With Windows 7 / Vista many standard applications such as Windows Firewall got a face lift, the Disk Defragmenter interface changed to a dialog box with an added task scheduler support to schedule defragmentation of your hard drive. Since now it works on scheduled time, it automatically starts defragmenting as soon as the scheduled time is missed, which can cause disk thrashing and computer to slow down. Instead of letting Windows 7 / Vista to decide when to start defragmentation you should decide when and how it should run.
Is your Windows giving you errors and not functioning properly? This usually means that your system files are missing or got corrupted due to some virus. Suppose a virus attacks your computer and you remove it using an anti-virus software, but the virus in fact removes your system files and makes some corrupted without your knowledge, removing the virus is only the first step, but fixing your system files is the most important step. Some people just re-install their Windows because they think it is too complicated to recover System files, but this is not true. Here is the best, quickest and fastest way to check and fix your missing and corrupted system files. Read More
Did you ever get annoyed when Windows Security Center keeps popping up alerts telling you that User Account has been disabled or Windows needs to be updated? If you are like me who gets annoyed like hell, all you have to do is remove both the icon and alert, which is quite easy and requires a few clicks. Read More
When you install a hardware or plug in a new device Windows 7 / Vista automatically selects the best driver. But sometimes you get a CD with your device that includes a driver with more features and a software too. You can also find the latest driver from the Company’s website that made the external device or hardware that you bought. If you don’t know how to update your device or hardware driver, then here is the easy way to do it.
Note: This tutorial also indirectly helps in answering the following question “How To Update Your Graphic Card or Display Adapter ?”.
Do you have hundreds of applications installed, with even hundreds of icons spread all over your computer? It is hard sometimes to find the shortcut of a program when they are all cluttered up on ever single place on the computer. This is where Microsoft’s Speed Launch comes in(It requires .Net Framework 3.0). Start menu search in Windows Vista does help sometimes but Speed Launch even lets you assign multiple applications or websites to launch with a single click. Read More
Suppose you have connected a device with your computer, Windows 7 / Vista will now automatically search for the driver and install it. If you want to select every driver manually(because you have a manual driver that is better), then you should disable automatic driver installation. To do this you don’t need to install any software at all, you can do this using Windows Driver Settings.
Do you want to manually download the updates from Microsoft and want to disable Windows 7 / Vista from downloading updates automatically? I feel really annoyed to see Windows downloading automatic updates while I am working on the internet, the biggest problem arises when I need more bandwidth and Windows Update is sucking half of it. In this case, I have to disable my Windows from downloading automatic updates.
Are you annoyed by the delete confirmation dialog box that pops up whenever you want to move a file to recycle bin
? It is a good thing to keep this feature enabled but there are several occasions where it becomes annoying when you want to delete lots of files and this dialog box appears every time. There is a simple way to disable this confirmation box whenever files are moved to recycle bin but it is recommended to keep it enabled so that you don't delete a potentially important file without confirmation.
Note: If you are looking to enable your task manager if it got disabled by your administrator or some virus, then have a look at this post. This tip is for disabling your task manager, not enable it.
Sometimes one needs to disable the task manager to give clients limited access in a network or to prevent other users from doing a specific task. There are multiple software available for this purpose, but the best way is to disable it using Local Group Policy Editor which is build-in your Windows and does not require any software to be installed. Read More
If you are a multitasking monster, most of your time may surf on finding the right tab in the taskbar, because when you do multitask a lot you have more tabs in the taskbar which makes it cluttered and unorganized, even with Windows Group Similar taskbar items option, it takes time to find the right tab, there are some applications like utorrent which can be configured to move to tray bar rather than taskbar, the other solution for this is to minimize the applications as thumbnails onto the desktop. Read More
Have you ever encountered a program or an application that just won’t run in Windows 7 / Vista? Either it gives a Blue Screen of Death(BSoD) or prompt a windows error, whenever this problem arises, a window pops up and informs that you can no longer run the program as the “.dll” files are not available in System 32 which is quite annoying when you want to run the application under tight circumstances. Luckily,Windows 7 / Vista has a compatibility feature to address this issue.
Honestly speaking, I do love Windows 7 / Vista but there are so many small awkward stuffs around that makes it look just stupid. Desktop shortcuts is one of them. Have you ever noticed a large arrow on lower-left corner of the icon in every desktop shortcut program? I hate this arrow, and if you have same feelings like me, welcome to the post where I am going to teach you how to remove it in the most easiest way. There are two methods, tweaking the registry and through a software.
Did you ever forget to make the backup of the registry before making some changes in it, which led to system crash? Every time you need to make changes to your registry, you should make a backup as a precaution. Making a backup is very important and helps the user when he wants to restore the changes he made.
What is DEP ?
In Microsoft’s own words,
Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a security feature that can help prevent damage to your computer from viruses and other security threats. Harmful programs can try to attack Windows by attempting to run (also known as execute) code from system memory locations reserved for Windows and other authorized programs. These types of attacks can harm your programs and files.
DEP can help protect your computer by monitoring your programs to make sure that they use system memory safely. If DEP notices a program on your computer using memory incorrectly, it closes the program and notifies you.
Why disable DEP ?
I was running multiple processes on different tabs in Firefox 3, finally my Firefox crashed and Microsoft gave a very beautiful reason for the crash which you have read above. Actually it happened the moment I clicked on a YouTube video, it sounds weird, right? If you are a heavy geek like me, who works on multiple Firefox tabs and also use online services that need to access your system memory, then your Firefox is definitely going to crash unless you don’t disable DEP. Another reason to disable it is when it does not allow you to open Executable files that needs to access your system memory.
There are plenty of people who cannot upgrade to Windows Vista but would love to have cool looking Aero feature in Windows XP. One of the coolest feature in Vista is the thumbnails previews that comes when you roll over your mouse on a particular taskbar element. With a tiny application called Visual Tooltip you can get them in Windows XP too. With a few changes in settings you can make it work just like it does in Vista. Read on to find out how, after the jump. Read More
Creating a Windows 7 / Vista password reset disk can really come in handy if you forget your account password more than often. With it, you can easily reset your password and get right in to Windows 7 / Vista. While there are ways to recover lost passwords without a password reset disk, they are often complicated and time consuming. Be proactive by creating a password reset disk today. With a password reset disk, forgetting your password will no longer be a problem.
When you perform a search in Windows 7 / Vista using the Start Search in Start menu, it automatically searches for the file and at the same time displays various similar programs installed. This causes significant delay especially when you have tons of files in your hard disk. For example when I search for Google Talk, I get two other results which are totally useless and not needed at all. One way to speed up Start Search is to narrow the scope of the search so that it includes only the exact file and does not include other similar files on the hard drive.
If you are feeling a notable delay while searching, you can speed up Windows 7 / Vista’s Start Search using the following fix.
Windows 7 / Vista comes with a build-in accessory called Snipping Tool
which can be used for taking accurate screen shots.
This tools lets you select a certain area on your desktop screen or any other opened window and copies the selected image section into your system clipboard. You can either save the copied picture directly from it making no modifications to it, also you can export the copied image to a third party photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop, Paint.NET, etc as your choice.
We covered a way to manage startup programs easily so that it can increase system performance here
almost 2 weeks back. Today we will explain another method to stop startup programs through Windows Defender that is installed by default in Windows Vista.
If your computer seems to be starting up slow, it is most likely because of startup programs. These are programs, often unnecessary, that boot up automatically when the computer does. New computers are notorious for having this problems as vendors reduce the price of their computers by making deals with software providers to preinstall their programs. These programs are often worthless, and are usually trials and not even the full program and such programs are normally referred to as bloatware. This said, below is an outline of ways to remove these unnecessary start up programs from starting up automatically. This method also works in Windows XP.
When you perform a search in Windows 7 or Vista, files that were deleted earlier may show up in Search results
because the Indexing Service needs to update its records. The time frame may vary from one system to the other. In case search still continues to show deleted files, or if it does not show files that exist in the system, the indexing service may be out of date. It maintains an index of your computer's files in order to make searches faster. If you do a search for a specific file and it doesn't show up, your index may need to be rebuilt.