The start button does make a comeback, sort of, in Windows 8.1 but it's still not enough to satisfy the die-hard 'I got Windows 8 but miss Windows 7' brigade. Not least as when you click the Windows 8.1 start button it doesn't pop up the old folder-structured start menu that many people miss so much, but instead it just takes you back to the start screen which those same folk have such a dislike of. Of course, if you right click the start button in Windows 8.1 it does produce a start menu of sorts, with one-click access to …

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There are two very obvious truths which need to be stated before going any further: Truth 1 - prevention is better than cure, so don't visit 'dodgy' sites or download anything anyone sends you a link to, and do keep your PC as secure as possible with the help of security software such as real-time malware scanners and firewalls. Truth 2 - when it comes to malware there is no single 'removes it all' solution, there are far too many malware variations out there from rootkits and zero-day exploits through to long-established malware families which are continuously evolving in order …

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The purpose of this short and sweet tutorial is equally concise: how to get the original look and feel of the Google Chrome web browser back after installing on a Windows 8 computer. Having recently been forced into buying a new laptop, I finally took the plunge and decided to start using Windows 8 on a daily basis. In fact I upgraded the Windows 8 OS that came with my Lenovo Y510P laptop to Windows 8.1 Pro, and am happy enough with it apart from a few small UI niggles which I will be addressing in a series of brief …

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Many of you know how to hide your important files and folders and burn them to disc to keep them from being accessed from other users, but if you your drive has so many files that it would take too long to copy all to disc, then why not hide the entire drive. Two methods, 1st one involves editing the registry, so again, back it up; 1st method found here; [url]http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/hide-drives-from-your-computer-in-windows-vista/[/url] 2nd method: Control Panel/System and Security/Administrative Tools, click on Create and format hard disk partitions, right click the drive you want to hide and remove the drive letter. To …

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One of the oldest technology truisms must be that you only realise the importance of backing up your systems after disaster strikes. This is especially true if you have no backups to turn to. There are, thankfully, few excuses aside from sheer laziness not to backup your data these days; be that to a separate data directory (not much use if your hard drive dies), a separate hard drive (better, but not much help if the computer is stolen or lost), a removable drive (better yet, as it can be taken away from the computer itself) and now 'the cloud' …

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When it comes to web browsers, my general rule of thumb is that the latest version is usually the most secure and this is certainly the case with Internet Explorer. However, when I started using Internet Explorer 11 on my new Windows 8.1 Pro laptop I soon discovered that latest doesn't always mean greatest in terms of usability. If you have read my "[How to return the resize buttons to Google Chrome](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/microsoft-windows/windows-vista-and-windows-7-8/tutorials/470978/windows-8-how-to-get-your-google-chrome-resize-buttons-back)" tutorial, you will appreciate that Windows 8 doesn't always give you the UI experience that you are expecting, or that you want. Such was the case when I …

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With this method you can add any custom button to the Explorer Command Bar/Toolbar which I'm sure you have noticed that Vista and Windows 7 have excluded some familiar buttons, including the Delete Button/Icon. [url]http://www.aeroxp.org/2008/06/custom-explorer-buttons/[/url] If you just want the "Delete Button/Icon" as I did, then download the following zips and extract the 2 files to any folder. Just make sure the 2 files stay together. Run as Admin., DeleteBTN and follow the instructions. Nothing to install. After its complete, save the zip for future use and delete the 2 files. Thanks goes to Disk4mat. [url]http://www.filefront.com/13713205/DeleteBtn.exe/[/url] [url]http://www.filefront.com/13713207/subinacl.exe/[/url]

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If your application provides custom dialog-box features, menu items or other capabilities by making changes to the Windows Registry, you can deploy those capabilities to other computers simply by distributing an update or patch to the Registry. Updating the Registry involves nothing more than exporting the capabilities from the Windows Registry Editor to a file and applying them on the target system(s). Carrying those changes is a plain text file with an [i].reg[/i] extension, and contains the key(s) or value(s) you've created. It's applied either by double-clicking its icon in Windows Explorer, importing via RegEdit or executing it from a …

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