Windows 7

What is Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter?

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So recently I was on a friend’s computer trying to troubleshoot some network issue and when I went to adjust the settings on one of the network adapters, I noticed something interesting I had not seen before: In addition to the normal WiFi network, there was also a Wireless Network Connection 2 and the adapter […]

Prevent Windows 7 From Highlighting New Start Menu Programs

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One of the relatively harmless, but still mildly annoying features offered by Windows 7 is when a user installs a new program, the program’s entry is helpfully highlighted in the Start Menu.  This sounds great, but if you’re in the habit of installing multiple programs at once, or don’t try out your new programs immediately, […]

What the Windows 7 Power Report Tells You About Your Computer

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In Windows 7, there is a little-known feature available from the Command Prompt that will analyze your system, then tell you what power settings you have enabled that may not be providing you with the best battery life for your laptop. It won’t help fix what’s wrong, but can point you in the right direction. […]

Five Ways To Conserve Laptop Battery Life In Windows 7

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Using a laptop can be a very freeing experience. You’re no longer tied down to your desk or office; you can go wherever you want. Of course, laptop owners know this isn’t always the truth. Sometimes you need to be near an outlet, because your battery is running low. What’s a laptop owner to do? […]

Fix Unidentified Network and No Network Access in Windows 7

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Recently, I was helping a client with Windows 7 who was unable to connect to his home wireless network one day even though it had been working fine for a few months. When he went to Network and Sharing Center, he had the following listed: Instead of his normal network connection, it said Unidentified Network […]

How to Ungroup Windows 7 Taskbar Icons

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Here’s something that is really annoying in Windows 7: By default, the taskbar shows a few system icons and then groups all the rest of the tray/notification icons into one giant box. I have found this very annoying because I was always used to how in Windows XP, you could just click on the little […]

Wake Up Windows From Hibernating Without Entering A Password

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There are any number of good ways to make your computer more secure. You can install anti-virus software, ad-blocking extensions for your web browsers, use secure passwords for all your online accounts, and lock down your computer so that others can’t access your files. Of course, all those measures can make your computer a bit […]

Move a Window with the Keyboard in Windows 7

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So for those of you who do not like to use a mouse, it would be pretty cool if you could move a window using just the keyboard in Windows 7 right? Well, there are a couple of ways to do this and even though you may not need to do it very often, it […]

Troubleshoot Windows 7 Random Freezes

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I’ve worked with a lot of clients and one issue I’ve seen crop up since Windows 7 was first released is random freezing. It doesn’t seem to matter which program you are running, how long Windows has been running or anything else, Windows will just randomly freeze and you have to either kill the computer […]

Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 Hanging Issues

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Previously, I wrote the Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide for Windows 7 Homegroup Issues, which a lot of people found useful. Today, I am going to write up a ultimate troubleshooting guide for Windows 7 hanging issues. This includes Windows 7 hanging on startup/boot, hanging when logging off, hanging when shutting down, hanging when installing programs, etc. […]