Windows 8 Installation Test Goes Smoothly With Few Surprises

August 28, 2012 by  
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For some companies, the coming of Windows 8 is a non-event. They

Reloading Windows XP

July 25, 2012 by  
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If you have been running Windows XP for a couple of years or more you may find that it is not running quite as quickly and smoothly as it was when you did your first install. I am constantly ‘evaluating’ software and uninstalling and reinstalling beta software on my computer and have always gradually become more and more disappointed after nine months to a year with the performance of my PC. so I regularly do a backup and reinstall all my software, including Windows.

Please note that this is completely different than doing the standard things to troubleshoot and fix individual problems such as system errors or application errors. These things are better fixed by using a systme Restore which is a great new feature to Windows XP

For anyone that has reinstalled their operating system a few times the process seems pretty straightforward as they have found all of the gotchas the first few times. I have lost mail and contacts but not much else over the years by following (or not following) a system to reload my operating system and software. This purpose of this guide is to give you a checklist to follow so that a reloading of Windows goes smoothly the first time.

The steps are as follows:

1. Backup all data

2. Document your current system drivers and software

3. Delete the Windows and profile directories

5. Reload software and data.

6. get some sleep

1. Backup data.

There are two methods of the process of reloading your operating system. The first is to just delete the system files and the second is to backup the files to CD or DVD and then format the hard drive completely, my preference is to delete the system folders and work from there as the actual formatting is not needed as much now as it was in the past.

It is very important to be sure to get a backup of all of your data. My current practice is to create a folder in the Root of the C: drive called backup for reload and copy all of my files in there. The first few times that I reloaded my machine I either saved all of the data to another hard drive so I could format my main drive or I would just create a folder to save my data in that was in the root of the C: drive and just deleted the Windows directory. one thing to be aware of is that a new install of Windows is going to delete your current profile where your data is kept, you will be warned in the install and I am warning you here as well

First of all Windows likes to keep all of your documents in your My Documents folder and even though the icon is on the desktop the folder is actually in the following location: c:documents and settings . The documents and settings folder is quite important as it does have all of the files that are associated with you as a user. Other folders in documents and settings are Favorites Application Data and Local Settings.

If you use Outlook Express for your mail you will want to back up its folders. Open up Outlook Express and go to tools to options to maintenance and there is a button called Store Folder this will tell you where the folder is that holds all of your mail, usually located in

c:–> documents and settings(logon name)–> local settings–> Application Data–> Identities–> Microsoft–> Outlook Express. Hard to find spot but important.

If you are using Outlook for your mail and contacts my policy has always been to search for all .pst files on your PC this will give you your main as well as archive folders and maybe even some long lost mail from before.

I also do a search and put the following in the search box *.doc;*.xls;*.ppt;*. mdb;*.pub this will search for all office documents on the PC, when I get the result I only backup the files that are not in my documents and settings for my name or in the my documents folder.

How big is your Backup and Reload folder now that you have all of your data in it? can you back it up to a CD? or two, or a DVD? This would be a nice time to do that save to a CD so that in the event of a catastrophic failure of your hard drive you can go back and reload your data later.

2. Document your current system drivers and software

So often when I am working on a computer I find that after a format and reload of Windows that I am missing a network card driver or a video driver. before you turn off the computer to format it or delete the system files make sure that you have a copy of all of the drivers, realistically the only drivers that seem to change are the video drivers. What other drivers might you need? well if you have the CD that came with the motherboard then you will probably only need to download the sound card, video, monitor, modem drivers and you can find the type of hardware by right clicking on the my computer and going to properties and then depending on your version of Windows look for the device manager. I do not tend to format my drive I only delete the Windows directory and the Documents and settings directory when I do a reload so I can then find the files later still sitting on the hard drive. My preference is to create a folder called mydrivers in the root of the C: drive so that after you reload Windows you will have a central place to go to find the drivers. now just go out and download the drivers that you need.

3. Delete the Windows and profile directories

Now, this is where you have to take a deep breath before you get started as when we delete files we are not going to be able to get them back. when I delete files on the computer before I reinstall Windows I do not delete all of the files or format the drive. The only way that you can delete what you want is to use some kind of a boot disk that does not load Windows from your hard drive. I use the Ultimate Windows Boot CD and after I boot the drive up I move some data instead of deleting. more often than not I will have missed some important file so I create a backup folder that contains all of my data. I drop my current Documents and Settings folder into this backup folder and then also any applications from the Program Files’ folder that may have some of their own files. This would include databases like Act or Maximiser and Tax software or book keeping software like Quicken. Most of the data files for applications are kept in the My Documents folder.

In the install of Windows you will need to have at least 2 gigs of free space so make sure that you have freed up enough space to do the install

When I am deleting folders I am most interested in deleting the Documents and Settings and Windows folders, as this is where you will find user settings as well as the registry both good and bad. if you are really aggressive you can also include the Program Files folder so that after you have reloaded Windows you can have the default settings for each application. I also delete any files that are sitting in the root of the C: drive.

Now that you have deleted the unneeded files and directories you will have to give yourself an operating system to reload all of your software into. I prefer Windows XP now although if you have a bit of an older computer Windows 2000 will probably be fine and takes less system resources.

Just a note here, Windows 98 is a bad choice and there are a few reasons why. Windows 98 is not supported anymore by Microsoft so it does not have any new security fixes or drivers being written for it. one other issue is that the underlying file system that Windows 98 supports is FAT32, if you are loading Windows 2000 or XP you will likely want to take advantage of NTFS but the only good way to do this with a fresh load is to format your machine, this will delete all of the data that you have on your PC now. if you are moving from Windows 98 there will be a spot in the install asking if you would like to format or convert the drive to NTFS, I would avoid this as you can convert after you have switched your PC to Windows XP in Disk Management from the Computer management application in Windows.

The rest of the install should go smoothly and after you have finished you will have a nice new clean install of Windows with only the recycle bin on the desktop and no applications. perhaps the desktop is only 256 colors or the size is not quite right but this is where you will fix that problem by reloading your drivers. Go to start and right click on the MY Computer icon and select properties, go to the hardware tab, now find the device manager and anything with an exclamation point or a red X will need a new driver. Right click on the icon, select update driver and walk through finding your drivers. if you can not find the driver in the lookup then you may have to go back to the mydrivers folder and run the executables for the drivers which may quicken the process of loading new drivers.

5. Reload Software and Data

Now the slow torturous part of the Windows install begins. I always do this reloading of Windows because my computer has gradually slowed down from all of the software that I have loaded up and pledge never to do again, I have proven time and time again that I don’t live up to the pledge. The only software that I load first is Office XP and setup my personal settings and mail folders from Outlook (check around for this documentation as it varies with your version of Office) and I also install my commonly used utilities. I keep my software install disks close by and just load software as I need it over the next few days.

6. get Some Sleep

Congratulations. This process is very long and occasionally we do lose data that was missed in the backup but after you are done you have a computer that is at least as good as the day you started using it. there are fewer errors, less hiccups and the computer is fast and responsive. Although it takes a long time I am more than willing to do it as long as I cleared some time beforehand as the difference in working with the computer for some time after is a real treat.

Windows 8 Update: Microsoft sets Oct. 26 release date

July 20, 2012 by  
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Microsoft has set Oct. 26 as the release date for the commercial version of Windows 8 – a date IT pros should mark on their calendars, not because they want to immediately buy it in bulk, but because they need to find out just how it will fit into their corporate network plans.

with the bulk of Windows shops running on Windows 7 and another sizeable chunk hustling to switch to it from Windows XP, there’s no compelling business reason to latch onto Windows 8 any time soon.

But there is ample reason to check it out. with its touch-friendly Metro user interface, the operating system really does present a different way of navigating through applications. The big question is whether that difference offers a better way of accomplishing work tasks, and that’s the question IT decision makers have to answer.

HELP: Why, when and how to migrate to Windows 8 

Can workers using desktops get just as much work done on Windows 8 as Windows 7 using a keyboard and mouse? That’s the minimum requirement. will the Metro interface and touch capabilities get more work done on existing desktop hardware? That’s the real question, the answer to which needs quantifying.

will tablets outfitted with the Microsoft Office get more work done? Windows 8’s catering to tablets is the big difference between it and Windows 7, so businesses need to look carefully at what benefits it will bring to productivity.

The answers will vary business to business, and those who are mapping corporate planning should remember the arrival of Windows 8 isn’t happening in a vacuum. It’s coming out amid a flood of other software updates – Office 2013, Windows Server 2012, system Center 2012, SQL Server 2012 – that require consideration and, if found worthy, deployment. Adding desktop overhauls to the list without compelling business gains makes no sense.

RELATED: Users find Microsoft system Center 2012 simplifies virtual systems management duties 

European Union investigates Windows 8 browser policy

The European Union has found that Microsoft failed to offer Windows 7 customers in Europe a screen on which they could choose what browser they wanted to use, prompting EU regulators to ask whether the same problem is likely to crop up in Windows 8, Reuters reports.

Microsoft failed to include the Windows 7 browser-choice as it agreed to, setting itself up for possible fines, and also for an investigation into whether Microsoft is cutting other browsers out of Windows 8.

BACKGROUND: Firefox, Chrome cry foul over Windows 8 ARM 

in may Mozilla and Google protested that their browser teams weren’t getting access to APIs that would enable their browsers to perform advanced functions on the Windows 8 version made for ARM-based devices and known as Windows RT. that flavor of the new operating system will only be sold to consumers installed on hardware devices – never as standalone software.

The claim of Mozilla and Google was that being left out stymied competition and was ultimately bad for customers who will have no choice but to use Internet Explorer. back then Mozilla general counsel Harvey Anderson predicted that the EU probe might be result.

“If Windows on ARM is simply another version of Windows on new hardware,” he blogged, “it also runs afoul of the EC browser choice and seems to represent the very behavior the DOJ-Microsoft settlement sought to prohibit.”

Microsoft has said it wants to lock down the software that is allowed on Windows RT devices in order to insure the machines perform well and are less susceptible to rogue applications that could carry worms, viruses and other malware.

Microsoft put a lot of thought into what’s the best keyboard for Windows 8 tablets and came up with two answers.

first, a QWERTY keyboard for users to type on with all their fingers, and then a split QWERTY keyboard with the halves pushed out toward the right and left edges for typing with thumbs.

they concluded that since fingertips can’t feel keys on a tablet screen the way they can on a mechanical keyboard, their touches tend to drift over time and miss the areas designated for the letters they are trying to hit.

To address this Microsoft programmed in some smarts that guess which key was actually being aimed for. first, it factors in common mistakes made because of the mechanics of the hand, such as often hitting the o key when aiming for the p because fingers tend to curve in that way. Second, it considers the context of the words being typed and guesses at which word is likely to follow the others already entered.

The keyboards have a feature for finding special letter keys needed for typing foreign languages, too. by holding a key down, related letters with accents pop up around it. Users pick the one they want by swiping at it with their finger still on the glass. So to get an e as in flamb鬠users would keep their finger on the e key and get the option shown below:

after much deliberation, developers left off the top row of numbers and symbols as a tradeoff for having larger letter keys while minimizing how much of the screen gets taken up by the keyboard. Tapping a number/symbol key calls up a different keyboard with just numbers and symbols. Numbers are arranged as they are on mobile phones with 123 across the top rather than as they are on many PC keyboards with 123 across the bottom. this is because users have become familiar with the phone-style layout.

Low-power Intel tablets

Intel CEO Paul Otellini says he’s aware of more than 20 Windows 8 tablets that are in the pipeline for PC makers, including some based on Intel’s Clover Trail Atom system on a chip. And he sees tablets based on traditional Intel core processors as well, according to a transcript of a conference call he held with analysts about the company’s second quarter financial results that was posted by seekingalpha.com.

(Tim Greene covers Microsoft for Network World and writes the mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at tgreene@nww.com and follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/Tim_Greene.)

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The best site for getting windows xp tricks – Always Available New @rticle Everyday

June 24, 2012 by  
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Learning about computers and applications that are on it like the operating system windows 7, vista, windows XP, and Linux ubuntu you can do with joining the course, and taught myself over the internet. There are many sites that provide information in the form of computer learning tutorials. One this site is http://www.computingnetwork.blogspot.com. in this blog you will find all information for computers, tricks for computers, tweaks and tutorials. in this blog you will find tricks / tips for windows 7, vista, windows XP, ubuntu. This blog is the right medium for you to learn windows xp tricks. Besides that, there are a few tips and tricks that you can get there, such as amazing site to unfollow the ones that does not follow you on Twitter and how to get Youtube Views, likes, Comments, Favroties for free.

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How to Set Up a Windows Network

May 20, 2012 by  
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Today, we are going to learn how to set up a simple network using different versions of Windows. This tutorial will use Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows XP Home Edition but works just as well on Vista. We will share a folder from Windows XP to the Windows 7 machine but it works well the other way too.

On the XP Machine

Click on Start and locate my Computer. Right click on my Computer and go to Properties. Click on the Computer Name tab and find the change button which is situated next to to rename this computer or join a workgroup, click Change. Click the button. In Workgroup pick a name for your new network and click OK.

Next we want to share some files. Best way to do this is to run the network wizard. Locate the folder you want to share, for example my Documents, and right click. go to the sharing tab and locate Network sharing and Security. under Network Sharing and Security you will see the new network wizard. Click on this and follow the instructions. when completed restart the system.

Once restarted again locate the folder you want to share and right click. go to the sharing tab and you will see a box titled Share this folder on the network. Check the box and give it a shared name. if you want other users to change files in your folder check the box Allow network users to change my files. That’s it for XP now onto Windows 7.

On the Windows 7 Machine

Go to Start and then right click on Computer. Click on Properties and when the View Basic Information about your Computer screen appears click on change settings, which is located on the bottom right. Locate to rename this computer, click Change and click change. Add the network name you chose for the Windows XP machine under Workgroup and click OK.

Windows 7 will now attempt to find the network and when it does it will ask you if the network is Public, Home or Work. if this is home network click Home and so forth.

Now to accessing the shared files. go to Start and right click on Computer. Click on map network drive. Browse for the shared folder on your XP machine and when located click finish. the shared folder will come up as a network drive and can be accessed from going into Computer.

Word here about firewalls. if you are using the inbuilt Windows firewalls you should have no problems as these open up the required ports to allow the computers to communicate. if you are using a different firewall then either turn it off (not recommended unless you have a another firewall between the computers and your router) or manually open up the required ports. And that is it.

To share the files the other way round name your Windows 7 Workgroup the same way you did in XP and then right click on the folder you want to share. Click on share with and then go to specific people. the operation for mapping the drive is exactly the same in XP.

How to map a drive letter to Google Drive in Windows

May 15, 2012 by  
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Google Drive’s shortcut inWindows 7/Vista shows up in your Favorites folder, while in Windows XP, it shows up in your My Documents folder. the shortcuts are easy enough to use, but if you find using a specific drive letter to be more convenient, there’s an easy way to map one to your Google Drive account.

If you’re comfortable using the command prompt, you can use the DOS command: subst. A better and easier way to create the drive association is using a small program called Visual Subst. It’s basically a GUI front-end to the subst command.

Here’s how to use Visual Subst to associate a drive letter to your Google Drive account:

Step 1: Download and install Visual Subst.

Step 2: Select the drive letter you want to associate, then type in the path of your Google Drive account, or browse to the path. in Windows 7/Vista, it should be C:UsersUsernameGoogle Drive, where Username is your Windows username.

(Credit:Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET)

Step 3: make sure to check the box next to “Apply virtual drives on Windows startup,” then hit the green plus button to add the association.

Step 4: after the association has been added, the virtual drive will appear in the Visual Subst list.

(Credit:Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET)

That’s it. you should now see your Google Drive account as a drive letter in Windows Explorer. if you want to delete the association, just highlight it in Visual Subst and click on the red X button.

For more on Google Drive, check out our complete guide of tips and tricks for learning how to get started, how to use Google Drive keyboard shortcuts, and to see how to use Google Drive on Android.

Is it possible to stop internet access to one of two networked PCs?

March 19, 2012 by  
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Any settings that are altered won’t work until the Apply button is clicked

Q  I currently use a Windows XP laptop for general internet stuff and an older Windows 2000 desktop for work-related tasks. my desktop has never been online and I don’t wish it to be.

However, I would like to put all my work files on an external hard disk that both computers can access. A Computeractive answer to a question about whether two PCs can use one printer suggests one way to do this would be to use a USB switch connected to both computers and an external hard disk.

However, having read Computeracative’s network-attached storage (Nas) article, I wonder if more is possible. Specifically, to gain access to my work files wherever I may be in the world via the internet.

So, my question is: can I allow both my home computers access to a Nas via the router but block internet access for the Windows 2000 PC? I have no need to use this PC online and there will be hundreds of updates waiting to be downloaded.Martin Corfield

A  there are a few ways to achieve this but without more details about the particular network and Nas, all we can do is offer some general guidance. probably the easiest way is to simply stop Windows from downloading updates.

In Windows 2000, click start followed by Control Panel, double-click Automatic Updates and click to remove the tick from the ‘keep my computer up to date. with this setting enabled, Windows Update software may be automatically updated prior to applying any other updates’ box.

However, assuming your needs are more complex and you really want to stop the desktop PC from accessing the web, then one way to manage the process is from the network’s router.

The router’s administration page is typically accessed via a web browser interface by typing in a particular IP address – such as 192.168.1.1 (but check the manual for the exact address).

First, though, you will need to add the Windows 2000 (desktop) computer to the network. Assuming you don’t want it to gain internet access for even a moment, we’d advise disconnecting the router itself from the internet – just for the time being. Pulling the cable from the internet socket is a quick and easy way to do this.

Now connect the desktop computer to the network (in Windows 2000, open Control Panel from the start menu and click system, followed by Network Identification and Properties. It’s then a process of clicking the Network ID button and following the Network Identification Wizard.

Now reattach the router to the web, return to its administration page (as explained above) and look for a list of the connected devices. look for a section labelled ‘Connected devices’ or similar and note down the IP address for the newly networked computer.

Next, look in the ‘Security’ (or similar) settings for an option labelled ‘IP filter’ (or similar): here, you should add the IP address of the desktop computer and use the options to prevent it from accessing ports 80 and 443 – effectively stopping it from getting on the internet.

Note that some routers have sophisticated filter settings that allow time-based controls, for example – so we’d advise reading the router’s manual to better understand how yours works.

Also note that ports 80 and 443 block web (or specifically HTTP and HTTPS) traffic. these are used by Windows Update, for example, but other update services may use different ports. Click here for a full list of ports.

Now, attach the Nas drive as per its own instructions and it should be visible to all networked computers, including the Windows 2000 one – but the Windows 2000 computer will not be able to get online to download any updates.

Windows 7 network security: Keys to a Windows 7 upgrade project plan

February 27, 2012 by  
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While Windows XP remains the world’s most widely used client computer operating system, expertsproject that Windows 7 adoption will have surpassed Windows XP by the end of 2011. most enterprisesbypassed upgrading to Windows Vista in recent years due to concerns about application compatibilityand performance.  these organizations are now upgrading from XP to Windows 7, and a plan isnecessary to ensure enterprises making this changeover are ready for the

Windows7 network security implications that will come with the new operating system.

Implementing DirectAccessrequires an organization upgrade its network to the latest technology.

In this tip, two major changes in Windows 7 are examined that should be considered before anenterprise-wide Windows7 upgrade project plan can be implemented; incorporating DirectAccessVPN technology and the enhanced Windows Firewall.

Securely extending the network with DirectAccessOne of the most interesting new features in Windows 7 is Microsoft’s DirectAccesstechnology.  while many security professionals compare this IPsec-based tunneling protocol tovirtual private networking (VPN), the difference is that DirectAccess takes remote access to thenext level by removing the need for user intervention, while traditional VPNs require the user tomanually initiate a VPN connection. furthermore, DirectAccess is “always on” VPN technology thatautomatically connects back to the home network, tunneling all intranet traffic over a secureencrypted connection.

Implementing DirectAccess requires an organization upgrade its network to the latesttechnology.  It’s imperative to run at least one DirectAccess server, DNS server and domaincontroller under Windows Server 2008 R2 on the network supporting the VPN.  In addition,remote clients must be running either the Ultimate or Enterprise edition of Windows 7.

Upon meeting these criteria, DirectAccess technology provides two major benefits to enhancenetwork security.  first, enterprises will benefit from a “no fuss” approach to securenetworking.  Employees will be connected to the intranet securely from wherever they are,without having to remember to start a VPN connection. second, enterprises will gain the benefits ofenhanced desktop management, especially over systems that are constantly on the road.  Withthis approach, it would no longer be necessary to wait for an employee to return to the office orconnect to the VPN in order to push policy updates.  every time a system initiates aDirectAccess connection, it will check in with the domain controller.

Before deploying DirectAccess, it is important to look at theMicrosoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG).  UAG includes enhanced network servicesthat ease the implementation of DirectAccess by eliminating the requirement that organizationsinitially convert a network to IPv6.  In fact, all of the enterprises I’ve seen deployDirectAccess have done so with the support of UAG.

Windows Firewall, take threeIf an organization is upgrading from Windows XP and still working with the first generation ofWindows Firewall, a fairly rudimentary stopgap product that was introduced in its WindowsXP Service Pack 2.  When making the switch to Windows 7, it’s apparent that the platformhas indeed undergone two major upgrades, even though some organizations never saw the firstone.

That first and most significant set of enhancements came with the release of Windows Vista whenthe Windows Firewall became WindowsFirewall with Advanced Security.  This release introduced a number of features thatenterprise network security administrators were clamoring for.  In fact, the absence of thesefeatures was one of the major forces that drove enterprises to adopt third-party alternatives toWindows Firewall under Windows XP.  the enhanced features released with Windows Vistainclude:

  1. Remote management capability;
  2. Bidirectional packet filtering;
  3. Separate profiles for instances when the system is joined to the enterprise network, on anotherprivate network and on the Internet at large;
  4. Enhanced rule filtering criteria, including the ability to specify both source and destinationaddresses.

With Windows 7, Microsoft introduced several new features that further enhanced the usefulnessof Windows Firewall in the enterprise.  the most significant of these upgrades is theplatform’s ability to simultaneously deploy multiple profiles on a single system with more than onenetwork connection.  Under Windows Vista, the firewall was not effective in these casesbecause it was only able to enforce a single profile, the most restrictive one applicable, on allnetwork interfaces.  Full technical details on the other changes made in the Windows 7Firewall are available in the related Microsoft TechnicalBulletin.

Getting ready for Windows 7As an organization prepares for the creation of a Windows 7 deployment plan, there are a lot ofother issues that need to be considered.  Undoubtedly, this process entails preparing for anumber of new security technologies on the desktop, including User Account Control, Data ExecutionPrevention and BitLockerdisk encryption. It’s important to be sure that enterprises take the time to consider anddeliberately plan the rollout of the new network security features.  Both DirectAccess and theenhanced Windows Firewall can play an important role in enterprise network security for years tocome, and should be among the first Windows 7 network security features enterprises take advantageof.

About the author:Mike Chapple, Ph. D., CISA, CISSP, is an IT security manager with the University of Notre Dame. Hepreviously served as an information security researcher with the National Security Agency and theU.S. Air Force. Chapple is a frequent contributor to SearchSecurity.com, and serves as its residentexpert on network security for its Ask the Experts panel. He is a technical editor forInformation Security magazine and the author of several information security titles,including the CISSP Prep Guide and Information Security Illuminated.

This was first published in January 2012

Wait! Before you sell or give your old computer away … read this!

February 15, 2012 by  
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Michael is planning on giving his Windows XP computer to his church and wants to erase his hard drive securelyHi TC & EB. I’ve finally got a new Windows 7 computer – my XP computer is eight years old and I’ve gotten my use out of it. It still runs well and I’m planning to give it to my church. A while back – some time last year – you guys had an article about how to erase your hard drive before you sell it or give it away. I wondered if you could tell me where I could find it. I really appreciate your honesty. I’m going to buy one of your repair keys here soon. I’d like you to clean the junk from my brand new computer — they come loaded with so much garbage on them. Thanks so much for all you do! Take care…Michael.

Our answerHi Michael. Thanks for all the kind words and for the support. We’re going to re-publish that article in answer to your question. With Windows 8 coming out later this year and with so many Windows XP users moving to Windows 7, we think your question is an excellent one.

Here’s what you need to do:

First make sure you have a Windows installation disk – or you have access to one. You’re going to need it when you’ve finished wiping the hard drive.

Whether you’re planning to give your old computer away or sell it, protect yourself by completely wiping the hard drive and then reinstalling the operating system. It’s not that you don’t trust people – it’s just that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Remember that everything you’ve ever typed on your computer is still there somewhere on your hard drive – including credit card numbers, bank account numbers, passwords, etc. And there are many forensic programs that can read data from hard drives which have been formatted and even from hard drives which have been formatted and on which Windows has bee reinstalled. And some of these forensic programs are cheap – some even free. You never know what someone is going to do with your old computer – curiosity sometimes overwhelms.

Here’s a program we found you can use to wipe your hard drive so that no data can be recovered from it – not even those using expensive professional forensic recovery tools. the program is call KillDisk.

Now you’re going to see on the KillDisk site that show all the features of KillDisk Pro (not free) vs. KillDisk free. You don’t need erase your hard drive to Department of Defense standards. In fact we read a review of KillDisk where the tester used the free version of KillDisk to wipe a hard drive then took it to a professional recovery service to see if any data could be recovered from the disk. the recovery service could recover nothing from the computer at all. So unless you’re going to be giving your computer to the NSA or CIA or some other spy agency, the freeware version will work just fine for you.

Now were going to issue you a STRONG WARNING. do NOT use KillDisk on a computer you want to keep and use because it WILL wipe your hard drive and you’ll lose everything – including Windows. this program is only for erasing everything from your hard drive so you can reinstall Windows and sell or give your computer to someone. DO NOT USE IT ON A COMPUTER you want to keep.

You can read more about KillDisk Free from this page: http://killdisk.com/

KillDisk works with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 – all versions (32bit and 64bit).

And there’s another freeware program that does the same thing as KillDisk – it’s called Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN). Derek says: “Darik’s Boot and Nuke (‘DBAN’) is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction. DBAN is a means of ensuring due diligence in computer recycling, a way of preventing identity theft if you want to sell a computer, and a good way to totally clean a Microsoft Windows installation of viruses and spyware.”

DBAN works with all versions of Windows. You can download it or learn more about it from http://www.dban.org.

Do not use either of these tools if you don’t want to completely wipe out everything on your hard drive. These tools work and work well – you’ll lose all your data – you’ll have nothing left. After you run KillDisk or DBan — you can reinstall Widnows and your computer will have nothing on it but Windows. be nice to the people you’re giving your computer to – and at least install Windows before you give it to them. otherwise they’ll have a computer that won’t boot

Wipe your hard drive before you sell or give your old computer away — you’ll sleep better.

How to Hack Your Windows 7 Administrator Password If You Forgot It

February 8, 2012 by  
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No matter if you’ve got Windows XP, Vista or 7; if you forget the administrator password for the system, there are very few ways to get back in again. In fact, the only two ways to regain access to your PC if you don’t have the password any more, is to either reinstall the system, or to hack it with a special piece of software.

First, let’s talk about reinstalling your system. Windows is just a big program that runs on your PC. this means that you can reinstall it to gain access to your computer again. however, this presents a HUGE problem – reinstalling Windows will literally wipe your hard drive and will leave your computer without any of your settings, files or programs that you had installed before. this method is not recommended if you want to keep your files / programs. and is only used by a select few people who just want to get access to their PC again.

The more robust method to regain access to your PC is to use a special piece of software, known as a ‘password resetter’ tool. this software basically loads up before Windows loads and then hacks the files inside your system that contain the password. We’re lucky in that all versions of Windows keep their passwords stored in the same way, meaning that you can use one of these programs to load up onto your Windows 7 system, change the various files & folders that store the password, and allow you to log in again.

This technique is preferred by most, and is the one that will reset the password of your PC without any further problems. Of course, you could also reinstall your computer – but that would lead your system to have none of your files / settings inside. You can use the password reset software to quickly gain access to your PC again, by letting it hack your system’s files & settings.

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