It’s time to upgrade from the Windows 7 Release Candidate

While most people who tested Windows 7 have now moved to the final version, some are still running the Release Candidate. If you haven’t moved yet, it’s time to replace the RC.

Starting on March 1, 2010 your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Your work will not be saved during the shutdown.

The Windows 7 RC will fully expire on June 1, 2010. Your PC running the Windows 7 RC will continue shutting down every two hours and your files won’t be saved during shutdown. In addition, your wallpaper will change to a solid black background with a persistent message on your desktop. You’ll also get periodic notifications that Windows isn’t genuine. That means your PC may no longer be able to obtain optional updates or downloads requiring genuine Windows validation.

To avoid interruption, please reinstall a prior version of Windows or move to Windows 7. In either case, you’ll need to do a custom (clean) install to replace the RC. As with any clean installation, you’ll need to back up your data then reinstall your applications and restore the data. For more details about replacing the RC, see the Knowledge Base article KB 971767. For more information, visit the Window 7 Forum.

Source – Microsoft TechNet


Follow this and forget about formatting computer for years :)


One of the most persistent myths about Windows is that you need to reinstall the operating system regularly to keep it running at top performance. Let’s take a look at the real problem and how to fix it.

Today we’re talking about the myth that Windows slows down over time, and how to solve the problem. The reality is that Windows doesn’t slow down if you just take care of your PC a little more. Follow these procedures, and you won’t have to wonder if spending hours backing up data, installing from disc, and re-installing your essential applications is really necessary.

What Does Slow Windows Down Over Time?

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that your Windows PC will never slow down—because for many people, they almost always do. What actually slows your PC down are too many poorly written applications that stay resident in memory and waste CPU cycles, having too many badly written low-level applications that hook into Windows, or running more than one antivirus application at a time. And of course, if you’ve run your PC’s hard drive out of space, you can hardly blame Windows for that.

If you aren’t getting the picture, the problem is usually the person behind the keyboard that installed too many junk applications in the first place. More gently put, it’s often that (very well-meaning) person’s gradual easing of their safeguards and cleaning regimens as time goes by.

Stop Installing Junk Applications

Installing software should be thought of like feeding your PC. If you constantly feed your PC garbage apps, it’s going to get sick and won’t be able to run fast anymore. These poorly written applications clutter your drive with unnecessary DLL files, add always-resident Windows services when they don’t need to, bloat up your registry, and add useless icons to your system tray that waste even more memory and CPU cycles. Usually you can get away with using a few terrible applications, but as you continue to install more and more of them, your PC will slow down to a crawl.

Be Smarter About What You Do Install

We feature and recommend a lot of software applications around here, but you should keep in mind that we aren’t trying to tell you to install every single one of them at the same time-just install the applications that you actually need and you’ll generally prevent the dreaded format and reinstall.

Here’s a few tips to help you know what applications you should be careful with:

  • Apps that function as an Explorer plug-in, because they directly hook into the shell and any problem will make your entire PC slow or in the worst case, crash repeatedly.
  • Antivirus applications are notorious for slowing your PC down, and you should never, ever, ever use more than one real-time antivirus application at a time. We recommend Microsoft Security Essentials as a free, fast, and awesome antivirus tool.
  • Anything that says it will "Speed Up Your PC" or "Optimize Your RAM" will most likely slow it down, or best case, do nothing at all. Avoid these like the plague.
  • Make sure to install official system drivers from the manufacturer website. Drivers have a huge impact on performance, and you want to have stable, updated drivers.
  • Registry cleaners are a mixed bag, and really aren’t going to speed up your PC in most cases. The biggest problem, however, is that too many of the commercial registry cleaners set themselves to run at startup in the system tray, wasting your memory and CPU cycles.
  • You should strongly consider the idea of using portable applications wherever possible, since their self-contained nature means they won’t clutter up the rest of your PC with things you don’t need.

Keep Your Computer Clean and Trim
Once you’ve rid yourself of your junk application habit and resolved to only use healthy, useful applications, you’ll want to make sure to keep your PC clean of any remaining clutter that doesn’t need to be there. You can set up a shortcut to manually run CCleaner silently with the push of a button, but your best bet is to set up CCleaner to run automatically on a schedule, so you don’t have to remember to do it.

Since CCleaner is only going to clean up temporary files, you’ll still need a good solution for keeping the rest of your PC clean-and Lifehacker’s own Belvedere can help you automate your self-cleaning PC or automatically clean up your download folder.

With all of this automated file deletion going on, your hard drive is likely to get a bit fragmented. If you’re already running Windows 7 or Vista, automatic defrag comes out of the box and probably shouldn’t be messed with, but Windows XP users will need to use Windows Tasks to setup a schedule and automatically defrag their drives.

Use a Virtual Machine or Sandbox to Test Software
If you still want to test out all of the latest software, including apps that look a bit rough around the edges, your best bet is to use a virtual machine to test out anything before putting it onto your primary operating system. You can install all of your software in an XP or Windows 7 VM just like it was a real PC, and with the latest VMWare player releases, you can even enable Windows Aero in a guest VM. If you are new to the idea and need some more help, you should check out our beginner’s guide to creating virtual machines in VirtualBox, or Windows 7 users can check out our guide to using XP Mode. If you don’t want to go the virtual machine route, Windows XP and Vista users can alternatively use Windows SteadyState to protect their PC and roll back all of the changes on a reboot.

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Windows 7 Boot Animation Tech Specs

  • Duration – 7 seconds
  • 105 tiff images – 200×200 pixels each.
  • 105 frames and 15 frames per second.
  • The first 4 seconds (color flying in) is linear, the 3 seconds where it the Windows logo glows (pulse) is a loop, which will continue till Windows boots.
  • Colors supported by the boot sequence – 32 bits per pixel (Vista was 16 bpp)
  • Resolution – 1024×768 (Vista was 640×480)
  • Vista’s Pearl screen & sound is eliminated that helped improving Windows 7 boot.
  • Tools used — Adobe After Effect & Photoshop

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Your own Surface


Most of us have seen the intriguing Microsoft Surface commercials and their possibilities, but can we really afford one? A Do It Yourself version has been developed by Eyebeam.

For the much lower cost of $500-1000, the Cubit Project is available, allowing you to download the software and also instructions of building one all by your own.

In addition, a Cubit kit including all the hardware necessary to build the Surface like product is being talked about. This would consist of all the necessary materials, instructions, and requires you to just provide a computer to hook up the table to. Although a price has not been mentioned for the full kit, additional information is available at their site.

This DIY may not have the Microsoft brand stamped to it, but I believe that many may look at that as one of the more attractive features of the project.

If you have been interested in the Surface product, would you consider a full purchase of the original, building one all by yourself, or getting the Cubit kit?

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BitLocker to go

As we know BitLocker is the full drive encryption feature introduced with the Windows Vista Ultimate and continued to Windows 7 but in addition to full drive encryption BitLocker provides an additional feature “BitLocker To Go” in Windows 7

BitLocker To Go allows users to protect there Removable Storage Devices like USB Pen Drives or External HDD by encrypting the data on it, when any unauthorized person tries to connect these devices to any* other computer it asks for the password following tutorial will show you How to Protect the Removable Storage by Using BitLocker To Go

My System Specifications
2.20GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
2GB DDR3 1066MHz Memory
4GB PenDrive iBall

Step – 11Right click on the drive and select Turn on “BitLocker” 
this will start the BitLocker and will prepare your pen drive to use it with BitLocker

Step – 2
2 2.1

Once the drive is prepared BitLocker will ask you for the method to unlock the pen drive here you can select “Use Password to Unlock the Drive” if you want to lock it using a password or you may select “Use my smart card to Unlock the Drive” if you have a smart card and a smart card reader available.
In this case i am using a password to unlock my drive. Once you select that option you need to enter the password twice which you want to use for unlocking the drive, Enter the password and click Next

Step – 3
3Once you complete the Step – 2 BitLocker will ask you if you want to store a Password Recovery Key this is useful if you forget your password

Step – 4
4When you complete all the above steps you are ready to start the encryption process the BitLocker will ask you for the final confirmation to start the Encryption Process here you have to click on Start Encrypting button which is at the bottom right corner of the window

Step – 6

5The BitLocker will then start encrypting the drive this process may take several minutes in my case it took half hour to encrypt the 4GB pen drive the time may vary depending upon the processing speed and size of the drive.
You can also Pause the process if you want to access any file from the drive in between

Once the process is complete you are all set to use your drive now when you connect the drive to any PC which supports BitLocker it will ask you for the password to unlock the drive
All versions of Windows 7 supports BitLocker encrypted drives

BitLocker is a gr8 way to protect your data
I’M a PC and i use BitLocker 🙂

Funny Difference Between and

Hi guyz today i’ll introduce you with a gr8 difference between and
If you ask any Computer Expert about the difference in these two he will tell you its a domain suffix change denoting the change of Nation. ".Com" stands for Commercial and "" stands for commercial at India. And it’s true but when you search any term in Google it shows the search suggestions while you type these suggestions are mostly country specific it shows you the suggestions of those words / phrases which are mostly searched in that country. See the pics below and the next second your hand will flicker those pics. These pics were a simple screen shots taken., For to believe your own eyes see the searches to be made & blaze at the Difference



2. (Google India)

The picture says it all what can I say more ? 😛

How to use SkyDrive as local HardDisk Drive

Many of my friends asked me how they can use the SkyDrive as their local HDD or we can say an Mapped Network Drive so here’s my post for all my friends describing how you can do it and believe me any one can do this all you need is 4 to 5 Mins of your valuable time. (But this will save your lot of time in future)

“Gladinet Cloud Desktop” is the software which you can use to achieve this goal the “Starter Edition” of this software is provided for free or you can choose “Professional Edition” for just $39.99 and the thing is you can use the same software to take the backup of your GoogleDocs or to manage your photos on Picasa you can download the software from the given link

How to use it ?

When you complete the software installation it creates a new Drive on computer you can find it from MyComputer by default the Drive Letter will be “Z:” if you are using Windows 7 it will look like one in following image


To use your SkyDrive or any other online storage with this application Open this drive by default this drive contains a file named “Click to mount [cloud storage]” Double Click on the file and open it it will ask you for some info in first step you need to provide the name of search provider select “Windows Live SkyDrive” the box just bellow it will ask you for the name this is the name which will appear on folder where the storage will be mounted on next step it will ask you for your live username (Email ID) and password in Third step you just need to click on the Finish button and the software will do rest of the things for you now after this when ever you want to copy some data to your online storage or need to copy some data from it it will be as simple as COPY PASTE operation which we use everyday 🙂