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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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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Windows 7 Tips

How To Disable Control Panel in Windows 7

If you have a shared computer that your family and friends can access, you might not want them to mess around in the Control Panel, and luckily with a simple tweak you can disable it.

Windows 7 Tips

How To Delete a VHD in Windows 7

Windows 7 has a neat feature where you can create Virtual Hard Drives and even encrypt them. Today we show you how to delete it if you no longer need the drive and regain local hard drive space.

Virtual Hard Drive

In a previous post we showed you the steps for creating a VHD. Remember when creating a VHD it’s using the space on the volume where you create it.

When you no longer have a use for it, you can go into Computer Management by right-clicking Computer then Manage.

In Computer Management go under Disk Management, right-click on the VHD you want to get rid of and select Delete Volume.

Agree to the warning message that appears. You probably want to make sure and head its advice and make sure there is no data you need on it.

However, the drive is not completely gone, you’ll need to go in and manually delete it.

Windows 7 Tips

How to Delete a System File in Windows 7 or Vista

If you need to delete or overwrite a system file in Windows 7 or Vista, you’ll quickly notice that you cannot delete system files, even as administrator. This is because Windows system files are owned by the Trusted Installer service by default, and Windows File Protection will keep them from being overwritten.

Thankfully, there’s a way that you can get around this. You need to take ownership of the files, and then assign yourself rights to delete or modify the file. For this, we’ll use the command line.

Open an administrator command prompt by typing cmd into the start menu search box, and hit the Ctrl+Shift+Enter key combination.

To take ownership of the file, you’ll need to use the takeown command. 

Here’s an example:

takeown /f C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui

That will give you ownership of the file, but you still have no rights to delete it. Now you can run the cacls command to give yourself full control rights to the file:

cacls C:\Windows\System32\en-US\winload.exe.mui /G username:F

Note: In username field you have to enter your username

Windows 7 Tips

How To Add Recycle Bin to “My Computer” in Windows 7 or Vista

Have you ever wanted to add the Recycle Bin to your My Computer screen? Yeah, it’s probably not the most common request, but here’s how to do it anyway with a simple registry hack.

To make this tweak, we’ll be doing a quick registry hack, but there’s a downloadable version provided as well.

Manual Registry Tweak to Add Recycle Bin

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:


Now that you’re there, you’ll need to right-click and create a new key.

Name the key with the following text:


Once you are done, it should look like this:

Now you should be able to hit F5 on your My Computer screen, or close it and re-open.

Windows 7 Tips

Hidden Trick to Close Windows Explorer in Windows 7 or Vista

If you want to test an explorer shell plugin or registry hack without having to log off, more technical users will usually just kill the explorer.exe process in Task Manager. Windows Vista has another way to do the same thing that you might not be aware of.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Windows 7 Tips

Enable Military Time in Windows 7 or Vista

It’s really very simple to enable the system clock to show military time in Windows 7 or Vista, but the setting is not in an obvious place, so you might not have found it.

To change this setting, we’ll need to get to the Regional and Language Options screen. The easiest way to do so is just enter intl.cpl into the Start menu search box and hit enter. Otherwise, type region into the Control Panel.

From the Regional and Language Options dialog, click the “Customize this format” button, and then select the Time tab.

Change the time format dropdown as shown:

You’ll notice from the key that the capital letter H means 24 hour time, and a single letter means that it won’t display the leading zero.

Windows 7 Military Time

It’s even easier in Windows 7 – just change the drop-down as shown:

Windows 7 Tips

Create a Shortcut to Enable/Disable Aero Transparency in Windows 7

Windows 7 Tips

Hide Desktop Icon Text on Windows 7

Some icons are just obvious enough that nobody should need text below them to tell them what the icon is for. A good example of this is the icon for Internet Explorer. We’re all really used to it by now, and the text just makes it ugly.

Windows 7 Tips

Disable System Restore in Windows 7

If you need a way to save some hard drive space one trick is to decrease the size or completely disable the System Restore feature.  We like to share all options on how to take control of your operating system, so for readers living on the edge this tip is for you. 

Note:  Keep in mind Windows 7 is just being released and there could be bugs, crashes, etc., and you won’t be able to restore your system if disaster strikes!

Windows 7 Tips

Disable Sidebar / Desktop Gadgets on Windows 7

If you just can’t see the point of the desktop Gadgets included in Windows 7, or even the Sidebar gadgets in Windows Vista, you’ll be happy to know that you can easily disable them with a simple configuration change.

Windows 7 Tips

Disable Scan and Fix for Removable Drives in Windows

Sometimes you’ll be prompted to scan and fix a removable disk before using it in Windows. The proper way to fix this is to scan for file system errors, but here is how you can make the prompt go away permanently.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Windows 7 Tips

Change the Default Save Folder for Windows 7 Libraries to Something Else

Have you ever noticed that when you save a file into a Windows 7 library through the common “Save As” dialog, that it ends up in just one of the folders that make up that library? Here’s how to customize the default save location for any library.

Windows 7 Tips

Change Start Menu to Use Small Icons in Windows 7 or Vista

Windows 7 Tips

Automatically Lock Your Computer When You’re Away

Would you like your computer to automatically lock and require you to enter your password when you exit the screensaver?  Here’s how to quickly change your screensaver settings to keep your computer secure when you’re away.

Windows 7 Tips

Always Show Playback Controls in Now Playing Mode on WMP 12

When your playing music or a video in Windows Media Player in Windows 7, you can toggle the playback controls on or off by hovering the mouse over the window. Here we show you how to always have the playback controls show in Now Playing mode.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Windows 7 Tips

Allow Users To Run Only Specified Programs in Windows 7

If you have a shared or public computer you might want to allow users to use only specified programs. Today we take a look at a setting in Local Group Policy that allows you to set only specified programs to run.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Windows 7 Tips

Add "Run as Administrator" to Any File Type in Windows 7

Have you ever tried to unzip a file to the Program Files directory in Windows 7? You’ll get all sorts of permission denied errors, and generally be unsuccessful. So how do we open up the zipfile as an administrator? For that matter, how do you open any file as administrator?

Windows 7 Tips

Add Defragment to the Right-Click Menu for a Drive

Normally when you want to access the Defragmenter tool, you usually have to either find it through the start menu, or open up the drive properties window. Instead of going through all that, we can use a simple registry hack to add a menu item to the drive right-click menu.

Windows 7 Tips

Add the Recycle Bin to the Taskbar in Windows 7

When you’re busy multi-tasking on your PC, sometimes getting to the Recycle Bin can a pain. Today we take a look at a couple of different methods for adding the Recycle Bin to your Taskbar for easier access.

Windows 7 Tips

Add the Recycle Bin to Start Menu in Windows 7

Have you ever tried to open the Recycle Bin by searching for “recycle bin” in the Start menu search, only to find nothing?  Here’s a quick trick that will let you find the Recycle Bin directly from your Windows Start menu search.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Windows 7 Tips

Change What Windows Does When You Shut Your Laptop’s Lid

Are you tired of your laptop automatically going to sleep when you shut it’s lid?  Here’s how you can make your laptop do what you want it to do when you’re ready to put it up.

By default, most laptops automatically go into sleep mode when you close the lid.  This is usually great, as most of us shut our laptops, throw them into our bags, and then expect them to be running in an instant when we get them back out at the next stop.  Sometimes, though, you might want to leave your laptop running while the lid is shut

Please Note: Do NOT put your laptop in its bag while its running, as it will almost certainly overheat.  You have been warned.

Make Your Laptop Work Like You Want

Thankfully, it’s easy to change the settings.  Simply click the battery icon in your system tray, and select More power options.

Alternately, you can open the Power Options window directly from your Start Menu search.

In the Power Options window that opens, click the Choose what closing the lid does link on the left sidebar.

Here you can choose what your power buttons do on your computer, as well as what happens when you shut the lid.  You can select to Do nothing, Sleep, Hibernate, or Shut down.  In general, Sleep is a good option, but if you want to leave your laptop running, select Do nothing.

Note that you can change the settings for both On battery and Plugged in, so your laptop will work differently when you’re using mobile versus when you’re plugged in at your desk.  Since we usually would only want to leave our laptop running when it’s plugged in, we set ours to still go to sleep when it’s on battery power but to do nothing when you close the lid while it’s plugged in.  Very handy.

Underneath you’ll notice a couple more settings, though they’re protected by default.  Click Change settings that are currently unavailable to change them.

Now you can choose whether or not you want your computer to require the password when it wakes from sleep mode.

Windows 7 Tips

Share Digital Media With Other Computers on a Home Network with Windows 7

Windows Media Player 12 which is included with Windows 7 allows you to easily turn your machine into a media server to stream music, movies, and pictures to other computers and devices on your home network.  Today we will show you how to set up streaming and how to use it.

Windows 7 Tips

Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP

If you have a home network and are running Windows 7 and have XP on other PC(s) you might want to share files between them.  Today we will look at the steps to share files and hardware devices like a printer.

Sharing Files In Windows 7 and XP

Sharing folders between two Windows 7 machines with the new HomeGroup feature is an easy process, but the HomeGroup feature is not compatible with Vista or XP.  For this tutorial we are using Windows 7 x64 RC1 and XP Professional SP3 connected through a basic Linksys home wireless router.

First make sure both machines are members of the same Workgroup which by default is named Workgroup.

On the Windows 7 machine go into Control Panel \ All Control Panel Items \ Network and Sharing Center then click on Change advanced sharing settings.

You will want to verify the following settings under Advanced Sharing Settings for the Home or Work and Public profile.

If you want any user to have access the public shares turn off password protection.  This is located in Advanced Sharing Settings toward the bottom of the list.  

If you want to keep it enabled make sure there is a log in account for the other XP machines and they have a password.

Now if you go into Network in Windows 7 you should see your XP machine and the Windows 7 as well which in this case is Mysticgeek-PC.

To share the printer on the Windows 7 machine go into Devices and Printers from the Start menu and double click on the printer icon.

Next double click on “Customize your printer”.

In the Properties screen click on the Sharing Tab and check the box to share the printer and type in its share name.

If your XP machine is an x86 OS you can install Additional Drivers before setting up the XP machine.

To find the shared folders and devices double click on the Windows 7 machine icon under Network.  Here you can see the printer connected to my Windows 7 machine is shared and also the Users Folder.

Continue into the Users folder and Public to see the shared folders, here I also created a folder called XP Share just to keep everything in central location.

Over on your XP machine open up My Network Places to find the Windows 7 (mysticgeek-pc) shared folder.

Double click on the Share folder to find a list of shared folders in the Public folder on Windows 7.  If you have password protection enabled you will need to type in the username and password of the user account on the Windows 7 machine first. 

Setup XP With Shared Printer

To set up the shared printer in XP you will need to go into Printers and Faxes from the Start menu and kick off the Add Printer Wizard. 

Now select “A network printer, or a printer attached to another computer” then hit Next.

Next select “Connect to this printer…” and type in the path for the printer connected to the Windows 7 machine and click next. 

Now click Yes to the confirmation message.

Then click Finish the printer to install and complete the Wizard.

In some cases you will need to install the x86 XP drivers for the shared printer because the Windows 7 drivers are not compatible with XP.  When everything is installed open up Printers and Faxes to find the shared printer.

This should help you get started with sharing your files and other devices with your Windows 7 machine.  When I first started I was able to see the printer on XP right away because I had a HomeGroup set up, but once I deleted it I needed to share the printer like you would for a workgroup.  You might also have to do a couple restarts of the XP machine for it to see the shared resources on Windows 7.

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