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12th Gen Intel Core - Do you need Windows 11?

Written on November 4, 2021 by Matt Bach

Due to the new hybrid architecture used on the 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (code-named "Alder Lake"), Windows 11 is recommended in order for the Thread Director to be fully operational. But does this actually make a difference in the real world, or are their other issues that would actually make Windows 10 the better option?


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Windows 11 - Frequently Asked Questions

Written on September 30, 2021 by William George

Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft's consumer and professional operating system. Debuting in October 2021, it includes many user interface updates as well as various improvements under the hood. We've had a lot of questions from both new and existing customers about Windows 11, so we have compiled this FAQ to answer the most commonly asked queries.


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Threadripper 2990WX Photogrammetry Performance: Windows 10 1809 vs 1903 & CorePrio

Written on June 11, 2019 by William George

When the performance of AMD's Threadripper processors is brought up, the discussion can often turn toward some of the oddities of this CPU's architecture and how it interacts with thread scheduling in Windows 10. That is something which AMD has attempted to improve with their Ryzen Master software, and which has been partially addressed by Microsoft as well (via Windows updates). Some folks in the wider AMD enthusiast community have tried to tackle this issue too.


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DaVinci Resolve 14 Performance: Windows vs Linux

Written on March 16, 2018 by Matt Bach

Linux is often considered the operating system of choice for power users, but does DaVinci Resolve actually perform any better in it than in Windows? Even if it does, is it enough to compensate for Linux's much higher learning curve?


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Need help moving from Mac to PC?

Written on July 17, 2017 by Matt Bach

Regardless of why you are considering moving from Mac to PC, we understand that you probably have a host of questions and concerns. In this article, we want to address a number of questions we get asked over and over from people looking to make the move to PC.


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Start Guide: Switching from Mac to Windows

Written on August 11, 2014 by Brett Nordquist

We've been hearing from a regular stream of customers who are making the move from Mac OS X to Windows, and they often have questions about how to perform basic tasks on their new Puget Systems PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. So we created this Start Guide to help them around their new desktop.


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Windows XP End of Support: What does it mean for you?

Written on February 7, 2014 by Matt Bach

The End Of Support deadline for Windows XP quickly approaching, and many users do not have a very good understanding of what exactly this means. In this Q&A article, we want to answer what "end of support" actually means for all the computers out there that are still running Windows XP.


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How To Make Windows 8.1 Act More Like Windows 7

Written on October 17, 2013 by Matt Bach

When Windows 8 launched, there were many users who mourned the loss of the Start button, and many others who claimed that the new Start screen was much more useful than the Start button ever was. As tends to happen on the internet, this caused many heated discussions. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft has (sort of) brought back the Start button in response to the many complaints.


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Important New Windows 8 Features

Written on October 11, 2012 by Matt Bach

Windows 8 has a host of new features and improvements that are aimed to improve usability. Many of the larger and more important of these are already very well documented by either Microsoft or third party websites, but it is often difficult to locate the best articles. We researched the best articles for each important new Windows 8 features and grouped them in one place to help you find information on whichever feature interests you.


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Navigating Windows 8 on a PC

Written on August 2, 2012 by Matt Bach

The new Windows interface 8 is a major point of controversy at the moment, but whether you love it or hate it, there is certainly a learning curve. Since it was largely designed with touch interfaces in mind, there are a few navigation obstacles that come up when using a keyboard and mouse. In this guide, we will go over basic keyboard/mouse navigation as well as some of the more advanced features of the Metro interface.


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Dual Boot vs Virtual Machines on the Desktop

Written on December 16, 2011 by Daniel Brown

We often talk to people who are interested in running multiple operating systems on the same machine. Sometimes that's Windows 7 + XP, sometimes it's Windows 7 + Ubuntu Linux, or various other combinations. One of the most common ways to achieve multiple usable operating systems on a single computer is known as 'dual boot'. Desktop virtualization is a newer way of running multiple operating systems on one desktop system.


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How it works: Windows 7 Libraries

Written on July 12, 2011 by Matt Bach

The addition of libraries in Windows 7 allows users to store data anywhere they want on their PC, while still being able to access it all from one central location. But how does one go about configuring their libraries to fit their needs?


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The 64-bit Question

Written on October 17, 2008 by William George

One of the things we get asked about a lot here at Puget is 64-bit Windows, and more specifically these days 64-bit Vista. The 32-bit version is still generally considered the norm, but because picking an operating system is an important aspect of configuring a computer, and because of the general confusion about the differences between these versions, it was apparent that an article on the subject might be helpful to both our existing and prospective customers.


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Why Vista Isn't as Bad as You've Heard

Written on March 10, 2008 by William George

There has been a lot of talk on the Internet for the past year about how Vista isn't all its cracked up to be. There are lists of why folks hate Vista, lists of things Microsoft supposedly stole from the Mac OS, and reports of people switching back to XP in disgust. Amidst all of this negativity, I wanted to share my experience with Vista and address some of the accusations folks have leveled at Microsoft's newest operating system.


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Improving Windows XP Performance

Written on November 20, 2007 by Melissa Hermanson

Windows XP has the potential to exhibit far greater performance on your machine than is delivered from a clean installation. This guide is intended to show you how to tweak your computer produce the fastest machine possible.


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Windows Vista Upgrade: Just the Facts

Written on November 7, 2006 by Jon Bach

When it comes to upgrade options for Vista, there are plenty of ads out there (such as the one above), but what is sorely lacking is a place you can go to just get the facts. In my search, it seems there are plenty of websites that speculate about the upgrade options, and even more websites that are complaining about one Vista feature or another. However, what isn't being addressed is that people just need to know, in simple terms, what upgrade options there are. As a system builder, this is information we really need to know, so after weeks of squeezing information out of every contact possible, I would like to help by providing this information to everyone in as clear a format as possible.


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Windows Media Center Edition 2005

Written on September 29, 2006 by William George

For most of us, our computers and our TVs exist in separate worlds - separated by walls between rooms as well as form, function, and ease of use. But what if your computer could do the same things your TV, maybe even your whole home entertainment system, does? What if you could have TV on your computer... or what if you could have computer on your TV? Well, the answer to those questions and more is here: Windows Media Center Edition 2005.