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18 simple, free fixes for your Vista or XP PC

PC Advisor's ultimate PC repair kit

Whether your PC is truly ailing or has a classic case of hypochondria, PC Advisor has 18 simple, free ways to ensure your Windows XP or Vista system is raring to go.

Stifle Shadow Copies' wastefulness

Having Vista's Shadow Copy function switched on can save your bacon in many work situations – but only if yours is a Business, Ultimate or Enterprise version of Vista.

Vista Home Basic and Home Premium omit this feature but save the data anyway, wasting CPU cycles and disk space.

To stop the waste, store your documents and other files on a separate drive or partition. Click Start, type SystemPropertiesProtection and press Enter. In the list of disks, deselect the one that contains personal data.

Click ‘Turn System Protection Off' when prompted, then click ok to close the System Properties dialog box.

System Protection

  1. PC Advisor's ultimate PC repair kit
  2. Spyware & adware
  3. How to disable and remove spyware
  4. Startup issues
  5. Startup: lose lingerers
  6. Memory matters
  7. Stifle Shadow Copies' wastefulness
  8. Recover lost data
  9. System Works file recovery
  10. Web connection woes
  11. Disgnose your web connection
  12. Speed tweaks
  13. Windows won't boot


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