TuneUp Utilities 2012 extends laptop battery life and reduces clutter
October 14, 2011 – 10:06 | 2 Comments
TuneUp Utilities 2012 extends laptop battery life and reduces clutter

The only way to stop your PC’s performance degrading over time is to stop using it. That’s not really a practical option, so the next best thing is to use suitable optimisation software that reduces …

Microsoft’s Premier Support Reporting Tool delivers the ultimate in system information
May 5, 2011 – 08:19 | Comments Off on Microsoft’s Premier Support Reporting Tool delivers the ultimate in system information
Microsoft’s Premier Support Reporting Tool delivers the ultimate in system information

Diagnosing Windows problems on your own PC can be difficult. But understanding what’s happening on a friend’s system, far away, is a far greater challenge. Especially if they’re less than technical, and unable to answer …

Troubleshoot your PC problems like a pro with DebugView
April 25, 2011 – 07:39 | One Comment
Troubleshoot your PC problems like a pro with DebugView

Troubleshooting software issues can be difficult, as applications rarely provide enough information on what they’re doing. If you’re lucky, you might get a helpful error message that explains a particular problem, but all too often …

Internet Explorer problems? Find out what’s going on with a little help from this hidden IE10 component
April 14, 2011 – 12:08 | One Comment
Internet Explorer problems? Find out what’s going on with a little help from this hidden IE10 component

Even by the standards of alpha browsers, Internet Explorer 10’s Platform Preview is rather lacking in features. There’s no toolbar, no sidebar, no security, no real configuration options – it’s little more than a window …

Get a broken internet connection working again with Complete Internet Repair
March 28, 2011 – 13:07 | Comments Off on Get a broken internet connection working again with Complete Internet Repair
Get a broken internet connection working again with Complete Internet Repair

There are many reasons why your internet connection or web-related Windows components might start misbehaving, and diagnosing the problem for yourself can be difficult. So it’s often easier not to try: just resetting a few …

Troubleshoot, optimise and manage your PC with Device Remover
December 16, 2010 – 11:10 | Comments Off on Troubleshoot, optimise and manage your PC with Device Remover
Troubleshoot, optimise and manage your PC with Device Remover

When your PC is slow, unstable or otherwise misbehaving then it’s often a good idea to take a closer look at the programs it’s running.
Task Manager will give you a basic view of your system. …

Process Explorer 14 adds even more troubleshooting power
November 17, 2010 – 12:42 | Comments Off on Process Explorer 14 adds even more troubleshooting power
Process Explorer 14 adds even more troubleshooting power

You might have thought Process Explorer was already the most powerful Task Manager replacement around.
Authors Sysinternals clearly aren’t satisfied, though, and the program’s latest release, version 14, now includes even more troubleshooting power.

Review: TuneUp Utilities 2011
October 29, 2010 – 22:02 | 2 Comments
Review: TuneUp Utilities 2011

The more you use a PC, the slower it gets. This simple rule is as true today as it’s ever been, unfortunately, even with the otherwise excellent Windows 7.
To keep your system in order, then, …

TuneUp Utilities 2011 speeds up PCs with new Program Deactivator
October 28, 2010 – 22:06 | Comments Off on TuneUp Utilities 2011 speeds up PCs with new Program Deactivator
TuneUp Utilities 2011 speeds up PCs with new Program Deactivator

Just about every PC maintenance suite has an “uninstall” applet to help you free up system resources.
If you use a program just occasionally, though – even only every few months – that probably won’t be …

26 essential tools for your portable troubleshooting toolkit
October 22, 2010 – 09:45 | Comments Off on 26 essential tools for your portable troubleshooting toolkit
26 essential tools for your portable troubleshooting toolkit

More and more programs come in portable packages nowadays, enabling you to download and run them directly from an external drive, including your USB flash drive. This enables you to carry these programs from PC …

Figure out why your application won't start with Microsoft's Dependency Walker
August 12, 2010 – 11:39 | Comments Off on Figure out why your application won't start with Microsoft's Dependency Walker
Figure out why your application won't start with Microsoft's Dependency Walker

In the early days of the PC, programmers were rarely concerned with vague concepts like “ease of use”. They wrote software that appealed to them, rather than the rest of the population. And if you …