How to boot a USB key in VirtualBox
February 5, 2016 – 08:23 | Comments Off on How to boot a USB key in VirtualBox
How to boot a USB key in VirtualBox

VirtualBox is an amazing virtualisation tool, ideal for all kinds of software testing situations – unless they involve booting from USB, where there’s no direct support at all.
There’s a workaround which will sort-of solve the …

netboot.xyz boots PCs from an image on the web
February 2, 2016 – 06:05 | Comments Off on netboot.xyz boots PCs from an image on the web
netboot.xyz boots PCs from an image on the web

If you’ve been managing computers for a few years then you’ve probably build up a library of supporting discs or USB keys. OS installers, antivirus rescue discs, backup tools, partition repair, hardware checkers, and the …

What’s really running on your PC? Part 1: Windows System Processes
October 21, 2015 – 11:12 | Comments Off on What’s really running on your PC? Part 1: Windows System Processes
What’s really running on your PC? Part 1: Windows System Processes

PC too slow, possible malware infection, just not behaving as it should? Then you’ll probably launch Task Manager or something similar to figure out what’s going on.
Sounds great, until you find 50 or more cryptically-named …

Easily fix PC boot problems with Boot Repair Disk
April 9, 2015 – 09:10 | Comments Off on Easily fix PC boot problems with Boot Repair Disk
Easily fix PC boot problems with Boot Repair Disk

If your PC won’t boot properly then running Startup Repair from the Windows DVD will fix many common problems.
But if you can’t find your disc, or you never had one, or you run Startup Repair …

AOMEI PXE Boot Free: boot PCs from an image on your network
January 9, 2015 – 12:24 | Comments Off on AOMEI PXE Boot Free: boot PCs from an image on your network
AOMEI PXE Boot Free: boot PCs from an image on your network

If your PC won’t start then you might try to recover the situation by booting from some other recovery environment: your Windows DVD, an antivirus disc, backup tool, whatever it might be.
If you can’t find …

AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 debuts zero-day protection, redesigned user interface
September 10, 2014 – 09:11 | Comments Off on AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 debuts zero-day protection, redesigned user interface
AVG AntiVirus Free 2015 debuts zero-day protection, redesigned user interface

AVG Technologies has updated its entire range of PC products, launching AVG AntiVirus Free 2015, AVG AntiVirus 2015, AVG Internet Security 2015 and AVG PC TuneUp 2015.
After the relatively major changes introduced in the 2014 …

Take control of your Windows startup programs with Autorun Organizer
July 25, 2014 – 10:12 | Comments Off on Take control of your Windows startup programs with Autorun Organizer
Take control of your Windows startup programs with Autorun Organizer

Your PC’s taking an age to boot? It could be launching too many programs when Windows starts. There are plenty of freeware “startup manager” tools which claim they can help, but Autorun Organizer is better …

Build multi-boot USB keys with WinSetupFromUSB
May 6, 2014 – 10:19 | Comments Off on Build multi-boot USB keys with WinSetupFromUSB
Build multi-boot USB keys with WinSetupFromUSB

WinSetupFromUSB is a free tool which creates bootable USB keys from ISO images, perfect for anyone who wants a faster and more convenient way to launch PC boot discs.
As you’ll guess from its name, the …

Troubleshoot application launch issues with WinPrefetchView
April 21, 2014 – 09:10 | Comments Off on Troubleshoot application launch issues with WinPrefetchView
Troubleshoot application launch issues with WinPrefetchView

Prefetching is an excellent Windows technology which records the files loaded when an application starts, helping the system to optimise its launch time in future.
Normally this all happens entirely in the background. But if you’re …

List your PC’s starts and shutdown times with NirSoft’s TurnedOnTimesView
June 12, 2013 – 08:11 | Comments Off on List your PC’s starts and shutdown times with NirSoft’s TurnedOnTimesView
List your PC’s starts and shutdown times with NirSoft’s TurnedOnTimesView

It’s only a couple of weeks since NirSoft’s last release, but the unstoppable freeware machine that is Nir Sofer has just announced another addition to his lineup, TurnedOnTimesView, a simple tool for reporting when a …

Make Windows 8 boot to the desktop with StartOnDesktop
November 9, 2012 – 10:10 | Comments Off on Make Windows 8 boot to the desktop with StartOnDesktop
Make Windows 8 boot to the desktop with StartOnDesktop

Launch Windows 8 and the first change you’ll notice is that it boots to the new Start screen, rather than the desktop. And, perhaps more annoyingly if you prefer the more traditional environment, there’s no …