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Retrieve or Recover Files from the Windows.old Folder

If you have upgraded to Windows 8 from previous version of Windows by retaining personal files, you might have seen a folder by name Windows.old in the drive where Windows 8 is installed. Windows.old folder stores all the files from your previous install. If you choose not to keep your files when you upgrade to Windows 8, your files will be temporarily saved to the windows.old folder (unless you formatted your hard drive before installing). If you decide you want some or all of these files back, you can still retrieve them.

In case you do not want the old files, you can simply delete the Windows.old by following this article. But in case you want to recover or retrieve files from Windows.old installation, you can follow the below steps.

Microsoft has a troubleshooter available for this purpose. You can run a troubleshooter that will automatically retrieve your personal files from the Windows.old folder and copy them back to their original location. The troubleshooter will work on all languages but the text in the troubleshooter is only in English. You can download the troubleshooter from here.

Just run the troubleshooter and it recovers all the files from the Windows.old folder. You can also manually recover this by navigating to the folder and then opening the folder Users from the Windows.old folder.

Samsung HMX-F90 Camcorder with 52X Optical Zoom in Germany

Samsung has announced a new camcorder for the German market. Slated to go on sale in January 2013, the HMX-F90 is a simple camcorder that can record video to up to 720p resolution at 30fps and features a f1.8 5MP CMOS sensor with 52X optical zoom and 70X Intelli zoom support.

The Samsung camcorder comes with a 2.7-inch LCD screen and various other features like time-lapse, background music, one touch share button.

Price of Samsung HMX-F90 Camcorder is not yet announced.

Control internet traffic software

Generally when you download large files from Internet or download files from torrents, these might take a lot of time to download and in effective take your Internet speed. This means when you download large files, your Internet speed for rest of the tasks will be reduced. NetBalancer is a freeware app for Windows which lets you browse and do any internet activity comfortably even when your download manager or torrent client downloads huge files from internet – just lower their network priority with NetBalancer. With NetBalancer you can choose specifically how much you want to limit traffic available to a process.

Once you load the application, it lists out all the processes using the Internet. You can simply right click on any process and select the priority.

With NetBalancer you can:
  • Set for any process a download and/or upload network priority or limit
  • Manage priorities and limits for each network adapter separately
  • Define detailed network traffic rules
  • Group local network computers and balance their traffic synchronised
  • Set global traffic limits
  • Show network traffic in system tray
  • Overall, a very good tool to manage your network resources when you need to optimize it.

Will Windows 8 Tablets CHALLENGE the IPad, and which ones?

Will Windows 8 Tabllets CHALLENGE the IPad, and which ones?


Challenge the iPad’ is kind of the holy grail of hardware manufacturers right now. Those present at the Windows 8 OS launch party in New York in late October will be hoping fervently that the new Microsoft OS – radically different from anything the company has produced before – will be the answer to all their troubles. Is that hope unreasonable? Perhaps not.

If Windows 8 is going to make waves, it’s got to be better than its competitors. Most importantly for Microsoft, it’s got to be much better; most of the company’s old consumer allies have flown the nest to Apple or Google. Businesses have moved from Windows and BlackBerry to iOS and Android, too – so Microsoft needs to treat this new market like just that: a new market.

At the same time, they’re hitting the market at a time when spending on tablets is booming. The Gartner report for the second quarter of 2012 predicts that worldwide sales of media tablets is to rise from 63,637,000 in 2011 to over 100 million in 2012. Moreover, they predict continued and accelerating growth, up to around 300 million tablet sales in 2015. A lot of these buyers will be those moving from Windows PCs to tablets for the first time. The familiar logo of a Windows 8 tablet may be of comfort to them.

But these sorts of consumer allegiances are short-lived. In order to really challenge the iPad, Windows 8 tablets need to offer something unique, something of their own. What’s more, in the modern tech world they need to be offering a lot of unique stuff – an entire ecosystem, in fact. And you know what? Windows 8 will. Welcome Windows 8 on ARM: now Windows RT.

Windows RT is the real competitor to the iPad. ARM-based machines are cheaper than their Intel-based equivalents, claims Lenovo North American chief David Schmoock: between $200 and $300 cheaper, by his reckoning. So they’ll be aimed squarely at the budget end of the tablet market. Big deal. Google’s Nexus 7 has already won there. Or has it?

Windows RT has a few more aces in the hole. One is Microsoft Office. Every Windows RT ARM-powered machine will run Microsoft Office straight out of the box. To put that in perspective, in 2010 Microsoft Office owned a 94 percent market share worldwide. From consumers looking to make a leap without leaving the ground, that’s music to their ears. It’ll be familiar. For businesses, that’s a headache avoided – it’ll be compatible with everything they already have in place. Windows RT and Office are a serious threat to the iPad.

What else? Well, any good Office productivity suite needs a keyboard. And again, this is where the iPad just can’t compete. Dell, Asus, Samsung and Lenovo will all have their own ultrabooks on show at the Windows 8 launch, and some of them – mainly Lenovo – will offer Windows RT flavours for those who are keener on ARM-powered ultrabooks. Ultrabooks have keyboards, sometimes undockable ones. And that’s a major, major plus for anyone who does serious work on a tablet – such as the hordes of people who’ll be picking up Windows RT-enabled machines. See, it all fits together!

So what is going to challenge the iPad? Windows RT-based ARM ultrabooks. That’s my prediction. Businesses will love them, and consumers will crave the continuity in productivity software offered by Microsoft Office. It is – potentially – dark days ahead for Apple.