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Win 8 Part 2 | Restore the Menu Bar | PC Giveaways | More..

After I got Windows 8 DE installed (a quick and – for me – painless process) and got past the (painful) ‘bump’ that was my introduction to the Metro “interface” (see, My First Day With Windows 8 (Part One)) it was time to start doing the post-install steps, and also my “customizations” to make the computer “more me” – things like setting a Desktop wallpaper, and configuring some settings to my liking.

I was able to skip right to “tweaking” (aka “customizing”), as Windows 8 detected all my hardware and installed the appropriate drivers automatically.. even my old webcam (impressive) .. and even the wireless network printer (not directly connected)(even more impressive). There was only one ‘glitch’ – even though the printer was detected and appeared to be “installed”, it would not get out of “offline mode” and actually print. So, I “deleted” it, and then clicked on “Add a printer”, then on the device, rebooted, and badda-bing, badda-boom – working printer. Just too easy.

So the first thing I did was to get rid of a ton of those Metro “secret squares”, as they are utterly irrelevant to me, by right – clicking on each one and either choosing “unpin” or “remove”. Then I simply dragged the remaining squares into an order/arrangement more to my liking. I had found that I had to research on the web how to interact with Metro, so I had read Paul Thurrott’s 8 Is Enough: Post-Setup Configuration.
Learn about the new Task Manager, and more – click the link.

Today’s Quick Tip: I am just “old school” enough that I prefer just having my menu bar visible in Explorer.. having to press Alt is not “cool” and “neato” to me. So.. “tweak that”.

In older versions of Windows, the menu bar was always visible in Explorer. In Vista and Windows 7, the menu bar is now hidden by default, and you must press the ALT key to see it. These simple steps will cause it to always be visible.
(The “menu bar” gives you the familiar File | Edit | View |Tools | Help ‘drop down’ menus)

1) Launch Explorer by opening Computer (or Documents, or Pictures..), then press ALT to access the menu bar.

2) Click on Tools and then on Folder options.

3) In the Folder Options window, click on the View tab, and click to place a check in Always show menus.

menus

4) Click on Apply and then OK.

That’s it. You’re done. (Should you decide you prefer the “more screen real estate” no menu bar look, simply repeat the steps and un-check the box.)

Today’s free download and first giveaway: (an “oldie but a goodie”) It has been a while since I have mentioned one of my fave little computer protection apps – WinPatrol.

Clean up your Taskbar, ActiveX, Brower and Startup programs. WinPatrol monitors and exposes adware, keyloggers, spyware, worms, cookies, and other malicious software. This program puts you back in control of your computer with no need for constant updates.
Download WinPatrol (Window XP, Vista, Windows 7 including x64 support)

To help celebrate Scotty’s 14th birthday, BillP is giving away – PRIZES to Thank you for your support

Happy Birthday Scotty!

On November 19th, 1997 the first release of WinPatrol was made public and generated 1252 downloads. This year is the 14th anniversary of WinPatrol and we’d like to celebrate it with a bang and plenty of prizes.

Click here for the 4-1-1.

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Sure they did….

Today’s quotable quote:The thoughts of Plato and Machiavelli… don’t seem quite enough armor for a world beset with splitting the atoms, urban guerrillas, nineteen varieties of psychotherapists, amplified guitars, napalm, computers, astronauts, and an atmosphere polluted simultaneously with auto exhaust and TV commercials.” ~ John Fischer

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November 16, 2011 Posted by | advice, computers, free software, how to, Microsoft, PC, software, tech, Windows 8 | , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Software License Giveaway: TuneUp Utilities 2010

Folks, I am pleased to announce my latest software license giveaway drawing.

The folks at TuneUp Utilities have generously donated five licenses to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that. So I am going to do a random drawing¹ contest from folks who “enter” by posting a comment (below) or by sending an e-mail. The drawing will be held next week, and the winners announced Friday, so act now.

TuneUp Utilities is a program for optimizing your computer and improving its performance. I have been testing it for a while now. Below, I will give you my impressions and some screenshots, but first…

CNet’s Seth Rosenblatt (see, Tech Paul’s Friend of the Internet Surfer Award for December) says:

“To call TuneUp Utilities 2009 useful would drastically understate the situation. The app provides users with a powerful, well-designed utility that accesses the entire Windows maintenance tool set and more in a fast, organized, and easy-to-use series of connected modules…

The system-analyzing wizard, with its thorough reporting and upgrade suggestions, is worth the program price alone. Between the guts of steel and the stylish, logically arranged interface, TuneUp Utilities suits all users–from complete beginners who will appreciate the one-click optimization to more daring users who will experiment with all the settings.”

Publisher’s description
From TuneUp Distribution :

TuneUp Utilities Version 2010. Enjoy Your PC: fast, stable, customized. Have more fun with your computer without all the hassles thanks to your new PC assistant. Work faster and get a better gaming experience. Now compatible with Windows 7.”

Here is a “slideshow” of screenshots of TuneUp Utilities.

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As you can see, TuneUp Utilities is in the System Tray, as it is always running, and thus always performing those tasks (such as defrag) which keep a system “tuned up”. I found it safe. And I found it easy enough for beginners and that it also had neat goodies (tweaks) for the Power User too. As you may have noticed, it found a security issues, and offered a 1-click fix. But instead of reinventing the wheel, I will refer you to Bill Mullins’ comprehensive review, TuneUp Utilities 2010 – Is It Worth The Money?

How to enter? To enter the drawing, simply click on “comment”, and enter a name and valid e-mail (so I can send you the key) in the form. Actually commenting is optional. And, I shouldn’t have to say this, but multiple entries will result in disqualification.
The license can be used on up to three PC’s.

Again, I thank the folks at TuneUp Utilities for making this giveaway possible. A 30-day free trial of TuneUp Utilities can be downloaded here. Try it out yourself. (And then leave a comment. You may just win an activation key..)

¹ All entrants will be placed into Random.org’s “randomizer”, and the top 5 results will be the winners.

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April 30, 2010 Posted by | computers, Microsoft, PC, performance, security, software | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 131 Comments