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2 Software for Internet Sharing in Windows 7

Imagine you’re some place outside and your friend needs to access the internet through his laptop, but doesn’t have a wireless 3G dongle. The only option would be to share internet connection with your friend, right from your laptop. This can be done natively in Windows 7, but since we are all growing more and more lazier, it would be nicer if there was some software that would do the job for us. And as it happens, there are a few and I’ll be talking about two such free software that’ll  let you share internet in Windows 7.

How to Share Internet in Windows 7

Here I’ll be using two free software that’ll help your turn your Windows 7 system into a WiFi hotspot. Firstly, there is Connectify and then there is mHotspot. If you’re a regular Windows 7 user, then you must be aware of the Virtual WiFi feature that is inbuilt, these two software use the same thing, but make it far more simpler.

Connectify

Connectify

Connectify can be used to create instant WiFi hotspots using your Windows 7 system. Download Connectify, install and follow the onscreen instructions to get started. It’s not hard at all. Once it’s all set up, you can even use it to improve the range of your home router and connect your mobile device, other laptops and devices to your personal hotspot. And, yes it works. You can also use this to share another WiFi network, not just yours. Watch the video after the break.

There you go!! That’s one down, one more to go.

mHotSpot

If you just want a software to quickly create a WiFi hotspot using your own Router or USB datacard, then this is best option for you. Just enter a name for your HotSpot, a password and hit the Start button. It’ll be activated instantly, no messing around at all. However, this cannot use other WiFi networks to create hotspots, it only uses your home network. It can also be used to amplify the range of your router, but this might cause lags in internet speeds.

mHotSpot

Download mHotSpot now start your own WiFi hotspot.

These are the two simplest software to enable internet sharing in Windows 7 or create a WiFi hotspot using your Windows 7 system. Do try them out and let us know how they worked for you.

Download Windows 8 Beta : Consumer Preview

Microsoft has been working a lot on polishing the developer preview of Windows 8 that it had released last September. In only 24 hours, it was downloaded over 500,000 times. Windows is the most widely used operating system on a computer and with Windows 8, things are going to get a lot better. The company just announced the final version of the Windows 8 beta and has called it the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. I have given Windows 8 beta download link at the end of the article, and in case if you are not interested in knowing what’s new in consumer preview version of Windows 8, you can skip directly to Download windows 8 beta section at the bottom.

Windows 8 consumer preview

 

Windows 8 Consumer Preview

A lot is new in this consumer preview than the developer preview, a lot of bugs have been taken care of and it’s much more complete with lots of new apps, features etc. The Windows 8 beta also has the new logo for the operating system that the company had chosen few days ago. I’m sure you’ll be dying with excitement to try out the new Windows 8 consumer preview. You can do so by using the official download links at the end of this page. Before that, let me tell you something more about the new consumer preview. How it’s better than the developer preview and how it will make your Windows experience better.

Windows 8 consumer preview apps

Quite honestly, Windows 8 developer preview had a lot of bugs, very less apps and crashed a lot. However, it had some plus points too. Everyone, I believe, loved the new Metro layout that Microsoft has chosen for it’s latest operating system. If you don’t remember, then you can read our review on the Windows 8 developer preview to see what the next OS from Microsoft brings to the table.

So, the Consumer Preview or the final Windows 8 beta, that was released few hours ago has plenty of new features and is almost ready for daily use. I’m going to talk about them in short and try to cover almost all that’s new with the consumer preview. The hardware requirements remain the same and there are two versions, 32bit and 64bit, that you can download and try out. Microsoft has finally gotten rid of the Start button, like it was rumored it would. Instead, the new layout has something called as the ‘Charms’ bar and four corner gestures that take care of all the tasks!

windows 8 consumer preview Charms

The Charms bar pops out from the right hand side of the screen when you point your mouse on the right-bottom or top corner. It has the Start, Search, Share, Devices and Settings buttons. Performing a right click in any app will bring the top and bottom options instead of the old Right-click options. Left bottom corner will bring up the start menu on non-touch devices that can be clicked to view all the apps currently installed. Oh yes, there are numerous new apps with the Consumer preview, so that’s another plus.

The Internet Explorer is still like the one in the developer preview, IE 10 I mean and then you have SkyDrive(Microsoft’s own cloud storage service), X-box Live and again, new apps.

Where to Download Windows 8 Beta:

Windows 8 Consumer Preview downloads

After reading all that, I’m sure you just can’t wait to download windows 8 beta version and try it out on your system. If you’re already running Windows 8 developer preview, then you probably can run this new version (build 8250). Below are the download links for both the 64 bit and 32 bit versions of the latest Windows 8 beta. Both are ISO files, so you’ll need to either burn them to a DVD or mount them on to USB. You can follow our tutorial on how to create a Windows 8 bootable USB and get it done.

  • Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64bit 
  • Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview  32bit 

Once you’re done installing, do let us know what you think of the Windows 8 consumer preview. Check out the official page of the Windows 8 beta to learn more about it and also find out what apps are available.

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EaseUS Partition Master : Extend and Merge Hard Disk Partitions

EaseUS Partition MasterAs we install Applications and Games into our Windows system the space gets occupied and one day you may find that your disk partition is almost full and its time to extend the disk partition. I had a similar issue with my system, the C drive was almost full on which Windows was installed and I had to extend the partition. Windows 7 and Windows Vista have a built in Hard Disk management utility with which you can perform basic operations like Shrink and Extend Hard Disk partitions but if you notice it won’t let you extend/resize a partition on which Windows is installed.

While I was searching I found this wonderful tool with you can easily perform operations like resize, extend, merge, copy disk, convert dynamic to basic disk and convert primary to logic partition easily.

To free up space on your drive you may consider uninstalling programs you don’t use, moving large media files to another partition on your hard drive, cleaning temporary and junk files on your system and deleting previous restore points.

How to use EaseUS Partition Master

  • Download EaseUS Partion Manager Home Edition for free by clicking here.

EaseUS Partition Tool

  • [Important]Backup your data to an external Hard Drive. (Note: This is important if anything goes wrong during the process of partition, this never happens usually but it is necessary you backup your data before you proceed.)
  • Open EaseUS Partition Magic and select the disk partition from which you want to add space to your full disk partition.For Eg. : If you are adding space to your C: drive from your D: drive, then select D: drive and click on  “Resize/Move partition”  and move the pointer to the right to Un-allocate memory. Hit “Ok” to save your changes.

Extend Hard drive Partition

  • Now select the drive you want to extend and move the pointer to the right as shown in the image below. (The Un-allocated space will now get added to your selected drive.)For Eg:  You are adding space to your C: drive, select the C: drive and move the pointer to the right.

Extend hard drive

  • Click ok and now a dialogue box will appear asking you to reboot your computer for the changes to take effect, click yes, your computer will restart and EaseUS Partition Master will automatically apply the changes you selected. (Make sure there are no power-cuts when the operation is ongoing, interruption can cause serious damage to your data, the process should complete in a few minutes depending on the amount of data to be moved.)Below is a snap of how the dialogue box which would appear when Windows would reboot of the ongoing operation to give you an idea.EaseUS Partition Tool Snap

Merge Hard Disk Partitions Using EaseUS Partition Master:

  • Open EaseUS Partition master and select the drive you want to merge and on the left pane click “Merge partition”.
  •  Select the drives you want to merge and hit OK, your changes will be saved and the program will ask you for a reboot to complete the process.

Merge Hard Disk Partitions

Links to Videos :

  1. Extend System Partition
  2. Merge Partitions

Don’t forget to drop your comments below and share your views about the application

Best Windows 8 Transformation Pack for Windows 7

Microsoft released the first Windows 8 developer preview a few weeks ago, and most of us have already tried it. I’ve also written a complete review of all the new features that you’ll find in the developer preview. One of the main reasons that millions of users have already installed and tried the developer preview is the Metro UI based start menu.

However, there are millions more out there of the other kind too, who don’t want to install or try the developer preview because they’re afraid their system may lock up. Some people don’t even know that Microsoft has released an official developer preview that people can actually download for free and try. These people look for other alternatives, such as a Windows 8 transformation pack. And believe me, there are plenty of those, but most of them are always buggy and don’t work as they should. Here’s one that will work and it simulates the Metro UI of Windows 8 pretty well and it’s called Windows 8 UX pack for Windows 7.

This Windows 8 transformation pack brings more than just the Metro UI Start screen. It also adds the Windows 8 font, visual styles, wallpapers, colors etc. It doesn’t modify any system settings, so when you uninstall the pack, your Windows 7 will return to its original looks and feel.

Windows 8 UX Pack will give you Windows 8 UI improvements such as theme and logon screen without touching system files at all so it won’t have such risk to harm your system at all. In this package, you’ll have Windows 8 inspired themes and applications to make your system resembles Windows 8 as much as possible without modifying system files. Give your desktop a visual boost with the Windows 8 UX Pack.

Upon installation, you’ll be asked to choose between a Windows 8 Aero interface or the Windows 8 Lite and from there onward, your start screen will look a lot different. This is one of the best ways to experience Windows 8 on Windows 7, without the need to install the developer preview.

Download Windows 8 Transformation pack – Windows 8 UX Pack

2 Free Registry Cleaners Software for Windows

A Computer System contains Registry files stored into the database of whatever software that has been installed on the system. It is through the help of registry that all softwares work with the system. But, when ever we uninstall any particular software some or the other unwanted files or registries left over remains in the registry, which causes your other files to not function properly.

So its always better to run up a cleaner and clean all the system remains in terms of unwanted files or registries left over. While there are many number of Cleaner Software available, which could be used, not many of them are available for free.  Here are two free registry cleaning software, which are presented below as follows:

1. Comodo System cleaner

This is a cleaner which also is highly suitable for systems, specially cleaning all types of registries which are unwanted are present within a list somewhere how in the windows folder. Users don’t get time to arrange the registries in proper order, or many don’t even know where they do exist, where in which folder. This cleaner will describe each and everything to you. From private secured files to non private secured files details will all be presented once you start using this cleaner software.

2 free Registry Cleaners Software for Windows

Even there are certain malware detectable files which don’t get properly removed or through users fault, it doesn’t get deleted. So, for such a detectable file which can lead to some error can be a problem and can be notified and removed through the way of this software respectively.

2. Wise registry cleaner

This is one of the cleaners, which can reduce surplus problems through its features. The registries have some batch files, which are not easy to be deleted. Some are to be kept and some, which are dangerous need to put some restrictions, this cleaner does all its purposes to check every registry one by one. Then this registry can clear all the problems related to virus and system tools. All the registry errors can also be rectified in ease with the tools it represents.

Wise Registry Cleaner

And also it terminates many registries which are filled with problems as they somehow mingle up with other files and destroy our files for other software thus creating a lot of problems. So we need to be precise and proper in what we do within system. This cleaner really manages all and makes your system free from problems and junk related issues.

Try out these two free registry cleaners for your PC and let us know what you make of them.

Few Windows 8 Shortcuts You Should Know About

We told you where to download the new developer preview of Windows 8, we told you about all the new features and changes in it and we also told you how to create a bootable USB flash drive with the iso. If you’ve done all that and installed Windows 8 on your notebook or desktop PC using your bootable USB flash drive, then it’s time that you learnt some basic shortcuts that’ll come handy with the new Metro UI home screen and other new features.

Below are some Windows 8 shortcuts that can be used to toggle various things;

  • WIN + Q – search for an application.
  • WIN + W – search the complete system, Apps, Files, Settings, Internet etc.
  • WIN + I – open Settings.
  • WIN + O – disable screen rotation (for tablets)
  • WIN + C – Open Start Menu.
  • WIN + D – Jump to desktop from anywhere.

Windows Explorer Hotkeys: You’ll have to use the ALT key + one of the following to use shortcuts in Explorer.

  • A – to open the “special features”
  • C O – to copy the selected items.
  • C P – copy the path to the file/folder.
  • C F – copy the folder (use the drop-down list)
  • D – delete files.
  • E – edit files.
  • H – to show the history of file versions.
  • M – move the files (using the drop-down list)
  • P S – insert label
  • P R – open properties.
  • P E – Open With …, select the application again using a drop-down list.
  • S A – select all.
  • S N – deselect.
  • S I – invert the selection.
  • R – rename a selected file (s).
  • T – cut
  • V – to paste.
  • W – to create a new document, choose the template – using the drop-down list.
There are loads more. So it’d be better if you visit Win Review, who provided the list for most of the known shortcuts.

How-to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB Flash Drive

In under 24 hours, the Windows 8 developer preview operating system was downloaded more than 500,000 times. Even though it’s only a developer version, an OS in beta, regular users still want to try it out on their system. You can download Windows 8 preview iso and try it out yourself, but before that, you’ll have to know how to get started. What are you going to do once you get hold of the iso?

There are two ways paths that you can choose from here, well three actually, but the third one is something not advisable. After you’ve downloaded the iso, either 64-bit or 32-bit, you’ll need to burn it on to a disc or write it on to a USB flash drive. The easiest is to create a Windows 8 bootable USB flash drive. It doesn’t require much knowledge of things and there are free softwares available. Before you begin, make sure you have a working USB flash drive lying around, preferably 8GB or more.

Step by step guide to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB

The first thing you’d want to do is download a tool called Windows 7 USB/ DVD download tool. After downloading, install it and then run it. You’ll be presented with something like this.

Windows 8 Bootable USB

Click on Browse and select the Windows 8 iso that you downloaded. Once you’re sure that the selected file is the iso and not some other file, click on Next.

You can also click on Start over to roll back everything in case you aren’t sure that you selected the right iso. In the above screen click on USB device, because that’s what we are going to use as our Bootable device.

In the next screen use the drop down menu to select your USB flash drive and then click on Begin Copying. After this, your flash drive will be formatted and the copying process will begin. It will take some time, say 5-10 mins for the process to complete.

That’s it. You’re done. You now have a Windows 8 Bootable USB flash drive!! You can check out my full review of Windows 8 and be inspired to install it on your system too.

Where to Download Windows 8 Developers Preview [Update]

Microsoft has finally launched the first developer preview for their code-named operating system Windows 8 and it will be available for download later today. Remember the preview of this amazing operating system that was showcased at the D9 conference earlier this year. Windows 8 is a completely redesigned and cross-platform operating system that will change Windows forever. The whole user interface is based on the Metro UI, I’m sure you’ve heard of it or even used that before.

Earlier today, on September 13, Microsoft unveiled this operating system to developers, bloggers, journalists and the media at their Build conference. We’re going to write a complete review on all the features later today, so stay tuned for that. Here are few screenshots of the latest build will look on your desktop if you plan on trying it out.

For now, all you have to be excited is ‘ where to download the Windows 8 developer preview ‘ from. All the attendees of the conference were also presented with a Samsung built Tablet PC running on the developer preview, you know, so the rest of the world can be jealous about it. It runs on an Intel Core i5 processor, has a 11.6 IPS display from Samsung, 64GB SSD and lots of RAM. So Jealous!!

Well, don’t worry folks. So what if you were not presented with a tablet, you can still check this out on your own system. Be sure that you make a new partition, just in case you blow up your dear computer.

You can download Windows 8 developer preview from Microsofts developer website dev.windows.com and then install it on your system. It will be available for download in a few hours. Be sure to keep an eye on the website. Also, no activation required. If you were wondering how to watch the Windows 8 keynote online, you can do the same by visiting www.buildwindows.com.

UPDATE: As promised, the Windows 8 developer preview can now be downloaded from dev.windows.com.

You can also download Windows 8 preview by using these direct links.

Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) – 4.8GB

Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64) – 3.6GB

Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86) – 2.8GB

Have fun with Windows 8.

Open Any File On your PC with OpenFreely Application

We normally have to deal with various kinds of files on our computers and this means that we have to install numerous applications as well to open these files. Installing lot of applications also hampers the performance of our system as it is overloaded, moreover managing these applications is also quite a hassle. So a unified application or a platform that can open files of any type will be of great assistance and this is what I have lined up for you in this post.

What is Open Freely?

Open Freely

Simply stated, it is a standalone desktop application that allows users to open any kind of a media, document or a compressed file on their systems. Just simply install this application and you won’t require installing additional PDF viewers, image viewers or media players even. The application can open almost 100 types of file formats including image files, popular audio and video formats.

How to Use Open Freely?

You can open files with Open Freely either by directly associating files with it, via Open With option or through Open button that is located on the applications toolbar. When you open a file like an image, certain other options associated with that file type becomes active like rotating or cropping in case of an image file. Same goes for document files, they become editable the moment you open them with Open Freely application. This means that you can get rid of resource heavy Office softwares and suites. Open Freely also acts as a full-time media player for audio and video files.

Open Freely Screenshot

Though you have to install some codecs and certain other components like .Net Framework 4 for Open Freely to work. You might be wondering that installing too many components might overload the software but amazingly it is a very light application. Open Freely works fine on all the versions of Windows (XP/Vista/7).

Do try it out and let us know in comments that whether you liked it or not.

Antirun: Protect your PC from Virus Infected Removable Media Devices

Most of the times it is the USB and flash drives that are the main carriers of viruses in PCs, we normally plug them in our PCs without first scanning them for malicious programs and viruses. But today I will be reviewing an application that will very much solve this problem of virus influx via USB Devices. Here is a brief run down of the application.

What is Antirun?

Antirun

Antirun is a minuscule application that features multitude of protection options so that the users can safeguard their systems from malicious programs and viruses that might occur because of plugging-in of removable media devices such as phones, external hard-disk or USBs. It simply starts scanning automatically the devices that are being plugged into your PC and it immediately prompts whenever a threat is found.

Antirun detection

Antirun simply identifies the threats by directly linking the attributes of files on external media. Whenever a virus or any threat is detected the application provides users with an option to remove it immediately. Users can mange multiple external devices that are connected because Antirun shows each connected device as a separate tab.

The thing that I liked the most about Antirun is that it doesn’t fiddles with the antivirus software already installed on your PC. Just Launch it when you are about to plug-in an external media device.

How to Use it?

Antirun Use

Application will sit in your tray once installed, just open it before connecting an external device to ensure that no harm is done by any Spyware or malicious program. You can either open the external device, eject it or check the disk information within Antirun UI. It also provides a drag-drop file copying functionality without ever having the need of opening the external drive.

Antirun can be downloaded for free from the developers official page. The application works perfectly on Windows Vista and Windows 7.