I have been reading about a lot of default Windows utilities alternatives but had not seen an alternative to Windows Device Manager till now. But now I’ve found a very good alternative to Windows Device Manager. DevManView from Nirsoft is an alternative Windows Device Manager which displays all the devices in a table instead of the tree view.
If a virus attacks on your Windows 7 PC and is successful, it will probably try to disable default Windows troubleshooting and monitoring functions like the task manager, command prompt, registry editor etc. This situation is really frustrating because one is not able to do anything to troubleshoot and remove or at least disable the virus infections.
7 Quick Fix is a small portable tool that provides 21 quick fixes to problems with Windows 7. Let’s look at the features of 7 Quick Fix.
A friend of mine asked me about the performance issues while playing the games. Windows comes with a bundle of extras which start with Windows and consume valuable processor time and memory usage. The processor and RAM become more important when one is playing a modern game. Most of the modern games are processor intensive and use GPU and RAM extensively. While we can’t improve the performance much without upgrading our hardware, there are a few tips which one can follow to stop all extra services and processes running in Windows so that the game can take as much of the processor and RAM usage as possible. So here I’m giving three tips to increase and enhance game performance in Windows. All these tricks can be applied in parallel and will enhance the performance separately.
This error message pertains to different situations like if you have Windows installed that is not validated properly and try to update Windows using Microsoft Windows Update, it will give you the error with the code 0x80070005. The wording is different in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 but the error is the same that comes with Windows update.
The error code 0x80070005 may also occur if you have “You don’t have permission to …” type of messages. This is likely because you have done something wrong with the Windows settings most probably through group policy editor.
If you are a network administrator or you frequently use or troubleshoot different Windows machines, then you will sometimes encounter the default Windows Explorer not working due to virus attacks or other corruption issues. In this case you need to have an alternative to Windows Explorer with you all the time.
Xenon File Manager is a portable Windows Explorer alternative which can run from the USB Pen drive in order to see what is in the computer.
While I have already mentioned in my earlier post that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC will add an expiry date of about one year starting from now to your installed Windows 7, there are ways to uninstall the Service Pack 1 RC safely. The exact knowledge base number of the service pack is KB976932. There are two methods of uninstalling the Service Pack that I know of, one is visually through the Control Panel and the other is through the command line. Let’s discuss both of them.
Uninstall Service Pack 1 RC through Control Panel
Uninstalling the Service Pack 1 RC through the control panel is very simple. Just go to the start menu search and write “Programs and Features” and press Enter.
This will open “Programs and Features” for managing the installed programs. On the left hand pane, select “View Installed Updates”
I have written about Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC released lately and the hotfixes and updates included in the service pack. There are a few things that we need to keep in mind before installing the service pack on our “production” PC which means on a PC that we plan to use regularly for a long time. The first thing is that the Service Pack 1 RC will add an expiry date to your Windows. The expiry date of 30th November, 2011 is added to the system. Windows 7 will run til 29th of November, 2011 and will be locked after that. After 30th of November, 2011, one must upgrade the system to the then latest Service Pack that will be hopefully Service Pack 1 final version.
I have already written about downloading Windows Live Essentials 2011 full setup which also includes Windows Live Messenger 2011 and also how to disable file transfer warning for Windows Live Messenger. Today I want to discuss how we can change the default location where the files transferred and shared from WLM are saved. The default location is C:\Users\Username\Documents\My Received Files.
Windows 7 has become fastest selling Operating System of all time. Previously Windows XP is being phased out after being the highest selling Operating System of all time. While Microsoft is busy rolling out the new Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, there have been some news about the progress in the new Operating System after Windows 7. Till now it has been named as Windows 8 and is expected to be released somewhere after two years. There were some leaked news about this release date but now it has been confirmed by Microsoft, Netherlands. Here’s and excerpt of what they say about Windows 8:
I have previously written about the updates and patches included in Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Service Pack 1 RC1. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC1 had been first released to the Technet users and then it’s publicly available now.SP1 is available in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish languages.
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Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RC will help you:
- Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
- Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform
- Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time
- Meet your users’ demands for greater business mobility
- Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations
- Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency
The service pack 1 will only work on RTM versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. If you have beta or earlier versions of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008, then you need to upgrade it to RTM (Release to Manufacturing) version first and then install service pack 1. Also see all you need to know before installing Service Pack 1 RC for Windows 7.
Here’s the direct download link of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC1:
Download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC1 (x86 – for 32-bit OS) [514.68MB]
Download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC1 (x64 – for 64-bit OS) [865.38MB]