Breadcrumbs was initially introduced in Gnome’s Nautilus file browser. This feature was later implemented in Windows Vista for simplifying directory navigation by adding a toolbar which shows the directories you’ve navigated. Luckily for Windows XP users, a donationware called Explorer Breadcrumbs brings the same functionality to Windows XP.

With Explorer Breadcrumbs, you can click on the toolbar and go back to any previous directory at any point of time. More »

If you’re having trouble running older programs originally developed for previous versions of Windows, you’re not out of luck. Luckily for consumers, Microsoft built Compatibility Mode into XP. Compatibility Mode allows you to run a program using the shell of the original program it was developed for.

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Those guys at ExtremeTech continue to pump out some really good stuff lately, today’s link, is an article where they tested if Windows Vista would run his current crop of games. All he did was he installed Windows Vista, installed all the latest updates and drivers, and he changed the resolution and the background image, no special tweaking was applied, and luckily, video card vendors have been updating their Vista drivers recently, so this will be better than it would have been a few weeks ago.

Windows has been the best OS for gamers for years, and Vista takes that to the next level. That’s all well and good for games made with Vista in mind, but what about your existing game library? Last May, when Vista was at the Beta 2 milestone, I wrote a feature in which I installed around 15 games on the unfinished OS, describing how well each one worked. Now that Vista is “done” (inasmuch as any OS is ever actually finished), it’s time to do it again. This time, I’m going to use the final Vista release, a DX10 video card (not that it really matters with no DX10 games), and all the drivers available upon Vista’s launch. I’ll also take a look at a lot more games, around 25.
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If you are planning on purchasing the upgrade version of Windows Vista, you may be surprised to find that you can’t do a clean install of Vista, as it requires you to have XP running on the machine you want to upgrade and the installation process has to be run from within XP.

Luckily there is a fairly simple workaround:

1. Boot your machine with the Vista DVD, but don’t enter your serial number just press Next (leaving the serial field blank).

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