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If you prefer the look of apps that use a Dark Theme, Windows comes with one that’s almost complete but isn’t 100%. If you’re okay living that close to the edge, you can enable it now.

You can either download the registry entry and merge it, or make the edit yourself.

Before you start, review this guide if you’re unfamiliar with editing the Windows registry.

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To make the edit yourself:

  1. Open the registry editor and navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes
  2. Create a new key named Personalize
  3. Within the key, create a new DWORD (32-bit) value named AppsUseLightTheme with a value of 0windows-10-dark-theme02
  4. Navigate to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Themes
  5. If it doesn’t already exist, create a new key named Personalize
  6. Create the same DWORD (32-bit) value named AppsUseLightTheme with a value of 0
  7. Sign out of Windows and sign back in

To switch back to the light theme, delete the registry entries and sign out and back in. If you’d like to enable this for multiple users, sign in as that user and make the same change under HKCU (read more about the registry root keys.)

Want to customize Windows 10 further? See this tip and others like it here: Unlock secret settings in Windows 10

Windows DesktopIf you’ve not yet upgraded to Windows 8.1, you can instructions to do so here.

The source of many complaints about Windows 8 manifests itself each time you start your computer: starting with the live tiled interface by default. From my observations, most people utilize this interface mainly to click the “Desktop” icon to return to “normal” Windows. Well, Microsoft heard our cry and have provided a way to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1. To boot to the desktop:

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Some nasty ransomware—WannaCry—is making its way around vulnerable windows machines today.

If you’re reading this, update all of your Windows PCs now. If you have automatic updates turned on, you should be secure; however, Microsoft only recently patched this vulnerability so it doesn’t hurt to check.

How to update Windows

What you need to know about the WannaCry ransomware

In this guest post, Abby Perkins from Software Providers shares her insight into what’s coming with Windows 10 and how it will function for users of desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.

Microsoft is a large company (the sixth biggest in the world by market cap), and its customer base reflects the company’s size. Unlike Apple’s customers, Microsoft’s tend to display less brand loyalty across products. The product that unifies all of Microsoft is the Windows operating system. Microsoft’s challenge with the upcoming release of Windows 10 is holding its large family of customers together. Here is how the tech giant plans on meeting everyone’s demands.

One operating system for all devices

Windows 10 will be designed to run on all devices. Microsoft believes its operating system is simple enough to run on the most basic smartphone yet sophisticated enough to keep businesses’ most demanding servers running smoothly. It has also designed the newest version of Windows to run on every size screen, from 4 inches to 80 inches.

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The August month for Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 users came with a surprise. The updates from the Microsoft arrived on schedule but this time there was an erratic behavior in one of the updates. The update MS14-045 can make using the fonts in Windows 8/8.1 a trying experience. This update may lock the fonts, render them incorrectly or in the worst case scenario throws the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) on your screen. Listening to the outcry of the Windows users, Microsoft has issued a guideline for removing this update from your Windows.

Uninstall Windows Microsoft August Update BSOD

Here is how you can remove this MS014-045 update from your Windows 8/8.1 PC in case you are experience blue screen of death issues: Read more…

giveaways

Every holiday I receive several requests from dedicated software developers to promote their giveaway. And this season is no different. Each time I go through them all and pick the ones I believe you, our loyal follower would love to get. This time around I thought I would collect them all in one place.

This article will be updated regularly, so make sure you bookmark it! Read more…

[Update]

Giveaway has ended, and winners will receive their license shortly!

We had a massive 189 participants, and I would’ve loved giving each and one of you a copy. Sadly tho, I had only 20 licenses in total. So If you are not one of the lucky 20, make sure to try again, next time we host a giveaway, it might just be your turn then.

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vdcbannerYou’ve probably already read about the two great programs we reviewed last week: Apowersoft Video Download Capture and Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder. It turns out Apowersoft would like to host a giveaway on our site, and as you know – We LOVE giveaways here at Mintywhite, so we weren’t exactly hard to ask.

Read more after the break to see how you may get one of these two great programs.

 

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