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Watch TV on your PC for free

I remember I mostly had some assignments work in my PC and have to leave my favorite cricket matches. but now I sit and watch TV on my PC. You might be thinking that I must be using splitter for that. No not at all.

In  today’s computer world you don’t need to rush to watch TV and work at the same time. That’s because today technology has blurred the gap line between PCs and TVs. Now I sit and watch Internet TV on my Windows 7 based PC, and I realized that the line isn’t blurred as much as it is transparent.

On name Internet TV you might be wondering what is Internet TV? Isn’t that so. Let me clear you. Internet TV is a latest feature that is introduced in Windows Media Center that delivers your favorite entertainment over a broadband internet connection, and without even losing a single penny!! Now isn’t that good, it has wide variety of range from episodes to top broadcaster including news and event programs. So what are you waiting for?? Follow the following steps and get started. Also if you have membership of Netflix you can access wide range of movies and TV shows made available through Netfix.

You might be wondering what are the requirements?? Let me tell you the simplest things which are required

  1. Internet Connection
  2. Windows Seven Premium or Better

Now setting up an Internet TV in your Windows 7 PC

1.You can click here to launch  Internet TV in WIndows media Center( or open Windows Media Center button from Start) and click continue on welcome page.

2. You will be provided with two options Custom Install or Express Install. In order to make your things easy always choose Express Install. To make advantages of advance settings you can choose Custom Install and also if y ou choose Express Install you can make changes to Custom Install later to change the setting

3.Once you follow this you will be gifted with other wizard just end it on Complete setup. After completing the setup download 5MB file of Internet TV and again install it. It hardly takes any space in your hard drive.Once that is completed you will find the option of Internet TV under TV. an programmin guide.

Using Programming Guide

TV guide is just a normal guide which keeps the things much simpler and easy.To use this option Scroll down to TV, you will see different TV options, find guide option and click on it.If you want to add broadcast TV to your lineup, just add a TV Tuner and connect it to an over-the-air antenna for free HDTV (subject to local coverage) or your existing cable subscription to get access to your basic cable programming

Work and play at the same time

Just as you always do while listening to music in same manner while watching TV just minimize the screen or resize the window to work and watch simultaneously.

NOTE: Internet access required. Free Internet TV content varies by geography. Some content may require additional fees.


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February 28, 2010 Posted by | Microsoft, Tips, Windows 7 | Leave a comment

What is the Public Folder & How to Use it

If you are a Windows Vista user you might have come around the word Public Folder . It is not a big feature but rather than that it’s just a slightly special setup which can be used in certain scenarios. Hence this feature is also kept in Windows 7.

What is the public Folder in Windows 7?

If you want to find the Public folder it is found in ‘C:\USERS\PUBLIC’ and in this folder you will find all the registered users who have access to your computer. All that is saved in that folder have access too all the users who have account in that Computer. Also depending on your settings you can make the folder to be accessed by the computers on the same network.

Folder Contents

As a Public folder this folder contains its sub folders. Just like shared documents, shared music, shared pictures and such things we have Public Documents , Public Downloads, Public Music, public Videos etc… These folders contains sample files for each folders just like we have shared pictures like Blue Hills, Sunset , Water lilies in XP.

The Public folder also contains a series of hidden folders such as: Favorites, Libraries and Public Desktop. By default, these folders are empty.

Making use of this Public Folder

Using this Public folder is your choice. I mostly don’t use this folder but that doesn’t mean that this is not handy. For e.g. If there are 3 users in my Pc, and all of them want to use a same file to have some or other things to do on it. So I will make that Folder public and ask the other followers to just perform the work which I have described in that folder in my absence. Hence Public Folder can me more useful in that case. The Public folder can also be used for sharing files with other computers on your network. If you choose to share this folder, other computers can access its contents.

Share/Unshare the public Folder

By default, this folder is not activated . In order to enable/disable this folder from sharing you need to open the Advance Sharing Settings panel.

Finally arriving to the conclusion this feature is not that important if you don’t have multiple accounts in your machine and there are various other ways to share the folder in your netowrk.If you are on network and want to share the limited things you can use this folder and also ask for people from the network to same file in Public Folder from their machine in your absence. I would say I don’t prefer this folder due to various types of people in your network  if a person contains a high variation viruses there is possibility that they may harm your computer. So its better to be safe and secure rather than going for a suicide

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Microsoft, Tips, Windows 7 | 2 Comments

Use the Shift Key to Temporarily Disable Startup Applications for Troubleshooting

After the installation of certain software’s which are used rarely, but they start up every time up login into your Machine. These startups can cause logon delays or prevent you from completing Windows startup in normal mode. One of the best and easiest  way is that you can just configure to disable startup applications.

Hold down SHIFT key during the logon process, you can jst prevent the operating system from running the startup programs or the shortcuts  following Folder :

  • StartMenu\Programs\Startup

To Disable the applications in the above folder you can hold down the SHIFT key until the desktop icon appears. Holding shift key is much better alternative rather than temporarily deleting or moving programs and shortcuts as this procedure only affcets the current user session.

To use the Shift key to disable applications and shortcuts in startup folders, log off the computer and then log on again. Immediately press and hold down the Shift key. Continue to hold down the Shift key until the desktop icons appear. If you can log on successfully, you have isolated the cause of the problem to your startup applications. Next, you should use the System Configuration utility to temporarily disable applications one by one until you identify the cause of the problem. With the cause of the problem identified, you can fix the application or permanently remove it from your startup programs.

February 27, 2010 Posted by | Tips, Windows 7 | 2 Comments