Windows 7 OEM Licenses No Longer Being Released

Windows 7 Help

              Windows 7 OEM

Thanks to the OEM end date which just passed, computer manufacturers will no longer be handing out preinstalled Windows 7 machines. This is the beginning of the end for what was the most popular OS in the world. With end of support looming up, this is still one of the most commonly used OS on PCs.

What Windows 7 loses come January is mainstream support; existing customers will still be able to avail extended support until we hit 2020. The new PCs being rolled out will no longer have this OS option; instead, we’ll be getting Windows 8.1, which is the only OS that Microsoft is still selling. Windows 10 is set to come out sometime next year, and might well be an answer to some of our prayers.

Windows 7′s enterprise edition will still be available for business and organizations willing to pay, but premium payments aren’t something the average buyer can cough up. Windows 8.1 with Bing is the current OEM version of Microsoft’s most hated product, but it’s so much cheaper than Windows 7 Enterprise, that there won’t be many individual users choosing the latter over the former.

One good thing that will come out of this, if you keep your eyes open, is a possible clearance sale of sorts on Windows 7 OEM licenses, before Christmas. The offers will be appealing enough, and you can guarantee it will be hard to get your hands on one. Remember the crowds when HP started handing out the OS at the start of the year? “Back by popular demand”, they called it.

Windows 7 Machines

              Windows 7 Preinstalled

Windows 7′s mainstream support is set to end on January 13th, and this is scaring plenty of people into thinking the OS will follow XP into the scrap yard. There’s no cause for worries there; only the updates are being stopped, and that too only the shinier ones and not the essential security fixes. You’ll also still be able to call Windows 7 Help.

As I said, you can find support for Windows 7 until 2020, and in that time we’d have grown tired of Windows 10′s successor, and hopefully all but forgotten the OS we’re discussing now. We still have what most users will need until then – continued Windows 7 help and support.

Windows 7 has been the most popular OS in the Windows line, and has held a peak user share of over 50%. This is one of the rare, quality products which Microsoft should be proud of, and maybe they are, but apparently not enough to keep it!

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Setting Up Outlook On Your iPhone

Outlook Setting

                  Outlook On iPhone

Your iPhone can be set up to sync with a webmail service, which allows you to access and handle email messages on that particular account. This means you no longer have to be in front of the computer to check your email. iOS 7 features the option to add the Outlook webmail to your device, making it one of the email services you can sync to. Here’s how to include the Outlook setting in your iPhone.

You can set up the Outlook email account on your phone using the Add Account option, found in the Calendar section of the Mail setting.

  • Go to Settings from the home screen in your device, to bring up the Settings app.
  • Go to Mail, then select Contacts and Calendars in that order. Hit the Add Account button. This will bring up a list of the email services compatible with the app, and among these you’ll find the Outlook webmail service from Microsoft.
  • Hit in the list of options shown, or if you’re using an older version of iOS, the Hotmail. This will be the only difference; the remaining steps are the same for all versions.
  • Type in the full email address for your Outlook account, into the Email field. For example, if your address is, you shouldn’t leave out the part after the @.
  • Type in the correct password, and confirm this if necessary. Your phone saves this Outlook setting the first time you set it, which removes the need to type it again the next time you sign in to the Mail app.

    Outlook Email

                    Outlook Mail Sync

  • Type in a description for the account you’re setting up, in the Description field. This can be something related to the type of emails you receive, such as Work.
  • Hit Next and then choose the items you wish to sync on to the device each time it connects to the email server. Besides the email content that gets synced, you also have the calendar items and contact entries, which means even this information gets updated when you start the app each time.

Now, some people select just the email to sync, so that the sync stays fast and light, which means they have to wait only a few seconds at the most for everything to get ready for use. If you prefer speed too, then disable the syncing for some of the options, but remember to update these at a later point of time.

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Changing Start Up Programs In Windows 7

Windows 7 Help

                        Windows 7 Support

There were plenty of changes made to the operating system when Microsoft released Windows 7 OS. There were no changes in particular with the way programs started when the computer booted, including how Windows 7 boots, it is all the same like it was in the previous versions. In Windows 7 operating systems, Startup programs are saved in the hard drive inside a particular folder.

When the system boots, the operating system loads and all the links listed in this folder will begin their respective functions. However, you can make changes to the start up programs in Windows 7. Here are some Windows 7 help tips on how to change the start up programs in Windows 7.

Adding A Link To The Startup Folder

  • Click on the Windows Start button. From the Start menu, click on All Programs and then Right Click on the Start folder in the menu. Now select the Open All Users option.
  • The Open All Users option would open up the folder control’s startup programs for each user on the computer. Choose the Explore option and head towards the folder for the user currently logged in. This is to make sure that you are making changes for only a particular user.
  • Right Click on the file or the folder that you prefer the computer to start with when it boots. Select the Copy option from the context menu.
  • Right Click on the startup folder window that you opened earlier. From the menu, select Paste. The particular program that you copied and pasted will open the next time you boot the computer.

Changing The Current Startup Programs

  • Click on the Start button, in the search bar just above the Start button, type Msconfig and hit Enter. The moment you hit Enter, the System Configuration console will pop-up.

    Windows 7 OS

                    Windows 7 Features

  • Click on the Startup Tab. This lets you view the programs installed in the computer as a startup option in the computer.
  • Check the box belonging to the applications that you want the computer to boot with.
    When you check the rest of the programs that you do not prefer at the time of boot, if they are checked, you should Uncheck all of them.
  • Click on Apply and then on Ok. This would pop up a window with an option to reboot or continue working without rebooting. Click on Restart, so that you can see the changes made.

When you make changes to the startup programs and remove programs that take longer to load using the Windows 7 Help instructions given above, you will be able to boot the Windows 7 OS faster.

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Windows Phone 8.1 OS To Have Advanced Features

Microsoft Support

                Microsoft Windows

Microsoft had introduced Windows 8.1 in a bid to overcome the huge amount of loss in the number of customers that the company had to face following the Windows 8 debacle. Windows 8.1 comprised of a Start Button to lure the users who had moved onto other operating systems due to the lack of basic features in Windows 8. According to the Microsoft support team, many customers had complained about the lack of essential features in Windows 8 and this affected Microsoft’s business prospects to a great extent.

Microsoft also introduced the Windows Phone 8.1 for mobile phones by including several interesting options and applications in the OS. When Windows Phone 8 was launched, the OS received a lukewarm response from the customers worldwide because most of them were dissatisfied with the dismal performance of Windows Phone 8. In fact, a large number of users had moved onto other competitors like Android and iOS operating systems for their Smartphones. However, this time, the company has made sure that the Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 OS focuses more on being a user friendly version instead of just being an advanced one.

The latest addition to the Windows Phone 8.1 OS is the availability of a full notification menu. This option is known as the Action Center and resembles the drag-down system that can be found in the Smartphones running on Android and iOS. Along with these, a set of new features are being introduced by Microsoft. The company is thus leaving no stone unturned in making users fall for the Windows Phone 8.1 OS.

Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1

             Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update

The software giant has also introduced a native folder system to the Windows Phone start screen with a motive to increase the user-friendliness of the OS version. This advanced option is said to allow the users to drag tiles on top of one another in order to stack them all in one place. This will enable the Windows Phone 8.1 users to name the newly created folder with something that they desire. Even this feature sounds similar to the one found in Android and iOS Smartphones.

When contacted, the Microsoft support technicians said that the users need to have the latest Windows Phone 8.1 updated in their systems in order to access these advanced options. The support folder is definitely going to make Windows Phone 8.1 a more acceptable version among the users. However, it will be interesting to see if the update manages to satisfy the customers in the long run.

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Tips For Setting Up Your Gmail Account In Outlook

Outlook Setting

             Gmail Setup In Outlook

The Outlook setting up procedure for most email accounts are pretty much the same. However, in some cases, you need to activate the email client setup from the account itself, before you even start the account set up wizard in Outlook. Your Gmail account falls into this category.

Activating email client set up in Gmail

For security reasons, the Gmail service does not allow linking an email client to it, by default. The user has to login to his account first and change the Gmail Account Settings to initiate the process. This can be easily done. After you have logged in to your Gmail account, click on the gear-shaped icon you see on the top right corner. This will launch a menu. Here, select the option Settings to launch the Gmail account settings page.

Here, click on the heading Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Here, you will see a lot of settings for managing the email client settings for your Gmail account. You need to select the option Enable POP for all email. Click on Save Changes.

Outlook setting for Gmail account

Now that you have enabled the email client options for your Gmail account. You can start the email setup process in MS Outlook using the account setup wizard. To launch the wizard in Outlook 2007, go to Tools >Account Settings. Then, go to the Email tab and click on New.

Gmail Account In Outlook

                  Outlook Mail Setup

This will initiate the email account set up and the wizard will be launched in a separate window. Select the first option on the wizard for Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP and HTTP and click Next. In the next step, enter your name, email address in full (including the extension) and password for the account.

When you press Next, the wizard will start configuring the account by trying to establish a connection with the Gmail server online. If you have not enabled the email client options mentioned above or if you have entered the wrong details, then the mail client will fail to establish a connection with the mail server and you will receive an error message. The account setup will not be complete in such cases.

But, if you followed the steps correctly, then the connection with the Gmail server will be established without any problems and Outlook will start downloading your Gmail messages to the Outlook folders in the system. You can now start using your Gmail account in Outlook.

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