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How to Boot to the Desktop And Skip Metro UI in Windows 8

Windows 8 is known for its tile-d interface, which begins right from the Start screen when the user logs in.While many believe that the glance-and-go model of the new UI is the future, many hate change and the extra steps it requires to get something done. There is no middle ground, you either love the metro UI or you absolutely hate it! But with this simple tutorial, you can now skip the Modern UI completely and directly boot straight to the desktop with a quick trick.

This when combined with third–party Start menu applications like “ViStart” or “Start8” eliminates the need to use the Modern UI.

Creating the Shortcut to

First step is to open a Notepad which is done by pressing the windows Key from the desktop to access Metro and then typing Notepad at the Start screen and hitting Enter. Paste the below text into a new file:

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Save the file with the .scf file extension. For example, ShowDesktop.scf

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This is same shortcuts the “Show Desktop” button that was found in the Quick Launch area on Windows XP.

Using the Task Scheduler

By using the Task Scheduler, the user can set the shortcut to automatically run when the user logs in. The Task Scheduler can be launched by pressing the Windows key and typing in “Schedule”. Click on the Settings category and select “Schedule Tasks” application. It can also be found under the Administrative Tools in the Control Panel. Once the Task Scheduler Window appears, on the left side there will be a “Task Scheduler Library”, click on it.

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Right-click in the main pane. Select “Create New Task.” On the General tab, name the task something like “Show Desktop.”

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Click on the “Triggers “tab and use the New button to set a new trigger. In the New Trigger Window, set the task to begin “At Log On” and click OK.

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Click on the Actions Tab and create a New Action. Set this action to “Start a program” use the Browse button to select the shortcut that has been created earlier and click OK.

Click on the conditions tab and uncheck the “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power”, check the box under Power. If this is not done, the laptop will not boot to desktop if it is running on battery power.

conditions windows 8 task scheduler

Click OK and all the steps to skip metro UI in windows 8 are done. When you boot your PC next time, it will automatically jump to the desktop mode. However, you can still spot the Metro UI for a moment for a moment. Also, when you land in the desktop mode, you will be greeted with a Windows Explorer windows.

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How to Setup Google Cloud Print on Android

Generally, printing a document is a piece of cake. Open the appropriate application, load the file that has to be printed and click on “PRINT”.  However, this process gets a little tricky when it is an Android device, as one has to email or copy the particular file from the Android device to the PC in order to give it for print. Cloud Print makes printing easier again.

What is Cloud Print?

It is a service provided by Google which has many features. It can be used to print files from an Android device directly using a compatible printer and eliminating the involvement of the PC. This service can be used on a regular printer too but a few things have to be done to do so.

First step is to make sure that the user uses the Google Chrome. Secondly, it has to be made sure that both the printer and the PC to which it is connected are switched on when it is required to print a document. The third step is to install the Cloud Print App.

cloud print app configuration

How to configure Chrome?

Open the Chrome browser on the PC. Click on the menu button which is at the upper right corner of the program window. Select Settings from the drop down menu. Click on the ‘Show advanced settings ‘link which is available on scrolling down the page. Locate the Google Cloud Print section. Click the ‘Add Printers’ button.

Google cloud print chrome setup tutorial

Make sure that the user is signed in to his/her Google account before clicking on the ‘Add printers’. Any printer that has been connected to the PC- both real and virtual will be added to the Chrome.

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Make sure that the expected printer has been added by clicking on the “Manage your printers” link.

cloud print printers list

How to configure the Android device?

Install Cloud Print from Google Play on the Android phone or tablet to print directly from the device. After installation, launch the app and select the Google account that has been set up on the PC. The user has to grant permission for the app to access the Google account. Choose the option that relates to the type of printer that the user wants to add. In most cases this will come under the option Other Printers. The user can select one of the printers that have been added from the list that is displayed.

google cloud print select printer

The user can indicate whether the selected printer is the default printer and then print a test page to check that everything is working perfectly. More printers can be added if required.

How to Print from the Android Device?

This can be done in two ways. The first method is to launch the Cloud Print on the phone or tablet, navigate to the Local section and then select the type of document that has to be printed. Select an individual file, use the “Page Setup” option to configure basic settings and then choose “Click here to Print”.

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The second option is to open the file in the appropriate application and then make use of the Share option. A menu will appear from which the user has to select the Cloud Print option. The current file will be transferred to Cloud Print and will be ready for printing.

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So, that is how to setup Google Cloud Print on Android devices. Do let us know if you run into any walls!

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Acer Iconia W3 – A 8.1 Inch Windows 8 Tablet Leaked on Amazon

At the Build Conference that is scheduled for the end of June, Microsoft is expected to launch a number of devices. According to a French website MiniMachines, Acer will be launching an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. If this is true then Acer will be the first company to offer a Windows 8 tablet at a handy size. The above image was found on Amazon for a brief period before being pulled confirming the existence of the 8.1 inch windows 8 tablet.

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This tablet called the Acer Iconia W3 will sport a 8.1 inch display and have a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 processor along with 2GB of RAM. There is no information regarding the display resolution of this tablet yet. While the following leaked spec image seems to convey that the Acer Iconia W3 will be powered by an Apple A4 processor, we would recommend taking it with a sack of salt! We expect it to be powered by an Atom CPU when it launches.

acer iconia w3 specs

As expected the tablet will have both front and rear cameras and a keyboard accessory is also expected. This 8 inch tablet is expected to be available in markets by September 2013. Acer has two different families of tablets at the moment, for the Android it starts with “A” and “W” series is for the Windows RT and Windows 8.

This is a huge for Microsoft which is looking to loosen its specifications to enable manufacturers to develop small screen windows tablets. Nexus 7 is the most popular device in this segment and an update is expected at the Google I/O this year as well.


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How to Install IIS 8 on Windows 8

The IIS is one among the first few things a Web Developer using ASP.NET would want to install on the Windows 8. The Internet Information Services (IIS) which was formerly known as the Internet Information Server is a web server software application and has a set of modules created by Microsoft for use with Windows.

The IIS 8, is a new version of the IIS is available only in Windows Server 2012 and the Windows 8. IIS 8.0 includes Application Initialization, centralized SSL certificate support, and multicore scaling on NUMA hardware, among other new features

How to install IIS 8 on Windows 8

Step 1

To start installing IIS8 in Windows 8, press the Windows + R. A pop up Run box will appear. Type “appwiz.cpl” and press enter.

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Step 2

The Program and Features window will open up. On the left hand side, click “Turn Windows features on or off”.

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Step 3

Now click on the Internet Information Services check box.

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Step 4

If you are a developer, expand the Internet Information Services option and explore the sub- components also. It installs everything that is required to host a website by default but if you are a developer, there are some developer centric components as well which has to be checked.

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Step 5

On clicking OK, a dialog box like the image below will appear on the screen for a while.

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Step 6

After the changes have been done, open the browser and navigate to local host.

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You have successfully installed the IIS 8 in your Windows 8 device. Hope this tutorial was helpful. Do share your thoughts below if you run into any trouble!

Images from HowToGeek

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Nokia Asha 210 – Price, Specs and Pictures

Nokia is busy fighting the top dogs in the Smartphone industry, but it is the top dog in the feature phone market. To further strengthen its position, the Finnish company has launched the Nokia Asha 210, the latest in the Asha series. This phone aimed at the youth who rely heavily on texting and are extremely budget conscious. This is evident from the bright colors, the low price and some interesting features present in this device.

nokia asha 210 specs

The phone comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and is available in both single and dual SIM models. The dual SIM version comes with an EASY SWAP feature which allows the user to change the secondary SIM without switching off the handset. The Asha 210 has a design language similar to the Lumia series and the phone will be available in five different colors Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black and White. It supports access to Facebook, Twitter and popular email accounts and also has a YouTube app for direct video streaming.


The phone has a soft – touch plastic body and even though it is not a single piece of polycarbonate, Nokia has tried to make it look similar to Lumia series by making the casing as seamless as possible. Like the previous QWERTY phones from Nokia, there are menu and navigation buttons above and below the dedicated WhatApp and camera keys. WhatsApp? Yes! The Nokia Asha 210 has a dedicated WhatsApp button for quick access to the app and also WhatsApp is free for life, which is otherwise charged at $0.99 annual subscription in other models and platforms.

The Asha 210 will have a dedicated Facebook, Weibo or WhatsApp depending on where you are. There is no confirmation yet on which markets will have which dedicated key. But we sure hope it is configurable.

The biggest attraction of the phone is the battery life, it is said to be 46 days of battery stand by with the Single SIM and up to 24 days on the Dual SIM. It has a talk time capacity of 12 hours on 2G.

The phone has a 2 MP rear camera with a 600×1200 resolution and supports basic editing and sharing functions. The 210’s camera has a built–in voice guide for those self portrait obsessed users out there which ensures that the user is in frame before the click.

The phone supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR but does not support 3G. The phone has 32MB of RAM and has an internal memory capacity of 64MB and has an expandable memory capacity of 32GB with a MicroSD card. The screen size is 6.1 cm and has a 2.4 inch LCD screen with a QVGA resolution of 320×240 pixels and weighs 99.5 grams.

Nokia asha 210 dual sim phone

Slam – Nokia’s Bluetooth based content sharing functionality which was debuted in the first Asha devices is also present in Asha 210. Slam allows users to transfer content such as images or videos to other Bluetooth – enabled phones by eliminating the need of pairing the devices. The phone supports Chat screen notifications. The phone comes with Nokia’s Xpress Browser which uses the company’s cloud technology to reduce data content by up to 90%. The phone also supports Nokia Nearby – a location based Web app that finds nearby restaurants, shopping centers, etc. There is also an FM radio module built-in.

It looks like the phone will not be available in the US markets and will be launching in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia in the second quarter of 2013.

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Nokia QWERTY Phone Coming Soon

I still use a Nokia E5 just for its comfortable QWERTY keyboard. So, when Nokia released the image above along with a teaser about an event to be held tomorrow, I am one of those very few people who are excited about it!

“On Wednesday morning at 7am GMT we will be announcing something new, followed by a Q&A session with Neil Broadley from our Mobile Phones team and a special guest,” wrote Ian Delaney on the Conversations by Nokia blog.

The image gives the device a rounded design language which the public has now come to associate with the company’s latest feature phones. The image also does show the keys “Z” and “Shift Keys” which implies there is a physical QWERTY keyboard involved. Currently none of the Windows Phone 8 devices come with a hardware keyboard. The Nokia’s Asha feature phones come with a QWERTY and also do closely resemble the design language of the latest Nokia Lumia releases hinting that this is probably an “Asha” model.

The market does lack a Windows Phone with a hardware keyboard and if that is due tomorrow then Nokia has the unique opportunity in bridging the gap. But given the strict hardware controls that Microsoft enforces on the WP8 devices, it might not be happening either. Another detail in question is the time the unveiling takes place. It is said to be at 7 am GMT- 3am ET and 12 am PT on April 24, 2013. The time zone is nowhere close to any in America, so wild guess is that this handset may not even sell in the U.S but is meant for the markets in Asia.

If I were to guess, this is probably a Series 40 device with the signature Nokia QWERTY keyboard, a small non-touch 2.5 inch display, and has a decent RAM and storage. The wait is not too long and in just a few hours, we will know more!

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WhatsApp Is Now Bigger Than Twitter

In 2009, WhatsApp was introduced to the world. Based in Silicon Valley, WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging service that saves people from carrier SMS text messaging charges which have been on the rise lately.

This app now has more than 200 million active users. The company CEO, Jan Koum, was speaking earlier this week at the Dive into Mobile Conference and has mentioned that they are currently processing 20 billion messages everyday of which 12 billion are outbound and 8 million are inbound. He also announced that “WhatsApp is now bigger than Twitter”. Jan Koum did not share any specific figures though.

This almost-free messaging app is available for iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Nokia. Nokia even put a dedicated key on its recently released Nokia Asha 210. WhatsApp is seen as an internet based threat to messaging than as a competitor to social networks like Facebook and Twitter even though some features overlap.

Koum has announced that WhatsApp will not be following Facebook and Twitter in carrying advertisement within the app. They intend to keep the subscription model of 1$ per year for the foreseeable future. Koum also denied rumors that the company is in talks with Google to sell WhatsApp. “Our goal is to build a sustainable, independent company. We want to build a business,” he said at the Dive into Mobile Conference. He also rejected another rumor that WhatsApp is turning into a broader platform that includes games by saying that mobile and messaging are the only things that they do.

WhatsApp currently charges a one time download fee of $1 for its iOS users. Koum has said that later this year the iPhone users will be migrated to the annual subscription plan like it is on other platforms. Being available for all mobile platforms makes WhatsApp an awesome replacement for standard text messaging and also has the ability to share photos, videos, audio notes and more. It also helps keep in touch with select friends with its group feature. In a very fragmented space, with a dozen apps competing for market share, WhatsApp seems to be doing very well!

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‘Braille Phone’ – A Smartphone For The Blind Invented in India

A phone for the blind. This is mind-blowing! If you ever stopped one moment to think what your life would be like if you were blind, you would realize how important the “Braille Phone” is in empowering the lives of those who are. Unlike the other phones which is usually a modification or a different version of the previously released phones, this phone is a truly innovative idea and is expected to change the lives of the visually impaired for better. Unlike the other phones which are usually a modification or a different version of the previously released phones, this phone is a truly new and innovative and is expected to change the lives of the visually impaired for the better.


The technology behind this phone is very interesting. It uses Shape Memory Alloy Technology, which is based on the simple concept that metals remember their original shape and that they can be made to expand and contract to its original shape after use. The phone screen has a grid of pins that move according to the character, letter, number or picture it should represent. It is capable of forming patterns in Braille. This way the blind can touch and understand what we see and understand.

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This phone’s prototype which is being developed in association with the Indian Institute of Delhi (IIT Delhi) and being tested at LV Prasad Eye Institute Hyderabad will be a hitting a totally unexplored market segment since no company has previously attempted something of this sort. The Braille Phone is the brain child of Sumit Dagar who is currently supervising and developing the Braille Phone Project in collaboration with the above mentioned institutes. He did his post graduation in Information and Interface design from the National Institute of Design and is also well recognized for his outstanding work in the field.

Sumit Dagar was awarded Young Laureate award by Rolex in December, 2012 and it is funding the project as a part of Rolex’s Young Laureates Programme which selects five people from across the globe, every two years and fund their projects.

It is expected to become a companion for the blind, helping them to be in touch with the world just as any other person. It will also be of great use if they are able to access maps and know directions as this can ease their major handicap, which is travel. All such applications that help us will be available to them too in Braille. The phone is likely to be priced under Rs. 10000 (US $185). In every way, this project will help their cause tremendously and make their lives a little more easier. After all, they need ‘touch’ phones more than we do.

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Yahoo! Weather app for iPhone Launched

Ever wished you could see how a place would look in different weather conditions? Yahoo!’s latest weather app for iPhone might just be what you were wishing for! Launched earlier this week, Yahoo! Weather for iOS is a beautifully designed app with tons of information and comes integrated with Flickr photos. While there are a lot of apps that give you the weather of any given location across the globe, the integration of stunning Flickr photos combined with an amazing UI makes this app a worthy addition to your iPhone.

According to Adam Cahan, Yahoo’s SVP of Mobile and Emerging Products, most of us today read the weather when we look upon the charts but Yahoo! Weather gives the user the opportunity to see the weather, which is something really unique.

This app shows Flickr photos from any part of the world giving the user a visual representation of the condition at the place along with the weather data points. Most images are displayed full screen and it can be set to portrait mode and the weather information will be displayed below it. In the landscape mode the there will be not any other information except the name of the photographer. A fun feature of the app is the user can flip between the images like postcards.

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Flickr’s “Project Weather”, a community site created by Yahoo, which focuses on weather photography, will be the source for the majority of the photos. It is an open group and anybody can upload photos to it. All the images will be crosschecked and hence it’s a trust worthy source.

The user will not get the same images of a particular place as all images change depending on the weather conditions and the time making the app “sticky” for most users. For example, it will be fun to see how the Taj Mahal looks in the morning during rain or during the dusk on a sunny evening. The picture will change even if the weather condition and location remains unchanged.

If there are places where there are no weather photos which have been submitted, Yahoo! Weather displays a generic weather- based photo. If it is a cloudy day, it will be represented by a photo of clouds in the sky. The app also gives the weekly forecast apart from the daily reports. There is a radar feature that shows a high level overview of conditions, wind and pressure information, and also sunrise and sunset times for the area.

Yahoo! Weather app gives users a visual journey around the world in a fun, information-rich interface!

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How to Create, Change, and Recover Your Windows 7 Password

The most popular Microsoft operating system is Windows 7. Every user wants to keep their PC or laptop from the hands of unauthorized users and also to make sure all their documents and photos or videos are safe. The most commonly used method is to set a password for your PC. A password will prevent another person from using the PC or laptop without the users’ permission.

Windows 7 is still one of the most popular operating systems out there even after the launch of Windows 8 which was a huge shift in strategy for Microsoft. While the success of Windows 8 is debatable, Windows 7 is its biggest competitor at the moment.

How to create, change and recover a password in the Windows 7?

 Creating a password in Windows 7

  1. Go  to the start button and click on the control panel
  2. Click on user account and family safety.
  3. Click change your windows password from the three options available.


  1. Create password for the account.
  2. Enter the password and click on the Ok button.

The password has been created for your Windows 7 PC. If you ever want to change your password, follow the steps below

Press “ctrl+ Alt+delete” and then click change password. It will direct the user to enter the old password and also the new password. On pressing the enter button the new password will be set and the old password has been changed.

Recover Windows 7 Password

What if you forgot your password?  It is a very common situation to forget the password that has been set as the mind is forgetful. The password can be recovered by using the reset disk. A reset disk is a disk which will recover the password which has been lost. If the reset disk is not present another way to recover the password is by using the recovery tool to reset the password.

To make your password reset disk, visit “User Accounts and Safety” link in Control Panel and you will see an option”User Accounts”. Do note that you will need a flash drive (or a floppy drive, if your PC still supports it) to proceed from this point. In the tasks on the left pane, select “Create a password reset disk” and follow the instructions.

Do let me know if you need any help with this through the comments section below.

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