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How to Use ReadyBoost in Windows Vista to Speed Up Slower Computers

You can speed up the way your computer uses its RAM if you know how to use the drive accelerators that come with Windows Vista. Vista boasts three technologies that speed up your computer by judicious [more…]

How to View and Use Your Computer's Windows Experience Index

Windows Vista uses a sophisticated, multitalented program called WinSAT, or the Windows System Assessment Tool, to determine its benchmark settings, which it calls the Windows Experience Index [more…]

Speeding Up Windows Vista by Eliminating the Aero Interface

You can improve the speed of your computer by removing the Aero Shell in Windows Vista. Microsoft spent a fortune tying Vista and Aero Glass together in the minds and pocketbooks of computer consumers. [more…]

Speeding Up Windows Vista by Disabling the Glass Effect

In Vista, Glass refers to a transparent (more accurately a translucent) effect that allows you to see through the border around windows on your desktop and look at a blurry version of whatever lies beneath [more…]

How to Adjust Windows Vista's Display Options for Better Performance

If you aren’t terribly concerned about Windows Vista’s appearance, you can speed up the screen substantially, no matter what kind of video card you have. To maximize your display, you can turn off virtually [more…]

How to Install a New Codec in Windows Media Player

Many media codecs are included in Windows Vista, but as technology changes daily, it is important to know how to install new codecs for the Windows Media Player. Codecs are important in the Windows Media [more…]

How to Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista

New computers today come with Windows Vista preinstalled — it’s practically unavoidable. But, if you have an older computer, it's time to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista. If it’s running Windows [more…]

How to Make an Older Program Run in Windows Vista

Did you know that you can make older programs run in Windows Vista? Many programs are designed to run on a specific version of Windows. When you upgrade to a different version of Windows, those older programs [more…]

How to Change the Driver for a Device that Isn't Working in Windows Vista

Windows comes preloaded with an arsenal of drivers— software that lets Windows communicate with the gadgets you plug into your PC. But if you install something that’s either too new for Windows Vista to [more…]

How to Move the Windows Vista Search Index to a Faster Drive

Because the heart of the Windows Vista search engine is the index, it really pays off to keep the index on the fastest drive you have. So, if you get a newer, faster drive, you should move your search [more…]

Why Upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7?

Microsoft hopes everybody will immediately switch to Windows 7, but they're targeting two groups in particular: people already using Windows XP and people already using Windows Vista. But if you've already [more…]

Why Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7?

If you bought your PC between 2001 and 2006, you’ve probably grown accustomed to the mechanics of Windows XP. But Microsoft releases a new version of Windows every few years. That leaves the nagging question [more…]

How to Upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7

New computers today come with Windows 7 preinstalled — it’s practically unavoidable. On the other hand, if you’re upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7, you’ve got it easy: upgrading to Windows 7 is [more…]

How to Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

Before making the leap to Windows 7, take a few minutes to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. The Upgrade Advisor scans your Vista or XP computer and tells you whether your PC can handle Windows 7. Running [more…]

How to Use the Windows Experience Index to Determine How Well a Computer Will Run Windows 7

If you want to upgrade a computer that is already running Vista, you’re in luck. The upgrade process is a breeze, and you can use the Windows Experience Index [more…]

How to Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 can be a chore. Windows 7 will not automatically upgrade from XP, which means that you have to uninstall Windows XP before you can install Windows 7. And yes, that’s [more…]

What Your PC Needs to Upgrade to a Version of Windows Vista

Upgrading your PC to Microsoft Vista means paying attention to which version you’re upgrading to and knowing what that version requires. The following table lists the needs for Vista Home Basic, Home Premium [more…]

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