Faster Browsing Tips

IF WE say that it was mainly because of the Windows operating system that a Computer could become a personal computer it would not be an exaggeration. The revolution is still on. Windows is far beyond what a common man presently knows and uses.

Internet surfing

For searching something, search engines are being used. However, if you know a Windows trick, then searching for information on the Net may become easy, all you need to do is simply locate the address bar in Internet Explorer and write in the phrase that you want to search on the Internet. Here it is important to remember the Internet Explorer (IE) recognizes a phrase and not a single word. If it’s a single word, then Internet, Explorer assumes it as a domain name and attempts to create a URL in its place. However key in a few words and IE will run your phrase through a search engine on Microsoft’s Web site.

If you want to search for a single word then you should put a question mark at the beginning of the line to tell IE that this is a search keyword. The same thing applies to the Netscape Communicator also and searching the Web is as easy using the Netscape as it is with IE.

Transferring files

Another common use for which the computers are being used is for transferring the files over the Internet. Normally FTP client is being used for transferring files, which is a common application among the Internet users. However, very few persons realize the power of Windows.

You do not need a separate FTP client for transferring the files. The basic Windows constituent IE already has a feature of FTP. Thus if you type an FTP address in the address box of any Explorer view, whether on the Internet or while browsing your own hard disk, you can go to the site and be able to use the window as an FTP client.

Create link in MS Word

Windows users sometimes complain of working on too many applications for a single work, for example, work related to the Web. However, this is probably due to the ignorance of the persons as all major applications have features that arc quite universal in nature. Take for example, MS Word. Most of us know about MS Word as the most wonderful word processor. However, quite a few of us know that it is a good tool for Web based applications also. The Web-based functions of the MS Word are worth trying as it gives you endless features. One such feature is the option of creating a link to a Web page in a Word document.

Thus if you are creating a MS Word document, you can create a link to a Web page or other HTML document rather than just including the address in text. The procedure for this is simple first copy the address (URL) to which you want to link, then select the word, phrase or sentence in your document that you want to create as the link. Now on the Insert menu in Word, click hyperlink and then in link to file or URL, paste the address by pressing Ctrl + V. This will create a link to a Web page in the Word document.

However you can use your computer for purposes other than the Internet also and make better use of it. Normally we all crave for faster performance. In a Majority of the cases you do not require a replacement or up gradation as you can enhance the performance of your existing computer running Windows.

Manage hard disk

The first thing in this regard is better management of the hard disk; it has been discussed many a times in the article on tips and tricks that you can manage your hard disk better by defragging it regularly. However, there are some more steps, which should be performed before you defrag your hard disk in order to optimize the performance of your hard disk.

These steps are:

  • Delete the IE temporary files and history regularly before defragging your hard disk.
  • It is also important to delete all TMP and BAK files present in the hard disk as these files are not generally required and unnecessarily consume the hard disk.
  • Normally you will find *.TMP files in the TEMP directory or WINDOWSTEMP directories. Thus you must locate these directories and delete the aforesaid files.
  • As a next step defrag your hard disk without the swap-file. The instructions for this can be found at defragmenting the swap file. It is a standard feature of Windows 98 as per which it has a built-in utility called Disk cleanup.

You can run it from either Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Cleanup or directly run CLEANMGR.EXE. This is also an important feature of the Windows that takes care of all deleted files and other junk files as this feature deletes them as a part of disk cleaning exercise.

Use Address bar

Windows makes your work so easy that it can actually take the unnecessary load off you. For example, if you are a Windows 98 user, then you can use browser for purposes other than browsing the Net.

Did you know that you could use the address bar to run programs on your computer?

This is very much possible as all you need to do is just type the program name, including its path its location, you may type c:msofficewinwordwinword.exe. This will open MS Word depending upon its location.

Send Web page via e-mail

For sending a Web page, while viewing the page, click the File menu, and then click on Send sub menu, then click either Page by e-mail to send a copy of the page or Link by e-mail to send a short-cut to it. This way you can simply send a Web page by e-mail. This is also a great option of keeping a site in your record, as it will also facilitate in viewing it offline. Similarly, it is also easy to send a video clip or an audio clip, which you may find on the Internet.

Thus to send a video or audio clip simply right-click the icon or link for the item you want to send, and then click Save Target As. Specify the location, where you want to save the file. Now open your e-mail client and click Insert file or attach file as the case may be. You can also add your message in the message window if you wish to send a message to the recipient of the mail.

#PageBreak# Enjoy the power of World Wide Web in lesser time with these tips.

Do you feel anxious whether your important mails have reached their destination?

Use the feature which is available on most e-mail clients and requests the recipient to confirm that he has received the message by a return e-mail. It is called Read Receipt in Outlook Express.

To do this while composing a mail in Outlook Express, click on Tools > Request Read Receipt in your message window. If you desire, you can have all your outgoing messages sent with the Read Receipt notification. For this, go to Tools > Options, click on the Receipts tab and tick ‘Request a read receipt for all sent messages’. Remember, the read receipt confirmation is dependent on the e-mail client the recipient is using and also whether he wants to send the confirmation.

Adding signatures to your e-mail

If you send a lot of mail each day, then a repetitive task like signing your name at the end of each mail can be quite tedious. It’s easier to create a signature and attach it automatically to every mail that’s sent.

To do this in Outlook Express, go to Tools > Options > Signatures. Then go to New and add the contents of the signature in the Edit Text field. Also select the option of sending the signature automatically with all outgoing messages. In case you don’t want to send this with replies or forwards, enable the option, ‘Don’t add signatures to Replies and Forward’. For creative signatures, use the option to append a file that contains the signature you have created. If you happen to have multiple e-mail accounts, select the account with which you want to send the signature. To do this, go to Tools > Options > Signatures and click on the Advanced button near the Edit Signature tab. A new box will appear saying ‘Advanced Signature Settings’ where you can select the account with which the signature should be automatically added.

Auto-respond facility

Won’t be checking mail for some time? Activate a feature called ‘vacation reply’ (if you are using a Web-based service). Most e-mail services such as Indiatimes provide this feature which can be activated through the options menu. You can type a short message which will be sent to all who e-mail you while you are away.

In Outlook Express, you can do this from Tools > Message Rules > Mail and clicking on the New Rule option. Select the ‘For all Messages’ options from the condition for your rule field and in the Action select Reply with a message. You will have to select a message that you have already created and saved.

Keep a copy of the message

If you are on a trip and want to access your e-mail from another machine, keep a copy of your messages on the server of your e-mail service provider. Go to Tools > Accounts and select the account (if you have multiple accounts), then go to Properties > Advanced. Check ‘Leave a copy on server’. This has one more advantage: if you’ve formatted your machine without taking a backup of your mail, you can retrieve the mail as a stored copy.

Disable MSN Messenger from auto-starting

Whenever one opens Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook XP, MSN Messenger loads automatically. To disable it, go to Tools > Options in Outlook Express and uncheck ‘Automatically log on to MSN Messenger Service’. Then go to View > Layout and uncheck the option of Contacts. In Microsoft Outlook XP, go to Tools > Options > Other and uncheck ‘Enable MSN Messenger’. The over-eager Messenger won’t be so eager now!

Optimizing your Inbox

A three-step process to ensure that your Inbox never looks cluttered.

Organizing: Outlook Express allows you to create folders within which mail can be organized. To create a new folder in Outlook Express, go to File > Folder > New. This will display the directory tree of your Inbox. Just select the location (say Inbox) where you want to create a folder and enter the Folder Name. Or, you could use the shortcut [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [E] and enter the Folder Name. You can also drag and drop folders to change their location. Folders can be quite useful, especially if you have multiple accounts configured on the same identity or to sort out e-mail messages on the basis of sender, subject, etc.

Filtering: Message Rules can automatically sort your mail into the appropriate folder as soon as it is downloaded. Specify the folders where you want the messages to be downloaded based on names in the from address, names in the to address, certain words in the Subject line or in the message body.

Go to Message > Create Rule from Message. Create a rule selecting the appropriate options offered, and the next time you download your mail, it will be sorted according to the rules created.

You can also sort your existing messages based on the message rules created. In Outlook Express, go to Tools > Message Rules and click on Mail. You will get a list of the message rules you have created. Click on ‘Apply now…’ select the rules to apply, and click on Apply to filter your existing folder.

Grouping: Outlook Express allows you to group e-mail messages on the basis of the conversation carried. To enable this, go to View > Current View and click ‘Group Messages by Conversation’ (In Outlook, this option is available from View > Current View > Conversation Topic).

With this feature, all e-mail messages are sorted on the basis of the subject line and the messages that are a reply to that particular subject are grouped together. A ‘+’ sign next to a message indicates responses based on that subject.

Download Mail to your PC

If you use a Web-based e-mail service, download a copy of your mail directly to your browser. This is much quicker than using the bandwidth-hungry Web interface and also allows you to access your mail without having to be connected to the Internet. To do this first add a new account by going to Tools > Accounts > Add and select the Mail option. You will be prompted for personal details and account information.

Select the POP3 server option in the screen that asks you for your e-mail server information and enter the appropriate POP3 server address for incoming mail.

Browsing offline

Quite often you may want to refer to a page that you have visited at some point in time. While finding the link in your browser’s History is not too difficult, you can view the site without actually logging on to the Internet by going to File > Work Offline. Then just click on a link in your History folder to view the complete page from your hard disk.

Split files

Splitting files can increase download speeds tremendously. Usually, splitting the file in three or five segments is sufficient. However, if you are downloading a particularly large file which is available from several servers, you could get better speeds by increasing the number of segments being downloaded simultaneously. The number of segments that you want the file in can be set in the option box that pops up when a download begins. Just set the option for the number of segments that you want the file to be split into.

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How to Make Your PC Run Amazingly Fast

You don’t need me to tell you how annoying and frustrating slow computers are. They not only make you unable to play your games but also prevent you from doing work or checking emails in some serious cases. It’s a massive problem that millions of systems have fallen foul to. However, there is a way to make your PC a lot faster and here’s how…

Why Computers Run Slow

The reason why any computer runs slow is all down to processing time – or the time it takes to make your computer to do the things you want. The processing time of your PC is determined by two things, and its these which determine how slow / fast you computer will run.

The first big cause of a slow system is that too many programs want to process things at once. This results in your PC struggling to handle the load and has to run slow to keep up with the constant barrage of needs that you place on it. This is quite common in older computers, and is fixed by upgrading the hardware in your PC, making it able to run more programs at once.

The other big cause of slow computers is actually less well known. There’s a part of your PC called the ‘registry’, which is responsible for saving all the various files and settings that your PC needs, to personalize it to you. The registry is a database that stores everything from which desktop wallpaper you have, to your most recent files; making it very important for Windows.

However, the registry is also one of the main causes of slow computers, and is so because of its importance to your system. Because the registry holds 100,000’s of important files, it’s forever opening and reading hundreds of them each time you use your PC. This makes your PC extremely confused, forcing it to save many of these important files in the wrong way. And when this happens, the files become unreadable and make your PC slow down as it tries to decipher them.

Fixing A Slow PC & Making It Run Extremely Fast

With the two problems mentioned above making your PC run extremely slowly, there are two ways to fix them and make your computer run fast again. The first way to make your PC run faster is to upgrade it. You can do this by taking it to a PC shop or buying the parts online and doing the upgrade yourself. However, this can be expensive and risky.

The other way to fix a slow running PC is to use a registry cleaner to fix all the damaged registry files, that are taking your computer longer & longer to process. These tools work to scan through the registry and then fix any of the corrupt or damaged files that are in there. This means that if you can get a good registry cleaner, you’ll be able to make your PC able to speed up significantly just by downloading and running it. Here’s what to do:

  • Download a registry cleaner
  • Install it on your PC
  • Let it scan your registry database
  • Remove all the errors on your computer.

Source by James Henry Johnson

The 30-Minute, 10-Point Plan To A Faster PC

Remove all unnecessary programs.

Go to Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs. Scan the list for programs that you don’t use anymore and remove. Be careful not to remove Windows Components.

Delete your “temp files” AND cookies once a week. (Disk Cleanup)

Go to My Computer and right-click on the C: drive. Choose Properties, then Disk Cleanup. Check the boxes of the files you wish to delete.

Run defrag every three months.

Go to My Computer, right-click on the C: drive and choose Properties. Choose Tools, then Defrag.

Run full HD scan every 6 months.

Go to My Computer and right-click on the C: drive and choose Properties. Choose Tools, then Check Disk. Check both boxes. It will do the full scan and fix HD errors on the next bootup.

Stop unnecessary services.

Windows runs a bunch of “services” in the background that may not be necessary for you. Go to Start>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services and stop the following services. Alerter, Clipbook, Distributed Link Tracking, Error Reporting Service, HID Input Service, Remote Registry, Telnet and Telephony (if you are not running Skype or something like that).

Check your error log once per month.

Clues to bigger problems may be found in the error logs. Go to Start>Control Panel>Administrator Tools>Event Viewer and look at the logs. Sort by ‘Type’ and look for anything with a Red Error label. Make note of these errors and either search them or call a technician.

Minimize the configuration on your virus scanner.

Many virus scanning programs are setup by default to protect everything. You can probably turn some scanning off, like the firewall if you are using the Windows firewall. You can also turn off email scanning if you email provider is scanning mail.

Turn off network and folder autosearching.

This little tip can improve the performance of Windows Explorer. Open My Computer and then choose Tools>Folder Options from the menu. Then choose the View tab and uncheck “Automatically search for network folders and printers”

Reduce the amount of programs auto-staring on bootup.

If you have a ton of icons showing up in the bottom right of your start bar, you can reduce those and speed up boot time. Be careful with this setting! Go Start>Run then type msconfig. Go to the Startup Tab and uncheck the boxes that show Applications that you know you don’t need to auto-start.

Clean the registry.

Cleaning the registry and make vast improvements on your bootup and processing speed. However, the only way to safely accomplish this is with a cleaner program. We recommend RegCure.

Source by Mike Echlin

How To Make Portal 2 Run Faster In Co-Op Mode

If you’re experiencing problems with Portal 2 which prevents it from running quickly, it generally suggests that you have a number of “speed limiting” problems with Windows, which will prevent the application from running at full speed. If you’re seeing problems with Portal 2, you have to be able to repair any of the problems and issues that it may have, by cleaning out all of the issues that typically cause Windows to slow down. The good news is that we’ve got some tricks to speed up Portal 2 co-op mode, which can be done by following the steps on this tutorial!

The way to resolve the Portal 2 co-op mode is to first ensure that you’re able to repair any of the problems that your system may have. These will often include:

  • Windows will be unable to read the files it requires to run
  • Your PC has problems with its registry settings
  • Your Internet Connection is too slow

How To Fix Portal 2

The best way to resolve Portal 2 problems is to first ensure that your computer has the correct Internet speed, and is able to run as smoothly as possible online. This can be done by clicking onto “” and seeing how fast your Internet connection is. This not only reveals how fast your system’s Internet is, but will give you a good idea as to what to do to fix your system. If the speed of your Internet is too slow, you will have to speed it up by either getting a higher upgrade, or by using an Internet speedup tool

After speeding up the Internet of your PC, you will have to make sure that you can make sure that Windows is able to able to run the Portal 2 game correctly. This can be done by re-installing the Portal 2 application, which is best done by clicking onto Start > Control Panel > Programs & Features, and then removing the Portal 2 application. This will not only ensure the smooth operation of Portal 2, but make sure that your PC doesn’t have any problems with the application.

We highly recommend using a “registry cleaner” program to scan through your system and fix any further problems that your PC may have. These tools fix any of the errors that your PC will have inside, allowing your computer to run much smoother and more reliably as a result. We’ve found that Portal 2 is continually causing a large number of registry errors, preventing it from running very smoothly. To fix this, you should download a program such as “Frontline Registry Cleaner 2.0” and then install it to fix the various issues that your PC will have. This should resolve 90% of registry errors with Portal 2.

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How To Speed Up Windows Media Player Load Time – 3 Steps To Make Windows Media Player Load Up Faster

Programs which load up slowly on your PC are not only annoying, but can be extremely detrimental to your work & other computer-related activities. Although this problem is extremely common, the fact is that most people just don’t have any idea about how to resolve the issue on your system. If you find that your programs are loading slowly, you need to be able to repair the issues that are causing the long load time – which can be done quickly and easily following the steps outlined in this tutorial.

Windows Media Player is one of the most common Windows programs that take a long time to load up. The issue, like with most Windows software, is all to do with how your computer uses the software, as well as how many system resources it requires to run. The way to make Windows Media Player load up faster is just the same as speeding up any other program on your PC, and here’s how….

The way to make this software load up quicker is to first ensure that the software is correctly installed on your PC, and then that there are not further issues leading the problem to show. If you want to be able to boost the load speed of a particular type of software, it’s important that you are able to get it running as smoothly as possible on your system, which is done by re-installing the program and then fixing any Windows errors that could be leading it to run slower.

The first step to making WMP (Windows Media Player) load up faster is to re-install it. The likelihood is that somehow, your system has either damaged or corrupted the files & settings the player needs to run, and therefore leads your computer to continually run much slower when it tries to load it up. The easiest and most effective way to resolve this problem is to click onto Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove programs and remove Windows Media Player from your PC. Then download the latest version from Microsoft and install it again.

The second step to making Windows Media Player load up faster is to then use an anti-virus scanner and a registry cleaner tool to fix the various errors that may be causing the player to load up slowly on your system. Antivirus tools will remove any viruses which may have infected your system and causing Windows Media Player to load up slowly, and registry tools will basically fix any of the errors & issues which may be inside the registry database. The registry database is a central storage facility which keeps all the files, settings and options for your system inside. Because of this database’s importance, many Windows systems actually end up saving many parts of it in the wrong way – leading your system to run much slower and with a lot of errors. To ensure this problem is not leading your PC to slow down, you need to be able to use a registry cleaner program to fix the various errors your computer has.

Source by James Henry Johnson

How to Make Windows Run Fast Without Buying Any Upgrades

Windows is a great operating system, but it has an Achilles Heel in the form of it running slowly. This is a big problem which is actually quite easy to fix, if you know how. Many people will recommend buying “upgrades” to fix your system, but there are other extremely effective ways to make your Windows PC run fast. Here’s what you need to do…

By far the most effective way to make Windows run faster is to fix the problems that are causing it to run slow. Not many people (including computer ‘experts’) realize this – but Windows runs as fast as possible on your system… and as you use it, the system develops a lot of problems which act as “road blocks” and hold it back. Fixing the problems that often causes Windows to run slowly should be the primary goal of anyone who wants to speed up their system, and luckily, there’s a very simple and effective way to do that.

One of the best ways that anyone (literally) can speed up their system is to clean out the “registry” of Windows. The registry is a central database which stores a huge number of settings and information that your computer needs to run. Not many people know that the registry exists, but the fact is that this part of Windows is one of the most vital parts of your system, as its responsible for saving such details as your desktop wallpaper settings through to your stored Internet passwords.

The registry is the hidden library that every Windows system needs to run, but is also one of the biggest causes of computers running slowly. The problem is that as you use your system, it’s continually using 100’s of registry settings to help it recall many different settings that it needs to use each day. Unfortunately, because so many of these settings are open at once, Windows often gets confused and saves them incorrectly or in the wrong place. This causes the registry settings of your PC to become damaged and ineffective, leading your system to run extremely slowly and with errors. This is the most common reason why computers run slow, and fortunately, its actually a very simple problem to fix.

Before you even think about upgrading your system, you need to make sure that the ‘registry’ of Windows is working as smoothly as possible. And to do that, you can use a “registry cleaner” program to fix all the errors that are inside. Registry cleaner tools are widely used by people to help speed up their computers, as they automatically remove all the errors from your system. They are able to make your system faster by curing the errors that cause it to run slow, allowing your PC to be smooth and effective.

Source by Greg Harry Barker

Windows 10: Better, Stronger, Faster?

Microsoft made a big splash with its launch of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. For many PC users, switching to the new OS is a no-brainer, while for others, it’s a close call. If you haven’t decided whether your business is ready to make the switch, here’s a closer look at Windows 10 to help you determine if the new OS is truly better, stronger, and faster.


Upgrade to Windows 10 for free! Users with Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 can receive the new OS free of charge until July 29, 2016. Windows 10 is free for the lifetime of the device, meaning support and updates at no charge as long as Microsoft supports the operating system.

Windows Vista, XP, 7 Enterprise, 8/8.1 Enterprise and RT/RT 8.1 are excluded from this free offer. These OS’s require a payment of $119 per Home license or $199 per Pro license to upgrade to Windows 10. However, if you have Software Assurance with one of these OS’s, then your upgrade is free.


Windows 7 and Windows 8 are approaching end of support faster than we’d like to think. By upgrading to Windows 10, you gain years of additional mainstream and extended support. Here’s a comparison of the operating system support lifecycles for Windows 10 vs. Windows 8 vs. Windows 7:

Operating System End of Mainstream Support End of Extended Support

Windows 7 January 13, 2015 January 14, 2020

Windows 8 January 9, 2018 January 10, 2023

Windows 10 October 13, 2020 October 14, 2025

Windows 10 brings added years of mainstream and extended support. End of mainstream support means that Microsoft will no longer enhance the product, but there will still be support for security and reliability issues. End of extended support still provides security and reliability support; however, this marks the end of support for non-security hotfixes, requests for new features and designs, and warranty claims.

The question is what will you do when your OS support comes to an end within the next few years? If you’re an eligible candidate for a free upgrade to Windows 10, it may be worthwhile to upgrade before the offer expires.


Is Windows 10 faster? TechSpot put Windows 10 to the test against Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 for speed performance. The new OS ranked within mere seconds of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 for speed in all performance areas. Here’s a quick look at the difference you may be able to feel on a daily basis with wake up and boot times:

Operating System Hibernation Wake Up Hybrid Sleep Wake Up Boot Time

Windows 7 27 seconds 17 seconds 5 seconds

Windows 8.1 23 seconds 12 seconds 4 seconds

Windows 10 21 seconds 10 seconds 6 seconds

Similar to wake up and boot speed, it’s a close call for Windows 10 against Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 in application, storage, and gaming performance. Windows 10 doesn’t have a clear win over past OS’s in terms of speed in any particular category.


Windows 10 brings futuristic features to computing. With this new OS, users can expect enhanced collaboration, mobility and ease of use with a fresh look. Here’s an overview of some of the newest enhancements:








Is Windows 10 better, stronger, and faster? Switching to Windows 10 brings extended support, futuristic features, performance enhancements, and at no cost (for some). While its speed may not be a deciding factor, weighing the benefits of new features and added support against your current operating system could tip the scale. Microsoft has made the decision even more compelling for those on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 with a one-year offer for a free upgrade.

If you have determined that Windows 10 is right for your business, testing the OS for compatibility is a must. Testing applications, hardware, drivers, printers and more for suitability with Windows 10 is necessary for a smooth transition. Since the OS was released on July 29, 2015, numerous patches and updates have already been released to enhance compatibility and stability. There will undoubtedly be more updates and patches to come as the operating system is tested by users. The key question in determining when your business will make the switch is how much testing is required to ensure a smooth transition.

If you’re still not decided on Windows 10, try testing the new OS out in action on Microsoft’s website, or contact us to explore what operating system option is right for your organization. If you’ve determined that Windows 10 is right for your business, get in touch with our team to ensure a smooth transition to the new OS.

Source by Kersti McDonald