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How To Help Our Team

If you are one of the many readers who are very happy with the content we provide, you might want to know that there are many ways you can say "Thank You!". In this short blog post, I will give you a few suggestions on how you can help the editorial team. As you will see, there are many ways in which you can chip in. Some of them will require only a few seconds of your time.

Will Windows 7 Have The Same Problems As Windows Vista?

Windows Vista's launch was a very troubled one with plenty of issues which quickly created a very negative image for this operating system. Six months after its launch, we ran a survey to identify the top problems users were confronted with. The results were very clear. Our readers said that the top issues were the lack of proper drivers (36% of votes) and application compatibility issues (36% of votes). These two, combined with a very weak offering of security solutions seriously impacted their user experience.

In this article I will go through each of these areas and share with you the current status on Windows Vista plus the outlook for the upcoming Windows 7 launch. Will Windows 7 share the same issues at launch?

Troubleshoot Driver Problems Using DPC Latency Checker

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.

GFI Backup 2009 Home Edition - a worthy alternative to the Backup and Restore Center

One of the problems with Windows Vista's Backup and Restore Center is the fact that it provides different functionality based on the Windows Vista version you have. For example, Windows Vista Home (Basic and Premium) users cannot make a complete backup of their PC. They need to purchase Windows Vista Business or Ultimate or go for a third-party solution which offers all the backup and restore features they need. The good news is that these users no longer need to spend money on a complete solution. A company called GFI has launched GFI Backup 2009 Home Edition, a software tool which offers all the backup and restore features you need, free of charge. In this article I will review this tool and summarize its main features and how well they work.

How To Convert Movies For iPhone or iPod Touch In Windows Vista

Many of our readers asked us via e-mail if we know any free tools which work on Windows Vista that can be used to convert movies to the format(s) supported by iPhone. Therefore, we decided to test some free video converting applications and then make a tutorial on how to use the best tool we could find. In this article I will give you a step by step guide for a tool called Handbrake. At the end, I will also give you a list of other possible alternatives.

Getting to know the Microsoft enthusiasts: James M. Fisher from Windows Talk

Our next guest in the 'Getting to know the Microsoft enthusiasts' series is James M. Fisher, Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and the man behind Windows Talk. If you want to know more about him as a person and learn more about Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals and what they do when they are not helping people with their IT problems, don't hesitate to read this interview. You will surely enjoy it.

Windows Vista 64-bit - Is it worth the upgrade?

At the beginning of 2009 I've decided to migrate to Windows Vista 64-bit and take advantage of the additional features and improvements. Although some people say that the 64-bit version is not ready for mainstream usage yet, after using it for two weeks and running some benchmarks I must say that this is not true. In this article I will give you an overview of what it means to upgrade to Windows Vista 64-bit. I will present the benefits and limitations introduced by Windows Vista 64-bit, the things you should pay attention to before upgrading, the gain in performance and my user experience since working with it.

Benchmarking the Disk Defragmenter

Our team has talked a lot in our previous articles about Disk Defragmenter and the changes introduced in Windows Vista and Service Pack 1. In this article, I would like to measure how system performance is affected by the defragmentation process. Basically, I want to find out what is the performance hit on your system while this tool is running and defragmenting your data. To see the results and conclusions of my analysis click on read more.

Tweak your Windows Vista for free with the Ultimate Windows Tweaker

Our friends from The WinVista Club have recently released a nice little tool called Ultimate Windows Tweaker. As you can imagine, the tool allows you to tweak lots of aspects in Windows Vista. For a complete list of available tweaks (over 130 in total), check out the tweaks page.

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