Archive for 2012

How to add non-Store/Sideload apps to Windows 8

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Adding custom non-store apps to Windows 8 is something that does not get talked about a lot. Microsoft  will prefer that Windows 8 users  get their apps from the Windows Store integrated into the operating system and not through third party means. There are however a few scenarios where you may need to add apps directly to the start page without using the store to do so.

App developers for instance need to test their applications before they submit it to the store, which means that they need to have a way to to do on a live system. But that is not the only scenario where this may make sense. Depending on Microsoft’s store policies, certain kinds of apps may not be listed in the store.

Also,system administrators may want to block Windows Store access on the network but deploy specific apps on some or all of the devices of the network or you may just want to play with Windows 8 having full control over it.

How to sideload apps in Windows 8

Windows 8 needs to be prepared before you can sideload apps. The first thing you need to do is enable “Allow all trusted applications to install” in the Group Policy. Keep in mind that the Group Policy is only available in Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise, and not Windows 8 or Windows 8 RT. Users on those systems can change a Registry setting instead.
  • Tap on the Windows key, enter group policy, switch to Settings on the filter on the right, and load the Group Policy on the system
  • Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > App Package Deployment
  • Double click Allow all trusted apps to install
  • Switch the setting to enabled and click ok.

This sets the value of the 

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Appx\AllowAllTrustedApps Registry key to 1. If you do not have access to the Group Policy, change the value in the Registry directly for the same effect.



The two other requirements are that the app needs to be cryptographically signed, and that the computer the app needs to be installed on trusts the signing certificate.

If that is the case, apps can be installed with the following Windows PowerShell command

add-appxpackage C:\app1.appx –DependencyPath C:\winjs.appx

The file app1.appx is in this case the app that you want to install, and winjs.appx the dependency.

Additional information about the process are available on Technet.


How to access Facebook on any mobile without Internet

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Facebook users can now access Facebook on any mobile from anywhere without Internet or any data connectivity. Fonetwish, an USSD based interactive service provides access to Facebook even on mobile phones without browser.

Fonetwish provides all the major features of facebook like status update, wall post, friend requests, notifications along with the above fonetwish provides push notifications an innovative new feature by which your facebook notifications are pushed into your mobile handset automatically as and when they are generated.

How to use it?

Dial *325# from your mobile handset. Enter your username and password. Once done you can now view news feeds, notifications, update status, post on walls, manage friends, chat with them. Dial*325*76# to get Birthday reminders.



To use these features you have to pay a subscription charge of Rs.1/day for unlimited usage(updating your status is free). You will be asked to subscribe when you use the premium features. To unsubscribe you have to dial *325*22# from your mobile handset.

There is a character limit of 140 characters and the service is provided by all major operators such as Airtel, Aircel, Tata Docomo, Idea, Videocon and Loop mobile in India.

You can also use the Facebook app to activate the service.


How to enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP

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If you have several computers on your network and would like to see the computers on your network, Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP to speed this process up. NetBIOS allows computers to be seen by name on your network. Enabling NetBIOS allows your computer to find other computers in your network (Network or Network Places).

To enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on Windows 7:
  • Click Start, and then click Network. (click Start, type ncpa.cpl into the search box for Windows 7 or Vista, hit ENTER).
  • Click on the Network and Sharing Center
  • Click Manage Network Connections.
  • Right click on the Local Area Connection select Properties.
  • Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  • Click the Advanced button under the General tab.
  • Click the WINS tab.
  • Click Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP.
  • Click OK and Exit the settings.


Search Files and Folders Ultra FAST!!!

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I am not an advocate of the indexed file searching capabilities that is built into windows(if you have lots of files then it actually can cause your PC to work slow).


The beauty of UltraSearch is that it does not rely on an index, instead it relies on locating files (and folders) by using the master file table (on NTFS partitions). As a result, the search results are ultra-fast.


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How to Hide in the (Network) Neighborhood

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Don't want your XP/7 computer to show up in the network browse list (Network Neighborhood/My Network Places) to other users on your network? One way to accomplish that is to disable file sharing. To do this, click Start, right click My Network Places and select Properties. Right click your local area connection and click Properties. Uncheck the box that says File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks. Click OK.

But what if you want to be able to share folders with some users; you just don't want everyone on the network to see your computer's shares? There's a way:

Click Start and select Run.

In the Run box, type net config server /hidden:yes

Click OK.

Now others who know the UNC path (\\computer name\share name) can connect to your computer's shares from the Run box, but it won't show up in the network browse list.


Turn Your PC in Virtual WiFi Router without any extra Hardware!!!

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Wi-Fi lets us share the Internet and files among multiple computers. In your home or small office this is all made possible by your wireless router. However, you can also create a virtual wireless router on your computer, taking it anywhere you go, great for mobile or temporary uses.

Creating a virtual wireless router can extend the wireless Internet signal in your home or office to a computer that's just outside the coverage of your main wireless router. Another use is that you can purchase Internet access for one computer at a hotel or Wi-Fi hotspot and share it with other people or devices. Plus you have a mobile wireless router in case you want to share files with other people or devices, in the car, at a café, in a meeting, anywhere.

Now we'll look at a couple different ways you can create a virtual wireless router.

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Reasons why Windows 8 may be the best tablet operating system!!!

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Reasons why it may be better than the iPad and Android tablets.

Quick information at a glance

Windows 8 draws its design inspiration from Windows Phone, and sports big "live" tiles that display constantly changing information. Social media updates, news, email, calendar events, and more are delivered straight to those tiles. At a glance, you see all of your important information, and get more details by tapping a tile. iOS and Android are app-centric rather than information-centric, and have nothing like this.

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A 3D Printed House? In 20 Hours!!!

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 An engineering professor, Behrokh Khoshnevis, at the University of Southern California, is really thinking big: He has figured out a way to build housing with a giant 3D printer.

Here's how it would work, according to the blog Pop Sci. The apparatus, instead of being the size of your typical laser printer, would actually be somewhat bigger than the house it would build through a concrete layering system called Contour Crafting.

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How to prevent your pen drive from getting infected with Virus ?

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Friends, many of your PC/laptop's normally gets virus because of Pen Drives or USB devices(Even PC's who are not connected to network ). Some Virus like Ravmon Virus , Heap41a worm which are not detected by anti virus normally spreads mostly by the Pen Drives . In such a case what can you do to prevent your PC from getting infected with Virus that spreads through USB devices or Pen Drives ?

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Seeds/Peer Increase by submitting torrent btReAnounceR

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Increasing the Torrent speed fully depends on how much Seed And Peer your torrent file have.If your torrent file which have very low seed and peer than its very hard to get a good downloading speed.So its good to have more Seed And Peer.
Now,if your torrent have a zero seeds than your downloading will never get complete.
Than what to Do??

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How to allow Android mobile phone to install third party apps

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If you are Android mobile phone or any other android device owner then you might be installing apps from Android marketplace. But sometimes you won’t find your required app in the appstore and you need to install third party apps in your android mobile phone/tablet.

But before installing third party software you need to follow some steps as described...

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Proxies and tools to unblock and access ThePirate Bay.org in India

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ThePirate Bay seems to be blocked in India, again. This time, India is not alone, though – a number of ISPs in various countries, especially those in EU (England, Italy, France etc) have been asked by courts to block the world’s most (in)famous torrent website.

Visitors get a “This site has been blocked as per instructions from Department of Telecom (DOT)” message now.
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Cryogenically frozen RAM bypasses all disk encryption methods

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Summary: Computer encryption technologies have all relied on one key assumption that RAM (Random Access Memory) is volatile and that all content is lost when power is lost. That key assumption is now being fundamentally challenged with a can of compressed air and it’s enough to give every security professional heart burn. We all had [...]

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