Undelete for Windows
article #634, updated 13 hours ago

Here’s a widely known free tool for undelete and file recovery:

http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

And a free trial payware which is recommended:

http://www.lazesoft.com/download.html

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A new uninstaller
article #828, updated 13 hours ago

Something new, comes highly recommended, have not tested it myself yet:

http://www.geekuninstaller.com/

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Grub Customizer
article #786, updated 6 days ago

Grub Customizer is a great GUI tool for ‘grub2’, often the default Linux boot loader. I have not yet seen it in any repos, but it’s not a hard tool to compile. Here is its web site:

https://launchpad.net/grub-customizer

As of this writing, the following works well in Debian Testing for compile and install.

  1. First get your compilation environment:
sudo apt-get cmake g++ libgtkmm-3.0-dev gettext libssl-dev libarchive-dev hwinfo
  1. Then download the install package and unpack it. You’ll need to use the download URL for most current version located here.
cd ~/Download
wget https://launchpad.net/grub-customizer/4.0/4.0.6/+download/grub-customizer_4.0.6.tar.gz
tar xf grub-customizer_4.0.6.tar.gz
  1. Compile the sources and install. If there are errors, you may be missing some more items for step #1.
cd grub-customizer*
cmake .
make
sudo make install
  1. Now run it! You’ll see that it shows all installed kernels, and there are multiple ways to specify the default at boot and other changes.
sudo grub-customizer

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Outlook 2010 main window will not come up
article #827, updated 18 days ago

Try this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdFtBIp80FM

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Common registry item missing causing Windows Installer and SFC errors
article #826, updated 19 days ago

This is often missing:

HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Version

To fix it:

1. Navigate to C:\Windows\Servicing\Version and read the name of a subfolder. It will be named something like 6.1.7600.16385. That is your {TrustedInstaller ID}. Copy the name of that folder to the clipboard (and paste it in Notepad for safe keeping).
2. Find a subfolder in C:\Windows\WinSxS whose name starts with:

x86_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_31bf3856ad364e35_{TrustedInstaller ID} (32bit Windows)

amd64_microsoft-windows-servicingstack_31bf3856ad364e35_{TrustedInstaller ID} (64bit Windows)

Copy the name of that folder to the clipboard (and paste it in Notepad for safe keeping).

3. Create subkey “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing\Version”. You will need to take ownership of “Component Based Servicing” then give yourself full access permissions before you can create the key.

4. In the new Version key, create an “expandable value” using the TrustedInstaller ID as its name and the complete path of the folder you identified in WinSxS as its value. Properly you should use %SystemRoot%\WinSxS\whatever instead of C:\Windows\WinSxS\whatever.

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Widely attested PDF editor and viewer
article #825, updated 21 days ago

This:

http://www.pdfill.com/

is very widely recommended.

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Configure Windows bluescreen memory dumps
article #824, updated 22 days ago

Here’s an interesting tool:

http://winplattools.codeplex.com/releases/view/119856

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Windows automation / keyboard and mouse macros, in Python
article #823, updated 22 days ago

Two very interesting and related developments:

https://code.google.com/p/pywinauto/

https://code.google.com/p/swapy/

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Replacement weather gadget for Windows 7
article #822, updated 26 days ago

Microsoft has disabled theirs, beloved of many; here is one which appears to do very well:

http://win7gadgets.com/weather/virus-blue-weather.html

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Force an Intel USB 3 port to run as USB 2.0
article #821, updated 27 days ago

Very interesting info here:

http://superuser.com/questions/812022/force-a-single-usb-3-0-port-to-work-as-usb-2-0

and here:

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/chipsets/7-series-chipset-pch-datasheet.html

and here:

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?lang=eng&DwnldID=10316

and lastly, here:

https://eternallybored.org/misc/pciutils/

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