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Windows 8.1 Installation Media is Free!

Posted in Computer, Free, How to, Software Tools, Windows 8 with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

Did you know?

If you’ve lost, can’t find or don’t even have your Windows 8.1 installation disk (any version btw), there’s now no need to buy a new one; you can create one for FREE! I was recently asked again where to get a new installation media (aka install disk) and thought it was worth a post to reiterate this very useful info.

Create installation media for Windows 8.1

All you gotta do is download Microsoft’s application (less than 2 Mb), run the tool, select the Windows 8.1 version you need.

Probably the best part is it lets you choose between a USB installer and an ISO file. Once you’ve picked your preferred method of destruction installing, let it work. It’s that simple!

You don’t even have to install anything on your precious computer since it’s a standalone app; which makes it portable too!

This nifty tool can create installation media for all the following Windows 8.1 versions (32bit/64 bit):

Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 N
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro N



How to – Delete an OEM partition in Windows

Posted in Computer, How to, Windows 8 with tags , , , , , , on May 26, 2014 by Sirusdark

I was there, minding my own business, formatting old laptop hard drives when suddenly, a reluctant hard drive resisted me. It had an OEM partition that couldn’t be deleted using Windows Disk Management. So here’s how to delete such a partition in Windows!


So what to do when Window Disk Management utility. doesn’t work? You use a command line tool, of course! The one we need is called Diskpart.

Don’t worry, using Diskpart is VERY easy and simple. NO fancy commands to type. It ain’t rocket science, believe me. If you want to learn more about ALL the available commands, check out website or the direct link in the references section at the bottom of this post. If you absolutely need pictures, take a look at Jared Heinrichs’ article (also linked in the references).


1. After making sure wich hard drive you want to delete the OEM partition from, press [WIN KEY  + R] and type:


2. Type:


3. List all the available hard drives

list disk

4. Select the drive that has the OEM partition. (Replace the X by the desired number)

select disk X

5. Now simply list, select the partitions and delete it!

list partition

select partition X

delete partition override





Saving files painlessly in Windows 8 – Easier and faster than XP!

Posted in Tweaking, Windows 8 with tags , , , on April 21, 2014 by Sirusdark

Windows 8 + saving files = @&*%$

That used to be my initial reaction…. Until I used the Libraries.

Note that I made the jump strait from Windows XP to Windows 8 and was used to save files easily and faster than most people. Thing is, I couldn’t save stuff the same way I used to in Windows 8… until I figured it out. It’s now easy and as fast. Here’s why and how:

Quick access gone?

When saving files in Windows 8, you’ll notice the big quick access shortcut buttons are gone (My recent Documents, Desktop, My Documents, My Computer, My Network) in the left side of the save prompt. In Windows XP, I used Tweak UI to customize those shortcuts to point strait at my data hard drive’s folders. Life was good… But, now, it’s even better!

XP - Save as...

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[ Windows XP “Save as…“; customized with Tweak UI ]

Instead, in Windows 8 you have Windows Explorer’s tree view (folders listing) on the left. And that’s where the magic happens.

Windows 8 Save Prompt and Libraries

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[Windows 8 Save Prompt with custom Library “My Picture” selected]


Libraries are a bit weird, but they’re awesome: simply put, they are pointers/shortcuts that redirects you to specific locations. Using libraries, you can now have a LOT more than just 4 or 5 quick access shortcuts! As of writing, I already use 8 custom Libraries, in addition to the default 4 Windows libraries! :D

Creating a custom Library

Here’s how to create a custom Library: navigate to your Libraries, then right-click -> New -> Library. Name it, then go in its properties (Alt + Enter), choose a location and voilà!

Library Folder View

In case you didn’t already noticed, Libraries all use the same folder view. You might wanna read my previous article on this: Windows 8 folders view – Nasty frakin’ oversight from Microsoft?

In conclusion, using Libraries I can now save files strait to my most used locations without the hassle of clicking down the trees. Combined with Windows’ Recent places in the Favorites section, I usuallydon’t have to browse more than one or two folders when saving stuff.



How to clear Windows clipboard

Posted in How to, Privacy, Windows 8, Windows XP on January 25, 2014 by Sirusdark

Ever wanted to clear you last copy-paste query? Tired of pasting the wrong stuff? Well here’s how to clear Windows clipboard, aka COPY (Ctrl+C)! It applies to pretty much all Windows versions:

Windows XP

Win+R, then type:


And press the “X” icon to clear the clipboard.

Windows Vista/7/8

Win+R, then type:

cmd /c echo off | clip

I recommend you keep your “run” history: it’s then easier and faster to run past commands again. (see my “Launch any program from the “Run…” prompt” article)


EDIT (24-04-2014)

I noticed using quotes rendered the command useless. I updated the command. Sorry for the inconvenience. It’s strange because it used to work before using quotes… (cmd /c “echo off | clip”)



Edit images strait away with Gimp in Windows 8

Posted in How to, Tweaking, Windows 8 on January 18, 2014 by Sirusdark

Gimp LogoI’ve already explained how to change the default picture editor in Windows XP, which can allow you to edit files in GIMP or Photoshop right away from a single click of your mouse. So let’s bring this nice feature into Windows 8, shall we?

Windows 8 sucks

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple in Windows 8: you need to make a small change in the Registry. On the other hand, it takes half the time to make the change! So it’s kinda 50/50… Here’s how to modify the contextual edit option (right-click menu) to edit images with Gimp instead of MS Paint in Windows 8:

Regedit is still king

Run “regedit” and go there:


Then simply change MS Paint’s application path to your preferred image editor. In our case, let’s insert Gimp’s application:

“C:\Program Files\GIMP 2\bin\gimp-2.8.exe” “%1”

That’s it! No need to restart your PC, the change is immediate. You can now right-click and edit any pictures in Gimp right away, with no superfluous steps!




Windows 8 folders view – Nasty frakin’ oversight from Microsoft?

Posted in Tweaking, Windows 8 on January 12, 2014 by Sirusdark

Here’s a “small” frustration I’ve encountered while abusing using Windows 8 Libraries: they all share the SAME folder view! Argh! Any folder that’s within a Library shares the same view with all Libraries. How cool…

EXAMPLE (’cause, like, I have a point)

For example, if you browse a Library in list view, then any other Library you’ll browse will also be displayed in list view, and so on. Change the view, and voilà! The view will be identical everywhere in the Libraries.

CHEER UP, it’s cool!

What’s cool is folder’s view settings are STILL remembered individually by each and every folders. Just not in the Libraries. What’s also cool, is that since the Libraries use the same view setting, it speeds navigation.

So this “oversight” isn’t really one: Libraries thus have a specific goal: to get you to your files and/or folders fast. If you want to browse and manage your files with fancy different views, then you must navigate to your files without using the libraries and you’ll then find your custom folder view settings intact.

It would have been nice to be able to switch from a Library location the the actual location and respect the user view settings… That’s the real oversight in my opinion.

Way to go Microsoft… way to go.



How to tweak AutoPlay settings in Windows 8

Posted in Tweaking, Windows, Windows 8 on January 2, 2014 by Sirusdark

Here’s how to customize your AutoPlay settings in Windows 8 for removable drive, DVDs, audio CDs, Blu-ray and such:

Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > AutoPlay