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It’s about that time for me again: my desktop is a couple years part its prime and my laptop just died (no display, no hard drive activity, no wifi, and a recent history of turning off suddenly for no good reason – those are all bad signs, right?), which means the near future holds a new PC for me. Which means a blank slate on which to impose my computer-using will. Setting up a new computer goes through five stages: The First 10 Free Apps to Install on a New Windows PC The First 10 Free Apps to Install on a New Windows PC

Top 10 Tiny & Awesome Windows Utilities

Top 10 Tiny & Awesome Windows Utilities SExpand It's the little things that make a Windows system great—like utilities that use less than 10MB of memory to make your life easier. Here are 10 apps that pack a lot of greatness into very little space. Note: Most of these apps do, indeed, use less than 10MB of hard drive space when installed, or use that much when they're running in the background. Some will scale in use as you demand more or less from them—DisplayFusion or UltraMon, for example, when handling very high-resolution backgrounds or a wall of monitors—but all should have an almost negligible performance impact on a modern system.
The adoption of tags on the internet has almost become a prerequisite on any blog, website or social networking site. The ability to simply add a keyword to anything allows for much better organization and easier searching when something needs to be referenced in the future. Most often they are used on blogs but they are also used in various ways on social networking sites such as Delicious, news sites like Newsvine or even online stores like Amazon. Any site that generates regular or changing content will usually have some sort of tag system in place. So why just the web? Why can’t we have it on our PCs as well? How to create tags for your windows files with TaggedFrog How to create tags for your windows files with TaggedFrog
How to rebuild your computer and reinstall Windows without heada If your Windows PC keeps getting slower and slower, it may be time to rebuild your computer and reinstall Windows from scratch. That it, you wipe everything clean, do a fresh installation of Windows and reinstall all software programs. Check these tips and checklist for rebuilding a computer. How to rebuild your computer and reinstall Windows without heada
VirtualBox Running other operating systems on a Mac is nothing new, and with the advent of Intel-based Macs we've seen a flood of virtual machine software: Parallels Desktop for Mac, VMWare Fusion, and Codeweavers CrossOver Mac. These products enable you to run Mac OS X and another operating system simultaneously. For many of my consulting clients who are switching from PCs and who already have a licensed copy of Microsoft Windows, I've been using Sun's Open Source xVM VirtualBox product. Why? VirtualBox
How to speed up your PC's startup

How to speed up your PC's startup

SExpand You just hit the power button your PC, and now you've got enough time to brew a fresh pot of coffee for the entire office—because that's how long it takes for your computer to go from "on" to "ready to work." If your PC's bogged down by a bunch of programs that automatically start up when it does, it can take forever to get started every morning. Without a major hardware upgrade, there's not much you can do to cut the time it takes for Windows to actually boot—but you can trim and tweak the amount of time it takes for your desktop to get to a working state.
SExpand Many people don't realize that rather than installing dozens of applications, you can control nearly any aspect of your computer with simple shortcuts that don't take up any resources. You can even take this approach a step further and assign shortcut keys using the built-in Windows hotkey functionality, or access them from the keyboard using your favorite application launcher. Let's take a look at a number of simple shortcuts to control some frequently used tasks. Mute the System Volume If you use your computer to listen to music, you've no doubt had to fumble for the volume controls or hit the off switch so the person calling won't know that you are listening to Cornflake Girl loud enough to wake the dead. How to control your computer with shortcuts to common windows ta How to control your computer with shortcuts to common windows ta
How to get Vista's best features in XP How to get Vista's best features in XP SExpand Despite the fact that most of you prefer XP to Vista and would rather Microsoft extended XP's shelf-life, several new and improved features available in Vista would be great to have in XP. This new functionality may not be enough to get you to switch to Vista, but that doesn't mean you're out of luck. Let's take a look at a few ways you can incorporate Windows Vista's best features into your current XP PC for free. We're going to focus on Vista's small and large features that are missing from XP, separated into three categories: applications, functional, and aesthetic (e.g., transparency is aesthetic, the new start menu search is functional). This list is not exhaustive, but it does cover the features readers feel make Vista worth it.
SExpand Windows only: Free customization utility XNeat adds a few unique functions to the rich library of tweaking utilities, and some might become must-installs for Windows power-users. The most notable are the additions to the standard "Save As" dialog: an option to create a numbered "clone" file when you're about to save over an existing document (i.e. How to boost "Save As" options in Windows with XNeat How to boost "Save As" options in Windows with XNeat
How to sets keyboard shortcuts for any windows task with HotKeyB Sorry I hate to be a naysayer, and absolutely no offence meant to the developers or the apps users, but you don't need software for this; 1. Create a folder in your start menu programs folder 2. How to sets keyboard shortcuts for any windows task with HotKeyB
How to add quick access to your filesystem with Direct Folders You guy really need to work with this program first, before you comment that you can do the same with program A or solution B, because you all talk nonsense. Not only does Direct Folder work easier (try it!!), it even works with subfolders, it also works with ALL kind of dialog boxex, even the ones that are non-Windows standard. None of the other solutions here can do that (in Vista or Windows 7) and I've tried them all. The Pro verion also allow you to set the default folder for dialog boxes of any specific application, try to do that with all the junk you guys suggested lol
The other evening I turned off my Windows XP system and busied myself with other matters, only to find the machine churning away several minutes later as it worked through its shutdown process. I could've understood the delay if it were installing updates, or even if some program or service had hung the system. But this was a typical PC shutdown, and it was taking forever. "There's gotta be a better way," I thought, and after doing a little research, I found a bunch of Registry tweaks that reset Windows to close shop like it's late for the bus ride home. Keep in mind, any changes to the Registry can be troublesome, so you may want to make these alterations one or two at a time just to make sure they don't futz up the works (it'll also be easier to diagnose any problems that may arise). And for sure back up the Registry by creating a restore point before you begin. How to shut down Windows in an instant
How to improve your Windows XP desktop search with Windows Searc I never did like Google or Copernic desktop searches, because they tended to be incredibly slow. Indexing would take hours upon hours, and if it was interrupted, it wouldn't resume properly later. Updating was sporadic at best.
Par Mark Russinovich Paru le 14 septembre 2007 Introduction Vous êtes-vous déjà demandé quel programme a un fichier ou un répertoire particulier ouvert ? Vous pouvez désormais le savoir. Process Explorer affiche des informations sur les descripteurs et les processus DLL ouverts ou chargés. How to supercharge the Windows Task manager with Process Explore
Windows only: You've popped open the Windows Task manager and found a runaway process hogging memory and CPU cycles but you have no idea what it's for or whether or not you can safely end it. The Quick Access Info bar quickly looks up information about a process running on your computer in an online database, which lets you know what the task does, whether or not it's spyware, and if you can safely end it. As many as 20 to 30 processes may be running invisibly, silently in the background on your PC. How to decypher the Windows Task Manager with Quick Access InfoB
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