Windows 7

Get an XP-Style “All Programs” Popup Menu in Windows 7 and Vista

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The All Programs link on the Start menu in Windows XP brings up a popup menu containing all installed programs. This feature was changed in Windows 7 and Vista. The All Programs link on the Start menu brings up the list of installed programs directly on the Start menu. We found a tool, called Start […]

Change, Add and Remove Values for File Properties in Windows 7

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When you select a file in Windows 7, properties (or details) about the selected file, such as the author of the file, the size of the file, any tags associated with the file, and the date of the file are displayed. The properties available for a file differ depending on the type of file.  For […]

Add the Windows 8 Taskbar User Picture Tile to Windows 7

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Microsoft is updating the Taskbar in the upcoming Windows 8 operating system to include a small user picture tile in the notification area of the Taskbar. When you click the user picture tile, a popup menu displays which user is currently logged in and provides quick access to your user account settings directly from the […]

Show File Extensions in Windows

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If you have just installed Windows on your computer, you may have noticed that you don’t see extensions on filenames. They are not visible by default. This post shows you how to show the extensions on filenames in Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. This may seem like a simple task, but some of […]

Portable Utility for Accessing All Windows Settings in One Place

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We have written about Windows 7 God Mode in a previous post, Add the “God Mode” Control Panel to Windows 7. This provides access to all Windows 7 settings in one place. We have found a portable utility called Windows 7 in a Box that performs the same functions. You can open Personalization, Task Manager, […]

Do Not Allow Users of Internet Explorer to Enable or Disable Add-ons in Windows 7

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Internet Explorer add-ons can pose a security threat, especially in networked environments such as offices and university computer labs. One resource administrators have available it to stop users from enabling and disabling add-ons in the web browser. Learn how to stop all users of Windows 7 from enabling and disabling IE add-ons. Why Stop Enabling […]

Prevent Access to the Command Prompt in Windows 7

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The Windows 7 Command Prompt is a robust solution for administrators to quickly and easily keep a system up and running smoothly. It’s rare that the average user has a use for the Command Prompt. Rather than invite temptation, many administrators prevent access to the Command Prompt to discourage users from troubleshooting computer errors and […]

How to Find Out if Your Windows 7 Install is 32-bit or 64-bit

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Whether the copy Windows 7 you have on your computer is 32-bit or 64-bit can come up as a question when running into glitches during program installs. One quick troubleshoot can be to check if the program can even run in your install of Windows 7. This means checking whether 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 […]

Backup Your Gadgets in Windows 7

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Introduced in Windows Vista and carried over into Windows 7, gadgets are nuggets of useful and entertaining applications that complement the Aero Desktop. There are literally hundreds of gadgets that you can download online and since gadgets are made up of only XML, HTML, and image files, you can even create your own. Wherever you […]

Hide and Disable All Items on the Windows 7 Desktop

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Although the Windows 7 desktop is a great place for permanent shortcuts such as My Computer and the Recycle bin, there are times when it is best to hide and disable all items on the Desktop. These times include when administrating a public computer or a computer setup for a specific purpose such as a […]