Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 is designed for new touch interface devices. You can operate Windows 8 using a touch screen, or keyboard and mouse, and you can toggle any point of time.

Windows 8 comes with built-in apps which include Mail, Calendar, SkyDrive, Messaging etc., Internet Explorer 10 for faster browsing experience. You can download apps, games etc. available for Windows 8 Consumer Preview and are free and can be downloaded by visiting Windows Store.

To download Windows 8 Consumer Preview click here

You can also download the product guide here

How to open Office 2007 docx, xlsx, pptx files in Office 2003 or lower version

Office 2007 file format convertor is necessary when you want your Office 2007 docx or xlsx or pptx file to be opened or edited in Microsoft Office 2003 or lower version installed Windows machines.

There is a solution to this problem and is provided by Microsoft itself. Microsoft released a Compatibility plugin called “FileFormatConverters.exe” which can be downloaded from the below given link and installed on a machine having

  • Microsoft Office 2003 with at least Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft 2002 with Service Pack 3
  • Microsoft Word 2000 with Service Pack 3

By installing this compatibility plugin you can open, edit and save Office 2007 Word documents docx, Office 2007 Excel spreadsheets xlsx, and Office 2007 PowerPoint presentation pptx files in lower version of Microsoft Office.

Download Office File Convertor

Typical problem with my office computer motherboard

It might be odd but its fact that my office computer won’t boot with the set BIOS configuration.

As I switch on my office PC it will display a message as “Disk boot error. No boot disk found” I have set the BIOS configuration with the active hard disk boot but it won’t recognize the hard disk on the first start-up, if I press restart button it will detect the hard drive and boot normally. Office PC has Windows XP Service pack 3 installed with latest updates and drivers.

Anyone have any idea what might be the problem?

You can give your genuine solution / suggestions in my post comments section.

Meanwhile I am trying to figure out what acually the cause. If I found the solution, I will be posting the solution for this in comments  section.

Problem installing Windows XP Professional and Windows 2003 Server

Recently one of my friends bought a PC with the below said configuration:

  • Intel Core2Duo 2.2GHz
  • Intel Classic Motherboard
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 500 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive

When we tried installing Windows XP Professional it was showing BSOD as soon as it loads the setup files and we were not able to install Windows XP neither on SATA HDD nor on IDE. Then tried installing Windows 2003 Server, all things were going well until the screen says installing Device Drivers and got struck and prompted unable to read Windows 2003 installation CD. Tried the same with other copy of Windows 2003 Server installation Disk but resulted with the same above mentioned error.

Later found to be a guess that Windows XP below SP2 or Windows 2003 Server below R2 will not be able to install on the above said now PC configuration because we tried installing the same using Windows XP Professional SP2 and Windows 2003 server R2 and it gone smooth and both installed successfully.

What we came to conclusion is that with the above described problem is without the updated version of Windows with latest Service Packs you can’t able to load Windows on latest PC configurations.

I hope this information will help if you are facing the similar issue.

Minimize Windows using Aero Shake

Lets explore new Windows 7 Aero Shake feature using which you can quickly minimize all open Window except the one you’re shaking.

To minimize all Windows except the one you are shaking follow the steps:

Click and hold on the Window Title Bar and shake the Window, that’s it you will see all the opened Windows will get minimized.

To restore back all of those windows you can again click and hold on the Windows title bar and shake the Window.

Windows 7 Aero Shake feature can save your time if you want to focus on a single window without minimizing all your other open windows one by one.

Windows 7 Shortcut keys, Tips and Tricks

Download and learn Windows 7 shortcut keys, tips and tricks and increase your productivity. Each pdf document covers seven Windows 7 shortcut keys, tips and tricks and are listed here:

Tips and tricks in Windows7_Tips_1stEd.pdf include:

  1. Shuffling Through Program Windows
  2. Managing Your Windows.
  3. Project Your Display With Ease
  4. Multi-Monitor Window Management
  5. Aero Peek Your Desktop
  6. Live Clutter-Free
  7. Help the Help Desk Help You

Tips and tricks in Windows7_Tips_2ndEd.pdf include:

  1. Put a “Pin Up” of the Folders You Use Most
  2. Double-Up Your Windows
  3. Clear, Crisp Display—It’s In Your Control
  4. Order and Reason for Your Taskbar
  5. Taskbar Traversing
  6. BitLocker To Go Protection
  7. Your Own Personal Help Desk: Windows Troubleshooting Platform

Tips and tricks in Windows7-Tips-3rdEd.pdf include:

  1. Change the Scenery
  2. Crunch The Numbers
  3. Smart Printing
  4. Shake It Up.
  5. Clean your Desktop! And Order It Too
  6. Right-Click Mania
  7. Unveil Your Hidden Drives

Tips and tricks in Windows7_Tips_Tricks_4thEdit.pdf include:

  1. Help the Help Desk Help You
  2. Sticky Notes Avoid Sticky Situations
  3. Adaptive Display Brightness
  4. Notify Me, My Way.
  5. Authority over the Power Switch
  6. .ISO Files (Burning iso image files into CD / DVD)
  7. Locale Specific

Windows Shortcut commands

For those who love to use keyboard instead of clicking mouse, this post will be very useful which will teach you how to use Windows shortcut commands or shortcut key combination. Listed below shortcut commands are very frequently used and works for all Windows Operating system including Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Windows Shortcut Command List:

Windows Key + D – “Show Desktop”, this command minimizes all the opened windows and shows Windows Desktop
Windows Key + M – Minimizes all the Opened Windows
Windows Key + E – To open “My Computer” (Also known as Windows Explorer)
Windows Key + F – “Search File and Folders”, this opens “Search Files and Folders” Window
Windows Key + R – “Run”, opens Run dialog box
Windows Key + U + U – To shut down your computer (Works on Windows XP)
Windows Key + U + R – To restart your computer (Works on Windows XP)
Windows Key + L – To “Lock Computer”
Alt + F4 – To close the current active Window
Alt + Tab – Switch over between opened Windows

Windows Key: A Button which is present in between Ctrl and Alt on the Left down corner of the Keyboard is called as Windows Key.

Microsoft Outlook can be used as RSS Feeds Reader

RSS is abbreviated as either Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication. RSS feed are Rich website Summaries and Syndication and can be created using XML.

Now almost all the news, business, blogs, social networking website have RSS feeds and publish summaries of their content in a form that is easy for users to browse.

To subscribe the available RSS feed/s you need to have an RSS Reader and Microsoft Outlook 2007 allows you to subscribe to available RSS Feeds just like that.

A very simple example would be subscribing Tech-KB feed in Microsoft Outlook 2007. Just click on “Subscribe to RSS Feed” link available on this page at the top right navigation bar. This will ask confirmation message whether to launch Outlook Application, click on “Launch Application” and that is it. Congratulation you have subscribed to Tech-KB feed.

Another way to subscribe is copy the “Subscribe to RSS Feed” link by right clicking on “Subscribe to RSS Feed” and click on “Copy Shortcut” in IE 8, “Copy Link Address” in Google Chrome” or “Copy Link Location” in Firefox. Now open “Microsoft Outlook 2007” click on “Tools” > “Accounts Settings” and then click on “RSS Feed” tab then click on “New” and paste the copied link and click on “Add” and you are done. Now whenever you open “Outlook” you will get all the new content available in your Outlook RSS Feeds Folder.

Windows 7 RC – Windows Media Center

Watch TV using Window Media Center

To configure Windows Media Center, all you need to do is select the region, enter zip code and agree the terms. This will download the latest TV Setup data according to the region selected.

Select the TV signal you have like Cable, Satellite or Antenna and click on “Next” and follow the onscreen instructions.

Remember, you need to have IR Receiver, else this software will not allow setup if you have selected signal as “Satellite”.

Internet TV

Get free online entertainment such as TV Shows, news, sports music concerts and many more with Windows Media Center – Internet TV which comes with your Windows 7 installation.

To watch Internet TV, all you need is Broadband connection. Choose from the categories “TV Shows”, “News”, “Sports”, “Music Concerts”, “Movies” etc.

Step by step Windows 7 Ultimate RC installation guide

Hey, today I am bit excited with my new computer, here is what the configuration are:

  • Intel Dual Core 2.5GHz
  • XFX Motherboard 610i
  • 4GB RAM
  • 320GB Hard Drive
  • Sony DVD writer

Nothing new right? Yes, I know this is not the latest configuration to be very excited for or to mention it here but still…

With this configuration I desperately wanted to install Windows 7 Release Candidate.

Downloaded Windows 7 Ultimate RC Build 7100 32bit ISO file using previous post link and burned the ISO file on to a DVD.

To be safer I first took the backup of my whole hard drive data and then proceeded with Windows 7 installation.

Initially I thought it to be very complicated to install Windows 7, but to my surprise it is very easy, quick and user friendly; it took me less than half an hour to install Windows 7 Ultimate RC Build 7100.

Let me share this step by step Windows 7 installation guide which I followed:

  1. Boot the computer using Windows 7 DVD
  2. The very first screen asks you about the “Select Language”, “Time and Currency Format” and “Keyboard or Input method”. Choose appropriate and click on “Next” to go to next screen. (Windows calls this part as Information Gathering)
  3. In this screen click on “Install Now”
  4. Check the “Accept the License term” and click on “Next”
  5. Here you need to choose the option whether to “Upgrade” or “Custom Install”. Select “Upgrade if you want to Upgrade Windows else choose “Custom Install”. I have selected “Custom Install” for a clean installation.
  6. Screen prompts for selecting partition to which Windows to be installed, select the partition from the list of partition available and click on “Next” (If you want to format or create the partition/s then click on “Advance Drive Options” this will list you all the drive options.)
  7. Now “Installing Windows” screen appears, starts with expanding files, copies files, configures and installs hardware devices. In progress computer will restart couple of times.
  8. That’s it your Windows 7 installation is done.

Windows 7 installation process is very much user friendlier than ever. I would recommend you install and try Windows 7 as this will be the next widely used operating system.