MSN Status Checker allows you to find Blocked or Invisible MSN Messenger users

MSN Status Checker allows you to find Blocked or Invisible MSN Messenger users

Mostly users login to their accounts in invisible mode so no one can see their status. Nowadays every chat messaging service providers have featured their users with this option. This feature is quite interesting for those people who want to be available (online) yet appear offline status.

However this is annoying for those who want to chat when they login to their account and come online. However there is option to find out invisible MSN messenger users instantly in MSN messenger or Windows Live Messenger using MSN Status Checker.

Since Microsoft has disabled the feature to trace out the offline/invisible/ blocked user’s status using third party application services. Nevertheless you can use MSN Status Checker utility online tool, which displays users from your list who are currently online in invisible mode.

 

It is completely free online tool to check MSN users status. You need to enter your friend ID and press the Enter button. MSN Status Checker finds out status of your friend and shows you report within seconds.

Few times it shows incorrect results due to inability to get access user’s account database. One more thing to know that this tool will not work in case user has selected this option from setting menu “only people in my list can see my status and send me messages”.

Use Drivermax To Check And Download Latest Drivers For Windows Computers

Use Drivermax To Check And Download Latest Drivers For Windows Computers

Now days, there are lots of utilities with which you can verify and maintain your PC with the latest drivers. Such applications are designed only for Windows PC which checks if there is a need to update any driver so that you can use your system with the excellent performance. Ketarin, Free Download Control or RadarSync are some of those applications. However, if you want to try out something a little superior, undoubtedly a DriverMax is the best option for you.

When you start to install DriverMax, all your drivers will be indexed. However, none of Windows configuration will be altered when it starts for indexing. This utility takes just takes 3 to 5 minutes to complete, hence it will be unresponsive in this time. This is a normal condition, and you have to be patient for a while.

You can explore three main functions with this application. First one is nothing but the Driver downloads, it provides some data, with which users can check driver updates online. There will be a DriverMax agent in the system tray, just start it and find out any unknown hardware along with its detailed information. DriverMax agent automatically searches for latest drivers updates using database and displays the information that is obtained from the community.

In addition to this, you can backup and restore your drivers, and to do so just follow the wizard setup. When there is some error or a critical problem occurs, you can then rollback the respective driver by simply directing it into the restore point.

Last and the best one is you may search for the most accepted hardware pieces for example the most excellent hardware used for Windows Vista OS. You can get the well-liked processors and video cards including names of manufacturers for each and ever hardware.

DriverMax gives its best for XP, Vista and also for Windows 7. It works well in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. You can rely on it for optimizing your PC performance by getting latest updates for drivers.

Trick To Be A Spy And Check Movements Around Your Home

Trick To Be A Spy And Check Movements Around Your Home

Individuals expecting cost effective “surveillance-system” solutions to increase security measures for their homes, can do so for free with their computer system’s web camera. True, individuals can use their tiny web cameras as a “spy cam” or “digital- surveillance-system” to monitor any actions at their office or home.

All they need to do is buy a web camera and sign in for a Web based residence surveillance group to increase the security level of your homes and offices.

Once registered with surveillance group, users can fix their Web cam in a particular location and start to receive the visuals seated in any part of the World.

However, users cannot expect HD quality videos from it, mainly due to two reasons:

  • Firstly, web-cams utilized have reduced Mega Pixel Lens and hence are cheaply available.
  • Other reason is that web cam buffers the recorded visuals to a server first, and then it sends to the users by downloading as streamed videotape.

The quality of this streamed videotape is good but not high. To get better quality visuals users should install high-end web-cams and start using them as spy-cam.

In order to utilize this great service, get an account registered for this internet based cost effective “digital-surveillance-system” at the earliest.

A Monitoring Tool To Keep A Check On Website Downtime

A Monitoring Tool To Keep A Check On Website Downtime

Many internet users are least affected by website downtime, but bloggers and commercial webmasters who generate revenues from websites keep a good check on this problem. As it is a matter of their bread and better, website downtime matters a lot to these bloggers and webmasters.

Website Downtime can be very hazardous to professionals. A downtime for a short interval of time leads to huge losses while one for a longer or extended period of time might lead to losing subscribers or followers. The best and effective way to reduce downtime is by monitoring it all the time. An out and out monitoring of websites will lead to a reduction of website downtime.

URL Guard, a useful and free tool helps users to keep a check on the downtime of websites and reduce it as much as possible. It is one of the numerous downtime monitoring tools, but is considered to be the best amongst the rest.

The URL Guard guards the websites’ URL and resides in the system tray. Its principle is to monitor and keep a tab on the websites defined and check whether they’re working or not. This checking of websites is completed at a regular interval of time. If any of the defined website is down, this tool will notify the user about it via a notification or an email alert.

Some of the features of this useful tool are

  • The user can add URL’s and chains directly from the interface
  • The user can easily change the default configuration settings

Check Out Panopreter – A Text-To-Speech Converter

Check Out Panopreter – A Text-To-Speech Converter

Ministers and Company CEOs normally present several lengthy speeches which are important but quite boring.  Sometimes you might feel too tired to sit in front of the PC and read these speeches line by line. Instead of straining your eyes to read these speeches, you may simply convert these reading materials to audio files and listen to them while lying on your sofa and having your favorite espresso coffee. 

Panopreter is an excellent tool that efficiently converts these boring yet important reading materials to audio files.  Panopreter has ability to convert word documents, text files and .htm format web pages to audio files. It supports various different languages including English, Spanish, French, Germen, Chinese, Japanese and Italian.

Panopreter consumes just 3.57MB of your hard disk space and can be downloaded from the Panopreter website. It is available for download in three different user interface languages like English, Spanish and Chinese. It is compatible only with Windows Operating Systems like Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Panopreter comes with an easy-to-use interface where in all the features are offered within a single interface. You need to simply click the button “Add” in order to add a document for conversion. It allows you to adjust reading speed and audio volume as per your preference. You may read out the words that you have typed in a document by going to its instant speak mode.

After conversion, Panopreter allows you to save the audio files into MP3 and wave formats. This tiny tool works with Microsoft text-to-speech voices (SAPI 5.x). You are also allowed to add various other voices to Panopreter. Apart from converting text to audio files, you can also use Panopreter as a language learning utility in order to enhance your listening ability.

Check Available Space In Your Hotmail Account

Check Available Space In Your Hotmail Account

There is new scheme that has been incorporated in Hotmail, which automatically increases available space on your Hotmail account when your inbox is out of space. When you open your hotmail account, you will be shown message “Ever growing unlimited space limit” on your account home page. 

This new feature provides as much space as your inbox needs.  This is unarguably best feature for those who frequently use their mail accounts in order to receive and send huge numbers of mails. Users are now free as their problem regarding space has been acknowledged and resolved by Hotmail team directly.

It’s pretty good that your account space automatically increases as per the need, but what if you desire to know how much space is left or used? How much space you have been allotted by Hotmail?  Previously, users could easily find out their used and left space on their account, but now it is replaced with text “You have ever growing storage”.

You can still check your Hotmail account available storage space by following the given few methods

Method 1 – Microsoft Office Outlook Connector

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector is an add-on for MS outlook, which can be downloaded for free. It enables users to access Office live mail and Windows live mail accounts via MS outlook. Additionally, it allows users to sync mails, tasks, contacts, and notes of Windows Live calendar. In this MS outlook connector, all the available space is allocated to every section, so that you can easily find out the usage space of Hotmail accounts.  Users will find out the storage information of Hotmail at Mailbox Cleanup function.

 

Downloads:

Outlook Connector (x86) for MS Office 2010
Outlook Connector (x64) for MS Office 2010

Method 2 – MSN Explorer

MSN explorer is a web browser that integrates Windows Live and MSN Live features such as Windows live mail and Windows live messenger with web browser. Once Windows live mail id is opened, MSN explorer will show the maximum folder size, which symbolizes total storage space left on Hotmail.

By applying one of these two effective techniques you can easily explore or find out the available storage space on your Hotmail account.

Recently, Hotmail has increased the limit of the storage space up to 500 GB, which means more freedom to send and receive mail on or from your account without worrying about space. However, do remember that if your usage crosses the limit of 500 GB storage space, it will be the subject to termination of services to receive or send mails.

 

It means the moment when your Hotmail storage space has reached the limit or crossed it, you will be suspended from the services. In order to activate again your account you have to delete unnecessary emails from your inbox. You need to keep deleting unwanted mails until your account storage space usage comes under the prescribed limitation level 500GB. Once you are done with this process, you will be able to recover you account again, activate it, and start receiving and sending mails via your account.

Check Out The New Virtualization Technology By Microsoft

Check Out The New Virtualization Technology By Microsoft 

Windows Virtual PC (VPC or WVP) Beta is the latest virtualization technology by Microsoft that facilitates users to run multiple virtual systems like Windows XP Mode or XPM in a virtual machine from the desktop of Windows 7. You can run applications on the virtual environment with just one click directly from host system desktop. 

Key features of WVP 

  • Allows you to launch various applications installed on the XPM virtual machine from the desktop of Windows 7 OS, as though you have installed them on Windows 7 itself.
  • Offers a simplified, easy-to-use user interface that is integrated with Windows Explorer in Window 7.
  • Allows sharing of drives, clipboards, printer between the virtual machine and Windows 7.
  • Allows you to access USB devices such as Scanners, Printers, Flash sticks, memory sticks, digital cameras, external hard drives, etc. which are connected to the host system directly from the virtual machines.

XPM, also known as Virtual Windows XP or VXP is a basically a virtual machine that is installed with X86 (32-bit) XP Professional SP3 preloaded on virtual hard disk. This is why various XP productivity applications can directly be installed and run from Windows 7 system. It does so by utilizing virtualization technology i.e. WVP which provides a virtual XP environment on Windows 7. 

The set up installers for WVP and XPM can be downloaded from Microsoft Download Center. The WVP Beta version 6.1.7084.0 (32-bit and 64-bit) download is available in all Win 7 languages including Arabic, English, Simplified Chinese (China), French, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Japanese, German, Spanish and Korean. 

The download for XPM beta Version 1.1.7112.1 is available for 32-bit (x86) XPM as well as 64-bit (x64) XPM in the above mentioned Windows 7 languages. 

You need to note that WVP and XPM require a CPU having AMD-V feature or Intel Virtualization Technology. This feature needs to be enabled in BIOS settings. You may use SecurAble to verify whether your CPU supports hardware-assisted virtualization. 

You can install WVP on various editions of Windows 7 such as Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise as Host PC. The supported guest OS include XP Professional SP3, Vista Enterprise SP1, Vista Ultimate SP1, Win 7 Professional, Win 7 Enterprise and Win 7 Ultimate. 

Download  Windows XP Mode 32-bit (x86) Beta 

Version: 1.1.7112.1 

English
Arabic
Simplified Chinese (PRC)
Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
French

German
Japanese

Korean
Spanish

Download  Windows XP Mode 32-bit (x86) Beta

Version: 1.1.7112.1

English
Arabic
Simplified Chinese (PRC)
Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
French

German
Japanese
Korean

Spanish

Use SecurAble To Check Whether Processor Possesses VT Support For Windows 7 XP Mode

Use SecurAble To Check Whether Processor Possesses VT Support For Windows 7 XP Mode

Specific Windows 7 editions come with optional components called XPM (Windows XP Mode, formally known as VXP (Virtual Windows XP)) and Windows Virtual PC, a virtual PC for Win 7 OS that allows you to run a virtual system for virtualization. You can run and access applications that are installed in virtualized XP instance on your Windows 7 desktop to enable backward compatibility.

XPM is simply a virtual system which runs Windows XP (pre-activated) that uses Windows Virtual PC features. XPM and Virtual PC possess improved functionalities which is why several Windows 7 users wish to have these optional components on their system.

The requirements of Virtual PC on Windows 7 are different as compared to Virtual PC 2007 (Service Pack 1). The main difference is that Windows Virtual PC needs hardware-assisted VT (virtualization technology) support. Microsoft has come up with KB977206 which helps users to hack Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC so that they can be run without any hardware virtualization.

VT is a built-in technology in CPU processors. It is known as Intel VT in Intel chip while it is called AMD-V in AMD processors. This virtualization technology capability is incorporated into a tiny chip which cannot be removed or added manually. Even if your CPU possesses VT, you need to enable the same in BIOS.

A majority of recent CPUs posses default VT operation. However, some of the older CPUs running on OEM PC may not include VT. Without VT support, installation of Virtual PC might not be possible or it might not start working. You will be shown the below mentioned error message in such cases.

“Cannot Start Windows Virtual PC host process. Check the System event log for more details.

 Windows Virtual PC requires hardware-assisted virtualization. There is no hardware-assisted   virtualization support in the system.”

 

 

To check whether your processor supports VT, you would normally go through the list of Intel processor features or features list of AMD CPU. However, this might be pretty time consuming. Instead of doing so, you may confirm whether or not your processor supports VT by making use of SecurAble

SecurAble is a useful utility that displays the status of maximum bit length of your CPU, its DEP as well as virtualization support. You need to simply download SecurAble and directly run it. It does not require any installation. It will quickly display the status of hardware-assisted VT feature of your CPU. If it shows the status as “Locked On” or “Yes”, it means that you are free to use Windows Virtual PC.

In case it shows “No”, it means the CPU does not support VT feature. However, if you see the status as “Locked Off”, it means that VT support is not enabled in BIOS. In such a situation, all you need to do is, restart the system, go to BIOS configuration and turn on or enable the hardware virtualization support.

 

In case the hardware virtualization support is locked off or disabled in BIOS, you will see the below mentioned error when you try to run Windows Virtual PC component on your Windows 7 system.

“Virtual machine could not be started because hardware-assisted virtualization is disabled. Please enable hardware virtualization in the BIOS settings and try again.”

 

 

Apart from SecurAble, Microsoft’s HAV Tool is another utility that helps you detect the status of hardware-assisted virtualization support in your CPU.