What is the Sentinel File in the iTunes Directory?

Posted by Rich On November - 23 - 2010

On a number of occasions, I’ve noticed a file named Sentinel in the iTunes base directory. I did a Google search around a year ago and didn’t find anything explaining what it was and, after noticing it again recently, searched again to no avail. I decided to figure out what the file was by seeing what actions updated it (I noticed the last modified date was yesterday.) In this guide, I explain what the file is for those that are curious.

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Set IE9’s Speed Dial as your Home page [Quick Tip]

Posted by Stu On November - 23 - 2010

IE9

Microsoft’s latest incarnation of Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 9 has tonnes of cool new features.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be covering many of these features in How To & Quick Tip guides.

Todays Quick Tip is going to show you how to set IE9’s ‘speed dial’ as your Home page.

Have no idea what I’m talking about?  All the better!

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TuneUp Utilities 2011 Fixes, Speeds up, and Maintains Your PC

Posted by Rich On November - 23 - 2010
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TuneUp Utilities 2011 Screenshot PROS: Years of tweaking experience have produced this product that applies tried and tested tweaks to your system. The Program Deactivator removes overhead from your system while keeping the application at hand if needed.

CONS: The trial only lasts 15 days. I like to evaluate software for at least 30 days before committing to paying for it.

VERDICT: If you want something that is more granular than CCleaner or similar products and you don’t mind forking out for great software, go for this.

PRICE: $29.95 (Upgrade) $42.46 (Full Version with 15% off coupon)

VERSION REVIEWED: TuneUp Utilities 2011

DOWNLOAD: TuneUp Utilities 2011 (15% off) (Aff)

15 day Trial

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Hardware manufacturers frequently update device drivers for their hardware to improve compatibility, efficiency, performance, and security.

A device driver simplifies programming by acting as a translator between a hardware device and the applications or operating systems that use it. Programmers can write the higher-level application code independently of whatever specific hardware device it will ultimately control, because code and device can interface in a standard way, regardless of the software superstructure or of underlying hardware.

Source

This guide will show you how to update your drivers using three different methods:

  1. Update drivers using Windows’ Device Manager
  2. Update drivers with Device Doctor
  3. Update drivers manually by downloading them from the manufacturer’s website

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[Expired] Do You Use a Custom Start Button/Orb? [Poll]

Posted by Rich On November - 22 - 2010

Here at Windows Guides, we’ve showed you how to make a custom start orb, apply a custom start orb automatically, apply one manually, and we even share custom start orbs and will create one for you by request.

(The Yoshi orb, made by UVAIS — as well as four others — can be downloaded here.)

So here’s a quick one-question poll for you: Do you use a custom start orb?

Windows Forums member Bugsy points us to links to download the following versions of Windows 7:

  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional

Note: 64 bit and 32 links available. You will need a genuine license to activate these Windows 7 downloads once installed.

Why Do You Need a Windows 7 Disc?

Here are some of the reasons for having a Windows 7 disc:

  • You have a license for Windows 7 but no disc.
  • You want to give Windows 7 a try for 30 days (or 120 — see below) before making a purchase.
  • Want to have the disc on hand for original files/recovery purposes (see Windows 7 recovery disc if you don’t want the whole thing.)
  • You just like owning discs with operating systems on them…

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