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  New to Ubuntu? Read this!

This website was designed to be a helpful guide for Ubuntu Linux users! You will find quick tutorials on useful programs, changing appearance, speeding up your system, Unity, and much more.

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  How To View BIOS Version of Your Chromebook

To get the firmware of chrome your chromebook is running using CLI in dev-mode [crosh/shell] type:

/usr/sbin/chromeos-firmwareupdate -V | grep “BIOS version”

To view in the GUI (in chrome itself) type:

  Changing the Start Screen Background

From your keyboard:

Win+R and type in gpedit.msc

Go to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, Personalization

Double click on Prevent changing the start menu background

Set it to Disabled

Win+C brings up the Charm bar

Click on Settings

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  How to Find Wi-Fi Network Passwords from Command L...

Given the complexity of some wi-fi network passwords combined with the general infrequency of entering them and that they’re typically saved on use, it’s not terribly unusual to forget what a specific routers wireless password is. Fortunately, if you’re on a Mac, there are a few ways to go abo... Show More
  Re-start System without Rebooting

If you press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, Linux Mint brings you a menu to log out your system. But for some reason you might encounter that the system freezes, the mouse cursor can't move, neither pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete can work.

Remember that there's a shortcut key Ctrl+Alt+Backspace that can bring you ba... Show More
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Pressing the Win+S key brings up the Smart Search.

You can search for files on the computer, web content using Bing, Windows settings .

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  9 reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10 -- yet

Many Windows users are looking forward to the imminent release of Microsoft's new operating system. But they may want to wait.

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  Can My PC Run Windows 10?

Here's what you need to know to make sure your desktop, laptop, or tablet can handle Windows 10.

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  Windows 10: Fact vs. fiction

With Win10 slated to drop July 29, we give you the straight dope on support, upgrades, and the state of the bits.

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  CCleaner v5.08 is Windows 10 ready!

The countdown to Windows 10 is on and we’re ready for it! We’ve been working hard to make sure CCleaner is fully equipped for it and the upcoming Microsoft Edge release. Version 5.08 improves compatibility with the latest Windows 10 RTM build (10240) along with improving cleaning for Microsoft E... Show More
  Researchers disclose four unpatched vulnerabilitie...

Security researchers published limited details about four unpatched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer because Microsoft has not moved quickly enough to fix them.

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  Downgrade Windows 10 with EaseUS System GoBack

Next week, millions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems will be upgraded to Windows 10 thanks to Microsoft's free upgrade offer and promotion via the operating system's Windows Update service.

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