RSSCategory: Operating Systems

Oct

1

Windows 10 Technical Preview Available for Download

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Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Technical Preview. You can download the ISO directly from Microsoft (link); all you need to do is join the free Windows Insider Program. The preview expires on April 15th, 2015.

Here are a few features of the Technical Preview. You can find more details on Microsoft’s site (link):

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Apr

16

Control Computer from Your Android/iPhone/iPad Mobile Device

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If you need access to your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer from an Android, iPhone, or iPad mobile device you can use the free program TeamViewer. TeamViewer lets you access any of your computers which have the host application installed, from any computer or device running the client app. They also have a flash-based option you can use by logging in to their website.

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Apr

3

What is svchost.exe?

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From Microsoft’s description of svchost.exe:

“Svchost.exe is a process on your computer that hosts, or contains, other individual services that Windows uses to perform various functions.”

To expand on that, most Windows services these days are stored in .dll (Dynamic-Link Library) files instead of .exe (executable) files. Since you can’t launch a .dll file directly in Windows, it uses svchost.exe to host these services.

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Mar

18

How to Determine if Your Computer Needs More RAM

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Often the first thing someone will tell you when you mention that your computer is running slowly is that you need more RAM. While this may be a true statement, it is a good idea to verify for yourself before making a purchase.

Begin by actually using your computer. Open any programs you use frequently and might typically be running at the same time; maybe even open an Explorer window or two for a little extra. If you play a lot of games you might want to start a game and then Alt+Tab out.
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Feb

27

Install Ubuntu in a VirtualBox Virtual Machine

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1. Download and install the latest version of VirtualBox. (4.2.6 at the time of this article)

2. Download an ISO of the latest version of Ubuntu. (12.10 at the time of this article)
Note: If your current operating system is 32bit you must select the 32bit ISO. If your OS is 64bit, you can choose either the 32bit or 64bit ISO. If you are not sure, choose the 32bit.

Set up the Virtual Machine

3. Start VirtualBox and click New to create a new Virtual Machine.
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Feb

27

Access Local Drives over Remote Desktop Connection

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It’s possible to access your local drives over a Remote Desktop Connection by enabling a setting which is disabled by default. First open the RDC client and click the Show Options button at the bottom. Go to the Local Resources tab and then the More… button in the Local devices and resources section:
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Feb

20

Disable Windows 8 Automatic Restart for Updates

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Currently there is no easy way to prevent Windows 8 from automatically restarting after installing updates. However, it can be done by a quick Group Policy edit. First, open the Group Policy Editor by hitting the Windows key and typing gpedit.msc:

Open gpedit.msc

 

Next, navigate to the following section:
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