With free virtual machine software, you can safely test the Windows 7 Release Candidate on your PC without risking your current setup.
You won’t get the level of performance in a virtual machine that you would with a standard Win7 installation, but VMs are still a fairly fast and easy way to create a software test bed.
The low number of reads and writes supported by USB devices means active caching on a flash drive is a bad idea.
Moreover, Microsoft’s much-vaunted ReadyBoost won’t improve the performance of most Windows systems, making this “speed-up” technology more trouble than it’s worth.
Few things can ruin your day faster than seeing an error message pop onto your PC’s screen.
While most Windows error messages can actually help you solve problems, I explain today a few that remain hopelessly arcane.
Caveat lector (translation: “reader beware”): The Web is filled with outdated and incomplete Windows-tuning tips.
Following the wrong advice on tweaking the pagefile to boost your PC’s speed can actually reduce rather than enhance your system’s performance.
It’s not always easy to tell whether a program really needs the rights and privileges of a server.
When your firewall alerts you that an application wants to act as a server, you have two simple ways to determine the correct response.
Unintentionally reformatting a drive is one of the biggest mistakes you can make on a PC, but it doesn’t have to be a total disaster.
With care, you just might get everything on the wiped disk or partition back the way it was.
When your PC’s power-management systems malfunction, don’t just throw up your hands and prepare to pay a higher electric bill.
Restoring your power options in XP may be as easy as running a downloadable script, or if not, you can bring the options back via a manual Registry tweak.
Windows Side by Side lets you run different versions of the same programs without conflicts, but the WinSxS folder can soon become enormous.
You need to use great care and caution when managing the WinSxS folder or risk finding yourself in DLL Hell!
When your PC restarts without warning, it’s a clear sign that something is very, very wrong.
These days, there are two primary reasons for spontaneous reboots — and both are fixable.
What might stop Chkdsk in its tracks?
Windows’ built-in disk-maintenance utility is supposed to repair disk errors, but when Chkdsk doesn’t run properly, the cause may be due to the program itself rather than to a bad disk.