This article describes how to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows Vista, or in Windows 7. After you follow the steps that are described in the “More Information” section, you can right-click a folder and then click Print Directory Listing to print a directory listing of the contents of a folder.
When your machine is new or you’ve performed a clean installation all the files are fairly well neatly laid out on the hard disk:
When you run a program and create a new file, edit an existing file, uninstall a program you no longer need, or even when you go online, then gaps appear in the way files are laid out on the disk. The process of continually creating, extending and deleting files causes your hard disk files to become fragmented, which means that pieces of a file are stored here, with some pieces there, and a few pieces all the way over there. Over time, many files are fragmented and poor disk performance becomes noticeable:
Usually it’s normal, everyday use slows that Windows down. In this article we look at file fragmentation and what can be done about it.
If you enjoy Usent newsgroups then the latest versions of Windows Live Mail (WLM) are fairly much useless. The most troubling issue with WLM is that it doesn’t quote the text of the people you are replying to. In a word, it’s horrible. kadaitcha.cx had to spend time getting used to Mozilla Thunderbird, which didn’t have the desirable features of the old Outlook Express or the older WLM. Now though there is a simple solution.
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There’s no need to spend hours hunting, downloading and testing media players that support amr, mpc, ofr, divx, mka, ape, flac, evo, flv, m4b, mkv, ogg, ogv, ogm, rmvb or xvid audio/video formats. These files can be played directly in Windows Media Player. Here’s how…
This article deals with the things you can do to try and isolate or solve random freezing in Windows 7. The main focus is 64 bit systems but the principles can be applied to 32 bit machines as well. Freezing seems to be much more common in 64 bit systems. kadaitcha,cx supposes it is because a lot of 64-bit systems run large amounts of RAM and have misconfigured memory settings.
If you’re not a confident troubleshooter you may need to get professional support because fault-finding the cause of a freezing operating system can be both time-consuming and complex.
Sometimes a machine will freeze when a certain application is run, but uninstalling the application either only reduces the frequency of the freezing or does nothing to stop it at all. Your machine can run for days after uninstalling a suspect application, and just when you’ve convinced yourself you must’ve nailed the problem, it happens again.
The time needed to locate and fix a freeze can be frustrating because you should only attempt one troubleshooting fix at a time before trying to use the machine normally. If you don’t follow this rule you won’t know what the fix was and you’ll have to go through the whole process again the next time it happens.
Microsoft have done a lot of work on win7 to tune it for SSDs, so much so that in terms of the OS itself, there’s little to no need to tweak anything. However if you’re considering a purchase, there are some things you ought to know, some things to consider, and some things you can and can’t do with SSDs, which is what we cover off in this article, along with providing some good advice on maintaining your solid state drives in peak performance.
In summary, as far as the OS is concerned, there is little to nothing that needs be done for a single SSD, but the same can’t be said for your applications or for SSDs configured in a RAID set. While the OS is optimised for SSDs, applications aren’t, and with very few exceptions, RAID controllers don’t support TRIM, which marks blocks that can be erased in the background by the SSD.
If you’re looking for step-by-step instructions, forget it. If you can’t understand the high-level advice in the article sufficiently to work out what steps you must take for yourself then you shouldn’t be reading this page at all.
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If you have a bootable Windows 7 installation DVD or a bootable recovery disc you can rip an ISO image of it to your hard disk, install the image on a USB 4GB pen (flash) drive and boot from it, all in two easy steps. If you already have a bootable ISO image you can skip the whole of Step 1 and go straight to the easiest and last step, Step 2.
The beauty of the method described here lies in the fact that once your USB pen drive has been made bootable, you can create a directory and store any special drivers or standalone applications you might need, which means you don’t need driver disks either. When the flash drive boots and the Windows Recovery Environment is loaded you can install things like OEM drivers directly off the flash drive. Read the rest of this entry »