Instructions To Activate Windows By Phone

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In case you are using Windows, you might know something known as activation of the software. When newly installing a Windows OS (say Windows XP, just for example) in your system, you require activating it within a month (30 days). It is really not that difficult and you will only require activating the operating system after installing it. Why is activation necessary? When a user activates the copy of Windows XP, only then can he use it without getting the genuineness error. Activation is done in order to make sure that the copy of Windows XP has not exceeded the number of installations that are allowed for the user with the Windows OS License Agreement.

You can activate Windows OS using various methods. This Windows help guide will throw some light on the options available. The usual and commonest way to activate Windows XP OS is through the internet. Of course, you need to have access to the web. In case you are not having access to internet, you need not worry as you have another way, using which you will be able to activate Windows XP. Not having access to the internet, or if user prefers not to activate their Windows XP over the internet, then it is possible for them to do it through the phone. Here are the instructions to help you out:

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  • First and foremost, you need to go to the ‘Start’ button. This, you will be able to find in the lower-left corner of your computer screen.
  • Then you need to go to ‘All Programs’ from the ‘Start menu’ and then click on ‘Accessories’. Thereafter, click on the ‘System Tools’ and choose the ‘Activate Windows’ option.
  • You can select the option ‘Yes, I want to telephone a customer service representative to active Windows now’.
  • After that, you need to click on ‘Read the Windows Product Activation Privacy Statement’, then click on the ‘Back’ button and hit ‘Next’ button.
  • Follow the on-screen prompts or instructions, which includes the phone number you wish to call. Click on the ‘Next’ button for proceeding.
  • In case the process has finished successfully, you will receive a message like this ‘You have successfully activated your copy of Windows’. You need to click on ‘OK’ and your operating system XP will be activated.

So, you have thus activated the Windows OS through your mobile phone.

Should You Upgrade To Windows 7 From Windows XP

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With the death of Windows XP, many existing XP users might be confused as to what to do. Actually, Windows XP lived a long 13 years and it was about time for it to go. The software giant Microsoft had given umpteen extensions to the OS’s life span and it seems they have had it with the age old OS. Agreed, Windows is a good OS, it was the best a decade ago. But, now with the availability of new and advanced Operating Systems, it is anyway outdated and obsolete. Windows 7 is the best alternative available at present. You can easily migrate to the new OS without issues.

Most Windows XP users are still sticking to the old OS due to various reasons. Most common reason for sticking to the old OS is due to the fact that Windows XP is the most familiar OS available today. There are very few Windows users who have not used XP. The features of the aging OS is known to most Windows users. Some people are willing to risk their important information and stay with Windows XP considering the ease of use and features on offer.

Familiarity means people are afraid of trying something new. Another possible reason is the horrendous Windows Vista. Windows Vista was one of the worst Windows OS that had many issues. Windows Vista actually managed to increase the popularity of Windows XP. The company was forced to extend the support period for Windows XP because of the problems with Windows Vista.

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Whatever may be reasons why people continue using Windows XP, the fact that Windows XP is unsupported is not going to change. Windows help and support for Windows XP no more exists. There will be no more Windows help and support provided by the company, officially. The security patches, technical assistance and feature updates etc will not be available for the OS anymore.

The major problem that users will have to face is the security. Most users will have to spend an awful amount of time securing the PC from thousands of malware, viruses, malicious codes and many other security threats. Since there is no support available, the software will be the main target of hackers, and other intruders. Windows 7 is the best OS available at present. It is far better than Windows XP in every aspect. If you don’t want to use Windows 8 series of OSs, wait for the official launch of Windows 10.

Better IM & Video Chat Experience Guaranteed With Skype 7 For Windows

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There have been a lot of complaints from Skype users on Windows. The major blame the previous Skype version for Windows bore was that it consumed a large amount of the screen space. Well, according to Windows help desk, the latest Skype version, Skype 7, consumes less screen space. Furthermore, it offers better video-chatting and instant messaging experience with its brand new features.

Skype 7 features

The brand new features that Microsoft added to the latest Skype version are discussed below.

Better touch-friendly UI

Skype 7 is touch screen friendly. It has an improved user interface that enables it to offer better experience during instant messaging and video-chatting.

Compact mode

‘Skype is eating up the screen space’ was a frequent complaint that users of older Skype versions raised. Well, Microsoft is determined to shut the mouth of such complainants. Skype 7 is integrated with compact mode. Launching Skype 7 in compact mode, you can make sure that the application is not eating up your screen space. Currently, the compact mode is in the developing stage. The feature will have its completed form in the final version of Skype 7, which is slated for release shortly.

How to upgrade to Skype 7?

The Skype 7 upgrade is made available for free. If you are using an older version of Skype on your PC, work out the following steps to upgrade to the latest Skype version (Skype 7).

  • Launch Skype by double-clicking the Skype shortcut icon you have created on your desktop. If you don’t have a Skype
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    shortcut menu, go to the Start button and choose All Programs followed by Skype from the resulting menu.

  • When the application is launched, go to the View option. You can find the option to upgrade your Skype version there. There is yet another method.
  • Go to the Tools menu and select Options followed by IM Settings options.

If you are accessing Skype from a touch screen device, there are better options to adjust the screen size or customize the application. The Skype 7’s touch screen interface lets you slide a screen around the alternative window without using a mouse given that you have kept a webpage open on the desktop screen.

Ever since the acquisition of Skype, Microsoft has been rolling out new features and frequent updates to the application. According to a recent update in Windows help page, the tech giant is trying to make Skype world’s number one instant messaging application by offering extensive support for the application.

Windows 10 Leaked Build 9901 Shows Several Unannounced Features

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The latest leak of Windows 10 shows that the new OS will contain some features which Microsoft is yet to announce. Many companies don’t like the fact of people knowing before they’re told of this, but Microsoft doesn’t seem to be one of them. Executive Gabe Aul said they were okay with this, and don’t mind users getting their hands on the OS before it’s made officially available.

According to Aul, this simply shows that many people are eager to try out Windows 10, and that is essentially a good thing. Although, he did state that official builds are more reliable for installing on primary PCs. Even the latest leak has a bug in it, and the company has warned this might preclude further Windows Insider updates in the future. But if users are OK with having to install an official build later on top of what they have now, this isn’t much of a problem. Also, the Windows Help features might not work optimally in the leaked build.

The leaked build is being called 9901, and it gives a peek at what future customers of the official Windows 10 build can expect. The prominent feature is that it looks and feels a lot like older Windows platforms, unlike Windows 8, which eschewed those visual aspects in favor of the tactile layout. Windows 10 won’t have any of the tiles, and will be reinstating the much popular Start menu. The Windows Help features will also be easier to handle.

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Then there’s the Cortana visual assistant, which functions similarly to the Apple Siri. Cortana has been available on Windows Phone 8.1 since the mobile OS came out. Another feature that Windows 10 comes with is the new Xbox app, to make Gameplay a better experience than it has been until now. Using the new app, players can easily share their Xbox games with contacts, as well as information including achievements and other settings.

The consumer preview of Windows 10 will be brought out on January 21st, at a company event the week after the consumer electronics show. Microsoft executives have also said they will be revealing the release date for the final launch. The wait is trying for many users who want to leave Windows 8 behind, and also for those who wish to see the former performance of Windows platforms restore.

Doing Date Calculations In Windows Calculator

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Being able to calculate dates is something that a lot of people want. There’s no common device for this, and your normal calculator doesn’t have this feature. But if you happen to be using a Windows 7 PC, date calculation just got a whole lot easier. The native calculator application comes with this feature built in, because Windows 7 is that good. You don’t see many Windows help posts about useful stuff like this, because most people consider it trivial.

Go to the Windows start menu and type in calculator, and click on the first result that comes up. Go to View and choose Date Calculation. Alternately, use the Ctrl+E key combo. If you want to find the number of days, months, and years between two dates, such as the number of days you’ve lived, then go to the From field and enter the older date. This will have the current date before you enter something else.

The calendar dropdown is easy to operate, and it lets you zoom out and choose the year or the decade as well. You just need to click on the period title to pan out to a larger one. Now enter or select the other date for the To field. Or you can simply choose the Today option at the bottom of the calendar. Hit the Calculate button to get the time between these two dates. You can get this in the years, months, and days format. For example: 24 years, 8 months, 4 days.

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Another thing you can do is find what date it is after a specific number of days have passed. For this, you can use the Add or subtract days to a specified date option. This one has a From field for the date you do know, and selection list with Add and Subtract options. Fill the former and pick one of the latter. Now enter the number of years, months, and days you wish to throw in or take out. Then hit the Calculate button. The result will be shown as a date, and what day of the week it falls on. For example: Saturday, 29th December, 2012.

Having a native application feature which lets you do this can be very useful at times. Read through other posts to find helpful Windows help tips and guidelines. Also find more on the Windows 7 calculator, and other programs.

Windows XP Support Is No More, But The OS Is Still Popular Among Users

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There will not be many, who do not know what happened with the old OS, Windows XP. Windows XP was one of the best operating systems that were present for over a decade. The old OS has been removed from the Microsoft supported products. The software giant provides support for all their products and there is definite time period, for which each product is supported by the software maker. Windows XP, like all Microsoft developed software, had a life span. This is known as the lifecycle of software. Windows XP outlived its own life span by living well over a decade, actually 13 years.

Windows XP end of support means, the Windows XP users will not be receiving Windows help and support, technical assistance, security packages, feature updates and many other things. Actually, the OS is dead as far as the software company is concerned. This is rightly so, because it was around for so long and the company needs to encourage more users to move on to advanced, modern operating systems like Windows 8.

Windows XP was removed from the supported list mainly because the company has to look to the future. The company is trying to unify the operating systems across various devices. This can only happen if the users move on to Windows 8. Windows 8 is modeled after Windows Phone OS and is optimized for touch friendly systems. Windows XP is a good OS, but it is outdated when compared to the features available in today’s operating systems. Windows 8 offers a variety of quality features making it more attractive, fast and trendy.

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Windows XP has had its glorious time in the past and like all things made has to end some day. This is the rule of modernity and advancement. Windows XP was an aberration living so long, longer than any operating system in the history of Microsoft. The world’s best OS of the past has to give way to new and advanced operating systems of the future.

Windows 8 and future operating systems has many features making your OS experience much better. Moreover, using Windows XP is not at all safe for the users as well as others. Windows XP is like beacon for all the hackers as they are targeting the OS to bombard all the malicious codes in XP powered systems. No Windows help and support anymore; so, why continue using it. Move on!

Turning Automatic Updates On Or Off

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Automatic Updates is the feature of the Windows operating system that was first introduced in the Windows 98 operating system. This feature looks for and installs the necessary updates automatically so that your computer is safe and protected from the malwares and viruses. As per your preferences, you will be able to turn this feature on or off. Microsoft always recommends the users to leave this feature turned on and it will be so by default.

If you don’t want the PC to update automatically, you can turn this feature off. If the feature is turned on, the operating system will periodically look for the important and critical updates and if you have granted the permissions, it will even install the updates for you. The Windows help tips that are shared below will help you to know more on the steps to enable or disable the Automatic Updates feature in the Windows operating system.

Instructions

  • In the desktop, click on the Start button located on the taskbar.
  • From the Start menu, locate Control Panel and then click on it to open the Control Panel window.
  • In the Control Panel window, open Automatic Updates and you will be offered four choices, like Automatic, Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them, Notify me but don’t automatically
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    download or install them, and Turn off Automatic Updates. All the four options will be having a radio button.

  • You can select the option of your choice and then click on the OK button that is located at the bottom of the window. For example if you need to turn on the feature, you will need to select Automatic option and then click on OK. If you need to turn off the feature, you will need to select Turn off Automatic Updates and likewise.
  • After making your choice, you can click on the OK button to confirm your choice. For the changes to take effect, you will need to restart the computer. If the operating system asks you to do so, you can restart the PC for the changes to take effect.

These are the simple steps to make changes to the Windows Update settings. These steps can be done very easily. If you wish to get further assistance on finishing the steps, you can contact our Windows help and support team.

Windows 7 Official Support To End Soon

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Microsoft warns the users of the Windows 7 operating system that the official support for the operating system will be ending soon. This will be the same way the support for Windows XP operating system ended. As per the recent reports from Microsoft, the company will be ending the official mainstream support for the Windows 7 operating system on Jan 13, 2015. But there is no need to panic, as the users of Windows 7 will be getting the security updates until 2020. As per the opinion of the experts, this move will be largely affecting the consumers.

Those businesses that pay for the extended support for the Windows 7 operating system will be getting support for five more years, until Jan 14, 2020. This time period is very much important as many of the businesses that are upgrading their old Windows XP computers are moving to Windows 7 and not Windows 8. It is speculated that Microsoft may change their mind as the date nears, owing to the popularity of the Windows 7 operating system. Experts are hoping this to happen as Microsoft had supported Windows XP for 13 long years.

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But the experts do believe that such sort of extension will not take place in the case of Windows 7 operating system. As per the Windows help team, Windows 8 includes a complete version of the Windows 7 operating system called as Desktop mode. With the release of the Windows 8.1 update, the users will be able to run a Windows 8 computer in desktop mode and will be able to avoid the new and confusing parts of the Windows 8 operating system. As per the sales trends, Microsoft badly needs more sales for their Windows 8 computers. More sales for the Windows 8 operating system means that more and more developers will be making software for the Windows 8 OS.

In the meantime, Microsoft has set an end of support deadline for the mainstream support of Windows 8 and this date is fixed on Jan 9, 2018. This is yet another hint from Microsoft that their next version of Windows operating system will be released in 2015. This latest Windows version is named Windows 10 operating system. If you would like to know more on the latest Windows operating system, you can contact the Windows help and support team.

Microsoft Releases Xbox Video App Capable Of Playing MKV Format

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After the release of Xbox One, Microsoft has been bringing in many changes to the gaming device, all in the process of hoping to make the device more attractive and user-friendly. Earlier this year, we saw the software giant releasing an update for the player, which helped users to play videos that were built in MKV format. This is one of the widely used formats for movie rips. Similar to this update, Microsoft has now released Xbox Video App intended for Windows 8.1 users, which will help the users to play MKV files from their metro styled app.

In addition to the MKV support, the video app will also support other formats like MPEG-4 and H.264 video codecs. The audio files supported by the player include AC3, MP3, AAC and HE-AAC. However, the new formats like H.265 did not work on the player. The player also does not support open source video codecs like VP8 and Theora.

Now, for Windows 10 operating system, it is expected that it would provide support for more formats. According to Windows help center, the support for MKV files is specific to the Xbox Video app and this does not mean that the rest of the device can work with the MKV file. That is, the device will still be unable to play MKV files when you try to launch these files using Windows Media Player or using any of the third party apps. However, with Windows 10, Microsoft plans to come up with a system level support for the FLAC lossless audio and MKV files.

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With all these measures, Microsoft hopes to make the device more user-friendly. Even though it was always possible to play such files using some third party applications, many users were hoping to see the MKV videos being played with Microsoft apps. Earlier, we used to see many spyware programs in the market, which were downloaded to the computer as codecs. With this, the risk of downloading and installing the codecs for audio and video files from the internet became risky. However, the new move from Microsoft to release apps, which would play these video formats, would be welcomed by all. This will considerably reduce the risk involved in downloading third party codecs and offer a better customer experience.

If you have any queries on this latest app from Microsoft, you may contact the Windows help center or our technical support team for assistance.

Booting Windows Vista In Safe Mode With Command Prompt

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Windows users may have used the Safe Mode in the operating system. It is a stripped down environment and in this mode, only those files that are necessary to boot the computer will load. All the other startup programs will be disabled. The Safe mode is mainly meant for diagnosis and troubleshooting purposes. Getting into Safe Mode and troubleshooting is the best way to fix issues like virus infections, as in this mode the virus programs will not load and you will be able to find the infections easily. There are three types of Safe Mode settings in Windows – Normal Safe Mode, Safe Mode with networking, and Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

If you wish to make any changes in the system files of the Windows Vista operating system, you will need to boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt option. In this mode, you will be able to make changes to Vista while working outside of the OS. The Windows help tips that are shared below will help you to know more on the steps to boot Windows Vista in Safe Mode with Command Prompt enabled.

Instructions

  • Restart your PC. To do this click on the Start orb and then click on the arrow that is located near to lock icon and then choose Restart from the menu that pops up.

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  • While the Windows Vista computer is restarting, you will need to tap the F8 key. This should be done before the Windows screen is displayed. You will be taken to the Advanced Boot Options screen.
  • In the Advanced Boot Options window, make use of the arrow keys to choose the Safe Mode with Command Prompt option. After selecting it, you will have to press the Enter key to load it. If you wish to boot into the Windows Vista operating system normally, you can press the Esc key.

These are the steps to boot into Safe Mode with Command Prompt in Windows Vista operating system. You can make the necessary changes, troubleshoot in this mode and then restart the computer again to boot into the Windows Vista operating system normally. You should also understand that some of the installed programs in the computer will not work in Safe Mode as the files of these programs will not load. If you wish to know more on working in Safe Mode, you can contact our Windows help team.