If you’re an avid internet user like me, your browser is probably the most used application on your computer. I did some research on speeding up Internet Explorer 10.
IE10 is the default browser in Windows 8. This new version has some new features and is already quite snappy. But us netbook users want to squeeze the last drop of performance out of their system. (By the way, did you already try to speed up Windows 8 itself?) I’ve summed up a few tips & tweaks you can do to make your IE even faster:
How to install Windows 8 on a netbook:
This guide has been written for netbooks, but the same guidelines apply to notebooks and pc’s. We used Windows 8 RTM to test the installation. This is an updated version of the installation instructions posted on this website before. We didn’t run into any changes in the installation procedure, so the old how-to’s are still valid.
What do I need to install Windows 8 on my netbook:
Since many netbooks don’t have an optical drive the best way to install a fresh copy of Windows 8 is using a USB flash drive.
Let’s have a look at what we need: Continue reading
You might want to test how Windows 8 runs on your computer before removing all you old data and applications. Especially when using a lot of applications, upgrading your current installation to Windows 8 can be a risk. With not all applications and drivers ready for Windows 8, keeping your current Windows 7 installation available is a wise idea. Continue reading
Since the installation of the Windows 8 Release Preview my netbook will reboot automatically just before showing the login-screen. Since I’m using a hdd password this means I have to type in this password twice before using Windows. This reboot is unexpected and without any on-screen warning. Continue reading
Today, Microsoft announced the Surface, a brand new tablet range for Windows 8. The two models that were announced today featured 10,6″ displays and an ARM or Intel Ivy Bridge Processor. The tablets can be controlled by an attachable Touch Cover keyboard which functions as a keyboard through a touch-sensitive area with a keyboard print. There will also be a 5mm-thin Type Cover, that provides real moving keys providing tactile feedback. Basically turning the tablet into a full-blown netbook. Continue reading
When installing Windows 8 it is possible that you receive the following error:
Your PC’s CPU isn’t compatible with Windows 8.
Solution: For Windows 8 tor run the CPU needs to support Physical Address Extension (PAE), NX, and SSE2. Most modern CPUs have these features, but it is possible this is not enabled in your systems’ BIOS. Continue reading
Installing Windows 8 Release Preview on a netbook:
Edit: There is an updated version of this article available here that describes the installation of the final version (RTM) of Windows 8
This guide has been written for netbooks, but the same guidelines apply to notebooks and pc’s
Since many netbooks don’t have an optical drive the best way to install a fresh copy of Windows 8 RP is using a USB flash drive.
Let’s have a look at what we need: Continue reading
One of the biggest changes in Windows 8 is the metro-interface. This is a full-screen start menu providing access to your apps and files. The standard Start-menu has been scrapped.
The minimum screen resolution for the Metro interface is 1024×768, so netbook screens with a 1024×600 screen won’t display the Metro Interface. Continue reading
Unofficial sources from Microsoft report that a device with a Windows 7 licence bought after June 2nd will be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $15.
Microsoft already did the same during the Vista -> Windows 7 transition to prevent Vista sales (and PC/Laptop sales along with it) to plummet. However this upgrade Continue reading
After installing Windows 8 on my Sony Vaio Netbook i wasn’t able to change the brightness. Normally you can change the brightness by opening the charm bar and clicking on settings. The charm bar can be opened by moving your mouse to the upper right corner of the screen. Continue reading
When working with large files like music, pictures and movies you might run out of disk space sooner than you would like. Netbooks tend to have smaller hard drives than desktops or laptops, so especially for netbook users this guide can be convenient. Even when your hard drive is not yet full, creating more space will give you more peace of mind. Continue reading
“The installed battery may not be properly connected to the computer or may not be compatible with the computer”
After installing the Sony Vaio Control Center on my Windows 8 netbook, all of a sudden my battery was detected as a faulty or incompatible battery. I didn’t change anything on the computer, and even when swapping the battery with a different (original) unit it still gave this error. Continue reading
After I installed windows 8 on my netbook and tweaked it a little. I was pleasantly surprised how quick it booted, how fast the interface responded and the overall performance increase. My battery life however decreased. Since I installed the Consumer Preview and not all devices were installed properly this could be expected. Advanced device features like power save aren’t available without the correct drivers. For instance: my screen brightness couldn’t be adjusted by Windows or the hotkeys on the keyboard. Look here for a fix. Continue reading
Right off the bat, Windows 8 will make your netbook perform better than Windows 7. The interface responds better, your netbook will boot faster and apps will start faster. Even so, you might want to squeeze every last bit of performance out of your low-voltage machine.
There are several ways to speed up your netbook: Continue reading
One of the most important features of my Sony Vaio X netbook is it’s built-in 3G/HSDPA WWAN card, allowing me to go online everywhere I am. With windows 7 I used the Sony OneClick internet application to go online. I also used the network connection center to enable and disable my WLAN/WWAN and bluetooth. Continue reading