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.
When changing Windows 7 and Vista boot controls, don’t look for the ‘boot.ini’ file, familiar to Win XP users.
In Vista and Win7, Microsoft eliminated boot.ini and replaced it with the more-powerful Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store, tripping up a reader trying to track down a dual-boot problem.
Win7′s Libraries are a powerful organizing tool, but they’re not always the best option for accessing your files.
For some kinds of file management, the old way — using Windows Explorer and working within the files’ true folder — is still the best way.
Recent reader feedback had lots to say about the relative coverage of Windows 7 versus Windows XP.
It’s no surprise that Win7 users have lots of questions about this new operating system, but Windows XP problems are still with us and need answers.
Most PC users take it on wary faith that their firewalls are providing full protection from malicious applications.
A better policy is to use firewall testing services and free applications to ensure your firewall is correctly set.