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When choosing which tool to review next on our site, we stopped for Driver Scanner 2009, as it promises to address one major problem that people have with their computers: keeping your drivers up to date at any time with minimum effort. Keeping track of driver updates for all components that are included in your system is a time consuming task for everybody, mostly for beginners. Not too many people really know the custom details of their hardware devices, and thus installing the correct drivers for every component is a difficult task. Using a single software for finding, downloading and installing the necessary drivers and updates seems to be an excellent idea. Now let's see how this idea got implemented and whether Driver Scanner 2009 really delivers what computer users need.
This summer we asked our visitors about the Windows Vista features that should be improved on Windows 7. One of the very discussed features was the User Account Control (UAC). Many people find it rather annoying, therefore they would like to see it improved. Even though Windows Vista Service Pack 1 diminished the number of UAC prompts that one can encounter, it can still get annoying to some users. Despite being easy to disable it, it is not a wise choice, as it exposes you to much more security threats. To keep the annoyance level at a minimum, there are several alternatives to UAC. I'm going to present you one of them, called Norton User Account Control. I've tested it for three weeks now on two different computers and I find it a great alternative to the standard UAC.
Many of our visitors sent us messages with questions about what applications, plugins and tools they should install on their PC so that common computing tasks such as viewing movies, listening to music, browsing the Internet can work from the first try. In order to answer such questions, we invited a few of our friends from other famous blogs and tried to come up with a great list of recommendations. In this article you will have your questions answered by: the famous How-To Geek, Anand Khanse from the WinVistaClub, Joseph Fieber from ITsVISTA.com and Ross McKillop from Simple Help.
This article continues our series about transforming Windows Vista to a Mac OS X Leopard look with instructions on how to do the following: move the title bar icons from right to left, emulate the MAC OS X ALT-TAB behavior and the dock, install Mac OS X icons, logon screens and boot screens. Once you have finished following all the instructions from this series you will have a Windows Vista which looks and feels very similar to a MAC OS X Leopard.
Many people are fascinated with Apple and their MAC OS X operating system. If you browse through the Internet you will find a lot of people stating that MAC OS X Leopard looks better than Windows Vista. Even though we do not subscribe to this opinion, we did manage to find a way to completely transform Windows Vista's looks and make it as similar as possible to MAC OS X Leopard. This is the first article of a series in which we will show you how to do this without compromising the stability of your Windows Vista PC.
In our first article you will learn how to: install a Mac OS X Leopard theme, install MAC OS X Mouse Pointers, add MAC OS X wallpapers, add the MAC OS X Back and Forward buttons and how to customize the Welcome Center to be as MAC like as possible.
Sounds are part of our daily life and it only seems natural, at least while standing next to your computer, to be surrounded by likable sounds. The sound scheme that comes with Windows Vista is pretty good but it can become boring after a while. Considering that each person has its own personality and preferences, it is easy to understand why somebody would want to change their sound scheme to something more personal. In this article I will show you how to change your sound scheme in Windows Vista and how to customize the system sounds.
In June 2007, we started a series of interviews titled 'Getting to know the Microsoft enthusiasts'. We wanted to introduce to our readers some of the people behind the sites that form the Microsoft Windows online community. Unfortunately we have stopped after our 3rd interview. However, we do think this was one a great idea and we would like to resume the series. Our first guest in 2008 is Anand Khanse, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional from India who is also the owner of winvistaclub.com, one of the best online communities dedicated to Windows Vista. If you want to know more about him, his life story and his site, don't hesitate to read this interview.
Last month, we published an article called Windows 7 and Windows Vista features that need to be fixed. The purpose of the article was to start a constructive discussion with Windows Vista users about what they believe Microsoft should improve or add to Windows 7. With the help of other Windows Vista sites, we managed to spread the word about this idea and we have received lots of constructive feedback. Here is what Windows Vista users had to say:
Our friends from the The WinVista Club are running a competition who will decide which is the best Windows Vista website on the internet. The panel of judges have named our site as one of the finalists in this competition. The winner will be chosen by public voting. If you want to vote, please click here and submit your opinion.
We encourage you to visit all the finalists and vote for the site which has the best original content of interest & use to a Windows Vista user.