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Visual Effects and Performance Options in Windows 8

RPM Guage

I’ve written before about the non-intuitive nature of visual effects in recent versions of Windows, where offloading the desktop rendering duties to the graphics card can result in considerable performance improvements.  While this is true for nearly any modern PC, including those with ‘integrated’ graphics cards, there are still steps one may take to enhance […]

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Ask a Geek: Bloated Computers

bloatware at its worst

If you’re looking for a new PC, you can ask any geek and they’ll tell you to build clean.  Their reason is simple: the manufacturer’s cripple their own products before they ever send it to you. Even if you buy direct, original equipment manufacturers make money by pre-installing trials, games, bundles, even spyware on to […]

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Speed up your computer with eye candy?

comparison between Basic and Aero themes in Windows 7

Has your computer ever re-drawn the screen slowly? Or has a lagging program ever turned black or duplicated itself like this: You can alleviate these slow-downs and even prevent GDI driver-mode related crashes by using Windows Aero, available in Windows Home Premium and higher editions. You can tell if Aero is on by looking at […]

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