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Get a much faster Clonezilla

CloneZillaIf you haven’t downloaded Clone Zilla since before January 27th, 2012, do yourself a favor and go get it. Version 1.2.12-10 is out, and holy mackerel is it fast.

I just started taking an image of a drive, and in less time than it normally takes to get to the “Start Clonezilla Live” screen, I already had the image going. I’m not sure if the speed of the cloning is any faster, but it’s well worth the download.

I also noticed an option to check to see if the image file is restorable. That’s pretty sweet too.

Many thanks and Kudos to the CloneZilla group!

The Downloads page is here:

http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php

Let me let you in on a little secret, this is a really old post. I originally wrote it in 2012, but I think it’s still kind of relevant. If you haven’t downloaded CloneZilla in a long time, do yourself a favor and go get it, they are continuously improving it.

What does the Windows 10 (Technical Preview) Install look like?

I went ahead and Signed up for the Windows Insider Program, you can too, and downloaded the Technical Preview. The download weighed in at 3GB, and is listed as being “Windows Technical Preview Build 9841.

For those that don’t want to install it on their own (by the way, it seems to work perfectly fine in Virtual Box), there are some screenshots below.

I was pretty much expecting it to look and feel like the Windows 8 install, which no surprise, it does. The one thing I was really hoping for is that they removed the requirement to log on with a Microsoft Live ID. Well, they didn’t. It’s still required, although if you have no connection to the internet, you can in fact create a local account (Pictured Below). Continue reading What does the Windows 10 (Technical Preview) Install look like?

How to Create a new Profile in Outlook 2010 on Windows 7

Creating a new Outlook profile has been a go to solution for troubleshooting issues for a long time. Not to mention that sometimes you may just need more than one email account, and want to keep them separate. Each profile maintains it’s data separately, so if it doesn’t fix something, then you haven’t lost any data.

The directions below pretty much work on most of the versions of Outlook, and most of the versions of Windows. Except for Outlook 2013 and Windows 8.1,

Here’s how you do it.

Click on the Start Orb, then Control Panel

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In the search Pane of Control Panel, type “Mail”, you’ll see the “Mail (32-bit)” Control panel Applet. Double click it. There’s other ways to get here too, this method is just the one I use the most.

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Now Click on the “Show Profiles” Button

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Now click on “Add” (you can also edit existing profiles).

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After pressing “Add” you’ll have to name the profile, and  run through the Add New Account Dialog.

When you’re done, you can make the new profile the default by selecting it in the  “Always Use this Profile” box, pictured below:

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You can also choose to “Prompt for a profile to be used”.

Personally, whenever I create a new profile as a troubleshooting technique, I’ll change it to “Prompt for a profile to be used” until I’m sure that the problem is fixed, after which I’ll set the new profile as the default.

I pretty much never delete an old profile, sometimes there are settings that don’t come over, and it varies by email account and Outlook version.

If you have someone who needs to have multiple email profiles, then you’ll definitely want to have the “Prompt for a profile to be used” option selected.

Compare two files on Windows for free with WinMerge

So you want to compare file differences on a Windows computer, and don’t have anything installed yet? Let me introduce you to WinMerge, a sweet, free application that does just that. It will compare files, let you edit those files, and merge the two. Trust me, it beats the pants off of Windiff.

I did a quick run through of the easy install here if you’re curious to see it.

Here’s a brief rundown of what it can do.

Explorer integration

By default, WinMerge includes explorer integration, which I think is great. No looking for icons, just find the file you want to work on, right click, and choose “WinMerge”.

If you select one file, right click and choose “WinMerge” from the menu, it will open up a dialog to find out what you want to compare it to. After all, it’s not much use comparing a file with nothing. Here’s a shot of WinMerge on the right click context menu.

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And a shot of the dialog if you only selected one. This is pretty handy if the files are in separate locations.

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What if I select two files?

If there are two files selected, right click, and choose WinMerge from the menu, then WinMerge will open up with a side by side comparison.

What if the files are the same?

The example files I used were identical, and when I opened them using this method, I received this handy message:

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How does it look when comparing files?

I made a change to my example files, and it automatically highlights the changed line, with the change in a different color (click on image to see a full sized version.

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If there’s a whole slew of changes, then it highlights them as expected, with a handy location pane that shows the length of the file and where changes are located. (click on the image to see the full sized version.

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Has some nice navigation options, as well as merge options. You can copy individual lines, or entire files, from left to right, or vice versa. You can also edit either or both files from the windows.

If you exit before a save, you’re prompted to save either, both, or neither file.

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I like it, it’s free, straightforward, and it just plain works. Good job guys!

How to Download and Install WinMerge

You can download WinMerge from the WinMerge Site here.

The download and install is pretty straight forward, but I include this guide mainly for those who want an overview before they actually run through it.

The version I’m writing about is 2.14.0. At the time of this writing, the download and project are hosted by SourceForge. Install was done on a Windows 8.1 computer.

The file is a typical exe setup file.

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After you double click it, you’ll be prompted with a UAC prompt that you’ll have to agree to in order to proceed.

Then you’ll get the welcome screen:

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After clicking next you are presented with the GNU General Public License. Click Next to Continue.

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The Select Destination Location dialog is next. Obviously I’m on a 64 bit machine, and the program is 32 bit. Click next, or change the location and click next to continue.

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The next screen you are presented with allows you to select any additional languages or the plugins folder. Select any that you want, or just continue with the default. Then Click on Next

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Select or rename the start menu folder that will be created. I’ll personally leave the default, but you have the option to change it, or select the option not to create one at all.

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On the setup additional tasks dialog, you have the option to disable Explorer context menu integration, add winmerge to your path folder, or create a desktop icon. The default selections are shown below. Make any changes you would like, then click Next.

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A dialog to confirm your selections is presented. Click Install if everything looks good.

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Install runs along as expected:

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After which you get this kind of strange screen which tells you what WinMerge does, and some information about where to get help etc. Click next.

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You’re all done. Clicking finish will launch Win Merge

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