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Show your Image on System Properties!!



Show Custom Image on System Properties!!



Few years ago I showed you how to show custom picture on USB flash drive. That time it was a quite interesting trick among the PC users. Today I'm gonna show you another trick which will show your custom image on your Computer System Properties! Let's try . . .



Applies to - 


I'm using Windows 10. Hopefully it works with the previous versions of Windows too . . .


Necessary Tools - 

  • A USB Flash Drive
  • Your desired image - You've to convert it to Bitmap image (BMP)
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Minimum skills to work with the Registry Editor (regedit)


Before you begin . . . 

Press Windows + Pause or Right click on your Computer > Properties


Computer Properties on Windows 10


This window shows the basic information of your Computer. Your picture will be shown in the System section. 

Now look at the image below - 

Showing Custom Image on Computer Properties

After completing this task, your image will be displayed as mine. 


Procedure | 2 Stages

The whole task is to be divided into 2 stages. At first, we've to prepare your image. And then we've to work in Windows Registry Editor. You must be careful enough to finish the task properly. Cause if you miss any point this trick may not work . . . 


Stage 1 - Preparing the Image
  1. Choose an image that you wanna display on your system information.
  2. Open that image in Photoshop. Resize or crop the image to make it smaller.
  3. It shouldn't be too large. Keep the size within 200 to 250 pixels.
  4. Go to File > Save as > BMP i.e. Your filename will be like Munna.bmp

Your image is ready. Now copy and paste this image i.e. Munna.bmp to the following location of your Computer - 


C:\Windows\System32\oobe


After pasting the image it should look like the image below - 


Placing Custom Image to be Displayed on My Computer Properties


That's it. Now you're eligible for the next stage. 


Stage 2 - Working with the Registry Editor

  1. Press Start + R > Type regedit > Press Enter > Hit Yes
  2. This will open Registry Editor window
  3. Now go to this location step by step -  Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation
  4. Click right mouse button either over the OEMInformation or on the right side blank area > String Value > Rename the string as Logo. 
  5. Now double click on the Logo and input the following code into value data -   %systemroot%\System32\oobe\Munna.bmp  
    Editing OEMInformation String to Display Custom Image on My Computer Properties
  6. Press OK and get out of Registry Editor window.

Now press Start + Pause to view your system information or simply go to Desktop > Right Click over My Computer/ This PC > Choose Properties > See the magic! 




At a Glance - 

  • A Bitmap Image (BMP Format)
  • Image Location - C Drive > Windows > System32 > oobe
  • Registry Editor Location - HKEY_LOCAL-MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > OEMInformation
  • String Name - Logo
  • String Value - %systemroot%\System32\oobe\Munna.bmp


Inform me whether you've done this or not. Leave your comments below. Thank you.





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Get Back your Old Calculator in Windows 10 !!




Get back to the classic version of Windows Calculator



Well this is not a new issue. Very often Windows kills its beautiful tools or applications when upgrade to a new version. As you've already experienced what happened with Windows Photo Viewer, the same thing is done to the Calculator which was available on Windows 7 and 8. 


But tech lovers know very well that there is always a way. I've found an .exe file of Old Calculator from Winaero. If you download and install this file, you can get your old calculator back in latest version of Windows! 





Why do you need your old calculator back?

The new touch interface enabled calculator is not bad at all. To be honest it looks really cool. But an important feature is missing in this program i.e. Worksheets.

With this option you can calculate - 

  • Mortgage
  • Vehicle Lease
  • Fuel Economy

Windows 7 Calculator Options


Besides if you're in love with classic interface then you can install this program on your PC.



Windows 8 Calculator Options



Without the Worksheets option, the new calculator has almost all features. If you don't need the Worksheets option, then I would like to recommend you not to install the old calculator.


Caution!

Your default calculator may not function once you've installed the old calculator. Even if you uninstall this, the default calculator may not run. This is what happened to me after I've tried the old one! 





Download > Install > Run . . . 
  1. Download the file named Windows 7 Calculator.exe from the above link. It's less than 1 MB.
  2. Double click on it.
  3. Choose your language i.e. English.
  4. Hit on the install button. Within few seconds you've to press the finish button.
  5. Now it's ready to use. 
  6. Now get your app from start menu or simply type calc on the run (Start+R) dialogue box. That's it. 



What if this old calculator cause malfunction to your new one?

If your Windows 10 calculator doesn't work after installing the old one then follow the steps below:

  1. Go to This PC.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Apps > Apps & Features.
  4. Scroll down and find Calculator.
  5. Tap on Calculator and choose Advanced Options.
  6. Hit on the Reset button and hopefully you will get this back!




Disclaimer!

The publisher of this application is neither Microsoft nor Windows. This application is available for download from Winaero. And maybe they are the original developer of this look alike application. 


We're simply recommending it to our users as we've found it useful. But Marks PC Solution is not responsible if this application  - 
  • Kills your Windows 10 default calculator
  • Generates any wrong calculation
  • Cause any financial loss
  • Is engaged with any harmful activities


Hope this will help you lot. Stay connected for more breaking tips . . .



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Top Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10


30 Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10



Windows 10 has come with some new settings and applications. So, there are little changes in the use of Keyboard Shortcut. Microsoft has released a document including shortcut keys which are 100% compatible with Windows 10. 


And I've just just sorted out the necessary ones for you. Have a look - 


Top Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 10
Shortcut Key Action
Start Open/ Close Start Screen
Start + 1/ 2/ 3 . . . 9 Launch programs pinned to the taskbar
Start + A Open the Action Center
Start + B Highlight the Notification Area
Start + C Launch Cortana into Listening Mode
Start + D Switch between Show Desktop and Previous State
Start + E Launch File Explorer
Start + I Open Settings Window
Start + K Open Connect Pane to Connect
Start + L Lock the Device and go to Lock Screen
Start + M Minimize all open windows and show the desktop
Start + P Open the Project Pane to search for and connect to projector
Start + R Open the Run
Start + S Open Cortana – Here you can type your query
Start + T Cycle through the Taskbar Apps
Start + U Launch the Ease of Access Center
Start + X Show the Power Menu/ Advanced Menu
Start + Enter Launch the Narrator
Start + Spacebar Switch between Languages (Also Alt + Shift)
Start + Tab Open Task View
Start + , Show the Desktop until released
Start + + or - Zoom in, Zoom out (Magnifying Option)
Start + Esc Close the Magnifier
Start + Left Arrow Take the active window to the left half of the monitor
Start + Right Arrow Take the active window to the right half of the monitor
Start + Up Arrow Maximize the Active Window
Start + Down Arrow Minimize the Active Window
Start + Home Minimize all inactive Windows (Do it again to restore)
Start + Print Screen Screenshot will be saved on Picture folder
Start + ? Launch the Feedback App


Most of the above shortcuts will work with Windows 8.1 and 8. And some of them will also work with Windows 7. The shortcuts which are related with the new settings of Windows 10 will not work with older versions of Windows. 


You can also download these shortcuts as PDF, JPEG and XPS. Download the file from the link below: 








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Windows Photos is Capable of Editing Images!!




Edit Images by Windows 10 Photos App


In my last post, I've discussed about how to get back Photo Viewer in Windows 10. And in this post, I would like to talk about how to get most out of new Windows Photos App. Final version of Windows 10 is still new to the users. And I'm pretty sure most of users haven't tried the editing features of Photos. 


As a Photo viewer, the performance of Windows Photos is really poor. There are some problems remain with transparent PNG images. And it also have some navigation problems. But you can use this tool for editing images. As a image editor, Photos is not bad at all !! J 


Editing Features at a Glance . . .

1. Basic Fixes Includes - 
  • Photo Enhancement
  • Image Rotation
  • Crop
  • Straighten
  • Fix Red Eye
  • Retouch
2. Photo Filters

3. Light Corrections - 
  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Highlights
  • Shadows
4. Color - 
  • Temperature
  • Tint
  • Saturation
  • Color Boost
5. Effects -
  • Vignette
  • Selective Focus


Easy to use . . .


This app is not a difficult one to operate. A person with basic photo editing knowledge should be fine with this tool. Let me tell something - 


Windows 10 Photos Screenshot


  • Right click on an image and open it with Photos
  • In the toolbar, hit on the Pencil icon to access the editing tools
  • Use Basic Fixes to enhance your photo, fix red eye, crop the image etc. You can use retouch to make little correction.
  • Filters offers automatic filtering to your image.
  • Light enables you control brightness, contrast etc.
  • Color helps you change your environmental look through modifying temperature and saturation.
  • With the help of effects, you can highlight a portion of your image. 

After modifying the image, you can compare it with the original! Compare button will be available at tools menu. Or you can press Ctrl + /. Press Ctril ++ or Ctrl + - to increase and decrease the image size.


After making the necessary corrections, you can save the photo using Save as button. 





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Built in PDF Printer in Windows 10 !!



Default PDF Creator of Windows 10



Windows 10 has come with some new features. One of them is Built-in PDF printer - Microsoft Print to PDF. From now, Windows 10 users don't need to use any third party PDF creator for converting their documents to PDF files! 

Applies to - Windows 10 Final Version only!


Those of you are still using earlier versions of Windows, I will recommend doPDF for you. It's a free as well as great tool for creating PDF documents from different applications. And you can also use doPDF in case when you think Windows Print to PDF doesn't work well for you. 



Using Windows Print to PDF

This application lets you print documents virtually. Using this application is almost similar to using doPDF. It has no visible interface available. You can only use this feature in the print option of any application. Such as - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Web Browsers, Photos even on Notepad. 

This feature will be available for any application which has a print option. Let's find out how - 

Built in PDF Creator in Windows 10

  1. Open any printable document (i.e. MS Word Document).
  2. Press Ctrl+P to view the print option.
  3. Look at the list of available printers.
  4. Choose - Microsoft Print to PDF.
  5. Choose Paper Size, Number of Copies, Orientation from Settings.
  6. Hit on the Print button.
  7. Type File Name > Choose your destination > Hit the Save button. That's it!

Hope this new tool will be of great use. If you need any kind of help, please knock me . . .



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Show My Computer Icon on Windows 10 Desktop




Display Computer Icon on Windows 10


You may find it very difficult to show Computer/ My Computer/ This PC icon on Windows 10 desktop. To be honest, I also get puzzled by this problem! Now I've been able to fix this problem. In fact, Windows 10 has come with many absurd settings. Maintaining your system has been a tough job here. 


Same thing happened to Windows 8 also. But showing my computer icon on Windows 8 desktop was much easier. I mean finding the settings for showing desktop items were easier. Now I will show the way to show This PC icon on Windows 10 desktop. 


This tips applies to - Windows 10 Final Version only!


Display My Computer Icon on Windows 10 Desktop

Follow the simple steps below . . .

Right Click Menu on Desktop

  1. Go to Desktop (Press Start+D)
  2. Right click on a open area > Choose Personalize
  3. From the Personalization window, hit on Themes button
  4. Related Settings > Desktop icon settings
  5. Now you will get Desktop Icon Settings window
  6. Choose necessary Desktop Icons > Apply > OK. That's it!

Windows 10 Personalization Dialogue Box




Desktop Icon Settings Window




Microsoft is Getting Crazy!

I'm fed up with Microsoft! They've just made some wrong changes for last few versions of Windows. I can point them out - 

  • Removing .Net Framework 3.5 
  • Removing My Computer Icon from Desktop
  • Disabling Automatic Update Control settings
  • Removing date calculation option from Calculator
  • Removing Windows Update from Control Panel
  • Poor Start Menu (Windows 8 Start Menu was better)
  • Overall difficult settings - absolutely absurd!


They've also decided not to release any more new version of Windows OS! So, we're not getting any better version soon . . .



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Windows 10 Final Activator!!!



Windows 10 Pro Activator



Hey Guys! Today I'm gonna share an All in One Activator with you! It's capable of activating Windows 10, Windows 8 and 8.1, Office 2010 and Office 2010. Hope this will work for you . . .



About the Activator

This KMS is tested and verified by Marks PC Solution. I've been using this for last few days and found no virus or malware. I've tested this tool on my Windows 10 Pro (64 bit). It just takes few seconds and works like magic!

Hopefully this version will work with - 
  • Windows 10 (32 bit & 64 bit)
  • Windows 8 and 8.1 (32 bit & 64 bit)
  • Office 2010 and 2013


It may also activate Windows Vista or 7. But I can't guarantee. For Windows 7, you can use this one

Surprisingly, this activator is portable. It will not be installed on your system! 



Download > Unzip > Activate > Enjoy!
  1. Download Windows 10 Final Activator from here. Download size - 6.33 MB. 
  2. It's a zipped folder. Unzip it. 
  3. Double click on Auto.exe to activate your system silently. You will just hear the activation message.
  4. Or double click on KMS.exe to open the KMS interface. Hit on the red button to complete the activation procedure. 
  5. Take a reboot if necessary. 
  6. It's all done - you're good to go!

Final KMS Window


To see the activation status, you've to choose the Tokens tab. Then hit on the blue i button as shown below:


KMS Information Tab

Hitting on the information button will give you a new window showing your Windows/ Office activation status. 



Check your Windows Activation Status . . . 

What does Windows say about your activation? Let's check it - 
  • Press Start+Pause/Break button of your Keyboard.
  • Look at the bottom area. 
  • Check your activation status as shown in the following screenshot - 

Windows 10 Pro Activation Message


Inform me whether it works properly. Waiting for your feedback . . .





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Disable Windows 10 Automatic Update (All Editions)




Turn off Windows 10 Auto Update



Though Windows 10 Pro users can easily disable Automatic Update, Home users can't! Because they don't have Group Policy Editor. And Registry Settings for turning off auto update doesn't work too. In this situation, if you're a home user then you can stop automatic update through Services. 


At the end of last year, I've published another post on disabling Windows 10 Auto Update. But it doesn't work with Windows Home edition. If you're using Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition, then follow the link below - 




Disable Automatic Update through Group Policy Editor . . .





Windows 8 Service List



Turn off Automatic Update (Specially For Home Users)

  1. Go to Control Panel.
  2. Open Administrative Tools.
  3. Click twice on Services
  4. Lots of services will be there. Press W > Scroll down and find Windows Update. (Or Press Start + R > Type services.msc > Press Enter > Find Windows Update)
  5. Double click on it to open Windows Update Properties.
  6. Make sure you're on the General tab.
  7. Choose Startup type Disabled. If you'd like to update manually, then choose Manual
  8. Now look at the Service status. If it's running, stop it. 
  9. Finally, hit on the Apply > OK. 

Windows Update Service Dialogue Box


Hope this will work. Let me know whether it works or not. If you face any sort of problem, inform me. Waiting for your feedback . . .




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