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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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Windows 10 is Free to Upgrade for Windows 7,8 and 8.1 Users

Microsoft at Windows 10 event shares the good news to Windows 7,8 and 8.1 users about the giving away of free upgrade to Windows 10.

 

Windows users will get this free upgrade valid for one year. Upgrading again for free after that will give them a lifetime upgrade for that device.

 

Microsoft is looking forward to increase their userbase for their future versions of the software. May be this time, they don’t wanted to loose old, loyal customers for a whole new technological advancement they have brought in the form of metro tiles.

 

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As said in the past in the release event technical preview, Windows 10 is going to be the OS for all devices. So, the free upgrade will be valid for mobile devices also.

 

Is Microsoft afraid of Mac OS?

Windows 10 looks and feels a little like Mac OS. Those who had their hands on it by now would have noticed it already. The implementation of endless(frameless) windows with fade-in and out effect and shadow effect for windows shows as if Microsoft is following the Mac OS design trends.

 

The giving away of free upgradation for their ‘new age’ operating system for their old customers also shows the same.

 

What do you think?

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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 Stop Windows 8.1 Apps Access Your Location

Windows 8.1 computers come with location sensors that let you choose best of your choices around your proximity. To be clear, applications in Windows 8.1 computer use your location(with your consent only) to serve you better based on the location you are presently living in.

It helps you not to set the location or search for something most particular to the location every time you use your computer.

Your Windows 8.1 computer with allowed location access will help you get the local news updates, weather forecast and also the location based relevant information from the concerned apps.

Benefits apart – Allowing your computer to access your location might get you some troubles like blockage of websites and some applications based on the location which you ever wanted to use.

Allowing access may also turn some social media network’s display language to the locally matched/preferred language automatically which would be troublesome while using it.

So there is a need to control the location access eventually.

Turning off the location access to apps in Windows 8.1

To stop the location access in Windows 8.1, we need to turn off the location and GPS sensors on the computer/laptop. To do so,

Press Win+S and type-in “location” and click on Location Privacy Settings from the results shown.

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Click or tap on the Let Windows and apps use my location option to turn off the location access to all the apps shown below Let these apps use my location or you can choose to turn off location access to apps in particular.

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Turning off the location sensor

We can also block the accessing of location by turning off the location sensor in your computer. To do so,

Press Win+S and type-in “location” in the search.

Click on Location Settings from the results shown.

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Turn off by un-ticking the option Turn on the Windows Location platform.

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The second option is optional. You may choose to turn it off or on and it is based on your Microsoft-and-you relationship.

Important step

Clear your system’s cache and temporary files and restart the computer.

Congratulations! you have now a location based restriction free Windows 8.1 computer/laptop with you. Enjoy the freedom!
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How to Make Windows 8.1 Bootable USB with PowerISO

If you want to install Windows 8.1 on your computer, you can do it in two simple and popular ways. One is through the DVD and another is through USB drive(pen drive).

Computers, particularly laptops are not coming with DVD ROM drives these days. The rest of the configuration would be good but lacks only the DVD ROM. What would you do if you want to install operating system on your own on such laptops?

You should opt for the second option, installing operating system through USB drive. installing operating system through USB drive is neither that easy nor that hard.

A simple copying of operating system files from DVD to USB with the help of another computer will not help you solve the problem.

There is only one way and that is by downloading ISO file of the operating system that you had with you and entering the product key later after installing it.

To download the operating system’s ISO file go to Microsoft.com and download the genuine ISO file so as to make sure it is free from any Trojans or backdoor viruses.

You’ll also have to download and install PowerISO software on your computer. After you installed the software, run it with administrator privileges.

To create the USB drive from ISO file,
  • Run PowerISO as Administrator
  • Insert the USB drive into your computer
  • Go to Tools > Create Bootable USB Drive
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  • Select Source Image File(the .iso file you have downloaded from Microsoft)
  • Leave the writing method to USB-HDD and click on Start to start the bootable USB making process
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Wait until the process is done. When it is done, restart your computer and press F12 or relevant button to open Boot Options while booting. Now select Removable Device or relevant option to start booting from USB drive that you just made bootable.

Come back after you successfully changed the operating system on your computer and don’t forget to share this article on your social network.
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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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