to fill this gap. The better ones cost money but there are also some free alternatives to consider. In this roundup, I tested the latest free apps and tried to identify the best app for showing the time on the Start screen. Here’s what I found.

How to Schedule a Virus Scan with Windows 8's Built-In Antivirus

If you’ve spent any time looking at Windows 8’s Defender interface, you’ve likely noticed that it doesn’t include any options for scheduling a scan. While Windows Defender provides most of it’s protection in real-time, if you’re like us, you’ll want a back-up scan occurring regularly. Though the user interface does in fact omit a simple way to schedule a scan, this option exists within the Windows 8 Task Scheduler. Read on and we’ll show you how to get the job done.

Introducing Windows 8: The Complete Guide to the Messaging App

Chatting has become a very large part daily computer usage for many people. Whether messaging on Facebook or with a chat client, you’ve likely spent a significant amount of time messaging with friends back and forth. Using separate clients to chat with contacts can get annoying, so Windows 8 has taken a step to try and make it easier. The Messaging app allows you to aggregate your contacts from both Windows Live Messenger and Facebook into a single utility. It provides a simple that works especially well with touch. Let’s see how it works.

Introducing Windows 8: How to Manage Your Mail App's Inbox & Messages

While we’ve already covered the basics of configuring and using the Windows 8 Mail app in quite a few guides, there’s more to it. Once you’ve got your accounts set up and you’re receiving emails you may want to dig into the intricacies of this useful app. At first glance you may think there isn’t much more to the Mail app than folders and inboxes. This is a simple mistake to make as the features we’ll be covering here are hidden in menus that can only be accessed by right-clicking or swiping up from the bottom of a touchscreen device. Read on to see what these hidden menus have to offer.

Introducing Windows 8: How to Configure Mail App Accounts

When adding accounts to the Windows 8 Mail app, most of the account settings are configured automatically. For most providers all you’ll need to do is enter your email address and password to get the account configured, synced and functional. While this is preferable to many users, some would rather take a firmer hand with their account configurations. If you fall into this group, read on to learn how to change settings for your accounts in the Mail app.