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19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs to Know - Page 5

19 Tips Every Windows 7 User Needs to Know - Page 5
How to load Windows 7 onto a bootable USB key To complete your Windows 7 power-user experience, you may consider dropping the whole darn OS onto a USB drive. Whether you carry it around in your pocket or toss it in a desk drawer, it’s a perfect boot disk for emergency installs—including those times when you’re working with a netbook or some other computer that lacks an optical drive. Even better, your install times will be significantly reduced, thanks to your key’s flash memory—we shaved off minutes from our total install time. Here’s how to create a schmancy-fancy boot key for either Windows 7 or Vista—but not for other OSes, so please don’t try! 1. Plug in your USB key and back up any existing data stored on it. 2. Open up a command prompt as an Administrator. You should now be under C:\Windows\system32 (assuming your Windows partition is the C drive). 3. Select Disk # (where # is the number of your USB disk. Select Partition 1 (focuses operation on the newly created partition) 4. 5.

15 Free Windows 7 Tweaking Tools Users who have been following us for quite a while know that we have reviewed several free Windows 7 tweaking tools. As Windows 7 RTM has replaced XP and Vista on many PCs already, it’s time to showcase all the Windows 7 tweaking tools that will help you get most out of Windows 7. In no particular order, following are the free tweaking utilities available for Windows 7. 1. Ultimate Windows Tweaker: One of the best portable tweaking utilities available for Windows. Ultimate Windows Tweaker now supports Windows 7 and also features not less than 150 tweaking options. More info & Download 2. 3. More info & Download 4. 7Tweak: It features a set of impressive and unusual tweaks for Windows 7. 7Tweak also comes with disk defragmenter and registry cleaner. 5. 6. 7. 8. More info & Download 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Download 15. More info & Download Let us know if you know good Windows 7 tweaking utilities.

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. And chances are, it's often difficult to find good software that's also free. That's where this guide comes in. 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 Foxit PDF Reader VMWare Server Steam Dropbox

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. Also, you should create a System Restore point before doing so. 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

Autoruns Why does logon take so long? What are all those icons in the system tray? How do I stop programs from starting automatically? How do I get rid of that strange error that keeps cropping up during logon? See also, "Managing Autorun Applications" and "Using Autoruns to Determine Which Programs Automatically Run at System Startup." Upon installation, many applications configure themselves to start automatically when you log on. Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP include the System Configuration utility (Msconfig.exe), which is based on a similar tool in Windows Me. You can use Autoruns, which Figure 1 shows, not only to identify the applications that have configured themselves to start at logon but to see all the locations where autostart applications might be configured on the system. Autoruns works on all versions of Windows, including Windows Me and Windows 9x. What You See Autoruns displays more information about each image than Msconfig does. Where They Hide What to Do Until Next Month

Windows 7: Change logon background Bored with your windows 7′s default logon screen? Here’s the quick way to change it! Before we start, make sure your picture is in .jpg format and it must be smaller than 256kb. For Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise users 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. (Finish by following the combined directions at the end) For Windows 7 Home (Premium) users: 7. 1. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. Change background ( For Windows Ultimate, Enterprise and Home Premium users) 14. 15. 16.

How to Speed Up Windows 7 |Enable Prefetcher for Faster Windows 7 Performance. How to Speed Up Windows 7 Can You speed up Windows 7? Of course! Windows 7 is a great operating system. Its fast and light. But there are ways to make it better. Step 1: Enable Prefetcher Prefetcher is a function that allows Windows 7 to preload data used to run in start application. Click StartClick RunType Regedit into the command line and press enter. Step 2: Increase CPU Cores You can improve Windows 7 speed by increases the amount of CPU cores that are used during boot time and other functions.This will significantly cut down on the boot time. Open your Start menu.Click RunIn the command screen type mscofigHit Enter Click the Boot Tab and Choose Advance options..Under Number of Processor, enter the number of processor your computer has: 2 for dual core and 4 for quad core.Restart. Step 3: Turn off Aero Aero is an beautiful visual feature. Right Click the DesktopChoose PersonalizeChoose Windows Color at the bottom, then unchecked Enable TransparencyClick Apply Basic Theme

How to create a new user account in Windows 7 and Windows Vista Windows 7 and Windows Vista allows you to have multiple users sharing the same computer under their own individual accounts. This allows each individual user to have their own location on the computer where they can store their personal documents, pictures, videos, saved games, and other personal data. This also allows the owner of the computer to assign certain accounts the ability to perform administrative tasks like installing software, while limiting other user's abilities. This tutorial will walk you through creating a new account in Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Click on the Start button. Figure 4. Now when you start Windows 7 or Vista, you will see the additional account listed in the logon screen. If you have any questions about this tutorial please feel free to post them in our Windows 7 forums.

The complete list of Windows Logo keyboard shortcuts When it comes to keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Windows 7, I admit to being a bit of a novice. I fall back on the menu system or, now that it is available by default in Windows 7, I use the search box located on the Start Menu. But, as the following list shows us, there are definitely opportunities for increased efficiency within the matrix of keyboard shortcuts. One of the more powerful, and probably least used, set of keyboard shortcuts involves the Windows Logo key, which is common on most keyboards packaged with a Windows-based personal computer these days. Table A lists the keyboard shortcut combinations associated with the Windows Logo key and what each combination will do. Take a good look, because there may be a key combination or two you can use regularly that will make your computing life just a little more efficient. Table A - Source Microsoft Also read: Mark W.

How to solve the 10 most common tech support problems yourself Whether you’re dealing with your dad’s decade-old computer or your own custom-built gaming rig, troubleshooting PC problems is a part of everyday life. Before you make that $50 support call, though, try your hand at homebrew tech support. We spoke to some of the best support reps in the business about the most common problems they fix—and how you can do it yourself. Try this first I know it sounds like a no-brainer, but before you do anything else, restart your computer. While you’re at it, make sure that your operating system is fully updated by running Windows Update. If you’re having problems with a peripheral, try switching it on and off. My computer is too slow The first step to fixing a slow computer is to verify that your machine is the actual source of the problem. If the problem is your PC, check whether you have plenty of free space on the hard drive holding your operating system. Microsoft’s System Configuration tool is your next-best bet for tackling slow performance.