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How to easily recover deleted/formatted files and drives

It often happens that we lose an important file or data by accidentally deleting it using shift + delete or remember it only after formatting hard drive partition, or it gets corrupted because of some virus attack. There isn’t really a way to recover these files manually, but thanks to software like EaseUS Data Recovery wizard, we can still recover the lost data with few mouse clicks.

EaseUS Data Recovery wizard is a free data recovery software (pro version also available) which can recover data even after it is emptied from recycle bin or formatted. It works with almost all kind of data storage devices like HDD, SD card, USB drive, RAID etc.

This tool is very easy to use, after downloading and installing the software from the link given below; when you start the software you will see a screen with three main options.

Data recovery free software

Deleted File Recovery, Complete Recovery and Partition Recovery. Deleted File Recovery will help you recover the data which is emptied from recycle bin. Complete Recovery will help you recover data which is lost due to drive corruption or formatting the entire drive. Partition Recovery will be useful when entire partition is lost due to re-partitioning or damaged boot manager.

You just need to select the appropriate option from the main screen, select the type of files which you want to recover and select the location from where you want to recover the data. Once you select the drive or location it will search for the lost files and show you the list of files which can be recovered.

You can check the preview and select files which you want to recover and click on recover button. It will ask you for the location to save the recovered file and then it will recover the files for you. You can recover up to 2GB data using the free version. The free version has got almost all features that you will require but the only constraint is 2GB limit. You can buy pro version in case you want to recover more data.  There are three more versions available which you can check here.

You can download the free version using the link given below.

Recovery software free download (4.7 MB)

Tweak your Windows 8 easily with 8Smoker Pro

[Windows 8 is growing slowly but steadily and even at TipsFromGeek, the number of Windows 8 users is increasing by nearly 10% every month. Follow this link to read more about Windows 8] 

If you are also one of those who recently migrated to the cool blue OS and still trying to figure out the ways to optimize it then here we have something very useful for you. 8Smoker Pro is an easy to use application to tweak or optimize Windows 8 with few mouse clicks.

Whether you are a power user looking to get the max out of your PC or a simple user looking to explore more options, 8Smoker has something for everyone.

After downloading and installing the app when you run it for the first time, it will ask you to create a system restore point. So if something goes wrong during the process you can easily revert back to your old settings.

Windows 8 tweaker - 8Smoker pro

When on the main screen, you can see a graph like representation on the left side. This would help you understand the current state of your system. While roaming around you will find plenty of options to choose from. Select the ones which suit your needs and done. It is that simple.

Most of the tasks can be performed manually using built-in options, but the steps involved are time-consuming. This app simply puts some of the most used options under one roof and provides an intuitive interface to  use them. For example, features like Game booster and DriveFreeze can be enabled with a click of a mouse here, when doing it manually would become a lengthy task.

You can download 8Smoker Pro from the link given below.

Download 8Smoker Pro

[How To] Block/Ban programs in Windows 7 using Registry Editor

For one or other reason you might want to block an application on your PC so that no one else can run it. You can use this trick to play a prank on your friends or to stop your child from playing games.  Whatever is the reason, follow the simple steps given below to block any program on Windows 7 without using any software.

  1. Click on Start and type regedit, press enter.
  2. Navigate to:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion \\Policies\\Explorer
  3. In the right side panel, right click in the empty area and point to New, and then click on DWORD Value.
  4. Type DisallowRun, and press ENTER.
  5. Double-click the DisallowRun value that you created in the previous step.
  6. Type 1 in the Value data box, and click OK.
  7. Right-click the following registry key :  HKEY_CURRENT_USER\\Software\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Policies\\Explorer. Point to New, and select Key:
  8. Type DisallowRun, and press ENTER.
    How to block/ban applications on Windows 7 without using any software
  9. For each program you want to block, create a new string value in the DisallowRun subkey . Use consecutive numbers to name the string values (starting with 1), and use the executable file name of the program as the data for the string value.For example, if you want to restrict users from running Internet Explorer:
    1. Navigate to the following key in Registry Editor:
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\\Microsoft\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Policies\\Explorer\\DisallowRun. Then right click in the right side panel and create a new string value. Type 1, and then press ENTER.
    2. Double-click “1″ that you created in the previous step.
    3. Type iexplore.exe in the Value data box, and then click OK.
  10. Quit Registry Editor, and restart your explorer or computer to load new settings.

After restarting your computer try to run internet explorer. If you followed this correctly then you will see an error message similar to below image.

To regain access simply delete the key which you created during the process and restart your computer. Have fun 😉

 

Source : Microsoft.com

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