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November 17th, 2013

Imagine coming into your office in the morning, booting up your laptop and all of a sudden your three HD screens turn on, your wireless keyboard, your wireless mouse, says Edgar Figueroa, CEO of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

wifiWireless network connectivity is by now an essential part of our daily lives. From connections at home, to our mobile devices and the office, many of us spend most of our waking hours wirelessly connected in one way or another. Whether a business has customers using their devices in the lobby or employees accessing work data from their mobile devices, getting good connectivity to those devices is important for businesses.

Recognizing that the average corporate American uses 2.7 mobile devices everyday (smartphone, laptop, and tablet), and as voice and video mobile application use becomes more prevalent there is a demand for increasingly higher capacity and higher quality performance to address these congestion challenges. Where the most popular wireless standard in the world today is 802.11n, there is a new ‘up and coming’ standard called 802.11ac which provides significant enhancements over 802.11n including speed and signal strength.

It’s likely that in the next two to three years we’ll have more devices that are Wi-Fi enabled than people in the world, Figueroa predicts. They realize that the premium applications are those bandwidth-hungry applications like video, gaming and location-based services, so they’re very eager to exploit the benefits of Wi-Fi, Figueroa says.

 

Feel the need – the need for SPEED!

Where theoretically 802.11n will provide up to 450 Mbps (mega bits per second), 802.11ac claims to reach speeds up to 1.3 Gbps (giga bits per second), or roughly three times that of 802.11n capabilities. But, even in a small office, the current amount of data that can be sent through an 802.11n antenna will fall off sharply if you have four or five devices connecting at once.

 

Beam Me Up, Scotty!

Beamforming

Another major enhancement that 802.11ac provides is a new technology called beamforming. Like a rock thrown into a pond and the ripples that radiate outward, the current standard wireless antennas broadcast a signal in a spherical pattern. Just like the ripples in a pond lose energy as they travel farther from the rock, wireless throughput (speed) shrinks as you move away from the antenna, and gets even worse with walls between you and the antenna. 802.11ac is able to isolate the client devices connected to it and beam the signal directly between the antenna and client. Beamforming increases the quality of the signal, so distance from the antenna and also interfering walls has significantly less impact on your speed.

 

It Keeps Going and Going and Going…

In order to increase the range of the signal from the antenna to the client, 802.11ac uses another new technology, MIMO technology. Most current routers broadcast in 2.4GHz signals. 802.11ac standard lives entirely in the 5GHz spectrum which has less interference. By working in a larger bandwidth channel, 802.11ac can increase the rate at which data passes between two devices with efficient power usage. Enabling higher speeds, bigger bandwidth, and directed signals has a profound affect for the wireless users of today. Data is transferred quicker and uses less energy, thus 802.11ac saves power.

Wi-Fi Technology companies have been testing this recently and proof is showing up in tests, according to Perry Correll: Not only does 802.11ac give more performance on small devices, but also in some testing it’s been five times more economical of battery life.

While consumers love speed, for business owners and network administrators being able to deliver more reliable and robust Wi-Fi to their users could be the best news they’ll get this year. Faster speeds and more reliable Wi-Fi will enable faster backups, faster access to cloud resources and make video conferencing and unified communications feasible for businesses of any size.

802.11ac is a revolution that will be hard to actively avoid. Unlike it’s predecessor, 802.11ac adoption will happen fast. Macbooks and all Samsung devices already have this built in. Wireless ac will be built into most laptops and phones within the next 12 months and routers will increasingly come with it. Does this mean you should run out and replace all your hardware? Yes and No. As more and more devices are switching to the new standard, there will be improvements made along the way. Since this new 802.11ac standard is expected to take the WiFi world by storm, feel free to reach out to Orion to see how we can help with your wireless deployment needs.

Topic Tech Tips
July 18th, 2013

iPad_July15_AIf you were to ask any business owner, manager or even employee what the most popular tech device is, they will likely say the tablet, and more specifically the iPad. Apple has really created a popular machine that is incredibly useful. One of the main reasons it is so useful is the abundant apps available. While being able to utilize apps is a real positive, there can often be problems with them. One of the more common issue is an app that has stopped updating or gets stuck in the middle of updating.

If you’ve ever had an app stop updating mid way through, or refuse to update did you know what to do? If you encounter this issue here are six things you can try in order to get the app downloading again.

1. Tap on the app
Sometimes, the easiest thing to do is to close the download window and find the app on your device. Tap on it as if to open it. This could force the iPad to recognize that the files have not finished downloading and, if it does recognize this, will force iTunes to resume or restart the download.

2. Check iTunes for other pending apps
If re-opening the app doesn’t work, try opening iTunes and tapping on the Downloads tab. Take a look to see if you are downloading other apps, movies, songs, etc. Often larger items will take priority over apps, sometimes even pausing the download. You can get around this by deleting any pending apps and downloads (make note what they are first so you can re-download them later). This should move the app you want updated up the list so it starts to download.

3. Restart the iPad
The iPad, while a robust machine, might crash from time-to-time, especially if it is an older device and has been used heavily. Try pressing and holding the power button until you get the option to turn the device off. Then, wait about 30 seconds and turn it on again. This should clear up any issues from a crash, and may re-start the download within a few minutes.

4. Check your Internet connection
A common issue that is often overlooked when trying to download an app or update is to check your iPad Internet connectivity. Try opening Safari or another browser and navigating to a web page. If this opens, you are connected to the Internet. If not, try looking at the top of the iPad for the Wi-Fi symbol, or data connection symbol. This should be on the top-left corner. If you are usually connected to Wi-Fi and don’t see the symbol, check your router, or open Settings, select Wi-Fi and tap on the network you usually use. Once you are connected the download should start within a few minutes.

5. Check how much storage space you have
Sometimes a download will stop because your iPad doesn’t have enough free storage space. You should see a message telling you that there isn’t enough space, and that the download will be paused. If you delete unnecessary or unwanted files and apps the download should resume immediately after the iPad senses there is enough room. If you are unsure how much storage space you have left open Settings and tap on General. Look under the Available section, and the number shown indicates how much space is available.

It’s important to remember that apps often take up slightly more space than is stated on iTunes, so be sure to leave a little extra and ensure space isn’t running too low.

6. Reset all settings
Finally, if your app is still not downloading or has paused updating, try resetting all the device’s settings. This will not wipe your iPad’s memory, but will reset all changes you have made to settings. To do this, go to your iPad’s settings and tap on General. Scroll down to Reset, select Reset All and accept the prompt telling you your settings will be reset.

If you are looking to learn more about the iPad, and how you can use it in your office more efficiently, please contact us today.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.
July 4th, 2013

WindowsPhone_July03_ASmartphones are an important business tool there are always new advancements in technology being introduced with them. Because there are different phone operating systems, there may be features or phones introduced that entice users to switch from one to another. An example of this is an iPhone user who would decides to switch to a new Windows Phone instead.

If you are thinking of switching from an iPhone to a Windows Phone, here is a brief guide on how you can migrate your important information and tools over to your new phone.

Switch your email

Chances are high that you linked an email account to your iPhone. Regardless of the type of account you have - Gmail, Outlook, iCloud, etc., moving email is pretty easy. In fact, Windows Phone allows you to link almost any email account. Here's how:

  1. Tap the Settings icon on your Windows Phone.

  2. Select Email + accounts followed by Next.

  3. Tap Add an account along with the account you want to add.

  4. Enter your email address and password.

  5. Tap Next, select Email only followed by Sign in.

The phone will sync with your account and your email should start showing in the email tile on the main screen. If you use other accounts, say a Google account, you can sync these in the same way.

Migrate your contacts

Contacts are an important part of any phone, and you probably want to take them with you, or migrate them over to the new system. You have a couple of options to get your contacts onto your new Windows Phone. The method you use should reflect where you store your contacts.

  1. Contacts linked with an online account - If you have set up your iPhone to sync contacts with an online account like Google or Outlook.com, you can simply follow the steps in the email section above and select Email, contacts, and calendar. Your contacts should show up within a couple of minutes.

  2. Contacts stored on your iPhone - If you have contacts stored on your iPhone, but not linked to an online account, the steps to get them off may be a little complicated. The easiest way is to export the contacts to Outlook on your computer. You can do this by:

    1. Plugging your phone into your computer and opening iTunes.

    2. Selecting your iPhone in iTunes.

    3. Clicking Info followed by Sync Contacts with and selecting Outlook.

    4. Clicking Apply.

If you use Exchange (which is likely at work), sign into your Windows Phone using that account, and your contacts will be migrated over automatically. If you don't use Exchange, follow the instructions on the Microsoft site here.

  1. Contacts stored on your computer - The easiest way to migrate your contacts from your computer to your phone is through Outlook. Sign into Outlook using a Microsoft account, then drag your contacts from Outlook into the account and sign into your phone using the same account. Your contacts will automatically transfer over. If you have an older version of Outlook, try the Hotmail connector, (instructions on how to transfer files are below the download link).

Import important documents

If you have files that you would like to access on your phone the easiest option is to download these onto your computer first by connecting your phone to iTunes and transferring them off. If these are spreadsheets, presentations or word processing files you should upload them to your SkyDrive.

When the files are on your computer, plug your Windows Phone in using a USB cable. The computer should recognize this and show you a window with options of what you can do with your phone. Select Explore Files and a window will open with the phone's file structure. Double-click on Documents. Then, open the folder where you downloaded the documents to, in another window. Simply drag the files from this folder to Documents and they will be available on your phone.

Get your apps

At the writing of this article, there is no easy way to transfer your apps over from the iPhone to the Windows Phone. You will have to go into the Windows Store and search for the apps you use. The good news is that many popular apps are available.

Move your SIM card/phone number

Moving to a new phone system can sometimes be confusing, especially in relation to SIM cards. The vast majority of iPhones use micro SIMs, while Windows Phones use regular or micro. If your Windows Phone uses the same size of SIM as your iPhone, you should be able to pull it out of the iPhone and switch it over to your new phone without a problem. If your new device uses a different sized SIM, you will have to go to your mobile provider and ask them for a new card.

The one thing to be careful with is if your iPhone is on a contract. Some mobile carriers have been known to lock the SIM to the device, meaning it won't work if you switch phones. You will have to go into the mobile carrier and pay them to switch.

In general, moving from an iPhone to a Windows Phone is a painless affair that shouldn't take a long time, especially if you already sync your contacts, calendar and email online. If you are making the move and have further questions, please give us a call. We are happy to help.

 

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

June 19th, 2013

Office_June18_AThe word processor is one of the most popular pieces of software, found on nearly every user's computer. The most popular word processor is Microsoft's Word, which offers numerous features that help users create a nearly limitless amount of different documents. There are also features that often aren't used but can be really useful. One such feature is the ability to protect your Word documents.

Here's how you can protect your Word documents.

You will see a new window pane open with three options:

  1. Formatting restrictions - Allows you to set restrictions based on styles used in your document. Hitting the radio beside this option will enable this. You can click on Settings to select which styles can be edited. Pressing OK will input the changes.

  2. Editing restrictions - Allows you to select how users will be able to edit the document. If you press the radio button beside this option, you will be able to select from four options:

    1. Tracked Changes - Users can make changes which are automatically tracked.

    2. Comments - Users can only comment, not make changes.

    3. Filling in forms - Only forms may be filled in.

    4. No changes - No alteration can be made to the document.

  3. Start Enforcing - Clicking Yes, Start Enforcing Protection will implement the protection you have picked in one of the options above.

You should see a new option in the window pane: Exceptions. This is where you can make exceptions to the level of document protection you have established. If you have set up User Groups in your network, you will see them in this option. Clicking the button beside a specific group will give them full permission to edit documents. You can also click More users... and add users by their name or email address who will become an exception to these rules.

When you have the settings established, click the Yes, Start Enforcing Protection button. If you need to make changes, or remove protection, open up the Protect Document window pane again and untick the box beside the protection option you choose. This will remove document protection.

Protecting your documents is a good idea, especially if you are going to send these out to clients or a third party who you don't want to be able to make changes, or edit. Some practical examples of this in action include a contract you send out to potential clients or employees, or sending out marketing materials with price lists.

If you would like to learn more about how you can leverage Word's vast features to improve documents, please contact us today to see how we can help.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

May 16th, 2013

Hardware_May15_AComputers are complex machines. If you've ever looked inside one you know it's a confusing mess of wires and components. Like all machines, over time they will start to slow down and run slower than before. When this happens it can be troublesome for your productivity, and you may not be able to afford to purchase a new machine. Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your machine running smoothly.

Below are four things you can do to keep your PC running smoothly.

1. Shutdown properly If you turn your computer off at the end of the day, or it freezes, it may be tempting to flick the off switch on the power bar, or press the power button until it turns off. This isn't ideal for your computer's health because when a computer is unexpectedly shut down, there could be damage to the operating system.

You may notice that when your computer crashes, it takes longer to reboot. This is because Windows is actually searching for, or trying to repair any damage that may have been done. There is a chance that powering down improperly could cause files to become corrupted which may make the system inoperable.

Therefore, you should follow proper shutdown procedures. If you need to shut down quickly, try pressing Control+Alt+Delete and selecting Shut Down from there.

2. Close unnecessary programs running in the background Some programs are written to be always running in the background. If you look in the bottom right of your screen, you should see programs running beside the clock. In truth, most of these likely don't need to be open. You should be able to right click on the icon and close them. This will save computing resources and make your computer run smoother.

A word of warning: It's best not to shut down the antivirus or security software as this will leave your computer open to attack. Also, don't shut down anything from NVIDIA or AMD as this is your video card software. Closing programs like this could cause your computer to crash.

3. Utilize Add/Remove on a regular basis Chances are high that you have installed a fairly high number of programs on your computer, some of which you may not use anymore. Those you don't use just take up valuable hard drive space, and should be removed on a regular basis. You can do this by:

  1. Clicking on Start or the Windows Orb.
  2. Selecting Settings followed by Control Panel.
  3. Opening Add/Remove Programs.

It may take a few minutes to scan your system for programs, but a window will open with all the programs you have installed. Click on those you don't use anymore and remove them. We strongly recommend that you do not go into different files and delete programs, this could damage your system.

4. Use a malware scanner and antivirus program This may sound like a no-brainer, but it is still worth mentioning that having an antivirus program and malware scanner is a good idea. Many viruses and other malware often hijack system resources causing the computer to run slower, or crash. A regular scan can go a long way in minimizing this, which means your computer will likely run better for longer.

If you are looking for ways to keep your older systems running at their optimal levels, please contact us today to see how we can help you.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

April 30th, 2013

iPhone_April30_AEmail is among the most important tools at a manager’s disposal; it’s often the main form of communication with suppliers, employees, customers, etc. With the smartphone, you can now take your email with you and be in near constant contact. If you have an iPhone and use the Mail app, you may have noticed that email attachments are a bit different from other apps.

Below is a brief overview of how iPhone’s Mail app’s attachments work.

How to open an attachment
If you get an email with an attachment, open the message and scroll down to the bottom of the message. You will see the name of the attachment along with the file type and size. If you tap on it, your phone should open it in a new window. You can then zoom in/out and scroll around.

Some attachments can be downloaded by tapping and holding on the attachment. After about a second, a pop-up menu will show, and you should be able to select to save it. Instead of saving the attachment, you can also choose to open it using other apps.

Why won’t some attachments open?
There may be a time where you get an email with an attachment that can’t be opened. You will still be able to see it in the email, but you won’t be able to tap on it. This is because the Mail app doesn’t support all file and document types.

Don’t worry if you can’t open an attachment as chances are there’s an app in the App store that will open it. The easiest thing to do is look at the file type of the attachment, which is usually indicated by a three letter code at the end of the file name. For example, a Word document will be FILENAME.doc or FILENAME.docx. A quick Internet search for something like, ‘iPhone app that can open .ddd‘ will usually return results with an app that can open your file.

Once you download the app, try pressing and holding on the attachment in Mail and selecting Open in… from the pop-up menu. Look for the app you downloaded and tap on it.

How to add an attachment to emails
You can add an attachment to an email by pressing and holding on the body section of a new email. A pop-up menu should come up, if you scroll left you should see the Select/Paste option. Tapping on this will allow you to select either a photo, video or message which you can attach to the email. Unfortunately, there isn’t much else you can attach, so if you need to attach a document or other file type, you would be better off doing so on your computer.

If you would like to learn more about the iPhone and how it can help you, please contact us today.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.
February 14th, 2013

MobileGeneral_Feb13_AYou're walking down the street on the way to a restaurant for lunch. Coming towards you is the typical office worker, also out for a bite to eat. As you get closer, you see they are talking on their cell phone about the night they had last night. You can hear every word, with many details you'd rather not know. While the mobile has opened up our world, many have chosen to forsake common etiquette.

Here's six cell phone etiquette tips you should practice to ensure you show respect to your peers, and people around you while on your phone.

  1. Watch what you snap - Almost every phone has a camera these days, and we can't help but take pictures of nearly everything. While it is convenient to take pictures with your phone, there are times when it's not a good idea, such as in a meeting, for example. In general, if you are supposed to be paying attention to something, don't take pictures.
  2. Indoor voices - It's not uncommon to hear someone practically yelling into their phone on a busy street. This is often because they think that they can't be heard by the person on the other end. The vast majority of modern phones have powerful enough microphones and noise cancelling technology to enable users to talk with an indoor voice, even while out on the busy street. If the person you're talking to can't hear you, try cupping your other hand over your mouth and directing the sound towards the phone.
  3. Darn you autocorrect! - Most phones use touchscreen keyboards as their input for text. This can be quite inaccurate, so OS developers created autocorrect, which usually picks the wrong word, leading to some potentially embarrassing situations. When typing on your phone, be sure to always read over what you have written before you hit send.
  4. Resist the beep - One of the more annoying things about smartphones is that every time a notification sounds people rush to check it. This can be seen as rude, especially if when you are talking with a customer your phone goes off and you cut off from them to check it. It's a surefire way to lose the sale! When you're in meetings, or talking with customers/employees, ignore your phone until you are free to answer/check. If you are expecting an important call, excuse yourself before turning your attention to your phone..
  5. Pick the right notifications - Your phone has numerous notification levels. You can set the phone to vibrate, ring, or for lights to flash, etc. If you are in a meeting, it's best to set your phone on silent, as even vibrate is enough to distract these days. Really, the only time your phone should be on ring is when you have it in your pocket, or are in a loud location and unlikely to hear it.
  6. Turn it off every now and then - smartphones bring the ability to be always connected, which can be both good and bad. Sometimes being constantly connected leads to higher stress, and increased work hours at the expense of your personal life. You shouldn't be too afraid of spending a bit of time away from your phone every now and then. Just be sure to let people know that you won't be answering calls or texts.
Polite use of your smartphone will go a long way toward ensuring you are seen as a person that others want to do business with. What are your etiquette rules in regards to phone use? Let us know.

If you would like to learn more about how to leverage smartphones in your business, please contact us today.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

Topic Mobile, Tech Tips
February 14th, 2013

AndroidPhone_Feb13_AOne of the greatest things about smartphones are the apps. If you have an iPhone or an Android, or even a BlackBerry and Windows Phone, you likely have well over 30 apps installed. It seems like there is an app for everything these days, especially for Android users. Some of the best, for businesses, extend the functionality of the phone's basic function - making and receiving calls and texts.

If you are looking for an app to better manage your calls and texts, check out Sanity.

Sanity has a number of excellent features Android users, and people who get a lot of calls, will find useful. Some of these include:

  • Record a call - If you are constantly using your phone for business, or talking with clients and would like a way to remember what was said, this app allows you to record phone calls. They will be stored as a format that can be read by computers and phones alike. Of course, you will want to let the caller know that the conversation is being recorded.
  • Caller or SMS announcement - Sometimes you are in a place where you can't look at your screen to see who is calling before answering. This app has a feature that will speak the name of the caller, so you know who it is on the other end. This feature also works for text messages, and will say the name of the text sender.
  • The ability to block calls and SMS - If you keep getting telemarketers calling you, or spam texts, you can create a blocked call and SMS list which the app will not allow through.
  • Urgent call list - There are likely one or two people that you always answer the phone for, and if your phone is on silent, you could miss their call. With Sanity you can create an urgent call list that will ignore current phone settings and allow the phone to ring (only for people on the urgent call list).
  • Automatic answer and loudspeaker - If you are driving, on a train, or in a situation where you can't otherwise answer your phone, Sanity can be set up to automatically answer your calls. You can also configure it to turn on loudspeaker automatically as well.
The interesting thing about this app is that almost every feature has advanced options that allow you to really tailor your phone's calling and SMS features. There are a nearly endless amount of ways you can use the app, and employees or business owners who use Android devices will definitely benefit from it, if they want more control over their calls and texts.

The best thing is, the app is free, although if you like it, you can chose to donate to the developer. If you're interested in learning more about Sanity, you can download it from the Google Play store here, or you can get in touch with us. We would be happy to discuss how Android devices can make your day easier.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

Topic Mobile, Tech Tips
February 13th, 2013

Windows_Feb12_AThe Microsoft Surface RT released back at the end of October last year, garnered some fairly negative reviews, creating a slight worry that the more powerful version, Windows Surface Pro, would also be a machine to pass over. Now the Windows Surface Pro has been released many business owners are wondering if it will meet their needs.

Here's a brief overview of the main technical specifications of the Windows Surface Pro that small to medium business owners most often ask about.

Physical size The physical size of the Pro is 10.81 x 6.81 inches. By comparison, the iPad is 9.50 x 7.31 inches. The thickness of the machine is just .53 inches, and it weighs 2 lbs. On size alone, this makes the Pro a highly portable device, though it is a bit too big to comfortably hold in one hand.

Processor, memory and battery The Pro has a third generation Intel i5 processor with 4GB of RAM which is more than enough to run nearly every program currently available for Windows. This means that you should be able to access and run all of your work based programs. The battery life on the other hand is around 4 to 5 hours, which falls fall short of other tablets, and even some laptops.

Storage space The Pro comes with two different storage options: 64GB and 128GB. On paper, this sounds like a solid amount of storage space. These numbers don't take into account the size of the OS however - which will take up 41GB. With the OS installed the 64GB version will have 23GB of free storage, while the 128GB version will have 83GB free.

While this is a bit of a let-down, the Pro does have a USB port which means you can attach an external hard-drive for extra space. Beyond that, there is also a MicroSD port which will allow you to extend storage space even further.

Display One of the main reasons users pick tablets is because of the display. The Pro doesn't disappoint, offering a 10.6-Inch HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixels. This means the display is a widescreen, and will likely be better sitting on a desk. From reviews that we've seen, the display quality rivals that of the iPads.

This high resolution also means that all of your windows programs will be sharp, and you will be able to view them just fine.

Software The Pro runs a full version of Windows 8, which means that any software that desktops and laptops can run, it can also run. This is the main feature that sets the Pro apart from other tablets. You don't have to buy mobile versions of your favorite software, just install it on the machine and away you go.

Cost The cost of the Pro starts at USD$899, this is for the 64GB model, without the Touch Pad cover. For businesses to get the most out of this tablet, you'll need to spring for the cover which costs another USD$119, putting the price up to USD$1,018.

This seemingly high price will have many small business owners cringing. The thing is, the Surface Pro is more of a laptop with a touch screen than it is a tablet. Looking at it another way: It's the most powerful tablet on the market, and gives many laptops and desktops a run for their money.

Should you run buy one? To be honest: If you're looking for an ultraportable device to replace an existing one and that can run all of your business software, then yes, you should consider the Surface Pro. But, if you're looking for a tablet to accompany an already inplace system, then it's better to look at something a bit cheaper.

If you are interested in learning more about the Surface Pro, please let us know, we'd be happy to sit down with you.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

Topic Mobile, Tech Tips
January 16th, 2013

Microsoft Windows is the most popular OS among business users. This has been an undisputed fact for more than a decade. While the Windows platform is solid, it's not perfect. This is the nature of the beast and to IT professionals, these imperfections are called bugs or glitches. To the layman, they are viewed as a pain. One potential annoyance is your recycle bin disappearing, making it nearly impossible to delete things.

Here's how you can restore your recycle bin if it goes MIA.

Windows 8, 7 and Vista

  1. Right-click on any blank space on your desktop.
  2. Select Personalize.
  3. Choose Change Desktop Icons from the left side of the window. It's usually located just under Tasks.
  4. Click the box next to Recycle Bin.
  5. Click Apply.
The window that opens up also displays common desktop icons, and clicking the box beside these will put an icon on your desktop. You can also change an icon by selecting it from the box and clicking Change Icon. Pressing Restore Default will return the icons to their default picture.

Windows XP For Windows XP users, the manual process is a lot more intensive. To make it easier, Microsoft developed a Fixit tool, that when clicked on will restore the recycle bin. You can find the tool here. All you have to do is click the button with the mechanic holding a wrench, saying Fix It. An app will download and run, and you should soon see your recycle bin reappear.

While you may feel a little silly, deleting the tool that allows you to delete, mistakes are often easily made. What you need to know is how to fix them. If you would like to learn more Windows tips, please contact us.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.