Create a picture password in window 8

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A fun way to protect your system.

Using a picture password is a fun way keep your device secure while not having to remember a complex password. To enable it, press the Windows key + I to get to the settings charm. Click “Change PC settings” at the bottom right, and go to the Users tab. Under “Sign-in options” will be the “Create a picture password” button. This will give you the option to choose any picture, and then define three gestures anywhere on the image. Your gestures can be circles, swipes and clicks.

For example, to set a picture password for the image above, you could click on the highest palm tree, draw a circle around the island, and then swipe down from the lens flare in the upper right. Just beware: The direction of each gesture matters! After confirming it a couple times, your picture password will be set.

Employ the hottest hotkeys we know

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In these key combinations, hold down the Windows key (normally located between Alt and Ctrl) and another key, as described on this list.

  • Press the Windows key to enter the tiled Start screen.
  • The Windows key + M minimizes everything that’s showing on the desktop.
  • The Windows key + E opens Explorer for quick access to folders.
  • On the Start screen, press the Windows key + D to instantly get to the desktop.
  • The Windows key + Tab opens a list of currently running programs.
  • The Windows key + Print Screen takes a screenshot and saves it in a Screenshots folder nested in your Pictures folder.
  • To take a screenshot on a Windows 8 tablet, simultaneously press the Windows button and the volume-down button on the tablet chassis.
  • The Windows key + Q opens a global search menu. Type what you’re looking for and where you would like to look.
  • The Windows key + W opens a search in your system settings to quickly locate and change system properties.
  • The Windows key + F opens a file and folder search.
  • The Windows key + Pause opens the system properties page to show you a quick rundown of your specs.
  • The Windows key + “,” (that’s the comma sign!) makes all current windows transparent, giving you a peek at the desktop as long as you hold down the Windows key.
  • The Windows key + “.” (the period) snaps a window to the right or left side (toggling each time you press “.”).
  • The Windows key + R prompts the Run command—useful for quickly launching apps and other routines with a command prompt.
  • The Windows key + X opens the Quick Access Menu, exposing system functionality such as the Command Prompt, Disk Management, File Explorer, Run, and more. Alternatively, you can right-click on the bottom right corner of the screen to spawn the Quick Access Menu.
  • The Windows key + I opens the settings menu, giving you quick access to the Control Panel, Personalization, and your Power button, among other features.
  • The Windows key + O locks orientation on devices with an accelerometer.

Attachment size exceeds the allowable limit” error when you add a large attachment to an email message in Outlook 2013

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The steps to modify the default attachment limit depend on the type of email account that you are using with Outlook 2013.

Important This article contains information about how to modify the registry. Make sure that you back up the registry before you modify it. Make sure that you know how to restore the registry if a problem occurs.

Internet email account (POP3, IMAP, HTTP)

To modify the default attachment limit size in Outlook 2013, follow these steps:

  1. Exit Outlook.
  2. Start Registry Editor by pressing the Windows logo key+R to open run dialog box and type regedit.
  3. Locate and then select one of the following registry subkeys:





Note Manually create the path in the registry if it does not currently exist.

4. Add the following registry data under this subkey:

Value type: DWORD

Value name: MaximumAttachmentSize

Value data: An integer that specifies the total maximum allowable attachment size. For example, specify 30720 (Decimal) to configure a 30-MB limit.


    • Specify a value of zero (0) if you want to configure no limit for attachments.
    • Specify a value that is less than 20 MB if you want to configure a limit that is less than the default 20 MB.


5. Exit Registry Editor

6. Start Outlook.


How to Use IE 6 in Window 7

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When migrating to Windows 7, there may be some web sites/apps that require you use IE 6, yet Windows 7 will not allow version of IE prior to version 8 be installed.

There is a compatibility mode and an emulation for developers within IE8, but most of the time this does not allow these sites/apps to load properly.

What we want is a way to launch an earlier version of Internet Explorer.

here is a step by step guide on how to install a Window Virtual PC and XP Mode provided by Microsoft and then add an icon onto the Windows 7 desktop to launch Internet Explorer 6.

Please note that Window Virtual PC and XP Mode can only be used with Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate versions. I have only tested this with Windows 7 Professional.

Steps (13 total)

1. Download required software.

Go to and select your OS version and language.

Download the files in step 2-4 to your computer (Note: the file in step 4 is for computers that do not have Hardware Assisted Virtualization Technology. You don’t require this if your computer has HAVT.)

2. Launch Windows XP Mode Installer

Launch installer once download is finished. You will be prompted to select install location (default is fine). Once setup is complete, click Finish.

3. Launch Windows Virtual PC Installer

Note that this is a Windows Update (KB958559).

Accept the terms.

You will be prompted to restart your computer. Go ahead and do so as you can’t proceed any further until this step has been completed.

4. Launch XP Mode

In the Start menu, go to All Programs > Windows Virtual PC and launch Windows XP Mode.

Accept the license terms and click Next.

You can now change the installation path and enter a password for the virtual machine instance. Note that each user on the computer being configured will have to complete step 4.

Select if you want Automatic Updates configured.

Click Start Setup to finish configuring the virtual machine.

5. Wait for Virtual PC to Load

It may take a few minutes for the VM to load.

6. Windows XP Launches

When the configuration from step 5 is complete, you will see the XP desktop. Closing this window will hibernate the VM.

7. Explore All Users

In order to get the Internet Explorer 6 shortcut onto the Windows 7 desktop, we have to add the shortcut to the All Users folder in the VM.

Right-click on the Start menu and select Explore All Users.

8. Add IE to All Users in XP

Copy the Internet Explorer desktop icon from within the XP window into the Start Menu folder (this is the folder that is selected by default).

9. Launch Internet Explorer in XP Window

Launch IE within the XP window. This saves config changes later.

10. Close all Windows and Log Off User

Close IE as well as any open Explorer windows and log off the XP Machine.

11. Close the XP Virtual Machine Window

Close the XP virtual machine window to hibernate the VM.

12. Create Shortcut to IE 6 on Win 7 Desktop

Go to Start > All Programs > Windows Virtual PC > Windows XP Mode Applications.

Right-click on Internet Explorer (Windows XP Mode) > Send To > Desktop (create shortcut).

You will now have an IE 6 icon on your desktop.

13. Launch IE 6

Launch IE 6 using the icon on the Windows 7 desktop.



Above are the steps to use web applications that will only run in versions of Internet Explorer prior to IE 8.

I would like to thank nznick from who posted the basic guideline used for this how-to. The URL to that post is


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i’m unable to connect my Samsung Galaxy Mega on Windows 7 64bit PC, the device driver installation failed and it showed “The device cannot start” in Device Manager. So first thing i try was installed Kies, but It is not detected by Kies,.

While searching for a fix, I found a XDA developer forum post offering a solution for this issue however, the fix didn’t work but thanks to the thread, I finally managed to get it working. the procedure involves editing registry so proceed with caution.

Before continuing with the procedure, make sure you have the latest drivers for Samsung device. To do that, connect your device, wait for it to fail and then open Windows Update and click Check for Updates. If you find any Samsung driver update, install it and restart if you have to.

Here is the process:
1. Start Registry editor by pressing the Windows logo key+R to open run dialog box and type regedit
2. Navigate to the following key and perform a backup by right clicking on it and selecting Export and save anywhere:

This step is a safety measure. You can restore the settings by double clicking the reg file if something goes wrong.
3. Now, under Class, find the following keys and look for UpperFilters on the right pane:

If you find UpperFilters, just right click on it and select Delete to delete it.

Remember to do it for both keys i.e. {36FC9E60-C465-11CF-8056-444553540000} and {EEC5AD98-8080-425f-922A-DABF3DE3F69A}.
4. Now, disconnect your phone if you have it connected and try reconnecting.

Hope it works for you too.