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Change The Default Location Of SkyDrive Folder In Windows

Microsoft’s newly released SkyDrive client for Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems lets SkyDrive users to easily view, manage and upload files to your SkyDrive account. The service offers 7GB free space to new users and 25GB free space for loyal SkyDrive users.

SkyDrive Location

By default, the SkyDrive setup creates a folder in C:\Users\UserName (C is your Windows installation drive) directory. Whenever you move or drag-and-drop a file to the SkyDrive folder it will automatically sync with the cloud and a copy will be available in the folder for the offline access. Now the problem is that if you have very little free space on your Windows drive, you won’t be able to sync large files.

While the setup allows you change the default location of the SkyDrive folder during the installation, chances are that you have proceeded with the default location. If you want to change the default location after setting up the account, you need to follow the instructions given below.

Procedure:

Step 1: Do a right-click on the SkyDrive application icon in the system tray and clickSettings to open Microsoft SkyDrive settings dialog box.

Change Default Location of SkyDrive Client

Step 2: Switch to About tab. Here, you will see Unlink SkyDrive button. By unlinking SkyDrive, your files will no longer be kept up-to-date with your SkyDrive account. That is, you are logging out of the SkyDrive. Worry not!

Change Default Location Of SkyDrive Client In Windows

Step 3: Click On Unlink SkyDrive button. This action will open the SkyDrive client setup screen. Please make sure that the client isn’t uploading files to the cloud.

Step 4: Click on Get Started button. In the following screen, enter your Windows Live ID and password to login.

Change Default Location Of SkyDrive Client In Windows Step1

Change Default Location Of SkyDrive Client In Windows Step2

Step 5: In the next screen, you will be given an option to change the SkyDrive default location. Click on Change button to select the location you wish and click Next button. Click Next button and finally click Done button to finish the setup.

Change Default Location Of SkyDrive Client In Windows Step3

You are done! The client will connect to the cloud and download all files. You can now delete the old SkyDrive folder located in the default location.

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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Freeware, Softwares, Tips, Utilities

 

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Features removed in Windows 8

I made the usual list (and going to be hated by fanbois probably for it) 🙂 But my goal is to highlight those areas which are “damaged” or step back from Windows 7. Discuss and help make it more complete.

• Start Menu and its unique features like Start Menu jump lists, Frequently Used Programs etc have been removed (Not going to list individual Start menu features which Start screen doesn’t have)
• The ability to boot directly to the desktop and not load the Metro components in memory is not there
• The Lock screen is the place where you can now display custom background instead of the Logon screen, but unlike the Logon screen, there seems to be no way to programmatically change or cycle through a group of images for the Lock screen background. It must be set manually by the user from PC settings on the Start screen.
The “Unblock” button previously available on the file properties dialog for unblocking downloaded files (removing the NTFS Alternate Data Stream from the downloaded file) has been removed.
• Running Internet Explorer purely in 64-bit mode is not possible unless Enhanced Protected Mode is enabled which disables all addons. Otherwise, 64-bit IE10 opens 32-bit tabs.
Search option to use natural language search has been removed.
Mouse control panel option to allow or disallow themes to change mouse pointers is removed.
• File operations like Rename, Delete can no longer be undone from context menu for UAC-protected locations
• Security Essentials settings for configuring default actions or real-time protection have been removed. (Security Essentials is now built-in as Windows Defender)
• In a dual boot scenario, the ability to directly boot into another OS besides Windows 8 is slowed down because the new Windows 8 graphical boot shell/loader reboots to load the other operating system
• Windows Update settings for showing notifications and allowing all users to install updates have been removed. Windows Update no longer notifies with a balloon notification that there are new updates available. I will now have to manually check for updates once in a while by starting Windows Update or go to the Welcome screen to see if updates are available.
Sound events for ‘Exit Windows’, ‘Windows Logon’ and ‘Windows Logoff’ are removed
People Near Me P2P API is removed
• MSConfig’s Startup tab has been killed and replaced by the Task Manager’s Startup tab that doesn’t have the ‘Location’ column which was useful for example to know if the process started from HKCU or HKLM reg branch.
Previous Versions for Shadow Copies is removed. The half-baked replacement is the File History feature which is only for certain file types (documents, music, videos and pictures) in Libraries, desktop and browser favorites. Previous Versions worked for any generic file type in any folder.
Advanced Appearance settings which let you adjust colors, sizes and fonts are removed
• Explorer copy engine issue: Folder conflict prompt when merging/overwriting folders is removed. Explorer silently merges subfolders in a copy operation, you cannot choose entire subfolders to skip or overwrite
• Explorer status bar removes the ability to show important details. It is now a private undocumented control (DirectUI) so it also doesn’t allow Explorer addons like Classic Shell to show information like free disk space, total size of items without selection, computer zone, infotip information as it could on a standard status bar control.
• Explorer: Ability to enable both Details pane and Preview pane simultaneously or independently of each other in Explorer for display of file metadata as well as preview is gone
Flip 3D is gone
• Chkdsk when run at startup does not display any information about file system repairs besides % complete. This screen is gone when Chkdsk runs at startup and replaced by just a dumbed down % complete.
• Pen and Touch Input Desktop features no longer included because of Metro
Network Map feature and some network profile management UI from Network and Sharing Center is missing
Memory addresses and other technical information has been removed from the Windows 8 bug check screen (BSOD)
• Windows Boot logo is removed
• The new Task Manager is missing many features of the old one.
View Available Networks (VAN) UI has been degraded with access to the most important dialog: the Network’s Status removed. The VAN UI now covers the notification area icons unnecessarily and the Metro look is out of place on the Aero desktop
• The AutoPlay dialog removes the option to always open a particular program based on the file type
• The Open With dialog breaks the NoInternetOpenWith and NoFileAssociate Group Policies and browsing for a program with the redesigned Open With dialog requires three clicks instead of just one.
Windows CardSpace is not installed even after installing .NET 3.0/3.5
• The keyboard shortcut for Windows Mobility Center has been removed. Previously, Win+X brought it up, now it brings up the power user context menu.
• Desktop games (no word on whether they will be included or dropped in favor of Metro-style games):
• Chess Titans
• FreeCell
• Hearts
• Solitaire
• Spider Solitaire
• Minesweeper
• Mahjong Titans
• Purble Place
• Windows DVD Maker is removed
• Windows Briefcase
• Windows Gadget Platform is intact but no gadgets to download as the online Gadget Gallery was killed for Windows Vista and Windows 7 users as well.

Deprecated but not yet removed:
• Windows Backup and Restore is deprecated
• The command line tools, DiskPart.exe, DiskRAID.exe, and the Disk Management GUI are being deprecated and replaced by the WMIv2-based Windows Storage Management API with the Storage PowerShell command line utility. Dynamic Disks are being deprecated as part of this transition.
• Subsystem for UNIX-based applications is deprecated
• Some Transactional NTFS (TxF) APIs like savepoints, secondary RM, miniversion and roll forward

Aero dialogs made unproductive and ugly so you don’t feel like using them (Metro encroaching on the desktop):
User interfaces for View Available Networks (VAN) and AutoPlay
User interfaces for Open With, Windows Update restart prompt and Error Reporting
Reset and Refresh – a great new feature but what is this ugliness doing on the Aero desktop?

Source : http://xpwasmyidea.blogspot.com/2011/09/features-removed-in-windows-8.html

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Tech-News

 

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How To Change Windows 7 Logon Screen Easily [Without Using Hacks & Tools]

Finally Microsoft has incorporated a new feature in the latest build (7057) of Windows 7 which supports the end user to change the logon screen background without using any hacks or third-party tools.

In previous version of Windows, user had to use third-parry tools like Tune-Up-Utilities to change the logon screen background easily. Windows 7 now supports customization of Windows 7 logon screen officially. Replacing the old logon screen is just another task like changing wallpaper (Desktop background). Thanks to within windows for finding out this excellent feature.

Windows 7 logon background

Follow the procedure below to change the Windows 7 logon screen.

1. Download the registry file from here. Extract the file and double-click on the file to enable this feature (Alternative method: right-click, select Merge).

 2. Now, head over to the following folder:

C:\Windows\System32\oobe (“C” is your Windows Seven Installation drive)

 3. Here, create a new folder named Info. Again, create a new folder inside the Infofolder and rename it as backgrounds.

 4. Copy your favorite image file to this folder and rename it as backgroundDefault. Note that the image must be in JPG format and the size should be less than 256 KB.

 5. You are done. Reboot your system and see the change.

The following files (sorted by width-to-height ratio) are supported in

C:\Windows\System32\oobe\Info\Backgrounds

folder:

* backgroundDefault.jpg
* background768×1280.jpg  (0.6)
* background900×1440.jpg  (0.625)
* background960×1280.jpg  (0.75)
* background1024×1280.jpg (0.8)
* background1280×1024.jpg (1.25)
* background1024×768.jpg  (1.33-)
* background1280×960.jpg  (1.33-)
* background1600×1200.jpg (1.33-)
* background1440×900.jpg  (1.6)
* background1920×1200.jpg (1.6)
* background1280×768.jpg  (1.66-)
* background1360×768.jpg  (1.770833-)

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Tips, Windows7

 

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