DirectX 12 Offers Enhanced Performance On Latest Windows 10 Tech Preview

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One of the key advantages that Windows 10 has over Windows 7 is its compatibility with DirectX 12. According to Windows online help desk, Windows 10 is designed to work perfectly and brilliantly with DirectX 12. Windows 10’s predecessor Windows 8.1 too supports DirectX 12.

Microsoft says that the minimum level graphics API of Windows 10 makes DirectX 12 work well in the new operating system. So, even if your PC is equipped with an older graphics card, you can expect amazing visual performance.

Windows 10 will offer better gaming performance with DirectX 12 integration

According to the experts, the low requirements for Windows 10 and the compatibility with DirectX 12 make huge differences in making this operating system a gaming friendly one. Until now, the DirectX 12 has received a good number of modern 3D based games that includes the benchmarking app 3DMark, designed by Futuremark. It is one of the first applications released for DirectX12 and has received good reviews from users around the world.

According to the developers, to run 3DMark, one needs to have Windows 10 coupled with DirectX 12. With build 10041 of the Windows 10 Tech Preview, Microsoft has released higher compatibility options. The latest Windows 10 Tech Preview seems to contain the latest drivers for the graphics API. Reports indicate that the neither of the driver updates from NVIDIA or AMD supports DirectX 12. In order to run 3DMark effectively on your Windows 10 device, you need to ensure three things.

  • You should have the Windows 10 tech preview build 10041
  • You should have DirectX 12 level 11_0 hardware
  • You should have the latest version of 3DMarks
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In addition to the above requirements, make sure that your PC has the below system components as well.

  • Graphics card memory: 1GB
  • RAM space: 1GB
  • AMD hardware compatible with Mantle API

In addition, for DirectX 11 test, you need to have DirectX compatible hardware with 1GB of graphics memory along with 4 GB of system memory.

Users who have tested DirectX 12 are happy with the enhanced performance this new API offers. Try it out yourself and see how DirectX 12 differs in Windows 10 from Windows 8.1. For more details, get in touch with Windows online help desk.

Removing A Certificate Error In Your Browser

How To Fix Certificate Error

Certificate Error Fix

Website security certificates are one of the measures in place for keeping web surfers safe from malicious content online. This is used by all the famous browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari, to make sure the sites visited are safe for the user’s computer. How this works is that a file is kept on the secure server (this is the certificate), so that the authenticity of the site’s author can be determined. This may be a business or a merchant, and when the site asks the user to give out personal information (such as banking details, credit cards, or Social Security number), the browser in turn seeks identification from the site.

There are times when the secure certificate for a site is written incorrectly, and this causes an error when the user tried to load the site. This may happen with websites that you know can be trusted, where the browser will not allow you to enter it. This is often called a browser certificate error.

How to fix certificate error

  • Find out the type of error you are looking at. It is usually one of three common kinds in certificate handling: the PC does not recognize the certificate; the certificate is outdated; the URL attached to the certificate is wrong. Visit the site again and wait for the error to come up. Read the message carefully to understand the reason for validation not going through.
  • In the address bar, hit the button that says View Certificates when you place the cursor on it. If you do not have this option in the browser you are on, then find a way to view the current certificates.

    Browser Certificate Error

    Certificate Error Troubleshooting

  • If you are on IE, hit Install Certificate. Other browser will have something similar, which allows you to install new certificates. After that is done, choose Next, and then Finish.
  • When installing, you will be asked for confirmation; hit Yes. This will install the certificate in the computer.

That was on how to fix certificate error issues in your browser. After this, you will not have the same error when you visit that particular site. The certificate from their servers has been installed in your computer, which means the browser sees it as a trusted domain.

Since you are essentially telling the browser to stop worrying about the safety of the specific site, make sure before installing the certificate that it is actually a secure website. If you do not trust it, then it is pointless setting the browser to do the same, simply because you want to visit a web page.

Tips For Fixing Certificate Errors In Windows Vista

How To Fix Certificate Error

Fixing IE Certificate Errors

How to fix certificate error in Internet Explorer? The certificate error pops up when a particular website is found to be suspicious or contains malicious code. Windows warns that if you bypass the warning and access the website, your personal information may be compromised. However, if one of the sites that you know is safe is being blocked, you may bypass the warning to access the page. The tweaks given below explain how to fix certificate error in a Windows Vista computer with ease.

Change time and date

You may get a certificate error if the date and time set in the computer is incorrect. The time and date can get altered owing to various technical reasons. In Vista, the time can be seen labeled on the bottom right corner. Moreover, to check the date, just hover your mouse pointer over the time label. If you find that either the time or date is incorrect, double click on the time label, which would open the Date and Time Properties window. Here, choose the correct details and click on Apply to save the settings. If doing this doesn’t solve the problem, follow the steps given below.


  • Refresh the website. You can do this by clicking on the respective button near the address bar or by pressing on the F5 key in the keyboard.
  • If you still see the certificate error, click on the padlock button that you see near the address bar.
  • A window pops up with relevant security details regarding the website. The details included will be the name of the website, website owner verification details and location verification details. You can also get to know whether much information is known about the page and whether it is trustworthy.
  • Analyze this information to compare with what you already know about the website. If these match up, it means the site is secure. If it doesn’t, you may choose to exit the page or to access it by bypassing the certificate.

    Bypass The Security Certificate

    Internet Explorer Fix

  • To bypass the security certificate, you need to click on the View Certificates
  • In the window that pops up, click on the option labeled Install Certificates.
  • A security-warning box pops up now. You will be provided with two options. Choose Yes to continue with the site by bypassing the warning. The site will not be blocked now, and you will be able to navigate it.

You should be able to access the web page by now. If you still cannot, try accessing the page through a different web browser or reinstall it.

Is Microsoft Doing Away With Control Panel In Windows 10?

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Lots of rumors are being spread about Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system. One of them is that the tech giant is doing away with the Control Panel. Some suspect that it will be a disastrous step and will cause similar drawback like the Start Menu omission in Windows 8. Interestingly, Microsoft has not yet come to defend its stand on this.

The omission of the Control Panel was observed with Build 9926 of the Windows 10 tech preview. In the Windows new operating system preview, there is an entirely unconventional Start Screen. You can find this under the Places option. When you access the new hybrid Start screen, you will find three links out there, Settings, File Explorer, and Documents. Upon tapping or clicking the Settings, the Windows 10 Settings menu will appear.

In contrast to the Windows 8 Settings, the Windows 10 model looks cleaner. Adding to this is its simple descriptions and touch friendly icons. If you are familiar with the PC Settings screen in Windows 8 operating system, you will realize Windows 10 Settings is quite similar to that. Nonetheless, there is a clear distinction between the both. In Windows 8, the PC Settings menu remains hidden in the Charms bar whereas in Windows 10, it remains obvious in the Start Screen.

The Windows 10 Start Menu settings look more or less similar to a mash-up version of the Windows 8 OS’s PC Settings menu. You can have access to all the computer settings right from the System tab. Sources close to Windows online help suggest that Microsoft is on the lookout to make the PC Settings option look more user friendly, feature-rich, and easily accessible.

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The Windows 8 version of the same is frequently criticized of its lack of user friendliness. But looking at all these attempts, what one can assume is that Microsoft is desperately trying to get rid of the Control Panel screen. Nevertheless, it would not as disastrous as the omission of Start Menu we all saw in Windows 8.

In Windows 8, Microsoft failed to replace the Start Menu with an equally effective, user friendly, and viable solution. Conversely, in Windows 10, the software giant is replacing the Control Panel screen with a more user friendly, feature rich, and viable option. This is certainly a progressive change and Microsoft along with its Windows online help team certainly deserves appreciation for that.

Installing Windows 10 Preview On Your PC

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Windows 10 Preview

It has only been a month since Technical preview 2 of Windows 10 came out. If you have not tried out any version of this yet, you probably think it’s high time to install and try. There has been a lot to come to grips with where this new OS is concerned, right from the reinstated Start menu, to the support for keyboard and mouse input. Oh, and also the fact that this platforms runs on different devices.

One look at the number of testers this thing has gotten since last October is enough to convey what a lot of people think of it. Remember, this is still a preview version. But it’s free, which is a definite goodie. Anyone can sign up with Windows Insider and download their copy of the OS right off Microsoft’s servers. The company actually wants you to test it and discover bugs and errors, which they will fix before the final launch. They have reported over 900,000 pieces of feedback that made it in through the Windows online help feature.

Windows 10 Installation

Windows 10 OS

Installing is easy. It’s the risks you should be concerned about though. But if you can afford to take the chance, or you have a secondary machine to try this on, go right ahead. The requirements are the same as for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.0, and Windows 8.1, but right now, the OS is not supported on RT devices.

While installing, you will need to choose whether to have the new OS set up alongside an existing one, or to just wipe that off and replace it. There is also the option to update a previous Windows OS to Windows 10, where you get to keep your files and settings. There weren’t too many problems reported in this area.

Earlier versions of the preview did not play well with touchscreen devices, but the latest one seems to be doing just fine there. The new Continuum features lets you switch fast between modes, but you should not rely on the fact since this is beta software. If something does go wrong, there is no Windows online help service you can contact.

Creating a recovery drive seems a sensible way to go. That way you could switch to your old OS any time you want. Still, in most cases a Windows 10 installation would overwrite a backup image, leaving you nothing to revert to, if the need arose.

Windows XP Users Reluctant To Switch To Windows 8

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Windows XP, over a decade old Microsoft developed operating system, was ditched by the software maker to encourage users to migrate to newer Operating Systems like Windows 8. Windows XP is arguably the most successful Windows OS until date, though Windows 7 is not far behind. Windows XP enjoyed a significant period of time in the top spot as the most popular OS in the world. The OS only lost the crown to Windows 7, which is a newer OS compared to XP.

Due to considerable popularity and familiarity of the OS, there are many users still willing to risk every dime to stick with old OS. End of support for the old OS means there will be no Windows online support, technical assistance, support packages, either free or paid for Windows XP. This means for all intents and purposes, the OS is dead as far as the maker of the operating system is concerned.

Moreover, Windows 8 has attracted flak for various User Interface issues and other problems. Microsoft actually planned to introduce Windows 8 so that the company could finally unify the Operating system across devices: Smart phones, tablets and PCs/laptops. Though this was a great idea, the world’s leading software maker should have adopted a phased approach. Instead, the company fashioned Windows 8 along the lines of its smart phone counterpart. This was a major misstep by Microsoft.

End Of XP Support

Windows XP Help

For most Windows XP and Windows 7 users, Windows 8 is confusing and difficult to absorb. The modern UI is too “advanced” and different to their taste. This explains the reluctance of many Windows XP and Windows 7 users to migrate to Windows 8. But, then again, Windows online support and all kinds of support has ceased for Windows XP. It is a huge risk to keep using Windows XP.

There are many security issues that Windows XP users should consider. This is mainly because an unsupported system is highly vulnerable to threats and attacks. First and foremost, you cannot use internet. Your PC will be bombarded with malware programs that can run havoc in your system. Even before the end of XP support, there were too many security issues.

So, you cannot even imagine what it will be like when XP is unsupported. Users will be risking their important data and you will have to spend an awful amount of time fixing your computer issues, one after the other.

Almost 450K People Use Windows 10 Preview On A Daily Basis

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                   Windows 10 Release

Microsoft must be all happy about the positive response from people when it comes to the latest operating system Windows 10. In the month of September 2014, Microsoft released the technical preview version of windows 10 to testers and other people. The preview version was released in the best interest to know what people thought about the operating system, which is still in the development stage. Hence they could download the preview version and give feedback and suggestions in the official website. But before downloading and installing Windows 10, people had to sign in with the Windows Insider Programme.

The response from the user’s side was huge. Since its release, there have been many people who signed up for the Windows Insider program. Recently Microsoft found that there were 450000 regular Windows 10 users. One of the Windows online support blogs from Microsoft said that there were more than 1.5 million testers for Windows 10 preview version.

Looking back to the stats for the month of October 2014, the number hit 1 million for testers. Within two weeks post the release, there were about more than one million signups. But then the number declined. Then later at some point of time, this figure increased. When you look into the ratio of number of sign ups to the number of active users, it is 3:1, which according to the software giant something huge.

Now the best thing is that, testers and users can give their feedback as and when they wish.

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                     Windows 10 Preview

Hence, there were reports of more than 1300 bugs in the operating system. Testers and users took it to the forum and these bugs were fixed. This is according to Gabe Aul from Microsoft, who was the one to introduce the latest mission. Moreover, Aul promised that bigger things are on its way, which would be released in Windows 10’s next build. Microsoft is hoping that they will be able to release the much awaited Windows 10 operating system in a few months’ time.

Microsoft has promised that the Windows 10, which is due for release, will be rolled out after all the bugs and issues are fixed. They will have the latest Windows 10 operating system as fault-free as possible. But it is surprising that Microsoft is not worried much about the leaks that happened recently. Windows online support will be available to all Windows 10 OS users.

Integration Of OneDrive To Windows 10 – A New Low-Priced Storage Option

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Microsoft is about to experience the most nail biting situation, as the release of Windows 10 is around the corner. With the help of Windows Insider Program from the software giant, people were able to taste what they have on the platter of Windows 10 operating system. The release of Windows 10 is the cynosure in the current tech world. Some of the features were impressive and some of them were not up to the mark. One of the leaked screenshots of Windows 10 shows that Microsoft must be heading towards cloud storage. This must be in order to replace local storage with cheap cloud storage options. Get to know more on this from the Windows online support desk.

Based on the leaked screenshots, it is evident that in Windows 10 Build 9901, OneDrive will have Windows Store app data along with the movies, documents, back up images and many more. Looking at the screen shots, it is quite evident that this cloud storage app is being integrated to Windows 10 more closely than ever. Mary Jo Foley         from ZDNet said that Arcadia will also stream certain apps along with the games.

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             Windows 8 Apps

Microsoft is planning to release the official Windows 10 Build to the public towards the end of this month, which would be quite eventful. Post the release this month, analysts and experts are expecting a major change in the world of operating systems. We never know how this will go until the actual Build releases by the said time. Looks like Microsoft is inclined towards improving services related to cloud storage with the inception of the latest Windows operating system.
Unlike Windows 8, it seems that Windows 10 has taken a huge step forward. The reason why some of them feel that Microsoft has tried to take a giant leap is due to the way you install store apps. Irrespective of the app you download and install in the computer, a shortcut would be created upon the completion of the installation.

When it comes to local storage, the question is will it be a small flash memory or will it be a hard disk. This has a tremendous effect on notebooks, where the charge increases with the hard disk inclusion. When local storage is included with the small amount of flash storage, the cost of notebooks would fall down considerably. Inclusion of cloud storage would eventually lead to the production of cheaper notebooks. For further information related to this news, look up the Windows online support desk.

Yahoo Toolbar Removal Directions

Removing Yahoo Toolbar

How To Remove Yahoo Toolbar

Like most other toolbars, Yahoo toolbar also is installed in the web browser when you download and install any third party software application on your PC online. The toolbar gets installed usually when you forget to unselect the checkbox on the installation wizard that asks you whether you wish to install Yahoo toolbar and keep it as the default search engine and home page. However, you will often forget to execute this step as you are mostly in a hurry to install the program.

Instructions For Removing Yahoo toolbar

Yahoo toolbar can be easily removed from your web browser and PC by uninstalling it from the Control Panel. However, some users report that they find the toolbar resurfacing when the web browser is launched. The reason for this could be that the some of the registry values of the toolbar might not have been completely removed from the Windows registry. In such scenarios, you can either make use of a Yahoo toolbar removal tool or try to remove the toolbar from the web browser settings itself. Here is how you can uninstall/disable Yahoo toolbar from your web browser.

Removing Yahoo toolbar from Mozilla Firefox

  • Launch Mozilla Firefox web browser and navigate to the Tools option from the main menu bar.
  • Choose Add-ons from the Tools dropdown list.
  • The Add-ons option will display a submenu. Choose Extensions from the submenu.
  • Locate Yahoo toolbar in the Extensions list.
  • Upon locating the toolbar, highlight it and select Remove.
  • Firefox will prompt you to confirm the deletion of the toolbar. Click Yes to confirm and proceed with the removal.
  • After the toolbar is successfully removed from the browser, restart the browser. This will enable Firefox to make the changes in its settings to take effect immediately.

    Yahoo Toolbar Removal

    Yahoo Toolbar Removal Tool

Yahoo toolbar removal in Google Chrome

  • Launch Chrome and go to the Settings option.
  • When the Settings screen is opened, select Extensions.
  • The Extensions screen contains the list of the toolbars in Chrome. Browse through the list until you find out Yahoo toolbar from it.
  • Highlight the toolbar and disable it. Exit the browser.
  • Reopen Chrome and check whether Yahoo toolbar has been removed.

You have uninstalled Yahoo toolbar from your web browser and PC. It is advised to run a reputed toolbar removal tool as it can help purging all the registry values of the toolbar from your PC and prevent its resurfacing.

Getting Rid Of Fake Windows Security Alerts In Your System

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Windows OS Security Tips

Sophisticated hackers are coming up with all kinds of tools to infect the unsuspecting users’ systems. One of the latest tools is called ‘scareware’, which is a new type of malware application designed to create fake Windows Security Alert messages in the system. This will prompt the users to click on the links provided on the error message, which will take them to the fake tech support services and scam sites.

Some tips for removing these fake security alerts from your system

Whenever you see such Windows Security Alerts popping up repeatedly in your system, double-check them by visiting the official Windows online support website to make sure that these are indeed real Windows error messages. If the error codes or the descriptions mentioned for them do not relate to the problem you are having in the OS, then there is a good possibility that you are dealing with a malware infection rather than an OS problem.

This being the case, you need to try to get rid of this malware application before it causes any further damage. You can start by updating your Window OS. You should know that Microsoft releases regular updates for Windows operating system versions. These updates are designed to fix the security flaws in the OS and to make sure that it is well defended against hacking attacks and malware infections.

So, you need to connect your system to the Windows online support server every now and then and make sure that all the essential OS updates are installed in your system. This is the best defence against the type of malware infections that affect the OS performance.

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Also, you need to make sure that you are using the latest antivirus and antimalware applications with up-to-date virus definitions. This will ensure that the malware is detected and removed as soon as it enters your system. This reduces the chances of malware getting into any of the system files, resulting in the OS error messages.

In some rare cases, it might be too late to repair the damage. If the system files in your OS have become already corrupt, you might continue to receive the Windows Security Alerts even after removing the malware applications. If this is the case, then you might have to reinstall the OS or restore it to an earlier System Restore point.

It is best to guard your system against such malware infections in the first place, rather than worrying about repairing the damage after the infection.