Change default wallpaper on Windows 8 (Non/Pre-Activated)

This is a simple tutorial for Windows 8 users who want to change the default wallpaper on a non activated or a pre activated Windows 8. Follow the video as accurately as possible.

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Change Google Chrome’s default cache location

Altering the location of an already installed program can be a mess. Today, I’m going to show you how you can change Google Chrome’s default cache location using simple DOS command “mklink”.

STEP 1: Close Google Chrome completely

Sometimes just closing the Google Chrome will not close it completely. You will need to run the Task Manager and make sure that no instances of chrome.exe are running.

STEP 2:  Decide a location to set the cache.

You will have to decide the directory in which you will store all you chrome application files and cache files. You need at least 512MB free space for application and cache files. It is preferable to set this directory in the root of any drive.    e.g. C:\User Data

TIP: The directory that you have decided needs to be in a faster drive like an SSD or a RAMDisk to speed up browsers’ performance.

STEP 3: Move files from default location to your desired directory.

Head on to the default directory where the Chrome is installed.

C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data

Cut both the folders (User Data and Application) and paste it on the desired directory.

So now you will have something like this…

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STEP 4:  Command Prompt

Run the Command Prompt with administrator privileges and type the following…

mklink /J "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data" "R:\User Data"
mklink /J "C:\Users\{username}\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application" "R:\Application"

…where {username} is of course your own user account name. Don’t leave out the quotes, they are necessary. I used R:\ as my desired directory. You may change it according to your choice.

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So now you will have shortcuts in your default Google Chrome directory…

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This means that a Junction has been created between the original folder and the desired folder. A Junction is a symbolic link pointing to the new location. By doing this, Chrome thinks it’s storing files in the usual location, but that’s actually just a symbolic link to another directory in a completely different location. No other hacks are needed, and the process always works, no matter how Chrome is started.

That’s it. Next time you start Chrome, it will store all files related to your profile (including cache) at the new location.

Flash, Update, Refurbish your Nokia phone firmware with Phoenix Service Software

Does your phone hang?

Has your phone become dead slow?

Are you running on an older, outdated firmware?

Not getting an update from Nokia Software Updater?

Bricked your phone?  Surprised smile Sick smile Steaming mad 


LOL.. Just kidding. Don’t worry. You are in the right place.

I am going to list the following steps. Follow it as clearly and accurately as I instruct you to.

STEP 1: Backup before it bricks up!

I have come across many people saying that their phone is bricked (probably because of not understanding what they were doing). Making a safe, clean backup is highly recommended. Even if you think that you are pretty lucky at taking risks, it doesn’t harm or cost you anything to create a backup. Else you will end up crying over the spilt milk!

STEP 2 : Download some stuff

First things first, we would require some software to make your phone good as new. Download the following list of files.

  1. Phoenix Service Software 2012 from here.

2. Navifirm from here.

After you have downloaded the two software, install them in their default location and restart your OS.

Don’t forget to bookmark this page before restarting!!!

Now, you need to know your product code (XXXXXXX) and type (RM-XXX) . You can find this information by referring the sticker under the battery of your phone.

Now that you have your product code and type, launch the Navifirm application and search for your phone. Look for the specific product code and product type that matches with the one of your phone. Select the release and variant and download all the files of your firmware. Put these files in a folder named RM-XXX on your desktop.

Eg. If my product type is RM-588, I will create a folder named RM-588 and put all my downloaded firmware files in that folder on the desktop.


STEP 3 : Preparing firmware files

So by now you should have done three things…

  1. Your system is restarted after the installation of Phoenix Service software.

  2. You have RM-XXX folder ready on your desktop.

  3. You have closed all Nokia related software (PC Suite, Ovi Suite, Updater, etc.) and removed all unwanted USB devices.

Now, you have to make a copy the RM-XXX folder in the following two directories…

If you are running on 64bit OS :

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nokia\Data Package\Products
C:\Program Files (x86)\Nokia\Phoenix\Products

If you are running on 32bit OS :

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nokia\Data Package\Products
C:\Program Files\Nokia\Phoenix\Products

STEP 4 : Preparing Phoenix Service Software

Make sure you have not connected your phone or any other unwanted USB devices to your PC. Now, launch the Phoenix application with administrator privileges. Follow the instructions given below carefully.

  1. Go to Tools, Options and select Product Location.

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  1. Set the following three directories in the Data Package.

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If you are running on 64bit OS :

Data Package 1.0

C:\Program Files (x86)\Nokia\Phoenix\

Data Package 2.0 (user location)

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nokia\Data Package\

Data Package 2.0 (admin location)

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Nokia\Data Package\

If you are running on 64bit OS :

Data Package 1.0

C:\Program Files\Nokia\Phoenix\

Data Package 2.0 (user location)

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nokia\Data Package\

Data Package 2.0 (admin location)

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nokia\Data Package\

STEP 5 : Detecting your phone

Connect your phone in Ovi Suite or PC Suite mode and let the drivers install.

  1. Select the connection of your phone (The one which ends with RM-XXX).

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  1. Scan your phone (CTRL + R).

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  1. After scanning you will see Ready and the Product information in the status bar below.

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STEP 6 : Flashing your phone

  1. Select Firmware Update from the Flashing menu.

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  1. Ensure that your phones software version, product code matches and information is detected ( else repeat the STEP 4 again).

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  1. Click on Options and see that there are no red highlights ( which means that the files are missing).

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  1. If the red highlights are present, select the file and click on Edit… and then point to the respective file in the RM-XXX folder that you created on the desktop. Then click OK.

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  1. After you have selected the location of the files, the red highlights will turn into black bold. You can ignore or delete the optional files. Just make sure that there are no red highlights. Then click OK.

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  1. Finally click on the Refurbish button to start flashing the phone. Refurbish will clean all your phone data and install the new version. Sit back and wait for the process to complete. After competition, you will get a message “Successfully Updated”.

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That’s it!!! Congratulations! You are done flashing your phone. E N J O Y ! ! !  Thumbs up