How to Create a Full-Disk Backup of Your PC with Macrium Reflect

Posted on September 5, 2017. Filed under: backups, Freeware/Shareware, imaging | Tags: , , , , |

How-To Geek has a post: Microsoft announced that System Image Backups will be deprecated in Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update. The feature is still available, but it is no longer actively being developed and may be removed in a future release of Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft recommends you use a third-party tool to create full system images of your PC.

Source: How to Create a Full-Disk Backup of Your PC with Macrium Reflect

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Shrink the size used by Windows 7 System Restore | TechRepublic

Posted on April 18, 2011. Filed under: Techniques, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , |

TechRepublic tells how to Shrink the size used by Windows 7 System Restore.

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Splashtop

Posted on April 11, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , |

Splashtop is a fast-booting operating system which is designed to get you up and on the web as fast as possible.

Use at your own risk; might be useful for a dual-boot system.  Freeware.

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vortexbox.org

Posted on April 3, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , |

vortexbox.org is a way to repurpose that old PC you replaced — instead of just recycling it out of the house!

vortexbox will erase everything on your computer and replace the software with a ” free, open source (GPL v3), quick-install ISO that turns your unused computer into an easy-to-use music server/jukebox. Once VortexBox has been loaded on an unused PC, it will automatically rip CDs to FLAC and MP3 files, ID3 tag the files , and download the cover art. Vortexbox will then serve the files to network  media players such as Logitech Squeezebox, Sonos, or Linn. The music files can also be streamed to a Windows or Mac OSX system.”

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Virtual computing

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Security, Virtual systems | Tags: , , , , |

Returnil is a “powerful virtualization technology that completely mirrors your actual computer setup and it can create a virtual storage disk within your PC where you can save documents, data, and files while using the System Protection feature.”

Returnil virtualization technology clones a computer’s System Partition and boots the PC into this system rather than native Windows, allowing you run your applications in a completely isolated environment. Hence the session and all activity, malicious or otherwise, will happen in the virtual environment, not in the real PC environment. If the PC is attacked or gets infected, all you need to do is to simply reboot the PC to erase all changes. After reboot, the system will be restored to its original state, as if nothing ever happened. All of this without sacrificing computer performance or usability while helping to reduce technical support intervention and the need for routine maintenance.”

Returnil is free for personal use on your own computer (business users must pay).

Chris Pirillo has Virtual Machine Speed Tips.

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How to Repair Corrupt or Damaged Windows System Files with System File Checker

Posted on January 24, 2011. Filed under: Microsoft Windows, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , |

TechSupportAlert tells how to repair corrupt or damaged Windows system files with System File Checker.

Included in current versions of Windows.

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How to mount a Win7 system image

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Tutorials, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips Newsletter – Issue #54 has the steps to mount a Windows 7 system image.

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How to create a system image in Windows 7

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Tutorials, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips Newsletter – Issue #52 has the steps to create a basic system image with just Windows 7.

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How to Clear System Restore Points

Posted on April 12, 2010. Filed under: Microsoft Windows, Techniques | Tags: , , |

Internet Fixes has a post answering the question How Do I Clear System Restore Points To Improve Performance And Add A Little Spare Space?.

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x86 virtualization – Wikipedia

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Help, Microsoft Windows | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

x86 virtualization as explained by Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Some of the links may help, along with explanations, of running “virtual machine” versions of other software, such as the XP mode of Windows 7 and what it can run on.

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TechBite: Back up your Registry

Posted on August 11, 2009. Filed under: backups, Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , |

TechBite has a post on how to Back up your Registry.

Blogger Steve Bass prefers “Emergency Recovery Utility NT. Affectionately known as ERUNT, it’s a free tool that automatically backs up your Registry and allows you to restore it. And despite its name, it works with Windows XP and Vista, including 64-bit editions.”

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SysRestorePoint – create Restore Point quickly

Posted on July 16, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , |

SysRestorePoint is freeware that lets you create a Restore Point quickly.

Create a shortcut to the EXE that you extracted.  This shortcut can be placed in your Start Menu, on your Desktop or even your Quick Launch bar.  To run this utility every time the system starts, simply place a shortcut in Documents and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsStartup folder.  Restore Points are listed in the System Restore Calendar as “Automatic Restore Point” along with the time it was created.”

System Restore Points should always be created before installing new software or updates.  They are a “retreat back to this point” that only affect programs (they don’t change your data, like email or documents or photos).

If something isn’t working right with the new program or updates, use the System Restore to go back to the last Restore Point when things did work correctly.

Recommended by MaximumPC.

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“Operating System Not Found” Error

Posted on June 29, 2009. Filed under: Help, Microsoft Windows | Tags: , , , , |

Can I Remedy An Operating System Not Found Error? is an Internet Fixes post on what to do when you get this message on booting up your computer.

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Lifehacker’s Beginner’s Guide to Creating Virtual Machines with VirtualBox

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Virtual systems | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker has a post on The Beginner’s Guide to Creating Virtual Machines with VirtualBox.

” it’s an easy, free way to try or use a separate OS without messing with your hard drive.”

This might be your chance to try Linux, or maybe run just enough Windows for your needs on a Linux netbook, or whatever.

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PC Wizard gets into your guts

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

PC Wizard is a computer system analyzer.  It gets the exact hardware that’s built into your system’s guts (which isn’t always spelled out by the manufacturer) so you can see just what you have.

Useful when troubleshooting, adding equipment, or even when building your own computer (“yes, I have a motherboard, but what exactly is installed on it?”).

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GAG me with a Graphical Boot Manager

Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

GAG, the Graphical Boot Manager is for people who want to try different operating systems on their computer: Windows, Linux, whatever.

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PC Wizard 2008 analyzes your system

Posted on October 7, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , |

PC Wizard 2008 – Download is reviewed at Softonic.

“PC Wizard aims to explore the insides of your system and give you the complete low down on its strengths and weaknesses.”

“PC Wizard is not here for fun it’s here to be effective. The detailed information and thorough benchmarking tests give you reliable data on all the characteristics and components of your PC. The complexity of this type of application means beginners are best kept away from it altogether, however advanced users will revel in the wealth of knowledge it will uncover on their PC’s performances.”

For Win95/98/98SE/Me/2000/NT/XP/Vista.  Freeware.

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Moo0 SystemMonitor

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , |

Moo0 SystemMonitor is freeware that monitors the “system resource usages of your PC. Moo0 SystemMonitor currently supports 16 kinds of information including CPU, memory, network, and detailed HDD usages. Using Moo0 SystemMonitor, you may discover what is limiting your system performance in each occasion.Version 1.21 adds support for Windows Server 2003.”

For Windows XP/Vista/2003 Server.

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Backup Important Windows XP System Files the Easy Way

Posted on September 22, 2008. Filed under: backups, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , |

Backup Important System Files the Easy Way.

Internet Fixes has instructions.

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Avira AntiVir Rescue System when all else fails

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Help | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Avira AntiVir Rescue System “is a Linux-based application that allows accessing computers that cannot be booted anymore. Thus it is possible to:

  • repair a damaged system,
  • rescue data,
  • scan the system for virus infections.

Just double-click on the rescue system package to burn it to a CD/DVD. You can then use this CD/DVD to boot your computer.

The Avira AntiVir Rescue System is updated several times a day so that the most recent security updates are always available.”

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