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There are times when your Windows 7 / Windows 8 laptop / desktop crashes and your vendor was kind enough ‘NOT’ to provide you with a recovery disc that would help you get your system back on its feet. Further, you are stuck as you have a specific version of Windows on your system (say Windows 7 Business) and you are not able to get your hands onto a disc specifically for that version of the OS. You do have a disc (say Windows 7 Home Premium) but, can’t install the Business version from it as the disc would be matched with a key for Home Premium only.
So the question is how to get around this problem? Well its easy. All you need full ISO file copied from any a Windows disc of any version and Ei.cfg Removal Utility. The utility would delete the key file within the ISO file.
How would you go about doing this If you have a Windows 7 disc?
- Burn an ISO file from the disc onto your hard drive.
- Then run the Ei.cfg utility.
- While the utility is doing its job, use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to burn the recently tweaked ISO file on a flash drive.
- Once done all you have to do is boot the crashed system from that flash drive, select the version that you have the license key for, enter the license key and you’re all set.
Apple hasn’t been too kind to open source users by not releasing a Linux / Unix variant of its popular iTunes software. But, if you do want to have one working on Ubuntu, you can use an emulation software like PlayOnLinux to do so.
PlayOnLinux is basically a graphical tool that allows Linux users to run windows-based applications on their Linux boxes. The software provides wrapper shell scripts with a .pol filename extension which specify the configuration of Wine needed in order to install and run a particular application. You can consider PlayonLinux as a graphical frontend for Wine.
To install PlayOnLinux on Ubuntu follow the below steps:
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo wget -q "http://deb. playonlinux.com /public.gpg" -O- | sudo apt-key add –
Step 2: Add playonlinux repository
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo wget http://deb.playonlinux.com/ playonlinux_precise.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo apt-get update
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo apt-get install playonlinux
In case you get an error, carry out step 5 otherwise skip to step 6
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo apt-get install curl p7zip-full p7zip-rar
parityportal@localhost:~$ sudo playonlinux
Step 6 would invoke PlayOnLinux and you are ready to carry out installation of iTunes on Ubuntu.
iTunes on Ubuntu
Step 1: Download iTunes from Apple website.
Step 5: Click on Finish, agree to iTunes Software license and you are ready to roll.