10-Jan-2012, 04:55 PM #1
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10-Jan-2012, 05:18 PM #2
No thanks, of course! But you may already have some lurking in your computer and not even know it. So what does the word "malware" mean? It's actually a compound word that's short for "malicious software", which can be anything from minor annoyances and nuisances, like unwanted tracking cookies, popups, spam/phishing scams and adware to much more serious and intrusive spyware, viruses, worms, Trojan horses, fake security programs, rootkits, bootkits, etc. Various methods are used to gain access to your system, often for the purpose of harvesting sensitive information, such as passwords, bank account or credit card numbers and/or making changes to the system that render it difficult to even use it.
Malware is continuously evolving and using more complex and sophisticated methods to penetrate deeper into your system, making it much more difficult to eradicate. Long gone are the good old days when your resident anti-virus software or a quick on-line scan would take care of any type of innocuous "bug" that you may have inadvertently picked up. Although the various anti-virus software vendors do a very good job of updating their virus definitions frequently and using heuristics to detect patterns and characteristic of unidentified malware, unfortunately, people are still getting infected in large numbers every day.
Should you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being a victim of malware, Tech Support Guy has several qualified Malware Removal Specialists (gold shields) and Malware Removal Trainees (blue shields) who are authorized to assist and will be happy to advise and guide you through the process of cleaning your computer. The helpers do this on a volunteer basis because they enjoy helping people and putting their skills to good use. If only the malware writers would do the same.
All you need to do is register to create an account at Tech Support Guy (http://forums.techguy.org) and then start a new thread in the Virus & Other Malware Removal forum, being sure to follow the preliminary instructions at the following link and posting the requested logs for review:
If you're new to message boards or are unsure how to start a new thread, please consult our Welcome Guide at the following link which provides detailed instructions, including screenshots and a video:
Please be patient and follow the process through with your helper to completion, which may involve several steps, in order to be sure to achieve the desired results.
The following is a short summary of some tips to follow for best practices. This list is certainly not meant to be exhaustive or all-inclusive, as that would be beyond the scope of this newsletter article, but it does give some basic guidelines that can help prevent unfortunate situations.
First and foremost, I can't stress enough the importance of backing up your important data, such as documents, photos, music files, etc., in effect, anything that you wouldn't want to lose should something happen to your hard drive. Keep in mind that hard drives can fail at any time for a number of reasons, not necessarily malware-related, and data cannot always be salvaged or recovered from them so it's vital that you create backups on a regular basis.
There are various methods than can be used to accomplish this and you will find a lot of information about this on our web site, so we will just touch on the basics here.
One simple method is to copy important files over to CDs or to an external hard drive which can then be transferred to another hard drive, if necessary. However, it's not advisable to use a USB "thumb" or "flash" drive for backups as they are only meant for convenience in transferring data from one computer to another and are not necessarily reliable for long-term data storage. Once you've backed up your data, check to make sure that you can open the files without any problems.
The most effective and reliable method is to use software that will image your hard drive to an external one and then add any changes that you make afterward as incremental backups at regularly scheduled intervals. Using this method requires very little time and effort and allows you to easily restore an image of your entire system to the same hard drive, or to a new one, if necessary, without having to reload drivers, programs or other software.
As with anything in life, it's never too late to start best practices and there are many things that you can easily do to help protect yourself from falling victim to malicious attacks and exploits, which are so prevalent these days. We won't go into a great amount of detail but here are a few basic tips that can help keep you safe on the Internet.
There are other things that can be done to harden the security of your system with respect to the various operating systems, software, browsers, add-ons etc. and you can find more information about this on the Tech Support Guy web site.
I hope that you found this article informative and that you and your families stay safe on the Internet.
Tech Support Guy
Microsoft MVP - Consumer Security
04-Feb-2012, 01:20 AM #3
10 Ways To Improve Speed And Performance In Your Computer
These are some of the more common ones that I use and recommend, but there are many other ways that you can improve speed and performance in a computer.
Although these tips are focused towards Windows XP users, they can also be used by Windows Vista and Windows 7 users.
1. Add more RAM.
Unless your computer doesn’t support that amount, install at least 2048 MB(2 GB) of RAM.
Programs and games and computer functions are getting more and more memory-hungry, so 512 MB of RAM isn’t sufficient anymore.
2. Make sure the processor is running at its rated speed and not at a noticeably slower speed.
This is more of a problem with laptops/notebooks than with desktops because the processor can slow down to conserve battery power.
To determine if your computer’s processor is running at its rated speed, right-click “My Computer”, then click Properties.
If the processor’s rated speed and the speed shown aren’t the same, it’s not running at its rated speed.
To prevent this from occurring, go to Power Options, then set the power scheme to “Always On”, then restart the computer.
Note: If your computer has an AMD processor, it may not list the rated speed but may list a code instead, such as “4400+”. Unless you already know how the code equates to rated speed, doing a Google search for that code should determine what it is. The GHz number shown in the properties will be the actual speed your computer is running at.
3. Make sure the hard drive is running at the proper transfer mode and not at a slower mode.
Go to the Device Manager, then expand the “IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers” heading, then open the properties window for the primary IDE channel, then select the advanced settings tab.
The hard drive transfer mode should be set on “DMA if available” and should not be set on “PIO only”.
If it is, change the setting and then restart the computer.
If it’s set properly, also make sure the transfer mode number isn’t lower than it should be.
Depending on how old your computer is and what transfer mode the hard disk controller supports, most hard drives run in Ultra DMA Mode 5 or Ultra DMA Mode 6.
4. Reduce the number of programs that auto-load and run in the background.
Many programs and add-ons that you install in your computer will set themselves up to auto-load and run in the background.
Many of them don’t need to auto-load and run at all, and others can be manually started when you need them.
To prevent the unnecessary ones from auto-loading and running all the time, go to Start - Run – MSCONFIG – OK – “Startup” tab, then uncheck them, then apply the change, then restart the computer.
Two good sites for researching the startup list are:
5. Prevent a large buildup of temp files from occurring.
Unless you delete them on a regular basis, they can build up over time to hundreds or even thousands of files.
To delete them, type in
in the “Run” or “Search” box.
When the temp folder appears, select and delete everything that’s inside it.
If a few files resist being deleted, that’s normal. Leave them alone and delete everything else.
6. Don’t allow malware, spyware, etc. to accumulate in your computer.
I recommend you install and use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and SUPERAntiSpyware.
They’re very user-friendly and do a good job and are well recommended in these forums.
Run a quick scan weekly and run a complete/full scan monthly.
Always make sure to update the definition files first before running a scan.
After the scan is finished, select and remove everything that’s found.
You can download them from:
7. Don’t use full-featured security suites.
Besides the fact they contain unneeded extras, those extra features add to the startup load and consume more system resources - which slows down a computer.
I recommend you install and use Microsoft Security Essentials or Avira AntiVir.
They do a good job and are light on system resources and are well recommended in these forums.
You can download them from:
8. Don’t use cleaner/optimizer/booster/tuneup utilities, especially the ones that allow you to “clean” and “fix” the registry.
They do little-to-nothing to improve speed, and in some cases will reduce speed.
They also do little-to-nothing to fix problems.
What they can do though is damage the Windows operating system, cause programs to stop working, generate unexpected error messages, and cause overall havoc with your computer.
9. Don’t allow unneeded toolbars and add-ons to accumulate in your computer.
When installing new programs or updating current programs, take time to read each window that appears during the install process.
You can then opt out and decline to install these unneeded extras.
Besides the fact that many of them are spyware-related, they can increase the loading time of webpages.
10. Reduce the amount of graphic and multimedia “eye candy”.
All those fancy screensavers, animations, clocks, weather monitors, etc. look nice, but they consume system resources and can slow down a computer.
06-Mar-2012, 04:28 PM #4
What Is Linux by Daniel McCarthy (Linuxphile)
What Is Linux...
What is Linux? This is a question that has been posed to me on numerous occasions. The first time I was asked this question my reply was quick, passionate, and...wrong. This time I will take a more methodical, if abbreviated, approach to answering the question.
An Operating System
Linux, at its most basic form, is an operating system (OS) designed to mimic a Unix environment. The Linux kernel, the core of the GNU/Linux operating (more on this later) was written by originally by Linus Torvalds and first released in 1991. An (OS) is the core of any computer, large or small, and drives the most basic low level control of input and output, including peripheral control (think USB keyboards, webcams, etc). The Linux Kernel provides this low level control.
In its infancy Linux was a bear to install for the casual user. Linux distributions began cropping up to address to the ease of installation. A distribution of Linux packages the Linux Kernel, specific tool sets, Window Mangers, and software management systems into an installable system. Red Hat, Fedora, Opensuse, Mandriva, CentOS and probably the most household name, Ubuntu, are all examples of Linux distributions. Today, if you can install Windows you can install Linux. Check out www.distrowatch.com for a comparison of distributions to help you decide on which distribution is right for you. Should you have any questions about your Linux experience visit us at http://forums.techguy.org/22-linux-unix/.
A Linux distribution is now a viable option to Windows operating systems. Most distributions of Linux are free. Unlike Windows most Linux distributions come with everything a user needs to browse the web, check/post to Facebook, read/write email, and author papers. LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org, free alternatives to Microsoft Office are included with all popular Linux distributions.
A Launch Platform for Other Projects
Because Linux is free, as in beer, it became an attractive alternative to Unix and server versions of Windows. Linux is almost the poster child for free and open source software. It is the platform on which other applications are developed and deployed.
A common example of an application written to run on Linux is the web server Apache. Apache is the single most prevalent web server out there today. (Think about that for a moment. How many web pages do you visit a day? How many of those are running Apache on top of Linux? Amazon does. Google does. Ebay does. Believe it or not parts of microsoft.com used to be hosted on an Apache web server.)
A Mobile Operating System
Ok, so I have already mentioned that Linux is an OS. I believe the popularity of Android and other set top box appliances requires the mobile platform of Linux be mentioned here..
Android, the phone and tablet OS, is based on Linux. Because Linux takes little RAM and processor power to run it is the perfect choice for running on an embedded system. Many of the devices we use today run Linux and most consumers are not aware. Let me provide a list of examples:
(Some) Linksys Routers:
(Linksys and later Cisco were sued by the Free Software Foundation for violation of the GPL, the license under which Linux is written. To settle the lawsuit Linksys released the source code.
GoogleTV: Google is now moving toward making Google TV run using an Android flavor of Linux.
Smart TVs: I am calling this out separate from GoogleTV as many manufacturers are also using Android to power their own Smart TVs.
TiVo: The original DVR runs Linux.
Sony Playstation 2: Yep, itís true, the PS2 doubles as a Linux super computer. In the PS3 Sony moved away from Linux, however Linux was installable on early versions of the PS3.
By Daniel McCarthy (Linuxphile)
URLs of Interest:
04-Apr-2012, 06:34 PM #5
Maintaining Your Computer - by Macboatmaster
MAINTAINING YOUR COMPUTER - A guide written mainly for the less experienced user
This article should help you to maintain and ensure that your computer is kept in good condition.
A computer is like an automobile in some respects. It requires servicing to keep it in good working order. If you neglect this, it will no doubt continue to function until that day when, just like the on-board computer of the modern automobile, you suddenly start receiving error messages.
In the case of the computer, if you neglect general housekeeping and maintenance principles as well as vital updates to security-related programs, you place the health of your system at risk.
Tech Support Guy - where you are reading this short article and I am a Trusted Advisor, is one of the many computer forums providing free assistance and advice.
It was started by Mike Cermak in 1996 and here is the link to the history of the site:
Just one indication of our popularity is that on February 8th, 2012 there were 16,218 people online viewing Tech Support Guy.
If you have not already done so, why not become a member, NOW? You can then use the site to its full potential and become familiar with it before you need help with a problem and have to register.
Here is the link to HOW to register:
There are so many articles, publications, magazines, books and other resources available to obtain advice about how to use your computer that the vast choices can leave you bewildered. The purpose of this short article is to try and ensure that you have the basic rules and guidelines to follow.
Tech Support Guy
If you do join, you will now be a member of one of the best computer help sites available. You will find us to be a welcoming, family friendly site and hopefully, we will solve your problem for you. If you have some degree of technical knowledge yourself, you may even wish to contribute to the forums by helping other people solve their computer problems.
We do have a few rules but they are there to help EVERYONE and to maintain the excellent reputation of this site.
Here is the link to those rules:
An important rule that I'd like to emphasize before you join is this one:
"As you might expect, we don't want anything illegal going on here. Users cannot post hacks, cracks, pirated software, or anything of the like. Furthermore, we do not allow instructions on how to complete illegal activities, such as pirating. Please don't ask for advice on using illegal software, as it will be removed."
May I stress again that BACKUP is the most important and the most vital process you will ever carry out.
Many people have regretted the day that they did not create a full backup.
However well and efficiently you maintain your computer, one day something will go wrong. If you're lucky, it may be simple to recover from the error. Sometimes nothing more than a reboot will be required.
On the other side of the coin, computers, like any other electronics, can fail and if this does occur, for whatever reason, that backup on an external hard drive or other medium may prove to be your lifesaver.
In conclusion, I hope you found this guide useful.
All the Links were live when the article was prepared. However some sites do change their link address (URL) from time to time.
Article prepared March 2012.
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10-May-2012, 11:35 AM #6
Introduction to Digital Photography
When I became interested in photography a very wise lady suggested I start with a high-end point and shoot. I was able to play with some of the bells and whistles without getting too confused. Most all Point and Shoot cameras have some of the same basic bells and whistles that the digital single lens reflex cameras have. I found it very helpful to experiment with a less expensive “point and shoot” camera until I was comfortable with using the various settings and had a better understanding of what they did before adding in the more complex usage of a DSLR camera.
Digital photos are made up of thousands of tiny dots called pixels. Every digital camera has a certain mega pixel, which translates into how many thousands of pixels the camera will capture in a photo. The higher the mega pixel the better the camera and the more you will be able to edit and manipulate your photos. Pictures from higher mega pixel cameras will transfer better to printed media, also.
Here is a basic outline of the most common icons and their usage:
Icons and Options
Auto Mode: When you want to take snapshots without worrying about the mechanics of photography, leave this setting on Auto. This mode sets all exposure levels automatically, and it usually locks you out of making any minor adjustments manually.
Movie Mode: Many cameras let you record MPEG or QuickTime videos to the same memory card storing your photos. The videos aren't sharp enough for DVD, but they're great for e-mail.
Macro Mode: To focus on extremely close subjects--say, within a few inches of the lens--choose the tulip. You can take life-size pictures of insects, flowers, and other small subjects in this mode, but the focus range at such distances is very narrow.
Landscape Mode: In this mode, your camera picks the best aperture and shutter settings for the depth of field that you want when taking pictures of landscapes.
Action: The Action (sometimes called Sports) mode sets the camera to the highest possible shutter speed, increasing your odds of getting a clear shot of horses running, for example.
Night: This mode lets you capture nighttime scenes by combining a flash, which freezes people in the foreground, with a slow shutter speed, which allows lights from buildings, cars, and other elements to show in the background.
Manual Mode: This mode gives you total control. You use buttons on the camera's body to set both shutter speed and aperture size. Remember, though, that you're working without a safety net--the camera won't protect you from under- or overexposure. However, I recommend experimenting with this as much as possible, as you will learn more of what works and what doesn’t for lighting, distance, shutter speed, etc. Thankfully, with digital cameras, one can immediately look at a photo to see what it looks like without having to wait to have it developed and can delete photos as desired without “wasting film.” So be creative and experiment!
Aperture Mode: When you set the size of the aperture, your camera automatically provides the right shutter speed to deliver a correct exposure. Rely on this mode to blur the background or to keep the entire image in sharp focus.
S Mode stands for Shutter Preferred, meaning the picture taker sets the shutter speed
(how long the shutter is open) and the camera adjusts everything else accordingly.
M stands for Manual Exposure. Here you choose both aperture and shutter speed.
Lightning bolt emblem usually stands for flash.
A lot of cameras have two different kinds of zoom: Optical and Digital. In both cases the amount of zoom is expressed as a number followed by an X, as in 3X Optical Zoom or 6X Digital Zoom. Optical zoom means that a lens is changing position to make something appear closer. That will bring you the best quality zoom. Digital zoom is a bit of a cheat, all it does is re-calculate how the image is spread over the image sensor. When looked at closely you will see that the image is blurry and blocky. That is because you are not getting more detail, you are just spreading a detail over a wider area. Some cameras have both kinds of zoom, and will let you go to your maximum optical zoom (3X or 5X or whatever it is your camera offers) and after that--and sometimes after a warning--it will switch over to digital zoom. For best results stay within the optical zoom range of your camera.
I almost always shoot in Fine image quality with the large image size 3,872 x 2,590 (pixels). You can find that setting in your Menu folder.
Some Tips & Tricks
Nature and Photography is so relaxing and rekindles your spirit.
Article by, “Kya.”
“Kya” is an award winning nature photographer and has had her photos printed in several magazines.
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04-Jun-2012, 03:46 PM #7
How to accomplish a specific task cheaply without breaking the law
Computers get expensive. Many people fear that they may not be able to afford all the software and services needed to get the most out of a machine. Unfortunately, some use this cost as an excuse for stealing software, perhaps through P2P programs. I as well as many others, believe that is both wrong and dangerous, but would propose that there is in fact a third way forward. This guide explains how to complete many computer tasks without needing to purchase expensive software.
Use Another Computer
Most software is licensed to a number of computers, not to a number of users. If there is a specialist task that you want to do once, you may find someone willing to let you use their machine which has the software already installed. That may be a friend in the relevant industry, or equally could be a public computer. Of course that approach assumes it's a fairly small job and that you know how to do the task to begin with. If that isn't the case, you'll probably need to either get some help or get some software on your own machine so that you can play around with it and work it out.
Use a Web Service
Many jobs that were once the exclusive domain of a desktop computer can now be carried out online, and in many cases they can be done for free or a very low cost. Piping data to a server half way across the world may not always be an option: for example it won't work if you have a slow internet connection or if the task involves sensitive materials. On the other hand this does have its advantages, not least being the fact that you don't have to install anything. You should at least consider it as a possibility.
Set up your own System
If you encounter a job so specific that there is no software to do it, or if the only applicable software has a price tag with several zeroes after it (and that's not after the decimal point) that doesn't necessarily mean it's hard. It could just mean that there aren't enough users to pay more for it. You may be able to rig up your own system to do just the same thing. If you have programming experience that is a particular plus. Since you're your own user and know exactly what needs doing, a few short routines may get you what you're after. If you don't have any programming experience, you can still automate an amazing number of tasks in a spreadsheet program such as Excel or Calc. As you become familiar with the software on your computer, it may even be possible to string together a few different programs to exploit the features from each. That takes imagination, but it could save a lot of time compared with doing everything by hand.
Use software that came with the machine
Most computers bought from a major supplier have some selection of software included on them. Many geeks consider most of it abysmal, and don't hesitate to wipe every bit of it off their hard disk. There are cases, however, in which you're hunting around for software to do something which has been on your hard disk from before the day you got the computer. This is particularly likely if the task relates to something on your machine: using the inbuilt webcam for example.
Use Free Software
This approach is often the most efficient solution to this problem. In contrast to the major software companies who sell their wares at hundreds to thousands of dollars apiece, many programmers offer their works free of charge. These may not be quite as feature rich as the industry standard, but they'll often offer quite enough for your needs. If they don't, try another. You don't pay for them after all. Much free software is not only free, but is “Open Source”. That means that it's maintained by a community of programmers from around the world, and they share the source code so that anyone can find and remove bugs. Many would opt for Open Source software in preference to merely “free” software on that basis alone.
WARNING: While there is very good, very legitimate and very useful free software out there, there is also a maze of poorly written junk, malware, or deceptive promotions. Be very careful what software you pick up from the internet. Always scan it with your antivirus software before running it. And while it may seem a bore, do read the EULA license agreement. When you click “I agree” you may inadvertently give it permission to do more than you'd counted on.
To start you off, here's a quick list of completely free, high quality software we'd recommend for various common tasks:
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials (http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/ )
Avast (http://www.avast.com/free-antivirus-download )
Avira Antivir (http://www.free-av.de/en/trialpay_do...antivirus.html )
Important: only use one Antivirus program at a given time. They simply don't work well together, and you'll have a slower, less secure computer with 2 than with 1.
Web Browser: Mozilla Firefox (http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/)
Google Chrome (https://www.google.com/chrome)
Office Suite: LibreOffice (http://www.libreoffice.org/download/)
Image Editing: the GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/downloads/)
Sound Editing: Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)
There is plenty of software to provide for many other tasks including full operating systems, desktop publishing, file encryption, backup, computer maintenance, and so on, as well as alternative programs to do the above. We couldn't presume to give a comprehensive list.
If you decide to go for free software, it generally won't come with dedicated customer support in the same way a commercial package might. On the positive side, you can always come back to techguy.org with questions. Because it's free and legally so, a volunteer who hasn't got the software could pick it up for playing around to work out the answer to your question.
Meanwhile you can often find answers just by googling effectively. Be sure to include in the search query the name of the software you're using and any error messages you're getting. Put each (name, error, etc) in "quotation marks" so that the search engine doesn't find pages with the words in a uselessly different order.
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10-Jul-2012, 01:26 PM #8
TSG Wiki Newsletter Article
The Tech Support Guy Library of Knowledge is a Wiki and an extension of the Tech Support Guy website. It contains computer related how-tos, information and questions frequently asked in the Tech Support Guy Forum.
Some useful examples of pages in the Library:
Tech Support Guy FAQs - http://library.techguy.org/wiki/Category:TSG_FAQs
Dictionary of common forum and computer related terms - http://library.techguy.org/wiki/Dictionary
How does the Library work?
It works by members of the forum contributing content and sharing solutions and knowledge to common problems and questions frequently asked, The Library helps make the information easier to find and modify if required. Wikis allow anyone almost complete control to create and edit nearly any page they choose. Any member of the forum may contribute to the Library, You will however need at least 25 posts before you can create and edit pages.
Where can it be found?
The Library can be found at http://library.techguy.org/ There is also a link for it at the top of every page at Tech Support Guy between "Forums" and "News"
How can someone contribute?
To contribute to the Library you will first need to log in to it.
Navigate to the Library and click the "Log in / create account" link or just follow this link http://library.techguy.org/w/index.p...rnto=Main_Page
Log in using your same Tech Support Guy Username and Password you would use for the forum. Once you've logged in you will be able to edit or create nearly any page you choose. If you're not familiar with Wikis and aren't sure how to create or edit pages follow the instructions below.
How to create a page in the Library:
To create a new page navigate to the Library then type the title you want to name the page into the "search" box on the left and click "Go" If there isn't already a page with that title you'll be given the option "create this page. " Click that link.
You'll be presented with an edit box for a page with that title, from there you can add the content you want for the page.
At the bottom of the edit page is a "Show preview" button you can click that to be presented with a preview of what the page will look like without saving it.
Once you're happy with the new page click the "Save page" button to create it.
If there is already a page with the title you chose, don't be discouraged, feel free to add to or improve upon the existing page.
How to edit a page:
Pages can be edited by going to the page you would like to edit and clicking the "edit" tab at the top of the page. You will be presented with an edit box containing the contents of the page, You will be able to add/remove/change anything you choose. The "Show preview" and "Save page" buttons are available at the bottom and work the same as when creating a page.
Though most pages may be edited by anyone there are a few that are protected to prevent any changes.
Adding your page to a category:
Categories help make pages easier to find. You'll be presented with the current categories on the Main Page of the Library. To add a page to a category include "[[Category: CategoryName]]" to the bottom of the page adjusting "CategoryName" for the selected category, For example to add a page to the Windows category you would add "[[Category: Windows]]".
For more information on creating and editing pages in the Library take a look at the Library Help page - http://library.techguy.org/wiki/Help:Contents
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11-Mar-2013, 09:23 AM #9
Switching back from Windows 8
WINDOWS 8 and UEFI (BIOS) - PLEASE READ before you buy your new computer
YOU HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED ONE and DON'T LIKE WINDOWS 8 Ė go back to Windows 7
If you are considering purchasing a computer with Windows 8 pre-installed then you should bear in mind the following:
PLEASE SEE the links below for more detailed information:
Entering UEFI setup and other information (please see other links on page):
On the link below please see other links to the right of the page:
Please now see these links for HOW to go back to Windows 7 on your new computer with 8 pre-installed:
They do not deal with retaining 8 and dual booting with 7 or a Linux-based system. However, if you have that degree of knowledge then you probably don't need this guide in the first instance.
Although this link is for Dell computers, it has lots of useful information:
This relates to an Asus board and install of Windows 7 although my article is addressing the install of 7 in place of 8, the link provides a concise guide to the UEFI procedures:
This guide from Sean Webster of overclock.net is one of the most complete and easy to follow that I have found in what has been my quite extensive research. I am obliged to Sean for permission to use it here.
NOTE, if you search Sean's posts on overclock.net you will find all the information you could ever need.
Finally there are many other guides on how to install 7 on the Internet. Some of them I found difficult to follow, the reader being required to switch from one link to another, picking up the installation procedure at a particular point on the link and then being required to go back to the original link.
I hope you will find the information helpful.
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