Build an XP SP3 Recovery Disc  

Posted by Mohammad Talha in ,

Think you can use your original Windows XP disc to restore your PC? Think again.
Odds are your computer came with a recovery disc, a CD with all the programs and drivers that were installed on your PC's hard drive when it was new. And odds are you have absolutely no idea where that disc is.
The good news is that it probably doesn't matter. First of all, the recovery media most PC manufacturers provide is designed for a singular purpose: to restore your computer to the state it was in when you bought it. This process typically involves wiping your hard drive (say bye-bye to your spreadsheets and vacation photos) and then reinstalling Windows and the handful of programs originally included with your system. Unless you're simply preparing the whole kit and caboodle to sell on eBay, this is probably not something you will ever need.
Second, the hardware drivers on your recovery CD are almost certainly out of date, either made obsolete by newer and better versions available online, or simply irrelevant to new hardware you've subsequently installed.
nstead of fretting about the old recovery CD you lost (or perhaps never got), why not take a few minutes and make one of your own?
Ideally, a recovery disc should act as a safety net should anything disagreeable happen to your PC's hard drive or its data. (Think crash, virus, spyware attack, driver corruption, and so on.) A good recovery disc allows you to reinstall Windows to fix a minor problem or rebuild your PC from scratch to recover from a major one.

Here's the problem: Once you upgrade your XP installation to Service Pack 3, Windows won't ever allow you to install an older version (including earlier editions of XP) without either wiping the hard drive clean or installing to a different drive. Even if you do install "fresh," you'll still have to then endure a separate SP3 upgrade. The solution is to create a new hybrid installation disc from whatever installer CD you have and a special version of SP3, using a process known as slipstreaming (etymology: fluid mechanics, or the "Hope and Fear" episode of Star Trek: Voyager.) (full story Link)

Refresh Your Mac  

Posted by Mohammad Talha in

Logan Kugler

This simple process will revitalize your Mac, bringing back the zippy performance it displayed on day one.
A brand-new Mac is a beautiful thing. But if you've had your Mac for more than two years, chances are it's not running quite as fast as the day you bought it. "Not quite as fast" may even be a wild understatement. Some say the two-year mark activates a Mac's built-in obsolescence programming, and secret code goes to work ravaging the organized infrastructure that constitutes the operating system. A concept that's a bit more believable is that, over time, data and more data piles on top of other data (Mac users, at least at first, tend to think of their computers as "set it and forget it" tools), and eventually the system simply becomes bogged down by the mass of information. From the user's perspective, what ultimately happens is that after two years you start to see the spinning beach ball more and more. Before you know it, you're beginning to spend the better part of your day with that infamous multicolored ball. (full story Link)

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