[ATTACH]16171[/ATTACH] Windows 7 offers heaps of computing-gravy for users that are looking for something sweeter than XP and less bitter than Vista. It has been optimized and overhauled into a truly modern version of Windows. Unfortunately for a lot of users, upgrading from XP is a daunting task if you want to preserve your files, settings, and programs. This is where Zinstall XP7 comes into play. It creates a virtual machine (VM) based on your old XP installation that can be accessed within Windows 7. It gives you a hot-swappable desktop that allows you to experience 7 without going through …

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Remember when you had to use a whole host of 'utility downloads' just to keep your PC running smoothly? Windows has had optimization tools built in for ages now, so surely the days of PC optimization suites are long over? Not so according to iolo, which has just released System Mechanic 11 - the latest suite of such tools to hit the market since it first launched way back in 1998. ![dweb-sysmech02](/attachments/small/0/dweb-sysmech02.jpg "align-right") With over 40 million users since those early days, System Mechanic is certainly the best known of the tune-up suites for Windows. Here at DaniWeb [we last …

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![EliteBook_1](/attachments/small/3/EliteBook_1.JPG "align-left") When it comes to business machines no one makes them like HP. Combining form and function in the most elegant ways possible the HP EliteBook 8460p is no exception. Under the beautiful brushed aluminum case is a rigid magnesium-aluminum chassis. Designed to withstand impacts and pressure seen in a multitude of business environments while still weighing less than 5lbs. HP also added what they call the “FitTight” battery lock to prevent jostling or ejecting of the laptop battery due to any type of impact. Even the screen has an extra layer of protection in the DisplaySafe frame. This …

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The PC world is an ever changing one and according to trends the All-in-one market is going to show a large growth in the year to come. In addition touch screen devices are steadily gaining in popularity. With the planned Metro Interface of the Windows 8 operating system the touch screen trend doesn’t seem to be slowing any time soon. HP’s TouchSmart Elite 7320 brings these facts together is a powerful and affordable package for your business, and I got to take one for a test drive. ![Touchsmart_box](/attachments/small/3/Touchsmart_box.jpg "align-right") We all know that these machines often lack the customization that …

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So here's the thing, it is now some 10 years since the first iPod was launched and the way we listen to music changed forever. One of the things that changed, if you are anything like me, is that your iTunes database became the centre of your musical life. Unfortunately, across those 10 years that database can get kind of dirty. A quick look at my iTunes database reveals a whole bunch of tracks with no album artwork, which is no big deal I grant you, but also a whole bunch of songs with spelling mistakes or where the import …

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DaniWeb has looked at Network Attached Storage in the shape of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review308073.html"]myDitto server which offers excellent value in terms of both cost and capacity[/URL]. DaniWeb has looked at a personal cloud device in the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review260663.html"]very pink format of PogoPlug which is great for anytime and anywhere sharing[/URL]. DaniWeb has even looked at traditional backup software which dispenses with your own hardware and moves your backup into the cloud, as exampled by the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review271593.html"]Acronis Online Backup[/URL] product. [attach]17740[/attach] [B][U]Best of all worlds[/U][/B] However, all of these have their own particular drawbacks be it complexity of setup and usage or maximum …

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The HP Compaq Elite series of business PCs has an extremely wide array of available towers all focused on delivering the computer power needed to run your business. After our recent review of the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/pc-hardware/motherboards-cpus-and-ram/reviews/387133"]8200 Elite Ultra-Slim PC[/URL] we were excited to see what else the line had to offer. This time the box we unwrapped came with an HP Compaq 8200 Elite All-In-One desktop. [ATTACH=LEFT]22714[/ATTACH]In addition to an attractive and compact design, there are a lot of nice additions HP put into this machine that sweetens the deal. Starting with the most obvious, the 23” LED Backlit display is …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22124[/ATTACH]If you are a Windows 7 user then maybe you have longed for a mouse designed just for you and your Operating System, but somehow I doubt it. What you want is a mouse that just works the way you expect and doesn't leave your wrist feeling like you've been shaking hands with Hulk Hogan for a fortnight at the end of the day. So what was Microsoft thinking of when it decided to launch a Windows 7 only mouse into the market that's unlike any other in the way you use it? Actually, Microsoft was trying to push the …

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One of my Christmas presents to myself this year (2009) was a new laptop. It's an [URL="http://www.acer.com"]Acer[/URL] Aspire 7535-5020 with 4GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, Wireless LAN, Built-in Camera, GigaBit LAN, Modem (Does anyone use a Modem any more?), a huge 16:9, 17" screen and a full-size keyboard. It has to be the biggest laptop that I've ever seen. It's not as heavy as it looks but it's certainly not as portable as my Acer One Netbook. It came with [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/windows7"]Windows 7[/URL] Home Premium, which I quickly removed in favor of the more robust and feature-rich, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]19382[/ATTACH]If you happen to be in the market for an all-in-one Windows PC, the Compaq 6000 Pro from Hewlett Packard is worth of serious consideration. This well-equipped, dual-core workstation performed well in benchmarks and our hands-on tests, and its integrated graphics circuitry drove a highly demanding single-shooter game smoothly, pegging the dial at a respectable 100 frames per second. [B]Specs & Config[/B] Model: [url=http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/13627_div/13627_div.HTML]HP Compaq 6000 Pro[/url] Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo (E8400) @ 3.0GHz Chipset: Intel Q43 Express Memory: 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (dual channel) Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT320 1GB (dedicated) Display: 21.5-inch diagonal anti-glare (1920 x 1080) …

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With Internet Explorer 9 being acclaimed as the fastest ever browser client from Microsoft, DaniWeb decided to put it to the test against Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari and see just how quick it really is in a real world test of web browsing speed. You can read our [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review318661.html"]review of the Internet Explorer 9 Beta here[/URL]. [attach]17608[/attach]A certain degree of nerdiness, no doubt, drives so many publications to take the microsecond benchmarking suite approach to testing. While we certainly do not dismiss these tests as pointless, measuring the speed of the browser JavaScript engine and core rendering speeds are …

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Internet Explorer used to reign over the web browser client kingdom with a seemingly vice-like grip, but the latest statistics suggest that the Microsoft market share crown is slipping significantly. Although Chrome only has a 7.98 percent share according to one recent report, it has carved that out in a relatively small period of time. Firefox, on 22.96 percent continues to climb but Internet Explorer has slipped to 'just' 59.65 percent. OK, so that remains a pretty dominant position to be in, but when you consider that not so long ago Microsoft was looking at a browser market-share of 90 …

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Our first impressions of PC Problem Solving Made Easy was that it reminded us of the 'computer clinic' sections that you will find towards the back of any monthly computing magazine. You know the sort of thing where a reader writes in and says "how can I get text to fit on the page properly when printing?" and the magazine provides a brief step-by-step answer. Indeed, that very question appears on page 68 of the book, and is answered in three steps: checking paper and font sizes, setting margins and checking document size. [attach]18047[/attach]First impressions can be deceptive though, and …

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Rather than cover all the same ground again, may we take the liberty of referring you to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review280960.html"]our earlier review of System Mechanic 9.5[/URL] which provides all the basics of what the software is and what it does? In a nutshell though, System Mechanic is a collection of diagnostic, repair and optimization tools which have been engineered to work together in order to 'tune-up' your computer. It helps fix errors that can cause crashes and slow down performance, boost Internet speeds and Windows start times, clean out clutter and generally ensure your computer runs smoothly and speedily. [attach]17923[/attach] So what's …

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The likes of Norton these days make much fuss about just how quick installing a security suite is, but you can forget all claims of being done in 60 seconds when it comes to Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security. Think less of speedy rocket-powered installations and more of slow and steady, with a certain degree of swimming through treacle wearing flippers thrown in. Having checked for any conflicting software (such as Norton) or even traces of such software left behind by other security suite uninstallation routines (hello Norton again) and then removing them, the Trend installer goes and fetches the …

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[ATTACH=right]14704[/ATTACH][B]Reviewer's View[/B] I'm the kind of person who has an almost religious fervour when it comes to keeping data backed up, perhaps unsurprisingly as I am an IT professional and my livelihood depends upon it. So when it came to the hands-on testing of System Mechanic 9.5 for this DaniWeb review I had no qualms about going real world, biting the bullet and letting the computer tune-up software loose on my day to day work netbook. That, and the fact that System Mechanic has been used by more than 23 million consumers to fix more than 70 million computers over …

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[URL="http://www.laplink.com"]Laplink Software[/URL] [URL="http://www.laplink.com/pcmover"]PCMover Professional[/URL] $59.95 Download Version If you don't know it already, you can't upgrade directly from Windows XP to Windows 7 using the Windows 7 bootable media. Microsoft suggests upgrading to Vista then to Windows 7. That's an expensive undertaking. It's also quite daunting to consider moving from your old Windows XP computer to a new Windows 7 computer. You'll have to locate and reinstall all your programs and applications, transfer your files and reconfigure your new computer. Using one of Laplink Software's PCMover products, you can make the move with far less expense, stress and effort. This …

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