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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!

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

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

Enjoy!

Sirus
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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!

Diskpart

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 ss64.com 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).

STEPS

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

cmd

2. Type:

diskpart

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

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

References
-http://ss64.com/nt/diskpart.html
-http://jaredheinrichs.com/how-to-delete-oem-partition.html
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diskpart

Related
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recovery_Console
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Recovery_Environment

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

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.

Enjoy!

Sirus
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