Whether it is to fix a spoilt window, or to create energy efficient environment, installing replacement windows can give a room a very different look. if you are wondering how to install replacement windows, here is an article that would teach you just how.
How to install replacement windows is not very difficult. Before doing any replacing, you will need to get the correct measurements in order to buy a replacement window that fits. The measurements you will need are as such. first measure the width from jamb to jamb in three areas of the opening, which is the top, middle and bottom. they may vary in size a little, so record the smallest measurement as you will want to get a replacement window that is small enough to fit – you can always fill the gaps later, better than getting one that cannot fit in at all. Then, measure the height of the opening, which would be from the top of the sill to the underside of the head jamb. Like previously, measure at three points, which would be on the left, middle, and right, keeping record of the smallest measurement. Another measurement you will need to have is its squareness. what you will need to do is to measure diagonally from one end to another. and to determine the sill slope, you will need to use an angle tool. Then, you can get the correct sized replacement window.
Next, you will need to prepare the opening of the window you want to have replaced to make way for the new one. To start off, you will need to remove any inside trim, mouldings, and broad chisels that are attached to the opening, and place them aside to be used later on. Then, remove all the old cords and spring balances from the bottom sash, and then remove the frame carefully. You will also need to unscrew parting stops from the top and sides out so that you will be able to remove the top sash. Be careful not to create any damage to the stops because they can break easily. do also remove aluminium tracks if the existing window is fitted with one, including the staples that secure them and the sashes and track.
Then, you will need to prepare the frame. Sand and paint so that it would look good as new. make sure to fill empty weight cavities with fibreglass insulation by cutting the weight off the end, and then pull up the insulation through the frame cavity. after that, add two continuous beads of caulk along the frame, and install the replacement window. You may then fasten the window to the frame using 2-inch screws, and test it. if needed, shim the replacement window as well. Finally, to finish up, caulk up the gaps and paint over.
Most interface changes to new editions of Windows have been minor–an icon moved here, a toolbar added there. Windows 8 will be different, using a completely new Metro interface as the primary environment, and removing important elements like the start menu from the older but still accessible “desktop” interface. Even IT pros may need to do some web searching to figure out some features. what questions will your workers have, and will you have the answers?
Windows 8, especially the Metro interface, was designed for touchscreens. Using a pointing device like a mouse or a touchpad is generally less intuitive and more difficult than using touch-based gestures. there are usually multiple ways to accomplish a task in Windows, so the ones mentioned below may not be the only alternatives. also, this is a preview of Windows 8, features and the way they are accessed may change in the final release.
With all that in mind, here are answers to some of the basic questions workers will be asking their first day using Windows 8.
How do I Log on?
Unless you’re the one installing Windows 8, the first thing you’re likely to see on a Windows 8 device is a scenic background with an overlaid clock. Similar to using CTR+ALT+DEL to access the logon screen in previous version of Windows, to expose the logon screen in Windows 8 either swipe (slide your finger across a touchscreen) or drag (click and move with a pointing device) the Lock screen upward.
Where is the start Menu?
The start menu is gone, no longer a part of Windows. instead, your starting point will be the Metro interface start screen, comprised of smart “tiles” that act like desktop shortcuts and can contain all sorts of information related to a program, such as listing your latest email messages, upcoming calendar appointments, or incoming chats.
How do I get Back to Metro?
The Charms Bar on the right edge of the start screenIf you’re in the desktop interface, either by choice or because you opened a desktop app, returning to the start screen isn’t intuitive. to get back to Metro, open the Charms Bar by either swiping in from the right edge of a touch screen or moving your pointer to the lower-right corner. from the vertical menu that appears select the start icon which will take you to Metro’s start screen.
Where Are my Apps?
Some of your apps are shown as tiles on the start screen. If you don’t see what you need there, open the Charms Bar and select search. this will reveal an Apps screen that you can scroll or swipe through, or you can type within the search bar to see apps and other content related to your search.
How do I Close my Apps?
In the desktop interface, closing apps is the same as in previous versions of Windows. you can choose Exit from the File menu, or use the Close button (red ‘X’ in the title bar). Metro apps don’t need to be closed, as Windows 8 manages them in the background in a Suspended mode. If you do want to close one anyway, on a touchscreen device you can drag in and back out from the left edge of the screen to reveal a list of running apps, then drag the icon for the app you wish to close to the bottom of the screen. or, with a pointing device, move to the lower left corner to reveal your last used app, then move your pointing device up the left edge of the screen to reveal a list of running apps. Right-click and choose Close on the desired app.
How do I Shut down or Restart?
The Power button contains Shutdown and RestartWindows 8 is designed to behave more like a smartphone or tablet than a PC, simply going to sleep when it’s not being used. If you do want to shut down, or have a need to restart, open the Charms Bar, select Settings, and then the Power button, which will reveal the Shutdown and Restart commands.
Why Don’t my Websites Work?
If you are using Internet Explorer in the Metro interface, it does not support plug-ins or toolbars. this will break some web features that rely on plug-ins such as ActiveX, Flash, or Silverlight. If you visit a website that requires plug-ins you will generally see a warning message, with an option to open the site in the desktop version of Internet Explorer, which still supports plug-ins and toolbars.
How do I Open Web Pages in IE Desktop?
Setting IE for desktop as the default web viewerIf you regularly use web apps that rely on plug-ins, you may wish to set the desktop version of Internet Explorer as your default. to do this, select the Desktop tile from the start screen, then the Internet Explorer icon from the Taskbar. use the Tools icon to reveal Internet Options. go to the Program tab where you’ll find a dropdown menu with the option to open links always in Internet Explorer on the desktop. also, check the box below the dropdown to Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop.
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Microsoft has released a new software installation tool and unveiled a new support website for small OEM resellers, with the goal of making it easier for them to load Microsoft software into their PCs and servers and more quickly find out answers to technical and business questions.
OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) qualify for these new resources if they don’t have a direct relationship with Microsoft, but rather buy Microsoft software from distributors like Tech Data and Ingram Micro.
Access to the installation tool and the support website is free for this type of OEM. all that is required is that they register in the Microsoft Partner Network, Microsoft announced yesterday.
“We are increasing our investment and innovation to help this important segment of the channel,” said Dana Manciagli, general manager, Worldwide OEM, Distribution and Reseller channel at Microsoft.
“This is a real statement that we love our smaller OEMs that are out there building white boxes, competing, selling Microsoft software. We value this type of system builder and we want to give them more tools,” she added.
These small OEMs are all over the world, from mature to emerging markets. they often don’t brand their PCs and servers with their company names, selling them instead as “white boxes” and as custom machines. “They play an important role in the marketplace,” she said.
The installation tool is called Microsoft Express Deployment Tool (EDT) and is now available for download. EDT is designed to speed up the process of installing Microsoft software, like Windows Client, Windows Server and Microsoft Office, into OEM devices, like PCs.
Until now, these OEMs have received individual “kits” for each Microsoft product they choose to install on their machines, such as Windows 7, Office 2010, Windows Server and Microsoft Security Essentials.
But now with EDT, these OEMs can use a wizard interface to preconfigure the software “image” they want to install on their machines, and then they can install the bundle in a consolidated manner, drastically reducing the time it takes to complete this process, she said.
In addition, EDT, whose interface is available in 10 languages, automatically notifies OEMs about available updates to the software they’re installing to make sure they have the latest version.
Meanwhile, the OEM Reseller Support System website provides discussion forums that OEMs can use to post questions and answers about presales and technical and licensing issues. Microsoft support engineers will respond to questions that haven’t been asked previously. This resource is available in eight languages.
Everyone loves the idea of a sunroom. Being able to sit and relax while taking in the view the sunroom windows offer can be an exhilarating experience. Many lazy days can be spent in this room enjoying the peace and quiet. however any good sunroom relies on the size and quality of its windows.
Do it Yourself
If you are the do it yourself enthusiast, you may have thought about building your own sunroom. This is not the most difficult project you could tackle, and the benefits are great. one high priority consideration includes the windows you will install.
The windows should be selected not only for their ability to let in the sunlight but how well they are going to keep in the heat or cool air. by doing a little comparison, you can determine which manufacturer offers the better product for the price when making your choice.
It is important to understand some terms about windows before purchasing your sunroom windows. one of the first is the U-factor. You want a low U-factor to ensure less heat escapes. The R-factor will tell you how well the window serves as an insulator. This number should be high. The important rating in sunroom windows is the Visible Transmittance (VT). This number should also be as high as possible to let in all the sunlight. after all, it is a sunroom. The VT rating can range from 1 to zero. Zero means no light will get in. while this may be great for some place you grow mushrooms, it is not good in a sunroom.
Once you choose your windows, installation is the next step to plan. You will want a continuous header above the windows. Don’t allow the weight of the ceiling to press on the windows, as this can cause quite a bit of damage. with a continuous header, the weight will be supported by the corner posts. You can then feel assured that your sunroom windows will operate efficiently for years to come.
Once you have the window frames built and are ready to install the windows themselves, be sure you put the first one in as precisely as you can. The first window is the base for all the windows to come. a simple tip here is to make sure you only tack the windows at the four corners. This way if you need to reposition them before final installation, the job of moving the sunroom windows is easier.
It is best to do every step the manufacturer recommends for installing their windows. This ensures any warranties will not be voided. it also increases the likelihood you will enjoy the quality of the windows you choose for many years to come.