Partitioning HardDrive with EaseUS Partition Master

It certainly feels great, now that you had just upgraded to a brand new large capacity hard drive. But did you know that you will need help in the form of a software that allows you to convert mbr to gpt without data loss? Or to be able to partition external hard drive, in order to make it more efficient?

With EaseUS Partition Master Free 10.5, you certainly can. 30 million users worldwide can’t go wrong. In fact, this highly popular free disk management software is an all-in-one solution that provides for your disk management, partition recovery and cloning needs.

Any hard disk larger than 2TB would require you to use gpt partition. That is the limitation by the older mbr partition. This is where you can use this free software to convert mbr to gpt without data loss. What’s more, you can now partition external hard drive and organize it in a much proper way.

It is actually very easy convert mbr to gpt without data loss. First of all, you will need to download, install and launch the application. Once you’ve launched it, it will show up a main window that gives you an overview of all your pending operations, a map of each disk, and a list of the partitions on all the disks.

You can also partition external hard drive by plugging it into your main system. It should be able to detect your external hard drive and that’s where you can resize, move or even merge the partition external hard drive accordingly.

In fact the latest free version 10.5 also supports up to 8TB hard drive, so you know you are in safe hands the moment you want to upgrade. Plus there’s the all-new user interface which makes it even easier for you convert mbr to gpt without data loss. All you need to do is follow the step-by-step and on-screen instructions to complete the whole process. If you had just recently upgraded to Windows 10, then it is also good to know that in this latest version; it does support the latest OS from Microsoft. It is very handy in solving the low disk space problem in Windows 10, especially if you had just upgraded your OS.

You don’t have to be a computer expert in order to convert mbr to gpt without data loss. It also allows you to partition external hard drive in just a few steps. Go ahead and download your free copy today.


Should I upgrade to Windows 8.1?

The public release of Windows 8.1 code-named Windows Blue  is around the corner (The expected release date in 17th October). This is a much anticipated release, as it is said to bring many radical changes in Windows 8. So many of us are contemplating to upgrade to Windows 8.1 as soon as possible. Those lucky few with access to MSDN and Technet has already got the privilege to test it out. Starting 17th October, Windows 8.1 will be available via Windows update for all existing users and those who want to upgrade, they can do so by going for a fresh installation of Windows 8.1, which will be available as a standalone product.

Let’s see if this new Windows 8.1 hype is how justified and you can decide if you really need this update?

Key Features of Windows 8.1

Start Button

When Windows 8 was released, the users were much surprised when they did not find the Start button, which Windows users were used to since Windows 95 days. So there was much condemnation to Microsoft as they released a Windows OS sans Start menu. Infact it is very difficult to work without a Start menu. So with Windows 8.1 everyone was expecting at least the Start menu and Microsoft disappoints again. What they did is just put the Start button which helps in navigating between Metro Interface and normal Desktop which was earlier present on the charm bar. So the only USP for Windows 8.1 for a general user is not met which is a major disappointment.

Lock Screen

The Lock Screen in Windows 8 was used by users to display the photos of their loved one. So Microsoft though to take this a step further and convert the Static lock screen photo to a full featured slideshow. Now you can choose photos from your harddrive or from skydrive to display a slideshow on your lock screen. Now when you are on lock screen, you do not need to enter a password to open the camera or answer a Skype call.


Start Screen

Windows 8.1 has got bigger tiles size as well as now you can resize the live tiles. But the tile size is specific to each app. But most of the modern mobile app tiles are resizeable in any of the four ways viz. large, wide, medium and small. The video below explain how the live tiles can be re sized in Windows 8.1

Smart(Hero) Search

The new search in Windows 8.1 is a big improvement than its predecessor. The Smart Search powered by Bing is capable of finding lot more things for you. It will now index apps, documents,web content and probably emails. What you get in search result depends upon what you are searching for. The image below shows how the smart search bring result for a search term “Bill Gates”


An indepth explanation of the Smart Search can be found at Win Supersite.

Snap View

The snap-view or split-screen as we generally know was introduced with Windows 8 for better multitasking. But this had a major flaw in Windows 8 as the screens were being divided at 70/30 ratio, making the app occupying the smaller screen virtually unusable. Now with 8.1 the screens can be resized at 30/70, 40/60 or 50/50 and for bigger resolution even 3 apps can be opened and workd on simultaneously.

Boot To Desktop

One of the major enhancement in Windows 8.1 is the ability to boot to the desktop. So every time you start your PC you do not go through the Start Screen and click on Desktop tile to go to the classic desktop view. This is useful especially in corporate environment and for those who largely use desktop mode in their windows 8/Windows 8.1 device.

Reading List

With reading list feature in Windows 8.1, you can save an article to read it later. You can use this feature to collect a repository of information or you can quickly save article to use on your research project. This is quite useful feature for those who consumes lot of information and web content.


IE improvement

The updated version of IE in Windows 8.1 now supports unlimited tabs without hindering performance. So you can open 100s of tabs in one IE window and another 100s of it in a second IE window and you will not feel noticeable performance changes.

Better Skydrive Integration

Skydrive is installed by-default with Windows 8.1 and it looks like an integral part of Windows Explorer. With Windows 8.1 Microsoft has added Smart Files functionality. The Smart Files feature enables part of the files/folders to reside on the local storage and part on the skydrive there by leaving more space on local drive. With the new Skydrive app, now you can mark several files to make those available offline too.


The new features in windows 8.1 seems promising, though not a completely new operating system but the changes it incorporates are quite welcome. Things like Start button and 50% split of screen are like a boon to existing users of Windows 8. Moreover the changes in User Interface, Control Panel, Better Skydrive integration etc are desirable. However Microsoft could have brought back the most sought after feature Start Menu with Windows 8.1 and as it did not happen, it seems like Start menu is completely gone from Windows  and we will not see it ever in any of the future version of Windows. All in all Windows 8.1 is a definite yes for the upgrade.


Fix for 100% CPU usage while notebook is using battery power

For quite a couple of days one of my friends had a very strange issue. When he was using his notebook in battery mode the notebook performance was very slow and CPU usage was continuously showing as 100%. As CPU was always busy at 100% every operation in the notebook was taking a hell lot of time. The friend of mine being a  novice computer user, he did not have any clue about what was going on. So I came as a rescue. With my analysis of his notebook I finally could find out that the issue was happening only when the notebook was using the battery power.

So i immediately found out that this has something to do with the Power Options and fiddle with the Power Options setting to finally fix the issue. So if you are experiencing a similar issue of 100% CPU usage by your Notebook, follow the steps below:

– Click on Start and Type Power Options in the search box in your Windows Vista/Windows 7 based PC.

– Hit enter to Open Power Options window.

– In Power Option, click on Chnage Plan setting for the current power plan you are using.

– Click on Change Advanced Power settings in the next window.

– A new window will open up.

– In this window, click on + sign near Processor Power management.

– Click on + sign near system cooling policy.

– Make sure the on battery settings for system cooling policy is set as Active. If it is passive, make it Active.

– Click on Apply and OK.


Skill level: Beginner

Tutorials Windows

Best Ways To Deal With Errors Related To Malware Infection

Malware programs, such as virus, trojan, adware, spyware, and other variants are not only a grave security threat, but they also cause various errors by interfering with other running processes and corrupting the registry. Symptoms of malware infection include:

1. Frequent random application and system errors.
2. Sluggish computer performance.
3. Frequent system freeze ups.
4. Frequent software and system crashes.

If your Windows PC is showing any or all of the above symptoms, chances are that your PC is infected. Take action before it’s too late – a severely infected PC may stop functioning completely, a situation from where the only retreat is formatting Windows.

I am going to elaborate on couple of malicious processes that may be running in your PC and how to remove the malwares effectively.

Brief description of the three most harmful processes

d.exe – This process is registered as a trojan and is spread over the Internet through email attachments. d.exe is designed to steal your personal information.

smss.exe – This process is also registered as a trojan and if present can causes havoc by causing frequent errors and performance related issues. Just like other trojans, smss.exe is effective in stealing a user’s confidential data that it passes to it’s home server.

wscntfy.exe – This malicious process creates numerous other processes, accesses user’s confidential data, and communicates with other computers by creating a TCP port on the infected computer. Immediately disable wscntfy.exe if found running and remove its associated malware.

Manual malware removal – not a recommended approach

By nature, malware programs create various harmful processes and register new DLLs on the system. Identifying all these processes and files manually is practically impossible. Besides creating new processes, malware also fills the Windows registry with various invalid and harmful entries. To ensure complete removal of malware, it is necessary that you remove all its associated files, processes, and registry entries.

How to remove malware effectively

Use a reliable antimalware tool to completely eradicate all threats from your computer. Before performing a malware scan complete the following two tasks:

– Update your antimalware software with the latest malware definitions and security updates.

– Disconnect your Windows PC from the Internet and from any other network to which it is attached.

After completing the above tasks, reboot Windows in Safe Mode and perform a malware scan on the entire system. To restart Windows in Safe Mode, perform the steps illustrated below:

1. Close all applications and restart your PC.

2. Press and hold the F8 key as Windows restarts.

3. Select the Safe Mode option in the Advanced Window Boot Option Menu.

4. Press Enter.

After you have removed the reported threats, use a professional registry maintenance tool to remove invalid and harmful entries that the malware may have added to your registry.

The methods described above are for newbie users, if you are an expert computer user, you may give the manual method of removal a try. However it involves meddling with registry and system files.

Tips & tricks Windows

How to use your Keyboard as a mouse

I was always wondering if we can use the computer without touching the mouse. Guess what, we can always do that. I have seen many people, they hardly touch mouse while working on their laptop or desktop. The way they use keyboard is by using the tab key, space bar and shortcut keys. But in reality the keys on the keyboard can be used to control the cursor just like we do with a mouse. The only requirement for this method is a keyboard with numeric keypad. So if you are thinking that you can use this method in your laptop, you need to check if it has a numeric keypad.

Do the following steps, for enabling your keyboard to perform the dual task of keyboard and mouse.

In Windows XP:

1. Go to Start > Control panel

2. Click on Switch to classic view from left

3. Double click on Accessibility options

4. On the new window, click on Mouse tab and check the option “Use Mouse keys”

5. Click on OK

– On the keyboard press the Num Lock key, it will make a beep sound.

Now press the keys on the numeric keypad and see how you can control the cursor with keyboard just like you do with mouse. If you want to make the cursor movement faster, on the step 4 click on settings button and make the chnages.

In Windows Vista/Windows 7:

The accessibility option has been changed to Ease of access center in Windows Vista and Windows 7. So we need to make changes in ease of access center. Do the following:

1. Click on Start and type “Ease of Access center” in the search box.

2. Hit Enter to open Ease of Access center.

3. Click on Make the keyboard easier to use.

4. Check the option ” Turn on Mouse keys“, for changing settings click on Setup mouse keys.

5. Click on OK.

Enjoy the fun….

If you would like to share any such tips related to computers, please do so through comments.

Tips & tricks Windows

Make your computer greet you with a message

A few lines of VB script code will let your computer greet you every time you login to it. This will look straight out of a sci-fi movie and this is so easy and cool. Your not-so-tech-savvy friends will not only be amazed at this but they will think you as a genius.  Use the steps provided below to let your computer welcome you with a personalized message.



1. Open Notepad and type the following lines of code (or copy the code below to a notepad) :

Dim speaks, speech
speaks="Hello Ajay, Welcome to your Computer. Please use me with care and Love."
Set speech=CreateObject("sapi.spvoice")
speech.Speak speaks

2. You can replace the text within quote (” “) in line 2 to any text you wish.

3. Save the file as speech.vbs . To do this, in notepad click on File > Save as,  select All Types for save as type and put file name as speech.vbs . Make sure the file is saved with .vbs extension and not like speech.vbs.txt . If it is correctly saved the file icon will change from a simple notepad icon to a VB script icon.

4. Now the required script file is ready. For the welcome message upon login, we need to load this file at start up. To do this we need to copy the file to start-up folder.

5. To copy to startup folder, click on Start > All programs and right click on Startup, select explore. This will open Startup folder in Windows Explorer. We need to paste the speech.vbs file inside this.

6. To verify that it is working correctly, restart your PC. If you hear your computer welcoming you, the trick has worked perfectly.

This trick has been personally tested by me in Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista and Windows 7 and works perfectly. Please share your experience on using this script.


How to easily convert Microsoft Office Documents to PDF

Do you have a Word document or a Power Point presentation and you wish it to be in pdf format? Or you ever wonder how those pdf documents are made? No worry at all, as you can have any of your Word document or Power Point presentation or an Excel spreadsheet (supports upto 8 MS Office files) in pdf format right from your Office 2007. There are various other methods to convert a Word document to pdf like using a converter program or using a virtual printer like Primo pdf or cute PDf writer. But none of them offer the flexibility offered by Microsoft Office 2007. It is the easiest method of converting your document to pdf in just one click. If you wish you can even save your document as XPS (Another pdf like document standard called XML Paper Specification developed by Microsoft and introduced with Windows Vista)

By-default this feature will not be available in Office 2007. We need to download add-ons from Microsoft Download center and install it to get this functionality working.

Installation & Usage:

Depending upon what functionality you want to add, download the appropriate add-ons by clicking one of the following link:

For Save as PDF or XPS For save AS PDF only For Save as XPS only

After download, double click on the file and follow the onscreen instruction to install the program.

Once this add-on is installed, to use it, open any document and simply click on Save As or Publish To option from File menu.

Removal Process:

In case you, no longer want to use this functionality, you can always uninstall it from your computer without affecting your Office installation. Do the following for removal:

– Go to Control Panel.

– Double-click on Programs and features or Add/remove Programs.

– In the list of currently installed programs, select Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS Add-in for 2007 Microsoft Office programs and then click Remove or Add/Remove. If a dialog box appears, follow the instructions to remove the program.

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