Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.
Winaero ColorSync is very tiny application (441 kb) which is native and portable.
It will allow you: - to use the Start screen background color as a color for the window border - to use the window border as a color for the Start screen background. This can be done automatically or manually Get the solid and stylish UI in your Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. Latest version is 2.0, it got lots of improvements, see the change log below!Continue reading "Winaero ColorSync"
Sometimes in Windows, you may face the following issue: after a reboot, your DVD or Blu-ray drive disappears from the This PC folder! Its drive letter disappears completely, and despite what you may have tried, it does not work. The Device Manager shows an exclamation mark for your optical drive and says the drivers for it cannot be installed. Here is how to fix this issue and get your DVD drive working again.
When you sign in to Windows 8.1 with a Microsoft account, various PC settings and app data you choose to sync are also saved on SkyDrive. SkyDrive is a free cloud storage service which is integrated into Windows 8.1. By signing in with your Microsoft account, you can sync a wide variety of settings, including (but not limited to) Metro and desktop personalization settings, passwords, app settings, browser settings, and more. However, if you consider synchronizing all this data a privacy risk, then you can remove it from SkyDrive. Here's how to do that. Continue reading "How to delete your personal settings from SkyDrive in Windows 8.1"
After 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 old good Start menu. Menu! Just one button can't restore the classic UX. So I decide to restore the behavior of Windows 8, with blackjack and hookers.
StartIsGone is my latest application which allows you to remove the Start Button in Windows 8.1 and get the extra space on the taskbar. Latest version is 188.8.131.52, see the change log. It is freeware, portable application which does not require .NET Framework or installation. It is just icon in your tray with few options in the context menu. Continue reading "StartIsGone for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1"
In my articles, you often see instructions to open the cmd prompt as admin. Usually I mention only one way to open an elevated command prompt, but you can use several ways to perform this action. Today I would like to share with you all the possible cool ways to open an elevated command prompt, including new undiscovered and hidden methods you may not be aware of. Let's explore all of these interesting methods. Continue reading "Do you know all these ways to open an elevated command prompt in Windows?"
Certain versions of Google Chrome for Windows as well as Android have recently rolled out an updated "New tab" page which has a prominent Google Search box on the page. Google claims they made this change because users were not discovering that they could search from the address bar and still used to go to Google.com to search.
However, if you are not happy with the "Search" text box above the thumbnails of the most visited sites, you might want to disable it. The good old "New tab" feature had some really useful features like recently closed tabs including tabs from other devices. If you are interested in getting those features back, here are simple instructions on how to disable Search on the 'New tab' page in Google Chrome.
Skyrim theme #2 for Windows 8 features wallpapers with images from very popular game The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. To get this theme, click the download link below, and then click Open. This will apply the theme to your Desktop.
Like its predecessor, Windows 8.1 still has no option to change the color of the Logon screen. The Logon screen is the one which displays user accounts and appears right after the Lock Screen. While most users don't even pay attention to the color of the logon screen, there is a category of users (myself included) who prefer to customize the OS according to their preferences in a more flexible way. Those users are not happy with the default blue color of the logon screen and may want to change it to a desired color. Here is a simple tutorial to show you how you can change the color of the logon screen. Continue reading "How to change the logon screen color in Windows 8.1"