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:
Windows help instructions:
So, you have thus activated the Windows OS through your mobile phone.
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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.
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.
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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.
‘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).
shortcut menu, go to the Start button and choose All Programs followed by Skype from the resulting menu.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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