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How to Backup Your Data When Windows is Not Loading

Sometimes Windows operating system will not boot up because of various reasons. This will block the access to your data on the hard drive. Taking it to the technician, you would get bashed with the charges for the service, especially for the data recovery service.

 

The valid reason for Windows operating system not loading is the malicious software program that you have installed on the computer before you shut it down last time. The malicious program might have destroyed the files related to Windows boot up.

 

Another reason that sounds like backstabbing is that when changing operating system. When there is a need to change the operating system on the computer and you are already half way close to complete the installation, the disk will not let you proceed. What actually happens here is that after formatting the disk partition to have a clean installation, it will show an error saying, “Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style.”

 

Changing the format of the disk from one format to another will erase the data on any other partition completely on the hard drive. This will lead to data loss.

 

Don’t even think of recovering the data later. Because, changing the disk format will disturb the file storing table structure which is needed to be constant for any recovering tool or software to recover the data that is deleted/formatted.

 

Don’t lose hope. Hang in there. There is a way to back your data on to external hard drive or thumb drive without using any 3rd party software or hardware tool. To do this process, you would need a Windows operating system DVD or bootable USB drive.

 

Backing up your data on to external drive

Warning: We are going to use some advanced techniques using command prompt in this process. Doing them wrong might destroy your data and hard drive. So, I advice you to only proceed if you can analyze and understand the information that is shown on the command prompt screen.

 

Step 1: Insert the OS DVD or bootable drive and boot into it (go to ‘boot options’ while booting and choose the DVD RAM/Removable Drive).

 

Step 2: Proceed till you see ‘Install Windows’ button on the screen. Now press ‘Shift+F10’ to open Command Prompt(CMD).

 

Step 3: Now connect your external drive through USB port and type ‘Diskpart’ command in the prompt and hit ‘Enter’.

 

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Step 4: Now type ‘list volume’ command to see all your disk drives that are connected to your computer. Check if you can see the external drive connected. Let us suppose the external partition drive letter be ‘F:\’.

 

Note: If you are sure about the external drive, then you can proceed with the process. If the external drive is not detected, try to change the USB port and if it still don’t work, try another external drive.

 

Step 5: Now go to source drive/partition where the data you needed to backup exists. For example, if you have your data in D:\ drive, type ‘D:’ and hit ‘Enter’.

 

Step 6: You have to be precise while backing up data as there may not be much storage available on external drive. So, check what folder you wanted to back up. To see all files and folders on the D:\ drive, type ‘dir’ and hit ‘Enter’.

 

Step 7: Now enter the following command to copy the entire folder and subfolders to the external drive. Let us suppose the source folder to be backed up be ‘MyData’ on D:\ drive. Then the command would be,

 

xcopy D:\MyData F:\ /E

 

It will copy all the files, folders and subfolders from the specified source to specified destination. It is from ‘MyData’ folder on ‘D:\’ drive to external drive ‘F:\’ in our case.

 

Let the copy finish and notify you a message on the prompt. When it is done, enter into another drive and repeat the same process. When you are done backing up all the required files and folders, go to external drive and confirm if the backed up files exists or not using ’dir’ command.

 

You may use other corresponding letters instead of /E at the end of the command. Here are what you can use and what they mean,

 

/P - Prompts you before creating each destination file.
 
/S - Copies directories and subdirectories except empty ones.
/E - Copies directories and subdirectories, including empty ones. Same as /S /E. May be used to modify /T.
/V - Verifies each new file.
/W - Prompts you to press a key before copying.
/C - Continues copying even if errors occur.
/I

- If destination does not exist and copying more than one file, assumes that destination must be a directory.

/Q - Does not display file names while copying.
/F - Displays full source and destination file names while copying.
/L - Displays files that would be copied.
/H - Copies hidden and system files also.
/R - Overwrites read-only files.
/T

- Creates directory structure, but does not copy files. Does not include empty directories or subdirectories. /T /E includes empty directories and subdirectories.

/U - Copies only files that already exist in destination.
/K - Copies attributes. Normal Xcopy will reset read-only attributes.
/N - Copies using the generated short names.
/O - Copies file ownership and ACL information.
/X - Copies file audit settings (implies /O).
/Y

- Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.

/-Y

- Causes prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.

/Z - Copies networked files in restartable mode.

 

Once the files and folders are backed up, you can convert the hard drive format (in case of GPT partition error) and fresh install Windows again.

 

Comment below if you face any problems in this process. I will be sharing the possible solution at my reach.

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Is It The End Of Windows Live Writer (WLW)?

Windows Live Writer (WLW) is an exceptional piece of software that Microsoft has ever developed for bloggers. The simple and effective WYSIWYG interface helps a lot in creating neat and tidy content on the blogs.

In the past, we have seen how to download and configure WLW in a step-by-step process and it will go in vain. Because, the software is no more connecting to the blogs. It is showing authentication error that can only be solved by the Microsoft.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has stopped responding to the queries made regarding this tool since the long past only. They haven’t talked about it or mentioned about releasing of any update after Windows 7's. The last version of Windows Live Writer released was WLW 2012 build 16.4.3528.331.


Why Microsoft is ignoring it?

It is the million dollar question tingling in every blogger’s mind. Why is Microsoft ignoring the most wanted blogging tool? Is it because it has to be made available free?

I have a hunch that Microsoft discontinued this product because of the existence of a level of vulnerability to hack.

If you remember, you had allowed access to ‘less security apps’ in your Google account to connect your blogger blog to Windows Live writer for the first time.


Well, that means this tool is a less security application with the chance of getting the control ‘out-of-hands’ from the authorities.

‘Notes of compatibility’ on Wordpress.com

It is not just the case with ‘Blogger’ but also with WordPress. On the support page of WordPress.com, you could see this following notice of compatibility stating the uncertain development status of this program.


Scott Hanselman from Microsoft tweets about revamping of Windows Live Writer tool in 2014 but it is no wonder if could not see any update about it till now as you are.


Google updates OAuth to 2.0

This is the reason why the existence of windows live writer is more questioned today. So far, bloggers were happy with the current 2012 version of the tool because, no major problem was pointed out except a few glitches over time till today.

But now, Google, as said in the past, has shut down the older authentication system and provided proper help and support to use the new one, OAuth 2.0. Several blog publishing software developers have updated their tools with this new upgrade but Microsoft.

What does this behavior mean? Are they ignoring it purposefully?

If every other blog publishing software developer can do it, why can’t Microsoft, being the ruling technology company in the world?

Yes, it seems like Microsoft is ignoring it purposefully. If you check out the Windows Live Writer page on Microsoft, the lastly supported operating system shown would be Windows 7.


What do you think? Will Windows Live Writer rise from death? Or do you have any best alternatives in mind? Feel free to share them with us if so.
 
Update(02-Jun-2015): Windows Live Writer started working again like before. Hope Microsoft is cooking up something about it.
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How to Recover Virtual Hard Disk(VHD) Space Created by VirtualBox on Windows 8/8.1 Computer

I love to have multiple operating systems on my computer rather than hanging out with only one. Why don’t people like two different operating systems on your computer? Don’t you?

What we do generally is install a main operating system on our computers first and install the second one ‘virtually’. There are several virtual environment creators available on the internet and VirtualBox is one of the top preferred virtualization software.

I have tried to install Ubuntu 14.0 on the VirtualBox for the first time and it is a havoc.

I didn’t noticed that my laptop’s battery was dying when I was installing the Ubuntu version through VirtualBox. It took toll on my hard disk. The virtual machine is created after all and I couldn’t boot into Ubuntu.

What else could I do rather than just deleting the wrongly created VM?

I’ve deleted the VM from the VirtualBox normally and for my surprise the virtually allocated has drive space has not recovered. Though it is just 5GB, I can’t afford to loose it. Would you?

I have done a little exploration on the issue on the internet and found a smart solution to recover it back.

Recovering the VHD space

Recovering the Virtual Hard Disk(VHD) space is quite easy as  drinking water.

While creating the VHD, VirtualBox usually takes the space under your username on the same disk where the main operating system is installed.

For e.g., C:\Users\WINDOWSUSERNAME\VirtualBox VMs

Note: To go the VHD allocated location on your Windows computer, simply copy-paste the above location and change WINDOWSUSERNAME with your username.

Navigating to the above path will take you to the location where the VHD space is allocated for your Virtual Machines(VMs). Select the virtual machine you wanted to de-allocate and delete.

Now check your hard disk space in My Computer and say HURRAY!!

Wait a sec pal! Don’t forget to share the happiness in comments below. By the way, you are welcome :)
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Add Your Blog Feed to MSN News App in Windows 8/8.1

If you are a Windows 8/8.1 user, you might have came across the news app in the metro tiles once at least. Some like me have a hobby of reading news from news app daily. It is more sophisticated than opening news sites individually on the browser.

 

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The MSN news app in Windows 8/8.1 allows users to add their own news feed of their interest from different categorized sources.

 

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You can also add your or any of your friend’s blog feed to the news. To add a feed of your or your friend’s blog, type in the RSS feed URL of the blog you wanted keep updated about and click on ‘+’ symbol to add it to your sources.

 

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Go back to news and check the feed from Sources category.

 

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Open the source you have just added to read the latest updates from your blog.

 

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Click on the title of the updates shown to read full stories.

 

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So, it is that simple! Increase your readers by asking them to subscribe to your MSN news feed sources.

 

If you need any further help in adding your blog to MSN news feed sources, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you in no time.

 

Adding Amfas Tech to Your News Sources

Apart from the regular social media subscriptions, You can read latest updates from Amfas Tech through MSN news app on your Windows8/8.1 device.

 

To add Amfas Tech to your sources, Go to Sources > Click on ‘+’ > copy and paste the following RSS feed URL in the search box > Click on ‘+’ to finish adding.

 

Feed URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/AmfasTech

 

Ask me for any further help in adding Amfas Tech to your news feed sources.

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How to Run Android Apps on Windows 8/8.1/10 and Mac

There still live people who hadn’t had an android device yet in to their hands but badly wanted one. Reasons apart, there is a solution called BlueStacks Player that can be installed on your Windows or Mac computer to run android Apps.

 

What is BlueStacks Player?

BlueStacks player is a an android emulator software that helps to run android apps on computers by creating necessary environment on our computers.

 

BlueStacks-player

 

BlueStacks player was initially launched back in 2011 and has been evolved with times. We can play the apps without any lag in full screen on our PCs and MACs easily.

 

Downloading and Installing BlueStacks

To get the BlueStacks on your computer, go to bluestacks.com and download the app player compatible with your operating system.

 

Double-click on the file to start the installation wizard.

 

 

Wait till the installation gets over.

 

When it’s done, it opens like a new android phone and you need to set it up for the first time like as you do it on real android device.

 

After the setup is over, you will be shown a different screen with some pre-installed apps and some recommendations. It may not look like a real android phone but believe me it works best while you are running.

 

Note: There available many other android emulators which installs crapware on our computers along with the emulator, that too without our consent. BlueStacks is best at managing crapware so far. So better to go for it.

 

Searching, Downloading and Installing Android Apps

Searching is as same as searching for android apps in Google Play store on a real android device. Though it might give you an odd visual experience, it is the Google Play store after all.

 

To search, download and install android apps, run BlueStacks Player and click on Search.

 

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Type-in to search for the apps you wanted to install.

 

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Click on the apps shown in the search results to open them in Google Play.

 

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Click on Install to start downloading and installation on BlueStacks.

 

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Go to Home Screen and click on All Apps and find your app in the installed apps list. Click on it to run and use it as you wanted to use it on a real android device.

 

By the way, don’t forget to download and install Amfas Tech’s android app on your computer.

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Do you know that your Operating System can expire?

Everything has a lifecycle on this planet. Just like that, Every Windows operating system you are using has a lifecycle. The life cycle of an operating system starts when it is released and ends when the support is stopped. So far you have seen the most loved operating system, Windows XP getting expired on April 8th this year. Microsoft have ended support for Windows XP lately and made available the self-support guide for personal troubleshooting your XP.

It is important and necessary to know the expiry dates of an operating system that we are using which helps us to plan for the upgrade in right time. The following are the expiry dates of Microsoft’s operating systems for your reference.

Client operating systems Latest update or service pack End of mainstream support End of extended support
Windows XP
Service Pack 3
April 14, 2009
April 8, 2014
Windows Vista
Service Pack 2
April 10, 2012
April 11, 2017
Windows 7 *
Service Pack 1
January 13, 2015
January 14, 2020
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
January 9, 2018
January 10, 2023
To download the service packs for respective operating systems, go to windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/lifecycle and click on respective download link specified.

What is end of support means?

End of support means Microsoft no longer provides, service packs, patches and any other security updates or even online technical assistance regarding that particular operating system. When you are not receiving security updates and patches from Microsoft, there is an elevated scope of being attacked by new viruses, malware and hackers that can steal your personal and sensitive information from your computer.

How to know your operating system?

After reading the expiry dates of operating systems, your would have wanted to know your operating system on your computer. To know your operating system, Right Click on Computer > Properties.

Note: If you are still using Windows 7 RTM, its time to upgrade it with latest service pack as the support for RTM version of windows 7 was already expired an year ago.

What to do if your operating system is expired?

If your operating is expired or coming nearer to the end of support date, that means its time to upgrade your operating system with latest service pack or operating system of a whole. To get the updates for your OS, go to windows.microsoft.com/en-in/windows/service-packs-download#sptabs=win8 and download the respective update and install it.

Final words

The reason why companies end support for their older operating systems is because of the un-solvable critical issues raised regarding the security and usability of the operating system. So it is better updating our computers from time to time to keep our data secured.

Are your still using expired operating systems? what problems do you get using it? share your experiences with Windows operating systems with us.
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How to Create Bootable Recovery Partition for Windows 8.1

Even though Windows 8 and 8.1 are the ‘so-called’ most loved as well as the most desired editions of Windows operating systems today, people in corporate still do not prefer using these OSes, but Windows 7. In fact, you must be surprised when I tell you that Windows XP is still a preferred version of Windows series of OSes.

As you know that Microsoft has already announced that they no longer provide Security Updates and Support services for Windows XP, people have no other option, but to upgrade to a new edition of Windows OS – either Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1. Today, you can hardly get a new laptop or PC with Windows 7 preinstalled. Most of them are available with Windows 8. Those who are not comfortable with Windows 8 go for a clean Windows 7 reinstall after formatting the boot drive clean. They sometimes feel like reverting to the previous version of OS with the system recovery option, using either the recovery disc or a recovery USB drive.

What is Recovery Partition?

A recovery partition is a special drive on your PC, which enables you to factory restore your PC or restore your PC to an initial working state, in case it fails to boot due to corruption in Windows or a like cause. The recovery drive works exactly how a bootable disc does the job. With a properly created recovery partition or drive, getting your system back to a healthy state is always easy and productive. Therefore, it is all the way mandatory to create it the right way for fruitful results.




The following is a real-time scenario that discusses a clean Windows install, thereby formatting the boot partition clean to erase the previous version of Windows. The scenario also portrays the need for reverting to the previous OS installation. See how it is:

“Right after the official release of Windows 8, I purchased a brand new Dell laptop with Windows 8 preinstalled. I, initially, was not very comfortable with Windows 8, but things got a little better after I upgraded to Windows 8.1. Later, since I’m a corporate user, I experience Windows 8 based PC is minimizing my interest in the work, and then I decided to install Windows 7 – my most favourite OS amongst all the versions of Windows operating systems. Before formatting the boot partition containing Windows 8, I created a recovery USB, wondering if I ever had to get back to Windows 8. I formatted the Windows 8 partition clean and installed Windows 7. Now, after more than one and half a year, I’m no longer using that laptop for my Office work, so I decided to get back to Windows 8.1. However, when I tried to get back to the previous installation of Windows, it shows ‘missing recovery partition’ or partition has been deleted.” – I seriously want to go back to the previous version of Windows, but I’m not able to. Need help.

As per the aforementioned scenario, the recovery USB fails to get your PC back to its working state, i.e. when Windows 8.1 installed on it. The most likely reason is that you failed to create the recovery USB properly. Therefore, the only way you can get back to Windows 8.1 is to go for a complete Windows 8.1 reinstall. In the following section, see how you can create Windows 8.1 USB recovery drive.

Create Recovery Drive

Windows 8.1 PCs have an inbuilt tool to create a USB recovery drive that enables you to restore your PC to a working state even when it fails to boot. Most of the users create a USB recovery drive and delete that inbuilt recovery drive to claim the drive space, i.e. 3 - 6 GB. However, make sure you create it properly to get the intended job done properly. The following are the steps you need to follow in this regard:



  1. On your Windows 8.1 PC, drag the cursor of the mouse to the bottom right corner and then drag it upwards and click in the Search bar.
  2. Type in ‘recovery drive’ in the search bar, and then click or tap the ‘Create a recovery drive’ option.

    (Enter the Administrator password when prompted.)
  3. When the recovery drive tool opens, see if the ‘Copy the recovery partition from the PC to the recovery drive’ check box is checked. With this check box checked, click the Next button to proceed.

    Important: If your PC has no recovery drive, then the check box greys out.
  4. Now, you need to insert a USB drive with storage capacity equal to what is required and shown on the screen.
  5. Select the drive that you want to create and use as the recovery drive, and then click the Next button.
  6. Click the Create button.
    (This will copy the recovery image as well as the recovery tool on the selected USB drive.)
  7. Do any of the following after the USB recovery drive is created successfully.
    a.    Click ‘Delete the recovery partition’ option to delete it. Click Delete to allow.
    b.    Click Finish to keep the recovery partition on your PC.

You now have the USB recovery drive for your Windows 8.1 PC. However, you must be very careful while restoring your PC to the previous version of Windows. Failure in restore may cause one or more partitions missing. In order to recover missing partitions on Windows PC, use an advanced partition recovery software for Windows.
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The Ultimate Guide for Buying a Laptop 2014

When you wanted to buy a laptop, what is that you see in it before buying? design? processor capability? technology it uses? or the face of the seller?

In fact, it is statistically proven that 9% of the people who go to a retail shop to buy a laptop by getting convinced by the retailers with some sort of products that gives them best profit. Another statistical fact says that 33% of the people blindly go with the retailer’s choice than their own.

There is a difference between the two lines said above. First line talks about those who wanted to buy a laptop with known configurations but don’t know what to go for and the second line talks about people who wanted to buy a laptop buy don’t know how to choose one. Finally, it says that only 67% are wise enough to buy a laptop to their own wish and requirement.

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Buying a laptop isn’t that hard. All you need is an idea of what you wanted in it. Also you need to have an idea of the prices of the products for various hardware configurations. The same product can be tagged at two different prices of $399 and $299 for example. Buying it for lower prices doesn’t make you a clever and the one who bought it for higher price a fool. What matters here is the configuration you bought it for.

Why do you need a laptop?

The only important thing you should consider is ‘necessity’. You would need a tool when there is a work to do with it. So, identify your necessity and assess the software and hardware requirements. The sizes and features can also be considered in your requirements. Choose to buy one that fits your needs which of some are shown below.

For All purpose

If you want to buy a laptop for everyday tasks, you can consider buying a 15 inch laptop that can easily be carried around everywhere. You may also choose to buy a 11 or 13 inch light weight laptop with moderate configuration that fits to accomplish your daily tasks. Depending on the gaming and graphics you need, laptops defer in costs and performance.

The ideal configuration for all purpose laptops without much gaming and graphics is:

Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo
RAM           : 4GB
Display    : 15 inch
Graphics : Inbuilt Graphics up to 1GB
HDD           : 500GB

The ideal configuration for all purpose laptop with moderate gaming and graphics is:

Processor : Intel Core i5
RAM           : 6GB
Display     : 15 inch
Graphics : Intel Graphics GPU up to 2GB video memory.
HDD           : 500GB

For Business

If you want to buy a laptop that can process your business tasks like creating and editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations, you need a laptop with good keyboard, durable design and sharp screen. A business laptop should also be slim and light weighted in design that can fit in the bag you carry around documents with in.

The ideal configuration for a business laptop is:

Processor  : Intel Core 2 Duo or Intel Core i3
RAM             : 4GB
Display       : 15 inch or any portable size
Graphics    : Inbuilt is sufficient
HDD             : 500GB or more
Keyboard  : Non Chiclet keyboard with LED backlit

Try to buy one with strong keyboard as you can’t drag out the external keyboard from your bag every time and everywhere.

For Gaming

If you want to buy a laptop that supports high-end gaming, you should opt for one with equally high-end configuration. You need discrete graphics, a high resolution anti-glare screen and powerful speakers on the go. For more best gaming experience, you may have to spend more on configuration.

The ideal configuration for a gaming laptop is:

Processor : Intel Core i7
RAM            : 8GB and more preferable
Display      : 17 inch or more
Graphics  : Dedicated GPU (preferably dual cards) with dynamic video memory
HDD            : 750GB or more
Speakers  : Powerful
Battery     : Powerful long lasting battery

Choose a laptop that serves best in creating Gaming laptops.

For Multimedia Work

If you wanted a laptop to edit multimedia content like photos, videos and graphical illustrations, you need a laptop with powerful processor, discrete graphics, solid SSD hard drive and a full HD high resolution display. Moreover, prepare to spend for the best required configuration as it may cost a bit higher than you expected.

The ideal configuration for a Multimedia laptop is:

Processor : Intel Core i7
RAM            : 12GB
Display      : 15-17 inch HD display
Graphics : High-end dedicated graphics GPU with dynamic video memory
HDD           : 500GB SSD
Battery     : Powerful long lasting battery

The SSD type of hard disk constitutes the 25% of the price of the laptop as it is the latest technology that allows faster data reading and writing speeds.

For Kids/Internet Usage

If you want to buy a laptop for internet browsing or for kids, you can go with low cost laptop like Chromebook that runs on Google browser centric OS. You may also find a laptop with Windows around $35 instead.

The ideal configuration for a basic usage laptop is:

Processor : Intel Pentium Dual Core or Core 2 Duo
RAM           : 2GB
Display     : 13 or 15 inch display
Graphics  : Inbuilt is sufficient
HDD           : 250GB

You may choose your own configuration in buying a laptop. The intention of writing this article is to help you not to put your laptop buying decision in the hands of a seller. Hope this article gave you some idea about laptop types and their configurations.

Please like & share this article to your friends and help them buying a laptop with best configuration for their needs.
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Resolving ‘Windows Not Genuine’ Problem

So many of us have been customized to use pirated software. There are two problems of using a pirated software. You might have easily got an ISO file of it in a torrent site but it is as harmful as easily available. A pirated software will be hacked to use limitlessly and it cannot be trusted on our computers. The hacker might have injected harmful code and have modified major security areas of the operating system in favor to him.
 
While buying computers, we care only about hardware more than software. We are pretty much aware of the fact that software costs a bit high and the computer price might go tall when genuine software is preferred. You may not want to care about genuinity of the rest of the software but you should be careful about operating system at least. Most of the operating systems people use today in the world are not genuine and so exposing themselves to brutal hacks. Yes I mean it!
 
Windows XP is the most hacked operating system in the world and so Microsoft took over XP for its incurable vulnerabilities. Hacked versions are distributed in the name of genuine versions over the globe. These operating systems work fine until windows try to download updates and security patches from Microsoft (Stopping downloading updates to your operating system except in limited internet accessibility is not recommended at all). Before downloading updates to a operating system, Microsoft updates manager check for the genuinity of the OS and if it is found to be a pirated one shows up a message on the right bottom of the screen saying “You might be the victim of software counterfeiting. Ask for genuine Microsoft windows.”
 
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If you see this message on your computer screen, that means its time to buy a genuine operating system. You may contact your retailer from whom you bought computer if wanted. Besides buying a new operating system, you may want to use your computer without ‘windows not genuine’ message popping up every time you boot it. At those critical emergency times, use the following technique to resolve the issue.
 

Resolving Windows Not Genuine Message

Windows Genuine Advantage tool is responsible for handling windows genuinity issues. It is responsible for displaying the messages while booting and when on desktop. If we could perform a little hack on this, we could overcome the problem of genuinely messages.
 
Note: Remember we don’t support any illegal or pirated versions of software download and installations. We are not making Windows genuine in this article but just trying to overcome the difficulty with popped messages in urgent times.
 
 
Step 1: Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to open task manager. Find WgaTray.exe in the running processes and end it.
Step 2: Go to Windows installed drive and navigate to this path: C:\Windows\system32
Step 3: Find WgaLogOn.dll and WgaTray.exe files from System32 folder and rename them.
 
If you can’t find the extension for the WgaTray file, got to tools > folder options > view > untick ‘hide extensions from file types’.
 
That’s it go back to your desktop and continue with your work. But don’t forget to get a genuine operating system.
 
Note: As said earlier, this is not the process of activating or making windows genuine. Renaming Windows Genuine Advantage tool is a threat to security of windows operating system. Working on WGA tool disabled operating system is not recommended.
 
The following are the list of operating systems and their respective prices:
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How to Listen to Your Own Voice in Windows 7 or Windows 8

Do you ever wanted to listen to your own voice by enabling a simple option on your computer or laptop? Do you ever find it difficult giving a oral presentation without a microphone setup separately? If you answer is yes, I have a one stop solution for your problem here with me. You no need to have separate microphone setup for this. Just sit back relaxing and follow my instructions as shown below.

Step 1: Go to Control Panel and click on Hardware and Sound.

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Step 2: Now click on Manage Audio Devices under Sound category.

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Step 3: Switch to Recording tab from the Playback tab which is shown by default.

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Step 4: Right-click on the Microphone > Go to Properties.

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Step 5: Switch to Listen tab > tick the Listen to this device option > Apply > Ok.

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Step 6: Test your voice with your web cam’s or headphone’s microphone.

Enjoy!
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Turning On/Off Automatic Brightness Adjustment in Windows 7 or Windows 8

The brightness of monitors or laptop screens can be set to adjust automatically according to the ambiance light of the place you are sitting in, with your computer. This feature can be either automated or manulalized according to your needs. This feature is actively known with the name ‘adaptive brightness’.

 

Adaptive brightness is a kind of technology that adjusts brightness for different kind of content that is shown on the display screen. It adapts to the environment and thus making displays dim or brighter. If you are viewing the darker content on the screen, the technology would dim the display and when doing typing work or viewing brighter content with white backgrounds, the display would increase the brightness automatically.

 

Adaptive brightness technology is very helpful for those who use computers or laptops for regular use. Using this option would increase the battery life after all. But for those who does multimedia work, adaptive brightness is a pain. Just think how distracting it would be when trying to brighten an image in Photoshop with dim setting! Not only the multimedia users, the normal users might want this setting turned off when working with Photoshop or similar tool. So now, I’m going to show you how to turn this setting On/Off according to the necessity.

 

Turning On/Off Automatic Brightness Adjustment

Follow the instructions as shown below to turn On/Off adaptive brightness on your computer screen.

 

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  • Go to Power Options > Chang plan settings.
  • Click on 'Change advanced power settings’ > Scroll down to ‘Display’ > Click on ‘+’ to expand > Click to expand ‘Enable adaptive brightness’.
  • You will see ‘On battery’ and ‘Plugged in’ settings under ‘Enable adaptive brightness’. Toggle them On/Off as per your wish.

Watch the video tutorial of the same:

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How to Install Windows 7 or 8 in Linpus Linux machine?

Some new laptops comes along with Linpus Linux operating system. Though this Linux version of the operating system will not have features like Windows, people still choose to buy laptops with Linpus versions. The reason why, is the bottom line of the story, ‘to reduce price'. Laptops with Windows versions literally costs 4-5k extra bucks over the Linpus version of Linux.

Buying a product with desired configuration and for lesser price than the actual is a smart move. But remember, the smartness lasts till you don’t spend an extra rupee/dollar after that. If you are not familiar with Linux, you would find it difficult installing Windows operating system in Linpus environment and would regret buying the machine for a second.

I’ve faced such problem once and found a simple solution after a lot googling. The Linpus machine would take you to some where after the boot that makes you feel casted away. Don’t worry, the process will go smooth and will pick you up from the casted away island.

Booting in Windows environment

Before you boot your computer in Windows environment, make sure you had the bootable Windows 7 or 8 DVD or any other similar source for booting Windows.

 

  1. Restart your computer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del in Linpus environment.
  2. Keep pressing F2 or any other similar button that brings up BIOS options. Look for boot priority settings and change the first boot priority to ‘DVDRAM’ if you are using OS DVD or ‘Removable Media’ if you are using Bootable USB.
  3. Insert DVD into DVDRAM or plugin Bootable USB to the computer.
  4. Save settings and exit. The computer will restart and while booting it will ask you to hit any button to boot computer with DVD you have inserted(In some laptops, the ‘press any key to boot into DVD’ text may not be shown. Instead, a blank underscore(_) will be shown blinking for a couple of seconds. In that case also, press a key within 2 or 3 seconds).
  5. Then your computer will be booted into Windows environment. Don’t rush to the drive options and format the drive or delete the partition.
Note: Remember that you can boot into Windows environment but the actions on drive or drive partitions will not be considered.

Formatting Linux Partitions with Windows

Booting into Windows environment alone won’t bring you full control over your computer. Remember that the hard disk would be formatted with Linux before Linpus installed in it. So to install Windows, we must re-format it in Windows environment.

Formatting options that are available while installing Windows 7 or 8 aren’t helpful at all.  You must format the Linux partitioned HDD with Windows command prompt. To do so,
  1. Restart the computer into Windows environment again.
  2. Wait until the ‘Install Windows’ screen is shown.
  3. Press Shift+F10 to bring up the command prompt.
  4. Now type the following commands one after another,Type ‘diskpart’ and hit enter. A new DISKPART prompt will be opened.
    Type ‘help’ and hit enter.
diskpart command help

All the commands for DISKPART will be shown. Of them, we’ll be using SELECT command only. Using of other command options are up to you.

Type ‘select disk 0’ and hit enter. (disk 0 means disk zero).
Now type ‘clean’ and hit enter. This command will clean all the previous formats that are made using different other operating systems.

Close the command prompt window and proceed to the windows installation. Now format, delete or create partitions as per your requirement.

Please like and share this article if it helped you! Comment below if you had any problems regarding the processes.
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How to Disable Windows 8 Lock Screen?

Clicking on Windows 8 lock screen before you get the start screen every time is a bit of pain for the patience. When you boot or wake your PC from sleep, you’d see the lock screen with live notifications of time, calendar events, social apps and battery power. This would remind you using a smart phone rather not a computer and more specifically when you wanted to get back to work quick after waking your computer up the lock screen would stand as a unnecessary gateway to get through.

 

You may find the lock screen very useful if you are using a windows tablet or a mobile phone

 

When it come to PCs, you would want to get back straight to work after waking up the computer from sleep. In this case, bypassing the lock screen is recommended.

 

Method 1: Using Local Policy Editor

We use Local Policy Editor here to make so. Press Windows+R, type ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit ‘Enter’. Local Policy Editor will be opened,

 

Local policy editor windows 8

  • Go to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Control Panel>Personalization and double-click on ‘Do Not Display Lock screen’ and ‘Enable’ it. Click ‘Ok’ or hit ‘Enter’.
  • Restart the PC and you’ll be taken straight to login screen instead of the lock screen.

Note: Local Policy Editor will only be available in Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise editions. If you are using any other version of Windows 8 operating system, please read through other methods also.

 

Method 2: Using Windows Registry

Windows lock screen can also be disabled using Windows Registry. Any version of the Windows operating system would have windows registry and it is the integral part of the Windows family.

 

Note: Backing up registry before making up any changes is a good practice.

 

To disable the lock screen,

  • Hit Windows+R, type ‘regedit’ and hit ‘Enter’. This will open Windows Registry window.
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
  • Right click on the right pane and create a DWORD with name ‘NoLockScreen’. Set its value to 1 and exit the registry. Restart the computer and you’ll notice the lock screen skipping off the boot.

Note: You will have to create the ‘Personalization’ folder if you don’t find it in the path specified in the registry.

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Hacking Windows 8 or 7 Administrator Account through Command Prompt

We have discussed about bypassing login password of Windows 8 or 7 so far. It was a method to get back your password forgotten windows account. But this trick is somewhat different. It is like changing Windows users passwords a bit but in a total geeky way.

This method of changing passwords for different users(including administrator) is useful when he/she forgets the password for his/her local windows account. It is not recommended to use it for illegal purposes.

All you have to do is open CMD with Administrator privileges and type the following command:

net user [username]

Replace [username] with the local username of your computer and Hit Enter. You will be shown the information related to that user. That information includes the following data,


You can notice the detail 'User may change password' set to 'Yes' from the above screenshot. If this is set to 'No' it is not possible to do this hack. Here you should also notice the detail showing 'Local Group Memberships' with 'Administrators' privileges. So it means, I'm allowed to change the password for this administrator account.

After you make sure it is allowed to change the password, type the following command to perform the hack.

net user [username] *

Replace [username] with local username and Hit enter. You will be asked to enter new password, type a new password and press enter. Then asks you to confirm the password, enter it again and hit enter to finish the process. If you have successfully entered the same password twice, it will show you a success message saying 'The command completed successfully' as shown in the screenshot below.


Remember, when entering the new password, blank spaces will be shown for characters you enter. Don't get panic when you notice this.

You can change password for any account like this by just replacing the username with the local user account name.

This method is dangerous sometimes. You may lost access to your computer and data when you give your PC into wrong hands. So be careful with whom you give your computer to.
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6 Reasons Why People Hate to Upgrade from Windows XP

Microsoft had announced the ending of support for Windows XP from April 8th 2014. XP is the most successful product from Microsoft and so it is the most used operating system in the world. Microsoft alone is advancing with the latest upgrades and releases of windows operating systems but not the people. Most of the computer users are still using Windows XP on their computers.

The news was leaked a year ago before the official announcement and spread in media. Microsoft made it official earlier this year.

The company is much concerned about the security vulnerabilities that are existed in XP and says that they cannot be solved with security patches which were released so far and further.

The ending of support for XP raised voices against Microsoft. People, who till then were so get used to the most successful operating system are not ready for this. I have discussed about the news with some of Windows Xp users and found 10 reasons why people hate to upgrade from XP.

1. People get used to XP


The era of Xp introduced computers to every home. Every common man started learning how to operate a computer with Xp installed. They have done A-B-C-D and A-P-P-L-E on Xp itself. The word 'computer' gives them a picture of green meadows with blue sky and clouds and it is strongly fixed in their minds. 

People those who grew up older with Xp couldn't inherit the changes the tech world is making. So they don't like their computers be spoiled with unknown new operating system upgrades.

2. Upgrading XP is upgrading the hardware


Windows Xp runs on the system with minimal hardware configuration. As there are minimal graphics in the UI of the best operating system, it works best on computers that are a decade older. 

When the Xp has to be upgraded, the computer has to be upgraded with the hardware too. Let's suppose a Windows Xp computer with 1Ghz speed processor and 512 RAM. If it has to be upgraded to Windows 7 or Windows 8, the RAM should be upgraded to 1GB at least. So upgrading the existing operating system would weigh a extra burden for computes with low hardware configuration.

3. Upgrading XP is upgrading the application software

People usually use older versions of the software with the older operating systems. The newer version of the third party application software need newer versions of the OS to be installed on. The older operating systems may not have the frameworks, or other supporting software upgrades which are essential in installing their latest versions. 

If you wanted to use an application software that need .Net framework 4.5 version installed on it, Xp would be the total incompatible platform.

Upgrading Xp would increase the sub-costs of upgrading software which can go high based on requirements. Due to increase in the cost of upgradation, users step back of it.

4. Upgrading XP is upgrading you brain


Upgrading from windows Xp is not just upgrading your hardware and software, you should also upgrade your brain to use the later versions.

Users who are customized to use Xp will find difficult using Windows 7 or 8. Particularly, old people who has worked their whole work life with Xp cannot easily adhere to new versions. The scenario turns total converse in case of smart kids who grew up playing on Xp. So older people would hate the upgrade as my dad's doing so with Windows 8 on our home computer.

5. Upgrading XP is upgrading MS Office


Microsoft also announced the ending of support for MS Office 2003 along with Xp. So one must upgrade to later versions of MS Office along with the Windows. It may or may not add a separate burden on the upgrade costs but it would certainly decrease the productivity of the employees who are accustomed to MS Office 2003. MS Office 2013, the latest version of office software would take some more time to get used to, comparing with 2007 and 2010 versions.

6. Upgrading XP needs extra bucks for maintenance


Above 90 percent of the government and private organizations running their systems on XP. Over 95% of the ATM machines are running on XP all over the world. The upgrade message is really a bad news for them. As Microsoft has decided to end support for Xp, organizations can't risk the security of the people money in ATMs and so they have to be upgraded. The expenses that costs for upgrade would flow a tsunami wave of revenue for Microsoft but it also would effect the organizations financially. This might have an impact on the bonuses and salary hikes for employees. This much loss is enough to be despicable. 

Apart from all the hatred reasons, upgrading software and hardware of your computer would bring more security to your data and speed up the workflow. If calculated, Windows 8 could complete half above the tasks more than that of Xp in a unit measurable time. Upgrade your system sooner and walk along with the tech world.
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How to Bypass Windows 8, 7 or Vista Login Password?

Have you forgot the login password of your computer running on Windows 8, 7 or Vista? So what are you going to do? Believe me pal! changing operating system is not answer to every computer problem. Just follow the instructions below to get your computer back to your control.

Bypassing Computer Login Password

Forgetfulness is normal to an average human being. Don't curse yourself or squeeze out the most of your password memories. Booting your computer in Safe Mode would help solve your problem. 
  • Restart the computer and press F8 while booting up. This will bring you advanced boot options menu. Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the available options. This will boot you up into Safe Mode with a Command Prompt.
  • Now type net user Administrator /active:yes in the prompt and hit Enter. This will show you the status "Command Completed Successfully" on successful execution.


  • Now restart the system by using system -r command. 
  • After restart, you will notice Administrator account being visible along with your password-forgotten account. Now login into your Administrator account which is not password protected by default (or If you have set any Administrator password previously, Enter it and log in).

Here comes the next important part of recovering your lost account. You can change the password of your lost account and it doesn't need any idea of previous password. To do so,

  • Right-Click on My Computer and Click on Manage. 
  • Click to expand Local Users and Groups.
  • Double-Click on Users. This will show you the list of users on your computer.
  • Right-Click on the account you have forgotten the password for. Then click on Set Password. You will be shown a prompt asking for New Password. Enter the new password twice and click Ok.
Now you have successfully changed the password for password-forgotten account. You can logoff from Administrator account and login into your original account now.

As the Administrator account gives access to your computer and allows you to change the password for lost accounts, it is some what vulnerable. So it's better to turn off Administrator account after you are done with recovery. To do so, 

  • Open CMD > Run as Adminstrator > type 'net user Administrator /active:no'. This will hide the Administrator account from being visible in the log in area.
You can also set a password for your Administrator account to protect it from unauthorized access. The choice to choose a password for this account is left to you only as it may also be forgotten in future. If it happens so, the only way that helps you get back your computer safe is running a password reset disk. So create a password reset disk before you fall into pit again.

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Businesses still using Windows XP might have to face serious problems in future, Microsoft says

Microsoft is trying hard to convince Windows XP users to upgrade to new operating systems. Microsoft seemed to be mostly concerned about the small businesses which are not stepping forward to spend on upgrading the operating systems they are working on.

It is known that Microsoft announced the ending of support for Windows XP on April 8 of this year. That means Microsoft is not going to develop any patches or release any updates even regarding security after April 8. Being the successful operating system, Windows XP had shown a significant impact on the growth of computer users in the past decade.


Despite of all the technological advancements in the evolution of the Windows operating system, there exists 21% of the computer users who are still using XP according to the survey by statcounter.

"There’s never been a better time for small businesses to upgrade their technologies to Windows 8.1 and Office 365. That’s because, as of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows XP and Office 2003, and businesses will no longer be able to receive technical support from the company." Microsoft says in press release.

Here by, the company also states the benefits of upgradation to the small businesses, "While giving customers and employees what they want is reason enough for most companies to upgrade their systems, those are just a few of the benefits that small businesses receive when they update to the latest technologies."
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How to play XBox360 games on your computer

It is not appropriate to expect every gamer having an XBox gaming machine. But, every gamer would dream of playing XBox games at least once in his life time. It is not that difficult now as XBox 360 emulator is available on the internet now. You can download it from the following links,

 

Download link 1 (Mediafire)

Download link 2 (Official)

 

As this emulator is still the beta version, you may need to download map along with the BIOS files before you run the emulator.

 

xbox-360-emulator

 

You can download the BIOS files from this link. Paste the downloaded map in the emulator directory and run the emulator.

 

Remember, you need to have an original XBox 360 game DVD or ISO copy of the game.

 

Who developed XBox 360 emulator?

This XBox 360 Emulator project started development since late 2011. The following teams contributed their crucial part in developing the emulator.

 

Gr33nHat - Mastermind of the project & always kept the team together.
IamBlackhatter - Making the GUI interface.
Souldetective - Resolution debugging (pain in the a$$!)
Tykoon123 - EpoK fixes and support for MAC
Ccshack - Reverse engineering codecs for video & audio.
Robbang - Finding op codes for online play(not yet released!)

 

System Requirements

The emulator developers specifies a rough estimate of system requirements for an XBox 360 emulator. They are as follows:

 

Minimum:

OS: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or Althon X2 2.7 GHz
RAM: 2GB
Graphic card: ATI Radeon 3870 or higher, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher.
Graphics card memory: 512 MB

 

Recommended:

OS: Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
Processor: Hexacore Intel or AMD CPU 3.33 gHz or higher.
RAM: 4GB
Graphic card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950 or higher.
Graphics card memory: 1 GB

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