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Are You Tired of Formatting PC Due to Virus Infection? Restore Your PC to Fresh State in Minutes

Written by oneself on 11:24 AM

Author: Mindstien

Do you format your computer on regular basis because of virus infection? Do you think your computer is working much slower than before? You may want to format it, reinstall the OS and all the application you use. It will generally take many hours of your precious time. If you don't have enough time to reformat your PC then this article is for you.

This article will solve your problem. It will help you to format your PC and restore it back to the fresh installation state with all the applications you need. Yes, it is possible to restore back your PC to fresh state in less than 5 minutes. Follow the below guidelines.

My Golden Rule: "Use your computer's C drive as system drive only. Use it only to install OS and Applications. Do not store your data on this drive including 'My documents' and 'Desktop'. So, at any time if you want to format it, you do not need to worry about loss of data".

Format C drive and install operating system to it with boot able disk of operating system. Install all your drivers. Install and update good anti-virus software of your choice. Do not access any other drive until you install and update your anti-virus software, if your system is previously affected by viruses. Now install all application that you use frequently and configure them as you normally do. Now configure operating system for better security and better performance, do necessary changes that you want to do and restart your system once.

Make image of your system drive using boot able drive image copier tools like Norton ghost. Keep this image file in other than C drive. You are done. At any time you can restore back this system drive image file with the same tool, and make your PC behave like fresh as before in just few minutes.


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About the Author
Chirag Gadara is a E.C. Engineer. He has been working in Internet & Computer technology field since 2006. Having wide experience on Website Optimization, SEO, Web development, PC Maintenance, He is here to share his experience with us and to help beginners to get start in all these fields.
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A Test against Time! Running Windows 7 on Old Computers

Written by oneself on 10:06 AM

by Myles H Patterson

With both the U.S. and Canada now showing signs of recovery from the recession, Microsoft is about to unveil it's newly, much anticipated, and critically acclaimed, Windows 7 to be in stores and on computers October 22nd 2009. With XP entering retirement status and Windows 7 to take over, what about computers that have 6 years and then some of service with corporations, and small businesses, will these computers become subject to recycling?

With each new operating system Microsoft has released in the past dating back to before Windows 95 and 98, there have always been hardware, and peripheral, upgrades to mandate compliance with the new operating systems, and Windows 7 is no different. But with Windows 7, even though to get the full effects, and features, of the new OS system these upgrades are necessary. Windows 7 candidate release has been tested, and recognised though several computer forums to work better, and faster, than XP on computers manufactured and sold prior to Vista released in November 2006. This is important to recognize because Windows 7 design base, is from the Vista platform that Microsoft stripped and rebuilt from scratch to maintain compatibility with the hardware of today's computers. They simplified the structure of the basics to meet the needs of the tablet PC that has very little memory, or disk space, to run a complicated OS system.

Hence will be Windows 7 Basic sku or product offering available in October 2009 and is also attributed as to why Windows 7 is able to run so well on older computers. Any computer that was purchased since the November 2006 release of vista will be able to run Windows 7 with no problem. Why? Because Windows 7 was designed from the vista platform, in fact if you feel so inclined you can go to www.msdn.com and download a tool called Windows 7 Upgrade analyzer that will run a scan of your computer and tell you if your computer meets the requirements. It will also tell what you need to do to fix or update some programs or drivers to be compliant with the upgrade. You can also find the minimum requirements your computer needs to run windows 7 at this website. With computers that were purchased before the above date, I would also check the above website and run the analyzer, for compliance to make sure you get the full benefit of running this new and terrific product.

The good news is that Microsoft will support any computer with Windows 7 that could or will run the Vista platform which dates back to 3 years ago. The bad news is at this time they will not support Windows 7 on a machine that predates this era of computers; however they are encouraged and interested with the findings, testing, and forums in this regard. Since its release in November 2001 XP has run its course in time, by being Microsoft's first and only OS system that has run for 9 years of accredited service to date. But times have changed, the way we communicate has changed, the way we do business has changed, and although history is important, it's futures, and innovation, that spurs growth. And with Windows 7 being in development for 3 years, which is longer than any operating system Microsoft has released to date, this product is ready to meet and exceed all expectations, with speed, stability, security, and simplicity, with jaw dropping features given it has the required basic attributes to run. Microsoft has really done their homework with this, the next generation of computing.

This is our future, your future, and with the North American continent now showing signs of recovery it's time to seek the information tools you need today for a brighter tomorrow. Windows 7 is ready for you, and is available to you now though pre ordering and will be in stores next month, but are you and your computer ready for Windows 7?

For more information please feel free to email me through my website at http://www.mhpenterprises.com Thank You Myles H Patterson Director MHP Enterprises Inc.

About the Author

Myles Patterson has been working in the entertainment/corporate events industry for over 30 years. During that time he has worked on a national, and international bases, in various capacities as a branch manager, general manager, director of operations, and finally director of his own company in 1997.

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How to Slipstream Windows

Written by oneself on 4:44 AM

By: Sandra Prior

Having wiped all of the superfluous and stodgy files off our main drive and pasted a crisp, clean install on top of that lovely uncluttered space, we really don't relish the thought of having to go through the long and arduous process of updating, patching and fixing absolutely everything all over again. To be fair it is generally a case of turning on the automatic updates and buggering off for some coffee and cake but there are the endless motherboard and GPU updates to be taken care of, finding the one file that fixed our buggy soundcard last time and generally mortaring up the cracks that appear in any well-used system.

Right here and now we will be showing you how to bypass all this hair-tearing, yawn-inducing effort by creating your very own slip-streamed Windows disc, chock full of the updates, drivers and patches that are generally cluttered around your desktop, file system and on about seventeen different discs that have gone missing at some stage. This can all be configured to automatically install upon your next format, negating most of the effort that comes with cleaning out the grime on your system. To top it all off, we'll be showing you how to manage this for both Vista and the aging XP OS, adding in the latest service packs for both.

In order to pull off this impressive stunt, you'll need to pick the right tool for the job. A couple of free downloads should take care of business, nLite for the XP fans (www.nliteos.com) and vLite for the Vista aficionados (www.vlite.net). Once you have the relevant tool in hand, we can get started in earnest.

XP Disc Setup

Making sure that you've got nLite on hand, you need to follow the prompts to show the program where the XP installation files are. This is most definitely not where your XP is installed on your computer. Rather, insert the disc that you'd normally install XP from into your optical drive, and show nLite where the files are living there. Once the program picks up the file locations, it'll ask you to specify where you want it to store the installation files that you'll be modifying, prior to them being burnt to disc. Making sure that you'll be able to find this folder later is recommended, so make a new folder on the desktop perhaps.

nLite will automatically copy the installation files into the newly-created folder. Pushing 'Next' will steer you over to the Settings portion of our show. If you've customized your Windows install before, the tweaks you made will show up here. Loading the changes and additions and hitting the 'Next' button repeatedly will eventually bring you to a 'burn disc' option, which indicates that you are now finished.

In this case we're starting from the very beginning so ignore the Settings option and select 'Next' once. Here is where we can get our hands into the bits we want to hang onto and turf respectively. To keep things simple and protect us from liability, we are going to go with the default settings (All) but as you get more used to the program you can choose which sections you want to alter or leave alone. Simply deselecting the bits you want to leave intact is enough to leave them unmolested.

Hitting 'Next' moves onto the next section where you can add in the Service Pack 3 install for XP. First, download SP3's installation file (it can be found at Microsoft's download page) and then show nLite where you've placed the installer. Pick the EXE file for SP3's install and choose 'Next' once more to finish off the Service Pack 3 install disc.

Tweaks and things - XP

Having come this far, it should be a fairly simple matter to add in hotfixes and other updates. This is done in much the same way as we included the Service Pack 3 installer above. The really hard part is knowing what you need to include. You already have a slipstreamed disc with a lot of the major stuff included. After installing from the newly created disc, a good idea would be to watch what Windows Update pulls down, jot it somewhere and download the installers later from Microsoft for inclusion on a newer version of your slipstreamed disc. This will eliminate much redundant installations.

Moving onto the Drivers tab lets you include the drivers for your system right on the disc. In the case of a GPU driver, getting hold of the most recent compatible drivers is your first priority. Once these are secured, extracting the files to a folder somewhere on your HDD and letting nLite know where they reside is a simple matter. nLite will let you know which files in the directory are drivers, letting you select it and move on. The same applies for motherboard and sound drivers so drop those into their own folders and repeat until satisfied. Getting the most recent working drivers will save a little grief later on.

Once you've moved on with the inevitable 'Next' button, you arrive at the Components section. This area lets you remove unwanted bits of the Operating System. Almost anything and everything can be tweaked and altered here so a careful hand is needed to make sure that your install will still work once you're done. It may be an idea to hit the Compatibility tab and select the parts you know your computer will not be very pleased about losing. Losing some of the preinstalled applications that XP will install is a plan since you likely won't miss them. Pretty much everything else is up for grabs so remove what you won't need. One important note though: if you don't recognize something assume it's important. Leave it alone.

Masterpiece Installation

The next screen facing you is the Unattended one. A ton more changes can be made here, this time to the installation and setup process of XP. Options include pre-entering your XP Product Key, turning off System Restore or leaving it active and altering User information.

On the User tab, one can set up the accounts in advance as well as set access for them. The computers Workgroup and Name can also be sorted out here as well as the Domain settings. Altering the default resolution and settings for Windows Automatic Updates can be sorted here as well. The great 'Next' key comes into play once again.

This will bring up an Options menu that we elected to leave untouched since it alters system options. Another 'Next' later and the final screen shows up. This allows edits of the bits that are typically the first thing that someone does after a fresh install is completed. You can remove desktop icons and set your Explorer preferences and little bits like that. This is all entirely up to you how you'd like the bits structured and once you've finished playing the disc burning options are just a click away. You guessed it, click ‘Next’ choose whether you'd like a disc or ISO and enjoy your new slipstreamed Windows disc.

Vista Disc Setup

Due to the similarities between nLite and vLite (the Vista version), setting up a Vista version of your slipstream disc should present little fuss. Same as the XP installation, jam that Vista disc into your optical drive and show vLite where to find all the important goodies. It'll copy across the relevant files onto your specified folder for this little operation and once it is done, you can move onto the next section.

Adding Service Pack 1 for Vista must be done now. If you bypass this step, there is no such thing as heading back to do it later; you'll be forced to start from scratch. Once you've downloaded SPl from Microsoft's site, hit the wonderful 'Next' button in vLite, show it where the EXE for SPl is residing and let it automatically assimilate the update information into your install files. Head out for coffee or watch a DVD since this can take around an hour and a half. Make some lunch.

What you are left with once this process completes is a Windows install disc with SPl fully integrated. It is now safe to use vLite to tweak and modify all the juicy bits you've been aching to get your hands on. Moving onto the Tasks tab allows you to select which of the five tweaking pages you'll be playing with. Take all of them, just in case.

'Next' moves you onto the Integration page which, once again is pretty much the same deal as XP/nLite's equivalent. Tabs include Hotfixes, Drivers and the Language Pack page lets you add extra languages into the Vista install. Unless you surf a lot of dodgy Japanese websites that won't display correctly without the correct add-on, it's likely that you won't use that last option. Add your extras in the same manner that we did for the XP install and you should be right as rain in no time.

The Components window follows, letting you set which options you know you will be using with Vista and helping to prevent any nasty mishaps like deleting the installers for USB or sound by accident later on. Again, vLite mirrors the processes used by its XP-modding cousin.

Then you are free to yank out the little or never used options in Vista. This may be the default web access for all the Firefox disciples out there, Accessibility, the games and optional apps or even the media players. Next!

The Tweaks page appears. Here you can edit some of Vista's features. We turned off Vista's UAC option and convinced the power scheme to default to high performance. You could also set the Explorer options to your favorite configuration. We left the Services tab well alone. If you are feeling cocky you can have a bash at it yourself but we won't be held responsible for any damage incurred. Make whatever edits you feel are needed and then move on.

The Unattended page appears here as well. Product Key can be inserted here, you can pre-accept the EULA and get all of your naming and workgroup assigning out of the way at the same time.

Then, oh joy of joys, we are complete. Select your burning option ('Burn' or 'ISO') and then pick your Rebuild setting. Rebuild One tends to save disc space since it only burns the OS you edited. Rebuild All will burn the entire thing, tweaked and untweaked alike to disc for you. After choosing the option that is best for you, you may burn and go. Slipstreaming done.

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Nokia X6 Music Phone To Feature Comes With Music

Written by oneself on 4:02 AM

by Gianni Greco

Nokia have announced at Nokia World 2009 that they will be launching a new phone called the X6. This new phone will be part of the Xpress Music family, but Nokia have decided to shorten the family name to X. The Nokia X6 will be capable of playing up to 35 hours of music, this will be is a powerful entertainment device, combining 32GB of on-board memory with a slick 3.2" finger touch interface. The X6 will also have Come With Music - will means you will be able to download and listen to much music as you can possible handle without having to pay a penny more.

The Nokia X6 and Comes With Music will be a powerful combination, having these two together will allow music fans to download all the music they could ever want. Combine this feature to the smooth looks of the X6 and you have a great overall package, one i think will be a winner with mobile phone fans.

The Nokia X6 mobile phone will be marketed as the ultimate device for music lovers and social networking fans. The Nokia X6 has a 16:9 widescreen, which has been optimised for photos, videos and browsing on the internet. User will be able to have direct access to Ovi Store - where you can download Nokia Apps for your mobile phone. This phone can also be used as a hub of your social activity and will bring 20 friends and virtual communities, like Facebook, to your homescreen.

Upon launch there should be a Nokia X6 Blue and Nokia X6 Red with a price tag of around £500 - so the Nokia X6 will definitely be amongst the high end of mobile phone contracts. From the look of it, Nokia are really trying to pull out all the stops following Sony Ericsson plans to release the Satio later in the year.

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