Windows 8 features – refresh and reset your PC

Months back, when Microsoft has released its official Windows 8 Developer Preview Build, we presented the best elements out of the Windows 8 keynote and among them, there were some cool options such as to refresh and reset your PC. This means that you can removes all personal data, apps, and settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows using the Reset option or, keep all personal data, Metro style apps, and important settings from the PC, and reinstall Windows using the Refresh option.

In some cases, you might just want to remove everything and start from scratch manually. But in other cases, you’re removing your data from a PC because you’re about to recycle or decommission it. For both of these situations, you can easily reset your Windows 8 PC and put the software back into the same condition as it was when you started it for the very first time (such as when you purchased the PC). Reset is mainly for those who want everything wiped from their computer to ensure your drive doesn’t contain any personal data before you give it away or sell it.

For those of you who worry about data that may still be recoverable after a standard reset, especially on PCs with sensitive personal data, there will be also an option in Windows 8 to erase your data more thoroughly, with additional steps that can significantly limit the effectiveness of even sophisticated data recovery attempts.

Resetting your PC can take you back to square one if you encounter a problem, but that’s clearly a very heavy weight solution, something you’d only do as a last resort. But what if you could get the benefit of a reset – starting over with a fresh Windows install – while still keeping your stuff intact? This is where Refresh comes in handy. Refresh functionality is just like resetting your PC but your data, settings, and Metro style apps are preserved.

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MAGIX PC Check & Tuning takes care of your system

Optimizing your computer performance can be a difficult and risky job. It’s either you know how to do it, or you don’t.  In case you are included in the second category, the only solution is to install an utility that is able to perform maintenance. There are lots of this type of applications, making it hard for a casual user to choose a suitable one. PC Check & Tuning can be your friend if you decide to install it and is able to bring your computer to an optimal state.

PC Check & Tuning 2011 comes with a “Fix all problems” that perform automatically several activities in a single step. You only have to use “Settings” option to set which activities should be performed automatically. You can choose from checking your drivers and software programs to see it these are up to date or not, or perform a variety of optimization tasks, such as removing startup items or unnecessary registry entries. Thanks to the direct connection of the software update function to a comprehensive software catalog, new programs and drivers versions can be downloaded immediately increasing the security of your system.

Applications that run in the background often waste a lot of power. The PC Check & Tuning power saving scheme provides access to hidden Windows power saving functions. You can reduce your computer’s power consumption by up to 15 percent. Benefit from longer battery life on your notebook computer and use power more efficiently. Depending on your needs and workflow, you can choose between different power profiles, which allow you to regulate your power consumption more efficiently. An easy-to-understand color chart visualizes your energy demand and immediately displays any changes that have been made.

For an increased performance when you need it, the app comes with high-speed module that actually deactivates all the rarely used services and functions. In this way when you run a program which needs additional resources, just activate this module in order to obtain that extra power that you need. Your system can be brought to its initial state by deactivating the high speed module. All the programs in the background will be reactivated instantly.

MAGIX PC Check Live is another interesting module from PC Check & Tuning that monitors the state of your computer in the background and cleans up your hard drive automatically if necessary. It even notifies the user in case of major problems or if any program updates are available. With this module running all the time in the background, the program gives the user a secure feeling without the need of actually doing something manually. Again this module can be set through the “Settings” menu by adding or removing what to be checked in the course of continuous tests.

MAGIX PC Check & Tuning is definitely not your normal PC check utility, but more of a bonus product that not only can find the problems to your system but it can also fix them and even improve the normal state of your computer.

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How to import Bookmarks and Settings from Firefox or IE to Chrome

If you are an Internet Explorer or Firefox user willing to switch over to Google Chrome, you must bring your Bookmarks, History and saved Passwords first. Thankfully, Chrome has a great feature which makes it really easy to important your IE or Firefox Favorites (Bookmarks, History and so on). Lets see how we do this.

First of all, close your browser (IE/Firefox) if is currently running and then open Google Chrome. Next, Click on the Chrome Settings icon and when the drop-down menu appears, select Bookmarks and then Import Bookmarks and Settings.

After that, the Import Bookmarks and Settings dialog should now be displayed. First, select from each browser you would like to import your Favorites and then select which items to import. When done, just hit the Import button.

Once done, your IE/Firefox Favorites should be added to the Bookmarks section of Chrome. To view your Bookmarks, you must first click on the Other bookmarks button, located on right hand side of Chrome’s Bookmarks Bar. If you can’t see at all Chrome’s Bookmarks Bar, just press Ctrl+Shift+B (at once) on your keyboard and the Bar will appear.

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