By default, Windows 8 requires you to log in each time you start your computer, preferably using your hotmail address so it can personalize your experience.
But it is a pain if you are a home or single user.
You would want for it to log in automatically each time you start the computer.
Here’s how to do it:
* Start your computer up as per normal
* Open a command prompt (or hit “Windows key+R”) and type “netplwiz” without quotes.
You should see something like this:
* The User accounts window will come up as shown below. Uncheck the box that says “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer”
* On the next window that comes up enter your username and password.
* Click on OK and then restart your computer.
This next time your computer restarts it should not prompt you for a password. Voila!
Come April 8, 2014, support for Windows XP will end Microsoft has advised. What does that mean? Well, after that date Microsoft will not release any more security updates.
As it is just under a year away, there is plenty of time to plan to upgrade – Whether that it is just the operating system or the whole computer.
More than likely, if your PC is running XP, it may not be fast enough to run Windows 7 or Windows 8. With the price of PCs and components these days, a completely new system would be your best bet.
Shop around! You have plenty of time up your sleeve.
Ever wondered where an image came from or if one of your photos is being used elsewhere on the internet? Well Google can help there.
Google Search with an image can help.
Go to http://images.google.com/, and you start a search in one of 4 ways:
Drag and Drop – D&D an image from you computer or the web into the search box
Upload an Image – Clock on the camera icon and upload an image from your computer
Copy & Paste the URL – To save uploading, grab the URL of the image, clock on the camera icon and ‘Paste image URL’
Right Click an Image – By far the fastest way, using a Chrome or Firefox extension, right click on the image to search.
Google will search and display a list of URLs where the selected image appears on the internet.
Try it, it works a treat.
Google Maps is now available from the Apple iTunes store, and it’s a improved version of the older version.
This will no doubt please many iPhone/Ipad users who have been frustrated with the quality of Apple Maps, which since September has been the only mapping app by default.
The new app has some great new features such as voice guided direction, integration with Google Earth and much better graphics that give a greater user experience, and has the ability to rotate the map or tilt the screen to see 3D buildings – works well after doing a search on an address and then being able to see what you are looking for. The app also has local searching features to allow users find and read reviews for businesses eg restaurants.
There’s heaps of great indepth reviews of Apple’s new iOS6 out there on the internet, but if you want a quick at-a-glance read of what it’s all about, read on.
First of all, give yourself 1-2 hours to download and install it. Enjoy the time that the device is offline and usable
When it is finished, you’ll get asked to put your Apple ID password and then a couple more prompts and you’re ready to go.
What is new?
Well, if you have a new generation iPad, you now have Siri to play with
iPhones and iPad now have an app call ‘Passbook’, Apple’s app for managing loyalty cards, voucher and tickets
The phone interface is different
The iTunes interface is different. Personally i don’t like it, but it’s starting to grow on me and I’m sure I’ll get used to it. Everyone hates change don’t they?
I don’t recall too much else that is new, but The iOS (in typical Apple style) is stable – the thing hasn’t crashed.
What is gone?
The youtube app is gone. Bummer.
Google maps is gone, and replaced with Apple’s version of mapping. This is the single thing that has caused the most discussion on the internet over the last few days. It does not appear to be as sophisticated as Google Maps and does have a few errors. For some examples (and some laughs) of some mapping annomolies , check out this web site.
Overall, I think the average user would not notice too many differences other than the loss of Google Maps.