After more than 30 years of battling tech-writing deadlines, I found last May that it was time for something completely different.
A hair-raising encounter with a tornado is just one of the adventures I’ve experienced since then.
My final Windows Secrets column prompts some reflection and summation.
Thirty years after getting my first PC, it’s time for me to hang up my mouse.
CCleaner, Cleanup Assistant, and DTweak Pro are powerful, ready-to-run tools that target junk files and more.
Along with these best-of-breed, GUI-based disk-cleanup tools, I’ll tell you about the most popular choices sent in by your fellow readers — and maybe by you!
My search for the best disk-cleanup program has uncovered some that aren’t worth the time and effort, let alone paying a registration fee.
One of the utilities I tried even left more unnecessary files on my drive than were there before I ran the program!
This week, I’ll add to my previous comments on free and easy ways to eliminate what the Disk Cleanup tool in Windows leaves behind.
You can quickly eliminate megabytes or even gigabytes of hard-to-remove junk and boost your system performance!
You can get rid of more than just a few junk files by using some of Windows’ little-known deep-cleaning settings.
Most users report recovering dozens to hundreds of megabytes of space, and some users report gaining as much as 13GB of formerly-wasted space!
I don’t trust Windows Update to install new drivers for devices that Microsoft isn’t responsible for.
Check out my reasons in this week’s column and see if you agree.
Some excellent reader feedback came in this month that lets us get even more out of task automation.
One little password trick and two freeware tools can help you ease your PC maintenance chores and unleash the full power of Windows Task Scheduler.
The good ol’ Recovery Console from Windows XP has morphed into five separate Vista tools.
XP’s console was good for system recovery after a crash, but it’s gone in Vista, replaced by different tools and a whole new front end.
Once you know the trick, Task Scheduler can do just about anything but make the coffee.
The key is using a means of program control that dates back to the ancient days of DOS: command-line parameters.