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175 Windows 7 Tweaks, Tips, and How-To Articles

Windows 7 is being officially released on October 22nd, which also happens to be today. The team here has been furiously writing Windows 7 articles, and updating old articles for Windows 7—and we now have more than 175 articles covering Windows 7.

Windows 7 is Awesome!

First: Get Your Copy Yet?

If you haven’t already gotten your copy of Windows 7, you can buy it now on Amazon… although if you are impatient you could also head down to the local tech store and grab it. We recommend Home Premium for almost anybody, though you can grab Ultimate or Professional if you wanted to spend more.

Windows 7 Home Premium

Get Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $119 @ Amazon

Note: If you are currently running the Release Candidate version, we’ve got a guide on how to Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to RTM (Final Release). You should also keep in mind that you can’t upgrade from an Ultimate to a Home edition– there’s an upgrade chart if it’s too confusing.

The How-To Geek Windows 7 Category

We’ve written just loads of articles, and so we’ve decided to do a roundup of most of them here in a single post. If that’s too much for you, you can check out our roundup of the the 20 Best Windows Tweaks that Still Work in Windows 7.

And don’t forget to look through our Windows 7 category, bookmark it, and share it with anybody who hates gigantic lists of links:

175+ Windows 7 How-To Articles, Tips, and Tweaks 

Awesome Articles About New Windows 7 Stuff

Windows 7 is still very similar to Vista in many ways, so there’s not quite as many articles about completely new Windows 7 features. Here’s the quick list of articles that touch on the new features:

Articles About Shortcuts & Hotkeys

We love our keyboard shortcuts and special shortcut icons that do all sorts of great things. Here’s a list of all the ones that we’ve tested with Windows 7.

Context Menu Modding

Need to add a little more power to your right-click menu options? We’ve got you covered with a bunch of tweaks.

Disabling Stuff You Don’t Want

It never fails, no matter what version of Windows you are using, there are still things you are going to want to disable. Here’s the quick list of the ones that we’ve covered:

Stupid Geek Tricks

Yeah, most of these are just silly, geeky tricks. Which perhaps makes them more fun than anything else.

Misc Windows Configuration Tweaks and Such

There’s always lots of other tweaks you’ll need to do—from changing your computer name to logging on automatically. We’ve covered quite a few of those as well.


Yes, this was one long list of articles. Be sure to share it with your friends, relatives, enemies, or random people on the street. We recommend printing it off, creating paper airplanes, and seeing how far they fly.

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  • Published 10/22/09

Comments (27)

  1. SHai

    “share it with your friends, relatives, enemies, or random people on the street. We recommend printing it off, creating paper airplanes, and seeing how far they fly.”


  2. amzai

    Thanks a lot, as an IT student you are really my hero in the field that I just started.
    God bless you.

  3. Ben

    You should call it the ulitmate windows 7 guide. Everything in one place, this will save me hours scowering the web for this stuff.

  4. John

    Thank You,

    Learned more here in a day than I did at MS for the last three weeks.

  5. Pol

    I just build new pc with 2 hard drives.I want to stay with XP on one and install Win.7 on other. Is it possible?Need step by step instructions,not to good with programing.Please help

  6. anonymous

    @Pol,wat u can do is install win xp first,and then after that put in the win7 disc and then put of ur pc and then at the 2nd screen after u put ur pc on press f1 to boot the disc nd it will ask u if you want to replace,install win7,or delete win xp,then chose install,and it will ask u where u wna install it on,nd then it will install it nd restart ur pc,then wen ur pc goes on agen it will ask u wich operatin system(windows xp or 7) u wna run nd then ur all set.hope it helps

  7. anonymous

    @t pol,corection dnt press f1 press dlt or enter 2 boot the disc

  8. DvDripvanwinkle

    I did the IIS Windows 7 thing and now it says my Windows isn’t genuine!!! HELP!!! :(

  9. Ram

    W 7:I put quick launch in the toolbar next to the Start Button. Works fine. However, whenever I go into Safe Mode or there is a power problem, the quick launch disappears and has to be installed agai. Is there a way that quick launch becomes a permanent feature of toolbars?

  10. nicknamed

    thankx! I need one more advice,
    how to get rif of popup list of windows when you move over a task bar programs with the mouse. I have there like 20-30 windows open, separately (simply, I have to) but when I cross over any of them a list of all the other windows pops up and covers other windows I see on the desktop. In winXP there was a small bubble whe you crossed a program on taskbar, in W7 it pops up a long list of to-program-related windows, how may I get rid of it? This is for me one of the biggest problems I have in W7.

  11. Oscar Briceñ

    Windows 7 es compatible con MCAFEE Enterprice 8.0.0 y con KASPERSKY Internet Security

  12. Michael

    I found this in Maximum PC mag. The ultimate control panel for Win 7. Create a new folder on the desktop and name it, GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
    Watch the folder change to GodMode, you can then access every configuration for your computer.

  13. Sharrysse

    EMERGENCY. I need to know which antivirus is best for Windows 7 on 64 bits on a laptop with Intel Core2 processor (a comparison between the antivirus you reccomend and McAfee-if your reccomendation is different from McAfee, would be welcome) THANK YOU

  14. Alex


    personally I would use microsoft security essentials. It’s free and has been user-friendly (easy to use and does its job..) you can it it from :

    good luck!

  15. Hallboy222

    Windows 7 Super!

  16. jumes

    I have got a window 7 home premium only two months old but lately when i play a dvd the screen goes the brigthness of the screen fades out i can still see what is going on on the screen but there is no light in the background and sometimes it is flashing and this phenomena happens from time to time it also happen when i am using the laptop for anything else.
    I did download avast antivirus and i am not sure if it is compatible with window7.
    Does anybody have an idea?

  17. larry

    windows 7 will run a virtual xp mode, which you can obtain for free from microsoft. it runs xp within windows 7. it is not very intuitive as far as getting it to interface with the outside world, such as using the host computer to connect to the web or using the host computer’s modem, things like that. i wonder if you have experimented with the virtual xp mode and have any tips. i have collected a few from some of the forums, but sure would like to know more about the settings, etc.

  18. asees pattambi


  19. torch3960

    @ Sharrysse,

    I was useing Microsoft essentials and i liked it but the problem was I had like 5 Trogan downloaders and some keysgens so i started looking around and I asked a couple of my friends they said download AVAST antivirus program it’s free to download you pay nothing if you like the program their is an options to pay for it anyway it got rid of all 7 Viruses and trogan key loggers I now have a clean system

  20. jamiefreemansaks

    i dont want system tool i want the best antivirus program cause my computer is screwed up

  21. SHA

    tanq buddy it helps me a lot ………………………..

  22. Paul

    If you are severely infected on Windows XP, you will never know if you truly got everything out. You can run things like combofix and tdsskiller to fix some of the worst offenders and allow things like mbam to clean up the rest. If there isn’t that much on the system in terms of applications, I would strongly suggest moving to windows 7 64 bit, reinstalling apps and migrating your data. Viruses and rootkits are a serious problem on Windows 32 bit and in my opinion, there is absolutely no way to adequately protect yourself from them on XP. I have run some of the most secure XP installations out there, but I have even been infected on machines which have NO internet connection. God damn, conficker! (I digress)

  23. sagar

    thanks for the best tweaks!!!!

  24. Johnny Seven

    Hello people,

    I never thanked you, but THANK YOU! Since I run Win7 you were a great help to personalize my computer.

  25. Ferri

    How to disable automatic update Microsoft Security Essential..? me..

  26. choot


  27. Tracy Harrell Sr.

    HELP ME PLEASE! I JUST UNINSTALLED MY DVD/CD-ROM(Optiarc DVD+RW AD-5170S SCSI Cd Rom Device) system driver from my 2007 Dell inspiron 531S with windows 7 version6.1.7601.17514 and I don’t know what to do to PUT IT BACK.The scan said it was “out of date” when I checked out the properties it showed that it was fine.I was told to uninstall it -update it then-reinstall…..don’t know how can anyone help this old man ?

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