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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.)
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 “220.127.116.11 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.
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.
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.)