How to exit Starcraft II if freeze (black screen)

I am a Starcraft player, I really enjoy playing it when my time permits that. Sometimes, when I exit the game I got a black screen doing nothing. The game window is freezed and nothing can be done. When I press CTRL+ALT+DEL the option screen appears and choosing task manager will normally open the task manager. The single problem is the full screen Starcraft window that is placed on top of all other application, including task manager.

In this way, there is a big problem closing/ending the Starcraft program/game because you are not able to minimize it or see the apps behind. And it seems I am not the only one with this problem

What I usually do when this happens is: Read More

Stream audio/video files from you Windows PC/Laptop to your Android Phone.

This tutorial will show you how to stream audio or video files, as well as how to transfer files between your PC (Windows XP, 7, 8 or 8.1) and your Android Phone. This solution is using Wi-Fi connection, therefore you need to connect both of your devices (computer and phone) to the same Wi-Fi network (usually, you home network). This will use the sharing function from Windows (unsecured – no password protected).

All you need for this is:

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How to encrypt data on your drive?

If you need to encrypt data on your HDD, you can turn on BitLocker.

“BitLocker helps keep everything from documents to passwords safer by encrypting the entire drive that Windows and your data reside on. Once BitLocker is turned on, any file you save on that drive is encrypted automatically.”

Therefore, you can create a passoword that will encrypt all files and folder on your drive.

1. Right click on the drive you need to encrypt

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Fixed: HP laptop/computer restart when Wake up (after Sleep of Hibernation)

If you have a HP laptop and if you upgrade your Windows to version 8 or 8.1 then you might got into some problems with Sleep function.

For example, if you set your computer to go into sleep mode after some time of inactivity, then you try to “Wake Up” your computer … it’s not gonna happen. Instead, when is trying to wake up, some sort of errors will occurs and your computer is gonna be automatically reset. Of course, all your opened programs will be close, as well as all your current work.

And this problem was around since Windows 8. On the internet you can find a lot of different and crazy solutions but in my case none of them worked…

But today, I’ve managed it… and it was very simple. All you need is to update your BIOS version to the latest one: “F.50 REV: A PASS: 1Read More

How to change or lock Laptop display/image orientation (is rotating 90 degrees)

A lot of people are asking me about the option to rotate the display 90 or 180 degrees. Most of them are using laptop computers that automatically rotates the display when you tilt the laptops. And that’s because those laptops have a sensor that can obtain the orientation of your device exactly like the ones in smartphones or tablets.

For some users, this automatically orientation of the display is quite annoying while they are never using their laptops in different position than the classic one. For example, if you take your laptop from your desk to your bed you can easily get your display rotated 90 degrees when you actually don’t need it.

In order to get back your screen in the normal orientation you can simply press at the same time the following keys: CTRL+ALT+UP arrow.

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If you want to disable the automatically orientation of your display you can fly with you mouse to the right of your display and click on “Settings” from the menu.

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Then, click on “Screen” and press the small icon on top (“Turn off autorotate”).

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And this should work. You can also right click on desktop and choose “Screen resolution”. There you have an option “Allow the screen to auto-rotate”.

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How to log off in Windows 8

Have you ever asked yourself how to lock your Windows 8 PC? What about logging off?

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If you press the power button in Windows 8, you will get an menu with “Sleep”, “Shut down” and “Restart”. If you are expecting to find an Hibernate or a Log Off option you will be disappointed. About the Hibernate button we already talked in this post. But what about logging off?

Well … this is simple … just click on your name in top right of the start screen. And the log off is now changed in Sign Off while Microsoft is expecting that your Windows 8 device is more likely to be connected to internet. Have fun!

Automatically “Sleep” issue in Windows 8.1

A lot of withsteps users came to me and ask for help having an issue with turning their computers to sleep automatically. Basically, there is a setting in Windows that will set your computer to sleep automatically when you are idle (let’s say for 15 minutes). But it doesn’t work …. any ideas how to fix this?

You can get some good help following this posts:

  • http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/28226-windows-8-1-refuses-sleep-3.html
  • http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/238ec268-a2dc-49ab-8a75-c185710e086a/windows-81-sleephibernate-issues?forum=w8itprohardware
  • http://superuser.com/questions/642922/windows-8-1-wont-sleep-when-idle
  • http://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=89967
  • https://www.google.com/#q=sleep+issues+windows+8.1

All the settings and cotrols in a single place: Super Mode for Windows 8

Have you ever asked yourself about a folder in Windows which contains all the settings and controls of your OS? Usually you need to go in different places to find configuration options unless you heard about the Super Mode [via].

SuperMode is a special folder in Windows 8 that contains all the shortcuts to control panel settings and configuration options. SuperMode is similar to All Tasks or Master Control Panel in Windows Vista or God Mode in Windows 7 [via].

In order to create this folder you need to follow some very simple steps and to have the knowledge of a special code.¬† Let’s see how: Read More

How to enable “Hibernate” option in Windows 8

If you updated to Windows 8 you should already seen a lot of differences from the previous Windows 7 OS from Microsoft. A very old option of Windows is “Hibernate”. Is that state of your computer when you can save your data and even open applications and still you can turn it off (unplug, remove battery).

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Not sure why, but it seems that the engineers from Microsoft decided to hide the hibernation button by default. Read More