May 5, 2020

The Start Menu is one aspect that has improved in the Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 will display a Start Menu that adjusts to the device running the operating system.

This article is intended to introduce the new Windows 10 interface for Tablets, which also applies to Desktops. Windows 10 has not been released to the public, but those who have signed up for special programs can get it, and the version used for this article is Windows 10 technical preview 10074.

This is a new feature that is very useful in Windows 10. Virtual desktop allows users to add several new desktops, and can easily add several new windows on a new desktop that has been added. That way, user productivity will increase. This article will explain the functions of virtual desktops, and things that can make it easier for you to use them.

Get to know Task View

Virtual desktop can be seen in Task View. Press the Task View button in the taskbar. By default, the button is next to Cortana.

This is like the Windows + Tab Logo feature that was previously found in Windows 8.1 and earlier versions of Windows; but has more functions with virtual desktops. Of course, you can also use the button as a shortcut key to open Task View faster.

Initially, you will see a thumbnail of each window that is being used.

Add a new virtual desktop

To add a new virtual desktop, just click “New desktop”.

Then select the thumbnail of the new virtual desktop to open it.

To delete a desktop, simply click the “X” Close button on its thumbnail, then automatically, the windows that are currently open on the deleted virtual desktop will immediately move to the desktop that is still available.

Manage Windows between Virtual Desktops

Still in Task View. Here there are thumbnails of all windows of all available virtual desktops. Users can see the desired window by clicking on the thumbnail. In addition, using the keyboard (Windows Logo + Tab & Arrow) can speed up access.

To view windows on another desktop, just click the next desktop thumbnail, sorted by number.

For faster access, use Alt + Tab. This method has been around for a long time. When pressing both together, release your pressure on the Tab without taking Alt off. Then press Tab again to hover the thumbnail you want. When you release pressure on both, the selected window will open. But this method is only for desktop that is being used.

Users can also move windows to other desktops in a fast way, by pressing and holding the thumbnail of the window that you want to move, then sliding it and releasing it on the desired desktop thumbnail. This method is done when Task View opens.

In addition to holding down, the user can also move the window to another desktop by right-clicking on the thumbnail: Move to> (desired desktop) or “New desktop” to move it to the new desktop to be created. This method might be very useful for users who often use a lot of virtual desktops.

Shortcuts with keyboard and swiping with keyboard

  • Add a new virtual desktop: Windows Logo + Ctrl + D
  • Switch desktop to previous desktop: Windows Logo + Ctrl + Left Arrow
  • Switch desktop to the next desktop: Windows Logo + Ctrl + Right Arrow
  • Close the virtual desktop currently in use: Windows logo + Ctrl + F4
  • Open Taskview: Windows Logo + Tab

With swiping

In addition to using a combination of two or more keyboards as shortcuts, there are several shortcuts for faster and easier use of virtual desktops. The trick is to use a touchpad, which is swipe.

Swipe can be done using the touchpad on a laptop. The swipe function on the touchpad certainly requires more than one finger gesture. For this reason, this swipe method requires a dual-gesture touchpad and a touchpad type on it. Not all laptops have a touchpad with gestures that support more than one finger.

Open Task View: Press the touchpad with three fingers then swipe up.
Closing Task View: Press the touchpad with three fingers then swipe down.
Swapping open windows (like Alt + Tab): Press the touchpad with three fingers then swipe left or right.

Preparing For Windows Vista

February 10, 2020

Windows Vista is the next major operating system release from Microsoft. This highly anticipated release not only has many new and exciting features but Microsoft have also improved the graphical user interface and given it a new visual style.

Windows Vista, which is due to be released to the business sector in November this year, sports hundreds of new features, many of which are designed for use within the business environment.

Why should I care?

Windows Vista brings many benefits to small, medium and large organizations. New features such as “Desktop Search” and the “Windows Explorer” improvements make finding and using information easier and quicker than ever before. It is stated that over 30% of an employee’s day is spent trying to find information – these new tools will help to reduce that figure and increase productivity within your company.

As we move into an ever increasing “mobile age” it is becoming more important for employees to be mobile enabled. The “Sync Centre” feature of Windows Vista is at the heart of Microsoft’s desktop / mobile technologies. This application eases the pain of mobile device synchronization and ensures the whole process is completed securely enabling users to have a consistent view whether they are in or out of the office.

Windows Vista also has many new security features that will aid in defending against the vast number of security threats that are present today on the Internet. With improved “Windows Firewall” and “Windows Defender” technologies, defending against spyware and unauthorized access is transparent. “User Account Control”, which protects against admin users inadvertently changing settings, ensures that any malware or virus that get onto your system cannot change any settings without you first agreeing to it. There are many other security features including granular auditing/logging, improved security update tools and full disk drive encryption – all of which combine to create the most secure Windows ever.

What should I do to ensure a smooth transition?

1. Windows Vista requires almost 4 times the processing power as Windows XP so it is important to know that your hardware is up to the task. In order to ascertain this produce an asset report on all of your desktop machines. This should detail processor type and speed, the physical size of memory and hard disk(s), the type of graphics card installed and the amount of graphics memory it has.

2. Microsoft are going to release 6 different versions of the operating system so it is therefore important to decide which version meets your business needs.

3. Understand what machines will be compatible with Windows Vista and what machines will need to be upgraded or replaced.

4. Produce a report detailing all software applications that are used throughout the business. This report should detail the product name and version.

5. Understand any compatibility issues between your installed software and Windows Vista.

6. Ensure that your users know how to use the features in Windows Vista that will improve both productivity and ensure security/reliability.

The next steps

With the launch of Windows Vista only a few months away, it is important that you take action now. If you follow the steps outlined above, you will ensure that your transition to Vista is smooth and ensure that your business remains productive, reliable and secure.

Windows To Make Apple Rich

January 25, 2020

Thanks to the Boot Camp software released by Apple, Windows users can switch to the Mac and bring their OS along for the ride with OS X.

The Apple Boot Camp software has been available in public beta, pending its incorporation into the next version of Mac OS X. Boot Camp allows users to install Windows XP and run it natively on Intel-based Macs.

That sound you heard was the ka-ching of cash registers ringing in Cupertino. Windows to thank for helping out Apple? Apparently so, according to a report from Forbes.

“Judging from consumer interest, it is reasonable to believe that Boot Camp will play a significant role in Apple gaining market share over the next twelve months,” the firm said in a statement to clients, the article noted.

This is where it gets a little strange.

Analysts from Piper Jaffray have cited their survey on PC purchasers. Of 42 shoppers who plan to purchase a PC soon, 8.3 percent plan to buy a Mac instead of a PC due to the availability of the Boot Camp software.

That works out to three people, out of 42. If that percentage were to hold true for the entire market, it would more than double Apple’s market share in the US, currently around 3.6 percent.

The desire to keep Windows XP available on a new platform revolves around applications. Although there are many common applications on Windows that the Mac can match, in the home market there is one category that they cannot touch – the gaming market.

Hardcore gamers aren’t likely to part with carefully tweaked machines running Windows XP on top of overclocked AMD chips and the latest video cards installed. A less serious gaming fan could make that change and not miss a Windows-only platform too much.

Windows users would get a best of both worlds experience. They would have access to a Mac platform that is well-suited to creating and distributing digital media, like video, that has become so popular through sites like YouTube and Google Video.

For applications requiring a Windows-or-nothing platform, users can switch over to XP via Boot Camp, and likely run what they need. A great example of this would be the software-as-a-service (SaaS) available from Salesforce through its AppExchange program.

Software that may not run under a browser in Mac could do so in IE on the XP side. If SaaS does take off as Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has evangelized, maybe it will be Mac hardware that provides some impetus for more users to embrace it.

Fixing Windows Registry Errors

December 28, 2019

The most important reason your should fix Windows Registry errors as they occur is that this one single preventative measure can greatly increase the life-expectancy of your Windows system by stabilizing the growth of its Registry.

Prevention is Key!

It is a fact of Windows that trying to fix Registry problems after they occur is much more difficult than preventing their occurrence in the first place. So when it comes to the Windows Registry, the motto should always be “prevention is key!” This is because it is often the most common and abundant types of errors that wind up killing Registries, especially those caused by a system’s registered applications, users, and even Windows itself.

As new applications are installed and old applications are removed, and as registered applications continue accessing and changing Registry data, they often leave small bits of themselves behind as orphaned registry entries.

By themselves, these errors will probably not reveal themselves in any degradation of speed or normal Windows functions, especially if your system is new. But if these errors are allowed to accumulate for a very long time, they can greatly increase a Registry’s size and wreak havoc on the overall structure and stability of its database. And for a fast-growing Registry, even small error accumulations can quickly send your Registry’s database structure out of control.

If you don’t fix these Windows Registry errors often, your system can very easily fall victim to sudden crashes, system stalls, or a severe decrease in operating speed. It is particularly at risk if you frequently install or uninstall applications and hardware, since these actions increase the Registry’s rate of growth further by adding more registered components, orphaned Registry entries, and undeleted drivers to your system.

Registry Repair Utilities

Once you have made the decision to fix Windows Registry errors on your system, you will need to know something about how to go about it. Although some versions of Windows provide built-in background system utilities designed to maintain Registry structure and stability, these utilities only address the most basic Registry problems in the most primitive ways, making them insufficient when a Registry becomes very large and complicated. However, there are many third-party Windows Registry repair utilities available on the Internet that are inexpensive and easy to use.

For general maintenance and prevention purposes, Combination Repair/Cleaning utilities are perfect. They are effective in finding and removing errors caused by invalid references, viruses, and spyware/tracking programs, and usually have other features, like Registry defragmenting and backup/restore utilities and scanning schedules, that make it very easy to maintain your computer’s health and optimize its performance.