<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-04-[17-33-48].png" />If you are upgrading to Windows 7 from XP you will need to do a clean install, and installing your favorite apps again is time consuming and annoying. Today we look at a new service that will install your favorite applications while you walk away and do something more enjoyable.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2010-08-12-[16-49-27].png" />If you don’t have an extra machine or are an early adopter who wants to test out Vail, creating a VM is a good choice. To complete our series of installing WHS “Vail” Beta virtually, we look at installing it on Oracle’s VirtualBox.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cbbf47b11a34.jpg" />If you’ve got a lot of AVI videos in your media collection, you might want to be able to play them on your DVD player—or even more likely, give a DVD to a family member to watch. Here’s how to create your own DVDs easily.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-21-[00-11-17].png" />The new search feature in Windows 7 has been enhanced greatly in this version of Windows, and by default it saves recent searches. If you are annoyed by this and want to turn it off, we will show you how using Group Policy Editor.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2436.png" />Most of us spend a painful amount of time in Microsoft Outlook, reading emails from the pointy-haired bosses and sending TPS reports around. Since you're already in Outlook, why not browse the web a little?
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-09-[01-49-17].png" />The new Search feature in Windows 7 has greatly improved for navigating your PC. But how neat would it be to search the Internet from the Start Menu? Here we show you how to do it.
Excel 2007 uses the very nice Calibri font by default in Windows Vista, but if you'd like to use a different font or change the default size, you can easily adjust the setting in the Excel options screen.
If your mouse is set to wake the computer from Sleep Mode, even the slightest bump of your desk can wake it back up. Here we’ll show you how to avoid this annoyance by disabling it from waking up your machine.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-09-[17-12-57].png" />When System Restore was introduced in Windows XP 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.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-21-[21-18-54].png" />A lot of Windows users out there dislike Internet Explorer enough that just using a different browser is not enough, they want it gone. Although there is not a way to completely uninstall it, let's take a look at how to disable IE 8 in Windows 7 so you won't have to deal with it anymore.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-13-1-00-43-11.png" />When you’re traveling sometimes you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection available for your portable devices or need to share files with another wireless computer. Here is how to create a wireless ad hoc network in Windows 7 to solve the issue.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-21-[18-41-28].png" />If you regularly search for a certain group of files in Windows 7, saving searches is a great way to access them more quickly. Here we'll take a look at how to share and organize searches in Windows 7.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/Copy of sshot-2009-12-14-[21-00-15].png" />Google Docs offers a great service that allows you to access and edit documents from anywhere there is a web connection. Sometimes you might need to grab all of those documents and bring them to another machine. Here we take a look at exporting Google documents to your computer.
Secure your Word 2007 documents with encryption and passwords.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-07-13-[23-16-32].png" />Sometimes you need to keep your important documents secure so only certain individuals can read and edit them. Here we take a look at how to restrict editing and encrypt your documents in Office 2010.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-06-09-[21-46-07].png" />When organizing your home network it’s easier to assign each computer it’s own IP address than using DHCP. Here we will take a look at doing it in XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4ccfe1107ba6b.png" />Have you ever been watching a YouTube video and want to get to the good part quickly without waiting for it to load? Today we have a cool tip showing how to use the number keys to navigate through videos the easy way.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4ccf65f47f619.png" />Getting everyone in one place at the same time for appointments can be daunting at times. Outlook makes it easy to setup appointments and invite attendees as well, and here we look at doing it in Outlook 2010.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cce4a8940a72.jpg" />If you live in an area that has a lot of blackouts, brownouts, and spikes in your electricity, it’s important to have a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) to protect your investment. Here’s how your APC UPS can shut down your PC gracefully.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc93e9661eaf.png" />VLC is a geek’s favorite media player, and now it’s available for the iPod Touch and iPhone. Here we take a look at how to use it and what you can expect with the new app.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc4baaba02ef.png" />Having an iOS device is essentially like having a mini computer with you all the time. If you browse the web with it, syncing your browser bookmarks between your computer and device is a must and we’ll show you how.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc220c439464.png" />If you’re a fan of VLC for your multimedia needs, and have an iPhone or iPod Touch, you might want to use it as a remote. Here we take a look at a couple of free apps that allow you to do it easily.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cc1109a2d64a.png" />There are times where you'll need to create a small booklet of literature for a company or organization, and thankfully Microsoft Word 2010 makes the process easy. Here's the quick guide on how to do it.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cbd482986034.jpg" />If you install a lot of different CD & DVD burning software on your PC, and are running iTunes…you may get an iTunes Setup Assistant warning. Here's how to solve this annoyance.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot4cb7d8c588d6a.png" />Recently Microsoft has been indecisive with it’s Live Mesh / Sync cloud based services. After introducing Live Mesh Public Beta and some renaming, it’s now called Live Mesh 2011, and we’ll show you how to get started with it.