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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Three easy ways to speed up Windows 10

Étape 1:  Cliquez DANS LE champion Rechercher, tapez netplwiz et appuyez sur Entrée.   
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Étape 2:  Décochez La Case à côté les Utilisateurs doivent ENTRER ONU Nom d'Utilisateur et mot de passe versez UTILISER CET ordinateur. Puis Cliquez sur Appliquer et Entrez votre mot de passe versez approuver le changement.   
Terminé. Buh-bye, mot de passe de demarrage!

2. arrêt rapide

Si vous êtes de la vieille école comme moi, VOUS AVEZ encore Arrêtez Votre ordinateur Tous les soirs - ous à each Fois Que vous jetez Dans votre sac d'ordinateur portable et de Prendre la route.
Hélas, Dans Windows 10, le Processus d'arrêt Nécessite encore trois clics et le menu de l'ONU. Allez! 
Dans mon poste, "Commentaire éteindre RAPIDEMENT sur Windows 10," je te décris Options Plus Rapides trois. Mon préféré: le raccourci d'arrêt, Ce Qui AJOUTE Une icône d'arrêt réelle sur le bureau.  
Juste un clic droit ne importe quel espace ouvert sur ​​le bureau, Puis click sur Nouveau> Raccourci. Dans le champ Lieu Qui apparait, collez le texte suivant:
% Windir% \ System32 \ shutdown.exe / s / t 0
Ensuite, click sur Suivant et terminer la configuration de raccourci.  

3. Menu rapide demarrer

Si la machine is your age de Quelques Années (ou plus), VOUS AVEZ Peut-Etre Remarque Que Le nouveau menu de demarrer chic de Windows 10 Est prêté à apparaitre. Cela Pourrait Être Parce Qu'il est animé, et l'animation consommé chevaux.
Heureusement, You can animation Désactiver this verser Accès ONU, plus rapide versez Commencer. VOICI commentaire:
Étape 1:  Cliquez DANS LE champion Rechercher, tapez sysdm.cpl et appuyez sur Entrée.   
Étape 2:  Cliquez sur l'onglet Avancé, Puis sur le bouton paramètres Dans la section Performance.
Étape 3:  Décochez la cas Animer les fenêtres LORs de la réduction et de l'agrandissement, PUIS click sur Appliquer.  
Et ce est tout! Maintenant le Menu demarrer Doit enclencher à la Vie Un peu plus rapide. Idem verser Toutes vos fenêtres, en fait, Parce Que Maintenant Ceux qui ne will be pas animés Soit.
Avez-vous Trouvé d'Autres Façons de Donner de Windows 10, Un petit coup de pied DANS LE pantalon? Partagez vos les Conseils Dans Les Commentaires!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Customizing the Windows 10 Start Menu

Customizing the Windows 10 Start Menu


Start menu in Windows 10, or you may hate it. But it actually doesn’t matter how you feel about it; you can expand it, shrink it, customize it, or get rid of it altogether.
Here’s the complete list of things you can do to the right side of the Start menu — and the left side.
Customizing the Windows 10 Start Menu

Right Side

Expand it: Drag the top or right edge, using the mouse or trackpad. It snaps bigger or smaller. (It doesn’t work with a finger on a touchscreen.)
Make it fill the entire screen: Right-click anywhere on the desktop. From the shortcut menu, choose Personalize. On the Settings screen, click Start, then turn on “Use Start full screen.”
In this mode, the left column of the Start menu is hidden. The live tiles area fills your entire desktop (which is handy for touchscreens).
Move a tile: With the Start menu open, drag a tile to a new spot.
Resize a tile: Right-click the tile. From the shortcut menu, choose Resize. You always have a choice of Small and Medium; some apps offer Wide or Large options, too.
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Add new tiles: Right-click any folder, disk, or app. From the shortcut menu, choose “Pin to Start.”
(Or open the “All apps” list, and right-click an app’s name there.)
Its tile now appears at the bottom of the right side of your Start menu.
Make a tile stop blinking: If you’d rather silence the animation of a “live tile,” right-click it. From the shortcut menu, choose “Turn live tile off.”
Remove a tile: Open the Start menu. Right-click the tile you want to eliminate. From the shortcut menu, choose “Unpin from Start.” (You’re not actually discarding that item — you’re just getting its tile off the Start menu.)

Eliminate all tiles: Right-click each tile; choose “Unpin from Start.” Repeat until you’ve eliminated all the tiles. Now only the left-hand column remains, just as it was in Windows 7.
Change the color: Right-click anywhere on the desktop. From the shortcut menu, choose Personalize. In Settings, click Colors. You can change both the tile colors (“Accent color”) and the background of the Start menu and taskbar (“Show color on Start, taskbar, and action center”).

Left Side

Add new items: You can’t.
Remove items: You can remove listings in the “Most used” section — handy if you’re embarrassed about something that shows up there. To do that, right-click its name. From the shortcut menu, choose “Remove from this list.”

Saturday, August 8, 2015

How to Clean Out Your Hard Drive in Windows 10

 How to Clean Out Your Hard Drive in Windows 10
Is your Windows 10 hard drive feeling a little crowded lately? You can clean your hard disk and improve speed by getting rid of files and moving data to other devices. Here are easiest ways to free up PC space quickly.

Empty the recycle bin

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Ah, the beloved old recycle bin. It’s nice to know that some things about Windows haven’t changed in a long time. Windows 10 still uses the recycle bin to hide all the files you want to throw away, and emptying it out can prove effective in freeing up extra space.
You can right-click on the recycle bin icon for the option to directly empty it. If you can’t find the icon, then head to the Start menu, go to Settings, select System, then go to Storage. You will be able to select local storage under This PC – look for and click Temporary files. This will bring up any locations for temporary files, including Recycle bin. Under Recycle bin, select Empty recycle bin, and confirm your decision. That’s all it takes!
Note: Emptying your recycle bin will only help to clean your Windows 10 hard disk if there’s a lot of stuff in that bin. When you first download Windows 10 – and long afterward, depending on your desktop habits – emptying the recycle bin may not affect your hard drive much at all. If you aren’t sure, take a peek inside your bin and see how full it is first. A few GBs worth of data can still make a difference.

Delete temporary files and downloads

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Remember how emptying the recycle bin took you through the Temporary files section? If you want to broaden your hard drive cleaning activities, then you can delete all temporary files. What exactly are you getting rid of here? Well, Windows temp files are used to manage document editing, some application processes, various printing tasks, and so on. These files are usually automatically deleted, but sometimes they hang on. Get rid of them all by selecting Delete temporary files in the Temporary files folders.
Another time files are automatically created occurs when you download anything from the Internet. These files pop up in your Downloads and tend to stick around – which means they can quickly stack up if you are downloading a lot of content to your Windows 10 desktop.
You can also find downloads in the Storage section of your desktop (Settings > System > Storage). Select This PC and go back to Temporary files. You can visit Downloads from this section. Select View downloads and delete any files that you no longer need by highlighting them in groups or individually. This is a great way to clear out space manually without accidentally deleting something that you’ll need later.

Uninstall apps

If you were really excited about all the Windows 10 apps and updates, you may have downloaded a few too many during the first honeymoon weeks with the new OS, leading to an eventual slow-down or lack of space for other content, especially on some of the smaller, lighter Windows devices (looking at you, Surface tablets). Some apps can take up a lot of space – the trick is finding which hog the most hard drive room, and which you can live without.
From the Start menu, go to Settings, select System, then select Apps & features. Here you can see all the apps downloaded. Windows 10 allows you to arrange them by various statistics – if you have a long list, arrange them by the amount of hard drive space they are taking up. See which apps are hogging the most data, and delete those that you can live without. Doublecheck that the app doesn’t have anything too valuable on it, then select it and choose Uninstall.

Change how you use OneDrive

OneDrive is a cloud service for Windows, so you would think that all the cloud data it uses would help free hard drive space, not take it up. This is true, except for one particular OneDrive feature – the ability to save files offline, which you may not even know that you are using.
Sometimes this is handy. If you are dealing with sensitive files or big projects with some sharp deadlines, it’s a good idea to have a backup. But if you are using OneDrive and automatically saving offline for every file and doc at work, school or home, then you probably wasting hard drive space.
Related: This is how OneDrive works in Windows 10
The OneDrive icon should be waiting on the right side of your taskbar (it may be lurking under the Show hidden icons arrow). Click on the cloud icon and choose Settings, then select the Choose folders tab. This will take you to all the files types that OneDrive is saving offline, and how much space each are taking up. Unselect all the OneDrive folders that you don’t absolutely need. Remember, you can still access all these files online at OneDrive.com, so you aren’t really losing anything.

Use your Xbox One

Microsoft platforms are growing increasingly interconnected, and the convergence is very apparent in Windows 10, which connects more freely to other Microsoft devices like the Xbox One game console. If you have an Xbox One, you can use it to help save some space by swapping out select apps and data.
Related: Xbox One to receive Windows 10 upgrade in late 2015
An Xbox One can hold 500GB of content, including a variety of network and music apps. You can stream content from the Xbox to your Windows 10 PC with just a few steps. This allows you store data on the game console and free up space on your PC, if you have content you only use while at home. Just remember to delete the data from your PC after you transfer it to the Xbox.

Use an external drive

From USB drives to full external hard drives, one of the simplest ways to clean up your hard drive on Windows 10 is moving extra data outside of your computer.
First, hook up a hard drive and make sure that it is properly formatted and ready for uploads. Dragging and dropping a file into the new drive will create a copy of the file, allowing you to erase the original.
However, you can also move large chunks of files at one time. Open your File Explorer on the taskbar and select all the files you want to move outside your PC hard drive. Once they are selected, go to the Home menu, select Move to, then select Choose Location. Pick your external drive from the list, and it will drop all files at that destinations – you don’t even have to erase anything afterward.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

How To Automatically Login In Windows 10

you can configure Windows 10 so that you are logged into your account automatically. This is great if you are the only person using your computer as it shaves valuable seconds off the startup process. If you're sick of typing your password, here's how to bypass Windows 10's login screen and log into your account automatically.

Unlike some tweaks, this particular tip does not require you to delve into the registry or fiddle with key system files. There is a built in feature that can be used to automatically log into a particular user account, but it's pretty well hidden -- you'd be forgiven for not spotting it on your travels through the operating system.
Hit the Start button, or press the Windows key, type netplwiz and then click the entry at the top of the list of search results. If you're feeling old-school, press the Windows key and R to bring up the Run dialog and execute the same command.

In the list of usernames that's displayed, select the entry for your account (if you see more than one that appears to be yours, opt for the one that's an Administrator). Uncheck the option labelled 'Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer'.

How To Automatically Login In Windows 10
When prompted, enter your password -- for what will be the last time -- confirm it, and then click OK. That's it. Once you restart your computer, you'll be automatically logged into your chosen account. Simple

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How to change user account name in Windows 8.1

When you first install Windows, it prompts you to create a user account and choose a name for it. This becomes your logon name (also called as the user name). Windows also creates a separate display name for you. If you type your full name when creating an account, Windows creates a logon name based on the first name and your full name is stored as the display name. You can easily change your display name from the User Accounts Control Panel but what about the logon name? You can change the logon name too without having to create a new user account but the way to change it isn't so obvious. Here is how to do it.


Several years ago, when Windows XP was released, it featured a new Welcome screen with avatars and a user list. It was friendlier for people who were not familiar with earlier versions of Windows, where you had to type your logon name as well as the password.

The Welcome screen still exists in modern versions of Windows. It shows a list of users with their display name, which is different from the logon name. The display name is usually the first and last name in case of an individual, but it can be anything, and can include special characters like " / \ [ ] : ; | = , + * ? < >. The logon name can't include these special characters. In Windows XP, there was an option to choose between the Welcome screen and the classic style logon. In newer Windows versions, the classic style of logon is made less prominent (it can be enabled using Group Policy).

There are several cases where you might need to view or change your logon name. For example, in an enterprise network, you need to know it to sign in to Active Directory. Depending on the devices you have and your home network setup, the logon name may be required to access various network shares or administrative resources on another PC. If you need to change it, follow these simple instructions.
  1. Run File Explorer.
  2. Right click the This PC icon in the navigation pane and select Manage from its context menu:
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  3. The Computer Management window will appear on the screen. In the left pane, expand the tree nodes to go to Computer Management -> System Tools -> Local Users and Groups -> Users.
    local users and groups In the screenshot above, you can see that my actual logon name (user account name) is st, but the logon screen of Windows 8.1 shows the display name, which is 'Sergey Tkachenko'.
  4. Select the user name from the list in the right pane, right click it and choose Rename.
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  5. The first column of the user list will become editable, so you can specify a new logon name:
    new login name   Press Enter. Now you can close Computer Management.
That's it. As you can see, it is very easy to change your logon name. This is an old, well known trick and is also applicable to very old versions of Windows such as Windows 2000. But ever since Windows XP, the User Accounts Control Panel only lets you change the user name. You need to use Local Users and Groups MMC snap-in or the Advanced User Accounts Control Panel (netplwiz.exe) to change the logon name.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How to Install Windows 10 on Your computer

Want to install Windows 10 on your computer? We’ve got you covered with the instructions, although it’s just like installing any other version of Windows.

UPDATE! If you want to clean install Windows 10 instead of just upgrading, you can follow our new and updated guide to clean installing Windows 10. We definitely recommend going that route.
Before you decide to upgrade your computer, you might want to decide whether or not you actually want to install Windows 10. It’s not necessarily right for everybody — there are still bugs and issues, and we really recommend that people hold off for a few weeks.
You should not install Windows 10 on your primary PC. Use a test computer or a virtual machine. If you absolutely must install Windows 10 on your regular computer, we highly recommend creating a system image of your entire computer in case you want to easily revert back.

Before You Install

Here's a couple of obvious points to consider before you head down the path of mucking about with your PC.

Windows 10 Technical Preview
First, make sure you have all your data backed up. Even if you’re careful with how and where you install the update, it’s still a good idea to have everything duplicated just in case anything goes wrong.
The update won’t be reversible, even with a recovery partition so make sure you have everything you need to re-install your original version of Windows – serial numbers, installation discs, etc.

Where to download the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Once you’re sure you have a PC that’s backed up and ready to have Windows 10 unleashed on it the next port of call is to download the upgrade.


How to Install Windows 10 on Your PCHere you’ll be signing up for the Windows Insider Program, which allows you to download and test out the software. You’ll need a Microsoft account – Hotmail, Outlook, etc – to login and you’ll need to agree to some terms and conditions along the way.
Now the next step is where you have to be a bit careful. Microsoft – for some bizarre reason – has sought to guide the user to download the upgrade version of the software, which will upgrade the very PC you’re using.
Don’t do this!

Even if you are planning to upgrade the PC you're using - i.e. it's already a spare - it still makes far more sense to download the installation separately in case something goes wrong and you have to start again. It really is a very silly way for Microsoft to have setup the preview website.
How to Install Windows 10 on Your PCInstead, head to the bottom of the upgrade page where it says “Looking for ISO files?”. Click on "Get the ISO files" and download the version that’s right for your machine. There are options for US and UK English, Chinese, and Portuguese as well as 32-bit or 64-bit versions. They're around 3-4GB so be prepared for a little bit of a wait.

How to Install the ISO

To get the Windows 10 Technical Preview onto your test PC you’ll need to either burn the ISO onto a disc or copy the files onto a USB drive.
Windows has built in burning capabilities these days so you can just use that - just insert a disc, right click on the ISO and select "Burn Disc Image". Or you can use your choice of burning software if you have something else installed - Nero or ImgBurn for instance.
For USB installs, if you have software that can read ISO files you can just copy the contents onto a USB drive or you can download and run the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool which will format the drive and copy the ISO to it for you.

What if I Don't Have a Spare PC or Hard Drive?

If you don't have any spare hardware on which to install Windows 10 Technical Preview but you don't want to upgrade your current Windows Install, you have a couple of options: install to a separate partition on your existing hard drive or install to a virtual machine.
To create a separate partition you'll need to resize your current partition. You can do this from the Disk Management tool - right click on My Computer and select "Manage". Just right click the disk partition you'd like to resize and select "Shrink Volume". Assuming you've got enough hard drive space you'll be able to shrink this partition and leave enough room for another Windows installation on the left over space - anything over about 10GB should be enough for a basic Windows 10 installation.
Once the original partition is shrunk click on the empty space left and select to create a new partition. Then, when you run the Windows installation make sure to select this new partition to install to.
Removing this new partition and getting back to your old installation can be a bit of a bind but that's for another article...
As for installing to a virtual machine, you can find a comprehensive guide here.

Installing the software

Once you’ve either burned your disc or copied the files to a USB drive, insert either into the PC you’d like to upgrade.
If you do have an old version of Windows - and haven’t elected to just upgrade direct from the website – you can start the installation from the desktop by just clicking setup.exe and following the instructions.
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How to Install Windows 10 on Your PCIf you don’t have a copy of Windows already on the machine you’ll need to boot from the disc or USB drive by changing the boot options in your motherboard’s BIOS.
Once booted, just follow the setup instructions. Behold a new world of "Live Tiles in the Start Menu? What's that all about?" awaits...

Get the latest build of Windows 10 Technical Preview now!

For those of you already rocking Windows 10, all you need to do is wait for the automatic update schedule to arrive and the update to the latest build with all the new fun features will happen of its own accord.
If you want to force the upgrade to happen straight away you need to go to PC Settings > Update & Recovery > Preview Builds > Check Now. You're looking for Build 9926.
The new update is essentially a fresh install so make sure any data you need is backed up. It will keep your personal files and attempt to reinstall comptible programs but it's not foolproof.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

How To Run Android Apps in Chrome on Mac / Linux / Windows

It’s now possible to run Android apps in the Chrome browser — it just takes a little bit of work.
Google has officially brought four Android apps to Chromebooks, so it would seem that it’s only a matter of time before more and more Android apps become officially available on the Chrome browser. If you can’t wait, however, let’s run through a few options for running Android apps in Chrome right now.
Note: We’ll be looking at Chrome on Windows here, but the same processes should work on Macs or Linux devices as well.

Prerequisite: ARChon Custom Runtime

Before getting started, you’ll need to download this Chrome extension. This allows Android apps to work properly on Chrome, but it’s still very much unofficial and unstable, so don’t expect everything to work perfectly.

There are three download options available for the runtime that depend on your system. To check if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit browser, you can navigate to chrome://chrome in your address bar, or you can click the three line menu button in the upper right and select About Google Chrome at the bottom.
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Once you’ve downloaded the correct version (and this may take a while, as it’s a 100MB file), unzip the folder. Then type chrome://extensions into your address bar to view a list of all your current extensions. Here, select the Developer Mode box in the upper right.
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Now you’ll want to press Load unpacked extension and select the folder where you unzipped ARChon. Make sure it is enabled, and you’re good to go. You can now choose from one of the three options below, depending on which you find easiest.
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Option 1: APK Conversion in Android App

Your Android apps as they are now on your phone or tablet are not able to run in Chrome. To make this possible, they have to be repackaged to be compatible with ARChon. This would be a pretty complicated task — if it weren’t for this Android app: ARChon Packager
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Once you’ve got the app downloaded and installed, open it up. You’ll be given two options for choosing an app: an installed app, or an APK from your phone’s storage. An APK is the installable file for an app, but you don’t need to worry about that if you just want to use a regular app you already have installed. Select Installed application and choose next.

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I chose Pulse as the app I want to try on Chrome. You can then select if you want it to run in phone or tablet mode in Chrome, and if it should be oriented for portrait or landscape. You can also give it access to the files on your PC or enable ADB
 if you’re a developer.

Once you hit Finish, the app will be converted into a nearly Chrome-ready ZIP file. You then need to transfer that file over to your computer either by using a USB cable, or by selecting the share button at the end of the process to email it or upload it to your preferred cloud storage service.
When the ZIP file is on your computer, unzip it. You’ll then want to go back into chrome://extensions, select Load unpacked extensions, and select the unzipped folder. Once it’s loaded in, click Launch to access the app.
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And there you have it. Using this method, Pulse ran perfectly for me.
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But if you don’t have an Android device, the next option might be better for you.

Option 2: APK Conversion in Chrome App

For this option, you’ll need to download Twerk from the Chrome Web Store. You will also need an APK file already, the installable file for an app. APKs are notoriously hard to get hold of because of the high likelihood of malware in so-called “cracked” apps, but there are quite a few legitimate APKs available for download straight from the developers over at the XDA forums.

If you have obtained a legitimate APK, this method will work perfectly. Otherwise, move on to option 3.
The process here is simple. Launch Twerk from the Chrome App Launcher or enter chrome://apps into your address bar. Then, locate your APK file in your local file browser and drag it over into the Twerk window.
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You can then select several options, like whether to run it in portrait or landscape, and build it by pressing the pink Android at the bottom. Then you’ll choose where to save it.

After that, head back into your Chrome extensions (chrome://extensions in your address bar) and select Load unpacked extension. Find the folder that Twerk created and select it. Your app should now be in Chrome, and you can launch it just like any other Chrome app!

Option 3: Find Converted APK Online

This option is probably the simplest out there because you don’t have to tinker with any of your own apps. For this one, you’re just going to download apps that are already compatible with ARChon — the biggest disadvantage is the limited amount of apps available like this.

Visit this community-created Google Spreadsheet of apps that have been tested with ARChon. Most of them have a download link at the far right to download the files, but you take your own risk when downloading these. There is no guarantee that they are safe files, so exercise regular caution. You can also try browsing this Chrome APKs subreddit.

Once it is downloaded, unzip it if it’s zipped, go to your Chrome extensions page (chrome://extensions in your address bar), and select Load unpacked extension. Find the unzipped downloaded folder and select it to load it into Chrome. You can now find it at chrome://apps to launch like a regular app!

What Is Your Favorite Android App On Chrome?

As we bide our time until Google makes this an official feature, this is your best bet for getting tons of Android apps running on your Chrome browser.
What is your favorite app that you’ve been able to get running? Do you have any other methods of running Android apps on Chrome that you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments!

Friday, November 7, 2014

How to partition your drive before installing Windows 10


How to partition your drive before installing Windows 10

So you're interested in trying out Windows 10? Well, you're in luck. Microsoft released a Technical Preview of the upcoming Windows operating system that is free for anyone to download and install. There are a few different options for getting Windows 10 on your device. You can simply install it on a secondary PC over your existing Windows operating system, you can use a virtual PC emulator to test it out or you can partition your hard drive and install it on your primary PC. This guide will show you how to do the last of the three.
While using a virtual PC to install Windows 10 may be easier, performance may take a hit because you are splitting your memory between two operating systems. Creating a hard-drive partition, which will split the hard drive into different storage volumes, will let you experience Windows 10 as it was meant to be. The best part about this method is that once it's all said and done, you can simply delete the partition and return your PC to normal.
How to partition your drive before installing Windows 10
Open the Control Panel, click on System and Security and select Administrative Tools. Double-click on Computer Management and under the Storage submenu, click Disk Management.
Right-click your primary drive (in most cases this will be theC volume) and select the Shrink Volume option from the list. If you are installing the 32-bit version of Windows 10 you will need at least 16GB, while the 64-bit version will require 20GB of free space. On my 700GB hard drive, I allocated 100GB to Windows 10, which should give me more than enough space to play around with the operating system. Remember that 1,000 megabytes is roughly equivalent to 1 gigabyte (technically it is 1,024MB to 1GB).
How to partition your drive before installing Windows 10
You should now see an "unallocated" amount of storage appear next to your C volume. Right-click it, select "New Simple Volume" from the list and click on the Next button. You can assign the drive any letter you please; I simply selected D. After clicking Next a third time, you will come to the Format Partition section. Make sure NTFS is selected for the file system and choose a name for the partition. I went with the name "Windows 10." Click Next one last time and then on Finished. You should now have a blank drive to install Windows 10 on.
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To get things back to normal, right-click the partition and select "Delete Volume" from the list. Then, right-click the C drive and select Extend Volume.

You can find a step-by-step guide for installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview on your PC by clicking this link. Just be sure that you are installing the preview on the newly partitioned drive; in my case that is the D drive. You don't want to install it on your primary C drive.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

How to run Windows XP programs in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8


How to run Windows XP programs in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

How to run Windows XP programs in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

Microsoft has killed support for Windows XP, but that doesn't mean you have to get rid of all your old software. Here we show you how to run Windows XP programs in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Also see: Windows 10 hands-on review and Windows 10 release date, price and new features.

If you still have a few legacy applications that require Windows XP or you just want to test a program to make sure it works on the legacy operating system, it’s relatively simple to install and run it in a virtual PC environment. Also see: How to install a virtual machine.

Windows XP is no longer available to buy and although there are illegal copies to be found circulating the internet, you can download a pre-built virtual PC directly from Microsoft, which you can be confident will be malware-free. Microsoft provides these virtual machines to help developers test old versions of Internet Explorer, but they provide a full XP environment in which you can run any programs you wish.

Virtual PCs are available for a number of platforms, but we’ll use Oracle’s free VirtualBox software in this example. Once you have VirtualBox installed and working, go to modern.ie and select ‘VirtualBox on Windows’, then scroll down to Windows XP. Download the three files listed under IE8 and save them to a folder on your hard drive. Once they have downloaded, run the file called part1.exe and it will extract a file called IE8 – WinXP.OVA. Double-click this file to import it into VirtualBox and your Windows XP virtual PC will be installed.

You can now launch Windows XP from within VirtualBox and install any software you wish. The operating system is time limited to 30 days, but it’s possible to activate it for permanent use if you are in possession of a valid key


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How to run Windows XP programs in Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Windows 9 release

Windows 9 Threshold: All you need to know about the next Windows

When is the Windows 9 release date and how will Windows 9 differ from Windows 8? Read on as we explore potential Windows 9 release dates, leaked Windows 9 screenshots and how the Windows 9 Start Menu looks set to change, hopefully for the better. (Last Update: 16 Sep)

Windows 9 is the most important software release in Microsoft's history. Among the many things Microsoft needs to sort out is the Windows 9 Start Menu, but there's more to it than that. There are also debates about how Microsoft will sell Windows 9, with some kind of subscription model a possibility.

Whatever Microsoft has planned, we don't have long to find out what it is. Official invites have gone out to 'Join us to hear about what's next for Windows and the enterprise' on 30 September.

Microsoft's ambition for Windows 9 is apparently that it needs a "deeply personal, universally human way of operating". For one thing, this will likely mean integrating Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant.

Windows 9 Release Date: When is Windows 9 coming out?

There are a few schools of thought on the Windows 9 release date. One suggests it's planned for April 2015. This is a reasonably safe bet for a few reasons, including Microsoft's desire to shorten the gaps between releases, and the fact the original report came from respected Microsoft reporter Paul Thurrot.

Reasons against this theory include that there was no serious mention of Windows 9 at the BUILD 2014 conference, Microsoft's annual developers conference. Microsoft did show a sneak peek of a new Start Menu, but not much else.
Another view suggests Microsoft is actually planning a much earlier launch. Renowned Russian pirate group WZOR, a notorious source of verified Microsoft tips in the past, recently tweeted that it believed the Windows 9 launch was coming much sooner, with an RTM (Release To Manufacturing) release towards the end of this year.

If this were the case, however, we'd expect to have heard a lot details by now, and it's possible WZOR's sources referred to the expected Windows 8 update planned for later this year and not Windows 9 itself.

More recently, reports suggested that Windows 9 will be delayed later into 2015 due to another update to Windows 8.1. This would push the Windows 9 release date to June 2015 as opposed to the planned April 2015.

Hopefully, Microsoft's 30 September event will clear all this detail up.

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Windows 9 Start Menu: What will it look like?

Most of the discussion about Windows 9 thus far has focused on the Windows 9 Start Menu and what changes Microsoft is expected to make to it. Indeed, Microsoft has fueled this by releasing the following early concept of what the future Start Menu will look like.

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The Start Menu is returning in a serious way – it won't just open the full 'Modern UI' as seen in the most recent Windows 8.1 update. Instead, it looks as though Microsoft will integrate elements of that UI, such as Live Tiles, into it.


Windows 9 Beta/Preview: When will the Windows 9 Preview be released?

As noted earlier, a Windows 9 Beta this year is looking increasingly likely. This would give Microsoft plenty of time to gather user feedback ahead of a full release, and hopefully generate some goodwill from hardcore users who could influence regular consumers.

Like previous Windows previews, we'd expect the Windows 9 Preview to be open to everyone with the usual caveats that you need to know what you're doing to install it. Fundamentally, though, the main changes are likely to be visual rather than structural, so it's unlikely to have any problems with drivers and other common snags from previous Windows betas. If you can run Windows 8 smoothly, the Windows 9 preview should be fine.

Windows 9 Features: Could Cortana be a key part of Windows 9?

Cortana, in case you mised her/it, is the digital assistant that Microsoft introduced to Windows Phone 8.1. Recently, two separate reports confirm that the system is coming to Windows 9. This would essentially add voice search, and other voice activated interactions, right into Windows 9.

This idea is also consistent with a recently leaked poster (see below) that refers to the need to make Windows 9 "deeply personal". Adding a personal assistant like Cortana seems like a good way to kickstart that idea.
Windows 9 poster

Windows 9 Price: Could Windows 9 be subscription based?

We don't know this for certain yet, but it's reasonably clear that Windows 9 will see a change in how Microsoft sells Windows 9 and that the Windows 9 price may be significantly lower than previous releases.

The two sources for information on this topic are WZOR (again) and respected journalist, and Microsoft expert, Mary Jo Foley. WZOR believes the base operating system will be free, with certain features costing extra as part of a subscription. This could take the form of enterprise features costing extra in a similar manner to Office 365.

Foley, meanwhile, believes that Windows 9 will be free, but only without the desktop. This is somewhat consistent with current Microsoft policy whereby products of a certain size or price are effectively exempt from the licensing fee, though how Microsoft would charge for desktop versions and what it would charge remain up for debate.

These two ideas aren't necessary mutually exclusive, either, and clearly show that discussions within Microsoft are ongoing.

As noted earlier, a recent leaked Microsoft document refers to 'Windows 365' and thus adds further fuel to the idea that Windows could have a subscription-based future. It seems unlikely, to us at least, that Microsoft would make such a radical change immediately, making the WZOR  assertion of a subscription for certain features far more likely.


Windows 9 Screenshots: What else is new?

The above screenshot is the only official concept for a future Windows release at present, but it includes a few more clues than just what the Windows 9 Start Menu will look like.

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Here you can see a Metro app and Desktop app on the desktop

Chief among these clues is the ability to pin 'Metro' apps to the taskbar and open them inside traditional desktop Windows. Arguably this is a more serious and more useful change than an updated Start Menu.

One of the many criticisms of the Modern Start Screen seen in Windows 8 is it forced people to use full screen apps when it wasn't necessary. This idea works fine on a tablet, but it doesn't make much sense when you're using a 24-inch (or more) monitor. This change would allow more users to enjoy the benefits of these apps without the drawbacks.

What we want to see in Windows 9

Besides what we already know to be coming, there are few things we'd really like Microsoft to sort out for Windows 9

Better support for High DPI monitors
Currently, Windows 8 is rubbish on high DPI displays, such as the 3,200 x 1,800 resolution display found on the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus or the 10-inch, 1080p screen on the Surface Pro 2. One these devices, desktop apps often have implausibly small text or UI elements, which completely defeats the object of having nice, crisp high DPI screens.

Fewer hidden UI elements
One of the more irritating habits of Windows 8 was using hidden elements, such as hot corners, to access certain features. Again, many of these ideas worked great on tablets, but were an utter pain on laptops and PCs.

More Metro apps
An obvious one, this. Even now the Windows Store lacks a little depth beyond the big names, and it's an area that needs to improve. Unifying the app process between Windows Phone and Windows 9 would help this, and it's widely believed to be what Microsoft is working on.

Reduced OS size
Windows remains a somewhat bloated operating system. That's fine if you're using an old-school PC, but on an Ultrabook or tablet with limited space, handing over 30GB or so to the OS is a major pain.
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Monday, June 23, 2014

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

The new backup utilities in Windows 7 are actually pretty impressive and creating an image will be possible in all versions. Today we take a look at creating a backup image of your machine without the need for a third party utility like Ghost or True Image.

You just just finished installing a fresh copy of Windows 7 on your computer and have it set up to your liking. One of the first things you should do now is create an image of the disc so in the event of a crash you will be able to restore it to its current state. An image is an exact copy of everything on the drive and will restore it back to its current state. It’s probably best to create an image when everything is clean and organized on your system. This will make the image file smaller and allows you to restore the system with a smooth running set up.

The process of finding the System Image Backup tool is different in Windows 7 and 8, so we’ll show you both of them, and then explain how to create and use the system image, which is basically the same in either.

Opening System Image Backup in Windows 8.x

For Windows 8.1 (if you are still on Windows 8 you should really do the upgrade to 8.1, it’s free, and very important), they’ve moved the system image function under the File History section. You can search for it in the Start Screen search.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

Then you can click the System Image Backup in the lower left-hand corner. (Note that it’ll take a bit for this screen to show anything).

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

Opening System Image Backup in Windows 7

Click on Start go to Getting Started and then select Back up your files.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

Next click on the Create a system image hyperlink.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

Creating a System Image Backup in Windows 7 or 8.x

Decide where you want to save the image. You can choose an external drive, burn to multiple DVD’s, or store it on a network location. windwos

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

You can include other drives if you want as well but remember that will add to the size of the final image windwos .

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

At the confirmation screen notice the amount of space the image may take. If something doesn’t look right you can still go back from this point and make adjustments.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

A progress meter is displayed while the images is created and backed up. In this example a disk of about 15GB in size took under 20 minutes backed up to an external drive. Times will vary depending on your system and where you’re backing it up to.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

After the process is complete you get the option to create a system repair disc which you should do and make sure to save it in a secure location.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x
How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

When it comes time to restore the image, you will be able to use the System Recovery Options to get the system back.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

Image in Windows Vista

Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise allow you to create an image, but Vista Home and Home Premium users do not have the option. The process is similar in Vista, type backup into the search bar and click on Backup and Restore Center.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

Then click on Back up computer and the wizard will guide you through the process.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x
Conclusion

This is a extremely handy feature and it actually works well. It is also nice that the feature will be available in each edition of Windows 7 instead of just the higher end versions. This will save you some money in not having to spend $50-80 on a third party utility. You should create an image when everything is fresh on your system so the image is not too large and the essentials of you machine can quickly be restored. For instance I created an image after a fresh install and putting Office 2007 and a few of my most commonly used programs. The entire image came in around 10 GB which is easily stored on an external drive or a few DVD’s.

How to Create a System Image in Windows 7 or 8.x

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Friday, June 20, 2014

How to Repair a Corrupt Windows 7 Installation

Every operating system needs an occasional repair job, and Windows 7 is no exception. Whether the source of the problem is corrupt data, a particularly brutal piece of malware, or some other serious issue, you'll occasionally have to reinstall your copy of Windows

Wiping your hard drive and performing a fresh installation can be a huge headache; but fortunately there's a way to repair a corrupt Windows 7 installation while keeping all your programs, personal data, and user accounts intact. With Windows 7 you can perform an in-place upgrade installation to repair a flaky existing install. Though technically designed to upgrade older Windows operating systems like Vista, the in-place upgrade installation option can also be used to repair an existing installation of Windows 7.
The in-place Upgrade installation involves multiple stages, starting with copying installation files to the destination drive and gathering existing files and settings. 
 
How to Repair a Corrupt Windows 7 Installation
Note that you must perform the in-place upgrade process from within Windows; if your PC can't fully boot to the Windows desktop, this repair guide is not for you. A few other limitations come up later in the article, so be sure to read the entire guide thoroughly before attempting to repair your corrupt copy of Windows 7. Performing a repair installation should be your last resort, and you should consider it only if you have already removed spyware from your PC, reinstalled your drivers, and unsuccessfully tried to restore from an earlier (working) version of Windows 7 using System Restore.

Prepare Your PC for Windows 7

Before performing a repair installation, you should take a few precautionary measures to ensure that the process goes smoothly. The first step is to back up all of your critical files to an external storage device. Though the repair process is unlikely to fail or to render any of your files unrecoverable, it's always a smart idea to back up your data.

After you've backed up your system's important data, we recommend uninstalling any third-party security software such as firewalls or antivirus applications. You can always reinstall them after completing the repair process; but since you'll be initiating this process from within Windows, you need to remove any security applications that actively scan files. You should also download and store all of the drivers that your system needs to function--especially the network controller, which tells your network adapter how to access the Internet.

After backing up all of your drivers, clean out all of the temporary files and junk data that have accumulated in Windows 7 over the course of prolonged use. To do this, click the Start button, and in the Search field type Folder Options; then press Enter. In the Folder Options window, click the View tab and select Show hidden files, folders and drives; then click OK.

Next, initiate a Disk Cleanup by opening the Start menu and selecting Computer; right-click your primary drive (the C: drive by default) and open the Properties menu. Select the Disk Cleanup utility in the lower-right portion of the menu, and select Clean up system files. The Disk Cleanup utility should take a few moments to rescan the drive. Next, click the More Options tab, and select Clean Up in the 'System Restore and Shadow Copies' section at the bottom of the menu. In the dialog box that appears, click the Delete button; then navigate back to the Disk Cleanup tab, confirm that all items in the Files to Delete list are checked, and click OK. The Disk Cleanup utility should clear out outdated system files, temporary data, and other digital detritus. Depending on how much junk data is on your drive, this step may take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.

After running the Disk Cleanup utility, you should clean out a few folders manually. Open the C: drive again, and double-click the Windows folder. Scroll down the list of folders and delete any files in the Prefetch and Temp folders. Be sure to delete only files within those two folders and not the folders themselves. Next, navigate back to the C: drive, and double-click the Users folder. Within the Users folder, double-click first the folder for your particular username, and then the AppData folder (if you don't see the AppData folder, you must not have selected 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' earlier), the Local folder, and finally the Temp folder. Delete all of the files in this Temp folder as well; then restart your system.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How To Securely Delete Files From Your HDD Or SSD In Windows


When you hit the delete button, where does that file go? Does it just evaporate and leave a blank space on your drive? If you’ve been around computers long enough, you know that’s not what happens. But if you’re mostly an email and Facebook type of computer user, you might not know, or not even thought about it.
You should think about it though, for a couple reasons. The first reason is so that you know you might be able to recover an accidentally deleted file. The second reason is so you know that, if you can recover a file you deleted, so can someone else.

What Happens To A File When It is Deleted

Hard Disk Drives (HDDs)

When you delete a file it goes to the Recycle Bin. That gives you a chance to recover it in case you accidentally deleted it and need it back. But what happens when you delete it from the Recycle Bin? Actually, not much at all. The file doesn’t move or go anywhere. In fact, when you moved it to the Recycle Bin, it didn’t physically move there either. All that happened was an index got updated to say that the file is in the Recycle Bin, not the Documents folder.

The index is called the Master File Table (MFT) for Hard Disk Drives. It looks like this. The left-most column are the block addresses. The middle column shows data in hex code. the right column shows what that data would like as plain text.

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When the file is ‘deleted’ the information stays on the drive, but the MFT is changed to say, “Hey, you know that spot where Secret-File.txt was? Yeah, Computer, you can now put data there if you want. We don’t need it anymore.” Until the computer puts data in that spot, the Secret-File.txt data remains. It could be minutes, days, weeks, or months until that data is overwritten. Kind of like a condemned house sitting on a lot. It’s not usable, but it’s still there until the bulldozer comes and they build something else.
Here’s an example. The left column shows red Xs for MFT locations that have been set to be overwritten, the one with the page icon is marked to stay. The right column shows the data that is still in that location, even though you can’t find it with Windows Explorer. See the problem with ordinary deletes now?

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Solid State Drives (SSDs)

It’s not exactly the same for Solid State Drives. SSDs are always shifting files around, randomly. So, figuratively speaking, if you deleted a file from location 2871, the deleted info may, sooner or later, get moved off to another random location, until at some point in time the SSD decides to finally overwrite that file. How do you target the old file for secure deletion on an SSD, then?

Well, you can’t really. A group of engineers at the University of California studied how difficult it is to erase data from an SSD. Trying to securely erase a single file left behind anywhere from 4 to 75% of the information. And it’s tough on the drive. What you can do is make sure you encrypt your SSD, and make sure that you’ve got an SSD drive with TRIM capability.

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This isn’t a problem for most people, but you might be concerned that people could still access that deleted information. Maybe you handle sensitive medical documents, or you’re an international art thief, or just a little paranoid like me. How do you securely get rid of that data, immediately and forever?

What is ‘Secure’?

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of secure data deletion, we need to look at what secure means. Secure means whatever you think it means. If you’re happy with the level of security you have, then it’s secure. If the data you don’t want recovered isn’t life threatening, then the measures you take to delete it don’t need to be as severe as deleting the security codes for the last sample of smallpox off the CDC’s servers.
Let’s take a look at the methods in order of  least secure to most secure. Until we get to entire drive deletion, these methods will only apply to traditional HDDs.

Least Secure Method

Simply delete the file in your Windows Explorer and empty the Recycle Bin. Unless you think someone is going to come along with data recovery software and look for that file in the next week or so, that will probably be secure enough. Examples of information like this could be anything from a silly animated GIF to a letter to your Nan. You really should write to her. She misses you, you know.

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Mildly Secure Method (HDD Only)

As we talked about, overwriting data is a pretty good way to obscure the old data. You can do this on a file by file basis with programs that are commonly referred to as file shredders. Although the interfaces for these utilities can differ, the method of operation is essentially the same – delete the old file, then write zeroes to the places on the HDD where the file used to be. These tools are only mildly secure, because you have to make sure you use them when you need them. If you want to securely delete a file with your Social Security Number on it, but forget to use the shredder, that info will still be sitting on your drive for awhile.

   How To Securely Delete Files From Your HDD Or SSD In Windows

Examples of use for this method is where the person occasionally deals with sensitive information that pertains only to them. It might be the odd copy of a tax return, or a bank statement that you want to delete. That’s where file shredders are most handy.

Moderately Secure Method (HDD Only)

A more moderately secure method to delete information from your drives is to use software that allows you to wipe free space on your drives. CCleaner is a favourite for this task. When you choose the Wipe Free Space option, it writes zeroes to the blocks where files used to be. The difference between this and the shredders is that wiping free space takes care of ALL deleted files. It’s just that little bit more thorough. The catch is that this method takes a fair bit of time and should be scheduled or you’ll forget to do it frequently enough.

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Examples of good uses for this are for people who frequently delete files that are quite sensitive. Maybe they are heavy online bankers or do some online trading. Perhaps they have just backed up their important info to an encrypted external drive and don’t need it on the computer anymore.

Most Secure Method (HDD & SSD)

The most secure methods are really for deleting the entire contents of a drive. Yet again, because of the differences between HDDs and SSDs, the same methods don’t apply to both. Chose the appropriate one for your drive and situation.

Examples where you’d want to go to this level include switching to a new computer which will have the info, but you’re keeping, selling, or disposing of the old computer. Perhaps you are re-purposing a computer from an information-sensitive use to a more day-to-day use.

HDD – Formatting

Formatting is a catch-all term for a few different things. It can mean simply deleting the MFT so it appears like all the data is gone, but it isn’t. It’s still there and intact until overwritten. Or, it can mean true formatting, known as low-level formatting, which overwrites all the data with zeroes. You can’t low-level format your entire hard drive from within Windows. You’ll need a formatting utility that you can boot your computer into, like Darik’s Boot and Nuke.

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You might be tempted to choose one of the hardcore multipass methods, but that’s probably going to be overkill. Especially if you want it done quick and don’t want to shorten the life of your hard drive. The RCMP TSSIT OPS-II or DoD Short methods are sufficient. RCMP is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the DoD is the British Department of Defence. Good enough for them should be good enough for you.

SSD – Manufacturer’s Utility

Most SSD manufacturers have a utility for managing and securely erasing their SSDs. Tim Brookes was kind enough to compile a list of links for the top manufacturers in his article, How To Securely Erase Your SSD Without Destroying It.

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Download: Intel Solid State Toolbox / OCZ Toolbox / Corsair SSD Toolbox / Samsung Magician / SanDisk SSD Toolkit

Paranoid Method (HDD and SSD)

The National Institute of Science and Technology has a policy to deal with the destruction of extremely sensitive data. It’s even more aggressive than what the RCMP or DoD use, so it will destroy your data to the point where not even Sherlock Holmes riding on Hercule Poirot’s back with Frank Columbo leading them around would get anything out of it.


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That’s not hyperbole, that’s NIST’s actual standard. Oh, and to meet the grade you have to find a NIST licensed incinerator to do the job. That job in the picture above wouldn’t be good enough.

 What Will You Do?

You’ve got the knowledge and some resources now. It’s up to you what you will do with them. However, if you’re not already using several techniques to keep your information safe from prying eyes, secure deletion shouldn’t be your first concern. If someone already has your info, it doesn’t matter how you delete your copy.

What method do you use to delete files securely? Are you happy with it? Ever not been able to delete a file? Let’s talk about it.


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