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Microsoft Updates MSE to 2.0–Brings a Heap of New Features

Its quite hard to believe Microsoft Security Essentials has been with us 14 months.  In that time it has continued to impress everyone that seems to use it and keeps critics happy with its great detection rates and small footprint on the system.

Microsoft have now released MSE version 2.0.657.0, meaning a much better free application to keep our PCs safe and secure.

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Toggle the Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer [How To]We received a couple of comments to this post asking whether it was possible to have a button to toggle the Navigation Pane in Windows 7’s Explorer.

After some digging around i’ve come up with a solution.

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Display more of your most popular sites in IE9 [Quick Tip]

We’ve taken a look at how we can use Internet Explorer’s new “Speed Dial” page as our Home page.  Today’s Quick Tip is going to show you how to display more than the default 2 rows of sites in the new tab page or “about:tabs”.

Note: Before modifying the Registry, check out our guide to working with the Windows Registry, which teaches you the basics and how to back up keys before making changes

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Diff-IE Add-on for Internet Explorer

Posted by Stu On December - 12 - 2010ADD COMMENTS


Microsoft Research have released an Internet Explorer Add-On that lets you play “Spot the difference” with websites.

Diff-IE is a prototype Internet Explorer Add-on that:

  • Highlights the changes to a page since the last time you visited it
  • Allows you to view – and compare – previously cached versions of a page

When changes are made obvious, especially the subtle and unexpected ones, you get a whole lot more out of the web pages you visit.

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[Expired] Xmas Giveaway – Windows 7 Ultimate

Posted by Stu On December - 11 - 2010268 COMMENTS


UPDATE – A massive thank you to all who took part in this amazing Giveaway. As much as i’d love to give you all a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate for the new year, unfortunately there can only be one winner.
The winner has been notified via. their Facebook account. Please get in contact with me at rsvr85 at mintywhite dot com to arrange shipping.
Again, a huge thanks to all who participated, congratulations to the winner and a happy new year!



We love our readers at Windows Guides.  So much so, we’re delighted to announce our Windows Guides Christmas Giveaway, which is…(drum roll please)….Windows 7 Ultimate, just in case you missed the post title!

The competition will run from now until 1st January 2011 (3 weeks) where the winner will be announced shortly after.

Here’s how to get your hands on this amazing prize:

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5 Free Xmas Windows 7 Themepacks

Posted by Stu On December - 10 - 20101 COMMENT

5 Free Xmas Windows 7 Themepacks

We love the holiday season, we also love customising our desktops.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with mlewallpapers.com to bring you 5 festive Windows 7 Themepacks for your PC this Christmas!

Each pack contains 5 unique, hand-picked wallpapers and are totally free.

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