Things We Do to Windows In the Dark

I am a settings fiddler. I’m constantly optimizing, but there are a few things I do every time I face a new windows install. I figured I’d include some here to keep track of them and maybe help someone out in the process who might not know about some of these. 1.) Data drive – Always keep a separate data drive.  This used to be a partition of the main drive, one for the operating system, and one for the data.  This helps because Windows doesn’t always live forever, at least it didn’t used to but the latest UEFI booting…

Formatting An External Drive with FAT32 for PS3 using Win7

Whew, what a mouthful. You might possibly find this post if you’re trying to backup your PS3 – it’s easy, Sony says you just need your drive to be FAT32 – well that’s fine, my thumb drive is FAT32. Oh… it needs to be able to fit the entire system for a backup? Ok – I’ll just take this external 40gig drive I have and format it. No option when right clicking the drive and choosing format for FAT32 only extFAT and NTFS, well maybe extFAT will work… nope! OK, well let me try the command line: format /FS:FAT32 /q…

Windows 7 Game Explorer Manual Customization How To

Windows 7 Games Explorer Manual Customization How ToWindows 7 has removed the ability from Games Explorer to Customize out of the box. It’s not impossible to do, however – it just takes some finangling and registry knowledge. All of your Games Explorer shortcuts are stored here:%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\GameExplorer If you have games installed you should see several folders with very long names that start with {######…Each of these is the unique game ID used by Windows to synch the icons and commands that appear in the Games Explorer to the actual EXE that runs the game. These numbers correspond to the values…

Windows 7 – Don’t Rush It.

Windows 7 – Don’t Rush It. That’s a cautionary statement, a metaphor, and a realization. I had a LOT of issues with this installation and I’m not even at a point where I can benchmark. 3… maybe 4 installations at this point and I think I’ve finally got it. I put in another HD so I could avoid RAID issues and I still run into them. My motherboard has 10 SATA ports 4 on one SATA controller, 6 on nVidia SATA RAID. I avoided trying to bring over the RAID right away, instead having a single HD on the ontroller…