Windows Tools

Offline Files - How To Work With Network Files When Offline

Offline Files is one of the less known features in Windows Vista, even though it was introduced with Windows 2000. Since then it has undergone many changes and improvements. The Windows Vista version is better than ever as it features several improvements such as the ability to force the transition to offline & online modes. Also the synchronization process has been streamlined and it now transfers only the blocks which were modified while offline, which translates into improved synchronization speed.

In this article I will show you the following: what are Offline Files, how this feature works, how to enable it, how to make files available offline, how to access them, how to delete an offline copy and how to change the amount of disk space used by offline files.

Internet Explorer 8 - What's In For The Normal User?

Internet Explorer 8 was released a few days ago, on 19 March after almost 3 years of development and it introduces a series of useful features to the browsers world. It will be delivered as an update for Windows Vista, via Windows Update and it will also be the default browser for the upcoming Windows 7 operating system.

In this article I will talk about the features and improvements introduced by Internet Explorer 8 and I will also show you how to use them.

The Windows Speech Recognition Guide

Since I saw my first Sci-Fi movie flicks, I wanted to have the technology they were using. I still haven’t touched or seen flying spaceships at that scale, teleporting devices, robots that can dance or other similar gadgets. However, I have found a piece of that dream incorporated in Windows Vista's Windows Speech Recognition application. This tool tries to understand what you are saying and converts spoken words to machine-readable input such as key presses or Windows commands, thus limiting the need for using the mouse and keyboard. In this tutorial I will show you how to set up Windows Speech Recognition, learn how to use it and give you some information about common issues with this application.

Windows Mobility Center

Windows Mobility Center is a recently introduced application in Windows Vista, with the help of which you may easily access all the settings related to your mobile PC (laptop, notebook, Tablet PC). By using these settings you can improve the battery lifetime or system performance while working, without being connected to a power supply. In this article I will show you how to access this tool and how to work with it.

How to use the Task Manager

Task Manager is a tool that allows you to easily monitor your computer's activity and which helps you control the programs, services and processes that are currently running. You can also view details about the network traffic, the performance of the computer and the number of users that are connected at a given time. In this article I will show you how to use this tool and I'll present you its most important features and options.

Solve your computing problems with Problem Reports and Solutions

One of the nice changes in Windows Vista is the fact that it introduced many tools that help you to keep your system performance and reliability at normal levels. So far we have reviewed tools such as the Reliability and Performance Monitor or the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool. In this article I will present to you another useful tool called Problem Reports and Solutions. As you will see for yourselves, this tool can help users troubleshoot the problems they encounter on their Windows Vista computers.

What is new in the Disk Defragmenter from Windows Vista SP1

One of the criticized changes in Windows Vista compared to Windows XP, was that fact that the Disk Defragmenter allowed you only to defragment all your partitions at once and not separately. One of the changes introduced in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is allowing the users to select the partitions which they want to defragment. This is a very welcome change and it proves that Microsoft listened to the feedback received from their users.

In this article I will show you how to defragment only the partitions you want and how to schedule a defragmentation in Windows Vista Service Pack 1.

What is Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (mrt.exe) and how to use it

The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool was always a very enigmatic Windows Update for me. I always installed it both on my Windows XP and Windows Vista PCs and never really understood how it works and if it works. After I installed it, I did not see any new shortcuts or programs running in the background, not even new notification messages. It was as if I installed an update which did not do anything.

Recently, I went to one of my friend's house and installed Windows Vista on his PC. Of course, Windows Update installed Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool on his PC as well. When he asked me about this tool and how it works, I was not able to give him any answers. To answer his questions and any of your questions about this tool, I decided to do a little digging and write this article to share with you all there is to know about the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Windows Media Center

Why one should use Windows Media Center? The answer is simple: because Music, Pictures and Videos are more than just files!

To explain things better, I will start by briefly describing a typical scenario: you take 200 photos on a weekend trip, you download all of your favorite music and videos and you collect huge numbers of mp3 files. What happens to them? They all end up in folders, on a partition of your hard drive and most of the times you can't remember where they were. Windows Media Center can help you find them. In this article I will present the most important features and issues of Windows Media Center, which is intended to be an important Windows Vista tool for organizing and accessing media files.

For the moment, I will resume the presentation only to the Local Media features, like the Pictures, Videos and Music Libraries. The other features (TV and Movies, Sports and Online Media) will be presented in a forthcoming article.

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