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General Windows 7 Performance Tweaks

Below is a list of tweaks you can do to achieve better performance from your Windows 7 PC. Some are start up tweaks and some are Run time tweaks but they are all safe and used regularly by us. Of course your mileage may vary so use at your own risk.
Change the Power Plan To Maximum Performance
The Power settings in Windows 7 is not automatically set for maximum performance. By default the power plan in Windows 7 is set for a balanced performance with energy consumption on hardware. So you may not get the optimal performance from windows 7 if this is the case. So we need to change the power plan to High Performance Mode. With laptops there are two settings, one for battery power and one for AC power. You may want to use the more conservative setting under the battery power settings to get longer run time from your batteries.
Double click the “Power Options” in the Control panel.
Click the down arrow showing Show Additional Plans to see the High Performance power plan
Now just activate the High Performance plan and that’s it.
Go for the advanced power settings.
Go to Hard disk, then to “Turn off hard disk after” and set it to Never. This enables the PC to do its job while logged off.
Speed Up the Windows 7 Bootup Time
Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
Now type msconfig.exe in there and press the Enter Key to open up the System Configuration Window.
Click on the Boot tab in there.
You will see a box called Time out. This is the time (in sec) which the system waits for the user to select the operating system to boot to.
You can safely set the value to 0.
Tick the “No GUI Boot” option too [turns off the Windows 7 logo at boot-up].
Click Apply and then on OK.
Alternatively to change “Time out” only:
Right click on Computer and select Properties from the right click menu.
Click on Advanced System Settings from the left pane to open up the System Properties window.
Select the Advanced tab from it. Then under Startup and Recovery click Settings.
Now uncheck box “Time to display list of operating systems” and click OK.
Change the Number of Processors Used at Boot Up
Information:
If you have a multiple core CPU (e.g. Intel Core Duo or Quad CPU) or multiple CPUs, then this will show you how to change the Number of Processors that will be used during boot up for troubleshooting and debugging purposes to be able to determine if there is a problem with a single processor/core, or for a programmer to test their code against a single core while running on their multi-core system.
Note:
Windows 7 will use all your processors by default at boot up without this Number of Processors setting box checked. Using all of your available processors (cores or CPUs) during boot allows the computer to boot faster only because a multiple core CPU or multiple CPUs can handle and do more at once than a single core or CPU. Multiple cores do not actually increase the speed, but only increase the number of processor cores working on the job which in turn has the job finish quicker. If you do not have much running at startup, then you may not notice much improvement in how long it takes to startup. the biggest difference is seen on systems where multiple 3rd party applications are started automatically on boot up.
Instructions:
Click the Advanced Options button. The Boot Advanced Options Window will then pop up.
Tick the check box saying Number of Processors. Now click on the drop down box and select the maximum number of processor cores (might be 2 or more).
Disable the Aero Theme on Windows 7
Right Click on your Desktop and select “Personalize”, click the “Window Color” Tab.
Uncheck the Box saying Enable “Transparency” and then choose a basic theme. If you had a custom desktop image you may need to reselect it by selecting “Desktop Background”, however plain color backgrounds load faster than images.
Disable the Unwanted Visual Effects
For this right click on “Computer” and select “Properties” from the right click menu.
Click on “Advanced System Settings” from the left pane to open up the System Properties window.
Select the Advanced tab from it. Then Under Performance click Settings . Choose Custom: Options From it.
Now untick all the options and select only the last four options
Disable Unwanted Startup Programs
Many programs have components that start when Windows starts and run in the background. While some of these programs are necessary (such as antispyware programs), you will find that others may not be necessary.
Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
Now type msconfig in there and press Enter Key to open up the System Configuration Window.
In the System Configuration window, the Startup tab shows all the programs that are scheduled to start with Windows. Resize the columns so that you have a good view of the name and manufacturer.
Go through each item, clearing the check box for programs you don’t want to start with Windows.
Click OK, and then restart the computer. The nice thing about this is it does not remove the application it only turns it off and if you unchecked something you needed you can go back into msconfig and put the check back to turn the item back on and reboot.
Disable the Unwanted Services
It is safer to set the following services to manual rather than disabling them. This is because sometimes if windows needs a service windows can start it by itself if and only if it is set to manual. If you set it to disabled Windows 7 cannot start the service by it’s own. This is similar to msconfig, as it does not remove the service, it just turns it off and you can go back and turn it on if needed.
To open up the Services Window:
Click Start
Select Control Panel
Double click Administrative Tools
Double click Services
or
Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
Now type services.msc in there and press Enter Key
To disable the Unwanted Service:
Scroll down and highlight the service you want to adjust
Right-click on it and choose Properties
Click the stop button.
Select Disable or Manual in the Startup Type scroll bar.
Services to Disable:
Application Experience
Computer Browser (If your PC does not connect to any local network)
Desktop Window Manager Session Manager (If you don’t want the aero effects)
Diagnostic Policy Service
Disk Defragmenter (Disk Defragmenter still works you just have to run it yourself.)
Distributed Link Tracking Client
IP Helper
Offline Files
Portable Device Enumerator Service
Print Spooler (If you do not use a Printer)
Protected Storage
Remote Registry (You can safely disable it for more Security)
Secondary Logon
Security Center
Server (If your computer does not connect with any local network)
Tablet PC Input Service
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Windows Defender
Windows Error Reporting Service
Windows Media Center Service Launcher
Windows Search (If you rarely use Windows Search feature. Search still works it’s just slower.)
Windows Time (If you do not want to synchronize system time with internet time automatically)
Disable the User account control (UAC) Feature
If you’re tired of click “OK” everytime you try to install or change a program this is the one to turn off.
The idea was to stop users from accidentally installing or removing an application. When did you ever do that? Virus writers just go around the “UAC” anyway so it doesn’t stop them either.
From the Control Panel open the User Accounts and Family Safety
Click User Account.
Click the User Account Control settings link.
Now just Drag the Slider towards Never Notify.
Click OK and Reboot your system.
Disable UAC With a Registry Hack
Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window.
In regedit go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Policies\System
In the right pane, right click on EnableLUA and click on Modify
Change value to 0.
* UAC Enabled: 1
* UAC Disabled: 0
Turn off Unused Windows 7 Features
There are many feature in windows 7 that we often don’t use.
Disabling these unused features in Windows 7 will really help in speeding things up.
Open up Programs and Features from Control Panel.
Click the Turn Windows features on or off from the left pane.
Now uncheck all the Feature that you don’t use in Windows 7 [e.g. “Games”] and restart the system for the changes to take effect.
Disable the Aero Snap features in Windows 7
Information:
Aero Snap will help you to maximize, minimize and resize the windows just by dragging and dropping it into the screen corners.
Open the Control Panel and double-click on Ease of Access Center icon.
Now click on the Make it easier to focus on tasks seen at the bottom in there
Now tick the check box saying Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen.
Note: After you disable Aero Snap Feature, you won’t be able to use some of the new Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts used to move the active window around the screen[s], e.g. Win+Left Arrow, Win+Shift+Right Arrrow, etc.
Speed up the Menu Show Delay Time
Information: This will show you how to change the amount of time it takes for a menu in Windows 7 to pop, fade, or slide open when you run the mouse pointer over it.
Instructions:
Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window.
In regedit go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
In the right pane, right click on MenuShowDelay and click on Modify
Type in a number between 0 to 4000 [400 is default, I use 1] for how many milliseconds you want the Menu to wait before it opens.
Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.
Note: The lower the number, the faster the response time. If you use an entry of 0, there is no menu display delay. However it is not recommended to use 0 though since the menus may be hard to navigate through at that speed.
Change the Mouse Hover Time before Pop-up Displays
Information: This will show you how to change the delay time, in milliseconds, that the mouse pointer has to stay hovered on a item before it is selected or opens a pop-up in Windows 7. For example, how long it takes for a taskbar open window button before to display it’s thumbnail preview while hovering the mouse pointer over it.
Note: If you have the Animations in the taskbar and Start Menu option checked in Visual Effects, then you may not see much or any difference. You will need to uncheck this option first before doing the tutorial below.
Instructions:
Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window.
In regedit go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse
In the right pane, right click on MouseHoverTime and click on Modify
Type in a number between 0 to 4000 [400 is default, I use 30] in milliseconds, that the mouse pointer has to stay hovered on a item before it is selected or opens a pop-up.
Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply the changes.
Note: The lower the number, the faster the response time. If you use an entry of 0, there is no delay before the taskbar thumbnail preview opens. However it is not recommended to use 0 though since it may be hard to navigate through the thumbnails at that speed.
Speed Up the Shut Down Time
Information: This will show you how to set the “Wait to Kill” time Windows 7 waits for programs to save data and close before shutting down.
Instructions:
Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window.
In regedit go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l
In the right pane, right click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout and click on Modify
Type in a number between 1000 to 20000 [1-20 seconds] [12000 is default, I use 1000].
Note: If you have problems with programs from your computer shutting down to quickly, then repeat the above steps and increase the time a bit.
Change from IDE to AHCI Mode after Installation
Information: AHCI stand for Advance Host Controller Interface. AHCI is a hardware mechanism that allows software to communicate with Serial ATA (SATA) devices (such as host bus adapters) that are designed to offer features not offered by Parallel ATA (PATA) controllers, such as:
Hot-Plugging
Native Command Queuing (NCQ) -might improve computer/system/hard disk responsiveness, especially in multi-tasking environment
Instruction: There is one way to fix this, although you need to have knowledge of registry editing.
The detailed steps from Microsoft website are as follows:
Exit all Windows-based programs.
Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window.
If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\msahci
In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
In the Value data box, type 0 [3 is default], and then click OK.
On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
Restart your computer
Go to BIOS and enable AHCI, Save & Reboot
Another restart will be required to finish the driver installation.
Change from AHCI to IDE Mode after Installation
Instruction:
Exit all Windows-based programs.
Press [Win] + R or take the RUN option from the start menu.
Now type regedit there and press Enter Key to open up the Registry Editor Window.
If you receive the User Account Control dialog box, click Continue.
Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\Pciide
In the right pane, right-click Start in the Name column, and then click Modify.
In the Value data box, type 0 [3 is default], and then click OK.
On the File menu, click Exit to close Registry Editor.
Restart your computer
Go to BIOS and enable IDE, Save & Reboot
Another restart will be required to finish the driver installation.

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Change the System/Boot Drive Letter

Your boot drive is no longer ‘C’, so you need to reset it.
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.
Make a full system backup of the computer and system state.
Log on as an Administrator.
Start Regedt32.exe.
Go to the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
Click MountedDevices.
On the Security menu, click Permissions.
Verify that Administrators have full control. Change this back when you are finished with these steps.
Quit Regedt32.exe, and then start Regedit.exe.
Locate the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices
Find the drive letter you want to change to (new). Look for “\DosDevices\C:”.
Right-click \DosDevices\C:, and then click Rename.
Note You must use Regedit instead of Regedt32 to rename this registry key.
Rename it to an unused drive letter “\DosDevices\Z:”.
This frees up drive letter C.
Find the drive letter you want changed. Look for “\DosDevices\D:”.
Right-click \DosDevices\D:, and then click Rename.
Rename it to the appropriate (new) drive letter “\DosDevices\C:”.
Click the value for \DosDevices\Z:, click Rename, and then name it back to “\DosDevices\D:”.
Quit Regedit, and then start Regedt32.
Change the permissions back to the previous setting for Administrators (this should probably be Read Only).
Restart the computer.

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Being logged in to Windows 7 with a temporary profile

I switched on my PC and when I entered my password to log in I was told that I was being logged in with a temporary profile because my real one was unavailable. Logging out and back in again sometimes solves the problem for now. Here’s is how to fix it correctly.
This problem occurs if the current user’s profile was accidentally deleted from the system or malware/virus has corrupted the profile.
Note: This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.
1. Log on to the system by using an administrative user account other than the user account that is experiencing the problem.
2. Back up all data in the current user’s profile folder if the profile folder still exists, and then delete the profile folder. By default, the profile resides in the following location:
%SystemDrive%\Users\UserName
3. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
4.Locate the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList
5.Under the ProfileList subkey, delete the subkey that is named SID.bak.
Note SID is a placeholder for the security identifier (SID) of the user account that is experiencing the problem. The SID.bak subkey should contain a ProfileImagePath registry entry that points to the original profile folder of the user account that is experiencing the problem.
6. Exit Registry Editor.
7. Log off the system.
8. Log on to the system again.

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The Most Useful Websites and Web Apps

1 screenr.com – record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.
2 ctrlq.org/screenshots – for capturing screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops.
3 goo.gl – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.
4 unfurlr.come – find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL.
5 qClock – find the local time of a city using a Google Map.
6 copypastecharacter.com – copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.
7 postpost.com – a better search engine for twitter.
8 lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.
9 iconfinder.com – the best place to find icons of all sizes.
10 office.com – download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.
11 followupthen.com – the easiest way to setup email reminders.
12 jotti.org – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.
13 wolframalpha.com – gets answers directly without searching – see more wolfram tips.
14 printwhatyoulike.com – print web pages without the clutter.
15 joliprint.com – reformats news articles and blog content as a newspaper.
16 ctrql.org/rss – a search engine for RSS feeds.
17 e.ggtimer.com – a simple online timer for your daily needs.
18 coralcdn.org – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.
19 random.org – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.
20 pdfescape.com – lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself.
21 viewer.zoho.com – Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the browser.
22 tubemogul.com – simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites.
23 ctrlq.org/dictation – online voice recognition in the browser itself.
24 scr.im – share you email address online without worrying about spam.
25 spypig.com – now get read receipts for your email.
26 sizeasy.com – visualize and compare the size of any product.
27 myfonts.com/WhatTheFont – quickly determine the font name from an image.
28 google.com/webfonts – a good collection of open source fonts.
29 regex.info – find data hidden in your photographs – see more EXIF tools.
30 livestream.com – broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen.
31 iwantmyname.com – helps you search domains across all TLDs.
32 homestyler.com – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3d.
33 join.me – share you screen with anyone over the web.
34 onlineocr.net – recognize text from scanned PDFs – see other OCR tools.
35 flightstats.com – Track flight status at airports worldwide.
36 wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.
37 hundredzeros.com – the site lets you download free Kindle books.
38 polishmywriting.com – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.
39 marker.to – easily highlight the important parts of a web page for sharing.
40 typewith.me – work on the same document with multiple people.
41 whichdateworks.com – planning an event? find a date that works for all.
42 everytimezone.com – a less confusing view of the world time zones.
43 gtmetrix.com – the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online.
44 noteflight.com – print music sheets, write your own music online (review).
45 imo.im – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. from one place.
46 translate.google.com – translate web pages, PDFs and Office documents.
47 kleki.com – create paintings and sketches with a wide variety of brushes.
48 similarsites.com – discover new sites that are similar to what you like already.
49 wordle.net – quick summarize long pieces of text with tag clouds.
50 bubbl.us – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser.
51 kuler.adobe.com – get color ideas, also extract colors from photographs.
52 liveshare.com – share your photos in an album instantly.
53 lmgtfy.com – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on their own.
54 midomi.com – when you need to find the name of a song.
55 bing.com/images – automatically find perfectly-sized wallpapers for mobiles.
56 faxzero.com – send an online fax for free – see more fax services.
57 feedmyinbox.com – get RSS feeds as an email newsletter.
58 ge.tt – quickly send a file to someone, they can even preview it before downloading.
59 pipebytes.com – transfer files of any size without uploading to a third-party server.
60 tinychat.com – setup a private chat room in micro-seconds.
61 privnote.com – create text notes that will self-destruct after being read.
62 boxoh.com – track the status of any shipment on Google Maps – alternative.
63 chipin.com – when you need to raise funds online for an event or a cause.
64 downforeveryoneorjustme.com – find if your favorite website is offline or not?
65 ewhois.com – find the other websites of a person with reverse Analytics lookup.
66 whoishostingthis.com – find the web host of any website.
67 google.com/history – found something on Google but can’t remember it now?
68 aviary.com/myna – an online audio editor that lets record, and remix audio clips online.
69 disposablewebpage.com – create a temporary web page that self-destruct.
70 urbandictionary.com – find definitions of slangs and informal words.
71 seatguru.com – consult this site before choosing a seat for your next flight.
72 sxc.hu – download stock images absolutely free.
73 zoom.it – view very high-resolution images in your browser without scrolling.
74 scribblemaps.com – create custom Google Maps easily.
75 alertful.com – quickly setup email reminders for important events.
76 picmonkey.com – Picnik is offline but PicMonkey is an even better image editor.
77 formspring.me – you can ask or answer personal questions here.
78 sumopaint.com – an excellent layer-based online image editor.
79 snopes.com – find if that email offer you received is real or just another scam.
80 typingweb.com – master touch-typing with these practice sessions.
81 mailvu.com – send video emails to anyone using your web cam.
82 timerime.com – create timelines with audio, video and images.
83 stupeflix.com – make a movie out of your images, audio and video clips.
84 safeweb.norton.com – check the trust level of any website.
85 teuxdeux.com – a beautiful to-do app that looks like your paper dairy.
86 deadurl.com – you’ll need this when your bookmarked web pages are deleted.
87 minutes.io – quickly capture effective notes during meetings.
88 youtube.com/leanback – Watch YouTube channels in TV mode.
89 youtube.com/disco – quickly create a video playlist of your favorite artist.
90 talltweets.com – Send tweets longer than 140 characters.
91 pancake.io – create a free and simple website using your Dropbox account.
92 builtwith.com – find the technology stack of any website.
93 woorank.com – research a website from the SEO perspective.
94 mixlr.com – broadcast live audio over the web.
95 radbox.me – bookmark online videos and watch them later (review).
96 tagmydoc.com – add QR codes to your documents and presentations (review).
97 notes.io – the easiest way to write short text notes in the browser.
98 ctrlq.org/html-mail – send rich-text mails to anyone, anonymously.
99 fiverr.com – hire people to do little things for $5.
100 otixo.com – easily manage your online files on Dropbox, Google Docs, etc.
101 ifttt.com – create a connection between all your online accounts.

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MalwareBytes – MBAM Run-time error '13': Type mismatch problem in Windows XP:

Fix
Click Start and select Control Panel
Open Regional & Language Options
Click on Customize…
Click on the Time tab
In the Time format box, click the drop-down menu and select hh:mm:ss tt
In the Time separator box, click the drop-down menu and select :
In the AM symbol box, click the drop-down menu and select AM
In the PM symbol box, click the drop-down menu and select PM
Click Apply then click OK then click Apply then click OK to exit the Regional & Language Options box
Update Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware and run a Quick Scan.
If you get this error, “windows cannot find ‘s\mbamlog.txt make sure you typed the name correctly”
Some virus might have setup custom logging and MBAM is trying to save log to “‘s\mbamlog.txt”.
Let’s remove those custom logging:
1. click on Start->Run
2. copy and paste the following command into the field:
mbam.exe /logtofile
3. click OK
4. repeat 1-3 with the following command:
mbam.exe /logtofolder

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How to get a program off of an old MS-DOS system and onto a new Windows 7 system.

How to get a program off of an old MS-DOS system and onto a new Windows 7 system.
Setup:
Last week I went to see a client that told me they wanted to upgrade their office computer. “It’s getting old and slow.” After a short discussion it was decided that it is best just to build a new one rather than put money into such an old system. I’m told,” 25 years of company info is on it and we can’t lose anything.” Which prompts the “Do you back up?” and I’m assured a back up is done at the end of every day. Although I did later learn it is backed up to the local hard drive, because they don’t know how to backup other than click the button marked “Back up”. The old system is working so I can back up the old system files and restore them to the new one, then leave the old system intact, there is little risk of lost files. I’m told the system runs Windows XP. I offer that the new system would be quite capable of running Windows 7 and question would they like to step up to a current Windows 7 version. After another short discussion it is decided that since they don’t know what the software they use daily is called and it may or may not run under Windows 7. It does however run under Windows XP so they want to stay with XP at least for now. Discussions included looking for newer software to do the job they need that will run under Windows 7 or even Windows 8 as an eventual inevitability. We part with the understanding that I will build them a new system and then come by at the end of the week and take the old system to install software and move data from the old to the new.
I arrive on Friday at the end of the day to pick up the old system and ask details of the office staff hoping to learn more about the software. I think the staff actually knows less than I do. I verified that a backup was run today and asked if it was really just backed up to the local drive and was told it must be because they didn’t have any of those “Flash thingies”. “We used to use that floppy” pointing to an old iOmega 100mb ZipDrive but we don’t have any disks anymore. I take the old system back to the shop with intensions of running a backup myself first thing.
Problem:
Turns out the old PC is a Pentium 75 running DOS 5.0 and Win 3.1! No Windows XP, No network, No USB, No CD-RW, No modem. The hard drive is 4gb partitioned with Seagate Disc Wizard to three 1.4gb partitions, C: D: and E:. It does have an iOmega 100mb ZipDrive with no disks. I boot up the system and DOS 5.0 boots with old but familiar prompts. Hi-Mem loads, Mouse driver loads, CD-Rom drivers load, Sound Blaster driver loads. Then Windows 3.1 starts, then a Windows 3.1 type program manager loads with options like “Service Manager” and “Backup”. It also includes a button for “Back to Windows’ and “Exit to DOS”. No options for configuration so I “Exit to DOS” and go looking for the “Service Manager” location. I find a copy on “C:\servm” and a copy on “c:\servm\servm” a copy on “D:\servm” a copy on “d:\servm\backup\servm” and a copy on “e:\servm”. Turns out the copy on E: has recently dated files so I could copy that directory to a ZipDrive but it is over 120mb and no copy of PKZIP and oh yeah, no Zip disks. And when I get it there I don’t know if it will run under Windows XP. Once upon a time I had software and cables to copy PC to PC via LPT ports or COM ports using MS-DOS but that is long gone.
Solution:
I could pull the drive and attach it to another system and copy what I need but disturbing dirty connections on drives puts more risk into the mix than I would like and since there is a good inch of crude at the bottom of the case so it nearly covers the first PCI slot I opt to go looking for an old Zip disk. In storage among the old 5 1/4 inch floppy drives and old single speed CD-Rom drives I find my stash of 3 ZipDrives and one Zip disk. Now that I have a 100mb zip disk to hold a 120mb worth of data I set off to find a version of PKZIP that will run under MS-DOS. While going through old software stashes I find and old Gem “XTGOLD”. Wow! I remember using that a lot to manage files and to ZIP and UNZIP with ease and it’s on a floppy. Too bad the floppy drive on the old system doesn’t work but I have another less old system that has a working floppy and a CD-RW running XP. I copy “XTGOLD” from that floppy to a less old system that has a burner and then to a CD-R and into the old system. “XTGOLD” runs just fine from the CD-R. I ZIP the program directory down to 24mb and copy it to the Zip disk. Now I have a backup. So I shut down the old system and put it away.
I installed one of my ZipDrives into my less old system. Now that we are working with Windows XP the program “directory” is now a “Folder”. I copy the Program folder from the Zip disk to the hard drive. I check the program batch files for any weird declarations and since there are none I go ahead and run the file. I still have a copy on the original system, on a Zip disk, and on my less old system, plenty of backup in case of failure. Wonder of wonders, the program works.
Wrap up:
Now that I know the program runs under Windows XP without any special incantations or incense burning it was a simple matter of copying the program folder on the XP system onto a flash drive and then copying it to the new system hard drive. I made a shortcut on the desktop with a proper label and set up a script to copy the program folder to a flash drive with a single click. I return with the new and old systems and set up dual monitors on the new system. One monitor is setup at a low resolution to run the DOS program at a readable size because it runs in a 640 by 480 DOS Window. The other monitor is set up to run at a much higher resolution to accommodate new software and Internet Applications.
Everyone is happy.

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You experience slow performance in Internet Explorer 9

SYMPTOMS
When you browse a webpage by using Windows Internet Explorer 9, you may experience slow performance. However, this issue does not occur if you view the webpage by using an earlier version of Internet Explorer.
Note This issue may be more noticeable when you browse webpages that have more complex graphics.
CAUSE
This issue can occur if Internet Explorer 9is running in Software Rendering mode.
By default, Internet Explorer 9 uses GPU Rendering mode. However, some outdated video cards and video drivers do not support GPU hardware acceleration. If Internet Explorer 9 determines that your current video card or video driver does not support GPU hardware acceleration, Internet Explorer 9 uses Software Rendering mode.
To determine whether Internet Explorer 9 is using Software Rendering mode, follow these steps:
Start Internet Explorer 9.
Click Internet Options on the Tools menu.
On the Advanced tab, locate the Accelerated graphics section.
Verify that the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering check box is selected.
If this option is selected, Internet Explorer 9 is running in Software Rendering mode. If the option is greyed out, your current video card or video driver does not support GPU hardware acceleration.

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What is the Windows desktop.ini file and can I delete it?

The desktop.ini file is a hidden file used to customize and adjust settings for the Windows folders that contain the file.
Can it be deleted?
This file can be safely deleted from any directory.  However, because this file may have settings associated with the folder that it contains and deleting this file will change these settings back to default. For example, if the folder containing this file has a different icon and you delete this file the default folder icon will be re-enabled.
Is this file a virus?
No. By default this file is not a virus. However, there have been a few known viruses that exploit the capabilities of the desktop.ini file. So it can be infected or if created by another program may have attributes that may compromise your computer. If you’re concerned about this file being a virus, scan the file with an antivirus program.

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