Rebooting your computer is the most common first-step remedy for most PC ailments. Rebooting returns all of your computer’s software (and hardware) to a known initial state, which in theory should eliminate fluctuating problems. The issue could be as simple as a software error or as complex as a motherboard or hard drive failure, but you [...]
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Windows Vista has had an interesting reception by the technology community, to say the least. People either like it or they hate it, or they think it is O.K. The road to Vista was several years in the making, and there are lots of interesting stories and tidbits about the OS that most people don’t [...]
As storage has gotten more expansive, Microsoft has gotten very good at unnecessarily using up this extra space. One of the biggest storage hogs is System Restore, which was rather easy to modify in Windows XP. In Windows Vista, there is no easy way to change the amount of space that System Restore uses, so [...]
There’s lots of little files accumulating on your computer… like bacteria. Every time you browse the interenet, little bits of data are saved onto your hard drive. There’s several reasons you need to clean these files out periodically. For one, there’s the privacy issue: do you really want your browsing history available to anyone who [...]
If you’re using Windows Vista, then you’ve probably noticed the new memory requirements. In Windows XP you could get away with 1GB of memory, with 2GB making it run much smoother. To get the same smooth experience from Vista, you really need to double the memory, due in part to some of the new services that Vista [...]
If you one of the many of people discovering the joys of a Home Theater PC, then you’ll want to get as much usefulness from it as you can. Microsoft makes a standard Media Center remote, which works just fine with their 10-foot interface experience, but makes searching for your media a little awkward. Other vendors have created Media Center remotes [...]
If you were a teenager in the 80s then you certainly have fond memories of Don Bluth’s laser-disc games like Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace. These games were simply amazing at the time and were so bleeding edge that you could sever an arm if you got too close to the cabinet. For those of [...]
I have been looking for a cheap expandable storage method for Media Center for some time. After one of my recent rants about Media Center storage, one of the [OC]ModShop staff members turned me onto the Sony VAIO VGP-XL1B3 CD/DVD changer. This device attaches to any Media Center PC (including Vista) and adds additional storage [...]
Remember the holidays from three…five…ten years ago? Birthdays? Family outings? The great times you had with your parents, grandparents or great grandparents? Aren’t you glad you captured all of those special, precious moments on videotape? You’ve got dozens of taped memories stacked in a cabinet or tucked away on a shelf in closet. Disappearing Past The problem is consumer [...]
Some of us are old enough to remember when the old three-finger salute was used to reboot out computers: a specific key combination recognized at the hardware level of every PC to reboot. Microsoft thought it would be a swell idea to grab that key combination for the purposes of logging on to their new-fangled [...]
It always happens to us. You have your favorite media player, graphics editor, HTML editor or whatever, and you install the latest codec or optional tool. Then suddenly your world is thrown into chaos: MP3 files open with an audio editor, images are opened with a program that takes 5 minutes to load, the sky [...]
Vista icons are much more realistic in appearance in comparison to the looser, illustrative style of Windows XP icons. The largest size included in the Vista icons resource is 256 x 256 pixels. This may sound quite large for our present 96 DPI displays, but it will be quite suitable for high-DPI displays being developed [...]
Setting up a Home Theater PC used to be a huge ordeal. Before Windows Media Center (and other all-inclusive media software), configuring a HTPC was an ongoing project as there were no standard or tested methods on achieving stability or automation. Getting a PC to ran as simply and reliably as an appliance has always [...]
It always happens, even in Windows XP… you need to move or delete some files, but Windows gives you an error that you need permission or that the file is in use. When tweaking your Vista system, you will probably need to modify some system files, but Vista has this locked down tight.
Since your Media Center is set up to be an appliance, there’s no need to login every time it boots. Although it will automatically login if you leave your password blank, the default network policy will not map network drives with blank passwords. With Windows XP I used TweakUI to automatically login, but now Vista [...]