Thursday, January 24, 2013

Usefull applications for Windows


After a clean install of win7 on your PC/Laptop there are some post install configuration that can be performed to optimize the OS. I am providing a list of some applications that will help you to optimize and secure your OS to a great extent.

·         Service Packs
All the Microsoft Service Packs can be found collectively at:

1.       Windows 7 Service Pack 1
windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe                       64 bit
windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe                                32  bit

2.       Windows Xp Service Pack 2
WindowsXP-KB936929-SP3-x86-ENU.exe
For installing Service Pack 2, Service Pack 1 should be installed first.

3.       Windows Vista Service Pack 2
Windows6.0-KB948465-X86.exe                                   32 bit
Windows6.0-KB948465-X64.exe                                   64 bit
For installing Service Pack 2, Service Pack 1 should be installed first.

After installing OS Service Packs you can also install Office Service packs
4.       Office 2007 Service Pack 3
office2007sp3-kb2526086-fullfile-en-us.exe

5.       Office 2003 Service Pack 3
Office2003SP3-KB923618-FullFile-ENU.exe

If we have got Office 2003 installed, still we can access files created by Office 2007 or above (.docx,.xlsx,.pptx) we can install a Compatibility Pack from Microsoft
FileFormatConverters.exe

·         Auslogics Disk Defrag Screen Saver
This is not just a screen saver but a UTILITY screen saver which automatically defrag your harddisk when your screensaver is activated. You don’t have to monitor it or perform any action for its operation. It is very light weight unlike other defragmentation tools.
disk-defrag-screen-saver-setup.exe

·         Panda USB Vaccine

·         Autorun Eater

·         Avast Home Edition antivirus with free 1 year Home License

·         K-Lite Codec Pack

·         CCleaner

·         Plugins - Flash Player, Java Runtime Environment, Shockwave Player, Silverlight

·         .Net framework

·         DirectX

·         Teracopy OR Supercopier OR Ultracopier

·         Download Managers – Internet Download Manager (IDM) OR Free Download Manager (FDM)

·         Pdf - Foxit Reader OR Adobe Reader

·         MS Office alternatives

·         Online Cloud Storage
https://skydrive.live.com/ - Microsoft – 25GB Free
https://drive.google.com/ - Google – 5GB Free

·         Some useful links :




























USB Tethering for Android Devices on Windows XP


USB Tethering with Windows XP : Android Devices

If your computer is running Windows 7 or a recent distribution of some flavors of Linux (such as 
Ubuntu), you typically don’t need to prepare your computer for tethering. But if you’re running an earlier version of Windows or another operating system, you may need to prepare your computer to establish a network connection via USB.

If you want to tether your Android device via USB to a computer running Windows XP, you must prepare your computer as described in this article.

Windows XP contains the drivers you need to take advantage of USB tethering, but you must install a configuration file before connecting your phone to your Windows XP computer, to instruct Windows XP how to configure itself to use those drivers.
  1. Download the following configuration file (tetherxp.inf) to your Windows XP computer. Typically, you can right click on the link and choose "Save As". (If your browser appends .html to the file name, you will need to edit the name to remove the .html extension.)
  2. Use the USB cable that came with your phone to connect your phone to your computer.
  3. On the Android phone, press Home, press Menu, and touch Settings to open the Settings application.
  4. Touch Wireless & networks > Tethering & portable hotspot.
  5. Check USB tethering.
  6. When Windows XP’s New Hardware Wizard opens, select No, not at this time and click Next.
  7. Select Install from a list or specific location and click Next.
  8. Click Browse to browse to the directory where you installed the configuration file you downloaded in Step 1 and click Next. Windows XP uses the configuration file to configure itself to support USB tethering with the Android phone.
  9. When Windows XP finishes installing the software for Android USB Ethernet/RNDIS, click Finish.
You can now use the new Windows XP local area network connection provided by your phone via USB tethering. For more information about configuring networks in Windows XP, see the documentation that comes with Windows.




Friday, January 11, 2013

SATA Drivers - Slipstream into Windows XP CD

How to slipstream SATA drivers into Windows XP setup CD, on your dual boot PC with Windows 7 or Vista

When you install Win XP, setup can not find your Hard Drive.

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1) Download & Install nLite
nLite - Deployment Tool for the bootable Unattended Windows installation

2) Make a new folder for your Windows XP image.
Note: for this example, I am using the name Win XP Sata.

3) Insert XP CD & start nLite

4) Click Next.
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5) Choose your Windows XP image folder, & Click Next, than OK.
Note: nLite will put the image into your folder.
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6) Click Next.
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7) Click Next.
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8) Choose Integrate Drivers & Create Bootable ISO
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9) Click Next.
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10) Copy & Paste your Sata Driver to your image folder.
Note: for this example, I am using Promise Fastrak 376.
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11) Click Insect, than Single Driver.
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12) Locate your Sata Setup Inf file.
Click Open, than OK.

Note: for this example the file is called fasttx2k.
Note: for this example, I am using Promise Fastrak 376.
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13) Click Next.
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14) Click Yes, than Next.
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15) Choose Direct Burn.
Click Burn, than Yes.
Note: nLite will now burn your new CD.
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16) Click Next.
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17) Click Finish.
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Your Sata drive will now show up in setup.
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