10 December, 2017

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How To Repair Corrupt USB Flash Drive

Trying out new operating system? I was trying Google Chromium OS, after the test, I tried to format my USB flash drive but surprisingly the USB drive was completely destroyed and had only 1GB usable space and other 3GB space was not there.
How to repair corrupt usb flash drive. Merge, create, repair partitions.

Normal formatting by Windows, does not recover anything. The Windows device manager / Disk management, there were around 8 partitions and only one partition was detectable by Windows which was 1GB. All other portions were of no any use.

Many attempts to recover deleted portions failed. Using may specialize applications but no use and the one that was perfect was a very tiny but a powerful tool 'BOOTICE'.
How To Repair Corrupt USB Drive, Merge And Create Partitions
If you ever try the Chromium operating system on your PC, this tool will help you to recover your USB drive. 
If you have the same problem and none of the partition is detected by Windows device management utility, try these steps.
  1. Go to  'Physical disk' tab >> Parts Manage >> Re-partitioning >> USB HDD mode (single partition ). Click OK and format the drive. 
  2. This should format all the partition and create a single usable partition as normal USB flash drive.
  3. If that fail, you can try USB FDD mode with no partition table.
  4. If still you can recover the drive, keep trying other options.
Not only USB drive but the same applies to hard drives. It is a complete partition management utility plus a MBR and PBR processor plus image writer and many other useful features.
How To Repair Corrupt USB Drive, Merge And Create Partitions
Here is a quick list of features about what you can do with Bootice
Bootice is a free and very small tool / utility to manage, repair all types of memory devices like USB drive and hard disk.
How To Repair Corrupt USB Drive, Merge And Create Partitions
  • You can easily repair MBR / Master boot record or a memory drive like internal hard disk or a USB flash drive. Easily backup and restore the MBR into external file.
  • Bootice has also repaired PBR / Partition boot record. If you have multiple partitions on your hard disk, you can set the boot partition, same is the case with USB drive.
  • In my case, Parts manage feature of Bootice came to help. You can easily merge all the partitions of the USB drive or internal drive into one partition.
How To Repair Corrupt USB Drive, Merge And Create Partitions
  • You can format and create single or multiple partitions in a USB drive and use it as a multi partitioned hard drive.
  • Bootice also allows you to backup and restore partition table in a file.
  • You can easily activate, hide, delete, assign a drive letter or remove a drive letter to any partition or drive.
  • You can convert dynamic drive into simple or basic partition.
  • It can also format any specific part / partition of the drive.
  • If you have an ISO or IMG image of a CD, and have any problem with it Bootice can repair it.
  • If you have multiple operating systems installed on your hard drive and have problem in boot sequence or have problem dew to Grub, you can also repair GRUB.
It is really a must have utility that will surely help you one day.

Download Bootice from here.

09 December, 2017

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Reputation Based Software Removal To Keep Your PC Clean

Should I Remove It take a different approach towards keeping your PC clean and bloatware free. Unlike popular software removal tools, which offer to deep clean the registry values and trash files after uninstallation of software, Should I Remove It is a different application.

Actually at first glance, it looks like a software|uninstallation utility but it offers the community based reputation rating of installed software and various statistics from users around the world by which you can very easily come to the decision whether you should keep using the software or you should remove it.
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When you run the Should I Remove It, the interface is similar to Windows 'Add or remove software' applet and it lists all the installed software on your Windows system but the only thing it offers is the star rating of the installed software.
  • When you click on any specific software from the list, two buttons, 'What is it' and 'Uninstall' are shown. The 'Uninstall' button offer to uninstall the software, but the main feature here is a 'What is it' option. 
  • When you click on the button, 'Should I Remove It' take you to its website with all the information about the particular software. The information given is very interesting and help you to find out the real quality of the installed software. 
Here is an example information about the Ask . com toolbar.
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  • Statistics about how many percentage of peoples uninstalled it and how many kept it. If more people are unhappy with the functionality of the software, obviously most of them will remove it.
  • What it the software section give a small description about the application.
  • The star rating gives clear cut idea about reputation. Bellow the star rating, a warning.
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  • Then the list of installed files on your computer, various versions of software available, statistics about the regions where the software is installed more.
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  • What PC manufacturers (OEMs) has it installed? Will give you information about the manufactures who pre install the particular software on their computers as a bloatware.
  • You can download the software here.

Everything on the internet is going social, likewise, the social based software reputation and using it to find out the bad software is a good idea. What you think?
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How To Optimize PDF For eBook Reader

PDF Masher is useful for remove and edit items like, headers, footers and irrelevant pages, remove selected text, change text title from PDF to make them easy to read on eBook reader.

Though many eBook readers don’t have PDF document optimization, it becomes frustrating to zoom in and out the page and then start reading the e-book, which is in some cases, doesn’t appear clear on the screen.

PDF Masher is a handy tool that transforms PDF document into HTML format.
The column headers let you sort the PDF document by page, rows, columns, font size, text length, state, and document text.

You can use these sorting options to quickly remove headers, footers, and useless text from the document. For instance, if you want to remove headers, all that is required is to click Y column to sort the headers. Now select all the headers and click Ignore.

Make sure that Hide Ignored Elements option is enabled. Once you’re done with changing the document layout and editing document headers and footers, switch to the Build tab to finally view your edited document in default browser is an HTML page. It also offers some post processing features to reveal and edit the markdowns.

After you’ve verified the PDF document in HTML format, you can export it to your e-book reader for distraction-free reading. It works on Windows.

Download PDF Masher from HERE

08 December, 2017

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How To Download APK Of Restricted Android Application

Many Android applications are country specific. Some are device specific and some are not compatible with your device. Some applications require specific version of Operating system, like to use latest version of Google Calendar, you must use Android 4.1 and above.

Play store display the errors like, 'This app is incompatible with all of your devices' or 'This item is not available in your country'.

Google Play store do not show such restricted and incompatible applications if you search from your Android device. You have to search play store from your PC or go to the URL from external source. Other applications are restricted as per operating system version.
How To Download APK Of Restricted Android Application
But then you want to try out the country specific applications or you want to just download the APK for any other reason. Here is the easiest way to download any APK file of any application that is available on Google Play store even if your device is incompetence or the application is not available in your region.

On Your PC Using Any Browser

This is the easiest way:
How To Download APK Of Restricted Android Application
  • Go to APK Downloader
  • Copy URL of particular APK file from Google Play store
How To Download APK Of Restricted Android Application
  • Paste the URL in APK Downloader
  • Hit 'Generate Download Link' button.
  • Then 'Click here to download APK' link.
This works on all browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and other.

Google Chrome Extension:

If you don't want the hassle of copy pasting the URL from play store and you download too many APK of android apps and then you also use Google Chrome, you should use the Chrome extension of APK Downloader.
How To Download APK Of Restricted Android Application

On Your Android Device:

Don't want to download APK to computer and then transfer it to mobile and then install it? You can directly download the APK of any application to Android device directly.

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  • APK Downloader extension is the application that help to download restricted and incompatible APK files of any android application.
  • Install APK Downloader from Google Play store.
  • It get inserted in to android share menu.
  • Copy the URL of any application you want form the browser. You can use 'Share' option from browser.
  • Hit 'Get' button to download the APK.
  • You have to verify and authorize the application to use your Google Play services credentials.
Windows Software To Download Android APK files
Raccoon is a desktop client for downloading android applications on your computer running Windows OS. You can easily browse the whole Google Play Store and download the applications with just one click.
Do you have any other way to download the APK files? Share your way. 
Please leave a reply..
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Windows 10 Backup & Restore Features Made Easy

Windows 10 'Backup and restore' features have too many options and create confusion. This guide will give you a complete understanding of Windows 10 backup and restore features. This guide will cover Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery, Windows drive image and more.
Look at this flow chart. You can easily understand which options available under which category.
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
➤Some features are not easily accessible so use 'All control panel items' options like this.
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
File History
This is a new way of Windows 10 to take backup of 'Users File', like your documents, photos, music and all other files.
The files must be in the 'Library' or if not, you have to create a 'New Library' for them.
Where : Control Panel >> System and Security >> File History
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
  • You must have to use either external drive or a network drive to use 'File History' backup feature.
  • File History automatically backup all your files and folders you have specified.
  • You can find multiple versions of this backup as per the date and time of backup. 
  • Windows dynamically delete the older version of backup and append it with the latest. This way it keeps the total used space under control.
If you are using an external drive as a backup medium, you can set Windows to automatically detect that drive every time you connect it to your computer and take backup.
How to restore : Connect the external drive or network drive and click 'Restore personal files' available at left bar.

System Repair Disc
If you have OEM computer, it may already have it. The name may be different from brand to brand. It is a special hard disk partition that can be used to restore your computer if it fail to start or have any problem.
If you have an assembled machine, you can create a 'System repair disc' on the hard drive itself or on external media like CD or DVD.
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
  • You will need this disc, if you want to use the system recovery options like 'Refresh' and 'Reinstall Windows and reset'.
  • Where : Control Panel >> All control panel items >> Recovery >> Create a new recovery drive
  • You must create 'System repair disc' on external media like external USB flash drive or CD / DVD and it must be more than 256MB in size.

System Recovery
When you are creating the System repair disc, there is a one more option, System recovery. This is a good old system recovery we have used for Windows XP and 7. You can restore your PC to earlier stage when it was working fine.
All the software, drivers, apps and other system changes will be rolled back excluding user files to their previous state.
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
  • Windows automatically create system restore points when it detects broad changes to the system. You can manually create a system restore point at any time.
  • It is recommended that you should create a system restore point when you are doing any system editing like registry edits, installing drivers or other such operations that might cause your system unstable.
  • This is the most easy way of recovering and restoring your computer to earlier stage without any special disc and effort.
Where : Control panel >> all control panel items >> recovery >> open system restore.
If you want to create a system restore point manually you can use the option 'configure system restore' and select drive / partition and click on 'Create' button to create system restore point at any time.
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
One more link under the 'Recovery' is 'If you are experiencing problems with your PC, you can refresh it in PC settings'. This will open 3 new options.

Refresh your PC without affecting your files

If your PC isn't performing as well and you think there is an unknown problem, you can refresh your PC without deleting any of your personal files or changing your settings.
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
  • To do this you need the 'System recovery disc' as we have discussed in the above steps.
  • Take note that, this will refresh your computer to the default settings and reinstall all the applications, that you have downloaded and installed from Windows Store.
  • All the legacy desktop software that are installed from other sources like CD/DVD and other websites will not be restored and you have to reinstall all of them.
  • Users files like documents, music, images and other files will be unchanged.
  • After the process of 'Refresh' is completed Windows will give you the list of software that are removed from your computer.
You can access it Control Panel >> Recovery >> and click on the link 'If you are experiencing problems with your PC, you can refresh it in PC settings' Or go to Settings >> Change PC settings >> General >> Refresh your PC without affecting your files

Remove everything and reinstall Windows
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
Use this feature if you want to sell your computer or if you have too much problem with the operating system. This will make your computer as if you have just purchased it.
  • All software, applications installed from Windows store or anywhere else, all user files will be deleted and the PC will come to state exactly when you bought it new.
  • This is a hard format of your hard disc and you have to start from scratch.

Advanced startup
It is nothing but a startup option while booting Windows. If you have created Windows recovery drive image using Windows 7 File recovery >> Create system image.
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
Don't take this feature seriously right now, once you go though this post completely, you will get it.

Windows 7 File Recovery
There is one more thing other than refresh PC and restore PC. The Windows 7 file recovery. If you have a backup from older versions of Windows like Windows 7, you can use this feature to recover file from that backup. You can recover files selectively or a complete image of it.

To restore a file select the options 'select another backup to restore files from'.
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
Along with the basic file recovery, it offers two more backup features, and that is really more useful that all those discussed above.

Create system image
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
  • This feature will create a complete image of your system drive.
  • All user files, software installation, settings and everything will be backed up. If you have any problem with your computer, you can completely restore your computer exact state.

New backup (Windows 7 style)
This is one more thing. Don't confuse it with the 'Create system image'. The difference between these two is, system image created in above stage can be used without installing windows operating system. You can directly copy the drive image and install the Windows.
Windows 10 backup and restore features explained. The most comprehensive guide. Windows 10 file history, Windows restore, Windows refresh and reset, Windows 7 file recovery and Windows drive image features are different and have different situational use.
  • But then the 'New backup' is for the other reason. If you do not want to format hard drive, and if your computer run into a problem, you can easily restore the computer state from this backup.
  • Remember that, to use this backup, your computer must be working. I mean, if you cannot boot into Windows, you cannot use this backup. You have to install the Windows first and then restore computer from the backup. 
 If you still have some problems or if this guide helped you, please leave a comment.

07 December, 2017

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15 Hidden Tips Of Windows 10 You Must Know

Windows 10 is the greatest Windows ever. There are many hidden feature you must know to get the best thing working. Get directly to the point..

#1 Add The God Mode

Create a folder that have links to all the hidden deep settings of Windows 10. Its a master folder there you will find each and everything. Create a new folder anywhere and name it to "God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" without quotes.15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
The name will automatically change to God Mode. The good thing is, you can create shortcut of any settings applet.

#2 Run shell commands from Windows file explorer
Windows File Explorer have many hidden features. You can run the shell commands directly from file explorer address bar. Just enter any command in address field and hit enter. You don't need to open the 'Run dialogue'.15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .

#3 Some folders load very slowly
Do some of your folders loading very slowly in file explorer? That may be because the good feature of Windows file explorer at wrong place.
File explorer try to arrange and add more features depending upon the type of files folder contains. But if your folder contains files of different type it may need too much time to load the content.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
Simply change the folder properties. Right click on folder >> select properties >> select customize tab and select >> general items. Now that irritating loading time will vanish.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .

#4 Search Windows without search box
What if, you have hidden the 'Cortana search box' from task bar and want to search the desktop? There is no way to add a search box in start menu, like older version of Windows.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
But that should not create any problem. Just click on start button and start typing your query and the search feature will automatically start working.

#5 How to add or remove software from startup folder
Run the command shell:startup . This is the folder containing shortcuts for all the apps that automatically start on Windows startup. You can add your own or remove those you don't want to start by own. Copy and paste the shortcut of required software in the startup folder.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
To disable the startup apps and services, you can also use the < msconfig > run command also with more powerful options.

#6 Skip the login screen in Windows 10
Don't care much about security or do you trust everyone? Either way, you can skip manually entering your Windows password by doing a simple trick. Just disable the login screen.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
Enter the shell command 'netplwiz' in run dialogue or in file explorer address bar and untick 'user must enter username and password to use this computer'.

#7 Find out Windows 10 expiry date
Find expiry date of your Windows insider version. Run the command winver
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .

#8 Record tech tutorials
If you are a blogger or want to record the tutorial or how-to, there is built in tool for it. Run the command "psr" without quotes.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .

 #9 Create shortcut for every app installed with AppsFolder
Run the command < Shell:AppsFolder > The apps folder will open.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
Create shortcut for any of your hidden chrome app or a Windows universal app. Open the Apps folder and right click to create a shortcut.

#10 Completely disable Windows update
I don't know, what is that thing, peoples keep hating the greatest Windows ever? And try to keep finding reasons for not upgrading or updating the OS.
If you get updates for Android, iOS, OSX or anything not derived from Microsoft, everyone jump over features asking you to adopt. If Google break your privacy in every manner, its no matter of debate, but Microsoft, even without any proof, is at fire for telemetry.
But when Microsoft is giving away a free update, most of the so intellectuals are busy in spreading the false.
Sorry.. That is not the part of discussion here.
If you still want to completely disable Windows updates, simply download the tiny tool.
http://www.site2unblock.com/win-updates-disabler/ By using Winupdate disabler, you can disable Windows OS updates, Windows defender and firewall updates also.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
The other simple trick to disable updates without installing any software, is to set your data connection on metered. You can read more about it in this post.

#11 Get the Windows serial key from old.windows folder
If you have upgraded your Windows from any previous version like Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 without automatically fetching the key of older OS, you can still copy it from the old.windows folder.
One more tiny tool will help you. https://github.com/Superfly-Inc/ShowKeyPlus/releases
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .

#12 Uninstall Windows universal apps
There is a power shell way to uninstall the builtin Windows apps. But there simple was as easy as add or remove programs. Install the system cleaning app Ccleaner. It can help you to uninstall the system apps without messing up with the power shell.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
I expect you have already read the previous part of this post ... 19 Tweaks You Must Do After Installing Windows 10

#13 Disable Apps Running In Background
Windows modern apps keep running in the background and most of the time they do not show up on task bar. That is great feature to let you keep updated with notification and live information. But some time they keep running without your intention and may slow down your system performance.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
Go to settings >> Privacy >> background apps.
Here you can either selectively disable background apps or completely disable all the apps running in background in Windows 10.

#14 Disable Automatic Update of Windows Store Apps
Many Windows store apps, you never used, keep updating in the background without your notice. If you are on the metered connection, you should disable the automatic update.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
Go to Microsoft store app >> Menu dots at right >> Settings and disable "update apps automatically" option.

#15 Delete Older version of Windows.Old folder to gain huge space
If you have updated from older version of Windows, the older version create a windows.old folder. That may take up to 10GB of hard disk space as your your settings. You can not simply hit the delete button and delete that folder.
15 hidden tips of Windows 10 you must know to get most out of Windows 10 .
You have to go to 
File Explorer >> This PC >> Right click on C: disk partition >> properties >> Disk clean up button >> select 'clean up system files' option >> here select all check boxes to select everything >> click OK >> confirm 'are you sure to delete..'. 
Wait for some time and your folder is deleted.

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Windows 10 is the greatest Windows ever. There are many hidden feature you must know to get the best thing working. Get directly to the point..

06 December, 2017

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How To Pin Important Pinterest Boards At Top On The Profile Page

Pinterest is great platform if you have attractive visuals and graphics. Your profile is most important part of every social media to get attention. Everyone know, that you can pin a post at the top of your profile page on Twitter and Facebook.
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You can pin any 5 Pinterest boards on your profile page, to highlight them at the top and get attention. You can highlight any 5 boards, so that those important board don't get lost in the crowd.
  • Log in to your account and go to Pinterest account settings. In the profile section, look for Showcase: Feature your best ideas at the top of your profile.  
  • Click on edit button. 
  • Here you can select your 5 pinterest boards, you want to highlight.
  • Save the settings and visit your profile page.
[ Read: How To Verify Blogger Blog To Pinterest Profile  ]