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How To Create Your Own Fancy Slideshow Screen Saver for Free

If you are like me, then you don’t want to waste time when it comes to creating a decent slideshow screen saver for your PC. Sure there are some pricey applications out there that you can buy for displaying your favorite pictures in a slideshow as your screen saver. Did you know there are a few ways that you can do this for FREE?

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One application that I use for free is Google Photos Screensaver which is included in the Picasa program. If you install the free Picasa application, then you will have an option to setup a Google Photos Screensaver. After it is installed, you can either select your own photos from Picasa, an online Web Album, photos from public sits or your own personal photos located on your computer. The best part of this screen saver app is that it has dual monitor support meaning it will display a different image on each monitor simultaneously. Visual effects can also be changed including Pan, Zoom, Wipe, Collage, Push and others. This is by far one of the better screen saver options that you can find for free and customize to your likings.

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Flickr also has a nice screen saver option for free. The tool is called Flickr.NET Screensaver. If you download the small application, then you will be able to configure it similar to Picasa’s Google Photos Screensaver.

There are other ways of customizing a slideshow screen saver but have proven to be much more difficult. One of those ways is using Flash via the app InstantStorm. Picasa and Flickr provide modern options that are fully compatible with all versions of Windows including Windows 7.

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Run Windows XP Mode on Any Windows Computer

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Are you jealous of your neighbor who just upgraded to Windows 7 which includes a built in Windows XP mode giving him the best of both worlds and the ability to run virtually any Windows based application he wants? Trust me, you are not alone considering I just upgraded two of my PC’s to Windows 7 only a few weeks ago.

Despite the fact that Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate versions supports hardware virtualization out of the box, did you know that you can do the same thing with other versions of Windows? If you are still holding onto Windows Vista or have Windows XP and want to run a fresh install of Windows XP along side of it, then you can by using VirtualPC or VMware Player.

Both VirtualPC and VMware Player for Windows are free applications that allow you to install a fresh copy of Windows XP to run alongside of your current operating system at the same time. Windows XP mode is another name for running the Windows XP operating system in a virtual environment.

You may ask, why do I need to run Windows XP? Well, the answer to that could be many different reasons. If you need to setup a test-bed PC for any reason and you are only limited to one physical computer (CPU), then the least expensive alternative short from buying another computer is to virtually run Windows XP on your current computer. Another reason may be the situation where you have a software application or game that is specifically designed for Windows XP. In some cases you probably do not want to attempt to run a program that is specific to Windows XP inside of Windows Vista.

The benefits to utilizing virtualization via VirtualPC or VMware Player, is that you basically seclude the whole virtual PC environment from your main operating system. That means of your virtual PC installation ever gets infected with a virus or spyware, then you can easily contain the infection and either delete the partition used for the virtual environment or remove it without the likelihood of you damaging your main operating system environment.

Both VirtualPC and VMware Player are free applications that can be downloaded from the internet. Please note that you must have a copy of Windows XP in order to run Windows XP in VirtualPC or VMware Player.

Get Windows XP Mode working on your computer for free

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How to Completely Disable UAC Popup Notifications In Windows 7

Do you ever get sick of those annoying User Account Control (UAC) popup alerts that display on your screen every time you attempt to install an application or make setting change on your computer? I know when I “upgraded” from Windows XP on one of my PCs it annoyed the heck out of me. There is a simple hack that you can perform to disable these UAC notifications in Windows 7. I call it hack because this is not something that is suggested or recommended by Microsoft due to potential security issues on your system.

In order to completely disable the UAC feature in Windows 7 to prevent the popup notifications when installing a program or making changes to Windows settings, simply follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the Start Menu and select Control Panel and then double click the User Accounts icon.
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  2. Find the text “Change User Account Control settings” and click on it.
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  3. A new window will popup up for adjusting the UAC or User Account Control Settings.
  4. Adjust the slider all the way to the bottom in the “Never notify” position.
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  5. Click OK.
  6. You will get a notification in your task bar stating that you must restart for the changes to take place.
  7. Restart your computer.

This will have completely disabled the User Account Control notifications. Once again, this hack is not recommended to perform as it can be a security risk. Perform at your own risk.

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