Redmond-based software giant Microsoft made available the release candidate flavor of Windows 7’s XP Mode add-on on Tuesday. The beta iteration of XP Mode was released on May 6, along with the beta variant of Windows Virtual PC, and the RC version comes as another step the company is taking towards launching the final iteration …

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Here are two quick reg hacks for customizing the appearance of ClearType screen font smoothing: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop FontSmoothingOrientation = 1, 2 or 3 FontSmoothingGamma = Between 1000 to 2000 FontSmoothingGamma This setting basically adjusts the brightness. The higher you go the brighter. FontSmoothingOrientation This setting determines the way your monitor pixels are constructed. None = …

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By default Windows Vista will automatically defrag your hard drive (defrag: reorder files on the physical hard disk and not to make them easily accessible / re-organising your file cabinets). The default is that Vista itself schedules the best time for this to do, while this could decrease real-time performance it might be better if …

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Even with Internet Explorer 8 in the oven, and Beta 2 available for download since the end of August 2008, Microsoft is not losing focus of IE7. As of September 10, the Redmond company started offering a fix for a memory leak affecting Internet Explorer 7 while running on Windows XP, including Service Pack2 and …

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If you use Windows XP Professional then it is possible to squeeze an extra 20% out of your internet connection. By default Windows XP Pro holds back 20% of your Internet speed for various services like windows update and spyware checks. If you want to tap into this locked speed then make the following changes: …

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You can remove the boot logo that appears when you start Windows XP. This little tweak probably shaves only a few seconds off your boot time but seconds count if you are serious about trying to get Windows XP up and running as quickly as possible. The only negative is that if you remove the …

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Even before the release of Windows 7 Release Candidate Build 7100 Microsoft announced that it would take extreme measures in order to increase end user protection and amputate the AutoPlay/AutoRun feature of the operating system. Over a months after Windows 7 has been released to manufacturing, Microsoft is applying the same security strategy to previous …

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If you ever encounter an error code (e.g. “error code 0×80240029 – cannot update” which btw is the most common one), when updating Defender, here is a solution which will help you. This usually happens if the distribution database is broken and needs to be re-created. Here are the solutions to address the issue : …

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Internet Explorer has some quirks as we all know. However, if there is any chance that you may uninstall Internet Explorer, there could be some problems. In fact, you may not even be able to start Windows with a full functioning desktop. Apparently, Internet Explorer version 6 and 7 are not getting along. If you …

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To keep legacy apps running, Vista lets them pretend to write to their familiar file locations often under their installation folder in \Program Files or in \Windows itself. INI files, data files, templates, or even music might wind up there. But when you go to look for those files, you won’t find them! Vista actually …

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