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PCs fail. Be ready with the best boot-drive programs | PCWorld

PCs fail. Be ready with the best boot-drive programs | PCWorld | pdxtech-info | Scoop.it
When disaster strikes, you need a plan for booting up your PC. These utilities can help restore order in times of crisis, allowing you access to your operating system and all of your data again.
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How to make Windows 8 look like Windows 7

How to make Windows 8 look like Windows 7 | pdxtech-info | Scoop.it
We reveal how to water down or ignore some of Windows 8's more controversial features and restore functionality you thought had vanished.
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We keep getting asked "where is the Start Menu??!!"

As Win8 becomes the default on new PCs, many people just wish they could load the familiar Desktop along with the accompanying Start Menu.

There are other applications that help you accomplish this. However, Skip Metro Suite is the only one (that I am aware of) that helps you do both all in one place.

Look for the grey Download button towards the bottom of their page (http://winaero.com/download.php?view.33). It can have lots of other confusing download buttons. Ignore them.

Step by step instalation  instructions from c-net.com

The program is free. However, satisfied users are encourage to make donations. If you donate, best do it through a single paypal transaction. No need to offer up more info than necessary.

Give it a try.

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De-Mystifying the Dark Corners of Windows: The Registry, DLLs, and More Explained

De-Mystifying the Dark Corners of Windows: The Registry, DLLs, and More Explained | pdxtech-info | Scoop.it
If your Windows chops extend in any capacity beyond novice, you've no doubt encountered the ever-cryptic Windows Registry, DLL files, User Account Control, and other tools with seemingly dark and mysterious powers—but you may not know exactly what...
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How to Create Your Own Windows 8 Disc for a Customized Clean Install

How to Create Your Own Windows 8 Disc for a Customized Clean Install | pdxtech-info | Scoop.it
Reinstalling Windows is a long, grueling experience. Once you get the OS running you have to download updates, track down the right drivers, install your apps, and put everything else together.
Hector Ariceaga's insight:

Reisntalling Windows is never a happy experience. The only reason one would want to do it is because the OS has become unworkable, never just for fun. These are two options that are better than just using the bare OS.

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Holdkey, Extended keyboard software, No more Alt Codes

Holdkey, Extended keyboard software, No more Alt Codes | pdxtech-info | Scoop.it

The easiest way to access all those frequently used characters not available on your keyboard.

Do you find yourself trying to remember the Alt code for ñ? With Holdkey you just hold the basic key, wait a couple of seconds and choose from the available options, just like you do on your iPhone.

 

No learning curve, no ads, no toolbars, just the characters you want.

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