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Windows 8.1 is the latest operating system from Microsoft.

They have added as well as removed some of the features, which were present in earlier versions. No one can tell why these features were removed when they are working perfectly. One example is changing sounds while Logging on and off the system. This feature was present on Windows 7 and earlier versions but are now hidden from latest versions.

Today I will show you how to change Log Off and Log On sounds using registry key hack.
Perform the three simple steps below.

1. Press “Windows+ R” keys to open Run box. Type “regedit” and hit Enter.

2. Navigate to the hierarchy “HKEY_CURRENT_USER/AppEvents/EventLables”. Select “WindowsLogoff”.

3. Double click on “ExcludeFromCPL” from right pane and set the value from 1 to 0.


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So essentially what we are going to do is create a shortcut to the Apps screen, you’ll use the Shell command. In order to launch a Shell command from a shortcut, you need to use the explorer.exe command. As such, the shortcut to launch the Apps screen consists of the following command line. (Take note that there are three colons between the word shell and the left brace. Also keep in mind that there is only one space in the whole command line between the .exe file extension and the word shell.)


explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

To create the shortcut, just open the Documents folder, right-click on the background, and choose the New | Shortcut command. When you see the first screen in the Create Shortcut wizard, type the shortcut in the text box, as shown in Pic 1. Then, click Next.


As you type the shortcut, beware of typos

When you see the second screen in the Create Shortcut wizard, type a short name for your shortcut. As you can see in Pic 2, I named my example shortcut Apps. To complete the wizard, just click Finish.


One this is done you will see a shortcut appear just right click on it and select the Properties command, as shown in Pic 3


When you see the Properties dialog box, click the Change Icon button to open the Change Icon dialog box, as shown in Pic 4.

By default the Change Icon dialog box displays the icons from the explorer.exe file. As you can see, none of the available icons are very exciting. However, if you click the Browse button, you can search for other files that contain icons.


By default, the Change Icon dialog box displays the icons from the explorer.exe.

I first found a nice Windows flag in the imageres.dll file (C:\Windows\System32.dll) that I considered using, but then I remembered the green Orb icon from Windows Media Center was very nice and found it in the ehshell.exe file (C:\Windows\ehome). Both are shown in pic 5


While the Windows flag icon is a good choice, I like the Windows Media Center icon better.

I ended up choosing the Windows Media Center icon because it resembles the Start button but since it is green, it is different from the blue Windows 7 icon. Of course, you can use any icon that you prefer. As soon as you choose your icon, right click on it and then select the Pin to Taskbar command, as shown in pic 6


Select the Pin to Taskbar command.

Once your custom Start button appears on the taskbar, drag it all the way to the left side of the taskbar, as shown in pic 7.  You can use the green Orb icon and positioning it at the end of the taskbar it really makes the desktop look like Windows 7, however I personally prefer the simple Windows flag icon.


Drag the pinned icon to the left side of the taskbar.

Now when you click your custom Start button, the Apps screen will appear, as shown in pic 8. You can then click once to dismiss the Search panel, and then select the icon of the application that you want to launch.


I will be posting more how to’s for Windows 8 in  the coming moths so stay tuned.

Would you like to be the first one of your friends to test Windows 8? Well here is the official link>


Just as you were getting comfortable with Windows 7, it looks like Windows 8 is coming in the next two years. In a post celebrating the one-year anniversary of Windows 7 — the fastest selling OS in history — Microsoft’s Dutch Web site briefly mentioned the construction and release of its successor:


Microsoft is on course for the next version of Windows. But it will take about two years before ‘Windows 8‘ on the market.” grabbed and translated the post, and CNET took a screenshot of the text, which unsurprisingly disappeared shortly after the news stole headlines. Now Microsoft is back to being tight-lipped about Windows 8 and its expected release.


Reports from last year suggested Microsoft was building a 128-bit version of its OS, which could very likely be Windows 8. More recently, NetworkWorld acquired more than 15 confidential slide decks detailing possible additions, including body-sensing features similar to the Xbox Kinect, a desktop app store like Apple’s forthcoming Mac App Store, near-instant CPU booting, and a focus on powering tablets.


But most importantly, by the time Windows 8 supposedly drops, Microsoft is going to have Apple’s latest OS to contend with. Apple just gave a sneak peek of Mac OS X Lion — called a marriage of OS X and Apple’s mobile iOS — that includes some drool-inducing features like a desktop app store, advanced multitouch gestures, and more.

Microsoft is always looking to protect its investments from piracy. While some implementations of quality assurance can be cumbersome and annoying, it is a necessary evil for Microsoft to protect its intellectual property.

It has been rumored that Microsoft is going to be integrating cloud based services into Window 8, so it only makes sense that they will also implement security features to thwart piracy that use cloud based services. Rumorpedia states that “Windows 8 will synchronize a couple of kernel files directly from Microsoft cloud servers, not only preventing privacy (at least temporary) but also allowing instant system updates for some of the components (no reboot required).”

The idea seems plausible as the vast majority of computers do connect to the Internet on a regular basis. There will also be a backup kernel file stored locally for instances where the computer can not contact Microsoft’s servers.

If Microsoft does implement this feature, depending on how regularly they update the kernel files on the servers, it could pose a serious blockade for would be pirates. While it may be possible to pirate Windows 8 for offline use, in the Internet era, that leaves a lot to be desired.