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4 years 35 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Xmarks and LastPass firefox add-ons?

This article needs an update

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4 years 32 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

My HP Pavillion Notebook was a little slow/ almost 3 yrs old, so I wanted to take it back to factory settings (Vista). I backed up all data onto an external drive, successfully! After getting my Notebook started up and software on it, I moved the back up data back on the notebook too. Everything, the pics, word, browser info, moved back in the proper programs except Thunderbird, the saved eMails, its settings, saved addresses etc. I did not have a updated Thunderbird on my old back, and all I can find is the new Thunderbird 3.0. How can I get my mail, addresses and settings from my external Drive (in a rar file)into the new Thunderbird 3.0? Thanks

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4 years 21 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

I've backed up my TB emails and address book with mozbackup but now I can't find out how to get them back into my new TB on my new notebook. it's a fairly large file that apparently can only be opened by TB. But if I click "open" it doesn't do anything. I had lots of important emails and addresses in it, so any help is appreciated to get it back!
Thanks
L. Germany

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4 years 21 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

Best free program to automatically back up Thunderbird is Karen's Replicator. Replicator can be scheduled to copy files to an external drive daily, weekly or whenever you wish. Simply set the source to be copied as the Thunderbird folder usually found in application data or roaming, and the destination as your external pen drive or whatever. Should your pc go down the pan, simply install Thunderbird on your new machine and replace the Thunderbird folder with the contents of your thunderbird folder on your external drive. Works a treat.

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4 years 18 weeks ago How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird Anonymous

after taking backup can any one tell how to verify weather the backup i have taken is worthy (other than trying to restore it:-))

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6 years 13 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

Another great technical support website is:

http://www.protonic.com

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6 years 10 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

For IT with an educational slant go to http://www.edugeek.net. It's the best resource for school/college based IT techs.

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6 years 5 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

Great article, keep up the good work.

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5 years 41 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

Wow I love this website

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5 years 37 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

Dont forget Elder geek, has site for Vista and XP/lower

Main page is http://www.theeldergeek.com/

BTW, I turn to your site first when looking for anything PC or SW related. Great work!

Will G

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5 years 34 weeks ago Best Troubleshooting Sites Anonymous

Another good one is http://www.tips4pc.com because when my computer would not logon and had a black screen, this was the only site that helped me find the answer.. I thought it would be a common problem.

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6 years 5 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Don't forget WWW.BlackViper.com for all those services that you want to know more about.......I was able to secure a lot of those unneeded items running in the background. He also has additional tech articles.

Zeus

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6 years 2 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

I do agree that Black Viper is one of the best sites for windows help. But apart from that there is bleeping computers, and lots more that are truly good.

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6 years 2 days ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

I can't understand. This website (Mr George) said:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-vista-tweaks.htm
"UnlockForUs is a blogspot space by ____________, offering a great collection of Windows Vista tips, tutorials, tricks and software, including this great tweaking tool WinBubble" Anyway Here's the thread:
http://unlockforus.blogspot.com/2007/10/windows-vista-unlocks-news-tips-...

Anyway, great collection!!! Thanks!

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5 years 47 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Wrong, black viper has helped me to improve my startup by at least 2 times. And along with jkdefrag my old clunk PIII gives other badly configured latest PCs a run for their money.

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5 years 40 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

I think this site is the best! I also have another good one Free computer tips Its not too technical and very easy to understand.

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5 years 38 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Where are WINDOW Vista Tips

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5 years 37 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Try this...Windows Vista Tips

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5 years 37 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

I am glad you mentioned http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm because I cannot believe that site. It has so much there. That was one of the good old originals and now there are hundreds of good computer sites.

Another good one is http://www.tips4pc.com but is not as old as kellys korner but is nearly as big.

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5 years 35 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Here's a cool new Vista site 100 Vista Tips

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5 years 27 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

http://www.top-windows-tutorials.com is a great site for Windows users of all abilities

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5 years 25 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Hi there
I think these sites you have mentioned are great, however some are too technical and presume the user knows more than they actually do. I like Tips4pc because it is easy to understand and it is not all computer jargon, and big impressive words. I must say I also love this site for the same reason.

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5 years 18 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

winxpfix.com is not a good site... please remove it as a link.

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5 years 10 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Great list, but it seems 80%+ apply specifically to XP. What about those of us who use Vista? (and actually prefer doing so!)

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5 years 3 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Exactly... I'm looking for vista tips more than xp tips although this list is really well composed, thank you! I've heard things about switching file indexing off, but I don't know how to do that precisely.

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5 years 1 week ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Here are a few really good sites that havehelped me out alot. They also not only have info for XP but for Vista (which is what I have) and some Win7 stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/user/PCWizKid

http://www.howtogeek.com/

http://www.megaleecher.net/

The PC wiz kid is a very good site with many helpful tips, etc. Hope this helps someof you, especially the Vista folks. Good Luck!

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5 years 6 days ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

http://www.megaleecher.net/ and http://www.labnol.org are my daily visits, do have a look at them you will love it.

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4 years 47 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Great Windows Tips list. Thanks

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4 years 27 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Some of this info is very outdated and some the pages don't even mention Vista or Windows Seven. It's nice to have old information if you have an old operating system, but what about the rest...

I agree that there are some valuable sites here but you didn't mention any of the one's I visit.

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4 years 27 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

I think video is the best way to understand computer tips and tricks. Check out this Youtube channel youtube.com/Computerbasics It has videos for everything.
And also tips4pc.com is the best site to see for for computer help. It might look a bit ugly but have a look around, it is amazing.

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4 years 19 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Windows 7 Forums (sevenforums.com) is a must. Great guides and a lot more. Easy to follow and understand their guides.

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4 years 14 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

Here is another site, that should be on this post - Related to Computer Tips and Hacks - http://www.allcomputertips.com

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4 years 13 weeks ago Best Sites for Windows Tips, Tricks and Tweaking Anonymous

A lot of Windows 7 tips and tutorials : The Windows Planet

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6 years 5 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Excellent. Thanks!

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6 years 5 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Awesome! Thanks a bunch!

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6 years 1 week ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

An alternative to using DropMyRights and which I like better is using Sysinternals' PSEXEC.

I prefer to use it because you can also specify the priority level for the process, for example: run firefox as a limited user, high priority (to make it safe AND more responsive if what you are doing is surf the web).

It would be something like this:
C:>psexec -high -ld "c:\program files\mozilla\firefox.exe"

Works like a charm [ the -ld switch means (L)imited user, (D)on't wait for process to terminate]

Give it a go =)

+Raider of the lost BBS

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6 years 1 week ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Can DropMyRights be added to the context menu for all programs/files? What would be the procedure for setting it up that way? That would be very handy.

Thanks,
Vivek

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6 years 6 days ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

excellent advice, i have long been a fan of sandboxie.

You would be interested in NOSCRIPT browser add on for Firefox (& possibly other) browsers.
Details: http://noscript.net/

Essentially it prevents any scripts from even downloading from visited sites, letting you specify if and when a script can be downloaded & run, either temporarily or permanently, and to create a whitelist of 'safe sites.'

I love it - for one thing my ISP (BT) charges me for any excess download -now i no longer pay for all those unwanted ads - and another thing, it is so much faster as i do not have to wait for all the ads to download!!!

good work

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5 years 37 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Greetings! Great advice! Now, how about some software for VISTA64?

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5 years 36 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

is drop my rights for xp users only? what about vista home prem 32x is it any use with that or does vista sort everything out for you?

i already use FF3, Noscript, Adblock plus, redirect remover.
is this ok if i include sandboxie?

can you use sandboxie with utorrent and thunderbird too? (what if the torrent hasn't finished downloading and you restart? - can you keep a sandbox open to survive a restart or hibernation?)

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5 years 34 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Hi there, great info, thanks, got this site under my Favs.now
Just one thing comes to mind, how can you be protected in the
"Sandbox" when accessing say, online banking, or your ebay account,
Paypal etc?

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5 years 26 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

I think the entire concept of working by default with high privileges, just to have what to drop before starting any program is wrong. Yes, it's very Windows-ish - base ideology in this OS is to run as vulnerable as possible software envirnoment, because this way different level (both as complexity and price) of protection solutions can be used on top of it. Still i completely fail to understand how so many people manage accept such approach to their own security.

This can look normal only when you own software development corporation or think as a criminal/goverment official. But even in this case it can be welcomed only when used by others.

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5 years 15 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

That is a lot of valuable information. Gives some food for thought. I am considering writing a post on Sandboxie, but before that need to search more about it.
Thanks,
Silki
http://webtoolsandtips.com

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5 years 5 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

how do i know it worked though ? i aint computer savy
so i have no idea of how it works , it opened my fire fox, but before it
did it showed a black box, does that mean it worked ?

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5 years 2 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

SandBoxie is great. I could not restrain myself from writing a blog post about it.

Silki
(http://thepcsecurity.com/browser-security-surf-web-safely-with-sandboxie/)

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4 years 51 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

I had downloaded Sandboxie version 3.02 once using IE as my default browser but it kept shutting down my PC without any reason. When I removed Sandboxie version 3.02 my PC resumed to normal according to the advice of my Windows XP. I tried to download Sandboxie 3.02 once more to see how things worked again. Unfortunately, it repeated the same problem and I removed it for good. Why was it unacceptable to my PC? And moreover, I can never remove the Sandboxie version 3.02 from the "Add or Remove Programs" at all despite I deleted it hiding in my registry editor. How can I also remove the icon and the text of Sandboxie version 3.02 still remaining in my "Add or Remove Programs" after it was cleared from my registry editor? Can anyone assist me asap?

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4 years 46 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Has anyone ever used Drop My Rights in reverse ie a Windows XP user with no admin rights requires admin rights to run a single legacy application? Any idea how you would go about this? I would assume it is possible by tweaking the source code, which looks pretty straightforward.

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4 years 41 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

When inputing your user id and password..use windows virtual keyboard..keyloggers will only see points of light instead of your valuable info.

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4 years 37 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

I'm using returnil(free)sandboxie with drop my rights(free) and UltraSurf,Eset,pctoolsplus firewall(free)superantispyware(lifetime)malwarebytes(manual scan free)w ie8 since UltraSurf only curently works with it..the firefox plugin no longer works with ff v 3.5.4 or 3.5.5.

When using ff(my fav browser)I use the above w/o UltraSurf.

I leave it to all of you as to whether UltraSurf is "safe".

Safe surfing to all.

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4 years 37 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Does running Sandboxie or a similar product such as Returnil prevent any traces of browsing history being left on the hard drive or elsewhere?

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4 years 36 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

I am currently using Avira Premium AV,Superantispyware Paid, Vista Firewall,SpywareBlaster all on realtime..I surf with FireFox primarily and keep that as well as Windows and all other software updated. Occasionally I will use Sandboxie or Returnil. I will often scan with A Squared free and Prevx 3.0 as well as Malwarebytes. My question is should I also include something such as Threatfire,DSA and or a firewall with a HIPS component? Or perhaps anything else that someone more knowledgeable than myself can suggest? Thank You

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4 years 36 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

I forgot to add to my prior post about additional protection that I do use the Firefox add ons such as NoScript and Ghostery and KeyScrambler. THX

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4 years 33 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

I use McAfee SiteAdvisor for safe browsing. I've found it a very useful tool. It alerts if any site is malicious.

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4 years 31 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Another good one for those is WOT (web of trust).

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4 years 26 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Thanks for the info - I just got a new Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit desktop and was waiting for the new Sandboxie for 64 bit. What alternative would you recommend?

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4 years 25 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

From the below link: "Starting with version 3.44 [released today, 2/3/10], Sandboxie offers full support for 64-bit editions of Windows Vista with Service Pack 1, and Windows 7."
http://www.sandboxie.com/index.php?NotesAbout64BitEdition

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4 years 24 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

well, I've tried quite a few "free" vpns and proxies and for now after submitting to virus total, 6/40 was the result, but none of the more respected antivirus flagged it,I'm using ultra surf with sandboxie & drop my rights, and also with returnil(no conflict). Also, I have changed the settings so I can use ff 3.6 with ultrasurf (its not hard)instead of the default which is ie...also using noscript + esetnod32(not free) and superantispyware pro version(not free got a great deal) + manual scan using malwarebytes. Recently, thanks to this site, I purchased winpatrol for 99¢.

This is by far my fav site...love all the ideas and input I find here.

Thankyou Gizmo and every 1 else.

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4 years 23 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Don't know how valid it is but it might be good to be cautious about using ultra surf as it seems it might have some or even be malware as discussed here:
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=237184&page=6
and
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/073109-blackhat-ultrasurf.html

Anyone else know about the legitimacy of these allegations?

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4 years 16 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

You need to edit this article. SandBoxie is no longer free !

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4 years 16 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

I double checked and found SandBoxie is shareware. After 30 days it does not have a couple of features.

Force" programs, and run programs in more than one sandbox.

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4 years 15 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Regarding UltraSurf,it is part of a consortium that are anti censor software helping citizens of countries that restrict their citizens from accessing the "free" internet. Their software is able to penetrate (ccp)Chinese communist great censorship wall! This site internetfreedom.org should clear up any question as to what uUltraSurf and other software that are part of the consortium are and what their commitment is. In my opinion after educating myself about who and what this group represents,they should be commended. They are helping millions of people in Iran,China,and other restrictive anti free speech regimes gain access to the "free" internet that you and I take for granted.

Thank you for allowing me to post this,(an avid Giz site reader that does not post that often).

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4 years 14 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

I am not sure if this is the correct forum but since it is dealing with security I hope it can be addressed here! I cannot completely install the latest Windows security updates...they will "install" up to having to restart the computer but after that I am notified that one security update failed...I realize this is a very general question but what might be some common reasons for this? I have scanned with Avast! 5, Hitman Pro,Malwarebytes,A Squared and SAS-all indicate clean. In addition I temp disabled the Vista firewall but no difference.Thank you

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4 years 13 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

I've had Vista since April 2007 and I had that problem several times b/c I ran a certain registry cleaner and I noticed I had some services disabled. Since u r running Vista go to Start menu type in services and the list of services that are enabled/disabled will show on your screen. Always make sure these six services are running. Windows Update, SAM(Security Accounts Manager), Workstation, System Event Notification, Windows Event Log, and Windows Management Instrumentation. If any of them are disabled enable them and set them on automatic and then restart computer and check for Windows updates. Also, never disable the firewall on your computer, all it takes is one time for malware to bypass it. Also Vista firewall is controllable by going to start menu typing wf.msc, there you can access the firewall control panel.

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4 years 13 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

Try the MS fix it tool. But the six services I mentioned above must be enabled b4 u use the services as well. Also b4 you do that make sure remote assistance is enable as well. Click on start, then control panel, system and maintenance, then system icon, and on left hand corner you will see remote settings. Click on that and make sure remote assistance is enabled.
http://fixitcenter.support.microsoft.com/Portal/

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4 years 4 weeks ago How to Surf More Securely Anonymous

I use sandboxie and the only that happens after 30 days is a timeout window pops up that gives you choices. To buy the upgraded version or continue with the free version. The paid for version has no "timeout" screen (that only takes a few seconds) and there are no advertisments. I still use the free version myself and it works fine.

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6 years 15 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Hi this is very useful the first part i have done and my (Icon) 2.40GHz Intel core(tm)2 Quad CPU 2047mb 32 bit is running as if i still had my old XP pro on it now to try the 2nd half if i am game enough well done m8t:¬)

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6 years 14 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Hi to turn off windows search you must do it in the "services" program

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Very good, thanx!!!

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6 years 11 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Very good, thanx!!!

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6 years 10 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

great

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6 years 10 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Thanks for this. Vista is a nightmare. Thanks for helping make it less of one.

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6 years 10 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

vista is only slow for bad computers

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6 years 9 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Vista is also slow for bad users.

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6 years 9 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

thumbs up! thanks

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6 years 9 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

not true my friend, not true, Vista's Problems mainly lie in the way it interfaces with your Hardware, its optimized to use Dual and Quad SLI chips instead of the classic 1 chip fits all config. packets are dropped, small bits of data are lost in translation, this happens with all computers but Vista is just like other windows systems in that it takes it awhile to truly become "User-Friendly"

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6 years 8 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Please post a warning not to disable the Ready Boost service or that will prevent the Ready Boot feature from running, crippling your boot times. This is not clear in the Black Viper site, e.g. 'Bare Bones' setting is disabled. Check here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc162480.aspx

Besides, you can also enable the multiboot feature, given that by default Vista only boots with 1 processor. Go to: msconfig>boot>advanced>and select the number of processors to boot.

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6 years 8 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Sorry, I meant multiprocessor boot, not 'multiboot', which is totally different. In the MS page, scroll down to Ready Boot.

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6 years 7 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

How to make windows xp run faster

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6 years 7 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Regarding ReadyBoost:

Flash memory has a limited lifespan (only so many writes). RAM is written to alot. ReadyBoost uses your flashdrive as RAM. Rather than chewing through flashdrives ($25 ~ 2 GB SanDisk Cruzer) I spent $50.50 on a 2 GB RAM module w/ a lifetime guarantee.

Something to consider.

-JRP
Email: jrp.tech@gmail.com
Web: jrptech.f-sw.com

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6 years 7 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Here in Portugal you can buy 4GB Sandisk Cruzer Contour for €20 also w/ lifetime guarantee.

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6 years 7 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Nice!

-JRP

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6 years 6 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

I just purchased a new vostro 1710 from Dell It came with 3GB ram. out of the box it showed 50% ram usage, that is a rip off from microsoft I paid $100 for the extra memory. With these article I just getting my money back. I fell sorry for home customers most of them will just purchase more memory and pay more and will not be able to get back there memory to run programs instead the OS will use most of it.

Microsfot for a company with so much money that cant or does not want to optimize system resource for its new os, seems that does not care. So these is the OS for the Rich. I paid $1500 for Dell hardware and believe that will lose 20% of that investment just because of poor desing from MS in the new vista os. that is about $300.00 bucks. I alsa paid for a Vista Bussines as a downgrade option to windows xp in case I dont like vista. So Microsoft nows about that people will not like vista an makes moneys about it. Only a company that has a monopoly on the os market can do these. Who pays that. Us the customers. Thanks for the article it was very usefull. Best Regarads. davinci440

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6 years 6 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

thanks a lot!!!!!!! it really helps....

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6 years 6 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Thanks so much for all the info, I was about ready to throw my new laptop w/Vista away, but doing all that you suggested has made it much faster. I'm going to get more ram and then I will be set. Thanks again for all the tips.

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6 years 5 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

C cleaner helps a lot and its quick and easy to use.

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6 years 4 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

check out the vista tweaking tools MZ Vista Force. Google it. It is really useful..... Apart from tweaking your vista system, you can disable some of the features like
1. Vista waiting indefinitely for programs that crashed to respond during shutdown thus not shutting down at all
2. Running explorer, desktop under multiple processes so that crash of one don't affect the others
3. Disabling DEP for explorer. This causes explorer to crash occasionally
4. De fragmenting the pagefile during shutdown etc etc

http://absolutehorizon.blogspot.com

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6 years 1 week ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Thanks, I especially agree that the UAC just makes us angry. The UAC reminds me of the MCP in the movie Tron. I hate the UAC more than anything else in Vista! Why I can't simply move a shortcut into a different folder is beyond me. I would love to stop the little red flag, though, from appearing without completly disabling the security center -- any ideas?

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6 years 4 days ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

I've had Vista (home premium) for a little over a year. On my xp system
I was able to tweak it and get my boot time down to 45 seconds. On Vista
the best I could do was 1 min 45 seconds. When I say boot time I mean from the time i turn the power on till the computer is ready to go. I disabled some services,(I have 40 running at start up) left aero on,but turned off some features. The only way I could get it to boot a little faster than 1min 45 sec was to turn off things I needed or wanted to run.
Then I found a program called WinBubble 1.73. I only use one feature on the program. You'll find the setting in the Optimize tab. It's Enable/
Disable Multiple Monitor Configuration. I set it to disable. I've been running on this setting for two weeks, no problems on my system from this change. Boot time is now 54 seconds.

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5 years 51 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

I noticed that Advanced WindowsCare V2 has a system optimization that disables some of the services recommended at the BlackViper website. It disables all but a couple of them, such as the fax/Parental Controls/Tablet PC Input Service/etc.

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5 years 51 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

I hate vista, Thats why i only really use it for times when i am on games or watching DVD's and videos online, heres something i have found very bad with this vista laptop, when the power goes out when i am watching something online, the internet dies, then vista gets the BSoD for no reason!!! I've encountered over 20 bsod's last month, this proves that vista is really unstable.
My xp pc is around the same speed as this, but it has less than half the specs of this vista laptop, and twice as much runnning, to make vista fast enough i had to change my theme to windows standard, doesnt look very good but its a lot faster and less of a drain on the battery, so heres something you should know, if you want a fast pc, just stay with xp, microsoft boosted xp to 2014 so why do you need to change? we still have 6 years till we have to switch over!

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5 years 51 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

(1) I adjusted my visual effects to Best Performance, and then I changed my theme back to Windows Vista basic. It still has most of the visual effects turned off, except I clicked on Show Thumbnails instead of icons just because I like that option, and Windows clicked on Use visual styles on windows and buttons (the last visual display option in Adjust visual effects, under Performance Information and Tools). That's all you need in order to display the basic vista theme, that includes the black bar, black background, and windows circle for the start button, but not the transparency.

(2) I like a lot of the Vista options, myself. (a) I like that I do not have to install software for my printer, for example. (b) In XP, I have to manually install my printer, but Vista does it on its own and much more quickly. (c) I find it easier to copy files to a CD/DVD in Vista and I have fewer format conflicts with the Vista operating system. (d) Many people like the Directx10 for games.

(3) In the negative: (a) Vista messed up a few of my games that actually work in XP (Diablo II, Sammy Sosa's High Heat Baseball); (b) the UAC is annoying, annoying, annoying like hell; (b-2) Did I mention that the UAC is annoying? (c) some other software that I liked is incompatible (my old defragger). (d) It takes up more hard drive space and battery energy.

(4) I've never once gotten the BSoD myself. I didn't even know they still had it in Vista.

Do you have SP1 installed? It is much more stable.

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5 years 51 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

With Vista,my computer is about as slow as Obama's realization that we need more sources of oil. Thanks for totally necessary political reference.

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5 years 47 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Yea,
i bought my laptop a couple of months ago seemened ok with vista for the first 5 minuites i mean its no problem but it annoys me that my fiend with a 1.4ghz 512mb ram on xp can run games movies pretty much anything better than my 1.7ghz dual core 2gb ram and nvidia 8600m gs i mean ive got more video memory than he has ram. anyway back to the point as soon as vista connected to the internet and downloads all the "necessary" updates my laptop didnt like it and decided to run like a square wheel i dont have that many processes running i keep my laptop very clean but even dont trust internet explorer it uses too many resources, i would consider not using vista unless the user wants an interner or email viewer but i know this is what people said about XP until vista came out so hopefully microsoft will make vista a mistake and say o just one more and then people will complain about there new OS.

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5 years 46 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

I hope later windows vista will improve an update and it could turn as fast as windows XP............

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5 years 45 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Try AutoMZ, from the same source. It does everything that MZ Ultimate Tweaker does, but it does it automatically, instead of making you think about it. I don't understand Windows enough to use Ultimate Tweaker. AutoMZ does the thinking for you.

Just click "Optimize Vista" and it does the rest. Best of all, it's totally free, no adware, and no paid-version-only features.

This tool has won 9 awards.

I use the "Powerful Boost" option with no problem on my 2008 Gateway laptop, but I need to use the "Safe Boost" option on some computers to avoid problems. Be sure to take a windows system restore snapshot before trying the "Powerful Boost" option.

Don't use the windows system restore built-into AutoMZ, it has a screen redraw bug. Instead, open Windows System restore manually: Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore>Create A Restore Point.

I run AutoMZ once-a-month to boost my system, or anytime it seems sluggish. It gives a significant performance boost and faster startup.

I am curious to know which of the manual tweaks mentioned in the article above are included in AutoMZ. Anybody know?

http://mztweak.bravehost.com/AutoMz.html

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5 years 45 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

THE QUICKER, SIMPLER, EASIER, FREE WAY TO SPEED UP VISTA - A LOT

FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THE TIME, or interest, or knowledge to deal with all the tweaks mentioned in the article above.

I'm a computer consultant who uses this method with great results. I have no connection to the makers of these products.

  1. Run AutoMZ monthly - It applies MANY of the tweaks in the article above, and many other tweaks, automatically, with just a few clicks. No engineering degree required.
  2. Run CCleaner monthly - Be sure to:
    • run the cleaner
    • run the built-in Registry cleaner
    • and remove non-essential startup programs in the Tools section

    If that's not fast enough, do the following:

  3. Turn off Windows Aero-Glass - go to Performance Information>Adjust Visual Settings>Visual Effects and select the radio button next to ‘Adjust for best performance. That turns Vista Business into Vista Home Basic.
  4. Turn off Windows Sidebar - by right-clicking the Windows Sidebar icon in the system tray> Properties>Uncheck the Start Sidebar when Windows starts box.
  5. Uninstall Google Desktop (for now)

After getting used to your new, speedy computer for a week, re-add Vista Sidebar, or Google Desktop, or Aero-Glass if desired. Add them one at a time, not all at once, and look for sluggishness. Results may vary.

-Johny
http://laptopacademy.net

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5 years 45 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

THE QUICKER, SIMPLER, EASIER, FREE WAY TO SPEED UP VISTA - A LOT

FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T HAVE THE TIME, or interest, or knowledge to deal with all the tweaks mentioned in the article above.

I'm a computer consultant who uses this method with great results. I have no connection to the makers of these products.

  1. Run AutoMZ monthly - It applies MANY of the tweaks in the article above, and many other tweaks, automatically, with just a few clicks. No engineering degree required.
  2. Run CCleaner monthly - Be sure to:
    • run the cleaner
    • run the built-in Registry cleaner
    • and remove non-essential startup programs in the Tools section

    If that's not fast enough, do the following:

  3. Turn off Windows Aero-Glass - go to Performance Information>Adjust Visual Settings>Visual Effects and select the radio button next to ‘Adjust for best performance. That turns Vista Business into Vista Home Basic.
  4. Turn off Windows Sidebar - by right-clicking the Windows Sidebar icon in the system tray> Properties>Uncheck the Start Sidebar when Windows starts box.
  5. Uninstall Google Desktop (for now)

After getting used to your new, speedy computer for a week, re-add Vista Sidebar, or Google Desktop, or Aero-Glass if desired. Add them one at a time, not all at once, and look for sluggishness. Results may vary.

-Johny
http://laptopacademy.net

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5 years 45 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

UAC may be annoying, but I personally have not noticed any performace hit from User Access Control (UAC).

UAC is a great HELP for people who wisely create limited user accounts for daily usage.

Running your pc in admin mode all the time (which is most people) is a big security hole. It will give any hacker or virus instant admin access to your whole computer. So it's much safer to create a limited user account for your daily usage.

Then the UAC will enable you to install software without having to log off and then log back in again as admin. It will also alert you whenever any lurkers try to gain admin access to your computer.

Sure, entering a password is annoying every time you want to install some software, but having to log off and log back in again as admin is MORE annoying. And having your system or files damaged by a virus, because you decided it was easier to leave your machine wide open, is even more annoying.

In a nutshell, make a limited user account for daily computing, and leave UAC on.

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5 years 45 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

I disagree with some of the content above, like turning off indexing, all you have to do is optimize it and enable natural search, that will replace launchers like Launchy or FARR. Search 4.0 is working very well:

http://www.vista4beginners.com/Improve-Instant-Search
http://www.vista4beginners.com/Enable-Natural-Search-and-learn-how-to-us...

In regard of UAC, you forgot - or not - to mention a lot of reliable customizations available, or you can simply turn on the hidden Administrator account, without UAC prompts, although I wouldn't recommend it without a good hips and AV in place:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/4-ways-to-make-uac-less-ann...

Vista firewall has inbound and outbound filter, it is rather simplistic to show only how to turn it on/off, and I this this is the right place to discuss it. Some of us might like to use it together with a stand-alone hips, it's a lot more interesting to explore the advanced security features:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc138010.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc748991.aspx

Another one interesting is to use the the Extended Disk Cleanup for aditional options:
run > cleanmgr /sageset:1; & run > cleanmgr /sagerun:1

And a fix for a bug, causing Vista to eat itself in-1-click:

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/175654-disk-cleanup-windows-error-repo... http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/serious-disk-cleanup-problem-caused-by...

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5 years 42 weeks ago How to Make Vista Run Faster Anonymous

Oh wow.

Two things I'd like to add to this.

1) a 5.9 is stupid easy to achieve. I've built many, many gaming rigs that do this. If you're not afraid to pay for good hardware, you'll get a good Vista Experience score. Simple as that. Don't skimp on RAM, that tends to be the lowest point most of the time - go for some high-clock OCZ, Patriot, Mushkin, etc.

2) Battery life is not worse in Vista. My MSI Wind gets nearly 5:45 with Vista (even with Aero Glass on) and only about 5:20 in XP. It's even worse in Ubuntu, because it's so crap for handling suspend.

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