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How To Manage your Programs and Windows Features in Windows

Does the 64-bit Version of Internet Explorer 9 Deliver Better Browsing Performance?

The 64-bit version of Internet Explorer 9 has been sitting there, installed on my computer for a long time and I never bothered to check it out. I knew that there weren’t any plugins for it and that some websites would not work well on it. But things have changed in the meantime and the plugin problem has disappeared. Therefore I decided it to take it for a spin and see how well it works. First, I spent some time to run a few benchmarks, compare it to the 32-bit version and see if there is any performance gain. Read this article to learn what I have found.

How to Burn Labels on the Back of your DVDs with LabelFlash

In our previous disc-labeling tutorial, Ciprian mentioned the two types of label-burning technologies: LightScribe and LabelFlash. He covered only LightScribe as such drives are much more widely available. I happen to have a LabelFlash drive and I was able to use this technology a couple of times.

Are there major differences between the two types of disc labelers? Is burning labels easier with one than the other? I was also curious to find out why LightScribe is so much more popular. Here’s what I found out.

Speech Recognition: Afterthoughts on Its Strengths and Weaknesses

I have to admit that I hadn’t used any kind of speech recognition in a long time when I was asked to do the tutorials. The last time I had tried speech recognition, it was with Dragon Dictate, which was new when Windows 98 was also new. A very long time ago in computer years!

I was happy to tackle this subject because I was very interested to see how speech recognition has improved. And boy, has it improved! Even a basic, built-in application like this did an amazingly good job "right out of the box." In this final article about Speech Recognition, I’d like to talk about what I learned while reacquainting myself with the wonders of speech recognition, and where I’ll be going from here.

Troubleshooting Common Speech Recognition Problems

In the previous tutorials about Speech Recognition you learned how to set up this application and the basics of using it. Speech Recognition does work surprisingly well "right out of the box," and it’s quite sophisticated for a built-in application. However, this is not to say that it is foolproof. Let’s take a look at some of the common problems in Speech Recognition, and how to fix them.

How to Burn Labels on the Back of Your Discs (CDs & DVDs)

Have you wondered if it is possible to burn a label on the back of your discs? Due to technologies such as LightScribe and LabelFlash, it is not only possible but it is also very easy. In this tutorial, I will show how to burn a custom label on the back of a DVD, using a LightScribe capable disc burning drive. The steps involved are the same also for CDs.

Working with Speech Recognition: Commands, Dictating Text & Browsing the Web

The speech recognition software in Windows 7 is surprisingly sophisticated. Microsoft built into it a lot of features that, at one time, were only available in expensive third-party speech recognition software. Speech Recognition is easy to use, but as with all sophisticated software, you’ll need to learn a few basics before you can talk with your computer as fluently as you talk with your friends. The basics include: how to start Speech Recognition, common commands, inputting text, making corrections and browsing the web.

How to Make a Backup Copy of a Protected Disc (DVD or Blu-Ray)

We all purchase DVDs and Blu-Rays with all kinds of media content: movies, games, music, software, etc. However, as we use those discs, their quality wanes with time and, after a few years, they become unusable. Your only solution is to purchase them again. But isn’t there a way to make a backup copy? Unfortunately not by means of standard disc burning software. In this tutorial, I will cover what I think it is the best alternative to making a backup copy.

Working with Speech Recognition: Setup and Configuration

Computer speech recognition has been around for a long time, and many people have heard of programs like Dragon Naturally Speaking. What many people may not know is that Windows 7 includes its own, very capable, speech recognition program. We plan to cover it in detail in a couple of articles. But first, let’s see how to set it up, in order for it to work.

How to Migrate Microsoft Outlook Contacts and Calendar to Windows Live

For decades, Microsoft Outlook has been the Microsoft standard for Personal Information Management. But more and more, data storage is shifting to the cloud, as it offers the ability to access your data no matter where you are, so long as you have an Internet connection. Windows Live is Microsoft's answer to the cloud migration. But what of your Microsoft Outlook data? How do you get it into Windows Live? In this article we'll show you how.

How to Copy a Disc (CD, DVD or Blu-Ray) in Windows

Are you searching for a way to create a disc to disc copy, of a CD, DVD or Blu-Ray you have created at home? Then you are in luck. In this guide, we will discuss the steps and principles involved in making a copy of any disc. Then, we will cover some of the best tools for the job. If you are interested, don’t hesitate to read more.

How To Quickly Open Multiple Windows for the Same Application

It can happen that you quickly need open more than one window of the same application. It can be any application: a Windows application such as Windows Explorer or Internet Explorer, or a third-party application like Mozilla Firefox. Opening multiple windows is the same as running multiple instances of the same application. Let’s see how this is done.

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