by BillP Studios
WinPatrol is a nice utility that monitors changes to key areas within Windows.
The following description come directly from the publisher's website.
WinPatrol uses a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. Traditional security programs scan your hard drive searching for previously identified threats. WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. You'll be removing dangerous new programs while others prepare to update their definition/signiture data files.
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So I Have Windows 8, Now What?
Monday, May 6, 2013
While everyone has been focusing their attention on smart phones and tablets, there are people still buying new computers and in the process getting Windows 8. I have received many questions asking what makes Windows 8 better and some wanting to know if they can go back to Windows 7.
My recommendation isDon’t Panic. The new“modern” tile interface in Windows 8 isn’t something to fear. While it may not be intuitive and lacks documentation just knowing some basic tricks can help you work around it. If you do downgrade make sure you keep everything you may need to restore Windows 8 including your Microsoft Windows product key.
Windows 8 uses“hot corners” for your mouse which emulate the options available when you swipe the touch interface. I’m not a fan of hot corners and found using shortcut keysmuch more consistent. There are plenty of shortcut keys but I’m going to cover the ones that will immediately help if you don’t have a touch device.
Some good news may come soon from Microsoft with an update that will allow you to start your computer in the familiar desktop mode. Until then you can useWinPatrol with it’s trick to start you on the desktop. Even easier, just press theWindows logo key + Dand voilà you’re on the desktop.
Windows Key + C
Opens the“Charms Bar” on the right side. This bar is required to access some settings and especially if you want to shut down your computer. Accessing this touch screen friend swipe can be frustrating with a mouse. The Charms Bar is application specific so many of the choices, especially Settings, will change depending on what application you’re running. It’s available in both the Modern tile mode and Desktop mode.
Windows Key + X
Brings up a handy menu that provides easy access to many popular tools. Some applets will be familiar but you’ll notice Explorer is now appropriately named “File Explorer” and is still available withWindows Key + E.This will help its confusion with Internet Explorer.
Task Manager doesn’t look the same and the updated includes much more functionality. Every choice runs in Desktop mode except the new “Search” applet which switches you to the Modern interface. It’s worth learning more about Search.
One of the features many miss is being able to find a program or documents by just typing in the part of its name into the Windows 7 Start button menu.
On the left is an example using the Window 7 Start button searching for my WinPatrol program and/or any related documents
Using Windows 8 you don’t need the Start button. Just press theWindows key, Release and begin typing.The Windows 8 Search will provide similar automatic results that change to narrow down your choices as you type.
The tiles you see on the Start screen are considered“Pinned”. To see all the available applications you can useWindows key + Zand click on“All Apps”. Since this takes two steps it’s quicker to just use the Search shortcutWindows key + Qwhich provides the same access
The most confusing feature of the Windows 8 Modern UI that developers are encouraged to leave out a standard way toExitor Close a program. Instead apps are expected to always be running but must support a fully suspended mode. When you switch to a new application, the original app receives a message to save its current status, all its data and be prepared to go to sleep. There are some exceptions but this is how Windows 8 handles having many programs quickly available without using a lot of memory or power. You can still useWindows Key + TaborAlt-Tabto cycle through open apps. If like me you want to keep your environment tidy you can still usedAlt+F4to exit a program.
The most annoying thing about this mode is occasionally you’ll chose a feature that will switch you back to the Modern Interface taking up the entire screen. There are duplicate applets for many system settings like power management, network settings and other control panel applets so you can remain in Desktop mode for most operations.
There is plenty of useful information online. If you have any questions just search Bing or look on Amazon for books by your favorite authors.