Posts Tagged ‘Windows’

Nokia Software Recovery Tool 1.3.1 released, supports Windows Phone 8.1

May 9th, 2014

Back in the Symbian days, Nokia had a tool called Nokia Software Recovery. This tool allowed one to wipe the internal software, as well as data, and an option to reinstall the software. Sadly, as soon as Lumia devices hit the market, Nokia had removed the tool. Earlier this year, Nokia Care re-released the Software Recovery Tool for Lumia devices, and today the software has been updated to support Windows Phone 8.1.

First spotted by the guys over at WPCentral, the tool will help you recover your phone if it is having software issues or problems while installing an update. “Use the Nokia Software Recovery Tool to recover your phone if you have software or software update problems. If your phone is not responding, it appears to be stuck or is not starting you can try to recover it at home before initiating a repair,” Nokia Care writes.

The latest update (version 1.3.1) of the Nokia Software Recovery tool adds support for Windows Phone 8.1, along with up to 75% faster downloads for large software packages. You are required to be running Windows 7 or newer, have a USB cable connecting your phone to your computer, and a minimum of 3GB of free storage space. Remember, using Nokia Software Recovery Tool erases all personal content on your phone. If possible, create a backup of your phone’s content before running the tool.


Create a list of all installed Windows software

February 7th, 2014

It can sometimes be useful to create a list of all software programs installed on a Windows PC. Maybe you want to hand it over to a friend or publish it on the Internet, or just use it to analyze what software has been installed on a system.

While it is possible to display the installed software using the Control Panel of the Windows operating system, there is no feature to export that list to a file.

You could now go ahead and make screenshots, or even type all the program names into a file, but that would certainly take some time to be accomplished.

There are other solutions on how you can export a list of all installed programs to a text file so that it can be shared or processed easier.

This guide presents you with several options that allow you to export the list of installed software. Lets get started.

Belarc Advisor

Belarc Advisor creates a detailed system profile of your computer that includes software and hardware, network inventory, the patch state of the system, security information and other information that may be useful to you.

All you need to do is download and install the program on your system, and have it scan it afterwards. The scan takes less than a minute to complete, and a results page is opened in your web browser of choice afterwards.

Here you need to scroll down until you find the software licenses and software versions & usage sections.

You can copy and paste the information from here, or work with them right from the local HTML page instead if you prefer to do so.


CCleaner is a popular temporary file cleaner for the Windows operating system. While it is used primarily for that, it ships with a boatload of other tools that help you manage various system features.

One of them lets you uninstall software that is installed on the system. It resembles the native Windows uninstallation program and is not as powerful as Revo Uninstaller or other programs that scan for leftovers after the uninstallation.

There is however a save to text file button here that you can use to export the list of installed software to the local system.

Geek Uninstaller

Geek Uninstaller is an advanced software removal program for Windows. It can not only uninstall installed programs, but also scan the system for leftovers so that they do get removed as well in the process.

You can use it to export the list of software as an HTML file easily. Just run the program — it is portable so no installation is required — and select File > Export to HTML to save the data to your local system.


Microsoft sets release date for Windows 8.1

August 15th, 2013

Consumers waiting for Microsoft’s revamped version of its latest Windows operating system will be able to get the software beginning October 17.

The release date for Windows 8.1 is nearly a year after the debut of Windows 8, a dramatic overhaul of the operating system that has been powering most personal computers for decades.

Windows 8 represented Microsoft’s attempt to create an operating system that works well on tablet computers, as well as laptop and desktop machines.

But the overhaul confused and frustrated many people, resulting in disappointing sales of devices running on Windows 8.

Windows 8.1 is Microsoft’s attempt to make the software easier and more appealing to use. It will be available as a free update to owners of Windows 8 machines.


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