Ciprian Adrian Rusen

Ciprian Adrian Rusen

Passionate about technology, the internet, project management and visual communication.

Bucharest, Romania

Areas of Expertise:

  • Windows Operating Systems
  • Project Management
  • Home Networks
  • Technical Writing
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing
I blog, I write books and I love the experience of writing. Therefore, I write almost every day and I am lucky that I can afford to do this without the need for a daily 9 to 5 job. I write when I feel that I have something to say. Luckily, this happens quite often. I write when I want to help others. I am lucky that many of the things I know and learn are useful to others. My blog posts alone are read by hundreds each day. 10 years ago I had no idea I would be writing blogs posts, let alone books. Yet, here I am today, trying to start a conversation with you, through what I write. I hope you will enjoy my books and that you will come back for more. I love it when people write back, so if you have anything that you would like to share with me, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Seven Ways to Remove Desktop Programs and Modern Apps in Windows

June 11 2014

From time to time, I stumble upon applications that are hard to remove. Sometimes their Add/Remove Programs entry disappears for whatever reason or they don’t have a handy Uninstall shortcut available, etc. The problems vary from case to case. That’s why I decided to make a roundup of all the… read more

Reviewing the ASUS RT-N18U Router - High-End Hardware for a Mid-Range Price

June 09 2014

Asus has recently launched a very interesting single-band router: ASUS RT-N18U - a router that works using only the 2.4 GHz frequency, it has the hardware power of more expensive routers and it is reasonably priced. Its characteristics led us to believe that this might be the fastest wireless router… read more

Do You Save Battery When Using a Dark Background in Windows Phone?

June 05 2014

Windows Phone allows for plenty of visual customization, especially in the new Windows Phone 8.1. One question we have asked ourselves was whether the background color has an impact on how much the battery lasts. In order to answer this question, we took four Windows Phones with different prices, specifications… read more

How to Recover Previous Versions of Your Documents from OneDrive

June 03 2014

While working with documents it is inevitable that, at some point, you need to use an older version of a certain document. Luckily, if you synchronize your work with OneDrive, this service will store each version of your documents and make them available for download and restoration, when needed. Here's… read more

Reviewing the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi EA6900 Router - Is This a Smart Router?

June 02 2014

It is the first time we get the chance to test and review a router from Linksys and, luckily, we are reviewing a premium model which promises great performance and plenty of features: the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi EA6900 router. As you would expect, this is a dual-band router with support… read more

Best of the Web for Windows Users – 25 - 31 May 2014

June 01 2014

This week, Microsoft has demoed real-time translated conversations over Skype. It's truly amazing and we can't wait for this technology to be rolled out by the end of the year. We have also learned that Microsoft is very likely to get into the smartwatch business and that WhatsApp is back… read more

Security for Everyone - Reviewing Outpost Security Suite Pro 9.1

May 28 2014

Outpost Security Suite Pro 9.1 is a product developed by a lesser-known security company from Russia. The company name is Agnitum and they focus on developing traditional security products like firewalls, antivirus and internet security suites. We last tested their products in 2012 and we were curious to learn how… read more

Best of the Web for Windows Users – 18 - 24 May 2014

May 25 2014

This week's news was dominated by the launch of the Surface Pro 3. Everyone rushed to test it and review it and we have plenty of information that we recommend reading. Another important event was that Microsoft has managed to win a legal battle against the FBI and thus protected… read more

Introducing Windows 8.1: What is the Apps View & How to Use It?

May 22 2014

You will notice many of our tutorials referencing the Apps View from Windows 8.1. You can think of it as a full-screen Start Menu, organized in a similar way to the Start Menu in Windows 7 but with more options on how to display the list of programs installed. In… read more

Best of the Web for Windows Users – 11 - 17 May 2014

May 18 2014

This week there were good news about Windows 8.1, Outlook.com, Office Touch for Windows and plenty of exciting news about Xbox One. To learn more about what happened this week in Microsoft's consumer ecosystem, read this roundup. You will not regret it. read more

How to Restore Files You Have Deleted from Your OneDrive

May 12 2014

Did you know that OneDrive has a Recycle bin folder, just like Windows does? It uses that folder to store the files that you deleted on any of your synchronized devices. You can then use the Recycle bin to restore any of your deleted files and recover them when required.… read more

Reviewing the ASUS USB-AC56 Dual-Band Wireless-AC1200 USB Adapter

April 24 2014

In this review I take a close look at another wireless adapter from ASUS. This time I have tested ASUS USB-AC56 - a USB adapter which was designed to work on both desktop computers and laptops. After a couple of days of regular use, I can share my conclusions. Read… read more

Set OneDrive in Windows 8.1 to Make All Your Files Available Offline

April 18 2014

OneDrive in Windows 8.1 uses a new technology named Smart Files. This allows you to access your files even though they are not fully copied on your PC or device and save disk space at the same time. However, some users won’t need this feature and they will want all… read more

How to Take Screenshots in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1

April 17 2014

Taking screenshots in Windows Phone has been problematic, at least until the release of Windows Phone 8. Now this task can be done with ease, by pressing two buttons on your phone. Also, Windows Phone 8.1 has changed the procedure for taking screenshots, which may confuse users. To learn how… read more

Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force a Manual Sync

April 17 2014

Even though I like the OneDrive service and I use it a lot in Windows 8.1, there are a few quirks that I have trouble with. One of it is the fact that it is difficult to figure out how to convince OneDrive to manually synchronize your files right now,… read more

How to Switch Between Keyboard Input Languages in Windows 8 & 8.1

April 11 2014

If you are a multilingual person, you are likely to switch between multiple input languages in your work day. Luckily, there are several methods for doing this, some faster than others. In this tutorial I will cover all of them in detail, so that you can choose the method that… read more

How to Add or Remove Keyboard Input Languages in Windows 8 & 8.1

April 11 2014

Many Windows users from all over the world need to use more than one keyboard input language in their work. Some of our team members at 7 Tutorials use at least two languages on a daily basis. Windows 8 and 8.1 come to meet our needs by making it easier… read more

Webcast: 8+ Features You Will Love to Use in Windows 8
October 31, 2012
In this webcast, Ciprian Rusen blogger @ 7 Tutorials and co-author of Windows 8 Step by Step, will present in more detail some of the best features in Windows 8, including ones you might have not heard about.

Webcast: The Complex Anatomy of the Home Network
August 23, 2011
If you want to learn just how complex home networks are today and what are the main challenges of home networking, don't hesitate to join this webcast.

"Windows 8 Step by Step will hold your hand and walk with you every step, as you learn how to use the new OS and unravel its features, secrets and beauty. It will make learning and using Windows 8 a pleasure! If you are planning to upgrade to Windows 8, this is one book I’d strongly recommend you consider buying."
--Anand Khanse, The Windows Club

"Don’t be intimidated by this book’s size. You’re not buying a container for fluff and filler, believe me. Everything in this new version of Windows is explained in careful detail and with illustrations to show everything along the way. This is the kind of book to keep handy by your computer for reference, because it will give you confidence that you can do everything right. It’s a winner!"
--Marte Brengle, 7 Tutorials

"A must have manual to add to your computer library."
--Connie Harris, TCM Reviews

"Step by Step is a very useful resource, and very highly recommended."
--James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: Wisconsin Bookwatch, March 2011, Volume 6, Number 3

"Step By Step: Network Your Computers & Devices should form the backbone of any household’s reference library. The information is easy to find and easy to understand, and the screenshots on each page are a definite plus. Taking complex concepts one step at a time is the best way to insure success, and this book lives up to its promise."
--Marte Brengle, Windows 7 Tutorials

"This Microsoft book written by Ciprian Adrian Rusen takes one through the necessary steps to set up a network commencing with actually setting up the broadband router. This included the wireless settings. Where the author thinks it necessary, there are explanatory notes, tips, security notes and recommendations. As a result one is able to gain a useful understanding of what one should, and should not, do -- and why."
--Adrian Morant, GadgetSpeak

"One of the things which separates it from other similar books, is that it extensively covers network interoperability between Windows 7 and all other major operating systems: Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Mac OS X v10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Ubuntu Linux v10.10 (Maverick Meerkat). If you've got a network with diverse computers and operating systems, this book can truly help you make them all work well together."
--Vishal Gupta, AskVG.com

"What differentiates this book for most of the other such books that I have read, is the language of explanation and the accompanied screenshots. Ciprian has written everything in very easy to understand, sans tech jargon, language. Even people who don’t consider themselves tech savvy and find it difficult to even think about setting up the home network themselves, can go through the instructions in this book and get started."
--Abhijeet Mukherjee, Guiding Tech

"It’s a great book, with loads of information, and compared to most tech books isn’t very expensive—only $19.79 for the paperback and $9.99 for the Kindle version. Well worth it, and hey, it’s an official Microsoft Press book—written by a How-To Geek guest author."
--Lowell Heddings, HowToGeek.com

"Many books like this are great when everything is working as it should so it’s good to see some useful pointers when it doesn’t. There are some really good troubleshooting flowcharts to help work through any problems."
--Andy Parkes, Andy's Techie Blog

"...I must say that it is clearly written and has many relevant screen shots that will help you in setting up your new Win7 box and getting it going on a network."
--Ward Souders, GRApple, Volume 12, Issue 1, February 2011