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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.

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?

35 Lifechanging Ways To Use Everyday Objects 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.

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.

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

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

Miro - Free, open-source music and video player. 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

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

Your new PC needs these 22 free programs In today’s multidevice world, cloud syncing and storage services are practically a must-have, as they allow you to pick up where you left off no matter which PC, phone, or tablet you’re working on. Microsoft’s SkyDrive is thoroughly intertwined with Windows 8.1, but if you’re using Windows 8, 7, Vista, or XP, be sure to grab the desktop app for your cloud service of choice to ensure that your files travel with you. OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox drastically increased their available storage in 2014, while simultaneously sending prices plummeting. Heck, OneDrive and Google Drive rolled out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 and Google Apps subscribers, respectively. Box has as well. That’s better than a hard drive in the sky.

What’s Taking So Long? How to Fight Slow Startup Times in Windows 7 If your Windows 7 systems need half an eternity to boot up, there’s clearly something odd going on. Dealing with slow boot problems is annoying and – let’s face it – is mostly guesswork. Guesswork that costs money and time. We have got you covered: Learn how to analyze the startup process, find the cause in no time, and get rid of bottlenecks once and for all! Windows 7 is a fast beast, especially when it comes to its startup process which was optimized dramatically compared to Windows Vista. No wonder, as Microsoft has a dedicated team focusing strictly on startup performance. Certainly, boot times vary significantly from one computer to another. You just installed a new driver, which hasn’t been WHQL-certified and delays the boot up process. Maybe it’s a combination of all three causes. Find Out Exactly How Long Windows 7 Needs to Start Up Let’s start off by finding out the exact time the Windows 7 client needs to start up. Phew! Step-by-Step: Finding Boot Delays Eliminating Boot Delays

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