ProduKey – Popular, FREE, Must Have Utility To Retrieve Your Windows Product Key

August 21, 2014

Prior to performing a re-install of the operating system on my computer,  I ran NirSoft’s little utility called ProduKey to retrieve my Windows 8 product key. This key is required in order to complete the installation of Windows and is the key that communicates to Microsoft that you legally purchased the operating system software.

Typically what happens is when we get these product keys we end up forgetting where we placed them or where we had written them down. ProduKey makes retrieving the key very fast and easy.

ProduKey
ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007), Windows (Including Windows 7 and Windows Vista), Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer – by using command-line options. This utility can be useful if you lost the product key of your Windows/Office, and you want to reinstall it on your computer.

Note:  The description at the NirSoft site indicates the software will display the key for Windows (including Windows 7 and Windows Vista). Does not indicate Windows 8; however, I can attest that it will work for Windows 8, as well.


Geek Squeak – How To Make The Windows 8 Task Manager Become A Desktop Widget

August 20, 2014

This geek squeak is a quickie, but is pretty neat.  If you have Windows 8, right click on the Windows 8 taskbar at the bottom of your screen, and click on Task Manager.  When Task Manager loads, click on the Performance tab. On the left side of the Performance Tab you will see graphical user interface for the CPU, Memory, Disk, Ethernet, etc… Left double click on on any of those and voila you will get a sized down widget version of the performance tab in a  floating window that can be moved around and is handy when it comes to troubleshooting problems.

To return back to the full size version of the Task Manager, just left double click anywhere inside the floating window.


How to Disable Specific Windows Updates So That They Will Not Be Installed

August 13, 2014

You probably are asking, “Why would I want to block a Windows Update?”.

I had numerous Windows Updates hit my PC yesterday and one of the updates would not install.  As a result, the computer ended up into a tailspin where every time I booted, the update appeared to be installing; then, it would fail; and, then uninstall itself.  After identifying what update it was, I needed a way to disable the update from installing, until a fix could be found.

What I found is that in Windows 7 and Windows 8 you can disable updates from installing by hiding them. Keep in mind, it is important to capture all updates; however, as in my case, there are those occasions where an update will break the machine.

To disable or hide the update I did some research and found that the web site Windows SevenForums has a very nice tutorial description (with graphics) on How to Hide or Restore Hidden Windows Updates in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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By following their tutorial, I was able to easily hide the update that was causing me the issue. Once I find a fix, I will unhide the update so that it can properly install. Thank you Windows SevenForum


A FREE Windows 8 Downloadable Quick Reference Card

August 12, 2014

If you are new to Windows 8, I came across this FREE downloadable (PDF) Windows 8 Quick Reference Card, from Custom Guide Interactive Learning, that may be of great help.  CLICK HERE to get it…

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Periodically Change The Background Image On Your Computer (like every hour or every day)

June 30, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Periodically Change The Background Image On Your Computer (like every hour or every day) – You may have figured out that in Windows 7 and Windows 8 you have the ability to setup a screensaver that will display your photos and images on your computer as a slideshow (when the computer goes idle for a preset period of time).  The problem with this is that it is limited in what you can do. Actually screensavers are really a thing of the past (that was designed to save your screen from burn in).

If you really want something that I consider an awesome piece of software, that is periodically updated (and improved), I encourage you to take a look at John’s Background Switcher (aka: JBS).

John’s Background Switcher

What does John’s Background Switcher do?  John best describes it as this: “JBS sits in your system tray (down by the clock) and changes your background at the time interval of your choosing. You tell it where to get pictures from and how to show them – maybe you just want to see one photo at a time or maybe you’d like to see a ‘Snapshot Scrapbook‘ of photos thrown across your desktop. It’s up to you and you never know what’s coming next!”

Take a look at John’s Background Switcher; and, that dull boring computer background will be transformed into a beautiful display that makes good use of your images (and photos) with the ability to pull images from various sources on the internet.  Get it here (for FREE)!

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[UPCOMING DEAL] Foscam FI9804W 720P Outdoor HD Wireless IP Camera – Fixed 720p HD Video Quality Megapixel Wireless IP camera, H.264 compression. 12 IR LEDs for night vision up to 20 meters. Fitted with a 2.8 mm lens for a 70 degree viewing angle, 1280 x 720 Resolution… Upcoming Deals @ Amazon

Foscam FI9804W 720P Outdoor HD Wireless IP Camera

[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] Find out when your emails were read (in Gmail) – Avoid misunderstandings: check if your e-mails have been received – Friends: coordinate better with them – Family: make sure your loved ones are well – Peace of mind: avoid impatience when waiting for answers – Commercial objectives: verify if there is interest in your products – Job search: find out if a company reviewed your resume… @chrome web store

[CLOUD COMPUTING] 17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter – Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online? Here’s a list of websites that will actually make you smarter… @Entrepreneur

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] PDF24 Creator: Free PDF Creator to create, convert, merge PDF files – If you are looking for any application that can create, convert and merge PDF files, then PDF24 Creator is one you may want to have a look at. PDF remains the most commonly used file format even today. Whether you are working at home or office, you often across PDF files and it is at such times, when  PDF24 Creator comes in handy. It is a freeware tool that can help in scanning the PDF documents and converting any printable document into the PDF format… @The Windows Club

[ANDROID] The top-rated, most-loved keyboard on Android, now available for free – Swiftkey Keyboard is an intelligent app for Android that upgrades your device’s on-screen keyboard, making it faster and easier for you to type. This free, award-winning app delivers smarter autocorrect and next-word prediction in over 60 languages. It’s packed full of customization features, including over 30 colorful themes, layouts for all screen sizes and devices, support for over 800 emoji, emoji prediction and much more… @Google Play

[FILE SHARING] Send Files Up To 1GB Easily - LockDox is a secure file sharing service brought to you by WatchDox, the leader in enterprise file sync and sharing. WatchDox believes everyone should be able to share files with security, tracking and control… @LockDox

[WINDOWS 8] Access Windows 8’s Advanced Startup Utility with a Simple Shortcut – Windows 8 comes with a handy tool for troubleshooting your computer: the Advanced Startup tool. Accessing it can be kind of roundabout, though, so Tech Support Alert shows how to access it quickly and easily… @lifehacker

[MICROSOFT ONEDRIVE] Microsoft ups free OneDrive storage - Office 365 users get 1TB, everyone else 15GB – OneDrive comes with seven gigabytes of free storage, and Office 365 comes with 20 gigabytes of OneDrive storage. As of today, that’s changed: Microsoft will increase the free quota to 15 Gbytes, and OneDrive subscribers will receive a whopping 1 terabyte with their subscription. The changes will roll out over the next month… @PCWorld


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Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8

June 11, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8 – After the release of Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft did make things better for people to navigate around; however, shutting down the PC is still a hidden component (when you are on the desktop side of Windows 8).

To remedy this issue on my Windows 8 computer, I installed a little program called Shutdown8.

Shutdown8

Shutdown8 is available as an install file or a portable app. I went for the portable app version. Once you get it installed, pin the Shutdown8 executable file to your taskbar making it very handy to shutdown your PC.

Not only does Shutdown8 provide convenience in shutting down your PC, it also has the following features:

  • Shuts down/powers off computers at a specified time
  • Users can set the timer with the [+][-] keys or the mouse wheel button
  • Hibernate Mode: Saves the contents from the RAM to a hard disk and shuts down
  • Sleep Mode: Saves the state of the computer to RAM and enters a low-power mode
  • Works well with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8

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[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] OneNote Clipper – the easiest way to save anything on the web to OneNote in just one click – One-click to save any webpage with the extension toolbar OneNote button… @Chrome Web Store

[ANDROID] SwiftKey goes free on Android – One of the most popular third party keyboards on Android has just shed its price tag. In announcing a major update with new features, SwiftKey has also dropped the bombshell that it will now be available free of charge, but will still hold on to in-app purchases via a new add-on store… @Slash Gear

[SECURITY] Steganos LockNote will change the way you work with confidential notes - Hide your serial numbers, passwords, phone numbers and everyday notes in a safe place. Your informations will be encrypted using a password and most modern AES 256bit encryption technology… @steganos

[WINDOWS APP] Windows 8 Magazine App To Read Millions Of Free Magazines – Issuu is a free magazine app for Windows 8 which lets you read free magazines. This app has millions of free magazines in its collection. You can read any magazine either by searching for it using the built-in search box or by going through each magazine… @I Love Free Software

[CLOUD COMPUTING] Remove backgrounds from images – Free online tool automatically removes the background from images. Make your image backgrounds white or transparent. Even removes white backgrounds from images or photos… @Background Burner

[NOTEBOOK COMPUTER] 2-in-1 Ultraportable Notebook With A 10″ Detachable Tablet – The all-new Transformer Book T100 transforms your mobile lifestyle with a 2-in-1 ultraportable design and an amazing 11 hours battery life that will never tie you down. On one hand, it is a performance notebook with an Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740 Quad Core processor and Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student preinstalled for great productivity. On the other hand, it is a 10.1″ HD touchscreen display that works as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet for all your entertainment needs… @Amazon

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