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Give your PC a Check-up with Microsoft’s PC Advisor

Here’s another Paul Thurrott tip from the Windows Weekly 81 podcast (also discussed on his blog here). Microsoft’s free PC Advisor (download here) falls into the ‘does no harm and just might help’ category. I would recommend it to friends and family who find their computer is having problems. Hey, it can’t hurt. I downloaded

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Simple, Free Group File Renaming with Ant Renamer

This tip comes from Paul Thurrott on the Windows Weekly 76 podcast (available here). How I long for the old days of DOS commands. It was so easy in those days to rename groups of files. X-Tree was (and still is) my all time favourite Swiss-army knife utility for the PC for this kind of

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No Crapware on a Mac

Paul Thurrott makes a very good point in the latest Windows Weekly podcast (Episode 74 at time index 50:10). It hadn’t occurred to me until he mentioned it, but there is no crapware installed on a Mac. He makes the very good point that part of XP’s and Vista’s negative reputation is due to the

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Cleaning Up After Vista Service Pack 1

  I updated my Vista x64 installation with Windows Vista Service Pack 1 the day it came out (March 18, 2008). Due to the the notoriously buggy nVidia Vista drivers, the small version of the service pack was not available to my nVidia-laden XPS 600 through the recommended ‘Windows Update’ process. So I downloaded and