How to set Affinity in Task Manager

How to set Affinity in Task Manager for a processIf you are a Windows user, you must be familiar with our friend the Task Manager, it has long been around since Windows NT days. Task Manager can be called to help or diagnose an unresponsive machine or simply to gather information. Primarily, most users go to the task manager to check the performance of their machine or to kill an ailing process or kill an offending application that's taken over your machine's resources. In this article we will show you how you can use the "Set Affinity" function of the task manager to prevent problems with resources in future. If you find that you have to run a piece of software or process that can be a resource hog (such as ripping DVDs or rendering video and graphics etc), which will make your whole operating system slow, you can use.

How to use Reliability Monitor in Windows Seven

How to use Reliability Monitor in Windows SevenWindows Seven comes equipped with another great free tool that lets you monitor hardware and software performance on your machine. In this article we will show you how you can use Reliability Monitor to measure and track performance history of your machine at a glance very easily. Windows Reliabilty is a great tool to pin point the dates and times when a problem might be happening, establish a pattern if there is one. For Advanced Users and System Administrators or IT Support personnel, you can use Windows Reliability Monitor to connect to a remote machine and view its Reliability history also.

How to change the startup type of a service using a command line

How to change the startup type of a service using a command lineMost of you who work in IT Support or system administration, know the importance of scripting and command line. It can save you hours of work if you are able to attain what you want to using the command line and use it in a script. In this article we will show you how you can change the startup type of a Windows Service using command line. Many of you might have used the "net start" and "net stop" commands in  a batch file to start or stop a Windows service. How do you change the startup type of a service, to automatic, manual or disabled though ? There are several ways of doing it, you can use VBScript or WMI (Windows Media Instrumentation) but in our example here, we will use our good old friend, the batch file. You can run the batch script on the current machine or even a remote machine to manipulate the service properties.

How many days are left in my Windows Trial

How many days are left in my Windows TrialOften when you install a trial version of Windows, Windows Server operating system or a server application from Microsoft, you get a grace period of so many days before your trial version expires and you have to reinstall Windows or your server application. In this article we will show you how you can find out how many days have you left in your Windows trial, if your version of Windows is activated or how many days are left before its mandatory to activate Windows. We will also show you a cool trick which lets you know on what date you installed your operating system.

How to Create a virtual hard drive on Windows Seven

How to Create a virtual hard drive on Windows SevenIn this article we will explain how you can create a virtual hard drive on your Windows Seven machine. Virtual Hard Disks are a great way of segregating data, they offer portability as you can attach and detach the same virtual hard drive on different workstations. The virtual hard drive that's created, works like any other physical hard drive, you will not be able to tell the different. In certain versions of Windows, you can actually even boot your machine from a virtual hard drive, this feature comes in real handy if you are testing or using dual boot or multi boot operating systems on your machine.