Windows Update: Enable or Disable Automatic System Reboot

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Microsoft on second Tuesday of every month releases new patches (popularly known as "Patch Tuesday") for Windows, which sometimes needs a system reboot. We have earlier shown ways to shutdown Windows without applying Windows updates. That quick tip was handy if you are in an emergency and you need to shutdown Windows quickly. Although the software giant is trying to make the Windows update process less intrusive but a force reboot occurs . Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 can force a reboot if you left your computer idle for a few minutes. Sometimes the force system restart occurs when you are working and you didn't notice the restart timer asking if you to postpone automatic system restart. Since, Windows 8 (and 8.1), Microsoft removed the ability to indefinitely postpone reboots. If you are working using your PC then it can result in loss of your work. The tips in this post will help you disable automatic restart on Windows Update and save your important work. …
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OS X Mavericks Transformation Pack For Windows

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Apple's next upcoming OS X 10.9 dubbed as OS X Mavericks was announced recently at the WWDC 2013. OS X Mavericks boasts improvements and a lot of changes under the hood. If you adore the look of the latest OS X and want the same look for your Windows operating system, here's OS X Mavericks transformation pack for you. OS X 10.9 Mavericks transformation pack is available for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 including Windows Server Editions. According to the developer, using Mavericks transformation pack you'll have the best user experiences which greatly resembles the real OS X Mavericks from Windows operating system side. …
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Download Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) Release Preview for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2

If you've followed the happenings in the Windows world, you must have already known that Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) will be the default web browser in latest Windows 8.1 operating system. Internet Explorer 11 is feature rich and supports the latest web standards, IE11 can now preload websites, provides better protections for your PC and your privacy, supports WebGL and if your computer has "that" much RAM support, you can work on up to 100 tabs per window! If you are not trying out Windows 8.1 Preview or have installed the leaked Windows 8.1 RTM, but want to test the latest version of Internet Explorer, this post is for you. …
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Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 Released, Direct Download Links

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Microsoft has announced the availability of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, albeit as a pre-release "Preview" version. Previously, Internet Explorer 10 was released along with, exclusively for Windows 8, Microsoft's recently launched operating system. After the launch, Microsoft announce they will release a preview version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7, and later it will release IE10 final version for Windows 7. The availability of the release preview of IE10 for Windows 7 falls just as Microsoft has planned earlier. As noted earlier, Microsoft said it would deliver the preview for Windows 7 in "mid-November." In that same note, Microsoft said that the final version of IE10 will follow as it will collect "developer and customer feedback." Microsoft also said that IE10 on Windows 7 has the same standards based platform for developers to target as IE10 on Windows 8. …
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Disable Gadgets In Windows 7, Vista: Vulnerabilities in Gadgets Could Allow Remote Code Execution

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Microsoft originally introduced desktop gadgets in Windows Vista operating system and continued supporting them in Windows 7 operating system. As the release of Windows 8 final version is coming near, there were reports that indicate that Microsoft will remove desktop gadgets from Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft has confirmed that it will deprecate Gadgets and Sidebar in Windows 8. Now, it seems Microsoft has a good reason for removing desktop gadgets from Windows 8. Along with this month's Patch Tuesday, a security advisory is released for Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating system. The security advisory is about vulnerabilities in desktop gadgets that could allow Remote Code Execution. …
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Easily Apply Different Tweaks To Windows 7 Using Sunrise Seven

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Applying tweaks to Windows 7 operating system is never the task of faint hearts. A small mistake and your Windows 7 operating system will stop booting. But, if you use a good system tweaker that allows you to easily revert back changes, you may lower the problems. Sunrise Seven is one such system tweaker for Windows 7 users. The program applies changes on the fly. Thus letting you easily revert back changes and save yourself from disaster. Sunrise Seven has some very good number of Windows 7 system tweaks. These tweaks help you customize Windows 7 to your liking. It has everything you are looking for, read after the break for a detailed insight. …
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Windows Upgrade Offer: Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Offer

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Microsoft’s new Windows Upgrade Offer allows all users who purchases a new (qualifying) Windows 7 PC in the coming months to receive a low-cost upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. According to Microsoft, if a user buys a new PC that came pre-installed with either Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate, between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 (the offer is available in 130 different countries in 23 currencies) during the promotion. The promotion expires on February 28, 2013. The upgrade comes with 90-days of free support from Microsoft, beginning from the day Windows 8 is installed and activated. …
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How To Remove/Uninstall Hidden Devices (Ghosted Devices) From Windows?

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Device Manager normally displays only non-Plug and Play devices, drivers, and printers when you click Show hidden devices on the View menu. It doesn't display hidden devices that are installed but not connected anymore to the computer (also called "ghosted" devices). So, basically in Device Manager, there are two types of hidden devices in addition to the devices that are displayed; Typical, hidden devices like non-Plug and Play devices and Phantom (Ghosted) devices that are not connected to the computer. As you go on attaching and removing different devices to Windows, the number of ghosted or hidden devices increases. This causes different types of errors related to driver install. It also hampers system performance (though often negligible), since Windows tries to find all these devices at start-up. There is a simple workaround to display these ghosted devices in Device Manager. After displaying them, you can remove ghosted devices from your computer. There is also a simple …
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Microsoft Security Essentials 4.0 Download

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Microsoft Security Essentials 4 antivirus software is available for PCs running Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. Microsoft has silently made available Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) 4.0 download, the latest version of the Redmond software giant's free anti-virus/anti-malware program for Windows PCs, on April 24. MSE 4.0 was available as beta version since late 2011. The latest version is much lighter on system resources than its earlier version and is much more easier to use. Here's what's changed in MSE. …
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Windows Themes For Earth Day: From Saplings, To Fauna For Your Desktop

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Every year in April, the Earth Day is celebrated worldwide to increase awareness of our planet's natural environment. Microsoft has also joined the celebration by releasing some fresh and beautiful Windows themes. The official Windows Experience Blog has posted the themes along with a brief introduction about the Arbor Day (or Earth Day, as we all know today). Jennifer Shepherd on Windows Experience Blog posted that "the first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska 140 years ago; by some accounts nearly a million trees were planted that day." Go green and adore our wonderful planet Earth with the latest Windows themes and celebrate Earth Day. Simply click on the download link along each themes description. …
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