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How Create a USB Flash Drive Installer for Windows 10, 8, or 7

<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.

How to Make Aero Peek Display Instantly in Windows

<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?

How to Bring Back the Quick Launch Bar in Windows 7, 8, or 10

<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.

How to Set a Custom Startup Folder in Windows’ File Explorer

<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.

How To Replace Notepad with Another Text Editor in Windows

<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.

How to Use BitLocker Without a Trusted Platform Module (TPM)

<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.

How to Prevent Windows Users From Changing the Screen Saver

<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.

How to Change the Icon for a Certain File Type in Windows

<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.