ZIFFPAGE TITLEInstallation and Setup

By Robyn Peterson  |  Posted 2003-08-05 Print this article Print

Installation and Setup

Once youve downloaded TaskPower from the PC Magazine Utility Library to a folder on your Windows 2000 or XP machine, simply unzip the file Setup-tpower.zip and double-click on Setup-tpower.exe. After the brief installation finishes, a dialog asks if you want the utility to periodically exchange updated task and application information with a central TaskPower database administered by PC Magazine that other users can also access.

Answering yes brings up the TaskPower configuration box, where you enter the e-mail address and password you use to log in to the PC Magazine Utility Library. In the configuration dialog, you can also set TaskPower to be the top Window when running, and you can have the utility check for and download database updates automatically, upload to the database any information you update, and log these exchanges.

Theres even a field where you can enter the number of days to wait between automatic updates. To change your choices at any time, just click on the Config button at the top of the TaskPower window.

Robyn Peterson

Robyn Peterson, Vice President of Product Management and CTO for Ziff Davis Media, oversees PCMag.com, GearLog.com, SmartDeviceCentral.com, TechnoRide.com, and the other consumer-oriented Ziff Davis Media websites. He also covers multiple content areas, including but not limited to consumer electronics, car techonology, software and development, and networking. Robyn is also the host of the PCMag Radio podcast (subscribe in iTunes).

Robyn has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, MSNBC, CBS, Fox, Fox News and the WB network representing PC Magazine, GearLog.com, and ExtremeTech. His writing appears on ABCNews.com and Yahoo in addition to PC Magazine, eWEEK, CGW, and ExtremeTech. He has also won the Chairman's Circle 2001 Award for outstanding editorial contributions to Ziff Davis Media (parent company of ExtremeTech and PC Magazine).

Robyn has a masters of science in computer science from New York University (NYU).

He can be reached at robyn_peterson (AT) ziffdavis.com.

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