Tutorials in ‘Windows Vista’ Category

Checking the sites your computer is connecting to in Windows

Have you noticed a sudden drop of your Internet speed? A possible explaination is that some nasty program is doing things behind your back. Whether it is spyware, malware or adware you might have a serious case of unauthorized traffic on your hands.

But don’t worry, it’s quite easy to get a list of your connections in Windows. Such a list may turn quite helpful and may help you find some unknown applications are using your bandwidth for their dirty bidding.

Naturally this list will be generated through the Command Prompt. First, open the Command Prompt under Administrator Mode. To do that, open the Start menu, type cmd in the search box:

Right-click on cmd.exe and select Run as administrator:

The command prompt will open:

Enter the following command:

netstat -fab 5 > connections.txt

Now, before we press Enter, let’s take a moment to look what exactly are we doing here. First of all netstat is a command that generates a lot of useful information about your network status. Additionally there are several options we can add to our netstat command, some of which are:

 -f – for displaying the full DNS name for hosts on the other side of each connection. This makes the generated data a lot easier to comprehend.

-a – to put it simply this stands for “all”. As in “all connections and listening ports”.

 -b – to output the name of the application making the connection.

Alternatively to -f you can use -n to display only IP addresses.

Naturally, “5” stands for how often do we want this information to be gathered. Finally, “> connections.txt” means that we want to output this information to connections.txt (so called piping).

So now that we now what we are doing, we can freely hit Enter.

Wait for a couple of minutes and press Ctrl + C to stop netstat. Now you can open connections.txt (which in our case is located in C:\Windows\System32  because we ran netstat from there) and see the activity of every application for the moment you started netstat, until you turned it off.

Note: This information may not be complete as we set netstat to update once in five seconds.

Note: This trick works on Windows 7 and Windows Vista. If you are still using Windows XP you need at least SP2.


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Make Windows remember your folder settings

How often has this happened to you? You have just set everything about a folder (View, Sort by, Group by, folder type, etc.) and a few days later when you open the folder all your settings are gone. Not to mention that it only takes one unmount and remount for a hard drive to reset its settings. Well, this is kind of annoying, isn’t it? Thankfully, this can be solved pretty easy with a little registry tweak.

First open the Registry Editor – open the Start menu, enter regedit in the Start menu search box, wait for search to locate regedit.exe and press Enter:

The registry editor will open:

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell using the left-hand pane:

Note for Windows Vista x64 and Windows 7 x64 users: You should navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Wow6432Node\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\ instead.

Create a new DWORD key:

And name it BagMRU Size:

Double-click on it and a new window will open:

Choose Decimal base and enter something like 10000:

Click OK, close the registry editor and you are done.

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Speed up Windows 7 and Windows Vista bootup by allowing them to use all processors

When it comes to improving the performance of your Windows the ways are almost unlimited. Here we will show you a good way to improve Windows 7 (and Windows Vista) boot time.
By default Windows uses one processor during bootup. Well why not allow it to use all of your processors? Here is how.

Open the Start menu, type in msconfig in the Start menu search box and press Enter (alternatively press Win + R):
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SSD Performance Tweaks

SSD disks offer more performance than traditional HDD disks, because they don”t need to make seek from track to tracks to positioning the read / write heads. This is because they don”t use mechanics (any spinning parts, motors, etc.). They use billions (depending on their capacity) of capacitors to store binary. This capacitors can be accessed simultaneously and every capacitor no need seek time for taking access.

This is the main key feature for their performance improvements, but always you can make some tweaks to get more from SSD disks. With this tutorial I will show you how you can set some SSD Performance Tweaks and to get more disk performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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Install Windows Vista

Even you don”t think to install Windows Vista this time, you can add this tutorial to your bookmarks, because all we know that soon or later we have to install this OS.

1. Put the Windows Vista installation disk in your DVD drive. For this tutorial I will use Ultimate Еdition of Windows Vista, but installation steps are identical to other Windows Vista. If you sure your hardware permit all the requirements, you can skip next step.

2. To be sure your system pass Windows Vista requirements and have enough performance, click on Check compatibility in main window appearing after DVD disc is inserted. After this click on Download Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, and when download finish run the application.

Before starting the procedure of analyzing your system, plug all external devices which you think to use with Windows Vista and click on Start Scan button. This Advisor will analyze your system for compatible hardware and performance requirements for Windows Vista. When process finish you can examine the results by clicking on See Details button. All problematic hardware will be highlighted for you.

With this tool you can decide which Windows Vista edition offer optimal service and performance for you and your system. If you can decide, take a look the list with differences of each editions by clicking on Compare Editions button. If you don”t see any problems and everything is fine you can continue with installation. Read the rest of this entry »

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