Yearly Archive: 2012

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Tip 54: The Benchmark is Within, Run WinSat without the GUI

This tip is for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. The Windows Experience Index is a performance measurement that can be used to judge how well a PC will run Windows. The value of the index starts at 1 to 5.9 for Windows Vista and 1 to...

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Tip 50: Wipe your **** after you’re done

I know what you were thinking but the **** stands for data, or bits. I remember using some old Norton Utilities to wipe deleted files from hard drives. I’m not sure why I did it, as I’m sure the data I had deleted was not important to anyone...

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Tip 49: How Do You Set Default User Profile Registry Settings

This tip is for Windows 2000 and up. Instructions for Windows NT 4.0 can be found at; http://support.microsoft.com/kb/146050. The following instructions are based on Windows 7. The steps may be different in other versions of Windows. Since the instructions in this post will show how to edit the...

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Tip 48: Setting Up and Installing Printers in Windows

This tip is for Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7 and possibly 8. This is going to be a long post, but is not meant to be all inclusive. There are definitely other ways to setup and install printers, but the ways below are a good practice to follow...

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Tip 47: One Windows System Stability Index Score to Rule Them All

This tip is for Windows Vista, 2008 Server RTM and up. Since I talked about Wbemtest.exe and Windows System Stability Index in the last posts I thought I would do something useful with the treasure trove of reliability information available through WMI. Usually the System Stability Index is...

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Tip 45: WBEMTEST, the underappreciated tool

This tip is for all versions of Windows, Windows NT and up. One of my favorite built in tools in Windows is Wbemtest.exe. It is not the prettiest program ever created, but the power to find out information on your computer and other computers on the network is...