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85 Windows 7 tips, tricks and secrets

85 Windows 7 tips, tricks and secrets
Whether you've just bought a second-hand PC running Windows 7 or you've been using it for a while, there are bound to be things you didn't know you could do. Whether it's tweaks to get the desktop the way you want it, tips for troubleshooting or ways to squeeze more performance from Windows 7, we've got it covered. Windows 7: the complete guide We've updated our popular Windows 7 tips article with a load of new ones, including how to recover and reset your system, how to tweak your screen resolution and the legibility of text, play music on a network of PCs, and more. Read on for over 90 tips to help you get the best from Windows 7. 1. As the local PC guru you're probably very used to friends and family asking for help with their computer problems, yet having no idea how to clearly describe what's going on. When any app starts misbehaving under Windows 7 then all your friends need do is click Start, type PSR and press Enter, then click Start Record. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

How to Reset Your Windows Password The easiest way to reset a forgotten Windows password is to use a previously created password-reset disk. You can create such a disk (on USB removable media or a floppy) within the Windows User Accounts menu by opening the Windows Control Panel, selecting User Accounts, and clicking Create a password reset disk in the left pane. You should take this step with a new PC; once you have the disk, you can insert it when starting the PC to cause Windows to display the 'Reset password' option at the login screen, allowing you to regain access to your system. However, if you don’t have a password-reset disk and you need to reset your Windows password, I suggest using the following Sticky Keys trick. Reset Your Windows Password Using the Command Prompt 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Now you need to overwrite the Sticky Keys executable with the Command Prompt executable. The instructions below use drive letter C: as an example. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3.

Windows 7: the complete guide Windows 7 has both simplified and streamlined computing, making it as easy as possible to use your PC in productive ways instead of fiddling about behind the scenes trying to get from A to B. But whether you've just upgraded to Windows 7 or have been using it for a few years, you might be surprised to learn what tips and tricks have eluded you in your quest for a better computing experience. Throughout this article, we're going to reveal everything you need to grasp the fundamentals of using Windows. We're not going to show you how to point the mouse and click, but we'll go over the key parts of using your computer and reveal a selection of useful techniques and tricks that can help you gain mastery over your computer instead of feeling like it's bending you to its will. You'll discover how to navigate your computer more quickly using the new tools built into Windows 7 and learn the essential skills to protect your computer from data loss and threats to your security. 1. 2. 3.

Free Ways to Synchronize Folders Between Computers I've taken a look at the Dropbox website and signed up for the Beta. It looks great in principle, but since it's not yet available to the public. I can't actually comment on using it. In the meantime, here's my feedback on the apps that I currently use. Foldershare The good:- I've been using Foldershare for a while now, and it has performed really well. I like the fact that (once everything is set up) you can just leave it running in the background. The bad: I think Microsoft really need to simplify the set up process. Synctoy Synctoy is simply brilliant, and I haven't had any issues with it at all. Going forward, I would like to be able to sync, back up and access files remotely, so remote servers are probably the way forward for me.

Windows 9 release date, news and rumours With Windows 8 and now Windows 8.1, Microsoft tried - not entirely successfully - to make tablets part of a continuum that goes from number-crunching workstations and high-end gaming rigs through all-in-one touchscreen media systems and thin-and light notebooks down to slender touch tablets. The general consensus is that it still has a long way to go to produce a unified OS. Despite rumours of an aggressive development and shipping schedule, there's no official word about what's in the next version of Windows, but there are plenty of rumours (many of them from Chinese enthusiast sites that claim to have leaked builds), plus more reliable information from job adverts for the Windows and Windows Phone teams. Could Windows 9 launch Microsoft back into business? There are also patents, which may or may not be relevant, and some rare comments from developers on the Windows team. Cut to the chaseWhat is it? As for interim releases, we'll probably also get Windows 8.2 before we get Windows 9.

The 50 Best Registry Hacks that Make Windows Better We’re big fans of hacking the Windows Registry around here, and we’ve got one of the biggest collections of registry hacks you’ll find. Don’t believe us? Here’s a list of the top 50 registry hacks that we’ve covered. It’s important to note that you should never hack the registry if you don’t know what you’re doing, because your computer will light on fire and some squirrels may be injured. Prevent Windows Update from Forcibly Rebooting Your Computer We’ve all been at our computer when the Windows Update dialog pops up and tells us to reboot our computer. There’s a couple of ways that we can disable this behavior, however. Prevent Windows Update from Forcibly Rebooting Your Computer How to Clean Up Your Messy Windows Context Menu One of the most irritating things about Windows is the context menu clutter that you have to deal with once you install a bunch of applications. How to Clean Up Your Messy Windows Context Menu Stop Windows Update from Hijacking the Sleep/Shutdown Button

Windows 8 vs Windows 7: 8 ways it's different Windows 8 is a totally new version of Windows that, in addition to the traditional desktop, also includes a new-style interface for use with touchscreens - whether that's on a touchscreen laptop, all-in-one PC or tablet. And, while not all PCs will be touchscreen when Windows 8 launches, expect more and more devices to have touchscreens towards the new year - even if it's a traditional laptop. Windows 7 was a big hit for Microsoft, turning things around from the troublesome Windows Vista and reminding people that the Redmond giant was not quite ready to hang up its hat just yet. The Windows 8 release date is here and the challenge for Microsoft is how it builds on the success of Windows 7 and show that Windows can work on iPad-like tablets. But it still needs to dominate on laptops and desktops. Windows 8 isn't a phone OS - but does share a great deal of design language and code with its sibling, the new Windows Phone 8. Here are 8 key differences that Windows 8 brings to the table. 1. 2.

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Account Lockout Tools After you determine the pattern for the account lockouts and narrow down your scope to a specific client computer or member server, you should gather detailed information about all of the programs and services that are running on that computer. Some of the information that you should obtain includes: Mapped network drives Logon scripts that map network drives RunAs shortcuts Accounts that are used for service account logons Processes on the client computers Programs that may pass user credentials to a centralized network program or middle-tier application layer The following sections discuss the tools that you can use to help you gather information from the network environment. The LockoutStatus.exe Tool The LockoutStatus.exe displays information about a locked out account. DC Name: Displays all domain controllers that are in the domain. Where to Obtain the LockoutStatus.exe Tool How to Install the LockoutStatus.exe Tool How to Use the LockoutStatus.exe Tool The ALockout.dll Tool

How to Install Windows 7 From USB Drive without Windows 7 ISO DVD We have published article on How to install Windows 7 on Vmware Player. That guide is useful if you want to make yourself free from need of dual boot. Now here is another scenario what if you don’t have DVD-ROM and you are running Windows XP, you might have guessed in this case we can’t install windows 7. Since Windows 7 ISO size is around 2.24 GB so its obvious that you will need to burn windows 7 iso on DVD and another issue is you can’t start windows 7 installation by mounting ISO file on windows XP as Windows XP upgrade to windows 7 is not allowed. In such situation installing windows 7 from USB pen drive is feasible solution. Here is small guide on how to install windows 7 from USB flash drive or USB pen Drive for Windows XP users. How to Install Windows 7 from USB Flash Drive Requirement: USB Pen Drive (Min 4 GB) Windows 7 ISO (32 bit or 64 bit) 1. 2. 3. convert i: /fs:ntfs (Where “I” is your USB drive latter) 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Source: Bwana