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While many think the new taskbar feature in Windows 7 is a great improvement, others may not want to use it.  Today we take a look at how to get the Vista style taskbar back on Windows 7.

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A necessary security practice is having Antivirus and other Malware protection utilities installed on your Windows computer, but they need constant updating to be effective against the newest threats.  Today we take a look at ThreatFire from PCTools which runs along side your current Antivirus utility to add protection against Zero-day attacks.

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In previous versions of Windows it can be a tedious task managing music, photos, documents and other files that are scattered in different directories on your hard drive.  Today we take a look at the new Libraries feature in Windows 7 that allows you to organize folders from multiple locations in one spot.

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Finding a way to easily access recently used files, folders, and websites could be annoying in previous versions of Windows.  Today we take a look at the new Jump List feature in Windows 7 that allows you to quickly access recently used items.

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We all go through several computers and other electronic devices over a lifetime and getting rid of them is not as easy as throwing them in the trash.  Today we take a look at how to dispose of your old machines in a secure and environmentally responsible manner.

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Windows 7 offers you location specific Aero themes based on the language and location you pick during installation.  Here we will take a look at accessing other hidden themes from different countries.

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Tired of the same old desktop wallpapers and wishing for something more artistic to suit your mood? Now you can enjoy turning your favorite wallpapers and pictures into works of art with FotoSketcher.

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Remember in Vista how it was an annoying chore getting it to recognize external devices like printers, phones, and digital cameras?  Well now in Windows 7 there is a cool feature called Device Stage that allows you to easily see and manage all of your external devices from one spot.

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One of the first things you might notice in Windows 7 is the addition of the new Gadgets and Screen Resolution items to the context menu. The only problem is that you might not really want them there—so we’ll explain how to get rid of them.

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If you just can’t see the point of the desktop Gadgets included in Windows 7, or even the Sidebar gadgets in Windows Vista, you’ll be happy to know that you can easily disable them with a simple configuration change.

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One of the more annoying features of Windows Vista was UAC (User Account Control) popping up and asking permission for about everything.  Now in Windows 7 it is a lot more manageable and today we take a look at how to manage it or completely disable it too.

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If you need a way to save some hard drive space one trick is to decrease the size or completely disable the System Restore feature.  We like to share all options on how to take control of your operating system, so for readers living on the edge this tip is for you. 

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So you’re starting out fresh with the new Windows 7 operating system but notice there are some of your favorite Windows applications missing.  Today we take a look at the Windows Live Essentials installer for getting your favorite Microsoft applications set up.

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Are you a music fan who wants an easy way to get the music you love with a simple application on your desktop?  Today we bring you a list of some of the cooler music themed desktop gadgets for Vista and Windows 7.

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Today we’ve got some awesome, high-quality, and just generally amazing desktop wallpapers for your system tweaking pleasure. Unlike some of the previous roundups, we made sure to only pick wallpaper with large resolution versions available.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always dropped files directly on the quick launch buttons to quickly and easily open them in the application the shortcut points to, but now Windows 7 doesn’t let you do that—by default, at least.

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During your excitement to try out Windows 7 you might get stuck and need the help of a friend or colleague.  Here we will take a look at using Windows Remote Assistance to allow someone you trust to connect to your computer and help troubleshoot the problem.

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When System Restore was introduced in back in Windows Me it has helped save some major computer snafus on several occasions.  The feature is still included in the new Windows 7 operating system and today we will take a look at how to create a new restore point.

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If you’re running XP and skipped the Vista update and need a good way to transfer files and settings, today we take a look at using Windows Easy Transfer and an external USB drive to easily complete the task.

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If you get a new computer with Windows 7  and your current machine is running XP, the thought of transferring your files and settings can be quite daunting.  Microsoft has created a program called Windows Easy Transfer that is already included in Vista and can be download for XP and 2000.  Here we will take a look at the process of using it to transfer files and settings from an XP machine to the new Windows 7.

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Windows Media Player 12 which is included with Windows 7 allows you to easily turn your machine into a media server to stream music, movies, and pictures to other computers and devices on your home network.  Today we will show you how to set up streaming and how to use it.

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During our series about how much of a problem Malware can be, we took a look at three of the top utilities that can eliminate it.  However, we would be remiss if we didn’t cover another top trusted choice out there called SuperAntiSpyware which can detect and remove over a million threats.

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Tired of Windows Live Messenger bloat and wishing that there was a simpler and cleaner replacement that would let you use your live.com and hotmail.com accounts? Look no further, now you can have all that messenger goodness with Emesene!

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The final version of Windows 7 was released yesterday for MS Technet subscribers, but you can’t upgrade directly from a pre-release version—at least, not without a quick and easy workaround, and we’ve got you covered.

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We shown you how careless downloading can infect you with spyware, how to clean it up with Spybot or Ad-Aware, and in the final part of our series we’ll illustrate how to use Malwarebytes to remove all that crapware from your PC.

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