Change to classic skin when unplugging notebook from power source in Windows

Windows 7 comes with the Aero skin by default which might look nice but consumes a great deal of resources - and with them, power. I have experienced a loss of up to two hours of battery life on my notebook when turning Aero on which one can get back by switching to the classic ... Read more

Password protect drives on Windows with BitLocker

BitLocker is a handy tool that comes with the Enterprise and Ultimate Editions of Windows Vista and 7 and is also available in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (to say in what editions of Windows 8 it will be present is not yet possible since the number and form of editions have not been revealed ... Read more

Restore quick launch bar in Windows 7/8

The quick launch bar might have been the way most Windows XP users accessed all their data, be it folders they often needed or programs - everything could be put in there. This bar however was abandoned in further Windows versions but can be restored by very simple means. To do so, right-click on some ... Read more

Change System Sounds on Windows 7 (Including Startup)

This article will deal with two aspects: handling the regular sounds which are accessible in Control Panel as well as changing the system startup sound, which is hidden inside a .dll file and quite tricky to get at. The regular sounds can be accessed by entering the Control Panel and browsing to Control Panel\Hardware and ... Read more

Using the ReadyBoost Feature on Windows Vista/7

ReadyBoost is a Windows feature that uses USB sticks or other flash drives such as SD cards to "speed up your computer". However the concrete use is not to add the device's memory to your RAM but to use fast accessible devices as cache storage. Because of this fact, there are certain conditions that have ... Read more