The System cooling policy power option allows you to specify the cooling mode you want to use for your system.
â€˘Active = Increase fan speed to cool first, and only slow the processor to cool as a last resort.
â€˘Passive = Slow the processor to cool, and only increasing fan speed to cool as a last resort.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “System cooling policy” setting under Processor power management in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
The Minimum processor state is the minimum performance percentage your CPU will automatically decrease to save energy and battery life when there is little CPU demand by the system. You would want to keep this percentage the same or lower than the Maximum processor state setting.
The Maximum processor state is the maximum percentage performance your CPU will automatically increase to save energy and battery life when CPU demand increases. You would want to keep this percentage the same or higher than the Minimum processor state setting.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Minimum processor state” and “Maximum processor state” setting under Processor power management in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
The Link State Power Management is a part of PCI Express Active State Power Management (ASPM). The link State of a PCIe Device is converted from L0 (on) to L1 (off) when the link is not transferring data. The hardware is automatically converted to L0 again when data is available to transfer across the link.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Link State Power Management” setting under PCI Express in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
Shutdown Event Tracker is a tool that prompts users to record a reason why they restart or shut down the computer. This information is available for review in the event log. If a computer running Windows is connected to a domain that uses monitoring tools, you can collect this information as part of network reporting.
When Shutdown Event Tracker is enabled, users cannot shut down or restart the computer without providing a reason. If the computer is shut down or restarted unexpectedly, either as a result of power interruption or hardware failure, the user is prompted to enter a reason in Shutdown Event Tracker when the computer is started again.
This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable Shutdown Event Tracker for when users restart or shut down Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2003 and above.
System Configuration (msconfig) is a tool that can help identify problems that might prevent Windows from starting correctly.
This tutorial will show you how to download or create System Configuration (msconfig) shortcuts that open directly to the General, Boot, Services, Startup, or Tools tab in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
This tutorial will show you how to quickly view detailed information about all user accounts on your Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 PC.
The “Turn off hard disk after” power option setting lets users set to have hard disks power down after a specified time of inactivity is detected.
When you set to turn off hard disks after idle, there will be a brief delay of a few seconds when you try to access a turned off hard disk as it spins back up and is turned back on automatically as needed. Having your hard disks to be turned off after being idle can help save energy and extend a PC’s battery life.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Turn off hard disk after” setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
The “Allow wake timers” power option setting enables or disables Windows to automatically wake your computer from sleep on a timer for scheduled tasks and other programs.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Allow wake timers” setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
Away Mode in Windows is similar to Sleep and Hibernate Mode, it turns off the power of most equipment to save energy and can be fast woken up. Away Mode is designed to enable media PC scenarios that include background media sharing and recording. When the computer is in Away Mode, the system appears off to the userâ€”the display is off and audio is muted. However, the PC remains in the on state and otherwise fully operational, allowing background tasks to continue.
Away Mode is designed specifically for scenarios where the user is done interacting with the computer, but the system must remain powered on to record a TV broadcast or share media files with other systems and devices. For example, the system might be providing access to Windows Media Center Extender or other consumer electronics devices and therefore must remain available even though the user is not interacting with the system at the local console. Away Mode enables a living room media PC to respond to a userâ€™s power on-off requests in the same manner as a television or set-top box that might appear off, but actually continues working.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “Allow Away Mode Policy” setting under Sleep in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
The When sharing media setting in Power Options will letÂ users configure power settings for when devices and computers are playing media from your computer to either allow the computer to sleep, prevent idling to sleep, or allow the computer to enter Away Mode.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove the “When sharing media” setting under Multimedia settings in Power Options for all users in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
By default, “Browse For Folders” type dialog boxes open centered on your display screen.
If you manually drag the borders of a “Browse For Folders” type dialog box to resize it to be larger, then the next time you open one of these type of dialog boxes, it may be cut off at the bottom if you made it to large.
This tutorial will reset the size of your cut off Browse For Folders, Copy Items (Copy To Folder), and Move Items (Move To Folder) dialog boxes back to the default size in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
This tutorial will show you how to add “Kill Not Responding Tasks” to the desktop context menu of all users in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.
The “Kill Not Responding Tasks” desktop context menu item will allow users to be able to quickly kill any “not responding” task processes all at once.
The Local Group Policy Editor is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that provides a single user interface through which all the Computer Configuration and User Configuration settings of Local Group Policy objects can be managed for your computer.
This tutorial will show you how to back up local group policy (GPO) settings in Windows, and restore to the same or any Windows computer.
Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enables IT administrators to remotely manage roles and features in Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 from a computer that is running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.
There are many different types of Bluetooth enabled devices you can add to your PC, such as mobile phones, wireless headsets, and wireless mouse devices and keyboards.
You can use Bluetooth technology to transfer files wirelessly between your computer and a Bluetooth device, or between your computer and another Bluetooth enabled computer.
This tutorial will show you how to create or download a “Bluetooth File Transfer” wizard shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
You can use the Shared Folders Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in to centrally manage file shares on a computer. Shared Folders enables you to create file shares and set permissions, as well as view and manage open files and users connected to file shares on the computer.
This tutorial will show you how to download or create an “Shared Folders” MMC shortcut in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
If you have a laptop or a PC with a wireless network adapter, you can see a list of available wireless networks in your area, and then connect to one of those networks. The wireless networks will only appear if your PC has a wireless network adapter installed, the adapter is turned on, and the wireless access point is in range.
If you have a lot of wireless access points within your area, then you could have a lot of SSIDs (network names) in your available wireless networks list.
A wireless filter will allow you to be able to add or remove the SSIDs (network names) you want from showing in your list of available Wi-Fi networks.
This tutorial will show you how to add or remove wireless networks from the wireless allowed or blocked filter list for all users in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1
In some situations you may have to shut down and restart Windows very quickly. This would be an emergency restart. An emergency restart if basically just a forced restart without a timeout. (ex: shutdown.exe -R -T 00 -F)
An emergency restart can be helpful in circumstances when you cannot normally restart your computer, and is much better than turning off the power to your computer by performing a hard restart (reboot) which can be harmful to the computer.
This tutorial will show you how to perform an emergency restart as needed in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.
Internet Explorer has a limit for the amount of simultaneously downloads per website or server.
As internet connection speeds increase, the default number of simultaneous downloads to a single website or server may be to restrictive and not meet your needs.
This tutorial will show you how to change the maximum number of simultaneous download connections per server limit in IE8, IE9, IE10, or IE11 for all or specific users in Windows.
Bing Desktop helps you stay informed with easy access toâ€”search results, Facebook newsfeed, weather, newsâ€”and the beauty of the Bing homepage on your PC desktop each day.
The Bing Desktop 1.3.395.0 version introduces a new wallpaper toolset feature that is at the top right corner of your desktop when turned on. The wallpaper toolset is 3 buttons that act as shortcuts to quickly search on Bing, change desktop wallpaper, and open Bing Desktop wallpaper settings.
This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the wallpaper toolset for Bing Desktop in Windows.