Disk defragmentation results in better performance of your hard disk, some people don’t realize that. Windows come with a build-in defragmentation tool, but is too slow sometimes. If your computer activity involves a lot of hard disk usage, it is recommended that you should defrag and optimize your hard disk at least once a month.
The defragmentation process searches your disk partitions and makes sure that the stored files are in one contiguous piece which results in better system performance. If you want to maintain your file system then the easiest and perhaps the most important way is that you should routinely defrag your drives.
The windows 7 has improved disk defragmentation utility which gives users more control over defragmentation tasks. The most important features of Windows 7 defragmenter is that it lets you safely terminate the defrag process any time without any adverse effect and can defrag multiple volumes at the same time.
If your RAM routinely gets overloaded, memory optimization is something you should consider. So what is memory optimization and what benefits does it have? When a memory is optimized, all junk processes(with lowest priority) that take up large amount of RAM are killed. In this way some memory is freed up resulting in better system performance. Read More
It is a common security tip that you should run only trusted software, if you are running an unauthorized app then your system might be on risk and can get infected anytime. The upcoming Windows 7 is more conscious about your system security. AppLocker
tool lets you specify which programs to run in your system. You can use this feature of Windows 7 to prevent unauthorized software from running and thus results in better system security and performance.
lets users add common mathematical equations to their documents. You can also use it to create your own custom equations by using library of mathematical functions. It is very useful tool that was also available in older versions of Microsoft Office, not as default but as an addon. It was included as a part of MS Office 2007, but was only limited to MS Word. Now the MS Office 2010 extends this feature to PowerPoint as well.
In order to save system's resources, the upcoming Windows 7 opens all folders in the single process, i.e. all open folders are being controlled by single explorer.exe
process. But there is a huge problem, if one open folder crashes then all your open folders will get closed too. The solution to this problem is to open any particular folder in separate process. But please note if you will use this feature frequently then your systems overall performance might get reduced.
Since launching AddictiveTips back in August, 2008 we have never taken a single day off, nor do we plan to do so. But sometimes a situation arises where there is no option left. We do our best to post tips every day and would continue to do so in future. When there is nothing left to report, we have always tried to at least post a single tip. Fortunately today is not that day. Read More
Too bad Google Maps doesn’t have a Print option, if you want to capture any part of the map, the only way left for most users is to to take a manual screenshot of the whole area and then crop it using MS Paint. This method is kind of useless, since you will have to paste various parts of the map and then stitch them together. Read More
There are various malicious tools that allow others to capture your every keystroke. In other words, these malicious tools can act as a keyloggers and can become a serious threat to you privacy. Whatever you enter online or offline, these keyloggers can keep track of it and then send it back to the hacker through internet. Read More
Virtaul Hard Disk (VHD)
is basically a file format that contains complete structure of a hard disk. It is a virtual machine hard disk that can reside on a native host file system encapsulated within a single file. It is used to store virtual operating systems, their related program files and it acts like a proper hard disk. Now, you won't need any third party tools to create and attach VHD, Windows 7’s Disk Management
comes with an option to create, attach and detach the Virtual Hard Disks instantly.
As you all know that Nautilus is the default file manager for Ubuntu and offers a large number of features, but sadly it consumes lots of resources and is considered to be a resource hungry application. If you are not using all features of Nautilus then you can give PCMan a try. It is extremely small and fast file manager that supports Tabbed Browsing and some other basic features like Thumbnail view , Drag and Drop support, etc.
Windows 7 lets you arrange your windows in an intelligent way with the help of Smart Window Arrangement
. For example, it lets you maximize the window by dragging it to the top and minimize the window by dragging it to the bottom to the taskbar. Although it is very useful feature but if you find it distracting then it is not a big deal to disable it.
So you were filling a web form and the Firefox browser crashes immediately, you restart the browser but only see a blank form. In other words, all your hard work is lost. So how would you recover all the text that you wrote in the last few minutes? Thanks to Lazarus, a Firefox add-on now you can recover all the lost text instantly. Read More
Windows 7 comes with various attractive wallpapers that will make you thinking as to which one to choose for your desktop. Now you can put all your favorite desktop background images by using Desktop Slideshow feature. Once you have set the Desktop Slideshow, it will begin cycling the selected desktop background image files at any given duration.
Even through Magnifier is present in Vista, Windows 7 has a much improved version of it. It helps visually impaired people use Windows and can also come handy while giving a presentation where you want the audience to better see a portion of the screen. It can enlarge the screen to any specific zoom value. It has three modes Full-screen, Lens, and Docked.
There are lots of application launchers out there and we have covered some here
, and here
. Did you ever notice that every one of them calm to be the fastest in launching programs? Ofcourse there are various methods, my personal favorite is to use Run hotkey + AddToRun
. But what if you hate hotkeys and want a quick way to launch a program using a mouse?
Do you want a simple utility that can turn on computers over local area network? You don’t need to execute complex commands anymore. MagiWOL is a simple little WOL(Wake On Lan) utility for Windows that can wake up computer(s) on your network quickly. Read More
In the past, we have covered lots of tips on recovering deleted files, but what if you don’t want a specific file to be recoverable? There are certain reasons why some people don’t want their files to be restored, maybe they are selling their computers and don't want someone else to get hold of their data, or perhaps simply because the files are quite sensitive.
Microsoft Office 2010 is getting quite some coverage because of its cool user interface and enhanced features. If you can spare some time to play around with it, you will definitely feel the difference as compared to older versions of MS Office. Today, lets review two important enhanced security features in Office 2010.
Upcoming Windows 7 is being said to be the most secure and reliable as compared with other versions of Windows, but you can still run into problem, the worst case being when your Windows stops booting. Windows 7 has a solution to this problem, create System Repair Disc
. Once you run into this problem, you can boot your system with it and it will give you access to System Recovery tools
which will let you diagnose and correct errors within Windows 7. It is very easy to create a System Repair disk since no special disk burning software is required.