It's official: On June 30, Windows XP enjoyed its last day as a readily available consumer operating system. Henceforth, it will
Hobbled by slow performance, annoying security features, and wonky support for many existing devices, Vista has earned its bad reputation. But now that it's the only game in town for mainstream PC users, you might as well make the best of it.
PC World's writers and editors have spent countless hours digging through all of Vista's menus and options, tweaking and optimizing its performance. And we've found tons of ways to tame the quirks and foibles of this somewhat-maligned, somewhat-malignant
Speed Up Windows Vista
Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista may not give your system much extra oomph--but as Contributing Editor Scott Dunn details, there are other ways to increase Vista's speed. Spending a few minutes (or a few dollars) optimizing your Vista PC can pep it up noticeably.
In Video: How to Speed Up Windows Vista
Make Vista's User Account Control Work for You
Scott Dunn also has some sound advice about how to maintain your PC's protection without having to endure incessant UAC interruptions. Logging on as a user with fewer privileges is one way to
Activate Vista's Snipping Tool
The screen-capture utility built into Vista got dropped from some versions of the OS. But Scott Dunn (once again) has put together a straightforward explanation of how to turn