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.

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

How to block/ban applications on Windows 7 without using any software

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 😉


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[HOW TO] Restore GRUB bootloader after a new Windows installation

GRUB is a widely used boot-loader for booting Linux-based systems. It lets you choose the OS you want to boot from the list of all operating systems currently installed on your system.


Usually for dual-booting Windows with Ubuntu or any other Linux based OS we install the Windows OS first and then install the Linux OS. But in case if you install Windows over the existing Linux OS then you will not be able to boot inside your Linux OS as Windows boot-loader does not support Linux systems. So to get back your original GRUB boot-loader you will have to make changes in your Master Boot Record.

To do so you will require a live CD to boot Linux. After booting from the live CD run terminal and execute following commands.

sudo grub

find /boot/grub/stage1

This will show you the location of drive on the hard disk where GRUB loader is stored.

root hd(0,0)

setup (hd0)


In place of hd(0,0) type the output you got with the previous command. Now restart your system and you will be able to see your GRUB loader again.


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