We wish all our readers a very happy and prosperous new year.
2013 was a great year for tech world. We got Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, we got Windows 8.1 and we also got first preview of Android 4.4 'KitKat' OS for mobile phones and tablets in 2013. AskVG too released 3 new exclusive freeware Wi-Host, Power Scheduler and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Offline Installer in 2013.
If you are new to this website or if you missed some articles in 2013, today in this topic we are going to list some of our best and most popular articles of 2013. So go ahead and check out all following mentioned AskVG articles and make sure you haven't missed any of them:
[Solution] Unknown Characters or Rectangles Showing on Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen
Let's start our list with a troubleshooting guide. Many Windows 8 and 8.1 users have faced this strange and annoying problem. Suddenly all metro icons on Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen and Login Screen are replaced by unknown characters and vertical rectangles. For example, the small down arrow to access "All Apps" page on Windows 8.1 Start Screen, scrollbars, all metro icons such as pin/unpin tiles, etc start showing weird characters and shapes.
It happens due to some missing or corrupt fonts in Windows 8 and 8.1. You can fix this problem using following tutorial:
[Tip] Customize Hidden "Extended Send To" Menu in Windows
"Extended Send To" menu appears when you press and hold "Shift" key and right-click on a shortcut and select "Send to" option. In this way, you get access to many extra send to options which are not shown in normal send to menu.
Following tutorial helps you in customizing this hidden "Extended Send To" menu and allows you to add or remove shortcuts from this secret menu.
Convert Microsoft Office 2013 Trial Version into Full Version without Reinstalling
When Office 2013 final RTM version was not released to public, Microsoft released a free fully functional 60-day trial version of Office 2013 to public. Many people installed it for testing purposes and also customized its interface and settings according to their requirements. The problem occurred when the trial period came to end and users had to uninstall the trial version and reinstall full version of Office 2013.
Following tutorial tells you how to convert the 60-day trial version of Office 2013 into full version without uninstalling or reinstalling Office 2013 in your system:
[Fix] Annoying Cursor Jumping Problem While Typing Documents in Laptops
This is one of the most annoying problems faced by many laptop users. While typing some text suddenly the cursor jumps to random locations and if you don't notice this sudden change and continue typing, you may end up with an unpredictable document.
Following article helps you in fixing this annoying issue:
Customize Day Name, Date and Time Format on Windows 8/8.1 Lock Screen
Following tutorial helps you in customizing day name appearance and date and time format on Windows 8/8.1 Lock Screen. You can switch between 12-hour and 24-hour time format and change display language of day name and date on Lock Screen.
[Tip] 5 Easy Ways to Switch from Windows 8/8.1 to Other OS
If you have a dual-boot system and if you are using Windows 8/8.1 with other OS such as Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7, following tutorial will definitely help you in switching from Windows 8 to other installed OS quickly and easily:
[Tip] Tweak and Customize Windows 8/8.1 Task Manager Functionality
Microsoft has redesigned the good old Task Manager in Windows 8 and 8.1. But there are some issues in the new Task Manager such as removal of original process file name, grouping of running processes, etc.
Following exclusive tutorial will help you in customizing Windows 8/8.1 Task Manager appearance and making it more user-friendly:
Collection of Our Best "Resource Hacker" Tutorials to Customize Windows
In 2013 we also tried to put together all of our exclusive Resource Hacker tutorials for your reading convenience. Most of you might know that AskVG was the first website to post detailed tutorials of Resource Hacker which told Windows users how to customize and change Windows appearance and functionality with the help of this awesome free software.
Check out following article to read our exclusive Resource hacker tutorials:
Power Scheduler for Windows
"Power Scheduler" is a freeware released by AskVG which allows you to schedule power operations such as shutdown, restart, hibernate and lock in Windows OS. Its a very easy to use and useful software for Windows users.
You can read more about it at following link:
Tips to Customize "File Save" Page in Microsoft Office
Following exclusive AskVG tutorial provides some interesting and easy to use tips to customize new "File Save" page in Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 versions. You can change default file format for saving new documents, change auto recover time, disable new file save page, remove SkyDrive integration and change default file save location in Office applications with the help of 5 useful tips given in following guide:
Hidden Secret Service Menu in DishTV and Tata Sky DTH Set Top Box
Apart from Windows, computers and mobile phones, we also posted articles about DTH services in India. There are many DTH (Direct-To-Home) services available in India but Tata Sky and DishTV are the most popular DTH brands in India.
If you are a DishTV or Tata Sky subscribers, you'll find following tutorials interesting and useful:
Also check out our exclusive reviews and comparisons between DishTV, Tata Sky and Airtel Digital TV (ADTV) DTH services at following links:
If you are using or planning to purchase universal remotes for your DTH Set Top Box, following tutorials will definitely help you:
Wi-Host for Windows
"Wi-Host" is another freeware released by us in 2013. This small freeware turns your laptop or PC equipped with Wi-Fi into a hot spot allowing you to share you Internet connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices such as mobile phones, tablets or other computers.
Windows 8.1 Reviews
2013 was the year when Microsoft released Windows 8.1, a must have update for Windows 8 users. Windows 8.1 tries to fix all issues and annoyances present in Windows 8. We posted lots of reviews and feature guides of Windows 8.1 in 2013 which can be read at following links:
Convert Windows 8.1 Start Screen into Full Screen Start Menu
Although Microsoft added Start button back to Windows 8.1 but the good old Start Menu was still missing in the OS. We posted an exclusive guide which helps you in converting Windows 8.1 Start Screen into a full screen Start Menu (kind of).
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Offline Installer for Windows 8 and 8.1
Windows 8 and 8.1 don't come with .NET Framework 3.5 version which is required by many 3rd party software. When you try to install the Framework version, Windows requires an Internet connection to download the setup files. Our exclusive freeware "Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Offline Installer" helps you in installing the Framework offline i.e. without need of Internet connection.
[Fix] Blurry or Hard to Read Font Problem in Windows 8.1
This is one of the most frequently faced problems in Windows 8.1. There are so many people who have faced this annoying problem in Windows 8.1. Many Windows 8.1 users get blurry or very hard to read text on their computer screens. Sometimes the text is shown in very small fonts which are hard to read and sometimes the text looks blurry.
Following guide helps you in fixing this problem:
[Fix] Internet Connection Not Working in Windows 8.1
This is another problem faced by Windows 8.1 users. Many times when Windows 8.1 users try to connect to Internet using their mobile phones or USB modem devices, they get error messages such as "Failed to create a phone-book entry", etc. It happens because the setup installer of these devices fails to create the required Internet connection entry in Network Connections.
Following guide helps you in fixing this weird problem:
Windows 8.1 Explorer "This PC" Tweaks and Customization Tips
Microsoft has slightly changed Windows Explorer aka "This PC" functionality in Windows 8.1. Now it comes with 6 extra folders shown at the top in Windows Explorer. Microsoft has also introduced a new group by section "Devices and drives" in Windows 8.1 Explorer which shows hard disk drives and removable devices together in a single section.
Following exclusive tutorial helps you in tweaking and customizing Windows 8.1 Explorer look and functionality:
Transform Windows XP and Windows 7 into Windows 8.1
As usual when Windows 8.1 released, we posted our much awaited tutorials to transform Windows XP and Windows 7 into Windows 8.1. These tutorials will help you in making your Windows XP and Windows 7 look-like Windows 8.1.
Restore Old Behavior of New Tab Page in Google Chrome
The new versions of Google Chrome web browser come with a redesigned "New Tab" page which shows Google logo, search box and 8 thumbnails/tiles of your recently visited websites. Many people disliked this new tab page and they asked a way to restore previous "New Tab" page in Google Chrome.
Following guide helps you in restoring old behavior of "New Tab" page in Google Chrome. It allows you to remove recently visited websites thumbnails, Google logo and search box from new tab page:
Fixing Problems While Installing Windows 8.1
When people started installing Windows 8.1 in their computers or started upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, they faced various problems such as Windows 8.1 update link not available in Windows Store, etc.
We posted following article to help you in fixing various frequently faced problems while installing Windows 8.1:
How to Find Windows Installation Date?
Our following exclusive guide helps you in finding out the date and time when Windows was installed in your computer:
Some Other Best of 2013 Articles Which are Worth to Mention
That's all for now guys. Once again we wish you all a happy new year. We also thank you for your warm support and love for this website. Keep visiting this website regularly to read such interesting and useful articles in future.
Also check out our archive to read many other AskVG articles which haven't been mentioned in this topic.
Other similar articles that may interest you
- Speed Up Windows XP – Master Tutorial to Make Windows XP Super Fast
- Enable Hidden Secret “Debug” Menu in Microsoft “Spider Solitaire” Game in Windows Vista and 7
- [Tip] How to Disable All WIN+ Keyboard Shortcuts (Hotkeys) in Windows?
- Coolbarz: Freeware to Get Good Old Desktop Toolbar (Deskbar) Feature Back in Windows 7
- Download Official Microsoft SkyDrive App for Windows, Mac and Mobile Phones
- Get Windows 8 Charms Bar in Windows XP, Vista and 7