System Utilities


How To Check and Validate Hardware Specifications of Windows and Android Devices

A simple and free tool to check all hardware specifications of your Windows and Android devices.

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Windows 7 Startup Detail

Want to follow a detailed example of what happens when Windows starts?

In this article you will find the following detail about Windows startup:

  • Descriptions of the major components.
  • Detailed sequences of activities for each process.
  • Example registry keys and values.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers

A few days ago Rob posted an article on how to get the Windows Experience Index score back. Today we are going to showcase our PC Performance Scores using another freeware utility, Novabench. It is a benchmarking utility for Windows and Mac. Novabench is a versatile and advanced aggregator than WEI that tests the performance of various components of your computer and then assigns scores to each one of them. A higher score indicates a better performance. Novabench not only rates your computer but also can be used to find the various performance bottlenecks on your system.

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Do we really need Windows registry cleaners?

In early 2012 I wrote this short article describing the impact of registry cleaning on Windows XP performance. I never published it because I was primarily settling the question for my own satisfaction. Secondly, I shelved it when I started working on a longer article that provides more detail on the scenarios. I never finished that other article so now I'm publishing this shorter article because it will still be useful to the many Windows XP users.

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Windows 7 Startup

Want to know what happens when Windows starts?

This article is an overview of Windows startup with a flowchart and a couple of examples of the startup phases for immediate user logon and delayed user logon.

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Nifty Free Application Lets You Control Hundreds of Windows System Utilities in One Convenient Place

WSCC download and update dialogGizmo’s Freeware reviews many Windows system utilities. Two of the premier sources are Microsoft Windows Sysinternals and Nirsoft Utilities.

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How to Make Dozens of Tweaks to Windows 8/8.1 the Easy Way

There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of ways to tweak Windows and everybody has their favorites. Here’s an easy way to make many of your favorite tweaks in Windows 8/8.1 and possibly discover some new ones as well.

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How to Pin Anything to the Taskbar in Windows 7 and 8 the Easy Way

Have you ever wanted to pin your favorite folder, document, or control panel item to the Windows taskbar, only to find that you can’t do that directly?  Unfortunately, the straightforward way of pinning items to the taskbar is limited to program files only. If you want to pin something else there, you need a workaround. Or you can use one of the free little portable programs from Winaero that will allow you to pin almost anything to the taskbar. There is one for Windows 7 and one for Windows 8.

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