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Upgrading to Windows 10 – Easy and Satisfying!

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Warning: this is not a tech based review, this is a noob review. Shout out to all the noobs out there. Yes we use computers too.

I always compare changing my OS to visiting a new restaurant – exciting, fun, hopeful, but all the while fearing that all those expectations would be smashed to smithereens by an enraged bulldozer. Thankfully, Windows 10 is the smoothest, cleanest and most satisfying OS, and with the help of amazing Cortana even the most basic users can find their way through the system. Trust me, I’m one of them.

I don’t understand formatting, I don’t even know how to, and installing a new OS meant a clean install, long hours of waiting, many mouse clicks, reinstalling previous applications – a lot of work. So when JC suggested I upgrade to Windows 10, my first answer was “no”. What I learned was you can get Windows 10 without a clean install, and all the previous programs and applications will be reinstalled automatically.

Great news!

So, I downloaded the Microsoft Media Creation Tool

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– double clicked the application –

accepted the terms and conditions and clicked next

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– chose Upgrade This PC and again next

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It will start downloading Windows 10 to your PC. Once that’s done, accept the license terms and agreements. It will get the relevant updates and then click Install. Choose the version – home or professional, and your bit system – 32 bit or 64 bit, and you’re done. The PC will reboot several times but that’s just normal part of the process. You will find all the apps just as you had left them, thus saving us from a major hassle (that was always the most hated part, I would keep on forgetting what apps I need to download).

There are several things I liked immediately about Windows 10:

        • The desktop is very clean, the flat modern design is very appealing and a soothing change from the 3D look of Windows Vista and Windows 7 (I have never used Windows 8, I was warned too many times).
        • The Start Menu is adaptive, showing the Recently Added and Most Used programs first, and then continuing to display the full list of programs as you scroll down.
        • I am quite intrigued by the Virtual Desktop. It can be found in the Task Bar, right beside the Search Box. It’s really useful when you don’t want to close all the running programs right away but need a clean desktop to do something else. (My life has become less uncluttered).
        • The very favorite is the Search Box. Cortana is a useful tool for someone who can never remember where a particular program or feature is. As I was a Windows 7 user, accessing the Search Box without clicking on Start Button every time, is actually a big relief.

I won’t get into further specifics and will leave you to experiment and find out on your own, as I am, but to conclude I must say that the overall experience has been more than satisfactory. For someone who uses the PC for mostly non-technical purposes, Windows 10 provides a fulfilling experience.

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How To Fix Corrupt Windows Files Using SFC And DISM

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Today I will teach you friends “How to fix a corrupted Windows system without formatting it”.

Sometimes we have several problem like Windows Explorer not working or some program (Windows) not working correctlly because of our system files got deleted or get corrupted. So we have to format and reinstall Windows in order to work with it properlly.

But is there any way to fix our Windows without formatting it?

The answer is yes. If some of Windows system files got corrupted and you can log into your Windows. Then maybe you can repair your Windows without reinstalling it. Here are the methods…

SFC SCAN:

Open CMD as Administrator by right clicking on Windows start logo and clicking over “Command Prompt (Admin)“.

If a UAC message poped out just click on Yes.

A Black DOS Window will showup. Now type there:

SFC /SCANNOW

Hit enter button from your keyboard it will showup the System File Verfication process from 1% to 100% then it will tell you it can repair your Windows system files or not. If you get a message that files got repaired successfully then just restart your Windows and your problems will be probablly gone.

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But if SFC SCAN show that it found some problem and unable to fix them like the picture below, Then we have to go for DISM method.

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DISM METHOD:

Insert your Windows Disk into your DVD-ROM.

Now open CMD as Administrator by right clicking on Windows start logo and clicking over “Command Prompt (Admin)“.

If a UAC message poped out just click on Yes.

A Black DOS Window will showup. Now type there:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:S:\sources\install.wim:1 /LimitAccess

Please replace the S: with your DVD-ROM drive letter. Maybe it’s D: or E:.

This will scan your Windows’s recovery image and repair it from the installation DVD. Once it is done it will show you a message like the image below:

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Now type on your prompt “SFC /SCANNOW”. This time SFC definatelly repair your Windows system files but if it fails then there is no option other that reinstalling the Windows.

 

I hope this tutorial is informative. If you like this and helped you don’t forget to share it with friends.

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Enable VMWare Network Adapter On CentOS 7, Windows Server 2012

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Today I was trying to install CentOS 7 over VMWare 11 but unfortunately the network is not detecting on the CentOS 7. So, After a research I found a way to enable network adapter on CentOS 7 over VMWare 11.

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE IS APPLICABLE FOR WINDOWS SERVER 2012 R2 ALSO.

I found out  the reason  that the CentOS v7 3.10 kernel no longer supports the Ethernet Controller device.

So, after my research what I have found at https://access.redhat.com/discussions/722093

I have added the following line to my .VMX file:

ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000”

And it’s really worked.

To edit a .VMX file:

1. Ensure that the virtual machine is shut down (not suspended).

2. Select the virtual machine from the VMware application window (Like for me CentOS 7). Then Click on  VM > Settings, Click on Options Tab. Click on Advanced.

3. Under File Locations you will see Configuration and Log. You can find the files in those directories. Here is a screenshot of that,

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4. Open that Configuration .VMX file using notepad and add that line ethernet0.virtualDev = “e1000” on the end of the file.

5. When finished, save the changes by using the save option in the text editor. Exit the text editor.

6. Now start your VMWare Machine (CentOS 7) and you can access  Network from your CentOS 7.

 

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How To Create A Bootable USB Of Windows

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Sometimes we don’t have a DVD burner in our computer or blank disk with us to burn operating system on that. But we need to format our computer, in that condition you can use your USB Flash Disk Drive as a bootable media. You need atleast 4 GB of USB Flash drive in order to create a Windows 7 or later version bootable media.

1. First insert the Flash disk into your computer.

2. Open your command prompt with Administrator privilege.

3. Type there: DiskPart and hit enter button from your keyboard.

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4. When it ready to take another input again (DISKPART> Prompt) just type there: List Disk and hit enter from your keyboard.

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Now it will show you list of disks presented on your system and as you can see the 14 GB (Disk 4) one is my flash drive. It’s actually a 16 GB of flash drive.

5. Now type there Select Disk 4 and hit enter from your keyboard to select or choose the disk 4 or in our case, My USB flash drive.  Just change the number 4 with your Flash Disk number. For you it could be number 2 Or 3 Or anything. You have to check that first.

6. Now Type Clean and hit enter from your keyboard. It will clean your flash drive to a raw state without any partition.

7. Now type Create Partition Primary to create a Primary partition on your raw flash disk. As primary partition is required in order to boot from the disk.

8. Now type there Active and hit enter. It will mark your disk’s primary partition as a active boot partition. So system will boot from that partition.

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9. As you can see on the screenshot. Now you need to format your disk into FAT32 or NTFS file system. If you want to use EFI Boot you must have to format the disk into FAT32 mode, otherwise you can format the disk into NTFS mode.

To format in NTFS mode the command will be:

format fs=ntfs quick

Here the quick stands for quick format. And to format the disk in FAT32 you have to type this command:

format fs=fat32 quick

And hit enter from your keyboard and wait until its completes. And it will show you a message “DiskPart successfully formatted the volume.

 

Now close this black command prompt window and copy all the files inside your Windows DVD or Inside Windows ISO to your Flash Drive using the Explorer (My Computer). And you have successfully created a Bootable Windows Setup USB Disk. Now you can boot from this USB to install and repair your Operating System. If you do have any question feel free to ask me below.

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How To Download And Burn Windows 10

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Click below the link to download the Microsoft’s Latest Windows 10 ISO Image:

Download Windows 10 Build 9879 Offline ISO

(SHA-1 hash value: 9E58166123D333A76EED069FCC85A56F7E079BFD)

After download is completed right click over the file you just have downloaded and click on Burn Disk Image. And you will get a window like below:

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Insert a blank DVD disk (4.47GB) into your DVD Burner and click on Burn button and wait until burn process completes.

Once the burning process completed, You may boot your PC from that DVD to install windows 10 on your computer.

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