February, 2014

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Using Screen Rotation With The Intel® Graphics Control Panel

The rotation feature of Intel graphics drivers allow the user to rotate a monitor or display’s entire image to one of four orientations when enabled. The image can be rotated 90°, 180°, 270°, and 0° (Normal).

Note The rotation feature may not be available if this feature is disabled by the computer manufacturer.

The steps below demonstrate how to use rotation feature. Start by selecting the version of the Intel® Graphics Control Panel currently configured on your system.


Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel
Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
or use the Hot Key Method

Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + F12 to open the Intel® Graphics Control Panel
  2. Select Display
  3. Change the Rotation to either 0, 90, 180 or 270
  4. Select Apply

Figure 1: Rotation options as seen on the Intel® HD Graphics Control Panel

Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + F12 to open the Intel® Graphics Control Panel
  2. Navigate to the Display > General Settings tab
  3. Select the desired level of rotation from the Rotation drop-down
  4. Select Apply > OK

Figure 2: Rotation options as seen on the Intel® Graphics and Media Control Panel

Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + F12 to open the Intel® Graphics Control Panel
  2. Navigate to the Display Settings Tab
  3. Check the box for Enable Rotation
  4. Select the appropriate Radio button for the desired level of rotation
  5. Select Apply > OK

Figure 3: Rotation Options as seen on the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Driver

Hotkey Method:
All versions of the Intel® Graphics Control Panel support Hot Keys. These keys, when pressed, have the ability to automatically rotate your screen without having to go into the Intel® Graphics Control Panel. By default, the hot keys for rotation are as follows:

  • 0 degrees (normal/upright): Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow
  • 90 degrees (quarter turn clockwise): Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow
  • 180 degrees (upside down): Ctrl + Alt + Down Arrow
  • 270 degrees (quarter turn counter-clockwise): Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow


Note These hot keys can be changed if desired, via the Hot Key Manager located in the Intel® Graphics Control Panel.

Problem installing .Net Framework 4 (HRESULT 0xc8000222)

a: Click Start > Run.
b: Type cmd and press Enter.
Please run the following command in the opened window.
net stop WuAuServ
c: Click Start > Run Type %windir% and press Enter.
d: In the opened folder, rename the folder SoftwareDistribution to SDold.
e: Click Start> Run type cmd and press Enter.
Please run the following command in the opened window.
net start WuAuServ

Google Apps vs Outlook.com for free email hosting at your domain

Back at the end of 2012 Google’s big announcement was that they no longer offered a free version of Google Apps. Google Apps is basically a free Gmail account but at your own domain instead of at gmail.com. If you pay for the pro version (“Google Apps for Business”) you get more storage, support and a few other features. Nonprofits can get it free by request.

Google Apps is a great product but who can we turn to now for domains that have simple email needs and no budget? I host most of the sites I build but I no longer host email on my server in order to keep it safe and speedy for my WordPress managed hosting clients.

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What is outlook.com?

Outlook.com is the successor to Hotmail. If you have a Hotmail address, you can upgrade to outlook.com. Note that Office 365 is more of a direct, enterprise-ready competition for Google Apps. It gives you an Exchange account, and web versions of all 8+ office programs (not just the 5 free “SkyDrive” ones). ButOffice 365 is not free – there are 3 service levels.

Google Apps vs Outlook.com

Here is a comparison chart between Yahoo, Outlook.com and Gmail (all of which are free).  They are all really similar in terms of feature lists – and all allow forwarding to other email accounts (Outlook.com allows forwarding to just one address but Google apps allows for more than one). The key thing this chart doesn’t address is the experience of using the web-based interface. The interfaces are all very different – with Yahoo being a distant 3rd in terms of usability. Of course all 3 offer many ways to access your email without every using their browser-based interfaces. Some other take-away notes:

  1. Outlook.com didn’t offer IMAP till very recently.
  2. Outlook claims “virtually” unlimited storage.
  3. Outlook shows ads (more that mail) BUT it doesn’t target them based on your email content – in other words, it’s robots don’t read your email.
  4. You can get free email in the form of  x@outlook.com or you can use your own domain free. (Gmail/Google Apps no longer offers a free option for using your own domain name)
  5. Outlook.com  has web-based versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint so you can work with those kinds of attachments directly. It is like Gmail and Google docs + Google Drive. See image below.

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Look in the Sky – It’s a drive!

How to set up free outlook.com for your domain

Now that I’ve done this process a few times I can offer some tips:

  1. Start with this LifeHacker article.
  2. Note that you can have multiple administrator accounts for your custom domain. Each administrator must register the domain on the Windows Live Admin Center website and enter a unique MX record that authenticates that user (an MX record specifies which server in your domain should receive incoming email) that’s associated with that administrator at your registrar or Domain Name System (DNS) provider’s website.
  3. The Domain administration interface at live.com / outlook.com is much much simpler and has hardly any features compared to Google Apps. But that can be a feature in itself.  Basically just add new user accounts and go on your way.
  4. Check e-mail at http://mail.live.com or you can set up your own subdomain just like Google Apps does via a Cname DNS record
  5. Where to make more accounts for your domain? You can make up to 50 email accounts for free.
    Start here: https://domains.live.com/ and click “get started”
    Note that you  have to log in as the new user in a browser in order to confirm the account before using it. Live will ask you for a captcha to confirm you are a human and there are two other simple screens to proceed through before you can start using the new account.
  6. Important note: Please sign in at least once every 365 days—otherwise your account looks inactive and could be deleted. I’m not sure how that compares to Gmail these days but there are a few levels of security you have to go through in activating a new Outlook.com email account.
  7. Also see: answers.microsoft.com FAQ
  8. To use Apple Mail (or any other IMAP client) read these instructions. Here’s the most relevant part: “For incoming mail server settings, make sure that the account type is set to IMAP, then enter “imap-mail.outlook.com” as your incoming mail server. Enter your real Outlook.com e-mail address and password in the username and password fields.”see: ActiveSync and POPsettings

Are there other free email options?

The short answer is Zoho. They offer a similar suite of tools and a free option – with email at your domain. But I have not used it.

For free (and paid) email/webmail Wikipedia has a useful table with many options:

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Lifehacker has a great article about alternatives.

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…or just pay for Google Apps!

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PS: here’s a tip if you are having issues with the outlook.com (and hotmail.com) spam filter. it’s pretty agressive and only has two settings. There is no way to turn off the spam filter. For those that don’t use the web interface and want to use some other spam filter this can be a real problem. solution: set up a filter

  1. Go to the gear icon, go to “more mail settings”
  2. Then find “Rules for sorting new messages”
  3. Finally, add a new rule of the form “Sender’s Address” “contains” @ then select “Move to Inbox”

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***** UPDATE: After struggling with some senders being blocked I am downgrading Outlook.com and am motivated to try out Zoho’s service… or just go back to google apps/docs.

Please refer to : http://www.helloari.com/blog/2013/09/google-apps-vs-outlook-com-free-email-hosting-your-domain/


How to setup Microsoft Outlook custom domain for free email hosting?

SUMMARY: Follow these simple steps to setup Microsoft outlook custom domain for email hosting. This is still free and can be used for unlimited users. So, go for outlook custom domain for you blog and business.

If you are looking for a custom domain email on a reliable host for free, then Microsoft Outlook is the best free solution. Microsoft Outlook custom domain provides free services for at least 500 users (Update: 50 users by default; need more? Ask Microsoft team with your domain name. They are easily adding more accounts) of your small business or organization. If you want to be email provider then Microsoft Outlook for custom domain is also best choice. You may do this without spending a single penny.

Recently, Google has stopped offering Google Apps for free. They charges are pretty high for any type of organisations. Well, I will not compare between the two services in the topic, but just helping you to configure Microsoft Outlook custom domain for free email. But first discuss about the features what Microsoft offers for free.

  • Email hosting
  • Maps
  • Profiles
  • Photos
  • SkyDrive
  • Groups
  • Calender.

All services are free and can be offered from a custom domain or sub-domain.

Setup Microsoft Outlook custom domain for email hosting:

Step 1:

Go to https://domains.live.com/Signup/SignupDomain.aspx. Fill the domain name in the box. If you don’t have any domain and want to purchase then you may buy from any Microsoft partners or buy from GoDaddy, Name.com or Dreamhost are best in the segment.


Don’t forget to check “Set up Outlook.com for my domain” in “Choose mail service for your domain” on the same page [As shown in the image above]. You may also change this setting later, but who want to do that!  Now click “Continue”.

Step 2:

In the next step, you will be ask to setup domain administrator. [A domain administrator will be responsible for all activity in the Outlook custom domain account]. I will recommend you to use an existing account or account from outside the custom domain. Check “Sign in with an existing Microsoft account” and hit continue to login existing account. You may also sign up for a new outlook.com account if you don’t have any.


After logging in to account Microsoft will ask you to review the settings and accept agreement just hit “I Accept” after review it.


Step 3: Verifying domain and set up MX record

To verify domain name you will need to goto your domain registrar and add some records.

Add a txt record which will be in v=msv1 t=example, and

MX record which will be in “example.msv1.invalid”. Note the “example” part will be same.

You may refer to your domain registrar help topics for any help in configuring TXT and MX record. Now you will have to wait for sometime, until DNS is propagating across the globe. It may take from few seconds to 48 hrs. After some time hit “Refresh” button in the yellow alert box. When your domain got verified the domain will be ready to use and you may create your first free custom email on outlook.com platform.


Once the domain got verified you will see a green indicator and active status in the domain dashboard of your account. [As shown in the image below]


Step 4: Create an email id with custom domain

Once your account is verified and active you may navigate to dashboard and click on the domain under which you want to create email/account. Their will be a form asking to fill some info. Just fill those and create your first email id with custom domain. the important thing is “Account name” in the form. it will be the email id and may have alphanumeric, periods, hyphens and underscore.


After creating the account you may ask user to login and accept terms and conditions. Also their will be an account reset question for your users, which will be asked at first login.

Benefits of Microsoft Outlook custom domain over Google Apps!

  1. Microsoft offers these apps for free.
  2. Up to 500 users 50 may be added just after signing up. If required, you may ask Microsoft to increase the number of users.
  3. You may also offer your site visitors to sign up email ids with under your domain.
  4. Outlook.com offers unlimited storage. So, you will never required to delete mail.
  5. You may also offer maps, skydrive and other services from your domain/sub-domain

If you have any query or problem let me know by commenting below. Don’t forget to share this post on Google+, Twitter or Facebook, if you liked it.

Quick Tip: Many people said that they are unable to configure the MX record or they are not receiving any email in the inbox. Here is a small tip for them. Go to Domain host and check if there is no other MX record having higher priority than Outlook’s one. It will be better to remove all other MX records pointing to @ or the naked domain.

I have recently got a chance to log into someone else’s account and fix the issue. I successfully fixed the issue. It was the wrongly configured.

Please refer to link: http://www.blogsynthesis.com/setup-microsoft-outlook-custom-domain/