Jun 252015
 

“How can I change my back-up location for my iPhone on my Mac? The partition for my Apps does not have enough room to back-up my iPhone any longer. I would like to move the back-up location to another partition or even an external drive.”

Sometimes you may get to meet such problem as above. You have a Mac and an iPhone and you backup your iPhone file to the Mac. As time goes by, there are more and more backup data in your Mac, and at the same time the disk space is limited. Consequently, you have no other ways but to change iPhone backup storage location on Mac instantly. But how could you do that? Is there any tutorial about it? With this in mind, I will share the useful tricks with you.

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Where is the iPhone default backup location on Mac?

First of all, we need to understand where the default backup storage location is in iPhone. Every time you backup your iPhone stuff in iTunes, the data will be saved in:

~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/

You can hit Command+Shift+G to pop up the “Go To” window from the Mac OS X Finder and then type this keywords: ” ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/”

How to move iPhone backup location on Mac?

[1]Be sure that iTunes is closed.

[2]Move the folder (~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/) to the drive you need to backup. For example, you can move the data to a secondary drive in your Mac or an external drive that works for you.

[3]Launch Terminal (Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and then type in the following command prompt:

ln -s /Volumes/DriveName/Backup/ ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup

Note: In the path, “DriveName” is the name of the new backup location.

What if you forgot iPhone backup password on Mac?

Some of the iPhone users may create an iTunes backup password to their iPhone. In that case, they need to unlock iPhone backup password in advance. What is the best solution to retrieve backup password of iPhone? Tenorshare iPhone Backup Unlocker is the world’s first software to unlock iPhone backup file password. The only shortcoming is that it supports Windows system at present. What about you forgot iPhone backup password on Mac? You can read the related article about it as below:
2 Ways to Unlock My Lost iPhone Backup Password on Mac with Ease

May 282015
 

If you want to create a free USB disk or DVD to install software or backup and restore Windows operating system. But they can’t find correct answers about this problem. Now this article is going to teach you the most useful 3 methods about how to create a free Windows 8.1 startup USB disk. See more as below.

Method 1: How to create a Windows 8.1 startup USB disk with boot genius

The easiest way to create a free Windows 8.1 startup USB disk with boot genius. There is a simple guide to teach you how to do create Windows 8.1 USB step by step as below.

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Step1: Download Windows Boot Genius and install it on any useful computer.
Step2: Insert one blank USB flash drive to this computer and then launches Windows Boot Genius. In the main interface, select USB flash drive, and then click “Burn” to begin boot disk creation.
Step3: Boot up computer that starts improperly from the newly created boot disk.

Method 2: Use Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to create free Windows 8.1 bootable USB/ DVD

Step1: Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool and install it.

Step2: Run the downloaded installer file and then follow the simple on-screen instructions to install the tool on your PC.
Step3: Connect your USB or flash or DVD to your PC if you want to create a bootable USB/DVD.
Step4: Once installed, launch Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool. Click on Browse button to browse to your Windows 8.1 ISO file, and then click on the Next button.
Step5: Then choose USB device as your media type to create bootable Windows 8.1 USB using the ISO file.

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Step6: Selected USB device as your media type, you’ll see the following screen where you need to select your USB device and then click Begin.
Step7: Once the bootable USB is ready, you’ll see Backup completed message. That’s it!
In my opinion, this method is too professional, it is difficult to understand for the computer idiot. Like me.

Method 3: The best free tools for creating a free bootable Windows 8.1 USB drive

This method is too difficult to grasp and understanding, not commended.
WiNTo Bootic
WiNToBootic is another free tool that allows you to create a bootable USB flash drive for installing Windows 7 or Windows 8. It supports an ISO file, a DVD, or a folder as the boot disk source. It’s a standalone tool that doesn’t require installation and it operates very fast.
UNetbootin
UNetbootin is a free program for both Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X that allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions instead of burning a CD. It runs on both Windows and Linux. Either use UNetbootin to download one of the many Linux distributions it supports or provide the location of your own Linux ISO file.
As far as I know, method 1 is the easiest way to create a free Windows 8.1 USB disk, the safest and quickest way to boot up the computer from USB disk.

Apr 022015
 

 

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When booting up to the login screen, Windows may notify you that “your password has expired and must be changed”. This usually happens when you haven’t use the computer for a long time. In this post, we explains how to do in this “Password expired and can’t log into Windows” situation.

Situation 1: Password expired but you still remember the password

In some cases, even though you remember the password, you fail to change the expired password and get stuck in the logon screen. This happens because Windows doesn’t allow the user account the privilege of changing its password. If you run into this, you should do the following:

  • Firstly, try to roll back the BIOS clock.
  • Boot your computer into the BIOS setup mode.
  • Set the BIOS clock back by one or two months until the password is not expired.

 

Situation 2: Password expired and you forgot the password

What’s worse, you’ve forgotten the password after a long time. Then you are unable to change the expired password from the logon screen. For this case, a trustworthy Windows password recovery tool is badly in need. Please do as the following says:

  • Install Windows password recovery program on a workable computer.
  • Burn a bootable CD/DVD, or USB.
  • Reboot the password locked computer from the disk you just burned.
  • Reset password.

 

Turn off password expiration in Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista

When you’ve changed the password and log into Windows system, you can turn off password expiration so that you don’t need to suffer this annoying thing anymore.

To disable Windows password expiration, you have two options:

Option 1: Disable password expiration using Command Prompt

1). Open an elevated Command Prompt. In Windows 8/8.1, you can press Windows and X keys together. Then click on Command Prompt.

2). At the Command Prompt, run the following command which sets your Windows password to never expire:

net accounts / maxpwage : unlimited

 

Option 2: Turn off Password Expiration through GUI interface

1). Press Windows + R key combination to bring up the Run box. Type netplwiz or control userpasswords2 and press Enter. The User Accounts dialogue box will appear.

2). Click on Advanced tab in the user account.

3). Click on Advanced button in the Advanced user management window and it will open Local User and Group.

4). Double click the Users Folder in the Local User and Group.

5). Select your user account from the list and right click > select Properties

6). It will open another window, click on General tab and check the option of Password never expires.

7). Click on Apply and then click on OK button.

 

Dec 202014
 

According to Microsoft and Wikipedia’s definition, safe mode is a diagnostic and troubleshooting mode of a computer operating system. With it, you can fix some issues on your PC like system boot issue, password forgotten and so on. It starts your computer in a limited state and only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started.

Then here is the question: how do you boot into safe mode in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7? This blog is right here to explain on starting Windows 8.1/8/7 in safe mode.

 

1. How Do I Get into Safe Mode on Windows 7?

Step 1. To start in safe mode Windows 7, you need to remove all floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs from your computer, and then restart your computer at first.

Step 2. If your computer only installs a single OS, continually hold F8 key before Windows logo appears; if your computer has more than one OS, use arrow key to highlight the operating system you want to start in safe mode and then press F8.

Step 3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to highlight the safe mode option you want, and then press Enter.

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2. How Do I Get into Safe Mode on Windows 8/8.1?

Way 1. Use Shift + Restart” Keys to Start Windows 8/8.1 in Safe Mode

The first way to boot Windows 8/8.1 into safe mode is using Shift +Restart keys.

Step 1. After logging into your Windows 8/8.1, press Power button at Windows login screen. Then press and hold Shift key on your keyboard and click Restart.

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Step 2. Then orderly press “Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart > F4/F5/F6” to start safe mode in Windows 8/8.1.

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Way 2. Use F8 or Shift +F8 to Start Windows 8/8.1 Safe Mode

When starting Windows 7 in safe mode, you can definitely use F8 key. But some users complain that F8 is no longer feasible for starting Windows 8/8.1 safe mode.

Another prevailing method on some websites is using Shift +F8. You just need to boot your PC and press Shift +F8 before Windows 8 or 8.1 starts loading.

But as Windows 8/8.1 is designed with a very fast boot procedure, you may fail to interrupt the boot procedure with your keypresses.

Sep 112014
 

According to Apple’s press conference, its brand new iOS 8 is going to be available for download on September 17th. Though iOS 8 looks much the same like iOS 7, Apple developers are already doing amazing things with iOS 8. What exactly is new with iOS 8? Update to iOS 8 or not? How to get device ready for new iOS 8 update? Maybe all these questions occur to you at once. Now, let see in details.

 

What’s New in iOS 8

There are plenty of outstanding new features added to iOS 8:

1.       HealthKit makes heath information in control

HealthKit is one of the new features that can gather all information from various health and fitness apps and devices. With HealthKit, you could even send health information to doctors at certain hospitals.

2.       Credit card scanning

In iOS 8’s web browser, you can utilize the camera to scan credit card numbers when making online purchases, so that you don’t need to manually entering your credit card number.

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3.       Stay in sync

When a user’s iOS device is near his Mac, Handoff allows users to start an activity on one device and pass it to the other. SMS and MMS messages that previously only appear on the user’s iPhone now can appear in messages on all iDevices.

4.       Family sharing

Six family members will be able to share app purchases across their devices. It also means you can share things like calendar, notes across devices.

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5.       Wi-Fi calling

iOS 8 has an option for Wi-Fi calling, which allows you to make calls for free over Wi-Fi when connected to a Wi-Fi network.

 

What to Do with Your iPhone, iPad, iPod before iOS 8 Update?

After seeing those highlights of iOS 8, you must be eager to upgrade your device to new iOS 8. Yet there are some tips you need to pay attention to before iOS 8 update.

1.       Make sure your device can run iOS 8

Apple has a habit of dropping support for the lowest supported device of the previous iOS. This time, there is no different. Apple announced that iOS 8 will be compatible with iphone 5s/5c/5/4s, iPad mini2/mini, iPad Air, iPad 4/3/2, iPod touch 5th generation.

2.  Clear storage space on your device.

Check to see if you have enough space available for iOS 8. If not, delete some unimportant data and unused apps to clear the space.

3.        Backup your device

Remember to backup your files in iDevice, like contacts, photos, messages, etc. This is of great importance, since iOS 8 update would cause data loss. If you forget to backup, you can use iPhone Data Recovery to recover lost data on your device.

When you can finally get access to the new iOS 8, you take the above-mentioned tips as reference to install and update your device to iOS 8.