How to Block Advertisements in Skype & Customize the Chat Interface

Blocking Skype Ads

Open up the Control Panel and navigate to Network and Internet > Internet Options. Move to the Security tab, click on Restricted Sites and open the Sites dialog with the button underneath.

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Next you’ll need to add two websites to the list of restricted addresses: apps.skype.com and g.msn.com. Once that’s done, you can save your changes by clicking Apply and close the window with OK. Continue reading

Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 ISO Official Direct Download Links from Microsoft Tech Bench

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Microsoft has a lesser known web page for Windows 10 Tech Bench Upgrade Program which provides documentations, scripts, tools and various Windows 10 ISO images for retailers and service providers to provide support for those upgrading to Windows 10, data migration services to help people move files from old PCs to new PCs, and experience stations where people can try out Windows 10.

What’s hidden on the source code of Windows 10 Tech Bench Upgrade Program web page is the ability to generate download links of various editions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 ISO images.  A hack script has been released which reveals all available ISO files for download.

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Windows Media Center Running on Windows 10

According to the Vice President of Windows and Devices Group, Gabriel Aul, Microsoft parted ways with WMC because of “decreased usage.” That actually left a lot of people scrambling for a way to keep WMC alive. Thanks to some dedicated users at the My Digital Life Forums, a quick download and a couple command scripts will get WMC running on your Windows 10 machine in a jiff. Here’s how to do it: Continue reading