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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. Related:  IT TipsWindows 7

Change the Windows 7 Login Screen Background Image When you login to your Windows 7 computer (assuming you haven’t used something like this tutorial to turn on automatic login), you’ll generally see a login window with a background looking something like this. It’s fine; there’s nothing wrong with it. But sometimes a change is good so in this article we’ll show you how to change the background image behind the login screen to anything you want. The first step is to open up the Start Menu by clicking the orb in the lower left corner of the screen. Now, in the Start Menu search box, type regedit, to open up the Registry Editor. When the Registry Editor appears in the Start Menu, click the Enter key to launch it. Now, right-click on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder, and choose the Find option. The search window will appear so perform a search for OEMBackground. Note: it’s possible that OEMBackground doesn’t exist on your system; if this is the case, adding a new DWORD value with the name of OEMBackground will fix things.

Open Source Alternative to Commercial Software Graphic Applications ACDSee Imgv is a unique and feature rich Image Viewer. It is released as free software with full source code. Imgv is portable and can run on Windows, Linux, BSD, OSX, and other operating systems. Cornice is a cross-platform image viewer written in Python + wxPython + PIL. Adobe After Effects Jahshaka is an editing and effects system. Adobe FrameMaker and QuarkXPress Scribus is an open-source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/Unix, MacOS X, OS/2 and Windows desktops with a combination of “press-ready” output and new approaches to page layout. KWord is a frame-based word-processing and desktop publishing application. Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw Xara Xtreme for Linuxis a powerful, general purpose graphics program for Unix platforms including Linux, FreeBSD and (in development) OS-X. Skencil is an interactive vector drawing appliction. Adobe Photoshop and Corel Paint Shop Pro GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. Autodesk 3ds Max

The 50 Best How-To Geek Windows Articles of 2010 Even though we cover plenty of other topics, Windows has always been a primary focus around here, and we’ve got one of the largest collections of Windows-related how-to articles anywhere. Here’s the fifty best Windows articles that we wrote in 2010. Want even more? You should make sure to check out our top 20 How-To Geek Explains topics of 2010, or the 50 Windows Registry hacks that make Windows better. How to Customize Your Windows 7 Taskbar Icons for Any App Would you like to change out the icons on your taskbar with a beautiful set of icons that all go together? How to Customize Your Windows 7 Taskbar Icons for Any App Change the Windows 7 Taskbar Color Sure, you can hack Windows and install a custom theme if you really wanted to, or pay for a software package to do it for you. Change the Windows 7 Taskbar Color With No Extra Software (Stupid Geek Tricks) Change Your Windows 7 Taskbar Color the Easy Way (and Rotate Between Colors) How to Crack Your Forgotten Windows Password

We've Open-Sourced Everything - CodeCombat Blog CodeCombat is a programming game for learning to code; a multiplayer coding challenge arena for sharpening your skills; a Y-Combinator-funded startup; and as of this weekend, the largest open source CoffeeScript project and a fantastic way to get into open source and game development. Whether you’re a novice programmer wanting to figure out this GitHub thing or an open source guru looking for something to sink your teeth into, check out our GitHub and join over two hundred CodeCombat Archmages in building the best programming game ever. Yes, we just open-sourced the last year of our lives–all the code, art, and music for CodeCombat–under the MIT and Creative Commons licenses. “Wait. You’re a for-profit startup, but you’re giving away all of your code? Nope! Our mission is to teach you to code. We need your help. Want to help in other ways?

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

The Basics of C Programming" The previous discussion becomes a little clearer if you understand how memory addresses work in a computer's hardware. If you have not read it already, now would be a good time to read How Bits and Bytes Work to fully understand bits, bytes and words. All computers have memory, also known as RAM (random access memory). For example, your computer might have 16 or 32 or 64 megabytes of RAM installed right now. RAM holds the programs that your computer is currently running along with the data they are currently manipulating (their variables and data structures). Memory can be thought of simply as an array of bytes. float f; This statement says, "Declare a location named f that can hold one floating point value." While you think of the variable f, the computer thinks of a specific address in memory (for example, 248,440). f = 3.14; The compiler might translate that into, "Load the value 3.14 into memory location 248,440." The output that you see from the program will probably look like this:

Network Tests: Setting Our Expectations : Gigabit Ethernet: Dude, Where's My Bandwidth? Before we do anything else, we should test our hard drives without using the network to see what kind of bandwidth we can expect from them in an ideal scenario. There are two PCs taking part in our real-world gigabit network. The first, which we’ll call the server, has two drives. Its primary drive is a 320 GB Seagate Barracuda ST3320620AS that’s a couple of years old. The server acts as a network-attached storage (NAS) device for a RAID array consisting of two 1 TB Hitachi Deskstar 0A-38016 drives, mirrored for redundancy. The second PC on the network, which we’ll call the client, has only one drive: a 500 GB Western Digital Caviar 00AAJS-00YFA that is about six months old. We first test the speed of both the server's and client computer's C: drives and see what kind of read performance we can expect to get from them. Right out of the gate, our hopes for achieving gigabit speed file transfers have disappeared. Not so fast. Yuck!

CRN Buzz – Storage The Register 2 mentions — 3 days ago top stories | Seagate's EVault cloud backup sub has launched a Glacier cloud archive competitor, priced at $15 per TB per month with instant data access and data preserved intact for decades. Android Central 3 mentions — 3 days ago The Jan. 4 Deal of the Day is the Incipio Feather Snap-On Case for Motorola Droid MINI. Cloud Computing Journal 2 mentions — 4 weeks ago GreenButton™ on Thursday announced the GreenButton WarpDrive, a solution providing accelerated and secure transfers of large datasets to the cloud. AllThingsD 7 mentions — 4 weeks ago Dell, the newly private computing company, will later today announce an alliance with the software company Red Hat that will become a significant piece of its cloud-computing strategy going forward. The Mobile/Cloud Era 5 mentions — 4 weeks ago For my 2013 year end blog, I want to step back and talk about a broad trend that I see blooming in the industry. Eucalyptus 3 mentions — 4 weeks ago ReadWrite The Atlantic Forbes

How to Capture Desktop Screen Video using VLC Media Player Do you want to Record or Capture your computer screen as a Video file? Then read this article. In this article you will get to know how to record desktop screen using VLC media player. There might be several reasons that you want to Capture your computer screen. Maybe you play lots of computer games and you want to record them as Gameplay Video to publish them on youtube. Or You may be making How to or tutorial videos that need desktop screen recording. You don’t need any other Screen Capture software. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. You are done! You can watch the Video Guide below: You can read our previous article How to Cut Video with VLC Media Player.

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 Find Product Key Of Any Software » Product Key Finder Tips How to find the product key of any software that you want..?? A product key is a unique identification number or code, used in software like operating systems and games, to prevent counterfeiting and piracy. This is a specific software program. For the most part, a product key operating system is an insignificant number, but when you need to re-install your OS, suddenly the product key becomes the code harder to find. Find Product Key Of Windows 7 A product key Windows 7 is needed to activate the system, format the Windows 7, or in the event of a system crash, re-installing Windows 7 on your computer. How to find the product key of Windows 7 The product key number for Windows 7 is a alphanumeric pattern of 25 characters, divided into 5 groups of 5 characters each. * The product key used to activate the 32-bit or 64-bit editions of Windows 7 * Product keys are also unique to the version of Windows 7 (Ultimate, Premium, Basic, 32 or 64 bits). Ways to Find Windows 7 Product Key Number Software

How To Hack – Beginners Guide to Hacking Computers “ The Only True Guide to Learning How to Hack ” originally by R4di4tion (his email, but it’s no longer in use), with a few updates by myself. You stay up all night on the PC typing and typing. You’re a luser and you’re annoying. You’re probably thinking, “Then what should I do. Maximum Security I or II: this is not a guide to hacking, despite what you might have heard, but you can get enough info to learn the basics of how hackers hack! Editor’s Note: OK, some of these books are out of date now, so I’ve striked the ones that are no longer relevent. After you’ve read them all, re-read them! Editor’s Note: Yeah, I really wouldn’t bother with the RFC’s, they can come later if you get really seriously into it. That’s it for now. Editor’s Note: you can install cygwin to start with, it’s a small linux environment that you can run inside windows to get the feel of a shell interface. The next thing to do is learn programming. Now, you should know a great deal about hacking. ESR’s hacker howto

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