Disaster and Recovery Plan for Your Windows 8.1

Having windows 8 is wonderful. it is stable, great, and fast. However, your hardware might be not as stable as your Windows. When it’s happen, here are five ways to revive your Windows 8 from the cause of the death. Time Machine with System Restore System restore is effective when you accidentally do something that change the configuration system. Install bloat ware, get virus attack, or slow drivers issue can be solved through system restore. System restore can be visited through system protection (Windows Logo + Pause Break) and choose system protection System restore will use your hard disk space and restore it in case something bad happen.           Backup your Files using File History File history is a seamless way to backup your documents and files. File History can be accessed through search menu. File History will use external or other partition to backup your files. Therefore, it will be good if you use external disk, USB flash, or SD card to create history File history will backup your files on specific time such as hourly or daily. It will create a version of your files and replicate it into external disk. In case of failure, you can restore the specific version of your files.         Snapshot Your System using System Image Sometime you want to take a picture of your system when it is already stable. System image will help you snapshot your system. if something bad happen like bad hard disk, you just call the images and restore your system into the new hard disk. System image can be accessed via File History and select System Image backup You can choose what to backup including your windows, data, and additional files         Reinstall Your System using Refresh Feature Windows has an automatic features called automatic repair, it also has a good reinstall features called refresh, Refresh means reinstalling the operating system without erasing your files and configuration. just like a reinstall you will lost your installed software except the windows 8 software. Refresh also has a features to remove anything including your files (reformat/recycle). this feature will be valuable when you want to recycle your notebook          Third Party Software If you never feel enough below is recovery software that you might need. Although personally i recommend you to use windows built in features or your PC built in software 

Making Money on Windows Platform

In this slide, I share about how to create an opportunity as a windows developer thorugh windows store and windows phone marketplace. You can read the 78 pages here. This slide is presented on Technesia Yogyakarta Gathering , 9 September 2013. Cheers,

Windows Store Gaming Platform

In this slide deck, I will share you a basic understanding of Windows Store Gaming Platform with Visual Studio 2012. If you visit the DevCamp Windows Store Game Development, you will get plenty of demos from me. See you there on the event. If you miss the event you can see the slidedeck here \

How to Submit an App to Windows Store

In this video I will show you the basic tutorial to submit an application to Windows Store. This tutorial assume that you already have verified Windows Store Account. Windows Store account can be bought start from 50$ or free (for eligible University/School). This 7 minutes video will cover the basic tip. It has Indonesian subtitle on it. Enjoy Unable to display content. Adobe Flash is required. Cheers, @ridife

Blank Page when You Print from Your Browser

Problem When you prints anything from your browser the result of the printer is blank. Solution Open Your command prompt in Administrator mode, Creating a /Low directory through command prompt mkdir “%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Temp\Low” Give the integrity level to Low to make sure that IE and others browser can access that folder. In the same command prompt windows type this command. icacls “%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Temp\Low” /setintegritylevel low Restart your browser, good luck!

Parental Control in Windows 8

do you know parental control in Windows 7? Parental control is mechanism to secure the computer resources for your children. it will limit the access, program, or even a system. You can see several good tutorial about parental control here: Setup parental control in Windows 7 Configuring parental control in Windows 7 (Video) Monitoring your children with Windows Family Safety  an extension of Parental Control to monitor visits, logging access, and others Windows 8 improves the Parental Control with a brand new version and additional features like remote monitoring, web filter and many more you can read the full list here. You can read the how to here Cheers,

8 tips to sell Windows Store App

There is a good competition called Windows 8 Startup Challenges. This event will invite any new startup to build Windows 8 Store App with plenty of appreciation like Trip to San Francisco, Meet Venture Capital, or event get a product funding for your app. Whether you are new startup or want to build a good software product, Windows 8 gives you better opportunity with million users of Windows store. In this article, I shall talk about 8 tips to sell your app in Windows Store. You can download for a free and let’s make better local software economy.

Software Pirating and Local Software Economy

We love to be free One of the reason why we do pirating is to get software for free. For example, You can grab Windows 8 with 0$ versus 75$. It’s worth!. But have you ever thinking about local software economy? Here are some reason for us to eliminate our pirating culture. Reason 1 - Pirating is killing the developers Software is developed through a time. For example, in order to create a product like financial management, professional will take one month or so, with 8 hours a day. Do you agree if I pay them for just 2$ to create one software. You would be agree if, we sell 10.000 copies so that it will be multiplied to 20.000$, but you wont be agree if a people that get 20.000$ is not the creator but the illegal distributor. If we do that, developer resources will be limited and hard to find. Reason 2 – Pirating is limiting the investor We know about BYOD (bring your own devices). BYOD improved the needs of software. The software is sold through a market channel like Apps Store,Google Play, Windows Store, and others. Building a software and selling a software is not that hard nowadays. People can subscribe to the market store and sell the software right away. This condition will increase the need of investment for new startup to create a software. Investing is about trusting the ecosystem, when the ecosystem is not give sufficient revenue because pirating activity, nobody will give us a good investment to create software Reason 3 – Pirating is exposing your privacy A bad hacker will jailbreak the software for a two reason. The first one is for “acknowledgement” the second one is for something big “like your privacy”. Using a cracks, keygen, or anything will help you to get your software for free but will give you a security exposure. Several crack techniques will create holes in your operating system or software. It will make you more exposed. Side loader or patching might not only to give you a good life for software without a payment but also give a possibility the cracker requesting any others data like your account, documents, and others.But not too worry you still can use the pirated software in offline mode, but what you expect from an offline software since many of the software now online. Reason 4 – Pirating is breaking your warranty If you buy a new notebook, installing a pirating one. And than you see a high activity of your disk during malware replication, after that you see your hard disk is crashed your software, you do a force shutdown and now your hard disk broken.You claim your warranty, and the service center knows you are using illegal software. They wont be accept your warranty since pirating software is the main cause of instability. Reason 5 – Pirating is not good for education If you are teacher or lecturer and you tell the students that you are using pirating software and tell them that the software is to hard to buy, you are in wrong direction as an educator. You will see that many software vendor gives you good way to get your software starting from free!. For example, Office for student will takes only 15$ or Windows 8 might be free for student if your organization engage an agreement with Microsoft with small amount of commitment. Others option is to go to the open source software, and it will be good also. Choosing open source or not is really debatable but you can thinks this just like analogy. Open source is free to get but limited support only from the community, or you should pay for support if you want it. Open source is good for education but commercial software is also good for education when you want to show the student that software field is promising. Is not about Open Source versus Commercial is about better together to build better local software economy. Imagine you learn open source software and someday you get better job in commercial industry that use commercial software, or you knows Windows a lot but your student work in SMB that use open source software. Academic is neutral they can choose anything for they need to educate the student for their better future. There are several points that I will be shared in an event called “Pirating Software and Legal Aspect”. at ION Yogyakarta (10/12/12) with many government and institution works together to build better local software economy with open source and commercial software.

Ads SDK for Visual Studio 2012

Well many of you already have Windows 8, and many of you already have an application. If you want to monetize it, you can use Microsoft Ads SDK. This Indonesian article will cover how you put an ads for your Windows 8 Apps through Visual Studio 2012. You can download the article Here Or read online at Microsoft KB 

Walkthrough: Upgrade Your PC to Windows 8

In this article, I will share about 8 steps to upgrade your PC to Windows 8. Upgrading is easy but sometime tricky. This article will give you step-by-step to upgrade your existing PC into Windows 8. Scenario There are two main scenario A and B. Both scenario will have same step but there are specific advise based on the scenario. Scenario A. If you have old pc / notebook that is manufactured before Windows Vista / 7 Release (before 2007) Scenario B. If you have pc / notebook that is preinstalled with Windows 7 or has Windows 7 Driver (after 2008). Step 1 – Backup your Existing OS Backup first before you upgrade to Windows 8. I suggest you to backup using Windows Backup or others backup tools. Backup your Windows Vista / 7 using Windows Backup Here Using third party software such as To Do Backup Free No Do Backup, If you upgrade your Windows Vista / 7 to Windows 8, Windows 8 installer backup your current OS and can restore in a minute if you fail in upgrading Step 2 – Preparing The Installer The best ways to install windows 8 is using USB Stick, You can download the Windows 7 USB Tools here. Follow the step you are ready to go. Step 3 – Choosing The Upgrade Model You can clean install, upgrading with apps, or upgrading by saving the user files. Having trouble to choose one, here are the details: Clean install. This method will erase anything in your drive including your data. This step is recommended if you are ready to start new life with Windows 8 without any Apps. This option is called NOTHING in Windows 8. Be sure to backup your Windows and Data. This will be a good option if you have Scenario A Upgrading with Apps. This option will be available if you are in Scenario B. The Windows 8 Installer will keep your apps and will request you to uninstall your application that not compatible with Windows 8 (Such As MSE) Upgrading with User Files. This option will be available if you are in Scenario B. The windows 8 installer will keep your user files and move the old apps in Windows.old folder Clean install is recommended for quick install, if you don’t want to clean install be sure to check list several constraints before you use follow steps 2 and steps 3. You don’t changes the advanced system configuration such as moving TEMP location or changes the Paging Files Your notebook / pc has no or less system services. If you have Keyboard hooker, OSD display, or Hybrid Engine like in a new laptop, you need to uninstall first although Windows 8 have no problem about that Your document is stored in default storage C:/User/… if you are moving the document into others location be sure to Backup If you have no issues in above steps, you can safe to upgrade. But if you changes one of the steps above you should change it into default location before you upgrade Step 4 – Is the drivers ready? If you are in Scenario B, there is a huge possibility that your hardware vendor ready to give you the latest driver and app. Waiting is the best option before you upgrade to your Windows 8. If your are in scenario A. you can go and trust the Windows 8 driver to cover your hardware. Step 5 – Executing The Upgrade If you are in scenario A, you can follow this step Follow step 1 – 4 Booting your PC using Windows 8 installer Format the system partition Install to the system partition (it will only take less an hour) Prepare other installer If you are in scenario B, you can follow this step Follow step 1 – 4 Booting your PC using Windows 8 installer or you can open the installer when Windows 7 / Vista is running Select the upgrade model. Upgrading will take twice or third time (and it will take an hour or two) Prepare to reinstall the apps Having trouble with upgrade ? just leaving the comment

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