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There is no end to the amount of utilities that proclaim to “help” you out with your computer, by scanning files, cleaning things up and grabbing system information. Its an area of software that is fraught with danger, though. Many are unreputable and some even pop up messages warning you of danger to your system in an effort to prompt you to purchase them. Others simply either do not work or work a little too well, giving unknowledgeable users the opportunity to harm their own system by removing a file that Windows finds essential to run.

If you are careful, however, you can find some good utilities. Pay attention to reviews and what experts have to say and, when in doubt, simply avoid the software.

One of the better apps for gathering information about what is going on with your computer is called PC Hunter, which was recently updated to version 1.0.0.2.

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Like its predecessors, Windows 8 makes customization of the computer mostly easy and, where it lacks, third-party software makers have stepped up and filled in. There are multiple free and paid ways of adding the lost Start button and menu and making numerous other tweaks like adding tabs to Explorer and more. 

As for the desktop and lock screen, customers can use built-in functionality to change the background to any image they wish to use, but the Start screen has a limited number of options — users can only change the color and choose from a limited number of design options.

Enter Stardock. The company makes numerous affordable apps that customers can try and buy to make tweaks to almost every aspect of the Windows 8 operating system.

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 update, which has been code named Windows “Blue”, has been outed to the world well ahead of the company’s planned release, which is rumored for August of this year. If you feel ambitious, then you can grab a copy and see what you think of the next Windows version.

In part one of this we looked at setting Windows Blue up using virtual software — in this case Virtual Box from Oracle — and the new settings options that are included, such as new colors and other options that have been built into the next Microsoft operating system.

Now, in part two, it is time to look at the new apps and software updates that have been built into Windows Blue, and if you think the setup and customization options were different, then you have not seen anything yet.

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If you have moved out from that home under a rock then you probably heard that the next iteration of Windows, code named Blue, leaked out to the web recently. Windows “Blue” is a code name only for now, but it is also the next Windows 8 update. The new version is not exactly the next Windows (that would be Windows #, rumored to be released in late 2014), which will apparently be actually called Windows 9, but Blue is also much more than a service pack.

Service packs generally bring a roll up of Windows updates, many of them for security patches, but Blue adds a number of new features, which we will get to in part two of this mini-series.

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There are a number of ways in which you can secure your computer. To help protect against online threats you’ll probably want to ensure that you have a firewall in place and anti-virus and anti-malware software installed.

But not all threats are external. If you share your computer with other people – such as your children – there is potential for settings to get changed without your consent. Many settings can be locked down by editing the registry, but you can also turn to the Group Policy Editor to put restrictions in place far more easily.

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Have you ever wanted to get yourself back into shape but don’t know where to start? If so, I’ve decided to help you along, because I’ve been in such similar situation. As we get big or too lean, we want to change the way we look and feel. Most of the time you feel very uncomfortable with yourself.

Technology has changed everything and now it can also help you change physically and get in shape. There are many applications that help you monitor your health and track your performances. Now lets look at some of the best apps in the Windows 8 store to get you started with.

Are you ready?

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Microsoft made some bold changes to Windows with its latest release. The latest version of the operating system had garnered a lot of attention and emotions from users tend to run on both the love and hate side with very few middle-of-the-road feelings. But Microsoft is always careful about a couple of things — one is backwards compatibility and the other is user customization.

Windows 8, in those ways, is no different from its predecessors. Programs that ran under Windows 7, Vista and even XP will, for the most part, run in Windows 8. Users can also make the operating system look the way they want, just as they have been able to do in the past. Things that can not be changed under the native OS can be handled by the plethora of -third-party apps that have been pouring into the market.

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“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” – Sydney J Harris

I don’t think I am the only one who agrees with the quote above. Windows 7’s successor, Windows 8, was released some while ago and chances are, you either really don’t like the system or you absolutely love it.

Good odds are also that you are having a hard time learning or adapting to the whole new interface. There are so many new features in your new operating system that you might have not discovered or simply didn’t know it existed. This article will mostly consist some essential tips on basic features that you should learn and get used to.

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In the world of web mail, Yahoo – with or without the superfluous exclamation point – has always been viewed as something of the black sheep of the family. Gmail is the cool older brother, while Hotmail/Live Mail was the sibling you were kind of forced into getting along with.

Having rather fallen by the wayside in recent years, Yahoo’s email service has undergone a makeover and there’s a brand new Windows 8 app to go along with it. And, believe it or not, it’s looking pretty good.

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What’s the first thing you think of when you think about Windows 8 – try not to be too rude now? The majority of people will immediately think of the new Start screen, or at the very least the fact that there is no longer a familiar Start menu to work with.

If you’ve made to switch to Windows 8 and you’re finding the Start screen a little restrictive and tricky to get to grips with, or you’re thinking about upgrading but have a few concerns in this area, Windows 8 Start Menu Customizer could be the tools you’ve been waiting for.

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