How to get Free Microsoft Training

Published in multiple categories by Steve Sinchak with 6,880 views

With the goal of making quality training on Microsoft products more accessible using modern technology, Microsoft has expanded the Microsoft Virtual Academy world-wide. Also known as the MVA, the growing site offers free training created and delivered by the product experts at Microsoft via live online and on-demand training courses. 

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Create a Shutdown Button on the Windows 8 Start Screen

Published in multiple categories by Steve Sinchak with 7,223 views

Wouldn't it be convenient if there was a shutdown button on the Start Screen similar to previous versions of Windows?  I was determined to bring back this functionality and it is much easier than you can imagine thanks to the flexibility of the Start Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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Windows 8 Style Task Manager for Windows 7

Published in multiple categories by Steve Sinchak with 8,489 views

Windows 7 users envious of the Windows 8 Task Manager have a new option thanks to a free utility called DBC Task Manager.  The replacement task manager was written from scratch to mimic the task manager in Windows 8.  The simplified interface and beautiful charts have all been recreated for Windows 7 users.

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Disable Aero Shake Shortcut

Published in multiple categories by Steve Sinchak with 4,696 views

Aero Shake is a mouse shortcut that allows you to clean the clutter of open windows.  Simply shake a window with your mouse and all inactive application windows in the background will be minimized. Shake the window again and all background windows will return. Aero Shake can be helpful if you want to focus on an application but users can also accidentally activate Aero Shake.  If you don't need Aero Shake, the feature can be disabled with a registry edit.

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Remove "SecureBoot isn't configured correctly" Desktop Watermark

Published in multiple categories by Steve Sinchak with 9,893 views

Many Windows users found a lovely watermark on their desktop after upgrading or performing a clean install to Windows 8.1.  "SecureBoot isn't configured correctly" was what appeared on my desktop, along with the version and build number of Windows 8.1 RTM, build 9600. SecureBoot is a feature that allows for secure code execution from the moment your PC powers on to protect against advanced forms of malicious software such as root kits.

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Disable integrated Bing search in Windows 8.1

Published in multiple categories by Steve Sinchak with 9,698 views

The Start Screen in Windows 8.1 includes refined search capabilities and a big new feature, internet search.  Users can search for files, programs, settings and web sites, all through the search box on the Start Screen.  The ability to search for files, programs and settings in one box puts Windows 8.1 back on par with Windows 7, but the addition of Bing web search with ads is not appropriate for all users.

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Enable Automatic App Updates in iOS 7

Published in multiple categories by Steve Sinchak with 10,631 views

iOS 7 took a big step forward with a brand new feature that will automatically update all of your installed apps when updates are released in the App Store.  This feature is great time saver for advanced users and also perfect for beginner users that often forget or don't know how to update apps. 

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How to Reset Google Chrome to Default Settings

Published in multiple categories by Steve Sinchak with 12,810 views

If you are having issues with Google Chrome or simply want to remove all customizations and extensions, Chrome 29 introduced a new reset browser feature.  Simply click the button and everything except for your bookmarks, saved passwords and history will be reset.

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