Jan 042014
 

Disk partitioning is to divide the hard drive into multiple logical units. It enables you to divide your hard drive into multiple independent volumes to relieve all sorts of computer-related headaches and separate your operating system from your data to reduce the chances of your data becoming corrupted. To partition a hard drive in Windows 7 means to divide the hard drive into parts and make those parts available to the operating system. This article will show you a detailed guide about how to partition a hard drive in Windows 7.

Step1: Open the Start menu. Type “Computer Management” in the search bar of the Start menu and press enter to open the Computer Manage Tool.

Step2: Click Disk Management When Computer Management opens.

Step3: Make some space for the new partition. Right-click on the partition you wish to re-size and select the Shrink Volume option.

Note: Don’t alter the partition named System Reserved.

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Step4: Enter the size you wish to shrink your drive to in megabytes (1000MB = 1GB). Then click on the Shrink button.

Step5: Now you can see a new unallocated partition in your Disk Management window. Right click the unallocated partition and select the New Simple Volume option.

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Step6: Click on the Next button on the New Simple Volume Wizard to go on. Enter the amount of memory you wish to allocate for your new partition and click on the Next button.

Step7: Select a letter name for your new partition from the menu, and click on the “Next” button.

Step8: Click on the Format this volume with the following settings:

1, For File System, select NTFS

2, For Allocation unit size, select Default

3, For Volume Label, type the name you wish to give your new drive.

4, Click on the Perform a quick format

Step9: Click Finish to complete the Windows 7′s partition of the hard drive.

Step10: Now, you will get a popup asking you to partition your new drive. Click on the Format disk button and then click on “Start” -> “OK” to format your new volume.

If everything was done correctly, now you can see your new drive in the Disk Management window. For more details about Partition tips, click here.

Dec 212013
 

Still leave your computer at risk when you get up and walk away? It’s time to set Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use. In fact, Windows has a built-in feature to shut down itself to protect your computer and save the power when no one has touched the keyboard or mouse for a set period of time.

Below I list 3 different ways you can use to suspend Windows when you’re not using it.  All of them, by default, require you to reenter your logon password to regain access.

Lock

After Windows locked, it doesn’t power down but displays the logon screen (or the screen saver of your choice). In this way, you can protect your computer from malicious access but can’t save power.

How to set up:

1. For Windows 7, click Start, type screen saver, and select Change screen saver.

2. For Windows 8, type screen saver in Home screen, click or tap Settings, and select Change screen saver.

3. To lock the screen automatically, check the On resume option and set the Wait option to an appropriate number of minutes.

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Sleep

When Windows sleeps, it will go into a suspended, low-energy mode and will wake up immediately when you press the power button. After waking up, you need to enter the password to back to where you left it.

How to set up:

1. For Windows 7, click Start, type sleep, and select Change when the computer sleeps.

2. For Windows 8, type sleep in the Start screen, click or tap Settings, then Change when the computer sleeps.

3. Set the “Turn off the display” and “Put the computer to sleep”.

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Hibernation

Unlike Lock and Sleep, a hibernating PC is a turned-off PC, effectively using no power at all. Windows copies everything in RAM to the hard drive, and then shuts the PC off entirely. When you reboot, everything is loaded back into RAM and the PC wakes up.

How to set up:

1. In the same applet where you set up Sleep, click the Change Advanced power settings link.

2. In the resulting dialog box, expand the Sleep section, then expandHibernate after, and set the minutes.

You can pick one or use all of them to set Windows to secure itself and save power when not in use. To use them, you can set up Windows to lock itself after five minutes, sleep after 20, and hibernate after 120 or any time you want.

P.S.: Unfortunately forgot password to unlock Windows? Turn to Windows Password Recovery for help.

Nov 202012
 

We use computer constantly in our work and daily life, as a result it becomes quite important to keep computing safe from current and future threats. These 7 quick and easy tips I am about to explain will help protect your hardware, software, and data in your computer running Windows.

1. Updates Windows Automatically. If your PC has been off for a few days, don’t wait for Windows automatically updates for you. You should better first visit Windows Update site when you surf the Internet. Also, there may be a lag between when a patch is available and when Windows Update pushes it to you. Microsoft releases Windows patches on the second Tuesday of each month, so to be safe check for updates manually every couple of weeks. And don’t forget to set your antivirus and anti-spyware tools to update automatically (or check weekly for updates yourself).

2. Don’t Allow “Hide File Extensions for Known File Types”: Some viruses pretend as harmless file types by adding a bogus extension near the end of their name, as in “funnycartoon.jpg.exe,” in hopes your system is set to hide such extensions you see ‘.jpg’ but not ‘.exe’. To make these troublemakers easier to spot, open Windows Explorer or any folder window and click Tools >> Folder Options >> View. Make sure that “Hide file extensions for known file types” option is unchecked.

3. Enable and Configure a Firewall: A firewall is a device that controls the flow of information between your computer and the internet, similar to a router. Most modern operating systems include a software firewall. In addition to the operating system’s firewall, the majority of home routers have a firewall built in. Refer to your user’s guide for instructions on how to enable your firewall. Once your firewall is enabled, consult the user’s guide to learn how to configure the security settings and set a strong password to protect it against unwanted changes.

4. Install and Use Antivirus and Antispyware Software: Installing an antivirus and antispyware software program and keeping it up to date is a critical step in protecting your computer. Many types of antivirus and antispyware software can detect the possible presence of malware by looking for patterns in the files or memory of your computer. This software uses virus signatures provided by software vendors to look for malware. New malware is discovered daily, and vendors frequently make new signatures available, so 3antivirus software will be most effective if the signatures are up to date. Many antivirus and antispyware programs offer automatic updating. Enable that feature so your software always has the most current signatures. If automatic updates aren’t offered, be sure to install the software from a reputable source, like the vendor’s website or a CD from the vendor.

5. Remove Unnecessary Software: Unnecessary software increases the opportunities for attack. Intruders can attack your computer by exploiting software vulnerabilities (that is, flaws or weaknesses), so the less software you have installed, the fewer avenues for potential attack. Check the software installed on your computer. If you don’t know what a software program does and don’t use it, research it to determine whether it’s necessary. Remove any software you feel isn’t necessary after confirming the software is safe to be removed. Back up important files and data before removing unnecessary software in case you accidentally remove software essential to the operating system. If possible, locate the installation media for the software in case that someday you need to reinstall it.

6. Modify Unnecessary Default Features: Like removing unnecessary software and disabling nonessential services, modifying unnecessary default features eliminates opportunities for attack. Review the features that came enabled by default on your computer and disable or customize those you don’t need or plan on using. As with nonessential services, be sure to research these features before disabling or modifying them. The AutoRun feature in Microsoft Windows systems was a default feature at the time of the Conficker malware and was one of the three ways computers became infected. When the AutoRun feature is enabled on Windows computers, Windows detects when removable media, such as CDs and USB storage devices, are inserted into the computer and automatically executes the media’s contents.

7. Scan attachments for viruses: Run each of the e-mail attachments you receive through your antivirus software before you open them. Rather than double-clicking the attachment to open it instantly, save the file to a drive on your PC, open Windows Explorer, right-click the file, and choose the option to scan it for viruses. (Better yet, set your antivirus software to scan incoming and outgoing e-mail automatically.)

 

Nov 242011
 

Enjoy Thanksgiving  Dinner with friends online.

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to come together and give thanks. It’s the most celebrated (and most heavily traveled!) time of the year. Thanksgiving is a time to share, to give, and to be grateful for all that we have.

It’s also a time to eat. The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving dinners is a turkey, surrounded by home cooked, delicious vegetables, dressings, condiments and pies.

In the spirit of the holiday, we’ve brought you a selection of our favorite recipes, as well as some information on the food that you’ll be eating. We’ve also included links to other sites.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Do you need to know how to bypass a login password for Windows 7? There are different ways to bypass your login depending upon which password you forgot. Sometimes you can’t find the forgotten or lost password and will have to reinstall Windows. This article will show you how to rest your Windows 7 password.

1. Log onto a computer that can link to the Internet. Download Windows Password Recovery Tool for Windows 7, XP, Vista, 2003, 2000, 2008 and decompress it on that PC. Note that: there is a .ISO file. Burn the .ISO file to a CD. It also supports USB.
2.Get out the newly created CD and insert it to the locked computer. IT IS SHAREWARE.
3.Re-boot the locked computer and then follow the process of instructions. Just after a few steps, the old password will be removed.
4.Set new password:
Step 1: Open the “Control Panel
Step 2: Click the “User Account
Step 3: Select the account you wanna set a new password.
Step 4: Click “Changing Account ” and “Set Up Password”, then fill out the form as listed. Click “Create Password”.