Android claims 75 percent of smartphone shipments in Q3, 136 million handsets sold

Android devices already counted for a lion’s share of phones shipped during Q2, and now fresh IDC figures show Google’s OS claiming the top spot with a hefty 75 percent marketshare in the third quarter. In total, 136 million Android handsets were shipped during the time frame, a new record in a single quarter. Even with the help of new hardware, iOS lagged behind in second place with a 14.9 percent stake of handsets. (more…)

How to access your BIOS setup

Different computer systems have unique methods of accessing BIOS Setup.The BIOS or Basic Input Output System is a hardware component on the motherboard of a computer system that holds vital information regarding the system startup. Settings and configuration of BIOS can be viewed and changed using the BIOS setup utility that can be accessed as soon as the system starts. A combination of keys has to be pressed to go to the BIOS setup menu. This key combination varies from one manufacturer to another to access the BIOS setup but it is limited generally to the function keys alone. (more…)

Uninstall Windows 7 on a multiboot system

If you are running a multiboot system with Windows 7 installed on a computer that is also running an earlier version of Windows, such as Windows Vista, you might be able to safely remove Windows 7 from the computer, depending on how the computer is set up.

To do this, you need to format the partition containing Windows 7, or delete it entirely. This allows the earlier operating system to reclaim the disk space. (more…)

Using System Configuration

System Configuration is a tool that can help identify problems that might prevent Windows from starting correctly. You can start Windows with common services and startup programs turned off and then turn them back on, one at a time. If a problem doesn’t occur when a service is turned off, but does occur when that service is turned on, then the service could be the cause of the problem. (more…)

Installing and reinstalling Windows 7

There are two options to choose from during the Windows 7 installation process:

Upgrade. This option replaces your current version of Windows with Windows 7, and keeps your files, settings, and programs in place on your computer.

Custom. This option replaces your current version of Windows with Windows 7, but doesn’t preserve your files, settings, and programs. It’s sometimes referred to as a clean installation for that reason. (more…)

Install more than one operating system (multiboot)

If your computer’s hard disk has adequate free disk space, you can install a newer version of Windows on a separate partition and keep the earlier version of Windows on your computer. This is called a multiboot or dual-boot configuration. Whenever you start your computer, you can then choose which version of Windows to run. For more information, see Can I have more than one operating system on my computer (multiboot)?

Multibooting requires separate partitions on your computer’s hard disk for each operating system. To create and format a partition, see Create and format a hard disk partition.

Install more than one operating system (multiboot)

Fake Windows Security Center Analysis and Removal

On visiting a infected Website, this rogue uses a variety of animated images to simulate an online scan that fraudulently claims to find many non-existent malware on the victims system. The purported scan runs even if the user clicks the cancel button. The scareware starts downloading in the background irrespective of where you click on the fake “Windows Security Alert” popup. In Windows Explorer 8, the tab re-spawns even if its closed. (more…)