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How To Install Windows 8 from USB Flash Drive

July 24th, 2012 by Admin

Some times you may prefer to install windows 8 from USB, there may be wide variety of reasons like, you don’t have a DVD drive or you wanted to install windows 8 in you netbook etc. No matter what the reason is, there is an easy way to do this. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to create a bootable Windows 8 installation USB drive and then use it to do a clean install of Windows 8.

Step 1: Create a Bootable Windows 8 Installation USB Drive

  1. First of all, insert your pen/USB drive and back up any data inside it.
  2. Now download Windows 7 USB/DVD tool and open it.
  3. Browse to your windows 7 ISO image using the “Browse” button.
  4. As we are going to create a bootable USB drive, select “USB device” option.
  5. Now select the USB drive letter and click “Begin copying”.

Step 2: Configure the BIOS of Your Computer

  1. Turn on your computer. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the Boot Device Priority: Set 1st Boot Device to Removable Device so you can boot from a USB flash drive and perform Windows installation.
  3. Press F10 to save your changes.

Step 3: Install Windows 8 from USB Flash Drive

Assuming that you properly configured your BIOS, insert the Windows 8 Installation USB Drive into the USB port on your computer. Turn on the computer. Windows 8 setup program should now load, you can now continue to finish setting up Windows 8  from USB drive. Depending on the speed of your USB device, this may take a while.

Conclusion

This guide is quite easy to follow and anyone who has basic computer skill will able to create a bootable Windows 8 installation USB drive and install Windows 8 with any hassle. Many computers ship without Windows installation discs. So it’s necessary to create a Windows installation disk in case you need to do a fresh install of Windows on your own. Enjoy!

How to Refresh or Reset Your Windows 8 Computer

July 20th, 2012 by Admin

Microsoft has added lots of new features and stuff on Windows 8 and it is also noteworthy that they have introduced better recovery options in Windows 8. Windows 8 gives us two types of Windows recovery options: Refresh and Reset. Both are very important recovery options because they help to get Windows back in healthy mode. If your system is not running well and has some issues then you can use the Refresh option. It will refresh your PC without causing any loss of your personal information. On the other hand, the Reset option will completely erase all of your personal information such as photos, music and others documents and install a new Windows 8 version on your PC. The Reset feature will restore the whole Windows 8 into default factory settings.

How to Refresh or Reset Your Windows 8 Computer:

Firstly, insert the Windows 8 DVD in your system. It is important to insert the DVD because the system needs to have the setup file again to complete the Refresh and Reset option and to complete this task the Windows files are necessary that is available on the DVD.

Once you insert the Windows 8 DVD in the DVD drive, go to Control Panel and search for Recovery in the search area of the control panel. Once you find Recovery option, click on it to start the Recovery window.

Now a new window will be popped up. To refresh your installed Windows 8 system and restore the PC settings to the factory defaults, please click on Get Stared button under the Refresh option.

Once you click on the Get Started button, Windows 8 will be starting the process of refreshing your PC and would keep your photos, music, videos and other files safe and intact.

As shown in the above image, Windows 8 would start the process of refreshing the PC and would intimate you about what is happening during the refresh process. Click on the Next button to proceed and wait for some time for the process to complete. While Refresh option is on, the computer will restart automatically and would show refreshment process on the main screen.

Conclusion

The Refresh and Reset options in Windows 8 will certainly make life much easier for the general consumer. I recommend that if anyone’s having issues with Windows 8 that they should first Refresh their PC and if fails then resort to Resetting your PC.

Log on to Windows 8 with Windows Live ID

July 15th, 2012 by Admin

One of the new features in Windows 8 that I’m particularly intrigued by is the ability to log on to the PC with a Windows Live ID instead of a more traditional local user account. On the Building Windows 8 Blog, Microsoft group program manager Katie Frigon tackles this new feature and provides some interesting context.

“In Windows 8, we have set out to ensure that each PC user has a truly personal experience that seamlessly bridges their online and offline tasks, is simpler to set up and use, and persists across their set of Windows 8 PCs,” she writes in the blog post.” To do this, we’ve introduced the ability to log in to Windows (optionally) with a Windows Live ID that works across devices, apps, and services, allowing you a uniquely personal experience with Windows.”

Using a Windows Live ID style logon is optional and is in fact not available during Setup if your PC isn’t connected to the Internet. In this article we’ll show you how to set up a Windows Live ID logon option so you can log on to Windows 8 with Windows Live ID.

How to Set Up Windows Live ID Logon in Windows 8:

  1. From the Metro UI, click or swipe the upper right corner of the screen to show the Charms menu. Click or tap on the More PC settings link.

  2. Select Users. Then click/tap on “Switch to a Microsoft account”.

  3. Type in your local account password.

  4. And then enter your Live ID or your Hotmail account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one by clicking the link “Sign up for a new email address”.

  5. Answer the security question to confirm your identity. You may receive an SMS message from your mobile phone that shows “Security info was added for xxx”.

  6. Click on Finish. You’ve completed the setup procedure.

Next time you start your computer, you can log on to Windows 8 with Windows Live ID. After logging in, some of your Metro apps will show data e.g. email, photos, and documents associated with your Windows Live ID account.

How to Reset Windows 8 Password with Password Reset Disk

July 13th, 2012 by Admin

Password security is important to safeguard your personal information on Windows 8. Without the right password you can’t login into a password protected system. But what if one day you can’t remember your user password? After entering the wrong password you’ll get an error message like “The user name or password is incorrect”.

It is at this stage that you will need a password reset disk. If you have created a Windows 8 password reset disk, then you can follow this guide to reset your forgotten Windows 8 password easily.

How to Reset Windows 8 Password with Password Reset Disk:

  1. Once you’ve typed the wrong password, Windows 8 will show a “Reset password” link below the login box.

  2. After clicking on the “Reset password” link, the Password Reset Wizard dialog will appear. At this point make sure you insert your Windows 8 password reset disk before clicking Next.

  3. Choose your Windows 8 password reset disk from the list. Click Next.

  4. And then type in a new password and a hint for the password. Click Next.

  5. Click on Finish. You’ve successfully reset your forgotten Windows 8 password.

Now you should be able to log into Windows 8 system with your new password. If you forgot Windows 8 password and haven’t created a password reset disk beforehand, then you need to use the Reset Windows Password utility to reset your Windows 8 login password.

Windows 8 Release Date Confirmed as October

July 11th, 2012 by Admin

Microsoft has revealed that it will be releasing Windows 8 to the public this October, as previously planned.

Speaking at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference this week, Tami Reller, VP of Microsoft, explained that the Windows 8 release date was set for late October and the RTM (release to manufacturer) date was penned in for the first week of August.

Microsoft had hinted that it would look to release Windows 8 in October, but this is the first time the company has given any sort of confirmation.

Tablet Time

Reller also revealed that Microsoft has sold 630 million Windows 7 licenses to date, which is a 30 million uplift in sales from the company’s previous announcement in June.

There was also some talk of Microsoft Surface, but nothing concrete on the tablet’s release date.

Interestingly, Steve Ballmer did say that Surface was only a small part of Microsoft’s tablet strategy – and that the company will be relying on partners to release tablets with Windows 8 inside. The biggest rumour so far is that Samsung will be one of the first to release a Windows 8 RT tablet.

Price-wise, it is thought Microsoft Surface will be comparable to other ARM-based tablets.

How to Disable Windows 8 Metro UI

July 1st, 2012 by Admin

Microsoft did a huge change in upcoming Windows 8 and added so called Metro User Interface (UI) which is very good familiar to Windows mobile users. However not all of us like it or navigate through it very easily so that’s why many of you will want to restore the classic Start menu and desktop view. In this tutorial I will show what change you need to perform inside Windows registry and disable Windows 8 Metro UI.

To get started follow steps below:

Step 1: From your Windows 8 Metro Interface type regedit.

Step 2: As soon as you start typing a Search Apps filed will appear on right side with search results on right side.

Step 3: From right side click regedit icon and if User Account Control dialog window appear click Yes.

Step 4: Now the registry window will open. Follow this path HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.

Step 5: Now double click on RPEnabled.

Step 6: Inside Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value window, under Value data filed change value 1 into 0 and click OK to save changes.

Step 7: Now close all windows and restart your computer.

Next time when you go back to Windows 8 there won’t be Metro style anymore. You can also re-enable the Metro UI by change the RPEnabled value back to 1.

How to Recover Windows Product Key

June 28th, 2012 by Admin

I’ve got a virus on my machine and have to reinstall windows 7. I bought a copy from software for students so it was downloaded. I can’t really remember but I assume I must have also downloaded the product key. I usually keep all my product keys backed up but I can’t find it anywhere. My Question is, is there any way to recover Windows product key from my laptop?

Need to reinstall the OS of your computer but have misplaced the product key? The product key sticker in the bottom of your notebook is scratched? Reinstalling Windows requires you to have the original product key. If you’ve lost your product key, it could become a real nightmare until you can retrieve them back.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though. If you install Product Key Finder now, then it will scan your PC, and recover Windows product key and all the serial numbers for the applications installed. Print out the product keys or save them to disc and you’ll always have your keys to hand.

How to Recover Windows Product Key:

  1. Download and install Product Key Finder on your computer.
  2. Launch Product Key Finder and click the Start Recovery button. It will bring up a drop-down menu that provides three recovery mode: From current system, From non-booting system and From remote computer.
  3. To recover product keys from your current Windows installation, choose the first recovery mode.
  4. The program will scan your Windows registry and recover product keys for Windows, Office and many other software you’ve activated.

If by any chance, you’ve lost your Windows 7/Vista/XP/2008/2003/2000 product key, no need to worry, Product Key Finder can recover it for you. Additionally, Product Key Finder can also recover CD keys for many other applications such as Microsoft Office, SQL Server, VMware, Adobe Reader, etc. It’s very useful when you are going to reinstall or repair your Windows or Office setup but find you’ve lost the keys.

Forgot Windows Administrator Password? Reset It Easily

June 27th, 2012 by Admin

This article will show you how to reset Windows administrator password (for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7) at times when you forgot it or when you want to gain access to a computer for which you do not know the password.

Most of us have experienced a situation where we need to gain access to a computer which is password protected or at times we may forget the administrator password without which it becomes impossible to login to the computer. So here is an excellent password recovery trick which you can use to reset the password or make the password empty (remove the password) so that you can gain administrator access to the computer. You can do this with a powerful Windows password recovery software – Reset Windows Password. This utility works offline, that means you need to shutdown your locked computer and boot off the computer using a CD or USB flash drive. The tool has the following features.

  • You do not need to know the old password to set a new one
  • It will detect and offer to unlock disabled or locked-out user accounts

How It Works?

Most Windows operating systems store the login passwords and encrypted passwords in a file called sam (Security Accounts Manager). This file can be usually found in the directory of \windows\system32\config. This file is a part of Windows registry and remains inaccessible as long as the OS is active. Hence it is necessary that you need to boot off your computer and access this sam file via boot. Reset Windows Password utility intelligently gains access to this file and will reset/remove the password associated with administrator or any other account.

Download the zip archive of Reset Windows Password

Once you download you’ll get a bootable image which you need to burn it onto your CD or USB flash drive. Now boot your locked computer from it and follow the screen instructions to reset the password.

Reset Windows Password can be used to reset lost local administrator/user passwords and change forgotten domain administrator/user passwords on all Windows systems.

Password Protect Your USB Flash Drive with Bitlocker

June 26th, 2012 by Admin

Data security on USB flash drives is a growing concern. USB flash drives, with the size no more than a pack of chewing gums, is always prone to theft or loss. Hence the security of data through USB data encryption is highly important.

There are many USB data encryption tools available, some are free and some are paid. However, did you know that starting from Windows Vista, Microsoft has added a free data encryption tool within the operating system. It is known as Bitlocker. In Windows Vista, it was only available for Business and Ultimate editions.

Bitlocker in Windows Vista was able to encrypt only the hard disks. But in Windows 7, Microsoft has extended the data encryption facility to USB flash drives also and rightly so, the encryption utility has been renamed as BitLocker To Go.

To use Microsoft BitLock to password protect your USB flash drive, please follow the steps below:

1. Right click on your USB flash drive.

2. Click on Turn on BitLocker….

3. Now the BitLocker feature starts encrypt the USB flash drive and its content.

4. Now we will be prompted to set a password or smart card protection for our USB flash drive.

5. Here you need to enter your password which need to to unlock the USB flash drive to continue. After enabling BitLocker feature you need this password to access data stored in the flash drive.

How to Show My Computer Icon on Windows 8 Desktop

June 22nd, 2012 by Admin

The latest Windows 8 is having a new Metro UI desktop and the older version of desktop also, but My Computer icon is missing on it. In earlier Operating Systems like Windows 7 or Windows Vista you can go to start menu and select ‘Show on Desktop’ option for My Computer. But, Windows 8 is missing the normal start menu also by default, so you don’t have option to select ‘Show on Desktop’ anymore. Here is the simple way on how to show my computer on desktop in Windows 8.

This will really make the life easy for accessing disk drives, computer management, device manager and properties in Windows 8.

How to Show My Computer Icon on Windows 8 Desktop

  1. Click on the Desktop in Metro UI (as shown below). This will bring the normal old desktop.
  2. Right Click on the blank space in desktop, select Personalize.
  3. In next screen Click on Change desktop icons. Here you can select the icons wanted to display in Windows 8 desktop. Select the tick box for Computer. Control Panel and Network icons also can be displayed on Windows 8 desktop by this method.

That’s it. Now you should have My computer icon on the desktop.