How to download torrent files in sequence on Windows 10

A torrent isn’t always a single file. It can be multiple files that are all downloaded via a single torrent. These files may, or may not be in a particular sequence but if they are, and you want to download them in that sequence you have two options. There’s a manual way to do it which requires time, constant user intervention, and it works on any and all torrent clients. The second method works but with specific torrent clients only.

Download torrent files in sequence

The first method, which works regardless which torrent client you’re using requires that you skip all files except the first one that you want to download. When the first file has been downloaded, you will have to manually select the second file and begin downloading it.

Disclaimer: The screenshot below is for illustrative purposes only. Do not pirate copyright protected content.

Go ahead and add the torrent. Allow it to load a list of the files it will download. Select all the files except the first one in the sequence, right-click one of the selected files, and select the ‘Don’t Download’ option from the context menu.

When the first download is complete, select the second file, right-click it, and select Start.

If you don’t want to have to manually intervene each time a file download completes, you can use the qBittorrent client. It has an option automatically download file in sequence. The client is free, and open-source. Go ahead and install it. When you add a torrent, there’s an option to ‘Download in sequential order’. Select it, and then add the torrent to the client. The files in the torrent will now download in sequence. The files must already be sorted into a sequence for this to work.

There are some other clients that have this same option but we can’t give you an exhaustive list of them all. If you’d rather not use the qBittorrent client, check if the one you prefer has a similar setting. If it doesn’t, and it also doesn’t support plugins, or a plugin that adds this feature isn’t available, you’re going to have to switch torrent clients.

For what it’s worth, qBittorrent isn’t a bad client by any measure. It has more than just the basic features that a torrent client has and clearly, a few more than the basic ones. The UI might be a bit outdated for Windows 10 but there are apps out there that look far worse.

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How to search for files and folders from Command Prompt on Windows 10

Windows search can find just about anything on your Windows drive. If you like the feature enough, you can extend the search to other drives on your system. There are other apps/utilities that you can install if you find Windows search isn’t as effective or you can search for files and folders from Command Prompt. Here’s how.

Search for files and folders from Command Prompt

Command Prompt can search a particular drive, or a specific folder for files and folders. By default, assuming you’re running it with ordinary user rights, it opens to your user folder and you may, or may not want to search that particular folder. This is why you need to know how to move Command Prompt to a different location.

If you want to search other non-window drives, you will need to switch to it first with the following command;

Syntax

drive_letter:

Example

D:

To move to a different folder, use the command below. The quote marks are only necessary if you have folders that have a space in their names in the path that you’re entering but it’s best to make a habit out of adding them

Syntax

cd "path-to-folder"

Example

cd "D:\Images"

Search for files by type

The following command allows you to search the current folder for all files of a particular type.

Syntax

dir /b/s *.file_extension

Example

dir /b/s *.png

The above command will look for all PNG files in the current directory and its sub-folders. The /s switch tells the command to include sub-folders, and the /b switch displays files without including metadata making the list easy to read.

Search for files by name

To search for files by name, use the following command;

Syntax

dir *file_name*.* /s

Example

dir *arrow*.* /s

The above command will look for all files that match the file name you entered regardless of the file type. If you want to narrow the search down by file type, enter the file extension after the period.

Example

dir *arrow*.jpg /s

Search for folders

To search a folder for sub-folders, use the following command;

Syntax

dir "Name of folder to search" /AD /b /s

Example

dir Images /AD /b /s

Remember that the above command will search the folder you enter for sub-directories. If you want to search a different folder, use the cd command to move to where the folder is located and then run the command.

Search for folder with unknown name

If you’re not sure what the name of a folder is, you can use the following command.

Syntax

dir /s/b /A:D "D:*partial-name-of-folder*"

Example

dir /s/b /A:D "D:*Stea*"

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How to remove Ubuntu and restore Windows on a PC

Removing an Ubuntu installation from a dual-boot setup and restoring Windows is something that users looking to stop using Linux want to know. Sadly, not a lot of information is out there for new users, and as a result, many that try to delete Ubuntu from a Windows/Linux dual-booting setup often break their computers.

In this guide, we’ll go over in-depth how to completely remove Ubuntu from your computer and restore the Windows boot manager. However, before we begin, please back up all critical data from your Windows partition to an external hard drive to prevent any data loss if an accident occurs. Be sure also to back up your data on your Ubuntu installation as well, as it will be deleted during this process.

Note: though this guide focuses on Windows 10, any recent release of Windows (7/8/8.1) works with the instructions in this guide, though the repair functions will differ.

Create Windows installation USB disk

Fixing a system so that it no longer loads up Ubuntu and only has Windows on it starts by creating a Windows installation disk, as the installation disk, in addition to coming with a fresh version of Windows, has some recovery utilities that we can use to remove Ubuntu.

To create a Windows installation disk on your Ubuntu partition, download a free copy of Windows 10 from Mircosoft, and follow this guide to learn how to create an installation disk. Or load into the Windows partition on your system, download Windows, and create your USB live disk with this app here.

When the disk is made, reboot your computer and load into the Windows installation system. You may need to access your BIOS settings to boot from USB.

Cleare out the Grub bootloader

With the Windows installation USB disk created and ready to go, it’s time to take the first step in uninstalling Ubuntu Linux: clearing out the Grub bootloader screen that appears during a reboot.

To get rid of the boot screen through the Windows installation USB, you need to select the “Repair my computer” button, followed by “troubleshoot.”

Once you select the Troubleshoot option, you’ll be taken to a blue screen with a few tools to repair a non-working Windows 10 install. Look for the “Command-prompt” option, and select it with the mouse to access the command-line in Windows 10 for your PC.

Inside of the command prompt window in the Windows 10 installation disk, only one command needs to be run. This command will set the Windows boot manager as the default boot option on your computer.

bootrec /fixmbr

After running the bootrec command on the Windows 10 installation disk, type in the exit command to return to the repair selection screen. After that, reboot your PC, and unplug the USB, as it is no longer necessary to get rid of Ubuntu.

Delete Ubuntu partitions

Now that the bootloader for Ubuntu is removed as default on your computer, it’s time to delete Ubuntu from your hard drive. The way to do this is with a partition editor that comes with Windows 10. To access the Windows 10 partition editor, start by pressing the Win + S key on your keyboard. From there, type in “partition,” and a search result should appear that says “Create and format hard disk partitions”. Click on this search result to launch the Windows 10 partition editing tool.

Inside of the Windows 10 partition editor, you’ll notice quite a few partitions on the main hard drive. These partitions are labeled by “volume” in a descending list. Look through the list and determine which ones are related to Windows. Once you’ve figured out which ones are Windows’ volumes, write them down on a piece of paper to ensure that you don’t accidentally delete them.

Note: with UEFI, ignore any Fat32 partitions, as the bootrec command re-writes the Linux boot, so deletion isn’t necessary.

After taking note at the Windows-related partitions, find the Ubuntu-related once. These ones will have no drive label, or any other information, other than “healthy primary partition”.

Select the partition in the graphic layout with the mouse. Once you’ve made the selection, right-click on the partition to open up the right-click mouse menu. From there, look through the mouse-menu and choose the “Delete Volume” option.

As soon as you select the “Delete Volume” button, a message will appear that says “The selected partition was not created by Windows and might contain data recognized by other operating systems. Do you want to delete this partition?” Select the “Yes” option to remove the Ubuntu partition.

With the partition removed, right-click on the free-space that now occupies the old partition and create a new volume, extend the existing free space to Windows, etc. Then, reboot your PC.

As you log back into your Computer, you will boot directly into Windows, and Ubuntu Linux will be gone from the system!

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How to boot to the Troubleshoot menu on Windows 10

If Windows 10 fails to start several times in succession, you’re eventually taken to the Troubleshoot menu where there are multiple options/tools at your disposal to fix the problem. If you’re on your desktop, you can go to the Settings app and under the recovery options, you can access the troubleshoot menu. If you’d like to boot to the Troubleshoot menu without a failed start up, and without going through the Settings app, you can. It’s really a matter of tapping the right key at the right time.

Boot to Troubleshoot menu

There are multiple ways to boot to the Troubleshoot menu but we’re going to cover methods that you can use if you are unable to access the desktop. From the desktop, it’s easy to access the menu but from a clean/fresh boot, it’s not as simple.

Tap F11 key

The first and easiest method to boot to the Troubleshoot menu is to turn on your PC, and tap the F11 key. Make sure you tap it repeatedly and that you start doing so right away. If your system tends to boot quickly, you might have to make a few attempts at booting to the troubleshoot menu.

In the event that the F11 key doesn’t work, try the F8 or Shift+F8. It may or may not work but it’s worth trying if the F11 key doesn’t.

Installation media

Installation media i.e. a USB that you can use to install Windows 10 can also be used to fix problems with Windows 10. The trick is getting your hands on installation media when you’re unable to boot to your desktop. You will need to use another system but once you have access to one, creating installation media is easy. You can download it from Microsoft’s website for free. There’s no need to enter a license key.

Connect the USB to your system, and make sure it is set to boot from the USB device. The installation media will give you options to either install Windows 10 or to fix problems with the current installation.

Force shut down on start

If all else fails, this method will work. Turn on your system and before it can boot to the desktop, force shut it down by holding down the power button. Repeat this at least 3-5 times and eventually, you will get the Troubleshoot menu. This method should not have any side effects nor should it damage files on your system.

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How to periodically clean the clipboard on Windows 10

Windows 10 has two different types of clipboards. The first the same clipboard you’ll find on any OS, desktop or otherwise, which can hold only one item at a time. The second is the new clipboard which can maintain a history of all the items you’ve copied and allow you to quickly copy an item again. You can turn the second type off if you’re not comfortable with your clipboard content being stored for so long. The default clipboard works fine however, if you want to periodically clean the clipboard, you can do so with an app called ClearClipboard.

Periodically clean the clipboard

Download and run ClearClipboard. By default, it will clear everything and anything copied to the clipboard after 30 seconds. This means that you can copy something to the clipboard and use it for 30 seconds before it’s gone.

To change how often the clipboard is cleaned, you need to create a configuration file for the app. Open a new Notepad file, and enter the following in it;

[ClearClipboard]
Timeout=90000

The value given for Timeout is in milliseconds and it determines how long the app will wait before clearing the clipboard. Decide how long you want the app to wait, convert the time to milliseconds, and enter it in the Notepad file.

Once you’ve done that, name the file ClearClipboard.ini. Make sure this file is placed in the exact same folder that the ClearClipboard.exe file is in.

Additional commands that you can add to the file include TextOnly= and Sound=. The TextOnly command tells the app to run and clear the Clipboard only if there is text copied to it. The Sound command plays a sound when the clipboard is cleared. There are a few additional commands that the app supports. You can check them out, and additional details about the commands mentioned here on the app’s Github page.

This app does not work with the modern Windows 10 clipboard. In fact, if you’ve enabled the modern clipboard and you run this app, it will ask that you disable it first. That said, if you tend to copy sensitive information such as passwords, banking details, or other personal information to the clipboard often, scrubbing the clipboard regularly is probably a good idea.

If you’re using the modern Windows 10 clipboard, you’re either going to have to manually remove items, or make sure you clear everything before a system shut down. There is no similar app/feature like this for the modern clipboard and while it may be useful, it does have its risks.

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