Auto-hiding the taskbar can be a great way to add a little extra space to your desktop. But occasionally, it can stubbornly refuse to hide when it’s supposed to. Here are a few tips that might get that Taskbar hidden ...
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-01-27-[20-21-19].png" />If you have a netbook and would like to upgrade it to Windows 7, you may be wondering how to do it without a clunky external DVD Drive. Today we show you how to install Windows 7 from a USB flash drive.
Windows makes it possible to change the welcome screens that appear when you start your computer to just about any image you want to use. It’s easy to do in Windows 8 and 10, but fairly well-hidden in Windows 7....
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/image101.png" />Aero Peek is one of the more useful new features in Windows 7... just move your mouse to the taskbar for half a second, and everything else hides so you can see the desktop or application window. But why does it take half a second?
<img src="/geekers/windows7quicklaunch-thumb.png" />In yesterday's article we showed you how to make the Windows 7 taskbar work more like XP or Vista, but we left one thing out: the Quick Launch bar. It's really not too difficult to add it back, although it will take a few more steps.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-16-[20-02-59].png" />When you open Windows Explorer from the Taskbar in Windows 7, it defaults to the Libraries view. Today we take a look at changing the target path to allow you to customize which location opens by default.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-08-[23-46-06].png" />It used to be that Notepad was a necessary evil because it started up quickly and let us catch a quick glimpse of plain text files. Now, there are a bevy of capable Notepad replacements that are just as fast, but also have great feature sets.
Personalizing your icons is a great way to make a PC uniquely yours. Let’s take a look at the different ways Windows lets you customize your icons.
Many people familiar with prior versions of Windows are curious what happened to the built-in Administrator account that was always created by default. Does this account still exist, and how can you access it?
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-05-[00-00-50].png" />BitLocker is an encryption feature available in Ultimate and Enterprise versions of Windows 7 and Vista, but requires a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) on the system. Not all systems include TPM and today we take a look at how to bypass it so you can use BitLocker.
When you’ve got a PC completely infected with viruses, sometimes it’s best to reboot into a rescue disc and run a full virus scan from there. Here’s how to use the BitDefender Rescue CD to clean an infected PC....
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-05-10-[02-01-48].png" />Sometimes you might not want users to have the ability to change Screen Savers and Wallpaper on Windows 7 workstations. Today we look at how to prevent them from changing either one or both.
It’s good to to power off your PC when you’re not using it, but do you ever forget and leave it on? Here’s how to configure Windows to automatically power down at night, but only if you’re not using the PC at the ...
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-08-28-1-03-19-25.jpg" />Have you ever used the Homegroup feature in Windows 7? It’s a great way to share files and printers with all your Windows 7 computers, but if you don’t want it anymore, you can disable or enable the feature easily.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2009-11-23-[02-50-15].png" />Sometimes you might be sharing too much or not enough with your Homegroup in Windows 7. Today we take a look at how to change what files you’re sharing.
Windows HomeGroups are great for setting up quick and easy sharing on home and small business networks. Here’s what you need to know to use them.
<img src="http://www.howtogeek.com/geekers/up/sshot-2010-03-05-[19-05-03].jpg" />In Windows XP, you could change the icon associated with a file type in Windows Explorer. In Windows 7, you have to do some registry hacking to change a file type’s icon. We’ll show you a much easier and faster method for Windows 7.