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How to Create Psychedelic Wallpapers?

Take a look at my wallpaper today. If you stare at it for a bit, does it appear to move around on it’s own? Isn’t that creepy … or maybe it’s just me?

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If you’re interested, I’ll show you how to create an infinity of wallpapers like this one using only the MS Paint application which is included with every copy of Windows.

* Open Paint
You can usually find it in your Start Menu under “Programs” then “Accessories”. If not, go to Start > Run, then type “mspaint”.

* Set the size
In Paint’s menus, go to Image Attributes.

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Then set it to 8 by 8 making sure you’ve selected the Pixels radio button as well.

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* Zoom in
The normal zoom setting is too small to work with. You can adjust the zoom settings by choosing “Image”, “Zoom” then “Custom” in the Paint menus.

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Once the Custom Zoom dialog appears, set it to 800%

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Now you can see blank square which is 8 x 8 pixels.

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* Show the Grid
I recommend that you turn on the grid setting so you can see each pixel easily. Select “View, “Zoom” and “Show Grid” to see the grid display.

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Now you can see each pixel.

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* Fill the background
Pick a color on the color box.

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Then choose the fill icon.

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Click anywhere on the grid and the color you’ve chosen will fill the entire square. I’ve chosen black in this case.

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* Create a pattern
Pick the pencil icon …

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… then choose a few different colors and fill in your own crazy pattern. Here’s one I’ve finished.

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* Save as bitmap
Once you’ve finished, save the pattern as a bitmap (*.bmp) by making sure you’ve got this selected in the “Save as type” pull-down box. I’ve found that the next step is easier if you save the .bmp file in your “My Pictures” folder.

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* Set as Wallpaper
Right click on an empty area on your Windows Desktop, choose properties, then choose the “Desktop” tab. Now select the bmp file you’ve created. If it’s in your “My Pictures” folder, it should already be listed. Before you hit “Apply” or “OK”, be sure to also pick “Stretch” in the “Position” pull-down box.

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It looks blocky before you hit the OK button, but Windows will smooth out those rough edges when it stretches the little bitmap to cover your desktop. If you’ve chosen to “hide” your desktop icons, this bitmap will still appear blocky and you’ll have to “Show Desktop Icons” to get the smeared effect in a stretched bitmap.

If everything goes well, you’ll have a great looking psychedelic wallpaper like the one I showed you at the top of this article. Once you get the hang of this, you can play with the size of the BMP and different colors to create your own weird universe of color.

Have fun!

Best Windows Task Manager Alternatives / Replacements

Lets be honest, the default Windows task manager is too trivial and does not gel well for advanced needs, yes it is useful to kill tasks see running processes and simple information, but for a advanced user it is a bit of a dampener.

But is that the only option available to users to manage tasks and processes? Well not exactly, there are tons of utilities and software that do a much better job than the default windows task manager.

In this post we will take a look at some of the best Windows task manager alternatives/replacements that are worthwhile to download and use.

Sysinternals Process Explorer

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This is by far one of the best tool to manage tasks and processes on Windows, in fact it was so popular that Microsoft eventually bought out the whole company and their suite of tools.

With Sysinternals you can monitor processes, memory usage, CPU usage and lots of other information that will be useful to advanced users.

The best part about this tool is that you can easily suspend memory hogging tasks without having to completely kill it, this can be pretty useful when a particular application is using too much memory and CPU and you may want to just suspend the task till you finish other important work. Read more on how you can suspend memory hogging tasks instead of killing them using Process explorer.

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Process explorer also shows a tree based view of processes, so you can easily identify which process was started by whom.

Process Explorer is a and does not require any installation.

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Yet Another Process Monitor

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YAPM is yet another process monitor that is similar to process explore but with much more features.

The good thing about YAPM is that it provides users with a tabbed interface to navigate through different things.

Another interesting aspect of this tool is that you can also use it to monitor processes, threads of another PC in your network. YAPM is portable software and does not require any installation, just unzip and use.

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AnVir Task Manager Free

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Anvir Task Manager Free is another alternative to the Windows Task Manager, this tool allows you monitor the processes, services, startup programs and more.

Please note while installing the software it will show you an option to install a toolbar, make sure to uncheck that if you don’t want install it.

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These are some of the best task manager replacements/alternatives we have come across, do you use any other tools to manage tasks and processes? Do let us know about them.

How To Uninstall or Rollback Windows 7?

is a really good operating system, however users may still face one problem or the other, that is the major annoyance in software, what may work for someone, may not necessarily work for someone else.

So if you are a user who is having a problem with the OS, you might want to uninstall Windows 7 and then reinstall it again.

PC Tips box has written a article that will show you how to safely uninstall Windows 7.

The post gives to uninstall Windows 7 in the following scenarios.

  • You installed Windows 7 on a Windows-based computer
  • You installed Windows 7 on a computer that did not have an operating system installed
  • You upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7

Definitely a good guide to follow so that you do not lose your data or other important information will rolling back or uninstalling Windows 7.

What Happened To Windows? Why Did It Show A Blue Screen and Crash?

Blue screen of death more popularly know as BSOD is a common problem that occurs with Windows, the error may occur due to hardware failure, driver errors or something else.

But looking at the error messages only a technical person can figure out what went wrong? But what if you don’t have access to a technical person, can you figure out what went wrong?

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BlueScreenView is a handy utility that will allow you to see what problems can check why the blue screen was displayed, you can also view the actual blue screen error message using this tool.

BlueScreenView Features

  • Automatically scans your current minidump folder and displays the list of all crash dumps, including crash dump date/time and crash details.
  • Allows you to view a blue screen which is very similar to the one that Windows displayed during the crash.
  • BlueScreenView enumerates the memory addresses inside the stack of the crash, and find all drivers/modules that might be involved in the crash.
  • BlueScreenView also allows you to work with another instance of Windows, simply by choosing the right minidump folder (In Advanced Options).
  • BlueScreenView automatically locate the drivers appeared in the crash dump, and extract their version resource information, including product name, file version, company, and file description.

Previously mention WhoCrashed is a similar tool that lets you analyze the BSOD errors and fix them.

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Access Your Desktop Icons & Files In One Click With TinyDesk

Most of us usually use the desktop to store icons and shortcuts to important applications and files, however when you are want to access applications from the desktop you may have to minimize all windows using the show desktop icon or the Windows Key + D or Windows Key + M.

However we had told you about a easy way to access your desktop icons in the past using a inbuilt windows toolbar. We had also mentioned a tool called Desk Topmost which allowed you to quickly access desktop icons.

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TinyDesk is another useful that will allow you to access your desktop icons with a single click.

Once you launch the program it will create a new window that will contain all the desktop icons and files, top open any item just double click on it, though it does not perform a very big task, Tinydesk definitely makes it much more easier to access desktop icons without minimizing anything.

TinyDesk is a so you can use it from anywhere without having to install anything. 

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Cleanup, Customize & Speedup Right Click Context Menu In Windows

Many softwares you install add context menu options to the right click menu, though this is done to provide users with a easy way to access application features, however if you have a lot of context menu items it can considerably slow down the right clicks.

This can be quite a hindrance since finding applications and disabling the right click context items can be quite a pain.

Fortunately for every problem there is a solution, likewise to speedup the right click menu in Windows.

ShellExView which we had mentioned earlier is one such that will help you manage your right click context menu items, you can easily enable or disable the context menu items for all softwares from a single interface.

MMM is another freeware that will allow you to customize your right click menu, it classifies the context menu items into different categories.

Filemenu Tools is another freeware utility that will allow you to easily customize your right click context menu, it also allows you to add some in-build functionalities that can come in handy.

Do you use any other software or utility to customize your right click menu? Do let us know about them.

How To Boot Your PC In SafeMode Everytime

If you are trying to configure/clean/fix your PC and you want it to start in safemode, you probably press F8 and then select the safemode option. That is a perfectly fine method but can be a little time consuming if you want to start it in safemode the next few times.

Here’s an easy way to do it. Click on the Start button and in the text box labelled  Run (Search for Vista), type msconfig and press enter. This will take you to a configuration panel for the operating system. Now choose the boot tab, and under boot options, check the box for safe boot.

You can leave the optional settings on Minimal, or choose a more specific setting for booting in the safemode. Now click on apply and you are all done. Windows will now boot in the safe mode by default.

Remove The Delay That Is Caused While Opening “My Computer” Considerably

If you are using a slow computer you might have experienced that “My Computer” folder opens a little slow compared to other folders. This can be overcome to a great extent by following this process.

Why Does My Computer Open Slowly?

The reason behind this slow opening is that the My Computer searches for some network drives on your computer before getting opened. Check out the tips given tip and your “My Computer will open up a lot faster.

The Solution

Go to “Tools” in menu bar, there click on “Folder options…”. Select the “View” tab and uncheck the option “Automatically search for network option and printers”. This will increase your My Computer speed considerably.

Here is the illustration of what to be done:

Arrange Your Explorer Icons Neatly By More Filter Options

Most of the Microsoft Windows users often get messed up with their files because of the lack of grouping or categorizing of the newly added items to the computer. This creates a compete chaos in the system that it becomes too difficult to go through them. And at the end, after clearing this mess out, we end up with many important files deleted.

This can be prevented by proper grouping of the files and folders based on different filters. Unlike what you maybe thinking, there is no need of any extra software for this. There is a option in the Windows Explorer itself, which I am sure many of you have not noticed. So, I thought that I would introduce them to you people.

Go to any folder,

  1. Click on “view” button in the menu bar.
  2. Go to “choose details” option in that. You will get a list of options that have check boxes. These are the options that you get in your “Arrange Icons By” filter. For example, by default you have “Arrange icons by> name,   size, date, type and modified”
  3. Now by checking the option “Author” you will get an extra filter for you files i.e., “Arrange icons by> author”. These options depend on the files in the folder you have selected.

This is really good for people who keep on installing new softwares to their system and often get messed up with their softwares.

How To Delete/Remove Services In Windows XP and Vista

Users can usually uninstall applications from their computers quite easily, however the same cannot be said for Windows services, of course you can disable a service, but the entry for it may still remain.

If you are looking for a way to completely delete a service in Windows XP and Vista, you are in the right place.

In this post we will see the steps for deleting a Windows service completely, rather than just disabling it.

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