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EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free is a free data recovery software for Windows that allows you to recover up to 2 GB of deleted data. This free data recovery software supports dynamic disk and Linux file system. It allows you to easily recover deleted files. It does not matter if they are deleted images, videos, songs, documents, emails or archive files, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free can recover them. It features filters, offers preview options, offers a deep scan mode for advance recovery of deleted files, allows you to specify file types before restore, saves previous searching results, and more.

GWX Control Panel is one of the most popular app among Windows users to fight against Microsoft’s aggressive Windows 10 upgrade campaign. GWX Control Panel helps Windows 7, Windows 8.1 users prevent their PCs from being automatically upgraded to Windows 10. The program received an update today with additional new options. According to its developer, the new update makes the app much more effective and protects its users against any accidental Windows 10 upgrade.

Windows 10 allows users to create a bootable USB Recovery Drive that can help you if your PC is giving you troubles. The bootable USB Recovery Drive helps you boot into the Windows Recovery Environment, also known as Limited Diagnostic Mode. Using the Recovery Environment you can do troubleshooting tasks like Repair Startup and other tasks like System Restore, System Refresh or Reset Your PC. This bootable USB Recovery Drive cannot be used to install Windows 10 for that you need to create a bootable Window 10 USB drive.

We recommend creating the recovery drive as soon as possible, before your PC starts giving you trouble. Because in the event of a disaster when you cannot boot into your Windows PC anymore, you are out of luck of recovering it without the Recovery Drive (or Recovery Disc) if you do not have a bootable Windows DVD with you, which is very common if your Windows came pre-installed (Windows 10 OEM) with your PC or Laptop.
You cannot use a Recovery Drive meant for Windows 10 x86 (32-bit) version to fix Windows 10 x64 (64-bit) version and vice versa. Windows 10 Recovery Drive cannot be used to recover any earlier edition of Windows, like Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. The same applies for System Repair Discs.
If Windows is installed on a GPT (not MBR) partition you cannot use System Refresh or Reset Your PC functions until you enable UEFI only boot mode from the BIOS/EFI. Windows 10 does not detect GPT partition alignment correctly if UEFI booting is not enabled.

Requirements For Creating bootable Windows USB Recovery Drive

To create a bootable USB Recovery Drive, we need a USB flash drive with at least 4 GB free space (for 32-bit edition of Windows) or 8 GB free space (for 64-bit Windows edition). If your Windows came pre-installed with your device and it has a custom Recovery Partition, you may need a USB device with up to 32 GB free space on it. If you are going to create a Windows System Recovery Disc, you need a blank CD/DVD. The flash drive you are going to use will be formatted so make sure to backup any data from it before you start following this tutorial.

After creating the bootable USB Recovery drive, do not forget to test it by actually booting into the Windows Recovery Environment. You do not need to do any of the tasks. Before you can boot using the created USB flash drive or CD/DVD, check the boot sequence in your PC’s BIOS/EFI. Make sure you select the USB/CD drive as the first boot device. Also, some devices with a mix of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports can cause issues if you plug in the drive into a USB 3.0 port. Put the drive into a USB 2.0 port and it will work fine.

How To Create A Bootable USB Recovery Drive?

Follow the simple steps described here to successfully create a bootable USB Recovery Drive for Windows. Although written for Windows 10, this guide has been made suitable to create a bootable USB Recovery Drive for Windows 8 / Windows 8.1.

First, connect the USB flash drive you want to use to create your bootable USB recovery drive.

Now, in Windows 10, open Start menu or press Windows Key + S to open Cortana search. Type recovery and from the search results, click on the Create a recovery drive present in the Settings section. When you receive the UAC prompt, click on Yes.

search for recovery

Windows 8/Windows 8.1 users, press Windows Key + W, type recovery into Search box. From the search results, click on the Create a recovery drive option.

You will now see the Create a recovery drive window. Here, keep enabled the option Back up system files to the recovery drive and click on Next to continue. Windows 8/8.1 users should keep the option Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive enabled before clicking on Next.

Create a recovery drive

Now, in the next step, it should automatically detect the correct drive letter of your USB device in the Select the USB flash drive window. If it has not, click on the correct USB device drive letter and then click Next.

In the next step, the wizard will warn you that all the contents of the selected drive will be deleted. To continue, click on the Create button. Wait for the process to complete. In the final window, it will display a message that says The Recovery drive is ready. Click on Finish to close the window.

If the wizard fails to create the Recovery Drive with the “We can’t create a recovery drive on this PC. Some required files are missing.” error, the winre.wim file or System Reserved partition is missing from your PC. To resolve the issue, follow our next follow-up guide (which will be published next week).

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Starting from Windows 7, Microsoft included a nice feature in Windows Explorer called Favorites. In Windows 10, it has been renamed as Quick Access. It allows you to quickly access certain folder locations quickly. In Windows 10, Microsoft even opens it by default when you launch Explorer or This PC.

You will find Quick Access (or Favorites) in the Navigation Pane of Windows Explorer in Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 and Windows 10. By default, Microsoft shows you some predefined locations in there. If you do not want them, you can easily remove them. In this post, in addition to how to add custom folders we will also show you how to remove predefined Quick Access (or Favorite) folders.

Microsoft allows Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 free of cost. Although, to successfully activate Windows 10, users are required to upgrade directly from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Once Windows 10 is installed, Microsoft activates it automatically. From the next time users can clean install Windows 10 as the product key gets attached to the Microsoft Account and the hardware configuration.

The free upgrade system sounds perfect for both Microsoft and Windows users willing to take advantage of the free Windows 10 offer. But there are reports that suggest otherwise. Sometimes, either due to technical reasons or hardware issues, Windows 10 failed to activate after an upgrade, leaving users in a difficult situation. Also, some users may not want to take the upgrade path and may like to clean install Windows 10. How to get Windows 10 to activate after a clean install the first time? For all these reasons, Microsoft seems to be getting ready with a solution. Users will soon be able to activate Windows 10 using their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key.

Windows 10 is no doubt one of the most successful operating system launch in the history of Microsoft. Thanks to the big PR campaigns, Windows Insider Program, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer, and letting users upgrade their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 directly through Windows Update. But not everyone wants to upgrade to Windows 10. To let users upgrade to Windows 10 through Windows Update, Microsoft installed few updates on existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers. Mostly these updates were delivered without asking the users. After the updates are installed a user is asked to register for Windows 10 free upgrade.

In reality, users can get the free upgrade without registering for it. Now, if you are one who is constantly getting nagged to update to Windows 10, here is something that you may like. No, I will not ask you to mess with the registry or do tasks that may be hard for you to understand. Here is a portable freeware app known as GWX Control Panel (formerly known as GWX Stopper) to do the task for you.

The final countdown has begun as Microsoft is preparing for the big release of its most anticipated operating system upgrade, Windows 10, at 12 AM ET on July 29th. Reports on various social network and blogosphere suggests that the software giant has already started sending Windows 10 via Windows Update to Windows 7 and Windows 8 (Windows 8.1) users who signed up for Windows 10 Free Upgrade waiting list. Some users have reported noticing a folder C:\$windows.~BT which has the files required for installing Windows 10 upgrade.

Performing any tasks related to hard disk is a daunting task for majority of computer users. All operating systems are equipped with a built-in disk management software that provides basic functions like creating new partitions or deleting existing ones. Microsoft Windows is no exception here. The flagship operating system by Microsoft comes bundled with a Disk Management function accessible from the Computer Management window. It provides very basic functions like create new partition, delete partition, etc. What if you need to do some advance tasks like splitting an existing partition or resizing one? Truly speaking, not everyone wants to invest money to buy some expensive software that they are going to use very less. How about if we tell about a software which does more than what you want and still is free? Here, we are going to review AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It’s a freeware hard disk management software for Windows that has some impressive features under its sleeve. Enough of talking, lets dive in to find out how it performs in our tests.

Microsoft, clearing all doubts and confusion, has officially announced that all Windows Insider testers will receive free Windows 10 upgrade. We all know that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will get free Windows 10 upgrade. Yes, you do have to upgrade within a year of Windows 10 release on July 29, 2015. The latest announcement puts a smile on the faces of all Windows Insider program tester. So, now to receive Windows 10 free of charge, all you need to do is clean install the latest preview of Windows 10 build 10130 on your computer. Login with your Microsoft Account that’s registered for the Windows Insider program and wait for the final version of Windows 10. It doesn’t matter which Windows edition you had, after you receive Windows 10, it will stay genuine.

Microsoft’s latest version of its flagship Windows operating system, Windows 10 is expected to release in July will release worldwide on July 29. Official release date of Windows 10 is yet to be finally announced by Microsoft. As the days are coming nearer and nearer, details like Windows 10 system requirements are emerging. Now, it seems Microsoft has started a campaign for eligible customers where the customer can register themselves to get free Windows 10 upgrade. If you know you are eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade, here’s how to reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade seat. But before you jump in, here’s some FAQ that may clear some of your doubts about Windows 10 free upgrade campaign on Reddit. Take with a pinch of salt as Microsoft is yet to make the official announcements. Here’s the official Windows 10 FAQ page.