6 Ways to speed up Internet Explorer 10

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:

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Install Windows 8 on a Netbook

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.

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Microsoft Surface: The new netbook?

Microsoft Surface with Type CoverToday, 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

Install Windows 8 Release Preview on Netbook

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.

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$15,- Windows 7 to 8 upgrade not for Win 7 starter.

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

Solved: Sony Vaio Battery problem

“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

Improve battery life of your Windows 8 Netbook

First impression.

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