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How To Turn a Physical Computer Into A Virtual Machine with Disk2vhd

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-26-[19-17-47].png" />Do you wish there was a hassle free way to migrate physical machines to VMs for testing and consolidation? Today we take a look at Disk2VHD from Sysinternals which is a simple solution for turning physical Windows machines into VM’s--even while they’re up and running.

How To Enable Check Boxes for Items In Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-21-[22-03-58].png" />Would you like an easier way to select multiple files in Windows Explorer without having to hold down the “Ctrl” or “Shift” key? Today we take a look at enabling the check boxes feature which might be easier for some users to select multiple items.

Customize the Windows 7 Logon Screen

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-17-[19-58-29].png" />Do you like to customize the Windows interface, and tired of the standard log on screen in Windows 7? Today we take a look at Windows 7 Logon Background Changer which is a free and Open Source app that lets you easily customize the logon screen.

The How-To Geek Guide to Staying Productive as a Writer

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-16-01-17-14.png" />People often ask me how I stay productive with all the different things I have going on—and between How-To Geek, Lifehacker, a day job, and now Productive Geek, there's definitely a lot to get done every day. Here's my tips on how I get things done.

Delete Flash Cookies to Stop Web Sites from Secretly Tracking You

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-12-01-[22-53-15].png" />If you like to keep your browsing private, you probably already clear your history and cookies after a session, but your tracks are not completely gone. There’s also another type of cookie to get rid of called Flash Cookies or Local Shared Objects (LSOs). Today we take a look at how to get rid of these pesky files and improve your privacy.

Stupid Geek Tricks: Find the Secret Messages in Web Site Headers

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/image58.png" />Today's stupid geek trick takes us to the unseen technical world beneath the surface of your favorite websites, and shows us how real geeks hide secret messages in the HTTP protocol headers. We're talking Serious geek cred here.

Change Your Windows 7 Library Icons the Easy Way

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/image20.png" />Have you ever wanted to swap out the Windows default icons with something else? The new Windows 7 library icons can be changed with a hack to a text file, but there's an easier way. We'll explain both.

Install Aero-Enabled Operating Systems in VMware Player

<img style="border-right-width: 0px;border-top-width: 0px;border-bottom-width: 0px;border-left-width: 0px" border="0" alt="vmware-00" src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/vmware00.png" width="620" height="314">Have you ever noticed that you normally can't enable Aero in a Windows 7 or Vista virtual machine? The latest VMware Player beta lets you do just that, and we've got a full walk-through on how to accomplish it.

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

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-22-00-35-21.png" />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.

How to Lock Down Your Facebook Account

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-20-01-14-55.png" />Facebook definitely allows you to easily communicate with others, but if you're not careful, certain information you would like to remain private can be exposed. Here we take a look at locking down your profile, and how to avoid other annoyances.

Stupid Geek Tricks: Windows 7 Easter Egg Shows the XP Alt-Tab Prompt

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-19-17-05-40.png" />This is one of those completely pointless tricks that has no useful application whatsoever, but it's still fun to figure out how to do. It turns out that there's a bug in Windows 7 that launches the old XP-style Alt-Tab switcher under certain conditions.

The 20 Best Windows Tweaks that Still Work in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-10-19-11-17-42.png" />Windows 7 is going to be released this week, and it's a huge upgrade from previous versions of Windows. The big question for us geeks, however, is "Will all of my favorite tweaks still work?"

Disable Program Compatibility Assistant in Windows 7 and Vista

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-09-19-[14-36-40].png" />If you’re an administrator and trying to get work done quickly, having the Program Compatibility Assistant popping up constantly can be annoying. Today we take a look at how to disable this feature if you are tired of seeing the nagging messages.

Easily Backup & Import Your Wireless Network Settings in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-09-13-00-21-41.png" />One of the biggest annoyances when setting up wireless networks is remembering the security key and typing it correctly so that you can connect all laptops and netbooks to it. Windows 7 makes it easy to export your wireless settings from one machine to another.

Change the Windows 7 Taskbar to Work Like Vista

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-31-[17-26-52].png" />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.

Access Hidden Regional Themes in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-20-[23-18-54].png" />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.

Disable Sidebar / Desktop Gadgets on Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-10-17-06-00.png" />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.

Migrate XP to Windows 7 with Easy Transfer and a USB Drive

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-09-[14-53-51].png" />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.

How to Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to RTM (Final Release)

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-06-[23-56-06].png" />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.

How Does Spyware, Malware or Crapware Get on My Computer?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-08-03-[1].png" />Have you ever wondered how malware, spyware, scareware, crapware, or other undesirable software might get on a computer? First we'll illustrate how easily your system can be infected, and then we'll show you how to clean it up.

How To Convert Video Files to MP3 with VLC

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-21-[00-22-36].png" />Sometimes you might want to convert a video file to an mp3 to take with on an iPod or to just listen to the audio without the video. Today we take a look at how to use the free program VLC to convert almost any video format to an mp3.

How To Copy a DVD with VLC 1.0

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-19-[20-30-33].png" />VLC 1.0 has gotten several cool new features, one of which is the ability to record what is playing in the screen. Here we will take a look at how easy it is to record a DVD or other video formats using VLC.

Sync Your Outlook and Google Calendar with Google Calendar Sync

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-07-[20-48-57].png" />If you rely on your Outlook calendar for some tasks and the Google Calendar for others, it can be annoying having to switch between the two. Today we look at Google Calendar Sync beta that allows us to share events between the two for better organization.

Get the Classic Start Menu in Windows 7

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-07-02-[22-59-41].png" />Like the new Start Menu in Windows 7, but wish that you could have the Classic Menu too? Now you can have both with CSMenu.

Make Outlook Faster by Disabling Unnecessary Add-Ins

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-06-03-[4].png" />If Microsoft Outlook loads slower than dirt and hangs every time you try to do anything, there's a very good chance that your problem is an Outlook plug-in gone haywire—but we can easily disable them.