Google PR updated and mine increased too

Oct 30, 2009

Google has recently updated their PR

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I hope most of the blogger here has got the good news and may there PR has also increased. From a long wait askRitesh's PR has finally increased to 3. Thanks to Google.

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7th edition of Virtual TechDays

Oct 29, 2009

The 7th edition of Virtual TechDays brings you in-depth technical content on the products launched by Microsoft recently. This is your opportunity to be among the millions of technology professionals participating in the Virtual Launch Experience ... learning about existing and new Microsoft products and technologies, interacting with some of the most renowned names in technology arena, and putting your knowledge to test to win lucrative prizes.

November 11 – 13, 2009
10:00 AM – 06:00 PM IST (GMT +05:30)

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What's happening in askRistesh - Popular Posts

Oct 22, 2009

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 1 year license for FREE !

Oct 21, 2009

Kaspersky Internet Security Offer for Windows 7 Launch Parties

1 year licence for Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 for free.

offer valid only on 22 oct.

Download your FREE 1-year license of Kaspersky Internet Security 2010!

Thank you for visiting our special offer page for Windows 7 Launch Party attendees and hosts. Our offer will go live when Windows 7 is publically released on October 22nd. Please check back then to receive your license code for Kaspersky Internet Security 2010."
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AVG Free 9.0 released

Oct 20, 2009

AVG Technologies has now made a free version of its anti-virus scanner, AVG Free 9.0 for home users, available to download. Compared with the commercial products Anti-Virus Pro 9.0 and Internet Security 9.0, however, the free version lacks a behaviour-based threat detection feature, a dedicated games mode, extended anti-rootkit protection and the Web Shield safe web surfing component.

AVG Free - Download Free Antivirus and Antispyware for Windows 7, Vista and XP
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Free Softwares and Antivirus for Limited Time Hurry up!

Free license of Panda Internet Security 2010 [1 year]

Coinciding with the launch of Windows 7, Panda Securities is going to give away a 1 year license of its Security suite Panda Internet Security 2010

will be available for a 24 hour period only

On 22nd be sure to go and check out this link

"A computer without Panda Security cannot stand"
- Abraham Lincoln

Get FREE 1 Year License of IObit Security 360 PRO Worth $29.95

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Get Steganos Password Manager 2008 FREE !

There is an offer for Steganos Password Manager 2008.


Just add an email and tick the below box then click the box with the name Absenden and you will get a serial and the download. The exe file is with 5 languages.

Win an Eset or NOD32 1 year license FREE

Join The Windows Club to get it

I just found that I have a 1 year license of Eset available to give-away as a prize.

Simply post 1 or more new thread/s in any section. The thread with the maximum number or views will get the license.

Since obviously all wont post threads on the same day, I was thinking that we keep the contest open for 15 days starting today BUT consider only posts made between 19.10.2009 and 26.10.2009.

Then we see the total views for each post, from the day he posts till 03.11.2009 and calculate the average daily views for that post.

Hope its clear; if not dont worry - just post

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Offer by Keith COmb's

Now is a really good time to purchase the TechNet Plus Direct subscription. Think about it for a second, Windows 7 is already on the download area. So is Windows Server 2008 R2. Exchange 20101 just RTM’d and will be there soon. Office 2010 and many others are on the way. So what better way to get access to all of the technologies and build a strong project plan? There isn’t one.

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McAfee Internet Security - 6 months free (3 PC)

If you want to get McAfee Internet Security 6 months free license (3 PC) I found a new and legal promotion, please follow those steps:

- Visit the promotional web page, and press the "Try now" button.

- Create an account; if you already have an account, just log in.

- You will be redirected to a new page. Click on the "Download" button to get the software.

- Install McAfee Internet Security up to 3 computers (*)


(*) During setup you'll be able to unchek the features you might not want like McAfee personal firewall or siteadvisor for instance
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Make Your CD-ROM Read DVD's

Oct 19, 2009

Make Your CD-ROM \ CD-RW To Read DVD’s To Watch Movies


There Are Two Types Of CD-ROMS That Can Be Modded
1) 24x – 40x
2) 40x – 52x

Drives From 2x – 24x Are Too Old, So They Cannot Be Modded

We Have To Go With Laser Head Adjustment

The Track Pitch Of CD’s Is 1.6 microns & The Tracjk Pitch Of DVD’s, The Minimum Length Of Track Pitch Of CD’s Is 0.843mm & The Minimum Length Of Track Pitch Of DVD’s Is 0.293mm, As-a-result DVD’s Can Store Much More Data In The Size Of A CD.Now We Need To Adjust The Laser Head So That It Can Read Discs With Shorter Track Pich.

Lets Start

Open Up The CD-ROM / CD-RW, You See The Lense On The Rail This Is The Laser Head, On The Side Of The Laser Head There Is A Screw You Can Adjust [This Is The Master Key For This MOD]

This Screw Adjusts The Size Of The Laser Beam That Lands On The Disc, The Laserbeam Should Be Less Than 0.293mm, To Read The DVD’s, To Do This Turn The Screw 2 – 3 Times, I Got This Number After Lot Of Trials [Don’t Forget How Many Times You Have Turned The Screw] [Safer Way : Keep A Note Of It]

Now We Go With Speed Adjustment

DVD-ROM Plays DVD’s Smoothly At 4x Speed, Now We Are Modding A 32x ROM To Read DVD’s, If DVD’s Are Read At 32x Speed, It Can Cause Damage To Both DVD As Well As The CD-ROM, So We Need To Decrease The Speed.
Power Supplies Can Provide 5V [Red Wire] & 12V (Yellow Wire) Electricity Output For Molex Connectors. Find The Molex Connector You'll Plug Into The Modded CD-ROM Drive, Cut The Yellow Wire Or Insulate With Tape, So Only 5V Of Electricity Is Transferred To The CD-ROM Drive. The Speed Of The Drive Is Now 32 * 5/17 = 9.41x & Can Now FulFill Our Requirements.

Source: Varad’s Blog
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Windows Access Panel for Windows 7 & Vista

We are pleased to release Access Panel for Windows 7 & Vista. While you can use Control Panel to change settings which control nearly everything about how Windows looks and works, in some cases to access these very controls ,  or the in-built Windows programs, requires you to engage in multiple clicks or know their names.

Windows Access Panel v 1.0 is meant to minimize your trouble in accessing such programs. It has been tested on  Windows 7 & Windows Vista. It can simply be downloaded and used as a portable application. Place it in your Programs Files and Pin its shortcut to your Start menu and you are all set to a faster way of accessing  the “hidden” Windows utilities.

For instance, WAP will save you a couple of clicks if you want to open any program, like maybe the Disk Defragmentation utility. Or maybe you don’t know that to open the Backup or Restore Usernames & Passwords Wizard you need to type credwiz in the start search and hit Enter! 48 such programs have been included in WAP v 1.0.

With this program, you have all, or atleast most of such programs at your fingertips. The present download is for 32-bit version only; 64-bit version will be added soon.
To a novice, this program will expose  him to the many Windows utilities & programs he probably never knew existed on his PC! For a geek, this program hopes to help him access all such, from a convenient single place, easily!



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How To: Create a self updating banner

Oct 18, 2009

Create and customize an animated banner that cycles through your feed's five most recent items. It's an easy way to promote your content anywhere you can place a snippet of HTML. Most of you know what a banner is and where it is used, for those who are still not aware banner is an image that you most often keep in your signature purposefully to get more visitors (at least I do it)

To create a self updating banner which updates as soon as you update your website/blog follow the step below-


  • Now on right side just fill in asked details and you will get a new self updating banner, here is how I filled it


  • In clickthrough URL enter your Feed URL
  • Rest select as per you want.
  • Once you are done you will get something like this


  • Now click on ACTIVATE, once you click on Activate the feed banner is saved and you will get a screen like below


Here you can choose whatever option you like or you can just choose Give me code option to get the HTML code of the banner which you can use in Forums etc.

This is how my banner looks like

Tips n Tricks
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How to figure out - 32 or 64 bit?

Oct 16, 2009

how to figure out if you have a 32 or 64-bit OS on your PC or Laptop? (under Vista/Windows 7)

Right click to “My Computer”, choose “Properties”

Under the System look for System Type:

1. If you see – 32 or there is no number of bits, then you use 32-bit system
2. If you see – 64 then you use 64-bit system.
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Microsoft will now Help users using Twitter too

We all know about Twitter, and by seeing the popularity of twitter round the world Microsoft has came with a cool idea of helping Users via Twitter where user will ask Microsoft Questions and they will help. Microsoft has launched a new Twitter account that will provides customers with help and information on Microsoft products.
You can add MicrosoftHelps in your follow list it is the official Twitter account for Microsoft Customer Service The MicrosoftHelps team consists of Andrea, Andrew, Brian and other experienced members who will also will monitor & respond in real time to tweets on the subject.
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How To: Install Windows XP using Pen Drive

Oct 15, 2009

This tutorial is for those who wants to install XP using USB/Pen Drives. Though there are a lot of ways to do this but I choose the easiest one. For this you require following
  • USB/Pen Drive minimum 1GB
  • Windows 2000/XP/2003 CD or Installation Source
  • and finally WinSetupFromUSB.
How To:
1. Download WinSetupFromUSB and install it.
Setup - WinSetupFromUSB
2. Plug your Pen Drive.
3. The utility gives two options to format your USB
  • HP Format Tool – to format 2GB or above of partitions.
  • PEtoUSB – to format up to 2GB of partitions
Use as per your pen drive size.
Formatting USB Drive
4. Click Start to Format
5. Now Browse for CD/DVD source, see in picture below
WinSetupFromUSB 0.1.1
6. Keep rest of the part intact. Press Go button
7. When the first step completes and system reboots, select
 Windows 2000/XP/2003 Setup – First and Second Parts,
then Option 2 (second part) for the second stage of the setup.
This article is taken from Windows Valley
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Attend Live Webcast of Windows 7 and Win Microsoft Arc mouse

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Repair your Internet Explorer with Fix IE

Oct 13, 2009

Fix IE Utility v 1.0 is a freeware portable utility that re-registers all the concerned dll & ocx files required for the smooth operation of Internet Explorer.
If you face any problems while running IE, maybe after recovering from a malware attack, run this tool to re-register around 89 dll & ocx files, which are required for the smooth running of Internet Explorer.
Before running the utility, make sure that all your Internet Explorer windows are closed.

This utility has been developed by Raghu Boddu, an ex-MVP, for Windows Club. Thanks Ritesh, for packing it up. - TWC
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Dll's - All you wanna know about

Oct 11, 2009

Have you ever opened your System32 folder, if yes than you are aware of dll files because there are a lot of dll files in it. but like most of the people you also don't know what they are for? In this tutorial I have tried to explained the concept and use of DLL files. The complete article is based on the book Let Us C by Yashwant Kanetkar.

Let begin this article with the short story of DOS or we can say 16-bit environment. Back in those days when a program was written/developed the library function which are called from each program become part of executable file (.EXE) for that program. Thus the same function gets replicated in several EXE files, thereby wasting precious disk space/memory.

No Reuse
Thus there is no reuse of these library function. Consider this e.g. suppose there are 2 programs say P1 and P2, both these programs need a function or driver say video() when we build these two program to executable file the function video() got embedded in both these program, wasting the memory space. But if this function is already in OS and these 2 program just call it than this function will be reused, this what we are using now a days.

Look and Feel
DOS-based programs like WordStar, FoxPro etc offer different types of menus. This is because DOS/BIOS don't provide any function for creating user interface elements like menus. As the look and feel of all DOS based program are different, the user takes a lot of time in learning how to interact with the program.

Messy Programming and Calling mechanism
Also there was another problem from calling a function from a executable, i.e. these EXE's call's windows functions using Interrupts numbers and Registers, which are very difficult to remember. For e.g. if we are to position a cursor on the screen using a BIOS function we are required to remember the following details:

Interrupt number - 16
CPU Registers to be used:
    AH - 2 (service number)
    DH - Row number where cursor is to be positioned
    DL - Column number where  cursor is to be positioned

while using these interrupt numbers and errors there is always a chance of error

The new programming model which we are using today to create our programs is called Windows programming model, it is designed to eliminate all the problems that we face in DOS model.

Now instead of calling functions via Interrupts numbers and Registers, windows provides functions within itself which can be called using names. These functions are called API (Application programming Interface) functions.

Today almost all programs calls several API function during course of its execution. imagine how much disk space would have been wasted had each of these fictions become part of the EXE file of each program. To avoid this, the API function are stored in special files that have an extension .DLL.

DLL stands for Dynamic Link Library, it provides a library of functions. These functions can also be shared between several application running in windows. As a result the size of EXE files does not go out of hand.
Simple e.g. Every one here I suppose may be aware of Shell32.dll its a file in System32 folder, now this file apart from different API function contains some images too which we use like ICONS, most of the icons that we use in Windows are a part of Shell32.dll file. This helps reducing memory space.

I hope you got the concept, if not feel free to post your queries. And if someone knows here something more about DLL do contribute it here.

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Working as an Automation Analyst, Ritesh is very passionate about developing tools and apps. His profile contains a long list of tools developed for Windows and apps for Android platform.