Saturday, November 14, 2015

Control Panel Lives!

I've recently upgraded to Windows 10 on my main desktop, and discovered the Control Panel was replaced by 'Settings'. I was somewhat disappointed, but made do anyway. Up until today, where I figured out how to access the original Windows 7 control panel. All you have to do is go to the start menu, click 'File Explorer', right click any where in the file explorer window where there is not a drive or a network device listed, then click 'Properties'. This brings you to the familiar Windows 7 system properties screen, where you view stuff like processor type and amount of ram and stuff. If you want to go further to the original control panel, click the 'Control Panel Home' button in the top left. I just found this today, entirely on accident. If you guys think there might be other hidden holdover functions, let me know and I'll explore them!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

I broke it

It being by main desktop PC, broke being the partition tables. I was trying to dual-boot Debian Linux and Windows 10, and failed admirably. I had some very important information on both of the hard drives (passwords on one, and photos on the other), so I couldn't just reformat and reinstall. I had to buy a SATA to USB adapter, and managed to score this one from amazon:
You'll see that it has 44 pin and 40 pin IDE connectors as well as SATA, and those are for my old laptop hard drive I have kicking around. With this adapter, I was able to rescue all of the things I wanted and reformat the drives. I reinstalled Windows (7) and got all of my settings back on their merry way. A couple of notes about the adapter: It works in Mac and Windows without needing the included 'driver disk', which contains nothing but Chinese and English links to an online user manual. I suspect it's another one of those cheap Chinese rips of a product, but it works well enough for me.

Link for adapter: