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Windows 7 How-To Articles, Tips, and Guides

Goodreads | recent updates 175 Windows 7 Tweaks, Tips, and How-To Articles Windows 7 is being officially released on October 22nd, which also happens to be today. The team here has been furiously writing Windows 7 articles, and updating old articles for Windows 7—and we now have more than 175 articles covering Windows 7. First: Get Your Copy Yet? If you haven’t already gotten your copy of Windows 7, you can buy it now on Amazon… although if you are impatient you could also head down to the local tech store and grab it. We recommend Home Premium for almost anybody, though you can grab Ultimate or Professional if you wanted to spend more. Get Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $119 @ Amazon Note: If you are currently running the Release Candidate version, we’ve got a guide on how to Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to RTM (Final Release). The How-To Geek Windows 7 Category We’ve written just loads of articles, and so we’ve decided to do a roundup of most of them here in a single post. Awesome Articles About New Windows 7 Stuff Articles About Shortcuts & Hotkeys Conclusion

fusor 20 Essential Tricks Every Outlook User Needs to Know Are you stuck using Outlook at work? We feel your pain. Compared to the alternatives, like Mozilla's light-weight and customizable Thunderbird client, Outlook is slow, bloaty, and downright unwieldy. Add to the fact that it isn't free and Outlook doesn't appear to have much going for it. But whether you use Outlook because you have to or have grown accustomed to its interface and are reluctant to switch (or maybe you just want to justify the cost of Microsoft Office), we have some tricks to help you manage your email and contacts like a pro. Live on the Edge: Access Blocked Attachments When it comes to security, we don't condone throwing caution to the wind, and so we're content to let Outlook block file types it deems potentially harmful. You'll need to dip inside your system's registry, so if you're running Vista or Windows 7, bring up the Start menu and type Regedit. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Outlook\Security if you're using Outlook 2007.

20 Essential Tweaks and Tips Every Firefox User Should Know Firefox may be your default browser, but that doesn’t mean you really use it to its full potential. Mozilla’s browser is a big threat to Microsoft not because it’s fast and full of unique features, but because it’s also extremely customizable. Add-ons, style scripts, and hidden preferences let you personalize your Firefox experience to meet your tastes and needs. Sure, you may know about hidden easter eggs like the about:robots page, but we’re going show you the 20 most essential tips, tricks, and tweaks to this super browser. Undo Closed Tabs and Windows This is actually a feature that has been around since before Firefox 3, but we’re often surprised by how many people don’t know about it. Speed Up Browsing Firefox 3.5 is fast at loading pages, but its operational speed can get bogged down by overloading extensions. Set network.http.max-connections to 96 – This sets the total number of HTTP connections Firefox can make to a web server. Use Gmail as Your Default Mail Application

50 Skills Every Real Geek Should Have Back in our September 2008 issue, we published a list of 9 Skills Every Nerd Needs – a lighthearted examination of the essential abilities Maximum PC readers should have in their geek arsenal. We still stand by that list, but we were somewhat one-upped last month when we saw that Gizmodo had since run its own list of 50 key geek skills. Their list was very respectable, but we thought that we could do better by not only expanding and refining our original story, but actually teaching you these skills. The highest echelon of geeks will be able to do everything in this list, and this is by no means a full categorization of the complete geek skillset – only what we consider to be the most indispensable abilities. Have anything to add to our list? Post it in the comments! Name These Connectors! Finding hidden hardware gems in bins of archaic cards at computer shows and swap meets is an ever-so-crucial nerd skill. A. Run All Your Essential Apps on a USB Stick Straighten the Pins on an Older CPU

The 32 Totally Essential (and Free) Apps for Every New PC You have to admit, Windows is a pretty barebones operating system, feature-wise. After a fresh install of XP or Vista (perhaps following a Clean Start), you're faced with a barren Start Menu and an empty desktop that's beaming with limitless potential. The problem is that it's up to you to hunt and download those applications that you really need in your day-to-day computing experience. We've put together a list of what we think are the most essential PC apps for every Maximum PC reader. And at the end of the feature, we'll even show you how to install these apps in one fell swoop with a special configuration file we've created. WinDirStat Have you ever sorted a folder by file size, hoping to track down a hard disk hog, only to be frustrated by the fact that Windows doesn’t let you see the size of nested folders’ contents? AnyDVD For hassle free rips of DVD, Blu-ray, and even HD-DVD content, there's no simpler app to use than AnyDVD. Foxit PDF Reader VMWare Server Steam Dropbox

50 Kick-Ass Websites You Need to Know About It's time to update the entries in your browser's links toolbar. But with recent estimates putting the size of the internet at well more than 100 million distinct websites, it's getting harder and harder to get a handle on all the great stuff that's out there. That's why we've compiled this list. And unlike some lists you may have seen, which try to name the very "best" websites, but end up just telling you a lot of stuff you already know, we've chosen instead to highlight 50 of our favorite sites that fly under most people's radar. Think of it as the Maximum PC blog roll (remember those?). These sites represent great alternatives to popular web destinations like YouTube and Hulu, and include useful references, powerful web apps, and the unknown blogs you must absolutely bookmark. You might have heard of some of these sites, but we'll bet you haven't heard of all them. See What Can Be Done with 4 Kilobytes Clutter-Free Social Networking You can admit it.

30 Useful (and Unknown) Web Apps You Need to Bookmark At Maximum PC, computer hardware is our bread and butter. We review it, preview it, and just generally love to talk about it. Unfortunately, hardware becomes less important with each passing day, as more and more software moves onto the internet. We're not looking forward to the day that our PC's become Chrome OS-style thin client, but we have to admit, some web apps are pretty awesome. So to help you prepare for a future in the cloud, we've put together a list of 30 of our favorite web apps and services. ScreenToaster ScreenToaster is a web app designed to make life a whole lot easier for every family’s “computer expert.” OpenTable If you like to eat out, you’ve probably heard of OpenTable. Readitlater Have you ever found yourself wanting to read an online article or blog post, but without the time to actually read it? ConvertCenter Did you know that one bushel is equal to 101.9716 hectoliters? Issuu We may be a print magazine, but we all know the future is digital.

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