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Do You Run Virtual Machines? Which Ones? [Poll]

Posted by Rich On January - 31 - 20111 COMMENT

Virtual Windows XP Logo What are Windows Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode and How Do I Use them?Update: The results are in.

Previously, we showed you what Windows Virtual PC and XP Mode are, how to create any virtual machine with Windows Virtual PC, and how to create a virtual PC with Virtual Box.

I use virtual machines frequently (mostly to write guides for this site when I need to test a tweak in different versions of Windows) and sometimes just to learn how to use another operating system like Linux Mint or Free BSD for example.

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To make things easier (for the common user) Microsoft decided to Categorize the Control Panel view. I never could get used to the new categories view, thinking that some of the panel applets were in the wrong category. Instead, I always immediately switch back to the “Classic” Control Panel view.

I recently learned that you can re-arrange the category arrangement, making it appear just as YOU think it should. It does involve editing the registry, but I’m sure that won’t scare you … much.

This tweak is generally for PRO and ULTIMATE users, but you may still be able to tweak some of the Control Panel Applets on lower versions.

Open RegEdit

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Which Windows 7 Version do You Really Need?

Posted by Thomas On January - 28 - 20119 COMMENTS

Buying a new computer these days, chances are, it will come pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium Edition. That makes sense from the vendor’s standpoint, as the license for Home Premium costs less and it still has most of the functionality and features that the average user will want. But what if you aren’t the average user?

Looking to Upgrade? How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 7 Professional

Some Vendors only offer the Windows 7 Starter Edition, which in my point of view is a sham to make you pay even more money for your computer. Steer away from these offers I say – unless of course you enjoy NOT being able to change your wallpaper – ever again.

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Windows Guides’ RatingCompatible withSystem
1 Star1 Star1 Star1 StarHalf Star 4.5 out of 5Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP
PROS: Great user experience, powerful built-in editor, tons of sharing options, and it’s free. Can be used as portable app.

CONS: Video capture in free version is too short, and this feature is still very new.

VERDICT: If you are looking for one of the best screen capture tools for free, this is the one.

PRICE: Free (Pro version $28)

VERSION REVIEWED: 1.2.1.4

DOWNLOAD: Screenpresso

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Once in a while, one of your applications will lock up and you would have to kill it (in the good sense of the word). Of course this will cause you to lose any unsaved data. At least you will learn to save your work more often, right?

But wait, there is something you may try first … before shutting it down “ungracefully”…

Using RESMON

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Recently, Thomas reviewed a program called InputDirector, which lets you use a single keyboard and mouse across multiple computers. For some time, I’ve been using Synergy, which does the same thing. In this review, I show you the features of Syngery and show you how to use it.

Windows Guides’ RatingCompatible withSystem
1 Star1 Star1 Star1 Star0 Star 4 out of 5Windows 7Windows VistaWindows XP
PROS: Lightweight, does what it claims, can be very useful for Home Theater PC setups as well as multi-PC offices etc.

CONS: Can be a little difficult to get working as you expect it to. Cannot link computers on different subnets or networks.

VERDICT: If you find you don’t like InputDirector and want to give Synergy a try, I think you’ll find you really like it.

PRICE: Free

VERSION REVIEWED: 1.3.4

DOWNLOAD: Synergy

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