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How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows?

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How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows? Well, we've come a long way, from command-based computers to having touch-interface enabled systems. Same goes for other supportive hardware on our systems as well.

Hardware pieces like the Graphic card, USB ports, or even the  RAM have held the hand of evolution every step of the way. That's what gave birth to DDR DDR2 and DDR3 types of RAM in the first place.

So before getting to the bottom of How to Detect the Type of RAM in a PC, lets have a basic insight into what RAM types exactly exist on the planet.

What are DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 RAM Types?

DDR:- (Double Data RAM )

One of the earliest kinds of RAMs to see the light of day were the DDR RAMs. Considering we're more friendly with the DDR3 generations these days, there isn't a lot I can sing in praise of these ancient types.

They consumed a lot more power than the DDR2 RAMs, demanding a voltage of almost 2.5v compared to only 1.8v with the DDR2 RAMs.

They had the speed of around 200-800MHz and had 2-bits prefetech buffers, with a maximum reading latency of 3 clock cycles, compare that to the 9-clock cycle reading latency of the DDR2 RAMs and it won't be hard to imagine why the DDRs went out of business.

DDR2:- (Double Data RAM 2)

The Internal clocks of the DDR2 RAMs runs at half the speed of the data bus, meaning it has twice the speed of the original DDR RAMs, the improved bus signal helps us achieve that.

Also these have a theoretical typical latency of around 5 compared to only 3 of the DDR RAMs. But obviously that's lower than the typical latency of the DDR3 RAMs.

Although the number of pins both for the DDR2 and DDR3 RAMs is the same, that's 240!

DDR3:- (Double Data RAM 3)

The primary benefit it offers us is lower power consumption (lowest in comparison to the other two types), as much as 40% lower! Also, it's comparatively faster, with the bus clock running at 533-800 mHz and with data rates between 1066-1600MT/s!

There are a bunch of other technical terms, but in the simplest possible words all I can say is, DDR3 is the fastest RAM type available today.

Worry not we will be getting down to How to check RAM speed, but before that lets spend just couple more minutes understanding the difference between DDR3 and DDR2 RAM types.

Primary Difference Between DDR3 and DDR2 RAM Types:-

  • The Preftech buffer for DDR3 RAM types is the 8-bit deep buffer while the DDR2 operates on a 4-bit preftech buffer.
  • The data transfer rate with DDR 3 RAMs is an impressive 800-1600MHz while that with the DDR2 RAM types is only around 400-800MHz
  • The DDR2 RAMs use a 200-400MHz I/O clock for data transfer, while the DDR3 RAMs make use of the more effective, 100-200mHz I/O clocks.
  • As mentioned earlier, the power consumption with DDR3 RAMs is considerably lower compared to DDR2 RAMs, as much as 40% lower to be specific, and this comes in handy and as a great marketing-edge when it comes to power specific devices like Laptops.
  • If you're a gaming geek you might be familiar with the different types of Graphic Cards. Well, DDR3 RAMs are preferable while processing graphics because those cards need faster frame-rates which isn't the case with DDR2 RAMs.

Cons:-

Not all the “grass is greener on the other side”, and the same applies to the different types of RAMs as well.

  • DDR3 RAMs are a tad bit more expensive compared to DDR2 RAMs. (It isn't exactly a negative factor, but it counts!)
  • The CAS Latency for DDR3 RAMs is higher compared to DDR2 RAMs.

How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows?

So finally we're down to the section you've been waiting for. In this final section of this article, I'll be explaining How to check RAM type in windows 7, (the process is more or less similar to every other Windows Operating system.) plain and simple.

Unfortunately there's no in-built option or tool which tells you the RAM type on Windows, so you'll need the help of third party software like CPU-Z.  (It's a lightweight program, less than 1MB in size, and is free!)

Go to the link above, choose your operating system and click on download.

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Once you've downloaded it, install it like any other Windows program.

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After it's successfully installed, just run it from its desktop icon or the start menu.

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And then click on “Memory”. It will get you all the details you need to unveil regarding your RAM.

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Infact, apart from the RAM type, it gets you other advanced details as well including:-

  • CAS Latency
  • RAS Delay
  • Cycle Time etc.

And just in case you might want to peep though the other options on the screen, feel free to do so.

Infact if you click on the CPU option, it gets you a plethora of information which includes Bus type, technology, code name, Clock data, core data and what not!

Other tabs like the MainBoard can be used to access information related to the Motherboard of your system.

And the best part is, there's even a “Bench” tab, which lets you benchmark your system, either individually as a single-thread or as a multi-thread machine.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to check RAM type (DDR, DDR2 or DDR3) in Windows folks. Hope this piece helped, infact I tried my best to make sure you get not only the RAM types, but also other information which you might need at a later time.

You can use CPU-Z to access just about any other kind of CPU information related to your system. And it's not an “authoritative” tool, rather a reflective one, so feel free to play around because there's not a lot you can mess up with this one.

If you've got other tools or methods to uncover your RAM type on Windows, make use of the comment box and let us know.

Do let me know your feedback on this piece in the comments down there. Not to mention that a share won't go unnoticed.

Disclaimer:- This website, or the author are in no way affiliated or sponsored with CPU-Z, it's just one of the many options/tools/software you can use to get your RAM types, CPU-Z was used only because of it's legitimacy, simplicity and because it's a freeware.

 

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How to Hide TaskBar in Windows 10?

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How to Hide TaskBar in Windows 10? If that's what you're searching for you're exactly where you should be! (I know I say that a lot!).

Anyway, Windows is one of the most popular and commonly used Operating systems in the world, so it's common for it to have such advanced, user-friendly options and it's common for you to have such doubts as How To Auto Hide Or Completely Hide Windows 10 Taskbar.

So that's what we would be discussing throughout this piece. But before that let's start from the basics.

You might also like:- How to make Windows 10 faster.

What is the Taskbar?

The taskbar is exactly what the word translates to in its literal meaning- Task Bar. Meaning, it was originally developed to let you gain easy access to various tasks on your system.

It isn't something that made its appearance recently, instead, it has been around since the very first launch of Windows, that's Windows 1.0

With time, it's graphical look and feel was developed and today Windows 10 has the most advanced interface that we see. Here is the taskbar of Windows 7 and the taskbar of Windows 10.

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Somewhat of a metro feel has been incorporated into the whole Windows 10 system, and the same holds true for the taskbar as well.

Apart from granting us easy access to apps, it also somewhat adds to the signature look of Microsoft, although Mac OS has a taskbar of its own which is slightly different than the Microsoft one.

Technically though, it's the same thing just the difference of shapes and icons, in addition to the taskbar on Mac being placed in the center by default while that of Microsoft is attached to the full width of the screen on Windows.

One other important function the Taskbar serves on Windows is to grant us access to the Start menu. It's one of the most important elements of any Windows Operating system, isn't it?

It's almost like the “launch hub” for everything. The tools, accessories and everything else. Although the start button concept has been totally changed in Windows 10, it still holds the same importance and value to its users.

Also ofcourse the date-time setup on Windows systems is stationed on the Taskbars' right-bottom by default.

Not that it's an extremely important feature, but well it is a feature and that's a fact.

How to Hide TaskBar in Windows 10?

Now you know what the Taskbar is, let's get down to why you came here for. (It's just a 2 click process so it won't take much of your time anyway!)

Right-click on your taskbar, and click on settings.

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Then simply select the “automatically hide the taskbar” to slide the slider from disabled to enabled mode.

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Done! Well, that's all you had to do.

Why Hide Taskbar in Windows 10?

Before answering your question How to auto-hide the taskbar in Windows 10, I think it's only fair for me to answer the “why” to the question.

Why would you want to hide the Taskbar in Windows 10? It's such an important element and has been there since Windows 1.0 (this goes on to  establish the importance and user-response for it!)

Well everything on this universe, every single atom has its own pros and cons. Now obviously the pros for the Taskbar outweigh the cons, still, the cons exist. Let's have a look.

Wait, won't you love to learn “How to Disable Cortana in Windows 10?”

Space:-

This is my personal reason why I've disabled my own Windows 10 taskbar. I've got a limited screen-space.

Why should I waste it with the taskbar? And I've always felt that once you hide the taskbar, your screen starts looking considerably larger.

And it's not like the taskbar is gone forever, right? You can always enable it right back up with just a couple of clicks.

Wrong Clicks:-

The taskbar icons have a bad habit of getting themselves clicked. Doesn't matter if you're trying to click at something else, or not click at all.

Not sure why, but the worst times are those when you accidentally click on Internet Explorer! It doesn't matter how much RAM or which Processor you're running, Explorer would just lag your system down as a general rule.

And it's not just about I.E, you might click on just about any app and it frustrates you to the ground.

The Look & Feel:-

Almost every computer I come across in India is a Windows-based system generally, so of course, it has the taskbar as well.

So honestly, hiding my taskbar on Windows 10 just gives me a “new, fresh, different” feeling. It makes my system look different.

Or else, it's just boring to stare at the same screen since the day you first touched computers, right?

And now that the option is available, why not use it?

Final Words:-

So that was all I had for this How to hide the taskbar in Windows 10 guide folks. Hope this piece helped.

If it did, I'd love to get your feedback in the comments section. Or if you're stuck someplace, have doubts or queries even then the comment box is all yours.

And if you've got other ways to disable taskbar in Windows 10, well I'm all ears If it's good enough I'll love to include it over here along with proper credits.

And if nothing else, you can just let me know why you're trying to hide your taskbar in the least!

And finally, not to mention that if this piece is any good a social share on your Social media profiles will be truly appreciated.

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How to Recover Deleted Files in Windows 10?

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How to Recover Deleted Files in Windows 10? If you're asking that question I'm guessing you deleted a couple of important files on your Windows 10 system and now you need them back, huh?

Well, that's exactly what I'll be walking you through. With the help of some free data recovery software, we should be able to bring back your data from the dead in minutes.

Well, I assume you understand I'm not talking about bringing back data from the recycle bin, I'm talking about data you permanently deleted, yeah from the recycle bin or shift alt delete and bringing that back.

Now what happens when you delete a data normally is, it goes into your recycle bins. And in case you delete it from there too, it's supposed that it's permanently gone. Only if it were that simple. The hard-disk is made up of sectors and nothing is always “permanently” gone! There always are some traces left of every file/folder you've ever had on the sectors which can be recovered.

Now it might not be possible to bring back 10/10GB of data, but 80-90% is mostly achievable. And you don't need FBI level of tech to get it back, most of the tools on the internet can do this job, some can do it better than the others while others don't work at all, the point is, these tools are easy to get your hands on, no “hacker level” I.Q required.

So we would be using a deleted file recovery tool to recover deleted files in Windows 10 that goes by the name “Recuva”. It's basically a hard drive recovery software that can bring back accidentally deleted data for you, so it doesn't matter if you use it to get back documents, folders, or use it as a photo recovery software

Disclaimer:- I or Knowledgecage is in no way promoting this product specifically. It's just one of the hundreds of other tools available out there. It's just that this is the tool I'll be using for this tutorial. Feel free to go with any other tool out there if you feel it's safe and better.

How to Recover Deleted Files in Windows 10?

So okay the first thing you need to do is, download Recuva.

It's a pretty lightweight program, less than 3MBs so it shouldn't take you long. Once you get it downloaded, just install it on your system. Installing is pretty straight-forward just like installing any other program.

Now once it's installed, you'd want to run it. Which will bring you to the following screen? That is where you select the file type you're trying to recover. Recuva supports almost all the major file types, including:-

  • Pictures
  • Music
  • Documents (pdf, doc, Docx, CVC etc)
  • Video
  • Compressed
  • Emails.
  • Or just select “All files” if you don't know exactly what you should be selecting.

Now the next screen would let you specify the location of your deleted file. So just select where your file was before it got deleted. The good thing about Recuva is that you can even recover data lost from USB drives, anyway specify your location and click on Next. You can even select the “I'm not sure” option which makes things easier for you although the scan time would be a bit increased.

Now the next screen is just a confirmation, just click on “Scan”.

As you can see, on the above screen there's a “Deep scan” mode as well, we will be skipping it at the moment because it takes a very long time but it surely has a better chance bringing your data back. So I'd advise if you by some chance don't get your data using the general scan, only then go with the deep scan method.

Anyway, the next screen is a “Preview” screen. Another one of the reasons why I'm using Recuva here. It actually lets you preview and select which files you want back. So that you don't get back data from years ago which you don't actually need.

So basically just select the files you want back, and click on Recover.

What do the color buttons mean?

Yeah, I understand the colors might be confusing to you, so here's what they mean:-

  1. Red:- The files with this color button basically will be the hardest to recover. So in other words, there's less than 30-35% chance you'll get the files back.
  2. Yellow:- The yellow color represents a 50-50 chance between you getting and not getting the file.
  3. Green:- Yeah you guessed it right! Theses files are 100% coming back to you.

Where to Find the Recovered Files?

Yeah so once the scan is completed you need to know where to get them, right? Recuva doesn't complicate things for you by creating separate folders.

So you can find your recovered file in the exact same location from where it was lost, just get back to that file/folder/USB stick/drive or whatever and the file would be waiting for you.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to recover deleted files in windows 10 folks. I'm sure this piece would've solved your how to recover deleted files problem. If it did, I'd appreciate you hitting the share buttons, or at least leaving your feedback in the comments.

And if for some reason things aren't working out for you or you got a problem, like I always say use the comment box and get back to me, I'll try my best to help you out.

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How to Resize an Image Without Losing Quality?

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Have you ever clicked a picture with a high-definition camera, tried to enlarge it, and suddenly it starts to look as if it's a picture clicked with a cell phone from the 2000's?

Or maybe you uploaded your picture to your blog or WordPress, and again as you try to enlarge it, it becomes all grainy and messed up?

That's the one problem we would be solving throughout this piece. Because loss of quality in pictures when they're enlarged is an age-old, universal problem.

Before explaining to you how to resize an Image let me shed some light on “why” the loss in quality happens in the first place. Also, take a look at converting PNG to JPG without loosing quality.

Why do Pictures Lose Quality when Enlarged?

There are a number of explanations for this with a lot of complicated terms and definitions, but let me make it simple for you.

Consider your screen to be a balloon. Now throw some paint on it, and then stretch the balloon. As you know the amount of color you threw on the balloon is limited, and every pigment of color landed at any specified point on the balloon.

Now when you stretch it, the same amount of color has to cover more area due to the stretching, so obviously the color density becomes lower, won't it?

That's the exact same thing with pictures on a screen. They're comprised of “pixels”, each pixel has a specified area to cover on the screen, so when you enlarge an image, they get stretched to more area than they were actually meant to cover, and hence the color density gets lower and the image blurs.

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How to Resize an Image Without Losing Quality:-

So what's the solution? The one thing I love about the digital industry is, there never is a problem without a solution. And I mean this for every problem out there, so obviously one exists for our picture resize problem as well.

Solution 1:- Fractal Interpolation is what will help us achieve what we're trying to achieve. It's the technique of compensating for every pixel you enlarge, and matching the properties of that pixel to the nearest pixel.

Solution 2:- Resampling is a method where your size is changed but not by interpolation, instead the number of pixels in the image are increased or decreased as required to keep the quality loss at a minimum.

If you aren't familiar with Graphic designing or Adobe Photoshop, then don't stress over the terms, let me just give you a solution to the problem directly.

#1:- GIMP

GIMP is a free tool that resembles the basic properties of Adobe Photoshop. And it does have an in-built tech to help you resize an image without loosing quality.

Open the image you're trying to enlarge with Gimp. (You can drag and drop the image directly to Gimp or use the File>Open option.)

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Click on “Image” > Scale Image.

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Specify the dimensions you want.

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And in the “quality Interpolation” section, choose “Sinc LancZos3″ and click on scale.

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Done! The quality interpolation you chose did the rest of the job, so your picture should now be resized without a significant loss in quality.

How to Resize an Image in Paint Tool:-

Paint is another easier and faster way to resize an image and it's my personal faviorate for the reason that it's much faster compared to Adobe Photoshop or  Gimp if I'm resizing a lot of images. Also, it's available by default on Microsoft Windows.

Note:- Paint doesn't resize your images without loosing quality, so there will be quality loss, I'm scribbling this section here keeping just the “how to resize an image” part in mind, and not the “quality loss”.

Open the picture you're trying to resize with paint and click on Resize button at the menu-bar.

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Now click on “pixels” if you know the exact dimensions you want for your picture, specify the dimensions and click OK.

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Or, if you're not sure of the dimensions but instead are more comfortable using a ratio/percentage compared to the current image, click on the percentage radio-button and specify your needs.

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Done! So if you've ever wondered how to resize an image in Paint, that's how easy it is. It's basically a three-click step. Resize > Percentage/Pixels> Specify needs > OK.

#3:- IrfanView

Yet another simple, light-weight program which calls itself Irfanview comes to your rescue when you're trying to resize an image without loosing quality, and it uses a slightly different process compared to Gimp, as it doesn't only Interpolation, but Re-sampling as well.

Just open the image you're trying to resize using IrfanView, and click on Image>Resize

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And then just specify your size > select “Sharpen after Resample >  and in the Size method choose “Lanczos”.

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Done!

Vector Images:-

Talking about images and quality loss, I can't afford to miss out vector images out of the discussion. I'll keep it short.

Vector images are images which aren't made up of “pixels”, instead they're made out of polygons with specific connection points.

Meaning you can zoom in on a vector image all you want, but there won't be any pixelation or “blur” effect, instead, the image looks just as sharp as with the general view.

So in short, Vector images don't lose quality when enlarged or resized!

You can also use Photoshop to compress the photos without loosing quality. Here is how to Photoshop pictures.

Wrapping it Up:-

Let me tell you, all the above methods (except paint) help you resize an image without loosing quality, but all of those methods don't eliminate the quality loss totally. Along with photos, you can also compress large video files without losing quality.

Doesn't matter if you're using Gimp, IrfanView, or Adobe Photoshop itself, there almost always will be a quality loss (unless you've got NSA grade tech), what can be changed and controlled is the amount of quality loss that happens.

The methods I've discussed guarantee the minimum quality loss that's possible, at this price-range(they were FREE!). Although if you're looking for a better solution, there are quite a number of premium/paid plugins and tools out there.

So that was all I had on how to resize an image without losing quality folks. Hope it solved your queries.

Anyway do let me know your experience on this piece and also if you've got any other solutions to counter the image resize problem without loosing quality, and I'll love to include it here if they're really as good as you claim them to be.

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How to Check Laptop or PC Specs?

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We all spend thousands of dollars on getting the “right” computer for us, don't we? Some of us need it for Gaming, some of us need it specifically for office use, while others for working with Graphics and video editing and so on.

So that's what this article is about, we will deal with How to check laptop or PC specs? With all the modern models coming everyday on top of each other, it's pretty hard deciding which one to go with because ofcourse all of them claim to be the best.

But once you know your specific PC specs, you'd know what you have (or don't have), and you can upgrade accordingly right?

Ofcourse I'll be answering how to check laptop or PC specs, but I've always felt it's better to understand the “why” before the how. Meaning, let's first deal with “why” you'd want to learn how to find computer specs in the first place.

Why to Check Laptop or PC Specs?

So there might be a hundred different other reasons why you might want to check your Laptop or PC specs, the most common reasons being:-

  • To analyze your current system, so that you know what other upgrades you need for better performance.
  • Your system might be slow, and you're looking for the exact hardware to replace. Meaning, just because your system is slow doesn't mean it's always a RAM error, maybe your mother-board is too used up and you might be thinking how to check what motherboard I have? Or maybe your Hard-disk isn't sufficient and so on.
  • Running Games:- Well this one is my personal faviorate. Before I buy any game, I go online and check it's minimum requirements, and once I get a hold of the requirements, I'd need to know what are my computer specs and to know that, I'd need to learn How to view laptop or PC specs to assess if my system will be able to run the game or not, right?

How to Check Laptop or PC Specs?

So finally we're down to the section you've been waiting for, let's have a look at  How to view laptop or PC specs.

Well, on most laptops, you might have stickers on the side of the battery which tells you your PC specs.(Unless you've already peeled it off).

So let's go with a more “stable” solution for how to check your computer specs.

How to Check Laptop or PC Specs:- Memory, Processor and Operating System

Right click on My Computer, and click on Properties.

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Clicking on it will directly bring up your system properties. Here's mine:-

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Let me explain the metrics to you:-

  • 1. Rating:- The Rating is the overall rating of your system out of 5. Mine if 4.5 so I'd say it's one of the best specs you can get for a general laptop at my price-range (mine cost just 19,000INR / Around $300) As long as it's above 4, you can be happy.
  • 2. Processor:- If you're checking out your specs for gaming purposes, this is the most important metric for you. Games have very strict processor requirements. 2.40 ghz is the CPU speed. The ghz controls the copy-pasting speed, file opening speed and stuff like that. My system is 8 years old, but today you'd get 3-3.5ghz CPUs easily.
  • 3. Installed Memory:- This answers your question “How to identify RAM”. Because the memory shows you exactly how much of RAM your system got. On today's market, 6-8GB is a general preference.
  • 4. System type:- Well you probably already know that Windows has 32 as well as 64 bit versions right? They both have their own pro's and con's, for eg. on the 32 bit you can only have a max RAM of 4Gbs. But anyway this gives you your Windows bit.

#Method 2 to Check Laptop or PC Specs:-

This is method is comparatively simpler than the above one.

Just click on your Start button, and type “system information”.

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Select the system information option at the top, and you'll get a list which has almost every single bit of information that exists on your system.

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It shows you your RAM, PC Model, Manufacturer, Windows-bit and everything else! Infact, if you look closely you'll notice that it gives you more information about your processor than the above system properties screen.

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How to Check which Graphic Card You Have?

I'm making this section separately because the system properties doesn't list your “Graphic card specs” on the page.

Again go to My Computer > properties. And then click on “device manager”.

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You should see “display adapters” just click on it and it would show you the graphic card your system owns.

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How to Check your MotherBoard Make and Model:-

Well the Motherboard is one of the foundations of your whole system. You might want to know this because just because you bought a 8 GB DDR3 ram doesn't necessarily mean your motherboard will support it, same goes for Graphic Cards or pretty much any other hardware.

So well ofcourse you need to know which Motherboard you own and then upgrade it accordingly, right?

In order to check your Motherboard details, go to start menu, in the search box type “cmd”.

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This would bring up the command prompt. Type / Copy the following string exactly as it is there and then hit enter:-

wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer,version,serial number

As you can see it's  a basic string to get the Product Manufacturer, version and serial number. Once you hit enter, you'd get all the details.

You'd get the version, model and every other detail that you need. Then you can just Google those details out to find what's the maximum RAM or graphic card they support!

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Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to check Laptop or PC specs folks. Hope this piece helped. If it did, I'd appreciate you leaving your feedback in the comments section.

Also if you've got a question or doubt, I'd be more than happy to get you your answers as soon as time allows me. Ofcourse I wouldn't mind if you decide to extend a helping hand by sharing this article on your Social media, which keeps the lights on for us to keep going over here.

 

 

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How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System?

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I loved those days when knowing answers to questions like How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System made me feel like a pro hacker, although that's not the case anymore.

Just about anyone with a working computer system can find his way around answers to questions like How to Make an Invisible File, and How to Make an Invisible Folder.

And trust me some of the methods in this article were actually “discovered” by me back when I was around 12. Ofcourse others might have known about them already, but I didn't and I came across those methods just because I was desperate enough.

But before getting into the details of How to Make an Invisible File on Your Desktop, let me get into some of the basics.

Let me tell you, you don't need to download any software, neither paid not free, all the methods I'm discussing are pretty straight-forward and are almost the official features of Windows (they were intended for different purposes, but we will be using them to our advantages!)

How Far “Hidden” will These Methods Be:-

So okay you might be wondering how good will these file hiding methods be.

Let me tell you, Windows has an official “hiding” option, which isn't really hidden anymore so although I'd be discussing it, I'd say it's 2/10 on a rating scale.

Although the other methods I'd be discussing are almost like password protecting the files and folders, just without using any software or code or anything, so let's scale them 5/10.

And then there's one final method which literally is a “password protect” method, so considering it's a real password that method goes for around 8/10 (because it still can be cracked with Brute force or good-guessing!)

But well considering you don't work for the FBI or the NSA, you don't need 10/10 methods either, so yeah these methods will do for you.

How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System:-

Method #1 to Hide Files and Folders:-

Select the file you want to hide, and right click on it, then select Properties.

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Now click on the “hidden” checkbox, and click on OK.

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Done! The file is now hidden.

Now this is the first method I was talking about, and it's not exactly a secret anymore as it exists from the days of Windows XP so every guy knows about it, so it's the least secure way to hide files and folders, but it's still a way.

Method #2 to Hide Files and Folders:-

These are the methods I said I discovered myself (and later found out on the internet that the world already knew about them, my bad!)

This method comes in handy if you're trying to hide a “file” and not a folder. I mean something that has an extension, like album.jpg document.dox notepad.txt etc.

So okay select the file you want to hide> Right click > Rename.

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Now checkout the extension of the file, whatever it is, change it to something else. Some common extensions you can mixup are:-

  • .jpg
  • .docx
  • .doc
  • .txt
  • .png
  • .psd
  • .raw

So you can change your files' extension to any other extension from the above list (or even any other extension types you know!)
For eg. if I want to hide password.txt file, I can rename it to myphoto.jpg (I've renamed the name to make it look less suspicious)

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And when a box like the following comes up, just click on OK.

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So what you did is, you made a notepad file look like a photo. First of all, a photo is not something as interesting as a “password” file. And secondly, it's originally a notepad file, while I used a photo extension (.jpg), so it partially corrupts the file and it won't open.

Additional Security:- Now if you want to make it totally “hidden”, I'd suggest placing it with other filetypes of the same type.

Meaning I'd place this photo (really the password file) with some of my other photos. So anyone looking in the folder will think it's just another photo file which was corrupted for some reason among other photos.

How to Get the File Back:-

Just rename it back to the original extension. The “name” doesn't matter. Meaning if originally your file was “passwords.txt”, even renaming it back to “i want my file back.txt” will work, just keep the extension same.

Method #3 to Hide Files and Folders:-

This one consists of “password protection” but I'd still scale it below the above method when it comes to security, because passwords? If you ask me, I'd say they're the least secure part of your digital life.

So anyway, this comes in handy in almost all the situations, if you're trying to hide a single file, or if you're trying to hide more than one files, or if you're trying to hide folders well it covers everything.

Just select the File / Files / Folders you want to hide, and right click > Add to Archive.

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Now go to the “advanced” tab and click on “Set Password”. Where a new pop-up box would come up, and you just enter your desired password in the box and click ok.

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Done! This will compress all your files and folders into one single file (if you've more than one files you're trying to hide!) and password protect them.

So next time anyone tried to decompress the archive, they'll be asked for the password.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to Hide Files and Folders on Every Operating System guys. Although let me tell you there's one more method How to create blank folder names in Windows but for some reason it stopped working with the new windows releases so I omitted it from this article.

But anyway I'm pretty sure the methods I've discussed will help you out with hiding your files and folders good enough.

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