How And Why Disable Unwanted Windows 10 Updates

30 July, 2015

Windows 10 is awesome! But automatic and forced updates may not be one of them. The good part of automatic update is, your system will be more secure and stable. Problem with forced update is scattered hardware profile that running Windows 10 and when it comes to Driver update, your system is at risk of BSOD.

New tool prevent the unwanted updates and Windows 'Show or Hide updates' tool will help you out.

Just download the free utility 'Show or Hide updates' for Windows 10.
It does not completely prevent the update from downloading at first time but find the unwanted and broken updates and prevent those updates from installing unless the correct version or working update is available.

1, Run the utility

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2. Windows 'Show or hide updates' will search for already installed but broken or unwanted updates that may cause problem to your system automatically.

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3. The unwanted updates include the unmatched drivers, OEM updates that are not from your system vendor or anything that is causing problem. Note that the application do not block the downloading of updates at first time but detects the problematic updates and disable them.
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4. Select the list of updates that you thing are really problematic and proceed.

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Now the problem is fixed. The listed update will not be downloaded or updated again until a better solution is available.
This utility is useful if you do not want graphics driver to be updated automatically. If you want to completely disable updating of Windows 10, you can do it by setting your internet connection to 'metered'. There are may other things you must do after installing Windows 10 listed here.

What else you expect from Microsoft that should be fixed? Share your views.

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Why You Must Use This Trick To Download Large Files

05 July, 2015

If you can't resume the failed download, that is irritating and if the file is of large size, its waste of precious bandwidth and your time. This happens to everyone and there WAS no better solution for this.
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Even if you are using a special software like the Internet download manager, they also fail many times.

I wasted about 10 GB bandwidth trying to download Windows 10 Technical preview which failed at about 2 GB and for more than 5 times. Every time the FDM shown error 'file in service has changed'.

But there is a perfect and sure workaround. Your downloading will never fail halfway due to any reason like Internet disconnection, power down, not having resume support or anything like that.

The trick is simple.

Concept

We will download or save the large web file direct to cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive. Then the Dropbox desktop client will sync the file and download it to your hard drive.

It will not need any resume support and file will download byte by byte so no waste of bandwidth at all. Dropbox will take care of not corrupting the file.

 It may take little extra time than the dedicated Internet download manager software but its worth as you have sure way and you will never loose the download in between.

Prerequisites
Steps
  • Get the URL of the file. 
  • Get the real URL of final downloadable file. Not the forwarding URL. 
  • Eg. In case of downloading Windows 10 ISO, if you directly copy the URL from Microsoft website to download the ISO, it's something like this http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=522144 but the real ISO is located at http://iso.esd.microsoft.com/W10IP/4B33E0680A465FBA52C09A34454D5EB6/Windows10_InsiderPreview_x32_EN-US_10162.iso
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  • To get the real URL, just try to download the file with Google Chrome. Once the download is started, cancel it and go to the download tab and then copy the real URL of the file.
  • Go to Balloon and paste the URL in the box.
  • Select the particular cloud service you wish to save the file to. I used Dropbox.  You have to allow Ballloon and give access permissions.
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  • Select folder where you want to save the file. ( There is some problem here. Whatever folder you select, Ballloon creates a special folder and override your selection)
  • After a minute or two, the file will be saved to your cloud account. You can check if the process is completed from the web account.
  • The desktop client will start to sync and download the file.
Why use Dropbox instead of Google Drive or OneDrive?
  • Sync is faster and robust works fine even with slow Internet connections. (Personal Experience)
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  • Give you correct information about how much file is downloaded and how much time is remaining to complete the sync process. 
  • There is no way to know such information in Google Drive and OneDrive.
Extra

If you get some problem with Dropbox to save file from Balloon, you can first download the file to Google Drive and then transfer it to Dropbox by using Mover.io .

I tried it and now using if for downloading any file larger than 500 MB to be sure, that I will never loose the downloaded file halfway.

Do you have any other sure shot way to download larger files? Please share.

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Easiest Way To Download Facebook Video On PC & Mobile

17 April, 2015

Facebook hosts large number of unique videos that you do not found on YouTube or other video hosting sites. If you want to download any video on Facebook, you don't need any extra software.

A simple url trick will allow you to download the Facebook video whether you are using website on PC or mobile web or even Facebook mobile application.

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Facebook.com on computer:

You just have to visit the mobile website of the standard Facebook page. To do this,

  • Add 'm' letter instead of 'WWW' in https://www.facebook.com after that the url will look like https://m.facebook.com 

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  • Replace the WWW with m and click to play the video.
  • While playing video, right click on video and select 'save video as' option to save / download it.
  • Select appropriate location to save video.

Mobile Facebook website on mobile:

To save video on your mobile is very easy. If you are using mobile browser, you will be automatically redirected to mobile version of Facebook website i.e. https://m.facebook.com .  Just touch and hold on video to save it for later use.

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On Facebook Android application:

Even though you use the Facebook app, you can always use the above trick to download the video. Browse Facebook website using any browser like Chrome for Android, or Firefox for Android or UC Browser.

But if you do not want to do that, you can save video using the Facebook application also but with little workaround.

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  • Go to  the Facebook options by tapping the hamburger menu and click 'Saved'.
  • It will show you the list of saved videos, links and other stuff.
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  • Click on video you want to download, you will get the option 'Open with ES Downloader'.
  • Click on 'Just once' or 'Always' to save the video for offline viewing.
Do you have any other easy way to download the Facebook videos? Or you never download the videos? Do you know, you can download YouTube videos without any software using Firefox? Please share your tricks..
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How To Hide Google Plus Circles From Android Contacts & Google Contacts

08 March, 2015

We follow many interesting peoples on Google plus but don't want everyone of them in Android contact list or phone book. If you are saving your contact to your Google account, Google automatically add contact information from your Google Plus circles to your Android phone book. Same is the case with Google Contacts.

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Many peoples find it really annoying as you many not want everyone from the Google plus circle to be shown in to the private contact list. It also clutter the contact book. 
If you are strictly following only people you know personally, then that is not the problem. But if you are following some more peoples just on Google plus and don't want anywhere else, this simple setting will help you.
  • Go to Google plus settings https://plus.google.com/settings
  • Scroll to "Your Circle" option.
  • Click "Customize" button.
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  • All your Google Plus circle will be listed. Select only those circles you want to shown up in you Android phone or Google Contacts.
  • Uncheck all other.
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  • Remember that, there is a option "Your Circles" while sharing anything on Google Plus. That is for fast and easy sharing of links or photos. 
  • When you select "Your circles" while sharing, the link or photo is shared with these circles. When you edit the "Your Circles" you are changing the default sharing setting and will affect all future sharing privacy on Google Plus.
How you manage your circle and Google Contacts? Any other way to keep your contact list clean and manageable? 
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Firefox Reader Mode Make Web Pages Pleasant For Reading

19 February, 2015

Though Firefox extension like Evernote Clearly can easily convert the web pages in to clean and readable format, the built in "Reader Mode" in new Firefox always have a added advantage. You don't have to install any third party extension, saves memory and the built in feature is better integrated with the browser.

If you are die hard Firefox fan and read too much web content in the browser, you should welcome this tiny feature.

Enable Reader Mode:
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  • The Firefox Reader Mode is not enabled by default and you must have the Firefox 38 (Nightly version) to enable  Reader mode.
  • Type about:config and press enter.
  • Click 'I will be careful, I promise' and proceed.
  • Search for the term reader.parse-on-load.enabled’.
  • The default value is 'False'. Double click the line to make it 'True' and to enable the reader mode.
Using the Reader Mode in Firefox:
Once you have enabled it, open any web page and you will see the small 'Enter Reader Mode' icon in the address bar just behind the refresh button.
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  • Clicking the 'Enter Reader Mode' icon will make the web page like a clean and tidy book.
  • You can change the font style like serif and san-serif. 
  • The background color theme like light, dark and sepia. Text size can also be adjusted as you want.
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Which is your favorite tool to read the online content? Many peoples now user their mobile devices to read the web.
  • The Reader Mode for Firefox is also available on Firefox for Android. The procedure is same as above for the Android version also.
If you want to read the webpages offline and want to keep the browser clean, you can use the famous 'Pocket' application for Android. Read the Must have application for Android phone. 
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LG Chromebase Available In India

02 December, 2014

The magic of Chrome OS with the all in one desktop computer is the LG Chromebase. Powered by 4th generation Intel processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB iSSD drive that can boot in less than flat 9 seconds.Based on Linux, offers great security features and integrated Google web services has more that you expect.

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19 Tweaks You Must Do After Installing Windows 10 [Update 4 For Build 10240]

30 November, 2014

Final release of Windows 10 might be little different from the technical preview. But these tweaks will make your Windows 10 convenient. The post is updated for the latest build of Windows 10240. The old tweaks are removed to match the updates. So here we go.

#1. Where Are Default Desktop Icons?

Microsoft trying to replace classic control panel to touch friendly Settings. So if you like to set the This PC, Recycle bin, User files and similar default icons on desktop, go here.
>> Settings >> Personalization >> Themes >> Desktop Icon Settings.


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#2. Changing the Windows File Explorer Behavior

You can access file / folder tree by 4 ways from desktop.

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  • The 'File explore' shortcut on task bar opens 'frequent folders'. 
  • 'This PC' from desktop shows 'user library folders' and 'hard drive partitions'.
  • 'User files' from desktop shows 'user library' folders like documents, videos, music and similar folders from the system drive.
  • Windows key + E keyboard shortcut opens 'File explorer'.
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