People that troubleshoot computers for a living, or even a hobby, normally have the necessary software on hand for when an issue arises. But when that technician goes to another user’s computer, chances remain they don’t have the proper software for combating viruses, fixing sluggish performance, or treating a host of other common issues. Even if you are not a technician, it’s a good idea to create a portable toolkit to deal with different issues that arise from time to time. It’s important to be ready before even starting a rescue of a PC. Portable devices are an excellent method of
Windows 8 introduced a variety of ways to restore, refresh and repair Windows 8. One of the improvements from Windows 7 to Windows 8 was the way the automatic repair tool works in the latter OS. Improvements to automatic repair make it easier than ever to repair your PC if something goes wrong in Windows 8. Automatic repair works in two specific ways in Windows 8: It can be manually stated to diagnose and repair issues or it will run automatically if Windows detects a problem at startup severe enough to warrant automatic repair. However, by that point, you may need to restore or recover your PC completely.
The built-in utility for partitioning drives in Windows has never been an easy tool to work with. Fortunately, there are tons of alternatives available for download that make it super simple to format, resize, copy, or remove partitions. Most, if not all of, of the tools described below provide an easy-to-use manager to make the changes without having to do any math calculations. Perform many different operations on any drive, apply the changes, and reboot to see the results in action. Take a look at the free tools we've gathered and see which works best for you.
Have you ever updated Windows only to have to roll back your system due to an error? Could you never quite pinpoint which update caused the problem? While Windows does its best to give you the information you need from Windows Updates, it is not always the best information. WinUpdatesList conveniently gives you a more detailed look at Windows Updates by providing with you a host of additional information that can help you figure out just what is going on if an error occurs or you just want more information. How to use WinUpdatesList It is important to note when
Having a clean desktop means you will be less distracted when you are working. However, a desktop with nothing on it isn’t always the most efficient. To make your life a little easier, you can use FolderDrive. When you use FolderDrive, you can turn any folder on your computer into a network drive accessible in your My Computer screen. Imagine being able to eliminate the 10 or more click process to get to a file in your Dropbox folder. Instead, simply turn the folder you use all of the time into a network-like drive. Think about the possibilities. If you
When you use your computer to a lot, you will want to make completing your tasks as easy as possible. Many times this is done when you add shortcuts for programs or application launcher programs or docks. Another great way to add a shortcut is to your contextual (right-click) menu. SendTo Manager is a great way to add to the Send To option in your Windows Right-click menu. By having frequently used applications in your Send To menu, you can save yourself some time from having to open the application, then add the file, then complete the action. What
Have you ever needed to transfer programs and files on a different partition of the same computer? If so, you know that it can be a huge inconvenience to redownload and setup everything. SymMover will help you eliminate some of these headaches. When you use SymMover, your files actually stay in the same location as the original, the computer just thinks they are the secondary drive or partition. This is ideal if you have a small onboard hard drive like a SSD (Solid Sate Drive) or if you just don’t want the app on your hard drive all the time.
Did you know Windows 7 comes with a built-in feature to test how your computer stacks up to even the most challenging of tasks? The Windows Experience Index helps users determine what a computer can do, how it rates against other computers running Windows and whether it is time for an upgrade. Since most users do not even know this feature exists, it can come to a shock to Windows users when they finally find it and see what score their system gets. We will take a look at the Windows Experience Index and we will see how your Windows-based machine
The automatic Aero feature in Windows 8 is perhaps the only additional feature for themes when we compare it to what’s available on Windows 7. While this is not a major addition, it sure is quite a useful feature. The automatic Aero setting changes the Aero color as per your current wallpaper. The Aero color is calculated as the average of all the colors present on your wallpaper. Now, though this is a new feature and a useful one, there is no option to customize your Aero settings. You have no option to change or control the way the automatic
There are Internet Service Providers (ISP) who have been known to throttle your bandwidth if you are a high volume user. This can be because they think you may be breaking their Terms of Service (TOS) agreement by downloading a lot of music or video. There are sites out there that will check the speed, but this is a one time test. If you want to really keep an eye on your upload and download speed, you should take a look at Net Speed Monitor. The app on your Windows computer will check the speed of your connection at your
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