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Cloud services are all the rage these days. As more and more people become increasingly reliant on smart phones, tablets and computers, companies are providing new and innovative ways for them to store and access their data. Downloading and storing files, including playable media, is now becoming a thing of the past. Technology based companies realize that people want to reserve more room on their devices for feature rich applications rather than have it being taken up by files. Additionally, companies want to provide a way for customer files and data to survive crashes as technologies sometime fail no matter how well customers care for them. After all, nobody wants to lose music and videos they have purchased or precious memories of videos and photos that have been taken of friends, loved ones and beautiful sites.
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.
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.
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.
In 2007 we published an article about how to uninstall Windows Vista when you have a dual boot configuration. In that article we were using VistaBootPro to remove the boot entry for Windows Vista. However, this tool is no longer free and many of our readers requested another alternative. In this new guide, we will show you how to do the same using EasyBCD, a tool which works just as well and it is free.
The right-click context menu is one of the most helpful interface elements in Windows, but sometimes, especially when we have lots of applications installed, it can be slow and filled with shortcuts we don't actually use. I always wanted to simplify it so that it would include only the options I want to use. After a bit of research, I found three freeware tools which allow you to clean up and customize the right-click context menu and have it as you want it to be. In this article I will show you where to find them, what they do and how to use them.
In this article I will talk again about Windows Speech Recognition and how you can enhance its functionality by using macros. I will show you how to create macros which do things such as: insert specific blocks of text, run programs with specific parameters and send keystrokes to any application. You will also learn how to create aliases for existing Windows Speech Recognition commands which are are hard to remember and replace them with more meaningful voice commands. At the end I will detail how to create macros which execute more advanced commands such as searching weather information for a given location.
In previous articles I talked about how to use Windows Speech Recognition and how to take advantage of its advanced configuration options so that you can have a great experience. In this article I will talk about Windows Speech Recognition Profiles and how to easily backup and restore them any time you need to. As you will see for yourself, the procedure is very simple and involves using a small tool.
Many people, including myself, have been hassled by the fact that you cannot add any custom entries to the AutoPlay menu in Windows Vista. You can only choose from the applications that Windows Vista wants to give you access to. To solve this problem, some suggest using TweakUI, which was designed for Windows XP, and run it in compatibility mode. Unfortunately this solution doesn't work, especially on Windows Vista 64bit. After a lot of research and testing I managed to find a rather unknown application which works both on the 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Vista and gets the job done very easily. The application is called Autoplay Repair v2.2.2 and it was developed by a programmer named Darius Baczynski. To learn how to use it, click on 'Read more'.