With Windows 8 just around the corner (release date: Oct. 26, 2012), we’ve been hard at work creating our Windows Recovery CDs for Windows 8. If you bought your PC without a system restore disc, if your brand new PC or laptop comes without the setup CD that should be mandatory with all computers, or if the Windows 8 setup CD fails to repair your PC, our Windows 8 repair disc is here to help.
Our Windows 8 recovery CDs are designed to search for and fix problems that prevent Windows 8 from starting up or from running correctly. They’ll automatically repair common startup issues like “bootmgr is missing” or “winload.exe is missing or corrupt”, and they’ll get your PC back to a working state even if it gives you a blue screen of death when you try to turn it on.
Easy Recovery Essentials for Windows, the ultimate and easiest-ever Windows system repair CD that automatically finds and fixes problems with your Windows PC, has been officially released!
Back in April, we first announced the beta of Windows Recovery Essentials: our software to automatically detect, diagnose, and repair a multitude of common and uncommon issues that could prevent Windows from running or cause a BSOD on boot. It’s been a little longer than we originally anticipated, but over the months the Windows Recovery Essentials has been renamed to Easy Recovery Essentials (EasyRE for short), graduated out of beta going to a soft release, and is now being officially announced as grown up and ready to help everyone out of a tight spot!
EasyRE is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, for all editions and platforms. We are working hard on making a Windows 8 version available ASAP – we are expecting to see that version released sometime in the next week or two.
Quick: what takes 5 years, two failed attempts, and thirteen contributors? Answer: EasyBCD with multilanguage support!
Who knew it would be this hard to release a version of EasyBCD that supports languages from English to Arabic and from Korean to Russian? We certainly had no idea it would take this long and this much work back in June of 2007 when we first attempted this gargantuan task! It turns out it’s not such an easy thing to organize and manage the translation of a medium-sized software project – and that no good tools existed to make it possible.
We were expecting to find (this late into the game) a plethora of .NET localization tools and resources that would make the job ridiculously easy, but it turns out all the existing solutions were terrible for one reason or another: too hard for non-developers to grasp, no versioning support, no on-the-fly deployment (i.e. requires recompilation), no unicode support, text-only interfaces, and the list goes on and on. We had to develop our own complete end-to-end translation and globalization framework and associated utilities (xml-based, text-editable, translation interface, versioning support, unicode support, on-the-fly deploy, string aliasing, derivable strings, language cleanup, outdated/missing string search, and more!), which we’ve open sourced to save others the trouble in the future.
Now that we have the excuses out of the way, let us introduce EasyBCD 2.2, complete with 13 languages from around the globe. With much thanks to the following people, we have been able to provide these languages out-of-the-box with EasyBCD 2.2:
It’s our pleasure to announce that our system repair and recovery CDs that have been immensely popular for Windows Vista and Windows 7 are now available for Windows XP as well!
While the XP edition has been available for download for a while now, we’re officially releasing it today as it now meets and exceeds all our requirements for reliability, performance, and stability. EasyRE for Windows XP can help repair and recovery your non-booting or non-working Windows XP installation into a working condition, whether you are suffering from boot-related problems such as NTLDR is missing, NTDETECT failed, or boot.ini not found; or if you have a boot virus, registry corruption, improperly applied system updates, bad drivers, or more.
Our repair CDs will automatically scan for, detect, diagnose, and repair problems with your PC, repairing it and saving you from having to take it in to the shop or needing to format and reinstall, all while saving you a hefty amount of money in the process.
Continuing the tradition started long ago, now that Windows 8 RTM has been made available, we’re excited to announce the availability of the one part of Windows 8 everyone can agree is an excellent and welcome feature, and one we’re all more than willing and eager to welcome and embrace with open arms: the new official wallpapers and backgrounds!
There are some really great additions to the previous entries from the beta builds, though in a completely different vein from what we’ve come to expect from Windows Vista and Windows 7: not as much focus on natural beauty. In many ways, the Windows 8 wallpapers feel a lot more like the ones we first saw in the Longhorn beta: focus on effects, stressing modernity, and lots of color. Not a bad thing, of course… after all, the Longhorn wallpapers were what first started the whole craze.
It’s Memorial Day weekend all over the nation today, but here in the midwest we’re also in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave: today’s 97º F high in Chicago shatters the historical high of 94º F set way back in 1911 (although the night’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit is actually fairly pleasant if you’re sitting outdoors enjoying the breeze). We all know better than to leave our kids in a locked car that can reach 140º F on a normal summer day, right? But what happens when you leave an iPhone in a car parked in the sun on a day like this?
If you’re trying your hardest to save money but just can’t keep up with the crazy gas prices, we have a new mini-service you’ll likely love.
It’s a very simple and modest site with no frills to speak of, but GasTomorrow.com will predict the prices of gas in your neighborhood for tomorrow – so you can make a decision whether to fill up today or hold off until tomorrow. We’re estimating the prices based on a model that takes into consideration the current price of gas in your neighborhood and the day-to-day change in the price of light, sweet crude oil on the market to try and help you save money.
There have been whispers and rumors making the rounds all over the internet for the past few months regarding the licensing of WinPE. The rumors are, in fact, true: as of January 2012, Microsoft has no longer been renewing any Windows Pre Installation Environment licensing agreements with any partner companies; all of whom are now required to find alternative means of meeting their bootable environment requirements.
As many of you are aware, NeoSmart Technologies is one of the companies licensing Windows PE from Microsoft Corp. Back in August of last year, we revealed that we’d struck a deal with Microsoft wherein we’d be licensing Windows PE for use in our system recovery CDs, making them legally available for download for our users. Unfortunately, that agreement will not be in place for much longer, and the recovery and repair CDs in their current form will soon no longer be available for purchase.
As trivial as it may seem, ever since the Windows Longhorn beta program one of the most exciting “features” of a new Windows build release are the new wallpapers that come with it. Build 8250 comes with six new wallpapers (and one old one), which we’ve added to our gallery.