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Windows 7 has many excellent new features and Aero is definitely one of them. But whilst Aero can be a blessing, enabling you to move to and from the desktop without closing or minimising open windows using Aero Peek and move and resize open windows with ease with the Aero Snap feature, Aero can be a real pain if it misbehaves.
Two of the most common problems are with Aero’s transparency feature and the control of open windows. Here are two simple fixes for solving both these problems.
Upgrading to a new operating system can be a major undertaking, particularly for businesses which have an extensive network of computers. Windows 8 has proven to be one of Microsoft's more controversial releases mostly due to its apparent bias towards tablet computers and other devices with touchscreens. However, there are still many reasons why users of traditional desktop and laptop computers may want to consider upgrading as well. Windows 8 presents a wide range of new and improved features – it is not all about the completely new Start Screen interface. With faster boot times, a vastly improved task manager, an improved Windows Explorer and much lower upgrade prices than previous operating systems, Windows 8 does present a range of benefits for everyone. Regardless of your reasons for upgrading, there are various preparations that you should make beforehand. Consider the following factors before you purchase and install the new operating system.
A few years ago, upgrading to a 64-bit operating system was something that only enthusiasts would do. These days, 64-bit is the industry standard and virtually any computer should be running a 64-bit operating system. There are various reasons to upgrade, but it is also not a decision to take lightly. The following tips serve to better prepare you for making the step from Windows Vista or Windows 7 to a 64-bit edition. For maximum compatibility and future-proofing, you should ideally install Windows 7 64-bit.
The Control Panel in Windows 7 is a great improvement over its Vista and XP predecessors, but it is still far from perfect. Considering it is boldly name a ‘control’ panel, there are still many things that users are unable to actually access from this folder. Admittedly, not everyone wants to control every aspect of their Operating System and have an all-in-one master access, but for those that require more command over the Window 7 features, there is a way to create an all-seeing Control Panel.
Since Windows XP, multilingual computing has become considerably easier to achieve. With the Ultimate and Enterprise versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can choose from a wide variety of interface languages. This is especially useful for those whose native language is not yet available in an off-the-shelf copy of Windows. It is also useful for those who have an English language edition of Windows but want to be able to use the operating system in their own language.
So, you’ve turned off the Aero interface, changed your power settings, adjusted indexing, reduced the number of startup programs, and cleaned the hard disk. All of these tasks can improve Vista performance, but what if you want to take your tweaking to the next level? There’s more you can do to improve Vista’s speed.
DPC Latency Checker is a free tool that shows in real-time how quickly your system reacts to the tasks it has to complete. DPC stands for Deferred Procedure Call, which is a Windows mechanism that allows high-priority tasks to defer lower-priority tasks for later execution. For example, device drivers are high-priority tasks that need to be processed right away before any other task. If a device has an improper driver this operation is going to take more time than usual and it's going to slow down the system which will lead to interruptions in real-time audio and video streams. In this article I will show you how you can use DPC Latency Checker to find out if you have a device driver problem and, if any, how to fix it.
When you heavily tweak different aspects of Windows Vista, liken when transforming it's looks to be like a Mac OS X chances are that, if you are not careful, some of your system files will become corrupted or get deleted and lost in the process. This can sometimes lead to Windows Vista not working properly. In such scenarios, you either use System Restore or System File Checker to restore your system files.
When using System Restore you will restore not only your system files but also your settings to a previous state. If you want to restore only your corrupted or deleted system files, it is better to use System File Checker. In this article I will show you where to find this tool and how to use it.
Services in Windows are quite a controversial topic for various reasons. In this article I will try to clarify them as much as possible. Therefore, I will describe what services are, how they work and where to find the list of services installed in Windows Vista. At the end, I will show you how to change their status (start, stop, etc.), their type (automatic, manual, etc.) and give you my perspective regarding which services can be safely disabled in order to improve performance.