Four simple ways to stop Windows Update restarting your PC
November 11, 2009 – 12:02 | Comments Off on Four simple ways to stop Windows Update restarting your PC
Four simple ways to stop Windows Update restarting your PC

It’s one of the most frustrating Windows problems. You set up your PC to do something really important overnight, maybe download a huge file: but wake up in the morning and you find Windows has …

Save valuable hard drive space with this quick System Restore tweak
November 10, 2009 – 13:37 | Comments Off on Save valuable hard drive space with this quick System Restore tweak
Save valuable hard drive space with this quick System Restore tweak

Windows can be, well, a little fragile at times (you may have noticed). Just one Registry error, or a single corrupt system file could be enough to stop your system booting. So it’s good to …

Unreal Development Kit available for free
November 9, 2009 – 22:49 | Comments Off on Unreal Development Kit available for free
Unreal Development Kit available for free

The Unreal Engine has been the power behind hundreds of classic games: Unreal Tournament, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6, Gears of War, BioShock, the list goes on.
It used to be available only to big corporations with …

Speed up the Windows boot process with this quick and easy idea
November 7, 2009 – 10:55 | Comments Off on Speed up the Windows boot process with this quick and easy idea
Speed up the Windows boot process with this quick and easy idea

If your PC takes forever to boot then one common way to improve the situation is to disable unnecessary Windows services. That means less activity when your system starts, and so it should come to life a …

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 …