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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.

Extend Your XP Taskbar Across Multiple Monitors for Free

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.

Share Files and Printers between Windows 7 and XP

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sharethumb.png" />If you have a home network and are running Windows 7 and have XP on other PC(s) you might want to share files between them. Today we will look at the steps to share files and hardware devices like a printer.

Open IE’s Private Browsing Mode the Easy Way

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-05-12-[1].png" />Internet Explorer's "private browsing" mode is an excellent way to hide what you're looking at from prying eyes, but it's normally hidden under a menu... but we can make it easier to access.

How Do I Kill All the iexplore.exe Processes at Once?

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2527.png" />So you've looked in task manager, and there's a dozen iexplore.exe processes listed! Clicking the End Process button for each will take far too long... so how can we kill them all in one step?

Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Turn Off the Monitor

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2517.png" />Have you ever wanted to hit a shortcut key to turn off the monitor? Sure, you can use the Win+L combination to lock the screen, but that leaves your monitor on... and those of us with multiple monitors find it a pain to hunt down the power button all the time.

Important: How To Scan and Remove Malicious Viruses

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2491.png" />Every so often, we hear about a new and horrible virus spreading across the internet, infecting millions of Windows computers. Today we'll show you the steps to remove those threats and (hopefully) prevent them from happening in the future.

Stupid Geek Tricks: Using 7-Zip as a Blazing Fast File Browser

<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2431.png" />One of the most irritating things in Windows is the file browsing experience... it's slow, buggy, and never wants to stay in "Details" mode. If you are already using the awesome 7-Zip utility, you have a powerful alternative file manager at your disposal.