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    How to Set Up Visual Voicemail on Nokia Lumia 920 from AT&T

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    Nokia Lumia 920 available through AT&T only comes with Visual Voicemail, a feature that allows you to view, play, and or delete voicemail messages on your device. In order to use the visual voicemail feature, you must create a voicemail password and...
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    How to Remove “Win 7 Total Security”

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    My computer recently got infected with a fake antivirus program “Win 7 Total Security” when I accidently hovered the mouse cursor over a hyperlink and subsequently downloaded and installed it. I removed it manually but you can find lots of information...
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    Windows 8 How To: 22. Enable or Disable Sharing Between PCs Using HomeGroup

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    A feature introduced with Windows 7, HomeGroup is an easy way to share documents, music, pictures, videos, and printers between networked computers at home or in a small business—without a server. You can join computers to a homegroup whether they connect...
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    How Did I Fix My Nokia Lumia 920 Gear and Blank Screen Issue

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    My Nokia Lumia 920 has been a great device since I purchased it last November. But it started to misbehave a bit lately. The Issues It first showed a static (non-spinning) gears screen as shown in the picture . I didn’t even know when and how it happened...
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    Windows 8 How To: 15. Show and Use Desktop Applications

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    With Metro UI Windows 8 provides improved user experience. As part of the design change, the Start | All Programs user interface is no longer available. The new Start button is available from the Charms Bar as shown below. But it behaves differently from...
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    Windows 8 How To: 27. Backup your Files Using File History

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    Prior to Windows 8, you can back up documents and files using the Backup and Restore feature available in Control Panel | Backup and Restore (in Windows 7 for example). Windows 8 Consumer Preview has enhanced the feature and replace it with File History...
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    What Is ASP.NET Web API and How does it Work?

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    If you navigate to the ASP.NET site , you will find the following statement. ASP.NET Web API is a framework that makes it easy to build HTTP services that reach a broad range of clients, including browsers and mobile devices. ASP.NET Web API is an ideal...
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    Two Different Ways of Running Virtual Machines on Windows 7

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    Approach #1: Virtual PC for Windows 7 If you are one of Windows 7 early adopters or enthusiastic technologists, you may have installed and tried Windows XP mode on Windows 7. This is a great feature that allows you to run applications on XP that are deemed...
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    Windows 8 How To: 24. Show and Configure Free Anti-Virus App (Windows Defender)

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    Windows Defender in Windows 8 Consumer Preview comes with a familiar user interface and includes enhanced features of Windows Security Essentials. You can show and configure the free anti-virus program using the options described below. A bit background...
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    Connecting your Windows Phone 7 Device to PC

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    The process of connecting your Windows Phone 7 device to your computer (e.g. Windows 7) should be pretty straightforward. Microsoft Zune software is all you’ll need for making the connection and making the contents between your device and the PC. As you...
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    Install Windows Phone SDK (7.1 + 7.1.1) on Windows 8 Consumer Preview

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    An update (7.1.1) to the current Windows Phone SDK (7.1) has just been released. With the update,  you can now develop Windows Phone apps and games using the emulator on machines running Windows 8 Consumer Preview . Also, you can develop apps that...
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    Using Silverlight in your SharePoint 2007 Applications

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    While Silverlight and SharePoint integration is not an OOB experience for developers today, there is a tremendous interest from business to add the rich interactive application experience to users. To use Silverlight in a SharePoint environment, developers...
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    Windows Phone Toolkit Update For Windows Phone 8 and 7.x

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    Windows Phone Toolkit provides the developer community with new components, functionality, and an efficient way to help shape product development. WPToolkit releases include open source code, samples & docs, plus design-time support for the Windows...
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    Creating and Publishing a Web Application to Windows Azure in 15 Minutes

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    Windows Azure SDK 1.6 (November 2011 Release) has made it much easier to deploy a web application from Within Visual Studio 2010 than previous SDK releases. You can download the SDK and other Windows Azure developer resources . This post documents the...
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    Windows 8 How To: 16. Install .NET 3.5 and Windows Live Essentials

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    If you enjoy applications such as Windows Movie Maker or Windows Live Writer (an authoring tool I use to publish my blog posts), you can download and install Windows Live Essentials. You can either install all apps, or choose specific apps to install...
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    Steps I Took After Visual Studio 2010 RC Setup Failed

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    Visual Studio 2010 RC has just been released. While the setup process should be very straightforward, it may fail even if you follow the instructions step by step, which was my case. The log file showed the following error: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010...
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    Skype for Windows Phone (Beta) Available Now

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    Starting today, download the beta version directly from your Windows Phone or at the Marketplace from your computer to test drive Skype for Windows Phone. The gold version of the app will be available in April. More info here . Note: You cannot find the...
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    Where is the Option “Start Without Debugging” in Visual Studio 2010

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    You may notice that the “Start Without Debugging” option is missing from the Debug menu, but it is still working if you hit “Ctrl + F5”. There is an easy fix: Tools menu >> Import and Export Settings >> Reset all settings. Then choose C# Development...
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    Creating Windows 7 Multitouch Applications

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    The Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers includes several sample applications that can help you get started with creating multitouch applications in managed code (C# or VB), native code or MFC. The managed code and native code samples require Visual...
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    Windows 8 How To: 25. Show and Enable Split Touch Keyboard (On-Screen)

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    Windows 8 Consumer Preview provides on-screen keyboards for touch enabled tablet or slate users. You can easily choose one of the three layouts available: normal keyboard, split keyboard, and hand writing recognition panel. In the Desktop Mode, click...
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    Windows 8 How To: 28. Restore Files Using File History

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    Restoring File History from a backup is very straightforward. Open File History from the Control Panel. (Read my previous post on how to back up Files using File History.) Select Restore personal files.  You can restore all or selected folders to...
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    Recover Missing Hard Drive Space

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    I thought I'd share what I just found with you, particularly if you are not very familiar with some Vista system functions. If you know how System Restore and Shadow Copies works behind the scenes, you can skip this blog. I noticed that my hard drive...
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    How is the .NET Framework 3.5 different from .NET 2.0 and .NET 3.0?

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    Happy New Year! It's good to be back to the office from a holiday vacation. I have received questions regarding the .NET framework 3.5, how it is different from previous versions, can applications based on .NET 3.5 co-exist with applications based...
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    Free Developer Tools: Choose the Right Visual Studio 2012 Express Edition

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    Microsoft has released several editions of Visual Studio 2012 Express. Depending on your needs, you can install and use anyone of them side by side. Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 is your...
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    Windows 8 How To: 3. How to Power Off Your Device

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    You can always hold the power button (hardware) until the device is shut down. That’s not a recommended practice because you may lose data in your apps and / or you may not save app settings or in some case corrupt them. With Windows 8, you can probably...
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