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Deeper into the Windows Registry

The Windows registry is doubly obscure as it is both unknown to most of us and hard to understand. This is as it should be. The registry is a fundamental part of the Windows Kernel and its operations are relatively complex. If Windows is working properly then we, as users, should never see the Registry or any of its components. This article is not written for registry beginners, nor those wanting to edit the registry. Instead it provides a deeper understanding of the organization and management of the registry.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition]

 

Introduction

Linux MintLinux Mint is one of the top free operating systems widely used in the world and currently receives the highest hits at DistroWatch.

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Tips and Tricks for Ubuntu after Installation [Ubuntu 14.04 - 15.04]

 

Introduction

Ubuntu UnityUbuntu is a free operating system or a Linux distribution ("distro") which currently receives the second highest hits after Linux Mint at DistroWatch.

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Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) As A Portable

Introduction

This guide will help you to install µTorrent (or BitTorrent) as a portable application, either on your Windows computer or for a USB key or other portable drive.  µTorrent and BitTorrent are owned by the same company and are identical bittorrent clients (other than name and color).  So this guide applies to both clients.

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How to Create Recovery Discs or USB Keys in Windows 8

Anytime you have a new Windows system, one of the first things to do is create a bootable repair disc or flash drive. Windows 8 has two approaches to creating emergency recovery media, one new and one left over from Windows 7. They are not obvious but here is how to find and use them. First, I’ll show the new way.

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Nifty Way to Automatically Run a Windows Script or Program Whenever You Turn Off the PC

Have you ever wanted a way to run a program or script automatically when the computer is shut down or when a user logs off? At the end of the day you may want to do some computer housekeeping or back up some regularly used files. Although automatically running a program at startup is easy, how to run something at shutdown is less obvious. It turns out that many Windows versions have a built-in way to do this and this is how it works.

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Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8

Sometimes, things just don’t work right and you need to boot into Safe Mode, where only a minimum of drivers and Windows components are loaded. A previous tip explained how to boot into safe mode for Windows XP/Vista/7 but Windows 8 has two new procedures. Here they are:

1. Use the Troubleshooting and Repair Feature to Boot into Safe Mode

You can access the boot menu with an option to open in Safe Mode this way:

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How to Disable JavaScript in Popular Free PDF Readers

PDF files with malicious JavaScript embedded in them are a common way to spread malware. One way to defend against such malware is to disable JavaScript in the reader you use unless you need it for a trusted PDF. Here is how to disable JavaScript in the most commonly used free PDF readers. If JavaScript is ever needed, re-enabling it is straightforward in all cases.

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