How To Create Bootable USB for Windows 10

There are two ways on how to create bootable USB for Windows 10. First way is creating a bootable USB from Windows Media Creation Tool. Second is using a tool called Rufus. I will be showing the ways step by step.

Create a Bootable USB for Windows 10

Through Windows Media Creation Tool

Go to this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Create Windows 10 installation Media. Bootable USB for Windows 10

Click the Download tool now button and run the downloaded file.

Media Creation Tool - Applicable notices and license terms

Windows 10 setup window will appear. Click the Accept button when on the Applicable notices and license terms.

Media Creation Tool - What do you want to do? Bootable USB for Windows 10

When asked “What do you want to do?”, select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and click Next.

Media Creation Tool - Select Language, architecture, and edition

On the “Select language, architecture, and edition” page, you have the options to change the Language, Edition and Architecture.

  • Language: the default language to be used.
  • Edition: you can only use Windows 10.
  • Architecture: 32-bit or 64-bit or both, it depends on what you need. I suggest using only one architecture.

After you have made your selections, click the Next button.

Media Creation Tool - Choose which media to use

On the page “Choose which media to use”, insert your USB flash drive to your USB port and then select USB flash drive and click Next button.

Media Creation Tool - Select a USB flash drive

On the page “Select a USB flash drive”, select the drive where the recently inserted USB flash drive is located. In my case, it is drive E. Then, click on the Next button.

Media Creation Tool - Downloading and Creating Bootable USB. Bootable USB for Windows 10

The tool will now download and create a bootable USB for Windows 10. This process will take few minutes depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

Media Creation Tool - Done.

Your bootable USB for Windows 10 is ready. You can use it now to get a clean Windows 10 installation.

Through Rufus Tool

We need to download the ISO file for Windows 10. We need to rerun the Windows Media Creation Tool.

Media Creation Tool - Choose which media to use

Follow the same steps above until you reach the page “Choose which media to use”. Select ISO file instead of USB flash drive. After, click Next button. It will ask you the path where to save the ISO file.

Media Creation Tool - Download Windows 10

After you have selected the path, the Media Creation Tool will now start to download the Windows 10 ISO file.

Once the Media Creation Tool is done downloading the ISO file, go to this link https://rufus.ie/ to download the latest Rufus tool.

Rufus Page. Bootable USB for Windows 10

Scroll down to the Download section and click Rufus 3.8. This is the version of the Rufus tool as of this writing. After downloading, execute the downloaded file. It will ask for Administrator access, just allow it.

Rufus Tool - Settings.

Once you have opened the Rufus tool, click the Select button as shown in the image and locate the downloaded Windows 10 ISO file. Then, click on the Start button.

Rufus Tool - Creating the Bootable USB. Bootable USB for Windows 10

It will now start creating the bootable USB for Windows 10. This might take few minutes depending on the speed of your current system. Once, it is done, you may close the tool and remove your USB.

That is how to Create Bootable USB for Windows 10. Let me know your thoughts by commenting below.

How to Limit Windows Update Bandwidth in Windows 10

How to Limit Windows Update Bandwidth in Windows 10

Have you experienced slow connection when your Windows 10 is performing Windows Update? It could be that your Windows Update is consuming a lot of bandwidth. We can change the settings in your Windows 10 to limit Windows Update Bandwidth.

Limit Windows Update Bandwidth Through Windows Settings

This step is the easiest step to limit Windows Update Bandwidth.

Open Windows Settings. You can either perform a shortcut Win + I or going through Start then Settings icon.

In Windows Settings, navigate through:

Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options > Delivery Optimization > Advanced options 
How to Limit Windows Update Bandwidth in Windows 10

Under Download Settings, put a check on both Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background and
Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground.

Move the slide bar depending on how much bandwidth will you provide your Windows Update. If you do not want to have a slow connection, put 20%.

Limit Windows Update Bandwidth Through Group Policy

I will not recommend these steps because they are more advanced. However, there are few more settings you can change in the Group Policy.

Open the Local Group Policy Editor by running the following command in the Run window or from the Start: gpedit.msc

In the Local Group Policy Editor, navigate through:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Deliver Optimization
How to Limit Windows Update Bandwidth in Windows 10

Open the Maximum Download Bandwidth (in KB/s) settings. Select Enabled and input the download bandwidth in KB/s under Maximum Download Bandwidth (in KB/s). This will limit by KB/s and not in percentage.

I prefer the former (via Windows Settings) than the latter (via Local Group Policy Editor) because it is based on percentage. However, I gave you two options to limit Windows Update bandwidth in Windows 10. Whichever you choose will work fine.

That is it! That is how you limit Windows Update bandwidth in Windows 10. You will not experience any bandwidth issues when your Windows 10 is updating. Not unless, you have connectivity issues with your Internet.

How to Use SSH on Windows Systems

Introduction

Image result for sshSSH or Secure Shell is  a cryptographic network protocol for operating network services securely over an unsecured network (Wikipedia). If you need to access a server with SSH, you will have to use an SSH client. Linux and Mac OS systems have built-in SSH clients while Windows does not have any built in SSH clients.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to use SSH on Windows.

Use SSH on Windows

Since Windows does not have a built in SSH client, we will have to download and install an SSH client. There are few SSH clients that can be downloaded. Among these are Cygwin, Putty, FireSSH and Secure Shell App. FireSSH is a plugin for Mozilla Firefox. Secure Shell App is an extension for Google Chrome. If you prefer using browser extensions, choose between FireSSH or Secure Shell App. Cygwin is more like making your system be aware of Unix like commands. I do not prefer using Cygwin. I prefer using Putty thus the purpose of this tutorial.

We will be using the most widely used SSH client in Windows, which is Putty. Here are the steps in acquiring Putty to use SSH on Windows:

  1. All you have to do is download the MSI file (Windows Installer) in this link https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html. If you are using a 32-bit operating system, select the 32-bit link. Otherwise, use the 64-bit link.
  2. Afterwards, execute and install the downloaded file.
  3. Locate and run Putty.exe. This can be located in your Start Menu.

You should see a configuration window for Putty like this:

how to Use SSH on Windows

From the configuration window, you can set the host name or IP address of the server and click Open button.

You can read more about Putty from this link: https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/faq.html

That’s it! That’s how you can use SSH on Windows. Let me know if you have any questions.

How to Block Advertisements Using Plugin

Introduction

There are a couple of add-ons or plugins that block advertisements. I already used a couple of those plugins that block advertisements. However, there’s one plugin that has been the most effective compared to all add-ons or plugins for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge. I have only tried using it in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge. It is uBlock Origin.

How to Block AdvertisementsuBlock Origin is free and open-source. It is actively developed and maintained by the founder itself. It also uses less resources compared to other add-ons or plugins which has the same functionality.

uBlock Origin does only work on desktop and does not work on mobile phones (iOS and Android).

If you use uBlock Origin, you are one step closer to having a more secure browsing experience as it blocks most of the malicious websites. It also blocks annoying pop-ups which are most of the time not safe.

Install uBlock Origin to block advertisements.

Block Advertisements Using Plugin

For Google Chrome, open this link uBlock Origin using your Google Chrome browser. Then, click the Add to Chrome button.

For Mozilla Firefox, open this link uBlock Origin using your Mozilla Firebox browser. Then, click the Add to Firefox button.

For Microsoft Edge, you can use any browsers and open this link uBlock Origin. Then, click the Get button. This should open the Microsoft Store. Once the Microsoft Store is opened, click on Get button.

For other browsers not stated above, you can go to uBlock Origin’s for more information at https://www.ublock.org/. You will see the list of browsers supported from this website.

That’s it! That’s how to block advertisements using plugin.

P.S.

We know that web sites now are overrun by advertisements. Ads are not necessarily bad but there are some advertisements that can really slow your browser which affects your browsing experience. It is better to install uBlock Origin so you can control which advertisements you want to show or block.

How to Install Webmin and Virtualmin on Ubuntu 16.04

Introduction

Before we proceed on how to install Webmin and Virtualmin on Ubuntu 16.04, let’s get to know first what are Webmin and Virtualmin.

How to Install Webmin and Virtualmin on Ubuntu 16.04Webmin is a web-based system configuration tool for Unix-like systems. With it, it is possible to configure operating system internals, such as users, disk quotas, services or configuration files, as well as modify and control open source apps, such as the Apache HTTP Server, PHP or MySQL.

How to Install Webmin and Virtualmin on Ubuntu 16.04

Virtualmin is a domain hosting and website control panel, which gives the ability to create and manage many domains and is available in both open source and commercial versions. It is a free alternative to cPanel.

Requirements

Before we proceed on how to install Webmin and Virtualmin on Ubuntu 16.04, we need to know if your server meets the minimum requirements.

I prefer installing Webmin and Virtualmin on a freshly installed operating system. The supported operating systems are the following:

  • CentOS/RHEL 6 and 7 on i386 and x86_64
  • Debian 7, 8, and 9, on i386 and amd64
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and 16.04 LTS on i386 and amd64 (non-LTS releases are not supported)

You can check out more information on the supported operating systems via this link: https://www.virtualmin.com/os-support.

In this tutorial, we will be installing Webmin and Virtualmin on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

You can check more information on this page: https://www.virtualmin.com/download.html

Install Webmin and Virtualmin

Make sure your system is up to date.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y
sudo apt autoremove -y

Make sure that your hostname is correctly configured. You can check this by running the following command.

hostname -f

If the above command does not show your hostname, run the following command:

sudo hostnamectl set-hostname yourfullyqualifieddomainname

Install Webmin/Virtualmin using the following commands:

wget https://software.virtualmin.com/gpl/scripts/install.sh
sudo /bin/sh ./install.sh -y

The above command will take some time to install depending on how fast your server is.

After installing, it will give you a link on how to access your newly installed Webmin and Virtualmin. Most of the time it will be https://yourfullyqualifieddomainname:10000.

Access your newly installed Webmin and Virtualmin using your browser and complete the Post-Installation Wizard.

That’s it! You have successfully installed Webmin and Virtualmin! Happy hosting!

How to Install WordPress using SSH

Before we begin on how to install WordPress using SSH, let’s have an introduction about WordPress and SSH.

WordPressHow to Install WordPress Using SSH is a free and open-source content management system based on PHP and MySQL. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system. It is most associated with blogging, but supports other types of web content including more traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, and online stores.

There are a couple of ways to install WordPress to your server. In this tutorial, I will show you how to install WordPress using SSH.

Image result for sshSSH, also known as Secure Socket Shell, is a network protocol that provides administrators with a secure way to access a remote computer. SSH also refers to the suite of utilities that implement the protocol.

Before you proceed with this tutorial on how to install WordPress using SSH, make sure to setup your database name, username and password.

Here are the steps:

Login to your SSH terminal and navigate to your root directory of your website. In my case, it’s under the public_html folder.

cd public_html

Download the latest WordPress using the following command:

wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz

Extract the downloaded file using this command:

tar xfz latest.tar.gz

Move the contents of the WordPress files into the root directory of your website using this command:

mv wordpress/* ./

Delete the WordPress directory using this command:

rmdir ./wordpress/

Delete the downloaded file using this command:

rm -f latest.tar.gz

Make sure to navigate to your website and complete the WordPress configuration wizard.

You’re done! That’s how you install WordPress using SSH. You can install your desired plugins and themes.

The steps above can be done in one command:

wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz && tar xfz latest.tar.gz && mv wordpress/* ./ && rmdir ./wordpress/ && rm -f latest.tar.gz

Don’t forget to navigate to your website and complete the WordPress configuration wizard.

Let me know your thoughts about on “How to Install WordPress Using SSH” by commenting below.