How to upgrade your Windows Phone to Windows 10

Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft, Windows Mobile, Update Advisor, LumiaAfter a very long wait,Microsoft, finally made available the Windows 10 update to older handsets that already run 8.1 Windows Mobile.
The list of the mobile device that will be able to run Windows 10 Mobile, has more than a dozen handsets. But before the joy in having a new operation system on your phone you will have to know that not all the older Windows Phone devices are supported.
The full list of devices includes:
– Lumia 1520, 930, 640, 640XL, 730, 735, 830, 532, 535, 540, 635 1GB, 636 (1GB), 638 (1GB), 430, 435;
– BLU Win HD w510u;
– BLU Win HD LTE x150q;
– MCJ Madosma Q501.
To help the users Microsoft made available the new Update Advisor app that will let you know if your handset is eligible for an update.
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The Windows 10 Mobile Upgrade Advisor app helps you find out if your Windows Phone 8.1 phone is eligible to install the upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. For the update you will need to free some space on your device. After opening the app, it will check if the phone is eligible to install the update. If not it will let you know that your phone is not in the list.
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The developer recommends to move temporary the photo and video files to OneDrive or on your SD card. If you use the OneDrive application after the update you can restore you files thru the use of Update Advisor app.
Some of you may experience the following error – “Something Went Wrong”. If this happens to you try to uninstall and reinstall the app.
In the beginning the Windows 10 Mobile update was eligible to more devices in not know exactly way the Windows company canceled some devices from the initial list. The company did not announced if the list will suffer more changes.
Windows 10 Mobile is already been available on the newer handsets from the end of 2015 whit devices shipped with the operating system installed.

How to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4

How to use Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4? For one, it doesn’t need to be installed. Just download the zip file, extract the program to any location you want.

After the extraction make sure that you pin its executable file to your Start Menu to make access easier. The content of the extracted file must remain in the same folder, it is important that the content remains in the same folder.

The first thing you need to do once you open the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4, is to create a system restore point by clicking the “Create Restore Point” button. The reason to create a restore point is so that if you feel the need, you can always go back to the point before any tweaks were made.

Tweaking software are targeted at users who know what they are doing. So if you are new to tweaking, you should not over-tweak you system in one go, like many users usually do and then they want to disable a certain tweak but can’t remember which one is responsible for a particular change . You should apply tweak for one category at a time to check out how your system performs, before applying more tweaks.

How do you apply the tweaks? Very simple. All you have to do is either check or uncheck the box as the case may be. Once the tweaks are selected, just click the “Apply” button.

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As you will find out, some tweaks will apply instantly, others will require an explorer restart, which will be done automatically, before being applied. And there are some tweaks that will require a system restart. Once you will apply the tweaks and exit the software you will be reminded to restart your computer, so that the tweaks selected by you can be applied.

Here are some of the features of the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4:

  1. User-friendly interface.
  2. A system restore point and the possibility to restore default values, all accessible by easy to use buttons.
  3. The space occupied by this software is just 495 KB.
  4. Over 200 significant tweaks.
  5. No installation required. Grown tired of it? Just delete it. No uninstall needed.
  6. Tips regarding what each tweak does.
  7. Bugs can be reported by simply clicking a button in the “About” section.
  8. Support
  9. It is a software the does not contain any annoying adwares.
  10. Updates are just a click away in the “About” section.

Because the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 changes system settings, some antivirus or security software may report it as being suspect. You will need to add it to the exceptions list and allow it.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 For Windows 10

Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 is here. This software will help you personalize your Windows 10 exactly how you want to, and it will also make your system more secure, more stable and faster.

Personalizing your Windows 10 can also be made through the Windows 10 Settings app, the Registry Editor or the Group Policy Editor, but this tweaking software makes it easier for you by offering you all the useful tweaks that you may want with just a few clicks.

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With a very user-friendly interface, this software includes over 200 tweaks while occupying just 495 KB of space.

Over its last version, the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 for Windows 10 adds some new tweaks like:

  1. New interface design with command link buttons.
  2. The Context Menu for the Store app also gets new tweaks.
  3. You can now run the DISM command to fix corrupted system image.
  4. You can recalculate the Windows Experience Index from the main page.
  5. The privacy section gets new tweaks.
  6. Drives can be pinned to the Desktop Context Menu.

All the tweaks available in the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 are categorized very well as follows:

  1. System Information – When you start the tweaking software, you will get all the basic information about your system( OS version, Build, Computer Name, User Name, Processor, etc.). Also available are the buttons to run DISM, to run the System File Checker, to create a System Restore Point or to open the Recovery Options.
  2. Customization – In this section you can tweak the settings of the Taskbar, File Explorer, Thumbnails and the UI. You can choose themes for the OS or for the apps, disable Start animations, etc.
  3. User Accounts – In this category you can change your account settings, Login information and the sign-in options.
  4. Performance tweaks – Even though most of these settings are best left at their default values, if you want to, you can change them to best suit your needs.
  5. Security and Privacy – This tab will let you change some settings, like either restricting access (for example: Windows Update) or disabling apps ( Bing Search, Cortana, Password reveal button, Application Telemetry, etc.).
  6. Internet Explorer – This section will let you tweak the Internet Explorer‘s behaviour and interface.
  7. Context Menu – In the Context Menu you can add useful functions to the right-click context menu, you can add Windows Store apps. You can also add “Scan With Windows Defender“. You can also convert Desktop Icons into Tiles.
  8. Additional – In this section you get extra System and Network tweaks. You can also change how the Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4 behaves.
  9. About – This last tab contains, apart from the License Agreement, some useful links such as the Submit Bugs link, the Support link or the Check for Update button .

How to stop Windows 10 from upgrading your computer automatically

How to stop Windows 10 from upgrading your computer automatically?

Well, even though Microsoft is saying that they do not force any Windows user to upgrade to Windows 10, there are some reports of Windows 7 being upgraded to Windows 10 by force. Other reports say that Microsoft offers Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 only two options: upgrade to Windows 10 “now” or “tonight”.

Although Windows 10 is a good and free upgrade, some users may not want it and would rather keep using either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

If you find yourself in this position, there are some ways of blocking the upgrade to Windows 10.

Here are a few ways of blocking the upgrade, depending on which stage you are now:

  1. System administrators that want to block the upgrade of their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, can use the Group Policy or Registry to stop the automatic downloading of Windows 10 to the computer.
  2. Set the network connection to “Metered”. To set the network connection to metered you need to access the Settings app, click on Network and Internet, click on WiFi and select advanced options. Once in the advanced options move the slider to the ON position for Set as metered connection.

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4.Make Windows notify you before any update, so when you’ll be notified about the Windows 10 Upgrade you can simply refuse it.

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6. If Windows 10 has already started upgrading your computer, it will offer you two choices: 1) Schedule it for later or start the upgrade now or 2) Upgrade Windows now or tonight

After the above choices Windows will want you to accept EULA. Just click on Decline and the upgrade will stop.

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Finally, if your computer has already been upgraded to Windows 10, then you have the option to rollback Windows 10 to your previous version of Windows

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What’s the best Antivirus for Windows 10?

If you already asked that question you already have installed Windows 10 and maybe it’s time to choose your best antivirus solution. You should know that Windows 10 won’t be asking you to install an antivirus solution, not like Windows 7. From Windows 8, Microsoft includes Windows Defender in his own operating system release.

We will see how Windows Defender performs on Windows 10 and how good it is in protecting your computer from threats.

How good it is Windows Defender ?

Well, Microsoft Windows 10, come with a black box antivirus solution which scans each opened software and started program. But as we know Microsoft, Windows Defender is with many steps behind other antivirus solutions from the free market (Internet Explorer anyone? ).

But Windows Defender has many advantages. First of all, is already installed on the system along with the operating system, is way much lighter than it’s competitors and won’t attempt to collect your personal data as other antiviruses do.

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A golden rule is to keep your system up to date, installing all the updates whenever they appear and using a modern browser capable of installing updates itself. Try to avoid Internet Explorer, just a friendly advice. If you can do that that, you’re ok even with Windows Defender. Windows Defender received a decent score on antivirus testing sites. If you’re paranoid about security or if you work with sensitive information, install a dedicated solution like Kaspersky or BitDefender, who gets the best score. These two antiviruses are capable to protect the system with a 100% score.

Windows 10 come with other security filter called SmartScreen filter, that shouldn’t allow user to download and run malware software. Something similar is found in modern browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

On the other hand, if you usually download torrent files or other pirated software, a good advice is to skip the Windows Defender and go for a better antivirus software.

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Still, what is the best antivirus for Windows 10 ?

It’s hard to tell. Depends a lot on user behavior. Everyone’s tolerance is different. We can make a list of what we may consider important and you can easily choose in which of these categories you belong:

  • If you want the best protection possible: You have to choose a dedicated antivirus method (Kaspersky Antivirus or BitDefender). If you want to have the best protection possible, take any of these two (not both of course 🙂
  • If you want a free protection: Avira antivirus may be the best choice for this category. Beware on installation to uncheck the Ask Toolbar. From time to time, avira will show a pop-up with advertising but if you’re ok with that, Avira it’s the best choice for this category.
  • The least intrusive and still free protection: You should be ok with Windows Defender. You won’t see any pop-up displayed by this antivirus, and the best thing of all, it’s free. Just remember to keep your computer up to date.

Combine antivirus with Anti-Malware solution.

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You may want to try using beside a standard antivirus, a dedicated software which will protect your browser file integrity, keeping it’s plugins safe. For this case you should use MalwareBytes Anti-Exploit. This software would help to block all kind of nasty attacks (even zero day exploits). Please keep in mind that any solution you choose, won’t give you 100% safety. Make regular backups and keep your computer clean and up to date. Be sure you know what kind of programs you’re running and usually don’t execute them with Administrator rights, it will keep you away from most troubles.

 

Hiberfil.sys – What is it and how to delete it

Ok ok, I got it. You have some issues with Hiberfil.sys which is taking too much of your precious SSD
space. I’ve said already that it take too much space ? Well, this file can become a gigantic pain
for your SSD. You’ve tried already to delete the file but you end up reading this article, that’s
something.
Well, the thing is you can delete the file and I’m gonna show you how to achieve this goal.
My system is a Windows 7, but you can delete the hiberfil.sys on each system even if your system
is Windows 8, Windows Vista or even the worst – Windows 10.

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If you have a lot of memory on your PC, the file will be bigger.

But what is hiberfil.sys ?

Windows itself has two modes of power management. First one is Sleep Mode, which maintain your PC
running in a lower power state. Restoring from this mode is almost instantly, and you can resume
your work asap without waiting for the entire boot process to finish. All your documents will be
exactly in the same state, all windows in the same place and so on.
The second one is Hibernate. This power state wrote to hard drive entire memory content when PC is
going to Hibernate. On this mode, you can take off the power entirely. When the power is back on,
you will have to wait a few seconds until the memory is filled with the previous content and you
can resume the work from where you left.

Hibernate Hiberfil.sys
The “culprit” for this file is hibernate mode. As you already know, if this file is managed by
Windows (and hiberfil.sys it is) you cannot JUST delete it.
If you’re sure you won’t use this mode (personally I recommend Sleep Mode instead of Hibernate),
you can disable it.

 

How to disable Hibernate in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

Press START button, type CMD but don’t press Enter, not yet. Right click on found CMD and select
“Run as Administrator”. When the window opens, type the following command:

powercfg -h off

Delete Hiberfil.Sys

When the prompt appear again, you can close that black and scary window.
Now, if you want to check, you should see that the Hibernate option doesn’t show up anymore in Shut Down menu.
Another thing, the hiberfil.sys disappeared too.

Disable Hiberfil.Sys

How to disable the Hibernate mode in Windows XP?

If you’re a dinosaur 🙂 , or just a simple XP lover, you should know that you can disable hibernation mode from XP much easier.

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Just go to Control Panel and select Power Options and find the Hibernate tab. You can now uncheck the “Enable Hibernation” box and you’re done. Reboot the PC and you can delete the hiberfil.sys file.

How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux

How to mount Windows 8 or 10 system drive on Linux without running into a problem or let’s say error. And by error we mean this message: “The NTFS partition is hibernated”. This actual error will prevent you from accessing its files.

If you are not expecting this message, you will surely be confused.

By shutting down Windows normally, Linux will claim that it is currently hibernating. And now comes the confusing part for you, because you didn’t hibernate it. The explanation is that the Windows system actually hibernates whenever you perform a normal shut down.

The Windows system does not fully shut down by default, but instead it hibernates, and when you boot it again, it just reloads the initial state of the system. By doing so, the start-up process is sped up, but it has the above mention downside if you use Linux.

There is a way around this problem, but the Windows system will boot a bit slower (let’s say Windows 7 boot speed). What you need to do is to disable the “hybrid boot”.

Unlike exFAT file systems that require additional software, Linux distributions like Ubuntu include NTFS-3g, and can mount NTFS file systems normally.

By restarting your PC, Windows won’t use the “hybrid boot”, so if there is an operating system problem, the restart procedure will fully erase that initial system state and generate a new one.

So, when you are dual-booting Linux, make sure that you restart Windows instead of shutting it down, when you want to switch to Linux.

You can also force the Windows system to do a full shut down by pressing the Shift key while clicking the “Shut down” button.

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Whatever option you choose, you can then boot back into Linux and mount the Windows system partition. You can access its files by clicking on Linux’s desktop file manager or in Nautilus.

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To make things even easier, you can disable the “hybrid boot” entirely. But keep in mind that by doing so the Windows system will boot a bit slower. Once disabled, you will be able to mount its partition.

To disable the “hybrid boot” you will need to boot into the Windows system, launch Control Panel and click on the “Hardware and Sound” button. Then, under the Power Options, click “Change what the power buttons do”. A new window will appear, where at the top you will see “Change settings that are currently unavailable”. Click this button to. Then scroll down and uncheck the “Turn on fast start-up (recommended) option. After you do so, click the “Save Changes” button.

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Windows will now perform a full shut down, just like Windows 7 did, every time you shut it down.

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If you’re dual-booting and want full read-write access to your NTFS partition, this is necessary.

If you only want to access and view the files in the Windows partition, you can mount the Windows system partition in read-only mode. By choosing this option you need to know that you won’t be able to change or write anything on this partition. And also know that, Linux can mount Windows system drives in read-only mode even if they are hibernated.

How to boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox

How to boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox on Windows may come in handy if you don’t have a CD or a disk image. VirtualBox can be a lifesaver for anyone willing to experiment with different OS.

 

For starters to boot from a USB Drive in VirtualBox you’ll evidently need a bootable USB drive. The second thing you need is to be able to use command prompt, but no need to worry because it only involves a couple of steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu and search for Disk Management. Once found, launch it. Then find the disk number of you USB Drive (for example if it says “Disk 2” the number you are looking for is 2).
  2. Open the Start Menu again and search for Command Prompt. Choose “Run as administrator” by right clicking the icon.
  3. Navigate to the VirtualBox installation directory by running: cd %programfiles%\Oracle\VirtualBox
  1. Enter this command to create a .vmdk file in your C drive, which will point to the USB drive:

VBoxManage internalcommands createrawvmdk -filename C:\extdisk.vmdk -rawdisk \\.\PhysicalDrive#

You’ll need to replace # with the disk number found in step 1.

  1. Open the Start Menu again and search for VirtualBox. Right-click the icon and select “Run as administrator” so you can run the program with administrative rights.
  2. In the window labelled “Hard Drive”, select “Use an existing hard drive file”, and select the .vmdk file you just created as your new virtual hard drive.
  3. Finally select the new virtual machine that will appear, and VirtualBox will boot the operating system found on the USB Drive.

Make sure that you keep the .vmdk file so you don’t have to repeat all the steps every time.

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The steps presented above are specifically for Windows. For other OS’s the steps might differ.

 

How to copy a large file to an SD card

How to copy a large file to an SD card or microSD card. Sometimes you really need to copy a large file and when you do, most of the times you will get this message: “the file is too large for…”

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If you’ve seen this message, and you’ve already checked that you have enough storage space for the file you are trying to copy, then you know how frustrating it is to have an SD card or microSD card with enough storage space – let’s say 16GB – and to not be able to copy a file – that takes up only 5GB of that storage space.

 

SD cards come preformatted as FAT32 file system which has a 4GB file size restriction.

So what do you do when you find yourself in this situation? The answer is very simple.

All you have to do is format your SD card from FAT32 to exFAT. The exFAT file system does not have the 4GB file size limit.

How you ask? Well that’s simple too.

 

  1. Connect the SD card or microSD card to a PC. You can connect the SD card directly if your computer has SD card slot. If not then you need an external USB SD card reader that you can plug into any USB port on your computer.

To connect the microSD card to your computer you need is an adapter to allow it to fit into a standard SD card port or externat USB SD card reader.

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  1. Right click on the SD card icon

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  1. Left click on format

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  1. Change the file system from FAT32 to exFAT

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  1. Make sure “Quick Format” is selected

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  1. Click Start

 

Note: Formatting will delete all existing data on your SD card or microSD card. Be sure to save all the files that you need before formatting. Also check your device specifications to make sure that it can read exFAT formatted cards.