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Mail Server Benchmarking with MAPSMailer

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Maps Mailer is an interactive console application designed to stress test your incoming and outgoing and Mail servers.
It works by connecting to your SMTP server and from there generates a large volume of mails to be received by your incoming mail server.
Once the benchmark cycle completes, MAPSMailer will display the total mails transmitted per second and the bandwidth consumed.

Application Use:
As a mail server administrator it’s beneficial to know just how much load your servers can handle.
This tool can assist you in knowing what the peak operating rate is of your incoming and outgoing mail servers. Additionally it can assist you in identifying network bottlenecks and helps you measure the result of your mail server configuration changes.

Application Platform:
This tool has been written for the windows platform using the .net framework version 2. Any fairly recent OS like XP SP2+, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 2008 comes preloaded with the .net framework version 2.

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Application Files:
There are two files. The main executable and the configuration file.
1. MAPSM.exe
2. MAPSM.exe.config

The configuration is contained in an xml called app.xml.
Here you set your SMTP username, passwords, port number, SSL flag, sender and recipient address fields.

<?xml version=”1.0″?>

<!– server settings –>

<add key=”SMTPServer” value=”” /> <!– ip or hostname of your outgoing mail server –>
<add key=”SMTPUsername” value=”” /> <!– leave blank if no username required –>
<add key=”SMTPPassword” value=”” /> <!– leave blank if no password required –>
<add key=”SMTPUsesSSL” value=”” /> <!– yes or no –>
<add key=”SMTPPort” value=”” /> <!– –>

<!– message settings –>

<add key=”MessageFrom” value=””/> <!– –>
<add key=”MessageTo” value=””/> <!– –>
<add key=”MessageSub” value=””/> <!– mail subject line –>

<startup><supportedRuntime version=”v2.0.50727″/></startup></configuration>

Running the application:
Once you configuration is setup. Run the application.
You will be prompted to set the maximum concurrent SMTP connections the program can use.
The benchmark will run for approximately 30 seconds after which you are presented with statistics covering the total mails that where sent per second, minute and hour along with the estimated network bandwidth consumption.

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What to expect at TechEd North America 2012

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As anyone who’s been to TechEd will attest, the event is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. With hundreds of technical sessions, workshops, labs and vendors, the annual Microsoft event doesn’t lack quantity. But what’s actually worth paying attention to?

Thanks to the timing of the event, the published agenda and the tarot cards found lying around the TechTarget office, we have a few informed guesses regarding what attendees can expect to hear a lot about, and where Microsoft wants the industry conversation to go. Here are the top topics we’ll be watching:

Windows Server 2012
With the recent name change from Windows Server 8, there’s a renewed anticipation for Microsoft’s upcoming server OS – and heightened expectations for all the things the company claims it can do. Server and Tools Business president Satya Nadella will be one of the featured keynote speakers at the show, and he’ll likely hammer on all of the many documented improvements within Server 2012, from enhancements to Hyper-V and PowerShell to the new Resilient File System. There are also 72 technical sessions in the Windows Server track, which should sate folks eager to play with the Release Candidate, available now.
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Windows 8
It’s no secret that Microsoft is betting big on Windows 8, its “reimagined,” “fast and fluid” new client operating system. With the next iteration – dubbed the Release Preview – now available, you can bet it’ll be a major point of emphasis for many speakers, if not for the IT pros who remain skeptical of how the touch-centric interface will translate to the enterprise. The agenda includes technical sessions on Windows 8 deployment, Metro-style app delivery, Windows To Go and more. Developers will have plenty to chew on as well: Visual Studio corporate vice president Jason Zander will be speaking during Monday’s keynote session, and Antoine LeBlond, corporate vice president for Windows Web Services (with a focus on the Windows Store) takes the stage on Tuesday.

Sure, IT pros have been able to take certification exams at TechEd every year. But this year adds some intrigue, given the recent changes to Microsoft’s program, including the return of the MCSE and a focus on the cloud. Many are wondering what the changes mean for them, whether they should get recertified and what the value of these things are, anyway. If there is any place to get answers, it’s here.

Device (or user) management
It’s pretty difficult to avoid the topic of consumerization and BYOD programs at any conference these days, and for good reason: Any organization that isn’t dealing with it now will soon need to or risk being beaten over the head by iPad-wielding employees. One of the main ways that Microsoft is addressing the new reality is through improved device management. The revamped Windows Intune, which will purportedly give IT the ability to manage and deliver applications to iOS and Android devices in addition to Windows devices, will be featured in demos and discussions throughout the week (as will System Center Configuration Manager 2012). Expect to hear about Microsoft’s “user-centric” management model a lot, and get explanations as to why Windows RT tablets don’t need to join Active Directory domains.

The word “cloud” at a Microsoft conference usually means Azure. The public cloud platform will definitely be a major coverage area at TechEd, given both the timing – there was a recent branding brouhaha, and the company is scheduled to make a significant Azure announcement on June 7 – and the speaker slate (which includes sessions from Azure executives Scott Guthrie and Mark Russinovich, and purportedly something on the new Windows Azure Active Directory). But don’t discount Microsoft’s private cloud push, which includes System Center 2012 and Hyper-V.

System Center 2012
Though Microsoft’s updated systems management suite got plenty of time in the spotlight during the Management Summit in April, IT pros are looking to learn more about how to better monitor and respond to increasingly complex environments. Many of the suite’s most significant products, including Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager and Orchestrator, will get dedicated technical sessions, and should be touted as ways to tie together many of the topics mentioned above.

We’ve heard very little about how things are going with Office 365, Microsoft’s answer to Google Apps, and maybe that’s for a reason. But the roadmap should become a little clearer during TechEd, as there are several sessions scheduled that cover the cloud-based productivity suite in depth, including its tie-ins to the Sharepoint collaboration platform (and we may get more details on the new government-specific version). Though there’s nothing listed, we might also hear something about Office 15, which will reportedly be delivered to Windows devices before anything else.

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Windows Phone 8, or ‘Apollo,’ Debuts Next Month at San Francisco Conference

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Microsoft will finally lay out the details on the next version of its smartphone OS, which could be a precursor to Windows 8.

June is turning into Developer’s Month. Along with Microsoft’s TechEd, there’s Apple’s WWDC, Google I/O, and a two-day Windows Phone developer conference in San Francisco that will be the coming out party for Windows Phone 8, otherwise known as “Apollo.”
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Little has been disclosed on Apollo, but thanks to leaks, we have a pretty good idea of what Microsoft has in store. Last February, a leak gave some insight into what Microsoft was planning.

Most significant is that Windows Phone 8 will share components with Windows 8, allowing developers to reuse most of their code when porting an app from desktop to phone. It’s believed the kernel, networking stacks, security, and multimedia support will all have heavy overlap between desktop, tablet and phone.

Apollo will also support Near Field Communication (NFC) radios for contactless payments, full Skydrive integration and full integration with Skype and support for multicore processors.

Microsoft has said, and reiterated in an April 5 blog post, that current Windows Phone applications and games will run on the next major version of Windows Phone. How much recoding you’ll have to do to accomplish this will probably be discussed at the San Francisco show.

Another question that hopefully will be answered next month is what will change under the hood. Other Microsoft watchers with better connections than me have said they believe Microsoft will change the kernel from Windows CE to Windows 8 RT.

The potential is tremendous. If Microsoft does pull this off, you will have portability between desktop PCs, tablets and phones with relatively minor modification.

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Speed Up Windows XP With System Mechanic 10.8

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System Mechanic 10.8 Put Through The Test

We’ve all seen those annoying television commercials that promise to speed up a slow computer, but do such solutions really work? The CRN Test Center put Iolo’s System Mechanic 10.8 through its paces and was impressed with the results.

Our test subject was an old Pentium III-era PC running Windows XP so slowly that the machine was completely unusable. Just opening the Start menu easily took 20 seconds, opening an app required about a minute, and we could fix a steak-and-egg breakfast in the time it took to reboot this dinosaur.

But it was perfect for our purposes. We installed System Mechanic 10.8 and, after running a scan, the tool reported that the overall system status was poor and health and security were at alarming levels.
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Performance Problems
After many years of use (and neglect), Windows machines develop all sorts of issues that can sap performance and open the door to more problems. Listed first are the security flaws, which include absence of a firewall, dangerous start-up items and other security vulnerabilities.

System Mechanic also identified hundreds of registry problems, which happen normally over the course of time but nevertheless can slow down a system and make it prone to crashes. The tool also found more than 1 GB of junk. While this might not seem like much by today’s standards, it represented more than 1 percent of this system’s total hard drive capacity of 80 GB.

Results Of First Pass
System Mechanic was able to clean out all the clutter and remove the unwanted start-up items. Of the 611 registry errors found in the first scan, 591 were repaired, leaving 20 unfixed. Performance results after the first pass were moderate. After restarting, system responsiveness was slightly faster but still far too slow.

When we relaunched the tool, it reported that while our system’s health was now firmly in the green, its security was still at warning levels and our system status had only been upgraded from poor to fair. So we ran another scan.

Third Time’s The Charm
During a second pass at diagnosing the system, System Mechanic found 44 new registry errors in addition to the 20 problems left unrepaired from the first scan for a total of 64. It also found a new security vulnerability. But during the second repair pass, the tool fixed only 62 of the registry errors and did not repair the security problem.

A third pass found those issues, a third registry problem, and reported that available memory was running low. System Mechanic offered us the option of optimizing memory to fix the problem, which we did.

Getting Rid of CRUDD
We call them something else, but In Iolo’s parlance, “commonly redundant or unnecessary decelerators and destabilizers” are known as CRUDD. Whatever they’ve called, System Mechanic gets rid of them with its CRUDD remover. On our system there were four: an AOL Toolbar, an Ask Toolbar, a Google Toolbar for IE and a Yahoo Toolbar.

The screen here identifies each along with a judgment as to its favorability and presents options to keep, kill or decide later. We killed them all.

Good Enough
During the last repair pass, System Mechanic reported it had done some repairs on the system drive, realigning more than 30,000 files and defragmenting another 6,518. This led on the next pass to even more misalignments and fragmentations, a problem so pervasive that it affected more than the total size of the 80-GB volume. System Mechanic was able to repair all the problems but was never able to achieve more than a “fair” system status. However, the test system was transformed from “a hammer and chisel would be faster” to one that performs well enough to be used as a jukebox, backup PC for Internet access or for doing school papers.

With more than half of all Windows computers still using Windows XP, there are millions of systems out there in need of similar repairs. For such systems, the CRN Test Center recommends System Mechanic, which provides 50 tools in all, including those for acceleration, repair, cleanup and security, for $40 list. System Mechanic 10.8, released in April, is compatible with the current Windows 8 beta. A free version of System Mechanic 10.8 includes.


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Microsoft MB6-285 Q & A / Study Guide

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How can you view total invoiced amount on a customer for a specific time interval?

A. Run the report CRM/Reports/Sales Management/Internal account statement
B. Select CRM, Inquiries, Statistics
C. On the Business relations form, click Update financial on the Financials tab, and view
the field Total invoiced
D. Open Management statistics, Business relation category, select the Specific Customer
radio button, and select the respective customer

Answer: D

Using the TAPI interface you receive a telephone call. How do you register this in the
CRM module?

A. I create a new record on the Phone calls tab in either the Contact person or Business relations form
B. I create a new note document called, for example, Incoming phone calls and register
the call by creating a note of this type in the Business relations form
C. I need to register the Business relation and/or contact person in order to have the
registered on my business relation
D. The phone call is registered automatically

Answer: D

You have received a text file containing a range of possible leads which you wish to
import into the Business relations form, it also contains several contact persons for each

A. You have to select which contact persons you need to import
B. You have to enter the contact persons through the MS Excel import wizard
C. You create a number of record groups and enter each contact person with a different
record group in the File format definition
D. You are limited to a maximum of three contact persons for each business relations

Answer: C

When a contact person leaves one of your customers:

A. Create a note in the memo field on the contact person
B. Replace the former contact person with the new contact person
C. Mark the contact person as inactive
D. Delete the contact person from the system

Answer: C

To view all quotations for a specific prospect, you:

A. Enter the Management statistics form, select category Business relation and view the quotation
B. Open the Quotations form, select a quotation for the prospect, and click the Business relations button
C. Open the Workbook tab Quotations and filter for the specific prospect
D. Open the Business relations form, select the prospect, and click the Quotations button

Answer: D

To send a document from Axapta’s document handling to an Axapta e-mail group you:

A. Drop the file into your e-mail program
B. Attach the document through the E-mail distribution form
C. Save the document separately and attach it manually to the e-mail
D. Click the E-mail group button in Axapta

Answer: D

Which of the following business relation types can be imported?

A. Competitors
B. Customers, vendors and prospects
C. Customers and vendors
D. Prospects

Answer: B

From where can you NOT see the Return of investment (ROI) for a given campaign?

A. In the Management statistics form
B. In the Business relations form
C. In the Campaign form
D. In the Projects form

Answer: B

How can you make sure that your employees in your call center follow a consistent questioning technique?

A. Create a Questionnaire and attach it to the call list
B. Add a detailed media description to the campaign
C. Detail the questioning technique in the Encyclopedia
D. Attach a Microsoft Word document to the call list with specific questions on it using Document Handling

Answer: A

How do you synchronize the contact persons from one business relation in Axapta to MS Outlook

A. You have to synchronize all the contacts
B. Open the menu item Periodic, MS Outlook synchronization, Synchronize contact
person to Outlook, and select Business relation contacts
C. Select the import field on the individual contact persons in the Contact persons form and select Synchronize
D. Select the business relation in the Business relation form and click the Synchronize button

Answer: B

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HTC Radar 4G is first Windows Phone Mango device in U.S.

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I purchased the T-Mobile HTC HD7 on launch day last year and have been using it and the Dell Venue Pro as my main Windows Phone devices for the last year. This year we see T-Mobile getting another new Windows Phone device, the HTC Radar 4G, and it is one to consider if you are looking for a WP device.

In the box, first impressions, and pricing

The HTC Radar 4G comes in the same type of rock solid box we are used to seeing from T-Mobile with a glossy image of the device on the front and a list of features on the back. Inside the box you will find the device, battery, USB to A/C charger, USB cable, SIM card, and Quick Start Guide.

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The very first thing I noticed after taking the Radar 4G out of the box was that is looked just like a smaller brother of the HTC Flyer as you can see in my image gallery. It has a sleek unibody aluminum design with a white plastic upper piece around the camera and a lower plastic piece at the bottom. The front face is white with silver around the body and it feels and looks great in your hand.

The HTC Radar 4G will be available at T-Mobile retail stores and through select national retailers and dealers on Nov. 2. The HTC Radar 4G is expected to cost $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying T-Mobile Classic voice and data plan, plus taxes and fees.

Specifications for the HTC Radar 4G include the following:

* Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) operating system
* 14.4 Mbps HSPA+ radio
* 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
* 3.8 inch WVGA 800×480 pixels LCD display
* Preinstalled 8GB storage with no expansion capability (about 6GB user accessible)
* 1 GB RAM
* 5 megapixel camera with single LED flash and f/2.2 aperture
* Integrated A-GPS
* Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
* Bluetooth 2.1
* 3.5 mm headset jack
* 1520 mAh lithium-ion battery
* Dimensions: 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.44 inches and 4.83 ounces

The battery is non-removable and there is no expandable storage capability. I was disappointed to see only 8GB in the device (only about 6GB is actually usable though) and believe that all Windows Phone devices should have a minimum of 16GB, especially given how cheap flash memory is today. I am not that concerned about the 1 GHz processor since Windows Phone has been shown to fly with minimal processor specifications.

I also understand there is no digital compass in the HTC Radar 4G (kind of ironic given the name) and thus there will be limits on some app usage, such as augmented reality.
Walk around the hardware

The front of the HTC Radar 4G has a 3.8 inch WVGA 800×480 pixels LCD with the three capacitive Windows Phone buttons below the display. You will find a front facing camera on the upper right front, but at this time there is no application that can use it so it’s value is a potential value and not something that can be realized now.

There is a large volume button and camera shutter button on the right side with a microUSB port on the left side. The power button and headset jack are found on the top with just a mic opening on the bottom

On the back you will find the 5 megapixel camera, single LED flash, and speaker grille inside a white plastic area that is not removable. The rest of the back has the unibody aluminum finish with HTC branding. The bottom part is also white plastic and can be removed to access the SIM card slot. Every review I read after I finished writing this one confirmed that the back bottom piece doesn’t seem to fit up and in place as securely as it should and could have been better designed. There is no removable storage card or battery on this device.
Daily usage and experiences

Even though the Radar 4G has a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, it still flies like all the other existing devices upgraded to WP 7.5 (Mango) so I am not concerned at all with the processor. The 5 megapixel camera takes much better photos than the 5 megapixel camera on the HD7 and I do not see any of the pink camera problem found on the HD7. It is not as good as the Amaze 4G though and I am thinking I may hold out for a Nokia WP with Carl Zeiss optics.

The WiFi hotspot function, new to Mango, is in this device and works well. Unfortunately, the “4G” is limited to the 14.4 Mbps speed and not up to the full 42.2 Mbps found in the T-Mobile network in many locations and with the latest Android devices. Unfortunately, I found the RF reception to be a bit disappointing and in areas where I normally have a solid 3G signal I was seeing the words “2G” appear on the Radar 4G, which is something I haven’t seen in a long time.

Phone call quality sounded OK, but also sounded a bit hollow and was not as solid and clear as other phones I have tested recently on T-Mobile. also noted there was some hissing noise in calls.

I personally like the form factor and still enjoy using the Windows Phone operating system. However, the limited selection of devices on all carriers, but AT&T, is not a good thing and IMHO is one major factor keeping Windows Phone down in market share figures.

I have only been using the Radar 4G for about 4 days and am finding the battery life to be quite acceptable and much better than the HD7 or Dell Venue Pro I have been using over the past year. It also seems to be beating out my new iPhone 4S.
Will I be buying an HTC Radar 4G?

My wife has been using a blue Nokia N8 since last year and won’t give it up because the camera is fantastic and that is something she values. She doesn’t particularly like the OS though and is tired of lockups, misdialing, etc. I was hoping to see a Windows Phone similar to the HTC Amaze 4G with a great camera since I know she would like WP on a device. The 5 megapixel shooter on the Radar 4G is OK, but as soon as I gave her the device she handed it back and said she did not like the feel of it and wouldn’t consider it.

I love my HTC Flyer Android tablet with very similar form factor and design so I am considering the Radar 4G for myself. However, the limited 8GB internal storage, lack of battery replacement, and camera that is just OK and not super are causing me to hesitate a bit. If I end up being eligible for the full upgrade price of just $100 I will likely pick one up on Wednseday, but I am not going to pay the $450+ that it will probably cost for the unsubsidized phone.

First time buyers who are eligible for the $100 price will like the solid design and form factor and smooth operation, but there are some compelling Android devices on T-Mobile too that do offer more.
Other HTC Radar 4G reviews

The opinions above are mine alone and I always recommend you check out other reviews. You can find a couple others online here:

* gave it a 4.5/5
* Mobileburn gave it a 3.8 out of 5


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Having trouble with your computer? You’ve come to the right place. Even if you don’t know a computer language (or want to), you can solve several common PC problems on your own.

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In this article, we offer many ways to do what you need to do in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Often, there may not be a Help topic for Windows XP, but the process is often the same as in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. The only difference is usually where to find the link in Control Panel. Most often, it’s just a matter of slightly different wording in the heading or the text describing the task. Don’t worry. If you search in Control Panel, you’ll usually find the link you need.
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Fix common PC problems

If you can’t figure out how to complete a particular task in your software program—and you’re using a PC—the most important shortcut to know is the F1 key. Just push it while the program—Word, Excel, or whichever program you’re using—is open and active, wait a moment, and the Help window specific to your active program will appear. See an F1 key demonstration. The F1 key works with almost all Microsoft products, so it’s a helpful starting point for a wide variety of problems.

The basics

If you’re encountering a different kind of obstacle – your new device won’t appear on your desktop, an application you added won’t run, you see an error message, or your computer is refusing to start up – here are a few preliminary steps:

Before adding any major hardware or software to your system, make sure you’ve recently backed up your Windows 7-based PC or your Windows Vista-based PC as a safeguard. By using the automatic backup functions, you can schedule regular upkeep for maximum convenience.

Many issues can be resolved by simply checking to be sure that all of your plugs are connected properly. After you are sure of that, try restarting (“rebooting”) your system. Turn your computer off, and then back on a few seconds later. If the problem continues, follow the steps below.

Write down the contact information for Microsoft Customer Service and Support, should you need to consult an expert. Take a second to print the below instructions as well, and keep them handy as you walk through the troubleshooting process.

Locating the problem

Microsoft provides a couple of free options to help you locate and fix the PC issue you’re encountering:

Online: Is your PC showing an error message? If so, write down the exact number and wording of the error message, and search for it on the Microsoft Fix it Solution Center. In many cases, the Fix it center provides a “hot fix,” which is an automated solution you can run on your PC with just one click! Even if you don’t see an error message, you may be able to find the solution in the Fix it center, either by topic or by searching. You can also check Microsoft Answers and Office Answers.

Download: You can try out the new Microsoft Fix it Beta. Just download it to your machine, follow the instructions to set it up, and then it will tell you if you have any updates to run. Note: Once you run it, the system will ask you to set up an account, or you can sign in with your Windows Live ID. Also, the Fix it Center will ask you to send information about your computer.

Walk through your system yourself: If you’d like to understand more about the issue you’re seeing, walk through the steps below to help you figure out if the problem is related to hardware, software, or the operating system (such as Windows 7, Windows XP, or Windows Vista). The following are some common indicators that can help you decide which is the right answer.

We recommend you start at the top by determining if your software is working, using the Software errors section that follows. If the issue persists, proceed to the Hardware trouble section and then to the System failure section. The lists on the right side of this page may also help you narrow down the type of trouble you are experiencing.

Software errors

If programs refuse to install, won’t appear on your desktop, can’t seem to run without freezing, don’t load at a decent speed or function properly, or Internet access is unavailable, here’s how to troubleshoot:

General issues

Confirm that your PC meets the software’s minimum system requirements. If it doesn’t, you’ll be unable to run the program without upgrading your computer’s hardware. Note that PCs which barely meet or just slightly exceed these minimums may run the software more slowly and can be less reliable. Windows 7 and Windows Vista users can reference the Windows Experience Index to quickly gauge their PC’s general capabilities.

Check for compatibility with Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Close open programs and windows that you’re not currently using. These can eat up system memory and processing power, slowing your PC or preventing additional software from running. Try running the program again.

Check available hard drive space. Roughly 5 to 10 percent of your hard drive’s total storage allotment should be left free to ensure optimum system performance in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, prevent crashes, and keep Windows running at top speed.

Note Use Disk Cleanup to free more space:

Windows 7

Windows Vista

Windows XP

Check for program updates and information on frequently encountered issues at the software manufacturer’s website. For Microsoft products, you can also load Windows Update for Windows 7, Windows Update for Windows Vista, or visit the Microsoft Download Center. If you install an update, restart your computer, and attempt to run the program again.

Uninstall or delete unwanted programs in Windows 7 or Windows Vista to cut down on clutter and remove any drain on your system’s resources.

Disable programs you don’t use to in Windows 7 or Windows Vista by preventing them from automatically loading when Windows starts. If you’re running Windows 7, restart your computer, and try the program again.

Defragment your hard drive in Windows 7 or Windows Vista to improve performance.

Scan for viruses and spyware. Windows Defender in Windows 7 and Windows Vista can help detect and prevent threats, along with preventing annoying pop-up notices and unauthorized home network intrusions. You can scan your PC for free.

Reboot your computer and try loading the program again. If it still won’t load or work correctly, you may need to uninstall the software and then reinstall it from scratch and reboot again. Advanced users can also try these advanced troubleshooting tricks in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Consult Microsoft Help and Support and the Windows Community. If live assistance is required, first contact the software manufacturer’s customer support department. For additional assistance, try Microsoft Customer Service and Support.

Internet Connectivity

Whether you have a modem or a Windows 7 or Windows Vista home network, answers to common Internet access and online networking problems can be found at Microsoft Help and Support. Quick references include:
Dropped signals
Finding wireless networks
Internet connection problems
Network connection issues
Slow speeds

Using Internet Explorer

Download IE8 if you have Windows XP

Download IE9

Hardware trouble

Should equipment fail to turn on, be recognized by your system, or function properly, follow these steps to address some of the most common hardware issues:

Determine that equipment has been assembled correctly, by consulting your product manual or referencing the manufacturer’s website.

Confirm that your device is securely plugged in and receiving power. For equipment that relies on an A/C (wall outlet plug) power adapter, you can double-check that the outlet is functioning correctly by plugging in another device and observing if it starts up or begins charging.

Check to see whether equipment is properly connected to your PC by making sure all cables are securely plugged into the correct ports.

Verify that hardware is turned on.

Look for error messages displayed on either the equipment itself (commonly found on a small LCD screen) or on your desktop. Solutions for many of these can be found in your product manual or by checking this comprehensive database.

Install or reinstall drivers for the device in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Windows automatically searches for drivers when new devices are connected and notifies you of any available updates. It may be necessary to manually install them yourself, if these files are contained directly on the device, on a CD/DVD sold with the equipment, or on the manufacturer’s website. To activate setup, just double-click on the driver installation program. You may need advice for Windows 7 or Windows Vista if the installation program fails to run.

Confirm that you’re using the latest drivers for your hardware. Manufacturers routinely issue patches to correct errors and inconsistencies that users encounter. To do so, simply use Windows Update, visit the Microsoft Download Center, or check the Download or Support section of the manufacturer’s website.

Reboot your system and test the device again.

Consult Microsoft Help and Support, the Windows Community, or the manufacturer’s website for assistance. The following resources also offer solutions to common problems with popular devices, including:

Audio and sound cards
CD or DVD drives

Digital cameras

Speech recognition



Monitors and video cards

Network adapters

Recordable media

TV tuners
USB Devices


If all else fails, contact the hardware manufacturer’s customer support department. You can also try your computer manufacturer’s customer support group or Microsoft Customer Service and Support for additional assistance.

System failure

Can’t get your PC to start up or shut down? Is Windows stalling out, randomly turning your computer off, or rebooting without warning? Follow these step-by-step instructions to restore system health.

Confirm that your PC is plugged into an electrical outlet and receiving power. If so, reboot and see whether the problem persists.

Try restoring your system.
Check to see if you have a memory problem.
Scan your hard drive for errors.
Look for driver problems.

Try advanced boot options and working in safe mode.

Windows 7

Windows Vista

Did you just install a new hardware device or driver in Windows 7 or Windows Vista before Windows stopped working? Determine the cause and address the problem.

Repair your PC using the Startup Repair function.
Reinstall Windows.

If troubles remain, consult Microsoft Help and Support or the Windows Community. If you still need help, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support.

Hard drive failure

In a worst-case scenario, system failure may be caused by a damaged or corrupted hard drive. There are many warning signs that may indicate this problem:

Your system won’t boot.

No operating system is detected.

The computer hangs during startup.

Your PC is making strange noises.

If you are concerned about the safety of your files, try the following options before paying to send it to a data recovery specialist:

Resurrect your hard drive.

Retrieve files using a boot CD.

Employ free system recovery tools.


Windows 7 smartphone is ‘world’s smallest PC’

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Fujitsu says an Intel Atom-powered smartphone that runs Windows 7 will be available in Japan July 23. Touted as the “world’s smallest PC,” the Loox F-07C includes a four-inch, 1,024 x 600 pixel touchscreen, 1GB of RAM, a 32GB solid state disk, dual cameras, a microSD slot, and an HDMI video output, according to the company.


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Fujitsu’s Loox F-07C runs Windows 7 on a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z600 processor, equipped with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of solid state disk storage. However, it wouldn’t quite be accurate to call the device a “Windows-based phone,” since the smartphone side of the operation runs the Symbian operating system. Rather, think of this as a very compact Windows 7 tablet that just happens to have a smartphone attached to it.

Fujitsu’s Loox F-07C

The Windows environment is apparently suspended when the Loox F-07C is being used as a phone. However, customers of the NTT DoCoMo network — where the device is initially being offered — will be able to receive calls when using the device as a computer).

In smartphone mode, the device offers up to 600 hours standby, 370 minutes talk time, and 170 minutes of video calling. However, Windows mode is good for just two hours of operation, according to Fujitsu.

The Loox F-07C’s cellular radio works as a modem for Windows data access at up to 7.2Mbps, according to Fujitsu. The device also includes 802.11b/g/n wireless networking and dual cameras — a five megapixel photo-taker, and a VGA-resolution sensor for videoconferencing.

In addition to its four-inch touchscreen (with 1024 x 600 pixel resolution) the Loox F-07C also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a microSD slot that accepts up to 32GB of add-on storage,plus a stand for desktop use and recharging. An included Y-cable allows connecting a USB keyboard and mouse as well as an HDMI-interfaced monitor, Fujitsu says.

Fujitsu’s Loox F-07C in smartphone (left) and PC (right) modes

Fujitsu says the Loox F-07C measures 5.82 x 3.14 x 2.08 inches (148 x 80 x 53mm) and weighs approximately 7.76 ounces (220g). The device comes with a Japanese edition of the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system, plus a two-year license for Word 2010, Excel 2010, and Outlook 2010, the company adds.

A demonstration of the Loox F-07C
Source: Akihabara News

Further information
More information may be found on the Fujitsu Loox F-07C product page.