Navigate REGEDIT at high speed with these essential keyboard shortcuts
November 6, 2009 – 12:59 | Comments Off on Navigate REGEDIT at high speed with these essential keyboard shortcuts
Navigate REGEDIT at high speed with these essential keyboard shortcuts

Spend a while editing the Windows Registry and it’s all too easy to find yourself with a mess of open hives and expanded keys, making it tricky to find the section you need.  You could …

AppRemover will completely remove unwanted antivirus tools
November 6, 2009 – 12:18 | Comments Off on AppRemover will completely remove unwanted antivirus tools
AppRemover will completely remove unwanted antivirus tools

After weeks spent researching antivirus software you’ve chosen the best, downloaded it, started the setup process, and… Come up against an error message that it can’t install because it’s detected some other antivirus tool, one …

Decide which browser will open a new link with Browser Chooser
November 5, 2009 – 10:10 | Comments Off on Decide which browser will open a new link with Browser Chooser
Decide which browser will open a new link with Browser Chooser

There are plenty of great browsers around right now, but if you’ve installed a few then you’ll know they’re all good at different things. You may run Firefox for general use, perhaps, but have to …

Will Vista's power plans really save you money?
November 4, 2009 – 10:53 | Comments Off on Will Vista's power plans really save you money?
Will Vista's power plans really save you money?

Explore the power options in Windows Vista and you’ll find three power plans, collections of settings that govern how your PC uses energy: “Power saver”, “Balanced” and “High performance”. If you want to save electricity …

Can your PC run Windows 7's XP Mode?
November 3, 2009 – 10:15 | Comments Off on Can your PC run Windows 7's XP Mode?
Can your PC run Windows 7's XP Mode?

Upgrade to Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate and you’ll also get Microsoft’s new software compatibility tool, XP Mode. This is a complete XP installation that you can run in a window on your desktop, and …

Refresh your Windows 7 PC instantly with these gorgeous theme packs
October 31, 2009 – 09:28 | Comments Off on Refresh your Windows 7 PC instantly with these gorgeous theme packs
Refresh your Windows 7 PC instantly with these gorgeous theme packs

If you tried one of the Windows 7 betas then you might remember the “hidden” international themes, where you could try out the spectacular wallpaper images of Windows 7 editions around the world (Japan, South …

Essential command prompt tools: defrag
October 30, 2009 – 14:06 | Comments Off on Essential command prompt tools: defrag
Essential command prompt tools: defrag

Some people think the Windows command prompt is just for geeks and programmers, and everyone else can get on much better by pointing and clicking their way through the regular Windows interface. But this isn’t …

Ditch unwanted add-ons for a faster browser
October 29, 2009 – 11:20 | Comments Off on Ditch unwanted add-ons for a faster browser
Ditch unwanted add-ons for a faster browser

Browsers are made to be extended, and Firefox in particular has thousands of useful add-ons that provide you with interesting new features and functionality. But there’s a price to pay: the more add-ons you install, …

Twelve essential free Microsoft downloads
October 28, 2009 – 12:12 | Comments Off on Twelve essential free Microsoft downloads
Twelve essential free Microsoft downloads

Microsoft don’t exactly have a reputation for generous product pricing, as anyone who’s just upgraded to Windows 7 will testify. But there’s a kinder side to the company. No, really. Explore the download centre and …

How to customise an iTunes installation
October 26, 2009 – 09:35 | Comments Off on How to customise an iTunes installation
How to customise an iTunes installation

You might have installed Apple’s iTunes simply to get a new manager for your music collection, and perhaps easy access to the iTunes store. But the program installer assumes you’ll also want QuickTime, iPod and …

Keep a close eye on your hard drive health with CrystalDiskInfo 3.0.3
October 23, 2009 – 10:02 | Comments Off on Keep a close eye on your hard drive health with CrystalDiskInfo 3.0.3
Keep a close eye on your hard drive health with CrystalDiskInfo 3.0.3

When Windows or your applications keep crashing unexpectedly then it’s easy to assume this must be another software problem: bugs, dodgy drivers, a virus maybe. But an unreliable system could also be showing the first signs …