XP to Vista – Worthwhile Migration?
The Illusions of Vista
Vista Backups You Can’t Have
Tip: Caps Lock Warning
Tip: Full Tests on Vista
Survey Results: Vista
New Survey: Gaming
Research: The Case of the Missing 5GB
Hello Firefox, Goodbye Internet Explorer
Pitstop Tests & Firefox
Tip: Moving Firefox Profile to Vista
Tip: Best Things in Life are Free
New Survey: Vista
Research: Software for a Taxing Task
I bought my laptop in 2005, and now it is maddingly slow. Should I get a new PC with Vista?
I get emails like this on a regular basis. Here’s an insider look at why our PC’s are so damn slow, and whether Vista is the light at the end of the tunnel.
Commentary: Vista – Planned Obsolescence?
Free Disk Health Scan
Tip: Vista – Run as Admin
Tip: Vista – Outbound Firewall Filter
Research: Printer Survey Results
Research: Pirates of the Canadians
New Survey: Vista
Our mission at PC Pitstop is simple: help people make their PCs faster, more stable and more secure. PC Pitstop runs diagnostics on users’ PCs to identify things that might help improve performance. The process is fully automated, private and safe.
When you first loaded files onto your new hard disk, they weren’t fragmented. Each whole file followed the last in consecutive disk clusters, lowest to highest. Your disk performance was never better.
When you began using those files — changing them, adding and deleting records and files — they were broken into smaller and smaller pieces scattered around the disk. That’s because your system writes each new record into the first empty slot it finds on the disk, even if it’s nowhere near the rest of the file.
Is spyware crippling your system?
Performance Tweak: Eliminate XP eye candy
Performance Tweak: defrag early, defrag often
Troubleshooting: Fix PC problems remotely
Product recall: Flaming IBM monitors
NOW that we have a month under our belt, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect a little and then turn an eye to the future.