Although a PC used for writing doesn’t need to be a high-performance computer, its performance can be improved by a good partitioning scheme. The biggest boost comes from my Paging partition on drive H, which is found on my second physical disk. I use this partition to boost performance in the following ways:

Move the paging file there. A well-known method for improving performance on a Windows-based computer is to move the paging file (pagefile.sys) from its usual location on drive C to its own separate partition on a separate physical drive.

Keep the Paging partition small (4 GB). By default the initial size of your paging file is 1.5 × RAM and its maximum size is 3 × RAM. So if your computer has 1 GB of RAM, which is pretty good for a desktop productivity computer, then setting your Paging partition to 4 GB gives you more than enough room for your paging file without wasting disk space that could be used for other purposes like storing data. More »

Normally, the blue screen of death contains a driver name, and some addresses; if you’re lucky, removing that driver will do the trick. But what if there is no driver name on the BSoD? And what if you don’t have all the skills to play with crashdumps and debuggers?

In this case, Autoruns comes to the rescue. This is a graphical tool that allows you to disable/enable drivers in a very easy way.

The strategy:

1. Boot into safe mode (since the system is crashing when you attempt to boot normally);
2. Start Autoruns, and switch to the Drivers tab;
3. Go through the list, and uncheck the drivers that are suspicious;
4. Close the program, restart and boot normally

The steps above will be repeated until the system is able to boot correctly.

When that happens, remember what were the last changes you applied, and try to enable some drivers back – until you figure out which one of them was causing the issue. More »

Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is a security feature built into Windows Vista that helps prevent damage from viruses and other security threats by monitoring your programs to make sure they use system memory safely.

If you’re trying to use a program that’s being blocked from running by DEP this guide might be able to help.

Warning: Make sure the program being blocked is not a virus. Another reason for DEP blocking software is because it’s been written so poorly it would make your system unstable. Use this guide at your own risk.

Turn Off DEP for an Individual Program

1. Open the Control Panel.

2. Make sure the Control Panel is in classic view by clicking Classic View in the left pane of the control panel.

3. Open System. More »

Mahesh was worried because after upgrading to Firefox 3, he didn’t see his bookmarks and hence asked me if there is any way to get them back.

The answer is yes. You can definitely get back your bookmarks because Firefox has a backup of bookmarks through which you can restore them

So here are the steps to restore lost bookmarks in Firefox 3 (only for Windows, sorry Mac guys )

For Windows XP

1. Click on Start- > Run

2. Type – > C:\Documents and Settings\YourWindowsUserName

3. Display the Hidden folders by clicking on Tools at the top the Folder Options-> View -> Show Hidden Files

4. Now you should see a folder named Application data. Double click on it and then go to Mozilla-> Firefox -> Profiles More »

One of Vista’s more useful features is also one of its more dangerous ones the use of metadata. Metadata is information about files that you don’t normally see but that can help you search for them.

For example, music files typically contain the name of the composer, type of music and so on. And a photograph usually contains data on when the photo was taken, who took it, the camera model and other information, such as ISO speed. Documents and spreadsheets contain a wide variety of information about their creators, including who created the document, how much time was spent editing it, who reviewed the document and so on.

In many cases, programs automatically generate their own metadata when a file is created. Users can also easily create or edit metadata. Right-click a file, choose Properties, and select the Details tab. Then click any field and type in metadata. Keep in mind that some metadata, such as the last time a file was printed, can’t be altered. More »