Easy Way To Run Android Applications On Windows

Have you ever wondered, how would it feel like to play an Android game on a computer? If you ever wanted to try one, but the only thing that’s stopping you is a good emulator that can let you install and play it on your computer, today’s your lucky day.

BlueStacks is an application, or I must say a player for Windows, which can play Android application on your Windows machine. The installation is very simple and is just like any other Windows application. Just follow the on screen instruction to complete the setup.

BlueStacks comes with 10 preloaded applications comprising of some popular apps and games like Drag Racing, Talking Tom, Pulse, Alchemy, etc. If you are on a touch enabled display it will be more fun but mouse pointers does a decent task as well.

BlueStacks AppDrawer

Though the application runs on full screen, but I would advise you to keep the application in Windows mode. As the Android applications are designed to run on hand-held devices with limited resolution, some of you who have bigger screens, which support high resolution may find a bit of a tearing.

You can change the orientations with the button located at the bottom of the player. There’s is a setting/option button as well in the player so that you can use the application just as it would run on an Android device.

Running Talking Tom

Now, here’s a catch. As there’s no market in BlueStacks, you cannot download and install application directly. If you want to try out any of a non-default application using BlueStacks you must install the application on your Android device first.

You can now use BlueStacks Cloud Connect application to connect to your BlueStacks on your computer using and sync the needed application to the desktop player. Don’t forget to make a free BlueStacks account first.

BlueStacks Cloud Connect

My Verdict

As an Android is necessary to install new application in BlueStacks the application may not be that appealing to people who don’t have one yet. I personally use BlueStacks to play some Android games on PC and also to take screenshots while testing the app.

Don’t forget to share with us, the ideas you have in your mind.

Now You Can Experience The Full Windows 8 Easily

You must have seen wallpapers and themes of upcoming Windows 8 and used it also. Microsoft will release the first beta of Windows 8 but it’s still very long.

But today, I am going to tell you a solution for all. Windowsxlive has managed to come up with a great little package that will make your desktop look and feel just like Windows 8.

It’s a package called Windows 8 UX Pack 2.0 and it basically skins Windows 7 to give it the amazing look and feel of Windows 8. This also includes the new tablet UI.

Windows 8 Pack

The main important and great thing about this pack is that it has its own installer package so you only have to run one installer and it does the rest for you. You don’t need to download and install all the various separate components yourself. It allows you to choose from various different options when installing the skin so you can customise it to your liking. Then after some time you hit install, your computer should have the look and feel of Windows 8. Your wallpaper will have changed, you’ll notice your user icon in the bottom right corner and everything will have a slightly flatter theme to it.

Remember about that Tablet UI, to get it you need to click and swipe in from the right corner. You’ll find there’s a whole load of options which you can play around with. And then once you’ve had enough with this new skin, simply run the installer again, choose uninstall and everything will return to normal.

I think you should try it out! Download it from below.

[Download Windows 8 UX Pack 2.0]

This article is written by Nikita Mishra, owner of Lovely Blogging. She writes about blogging, internet tips and tricks, SEO, cool websites, etc.

Free Simple Download Manager From Microsoft

Not everyone knows Microsoft has a cool standalone download manager for Windows? This simple and free Microsoft Download Manager enables you to download files simply and easily. It also makes downloading large files such as application and multimedia files quick and reliable.

Microsoft Download Manager

Microsoft Download Manager’s easy-to-use interface displays the status of downloads and enables you to suspend active downloads or resume downloads that have failed.

[Download Microsoft Download Manager]

HOW TO: Join A Remote Computer To A Domain

With all the technology that is out there today, it has allowed companies to branch out quicker and hire employees they potentially never even meet. If the company is well established, it will likely have a domain based network with available applications and features this employee will need to access.

Being the network admin of this company and asked for the first time to join these types of employees PCs to the domain, you may be thinking “Can this be done?”

The answer is yes! If you adhere to the following instructions, smooth sailing will come to you.

  • Initially, establish a connection to the target computer via a Team Viewer session or some similar application. You will need to make sure that the account logged into the target PC has local admin rights as well.
  • From there, install a LogMeIn style application on the computer, this will make it so that you can restart the computer and manipulate it without having to bug the end user.
  • Once LogMeIn is installed, you will need to connect up to the remote computer via LogMeIn and install VNC server. It doesn’t matter was flavor (Tight, Real, etc.) Make sure to set a connection password on this.
  • Now create a Windows based VPN connection to the target domain environment.

    Make sure you enable this connection for ‘All users’ on the PC. After the setup has finished, go to the Properties of this connection and check the ‘include Windows login domain’ in the tab Options.

  • VPN

  • Establish a VPN connection with domain admin credentials from the PC.

    Right click My Computer, Properties, and click on Change settings in the middle for domain/Workgroups. Click on the Network ID button here.

  • ID

  • Go through filling out the required information using a domain admin account where necessary.

    Once you have gone through the progressive screens you should see a ‘Welcome to the domain’ message and note to restart, HOLD OFF ON THE RESTART.

  • At this point, open up Computer Management from the control panel and add the domain admin, and domain user accounts (who will be using the computer) to the local admins group. Now you can restart.
  • Once the computer has restarted, re-establish a LogMeIn connection to the computer. When you arrive at the login screen on the computer, click the switch user button. Now you should see a little blue icon next to the red Shutdown/Restart button, click the blue one.
  • Login

  • This will essentially launch the VPN connection you set up earlier, (remember that you were supposed to setup this connection for everyone on the computer) enter the domain admin credentials and connect. (This is going to kill your LogMeIn session; now is where VNC comes into play)
  • You should have RDP access to a server within the target domain network, specifically the one that RRAS is hosted on, remote into that.
  • You will now need to install a VNC client on the server. Once that is done, pull the target computers IP address from the RRAS console by right clicking it and going to status and then VNC to that IP.

    From the VNC client try and establish a connection to the target (you may need to add some type of exception to any firewall or antivirus software on the target to allow this connection).

From here, you can pretty much work things how you normally would via VNC.

This guest article is written by Neil Tischinae. He is an IT Consultant/Systems Engineer with a focus on security. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

3 In-built Apps To Quicken Your Computer’s Performance

PC PerformanceIf you are using your computer regularly, then you also need to be aware of the ways to maintain your computer. Due to frequent usage, the Windows registry and the hard disk can become damaged. This can lead to slowness and sluggishness of the computer. In fact, several programs and applications may become non-functional and the overall performance of the computer can become extremely erratic. So to prevent these from happening, it is important to know a few tips and tricks that can help your computer run smoothly and uninterruptedly.

There are three in-built applications that can significantly speed up and improve the working of your computer. These are :

#1 – Disk Cleanup
#2 – Disk Defragmenter
#3 – Windows Registry Editor

To access the first two, either type cleanmgr.exe and defrag.exe (only for Windows 7) in the Run box from the start menu, or follow this navigation path: Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup or Disk Defragmenter.

Disk Cleanup

First one is a utility that will prompt the user to first scan any one of the drives. Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe) is a computer maintenance utility included in Microsoft Windows designed to free up disk space on a computer’s hard drive. The utility first searches and analyzes the hard drive for files that are no longer of any use, and then removes the unnecessary files. On completing the scan, which may take quite a while if your computer is heavily loaded with data, the utility will give how many files are there exactly in the drive and will prompt the user to start cleaning the drive.

By cleaning is meant deleting the redundant and unwanted files and data that are no longer in use. Such data could include recycle bin contents, history and temporary folders, unused desktop icons, recently used documents lists, duplicate files, corrupt or damaged files, multi-user profile data, remnants of programs that are no longer in use etc.

Disk Defragmenter

The second one on the other hand is needed to bring all the pieces and fragments of a file in one place. Disk Defragmenter is a Utility included in Microsoft Windows designed to increase access speed by rearranging files stored on a disk to occupy contiguous storage locations, a technique commonly known as defragmenting.

The purpose is to optimize the time it takes to read and write files to/from the disk by minimizing head travel time and maximizing the transfer rates. This increases disk space and also reduces the time taken by the processor to access a single destination, thereby increasing the processor’s as well as the computer’s speed.

Windows Registry Editor

The third utility, the registry is a massive database of information pertaining to many things, some important, some moderately important and others not-so-important. Mostly, changes made on your computer during the installations and un-installations of programs and applications are recorded in the registry entries, each of which consists of a key and a value.

The keys can get messed up due to faulty programming or bugs or viruses and even external factors like incorrect file associations and electrical surges etc. This can render the registry corrupted or non-functional, and since a lot of the registry data is required by the processors itself for the computer’s operations, a corrupt registry might spell the doom for your computer. One can solve the problems using the editor of registry, but unfortunately it is very difficult to use, unlike the other two utilities. A single mistake might prove costly.

That is why using the registry or system optimizer might be a better idea. Such software can be downloaded from the internet.

Another way of speeding up the computer is to get rid of the startup programs that hog the CPU. Although the system optimizer too can solve this issue, it can be done manually also by opening the system configuration window by typing msconfig.exe in the Run box and hitting Enter.

This guest artilce is written by Alex Trots, who also writes for pckeeper.zeobit.com, a site featuring lots of registry cleaner tips and how-to’s on disk defragmenter.

Some Tweaks To Spruce Up Your Windows 7

Those who are new to Windows 7 or are about to use it, are probably still unaware of the various ways to make life easier while working with Windows 7.  So here are a few handy tweaks that can make using the latest version of Windows not only easy but also fun.

Windows 7

To increase power plan to maximum performance :

To increase power plan to maximum performance, click on the control panel and open power options. Then click on the arrow of Show Additional Plans and simply activate High Performance plan! Next go to the advanced power settings, then to the Hard disk and then to Turn Off hard disk after which you should set ‘never’, which will enable the GC to do the job while logged off. You may also reduce the time required for Windows 7 to boot up. Just follow the following steps to ensure that: Just go to the run option from the main menu and type msconfig and press enter. This will open System Configuration window (like in earlier Windows). Now click on the Boot there and then you will see a box labeled Time Out. This gives the time the system waits for the user to select his or her choice of the Operating system, but since you are in a rush, you better set it to 0! Also select the No GuI Boot option so that the logo at Windows 7 boot-up gets turned off. Just Apply and click Ok and voilа, you’re done!


Computers Having Multiple Processors :

If you have a computer with multiple processors, like Quad Core or the Intel Dual Core processor, then you would want to read on. Since here I will give you some simple ways to choose the number of processors that you want to use. This can be handy in case there is a problem with one of your processors and you want to find out which one exactly is out of order. Remember that multiple processors are there so that a certain task being carried out by your computer is distributed among these multiple processors which in turns results in an increase of speed of your machine. Now back to the tips. Simply go to boot options from the Advanced options menu and the Boot Advanced Options will show. From there, you should know what to do!
Next comes how to disable the Aero Theme. First right click on your desktop, and then click Personalize and then the Windows color tab. De-select the box reading Enable Transparency and then click on “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”. A window should open up, in which you are to select a Standard theme.


Disable Unnecessary startup Programs :

Another cool thing to do is to disable some unnecessary startup programs. These programs start and continue to run in the background along with the Windows. For this also, just go to the Run option, type in msconfig and press enter to open the System Configuration window. Then click on the startup tab and choose for yourself which programs you want to keep and which you want to delete from the startup list.


Disable UAC or the User Account Control feature :

Let us now venture to see how to disable UAC or the User Account Control feature. This can be done in two ways. In the first method, go to Control Panel and open the option User Accounts and Family Safety. Next click on User Account, then the UAC settings link, following which you have to drag the slider to Never Notify. You’re almost done, with just clicking on Ok remaining and of course, you need to reboot. In the second method, you are to do the following:

First you have to go to Regedit or the registry editor, which you can access by typing regedit.exe in the Run box and then clicking enter. Next, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem and on the right pane, click on the EnableLUA and also on Modify. Then all you need to do is set the value to 0. Since enabled is given by 1 and disabled by 0 in the binary system.


Some Keyboard Shortcuts :

Now let us move on to some more fun options like keyboard shortcuts.

Alt + P is a shortcut that provides an additional preview option to the right side of the window whenever you are viewing any image file. Windows plus the + key and the Windows plus the – key are magnifying or zooming tools. Windows plus any number is a shortcut to activate the corresponding programs from the taskbar programs list.

Opera 11 Is Now Available For Download [Alpha]

Opera 11 Alpha VerOpera launched the first alpha version of Opera 11 quite recently. Opera 11 [Alpha] is the company’s first version of its desktop browser with support for extensions. The company released Opera 11 alpha for Windows, Mac, and Linux to the public. Earlier Opera 10.53 Beta was available for download.

Opera 11 Alpha uses new version of Opera’s layout engine. With the help of extensions, now Opera users will be able to customize their browser functionality by adding several features directly into the browser. They don’t need to try standalone Opera Widgets or Opera Unite applications.

Developers can now create extensions using open standards such as HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, and supported APIs. Opera issued a warning to its users before downloading the alpha version. As the browser is not feature complete, Opera recommended users to backup their systems before installing the new browser.

  • Download Opera 11 Alpha [here]

Microsoft Finally Launches Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7Quite recently Windows Phone 7 was officially announced by Microsoft. Windows Phone 7 is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and is the successor to their Windows Mobile platform. You can expect a completely new finger-friendly User Interface. It also enables easy integration with Microsoft services Xbox Live and Bing. Also contains third-party applications like eBay, IMDB, Netflix, and some music apps.

You can also expect integration with social networking sites like Facebook. As of now Samsung, LG and HTC are powered by Windows Phone 7. There are nine Windows Phone 7 devices that will be available in the U.S. from top manufacturers like Dell, HTC, Samsung, and LG. One of them, the HTC 7 Surround, has just been officially announced by AT&T. Also there was a buzz like devices based on WP7 won’t support copy and paste, and tethering. People behind the Windows Phone 7 said the user experience is consistent and delightful, and also explained that “hundreds of thousands” of developers were working on applications for the OS.

Personally I feel Windows Phone 7 is hitting the smartphone market too late, now it is hard for them to cope with iOS, Android, and BlackBerry.

Continue reading Microsoft Finally Launches Windows Phone 7

Expected Features Of Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9, in short IE9, is yet another much expected release from Microsoft Windows. But people believe this one has lots of new stuffs to deliver. IE9 will definitely be a lot better than Internet Explorer 8. Below I mentioned some of the new features of the Internet Explorer 9.

IE9#1 – HTML 5 Support : HTML5 support is the most powerful addition I believe. HTML5 features added in the new IE9 will include h.264 video, Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), and lots more.

#2 – New JavaScript Engine – Chakra : It runs JavaScript in the background of your computer on a separate CPU core. Provides much faster JavaScript rendering and a better overall internet experience.

#3 – Direct X Video Acceleration : High Definition Video and new graphic capabilities are reproduced.

#4 – Better Usage Of Hardware : Normally browsers are not that much optimized when considering hardware usage. Internet Explorer 9 is going to change that.

#5 – Enhanced CSS3 Support : Internet Explorer 8 was not supporting CSS3 earlier. So we can expect some major improvements.

#6 – Developer Tools additions : Internet Explorer 9 is going to provide some new features for Developers. They include Console tab, Network tab, UA switcher tool and Real-world performance measurement.

Do you think Internet Explorer 9 will do something remarkable? Do share your view as comments below

Leaked Features and Docs of Windows 8

Earlier we discussed about the leaked images and features of Digg V4. Now in this article we are going to see the leaked features and docs of Microsoft’s next OS, Windows 8.

It seems that some of the Microsoft documents are leaked and they clearly describe the structure and the upcoming features of Windows 8.

Expected Features Of Windows 8 :

  • Facial recognition – provides quick and easy login.
  • Support for Bluetooth 3 and USB 3.
  • Camera detects when you leave your seat, thus makes the system to shutdown automatically.
  • Includes Kinect-like features.
  • If someone else shows up in front of the camera, it switches between user accounts based on who it sees.
  • May connect Windows accounts to the cloud.
  • Faster boot sequences and ambient light sensing.

Leaked Documents :

Windows 8 Machine Specifications

Windows 8 Store

Windows 8 Windows Store

Windows 8 Facial Recognition Login

Face Recognition

Desktop Lock

Windows 8 Fast Startup

What’s your take on this? Do you think these ‘expected’ features will really come?