How To Manage your Programs and Windows Features in Windows

Evaluate How the Apps & Drivers Installed Weaken the Security of a PC

Everybody knows that installing lots of drivers and software on a computer increases its vulnerability from a security standpoint. As you install stuff, the complexity increases as well as the likelihood of encountering security issues. I always wanted a tool to evaluate how the security of a system evolves while installing software that you plan to use and so far I haven’t found one. Luckily, Microsoft released a free evaluation tool named Attack Surface Analyzer. If you want to learn more about it and how to use it, read this article.

How to View RAW Pictures In Windows Photo Gallery & Fix Weird Errors

Unfortunately Windows Photo Gallery does not provide native support for viewing RAW photos, created with modern digital photo cameras. Also, when trying to view or edit such pictures, you get errors with weird codes like 0x88982f61. If you have a digital camera shooting RAW pictures, then read this guide to learn how to view them in Windows Photo Gallery.

How to Transform a Windows PC Into a Microsoft Signature PC

In previous articles we talked about Microsoft Signature and what you get when buying a Microsoft Signature PC. But... there is one important downside to this program: it is available only in the US and only in Microsoft stores. What if you live in an area where Microsoft stores are not available? What if you live in Europe or Asia? Well... you will have to transform your computer into a Microsoft Signature PC by yourself. And this guide will show how.

What is the Performance Impact of System Encryption With TrueCrypt

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.

Experimenting With Natural Language Search In Windows 7 Searches

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.

How to Encrypt Your System Drive With TrueCrypt In a Multi-Boot Configuration

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.

How to Backup & Restore Your Windows Phone 7

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.

How to Make a Bootable USB Drive to Windows, Linux or MS DOS

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.