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April Fool’s Day jokes collection

April Fool’s Day jokes collection

Here you can read a collection of nice April Fool's Day jokes posted by various sites on the Internet. Maybe you will find them interesting or can share some other nice jokes you found.

How to click the Start button in Windows

How to click the Start button in Windows

The Start button is one of the hardest UI elements to use in the user interface of Windows. Invented in Windows 95, it is still the same for many years and has remained in the same position for eternity. Everyone familiar with Windows desperately wants to know how to use that button. In Windows 8, Microsoft tried to remove the Start button to eliminate the confusion, but users got upset and demanded its return. So the Start button returned in Windows 8.1. Today, we will learn how to click the Start button properly.

How to fix the slow data transfer issue and speed up your USB flash drive

How to fix the slow data transfer issue and speed up your USB flash drive

Today, USB flash drives (or pen drives) have become ubiquitous as they're the most convenient way to quickly transfer large amounts of data thanks to their portability. Almost every device has got a USB or microUSB-on-the-Go port: tablets, laptops, TVs and so on, so you can easily plug USB drives into them. If your USB pen drive has a very slow read and write speed and you would like to speed it up slightly, here are a few tips to increase the data transfer speed of your pen drive.

Decorate your Windows for Christmas and New Year

Decorate your Windows for Christmas and New Year

It's time to decorate your Windows Desktop for the upcoming celebration of Christmas. Most people will decorate their houses with a Christmas Tree, illuminated sleighs, snowmen, and other figures. If you also want to get your PC in the Christmas celebration, we have a set of very special goodies for you.

Beware of sites which bundle and spread crapware using Winaero apps

Beware of sites which bundle and spread crapware using Winaero apps

Today, a friend pointed me to a site which covered the Explorer Toolbar Editor. While I was happy to see that the reviewer provided very positive feedback about my app, I noticed that the link he used is not the official home page but some link to an installer which bundles crapware. This isn't the first time we experienced this problem, and I would like to warn you about such sites.

How to copy the command prompt output directly to the Windows clipboard

How to copy the command prompt output directly to the Windows clipboard

The classic way of copying data from the command prompt is the following:

  1. right click on the command prompt window title and choose Edit -> Mark command
  2. select the text inside the command prompt using the mouse
  3. to copy the selected text, right click on the command prompt window title and choose Edit->Copy command (or just press Enter on the keyboard).

If you have Quick Edit Mode enabled, then you can skip step 1 and directly drag to select and press Enter.

In Windows Vista, Microsoft has added a new way, which is quite handy and does not require so many clicks - the clip command. The clip command can accept the output of any console tools and send it to the Windows clipboard. Let's look how it can used with the following simple example.

How to turn off a PC that has stopped responding or hanged

How to turn off a PC that has stopped responding or hanged

Sometimes your PC hangs completely and you are not able to even turn it off. Whatever may be the reason - some malfunctioning software, defective hardware problem, overheating or buggy device drivers, it can be pretty intimidating if your PC just hangs and you don't know how to recover. On desktop PC cases, there is the Reset button to restart but if you do not have the reset button (a very common situation for most modern mobile PCs, tablets and laptops), you may wonder how to get a PC that has stopped responding working again. What do you have to do in this case?

How to determine if you are running 32-bit Windows or 64-bit

How to determine if you are running 32-bit Windows or 64-bit

Almost all of my latest Winaero apps have separate builds for 32-bit  and 64-bit Windows. There are several reasons to provide separate 32-bit and 64-bit builds but it's mainly due to Windows compatibility - many times a 32-bit app does not work correctly in 64-bit Windows.

Sometimes, users of my apps get confused which version they should use, because they can't tell if they are running 32-bit Windows or 64-bit. Actually, it is very easy to detect.

How to remove the Start button in Windows 8.1

Microsoft has released Windows 8.1 to MSDN and Technet subscribers, and I decided to give a try to this shiny new OS from Redmond. In a nutshell: Windows 8.1 improves the Windows 8 operating system on the tablet side, but I did not find significant changes on the "Desktop" side.
After the release of Windows 8.1, I found its Start button useless. Seriously, there are no issues for me if that button is not shown on the taskbar. Sure, I miss the good, old Start menu. The Start screen still cannot replace that menu for me, there is no doubt about that... Just one button can't restore the classic UX. So I decided to restore the behavior of Windows 8, with blackjack and hookers, and free some taskbar space by removing the Start button.

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Speed up your Windows startup with these tricks

Speed up your Windows startup with these tricks

Do you know that you can speed up Windows startup without using third-party tools? Today, we are going to share with you several tricks which will allow you to reduce the startup time and make your Windows boot faster. Some of them are quite simple, and some of them might be new for you.