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Windows: Searching for files in Windows can be easy if you know what you’re looking for and infuriating if you don’t remember a file name, path, or folder location. 7Files, a free file browser for Windows 7 systems, makes searching easy by highlighting often-used files, organizing your files by date, file type, and file extension, and showing you most recently opened or modified files together for quick reference.

While 7Files doesn’t explicitly allow you to tag files, it does give you common characteristics to use to organize and search your files. For example, the app allows you to quickly see all files you received or opened today, view only .png files created on a certain date, find all attachments you downloaded this week, and so on. The utility also integrates Windows search into every Explorer window.

7Files is in alpha, so keep that in mind if you choose to give it a try. It supports both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows, and requires the .NET Framework prior to install. Have you tried 7Files already, or do you prefer another alternative file browser for Windows? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Using Windows 8 in a virtual machine…..

Posted: October 4, 2011 in Tech

There’s much hype about windows 8 developer preview….. so thinking to try it without worrying about messing up your computer? I suggest using any three of these virtualization apps to run the Windows 8 developer preview. Here’s how to install it and my experience running it on each of these apps.

Downloading the Windows Developer Preview

First download the Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO file from Microsoft. As mentioned previously, both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available, plus a 64-bit version with developer tools. Make sure you get the right build—otherwise you‘ll get errors such as “device drivers not found” halfway through the install process (yes, I learned that from experience). Not sure which version you’re running? Check out our guide to 64-bit vs. 32-bit operating systems. For this test I used the 64-bit preview (without the developer’s tools).

Talking about the three virtualization apps……

  • Overview: VirtualBox vs. VMware Fusion 4

VirtualBox: VirtualBox is the free, multi-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac, and Solaris) virtualization app from Oracle. I’m using version 4.0.4

You’re probably wondering what the difference is between these three programs if they are all meant to do the same thing—run a different operating system within your main OS—and why you shouldn’t just go with the free one. We’re going to do a more in-depth comparison soon, but just to answer your question about trying Windows 8 on a VM, here’s how it has worked out with these three programs: Windows 8 runs smoothly on both VMware Fusion 4 and Parallels Desktop 7 with just 1GB of RAM allocated, but for some reason even with 2GB of memory set aside VirtualBox just ran terribly, add-years-to-your-life slowly (in my experience, at least. Yours may vary, depending on hardware, operating system, and other conditions). Here are the details:

  • Installing on VirtualBox

VirtualBox did not—and still does not—play well with my system, an iMac (late 2010) with 4GB of RAM. It took several tries (wrong build user error aside) and many hours of waiting and frustration to finally get Windows 8 installed, but it did, finally, install.

To install the developer preview in VirtualBox:

  1. Click New to create a new virtual machine and type a name for it.
  2. For Operating System version, select “Other Windows”
  3. For memory size, enter 2048 MB, more or less. Microsoft recommends 2GB at least for the 64-bit version. I found that when I used 3072 MB I couldn’t use my computer at all. As you’ll see with the VMware Fusion and Parallels test, you can probably get away with using 1GB or 1.5GB of RAM here for better performance overall.
  4. Click continue through the next screen to create a start up disk.
  5. Click continue again to create a VDI file.
  6. Use a Fixed size disk, for better performance (especially since this is just a test virtual machine).
  7. A 20GB disk size is probably fine; that’s the minimum Microsoft recommends for the 64-bit version.
  8. Click Create and your virtual disk file will be created.

Then, you’ll need to go into the settings of the virtual machine you just created and check some options (thanks to these tips from AddictiveTips):

  1. Under System: Enable IO APIC
  2. Under Processor: Enable PAE/NX
  3. Under Acceleration: Enable VT-x/AMD-V and Enable Nested Paging

Go to Storage, and click the CD icon next to CD/DVD Drive, then choose the virtual CD/DVD disk file to browse to the Windows 8 ISO file you downloaded.

Finally click Start to begin the installation and walk through the Windows 8 installation.

  • Experience on VirtualBox

Performance with VirtualBox is really abysmal within Windows 8, and running the virtual machine causes the iMac to crawl, usually to a standstill. The mouse is laggy just signing on. It’s pretty much unusable for me.

Because the software is free, however, and others like the folks at AddictiveTips, obviously, are able to use it, definitely give it a try for yourself. I’ve had severe performance issues with VMware Fusion 3 as well.

Luckily, VMware Fusion 4 and, even better, Parallels Desktop 7 work a bit better than VirtualBox with Windows 8—in my case. Your mileage may vary.

  • Installing on VMware Fusion 4

The installation for Windows 8 went most smoothly on VMware Fusion 4. Basically, you just:

  1. Create New Virtual Machine
  2. Click Continue without disc
  3. Select the ISO file and choose Windows 7 as the operating system (there’s no “Other” option)

Then the VM is set up for you with the defaults (60GB HDD and 1GB RAM) and you continue to the Windows 8 installation.

  • Experience on VMWare Fusion 4

In short, it’s a usable experience, good enough for playing around, though not optimal. The nice thing is you don’t have to tweak anything for the installation.

  • Conclusion

Because there’s a free trial for VMware Fusion  if you have the time and patience you could try. VirtualBox is free, so you could go with that as your first try, even though it didn’t work out for me.

You’ll definitely be able to use one of these apps, though, to see Windows 8 for yourself. Have fun

P.S. Have you tried Windows 8 on a VM yet? Share your experiences in the comments.

If there’s one thing everyone dreads, it’s rebooting their computer……..It may only take a minute or two, but it can seem like forever. Here are our top 10 tweaks that’ll make your computer boot a little faster

This is a pretty controversial topic, as there are a lot of startup-tweaking myths out there. So, we took to the streets (of the internet) and searched for as many easy, well-supported tips as we could find. There may be others, some of which are controversial, but these 10 things are almost sure to get you a faster-booting machine.

10. Tweak Your BIOS

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Boot TimeWhen you first set up your computer, your BIOS is set up to make things a bit more convenient for you, but once you’re all set up, those things can be disabled. If you hold the DEL key when you start up your computer (or whatever key your BIOS tells you to enter setup), you can turn on the “Quick Boot” option and move your hard disk to the top of the boot priority list. The Quick Boot setting will turn off the tests your computer runs when it first turns on, and the boot priority tweak will tell your computer not to look for CDs, thumb drives, or other media when it first starts, which will get you booted into your OS quicker. If you ever need to boot from CD though, you’ll have to go back into the BIOS and change this again before you do.

9. Clean Out Programs that Launch at Startup

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Boot TimeOne of the most tried and true ways to speed up your boot process is to keep unnecessary programs from starting up with your computer. You can do this by runningmsconfig from the Start Menu’s search box, and going to the Startup tab. This applications list will tell you what each of those applications does, so you know which ones you can disable and which ones you don’t want to. Previously mentioned Soluto is also a fantastic way to clean up these programs, and these days it’s got a bunch of other handy features that make it worth a download.

8. Delay Windows Services That Run at Startup

Many people argue that disabling Services from msconfig will also speed up your boot time, but we’ve found that this is more problematic than anything. However, you can delay certain startup services so that your computer boots quickly and then worries about them later—after all, you don’t need all those services the minute you start up your machine.

7. Change Your Boot Menu’s Timeout Values

If you’re dual-booting your machine, then your boot menu probably has a “timeout value”, meaning the amount of time it waits for you to make a selection before it just boots into the default OS. On Windows, this timeout value is often 30 seconds, which is a long time to wait if you aren’t looking directly at your screen. To change this timeout value, head to msconfig and click on the BOOT.INI tab, and change the number in the timeout box to something lower. If you’re dual-booting with Linux, you’re probably running the GRUB boot menu, and you can change the timeout on that too.

6. Disable Unused Hardware

Your computer loads a lot of drivers when it first starts up, some of which you might not even use. Head into the Device Manager from the Start Menu’s search box, and look for anything you aren’t using—Bluetooth controllers, modems, and virtual Wi-Fi adapters are common culprits. Right-click on the entry you want to disable and hit “Disable”. Remember to only do this with things you don’t actually use—if you use Wireless Hosted Networks, you’ll need to keep those virtual Wi-Fi adapters enabled. It’s also worth mentioning here that keeping all your drivers up to date will help this portion of the startup time, too (which you can do with the help of a program like previously mentioned Device Doctor).

5. Keep Your Antivirus Running and Up to Date

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Boot TimeThis should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: install some antivirus software, keep it up to date, and run a regular scan. This is more of a preventative measure than an actual boot-speeding tip, but if you everdo get malware, it’s sure to slow your computer’s boot time. With a good antivirus around like Microsoft Security Essentials, you’ll be more protected against that happening. Don’t like MSE? There are somegreat ones out there too, so there’s no reason not to have one around.

4. Remove Unnecessary Fonts

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Boot TimeSince the dawn of time, Windows has loaded fonts at startup and slowed down the boot time. This is less of a problem than it used to be, but it can still slow you down a bit. Windows 7 loads over 200 fonts at startup; even more if you’ve installed Microsoft Office. Chances are, you use very few of those fonts, so you can hide them to speed up that process. In Windows 7, open up the Fonts folder from the Start Menu’s search box, and check off all the fonts you don’t need. Then click the “Hide” button in the toolbar. This way, if you ever want them, you can bring them back, but Windows won’t load them at startup. Note that just removing a few fonts probably isn’t going to make a noticeable difference—you’ll probably need to get rid of a few hundred. That said, you might have hundreds more fonts installed than you realized, so that isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds.

3. Upgrade Your RAM

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Boot TimeInstalling more RAM has always been an effective way of speeding up your computer, and that hasn’t changed. RAM is pretty cheap these days, so if you’re running low, there’s no reason not to stock up and make your computer run a little smoother. We’ve gone over how to replace it in both a desktopand a laptop, and even for the inexperienced, it’s a pretty simple procedure.

2. Give Your Computer a Static IP

When you first start up your computer, it spends a significant amount of time asking the network for an IP address. You can get rid of this process altogether by giving your computer a static IP address that never changes. Not only does this make your network easier to manage (since each computer will always have the same IP address), but it can shave a bit more time off your startup. Here’s how to do it in different versions of Windows.

1. Install a Solid State Drive

These days, your hard drive is probably the biggest bottleneck in your machine. One of the best upgrades you can make to your computer is to install a solid state drive, which has super-fast read times that can speed up your startup considerably. They’re certainly not a cheap upgrade, nor are they without their own maintenance requirements, but if you want to speed up your computer and its boot time, you can’t go wrong by installing an SSD. The difference will be shocking.

Again, these aren’t the only ways to shorten your computer’s boot time, but they are some of the most well-known, trusted methods that we’ve found. If you have any of your own favorite tweaks, share them with us in the comments, but beware of myths and snake oil—there are a lot of tweaks out there that do more harm than good.

–via lifehacker


So nowadays tabbed browsing is common with all of us. Sometimes we’re browsing along the web and  want to open a page but not bother to look at it right this second. Usually you  right-click the link and choose “Open Link in New Tab” but this little keyboard shortcut can save you from the trouble and even save some time. The easier way is that all you have to do is hold down the Control key (on Windows) or Command (on Mac) and just click the link you want to open. This will open a tab in the background and you won’t have to deal with it right away. You can also do this with bookmarks and bookmark folders that are sitting in your toolbar. Some Windows browsers will even save you a step and allow you to “middle click” (this generally refers to pushing scroll wheel on your mouse) to perform this action. Either way, it’s a handy trick when browsing the web……..


While using Google Plus, i somewhere felt that i missed Facebook and then thought of why not use them both simultaneously.

This a simple way that  allows you to see your Facebook stream inside Google Plus, or simply let you connect with your friends and keep a check on their activities.

Simply Connect to Facebook, and get all the updates on your Google+ Facebook tab.

Just click on the link below and you are through.

Google+ Fact:Google plus was developed under the codename EmeraldSea.