Thursday, May 29, 2014

How To Uninstall Preloaded Windows 8 Applications

Windows 8 is the new operating system released by Microsoft and contains many new features making it as one of the outstanding products that Microsoft has ever released. One of the greatest risks that is faced by most of the Windows users is removing the bloatware from a new PC. For removing such bloatwares, most of the Windows users rely on some third party applications like PC Decrapifier. However, Windows 8 is coming with some preloaded applications, which might be quite useful for the users. Whereas this is not the case with other users as they may find it very difficult and may need to be removed from the system.

Removing the Metro app that comes preinstalled within the Windows 8 is not that easy as it sounds. The only option that a user needs to consider is to navigate to the preloaded apps one by one and right click the application that you need to uninstall and from the available option, you need to select Uninstall. This is manual un-installation of the Metro apps that comes preloaded with Windows 8. However, to make the removal of these preloaded apps easy, there is a program coming in the market labeled Windows 8 App Remover, which will help a user to uninstall all those preloaded apps that users do not need in their system very easily and that too using a very few clicks.

Using Windows 8 App Remover
  • Uninstall Windows 8 apps using Windows 8 App Remover by navigating to the website of Sourceforge and downloading it. After downloading, you need to install it on your computer. 
  • Next, you need to choose the version of Windows 8 that you are running from the drop down menu. 
  • Now, the List Apps button needs to be clicked.
  • This will pop up a window showing all the pre-loaded applications within your Windows 8 computer. 
  • After that, you need to check mark the box that is seen adjacent to the name of the application that you do not need in the Windows 8 computer and click the button called Remove.
  • Now a pop-up message will come on your screen showing you a warning about the removal. Click Yes, if you are sure about deleting it from your computer. 
These are the instructions given by the Windows support team to uninstall Windows 8 apps that come preloaded with the Windows 8 operating system.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Microsoft Partners With New Hardware Manufactures For Windows Phone

Microsoft’s mobile operating system Windows Phone is struggling to make its presence felt in the smartphone market. Certainly, the software giant has to put great efforts to compete with the two existing smartphone giant OSs Android and iOS. Interestingly, Microsoft has come up with futuristic ideas in the last Mobile Word Congress. They have finally decided to extend partnership deals with other mobile manufactures like Lava (XOLO), ZTE, Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, Karbonn, Foxconn, JSR and Gionee. In the past, Microsoft had said that it would partner only with Nokia to bring out Windows Phone powered smartphones in the market. This decision had cost the company dearly, Windows Help experts said.

Extending partnership with multiple manufactures will take Windows Phone in emerging smartphone market
Microsoft seems to have no doubt about the success of Windows Phone after partnering with top mobile manufacturers. Experts at Microsoft believe that the initial failure Windows Phone experienced, was due to the limited number of devices in the market. There were only a few Windows Phone powered devices in the market. Moreover, customers had no options to choose among different brands as there were only Nokia powered devices. Microsoft has given due attention to this problem and has addressed it by introducing Windows Phone to top mobile manufactures. It is not yet clear whether Samsung, the top brand manufacturing Android powered smartphone devices, will partner with Microsoft in making Windows Phone powered devices.

The current statistics indicate that about 56 percent of the global market share for smartphones is held by 9 hardware companies (Lenovo, Lava (Xolo), LG, Foxconn, JSR, Gionee, ZTE, Karbonn and Longcheer). Apparently this has given Microsoft enough reason in partnering with these firms. We can certainly expect that Windows Phone powered smartphones will make a strong appeal to average users shortly.

Microsoft to partner with Qualcomm

Although Microsoft’s decision to partner with the above mentioned nine hardware companies, what has caught much attention in the tech world is the its decision to partner with Qualcomm. Techies have no doubt that the partnership with Qualcomm will play a crucial role in the future of Windows Phone devices. That Windows Phone can function on the latest Snapdragon 400 and 200 processors of the Qualcomm, is what makes it noteworthy.

The relaxed hardware requirements for Windows Phone and extensive Windows Help options are the two plus points that hardware manufactures see in preferring Windows Phone OS in the emerging market. Microsoft has also paid heed to users’ requests to introduce Dual Sim enabled smartphones.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Microsoft Pulls The Plug On Windows XP Support Service

Microsoft Corporation recently pulled the plug on the popular and beloved Windows XP. This is certainly not a surprise since the software giant has been planning to end the Microsoft support services for Windows XP for a long time now. On all previous occasions, they extended the support period when XP users started complaining.

The world’s largest software maker has been providing support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now, the time is up for XP; this way the software company, as well as its hardware and software partners, can now invest their resources toward supporting more recent technologies, and continue to provide great new experiences. But this entails that technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer existent; this also includes automatic updates that help protect your PC.

The software behemoth has officially ended Microsoft support services for Windows XP. This means that Microsoft will not update any more patches for system vulnerabilities detected within Windows XP. In this case, Windows XP users might be open to new cyber-security risks form hackers who are waiting to exploit this opportunity. It would be targeted more often than ever, and crucial information or data will be at risk.

Windows XP is probably the most successful operating system to have been developed by Microsoft Corporation. Even after the deadline, Windows XP still maintains around percent of the global market. This itself proves the dominance of the OS (Mind you, this is 12 years after its launch). A staggering total of 200 million users are using Windows XP in China alone, where about 70 percent of the country's computers are still running XP.

Officially, the Windows XP has retired, that is true and that cannot be changed. But this does not mean the classic operating system cannot run on personal computers; in fact nothing’s stopping it from functioning the same way. What Microsoft precisely meant was that the company will no longer provide patching services for Windows XP any more after April 8, 2014 and that date has long gone. This means that Windows XP can still run normally on computers, and Microsoft will just stop providing patches for the operating system's vulnerability, thus making using Windows XP risky.

The inevitable fact is that computers still running Windows XP may encounter hidden dangers, which includes Trojans, viruses, or attacks by hackers, if system vulnerabilities are not resolved on time.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Verifying The Operating System Of Your Computer

Most of the computers around the world run on Windows operating systems. There are many operating systems released by Microsoft and the latest one released by the tech giant is Windows 8. Each operating system from Microsoft has its own features and functions. Checking the operating system installed in your computer is easy. When you start your computer, a logo will be displayed in your screen stating the operating system used by your computer. However, you will also be able to find the exact version number of your operating system by following some simple tips provided by the Windows computer support team. To know more, read ahead.

Things to do

When your computer is switched on, you may find one of the following icons in the corner of your computer screen, on either the top left corner or the bottom left corner. The icon that matches the one that is seen in the computer should be clicked.

What to do, if none of the icons matches

Sometimes, your machine will be installed with an operating system like Linux, or sometimes you may have an operating system with customized desktop or you may have an uncommon operating system. Therefore, to identify the steps that work best with your computer, you need to refer the instructions given for the Linux, Mac and Windows systems separately. If you still face any issues, then you may need to follow the below provided steps.
  • Read the instruction manual that came along with your computer. 
  • Post an article seeking help in the Microsoft community forums. 
Verifying the version of the Windows operating systems

By following the below instructions, you will be able to find the details of the version of the OS that you are using. Moreover, these instructions will be helpful to know the detailed system information regarding all the versions of Windows operating systems.
  • Go to the bottom left corner of your Windows desktop screen and click the button called Start. This will open a Start menu and from here, you need to click the option called Run. This will open up the Run dialog box. 
  • In to the Run dialog box, enter msinfo32 followed by clicking the button called OK. 
  • This will give a detailed information regarding your computer like operating system name, system type, service pack etc. 
The above said instructions given by the Windows computer support team will help you to find the version of the operating system that you are using. For more assistance, contact our Windows support number.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How To Setup TalkTalk Email In Outlook Express?

TalkTalk is one of the famous telecommunications firms in the world, which provides options such as pay television, internet access and mobile networks to users. You can also set up TalkTalk email in Microsoft Outlook Express.

You can always contact Outlook Express help to setup your email in the application. However, you can also do this manually by following these instructions provided by the same technical support team:
  • At first, you need to click on Click Start, Programs or All Programs and then select the Outlook Express option. Now, click on the Tools menu at the top of the screen, and then choose Accounts.
  • In the next step, you need to click on the Add button, followed by Mail. Type in the name you want to be displayed, in the From field of email that you will send in the Display name box, and then click on Next. Here, you need to type in your complete TalkTalk email address, then click on Next again.
  • Make sure the email address that you enter here ends with Also, you should not enter any spaces and the email address should be exactly the same the one you have created.
  • Now, you need to choose the IMAP option from the incoming mail server drop-down list. Here, enter into the subsequent Incoming mail (IMAP) server box. Meanwhile, you can also seek assistance from Outlook Express help any time, to know more about the features of the application.
  • Now, enter into the Outgoing mail (SMTP) server box and click on Next. You can type in your TalkTalk email address into the Account name box, and password into the Password box. Then, click Next.
  • Here also you need to ensure that you have entered the same email address, which you had entered earlier. Do not enter any spaces and the email address should be typed in correctly. The password, which you type in here, is the same email password that you created while you set up your personal TalkTalk email account.
  • Once you have finished entering the email address and the password, go ahead and click on Finish. Now, you can click Close and exit the application.
By following these steps, you will be able to successfully set up TalkTalk email in your Outlook Express application. However, if you experience any sort of issues, please contact our technical support team.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Vine Labs Introduce A New Version For Vine App

Of late, the Vine app has become really popular among the smartphone users. Developed by Twitter, this advanced mobile app enables the users to create and post short looping video clips. These have a maximum duration of these clips is around six seconds and the users can then share them in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. This app was released only for the Windows Phone and as a result the Android and iOS users could not use the service.

Android and iOS have been ruling the smartphone market, with almost all the users opting for either of these services. These offer a plethora of applications that come as either paid or free. However, the applications those are restricted to just one platform cannot be accessed or used by those running a different OS. However, some of the popular apps on iOS and Android are often ported to their particular platform, making it convenient for users. A call to the Windows support number to know about the availability of a porting option for the Vine app, reveals that now the application comprises of support for saving the video clippings as drafts.

Adding to this, a recent announcement was made that clarified the updation of the Vine app to version 1.1, But the options for porting it across the mobile platforms to use it in other operating systems still haven’t been introduced. As stated by Microsoft support, earlier when the app was launched, it didn’t comprise of features to support drafts, and that forced users to finish up the six-second clip at once. Many users started to feel this as a limitation and even dialed up the Windows support number for assistance. This is because they could not get the pause and play options here. But according to the latest update, the Windows users can now save the videos mid-way through recording, and then resume it from that very spot whenever they get the time later on. This is the major notable update Vine Labs have introduced in the 1.1 version. This app is available for free and the users can easily update it by checking out the Windows Phone Store.

So, now you don’t have to worry about playing the six-second clip at once and can instead opt to pause it and record it later on. For more information regarding the various apps for your Windows Phone, feel free to contact our Windows technical support team.