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344 Boot Straight to Desktop in Windows 8.1 [Quick Tip]If 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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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.

remove windows august update bsod 3 How to Remove the Windows August 2014 Update (MS14 045) Causing Blue Screen of Death

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 [Dec 11th Update: Several Giveaway Offers] Tis the season to get freebies...

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.

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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.


vdcbanner 220x157 [Youre too late] Unique Giveaway: Get one of two programs for Free !You’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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Windows Guides’ Rating
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5 out of 5
Compatible with
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PROS: Easy to use. Powerful functionality for downloading most streaming videos.

CONS: The limited video edit features could easily be improved to make this a program for all your needs.

VERDICT: A great tool for downloading streaming videos off the net. But also a great program for those of you who love to record your own DIY, and HOW-TO videos.

PRICE: $59.95


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Windows Guides’ Rating
on Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorderon Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorderon Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorderon Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorderoff Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder
4 out of 5
Compatible with
8 Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder7 Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recordervista Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorderxp Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder
arm Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder x64 Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder x86 Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder
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PROS: Feature rich, yet simple UI. Easy to use. Great audio quality.

CONS: I could benefit from having a main page where you can find all main functions on one plate, so you don’t have to look for it. oh, wait that’s why we do reviews…

VERDICT: Simple interface that is easy to understand, yet powerful with a lot of goodies under the hood. This is one of those programs that keeps on surprising you.

PRICE: $39.95 (personal license) / $79.95 (commercial license)


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