Windows 8 "Copenhagen" Concept Video

It has been more than 2 months since started retailing. Most of the people I have spoken to are really amazed by Win 7. However, now that Windows 7 is out, Microsoft has already started focusing on Windows 8, the next version of MS Windows.

Windows 8 is still a long way away, however, there is a concept video which shows you what could be planned ahead for Windows 8. The Windows 8 Copenhagen video walks you through some of design ideas being planned for Windows 8. However, don’t expect the final version to be similar to the video. Remember, this is just a concept video and there might be lots of improvements in the final version or you might see something different altogether.

The graphics and user experience in the Windows 8 concept video builds upon the current Windows 7 experience, and is nothing short of spectacular. One of the interesting things in the video is the way system tray icons are arranged along with grouping of the desktop icons, which is something similar to what Fences does, but in a much better way.

In addition to that, it also walks you through a very neat Windows Explorer experience, and I must say it is 1000 times much better than what Windows 7 has. And yes, finally a dock that can be really useful. By the way, you can use docks in Windows through 3rd party applications. Don’t know about them yet? Check out a neat selection of Docks for Windows, which we have put up in the past.

The lesser said the better, watch the Windows 8 Copenhagen concept video after the jump to see what’s in store in Windows 8.

Delete and Disable Recent Items from All Windows 7 Jumplists

Jumplists are among the most useful new features present in Windows 7. However, they can be a cause of concern for the privacy concious. The jumplist for most applications display recently opened files and/or frequently opened files. It is fairly easy to get an idea about what you have been up to, by just glancing at the jumplist entries. Unfortunately for users, how to disable this feature isn’t very obvious. In this article I will show you how to delete Recent items as well as permanently disable this feature.

How to Clear Recent Items List

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Windows stores the Recent items list at the location %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations. Paste this path in Windows explorer and hit enter.
Simply delete all the files present in this directory to reset the jumplist for all applications.
If you don’t feel like doing this manually, you can always rely on CCleaner to take care of all privacy concerns.

How to Disable Recent Items in Jumplists

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Right click on an empty portion of the taskbar and select Properties from the context-menu. Browse to the Start Menu tab and uncheck the box next to “Store and Display Recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar“. This should make Recent items disappear from the jumplists.

Did you find this tip useful? Do you have any other Windows 7 related questions? Don’t forget to let us know.

CleanDesktop is Desktop Cleanup Wizard for Windows Vista and XP

Having a clean and well organized desktop is often the first step to improving productivity. If you have ever used Windows XP, you will surely remember the Desktop Cleanup Wizard. It was a no-fuss utility which automatically scanned your desktop icons and offered to delete the ones you never used. Unfortunately, Microsoft decided to dump this utility in Windows Vista.

Fortunately for us, Omkarnath from TheWindowsClub has developed his own CleanDesktop utility. It is intended to be a Desktop Cleanup Wizard substitute for Windows Vista and 7. CleanDesktop scans your desktop entries and lists items which haven’t been used for 30 days or more. You have the option of permanently deleting these entries or moving them to the folder \Desktop\Unused Icons.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

CleanDesktop is a portable utility which does exactly what it is supposed to do. In order to make the most out of this utility, I recommend that you use Task Scheduler to run it once every month. In fact I would like to see future versions of CleanDesktop include in-built scheduling options. Give CleanDesktop a try if you frequently end up with a cluttered desktop.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)
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Microsoft Releases Avatar Theme for Windows 7

Avatar, the much awaited movie, which will be released this weekends has already received some good reviews. Looks like Microsoft is cashing in on the popularity of the Avatar movie, and have released a new Avatar theme for .

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The Avatar theme has movie stills for wallpapers which rotate automatically after certain interval. The theme adds custom colors to Windows, however, there is no custom sounds or screensaver included with the theme.

Download Avatar Theme for Windows 7 (Direct link)

Change Windows 7 Logon Screen

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Choices, choices, choices. We have given you more than one option to customize your logon screen. Previously:

And now, Windows 7 logon Screen editor. Take the hint :-), customize your Windows 7 logon screen to see your own photo. Since it is coming up, may we entice you with some high quality Christmas wallpapers for your background? We might as well throw in some really awesome Christmas themes for Windows 7.

Windows 7, Vista, XP CD Key Finder

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Quite sometime back we had told you on how you can find the XP Product CD key on your installation disk. If you are planning to re-install your system or format it, here is a nice which will allow you to find your Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 CD Key.

Though the product says that it only extracts CD keys from XP, we successfully ran this on and too.

Download XP CD-Key Finder

How to Add WinHlp32 Support to Windows 7 and Vista

windows7looogoo The other day while I was playing around with an older program, I clicked on the built-in help feature and I received this message from Microsoft:

The Help for this program was created in Windows Help format, which depends on a feature that isn’t included in this version of Windows …

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I went to the recommended site at Microsoft, and there they explained the following:

Microsoft stopped including the 32-bit Help file viewer in Windows releases beginning with Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Isn’t that just sweet? Arghhhh!

Fortunately, they still offer you the chance to download and install the old help file viewer, which is named WinHlp32.exe.

Even if you haven’t gotten this helpfulmessage yet, you probably will at some time in the future. You can save yourself some time later and install the old help viewer now.

Here is the download for Vista, and here is the download for Windows 7. You’ll have to jump through Microsoft’s Genuine Validation hoop before you can get to the real download. Other than that, it acts like any other Windows Update.

If you need more help installing the old help, let me know with a comment below or email me.

Download Free License for TuneUp Utilities 2009 [Software Deals]

TuneUp utilities 2009 is a very useful all-in-one software application to fix most of the common problems that users encounter with their PC and laptops.

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get free license for tuneup utilities 2009

TuneUp utilities 2009 optimizes your machine for faster, healthier and smoother performance.

TuneUp utilities has many useful features :

  • You can fix common problems in your PC with one click.
  • You can increase the performance of your programs and games by using this software.
  • It cleans the junk files in your PC, automatically in the background.
  • Using this software you can optimize your system for faster startup and shutdown.
  • This software can also reduce the number of unnecessary auto-start programs.
  • You can also fix broken shortcuts for programs and softwares, using this software.
  • It performs a very good job of defragmenting the registry, which reduces the size of Windows registry and improves the overall system performance.

The software is officially compatible with Windows XP and Vista. But we will show you how to make it work in Windows 7   too.

TuneUp utilities 2009 used to give you a 30 days trial period, to evaluate and to use the software free of cost. But you can now get the free license key for TuneUp utilities 2009.

Follow these steps to get your own free license key for TuneUp utilities 2009:

  1. Visit this promotion link: http://bit.ly/6aM5n3
  2. Now enter your email address and CAPTCHA code and click on the yellow vertical button which is labelled “Produktschlu… anfordern “.
  3. get free licence for tuneup utilities 2009
    get free license for tuneup utilities 2009

  4. You will receive a confirmation email from TuneUp in your mail box. It will contain a confirmation link. Click on the confirmation link to verify your email address.
  5. When you click on the link, you will be forwarded to a webpage, where it will display “TuneUp utilities 2009 License Key” . You have to note down the license key.
  6. get free license key for tuneup utilities 2009
    get free license key for tuneup utilities 2009

  7. Now you can download installation file for Tuneup Utilities 2009 (in English language)   from this link: http://tr.im/GPBR

For Windows 7 users:

If you are using Windows 7, you can install TuneUp utilities 2009 by right clicking the installer file (tuu.exe), then clicking properties and then select the compatibility tab. Then select “Run this program in compatibility mode“, click Apply and OK and then Yes to run it in compatibility mode.

Windows 7 Family Pack Being Removed From Retail

Looks like Microsoft does not want to share the joy with its users. The family pack of is reportedly being removed from sales. Windows 7 Family Pack was priced at $149 for 3 licenses of Home Premium. Compared to the retail price of $120 for a single user-license, the Family Pack was quite a steal.

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However, according to Microsoft representatives the family pack offering was a limited one until stocks lasted. We are wondering why Microsoft could not make their stocks last until the end of the holiday season? Santa anyone? Of course sales would be higher this time of the year, and we are pretty sure Microsoft did not want the chance to lose a way to make some extra income.

If you have been waiting to buy Windows 7, go ahead and grab your copy of the Family pack before it disappears forever.

[via DSQ]