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Microsoft Windows 7

Windows 7 is the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers.

Microsoft Windows 7

Windows 7 is the latest release of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and media center PCs.

Microsoft Windows 7

Windows 7 changes the Vista user interface; most notably, a new taskbar, called the "Superbar," is similar to the Dock in the Mac.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Enable or Disable Desktop Composition




Enable or Disable Desktop Composition in Windows 7

Information
The desktop composition feature was introduced in Vista, it fundamentally changed the way applications display pixels on the screen. When desktop composition is enabled, individual windows no longer draw directly to the screen or primary display device as they did in previous versions of Windows. Instead, their drawing is redirected to off-screen surfaces in video memory, which are then rendered into a desktop image and presented on the display.


Device Manager - Finding Unknown Devices




Finding Unrecognized Devices through Device Manager

Information
This guide will show you how to locate the unidentified hardware in your device manager by using Hardware Identification. The goal of this tutorial is to help identify an unidentified device.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Taking Ownership of A File



If you must access a file or a folder that you do not have rights to, you must take ownership of that file or folder. When you do this, you replace the security permissions that were originally created for the file or folder.



Disable/Enable Lock Workstation




Disable/Enable Lock Workstation Functionality (Windows + L)


Using the Windows+L keys together will lock your workstation running Windows 7, XP or Vista. Did you realize that you can also disable this function?


Extract Windows 7 System Image Files




How to Extract Windows 7 System Image Files Using Disk Management

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When you create a system image, Windows 7 creates a Virtual Hard Disk VHD file that contains all of your files. This will show you how to attach (mount) this VHD file using Disk Management to manually extract and restore specific files of your choice from the system image instead of doing the default full system image recovery.



Reduce recent items in Windows 7



       Recent Items is a list of your recently used files on the right side of the Start Menu, Taskbar Windows Explorer icon link, in the Navigation Pane Recent Places, and in Jump Lists in Windows 7. If you’ve ever wondered how to configure the number of documents shown on the Recent Items menu, you’ve found the right article for Windows 7. The default value is set to show 10 documents, but you can increase that with a registry tweak.

Run Commands for Windows 7

 
A List of Run Commands for Windows 7


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Creating a VHD in Windows 7

How To Create A VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) In Windows 7?



Unlike previous Windows versions, Windows 7 lets you create a new Virtual Hard Disk without the help any third-party applications.

Enable or Disable Screen Savers




Enable or Disable Screen Savers in Windows 7

Information
This article will show you how to enable or disable desktop screen savers from being able to run for all users on the computer.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pin Computer to the Taskbar




How to Pin Computer to the Windows 7 Taskbar

Information
This will show you how to pin Computer to the Windows 7 taskbar as a separate icon instead of it being pinned as a Jump list item in the default pinned Window Explorer taskbar icon.



Restoring files from previous versions




Restoring files from previous versions

You can restore deleted files and folders or restore a file or folder to a previous state.





Windows 7 Features - Virtual Hard Disk

Virtual Hard Disk




The Microsoft virtual hard disk (VHD) file format specifies a virtual hard disk, which is encapsulated in a single file and is capable of hosting native file systems and supporting standard disk operations. This topic contains an overview of the new functionality that is offered in this version of Windows.


Enable or Disable Problem Steps Recorder




How to Enable or Disable Problem Steps Recorder in Windows 7

Information
You can use Problem Steps Recorder to automatically capture the steps you take in Windows 7, including a text description of where you clicked and a screen shot during each click. Once you capture these steps, you can save them to a .zip file containing a .mht (MHTML) file of them. This file can then be used by a support professional or someone else helping you with a computer problem. If you like you can use it as a sort of Slide Show type demo to.

This article will show you how to enable or disable the ability of all users to use Problem Steps Recorder in Windows 7.



Saturday, January 22, 2011

DISPLAY FREQUENTLY USED PROGRAMS IN THE NOTIFICATION AREA




HOW TO DISPLAY FREQUENTLY USED PROGRAMS IN THE NOTIFICATION AREA


All of us know, In Windows 7 accessing programs is much easy and you can find them right in the start menu. But it is always good to find something much easier



Enable or Disable Windows 7 Pop-up Descriptions




How to Enable or Disable Windows 7 Pop-up Descriptions

Information
This will show you how to enable or disable Windows 7 pop-up descriptions that display file information when you hover your mouse pointer over files, folders, or drives, on the desktop and in Windows Explorer. By default, a pop-up description is enabled in Windows 7.




Change the Time to Change Password




How to Change the Time to Warn a User to Change Password Before Expiration


Information
If you have password expiration enabled, then this will show you how to change how far in advance (in days) users are warned that their password is about to expire.




Missing USB Drive in Windows 7



Sometimes when you plug a USB drive into your machine you won’t see it in Computer or AutoPlay in Windows 7.Now we would take a look at how to change the drive letter so you can can access it.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Create an Elevated Program Shortcut




How to Create an Elevated Program Shortcut without a UAC Prompt

Information
This will show you how to create a elevated "Run as administrator" shortcut of any installed program in Windows using Task Scheduler so that it will not give you a UAC prompt for permission when you start it while still having UAC turned on.

In the tutorial, you will first create a new task, then a new shortcut to run the task. Afterwards, how to change the icon of the shortcut.

Note
Special thanks to OEM for pointing this out, and the previous Vista version by DMEX.

You can run at startup as a task, Pin to Start Menu, Pin to Taskbar this shortcut, or move to where you like for easy use.


Warning
This shortcut and task can only be created and work while logged in as an administrator account. This shortcut will not work in a standard user account.

Here's How:

1. Open the Start Menu, then type taskschd.msc in the search line and press enter.

NOTE:  
This will open Task Scheduler. This file is located at:
C:\Windows\system32\taskschd.msc.

2. While having Task Scheduler Library selected in the left pane, click on Create task in the far right pane. (see screenshot below)



3. Under the General tab, type in the "Name" of the program you want to create this shortcut for. (See screenshot below)

NOTE: 
This will be the name of the task. As an example, I will use CCleaner for that program. Make note of this name, you will need it later in step 12 below.



4. Check the Run with highest privileges box. (See screenshot below)



5. Click on the Configure for drop down box to open it, and select Windows® 7, Windows Server™ 2008 R2. (see screenshot above and below)

NOTE:
This is like compatibility mode. If the program does not support running in Windows 7 normally, then you can select the OS that is does support running in instead to have it run in compatibility mode as if it was running in that OS instead of Windows 7.



6. Click on the Actions tab, then on the new button. (See screenshot below)



7. Under "Action", select Start a program and click on the Browse button. (See screenshot below)



8. Navigate to the .exe file of the program that you want to create this shortcut for, then select it and click on Open. (See screenshot below)



9. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)



10. Click on the Conditions tab, and un check the Stop if the computer switches to battery power box first, then un check the Start the task only if the computer is on AC power box. (See screenshots below)

NOTE:
This step is mostly for laptops, so that you will be able to run the program when the laptop is running on battery power.



11. Click on OK. (See screenshots above)

12. You will now see your new task created with the name (ex: CCleaner) you gave it in step 3. Close Task Scheduler. (See screenshot below)

13. Right click on a empty area of the desktop, then click on New and Shortcut.

14. Type in schtasks /run /tn task-name for the location, then click on the Next button. (See screenshot below tip)

Tip
Substitute task-name with the name that you used in step 3 and see in step 12 (ex: CCleaner).

NOTE:
Note the space after schtasks, run, and tn in the commands below.

For a Name without Spaces - For example, type:
schtasks /run /tn CCleaner

For a Name with Spaces - You will need to have quotes around the name if it has spaces. For example, type:
schtasks /run /tn "Cleaner Program"



15. Type in a name you want for the shortcut (ex: CCleaner), then click on the Finish button. (See screenshot below)



16. Right click on the new shortcut (ex: CCleaner) on the desktop, then click on Properties.

17. Click on the Shortcut tab and on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot below)



18. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)



19. Click on the Browse button. (See screenshot below)



20. Navigate to the .exe file of the program that you have created this shortcut with, then select it and click on Open. (See screenshot below)

NOTE:
If you have an icon of your own that you would prefer to use instead, and then navigate to where you have that icon saved at instead.



21. Select the icon you want for the shortcut, and then click on OK. (See screenshot below)



22. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)



23. You can now run at startup as a task, Pin to Start Menu, Pin to Taskbar this shortcut, or move to where you like for easy use.

24. When you run this new elevated shortcut, you will now no longer have to click on YES to approve the UAC prompt to allow the program run as administrator.

Tip

To Undo and Remove this Task:

While having Task Scheduler Library selected in the left pane, right click on the task in the right pane that you created in step 12, then click on Delete and yes to approve.
Delete the shortcut.


Convert a Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk




How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Information
A disk is a separate physical hard drive. This will show you how to convert a dynamic, also known as "software RAID", disk to a basic disk in Windows Disk Manager or in a command prompt. By default Windows uses Basic disks.

Basic and dynamic disks both support using MBR and GPT partition (volume) styles.

For more detailed information on basic and dynamic disks, see: Basic and Dynamic Disks (Windows)

Warning
VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ THIS FIRST.
You must be a administrator to do this in Windows.
Before you convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk, be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose on that dynamic disk. Converting the dynamic disk back to a basic disk requires that all dynamic volumes are deleted on the disk first.
If you disable the Disk Defragmenter service, then you will get the error below when you try to do anything in Disk Management. If you get this error, then make sure that the Disk Defragmenter service is set to only Manual.

Using Disk Management

WARNING:  
Be sure to read the red WARNING box above, and backup any data on the dynamic disk that you wish to keep first. See OPTION FOUR below if you wanted to be able to convert a dynamic disk back to a primary disk without losing the data on it.

1. Open the Control Panel (All Items view), and click on the Administrative Tools icon, then close the Control Panel window.

2. Click on Computer Management in Administrative Tools, then close the Administrative Tools window.

3. If prompted by UAC, click on Yes.

4. In the left pane under Storage, click on Disk Management.

5. In the dynamic disk (ex: Disk 1) that you want to convert to a basic disk, right click on each volume on the disk and click on Delete Volume until the whole disk is unallocated space.

NOTE:
If prompted, click on Yes to continue deleting the volume(s).

6. If the disk (ex: Disk 1) that you want to convert to a basic disk is still displayed has being Dynamic (left side under Disk #), then right click on the disk (ex: Disk 1) and click on Convert to Basic Disk if available.

7. You can also confirm that the disk is a basic disk if it's displayed has being Basic (left side under Disk #), or if you right click on the disk # and it has Convert to Dynamic Disk instead now. (See screenshot below)

8. You can now create partitions on the now basic disk if you like.

9. When done, close Disk Management.


Run program in Administrator Mode


         Many utilities need to be run as administrator in order to function properly, especially older utilities that haven’t been updated to support Windows 7.All shortcuts in Windows since Vista have a special property that you can set that will allow the application to run as Administrator. This works perfectly for creating a batch file to restart a service, for instance.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Install Themes From Windows 7


How To Download And Install Themes From Windows Website






Windows 7 Personalization allows you to change the wallpapers and also the themes. Setting different wallpaper is quite easy and just takes a couple of clicks as we know.

But how can we change the theme?

Microsoft Windows has a personalization gallery for users who would like to try different themes.


Add or Remove Windows 7 Index Locations





Information
Windows 7 uses the index to perform very fast searches on your computer. This will show you how to add or remove folder locations to be included in the index search results.

Note
You will not be able to add removable locations to be included in the index. For example, USB flash drives or memory cards.

Warning
If you make the index too large by including the entire hard drive, or to many folders, then your searches will slow down and take longer for the search results to display. You will also find your hard drive running longer and more often in the background while the index updates itself for changes made to the included folder locations. For the best results, it is recommended that you only add folders that you search frequently to be included in the index.

Here's How:
1. Open the Control Panel (All Items view), and double click on the Indexing Options icon.

2. Click on the Modify button.

NOTE:
You will notice a quick preview of included folder locations in the index here. These are the default locations.

3. If You Don't See All Locations on Your Computer in the List

A) Click on the Show all locations button.

B) If prompted by UAC, then either click on Yes or provide the Administrator password.

4. To Add Folder Location to be Included in Index Search Results

A) Continue to click on the arrows to the right of the check box to expand the folder tree until you reach the location of the folder you want to add, and select it.

B) Check the selected folder's box.

5. To Remove Folder Location from being Included in Index Search Results

A) Continue to click on the arrows to the right of the check box to expand the folder tree until you reach the location of the folder you want to remove, and select it.

B) Uncheck the selected folder's box.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you have finished adding or removing folder locations to be included in the index.

7. When finished, click on OK.

8. Click on the Close button.  


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