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Cracking windows 8 apps

I was looking for a crack of ‘Gravity guy’ to unlock Multiplayer mode. Boom! I found this! Something that can crack any application on the Windows 8 store. It does have its draw backs though.

 
Cons:
- The app you want to crack should have a trail version (Try) available on the windows 8 store
 
 Its worth giving it a shot, considering the fact that most of the major apps like ‘Angry birds’, ‘Fruit Ninja’, ‘Cut the rope’ and not to forget ‘Gravity guy’ has a try optionDownload:

Just extract the files after download and browse to wsservice_crk_src_1.4.2wsservice_crkrelease
and read for_noobs.txt
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WiFi hotspot in windows without any 3rd party software

Start a hotspot on your PC without any 3rd party software installation just with 2 commands!

 

This approach will start the hotspot instantaneously unlike connectify
Not a fan of commands? – worry not. I made the commands into a setup file for you. Of course this kills the purpose of this post but what the heck. The intention is to make it quick, minimal and simple after all.

 

  1. Super simple:
    • Download setup.exe and start.exe
    • Enable Internet sharing to hotspot
      • Network and sharing center
      • Right click on your LAN network –> Properties –> Sharing
      • Check “allow other network users to use this comp. internet”
      • Select your hotspot as the sharing enabled network

  2. Command way:
    • Open command prompt with admin rights. (press start button and search for ‘cmd’, right click and ‘run as administartor’)
    • To create hotspot, use: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<hotspotName> key=<hotspotPassword> keyUsage=persistent’
    • Then to start hotspot, use: netsh wlan start hostednetwork’
    • Enable Internet sharing to hotspot
      • Network and sharing center
      • Right click on your LAN network –> Properties –> Sharing
      • Check “allow other network users to use this comp. internet”
      • Select your hotspot as the sharing enabled network

That’s it! No need of any 3rd party software which may slow down your PC. If this method fails I recommend you to try ‘WiFi hotspot creator’, light and simple before going back to ‘Connectify’. Hope that helps

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Speed testing Windows 8 and OS X Mountain Lion

An article from thinkdigit said,Windows 8 has reached its “release to manufacturing” (RTM) state, and Apple’s Mac OS X Mountain Lion has been out for a few months, so now’s the time to pit the two new operating systems’ performance against each other. Even though each OS is in its final state, there are still a few caveats: the tests were run on an Apple laptop, since it’s not feasible to install Mountain Lion on anything but Apple hardware. This means that Apple gets the advantage of tuning the OS precisely to the hardware configuration. Windows, by comparison, must run on a huge array of different hardware combinations from many vendors.

I tested by installing 64-bit Windows 8 RTM on a 13-inch MacBook Pro (a 2012 2.9GHz Core i7 with 8GB RAM) using Boot Camp. The setup process was pretty smooth, though I’d imagine that not all the Windows hardware drivers were perfectly tuned for the MacBook. Nevertheless, the system was snappy and responsive running Windows 8. And as you’ll see in the results below, the emerging OS can hold its head high on several measures of performance.
Startup and Shutdown
One of the most important gauges of speed in a computer is how long it takes to start up and be ready. This is probably one of the main reasons the iPad is so successful—it’s just there and ready to go, no need to wait for a boot process, usually. Not quite as critical, but nevertheless important is the time it takes the computer to shut down. I tested start by timing from the click of the disk boot choice to a functional home screen, with no wait spinner spinning.
For shutdown, I started the timer at the moment of hitting the Shut Down choice, and stopped it when the laptop’s fans went silent. I went through iterations for each, throwing out the high and low results and averaging the remaining five. The surprise here is that Windows 8 starts up significantly faster on a MacBook than OS X Mountain Lion does, though the latter shuts down in half the time of Windows 8. But note that hitting the power button puts Windows 8 into sleep mode, which happens pretty much instantly.
iTunes Ripping Test
A popular app used in both OSes is Apple’s iTunes, and I used this to measure how long ripping a CD (Buena Vista Social Club, to be exact) took in each OS. This test didn’t show much difference between the two OSes, with Lion coming in a scant 5 seconds quicker. It took Windows 8 3:47 to rip the 60-minute disc to 256Kbps M4A tracks, while Lion took 3:42. This one is pretty much a wash, though OS X gets a tiny advantage.
Synthetic Benchmark: Geekbench
Geekbench 2.3, from Primate Labs, is a cross-platform benchmark that runs a series of geeky tests like prime number, Mandelbrot, blowfish encryption, text compression, image sharpen and blur, and memory stream test. The subtests comprise both single- and multithreaded applications. The results are normalized so that a score of 1,000 is the score a Power Mac G5 1.6GHz, so a higher number is better.
I ran both the 32-bit and 64-bit tests in Geekbench three times and took the average for each OS. Though it’s mostly designed to test hardware, it can at least show us whether the OS is getting in the way of accessing the hardware quickly. The result for this benchmark surprised me, with Windows 8 in 64-bit mode taking the crown, delivering a score of 10068 compared with Mountain Lion’s 8706. In the 32-bit version of the test Mac OS S Mountain Lion was actually a bit faster, with a score of 7918 compared with 7549 for Windows 8.
Web Benchmarks
To test with a few popular Web browser benchmarks, I installed Mozilla Firefox on both operating systems so that the browser engine would be less likely to determine the results. But since a case could be made for using the OS’s native browser, I ran the benchmarks in Safari on OS X Mountain Lion and Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8, too.
The SunSpider JavaScript benchmark is a heavily used measure of a browser’s JavaScript performance, put out by the WebKit organization, which, by the way, makes the rendering engine for Apple’s Safari. Results on this test was comparable with all setups, hovering in the high 150s—with one big exception: It was significantly faster on Internet Explorer under Windows 8, which consistently delivered results closer to 100 milliseconds.
Mozilla’s Kraken 1.1 is another JavaScript benchmark, which the open-source browser maker says represents a more realistic workload. Both OSes were close when running Firefox, with a slight advantage to Windows 8. But when running the native browsers, Windows 8’s IE10 fell far behind Mountain Lion’s Safari 6.
A final browser benchmark, Psychedelic Browsing, from Microsoft’s IE Testdrive site, is designed to test graphics hardware acceleration of Web content. Microsoft has done a ton of work on this acceleration technology, and it shows in the results, using both Firefox and the native browsers.
File Copy Test
For this one, I took a folder containing 20 files weighing in at 636MB, and simply timed how long it took to copy it from a fast USB thumb drive (a 16GB Corsair Flash Voyager GT) to the MacBook running Windows 8 and then Mountain Lion. As when I compared Windows 7 with Windows 8, the operation took a few seconds longer in Windows 8. A Microsoft representative explained to me that this is because “in Windows 8, each file transfer is scanned to ensure there is no malicious code, which takes a little longer but is a better and safer experience for users.”
Windows 8 vs. Mountain Lion
This is hardly an exhaustive comparison of every kind of performance measurement you could want to compare operating systems. And indeed with (in most cases) different software running on each, it’s hard to make direct, apples-to-apples comparisons. But the results do show that, say what you like about features and interface, Windows 8 can hold its head high next to Apple’s newest desktop operating system when it comes to performance. In particular, I was impressed with how quickly Windows 8 started up on my test MacBook, and with its remarkably faster Geekbench (64-bit) and SunSpider (in IE10) performances. And anecdotally, Windows 8 feels snappy. Speed is one thing you won’t have to worry about with Microsoft’s next big operating system.
Mountain Lion, as you’d expect, doesn’t feel like any kind of slouch running on a Core i7 MacBook, either. And you could argue that you’d expect the rich environment of OS X to require more processing than the primary-color simple interface of Windows 8. This is especially true for startup, which has to load more of the rich OS’s features. Mountain Lion’s shutdown time is half that of Windows 8 running on the same machine, and on an independent JavaScript benchmark, Mozilla Kraken, its Safari browser beats Windows 8’s IE10. Finally, Mountain Lion’s faster file-transfer time will be magnified for truly large amounts of data, too.
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Proxy free Windows xp/7/8 and Mobiles!

All the methods mentioned below are ethical and your institute should ideally allow them as they need your proxy authentication at some point or the other.

1. CC Proxy

  • Open CC proxy as administrator.
  • Go to Options. A configuration window pops, select your ip from the drop down (Ex: 192.168.2.5 in my case) and check the checkbox right to it
  • Go to advanced (in options)->cascading tab->enable cascading (select all)
  • Enter your server details (Ex: server: netmon.iitb.ac.in, Port : 80) and authentication
  • Open proxy settings in Internet explorer->enter your proxy server as your ip address (192.168.2.5 in my case), port as 808 for all but SOCKS. Enter 1080 for SOCKS
  • Open command prompt as admin user->type this. (Type cmd in search and right to open as admin)
  • Enter this ‘netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie‘ without quotes ofcourse and enter
  • And your DONE!!
For frequent ip changers: Goto Accounts and set,
                                        Permit category: Permit only
                                        Auth Type: IP Address
Select New (in same window) -> Enter IP Range as ‘127.0.0.1’. Ensure Enable and IP Adress are checked.
Now instead of entering ip address in browser or other applications, enter 127.0.0.1
 

This is usually helpful to give an authentication free proxy to mobiles and other gadgets. If it didn’t work for you as is (I know it doesn’t for Windows 8 users), Download the below application and follow the steps. Mobile users scroll down for settings.


Download from http://www.praveenkumar.co.in/#!/Downloads
File name : ‘ccproxysetupfree7.2 .exe’
NOTE: Though it’s a paid software. You can use the free version without registering.

2.EnableLoopbackUtility

This one helps you run your Metro apps (Windows 8) without proxy pains!!
This app can’t do the job by itself. You need CC proxy setup done, for it to work

  • Open the app->After a copy process, press close->A window popsup->Click exempt all->Save changes and you are done !
  • A restart may be needed in some cases.

Download from http://www.praveenkumar.co.in/#!/Downloads
File name : ‘EnableLoopBackUtility.exe’

3.Proxifier

I own no credit about this video or method. This routes all you PC traffic through it with no need of settings in other apps! You can use everything as though you don’t have proxy! Its a paid app btw ;)


Download from http://www.praveenkumar.co.in/#!/Downloads
File name : ‘ProxifierSetup.exe’
NOTE: Its just the setup file. You need to either buy it or use a crack which you have to download seperately. IITB ppl can search for crack on DC as ‘netmon proxy’

-Here is a video which guides you. This video made for IIT Bombay proxy server. You can do it similarly for yours


 
Windows 8 tip
 
It has been noticed, quite often, that windows 8 metro apps won’t work even after following the above steps. Just consider yourself one of those unlucky souls and try this,
 
  • If you see exclamation mark on your LAN connection, right click on that icon and try ‘Troubleshoot problems’. It may work if the mark goes away.
  • Still not working ? You hit the jackpot :P It may take a couple of restarts. Don’t panic ! It will work on someday. There is nothing much I can comment on this particular behavior.
 
 
Mobile settings 
If you running on Android 4.0 or higher (works for windows phones also) and want to use institute LAN speeds without having to root follow this.
 
  1. Setup CCProxy as mentioned above
  2. Create a WiFi hotspot, either using connectify or without any third party software from here
  3. While connecting to the hotspot created above, go to advanced options while entering WiFi password
  4. Change proxy settings to manual and for host, enter <ip> you gave in CCProxy setup and the port as 808.
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Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Build 8250

Yeah its lengthy again! Because I had to cover most of it. And it indeed covers almost all of the basic features in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Build 8250 – Evaluation copy.Pros::
-Very fast Startup, U must have noticed, it hardly took 5 secs!
-Fast
-Great look
-More informative system apps like copy, taskManager
-And many more

Cons::
-No driver support presently
-It doesn’t come with .Net activated. Many apps need it and if your behind some Proxy, Its really a pain in the ass. I had spent a lot of time to get it working!
-Photos, Reader and other windows apps are not smooth
-Windows apps eats up a lot of resources.

Any queries please post. Will try to get back with an answer asap.

 

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Android into desktop OS!

Motorola is turning Android into a desktop OS with Webtop 3.0
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Can Android 4.0 replace a desktop PC? We have already examined that question, and now it appears Motorola believes the answer is yes. Their Droid RAZR is expected to see a software update to Android 4.0 as early as next week, which delivers a totally new Webtop experience.
Previously, Motorola’s Webtop software allowed a phone to plugin into a smart dock that launched a custom Linux desktop that featured Firefox for as the browser. We thought it was an innovative feature when it debuted at CES 2011, but the actual experience turned out to be pretty sluggish and frustrating.
We predicted that the Motorola Atrix 4G and Webtop software were a good indicator ofwhere Android was headed, and now it appears that has come true.
A leaked copy of the Android 4.0 update for the Droid RAZR reveals a new “Webtop 3.0 beta” that does away with the limited Linux desktop and provides users with a full Android 4.0 tablet UI when a device is docked to a larger display.
I’m pretty excited to see that this different-UI-for-different-displays feature is finally coming to Android phones. Hopefully handset makers will enable it over HDMI, MHL, and eventually WiFi Display.
This is similar to the functionality of the new ASUS Padfone, but it’s interesting to see Motorola go this direction after the acquisition by Google.
We now expect that Motorola will include this feature on all their new high-end Android phones. Check out the quick video below to get a sneak peek of what it will look like.
 
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Windows Password Hacking

The Bottom Line

The Ophcrack Windows password cracker is the best free Windows password recovery tool available. Ophcrack is fast and easy enough for a first time password cracker with basic Windows skills.
In a Hurry?: Skip my review below and head right to the complete step-by-step guide to Ophcrack LiveCD.
Save time and energy by skipping the other tools (even the expensive premium Windows password recovery programs) and download, burn and use the LiveCD version of Ophcrack.
After just a few minutes of running the software, Ophcrack will find all of your passwords and display them on screen! Yes, it’s that easy!

Pros

  • Software is freely available for download online
  • Passwords are recovered automatically using the LiveCD method
  • No software installation is necessary to recover passwords
  • No knowledge of any existing passwords is necessary
  • Ophcrack works with Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP

Cons

  • Some antivirus programs mistakenly identify Ophcrack as a Trojan or virus (see Guide Review below)
  • 496MB (7/Vista) / 415MB (XP) LiveCD ISO image must be downloaded
  • LiveCD ISO image must be burned to a CD before being used
  • Passwords greater than 14 characters can not be cracked

Description

  • Opchrack can crack passwords for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP.
  • Ophcrack can recover 99.9% of passwords from Windows XP, usually in a matter of seconds. Any 14-character or smaller password that uses any combination of numbers, small letters, and capital letters should be crackable.
  • Ophcrack can recover 99% of passwords from Windows 7 or Windows Vista. A dictionary attack is used in Windows 7 and Vista.
  • The Ophcrack LiveCD option allows for completely automatic password recovery.
  • LiveCD method requires no installation in Windows, making it a safe alternative to many other password recovery tools.
  • No Windows passwords need to be known to use the Ophcrack LiveCD to crack your Windows passwords.

Guide Review – Ophcrack v3.3.1 (LiveCD v2.3.1)

Ophcrack v3.3.1, in its LiveCD form (currently at v2.3.1), is the best Windows password recovery tool available. Its nearly fool-proof operation, automatic password recovery, and overall speed puts Ophcrack in a league of its own.
The Ophcrack LiveCD requires some preparation but this password recovery tool is by far the best!

How To Use Ophcrack LiveCD

Below is a summarized how-to for Ophcrack. However, I highly recommend my step by step guide with screenshots if you’re not familiar with Windows password recovery software and need a more detailed walkthrough.
To get started, visit the Ophcrack site by clicking the Visit Their Web Site link above the User Reviews at the bottom of this page.
Once you’re there, click on the Download ophcrack LiveCD button. On the next page, click on either the XP or Vista link to download the correct ISO image file for your operating system. Choose the Vista version for Windows 7 as well. This file may take some time to download.
An ISO file contains everything that should go on a CD or DVD in a single file. The Ophcrack LiveCD ISO file contains SliTaz (a Linux distribution), the Ophcrack software, and other files needed to recover passwords. Don’t worry about the details – the Ophcrack LiveCD is fully automatic – no Linux experience required.
Important: Some antivirus programs unnecessarily identify one or both of two files included in Ophcrack as a Trojan or other kind of malware – samdump.dll and pwservice.exe. Both of these files are part of an open source program called pwdump which is included with Ophcrack and is necessary for it to work. The pwdump program is classified more or less as “evil” since it can be used to extract passwords… which of course is exactly what you’re trying to do.
So don’t worry about your antivirus program’s flagging of these files (as long as it’s just these files). Ignore it and continue on with the process:
After downloading, burn the Ophcrack ISO image to a CD. Burning an ISO file is a different than burning a normal file. Check out How to Burn an ISO Image File to a CD or DVD for more on that topic.
After burning, boot to the CD by rebooting your PC with the disc in the drive. Linux will load, Ophcrack will start, and the password recovery will begin.
Ophcrack will locate the users on your Windows system and begin cracking their passwords. The process is automatic – you don’t usually need to type or click anything. When the passwords are displayed on screen, write them down.
Remove the CD, reset your computer and then log on to Windows with your newly recovered password!
Once you’re back in to Windows, change your password to something you’ll remember this time and then create a password reset disk to avoid ever having to do this again.