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  1. Windows: General Guides Below you will find general guides for everything Windows. Windows 7 -- Recover from the Infinitely Looping Startup Repair: If you've ever experienced a Startup Repair that continuously loops and fails to fix the problem of not being able to load windows, even in safe mode, then you'll know that usually the only way to recover from this when System Restore does not work is to do a clean install of Windows. This tutorial will show you how to use the System Recovery Options provided by Windows to recover your system to a working state so that you don't have to risk losing data by performing a clean install. Notepad++ 7.5.3 – Encrypt text files: This tutorial will show you how to use the NppCrypt plugin provided by Notepad++ to encrypt your documents so that you don't have to worry quite so much about your documents being read without your permission. More coming soon... (If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)
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    Attached is the pre-merged NppCrypt Files for used with the Notepad++ encryption guide found HERE.
  3. Notepad++ 7.5.3 – Encrypt text files This tutorial will show you how to use the NppCrypt plugin provided by Notepad++ to encrypt your documents so that you don't have to worry quite so much about your documents being read without your permission. NOTE: The instructions presented within this tutorial should not damage your install but should be followed in order, or you could loss data. This tutorial is based on the official 7.5.3 build of Notepad++. INSTALL NOTEPAD++ AND NPPCRYPT PLUG-IN: 1. Download and Install the latest Notepad++ build. Official build 7.5.3 can be found HERE. NOTE: From here forward there are two options. The first can be used if the “Plugins Manager” is displayed under “Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager” from the main menu of Notepad++. The second must be used if the option is not present. (During this install I had to use the second option. NPPCRYPT INSTALL OPTION 1: 1. Open Notepad++. 2. Launch the plugin manager by going to Plugins > Plugin Manager > Show Plugin Manager. 3. Select NPPCrypt from the list and click Install. 4. Allow Notepad++ to restart after the installation finished. NPPCRYPT INSTALL OPTION 2: 1. Download the required files from GitHub HERE or the pre-merged file found under “Downloads” from our site HERE. From the GitHub site, you will need the main file (Select the Clone or Download link) and the dll file found lower on the page under “1.0.1.5 from github:”. For the split version from github, extract the “nppcrypt-cryptopp” folder to C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins\Config and the nppcrypt.dll file to C:\Program Files\Notepad++\plugins. For the pre-merged version from our site, extract the “plugins” folder to C:\Program Files\Notepad++. 2. Open Notepad++ and verify that NppCrypt is present under Plugins > NppCrypt. ENCRYPT TEXT: 1. Highlight the text you want encrypted then go to Plugins > NppCrypt > Encrypt. 2. Select the cipher and mode you want to use, input a password, then confirm the password. DECRYPT TEXT: 1. Highlight the text you want decrypted then go to Plugins > NppCrypt > Dencrypt. 2. Input your password and everything will go back to normal. CREDIT: To view the official Notepad++ site click HERE. To view the complete official Notepad++ plugin list click HERE.
  4. Windows 7 -- Recover from the Infinitely Looping Startup Repair If you've ever experienced a Startup Repair that continuously loops and fails to fix the problem of not being able to load windows, even in safe mode, then you'll know that usually the only way to recover from this when System Restore does not work is to do a clean install of Windows. This tutorial will show you how to use the System Recovery Options provided by Windows to recover your system to a working state so that you don't have to risk losing data by performing a clean install. NOTE: The instructions presented within this tutorial must be followed correctly, or you can damage your Windows 7 installation even further. This tutorial is designed to help recover from a bad registry that is causing the startup repair loop. You should note that there may still be some issues remaining that cannot be fixed by manually restoring the registry. 1. Boot to the System Recovery Options screen. (click F8 when the system first starts) If Windows automatically opens Startup Repair, and subsequently fails to fix a problem, you can skip ahead to step 4 below. 2. In the System Recovery Options screen, click Startup Repair. 3. Windows will search for an attempt to repair startup problems. 4. If startup problems could not be repaired, you will receive the message "Windows cannot repair this computer automatically". 5. Click View Sdvanced Options for System Recovery and Support, which bring you to the main System Recovery Options screen. 6. Click Command Prompt 7. Command Prompt should open you need to find your system drive. Depending on how your system is setup, this could be either C: or D Type C: and press <ENTER>. Verify that this is your system drive by typing DIR and pressing <ENTER>. If you see the Program Files, Users and Windows folders, then you have found your system drive, and can continue to step 9 below. If the drive is not your system drive, repeat steps I and II above, changing the drive letter to D, E or some other letter until the system drive is located. 8. When you have located your Windows system drive, type CD \windows\system32\config and press <ENTER> Ensure that you type all commands exactly.... Including the spaces. 9. Type DIR and press <ENTER>, and verify that the following files and folders exist in the config folder RegBack (which is a folder) DEFAULT SAM SECURITY SOFTWARE SYSTEM 10. Type MD mybackup and press <ENTER> to create a backup folder that you can use incase this procedure does not work as expected. 11. Type copy *.* mybackup and press <ENTER>. If you are prompted to overwrite existing files, press A to allow all backups to be overwritten. 12. Now you need to check if you can use the automatic Windows backups to restore your registry Type CD RegBack and press <ENTER> to go to the RegBack folder. Type DIR and press <ENTER> to view the contents of the folder. All the following files must exist: The DEFAULT, SAM and SECURITY files should each be about 262,000 bytes in size. The SOFTWARE file should be about 26,000,000 bytes. The SYSTEM file should be about 9,900,000 bytes The file sizes presented here are approximate estimations, and may vary depending on your system. If any one of them are 0 bytes, then you should stop what you're doing now and seek an alternative method of recovering your system, because Windows cannot function with a 0-byte size registry hive. If the hive files listed in RegBack are ok, then proceed to step 14 of the tutorial. 13. Type copy *.* .. and press <ENTER> to copy the backup hive files to \Windows\System32\config. If you are prompted to overwrite existing files, press A to allow all file to be overwritten. 14. Type EXIT and press <ENTER> to close the command prompt. 15. Click the Restart button to reboot your computer. If all goes well, your system will boot normally. CREDIT: To view the original posting of this guide click HERE. Details courtesy of Dzomlija.
  5. Microsoft Windows: Where do you want to go today? When Windows entered the market, they quickly made a name for themselves in terms of gaming. Before long, they were the standard for computer gaming, largely because they were careful to ensure that each new version of Windows was better for playing the latest games. The full history of Windows goes back to September 1981 when computer scientist Chase Bishop deigned a model of an electronic device and project Interface Manager. Windows 1.0 was not realized until 1985. Rather than being a complete operating system, Windows 1.0 was simply an add on to MS-DOS. The original components included a calculator, calendar, cardfile, clipboard viewer, clock, control panel, notepad, paint, reverse, terminal and write. Early Windows versions are thought of as graphical shells because they ran on top of MS-DOS and are used for file system services. Windows entered the mainstream market with Windows 95, moving with it the PC gaming industry away from a niche status and into the mainstream. To play games on Windows, Microsoft created the Direct-X program. With Windows as the giant, graphics cards and gaming companies had to comply with the standards and specifications they set forth. Windows released their XP version in 2001. In 2002, one of the most popular PC game lines, Warcraft III and Age of Mythology, came out. In 2003, Call of Duty, Battlefield 1942 and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne were released. In September of 2003, AMD released the first Windows compatible 64-bit processor, helping to greatly increase the quality of PC gaming. This move was definitively made for gamers, as no computer applications at that time required a 64-bit processor. It also benefitted video editors and web designers. The release of photorealistic shooters started in 2004 with “Half-Life 2” and “Doom 3”. This event in the gaming timeline cued the revolution of the “First Person Shooter Game” genre which PC gaming helped to create. All the while, Microsoft Window still primary control of the PC gaming market. All the while as well, gaming cards were getting better and better with higher and higher quality. Windows has continued to grow and improve since its conception, and it fully integrated with the gaming console industry with the Xbox. ~Vic MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1985 Version 1.0 - Released in November 1985, built to compete with Apple’s operating system. This version never became popular. It extended MS-DOS to have features such as the calculator, calendar, cardfile, clipboard viewer, reversi, terminal, notepad, paint, clock, and control panel. MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1987 Version 2.0 - Released in 1987 and was more popular than any of the Windows 1.0 series. It had improvements to the user interface and memory management. More sophisticated keyboard shortcuts and expanded memory. Version 2.03 - Changed OS from tiles windows to overlapping windows. Apple Computer sued Microsoft for this change, claiming this was an infringement on Apple’s copyright. Version 2.1 - Released in two different versions: Windows/286 and Windows/368. Uses a paged memory model to use extended memory, runs on Intel 8086 and Intel 80286 processors. MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1990 – 1994 Version 3.0 - Released in 1990 with an improvement in design due to virtual memory and new loadable device drivers. Applications used in Windows 3.0 can run in protected mode where they have access to megabytes of memory without participation in virtual memory scheme. There was also a rewrite of operation from C into assembly. Version 3.1 - Made available March 1 1992 with general improvements in all appearances. Version 3.11 - Released in August 1993 with Windows for Workgroups which allows peer-to-peer networking of computers. Version 3.2 - Released in 1994 as an update to the Chinese version of Windows 3.1. It was sold with a ten-disk version of MS-DOS. MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1995 Windows 95 - Released August 24, 1995. This was a significant improvement on previous versions, as it supported 32-bit applications, plug and play hardware, preemptive multi-tasking and long file names. With Windows 95 debuted the start menu, task bar and windows explorer shell. It was a major commercial success. MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 1998 Windows 98 - Followed Windows 95 with an introduction to the Windows Driver Model, USB composite support features such as hibernation and multi-monitor configuration and integration with Internet Explorer 4. A second edition was released with Internet Explorer 5.0, Windows Media Player, and other various upgrades. MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: ??? Windows 2000 - Microsoft released Windows 2000 with visual interface enhancement, faster boot times and expanded multimedia functionality (Windows Movie Maker, Windows Media Player, Windows Image Acquisition). It also included system utilities such as System File Protection and System Restore. MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2000 Windows ME - Windows ME was released on September 14, 2000, and it was the final DOS-based version of Windows. MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2001 Windows XP - Windows XP was released October 25, 2001. A parallel line of Windows versions were being created called the NT series. Windows XP was an attempt to unity the customer oriented Windows 9x with the Windows NT series. MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2006 Windows Vista - Windows Vista was released November 2006 and was released to customers January 30, 2007. It included a redesigned shell and user interface and new security features. Some complained of a drop in performance, longer boot times and stricter license agreements. MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2012 Windows 8 - Windows 8 was released October 2012 and included a user interface based around the Microsoft Metro design language. It also included optimizations for touch-based devices, tablets and all-in-one PCs. It also uses a new Start screen, larger tiles and a new class of applications. Windows 8.1 - Windows 8.1 was released October d2013 with new live tile sizes, SkyDrive integration and other revisions. Some have criticized both 8.0 and 8.1 for the removal of the Start menu. MICROSOFT WINDOWS ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2015 Windows 10 - Windows 10 was released on July 29th, 2015. It addresses several of the shortcomings that resulted fro the introduction of Windows 8. Windows 10 returns the Start Menu, adds a virtual desktop system and the ability to win Windows Store apps as windows on the desktop. Software Lifetime: 1985 – Current Units Sold (Worldwide): Too many to count Games Released (Worldwide): Too many to count Package Manager: Windows Installer; Windows Store Platforms: ARM, IA-32, Itanium, x86-64, DEC Alpha, MIPS, Power PC (If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)
  6. Microsoft Xbox One: Games, TV, Movies, Magic… All in One. The Xbox One was the third console in the Microsoft Xbox series and the successor of the Xbox 360. It was announced on May 21, 2013 and was released November 22, 2013 in North America, Europe, Australia, Brazil and in 2014 for Japan, China and some other European countries. It is in competition with Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo’s Wii U and belongs in the eighth generation of video game consoles. The Xbox One was marketed as the “all-in-one entertainment system” and it also competes with digital media players like Apple TV and Google TV. It does so well, integrating digital terrestrial television with a split screen multitasking of application and second screen support. It also includes a Kinect sensor which was marketed as the Kinect 2.0 that improves voice recognition and motion tracking. It can be used as a camera to record and share through live stream or sent directly to Twitch, Ustream and other various streaming platforms. During developed, it was commonly referenced as the Xbox 720 in the industry, and it was reported to have been in the process of development under the code-name “Durango” since May 2011. The design of the Xbox One includes a two-tone “liquid black” finish, with one grayish shade and one glossy black shade. A glowing white Xbox logo is seen when the device is in use. The controller keeps the same general form of the Xbox 360 controller with several reforms. It has a smoother texture, a four-way directional pad and new triggers and shoulder buttons with a more curves shape. Newer versions include a 3.5-millimeter phone jack. Users can live-stream television through an HDMI pass-through to television provider boxes or the use of digital terrestrial television. The Xbox One Xbox Live service utilizes Cloud storage to save music, films, games and saved content. Users can have up to 1,000 friends. They may also record and share in game play and have in game play saved during achievements. ~Vic MICROSOFT XBOX ONE - Model: ??? ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2013 Day One Edition - For those people who pre-ordered the Xbox One, they received a Day One edition with “DAY ONE 2013 inscriptions on the controller and a totally unique achievement. Original Release - Included a 500 GB hard drive, one controller and a Kinect sensor. It was the first and only retail configuration when the Xbox One was first released. It was retailed at $399. MICROSOFT XBOX ONE - Model: ??? ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2014 Variation #2 - The second model released, this version excludes the Kinect sensor. A standalone sensor for use was sold separately. MICROSOFT XBOX ONE - Model: ??? ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2015 Variation #3 - This model contained 1 terabyte of data and a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection in some markets. MICROSOFT XBOX ONE - Model: Xbox One Elite ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: ??? Variation #4 - The Xbox Elite includes a 1TB solid state hybrid drive and an Elite Wireless Controller. Unit Lifetime: 2013 – Current Units Sold (Worldwide): 3+ Million Games Released (Worldwide): ???+ Backwards Compatibility: Select Xbox 360 Games Media Type: DVD, Blu-Ray, CD Resolution: 4k, 1080p and 720p Graphics Card: 853 MHz AMD Radeon GCN Colors Available: ??? Colors on Screen: ??? Sound Output (All Models): 7.1 Surround Sound Power Requirements (All Models): ???v ???ma Best A/V Cables Available (All Models): ??? (If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)
  7. Microsoft Xbox 360: The Revolution in Gaming Has Arrived. The Xbox 360 was the second console in the Microsoft Xbox video game console series. It was designed to compete with Sony’s Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii and belongs to the seventh generation of video game consoles. It was displayed in public for the first time on May 12, 2005 on MTV. The Xbox 360 includes the Xbox Live online service. The online service was expanded from its original version in the Xbox and regularly updates during the console’s lifetime. It is made available in both free and subscription based variations. Xbox Live includes features such as gaming online, downloading games and game demos. You can also purchase or stream music, television and films. You can also stream media directly from local PCs. These additional features moved the Xbox from a gaming-only system to which which encompasses all multimedia, which makes it an excellent entertainment system for any living-room. The Xbox was found to be in short supply in North America and Europe. The earliest versions of the console were subject to a high failure rate which was dubbed the “red ring of death” by many Xbox users. The Xbox 360 has the highest units sold rate of any console of any American company. TechRadar has named the Xbox 360 as the most influential system due to its digital media distribution and the feature of multiplayer gaming. Attachments which can be bought separately include wireless controllers, expanded hard drive storage and the Kinect motion sensing camera. The Kinect camera allow for controller-free gaming and was announced under the codename Project Natal. Using gestures, spoken commands and objects and images, users can play their games through the use of the camera. The Xbox 360 was launched with just 14 games in North America with its best-selling game being Call of Duty 2. Today, there are about 1,200 games available for the Xbox 360. ~Vic MICROSOFT XBOX 360 - Model: Core ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: ??? Original Release - The Xbox Core was retailed at $299 and was one of the original two configurations of the Xbox 360 along with the Xbox or “20 GB pro”. The core was considered an entry level Xbox that was later replaced with the arcade. MICROSOFT XBOX 360 - Model: Pro ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: ??? Variation #1 - The premium or pro model of the Xbox includes a 20 or 60 GB hard drive. There were three hardware models included with the Pro, and it is important to know the difference between them. The original 30 Pro should be avoided as it had a very high failure rate. There was an error in this version which led to overheating. The 20 GB Hard Drive version is a significant improvement over the last model and does not fail as often. Finally, there was the 60 GB Hard Drive version whose primary difference comes down to space. MICROSOFT XBOX 360 - Model: Arcade ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: ??? Variation #2 - The Arcade is the updated entry-level version of the Xbox 360. It was available in stores around October 2007. In included with it a composite AV cable, a wireless controller, an HDMI output and a 256 MB memory unit. It also comes with five Xbox live arcade titles, Boom Boom Rocket, Feeding Frenzy, Luxor 2, Pac-Man, Pac-Man Championship Edition and Uno. MICROSOFT XBOX 360 - Model: Elite ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: ??? Variation #3 - The Xbox Elite is packaged with the 120 GB hard drive, making it an excellent choice for any gaming pack rat. It is the priciest of all models, but also includes the most memory. Another version categorized under the Elite was called the Xbox Slim. It features built in Wifi and a thinner model. Unit Lifetime: 2005 – 2016 Units Sold (Worldwide): 84+ Million Games Released (Worldwide): ??? Backwards Compatibility: 478 Original Xbox Games (w/ HDD and Latest Update) Media Type: DVD, CD, DLC (Addon HD DVD) Resolution: ??? x ??? Graphics Card: 500 MHx ATI Xenos Colors Available: ??? Colors on Screen: ??? Sound Output (All Models): ???-Channel Power Requirements (All Models): ???v ???ma Best A/V Cables Available (All Models): ??? (If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)
  8. Microsoft Xbox: Life is short. Play more. The Xbox is a video game console that was originally created by Microsoft. The original version, the Xbox, was the first console developed by an American company since the Atari Jaguar. It was released November 15, 2001 in North America and February 22, 2002 in Japan. It was the first video game console developed by Microsoft. The Xbox was designed to compete with Sony’s PlayStation 2, Sega’s Dreamcast (which ended American sales before the Xbox went on the market) and Nintendo’s GameCube. The Xbox Live service which was integrated into the Xbox allowed players to play online with or without broadband connection. When it was released, it competed with Dreamcast’s online service, but soon after competed more with PlayStation 2’s online service. Xbox became a huge success due to its superior service features, such as the buddy list. Halo 2 was released in November of 2004, which was the most popular game for the Xbox. Soon, it became, by far, the most popular online game for many years to come. The Xbox was launched in at a price of $299.99. It sold a total of 24+ units (before 2006) and its best selling game sold 8 million copies (since 2006). The console was able to support CDs and DVDs. The console was complemented by several accessories which could be bought as add ons. These included the Xbox Live Starter Kit, the Xbox Media Center Extender, the DVD Playback Kit, the Xbox Music Mixer, the Memory Unit and the Logitech Wireless Controller. The Xbox controller features two analog sticks and a direction pad which is pressure sensitive It also includes two accessory slots and six 8-bit analog action buttons. The Xbox has gone on to be released in tow additional forms and remains one of the gaming industry’s giants. It competes most directly with PlayStation due to both of the console’s superb online gaming interface and similar gamer demographics. ~Vic MICROSOFT XBOX (ORIGINAL) ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 2001 Original Release (v1) - The original Xbox version was produced in Hungary and Mexico. It featured an active cooling unit and a Seagate hard drive. it was also the first version to use a Conexant vide chip which was carried on through the 1.3 version. Xbox v1.1 - This revision got rid of the GPU fan and left only a heat sink. Xbox v1.2 - This version used several different hardware pieces and used Western Digital hard drive more than Seagate. Xbox v1.3 - This version is the one of the most common and was likely produced in greatest quantities. It includes the introduction of the Samsung DVD ROM drive and included a second Seagate drive. Xbox v1.4 - This is the second most common Xbox version. It was manufactured only in China and included another Western Digital hard drive. It also uses the Focus video chip for the first time in the Xbox series. Xbox v1.5 - Allegedly this version was only produced for a short amount of time in China and was pulled from production, replaced by the earlier version. This version includes the Focus video chip and was similar to the 1.4 version. Many speculate that there was a mistake with this version, and it is very rare. Xbox v1.6 - This revision includes major changes such as the TSOP chip no longer being flash-able, removed power and data lines. It also uses a new video chip, called the Xcalibur with the Xbox logo. Unit Lifetime: 2001 – 2009 Units Sold (Worldwide): 24+ Million Games Released (Worldwide): ??? Backwards Compatibility: N/A Media Type: DVD, CD, DLC Resolution: ??? x ??? Memory: 64 MB of DDR SDRAM Storage: 8 or 10 GB Internal HDD Graphics Card: 233 MHz nVidia NV2A Colors Available: ??? Colors on Screen: ??? Sound Output (All Models): ???-Channel Mono Power Requirements (All Models): ???v ???ma Best A/V Cables Available (All Models): ??? (If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)
  9. MICROSOFT: Be What’s Next The first thing you think of when you think about MICROcomputer SOFTware (Microsoft) might not be gaming, but they’ve definitely played a major role in the industry over the years. While perhaps Microsoft’s most major contribution has been in PCs, consumer electronics, computer operating systems and computer software, they have given the gaming industry the great gift of the DirectXBox (Xbox). The history of Microsoft is a fairly familiar story. The partnership of Paul Allen and Bill Gates, childhood friends who were passionate about computers, led to the founding of the company Taf-O-Data in 1972, which later evolved into the founding of “Micro-Soft” in 1975. Most of Microsoft’s first two decades were spent creating computer software, but by 2001, Microsoft released its first Xbox model. The Xbox, during its first release, was in competition with Sony’s PlayStation 2, Sega’s Dreamcast and Nintendo’s GameCube. Game titles such as Halo helped the Xbox quickly become a big name in the industry, faring well against its competition. With the first Xbox came Xbox live, an online gamer platform which is still popular today. Microsoft, as most of us know, is still a huge company which continues their release of new software for the PC, mobile devices, gaming consoles and more. ~Vic (If you see anything incorrect or that you want added, feel free to comment below and the posting will be edited to reflect the corrections.)
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