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(Updated on 02.07.2017)
Adobe Flash Player | - | Adobe Reader | Free Java Download |
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Firefox Web Browser | Thunderbird - free email app. | 7-Zip File archiver |
Local Languages Portal - SL | YTD Video Downloader | CNET Download |
MS Expression Web 4 | Skype and Viber | Windows 8 | Windows 10 | Free Operating Systems |
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Adobe Flash Player - Version 26.0.0.131 (21.07 MB)

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Adobe Flash Player is a lightweight browser plug-in and rich Internet application runtime that delivers consistent and engaging user experiences, stunning audio/video playback, and exciting gameplay.

Installed on more than 1.3 billion systems, Flash Player is the standard for delivering high-impact, rich Web content.

Note : De-select Optional offers (McAfee & True Key)
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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
- Version 2017.009.20044 (106.47 MB)


http://get.adobe.com/reader/

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software is the free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents.

It's the only PDF viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content, including forms and multimedia.

Note : De-select Optional offers (McAfee & True Key)
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Free Java Download - Version 8 Update 131
(filesize: 721 KB) Release date : April 18, 2017
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Is Java Safe and Do I Need It?

Should I disable Java, and if so, how?

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Windows Offline (32-bit) : 54.83 MB
Windows Offline (64-bit) :


http://www.java.com/en/

Java allows you to play online games, chat with people around the world, calculate your mortgage interest, and view images in 3D, just to name a few. It's also integral to the intranet applications and other e-business solutions that are the foundation of corporate computing.

If you cannot install JAVA - online, then use the OFF LINE method of installation : (Download 32-bit)

Note : Do NOT use Online method - Amarasara

What is the offline method for downloading and installing Java for a Windows computer?

This process requires you to download an executable file that includes all the files needed for the complete installation. You do not need to remain connected to the Internet during the installation. The file can also be copied to a computer that is not connected to the Internet.

• Go to the Manual download page :
( http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp )
• Click on Windows Offline.
• The File Download dialog box appears prompting you to run or save the download file
Click Save to download the file to your local system.
Tip: Save the file to a known location on your computer, for example, to your desktop.
• Close all applications including the browser.
• Double-click on the saved file to start the installation process.

• The installation process starts. Click the Install button to accept the license terms and to continue with the installation.

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Java.com recommend users uninstall all older versions of Java from your system before (off line) installing a new update.

Why should I uninstall older versions of Java from my system?

How do I uninstall Java on my Windows computer ?

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VLC media player - Version 2.2.6 (Windows) 28 MB

http://www.videolan.org/

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.

Download 'VLC media player' from cnet.com
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Avast - Free Antivirus ( #1 in Antivirus Software - CNET )

The Best Free Antivirus — Powered by You

Lightweight and intuitive protection powered by a community over 400 million strong. This is next-gen cybersecurity for all.

"Our 400 million users are the 400 million reasons why we lead the digital security pack. Each Avast-loaded device is a source of real-time intelligence about new and current threats. That’s how we stop over 100 million of them every day. By joining Avast, you help to make that network even stronger."

https://www.avast.com/

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Note : Before installing AVAST in Windows 10 , you have to disable Windows Defender permanently.

Howto manually disable Windows Defender :

In the latest build you can only temporarily disable Windows Defender. Here's how to permanently disable it :

01. Run gpedit.msc (Right-click Start Menu > Select "Run" > Type "gpedit.msc" (without quotes) > OK)
02. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender
03. Double click on "Turn off Windows Defender"
04. Select "Enabled" > Apply > OK
05. Close Group Policy Editor

Beware, you are now unprotected.

[ From reddit.com ]

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Permanently Disable Windows Defender In Windows 10

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FAQ

http://www.avast.com/ 

http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10019223.html?tag=main;pop

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CNET Home Page -> Most Popular Downloads

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Firefox 54.01 , English (US), Windows

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/fx/

Firefox Features


How to update Firefox :

Firefox => Help => About Firefox

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Install Firefox Add-on :
"Flash Video Downloader - Full HD Download 7.3.1.1"


Downloads flash video from video sharing websites! Flash Video Downloader helps you to download embedded flash video from YouTube-like video sharing websites with no download link available. You can download any video (FLV, mp4, HD) from YouTube-like, Facebook, Break, Metacafe and other video sharing websites in one click. You can download mp3, music (iPod), avi and more.

Go to : "Flash Video Downloader"
and Click "Add to Firefox" button.

Note : Disable all Realplayer add-ons (about 6 Plugins) in Firefox.
Firefox => Tools => Add-ons => Plugins => (Click Disable)

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Install Firefox Add-on :
uBlock Origin 1.13.4 (by Raymond Hill)

An efficient blocker: easy on memory and CPU footprint, and yet can load and enforce thousands more filters than other popular blockers out there.

Usage: The big power button in the popup is to permanently disable/enable uBlock for the current web site. It applies to the current web site only, it is not a global power button.

Go to : uBlock Origin 1.13.4
and Click "Add to Firefox" button.

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Install Firefox Add-on :
Enable Right Click and Copy 2017.4.12 (by Afnan Khan)

Enable selecting, copying and right clicking on pages that restrict them.

Prevents websites from disabling following:

• Select/Cut/Copy Text
• Right Click Context Menu
• Middle Click on links to open in new tab
• Ctrl + Click on links to open in new tab
• Shift + Click on links to open in new window

To whitelist site click on mouse icon in urlbar.

Go to : Enable Right Click and Copy
and Click "Add to Firefox" button.

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To open Links to Portable Document Format (PDF) files, in web pages :

01. Download and install 'Adobe Reader' -or- buy and install 'Adobe Acrobat'

02. Firefox => Tools => Options => Applications =>
Select 'Portable Document Format (PDF)' => Click Dropdown Menu =>
Select 'Use Adobe Reader' / 'Use Adobe Acrobat' => OK
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Thunderbird 52.2.1, English (US), Windows

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

Software made to make email easier.

Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize - and it’s loaded with great features !

Thunderbird makes email better for you, bringing together speed, privacy and the latest technologies.

More Features

How to update Thunderbird :

Thunderbird => Help => About Thunderbird

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Gmail users can access their account by using Thunderbird !

GMail starts to block less secure apps (eg : Thunderbird) - how to enable access again :

Goto : Less secure apps
( https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureapps )
and Select : Turn On (Access for less secure apps)

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http://www.ghacks.net/2014/07/21/gmail-starts-block-less-secure-apps-enable-access/

https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/6010255

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Software built by Mozilla, for the Web

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7-Zip - 16.04 (2016-10-04) for Windows

http://www.7-zip.org/

7-Zip is a file archiver with a high compression ratio.

7-Zip is open source software. Most of the source code is under the GNU LGPL license. The unRAR code is under a mixed license: GNU LGPL + unRAR restrictions. Check license information here: 7-Zip license.

You can use 7-Zip on any computer, including a computer in a commercial organization. You don't need to register or pay for 7-Zip.

The main features of 7-Zip :

• High compression ratio in 7z format with LZMA and LZMA2 compression

• Supported formats :

* Packing / unpacking : 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM

* Unpacking only : ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MBR, MSI, NSIS, NTFS, RAR, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR and Z.

• For ZIP and GZIP formats, 7-Zip provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip

• Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
• Self-extracting capability for 7z format
• Integration with Windows Shell
• Powerful File Manager
• Powerful command line version
• Plugin for FAR Manager
• Localizations for 87 languages

7-Zip works in Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2013 / 2008 / 2003 / 2000 / NT. There is a port of the command line version to Linux/Unix.

Note : Use 7-Zip to Extract (Decompress) files (and folders) from an archive
(eg : iso files) (Also zip and rar files)
(.iso file) => (Files and Folders including setup.exe) : to install the program
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Do NOT install Sinhala (SinhalaTamil_IME_Setup.exe) on Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10

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How to add Sinhala in Win 8 / Win 8.1 / Win 10 :

01. Open 'Control Panel'
(Right-click on Desktop => Select 'Personalize' => Click 'Control Panel Home')

02. Click 'Add Language' (Under 'Clock, Language and Region')

03. Click 'Add a Language'

04. Select 'Sinhala' and click 'Add'

05. Click 'Options' in 'Sinhala'

06. Click 'Add an input method'

07. Select 'Sinhala - Wij 9' and Click 'Add'

08. Select 'Sinhala' (in Input method) and click 'Remove' and Click 'Save' and Click 'Cancel'

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Local Languages Portal - Sri Lanka
(Sinhala & Tamil Unicode)

http://www.locallanguages.lk/

• Sinhala Website : http://www.siyabas.lk/
• Tamil Website : http://www.emathumozhihal.lk/

This site offers you the information on how Sinhala and Tamil Unicode can be used in your computer and the software that you need to do so. This is a significant step in attempt to provide the benefits of the rapid advancements of the information technologies to the Sri Lankans who speak native languages.

Sri Lanka adopts the Unicode which is the globally accepted encoding system to use local languages in computers. This portal brings an enormous amount of information and resources which assist in computing in various platforms.

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Font Encoding converter (Online) :
SinGlish transliterated --> Sinhala Unicode
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Sinhala Unicode font conversion utility - version 4.1
(912 KB) (zip file) - from ucsc.cmb.ac.lk
( Language Technology Research Laboratory - University of Colombo School of Computing )
Font converter allows you to convert the texts that in legacy font specific, into Unicode text.
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ZSri Lanka Sinhala Language Pack
A simple application that converts your "Singlish text" into "Wijesekara sinhala text". Unlike other conversion utilities, you can simply change the font styles as you want.
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Google Input Tools for Windows - Type anywhere in your language

Sinhala Unicode Writer - from kaputa.com
Unicode Writer Keyboard Layout

Sinhala Unicode Fonts, Drivers, Tools and Online Resources - from kaputa.com
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CNET Download

http://download.cnet.com/windows/

CNET shows you the exciting possibilities of how technology can enhance and enrich your life. CNET provide you with information, tools, and advice that help you decide what to buy and how to get the most out of your tech.

Each month, millions of people come to CNET to :

* Read the latest news and unbiased reviews
* Watch videos that demystify technology
* Listen to podcasts
* Download software, mobile applications, and games
* Post opinions about the technology and the consumer electronics they live with every day
* Learn from an objective source about the products and the technologies that are right for them
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Microsoft Expression Web 4 (Free Version)

Expression Web is a full-featured professional tool for designing, developing, and publishing compelling, feature-rich websites that conform to web standards.

Expression Web 4 gives you the tools you need to produce high-quality, standards-based Web sites: built-in support for today’s Web standards, sophisticated CSS design capabilities, and visual diagnostic tools. Whether you work with PHP, HTML/XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, ASP.NET or ASP.NET AJAX, Expression Web makes it faster and easier to create and maintain exceptional web sites. You can create HTML5 Web Pages / Websites using Expression Web.

Expression Web is now available as a free download from the Microsoft Download Center, and no new versions will be developed.

What’s the difference between the free and paid versions of Expression Web and Design?

The features and functionality are the same between the free download and paid versions. The key difference is that the free versions are not supported, meaning they come as-is and no Microsoft technical support is available (these products are supported via the community).

More Info :
http://expression.microsoft.com/en-US/

Download Microsoft Expression Web 4 :
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36179
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Linux-based Free Operating Systems :

Ubuntu

http://www.ubuntu.com/

Ubuntu is the world’s favourite free operating system, with more than 20 million people preferring it to commercial alternatives. Enjoy the simplicity of Ubuntu's stylish, intuitive interface. Fast, secure and with thousands of apps to choose from, Ubuntu gives you a clean and streamlined experience that you can really make your own.

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Fedora

http://fedoraproject.org/

Fedora is a Linux-based operating system, a collection of software that makes your computer run. You can use Fedora in addition to, or instead of, other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows™ or Mac OS X™. The Fedora operating system is completely free of cost for you to enjoy and share.

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Rufus 2.15

Create bootable USB drives the easy way

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.



It can be especially useful for cases where:

• you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
• you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed
• you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
• you want to run a low-level utility

Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need !

Rufus 2.15 (932 KB) (2017.05.16)

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Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3

Universal USB Installer aka UUI is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click Install. Upon completion, you should have a ready to run bootable USB Flash Drive with your select operating system installed.




Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.7.8.exe – May 02, 2017

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Skype for Windows desktop

http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/


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Viber for Windows

http://www.viber.com/en/products/windows

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SAP Crystal Reports Viewer

Explore and visualize reports interactively – on or offline – with free SAP Crystal Reports Viewer

Open, view, and visualize reports straight from your desktop with free, standalone RPT file viewer . Use SAP Crystal Reports Viewer to create and save customized views of your data without the need for a report engine or designer – or help from IT.

• Explore reports interactively and minimize the number of reports generated
• Capture essential information by saving customized report views
• Share your reports easily with coworkers, customers, and vendors
• View report files (.RPT) on both PCs and Macs
• Refresh reports hosted on SAP Business Objects and SAP Crystal solution servers
• Lower report deployment costs by reducing the need for IT support

http://www.sap.com/solution/sme/software/analytics/crystal-reports-viewer/index.html

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Howto manually disable Windows Defender :
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Note : Before installing AVAST in Windows 10, you have to disable Windows Defender.

In the latest build you can only temporarily disable Windows Defender. Here's how to permanently disable it :

01. Run gpedit.msc
02. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender
03. Double click on "Turn off Windows Defender"
04. Select "Enabled" > Apply > OK
05. Close Group Policy Editor

Beware, you are now unprotected => Install AVAST

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Howto disable Windows Compatability Telemetry :
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Does anybody know how to stop the Windows Compatability Telemetry (CompatTelRunner.exe) from starting? It causes extremely high disk usage which results in large performance issues.

You can disable the scheduled tasks that starts CompatTelTunner.exe by looking in the Task Scheduler.
Computer Management – System Tools – Task Schedule Library – Microsoft – Windows – Application Experience
or

Start - Run - taskschd.msc

Name: Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser
Location: \Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience
Collects program telemetry information if opted-in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program.
Right click on “Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser” and select “Disable”.

(By default, it is set to start if there is ANY network connection.)

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-performance/disabling-windows-compatability-telemetry/f1437548-84ae-4421-9a07-45feb17cab86?auth=1

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HOW TO : Stop or Block Automatic Updates in Windows 10
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(Select : "Notify for download and notify for install.”)

How to temporarily prevent a Windows or driver update from reinstalling in Windows 10

How to Uninstall and Block Updates and Drivers on Windows 10

10 Facts to Know About Microsoft Troubleshooter Package for Windows 10

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Download Windows 10

Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool

(Upgrading Win 7 / 8.1 to Win 10 using the media creation tool)

Driver for SM Bus Controller ( Win 7 / 8 / 8.1 and 10 )
( SetupChipset.exe - 2847 KB - from Intel )

Windows does not recognize the device in the device manager, the device has a code ("Device ID") ACPI/VPC2004

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After updating Windows 10 (using Windows Update) for the first time, you have to update Drivers for "Network adapters" and "Bluetooth" manually.

Login to Internet => Right-click Start Button => System => Device Manager =>

(1) Double-click "Bluetooth" => Right-click and select "Update Driver Software ..." => Select "Search automatically for ....." - for each device.

(2) Double-click "Network adapters" => Right-click and select "Update Driver Software ..." => Select "Search automatically for ....." - for each device.

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Windows USB/DVD Download Tool

How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10

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The Unofficial Windows 10 Reinstallation Guide

How to creat a bootable USB using Rufus ; ( http://rufus.akeo.ie/ )
There are two types of bootable USB you can make with Rufus The “GPT partition scheme for UEFI computer" or the “MBR Partition Scheme for BIOS or UEFI Computers".

If your system is newer than 2011 its recommended to use a UEFI Boot and a GPT partition scheme; this is faster and more reliable.

How to dual-boot Windows 10 Technical Preview alongside Windows 8.1

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USB Drive (Pen Drive) Not Showing up in Windows 10

If you can see the drive in Disk Management, (and it has partitions)

If you can see your flash drive in Disk Management window, (and it has partitions,) but you still cannot use it since it is not showing in Windows Explorer or File Explorer, you need to assign a letter to the drive.

1) Right-click ‘Start Button’ => Select ‘Disk Management’

2) Right click the drive (Removable) and then choose ‘Change Drive Letter and Paths….’

3) If your external hard drive doesn’t have a letter, add a letter for this drive by pressing ‘Add….’

4) Assign a letter to it and click OK to save the change.

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Installing Windows 8

• What is PAE, NX ( XD ), and SSE2 and why does my PC need to support them to run Windows 8?

• Windows 8 system requirements

• Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool

• How To Install Windows 8 From a USB Device

• BIOS options : "Secure Boot" , "UEFI Boot" and "CSM Boot"

• System claims all fonts are "In Use" when I try to delete them (in Win 7 / Win 8)

• Windows 8 : Error message occurs after you change the SATA mode (from IDE to AHCI) of the boot drive (in BIOS)

• Changing a 'Dynamic disk' of a Laptop (or Desktop) PC back to a 'Basic disk' without physically removing it from the Laptop (or Desktop) PC

• Disabling Windows Compatability Telemetry
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• Windows 7 & 8 (64 bit) Drivers for Dell Computers :
  http://www.dell.com/

• Windows 7 (32 bit) Drivers for Dell Computers :
Drivers, Manuals and other Information of DELL Products - from dell.com
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What's the difference between sleep, hibernate, and hybrid sleep?

Sleep is a power-saving state that allows a computer to quickly resume full-power operation (typically within several seconds) when you want to start working again. Putting your computer into the sleep state is like pausing a DVD player—the computer immediately stops what it’s doing and is ready to start again when you want to resume working.

Hibernation is a power-saving state designed primarily for laptops. While sleep puts your work and settings in memory and draws a small amount of power, hibernation puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. On a laptop, use hibernation when you know that you won't use your laptop for an extended period and won't have an opportunity to charge the battery during that time.

Hybrid sleep is designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid sleep is a combination of sleep and hibernate—it puts any open documents and programs in memory and on your hard disk, and then puts your computer into a low-power state so that you can quickly resume your work. That way, if a power failure occurs, Windows can restore your work from your hard disk. When hybrid sleep is turned on, putting your computer into sleep automatically puts your computer into hybrid sleep. Hybrid sleep is typically turned on by default on desktop computers.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/sleep-and-hibernation-frequently-asked-questions

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For a (external) hard drive to be able to be read and written to in both a PC and Mac computer, it must be formatted to exFAT or FAT32 file format

An External Hard Drive Compatible With Both Windows & a Mac

How to Format a Hard Drive For Both Windows and Mac

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