If you are a Windows user, you would be familiar with it’s memory management & usage. But have you ever tried to learn how Windows is assigning the main physical memory and how much file data is cached in RAM, or how much memory is consumed by the kernel and various drivers running on your system?
Windows Live Movie Maker is part of Windows Live suite and comes with an huge improvement from it’s predecessors. One of the biggest downside however is that it does not support files over network. If you are looking to add and edit a video that is residing in your Home Server, Live MovieMaker will show an error asking you to copy the files to your computer first and try again since files can’t be added directly from a network folder.
Those looking for a nifty little user-friendly desktop background changer should give DesktopSlides a try. What makes it stand out from the rest of similar tools is that it is free of any bloatware, takes minimum system resources, and allows user to filter wallpapers by screen ratio or screen resolution. Read More
might sound like a tool which help beginners learn how to type, but actually it is a portable auto-completion tool which help writers/bloggers/copywriters/authors/developers increase productivity and reduce RSI(Repetitive strain injury).
7 Sidebar is a small gadget. Run it and you see the Vista sidebar without any gadgets in it. Click the small ‘+’ icon on top and start adding the installed Windows 7 gadgets to this sidebar. Yes, a gadget in which you can add all other gadgets. Read More
Every user should scan his computer against rootkits. Hackers install rootkits to seize control of the operating system. GMER
is a small utility designed to detect and remove rootkits.
The Windows 7 taskbar(also known as the superbar) is simply awesome, but have you ever tried to make it transparent? TransTaskbar
is here to help. But wait a second, does Aero not make the taskbar transparent in Windows Vista and Widnows 7? Yes, it does. This app is for those users who have Aero disabled in Vista or 7, and for those who are using XP.
Those readers who have switched to Windows 7 from Vista will know that there is a default administrator account in Vista which is disabled by default. Same is the case with Windows 7, the default Administrator account is not enabled in the default settings and when you need to run any particular application in the administrator mode, then you manually assign it the admin right.
What is Dwm.exe?
Dwm stands for Desktop Window Manager, and is used to add graphical effects to your Windows Desktop like Transparent windows, live Taskbar thumbnails, Flip3D switcher etc. This process was first introduced in Microsoft Windows Vista and is now inherited in Windows 7 as well.
Just like previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 doesn't provide a tool to log clipboard history. This is a serious setback, since clipboard history can be a integral part of many people’s productivity(including mine). There are many 3rd party clipboard programs which can monitor clipboard activity, among them is the much liked Clipdiary
. The clipboard managers are designed to log all clipboard data, and provide an easy way to use the required clipboard item in any active application. If you are looking for an alternative clipboard tool for Windows 7, meet Clipboard History
. This tool will keep a log of every word/text that you copy to the clipboard, and let you use selected clipboard item anywhere you want.
You know what is frustrating? When an app will add itself to the Windows startup list without even asking the user. To remove it, one has to follow the procedures given here
or use MSConfig Cleanup Utility
to permanently disable application's startup behavior. Disable Startup
is a free tool for Windows that prevents any programs from adding itself to the startup list. When a program tries to add itself to the list, it will show you a warning message. If you don’t want to see the warning message, you can change the options from its configuration console.
Microsoft’s latest Windows 7 has revealed many fascinating features and some of them are taken and enhanced from Vista itself. One of the main features which was primarily introduced by Microsoft in Windows 95 was Windows Explorer, it was improved a great deal in Windows Vista. Windows Explorer is basically the graphical interface for exploring your windows file systems. It contains many important components of the operating system, in older versions of Windows(before XP) it was also called Windows Shell. Today, we will take a look at some minor enhancements which have been made to Windows Explorer in Windows 7 as compared with Windows Vista.
When a program is installed, the installer makes changes to both Windows Registry and File System. Sometimes it is important to analyze this change. Analyzing the changes made by the program installer to your system is very important in some situations, consider two examples.
1. When you install a trial software, the program installer will also install a hidden key which prevents users to re-install the software
after trial period has expired. This hidden key will remain in your system forever unless you track the changes and remove it manually.
2. Some software come with hidden malware which goes undetected by many antivirus software. By analyzing the change made by the software installer to both your registry and file system, it can be much more easier to remove the hidden malware.
Driver Dumper(Dr. Free Data Backup)
is a new tool that allows users to backup partition or whole hard drive in the exact same state to any external or internal drive.
Do you know about those awesome Aero Shake and Aero Snap features in Windows 7? Now you can get them on both Windows XP and Vista. For those who don’t know what AeroShake and AeroSnap are, here is a small intro for them.
Minimizes all other windows, when one active window is shaken.
You can maximize, minimize, resize window by just dragging-dropping it to the side of the the screen or to the screen corners.
Want to speed up the startup of your Windows 7, Vista, or XP operating system? The best way is to delay the launching of certain startup programs and processes, re-arrange the order in which these programs and processes are loaded, and control which startup program or process are loaded at what time. So how would you do that?
If you are really conscious about your system's performance then it is necessary that you should monitor it regularly. All versions of Microsoft Windows has Task Manager utility which let you identify the processes and applications which are consuming the most system resources. Windows Vista offered Resource View which became very famous because it added some more functionality to Task Manager utility. Now what's new in upcoming Windows 7? It's Resource Monitor
. You can say that Vista's Resource View
is a cut down version of Windows 7's Resource Monitor. Resource Monitor lets you keep an eye on CPU, Memory, Network status and Disks status of your system.
You can use Windows 7 Credential Manager
to save important credentials like user name and password so that you can easily login to different websites or secure computers. Once you have saved your credentials, Windows 7 will automatically log you in to websites or other computers when you access them. These credentials are saved in Windows Vault.
Credential Manager is not a new concept, Microsoft has already used similiar feature in Windows Vista, but for Windows 7 Microsoft has added the ability to back up & restore your credentials. You can add Windows credentials
, Generic Credentials
and Certificate-Based Credentials
As you all know that System Restore
is one of the important components of Microsoft Windows, it allows you to roll back(restore) system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc to a previous state in case of any disaster. Although Windows Vista provides the enhanced System Restore functionality, the upcoming Window 7 is aimed to improve it more. Now, get ready to experience the System Restore features of Windows 7.
If you have used Microsoft's Windows Vista, then you will be definitely familiar with Security Center where you can find useful security information, this feature has been enhanced in Windows 7 and named as Action Center
. It is one place to provide you useful information regarding system maintenance, security and troubleshooting. It provides you different types of notifications, reports you about any issues in your system, and lets you troubleshoot any problem. It is being considered as one of the perks of upcoming Windows 7. Lets explore more about it.