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How to unpartition a hard drive using Windows 7?

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When you delete a hard disk partition or volume (the terms partition and volume are often used interchangeably), you create empty space that you can use to create new partitions.

If your hard disk is currently set up as a single partition, then you can’t delete it. You also can’t delete the system partition, boot partition, or any partition that contains the virtual memory paging file, because Windows needs this information to start correctly. For more information, see Can I repartition my hard disk?”

To delete a partition
Open Computer Management by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management.‌ Administrator permission required If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

In the left pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.

Right-click the volume, such as a partition or logical drive, that you want to delete, and then click Delete Volume.

Click Yes to delete the volume.
If you delete a primary partition, the resulting empty space is called unallocated disk space . If you delete a logical drive within an extended partition, the resulting empty space is called free space. You can now use the empty space to create additional volumes. To learn how, see Create and format a hard disk partition.

All data on a partition will be lost when you delete it. Be sure to back up any files that you want to save to a different location before you begin.

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Windows 8 surpasses Vista’s uptake rate — 10 months after launch

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New OS gains 2.5 points in August, second-largest one-month jump by a Microsoft operating system

Microsoft got some good news Sunday as metrics company Net Applications said Windows 8’s user share in August is now larger than Vista’s at the same point in the latter’s post-launch timeline.

Windows 8’s user share of all PCs running Windows, a tally that included Windows 8.1, the update slated to ship next month, jumped to 8.4% in August, Net Applications said Sunday. The 2.5-point gain was a single-month record for the struggling OS, and more than double the previous record set in June.

Ten months after its January 2007 retail debut, Windows Vista — the operating system widely dubbed a flub and a flop — accounted for 7.3% of all Windows PCs.

November 2007, the 10th month after Vista’s debut, was the first month that Net Applications used a new methodology that weighted data by countries, an attempt to come up with more accurate estimates for markets, such as China, for which it had relatively little data.

Net Applications measures operating system user share by counting unique visitors to some 40,000 websites run by its customers.

In May, Vince Vizzaccaro, Net Applications’ head of marketing, argued that it was futile to compare Windows 8’s uptake with Vista’s prior to the latter’s November 2007 numbers because of the methodology change.

Computerworld had been comparing Windows 8 and Vista adoption using pre-November 2007 data for Vista — comparisons that regularly put Windows 8 at the short end of the stick — and offered its last update using Net Applications’ figures on May 1.

Although Windows 8’s 10-month user share is larger than Vista’s, it remains far behind Windows 7’s at the same point in the latter’s roll-out. Ten months after Windows 7’s October 2009 launch, the OS had accumulated a 17.3% share of all Windows PCs — more than double Windows 8’s.

Rival analytics firm StatCounter did not mark the same dramatic increase in Windows 8’s share as did Net Applications. The Irish company, which measures operating system usage by counting the total page views of a much larger number of websites than does Net Applications, said Windows 8 gained about four-tenths of a percentage point to end August with a 7% share of all personal computers.

It was unclear what drove the massive increase in Net Applications’ accounting of Windows 8’s user share, although a small portion of the gain, about one-tenth, was due to the counting of Windows 8.1. According to Net Applications, Windows 8.1’s share of all machines running Windows was about 0.3%.

Windows 8’s 2.5-point increase was the second-largest one-month gain by a Microsoft operating system since late 2006, when Computerworld began recording Net Applications’ data. It was especially impressive after a slow-down in Windows 8’s adoption during July.

Windows 8 faces a much different environment than did either Vista or Windows 7, as those predecessors were released as PC shipments were on the rise, not in a historic slump. Nor did they have to contend with tablets as rivals for consumer and corporate attention and spending.

Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 on Oct. 17 to current Windows 8 customers, then follow with a retail debut — and with systems running the update — on Oct. 18. Windows 8.1 is essentially a redo meant to answer customer complaints about the radical changes in Windows 8, which split workspaces between two wildly-different user interfaces.

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Microsoft’s Enterprise Windows 8: A true business OS, for once

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Business users will find actual IT-oriented features, rather than the consumer OS adorned with extras.

Microsoft recently introduced a trio of consumer Windows 8 SKUs, two for desktop and the ARM version. Lost in the hoopla was Windows 8 Enterprise edition, which wasn’t outlined in great detail.

Well, Microsoft has started to provide information on it, and it sounds like, for once, it will be a true business OS and not just the consumer product with a few extras thrown in.

Windows 8 Enterprise will contain all of the features of Windows 8 Pro plus a number of exclusive features for business users. First among them is the ability to create Windows To Go portable USB installations, which will help with the whole Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement at work lately. The USB drive will create a bootable external USB stick to give access to the corporate environment without compromising security.

Another notable feature is DirectAccess, which allows for remote access to corporate networks without requiring a VPN connection while allowing administrators to keep remote users’ PCs in compliance with policies and software.

BranchCache allows remote users to cache files and other content from central servers on their local PCs. Windows Server 2012 will come with a number of improvements over Server 2008, which first introduced this concept.

AppLocker has been updated to restrict the files and apps that users or groups are allowed to run. Enhancements in Microsoft RemoteFX and Windows Server 2012 provide an improved VDI experience, and Windows 8 App Deployment will support side-load internal, Windows 8 Metro style apps.

To make full use of these features, Microsoft is modifying the Software Assurance license to support Windows To Go users, and for power users, Companion Device licenses will allow employees to access corporate environments through either Windows To Go or VDI using up to four personally-owned systems. This will cost extra from regular licenses.

Windows 8 Enterprise will also include MDOP, which helps manage clients, including swapping between Windows 7 and 8, and Windows Intune will allow for remote PC management that takes advantage of all of the new features in Windows 8.

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Security firms warn of spreading Windows AutoRun malware

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Security firms warn of spreading Windows AutoRun malware

Antivirus vendors are warning customers of a spreading malware that can infect computers through a well-known bug in the Windows AutoRun software used to automatically launch programs on a DVD or USB device.

The significant increase in infection is curious because Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs will not launch autorun.inf files, and Microsoft has released two patches for older systems. Therefore, security experts believe infections are happening through a combination of unpatched computers, shared folders and files and social media.

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Someone inserting a USB drive or memory stick carrying the malware can infect unpatched PCs. On other systems, an infection can occur once the malware travels to a network share and someone clicks on an infected file or folder. Trend Micro reported that malware was also spreading on Facebook.

Other vendors tracking the malware include McAfee, Symantec and Sophos. While it is interesting that cybercriminals are still exploiting a four-year-old AutoRun bug, Sophos says most corporate PCs are being infected through network sharing.

Clicking the malware on Facebook would certainly open a quick path to a shared folder on a corporate network, said Chester Wisniewski, a senior security adviser for Sophos.

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“I would say the AutoRun part of it is probably not the source of the majority of infections,” Wisniewski said on Friday. “It’s just an interesting note that [criminals] are still using it. I think spreading through the file shares is probably the primary vector to get people in trouble.”

Microsoft released an AutoRun patch in 2009, a month after the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued a warning that Windows 2000, XP and Server 2003 did not properly disable the feature. Microsoft had patched AutoRun a year earlier in Vista and Windows Server 2008.

The infamous Stuxnet malware created an autorun.inf file to infect computers via USB drives. Stuxnet, created jointly in 2009 by U.S. and Israel, reportsA’A The New York Times, damaged Iranian nuclear facilities.

The latest malware disguises itself as files and folders in writeable network shares and removable devices, while hiding the originals. The application will also create .exe files named “porn” and “sexy” and a folder called “passwords,” to entice people to click on them, Sophos said.

The malware adds a registry key, so it can start when a PC is booted up. Variants of the application will disable Windows Update to prevent the victim from downloading patches to disable the malware.

Once a PC is infected, the application follows the typical procedure for such malicious software. It contacts a command-and-control server for instructions and to receive other applications. Malware downloaded include Trojans in the Zeus/Zbot family, which steals online banking credentials, Sophos said

To combat the malware, security experts recommend disabling AutoRun on all Windows operating systems and restricting write permissions to file shares. Depending on the AV vendor, the malware has several names, including W32/VBNA-X, W32/Autorun.worm.aaeb, W32.ChangeUp and WORM_VOBFUS.

The latest outbreak arrives about a year and a half after Microsoft reported big declines in AutoRun infection rates. In the first five months of 2011, the number of AutoRun-related malware detected by Microsoft fell 59% on XP computers and 74% on Vista PCs, compared with 2010.

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Aged Windows XP costs 5x more to manage than Windows 7

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As XP’s life wanes, Microsoft talks dollars to get businesses to ditch 11-year-old OS

Computerworld – Microsoft yesterday added ammunition to its increasingly aggressive battle to get users off the nearly-11-year-old Windows XP by citing a company-sponsored report that claims annual support costs for the older OS are more than five times that of Windows 7.

Microsoft has been banging the Windows XP upgrade drum for years, but stepped up the campaign in 2012, including starting a “two-year countdown” to the demise of security support. Last month, Microsoft was blunt, saying “If your organization has not started the migration to a modern PC, you are late.”
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Windows XP exits all support, including monthly security patches, in April 2014.

In a blog post Thursday, Erwin Visser, a senior director for Windows, used data collected by IDC to make Microsoft’s upgrade case.

“The bottom line…[is that] businesses that migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 will see significant return on investment,” said Visser.

Microsoft sponsored the survey (download PDF) conducted by IDC, which in turn interviewed nine enterprises or large organizations to drill into the support costs of XP and Windows 7.

According to IDC, an amazing 42% of the Windows “commercial” installed base, or anything other than consumers’ home machines, was Window XP, making Microsoft’s job of moving everyone off the old OS by its April 2014 retirement nearly impossible.

In fact, IDC projected that if current trends continue, 11% of the enterprise and educational Windows installed base will still be running XP when Microsoft stops patch delivery in 23 months.

And those XP machines costs organizations considerably more to support than comparable PCs running Windows 7.

One reason for the increased costs for supporting Windows XP is that it’s typically running on older hardware that, independent of the OS, is more expensive to simply keep running.

The magic milestone is after the three-year mark, when “costs begin to accelerate” because of additional IT and help desk time, and increased user downtime due to more security woes and time spent rebooting, said IDC.

IT labor costs jump 25% during year four of a PC’s lifespan, and another 29% in year five, IDC noted, while user productivity costs climb 23% in year four and jump 40% during year five. Total year five costs are a whopping 73% higher than support costs of a two-year-old client.

However, the operating system also plays a major role in the cost differences, said IDC, with XP more expensive to support in every category the research company surveyed.

Organizations reported that they spent 82% less time managing patches on Windows 7 systems than they did on Windows XP, 90% less time mitigating malware, and 84% less help desk time.

Benefits were also striking for Windows 7 users’ productivity compared to XP. Windows 7 users wasted 94% less time rebooting their computers and lost 90% less time due to malware attacks.

On the IT side, the savings of Windows 7 mount dramatically, IDC said.

“IT activities account for 11.3 hours of time spent per PC per year when using Windows XP,” the research group said. “Shops that have moved to Windows 7…spend 2.3 hours per PC per year on maintaining those systems.”

IDC did the math, and concluded that for every 230 PCs running Windows 7 rather than XP, an organization could shift one full-time IT person to other work. Or conceivably do without him or her entirely.

The Microsoft-commissioned report also painted a rosy return-on-investment (ROI) picture for companies who do ditch XP for Windows 7. By IDC’s calculations, the acquisition of a new PC — one where Windows 7 is retained as the OS rather than being downgraded to XP — pays for itself in one year and generates almost $1,000 more in savings from reduced IT costs and worker downtime over a three-year span.

“The migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 yields a 137% return on investment over a three-year period,” claimed IDC.

Windows XP have a shortening upgrade window — no pun intended — and not only because of the April 2014 end to all support. Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 8 this fall, a time when most new PCs will then also be pre-loaded with the OS by computer makers, or OEMs.

That will not immediately strike Windows 7 from the rolls, but it does start a couple of clocks ticking: OEMs can continue to sell Windows 7-powered PCs as long as two years after Windows 8’s launch, but the older operating system will disappear from most retail outlets one year earlier, or in the fall of 2013.

Organizations that have Software Assurance (SA) agreements — the Microsoft-sold software insurance policy that lets firms upgrade to every new version of a specific product released during the life of the deal — can downgrade any Windows 8 PC to Windows 7. But SA is almost exclusively an enterprise program.

Smaller firms that buy Windows licenses at retail, likely in the form of a new PC, can also downgrade from Windows 8 to 7, but only if the new system is pre-installed with Windows 8 Pro, the higher-end edition. They will also need media — a DVD or flash drive — containing Windows 7 Professional to complete the downgrade. If smaller shops wait too long, they may find it difficult to locate a seller for the latter after late 2013.

Likewise, while Windows XP Professional can be upgraded to Windows 7 Professional, companies sans SA also require a copy of the newer OS. The same end-of-retail caveat for Windows 7 applies to them as well.

Microsoft has been dissing Windows XP for some time, but the ROI report was its first argument that stressed dollars and cents.

In June 2011, a Microsoft manager said it was “time to move on” from Windows XP; earlier that year an executive on the Internet Explorer team belittled XP as “lowest common denominator” when he explained why the OS wouldn’t run the then-new IE9.

The company has not yet turned on Windows XP like it has on the 11-year-old Internet Explorer 6 (IE6). For more than two and a half years, Microsoft has urged users to give up IE6, going so far in March 2011 to launch a deathwatch website that tracks IE6’s shrinking share.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Microsoft followed suit with Windows XP once the OS drops to a more manageable share mark: According to Web metrics company Net Applications, XP accounted for 46.1% of all operating systems used to go online in April.

If XP continues to shed share at its last-12-months’ pace, it will still own a 17.6% share in April 2014, when it drops off support.
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SAP updates Business One application for small companies

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Business One 8.82 includes an expanded CRM app, simplified order fulfillment, and improved forecasting functions
SAP on Thursday announced a version of Business One, its ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite for small companies as it revs up the marketing strategy behind its Business ByDesign on-demand suite.


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Business One 8.82 features a range of improvements, including an expanded CRM (customer relationship management) application that allows companies to develop and manage multichannel marketing programs.

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Other features target inventory and distribution, such as a simplified “pick and pack” process for order fulfillment that allows users to apply serial codes and batch numbers to specific items; improved long-term business planning functionality; and an “express” configuration wizard.

SAP has also added a number of capabilities to the systems MRP (material requirements planning) module, including a better wizard and improved forecasting functions.

Business One is targeted at companies with 10 to 100 employees, while Business-All-in-One, which is essentially a packaged subset of SAP’s Business Suite enterprise product, is aimed at companies with 1,000 to 2,500 workers. Both are available in hosted or on-premises form.

But the emergence of Business ByDesign has prompted some questions about the market segmentation of the three products, as well as how SAP would sell ByDesign without cannibalizing Business One and All-in-One sales.

SAP this week said it is on track to land 1,000 ByDesign customers by the end of the year, and has about 650 so far. The average deployment per customer has been about 20 subscription seats, co-CEO Bill McDermott said in an interview this week. But SAP is about to aggressively push ByDesign to its large customers as something to use in new subsidiaries or offices. That will result in deals for “thousands of seats at a time,” McDermott predicted.

One thing seems clear: SAP has no intentions of phasing out Business One, having published a development road map that looks out as far as 2014.

But there are still some questions to raise going forward, said Forrester Research analyst China Martens via e-mail.

“I wonder how small to mid-size ERP prospects now look at what SAP offers. Do some of them who previously would have adopted Business One now also look or only look at ByDesign?” she said.

“It’s interesting to note one of the focus areas in the latest version of Business One is on the MRP side,” she added. “I wonder whether user choice between Business One and ByDesign will eventually be more about where each product offers specific built-in vertical support. For now, ByDesign’s focus in that area is professional services, with wholesale next up in [version] 4.0.”

However, overall “it seems like SAP has made its peace with having something of an overlapping product portfolio in the SMB space and now puts less focus on drawing user limit boundaries around Business One, ByDesign, and Business All-in-One,” Martens said.


Android IceCream Sandwich 4.0 Features

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Android IceCream Sandwich 4.0 aka ICS is finally announced and its packed with features. Galaxy Nexus is the flagship device that would run ICS.
ICS basically brings Android 3.x Honeycomb features to phones. Lets go through the features quickly:


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30minutes Video demo of IceCream Sandwich

Android 4.0 ICS Features:
Updated Settings:  Revamped Settings screen organization. Items are arranged much better now.
Disabling Apps:  ICS adds the ability to disable an app outright. Don’t like an app that came preinstalled? Disable it! Its resources never run and its launcher icon is gone until you re-enable it.
Improved Download Manager.
Support for Encryption for Phones:  Honeycomb added full-device encryption, but ICS brings it to phones.
Audio Effects:  There’s a new audio effects API. Better media players coming!
New Font, Roboto: Droid Sans font is now gone for good.

OnScreen buttons, no hardware buttons: You dont need any hardware buttons for running ICS device, all the buttons: back, home are on-screen. Like Honeycomb, the buttons go invisible, smartly, to let you enjoy full screen video.
Resizable Widgets, Folders, Favorites: Dragging apps and contacts on top of each other create re-arrangeable folders. Users can stow their favorite apps, links, and folders into a new Favorites tray for quick and easy access
Screenshots: Hold down the power button and the volume down button to take a screenshot.
Notifications Revamped: Music controls have been integrated, and notifications can be dismissed by swiping
Improved Copy & Paste
Face Unlock
Enhanced Talk-to-Text: It’s more accurate.
Browser Tabs, offline: Upto 16 browser tabs. You can also save web pages offline
Gmail: Gmail now supports two-line previews, and sports a new context-sensitive action bar at the bottom of the screen. Gesture support allows you to swipe left and right between emails.
Contacts – People App: Contacts get re-vamped by showing contacts from Google+, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Data Usage: You can now look at the details of what app is doing what with your data usage. Best part: The ability to limit data usage to a certain threshold.
Camera: Image stabilization, improved autofocus, and integration with other apps for sending photos or instant upload to Google+, built-in face detection, panorama and time lapse modes, and on-the-fly photo retouching and enhancements.
Android Beam: An secure NFC-powered sharing platform that lets users share nearly any kind of content, save for applications (in that case, a link to the Market is sent instead)

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