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Forget System Restore, forget registry backups; use ERUNT!

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There are times when your PC might act unexpectedly and then there are times when your PC might just like a jerk – a jerk that is continuously increasing your crankiness factor.

If at these junctures you visited some website for help, or perhaps if you tried reaching out to some one-to-one tech support, people might have advised using System Restore.

What is System Restore?

In simple words, System Restore can help you back up your computer’s registry to an early stage. Or in simpler words, system restore can help you make your computer look like, like say the way it did two days ago.

To be clear, System Restore renders no effect on your files, and folders but it does on your programs, your programs’ settings and system updates.

You see there are times when your PC might start behaving erratically just due to something. Now this something more often than not is a software change in your system. It can be a system software change or an application software change. System software change mostly includes system updates whereas application software changes include installing/removing new software (program) or making changes to them.

Now having a registry backup means what? It means you can get your system to an initial stage by the click of few buttons.

Now Windows has its own System Restore utility and it create restore points (backups) when you install/uninstall software. It also lets you manually create restore points, just in case!

But the problem is – when it comes to malware (viruses), these bad pieces of software initially target such Windows apps and make them useless. And then they become utterly ineffective.

The point is why doesn’t Windows allow saving the restore points (backup files) to a remote location or let’s just say, save into your HDD? Maybe because Windows is just like that. But then there are good people out there solving such problems.

A similar good guy named Lars Hederer so made ERUNT – The Emergency Recovery Utility New Technology and made it available for free online.

What ERUNT does? It creates a system restore point just like Windows does but ERUNT makes a folder of the same and lets you choose where to save it. You can keep it in your HDD and/or a flash drive, a DVD, on your online storage, anywhere!

It also has an Auto Backup feature which makes a restore point whenever you switch on your PC. It is an excellent feature and eliminates the need of making restore points everyday by yourself. You can however disable this option. There’s a pop up asking you about the same while the installation and so you can always suit yourself.

You can download ERUNT here. Mind me, you’re gonna love. Its freaking productive.

Written by rahulbhagchandani

November 26, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Drop your stuff in Dropbox!

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During the summer I used to be always on the move – at clubs, at relatives’, at cousins’, at friends’, sometimes on a quick holiday, and sometimes just home. And that was the time I actually started writing a lot of articles. A lot means, a LOT. Writing was an integral part of my daily life and I used to do it whenever I managed some time anywhere in the schedule.

Managing documents at various locations was difficult. I had (and have) a Blackberry so I used to plug that in to my PC, save the files and took em on the move. Also I used to upload some important docs to Google Docs just in case if I got a PC somewhere. I also used to even send emails to myself with documents attached just in case if I needed something via the mobile browser.

In short, managing docs was CHAOS. And then entered DROPBOX.

This tiny lil app which sticks its butt without any fuss in your PC or Mac or iPhone or iPad or Blackberry or Windows Mobile or even Android , does all that document managing you always wanted to get rid of. Dropbox is a life saver, it is a tonic to document management chaos.

What it does?

Dropbox makes a “Dropbox” folder in your PC and the moment you copy files in that folder, Dropbox silently starts uploading all the files. And by files I mean everything – music, pictures, everything.

The Dropbox web

And don’t worry if you don’t have a Dropbox enabled handheld. These files are eventually being uploaded to the Dropbox servers and so the lovely Dropbox even allows users to see their uploads via their website.

How awesome?

Pretty awesome. All you need to do is download Dropbox, and install it.

Free users get a limit of two gigabytes which is well, too much for keeping you busy with your docs. There is a paid upgrade though – 50 gigs cost $99 a year (or $9.99 a month). A 100 gigs cost $199 a year (or $19.99 a month).

But I guess the 2gig thing should be fine for most users. It is for me anyway!

Visit the Dropbox website now! There is no reason why you should wait.

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Written by rahulbhagchandani

November 23, 2010 at 12:27 am

Posted in Dropbox, Must Have Software

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