If you’re planning to get a new computer and install the brand new Windows 7 on it, there’s one important question: how do you transfer all your data from the old system to the new one? Luckily Microsoft also thought about it and has developed the right tool to solve the issue: Windows 7 Easy Transfer. This step-by-step wizard enables you to move all your documents, photos, music files, videos, Internet favorites, user account settings and more between your old computer with Windows Vista and the new one running Windows 7. Windows 7 Easy Transfer is very simple to use. All you have to do is follow the on-screen instructions that walk you through the process, and also have a little patience – depending on the volume of data you want to transfer, it can take a while!
XP Repair Pro scans the Windows Registry and finds incorrect or obsolete information in the Registry. By fixing this obsolete information in Windows Registry, your system will run faster and error free. The backup/restore function of the tool let you backup your whole Windows Registry so you can use it to restore the registry to the current status in case you encounter some system failure. Overall it will improve your system performance greatly. A registry optimizer removes useless duplicate entries that Windows and other programs may leave behind instead of… More properly removing like they should. System Restore functionality takes advantage of Windows own system allowing you to make a fail-safe backup of your entire machine at anytime.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview is a beta version of the next Windows release that anyone can test. It introduces the Metro interface: the biggest change to Windows since the start button was introduced with Windows 95. Click here for the 64 Bit version.
A new start for WindowsThe Metro interface is bold design that has been seen in other Microsoft products like Mobile and Xbox. In Windows 8 its effects are profound. There is now the Windows Store, which allows you to download Metro Apps, much like in OS X. You can pin the apps you use most to the Metro interface, which is a very informative visual interface. Internet Explorer for Metro is a super quick browser that opens in full screen with no borders – the URL bar pops up when you mouse over the lower part of the screen. It looks great, though it’s a big change from the traditional Windows experience, so be prepared!
VMware Workstation is a user-friendly, high performance virtual machine. If you want to experiment with operating systems, software and other applications, you’ll need to use a virtual machine. Not only will it allow you to perform actions that would be impossible on your native machine, but it will also protect you from viruses or mistakes you might make. Here in the office we use virtual machines for everything, and VMware Workstation is one of them. Downloading and installing the machine is undoubtedly the hardest part of using the tool, but once you have that done, it’s easy – just follow the detailed wizards provided to set up your operating systems and configure your preferences.
VirtualBox is a free, open source solution for running other operating systems virtually on your PC. With VirtualBox, you can install any version of an operating system, such as Linux, Solaris, and other versions of Windows (as long as you have the original installation files, of course) and run them within your current version of Windows. The first thing you notice about VirtualBox is that it’s extremely easy to setup and use. VirtualBox holds your hand through the whole process so you never feel out of your depth. Integration with your native environment is extremely impressive. VirtualBox allows for declaring certain host directories as ‘shared folders’, which can then be accessed from within the operating system you’re running in VirtualBox. In addition, connecting USB devices is simple – VirtualBox automatically detects new devices and asks you if you wish to use them. Unfortunately, there is no drag-and-drop function from your native desktop into VirtualBox but considering it’s free, you really can’t complain.