Category: How To

October 24, 2013 /

At Nokia World 2013, Nokia released some really great apps along with great devices. Nokia Camera was also released there.  Nokia Camera combines features of Pro Cam and SmartCam into a single app. However it is released just to the phone with pureview(i.e. 9xx, 1020, 1520).  If you are already running Nokia’s Pro Cam and own a Pureview device, the changes come in the form of an update (version 4.2.2.8) which will switch everything over to Nokia Camera. As Nokia released this as an update too Pro Cam, so it will be officially available on just limited devices. Although it might come to other devices at a later stage.

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September 21, 2013 /

When you buy a windows phone 8 in some countries like India, you might not get some of the great features of Microsoft’s Xbox service like Music or Podcast. As some of the services are not provided in all the countries. It was when I saw one of my friend’s phone had only three option in his Windows Phone store app but mine had two extra options i.e. Music and Podcast. I just wondered why is it happening. Did some research and found that its due to different region settings in the Xbox live account. I always hear to podcast…

September 1, 2013 /

It’s been a long time (years) now , that I have been using Facebook. Well, now with that amount of time your interests and preferences may change. And so you might not like some of the posts(either from your friends or some page you like) you see in your news feed, especially if you are using Facebook on mobile. I use a windows phone and love the Facebook integration in the people hub, but since there are so many unwanted posts in my news feed, I just miss out the information I want to see. So I decided to see…

November 17, 2012 /

All who are using windows 8 might have been missing a full fledged browser for metro interface. Well google listened to you and is currently developing the Google chrome browser for windows 8. The interface of this windows store app is the same as the original chrome you have been using. You can see the screenshot below and you would that the interface is exactly the same as the desktop version.Image

Not only the interface but it also has all the features of the desktop version including the extension. I was using the IE metro app but seriously felt there need to be more control. And Chrome brings it here. For desktop i still prefer IE since my experience with Chrome has not been satisfactory.

June 22, 2012 /

The traditional start menu in Windows 8 has been replaced by Metro-UI and the start button has also been removed from taskbar. But, you can get the Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 style start menu easily by using a utility. You can also get the Windows 8 logo on the start button orb easily.

Although, there are many third party software available to bring the start menu back but, they don’t insert the start button on the right place and you have to use some difficult tricks to get the button positioned on right place. But, this utility, ClassicShell brings the start menu back and you can also customize the look of menu as well as start button orb.

ClassicShell has the following features:
  • Get any of XP, Vista or Windows 7 Style Start Menu.
  • There are many more start menus available.
  • You can also customize the start button with different styles.
  • Windows 8 logo can also be used as start button.
  • Special cut, copy and paste option can be enabled in Windows Explorer as well as Internet Explorer.
  • The Metro-UI is still accessible with special keystroke e.g. ‘Shift + left click’ on button etc.
  • The Metro-UI thumbnail is disabled after installing the start menu.
  • Many more options like search option in start menu can be used by right clicking the start button and selecting ‘Settings’.

How to get Special Windows 8 logo as Start Menu button

ClassicShell have three different start menu buttons but, the Windows 8 logo is not available to set as the start button. You can always set custom icons as start button and in the same way we will set the Windows 8 logo as start button.

June 20, 2012 /

One way to safely disconnect a USB connected hardware is to use the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ option which appears on the system tray whenever a USB storage drive is connected to the machine. Another way is to use software that lets you manage USB devices such as DevEject. For most cases, the little icon on the system tray is enough but if your find its location inconvenient, you can add this option to the desktop context menu. Here is how.Open Windows Registry editor (regedit.exe) and navigate to the following keyHKEY_CLASSES_ROOTDesktopBackgroundShellRight-click on Shell and create a New>Key titled Safely Remove Hardware.…

May 15, 2012 /

I am a user who opens large number of tabs at a time. And Firefox becomes slow over the time and eventually becomes unresponsive. It takes a minute to respond sometimes. Still I like Firefox for its large number of plugins. I really don’t like Chrome, although it is pretty fast. It would just freeze up on my system – becomes totally unresponsive and sometimes crash. So currently I am using two browsers : the one everyone hates IE 9 (For me IE 9 works great, the previous versions of IE are crap but this one is really a browser).…

April 17, 2012 /

(Credit: Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET)If the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is the first time you’ve had a chance to use Windows 8, you might feel a little lost at first. The best way to learn how to get around the new Metro design and settings, may be to use the new keyboard shortcuts. Charms Win+C: All charms Win+Q: Search charm Win+H: Share charm Win: Start charm Win+K: Devices charm Win+I: Settings charm Search Win+Q: Search apps (tip: an even easier way to search apps is to just begin typing from the Start screen) Win+W: Search settings Win+F: Search files Apps…

March 10, 2012 /

  Without a Start button, properly shutting down Windows 8 can be a bit of a chore. If you want to shut down or reboot your Windows 8 PC by just clicking on a tile from the Start screen or a shortcut on the desktop, here’s how: Step 1: Right-click on a open area of your desktop, then go to New and select Shortcut. (Credit: Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET) Step 2: In the location box, type shutdown /p to shut down Windows 8 immediately or shutdown /r /t 0 to reboot Windows 8 immediately. Click Next to continue. Step 3:…

March 7, 2012 /

Transferring large amounts of data through a portable device like pen drives can be time consuming. With slow speed of writing and reading it is some times irritating. Now, I am going to tell you a process through which you can increase the performance of your pen drive without using any extra software; you just need to have windows installed on the system. Follow the following steps: 1. Connect your pen drive to the USB port on your system. 2. Format the pen drive using either exFAT format or NTFS(Since FAT32 doesn’t support large files). Note:- Remember exFAT will not…