Rename a Subst/Virtual Drive In Windows

and previous OSs provide users with a handy tool which allows users to create virtual drives from folders. This is pretty handy when you want to access your favorite folders quickly. If you aren’t aware of this feature yet, you might want to read up about subst on Wikipedia or use a simple tool to mount your folders as virtual drives.

Virtual Drives in My Computer

Subst is definitely a cool tool, however, it does have a problem. If you have named your parent drive (in which the folder resides), you will not be able to give a meaningful name to your new drive. If you have created many virtual drives, your computer drives will end up looking like something in the screenshot above.


This certainly defeats the purpose of creating the virtual drives since it becomes more confusing as to which drive is which, unless you have a very good memory at remembering which drive names you assigned to which folder. The problem occurs because the Virtual Drives created using Subst will inherit the name from the parent drive. Renaming the virtual drives will give you an error as shown in the screenshot above.

Rename Virtual Subst Drives

So how do you fix it? Well the fix is simple enough to implement and will stick even if you restart the OS. All you need to do is remove the label from the original drive you are creating the subst drive from. Once you have done that, you will be able to rename all the virtual drives you created without getting an error.

Of course you cannot add a label to your original drive anymore, but that is a sacrifice worth it if you add many folders as virtual drives.

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Android Theme For Windows 7

is ruling the mobile device segment in US. If you are a fan and own an , here is your chance to get Android on your desktop using a .

Android Windows 7 Theme

The Android for Windows 7 theme is definitely an awesome theme with nice and some good sounds to go with it. If you want it to take it a notch further to your browser, that is, you can download the Android theme for Google Chrome or if you are a Linux user download the Android theme for Ubuntu.

By the way don’t forget to check out the Best Android Phones and the Best Android Apps for them. Download the Android theme for Windows 7 from here [via Life Rocks]

Categorize Your Start menu Items with Handy Start Menu

handy start menu logo[Windows Only] Once we have lots of applications installed on our PC it becomes tough for us to locate them in the Start Menu. Since pinning items in the Start menu makes it cluttered, we try to keep them (application shortcuts) organized using shortcuts in the Quick Launch or Taskbar (in Windows 7). Sometimes they also seem to run out of places to  accommodate  any more items. Handy Start Menu is a free application that can do the job of keeping application shortcuts organized in the Start Menu as well as fitting as many items as you need.

handy start menu window

Download Handy Start Menu and install it on your PC. Start it after installation. The application will then categorize the Start Menu application shortcuts automatically. You can also choose to group them manually. To do that open the  application and click the 2nd option named “Adjust Categories of The Start Menu Items“. Now you categorize the applications as per your choice.

handy start menu example

Once the Start menu gets de-cluttered by the app, it will look like the screenshot above. There may be a problem while using this tool. When you open your Start menu ( by pressing the Windows orb or using the Windows key in the keyboard) it looks exactly as the normal cluttered one with no change. Click the “All Programs” link below to see the categorized menu. To disable the application, right-click the tray icon and choose Disable.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

The application is  certainly  a tool to try if you have a cluttered Start menu to handle. The tool is free and consumes very little memory resources. However if you are okay with your taskbar, quicklaunch or desktop shortcuts, there is no need to increase you system overhead by installing this app.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Manage Windows Services with Portable Services Suite

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If you need a fast, functional and easy way to manage the services that run on your PC, take a look at Services Suite, a portable application from Below are some screenshots and a brief description of how it works.

To use it, you’ll have to download and extract it to a folder somewhere on your PC or on a flash drive. It’s offered as a RAR file download, so if you aren’t familiar with RAR archives, you we’ll show you how to open a RAR file.

Once you have it unpacked, all you have to do is double click the file ServicesSuite.exe to start the program.


When it’s first started, you may have to select your language in order to read the menus. Right now, it’s only available in German and English.

The program interface will list all of the registered services on a PC in a three column format. The three columns are automatic, manual and deactivated, as shown next.


In order to change the status of any service, you can click on it and drag it from one list to another. When you are finished making changes, you’ll have to write these changes to the registry by clicking on the check mark icon in the top right of the application window.


That’s all there is to it. The only problem you might have is if you aren’t a system administrator on the PC you are using. Some services can only be changed if you are the administrator.

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How To Delete/Remove Services In Windows XP and Vista

Tweak Windows 7 Services With SMART | Windows 7 Services Optimiser

Advanced Windows Service Manager Plus

ServicesEditor Makes Tweaking and Restoring Windows Services Easy

Techie Buzz Verdict:

For experienced users, this may not be a huge help. After all, you can easily access the system services using the services.msc applet. However, it’s nice for quick changes and it’s so simple to use. The fact that this app is very small, portable and free, makes it a win on my score card.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

HTC Home: HTC Weather and Clock Widget for Windows

One of the most distinctive aspects of HTC’s Sense UI is the combined weather and clock widget. It has been replicated on multiple platforms by numerous applications. For example, all Android users can get enjoy a similar home screen widget thanks to the Beautiful Widget application. However, there was nothing quite as good for Windows. The good news is that a free app called HTC Home has stepped in to fill the void.

HTC Home is an open source application for Windows Vista/7 that accurately emulates the HTC weather widget. Everything from the icons and styling to weather animations have been replicated. Here’s a screenshot demonstrating the default appearance.


The widget is fairly configurable. You can toggle animations, change the update interval and configure z-ordering. I am not confident about this, but the source of the weather information appears to be AccuWeather.

Techie Buzz Verdict

HTC Home is simply gorgeous. There is no doubt about that. However, its system resource usage might be of concern to users on slightly older rigs. It consistently consumed about 30 megabytes of memory. However, CPU usage was negligible. It also crashed on me on first launch, but has behaved well since. Of course, it is unfair to be too harsh on an alpha build. They are expected to behave unpredictably.

In the end, if having a beautiful desktop matters to you, you will probably appreciate HTC Home. Others, might be put off by the high memory consumption.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)

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6 New Windows 7 Themes: Gaming, Music, Arts and More

Earlier this week Microsoft added six more impressive themes to the official Windows 7 Personalization Gallery, which has been growing ever since its launch. Five of these themes feature specially crafted wallpapers by graphic artists. They are:

  • Girls Rock! She’s in the band. Rock out with musician desktop backgrounds (wallpaper) in this Windows 7 theme.


  • 26Creative Live what you dream, just for fun.” So reads the message artist Chang, Fan-Hsuan pairs with cheerful florals and patchwork characters in this Windows 7 theme.


  • An Hsin Pu Tzu The land of the dreamy dreams. In this romantic Windows 7 theme created by artist Lin, Yu-Fu, cartoon characters relax in surroundings inspired by love and nature.
  • Bakehouse It’s always warm and toasty in Bakehouse, a Windows 7 theme made up of cartoonish breads and pastry characters created by Wang, Hsueh-Shih.
  • Imagination Let your imagination float away, with this gently surreal Windows 7 theme from artist Yeh, Hsin-Hung.

The other new addition to the gallery is the official theme for the recently released Gears of War 3 game.

Windows 7 Activation Crack Bypasses Windows Activation Technologies (WAT)

Microsoft has been trying to minimize the impact of piracy of their software by introducing new activation technologies. With the introduction of , it became compulsory for users to activate their installation. However, hackers have been able to circumnavigate Microsoft lockdowns in the past and continue to do so.


A new software called Windows 7 loader claims to provide a Windows 7 Activation Crack to bypass the Windows Activation Technologies (WAT) which requires users to activate their copies after a trial period.

Though the new Windows Activation Crack is still untested, it claims to be able to crack even Windows 7 Service Pack 1. However, Microsoft still has time to release the SP1 to users and the new WAT might kill the new Windows 7 Activation hacks too.

Viewsonic to Launch Android-Windows 7 Dual Boot Tablet

Viewsonic is not a company you would normally associate with cool consumer gadgets like tablets; its primary business is making LCD monitors for computers. However, today, Viewsonic announced that it will be launching two new tablets at IFA 2010 in Berlin.

The first will be a 10 inch tablet based on Intel’s Atom platform. It will dual boot Android 2.2 and Windows 7 (hopefully the original desktop version, not CE).

Viewsonic Tablet

The other tablet will be the 7 inch ViewPad 7 tablet, an Android tablet which will probably run Android 2.2. It will come with features like A-GPS, expandable memory via microSD slot, a G-sensor and USB and Bluetooth connectivity. It will also feature 3G and Wi-Fi.

A lot of tablets are slated to launch by the end of 2010, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Chrome OS tablet, the Toshiba SmartPad, LG’s “Better than the iPad” Tablet, the RIM BlackPad and the HP WebOS Tablet. What remains to be seen is if any of these will be able to overthrow the reign of the iPad.

Source: TechRadar

HP To Release WebOS Tablet in Q1 2011

HP today confirmed that it will be launching a webOS tablet soon. Todd Bradley, Executive VP, HP’s Personal Systems Group, told employees that a webOS tablet would arrive in early 2011, but he officially declared it today in an investor call, in response to a question on whether tablets were hurting HP’s netbook sales.

HP webOS Tablet

HP acquired Palm earlier this year for $1.2 billion, primarily for webOS which it plans to use in its tablets, smartphones and netbooks.

They also plan to release a Microsoft Windows 7 tablet in the near future. While the webOS tablet will be aimed at consumers, the Windows 7 tablet will be aimed at enterprise users.

No other details are out yet, but we can expect them soon.

MSI WindPad 100 Pictured

MSI had earlier showcased its Windows 7 tablet, the WindPad 100 in Computex 2010. It was one of the first tablets which could run Windows 7 in its full glory and had some netbookish hardware specifications.

Here are some of the official shots of the MSI WindPad 100.

MSI WindPad 100

MSI WindPad 100

MSI WindPad 100

The MSI WindPad 100 will sport a 10.1 inch touchscreen display and will be powered by a Intel Atom Z530 processor. It has 2 GB RAM and a 32 GB internal SSD. It will run Windows 7.

It also comes with a dock which will have 2 USB 2.0 slots, audio jack and will offer LAN, VGA and HDMI out.

Like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it will probably be launched after IFA 2010 which will be hosted from September 3. It will probably be launched around the $499 price point. Even Asus recently announced that it will price the Android EEE Pad below $399.

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