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You’re excited for the Windows 7 release from Microsoft but question if you computer can run it. Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is a free download from Microsoft that will analyze your current system and let you know what is and isn’t ready for the new OS.
If you have provided computer support you know it can be a challenge to diagnose the problem a user is experiencing based on their description. Depending on the environment doing a remote session or standing over their shoulder may not be a practical solution. New in Windows 7 is neat utility called Problem Steps Recorder which records user actions and allows you to troubleshoot the problem easier.
Even if you’re not much of a keyboard ninja, there are certain shortcuts that simply seem ridiculous not to know: Ctrl+V springs to mind as an obvious example. But even uber-geeks will agree that much of the time it really is a lot easier for the average user to just grab the mouse.
If you’ve used Windows Live Messenger in Windows 7, you’ve probably noticed that instead of minimizing to the system tray, the taskbar button always stays put. Luckily you can force Messenger to work the way you are expecting with a simple tweak.
Microsoft Security Essentials (previously code named Morro) beta was released yesterday and here we are going to take a look at what you can expect. This latest security offering from Redmond is an Antivirus utility meant to run alongside Windows Defender and Firewall to take the place of their discontinued OneCare.
The backup utilities in previous versions of Windows have been less than spectacular resulting in a nice market for third party applications. Today we take a look at the Backup and Restore feature in Windows 7 that may be their best backup tool yet.
Last week we showed you how to download and convert Real Media Audio streams using RealPlayer itself. While useful, there was an inherent flaw in the logic of this post: Most users would prefer never to sit at a computer with RealPlayer installed let alone willingly subject themselves to the all-too-familiar sight below.
If there’s one thing we love as geeks, it’s using multiple monitors. We walk through libraries, universities and homes watching people slave away with only a single screen, and we sigh an audible sigh. The extra lolcats they could be viewing if only they maximized their efficiency.
You might have considered the susceptibility of your wrists to carpal tunnel. You might be trying to prevent your invasive friends and family from using your PC without looking like you have something to hide. You might even be trying to ward off Alzheimer’s by intentionally subjecting yourself to the frustration of feeling like you’re five years old again.
RealPlayer’s proprietary RAM/RM format can be a student’s worst nightmare. While many universities record their lectures online, they refuse to allow them to be captured for fear that their precious gemstones of knowledge will be redistributed throughout the world… for free.
One of the interesting new features in Windows 7 is the way you can grab a window by the title bar and “shake” it back and forth to minimize everything else. It’s a fun feature, but just in case you want to disable it we’ve got the solution for you.