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Windows XP: Burning desire

Last month in Bugs and Fixes I mentioned that certain versions of the Easy CD Creator software from Roxio will not be supported in Windows XP. Only the newest versions of Roxio's software will work and only if you download the appropriate update file...

Installing an AMD processor

In the January 2002 edition I went through the process of installing a Pentium 4 processor. It was a fairly basic process, made easier by the fact that Pentium 4 chips now use a heatsink retention mechanism superior to that of Pentium III chips. This...

Windows XP: Tweak your interface

Windows XP provides a very friendly user interface and useful management features to keep you working efficiently, but there is no doubt that some interface features will distract you or push you to the brink of insanity - especially when you can't f...

iRiver SlimX IMP-350

The SlimX is probably the best built, most portable, digital audio player to come into the PC World Test Centre, and one of the most feature rich. It's a CD-based player, yet it also has a built-in FM stereo tuner that allows you to preset and listen...

Desktop DNA 3.5

Version 3.5 of Desktop DNA can quickly and easily replicate practically any of your computer's settings. It can be used effectively to recover and replace a PC's environment as well as transfer (or migrate) system settings, application settings, appl...

Windows ME: Using multiple keyboard languages

It's not often anyone would need to change the language setup of their keyboard, but it's a handy feature for people who come from non-English speaking backgrounds and who frequently touch base with overseas relatives via e-mail.

Desktop DNA 3.5

Version 3.5 of Desktop DNA can quickly and easily replicate practically any of your computer's settings. It can be used effectively to recover and replace a PC's environment as well as transfer (or migrate) system settings, application settings, appl...

Ricoh Caplio RR1

This 4-megapixel CCD camera has the capacity to take greatly detailed images at resolutions up to 2272x1704. It isn't limited just to stills: its rich feature set gives it the versatility to bring you both sound and video recording capabilities as we...

Maxtor 80GB 7200rpm hard drive

The mantra by which many computer enthusiasts live is that too much hard disk space is never enough. The onslaught of the digital revolution and the introduction of heavyweight operating systems and applications has ensured that the hard drive upgrad...

Windows ME: Toolbar tips

The Toolbars in Windows Explorer are aligned with shortcuts and functions to boost your productivity when managing or browsing your files. A standard window can have up to three toolbars on display: Standard Buttons, Address Bar and the Links toolbar...

Windows XP: Compress those files

Like Windows Me before it, Windows XP provides services for compressing your files so you don't have to go to the trouble of installing a third-party utility such as WinZip. In fact, Windows XP provides a couple of methods for this disk space saving ...

Installing a new hard drive: Part 1

Adding and replacing hard drives is perhaps one of the most popular upgrade projects there is - because, let's face it, you can never have too much disk space. Large operating systems, applications, games and Internet downloads can leave your previou...

How to Do Everything with Windows XP

At 520 pages, the book is hefty - yet not too cumbersome to carry around - and is a great reference for new or intermediate computer users looking to get a bit of a head start on XP.

Windows ME: I've got the power

Many notebook users often complain about their battery life, and time - or even work - lost due to poor endurance. There is a way to slightly extend the life of your battery, mainly by specifying the settings found in Windows Me's Power Options.

Moving to an Intel Pentium 4

Recent advancements in processing power are far outpacing the requirements of even the most demanding popular software applications and games. If you build a high-end machine, it's likely to last you two to three years at the very least.

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