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Mar 032014

xp_logoWindows Experience Blog – New Windows XP data transfer tool and end of support notifications

On March 8th, 2014, Windows XP customers using the Home or Professional editions who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update will receive an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update informing them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014.


Feb 162014

win8logoTweaking Windows 8.1
Tweaking Windows 8

The Windows 8 Freeware Machine

Clean Install Windows 8.1

Install Windows 8 – Clean Install With Upgrade Media

How To Downgrade Windows 8

Windows 8.1 And WEI?

Guide To Windows 8.1 System Image Backup

Install Windows 8 – Upgrade

Windows 8 – Cleaning Up After You’ve Upgraded

Cleanup After Windows 8.1 Upgrade

Windows Update Cleanup For Windows 7 And Windows 8

Windows 8.1 SSD Settings, Etc.
Windows 8 SSD Settings, Etc.

How To Resize Your Windows 8 Partition

Windows 8.1 Account Settings

Windows 8.1 SkyDrive Options

Windows 8 Custom Menus & Stuff

Windows 8.1 – View Libraries In Explorer

Creating Toolbars In Windows 8

Create Shutdown, Restart, Logoff Tiles For Windows 8

Create Windows 8 Recovery Media

Windows 8 – Elevated Command Prompt

How To Fix The Windows Bootloader

Windows 8 Default Services

All Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Pin Items To The Taskbar In Windows 8

Gid Rid Of Windows 8.1 Help Stickers

Internet Explorer Pinned Sites

Buying The Windows 8 Pro Upgrade From Microsoft

Windows 8.1 Registry Tweaks I Am Using

Jan 302014

th— This post is unfinished and should be considered early BETA version until further notice. I am hoping for some feedback / input.
*** I have had several conversations with folks who are or have purported to be knowledgeable in this subject. To date they have all backed out or disappeared once I request to publish their statements and names. That all changed today as I received input from an expert in regards to the useplatformclock tweak.
IMHO it is very important to read what he has to say. The full email exchange is at the bottom of this post.

3 purported performance tweaks benchmarked.
They are: useplatformclock, tscsyncpolicy, and disabledynamictick.
Continue reading »

Jan 092014

win8logoUltimate Windows Tweaker version 3.0 has been released. It it’s for Windows 8 / 8.1 only.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 3.0 for Windows 8 has been released and is now available for download. While Windows 7 & Windows Vista users should continue to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 2.2, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 may be happy to know that your favorite freeware Windows tweaker is now available for download.

Dec 042013

start8logoStart8 1.31 released.

Start8 1.31 Changelog
-Added some additional strings to bundled language files for Windows 8.1
-DisplayFusion fixes
-Hid the advanced option to go to desktop when closing a metro app on Win8.1
-Disabled the option for the user picture to hide the user picture when using a WB skin
-Fixed an issue with custom themes and non English languages where the shutdown button would clip text

Nov 072013

ie11logoIE 11 for Windows 7 is out.
IE 11 is the default for Windows 8.1.
I expect this to show up in Windows Update for Windows 7 but hasn’t yet.
Announcement: IE11 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses
Microsoft: Internet Explorer Page
IE 11 Welcome Page
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 (32-bit)
Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 64-bit Edition and Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Edition
Internet Explorer 11 Language Packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Internet Explorer Administration Kit 11