One of my recent dilemmas was: if I encrypt my computer, how much will computing performance have to suffer because of it? Will there be a big difference? If yes, in which areas? That’s why I decided to run some tests on both my computers and learn more about the impact TrueCrypt encryption has on computing performance.
How To Manage your Programs and Windows Features in Windows
In my previous two articles, I talked about using Windows Search to find what you want. Some of the terminology I talked about in those articles can look more like Martian than your own normal way of speaking (undoubtedly because programmers who normally use that kind of language created the system). Why isn’t there a way to tell Windows what you want to find by "speaking" to it the way you would ordinarily ask someone a question? In theory, there is a way! It’s called Natural Language Search. Let’s see whether using it makes life (and searching) easier.
Many people use TrueCrypt to encrypt their systems and maintain their data as safe as possible. Encrypting your computer when you have one operating system installed and one partition is relatively easy, even with TrueCrypt. But, what about encrypting your system drive when using a multi-boot setup? That’s really complicated and this guide is here to help.
Now that I have become a Windows Phone user, I’m starting to learn how to deal with certain challenges of this platform. One of the biggest challenges I have encountered so far is: how to make a complete backup of my Windows Phone? I did some research and I could not find any official tools from Microsoft, to help me with this problem. Therefore, the only answer is to use third-party tools and hacks. Luckily, I found a very good tool, named WP7 Easy Backup Tool. Here’s how it works.
Recently I was on a road trip, without my trusty collection of CDs and DVDs with system tools. I ended up needing to use my USB memory stick as a bootable device to install Windows 8 on a few computers. But how to create a bootable USB drive, as quickly as possible, without going through many steps and manual customisations? I did some research, tested a few tools and found a great one, which is updated regularly and provides many useful features.
Some of our readers have asked us about Microsoft Signature: What is it? What makes it special? How much does it cost? Where can I buy it?
In this article I would like to answer these questions and provide complete information about Microsoft Signature. If you are curious to learn more about it, don’t hesitate to read this article.
In a previous article we’ve shown how tools that should help with removing crapware from your new Windows computer, don’t help much. That’s why we decided to come back with a guide that shares the most effective way to remove crapware and optimize your Windows installation.
Did you know that you can set the Offline Files feature in Windows 7 to synchronize network folders on a schedule set by you? I didn’t know either, until very recently. Therefore, in this tutorial I will share how to schedule your sync partnerships and have network folders synced when you want to.
One of the most common root causes for having slow and unstable wireless network connections is interference. Many things interfere with a wireless network: everything from walls to the microwaves you use in the kitchen to other wireless networks. That’s why I decided to learn more on the subject, experiment with my own wireless network and share what I have learned.
In this article, you will understand more about what can interfere with your wireless network and learn how to deal with interferences from other wireless networks.
Once upon a time there was a program called Lotus Magellan that made indexing and searching a hard drive astonishingly easy. You did have to tell it to build an index, but once you did that, all you had to do was type in your search term, and Magellan would go through the index, find all the files containing your search term, and display them to you in a window. You could also save your searches so those files would be immediately accessible again.
So what, you say? What’s that got to do with anything? Well, believe it or not, with Windows Vista Microsoft finally began giving Windows users the same search skills that Magellan gave the DOS users decades before—and much more. Windows XP had Search, but it was slower and much less sophisticated. And Windows 7 has added improvements to Windows Vista and Windows XP. Let’s take a look at Search, and see what you can do with this whizbang tool.
It can happen that Offline Files and the Sync Center (mobsync.exe) are active even though you don’t use them. If you would like to turn them off and free up resources, this tutorial will show how.
Some of our readers asked us to publish a guide on how to find hidden wireless network connections and learn also their SSIDs (network name). There are quite a few tools available, used mostly by hackers and networking professionals, but most of them work only on Linux. For Windows there are very few tools available and even fewer free tools. However, there is one - named inSSIDer - which helps you analyze all the wireless networks in your area. It shows also hidden networks together with lots of useful information about all the networks it detects. Read this guide to learn more about the tool and how to use it.