Posts Tagged 'windows xp'

Was Windows XP Default Wallpaper An Actual Photo?

Yes, it was, according to TheNextWeb –

Have you ever stopped to wonder where the image was taken, or who took it? In fact, the image is so crisp you might have assumed it wasn’t real at all. The man behind the camera  is American photographer Charles O’Rear. Don’t let his name fool you into thinking that the photo was in fact taken in Ireland. Bliss, as it turns out, is in California. In Sonoma County to be exact. The photo was taken in 1996, years before Windows XP launched, and before the area was converted into a vineyard.

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FreeFile Review – Display Calibration

This FreeFile is only for Windows 7 users (an alternative for XP users is at the bottom of this review). The Display Color Calibration Wizard is a hidden gem in Windows 7. Why Microsoft chose to hide it is beyond me. I find it very useful in get that big monitor to look its very best. The wizard helps you adjust brightness, contrast and color.

The Display Color Calibration Wizard is included with Windows 7, so no installation is needed. The easiest way to run the program is to type “dccw” into the Start menu search box. This will show a link to “dccw.exe” at the top – click it and the display calibrator launches. The Run box can also be used to launch the program.

It is fairly simple to use. If you’ve used other monitor calibration software, this one will seem familiar. If you’ve never calibrated a monitor, it may take a little experimentation to get it right, but don’t worry, you won’t hurt your monitor. I found an excellent tutorial online that will walk you through the calibration process HERE.

The only negatives that I found were the previously mentioned difficulty in finding the program and the lack of a ‘Back’ button. The only way to return to a previous page is to ‘Cancel’ out of the program and start over. I found that aggravating. While the Display Color Calibration Wizard is for Windows 7 only, Calibrize performs similarly on Windows XP.

Get Calibrize HERE.

– – The Bottom Line – –

Display Color Calibration Wizard increases the accuracy of your monitor and it’s part of Windows – nothing to download or install. If you spend a lot of time staring at your monitor, you need to try it ASAP.

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