Posts Tagged 'Microsoft'

Follow this and forget about formatting computer for years :)


One of the most persistent myths about Windows is that you need to reinstall the operating system regularly to keep it running at top performance. Let’s take a look at the real problem and how to fix it.

Today we’re talking about the myth that Windows slows down over time, and how to solve the problem. The reality is that Windows doesn’t slow down if you just take care of your PC a little more. Follow these procedures, and you won’t have to wonder if spending hours backing up data, installing from disc, and re-installing your essential applications is really necessary.

What Does Slow Windows Down Over Time?

I’m not going to sit here and tell you that your Windows PC will never slow down—because for many people, they almost always do. What actually slows your PC down are too many poorly written applications that stay resident in memory and waste CPU cycles, having too many badly written low-level applications that hook into Windows, or running more than one antivirus application at a time. And of course, if you’ve run your PC’s hard drive out of space, you can hardly blame Windows for that.

If you aren’t getting the picture, the problem is usually the person behind the keyboard that installed too many junk applications in the first place. More gently put, it’s often that (very well-meaning) person’s gradual easing of their safeguards and cleaning regimens as time goes by.

Stop Installing Junk Applications

Installing software should be thought of like feeding your PC. If you constantly feed your PC garbage apps, it’s going to get sick and won’t be able to run fast anymore. These poorly written applications clutter your drive with unnecessary DLL files, add always-resident Windows services when they don’t need to, bloat up your registry, and add useless icons to your system tray that waste even more memory and CPU cycles. Usually you can get away with using a few terrible applications, but as you continue to install more and more of them, your PC will slow down to a crawl.

Be Smarter About What You Do Install

We feature and recommend a lot of software applications around here, but you should keep in mind that we aren’t trying to tell you to install every single one of them at the same time-just install the applications that you actually need and you’ll generally prevent the dreaded format and reinstall.

Here’s a few tips to help you know what applications you should be careful with:

  • Apps that function as an Explorer plug-in, because they directly hook into the shell and any problem will make your entire PC slow or in the worst case, crash repeatedly.
  • Antivirus applications are notorious for slowing your PC down, and you should never, ever, ever use more than one real-time antivirus application at a time. We recommend Microsoft Security Essentials as a free, fast, and awesome antivirus tool.
  • Anything that says it will "Speed Up Your PC" or "Optimize Your RAM" will most likely slow it down, or best case, do nothing at all. Avoid these like the plague.
  • Make sure to install official system drivers from the manufacturer website. Drivers have a huge impact on performance, and you want to have stable, updated drivers.
  • Registry cleaners are a mixed bag, and really aren’t going to speed up your PC in most cases. The biggest problem, however, is that too many of the commercial registry cleaners set themselves to run at startup in the system tray, wasting your memory and CPU cycles.
  • You should strongly consider the idea of using portable applications wherever possible, since their self-contained nature means they won’t clutter up the rest of your PC with things you don’t need.

Keep Your Computer Clean and Trim
Once you’ve rid yourself of your junk application habit and resolved to only use healthy, useful applications, you’ll want to make sure to keep your PC clean of any remaining clutter that doesn’t need to be there. You can set up a shortcut to manually run CCleaner silently with the push of a button, but your best bet is to set up CCleaner to run automatically on a schedule, so you don’t have to remember to do it.

Since CCleaner is only going to clean up temporary files, you’ll still need a good solution for keeping the rest of your PC clean-and Lifehacker’s own Belvedere can help you automate your self-cleaning PC or automatically clean up your download folder.

With all of this automated file deletion going on, your hard drive is likely to get a bit fragmented. If you’re already running Windows 7 or Vista, automatic defrag comes out of the box and probably shouldn’t be messed with, but Windows XP users will need to use Windows Tasks to setup a schedule and automatically defrag their drives.

Use a Virtual Machine or Sandbox to Test Software
If you still want to test out all of the latest software, including apps that look a bit rough around the edges, your best bet is to use a virtual machine to test out anything before putting it onto your primary operating system. You can install all of your software in an XP or Windows 7 VM just like it was a real PC, and with the latest VMWare player releases, you can even enable Windows Aero in a guest VM. If you are new to the idea and need some more help, you should check out our beginner’s guide to creating virtual machines in VirtualBox, or Windows 7 users can check out our guide to using XP Mode. If you don’t want to go the virtual machine route, Windows XP and Vista users can alternatively use Windows SteadyState to protect their PC and roll back all of the changes on a reboot.

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BitLocker to go

As we know BitLocker is the full drive encryption feature introduced with the Windows Vista Ultimate and continued to Windows 7 but in addition to full drive encryption BitLocker provides an additional feature “BitLocker To Go” in Windows 7

BitLocker To Go allows users to protect there Removable Storage Devices like USB Pen Drives or External HDD by encrypting the data on it, when any unauthorized person tries to connect these devices to any* other computer it asks for the password following tutorial will show you How to Protect the Removable Storage by Using BitLocker To Go

My System Specifications
2.20GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
2GB DDR3 1066MHz Memory
4GB PenDrive iBall

Step – 11Right click on the drive and select Turn on “BitLocker” 
this will start the BitLocker and will prepare your pen drive to use it with BitLocker

Step – 2
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Once the drive is prepared BitLocker will ask you for the method to unlock the pen drive here you can select “Use Password to Unlock the Drive” if you want to lock it using a password or you may select “Use my smart card to Unlock the Drive” if you have a smart card and a smart card reader available.
In this case i am using a password to unlock my drive. Once you select that option you need to enter the password twice which you want to use for unlocking the drive, Enter the password and click Next

Step – 3
3Once you complete the Step – 2 BitLocker will ask you if you want to store a Password Recovery Key this is useful if you forget your password

Step – 4
4When you complete all the above steps you are ready to start the encryption process the BitLocker will ask you for the final confirmation to start the Encryption Process here you have to click on Start Encrypting button which is at the bottom right corner of the window

Step – 6

5The BitLocker will then start encrypting the drive this process may take several minutes in my case it took half hour to encrypt the 4GB pen drive the time may vary depending upon the processing speed and size of the drive.
You can also Pause the process if you want to access any file from the drive in between

Once the process is complete you are all set to use your drive now when you connect the drive to any PC which supports BitLocker it will ask you for the password to unlock the drive
All versions of Windows 7 supports BitLocker encrypted drives

BitLocker is a gr8 way to protect your data
I’M a PC and i use BitLocker 🙂

Imagine Cup Poland 2010


The ImagineCup is back this year the World Wide Final will be hosted in Poland if you want a platform to show your talent then register today.

For registration Click on the above banner or follow this link

Microsoft Search Server 2008

When the word SEARCH comes to our mind we think about the Google or Bing or any other search engine but when you are in some organization and organization has a large network and you need to search for some documents or some files then you can’t use the search engines to search the internal network of the organization.

Now Microsoft has developed an world class search engine for the internal use of the organizations “Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express” we can deploy Microsoft search server in any organization where search engine is required and the main thing is you don’t need to spend the money for that, yes Microsoft Search server 2008 is absolutely free

Following are the links to some official resources of MSS2008 Express



Technical Resources

Video Demo of Features

Imaginecup – The World’s Premier Student Technology Competition

“I wish there had been an Imagine Cup when I was growing up. It gets people involved in seeing that software is changing the world.”

–Bill Gates
Chairman, Microsoft Corp.

Everything that the world may become “someday” lies in the hands of young people today. As they look at the road ahead, their close relationship with technology enables them to dream in ways we never have before. Put the two together, and you have young minds holding the tools that can make their vision a reality.

This is the recipe that inspired Microsoft to create the Imagine Cup. What begins with a burst of inspiration and a lot of hard work can become a future software breakthrough, a future career, or a flourishing new industry. The Imagine Cup encourages young people to apply their imagination, their passion and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world – today. Now in its sixth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world issues.

Open to students around the world, the Imagine Cup is a serious challenge that draws serious talent, and the competition is intense. The contest spans a year, beginning with local, regional and online contests whose winners go on to attend the global finals held in a different location every year.  The intensity of the work brings students together, and motivates the competitors to give it their all. The bonds formed here often last well beyond the competition itself.

Link to register for imaginecup

Link to study materials provided free from Microsoft for participants of Imaginecup

*The data above is from imaginecup official website and Microsoft holds the rights to change it at any time.