Tips & Tricks

Useful Tips & Tricks for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10.

How To Keep InPrivate Filtering Enabled Forever

One of the most important novelties in Internet Explorer 8 is the InPrivate Filtering feature. This new feature gives users increased security and control over their browsing sessions. However, there is one downside to it: InPrivate Filtering is turned off each time you start Internet Explorer 8 and you have to manually turn it on each time you want to use it. In this guide I will show how you can turn it on so that it remaines on at all times. There will be no need for you to manually activate it.

Streamline your Startup Applications & Improve Windows Performance

One way to improve the performance of your Windows Vista machine is to streamline your startup applications. Using the concept of 'Less is More' definitely helps improving the time it takes to log in and the performance in general. Having fewer applications running at startup frees resources for the applications you actually want to run. In this guide I will start by showing you how to remove unnecessary bloatware, how to disable startup items which do not appear in the system tray and I'll show you the locations where you can find information about programs running at startup.
It is very important not to overdo it when cleaning up the list of startup applications, as you might end-up having problems. Therefore, I'll show you some tips regarding programs which you should and shouldn't disable at startup. I will end this article by showing you how to remove programs from running at startup, how to delay the applications that launch at startup and how to hide system tray icons.

Prevent problems by disabling Hibernation File removal from Disk Cleanup

When working with Disk Cleanup, I often select all the files recommended for deletion without carefully reading the entire list. Unfortunately, when I did this for the first time, I also removed the hibernation file. This automatically disabled the hibernation feature which disappeared from Power Options. Also, this caused problems with the sleep feature. If power is lost during sleep mode, the computer does not recover its settings.

To prevent such problems it is better to remove the Hibernation File Cleaner from the list of files to be deleted in Disk Cleanup. In this tutorial I will show you how to do this. As you will see for yourself, the procedure is very simple.

Tips and tools for saving battery power

Windows Vista has been criticized by many to be a power hog which drains battery power out of laptops & notebooks much faster than Windows XP. Even though this is true in some cases, it can be easily changed. If you use the right tools and make the right settings, you can easily prolong the time your battery lasts. In this article I will present a few proven tips and tools which will help you make your battery last longer.

Save space by turning off hibernation and hybrid sleep

Compared to Windows XP, Windows Vista has improved a lot when it comes to energy saving features. Not only it can dynamically adjust the voltage and the core frequency of your processor, thus decreasing the average power consumption and heat production, but it also has some additional sleep modes such as hybrid sleep. Even though features such as hibernation and hybrid sleep are being useful to many people, there are some who never use them and prefer to shut down their laptop/PC when they're not using it. For such computer users, it makes sense to disable completely these features as this means saving the disk space used to generate the hibernation file. In this article I will show you how to disable these two features and gain more disk space.

How to enable or disable the Task Manager

In one of our previous articles I presented to you the Task Manager tool. I talked about its features and how to use it to handle your computer better. In this article I will show you how to give or block user access to this powerful tool. All you have to do is to download a small archive and run the appropriate file, depending on your needs. It is as easy as that.

How to use the Send To menu and how to customize it

In this article I will talk to you about a less known feature of Windows Vista, called the Send To menu. Even though it is also found in older versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems, not too many people notice it and use it. Simply put, the Send To menu allows you to quickly send files and folders to another location. In this tutorial I will show you how to use this menu and how to add other useful entries (locations) to it so that you can be more productive when you need to move files to a certain location.

How to run older applications in Windows Vista

When Microsoft designs a new operating system, they must have in mind backwards compatibility, which is always a great thing to have. However, despite many efforts, you cannot have all old applications run correctly in newer versions of Windows. Windows Vista especially suffered a lot from this perspective. Changing so many things compared to Windows XP resulted in many older application not working properly in this operating system. However, there a few things a user can try to make older applications work in Windows Vista, some with a higher success rate than others.

In this article I will show you how to run older software in compatibility mode in Windows Vista.

How to enable Natural Search and how to use it

One of the less known features of Windows Search and implicitly of Windows Vista, is the ability to search using natural language. What does natural language search mean? Basically, it means searching by using the same terms you would when asking a person to search for something. For example, instead of searching using 'kind:email author:Joe after:08/01/2008', you would type 'email from Joe received this month' or, instead of using 'kind:pictures location:London' you would use 'pictures in London'. Sounds more simple and natural, right?

In this tutorial I will show you how to enable the Natural Language Search and I will give you a few examples about how to use it.

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