Archive for the 'Questions from Visitors' Category

Should I install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) beta?

Friday, July 30th, 2010

A lot of you are asking me if you should download and install the new Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) beta that Microsoft has made available. My take on it is this - unless you need it for comparability testing, don't bother. Basically, SP1 for Windows 7 is a roll-up of all the updates […]

Windows 7 and PCs with lots of RAM

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Question from a reader: "A while ago, someone at Microsoft told me that to install Vista 64-bit on a PC with 4GB or more of memory, that I had to remove the extra memory, e.g. to 2GB, install Vista, and then reinstall the memory, because apparently there was some issue with installing Vista with 4GB […]

More RAM or a faster hard drive?

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Here's an interesting question I received today ... Question: Depending on whether you have a 32-bit Windows or 64-bit Windows, which makes more sense; adding more RAM or fitting a faster hard drive (such as a solid-state drive or SSD)? A lot depends on what you do with the PC, so I'll look at the […]

Should I install Internet Explorer 8 RC

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Question: I read the other day that the Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 8 is out. From what I understand a release candidate is the code that will be finally released. Is is OK for me to install IE8 RC on my main PC? Release Candidate code certainly has the potential to be what's finally […]

Convert iTunes Plus files into MP3

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Question: How do I convert my DRM-free iTunes Plus music into MP3? The other day Apple announced that it was making about 80% of the iTunes store DRM free, with the remaining 20% to follow shortly. DRM-free iTunes means that in theory you should be able move your music to other computers and devices easily […]