Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Vista

Windows Vista is the next generation operating system produced by Microsoft and scheduled for release in January 30, 2007. An interesting fact here is that it has been five years since the release of its predecessor, Windows XP, making it the longest time span between major releases of Windows. The main goal that developers wanted to achieve with this product was to create an environment that adapts to the user, instead of the opposite. With Windows Vista, Microsoft has introduced a new level of desktop experience by making the system more secure, reliable and easier to manage.

Windows Vista contains hundreds of new features. Some of the most significant ones are the updated graphical user interface and visual style named Windows Aero, the improved searching features, new multimedia creation tools such as Windows DVD Maker, and completely redesigned networking technology, as well as audio, print, and display sub-systems.

This article puts the focus on the top ten reasons for upgrading to Window Vista, mostly the new features that you can't find in the XP.

1. Higher Level of Safety and Security

There are a number of reasons making the switch, but according to Microsoft's Windows chief Jim Allchin the main reasons is Safety and Security. In fact, the priority of the Redmond based company was to have a system that is more secure and that was the most important aspect in terms of developing the system and thus the Vista has been engineered to be the most secure version of Windows ever.

With this product, you can enjoy a PC safe from malicious software, also known as mallware. The effects of mallware can range from small annoyances like the display of unwanted advertising when you view websites, to significant problems that can result in decreased PC performance, and even theft involving your personal information. To address the evolving nature of such threats, Microsoft's security efforts are built around complementary technologies that together provide you with layered, in-depth protection. In keeping with Microsoft's layered approach to security protection, Windows Vista includes new features that help prevent malware from being installed on your machine, help mitigate damage that malware can cause if it does infect your PC, and remove malware that has already been installed.

The anti-mallware features implemented in this OS are Windows Firewall, Windows Update, User Account Control, Internet Explorer 7 Protected Mode, Windows Defender(for protection from spyware and potentially unwanted software). You can combine them with other software like the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, Windows Live Safety Center, and Windows OneCare Live, or with antivirus applications available from one of Microsoft's partner companies.

Windows Vista includes advances that help protect users against phishing, a technique used by online scam artists to illegally obtain a user's valuable personal information, such as credit card numbers, passwords, and other account data. With the Phishing Filter, Internet Explorer 7 warns users about suspected phishing sites or redirects users to a warning page in the case of a known phishing site. Another new feature is the Security bar right next to the Address Bar of IE7, that helps you quickly find out which site is authentic and which isn't.

Another new technology worth mentioning is the "InfoCard". It organizes and manages your personal information so when you visit a website that supports "InfoCard", you will have the option of submitting an "InfoCard" instead of entering all your data all over again. They are more secure because the personal information in the "InfoCard" is encrypted and stored on your PC.

2. Improved Responsiveness

Every user is mad when a PC is being inconsistent. One day all your applications load up and run quickly and smoothly and on the other day the computer slows down and the applications take longer to launch. Well, that is not the case with Windows Vista. Windows Vista includes a number of innovative technologies that help ensure that you can launch applications quickly when you start your machine, and that these applications will continue to be responsive throughout the day. This because the new operating system uses memory more efficiently, improving performance by providing new scheduling mechanisms for time-critical work.
Part of those new technologies are the Windows SuperFetch, Low-Priority I/O, Automatic disk defragmentation.

The Windows SuperFetch is a new memory management technology that helps make the computer consistently more responsive to user applications. Unlike the old scheme, now when the system is idle (not being used by the user for some period of time) background applications take this opportunity to execute actions such as indexing, virus scans, or system management functions. Another feature of the SuperFetch scheme is that it increases the responsiveness by tracking which applications are used most often on a given machine and preloading these applications into memory.

The Low-priority I/O concept allows background processes to run with lower-priority access to the hard drive than user applications. This is a different approach from the XP where the applications had to compete to access the hard drive. In that way, a real multi-tasking is achieved and you can run several applications and you can run several applications at the same time without decreasing the overall system responsiveness.

3. Improved Performance

Windows Vista is designed to take the most out of the latest hardware to improve system performance. Technologies like Windows ReadyBoost increase performance without the need for you to add RAM. Windows Vista also takes advantage of Windows ReadyDrive technology to improve reliability, battery life, and performance. Also, state-of-the-art self-tuning and diagnostics make it much easier for users and IT administrators to manage performance effectively.

The ReadyBoost is a truly revolutionary approach that will easily improve the way a PC performs. Like we all know, the RAM memmory is the key to the smooth operation of a system. But the RAM is expensive and you have to install it if you have free RAM slots available on your Mother Board. With ReadyBoost you can connect a USB Flash chip with the latest of them having 4GB of space and Windows Vista will use it as RAM. The USB device serves as additional memory cache--memory that the computer can access much more quickly than it can access data on the hard drive.

4. Reliability

The improvements in terms of reliability allows users of Vista to work with greater confidence and productivity. With this new OS, you will be less often disrupted by crashes, hangs, and restarts. Windows Vista was engineered with reliability in mind. Hangs and crashes have been tracked since the earliest Windows Vista beta release, and reliability problems have been treated as bugs that need to be repaired.

We all know that with previous versions of Windows, a reboot was required each time you install a new application or uninstall an existing one. Well that's no longer the case here, because of the new technology. In the past, the reboots were due to the fact that when an installer needed to replace a file in use by a running process, a reboot was required to complete the installation. Now, the applications can install the new version of a file on the disk even if the old one is in use, through the use of side-by-side compliant dynamic link libraries (DLLs). The next time you start the application, the newer version of the file will be loaded.

5. Enhanced Accessibility

The Vista's built-in accessibility settings and applications make it easier for users to see, hear and use their PC. They are particularly helpful to people with visual difficulties, full or partial hearing loss, pain in their hands or arms, dexterity issues, or reasoning and cognitive issues.

You can interact with your computer by voice, without using the mouse or the keyboard, while preserving your level of productivity. With the speech recognition, you can dictate documents and emails in mainstream applications, use voice commands to manage applications and the operating system, and even fill out forms on the Web. It was built using the very latest speech technologies from Microsoft and provides an unparalleled recognition accuracy that improves with each use as it adapts to your speaking style and vocabulary.

Another new feature is the Windows Resource Protection that protects critical system settings, files, and folders from changes by any source except a trusted installer.

6. The New User Interface, better organization and ease of use

The interface of Windows Vista is remarkable, both visually exciting and intuitive to use. There are several new capabilities that really stand out here - users are able to see the content of each file (text, picture, movie) without having to open them, users can also find applications in a much quicker manner, navigate efficiently among open windows, and traverse wizards and dialog boxes with more confidence and certainty. The whole user experience is more stable as a whole and you won't see any dialog boxes being drawn in front of you, flicker free, no hesitation or latency.

With all these new features, it is interesting to know where exactly does Microsoft's product stand when compared to Mac OS X Tiger. Some say that there are lots of similarities between MAC OS X and Windows Vista. Like the Control Panel in Microsoft's product, which provides access to critical system settings, so too does the Macintosh's System Preferences applet. Apple also has a built-in glass interface and the minimized icons on the taskbar show a live preview. Only difference being that the MAC came one year earlier. But still, that does not mean that Microsoft's programmers are playing catch up here. The whole controversy about who copied from whom is pointless, since it's normal for companies to look at each others products, because this increases the product quality.

7. The Windows Aero Interface

Aero is the top of the line Vista interface, but is only supported by the latest hardware. Aero features windows that are truly translucent with a glass effect that allows you to more easily focus on the content of a window, while providing better context for the surrounding elements on your desktop. The taskbar here is also new, allowing you to see the contents of the windows that are currently open or minimized to the taskbar.

With Aero, the whole desktop performs in a smoother way. You won't see no redraw artifacts, latency, or "tearing" effects that sometimes appear on existing computers. This interface is also more reliable as it reduces graphics driver-related system crashes and blue screens.

On the downside, you really need an up-to-date PC configuration to enjoy it. The Video card must support Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) and have at least 256MB of memory. Also 1 GB of dual-channel configured system memory (RAM) is required.

8. Easier Search and Organization

The information is getting digital. We are living in a digital world so it is vital to be able to find information in the fastest possible way. Windows Vista helps you do that. It can find a file for you, using just about anything you can think of the file, the type of file, when it was created, or even what it contains.

The new tool that makes the trick is the Instant Search. This feature is available almost anywhere you are in Windows Vista and enables you to type a filename, a property, or even text contained within a file, and it returns pinpointed results. On top of that, it is conceptual, it sorts the results based on your current activity--whether it's searching Control Panel applets, looking for music files in Media Player, or looking for applications in the Start Menu.

9. Improvements in the Networking Technology

With Windows Vista networking is easier to set up, easier to use, and more secure and reliable. The Network Center is where you can check your connection status, see your network visually, or troubleshoot a connection problem. The whole information is summarized in what Microsoft has called Network Map so you can graphically see which connection is down and then use Network Diagnostics to help determine the cause of the problem and find possible solutions.

With Vista, you can connect to all types of networks, local wireless networks, corporate networks through a virtual private network (VPN) or a remote access service (RAS), or dial-up--all in one easy-to-find place.

10. Windows Movie Maker and Windows DVD Maker

Windows Vista versions of Movie and DVD Maker applications allow you to import, edit, and manage digital home videos and they also support the new HD format. The Movie Maker helps you create and manage video files and movies. Windows Movie Maker gives you maximum choice and control over the quality and size of your video files when you are encoding. It has a wide set of effects, titles and transitions that you can apply. Once you are done making the movie, you can use the Windows DVD Maker application that comes with Windows Vista to transfer your videos to a DVD format.

Windows Seven Blog - An Operating System That Lets You Build Your Own Blog

Microsoft released a new version in its line of Windows operating systems recently. This version of Windows is available for all types of personal computers and laptops as well. It is called Windows Seven. Windows Seven, like its recent predecessors comes in a home version, actually called Windows Seven Home Premium, and a Professional version. There is also a Windows Seven Ultimate and a 64 bit version.

Earlier versions of Windows had a lot of features to provide to the user, this new Windows version expands the user's options even further. The presentations that were given by the Microsoft people in the year 2008 were more focused on the redesigned shell of Windows and the new taskbar it featured. They were going to call the taskbar the "superbar," but this name didn't really stick. Still, the new taskbar is bigger, but for all intents and purposes functions the same as the old one. It just looks, in the eyes of some, better.

The Need for Speed

More importantly, Windows Seven has made improvements to its functionality. Whereas most upgrades in the past have put the emphasis on power, this upgrade includes some streamlining of the operating system since the computing world has recently turned its focus to speed.

On the downside, Windows Seven does not include Outlook Express or Windows Email. It is also without Photo Gallery and Movie Maker. To have these options installed, you will have to download these programs from Microsoft Windows Live Suite. This download is actually free and includes other optional programs such as Live Messenger, which can be used instead of MSN Messenger and a writer tool which will help you keep your own blog.

The Real Difference

When Windows Seven was introduced to the market, people were curious to know what was the goal of Microsoft to launch such an operating system, which was devoid of new features and making those things we have come to expect, optional. To this question, Bill Gates had commented in an interview, that this version was supposed to be more user centric. It was said this version is supposed to focus primarily on the improvements in performance.

Windows Tracers

To this end, there were new tracing tools added to this system. These tracers measure the performance of the various areas of the operating system, so that some inefficient paths in the code can be done away with and performance regressions on the system can be avoided. With the help of these tracers, the OS can be monitored by Microsoft on an ongoing basis.

Does this sound scary to you? It does concern me somewhat, but truly, we never actually own a Windows operating system, we just pay Microsoft to use one copy on one computer. Unless, of course, we buy a more expensive license.

Still, this is the way of the world, at least, the Microsoft world. So, if we want to use Windows operating systems we have to make some concessions. I only hope these concessions stop short of giving up our privacy.

Other than this one sore spot, I must say, Windows Seven is an improvement that was needed in the rapidly changing world of computers.

The author, Ed Lathrop is a comp TIA A+/Network+ certified computer technician familiar with the operation, repair and upkeep of today's PC's. His site, Compare Registry Cleaners, rates the latest registry programs and tells which registry cleaners work and which ones might actually be dangerous to your computer. Also, Why Computer is Slow? gives you step by step instructions on how to get your computer's speed back!

Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack- A perfect gift for personal computers

It is said that transformation is the real key to life and innovative transformation alone brings about great experiments in today’s technology-driven world. When it comes to innovation and technology then Microsoft is the first name that abruptly comes to our minds. A successor to Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista is the latest line of operating systems developed by Microsoft as an answer to varied technical requirements on personal computers and business desktops. Pioneered under the name ‘Longhorn’, Microsoft Vista was released in varied stages to computer software and hardware manufacturers, retail channels and business customers. The entire world witnessed a boom in computer technology as the windows vista was released all over on January 30, 2007 and all the customers could buy windows vista online from Microsoft’s website. Adorned with innovative features, Windows Vista comes wrapped in a completely new garb. This new operating system is an answer to the technological boosts and advancements in Microsoft vista. Designed to suit the varied needs and requirements of personal as well as business computers, Windows Vista comes with a host of features that not only ease the pressure of work but also ensure speedy output. An updated graphical user interface, visual style dubbed Windows Aero, besides a redesigned search function and multimedia tools including Windows DVD Maker, Vista encompasses in it all the versatility of functions coupled with greater usability. The sole aim that drives Vista is to heighten the user experience through better communication functions on a home network and simplification of sharing files and digital media. It also comes power packed with version 3.0 of the NET Framework which enhances and encourages the software developers to write applications without grudging for traditional Windows APIs.

Ever since Microsoft has launched Windows Vista, the advancements have never stopped and gradually one after the other, newer versions of Windows Vista have stormed into the market. Realizing the growing need for an advanced version, Microsoft launched Windows vista ultimate service pack. The Windows vista ultimate service pack 1 is endowed with a complete set of latest Vista updates in addition to other augmented enhancements devised to revive personal computer’s experience. It also comes packed with an assortment of rich features like window meeting space, windows media player 11, enhanced parental controls, speech recognition and a number of other navigational tools. These features heighten the user experience to an altogether different level. Windows Vista service pack 1 also incorporates other windows vista ultimate extra features along with a number of windows updates. The additional booty it offers includes a multi-lingual user interface, 3D facility or videos used as desktop background, a number of tech-rich security features like bitlocker, Microsoft tinker game and windows sound schemes. Thanks to all these enhancements, working on windows vista becomes a joyride for the user who can use them to their maximum advantages. A perfect gift for personal computers, windows vista ultimate service pack proves the mettle of Microsoft again.

Apple Tiger vs Windows Vista

Microsoft's next-generation operating system is coming in early 2007, offering improvements that are both impressive and unprecedented in the Windows world. On Apple's side of the world, Tiger, the 5th incarnation of Apple's legendary OS X operating system is still up to challenge as to what Vista has to offer, even if it's already two years old.

Although Vista and Tiger are almost playing in the same field in terms of features and technology, there's a major difference in the strategy that the two companies made in delivering their next-generation operating systems. Microsoft wanted to bring everything new and shiny to the table all in one big package, while Apple slowly built and perfected a world-class operating system by frequent, less dramatic, major upgrades. This explains why while Windows XP stayed for 5 years without a major upgrade, OS X had 3 major upgrades to its original incarnation in roughly the same time frame.

User Interface

The most noticeable improvements happen here, and rightfully so, since improvements in the user interface are the ones that affect the users first and foremost. Vista seems to have taken many pages from the Tiger book of slick features but also has some features of its own that's missing from the Apple operating system. I think it's fair to say that some similarities are really just inevitable end results of improving the current state of the UI in both platforms.

Vista's icons are now as slick as its Tiger counterparts, supporting icon sizes of up to 256 by 256 pixels. Tiger on the other hand, currently supports only up to 128 by 128 pixel icons. But Vista takes it even further, using what is called as live icons. A live icon visually resembles the actual contents of the document it represent so that a folder's live icon is shown as a folder icon padded with the thumbnails of the actual files that you'll see inside the folder. This is very helpful in skimming through your files and folders without opening them. Tiger can only show previews of graphic files.

In Vista, the "My" way of naming user folders such as My Documents, My Music, etc. has been dropped. Now you will only have user folders named Documents, Music and Pictures. Not unlike what Tiger has.

Aero, the user interface of Vista brings to the Windows world lots of transparencies. Application windows in Vista show a translucent border that lets you see through it. This is a feature that OS X once had, but was taken out in Tiger.

Expose, which is perhaps the most innovative UI feature of Tiger, elegantly addressed the window-management problem most users had, especially those who work with lots of windows open. At the touch of a button or at a flick of the mouse, all your windows are miniaturized and smartly tiled across the screen. Vista offers its own take, with a feature called Flip 3D. In Vista's version, windows are miniaturized and stacked on top of each other, and angled such that you can see enough of each window's content distinctively, and you use the scroll wheel to go through all the stacked windows. Tiger's implementation is more usable and convenient than its Vista counterpart.

Widgets vs Gadgets

In Tiger, the days of opening full-blown applications for simple, specific tasks have long been gone. Thanks to Dashboard. With Dashboard, you can install and run mini-applications called widgets that are specially designed (using a relatively easy language) for certain tasks. Widgets include calculator, stocks, dictionary, yellow pages and many others. At the touch of a button, all these can auto-magically appear when you need them, and as quickly, disappear to let you go back to what you're doing.

Vista sports the same feature, only the mini-applications are called Gadgets, and the Vista version promises more integration with Microsoft's online service

Desktop Search

When Vista was first announced many years ago under the code name Longhorn, one of the most impressive promises that Microsoft made about the new operating system is its desktop search capability. However, Apple beat them to the punch in implementing the much needed search technology (and interface).

Tiger's spotlight search won the hearts of analysts and reviewers when it debuted in October 2004. Both in the main OS's shell and in the individual applications, Spotlight brought lightning-fast desktop search to the Apple users. The system-wide Spotlight item on Tiger's menu bar provided a quick way of opening files and applications. With Spotlight, users didn't need to know exactly where their files are since they can find and open them using a simple and single user interface - the spotlight search field. Vista's desktop search also promises all the things that Spotlight has, including its integration with Windows Explorer and Control Panel, in the same way that Spotlight integrates with the Finder and the Preferences. In Vista, the desktop search has been placed in the improved Start Menu. Saved searches (in Vista) or Smart Folders (in Tiger) are different implementation of the same kind of innovative feature that both systems have - a way for creating folders that are defined by a certain search criteria, and the contents of which are files that match that certain criteria. Both are live-z.


This is where Tiger has long beaten Windows, but with Vista, Microsoft want to change that, and perhaps even leapfrog what OS X is offering.

In Vista, Internet Explorer (the source of many security headaches) will run in a low rights mode to prevent malicious software entering through the browser from illegally writing files or changing the registry. Vista will also support computers with TPM (Trusted Platform Module) Chips which starts a computer in a secure way such that the hardware and applications are protected from being run by unauthorized users. One of Tiger's security strengths, the feature that asks for the administrator password when changing critical preferences, has also found its way to Vista. When changing important settings or files, Vista now warns the users and asks for the administrator password. Both Tiger and Vista has support encrypting data on users' hard disk.


This article tried to compare some of the different aspects of Windows Vista and OS X Tiger, wherever it made sense, since each has its own way of doing things. Tiger has been out for almost two years now, but still holds up its own against Vista. It's no doubt that some of the features that Vista is promising are better than its Tiger counterpart, but Vista won't be out until 2007, and by the same time Apple probably would no doubt have at least shown its latest weapon, the upcoming Apple OS X Leopard.

4 Tips to Reset Lost Windows Vista Password

For many PC users it may be difficult to retrieve a lost password in Windows Vista. But there are a number of people approach to solve this problem, actually. When it comes to lost Windows Vista password on Q&A websites, many tips are always for you. This article lists 4 tips to help you retrieve the lost Vista password.

Tip 1: Reset lost password with a Windows Vista password reset disk.

Tip 2: Reset Windows Vista password in safe mode.

Tip 3: Reset lost Windows password with another administrator account.

Tip 4: Reset lost Vista password with Windows password recovery software.

Using a Windows Vista password reset disk to reset the lost Windows Vista password is an easy and efficient solution. Please note that this tip is available only when you have created the disk before your lose the password. Majority of PC users forget to create such a helpful disk in reality. You could easily create a Windows Vista password reset disk through Vista's control panel with a USB flash drive.

As for Tip 2 and Tip 3, they have something in common. An accessible administrator account is required if you want o use this 2 tips. And when you enter the safe mode or log on computer with the administrator account, you can follow the instructions below to reset lost Windows Vista password easily and fast:

Step 1: Right-click Computer to select Manage. And the Computer Management screen will come up.

Step 2: Double-click Local Users and Groups, and then click Users.

Step 3: Right-click the account that you need to reset the password for, and then click Set Password.

Step 4: Create a new password for the Windows Vista account.

Whether to reset Windows Vista password with Tip 1, Tip 2 or Tip 3, they have restrictions. In my option, Tip 4 that resetting lost Vista password with Windows password recovery software is the most widely used and convenient solution. No another administrator account is required. And whether you are locked out of PC or not, you are able to use the software to reset lost password in Vista. The only thing you need to do is to prepare an accessible computer and a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive. And then follow the guide below to reset lost Windows Vista password:

Step 1: Download and install Windows Login Recovery (Download) in any accessible computer.

Step 2: Burn a password reset CD/DVD or USB flash drive with the software.

Step 3: Change the BIOS setting of the locked computer to make it boot from CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

Step 4: Reset the lost Vista password with the burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

Windows Login Recovery is secure Windows password recovery tool designed to retrieve passwords for any versions of Windows, including Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2008(R2)/2003(R2)/2000. There is no need to reinstall Vista when you lost Windows Vista password. Moreover, your valuable data will not be lost when you retrieve Vista password with this powerful Windows password recovery tool.

Windows XP Slow? - 3 Great Tips To Speed It Up

I recently was asked by a friend to take a look at his computer because he was getting frustrated by how slow it had become. My first question to him was, "What version of Windows are you running?" and he replied, "Windows XP". Not being surprised, I told him that I would be happy to fix his PC. If you find yourself having this same problem and wondering what makes Windows XP slow, you're most certainly not alone.

As with all software developed these days, there are the good, the bad and the ugly. I have yet to come across anything that I could honestly say is perfect, although there are some applications out there that get really really close to it. Having said that, Windows XP is by far, less than perfect. If you're interested in the reasons what makes Windows XP slow, I'll give you a short explanation, otherwise you can just scroll down and follow my list of things to speed up your PC.

What Makes Windows XP Slow?

To be quite blunt, it's everyday use of your computer. Unfortunately, Windows XP was released with a whole bunch of problems, and that's why they keep issuing Service Packs. Basically, they try and make it work a little better than before, but it doesn't always work out that way. If I had to put it down to one thing that makes Windows XP slow, it would have to be the Windows Registry. This small component of the Operating System (that's computer speak for the Software that controls your computer and is exactly what Windows XP is), causes the most problems amongst the average computer user.

After a while, the Windows Registry begins to fill up with a number of entries that are not always valid. The best way to think about it is to consider the Registry to be like the phone book for your computer. It stores all the programs and settings for your computer (the equivalent to a person's name in the phone book) and what the computer should do when it has a request from you, the user (the equivalent to the phone number). As you can imagine, this can get rather large over a long period of time and it's the reason why your computer is slower now than when you first purchased it. Add to that a number of entries that are no longer valid (phone numbers that are disconnected) and you have what we experience a really slow Windows XP computer.

How to Make Windows XP Faster?

Below are 3 things you can do now, to make a difference to the speed of Windows XP.

   1. Change your Virtual Memory Pagefile Size: Right click on 'My Computer' and select 'Properties'. At the bottom of the screen, take a note of how much RAM you have. Then click on the 'Advanced' tab at the top and click on 'Settings' under the Performance section. You'll then need to click on the 'Advanced' tab and click on 'Change' under the Virtual Memory section. Here is where you'll need to select the 'Custom' radio button and enter in both the 'Initial Size' & 'Maximum Size' boxes with the number that you get when you do this quick calculation. The amount of RAM that you noted above multiplied by 2. E.g. If you have 2,024MB (equal to 2GB) of RAM, then you would enter 4,048 into both boxes. Then click OK->OK->OK to apply the new settings. You will need to reboot for the changes to take effect.
   2. Disable Automatic Network Search: For this, you'll need to open 'My Computer', select 'Tools' from the menu at the top of the Window and click on 'Folder Options'. Select the 'View' tab and un-tick the box next to the line that says 'Automatically search for network folders and printers'
   3. Run Disk Defragmenter: This can be found in the start menu's Accessories->System Tools folder. My advice would be to leave this running over night because it may take a while for it to complete.

There you have it. 3 great ways to speed up your slow Windows XP PC.

Now that you have a better understanding of what makes Windows XP slow. You should be aware that these are great ways to help speed up your computer however, like I mentioned earlier, you'll need to fix the Windows Registry eventually. This is what will make the most significant improvement. For that, you're going to need some specialised software.

Install Windows Xp On Vista Pre-Installed Laptop

This is a complete step-by-step guide to enable you to install Windows XP on your vista pre installed laptop. When we try to install Windows XP on our laptop, we face an error leaving us annoyed. Most of the time blue screen welcomes us with some coding and some instructions e.g check your hardware or hard disk not found and run scandisk with /f key.
This guide is meant to address such issues of checking hard disk besides the fact that hard disk is brand new and just few hours old.

Lets understand the logic behind this problem. Windows XP actually supports obsolete ATA hard drive technology and has no support for SATA hard drives. While windows vista is latest operating system as [More...]

compared to windows XP, so windows vista has an edge over its predecessor and have drivers for Serial ATA (SATA).

So if by any means Windows XP recognizes SATA drive, windows XP would be installed.

This is our aim in this guide to make windows XP as updated to recongnise our latest hard disks.


But you should take some precaution while executing this project. Mak back-up DVD of your system for future use. You should check the web for windows XP drivers. If windows XP drivers are not found, installation of Windows XP will not be beneficial, because operating system will not be able to use hardware resources efficiently. Just like integrated web cam, touchpad, built in W-Lan, Bluetooth and sound system will not work if their drivers are not available for Windows XP.

Lets start our work.

Tools we need for this project are.

    * Nlite software for merging SATA drivers into Windows XP setup. Download latest version from
    * Download freeware EASEUS Partition Master home edition from Windows vista has option to shrink the drives but this utility has limitation and will limit you after certain resizing. With EASEUS, you can easily resize/shrink/delete or create partition without any limitation and without any error.
    * You need blank CD for writing purpose.
    * Last but not the least, Windows XP installation source CD.

 These are the necessary tools we require for our bootable Windows XP CD.

Step #1. Copy and paste all files and folders from Windows XP installation CD to local hard drive.

 Step #2. Now gather some info about our machine. Click Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools and click system information. A new window will occur, click the link conflicts/sharing. After some time information will be displayed in right pane. Now in file menu click save to save the hardware infor in text form for information.

Step #3. In right pane, you have noticed some information. For Intel motherboard based computers you will see something like this, ICHx. Where x denotes number ranging from 7 to 10. E.g ICH10. In my system I have ICH9. This is the part of our hardware needs to fixed in Windows XP. Now goto Intel web site and down load driver for this south bridge. Download driver for ICH9 Here. Driver will be in compressed form and have name like in pic below.

 Step #4. Install Nlite and run the program. Guide this program to Windows XP installation source. Nlite will recognize and show you the information related to Windows XP source.

 Step #5. Click next and you will see a next screen. Just click next button and skip it.

Next screen is very important and have many options. For our main purpose click bootable iso and drivers’ button. Both buttons will highlight. Click next.

 Step #6. We have downloaded driver for our south bridge (ICH9) that was compressed. Using proper compression software like winrar, extract it to a folder. Here you will see many files extracted from that compressed folder.

 Step #7. Come back to nlite and click import button. Click on single driver, locate extracted folder and you will see two files. Click on iaAHCI file to import. You will see a new window.

 Step #8. Make sure text mode option is selected. Now Select all by CTRL+A and click next. Integration process will start. After completing the driver merging process click next, you will see next screen.

 Step #9. If you want to save image and burn later chose save image or choose direct write option. Leave all other options on default and wait for burning process completion.

Congrats, you have created bootable Windows XP CD with SATA driver support. Your system is ready for Windows XP installation.

Windows XP Password Cracker – How To Automatically Crack Your XP Password

Are you looking for a Windows XP Password Cracker because you've lost your current XP password and now you can't login to Windows XP anymore? If so, then I will help you to crack your XP password on the fastest, easiest and safest way. This way, you'll be able to finally log back into your Windows XP system.

How To Crack Your Windows XP Password

Basically, there are 2 ways of cracking your current XP password. The first option is all about re-installing Windows XP. You simply re-install Windows XP to crack your password.

However, keep in mind that when you are doing this, that it will take lots of time. Also, when you do this it's high likely that you will lose all your programs, and your personal files.

For these 2 reasons, I don't recommend you to go for this option. I highly recommend you to go for option 2, which is all about using a Windows XP Password Cracker software.

Using A Windows XP Password Cracker To Automatically Crack Your XP Password

It's highly recommended to go for this option simply because it saves you lots of time and frustrations and it has nothing to do with re-installing your current XP version.

When you do this option, you'll need to use a Windows XP Password Cracker program. With this program you'll be able to automatically reset your XP password which allows you to log in to XP without using a password.

A great program is called Password Resetter. This is how it works:

1 – The program will automatically create your bootable CD or USB with your copied Windows XP files.
2 – Password Resetter will crawl through your Windows XP files to find your system user.
3 – Once founded, Password Resetter will then automatically reset your password.
4 – Simply restart your PC and you'll be able to login without using a password.

Well, that's exactly how this software program works. Quite easy isn't? Why don't you take a look at this program? Visit: Password Resetter

So, in order to crack your Windows XP password, you can do 2 things. You either re-install Windows XP which takes quite a long time and which deletes all your programs and personal files. Or, you use a Windows XP Password Cracker which will automatically reset your password for you.

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IBN Web Based Project Management Software now supports Windows 7

Tuesday, August 18, 2009— Mediachase software developer and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner has announced new 4.7.55 release of IBN Project Management System.

Instant Business Network is web-based collaboration software for easy online project and task management, workflow running and document sharing. The solution is designed for business users — small and medium-sized companies need to organize a unified project environment. More than seven thousand users all over the World have already appreciated advantages of working with system. IBN provides an easy way for daily work management and reduces time for routine operations.

IBN 4.7.55 is enhanced with new features and capabilities for even more convenient and flexible work. For example, users can add their own fields into project or incident page, collapse information blocks and save screen workspace. Project Security Issues were also improved — Project Manager can now define whether user has rights for project document creating.

Web Project Space

Email Alerts & Reminders System has also become more flexible. IBN user can receive not o only information about who is responsible to task or when it should be completed, but also stat of the task (active, completed, overdue etc.). This will helps managers to get accurate information and take rights decisions.

In addition to changes in the program itself, IBN has been tested for compatibility with Windows 7x64 operating system, which is now included in the list of operating systems supported by IBN.

IBN is web-based solution, and can be used as online service with monthly subscription ($49 per 5 users per month), or as Server Package Installation ($990 per 10 users’ pack).

Get more product information and free Trial version at IBN Official site —

Seven Hot Free Windows Downloads That Actually Work

Back in the day more or less every add-on utility was either a limited time trial or it cost you a few bucks, while the free stuff was generally more trouble than it was worth, stripped down, or buggy. This standard seems to have finally changed with the launch of Windows 7 Microsoft's newest operating system functions with a lot of useful add-on applications that are entirely free.

I know, it's all a bit overwhelming. Now there are so many great utilities to choose from it could take months to find the the ones that are best for you. So to help you out, I've compiled a list of 7 stellar utilities that will make your day-to-day working life a little easier.

1. Dropbox

I'm not saving the best for last. Dropbox is a revolutionary utility that will allow you to securely store large files online and keep all your machines synchonized. All you have to do is drag and drop the files, and they're available to any other devices you have running the program.

You can even store selected files publicly online for anyone to see/use. Your free dropbox is 2GB, but you can buy additional storage if you need it.

2. Evernote

Evernote is a real lifesaver. Think of it as an online notebook that remembers everything, and "remember everything" is their motto. Usable on multiple operating systems and mobile platforms, Evernote allows you to catalogue everything from pictures, to sound bytes, to entire websites. Like Dropbox, this program synchronizes with other devices. Evernote also has charater recognition software. Got some note scawled onto a cocktail napkin? Just scan it in!

Free for the first 40MB.

3. WinSplit Revolution

The tiling powers of WinSplit are unmatched in the Windows utility world. It will help you keep your precious desktop space neat, organized, and easy to use. No more time-consuming dragging and resizing!

Free for download.

4. Launchy

A program intended to keep you organized. With Launchy, there's no need to key up programs. Instead of searching through start menus and folders just type a keyword into launchy and it will use a shortcut to open the app or file you asked for. This program is very handy when a client calls and you need to access her file quickly. Instead of searching your app folders just type her last name into launchy and Voila!

Free for download (donation suggested).

5. VLC Media Player

VLC Player is awesome. It draws all the commonly used video apps into a single utility. VLC is a completely free, codec-rich program that allows you to play everything from DVDs to obscurely formatted videos. No more need for Quicktime or Window's Media Player's downloads (which are often impossible to find). It's all built in.

Free for download.

6. System Information for Windows

SIW, or "System Information for Windows", acts as a cataloguer for all the nitty-gritty elements of your system: software, Active X controls, hardware details such as BIOS version, and network information. In addition, it can help you retrieve license keys, measure temperatures of your processor, and more.

Not only is this a free download, it's also "portable", meaning it's a standalone utility that doesn't require any installation.

7. Recuva

This clever utility will help you recover errantly deletes files. Recuva (actually pronounced "recover") is a file that can retrieve unsaved or accidentally deleted information - assuming you haven't already overwritten it. Recuva scouts out all the files flagged for overwrite and gets them back to you quickly, completely, and efficiently.

Free for download.

There are tons of free utilities out there. This is only a tiny sample of my personal favorites. The online universe is growing quickly. As it grows it is offering ever increasing choices, and the quality of these choices is improving.

How to Configure Parental Control in Windows 7

Advancement in computer technology has redefined the way of living for everyone from a child to a well matured person. Though, this technology progress has been simplifying our works, our life, ways of communication, etc. parents are worried about their children's safety and security. Today, from very start of the study life, children start using computer and Internet, which is a very good place for increasing knowledge and build a better future.

But, along with the providing knowledge for building a great future of children, Internet is also distributing offensive material like nudity, sex, violence, etc. Moreover, children have fond of playing computer games for hours due to which their studies can be affected. And playing violence, sex, and nudity related games can even change the mind set, which can be really worse for them and for you too. As a parent you cannot see your children stepping towards the dark side of life.

Microsoft realizes the parents care about their children; therefore, parental control feature has been made more sophisticated, effective, and easily configurable in Windows 7. Following steps help you configure parental control feature in Windows 7 to protect your children from being diverted on a wrong way:

1. Click Start > Control Panel. The Control Panel window appears.

2. Click the All Control Panel Items option.

3. Click Parental Control option. You may be asked to provide administrator password. In that case, specify the password to go ahead.

4. Select a standard user account for which you want to set the parental control. The User Control window appears.

5. Click the "On, enforce current settings" option under the Parental Controls section.

6. Click the "On, collect information about computer usage" option under the Activity Reporting section if you want to know that which program at which time has been accessed and used by the standard user. If you configure this option then on the basis of the activity report you can further redefine the parental control settings, if required. The activity report provides you information about the following:

路 Data, time, and duration for which the system is used

路 Websites that are accessed during a specific time period

路 Files downloaded including their location on the computer

路 Recently used software applications and blocked software programs

路 Computers games played on the computer

路 Sent and received emails including their content

路 Duration for which the instant messaging programs are used, including the duration for which Webcam and audio setup are used

路 SMS sent to mobile phones using instant messaging programs

路 Files and links exchanged using instant messaging programs

路 Song and movies played on the computer

Now, the actual configuration starts. In Windows 7, you can configure the following settings to take advantage of the parental control feature:

路 Windows 7 Web Filter: Facilitates you to configure settings to allow or block Websites, allow or restrict downloading, etc. Using this feature you can block Websites that contain material related to nudity, sex, violence, gambling, etc.

路 Time limits: This feature helps you set the duration during which the standard user can logon to the computer. As soon as the duration is completed, the standard user gets automatically logged off. Using this feature you can set different logon timing for all seven days of a week.

路 Games: Using this feature you can specify the games that the standard user (child) can play. 路 Allow and block specific programs: Helps you to configure settings to allow or block software programs that the standard user can execute.

In this way, you can confiogure parental control in Windows 7 to protect your child from accessing Websites containing porn material, playing violent games, using computer for hours just for time pass, etc.

Windows Xp Registry Fixer

Registry Easy Cleaner is not a scam.

First, Registry Easy Cleaner is more functional, compatible and useful than a registry scanner. Compared to other registry applications, it can be installed and used with all releases of Windows after Windows 98, even including Windows Vista.

Second, due to its simple display and operation for users, it is extremely easy for everyone, including those novices, to use the registry tool. Also, the software is uncannily easy to navigate. Everybody will enjoy using this software because the buttons are so big and the results are so quick.

Third, Registry Easy Cleaner provides users registry scan details. After detecting errors of your computers, the software will then list a detailed outline of things which you should pay attention to. Knowing what the problems are, then decide how you want to tackle with it. You can adjust settings to permit the software to automatically correct all of these registry problems. Also, you can solve those problems manually, but it needs some knowledge in this field.

Besides, there are other advantages, such as the deep scan, which can detect errors that other soft wares can't, and Memory Tuner, which allows you to know your Windows virtual memory with a few clicks of your mouse.

Except for what I have mentioned above, there is no denying that Registry Easy does have a few drawbacks. For example, it is only compatible to Windows. It also does not have a registry defragmentation tool, which can boost the speed of your computers.

Above all, the after-sale service of the tool is perfect, which offers customers continuous coverage on a day-to-day basis, with 24-hour a day, seven-day-a-week protection.

Will Windows 7 Kill Windows Xp?

Windows 7 is the hottest topic on the internet now. So I can’t help writing another article about it. Does windows 7 reach a goal that vista cannot, although Bill Gates thought it would? Besides, where is windows xp’s future?

Windows 7 was officially available to the public in October of 2009, which is the latest public release version of Microsoft Windows. Microsoft is hoping it can avoid the negative press that surrounded the launch of Vista, almost three years ago. Compared with Windows XP, do you think Windows 7 is better than Windows XP?

With the launch of Windows XP in 2001, we thought we were poised on a brink of a new world of NT-based goodness. So many people have been big fans of XP for a long time even though the new Windows 7 has released. According to a survey, the reason is that they think Windows XP is still the best choice for an operating system. Sure Windows 7 and Vista look nicer, but in terms of performance, they think XP is the one to go with on average. But it is a real fact : Windows 7 is simply the best version of Windows you can get.

Windows 7’s advantage

Windows 7 includes a number of new features, such as advances in touch and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard disks, improved performance on multi-core processors, improved boot performance, DirectAccess, and kernel improvements. Moreover, Windows 7 is vastly more secure than XP and, in any case, the threat landscape has changed since XP was trashed by worms such as Blaster and Slammer. On the other hand, Vista's girth and bloat make it a no-op for NetBooks. XP fills that role today just fine (as does Linux, btw). Both Windows 7's improved performance and its ability to be slimmed down into smaller OS disto's means Windows 7 can easily replace Windows XP as the default NetBook OS.

A Little trick of windows 7 that xp haven’t

Shake your desktop free of clutter

If you frequently run multiple programs simultaneously, your desktop can get extremely cluttered. This can get annoying if you're working on one program and want to minimize all the other windows — in previous versions of Windows you had to minimize them individually.

With Windows 7's "shake" feature, though, you can minimize every window except the one in which you're currently working — in a single step. Click and hold the title bar of the window you want to keep on the desktop; while still holding the title bar, shake it quickly back and forth until all of the other windows minimize to the taskbar. Then let go. To make them return, shake the title bar again.

You can accomplish the same thing by pressing the Window key-Home key combination — although doing that is not nearly as much fun.

Reset Windows Password

No matter you want to crack windows xp administator password or reset windows vista password, My previous post—How to Recover and Reset Password in windows 7/Vista/XP/2003/2K/NT for Free will help it out.

What is the future of windows xp?

Mircosoft said:“We know you love Windows XP and you’re in good company. Hundreds of millions of Windows XP users are fans of the operating system, and many depend on Windows XP to run legacy applications and hardware not yet compatible with Windows Vista. Even though we’re retiring Windows XP, we won’t leave you hanging.  Microsoft Support Lifecycle explains it all.

You can still buy new PCs and use Windows XP. Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate have downgrade rights that let you return your operating system to Windows XP. We plan to provide support for Windows XP until 2014.”

It means windows xp is retiring.

Anyway, Windows 7 is generally good, and some Windows fans are supportive of it. However , it is a long way for Windows 7 from being perfect. Microsoft's business depends on running millions of programs that stretch back decades, supporting vast numbers of peripherals, and providing a platform for thousands of competing manufacturers who make everything from handhelds and tablet PCs to racks of data-centre mainframes. That's just the baggage Windows carries.

In my opinion, the one meeting your need smoothly is the best choice for you. So if you're happy with XP, you don’t have to upgrade to Windows 7. And now I am enjoying my windows 7 after using window xp for years.

Windows 7 useful software

IF you are looking for Windows 7 software which can help you make your work easier, then this article describes about some really useful software. This software can save your precious time and even set tasks more effectively.

Handy Password Manager
Now, you don't have to remember a lot of personal information like your logins, passwords. Handy Password manager will do it for you. For Internet users who have lots of favorite websites and pages, this software is a great choice. Handy Password manager provides features like bookmark and password manager for Windows 7. It will remember all of your important information, and fill it automatically when required.

It also guards your data by generating strong unbreakable passwords. To make your work in Internet more pleasant, Password Manager can remember all your bookmarks with form fields.

Dr. Web Antivirus
If you use Internet for every single task then you need an effective antivirus software. Dr. Web is reliable and good security software which protects your PC from malicious software that can cause loss of vital information or computer breakdown.

Dr. Web will automatically search for hidden viruses and remove all of them to make your PC a virus free machine. It updates virus databases automatically. Dr. Web will give your PC a reliable protection without high system requirements.

E-mail Follow-Up
E-mail Follow-Up checks all those letters that were not answered by sending a template
letter to inform about it. After you install the application
, you'll be able to customize settings of
getting an answer like when an answer should be received and which characteristic should the letter have
to be recognized as an answer. It can also remind you to answer important e-mails.

Live Weather Watcher
If you want to get exact weather forecasts then this program might be helpful to you. It is a strong weather
Informant that gathers and simplifies weather information from a number of meteorological stations that is located around your city.

Its database consists of seventy seven thousand settlements. This software automatically updates its database every hour. This application shows temperature, cloudiness level, wind strength, wind speed, and atmosphere pressure. It also informs you about fore coming weather information.

Leader Task
Today everyone needs a powerful instrument to organize his time. Leader Task is such
an application. It can become your devoted friend and your essential assistant. It will help you to see sequence of your actions absolutely clear by organizing your day, week, and month tasks.

It will take all the routine for itself and leave you precious time for creativity.

Besides all these features, Leader Task is a useful Project Manager. Leader Task will automatically create a to-do list for a day according to your plans, targets and priorities.

Simple Guide To solve Windows 7 Error 1606

You may be receiving fault 1606 upon Windows 7 when adding programs similar to Adobe Acrobat, Espresso and iTunes. In such a situation setting up automatically pauses plus the following error occurs: "Error 1606: Could not Access Network Location. "

Home windows 7 shows this error when following registry sub keys will be broken:

my spouse and i. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User System Folders
ii. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User System Folders

Below can be given uncomplicated guide to solve Windows SEVERAL error 1606:

* For a start you have to fix registry utilizing a registry fixing tool on Internet. The tool would enable you to fix all broken subscription keys inside registry. Download the program and operate it on your hard disk once seven days to maintain PC health also to repair covered Windows problems very much alike Windows 8 error 1606.

* You can even fix the issue by by hand repairing that broken submission move keys within the registry. Comply with these steps:I used the pavilion dv2000 battery.

1. Click on Start button then Run.
ONLY TWO. Type "RegEdit" without having quotes and press Get into. Locate the next folder:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User System Folders
THREE. Now pick out the Current and Remove duplicate content it.
SEVERAL. Close registry manager.

* When error persists you then should alter Microsoft Business installation origin directory inside registry. Comply with these steps:

1. Start registry manager.
Navigate in order to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\[Version Number]\Common\InstallRoot
ONLY TWO. Double simply click the chain named Method. [If there's no such chain named Route, then develop a new you. ]
THREE. Enter the foundation installation list of Ms Office. Following include the examples:

the. Office 2000 -- C: \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office
b. Company XP (2002) -- C: \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office10
c. Office THE YEAR 2003 - C: \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office11
n. Office '07 - C: \Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12
5. Done.

* Update your sound card car owner and get rid of browser along with system unhealthy using LAPTOP optimizer software.

If anyone with an superior user involving computer then you definitely should select third party software (registry solution and LAPTOP optimizer). Registry can be highly private portion from the operating system. If there is minor corruption then it might crash your complete data. Even so, using the best registry fix tool while managing registry is actually safe.The Authur usually like use Compaq laptop battery on his laptop.

How to Add the Windows 7 Quick Launch Bar to the Taskbar

Maybe you would note that the new Windows 7 taskbar allows you to dock items to the taskbar, combining the features of both the normal taskbar as well as the Quick Launch.

Perhaps some computer users who have installed Windows 7 operating system may feel unaccustomed with its Quick Launch bar. So, how can we make the Windows 7 Quick Launch bar work more like XP or Vista? It's really not too difficult to add it back, although it will take a few steps.


The above screenshot is the Windows 7 taskbar after changing back to XP/Vista mode, and adding the quick launch bar back.

Adding the Quick Launch Bar Back

To add the toolbar back, there are just seven simple steps which only cost you one or two minutes to operate. Now let's try!

On the first step, you'll want to right-click on an open area of the taskbar, and choose Toolbars \ New Toolbar from the menu. Of course, you are sure unlock the taskbar at this point as illustrated.


Now, the second step, let's come to the slightly tricky part… you'll want to paste the following path into the location bar:

%appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch


Note: Please check again if the path is correct ! Make sure that the location bar shows the full path, like the next screenshot, before you choose the "Select Folder" button.


After that ,you'll notice that the Quick Launch toolbar is on the taskbar. However it's all the way over on the right (which is different from your usage). Before you can move the toolbar, you will need to right-click and make sure you have unlocked the taskbar. Then you should click on the dotted lines and then drag the toolbar all the way to the left (maybe sometimes it is slightly tricky for us).


Let's continue! Now it's over on the left. But it does't over. Then you'll need to adjust the regular taskbar toolbar to be closer to the left, so use the dotted lines to drag it over as well.


At present, the normal Quick Launch that we're used to doesn't have text, so right-click on the dotted lines and uncheck "Show Text" as well as "Show Title" from the menu.


After you finished all of the above operations and you're sure it's the way you want it, you should check the "Lock the taskbar" again.


OK! And there you are, the quick launch bar has returned and you can use it as XP or Vista operating system. Who knows you are using Windows 7 ?

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Increase your Windows XP Color Depth and Quality

Are you bored with your fade and poor picture quality of your Windows XP? Your downloaded color photos look black and white? Well, now you have a solution. Increase your Windows XP color depth and quality via remote desktop or terminal services connection. The color depth is limited in order to improve your connection performance especially when the link is slow.

High quality video display of the remote computer or remote virtual machine over your Remote Desktop connection is not so important or that doesn’t make a difference. If you want advanced high definition graphics display then you should connect to a Windows XP system on 16-bit color quality which will make some colors look strange.

This will possibly increase and push the limit on the color depth of any other connection to your Terminal Server or Remote Desktop Server via your Remote Desktop or Terminal Service connection which is useful especially in case of Windows XP Mode. You can use this to run virtualized apps like IE6 natively on Windows 7 host desktop where your Windows 7 host connects to the virtual machine via Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). With the change in color quality and depth your Internet surfing will be more colorful.

You can change the color depth limit on Windows XP. All you have to do is click on the Tools menu of your virtual machine window and then select Disable Integration Features before you continue with the procedure. Then after changing the maximum color depth limit re-enable your integration features.

And follow these seven steps:

   1. In your Windows XP operating system, click on Start menu and then click Run
   2. Type GPEdit.msc to open Group Policy Editor
   3. Then navigate to Local Computer Policy, click Computer Configuration, then click Administrative Templates, click on Windows Components, click Terminal Services.
   4. In your right pane, double-click on Limit Maximum Color Depth setting.
   5. In your Properties dialog, select the radio button of Enabled and then set your Color Depth value to 24 bit or Client Compatible.
   6. Click OK when you are done.
   7. Restart your computer after this.

These steps will allow your Remote Desktop and Terminal Services connection to connect it at a higher color depth. But if you are connecting to Windows XP in virtual machine, it should check that the Color Quality setting should be set to either 24-bit or 32-bit color in your high screen resolution. You can get more information on this from Internet.

In a simpler way you can change your color depth and resolution in Windows XP from your computer by following these six steps:

   1. Click Start, go to Control Panel.
   2. Double-click on Display.
   3. Click your Settings tab.
   4. Change your desirable color depth using the Color Quality menu.
   5. Change the resolution using the Screen Resolution slider.
   6. Lastly click OK to apply the changes

You can follow any of these two procedures to increase your color depth and quality of your Windows XP. You can even get more information about it from Internet

Top 5 Windows Gadgets For Windows Vista & Win Seven

The correct Windows gadget can help you get things carried out rapidly and simply. Given that the introduction of Windows Vista's sidebar gadgets, I'm now able to keep up with the newest headline information, weather and stock quotes correct from my desktop. Moreover, with the new Windows 7, you'll be able to run those gadgets directly out of your desktop with out having to have Windows sidebar working.

I love these Windows gadgets. Sadly, not several firms are developing them at the moment. Consequently, we've got quite limited choices. Nevertheless, you can find nonetheless several very good ones on the market. Here is really a checklist of top 5 Windows gadgets so as to add to your assortment.


This is really a Twitter gadget that lets you do basic twitter duties, such as sending and viewing all of the tweets out of your pals, appropriate from your desktop.

Remote Desktop

This gadget permits Windows users to remotely connect with other computers in their network. This is a really useful gadget; specifically you've a network of computers situated lengthy distance and would like to manage them correct from your desktop.

Blue Calendar Gadget

This gadget modifications the authentic Microsoft calendar gadget to blue in colour. This new blue matches the Windows 7 colour scheme. Hey, who wouldn't want more colour options :)

Windows Reside "What's New" (Beta)

This is really a very useful gadget should you discover yourself continually checking what your pals are doing throughout a number of social networks, including twitter, Flickr, StumbleUpon, custom blogs, etc. This gadget displays your Windows Live "what's new" feed on your desktop with real-time updates.

Simple Search Bar

This gadget allows you to search the internet making use of Google, Yahoo and Reside Search right from your desktop.

Change the Windows 7 or Vista Power Buttons to Shut Down/Sleep/Hibernate

The default action for the Power button on the start menu in Windows 7 is shutdown, and in Vista is Sleep, which isn't necessarily useful for everybody, so we'll explain how to change it here.

Change Windows 7 Shutdown Button
Windows 7 makes it really easy – just head into the Start Menu / Taskbar preferences by right-clicking on the start menu and choosing Properties.


All you need to do is change the drop-down for Power Button Action to whatever you would prefer.
Change Windows Vista Power Buttons
You can configure this setting easily by using the advanced power settings panel, which is a little tricky to get to normally, but we'll take the shortcut.
Open a command prompt (type cmd into the start menu search bar), and then type in the following:


You could also take the long route (Control Panel \ Power Options \ Change Plan Settings \ Change Advanced Power Settings)
Once you get to this dialog, browse down as shown to "Power buttons and lid"


From here, you can change the options:

    * Power button action – Changes the hardware power button action
    * Start menu power button – Changes the power button on the Start Menu

You can change the power button to either Sleep, Hibernate or Shut Down, or even nothing for the hardware power button.


Windows 7 is the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and media center PCs. Windows 7 was released to manufacturing on July 22, 2009,and reached general retail availability on October 22, 2009, less than three years after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista. Windows 7's server counterpart, Windows Server 2008 R2, was released at the same time.

How to play/upload Kodak video onto windows media player (WMP)?

Some information about windows Media Player and Kodak MOV videos
Windows Media Player (abbreviated WMP) is a proprietary digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers.

Windows media player is quite friendly to WMV, AVI, MPG video files. While, the MOV file format is a MPEG 4 video format first released in 1998 and is only connected to Apple's QuickTime program. 

Kodak camcorder (Kodak zi6, Kodak zi8, Kodak Zx1, Kodak PLAYSPORT, Kodak EasyShare and Kodak Zx3) shoots videos in MOV video format. Windows media player cannot accept Kodak video natively. If you wanna player Kodak video on windows media player, you have to change the video file extensions to convert Kodak MOV to WMP compatible WMV, AVI and MPG with a professional Kodak video to windows media player converter.

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How to play Kodak video on windows media player?

Kodak video to widows media player converter is the a great video converter which provides you numerous codec to convert Kodak video to WMP compatible WMV,AVI, MPG with just a few mouse clicks so you can easily upload Kodak video to computer for playing on windows media player.

Apart from converting Kodak video to WMP, Kodak video to windows media player can accept all other regular videos like QuickTime MOV, MP4, RM, RMVB, HD video, MOD, MTS, M2TS, etc and convert them to WMP videos to play any video file on windows media player.

Kodak video to windows media player converter offers you lots of editing features like cropping, clipping, taking snapshot and adding effect. Moreover, with Kodak video WMP, you can join all Kodak videos into one avoiding watching videos segment by segment.

How to convert Kodak video to WMP step by step?

ØStep one: connect Kodak camcorder to PC
Connect Kodak camcorder to computer

ØStep two: download
Download Kodak video to windows media player converter and install

ØStep three: add Kodak videos
Run converter and click "Add video" button to load Kodak videos

ØStep four: select output format
In the drop down list of profile, select WMV, AVI, MPG for windows media player; select RM, RMVB for real player; select MP4 for iTunes, etc.

ØStep five: edit
Click "Clip" button to trim videos into several small parts; click "Edit" button to define a watching screen by cropping and add special effects like saturation, contrast, brightness by effects.

ØStep six: start converting
Click "Start" button to start to convert Kodak video to WMP

ØStep seven: play video on windows media player
Import converted video onto windows media player
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Netcrawl Feature in Windows

What Is Netcrawl?

The Network Crawler is a feature of the Windows Explorer shell that automatically searches your network for shared printers or shared folders. The shared folders will appear in My Network Places as icons, and they indicate both the share name and the computer on which they’re located. Shared printers don’t appear in My Network Places, but they’re installed silently and will appear in the Printers and Faxes folder.

Functions of Netcrawl

Searches your network for shared folders and printers

Installs shared printers silently

Creates My Network Places shortcuts to shared folders

Netcrawl Details

It adds shortcuts to the My Network Places for the ten most recently created shares on any computer on your network. It also installs the ten most recently shared printers on any computer. So, if you have more than ten shared printers or more than ten shared folders on a computer, you won’t expect to see them in the My Network Places.

The crawled shares are aged out if they have not been crawled for seven days. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the shares are not available. Because of this ten share rule, you may have ten shared that are crawled for a computer on one day and then the next day an eleventh share is created, so you would crawl the ten most recently created shares. The result is that seven days later the very first share that was created would be aged out and the icon would be removed from your My Network Places folder.

For more details on similar topics please refer

How To Convert Ipod Video To Windows Movie Maker On Win7

The common case between iPod and windows movie maker
1.I took video on the iPod, but it's too quiet so I want to get it on Windows Movie Maker to adjust the audio. However, the file is a MP4 format which isn't supported by WMM. What can I do to solve my problem? Thanks!

2.Ok I have my iPod plugged in and I go into the file. I use "import video" on WMM. It says:
"The file E:\DCIM\000APPLE\IMG_0036.mp4 is not a supported file type, and it cannot be imported into Windows Movie Maker."

Why windows movie maker cannot recognize iPod MP4 video files?

Windows Movie Maker is video creating/editing software, included in Microsoft Windows. It contains features such as effects, transitions, titles/credits, audio track, timeline narration, and Auto Movie.

The common video formats that windows movie maker supports are WMV, AVI and MPG. But the output video file for iPod is MP4.

Note: iPod to windows movie maker converter can only convert unprotected iPod video files on windows 7/Vista/windows XP.

How to convert unprotected iPod video to WMV/AVI/MPG for importing iPod video to window movie maker?

Besides converting iPod MP4 video to windows movie maker, iPod to windows movie maker converter is professional to input all popular formats, like M2TS, MTS, TS, TD, TRP, MOD, TOD, WMV, 3GP, 3G2, MOV, VOB, MPG, ASF, FLV, AVI, RM, RMVB, DV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MP4, MKV converting to MPG putting into windows movie maker for further editing.

IPod to windows movie maker (WMM) converter itself is a great editing tool that can do a lot of simple operations.

IPod import to windows movie maker converter can help you to crop out black borders, trim time duration of video, adjust video saturation, bitrate, frame rate, encoder, apply emboss, old film, gray, flip videos for more fun and take snapshot to save favored images. You can merge all files into one to avoid watching videos segment by segment.

Any interest,free to download here to have more fun!

Key features:

    * Support iPod family
      IPod Nano, iPod Touch, iPod Classic, iPod Shuffle
    * Support video formats
    * Support audio formats
      MP3, AAC, MP2, MKA, WAV, M4A, AC3, AIFF, AMR, FLAC, WMA,
    * capture preferred pictures
      Save captured images as JPG, BMP and PNG
    * add effects
      Apply saturation, contrast and brightness
    * Flip videos
      Rotate videos vertically and horizontally

How to use iPod to windows movie maker converter to convert iPod MP4 to WMM to import iPod video to windows movie maker on windows XP?

Step one: connect iPod to PC
Step two: download iPod to windows movie maker converter and install
Step three: load iPod videos to converting tool
Step four: set output formats and destinations
Step five: crop, trim and add effects
Step six: start converting MP4 to WMV/AVI/MPG
Step seven: import converted video to windows movie maker
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