Three helpful downloads to improve your Vista networking experience.

This article appears as part of the April 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents

Tweak manager

Vista Manager bundles more than 20 tweaking utilities in one. It gives access to hundreds of hidden options which improve system performance and security, clean up junk files and defrag the Registry, optimise the network to speed up connections, manage startup items and much more.

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Vista optimised

If you're a fan of tweaking utilities, you'll want to check this out. TweakVI is designed to both tweak and optimise Vista. It allows you to finesse hundreds of hidden features, optimise your system and customise it to your needs. The main application of TweakVI, together with 13 plug-ins, is free.

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Can your PC handle Vista?

If you're keen to upgrade to Vista, it's important to check whether your kit is up to scratch – Vista is demanding of hardware. Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor will scan your PC and create a report of all known system, device and program compatibility issues, then recommend how to resolve them.

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