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Windows servicing change introduces Monthly Rollups for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

Windows servicing change introduces Monthly Rollups for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a change in Windows servicing that introduces a rollup model for updates. It will reduce the number of updates available for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and combine them into a single monthly rollup. Each month's rollup will be cumulative but they will release express packages on Windows Update to keep the download size small for those who have already installed the previous month's rollup. With a single rollup they aim to eliminate update fragmentation.

July 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1

July 2016 update rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1

The July 2016 update rollup package for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is out. It comes with a huge number of fixes including some notable performance and reliability patches.

Enlarge Alt+Tab thumbnails in Windows 8 and Windows 7

Enlarge Alt+Tab thumbnails in Windows 8 and Windows 7

In Windows 7 and Windows 8, the Alt + Tab window switcher has a number of secret hidden options. Using these options, you can change the appearance of Alt + Tab and make the thumbnails bigger so they're easier to see. You can adjust the margins and spacing too. Here is how it can be done.

Facebook has revealed their secret News Feed Algorithm

Facebook has revealed their secret News Feed Algorithm

Facebook as a social network has tremendous value today because of their elusive News Feed which is constructed by a complex algorithm based on the pages you like, your communications with friends and family, what pages you interact with and so on. Now Facebook has surprisingly provided some details about its "core values" for the first time. The social network claims that they use these rules over the long term to re-arrange and show feed content to the end user.

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.