Jul 272013
 

In order to increase the storage capacity of your Windows 8 computer, you may want to add a hard drive to your computer. This is really common among computer users as the reduced hardware costs make it affordable for every home user and computer professional. So in this article, we will take a look at how to add a hard drive to Windows 8.

Is it Difficult to Add a Hard Drive to Windows 8?

Generally, physically connecting a hard drive to a computer is quite simple task. You only need to connect power cable which comes out from the Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) to its respective port available in the hard disk drive. Then connect one end of the data cable to its respective port in the hard disk drive and the other one to the appropriate controller present on the motherboard.

The difficult thing is the initialization and partitioning of the hard disk after it is physically connected to your computer and the computer is started. Below I will introduce this part in detail.

How to Add a Hard Drive to Windows 8?

Follow the steps below t initialize a newly connected hard disk to the computer:

1. Logon to Windows 8 computer on which a new hard disk is physically connected. Make sure that you use an administrator account to logon.

2. Go to the desktop screen and from the desktop screen right click on “Computer” icon and from the context menu that appears click on “Manage” option.

3. Click on “Disk Management” from Computer Management. If you have installed a new hard disk, you will automatically be displayed with Initialize Disk box with the checkbox checked on the hard disk.

4. Click on “Ok” button and leave everything as default. Then the newly connected hard disk will be initialized.

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After that, you can partition and format the hard drive according to the requirements. In addition, before adding a hard drive to your Windows 8 computer, I highly recommend you backup your Windows 8 with Windows Boot Genius as any improper operations may cause data loss.

Jul 192013
 

After using Windows 8 for a while, get tired of the default Window 8 Start screen background and wan to change the Windows 8 Start screen background? Or do not want a user have the ability to change your Windows 8 Start screen background. No matter what you want, you can easily find answers in this article.

Part 1: How to Change Windows 8 Start Screen Background?

Window 8 allows its users to customize the Start screen’s background and text color to meet its users’ preference. Here is a simple guide about how to change Windows 8 Start screen background.

1. Go to Windows 8 Start screen and Type “start screen” in the search box. When the search results appear, click on the Settings category as shown below.

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2. Now click on the option labeled “Start screen” and the Start screen settings page will be shown to you. You will see a numbers of background pictures available to change here.

3. To use a new background, simply select the background you wish to use by left-clicking once on it.

Note: You can also change the color of the text shown on the y selecting a different color from the row of squares under the background choices.

Part 2: How to Disable the Ability to Change Windows 8 Start Screen Background?

Windows 8 also enable its users to disable the ability to change the Start screen background. You only need to follow the steps below.

1. Go to Group Policy Editor. Type “Group Policy” in the search box and then click on the Settings category.   Click on the Edit Group Policy option. Under the Local Computer Policy, expand the tree to the following path:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization

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2.  Double-click on the “Prevent changing start menu background” setting in the right-hand pane and its properties screen will open.

3. Select the “Enabled” and then click on the Apply button. Finally click on the OK button and close the Group Policy Editor. Windows 8 will not allow you to change the Windows 8 Start Screen background.

Following this steps you can easily change the Windows 8 Start screen background and disable the ability to change the Start screen background. And if you want to enable this feature latter, go back to the same setting and change it to “Not Configured”. Click here to see more Windows 8 tips.

Jul 122013
 

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The PC business is still in depression. According to some resources, the worldwide shipments decreased by more than 10% year on year in the second quarter, which has become a record that it is an unprecedented fifth successive period of decline. On the other side, the market of tablets, smartphones and touch devices is flourishing.

Under the big depression of the PC business, Lenovo, one of China’s famous PC brands, has got good sales performance and it emerged as the top seller according to separate data from IDC and Cartner, which are two research companies.

According to Cartner, the worldwide PC shipments fell to 76.0m from 85.3m in the second quarter of 2012. One of the principal analysts at Cartner said: “We are seeing the PC market reduction directly tied to the shrinking installed base of PCs, as inexpensive tablets displace the low-end machines used primarily for consumption in mature and developed markets. In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC. This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market.”

Some analysts pointed out that the fall of the PC business suggests that not only the marketing shrinking, but also the shrinkage is accelerating.

Before the release of Windows 8, there was an expected decrease of 2% as PC OEMs and business paused while they waited for new products and new software from Microsoft.

However, surprisingly, Windows 8 has not proved to be the life-saver for the PC business. According to the feedback of the consumers who make up half of purchasers, they prefer to buy tablets and smartphones.

In May, IDC predicted that the tablets would outsell laptops this year and that by the end of 2015, they would outsell the entire PC segment. In the US market, where Apple emerged as a surprise third place, following HP and Dell, despite shipping only 1.8m units, is presenting that enterprises are beginning to shift from Windows XP, which is approaching the end of its support period 12 years after launch to Windows 7.

Yet, many users have good experience with Windows 8 while some criticisms are still approaching to it. From the feedback of the users, they love the new ways to protect their PC. However, sometimes they would suffer forgetting password. If you are one of the users, the nice advice here for you is to try Windows Password Recovery Tool to help you recover the lost password.

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Jul 052013
 

A Microsoft spokesman has confirmed that the company had launched Windows 8, Office 2012, Outlook and Internet Explorer 10 in Te reo Maori this week. It is said that schools, universities and government would take part in to handle this software.

This news has brought many cheers from those users of Microsoft who want to contact with New Zealand’s native people. They now can email or look up contacts after the global technology giant launched versions of its software in the Maori, which is the native language of the local habitants of New Zealand.

There are three official languages in New Zealand and te reo Maori is one of them. Globally, about 157, 000 people speak this language.

The Microsoft spokesman introduced that this software would not charge any money from the local people. “it’s a free download so there is no money in it…… But we feel it is nice to be part of the revitalization efforts in New Zealand……(the program’s) been pretty popular in the Maori language classes and schools.”

It is said that the launch of the new language marked that Microsoft now has 108 languages including KiSwahili, and Scottish Gaelic, for its products.

Windows 8 can bring a lot of cool things for users to explore, but sometimes you may get trouble, like you forgot your Windows password and could not get access to your computer. If you are in this case, try Windows Password Recovery Tool. This program can help you to easily recover password for local administrator and other user accounts.

Here is the general tutorial to guide you to recover Windows 8 password.

1. Burn Windows Password Recovery Tool to CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive after you download and install it on your computer. Insert a USB Flash Drive into a USB port on the available PC and specify the USB burning drive from the pull-down list of the USB flash options. Click “Burn” button. Click “Yes” button and select “OK” in the pop up burning completed successfully window.

2. Insert newly created CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive and reboot your computer in Windows 8.

3. Select Windows installation to remove the password, and then choose “Reset your password”. Click “Next” to proceed.

4. Choose “administrator” account, select “Remove the password” and click “Next” to proceed. Click “Reboot” to restart your computer.

 

Jun 212013
 

Windows 8, a touch-able, completely remained version of its nearly three-decade old PC operating system, is launched last year. Microsoft also released two related operating systems called Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT. They look exactly alike, there are some small variations between Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, but there’s fundamental technical difference between Windows 8 and Windows RT. Therefore, we compared Windows 8 with Windows RT to help you choose the right one for your needs.

Windows 8 vs Windows RT
  Windows 8 Windows RT
Release Date October 26 October 26
Price

Microsoft Official Price: Windows 8 upgrade $119.99 USD ERP

 

Windows RT is literally priceless, because you can’t buy it, but licensing fees to manufacturers should be significantly less than for Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro.
Hardware Only runs on x86 devices, powered by Intel or AMD chips. Only runs on ARM-powered devices. ARM chips tout better battery life and lower prices.
Battery Life Has an estimated battery life between 6 and 8 hours. Has “all-day” battery life, or between 8 and 13 hours.
Interface Full-featured Start Screen and desktop mode. Only has a desktop mode: won’t be able to run any third-party software on the desktop in Windows RT
Software Support It not only supports all your old Windows software that runs on Windows 7, Vista and XP, but also a batch of new, tablet-like app available through the just-launched Windows Store. Windows RT only run Start app, and the only place to get software is through Windows Store. On the other hand, it doesn’t support any Windows software that ran on older versions of Windows.

If you  are using Windows 8 and Windows RT, chance are you need to reset Windows 8 password, try Windows Password Recovery Tool at once. It can reset both administrator and standard user password on Windows 8 and Windows RT PC.

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Jun 142013
 

Apple’s WWDC 2013 developer conference has been hold from June 10-14 in San Francisco, and we have learnt more details on the 7 update for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. But rumors have been going around before this conference. Let look back to what the rumors were saying.

Notice: Be careful of the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch backup password when you update iOS, or you may have no access to your backup files. If that happens, refer to iPhone Data Recovery.

iOS 7 Release Date

It looks like the new operating system might be running a little behind schedule. John Gruber, a famous writer whose weblog focused on Apple, Mac, and web nerdery, believes that iOS 7 is “running behind”, with engineers being pulled from OS X 10.9 to work on it.

We’re expecting a September or October release date for iOS 7 in line with previous releases. We’ll almost certainly see a reveal at WWDC. Apple has promised to give devs “an in-depth look at what’s next in iOS and OS X”, Mobile web traffickers such as Onswipe have already reported seeing iOS 7 pop up in their logs.

iOS 7 Design

According to the Wall Street Journal in late March 2013, Jonathan Ive, the Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple Inc., is pushing for a starker and simpler design for iOS 7. He may change the entire look and feel of iOS to a fresh one, thus making it a stiff rival to Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry OS 10. Apple must take it a chance to breathe a new life to the operating system to turn it highly competitive in mobile markets.

What else may be seen in iOS 7’s feature?

1. Hide Apple apps. Is it too much to ask for a switch in Settings that will hide those we don’t use?

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2. Better app management: more screens; by default saving app data on delete; and an alphabetical list of installed apps, perhaps accessible from Spotlight.

3. Change app defaults. We want the ability to use non-default apps for important things email and calendaring. Apple’s own apps would remain the defaults, but you should also be able to pick your own in Settings.

 

4. Provide a guest account. You can switch to when handing your device over to someone for a short while; something similar already exists on the Mac in OS X.

5. Change Siri’s voice. It’d be great if you could choose the voice your device uses to speak.

6. Provide App Store demos. Apple should just allow demos: 24 hours from first launch and then you buy or the app won’t run.

7. Power up “Do Not Disturb”. Do Not Disturb is a great feature that enables you to time when your phone will quit bugging you. But you can define only a single schedule, and we want to see alternative options for weekends.

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8. Make locking location-aware. It could be more intelligent, locking on a location-aware basis, and not when you’re, say, happily sitting at home on the sofa.

9. Improve the lock screen. For example, artwork from a currently playing song is displayed on the lock screen, but there are no controls for pausing or skipping to the next track, until you double-press Home, which isn’t hugely discoverable. And beyond notifications, nothing else shows up there at all.

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10. Cut all iTunes ties. Thus we have no need to backup files through iTunes.

11. Make more icons dynamic. It’d be nice at the least if Apple made its own Clock and Weather icons dynamic.

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12. Enable cross-platform installs.

Even though we don’t know the exact new features of iOS 7, we still put eyes on its release. In other case many Apple users begin to worry about the data losing after the update. Don’t be panic as we have iPhone Data Recovery to recover all photos, text messages, contacts, notes, etc.

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Jun 092013
 

When you got an iPhone in hand, you may be very excited at the very beginning. Undoubtedly, as one of the high-quality smartphones, Apple’s iPhone would take you to experience wonderful trips by using the great functions. However, you may find it disappointed that sometimes, your iPhone can’t make calls by receiving the message “Call failed”. What to do when you met such a boring problem.

Below are some tips for you to fix this problem.

  1. Put your iPhone into airplane mode and turn it off again quickly. This is helpful to fix the problem when your iPhone call failed on ATT, especially when you need to make a call but it keeps dropping the calls.
  2. Restart your iPhone and head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. If your iPhone calls fail due to the network, you can have a try with this method.
  3. Open you iPhone and go to Settings > Phone > Show My Caller ID. And then switch this to “ON”. This sometimes can do a lot of help when you suddenly got stuck and can’t make any calls.
  4. Go to ettings > Phone and turn off “Call Forwarding” and “Call Waiting” if tip 3 cannot work.
  5. Close some apps on your iPhone. Too many apps on at once will do harmto your iPhone and cause your iPhone into a corruption, which will lead to your iPhone call failure too.
  6. Reset your iPhone to factory settings. When your iPhone drops calls, it may also jump into a crash. If this always happens, the good advice is to to reset your iPhone to factory settings.  But you need to backup your iPhone before you do the factory reset, or the data on your iPhone will be lost. If you do make a backup with iTunes before, try iTunes Data Recovery to help you recover the lost files from iTunes backup. If you forget to back up your iPhone, stay calm. You can use iPhone Data Recovery to help you recover lost data directly from your iPhone without backup files.

You can pick up any of these tips to help you fix the iPhone call failure problem. To be added, there is another trick to help you avoid this issue effectively. That is you can turn your iPhone off every night for a while to reset and delete the cache that allows the memory to fill up.

 

May 312013
 

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Well, you may have heard about the benefits of jailbreaking your iPhone 5. It allows you with root access to the iOS operating system, permits you to download additional applications, extensions, and themes which you can’t get from the official Apple App Store and enable you to use the third party apps, handset on multiple carriers, early exploit fixes, etc. You may get ready to experience the jailbreaking process for your iPhone 5. But don’t be too excited to early. There are many traps you would fall into if you don’t make the warnings clear before. Here we would like to list some of the notes you should pay high attention to in order to jailbreak your iPhone 5 in a perfect state.

Warnings You Should Pay Attention to Before You Jailbreak iPhone 5

  1. Apple has announced that jailbraking iPhone 5 can violate the warranty, and you can’t rely on AT&T, Verizon, or Apple to fix any problems that you encounter in the after days.
  2. In the Apple Store, the apps you pay for are of high quality and security, so you don’t need to worry about the virus attack. However, the software published in other website may easily affect iPhone battery life and the system stability, especially when the software is poorly optimized.
  3. All of the applications that you use to jailbreak your iPhone 5 would have the potential to damage or completely disable your device for they are unauthorized. So you need to make specifically sure that those applications would do little harm to your iPhone 5.
  4. You may suffer data loss to some extent. When you pull out the USB cable during the process, when the jailbreaking gets stuck, or when unfortunately the jailbreak is unsuccessful, you may get some data loss or totally lose all the files on your iPhone 5. So you need to backup your device before you jailbreak it.
  5. How to back up your iPhone 5 in order to avoid data loss after jailbreak? You can use iTunes or iCloud for backup, or you can try iPhone 5 Data Recovery to backup your data on PC. What if you forget to backup iPhone 5 and suffer data loss after jailbreak? Use iPhone 5 Data Recovery again to recover the lost data.
  6. Before you can start to jailbreak your iPhone 5, you need to successfully put your device into DFU mode. Many users fail to enter into the iPhone 5 DFU mode, so the very important thing, besides the above tips, is that you need to verify that the Power button and the Home button on your iPhone 5 work. Otherwise, you need to download other apps to put it into DFU mode.

 

There are many other risks to jailbreak iPhone 5. If you have other information to share with us, it is appreciated that you add your comments here.

 

 

May 252013
 

Apple has released the new version of iOS 6, iOS 6.1.4 update, for iPhone 5 users for a span. You may have heard about some opinions about it. Some people would have a passion for it since it helps users to better enjoy iPhone 5 to its potential, while others would complain about some shortcomings of it, such as after the update, they lost data on iPhone 5, or it is hard to jailbreak. In fact, we recommend you should go to experience this update for it can really make a difference on your iPhone 5 and we would like not to specify the benefits of it. Here we prefer to mention some important things you should pay attention to before you go to the iOS 6.1.4 update for your iPhone 5.

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The first thing you should note is that any iOS update would cause data loss on your iPhone. Whether you are using Apple iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or even the later modles, you would never get rid of losing data and other information during or after iOS update. It is a big defect, isn’t it? However, you can avoid data loss if you back up your iPhone 5 before you update it to new iOS 6.1.4.

After you have the serious awareness of knowing iOS update would cause data loss, the next significant thing you should pay attention to is to find out ways to back up your iPhone 5. Conventionally, you may know that using iTunes is a good way for backup. You can just Sync with iTunes and iTunes would automatically backup almost all of your data, settings, and other information. Or you can also right-click (control-click) your iPhone 5 under Devices and choose Back Up. iTunes would help to store your data in your computer. Besides, to back up your data into computer, you can use iPhone 5 Data Recovery to help your freely transfer data into computer and select a save path to back up those data into your computer.

Moreover, if you don’t like to use hard drive to store your iPhone 5 data, you can make backup with iCould. Go to Settings > iCloud > Backup & Storage. Your iPhone 5 data would be backed up into the cloud.

The next important thing you should watch out is whether your iPhone 5 gets enough available storage or not to store the new iOS update. When updating, your iPhone 5 needs enough space to download and install the update. If “Download and Install” is grayed out or you get the message saying “This update requires at less XX GB of available storage”, this means you would not be successful to update iOS 6.1.4. So before you go to update, make sure you have enough available storage.