How to start Windows 8 or 8.1 in safe mode

The booting procedure of windows 8 and 8.1 is fast comparing previous versions of windows OS so that the default system of getting into safe mode in windows 7/vista (tapping F8 key while booting) will not work in Windows 8 or 8.1. While in Safe Mode, only specific programs and files needed to run the operating system are loaded. This post is about how to start Windows 8 or 8.1 in safe mode. See my previous post (How to start Windows 7 in safe mode) to get the details about what is safe mode? And why you need to use it?

How to start windows 8 or 8.1 in safe mode

The easiest method for start windows 8 in safe mode is use the System Configuration tool. Follow these steps-
  1. First press the Windows Key and R on your keyboard. The Run window will appear on the screen. Note: The Windows key is generally between the CTRL and ALT keys on the keyboard and has the Windows logo on it.
  2. Type MSCONFIG in the Run box and press Enter. This will bring up the System Configuration window as shown below
  3. On the system configuration window click on the Boot tab and check the box that says “Safe boot”.
  4. Now place a dot in “Minimal” from the four given options under “Safe boot”, and then click OK (See the screenshot above). Restart the computer and it will automatically start into safe mode.
Note: if you want to use internet or network while in safe mode you have to place dot in network option instead of Minimal (step 4). Also in the same way if you want to use safe mode with command prompt then you have to select Alternate Shell.

***All Screenshots in this post I have taken on my windows 7 PC and the above process for starting Windows into safe mode works on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 PC.

Return to normal Windows from Safe Mode

When you are finished with Safe mode and if you want to get back into normal Windows, go back into System configuration in safe mode then uncheck the Safe Boot option from boot tab, click on the ok button. Finally restart your computer.

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How to start Windows 7 in safe mode

Safe mode starts Windows with a limited files and drivers. Safe mode is useful for troubleshooting and diagnostic problems with programs and drivers that might not start correctly or that might prevent Windows from starting correctly. While in Safe Mode, only specific programs and files needed to run the operating system are loaded. Startup programs don't run in safe mode. However, since only the essential programs and files are loaded in Safe Mode, this allows us to remove some spyware, adware, viruses and such that cannot be removed in Normal Mode.

Start windows 7 in safe mode

Here is the most common way by which you can boot windows 7 in safe mode. This process also works with windows vista and Xp.
  1. Turn on or restart your computer.
  2. As the computer is booting, press and hold "F8 Key" on your keyboard, this will bring up the "Windows Advanced Boot Options Menu". See the screenshot below.
  3. Use your arrow keys to move to "Safe Mode" and press Enter key. The computer then begins to start in Safe mode. If you need access to the Internet or network while in Safe Mode, select Safe Mode with Networking, Or if you want to use safe mode with command prompt then you have to select Alternate Shell.
  4. Note that, if you begin tapping the F8 key too soon, some computers display a "keyboard error" message. In this case you need to restart your computer and try again. Also with some computers, if you press and hold a key as the computer is booting, you may get a stuck key message. If this occurs, instead of pressing and holding the "F8 key", tap the "F8 key" continuously until you get the startup menu.
  5. When you are finished with Safe mode and if you want to get back into normal Windows, restart the computer and let it start up normally.
Well this is the default way to start windows 7 in safe mode. I have also wrote a article for windows 8 user that is how to start windows 8 PC into safe mode. Although the above method is the most common method to start windows 7 in safe mode if you still can not boot into safe mode on your windows 7 PC, you may try the second method which I described for windows 8 user. The second method works on both Windows 7 and 8 PC. See this Article for the second method - How to start Windows 8 or 8.1 in safe mode

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How to save webpage as pdf on Android smartphone

If you know how to save webpage as PDF file on your android phone, you can easily read any article at a later time on offline. No need to connect to internet. Also it’s a very convenient option especially for those people who don’t have regular access to Wi-Fi or using limited data plan.

Convert Webpage to PDF on Android

In this post I will show an easy way that is how to save a webpage as a PDF file on your android phone to read it later. Follow these steps
  1. First Go to Playstore on your android phone then download and install the app called UrltoPDF.
  2. Launch the UrltoPDF app and go to “Settings” then select “Convertmyurl”. Here you will see various settings of this app. You just need to check the box next to a setting option if you want to make it active. This will enable you to customize the layout and quality of your PDF output file.
  3. Once you’re done, go back to the app’s main screen then type the url you wish to convert in the url box (with http://) and the press the convert button.
  4. Or visit any website by your mobile browser and load an article then copy the link of the article. After that, paste that link into url box of UrltoPDF app. Then click on the Convert button.
  5. Wait until the app finishes the web page to PDF conversion process. Once done, you will be asked to open and view the converted file using your preferred PDF viewer. That’s it. You can also save this PDF file in your sd card.
  6. Now, keep in mind that if you want your PDF output file without images and background then you need to check the Clean page box in settings menu. (step 2)
Special note: You can also convert a webpage by directly sending a link from your mobile browser to UrltoPDF app. This feature will work if your browser have a share option. At present almost all mobile browser comes with a share option. This is really useful when you don’t want to manually type a long url into UrltoPDF app. Just load the web page on your mobile browser, go to “Share” and select "Convert to PDF" to send the link to “UrlToPDF” app. It’s very easy. See the screenshot below, here is a link I am sending from UC browser to UrltoPDF directly by using share option of UC browser. This is really useful when you don’t want to manually type a long url into UrltoPDF app.


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How to save webpage as PDF file on Windows

Many times we want to save special recipes, stories, even lyrics from different blogs or website. In these cases you need to know how to convert webpage to PDF file. If you save a webpage as a pdf file you can read it offline at a later date or time. You can read the saved pdf file any time without connecting to the internet. It’s a very convenient option especially for those people who don’t have regular access to Wi-Fi or using a limited data plan.

This post is about how to save a webpage as a PDF file on Windows PC by a useful browser add-on called Save as PDF. This “Save as PDF” browser add-on is available for two popular web browser Firefox and Google Chrome.

How to convert webpage to PDF

For Firefox user
Go to Firefox Add-ons site and search “Save as PDF” addon. Or download it manually from this link- https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/save-as-pdf/. After downloading, install it on your Firefox. When installation complete you need to exit and reopen your Firefox browser to make it active. Then you will see the save as PDF icon on the top left corner next to the url box of your Firefox browser.
    Now while you are browsing on internet, if you want to save a webpage as PDF file simply click on the save as PDF icon. Then Save as PDF add-on will convert webpage to pdf file and it will come with a download link. You just simply need to download this pdf file. Later you can read this pdf file by any pdf reader (i.e, Adobe PDF reader)

    You can also change the various settings of Save as PDF add on. Go to the add-ons list of your Firefox browser then find Save as PDF add-on and click on option. From here you can change the default settings of this add on.

    For Google Chrome User
    Save as PDF add-on also available for Google Chrome browser. Search it on Chrome web store or download it manually from this link- https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/save-as-pdf/kpdjmbiefanbdgnkcikhllpmjnnllbbc. After installing it save as PDF icon will appear next to the url box of Chrome browser.

    Like the Firefox browser to convert webpage to PDF file, click on the Save as PDF icon while visiting a webpage on Google chrome. Then save this file on your computer to read it later.

    You can also change the settings of save as PDF add-on from the add-on list of Google chrome.

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    8 Useful tips and tricks for Whatsapp

    Whatsapp is most popular messenger service for mobile devices. It is available for almost all mobile operating systems so that many people are attracted towards it. At present it is estimated that more than 600 million users around the globe using Whatsapp. Whatsapp has an easy user interface with so many awesome features. Recently Facebook acquired Whatsapp. Now they made few changes in features and increased privacy like Hiding Last seen, Hiding Display Picture and status. In this article I will discuss some of the most useful tips and tricks for Whatsapp.

    Useful tips and tricks for Whatsapp

    1. Turn off automatic image/video download
    By default when someone sends us any media file (photo or video) it will be automatically downloaded and will add instantly in the album app. Sometimes it added unwanted images or videos on album. This is also cost your internet data without any notice. But you need not worry about that because you can easily stop auto download media files in Whatsapp.
    • Open Whatsapp application and go to OPTIONS > SETTINGS > CHAT SETTINGS > MEDIA-AUTO DOWNLOAD. Look the screenshot below you will find the options. Just open all of them and uncheck them one by one to stop auto download media files.

    2. Hide Last Seen and Profile image
    Although last seen option is quite useful for us but some people also don't want it for some reason. Like when you want to hide yourself from some of your annoying friends. After Facebook acquiring Whatsapp they update Whatsapp app and added some new privacy features. Hide last seen is one of them. Now you can hide yourself from anyone or only from your listed contacts.
    • Open Whatsapp app and Go to SETTINGS > ACCOUNT > PRIVACY > LAST SEEN. You can find 3 options, EVERYONE, MY CONTACTS and NOBODY. Choose hide yourself from everyone, My Contacts for hide yourself from those who are in your contact list. Later if you want to enable seen feature choose Nobody.

    3. Share ZIP, PDF, EXE, RAR files via Whatsapp
    You can share all formats of images and videos on whatsapp. But normally it won’t allow you to sharing other files like documents, ppt, zip, exe files etc. However by using a trick you can share any files other than video, image and audio files on Whatsapp. Here's How-
    1. First Install CloudSend and Dropbox on your Android Smartphone. To Download CloudSend - Click here and Dropbox - Click here
    2. Now open CloudSend and allow it to link Dropbox with CloudSend.
    3. Now if you want to share any file on whatsapp first Share it to Cloudsend. Cloudsend will upload the file to your dropbox account and will provide you a link for this file.
    4. Now Share the link to your friends on WhatsApp.
    5. You can also share this link to your friends on any other messenger application.
    4. Hide your Profile Image
    If you want to hide your profile image go to SETTINGS > ACCOUNT > PRIVACY. There you can find STATUS and PROFILE PHOTO
    Go to SETTINGS > ACCOUNT > PRIVACY. Here you can find privacy settings of who can see LAST SEEN, STATUS, PROFILE PHOTO, and BLOCKED CONTACTS. You can select them and choose your privacy settings according to your needs. Like if you want to hide your profile image from everyone then click on Profile photo then click everyone.


    5. Lock WhatsApp with password protection
    You may have some personal chat on whatsapp and you don’t want others to read those chat. But Whatsapp doesn’t require any login details so that there is a chance anyone can easily access in your whatsapp and can read your personal chats if they use your mobile.
    To lock your Whatsapp with password download an app name called App locker from Google Play. By this app you can lock any app with password in your smartphone.

    6. How to Backup and Restore Whatsapp chats
    On android Smartphone, to backup your whatsapp chats conversations go into Settings > Chat settings and tap Backup conversations to create a backup. But this will not backup your whatsapp media files, if you want to backup whatsapp media files you have to copy the media folders from /sdcard/WhatsApp/Media.

    Whatsapp won’t allow restoring conversations directly. So if you want to restore a backup you have to uninstall and reinstall whatsapp. After reinstall when you open Whatsapp again it will say you to restore most recent backup. Then follow the procedures and your all conversations will be back.

    7. How to use multiple WhatsApp accounts on Android
    You can use multiple Whatsapp account on android smartphone by SwitchMe app. By this app you can create separate profiles on your smartphones for different account, apps, data and system settings. This is one of the most useful tricks for many users who uses dual sim support phone and want to use separate whatsapp accounts.

    8. Create Shortcuts for important contacts
    You can create a shortcut for your favorite Whatsapp contact or groups on your homescreen. Press and hold on the group or contact you want to create a shortcut for. When Pop Up menu will appear just click on Add Conversation Shortcut. It will create a shorcut of this group or contact on your homescreen.


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    How to create a system restore point in windows 8/8.1

    In my Previous post I wrote details about how to create a system restore point in windows 7 (which also works on Windows vista) but if you are a Windows 8 or 8.1 user than what will you do before installing an application which may cause system crashes after installation. After installing application if the application causes your PC to crash and slow down, you can get everything back to the way it was before by system restore. Now in this post I will show how can you create a System Restore Point in Windows 8 PC. The process is same for Windows 8.1 also. Follow these steps-

    System Restore Windows 8

    1. Type "Restore point" or "System Protection" in the search box of Windows 8 Start Screen. Select Settings in search panel.
    2. You will See the Create a restore point program in the left panel as search result.
    3. Click on that result.
    4. Create a restore point dialog box will appear. In this dialog box, just type a name or description, and then click on Create to create the restore point. Choose a name that will be easy to recognize again.
    5. After that Windows will create a restore point. It will take less than a minute. When it’s all finished, you will see a massage that the restore point created successfully.

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    How to create a System Restore point in windows 7

    If you are going to install an application on your computer but there is a chance that this application may slow down your PC or can cause system crashes than you should create a system restore point in your PC before going to install this type of application. After installing application if the application causes your computer to crash and slow down, you can get everything back to the way it was before by system restore. In this post I will show how to create system restore point in windows 7. This system also works on Windows Vista. Also I will show how can you restore your PC to an earlier state by your saved restore points.

    How to create a System Restore point in windows 7

    1. Click on Start menu then choose Control Panel → System and Security. Click on the System link. And finally click on System Protection from the left panel of resulting window. This will open System Properties dialog box.
    2. In the System Properties dialog box click on the System Protection tab and then click on the Create button. Create a restore point dialog box will appear on the screen.
    3. In the Create a Restore Point dialog box, just type a name or description, and then click on Create. Choose a name that will be easy to recognize again.
    4. After that Windows will create a restore point. It will take less than a minute. When it’s all finished, you will see a massage that the restore point created successfully.

    Windows 7 System Restore 

    Now How can you Restore your PC to an earlier state by your saved restore points. Here's how

    To restore your PC in an earlier point follow these steps-
    First save or close all your open files. Now click on the Start menu, Type Accessories on the search field. Or Choose All programs → Accessories. Open Accessories then go to System Tools → System Restore. In System Restore window click on Next.

    A new window will appear with a list of recent restore points you have created earlier. You should select a restore point which is most likely the one you want.


    After selecting a Restore point click on Next button, a new window will come; you have to click on Finish button.
    At last Click Yes to restart your PC.

    That’s it. After restarting your PC a confirmation message will show that Windows has been restored.

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    How to take a screenshot on Windows PC

    Taking a screenshot on windows PC is very easy. In this article I will show a simple way about how to take a screenshot on Windows. Here's how

    How to take a screenshot on Windows PC

    Windows OS has a default screenshot app name Snipping Tool. This app is a useful tool to take a screenshot within 2-3 seconds. To take a screenshot via sniping tool first click on Start menu icon then type Snipping Tool in the search box. Snipping tool app should appear on above in the program menu. Then click to open it.

    On windows 8 to open this program from the tile menu you have to hover over to the charms bar and click on the search tool. Then type Snipping Tool on the search box. The program will appear on the left. To open Snipping Tool simply click on this program.


    Snipping tool

    Once you have the snipping tool open you will see a pop up window that looks like the image below


    By default the program automatically let you select or draw the portion of your screen that you want to capture as a screenshot. You can click on New button from the pop up window to take a new screenshot.

    After capturing a screenshot you can save it as a JPEG, PNG or GIF file. To save go to File from menu then click Save as option. Also you can do simple edit in your captured screenshot in Snipping tool.

    Note: The Plus symbol will appear instead of the cursor. You can select/draw the portion you want to capture and release to take the screenshot.

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