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Best way to set up a new install of Windows 7 & other tips

It’s easy to forget some of these things until you need them, so I’m making a list of what to do after installing a fresh copy of Windows 7, or getting a new PC. I will add to & edit this list periodically, and please, offer any suggestions you may have in the comments!

  1. Create a new non-admin user
  2. Apply a password to the admin user
  3. Search: msconfig and remove all unnessecary startup processes
  4. Search: features and remove all unnessecary features

To conserve boot drive space:

Move default folder locations off of OS partition:eg; User>Username>Desktop (Right click>Properties>Location Tab) – also do for all other folders (My Music, My Videos, My Pictures, My Documents etc;)
If you use iTunes, see this article on how to force it to use a drive other than the OS partition/drive.
If you use Evernote, you can change it by going to: Tools>Options General Tab: Change Evernote Local files off OS partition
Move the pagefile off of the OS partition: See this article (external link)
Use WinDirStat to see what files are taking up space.

Programs:

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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Recommendations, Windows 7

 

Force iTunes to use a different drive for idevice backups in Windows

Wow, had no idea iTunes was this stubborn about where it holds it’s files. Personally, I wouldn’t use it at all if I didn’t own an idevice. But ANYWAYS: if you have a small boot drive (in this new age of high cost & low capacity SSDs, and PC’s that come with pre-partitioned drives; it’s quite likely) you may want to make iTunes use a different drive for those spacious iPhone, iPad, iPod etc; backups. Here is how to do it.

We’re going to trick iTunes, because it’s a stubborn little child. We will create a junction, which will effectively redirect where iTunes tries to read and write files. First off, close iTunes. If you want to, now is the time to create your new directory on the other drive, and copy the old files over into it.

1. Go here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896768.aspx and download the Junction.

2. Extract the zip file into the root of your C drive.

3. Open the command prompt (click the start button, and type “cmd” to get to it.)

4. In the command prompt change your directory to the C drive by typing: cd C:\ and hit enter

5. Now we will use the junction file to do the redirect. we will type junction, then the directory path of your iTunes folder (can also see what this is in iTunes, by going to preferences > Advanced) For me my backups were going into C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes so that is what I’m using in this example. And then type the directory path that you would LIKE to use in quotation marks. So, for example, I typed:

junction C:\Users\username\My Music\iTunes “D:\iTunes”

Then hit enter.

For good measure, I also made the change in iTunes (doesn’t help much without the junction, but this does work for just music)

You can do that by going into iTunes’ preferences, and under the advanced tab changing the directory – click ok to return to iTunes. Now in iTunes, go to File > Library > Organize Library – and in the pop-up box click “Consolidate Library” – now hit OK.

Now close iTunes, and delete those old files off your poor C drive.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in iPhone, iTunes, Music, Windows 7

 

Changing to a new hard drive with Media Monkey 3.2.1.1297 (windows 7)

Let’s say you’ve gotten a new hard drive, and are copying  all of your music over to the new one, and ditching the old one. Sounds simple enough.

If you use MediaMonkey to manage your music, you’ll notice a bit of a problem after you copy everything and unplug the old drive – it can’t find any of your music! It will all be grayed out. So, Let’s fix it:

What doesn’t work: I first tried changing drive letters by opening regedit, going to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SYSTEM > MountedDevices & Finding \DosDevices\”yourdriveletter”  right clicking on it & deleting the old drive letter – then restarting to apply. Then, opened Computer Management (right click on my computer and select “manage”) and went to Storage>Disk Management, right clicked on the new drive and selected “Change Drive Letter and Paths…” and assigned the old letter to the new drive, and restarted once more for good measure. (hopefully someone may find those steps useful for other purposes).

MediaMonkey uses the drive Serial Number as the identifier. So to get MM to cooperate with your plan of using a new drive, you must open up the MM database and forcefully update it. Thankfully, THIS guy has written an excellent little tutorial (and provided tools!) on how to do just that: http://www.plasticsun.com/GiantInternational/Misc/MediaMonkeyNewDrive.htm (took some searching to find, so hopefully more people can find it through here.)

If you tried updating, rescanning etc. in MediaMonkey before you did any of this (like i did), you’ll have duplicates of all tracks.. grey, black, grey, black, grey, black etc. you know what I’m talking about. To remedy that: Click on “Library” in the file tree, click on 1 song, then hit CTRL+A to select all – then with all tracks selected, go to File > Locate Moved/Missing Tracks. Superb! (Finding the missing tracks under Library > Files to Edit > Dead Links like I’ve read in some places – yielded absolutely no results for me.)

This really shouldn’t be necessary to do all of this, but it’s a small price to pay imo, plus… how often are you going to need to do this? – MediaMonkey is one of the only good players out there that can handle large libraries like it’s nothing. iTunes? That’s a joke, even on OSX. It starts choking on a moderate amount of files – With 30,000 files and counting, iTunes is basically unusable & don’t even think about using a home media server with it. Songbird? It’s closer, but it’s a major resource hog – shame because it was very promising.

ANYWAYS… there’s that.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2010 in Music, Windows 7

 

Installous downloads folder has moved

Couldn’t find this anywhere so here it is:

The installous folder which contains the .ipa files you download has moved (from the old: private/var/mobile/library/downloads), the new location is:

/private/var/mobile/Documents/Installous/Downloads

This is where you’ll want to navigate to if you’re using SSH to transfer files.

Note: This location is true for me when using OS 3.1.3 and the latest version of Installous 3.1.12 – yours may still be the old location, check it out.

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2010 in iPhone

 

Reset All Settings Loop Error with Jailbroken iPhones

When ‘Reset all settings’ is used on a jailbroken iPhone it will continually loop – forever. Yea, don’t do that. The only way I know of to fix this is to restore the phone. Anyone run into this “reset loop” that found an easy work around for those that don’t know not to do it?

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2009 in iPhone

 

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SBSettings “more” crashes on launch

If the more button in SBSettings opens and then crashes immediately, you may be able to solve it… The author posted about the issue on his blog. He had this to say:

” If you are on 3.0…  It’s not a problem with sbsettings. It’s in your jailbreak. To properly make it work on 3.0 beta, you require a private, not yet released kernel patch and to fix your crashing on loading the more app, you need to install the package that includes dirname. (It will be installed on a real 3.0 release build). Look for one of the *-cmds packages like “adv-cmds”, “file-cmds”, “shell-cmds” or just install all 3.”

The author was talking about the 3.0 Beta, however. Which didn’t explain why this was happening on my official 3.0.

Some other users also report that installing Core Utilities and system-cmds fixes the problem.

Personally, none of these things fixed the problem on my 3.0 (non-beta) iPhone 3G. (perhaps something left over from a restore) I ended up re-jailbreaking – installed the newest version of SBSettings, (which now also installs some of those cmds) and it works great. I’ve had up to 51mb of ram available.

Anyone run into this and solve it without jailbreaking again?

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2009 in iPhone

 

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New donation link

Since this blog seems to be getting pretty popular I have introduced a donate link at the bottom of the page.

So if I’ve helped you out, this is a good way to let me know – and encourage me to keep writing. : )

Donate

 
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Posted by on July 17, 2009 in Recommendations

 
 
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