One of the several things I like to do to keep my Windows computer running efficiently as possible is to remove unnecessary programs or processes from running that I really don’t need (such as crapware).

The next type of optimization I usually perform is to see if there are processes that I do need, but don’t want them running all the time and wasting valuable resources that can slow down performance. The first place I usually look for these types of processes is Windows Services that are set to auto start during boot up.

Once I identify which service or set of services I don’t need running constantly in the background, I’ll create a simple batch file that can be clicked on to start them up quickly…when I need to have them running.

If you are not familiar where to look for Windows services, there are several ways to access the services console window. The quickest way is to click on Start \ Run and enter services.msc from the run box. More »

According to Microsoft Areo represents, “new transparent and three-dimensional visualizations require[ing] a graphics card that supports a new graphic driver model called the Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM). These effects are part of the Windows Vista Aero desktop experience and include glass effects, advanced window management features, and a more stable experience through desktop composition. This rich graphical functionality is built on the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) graphics subsystem, formerly called Avalon.”

The default Aero color scheme is clear glass. It is active by default if you have a supported video card. It allows you to see other items behind your window through a slightly blurred glass effect. You also have lots of options to tint the glass the way you like: More »

MICROSOFT HAS BEEN QUAKING in its big, furry, Volish boots over virtualisation, if this article is to be believed. Supposedly, after some virtualisation doo-dads were toyed with to stick an active rootkit to a beta Vista kernal, Microsoft got so worried that it contemplated giving Vista virtualisation the boot.

As you may well be aware, virtualisation functions were left out of the Vista home editions. Betanews decided to chase up the Vole on this, and extracted the following from a Volish spinster: “Virtualization is a fairly new technology, and one that we think is not yet mature enough from a security perspective for broad consumer adoption.” More »

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