The sleep-state modes programmed into today’s PCs are rigidly defined, but the common names of these modes vary wildly from vendor to vendor.
With no standardized language, it can be difficult to know exactly what it means when your PC goes into standby mode. But here’s help.
Even world-class troubleshooting may not be enough to salvage software that just won’t work right on your system.
It’s a hard decision when you’ve paid good money for software, but sometimes the only rational decision is to toss the software into the bit bucket.
The Taskbars in XP, Vista, and Windows 7 have consistently misbehaved for a small but persistent number of users.
If you’re one of the unlucky few whose Taskbar won’t hide and unhide, or whose Taskbar mysteriously (and annoyingly) unhides itself from time to time, these tweaks may be just the ticket.
Window’s System Restore is a good, basic safety net for solving system problems, but what it doesn’t do will surprise you.
To use Windows’ system backup tool most effectively, you need to know its limitations — and have other recovery tools readily at hand.
Windows can be a terrible nag, and in Vista and Windows 7 it can be most annoying when popping up its User Account Control (UAC) security prompts.
UAC implementation proved clumsy in Vista, and it can still annoy in Win7 — but there are ways to make it less so.
Today’s hard drives are 10 times faster than the drives of old — is defragging really still worth the bother?
One reader wonders whether the time has come to challenge the conventional wisdom about defragging.
Using the right combination of Windows Power Plan settings extends notebook battery life and saves energy when using any PC — and it can make some applications perform better, too.
No matter what Windows you’re using — XP, Vista, Win7, Server ’08 — you may be in for a pleasant surprise when you see just how much control your power options offer.
If you want or need free ways to make Windows reset itself to pristine condition after each use, here are two approaches.
With Microsoft’s SteadyState application or a virtual PC snapshot, Windows can start each session completely fresh, perfectly set up, and with no record of any previous activity or changes.
Conventional wisdom says antivirus tools don’t work well together — so a PC should have just one tool installed at any time.
In most cases, that wisdom is still correct — but if you pick the right kind of software, there are ways to clean a PC with multiple AV tools.
Watching streaming video on your PC is great — until poor computer performance or a slow network turns it into an unwatchable mess.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Frequent pauses, video breakup, stutters, and hangs can often be eliminated with some simple fixes.