What’s On My PC – Geek Squeaks’ for the Week

January 26, 2014

THE ROUND-UP FOR THE WEEK:

FAST & FREE ONLINE VIRUS SCANNER, for your computer, featuring the Bitdefender scanning engine. Need a second opinion, use this virus scanner. I just featured Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition [here]  (more info below)…

RADIO ENJOYMENT FOR FREE WITH WINDOWS 8 – I started looking around for some Windows 8 Apps, at the Windows Store, and found an app (Audials) that gives you the ability to listen to just about any radio station out there (more info below)…

THE PARTY IS ON! MAKE IT RAIN GIGABYTES at Copy.com (online storage). When you signup with Copy, you get 15 GB of space for FREE; plus, for every person you refer you get an additional 5 GBs (no limit to the referrals). I recently posted an article about this (click here). Last I checked I was up to 85 GB through the referrals and every person signing up (after installing one of their apps) got an additional 5 GB. From what I am reading this is for a limited time only (more info below)…

7 WAYS TO HELP REDUCE YOUR PRINTING COSTS is an article posted at this weeks random tech site pick (Computer How To Guide). The owner and administrator of ComputerHowtoGuide.com is a fun loving person who writes about a variety of topics related to computers and technology. This is one of my favorite sites by a site administrator who has similar passion for information technology, as I do (more info below)…

TAKE A RIDE IN A FLYING ROLLER COASTER where the fun begins about a minute into this video. The video below gives you the backseat cockpit view from an ultra low flying RAF Typhoon frontline jet fighter (more info below)…

THIS WEEK’S WALLPAPER is in celebration of Ground Hog Day (more info below)…

TECH PRODUCT BUY OF THE WEEK features a special at Amazon where you can get up to 30% off on external hard drives [click here]. When using a computer it is important to have a back up strategy for your personal files. An external hard drive is the perfect solution (more info below)…

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Geek Squeaks’ for the Week is a weekly round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!


Bitdefender QuickScan

Available As A Google Chrome Add On

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Impressive Radio Enjoyment with Audials Radio Windows 8

(Windows App)

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The radio controls provide initial information on the tracks played, artists and even cover art, even before you listen to the station. The user can find, listen to and record radio stations according to genre, country or currently-played artist. The location-based supply of regional stations and a station selection with top hits just starting are both add-on advantages. In addition to the favorites function, the user can also “pin” genres and artists.

GET THE WINDOWS APP HERE

Also available on other platforms: Windows PC – Android Smartphone & Tablet – Apple iPhone & iPad

Audials provides you with Music, Videos, Movies and offers the best Internet Radios, Podcasts and Music TV


The Party Is On!  Make it Rain Gigabytes

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To celebrate Copy’s launch, earn 5 GB of extra free storage for yourself and whoever you refer each time you introduce someone new to Copy. This is a limited time opportunity to rack up huge amounts of extra free storage while we build the initial buzz around Copy!

For every person that signs up, using the link below, you will get 15 GB of free storage, plus an additional 5 GB (total of 20 GB) after you install one of their apps. Unknown at this time how long this will remain in effect.

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This Week’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

Computer How To Guide

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7 Ways to Help Reduce Your Printing Costs – A printer is one of the most important computer accessories and should be chosen carefully. Not only should you take into consideration the actual cost of the printer, but how much it is going to cost you… READ MORE


Flying inside the cockpit of a fighter jet
is the best roller coaster

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Strap yourself in your chair. Put down the coffee mug. And make sure you have an empty stomach because you’re about to take a ride in a flying roller coaster. Or well, the closest thing there is to a flying roller coaster… READ MORE TO SEE THIS AWESOME VIDEO


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A Hard Drive That Has Its’ Own Wi-Fi Network

April 10, 2013

You have to love technology… Seagate has an external hard drive available that is called Wireless Plus. This drive has its own Wi-Fi network built-in, so you can wirelessly stream your media and files to your wi-fi devices such, as your tablet or smartphone. The cool thing about the Wireless Plus drive is that it acts as a router. You do not need to be connected to the internet to access this drive.

 You need no wires with this drive, at all.  It has a built-in rechargeable battery that will give you up to 10 hours life.  Imagine jumping in the car, powering the Wireless Plus up to stream movies to the kids’ tablets.

Wireless Plus has its own Wi-Fi network, so you can wirelessly stream your media and files to your tablet or smartphone on-the-go and off-the-grid

The free Seagate Media app for iOS and Android makes it easy to navigate and enjoy content wherever you go

1TB of built-in storage, which means you can load up to 500 movies or thousands of songs, photos and documents

Allows up to eight tablets and smartphones to access and store content at the same time

Wireless Plus creates its own Wi-Fi network, so there is no need for an Internet connection and you don’t have to use your data plan

Download movies and other media to your device, so you can enjoy your content later, when not connected to Wireless Plus

Game consoles, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players and other DLNA devices can access the content on Wireless Plus whenever you have it connected to your home network via Wi-Fi

Up to 10-hour battery life

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

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A Camcorder With A Built-In Projector

April 3, 2013

With the advent of the smartphone, with built in cameras and video recorders, the makers of camcorders needed to become more innovative. An example of this higher level of innovation can be found in the Sony HDR-PJ230/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder. This camcorder has it all; a built-in 8.9 megapixel still image camera, 27X optical zoom, 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution, 8GB embedded Flash memory and much more.  But, get this —  the Sony HDR-PJ230/B has a built-in video projection system that is powerful enough to project an image up to a 100-inch diagonal screen. Now this is what I call carrying your whole multimedia system in your pocket…  Amazing!

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

Sony HDR-PJ230/B

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Sony HDR-PJ230/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder – [CLICK HERE]

    • 1920×1080 Full HD 60p with 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
    • Project up to 100″ videos with 13lm built-in projector
    • Up to 3hr10min of recording with 8GB embedded Flash Memory
    • SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur
    • 2.7″ wide Clear Photo LCD display (230K)

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Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices

March 27, 2013

It is amazing the sound quality that can be had from our smartphones and tablet computers; especially, when you can drive that sound to a your speakers or home theater system. One way to accomplish this, without the mess of wires and actually connecting the device to the speakers, is to use a wireless speaker adapter for bluetooth enabled audio devices (such as your iphone, android phone, ipad and android tablet).

I went on the hunt for such an adapter and came up with the Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices that is not only made by a reputable manufacturer, but is cost effective and carries a good review rating.

Wireless audio streaming

  • Instantly stream music, movie soundtracks, Pandora and game audio from your tablet or smartphone to your home speakers
  • Great for iPhone, iPad, Android phones or any Bluetooth-enabled audio device
  • Far better sound quality than you get from your mobile device’s tiny built-in speakers

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

 Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices– [CLICK HERE]

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Amazon Drops The Price On The Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Tablet

March 20, 2013

Back in January I featured the Kindle Fire HD tablet as the tech product of the week. This week is sort of a repeat on the Kindle Fire HD and the reason is simply this:  I noticed that Amazon has dropped the price $30 on the 8.9” Wi-Fi model and $100 on the 8.9” 4G LTE model (with data plans). I am sure this is to keep Amazon competitive and my guess is that they have something else coming at us on the horizon. If you want to get on board with a tablet, the Kindle HD Fire with the price drop is an excellent opportunity.

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

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Play The Most Graphics-Intensive Games With The ASUS GeForce GTX TITAN

March 6, 2013

Each week I have been trying to feature a tech product or gadget that is unique or is a good deal.  This week I came across a video card that is the ultimate video card for gamers. It is the ASUS GeForce GTX Titan with 6GB GDDR5 of on board memory. If you are looking for power and performance with the ability to play the most graphic intensive games, then this is the video card to get; however, getting one of the best does not come cheap.

Get the manufacturer specs on Microsoft Surface Pro – [ HERE ]

ASUS GeForce GTX TITAN

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about ASUS GeForce GTX Titan  [CLICK HERE]

Product Features

    • Gigantic 6GB GDDR5 memory for the best gaming experience & the best resolution
    • NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync adjusts VSync to current frame rates for maximum playability
    • Bring games to life with NVIDIA Surround multi-monitor gaming on a single card

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Is The Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Computer Going To Hold Up To The Competition?

February 27, 2013

The best description I can give for Microsoft Surface Pro is that it is a laptop in tablet form. It will run the same programs that you have been running with Windows 7; BUT, will this be enough to standup to the competition (the Android Tablets and iPad)?

Microsoft Surface Pro

I am a Windows user, always have been, but there is two things that is holding me back from the Surface Pro, and has me questioning Microsoft’s strategy:

  1. The price of $899+ is too salty for my pocketbook. For 899+ I can get a pretty decent Ultrabook with a touch screen. Granted the Surface Pro is comparable to the full Windows desktop and notebook computer experience that I have always been used to; however, after personally using and experiencing the simplicity of the Android Tablet (at a much lesser price), and the iPad, I cannot see existing home based computer users or the new generation of users (our kids and grandkids) going for Microsoft’s flavor of the tablet (Pro or RT Models).

    For example, I have two elderly friends of mine, one owning an Android Tablet and the other owning an iPad. Both have expressed how easy it was for them to use these devices in comparison to their Windows based computers. As a matter of fact, they are spending less time at the keyboard.

  2. The Surface Pro (best model) ships with a 128 GB of space and from what I am reading this space can drop dramatically to around 89 GBs with Windows 8, Microsoft Office and the built in Windows apps installed (click here). Also, I have noticed that many of the Windows Store apps can be quite large in file or install size compared to the typical apps installed on the Android OS and iOS (iPad) platforms.

I don’t want to sound too negative about Microsoft Surface, because I am a true Windows based user who has lived in the operating system for years; BUT, that has been my passion, my hobby, my life blood… Most people I know could care less about computers or Microsoft Windows. All they want is an easy computer (internet) experience and they want it at a reasonable cost; whether it is Android, iOS (iPad) or Microsoft. In other words, I am starting to realize that the writing may be on the wall and that myself, desktop computing and Microsoft is becoming old school pretty fast.

I would love to hear insight on this from the experts in the field and from the everyday computer user at home.  (see a related article here, called Rethinking Tablets, at TTC Shelbyville – a Tennessee Tech School).

Get the manufacturer specs on Microsoft Surface Pro – [ HERE ]

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Product Features

i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000
4GB Ram Dual Channel Memory
Windows 8 Pro
128 GB
10.6″ ClearType HD Display

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A Powerful DataVac Blower To Keep Your Computer Clean and Free From Dirt, Dust and Debris

February 20, 2013

I can tell you, from personal experience(s), that dust accumulations inside a computer, over a period of time, will cause a heat build-up that will ultimately affect the operation of the computer. You can literally fry the computer…

It is important that any electronics you own, you should regularly clean the device of dust and debris. In the spring and fall, I disconnect my computer, remove the case entry cover, and blow out the dust and debris. I also clean the printer and keyboard on this same maintenance schedule. I use a can of compressed air to perform this task; however, I am now looking at another powerful option called the Metro DataVac Electric Duster 500 which features a 500 watt motor, .75 HP, 120 volt, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow.

The Metro DataVac over a period of time will outweigh the initial cost; versus buying cans of compressed air over that same period of time.  I can also see using this blower for other things as well, such as blowing up my inflatable boat and blowing out the air filters in the mower, car, etc… : )…

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

Metro DataVac Electric Duster 500

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Metro DataVac Electric Duster 500 [CLICK HERE]

Features:

  • Sturdy all-steel construction
  • 500 watt motor, .75 HP, 120 volt, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow
  • Includes air pin-pointer, air concentrator nozzle, air -flare nozzle, micro-cleaning tool kit
  • More effective than canned air and safer than canned air
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

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A Low Profile 32 GB Flash Drive That Is Well Suited for A Tablet Computer or Car Audio System

February 13, 2013

The Tech Product for this week is the SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZEE 32 GB Flash Drive. The best way to describe this drive is that it is discreet.  As a matter of fact, the only bad about this drive is that it is so discreet you may just forget about it.  Otherwise, this drive is well suited for a  tablet computer or car audio where it is a very low profile and inconspicuous. This drive does not protrude from the side of the device like a typical in size flash drive.

Just how small is the Cruzer Fit CZEE 32 GB Flash Drive?  It is next to the size of a dime, so be careful that you do not lose it (or forget about it). Personally, I like the size and typically keep it in my computer to backup my personal documents.

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZEE 32 GB Flash Drive

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZEE 32 GB Flash Drive [CLICK HERE]

  • Low-profile design for easy USB connectivity
  • Store all your most important data with capacities up to 32GB**
  • SanDisk SecureAccess™ software provides password protection**
  • Includes up to 2GB of online backup optionally available from YuuWaa**
  • Fits unobtrusively in a tablet or car audio USB port

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Tech Product of the Week: U32 ShadowTM 1 TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

January 30, 2013

How would you like a 1TB (terabyte) external drive that is economically priced; carries a 3 year warranty; is the thinnest on the market; can be easily carried in your pocket; can dissipate heat by design; is USB bus powered (no power adapter required);, and, when connected to a USB 3.0 port is 5 times faster than USB 2.0?

Is so, then you need to check out the U32 ShadownTM 1 TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive. These little drives are made by a company, based in St. Paul Minnesota, called Oyen Digital.

A drive such as this is a perfect backup strategy device to backup your personal files and then store the drive off-site.

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

U32 ShadowTM 1 TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

Oyen Digital is an innovative developer and manufacturer in the portable storage industry, specializing in professional A/V and RAID storage.

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the U32 ShadownTM 1 TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive[CLICK HERE]

Readers: To keep the blog interesting, I plan to feature a tech product of the week that will feature a direct link to the manufacturer for specifications and a link to Amazon to see the customer reviews (and how the product is being rated).

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Tech Product of the Week: Kindle Fire HD 7 Inch Tablet Computer

January 23, 2013

Looking for a tablet computer reminds me of the day when desktops started to flourish and everyone wanted one. It is like shopping for a car and by the end of the day you are more confused than you were at the beginning of the day.

Here is my take on Tablet Computers…  For the home based computer user, buy a reasonably priced Android OS based tablet, such as the Kindle Fire HD (7 inch). I cannot see putting out large amounts of money for a tablet; especially, when the next latest and greatest is just around the corner. We are only seeing the beginning of this type of technology.

I recently got my hands on the Kindle Fire HD and was very impressed. With the Kindle Fire you are really getting a great tablet that features a high definition display, great sound (Dolby Audio), dual-antenna Wi-Fi, a massive selection of Android Apps and much, much more for under $200…  I especially liked that the Fire has a Micro USB 2.0 port (for connection of a PC) and a Micro-HDMI port for high definition video output to a television. Many of the other 7 inch tablets lack these external connectivity options.  All-In-All, for the home based computer user, the Kindle Fire HD is a tablet to consider.

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

Kindle Fire HD

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Kindle Fire HD Tablet Computer – [ CLICK HERE ]

Readers: To keep the blog interesting, I plan to feature a tech product of the week that will feature a direct link to the manufacturer for specifications and a link to Amazon to see the customer reviews (and how the product is being rated).

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Tech Product of the Week: MK808 Dual Core Android 4.1 TV BOX Rockchip RK3066 Cortex-A9 Mini PC Smart TV Stick

January 16, 2013

If you are looking for an economical (and ingenious) way to wirelessly bring the internet to your TV (including steaming videos) or to turn your TV into a Smart TV, then the MK808 Dual Cord Android (4.1) TV Box may be up your alley. In essence, this device is an Android device without the screen. You plug it into the HDMI port on your TV and use the TV as your screen. It is like having a giant Android Tablet, with all the apps, bells and whistles that Android offers.

Get the the manufacturer specs – [ HERE ]

MK808 Dual Core Android 4.1 TV BOX Rockchip RK3066 Cortex-A9 Mini PC Smart TV Stick

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the MK808 Android TV Box [ CLICK HERE ]

Nice Video Demo of the MK808 Android TV Box

Readers: To keep the blog interesting, I plan to feature a tech product of the week that will feature a direct link to the manufacturer for specifications and a link to Amazon to see the customer reviews (and how the product is being rated). In essence, it is my Tech Toy Wish List as a work in progress…

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Tech Product of the Week: GeForce GTX 660 Graphic Card

January 11, 2013

If you have an appetite for gaming hardware and are value conscious, then the GeForce GTX 660 Graphic Card may fit the bill… The EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2048MB GDDR5 DVI HDMI DP Graphics Card is built specifically for 1080p gaming that use DirectX 11 and NVidia PhysX-enabled games.

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

GeForce GTX 660 Graphic Card

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the GeForce GTX 660 Graphic Card [ CLICK HERE ] 

Readers: To keep the blog interesting, I plan to feature a tech product of the week that will feature a direct link to the manufacturer for specifications and a link to Amazon to see the customer reviews (and how the product is being rated).

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A FREE Alternative to Microsoft Office And Especially Microsoft Word

January 8, 2013

Most people at home think that when they buy a computer they have to throw the Microsoft Office Suite into the deal. Did you know that you can avoid the added expense and install other third party software that will get the job done for you and have the ability to read and write many of the Microsoft Office file formats?

Spending a lot of money on an Office Suite because you may write the occasional letter, does not make sense. If you are a student in school (or college) or a business person where Microsoft Office is a requirement, then it may make sense; and, even then (in most instances) people will only use the suite at home to view Office documents because they really don’t want to work from home.

Kingsoft Office SuiteRecently, I featured an Android Office Suite option for your phone and tablet called Kingsoft Office Suite for Android (see here).  I was so impressed with the Android version that I started to explore the Windows version that is available (for FREE) called Kingsoft Office Suite Free.

Kingsoft Office consists of a FREE word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation maker. You can download these components separately and in most instances you will only need the Word Processor (called Kingsoft Writer). To put this into perspective of how powerful (and compatible) the word processor is; Kingsoft Writer can open and edit all Microsoft Word files created with Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, and 2010.

Kingsoft Writer Free 2012 is a totally free word processor program with the qualities matching Microsoft Word and includes a wide range of easy to use features. It is the best Microsoft Word replacement supporting all the Word file formats including .docx. The easy to use user interface makes Kingsoft Writer an attractive choice of software for complete beginners and even the most advanced users. In addition, it introduced lots of useful functions including a built-in Word to PDF converter, automatic spell check, web layout view, etc.

So the next time you buy a computer, save yourself a considerable amount of money and give Kingsoft Office Suite FREE (especially Kingsoft Writer) a try…

Other Features of Writer Free 2012

Automatic Spell Check: Use the built-in spell checker to proofread your document. Any incorrect words are underlined in red.

Word Count: This feature helps to count the number of words in a document automatically. It can count pages, words, characters (with or without spaces) and paragraphs.

Word Document Encryption: Protect your privacy by preventing others from viewing or changing the files. Enter a read-only password to only allow document browsing and not modification. Enter read-write password to both browse and modify the document.

Mail Merge: A Mail Merging feature enables you to generate many documents at once that contain identical formatting, layout, text, graphics, and more in which only certain portions of each document vary.

Illustrations: A large range of clip arts, charts, shapes and pictures are available to choose from as well as several text effects, such as shadows, 3-D effects, wordart, outlines, emboss engrave, and more.

Cross-Reference: It offers cross-reference functions which refer to an item that appears in another location in a document. It can help you to find the content you are looking for as soon as possible and it also displays the structure of a book in a more systematical and compact way.

Equation and Symbol: A built-in equation editor is available for Writer which offers a number of often-used equations and operation symbols. You can easily insert and edit equations & symbols in your word document.

Various Document Viewing Methods: Diverse document viewing methods make it easy to edit your documents. These functions include the document map, gridlines, ruler, markup, and more.

One Click to Insert Blank Page and Page Break: It provides a useful function for inserting blank pages and page break that you can insert a blank pages or page break just by single-click.

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You Have Until January 31st To Upgrade And Save On Windows 8

January 7, 2013

I was in a conversation with a fellow about Windows 8 and I realized that he was unaware that money can be saved on the Windows 8 Pro upgrade if you purchase and download it directly from the Microsoft Store by January 31, 2013, (for $39.99). The DVD copy is available for $69.99. As a result of that conversation with this fellow, I thought I would let the reader’s of the blog know that the deadline for the savings on the upgrade is January 31st.

Windows 8

I know many are going to stick with their Windows XP, Vista or 7 setups; but, I can tell you I went the upgrade route to download Windows 8 and found it to be very stable, and an improvement over the previous versions of Windows. Yes, this version of Windows can present some challenges, but once you overcome the challenges you will ultimately be ahead of the curve and will soon be on the hunt for your own collection of Windows apps (which are being developed and posted on a daily basis).

Upgrading to Windows 8

If your PC is running Windows 7, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8 Pro. If your PC is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your apps. Some features such as touch may require a new PC. To check compatibility, visit your PC manufacturer’s website and check out www.windows.com/upgrade to run the Upgrade Assistant to check for compatibility and get more details on system requirements.

Also, if you are a Windows Media Center user, you will have to download the Windows Media Center Pack as a separate download.  This download is free, only for a limited time (until January 31, 2013).

If your PC is running Windows 8 Pro and you’d like to get Windows 8 Media Center Pack so you can watch and record live TV with Windows Media Center, you can take advantage of the following special offer [click here]

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