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Windows XP era draws to a close

18 Jun
June 16, 2008 4:00 AM PDT

After a long-announced transition, June 30 marks the end of an era at Microsoft. Well, really it’s the end of two eras.

Most people think of Bill Gates, of course, and I’ll have plenty more to say about his impending shift to part-time work in the coming days. But another epoch is also really coming to an end–that of Windows XP.

Windows XP: Get it while you can.

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The Limited Functionality of Microsoft’s Windows RSS Platform

15 Jan

IE 7 reaches 300 million users200 million people will be using Windows Vista by January 2009. Microsoft’s Windows RSS Platform is included in every Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Vista installed.  So what is the Windows RSS Platform?

The WindowsRSS Platform is an API of objects for managing and reading feeds. Windows XP and Vista users can identify it by the glowing orange button in their toolbar.  Click the button and they will instantly view the feeds from the web page they are on.  For the user it couldn’t be easier.  For a webmaster or programmer, wanting to add feed syndication to their site or use email to deliver it, the story is different.

Windows RSS Platform is limited in that it can only read feeds.  It cannot create, parse or write feeds.  For everything else you need Web20tools’ RSS Library for .NET.

With RSS Library for .NET you can enhance Microsoft’s Windows RSS Platform to do more than read feeds.  Visit and you will find sample code that calls a Web20tools library to perform a feed discovery, split a feed in two, create a feed, handle errors, password-protect a feed and more.

Join the growing community of web masters and programmers who use libraries from to enhance the limited capabilities of Microsoft’s Windows RSS Platform.  Libraries are available for RSS, ATOM and OPML. All come with a 30 day money back guarantee.  To date, no one has returned their copy of a library.

Accelerate Windows by Tweaking Virtual Memory

20 Jun

These tricks can pep up your computer; plus, download a free Mac OS X skin.

Part 1 of a special five-part series.


Scott Dunn

Thursday, June 14, 2007 3:00 PM PDT


If you poke around tip sites, you’ll find a lot of myths and harebrained theories about optimizing virtual memory (the hard-disk space Windows uses to supplement your RAM)–a few of them even perpetuated by me. This time I went to the horse’s mouth for the Microsoft-approved ways to set Windows’ memory management to full steam ahead.

If you have only one hard drive, just leave well enough alone. But if you have two or more internal or external hard drives (not just disk partitions), your PC will be peppier if you keep the default paging file (what Microsoft calls the virtual memory disk space) on your boot drive (the one that holds Windows) and add a paging file to the second drive.

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To do so, log in to Windows as an administrator and verify that you have more than one hard drive in your computer: Click Start, Run (just Start in Vista), type diskmgmt.msc, and press <Enter> to open the Disk Management utility (click Continue in the User Account Control, if necessary). The bottom pane shows each disk on your system and the drive letter that corresponds with each partition. To have only one new paging file, choose the fastest drive you have. Remember that an internal drive will be faster than an external drive in most cases. Note the drive letter(s) you’ll use.

Now right-click My Computer (Windows 2000 and XP) or Computer (Vista) and choose Properties. In Windows 2000 and XP, select the Advanced tab; in Vista, pick Advanced system settings in the task pane on the left.

Bonus tip: In Vista, you can open the System Properties dialog box directly to the Advanced tab by clicking Start, typing systempropertiesadvanced, and pressing <Enter>. As with the preceding method, you may have to click Continue in the User Account Control dialog box.

In the Performance section, click Settings (Performance Options in Windows 2000) and then the Advanced tab (in XP and Vista). Under Virtual Memory, click Change. In Vista, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives. You’ll see a paging file size already listed on your Windows drive; leave it alone, or Windows won’t be able to create a memory dump file with debugging info in the event of a particular type of system error.

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Next, in the drive list select a partition on a different drive where you want to add another paging file. Select Custom size if you want to set the size yourself and type in the initial and maximum size (Microsoft says making them the same amount is most efficient); Microsoft’s rule of thumb is to make the file 1.5 times the amount of RAM in your system. Or select System managed size to let Windows determine the size (XP and Vista only). Click Set, then OK.

If the partition you selected contains another installation of Windows, you’ll receive an error message warning that the file pagefile.sys already exists there. As long as the two operating systems are not running at the same time using virtualization software, it’s safe for you to overwrite or delete pagefile.sys, since Windows will re-create the file automatically the next time you boot that partition’s Windows installation.

You’ll see a reminder that the changes will take effect the next time you restart your system. Windows will most often use the paging file on the least-busy drive, which means your new paging file will do most of the work.

Send Windows-related questions and tips to We pay $50 for published items. Scott Dunn is a contributing editor for PC World.

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