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Vista's New Boot Loader Architecture
The boot sequence of Windows Vista and later systems is slightly different from previous versions. For Windows Vista, the MBR instead loads the Windows Boot Manager (BOOTMGR), which accesses the Boot Configuration Data store (BCD). More ...

How to Use Windows Defender
Windows Defender scans your computer for malicious software and provides alerts and default actions such as putting suspicious software into a quarantine area where it can't run. It also uses real-time protection, which detects a malicious or unknown programs attempting to install themselves or run on your computer or attempting to change important Windows settings. More ...

Guide to Getting the Most from Laptop Batteries
Everyone who buys a notebook wants to know how long its battery will last. The brief answer - it depends! Battery Life is highly variable, depending on how you use your laptop. More ...

Laptop Batteries 101 - A Buyer's Guide
If you are among the increasing number of mobile executives who are switching from PCs to laptops, it is inevitable that you will soon face a situation where you will need to educate yourself about laptop batteries. And then, at some point, buy them. Here are some basic guidelines. More ...

Why Not Defragment Your Hard Disk Today?
Does your computer run as fast as it did the first day you brought it home from the store? If you have been using it for several months or more, more than likely it has begun to operate more slowly. The most common cause is a fragmented hard disk. More ...

FREE Ebook - How to Configure and Maintain Your PC
This ebook shows you how to take control of your computer and configure it the way it should be, for optimal performance. Then this ebook show you how to perform critical computer maintenance such as backing up, defragmenting the hard disk, setting up anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall protection systems. More ...

How to Backup Windows XP Home Edition
How many hours of work did you put into creating that data? One little event, like a power line spike from a lightning strike, and all that work could be lost. Unfortunately, backing up with Windows XP Home Edition is not as simple as it should be. More ...

Do We Really Need Windows Vista?
Windows Vista requires new equipment and more memory to run efficiently and it may have problems using current XP hardware or software. In this article I'll look at whether we actually need Vista. More ...

Tuning-up Windows XP Computer
The purpose of this procedure is to get your computer running again in peak performance just like the day you purchased it. Many of the steps listed here will free up wasted hard disk space, increase protection of personal information from outside intrusions, and clean and reorganize the system registry. More ...

Printer Cartridge Price Fixing
The ink cartridge for a low end HP printer, containing only one tiny ounce of ink, costs a mind boggling $30.00! That?s price gouging, and all printer manufacturers are doing it. That?s called PRICE FIXING and it?s illegal. More ...

Recognize And Understand Home Networking Components
If your computers are in the same room, the Wireless network should not be considered. Computer that may be close to each other but cannot be seen may and have phone jacks close by can easily be networked with the HomePNA Network. While PCs that are far from each other can be connected with the powerline network, assuming wall outlets are nearby. More ...

How To Properly Install A New Motherboard
The motherboard is the most expensive computer component so be sure to treat and handle it with great care. There are a few things you should do to ensure no motherboard damage occur as you prepare for the installation. More ...